Three children adopted by Phillip and Kimberly Loesch in 2008 were deprived of food and were harshly disciplined. Physical beatings consisted of strikes to the hands, head and buttocks with leather "spanking sticks" to the extent the children's hands were swollen and not able to be closed, the affidavit alleges.
The chidlren were also required to put their hands in cold buckets of water as punishment too, or to limit the swelling from the assaults. Using the bathroom was allegedly allowed only with the parents' permission, which sometimes forced the children to have to relieve themselves in their rooms.
One boy was allegedly required to wear a cardboard box on his head to limit his looking around as a punishment to keep him from socializing. The children also slept on the floor for several months with no mattress, pillows, sheets or covers, according to the court records.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
In this May 9, 2013 file photo, Tim Lambesis, 32, front man for the Christian-inspired heavy metal group As I Lay Dying, appears in Vista Superior Court in Vista, Calif. Lambesis is facing a court hearing Monday Sept. 16, 2013 to determine whether he will stand trial on charges he tried to hire someone to kill his estranged wife. Bill Wetcher/U-T San Diego
VISTA, Calif. — The frontman of the Grammy-nominated metal band As I Lay Dying will stand trial on a charge of trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife, a judge in San Diego ruled Monday.
Adopted by Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, Dylan was allegedly sexually abused at the hands of her adoptive father. Charges were eventually dropped to spare Dylan (at the time 7 years old) to testify in court. Woody Allen later started a relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, another adopted child of Mia Farrow.
Half a world away from her birthplace in Ethiopia, teenager Hana Williams died on a rainy night in the backyard of what a prosecutor called a "house of horrors" — the rural home of her adoptive family in Washington state.
The official causes of her death, after being forced outside as punishment, were malnutrition and hypothermia. Authorities said Hana, during three years of adoption, had been beaten repeatedly with switches, starved and made to sleep in a locked closet.
The parents, Larry and Carri Williams, have been convicted of manslaughter and face sentencing Oct. 29.
For the seventh year in a row, Pound Pup Legacy, asks its readers to decide who will become the recipient of the annual Demons of Adoption Award.
Like previous years, the candidates for the award were nominated by readers of Pound Pup Legacy. An unprecedented number of nominations were made, and several nominations received strong support from our readers.
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois: for employing social worker Elizabeth Thomas-Colwell who was formerly a licensed social worker (LCSW) in the state of Illinois. There is reason to believe that she was involved in poor practices and potentially illegal adoptions;
Children in Families First (CHIFF): for its slick marketing campaign supporting and driving legislation (Children In Families First Act of 2013) to turn back the clock on inter-country adoptions by providing authority to USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security to bypass the Hague Convention Regulations, current US Immigration laws, and International Standards on Child Welfare;
Adam Pertman: for claiming to be a critic of the adoption system, while at the same time promoting the interest of the adoption industry;
Mardie Caldwell: for maintaining baby farms, which are categorized by race;
Monte was born in 1970 in Korea and was sent to the U.S. in 1978. Although he served in the U.S. military, he was deported to Korea in 2009. Monte claims that when he was arrested, he did not know that he had been set up by his truck driving partner to transport drugs. Like most other Korean adoptees sent to the U.S., Monte is culturally American and does not speak Korean.
Over 300 suspects were detained in latest operation by Chinese authorities to crack down on chronic problem of child trafficking linked to the country's one-child policy.
28 Sep 2013
Police forces from 11 provinces were involved in the operation to break up a massive network that stole, bought and sold children in Henan province in central China and other provinces.
Revealing one of the biggest busts of its kind in years, officials said on Saturday that the group had targeted children in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in China's southwest and transported them to other provinces for sale.
The exact date of the police operation, which was the result of a six-month investigation, is not known.
Child abduction is a major problem in China, where such police operations have become regular occurrences as authorities crack down on child trafficking.
Strict family planning laws, a traditional preference for boys, ignorance of the law, poverty and illicit profits drive a thriving market in babies and children.
MUMBAI: One baby for adoption in a Pune centre has two sets of prospective adoptee parents-Indian and foreign.
The Indian couple, not wishing to lose out on the girl child, has now moved the Bombay HC for an order to permit only them to adopt her. The HC heard the plea on Friday in a judge's chambers. A couple married for 12 years with no child of their own decided to adopt.
