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  • State's lax oversight puts fragile children at risk

    There were warning signs in the months before 11-year-old Arthur Lee Wiley became deathly ill. The severely disabled boy was kept in bed so long he moaned in pain. He suffered a broken leg for reasons no one has ever determined. By February 2002, his...
  • Divided authority leads to murky responsibility

    Maryland's oversight of group homes for children is complicated by the numerous agencies that play roles - some overlapping. One result is poor communication among offices, according to interviews and a review of licensing and monitoring records....
  • For troubled teens, 'a second home'

    BOONSBORO - She points proudly to a new report card marked with A's and B's and talks about a future career in law enforcement. Then she acknowledges that she'd be a high school dropout abusing drugs if she hadn't been sent five months earlier to the...
  • Reforms proposed, then put on the shelf

    More than three years ago, Maryland was handed a blueprint to improve the care of nearly 3,000 children in privately run group homes. The plan recommended new performance standards, tougher sanctions for violators and a public Web site that everyone...
  • Leaders vow to fix Md. group homes

    Assailing Maryland's lax oversight of children's group homes, legislative leaders pledged yesterday to investigate and make major improvements, with some saying there needs to be an overhaul of the entire child welfare system. "There's a management...
  • Sun Q&A on group homes

    Clifford Collins, Randallstown: Have you analyzed the negative impact of group homes on local public schools? Most public schools in the Randallstown and Woodlawn areas do not have the resources to adequately serve agency-based students with special...
  • Critics aim to reduce secrecy in foster care

    Getting detailed information about foster children is difficult. So is finding detailed information about the group homes where they live. All of that makes it very challenging to hold accountable the companies that are entrusted and paid to take care of...
  • State uses downtown office to house troubled teens

    For the past five months, the Baltimore Department of Social Services has been regularly housing children overnight at a downtown office building - allowing them to sleep upright in hard plastic chairs or on thin mattresses on the floor. The practice...
  • Mother held in boy's death had drawn earlier notice

    A 25-year-old Dundalk woman whose parenting had drawn the attention of authorities has been charged with child abuse in the death this week of her 3-year-old son, prompting investigators to launch a review of the death of her younger son in November,...
  • Md. aims to stop deaths of children

    During an intense grilling by legislators yesterday, state child welfare officials said they're making incremental changes to prevent more child abuse deaths but added that legal and financial restrictions keep them from acting more aggressively. The...
  • Child welfare system faulted

    Federal auditors examining Maryland's child welfare system are criticizing the state for having one of the worst computer systems in the nation for tracking abused and neglected children. "Can we find every child in the foster care system? The answer...
  • 'He was real bad news for her'

    Sierra Swann well knows of the various addictions that play out in the neighborhood near the corner of Boone Street and East 20th, a grim place where heroin and cocaine are available curbside beneath the blank stares of boarded-up windows. She watched...