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An increase in the deportation of undocumented immigrants has left more than 5,000 children in fosters homes, a new Applied Research Center report finds.

According to the report, almost one in four people deported is the parent of a United States citizen child.

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After parents are deported, the researchers found that families remain separated for long periods, with child welfare agencies and juvenile courts often moving to terminate the parental rights of deported immigrants. Children who don’t have other immediate family are then put up for adoption.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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