Couple Clash With State for Adoption Rights

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Cheryl and Phillip Haddock of Grand Ledge have been waging a legal war with state agencies to receive federal funding for their adopted special needs son Alexander. A son who’s special needs weren’t completely revealed by the agency finalizing the adoption until many years later, according to the Haddocks.

When Alexander was adopted in 1991 the private agency overseeing the adoption allegedly did not share vital information with the Haddocks who requested a health baby boy.

The information not passed on to the family includes Alexander’s birth mother, “Drinking every day of her pregnancy, using marijuana and having Down's Syndrome.”

The results of these factors say doctors lead to Alexander, age 13, needing special care and prescription drugs costing the family thousands per year.

A few years ago after learning of Alexander’s mother’s medical past the family applied for a federal adoption subsidy called title IV-E.

That’s federal funding supporting parents who adopt special needs children.

The Haddocks were denied that funding several times.

Some of the reasons they were denied include the fact that the family needed to apply for the federal funding before their adoption and not several years in, and also that the state should not be responsible for an adoption orchestrated by a private agency.

The Haddocks say the state laws and policy behind the funding is in noncompliance and continue their legal battles with the state, claiming Michigan was notified by the U.S. Government that their policies were not in line with Federal practices.

Both the FIA and Attorney General’s office declined to comment on this story.