The family of a trans teen who committed suicide after being taken into care asks for justice

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Andrew Martinez was 19 years old when he died by suicide on September 4 and three months previously had been admitted to hospital for an overdose. And now his biological family blames the foster care system for his death, or, to be more specific, for not helping him when he struggled with mental health issues. His mother stood before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at a meeting last week and described how she had tried request mental health treatment for her son even in the court but the boy received no treatment. She also claimed that social workers has sent her son home alone when he was released from hospital after the first attempt to take his own life. Martinez’s aunt was also at the meeting, and told the board that she had been trying to take in her nephew, but Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) took time to give its approval for it. In response to the family, and less than three weeks after Martinez’s death, the LA county Board of Supervisors approved a motion to bolster support for LGBT+ youth in care.

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