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In the vast majority of cases, adopted children do not have any significant impairments and are well adjusted. However, for some unfortunate adopted children and families, the placements become disastrous. Adoption agencies, either intentionally or negligently, fail to divulge to prospective adoptive parents all the medical and/or social background information they have regarding the adopted child and his or her family background. As these failures to disclose continue to occur, adoptive parents have turned to the courts to seek redress for these injuries. These suits, often characterized as actions for "wrongful adoption," have been brought under a variety of legal theories, including intentional misrepresentation, fraud, intentional nondisclosure and negligence.

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