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  • 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...
  • City, state grapple over care of family

    After being called by a concerned hospital worker, the Baltimore Department of Social Services should have dispatched a caseworker to investigate a 17-year-old girl who had a history of child abuse and had just delivered twins, city and state officials...
  • Generations bred in despair

    Long before Sierra Swann was charged, along with Nathaniel Broadway, with murdering her month-old twin girls last week, she lived with her mother, five siblings and her mother's boyfriend in a one-bedroom apartment that lacked electricity. Her mother,...
  • Twins slipped through gap in city services

    An apparent gap in child protective services allowed a teen-age mother with a history of abuse to leave Johns Hopkins Hospital with her newborn twin girls that she and the infants' father are accused of beating to death less than a month later, city...
  • Report on abuse got no response

    The latest case of fatal child abuse in Baltimore is raising another round of questions about how the system attempts to protect children from their abusive parents. One-month-old twins died last week, after their 17-year-old mother - whose first child...
  • Child welfare head tries to improve agency's image

    When Christopher J. McCabe stood at the microphone of a recent nationally televised news conference, Maryland's highest child welfare official mentioned his boss' name, introduced his colleagues and spoke vaguely about his agency's work. The secretary of...
  • Couple deny killing twins

    A Northeast Baltimore teenager arraigned with her boyfriend yesterday in the beating deaths of their 1-month-old twins was physically abused in the hospital by that boyfriend shortly after giving birth, according to court documents. Though Johns...
  • Doctor finds guardian OK to stand trial

    A state psychiatrist has found Satrina Roberts competent to stand trial for the 2002 torture death of 15-year-old Ciara Jobes, but nevertheless called it "shocking" that state officials gave Roberts custody of the child while she suffered from a severe...