Daily Archives: February 3, 2012

It isn’t just the adoptee who wants to know…

And it isn’t just the adoptees of my era. The need to know applies to children and grandchildren of the adoptees. It does not matter what kind of life adoption gave you, your parent, or grandparent, the need to know the past doesn’t just disappear.

Orphan train riders, offspring seek answers about heritage

His father, J. Harold Phillips, came to Iowa in 1912, when he was 6, aboard a train filled with children. The boy lined up onstage with the other youngsters at a theater and was selected by a childless doctor, Norman Phillips, and his wife, Amy. They took him home and adopted him two years later.

Jim Phillips, 71, a retired school counselor and coach, wants to learn the rest of his dad’s story and hopes to track down cousins he has never met. His father was born John Harold Bachlund in New York City to Emil and Ella Bachlund, immigrants from Finland. After Ella died in 1908, Emil — a sailor who was often at sea — gave up John Harold, two other sons and a daughter.

John Harold’s path after that was not unusual in New York and other East Coast cities from the 1850s to 1929. The Children’s Aid Society and New York Foundling Hospital put orphaned or abandoned children on trains headed west. The beginning of the Great Depression and enactment of social service programs and child protective laws ended the practice.

Lukas Weinstein, archive coordinator for the Children’s Aid Society, says that about 200,000 children rode the trains. Some were adopted by loving families; others were treated as servants when there were no child labor laws. Many ended up in the Midwest.

A growing number of their offspring want to know more about the orphan train riders. “I’ve seen a steady increase (in interest) in the past year,” Weinstein says. He gets up to 20 requests a week for information.

Go read the whole thing as it is not just his story but others. If you don’t know much about the Orphan Train Riders you can check out the links in this post to learn more.

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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Adoption, adoptive parents, biological child


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How long?

This case has been dragging on for years, literally, like so many other adoption cases.  It makes me sick.  There is no excuse for not expediting the process and calling an end to it.  I don’t have any answers but I do know that dragging something out literally years is wrong.  I knew I had talked about this case before and found this post from last year Only in the world of adoption.

When this case first hit the news I was appalled.  Even back then the comments about “ripping the child from the only home they have ever known” and “taken to a foreign country where they don’t know the language” just made me shake my head in amazement, when that is exactly what happens in any international adoption of a child the same age or older.  Hypocritical to say the least.

Published: April 22, 2009

CARTHAGE, Mo. — When immigration agents raided a poultry processing plant near here two years ago, they had no idea a little American boy named Carlos would be swept up in the operation.

One of the 136 illegal immigrants detained in the raid was Carlos’s mother, Encarnación Bail Romero, a Guatemalan. A year and a half after she went to jail, a county court terminated Ms. Bail’s rights to her child on grounds of abandonment. Carlos, now 2, was adopted by a local couple.

In his decree, Judge David C. Dally of Circuit Court in Jasper County said the couple made a comfortable living, had rearranged their lives and work schedules to provide Carlos a stable home, and had support from their extended family. By contrast, Judge Dally said, Ms. Bail had little to offer.

more to the article can be found at the link above…

Missouri Court Sides with Immigrant in Adoption Case

January 26, 2011

A Guatemalan immigrant who lost custody of her child after being caught-up in an immigration raid has regained parental rights.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that state adoption laws were not followed in terminating the parental rights of a Guatemalan woman who was caught up in a 2007 immigration raid and allowing her son to be adopted by an American couple.

But the decision doesn’t automatically return the now 4-year-old child to his birth mother, Encarnacion Bail Romero. The court instead ordered the completion of mandatory reports about Romero, the adoptive parents and the boy, and a new trial regarding Romero’s parental rights.

Judge Patricia Breckenridge, who wrote the majority opinion for the seven-member court, said another hearing would be required because the evidence in the case suggested abandonment. In a footnote, Breckenridge expressed concern about how the case played out, and three other judges indicated they would have reversed the adoption.

“Every member of this court agrees that this case is a travesty in its egregious procedural errors, its long duration and its impact on mother, adoptive parents and, most importantly, child,” Breckenridge wrote.

more to the article can be found at the link above…

And they haven’t come to a solution yet?  What are they waiting for – the child to reach age 18?  If it takes this long to do reports and have a new trial that was ordered a year ago, then the child will be an adult by the time it is settled.

Adoption Battle Over 5-Year Old Boy Pits Missouri Couple Vs. Illegal Immigrant

February 1, 2012

A tug-of-war over a five-year-old boy is at the center of a national debate over parental rights and immigration, and a sign of what critics say is a growing trend in which immigrants are being deemed unfit parents because they crossed the border illegally.

Seth and Melinda Moser of Carthage, Missouri say the boy they call Jamison is their son, and that returning him to his birth mother after five years will cause him untold harm.

“I could not love him more, had he come out of me physically,” Melinda Moser said in an interview with a Missouri television station. “I can only imagine the trauma that he would go through in feeling like people that did love him have betrayed him, you know?”

His birth mother, Encarnacion Bail Romero, says Carlos was taken from her against her will while she was in federal custody for an immigration-related crime, and hopes to regain custody in a trial that starts later this month.

“I’m his mother, I’m the mother of Carlitos,” she told ABC News.

more to the article and a video can be found at the link above…

So since the mother has been out of jail she has not been allowed to see her son which would actually help the transition if the trial rules for her.  It would help her son if the trial rules against her.  Watch/listen to the video at the link.  At this point my question is: Who really is looking after the Best Interests of Child? 

P.s. spell check isn’t working please ignore typo’s… 


Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Adoption, adoptive parents, biological child, Ethics


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