Foster care homes cited for unspeakable abuses across Georgia

This is an article I found on a Lawyers blog site. Even they know that what Child Protective Services also known as DFCS in Ga is wrong. They understand that children are more likely to be abused in foster care than in their own home. It is time to take back our children it is time to stop the abuse of our children by Child Protective Services who make money off their backs while they are being destroyed.

Foster care homes cited for unspeakable abuses across Georgia

In recent years, Georgia has increasingly depended on private agencies to place children in foster homes and group homes. The state has also depended on these private agencies to supervise much of the care the children receive. The result has been appalling. A recent investigation by the Atlanta Journal Constitution revealed that incidents of rape, molestation, assault, neglect, abuse and suicide attempts are regular occurrences at many of the group and foster homes across Georgia.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has the story.

Currently, about half of the children in state care reside in private facilities. That number comes to about 4,000 children. Ten years ago only 10% of foster children resided in private facilities. And while numerous rules and regulations are in place to protect children from abuse and neglect, state monitors have not been able to keep up with the dramatic increase in private foster and group homes. The failure to adequately monitor these private homes has also meant a large increase in violations. In many cases, these violations simply go unnoticed or unpunished.

In total, there are 336 private agencies in Georgia which place children into foster homes and group homes. Since 2008, the state has issued approximately 1,100 citations to 300 of these homes for foster care violations. However, the state doled out fines in only 7% of those cases. When fines were issued, the median amount was only $500. Perhaps most shocking of all is the amount of state funding that many of these private agencies receive. For example, 100 of the 336 agencies received approximately $55 million in direct funding from the state last year. Of those agencies, 90% have been cited for violations since 2008.

Some violations are simply technical in nature. However, in many cases, state officials have excused or overlooked serious, and repeated, violations. In one case, the state turned over an abused, autistic 8-year-old boy to the care of Trek, a foster care agency operated by the Lookout Mountain Community Services Board. Trek then placed the boy into a contracted foster home. Around the same time, Trek also placed a 17-year-old boy with a long and documented history of sexual problems into the same foster home. A month later the 17-year-old molested the 8-year-old. An investigation revealed that Trek never told the house parents about the 17-year-old’s problems or tendencies. In response to Trek’s negligence, the state of Georgia issued Trek a $300 fine.

Benchmark Family Services of Jonesboro and Choices for Life of Georgia in Valdosta also committed similar acts which resulted in the sexual abuse of foster children. However, no fines were issued in those cases.

The abuse that foster children suffer is not always sexual in nature. For instance, a foster parent for Bethany Christian Services of Atlanta left a wheelchair-bound child alone on several occasions. On one such occasion, a social worker found the child lying on the basement floor in his own excrement. His wheelchair was later found upstairs.

Other cases deal with an agency’s attempt to control a child’s behavior. In one case, Mercy’s Door in Dalton allegedly performed a forced exorcism on one of its foster children. Other agencies try to drug their foster children in order to make them more compliant. The Youth Estate group home near Brunswick, which is run by Morningstar Treatment Services, apparently used anti-psychotic drugs on children any time they would “act up.” Morningstar received two warnings before the state finally issued a $450 fine.

The state’s unwillingness or inability to enforce the regulations governing foster care homes leaves foster children with few advocates or protections. And the children who have been abused or neglected often have no recourse or hope of receiving the counseling they need and deserve. However, there is hope. Under Georgia law, abused foster children can file suit against the foster agency and foster home which committed or allowed the abuse.

Our firm recently filed suit against Turning Point Homes, a group home in DeKalb County, for allowing our clients to be repeatedly sexually abused. As in every foster home abuse case, we hope that by filing suit we can punish those responsible and attain the funding our clients need to carry on a normal life. We also hope that our efforts will prevent future abuses from occurring to other children trapped in Georgia’s foster care system.

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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2 Responses to Foster care homes cited for unspeakable abuses across Georgia

  1. Really.. How about the homes that fight the system because of the abused kids they take care of. they advocate for them. they ensure they get medical and the mental care they need. They fight for the children 24 hours a day. Then some moron comes along as say’s they are mis treating the child/ children because they don’t know the whole story. What foster parents actually go through. We are scrutinized visited weekly and Lord help us if we actually give a crap. Then we could have 6 therapist a casa 2 case workers a parent aide a transporter coming in every week not including Doctors appointments court hearings and extra curricular activities for the child/children. Sleepless nights horrific things seen and heard about. Then to be kicked in the tail with some bogus claim that we are doing our job. How dare you are anyone! Shame on you.. You think you can do the job. DO IT!!! The right way.. You will still have allegations made on you. Your community will shun you! They don’t want to know! You will be judged just going to the super market. Judged if you hug them a little to long. Judged if you have certain rules in place for their safety your families and other children. Eventually True Foster parents that want to make a difference will be driven into their homes by a society that doesn’t want to believe it exists. You wonder why there are not better foster homes? Cause of fear of moronic comments like this. The solution advocate for better parents more resources better background checks more case workers. Less furl o days. More money in the budget for our Children not less. The case workers over look stuff cause they can only work 32 hours a week well that is paid. They are actually working 60+. Why because no one else will. They are simply over loaded. Do something productive. Get 10 foster parents signed up. Sign people up to watch foster parent foster kids so they can have a little break. There is no break. NONE! We are also over loaded with Children whom have had the most horrific things done to them. Please I beg of you.. Help us!! Keep us!! Stop talking about us like we are the criminals.
    A Proud Foster Mother!
    A safe place for your children while you get your crap together!


  2. Also you use the word trapped in the foster system. I have saved them from being trapped in a home. HOW DARE YOU!!


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