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Re-homing Orphans a Dangerous Internet Practice

What happens when parents decide they can't take care of the child they adopted? For some orphans, it has meant falling into a dangerous Internet exchange market. Read Transcript


Reporter: EVAN JONES

ENJOYS SPENDING TIME WITH

HIS FAMILY.

BUT LIFE HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN

CARE-FREE FOR THE UKRAINIAN

TEENAGER.

HIS MOTHER DIED WHEN HE WAS

EIGHT.

AND THEN EVAN AND HIS SISTER

WENT TO LIVE WITH HIS

GRANDMOTHER.

WHEN SHE COULD NO LONGER

CARE FOR THEM, THEY WERE

PLACED IN AN ORPHANAGE.

HE LEFT THE INSTITUTION WHEN

A U.S. COUPLE WHO HAD HOSTED

HIM ONE CHRISTMAS DECIDED TO

ADOPT HIM.

IT WAS REALLY AMAZING

WHEN I ACTUALLY GOD A

FAMILY.

I REALIZED GOD ANSWERED MY

PRAYER.

AND I HAD A LITTLE BROTHER

AND A SISTER AND ANOTHER

BROTHER.

SO IT WAS LIKE A COMPLETE

FAMILY, LIKE I IMAGINED.

Reporter: EVAN MOVED

WITH HIS NEW FAMILY TO

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA.

BUT IT WASN'T THE HAPPY

ENDING OF HIS DREAMS.

HIS PARENTS QUICKLY LEARNED

THEY WEREN'T FULLY PREPARED

TO TAKE CARE OF EVAN, AND

THEY SEARCHED FOR A NEW

FAMILY TO TAKE HIM IN.

EVAN'S STORY IS NOT UNIQUE.

AN 18-MONTH INVESTIGATION BY

REUTERS UNCOVERED PARENTS

USING INTERNET MESSAGE

BOARDS TO ADVERTISE UNWANTED

ADOPTED CHILDREN.

IT IS A PRACTICE KNOWN AS

REHOMING.

MOST OF THE ONLINE POSTS

FEATURED CHILDREN 6 TO 14,

WHO HAD BEEN ADOPTED FROM

COUNTRIES SUCH AS CHINA,

RUSSIA, ETHIOPIA, AND

UKRAINE.

THE REPORT FOUND THESE

TRANSACTIONS TAKING PLACE ON@

EIGHT YAHOO MESSAGE BOARDS.

ONE WHO ADOPTED A GAD

GUADALAJARAN READS, "I AM

ASHAMED TO SAY IT, BUT WE DO

TRULY HATE THIS BOY."

SOME OF THE CHILDREN ENDED

UP IN UNSAFE SITUATIONS.

CHILDREN WERE PLACED WITH

PEDOPHILES AND WITH PEOPLE

WHO HAD PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS

AND VIOLENT TENDENCIES.

Reporter: A LIBERIAN

TEAM SAYS HER ADOPTED

PARENTS GAVE HER AWAY WHEN

SHE WAS 13.

SHE SAYS HER NEW GUARDIANS

TOLD HER TO SLEEP IN THE

NAME BED WITH THEM, AND THE

NEW MOM SLEPT WITHOUT

CLOTHING.

A GIRL ADOPTED FROM RUSSIA

WAS SENT TO THREE DIFFERENT

HOMES IN THE U.S. OVER A

SIX-MONTH PERIOD.

CHUCK JOHNSON OF THE

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR

ADOPTION SAYS THAT WHILE THE

MAJORITY OF ADOPTIONS WORK

OUT WELL, HE CALLS THE ONES

UNCOVERED IN THE NEWS

INVESTIGATION TROUBLING.

IT IS A DOUBLE TRAGEDY,

BECAUSE WHEN YOU CONSIDER

THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THE

CHILD ENDURED --

Reporter: HE URGES

FAMILIES CONSIDERING

ADOPTION TO DO THEIR

RESEARCH, ESPECIALLY IN

INTERNATIONAL ARRANGEMENTS.

THAT INCLUDES THEIR ADOPTION

AGENCY AND PERSPECTIVE

CHILD'S BACKGROUND.

