Can Adoptions Be Undone?

Sometimes the claims of a biological father may outweigh all other considerations

Jessica's fate has stirred up a lot of nervousness. "We're getting calls from ! parents whose adoptions were in place a long time ago," says Susan Freivalds, executive director of Adoptive Families of America, a support group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They say they've always "felt kind of funny" about their paperwork. Was the birth mother lying when she said she couldn't locate the father? Why did she refuse to name him? "This is a frightening issue for adoptive parents," says Freivalds. "How can you be sure you've done everything right?"

The surprising wrinkle in the DeBoer-Schmidt case is that it...

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