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BURTON, MI (WNEM) -

The state is looking to revoke the license of a foster agency.

The investigation into its past violations was sparked after one of its foster children died.

Omarion Humphrey died in July at the Lake Callis Recreation Complex in Genesee County.

It was his death that put the Alternatives for Children and Families agency under a microscope.

The state released its report on the investigation on Sept. 8.

The report is 44 pages long. In it, violation after violation detailed against the Burton based foster agency that was in charge of taking care of 9-year-old Omarion.

The state said the report and the severity of the violations are the reason the agency should lose its license.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services claims the agency did not properly train its foster parents. Especially when it came to dealing with children with autism.

Humphrey was severely autistic.

The report said the foster parent should have been trained for Omarion’s needs and how to handle issues due to his communication skills, physical safety and self-care.

The report also said Humphrey was placed in a foster home with a laundry list of previous violations, many for lack of supervision.

Those violations include a 2012 case where a 17-year-old foster child was arrested for having sexual contact with another youth in the home.

In 2013 a 2-year-old died choking on a peanut butter sandwich. The agency received citations.

Earlier this year a foster mother investigated was found to have lied about a previous criminal charge of retail fraud.

There were also several violations in the report detailing the lack of supervision.

The state department notified Yvwania Richardson, the administrator of Alternatives for Children and Families, in August noting the disciplinary action against her license is recommended.

Six foster homes were reviewed in the process. The report even claimed some foster parents training included watching Hollywood movies.

Alternatives For Children and Families has released the following statement in regards to the report: 

While we are exercising our appeal rights and attempting to work cooperatively with the Division of Child Welfare Licensing, we feel that it is not appropriate or useful to air our differences in the public forum that can be created by the press/social media. The State of Michigan procedure does not allow us a full and fair hearing before release of a DHS investigation report. Hopefully, a full and fair hearing at which we are allowed to dispute allegations with actual evidence will provide the truth. Therefore, we will not be commenting publicly on specifics contained in the Investigation Report.

Yvwania H. Richardson

CEO

Alternatives For Children and Families

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