Methods of procuring the babies include obtaining signed relinquishments
from mothers under duress or coercion, admitting a pregnant woman to a
hospital under the name of the adopter or falsely telling the mother
"the baby died" shortly after birth and falsifying the original birth
record, actual purchase from economically disadvantaged parents in the
U.S. and in third world countries and outright kidnapping (see
U.S. OK's Child Theft
). For the benefit of searching adoptees, the following are known
Baby Brokers, both dead and alive -- an ongoing project.
Browse AmFOR's search/support pages such as
"Search Worldwide, Free",
"The Ultimate Search Book",
"Donor Offspring/Parent Registry".
Links to other web-sites will be provided as this page is expanded,
and surfing for other web-sites on Internet, using the Baby Broker's name
as key-word to search, will also lead to current search/support groups,
registries specific to the doctor or institution that handled the birth.
Some of these Baby Brokers have been convicted, some were not discovered
until long after their deaths, while others still broker babies under
protection of current state adoption secrecy laws.
"If you call the FBI office in the state you
were born, they will send you a "Freedom of
Information Act" form to fill out to see if they can
place you with being a BLACK MARKET baby. This is all
new to me. I have been searching for 22 years. I just
heard of this. Hoping it will help someone else, too.
Much love for your input and helping me. "
- Nancy Sharp Strong
Estelle Barkan & Unknown Child 1970s
Lisa Mihok & Family 1997,
former Barkan Baby kept
& abused by Barkan
Katherine M. Cole
Mrs. Ruby Hightower
Ideal Maternity Home Babies
Attorney David Keene Leavitt
John Edward Robinson Sr.
Attorney James A. Shrybman
Lila Gladys and William Young
Kidnapped for Adoption
Gualtemalan Children Reunited
with Mother Clara Galicia
U.S. BABY BROKERS
- Reingold, Arlene, (NY-AZ-Mexico)
Worked with Arlene Lieberman as partners in an adoption business & together they worked through Attorney Mario reyes (Arizona), to "legalize" adoptions of 17 smuggled Mexican children and to defraud Mexican authorities by forging documents & havng women pose as the biological mothers in illegal adoptions for up to $22,000. Source: New York Times, August 4, 2005. See also "Adoptio Choice" agency in http://www.adoptionagencychecklist.com/page673.html
- Birth Hope, (see Kurtz, Seymour)
See Kurtz, Seymour (on this page) & "Baby Broker Watch: The Facts About Seymour Kurtz's Adoption Network," including Easter House at http://www.geocities.com/bernw5333/index.html Also Easter House Babies' registry is at: http://www.ehbabies.com
- Burgueno, Attorney Mario Reyes
Smuggled Mexican children into the United States for illegal adoptions, in conspiracy with a Medford, New York adoption agency run by Arlene Reingold and Arlene Liberman. Source: "Motives of Adoption Ring Suspect," 6-2-99 - http://www.friends-partners.org/ partners/stop-traffic/1999/0248.htm
- Reyes, Attorney Mario, (NY-AZ-Mexico)
Worked with Arlene Reingold & Arlene Liberman who were partners in a New York adoption business. Attorney Mario Reyes (Arizona) handled the adoptions of 17 smuggled Mexican children & defrauded Mexican authorities by forging documents & having women pose as the biological mothers in illegal adoptions for up to $22,000. Source: New York Times, August 4, 2005. See also "Adoption Choice" agency in http://www.adoptionagencychecklist.com/page673.html
- Doezie, J.
