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It would be a rare 20 year old who could pass the strict ICPC requirements for an out of state child placement. If this sister is that irresponsible, it'll turn up in the background check and home study. She's not even old enough to buy beer. Surely she is not mature enough to take on the responsibilities of a special needs toddler. One could hope and pray that the "possibility" of the state of NC sending the child to Mississippi to the sister is their way of checking every possible relative placement before committing to the third choice of out of family/foster adoption. As for NC allowing a child who has been placed for over two years in a stable family to be removed for permanency purposes, I think I'd have a lawyer check into the state of N.C.'s compliance with the Adoption and Safe Family Act. It is deplorable that a child could reach this developmental age living in the legal uncertainty of a foster care placement, but bonding with her foster family as "home". It is also deplorable that a foster family is so worried for their child's future that they feel their only recourse is to go public with the child's plight. May God have mercy on the toddler, the foster family that has been raising her, the biological family that lost her, and the courts who will decide who her parents should be.
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