Yet another story has emerged about another Irish teenager who was in care of the State and died of a drug overdose at the age of just 18 two years ago.
Article here: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2010/0306/122426571 etc ...
This is hot on the heels of the breaking of the story of troubled teenager Tracy Fay, who also died of a drug overdose in the 2000s and led a life of drug abuse and prostitution. And of course there is the sad story of Melissa Mahon in Sligo, who was killed by an older man who took advantage of the troubled child who was also in State care.
A recent report also found that many teens in State care end up homeless and vulnerable to drug and alcohol addiction and prostitution when discharged from care. Indeed many abscond from the care system well before they reach adulthood.
It's patently clear that the State has collectively failed troubled youth and that the care system needs radical overhaul. Perhaps also, it will focus on the need for greater involvement of fostering by people - many same-sex couples would be able to give troubled youths a stable home environment preferable to the care system that has badly failed them.
What do others think?