“The liberty interest of the family encompasses an interest in retaining custody of one’s children and, thus, a state may not interfere with a parent’s custodial rights absent due process protections.” Langton v. Maloney, 527 F Supp 538, D.C. Conn. (1981).
Articles By and About Baby Scoop Era Mothers
“The Other Offreds: A Different Kind of Handmaid’s Tale” by Karen Wilson Buterbaugh. The rights of all mothers must be protected and enforced to prevent a future filled with real Offreds.
“Adoption: In The Best Interest of Whom?” by Karen Wilson Buterbaugh and Joe Soll. Clarifying the truth about the treatment women received at the hands of the adoption industry during the baby Scoop era, and their experiences after their loss.
“Adoption: Not By Choice” by Karen Wilson Buterbaugh (Eclectica Jul/Aug01). Quotes from Baby Scoop Era adoption workers reveal how adoption was used as a punishment for the “crime” of unwed motherhood
“Adoption History – Setting the Record Straight.” Is adoption a service for needy children or needy adults? This article makes a persuasive argument and sets the record straight.
“Wayward Past” by Susan Gervas. Shining a light on the dark corridors of a BSE Maternity “home.”
“Illegitimate Complaints” by Susan Gervas (Washington City Paper, May 21-27, 1999). Reports on a first mothers’ demonstration for open records in front of a Washington DC Maternity “home.”
Adoption Industry Exploitation
“Why ‘Birthmother’ Means ‘Breeder’” by Diane Turski. How “the b-word“ denies the motherhood and familial ties of mothers who lose children to adoption. Are we merely incubators?
“Adoption and Reproductive Exploitation” by Bryony Lake and Jessica DelBalzo. Is Atwood’s “Handmaid’s Tale” fiction?
“Adoption: Exploitation Or Choice?” by Laurie Frisch. Deconstructing the ways in which the “adoption option” denies women their rights.
“The Case Against Adoption: Research and Alternatives for Concerned Citizens” by Jessica DelBalzo
Legal Issues Considered
The Language of Adoption by Valerie Andrews
Articles From Around The Web
“Mothers Exploited By Adoption.” Stories of “successful” adoptions
“Baby Racket” by Pamela Sharp. Speech to Hayward’s Heath Women’s Club November, 1999
“America’s Secret Crime Against the Family” by Jess DelBalzo
“Adoption Bonuses: The Money Behind the Madness” by Nev Moore. Federal funding for foster-to-adopt schemes has become a cash cow for states.