Foster kids get mood-altering drugs w...

Foster kids get mood-altering drugs without orders or consent, ...

There are 7 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 28, 2009, titled Foster kids get mood-altering drugs without orders or consent, .... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Almost one of every six foster children on mood-altering drugs in Florida is being medicated without the court order or parental consent required by law, according to a study released Thursday by the state Department of Children and Families.

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OrlandoFosterPar ent

Palm Bay, FL

#1 May 29, 2009
Considering that DCF contracts out their services to agencies, did it ever occur to anyone that perhaps foster parents have trouble getting caseworkers to call them back to get parental consent or in front of a judge? Remember, these people get $400 a month to feed, clothe, and care for a child and often can't reach a case worker. Should these kids go without medication while waiting weeks for calls back?
OrlandoPoster

Palm Bay, FL

#2 May 29, 2009
Why can't the Sentinel ever cover how foster parents generally spend hundreds a month caring for children because DCF won't pay enough to even cover the costs of fostering a child? The medication issue is not news as many of these kids need immediate care. Why not write a story about how long it takes to get in front of the judge to get approval. Should a child with serious issues be denied medication while she is cutting herself?
DCF SUCKS

Winter Springs, FL

#3 May 29, 2009
DCF, The Department of Crooks & Felons... The biggest scan in this nation. This abusive and harrassing organization ought to be abolished!!! We already have ample laws to protect our children and don't need a bunch of scumbags with an ego to tell us how to raise our kids and harrass us without due process... We always hear about how this garbage organization saves children but we never hear how 90%-95% of their investigations are purely baseless and result in more harm than good to our kids...

Time to abolish chapter 39 in this state.

Hey Orlando Sentinel... How about doing a story about how abusive and harrassing this scumbag organization really is???
AmericanVet

Orlando, FL

#4 May 29, 2009
I am currently in a major debacle with Kids Central Inc. and DCF after the placement of grandchildren in our care.It is clearly evident that one hand has no idea what the other is doing, and they truly think that the only way to do something is their's, and how offended they get when something different is suggested. The practices and personel of the contractors need a thorough internal investigation and restructuring and all needed changes should be reported to the public. These organizations have absolutely no transparency and that's just the way they want it.
Jason

Hudson, FL

#5 May 29, 2009
The law on consent has been on the books since 2005. Who was responsible for allowing all these kids to be drugged without consent?
nelson

Ithaca, NY

#6 May 29, 2009
OrlandoFosterParent wrote:
Considering that DCF contracts out their services to agencies, did it ever occur to anyone that perhaps foster parents have trouble getting caseworkers to call them back to get parental consent or in front of a judge? Remember, these people get $400 a month to feed, clothe, and care for a child and often can't reach a case worker. Should these kids go without medication while waiting weeks for calls back?
Often times children under foster care are given psychotropic drugs to calm the child, rather than asking the child what is troubling him. At times "Depakote" an anti-seizure medicine intended for adults is prescribed for children. The result was that the boy on the drug became distant, withdrawn and "zombie" like.

In one children's center 55% of the foster children were put on psychotropic drugs. Foster children receive psychotropic drugs at 3X the rate for other children. One boy was placed in emergency protective services and then shuttled to two foster homes in 6 months. After this incredible upheaval of his life in a very short period of time, he would gouge his flesh and have suicidal thoughts. Before all this, he was a top student and had an outgoing personality.

A stable environment, and these psychotropic drugs would be something for the dark ages.
AmericanVet

Orlando, FL

#7 May 29, 2009
It would be interesting to know who prescribed and administered the medications.

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