Monday, September 1, 2014     Volume: 29, Issue: 5
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What should be done with the De Groot Home?

Leave it alone; they do good work there.
If they’re violating health laws, they should be brought into compliance.
The situation should be dealt with, but handled delicately because of how unique they are.
Would it help if I dumped some water on my head?

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After 37 years of operation, the De Groot Nursing Home for Children could be shuttered by state regulators

Eighty-six-year-old Sjany de Groot shuffled slowly to a bed in the corner and rolled a small girl on her side, gently repositioning a thick plastic breathing tube as she did so. The girl was 10 years old, smothered as an infant by drug-addicted parents, de Groot said. She made slight wheezing sounds with each breath. The room filled with the lingering scent of a midday meal mixed with a combination of nursery and hospital. In another part of the building, a 13-year-old named Xander clanged toy metal cars together amid the sou... [ Read Article ]