Dr. Hasberry believes that privilege refers to the benefits or advantages that one has access to solely based on belonging to a certain group or class. Privileges are those things we can take for granted because they come with "membership".
In adoption, money and perception influence who has privilege. Adopted parents primarily have the financial capital to influence adoption practices. Adoption agencies have policy and legal backing to influence adoption. Even western societies' media influence how we view adoption as altruistic parents "saving" children in need.
The adoption narrative is traditionally dominated by adoptive parent and adoption agency voices. Left out of that narrative are adoptees and birth parents/families. Dr. Hasberry happens to be both. In addition, she is a scholar and a therapist. This makes her work an important addition to the marginalized narrative of adoptees and birth mothers. Abby uses the privilege of her platform to bring truth, vulnerability, and healing to the table.
Adopting Privilege highlights the haves and have nots of adoption while also examining the privileges that Dr. Hasberry was afforded as a transracial adoptee raised adjacent to whiteness and affluence. Abby also examines the healing work she has done and the responsibility she feels to contribute her story to the adoption narrative as a transracial adoptee, birth mother, and therapist.