Adoptive couple v. baby girl

From the Washington Post:  “South Carolina court orders Baby Veronica returned to adoptive parents

Here’s the quick overview:  Veronica’s father signed away his parental rights, thinking that Veronica’s mother was going to get custody.  When he found out Veronica was going to be adopted, he began proceedings to obtain custody. Continue reading

‘Missouri judge denies Guatemalan mother custody of her son’

Tammy Ljungblad | The Kansas City Star

Encarnacion Bail Romero never wanted her son Carlos to be adopted.  But after she was detained in an immigration raid, that’s what happened.  You can read an article about her ordeal here.  And now the court has ruled that the six-year-old should stay with his “adoptive” parents.

Bail Romero has not been allowed to see him.  Not once.  Because although she stated repeatedly that she never wanted to allow him to be adopted, because although she said that if she were deported she would take him with her, because although she contacted her family who promised to help her care for him, she had no interest in the child and wanted to abandon him.  Yeah.

(Additional rant on “illegal” long in the making and forthcoming.)

Illegal.

March 2014 update:  Bail Romero has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to overturn the adoption of her son.  Carlos was taken from her and her parental rights were terminated against her wishes, largely in part because she entered this country as an undocumented immigrant. 

illegal
il·le·gal    [ih-lee-guhl]
adjective
1. forbidden by law or statute.
2. contrary to or forbidden by official rules, regulations, etc.: The referee ruled that it was an illegal forward pass.
noun
3. Informal.  illegal alien.

(From dictionary.com)

In May 2007, Encarnacion Bail Romero was arrested during an immigration raid at a Barry County (MO) poultry processing plant. Her son Carlos was then seven months old. Bail Romero’s parental rights were subsequently terminated and her son was adopted by a Missouri couple.

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Too easy

In 2007, Encarnacion Bail Romero was picked up in an immigration raid at a Missouri poultry processing plant.  And she went to jail.  Subsequently the court terminated her parental rights, and her little boy was adopted.

Against her will.

She was deemed to have abandoned him because she did not contact him or provide financial support.  While she was in jail.  By the way, did I mention that she speaks only Spanish?

Now the Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the court erroneously terminated her parental rights.  But don’t celebrate yet.  They are sending the case back to the lower court for retrial.

Of course, the adoptive parents are the “only parents the child has ever known.”  In addition, the child only speaks English.  So we know where the best interests lie.

And after the trial works its way through the court system again, Romero’s little boy will be even more strongly bonded to the adoptive parents.

Possession is nine-tenths of the law.  Or maybe 99 and nine-tenths.

‘Even if the baby was wrongly taken away’

THE NSW government’s welfare agency seized a baby girl from her Chinese immigrant parents and, against their wishes, adopted her out to an Australian-born couple, prompting a judge to observe that the infant may have been “wrongly taken away”.

The girl, who was born in NSW in March 2005, spent less than a day with her mother before being taken into custody by the NSW Department of Community Services on medical grounds.

Last month, the NSW Supreme Court awarded custody of the child to her adoptive parents, saying “even if the baby was wrongly taken away, that is not enough on its own” to warrant her return to her birth mother.

Court documents say the girl was born to a Chinese immigrant mother who speaks no English, and was described as “fearful of government and court processes”.

Small wonder. Source.

Play it again

Raymond Liu is a Chinese American boy who was taken away from his family and placed in foster care.  His mother’s parental rights were subsequently terminated and the foster family expressed a desire to adopt him.

This despite the fact that he has family willing and able to take him–family members (plural!) who passed homestudies in an attempt to keep Raymond with his family.

I haven’t seen any updates on this story, but here is a long article about some of the problems the Liu family faced.  Basically, it’s an affirmation of the old saying “It’s better to be white than right.”

A.M.H.

A little more than a year ago, A.M.H. was returned to her biological parents after a seven-year court battle.  In February, the family moved to China.  Now the AP reports on how A.M.H. is adjusting to her new life:

Anna is an outsider here. Her parents are Chinese, but she cannot talk to her schoolmates because she grew up in America.

I read this article and I couldn’t help but compare and contrast it with articles about Chinese adoptees and how lucky they are to live in the United States.  How quickly they “assimilate.”  How readily they learn the language and the “American” way of life.

No word on whether adoptees in white homes feel like “outsiders.”

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