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Mother Wants to Unadopt Foster Child

Can you "unadopt" a child once adopted?  One woman in Virginia tried to do so, and a judge initially agreed to her request to relinquish the 15-year old boy, who had been accused of molesting younger children.  The foster mother claimed that the social services case workers had not fully disclosed his background before she elected to adopt the boy.  The foster mother discovered the situation when she was denied the opportunity to act as a foster parent for other, younger children.

Case workers disagree that they failed to disclose the boy's background, but it may not matter.  According to this CNN article, Virginia law requires consent from a child over 14 before the adoption can be undone, and he's not agreeing.  He was adopted at age 9. 

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Tuesday, October 10, 2006


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