I seldom do petitions, but this story is so outrageous that ‘m posting it here. The story needs to get out. The petition is circulated by PEAR: Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform PLS SIGN THIS PETITION Monday, February 22, 2010 Call for Full Investigation into Amelya Frances Kirkpatrick’s Adoption in Utah According to a court document obtained by PEAR, on February 9, 2010, Scott and Karen Banks, former owners of adoption agency Focus on Children, were allowed to adopt another child, originally from China. The Banks were indicted on 135 Federal counts in 2007 for a fraudulent adoption scheme in Samoa. In 2009, they pled guilty to Aiding and Abetting the Improper Entry of an Alien in a plea deal made with the US Attorney’s office in Utah. They were given a sentence of five years probation during which time they are forbidden to participate in the adoption business and are required to make payment into a trust for the victims. The recent adoption occurred after evidence of their illegal activities with their Samoan adoption program were put on record in Utah courts. Also supplied was information regarding the Banks two previously adopted Romanian children. According to numerous media sources Continue Reading →