Asunta Yong Fang Basterra Porto, a 12 year old girl adopted from China as an infant, was found dead shortly after she was reported missing by her parents. Her divorced parents, Rosario Porto and Alfonso Basterra, have both been arrested. According to reports, the motive could be economic; researchers are trying to determine if the girl was the recipient of an inheritance left by the maternal grandparents.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Death by unknown cause
Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), A Coruna Spain (Espana)
This week, Reuters published a stunning investigative series on “private re-homing” in America – an alarming practice where parents unload unwanted children whom they previously adopted. The series, the result of 18 months of work by Reuters investigative reporter Megan Twohey, exclusively reveals America’s underground market for adopted children, where parents are advertising their children in online forums and transferring custody with little to no regulation or oversight, leaving the children highly vulnerable to abusive situations.
China's adoption agency said it was "very shocked and furious" about the findings in a Reuters report that exposed how U.S. parents use the Internet to abandon unwanted children they have adopted from abroad, including China.
A five-part Reuters investigation published this month found
parents used message boards and forums on Yahoo and Facebook to send their unwanted children to virtual strangers with little or no government scrutiny, sometimes illegally.
"As to the report that refers to American families who are using the Internet to relocate children they have adopted and aren't willing to continue raising, we are very shocked and furious," the state-backed China Centre for Children's Welfare and Adoption said in a faxed statement to Reuters late on Tuesday. The center was responding to a query from Reuters.
The bill is intended to counteract the decline in inter-country since 2004, a trend that has many prospective adopters worried and cuts heavily into the revenues of adoption service providers.
The inter-country adoption lobby has been in full blown panic over this decline for several years now.
Already in 2009, a legislative attempt was made to curb the downward trend by means of the Families for Orphans Act. This effort failed miserably, but now the adoption lobby has regrouped with new blood and fresh money.
"Any normal person should take the speculations and absolutely unlawful demands of certain abhorrent politicians and public activists [in Russia and in the United States] to cancel the ban, to amend the law and to resume the outflow of the Russian children as anti-patriotic, bizarre and inhumane," Astakhov's press office quoted the ombudsman as saying at the opening of the Russian-U.S. forum in Khanty-Mansiisk on Monday.
A comprehensive history of inter-country adoption has thus far not been written. Some adoption websites give a brief summary of the history of inter-country adoption, and there are several books trying to do the same, but a thorough study into the origins of inter-country adoption is still awaiting scholarly initiative.
In the book Intercountry Adoption: A Multinational Perspective, by Howard Alfstein and Rita James, the following is said about the history of inter-country adoption:
Earlier this year a study was published, analyzing the European Union's reversal in approach towards inter-country adoption from Romania since 2007.
The study sheds some interesting light on the motivations behind this radical shift and serves as a warning when it comes to the politicization of child protection.
Initially we wanted to write a review about this fascinating, albeit very dense study.
However, while researching the topic of the Romanian adoptions early 1990s, we felt compelled to write about a subject only touched upon in this study: the political influence of adoptive parents.
We will use the Romanian adoption crisis as a backdrop for this article, although it should be noted that similar patterns emerged around adoptions from Vietnam, Guatemala, and Ethiopia in more recent times.
Emphasising that separating children from their birth parents is a 'last resort', Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, said that, all too often, local authorities, social workers, even judges, give 'scant attention' and pay 'little more than lip service' to the benefits of keeping children with their birth parents.
Calling for root and branch change in the family justice system, the judge emphasised the 'wide-reaching importance' of the case and said that current adoption procedures were riven by 'sloppy practice' in which family links are severed forever on often flimsy evidence.
In 1998 Jeffrey Baldwin and a sister were placed by Catholic Children's Aid with his maternal grandparents Elva Bottineau and Norman Kidman, who had been convicted of child abuse in 1970 and 1978 respectively. The grandparents had been given custody of 2 other siblings earlier. Jeffrey died 4 years later, after he and his next oldest sister had been starved, beaten, locked in an unheated room and forced to drink from a toilet. Jeffrey was never toilet trained and denied schooling. The 2 other siblings were trained to treat Jeffrey and his sister as 'pigs'. Jeffrey died at age 5 of septic shock from pneumonia complicated by his starvation. He was covered with wounds and weighed 21 lbs; one pound less than he weighed for his 12 month doctor visit.
There were 6 adults and 6 children under age 10 in the home. Bottineau and Kidman used the children as a source of income. Bottineau and Kidman were convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 22 and 20 years, respectively.
Some expectations about adoption, nearly a hundred years ago.
The Mansfield Shield
December 24, 1915
Seventy-seven once childless homes in state are happy today. - Some homes saddened because baby for adoption was not forthcoming.
By Associated Press.
