But, there are people, including judges, who consider it ok to follow that law.
Adoption and Safe Families Act, introduced in 1997 to allegedly help children not to linger in foster care for too long without permanent families and provided money to terminate parental rights in child protective proceedings faster, and that allows payments to the states of thousands of dollars per each child for the increased number of adoption of foster care children,
caused not only
- increased removal of children from parents on fabricated charges, especially in areas where there are less children - and thus less "cash cows" to grab, but also, as it appears
- increased infant mortality FOUR TIMES - after a steady decline in infant mortality that was, before enactment of Adoption and Safe Families Act, the lowest in the world - on par with Canada, at around 7 infant deaths at birth per 100,000 births;
While state laws do not make a distinction in the child's age in the procedural speed of termination of parental rights, and parental rights are constitutional rights not to be easily severed, federal law specifically provides for payments for doing just that - making separation of newborns from parents faster.
Of course, newborns and babies under 1 year old, with no memory of their parents yet, are the best "adoption material".
So, under the guise of protecting unborn babies, pregnant women are arrested and kept in detention across the U.S. on charges of "fetal neglect" - and in reality, to keep them in jail until delivery so that they would not escape, and so that the state can snatch the child from the mother at birth, get the federal grant money for fast-track adoption, and give the child to adoptive (richer than the mother) parents - all while claiming that all "procedural protections" for the mother and the child are observed.
While federal money buys fast-tracking adoptable babies into the hands of adoption parents, in reality it means that mothers are discouraged from getting prenatal care and hospital delivery, mortality rate of mothers and infants rises, and there is, of course, no fairness in snatching babies from the poor and giving it to the rich-er adoption parents.