Search Group For Easter House Adoptees

May 15th, 2007
Categories: Black Market, Search was created by a mother who surrendered her child to adoption via Easter House. is intended to be a search, reunion and support site for Easter House mothers, fathers, adoptive parents and our children. This article explains that Easter House was part of a complex network begun by a man named Seymour Kurtz. According to Lynne Taggart who interviewed Kurtz for a book about baby brokers, Kurtz received his license to set up his agency as a non-profit adoption agency in the early 1960's. However, around 1973, the person that he hired to run the agency warned him that due to a lack of babies, they might need to shut down. Seymour Kurtz allegedly immediately began looking to… [more]

Adoption Search – An American Phenomena?

May 11th, 2007

Do you believe that only Americans search for lost birth parents or relinquished children? Adoption search is not only a growing practice in the United States, but world-wide. A new twist here -this website was created by not a birth parent, but a man who lived with a birth mother for many years. He began this site after reading about a birth mother who was looking for her child and finding no South African search sites. His site offers information for those searching with connections to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana and other African countries. Hmmm, isn't Namibia where Angelina gave birth to her biological child? Here a segment of a radio show called "Let's Talk Adoption" about

Searching in Canada

April 19th, 2007

Just as adoption laws differ in the U.S. from state to state, in Canada laws are different from province to province. There have been some changes and/or proposed changes in Canada the past few years in some provinces which allow more access to records. This link lists the provinces and resources specific to each province. The link above came from the website of Links Post-Legal Adoption Support Group which offers a wealth of varied information about searching in Canada. Canada: Search Information and Support has a long and complete list of links to aid in a Canadian search. Provided at this link are search handbooks specifically geared for Canadian searches, information on adoption laws in Canada and searchable… [more]

Focus on Korea – Adoption Search and Reunion

April 17th, 2007
Categories: International, Korean

Korean Focus is a new site that I just discovered that looks promising. An interesting note is that the group includes not solely triad members, but also others interested in all things Korean. Korean Focus of Metro DC offers information and support to families interested in Korean culture and the Korean American community.....Our members and friends include adoptive families, adopted Korean Americans, and Korean American families. On this site, I noticed a request for Asian bone marrow. I have not seen such a request on an adoption site previously, although as I mentioned, this site is not exclusively for Korean triad members. This section of the Korean Focus site is for Korean adoptees and provides many interesting links on a variety… [more]

International Search

April 4th, 2007

Adoptees adopted outside the United States or internationally face different challenges in searching for their birth parents. Each country has its own laws governing the information and access to it. In addition the record keeping practices vary across the countries and cultures and you may find that no information has been ever recorded or that records were misplaced or that cultural practices placed no emphasis on accurate record keeping. However, I have a theory that it may actually be easier to gain access to an original birth certificate in a foreign country than it is in the United States since some countries do not seal their vital records. I am not well versed in international adoption search but I felt that it should… [more]

Types of Adoptions

April 3rd, 2007

In order to understand and hel p yourself make an action plan for your search, you first have to understand the various types of adoption. Depending on the type of adoption will depend on what avenues you may or may not be able to pursue in your search. I am writing in general and are covering adoptions of today as well as during the closed adoption era. This is a breakdown of the basic types of adoptions. The first is private. No profit or for profit adoption agencies, doctors, attorneys, and members of the clergy facilitate these adoptions. A child is placed in a non relative home and the adoption may be opened or closed based on the level of privacy… [more]

Bad Adoption Practices – Past and Present

March 7th, 2007

In this story, the birth mother was told that her child had died at birth. Instead, shortly after her birth in 1955, the child was sold in a gray market adoption for $250. Needless to say, the birth mother was stunned to find that the child she believed had died was alive and had been stolen from her. She was 33 when her daughter was born and then evidently stolen and sold by the midwife and doctor. "I guess they wanted the money," she says. Even for some birth parents in closed adoptions who know that their children are probably alive, in a sense at reunion it can be as though they are back from the dead. Can you even imagine what… [more]

Katherine Cole – Miami, FL

March 5th, 2007
Categories: Black Market

Cole babies were babies delivered by Dr. Katherine Cole. Dr. Cole was a naturopathic physician that practiced in Miami, Florida for 51 years. In her 2 story clinic on the west side of Miami, Cole delivered thousands of babies. The building in which her clinic was located also contained several rooms that Cole rented to pregnant and unmarried women. In many cases, the babies that these women bore were illegally placed with adoptive families for a price. A fee for that ranged from twenty five dollars to several thousands of dollars. Dr. Katherine Cole ran one of the biggest black market adoption rings in the country from 1927 to 1963 in Miami, Florida. Katherine Cole was arrested at least 7 times. She… [more]

Bessie Bernard – Miami, FL

March 5th, 2007

This site will tell you the story of Bessie Bernard. Bessie Bernard was a part of a baby peddling ring in the 1940s which charged as much as two thousand dollars per baby, which was a lot of money at that time. Many of the unwed mothers were found in the Miami Florida area and once the babies were born they were brought north and were sold in New York and nearby states. Bessie Bernard was charged with conspiracy and illegal placement for adoption in December 1949. She worked with two others who were Brooklyn attorneys Irwin Slater and Harry Wolfson. Mr. Slater drafted formal agreements. Bessie Bernard was in charge of placement and transportation of the babies. During the… [more]

Black Market Adoption Part 2

March 2nd, 2007
Categories: Black Market

In some cases, there are already others adopted from the same source who can provide information to a new searcher. Some of the already established groups include Cole babies, Hicks babies, Bessie babies, Dr. Mary babies, Butterbox babies, and Springer babies. Black market adoptees should use all established methods for obtaining information, but cannot take anything for granted as details were so often changed, deleted, or missing altogether. They should be aware that documents such as birth certificates and consent forms were also often falsified. Black market adoptees can and do have successful searches, but the searches are more difficult because of the lack of reliable information and therefore, may take longer. The first place any adoptee should register is with the International… [more]