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Q&A: addressing abuses in private re-homings

Q&A: addressing abuses in private re-homings
By Megan Twohey and Zachary Goelman
[inset to part 4 of a 5 article series here The Child Exchange: Inside America's Underground Market for Adopted Children ]

The ability to transfer custody of an adopted child through the Internet presents new risks. Still, experts say there are systemic problems that make the practice possible, and ways the problems might be addressed.

Question: Aren't there already laws to protect adopted children?
Answer: Yes. But there's no uniform law governing adoption in the United States. Domestic adoption is regulated by state law, and the state laws vary. A federal law regulating international adoptions - the Intercountry Adoption Act - currently covers only kids from certain foreign countries. By July 2014, it will cover all international adoptions.

Q: Will expanding the Intercountry Adoption Act better protect international adoptees?

A look at the kids offered on a Yahoo group

A look at the kids offered on a Yahoo group
By Ryan McNeill, Robin Respaut and Megan Twohey

[Inset to part 1 of a 5 article series here The Child Exchange: Inside America's Underground Market for Adopted Children ]

Created in September 2007, a Yahoo group called Adopting-from-Disruption was a place where struggling parents sought support from one another.

Some also used the group as a clearinghouse for unwanted children.

For an investigation into how parents use the Internet to offload adopted children, Reuters analyzed more than 5,000 messages posted on the forum over a five-year period, September 2007 to September 2012. During that time, the group was one of the most accessible Internet forums for adoptive parents seeking new homes for their children.

After Reuters shared its findings with Yahoo, the company acted quickly to shut down the group. Reuters identified more than 500 members who particpated at least once during the five-year time period. Just before it was closed, it had 184 members.

Adopted girl says new 'mom' slept naked with her

By Megan Twohey, Monica Alba and Kate Snow / nbcnews.com

Editor's Note: Today's stories are the second installment in a series of online and broadcast reports on adoption by Reuters and NBC News.

A Texas teenager says that after her adoptive parents gave her away at age 13 to a couple they’d met over the Internet, her new “mom” made an unusual request.

“The first night I had to sleep with the woman, in the same bed with her,” recalled Anna Barnes, now 18. “That was weird, and she wasn’t clothed.”

Anna Barnes is one of the adopted children who was “re-homed” as part of America’s underground child exchange. An investigation by Reuters in partnership with NBC News has uncovered a vast network of adoptive parents who transfer unwanted children – often foreign adoptees – to virtual strangers they meet online in a range of chat rooms.

Nigerian 'Baby Factories' Exposed In Child Harvesting Raid

By Ben Simon / Agence France Presse

The proprietor of Nigeria's Moonlight Maternity Clinic was not interested in discussing allegations that he sells newborn babies, with boys fetching higher prices than the girls.

"I have nothing to say to you," Ben Akpudache, a stout 74-yeard-old, told AFP at the small, dimly lit clinic with concrete floors tucked between commercial shops in the southeastern city of Enugu.

"I can't just have people coming in and asking questions."

"Doctor" Akpudache, whose medical credentials are under question, had his clinic raided in July after a three-month sting operation in which the security forces discovered a so-called baby factory.

"We had our people posing as if they wanted to buy a child," Nigeria's Civil Defence Corps (NCDC) spokesman Denny Iwuckukwu told AFP.

Police had separately stormed his home in May, where they discovered that babies were also for sale.

In a shadowy online network, a pedophile takes home a ‘fun boy’

By Megan Twohey

September 9, 2013 / ReutersInvestigates

APPLETON, Wisconsin – Online, she called herself Big Momma; he went by the name lovethemcute. And in the summer of 2006, housemates Nicole Eason and Randy Winslow were surfing the Internet with a common objective.

Each was looking for children.

