Missing and Forgotten: A Boston 25 News Investigation

Abused, abandoned and forgotten: around the country, the foster system has closed cases while children are still missing.

Boston 25 News spent a year investigating the failures of the foster care system and looking into the stories of children who go missing while in the foster care system.

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Missing and Forgotten

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Thousands of foster kids kicked out of the system

Child welfare workers across the country have kicked thousands of missing foster care children out of the system – including one child as young as 9-years-old, a review by 25 Investigates uncovered.

The search for Chelsea Jane Doe’s identity

Nearly 20 years ago, Chelsea police made disturbing discovery in the back of a parking lot at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home — the mutilated, headless body of a young woman.

Arlington cop a voice for the lost

On any given week there are dozens of missing foster kids in Massachusetts alone and Arlington Police Detective James Smith has made it his personal mission to bring these kids home.

How a Mass. native overcame his broken foster care experience

A young man’s tough road from his birth in New Bedford to his graduation from Boston College is the basis of a book and now a movie.

Cops say sex traffickers sell foster kids on the weekends

Sex traffickers are selling foster kids on the weekends, 25 Investigates has uncovered.

The other missing children scandal: Thousands of lost American foster kids

An Op-Ed in the Washington Post recently highlighted our work on this topic. The article in the opinion section cites Eric Rasmussen and Erin Smith’s work to review federal records and uncover America’s lost foster kids.

Missing and Forgotten is a series by Boston 25 News. These stories were reported and written by Eric Rasmussen, Erin Smith, Bob Ward and Kerry Kavanaugh. Digital Elements by Dalton Main and Clayton Curtis.