Nothing much is known about this organization in Denmark beside the fact that the Danish department was result of the work of a certain Tytte Botfeldt who is now deceased and their close work with the couple Lise and Ole Brems. The family who was living in the village of Klarup and was consisting of a doctor and a nurse took a lot of foster kids in. Some of the foster children died but the doctor issued death certificates despite the fact, that he was close to them. At that time it was legal and the law has due to this case been changed so no doctor with close ties to the deceased can issue death certificates.
In the end the authorities started an investigation against the foster parents and the doctor was convicted to two years in prison and he was allowed to keep his medical license to work as a doctor once the time was served. The wife was convicted to 4 years in prison and lost her license permanently. Why the difference? Why was he allowed to work when he provided medication and falsified the death certificates, remains a mystery.
Today this case involving the Terre des hommes organization in Denmark has largely been forgotten but it is certain that it could not have been fun to be a foster child in the Brems family.
- Det respektable lægeægtepar (Book in Danish language)
- Helvedet i Klarup (Blog by Hans Hüttel in Danish language)
- De tyske mulatbørns danske historie (Kristlig Dagblad – in Danish language)
Further information about the Danish department of Terre Des Hommes. In 1999 an investigation was launch into falsified medication documentation about children adopted from Romania. Danish parents believed that the children was healthy but serious illnesses were hidden from them by the organization. As result the Danish department no longer arrange adoptions.
- Aktører i Danmark (Adoptionpolitisk Forum)
Ontario, which is a part of Canada is set to have a child welfare system. It is certainly not a system you want to be part of if you are a teenager.
Placing a child in a random place hundreds of miles away from the family and friends and not providing education to the foster parents is almost planning that the children should not survive to grow up and become adults. Suicides count for some of the deaths.
The system could be better put together but as always it is properly about the money and how you can save most.
“Vildmarken kalder” also known as Vildmarksprojektet was an illegal residential treatment option used by Danish authorities from around 2005 and some years after. The youth were sent to Norway and placed at remote locations in Sweden and Norway. Regardless that it was against the law to place minors abroad according to Danish legislation several departments of social services made use of this so-called treatment program. The manager had no relevant education. In fact he was trained auto mechanic.
The youth were met with physical violence. No case worker report him for his illegal use of force as they were required to according to Danish law. Neither employees from the treatment program nor case workers have been disciplined for their work and use of this illegal treatment program.
It could not have been a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Først blev de anbragt i Helvede – så splittede kommunen søstrene op og svigtede dem igen (TV2 Nyhederne – Danish language)
- Forbandede barndom (Google books – Danish language – ISBN-10: 8771596453)
A 15-year-old girl died from pneumonia after having been sick for 3 weeks placed in foster care at aged 10 after her mother briefly was hospitalized.
When the mother regained her health the social services wouldn’t let her home. As a stigmatized single mother there are not much her mother could have done legally against the Swedish social services which in a country with strong socialist roots are a kingdom of their own.
So the girl settled at the Horse farm where she was placed.
Even being a kingdom of their own the social services had a few rules they were supposed to follow. They should:
- Visit the girl from time to time securing that she a good life
- Make sure that a girl like this would alone in the placement because her papers stated that it should be so
- Make sure that one the foster parents was at home. The foster family was paid so one of parents didn’t need another job.
But the foster parens were busy with their horse breading. There were 5 children placed at this foster family.
So when the girl got sick the girl was not taken to the hospital. Doctors appointment at home also never took place.
She died untreated after 3 weeks of illness. She was buried in an unmarked grave by the social services so the scandal could be forgotten.
It could not have been fun to be placed in foster care in Sweden under these conditions.
Sources (some in local language):
- 15-year-old Donia dead from mono in Swedish foster care (blog)
- Donia dog – “glömdes bort” av fosterföräldrarna (Aftonbladet)
- Mindre värde än en hund (Astrid’s miljö og samhällsblogg)
Lutheran Social Services of the South is a foster care agency which used to handle a number of cases for the State Department of Family and Protective Services in Texas. They were told to stop handling new cases due to their neglect of their duties.
Poorly managed and neglected background checks of foster families led to deaths of children in foster care. About 8 children die in foster care every year in Texas.
It cannot be fun to be there as a child or a teenager.
State punishes Austin-based foster care agency in death of Orion Hamilton (Statesman)