Disrupted placement cases

This archive contains disrupted placement cases.

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14 year old girl from India

14 year old girl from India placed with family in Massachusetts was returned to India 2 yrs after arriving in the US.
Date: 2010-01-01

Agencies involved

Location

Massachusetts
United States
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8 year old California girl

8 year old girl from California was left at Nicole and Calvin Eason's home in Danville, Illinois. In April 2007, Megan Exon and a Georgia woman took her from the Eason's home back to Megan's home in Hickory NC. The girl is described as an "American" girl and presumed to be a child from a private or public domestic US adoption.
Date: 2007-01-01

Location

Danville, Illinois
United States
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Alexandra Austin


Alexandra Austin was 9 years old, when an Ontario couple convinced her mother to let them adopt her and take her to Canada, in 1991. After five months, the couple sent the girl back to Romania where she ended up in legal limbo. Authorities there refused to recognize the newly named Austin as a Romanian while Ottawa said she did not have Canadian citizenship either.

By 2009, Alexandra and her 2 children were granted Canadian citizenship.
Date: 1991-01-01

Facilitators

Location

Ancaster, Ontario
Canada
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Amy Rebecca Steen

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Date: 2012-11-01

Facilitators

Persons: Denkai Hadgu

Location

Næstved
Denmark
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Anna Barnes

Anna Barnes

Anna was adopted from Russia at age 7 by John and Jill Stollmeyer of Indiana. Anna Stollmeyer's adoption was disrupted and at 11 year old she was placed with Gary and Lisa Barnes of Texas who adopted her. At age 13, Barnes sent Anna to live with Nicole and Calvin Eason. She spent 2 days there before Gary Barnes, fearing for her safety, came to get her.
Date: 2008-09-01

Location

Tolar, Texas
United States
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Artem Justin Hansen (Artyom Saveliev)

Seven-year-old boy, adopted from Russia by Torry Ann Hansen, in 2009, was sent to Moscow by his adoptive mother. The boy was put on an airplane without any supervision, with a note for the Russian Ministry of Education, stating the adoptive mother returned the boy to Russian guardianship and wants to see the adoption annulled.
Date: 2010-04-08

Location

Shelbyville, Tennessee
United States
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Boy adopted by a Mesa AZ couple

Parents of a teenaged boy adopted 1.5 years earlier refuse to pick him up from juvenile detention when he is released. The boy had been sexually abused in his bio home and then had abused a bio sibling prior to landing in foster care. CPS did not provide this information to the adoptive family and he abused adopted siblings in the adoptive home.
Date: 2012-10-30

Agencies involved

Location

Mesa, Arizona
United States
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Boy adopted by Glenna Mueller

Ten year old with Nicole Eason and Randy Winslow
10 year old boy adopted from foster care who lived in Wisconsin was picked up by Nicole Eason and her friend Randy Winslow and taken to Illinois in July 2006. In late 2006 when Glenna Mueller's adoption caseworker learned of the transfer, the boy was returned to Mueller's home in Wisconsin. Later an approved foster home was found for the boy.

Randy Winslow is now serving a 20 year sentence for sending and receiving child pornography during the period June 2006 through May 2007.
See: In a shadowy online network, a pedophile takes home a ‘fun boy’
Date: 2006-07-01

Location

Appleton, Wisconsin
United States
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Boy Adopted by Matt and Stacey Conner

5 year old boy adopted from Haiti by Stacey Conner and her husband was disrupted after he had a tantrum.
Date: 2007-06-01

Agencies involved

Organizations: Disruption agency: an adoption agency that did "secondary placements"

Location

Spokane, Washington
United States
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Boy adopted by Tom and Misty Mealey

Misty and Tom Mealey of Virgina adopted a 4 or 5 year old boy from Guatemala in Dec 2008. There were 3 other children in the home. It was claimed that the boy was violent with the other children and urinated on toys. After several months of therapy, the Mealeys were told the boy had reactive attachment disorder and he would get worse before he got better. The couple reached out to local social services and were told unless they were abusive or neglectful, the government could not help them.
In July 2009, after being presented with a falsified homestudy, the Mealeys handed the boy over to Nicole and Calvin Eason, as a "temporary therapeutic placement".
Date: 2009-07-05

