Texas Keeps Registry of Kids Who Abuse Kids

“Dear future son,” the North Texas father wrote last year in a hopeful prospective adoption letter filled with promises of family bike rides, karate lessons and summer road trips. “I am a single dad who adopted a middle school boy in 2008. Now we are looking for one more kid so he will have a brother.”

But James, who is being identified by his first name to protect his son’s identity, never got custody of a second child. Instead, he received a phone call from a child placement agency with shocking news: He would not be allowed to adopt ...

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