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abuse case
The assumption behind child-placement is that the safety and living conditions of a child improve. These cases demonstrate that this assumption is often invalid.
child trafficking case
There is often a fine line between adoption and child trafficking. In many cases this line is being crossed.
coerced adoption case
Adoption is assumed to be the result of a choice made by the parents of the child. These cases demonstrate women are pressured to give up their children.
deportation case
Adoptions before 1997, didn't automatically lead to naturalization. As result, people adopted from outside the outside US that ran into problems with the justice system face deportation to their country of birth.
disrupted placement case
Although the adoptive family is called the "forever family" by the adoption industry, adoptions can end in disruption. These cases demonstrate that the "forever family" is sometimes only temporary
father's rights violation case
Adoption requires the consent of both biological parents. These cases demonstrate that the rights of fathers in adoption cases are being violated.
wrongful medication case
Children in foster care can have serious mental health issues. Too often these children are given large doses of psychotropic medications, just to keep them quiet.
wrongful removal case
The removal of children from their family's should always be a last resort. These cases demonstrate that Child Protective Services sometimes remove children for all the wrong reasons
abuse case
2021 Jan

5 children adopted by Robert and Stephanie Duncan were systematically abused. The primary abuser was their adoptive mother, who regimented and controlled every aspect of their lives. 

abuse case
2021 Jan 1

Three children, aged 8, 9 and 11 adopted by Joseph and Jennifer Wolfthal, were imprisoned by their adoptive parents, while denying them food, pouring cold water on them and forcing them to do squats. The situation came to light when the youngest child was hospitalized with kidney and liver failure, sepsis, pneumonia in both lungs, malnutrition and open wounds on her legs.

abuse case
2021 Jan

Two-month-old child in the process of being adopted by Stephen Kegyes and his hisband was being strangled by her prospective adoptive father.

abuse case
2020 Dec 25

A 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl adopted by Cory and Stephanie Valdez were abused by their adoptive parents. The boy reported he was forced to use the bathroom in a pickle jar, had to drink water out of the toilet, and was placed in a trashcan filled with snow. The girl reported Stephanie Valdez kicked her, tackled her, and sat on her when the girl would ask for more food. She was also sexually abuysed by Cory Valdez.

child trafficking case
2020 Dec

Damir M and his wife, Nadica; Subosic Z and his wife, Azra; Ladislav P and his wife, Aleksandr; and Noah K and his wife, Ivona were detained in Zambia in December on charges of attempted child trafficking used travel documents obtained based on false adoption documents. The 4 children originated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The couples were acquitted in Zambian court.


abuse case
2020 Nov 30

9-year-old boy adopted three years previously by his aunt Jamie Lynne Jackson was found dead in the bath tub. His adoptive mother was charged with criminal homiced. 

Anson had injuries to the anus and pubic areas, marks believed caused by cigarette burns and abrasions to the head, neck, chest, torso, legs, feet, arms, hands and back, the autopsy showed.

While in jail, Jamie Lynne Jackson died of a multi-drug overdose.

Karreon Franks

abuse case
2020 Nov 27

15-year-old boy adopted by Jesse and Felicia Franks, was starved to death.

Josie Ann Abney

abuse case
2020 Oct

10-year-old girl adopted by Randall and Susan Abney was starved to death by her adoptive parents. Both were sentenced to life in prison.

Jonathan Lamber

abuse case
2020 Sep 9

19-year-old mentally disabled boy adopted by Sharon Lambert died severely malnourished and neglected.

abuse case
2020 Aug 20

Three children adopted by Jose and Gina Centeno were allegedly tortured, sexually abused by their adoptive parents.