The abuse of children who have been adopted by their adoptive parents is particularly tragic, considering that adoption is supposed to be the safe haven for children who have already experienced the traumatic dissolution of their birth families.
A recent case of the abuse of internationally adopted children born in Russia and adopted to a family in Wisconsin has increased the tensions between Russia and the U.S. when it comes to the welfare of Russian adopted children. At least 18 Russian adopted children have been murdered by their American adoptive parents and many more Russian adoptees have been abused.
According to reports, the adoptive parents in this case targeted their adopted children for abuse and included their biological children in the abuse.
Below are a selection of news reports about this case.
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Abuse charges against Walworth County couple bring international attention
- Walworth County Today - Lake Geneva parents stabbled, pepper sprayed children
- GazetteXtra.com - Arraignment set in Walworth County adopted child abuse case