Law & Ethics

Terms of Use

These Terms of Use are effective on April 7, 2019

AGREEMENT TO TERMS

All visitors to this site must agree to these Terms of Use. You agree that by accessing this site, you have read, understood and agreed to be bound by all of these Terms of Use. If you do not agree with all of these Terms of Use, then you are expressly prohibited from using this site and you must discontinue use immediately. (EXIT NOW)

This website (theriessfamily.com) and our Facebook page (link) are intended for visitors who are 18 years of age or older. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to make changes or modifications to these Terms of Use for any reason, at any time, without notice. It is the responsibility of the visitor to review these Terms of Use for updates each time this website is accessed.

This website, and our Facebook page, were created to share our adoption reunion story, our personal experiences with adoption, and to educate the public about adoption-related issues. This site explores our family’s unique story, and aims to educate the public about adoption ethics and laws. We reserve the right to change, modify, delete or otherwise alter any content on this site at any time, for any reason, at our sole discretion and without notice.

The information contained on this site, and on our Facebook page, represents our personal experiences and should not be considered guidance, advice or counseling. If you are in need of adoption-related assistance, please consult with a licensed mental health professional, licensed social worker, qualified lawyer, or another licensed professional knowledgeable about adoption-related issues. Our experiences do not represent all adoptions, all adoptees, all adoptive parents, all birth parents, all adoption agencies, all adoption professionals, all adoption attorneys, or all adoption reunions.

Contributions made by site visitors in the “Comments” section of our site will be visible to the public. Any information you (the visitor) contribute in the “Comments” (ex. the name you provide or any details you share in your comments) will be visible to the public including search engines. Your email address will not be posted with your comment, however, the name you provide will be visible to the public. We reserve the right to edit or delete any comments made by visitors to our site or to our Facebook page for any reason. We reserve the right to block, ban and/or report visitors who violate the Terms of Use, or are otherwise deemed inappropriate.

This site contains links to third-party websites. Third-party websites have their own policies and practices. We are not responsible for the content or the reliability of any third-party websites or services. We do not review any third-party websites for accuracy. It is the responsibility of the visitor to verify any services or information provided by all third-party websites.

It is not the intention of this site’s authors to vilify any individual(s) or groups of people who are mentioned on this site. However, the reality is that multiple illegal and unethical activities did occur with our adoption, and we have substantial evidence and personal accounts to support this. Please be advised that at no time have we provided any personally identifying information (ex. name, address, photographs, etc.) about any living person on this site, or on our Facebook page, without their prior knowledge and consent. The opinions expressed on this site, and on our Facebook page, are the result of our firsthand experiences with adoption, our firsthand experiences with the individuals mentioned, and are also based on the findings of our ongoing research.

(Update 3/31/29) We firmly RESTATE our request that Michelle’s adoptive family, and individuals closely associated with Michelle’s adoptive family, DO NOT VISIT THIS  WEBSITE, DO NOT VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, and DO NOT CONTACT ANY MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY. Failure to honor this request may be considered harassment and further action may be taken. Due to REPEATED violations of these Terms of Use by these individuals, no further warnings will be issued.

For security purposes, this site utilizes a visitor tracker, which records the IP address of all visitors to this website.

Indemnification These Terms of Use and your use of the site are governed and construed in accordance with the law of the State of New Jersey. All information contained on this site is provided on an “as is” basis without any representation, warranty or condition, whether express or implied, statutory or otherwise, as to: quality; accuracy; completeness; legality; reliability; efficacy; or fitness for any particular purpose. Anyone using this information does so at his or her own risk. By visiting this site, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us harmless from and against any loss, damage, liability, claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses, made by any third-party due to the arising out of: (1) your contributions; (2) use of the site; or (3) breach of these Terms of Use. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we reserve the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify us, and you agree to cooperate, at your expense, with our defense of such claims. We will use reasonable efforts to notify you of any such claim, action, or proceeding which is subject to this indemnification upon becoming aware of it.

These Terms of Use may be updated at any time without prior notice. It is the responsibility of the site visitor to review these Terms of Use for updates.

Version 4/7/2019

All visitors to this site must agree to these Terms of Use. You agree that by accessing this site, you have read, understood and agreed to be bound by all of these Terms of Use. If you do not agree with all of these Terms of Use, then you are expressly prohibited from using this site and you must discontinue use immediately. (EXIT NOW)

 

© Christina George / Michelle Lyn Riess / Riess Family Adoption Reunion, 2017-2019. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author  is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to this site with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. By visiting this site, you agree to the terms of use for this site.