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Coronavirus Court Closures Prevent Child Adoptions, Hurt Foster Families

Added 03-31-20 04:17:02am EST - “The coronavirus pandemic's not just forcing people to stay home, it's also keeping children from finding their forever homes.” - Tmz.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Tmz.com: “Coronavirus Court Closures Prevent Child Adoptions, Hurt Foster Families”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The coronavirus pandemic's not just forcing people to stay home ... it's also keeping children from finding their forever homes.

Leaders of several L.A.-based nonprofit organizations supporting adoptive and foster families, tell TMZ ... essentially, the entire adoption system in the city is at a standstill. They say it's happening in many other parts of the country too.

Of course, adoption is a lengthy legal process to begin with, but we're told court closures are making it downright agonizing. Case in point, a family just one hearing away from finalizing an adoption might now have to wait several months.

As we reported, the L.A. courts are near-paralyzed -- you can't even enter the downtown courthouse to file a lawsuit. Instead, one court staffer is posted up outside to receive documents.

Foster children are also in limbo due to a recent court order in L.A. banning face-to-face visitations with their biological parents. The order's intent is to prevent the spread of the virus, but the problem is those visits increase the likelihood parents can reunite with their kids. That's simply not happening now.

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