KIEL, Wisconsin – Todd and Melissa Puchalla struggled for more than two years to raise Quita, the troubled teenager they´d adopted from Liberia. When they decided to give her up, they found new parents to take her in less than two days – by posting an ad on the Internet. Nicole and Calvin Eason, an Illinois couple in their 30s, saw the ad and a picture of the smiling 16-year-old. They were eager to take Quita, even though the ad warned that she had been diagnosed with severe health and behavioral problems. In emails, Nicole Eason assured Melissa Puchalla that
Comments: People are now treating their adopted children like pets from the shelter... Human life is sacred in ALL is shapes sizes and ages. The story is more appalling in part 2. http://www.reuters.com/investigates/adoption/#article/part2 The children must be protected.
I hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE this story! When we give birth to a child, we are responsible for that child. When we adopt a child, it should be no different. If there are problems with our birth child or our adopted child, it is our job to do whatever possible to deal with it. That does not include giving the child up. How awful!
I know people mean well when they adopt older kids, but if they´re over the age of 2, then they have baggage. Teens are hard enough to care for if they´re your natural born child. But adopting one, from a different country - I think agencies helping with this are not preparing people for the reality. Just sad all around. I´m not saying no one should adopt a child older than 2, I´m saying they should be better prepared. That´s all.
A family here adopted several children from Russia. They were all mentally damaged in some way and very hard to handle. They used to frequent a small eatery here and the children were just out of control and awful to watch. The parents carried on conversations like the children were not there. We would finish our food quickly and leave. The noise was too much for us. Don´t know if they still have the kids, the eatery closed and I have not seen them. There are many children in THIS country that need homes, I can´t see going overseas is the answer.
I don´t hate the story. I hate the adults it is written about - the adoptive parents like Michelle (yes, why did she leave Quita in such an obviously bad place?) and the perverted Easons.
One look at "Big Momma" would have been enough.
Too many think that having children - whether their own or by adoption - is like getting a pet. They have no idea of what is involved in raising a child, dealing with their varied personalities (and that includes biological children), and devoting one´s life to nurturing them. A big order. Too many are not suited for the task. Michelle is Exhibit "A" even before you get to the gross Easons.
This sounds to me like a soft sex trade going on. If the liberal lazy lefties who want to save the world suddenly hit bumps in their utopia they either kill their children by abortion or discard them like nuisance pets. This is sickening.
Good that yahoo dropped these re-homing chatrooms. Facebook - yawn. A few more details about Quita as to why she was placed for adoption again would have been helpful. Was Quita ever evaluated by a scholld psychologist? What was her background? Article leaves out a lot of useful information.
#6 and #11 are correct. My wife and I adopted our youngest daughter 28 years ago and she is one of us. There most likely are as many or more success stories out there. Your real parents are the ones that love you and take care of you.
In response to #7´s question, that would be the ideal.
But I know three families where the parents were married for more than 5 years, stable, loving, Christian, hard working, financially stable, and infertile. They were also all over 30. They tried to do domestic adoption, and no domestic adoption agencies would even give them the time of day because of their ages -- even though they were all open to kids of different races, medical issues, and other problems.
Two of the couples adopted from Russia, and one from China. Their kids are all wonderful. Smart, well-behaved, and doing great in school.
If they could have adopted domestically they definitely would have. But blame the lie-beral controlled adoption process in this country to understand why so many couples are forced to go overseas when they want to adopt.
While I totally agree that this "re-homing" approach is horrific, most people do not realize that relinquishing custody is sometimes the only way to get help for troubled children. The adoption "industry" carefully screens potential adoptive parents and warns them of the psychological risks of adoption. What they don´t tell those potential parents is that the risk often isn´t adoption; rather, the risk is that the children most likely to be available for adoption come from troubled homes. Some have experienced abuse or neglect. Others were born to drug users or to people who were mentally ill. Once you have adopted, you are completely on your own, even if the adoption agency was less than truthful about the child´s background.
