Independent Adoption Center Goes Belly Up Without Warning

Yesterday and today, without warning, hundreds, maybe thousands, of prospective adoptive parents checked their email and found that the adoption agency they had been working with (see: paying) was no longer in business. Some were near the end of the adoption process and already have children in their homes and are just waiting on finalization, some had just began the process and didn’t have too much invested quite yet, and others were somewhere in between. When they went to their website at http://independentadoptioncenter.org/ they found this:

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When you click on the links entitled “News Release” and “To Our Families” you get this:

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Independent Adoption Center boasted 34 years of agency experience helping to facilitate over 4300 adoptions in those 3 and a half decades. They were fully licensed in California, Georgia, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. They were HUGE.

There’s a few key sentences you should pay attention to.

“The IAC has worked tirelessly to adapt to this changing environment, but the many efforts we implemented were ultimately unsuccessful.”

The “changing environment” referred to is in reference to the lack of “potential birthmothers” that is cited earlier. Just how did IAC work tirelessly to procure more “potential birthmothers” to meet the demand of the clients they took on.  Apparently WAY too many clients as well. As one birthmom friend said, this being the agency she worked with while pregnant and after giving birth, she was coerced and pressured by IAC beyond belief, ultimately relinquishing her child even though she didn’t want to.

“As everything will be under control of the trustee and the court, IAC will not be involved with determining how any remaining funds in the account are utilized.”

So this wasn’t something that just popped up yesterday. This has been in the works for some time if there is already a trustee for their chapter 7 bankruptcy. Then why weren’t families warned? Why was IAC still accepting PAYMENTS at least FIVE days ago? If you know you’re in the process of filing for bankruptcy, why are you drafting people’s bank accounts for payments of services you know you won’t be rendering because you’re shutting down? ALL THE WAY DOWN.

Calling their lines gives you an automated message pretty much telling you the same thing that is shown here. Emails have gone unanswered. As I said earlier, their website is all but gone, their Facebook page has disappeared.  They’ve gone off the grid as much as one CAN go off the grid, filing bankruptcy and leaving people in the lurch.

(I’m getting to a point, I swear I am)

Hopeful adoptive parents with home studies through IAC are no longer valid. The home studies they paid for are worthless and they have to start again.

Hopeful adoptive parents that have been making payments? Same thing. That money is gone.  Wait for something to come in the mail from the courts to prove your claim against the “estate.” If there’s anything left to claim that is.

Hopeful adoptive parents who already have a child in their home but haven’t finalized? Their states don’t care that their agency went belly up. The law still says a certain number of home visits must be conducted by a licensed agency for a judge to grant finalization.

Adoptive parents and first parents who have already utilized this agency and finalized? The records will probably be sent to the state making it even HARDER for an adoptee to access them.  Making it even harder for a first parent to access them. Furthermore, some adoptions were only open in the capacity that IAC was facilitating all contact as a third-party. Those first parents and adoptive parents have NO WAY TO FIND EACH OTHER TO CONTINUE CONTACT. (So much for that open adoption IAC promised)

Lots of sensitive information and documents are in the hands of IAC and many people are wondering what will be done with that. IAC failed to talk about that in their “News Release.” This isn’t sensitive information like where someone works.  We’re talking FBI background checks and medical records.

Let’s not forget that promised “lifetime support” to first families and adoptive families. Just another way to bring in business, get the goods, and turn a profit. Obviously that “lifetime support” is no longer available to those it was promised to.

Where am I going with all of this?

A couple of days ago I wrote an article about an agency administrator as an admin in an adoption support group.

I received a lot of support and a lot of backlash.  As a matter of fact, I receive a lot of backlash all the time from hopeful adoptive parents and adoptive parents alike. Here’s my point.

The adoption industry SCREWS you too.  They don’t care. If they aren’t making money they DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU. They will leave you in the lurches, close their doors, and tell you to see ’em in court. Do you NOT understand how important reform is? Don’t you know WHY adoption costs what it does? This adoption agency went bankrupt. BANKRUPT. And not a word was spoken until the day before they shut their doors totally cutting off all communication with their clients. They were still collecting payments until days before. They were still going through the motions making their clients believe everything was okay. It’s the same thing they do to expectant moms.

Do you think that an agency that acted as unethically with their bankruptcy as they did acted ETHICALLY when dealing with expectant mothers? Not a chance. There is a HUGE uproar in the adoptive parent/hopeful adoptive parent community over this. Yet, most of you look away when people like me say “Hey! This agency is bad! This industry does this! They aren’t ethical!” I’m just an angry bitter birthmom. But when it happens to you – oh the shame!

