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Petitioning People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Matt Mead, Amanda McKee, Brandy Durante, David Bush

Animal cruelty sentence

Forest Stearns of Stearns Outfitters, Wilson, Wyoming may have tortured one of his working horses to death recently.  It appears to be animal abuse. supported by video evidence. He is a repeat offender with a criminal record. If this concerns you please take a moment to contact the Wyoming State Board of Outfitters and Professional Guides and tell them under their own rules and regulations (see below) that Stearns Outfitting license should be reviewed: Amanda McKee 1950 Bluegrass Circle, Suite 280, Cheyenne, WY 82002 amanda.mckee@wyo.gov(307) 635-1589(800) 264-0981(307) 777-6715 Fax _________________ THREE Wyoming Board of Outfitters "REGULATORY PROVISIONS" Forest Stearns appears to violate: 1) Section: 1; Subsection (m) - "A licensee shall provide any animal used in the conduct of business with proper food, drink and shelter and shall not subject any animal to needless abuse or cruel and inhumane treatment."  2) Section 2. Code of Ethics; Subsection (a)(9) - "(a) All outfitters and guides shall: ... (9) Provide any animal used in the conduct of business with proper food, water, and shelter and not subject any animal to abuse or cruel and inhumane treatment as provided by Wyoming Law;" 3) Section 3. Denial, Suspension and Revocation - "Failure to comply with any provision of these Rules shall be grounds for denial of an outfitter or professional guide license or any other discipline to include, but not limited to, suspension for a period not to exceed three (3) years or revocation of any outfitter or professional guide license issued by the Board. Suspension and revocation proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act W.S. 16-3-101 et seq. and these rules of the Board."

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27,733 supporters
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Petitioning Matt Mead, John Barrasso, Ryan Martinez

Call in outside resources to help with the search efforts to FIND SILAS OJEDA

     We need 5,000 signatures to present to the Laramie County Sheriff's office to demand they call in certified outside agencies to help in the search efforts to find Silas Ojeda and bring him home.  Silas Ojeda is a 13 month old baby that was reported missing on October 26, 2016 by his grandfather.  Silas's mother, Rhiannon Ojeda claims he was missing for a few days.  Logan Rogers who is Rhiannon's boyfriend, has plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter, yet Silas's body has yet to be found.  For the full story of Silas please visit his facebook page at www.facebook.com/justiceforsilas      We have been in contact with many outside search and rescue agencies across the nation that said if they were invited by the Sheriff's office, they would gladly come.  However it is protocol that they be asked to come, they cannot come unless invited.      These agencies are capable of bringing in many resources to help in the search efforts to include drones, K-9's, ATV's, horses, search grids, underwater cameras, plus many others.     We are outraged, as a community, with the search efforts thus far and need help!  Please sign to show we are in support of all the help we can get to help find baby Silas.  This sweet baby deserves a proper burial and justice for his death.  We will not stop until he is laid to rest properly and justice is served!

Justice for Silas Ojeda
1,763 supporters
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Petitioning Matt Mead

Healthy Wyoming, Healthy Kids

Glyphosate BAN Petition Glyphosate herbicides or Monsanto's RoundUp weed killer, the most widely used herbicide in history, has recently been proven to cause serious harm to life. Glyphosate has contaminated our planet, and is now found in our children's urine, mother's milk, our bloodstreams, and our food and water. In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization found that glyphosate “is a probable human carcinogen”. In July of 2017 the California State Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added glyphosate to its prop 65 list of known carcinogens. In October of 2017, after over 1 million Europeans requested a ban, 72% of the Members of the European Parliament voted to BAN glyphosate and EU Member states have refused to renew the license. Sri Lanka and the Six Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman) and Malta have banned glyphosate. Many others are in the process of doing so. France has banned glyphosate in public parks immediately and will phase out the use of glyphosate herbicides in agriculture and landscaping use over the next 5 years completely. We ask our great state of Wyoming to protect our citizens as well. Many school districts and cities in the United States have already discontinued the use of glyphosate. Glyphosate herbicides have also been found to be linked to various cancers specifically lymphoma, are endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic, and a cause of liver disease. Global studies show that we are routinely exposed to dangerous levels of glyphosate. Thousands of citizens in Wyoming come in contact with glyphosate daily. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that our children are the most vulnerable to pesticides, we need to take action to protect the future of our state. Over 1000 Americans are currently suing Monsanto, the  manufacturer of glyphosate herbicides, for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The Department of Justice is investigating Monsanto for corruption, cover-ups, and collusion with the EPA in relation to the carcinogenic effects of glyphosate. Please join the Moms Across America, Organic Consumers Association, Institute for Responsible Technology, Thinking Moms Revolution, and thousands of others in ridding our state of glyphosate by signing the petition below: From Jessie Aufderheide To further support a Glyphosate Ban in Wyoming contact bandjaufderheide@gmail.com.  

