Migrant Children Are Being Given To An Adoption Agency Linked To Betsy DeVos

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Migrant children have gone to Bethany Christian Services, an adoption organization with deep ties to the DeVos family.

The Trump administration argued in court earlier this week that reuniting migrant children separated from their parents at the border would require too much effort and “would present grave child welfare concerns”, as the children would be traumatized by leaving their current sponsors’ homes.

Though concerns for the psychological well-being of the children are specious at best, considering the original trauma was inflicted by the administration, the situation has a second nefarious element: many of these children are being sent to a Christian adoption agency with ties to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Via Progressive Secular Humanist:

As for the fate of the thousands of children the Trump administration does not want to reunite with their parents, Progressive Secular Humanist previously reported that many of the migrant children ruthlessly separated from their family by the Trump administration are being shipped to Bethany Christian Services, a Christian adoption agency with ties to the family of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Rewire News reported last year that the agency was handling migrant children who suffered separation from their families under President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.

Migrant children in Michigan who have been separated from their parents by the Trump administration are attending “a special school” run by Bethany Christian Services, an anti-choice organization with a record of coercive adoption practices that has yet to receive instructions about how to reunify these children with their detained parents.

Progressive Secular Humanist notes that DeVos’ ties to the organization were confirmed by Snopes, which found several members of the DeVos family have provided financial support to Bethany Christian Services.

The links between the extended DeVos family and Bethany are undeniable. Tax filings archived by ProPublica show that between 2001 and 2015, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation (the philanthropic organization run by DeVos and her husband) gave $343,000 in grants to Bethany Christian Services.

Between 2012 and 2015, Bethany received $750,000 in grants from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, which is run by the Education Secretary’s father-in-law, the billionaire founder of Amway Richard DeVos, and his wife Helen.

Furthermore, Brian DeVos — a cousin of Betsy DeVos’s husband Dick — was the Senior Vice President for Child and Family Services at Bethany as recently as 2015, and Maria DeVos — who is married to Dick DeVos’s brother Doug — has served on the board of Bethany.

Kathryn Joyce noted last year in a piece for The Intercept that news of migrant children heading to Bethany Christian Services caused alarm that the children could end up as "social orphans."

To adoption reform advocates, who monitor unethical and abusive practices in child welfare, it looked like any number of adoption crises in the past, like the airlifts out of Haiti in the wake of its cataclysmic 2010 earthquake. Then, masses of unaccompanied children were suddenly labeled orphans and became the focus of a deafening campaign in the U.S. to rescue them through inter-country adoption, even as Haitian adults were being warned not to try to come themselves.

Fears of a new adoption rush in today’s border crisis weren’t groundless. There was reason to be concerned. The former head of U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement under President Barack Obama warned that some of the children who’d recently been separated would remain separated “permanently” and potentially be adopted. Reports surfaced of mothers who were told that their children would be adopted as an incentive to “behave.” On Tuesday night, the Daily Beast reported that the threat of adoption has become weaponized, as a Guatemalan mother detained by Customs and Border Protection earlier this month was allegedly presented with the ultimatum that if she didn’t abandon her asylum appeal, she would be jailed for a year and her daughter put up for adoption.

Bethany’s director of refugee and foster care programs, Dona Abbott, said last year that it was too early “to say whether these children will be available for adoption at all.”

But Progressive Secular Humanist noted that Joyce and others worry that Bethany, which allegedly uses coercive and misleading practices with birth parents in its domestic adoption program, would view the migrant children as a new supply source.

In fact, there is already in place a huge and thriving business in the trafficking of children via Christian adoption agencies like the DeVos connected Bethany. In her 2013 book, The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption, Kathryn Joyce documents this alarming trend of conservative Christians adopting children removed from their natural parents via nefarious means to feed the business of Christian adoption and serve the agenda of Christian theocracy.

Bottom line: The Trump administration says it can’t reunite missing migrant children with their families; instead, many of the children are being funneled through Christian adoption trafficking mills like the DeVos connected Bethany Christian Services.

Comments (105)
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MarthaLanelle
MarthaLanelle

How is this trafficking

randybuist
randybuist

This is a hack of a hit piece towards an organization doing good. I have been in contact with Bethany leadership since the beginning of this administration, and the suggestions in this piece are through the roof false.

Strose
Strose

Fact: Bethany has received children taken from their families at the border. Fact: Bethany has adopted out these children.

Bullsfan2006
Bullsfan2006

Can we have just one example of a child who was taken from their parent(s) at the border, placed into a foster home, and then forcibly adopted out by an outside agency like Bethany Christian Services?

Just one example? I can wait.

