Fourth Annual Demons of Adoption Awards

Each year Pound Pup Legacy presents the Demons of Adoption Award to raise a voice against adoption propaganda and the self congratulatory practices of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's annual Angels in Adoption AwardsTM

Until October 30 you will have the opportunity to vote for the recipient of this year's award.

The nominees are:

  • LDS Family Services: for being the most secretive of all adoption agencies, using coercive tactics in obtaining infants for adoption and having no respect for father's rights;
  • Gladney center for adoption: for being one of the most profit-centered agencies around and blocking open record efforts in Texas;
  • Christian World Adoption: for their involvement in "harvesting" practices in Ethiopia and their blind ambition to "save" each and every "orphan" in this world;
  • Larry S. Jenkins: for his involvement in nearly every case where father's rights were violated;
  • Joint Council on International Children's Services: for promoting the interest of adoption agencies at the expense of children, and pushing agency friendly legislation in Congress;
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute for giving their seal of approval to persons and organizations that promote the interests of the adoption industry and pushing agency friendly legislation in Congress;
  • Council on Accreditation: for their lack of research done on inter-country adoption agency histories prior to giving out Hague accreditation;
  • American Adoption Congress: For failing to remove state reps who were openly working against open access for adult adoptees;
  • American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey: for opposing open records for adoptees and "protecting" closet moms, based on a "stack of anonymous letters" claimed to be from "birthmothers".
  • Christian Alliance for Orphans: for promoting the business interests of adoption agencies through churches.
  • Southern Baptist Convention: for passing resolution no. 2 , pushing the business interests of adoption agencies to the members of their church;
  • Adoption.com for systematically banning voices that oppose current adoption practices and their continuous pro-adoption propaganda;
  • Scott Simon: for his vomit-inducing book “Baby, We Were Meant For Each Other” and his grotesque crying and blubbering about his purchasing of another human being;
  • WE tv: for their hideously exploitative series ‘Adoption Diaries,’ turning what is a highly emotive and complex topic into ‘reality’ show fodder.
Who should receive the Demons in Adoption Award 2010?
LDS Family Services
20% (74 votes)
Gladney Center for Adoption
6% (23 votes)
Christian World Adoption
11% (40 votes)
Larry S. Jenkins
4% (15 votes)
Joint Council on International Children's Services
21% (77 votes)
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
4% (13 votes)
Council on Accreditation
2% (9 votes)
American Adoption Congress
3% (11 votes)
American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
8% (28 votes)
Christian Alliance for Orphans
2% (6 votes)
Southern Baptist Convention
2% (7 votes)
adoption.com
8% (28 votes)
Scott Simon
6% (21 votes)
WE TV
4% (14 votes)
Total votes: 366

LDS LIES, DECEPTION and SECRETS

Thirteen lucky nominees.
 
Five out of thirteen, and we throw Larry Jenkins in this, because he represents Mormons in Utah, are religiously orientated.(OK so you have to stretch a bit to call mormons religious)
 
LDS services gets my vote.  This religiously motivated organization is all about collecting children that do not belong to them, or their church.  They hide the child in a Mormon home and the custody battles are dragged out for years, until it is decided that to "remove the child from the kidnappers would be deter mental to the child".  It is creatively written in appeal and supreme court cases, many different ways, but it all comes down to, your child has been sucked into the dizzy whirlpool, that swirls them away from YOU.  It is called the Legal Limbo, that treats kids like a used car instead of a child.
 
LDS services  is the most secretive,   deceptive and corrupt in our nation.  There is no difference between the Mormon Church and this agency.  They are one in the same.  The Mormon church pays for all international adoptions for the members of it's church.  The Mormon adoption service pays for the importation of the Birth mom into the State of Utah, and for the fleeing of the mother very soon after she signs away her rights and her boyfriends, husbands or who ever got her pregnant.  The relinquishment is immediate, the state does not allow consideration for a "emotional change of mind".  Pop the baby out while holding the ball point in your hand,,all while sedated, and delirious. There is no cuddling, cooing or ahhhing for Momma who has just given birth.  Their bags are packed and the plane is awaiting.  Heck, now they are taking children that are born out of the state of Utah, and stealing them from bio-parents, case in point, and I know there are more, Baby Emma, still currently in Legal Limbo.
 
The LDS does not respect the biological rights of the father. His rights mean zippo. The father will fight an endless, expensive legal battle against LDS services.  He is considered an "outsider" and all in the Utah courts will be against him.  The father must jump "hoops" in the state of Utah, even though he has never ever stepped foot in the state.
 
