Ohio child abuse survivors tell their stories

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three central Ohio residents who endured horrific foster care child abuse have joined several young survivors going public with their stories.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1YP0lCx ) that Julius Kissinger and his siblings, Jermaine Ferguson and Valnita Ferguson— all in their 20s —have posted accounts of their experiences online as part of a nationwide foster-care awareness campaign.

Their adoptive parents, James and Vonda Ferguson, are serving 65-year sentences for the abuse.

Five of the couple’s children were tortured and beaten until they bled at the couple’s Springfield and Marysville homes. They were rescued in 2004 and later scattered to different homes.

Sandy Santana, the executive director of the New York City-based legal advocacy organization Children’s Rights, says part of the campaign’s aim to put a real face on foster care.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com