Wrongful Adoption: What It Is, What It Is Not
After we adopted our daughter, we discovered that she had significant medical problems. We think our adoption agency was aware of this but didn’t tell us. Is there anything we can do?
By Sam Totaro
From 2003 Adoptive Families Magazine.
“In the vast majority of cases, adopted children do not have any significant impairment, and adjust well. But occasionally placements turn out to be disastrous. In some of those cases, adoption agencies or professionals, either intentionally or negligently, failed to make a good faith effort to identify all of the medical and/or social background information available regarding the adopted child and his or her birth family, and then to divulge that information to prospective adoptive parents. The courts have started to address these issues by allowing lawsuits, commonly referred to as ‘wrongful adoption.’ ” – From the Article