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Friday, February 02, 2018

The lessons of mass incarceration for child welfare

The platinum anniversary of the most important shift in American child welfare policy in a generation just passed without notice or public discussion. But almost 20 years to the day after President Clinton signed the Adoption and Safe Families Act into law, those in the waiting area of the Bronx Family courthouse heard a 12-year-old sobbing inconsolably outside the courtroom, where he had just told the judge he did not want to be adopted. The judge had gone ahead anyway to terminate his mother’s parental rights—as judges around the country do tens of thousands of times a year to comply with ASFA.

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