Online Forum: “The End of Forever”


Please share your reactions to “The End of Forever,” which appeared in Issue #174.


Deon Richards was 4 years old when he was placed in foster care, after his mother killed his sister. “I never had parents — I never had parents at all,” he said. This is the story of Deon’s journey through Florida’s child-welfare system, which relies on privatized companies, Christian group homes, professional foster care parents, and people who abandon their children after adopting them. Somehow, reporter Rowan Moore Gerety manages to eke out some hope out of all the despair. (46 min)