Florida Couple Accused of Abusing Adopted Daughter

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A couple from Sarasota, FL stands accused of child abuse after admitting to authorities that they regularly tied up and locked their adopted daughter inside a playhouse, which police have since called a “glorified cage”. 

According to the local Sheriff’s office, the couple’s alleged abusive behavior was discovered after the 12-year-old girl escaped her binds and arrived at a neighbor’s house with zip ties on her ankles and wrists. She indicated that her parents had “abandoned” her, prompting their subsequent arrest. 

Once in custody, the couple admitted to police that they regularly bound the child with zip ties and confined her to a 5 by 7 foot playhouse. However, they maintained it was done in order to control her regular, violent outbursts, citing concern for the safety of their other six children, some of whom are also adopted.

The pair faces aggravated child abuse charges, while their other children were taken into the custody of the state’s Department of Children and Families.

Adoption in Florida 

Choosing to adopt is no small decision. It is one that the state takes very seriously, and one that families are expected to take seriously as well. That’s why, in many states, a lawyer is required to legalize and finalize adoption cases.

Adoption can best be defined as the legal journey through which a minor child becomes a member of a household, other than that of their parents. In the state of Florida, there are four different types of adoption, depending on the relationship between the parent and child, being:

  • Adult adoption
  • Step-parent adoption
  • Close relative adoption
  • Entity adoption (facilitated by an agency or intermediary)

Entity, or agency adoption, remains the most common form of adoption, with prospective parents utilizing a go-between or agency to facilitate in the adoption. Typically, the other forms of adoption deal with children of family members, including a spouse or sibling, and offer a more straightforward process.

Once a child has been placed in a home, the next step is having the adoption legalized and “finalized”. In most jurisdictions, this requires the work of a family law attorney. The only exception may be in step-parent or other close relative adoption scenarios.

Working with a Family Law Attorney 

If you or someone you love is looking to adopt, The Law Firm for Family Law can help. Our firm specializes exclusively in family law, and we are well-versed in the many laws governing adoption in the state of Florida. Throughout our history, we have worked with many clients to successfully finalize adoptions and grow their families, and are committed to doing the same for you and your family.

Regardless of your situation, our attorneys can work with you to reach the best possible outcome.

Let us help you build your family today. As a convenience to our clients, we are proud to offer a complimentary initial consultation to assess your case. To get started, give us a call today at (727) 531-8737.