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09/22/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

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Mrs. R. on

The adoption story broke my heart, but the family wasn’t giving up their adopted child. They were placing their child in the hands of excellently trained and experienced care-givers. The child had major cognitive function issues and needed specialized care. We would do the same if our parent or grandparent suffered from Alzheimer’s and wasn’t able to be cared for in our home.

I hope that family is able to continue to heal, and eventually perhaps be reunited.

Barb on

I think the title of this article was horribly misleading. The adoption component of this situation was put in for all the wrong reasons. This is an issue that effects many families, both biological and adopted. And although the biological/adoption issue is certainly relavent in that it’s a part of who these families are, the title made it seem like this family was somehow more willing or more able to, in essence, “return” thier troubled child because she was adopted. I never got the feeling thier decision had anything to do with their daughter being adopted; and placing your child into the care of people who are trained to deal extreme violence associated with brain abnormalities is hardly “giving them up”. I’ve never heard someone refer to a family who is placing a biological child into a long-term inpatient facility for similar issues as “giving them up”.

I wish this family well and whether in thier own home or with the help of trained care-givers in a more suitable setting, I hope that they can continue to work on and build a relationship with their daughter that will give the whole family a sense of peace.

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