Buncombe MP’s foster care license revised after abuse accusations

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing the foster care license of Matthew Lund, a former deputy to the Buncombe County Sheriff, and his wife, Aimee Lund, after the two had was charged with more than a dozen counts of child abuse in July.

“The revocation of a foster home permit is a legal procedure. There is a pending review of Lund’s foster home license, ”said department spokeswoman Catie Armstrong.

The Lund have no biological children born in Buncombe County, according to the Deeds Register. Both have been licensed foster parents since 2018.

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Armstrong said that due to privacy laws, the department cannot disclose how many foster children have been through the Lund home in the past three years, or if there are still any foster children living in the home.

According to arrest warrants filed against the two, they are accused of locking four children, aged 2 to 13, in their rooms and nailing their windows, while depriving the children of food, water and equipment. ‘access to toilets.

Matthew Lund was fired from his post as deputy sheriff on July 23, the same day the charges were laid against him, following an investigation by the NC State Bureau of Investigation.

Prior to being hired by the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office in 2013, Matthew Lund was fired from the Hendersonville Police Department for his involvement in an on-duty shooting. No criminal charges have been laid against him in this case.

While the North Carolina DHHS oversees the regulation and licensing of foster homes, each foster family is supervised individually, either by the county’s Department of Social Services or by a private employment agency. ‘children. The Lunds were overseen by Thompson Child & Family Focus, a private organization based in Charlotte.

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According to Thompson’s website, the organization served nearly 4,000 people in the 2019-20 fiscal year. In addition to foster care, the organization offers mental health services and programs in the areas of early childhood development, family education, mentoring and homelessness prevention.

Thompson did not return requests for comment on the nature of the Lunds ‘surveillance and whether anyone from the agency was the first to report alleged abuse at the Lunds’ home.

Prospective foster parents must pass a criminal background check, receive a home inspection by a social worker, interview with DHHS, and complete a 30-hour course that teaches them about the child protection system and how. be a good foster parent. Foster parents must renew their permit regularly, every two years.

Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven is the police and forensic reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at cdonnellyderoven@citizentimes.com, follow her on twitter @plz_CLARify or text her at 828-616-0742.


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