At 'match events,' looking for a new family

Published on April 18, 2016, on Philly.com


Years ago, match events were controversial, criticized as child-shopping, said Pertman, of the permanency center. Today, advocates are more adept at preparing children and adults, ensuring they grasp the process and possible outcomes.

"Is it a first choice to place children in this way? It's not," Pertman said. "You'd like to do it more methodically, more individually. . . . We do it in the way that works."

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