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stinky*felix
10-01-2005, 09:44 PM
State: Starved boys to get $12.5 million

2003 N.J. case focused attention on child welfare system

Saturday, October 1, 2005; Posted: 6:19 a.m. EDT (10:19 GMT)
(CNN) -- Lawyers for four New Jersey boys allegedly starved by their adoptive parents have agreed to a $12.5 million dollar settlement from the state of New Jersey, a spokesman for the Division of Youth and Family Services said Friday.

Although the settlement is still awaiting signatures and approval from a judge, Department of Human Services spokesman Laurie Facciarossa confirmed that the boys' attorneys have accepted the state's offer.

Facciarossa said she "fully expects" the agreement to be signed on Monday.

If approved, the settlement will pay $12.5 million dollars to Bruce Jackson and his three adoptive brothers, Michael, Keith and Tyrone, all of whom were found starving in their Collingswood, New Jersey, home in October 2003.

State officials believe the money will be enough to provide for the boys' physical, psychological and medical needs for the rest of their lives.

Facciarossa also confirmed that the settlement is among the largest ever for the Department of Human Services.

The Jackson boys' case garnered national attention in 2003, when New Jersey's embattled child welfare service came under fire after local police found a 19-year-old Bruce Jackson rummaging through his neighbor's trash can.

Police said Bruce weighed just 45 pounds at the time.

Prosecutors charged the boys' adoptive parents, Raymond and Vanessa Jackson, with 28 counts of child endangerment and aggravated assault.

Raymond Jackson died from stroke in November. Vanessa Jackson, meanwhile, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted.

With the exception of Bruce, the boys are living with foster parents.

"The settlement is meant to reflect the state's recognition of the ordeal the boys were forced to undergo," Facciarossa said. "Our hope is that the money will go a long way towards providing a better future for the boys."

:rahrah

randy
10-01-2005, 09:51 PM
:thud

You mean an OFFICIAL STATE GOVERNMENT actually did the RIGHT THING without being FORCED TOO!!!!!!!

stinky*felix
10-01-2005, 10:00 PM
It happens. :happy

Bard
10-01-2005, 10:05 PM
:thumbsup

Peregrina
10-01-2005, 10:06 PM
calm down, randy, before you stroke out.

good for new jersey, doing the right thing, but it's like closing the barn door after the horse got out - and then offering the goat in the pen sugar lumps.

those boys are being taken care of, but what about the other kids who are in similar situations, not only in jersy, but here in Texas and Florida and California....everywhere.

momahedger
10-02-2005, 09:47 AM
calm down, randy, before you stroke out.

good for new jersey, doing the right thing, but it's like closing the barn door after the horse got out - and then offering the goat in the pen sugar lumps.

those boys are being taken care of, but what about the other kids who are in similar situations, not only in jersy, but here in Texas and Florida and California....everywhere.

Pere, you are so right. it is like closing the barn door after. what is not put in national papers is that just about 2 months ago, a third or perhaps a fourth (hard to keep up with the numbers) child from the time of those boys, died in foster care due to neglect. we did not hear about that here in OH and I doubt anywhere else. But dau is keeping track of it all now.

I am glad that the boys won their case and hopefully they will gain from it.

but NJ is in a state of stay or flight. in 2003, our dau and her hubby went into foster to adopt. they got two lovely children. a sister named Jenna about 3 mos old and Justin who was about 3. they loved those kids. they focused their life around them, reorganising as they had not had any children in their 8 year marriage. they passed all of the requirements, went to the functions, kept up with dr appts....

on 10/27 was a regular home visit. they knew about it and were not worried. not at all. they had nothing to be afraid of. nothing. so she went on to work and her hubby stayed home since he was off from work that day. Justin woke up with a bruise about the size of a thumnail and because Hubby could not explain where it came from (he is a toddler, what did they expect) the kids were wisked away. after 4 months of fighting to get them back, it was ruled that they had been taken in error. :) :thankyou but since the children had been in another home for so long, the state decided not to return them for the sake of the children. :ohwell :wtf so now dau and hubby are starting all over again.

dau and hubby and their church and their doctors wrote to the governor and everyone they could during this whole mess. they were not afraid for anything to come out. they loved them so much, and so did we.

while they were looking at them, these 2 and perhaps 4 other children died in foster care. almost funny in a way if it was not so tragic.

NJ again, is a state that is in the flee or flight syndrome. and children are being watched that should not be, and the system is missing the signs of the children that they should be concerned about. :sad

Meanwhile, I have photos that I cannot throw away. we had 4 grandchildren which over night went to 2. and our dau did nothing wrong.

how many parents could say where every bruise or cut came from on their toddler?