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DSHS: More scrutiny of foster parents

The Department of Social and Health Services settled a lawsuit for foster care abuse in the amount of $7.3 million on June 4, 2011. DSHS paid out $6.2 million in 2007, $6 million in 2008, $2 million in 2009 and $2.5 million in 2010 for just four individual cases.

How much would the total be if it were compiled for the last 20 years? How many of these cases involved substance abuse and/or the foster parent’s criminal history being ignored?

The DSHS secretary has a lengthy list of crimes and negative actions which is supposed to be referred to for

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