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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials are moving to suspend new placements by the state’s second-largest foster care provider after finding that it put children at risk by failing to track background checks, training and other requirements for foster parents.

The Department of Human Resources, which oversees foster care and adoptions, notified Hyattsville-based Contemporary Family Services of a pending sanction and an inspector general investigation. The Baltimore Sun reports that the company, which has 232 parents and 157 foster children in its network, was warned that it could lose its license and children would be moved if it fails to correct violations.

Corey Pierce, the company’s chief operating officer, says children’s safety and well-being was never in question and that the sanction, which takes effect in mid-February, stems from administrative and management troubles.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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