February 2017 Sad Stories Part IV

AZ: Homeless youth invisible in Southern Arizona
Arizona Sonora News – February 16, 2017
“Homeless youth, is one of those things that sort of perplexes people,” said Kristyn Conner, director of development at Youth On Their Own, a dropout prevention program in Tucson. “It is out of sight and out of mind. With adult homelessness, you can see it. But with homeless youth, it is different because they aren’t actually living on the streets as much as their adult counterparts.”
Information Gateway resource: Services for Youth: Homeless and Runaway: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/youth/interventions/homeless-runaway/
CA: L.A. County supervisors call for action on missed payments from child protection agency
Los Angeles Times – February 16, 2017
Los Angeles County supervisors this week called for an inquiry into the “root cause” behind hundreds of missed payments from the county’s child protection agency to foster care parents, group home managers and others depending on public assistance.
Also: County Supes Push DCFS To Make Back Payments To Foster Parents by Mid-March: http://patch.com/california/santamonica/s/g19ef/county-supes-push-dcfs-to-make-back-payments-to-foster-parents-by-mid-march?utm_source=article-mostrecent&utm_medium=rss&utm_term=politics%20%26%20government&utm_campaign=recirc&utm_content=normal
CA: Panel presents state of foster care in Humboldt County
Eureka Times-Standard – February 16, 2017
There are currently 317 children in foster care in Humboldt County, according to panel member Deb Engs, a project manager for the county Department of Health & Human Services Child Welfare Services division. There are only 63 licensed foster care homes through the state. Many of the local foster children are not placed there.
CA: Why do more L.A. County black children end up in foster care? Experts clash over the reason
Los Angeles Times – February 16, 2017

February 2017 Sad Stories (part III)

Dyers sentenced to 15 years for felony child abuse
The Coloradoan
Two Fort Collins parents convicted of neglecting their daughter’s seizure condition and allowing her to all but waste away were sentenced Thursday to …
Fort Collins couple Doug and Leah Dyer sentenced to 15 years in child abuse case – Loveland Reporter-Herald
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MILO: ‘I Was A Victim Of Child Abuse’
Conservative Read
“I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim.” wrote MILO in a Facebook post shortly after his press conference, “Between the ages of 13 and 16, two …
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Forced Closing of St Cloud’s Children’s Home (the nightmare of mental health services for abused children)

Today’s Star Tribune covered the closing of the St Cloud’s Children’s Treatment Home on the front page of the paper is a very big deal (thank you Chris Serres and Star Tribune for excellence in reporting).

It really is front page news that children at this institution were allowed to bang their heads against walls until they had concussions, facial injuries and head trauma. These young troubled children had sex on the facility grounds, forced sex and sex in the presence of staff.

All Adults Are the Protectors of All Children

There were many violations over many years.

As a Hennepin County CASA guardian ad Litem, I have never seen a group home able to handle the severity of mental health issues of the children I brought to them. I have witnessed a great many well-meaning and undertrained staff fail to manage badly behaving traumatized children.

Children that have been removed from their birth family have endured trauma. Trauma is torture (as defined by the World Health Organization, “Extended exposure to violence and deprivation”.

Trauma and torture impact the biological development of a child in profound ways that make severe behavioral problems common and leading a normal life so much harder. How would you un-teach sexual or drug using behavior to a 9 year old that grew up with it?