Boy finally reunited with dad in Brazil

Boy finally reunited with dad in Brazil

There are 42 comments on the Boston Globe story from Dec 24, 2009, titled Boy finally reunited with dad in Brazil. In it, Boston Globe reports that:

A New Jersey man and his 9-year-old son were reunited Thursday in Brazil after a 5-year international custody battle, and immediately headed home to spend the holidays in the United States.

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just dont get it

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Dec 24, 2009
i am so sick and tired of hearing how much that hag of a grandmother loves this kid. if she really loved him, she would have done the right thing for him 5 years ago and that was to deliver him back to his father. but, no, she kept him for her own selfish reasons....he was her only link to her departed daughter so they kept him. he should have been returned immediately to his biological father when the mother died.

it's just too bad that sean had to come back to his father now and leave his little sister at Christmas time. the poor little guy barely speaks english, he's not been made aware of our customs.

his grandmother and stepfather have probably traumatized him more than anyone else during this whole ordeal. if she really loved him as much as she says, then she would have done what was best for her grandson....that is, send him home with the father and visit whenever possible. both her family and the Brazilian government have kept this child away from his father all this time.
Phosay

United States

#2 Dec 24, 2009
The boy is caught in a situation where he's the object of all his relatives. His mother is dead and gone, his father is like a stranger to him...the boy has to adjust. His father must love him very much, but the boy also has ties to his other relatives. The father should try to mend fences for the sake of his son...
just dont get it

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Dec 24, 2009
Phosay wrote:
The boy is caught in a situation where he's the object of all his relatives. His mother is dead and gone, his father is like a stranger to him...the boy has to adjust. His father must love him very much, but the boy also has ties to his other relatives. The father should try to mend fences for the sake of his son...
totally agree!
Bobby Logston

Spartanburg, SC

#4 Dec 24, 2009
just dont get it wrote:
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totally agree!
As a father of a 4-yr-old boy, this story was gut-wrenching. It shouldn't have taken 5 years. I applaud the father's persistence!

The mother's death turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Otherwise, Mr. Goldman would have never seen his kid.

It's good to see the Brazilian justice system do the right thing for the father. The late mother's actions certainly did not serve the best interest of the boy. Man, I get angry just imagining if my wife would do something like that to MY SON.

I hope the boy will someday reflect on this and realize how sickening it was to have his stepfather and her relatives parade him around the media right before turning him over to his father.

I'm a tough man's man, macho type of guy, but I shed a few tears when I was watching footage of the father with his boy just when they were about to board the plane back to the U.S.
GrandMas A Control Freak

Aledo, IL

#5 Dec 24, 2009
It's obvious this women (Grandmother) was all about herself and having her way no matter what the consequences were for anyone else. I'm even sure she was the one that orchestrated the Divorce because she was at the New Jersey home of Goldman just before the trip back to Brazil by her daughter and the eventual Divorce. Even to the End she has been a milipative shrew stageing a traumatic reunion of the boy with his Father. A Bitch is a Bitch the world around!
montereyliving

Monterey, CA

#6 Dec 24, 2009
Wow, glad the boy is HOME. If the abductors really paraded this boy through the media, it is easy to say "they have not put this child's best interest at heart". I imagine the step father is one sleazy attorney and the grandmother knows nothing more than self-love.
Christian

Goi‚nia, Brazil

#7 Dec 24, 2009
As a brazilian citizen,I'm happy with the end of the story. The real father was very sad and he had a hard fight.
Bobby Logston

Spartanburg, SC

#8 Dec 24, 2009
Christian wrote:
As a brazilian citizen,I'm happy with the end of the story. The real father was very sad and he had a hard fight.
Concordo com voce.(Eu sou americano, mas more no Brasil for 1 ano).

Estou feliz que os brasileiros concordo que era justo que o menino esteja com seu pae. O padrastro fez muito mal com o menino.
Luciano - Natal - Brazil

Brazil

#9 Dec 24, 2009
The justice was made!
Happy christmas Sean and family!
Marcelo

United States

#10 Dec 24, 2009
As a Brazilian, I commend the biological father's actions and willingness to fight for his son. It is, however, unfortunate that the Brazilian judicial system failed to rectify this issue much sooner via the Hague Convention. In Brailian courts, one can file as many appeals as possible. Thus, the Chief Justice should have intervened earlier to override lower courts.

Since: Nov 08

Cologne- Germany

#11 Dec 24, 2009
I feel sorry for this young boy and I have high respect for the father of this son.

It is a family drama.-a story that makes me shed my tears..

