Our Failed Solutions for Seriously Ill Foster Youths (published by The Chronicle of Social Change)
Justin Taylor Bean, removed from his abusive birth parents as a toddler, spent the next two decades in psychiatric hospitals and more than 40 residential facilities.
Over the years, his physical and verbal aggression increased despite treatment and medication. Then, at the age of 22, Justin strangled to death a fellow group home resident.
During his sentencing last month, District Attorney Laura Thomas argued almost sympathetically that Justin “did not have a chance — it was all over for him at age 2.” She then asked that he be sentenced to a life behind bars, which he was.
“There’s not a miraculous cure,” Thomas said. “The public needs to be protected from him forever.”
Many will be outraged by this story, but few will understand how something like this happens. After all, all the warning signs were there. Doesn’t that mean this could have been prevented?
Sadly, it’s not that simple.
Read the full post here.
“When son was 4, and weighted only 31lbs, he moved a 450lbs sofa one day in a rage! I about shit! Scared me to death! Made me wonder what he would be like as a teen!” – parent of a child diagnosed with RAD