All adoptions are  "closed", that is, in the future the child nor the bio parents will ever be able to track down each other.
Adoptions are done in judges chambers, OB's take an instrumental role, guardian ad litems, sneak around, judges and attorneys all incestuous, parasites sucking babies away from their families.  Oh, judge so and so's niece is infertile and wants a white baby, the judge  just happens to have a potential adoption case on his docket, how lovely!
Seems everyone in Utah is looking to adopt a child for the sake of the "religion", and of course the state tax incentive in Utah.
The real icing on this pathetic adoption agency is that Utah refuses to adhere, respect, or take into consideration the laws of other states, or federal laws that pertain to children.   Like flipping them off, case laws means nothing to them.
LDS = Lies Deception and Secrets, all in the "best interest of the child"  which it is if the child never leaves the bee hive state.
 
 

Your Post is a PACK OF LIES

To preface my response, I will say that I am not adopting through the LDS church, nor do I ever plan to, but not for the outlandish farces that have been told in this post.

Here is what I do know for a fact:  The LDS church does not facilitate international adoptions, they do not have license to (You are welcome check to know I am right).  They do not have a program placing young children in homes or license to do so. I don't know where you get your info.

They do not pay for their members adoptions domestic or international; the members pay 10% of their income to their agency.  THE ONLY ADOPT NEWBORN INFANTS FROM THE US AND CANADA!!!!!!!!!  That is all they do.    Check the state of Utah and their licenses.  YOU HAVE BEEN MISINFORMED. All of their information is easy to access and investigate.

If you really care about the TRUTH, do your homework before you post allegations of such slander.  Where is your proof???  If there is corruption, show it to us by testimonials and circumstances and most importantly concrete proof that they have broken the law.

Truth Speaker 

Seeking truth

Well Truth Seeker, if we are really going to dot the I's and cross the T's on this: LDS family services is according to their website: "not currently facilitating Intercountry Adoptions or Intercountry Adoption services".

LDS family services is a licensed inter-country adoption agency in the State of Utah, and is also Hague Accredited, so it seems they have met legal requirements to perform inter-country adoption. As this article shows, LDS family services has in the past certainly been involved in inter-country adoption since 2001, and has a branch dedicated to inter-country adoption led by Dana Templeman.

LDS family services is also a member of the Joint Council on International Children's Services, the trade association of international adoption service providers.

So it would be more correct to state their inter-country program is on hold, than to assume they are not involved in inter-country adoption at all.

One of the issues I have with LDS family services is a lack of financial transparency from their side. LDS family services is the only adoption agency in the US that is recognized as a church and as a result doesn't have to return a IRS Form 990. Of all other adoption agencies in the US (this includes the various Catholic Charities and Lutheran Social Services), we at least have some insight into their finances. Furthermore, their website has very little information about their practices. Given the large number of offices all around the US we must assume LDS family services is a relatively large adoption agency, but there is no other information to base this on.

Being an adoption agency that is integrated with the church, catering to members of the church only contributes to particularly high levels of groupthink. Where are the checks and balances with regards to ethics when the state is under strong influence of the church, the agency is part of the church and all the customers of the agency are members of that church? As a result most of the complaints about LDS family services come from out-of-state father's rights violation cases, where LDS family services shows a clear pattern of disrespect for the parental rights of those that don't conform to the religious ideal that children only do well living with married couples. Such rigid ideology is not in the best interest of children, who need the best possible families to live with when adoption is required. Creating arbitrary rules based on religious beliefs doesn't serve the child's best interest.

What do they need liscenses for?

 

Have replied to your post because it is obvoius from the tone of the negative post below the author has no interest in listening or reading posts on this site, except to critricise and obviscate. "The real icing on this pathetic adoption agency is that Utah refuses to adhere, respect, or take into consideration the laws of other states, or federal laws that pertain to children.   Like flipping them off, case laws means nothing to them." Taking into consideration the post below accusing Pound Pup Legagcy posting lie... referring to their "aparent lack of liscences", With all the local judges and state administration behind them what do they need to bother with liscences for? "Liscences" and official permissions would leave a paper trail for adoptees and first parents to track each other dowwn later in life and thease religious organisations in particular want a lifetime of committment from their subjects. Uggh!

Truth will prevail

Who makes up this stuff up.

