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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Northeast Parent & Child Society Needs To Be Investigated!

A little over a year ago, Berkshire Farm was investigated for staff members abusing drugs and children. The abuse was found to be real and Berkshire has been affected by the scandal and has had to lay off workers.

If there is an institution in the Mohawk Valley that needs to be investigated, it is Northeast Parent & Child Society, particularly its home for children on Park Avenue in Schenectady. The Society houses male juvenile sex offenders and young girls in the same building. They do have times in which they are allowed together, and on more than one occasion, juvenile sex offenders have taken advantage of young girls there.

There is no security at the home. People can come and go as they please. Bags are not checked, and contraband can easily be brought in. If a teen or younger child decides to walk out of the home, the staff members are not allowed to restrain them. They have to call the police.

For seventeen hours or so each day and all weekend, the kids are looked after by staff members whose only requirements for their jobs is that they have a high school education and a driver’s license. Of course, they are underpaid.

While the administrative staff of Northeast Parent & Child Society have a beautiful, brand new building to work in, the children live in a half-century old, dreary building on Park Avenue. There is a huge wage differential between those who administer the programs and those most directly involved with the day to day care of the children.

Most of the counties in the Mohawk Valley send children to this home. The heads of the foster care units in these counties don’t have a clue as to what the home is like or what goes on there. I talked to the head of the foster care unit in Montgomery County. He has been in foster care work all of his adult life and has only visited Northeast once.

2 Comments:

  • I agree with you. My daughter was taken advantage of by a juvenile sex offender while there. The home did nothing, the county did nothing, and the police did nothing because he was a few weeks short of his 18th birthday. My daughter had just turned 14.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:43 AM  

  • We also are going through the same thing with our 14 year old daughter. She has mental health issues, diagnosised w/ Bipolar Disorder, has been acting up at home. She was place on PINS and sent to the Park Ave Childrens Home 1/25/06. Since being there she has gone A-wall out of the home 7 times, 4 of which were for all night. We have complained asked to get her out of there. All to be told we can't move her until the evaluation is over. She is still there on this date 3/3/06. We sent out daughter there a virgin and she has admitted to having sex with 2 separate boys now, We are unsure if they also were residents of the home or someone she meet outside of the home. I have called New 13 in Albany asking that they look into this place. Should anyone out there want to be a part of the investigation (hopefully) email me. Peacefulbuffalo@aol.com

    Very upset Parents in Columbia County, NY

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:25 AM  

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