States usually seal child custody cases, and the federal agencies overseeing the migrant children don’t track how often state court judges allow these kids to be given up for adoption.
It took 28 minutes for a judge in a rural courthouse near Lake Michigan to grant Alexa’s American foster parents, Sherri and Kory Barr, temporary guardianship.
“My wife and I are sick over this,” Kory Barr told the judge, as he granted the foster parents’ request two days after Christmas.
But Bethany said foster parents are informed they’re not allowed to adopt migrant children.
Since the 1980s, however, Bethany acknowledged that nine of the 500 migrant children assigned to its foster program have been adopted by American families.