Jessica Aufderheide
1,334 supporters
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Petitioning Wyoming Attorney General, Riverton Ranger, John Barrasso, Mike Enzi, Matt Mead, Diane Lazano,, Wendy Soto, Shannon Howshar, Liz Cheney, State of Wyoming Legislature, National Commission on Correcti...

Hold Justice System accountable for misconduct

On November 10,2013 an older woman was robbed at gun point at wal mart in Riverton,Wyoming. My son, Curtis Russell Oldman is currently serving a prison sentence. He was originally charged with Conspiracy to commit a felony (a felony) in violation of Wyoming State Statute 6-1-303 and also served two Fremont County Sheriffs office warrants for arrest. He pled not guilty to the felony charge. He was the only one that got a prison sentence. The driver, a female, was Curtis girlfriend, was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony (a felony) in violation of Wyoming State statute 6-1-303, reckless endangering in violation of Wyoming state statute 6-2-504, fleeing or attempting to elude police in violation of Wyoming state statute 31-5-225, reckless driving in violation of Wyoming state statute 31-5-229, and drivers license required in violation of Wyoming state statute 31-7-106 (a). The driver was sentenced to 9 months in a halfway house. She has since been released. No fine, no restitution. The person that did the robbery was a male juvenile, younger brother to Curtis. He got 10 months in the Wyoming Boys school, he was released in November 2014. No fine, no restitution, no probation. When law enforcement stopped the vehicle, another occupant,female, older sister to the driver,was riding in vehicle like my son. She was handcuffed and placed under arrest. After all occupants in the vehicle were detained,the arresting officer unhandcuffed the other female occupant,drivers older sister. The arresting officer stated that she had been cooperative and she had an illness,schizophrenic. The driver and the male juvenile waived their preliminary hearings and appeared together in the District court room for their charges and trial date. During this time Curtis was still in the Circuit court waiting for prosecutor to present evidence that he was guilty of this felony. The Judge in District court read the driver and the juvenile their charges and set trial for March 10,2014. The District Judge then asked where the other two defendants were,he thought there was four involved in the case. The prosecutor stated that there was only three defendants involved and the other defendant, Mr.Oldman pled not guilty and is still in circuit court. The Judge said that he wanted to have trial for all defendants in this case on the same day so, save a place on the same date for Mr. Oldman,as the other defendants, March 10,2014. My son had a trial date and he didn't even appear for his preliminary yet. During his preliminary hearing the Circuit court Judge did not hear enough evidence that my son could be charged for conspiracy. The prosecutor did not agree and argued that conspiracy has many elements and Mr.Oldman was there. My sons public defender said Being there does not say he conspired. If being there is conspiracy,why didn't they charge the other female occupant? She was there too. The Circuit court Judge told prosecutor he had a meeting at 3 pm. and if he could come up with something on Mr.Oldman that falls under conspiracy, I will consider this. My son was never told why he was bound over to District court. We still don't know. Curtis was then taken to District court and read his charges and continued to plead not guilty. Trial date was set prior to appearing and entering his plea. He then was taken back to Circuit court for the two arrest warrants from the Sheriffs office. He pled not guilty to a probation revocation,he explained his situation and was found guilty and given a year in county jail for probation revocation.   The other female occupant was mentioned once during my sons preliminary hearing and when the other two defendants appeared in District court. Yet the state prosecution had her subpeoned to testify against my son at his trial. He was found guilty. During sentencing the District judge said,"I have no reason to believe that you didn't take part,you was the oldest in the vehicle and did nothing to stop this. I believe you orchestrated this crime. I am sentencing you to 5-10 years. My son was given an appeal. There was a judge on the Supreme court of appeals that was related to the victim. An alternate judge took the seat. Another judge knew the family of the victim, but sat through the hearing. He was denied his appeal. My son had a trial date and he never appeared in the other court room to hear if the state had enough evidence to charge him with a felony. The Circuit court, during his preliminary hearing, gave the prosecution time to present other evidence that we never seen or heard. Curtis