The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption

The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption

Barbara Bisantz Raymond


The tale, first instructed through Barbara Raymond in article that encouraged a 60 Minutes characteristic, was once stunning. Georgia Tann, nationally lauded for arranging adoptions out of her children’s domestic in Memphis, Tennessee, was once really a toddler vendor who terrorized bad, usually unwed moms via stealing their young children and promoting them to prosperous consumers like actors Joan Crawford and Dick Powell. mom and dad might retain children interior, and the mum improved of a neighborhood orphanage concealed infants in attics, yet, safe via political boss Ed Crump, Tann offered over 5,000 little ones, and did a lot worse. such a lot of died via forget that Memphis’s boy or girl mortality expense soared to the top within the kingdom. Tann abused a few of her fees, and positioned others with pedophiles. in the course of her twenty-six years of operation from 1924 to 1950, Tann additionally almost invented glossy American adoption, popularizing it, commercializing it, and corrupting it with secrecy. to hide her crimes, Tann falsified adoptees’ beginning certificate, sealing their actual ones and issuing new ones that portrayed adoptive mom and dad as delivery mom and dad. this tradition was once authorized via legislators around the kingdom who believed it can spare adoptees the onus of illegitimacy.
An adoptive mom and award-winning journalist who interviewed thousands of Georgia Tann sufferers, Barbara Raymond has written a riveting account of a bit recognized and darkish bankruptcy in American background. Its topics proceed to reverberate, with so much states nonetheless denying grownup adoptees their unique delivery certificate and harboring different remnants of Tann’s corrupt practices.

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