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Mental Health Watchdog Hosting Webinar: Foster Children and the Baker Act

The Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, is hosting a complimentary online event on June 4th, “Foster Kids & The Baker Act“. The event is being held to raise awareness and Case Workers, Guardian Ad Litem, caregivers and foster parents, are all invited to join the conversation about the flaws in the foster care system and how many of these children end up being sent for involuntary psychiatric examinations, called a Baker Act.

Additionally, more than half of foster care children received a psychiatric/mental health diagnosis, compared to just 16.6% of income-eligible kids on Medicaid. According to available information, one out of four children in the foster care system between the ages of 6 and 17 are administered at least one psychotropic drug.

During the event, attendees will learn:

– What foster children experience when they are thrown into the system and how this relates to the the parents, guardians and caregivers.

– Basic rights which are impacted by the foster care system.

– How the Baker Act is applied to foster kids.

– What steps can be taken to better protect these children from abuse.

The complimentary virtual event is being held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM and anyone wishing to register may do so by calling (727) 442-8820.

CCHR is dedicated to the protection of children and has been working to restore and protect the mental health human rights of all Floridians for decades. For information on how to protect your rights or to report a Baker Act please call 1-800-782-2878.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969.

Sources:

Children in foster care by age group in Florida – datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/6244-children-in-foster-care-by-age-group#detailed/2/11/false/574,1729,37,871,870,573,869,36,868,867/1889,2616,2617,2618,2619,122/12988,12989

Higher Education for Foster Youth – nfyi.org/issues/higher-education/#:~:text=Only%2050%25%20of%20children%20in%20foster%20care%20will%20finish%20high%20school.

Florida foster care and adoption guidelines – adoptuskids.org/adoption-and-foster-care/how-to-adopt-and-foster/state-information/florida#:~:text=There%20are%20about%2019%2C000%20children,placement%20are%20without%20identified%20families

Moved 17 times in one year and involuntarily committed 40 times: The systems that failed a Florida teen – news-press.com/story/news/special-reports/2020/01/09/mental-health-foster-care-system-florida-teen-anber/2837628001/

Human Rights Expert: Why We Need a Foster Child Bill of Rights – newsweek.com/human-rights-expert-why-we-need-foster-child-bill-rights-1675978

Poor and Foster Care Children More Likely to be Diagnosed and Treated with Psychiatric Drugs – madinamerica.com/2018/07/poor-foster-care-children-likely-diagnosed-treated-psychiatric-drugs/

Ensuring Foster Youth Are Only Prescribed Psychotropic Medication When in Their Best Interest – pcori.org/research-results/2019/ensuring-foster-youth-are-only-prescribed-psychotropic-medication-when-their-best-interest#:~:text=One%20in%20four%20children%20in,drugs%20at%20the%20same%20time

Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
http://www.cchrflorida.org/
publicaffairs@cchrflorida.org
+1-727-442-8820
109 North Fort Harrison Avenue

Clearwater
United States

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