Girl adopted by Silver Springs Shores couple

A girl adopted by her great aunt and her husband was sexually abuse from age 6 until age 16. The man was about 77 years old when the abuse started. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Date: 2012-11-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father


Silver Springs Shores, Florida
United States
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Life for sex abuse of child2012-11-16
Man, 87, on trial for sex abuse faces life in prison2012-11-15

Age requirements

I am so repulsed by the age of the accused, I can't think straight.

I know most sending countries, like China and Ukraine, have age requirements that outline what age requirements/age difference between adopter and child is or is not acceptable.  For instance, according to the pages, prospective adoptive parents wanting to adopt from China must be between the ages of 30 and 44 years old to adopt babies around 1 year old, and can be between the ages of 30 and 50 for other children. PAPs up to age 55 will be considered, for a special needs adoption.  According to the same site, PAPs wanting to adopt from Ukraine must be at least 21 years old, and at least 15 years older, but not more than 45 years older than the adopted child.

To my knowledge, the USA has no age limit to adopt.


age limit

yes this make me ill.

I would believe that the only reason this placement was allowed was because of the bio family connection.

Otherwise I can't see it happening, at least I hope it isn't happening

family preservation

This may seem odd coming from me, but I very strongly believe there are some cases where family preservation is not at all in a child's best-interest.

Case in Point:  The Travesty Behind Travis

A case like this one seems to confirm the belief that some family-names are not worth preserving.

Yes family preservation

Family preservation is so very important, but when you read these cases, you also clearly see why screening the home is critical too.

Relative Foster Care

Relative Adoption [link fixed]

Age limit for one parent

Some sending countries require that only ONE AParent to be under a specific age, the other parent does not have to meet that requirement.


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