Doezie, from Villa Park, CA, pled guilty to recruiting pregnant Hungarian women to sell their babies to California couples. Source: LA Times-Orange County Edition 3-18-00 - http://www.friends-partners.org/partners/stop-traffic/1999/0739.html
- Gati, Marianne
Hungarian-born Canadian/American citizen involved with a California baby selling ring. Source: CNN 6-23-96; Reuters 7-16-96. "Woman Accused of Selling Hungarian Babies": SANTA ANA, California (CNN) -- A Hungarian-born Canadian woman who allegedly brought pregnant women from Hungary to sell their babies in the United States.... Marianne Gati, 48, [was] jailed in California on charges of money laundering, tax fraud, harboring illegal immigrants unlawfully and conspiracy. Gati was arrested ... by federal agents working with the Hungarian National Police to investigate charges that Gati arranged to sell as many as 30 babies in the United States. She promised to pay each mother "$1,000 for a baby with dark features and $12,000 for a baby with light features," according to the complaint. An IRS agent investigating the case said Gati is suspected of turning a $20,000 profit on each adopted baby. Her court-appointed lawyer quoted Gati as saying she ran a legitimate adoption consulting agency." Source: http://www.cnn.com/US/9606/23/newsbriefs/
- Guzman, Nilda Gierbolini
See 11-24-97 excerpted story, "Raised in Peuerto Rico, Crystal Anzaldi To Meet Mother in California" on AmFOR's page at http://AmFOR.net/StolenBabies
- Kenniker, Dr. Lorraine Eldine, (OB/GYN and adoption facilitator, Santa Barbara, 1960s; died 1972-3)
See "Baby Theft 1968?" Link on one alphabetcal list of page links this web page.
- Leavitt, Attorney David Keene, (U.S. and Canada adoptions)
Leavitt was successfully sued for $8-million for conspiring to help a woman give up her child for adoption against the father's wishes. AmFOR intervened in the Kiefer case and in general, with regard to his prectice of soliciting pregnant women via newspaper ads nationwide to come to California where he is licensed to practice, then would advise them to deliver and relinquish their babies in Canada in order to prevent fathers from asserting their claims of parental rights.
"The number of American children being adopted by foreign parents is a number that isnít tracked, according to the U.S. Department of State. However, Canadian immigration statistics show that 600 U.S. born children have been adopted by Canadians since 1995... Experts speculate that the number of children placed abroad is growing; Indianapolis adoption attorney Steven Kirsh placed over 100 American-born children since 1991." Source: The Oregonian, Sunday, July 4, 2004
- Pagano or Pagliano, Mrs., (Midwife-abortionist)
Mid-wife who performed abortions in New Haven, CT, late 1930s til arrest in 1938; suspected of black market adoptions; collected fees for "burial" of allegedly "stillborn" babies but there are no birth or death records on these babies, according to one of her victims. Source: Anna & Alfred Carangelo. See "Baby Theft 1938?" page link, on list of alphabetcial page links on this web page.
- Niles, Dr. Jerome D., ("Niles Babies," Delaware, 1930s-1940s)
District of Columbia
- Abel, Dr. Bernard, (Jackson Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville)
- Barkan, Estelle Katz, (Florida-born babies; facilitated adoptions in Philadelphia, NY, NJ; many finalized in Juarez, Mexico)
Estelle was a friend of Helen Tanos Hope and was trained by her. Estelle worked securing Florida-born babies for adoptions in the Philadelphia-New York-New Jersey areas, primarily representing Jewish families. These adoptions followed the same M.O. as Tanos-Hope's, with adoptions often being finalized in Juarez, Mexico. Estelle admits to performing "maybe 70 or 80" of these adoptions, but is suspected of many more as she was active throughout the 1970s. Juarez attorney Vincente Gonzalez Santillan claimed that he finalized adoptions for Barkan and Tanos-Hope at an average rate of one or two per week throughout the 1970s.
One of Barkan's Babies, Lisa Mihoff (photo above), wrote AmFOR that, for reasons unknown, she and another baby girl were never adopted out. Instead, Lisa states, Barkan kept her and the other girl in Barkan's basement throughout their childhood and abused them physically and emotionally.
When Estelle was accused of finalizing adoptions in Juarez to make search difficult later, she denied doing it for that reason. She said she did it that way because she was finding babies for people who wanted to be parents, but the legal system at the time would not allow them to be adoptive parents. By way of explanation, Estelle said it was people who were either too old to adopt because back then there were age restrictions, or there was something about their family which would cause them to not be able to pass the home study. At this writing, Estelle is still alive, and, reportedly, when someone calls to inquire about their records, she tells them that she has no records because they were all lost in a move, or a fire, or she never had them, or whatever excuse she chooses. Estelle posed as an attorney, but she was never an attorney as she couldn't pass the bar. Her husband was an attorney, and although they are now estranged, he still practices law. She ran the adoption paperwork through him.