Caerl
Caerl

If you do some legal research, there are cases where parents had to fight to regain custody of their child after the AG filed to terminate their parental rights. The argument was endangerment or some similar for fleeing in dangerous conditions with child, even though the child must be present when the parent has an immigration hearing. Upon termination, the child becomes a legal orphan. This would have allowed the foster family to adopt. The foster families wanted to adopt. This process violates so many laws and procedures that it is sickening, but it is happening. Name one case? No one will violate confidentiality for you but we know it is happening. Court records somewhere, an investigation, or loose lips or a leaker will eventually confirm it.

Caerl
Caerl

The United Nations defines human trafficking as "the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation." The operant term is "including", not "limited to". Children who are available for adoption must be legal orphans. That is per law both domestically and internationally, at least in Hague Convention countries. That also includes no living or known extended family. These children are not legal orphans. Losing the location of their parents is not parental abandonment, it is kidnapping. It is not an argument for termination of parental rights and the govt must still prove it tried to find living relatives before determining abandonment. In this case, we know the children are not legal orphans. Foster families do not get to keep these children. They should be concerned that having received trafficked persons and then trying to adopt said persons might land them in prison. It falls under the definition of trafficking as quoted here.

KerryActivism
KerryActivism

I'm sorry, but this article is filled with ridiculous lies and specious fiction.

  1. Just because someone who is a well-known Christian donates to a Christian organization that's located in her home area, that doesn't mean that she herself is rigging things behind the scenes to redirect the placement of migrant children.
  2. By now, EVERYBODY WHO READS TRUE INFORMATION available on the internet KNOWS that the majority of children under the age of 14 being brought across the border illegally are children who are being trafficked by adults who are not related. What happens to those kids if they don't know their own parents' full names, or the address of their family?
  3. By now, EVERYBODY WHO READS TRUE INFORMATION available on the internet KNOWS that the American Fostercare system SEX-TRAFFICKS more kids than any other avenue. So are we supposed to feel badly that these children DIDN'T end up in regular fostercare? I wouldn't wish that on the children of my worst enemy.
davelinc8
davelinc8

Here is the report from Snopes quoting BCS "According to the organization, as of 23 June 2018 it had provided foster services to 81 children separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Dona Abbott, Bethany’s head of refugee services, told West Michigan Fox affiliate WXMI that the organization was opposed to the policy, but had contracted with the federal government to provide foster services for the children.

…These children will be separated. That’s a decision that’s been made — it’s been announced, the zero tolerance policy — and we believe children should be in family.

Speaking to Grand Rapids, Michigan ABC affiliate WZZM, Abbott expressed doubt about the prospect of reuniting all 81 children with their families, citing the chaos caused by the zero tolerance policy.

Prior to this, we had a fairly organized, kind of systemic way of [ensuring] children got back to family. Now, we’re just not certain. You have parents deported separate from their children, and being deported to unsafe situations. So it would be easy for a parent to get lost in that situation.

yesterdayisgone
yesterdayisgone

DeVoss and Trump created these Crimes Against Humanity to deliberately place these children in her privately owned orphanage to milk the government by collecting support $ for these children they conspired to make orphans. Then they will split the proceeds of there diabolical scheme.

BetsyHack
BetsyHack

Hey psycho Betsy DeVos, is that you??

Inflagrante
Inflagrante

So, just to be clear, kidnapping and human trafficking are frowned upon, unless it's the Trump administration doing the kidnapping and Betsy gets to sell the kids to her friends. Got it.

wrtoth
wrtoth

Too difficult to find children's families? Wasn't all that tough separating them, was it?

E XX o N
E XX o N

You can agree or disagree, but the facts won't change. Betsy Devos has used her position to try and disenfranchise every minority group in the school system. No doubt she's funneling money into her families bank accounts. And, Trump... he's given her free rein to do as she pleases with little or no oversight. However, in 2020 when we have a Democratic administration in the White House we will reverse every thing she has tried to accomplish. Count on it.

Seriously pop
Seriously pop

So the parents are blameless for putting their children in the situation in the first place? Ok, that's Trump's fault right? He made them come here right? Made them put their kids in that situation right? For the love of God people let's put responsibility where it belongs. Don't want to lose your kids? Don't put them in a situation that could make that a possibility.