was given an extension by District judge at the request of his paid attorney on his 180 day right to a speedy trial,without my son knowing this. The jurors consist of 1 being the neighbor of arresting officer, 1 that worked at the same place as the victim, 1 that was the neighbor to head investigator, 1 that had been a clerk for over 10 years, that is still employed, in the same court room where Curtis was convicted. Another was a victim in a different and similar crime that my son is charged with. Paid attorney did not speak on behalf of my son, he was once a public defender. He was upset because he wanted $2,000 more and family didn't have it. I seen him speaking to the driver of the vehicle and her older sister,the other occupant that was not charged,I approached him and asked why he was talking to them,they are witnesses against his client. He said that he could speak to whoever he wanted to about my sons case as he recalled I never paid him what was owed. Video of the robbery was unclear,it was a copy. The original was locked in the evidence room about 30 miles from the court room. Trial lasted 4 days,plenty of time to present the original video. Evidence of two pistols,air guns with no prints from Curtis or juvenile defendant. Expert witness stated that, the climate where we are in Wyoming does not allow anyone to produce enough oils in our bodies to leave finger prints on rigid items such as fire arms. He also stated there was still one test that they didn't get the results back yet. The female driver said she never seen Curtis in the vehicle. The older sister that was in the vehicle was asked several questions with the response of no no no no, over and over again. The arresting officer said she was on patrol when she heard the call on the radio. She followed the vehicle that fit the description,she chased it out of her jurisdiction at rapid speeds. She said her video camera was not working that day. No video of the chase or arrest presented as evidence. Arresting officer said she was informed by dispatch that they were contacting other agency. She also said, that agency joined in the chase. My son didn't have any witnesses at his trial. I was there during the arrest,it was on my property. No other agency took part in the chase federal agent showed up after the arrest and after law enforcement already transported. Paid attorney had my son get on stand and testify for himself. No evidence of purse that contained a $2,500 government check inside was ever seen or presented as evidence that was taken from victim. Not even a picture was taken to prove as evidence. This evidence was given back to victim at city hall.victim identified robber in a line up where the male juvenile was sitting in a room behind a one way window/mirror,she looked at him for less than 1 second and positively identified juvenile as the person who approached her. He was the only person in this interview room. My son, Curtis Russell Oldman, has been a diabetic since the age of 9 years. Insulin dependant, a very life threatening illness. I have pictures of his feet and legs taken a few months after his arrest. Doctors at the prison gave him 1 year before complete kidney failure. This was in February 2015. Its been 1 year and 9 months and several surgeries for, I don't know what. He is also being sent bills in his name at the prison for these surgeries. It has been almost 2 years that he has been at complete kidney failure,and hasn't even started dialysis. Without proper medical care, my son will die. I got a call from him last night, November 4,2016. He says " Momma, I need a visit, I'm sick, my back hurts so much. Tell everyone that they need to start getting tested to see who can give me a kidney. I'll talk to you when I see you and don't bring no money for the vending machine,because I'm trying real hard to take care of myself. I love you, Momma." I have 7 children. Curtis is the oldest of 4 boys. As I write this with tears in my eyes,we have always looked up to him for being so strong at a young age,to endure all that he has,to never giving up on life, He is the heart of this family. I have been fighting for his innocence since the day of his arrest November 10,2013. I know that whoever reads my story,to hear me, will help bring my son, Curtis Russell Oldman #29571, home before he dies. He will be going before the parole board in January 2017.  I am pleading for your help. Please respond to my letter at: pamelasixfeathers@gmail.com or Pamela Sixfeathers 757 South Beverly #2 Casper,Wyoming -82601- (307) 240-0080  Thank you for your time. Pamela Sixfeathers,mother of Wyoming inmate, Curtis Russell Oldman #29571

Pamela Sixfeathers
302 supporters
Petitioning Wyoming Office of Tourism, Matt Mead, Liz Cheney, Mike Enzi, John Barrasso, Wyoming State Senate, Wyoming State House, Elaine Harvey, Wayne Johnson, Hans Hunt, Gerald Geis, Bruce Burns, Cynthia Lum...

