In light of the ugly Woody Allen vs. Mia Farrow mess currently playing out in the media, the ersatz feminist website Jezebel has published a "where are they now?" type article by Tracie Egan Morrissey that discusses the personal history of Farrow's 14 biological and adopted children in intimate detail.
As you must know, Mia and Woody's domestically adopted daughter, Dylan, now 28 years old, reported at the age of 7 that Allen, her adoptive father and Mia's Farrow's boyfriend, had sexually abused her. Criminal charges were never brought against the celebrated director, but Dylan Farrow repeated her tale of abuse last fall with Vanity Fair, and again with an open letter in <em>The New York Times on February 1.
The Jezebel story feels nasty and invasive, particularly for Farrow's children who have not chosen to speak publicly about the family tragedy. However, If the article does have the facts straight, certain details underscore one thing: no one, not even a Hollywood star with a huge staff of household help, should be permitted to adopt 11 children.
Among the most disturbing nuggets, if true, is the report that Mia Farrow adopted a blind, three-year-old girl from Vietnam, and a crack-addicted infant domestically -- IN THE SAME WEEK. ONE MONTH AFTER LEARNING ABOUT THE AFFAIR BETWEEN ALLEN AND SOON YI, her adopted daughter with Andre Previn, who was 19-years-old at the time. Two unrelated children, both with special needs, adopted in the same week into a home already bursting with kids, in the midst of a family crisis, is simply negligence on the part of the adoption agencies and professionals involved in the placement, not to mention poor judgment on Farrow's part.
A contact of mine who works in the adoption field recently shared with me that back in the 90s, she was asked to recommend a suitable, special needs child from India for Farrow and Allen to adopt. In the end, the Hollywood duo went with a different adoption agency, and my contact says she is now grateful that she didn't play any role in placing children with a family that would ultimately erupt with so many serious issues. Still, I'm sad that these personal details about adoptees who are not at the center of the current public discussion are being splashed about the media. Enough about Mia and Woody. Let's keep the focus on Dylan, and on the issues and needs of abuse survivors.