- Cole, Katherine M., ("Cole Babies"/Cole's Clinic, Miami)
Cole Baby Registry is at: http://www.stormpages.com/colebabies/ColeReg2.htm
Dr. Cole was a "naturopathic physician" in the Miami-Coral Ganles area who allegedly ran an illegal adoption/abortion clinic in her apartment house at 4725 SW 8th Street, Coral Gables, FL, from 1927 to 1963. Young pregnant girls would come to her clinic and leave without their children. The babies were either sold to parents who, for some reason were not able to adopt through normal adoption agencies, or otherwise aborted. The doctor (a.k.a.: Granny Doc) died in 1981 and left no records behind to help us find our real biological parents. Cole delivered thousands of babies between 1927 and 1963 in her clinic in Coral Gables. She housed pregnant girls, delivered their babies and basically sold those babies to couples who were desperate enough to pay her price. She stole the pasts of all those babies by falsifying the information on the birth certificates she signed. Not only did she list adoptive parents as birth parents but also changed dates, even the sex of the babies to prevent her work from being traced. She practiced for decades. Cole was arrested at least 7 times. In 1955 she was questioned in Washington, D.C. in the Kefauver hearings, which focused on black market adoptions. She admitted to "placing" 32 babies. (No records on her placements exist.) Authorities had to know what was happening. Newspapers wrote about her during that time. Her name on a birth certificate coming through the Florida Department of Vital Statistics should have been a red flag. She was arrested 3 times for the illegal abortions that she performed, once for attempted manslaughter, once for unlawful possession of barbiturates, and once for failure to file a birth certificate. She was eventually cleared of all charges except a charge related to an illegal adoption, for which she spent less than a year in jail.
- Fielding, Lenora, (and husband, Jacksonville)
See Michael Chalek's web-site which includes linked AP newsstories on his discovering he had been sold for $200 for black market adoption and his successful efforts to have his adoption annulled - http://ww.adoption-fraud.com - and- http://www.adoption-fraud.com/story.htm
- Gaylord, Attorney, (private unwed mothers' home)
- Hope, Attorney Helen Tanos, ("Children of Hope," Miami area)
- Richardson, Mr. and Mrs., (Mt. Dora area)
- Suarez, Ephrain, (Suarez Clinic, Miami)
- Sutera, Ruby, (Suarez Clinic, Cole's Clinic, Miami)
- Thurmond, Rebecca, (Adoption Resources Inc., Coral Springs, FL)
Smuggled babies from Costa Rica for U.S. adoptions.
- Tyre, Dr., (Waterman Hospital, Eustice)
- Weathers, Dr., (Jacksonville)
- Hicks, Dr. Thomas Jugarthy, (abortionist, "Hicks Babies," Hicks Clinic, McCaysville)
- Baby Farms, (Chicago, 1910s)
- Easter House, Chicago, (5-5-60 to present)
See Kurtz, Seymour (on this page) & "Baby Broker Watch: The Facts About Seymour Kurtz's Adoption Network," including Easter House at http://www.geocities.com/bernw5333/index.html Also Easter House Babies' registry is at: http://www.ehbabies.com
- Kurtz, Seymour, (procured babies worldwide)
Used several agencies to procure babies worldwide, many placed via Casa del Sur, Mexico, & Tzyril Foundation in same offices as Easter House (Chicago), which he founded to legalize placements, & communicated availability of babies via Stitching Suzu in The Hague, Holland. Each of the aforementioned entities handled adoptees' "home studies." His Suku Corporation, a Delaware coporation, handled legal & immigration work involved in Mexico adoptions. He also used Friends of Children (Atlanta, Georgia), Birth Hope (Phoenix, Arizona), American Friends of Children (Washington, DC), La Sociedad (Tlaxcala, Mexico). See "Baby Broker Watch: The Facts About Seymour Kurtz's Adoption Network," including Easter House at http://www.geocities.com/bernw5333/index.html. Also Easter House Babies' registry is at: http://www.ehbabies.com
- Shapiro, Lydia, (Ft. Wayne)
- Glassen, Dr. Mary Townsend, ("Dr. Mary"stole 4,000 babies, most from Miami/N.Kansas)
- Robinson Sr., John Edward, ("Internet Slavemaster" Serial Killer and Baby Broker)
