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6 of caged children adopted from other countries

Article published Thursday, September 15, 2005
6 of caged children adopted from other counties

At least six of the 11 adopted special-needs children removed last week from a Huron County home where they were kept in wooden cages were placed there by children services agencies from other Ohio counties, officials said yesterday.

The adoptions by Michael and Sharen Gravelle of Clarksfield Township included three children from Stark County Children Services in December, 2000; two from the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services in April, 1999, and a boy from a private agency through the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services in late 2001.

Officials from all three agencies said the Gravelles, in each instance, went through a rigorous adoption process that included background checks, inspections of their home on St. John Road, and visits by county staff members or private agency employees to observe how the couple interacted with the children they wanted to adopt....

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