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Sad Ending to Adoption Saga

As friends and neighbors of the Schlomer family, we were witnesses to the David saga. We watched the withdrawn and troubled child develop into an inquisitive and somewhat self-confident young boy during his 17-month stay with the Schlomers. We were shocked to learn of his removal from their home, especially the timing of that removal, with less than two months remaining in his school year. No parent would make such a move unless it were absolutely necessary.

We were aware of the Schlomers’ sadness and above all their concern for David. On learning of the reasons given by the agency for its actions, we wondered about its commitment to the child’s best interest.

He may be happier now to live in a foster home with several other children for playmates and less demanding supervision. But what happens if at age 18 he is ejected from the foster home, probably semi-educated and without any family support? Were the best interests of David, the Schlomers and society served by the responsible agencies?

MR. & MRS. JAMES C. SHEEHY

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