5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Investigation: Children at Risk in Abusive, Neglectful Homes
“She was my everything,” she said, fighting back tears as she remembered the 6-year-old girl.
Kendrea Johnson was placed into foster care in March of 2014.
In December of that year, Kendrea was found hanging from a jump rope tied to a bunk bed in her foster home.
Not only did law enforcement know about problems with Kendrea’s foster family, but a lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, cites a Department of Human Services background study that revealed Kendrea’s foster mother, “physically abused her child or a child in her care,” in 2000.
Eleven years later, the DHS still chose to issue Kendrea’s foster mother a license.
According to the lawsuit, the agency ‘Family Alternatives’ later placed the little girl in the home.
The Hennepin County Human Services Department allowed the placement of a foster care child into the home of a Brooklyn Park woman who had a record of substantiated child abuse, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.
In December 2014, 6-year old Kendrea Johnson was found dead in that foster care mother’s home. The child was found hanging from a bunk bed in her bedroom.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reviewed the child’s welfare record cited in the lawsuit that shows that Hennepin County child protection authorities knew in December 2000 that the foster care mother, Tannise Nawaqavou, had a record of child abuse.
But because of a little-known state law, commonly known as “the look-back law,” Nawaqavou was granted a foster care license by DHS in October 2011 because a defined period of time had expired since her violation, thus allowing her to become eligible to take care of abused children. All foster care applicants must undergo a background check by the state prior to a decision being made on whether to grant a license.
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Below is an article from 2015 that shows how the Hegelian Dialectic technique is used to create the illusion that we need more taxpayer dollars spent on addressing the problem that is actually created by the system.
Almost all major events in history employ the Hegelian Dialectic of:
Problem – manufacture a crisis or take advantage of one already in place in order to get the desired Reaction of public outcry whereby the public demands a Solution which as been predetermined from the beginning.
Updated: 06/22/2015 10:09 PM
Created: 06/22/2015 8:02 PM KSTP.com
By: Stephen Tellier
Minnesota’s largest county is on the verge of hiring more than 100 additional staff to help protect some of the area’s most vulnerable kids.
Issues plaguing the state’s child protection system have been at the forefront of a public debate that has played out for much of the past year. The fear is that too many Minnesota children are dying after their cases come to the attention of child protection services. Many believe the problem boils down to too many cases, and not enough staff to handle them.
The recent cases of 10-year-old Barway Collins, 3-year-old Corrianah Mottley-Wright, and 2-year-old Sophia O’Neill have highlighted those possible shortcomings. All three have died within the past few months, and all three were either known to child protection services before their deaths, or had close family members who were known to child protection workers in Hennepin County.
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- In 2012, Colorado Governor John Hicklenhooper ordered an overhaul of the State’s child welfare system after the Denver Post reported 43 children were murdered as a consequence of social workers who dropped the ball.
- In 2011, San Francisco Department of Child Protective Services paid out 4 million to a former foster child who suffered years of abuse after his sister was beaten and starved to death by the foster parent. Another report showed that more than 1,000 CA foster homes matched the addresses of registered sex offenders, 600 of whom were high risk.
- This report talks about the 1.5 million mothers who say they were “coerced,” “manipulated,” and “duped” into handing over their babies for adoption. These women say sometimes their parents forged consent documents, but more often they say these forced adoptions were coordinated by the people their families trusted most… priests, nuns, social workers, nurses or doctors.”
- This report by ABC News reporter Diane Sawyer showed that 25% of all foster kids were on psychotropic drugs, and the States did not do enough to oversee them.