Foster care staff axed for having sex with residents

Kyodo

Two employees at a private foster home in Saitama Prefecture were fired after they were found to have had sexual relations with teenagers admitted to the facility in 2004 and 2005, Saitama Prefectural Government officials said Monday.

A male employee in his late 20s was found to have had a sexual relationship with a female high school student at the home from April 2004 to April 2005, when the girl finally told other staff at the facility about the relationship. The man was dismissed in May 2005, the officials said.

Another former employee, identified only as a woman, was having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy at the foster home around the same time. Two employees who helped arrange outside meetings between the two were also dismissed.

The prefectural government began an investigation in July and issued a warning to the facility, ordering it to submit a written plan by the end of this month to improve conditions, including measures to prevent a recurrence of such incidents, and to provide psychological care to residents.

The prefectural government has also found that a number of employees at the facility had been beating residents as well.

“We regret that two employees had sexual relationships with children at the facility. . . . We will take thorough measures to prevent a recurrence,” a prefectural official in charge of child safety said.

Foster homes take in kids age 2 to 18.