The ‘Death Penalty’ of Child Welfare: In 6 months, Some Parents Lose their Children Forever

Agnel Philip, Eli Hager, Suzy Khimm

Once considered a last resort reserved for parents who abandon their children, the involuntary and permanent termination of parental rights now hangs over every mother and father accused of any form of abuse or neglect — including allegations of nonviolent behavior like drug use or truancy.