Parents who put their foster kids in cages!

United States
February 28, 2007 10:10am CST
I recently read on MSN News that a couple got convicted of putting their mentally ill foster children in cages at night because the parents were afraid of them getting out of the beds and hurting themselves and "making a mess". It just seems that a abuse in foster homes is more prevalent these days. There needs to be more regulation on families who are chosen to be foster parents and better checks. What do you think?
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• United States
1 Mar 07
About the cages... I worked with kids in foster care before, and there is actually a special kind of bed you can buy that is like a cage. It is like a bed but it has a cage around it, that you zip at night and it cannot be unzipped from the inside. Many ofster parents use them for kids who have dangerous behavior, and I think Medicaid even helps pay for them! They're calle dVail Beds. Other people lock the children in their rooms at night, put alarms on the doors, etc. This is all supported by social workers and other authorities. I can believe that these people were trying to keep the kids safe, and just didn't know how... they thought they were doing the right thing. I hope.
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• United States
1 Mar 07
I didn't know that. But what happens if they have to use to restroom in the middle of the night or they really need to get out of the bed?
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• United States
2 Mar 07
Hmm, I don't know... I guess they'd just have to holler and wake up the parents! I would never use a Vail bed for any kid, I'm just saying many people do it. If I had kids in my home who were very disturbed and might hurt themselves or others in the middle of the night, I might use a door alarm, cause then the kids can still go out if they need to but the alarm would wake me up so I could supervise them. I knew some foster parents who locked the kids' doors and put port-a-potties in there for the kids to use, but I don't like that either!
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@ajithlal (14563)
• India
28 Feb 07
I think this is one of the most severe cruelty done against children. I think they should have tried to put them in different rooms than to put in the cages especially to the mentallly ill children. I think in this case children were treated more than animals. Will the parents do this to their own children? Foster children should be given same care and love as they should be given to their own children. What we give to others is what we get back. If we give love and care to others we will get love and care back to us. If we treat others with cruelty, then it will be return to us back in any of the form. This is the law of nature. If people wanted to adopated children I think they should more care and love and treat them as their children also.
• United States
28 Feb 07
I 100% agree with you. There are studies showing that abused children and foster children are more likely to become criminals and be detrimental to our society. I guess it comes down to Nature vs. Nuture. Our government agencies should be doing everything in their power to help these "lost" children. Our government is always complaining about our over populated jail system; maybe they should start to look at the homes where these criminals come from.
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@mrbranan (1012)
• United States
3 Mar 07
My mother was raised in a foster home ( forty years ago) and I hate to say it but some of the storys she has told is horrifing. I think it is ashame that after all this time it is still so common. It seems like with all the shows and outrage from the public these things would be few and far between.
@kylanie (1205)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I think that they should have stricter laws on them and have them take some kind of a test and also have them visited by a social-worker with a sneaky visit to see what goes on I believe that kids will be kids my son makes messes but I would not put him in cages because that's like treating him like a animal which they are not.
@sharon613 (2324)
• United States
7 Mar 07
I think parents should be given the chance to raise there own kids instead of strangers raising them. If families need help; then it should be the governments respojnsibility to get them help in the home not to go ahead and tramitize families by splitting them apart.
@mehale (2200)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I can't imagine what they were thinking to actually put the kids in a cage! That is incredibly cruel. I agree totally that there needs to be a better way to prevent abuse and neglect in the foster homes. It does seem to happen more often now days, maybe people are more willing to talk about it? If they had monthly checks on the children to make sure that they were properly cared for at home, maybe this would help. Then again, even that may not be enough. These children have already been through so much, they should be protected.