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Advocate: New Jersey child welfare flawed From George Lerner CNN Thursday, February 12, 2004 Posted: 6:39 PM EST (2339 GMT) NEWARK, New Jersey (CNN) -- New Jersey's child advocate called on state lawmakers Thursday to address systemic flaws in the child welfare system or risk the kinds of abuses that left four severely malnourished boys in the care of their adoptive parents for eight years. Kevin Ryan, appointed as the state watchdog over the child welfare system, spoke after unveiling a study of the Jackson family, whose four adopted sons -- ages 9 to 19 -- were found in October 2003 emaciated and malnourished in their Collingswood, New Jersey, home. Authorities said the four sons had been starved to the point where none of them weighed more than 45 pounds. "The story of these boys tells us that this system is broken and it has been broken for a long time, and it has to be aggressively and comprehensively overhauled," Ryan said in an interview with CNN.
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