Searching for adoptees & birth mothers from southern NJ (born 1975-1977)

Courier_Post_Mon__May_20__1985_I am searching for at least two adoptees, born in southern New Jersey from approximately 1975-1977, who were adopted through the firm Kent, Grayer & Rosenberg in Willingboro, NJ (Burlington County.)

I am also searching for women who placed a newborn for adoption during this same time period through this firm. The birth mothers were likely from Camden County, Burlington County, or neighboring counties. At least one of the birth mothers was living in Burlington Township, NJ. All of the adoptions were privately arranged.

As of today, I know of three newborn adoptions, including my own, that were arranged by attorney Edward Kent. I was placed in a home in Berlin and the other two adoptees were placed in homes in Cherry Hill. All three adoptions were part of a 1978 indictment against Edward Kent for illegally arranging adoptions. (State v. Kent)

Currently, I do not know the gender or race of any of the adoptees involved. At least one of the adoptees was born in May 1977, possibly May 1st. I do not know when the other adoptee was born, but I believe he/she was also born in 1977. I was born on November 30, 1976 in Burlington County.

Purpose: I am hoping to connect with others who were adopted (or placed a child for adoption) through the same firm that arranged my own adoption. My adoption was very flawed and I’m hoping to communicate with others who were also adopted through Edward Kent so I can learn more about his adoption procedures, background screenings of potential adoptive parents, and overall outcomes for the adoptions he arranged.

ADOPTEES: If you were born from approx. 1975-1977 in New Jersey, and think you could have been adopted through this firm or through this attorney, please contact me. I would love to hear about your adoption and your adoptive parents’ experience. Your responses will be kept completely private and will not be shared publicly.

BIRTH MOTHERS: If you think you placed a newborn for adoption through this firm or this attorney from approximately 1974-1977, please contact me. I would love to hear about your experiences with Edward Kent. Your responses will be kept completely private and will not be shared publicly.

Please share this post with anyone it could apply to. Thank you!

-Michelle L. Riess
Adopted in 1976 through one of Kent’s illegal adoptions

Newspaper articles about Michelle’s 1976 adoption

If you would like to read some of the newspaper articles regarding the case against the attorney that illegally arranged the adoption, you can view them here. In some of the articles, Michelle is the adopted child referred to as the December 4, 1976 “incident.”

These articles include statements taken from Kent’s testimony that contradict Hollie’s experiences, including his heavy involvement after Michelle’s birth. They also contradict information given to Michelle in 2017 by her former adoptive father. We will make a separate post about these inconsistencies at a later date.

So far, our research has produced about 12 articles from a variety of newspapers including the Courier-Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The New York Times. We will add a few new articles to this page at a later date.

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‘Adoption lawyer’s’ term suspended (1981)

Original Publication: Courier-Post
Original Publication Date: October 17, 1981

N O T E : Much of the information taken from Kent’s testimony completely contradicts the experiences of my biological mother and even some of the details that were provided to me by my adoptive father. I will be writing about these “inconsistencies” at a later date.

By RENEE WINKLER
Of the Courier-Post

CAMDEN – A Willingboro attorney, convicted in July of illegally acting as an intermediary in three adoptions, yesterday was given a suspended jail term and placed on probation for one year.

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State v. Kent | NJ Super. App. Div. (1980)

173 N.J. Super. 215 (1980)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT, v. EDWARD KENT, DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT.

Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

Argued March 10, 1980.

Decided July 1, 1980. [1]

*218 Before Judges SEIDMAN, MICHELS and DEVINE.

William C. Levine, Assistant Prosecutor, argued the cause for appellant (John B. Mariano, Camden County Prosecutor, attorney).Read More »

Appeal of lawyer is rejected (Nov. 1978)

Original Publication: Courier-Post
Original Publication Date: November 18, 1978

N O T E: Much of the information taken from Kent’s testimony completely contradicts the experiences of my biological mother and even some of the details that were provided to me by my adoptive father. I will be writing about these “inconsistencies” at a later date.

