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Lost in foster care? Data only now reflect needs of the children

The child welfare system is, in the end, an information system, and there are legal consequences if files are lost because a social worker quits or some other foul-up, said James Marsh, a lawyer who has done pro bono adoptions in the District.

“It’s like garbage in, garbage out. If the information is bad, the court won’t make a good decision and the child won’t end up in a good place,” he said

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