I was on airplanes so frequently to Utah.  I met many many people who were mormons, and who had adopted children both domestically and internationally.

Everyone of them told me that the mormon church paid for their international adoptions.  One gal was a collector of Down's Syndrome children only.  She had eight and was collecting more.  Some were domestic and some international. She told me about the "special $$$$$$$" for "special needs".  She had no idea at what number she would stop collecting Down's Syndrome children.

Another Mega Mormon Mother had 27 adopted children!  I asked her how in the hell could she possibly give those children all that they needed.  She said that they lived on some acres in Northern Utah, but had just recently found more acrage in the midwest.  She said they were going to haul the kids off to the midwest to raise them on more land. She said the older ones took care of the younger ones.  She expressed great relief that the Mormon church had funded her international adoptions.

Another mother, she had  18 adopted children, she was working on # 19 a boy, about 12 years old, special needs, to qualify for those "specail $$$$", she said she was collecting older children.  She told me that the Mormon church not only encourages international adoptions but pays for it for it's "members".

One mother was older, she had to fight for an adopted child, as the bio-father had not signed off on the adoption.  She lived in Idaho, she was mormon, and the bio-father was in MA.  It was a fight but of course she won, see the courts in Utah favor mormon familes only.  She even told me this. She also had adopted overseas countless times to fill her quota.

This is just a sample of what I was told as I sat in an airline seat miles about the earth.  People get chatty on long flights and they all want to talk about their collection if given a chance.  All I did was break the ice.     I was also told stories by mothers and fathers who were in custody battles with their ex- spouses, fighting for the rights to remain a parent.  Seems if one spouse has had it's fill of the Mormon church and divorces, then that will be used against them in the custody battle, and all of these folks lost and were visiting their children, with whom the other Mormon spouse had custody.  Tears flowed during all of these conversations with  these parents. One mother was desperately trying to start a business in Park City, just so she could write off the visitation trips from Florida.

So truth seeker, maybe your not part of the "elite group of Mormons who get the church to foot the bill"

The moral of the story is that having a birthday celebration at Chucky Cheese is far more important than celebrating with your extended family in your native country.

 

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For what it's worth...

I so really applaud and appreciate those AP's angry, brave and vocal enough to share some of the more disturbing behind-the-scenes experiences many entering Adoptionland don't know about.   [These are exactly the sort of AP's truly adoptable children need!]

However, let me add something...  When I read criticism made against the Mormons/LDS church, all I can hear screaming inside my head is:  The Mormons/LDS are NOT alone!!!  I look at my own history and look at the way in which many within the Catholic Church have 'managed' their kept-secret actions between preferred family-figure decision-makers and children born into adoption.   [They don't use the closed door analogy for nothing.]    Because of my own insight, I can easily discuss many observations, experiences, and conclusions that seem all too hauntingly similar to the horrors others are discovering within their own chosen group.  [Radicals are radicals, and quite frankly, some of them can be real control freaks!] 

My point is this... if we're going to discuss the many shameful evil practices seen, found, and kept secret (and hidden) by key figures and within the adoption industry, we MUST remember no one group owns demonic domain.  Maybe there is a 'worst'... with so much undisclosed information, and so many people oblivious to certain truths that do in fact take place behind closed doors, it's hard to to know, for sure, which group is indeed 'worst'.  But,...and this is a ginormous BUT... if corruption and malpractice can be found in any one group, what makes any particular group immune?

 

 

That same voice

I hear that same voice too. No matter how deserving LDS family services is to be a contender in this year's Demons of Adoption Awards, they are certainly not alone. Last year we had a very deserving winner in Bethany Christian Services for which much of the same criticism applies. It doesn't matter which denomination you look at, you see the same practices taking place. It's not even true that religiously inspired agencies are necessarily more evil than secular agencies.

It doesn't matter if the ulterior motive of an agency is religious, purely financial or both, as long as the best interest of children is not served something is very wrong. Unfortunately, the best interest of children is seldom served by adoption agencies. As long as adoption agencies serve the needs of their paying customers, nothing can really change.

In the next couple of weeks the inter-country adoption statistics of fiscal year 2010 will be presented. We will probably see dropping numbers for almost every country, except for: Haiti and Ethiopia. Agencies had a lucky break with the earth-quake in Haiti, making it possible to fast track many adoptions in a short period of time. Ethiopia is a story we have seen before, a huge expansion of the adoption system in a country that doesn't have the money to regulate the system.

