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Friday March 25, 2011

Mother Sues to Get Baby Back After She Says Adoptive Parents Stole Her

A New York mother who gave her child up for adoption is now suing the adoptive parents to get the child back.

Vilma Ramirez, 35, from Brentwood, Long Island is now saying that Andrew and Kelley Grant stole her baby after she decided not to put the daughter she called Esperanza up for adoption.

When children are put up for adoption, there is a 45-day grace period in which the birth mother can change her mind. Ramirez is saying she made that very decision and wanted to take the baby back.

Filed March 7, court documents state that upon learning that Ramirez had changed her mind about the adoption, Andrew, a 45-year-old software designer, took the baby from her babysitter om January 9.

Ramirez’s lawsuit claims he took the child “while I was at work and convinced the Mirarchis, who were taking care of Esperanza, that he needed to take the child now.”

Esperanza is Ramirez’s fourth child. She was born on February 15th, 2010. Ramirez had thought that though the child was being adopted, it would be an open adoption, and says that if she had known she would never see he again, she never would have agreed to it.

“I really did not understand the legal language, and no one explained them to me at the time.”

Ramirez’s friend, Blanca Mirarchi, 56, is the one who convinced the struggling mother to give the little girl now known as Isabella up for adoption. Mirarchi found the Grants and introduced them to Ramirez and Long Island adoption lawyer Steven Sarisohn.

Still thinking the adoption was open, and that she’d have contact with the child, on December 23, 2010, Ramirez signed away her guardianship.The adoption was made with a “extrajudicial” legal deal with a 45-day grace period, which means that the adoption could be given without a judge. If, during the 45 days, the birth parents change their mind, a judge decides the where the child should be placed.

Court documents criticize Sarisohn, and say, “His actions were more those of a lawyer attempting to facilitate the adoption rather than provide counsel to the birth mother about her rights.” Sarisohn denies the allegations.

Last week, the Supreme Court judge passed the case on the Manhattan Surrogate Court.