Lawmaker Pushes For Law To Prevent ‘Re-Homing’ Of Adopted Children

COLUMBUS, Ohio -An Ohio lawmaker is introducing a bill to stop the practice known as re-homing, a new form of human trafficking involving illegal placement of adopted children.

The concept involves cases of private adoption, often from a foreign country, where the adoptive parents later decide if the child is unacceptable – for whatever reason.

The parents then visit a website and offer custody of the child to others, calling it temporary respite care.

The practice is called re-homing, and in Central Ohio, it was highlighted in the case of Jean Paul and Emily Kruse in Marysville.

Jean Paul Kruse pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three daughters. The allegations were first raised by a teenage adoptee from Haiti who stayed with the Kruse family for more than a year under a re-homing agreement.

State Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Union County) said the practice is open for abuse.

“This latest form of human trafficking, we’ve learned that children are being abused in this process through various forms of labor and sexual trades. We are only beginning to scratch the surface of this very real problem,” Pelanda said.

Pelanda has proposed legislation that would require the involvement of juvenile court whenever someone tries to enroll a child in a school with respite care custody documents.

Pelanda said she’s working with judges on some amendments to the bill to ensure it’s workable and effective.