Location

Roanoke, Virginia
United States
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Boy adopted from Liberia

Preteen boy adopted from Liberia is returned to the orphanage 6 months post adoption.
Date: 2009-01-01
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Boy adopted from Russia

Adopted from Russia by Donnie and Tedi Hedstrom. Placement disrupted and whereabouts unknown.
Date:

Agencies involved

Location

Florida
United States
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Boy from Mali in care of Cheryl Carter-Shotts

Cheryl Carter-Shotts and Charlie Shotts fostered a boy from Mali who was disrupted after 4 years. He came to the US on humanitarian parole.
Date: 2000-01-01

Agencies involved

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
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Children adopted by Scott and Karen Banks

2 children, then known as Ethan and Auriel Banks, adopted from Romania by Scott and Karen Banks were disrupted and placed with a family in American Samoa 9 years post adoption. A third child with CP adopted from Romania was institutionalized at age 12.
Date: 2000-01-01

Agencies involved

Organizations: unknown agency for Romanian adoptions

Location

Wyoming
United States
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Children returned to Liberia

At least 8 children returned to Liberia post adoption

See also
Isaiah Allison
Boy adopted from Liberia
Date: 2012-01-01
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Children sent to Nicole and Calvin Eason

6 adopted children sent to serial child collectors Nicole and Calvin Eason. Easons had 2 bio children removed by CPS and both had allegations of sexual abuse.
Date: 2009-01-01

Agencies involved

Organizations: None

Location

Illinois and New York State
United States
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D. adopted by Anita Tedaldi (aka Anita Doberman)

Anita Tedaldi Doberman and her husband adopted a boy, about 1 year old from Ethiopia (not South America as the blog says). After 1.5 years, they disrupted the adoption due to parental attachment issues.
Date: 2009-08-26

Location

Emerald Coast, Florida
United States
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Dmitri Stewart



14 year old boy adopted at age 3 by William and Victoria Stewart was left at Nicole and Calvin Eason's home in Danville, Illinois in March 2007 by his adoptive father. The Stewarts had been Florida residents but were living in Scotland at the time. About 3 weeks later, fearing for Dmitry's safety, Megan Exon and a Georgia woman took him from the Eason's home back to the friend's home in Georgia. Dmitri was turned over to child welfare authorities in Georgia where he was placed in an approved foster care home.
Date: 2007-03-01

Location

somewhere in Scotland
United Kingdom
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Elena Thomas

8-year-old girl adopted from Russia by Peter and Denise Thomas was tried to be sold by her adoptive parents over the internet because they were not capable of handling her and wanted to recoup some of the money spent adopting her.
Date: 1999-05-20

Location

Arapahoe County, Colorado
United States
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Ellie Gertz

7-year-old girl, adopted at birth by Craig and Lori Gertz, was placed with a foster care family in Washington State, because of alleged behavioral problems from FASD.
Date: 2010-07-08

Location

Long Grove, Illinois
United States
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Emily Fuqui Svenningsen and Eric Svenningsen

Emily adopted from China in 1996 by multimillionaires John and Christine Svenningsen was disrupted in 2004 after because she 'was a difficult child and unable to bond with the family'.
Father John had died of cancer in 1997.
Eric adopted from China around 1997 by then widow Christine was disrupted shortly after 'because she couldn't handle 7 children'.

Svenningsens had 5 bio children, the last who was born shortly after Emily was adopted.
Date: 1997-01-01

Agencies involved

Organizations: Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children, Spence-Chapin agency took custody at disruption and may have been the placing agency

Location

Westchester, New York
United States
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Four children adopted through Ukrainian Angels

Four children including one girl and three boys from Ukraine were adopted from an orphanage near Kiev in 2001. The three boys are siblings.

