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Funding, 'traumatized' kids challenge child-welfare system

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Lutherbrook residential facility in Addison, which treats traumatized children, was the site of 570 police calls in 2011 and 2012.

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Kids in the child-welfare system are in a tough situation already so it's doubly unfortunate some are at risk of running afoul of the law. But the funding and skilled training needed to avert that double jeopardy are in short supply. "Adolescents with a history of abuse and neglect are at a significantly higher risk than adolescents in the general population to enter the juvenile justice system," said Joseph Ryan, a juvenile justice and child-welfare professor with the University of Michigan.
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