I was watching the ABC news and was deeply saddened and disturbed with this story. With the investigations going on how can anyone feel safe about international adoption or adoption period. There is such a fierce love for a child and when the government is allowing stolen children to be adopted into American homes, and the people responsible only get a minimum "probation" sentence, that isn't a very good message. It means, go ahead, steal children, you'll only get a slap on the wrist.
Here's an except from The Salt Lake Tribune:
"Standing in front of the people she blamed for almost destroying her family, Elizabeth Muenzler on Wednesday clutched a photo of her adopted Samoan daughter and struggled to relate the depth of her suffering.
"There are no words to describe the disgust and disdain I have for you," Muenzler told defendants as a judge considered how to punish operators and employees of the now-defunct Focus on Children adoption agency. "Lord knows, if anyone deserves jail time, it's you."
After hearing Muenzler's plea and from other parents who either condemned or supported agency operators Scott and Karen Banks, U.S. District Judge David Sam sentenced the couple and two others connected to the agency to five years of probation and banned them for life from the adoption business."
Also here's a video:
I just couldn't imagine the turmoil this would put both families in. They are in my prayers.