28 children adopted by Kathy and Dan Blackburn
28 children, many special needs, adopted by Kathy and Dan Blackburn while they were missionaries in Haiti. Parents divorced after 30 year marriage and both alleged the other parent was guilty of child abuse. Initially Dan was granted custody of the minor children, he lost it after the children were neglected.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes
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QUESTIONS: HOW IS IT LEGAL, WHY SO MANY KIDS TO 1 COUPLE?
How is it possible for so many children to be sent to one couple to care for all at once!??! Unless the couple run a 'home' that has actual paid staff to help, this should be considered automatic child neglect just by virtue of the entire set-up of so many children depending upon one couple for parenting. I think there should be a national (federal) law on adult-to-child ratio requirements in homes where foster chidren & adoptees are sent.
2 Questions: 1) Doesn't everyone agree here with me on this? 2) Does anyone know anything about such laws - whether there is a federal standard/law about this - or are there different laws in different states with some states perhaps having No law on this?
there are regulations in many states which is usually around 8 children total for a two parent home, 4 for a single parent; I have heard from at least two local agencies that some adoption association they belong to requires they only approve homes with 5 or less children total;
laws vary from state to state and usually only involve public placed children from foster care
private adoptions are a whole other story and they can through that process adopt as many as they want if directly placed by parents...
INS or what ever it is call now has its own set of rules that also always seems to by bypassed by these mega families....
there is no national law
Thanks for the law info/ help
Thank you so much for the info Rinda.