Adoption: In Whose Best Interest?

The courts viewed Jessica DeBoer more as property than as a person; now she must return to her biological parents

Mother and Father can take down the pictures and store the rocking horse in the attic, pluck the magnetic alphabet off the refrigerator door. Maybe they can find some other use for the room with the yellow wallpaper. Or they could close it up and seal it like a tomb so they can go about their grieving for the merry little girl they love and are about to lose.

In the tidy backyard of the Cape Cod-style house with the cranberry shutters, Jessica DeBoer is having a picnic with her dog Miles. Her mother watches her through the blinds on the...

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