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Foster care agency surrenders license, closes after death of boy

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A foster care agency under scrutiny after the death of a 9-year-old boy has agreed to surrender its license and close.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services led the investigation into Alternatives for Children and Families of Burton, a foster care case management service out of Genesee County.

The investigation came after Omarion Humphrey, a 9-year-old boy with autism, disappeared from a splash park while with his foster family in July of 2015. 

His body was found several days later in a nearby lake.

Alternatives had managed the boy’s case and placed him with the foster family.

MDHHS found the organization failed to provide adequate training for foster parents.

A report by the state agency even detailed the use of Hollywood movies as a way to teach autistic families how to care for autistic children.

The investigation also found Alternatives had a pattern of failing to make recommendations consistent with findings in special investigations of foster homes. 

The following is a full release from MDHHS: 

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