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  • The New York City agency assigned to protect children from neglect is being accused of neglect by attorneys for the Legal Aid Society

  • ACS case workers were accused of repeatedly failing to show up in court or provide any documentation of efforts to try and find the teen

  • A spokesperson for ACS said that ensuring the safety of children is a priority and that the agency is working closely with law enforcement

The New York City agency assigned to protect children from neglect is being accused of neglect by attorneys for the Legal Aid Society.

Heather Saslovsky represents a 17-year-old girl in ACS care who has been missing since December of 2018 after running away from an emergency childrens housing center.

“ACS has no idea where she is and hasnt looked for her,” Saslovsky said.

Saslovsky said ACS case workers repeatedly failed to show up in court or provide any documentation of efforts to try and find the teen over a period of months.

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ACS said it filed a missing persons report and that a case worker visited the apartment of a family friend, Laquana Clotter, who had offered to become the teens guardian.

Laquana Clotter told the I-Team, “No one from ACS ever came to my door.”

She says that last fall, she told an ACS case worker she would take in the girl and provide whatever background was requested. Clotter claims no one followed up and that the case worker dissuaded her from getting involved. “She said that if my friends daughter messed up in some way, they could remove my kids from my home.”

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“ACS has thwarted every effort by the one person she has for her to have a place to be that is safe,” Saslovsky said.” An ACS supervisor recently acknowledged in family court that no one made any effort to clear Clotter before the girl disappeared. The supervisor also said no one ever personally contacRead More – Source