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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lawsuit highlights problems with Transylvania Child Protective Services

Transylvania County is embroiled in a lawsuit with a former Department of Social Services supervisor whose alleged activities raise doubts about how the county’s child protective services division handled cases under her watch.

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Blake Ross ‘third child in state care to die this year’

Teenager Blake Ross, who died after running away from a foster unit, is the third young person in state care to die since the new year, a leading charity has warned.

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Father reveals shock at his twins being adopted by Madonna

Madonna has taken my girls for ever? That can’t be true! Pictured for the first time, the twins’ father says he didn’t realise their adoption was permanent

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Courts face crisis over 500 'fixed' forensic tests: Thousands may appeal against drink, drug and child custody verdicts after scientists are accused of doctoring samples

Rogue scientists are feared to have doctored the forensic test results of hundreds of innocent people, sparking a massive miscarriage of justice inquiry.

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Saving our kids: No easy fixes for Ontario's damaged child care system

We’re all born equal, but we’re born into different circumstances. When the circumstances are worse than just unequal, the rest of us are supposed to do something about it. That’s why we have children’s aid societies.

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Forced adoption: call for public apology to victims of Scotland’s ‘dirty little secret’

A MOTHER forced to give up her baby in the 1960s because she was an unmarried teenager is hoping to use human rights laws to win an inquiry into why 60,000 women in Scotland suffered the same fate.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Former child investigator arrested for falsifying records


A former Florida child protection investigator is being charged with two counts of falsifying records.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested 27-year-old Brittanee Carter on Thursday. Records show she worked for the Department of Children and Families until February 2016.

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EXCLUSIVE: ACS WORKERS SAY CASE LOAD TOO HIGH, BLAME FOR CHILD DEATHS IS UNFAIR

City workers tasked with trying to protect thousands of kids in crisis are speaking out for the first time -- not hidden in the shadows -- on camera in what can only be described as a plea for help.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

State backslides on foster care

Smotherman is executive director of the Family Advocacy Movement in Omaha. Wexler is executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Cellmate attacks woman jailed for killing foster son


A 22-year-old woman was indicted on assault charges Wednesday, accused of attacking an inmate convicted of killing her foster child.

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City’s child-welfare agency to fire abusive counselor

The city’s child welfare agency plans to fire a juvenile counselor for choking a detainee and throwing another to the ground while breaking up a fight, according to an agency spokesman.

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Investigation finds child welfare system errors in child abuse deaths

Action News Investigates has found multiple cases in which authorities said children’s lives could have been spared if someone in the child welfare system had been paying closer attention.

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County Supes Push DCFS To Make Back Payments To Foster Parents by Mid-March

Citing hundreds of missed county payments to foster parents and children since December, the Board of Supervisors pushed child welfare staffers Tuesday to come up with a plan to make all back payments by mid-March.

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Elvis Presley’s twin granddaughters ‘taken into care after indecent images found on dad’s computer’

The twin granddaughters of Elvis Presley have allegedly been taken into care after their mum found ‘hundreds of indecent photos of children’ on their dad’s computer.

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Judge apologizes to parents of girl left in ‘limbo’ for years after flawed Motherisk drug test

A 10-year-old girl has been in “legal limbo” for nearly half her life after she was “wrongly apprehended” from her mother who had failed a flawed drug test from the Sick Kids’ Motherisk laboratory.

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Kirkless council breached parents’ human rights by removing baby

Social workers have been accused of breaching the human rights of a couple after their week-old baby was taken off them in hospital when the father praised “the benefits of formula milk”.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

How hollow rhetoric and a broken child welfare system feed Texas' sex-trafficking underworld

How the crusade against sex trafficking in Texas has left child victims behind.

When Mia was 16, she walked out of a Houston children's emergency shelter. She had to go, she told the staff. Her pimp was waiting.

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DHHS supervisor on the run


A supervisor with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) child protection unit, who has held similar positions in Seymour, is wanted by police for allegedly possessing child pornography.

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Why do more L.A. County black children end up in foster care? Experts clash over the reason

Black children account for eight out of 100 Los Angeles County children, yet they make up 28 out of 100 foster children, according to Department of Children and Family Services data.

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Grand Jury Says Foster Care System In New York Endangers Children

A damning report from a grand jury in New York accuses the state's foster care system of endangering children. The jury found that the state's poor regulations and bureaucracy allowed an alleged predator access to disabled boys for nearly 20 years.

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Audit: Fired detective mishandled dozens of child abuse cases

An audit of a former Crimes Against Children detective’s work led to the reinvestigation of more than 1,100 cases and the issuance of 85 arrest warrants.

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Inside a mom's months-long fight to get back her children

On an unseasonably warm January afternoon a case worker with the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services approached a mid-century apartment complex in Pomona to perform one of the most emotionally charged tasks in public service.

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Youth leaving child welfare, former prisoners and mental patients struggling with homelessness

Adults leaving prison will join young adults leaving the child welfare system and those leaving mental health care in getting additional community support to live in the community.

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Can Washington afford to fix its broken foster care system?

Washington state could soon have a new agency devoted to helping at-risk children and families, with the long-term goal of reducing brushes with child protective services and the courts.

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Suffolk grand jury finds failures in foster-care system

A lack of coordination between child welfare agencies in Suffolk County, New York City and the state was so pervasive that it allowed a Ridge foster father to sexually abuse dozens of boys for years, a Suffolk grand jury has found.

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