Terms of Use

These Terms of Use are effective on May 12, 2020

AGREEMENT TO TERMS OF USE
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), our Facebook page (link), and all of our other social media accounts are intended for visitors 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. We reserve the right to change, modify, delete or otherwise alter any content on this website at any time, for any reason, at our sole discretion and without notice. 

This website, our Facebook page, and any of our other social media accounts were created to share our adoption story, our personal experiences with adoption, and to educate the public about adoption-related issues. This site explores our family’s unique story with the goal of educating the public about adoption ethics, laws, and related issues. The information contained on this site, and across all of our social media accounts, represents our opinions and personal experiences and should not be considered guidance, advice or counseling. If you are in need of adoption-related assistance or advice, please consult with a licensed and qualified mental health professional, social worker, lawyer, or another licensed professional. Our personal 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. It is not the intention of this site’s authors to vilify any individual(s) or groups of people mentioned on this website or on our social media accounts. However, the reality is that multiple illegal and unethical activities did occur with this adoption and over the course of the past four decades. We have substantial evidence, documentation, and personal accounts to support what we write and share. Please be advised that at no time have we provided personal information (ex. name, address, telephone) about any living person on this site or on our social media accounts, without their prior knowledge and consent.

The opinions expressed on this site, and on our social media accounts, 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.

Harassment Notice: As stated in previous versions of these Terms of Use, we firmly request that Michelle’s former adoptive parents and individuals very closely associated with them, do not visit this website, do not visit or follow our social media accounts, and do not contact any member of our family or our friends. This site utilizes a standard site tracker that records the IP address of all visitors to this website (via StatCounter.) All of our visitor statistics are protected and are not viewable to the public. We use this site tracker for basic website statistics (ex. number of visitors, popular keywords, site referrers, popular posts, etc.) We also use this tracker to keep an ongoing log of specific visitors known to us who have repeatedly violated these terms of use and our privacy. We are also aware that these individuals often use IP-blocking tools to try to mask their identities from us. We have now instituted geo-blocking software in an attempt to block these individuals from visiting our site both through their own IP addresses and through IP-blocking services. Further visits to this website and to our social media accounts will be treated as harassment. There will be no further warnings issued to these known individuals.

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.

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. 

All files and information contained in this website are copyright by theriessfamily.com, and may not be duplicated, copied, modified, or adapted in any way without our written permission. This website may contain our service marks or trademarks as well as those of our affiliates or other companies, in the form of words, graphics, and logos. Your use of this website does not constitute any right or license for you to use our service marks or trademarks, without the prior written permission from theriessfamily.com. Our content, as found within our website, is protected under United States and foreign copyrights. The copying, redistribution, use or publication by you of any such content, is strictly prohibited. Your use of our website does not grant you any ownership rights to our content. These Terms of Use may be updated at any time without prior notice. It is the responsibility of the visitor to review these Terms of Use for updates.

Version 5/12/2020

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 )

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