The average length of time that a child remains in New York city's child welfare system is 49 months, which is astronomically long.

Obviously that's a devastating experience. Once she is in many different places she's going to be psychologically damaged. And she's going to find it harder to find a permanent family, and that's what happens to too many children in the system.

We don't know whether these relatives are going be found to be suitable, important question. So even with people lining up to adopt this cute little girl, she could end up in the system for years to come.

We need to know exactly what we can expect to see from the agency.