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Panel Report On Drugging Foster Children

A welfare-expert panel report on the drugging of Florida’s foster children is expected to be released later this month according to a news story in the Miami Herald. This report says authorities all too often rely on powerful psychiatric drugs, and seldom help these foster children really deal with issues related to trauma.

According to the article:

The use of psychiatric drugs among children in state care is widespread.

Records updated by DCF last week show that, among children in state care aged 6-12, more than 22 percent are being given psychiatric drugs.

Almost one-third of the adolescents aged 13 to 17 are on psychiatric drugs, the updated records say.

Among the adolescents, close to four in 10 children in licensed foster care are on such drugs.

The smallest percentage of adolescents taking psychiatric drugs, 12 percent, live with relatives or family friends.

One of the findings of the panel was that the state has failed to implement recommendations from former taskforces that have studied child deaths or psychiatric drug use among foster children. The Department of Children and Families has failed to even assign “accountability” or “responsibility” to anybody for the implementation of such recommendations.

One can’t help but agree with what lawyer and child advocate Andrea Moore says on the subject.

“Let’s just hope they don’t put this on a shelf and ignore it like all the other reports,” Moore said.

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