“With a court-imposed deadline looming for the government to reunite families separated at the US-Mexico border under President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) told reporters on Thursday it doesn’t know exactly how many of the children in its care were separated from parents under the policy.”
Dara Lind, Vox July 5, 2018
“Neither DCF nor the courts maintain a separate, specific tally of the number of times each year judges terminate a parent’s rights for good. Those decisions, sometimes described as the child-welfare equivalent of the death penalty, float within the larger pool of child protection cases.”
Jenna Russell, Boston Globe February 9, 2019
When a government agency can’t even be bothered to keep track of the families it is breaking up, you know there is something wrong.