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Man Sues After Daughter Is Burned in Foster Care
By JULIAN E. BARNES
Published: October 01, 1998
A man whose infant daughter was severely burned while living in a foster home has filed a lawsuit charging that New York City and a nonprofit foster care agency failed in its duty to care for the child.
The man's lawyer, Bruce Young, said the incident was an example of the city's failure to supervise the agencies that administer the foster care program and the failure of the foster care agencies to find safe homes. ''The city has a duty to supervise and make sure everything is O.K.,'' Mr. Young said.
The girl, Edalia Alonso, was 2 1/2 months old on Sept. 29, 1995, when she was severely burned while being bathed by her foster mother, Mr. Young said. The Manhattan District Attorney's office conducted a preliminary investigation but did not file any charges, Mr. Young said.
He said the ultimate responsibility for the incident rests with the city and with Lutheran Social Services, which has a contract with the city to place children in foster homes. ''If there was a problem in the house it should have been rectified,'' Mr. Young said. ''If the foster mother was inattentive, she should have been replaced.''

Dad's Suit Sez City Let Kids Suffer

A Queens man has filed a $10 million lawsuit alleging that the city's child welfare agency let his children suffer in abusive foster homes for three years as he searched for them in vain.

The father, identified in court papers only as Hardaway H., says he was never notified that his children were with foster families until the city went to court to terminate his parental rights.

"Their attitude is to hell with the father, the father means nothing," he told the Daily News yesterday.

Advocates for children have long complained that child welfare authorities rarely meet their legal obligation to seek fathers of children placed in foster homes.

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