CO - Parents who adopted abused kids receive settlement, SNAP responds
We’re glad that these victims are being compensated for their abuse, but money will not make their abuse go away. This settlement will save the victims and their adoptive parents the pain of a trial, but sadly allows officials in Adams County to continue saying they did nothing wrong. In fact, nearly everything they did was wrong.
When evidence came that children were being abused, officials should have immediately stepped in and removed the abusers. When these kids were put up for adoption, the parents should have been made aware of the abuse. These children should have been receiving treatment from day one, not years later.
The county may “stand behind the actions” of their employees, but we do not. We hope that an investigation is conducted into the foster care system in Adams County and that steps are taken to protect kids from future abuse while finding those that are currently being abused.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.