RMI Secretary Of Internal Affairs Issues Letter Noting Renewal Of Exploitative Adoptions  Bottom

  • RMI Secretary Of Internal Affairs Daisy Alik-Momotaro has issued a letter detailing apparent renewal of US domestic adoption of Marshallese yet-to-be-borns, newborns, and children. Per the letter, the practice has gotten so blatant that:

    QuoteJust last week, one pregnant birtbmother who was working with the CAA, abruptly left Majuro for Arkansas, because a "recruiter" working for an attorney doing adoptions from Springdale, Arkansas facilitated her departure with promises of money, etc. This action violates U.S. federal law, including the Compact of Free Association. Anyone associated with the pending adoption is at risk of prosecution. This is not an isolated case, as we have reports of active solicitation of Marshall Islands residents by attorneys, facilitators, and recruiters in the mainland.


    and

    QuoteAnother point is that the Marshallese birth families are not aware that Arkansas law does not provide for open adoptions (AR Code 9-9-217). In fact, under Arkansas law, adoption court records are sealed for 99 years. The RMI CAA (Central Adoption Authority) has encountered many families wishing to know where their biological children are now, including adoptions done in Arkansas, but have run into brick walls, so to speak, because of sealed records. Therefore, unless the adoptive family commits to an open adoption process, and documents this commitment to some authority, the Marshallese families that are giving their children for adoption by American residents, are risking never hearing from these adoptive families or their biological children ever again.


    Neither the Web Site maintained by the RMI Embassy in Washington DC nor the Web Site maintained by the Office of the RMI President have, through this moment, posted this letter but you can view at http://www.ourc…tion-of_7.html.

    Very sad to learn this extremely exploitative practice is again being renewed. I hope to read soon about the US Government aggressively seeking to prosecute the attorneys or other U.S. facilitators who are involved in this business venture. And frankly, I don't see how an attorney in Arkansas could contact a pregnant Marshallese Mom on Majuro without someone on Majuro acting as a go-between. If the birth mom highlighted above is detained by US authorities (or just accosted by your Consul General in Springdale, Carmen Chong Gum), it should be easy to determine who on Majuro made this recruitment possible. I trust the Marshallese government's outrage over this practice extends to holding their own citizens, who promote, accountable.

    Not sure how many people still read postings on Yokwe but believe this issue should be publicized to promote a quick ending.

    “I hope the signing of the LUA (Land Use Agreement) allows the Government of the Marshall Islands more time to focus on the biggest issues it faces – how to raise the level of education and health of the Marshallese people and how to create an economy that will be stable after direct US funding ends in 2023.”
    US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, as quoted by MI Journal, 13 May 2011, pg 4
  • For balance, here is perspective of an American family preparing to adopt a child reportedly being born to a Marshallese mother living Arkansas. From their point of view, the pending adoption is clearly part of God's plan, for them and for the baby they are adopting.

    http://yourgrac….com/adoption/

    If nothing else, demonstrates the emotion on both sides.

    “I hope the signing of the LUA (Land Use Agreement) allows the Government of the Marshall Islands more time to focus on the biggest issues it faces – how to raise the level of education and health of the Marshallese people and how to create an economy that will be stable after direct US funding ends in 2023.”
    US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, as quoted by MI Journal, 13 May 2011, pg 4
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