In 2003, at the age of 13, the girl became pregnant, claiming the father was her adopted brother. She was moved to the Liberty God Parents Home, where she delivered the baby, which was subsequently placed for adoption.

At the time a new adoptive home was sought for her. One of the boys was in foster care system at the time of the pregnancy and was expected to be sent back to Ukraine. What happened to the other boys is unknown.
Date: 2003-03-09

Agencies involved

Organizations: Ukrainian Angels

Facilitators

Persons: Cathy Harris

Location

xx
United States
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Gabriel Petrosino (aka Gabor Lakatos)

Following an adoption by American parents, Gabor, also known as Gabriel Petrosino, was taken back to Hungary and left at an orphanage.
Date: 1998-03-01

Facilitators

Persons: Maria Tomasky

Location

Wilton, Connecticut
United States
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Girl adopted by a Salt Lake City Family

A girl with HIV, adopted from Ethiopia in Feb 2009 at 4 years old, was disrupted 18 months later due to behavioral issues.
Date: 2010-08-31

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
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Girl adopted by Kristen Richburg

Toddler girl adopted from Thailand by Kristen Richburg and her then-husband was disrupted after 5 years in the homedue to reactive attachment disorder. There were 2 older biological children in the home. Girl was adopted by a new family. Kristen is an adult adoptee.
Date: 2010-01-01

Location

Boulder, Colorado
United States
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Girl adopted by Tom and Beth Remboldt

Almost 6 when adopted along with her 2 year old bio brother, from Tambov region in Russia, Galina lived with her adoptive family for 3 years before being placed in a Nancy Thomas camp for 12 months. She was then adopted and disrupted again and is believed to be in a 3rd adoptive family.
Date: 2010-10-15

Agencies involved

Organizations: Faithful Adoption

Location

Napa, California
United States
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Girls adopted by Joyce Maynard

2 girls from Ethiopia adopted by Joyce Maynard  in 2010 were disrupted and placed with a new family 14 months later.
Date: 2011-04-01

Location

Mill Valley, California
United States
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Hee Ja Byun (Lisa)

Found by nuns on a street in Pusan Korea, she was placed in a Catholic orphanage until 1963 when at age 2, she was sent to the US to be adopted. At 4 years old, after her adoptive parents-to-be learned she was mentally retarded, her adoption paperwork was stopped. For 13 years after that, she was shuffled among foster homes and institutions, including 3 years in a Kentucky nursing home.
Date: 1962-12-29

Agencies involved

Organizations: US Catholic Committee for Refugees

Location

Unknown
United States
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Inga Whatcott

 small    Inga Whatcott
In Oct 1997, Inga was adopted by Neal and Priscilla Whatcott at age 12 from St. Petersburg, Russia. She was adopted out of birth order; becoming the oldest in the family that included 1 bio child and 2 adopted from China and Taiwan as infants.
Inga had previously been placed with two Russian families who returned her to the orphanage. Once home, she displayed increasingly violent behavior and less than a year post adoption, she was moved to a family in Maryland. That family asked to have her removed from their care and she was moved to two different families in Michigan before finally being placed in a psychiatric facility in Michigan. She was diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder, major depression disorder with psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder.  The Whatcott's were charged with child abandonment and Inga was then placed with three more foster families before being placed in an institution. In 2000 the Whatcott's dissolved the adoption of Inga. They were able to maintain contact with her after the dissolution.

At the time of placement, Whatcotts lived in the Marshall Islands. Later they moved to Whiteby Island, WA.
Date: 1998-09-01

Agencies involved

Location

probably Kwajalein Island
Marshall Islands
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Isaiah Allison

After 4 years in the home Serene and Sam Allison (Serene is the daughter of Nancy Campbell, Above Rubies), Isaiah was placed on a plane back to Liberia with a backpack $40 and a 6 month greencard for Liberia.
Date: 2009-01-01

Location

Primm Springs, Tennessee
United States
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Jade Poeteray

7-year-old girl adopted from South Korea by Dutch diplomat Raymond Poeteray and his wife Meta was surrendered to the Hong Kong social welfare department for readoption, reportedly because the child could not adapt to Dutch culture.
Date: 2007-12-10

