An Anti-Adoption Policy in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The July 20 Metro article "D.C. Adoptions Drop Sharply, Causing Dismay" omitted a major reason neglected children often remain in foster care rather than getting adopted: The District frequently reduces the annual subsidy that foster parents receive if they decide to adopt their foster children.

That's right, the District provides an incentive for these foster-care parents -- often the most likely candidates for adoption -- not to adopt. In instances when foster parents are nevertheless willing to proceed with an adoption despite this cost, the District saves a little money. But for the remaining children, the incentive has the same effect as any other incentive.



The writer, a lawyer, does pro bono work representing clients who are seeking to adopt neglected children in the District.

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