Foster families hit with massive legal fees following new adoption ruling

SANDY — A recent Utah Supreme Court ruling has unintended consequences for many foster families who decide to adopt. They’re now facing huge legal fees they never saw coming.

Jackson, 3, and Liam, 6, are now part of one big family. It’s hard to imagine the lives of these two carefree brothers were once anything but carefree. Jackson was just 16 months old when he was taken in by his new foster family. They say he had been abused.

“Just changing a diaper for the first time, he went white, pale, his body went stiff, his hands went up, it was just the scariest thing,” remembers Doug, his foster dad.

Foster mom Janet told KSL, “I literally held him for four days. I could not put him down he was so afraid.”

Liam was only 4 years old when he was taken in.

“He was having trouble getting along with other kids, and we’re in the car and I said, why are you hitting?” Doug recalled. “And he goes, ”cause everybody hits me.'”

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