City Paper Contributor Arthur Delaney did some fine work on this week’s cover story, “In Loco Parentis,” which investigates how one 19-year-old who’s about to “age-out” got stuck in D.C.’s foster system. She’s the second in three generations of Child and Family Services: Her mother and her daughters are all part of the cycle.
Shawntaye Debrew has had placement after placement. She has two kids—-Paris and London—-who are no longer with her. Her sister wound up dead. She has had some trouble with weed and no GED.
The system didn’t put Debrew in a case file and forget about her; it’s been the one constant in her life. Who’s to blame for this sad story? Delaney’s been working at the answer for about six months. The results are complicated and, we think, pretty well-told.
(City Paper illustration by Doug Boehm)