The voice of foster kids

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Children play a video game while waiting at Edmund D. Edelman Children's Court in Monterey Park. (Los Angeles Times)

Children play a video game while waiting at Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court in Monterey Park. (Los Angeles Times)

Heather Whelan has been a foster mother to some 20 children. She has nurtured broken babies back to health and worked closely with parents to fix families. She has also cringed as social workers made life-changing decisions about her charges without consulting her. In one case, she says, the county abruptly separated a pair of sisters she’d been caring for, traumatizing the baby girls because the social worker did not know how much the girls had come to rely on each other.

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