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


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Catching up with 'Baby Tamia'2011-04-09
Blagojevich signed adoption reforms in '052006-02-25
HOPE & RISK2006-02-19
Illinois judge OKs Baby Tamia deal2005-09-02
Baby Tamia adoption agency banned from state until 20082005-08-24
New adoption law raises the standard2005-08-23
State delivers adoption stress-buster2005-08-21
New law in Illinois tightens control of adoption agencies2005-08-15
Law beefs up adoption rules2005-08-15
Baby Tamia looks on as gov signs tougher adoption law2005-08-15
Just divine: Baby Tamia leads to curbs on out-of-state adoptions2005-08-14
Adoption Reform Act deserves support2005-05-10
Tamia case highlights system flaws2005-04-25
Baby Tamia's close call is a warning2005-04-18
A little child leads them in Springfield: Baby Tamia2005-04-17
'Baby Tamia' couple charged with drug felonies2005-04-15
Baby Tamia baptized2005-03-31
Tamia case an instance of déja vu?2005-03-27
STORY OF THE WEEK: Baby Tamia2005-03-27
Adoption bill targets legal loopholes2005-03-27
Adoption scandal bigger than just Baby Tamia2005-03-27
Chicago family says battle with Utah adoption agency not over2005-03-26
Ruling returns adopted baby to birth mother2005-03-26
Chicago family says battle with Utah adoption agency not over2005-03-26
Way is cleared for Baby Tamia's return to Chicago2005-03-25
Tamia case resolved, but it's not a wrap for state yet2005-03-25
Baby Tamia back home with mother2005-03-25
Christmas comes three months late to joyous family2005-03-25
'Best moment in my life'2005-03-25
'It's the best moment of my life'2005-03-25
E.C. minister sees need to toughen adoption law2005-03-25
Baby at center of interstate custody battle returned to mother in Illinois2005-03-25
Rule of law prevails in Tamia case, but let's not forget all the others2005-03-24
Tamia may be in mother's arms today2005-03-24
Tamia, mother will be reunited2005-03-24
Custody case returns to court2005-03-24
Baby Tamia will return to Illinois2005-03-24
Tamia's saga may end today2005-03-23
Good chance Tamia is coming back2005-03-23
Couple lose their rights to Tamia2005-03-23
Baby Tamia case takes another sad, strange turn2005-03-23
Baby Tamia adoptions arrests illegal drugs Utah custody case2005-03-22
Utah couple in Tamia case face drug charges2005-03-22
Adoptive parents of 'Tamia' arrested2005-03-22
Utah's safeguards fell short for Tamia2005-03-22
Tamia's adoptive parents arrested2005-03-22
Baby Tamia's fate to be decided this week2005-03-20
Ruling may clear way home for Baby Tamia2005-03-18
Baby Tamia judge rules law was broken2005-03-18
Lawyers' stall tactics drain funds of Baby Tamia's family2005-03-10
Judge makes it clear that Baby Tamia's fate lies with court2005-03-10
Baby Tamia's mom rises to the occasion2005-03-10
Baby Tamia : Judge orders a halt2005-03-10
Baby Tamia stays in Utah for now2005-03-04
An open letter to Tamia's adoptive parents2005-03-01
Chicago judge to hear Utah baby suit2005-02-23
Baby tale: A peek at adoption's dark side2005-02-22
Thanks to your generosity, Tamia has a fighting chance2005-02-15
Judge pushes pace of Baby Tamia case2005-02-15
Pro-father ruling gives hope for baby's return from Utah2005-02-10
Is Utah a 'baby warehouse'?2005-01-30
Chicago woman sues Utah agency over baby's adoption2005-01-12
Harvey women fighting to get 3-month-old back2005-01-11
Midvale adoption agency under fire2005-01-11
Donors open wallets to help bring girl back from Utah2005-01-06
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