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Support Info: If you are a Survivor and need emotional support, a national crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: Residential School Survivor Support Line: 1-866-925-4419. Additional Health Support Information: Emotional, cultural, and professional support services are also available to Survivors and their families through the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program. Services can be accessed on an individual, family, or group basis.” These & regional support phone numbers are found at https://nctr.ca/contact/survivors/ .
Part 1: When a Liberian girl proves too
much for her parents, they advertise her online and give her to a
couple they’ve never met. Days later, she goes missing.
KIEL, Wisconsin – Todd and Melissa Puchalla
struggled for more than two years to raise Quita, the troubled teenager
they'd adopted from Liberia. When they decided to give her up, they
found new parents to take her in less than two days – by posting an ad
on the Internet.
Nicole and Calvin Eason, an Illinois couple in
their 30s, saw the ad and a picture of the smiling 16-year-old. They
were eager to take Quita, even though the ad warned that she had been
diagnosed with severe health and behavioral problems. In emails, Nicole
Eason assured Melissa Puchalla that she could handle the girl.
"People that are around me think I am awesome with kids," Eason wrote.
A few weeks later, on Oct. 4, 2008, the
Puchallas drove six hours from their Wisconsin home to Westville,
Illinois. The handoff took place at the Country Aire Mobile Home Park,
where the Easons lived in a trailer.
No attorneys or child welfare officials came with
them. The Puchallas simply signed a notarized statement declaring these
virtual strangers to be Quita's guardians. The visit lasted just a few
hours. It was the first and the last time the couples would meet.
To Melissa Puchalla, the Easons "seemed wonderful."
Had she vetted them more closely, she might have discovered what
Reuters would learn:
• Child welfare authorities had taken away both of
Nicole Eason's biological children years earlier. After a sheriff's
deputy helped remove the Easons' second child, a newborn baby boy, the
deputy wrote in his report that the "parents have severe psychiatric problems as well with violent tendencies."
• The Easons each had been accused by children they
were babysitting of sexual abuse, police reports show. They say they
did nothing wrong, and neither was charged.
On Quita's first night with the Easons, her new
guardians told her to join them in their bed, Quita says today. Nicole
slept naked, she says.
Within a few days, the Easons stopped responding to
Melissa Puchalla's attempts to check on Quita, Puchalla says. When she
called the school that Quita was supposed to attend, an administrator
told Puchalla that the teenager had never shown up.
GIRL AVAILABLE: Quita Puchalla's adoptive parents used this photo to advertise her online. REUTERS/Handout
Quita wasn't at the trailer park, either. The
Easons had packed up their purple Chevy truck and driven off with her,
leaving behind a pile of trash, a pair of blue mattresses and two
puppies chained in their yard, authorities later found.
The Puchallas had rescued Quita from an orphanage
in Liberia, brought her to America and then signed her over to a couple
they barely knew. Days later, they had no idea what had become of her.
When she arrived in the United States, Quita says,
she "was happy … coming to a nicer place, a safer place. It didn't turn
out that way," she says today. "It turned into a nightmare."
The teenager had been tossed into America's
underground market for adopted children, a loose Internet network where
desperate parents seek new homes for kids they regret adopting. Like
Quita, now 21, these children are often the casualties of international
adoptions gone sour.
The religious organizations that operated the schools — the Anglican Church of Canada, Presbyterian Church in Canada, United Church of Canada, Jesuits of English Canada and some Catholic groups — in 2015 expressed regret for the “well-documented” abuses. The Catholic Church has never offered an official apology, something that Trudeau and others have repeatedly called for.
Almost 7000 bodies found and not one member of the church has been arrested. The names are out there. The church must be held accountable. #NeverForget#EveryChildMatters
The Justice Department is protecting the names of many perpetrators of abuse of Indigenous children. We need a special independent prosecutor who can force the government and church to turn over the documents. There can be no reconciliation without justice.@MumilaaqQaqqaqpic.twitter.com/5TL6OxKM5O
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.
Did you know?
Did you know?
New York’s 40-year battle for OBC access ended when on January 15 2020, OBCs were opened to ALL New York adoptees upon request without restriction. In only three days, over 3,600 adoptees filed for their record of birth. The bill that unsealed records was passed 196-12.
According to the 2020 Census, 3.6% of Colorado's population is American Indian or Alaska Native, at least in part, with the descendants of at least 200 tribal nations living in the Denver metro area.
Diane Tells His Name
Lost Birds on Al Jazeera Fault Lines
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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.
Original Birth Certificate Map in the USA
Why tribes do not recommend the DNA swab
Rebecca Tallbear entitled: “DNA, Blood, and Racializing the Tribe”, bearing out what I only inferred:
Detailed discussion of the Bering Strait theory and other scientific theories about the population of the modern-day Americas is beyond the scope of this essay. However, it should be noted that Indian people have expressed suspicion that DNA analysis is a tool that scientists will use to support theories about the origins of tribal people that contradict tribal oral histories and origin stories. Perhaps more important,the alternative origin stories of scientists are seen as intending to weaken tribal land and other legal claims (and even diminish a history of colonialism?) that are supported in U.S. federal and tribal law. As genetic evidence has already been used to resolve land conflicts in Asian and Eastern European countries, this is not an unfounded fear.
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