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Baby Jessica Case: 1993 - Biological Mother Regrets Adoption, The Battle Over Jessica Continues

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Defendants: Cara and Dan Schmidt
Plaintiffs: Jan and Roberta DeBoer
Plaintiff Claim: The DeBoer's sought to block the order of the Michigan Supreme Court to return Jessica to the Schmidts
Chief Defense Lawyer: Marian Faupel
Chief Lawyer for Plaintiff: Scott Bassett
Justices: William H. Rehnquist, Harry A. Blackmun, John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, David H. Souter, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Place: Washington, D.C.
Date of Decision: July 30, 1993
Verdict: The DeBoer's request was denied

SIGNIFICANCE: The Baby Jessica case caused people to consider the risks and problems inherent in private adoptions.

In 1990, an Iowa woman named Cara Clausen found out that she was pregnant. Single and 29 years old, Cara had recently split with her boyfriend, Dan Schmidt, and was dating a man named Scott Seefeldt. Before the birth, she told friends she couldn't care for the baby on her own and would give it up for adoption. When the child was born on February 8, 1991, she named Scott as the father, and within two days, she and Scott signed papers waiving their parental rights.

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jan DeBoer, 37, and his wife, Roberta (known as Robby), 32, were eager to adopt. She had had a hysterectomy some years before, so she could not become pregnant. The DeBoers had spent several years sweating out adoption procedures in Michigan, where adoption was legal only through bureaucratic public services. Iowa permitted legal private adoptions. A Cedar Rapids lawyer who was married to Robby DeBoer's cousin, heard about Cara's pregnancy and her plan to give the baby up for adoption. He put the DeBoers in touch with Cara. Another lawyer, John Monroe, took care of the required paperwork, and on March 2, 1991, the DeBoers took the six-day-old baby home, named her Jessica, and looked forward to becoming full legal custodians in six months.

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over 7 years ago

Those of you who say that the DeBoers should have just returned Jessia after six days are obviously not parents. No parent is just going to hand over their child into a situation that may be unsafe or unstable. And I say "their child" because she was their child...adoptive parents are just as much parents as biological ones. Had Jessica/Anna's bio parents truly cared for her, they'd not have put her through this and instead would have perhaps sought some kind of joint custody/visitation agreement.

As for Anna's seeming disregard for the DeBoers...I'm thinking her bio parents had just a teensy bit to do with that, given they couldn't even accept a birthday present for her. Now that she's of legal age, I hope she considers reaching out to the DeBoers because whatever anyone may think of them, they obviously loved her as any parent loves his/her child and life is too short to push away people that love you like that, especially if they're not your bio parents and aren't required or expected to love you like that.

God bless, Anna/Jessica, and hope you take a moment to think about those who rocked you to sleep when you were a baby.

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almost 8 years ago

First of all, CARA is the one to blame for this situation. She LIED about who Jessica/Anna's father was. SHE wanted to give her daughter up for adoption. Maybe if she didnt lie in the first place, it would have saved the Deboers from having such heartbreak. The woman was a 29 year old ADULT when she had Jessica/Anna, not some 16 year old kid. There is NO excuse for that! The Deboers loved Jessica like their own. They fought for her like any parent would fight for their child. What kind of parents would they be if they DIDN'T fight for the daughter they loved? And I have to question how great of a job Cara even did raising Anna. I find it unsettling that in an interview when Anna was asked if she had a message for the Deboers she said "It's over" It sounds as though shes as heartless as her biological mother and brainwashed as well. She should know how lucky she is to have had 2 people love her that much and to have fought so hard to keep her. I truly believe that was a cruel thing for her to say. I know that her biological parents have probably bashed the Deboers to her over and over and that it has taken it's toll but even still. I know there is bitter feelings there but atleast have some respect. Respect the fact that the Deboers love their daughter and gave her a good home for 2 and a half years! To expect the Deboers to "get over it" will never happen. What parent would EVER get over the loss of a child? It doesnt matter if its been 16 years or 30 years, they will ALWAYS miss her and wish that their Jessica was there with them. And I am sure any parent that has lost a child will say the same. How can anyone even have the nerve to ask why they havent moved on? The scars and hurt from the loss will ALWAYS be there and they will ALWAYS miss Jessica, bottom line. And I hope someday,when "Anna" has her own children, maybe she will come to realize how much the Deboers loved her and how hurt they were when they lost her as she imagines how her life would be without her own kids.



