‘Traditional parenting is not going to work’

Taylor Tiamoyo Harris

St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Dec 16, 2019

CLAYTON — As Geri Brotherton enters the St. Louis County Courthouse on a Wednesday morning in November, her hands are full and her mind is busy. Her husband, a lawyer and a social worker add to at least seven of her children walking beside her.

Two little girls in matching white skirts and denim shirts, their hair in braids and barrettes, can’t contain their excitement as they race up and down the hallway outside a courtroom.

They’re the reason the Brothertons are at the courthouse, and after they’re adopted in the next few minutes, the two girls, siblings ages 5 and 7, will be Brothertons themselves.

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