Black Market Adoptees Band Together on Facebook

A group of people that were illegally sold for adoption are now banding together on Facebook to find their birth families and swap stories about their experiences.

A group of people illegally sold for adoption are now banding together on Facebook to find their birth families and swap stories about their experiences.

Seymour Fenichel, a lawyer for the adoption agency called Childhaven of Northeastern Pennsylvania, was indicted for illegally sellinlg babies to the highest bidder, and coercing birth mothers into falsifying birth certificates, according to ABC News. The outfit had operated in New York without a license, and had an expired license for Pennsylvania by law enforcement caught up with it in 1988.

A woman who’d been placed for adoption through the agency, Rachel Bernstein, formed the group Seymour Fenichel Adoptees on Facebook about a year ago. The page has 85 followers, and admins update the wall regularly with tips on how followers can search for their biological families, plus news and shout outs to update the photo gallery.

The page includes the following description:

I am a female adoptee. Seymour Fenichel was the lawyer who gave me to my parents. I am creating this page for other adoptee’s whose cases where handled by him so we can come together and compare our search methods. Please share what roadblocks you encountered and how you got around them as a black market adoptee!

So far, the group has seen some success in uniting adopted kids with their parents. One example: Lori Appleton, who gave her daughter up for adoption when she was a teen in 1985 was alerted by her other daughter that she saw a posting on the group’s wall by a woman whose description of her birth mom seemed to match Appleton.

Do you think this group makes the best use of Facebook’s page features?