Wild West Trails

Wild West Trails Did you know that ALL historic trails run through the great state of WYOMING? All except the Louis & Clark trail. Wyoming is unique because it is the only state that had all major western exploration and homesteading routes run through it. Oregon trail, California Trail, Mormon Trail, Pony Express Trail, Cheyenne Deadwood Stage Route, Bozeman Trail & the West Texas Trail. See for yourself. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1GcMNc8Neo7TNXVOR-D0FXg9KMLU&shorturl=1&II=42.20145772659306%2C-104.10427360742187&z=6&ll=42.20145772659306%2C-104.10427360742187 That is the beauty of our state now the problem is. Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah & Colorado have trails all over the place. Non Motorized trail systems for horse back riding, hiking, running, jogging, bicycle touring, adventure cycling & so much more. Bringing tourism into their state from all over the globe. Tourism into small towns streaming revenue and growth from them. Massive gains are made from these trail systems. I am not petitioning to place pathways on top of these historic trails. Simply a trail system next to it. Show them off to the world and to advertise them. Our state needs to tap into this extremely amazing value our state has to offer and show it off to the world. Anyone can look up the amazing benefits these have to offer in other states. Why not ours? Just visit these links. http://www.bikekatytrail.com/ , http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/nebraska/great-bike-trails-nebraska/ , http://bikemickelson.com/ & so many more check out Montana, Utah & Colorado! Wyoming is missing out and amazingly WE HOLD THE MOST VALUE!!! I am petitioning that trail systems be funded throughout our state to create these trail systems for the stated above trails. Managed & maintained by the Forest service/land owners, Our local government needs to get with land owners and open up these historic trails to the world. Land owners could have trail heads of their family name & brands posted. Land owners could provide goods and services along their stretch of the trail. Old gravel oil field roads could be marked as parts of the trails also. If you would like to see this happen please sign our petition. More info can be found and www.energyaddicts.net www.facebook.com/nrgaddicts & trail systems around our country can be found here.  https://www.adventurecycling.org/

Energy Capital Athletics
212 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, New York State House, New York State Senate, Andrew Cuomo, Colorado Governor, Colorado State Senate, Colorado State House, Arizona Governor, Arizona State House, Arizona State Senate,...

