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Child Deaths Continue

POSTED: 10:43 AM ET, 01/29/2008 by The Editors

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."

By The Editors |  January 29, 2008; 10:43 AM ET D.C. Region
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These types of contrinued horrible deaths continue to occur in our Government run "Child Service Agency's". Worse yet is that nothing every changes. Howver, the storys and excuses are always the same: "..Fell Through the Cracks.."; Compuer Clitch..; Under Bush's Watch..;..Lack of Funding..;. We see these excuses time after time and it always proves out that the people just didn't do the job.

We NEVER SEE,: "Workers snd Supervisors failed their responsibility to their Jobs, The children and humanity and will be immediately FIRED AND BARED FOREVER FROM GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT!!

We need to go back to faith based childrens operations and dump all these worthless bureaucrates. If some are truely interested in doing that type of work, I'm sure the private faith type operations will be glad to hire them. It's a very tough job. It requires people who want to do it, not people who just want government jobs and benefits for themselves.

Posted by: Jeff Dulin - Janesville, WI | February 4, 2008 1:56 PM

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