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Barbara Paul Barbara Paul of Framingham struggled to be a good mother for her two sons. (Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter)

A mother, her sons, and a choice

Society has long wrestled with how to deal with those, like Barbara Paul, accused of child neglect. When parental lapses become chronic, the question arises: Who is to blame? (By Patricia Wen, Globe Staff)

Parental pangs lead to race with time

Social workers said Barbara Paul had raised her sons -- Joe and Art -- in an unhealthy environment and had neglected some of their basic needs. The boys didn't see it that way. (By Patricia Wen, Globe Staff)

For boys, new home, new parents

As their mother, Barbara Paul, struggled toward her decision to surrender her rights to them, her boys were launched on an epic emotional journey of their own. (By Patricia Wen, Globe Staff)
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