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over 6 years ago

Cara you shouldn't gotten that baby back you should of left her alone you were the town slut you know that you broke up a marriage. You probably never told that little what happened to her you should not ever changed her name what a parent are you my heart goes out to anna becouse she lost her true parents not you or Dan you are not together anymre I know you guys. good lucky anna

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almost 8 years ago

Jenn, Now Anna herself is getting labeled as cold and mean? WOW!

Anna missed almost 3 years of her life with her birth mom and dad! Anna's first step and first smile! Birthdays and Christmas!!

baby pictures are all gone! When the courts had already ordered Anna return to her blood family.



Explain to Anna why the court had returned her as a infant before her first birthday but yet she was almost 3 years old before she was returned? The Deboers love was selfish and sick!! Teaching a child to call them "mommy" and "daddy" and knowing as it is states in the Deboer's book that they knew they were going to lose Anna and she was going to be returned? That's cold!!



Robby Deboer stated in her book that the older Jessica was the better so she could talk and she feared Jessica wouldn't remember her? How Sick!! How selfish!! The sideshow transfer to promote the movie and the book coming out from the Deboers...Anna should be bitter toward this couple! They kidnapped her!



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over 7 years ago

The DeBoers only got so attached because they ket her for so long and wouldn't give her back. That's kidnapping, and obviously kidnapping is illegal. I favor the Schmidts, yes, the mother gave up her daughter at first, but when you are put into a sitution such as where you have no money, you think of those things as best interest. but since Dan came into her life again, everything was fine so therefore they could take care of Anna.

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over 7 years ago

No matter what Cara Clausen did, she was still the biological (and therefore legal) mother. In addition, the father's rights were completely trampled. To strw that broke the camel's back in this case was the Deboers deciding to take off to Michigan and attempt to get a new court order AFTER Iowa had already issued an order. The Schmidts' biggest mistake was their failure to file federal kidnapping charges against the Deboers. This would have prevented the Michigan courts from ever getting involved and would have prevented the scene we all saw on TV. In the end, it is the Deboers who bear the full weight of blame for all that happened. They broke the law and then tried to game the system. Their whole argument was premised on their violation of the law. Please stop trying to make them into some kind of martyrs. They were nothing but common criminals.

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almost 3 years ago

i think the DeBoers should have jesasica because they already had jessica for 2 years and they really take good take care of here. when jessica was littlwe she called Jan & Roberta "Mommy & Daddy". Its Cara's fault because she the one who wanted to leave Jessica for adaption. She wanted her back then why did she give her away.

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over 5 years ago

MD

My heart breaks for you and for the Deboers as well as for the baby that Jessica/Anna was.
I had a mother place her child in my arms at 2 and a half months old, when I tried many times to take him back out of fear she claimed postpartum depression and when I asked,don't you miss him? Her reply was No, I do not know why but I don't even want to hold him or have anything to do with him.He became our life and we became his. She took him the first time when he was a year old, because her mom would not allow her to come home unless she did. He was brought back in a few weeks because he grieved so badly he was barely eating and then the next time he was 2 and a half, she got a boyfriend and wanted to play house,when he would come stay with us a few days a week, every time we had to take him back he had to be pulled and pryed screaming away from me.This went on for 5 months.The he was home again. Now he is 3 and a half and after being with us never spending a night away from us He was taken again. The last time I looked in his sweet face was over a month ago. I allowed the mom to live with us because she had no home, two months later she moved out and on the day of the move she walked in our room and took him. She was upset at me for something I said and now he has not been here and not heard my voice, I pray every day that he comes home.I walk around feeling like someone kicked me in the chest and stomach from the pain.
SO Please unless you have ever raised a child that was not yours by blood, you have no idea how you love them ever bit as much as your blood children. You walk the floors with them when they are sick, you cradle them, you hold them, you watch their first steps, first smile, hear their first words. They run to you when they get scared or hurt and when it is convenient a person because they share their blood but you share their heart, walks in and says your not needed anymore so pretend you did not love this child and that you never raised them in my case for almost 4 years. It takes far more to be a parent then blood, it takes a bond and LOVE. You are a parent by Love not by blood.If you have never loved a child with all of your being and had that child ripped from your life and have to worry if they are scared or think you wanted to leave them, then you have no clue what it feels like.
I am certain if the Debours had known that she would be ripped away at almost 3 and had not been very confident they would win and keep her forever they might have done it differently but that is like saying if you have a child and a week later that child gets sick, if you knew you would lose them anyway when they were a few years later would you stop fighting for them? This is a hard and sad issue and nothing is done for consequences to these parents that don't want to be tied down and hand their children over to others and then when the party is over they decide they might be able to take over now? How is that right? It is the children that suffer and the people that make room in their life and make them a part of their world, Not the parent that gets it all, a party life and when they are ready they get to rip your heart apart and that of the children's. Those parents lose nothing. I love this little boy more then my own life,and he loves me. He would hide under the table when he knew she was coming, so how is that right?

