A woman who said she is from Nebraska offered an 11-year-old boy she had adopted from Guatemala."I am totally ashamed to say it but we do truly hate this boy! Another parent advertised a child days after bringing her to America. Unfortunately, We are now struggling having been home for 5 days." The parent asked that others share the ad "with anyone you think may be interested." Reuters analyzed 5,029 posts from a five-year period on one Internet message board, a Yahoo group."You're talking about a population that appears to be especially vulnerable to exploitation." Giving away a child in America can be surprisingly easy.
The Puchallas simply signed a notarized statement declaring these virtual strangers to be Quita's guardians. 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.
A Facebook spokeswoman says the page shows "that the Internet is a reflection of society, and people are using it for all kinds of communications and to tackle all sorts of problems, including very complicated issues such as this one." The Reuters investigation found that some children who were adopted and later re-homed have endured severe abuse.
Speaking publicly about her experience for the first time, one girl adopted from China and later sent to a second home said she was made to dig her own grave.
Days later, they had no idea what had become of her. "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.
When she arrived in the United States, Quita says, she "was happy … Like Quita, now 21, these children are often the casualties of international adoptions gone sour.
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.
In emails, Nicole Eason assured Melissa Puchalla that she could handle the girl.