There were fifty basic rules of do's and don'ts for the buyers of Children, both for the boys or girls, at the various Mother and Baby Homes and Orphanages in Ireland. These were the unwritten and unsaid rules of either buying or adopting a child at the different Mother and Baby Homes and Orphanages throughout Ireland.
These were the brutal facts in selecting a child to bring into your home. In many cases, it wasn’t about unconditional love it was about selecting the correct child to share, to work, and in many cases to sexually abuse. The criteria were the same as selecting, for a slave, a horse, or family dog. After all when the child was sold, with altered new official papers, like birth certificate and baptismal certificate, The child took a new family name and birthday from the family that bought the child. The money paid for the child went to the Nuns and the new family than paid the church very year there afterwards.
The rules or unwritten rules of buying an orphan child for adoption or personal use were;
1. Why does this boy look tense?
2. Does this boy have any heath problems that are making him or you uncomfortable?
3. Does this boy bite or kick?
4. How is this boy going to behave himself around my children or family?
5. Has this boy ever been injured and if so what is his treatment plan?
6. Has this injury resulted in any chronic health problems?
7. Observe the boy’s movement and attitude when questioned
8. Watch the boy for attentiveness – is he relaxed or tense?
9. In general does the boy enjoy working?
10. Does he willingly leave the home?
11. Will the boy fit in.
12. Does this bed wet the bed?
13. Has this boy been house-trained and toilet trained.
14. Do you use a cane or whip on this boy?
15. How often does this boy get worked and for what general duration?
16. In what discipline(s) does this boy work?
17. How quickly do you feel this boy’s recovers after vigorous work?
18. Have you noticed any breathing difficulties?
19. Has this boy been working before?
20. Does the boy exhibit any weaknesses when working on difficult jobs? Does he listen and follow simple instructions.
21. Speak to the boy as you examine the boy’s head for lice
22. Check his eyes slowly pass a hand by each eye and look for blinking response, does the boy wear spectacles and are they included.
23. Examine the boy’s mouth and teeth for sores or braces, or problem teeth. Ask for dental records.
24. Sniff the boy’s breath for foul odours that could be an indication of infection or illness.
25. Look at the boy’s tongue for signs of past damage and colouration.
26. Check underside of boy’s jaws looking to see that his glands on each side are not swollen or sensitive and check for strong and regular pulse.
27. Does this boy have any blindness or cataract issues?
28. How is his night vision?
29. Has the dentist mentioned any problems with regard to this boy's teeth? Like tooth cavities and decay, does the boy suck his thumb.
30. Examine the boy’s back and bum – run your hand firmly down the back of the boy all the way to his bum, feeling and groping as you go down his back and bum, no resistance or problems to your touch.
31. Examine the boy’s stomach and penis, is the boy sensitive to touch of his penis and is the boy clean.
32. Has the boy attitude?
33. Check that the boy has the right hair colour and angelic features.
34. Is this boy an incarnated angel who is filled with wide-eyed compassion and will to give and receive love.
35. Does this boy have any trouble with lameness?
36. Does this boy have corrective shoe or shoes and if so, why?
37. Does the boy have clubfoot, a deformed foot that is twisted so that his sole cannot be placed flat on the ground and needs special shoes?
38. Look for sign of anger or discomfort like a scowling face, a wrinkle or contract to the boy’s brow, has the boy an expression of anger or disapproval.
39. Is this boy a dwarf boy or an Itinerant, pavee, tinker, or gypsy boy?
40. Watch the boy’s breathing in and out – make certain breathing is regular. If it is irregular there may be an obstruction or chronic respiratory problem with the child.
41. Watch for coordination and willingness. Incoordination may be a sign of neurological problem.
42. Does this boy have heaves or any other respiratory problem, like allergies or bronchitis?
43. Review Health Records – Demand to see the boy’s immunisation records. Ask if health records are kept on the boy and if yes, again demand to see them.
44. Has all the boy’s vaccinates been kept up to date?
45. Has the boy ever had a reaction to a vaccination or medication?
46. When was this boy’s last dental examination? How old is this boy? and does this boy have chronic dental or health or mental issues?
47. By looking at your prospective boy objectively and asking these simple questions, you have a better chance of making the right decision in purchasing this boy. Be sure to ask as many questions as you can. It is best to enlist the aid of your Wife or Mother, if you do not have previous experience in purchasing boys.
48. Does the boy have a family? Brothers and Sisters?
49. Can the buyer, buy more then one child?
50. Finally ask, can I return the boy? If I, the buyer am unhappy with the product.
Owen Felix O'Neill.
Owen Felix O'Neill
Author of Child Laundering Secrets, 2017