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Kiwanis clubs in Centralia, Chehalis, Grand Mound, Rochester and Tumwater were the initial sponsors of the home, according to a 1990 Chronicle article. It grew to include more than 70 residents at its peak, all of whom were wards of the state who were removed from their birth families by state agencies and placed in foster care.“They come from broken or abusive families,” director Charles Mc Carthy told The Chronicle in 1990.

In yet another incident, one staff member, who the Chronicle is not naming due to the fact that criminal charges were not filed, was removed from child-care duties at the facility after a DSHS investigation concluded he physically abused a resident in 1990.

A December 1995 Seattle Times story called the ranch a “house of horrors” and blamed DSHS for allowing it to stay open as long as it had.

According to Cochran’s office, Pfau Cochran Vertitis Amala, of Tacoma, dozens of plaintiffs who have sued the OKBR have received settlements totaling about million, all in cases settled “as discreetly as possible” by state and local defendants.

The Governor’s Office also received an anonymous report of abuse and criminal activity.• February 1991 — A DSHS audit of the KVH found financial discrepancies, and that employees of the home did not meet state-mandated qualifications. That year the population was cut to just nine boys.• November 1991 — KVH is absorbed by the Children’s Industrial Home Board of Directors.

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The lawsuits each allege physical, sexual and emotional abuse by both staff and residents of the home, intentional understaffing with unqualified workers and financial fraud and negligence by staff and state agencies, including the state Department of Social and Health Services, which licensed the facility. — and list numerous defendants, including: Kiwanis International; Kiwanis Vocational Home; Kiwanis Pacific Northwest District; Kiwanis of Tumwater; Kiwanis of Pe Ell; Lewis County; Kiwanis of Chehalis; former KVH board members Sam C. In all, Cochran’s office is involved in four lawsuits regarding abuse at the KVH.