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Children's Services Probed In New York

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Published on : 4/24/2005 12:32:00 PM
India News Category : American News

A big scandal is brought out in New York City, but if proven true has vital implications on two fronts. The city's Administration for Children's Services has hired an outside research firm to investigate allegations that the city inappropriately put foster children into medical trials for AIDS drugs in the 1980's and 1990's and that foster parents who objected to the trials lost custody of the children.

The two-pronged allegations entail powder-keg charges that the city tested AIDS drugs on foster children and that if a foster parent objected the children was then placed elsewhere. Most of the children in the trials were African-American or Hispanic. Vera Institute of Justice articulated that it would form a panel of national health care experts to review the findings of the investigation. The agency's commissioner, John B. Mattingly, articulated that he thought that children's services had acted appropriately but that he has asked for the outside investigation to allay concerns raised by some reporters and by a minority advocacy group.



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