When I say that I have been involved in helping mothers who lost children to adoption and trying to change adoption since the 1970's...I have often been asked what we did in all that time.
The first and primary cncern of mothers - and adpotees - during those decades of the 70s and 80s was search and support. We searched feverishly for our children and in doing so found and perfected and proteced good "sources" and outed bad ones who scammed people.
One of the five co-founders of origins - started in NJ in 1980 - was Luce Pare who was set up and very lucky not to have wound up in jail. Not so lucky was sandy Musser who did serve time for assisting in searches.
Now once again...we are forced to become criminal to get what should be ours. This woman apparently dared to operate in a state that is still living in the 1950s when it comes to adoption.
Woman accused of stealing records pleads no contest
The Associated Press
Article Last Updated: 06/11/2008 12:57:18 PM MDT
Posted: 12:56 PM- BRIGHAM CITY -- A woman accused of stealing adoption records from a Davis County courthouse pleaded no contest to the charges.
But Jill Ekstrom may have defendant's regret. She tells an Ogden newspaper that she had taken painkillers Monday and may withdraw the plea.
Ekstrom is the former owner of UtahFinders.com. She gained notoriety for reuniting adopted children with their biological parents.
A Davis County prosecutor, Rick Westmoreland, says 300 to 400 adoption case files from the 1970s were contained on several rolls of microfilm. The microfilm has not been recovered.
Ekstrom, 43, was accused of selling some of that information to an undercover officer.
The Standard-Examiner says Ekstrom pleaded no contest to five misdemeanors. Sentencing is set for July 22.