You’re fooling yourselves if you think that IAC is an exception. Independent Adoption Center is not an exception. They just happened to be one of the larger ones to conduct themselves this way. Smaller agencies are closing all the time leaving similar destruction in their wake.

Furthermore, with the awakening of those of us who were tricked or coerced, the creation of Saving Our Sisters, and the endless hours dedicated to TRUE reform and protections of expectant parents and their children, agencies like IAC will no longer have a place in today’s society.  We’ll make sure of that.

I’ll leave you with Independent Adoption Center’s Form 990 from 2014 tax year. I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out how a “non-profit” with $2,262,074 in NET assets goes belly up in 2 years.

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Heart to Heart Adoptions; Andy and Melissa Moore; The Taking of Ja’Meka

Oh look.  How could it be? Another father’s rights being trampled on by a Utah adoption agency.  Who would have imagined?

Can you taste the sarcasm?

If this is your first time visiting the dark underbelly of the adoption Interwebs, you may not understand.  Utah is infamous for it’s unethical and immoral adoption laws that virtually give fathers zero rights to their child.  Often times, adoption agencies will move moms to Utah to deliver their babies if they know a father will not consent to an adoption or voluntarily terminate his own rights.  This is because it really takes an act of God to retain your rights as a father, in Utah, due to their archaic, unethical laws that continue to be practiced due to heavy lobbying from Utah adoption agencies such as Heart to Heart Adoptions.  No “pesky” father will get in the way of making that buck off that baby in Utah. Better believe it.

Some representatives in Utah have made attempts to change the laws but, alas, all were thwarted.  Why would anyone who profits off of adoption want to make it harder to get those babies?  In fact, a class action lawsuit was brought against the state of Utah due to their unconstitutional laws by twelve fathers.  It was, of course, dismissed. The whole state of Utah is corrupt to the very core when it comes to adoption and father’s rights.

Read about the father’s who initiated the federal class action lawsuit against Utah.

So it was really no surprise, unfortunately, when I heard about Johnny. 

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Johnny with his daughter, Ja’Meka, at the hosptial, when she was born.

Johnny is a father to a beautiful little girl named Ja’Meka that was born on October 18, 2016 in Georgia. Ja’Meka’s mom, while heavily medicated (having had a tubal ligation the previous day) and under duress, on October 19, 2016 was driven to two attorney’s offices by Bonnie Lin Hilton of Heart to Heart Adoptions based out of Utah.  The first attorney’s office was closed, due to being later in the business day.  The second attorney was open and it was there that Ja’Meka’s mom agreed to waive all her rights in the state of Georgia, in regards to her child and the adoption, and instead go by Utah law. She also terminated her parental rights.  Georgia law doesn’t have any waiting period to do this.  It can be done a minute after the baby is born. It was just Ja’Meka’s mom, Bonnie Lin Hilton, the attorney and a notary (Lucinda S. Hand) – signing away her rights while she was medicated recovering from giving birth and a major operation the day before. Let me say that again.  Ja’Meka’s mom signed legal documents that waived her rights and protections under Georgia law and terminated her parental rights to her child a day after giving birth and having a major operation while medicated on opiates. Bonnie Lin Hilton of Heart to Heart Adoptions in Utah arranged this.

Johnny was not aware this was transpiring.  Heart to Heart Adoptions claims that they weren’t aware of who the father was. This is a blatant lie, however. Johnny actually drove Mom to the hospital with labor pains was at the hospital!  There are pictures of him holding his daughter. Regardless, Putative (biological) father law in Georgia is found in Section 19-8-12 of the Georgia Code. This statute requires that a father be given notice and informed of pending adoption proceedings involving his child if one of following conditions is met.:  1.) If his identity is known. 2.) If he is registered on the putative father registry. 3.) If the court finds that the father has either (a) lived with the child, (b) contributed to the child’s support, (c) made attempts to legitimate the child or (d) provided support to the mother during the pregnancy.

Johnny’s identity was clearly known. Ja’Meka’s doctor even checked her vitals while in Johnny’s arms.  Johnny cared for Ja’Meka while her Mom was sedated from the tubal ligation.  While he was not yet on the putative father registry, he had made attempts to legitimize her and provided support to her mother during the pregnancy.  According to Georgia law, notice should have been given to Johnny that his child was attempting to be put up for adoption and he would then have thirty days to legitimize his child – a legal process in Georgia which gives a father rights to his child.

None of this was done and his child was gone the day after her birth.