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over 6 years ago

Ok.First of All Cara lost her rights as a parent When she gave up her baby.She shouldn't have got the baby back.Second she lied who the baby daddy was.But i'm glad Anna adjusting to her new life.But you have to look at it this way.The debor wanted what was best for Jessica.They wanted to adopt her and give her a good home her mother couldn't.I thnk they shouldn't have took jessica away from the debors.That was the only family she knew.She didn't know the schmidt.but for them to do that is wrong.They should have left the baby alone and let her be.I also heard Dan had other Children to besides Anna and Chole he don't even support.so how the hell u think he could support these kids.He can't cause now he got no job and no money.Sounds like he's a low life of a father.I hope one day Anna relaise the debores did what was best for her.And try to contact them.I'm sure the schmidyt brian wash her to turn against the debor.There nothing wrong with robby having Jessica painting done that's the only memory he has of her.

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about 7 years ago

I lived in Michigan at the time of the Jessica DeBoer fiasco. I was not able to get pregnant, so my husband and I were considering adoption. The Jessica DeBoer thing made us fearful that if we adopted, we could lose custody to a bio-parent who climbed out of the woodwork. We couldn't afford an expensive out-of-country adoption. So we didn't adopt.

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about 7 years ago

Baby Jessica may have went through some adjustments in her new life back with her natural birth family but Anna was spared the adult issues you go through when your given up for adoption.Children are meant to be with those that bore them not people unable to have their own children. Marie Osmonds son who killed himself was stated as dealing with depression and the fact he was adopted and it affected him in a negative way as Miss Osmond has said to the press.Anna escaped the loss of her blood roots and sadly the DeBoers should have returned her as a infant when she was not even able to even be adopted.

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over 7 years ago

I agree Melissa that know one would just give up their own child after 6 days...That's why Dan, Anna's blood father fought to get her back after he found out she was his child and had been given up for adoption before 6 days with the Deboers. Dan also had no idea if the Deboers were safe or even stable to even trust his newborn daughter with!

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over 7 years ago

I am shocked that something like this could happen. My heart goes out to her and her adoptive family. If I were in their shoes, I would have fought until the end to keep my daughter. For those of you who said she should have been returned...could you just hand over your daughter? My husband and I are planning to adopt and stories like this scare the heck out of us. However, I truly believe it's worth the chance to give a loving child a good home.

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almost 8 years ago

Jan DeBoer cleans the portrait of the girl he was trying to adopt, Baby Jessica, who was eventually returned to her birth parents after a lengthy court battle. He feared the portrait was damaged in a fire in his apartment.







Jan DeBoer is starting over. Again.







The father battling for custody of the child who became nationally known as Baby Jessica returned home to his Pittsfield Township apartment on Monday morning - the first time since a New Year's Day fire caused an estimated $550,000 in damage to eight apartments, including his.





DeBoer, 55, was in Florida caring for his parents when he learned about the fire. He flew back Monday, worried about what he would find. His small one-bedroom apartment in the Greenway Park complex off Golfside Road was home to his few belongings - two guitars, his grandparents' Delft vases, his citizenship papers, a couch, a chair and a bed.







