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Old 12-12-2013, 11:29 AM
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NC Social Services Supervisor arrested for abuse of foster child, 11

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children placed in another foster home in another county ):

what a way to keep braking these children down,i know it's not always a guarantee but would it not be better to place children with blood relatives instead of strangers?? i will never believe that when children are taken from bio parents aunts,uncles grandparents are unwilling to care for them.
Happens all the time. Often other relatives are deemed unfit, unsuitable or aren't willing to step up. Some states offer kinship care. That's a little money every month to help when a relative takes in a child. Even then, sometimes it's just not possible.
Sometimes parents refuse to provide relative information.


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Old 12-15-2013, 12:22 PM
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Former North Carolina Deputy Commerce Secretary told a Raleigh TV station he tried to get help.
http://www.wcnc.com/news/Former-Depu...235901851.html
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:39 PM
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thanks scmom for the link.

Goodale says teachers didn't know where to turn with concerns since Larson was with DSS.

“The problem was the DSS employee in the key job,” said Goodale.

“We need to learn from this and take all possible steps to insure it never, never happens again,” he continued.

WRAL says it obtained an e-mail chain confirming Goodale's contact with the State DSS.

They couldn't, however, find any follow-up between the state and the school.

http://www.wcnc.com/news/Former-Depu...235901851.html

It will be interesting to see how Union County responds to THIS after their neat little handwashing BS from initial statements their reps issued.

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As the State Division of Social Services statement dated November 19, 2013 indicates: “Dorian Harper and Wanda Larson are not currently licensed foster parents in North Carolina. The Harper/Larson foster home license expired in December 2010. There have been no foster children living in the home since May 2009.”
The statement from the State Division of Social Services further indicated: “Based on state law regarding adoption of foster children, once a decree of adoption is entered, the adoptive parents are not subject to any additional oversight by DSS unless it is requested by the parents.”
http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Union...232863551.html

the letter they fired this [unusual person] with

“The conditions uncovered in your own home, for your adoptive children and the child for whom you have guardianship, are appalling,” Matens wrote.

“You have a responsibility in your official capacity to ensure that children are not subjected to such conditions, and you would have had a duty to initiate a report and investigation had you observed children in such conditions in another home.

“The negligence you have shown in this situation has detrimentally affected the trust and confidence placed in you as a social work supervisor by this agency. Your actions represent a blatant disregard for the ethical conduct and sound judgment vital to your position.”

Lawson was not at her Monroe farmhouse at the time. But her longtime partner, Dorian Harper, was arrested, and five children placed under government care. Sheriff Eddie Cathey described the living conditions as “terrible.”


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/201...#storylink=cpy
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:48 PM
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I still believe an investigation needs to be initiated on a federal level. No way would I trust the state to investigate after this brouhaha. I also think about Zahra Baker and how DSS was involved but did not remove her from the Bakers custody.
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:29 PM
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and we have Erica Parsons

NC is not looking good lately in its adoption and foster children monitoring. The home schooling situation is apparently completely unmonitored or regulated and this seems to have created a black hole for abused children to fall into in general.
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:55 PM
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And here's another story about a Union County DSS worker. She has since been hired by the USPS. Fired by one government agency and hired by another.
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/loca...-stamp-/nHXGH/
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/loca...-office/ncPDX/
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:11 PM
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More on the Harper/Larson case.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/201...l#.UrOKPyc6x_I
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:15 PM
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But Robert McCarter, managing attorney for the Council for Children’s Rights in Charlotte, said Union DSS misapplied the relevant state laws in the 2012 case. He also believes the agency erred by not asking another county to take over the case from the start.

McCarter, a former attorney for Mecklenburg County DSS, honed in on the state’s definition of a “neglected juvenile,” defined in part as one “who does not receive proper care, supervision or discipline” from a parent, guardian or caretaker, or “who lives in an environment injurious to the juvenile’s welfare.”

“Perhaps Union County should explain how a complaint that alleges that a child shows up ... begging for food couldn’t possibly be the result of a child not receiving proper care ... or be living in an environment injurious to his health or welfare,” McCarter said.

“The explanation that the allegations didn’t fit the statutory definition is bogus. That would be far too narrow an interpretation of the law.”

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/201...#storylink=cpy

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Old 12-19-2013, 07:32 PM
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Before joining DSS, Larson worked with Gaston/Lincoln Mental Health, working with profoundly disturbed behavioral patients, her son said.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/201...#storylink=cpy

She probably contributed to their problems. Now I really wonder how much damage this woman has caused to how many people? And what did the patients call her, Nurse Ratchett?
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:37 PM
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There is no telling. And Harper (oh he of the short temper) was a nurse before he was fired, scary thought. both involved in careers that put them in authority/charge of vulnerable sick or children. There is no telling the damage done over the years and to how many.

sigh.

I am still absorbing the adult son's story about the attempted choking out incident and how they "just lost there way" in regards to what they should be doing as parents. WTF? Seriously??

