I decided to not post about the adoptive mother in the UK story I read yesterday, which to me is so wrong as to make one assume it was fictional – except for the courts conviction. Obviously, the wrong way to get a baby to adopt…
But then I go to WordPress Reader and under the tag adoption what pops up – yet another horror story.
MOUNT HOLLY, NJ (CBS) – A United States Army major and his wife are facing charges for the alleged abuse of their three adopted children, including one who died in May 2008.
From about August 2005 until April 23, 2010, Carolyn Jackson, 35, and John E. Jackson, 37, formerly of the Picatinny Arsenal Installation in Morris County, NJ reportedly abused the three juveniles by breaking their bones, denying them medical attention and withholding water and force-feeding them hot sauce. (read more at the link above)
Obviously, there must be problem with how prospective adoptive parents are being screened by some homestudy or some adoption providers. I honestly don’t care how “rare” this is in adoption. It isn’t just “one” story, or, “one” child. It is a problem that must be addressed, talked about, recognised that adoptive parents should never automatically be given a pass by those around them, simply, because they passed a homestudy or were approved to adopt.