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Is the Solution Really for More Children to Enter Foster Care? [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

 

Last week, in a provocative op-ed in the Washington Post, Naomi Schaefer Riley – a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute – argued that the problem in America’s child welfare system is “not that we’re taking too many children away from their parents. We’re not taking enough.”

To support her claim, she cited a mishmash of statistics, including an increase in the national child fatality rate, and then some isolated data from two jurisdictions involving re-entry rates for children returned home and the number of termination of parental rights petitions filed and adoptions finalized.

She then broadly concluded that this isolated data demonstrates that “many parents are … not capable of caring for their children.”

[For more on this story by Vivek Sankaran, go to https://chronicleofsocialchang...ng-foster-care/32074]

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