Child Deaths Continue
In 2001, The Post's Scott Higham, Sari Horwitz and Sarah Cohen examined the cases of 180 children who were supposed to be under the supervision of D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency and found that nearly one in five--40 boys and girls--perished because D.C. officials failed to take preventive steps or placed them in unsafe homes and institutions. The series of stories, "The District's Lost Children," won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.
A report published this month by the city's Child Fatality Review Committee found that more than a third of the 157 children and young adults who died in the District in 2007 came from families that had contact with the city's child welfare system. The study, which was reported in The Examiner Monday, found that 59 of the 157 children met the definition for review as "a child welfare fatality" because they, or their families, were known to child welfare workers.
District council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) noted that the death count had changed little over the years. "It's a pretty consistent problem....We've made very little progress."
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