Parents Make Heart-Wrenching Decision to Re-Home Adopted Sisters

Harris family who adopted three sisters from a troubled home claim they feared for their lives and requested the girls be re-homed.
2:08 | 10/23/15

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We're going to turn next to the outrage over a former public official and his wife, choosing to give away their adapted children. Here's Elizabeth vargas. Reporter: Justin Harris and wife Marsha had three sons of their own, but had always wanted to adopt. He's a state legislator. Together with his wife, they run a day care center. And they agree to adopt three little sisters, even though they're warned the young girls are scarred. Their mother, a drug addict. But this couple, like so many are confident their faith can help save the girls. That is, they say, until they discover the oldest was simply too damaged to handle. Why did you feel so strongly that she was a danger, a 6-year-old girl? She was gonna kill me with a knife in the front and the back. Reporter: The harrises give the oldest girl back to the department of human services, but they go forward and adopt the two younger girls. Until, they say, they too begin to threaten them. But now the adoption is complete. It's too late to give them back. You were told that not only would you be charged with abandoning these two girls -- We would lose our own three boys. Reporter: So the harrises do something else, a solution called re-homing. Giving the girls to another family. A legal loophole with virtually no vetting, no court oversight, at that point, legal in all 50 states. Elizabeth with us now. And re-homing -- so many of us have never even heard of this. A term borrowed from the pet world? Right, people would give their dog away when they couldn't take care of the dog anymore. They would re-home the animal. It's legal. It was legal at one point in all 50 states to re-home an adoptive child. No court oversight. No vetting of the new family. Nothing at all. The incredible thing is, you uncover what happens to these girls after they are re-homed. It's not easy, but ultimately the girls are okay tonight? They are okay. We spent quite a bit of time with them in their new adoptive family. They are thriving and doing well. And after everything all of these girls have been through, it was the most amazing part of the story, to be able to see that. That is good news. "20/20" tonight, 10:00 P.M., right here. When we come back, the top ten Halloween cost toumes.

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