It’s not often that a two-year-old toddler makes the cover of Time Magazine.
But 26 years ago this month, the magazine reported on the story that by that point had the entire nation’s attention. She was known as “Baby Jessica,” the subject of an exceptionally bitter custody battle, pitting her birth mother against the couple who had legally adopted her.
That couple, Jan DeBoer and Roberta “Robby” DeBoer, eventually lost in court, and were forced to return Baby Jessica to her biological parents, Dan Schmidt and Cara Clausen.
A year later, the DeBoers wrote a book. That’s when I met them.