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Family Law Keyed to Wadlington
M.H. and J.L.H. v. Caritas Family Services
Citation:488 N.W.2d 282
Plaintiffs sought to adopt a child after learning the wife was unlikely to conceive a child. They contacted Caritas and filled out an application for adoption. Caritas then contacted them telling them they had a child they might wish to adopt, who may have had incest in the family but was in good health and displayed no abnormalities. Plaintiffs took the baby home that day. The baby had serious behavioral problems and emotional problems throughout childhood. Five years later, the plaintiffs learned that the baby’s parents were a 17-year old boy and his 13-year old sister, and Caritas admits to having known this from the time it first made the placement. The plaintiffs then filed an action against Caritas that they had made misrepresentations concerning the child and his parents with the intent to induce them to adopt the child.
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