Saturday, April 5, 2008

JCCA Update

I wrote again asking the following questions:

Ms. Ferrer,

Could you tell me, please, how long you have been Disclosure Coordinator for JCCA?

It would seem that such a position would require knowledge of disclosure laws.

Why then did you ask me my daughter's name before informing me that the law prohibited release of surrender papers? Would not the same laws apply no matter who was asking? Or is my case red flagged for some reason?

Why is it that so many other mothers who have surrendered children for adoption have their surrender papers if it is unlawful?

How does the law that seals identities in adoptions apply to redacted and/or blank copies of a form, which I have requested?

And finally, back to my original inquiry – how does any of this fit within the framework of ethical adoption practices as set for the by the CWLA and E.B. Donaldson Adoption Institute?

5 comments:

Marley Greiner said...

Does the law actually say they can't "disclose" the surrender papers. I don't think there is any such law in Ohio. It sounds to me that this is an agency "policy" pulled out of its ass when "necessary." I'd really pursue this and makes their life miserable.

AdoptAuthor said...

Yes, I have also asked in the past to see the law. Will ask again. I think they are just considering it part of the "sealed records" but how does that affect a blank form???

Marley Greiner said...

It doesn't!

Heck, in Ohio you can download all the relinquishment blanks from the state. I don't know if private agency blanks are different, but I don't think so, since the state controls it all.

AdoptAuthor said...

I haven't looked for those in NY state...but they would likely not be the same as was used 40 years ago.

Gershom said...

good letter! keep up the good work, and don't let this one get away!! You've got them running...

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