Much-needed Critical Thinking on Adoption #NAAM2016

Despite all evidence to the contrary we still think this is simply a “war of words”; a simple changing of minds. It’s not. The “adopter narrative” is morphing and adapting in order to silence us; it is stealing the power of our words and the weight of our tropes in order to render us harmless and pointless. And the correct response is not just more words, but, at long last, union; and beyond that, words that form a framework for praxis; for action. When all is said and done, when our silly hashtags are forgotten on the dustheap of history, there will be an accounting of our accomplishments, and how successful we were in “scripting the flip”; in paving the way for a revolution of all those displaced, dispossessed, and disinherited. For it begs the question: if not now, when, exactly, do we see this happening? – Daniel Ibn Zayd

  1. “Racism, Class, and Adoption” []
  2. “More excerpts from Single White Mother” [] read the comments too

Last Real Indians: The Missionary is Back – American Indian Adoptees

The Missionary is Back: Or Perhaps They Never … – Last Real Indians

Starved into submission #Food Insecurity … – Last Real Indians

Trace Lara Hentz (DeMeyer) (Shawnee/Cherokee/Euro) is the author of One Small Sacrifice and the book series Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects.


Me in my store Zoolooz in Portland, Oregon (1990) – yes that is a blow up shark!

By Lara Trace (called Lala by her sister in Austria)

Am I the only one?


Every. SINGLE. DAY…  I feel like I’m overreacting to an insane horror flick.  YEEGADS, what the hell is going on in this world?  It’s like a very very very bad movie, between X RATED and profane.  If I turn on the TV I end up swearing like a sailor.  (I do get fined $$ when I swear.) Don’t hand me that TV remote. I’ll end up watching Ancient Aliens as a marathon again.

(We had a freak meteor shower on May 17 and I still have insomnia.)

The photo is me when I had a store in Portland in the late 80s.  Yes, I liked and sold crazy shit. Yes, that is a blow up shark, dinosaur and cactus. I am eccentric. I still like crazy shit, though I don’t have those blowups anymore.

OH, the new book STOLEN GENERATIONS is out and it’s doing well.  I did a radio interview (see link below)

Something I’m working on… I am doing a talk in San Diego in a few weeks with other adoptees.

Here are some basics:

If the Native population was just 2 million and one quarter of all children were removed before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, then (on-paper) 80,000+ children were removed from their families during the early to mid-1900s. If the population was 3 million, then over 100,000 were removed and so on…

I did pretend to be someone – and live a lie – because I’m adopted.  Ask any adoptee who has Native American ancestry.  If you are not told, you’re just another dead Indian, at least on record or on tribal rolls.

America is like that.  Adoptees, of all skin colors in the United States, are now estimated to number between six and ten million.  They’d prefer every one of us to live as an American citizen as if none other were as good or as important.  America forgets it’s very new by all standards; it just acts like its old.

Indian Country is ancient.  Our cells are identical to those of our ancestors of 30,000 years ago.  Indian kids who are adopted and raised outside Indian country eventually get it – more or less.  We get that less Indians around is best.  We get that America didn’t respect us or our culture.  We get that America tamed us, stole our land, and revised our history.  We get that more Americans prefer us tucked away somewhere.  They’ll teach us their version of our story.  We get that it’s wrong, but it’s America (or Canada).  It’s been this way a long time.

(Thirty+ years ago I opened my adoption.  Having to start this story somewhere, I started with a chronology, first the steps, opening my adoption, how I handled it, good, bad, etc.  It seemed to take forever.  What I encountered – besides shock – was me, barely alive, what I’d call living dead.  Let me explain.  I started to see that I was usually caught up in other people’s lives just to avoid living my own.  Under layers of denial, I conveniently forgot what I didn’t like to remember.  I had stopped caring about the past but it had me, all of me.)

No one is exactly sure how many Indian children were taken, but thousands are gone, probably living on the fringe as an urban Indian. That is how I see myself.

[Adrian who is my brother sent me this:  One can never tame that which is genetically wild and free….. Like the WolfDogs I love and raise,they adapt to me out of love and pack mentality….,But they will always be Wolves and if not respected as such, will turn back to that which they are genetically,born to be……………We are like The Wolves.]


And here’s what is happening up north – my 60s Scoop brothers and sisters are leading the way… (top photo of Solidarity Rally)

via Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau Call for Action for ‘60s Scoop Adoptees | Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare

The history of the United States and its treatment of American Indians is very similar to Canada’s history in that there was a “necessity”, from the Federal Government’s standpoint, to deal with Indian Tribes for treaties to keep the “Peace” and to gain “Dominion” over Indian lands so that the Federal Government could carry out the theory/doctrine of “Manifest Destiny”. Read more at


My recent interview with Native Solidarity:


Leland and I will be in San Diego. He gave Stolen Generations to a Hopi Federal Judge in Boston recently.
Leland and I will be giving a talk in San Diego. He gave Stolen Generations to a Hopi Federal Judge in Boston recently. He’s a great guy and Navajo adoptee- actor-jewelry designer!

