Adoptive father wants case sealed

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

A single, 60-year-old New Jersey man who adopted twin girls from Indiana is seeking a court order to seal a case challenging the adoptions.
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Bobbie Money

Marysville, OH

#1 Apr 3, 2007
With so much child molestation going on, I would think that a 2 parent family would have better served those children. Sometimes I think that children's welfare is just overlooked.
John Smith

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Apr 3, 2007
When I brought my 1st child home, I did not know how to 'handle' her, either.- As a first time parent, there usually is a time of learning. Let the man be. How many people are willing to criticize others without being qualified? From what it looks like he's doing a great job now.- If we want to stop abortions, then we need more people willing to adopt, not just to criticize!
Patti

AOL

#3 Apr 3, 2007
He may be a good person, but he is too old to adequately care for the needs of two children. They will probably be parentless by the time they are ten. This adoption is ludicrous.

“standing on my lil soap box”

Since: Mar 07

United States

#4 Apr 3, 2007
This man seem to be of the age of maturity. Id rather see him adopted twins at sixty than read about another helpless infant abandonded and left to die in a trash can.
so there

Winfield, IL

#5 Apr 3, 2007
I hated being adopted by old parents
Poogiesue

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Apr 3, 2007
How in this world did this happen to begin with??? What are the guide lines to adopting children in the State of Indiana? The chances that a 60 year old Man or Woman living long enough to raise babies are 0 to none, so what happens to the children then? Does anybody care?? What happened, did this guy have big money to pay his way to become a father? I'm talking about Money under the table? There is definately something wrong in Denmark. Think about it people!!
Indy Brat

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Apr 3, 2007
I believe that the reason the nursing staff was unsure whether or not he was capable of taking care of newborn children was because he brought a bird to the hospital in his shirt pocket.
indyjag84

Jeffersonville, IN

#8 Apr 3, 2007
I understand all of the arguments for people saying he's too old to adopt the children, but what started this story in the first place? This isn't the first time someone that age has adopted children? It must be a slow news day.

At least the children are being taken care of.
Labguy

Carmel, IN

#9 Apr 3, 2007
I adopted an old parent once, he said he had references... Turned out just to be a widower with a penchant for Werthers caramels, and precious few housekeeping skills.
Questionable hygiene too.
JoAnn

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Apr 3, 2007
Patti wrote:
He may be a good person, but he is too old to adequately care for the needs of two children. They will probably be parentless by the time they are ten. This adoption is ludicrous.
I agree 100% Patti! I think the needs of these children could have been better met in a home with a younger father AND mother. What will happen to them if this old man dies in the next 16 years - and chances are good he will. And what would make a 60-year old WANT to begin caring for a newborn, much less TWO? Clearly the Indiana adoption guidelines and qualification requirements need to be reviewed and updated!
msnovember

United States

#12 Apr 3, 2007
The person who said "if we want to stop abortions, then we need more people willing to adopt" is misinformed. There are many many couples wanting to adopt healthy infants. Something else that confuses me is that the story mentions surrogates. Did he arrange for these children to be born so he could adopt them, or what?
Brizzi

Sheridan, IN

#13 Apr 3, 2007
Creepy
Grim

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Apr 3, 2007
Bobbie Money wrote:
With so much child molestation going on, I would think that a 2 parent family would have better served those children. Sometimes I think that children's welfare is just overlooked.
What does a two parent home have to do with molestation?
IU Alum

South Bend, IN

#15 Apr 3, 2007
It sounds like this was a private adoption. As such, Indiana DCS has limited powers to moderate the adoption.

As someone going through the adoption process currently, I can attest to the diligence that my wife and I have been investigated and profiled. We had 8 separate criminal background checks done.

The questioning shouldn't be about DCS or Indiana law, it should be investigating the company and this (I assume) private adoption.

It sounds to me more like a "kids for cash" type of thing...
Frank

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Apr 3, 2007
This was a private surrogacy adoption. What the Star leaves out is that DCS stands to gain financially if they can take the children away and adopt them out.
Concerned

Chicago, IL

#17 Apr 3, 2007
A link to another story from the Star that explains why hospital and child welfare personnel were concerned.

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article...
For Crying out loud

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Apr 3, 2007
John Smith wrote:
When I brought my 1st child home, I did not know how to 'handle' her, either.- As a first time parent, there usually is a time of learning. Let the man be. How many people are willing to criticize others without being qualified? From what it looks like he's doing a great job now.- If we want to stop abortions, then we need more people willing to adopt, not just to criticize!
He came into a hospital at 58 years old adopting twin girls who were in the neonatal intensive care unit. He paid this woman to have these babies and they are not even his. He had a bird on his shoulder for crying out loud.. in a hospital.. in a NICU.. I am sorry but that is just fishy..
Bravo

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Apr 3, 2007
And Bravo to the Nurses in the NICU at Methodist, who called the appropriate authorities... guess that isn't sensational enough.. Only when they make mistakes does it get plastered everywhere.
P Trusty

Avon, IN

#20 Apr 3, 2007
Maybe I watch too much TV - but, why would a 60 year old man (or woman for that matter?) want to adopt infants? That is not a suitable age to allow adoption for small children. Too many health issues - who takes care of the kids if/when something happens? Also, I'd question the intent of a single older man adopting helpless little girls! Maybe I'm a cynic, but did anyone think of the babies welfare? Will he be monitored in any way to make sure his intentions are honorable? I thought adoption rules were more strict than that!
Duh

Cincinnati, OH

#21 Apr 3, 2007
so there wrote:
I hated being adopted by old parents
Too bad your parents' age mattered so much to you. Did they love you? Did they parent you? Did they provide for you? Does all that matter less than some gray hair and a few wrinkles?

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