It also had his most-prized possession: An original painting of Jessica by a woman who was touched by the DeBoers' story and their battle to keep the little girl.







In 1991, DeBoer and his former wife, Roberta, began a lengthy custody battle that gained national attention after they tried to adopt a newborn they named Jessica. The birth father didn't sign the adoption, and the two couples waged a court battle that reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993. Jessica was returned to her birth parents when she was 2-1/2 and was renamed Anna Schmidt.







The DeBoers later adopted a son, Casey, who is now nearly 15. Their marriage didn't survive the stress of losing Jessica, and although they remarried, they divorced again.





And so Jan lost his daughter, his marriage and his home. He even lost the ability to play his beloved guitars in a Christian rock band after he mangled his thumb in a press at work in printing services at the University of Michigan.







After last week's fire, Roberta DeBoer placed the portrait of Jessica in the apartment complex office for safekeeping before Jan arrived Monday. But he was still nervous about what he would find. The hallway walls were black. Insulation hung from the ceilings. The air was still acrid, four days after the fire.







When DeBoer got to the portrait, he was relieved. "I look at it every day," he said of the painting of the big-eyed, curly-haired toddler. "She has never left my heart, and she never will. She will always be my little girl."







Anna Schmidt turns 18 on Feb. 8, DeBoer said. He hopes that milestone could prompt her to call, although he has no reason to expect it. He last saw photos and television news coverage of her about six years ago. ...



This is a copy of the article on the net.



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almost 8 years ago

I know the DeBeors were really given a raw deal by the birthmom Cara here in this sad story, DeBoers have every right to feel used and angry at Cara for playing with their life and family like she did by requesting her infant daughter back and then naming the wrong father on the adoption papers to boot!



The research shows that Jessica was taken home by the DeBoers on March 1,1991 and on March 6,1991 Cara filed papers requesting her baby back and Dan stepped up as the real father! 6 DAYS ONLY AS JESSICAS PARENTS!



As wrong as what it was for Cara to do that to all this to any innocent couple wanting to adopt a baby so badly. The DeBoers should have just returned Jessica after the mere week they had her home! It would have been much more painful to hold on to a infant that wasn't even signed over to adopt by her blood father,The DeBoers should have taken Jessica back to Iowa at a week old even if it meant foster care until so Jessica could have been returned to her blood parents that for Jessicas own sake!

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almost 8 years ago

Baby Jessica has always been in my thoughts and prayers. I also had a child ripped from me when she was 2 1/2 in 1983. My sister was mentally ill and her husband didn't want the responsibility for raising her so he left tje baby with me and my grandmother. He only visited her once or twice in two years and we had to give him gas money for his car. Then one day he came over and asked to take her out for the day. She was fearful, as she didn't know him very well. He bribed her with a trip to "Burger King" so went reluctantly and he never brought her back. I still get sick to my stomach when I think about Danielle that first night crying for her "Aunt Mary" and all those days wondering why I abandoned her. I immediately sought legal council and was told that no judge would grant an aunt custody over a parent, even though I had raised her. In the courts eyes, you haven't abandoned a child if you know who you leave them with and that they are capable of taking care of your child (even years later!) Anyway, I sued for visitation and won. What transpired each weekend that I had to return her, was reminescent of Baby Jessica, kicking and screaming as I returned her to her father. One can never forget the horrible screams and the fear in a 2 1/2 year old child's eyes as she begs you "don't leave me here!" She would literally hold on for dear life as I pryed her little fingers from my neck and placed her in the arms of a man she was scared to death of. Sometimes she would draw blood or bring blood to the surface of my skin from clinging so hard. Anna Schmidt needs to look at old video coverage of her reaction to being taken from the DeBoers. That speaks for itself as to who were really her parents. My niece and I have a great relationship thanks to the stability that she found every other weekend with the aunt she bonded with. We were both given a gift by the judge that granted visitation. Although, she was abused and molested by her alcoholic father, she worshiped him until the day he passed away. I'm not saying Anna was abused by the Schmidts, but children have a way of being loyal to the parents that raise them, whether they were good parents or not. If Anna has a child someday, I hope when it turns 2 1/2 years old, she will stop and think what it would mean to her if that child was taken from her and she was never able to see it again. Maybe then she will have some empathy for the De Boers and appreciate the love and devotion (not to mention the time and money,)that they gave her in her early, formative years.

