Baby died in care of foster father who adopted 15 kids

Editors notes: Baby died in care of gay foster father who adopted 15 kids. Husband is Stephen Ham.
Abusers job or title:: Gay Fostercarers with 15 children and an infant.
Type of protection : Granting release

Phoenix. Multiple parents are grieving the loss of 4-month-old Samora Cousin. The infant girl died in the backseat of a van Tuesday afternoon, according to Phoenix police.

She was in the care of a foster parent who told officers he picked up the baby for an appointment and forgot to drop her off again before returning to work at the Washington Elementary School District Service Center, where he was a supervisor.

Abuser Name or Alias:: Roger Ham - had 15 adopted children in his [care].
Abusers Organisation:: Arizona Child Protective Services
Type of Abuse:: Physical, Neglect, Death, Medical neglect

Mom charged in adopted daughter’s murder says she ‘wanted her to go away’

Adoptive Mother Charged in Teen's Murder Testifies

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- A mother charged in the death of her adopted 14-year-old daughter gave chilling testimony Wednesday in a Pennsylvania courtroom.

Sara Packer took the stand against Jacob Sullivan, 46, smirking as she told jurors that she hated her daughter, Grace, saying "Grace has become, for the lack of a better term, a non-entity. I wanted her to go away."

Pa. woman charged in horrific rape and dismemberment of her adopted daughter had been foster mom to more than 30 kids

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania woman charged in the rape, murder and dismemberment of her adopted 14-year-old daughter took in 30 foster kids before her then-husband was deemed a sexual predator.

State officials on Friday confirmed that former adoption worker Sara Packer and her ex-husband fostered the children from 2000 to 2010, when they led a transient life in northeast Pennsylvania.

The state's Department of Human Services said it was reviewing the family's history leading up to the torture death of adopted daughter Grace Packer.

Why did it take a child's death to reveal adoption system failings?

Abusers job or title:: Adoptive Father

The case of Elsie Scully-Hicks highlights inadequate levels of scrutiny that social workers have long known need reform

Undated family photo of Elsie Scully-Hicks

Our adoption system is failing children. The review into the death of Elsie Scully-Hicks identified important lessons for professionals involved in protecting children. But it does not go far enough: it misses a number of fundamental flaws in the system that were evident before her death. These flaws can lead to vulnerable children being rushed into unsuitable adoptions, and then pushed back into care once the adoption breaks down.

This should not be news to social workers, adopters or foster carers. But there is a culture of unquestioned optimism and inadequate scrutiny of decision-making through the process that can be disastrous. Indeed, it should be no surprise to anyone working in the system that one theme of the review was that, with the benefit of hindsight, professionals were excessively positive about Elsie’s adoptive placement.

Type of Abuse:: Death