Reform America's Uncredentialed Adoption Industry

This petition is going to both a federal and state by state level. This means even though you may see one name, it's actually addressed to each state Senate, House, and the respective governors, along with others.  The adoption industry in the United States is a multibillion dollar industry that is less regulated than the real estate industry. It has has no oversight and is not credentialed. While most of society views adoption only as a good thing, there are many practices within the adoption industry that need immediate revamping. These practices are listed below. We, the petitioners, are calling for immediate change on all of them. This petition is written by an adoptee. Adoptees understand adoption the best because we live it.  1. The adoption industry and state governments allow pregnant children as young as age thirteen to give up a baby for adoption without any trusted adult in their life knowing. We call for an immediate ban on this and that any minor under the age of eighteen who is thinking of giving up their baby  must have their parent(s), legal guardian, or biological relatives who adopted them part of the process. If the minor is abused by the people raising her, with proof, then another adult within her family of a reasonable age must be present at the adoption plan. Children in middle school who need a hall pass to use the bathroom, should never be allowed to walk into an adoption agency, email an adoption agency, or have conversations of any kind with an adoption agency without a trusted adult knowing.   2. The adoption industry and state governments allow for pre-birth consent. This makes a baby property of the state before birth and does not give the mother time to truly find help. It also mimicks slavery in making a person, although pre born, property. We demand that pre-birth consent is abolished in every state and all US territories. No girl or woman would therefore be able to sign adoption papers when pregnant. Pregnancy brings on many emotions and hormones and a woman or teenage girl is not in the position to make drastic life altering changes for herself and her child. She needs to first see and hold her child. She also needs to be given the chance to see if her own family will take legal guardianship or adopt the child, such as an aunt and uncle or grandmother, if she herself still isn't willing or able to parent. Often times, family steps into help once they themselves hold and see the baby.  3. The adoption industry tricks girls and women by claiming there is such a thing as open adoption. The truth is open adoption is currently not legally enforceable. Even if it were under current law it still gives no rights to the biological parents which means currently biological parents can't do anything when an open adoption closes; nationally over 75% do within five years. Make open adoption legally enforceable in all fifty states and US territories. Furthermore, making open adoption legally enforceable must include giving the biological mother and biological father legally enforced say in how often they can contact their adopted out child be it through emails, photos, letters, and visitations provided neither of them has been convicted of a violent crime or is currently under the influence of drugs. Open adoption always benefits the child. It is not always about visitations between the biological parent and the child. If, for example, the biological mother (or biological father) is addicted to drugs the child still benefits from seeing his or her biological siblings, cousins, grandparents, etc.  4. Currently Utah allows women and girls to give up their babies for adoption behind the backs of the babies' law abiding fathers including men and teenage boys who have signed the original birth certificate. This must stop. Girls and women are even flown to Utah. We demand that this practice cease in Utah. It is outright discrimination of men and boys who are law abiding and want to be a father. It is also detrimental to the child as a child must belong with biological family unless abuse or neglect is present. We demand in Utah this practice become illegal because nobody should be making a profit off of adoption (ie agencies) when a baby's father wants to raise, nurture, and support his own child including teenage fathers. 5. Currently adoptive parents are allowed in the delivery room, hospital waiting room, birthing center, etc. This is a manipulative tactic done by the adoption industry to make the vulnerable, scared, and desperate pregnant girl/woman feel guilty if she changes her mind. It also discourages immediate bonding between natural mother and newborn because the potential adoptive couple is there often holding the baby first, discouraging breastfeeding, saying "our son" "our daughter" and other tactics. We demand that adoptive parents not be allowed into the delivery room or hospital. This will give mothers the chance to bond with their babies and be given the time to decide if they want to back out. We also ask that each state extend their time frame of how long a mother has to change her mind. 6. First mothers are the biggest demographic for PTSD, more than combat veterans, but the least likely to get proper counseling. Nearly all have PTSD and/or depression.  They also have the highest rate of secondary infertility. Post adoption they are three times more likely to becom drug addicts than women who did not lose a baby to adoption. Many are victims of manipulative counseling from adoption agencies with comments such as "you were only the vessel" and "you'll forget about it once you get married and have children" and "it'll get easier with time". Most biological mothers do not receive counseling. Biological mothers are more prone to PTSD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and drug addiction after losing their baby to adoption. We demand that first mothers are made aware through their state governments about the support group Concerned United Birthparents that focuses on the lies, deceit, force, and manipulation that first mothers have endured.  When found a biological mother is often unaware that her anxiety attacks, cold sweats, stomach problems, migraines, nightmares and more are not caused by her adopted out child finding her but by the fact the trauma had been repressed for so long she needs true support and professional therapy with a counsellor who is researched in trauma. The feelings are normal and will subside as the reunion carries on. 7. Currently in fourteen states a convicted rapist can sue for partial custody and visitation rights of his rape conceived children including if the victim was a minor. The abortion industry and adoption industry have said and done nothing to end this barbaric practice. We demand that in no state and no US territory can a rapist sue for custody or visitation rights and must remain away from both mother and child(ren). This will allow women and girls to parent their rape conceived children, as many actually do wish to, instead of looking into abortion or adoption because of the terror of having the rapist in their lives. 