I have so many things I want to respond to in this thread.
First, the lack of media coverage in this case (in the beginning) is due to a couple factors; the fact that "nobody" cares about "system kids" - this is the same theory as white kids vs black kids and kidnapping media coverage AND also, the counties (agencies) will do as much as they can to cover up anything that could be perceived as "bad," not to mention, they are OBLIGATED to maintain the confidentiality of the family - if you only knew the number of system kids who runaway each year that are not placed on NCMC or any other website!!! In this case, the family got involved with the media - the protective agencies have never and will never be able to divulge any information on the family.
As for the foster home; believe me, the protective agencies do as much as they can to investigate a home before it is used for placement. HOWEVER there are specific rules as to what and who you can and cant look into. For instance, you can run a criminal background check on the caretakers in the home, but you CAN NOT run a background check on anyone else living in the home who is not considered a caretaker. Not to mention that many, many, many bad people are out there who have never been caught! I am curious though as to why the child was placed out of state - that, as far as I know, is rarely ever done in California.
As for the child with the burn - wether or not the incident was substantiated, they would remove the child anyway because of any ill feelings the foster parents may hold against the reporting party or the child, and vice versa. This is procedure any time a serious allegation is made against a foster parent.
And lastly, as for the foster family's refusal to cooperate; while the whole thing sounds suspicious (and remanant of the Florida girl) it is also possible that the foster agency which the family contracts with has advised the family not to speak with anyone.
Rest in peace little Marcus.
Where is Jaycee Lee Dugard?