About twenty years ago when my wife and I were dating we talked about adopting children who needed a home. Five years ago it became a reality. We worked with Children's Home Society to become qualified adoptive parents. We attended a parent/child retreat where we were approached by a caseworker and three teenage children seeking adoption. The three teenage children ended up in foster care after their step-grandfather received 101 years in prison his abuse of the three children.At first were we hesitated since three teenagers is a lot. However, they needed a home and we wanted to give them the home they deserved. DSS and others promised us support before and after the adoption. We ended up only adopting two boys of the three children, because the oldest child was 17 and did not want adoption. Initially, things were great. We thought we had the family we had always dreamed of. However, several mental health issues arose and support from DSS and other agencies was non-existent or slow in coming. We succeeded in getting our oldest son through high school and he is now out on his own. However, our younger son was more difficult. His mental health issues turned out to be more severe than disclosed to us. He had a previous mental hospital committal that was not disclosed to us prior to the adoption.After multiple attempts at getting help and fearing our family’s safety, we were forced to have him committed and returned to DSS. Now two years later, we are paying $24,000 in child support to DSS.Our desire to adopted special needs children has resulted in broken hearts, $24,000 child support, and no children. This is wrong. People who adopt special needs foster children should be encouraged and supported. Not punished.We ask for your assistance in paying this debt for trying to give a foster child a home.