75% of women who conceive through the barbaric act of rape keep their babies. For the other 25% we, the petitioners, ask to first look at extended family to take the child in and if they can't (or it's not safe) then only out of family legal guardianship or legally enforced open adoption. Society must understand the child is not to blame for the crime nor is the child a reminder of the crime. This has been explained to me by a mother who conceived her son through rape. 8. Currently when a baby, child, or even teenager is adopted he or she is given an amended birth certificate showing the adoptive parents as having given birth to him or her. This is utterly ridiculous especially in the case of teenagers. We demand the abolishment of amended birth certificates and that any infant, child, or teenager who is adopted keep his or her original birth certificate and the adoptive parents be given a certificate of adoption. Another option is to grant legal guardianship but not adoption of the minor. 9. The adoption industry is less regulated than the real estate industry. It is time to put more regulations on the adoption industry. 10. Closed adoption is still ongoing and it must be deemed abusive. We demand to ban closed adoptions. Closed adoptions are inhumane and against the 14th amendment. Closed adoptees are denied their heritage, original birth certificate, connection to their biological family, biological health history including in life or death situations, and sometimes even genetic testing when pregnant or ill. We demand that the practice of closed adoption cease to exist entirely. Closed adoptions are a federal crime because of the 14th amendment which states "there shall be no privileged group of people amongst a group of people" since some closed adoptees in nine states (Kansas, Oregon, Alabama, Maine, and others) can get their original birth certificate but not closed adoptees in the majority of states, and some even within that state, this practice goes against the 14th amendment. Original birth certificates are not sealed for the privacy of the biological parents as an original birth certificate is not sealed until the adoption is finalized. If a baby is given up for adoption but ends up growing up in foster care he or she keeps his or her original birth certificate making privacy null and void. Original birth certificates were sealed because of the psychopath and child kidnapper, Georgia Tann and the trafficking of babies into the United States from Canada and Ireland. Closed adoptees do not receive their biological medical information not because of doctor patient confidentiality (POA) but solely because they are adopted. Even when a first parent wants to share information often they are not able to because adoption agencies do not have to pass along medical information if they don't want to. Closed adoptees are four times more likely to be suicidal and nearly all suffer from a mental health disorder. 11. Adoption agencies do not have to pass along biological medical information. In the case of biological mother Lorraine Dusky, of New York State, she passed along biological medical information to her daughter's adoptive parents. The agency refused to pass along the health information. The girl developed epilepsy and the child's adoptive parents and pediatrician sent along the fact she had epilepsy to the adoption agency who did not bother to tell Lorraine Dusky. When Lorraine Dusky contacted the agency, feeling something was wrong with her daughter, they responded coldly to her and said nothing about the epilepsy. We must make it a law in every state and US territory that an adoption agency is demanded, by law, to pass along any shared medical information. We also demand a ban on closed adoptions so the biological family, adult adoptee, and adoptive parents (if child is a minor) can talk to each other directly about any medical concerns that arise. 12. In states granting equality for adoptees through original birth certificates has been sometimes denied due to one person. We demand that it cannot be one person who makes the decision to deny equality to tens of thousands of people. However, we do demand the President of the United States be able to create executive orders to better the lives of adoptees as birth certificates are a federal concern.  13. Currently adoption agencies advertize their business in magazines geared to teenagers, online where teenagers and young women are known to flock, and in schools. We demand this advertizing, online and offline, is immediately put to a stop.  14. The adoption industry in the United States in past decades was involved in institutionalizing teenage girls and women who were unmarried. There they were abused, handcuffed when given birth, forced to give up their babies for adoption, and not allowed to hold their baby. The babies' fathers often wanted to marry the girl or young woman and were turned away. We demand a formal apology with compensation and immediate knowledge of  the whereabouts of adopted out babies born to any woman who had been in a home for unwed mothers. 15. The adoption industry currently sells itself to infertile couples as the solution to their infertility problems. We ask that the truth be told to infertile couples looking into adoption that the pain of infertility will not be eradicated by adopting a baby and that this baby will grow up to be someone who is entirely different than you because of his or her biology. It's time to allow infertile couples in physical and emotional pain to be given the true grieving and counseling they deserve. 16. Currently an adoption of an infant can cost as much as $40,000 USD. When looking at prices of adoption from the early 1980s even when inflation between 1980 and 2016 is calculated it still does not give reasonable answers as to why the process of adoption has become extremely expensive. We demand a thorough, non-bias investigation into the adoption industry with the investigators not having any ties to adoption (no adopted children, no immediate family members who adopted, not having worked for an adoption industry, not being married to a spouse who is an adoption attorney, etc) to calculate why and how the adoption industry has become a multibillion dollar industry  profiting $12 billion in one year, and to find what should be the more accurate price to adopt whilst changing amended birth certificates to certificates of adoption or legal guardianship. We also demand that money is taken out of the adoption industry. People's salaries must not be tied into how many babies can be given up for adoption. It is time to dismantle the multibillions and make this a completely voluntary based practice, along with pro bono for adoption lawyers. This must become about helping babies and children who truly need to be removed from their house. Australia did so and infant adoptions dropped by 95%.   