Foster Parents to Adoptive Parents

I know I’ve got an ongoing thread to work on and that the NYT magazine has a big story on DNA tests and fatherhood coming out tomorrow, but I feel compelled to take a couple of little detours here.   First, here’s a story from today’s Seattle Times.   It celebrates the transition of 175 foster kids in Washington to adoptive kids. 

It’s just worth stopping to note why this is so important.   Foster parents are great, but they are not full legal parents.  As the article makes clear, they do not have full and permanent legal rights.  Adoptive parents do.   Thus, in order to truly secure a legal relationship to a child, a person must move from foster parent to adoptive parent.   And for the kids who are the subject of this article, that’s what happened yesterday.


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