Killed 6 women over 15 years in Kansas and Missouri, taking the baby daughter of one of them for illegal adoption. In January 1984, Lisa Stasi and her 4-month-old daughter met Robinson while staying at a Kansas City shelter for battered women. While separated from her new husband, Carl, she still kept in touch with his family. She told them that a businessman named John Osborne, later identified as Robinson, had put her up at a local hotel. She also told them he promised to set her up with a job in the Chicago area and, ominously, asked her to sign her name to four pieces of blank stationary. Then she disappeared. The night of Jan. 10, 1985, Robinson hosted a joyous family reunion with his brother and sister-in-law. The childless couple had been trying to adopt a baby for years and Robinson had told them he might be able to help. That morning they flew from their home in the Chicago area to Kansas City, just a day or so after Robinson called to say he had finally found the perfect baby, a girl. Source: "Kansas v. Robinson: Internet Slavemaster Murder Trial," Court TV, 9-23-02, http://www.courttv.com/trials/robinson/background.html
- Shrybman, Attorney James A.
Per Attorney Shrybman's letter request, and as courtesy, AmFOR deleted an old newspaper article about him that has circulated around Internet and that had been on this page for many years, because some of the information, while true at the time of the report, was subsequently revised, and, according to Shrybman, was retracted by the newspaper. The second of Shrybman's letters about the matter was a 4-pager which, like his first letter, included ample legalese to intimidate any layman, and which, in part, opened debate as to his objection to the term "Baby Broker" as it was applied to him on this page. I responded as follows: "With regard to your new objection to the term "Baby Broker," you do state in your letters, and publicly on your own website, that you do 'facilitate' (i.e. procure, broker) babies for your clients, and that it is a 'business' (for a fee and assumably to the extent that the law allows), just as a facilitator of real estate transactions between Buyer and Seller for a commission is termed a real estate 'broker.' Some years ago, a Los Angeles Times cover story, 'The Baby Brokers' featured several adoption attorneys who became prominent as result of their controversial practices, just as you state that your 'creative' methods as a "pioneer" in your field drew public criticism, both positive and negative, as cited on your own public website. (By the way, we favor 'creative' expressions of custody, such as individualized improved Legal Guardianships, rather than adoption, in child's best interests.) Anyhow, one of the attorneys featured in the Times piece (or his attorney, I don't recall which) wrote me demanding, under threat of lawsuit, retraction of the term 'Baby Broker' in my article referencing him per the Times article. I responded that the term 'Baby Broker' is now part of the vernacular for his profession (as for yours and as the Times documents) but also that I would welcome the opportunity of having the issue of brokering babies (human beings) addressed in court. (See Carangelo v. O'Neill, State of CT). I never heard from him or his lawyer again. Also, as you agreed, the truth is not libel...and surely my/AmFOR's opinons and the opinions of thousands of others who posted on AmFOR's site [including on the petition at AbolishAdoption.com], have the right of free speech and opinion ,on such issues as the practice of adoption and surrogacy etc, on such a site devoted to those issues, and cannot be censored just because 'It might upset someone.' "
[ I would add that the first thing Baby Brokers change is the child's TRUE NAME and BIRTH CERTIFICATE; the second is "allowable" adoption TERMINOLOGY, or as AmFOR calls it, "AdoptSpeak" (See "AdoptSpeak & Censorship" page on this site.) ]
- Balouch, Vickie
In 2003, Vickie Balouch was convicted in Pikes County, Missippi, for illegally "placing out children" for money, a felony crime in Mississippy.
- Pitkanen, Gertrude, (abortionist; "Gertie's Babies," Butte, 1940s)
Although not a doctor, Gertrude Pitkanan performed illegal abortions and sold babies in Butte, Montana for 25 years.
