I've stumbled upon the Reddit account of a Florida teen who might be in serious trouble. He went silent about 5 months ago.
I stumbled upon /u/InternetUser1998's profile. His last posts are desperate cries for help and posts of him asking people how to get away from his foster home before suddenly stopping 5 months ago.
He found a camera hidden in his bathroom, and after calling CPS, his foster parents took away all his belongings and methods of communication, except for a phone that InternetUser hid.
He used this phone to ask for help on subs like /sub/legaladvice, too scared to call the police or the FBI out of fear they would leave him with his foster parents like CPS did. His last post was on August 9th, 2017 and after that he disappeared.
Here's what I've found out from his post history:
He is from Florida.
He is likely gay/bi.
He had/has a job.
His parents died in 2013, he's lived with these foster parents ever since.
He has an older brother who moved out of the foster home a week before he found the camera.
He wanted people to know that those parents supported him and his brother for 3 years, but that the camera was unacceptable.
He has called CPS about his foster father before, and told them about "every fucked up thing he's done the past few years", but they felt like he was exaggerating/lying and they left him in the foster home.
He thinks his foster parent is a deranged pedophile.
Either he or the foster parent works part-time as a cameraman (worded a bit ambiguously in his post)
Please please please call the 24 hour hotline.
I’m a CPS worker in another state. This seems potentially dire. It’s at least worth looking into.
As a CPS worker it is my job to ensure the safety of children and families. We have the legal mandate to do so under federal law and by law in every single state in the least restrictive manner that ensures A. the protection and permanency of children and B. the rights of the parents.
In Florida, our form of CPS is called DCF (department of children and families). They typically err on the side of caution, and 9 times out of 10 if there is a complaint, they will investigate it (at least in my circuit). That being said, I have heard of cases slipping through the cracks.
Also, it's hard to foster children of that age, and it's possible DCF didn't move on his complaints because there may not have been a great alternative for him.
I have access to attorney searches in the various county clerks website of the state, but even if there were no rules of Reddit, and even if you had his name, and county of residence,... I still wouldn't be able to find him because minors record are invisible to everyone but the actual assigned parties (attorneys).
I don't know how to help :(
On the basis of what rule are you reporting this? I'm pretty sure I'm not doing anything wrong here, but we'll let the mods decide.
I'll mark this post NSFW.
Mind your own, asshole. This kid could be dead, and you're telling a CPS worker to mind his own business, in a thread about child safety? Fuck off.
He wasn't born in 1998. He was born between July 12th 2000 and July 12th 2001, meaning he's either 16 or 17.
Foster dad detected
this is creepy
No it's not.
call the police
And tell them what? "I'm worried about this guy on the internet, please help!" That won't do anything.
RE-Posting* all this was on Reddit. Kid posted it himself.
OP Never said anything about locating- but did express interest in getting the proper authorities involved if needed.
With that post history it could also be a troll. I've had to learn that you can't save everyone, but I try to help where I can.
I tried to go to the site (www.myflfamilies.com) to tell them, but the site seems down to me. I can't access it.
OP is trying to make sure they're okay, they're alive and not being kept against their will. He's doing is best to help someone who may be in a bad spot.
I urge you not to discourage this type of behavior, OP is spending his afternoon trying to ensure the wellbeing of someone he knows for a fact has it bad.
If he was born in 1998, he's now an adult and out of the foster system.
Huh, TIL wanting to make sure a possible pedo hasn't killed a kid actually makes ME a pedo, who knew! /s
Lmao try not lying if you're going to insult someone, dumbass, it defeats the whole purpose of an insult, and just makes you look stupid, rather than focusing on the person you're insulting. Pro-tip: the best lies have a little grain of truth right at the center, that's what makes them so believable, rather than throwing out wild accusations that you just pulled out your ass. I'm sure you'll do better next time!
Lol ok 👌🏼
Typical closed-minded idiot, will call people all sorts of horrible names, but when confronted about it, not only can't provide proof, but will deflect by calling more names and trying to twist the conversation to yet another unrelated point.
You know, I just thought about this, it's really weird, you're very insistent that this post shouldn't be seen, and I can't help but wonder why... 🤔
Ok, and I don't care about yours, even though you're wrong :) When you're trying to make sure someone is safe and not being abused or molested (and hopefully not killed), it doesn't matter their age. The only thing that matters is whether they're safe and alive or not. We can deal with other scenarios after that happens.
And besides, it's not like OP hacked into the kid's FB and pulled photos from a private album. When you post public info anywhere, your right to it not being posted elsewhere goes out the window.
Found the fucked up foster parent.
I'm told that between the ages of 16 and 18 foster kids should go before a judge twice a year and can request a private meeting in Chambers. I realize the kids might not know that but it is in the rules. If we could get a name it would be easy to get someone to check on him. Location might be enough.
Let’s hope he moved out of his foster parents’ house and with his brother. He no longer needs advice (because things are better) and thus no longer posting.
not everyone that comes to your door offering candy and good intentions has either candy nor good intentions.
And not everybody is out to get you, either. Yes, you should be skeptical, and take everyting in life (especially on the internet) with a grain of salt, until it has been proven one way or the other, but that doesn't mean you should close yourself off to everybody and everything because of what might happen.
all that said, at the very least, he’s basically doxxing this kid.
By reposting all the information the kid himself posted? You can't doxx someone if they've already doxxed themselves
E: a letter
So first you want people to stop responding to you because you think we're pedos and harassers, but now you're ok with it? 🤔
Troll attempt: 6/10, you did pretty well until you started mixing up your stories. Tip: you can append ?context=X (where X is any whole number) to the end of a link to any reddit comment, to see that many number of comments above it, that might help you to remember what you and others have said, so you can keep your troll stories straight. C'mon man, I don't even troll and I can still do it better than you when you're actually trying.
From his posts it looks like his adoption was finalized, so the court's jurisdiction and monthly supervision of DCF would be ended. While a case is active the child would be going to court every 5-6 months minimum, and he should be seen by Case Management (failure to do so is heavily monitored and falsification is the fastest way for a case manager to end up in jail) and a Guardian Ad Litem program.
Maybe you have good intentions, but this is creepy as fuck. I really, really feel uncomfortable about this post, and i'm going to report it. If you are so desperate to help, instead of posting PI, and photos of a minor with a rehashing of his abuse story, call the police.