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In Support Of Heather D'Aoust.

Heather D'aoust is an adoptee who has mental illness.She is being tried as an adult when she is now only 15 yrs old.I to am an adoptee who's against this unjust and unfairness treatment, as I believe heather can get better help in the Juvenile system then in adult system.

District Attorney Dumanis{san Diego,ca},wasted no time ,less then 48 hours to decide Heather should be tried as an adult,no less saying she can't be helped,thats not fair.I believe with the right help Heather could lead a normal,healthy life if someone would give her a chance.

Her father has stated"shes not evil",I believe Heather didn't know what she did till after the facts.I believe her mental illness took over her instead of her being able to control it.I believe heather loved her Mother and would never of hurt anyone.

Adoptees are sterio typed when it comes to crimes they've commited,when in fact it's not because of adoption that crimes are commited, it's because they want to and then there are those's who do commit crimes and suffer mental illness and don't know what they did wrong.

DA Dumanis is being unfair ,she is not seeing it from an adoptees point of veiw nor relizing shes taking heathers life away from her instead of giving her a chance,How Unfair!I have done to much researching and searching in 24 yrs to know mental health help in adult jails are not effective,I believe the best effective help for Heather is remaining where she is for five yrs, release her on probation and house arrest, continue mental health help, be able to have the chance to lead a productive life.

DA,Dumanis,I ask you to allow heather a chance,yes what she did was awful but her mental illness took control that day, I believe her father said it best"heather had more flaws in life then he knew how to deal with".This dose not make Heather a bad person.

My Birthmother was mentally ill,she had ten kids or more, dumped them, left them in hospitals in Ny,My Birthmother didn't know what she did was so wrong, in her mind she was right and I still forgive her,I didn't find out till 37 yrs later after my adopted parents where lied to when i was little that the agency"didn't know anything".How can you Da.Dumanis expect someone with mental illness relize how bad what they did was unless they know what they did to being with, thats the problem, Heather is being unfairly judged on the internet, she is waiting for Sept 3rd and I am hoping anyone that signs this petition will be supporting heather to be placed back into juvenile courts and the juvenile system so she can recieve the help she so badly needs without being judged and without being treated as if she's an adult.Please Support heather and reach out in someway.



Please read statements;

James DAoust is family to both the victim and the alleged perpetrator. His opinion matters a great deal to us, and hed like his daughter tried in juvenile court. He says Heather needs helpwhich, if the accusation against her is true, is obviousand the last place shes going to get it is in adult prison.



Dumanis appears to have been able to reach the conclusion that Heather is beyond rehabilitation in a mere 48 hours, which we find alarming. Dumanis owes it to Mr. DAoust to rescind her decision until a complete psychiatric evaluation is performed.

My Letter to DA .Dumanis;

Dear District Attorney Dumanis,



My Name Is Joanne.I am writting you on behalf of milliaons of adoptees including myself.

Heather D'Aoust dose not deserve for her case to be treated as an adult,it is unfair and unjust , until you hear it from an adoptees point of view ,I would hope you'd change your mind.

heather and I come from the same mold,adoption and while I may not know her or her family now,I am being a voice.My birthmother had mental illness, she had ten kids all together and dumped them because she didn't know what she was doing.In her mind she was right, she wondered streets of Ny,she was arrested two times once for giving a false name and once for carring her thyroid meds and vitamins which NYPD thought were drugs and instead of releasing her, she spent 21 days in jail because she didn't have bail.

When My parents whom were foster parents at the time took my feternial twin sister and I in, they were told the angecy didn't know the medical back round.For yrs my sister and I suffered minor things like a ankle that turned in or ear aches,as we got older thyroid conditions called goitas and then my sister acted out, not crimes just dumb teenager things.My parents couldn't understand why, she'd be with the wrong kind of people or fighting with me.

I did not learn of my Birthmothers mental illness till 37 yrs later due to non id,I found out my natural grandmother died of a skin disease which my sister has now called sarcodios,there is no cure for it and she can die,I also found out about my other siblings.

Mental illness comes from the family line, not because of adopotion.This is something angecies across america hide from adoptive families so the child will be adopted and never brought back, if a child has mental illness and the agency tells the adoptive parents adoption may never happen,so in their eyes they keep hush on mental illness, nice huh?Then whats worse is when someone dose something bad like kill someone nobody stops to think, no they sterio type"adopted" and boom thats why, thats so wrong,there are people who do things to do it and people who do things and don't relize they did it because mental illness got in the way, how cruel our justice system has gotten because they refuse to learn the truths on adoption and mental illness, they tuck it under the rug and hope it will go away,that wont' happen.

I'm not saying"what Heather did was right"I am saying give her a chance, locked up in a jail is so wrong, there is other ways of handling this case, adult jail and mental illness do not go hand and hand, i have read cases that the help there is not effective and no place for a young teenager.I believe she should be tried as a child, face five yrs in Juvenile hall with an option to have probation/house arrest and counseling .It is unheard of in any state that where the child and or teen are not taken into consideration.heather, I believe never ment to hurt her mother,I believe she never relized what she did until afterwards,I believe she loved her parents and never would of hurt anyone.

Heather and I also share birthdays one day apart, i am june 7th shes june 8th, how odd it is you come across a 41 yr old woman reaching out to help a soul mate and in return hope her words don't fall on deaf ears.

I plead with you take heathers condition into view, relize it wasn't her fault that mental illness which she can't control but will someday was in her way that awful day and she honestly in my heart never ment harm to her mother.I beg of you to look at adoption in a new light and relize it's not all the adoptees fault but the agencies as well and they should also be punished for withholding information from adoptive parents.

My parents said"if we knew now what we should of known then we would not of stopped loving you and would of never given you back".Thats alot of love same with the D'Aoust family as well.



I thank you for your time, joanne a ny adoptee



A Reply to my post;

Lynn, a Florida Adoptee said...

As I am also an adoptee - I have to agree with JoAnne 100\%. I also have a brother that was adopted 2 1/2 years prior to my adoption. He had the same adoptive parents I did - but he was in constant trouble all his life and to this day - at almost 60 years of age - he's nothing more than a beach bum, yet was afforded the very same lifestyle I was - I'm a retired professional and have never been in any trouble at all. My adoptive parents always said that my brother came from a "bad seed" and I came from a "good one".



What did I retire from - the SC Judicial System! This child should not go to trial as an adult as she is no where near being an adult. While she may be a teenager, she is still a child - and has several years before she can even be considered a "young adult" - much less an adult.



Yes, what she did was bad, but until they understand the reason she is the way she is - and find out her family medical history - they need to give her the help she needs as a child - not an adult!





As You can see there is support for heather and I would hope the public reach out by signing this petition and show her, her family and DA.Dumanis that theres those who care in this world.Thank You



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