Foster care system under investigation in New York

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Chris Kirker

Sixty-year-old Cesar Gonzales-Mugaburu let a dozen boys into his New York home under the pretense he was caring for them. His involvement in the foster system dates back 20 years. Unfortunately, that is long before allegations of sexual abuse surfaced against him. The charges created doubts about the rigidity of safety standards imposed on New York’s foster care system.

District Attorney Thomas Spota said on September 22 a special grand jury will investigate New York’s foster care system. The team, which began meeting in mid-August, is “assessing all the facts and circumstances involving how he was able to take all these boys in.” The jury may not end its investigation, including a probe into various governmental agencies and private foster care organizations, until 2017. Spota also said they will investigate how Gonzales-Mugaburu could obtain special permissions from out-of-state foster care agencies.

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