There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you.
-- Peter DeVries, U.S. author
Special needs adoptions are riskier than traditional healthy infant placements. Sometimes there will be difficulties involving out-of-home care, a child's acting out that endangers others or the child, and even the failure of the adoption. This chapter takes a look at what happens when things go very wrong in adoption.
Marilyn Anthony was playing with her quadriplegic adopted son in their backyard. As she rolled her paralyzed son down the grassy slope of their backyard with her feet, his shouts and laughter filled the air. Their game was one of her son's favorites, allowing him the rare opportunity to move unfettered for a few short moments. A few hours later, the police and a county social worker knocked on her door to investigate complaints by a neighbor that Marilyn had been abusing her child. She had been seen, they said, "kicking" a motionless child around the yard. The child was examined for bruises and even though none were found, and her frightened son corroborated her story about their game, he was almost taken from the home. Only intervention by Marilyn's lawyer was able to prevent her son's removal. After spending several hundred dollars on legal fees, missing work to cooperate with investigators, and learning that her child had been removed from class for social worker interviews, Marilyn was told that the complaint would be dropped due to lack of evidence.