Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Outrageous, Inhumane Injustice

A recent news story points to one of most painful aspects of adoption.

Jayni Anderson had a baby girl named Sarah Maire in 1979 and surrendered the newborn to adoption.

Like all mothers who endure the heartache of relinquishment, Jayni never forgot her baby girl and wondered if she was well and well cared for. Whenever she inquired at the LDS agency in Utah who handled the adoption, she was assured that her daughter was "fine."

Anderson, now 50, and still concerned, and imagining her daughter at every age...wondering if she was happy and healthy and wanting to make herself if her daughter were to seek her out...
recently reported an address change to the LDS Family Services.

It was then she was informed that her beloved Sarah Marie had died of SIDS - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - twenty eight years ago, at the age of six months.

As if the pain of loosing a child to adoption is not torture enough, this mother had to have insult added to injury by being lied to for all those years and being allowed to think of her daughter growing up.

When Anderson asked, "Why didn't you tell me earlier?" she said she was simply told, "That's a good question."

And it doesn't end there. She has not bean able to determine if she had been adopted or not before she passed away, and doe snot know where her beloved is buried.

"I don't want this to happen to someone else," said Anderson owho is seeking a change in the laws regarding notification. "Adoption hurts, and it stays with you. But you take heart knowing your child is going to a good home, and you trust the adoption agency. That trust was violated."

No state requires adoption agencies or private adoption practitioners to keep contact with birth parents after relinquishment in the event of death or a failed adoption.

Anderson said she would have opted for an open adoption, had that been available 28 years ag, although there is no enforcement to guarantee that such arrangements are adhered to.

To complicate matters further, Utah legislators recently changed state law to allow for adoptions to be finalized posthumously, but the law applies only to adoptions after May 2006.

This legislation makes a bad situation worse and is a travesty of justice. It serves no purpose whatsoever except to be unnecessarily cruel in denying the mother of the child any semblance of human decency.

Anderson subsequently surrendered a toddler son, in 1980 and another boy, a newborn, in 1981. Her request that the brothers be placed together was denied. "I asked her if my boys could live with their sister, but she said, 'No, the parents moved back East'."

Now she is left to wonder about their well0being far more than ever before...she and every other mother who has lost a child to adoption...

The opposition to opening adoption records for those to whom they apply, is hyped by the NCFA - the lobby for adoption agencies, particularly LSD agencies - as being a detriment to mothers relinquishing and opting for abortions instead. This case points out clearly how directly opposed to reality that lobbying propaganda is. Mothers who read this will be far less likely to relinquish knowing that this could happen to them..be told lies by their adoption agency and not even allowed to properly grieve their child's death or put a flower on a grave.

OriginsUSA has reached out to Jayni to offer her condolences and support as she deals with this tragedy.

We support her efforts to change unjust laws regarding notification to mothers in the event of death or adoption temrination or disruption. We advocate First Right of Refusal in the case of adoption failure - meaning the mother, and father, should be notified and should be the first choice, if they are now capable and willing to parent, before another stranger placement is sought.


Anonymous said...

My husband and I recently adopted an orphan and I was browsing the net on adoption. I really had no clue there was actually 'anti-adoption' interests (I realize most do not include orphans in their plea).
I am reading more about this but still a little confused on the reasoning behind it. I don't totally agree with the American way of adoption that has been and often still is used (remove baby, end of story concept) as my own sister gave up a child for adoption 25 years ago and we don't know if he is alive or dead.
Where I live now (Morocco) there are many orphans and also many parents that simply can not afford to care for their children. The children whose parents can not afford to care for them (possibly not even feed them) actually ask others to care for their kids. For example, my mother in law has two children in her home (a brother and sister) who are orphaned of a father but their mother is still alive. Her husband died suddenly and she could not afford to care for all her kids (7 total). She knew of my mil and came to her to ask her to care for two of the kids. This mother has all rights to her children, see's them whenever she wants and they can return to her whenever they want. My mil loves these kids (we all do!) but so does their mom! Each relationship is nice and for us, in Morocco, it just makes your family bigger :)....we don't look to kick the mother or father out of the kids lives.

Parents & Professionals for Family Preservation & Protection said...

What you describe is what we are seeking here in America to replace adoption.

We are advocating for Family Preservation, which means - ideally - no family should have to be torn apart because of poverty or lack of resources like day care, or support of family and community.

When children need care-taking despite all those support systems being adequate, then care need not be predicated on a total severance from their original family and pretense that they were same as if born to their caretakes.

Some who do not understand, or feel threatened, or desire to belittle such efforts refer to this as being anti-adoption, in a pejorative way. While we - like you - are opposed to inhumane and commercial adoption practices, Family Preservation is a positive, worthwhile, and real goal.

Pro-adoptionists, who profit fron placements or who have a stake in post-adoption support, prefer to cast these goals with more negative label that paints us fanatics. Some are misguided, or threatened enough to think - or say - that we advoate keeping children with abusers!

Anonymous said...

I really shouldn't of used the word anti-adoption (it was just the phrase found when I googled adoption). It sure does sound negative and I didn't mean to reference it that way!
This is very fascinating to me. I think people take the words of psychiatrists as gold..when my nephew was given up for adoption it was touted as the best thing for everyone :(
My parents and sister really thought it was the best thing. All these years later they would change it all if they could.

I really like this idea of changing the entire adoption process in America to something more like what Morocco has.

I'm still reading more about this. Is there a place I can go (site) to help in anyway? Write congress or something? Is this a political issue? What can I do?


Anonymous said...

OH now I feel stupid, lol.
I see the site posted on the front page of the blog!

Parents & Professionals for Family Preservation & Protection said...

Thank yu again. I will have to research Morrocan adoption laws.

You might be interested in reading:

THE STORK MARKET: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry.

Anonymous said...

I have a friend who suffered this double loss of her child to adoption and SIDS. She eventually met her daughter aparents, but I wish it would been policy to inform mothers of a child's death no matter when it happens. It is cruel to leave a woman imagining her child, imagining reunion, grieving things that cannot be. Allow a mother the right to grieve the truth...the loss of her child to adoption and to death.

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