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almost 8 years ago

Carol, I beleive like you. The courts should have not took so long in giving Jessica back. Most of these people don't know the pain of having a child taken in adoption. My grandson was and my son has been fighting for 4 years now. He gets to see his son once a month and for a month in july. The court of appeals finally got it right unless you can find the bio parents un fit you can steal their children. The deboers should have gave Jesica back or talked to the bio parents when the baby was a month old instead of hidding her from them. They got what the deserved. Anna did fine so they need to get over it. I read their book and got mad when i saw that they were looking out what was best for them.

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almost 8 years ago

Robby has wrote a entire book on their side of the story and their views on this case as a record for Anna. Anna's blood family gave her a copy of this book when she was 9 years old to read.



How is that hiding truth?



Dan now divorced from Cara says Anna only cried at bedtime a few times but then went right to sleep after Cara read Anna her favorite stories and lay down with her. Not the months or years everyone wants to believe!! A reporter for People visited Anna right after her 3rd birthday months after her transfer to Iowa and Lucy Biven was appointed by the courts to assist Anna in her adjustment stated that Anna started calling Cara "Mommy" right away and Dan "daddy" shorty after. Anna was "quoted" on the net by her stepfather as saying she felt is was "Creepy" for the Deboers to interested in her after all this time being that she isn't their child. Anna had no intention of ever contacting the Deboers and Anna has said on her net blog the she felt the Deboers used the court system to kidnap her as a infant. Anna also is resentful for all the slurs printed about her blood mother and father. The Schmidt's arn't going to encourage Anna to invite people in her their life that drug her real family threw the mud! Anna posted that the Deboers are "geeks" and wants nothing to do with them! Anna has never answered any of their many emails after she turned 18! The Deboers and their supporters may end up with a court restraining order if they continue.



Anna herself has posted on her blog that she hates it when people are against something when they don't know all the facts about the case!! In defense of her blood family.

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almost 8 years ago

I'm very sure it was such a horrible trama for a entire lifetime on the Deboers to have to let go of a child they felt was theirs in their heart and mind after 2 years of raising her but the Deboers did what they did (out of love) for Jessica and rember the Deboers were adopting parents adjusted to following rules and guide lines! I'm sure they thought the court would pick the best placement for Jessica and allow her to remain with them! Natural parents are the legal owners of their offspring and the rules are different for them then adopting parents.I think Anna has long healed from the Deboers and her natural parents from the 2 and a half years Anna was away from them! but the Deboers will always have a deep scar and hurt over the little girl ripped from their arms and life that day many years ago! Unlike a death Anna is alive and the Deboers unable to know or hold the child they started off raising from a newborn infant!There is no real closure for the Deboers.. to them Jessica was lost forever and only a very hard hearted person couldn't feel for this couple pain and deep loss even if you disageed with them on keeping Anna...The Deboers loved her as their own child!..and fought!

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about 8 years ago

The Media in both case's highlighted a (distored picture) here of adoption laws regarding time limits and natural parents rights. In both cases Richard and Jessica the children were not happy young kids playing on swing sets that were stolen away screaming years later from regretful natural parents who fixed their life and now wanted the child returned to them.The media didn't focus on the true selfish behavior of the adopting couples wanting to (hang on) to newborn infants that had..BOTH..natural parents wanting to raise their child.The Deboers signed a petition to adopt Jessica and took her home on March 1,1991!

