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Foster Care is Dangerous

November 8, 2005 permalink

A new scientific study published in Pediatrics magazine shows unsurprisingly that natural parents take better care of their children than unrelated adults, but then measures that unrelated adults are 50 times as dangerous as parents. This suggests that the best interest of the child is served by foster care only for parents 50 times worse than normal -- children should not be taken from parents for bad housekeeping, or even drug abuse. The data comes from studies of fatalities in Missouri conducted by the social services system itself, so social services cannot contest it on grounds of biased data. Unlike all other studies, it suggests that fathers are more dangerous than mothers, but the sample seemed too small to produce reliable information on this issue.

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