Residential treatment facilities for the severely mentally ill or behaviorally challenged can be very expensive. In some states, the only gateway to access is to give up custody and turn the child over to the state. In the process, the parents, who dearly love the child but can´t afford treatment, are required to declare themselves as unfit, or even abusive parents. If you make $35,000 per year, it is not ´abusive´ to recognize that you can´t afford $10,000 per month for treatment not covered by insurance. Give up the child and the state will pay for the treatment.
This is most certainly sickening. Those that would blame the messenger (Reuters) should check up on ´Orphan Trains´, which were in use for seemingly noble causes back in the late 1800s and which continued into the early 1920s.
These orphan trains were essentially the same thing as described here, with many children being used as slaves on midwestern farms. My wife´s grandmother was placed on an orphan train when she was around 10 years old. She was lucky and went to a nurturing home with loving adoptive parents. Many were not so lucky.
#7 - Some neighbors recently tried hard to adopt and finally found success in China. One thing they learned in the process is that Russia is little more than a corrupt black market and infants from there are a real crap shoot because of the prevalence of crack babies and other offspring of addicts.
The article tip-toes around why the 2nd couple was so happy to adopt Quita, although they mention she was expected to sleep in the same bed as them. And I don´t buy the crocodile tears from Melissa Puchilla over not being able to contact Quita soon afterwards. They left her at a dumpy, dirty trailer park and thought she would ´thrive´ there? Declaring themselves to be unfit parents may have been the best option where there are no good options.
Why aren´t American couples doing foster care, if they want a child/children? Adoptions can result from that. The foster children are in a system that is so unstable and rife with bad characters, social workers are desperate for loving, stable homes for the children. Loving, caring parents, we need your help here!
With all the evidence out there that foreign countries dump their sick and damaged children on American adoptive families, the emotionalists still get on board. Then, their emotional impulses aren´t strong enough to see it through and they do the unthinkable.
I know a couple who adopted a baby from Guatamala. Got there right after she was born and she had many birth defects. The powers-that-be who arranged the adoption had to have known this before the baby was born they were so extensive. Of course this couple kept the baby, they´d claimed her before she was born, but they were played plain and simple.
Add to that the baby-mill trend and I´d spend a lot more time investigating everything about my foreign adoption before I got involved at all.
The domestic agencies in this Country get so much money per kid, that they make it virtually impossible to adopt a child. When a child "wins" the lottery by being adopted, the agency "loses" the money for that child.
So most of those kids wind up being in the system their whole lives and wind up emotionally damaged in some way.
This idea that a couple at age 30 is unfit to adopt one of these domestic kids, is outrageously ridiculous. I would think they would actually be more emotionally ready and financially fit for taking on that child.
I agree with #15. A very smart friend of mine adopted a girl from an orphanage who was very smart, too. After great efforts to help her the girl manipulated the school principal and others until my friend was almost charged with child neglect and then manipulated the principal (who took her in) until she finally came to her senses. There was no choice but to put the girl into the system as she was irreparably damaged. So sad for both my friend who tried everything and the girl who blew her chances.
At my church, there are many people who have adopted foreign born children. Surprisingly, most couples already had children of their own.
I have two friends in particular, one family literally risked their lives to pick up two brothers from the Ivory Coast. They are doing well. Two very black little boys living with a family of three very white people. We love them all! They are doing well.
The other family adopted a girl from China. It´s been so difficult for them! Hard to say why she has been such a rebellious girl, but she has! I know that they have considered "unadopting" her because it has been that painful. Especially when they see so many other successful families with foreign adoptions around them. We pray for them and support them as much as possible. Their biological children have really suffered.
At some point, we will all stand before God an give an account for what we have done. Including this young girl.
#26, that´s my point. There are so many foster children in less than desirable homes right here. Social workers are in desperate need of decent, caring folks willing to give there children some love too.
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The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed on army assaults on the Muslim Brotherhood, and no major political figure has said anything about the sectarian attacks. Last week at the National Liberal Club there was a discussion asking why the American and British press have ignored or under-reported this persecution, and (in some people’s minds) given a distorted narrative of what is happening. Among the four speakers was the frighteningly impressive Betsy Hiel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
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