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L.A. County Files Detail Deaths of 14 Children

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The family of a boy who died of multiple skull fractures was reported 25 times to child welfare officials; the mother was a known methamphetamine abuser. In other families, children died within months or even one day after a social worker's last visit.

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Dalia H (1280)
Tuesday April 21, 2009, 6:16 pm
Our precious children are the Future and we have to take care and love them. The social workers are not doing their job, but when they want a raise, they fight for it. Just as they fight for money, they should fight for children who are being abused. This is the kind of people, if we can call them like this, that makes me very angry:(
Noted with anger. Thanks dearest Tom.
Much love,
Black Dalia

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 21, 2009, 9:27 pm
Many Oklahoma Social Workers work off the clock. I respect them for their dedication, yet there are many others that take their responsibility less seriously. The department is drastically under-funded here.

Monica B (157)
Tuesday April 21, 2009, 11:52 pm
Noted.This is terrible.Just lost for words!

Cathi Hartline (248)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 12:25 am
that's because they were too busy looking at the wrong families ( ones with sellable children? maybe? the cps system is messed up just like our polititions, too many people in there for the wrong reasons and corrupt officials, etc.,

Geri M (59)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 6:18 am
These cases are of physical abuse where the signs are visible. DCFS/CPS spends most of their efforts on well raised children in an attempt to prove neglect. These are the "more adoptible" children which bring in the most funding.
Areo's comment on under-funding raises other interesting thoughts. Factories, hospitals, nursing homes and even grocery stores and night care work around the clock. 24/7. Why not these agencies?
Where is the Right to Privacy and the HIPPA LAW in all of the cross transfer of information? These agents cannot go into a hospital emercency room unless a hotline call is made (and they make it seem mandatory) or there is a SIGNED RELEASE from the PARENT.
The LAW states that PARENTS are responsible for their childrens wron-doings yet in State Custody without the Parent, these agencies still hold the PARENT accountable and responsible. Why aren't these agencies ever held accountable for their own mistakes?

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 11:46 am

Absolutely heartbreaking!

Thank you, Tom, for speaking for these voiceless, innocent victims.
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