Date: January 08, 2020 07:41PM
...I have to wonder if my daughter's adoption was even legal. I relinquished her through LDS Social Services in Maryland in 1977. After we found each other (20 years later), we did some digging and discovered that in MD in 1977 it was required by law that a mother relinquishing a child for adoption had to be interviewed *in person* by the presiding judge, to assure there was no coercion, among other things.
I never saw a judge, nor a lawyer, nor a courtroom. LDSSS brought paperwork to the hospital for me to sign hours after the birth, and that was it. They picked her up the next day and I watched them walk out the door with her. She was given to a family who wasn't expecting her, as a "reward" for being high-visibility, tithe-paying TBMs.
Was the adoption legal? Looks like it was not. Not that it makes any difference at this late date. She's back in my life and she's wonderful.