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Old 08-25-2009, 07:06 PM
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Just finished "The Baby Thief" by Barbara Raymond. It is the true story of a woman named Georgia Tann and her 25 year career (1925-1950) of setting up adoptions for about 5000 kids. Most of them were either taken from duped parents or stolen outright. Most were placed in homes without proper background checks on the adoptive parents. She amassed enough power in the State of Tennesee to pretty much do whatever she wanted during her reign of terror which netted her about $1,000,000. Her power is still in effect today and is the backbone of why most adoptions are called closed adoptions where the identities of all parents involved are kept sealed. Her excuse was that nobody wants their privacy given up when in reality the truth would have been the end of her. This issue has been changing but still has a long way to go.
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