Justina Pelletier Not Going to Foster Care; May Go Home


The foster care agency that was to receive Justina Pelletier has backed away from the idea, according to the Boston Globe, as a result of the contentious nature of the case and the national media attention it has drawn. This opens up the possibility that Justina will return to her family, with oversight conditions – an option that the judge had apparently expressed openness to at last Monday’s hearing. A vigil that had been organized by the Christian Defense Coalition for Saturday outside the foster agency will be held instead outside of the Framingham, MA residential facility in which Justina currently resides.

Article →

Previous articleMedicine and Psychiatry Square Off in Pelletier Case
Next articleMA State Reps Move to Release Justina Pelletier; Hospital’s Pattern of Behavior Analyzed
Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. “Citing unnamed sources, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday that Shared Living Collaborative declined to accept Justina because of the national publicity that the case has received. ”

    And no doubt because they have skeletons in their closet. Probably dozens of kids being doped up on neuroleptics and then physically and sexually abused. Why else would national publicity worry a foster care center?

    Report comment