Surviving the Unthinkable
The boys say they were well cared for when they were first placed with the couple in 1994. The boys say things changed when the Jacksons adopted them in 1996. After the adoption, social services was no longer required to check the boys' welfare. "That's when the Vanessa Jackson that we know now started coming out," TreShawn says.
At the time the boys were removed from the home, there were five other children living in the house—two girls the couple adopted from the foster care system, a 10-year-old foster daughter who was in the process of being adopted and two of the couple's adult biological children. "They were treated differently," Terrell says. "Well fed. Clothes on their backs. Nice rooms. Everything."