Texas Couple Sues Adoption Agency After Discovering Chinese Daughter Had Series Of Undisclosed Medical Issues

Tara West

A Texas couple is suing an adoption agency after they allege the agency knowingly withheld information about their daughter's medical condition during the adoption process. Their 8-year-old daughter from China was adopted via Starfish Children's Services after the couple was told the child suffered from spina bifida. The couple, Robert and Amy Meeker, have adopted special needs Chinese children in the past and agreed to adopt their little girl, Carys, despite her condition. However, when Carys arrived in America, the family says they quickly learned that spina bifida was one of many medical conditions the child suffered from daily. In fact, the Meeker family says that in addition to spina bifida, the girl was also blind, deaf, has hepatitis C, severe epilepsy, scoliosis, and has also suffered from periods of self harm.

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"Carys should have been placed with an 'end of life' family, which in the adoption world means a family that were willing to care and bury a dying infant."


The family is seeking financial restitution for the medical expenses associated with Carys' care. The family says they are not trying to reverse the adoption, but rather have the adoption agency help pay for the care of Carys, as they knew about the medical conditions but kept it from the family in a bid to ensure the adoption went through without issue.

"Despite all the difficulties with Carys, the Meekers say they are not seeking to reverse the adoption, since Carys is now in their care and they love her."

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