Should Foster Kids Give DNA Samples?

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Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal

Investigators routinely take fingerprints and photographs of children being removed from abusive or neglectful parents, but a task force convened by Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) recommends that the children have their mouths swabbed for DNA samples as well. Some child advocates say the procedure would invade the children’s privacy and further victimize them, and that the recommendation implies that the state expects more of the children to die. The task force contends that DNA is better at making positive identifications, and that taking the samples might ultimately improve children’s safety. Nov. 8,