Okla. Couple Fights to Give Back Adopted Son

They say he's violent and needs more help than they can offer
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2009 2:59 PM CST
Melissa and Tony Wescott of Tulsa, Okla., adopted their son in 2007.   (ABC News screen shot)

(Newser) – Tony and Melissa Wescott of Oklahoma adopted their son in 2007—and now they're fighting to give him back to the state. The 11-year-old has been in a psychiatric hospital for nearly a year after killing animals, trying to burn their house down, and regularly running away. He's been diagnosed with everything from post-traumatic stress disorder to fetal alcohol syndrome. Now he's been OKed to return home, but the Westcotts don't want him. They're so afraid, Melissa Wescott tells Good Morning America, that she plans to stay awake at nights while her husband sleeps.

But the state doesn't agree, reports ABC News. "A parent is a parent," said the director of Oklahoma's post-adoption program. "It doesn't matter where the child came from." She says prospective parents know the risks of adopting troubled children. For now, the Wescotts are fighting for a law that would allow children to be returned to the state under certain circumstances. A Oklahoma legislative panel is looking into the issue.

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