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When I was about 8 years old, I got in trouble for something menial. Layla is missing school now, and wont go until Octobsr if the parents are rewarded custody again. A birth parent might possess a strong sense of protecting their child from the ugly truths surrounding their conception and adoption. I ask you, where is the justice in that? Our society from the individual person who just couldn’t responsibility to the parent who most obviously harmed her child and also didn’t take responsibility seem to get justice to roll in their favor. Your post made me feel better. Layla is now 6 years old. The two women argue before King Solomon about whose baby is whose. He will be 5 soon and I haven’t been invited to birthdays and I only get him when I beg or give a big notice. It doesn’t matter what’s in “the best interests” of the child. There is often an … The damage it would do to them! And that father should have gotten custody, not the mother. I’d guess it’s the same ‘selfishness’ of the millions of parents who would never consider placing their child for adoption. I didn’t sign over the rights to my son to his uncle because I was a bad parent. We worked hard to bring children into our home and we are doing our best to give them the stability and love that they deserve. There are no hard rules about ages for birth family meetings. Court cost was the least of our expenses! Something is wrong with our system rewarding the irresponsible, you complain about all the taxes that come out of your pay, those taxes are going to pay for people like her, welfare should be time limited just like unemployment, free cell phones and welfare should be for the elderly not people perfectly capable of working but choose not to. Adoptive parents, especially when they adopt in the US, go through hell trying to get a child and when their child comes to them those parents deserve for that child to be legally exactly the same as a child they would have if they were able to have children on their own. We need to reward those who want to take responsibility and not make it so easy for parents to be irresponsible and selfish. If you have abandoned your child, your rights to that child, your visits with the child should be DONE! We would prefer to go to court to get her back but the attorneys have told us it is next to impossible. Parents who give up their adopted children have been making the news with increasing frequency of late. They wanted us to take Layla again, because they were having yet another child and found she was too much of a burden at the time. Now, this may sound blunt, but in truth that is what happened. So you can let all your desire for fulfillment be devoted toward desiring God. Do a bit of reading and you will understand how it was. Where are the rights for the child? She is disrespecting her adoptive family, horribly. Everything is cause & effect. -Sorry for all the typos, I am on my phone and it has taken me almost two hours to type this up. “The first case involved a Florida boy, now 3 ½, whose birth mother placed him for adoption in May 2001, when he was two days old. I can’t believe we’re not protected anymore than this! I am so grateful for my children. ALSO, check out Baby Emma Wyatt and I believe the website Anyone who gets their hands on your child for adoption has already paid $25,000 that is non-refundable. Personally, we feel this to be very hurting. Although, something clicked this time. Everything was done by the book and suddenly a guy tries to contact my family saying one of these children might be his.. What Happens When Birth Parents Want Their Child Back? /Filter /FlateDecode - BabyCenter Canada He has a good job, she has the privilege of being able to be a stay at home mom. Typical case of a father being regulated to the sidelines in favor of the mother. Having a small child for a long period of time and then transplanting that child back into their bio family is wrong, wrong, wrong. I just want my kids back but their saying im in a domestic violence. They are long-time members of their Kenner church. Kelli, I agree with you, biological parents should not get the children back if they ever thought of giving them away. An innocent child, is exploited by the parent and it creates a form of emotional and psychological abuse. They should have to pay some back child care. From then on, contact was more frequent and Layla felt more of the missing piece. While it is rare, some women even find themselves thinking, “I gave my baby up for adoption, and I want her back. Multiple media outlets reported this week that … And as a society we allow a limited time for that decision to be changed. However, adoptive parents- you’re not always blameless either! I don’t know about you but I don’t agree with our judicial system, I have paid thousands in his schooling, child care, clothing, extra curricular activities,attorney fees, parents pay no child support because they can’t afford she gets a free attorney because she can’t afford it yet if and when the time comes and they file to regain custody the courts could give him back knowing they are strictly doing it to collect more welfare