The case was widely publicized as the "Baby Jessica" case after the name given her by the DeBoers. The case name is In re Clausen Mich.
Jan DeBoer is starting over. DeBoer, 55, was in Florida caring for his parents when he learned about the fire.
He flew back Monday, worried about what he would find. His small one-bedroom apartment in the Greenway Park complex off Golfside Road was home to his few belongings - two guitars, his grandparents' Delft vases, his citizenship papers, a couch, a chair and a bed.
It also had his most-prized possession: An original painting of Jessica by a woman who was touched by the DeBoers' story and their battle to keep their adoptive child.
InDeBoer and his former wife, Roberta, began a lengthy custody battle that gained national attention after they adopted a newborn girl they named Jessica.
The birth father didn't sign the adoption papers, and the two couples waged a court battle that reached the U. Supreme Court in The DeBoers later adopted a son, Casey, who is now nearly Their marriage didn't survive the stress of losing Jessica, and although they remarried, they divorced again.
And so Jan lost his daughter, his marriage and his home. He even lost the ability to play his beloved guitars in a Christian rock band after he mangled his thumb in a press at work in Printing Services at the University of Michigan. After last week's fire, Roberta DeBoer placed the portrait of Jessica in the apartment complex office for safekeeping before Jan arrived Monday.
But he was still nervous about what he would find. The hallway walls were black. Insulation hung from the ceilings. The air was still acrid, four days after the fire. When DeBoer saw the portrait, he was relieved.
She will always be my little girl. He hopes that milestone could prompt her to call, although he has no reason to expect it. He last saw photos and television news coverage of her about six years ago.
DeBoer said he's getting tired of starting over, but he's also thankful. I'm lucky Casey wasn't here, and we weren't sleeping. Greenway Park is accepting donations of goods and money to help tenants. Donations may be dropped off at the office, Golfside Drive, south of Washtenaw Avenue.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, fire officials said Monday afternoon. Susan Oppat can be reached at soppat annarbornews.
After all these years, how little has changed: The press still misreports stories of contested adoptions, calling this man the "adoptive father. Why is such a person painted with compassion and sympathy for his loss? Anna is doing great.
She's a high school senior, is actively involved in band pep, marching, jazz, concertloves photography, has good grades 3. She lives in a middle class home with her mother, Cara She has no contact with Dan Schmidt, her natural father, and hasn't had for yrs now, for reasons you could probably guess.
She also has no memory of the DeBoer's, nor does she ever plan to contact them. She felt it was "creepy" when she saw the recent article that said Jan DeBoer looked at her picture daily.Jan 01, · Jan DeBoer is starting over.
Again. The father battling for custody of the child who became nationally known as Baby Jessica returned home to his Pittsfield Township apartment on Monday morning - the first time since a New Year's Day fire caused an estimated $, in damage to eight apartments, including his.
2, , Baby Jessica was transferred under court order from the home of Jan and Roberta DeBoer of Ann Arbor, Mich., to birth parents Dan and Cara .
Jan DeBoer cleans the portrait of the girl he was trying to adopt, Baby Jessica, who was eventually returned to her birth parents after a lengthy court battle. He feared the portrait was damaged in .
Eight months ago Anna was known as Baby Jessica, and pundits everywhere were dooming her to life in emotional hell. For 2 1/2 years she was at the heart of one of the most bitter custody battles in America, caught between the parents in Michigan who reared her and the parents in Iowa who gave birth to her and wanted her back.
The "Baby Jessica" case, was a well-publicized custody battle in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the early s between Jan and Roberta DeBoer, the couple who attempted to.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Clutching a baby doll named Brie and a new suitcase containing her favorite "Winnie the Pooh" tape, 2-year-old Jessica DeBoer was scheduled to say goodbye today to the little house in Ann Arbor and leave behind Jan and Roberta DeBoer, who .