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Are Banks Building or Breaking Families?

There are natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, epidemic diseases, and mining disasters that break and destroy families. 

Then there are man-made disasters that are called foreclosures.

This is the stuff that makes a family go homeless because for whatever reason, the parent/s can no longer afford to pay their monthly bills and mortgage payments to the bank. 

Oddly enough, banking companies, like The Freddie Mac Foundation supports adoption, perhaps as a reinvestment initiative for the future.  I would like to think rebuilding a community, while keeping families together, would be the focused, ultimate goal, (like they show on Extreme Makeover), but I'm not exactly sure what a banking-firm's interest would be in terms of the adoption industry.  Would anyone care to guess what's really going on in the minds of people "helping build new futures?"

Personality Test

Answers are for who you are now...... not who you were in the past.

Have pen or pencil and paper ready.

This is a real test given by the
Human Relations Dept. at many of the major corporations today. It helps them
get better insight concerning their employees and prospective employees.

It's only 10 simple questions, so...... grab a pencil and paper, keep track of your letter answers.

Number your paper 1 to 10 first.

Continue to begin test

Half a century of adoption history in the Netherlands

from: Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek

Web magazine

31 October 2006 14:00

Half a century of adoption history in the Netherlands

On 1 November 1956, half a century ago to the day, the Dutch adoption law came into force. Since then, 60 thousand children have been adopted in the Netherlands. Approximately two-thirds of them came from other countries.

From foster status to legal status

In the first half of the twentieth century, more and more children were placed with foster parents. The legal position of foster parents and foster children was not very solid, because the biological parents could always reclaim the child. The foster parents were not legally obliged to provide for the child. This changed, when the adoption law was introduced in 1956, which made it possible for a foster family to adopt a foster child as their legitimate child.

Such non-stepparent adoptions do not involve (one of) the biological parents. Since 1979, the law also allows for stepparents to adopt a child: the (new) partner of one of the biological parents adopts his or her stepchild.

Rapid increase adoptions in the 1970s

Until the late 1960s, a few hundred children were adopted in the Netherlands each year. Nearly all of them were Dutch children relinquished for adoption by unwed mothers.

The Cost of Raising a Child

"Families making more than $74,900 a year will spend a whopping $289,380 to raise a second child born in 2006 through age 17, estimates the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Higher-income families in urban areas in the West will spend the most, $304,740." http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/CollegeAndFamily/RaiseKids/RaisingYour290000Baby.aspx

I suppose that's not including adoption costs, right?

How many have met their birth-parents?

Guatemalan police rescue 46 children from adoption scam

from: AFP

Aug 13, 2007

GUATEMALA CITY (AFP) — Police in Guatemala have rescued dozens of babies destined for the country's booming illegal adoption market, amid new cries for stricter governmental oversight.

Officials said Monday that police rescued 46 children aged between three days and two years old, who were victims of the country's notorious adoption racket.

For whom?

On the website of the Councel on Accreditation, responsible for the accreditation of adoption agencies, I found the following snippet.

PURPOSE: Adoption Services establish a permanent family for children and youth awaiting adoption, and increase the well-being and functioning of birth parents, adoptive families, and adopted individuals.

I was wondering which child is really awaiting adoption? Isn't the COA mistaken and shouldn't it read "prospective parents awaiting adoption"?

Couples pay €45,000 to adopt child from abroad


'Money is going into private pockets and that should not be happening'

By Eilish O'Regan
Tuesday June 19 2007

Private middlemen in Russia or Kazakhstan can charge as much as €20,000 for their services, adding to the high costs for prospective parents, already burdened with travel and legal fees.

John Collins, chief executive of the Adoption Authority, said yesterday that expensive agencies should be outlawed.

Furness to lobby on adoption

Not without any reason do certain governments discourage parents from adopting overseas babies, since this is a driving force behind child abandonment in many third world countries: Romania, India, Guatemala, to name only a few.

The adoption lobby to keep children coming to the western world is already too powerful, we don't need another supporter of adoption, especially not one who wants to speed up procedures in the best interest of...

