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          Adoption Controversy

          January 28, 2005

          Dr. Phil explores two heart-wrenching stories each involving a tug-of-war over a child. When a child is removed from the only parents he/she has known, it traumatizes an entire family. If found fit, should the biological parents automatically have more rights than the adoptive parents? And what’s really in the best interest of the child?

          A Family Devastated
          After raising 3 1/2-year-old Evan since birth, Dawn and Gene were recently forced to return the boy to his biological mother.


          Read their heart-breaking story


          A Child’s Best Interest
          Dawn and Gene have been told they’re “dead to Evan,” but they won’t give up the fight to bring him back home. Do they have a chance? And how is this affecting Evan?


          Dr. Phil has a message for the birth parents


          Forty-five Days to Appeal
          Bonnie and Shannon thought they had adopted Christian, a 21-month-old boy whom they’ve been raising for almost two years. But a legal oversight allowed the birth mother to change her mind.


          Desperate to protect Christian.

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          • What Potential Adoptive Parents Need to Know:
            Amy M. Pellman, the legal director for The Alliance for Children’s Rights, advises potential adoptive parents to find an adoption attorney who knows the laws where the child was born and also specializes in the type of adoption being sought. “Get as much information as you can and make sure that you have an expert,” says Amy.

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          Is your son or daughter a moocher and refusing to grow up? Is your loved one having a midlife crisis or wearing inappropriate clothing?

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          Do you feel she is your worst enemy? Can you not believe you are related to someone you dislike so much?

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          Do you suspect your partner/ family member to be a narcissist? Do they behave in a way that leaves you confused, distressed and fearful?

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          Fighting Over A Family-Run Business?

          Are you part owner in a family business and feel like you don’t get your fair share of profits?

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