While Ja’Meka’s mom was tricked into waiving her rights and protections under Georgia law, Johnny did not agree to waive his rights and protections and was very vocal that he did not want an adoption to take place.  His daughter was born in Georgia and all of his rights as well as Ja’Meka’s remain INTACT. 

As much as Heart to Heart Adoptions would like to try to ignore these facts.

That’s probably why Melissa and Andy Moore of Boise, Idaho are purportedly hiding out in Utah. They live in Idaho, have Ja’Meka, and can’t return home because their ICPC paperwork is not complete. They cannot get cleared.  They have not met the requirements to take this child from her home state of Georgia into Utah as prospective adoptive parents. Ja’Meka’s father’s rights were never terminated.  They remain intact.

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Andy and Melissa Moore, couple holding Ja’Meka illegally.

And just for fun, here’s Andy Moore’s grown daughter, Jessica Mawhiney, congratulating her stepmom and dad for procuring this infant. The post is now deleted or made private, as is Melissa’s Facebook profile.

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I guess when you unethically and illegally take someone else’s child you kinda have to hide. Andy’s profile, for now, is still active.

So who is behind Heart to Heart Adoptions?

Founded by Donna Pope and Mary Anne Holmoe, Heart to Heart Adoptions is a “smaller” agency in Sandy, Utah.  When looking at their form 990’s as a non-profit, it appears they don’t make too much of a profit at all.  In fact, they’ve claimed to be in the red for at least one year, losing money.  Now, I can’t say for sure, but Duncan Wright is a board member with Heart to Heart, according to their website and their taxes. I also found Duncan Wright as the owner of a non-profit in Sandy, Utah called “Rotary International.” It claims it has zero income and is a social welfare organization with an affiliation of being a subordinate in a group ruling. A quick Google search will bring you to this page, Sandy Rotary. When you go to the members page, Duncan is listed last and described as:

“Duncan Wright
Club Treasurer

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Duncan Wright has worked for Wells Fargo Bank since he graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Finance in August of 1985. He was a Branch Manager of several branches prior to working in his current position as a Relationship Manager in the Wells Fargo Business Banking Group. He has worked in his current position for 20 years. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Sandy Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Chamber Finance Committee. He has served as the Sandy Rotary Club President and currently serves as the Club Treasurer. He is also a member of the Sandy Honorary Colonels.”

Marney DeVroom is also listed as the Chairman of Heart to Heart Adoptions.  She is also the founder and owner of Spectrum Academy in North Salt Lake City, Utah. According to their form 990’s they are doing a little better financially.  After salaries, expenses, and revenue, they profit just above $700,000 per year. What’s interesting about Spectrum Academy is, they have med182a366ical forms for their students on their website. This is a school that consists mainly of pupils on the Autism spectrum from grades K-12. A private, non-profit charter school.  Of about 36 forms for various different conditions, there is a pregnancy form. While that in and of itself isn’t TOO unusual, the wording at the beginning is.  And give that the founder, director and owner of Spectrum Academy is also the Chairman of an adoption agency, well, let’s just say skeptical cat is skeptical. As an afterthought, Marney is also some sort of counsel for oil companies.

 

The wording is:

“- Three-quarters of a million teens between 15 and 19 become pregnant each year.
– Very few teens who become mothers plan on doing so. Out of all teen pregnancies, 82% are unintended. Teen pregnancy accounts for 20% of all unplanned pregnancies annually.
– Two-thirds of teen pregnancies occur among teens 18-19 years old and teen mothers account for 11% of all births in the US.
– Out of all teen pregnancies, 57% end in birth. Another 14% end in miscarriage.
– Nearly a third of pregnant teenagers choose abortion.
– Black teens have the highest teen pregnancy rate.
– Teens who become pregnant are less likely to attend college
– US teen pregnancy rates are higher than those of other developed countries.
– Teen pregnancy rates declined between 1991 and 2005 but are on the rise again.

Statistically the obstetric hazards for adolescents and their infants include increased
mortality and morbidity rates. Health care priorities for the student include promoting the optimal physical / emotional well-being of the student, concern for fetal well-being, providing information and review of available options, assisting student in positive adaptation to new and changing roles, encouraging family / partner participation in problem-solving.”

This is on a page called “Pregnancy Care Plan” and asks for a medical release for Spectrum Academy to have access to any pregnant student’s medical records. Why would a pregnancy care plan have the above information stated? Why would a school need access to a student’s medical records. There is also a form for Asthma. My daughter has Asthma.  I have never once been asked to release her medical records for her school to have full access to at any time.

