JACKSON, Mississippi. According to Time magazine, of the many children who were separated from their parents at the U.S. border last June, approximately 200 have been deemed not eligible for reunification with their parents. In some of these cases, children may be placed in foster homes and may even be put up for adoptions. In some cases, these children are put up for adoption without their parents’ consent or even without the parent’s notification. Parents who are looking to adopt toddlers and older children might be prepared to care for children from traumatic backgrounds, but they may not always anticipate that the child they might be matched with might have been taken forcibly from his or her parents.
According to UW Center for Adoption Medicine, children can be incredibly resilient. It can take time for both parent and children to bond. But in cases where children may have been forcibly removed from their parents, the complexity of the trauma may be far greater, and then there’s always the risk that the courts may eventually find that the child was wrongfully separated from his or her parents. Human rights groups are working diligently to track down children who have been taken from their parents at the border and are working to reunite children with their deported parents when these removals were wrongfully done. It can be devastating to learn that a child you have bonded with will not be able to stay with your family, after all.
According to Time, every state has a different process for handling adoptions when it comes to children who have crossed the border illegally with their parents or without their parents. According to reports, a Missouri couple was able to adopt a child taken into custody when the mother was taken up by an immigration raid. The mother’s rights were terminated, but after a five-year legal battle supported by immigration rights groups, the mother was able to get her parental rights restored. There are other cases where parents are removed from the country, and before they are removed, they are forced to sign waivers terminating their parental rights. These parents may not always know what they are signing or what rights they are surrendering. The situation is complex, because once a parent is deported, the child is essentially rendered an orphan. While many immigration advocates claim that the best place for the child is with the birth parent, children can also suffer trauma in institutionalized settings. Furthermore, sometimes deported parents do want their children put up for adoption in the U.S. because they want a better life for their young ones.
While some foster parents might be well-informed about the process of caring for migrant children, other parents might be wrongfully told that they can adopt. In some cases, migrant children are mislabeled when they are removed from their parents at the border. For example, a child removed from her mother, might be improperly labelled an “unaccompanied minor.” It can be difficult for adoptive parents to track down a child’s true history or story. And when a child’s history is known, navigating cases involving international law can be highly complicated.
Are you planning to adopt? If you are considering growing your family through adoption, the process can seem daunting. The Law Office of Andrew Sorrentino, P.L.L.C. in Jackson, Mississippi can work closely with families looking to adopt. Adoption can change your life and your family, but it is important to understand your rights and also the unique challenges that adoption raises. Working with the right agency is paramount. Visit our adoption lawyers at https://www.andrewsorrentinolegal.com/ to learn more today.