Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Another one down!


Adoption Scam Lands City Pair in Prison for 27 Months

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeNovember 08, 2011
  • Western District of Oklahoma(405) 553-8700
OKLAHOMA CITY—Today, Serena Carol Mathews, 42, and Scott Thomas Smith, 34, both of Oklahoma City, were each sentenced to serve 27 months in prison by United States District Judge Robin J. Cauthron for conspiracy to defraud in connection with an adoption scam, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Judge Cauthron also ordered that Mathews and Smith each serve three years of supervised release upon their release from prison and be jointly responsible to pay $36,930.49 in restitution to their victims.
Mathews and Smith were indicted on June 22, 2010, where it was alleged that from November of 2010 to June of 2011 they conspired to defraud prospective adoption providers (i.e. law firms specializing in adoption and adoption agencies) and adoptive parents in order to obtain money. As part of their conspiracy, the defendants agreed Mathews would falsely pose as a pregnant woman who wished to place her child for adoption and receive money for expenses of the “birth mother” such as rent, utilities, food, and other personal items. Mathews received and filled out a number of adoption application forms using false information regarding her personal identification, the conception of a child, the identity of the “birth father,” and false medical documentation such as a positive pregnancy test, blood work, and ultrasound pictures of an unborn child. Smith created false documents for Mathews to use in this scheme, including Oklahoma driver’s licenses created in the false names used by Mathews and false rental leases. The defendants used the adoption providers to arrange meetings between Mathews and prospective adoptive couples who hoped to adopt a baby. The adoption providers entered into an agreement with Mathews to place her purported unborn child with an adoptive family and to cover certain expenses on her behalf such as rent, utilities and living expenses. The rent checks were to be made payable to her “landlord,” Scott Smith, who was not her landlord but rather her boyfriend.
On August 1, 2011, both Matthews and Smith pled guilty to the conspiracy. Following the sentencing hearing today, both defendants were remanded into custody to begin serving their 27-month prison sentence.
This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Susan Dickerson Cox and Kerry Kelly.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Taking advantage of an expectant mom.

Just watched a young lady on Dr. Phil who was arrested for selling her baby.  I don't think she was telling the whole truth but she definitively was being taken advantage of.  She is a young single mom of two who found herself pregnant again, decided life for her baby and then an adoption plan.  Didn't catch how she met up with a same sex couple, males, who she chose as adoptive parents.  She stated they took her to an atty who suggested,,,,,,,"so you don't have to go through all the adoption crap,,just throw one of your names on the birth certificate".
This gals mom was ok with the adoption plan but her grandma wasn't. She was freaking out because she felt her great-grand child was going to strangers, so she made calls to authorities.  The investigation happen around the time baby was born,,LE found evidence of expense sheet and how much was paid out to mom, etc...........Apparently this John couldn't get a homestudy done because of his criminal background,,so he was skirting the law.  Here is this young mom who saw that she would receive funds for the next few months and probably a pay off in the end,,,guess she is at fault too.........she had to have known this was wrong.
I want to just shake these people!!

 In the end you will have a baby grow up as an adult and have a fake birth certificate and not have a biological fathers name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Think please!!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

OK US of A and others who practice adoption in an unethical manner,,,follow suit!

