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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Facebook Stalking in Family Law...Again

From the London Telegraph:

The popularity of social networking websites has seen an increase in breaches of guidelines against unplanned contact with hundreds of adopted children unexpectedly hearing from their natural families.

In the worst cases, some young people taken into care in the 1990s have seen relationships with their adoptive families completely break down after hearing from their biological parents.

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We need more laws to protect the adoptees.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorneys | Jan 18, 2012 6:40:05 PM

I think it should be up to the adopted child as to which family members he/she wants to maintain a relationship with as a friend and to know his/her full life story of why he/she was adopted and why he/she was taken away. I think the era of closed adoptions and secret surnames is over with the popularity of Facebook and other tools to search others friends lists. A surprising number of teenagers have used these social media tools to initiate contact to their birth families. The real answer to this is going to be to give the child choice, openness, and social workers that are much more honest. There will be some phone calls, visits, and even reunions occurring before age 18. As the result, social workers, adoption agencies, child protective services, and the courts need to realize that a name change, or hiding an original birth certificate may not be sufficient anymore to prevent contact during childhood, and that it might be best if a child is determined to make contact (or the other way around) at a younger age, to start the counseling and support right then as opposed to making the determined kid do it in the dark using Facebook with no support. I would also like to say that some adoptees remember the names of their formal family or their birth surname especially if they were adopted at an age when their memory and reading vocabulary has somewhat developed.

Posted by: Stephen | Feb 20, 2012 3:08:30 PM

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