Wednesday, June 04, 2008


North Carolina will be re-evaluating their placement policy largely in part because of this case. I believe that we must step up and ask our legislators to change adoption laws all around this country. We are hurting children with the current policies in most states. I know adoptive parents don't like the poke through in their lives. Situations like this and many others must stop. There needs to be better safeguards in place.

Everyone knows that baby selling is illegal. We must make baby buying illegal as well. WE all must held to higher standards in our country. Financial incentives are not working in the foster care system. We have to make changes NOW.

I don't want another adoptee hurt or killed.

Here is the link. Here is the story.

Could Sean Paddock's death have been prevented?

Posted: Today at 6:42 p.m.
Updated: Today at 8:42 p.m.

If Lynn Paddock is convicted of killing her 4-year-old adopted son, a state lawmaker says the state social services system must see what went wrong in allowing Sean Paddock and his siblings to be placed in her home.

Rep. Leo Daughtry, R-Johnston, where Paddock is on trial,offered his view Wednesday as Paddock stands trial for Sean's death.

Her attorneys say the boy's death was accidental. Prosecutors say she wrapped Sean so tightly in blankets that he suffocated.

"We're going to look at this case and see if there is anything we can change to protect the public going forward," Daughtry said.

Long before Sean's death, the boy told social workers Paddock beat him during a pre-adoption visit.

Reports released after his death show social workers ultimately believed Paddock – that he was bruised in a fall from a bunk bed.

However, trial testimony from Paddock's five surviving children spoke of physical and emotional abuse almost on a daily basis and said that the children were kept from the outside world and that they were trained to lie to social workers.

"We were told to tell all social workers there was no spanking," Paddock's stepdaughter, Jessy Paddock, testified week. "The forms of punishment were 'restriction' or 'time out' – those were the terms we were to use."

Including Sean's case, there have been 206 children in the social services system that the state deemed worthy of review by its child fatality task force to see if there are policies that could have helped prevent their deaths.

A task force reviewed the Paddock case, but its findings remain private pending the outcome of the criminal trial.

Sean's biological family is suing Wake County Social Services, where the adoption took place, along with the state and an adoption agency.
Social workers from Wake and Johnston counties were involved in the case.

The state does have a new policy to better define how investigations will play out when they cross county lines.

The state won't say if that's because of the Paddock case, however.

Reporter: Kelcey Carlson
Photographer: Richard Adkins
Web Editor: Kelly Gardner

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Does North Carolina do any follow up after adoptions? The Quets children are in the same area, and this case makes me wonder about follow up.