Back in Louisville, Sawyer follows a veteran social worker, Sky Tanghe, to get a true sense of what a day in her life is like. Tanghe's daily decisions range from deciding when parents are lying about hitting their children to whether children need to be removed from their homes. Tanghe gives everything she can to the 19 families she serves, and goes to bed every night hoping the decisions she has made that day keep a child out of harm's way. Constantly on the go, she wonders how social workers in some states can possibly handle the 50 to 60 cases on their plates.
From New York to California, Sawyer looks at the stories of abuse, neglect and even death that can happen when the system fails to protect kids. Sawyer reports on Sarah Chavez, a girl in Los Angeles who was thriving in the care of two foster mothers but was returned to her biological family -- and died a few months later. The outraged foster mothers talk exclusively to Sawyer, as does the girl's biological mother.
In addition to "Primetime," other ABC News programs will report on the foster care system. Programming will include the following:
• "Good Morning America" features Chris Cuomo's exclusive interview with Tre'shawn Mitchell, formerly Keith Mitchell, one of four brothers found emaciated and allegedly beaten by adoptive parents in New Jersey. The morning show also reports on solutions, success stories and how people can foster or adopt children.
• "World News Tonight" reports on a Pittsburgh program that focuses on an alternative to foster care and the trend of Internet adoption.
• "Nightline's" Cynthia McFadden follows young people who are aging out of foster care, with nowhere to go and few resources to help them.
• "20/20" takes a second look at a thriving program that helps foster children get placed for adoption by having professional photographers capture their spirit in breathtaking pictures.
• ABCNEWS.com reports further on the foster care with results from an ABC News/Time Magazine poll on foster care.