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    According to Colorado state law, children involved in juvenile court dependency-and-neglect cases--where a child is temporarily made a ward of the state while a judge determines whether they can someday be reunited with their parents--must be represented by a court-appointed guardian ad litem. The state spends $4.6 million per year on its GAL program and even though the GAL is supposed to act in the best interest of the children, hundreds end up never even meeting their GAL. (Aug. 23 - 29, 1995)
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    A Virginian-Pilot investigation found that untrained technicians at the Greenville Correctional Center dialysis unit has led to at least eight patients dying during an 11 - month period--a fatality rate of about 40 percent. The annual death rate for such patients outside of prison is 12 to 20 percent. Families and friends of the inmates who died tell horror stories about medical indifference, incompetence and neglect.
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    This New Times story examines the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures and its negligence in regulating business. The story claims that through neglect, political sabotage or a convenient combination of the two, the department is unwilling to exercise what little authority it has. (November 10 - 16, 1994)
  • The critical middle years

    This Orlando Sentinel series examines the lives of children during the 'critical time,' the middle school years. The stories claim that kids are too often neglected, ignored and abandoned just when they need the most support and supervision.
  • No place like home?

    This ABC News Prime Time Live report revealed that more children under the age of 5 are being cared for by family home providers than by daycare centers or by their own parents.This is an industry that has grown in the past few years, but is virtually unregulated. Statistics indicate that children in home care are at higher risk for neglect and physical abuse than in daycare settings.
  • A Child's Best Interest

    News 12 provides an in-depth look at Child Protective Services, the government agency designed to protect children from child abuse and neglect. The investigation found the agency often fails to protect children at all, that workers are overworked and undertrained, that policy places reunifying families ahead of children's interests, and that records that could help protect children from abuse and could lead authorities to abusers are routinely burned as part of a policy designed to protect the alleged abuser.
  • Death trip

    The article investigated reports that several teenagers had died under suspicious circumstances in Utah-based wilderness therapy treatment programs. Using court documents, medical records, and dozens of interviews with present and former teen "clients," parents, law enforcement officials, and camp directors and counselors, Vibe documented that the three teens had died needlessly from dehydration, heat exhaustion, and a perforated ulcer--deaths attributable in part to the absence of qualified medical and psychological staffers.
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    Denver Westword finds that the guardian ad litem system in Colorado costs taxpayers $4.6 million per year, and is supposed to protect the rights of children whose futures are being decided in dependency and neglect proceedings. But because there are no standards of conduct, some attorneys make a mint off these cases, taking the flat $600 fee and never meeting or talking with the client. (Aug. 23, 1995)
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    The Chicago Reporter finds that the Illinois Department of Children and family Services can't cope with its current caseload of 45,000 children. For more than two years, Chicagoans have been barraged by a series of horror stories about children who have been killed or seriously neglected because of missteps or flaws in the system. (January, 1995)
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    The Record dissected a little understood agency empowered by the state to assume broad responsiblity for guarding the welfare of children at risk of abuse and neglect. The investigation revealed an antiquated system ill-equipped to deal with the harsh realities of today's most dysfunctional families. (June 11, 12, 13, 25, 26, 27, 28, Aug. 4, Sept. 8, 26 & Dec. 17, 1995)