To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.
Irving Wallace
Question

Pilot Grove, MO

#13 Dec 24, 2009
Ramafuchs wrote:
I feel sorry for this young boy and I have high respect for the father of this son.
It is a family drama.-a story that makes me shed my tears..
To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.
Irving Wallace
I have made comments and discussion with you in the past. Q.
Dan USA

Waukesha, WI

#14 Dec 24, 2009
Though the courts ruled with true Justice, the boy is certainly in trauma. And I am not wise enough to say more.
just dont get it

Philadelphia, PA

#17 Dec 28, 2009
Bobby Logston wrote:
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I'm a tough man's man, macho type of guy, but I shed a few tears when I was watching footage of the father with his boy just when they were about to board the plane back to the U.S.
that's because you're a man who knows what it is to be a dad. any man can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a dad.
Bobby Logston

Miami, FL

#18 Dec 28, 2009
just dont get it wrote:
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that's because you're a man who knows what it is to be a dad. any man can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a dad.
Thank you. I cherish being a dad to my son.

I was reading your post about that boy's grandmother. She'd totally disgusting. Did you know that she was given the opportunity to meet with her grandson and Mr. Goldman in private at the U.S. Consulate for a final, civil conversation?

She turned it down, choosing instead to act like a drama queen for the media!

I believe the boy will be fine once the smoke clears ... and he'll be able to reflect and appreciate his father's plight & detect the intentions of his step-father, mother and drama-queen grandmother.
queens queen

Philadelphia, PA

#19 Dec 28, 2009
Bobby Logston wrote:
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Thank you. I cherish being a dad to my son.
I was reading your post about that boy's grandmother. She'd totally disgusting. Did you know that she was given the opportunity to meet with her grandson and Mr. Goldman in private at the U.S. Consulate for a final, civil conversation?
She turned it down, choosing instead to act like a drama queen for the media!
I believe the boy will be fine once the smoke clears ... and he'll be able to reflect and appreciate his father's plight & detect the intentions of his step-father, mother and drama-queen grandmother.
total show-boaters, they made me physically ill....parading that poor boy around their town and exploiting him to prove their point. if anyone traumatized that poor kid it was his mother, stepfather and grandmother. but, i guess if you have enough money you can buy any judge or judicial outcome you desire. they should all be held responsible for what they did to this boy. I just hope that he doesn't have any lasting resentment toward his natural father. it could work either way. the poor father was damned if he did and damned if he didn't.

had he not faught for his son and decided to leave him with the only family he knew, think that it would be in his best interest, the boy may have been angry that he didn't fight for him. now that he has him, the boy could be angry that he had to leave the only family he ever remembered.

they have a long road ahead of them. i hope they can get through this with minimal strife.
queens queen

Philadelphia, PA

#20 Dec 28, 2009
Phosay wrote:
The boy is caught in a situation where he's the object of all his relatives. His mother is dead and gone, his father is like a stranger to him...the boy has to adjust. His father must love him very much, but the boy also has ties to his other relatives. The father should try to mend fences for the sake of his son...
you know, i felt that way, too, until i saw the coverage of him being paraded through the streets of his town for drama's sake and i now have changed my mind about him being anywhere near the grandmother and stepfather. i can only imagine how they must have brainwashed him against his father in the beginning. i mean, you can't tell me that he didn't ask to be with his father when the mother died. i don't know of any 3 year-old who doesn't see a parent and doesn't keep asking where he is or doesn't miss him.

Since: Sep 09

Hollywood, FL

#21 Dec 28, 2009
hell would freeze over before that manipulative grandmother and self fish step father ever saw that child again if it were up to me.
Bobby Logston

Miami, FL

#22 Dec 28, 2009
queens queen wrote:
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total show-boaters, they made me physically ill....parading that poor boy around their town and exploiting him to prove their point. if anyone traumatized that poor kid it was his mother, stepfather and grandmother. but, i guess if you have enough money you can buy any judge or judicial outcome you desire. they should all be held responsible for what they did to this boy. I just hope that he doesn't have any lasting resentment toward his natural father. it could work either way. the poor father was damned if he did and damned if he didn't.
had he not faught for his son and decided to leave him with the only family he knew, think that it would be in his best interest, the boy may have been angry that he didn't fight for him. now that he has him, the boy could be angry that he had to leave the only family he ever remembered.
they have a long road ahead of them. i hope they can get through this with minimal strife.
Thanks for agreeing. Let's see how this plays out.

My gut feeling (which means nothing!) tells me that the boy will reflect on this before adulthood, and breathe a sigh of relief for what his father did to him.

All the father has to do is raise him, teaching him right/wrong and stay involved in his life with the same zeal he had fighting for him on the courts.

Who knows, because of his Brazilian blood, he may even be a decent youth soccer player and find his niche there.

Just being optimistic!
just dont get it

Philadelphia, PA

#23 Dec 29, 2009
Bobby Logston wrote:
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because of his Brazilian blood, he may even be a decent youth soccer player and find his niche there.
hee hee

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