Brayden entered the world addicted to drugs. For three weeks, he suffered through heroin withdrawal – trembling, seizing, and gasping for breath. The hospital failed to alert child protective services, and Brayden went home with his mother. On the day Brayden turned six weeks old, his mother, high on meth, fell asleep on Brayden, suffocating him.
Anthony was sexually abused and tortured in his home. CPS received 16 calls about the grave danger in the home, yet Anthony's parents were still deemed "fit," and Anthony was returned. Anthony was ten years old when his parents murdered him.
Kylie was baby number 5, born meth exposed. Baby 4 died at birth due to drug exposure. Babies 3, 2 and 1 were also born exposed to meth, and because their mom refused drug rehabilitation, her rights to those three children had all been severed. But it still took the state more than three years to process Kylie’s case so she could leave foster care and have a family of her own.
Daniela was the child of two drug-addicted parents. She was sent to live with her grandmother, where she was raped by her grandmother’s boyfriend. Daniela ran away from state care. Homeless and hungry, she was approached by a man on a subway who offered to buy her a meal. He took her to his apartment, beat her, enslaved her, and prostituted her for money.
Johnny entered the child protective system as a toddler. He never returned home, nor was he ever adopted. Today, five months shy of his 18th birthday, he is still in the system. The state moved him 46 times over the course of his childhood.