By RENEE WINKLER
Courier-Post Staff

A Superior Court judge in Camden has denied an appeal by a Burlington County attorney who had been turned down for Camden County’s pre-trial intervention program.Read More »

Divorce lawyer convicted for adoption assistance (June 1981)

Original Publication: Courier-Post
Original Publication Date: June 25, 1981

N O T E : Much of the information taken from Kent’s testimony completely contradicts the experiences of my biological mother and even some of the details that were provided to me by my adoptive father. I will be writing about these “inconsistencies” at a later date.

CAMDEN – Edward Kent, a Willingboro attorney who specializes in divorce cases, was convicted yesterday of illegally acting as an intermediary in the adoption of three newborn children.Read More »

Lawyer indicted on adoptions (April 1978)

Original Publication: The New York Times
Original Publication Date: April 15, 1978

CAMDEN, N.J., April 14 (UPI) – A lawyer with offices in Marlton, N.J., and Willingboro, N.J., has been indicted for allegedly arranging the illegal adoption of babies. The indictment of the lawyer, Edward Kent, 52 years old, was announced today by Prosecutor Thomas Shusted of Camden County. The eight count indictment accuses Mr. Kent of acting as a middleman between the natural mothers and the adoptive parents, which is against state law.

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Lawyer accused in 3 adoptions (April 1978)

Original Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Original Publication Date: April 15, 1978

N O T E : Much of the information taken from Kent’s testimony completely contradicts the experiences of my biological mother and even some of the details that were provided to me by my adoptive father. I will be writing about these “inconsistencies” at a later date.

By Francis M. Lordan
Inquirer Staff Writer

A Burlington County lawyer has been indicted on charges that in 1977 he illegally assisted in the adoption of three children in Camden County, Thomas J. Shusted, Camden County prosecutor, said yesterday.

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Memory fails witness in adoption case (June 1981)

Original Publication: Courier-Post
Original Publication Date: June 5, 1981

N O T E : Much of the information taken from Kent’s testimony completely contradicts the experiences of my biological mother and even some of the details that were provided to me by my adoptive father. I will be writing about these “inconsistencies” at a later date.

CAMDEN — A woman who was to have been the state’s chief witness against a Willingboro lawyer charged with acting as an illegal intermediary in a series of adoptions was able to recall only sketchy information about the case yesterday.

When first called by Deputy Attorney General Nancy Singer, the woman said she couldn’t remember anything about her pregnancy in 1977, her meeting with attorney Edward Kent or the couple who adopted her baby.

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Lawyer indicted as a middleman for adoptions (April 1978)

Original Publication: Courier-Post
Original Publication Date: April 14, 1978

N O T E : Much of the information taken from Kent’s testimony completely contradicts the experiences of my biological mother and even some of the details that were provided to me by my adoptive father. I will be writing about these “inconsistencies” at a later date.

By RENEE WINKLER
Courier-Post Staff

A Burlington County lawyer who specializes in matrimonial matters was indicted Thursday by a Camden County grand jury for illegally acting as an intermediary in the adoption of three children.

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High Tribunal Raps Attorney for Conduct (1963)

Original publication: Courier-Post
Original publication date: January 22, 1963

His conduct is dishonorable and brings the profession into disrepute.-a NJ Supreme Court Justice referring to attorney Edward Kent

TRENTON (UPI) – The State Supreme Court Monday reprimanded lawyer Edward Kent of Levittown [now Willingboro, NJ] for bypassing a Pennsylvania lawyer and dealing directly with his client.

The Pennsylvania lawyer, James P. Geoghegan, complained to the Burlington County Ethics Committee that Kent had sought to arrange settlement of an auto accident through direct dealings with Geoghegan’s client.

He said this violated the professional ethics. Read More »

Reunited after 40 years: the Riess family’s amazing adoption reunion story

Deception may give us what we want for the present, but it will always take it away in the end. –Rachel Hawthorne

On November 30, 1976 a baby girl was born. Her parents, Hollie and Rick, named her Michelle Lyn Riess. Four days later, she was handed to another couple who hoped to adopt her. For the next forty years, the young couple had no idea where their daughter was, if she was safe, healthy or even alive. Despite attempts to find her, they were unsuccessful. For the same forty years, Michelle was raised to believe she was the biological child of the couple who adopted her until an unexpected result on an Ancestry DNA test shattered their web of lies.
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