Parents Discover Adopted Son Molested Six of His Siblings
byKaitlin StanfordOct 21, 2014
To say that Seattle couple Trish and Steven are devoted parents is a bit of an understatement. The pair, who are withholding their last names from the media, have a total of seven children living under their roof—four biological kids, two fosters and, until recently, one adopted child.
The newest child to join their brood is a now-12-year-old boy, who was adopted into the family back in March 2013. But while Trish and Steven were happy to welcome the pre-teen into their home with open arms, it wasn’t long before they started to realize something was very, very wrong.
As the couple shared with KIRO news recently, the upsetting news spilled out after their 8-year-old started making upsetting “sexual gestures” in front of them. After some discussion, the parents were horrified to learn that their new son had not only molested their 8-year-old, but that he’d also come into inappropriate contact with all five of their other children, too. Their discovery came just two months after they had adopted their eldest son.
“I was getting scared,” Trish said. “Then he said he does this to our other one too. I lost it. I was crying.”
The parents were further horrified to learn that at this was not the first time their 12-year-old had molested younger children. After doing some research, Trish herself learned there was “a safety plan” in place at the boy’s previous home. “He wasn't even supposed to be in the same room as younger children,” she says.
Since the couple have adopted the boy and are no longer simply fostering him, he can't simply be taken back by the state. Not that Trish and Steven would ever want that.
“Throwing him away is not an option,” Steven told KIRO. “We’re still trying to do everything we can.”
In the meantime, though, the boy has been sent to live in another home, and is still fully supported by his parents. But while the couple still care deeply for the boy, they are working towards making sure something like this never happens to another adoptive family.
“Not only did the state fail us, they failed him,” said Trish, who is now suing the Washington Department of Social and Health Services along with her husband.
“They lied to us, put our children in danger, and then told us we had to live with it,” she added.