Hey, your blogs are wonderful, by the way.  I’ve been reading you all like I’m holding onto you for dear life.

I will be back… as in writing again mid-June. I’m here in spirit.  Like a ghost.



Baby Farm?

Cops bust ‘baby farm’ where you can buy an infant for $1,400

By Tom Towers, The Sun | April 19, 2016

Babies sleep in a maternity ward at a hospital in Agartala, India, on July 11, 2014.Photo: Getty Images



A hospital is persuading women who want to terminate their pregnancies to have the babies so it can sell them for $1,400 each to childless couples.

The shocking “baby farm” has been exposed at the 30-bed Palash Hospital in the Gwailor district of India. Two of the sold babies have since been rescued by police.

Prateek Kumar, from the ASP crime branch, told Times of India: “Three others have been sold to childless couples in Uttar Pradesh and Chattisgarh.”

Hospital manager Arun Bhadoria was arrested and claimed that agents in the Chambal region fetched girls with unwanted pregnancies. An investigation was launched when he could not give the whereabouts of two babies born in the hospital.

In total, five people have been charged with slavery crimes.

“Are you against all adoption?”

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WRITTEN BY –Father Symeon, OCSB Rom., BPS Orthodox Christian Conciliation Services Existential Life Coaching, Counseling, Consultancy Services Hermitage of St John the Divine Syracuse NY 13206
I was recently asked “Are you against all adoption?”
No, not in principal but yes in practice!
Before the late 19th Century there was no system of child adoption. At best extended families or close family-friends took in a parentless child. In modern time the legal phenomena known as Child Adoption is actually a manipulation, a social engineering. There is not enough space here to elaborate.
Child Adoption has become an industry for the commodification of children. Profit is made in adoption. Children are being taken from their families by CPS and elsewhere they bring high profit in child trafficking. Prospective adopting parents have no real knowledge of their origins.
The issue that this post reflects is the extremely poor vetting the industry does of potential adopters. Most adopting parents do not adopt for altruistic reasons for the good or betterment of the child. They adopt as an alternative to their own medical misfortune for which they are never encouraged to grieve such loss nor to undergo psychotherapy for. Nevertheless, such loss stays with them and the adopted child is never truly “theirs” but a substitute.
Then there are those couples –one or both– who have an underlying mental illness that is never detected because it’s not looked for. Couples are never “tested” just interviewed.
There is so much wrong with Child Adoption worldwide.
I support its abolition being replaced with a three tier approach
1) Family Preservation: a healthy attempt to keep the child with the parents.
2) Kinship Guardians: a type of adoption by extended family.
3) Guardian Stewardship: a type of adoption by non-familial persons. The vetting of potential caregivers MUST be revamped.
The difference between #2 & 3 to adoption today is these new models
A child is not a commodity and is not a panacea for someone else’s dysfunction
Perhaps you get some idea by this little writing?
[This is profound and necessary for children…abolish adoption as it is now… Trace]

On rethinking Lebanese origins #adoption #DNA

Daniel writes:

I’ve said it often, but it bears repeating: Every day I think I’ve reached the bottom of the abyss in terms of what adoption represents; every day that abyss opens up, and I find myself in freefall yet again.

…Our DNA, along with pure reason and logic, points in a direction antipodal to that of “nation-state” and “national identity”. If we think about it for two seconds, we can readily admit the offense of identifying with those who wanted to be rid of us. This is the flip side of the racism we might be fleeing from our places of acculturation; but it is no more valid for seeming to validate us. As hard as this might be for us to do, it seems now vital to me that we shed the very thing we might hold most dear as we consider return and reunion.

Source: On rethinking Lebanese origins.


Read an earlier review I did with Daniel here


Daniel and I contributed to the anthology Adoptionland

Adoption: Until Something Better Comes Along

Elle’s post is very important and truth to me.

Thank you to “Is Adoption Trauma?” on Facebook for quoting me.

I have written before on feeling I was a substitute. On a trial basis. Apparently, a lot of adoptees feel this way.

Source: Adoption: Until Something Better Comes Along

Exhibition on forced adoption prompts outpouring from women moved by loss

The trauma of separation from their babies faced by 19th century unmarried mothers is still raw in responses to the Foundling Museum’s forthcoming show

Donations to fund an exhibition on unmarried women who were forced to give away their babies – dubbed “fallen women” in the 19th century – have been accompanied by poignant comments that show how deep the trauma still lies in many families, say organisers at the Foundling Museum.

The museum, which grew out of the first children’s charity in the UK and the art collection created to endow and promote it, had requested donations to fund the exhibition.

I had to give up a baby boy for adoption in 1972. I feel I have some affinity with these woman

One woman wrote on the Art Fund’s Art Happens website: “I have donated a small amount (as I can afford) to this fund as it is dear to my heart. I had to give up a baby boy to adoption in 1972. I feel I have some affinity with these women.”