Location

Hong Kong
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Jeremy Harper (aka Karolyi Baranyi)

Following an adoption by an American family, Jeremy Harper also known as Karoly, was returned to an orphanage in Hungary.
Date: 1998-01-01

Facilitators

Persons: Maria Tomasky

Location

Connecticut
United States
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Average: 6 (1 vote)

Linda, Michael, and Jeffrey Garber

Linda, Michael and Jeffrey were placed with Judith and Robert Garber in 1979 at ages 9, 7 and 6. Despite repeated requests, Robert and Judith were not given detailed social histories or medical records on the children until 10 years post adoption when they received information on 1 child indicating that prior to placement intensive counseling had been recommended. Linda had been sexually abused by her biological father. A younger sibling was murdered for crying. Jeff and Linda attempted suicide, Michael plotted to kill his parents and all 3 were placed in psychiatric hospitals for some period of time.
Date: 1986-01-01

Agencies involved

Location

Olean, New York
United States
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Michael Stamatis

17-year-old boy adopted from Romania was adopted by a Vermont couple at the age of 15. His adoptive parents dissolved the adoption when he acted out sexually.
Date: 2000-07-01

Location

Vermont
United States
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Nita Dittenber (Nita Durand)


Thirteen year old girl adopted from Haiti by Tony and Michelle Dittenber was sent to 3 other homes starting 9 months after her adoption. She was at 2 Ohio homes including 17 months with Jean Paul Kruse and Emily Kruse. Dittenbers had 4 bio children and 5 children adopted from Haiti.
Date: 2010-09-01

Location

Nampa, Idaho
United States
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Nora Gateley

    Nora Gateley today
Adopted from Guangdong China at age 12 in 1999 by Mike and Patricia McLaughlin of Largo, Florida. McLaughlins had 4 other children (2 adopted, 2 bio) and homeschooled Nora. Nora's leg had been crippled by polio so she wore a brace. Slightly over a year later, at age 14, she was driven to Tennessee by her adoptive father to live with Tom and Debra Schmitz. Schmitz' later adopted her. She was with that family 3 years before authorities removed the all children from the home due to child abuse.
Date: 2001-01-01

Agencies involved

Organizations: probably Harrah Family Services or TediBear Adoptions

Location

Largo, Florida
United States
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Quita Puchalla (Quita Davis)

 Quita Davis Quita Puchalla   Quita Puchalla today

16 year old girl adopted 2 years earlier from Liberia was sent to live with serial re-homers and child abusers Nicole and Calvin Eason who had lost custody of 2 bio children.
Date: 2008-10-04

Location

Kiel, Wisconsin
United States
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Rocio Wolverton

5-year-old girl adopted from Guatemala by Elizabeth Wolverton had such serious emotional problems her adopters desided to dissolve the adoption.

Date: 1999-01-01

Agencies involved

Organizations: A.M.O.R. Adoptions, Inc., A.M.O.R did not do the adoption, but ran the orphanage from which the adoption took place

Location

Indiana
United States
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Sage Christensen aka Sajan Myers (Igor Odnohorchenko)

Sage was placed into a Ukrainian state orphanage at 5 and adopted at age 7 in 2000 by Stephen Myers, an unmarried teacher. Two years later, Sage was removed from Myers'  home when allegations surfaced that Stephen Myers had sexually abused other boys, including a 4 year old Romanian boy who was in his home as a foster child in 1995. At this time, there are no official reports of Myers sexually abusing Sage.

In 2005, after 3 years in foster care, Sage was adopted by Dean Christensen and Jane Olingy, a married couple.
While living in a group home in 2011, eighteen-year-old Sage was charged with murder for a stabbing death.
Date: 2002-01-31

Location

Amherst, Massachusetts
United States
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Samantha - girl adopted by Crystal and Jesse Money

9-year-old Russian girl from Borovichi, Novgorod, adopted by Crystal and Jesse Money from the State of Georgia was returned to Moscow by her adoptive parents because they could not cope with her.

