76+ Children adopted by Diane and Dennis Nason


From 1968 to 1990 the Nasons adopted between 76 and 84 children, most of them having special needs, to form their "Celebration Family" or "Nason Nation". The also had 6 biological children. Eventually they formed their own school "Great Expectations".

Allegations involve physical abuse, mental injury, neglect, sexual abuse among siblings, and sexual abuse by Dennis Nason. Three small children died of neglect: Natasha (India or Bangladesh), an infant girl who allegedly died of malnutrition and starvation in March 1988; and Jason, 2, and Jodi (Chile), 4, who each died of shigella (dysentery) in 1985, just a few days apart.
Jason Nason Jodi Nason<-- Jason middle, Jodi right
Some of the 76 children they adopted have told of being beaten and being shocked with a cattle prod. At least one younger child, was allegedly caged in his beds. A 27-year-old woman adopted when she was 10 said that Dennis Nason, 49, molested her and attempted intercourse, and that she was forced to eat a bar of soap. She also said she had been hit with a belt during meals for eating too slowly and was hit again when the first beating caused her to urinate.

Diane and Dennis found new homes for at least 40 of the 54 children who lived in the Nason home between January and March of 1991 (Among the charges against them is that Dennis and Diane forged documents, medical histories, to get these children placed.)

The Nasons were acquitted of abuse charges, but convicted of racketeering and forgery involving the children's paperwork.

The children were adopted from Vietnam, India, Korea, Mexico, El Salvador, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, and from United States foster care.
Date: 1991-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Lethal neglect, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling, Other non-family member
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Oregon Department of Human Services, Private domestic adoption agencies, International Adoption Agencies
Persons: Mother Teresa

Location

Sisters, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps
Documentsort iconDate
BOY DENIED RETURN TO PARENTS' HOME 1992-07-02
MARINE TESTIFIES ON NASONS' ALLEGED ABUSE OF CHILDREN (mentions Jason)1992-08-25
$935,000 awarded to woman, son2000-10-13
'United Nasons' adopt unwanted children near and far1982-01-04
ABUSE OR LOVE? NASON TRIAL JURY WILL DECIDE (mentions Natasha, Jodi, Jason)1994-11-02
ADOPTED CHILDREN ACCUSE OREGON COUPLE OF ABUSE1992-08-31
Adoptive Parents Of 76 Charged1993-11-23
ALWAYS ROOM FOR ONE MORE THE NASONS OF OREGON OPEN THEIR DOOR TO DOZENS OF CHILDREN1985-12-15
Amanda (formerly Nason) Mays: A Portland woman rescued from the slums of Calcutta believes she's the armless infant with Mother 1997-09-13
ANOTHER SON TAKES THE STAND1992-08-26
CAGING OF CHILDREN ALLEGED (mentioned Stephen (Nason) Massey)1992-08-25
CARROLL CASE NOT EXACTLY ONE OF A KIND1994-11-30
Couple adopts Unwanted Kids1982-01-06
COUPLE CLEARED OF NEGLECT, ABUSE CHARGES; PARENTS TO 84 ADOPTED CHILDREN LOSE LESSER COUNTS 1995-11-23
Couple Convicted Of Some Charges In Oregon Adoption-Family Case1995-11-23
DAUGHTER TESTIFIES AT NASON HEARING 1992-04-20
Disorder Turns Half Of Girl's Body To Bone -- `Fracture Healing Gone Mad' Doesn't Stop Her (Mentions Robin Nason Newton)1992-02-05
Former water company book keeper arrested (mentions sexual abuse of Nason children)1996-03-27
Foster Parents To 76 Charged1993-11-26
Friends Stand Up For Nasons1993-11-27
HONORED NASONS GO ON THE TOWN AND 8 OF THEIR 71 KIDS JOIN FUN 1987-09-26
Letter to the Editor of Nugget News1996-04-03
NASON DAUGHTER CONTINUES TESTIMONY AT CUSTODY HEARING 1992-08-21
Nason defense questions key witnesses (Mentions Mandy Nason Mays)1995-10-25
Nason trial hits snag with anonymous call 1995-11-04
Nason trial nears climax (mentions Donny bio son)1995-09-27
Nason trial nears final chapter1995-09-20
Nason trial: After a year, the jury is out (mentions Jodi, Jason & Natasha Nason) 1995-11-15
NASON-CASE LAWYERS WORK ON SETTLEMENT 1992-08-27
Nasons acquitted of manslaughter; guilty of forgery, racketeering 1995-11-29
Nasons await sentence (mentions Debbie Nason)1996-02-14
Nasons denied new trial 1996-01-24
Nasons face the future (mentions Buddy)1996-02-21
Nasons file for new trial1995-12-06
Nasons to serve 60 days and The Sentence1996-02-21
NEW TRIAL REQUESTED BY COUPLE ACCUSED OF MISTREATING CHILDREN1995-12-05
Notice of Press Conference Thursday, October 12, 2000 (mentions Mary Jane Nason Cornyn)2000-10-12
OREGON COUPLE WHO DREW PRAISE FOR ADOPTING DOZENS ARE ON TRIAL1994-09-24
Pair Who Adopted 76 Embattled1994-02-11
PARENTS TO 90 GUILTY IN FORGERY1995-11-23
Parents Who Adopted 76 Targeted In Abuse Probe (Mentions Stephen Nason Massey, Mentions 27 yr old daughter)1992-09-06
SOME NASON CHILDREN JOIN IN DEFENSE OF PARENTS (mentiond Gary, Kari, Donnie)1993-12-06
THE NASONS' `CELEBRATION FAMILY' -- ITS RISE, FALL1992-09-21
Were 84 kids too much?1993-12-10
`CELEBRATION FAMILY' TAKES ITS STORY TO COURT 1992-02-10
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The Nasons Were Acquitted Of Abuse?!

For serious?!!!

I just found this site. I write news headlines for San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles Counties, for radio. I am amazed continually at the number of horrific child abuse and child murder cases--they never seem to end. Just this week arraignment was postponed for a Banning couple accused of killing their two-year-old daughter. The mother is in jail, in ICU, 7 months pregnant.

It happens so much, so much, that I really wonder ----why aren't people considering this an emergency? How can this happen so much? Something must be done!

Anyway, I wanted to comment and thank you for the details on this site. It's a very interesting resource. I can't believe these people were acquitted; the daughter must not have testified, nor any of the abused children.

Location

Pound Pup Legacy