Cara the birthmom filed a request to return her child on March 6.1991! saying she didn;t know what she had done was depressed and on meds at the time and wanted her daughter back!..5 days!!..5 days old was Jessica!..not 3 years old on March 12.1991

Dan, Jessica's birth father filed a request saying he didn't know he was the father and wanted his daughter to raise himself..11 days old was Jessica! 11 days!! It was the Deboers that kept appealing and appealing teaching a innocent child to call them Mommy and Daddy! I read and researched on these cases and found how painful it was for Cara and Dan for almost 3 years to be kept away from seeing Jessica not even a photo of their child! when they saw their child for the first time it was in the media as a toddler!! Their tears for almost 3 years at hoildays and birthdays have never been showned on tv! even thou they had won every court hearing in Iowa saying the baby was to be returned. Robby Deboer said in the press she doesn't think Jessica will come visit or contact them as a adult! Yea!! Because Jessica now can see the other side of the painful coin and can read the book and watch the movie that slammed her family as trash! Baby Richard was also a newborn infant when both his parents requested him back..his birthmom just learning english!.. but he was held on to also for 4 years of appeals! many states give a birthmom 6 months to get her child back because it's a life long choice..adoption..both these case's were right after the births! These kid's were not toddlers but newborns when told to return them!

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about 8 years ago

I rember in the baby Richard case that the birthmom was just learning to speak English and all alone in this country with no family or money going to beauty school and thinking her babys father had just left her and returned home to their country to be with another woman. That case to me was a case of a woman just needing a friend or some human support not a adoption plan for her child. I do rember the birthmom saying after she signed the papers..72 hours..after giving birth that the adopted family of baby Richard changed their phone and pager numbers and didnt allow her contact with her baby as they had promised and the birthmom was unaware of the customs of adoption in this country compared to her won native country where family raise the child and birth parents still see the child and that she had no lawyer to represent her or to help her understand the American laws on adoption and her legal rights. I did belive the birthmom when she said the adopted family was involved in the baby died at birth lie if the father returned to America.The INS could have easily contacted the birth father through Visa's to get a approval for adoption but a request was never made to contact him or his family.

I'm glad Danny is with his real parents and happy and wasn't raised by those people the true strangers!

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about 8 years ago

I know Danny and he leads a very private life away from the past case that involved him as baby Richard. Danny is 18 teen and rembers some things about his adopted family but still says that they didn't give him the personal attention or care that his real mom and dad did. Danny also still insists that he wasn't treated very well in the adopted parent's home. At 18 Danny remains firm that the adopted family told him scary things about the strangers taking him away to ensure a crying,fearful child in front of the cameras that day. Danny is into sports and very musical and is a well adjusted young adult and is very happy he was returned to his real parents!

Danny suffered no trama when he learned the truth that these so called strangers were in fact his real blood mom and dad! Danny belives now as a grown young man taking from what he does rember when living with his adopted parents that they did indeed did steal and kidnap him for 4 years using the court system! That the adopted parents had encourged and COERCED his real mother who was pregant and all alone in this country and poor and stressed to make up a lie and tell his natural father if he returned to America that Danny had died at birth! so their adopted of him could go through. Danny feels his adopted parents used his mother's personal problems with brainwashing her to get him placed with them and they disregarded his blood father's rights to have him and coerced up a death story in case Otakar returned to America. Danny says he never wants to see the adopted family ever again and he is very bonded and loves his natural parents and siblings dearly! Danny never thinks about the Baby Richard case and has a full normal life!

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about 8 years ago

I read that Robby Deboer went on a extended trip to California to meet writers and go over the movie deal and to (sign over) their rights to Baby Jessica's story many months before Jessica even left their home in Ann Anbor. The Deboers received 200,000$ in 1993 for the (Deboers side)Their sole rights to the story on Baby Jessica and for the TV movie made about the case but Jessica's natural family in Iowa never signed over or sold any of their rights to make any movies or books on their daughter case.Nor did the natural parents do any fund raisers or open Baby Jessica bank accounts to receive funds.The natural parents did receive help with lawyer fees and expenses through the CUB group. I dont know how much money Robby made off her book, Losing Jessica that I do rember seeing Robby appear on Oprah pushing the book sale I read that the Deboers legal bills were given to them for FREE as it was a law school training lawyers in Ann Arbor and child protection groups.