Another said: “My mother was made to give her first child up for adoption in the 1930s and carried her ‘secret and shame’ for almost 40 years. Thankfully society has changed and no longer blames the mother or stigmatises her child.”

And from a single parent who kept her child: “The Foundling Museum was a profoundly moving place, allowing me to understand my place in history as a single parent. It is easier to engage with issues that have trickled down the generations. The Museum helps me see how many of today’s attitudes have deep roots. I am grateful for the opportunity to keep my child, but would like to see remaining stigma obliterated. I think the stories must be told and I applaud you for your work.””

Caro Howell, director of the museum, said they were both grateful and moved by the donations.

“We know already that this museum touches people very deeply. We have many experiences of visitors to the museum confiding to staff, without prompting, unbelievably personal stories. The staff and volunteers are very used to finding people in tears in the building. But the comments left with these donations seemed different, as if these were things people were waiting to say in public, and felt they needed to say. We all find it very moving.”

This museum touches people very deeply. Staff a used to finding people in tears in the building… –Caro Howell, Foundling Museum director

The museum displays its paintings alongside pathetic scraps of cloth, buttons and little coins, the tokens the mothers left with their babies in the desperate hope that one day they could afford to identify and claim them.

Howell said her previous jobs at the Tate and Whitechapel galleries, were all about the art. “Here it’s all about the stories. I have been moved to tears myself, sometimes quite unexpectedly while showing people around.”

All the comments have come from women.  illAnother wrote: “This is very dear to me as not only did I grow up around the corner from the museum and play in Coram’s Fields as a child, but I have also recently discovered a foundling in my family tree, albeit from another country. .”

In fact, with 10 days to go, the appeal has already raised 80% of its £23,000 target, and Howell is confident of raising the full sum for the museum’s most expensive exhibition to date, with many loans coming from overseas.

The Foundling Hospital was created when Thomas Coram, a wealthy retired sea captain and philanthropist, literally stumbled upon a baby abandoned in a gutter. He recruited all his artistic and society friends to help, including Handel who conducted an annual benefit recital of his Messiah, and Hogarth who brought in many other artists, making the charity a highly fashionable cause. The old headquarters reopened as a museum in 2004, while the Coram charity continues its work with children and families.

The new exhibition, curated by Lynda Nead, professor of art history at Birkbeck College, looks at the Foundling’s archive of detailed interviews from the 19th century period when the charity changed its policy and, instead of any mothers in need, took only illegitimate children of women judged previously of good character.

Nead says the new policy coincided exactly with the Victorian obsession with regulating sexuality and distinguishing the morally pure from the fallen. She regards The Outcast as a key work: the 1851 painting by Richard Redgrave shows a woman and her tiny baby being thrown out of the family home by her father.

Frank Holl's The Foundling.
The Victorian artists Frank Holl, admired by Van Gogh, explored the social stigma of unmarried mothers. Photograph: Mario Bettella

The exhibition, opening in September, will have rare loans including Deserted, an oil sketch of a now vanished work by the Victorian artist Frank Holl, which has only been exhibited twice since he painted it in 1874. Vincent Van Gogh greatly admired the work, claimed by the artist as based on personally witnessing the scene at Bankside in London, where a policeman took up a carefully wrapped up abandoned baby, while the mother cowered by the river bank contemplating suicide.

  • The Fallen Woman, the Foundling Museum London, 25 September – 3 January 2016
  • **The Foundling Museum was originally one of the first houses in London for abandoned children and housed over 27,000 children before its closure. Since then this London attraction has transformed itself into one a specialist London museum with a large collection of artworks and social history relating to the children taken in and the terrible social problems that led to children being abandoned by their parents.

Adoption, child welfare services in USA rake in $14 billion a year

Taken From Families, Indigenous Children Face Extreme Rates of State Violence in US

  By Britney Schultz, Truthout | Report

In a photo taken around 1936, Aboriginal Canadians attend a school at Fort Resolution in the Northwest Territories. Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has concluded that the country's former policy of removing Aboriginal children from families for schooling could be best described as cultural genocide. In the US, Native children were subjected to similar policies for more than a century. (Photo: Library and Archives Canada) In a photo taken around 1936, Aboriginal Canadians attend a school at Fort Resolution in the Northwest Territories. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has concluded that the country’s former policy of removing Aboriginal children from families for schooling could be best described as “cultural genocide.” In the US, Native children were subjected to similar policies for more than a century. (Photo: Library and Archives Canada)


excerpt: Taken from their families


Foster Care, “Children’s Homes” and Profiting Off Native Loss

In South Dakota, Indigenous children make up 15 percent of the child population, but comprise more than half the children in foster care.  Nearly 90 percent of the kids in family foster care are placed in non-Native homes or group care.

