Hurt instead of helped: Foster children victimized in out-of-state facilities where oversight is lacking
Across the country, child welfare officials have sent thousands of foster children to mental health institutions in distant states, including facilities where children reported being beaten and sexually assaulted by other residents or mistreated by workers.
The journeys of these children resemble an airline flight map: California to Virginia, Florida to Utah, Hawaii to Arkansas. Illinois officials have transported children as young as 7 to facilities in more than a dozen states.
One Chicago girl who was placed at institutions in Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee said she was sedated,...