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Special Series
DAY 1: Forty children have died in the District in cases where government agencies and workers failed to take preventive actions or placed the children in unsafe homes and institutions.

DAY 2: The story of NickiColma Spriggs, who died at 15 with extreme curvature of the spine in a Delaware nursing home, spotlights the District’s failure to monitor severely disabled wards.

DAY 3: Eleven babies died after social workers have sent infants born with serious medical problems to homes where parents were drug abusers, mentally ill or otherwise unfit.

DAY 4: When social workers and police do not investigate properly, children face the risks: One, 8-year-old Sylvester Brown, was slain by his mentally ill mother despite four separate calls for help.

Names and Faces Gallery: A look at the children.
Graphics: Charts and tables from the series.

How the Series Was Done
Full Report: Lost Children

D.C. Court Faulted on Child Care Reforms
Federal lawmakers Thursday accused District judges of being more concerned with their own comfort and careers than the safety of children as they debated legislation designed to change the way D.C. Superior Court handles child abuse and neglect cases.

In the News
Probe Finds 8 Key Errors in Brianna Case (Post, May 2, 2001)

Girl's Death Prompts Changes in Alexandria: Child Welfare Review Suggests New Policies (Post, June 13, 2001)

Group Home Foster Care Faulted: Monitoring and Training Inadequate, D.C. Report Says (Post, June 13, 2001)

D.C. Court Seeks to Reform Its Family Division: Officials Act to Prevent Congress From Taking Away Jurisdiction Over Neglected Children (Post, March 11, 2001)

D.C. Failed to Investigate Child Sex Abuse Reports (Post, March 8, 2001)

New Court Proposed for Abused Children: DeLay Envisions Specially Trained D.C. Judges (Post, March 6, 2001)

D.C. Child Abuse and Coverup Alleged: Foster Care Worker Accused of Assault (Post, Feb. 14, 2001)

Brianna Case Judge To Leave D.C. Bench: Judicial Panel Was Sent Notification (Post, Jan. 30, 2001)

Foster Care Takeover Is Faulted: Court Solved Little For D.C., GAO Says (Post, Jan. 6, 2001)

Brianna, Buried in System's Mistakes: Mother's Indictment, Lawyer's Ethics Case Disclose New Details (Post, Dec. 16, 2000)

D.C. Regains Control of Foster Care: Child Welfare Goes To a New Agency (Post, Oct. 24, 2000)

D.C. Foster Care Receiver Resigns: Jones Scuffled With Congress, Courts (Post, Oct. 13, 2000)

Md. Turns Away D.C. Foster Children: State Cites Chaos in Program, Fears About Wards' Safety (Post, Sept. 6, 2000)

D.C. Child Welfare Chief Drops Lawsuit: Jones Targeted Local Judges (Post, Aug. 24, 2000)

D.C. Child Welfare Official Arrested: Chief Chastised For Defying Court (Post, Aug. 15, 2000)

Head of D.C. Agency Choosing Between Arrest, Surrender (Post, Aug. 13, 2000)

Top D.C. Official Ordered Arrested: Employees, Chief Missed Court in Child Neglect Case (Post, Aug. 12, 2000)

Foster Care Chief Seeks Money: D.C. Agency's Director Asks Doubting Council for $60 Million (Post, April 4, 2000)

Foster Care Caseload 'Just Horrible': Swamped Social Workers in District Fear a Repeat of Brianna Case (Post, March 27, 2000)

In Time of Need, Agencies Extend A Helping Hand: Forum Highlights Rising Demand For Shrinking Pool of Caregivers (Post, March 26, 2000)

Report Lists Crises in D.C. Foster Care: Court Monitor Cites Shortages, Backlogs (Post, March 9, 2000)

Report Lists Crises in D.C. Foster Care (Post, March 9, 2000)

Mayor's State of District Promises Improvements: Childhood Trauma Prompts Foster Care Push (Post, March 7, 2000)

Memo to Send Brianna Home is Scrutinized (Post, March 5, 2000)



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