August 22, 2021 · 1:00 am
Abandoned teddy bear, Author Ryan Hodnett (CC BY-SA 4.0 International)
WARNING: Graphic Images
Brittany Gosney, a 29 y.o. Ohio woman charged with murdering her 6 y.o. son James Hutchinson, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity .
In a confession now being contested, Gosney alleged that her boyfriend, James Hamilton, urged her to abandon all three of her children. She proceeded to do this, leaving the children in a parking lot at Rush Run Wildlife Area. The youngest grabbed the car door as Gosney gunned the engine, and was apparently dragged.
Gosney turned the vehicle around to check on the boy, and found he was dead. She then loaded the body and her two living children (7 y.o. and 9 y.o.) back into the car, and returned home. Gosney and Hamilton later tossed the little boy’s remains into the Ohio River, and attempted to pass his absence off as a disappearance.
Child abandonment is the practice of relinquishing interest in and legal rights over one’s children in an illegal manner, the intention being never to resume guardianship [2A]. As in the Gosney case, this is often done in such a reckless way that the children’s welfare and their very lives are placed at risk.
The term “abandonment” is generally used to describe physical abandonment of a child. It can, also, however, include severe neglect and emotional abandonment, as when parents fail to provide financial and/or emotional support to minor children for a prolonged period of time.
Apart from the damage severe neglect can cause, this particular form of abandonment may expose a child to sexual abuse by other adults with whom the child then comes into contact. It is not unheard of for addicted parents to trade their young children to sex traffickers in exchange for drugs. Continue reading →
Filed under Child Abuse, Child Molestation, Christianity, Emotional Abuse, Neglect, Physical Abuse, Poverty, Religion, sex trafficking, Sexual Abuse
Tagged as abandonment, absent fathers, abuse and PTSD, abuse and trust issues, God's faithfulness, God's love for abuse victims, narcissism, Reactive Attachment Disorder a/k/a RAD, separation anxiety, single parenting, substance abuse
September 20, 2020 · 1:00 am
The Dept. of Health and Human Services estimates that 1% – 5% of the 135,000 adoptions finalized in the US each year are later legally dissolved.
Second Chance Adoptions, a division of Wasatch International Adoption Agency (WIAA), is one agency that offers “second chance” adoptions. [1A].
Reasons for Re-Adoption
An adopted family may put a child up for re-adoption for a variety of reasons. These can range from financial (involving, for instance, job loss and/or the lack of necessary medical insurance) to emotional (involving, in rare cases, Reactive Attachment Disorder a/k/a RAD).
RAD tends to occur in older children who have been severely neglected, raised in unusual settings such as institutions, or repeatedly deprived of a primary caregiver. Children with the condition are unable to form a strong attachment to their adoptive parents.
Trauma to the Child
Adoption dissolution is no more difficult, legally speaking, than placing a biological child for adoption. Without question, however, adoption dissolution places children at significant risk of trauma.
Not only are their lives fundamentally unsettled; these children may be left with lifelong doubts as to their own value.
As a result, children can suffer from depression or mood swings, and may be susceptible to disrupted bonding. Of course, these are the very children in desperate need of love and stability. Continue reading →
Filed under Child Abuse, Christianity, Emotional Abuse, Law, Neglect, Physical Abuse, Religion, Sexual Abuse
Tagged as adoption dissolution, adoption regulation, family of God, Reactive Attachment Disorder a/k/a RAD, second chance adoption