March 1980 Texas Adoptee Looking For Birthparents

I am a Texas adoptee who was born the week of spring 1980 at Polly Ryan Medical Center in Richmond, Texas. I believe that one or both of my birthparents were in the military, and both worked in restaurants. Birthmother was born in 1957 with two sisters 1960 and 1961. My birthparents were married in February 1979, and were married for six months. I had seizures at birth as well. I had a closed adoption with now Spaulding For Children based in Houston, Texas. My birthfather was born in 1958. Over the past few years I have had adoptee angels working to filter through public records looking for a possible connection. I have had names checked as if I knew who they were, then I could receive my original birth certificate from the state. The names that I have right now that have not been checked are as follows:

Birthmother: Darlene Kay (Bennett) Peters
Birthfather: Douglas R. Whitehead

They should still be somewhere near Richmond, Texas today!

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


Autistics Abused In Schools

>> Tuesday, December 15, 2009

When we send our children to school, we expect them to be cared for. We give our children to the teachers for seven hours each day to teach and help them grow. Children with autism are vulnerable and sometimes teachers take advantage of the situation. Reports of abuse of autistics have been found in Chicago, Illinois schools.

A now 13 year old had claimed that a teacher's assistant (aid) threw a stapler at him. Dovonte Shaffer went to school at Johnson Weldon Elementary. The boy was also verbally berated and psychologically abused in the classroom. His family has filed a lawsuit for $50,000.

There is yet another one out of Ogden International School of Chicago. This little 6 year old who has been named "John Doe" has autism and epilepsy. This one breaks my heart.

"On March 4, the boy's mother arrived to pick him up when everyone was at a musical event in the auditorium, and found the boy and the teacher emerging from a stairwell coming from the basement without explanation.

On May 1, the teacher allegedly allowed the boy to sit on HIS lap and publicly engaged in harmful sexual conduct with John, including French kissing, at an event attended by students and teachers, the suit said. Several teachers reported the incident to Ogden's principal and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services."

What kind of people are these. I hate to say that they are out there, and they are found out about eventually. They do not deserve to be teachers for sure. His family is also seeking $50,000. I hope that they are both granted what they seek and greatly deserve. This is so uncalled for. You can read Lawsuits: Boys With Autism Were Abused In School. What is the world to do...?

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