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Pregnancy Hotline - Saving Families from Adoption

"Adoption: Legalized Lies" Unveils Hotline for Expectant Families
Press Release Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001

On October1, 2001, Adoption: Legalized Lies introduced 1-866-4 1 TRUTH, a hotline designed to provide information and support to expectant families who may be considering adoption.

Calls to the hotline will be answered by true parents and adopted adults, who can give families the information that they would not hear from an adoption agency or socialworker.

"We want them to understand that by surrendering their babies to adoption, they are opening themselves and their children up to a lifetime of psychological trauma," says Kay Russell, a true mother and volunteer with Adoption: Legalized Lies (A.L.L.).

Many A.L.L.members have spent years researching the adoption industry and its effects on families. According to Jess DelBalzo, the organization's founder, "These are the facts they won't tell you in an adoption agency. The workers there want to get babies for adoption and the adopters pay their bills. They aren't going to dissuade an expectant mother, even if they know the adoption will hurt her."

Some of the facts Adoption: Legalized Lies wants to communicate through their hotline include information on the psychological ramifications for surrendering parents, as well as the consequences for adopted people.

According to the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, there are a disproportionate number of adopted youngsters in juvenile treatment facilities. In addition, profiling has shown that 76% of the world's serial killers were adopted as children. Attachment disorders, identity issues, and an array of other psychological problems are all associated with being adopted.

Research into the effects of adoption on surrendering parents includes higher incidentsof depression, secondary infertility, post-traumatic stress disorder, living to extremes, and a myriad of other psychological problems. Feelings of guilt, regret, loss, and anger are among the emotions that many true parents associate with the adoption of their children. Coercion on the part of agencies and would-be adopters is ever-present in the adoption arena.

Carol Evans became active in Adoption: Legalized Lies after she almost lost her grandson in January of this past year. Her son and his girlfriend were pressured by a church-based adoption agency in Kentucky. "The social workers told them they would be angels and heroes. They made them feel worthless as parents, even though they had support from all of their extended family." she reports.

Fortunately, Evans' grandson went home with his parents shortly after his birth. However, they didn't escape from the grips of the adoption agency without a lengthy and expensive court battle.

In hopes of protecting other families from the adoption industry, the hotline will provide not only information on the effects of adoption but will also give parents ways to keep their children. Callers will be directed to sources of financial and moral support in their community, and several A.L.L. members are even willing to open their homes to new parents in desperate circumstances.

The volunteers who will be answering calls to the hotline are proud of their work. Says DelBalzo, "They've been there. They know what it's like to be pressured,and they know how it will turn out in the end. Now they only care about saving others from the same trauma."

The hotline, 1-866-4 1 TRUTH will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning October 1, 2001.

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