- Magelby, Attorney Calvin, (accomplice to Dr. Wallace; Las Vegas, 1950s)
- Wallace, Dr. E Basie, (Las Vegas, 1951-1958)
- Bernard, Bessie, (A Brooklyn housewife who procured babies from FL, sold in NY and surrounding are)
- Butterbox Babies, (see YOUNG, Lila Gladys, Nova Scotia/Canada)
- Fenichel, Attorney Seymour, (Child Haven of NE Pennsylvania)
Indicted in New York City along with Fenichel's daughter Deborah Fenichel Greenspan and his adopted daughter Harriet Lauer and her husband Lawrence Lauer, on 144 counts including illegally operating Child Haven of Northeastern Pennsylvania, a private adoption agency through which they ran a baby selling scheme that lured pregnant teenagers and bilked 100 couples of $500,000 -- only 50 of the couples actually got babies.
Fenichel's Black Market Adoptees are now seeking answers and sharing information via FACEBOOK.
- Lieberman, Arlene, (NY-AZ-Mexico)
Worked with Arlene Reingold as partners in an adoption business & together they worked through Attorney Mario reyes (Arizona), to "legalize" adoptions of 17 smuggled Mexican children and to defraud Mexican authorities by forging documents & havng women pose as the biological mothers in illegal adoptions for up to $22,000. Source: New York Times, August 4, 2005. See also "Adoption Choice" agency in http://www.adoptionagencychecklist.com/page673.html
- Spencer, Attorney Joseph
- Springer, Dr., ("Springer Babies," Springer Hospital, Union)
- Rosen, Dr. Oscar, ("Rosen Babies," Cleveland, 1950s)
- Kelley, Judge Camille, (accomplice to Georgia Tann, 1920s-1940s)
- Tann, Georgia, (stole 5,000 babies, TN Children's Home Society, Memphis; sold to KY, NY, CA coup)
See 3/91 story, "The Woman Who Stole 5,000 Babies" excerpted on AmFOR's page at http://AmFOR.net/StolenBabies
- Hightower, Mrs. Ruby, (Texarkana, TX)
- Leviton, Attorney Albert
Involved in "legalizing" a kidnap & sale for adoption in Dallas. See 10-2-92 excerpted staory, "Years Later Mom Says Stillborn Child Alive" on AmFOR's page at http://AmFOR.net/StolenBabies
- Salmon, Attorney Robert F., (deceased)
See HIGHTOWER, Texarkana, Texas (under TEXAS listings on this page)
- Thacker, Attorney Leslie Hazlett, (convicted of baby selling)
- Davin, Lynn, (See "Seattle International Adoptions" under "Other Countries")
- Galindo, Lauryn, (See "Seattle International Adoptions" under "Other Countries")
- Seattle International Adoptions, (See listing under "Other Countries" on this page)
INTERNATIONAL BABY BROKERS
Child of Political Prisoners Sues "Adoptive" Parents , AP, BUENOS AIRES, Thursday, Feb 21, 2008, Page 7
A 30-year-old woman is suing her "adoptive" parents for kidnapping in a case that opened in an Argentine court on Tuesday, becoming the first child of disappeared political prisoners to press such charges.
Maria Eugenia Sampallo Barragan accused her "adoptive" parents Osvaldo Rivas and Maria Cristina Gomez Pinto of falsifying adoption documents to hide her identity. She made no comments on leaving court on Tuesday.
Thousands of leftists and dissidents vanished after being abducted by security forces during Argentina's 1976 to 1983 military regime, and human rights groups say more than 200 children were taken and given to military or politically connected families to raise.
Sampallo, who in 2001 learned that she is the daughter of missing political prisoners Mirta Mable Barragan and Leonardo Ruben Sampallo, is one of 88 young people who determined their identity with DNA tests coordinated by the human rights group Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo.
Sampallo's mother was six months pregnant when she and her father were abducted on Dec. 6, 1977, said Sampallo's lawyer, Tomas Ojea Quentin. He said Sampallo was born in February 1978, while her mother was being held at a clandestine torture center.
Ojea Quentin said former army captain Enrich Berthier is facing related baby theft charges in the case. He is being held at a military unit, while Sampallo's "adoptive" parents are reportedly free.
Lawyers for Berthier and the Gomez Pintos refused comment when they left the courthouse.
The case marks the first time a woman has taken her "adoptive" parents to court in Argentina. There have been at least three earlier trials involving suspected illegal adoptions dating to the dictatorship that resulted in convictions -- but the plaintiffs were not the adopted children.
- Ideal Maternity Home Babies, (Nova Scotia -- See Lila and William Young, and Photo of unidentified babies,)
Rev. Peacock, (Quebec);
Lila Gladys and William Young, (Ideal Maternity Home and "Butterbox Babies," Nova Scotia)
For detailed information on the Youngs and their black market baby brokering in the 1930s-1940s, go to: http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/bhartlen/PAGE1.HTM
North American Council on Adoptable Children
(See "Other baby Brokers, below)
In China, Dark Side of Adoption Exposed
Parents speak out on coercion, theft of babies for profit
by Barbara Demick, LA Times, 9-27-09, excerpted from Boston Globe article at:
TIANXI, China -
…One day in spring 2004, he presented himself at Yang Shuiying’s doorstep and commanded: “Bring out the baby.” … “I‘m going to sell the baby for foreign adoption. I can get a lot of money for her,”
he told the sobbing mother as he drove her with the baby to an orphanage in Zhenyuan, a nearby city in the southern province of Guizhou. In return, he promised that the family wouldn‘t have to pay fines for violating China‘s one-child policy. Then he warned her:
“Don‘t tell anyone about it.” … “I didn‘t understand that they didn‘t have the right to take our babies,” she said.
…Since the early 1990s, some 80,000 Chinese children have been adopted abroad, the majority going to US families. The conventional wisdom has been that the babies, mostly girls, were abandoned by their parents because of the preference for boys and China‘s restrictions on family size… Parents who say their children were taken complain that officials were motivated by the $3,000 per child that adoptive parents pay orphanages…
The Chinese Center for Adoption Affairs, the government agency that oversees foreign and domestic adoption, rejected repeated requests for comment… For adoptive parents, the possibility that their children were forcibly taken from their birth parents is terrifying.
“When we adopted in 2006, we were fed the same stories, that there were millions of unwanted girls in China, that they would be left on the street to die if we didn‘t help,”
said Cathy Wagner, an adoptive mother from Nova Scotia.
“I love my daughter, but if I had any idea my money would cause her to be taken away from another mother who loved her, I never would have adopted.”
…Each town has a family planning office, usually staffed by Communist Party cadres who have broad powers to order abortions and sterilizations. People who have additional babies can be fined up to six times their annual income - fines euphemistically called “social service expenditures.”
“The family planning people are more powerful than the Ministry of Public Security,”
said Yang Zhizhu, a legal scholar in Beijing. Throughout the countryside, red banners exhort,
“Give birth to fewer babies, plant more trees,” and, more ominously, “If you give birth to extra children, your family will be ruined.” …Once a child is taken to an orphanage, parents can lose all rights. Zhou [Changqi] tried repeatedly over three years to get into the Changsha Social Welfare Institute, one of the major orphanages sending babies abroad, until one day he was told:
“It‘s too late. Your daughter has already gone to America.”
GUATEMALAN ARMY STOLE CHILDREN FOR ADOPTION, REPORT SAYS
From CNN.com, 9-11-09: "The Guatemalan army stole at least 333 children and sold them for adoption in other countries during the Central American nation’s 36-year civil war, a government report has concluded. Many of those children ended up in the United States, as well as Sweden, Italy and France, said the report’s author and lead investigator, Marco Tulio Alvarez. In some cases, the report said, parents were killed so the children could be taken and given to government-operated agencies to be adopted abroad. In other instances, the children were abducted without physical harm to the parents."
[See PHOTO, above, of 3 out of 4 Galicia family Guatemalan children stolen for adoption & later luckily reunited with their mother, Clara Galicia.]
