When will it stop and what is the solution?

12 Jan

A child adopted from China 5 years ago died in October, 2011 at the age of 7.  When the father returned home he found the mother injured and the child unconscious.  The child was pronounced dead at the hospital, and the mother was charged with first-degree murder in her death.

Chelsea mom charged with killing daughter to stand trial (excerpt below)

A western Quebec woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of her seven-year-old daughter, has been found fit to stand trial.

Kathrine Dufresne, 53, appeared in court Monday morning, where the results of a 30-day psychiatric evaluation were presented.

Dufresne will be in a detention centre in Montreal while awaiting trial. The psychiatric assessment recommended her condition be regularly monitored.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 28

Chelsea mother charged with killing daughter dies of suicide (excerpt below)

OTTAWA — A Chelsea mother accused of killing her seven-year-old daughter has died in police custody, the Sûreté du Québec confirmed Thursday.

Kathrine Dufresne, 53, was found unconscious in the shower area of the Hull Detention Centre Wednesday morning. She died Wednesday around 9 p.m., the SQ said.

Earlier this week, Dufresne was found fit to stand trial for first degree murder in the death of her adopted daughter Sophie Fitzpatrick.


Critics will say that abuse and/or murder of an adopted child is rare, but when you stop and do the math based on the number of children adopted vs the number of non-adopted, I think you may find little difference in the statistics.  Far too many were murdered in 2011 alone. 

I stand by my previous comments – adoptive parents must be held to a higher standard of conduct.  The intentionality of adopting.  The process of adopting with all the checks, vetting, and education taken.  The knowledge available about adopting children and the challenges that may be posed is readily available.  There is no excuse.  There are far too many children who have been adopted (especially from hard places), who are being abused and/or murdered by the very same people who were intrusted with their care.

How about for 2012 everyone in the adoption community starts talking about this as a real issue, and demand real solutions must happen.  If we don’t, how many more children who are adopted will die this coming year?  How many?


Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Adoption, adoptive parents


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4 responses to “When will it stop and what is the solution?

  1. momsomniac

    January 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I know I have said it here many times, but I was shocked that there was no psych evaluation when we were adopting. I don’t know what the steps are to put that in place….but it seems like it should be.


  2. The adopted ones

    January 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Mom – you would think a psych eval would be mandatory. I know people get upset because you don’t need the scrutiny to procreate naturally – but this is a child under state / government / multi-countries are responsible for in placing. I just see a rise in the at least the number of cases reported in the media along with all the *dissolutions* which are really exactly the same as Termination of Parental Rights mothers go through – but I guess “dissolutions* sounds better..

    It all needs to be fixed. Adoptees don’t need more added to their shoulders – they have enough crap already.


  3. momsomniac

    January 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I find it hard as it is to put into words, but speaking as someone who is both and adoptive and bio parent, let’s just say “I agree”.


  4. veggiemom

    January 13, 2012 at 1:51 am

    You are absolutely right…adoptive parents should be held to a higher standard.



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