17. Currently international adoption has rose in popularity with some very seedy countries. In fact, according to UNICEF (June 2015) only 13 million of the 100+ million orphans in the world have lost both parents. In many cases the living parent still want to raise his or her child yet these children are being adopted abroad. Children who truly lost both parents, or have one living parent who is completely unable to care for them often have extended family. About 77 million women in China have been forced into abortion and adoption. In African countries, mothers are lied to by international adoption agencies and told their adopted out child will come back to Africa when they are adults with education and money to help their poor village. In some countries poor women are bribed with money to give up their babies for adoption. We demand the United Nations look into these practices before allowing any further international adoption within the United States. Often the adoptive parents are completely unaware of these practices.   18. Currently approximately 25,000 adopted children in the United States, most of them born in Asia or Africa, are resold from one adoptive family to another like a dog. What this means is that the adoptive parents, for one reason or another, become tired of raising their adopted child and give him or her away to another adoptive couple. Some of the reasons I have read online were "we realized we weren't cut out to be parents" and "he took up too much time and we want to focus on our careers". A thorough investigation needs to be done on why 25,000 children are being rehomed, how these adoptive parents are even passing inspection to become parents when some of them give up these children after only eight weeks, and the change in society to stop looking at adopting kids as equivalent to adopting a dog. Rehoming is  rife with human trafficking and these children have been prime targets for pedophiles. There are secret groups on the internet where adoptive parents sell their adopted child to another couple without the presence of a lawyer. For rehoming (secondary adoptions) when an attorney is present these too need to be abolished because the adoption agency makes a profit through taxes every time a child is rehomed. Adoption is meant to be permanent, it is not meant to be profitizing foster system.  19. Adoption industries currently use language such as "birthmother" before the woman has even decided whether or not she wants to parent or "making an adoption plan" instead of saying what adoption really is; giving away your baby to another person. We demand that adoption industries stop using subtle, brainwashing language and stop referring to pregnant women as "birthmothers" and the mother's baby as "the baby" and "adoption plan" instead of the truth that others will be raising her baby. 20. Many Koreans adopted into the United States in the 1950s and 1960s were never granted citizenship, something beyond their control.  Today many Korean born adoptees in the United States have no citizenship and are denied higher education, a job, and the right to marry with some even being deported. The United States has had over fifty years to rectify this racist situation. We demand that Korean born adoptees, and any other foreign born adoptee, be given American citizenship if he or she has not already been granted it. 21. The time frame for when a pregnant woman or mother of a newborn can back out of adoption and raise her baby varies from state to state. The time frame is simply not long enough. Three days, five days, the moment she walks out of the hospital. It's nowhere near enough time. Often adoption agencies and private adopting couples do not tell the pregnant woman or mother of the newborn looking into giving away her baby exactly how long the time is. In other cases, a mother does change her mind and wants to raise her baby but her emails, phone calls, mail, etc go unchecked. We are demanding that in every US state and every US territory a mother has up to eight weeks to change her mind and is made aware very clearly in multiple formats (face to face, phone calls, and emails) from the very beginning after the birth of her baby she has eight weeks to change her mind about adoption. Well regulated time and open communication about time is needed. Manipulative phrases may not be used on any mother or father who backs out with common phrases such as "This couple is depending on you" and "You'll break this couple's heart" and "But you said yourself you're not ready". Manipulative phrases caught through audio recording, email, letter, or text will be prosecuted. 22. Adoption agencies have been caught saying the adoption attorney paid for by the potential adoptive parents or the adoption agency is representing the pregnant mother. A lawyer cannot be paid by someone and have the best interests of another. This deceit tactic must stop. We demand it become a law that in each state and US territory a pregnant girl or pregnant woman, or mother of a newborn, who has found herself inside an adoption agency or talking to an adoption agency online must be told in order to have her best interests in mind she must pay for her own lawyer.  23. We demand it become a law that any pregnant teenager, pregnant woman, or mother of a newborn who has any communication with an adoption agency and is 100% convinced she cannot raise her baby on her own (after she has been told of help from places like Saving Our Sisters on Facebook and homeless shelters) that it is made law that extended biological family of the maternal and paternal sides of the baby, as long as they have not committed any crimes that would endanger the child, are interviewed before any out of family potential adoptive couples to try and maintain the child's roots.  24. We demand a full investigation of religious groups that have participated in forced adoptions and to bring to justice any religious person still alive. 25. We demand a full investigation into any person not affliated with a religious group that was involved in forced adoptions and to bring to justice any person still alive. This includes subtle force such as  lying and omitting important information.     

Megan Mary
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