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Default Death points to flaws in foster system

Death points to flaws in foster system
By Brian Newsome, The Gazette
October 13, 2007


COLORADO SPRINGS - Months before a foster mother allegedly slammed
2-year- old Alizé Vick into a coffee table, causing fatal head injuries,
state auditors warned that children in foster care could be at risk.

An audit released in May looked at El Paso County and seven other
counties and found faults in the system from the state to county levels.
It concluded that the Department of Human Services lacked adequate
safeguards for foster children.

Alizé's case has spotlighted issues identified by the report, including
that parent files often lack basic documentation and that investigations
are sometimes deficient.

"Weaknesses in the Department's oversight of abuse or neglect
investigations may result in counties' and (child placement agencies')
continuing to place foster children in abusive foster homes," the audit

Many of the problems had been identified in previous audits. The
Colorado Department of Human Services agreed with auditors'
recommendations for improvements and is implementing them, spokeswoman
Liz -McDonough said.

Any changes will come too late for Alizé, who died Wednesday at Memorial
Hospital. An autopsy Friday found that she died of head injuries and
ruled her death a homicide, said Bureau Chief Joe Breister, of the El
Paso County Sheriff's Department.

Cuneo is jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder and felony child
abuse after telling a detective that she threw Alizé "hard enough that
she landed on the opposite side of the table on the floor," according to
the arrest affidavit.

It is the first homicide this year in unincorporated El Paso County.
There have been 20 so far in 2007 in Colorado Springs.

Sheriff's deputies are looking into past child-abuse complaints against
Cuneo and executed search warrants Friday for files, computers and other
potential evidence from DHS and Kids Crossing, the child placement
service that handled her case, Breister said.

DHS is conducting its own investigation, which includes a review of its
handling of the case and that of Kids Crossing.

Alizé is the first child in El Paso County to die in foster care since
at least 1988, the earliest records in the state's database, said
Barbara Drake, the county's director of the Department of Human Services.

In the report, the Office of the State Auditor reviewed DHS files and
interviewed employees in the state's largest counties on the Front
Range, Mesa County on the Western Slope and Alamosa County in the San
Luis Valley.

An Inconvenient Truth about Child Protective Services, Foster care, and
the Child Protection "INDUSTRY"

CPS Does not protect children...
It is sickening how many children are subject to abuse, neglect and even
killed at the hands of Child Protective Services.

every parent should read this .pdf from
connecticut dcf watch...



Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the US
These numbers come from The National Center on
Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington. (NCCAN)
Recent numbers have increased significantly for CPS

*Perpetrators of Maltreatment*

Physical Abuse CPS 160, Parents 59
Sexual Abuse CPS 112, Parents 13
Neglect CPS 410, Parents 241
Medical Neglect CPS 14 Parents 12
Fatalities CPS 6.4, Parents 1.5

Imagine that, 6.4 children die at the hands of the very agencies that
are supposed to protect them and only 1.5 at the hands of parents per
100,000 children. CPS perpetrates more abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse
and kills more children then parents in the United States. If the
citizens of this country hold CPS to the same standards that they hold
parents too. No judge should ever put another child in the hands of ANY
government agency because CPS nationwide is guilty of more harm and
death than any human being combined. CPS nationwide is guilty of more
human rights violations and deaths of children then the homes from which
they were removed. When are the judges going to wake up and see that
they are sending children to their death and a life of abuse when
children are removed from safe homes based on the mere opinion of a
bunch of social workers.

Currently Child Protective Services violates more civil rights on a
daily basis then all other agencies combined, Including the NSA/CIA
wiretaping program…

FOSTER CARE IS A 80 PERCENT FAILU. A Brief Analysis of the Casey
Family Programs. Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study. By Richard Wexler

or for .doc


A recent study has found that 12-18 months after leaving foster ca

30% of the nation’s homeless are former foster children.
27% of the males and 10% of the females had been incarcerated
33% were receiving public assistance
37% had not finished high school
2% receive a college degree
50% were unemployed
*Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support

Children in foster care are three to six times more likely than children
not in care to have emotional, behavioral and developmental problems,
including conduct disorders, depression, difficulties in school and
impaired social relationships. Some experts estimate that about 30% of
the children in care have marked or severe emotional problems. Various
studies have indicated that children and young people in foster care
tend to have limited education and job skills, perform poorly in school
compared to children who are not in foster care, lag behind in their
education by at least one year, and have lower educational attainment
than the general population.
*Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support

80 percent of prison inmates have been through the foster care system.

The highest ranking federal official in charge of foster care, Wade
Horn of the Department of Health and Human Services, is a former child
psychologist who says the foster care system is a giant mess and should
just be blown up.


This study found thousands of children already in foster care who would
have done better had child protection agencies not taken them away in
the first place.

Front-page story in USA Today.

The full study is available here.

The bottom line? - the foster care system nationwide for the most part
turns out young adults that are nothing more than walking wreckage...


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