Anybody that’s gone through the process of adopting a child can attest to the fact that it isn’t easy.  But, imagine the red tape involved in the unadoption of a child.  Then again, people may question why anybody would want to unadopt a child.  Apparently, adopted children can inflict shame, distress, and undue pain upon a parent of a troublesome child.  The same can be said for that of a biological child and his/her parents, but if such is the case, the family is responsible for the upbringing of a child, thus the person he/she can turn into.  People who adopt, however, often times don’t become responsible for a child until a good deal of his/her life has passed.  The time not spent with the foster parents can certainly attribute to a child’s future. 

Such is the case for Helen Briggs, a 57 year-old woman from Virginia.  She adopted a boy when he was 9 years-old.  He had lived in 5 foster homes since he was 16 months old, was abused by his biological parents, and is possibly bi-polar.  She claims she was only informed of his past after he molested two younger children while in her custody.  The foster care facility she got the boy from apparently only disclosed the information that the boy was “hyperactive” upon his adoption. 

The boy is now 15 years of age, and a Virginia state law states that after the age of 14 a child must give his/her consent to be removed from his/her adopted parents.  The boy wants Briggs to remain as his mother.  However, given the circumstances, a judge has granted her wish and the boy is back in foster care.  Some caseworkers are disgruntled about the decision, and they don’t believe the misinformation rap.  Instead, they believe Briggs is simply trying to get out of her $427/month child support payment. 

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