Daniel Sheehan works with tribal leaders in the state to end the epidemic of illegal seizures of Native children by the state of South Dakota. Sheehan said the biggest concern of the nine tribes he works with is their children being taken away and the parents being prosecuted for “neglect.” This practice represents a pervasive bias against Native families – especially those living on reservations – the Lakota People’s Law Office asserts in a 2013 report to Congress. The South Dakota Department of Social Services equates economic poverty with neglect and fails to understand the tribes’ kinship system of extended family – something the ICWA was actually designed to protect. “Under this bias,” the report goes on to say, “South Dakota’s rate of identifying ‘neglect’ is 18% higher than the national average.”

Chrissi Nimmo said the issues that disproportionately affect tribes and lead to the removal of children should be considered “correctable conditions,” instead of accepted as the status quo. Currently, one typical state response to poverty seems to be to immediately and permanently remove children from their families. “There is, without a doubt, lasting trauma to children who are permanently removed from their birth families,” she said.

“[Native] women most often are the ones thrown under the bus,” Sheehan said. “Hence the disproportionate rate of incarceration.” Native Americans also report widespread discrimination by the police. According to a 2009 report by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Native women are criminally prosecuted at six times the rate of white women.

The women often get charged with assault for resisting arrest, Sheehan said. “Lakota women don’t accept being manhandled by white police, and these cops are being trained like military occupying forces, with military equipment like BearCat armored vehicles patrolling the reservations.”

When Native parents are arrested and their children are taken away, the parents have no means of contact with their children, and no information is communicated to them, Sheehan said. This makes it harder for families to reclaim their children, and easier for the state to perpetuate the cycle of forced removal of Indigenous children.

Taking children away from their Native families is also profitable: According to a February 2015 report from IBISWorld, adoption and child welfare services in the United States rake in $14 billion a year. And there are other indications of moneyed influence in child removal.


Thoughts on a very big mystery and my latest adoption miracle

my friend Rae is in the book MISSISSIPIANS
my friend Rae is in the book MISSISSIPIANS because she’s a famous opera singer

By Lara Trace

In mid-April my husband and I took a road-trip to visit our friends from Austria who also keep a family home in Gulfport, Mississippi.

My friend/sister/relative Dr. Raeschelle Potter-Deimel (left) is originally from Gulfport and at one time worked as an opera singer at the Met in New York City and on many stages in Europe and Austria.  After opera, Rae became a renowned doctor of anthropology in Vienna!  (She has American Indian and African American ancestry.)

Rae and I met in person at the American Indian Workshop (AIW) in Munich in 2005 but we’d actually met earlier via phone and email when I was editor of the Pequot Times in Connecticut.  Rae had told me about the AIW and put me in touch with them.  So my academic paper Power Politics and the Pequot: America’s Richest Indians was my first paper at AIW; then it was published in Poland, Italy and Germany. Many European historians were curious about the modern-day Mashantucket Pequot, including my friend Rae …luckily I had spent 5 years editing their tribal newspaper and their annual reports (1999-2004).  With so little known or written about this hugely successful tribe, I offered a more modern view of their activity and successes. I was interviewed by the BBC and a German TV station so my Pequot paper was NEWS! (Of course I was very pleased they liked my presentation… I am now an official member of the AIW and invited to give a paper every year…) Later Rae and I wrote a paper together on the adoption projects and we continue to talk on the phone and make every effort to see each other when they come to the US.

Dr. Rae, the anthropologist, lectures about Native American history in Europe and writes and gives papers regularly. What I never realized until I met her:  in Europe they teach a true version of Native and American history, with all it’s complications, gore and tragedy. Europeans actually know more than Americans know about American Indian history… Rae, in particular, is aware of the discrepancies and revisions in American history textbooks that purposefully glorify the invader-conqueror-colonizer and portray American Indians as vanquished, disappeared, drunk and/or dead.

Currently Rae is drafting a book on Texas Lumbee history and even though I retired from my publisher duties at Blue Hand Books in January this year, I do plan to help her get this remarkable book published in the near future. This trip we met to talk about the Lumbee book and just smooze like sisters do…

my memoir

I’ve now been to Gulfport twice, my only trips to the Gulf Coast, and both times I remembered a story my birthfather Earl Bland had told me. I was sitting at his kitchen table in Pana, Illinois when I was 38 (in 1994), meeting my dad for the very first time. He was standing up and calmly said, “You have a brother in New Orleans and I think he’s an attorney.” I NEVER forgot this!  (Did I ask questions? No. I was in a state of shock just being in reunion.)

From Gulfport, it is an easy drive to New Orleans. My husband and I had lunch in the French Quarter our last trip.  Again Earl’s words haunted me… I have a brother in Louisiana.  But how could I ever solve this mystery or find this missing brother? I didn’t know his name! Earl died in 1996 and he never elaborated on his story.

I could have a brother (?) or I did have a brother. I wasn’t sure.  Teresa and I were close; she was my half-sister (same dad) and she never mentioned this in the 20 years we’d been in reunion!  I wasn’t even sure if Earl had met this son. Yet somehow Earl believed he was an attorney?  (Earl raised 5 kids who are my half-siblings. I’ve met them and we all thought I was the only one given up for adoption.)

