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Some parents could use missing children issue to reclaim kids – Harrison

Published:Tuesday | May 9, 2017 | 5:43 AM
Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison.

Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison says some parents and guardians could make a strong argument for children to be returned to them if the state is unable to ensure their safety and protection.

The Office of the Children's Registry has reported that at least 50 of the nation's children went missing from 10 child-care facilities between February 2016 and March of this year.

The children’s advocate has said it’s a serious risk as many of these children are in state care because they have been removed from dangerous situations.

She says while the fact that a child went missing from state care is not necessarily enough grounds on which to return children to homes from which they were removed, it could help to strengthen the arguments of some parents and guardians.

She says her office is examining how the state can address the serious risk it’s facing with the issue of children in its care going missing.

However, she says she is not ready to disclose the measures being contemplated at this time.

She has also declined to comment on the liability of the state should children in state care go missing and are harmed.