Philadelphia is quick to remove kids from bad homes. But how does that help the children?

In the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, a secret had been whispered about for years.

The agency watching over the city’s children was heavy-handed, people said. It was easy for a family to lose its children into foster care, it was rumored.

Carolyn Hill heard the stories, then she became one of those people. The mother of five had taken in her two nieces in 2011, and a year later, she watched them walk out of her house with a social worker, right in the middle of the family’s dinner.

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