When Herb and I got back from our roadtrip, we headed to Philadelphia for a funeral. My husband’s cousin Gwenny had died. The night before her funeral, sitting in our hotel, we watched on TV how two sisters who were separated by adoption met in a writing class at the same college in New York City. This was my first time seeing them reunited on TV.  More than one person had told me about this miracle!

(READ: Two Sisters United After Decades when They Take the Same Class:

That same Sunday night I got an email.

Because I wrote my memoir One Small Sacrifice and mentioned my first father is Earl Bland and his name had made its way onto the internet and onto, my mystery brother found ME

International Adoption Scandals: Haiti steps up its fight

By Lara Trace

This ought to get some notice. (sigh)  The child trafficking business hasn’t slowed. Not when there is money to be made. Americans may choose to wear blinders but eventually the news will hit their newspapers. It may hit them hard if they adopted a trafficked child.

Wiki has a list of international adoption scandals dating from 2010 and back.

The following is a partial list, by year, of notable incidents or reports of international adoption scandals,[1][2][3][4][5] adoption corruption, child harvesting, baby-stealing, legal violations in international adoption, or adoption agency corruption (see child laundering; child trafficking:[6][7] “In the United States international adoptions are a big business, where a large number of private international adoption agencies are paid on average $30,000 a time to find a child for hopeful parents.”[8]

This story about Haiti was published in May: LINK

In Haiti, mothers warning others of adoption predators

The Haitian government is cracking down on international adoptions in a bid to warn poor Haitians about orphanage recruiters roaming the countryside with money or false promises.

By Santilla Chingaipe  (Transcript from SBS World News Radio) (May 2015)

The Haitian government is cracking down on international adoptions in a bid to warn poor Haitians about orphanage recruiters roaming the countryside with money or false promises.

The new measures include tightening up regulations and carrying out public awareness campaigns.

Santilla Chingaipe has the details.

(Click on the audio tab at link to hear the full report)

Armed with megaphones, women take to the streets of Haiti every day, sending a message to residents.

They are warning parents in rural areas about the dangers of handing over their children for adoption.

Since the devastating 2010 earthquake, serious flaws in the country’s adoption system have been exposed.

There have been reports of Haitians putting their children in orphanages for what they thought were temporary stays, only to find them gone when they returned for them.

Navilia Fontulus says her two-year-old grandson Edson spent three months in an orphanage after a recruiter paid his mother to take him away.

(Translated)”I thought I was going to lose him, because he was so small. After three months, we asked for him to be given back into the hands of his parents, because there have been people who gave up their children over 12 or 18 years ago and they’ve never found them again, not even a photo of their children. I thought I had lost him.”

Since April last year, the Haitian government has sought to overhaul the country’s adoption system.

It prohibited private adoptions, restricted the accreditation of foreign adoption agencies in the land and set a limit on how many children can be adopted internationally per year.

And it imposed regulations to address long-time complaints that parents were often pressured or manipulated into giving up children without understanding the ramifications.

Kristine Peduto is the head of the child protection unit in Haiti for the United Nations Children Agency, or UNICEF.

“We are all aware that, in the past, adoption was … that there had been a lot of issues in the process of having children adopted. Corruption, lack of regulation by the state, et cetera.”

Ms Peduto says it will take time for the changes to fully take hold, though.

“We know that moving away from the old system to have a country fully compliant with the Hague Convention (Hague Convention on International Adoption) will take time, and it demands tremendous effort from everyone at each step to ensure that all processes are fully respected.”

and this head-stopper:


You may have seen the #notabravelove (or #notbravelove) campaign going on the past few days. This campaign came into inception when one of my beemommy friends had had enough and suggested a campaign similar to #flipthescript that adoptees were doing in the month of November for National Adoption Month. Another beemommy friend suggested the hash tag #notabrave love and I ran with it. We needed to combat the billboard assault and tell expectant mothers the reality of adoption. It isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, and it certainly hasn’t been a “beautiful thing” to us. It has meant a lifetime of grief, sadness and loss. Not being able to parent your child is not beautiful. The emotions that surround it align well with the death of your child. However, BraveLove want to INCREASE domestic infant adoption in the U.S.




Medical Kidnapping? Billion Dollar Adoption Business



We continue our series on the “Business of Medical Kidnapping,” which addresses the question, “why is this happening?” Our previous articles in this series:

The Medical Kidnapping Business: Bilking Medicaid

Medical Kidnapping Business: Judges Skirting the Law for Federal Funds

Steve Isham addresses the topic of the multi-billion dollar adoption business.

As we have previously reported at Health Impact News, fertility rates in the United States are at an all-time low. As John P. Thomas has reported in his article, Are GMO Foods, Vaccines, and Big Pharma Producing an Infertile Generation?, fertility rates are plummeting:

  1. The U.S. fertility rate fell to another record low in 2012, with 63.0 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s down slightly from the previous low of 63.2 in 2011. It marked the fifth year in a row the U.S. birth rate has declined, and the lowest rate on record since the government started tracking the fertility rate in 1909.
  2. For five years now, America’s teen birth rate has plummeted at an unprecedented rate, falling faster and faster. Between 2007 and 2013, the number of babies born to teens annually fell by 38.4 percent, according to research firm Demographic Intelligence. This drop occurred in tandem with steep declines in the abortion rate.
  3. A few years ago, statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the number of women having difficulty conceiving at approximately 10 percent—roughly 1 in 10. Now, using results from this newest survey [reported in 2013], that number appears to be closer to 16 percent—1 in every 6 couples. (Full Article.)

