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Baby Veronica & Baby Deseray: Don't Let Them Sell Our Babies!

Dot Scott
10/13/13

The recent cases of Baby Veronica and Baby Desaray make me fear for young adoptive children, especially those of color. The similarities of these two cases, including the same adoption agency attorney in both, demand a closer look into these children’s civil rights.

As an African-American mother, it disturbs me to read of all the cheering and celebration of Veronica’s return to her adoptive parents. Where have we come as a country when we all allow ourselves to go back to the days when the purchase of humans, especially minorities, is accepted and even applauded?

The reported stories around the relationships between the biological fathers and mothers suggest that these mothers are giving birth to minority children with the express intent of giving them up for adoption. The biological mothers are even generously compensated for doing so. The implication becomes that the fathers were used as sperm donors, which is surely cheaper than in vitro fertilization.

Any sympathy for the adoptive parents continues to diminish as it becomes increasingly clear that something very sinister is going on here, and the birth mothers may be part of it. In fact, the Charleston Post and Courier took a close look at this disturbing issue in its September 21 article, "The Price of Adoption." The reporter quotes Shannon Jones, the Charleston attorney who represents the biological fathers of both Veronica and Desaray as saying: “Once these agencies and lawyers get the birth mother on the hook ... they tell these birth moms not to answer any calls from the dads. Of course, then they argue the dad is a deadbeat.”

If it’s true that the mothers set out to deceive or mislead the biological fathers, that is the saddest of all elements surrounding these adoptions. 

Our children are not chattels to be conveniently sold to adoptive parents who care more about what they want than what is best for the child. What gives them the right to take a minority child when a loving and adoring father wants to raise her? While contributing eggs and sperm doesn’t necessarily make a good mother or father, neither does fighting a prolonged court battle to win custody and securing a public relations to accuse the birth father of being a deadbeat dad.

Real mothers and fathers will always do what’s best for the child, and if that child is happy with her biological parent, no one should attempt to sever that bond.

From all accounts of both the Baby Veronica and Baby Desaray cases, I believe that there should be a thorough investigation of the birth mothers, the adoptive parents, and the attorney for the adoption agency to ensure that the civil rights of these children and their biological fathers have not been violated.

We as a nation must protect the civil rights of children of all races. Above all, we must remember that the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King remind us that our children too are “created equal."

Dot Scott is the president of the Charleston Branch of the NAACP.

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I was hoping that the NAACP would take up a civil right case in the so called adoption of Veronica Brown.
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Race has absolutely nothing to do with this. The adoption industry treats ALL children, regardless of their color, as chattel. We are simply the goods exchanged for billions of dollars/year world wide. Adoptees have yet to be recognized as a discriminated class. We have NO rights when we are relinquished for adoption. Our original identities are sealed permanently with our Original Birth Certificates. We are issued falsified "Amended Birth Certificates" that give us new names and list our adoptive parents as our biological parents. These "birth certificates" are what we are forced to use as proof of our births! Legal lies that strip us of our identities, ethnicity, cultures. We are treated as blank slates. We are reduced to 2nd class citizenship in the land of the free and the purchased. Everyone else in this society has access to their Original Birth Certificates so if this isn't discrimination, it means we aren't REALLY humans according to Federal and State laws. Sickening, isn't it? You know the ACLU will not help us. Why? Again, we aren't considered as a "discriminated class".
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Eloquently written! I agree with everything you said! May God Bless you!!!!
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Excellent article, thanks for writing it!
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This is one of the most ignorant statements ever written on this case, "The reported stories around the relationships between the biological fathers and mothers suggest that these mothers are giving birth to minority children with the express intent of giving them up for adoption. The biological mothers are even generously compensated for doing so." A real journalist wouldn't even attempt to make such a statements knowing intelligent readers would never believe such outright lies.
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I agree, My GOD help us,AMEN.
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I have been requested to repost this on my blog and I am glad to oblige but require permission from the author. Please have Dot Scott contact me, MirahMirah@gmail.com
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Counties and adoptive parents both think that if they can intentionally circumvent or delay ICWA long enough, they can establish that they have a bond with the child that will be upheld by the courts. They believe that because they often have more money and a nicer house that they are entitled to buy what they want, an Indian child.
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What would be the proper steps to get an investigation started?
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Dot, I have long since admired your insight, and thank you for coming forward with this. Indeed, the DOJ needs to get involved in order to secure the rights of minority parents, their children, and to protect the sanctity of legitimate adoptions and adoptive parents.
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