Daily Archives: December 30, 2011

Ireland the US and adoption

Ireland used to export babies to the US and now the US is exporting babies to Ireland…it all just makes me sick…I don’t see much different today other than the players have changed…

And people wonder why adoptees get angry…

Two articles from the Irish Examiner about concerns over inter-country adoptions from Florida.  November 2011:

Officials investigate US adoptions Excerpt below – read the article…

“A DELEGATION from the Adoption Authority have visited the US to examine “a number of concerns” about adoptions between Ireland and the US, in particular from Florida.”

Adoption practises – Children are not sale items Entire article below 

“Under the Adoption Act 2010 people in Ireland can only adopt children from countries that have signed the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption, or from countries with which this country has a bilateral adoption agreement.

Bilateral agreements with countries such as Russia, Vietnam and Ethiopia have collapsed in recent years. There are hopeful signs that adoptions from Vietnam can be resumed in the near future.

Florida, which comes under the Hague Convention as part of the US, has become a popular place for Irish people wishing to adopt. Five children have already been adopted from Florida this year, but questions are being raised about further adoptions from that state.

It is a core tenet of both Irish law and the Hague Convention that in instances of adoption, only reasonable levels of professional legal fees can be paid, and all reimbursements of expenses must be justifiable. This is not designed to impede adoption but to ensure that adoption agencies do not engage in the commercial trafficking of children.

No country should permit children to be bought and sold like a commodity.”

And at the same time Ireland is still grappling with the many adoption horror stories that happened there from my era – here is the latest and best I can figure out – vaccine trials were done on babies and children from maternity homes as late as the 1960’s, and for the hundreds of babies who died, they were dissected at Universities. 

September 2011: 15,000 adoption files still to be transferred over to HSE  Excerpt below – Read the article

“SOME 15,000 adoption files, including those relating to controversial vaccine trials carried out on children at a mother-and-baby home run by the Sacred Heart Convent at Bessborough in Cork, have yet to be transferred to the HSE.”

October 2011: Adoption groups demand inquiry into dissections Excerpt below – Read the article

“ADOPTION groups have received a large surge in calls to helplines following revelations that hundreds of dead babies from mother and baby homes were dissected in universities.

An RTÉ Prime Time investigation into vaccine trials carried out in the homes, found that more than 400 babies were dissected by medical students in a practice that continued into the 1960s.”

The Ireland Adoption Rights Alliance website is extremely enlightening, and tells far more detail on exactly what happened back then, and the movement to get to the bottom of it, as well as give adoptees the same right to know as non-adopted individuals.


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And the process for approval to adopt is so intrusive…

$68 Million Settlement Proposed for 10 Children Fraudulently Adopted and Abused

Lawyers for 10 disabled children who were fraudulently adopted by a Queens woman more than 15 years ago and subjected to years of abuse have proposed a $68 million settlement in a civil rights lawsuit filed on their clients’ behalf, according to a confidential court filing.”


The case has been seen as one of the most disturbing child welfare fraud cases in the city in recent years. Ms. Leekin used four aliases to adopt the children, who had physical or developmental disabilities, including autism and retardation, and later moved them to Florida. The children were caged, restrained with plastic ties and handcuffs, beaten with sticks and hangers, and kept out of school, according to court papers. An 11th child disappeared while in Ms. Leekin’s care and is presumed dead.”


Ms. Leekin, 66, was imprisoned after she was convicted of fraud in federal court in Manhattan and of abuse in a state court in Florida. Federal prosecutors have said that as part of her scheme, she collected $1.68 million in subsidies from the city that went to support a lavish lifestyle.”

August 2011 article New Look at City Lapses in Adoption Abuse Case

July 2008 article on sentencing 10-Year Sentence in Scheme to Bilk Adoption System

Go read all the articles.  Three different agencies failed to uncover the fraud by this woman who was sentenced in 2008, and yet a settlement for the victims still hasn’t happened and it is almost 2012.  Just how many other cases like this are out there?  How many more children are being abused?  How many?

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