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In this Tuesday, April 26, 2016 photo, Denise Moore, center, in white, of Des Moines, Iowa, poses with her family, from left, daughter Alex Gibbs, Emily Bosch, son Kodi Baughman, granddaughter MacKenzie Moore, sons Kori Moore, Kelli Moore, daughter Andy Gibbs, and son Kasi Baughman during a visit to Water Works Park, in Des Moines, Iowa. Moore, a mother of seven, nearly lost her parental rights after her arrest in 2003 for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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In this Tuesday, April 26, 2016 photo, Denise Moore, center, in white, of Des Moines, Iowa, poses with her family, from left, daughter Alex Gibbs, Emily Bosch, son Kodi Baughman, granddaughter MacKenzie Moore, sons Kori Moore, Kelli Moore, daughter Andy Gibbs, and son Kasi Baughman during a visit to Water Works Park, in Des Moines, Iowa. Moore, a mother of seven, nearly lost her parental rights after her arrest in 2003 for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Terminating parental rights: State policies vary widely

NEW YORK, N.Y. - For child-welfare agencies across the United States, it's the ultimate sanction: terminating the rights of parents to raise their own children due to concerns about abuse and neglect.

All states resort to this step when deemed necessary for a child's well-being, but there are wide state-to-state disparities ...

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