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Monday, May 14, 2018

Adoption isn’t always best

We may never know precisely why Jennifer Hart drove off a cliff in northern California, killing herself, her partner and six children they had adopted out of the foster care system. We do know this culminated many years in which the children suffered severe abuse and neglect, and that despite investigations in multiple states, no child welfare agency intervened.

This tragedy could be written off as an isolated incident to be mourned. But the story also reflects the dangers of our foster care system’s obsession with adoption. The system sprints towards finalizing an adoption, then presumes success, hoists its trophy and takes its victory lap.

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