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Video Stories: Drugging Foster Kids
The author took her video camera to a Foster Care Alumni meeting and asked foster kids to tell about there experiences in Child Protective Services while wards of the state.
09 min. 47 sec.
One thing each young person had in common was a massive over drugging with psychiatric drugs.
Child placement agencies, foster parents, RTCs (Residential Treatment Centers) and Therapeutic Foster Homes are paid a certain amount of money each day for taking care of a foster child. The amount of money they get paid depends on a level of care system. The more difficult the child or the more problems that child has, the more money a foster parent or residential care facility is paid.
A child at the basic level of care is worth about $17.00 per day where a child in the highest level of care could be worth as much as a $1000.00 a day. This creates an incentive to diagnose every children with emotional, behavioral or physical problems or disability, in order to justify raising their level of care. A child on psychiatric drugs is worth more than a child without problems.
It is not uncommon for a foster child to be placed on many different psychotropic drugs at the same time. Some investigations have found children on as many as 13 mind altering drugs prescribed by a psychiatrist at one time.
These drugs include all categories of psychiatric drugs; antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, anxiety medications, anticonvulsant medications, etc.
The Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (known as SSRI) drugs such as Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, etc., are well-known and their dangers have been publically exposed. A number of these children described taking Risperdal, Zyprexa, Geodon and other new generation antipsychotics which have been linked to weight gain, obesity, diabetes and even suicide.
Many of these drugs are not approved for children and the long-term effects of these drugs on growing minds and bodies are yet unknown.
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© 2007 Zoe Sofia.