I read that the Deboers received a lot of donated money from people all (over the world) trying to help the Deboers with all their legal bills and expenses that turned out to be really given to the Deboers for free? all the money received went into the BABY JESSICA fund and the group the Deboers started (later named) Hear My voice had many fund raisers with even some big VERY named public people donating their time and money to raise even (more money) for the Baby Jessica Fund started at the local bank in Ann Arbor by the Deboers.The group HMV was said to have many problems going on (within the group) and has now since shut down! I found it very weird and odd that Robby would leave on a trip across country alone leaving Jessica!! to go over a movie deal when her only child was about to be taken away from her? where did all these donated funds for Jessica go? I read that Jan Deboer said he would open a college fund for Jessica and later the Deboers adopted son Casey but it looks like a lot (more money) was made off Jessica then 4 years of college. I read that the lawyer of Jessica's natural parents made the statement in the press in 1993 right before Jessica left the Deboers home that if the Deboers wanted to escrow 35,000$ out of Jessica's bank account from her public donations to go into a fund for Jessica (doctors care) for Jessica to receive counseling (if needed) after Jessica was transfered back to Iowa that they WOULD accept the money to pay for any of Jessica"s doctor bills.The Deboers refused to escrow any donated money from the Baby Jessica account..through lawyers.. only saying that Jessica's natural parents would need to make sure Jessica received help on their own! being that they would be the ones to suffer also through any trama done to Jessica now living in their home now being her new parents! and why would they give Jessica's (donated money) to Casey their child adopted after Jessica left? people all over the world were reaching out ONLY to Baby Jessica with free money donations not to the Deboers life style and not a new adopted baby the Deboers got and named Casey? Why was Jessica's money going into Caseys future? I wonder if now Anna 18 has even seen or will ever see a single dime of all that Baby Jessica's money? and all those public fund raising money events given to help Jessica and intrusted to the Deboers for Jessica's safe keeping? It's makes you be much more careful when donations are being sent for a good cause and checks signed in good faith?

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about 8 years ago

I hope the legal system is reformed and stops the legal kidnapping of innocent children by childless couples that use the court system with constant stays and long appeals to hang on to infants that are not even (signed over) to be adopted!! That tranfer of Anna a very scared,screaming little baby girl through a mob of reporters and cameras and screaming people! by not her mom and dad but a lawyer!while the Deboers hid in the house! told me all I needed to know about the Deboers as people! A tranfer could have and should have taken place in a quiet,peaceful,safe, law office or secret location in Ann Arbor between the couples and their lawyers that day to avoid any more trama to Anna! flashing cameras stealing her last screams in her car seat! putting a child through that crowd and mob of screaming people and reporters was pure child abuse on the Deboers part! when I read the Robby Deboer had already signed the movie deal before that transfer day happened! will,that explained the public sideshow to a nation! and exposed the Deboers as people to all! If Anna has any trama or fears today will you can thank the Deboers for that! for using that poor child's feelings to gain pity and attention! Anna..Please stay clear of this selfish couple! Just watch the video of the day you left and ask yourself Anna would I put my own child through that crazy mob of screaming people and reports? not even comforting or carrying her to the van myself? would I have signed a movie deal before my child even left my home? I'm glad Anna got back home to her family that just wanted her home and was not out to gain pity and expose a child to that media circus like the Deboers did for over 2 years!

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about 8 years ago

This story still breaks my heart! i can't stant the image of that poor woman having to give up her baby its a sin after 6 months that should be it end of story bond is made i hope JESSICA calls them soon! x

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over 8 years ago

i have always woundered what happened to jessica deboer aka anna schmidt she should never have been taken away from the deboers a proper mum would never give up her child n cara new what she was doing from the start jan n robi deboer loved that child and she was theres for 2 n half years n would have been better of with them my heart goes out to the deboers they must have been grief stricken 2 be torn away from jessica yes anna will probly never know them but i hope n pray she will 1 day want to meet the people who loved and cared 4 her 4 2 n half yrs god bless xxxxxx

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over 8 years ago

I know one thing forsure I wouldnt want to be Anna! everyone knows all over the world your mom wasnt married and she even lied about who your dad was! your blood father was a alful father to his other kids and had a record!

you were given up for adoption! and given away (back) again!! I understand the Deboers making it public the rights of children in their bonded familys but Annas blood familys dirty laundry shouldnt be aired like that!THE COURTS SHOULDNT ALLOW THAT AND MAKE DETAILS PRIVATE!!

