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Years arrest photos of Arkansas Marshall these women charged with breaching adoption agreements started to appear as well. All of this has led Benton County attorney Josh Bryant to draft Arkansas adoption reform legislation . The draft bill he says protects both birth mothers and adoptive parents .
For example , I’ve seen and heard stories where where biological mothers have had outside 3rd parties convince them that they need to use a different attorney and interrupt an adoption plan that they’ve already made these pictures will then come and and say listen , you can get more money. If you go to another attorney right now .
Bryant’s bill would also make it a felony to solicit pregnant women to engage in private adoption.
Our legislation would appoint an attorney and advocate for that biological mother to make sure that they have not been coerced to make sure that they have not been promised something that they are not supposed to be promised to that know that this is a free and voluntary choice to make sure that they get services in terms of do you realize , if you keep this child. There are services that will help you raise this child in terms of if you need to be on food stamps for a while or work or do you need some job training those those types of things . Help them in the Henley an advocate for that birth mom so that it’s not one attorney speaking for both , both sides of the equation .
A federal investigation into martial adoption trafficking is ongoing , Bryant says. A query to the US Attorney’s Western district office in Port Smith yielded no comment for this report . Bryant said he understands what at stake here , he’s openly adopted to Marshall these children , so has Rogers resident Michelle Monty .
We adopted in 2013.
And so , 3 our experience , we kind of quickly realized that our birth mom Hannah received a lot of the social services support that we thought that she would be receiving or access to medical care and things like that.
2 years later. Wouldn’t mind he adopted hashers brother . The arrangement was much different .
A couple of years later when she called to tell us that she was pregnant with Cade we wanted to make sure that she received all the help that that she could get so I essentially acted as her advocate during that pregnancy and helped take her medical appointments to get her set up for kind like Social Security benefits and different things she was eligible for , and just getting her connected to the community and the resources that we have here.
Because of her adoption experience mind he has established shared beginnings. A new nonprofit agency to assist birth mothers and negotiating private adoption .
10 we provide them all legal representation and how make asserted that legally they understand their rights and responsibilities throughout the whole adoption process.
So what’s the matter. Where’s your book . Can you give me a book was your book was .
Marty says her sons will always remain connected to their birth mom Marsh community leader Melissa Leo line so she supports such arrangements but she’s now encouraging Islander birth bonds to choose kinship adoption to ensure Islander offspring are raised by native Marshall the citing an Islander proverb to nearly local board.
Basically is the protection of the mother will stay there forever.
And another proverb an adopted child will eventually follow prevailing wind to be active their biological mother , 4. I was actually at large I’m Jackie Rowland for a week .
On Monday , Rogers’ attorney Josh Bryant filed a lawsuit in Washington County Circuit Court against a Benton County adoption attorney is Marshall Lee’s contract employee and a Marshall Lee’s birth mother in the complaint an adoptive couple from Kentucky claims they were defrauded of $30,000 in attorneys’ fees and birth expenses because the pregnancy was faked the couple seeks to be fully compensated and the couple is suing for $1 million in damages.
Walton Arts Center welcomes take Me to the River New Orleans Sunday October 21 at 7:00 PM this evening of New Orleans Cajun music brings together Ian in Ivan Neville George Porter Jr. The dirty dozen Brass Band Big Chief Monk Boudreau and more Walton arts center.org or 4-4 3-50 6 hundred for tickets 91.3 is supported by the Scott family amaze am inviting families across the Ozarks to make every day amazing open Wednesday through Monday the amaze Ian McKnight curiosity and children of all ages through interactive experiences in science , technology , engineering art and math , located at 9 museum way in Bentonville information at a mazy am.org students at the University of Arkansas represent all 50 states and more than one hundred 20 countries . The student body also includes representatives from all 75 counties from Arkansas students are the future of the state and the world . The university says thanks for welcoming the U of A students to Arkansas .
When in the production of there ain’t no more death of a folk singer toured the country it received national acclaim and recognition even garnering a favorable right up in the Washington Post that play was conceived and produced locally by breaker fixer productions , a collaboration between local artist will be Carlisle and Joseph Fletcher this weekend. The duo will debut their latest production titled a Confederate widow in hell with a run of preview performances at stage 18 in Fayetteville earlier this week . William Joseph took some time out of the rehearsal schedule to sit down with the Ozarks at Largs Timothy Denis their conversation began with an explanation of the name of their production company .
So together you’re breaker fixer productions , which runs the break on which ones the fixer I fix it and I break it. Okay . Yeah , what’s , what’s your ethos is a production company . Well , we’re dedicated to creating new works that I kind of at the intersection between theater and folklore , we always write our own individual pieces and we’re kind of experienced in devising but also in sort of co-writing and and working together , collaborating and so we take take these shows that we make across the country and tour with it . We always try and come back home when we doing new work and shared here first in Fayetteville , but then we go out to fringe festivals to colleges to performing arts centers and and performed there . Well , you’re last played there ain’t no more got national acclaim and attention so he could start these shows anywhere it seems . But what does starting shows here on your home turf , give you for the first show it was couched here , it was about about the folk music traditions that are here in the Ozarks . This one is couched in the civil war . Mississippi not too far away from here . Not too far from the Delta region of Arkansas . So we kind of find that our stories sort of originate at home were the places that we’re going , we’re hoping as we travel will discover new stories that we can dive into but it , so it’s always very local , and usually dealing with some sort of history of a place , one of our kind of mission things is that we always include interviews , I would say this play has fewer interviews than the last one , but it still does have a good number of either primary source historical documents or interviews that we did , we do we do it a ton of research before we make shows so we usually have a glimmer of an idea for something and then we kind of spent half a year digging in libraries and talking to people that yeah we did most of their on the road this time which is to say , we were in libraries in Michigan and then in libraries in Minnesota Tim libraries . You know every as we were touring so out work so the name of this production is a Confederate widow in hell what what does research from the north . How does it informed this work . You know the civil war has had so much written about it that you don’t have to be in the exact right archive to get it right . Our drama turd Samantha Sanford is from Florida but she knew an enormous amount and was able to collect a huge amount of information just with her sort of research acumen . So we’re living in the 21st century like that documents are are we sort of widely available and you can drown in the civil war . It’s chicken as we must read 20:30 books or between us . Yeah , yeah . Lots and lots . So tell us what you can about this new production . Give us a brief synopsis of what you know well , it’s , it’s an irreverent hard Ramadi in sort of the premises . There’s a Confederate widow who’s woken up in hell or has been in health for a long time and she’s trying to get out . She’s trying to reconcile her past and finished or unfinished business and escape , that’s about as far as I think we want to go , like I want to leave some people saying it’s it’s it’s it’s moved here I have some horrible ends . Okay . So some of the inspiration for the show was I was on Facebook . Like we all are , and I I somebody posted a picture from me a protest at a memorial and there was a woman in this enormous mourning gown , holding this bull horn . You know the kind of like microphone and I just thought that she was so striking but also like kind of .
Stubborn maybe like , you know , look to be a symbol of.