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.
|Publisher:||Universal Technical Systems, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"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.
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.
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.