Miscarriage of care.

By Jennifer Roback Morse

“Family Buries Toddler” read the headline in the San Diego Union Tribune. Police arrested the child’s foster mother, on suspicion of her perpetrating the massive brain injuries which caused the two-year-old’s death. But the people really responsible for the child’s demise will never be arrested. Although it is customary to blame the incompetence of the foster-care system for a senseless death like this, foster care per se did not kill Malachi. The child welfare system’s unwillingness to terminate parental rights killed him. (more…)

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

This article was first published in Townhall.com on March 13, 2006.

The strongest argument in favor of adoption by gay couples is that without it, children will languish in foster care. That argument doesn’t work. There are plenty of married couples willing to adopt. The real reason foster children don’t get adopted is that they are not legally available for adoption. To find out what this has to do with the sexual revolution, read on: (more…)

By Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

Originally published at www.townhall.com on January 2, 2006.

It was the headline that did it: “Hussein dwells on own predicament, not on testimony.” I’m thinking, I know this guy. He sounds a lot like some of the kids I’ve seen in my years around the foster care system. This guy is a socio-path, most probably with reactive attachment disorder. (more…)

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

It is the “nuclear option” in divorce and custody cases. It is the nightmare scenario for foster parents. It can be the end of a teaching or child-care career. What is it? It is a false allegation of child abuse. This is not only a particularly vicious form of fraud; it is one of the few lies that the legal system makes no effort to punish. There is, for all practical purposes, no penalty for making a false accusation of child abuse. (more…)

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What Dads Do

Social science has shown beyond any shadow of a doubt that dads matter. But there is a lot of controversy over what exactly dads contribute. It isn’t just that two-parent households have more income, although they do. (more…)

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