Politics & Government

Crist urged to halt 'chemical restraint' of Florida foster kids

TALLAHASSEE — As Gov. Charlie Crist barnstormed the state to boast about record adoptions in Florida, two adoptive parents urged him Tuesday to go a step further and stop what they called the "chemical restraint" of over-medicated children in state care.

Mirko and Regina Ceska told Crist that when they adopted their two 12-year-old children last year, each was taking 11 pills daily, including the powerful anti-psychotic drug, Seroquel.

"These girls were overdosed and would fall asleep right in front of us several times a day," Mirko Ceska said.

"It seems to be a prerequisite for foster children to be on medication," he added. "So many are on psychotropic drugs."

The Crawfordville couple weaned the girls off their medication, and their behavior markedly improved, they said.

Crist thanked the Ceskas for their story but focused his comments on declaring July 22 "Explore Adoption Day" and touting the record-breaking number of adoptions last year in Florida: 3,700.

Crist also appeared to soften his support for Florida's ban on gay adoptions, by saying he'd "have to see" whether he'd support legislation that would lift the ban.

Read more at MiamiHerald.com

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