I am not sure they ever knew the way. He describes Harper as a short tempered man who tried to choke him out, Larson as a woman who broke up the tussle by striking him and yet still stands fast to the description of them as strict but good parents? Even as he hears about the 11 year old, the chicken, etc.

It is truly mind boggling.
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:49 PM
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What they need as an oversight committee is a group of former foster children.
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:48 PM
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But a state review in 2011 found problems with Union County's DSS, including taking too long to investigate child abuse cases.
http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/State...236881761.html
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:40 AM
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More about Union County DSS and how cases were mishandled.
http://www.wbtv.com/story/24285837/r...shandled-cases
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Couple's older son speaks out on abuse allegations

The adopted son of the Union County couple accused of abusing their children defends their character saying, they are "loving" parents.

The man, did not want to be identified. He says he came to live with Wanda Larson and Dorian Harper when he was 14 years old.

He lived under their roof, under their rules, up until two years ago, when he turned 18.

"I grew up in a caring and loving home," he said.

The "punishment," he received at the home he thought was fair and "fit the crime."

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When asked about why his 11 year old sibling would have a dead chicken tied around his neck, he said, "more than likely, the chicken around the neck, was to shame the child. There has to be something going on, between that child and that chicken. He either, one, didn't feed it and it died, or two, either he was out there harassing the chicken. He may have killed the chicken. This child has been known to be cruel to animals," he said.

To his knowledge, the 11year-old boy has been living with the couple since he was 6.

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"Everyone says this is some sweet innocent kid when in actuality, he is not. He has been to counseling, he is on numerous heavy medications, but nothing has worked," he said.

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The accusations, the boy was underfed, he said are also not true. He blames the boy's small frame on a medical condition that stunted his growth since birth.

"He is the type of child when everybody goes to bed at night, he gets up, sneaks downstairs and steals food," he said.

When asked if that was a sign he was not being properly nourished, he replied, "he would sneak out into the garage take raw meat out of the freezer, let it thaw overnight and next day go out there and eat it raw," he said.

"He has severe psychological issues."

"He was not allowed to carry his own lunch box because would eat what food is in his lunch and then, throw the lunch box away and say he didn't have lunch for the day."

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"Everyone assumed all five children in the home have been abused, that is not accurate. You ask all four of the children, they will say they lived in a loving and caring home."

The 11 year old's relatives say they have tried for years to get DSS to look into the allegations of abuse.

They claim to have pictures to prove the child was physically abused and plan to turn it over as evidence to authorities.

http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Union...232472731.html
This is unbelievable. This young man has been brainwashed. Still blaming the 11 year old I see. Punishments "fit the crime?" Those words alone say it all. Perhaps the child did have some psych issues, who knows, but he certainly wasn't going to get better in that environment. That said, his alleged psych issues could be the very reason he was chosen by this couple to be adopted. They would always have "psych issues" as a scapegoat.

Before I forget, isn't it odd that this former adoptee describes the act of going for food at night when you are hungry as "stealing"

Much can be gleaned from his statements alone.

I am also curious to know if they have a history of moving around as many serial a users do. Anybody know?
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Police investigate 36 foster kids being abused by SC couple charged with handcuffing boy to porch

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Old 01-22-2014, 09:42 PM
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Changes made to DSS after boy found handcuffed to porch.
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/loca...d-porch/ncyDz/
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:11 PM
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The Union County Department of Social Services will have to re-open three cases of possible child abuse and neglect after a state review found inconsistencies and other problems, according to officials.
http://www.wbtv.com/story/24544490/o...of-child-abuse

From WSOC, another story about the same thing.
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/loca...d-abuse/nc2XZ/
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:23 PM
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Justice for All Coalition says feds should investigate DSS

http://www.wbtv.com/story/24067789/j...nvestigate-dss

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"I have personally reviewed 18 different case in the past week everyone has the same players involved. The DSS involvement is there and over 90 percent of them involve people that are supervised by Wanda Sue Larson," said Bess.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:58 PM
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Such a shame that oversight investigation is only initiated after the fact. DSS in all states should have a review committee who regularly read case reports and verify that all is being done to protect children.
However, I suspect that after a few years the committee would themselves need an oversight committee and then a few years later....
Why is it that attorneys say children don't make credible witnesses in court but an adult with credentials can be most trustworthy? Wanda Larson had credentials...
This whole thing reeks of corruption, indifference, and power hunger
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:56 PM
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Larson and Harper will be in court on Monday.
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/loca...-monday/nc83j/
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Foster parents of boy found handcuffed with dead chickend around neck due in court

http://www.khou.com/news/Foster-pare...243307741.html
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Harper has new charges against him. Larson wasn't in court.
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/loca...en-arou/ndBHj/
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Larson to be in court tomorrow.
http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Harpe...243402911.html
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More charges against Larson. Next court appearance is 04/01/14
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