Skip Nav
My Parenting Style: Survivalist
Little Kids
I Lost My Husband 3 Days After Welcoming Our First Baby
The 10 Pictures You'll Want to Take of Your Tots Each Month

Would You Return Your Adopted Child?

It's a devastating situation for all people involved. Focus On Children adoption agency placed 37 Samoan children with American families under false pretenses. Believing that their kids were coming to the United States for educational purposes, numerous Samoan parents were tricked into sending their offspring to America where unknowing adoptive parents took in the supposed "orphaned" tots and have been raising them as their own.

When the truth surfaced, one adoptive dad felt it was only right to return his daughter to her birth parents. Would you be able to bring yourself to make the same heart-wrenching decision?

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
MaggieLei MaggieLei 7 years
This is an outrage. This is why we are using an agency with international Hague certification. EVERYONE'S hearts are going to be broken- except those at the adoption agency, apparently.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
this story makes me ill. i don't think you could just "return" a child w/o more psychological damage. there should be some sort of transistion period because there are 2 sets of people that love and have cared for these children and are loved by these children. you run the risk of the kids having guilt feelings, what horrible people to have done this, and i agree, longer prison terms seem appropriate.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 7 years
Plus I use to live in Samoa. so when I see the words "adoption" and Samoa i cant really put those two together. it was a great place to grow up.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 7 years
thats hard. i would return the child even though i would be heartbroken. i wouldnt want to be on a any of these sides.
Niami Niami 8 years
I'd definitely give the child back and hope that the birth parents would allow some sort of contact with him or her as well, such as sending gifts/money.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
I can't believe this - isn't this basically human trafficking? Sick, sick, sick.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
The organization that did this (Focus On Children) should be charged and closed down. Do you know how much trauma this is going to inflict upon everyone involved?!?!
Sarana Sarana 8 years
Although hard, the right thing for these children is to be returned to their families. It would be good if they could keep in touch with their American "parents" too. And the people responsible only got probation! They kidnapped 39 children, this is unbelievable. I wonder how many years in prison you get when kidnapping 39 American children.
nymom83 nymom83 8 years
How on earth could anyone NOT return these children! It's selfish and self-centered. It sounds more like ownership rather than love.
sofi sofi 8 years
That would be incredibly hard but the right thing to do. I can't imagine my biological children not being with me- my heart would ache.
jessie jessie 8 years
wow..unbelievable!! :jawdrop: yes i would. the child needs to be with their biological parents. as heartwrenching as it would would be more heartwrenching for the biological parents finding out that their child was "taken" from them when they didn't know. sad situation all around for everyone.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
If they want the child back and the child wants to go back to them then it is only fair...
Greggie Greggie 8 years
In this situation, how could anyone NOT return the child? Someone who would keep a child under false pretenses isn't exactly shouting "I'm a fit parent!!"
RunninginBoston RunninginBoston 8 years
That was sarcasm, btw.
RunninginBoston RunninginBoston 8 years
Because if you're poor or from a poor country, you're automatically unfit to be a parent and should have your children taken away. <--Sarcasm.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Wait, what? If I thought I was sending my child off to boarding school (my equivalent) and then they were kidnapped I wouldn't get them back? How is that right or OK?
Celebrities Who Have Adopted Kids
Firefighter Adopts Baby Girl He Delivered
Mom Wants Her Adopted Son to Know His Birth Parents Love Him
Mom's Letter to Girls on Adoption Day
White Dad Admits He Was Scared to Adopt a Black Daughter
Woman Adopts Dying Best Friend's Kids Before Christmas
Family Asks Facebook For Help Finding a Baby to Adopt

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds