Wednesday, May 15, 2024

NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending May 15, 2024

 ● WNBC-TV is the latest New York media outlet to report on how the city’s family police agency is reneging on a promise to stop swiping foster youth´s Social Security benefits.  And special credit to the Brooklyn Eagle for pointing out in its own story that while the New York City Administration for Children´s Services and General Buck-Passing (well, that should be its name) claims to be hamstrung by federal regulations, other places such as Arizona and Washington, D.C. have found ways to let foster youth keep their own money.

● Across the country, following up on reporting from the Washington State Standard, the Everett Herald called on Washington State to stop this odious practice.

● Speaking of greed and foster care in New York City, I have a column in the Daily News about the effort by the city’s big, powerful private foster care agencies to get a taxpayer bailout – to help them pay compensation to a small fraction of the children abused in their care for decades.

● In Rhode Island, a state legislator says he has the solution to rampant abuse in residential treatment centers: Suggestion boxes!  And that’s only the second dumbest idea they´re talking about.  I have a column about it in The Imprint.

● And WPRI-TV reports on still another example of how Rhode Island´s answer to everything is just stash the kids in an institution.

The Imprint reports that Rep. Gwen Moore has reintroduced the Family Poverty is Not Neglect Act.

● When your child is in the hospital and a doctor walks in the room, you are likely to assume the doctor is there to actually help your child get better.  But what if s/he’s really there to investigate you?  That´s what so-called “child abuse pediatricians” do.  In JAMA Pediatrics, there leading scholars write, that a minimum, these doctors should have to disclose why they’re in the room.

● In Texas, KTBC-TV reports, another family victimized by a false diagnosis of child abuse is suing

And in this week´s edition of The Horror Stories Go in All Directions:

● It´s taken years of litigation, but, Honolulu Civil Beat reports, we’re learning more about still another case of alleged abuse – and cover-up in Hawaii foster care.