Winslow – lovethemcute – was 41, balding and paunchy. He swapped pictures of naked children and would later spend time in a chat room called baby&toddlerlove, where he described himself as a "lil boylover," court documents show. There, he would graphically boast of molesting boys and explain how to keep the abuse quiet: "Just have to raise them to think its fine and not to tell anyone," he wrote in a chat with an undercover federal agent. "What is done in the family stays in the family."

International adoption vs. women's rights

By Sara Beth Wolicki

September 9, 2013 / TheDetroitNews

Michigan has one of the highest international adoption rates within the United States, and in 2010 Michigan ranked fifth in the U.S. for the most international adoptions. While international adoption is usually seen as a selfless act, it is not without consequences. The current international adoption process exploits birth mothers, denying their basic human rights and, ultimately, perpetuates human trafficking. Michigan families need to support human rights by ceasing to adopt international children, promoting international policy change and seeking alternatives, such as domestic adoption.

Hospitals plan organization to arrange adoptions

The Yomiuri Shimbun
September 8, 2013

Twenty hospitals and clinics in 14 prefectures were set to jointly establish an organization to arrange adoptions for free as part of efforts to promote a special adoption system for children younger than 6 years old.

Such adoptions are arranged mainly by private organizations, but some of them have been criticized for a lack of transparency in their operations after receiving large amounts of money from adopting couples.

The new organization, Anshin Haha to Ko no Sanfujinka Renraku Kyogikai (The liaison council of obestricians and gynecologists for safety of mothers and babies) is to begin operating Sunday.

Its director, Koji Samejima of Samejima Bonding Clinic in Saitama Prefecture, has been arranging adoptions for more than 20 years. He called on hospitals and obstetric and gynecological clinics to set up the new organization.

Uganda - Americans for African Adoptions and Joseph Kagimu case

Death Certificates for birth parents and Birth Certificates for 1 child are forged. Based on falsified documentation, guardianship was granted by Ugandan courts to adoptive parents and then a NOID issued by USCIS. Child was not an orphan, not eligible for adoption and returned to care of bio family.

Other cases of 3 families paying AFAA for foster care for 5 children they intended to adopt, only to learn these 5 children were in their birth homes and not in need of adoption.
Date: 2010-01-01
Number of children:


Organizations: AFAA orphanages in Uganda




‘Stuck’ no more: Daughter brought home from Guatemala


Posted on: 10:37 pm, August 15, 2013, by

LONE JACK, Mo. — A more than four-year struggle to reunite a metro family is over.  That family, the Embreys, were on FOX 4 in April.  They shared their challenges surrounding an issue that many families in the U.S. are facing — having an adoptive child in a foreign country.

Now they share their happy ending. Smiling face to face across the kitchen table, it doesn’t seem real to the sisters who just a few months ago were sitting screen to screen and worlds apart.

Four months ago we introduced you to the Embrey family who for four and a half years struggled to get their adoptive daughter, and Cindy’s biological sister, Caterin into the United States. Due to a change in international adoption policy and other hold-ups, they were forced to be apart.

Woman challenges grandson's adoption

By Susan Brown

September 4, 2013 / Hammond Community.net

CROWN POINT | A Hammond woman is questioning why officials favor her grandson's adoption by a foster family over his own family.

"I've been fighting this for three years," said Sharon Raymond, whose son died a month after he was given custody of the boy by a court in August 2011.

Raymond said her grandson was never returned to her son before his sudden death despite a court order. Her son, disabled and wheelchair-bound, lived with Raymond before dying of cardiac arrhythmias and acute pulmonary edema.

Now nearly 4, Raymond's grandson was 7 months old when removed from his home in April 2010 by the Indiana Department of Child Services, court records show.

At the time, court records show DCS found cause for removal because of ongoing drug use by the boy's parents.

Seventh Annual Demons of Adoption Award Nominations

It's that time of year again., Labor Day behind us, kids back to school, the sun no longer at its apex, time for the nominations of the Demons of Adoption Awards.

We are all too aware, our regular readers, like us, have nail-bitingly anticipated this moment all summer long. For us hard-core adoption critics, this is the highlight of the year, the defining moment of the annum.