for themselves and will not be required to pay us for any of his care. But now my heart is breaking, the adopted parents hearts are breaking, and my daughter is currently feeling shattered. If the child has not resided in a single state for at least six months, her home state will be regarded as the place where she has “significant connections,” with both the child and one of her parents, in addition to being a place where she has been educated, received medical care and developed community and familial relationships. She’s a lucky girl because she had both parents in her life but i bet it’s confusing for her too. I want what I want, even if it comes at the emotional expense of another. When it happens, the loss comes as a terrible blow for parents. However, the court proceedings that finalize an adoption usually don’t occur for months after the child is taken home by the adoptive parents. With worried, but confident hearts, we contacted them, and they had requested we drop her off. I find it disturbing that people can make judgment calls on a heart wrenching situation where so few know all the facts involved. My brother and his wife just lost custody of their 3 year old daughter to her birth father. They may harbor fears that they will be "returned," or relinquished again. They have the full rights. Generally, birth parents have the right to choose what is in the best interest of their children and this includes the difficult decision whether to give them up for adoption. At no time was the bond to his primary caregivers or best interest of the child ever considered, and the child suffered the trauma of losing his adoptive family, then losing the temporary biological family where he was abused, then shuttled off to yet a third family within the course of 9 months. God is not diminished if one person “takes” a great share of Him. During the two-hour car ride back, my biological father talked mostly about his motorcycle, his boat and working out. We wouldn’t say she can’t afford child support, accused the other parent of cheating, and has other kids by other people, so the courts should terminate her rights. I tried it on my own with 2 boys and little income(and harassment from my ex slashing tires on my car to make the income even less) I was faced with a decision. So here is my question as a birthmother of my daughter who was adopted in an open adoption. When it appears that we’re finally being given the opportunity to adopt one, we’re prepared to move mountains to assure that happens. Reply to another above about the lawyer or adoption agency reimbursing the adoptive parents!! I can’t imagine turning them over to a stranger! The birth mother is in prison and has been coming to the hearings in orange and chains (yes, you read that correctly). If I were to say one thing to biological parents it would be this, You gave up your rights when you chose the first time not to raise your child, and by giving up on those rights you agreed to have someone else raise that child. No. I’ve grown out of that and learnt to just love what i’ve had and be thankful for ever getting a family. I have a little bit of a different situation. We begged, pleaded, stalked, put petitions in, offered them $25,000 just for visitation. Sometimes a child should be returned to the birth parents–sometimes they shouldn’t. Instead, we can ask God to supply, peaceably and freely, the desires of our hearts. Stupid! Nine months after the boy was sent away with the birth mother, he was removed from her custody because he was physically and emotionally abused in her home. So many stories, so many broken hearts, so much anguish and hurt. my child while I was off ‘finding myself’! She was finally, officially, ours. This is something we are going to tell you here today. What I do get really sick of on these forums are “birth people” whining about how they were manipulated or they changed their mind. They have a child in their home for an extended period of time. You may not like it, but as a society we acknowledge that the most difficult thing you can ask a human being to do is to give up their child. You are right that the adoption systems needed to be revamped. Don’t have children you can’t care for. If you give a child up, you should have to go thru the same process as someone wanting to adopt! During the night one of the newborns dies. Not every adoption IS handled correctly, and not every adoption SHOULD be upheld by the courts… however painful that is for us to admit. Elizabeth, I appreciate your comment, “In a truly open adoption, the birthparents and adoptive parents share a mutual commitment to the child that prevents either from wanting to cost the child access to the other AND which eliminates any risk that a child’s first family should EVER be “strangers.”. Just make sure she knows you’re all gonna be there for her no matter what she wants or eventually decides. It is fullfilling not only their own need for a child, but quenching their guilt, well they can just own a little more blame for making those years away from them now painful as well by not allowing them to continue them. Our situation is about as good as an adoption can get, but it didn’t happen that way by accident. The transitioning process was hard, and awkward. If this happens to you, know that there are steps you can take to have the decision reversed and win back custody of your children. She’s telling everyone her sob story and I’m going, “You wouldn’t be going through this if you used birth control!”