The medical release on the pregnancy care plan reads as follows:

“AUTHORIZATION / INFORMED CONSENT / MEDICAL RELEASE
1. I have reviewed and am in agreement with the Health Care Plan and I authorize school officials to provide my child with health care services in accordance with this plan. I understand that my student’s health information will need to be shared:
A. To benefit the student in terms of health maintenance and academic progress.
B. When necessary to accommodate the safety and well-being of student and staff.
C. With the discretion of the school nurse to determine what is shared and who should          know.
2. I understand that consent for sharing of health information will remain in effect as long as my student is enrolled in Spectrum Academy and may be revoked at any time in writing by parent / guardian.
3. I understand if clarification of the health information is needed, my signature authorized the school nurse to contact the medical provider and authorized the medical provider to release information.”

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Hmm.

Donna Pope, the President and Founder of Heart to Heart Adoptions. Let’s be clear.  She is not a licensed social worker.  She is a former respiratory care nurse. She is also the one who was engaging with Johnny in the comments section of his review on Facebook of Heart to Heart Adoptions (which has now been disabled). Heart to Heart does have an active license as an adoption agency that will expire, if not renewed, in 2017.

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Bonnie Lin Hilton, social worker that facilitated all of this. She does hold a current license in the state of Utah as a social worker. She does NOT hold a current Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) license for the state of Georgia – where she was conducting herself on behalf of Heart to Heart Adoptions. img_2038Her current license in Utah is an endorsement license.  In other words, she transferred her license from the state of Tennessee where she apparently worked for an organization called “Adoptions Plus” which I can find virtually no information about, besides the fact that her license as a social worker was tied to that organization and the address of that organization was 2211 Berrywood Dr., Knoxville, TN, 37932.  It wouldn’t be going out too far on a limb to assume that Bonnie may have been trying to run her own adoption agency but failed. hope-zettler Interestingly, Bonnie is also listed on the Heart to Heart Adoption agency website as Hope Zettler, LCSW.  I am stumped as to why this is.  But I think it further proves the deception of Heart to Heart. Was Bonnie Lin Hilton once going by Hope Zettler?
Appears that way on the website. For the record, I found no LCSW license for any Hope Zettler in Utah or Georgia.

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Last, but not least, when Johnny was pleading with them to return his baby, via the comments of his review on Facebook, Donna admitted that the paperwork of relinquishment was incorrect (possibly fraudulent as times were entered incorrectly – on purpose??) and was dismissive to Johnny.  She also either lied, or was unaware that Bonnie knew that Johnny was the father as he was clearly at the hospital. The exchange is painful to watch.

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Another man, Michael Ash, has a similar story to Johnny’s with Heart to Heart Adoptions. His daughter was also taken for adoption without his consent or permission using the same fraudulent and unethical practices that Utah and Heart to Heart are notorious for.  You can read his story here.

So where does Johnny stand?

I’d like to reveal our hand but I think it’s in the best interests of Ja’Meka and Johnny to keep that a secret.  The best thing you can do right now is to show your support of Johnny. A Facebook page has been set up to keep everyone up to date with what’s going on. He’s going to need all the support he can get.

Please head on over to BRING BABY JA’MEKA HOME and show your love  and support for Father’s Rights!

Finally, this is a message to Heart to Heart Adoptions, Donna Pope, Bonnie Hilton, Melissa Moore and Andy Moore.

This is NOT the story you want following you around. We will not stop.  We will not rest. Ja’Meka is Johnny’s daughter and she rightfully belongs with him. You cannot go to Idaho because you’re in violation of ICPC. No court is going to grant your adoption once they find out you have violated this. Furthermore, this is not your child. How are you going to look at yourselves in the mirror knowing you stole someone else’s child? How are you going to look that little girl in the face (if the rare rare chance that you actually get to keep her comes to be, which is doubtful) and say, “Oh, we ran with you. Your Dad wanted you but we wanted you more.”

Heart to Heart – you’re on my radar. You’re on a lot of people’s radars now. You’re business doesn’t seem to be going too well, either. I’m not sure how the IRS, and proper licensing authorities will feel about the dirty dealings you’ve been conducting. I highly suggest you get your stuff together and conduct legal and ethical adoptions instead of stealing other Father’s babies for profit by ignoring their rights.

To all of you involved with this serious miscarriage of justice – RETURN JA’MEKA TO HER FATHER.

Mobile County, Alabama; Baby Racketeering

You can find Daniel’s GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/wrongfullyadopted

Tonight I bring you another heartbreaking story that comes, again, from Mobile County, Alabama. You’ll also recognize some names.

