Who Gets The Kid?

Grandparents, ex-partners and everyone else want to play a part in bringing up baby

A little boy is caught up in a high-profile tug-of-war between two families and two cultures. A parent wants him back, but politically influential adults say they can offer him a better life. This might sound like Elian Gonzalez, but instead it's the case all of Chicago was talking about last week: Baby T, the toddler taken from a drug-abusing black mother and given to a powerful white Democratic politician and his wife, a state court judge.

The Elian Gonzalez saga is a one-of-a-kind international showdown, but it's also part of a rising American debate over parents' rights. In Chicago birth...

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