Watchdog group raising questions regarding foster program



Reported by: Antonio Castelan

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- An alleged child abuse case involving foster parents has raised the concerns of a watchdog group that looks out for children.
Police say a foster mom and dad beat, starved and humiliated three girls.
Leaders with the group say Clark County family services needs to be held accountable for its mistakes.
Metro police describe a torturous time for three foster children living under this roof.
Police say Janet and Dwight Solander, the foster parents, kept a close eye on the three girls, turning any mistake they made into a nightmare.
The alleged child abuse has raised red flags for a non-profit group named the National Center for Youth Law. Representatives feel Clark County family services let the children down.
"How did these people become licensed and how did they continue to be renewed yet provide the kind of abuses care that the children were in their home," said Bill Grimm, an attorney with the center.
Grimm says for the past eight years his organization has followed the Clark County foster care system and it has repeatedly failed in its duties.
"To us it just represents an ongoing problem where children in Clark county foster care are at risk of being harmed or not really appropriate care while they are in foster care with Clark county," Grimes said.
In the police report describing the abuse in the Solander home, a CPS caseworker reported in September that he noticed a bucket with a hole on the top and wooden boards on the floor. Janet Solander's daughter, Danielle Hinton - also charged with child abuse - told police the girls were forced to use the bucket as a toilet and they slept on the boards.
"It raises questions about whether she was visiting the home as required was she talking to the children privately was she seeing the rooms they were living in. Was she talking to the kids about the type of care they were getting," Grimes said.
Clark County Family Services representatives say they could not comment on the case citing confidentiality reasons. News 3 reached out to Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who understands concerns over foster care in the county, but he isn't sure what needs to change.
"It is difficult because it's a very sensitive situation we are dealing with kids that need to be placed and foster parents that need to be screened," Grimes said.