Stop Institutionalizing Florida’s Disabled Children in Nursing Homes

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Target: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

Goal: Remove disabled children from nursing homes and give them proper care

A recent federal investigation of nursing homes in Florida revealed the homes were keeping hundreds of disabled children. Many of these children were placed in the nursing homes as infants and have been institutionalized for over a decade. These homes are designed to care for the elderly. They do not provide proper care for children; in fact, they isolate and deny these children education. The children are often separated from their families and peers.

Florida state law guarantees these children medical care. However, home care has often been denied for them. The state refused $40 million of federal money that would have funded programs supporting the families of disabled children. Parents who have tried to care for their children at home have faced numerous challenges that deny them this care. Over 250 families have been told medical care would be denied if they did not put their children in nursing homes. Additionally, the state offers more money to nursing homes for children residents than the homes would receive for elderly residents. These factors show that the Florida government is discouraging proper care for disabled children.

These children are being denied socialization and education because they are in homes that do not provide these. They are spending their formative years in isolation, and will continue to do so unless the state takes action. These children will have an extremely difficult time adjusting to life as they mature, both because of their disabilities and this isolation. They deserve care that will help them adjust to life after childhood, not hinder them. Tell Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi that these children need to be removed from nursing homes and given proper care immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Bondi:

Many disabled children in Florida are being denied proper care. They are being institutionalized in nursing homes designed to care for the elderly. The children have been denied living with their families, socialization with their peers, and education. Many children were placed in the nursing homes at a very young age and have been institutionalized for over a decade.

I ask you to remove these children from nursing homes and allow them proper care. The state has made it difficult for the proper care to be received. Families who have tried to do what is best for their children have been denied access to medical care unless they institutionalize their children. The lack of care will greatly harm the children unless this is immediately rectified.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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