Tribune: New Admissions Banned at Northwest Children's Home


No new children are allowed to be admitted to the Lewiston-based Northwest Children's Home until further notice. In late December, the Lewiston Tribune offered a rare glimpse behind the walls of the facility, which is home to about 65 children and teens. The minors have suffered from the worst kinds of neglect or abuse and are struggling with a myriad of diagnoses, including abandonment, trust and anger.

But it turns out that Lewiston police had been contacted 260 times in 2014 regarding incidents at the facility. About a fourth of those were runaways who may be in danger of harming themselves or others.

And this morning's Tribune reports that the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has banned new admissions following an inspection at the facility. Officials are requiring weekly progress updates form the home and will reassess operations in May, June, August and November.

"Failure to comply will result in additional enforcement remedies up to and including a revocation or suspension of the license," according to the report chronicled by the Tribune.