If we want to do something for children in poor countries and I believe we should, we can support programs that support local care, programs that support family preservation. Do we have to be so greedy we need a child in return of our "humanitarian" actions.

By Ellen Connolly

August 12, 2007 12:00am

ACTRESS Deborra-lee Furness will form an adoption action group to lobby governments to change the law to make it easier to adopt.

Furness said she had received overwhelming public support accusing federal and state governments of discouraging parents from adopting overseas babies.

In an article in The Sunday Telegraph last week, Furness told of how she and her husband, Hugh Jackman, were forced to return to the US to adopt Oscar, 7, and Ava, 2, because of red tape and bureaucracy.

"We'll continue to push until we get some changes made because this is an injustice to Australian families,'' Furness said.

A Baby For All Seasons

Children being viewed as a commodity, that can be bought to fit the parents needs; it is expressedly voiced, by so-called superstar Ricky Martin. Wanting a child from each continent reads to me like words from a collector not from a parent to be.

Where do babies come from?

Call me stupid, but I always thought nature had an answer to the question where babies come from. This piece of consumer information from the Chicago Sunday Times tells how lucky some adoptive parents have been in the purchase of a child.

Not a single word about the children!!! Who's best interest is served here?

Countries with children available for U.S. parents can change dramatically

August 10, 2007

A History of Child Abuse

Warning:  This article may be triggering for those with a history of childhood sexual abuse. 

By Lloyd deMause


Adoption leads to arrest on Sri Lanka

from: Het Algemeen Dagblad

COLOMBO/Ommen - the Dutch couple that was arrested for illegal adoption in Sri Lanka, last Thursday, is facing a maximum penalty of twenty years imprisonment.

Last year the Sri Lankan parliament approved a law to punish the illegal trade in children more firmly.

Transnational Connections and Dissenting Views

from: http://sitemason.vanderbilt.edu/files/eUjZJu/Fonseca%20Claudia.rtf


Claudia Fonseca

Department of Anthropology

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Porto Alegre, Brazil


Adoption vs. Abortion Myths Debunked

Former mayor Giuliani, trying to win voters for the upcoming presidential elections, is promoting adoption as an alternative to abortion. Here is an article by Lauri Frisch that addresses this issue.  

Genetic Screening and the Adult Adoptee

There are medical issues that go with each child's family history, and not all family members may be forthcoming and honest when telling case-workers their stories in an adoption agency.  People can be funny that way.

To get a sense of how genetic diagnosing affects parents, consider the following from:

1992 Woodrow Wilson Biology Institute

Please sign this petition

The Indian adoption laws are currently being reviewed. Adoptees are concerned that their right to know their identity is not implemented correctly.

It would according to the petitioners practically mean the legalized fabrication of Birth Documents and make it easier for criminal elements to traffic in children under the guise of adoption.

Please forward this to as many people as possible - the deadline is 15 August!


Courts won't reveal rulings in adoption cases

from: The Sunday Telegraph

By Ben Leapman, Home Affairs Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 2:13am BST 06/08/2007

Family courts are refusing to tell mothers why their babies are being taken away and put up for forced adoption.

Two mothers have told The Sunday Telegraph that their pain at losing their children was made worse by not knowing the grounds on which judges took the decisions.

A pioneer in an experiment called open adoption

from: The LA times

Kendall's journey illustrates the struggle of children who bond both with their birth families and those who adopt them.

By Sonia Nazario, Times Staff Writer
August 5, 2007

Non-verbal communication: Sadness

I found this facinating read on facial expressions many of us naturally feature in our own photographs:


Emotion. An unpleasant visceral feeling of sorrow, unhappiness, depression, or gloom.

