Coerced adoption cases

This archive contains coerced adoption cases.

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Baby Tamia

Carmen McDonald, suffering from post-partum depression and bipolar disorder, felt overwhelmed, and in a weak moment called an 800 number she found for 'A Cherished Child' to explore the possibility of placing her child for adoption.

She and her three-month-old baby daughter were flown from Illinois to Utah. Within hours, Carmen was asked to sign a relinquishment document. When she tried to back out, she was threatened to be left without return airfare, which would have left them stranded - and with no money - in Utah. Frightened and feeling alone, she caved in and signed.

Later the prospective adoptive parents, with whom Tamia already had been placed, were arrested on drug charges, putting Baby the girl in the care of Child Protective Services.

Eventually Tamia was returned to her family in Chicago
Date: 2005-01-06

Location

Utah
United States
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Barbara Landry

19-year-old woman claims she was pressured by the Edna Gladney Home for unwed mothers (later renamed in Gladney Center for Adoption) to give up her child and wasn't awared a "cooling-off period" after signing the papers.
Date: 1984-02-10
Organizations involved: The Edna Gladney Home

Location

Fort Worth, Texas
United States
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Darcy Akers Ball

23-year-old woman in the middle of separation was continually contacted by her pastor to give up her children. At the request of her husband the pastor contacted Tampa lawyer, Gregory Boyer, who misled Darcy Akers Ball and made her sign adoption papers in his van in her driveway to relinquish all three of her children. He didn't explain Ball's rights, didn't give her time to read the papers and didn't ask if she was sure about her decision.
Date: 1997-09-00

Location

St Petersburg, Florida
United States
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David and Heather Vogels

David (18) and Heather (17) were coerced by Friends of Children (GA) to surrender their son Jeffrey. The Fulton Superior Court decided in favor of the couple, who regained custody of their child.
Date: 1991-02-18
Organizations involved: Friends of Children

Location

Atlanta, Georgia
United States
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Evelyn Bennett

17 year old Stephanie Bennett was encouraged to run away and surrender her 4 month old child without consulting the grandparents who Stephanie and Evelyn lived with.
Date: 2006-09-12
Organizations involved: A Child's Waiting

Location

Copley Township, Ohio
United States
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Jessica Hannah Bowman

The mother of a 5-month-old with severe medical problems was thinking of putting her daughter, Gabrielle, up for adoption. Mostly, though, she wanted to talk to a counselor. She contacted Adoptions by Choice which immediately made her sign consent forms and made her handed over her child. When Bowman returned hours later to retrieve Gabrielle, whom she says she never really wanted to give up, adoption officials told her it was too late. Seven days later, ABC returned the child to Bowman.
Date: 1997-09-01
Organizations involved: Adoptions by Choice (ABC) (Florida)

Location

Tampa, Florida
United States
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Krista Stoner

19-year-old woman was pressured by pregnancy counselor Bonnie Jo Williams into giving her baby up for adoption and was coerced into signing adoption papers while she was hospitalized and under the influence of Demerol.
Date: 1989-01-01
Organizations involved: San Diego Pregnancy Services
Persons involved: Bonnie Jo Williams

Location

Oceanside, California
United States
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Lea Tyler Darrah

19-year-old woman kept her pregnancy secret from her family and fellow students. In panic when she gave birth to a six-weeks-premature-baby-girl she called Kathy Huntziker, a counselor referred by the Davis Crisis Pregnancy Center. Lea Tyler was coerced to sign papers to give up her daughter, believing she would get medical treatment for her and her newborn.
Date: 1991-04-14
Persons involved: Kathy Huntziker, Dee Heszler

Location

San Diego, California
United States
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Winnie Faye Higginbotham Yarber (now Winnie Faye Whitaker)

18 year old Winnie Faye Higginbotham Yarber was was coerced by baby broker Lenora Fielding to use a false name on adoption documents. Adoption papers show Michael Chalek was sold by Fielding for $200 to Alex and Adela Chalek.
Date: 1952-01-20
Persons involved: Lenora Fielding

Location

Jacksonville, Florida
United States
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