Add to this the growing list of states that are legalizing gay marriages adding more couples unable to conceive children, and it is easy to see that the adoption business is growing due to increased demand.

Much of what Steve uncovers in this article will apply to children taken away from families for any reason, not simply issues related to “medical kidnapping,” such as being charged with “medical abuse” for simply questioning a doctor or wanting to seek a second opinion regarding medical treatment for one’s child.

In future articles we will report more about the financial incentives of the medical industry to remove custody of a child from the parents, thereby gaining access to the vast amount of financial resources available via Medicaid to purchase drugs for these children.

Many reports have already been published documenting how children who are wards of the State are taking many more prescription drugs than those living with their families. Foster parents or parents of adopted children are often required to administer these drugs whether they agree or not.  The medical institution also has the legal right to use these children in drug experiments.


Adoption: It is about the Money!

By Steven R. Isham M.A., L.B.S.W.
Special to Health Impact News

Child ‘protection’ is one of the biggest businesses in the country. We spend $12 billion a year on it.

A recent CDC study, The Economic Burden of Child Maltreatment in the United States and Implications for Prevention, found the total lifetime estimated financial costs associated with just one year of cases associated with child protection services is approximately $124 billion. [1]

Arizona Leads the Nation in Children Removed from Homes and Sent to Foster Care and Adoption

kidnapped babies in offices

The State of Arizona has increased the percentage of kids in out-of-home placement by almost 50% between 9/30/2007 and 9/30/2012. That is 20% higher than the next closest state, Oregon, who increased only 20% in those five years. Nationwide 41 states actually lowered the percentage of children in out-of-home placements. Arizona has recently passed the mark of more than 16,000 children in out-of-home placements and is still increasing this trend. [2]

Why would Arizona be continuing to take more children than ever before and adopt out so many of these children to other families? Is it about the money?

Certainly, “yes”, the state government and the state economy needs every business opportunity it can achieve, and the taking of children by the state and adopting these children to others is a financial windfall for the State of Arizona, the state budget and the economy. It is easily a billion dollar business, and growing every day in Arizona.

According to Wall St., Arizona is the 45th worst run state in the nation, has a poverty rate of 18.6%, the 9th highest in the nation, and a 2013 unemployment rate of 8.0%, 12th highest in the country. [3]

So why does Arizona lead the nation in percentage of children removed from their parents’ homes?

  1. Money: Federal Financial Incentives for taking and keeping children. ($72,000.00 Base)
  2. Adoption Bonuses: $4,000.00 to $6,000.00+ per each time [4]
  3. Adoption Subsidies: Even after adoption is completed until 22 years of age
  4. Physicians: Completing research or hiding medical malpractice mistakes
  5. Hospitals: Completing research or hiding medical malpractice mistakes
  6. Pharmaceutical Companies: Endless pool of test subjects
  7. Employment: Hundreds if not thousands of jobs depend on the state taking these children, especially since they are already built into the state budget now.

Are Arizona Children Entering Foster Care and Adoption Moving on to Better Lives?

So after millions of dollars in services, thousands of employees from hundreds of businesses, both state and federal, including in-state and out-of-state experts, are the children being protected ending up in safe and secure environments? Are the children being treated better or worse in state custody?

A reasonable taxpayer would assume that children are going from a bad environment to a good environment, a sick environment to a healing environment. We would assume they are going to a new environment totally void of any more suffering or trauma, safe from abuse or neglect of any kind, right?


Some of these children have suffered more trauma by being taken by CPS than they ever suffered in their own homes. Being taken from your own home and placed in another home with strangers while often not having any clue why, is extremely traumatizing. The impact is just like that of an illegal kidnapping; but in these cases the kidnapping is totally legal.

Or, imagine being told that your mother tried to harm you when in fact nothing ever happened. Purely speculative areas that are not researched but are based on diagnoses like Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy (MSBP) and others are often made up signs and symptoms to qualify the child for a disability that can receive massive amounts of federal funding.

