Just got a very strange email, which after thinking about it a bit, might not be so strange after all. The email is from a Chinese lawyer who directed my attention to a recent article, In Hunan, Family Planning Turns to Plunder.
This article talks of how local family planning agencies took babies from families that violated China’s one child policy and of how those babies were then put up for adoption.
The lawyer was writing to ask if the Chinese parents who had their children forcibly taken and then adopted in the United States could sue in the United States for the return of their kids. My email back was as follows:
Do you have some information regarding who adopted these kids? Without that, I do not see how you can possibly sue any parents. As for the validity of your claim, I have almost no idea, but I will say that if I were to have my car stolen and someone were to buy it (even if the thief-seller used fake papers to convince the buyer that it was a legitimate sale), the car would still be mine. Generally, one cannot lose title to something wrongfully taken away. Though i do not know whether this axiom applies to children too.
I then secured this lawyer’s permission for this post.
Does anyone know what happens to someone “wrongfully” adopted? Is there any statute of limitations? Are we looking at a bunch of these lawsuits?