Spent many an hour Princess Maker 2 (korean version) as a young kid. Looking back on it now, you could send your adoptive daughter to some pretty seedy places...
Basically you train up your princess ala Long Live the Queen. Micro manage everything from diet, work, studies, vacations/adventures with the hope that she will become a princess. From what I remember, it was pretty tough to do in PM2. The easy route is to send her to a farm to work for 18 hours a day, sleep, repeat (pays the most) and build up her physical strength. Make her a warrior and have her compete in tournaments. You'd really have to screw up to kill her, as she'd mostly just run away and become rebellious if you mismanaged her.
I can't recall if I ever made her a princess. I think there might be an english fan translation floating around somewhere on the internet.
I played the shit out of Princess Maker 5 last year.
Interestingly enough, you can play either the mom or the dad in that one (yes, dad has the wed my daughter ending - it's ok; not blood related)
I played a very demanding dad and ended up with a True Hero Princess who saved all the worlds.
Then I played a highly permissive mom and she ended up a teacher.
This one was really interesting because my daughter actually rebelled and was going down a dark path and it took nearly 2 entire years to patch things up and make her start caring about school again.I actually ended up having to manipulate my daughter to get her trust back.
See, I played with the diet just a tiny bit (not enough for the daughter to realize, but enough for her health to slowly go down) and after keeping that up for some time, she started to become sick rather frequently. Each time it happened, I took the day off from work to nurse her. She thought it was endearing that I would stay with her and nurse her and it fixed the relationship. After she started trusting me again, I used some of that trust to get her to try harder at school.
Yes, I can be a total evil genius when needed.