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Saturday, January 4, 2014


By Trace A. DeMeyer

I was asked recently how many domestic adoptions take place in America each year. I did some research and was surprised to see how much the numbers are shrinking, which means the Nightlight Adoption Agency who handled the Baby Veronica transaction must be very nervous and scouring poor communities like Indian reservations to snatch more infants to sell to people like the Capobiancos (shown at right).
Yes, I am cynical these days. The agencies are going to push to keep their profit margins somehow. They are going to charge more and more to keep their doors open and pay desperate mothers well to relinquish.


Infant Domestic Adoption: A Gradual Slowdown

Every five years, NCFA hires a researcher to survey state administrators in order to determine the total number of infant domestic adoptions in the U.S. As reported in Adoption Factbook V, there were 18,078 infant domestic adoptions in 2007, down from 22,291 in 2002, the last year in which the survey was conducted. The first NCFA survey (1982) identified 17,602 infant domestic adoptions. Since the peak year of 1992, when 26,672 adoptions were identified, the number of private domestic adoptions has dropped each year.
One of the reasons for the decreasing number of domestic adoptions may be a parallel decrease in the percentage of unmarried women relinquishing children for adoption. According to data from the National Survey of Family Growth, relinquishments have declined from nearly nine percent in the 1970s to under one percent of births to never-married women by 1995 (the last available data year). Reasons offered by researchers include an increased social acceptance of single motherhood, and a higher number of unmarried mothers in their 20s rather than their teens.

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  1. Oh, geez, Trace, I wasn't up for seeing a picture of the Crapo--be-awfuls this early in the morning. Ronnie doesn't look too bad in that picture, but she probably doesn't realize yet that she's not going back to her REAL family. It's in the later pic where she's sitting on Mel's lap that she looks stunned and shell-shocked. Funny how the Crapos were such media hounds with Veronica's image everywhere when they were trying to steal her. And now with so many of us worried about her, they have decided to go private. I really wonder what Ronnie looks like now.

  2. I know, pretty shitty of me, but I needed to remind everyone this is reality for an innocent little girl. I can only guess how sad she is - our little Veronica. Yup, Robin, the Capos went silent because they know what they did is actually criminal but they got away with it.
    Reality will prevail.
    Veronica is so torn right now. She is emotionally split living into two worlds.
    Keep good thoughts for her. Pray for her. She needs all the strength we can give her to survive this.

  3. Will do, Trace. I will do everything I can to keep her story alive. I want her to know that we have not, and never will, ever, forget what happened to her.

  4. HOW CAN US MOTHERS SPREAD OUR VOICES ? I WANT TO GRAB ANY SPAM ADS GOVERNMENT WISE ADVERTISING FOR WOMENS EQUAL PAY FOR INSTANCE AND JUST EMAIL THEM MY COMMENT ABOUT WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS QUICKER FOR THE CRITICALLY WOUNDED ADOPTEES SEARCHING FOR THEIR PARENTS AND THE NEWS ABOUT THE CHILD BABY THAT WAS TAKEN FROM HER PARENTS SO QUICK IT WAS ... 'WE GOT CHA !! The adoption industry is out of control to taking the innocent.,and woman for childrens worldwide shots for diseases.I wrote this lady that is in the white house or is a member close to the white house,sorry my memory slips.I'll know it maybe tonight.I still don't know ,except I love causes .Do you have a page created on causes? I wish you did as I just know you would go over the top with so many that would sign a petition for baby Veronica,maybe their was already one ,can't remember.We need another as he has to go back to court and you have the words for us to help ,it's just who and where,sorry about my keys ,pc acted up again? Will get it fixed before I start copying my unpublished many stories about suspense,drama,adventure ,thrillers ,children and non fiction adoption stories of my own story.


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As the single largest unregulated industry in the United States, adoption is viewed as a benevolent action that results in the formation of “forever families.”
The truth is that it is a very lucrative business with a known sales pitch. With profits last estimated at over $1.44 billion dollars a year, mothers who consider adoption for their babies need to be very aware that all of this promotion clouds the facts and only though independent research can they get an accurate account of what life might be like for both them and their child after signing the adoption paperwork.

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To Veronica Brown

Veronica, we adult adoptees are thinking of you today and every day. We will be here when you need us. Your journey in the adopted life has begun, nothing can revoke that now, the damage cannot be undone. Be courageous, you have what no adoptee before you has had; a strong group of adult adoptees who know your story, who are behind you and will always be so.

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Here is a thought that I've been feeling the need to express for a long time, both in this group and in our TRA 101 group (where I have just posted this same post). White parents: the extent to which you refuse to listen to the voices of adult transracial adoptees and other people of color, based on their lived experiences, is also the extent to which you will prove deaf to the pleas (spoken and unspoken) of your own children of color. And those of you who absolutely and steadfastly refuse to listen to our voices, will find years from now that you've missed tremendous opportunities to truly hear your own children's voices--again, unspoken as much as spoken--but it will be too late to do anything about the missed opportunities. When we adult transracial adoptees and other people of color share in this group, in TRA 101, and in other forums around transracial adoption, it is a gift that we offer freely to you. Please consider that some of what you might perceive as "harsh truths" are simply our sharing with you glimpses into our own lived experiences--which will be the lived experiences of your own children. A gift is a gift even if it doesn't come from Tiffany's and isn't diamonds wrapped in silk. Thank you for reading and considering this!

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