Meet Daniel. Daniel is the father of an almost 3 year old little boy. Daniel has never held, met, seen, or heard anything about his son since his birth. In fact, Daniel wasn’t even aware that his child had survived birth until one month after the fact when he received a call from the Alabama Department of Human Resources asking him if he knew about his son’s impending adoption.

Throughout Daniel’s ex-wife’s pregnancy he provided emotional support, financial support, and made plans and preparations for the upcoming birth of his child. According to Daniel, he noticed a change in his ex-wife around March or April of 2013. She became more aloof and standoffish. Still, they continued planning and were now seriously talking about names for the baby since it was only a couple of months before his birth.

Daniel had to go out of town for business and that is when he was told that labor would need to be induced. He was sad that he couldn’t be there for the birth of his son, but excited to meet him, nonetheless. Hope was changed to devastation when the mother of his child informed him that his son had died in labor. Supposedly from a “Pitocin overdose.”  Pitocin is the synthetic version of the naturally occurring hormone Oxytocin, that the body naturally produces to begin labor. It is used to induce labor in women. Daniel was devastated and questioned his ex about how that could happen. He pressed further and was shown a “death certificate” that he later learned was faked. For a whole month Daniel thought his son had died and nobody bothered to tell him otherwise, until that phone call from DHR.

Can you imagine thinking that your baby had died and then to be told he hadn’t but he was being put up for adoption against your will? Horrifying, right? You have no idea. The horror that was about to come was an almost 3 year battle to get his son that is still going on.

I know what you’re thinking. How can something like this happen? I was thinking the same thing but, sadly, nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to adoption.  Especially when I hear the name Donna Ames or Judge Don Davis. You remember them, right? Donna from Adoption Rocks? Kimberly Rossler? Baby Elliot? Judge Don Davis was originally presiding over her case as well. You can catch up on that story here, if you’d like.

What in the world is going on in Mobile County, Alabama? How does Judge Don Davis and Donna Ames fit in here?

Of course, when Daniel heard his son was being put up for adoption against his will, without his permission, and without his knowledge that his son had even survived birth, he retained counsel and began his legal fight to what is rightfully his – his right to parent his child. Standard court practices, when a child is born, is to appoint a Guardian ad Litem. Donna Ames was appointed for Daniel’s son – 2 1/2 years ago. Judge Don Davis was presiding over those initial court proceedings.  In October of 2014 Judge Don Davis ordered Daniel to pay a $10,000 cash bond. If he didn’t, the good judge said, he would terminate his parental rights. Why in the world would Daniel be required to pay a $10,000 cash bond to retain his parental rights? Was he unfit? A criminal? Abusive? Nope. None of the above. Daniel is a well-spoken, down to earth, pleasant young man. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to him. Nothing in his history suggests he’s unfit, abusive, or a criminal. In the eyes of what I’ll call “adoption law” his crime is not being rich. Adoption law says that means he doesn’t deserve his baby as much as a nice affluent couple. So what reason did Judge Don Davis, of Mobile County, Alabama, give for issuing a $10,000 cash bond so that Daniel could avoid having his paternal rights terminated? He said it was to pay the Guardian ad Litem, you know, Donna Ames, for her time as well as the legal expenses of the prospective adoptive parents since Daniel was “wasting everyone’s time.”

So, let me get this straight. Judge Don Davis, who has obvious and proven close ties to Donna Ames and Adoption Rocks, held a child, essentially, for ransom, from his father, for the amount of $10,000 so that Donna Ames could be paid as well as the legal expenses for the people trying to steal his baby? Seems legit. Not.

How is this allowed to go on in this state? I’m truly flabbergasted. I thought I’d seen it all, apparently I was wrong. Mobile County, and specifically David Broome, Judge Don Davis, and Donna Ames, shoot, the whole Mobile County Bar Association, seems to think it’s perfectly okay to just steal people’s babies and redistribute them to the highest bidder against their parents’ will. Hello? Justice system? Can you hear me? It’s me, Jennifer.

Through court proceedings Daniel also learned that right before Christmas of 2012, 6 months before the birth of his son, his ex-wife sought out an adoption agency and, it appears, the agency, prospective adoptive parents, and the mother of the baby hatched a plan to get Daniel out of the picture because it was clear he wanted his baby and would not consent to an adoption. It seems the only way to do this was to fake the baby’s death. Now, it could be that mom came up with this idea all on her own and no one helped her BUT, in my opinion, that’s very unlikely as I see adoption agencies and attorneys coaching mothers quite often on how to avoid getting parental consent from fathers. You also have to consider that the agency didn’t do it’s diligence in seeking out the father, Daniel, which is suspect, in and of itself, that they were involved.