SEALED FORTHE CHILD SAKE! Anna is now the one having to deal with everyone around her knowing all that! but really if a adopted child grew up and found out as a adult that both of their blood parents were together and fought to get them back and lost.That would cause alot of resentment toward the adopted parents..adoption is for children whos parents (CANT) TAKE CARE OF THEM AND (WANT) TO PLACE THEM FOR ADOPTION!..WE ARE LOSING SITE OF THAT..ADOPTION ISNT FOR CHILDLESS COUPLES.JESSSICA WAS A NEWBORN WHEN ALL OF THIS STARTED!..NOT ALMOST 3!

I read that Anna blood parents are divorced and have remarried others but so are the Deboers! Anna would have been raised in a broken home either way! the Deboers even got remarried after their divorce to each other and then broke up again!! The deboers have since started new relationships with other people.Their adopted son Casey

has went through more marriage breakups then Anna has!So whos to say now which home was really the better one! at least Anna is with her blood family!where Casey will have to go looking for those answers!

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over 8 years ago

Well,any child will always feel and side for the family that raises them thats where your loyal feet will stand.I was adopted and felt I needed to not see my blood mom even thou my adopted mom was fine with it! becouse deep down you feel disloyal to do it!

its like the wife that says tell me about your old girlfriend! you wont!!

Anna is bonded with her blood family and of course will stand with them and Im sure deep down like a adopted child you feel a little anger for having been given away...by the Deboers.. even if you understand the reason,adopted children bury that in a secret place.In Anna mind..a long ago mommy and daddy gave her away..the Deboers.. and I think any parent would know that Anna at almost 3 years old is going to have some issues in her life over that loss! maybe in her relationshipsyears from now.. her trust was broken at such a tender age.The Deboers did what anyone..real parent.. bonded with their newborn child would have done...fight!!..and fight hard

for them and her to stay together.I think the money spent and years wasted by the Deboer not to mention the trama!! show that they didnt just want any child!! or they would have just walked away and spent that time,money and effort making a new adopted family! both sides did things that affected Jessica and sadly court fights and the movie,tv,magazine interviews with Jessica picture splashed all over the place were going on from both sides which now poor Anna will have to deal with in front of her peers as a young woman...I think if both sides had just talked and worked out something for this child as 4 adults to get along and all be apart of her life there would be no baby Jessica case to rember.

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over 8 years ago

It is easy for people to have an opinion on what should or should not have happened to Jessica/Anna. I am an adoptive mom of two. Our oldest went through hell with the custody battle etc..... Unless you are living the part you do not have any idea or judgement. How would anybody ever know if Anna would have a "better" life with the Deboers or with her biological parents...(now divorced) She knows no other way!



Perfect example is my daughter who is now 17 read the book Losing Jessica and she was totally ticked off.........Would she have been loved with her biological mom ...........yes .........a better life with us.........yes and I know for a fact she would never give that up....we have encouraged her numerous times to keep a rapport with birth parents and she wants nothing to do with them.......Who knows how Jessica/Anna would have turned out only one can guess

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over 8 years ago

i totally disagree that jessi had to be returned to the schmidt's. jessi had 2 and a half year's with a loving couple my heart goes out to them how do you ever get over it? i am now reading robby's book and it is heart rending, i wish the deboers all the luck in the world and hope jessi will want to get to know you, god bless

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almost 9 years ago

I find it hard to believe that the courts did not act in the best interests of jessi. i believe she should of stayed in the custody of the deboers. she was loved and well cared for, and the fact that her bio mother gave her away then uprooted this little girl and took her away from every thing she ever knew and the only parents she knew is disgusting my heart goes out to mr and mrs debour and i hope jessi is doing ok. god bless

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about 9 years ago

hey, i disagree too that Jessica had to return to her biological parents. The DeBoers were so good to her and couldn't have treated her any better. I would like to know how Jessica has got on as now she would be 17 and I would like to hear her story. I would also like to hear other peoples opinions on the story.

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about 10 years ago

hi i am in desagree that jessica had to went back to her biological parenst well what can we do i would like to read all the opinion about this case can you tell me please in what part of this page can i find it please i would like to read different opinions please send me this information