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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
2018 Oct

One of four children adopted by Joseph and Samantha Ferguson was imprisoned, physically abused, and medically neglected by her adoptive parents. The girl was diagnosed with ADHD, yet Samantha Ferguson had taken her off her medication due to religious beliefs.

abuse case
2018 Sep 5

Girl adopted from China by Thomas and  Denise Atkocaitis was imprisoned in the basement. She was only allowed out for an hour a day to get food and use the bathroom. After pleading guilty to the charge of criminal restraint, Denise Atkocaitis did not serve jail time, while Thomas Atkocaitis served six months after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

abuse case
2018 Sep

7-year-old girl adopted from China by Keith Luke Krause and his wife, Katie Rae Krause. The girl suffered a seizure at home and was taken to the hospital, where she was found to have fractures in the ring and middle finger on her left hand, rectal bleeding, abrasions, a pelvic fracture, and weighed just 28 pounds. The girl also had two different subdural hematomas. 

The girl told investigators that her punishments included doing jumping jacks for 15 minutes, running, or taking a cold bath or shower, and  said she would eat crumbs off the table because she was hungry and is sometimes punished for it. The girl recalled one specific incident where she had fallen down outside.  Her mother took her to the bathroom to wash the dirt off her arm and held her arm under hot water for 5 minutes. The girl said she told her mother the water was too hot and that “it was burning,” and skin came off.

The adoptive parents were charged with one count each of felony child neglect and were sentenced to two months in jail and probation.

abuse case
2018 Aug 24
abuse case
2018 Aug 5

Lucas Call, a 2-year-old boy in foster care with Lisa Jo Vanderlinden was killed by his foster mother in August 2018. For that she received a one year sentence. In 2023 she was accused of physically abusing her 8-year-old adoptive son.

abuse case
2018 Aug

Two boys, aged 14 and 15, adopted by Blaine and Donella Busker were sat upon as punishment. The boys were only allowed to wash their clothes once a week and allowed to shower only every other day. The parents padlocked the bathroom that contained the home’s only shower

abuse case
2018 Aug

Three girls and a boy between the ages 5 and 12, adopted by Daryl Head and Laura Cheatham were kept inside boxes that were sealed shut with plywood and screws. Laura Cheatham, who was a former employee with the Missouri Department of Corrections, placed an order with Prison Industries Clothing Division for four kids’ size inmate uniforms.

Olivia Farrell

abuse case
2018 Jun 23

18-year-old woman adopted by Neil and Janet Farrell was systematically abused by her adoptive parents. She was beaten with 10-inch industrial glue sticks, and locked her room for weeks and months at a time with limited food and only sometimes a bucket for a toilet.

abuse case
2018 Mar 26

Six children adopted by Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart were abused by their adoptive parents and died in a murder-suicide when Jenifer Hart drove her SUV off a cliff with all children and her wife in the car.

abuse case
2018 Mar

Five boys and a girl with ages between 12 and 16, adopted by Timothy and Barbara Krause were beaten, starved and imprisoned by their adoptive parents.