Clay Hensley became victim of a foster care system. He was placed at the Great Circle group home in St. James simply because they could offer to house him cheaper than some of their competitors. Now because they could provide better conditions for a boy in his medical and mental condition but simply because they could offer something cheap.
It is very simple to state that there was not the proper level of supervision. Maybe it also had some root in a budget somewhere but the result was a tragedy. He was killed by two other residents according to the police.
Some who met him while he was alive stated to the media that he had some potential. If true, he was robbed from the chance of pursuing them. The world might never know what he could have achieved and the reason was so simple that it was a question about money.
It is simply so sad for his family left behind and those who knew him.
May he find peace where he is now.
- Current and former staffers call for reform at Great Circle (Phelps County Focus)
- Obituary (Simpson Funeral Home on Facebook)
- 2 charged with murder after escaping a Great Circle facility (KY3 News)