Washington, D.C. — Thousands of American children entrusted to foster care have gone missing according to records published last month.
Based on a review of federal records by investigative reporters Eric Rasmussen and Erin Smith, more than 60,000 foster children in the United States are now unaccounted for and have simply been labeled as “whereabouts unknown”.
According to the report, child welfare agencies throughout the country have closed the cases of at least 61,000 foster children listed as “missing”, not counting an additional 53,000 children who are listed as “runaways.”
Further, the review found:
– Arizona and New Jersey allow child welfare workers to close a case if the child has been missing for at least six months.
– Illinois closed the case of a missing 9-year-old foster child in…
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