Great Lakes Reality Check

What’s going on in Michigan? I completely agree with this editorial – it’s a no brainer – convicted sex offenders should not be allowed to adopt. My question is why was a sex offender allowed to adopt in the first place? What happened to the criminal background check? The homestudy? Judicial review? That’s the more important story here. Why were Michigan adoption professionals duped? Even worse, did they know and do nothing? Anyone with some insight drop me a line.

UPDATE: On November 12, 2003 the Michigan legislature passed a law which states that a “child shall not be placed with a prospective adoptive parent and an adoption order shall not be issued if a person authorized to place the child or the court authorized to issue the order has reliable information that the prospective adoptive parent has been convicted” of a sex crime.

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