exposing the dark side of adoption
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2020 Dec

Damir M and his wife, Nadica; Subosic Z and his wife, Azra; Ladislav P and his wife, Aleksandr; and Noah K and his wife, Ivona were detained in Zambia in December on charges of attempted child trafficking used travel documents obtained based on false adoption documents. The 4 children originated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The couples were acquitted in Zambian court.



Paul Petersen smuggled pregnant women from the Marshall Islands into at least three different states, as part of an adoption scheme. Petersen charged couples $35,000 for the adoption. Pregnant women from the islands were recruited to give birth in the United States and then give their children up for adoption. In compensation the women received $10,000 and the cost of their travel was covered.

2015 Sep 1
In the 1980s, at least 200 children were separated from their families into an effective "adoption machine" that was set up by a network of Quebec missionaries and adoptive parents.

Two sisters from Poland were sourced for adoption by European Adoption Consultants (EAC) in 2015. One of the girls was placed with a couple in Utah, who told the agency they could only care for one child. The left-over child was placed with agency worker Debra Parris son John Tufts and his wife Georgiana. The authorities in the US and in Poland were never told about this arrangement and the Tufts were never vetted by adoption officials. The girl placed with the Tufts went on to be sexually abused by her adoptive father.

2012 Feb 6
A retired justice ministry officer in allegedly sells children for adoption to Americans, Canadians, and Australians.
2012 Jan 14
Seven babies were seized from Irish couples while in the process of being adopted. The children were bought from local women. The adoptions were arranged by attorney Carlos Lopez, who had been processing adoptions to Ireland for seven years.
2011 May 10
Children seized by family planning in Longhui County, Hunan province and placed for adoption in exchange for money.
2011 Mar 10
An Italian couple bought a three days old baby from a Romanian mother with whom they had previously made a deal.
2011 Mar 1
Erickson and Neiman created an inventory of unborn babies by finding women who would travel to Ukraine to have embryos from unknown donors implanted, according to the FBI. If the pregnancy lasted until the second trimester, the attorneys would offer the babies to prospective parents by falsely representing that the unborn babies were the result of legitimate surrogacy arrangements, but that the intended parents had backed out.
2010 Aug 18
Three children, Feven, Meskerem and Bethelem, were adopted through Better Future Adoption Services. While their parents were alive, they were allegedly declare foundlings and given different last names.