The Moneys, claimed they were not fully alerted to Samantha's condition by the adoption agency, which gave them a glowing account of the girl's personality despite evidence of mental retardation.
Date: 2000-02-01

Agencies involved

Organizations: a Frank foundation affiliated agency

Facilitators

Persons: Nina Kostina

Location

Georgia
United States
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Sanjay Farrow

6 year old boy from Hanoi, Vietnam adopted by actress Mia Farrow, who believed Sanjay had polio. He was adopted by another family after Mia discovered he was profoundly mentally retarded.
Date: 1991-10-01

Location

New York City, New York
United States
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Sasha and Masha

 
15-month-old twins, Sasha and Masha, adopted by a dual citizenship Russian-American woman, Anna S, were found abandoned on a Russian street in sub-zero temperatures with only a note saying she didn’t want them anymore.
The woman reportedly lied about her US citizenship and the fact that she was married to an American. When the authorities discovered this they demanded the adoptive mother give details of the man, and provide his consent to caring for the children. Soon after this, the children were found abandoned
Date: 2012-03-12

Location

St Petersburg, St. Petersburg
Russia
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Sasha Bignell from Ukraine

"Sasha" was adopted in Ukraine at age 7 by Minnesota couple Jeffrey and Michelle Bignell. After two years, the Bignells transferred custody to Glenda and David Kinghorn (see: Girl in care of David Kinghorn) who ultimately placed Sasha in an Arkansas psychiatric hospital where he was diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder. Jeff Bignell removed Sasha from the hospital and took him back to Donets'k Ukraine where he was also hospitalized.
Sasha was returned to Minnesota by county CPS and placed in Northwood Children's Services home.
Date: 2003-04-01

Facilitators

Organizations: Edward Glushchenko

Location

Lakeland, Minnesota
United States
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Shannon Aumock



Shannon Michelle Aumock was born to a sixteen-year-old mother, a victim of sexual assault, and was placed into foster care when she was 3. She was adopted shortly after by a Flagstaff family who later moved to Scottsdale. They relinquished her to CPS when she was 12 due to what they said were “uncontrollable behavioral issues”. When she went missing from her group home at age 16, she was not reported to the police as a missing person. Instead, Arizona Child Protective Services petitioned the court to relinquish their responsibility of her since she had run away so many times and could not find her.

She was found brutally murdered, but her body was not identified for 19 years since there was no missing persons report.
Date: 1988-01-01

Agencies involved

Location

Tempe, Arizona
United States
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Tarikuwa Lemma



Adopted at age 13 from Ethiopia, together with two of her sisters, believing she was coming to America for an educational program during which she would come home every summer and on school breaks. See: Journee, Meya, and Maree Bradshaw case (Tarikuwa Lemma was rename Journee Bradshaw while adopted, she has since changed her name back).

8 months into the adoption, Tarikuwa was sent to her adoptive grandmother in Iowa and told never to return.
Date: 2007-03-01

Agencies involved

Location

Cedar Crest, New Mexico
United States
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Tristan Dowse (Erwin Reynaldi)

Indonesian boy adopted at 2-months by Joe and Lala Dowse was sent back to his mother land at the age of two after the adoptive couple were expecting a child of their own.
Date: 2003-01-01

Facilitators

Persons: Rosdiana

Location

Wicklow, Wicklow
Ireland
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Two Boys from Liberia

In November 2004, first family adopted 2 two male siblings, said to be approximately 7 and 8 years old, but who were in their early teens. Adoption disrupted due to behavior issues and the boys were adopted by another family known to first family before June 2006.
Date: 2006-01-01

Agencies involved

Organizations: Acres of Hope
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Viktor Perdue

8-year-old boy adopted from Russia by Mary Perdue, was unbeknownst to the adopter so emotionally disturbed, she dissolved the adoption.
Date: 2005-10-05

Agencies involved

Facilitators

Organizations: Yunona USA

Location

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
United States
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Pound Pup Legacy