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Law beefs up adoption rules

Measure spurred by the contested adoption of a
Chicago girl gives state more oversight, lessens profit

By Jamie Francisco
Tribune staff reporter
August 15, 2005

Seated beside Baby Tamia, the 11-month-old girl who was returned to her family from Utah after a bitterly contested adoption, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed legislation Sunday that strengthens state authority over private adoption agencies and prevents them from profiteering from placing babies with families.

Blagojevich signed the Adoption Reform Act before the congregation at Sweet Holy Spirit Full Gospel Baptist Church, 8621 S. South Chicago Ave., where Tamia was baptized on Easter. She was returned to her mother, Carmen McDonald, and grandmother Maria McDonald in March after they filed suit alleging that the Utah-based agency A Cherished Child pressured Carmen to relinquish her daughter when she was dealing with as she suffered from postpartum depression....

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