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Danger lurks in some adult foster care homes

After a staff member at an adult foster care home in the Duluth, Minn., area was left alone with and nearly raped by a resident who had twice been civilly committed for mental illness, the Duluth News Tribune investigated the homes and found numerous incidents of residents with severe mental illness, drug addiction and violent criminal histories being left with staff members who were poorly paid and minimally trained to handle the residents. The paper also found that the majority of the residents being cared for came from out of the county and the social workers that place them often don't tell the providers about their clients criminal backgrounds.

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