Thanks to Peach for first posting this story, another in what I call the “buyer beware” category.
From ABC News: Oklahoma couples wants to return adopted child to the state.
I’m wondering why the family doesn’t believe the residential treatment center who says the son is no longer a danger.
I hate that the video clip begins with the mom acting all caring, talking to their son on the phone (if she’s really doing that, my hunch is it’s set up to elicit sympathy for the mom).
This is the part that gets me – and it’s not that I’m not sympathetic to the family. I’ve worked with children who have been abused and neglected. I do understand that some kids have a hard time blending in to an adoptive family.
The article states,
There are 11,0000 children in Oklahoma’s adoption system. This year, only 13 adoptions have been dissolved — an expensive and lengthy legal process that’s similar to a divorce. The Wescotts can’t afford it, so they’re trying to have the law changed.
The Wescotts are part of a group seeking changes in state law that would allow adoptive parents to return custody of foster children to the state in certain circumstances.
“If a family can show that they have exhausted every resource… every opportunity they can … to save their families and this is what they’re left with, then I think they should have this as an
option,” said Tina Cox of the Adoptive Parent Support Group. “No one should be held hostage in their own homes.”
Listen to the commentary afterwards too.