The decline of inter-country adoption is entirely the adoption industry's own making. Agency after agency jump on the bandwagon to exploit the lax regulations in certain countries, leading to a boom bust cycle after boom bust cycle. The end result is a 50% drop of inter-country adoptions between 2004 and 2010.

It's not that I regret the industry is eating itself. but it is sad to know that vulnerability of families in foreign countries are being exploited in the process.

There is one danger to a decline of inter-country adoptions though, and that's where LDS family services comes into play. With dwindling supply of foreign infants, more pressure will be placed on the domestic market. LDS family services may very well be a trendsetter in the adoption industry, not engaging in inter-country adoptions anymore. It makes good business sense to divest in declining markets.

Over the last two years several agencies that previously were exclusively focused on inter-country adoption, have started domestic programs to compensate for lost revenues. Poverty in the US is rising, a trend that is not likely to change any time soon. With that, domestic adoption will again become the focus of the adoption industry, especially given the fact that the foreign supply is dwindling down.

The attention given to LDS family services is not just interesting because of their connection to the mormon faith and the entanglement of state policies and the church in Utah. The attention to LDS family services is also interesting because it shows the modern day expansion of domestic infant adoption in the US. In that sense LDS family services is a warning sign. It's not just mormons that can take advantage of the state legislation in Utah. Other denominations can easily set up shop there too, just as easily as savvy business people that see a buck to be made in the sales of infants.

Like Delaware is a legal haven for many credit card corporations, Utah may very well become a legal haven for adoption agencies, not just for mormons but for anyone interested in doing adoption business.

Greater wealth's deeper message

Over the last two years several agencies that previously were exclusively focused on inter-country adoption, have started domestic programs to compensate for lost revenues. Poverty in the US is rising, a trend that is not likely to change any time soon. With that, domestic adoption will again become the focus of the adoption industry, especially given the fact that the foreign supply is dwindling down.

The attention given to LDS family services is not just interesting because of their connection to the mormon faith and the entanglement of state policies and the church in Utah. The attention to LDS family services is also interesting because it shows the modern day expansion of domestic infant adoption in the US. In that sense LDS family services is a warning sign. It's not just mormons that can take advantage of the state legislation in Utah. Other denominations can easily set up shop there too, just as easily as savvy business people that see a buck to be made in the sales of infants.

Ah, enter the Just-Say-Yes message received through Sandra Bullock's adoption-choice.  Yes she chose domestic adoption.  Yes, she, a white single-women, chose a child of color.  Yes, she decided to live in the region of the adopted child's origin.  Yes, she ignored her acting role in The Blind Side -- supportive mentoring parent-figure for the older child caught in  America's frightful foster system.  Yes she chose that which is most easy, and most likely to receive thanks, praise and notoriety, especially if you are a person with wealth --  take an infant away from it's mother, call it an adoption blessing, and pretend all is right and good.  Based on all the altruistic options available to a celebrity like Sandra Bullock, bottom line proves she chose to adopt for selfish reasons.

News flash folks, even the most happy adoption stories bequeath adoptees with serious self-esteem/identity issues.

Doesn't that natural consequence of adoption say something

Just saying- that this whole

Just saying- that this whole thing makes me sick and I am LDS. My brother is going through a custody battle with LDS family services, his son was given up without his consent. And the fact that people do this is so-o sick and wrong, if you adopt a child just to get paid for it then your a sick sick person.

Reminder

We would like to remind our members and our visitors that the ballot is open for one more week. Thanks to those who have already voted. For those who are still undecided, please know the ballot closes October 30.

GLADNEY

I would just like to discourage every birthmom to be not to even bother working with Gladney, this agency put me through hell just to receive a few crumbs, when I wouldn't sign their prebirth contract before an attorney reviewed it Melissa, a social worker in New Mexico cut off all my rent and other expense money two days before Thanksgiving! What a loser, Gladney deserves the true Demons of Adoption award! They will nickle and dime every poor pregnant woman, take her baby and let her out on the streets with no decent amount of money if any at all. These adoption agencies act as if its their money, no it is the poor adoptive families money, they are the ones sitting around like fools while all these so called professionals mess up any chance the poor families have at having a child brought into their lives! If these adoptive families only knew what these agencies do behind the scenes, unnecessary waiting periods, unending paperwork, chasing birthmothers off for the sake of professional pride, these parents would sue these agencies for breach of contract! Beware of Gladney, these women will make you live in a rathole and keep you begging for help just to get their professional rocks off.

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