Haitian born adoptees currently being trafficked by nameless baby brokers for adoptions in the U.S., Canada and France will have a difficult time when they begin searching for answers to "Who am I?" and "Are my parents looking for me?" On 1-7-10, a 7.0 earthquake destroyed Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing an estimated 200,000 inhabitants and leaving [at least] tens of thousands of children assumed orphaned, in addition to about 380,000 pre-earthquake orphans (estimates are by UNICEF). American would-be adopters, the Catholic Church, international adoption agencies and independent adoption facilitators applied pressure on the Haitian government in order to airlift the alleged orphans before anyone could confirm whether their parents or relatives are still alive -- At this writing, the first 500 or so alleged orphans were airlifted to the U.S. (according to the U.S. State Department)and 900 children were in process of being adopted from Haiti and
placed in U.S. homes.
According to The Toronto Star (in "First Haitian Orphans To Arrive Today" by Allan Woods, 1-24-10), "In all, 154 Haitian children were approved in a fast-track adoption process, agreed to by the Canadian and Haitian governments... Officials suspect many orphans, either given up for adoption at birth, or those who lost parents in the earthquake, are being illegally spirited out of their homeland by childless families or organized traffickers [or sexual predators] hoping to profit from Haiti's administrative chaos.... The earthquake brought down the government building that housed all those records; it also killed the judge responsible for giving final approval to adoptions."
It is known that 53 children were airlifted to Pittsburgh (ABC World News, 1-19-10) and Catholic leaders pushed both Haitian and U.S. governments to airlift an unknown number
of children to South Miami. At this writing, despite that Haiti has halted adoptions, the kidnap of Haiti’s children continues:
Excerpted from Afrikan World News, 1-31-10
“WHITES ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO KIDNAP BLACK CHILDREN IN HAITI”
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 31) -- Ten U.S. Baptists detained trying to take 33 children out of earthquake-shattered Haiti without government permission say they were just trying to do the right thing, applying Christian principles to save Haitian children. But their "Orphan Rescue Mission" is striking nerves in a country that has long suffered from child trafficking and foreign interventions, and where much of the aid is delivered in ways that challenge Haiti's own rich religious traditions. Prime Minister Max Bellerive on Sunday told The Associated Press that the group was arrested and is under judicial investigation "because it is illegal trafficking of children and we won't accept that." The Americans are the first people to be arrested since the Jan 12 quake on such suspicions. No charges have been filed. "From what I know until now, this is a kidnapping case," Bellerive told CNN.
...The government and established child welfare agencies are trying
to slow Haitian adoptions amid fears that parentless or lost children are more vulnerable than ever to being seized and sold. Without proper documents and concerted efforts to track down their parents, they could be forever separated from family members able and willing to care for them.
....The church members, most from Idaho, said they were only trying to rescue abandoned and traumatized children....The children, ages 2 months to 12 years old, were taken to an orphanage run by Austrian-based SOS Children's Villages, where spokesman George Willeit said they arrived "very hungry, very thirsty, some dehydrated." One (8-year-old) girl was crying, and saying, 'I am not an orphan. I still have my parents.' And she thought she was going on a summer camp or a boarding school or something like that," Willeit said. The orphanage was working Sunday to reunite the children with their families, joining a concerted effort by the Haitian government, the United
Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other NGOs. As the poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti is in a difficult spot - it needs aid, but deeply resents foreign meddling. Many have an uneasy relationship with American evangelical Christian groups that funnel hundreds of millions of dollars into their missions in Haiti. Since Haiti became the world's first black republic in 1804, its people have seen several U.S. military occupations, was wrongly blamed for the spread of AIDS and has been vilified for the Voodoo traditions brought from West Africa. Voodoo is one of Haiti's two constitutionally recognized religions, along with Roman Catholicism, and two-thirds of Haiti's 9 million people are said to worship its spirits. One Voodoo leader said the Idaho group's plan - to give each child "new life in Christ" while facilitating their adoptions by "loving Christian families" in the United States - is deeply offensive.
need compassion, not proselytizing now, and we need aid - not just aid going to people of the Christian faith." ...The 10 detained Americans include members of the Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho, and the East Side Baptist Church in Twin Falls, Idaho. They are part of the Southern Baptist Convention, which is America's largest Protestant denomination and has extensive humanitarian programs worldwide.
