"More than 5,000 children of immigrants are languishing in state
foster care nationwide because their parents were living in the United
States illegally and were detained or deported by federal immigration
authorities. These children can spend years in foster homes, and some are put up
for adoption after termination of their parents' custody rights.With
neither state nor federal officials addressing the problem, thousands
more are poised to enter the child welfare system every year." - Marjorie Valbrun, America's Wire, Jan. 25, 2012.