Pedo-Parents and the Child Welfare System
Late last year, [Kid’s Voice](http://www.kidsvoice.org/default.aspx) executive director Scott Hollander, “argued that just because a person is on the Megan’s Law Web site it doesn’t mean they are a danger to their child.”
In a [televised interview](http://www.wpxi.com/news/14524742/detail.html#) on Pittsburgh’s WPXI, Hollander–whose child advocacy organization approved Masha Allen’s placement with and adoption by Faith Allen–admitted that “Megan’s Law . . . raises a huge red flag that has to be investigated.”
Kid’s Voice, which reps itself as “a voice of hope, a voice for rights and a voice of experience for children who otherwise cannot speak for themselves” is a impregnable and well-connected Pittsburgh institution with links to the [Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the ACLU](http://www.aclupa.org/chapters/greaterpittsburgh/) (Hollander’s father is president of the board of directors), [Child Watch of Pittsburgh](http://www.childwatchofpittsburgh.org/) (Hollander serves on the board with and gave a campaign contribution to Masha’s namesake [Judge Cheryl Allen](http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04135/316220.stm)), and [Hollywood](http://www.post-gazette.com/tv/20010916realguard0916fnp6.asp) (Hollander was a technical consultant to his brother’s hit television show *The Guardian*).[Note that reporter Barbara White Stack, a favorite of Judge Allen, wrote both these Post-Gazette pieces and serves on the ACLU board with Hollander’s dad – but more on that later.]
According to their website:
> “KidsVoice vigilantly guides each child through the court process and ensures that every agency involved meets the full range of the child’s needs. Through in-depth investigation, KidsVoice delivers informed recommendations and advocates in court for the child’s best interests–in court and beyond–making a dramatic difference in the lives of children, parents and the community at large. KidsVoice ensures that the most appropriate services are in place to protect children from future harm, with the ultimate goal of providing a safe and permanent home for every child.”
Enough pablum about the kids, what about the pedo-parents? Can a convicted sex offender ever be an appropriate parent? What about a single divorced middle aged man seeking to adopt a young blond Russian girl? Are guys like Mancuso worthy of investigation and a second chance? Is anyone less a viable option? Who? And how do you decide who is rehabilitated and who isn’t?