It will be tough this time around. Over the last years we have dredged the cesspool named Adoptionland and condemned the practices of such agencies like: Bethany Christian Services and LDS Family Services, such trade associations of adoption service providers like the National Council for Adoption and the Joint Council on International Children's Services, and even showed our utmost contempt for the United States Congress. No feather weights by any means.

An important decision needs to be reached, dear Pound Pup Legacy readers. Who is the most deserving villain in Adoptionland, for 2013?  While we can think of some really deserving candidates, we want our readers to nominate and decide who eventually has the dubious honor of actually receiving PPL's 2013 Demons of Adoption Award.

You, our reader, can make your voice heard. It's in your hands now who receives the worst of all honors in Adoptionland. Until  September 30 the nomination process will be open. After that date PPL will post a poll where readers may vote for the nominees.

The link for nominations may be found at: http://poundpuplegacy.org/seventh_demons_of_adoption_nominations

When posting, please state your nominee and a short explanation as to why this candidate is so deserving of this award.

Meet the New Anti-Adoption Movement The surprising next frontier in reproductive justice

By Emily Matchar

September 1, 2013 / New Republic

For a long time, Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy thought of herself as an adoption success story. Pregnant at 18 from an affair with her boss, she denied the pregnancy until her coworkers began to notice. Too far along to get an abortion, she looked up an adoption agency in the Yellow Pages and found herself agreeing to move to Boston and live with a host family until she gave birth. Her son, who she calls Max (his adoptive parents gave him a different name), was born in November of 1987 and handed over to a couple Corrigan D’Arcy had only seen in photos. And that was that.

She told herself she’d done the smart thing. She’d given her son a two-parent family of means. It wasn’t until more than a decade later that Corrigan D’Arcy, by then married and the mother of three more children, began to rethink what had happened.

Searching For My Daughter, A Human Trafficking Tale

September 3, 2013 / The Topeka Capital-Journal

My name is Ljiljana Milovanovic, one of thousands of Serbian mothers who are searching for the truth in regards to what happened to the babies we gave birth to in Serbian hospitals.

On March 3rd 1975, in Krusevac Serbia, I gave birth to a baby girl, who Doctors told me, had passed away due to complications, after the first two hours of life. Both me, and my spouse were left to deal with the devastating news that our firstborn daughter would never come home with us. 

Boy adopted by Lee M Rager and Diana J. Haley

A boy, adopted by Lee M Rager and  Diana J. Haley was allegedly tortured by his adoptive parents. He was kept locked in his room and tied up while being beaten. The boy was removed from school twice to prevent further investigations into child abuse.
Date: 2013-07-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes


Fort Wayne, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Erica Parson

15-year-old Erica Parson was taken in by Casey and Sandy Parsons two weeks after her birth, and adopted two years later. In November 2011 she went missing, however the adoptive parents never reported this to authorities. Upon investigation allegations of continuous abuse were made.

Erica was abused and maltreated by her adoptive parents, who encouraged their other children to abuse the girl.

Note: Given the preliminary state of this case, the abuse has been labeled "non-lethal neglect" (for the failure to report Erica Parson's disappearance).
Date: 2013-07-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes


Salisbury, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Lev Dzyuba and his wife

3 children adopted from Ukraine by Ukrainian natives Lev Dzyuba and his late wife Larisa Dzyuba were allegedly locked in their rooms for several months after Larisa's death from cancer. Lev's 2 sisters helped with the children, who were homeschooled, after Larisa's death.
Date: 2013-08-15
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Моя семья My Family, near Kiev
Type of abuse: Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Other family member
Home schooling: yes


Organizations: Natalia Koval


Conyers, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Child trafficking: Lagos rescues 25 children

by Yejide Gbenga-ogundare-Lagos / tribune.com.ng

A total of 25 children have been rescued from a den of child traffickers purported to be home for orphans and the less privileged by the Lagos State government.

