Adoptive Parents of Erica Parsons Await Hearing

A custody review has been postponed until after fraud sentencing.

Denalee Chapman January 19, 2015
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It was 2013 when the 19-year-old son of Sandy and Casey Parsons reported his adopted sister, Erica Parsons, as missing. The report was made after a fight with his parents. The shocking thing is that it was nearly two years after she had last been seen by the family.

In 2011 Erica was sent to live with her biological grandmother, according to Sandy Parsons. But investigation into the grandmother shows that she doesn’t exist. Sandy and Casey say they are as baffled as anyone. At Erica’s request, they sent her to live with her grandmother. Regardless, a year later, WCNC reported that very little, if any, progress had been made.

Then in October 2014 Sandy Parsons was found guilty of 43 fraud charges including identity theft, theft of government funds, and defrauding the government. After November of 2011, when Erica was last seen by family members, the Parsons continued to collect government assistance for their adopted child. Casey Parsons also pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges and both are scheduled to be sentenced in February 2015.

The Parsons’ two younger children were removed from their home when the investigation into Erica’s disappearance began in the summer of 2013. They have been living with extended family members, with weekly visits from their parents. But Sandy and Casey want their children back with them. The custody review that was supposed to have taken place last week has been postponed until after the Parsons are sentenced for fraud.

WBTV reports that a “judge that ran one of the earlier custody reviews told Casey and Sandy that unless they could produce Erica, it would be very difficult for them to have their biological children returned to their home.”

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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