AND FAMILIES SHOULD ALSO BE

PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THE

EMOTIONAL SCARS SUFFERED BY

MANY ORPHANS.

THAT'S SOMETHING EVERY

FAMILY HAS TO REALIZE, THAT

IT IS VERY LIKELY THAT THE

CHILD THEY ADOPT WILL HAVE

SOME SPECIAL NEEDS.

Reporter: LAST

DECEMBER, RUSSIA BANNED

ADOPTIONS BY AMERICANS AFTER

AN AMERICAN FAMILY SENT A

7-YEAR-OLD BOY BACK TO

RUSSIA ON A PLANE, ALL BY

HIMSELF.

ADOPTION EXPERTS SAY IN MANY

CASES OVERWHELMED PARENTS

DON'T KNOW THERE IS HELP.

FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO

RELINQUISH THEIR.

(RIGHTS, THERE IS A SAFE WAY

TO DO SO THROUGH ADOPTION

DISSOLUTION.

IT WILL BE DONE UNDER

PROFESSIONAL CARE WITH

SOCIAL WORKERS AND

COUNSELLORS AND COURTS, ALL

MAKING SURE THAT THE

CHILDREN'S BEST INTERESTS

ARE PARAMOUNT IN WHEREVER

THEY GO.

Reporter: EVAN IS

REAPING THE BENEFITS OF SUCH

AN ARRANGEMENT.

DAVID AND JULIE JONES HEARD

ABOUT HIS NEED FOR A NEW

HOME THROUGH AN

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION

SUPPORT GROUP.

WE HAD 11 FAMILIES

SAYING, WE CAN'T DO THIS.

WE NEED HOPE.

Reporter: THE JONES AND

THEIR TEENAGED SON GREW A

BOND WITH EVAN, THAT GREW

STRONGER OVER TIME.

I REALLY LIKED THEM.

OVER TIME I BEGAN TO CALL

THEM MOM AND DAD.

Reporter: THE JONESES

EVENTUALLY ADOPTED EVAN.

WE DID ALL OF THIS WITH

THE CONSENT OF THE OTHER

PARENTS, AND WITH LAWYERS IN

BOTH STATES.

WE COVERED OUR BASES EVERY

WAY THAT WE KNEW THAT WE

SHOULD.

Reporter: HE SAYS HE

HAS NO HARD FEELINGS TOWARDS

HIS PREVIOUS FAMILY.

WHILE THE FAMILY DIDN'T WANT

TO DO AN ON-CAMERA

INTERVIEW, THEY GAVE US THIS

STATEMENT: "EVAN IS AND

ALWAYS WILL BE A MEMBER OF

OUR EXTENDED FAMILY.

IN FACT, WE CONSIDER THE

ENTIRE JONES FAMILY TO BE A

PART OF OUR EXTENDED

FAMILY.

OUR CHILDREN THINK OF EVAN

AS A COUSIN OF SORTS NOW,

AND WE HOPE WE WILL ALWAYS

HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH

EVAN."

MEANWHILE, THE JONESES ADMIT

TAKING EVAN IN HAS ITS

CHALLENGES, BUT THEY ARE

COMMITTED.

WE WILL NOT TELL YOU THAT

WE HAVE NOT RAISED OUR

VOICES IN OUR HOME, BECAUSE

WE HAVE.

BUT ONCE WE HAVE BEEN ABLE

TO, WITH GOD'S HELP, SAY,

OKAY, GOD, WHAT IS IT IN ME

THAT IS PUSHING THAT BUTTON,

AND GOD REVEALS IT AND WE

CAN REPENT AND BE HEALED

OURSELVES, THEN WHEN THE

CHILD GETS ANGRY AND WE

DON'T GET ANGRY, THAT'S WHEN

THE HEALING BEGINS.

Reporter: AND THAT

MAKES EVAN EVEN MORE

GRATEFUL.

THERE HAS BEEN REALLY BAD

MOMENTS, BUT THEY HAVE STILL

KEPT ME AND LOVED ME AND

CARED FOR ME.

AFTER THOSE THINGS WERE

OVER, THEY WOULD TREAT ME

THE SAME WAY THEY TREATED ME

BEFORE.

Reporter: CHARLENE

ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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