- Casa del Sur
See KURTZ, SEYMOUR, under Illinois
La Sociedad, (Tlaxcala, Mexico);
Attorney Mario Reyes, (NY-AZ-Mexico);
Arlene Reingold & Arlene Liberman were partners in a New York adoption business & worked with Attorny Mario Reyes (Arizona) who handled the adoptions of 17 smuggled Mexican children, & defrauded Mexican authorities by forging documents & having women pose as the biological mothers in illegal adoptions for up to $22,000. Source: New York Times, August 4, 2005. See also "Adoption Choice" agency in http://www.adoptionagencychecklist.com/page673.html
OTHER BABY BROKERS (Foreign & Domestic)
BABY BROKERS NOMINATED FOR 2009 "DEMONS OF ADOPTION AWARD"
by Poung Pup Legacy at
Each year Pound Pup Legacy presents the "Demons of Adoption Award" to raise a voice against adoption propaganda and the self congratulatory practices of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's annual Angels in Adoption AwardsTM. The 2009 nominees are:
- Adoptions First - for offering of a free birth mothers package;
- Athanasios Kollias aka Teo - for the involvement in various Guatemalan
child trafficking cases;
- Barnardos - for promoting the removal of children and having them adopted
as the solution to family breakdown;
- Bethany Christian Services - for using coercive tactics obtaining infants
for their customers;
- Deborra Lee-Furness - for pushing laxer regulations in inter-country adoption;
- Harry and Bertha Holt - for starting the placement of "special needs children"
who are truly not adoptable, into the homes of already huge families;
- Independent Adoption Center - for plugging their business on WE TV's
"Adoption Diaries," making them the non-denominational Bethany;
- Joint Council on International Children's Services - for supporting temporary
movement of foreign children to America because such trial-basis "exchange"
programs "help" the adoption process;
- LDS Family Services - for using coercive tactics in obtaining infants for adoption
and for not respecting paternal rights;
- Scott and Karen Banks - for child trafficking, coercive adoption practices and
the abandonment of their adopted children;
- The Dutch Ministry of Justice - for preventing research into corrupt adoption
practices in China, because of diplomatic and business relations with that country;
- The Malawi Government - for allowing Madonna to adopt Mercy James
NOTE: AmFOR would ADD to that list:
- National Council For Adoption (NCFA) - NOT a government agency, is the
largest lobby of US. adoption agencies using government funds (our tax dollars)
allocated via the Safe And Stable Families Amendment ACT (SASFA) as
well as private grants to promote closed adoptions
2005: $297,611,000; 2004: $405,814.000; 2003: $613,703.000; 2002: $400,234,000.
and reports $1-million from "public support" plus $50-million in "membership fees."
On February 16, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Among other provisions, the ARRA provides
$187 BILLION to increase the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for state
Medicaid programs and for Adoption. NCFA is beating a path to that funding.
For extensive info on NCFA, go to: "The National Council For Adoption:
Mothers, Money, Marketing, and Madness" - by Claudia Corrigan D'Arcy
- North American Council on Adoptable Children - supports adoption in the U.S.
and Canada as public policy, providing catalog-style photos of "adoptable" children,
most of whom are on behavior modifying drugs such as Ritalin and Melaril.
- U.S. Government - has used $-BILLIONS of our tax dollars to increase adoptions -
In addition to over $19 BILLION awarded to 38 states and Puerto Rico (Eight states
California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and
Texas) earned more than a million dollars. Florida and Texas earned the highest
payments -- $9,754,990 and $4,969,734 respectively. In 2009, $35-million went to
increasing, FY-2008 adoptions, $187-BILLION went to programs including
Title IV-E Adoption Assistance) SEE ALSO "U.S. OK's Baby Theft (includin Pfund
- US State Dept. says children
kidnapped from other countries can be legally adopted in the United States
under state adoption secrecy laws. The U.S. is also the largest market for stolen
children in the world, making the federal government the largest Baby Broker
in the world.