In terms of displacement, dispossession, and disinheritance no story related to adoption upsets me more than that of Encarnacion Romero. A Guatemalan mother working in the United States; her family caring for her child while she worked; a state determining that she is a neglectful mother while behind bars; the gears of so-called justice turning her child over to adoptive parents more concerned with their gain than her loss.
What bothers me most I think is the idea that because of class-identification, we as adoption activists might throw Encarnacion under the bus. That because of his “All-American” credentials of, say, serving in the armed forces, Dusten Brown gets a pass, while Encarnacion must suffer the double sting of disempowerment by the state and also by those who might equally judge her for being foreign; for being seen as “illegal”; for not speaking the language; for not having a Facebook account.
She is currently appealing her case to the Supreme Court [link]:
Attorneys for Encarnacion Romero filed the request on Monday. The action represents the court of last resort, after the Missouri Supreme Court late last year refused to hear the woman’s appeal. That action unsuccessfully challenged a Missouri Court of Appeals ruling that terminated her parental rights.
I’m asking here for ideas, links, references, news stories, brainstorming, anything to drum up support for this case. Lawyers phone numbers, what kind of help do they want/need, media outlets, etc. What can we do? How might we help, online and offline? Please post as responses. Please reblog, FB, Tweet, etc. Please understand this is not any kind of accusation, I’ve not done any research online or elsewhere as to activism behind her. I do notice a deafening vacuum concerning her case as compared to that of Dusten Brown. I’m simply looking for an equivalence of effort that was shown for Baby Veronica. Because if we fail this woman, we fail ourselves, and have no right to call ourselves activists.