Nationwide, Statistics Show Children Entering Foster Homes Suffer More AFTER They Leave Their Families

According to Cornell University, about 68% of all child protective cases “do not involve child maltreatment.” [4]

According to the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) in Washington, the calculated average is for every 1 abused child removed from an abusive home, there are 17 children removed from loving non-offending homes nationwide. [5]

Take a look at statistics of children who are removed from their families by CPS:

Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the United States. These numbers come from The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) in Washington D. C. [5]

Children in CPS custody:

  • Physical Abuse (160)
  • Sexual Abuse (112)
  • Neglect (410)
  • Medical Neglect (14)
  • Fatalities (6.4)

Children in Parent Custody:

  • Physical Abuse (59)
  • Sexual Abuse (13)
  • Neglect (241)
  • Medical Neglect (12)
  • Fatalities (1.5)

A child in CPS custody is:

  • Almost three times more likely to be physically abused in CPS custody than at home
  • Over eight times more likely to be sexually abused in CPS custody than at home
  • Almost two times as likely to be neglected in CPS custody than at home
  • Almost equally likely to be medically neglected (How can that be in CPS custody?)
  • Almost five times more likely to die in CPS custody than at home

Perpetrators of Maltreatment

More Children in the Adoption System = More Money for the State

Financial Opportunities for the State of Arizona and Economic Growth; Stability

AZ Economic Opportunities

One local hospital in Arizona was billing the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (Medicaid) over one million dollars a year on one child, but then the same physicians/hospitals were testifying in “kiddie court” there was nothing wrong with the child. The Mom must have done something? The true medical condition of the child was never given to the judge!

How do Child Protection Services Pick which Children to Take?


Poverty is the single best predictor of child abuse and neglect. According to one frequently cited federal study, children in families earning below $15,000 a year are 22 times as likely to be considered maltreated as kids in families with incomes above $30,000. These numbers are readily available through documents CPS Investigators have about AHCCCS (Medicaid) [7] It is also well known that these parents cannot afford private attorneys to represent them and fight to get their children back. They must rely on court-appointed attorneys who are generally quick to encourage them to settle with the State, and lose all custody of their children.


There seems to be a trend in this area as certain Arizona hospitals have relationships with pharmaceutical companies and there seems to be a parallel between CPS reports, the genetics of the child, the medical conditions of the child, Arizona elected officials, and the research of the pharmaceutical company. The numbers are difficult to find, but apparently some parents have found their children in those research studies.

Medical Malpractice

There are several cases where there is no evidence whatsoever of any neglect, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse and CPS is called by the physician or hospital involved. In many of these cases there is specific evidence and expert testimony, from nationally recognized experts, of medical mistakes or care below the community standards. Interestingly, CPS has never done an investigation of many of these cases and yet severs the rights of the parent as quickly as possible. “Bazinga” the medical malpractice disappears, saving hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements, legal fees, and increased liability insurance costs.

Federal Government Incentives

The United States Federal Government, through an array of laws and grants, provides billions of dollars in incentives to states to take children from their parents. Arizona takes more percentage wise than any other state.


People who do not have children and want children create a market for children. Where is there an endless availability of children? Child Protective Services! The younger and healthier the child the more adoptable that child will be. Younger and healthier children are significantly more adoptable. A reasonable person might conclude the demand is so high that there could possibly be a connection between this demand and the increase in the taking of children before they ever leave the hospital.

The Funds?

It is easier to build a round pizza puzzle with 1,000 pieces, than find the exact money a state gets per child from the moment CPS takes that child and then from month to month. The amount most consistently quoted and spoken about is $6,000.00 per month.

“For instance, in the case of foster care, the present reimbursement to state and local government for each child taken into foster care is approximately $6000/month. Yet the foster care provider (the foster parent) receives only somewhere around $600/month. Allowing about the same for administrative costs, each child in foster care is worth about $5000/month; that’s pure profit on the bottom line!” [8]

On October 11, 2014, Arizona Central reported the following:

“Arizona had the second-largest increase in the nation over the decade, adding 7,296 children to Texas’ 8,294 (which has 4x the population of Arizona). There were 15,751 foster kids in Arizona at the end of March, according to the latest numbers from the state.” (Data given on March 2013) [9]

Assuming these numbers are correct, and the accepted dollar amount is correct:

The Arizona State child welfare and adoption services would have generated for Arizona approximately 94.5 million dollars a month or 1.134 billion dollars a year.

AZ CPS Demographics

Conclusion: American Families Under Attack in Government-Sponsored Children for Profit Adoption Practices

Most American’s find it nearly impossible to believe that our own Government, both state and federal, would allow some scheme this obscene to be perpetrated against the American family unit and our precious children. And yet, there is so much evidence that something perverse is happening that it begs for an independent audit by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Justice.

A few questions that I believe should be addressed during both investigations:

  1. How much combined funding is each state getting for each child?
  2. What is the amount of Medicaid fraud by state in relation to these children?
  3. How do race, poverty, medical research, medical malpractice, federal government incentives, and adoptions impact the number of children taken by each state?
  4. Why have the states or federal government not researched if the current system even works to do anything but pay for itself?
  5. How many children in the Foster Care system, as it currently exists, end up with criminal records, prison sentences, post-traumatic stress disorder from Foster Care, and suicide attempts and deaths?

About the Author

Steven R. Isham has educated, advocated, and fought for children and families since 1975, going on 40 years. His experience spans education, special education, school administration, behavioral health, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, curriculum development, coaching, author of a book on Child and Family Advocacy and service to others throughout his career.



