Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Rehoming of Unwanted Adopted Kids In Maine

There is an article in the Washington Times yesterday about the practice of re-homing adopted children who are no longer wanted while avoiding the official channels such as child welfare authorities.  Apparently, this happens in Maine as lawmakers are considering a bill that would put a stop to it.
For some adopted children, their “forever” families are anything but. 
Adopted under false pretenses from Ethiopia in 2006, Tarikuwa Lemma was barely acclimated to America when her family “re-homed” her to relatives a few months later. 
It was “really humiliating,” she testified to Maine lawmakers Thursday. Re-homing is “not right, not fair, not safe.”
Adoptees decry re-homing as states move to end practice
I was unable, at this time, to find anything else in the local news about this.  I can only speculate as to why considering Maine is crying out about a desperate shortage of adoptive and foster parents. However, I did contact the State Senate Democratic Office in Augusta and Marcia was kind enough to track down the information about the bill for me which is currently being considered in the Judiciary Committee.

LD 1342 
"An Act To Prohibit Unauthorized Custody Transfers of Children"
Sponsored by Representative Craig Hickman

This bill is currently being considered by the judiciary committee, and it's progress can be tracked here.  http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280056238


SUMMARY

This bill addresses the practice of rehoming children by creating a new crime prohibiting the transfer of the long-term care and custody of a child without a court order. The new crime is described as a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the long-term care and custody of a child under 16 years of age, or a person to whom the long-term care and custody of a child under 16 years of age has been expressly delegated, transferring the long-term care and custody of the child to another person who is not a family member without authorization by order of a court that has jurisdiction over the child. This is a Class C crime.

Re-homing is one of the newer designer trends in Child Welfare that journalists have picked up on over the last year or so.  There have been internet sites, and Facebook pages dedicated to the practice.  In some cases the kids have been passed off to child molesters such as happened to a young girl in Arkansas.

Of course we'll never really know how bad of a problem this is in Maine because DHHS is so good at guarding the dirty little secrets.  They're more likely to pour out the fluff so that they can sucker people in to become adoptive parents then stick them with a screwed up kid that they can't possibly handle without the services that they are supposed to but don't always provide.

I don't know how far this bill will go, but it is worth watching and at least someone is trying to look out for these kids.

I urge you to contact your legislators and tell them to put a stop to this horrible practice.

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