Nathaniel Lash

Nowhere to call home: Thousands of foster children move so much they risk psychological harm

Josh Carter, 33, of New Port Richey, left, works on a science homework assignment with Justice McGuill, 20, of Land O’ Lakes, between classes Dec. 3 at Pasco-Hernando State College’s West Campus in New Port Richey. McGuill was removed from her home in 2009 because her parents were on drugs and began a transient life, being moved from one foster home to another. At one home she said she was abused by her foster dad but she said nothing because at least at this home, she was with her brothers. Florida’s foster care system is supposed to protect children from harm and abuse. But state records show that thousands of foster children are bounced from home and are likely suffering psychological harm as a result. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times)
A Tampa Bay Times investigation finds Florida’s overburdened foster care system repeatedly bounces children from home to home and family to family.