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Another Narrative Busted: Record Number of Foster Care Children Adopted in Permanent Families in Alabama

Another Narrative Busted: Record Number of Foster Care Children Adopted in Permanent Families in Alabama

Little, if anything the media and the outrage brigade are saying about Alabama’s bill or Alabama or the pro-life movement is true.

One of the worst and most dishonest arguments from the pro-abortion crowd is that pro-lifers don’t care about children once they’re here. A particularly grotesque argument maintains it’s more charitable to murder an unborn child who might be born into less than affluent circumstances than to ensure their life is protected and honored.

Alabama, who recently passed stringent abortion restrictions, fully intending to provoke a court battle, recently set a record for the number of foster care children adopted out of the system and into permanent homes.


There were 710 foster children adopted during the year that ended Sept. 30, up from 509 in fiscal year 2017 and 502 in 2016. The previous record was 676 foster children adopted in fiscal year 2009, according to the Alabama Department of Human Resources, which oversees the foster care system.

“It sends a strong, wonderful message to all the foster care children in our state,” Ivey said at a news conference at the Capitol, where she posed for photos with children and their families.

There are about 6,375 children in foster care in Alabama. DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner said about 70 percent of foster children return to their biological families.

“But those that don’t, they need their own loving caring, permanent family and that’s what it’s all about,” Buckner said.

Buckner said there were probably about 250 children in the system in need of adoption for whom DHR has not found an adoptive resource. Those are children whose parents have lost their parental rights. The number of children in that situation has been fairly stable — 234 at the end of fiscal 2016 and 236 at the end of 2015.

Buckner said the increase in adoptions in 2018 is the result of a joint effort that involves juvenile courts, probate judges, DHR and other partners.

“We recognize that children need permanency,” Buckner said. “We all need family. We need family connection. And we’ve all gotten together. We’re doing some partnership things together. So, we’re all on the same page and we’re trying to push permanency through.”

Kiss that narrative good-bye!

Alabama’s bill was sponsored by a woman, Rep. Terri Collins (R) and signed into law by a woman Governor, pushed by a pro-life movement spearheaded by women — not men in suits who know nothing about motherhood and all of its glorious and blessed struggles.

“This bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection. I have prayed my way through this bill. This is the way we get where we want to get eventually,” Rep. Collins told the Washington Post.

Little if anything the media and the outrage brigade are parroting about Alabama’s bill or Alabama or the pro-life movement is true.

As usual, the facts (and science) are not with the pro-abortion crowd.


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For abortionists, the only acceptable result is where the child is dead at the end whether in utero or recently born. It’s the only result the accomplishes the primary social goal: reducing the population of societies “undesirables” (blacks, hispanics and poor white people). That is why abortion clinics are concentrated mostly near those neighborhoods, along with liquor stores and homeless shelters

TrickyRicky | May 22, 2019 at 8:27 am

That is also why Margaret Sanger is a saint to the left.

PP is a business. I think that gets lost in the shuffle.

It’s a dishonest argument anyway, which would never be made in any other context. Think back to the period when black people were being lynched; there were many many white people who didn’t personally much care for black people, but organized and demonstrated against their murder and for an anti-lynching law. Now imagine confronting those people and telling them that since they don’t like black people, and are not interested in improving their miserable lives, they should be OK with their murders, let alone that murdering them is actually a kindness, rescuing them from a life of poverty and discrimination!

All it might mean is that their Child Protective Services (see Medical Kidnap) is more draconian and tyrannical than other states. Your sink was dirty so you had to lose your parental rights. The kid fell down and got a bruse, but it must be abuse (the hospital doctor says so) so you lose your kids.

Or that your kid had a fever but you didn’t take him to the ER like the doctor ordered and the SWAT team came and took all your kids – oh, that was Arizona.

Foster Care is there so CPS can break up families instead of working through problems.

    Milhouse in reply to tz. | May 22, 2019 at 11:06 am

    This isn’t about how many kids go into the foster system, it’s about how many come out. So while your point is correct, it’s also irrelevant.

    gonzotx in reply to tz. | May 22, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Clearly you don’t know what you are talking about. Yes, there are zealot and abusive CPS workers but over all they have an incredible hard and often thankless job , removing abused children from families, if there is a parent present at all!
    I worked with abused kids, kids whose parents were strung out, no electricity, no food, eating out of garbage cans, kids sold for sex to pay for drugs
    The first thing CPS does is remove the children from the dangerous situation and then try to find decent family that will take them, when that can’t happen, Foster and group homes saves lives.
    Don’t badmouth an entire organization that thank God is there.

    krb in reply to tz. | May 22, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I work in a field where we interact with CPS not uncommonly. Sometimes kids are taken away from their families in my view unfairly, but they have a very very tough job to do. In general, in my experience they do not take kids away from families, and when they do they place the kids with other family members (eg grandparents). However, when they fail to remove kids when they should have, sometimes they end up dead. That is the real tragedy. Then the media unfairly slanders the workers, then the workers get more aggressive about removing kids from homes until the hubbub dies down. It is a very tough, draining, sad job. I think your comment may have been a little more aggressive than warranted.

stevewhitemd | May 22, 2019 at 10:40 am

Add in the private adoption numbers for Alabama and you get the idea that Alabama, a state of modest resources, is more serious about protecting young life.

New Dem campaign slogan: “No Child Left Alive!”