The Office of the Public Defendant (OPD) made this announcement in Lagos through a press statement.

Why temporary suspension of child adoption-Minister

By Daily Guide Ghana

Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, says the temporary suspension of child adoption was to protect the interest of the vulnerable.

The suspension was announced on March 24 and is expected to be lifted at the end of the year.

“The moratorium became necessary following the discovery of a worrying trend in the adoption of children which is detrimental to their welfare,” she said.

Institutions urged to support children homes

Accra, Aug 22, GNA – Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has appealed to corporate bodies to come to the aid of orphanages to improve their operations.

The Minister called on non-governmental organizations, private companies, and churches to contribute their quotas to support the development effort of children homes.

Expert on human trafficking to address Louisville doctors, nurses

By Laura Ungar

August 22, 2013 / courier-journal.com

Dr. Jeff Barrows says there are studies showing that between a quarter and a half of all victims of human trafficking encounter a health professional while being trafficked.

But often, doctors, nurses and other health professionals don’t know much about how to identify victims – or what to do if they suspect someone is in trouble.

Couple Looking To Adopt Takes Out Ad Space On NJ Turnpike

They've Adopted Once Before And Want To Share Their Love With Another Child

August 19, 2013 / newyork.cbslocal.com

Restaurants, amusement parks and hospitals all use billboards to advertise. Now, one couple has marketed themselves on the New Jersey Turnpike in hopes that they will find a child.

Orna and Jay, who asked that their real names not be revealed, adopted their son Ben more than two years ago through an agency, CBS 2′s Christine Sloan reported.

“The moment I held Ben as my son I knew I felt happiness I never felt I could feel,” Orna said.

The couple spent two years navigating the adoption process when they adopted Ben. Now, the couple is ready to adopt again. They want Ben to have a brother or a sister, but the process is not as simple the second time around because many birth mothers seem to look for childless couples.

She's leaving... Again

My oldest is leaving for her second year of college this Sunday.

I have been bracing for this week, since May.

Thankfully, last year's experience was a very positive one.  My daughter made frequent home-visits, and made Dean's List each semester.  She made the loss and absence easier, because she not only came back, she came back as a better individual.

But the departure... the going-away... it has never been easy for me.

Indiana Supreme Court nullifies adoption of twins

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has nullified the adoption of two children nearly a decade after they were removed from their mother’s home and placed with foster parents who later adopted them.

The court’s 5-0 decision handed down Friday reverses a Jasper County judge’s decision not to set aside the adoption decree involving the now 10-year-old fraternal twins.

Girl adopted by man from Blackman Township, MI

Girl adopted by man from Blackman Township, MI, was sexually abused by her adoptive father.
Date: 2013-08-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father


Blackman Township, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Doc detained over baby trafficking in 'male child' obsessed China

AP / hindustantimes.com
Beijing, August 10, 2013

Local authorities have detained nine people, including an obstetrician, on suspicion of baby trafficking at a hospital in northwestern China, state media reported.

Despite severe legal punishments, including the death penalty, child trafficking is a big problem in China.

Operation baby dump

I just saw this sick bit of news about Pakistan. In a sort of Pat Robertson meets MTV kind of style, abandoned babies are now given away to desperate couples.

According to the article each month eight to ten babies are found in the garbage. Mr Aamir Liaquat Hussain may have found a way to boost his popularity, but has he ever considered the real possibility that due to his show, even more babies will be abandoned?

America's Foster Care System: Test Lab for Big Pharma, Cash Cow for Caretakers?

By Katie Rucke, MintPress News
August 7, 2013

Hours after Texas Child Protective Services removed 5-year-old Tristen from the care of his mother and placed him in a foster home, Tristen’s foster parents took him to see a psychiatrist, citing concerns the young boy was depressed. That day, a psychiatrist prescribed Tristen three medications: one for anger, one for depression and one to help the 5-year-old relax.

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