DC Considers Checks on Adoptive Parents

WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia may start requiring families who receive adoption subsidies to provide proof that the children are being cared for.

The proposal follows the deaths of two former D.C. foster children, whose bodies were discovered last month in a freezer in Maryland . Their mother, Renee Bowman, is suspected of killing them and is jailed in the abuse of a third child. Bowman had been receiving $2,400 a month in government adoption assistance.

The city could request verification from parents that the children are being immunized and are enrolled in school, said Roque Gerald, the interim director of the Child and Family Services Agency.

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells said he wants adoptive parents to undergo reapproval for the subsidies every year.

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