. Coveting is followed ultimately by a clash of wills, painful unhappiness, or open conflict. They are kids of your own blood! It blows my mind. And Shame on those of you who criticize loving adoptive parents who are willing to love and cherish someone elses’ child! At the same time the adoptive parents who really contribute in bringing up this life of this child are so admirable. They have a beautiful, clean home. The child did not give you guilt you did, the child may feel some longing, but you feel way more. WOW!! Sam, thank you for your response on here!! I feel the ones who get the short end are the parents that hoped to adopt. The boy is now 21 months old. Open adoption is about giving children the best that all their parents can offer, working together to achieve this goal, and I salute you for doing just that, through your continued presence in and your commitment where your daughter and her family are concerned. It would be devastating! It’s not co-parenting — it’s co-loving and co-commitment. In BC, birth parents have 30 days from the time their child is born to change their minds and decide to parent their child. I will fight it until the bitter end. If I GAVE you a hundred thousand dollars should I expect you to give it back to me in 2 years! When birthparents are choosing to place a child, they have anywhere from 24–72 hours (depending on the state) to change their minds and parent the child. No matter how you spell it. A young husband with issues of his own (etc domestic violence , drinking, drugs , destroying my life) just wasn’t ready to be a man or father so after alot of abuse and family court I moved in with my mom. I have to say this, I believe in a case where the parent(s) loose custody or decided to put their child up for adoption and later decide they want their child back that’s fine but, they should be required to reimburse the guardians or the adoptive parents back all the money and any legal fees they spent on raising that child while they (the biological parent(s) ) where being irresponsible. Can you ‘unadopt’ a kid?” Because adoption is meant to create permanence for children, most state laws limit the rights of birth parents to withdraw their consent. My ex sister in law who I viewed as an older sister at the time, offered to ” help us out”(no not by babysitting or buying diapers) said he could stay with their family. If a child was placed in an adoptive home due to the termination of the "birth parents" rights, can the adoptive family say "I don't want this child anymore and decide to give him/her back to the birth parents? The bus has stopped at our house f or the past two mornings now. He was not rescued by his Florida family, or sent back home to the safety and security of his world that was taken away, but forwarded to his biological father who was originally denied custody because the courts determined he was the least fit of the two bio parents to raise the child because of a domestic violence and drug history. Once the birth parents sign the consent to terminate parental rights, after the child is born, the ability to stop the adoption becomes much more limited. The birth mother did not want to raise the child, and the birth father had a violent and drug addicted past. Reading about these stories is just so upsetting. A stillbirth is the loss of a baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Birth mother told several men they were the father and the ones that came forward were ruled out! Some parents want their children to be physically/emotionally flawless. People make many mistakes, but it is them who have to suffer with the consequences. It's not easy, though. We yearn long and hard for a child. Birthparents pull away because they are “getting on with their lives.” They can see that you are doing a good job as parents and the child is safe and happy. This typically happens when there is no real foundation to believe that there is abuse or neglect occurring. It’s not fair the the child, or even the adoptive parents. What about the adoptive parents who knew when they signed those documents that the situation was temporary until the courts decided otherwise and the bio-parents agreed not to contest? Their family is being torn apart. It doesn’t matter whether the birth parents acted as if they could care less about their child when he was born, and suddenly, they decide they love him dearly. In late December 2004, the birth mother was awarded custody (she lives in Illinois, is married to someone else and has an infant daughter) and the birth father was given liberal visitation rights. I worry about if I something happens to me she is the only one that can take care of him. The current spouse (and children) of the birth parent might not have any clue that the adopted child even exists. History proves that adoption laws almost always favor the biological parents. We