A new documentary about international adoption, Stuck, will premiere at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival on August 3 and be released nationwide in November. The film is produced by Craig Juntunen, adoptive father and founder of the Both Ends Burning Foundation. The Christian Post reports:
The purpose of the film is to “get the word out” and expose the issue of the troubled international adoption system, Juntunen told the Christian Post. Juntunen noted how other recent documentaries have been successful at bringing awareness to issues, such as “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Waiting for Superman.”
Seven out of 10 Americans believe that inter-country adoption is on the rise, Juntunen said, when, in fact, the numbers have dropped dramatically. International adoptions to the United States have dropped 60 percent since 2004, going from 22,991 to only 9,319 in 2011.
The film points to many culprits that explain the decline, including the U.S. State Department, UNICEF, a United Nations agency designed to help children, and the Hague Treaty. The Hague Treaty was begun by the United Nations to bring transparency, clarity and coordination to the inter-country adoption process. [Senator Mary] Landrieu introduced the bill that brought the United States into the treaty, but expressed regret in the film after seeing the results.
Kudos to Craig Juntunen for getting this film made. Here’s to hoping it makes an impact in adoption reform.