Accountability. There is none. Judges, attorneys, agencies, mothers, prospective adoptive parents, are allowed to lie and use tactics like Daniel has been victim to and NOTHING HAPPENS. There are no laws making these people accountable. Not one. Not at all. If you coerce, lie, apply duress, fake a baby’s death or assist a mother in faking her baby’s death to circumvent the rights of a father nothing happens to you, legally. Nothing. Who will protect the ones that are victims of devastating stories like this? Who will be the watchers?

You. Me. Us. We will be the watchers. We will make sure that those who commit such heinous crimes against humanity are held accountable, at least in the public eye.

We do have the power to change laws. We do have the power to help those fighting. It won’t happen overnight, but it CAN happen.

Right now Daniel is waiting for the Alabama Supreme Court to decide the fate of his son. It’s obvious to anyone that this “adoption” should not have been allowed to happen. However, courts will often admit that it was wrong but, in the same breath, mutter “only family the child has ever known” and side with the criminals who took the baby in the first place. Often times attorneys will drag out cases like this on purpose just to use this as a last resort argument. It doesn’t always work, though, as we saw with Sonya. Judges who would use this argument – would you side with the kidnapper who has had the child for the past 3 years? No, you would put him in prison and return the child to his natural and rightful parent.

Should the Supreme Court decide to take the side of the ones who committed such travesties, Daniel will need to go to a higher court. A federal court. Court cases like these cost money. I am asking you to please stand and fight with Daniel. Please donate whatever you can to his legal fund on GoFundMe. Even if it’s just $5. If you would rather donate directly to his attorney, please email me at musingsofabirthmom@gmail.com and I will forward your information on to him.

People of Alabama: Are you paying attention? What are YOU going to do about this? What are you going to do about this ponzi scheme racket in your own court system? I can’t change it for you.

EDIT: We have started a support page on Facebook for Daniel. Please visit www.facebook.com/bringdanielssonhome and show some support!

You can find Daniel’s GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/wrongfullyadopted

Desperation in Mobile, Alabama: Kimberly Rossler & Underhanded Legal Tactics

This post was composed at the end of July 2015. I have waited until now to publish it.

For those who aren’t aware of what a gag order is, I’d like to do a quick informational session.

Gag orders can also be called protective orders. They are typically used to prevent parties in a trial from discussing anything pertaining to the trial with the public. It is supposed to protect potential witnesses, jury members, and other people. Usually gag orders are used in criminal trials in order to assure the defendant receives a fair trial. People can only shelter themselves from the media so much and with some highly publicized cases it could be next to impossible to find jury members that have not been swayed by an article they’ve seen on the Internet or something they’ve seen reported on the news. There are different types of gag orders and they can cover different things but, usually, anything that was discussed before the gag order took affect is fair game. For instance, say there is a trial for a famous murder suspect. This would be a highly publicized case. National, if not international, attention would most likely be attracted to it. If the suspect in the case had discussed A, B. and C with the media before a judge instituted a gag order for trial participants, then A, B, and C can still be discussed and reported on in the media. Gag orders used to be applied to journalists but that was found to be unconstitutional and directly violated freedom of the press. To bypass this, judges just began silencing the participants.

Gag orders are very controversial and some have been challenged with success in the court room. I have not been able to come up with any cases of gag orders being applied for circumstances such as Kimberly’s except for the case of Carri Stearns, whose story is similar to Kimberly’s. Personally, I believe gag orders for cases where there is no jury trial are just another way to shut people up. Unfortunately, cases like these need to be publicized so people are aware. Going through comments after comments on article after article I would estimate 90% of the public has no idea how adoption or adoption laws even work. It’s sad.

Since gag orders have no authority to stop reporters from reporting on cases, the media and journalists are free to report on it and find other sources to gain information. I have been working on this for a little while so that I can try to give some sort of update to all of Kimberly’s supporters. No one is as frustrated as you all that we are not being informed with what is going on.

