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DCF studies failures in child’s hanging death

Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – A 25-year-old woman who spent a decade in foster care told Department of Children and Families officials she believes children in foster care are overdiagnosed and overmedicated.

Kimberly Foster made the comments to state officials Thursday in Fort Lauderdale.

Officials are reviewing system wide failures that led to the hanging death of 7-year-old foster child Gabriel Myers. Two issues keep returning: the alarming use of psychotropic medications and an inability for doctors, foster parents and case works to track these powerful medications.


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Report focuses on Fla. foster kids’ prescriptions

Associated Press – May 28, 2009 3:24 PM ET

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A new report says proper authorization was not obtained for 16% of Florida foster children taking antidepressants and other prescribed psychotropic drugs.

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon ordered the study that was released Thursday after the apparent suicide of a 7-year-old boy last month in Margate.

State records failed to accurately reflect the drugs he had been prescribed, nor had required consent been obtained from his parents or a judge.

The report shows no authorization was obtained for 433 of 2,669 foster children receiving such drugs.

It states parental or court consent will be obtained for each of those children by June 5.

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