Statement of apology - adoption at the Royal Hospital for Women and Scarba House

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As Australia’s first charity, The Benevolent Society has a long history of supporting the most vulnerable members of our community. It is because of this commitment that we wish to make a public statement of apology about past adoption practices we were associated and involved with.
The Benevolent Society has been involved in the care of women and children for close to 200 years, establishing Australia’s first maternity hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women in Paddington, which we operated from 1905 to 1992, and opening the Scarba Welfare House for Children at Bondi in 1917.  The Benevolent Society also ran an adoption service from Scarba House between 1969 and 1975.
While The Royal Hospital for Women had no official role in organising adoptions, we recognise and acknowledge that unmarried women in our care from the 1940s to the 1980s were not always given the care and respect that they needed during this difficult period of their lives and were sometimes coerced to give up children for adoption. We also recognise and acknowledge our involvement in arranging adoptions in the past through the adoption agency we ran at Scarba House.
The Benevolent Society deeply regrets past practices based on policies which, while influenced by societal attitudes of the time, we now know to be deeply flawed and damaging to many unmarried women who gave birth at the hospital.
The Benevolent Society apologises unreservedly for any pain, unresolved grief or suffering experienced by mothers, fathers, adoptees, adoptive parents and their families as a result of the past adoption practices of The Benevolent Society, the Royal Hospital for Women or Scarba Welfare House for Children.
In the context of a society that stigmatised motherhood out of wedlock and did not provide adequate financial, legal and psychological support for unmarried mothers, adoption was widely assumed to be the only possible option for unmarried pregnant women.
We now recognise that great damage has unintentionally been done to people’s lives as a result.
We now understand and acknowledge the deep grief that many mothers experienced after the loss of a child to adoption, and the lack of support available to manage their grief.
Through our extensive work with people affected by adoption over the past 20 years as part of our post adoption support services, we understand the intense shame and secrecy that surrounded past adoptions. What was done cannot be undone but, for many, lifting the burden of secrecy is an enormous relief and an important step towards acknowledging the grief they have carried for so many years.
We have been and still are in the position of being able to offer people affected by past practices specialised support to help them with their lives today. We will help anyone affected by past adoption practices to access assistance and support from the Post Adoption Resource Centre in NSW or Post Adoption Support Queensland.  Both services provide telephone support, specialist face-to-face counselling, intermediary services to assist individuals approaching birth relatives, and assistance in accessing adoption records.
We respect the fact that some people may choose not to access services from The Benevolent Society and would be happy to refer them to another appropriate service or counsellor.
We also suggest anyone affected by past adoption practices consider participating in the National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Experiences being conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
These practices were repeated across the country, and we believe the Australian Government has a unique role to play leading the nation in acknowledging these painful mistakes from the past and ensuring they are not repeated. We will continue to advocate for a formal statement of apology from the Commonwealth Government, for better access to specialist counselling and support services throughout Australia and for amendments to legislation to remove the barriers to people accessing adoption information.
We respectfully request that this apology be received in the spirit in which it is offered, as part of our commitment to assisting those affected by past adoption practices in their lives today and ensuring the mistakes of the past are not repeated.
For information or support dealing with adoption, visit Post Adoption or call 1800 303 593.
Media contact: Liz Lawrence 0410 003 934

More information

Back to Russia

In this article, you will read, probably already know the story if you are in the adoption world, about a little guy who was adopted from an orphange in Russia and adoptive mom couldn't handle all of his behavior issues.  Now the agency in WA. is suing on the little guys behalf, for child support.   Where were they for post adoption services????????????????????


A Shelbyville woman who put her adopted son on a one-way flight back to Russia is being sued for child support.
The agency that placed the 7-year-old Russian child with Torry Hansen filed suit, arguing that simply shipping the boy back to Moscow with a note pinned to his jacket does not terminate her parental rights.
Attorneys for both sides will meet at Bedford County Circuit Court this morning for a hearing that could stop the lawsuit in its tracks. If the court doesn’t grant the motion for dismissal, the case heads to trial Jan. 3.
Hansen made international headlines in 2010 — and derailed U.S. adoptions out of Russia for the better part of a year — when she and her mother placed her adopted son Justin on a plane to Moscow. In his pocket was a note:
“This child is mentally unstable. He is violent and has severe psychopathic issues,” the note reportedly read. “After giving my best to this child, I am sorry to say that for the safety of my family, friends and myself, I no longer wish to parent this child…As he is a Russian National, I am returning him to your guardianship and would like the adoption disannulled.”
Russia responded by barring U.S. citizens from adopting children — a ban that was only lifted in June.
The World Association for Children and Parents, an international adoption agency based in Renton, Wash., filed suit against Hansen on the boy’s behalf. Their attorney, Larry Crain of Brentwood, says the agency wants Hansen to pay standard child support — 27 percent of her salary as a nurse — as well as back payments from the past year.
“(WACAP) felt no effort was being made to impose any consequences on the mother,” Crain said. “We thought it was reckless to abandon him in this manner.”
Hansen avoided any criminal charges. At the time, Bedford County authorities said there was no evidence a crime had occurred in the local jurisdiction and no charges could be filed.

Russia watches closely

WACAP wants Hansen’s child support payments to go into a trust fund for Justin — now 9 years old, known again by his Russian name of Artyom, and still living in an orphanage. The agency is worried by the precedent Hansen might have set and argues that shipping a child return-to-sender is not a legitimate way to annul an adoption.
The agency, which screened Hansen, “feels morally obligated to this child,” Crain said. “He’s back in an orphanage, a different orphanage, and they’re not expecting that he’ll be placed with a family in the foreseeable future.”
Meanwhile, Crain said, Russia will be following the events in Bedford County closely.
“I think the eyes of the Russian government are on this case,” he said. “They’ll be anxious to see if indeed there will be any consequences.”
Hansen, who reportedly has moved to California, is being represented by Murfreesboro attorney Sandra Smith.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact Jennifer Brooks at 615-259-8892 orjabrooks@tennessean.com.