To do this, I took to social media. Scouring through comment after comment on all the news articles that were posted on Facebook as well as individual websites I stumbled across something. Remember, gag orders apply to ALL parties in a case. So, since Kimberly isn’t allowed to talk about the case, neither is Kate Sharp or her associates. I found a comment on one of the articles from a [name hidden to protect the identity – we’ll call him C]. C commented about a car accident that Kimberly had caused 4 or 5 years ago that involved rear-ending him. C was upset because nothing ever came of it and made some allegations that maybe the police were involved in helping Kimberly lie, or something like that, and that Kimberly had given the police a false name and ID when they arrived at the scene of the fender bender. He never recouped costs. If I were in C’s shoes I would probably be a little perturbed about that as well. Kimberly is not at liberty to discuss the case, but she is at liberty to tell me anything else she wants unrelated. So I asked her. We had previously talked, before the gag order, and I had asked her to tell me all the dirty little secrets. Sadly, when you case becomes publicized, everyone will pick you apart and find reasons why you shouldn’t have your baby. It is quite amusing, however, because it is a very rare person, indeed, to not have any “skeletons” in their closet. I digress. Kimberly gave a general breakdown of the things she had done in her past. She didn’t disclose this accident but had disclosed a charge for underage drinking. I’m sure you’ve seen her mug shots when you google her name. This was her past, however. She was young, even a teenager for some things, and this was not who she was today. I must point something out. Kimberly works at a day care center. Federal law does not allow people with certain criminal records to work with children. You are also required to take a drug test and pass a background check to do so. Let me repeat, Kimberly works at a day care center. Where were we? Oh yes, I asked Kimberly about C’s claim in the comments section of the Fox10 Facebook posting. She said, flat out, “He has a right to be mad. I’d be mad. What I did was wrong and I never repaid him. But that’s not who I am now, that’s who I was then. That was like 5 years ago.” She’s right.

I decided to visit C’s personal Facebook page and saw a public posting he had made in regards to Kimberly. He claims he has a decision to make and asks his friends to help. He goes on to tell about his run in with Kimberly those years ago and says he has been approached to be a character witness for the opposition in this case. He tells his friends what she had done to him and asks if he should do it. You know, since she wronged him in the past. He does not know Kimberly personally, and admits to this in the comments. His only knowledge of her is based on this one incident, almost 5 years ago.

The comments that followed were a mixed bag. Some said don’t’ get involved, others said to go for it and use it as a means to “get your revenge.” C commented here and there, made some jokes. It really was quite the show.

This leads me to believe that C has been approached by David Broome, legal counsel for Kate Sharp, and has been asked to be a character witness because he has “dirt” on Kimberly. I’m no lawyer, but I’m also wondering if David Broome may have broken the gag order by discussing this with C. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. This also tells me something else. They are grasping for straws. This tells me they can find nobody that actually knows Kimberly that will attest to her character in a negative light. They are desperate and are seeking out someone who has no relationship with her, never has had a relationship with her, to testify to her character based on one wrong thing she did to him. Top that off with his possible “revenge” testimony and he isn’t very credible.

From this one Facebook post I can go out on a limb and gain some pretty good information. Of course, none of it is 100%. He could be some whacko who wants attention. I’m going to choose to believe that this is not the case.

Here’s another good thing. If they are seeking character witnesses that means that Kimberly’s rights were NOT terminated at that court date on the 24th.  I scrolled some more through C’s profile. Most, if not all, of it is public. I took the proper screen shots in case they were needed to show the character of the “character witness.” His post mentions how he detests people who drink alcohol and then eludes to the loss of his father in some kind of accident. I’m wondering if his father wasn’t killed by a drunk driver which would also fuel his need to get revenge on Kimberly because of the incident between them almost 5 years ago. Punish those who are like the person who killed his father? I don’t know. This is all pure speculation.

There you have it. The best update that I could come up with. I hope it’s enough for now. I know it’s definitely better than nothing and it does seem hopeful.

Thank you all for your support and patience!!

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And some of the comments:

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Donna Ames Isn’t As Innocent As She Claims To Be, Neither Are Her Associates; Small Town Politics

Kimberly Rossler and her son, James Elliott Rossler, or Elliott as she calls him, are being victimized by a corrupt judicial system that involves pre-birth consent that is still allowed in Alabama. Since going public, Kimberly has received a lot of support but she has also received a lot of hate, as is to be expected. Suddenly, it seems, everyone is a lawyer and everyone knows everything about adoption and adoption laws because their sister’s friend’s cousin’s uncle’s third wife tried to adopt a baby. I want to go over some general adoption guidelines and then look closer at Alabama’s laws so there is clear and concise education out there for people to make judgments about this case from.

Adoption laws vary from state to state. There are federal laws (think of them as standards) that are broad but the details all stay within the state laws. Most states do not allow a mother to sign away her rights to her child before that child is born. That makes sense, right? Only a few allow a mother to sign her rights away before a baby is born and Alabama is one of them. States that DO allow this usually have a means to revoke this consent but, as we are seeing, having the law and whether or not a mother is aware of, or has the resources to, make use of the law to revoke consent are two totally different things.