1. Cost of Child Abuse and Neglect Rival Other Major Public Health Problems – The Center for Disease Control (CDC)

2. Child Protective Services (CPS) Oversight Committee – Overview Presentation – October 17, 2013 – Arizona Department of Economic Security

3. The Best and Worst Run States in America: A Survey of All 50 – By Alexander E.M. Hess, Thomas C. Frohlich, Alexander Kent and Ashley C. Allen – December 3, 2014 6:20 pm EST

The Best and Worst Run States in America: A Survey of All 50 – 24/7 Wall St.

4. The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) in Washington.

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6. Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections – March 2009 Performance Audit –

7. Many Arizona foster children living far from home – By Mary K. Reinhart – Sept. 1, 2012 11:35 PM – The Republic | –

8. On Child Protective Services, Part 4: Follow the Money – Posted on May 8, 2013 by Michael Minkoff –

9. Number of kids in Arizona’s foster-care system up – Miranda Rivers, Cronkite News 9:44 p.m. MST October 11, 2014 –

10. Demographics: Child Welfare Summary: Arizona: 2009, 2010,

Just more sickness in the land of the psychopaths. And you didn’t even touch on the number of CPS kidnapped kids that get shipped out to pedophile rings – whoops – I mean go missing every year.

Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy January 5, 2015

Adoption was a 13 Billion Dollar industry in the USA in 2013. And yes, the new same sex marriage laws and growing infertility rates ALL increase the demand for children.. the younger and whiter the better.
There is same serious tax fraud going on all over the industry.. from the state incentives for CPS removal which is documented here to the double payments of birthmother medical expenses paid by both the state and adoptive parents.

What people don’t want to realize is that CPS removal isn’t what happens to “others” or “bad people”; no one is safe anymore. Fathers’ routinely get denied their rights to their children via adoption, mothers are lied to every day to convince them to relinquish their children, and often, doctors, hospitals, social workers, CPC’s and the adoption agencies and lawyers are all working in tandem. Meanwhile, we all want to think that the parents targeted must have “done something” to deserve this, but they are just like everyone else. No one ants to see that until it’s YOUR child getting sold off and you realize that there is nothing you can do!

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that ALL children adopted have trauma. Adoptees have 4 times higher a risk of suicide and they are over represented in both the prison and mental health industry by as high as 80%. So much for “better life.” Our own government is separating families and destroying our future.

Thank YOU

about me iconBy Lara/Trace (or whatever you want to call me!)

I am popping in to say thank you for 100,000 hits on this blog. REALLY!

That is no small feat for a journalist writer who writes about adoption, ICWA, Native American history and other serious dark matters.

Chi Megwetch, Pilamaye, Gratias and Merci Beaucoup!

I have a full schedule ahead that will prevent me posting now and in the month of April… Life is good, full, busy….

See you back here in May!

2014 in review (Happy 2015 y’all) “Helper Monkeys” prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog. WooHoo! I am thrilled!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Are we celebrating our loss of privacy?
Are we celebrating ? Indeed!


I am just so happy to see that this little blog did so well in 2014, considering there are 6 billion blogs out there. (Yikes, seriously!)

So in January, expect weekly posts from yours truly. I still have plenty to share and gripe about (kidding)… HAPPY 2015!  And thank you all – I couldn’t do this without you!


Raible: Latest Gazillion Voices article

Another way of putting it is this: There is no “post-adoption” until we have ended adoption, once and for all. Just as the boarding school experiment for Native American children has been discredited as genocidal, just as the Indian Adoption Program has been disbanded… so too, I anticipate that the transracial and transnational adoption experiments will be replaced by a much more just and humane practice that is less about the business of selling children (and in the process, disrupting extended families of color), and more about ensuring justice and care for the most needy and vulnerable—namely, poor women of color and their children around the world…

via Latest Gazillion Voices article.


I had to share this! Let this sink in…END and ABOLISH ADOPTION – and this is my post for the week, too…Lara

Lost Babies documentary: Catholic Ireland’s adoption trade of illegitimate children

by Irish Abroad on 19 September 2014
Philomena journalist Martin Sixsmith reports on the tragic consequences of the  adoption trade of illegitimate children by the Catholic Church in Ireland. Journalist Martin Sixmith was the person who helped Philomena Lee in her 50 year search to find out what happened to her son after being forced by the Catholic church to give up her child for adoption. Sixsmith wrote a book ‘The Lost Child of Philomena Lee’ which was subsequently made into an acclaimed film starring Judi Dench (as Philomena) and Steve Coogan (as Martin Sixmith).

During his investigations into the Catholic Church’s role in the adoption trade of illegitimate children, Sixmith came across many other sad stories from both mothers who were forced to give up a child for adoption and from children who were adopted and how there lives were also changed forever, one who went onto to be abused at a very young age by her adoptive father in the US.

In this new documentary, Sixsmith takes a journey with both mothers and children and investigates the many sad and tragic stories of ‘Ireland’s Lost Babies’.

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