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    Horace Boothroyd III

    ...of course that's not the whole picture. I know more than few African American women, professional and well off, who have worked the system successfully for their developmentally delayed children and foster parents who're real experts at the system. I'm thinking specifically of two African American couples who've fostered so many children into adulthood and who mentored me and steered me in the right direction. The men went out of their way to take my husband under their wings to counsel him on special needs boys. But parents are always going to be the key critical success factor. The school system though is THE vital alternative channel and it needs attention. If police are in the picture it's a failure on the part of the school which must be held accountable.

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