State Investigating Adoption Agency After Death 2/26/13
(Information in the following story is from: Houston Chronicle,
HOUSTON - Texas licensing officials are investigating a North Texas
adoption agency that handled a West Texas couple's adoption of a 3-year-old
The Houston Chronicle reports the Texas Department of Family and Protective
Services is investigating the Fort Worth-based Gladney Center for Adoption.
Department spokesman Patrick Crimmins said the agency is investigating whether
Gladney screened Max Shatto's adoptive parents properly.
Gladney spokeswoman Jennifer Lanter declined to comment, saying state law
prohibits any adoption agency from confirming or denying any information
relating to a family or an adoptee.
The child died at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa on Jan. 21. Russian
authorities have alleged that the child died of abuse, but no charges have been
filed and authorities have yet to release findings of an autopsy on the child.