Former “Foster Mom of the Year” Kathleen Jackson, 50, has reportedly been charged with child abuse in Niagara Falls, New York.
Jackson was recognized in 2018 by the Niagara County Legislature for her long service as a foster parent, but was charged today after she reportedly beat a toddler that was in her care. The victim was a two-year-old boy who came into Jackson’s care in late August. He and two siblings had been removed from their mother’s care before entering the foster system.
Within weeks of coming into Jackson’s care, the child’s mother said that in visits she observed the children to be malnourished and appeared to have infected wounds. Jackson has been charged with assault in the second degree, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.