Being a foster or adoptive parent is a special responsibility that takes kindness and care.
The vast majority of parents who take in foster children want to make a difference in their lives and welcome them into their family. Unfortunately, there are always cruel people who take advantage of the system and wind up hurting children in the process.
In Richmond, Texas, the Ford Bend County Sheriff’s department has removed seven special needs children from a home where they were being malnourished, locked in a closet, and beaten regularly. Originally foster children, they were adopted between 2003 and 2004 by Paula Sinclair and Allen Richardson, who had been abusing them for more than a decade.
Paula Sinclair also adopted an eighth child, a seven-year-old special needs boy, in 2011. He died shortly thereafter, but investigations revealed he died of natural causes.
Child Protective Services does not regularly keep in touch with adoptive families unless there has been an allegation of abuse. Sinclair received up to $540 in monthly subsidies for each special needs child.