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In re Lisa Diane G.
Rhode Island Supreme Court
537 A.2d 131 (1988)
A couple (plaintiffs) adopted Lisa Diane G. when she was eight years old. The Department of Children and Their Families (DCF) (defendant), which held legal custody of Lisa Diane prior to the adoption, never informed the adoptive parents that the Bradley Hospital, which treated emotionally disturbed patients, advised against any adoption of Lisa Diane because of behavioral issues. Alleging that DCF’s omission constituted fraud and misrepresentation, the adoptive parents filed suit to nullify the adoption and to recover expenses they had incurred in raising Lisa Diane. The Family Court dismissed the matter on the ground that the court lacked jurisdiction. The parents appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kelleher, J.)
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