went inside, ... to help adoptees find and connect with their birth parents for more than 20 years. If they had returned the child at the time of the request, then the child wouldn’t even remember that she/he had ever had adoptive parents, so it is really the adoptive parents being selfish there. We were overwhelmed with emotions. There is always two sides to every story. It’s not intended to cause the adoptive parents pain, but it’s that the kind of generosity that would allow a parent to give up their child to another is beyond many. %���� She purspired and our love for her wasbeyond endless. We desperately want a baby to raise. King solomon might have been right in his views. Thats it, the end. And they have 2 children of their own and want to have more. Now in terms of giving the child up for adoption before he or she was born and THEN changing your mind after birth, I believe this is different. That’s exactly what happened in two custody battles that culminated Friday in two very different outcomes. I’m more in favor of allowing them to have contact and relationship with the child, but the gave up rights. The first case involved a Florida boy, now 3 ½, whose birth mother placed him for adoption in May 2001, when he was two days old. In a truly open adoption, the birthparents and adoptive parents share a mutual commitment to the child that prevents either from wanting to cost the child access to the other AND which eliminates any risk that a child’s first family should EVER be “strangers” to their own flesh and blood. Sounded good at the time until he would cry for me when picking up his brother from their grandparents house. Thank you, Judge Snowdy, thank you, St. John Parish and thank you, State of Louisiana for keeping the best interests of this beautiful child at the top of your priority list. I read a lot of your stories on this for a paper actually. It is because they want to love on a child. And before the stones begin to fly: I’m adopted. I have heard every reason for why parents do not want their child to be interviewed. Than is why they are spending THOUSANDS of dollars on adopting a child instead of vacation or something. Thank you all for reading. My brother and his wife have had Kylie since she was 8 months old. They did an adoption because everyone said it could be a beautiful situation and my daughter chose to do an open adoption with another family of believers. Thankfully, and very unexpectedly, one day in mid-August, 2010, we got a phone call. The law should not decide on us but we should decide on law. The Top 5 Medications to Bring for Yourself When Traveling Overseas to Adopt, Lifelike Dolls Take the Place of Real Babies for Some Parents, Tips for Parents Who Are Waiting to Adopt, The Adoption Home Study: What to Expect During the Home Visit. All I can say is every situation is different. I miss my.little. We didn’t see Layla for a solid year. During this 15-month period, however, States are required to work to … When that window closes, it closes pretty tightly. The point is….what should be weighed is is what is best for the child. Any cloudy issue that has to do with the adoption could cause a judge to reverse it. I’ve seen selfishness – because you think it’s all about your desires & not the natural origin desires of a human.. (I’ll go more into this later…). << Jules, why do you persist in claiming that birthparents are only “thinking about their child’s best interests” when their wishes or desires are in compliance with those of the adoptive parents?! Any suggestions or support would be appreciated. Then the mothers complain that they have to do all the childcare responsibilities. It was an intentional decision on everyone’s part to commit to loving him. We were awarded with nothing. The parents never returned for her, for weeks, & lived an astonishing mile down the road from us. If you don’t want to adopt out your child then don’t. A younger child could view a birth parent as a curiosity, while the birth parent views that child through a prism of loss and grief. Because the biological parents do NOT have custody, they can not enroll her in their school district. Otherwise, most states treat underage birth parents the same as adult birth parents. While I certainly don’t advocate cutting a child in half in order to resolve a custody battle, that’s often what happens to a child, figuratively speaking. Usually no -Thank you for bathing, feeding, housing, loving, nuturing, etc. These scenarios remind me of the Bible story from 1 Kings 3:16-28, in which two prostitutes testify before King Solomon. While it would be devastating to me to have them ripped away from me now, they are 2 and 6 and I have had them since they were both under a year old, the consequences for them would be far worse. I also now believe that adoption is such a painful option with lifetime of anguish. My challenge to everyone is to take the adults out of the discussion and how they feel or how they’ve been wronged and think about what is truly best for the child. stream Feeding clothing and medical bills go beyond but no money in the world can replace losing one that is mine! 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