Columbus, O., Dec. 24 - Sunny-faced children were the Christmas gifts which brought joy today to 77 homes in Ohio that would have been childless except for adoption during the past year of thee small ward of the board of state charities.
A score of other homes were saddened by news that their greatest wish - a baby for adoption by Christmas time - could not be granted, because there are "not enough babies to go 'round."
"Families will have to begin their Christmas shopping earlier next year if they want real live babies for gifts." said C.V. Williams, director of the children's welfare bureau of the board of state charities.
Here are typical extracts from letters on file at the board's office:
While the article makes no direct mention of the adopted child placed in a home where the AP is negligent or unable to bond with the child, one should consider how an APs daily response to an adoptee who has attachment/trust issues can affect all future relationships, from the POV of the child.
I especially hope PAPs will read the following, with an open-mind that says the effects of a poor adoption placement can be more harmful (and life-changing) than most would believe or suspect:
(CNN) -- Elisa van Meurs grew up with a Polish au pair, speaks fluent Dutch and English and loves horseback riding -- her favorite horse is called Kiki but she also rides Pippi Longstocking, James Bond, and Robin Hood.
She plays tennis and ice hockey, and in the summer likes visiting her grandmother in the Swiss Alps.
"It's really nice to go there because you can walk in the mountains and you can mountain bike ... you can see Edelweiss sometimes," said the 13-year-old, referring to the famous mountain flower that blooms above the tree line.
It's a privileged life unlike that of her birth mother, a woman of African American descent from Indianapolis who had her first child at age 15. Her American family is "really nice but they don't have a lot of money to do stuff," said Elisa, who met her birth mother, and two siblings in 2011. "They were not so rich."
This week, Adoptionland has been in turmoil over the publication of a series of articles by Reuters and NBC-news.
The articles portray the drain of the adoption system, the practice of informal re-homing of adoptees who are no longer wanted by their forever family.
Just like it is with every abuse case and every trafficking case found in Adoptionland, the mouth pieces of the adoption industry are quick and ready to down play the situation. The good name of adoption MUST be preserved, at all cost, even if doing so leads to more abuse, more disruptions, more dissolutions, and more child trafficking for adoption purposes.
GWEN IFILL: Now: adoption in America in the age of the Web.
A new series of investigative reports published this week is raising serious questions about how some adoptive parents who seek help online are encountering unintended consequences.
Called "re-homing," some parents use the Internet to find new families for children they've adopted, often from foreign countries. A Reuters investigation found some of the unwanted kids were abused after being given away. Jeffrey Brown talks to Reuters' Megan Twohey and Adam Pertman of the Donaldson Adoption Institute.
Jeffrey Brown has our look.
JEFFREY BROWN: The stories focus on how some parents are using the Internet to turn over their adopted children to new families after finding they're having problems raising the children, in a practice called private re-homing.
LANSING — There was precious little middle ground Wednesday when a state House committee discussed bills that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse to place a child with a family if it goes against its religious or moral beliefs.
Supporters of the legislation say it won’t hamper anyone from adopting a child. But opponents said it would allow private agencies to discriminate against a wide range of people who are seeking a child to foster or adopt, but who don’t share the agency’s religious beliefs.
“As a Christian minister, I’m thankful for religious liberty,” said the Rev. Nicolette Siragusa of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lansing. “But no public funds should go to an agency that disregards the best interests of the adoptee in favor of its own discriminatory doctrine. Our state already has a poor record of transitioning children from foster (care) to adoption.”
Adopted children may be more likely than their non-adopted siblings to attempt suicide, according to a new U.S. study.
Researchers urged doctors to be on the lookout for signs of trouble in adopted teen patients but said parents should not be overly alarmed by the results.
"While our findings suggest that adoptees may have an elevated risk for suicide attempt, the majority of the adopted individuals in our study were psychologically well-adjusted," lead author Margaret Keyes, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the agency, 4,600 youth deaths each year in the U.S. are suicides, and a much larger number of young people make attempts to take their own lives.
How does an American family adopt a child from abroad?
• Ninety countries belong to the Hague Adoption Convention, a set of safeguards for international adoptions. As a member, the United States requires parents to take 10 hours of training before adopting from another member country, such as China. (There's no requirement when adopting from a non-Hague country, such as Ethiopia.) When Americans adopt children from U.S. state foster-care systems, more training is required: typically 30 hours.
• In about half the cases, involving kids from Hague countries, the adopting parents go through a federally accredited U.S. adoption agency that works with authorities in the foreign country. In the other half, involving non-Hague countries, families might go through an American adoption agency or work directly with facilitators in the child's home country.