Since 2000, federal records show child welfare agencies across the country closed the cases of more than 53,000 foster kids listed as “runaway” and at least another 61,000 children listed as “missing.”
A nationwide investigation with Atlanta sister station WSB also uncovered a patchwork of policies with some states able to close a missing child’s case after just a few months, while others have policies on the books to keep missing cases open until the child turns 21.
The review found:
- Arizona and New Jersey allow child welfare workers to close a case if the child has been missing for at least six months.
- Illinois closed the case of a missing 9-year-old foster child in 2016. State officials said the case was closed after six months with court approval. Illinois said it opened a new investigation nearly a year later and found the child, who is now in foster care.
- Georgia eliminated its policy in 2016 that allowed the state to close the cases of children who are missing for a prolonged period. But officials there now admit to WSB that more than 50 cases of missing foster kids have been closed since that policy was eliminated.
- Many states have policies for what to do when a missing foster child returns to state care, but a vast number don't specifically address what steps to take when a child remains missing.
For years, Massachusetts DCF has been telling the feds it hasn’t closed a single case of a foster kid who’s missing, but researchers, child advocates and a review by 25 Investigates found otherwise.
The other child tragedy: The tens of thousands of children the foster system has lost
- Category: Statutory child protection
- Created: Tuesday, 19 June 2018 01:36
- Written by Rene Denfeld - The Washington Post
More than 60,000 kids across the country are unaccounted for by the child welfare system that is supposed to protect them.
Children hold posters of Rilya Wilson, a 4-year-old in foster care in Florida who was missing for months before authorities noticed. Her foster parent is in prison for her killing.(Marice Cohn Band / The Associated Press)
The public has exploded in outrage at American immigration authorities' treatment of children in recent months, but meanwhile there are tens of thousands of other children who are unaccounted for in this country: the more than 60,000 foster children who have gone missing.
Over 1,200 Minnesota parents are suing to shut down Child Protective Services
- Category: USA Child Protection
- Created: Friday, 08 June 2018 17:18
- Written by Carey Wedler
The group, led by Dwight Mitchell, a father who says his son was illegally taken from him for 22 months, first filed a civil rights complaint in April, and this week they vocally publicized their call to shut down the child services agency, which they claim engages in systemic lying, withholding information, and fabricating evidence. They are asking the federal court to suspend the state’s agency from enforcing child protection laws, and according to a petition signed by almost 5,000 people, are also demanding changes to the laws themselves.
Dealing with dirty child protection workers who lie and mislead the court
- Category: NSW DHS - FACS
- Created: Monday, 04 April 2011 10:46
- Written by Alecomm
Commencement of private prosecutions
A private individual may also initiate criminal proceedings by way of CAN. The major difference with a private prosecution is that a CAN may only issued by a Registrar. The Registrar issues a CAN by signing the notice. A Registrar will have a discretion not to issue a CAN if the Registrar is satisfied that:
A fed-up judge and a new chief: Is this what it takes to get Texas to protect kids?
- Category: USA Child Protection
- Created: Monday, 14 October 2019 23:29
- Written by Dallas Morning News Editorial