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The Family with Twenty-Two Kids | The New YorkerChild welfare workers across the country have kicked thousands of missing foster care children out of the system – including one child as young as 9-years-old, a review by 25 Investigates uncovered.

Since 2000, federal records show child welfare agencies across the country closed the cases of more than 53,000 foster kids listed as “runaway” and at least another 61,000 children listed as “missing.”

A nationwide investigation with Atlanta sister station WSB also uncovered a patchwork of policies with some states able to close a missing child’s case after just a few months, while others have policies on the books to keep missing cases open until the child turns 21.

The review found:

  • Arizona and New Jersey allow child welfare workers to close a case if the child has been missing for at least six months.
  • Illinois closed the case of a missing 9-year-old foster child in 2016. State officials said the case was closed after six months with court approval. Illinois said it opened a new investigation nearly a year later and found the child, who is now in foster care.
  • Georgia eliminated its policy in 2016 that allowed the state to close the cases of children who are missing for a prolonged period. But officials there now admit to WSB that more than 50 cases of missing foster kids have been closed since that policy was eliminated.
  • Many states have policies for what to do when a missing foster child returns to state care, but a vast number don't specifically address what steps to take when a child remains missing.

For years, Massachusetts DCF has been telling the feds it hasn’t closed a single case of a foster kid who’s missing, but researchers, child advocates and a review by 25 Investigates found otherwise.

United Nations officials say children have gone missing from hospitals in Haiti since the devastating January 12 earthquake, raising fears of trafficking for adoption abroad.

"We have documented around 15 cases of children disappearing from hospitals and not with their own family at the time," said UNICEF adviser Jean Luc Legrand.

Indigenous children in foster care vulnerable to sexual abuse, fall prey to opportunistic predators

Tina Fontaine
Tina Fontaine's body was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg on Aug. 17, 2014. It was wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down with rocks.

Tina Fontaine was 15 when she was killed and her body thrown in the Red River. Phoenix Sinclair was five when she was beaten to death and her body hidden away in a landfill. Her death went undetected for nine months. Cameron Ouskan, who was regularly bruised and had head injuries, was only 13 months old when he died.

What these children all have in common is that they were Indigenous and they were all in foster care in the province of Manitoba.

Image result for child protection more concerned about keeping face than protecting childrenRumour has it, that the most recent three year old child being plastered all over the media as missing has actually gone missing from his foster care placement, and that Gabrielle Upton has attempted to use a media gag on people who want to tell the truth about this child.  Many of us were wondering why there have been no specifics about the case, for example, nothing has been mentioned about the childs family - and this is why. 

Now the media are being forced to lie (so to speak) because they already released the name and photo of the child referred to ... and are saying that the child went missing from his grandmothers (when it wasn't).  How cruel a woman could be, that she would use her powers, to prevent a family who have already experienced the horrors of child protection, from being able to discuss the fact that their toddler has mysteriously disappeared from the foster placement.

Washington, D.C. — A total of 501 juveniles have been reported missing in D.C. since the beginning of the year. This startling number has forced the hands of several officials who’ve written a letter to call on special help from the Justice Department in investigating the matter.

The letter, obtained by the Associated Press,asked FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.” It was signed by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents D.C. in Congress.

800,000 children a year in the United States go missing, many of them being sexually trafficked through pedophilia networks where the children suffer unimaginable horrors such as Satanic ritual abuse.

This number is comprised of documented cases of children gone missing, and does not include children who are born and bred into pedophilia networks and have no birth certificates, or undocumented immigrant children who come across the borders.

Worldwide, the number is close to 8 million children missing and being sexually trafficked.

Such is the scope of the problem that was reported earlier this year (2018) in Westminster, London by The International Tribunal for Natural Justice (ITNJ), as the court convened over a 3-day period to launch their Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse.

International Tribunal for Natural Justice Commissioners

The Judicial Commission is comprised of world leaders who have been involved in fighting child sex trafficking for years, and includes intelligence officers, politicians, legal scholars, and many others. (Website: https://commission.itnj.org)

Children are disappearing from UK care homes at an "alarming" rate, two charities warn.

The number of children missing from UK care homes is “alarmingly” high, two charities say, raising concerns about the effectiveness of the country’s child protection system.

Of the nearly 760 trafficked or unaccompanied children who disappeared from care homes across the UK last year, over 200 have not been found, according to a study by ECPAT UK and Missing People charities published on Tuesday.

How the foster-care system—which disproportionately affects Indigenous children—shows that Canada hasn't learned from past policies.

Children hold signs along with members of the Saskatoon Tribal Council outside of the courthouse in Regina Sask., on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. The Saskatchewan government is seeking an injunction to take back responsibility for children under the care of the Saskatoon Tribal Council, but some say the move infringes on aboriginal sovereignty. (Jennifer Graham/CP)Children hold signs along with members of the Saskatoon Tribal Council outside of the courthouse in Regina Sask., on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. The Saskatchewan government is seeking an injunction to take back responsibility for children under the care of the Saskatoon Tribal Council, but some say the move infringes on aboriginal sovereignty. (Jennifer Graham/CP)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been taking a great deal of heat over the Liberal government’s recent approvals of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, while TransCanada continues to pursue the Keystone XL and Energy East projects. These decisions have inspired major media attention, political debates, litigation, and on-the-ground protests because of their inherent threats to the health and well-being of people, land, water, plants and animals. But there’s another pipeline that’s arguably more lethal than those that carry oil and gas, but gets far less attention from the media or politicians: the pipeline from Canada’s foster-care system to murdered, missing and exploited Indigenous women and girls.

 

Cherie Westell: The 17-year mystery of the missing Melbourne teenager
Cherie Westell disappeared without a trace 17 years ago. (Supplied)
Seventeen years is a long time to search for answers.
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