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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Arizona child-welfare agency drops policy on 'covert' use of controversial lie-detection technology

Arizona’s Department of Child Safety says it has dropped a 3-month-old policy that let investigators secretly record interviews with parents or caregivers suspected of crimes using a controversial and questionable technology meant to detect lying.

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Legal representatives for children 'are paid more than President Higgins'

Legal representatives for children have been paid "more than the president", the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been told.

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Child Services responds to criticism after recent deaths

A spokesman for the Administration for Child Services responded Wednesday to criticism of the agency, after the deaths of multiple children at homes that were at one time probed by the agency.

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Bill would require child abuse hotline posters at schools

A toll-free hotline to report child abuse and neglect would be posted at Nevada public schools if a bill presented to a Senate committee today becomes law.

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Whistleblower disputes HSE claims on ‘Grace’

The HSE knew gardaĆ­ had no issue with a damning report into the Grace sex abuse scandal being published as far back as 2011 but only published it this year, it has emerged.

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The AHCA’s Dangers for Foster Youth

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the American Health Care Act. Child welfare advocates across the country are deeply concerned about the threats this legislation poses to children in the foster care system. The cuts this legislation would have on Medicaid would have a significant negative impact on the child welfare system and pose a special threat to youth with disabilities.


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Investigation Results in Reorganization of DSS Social Work Staff

The interim county social services director told the agency's board Wednesday afternoon that she has implemented a reorganization of its social work staff in a move to bring caseload sizes inline with state standards.

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Manitoba child welfare agency in ‘chaos,’ children put at risk following political intervention: source

A Manitoba child welfare agency serving some of the poorest First Nations in the country is in “chaos” following the political intervention of chiefs who forced the temporary suspension of its executive director, according to an internal source.

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Boston Firefighter, Foster Parent Charged With 7 Counts of Child Rape


A Boston firefighter and foster parent who lives on Cape Cod is facing child rape charges.

Edward Kulik Jr., a 56, of the Centerville section of Barnstable, Massachusetts, is charged with three counts of rape of a child with force, three counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older. A court clerk said the alleged assaults occurred in 2010 and 2012.

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Man accused of lewdness with foster child had history of harassment, wife says

During a drive home from a valley doughnut shop, only a religious ad on the radio compelled a man to interrupt the groping of his young foster daughter.

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Alabama House passes bill preventing adoption agencies from being forced to place kids with same-sex couples

The Alabama House of Representatives voted 60-14 in favor of protecting adoption agencies from government discrimination last week.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Arkansas rejected a bill to allow gay parents to be listed on their kids’ birth certificates

The Arkansas state legislature has rejected a bill that would have given same-sex parents the right to have their names listed on their children’s birth certificates.

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NH bill changes burden of proof for terminating parents' rights

New Hampshire lawmakers are clarifying the burden of proof the state faced by terminating a parent's rights.

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AZ Child Safety Department under fire for ‘voodoo science’ voice analysis of secret recorded interviews

The Arizona Department of Child Safety has come under fire after a policy memo revealed the Office of Child Welfare Investigations (OCWI) was allowed to record interviews without an individual’s consent, that would be used for “Computer Voice Stress Analysis” (CVSA).

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Judge suspended again for actions in child custody case

A Kentucky judge was suspended without pay Tuesday for the second time in about six months for violating judicial rules in a child custody case.

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Anti-child abuse laws overburdening Pennsylvania Child and Youth agencies

This week, former Penn State University president Graham Spanier is in court for his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. This trial is one of the final chapters in a legal saga that has stretched since Sandusky was arrested in 2011.

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Why are parents being arrested for letting kids play?

The stories pop up in the news now and then, a mom is arrested for letting her son play at the playground a few blocks from home, another is arrested for letting kids play right outside while she watched, a dad arrested for letting his son walk home from the mall – a mile and a half away.

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Glitch causes Pasztor's child services records to disappear

Records in the murder case against a 29-year-old Fort Wayne woman accused of smothering her two children appear to have been inadvertently blocked from public view.

The records seemingly vanished from the state’s online case management system after Elkhart County Circuit Judge Michael Christofeno ordered all records temporarily sealed in the case against Amber Pasztor pending an April 25 hearing on whether the records should be made public again or remain sealed.

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SOCIAL WORKER REMOVED FROM THE REGISTER FOR POSSESSING INDECENT IMAGES OF CHILDREN

A social worker has been found unfit to practise and removed from the Social Care Register after a Care Council for Wales Fitness to Practise hearing found he’d downloaded indecent images of children.

The hearing at the Care Council’s Cardiff office last week heard that Michael Robert Paton was found to have downloaded and searched for indecent images of children for his own sexual gratification between May 2012 and May 2014.

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Will criminal charges against 4 social workers improve LA's child welfare system?

Four former L.A. County social workers were ordered this week to stand trial for the 2013 death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

DHS worker ‘unlawfully’ searched home and ‘threatened’ couple, lawsuit says

A Lee County couple filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the Mississippi Department of Human Services and a former worker in Hancock County, alleging the worker unconstitutionally searched their home and made false statements in court that led to the unwarranted removal of their children.

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Arizona child-welfare agency scraps secret recordings

Arizona's child-welfare agency says it's tossing out a new policy allowing for secret recordings of adults suspected of child abuse.

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Local school officials suspended for failing to report child abuse

Three Howard School employees have been suspended for failure to report alleged child abuse.

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‘Grace’ commission of investigation to be formally approved

On Tuesday, the Government will formally approve the commission of investigation into the case of “Grace” and another 46 individuals who lived in a foster home in the southeast.

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B.C. foster parents say ministry blackballed them for speaking out

A B.C. couple says the Ministry of Child and Family Development is penalizing them for breaking protocol after the nine-year-old boy who had been in their care since he was a baby was returned to his birth mother.

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