Alabama’s law allows for a mother to sign a consent to adoption before the baby is born. The mother then has 5 days to revoke that consent after the birth of the baby. The paper is supposed to be given to the mother at the court hearing for pre-birth consent and the judge is supposed to explain fully how to go about doing that.

Why allow for pre-birth consent instead of just letting her sign after the baby is born, especially if there is a way to revoke that consent anyway?

Because adoption attorneys and agencies have lobbied the powers that be for these pre-birth laws knowing that it makes it way more difficult for a mom to change her mind after a baby is born. Adoption is littered with corruption and pre-birth consent is just one piece of the puzzle.

Donna Ames, who represented Kate Sharp in regards to the proposed private, independent adoption of Kimberly’s unborn baby, James Elliott, has stated that she did not, nor did she ever, represent Kimberly in this case. Her representation was limited solely to Kate Sharp. This statement can be followed by two very important points.

1. If Donna did not represent Kimberly in any way, then why did she bring her to court and advise her on how to sign the pre-birth consent and also advise her about “monthly gifts” from the prospective adoptive mother, Kate Sharp? Why was Donna advising Kimberly on how to go ahead with terminating KIMBERLY’S parental rights if she did not represent her in any way? Why was Donna giving Kimberly legal advice throughout her pregnancy whenever Kimberly asked questions?

2. If Donna did not represent Kimberly in any way, then who did? Who was looking out, legally, for Kimberly’s best interests? Who was advising Kimberly through a legal process that would require her to file legal documents in an official manner in order to parent her baby?

Why was Donna able to bring Kimberly to court to sign a pre-birth consent but did not complete the process that Donna initiated when she was informed that Kimberly would NOT be going through with an adoption? As an attorney, she led her into a legal process and then removed herself from the situation and left Kimberly with no legal representation to assure that her wishes, to parent her baby, were indeed carried out. At the very least, what Donna did was not ethical by the standards set forth in most Bar Associations.

Donna also stated that she had nothing more to do with this case, at all, after the baby was born. She removed herself, entirely, from the case. However, Kimberly has reported to me that Donna was present with Kate Sharp in Judge Brown’s court room, 3 weeks after Elliott was born, to testify and have Kim declared “mentally unstable” so that Kate could take possession of Elliott. Someone isn’t telling the truth here. From the history I’ve dug up I bet you can guess who it is.

Another point, when speaking of Donna’s removal of herself from the case, is Kate Sharp’s new attorney, David Broome. David is listed a few times on the Adoption Rocks website as a referral for adoption attorneys. His affiliation with Adoption Rocks is, at the least, an association by referral. However, readers may find it interesting that David Broome and Donna Ames were both part of Judge Don Davis’ campaign committee.

I’m not sure how many of you have ever worked on a campaign committee, but it’s not going out on a limb to suggest that Donna Ames and David Broome knew each other well. She recommends him (under herself, of course) on the Adoption Rocks website and they both campaigned together for Judge Don Davis (remember, the judge who approved the pre-birth consent as well as “monthly gifts” all in the same sitting).

Clearly these people are all involved with each other. For Donna to claim that she knew nothing after she removed herself from this case, well, it’s hard to believe.

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Additionally, and I’m not sure exactly what this may mean, you be the judge, David Broome (who we’ve established has, at the very least, a professional relationship with Donna Ames) is listed as an Associate with the Mobile Bar Association. Nothing out of the norm there since he IS an attorney. Except, in the same bulletin that lists him as an Associate, there is a blurb about Adoption Rocks (you know, Adoption Rocks who Donna Ames is the President of, Judge Don Davis is on the advisory board, and whose website lists David Broome for referrals). It states that the Mobile Bar Foundation donated funds to Adoption Rocks. Hmmm. Yeah, not surprising given the connections. Just one more thing that ties all of these people together. Money moving from here to there, from this non-profit, to this attorney, from this attorney, to this foundation, from this foundation, back to this non-profit. Is this the case here?

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And, of course, in the same bulletin a mention of Judge Don Davis – tooting his horn.

davisHow wonderful of him to waive filing fees so someone could adopt a baby, huh? It seems that a lot of hoopla was made about this adoption they are talking about in the article. Why did it take 4 years for this family to adopt this baby? Did Judge Don Davis help another attorney steal someone’s baby by waving fees for them? I don’t know. It doesn’t state names but I would encourage whoever this is about to come forward and tell your story. In the meantime, I’ll keep digging to see if I can find them.

Adoption Rocks and their associates seem to have their hands in a lot of different kettles. They are all intertwined in some way or another, it seems. Is it even possible for Kimberly to get a fair hearing with all of this “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” going on? Please continue to share her story so these people can be held accountable in their role in all of this.