Fraud on the Court: One Adoptee's Fight to Reclaim His Identity

Fraud on the Court: One Adoptee's Fight to Reclaim His Identity

by Mike Chalek


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Fraud on the Court: One Adoptee's Fight to Reclaim His Identity by Mike Chalek, Jessica Gardner

In his startling new memoir, Mike Chalek reveals how the adoption practices of the "Baby Scoop Era" led to his fraudulent placement with an adoptive family that had purchased him for $200 from a well-known baby broker. He delves into the details of his highly charged quest to reunite with his family of origin, and we get a first-hand glimpse into the difficulties faced by many adult adoptees in the US today.

Mike's quest did not end with reunion, however. After obtaining a court order to unseal his closed adoption record, he set legal precedent by suing to have his fraudulent adoption overturned. As groundbreaking as his victory was, adoptee rights have not experienced the hoped-for boost that he thought might follow. In this book, Mike seeks to set the record straight and tell the story of the one member of the adoption triad whose voice has been broadly ignored to this point: that of the adult adoptee.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988535114
Publisher: Universal Technical Systems, Inc.
Publication date: 03/20/2013
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Mike Chalek worked as a computer modeling expert and system developer in the stock and commodity markets for 30 years. He received numerous awards and national recognition for his efforts, and was featured in publications such as “Forbes” and “The Wall Street Journal.” He holds a BS in Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Illinois. He is an advocate for adoptee rights and for legislative reform that gives adoptees access to their original birth certificates.

Jessica Gardner is a writer and publishing consultant with a BS in Applied Social Sciences from Colorado State University. She is working towards a master’s degree in publishing from George Washington University. This book is her first full-length collaboration.

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Fraud on the Court: One Adoptee's Fight to Reclaim His Identity 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Lady_Flossmore More than 1 year ago
"Fraud on the Court" is an eye-opening book. Mike Chalek gives hope to those seeking the identities of their biological parents. He has brought awareness of human trafficking and is an inspiration to those adoptees who have suffered abuse from their adoptive parents in that they can overcome their intolerable past and make a future for themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story of Mike's quest grabbed my interest and I could not put it down until I knew the conclusion to the matter. Gave me new insight into the closed adoption controversy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book i thought it expresssed one mans struggles and strengths very well. It puts a great deal of understanding of how our laws and system works when it came to adoption and what so many people like mike went through then and are still going through today. Mikes courage and the fight to never give up is very inspirational and amazing. Great read. I highly recommend this book.