Her Mayorness wrote:The adoption was legal. I didn't see any kind of dark alley in which Regina took over Henry, handing the baby dealer a bag full of $$$ but a decent office with everything in it.
Correct me if I'm wrong on this, but after Regina put in her application to adopt, she went to Rumple to complain it was taking too long and wanted him to do something about it.
And you want me to believe that there wasn't a line of per-existing families and individuals that have gone through the proper screening and were waiting to be matched and adopt a healthy white newborn male?
No home studies were done, and with the exception of like 4 people, no one could enter or leave Storybrooke in season 1/2.
She lied on her application to adopt as she wasn't a legal US citizen and is a war criminal, and would have failed her criminal history background check because of her crimes in the Enchanted Forest.
Additionally, why did Regina have to go outside of Storybrooke to adopt a child? Why not manipulate the curse and give herself a child? Why did Regina have to steal, er, adopt one from our world to raise in a cursed town?
Just because Eddy and Adamn say the adoption was legal, doesn't mean it was.
And not only had she lied to obtain Henry, all the abuse she put him through raising him in a cursed town, and being the reason he technically died is reason enough for Emma to keep Henry away from her. As the sheriff, Emma had every right to remove Henry from Regina's custody, especially once the curse broke, and place him where he would be kept safe.
Yes, she refused to see anyone because she was grieving. It's quite a natural process and it didn't last long.
She didn't even take any phone calls from Henry. Even if it didn't last long, she still should've taken a call from Henry.
As for Henry begging... well he shouldn't have left his home in the first place.
Firstly, he was staying with his bio family since he and Emma returned to Storybrooke. He never went to live with Regina since returning to Storyrbooke, unless I've missed something.
And secondly, Regina isn't his legal guardian any more. Not since her illegal adoption was undone in 3A when she had to stop Pan's curse from enslaving them all again. And Pan cursing Storybrooke wouldn't have happened if Regina was willing to listen to Henry's other family members rather than being blinded by Henry wanting to spend time with her.
Henry did not spend any time with his mother to keep her from being evil.
So in 4B, why is it the only time we see Henry and Regina spending time together is when Henry is looking though the book to find clues to find the author to force him to rewrite it so Regina isn't labelled the villain?
In season 1, Henry was willing to sacrifice himself to stop the Dark Curse because that's what a hero does, but in season 4, he thinks it's great an innocent woman is dying for Regina to be with Robin. The entire Regina/Henry relationship isn't healthy.
The time Emma had with Henry in NY was all founded on Regina's gift to her so that life was far from real except that one year. But as I said, I doubt they would've had even a year of that sort of happiness if Emma had kept Henry in the first place.
*face palm* Either Regina gave them good memories or she gave them bad memories. That, or left them to think they were crazy because only they knew Storybrooke was real. If Henry had been adopted by anyone other than Regina, Henry likely never would have gone looking for Emma.
Honestly, Regina lost any parental claim she had on Henry the moment she killed Henry by giving that apple turnover to Emma. Henry was never her priority, it was maintaining the curse in season 1, and then getting her happy ending after it broke. And legally, Emma had to remove Henry from her care because she was a danger to him.
Spoilers for season 5 under the hide
We are obviously going to see Henry's adoption by Regina differently because you are a fan of her and I am not. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one at this particular site that isn't a fan of Regina or her relationship with Henry. Knowing that Lana is one of the reasons for Henry and Regina's relationship being the way it is, Outlaw Queen being a thing, and some of the changes to Regina makes it difficult to believe that this is what the writers intended to do with those characters. For a character that is said to be a hero, her actions tell a different story.