Contracts Keyed to Calamari
Methodist Mission Home of Texax v. N___A____B____
The Plaintiff, N__A__B__ (the "Plaintiff"), consented to the placement of her child for adoption with an adoption agency in Texas. The Defendant, the Methodist Mission Home of Texas (the "Defendant"), was a maternity home for woman who are pregnant out-of-wedlock. The Plaintiff alleges that three agents of the Defendant, Rev. Don Lilljedahl, Mrs. Sharon Burrows and especially Mrs. Jo Ann Burns ("Mrs. Burns") unduly influenced her to put her child up for adoption. The Defendant's policy was to encourage unwed mothers to put their children up for adoption. One way the Defendant accomplished this was to have their counselors, who regularly met with the woman, including the Plaintiff, encourage adoption. After the birth of her baby, the Plaintiff decided she wanted to keep the child. After she made this decision, Mrs. Burns initiated a series of meetings with the Plaintiff, which led to the Plaintiff agreeing to put the child up for adoption. During those meetings, Mrs. Burns solely discussed the reasons why the Plaintiff should give up the child. Additionally, Mrs. Burns tried to convince the Plaintiff that her parents' offers to help her raise the child were really an attempt to take advantage of the Plaintiff. • The Plaintiff eventually signed the instruments giving up custody of her child on December 3. However, between November 26 and December 3, right after giving birth, the Plaintiff was very weak. Nonetheless, Mrs. Burns "repeatedly and 'emphatically stressed' that if plaintiff 'was any sort of person' she would give up the child." The Plaintiff also testified that she felt 'trapped' and that the only reason she consented to the adoption was to avoid further harassment. • The Plaintiff then brought this suit to revoke the instruments granting the adoption because the Defendant and its agents "unduly influenced her to put her child up for adoption. "
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