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  • 12 News I-Team: Children At Risk

    12 News worked tirelessly to defend the public interest in an exclusive investigation, ’12 News- I-Team: Children At Risk’ which exposed a pattern of abuse affecting some of the most vulnerable members of our community, defenseless foster children. Through filing records requests, following up on anonymous tips, combing through legal documents, and mining dozens of sources, investigative reporter Bianca Buono uncovered the unthinkable: the Department of Child Services placed a six-year-old foster child directly into the home of a level three convicted sex offender.
  • The Girl Who Got Tied Down

    The Girl Who Got Tied Down is a documentary In two parts about a girl, “Nora”, with self-destructive behaviour, who got raped by one of Sweden’s most senior police chiefs while she was placed in residential youth care. The documentary reveals several cases of abuse due to the work of the health service and the police in Sweden. It has created uproar and a great deal of anger. In the wake of The Girl Who Got Tied Down the senior psychiatrist charged with caring for “Nora” has been sacked from the hospital where he worked. The private mental health care company which he owns has lost its contract with the County Council.
  • "Innocents Betrayed"

    More than 250 children under the watch of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services died during the span of 19 months. The Times found that most of the deaths spurred little investigation even though many "involved faulty case management."
  • Unprotected: An Investigation o Sacramento County's Child Protective Services

    A dozen years after the 1996 torture-death of one boy triggered major reforms within Sacramento County's Child Protective Services, -- and resulted in a quadrupling of the agency's budget and doubling of its staff -- many of the same problems persist in 2008. The Sacramento Bee found that, despite the massive increase in resources, numerous children continue to be injured or killed who had prior involvement with Sacramento's CPS. Among the problems detailed by The Bee: inadequate supervision and training, sloppy investigations, poor evaluation of children's risk, lack of accountability for serious mistakes. In its follow-up stories, which prompted a grand jury investigation, The Bee used a new state law related to child deaths to push CPS to release case files and found it had illegally altered the records of one boy who died in their care.
  • No Place for a Child

    Thanks to a ruling by the Indiana Supreme Court, MSNBC and Calamari Productions "gain legal access to go where cameras are forbidden to go and track five children through their painful ordeal" in America's child welfare system. The goal was to examine why some children are placed in relative care and others are sent to foster care, and continue to compile research as the Indiana Department of Child Services pushes for legislators to help these children.
  • Juvenile Sex Predators

    This investigation delved into the statistic that one out of four sex offenses against children are committed by children. Child sexual predators often go unpunished because of their minor status.
  • 34,000 Kids Trying to Catch a Break

    A caseworker in New York's Administration for Child Services (ACS) gives a first-person account of the bureaucracy involved in caring for state wards, which includes foster children and orphans alike. He writes of overworked caseworkers, stunning courtroom dramas, and more.
  • The Dominic File

    duplicate of story #19587
  • Great Expectations

    Child protection in Wisconsin has serious problems. Social workers are hoping kids run away, one child has died and some kids are being placed with convicted felons. All of this despite the fact that the new, more complex system was supposed to make these nightmares go away.
  • Can CYS be fixed?

    Children and Youth Services in Pennsylvania is under fire like many similar departments around the country. The problem lies in balancing between protecting children and preserving families. Gutsy decisions will be needed to fix this broken system.