Too Often, Parental Rights Trump Kids Best Interest

It is National Adoption Month, and I’m remembering the four adoptions that I oversaw in my five years as a foster care social worker. These were among the happiest occasions in my child welfare career.

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Marie K. Cohen
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Marie K. Cohen (MPA, MSW) is a child advocate, researcher, and policy analyst. She worked as social worker in the District of Columbia's child welfare system for five years. She is a member of the Citizen's Review Committee for the DC Child and Family Services Agency and the DC Child Fatality Review Commission and a mentor to a foster youth. Follow her blog at, on Facebook at Fostering Reform or on Twitter@fosteringreform.


  1. This woman’s attitude makes me shudder. I can only imagine the barriers parents on her caseload faced when she was an actual social worker, given the view of reunification indicated by this article.

  2. This article is absolutely horrific. Children belong, and are safest, with their FIT biological parents. Stop playing God — you don’t know what’s best for people you’ve never met. Unbelievable.

  3. Slippery slope for children and families when federal and state resources are connected to adoption numbers.

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