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Children adopted by Judith Leekin

2007 Jul 30


Four separate NYC agencies: HeartShare Human Service, St. Joseph’s Children’s Services, SCO Family of Services, and New York City Administration for Children’s Services

Eleven teenagers and young adults were held like prisoners in Trinidad native Judith Leekin's home in what appeared to be a decades-long scheme to line her pockets with the government payments she received for adopting and raising them. She adopted at least 11 children and fostered at least 22 children. One of the children an 18-year-old boy named Shane Graham, aka Moo, with autism, Down syndrome and needing round the clock care, is missing, and presumed dead. An infant placed with Ms. Leekin died in 1988 of "crib death".

The children did not attend school. The police and CPS investigated Leekin for abuse in 1999.


Title Publication date
Eight in Adoption Abuse Case Agree to $17.5 Million Settlement With Foster Agencies 2014 Aug 27
The Adoption Subsidy: Good Intentions Unfortunate Realities 2013 Jun 7
Judith Leekin lawsuit: Partial settlement reached in Port St. Lucie child abuse case 2012 Dec 10
City Settles With Disabled People Fraudulently Adopted in ’90s and Abused 2012 Dec 6
Judith Leekin Lawsuit: NYC Agrees To Pay $9.7 Million To Abused Foster Kids 2012 Dec 6
Editorial: Some measure of justice might come for victims of Judith Leekin of Port St. Lucie 2012 Jan 15
$68 Million Settlement Proposed for 10 Children Fraudulently Adopted and Abused 2011 Dec 29
Judith Leekin, AKA “Eastlyn Giraud," and the Ease of Fooling New York City's Child Welfare System [opinion] 2011 Aug 26
New Look at City Lapses in Adoption Abuse Case 2011 Aug 25
Answer in ‘House of Horrors’ Lawsuit Expected This Month 2009 May 5
Lawsuits filed over severely abused special-needs children 2009 Apr 30
Abusive adoptive mom's kids seek money for treatment 2009 Apr 30
Adoptive Teenager Recounts Childhood of Abuse 2009 Apr 30
Suit Contends City Failed to Prevent Adoption Fraud 2009 Apr 29
Police Use Radar To Search Yard Of Leekin's Former Home 2009 Feb 25
Police search for the remains of a missing Port St. Lucie boy 2009 Feb 25
Police return to Leekin home with radar 2009 Feb 25
Police Search Yards Of Leekin's Former Homes 2009 Feb 22
Former Queens Resident Gets 20 Years For Abusing Disabled Kids 2009 Feb 5
Fla. woman in adoption scam gets 20 years 2009 Feb 5
Fla. woman in adoption scam gets more prison time 2009 Feb 5
Judith Leekin sentenced to 20 years 2009 Feb 4
Judith Leekin sentenced to 20 years for abusing disabled adults 2009 Feb 4
Port St. Lucie woman accused of abusing 11 adopted children sentenced to 20 years 2009 Feb 4
Leekin court hearing postponed 2009 Jan 26
Leekin to accept plea deal in Port St. Lucie child abuse case 2009 Jan 8
Leekin to accept plea deal in Port St. Lucie child abuse case 2009 Jan 8
Leekin facing new charge in extensive child abuse case 2008 Nov 26
back in Fla. 2008 Aug 28
4 charged with NYC child welfare thefts 2008 Jul 16
Lawyers: Severely punish NY woman who abused kids 2008 Jul 14
Port St. Lucie woman accused of abuse may go to trial soon 2008 May 27
New York: Guilty Plea in Fraud Scheme Involving Adoption of Disabled Children 2008 May 23
NY woman pleads guilty in adoption scam 2008 May 20
Adopted Leekin child remains missing 2008 Jan 11
Police: Woman accused in adoption scam may have killed child 2008 Jan 10
New York judge still ponders release of records in Leekin case 2007 Oct 6
Leekin asks court for public defender in PSL abuse case 2007 Oct 4
Leekin's son dropped from criminal investigation in child abuse case 2007 Oct 1
ACS’S 'KID' GLOVES 2007 Sep 16
Son in abuse case may be charged 2007 Aug 22
Police: Adopted children tormented; scam widespread 2007 Aug 19
Adoption Scam Stretched From NYC to Fla. 2007 Aug 18
11 children endure scars of adoption scam 2007 Aug 18
Adoption records to help case, kids in Judith Leekin trial in PSL 2007 Aug 17
One kid in PSL abuse case may be dead 2007 Aug 11
(Update 3) 11th Adoptee May Be Dead 2007 Aug 11
New York Stymied Fla. Adoption Inquiry 2007 Aug 7
One Woman, 11 Adoptions and a Time of Urgency 2007 Aug 2
Cops Find 9 Adopted Kids Handcuffed, Starved 2007 Aug 1
(Update 2) The Number of Known Adoptees Has Risen to 11 In Abuse Case 2007 Aug 1
Criminal Case After Adoptions Spurs Review 2007 Aug 1
Adopt ma began her cruel $3M 'con job in 1970's 2007 Aug 1
Police: Handcuffs scarred adoptees' wrists 2007 Jul 31
Update: Greed, Motivation For Abuse 2007 Jul 31
Children’s Services Assists With Investigation of a Florida Woman Charged With Adoption Fraud and Child Abuse 2007 Jul 30
Records point to extent of abuse by PSL woman 2007 Jul 25
Judith Leekin's arrest warrent 2007 Jul 24
Do You Know This Woman? Arrested for the Abuse of 9 People In Her Care 2007 Jul 22
Port St Lucie Police 1999 report on Judith Leekin 1999 Feb 5
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