Mike Chalek worked as a computer modeling expert and system developer in the stock and commodity markets for 30 years. He received numerous awards and national recognition for his efforts, and was featured in publications such as “Forbes” and “The Wall Street Journal.” He holds a BS in Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Illinois. He is an advocate for adoptee rights and for legislative reform that gives adoptees access to their original birth certificates.
Jessica Gardner is a writer and publishing consultant with a BS in Applied Social Sciences from Colorado State University. She is working towards a master’s degree in publishing from George Washington University. This book is her first full-length collaboration.
In his startling new memoir, Mike Chalek reveals how the adoption practices of the "Baby Scoop Era" led to his fraudulent placement with an adoptive family that had purchased him for $200 from a well-known baby broker. He delves into the details of his highly charged quest to reunite with his family of origin, and we get a first-hand glimpse into the difficulties faced by many adult adoptees.