Infant/Child Response to Grief

When a child is adopted, I believe many (poorly prepared) APs will (wrongly) assume the variety of unwanted behaviors exhibited by the adopted child will only indicate and prove just how neglected that child was by previous care-takers.  I'm not sure how many APS recognize even good change - like change to a new bed or room, or country - is a very real stress, and that stress can be seen and experienced as tremendous loss and trauma for a very young child.  In other words, not all signs of delayed development are the direct result of parental

Statistics on the Effects of Adoption

Research and Studies on the Adoptee

written by:  Jessica DelBalzo


Roe v. Wade role just a page in rocky life story

By Gayle White /  The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
January 28, 2003

For 18 years, Sandra Cano lived with two identities.

She was Sandra, a struggling mother of four children --- two given up for adoption, two mostly in foster care --- trying to make a go of life despite a string of marriages, illnesses and financial difficulties.

And she was Mary Doe, the unnamed plaintiff in Doe v. Bolton, a Georgia abortion case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on the same day as the better-known Roe v. Wade, which led to the legalization of abortion in 1973.

A Critical Look At The Foster Care System


A recent TIME Magazine article references a troubling report commissioned by the Reagan Administration during the late 1980s, which concluded:

A Double-Whammie for Troubled Adoptees

Depression and Violence in Teens

By Laurie Udesky

Teen charged in arson that killed her adoptive father

The Associated Press

BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. - A 16-year-old girl who allegedly told a friend she wanted to burn her house down was charged Wednesday with setting a house fire that killed her adoptive father.

Codee Wheeler was charged as an adult with homicide, arson, aggravated assault and related offenses in the March 21 fire that killed William Earl Wheeler, 57, a former township supervisor.

Suffering behind a secret

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Monday, July 16, 2007 12:34 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS * In the tense final moments of waiting for her daughter to come around the corner of Catholic Charities in St. Cloud, Minn., Sandy Sperrazza could not take her eyes off the floor. It was not an act of submission or fear. Sperrazza was looking for her baby.

“For all those years, I was mourning the loss of the baby, ” Sperrazza said. “I always wanted the baby back. ”

Unearthing the roots of adoption

Agencies are retooling their support programs as a generation of Asian adoptees seeks to reclaim their neglected heritage


From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

July 31, 2007 at 9:23 AM EDT

— Jennifer Jin Brower was born in South Korea, but until a few years ago, she had never used chopsticks or heard of kimchee.

Because she looks Asian, strangers ask, "Where are you from? Do you speak English?" But English is her mother tongue - her adoptive mother's tongue.

Adoption terror

Ex-Queens woman facing charges after police say they found her 11 adopted kids had been mistreated

zachary.dowdy@newsday.com; This story was supplemented with an Associated Press report

July 31, 2007

Killer Adoptee

If they knew so well he was withdrawn, why did no one do something about that before hand?



July 26, 2007 -- The parolee charged in the brutal Connecticut home invasion and arson that killed a doctor's wife and two daughters was adopted as an infant by a wealthy family and remained "distant" throughout his childhood and into his troubled teen years, The Post has learned.

Joshua Komisarjevsky, 26, was born to teenage parents who gave him up at birth, and ended up in the arms of Ben and Jude Komisarjevsky, born-again Christians whose lineage includes a prominent theater director and dancer and a CEO of p.r. giant Burson-Marsteller, said a source close to the family.

"Everybody in the family tried as hard as they could to make him feel welcomed, but he was very distant," the source said.

"They had many sleepless nights and tried very hard to figure out what was going wrong."

Joshua began his criminal career with burglary at the age of 14, and his parents stood by him. But these heinous accusations have left them stunned, the source said.

Komisarjevsky, 26, and Steven Hayes, 44, were slapped with a string of charges including kidnapping, sexual assault and arson. Prosecutors are still undecided whether to charge them with murder or capital murder.

Officials said that Janet Hawke-Petit, 48, was strangled in her Cheshire home. Her daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, died of smoke inhalation.

Their father, Dr. William A. Petit was severely beaten, but survived. He remains in serious condition.

The family had been held hostage for hours after the thieves broke in Monday and forced the mother to withdraw money from a local bank, where she was able to tip off a teller to call police.

Komisarjevsky and Hayes were arrested after trying to flee the burning house.


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