How is a Hoarder allowed to adopt?

I saw this on A&E's series, Hoarders.

Doug, 38, is a single dad of two adopted children. Kylie (6) and Nate (8) both have special needs and the conditions of their home are only adding to their problems. The family's kitchen is hardly usable and the refrigerator doesn't always work. In fits of rage, Nate pushes over hoarded stacks and throws anything in sight. Now, a social worker will be visiting the house along with the children's therapist, and Doug fears they may remove his kids from the home.

Clip related to Season 2, episode 17:

On the A&E message board, someone posted a very good question.

Do any of you think that people who adopt a lot of kids might be hoarding kids? I know a few families who have adopted kid after kid after kid, and the parents are MISERABLE! The kids seem like objects. I guess my question is: Can someone hoard people like they do cats and memorbilia from lost relatives and birds and newspapers? There was a couple in Ohio (where I live) who adopted several kids with special needs and kept them in wooden boxes! They were finally convicted of some kind of child abuse, but I think it turned out to be a misdemeanor(sp)! The people I know are always getting positive feedback and I see something like a martyr syndrome going on.


According to the A&E website, hoarding is "a serious pathological condition" which requires specialized therapy and treatment.

If hoarding is a pathological disorder, HOW does a Hoarder pass the home-study and get social worker/adoption agency approval to adopt, in the first place?


Hoarding of children

Scroll down this page and you will find a family photo of this family - I call them child hoarders.
I don't know what you would call them. With over ten children at home and two new children to come, how do they take care of these children? Who is their social worker? Who lets them add more and more children? How do they pay for all the food and clothes medical equipment?


I have four children; the last two were 'surprise' twins... there are times I get so stressed from the noise and mess and demands, I just want to poke my eyes out with a rusty ice-pick.

12 kids?  Shoot me.

But that's me and my own non-supported situation.

I know plenty of AP's who belong to church communities where A) the congregation helps pay for the adoption fees B) members of the congregation help care for the kids on a daily basis and C) members of the congregation offer free respite care.

I guess the message is, it pays to belong to a church... provided there's no lurking child abusers hiding among the group of church family members.

How do they pay for all the food and clothes medical equipment?

Quick easy answer is, adoption subsidies (if the adoption is from foster care) and donations.



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