GrandmaWarrior
GrandmaWarrior

The Family First Act surprised everyone by passing. The 9 billion yearly title 4 e piggy bank STOPPED funding group home prostitution training. The federal money has stopped with the passing of the Family First Act. Think about that for a minute. Now, if you make a living off IVe funds..... what better way to generate funds? Supply and demand. The inventory IS children!!!

steve19421945
steve19421945

The Jews needed to stop having children near Nazi Germany or any land taken by Germany. That was not Hitler's fault. So now a rich lady can sell those kids to her Nazi friends who can support them responsibly. Nazis Republican tactics nothing new.

yesterdayisgone
yesterdayisgone

blatant crimes against humanity this is all happening under the Trump Republican Administration our country is really suffering God have mercy

yesterdayisgone
yesterdayisgone

This action to separate children from parents seeking asylum was pre conceived by DeVoss and trump. DeVoss will now collect millions of taxpayer dollars for her orphanage to care for these Orpans which due to their Crimes Against Humanity now they haverenewed child trafficking business. Profiting off of parent's sorrows, DeVoss, you and Trump are Shameless. There is a God.

Angry Soccer Mom
Angry Soccer Mom

This is a crime against humanity. Imagine, leaving your country for safety reasons that the US had some part in creating, walking thousands of miles, only to have your child ripped from your arms at the border, and sold off to an adoption mill where the secretary of education helps run, where you are given to a "Christian" family. God help us all this nation is depraved. How would you like your child taken and sold into the for profitable child buying market?

steve19421945
steve19421945

I wonder how many of these immigrant children stolen from their parents are used by Republicans to sell and buy their body parts for rich people.

steve19421945
steve19421945

How many immigrant children kidnapped legally as planned by Republicans to get millions from the government for their orphanages so children can be sold for profit to rich people? Would not be surprised if they have their skin taken for lampshades or their body parts harvested for profit for Republicans and Nazis.

Bookman100
Bookman100

Don't forget mini-Nazi Stephen Miller. He's the one writing most of the immigration policies.

spatin
spatin

All the parents (those with children) needed to do was go through the legal portals. Instead they chose illegal entry. That's if it was even the real parents and not some terrorist trying to get through the border with a child they founds somewhere.

bilf
bilf

You believe Trump?

Krusherking
Krusherking

Betsy De Vos, human trafficker. I eagerly await her appearance in the dock at the International Criminal Court in company with Kierstjen Nielson, Alexander Acosta, and Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions III.

Angalaina
Angalaina

Her trial at the Hague will be one thing I watch very eagerly.

Angalaina
Angalaina

Here's where I'm curious, separating children from their parents is a crime against humanity, defined as Genocide by the Geneva Convention. We signed that so Trump must abide by it.

He's committing a WAR CRIME and you think 'oh, if those kids only did some diddly-dumb BS that I made up,' and that's not the issue.

The people (including Trump) repsonsible for this travesty are criminals. There's no excuse, justification, or explanation. In the aftermath of World War II, we HANGED NAZIS for doing these things.

HANGED THEM.

steve19421945
steve19421945

The shock is Nazi crimes are acceptable still and being repeated in the USA now. Rapist Trump is now normal. As is stealing immigrant children for profit. This is what our children learn from Trump and our society.

Libslast
Libslast

Kidnappers.

phild
phild

GIVEN? MORE LIKE SOLD.

Cerebral Assassin
Cerebral Assassin

And she's making a pretty penny for each one of those kids. So is K. Neilson. All for the benefit of #TrumpTrafickRing

cheyo
cheyo

I read the article but the comments by pro D(t)RUMP and anti/liberal/lefties -as the por D(t)RUMPters name them- is unbelievable. These folks are Christians -supposedly- but they lack the Christian ethics and morals. Taking a child from a parent is criminal. DCFS has to have a long list of facts and data to take away a child and even then, some of "these" children fall through the cracks and endure abuse and to the worst outcome, death. I find it reprehensable our nation and its citizens bare this Karma. We all will pay for it, one way or another. There are people in power who are evil. God help us.

Carolyndelva
Carolyndelva

This bitch makes me sick! She's probably the one walking into these camps with children and points out which children she's gonna send to be adopted. They are her money ticket! The trump administration is blackmailing these parents to either give up your asylum case or they take your kids! Its sick enough that these children were taken to begin with now you fuckers want to now give their kids to some more strangers who will never teach them their history or culture! These people that are involved in the trafficking of these children should be locked up for kidnappin.g their children to begin with!! Betsy Dvos go fk yourself you money whore just like the rest of the Republicans and corporate democrats!!! Bernie Sanders 2020! Get this cheeto out of the White house!

Carolyndelva
Carolyndelva

You show me where bringing their children with them to claim asylum is a crime to be jailed and they kidnap your children???? WTF??? MONSTERS!!!

FA1SGL
FA1SGL

The entire Trump Administration appears to have abandoned any and all principles coming out of the Nuremberg Tribunals. Once this monstrous adminstration is but a blot in our political history the actions of Trump's legion of toadies will be available for the historians. Trump will be vilified as was Hitler and his followers will attempt to use the "We didn't know" and "We were only folowing orders" defenses. It didn't work for Hitler's minions and it will not work for Trump's.