Five children have been found safe after walking out of their Cutler Bay foster home. The siblings — ages 16, 14, 13, 6 and 5 — were under the care of the Children’s Home Society in the Miami suburb of Cutler Ridge. They later were found in Florida City. Reportedly, their case manager was unaware when they left the facility.
Foster child abuse attorneys and lawyers who fight for the rights and to prevent abuse, harm, sexual abuse and personal injury to the state’s at-risk children are closely watching how the state Department of Children and Families handles the fallout of this case.
The children reportedly had asked to go to the bathroom while the case worker was doing paperwork. Case workers later noticed the kids were not at the home. A judge ruled Thursday that the children should be removed from the custody of their adoptive grandmother and placed into the custody of the Department of Children and Families, according to news reports.
“I don’t even understand how did they even were allowed to get to the front door without somebody knowing that they was there,” the grandmother, Carolyn Lauger, told media. She wants the returned to her.