Only because I, too, was adopted does this piece of local news really hit home to me.
Local Couple Sues Over Denied Adoption
This black three year old child has been with his white foster family for the majority of his life. The family loves him and wants to adopt him as their son. Not only was the adoption denied, but the child was taken away from his family in what can only be described as a traumatic scene.
Chester County in PA has a law about adoption on the books. There can not be more than one a year. Funny thing is, not one official from Chesco can provide written proof of the policy, or even proof of where the policy was ever enforced. (source)
And it is true the couple did just recently adopt a child.
That child was a niece.
Fine! Don't let them adopt the boy. Make them wait a year, if need be. But for Christ's sake, why make the child a victim by taking him away from the only family he has ever known?
If you ask me, that sounds like state sanctioned child abuse.
The couple is now suing the county to get their little boy back. They are stating that the adoption denial, coupled with the removal of their son, was racial motivated.
With all the information that is available on the case, I can't say I disagree.