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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New law provides children in foster care the right to visit their siblings

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation to give siblings separated by foster care the right to visit and contact each other.

“This action will allow some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers to preserve family bonds that otherwise would be severed due to no fault of their own,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I’m proud to sign this compassionate legislation, which will bring us closer to a stronger and more humane New York for all.”

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A Child Abuse Prediction Model Fails Poor Families

It’s late November 2016, and I’m squeezed into the far nook of an extended row of grey cubicles within the name screening middle for the Allegheny County Workplace of Kids, Youth and Households (CYF) youngster neglect and abuse hotline. I’m sharing a desk and a tiny purple footstool with consumption screener Pat Gordon. We’re each finding out the Key Info and Demographics System (KIDS), a blue display crammed with case notes, demographic knowledge, and program statistics. We’re targeted on the data of two households: each are poor, white, and residing within the metropolis of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Each have been referred to CYF by a mandated reporter, knowledgeable who’s legally required to report any suspicion youngster could also be liable to hurt from their caregiver. Pat and I are competing to see if we will guess how a brand new predictive danger mannequin the county is utilizing to forecast youngster abuse and neglect, referred to as the Allegheny Household Screening Device (AFST), will rating them.

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Trial begins for school principal charged with failing to report child abuse to DCYF

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The bench trial of a Providence elementary school principal who was charged with failing to contact the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families about sexual abuse allegations her students made against a teacher started Thursday with two children taking the stand to repeat their claims.

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What foster kids want: a place to call home

Growing up in foster care, Christian Cruz trusted very few people as he struggled to find a place to call home.

Too many people had let him down.

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Children's Aid opens “can of worms” by yanking kids away from Christian foster parents

Derek and Francis Baars served as foster parents for two little girls, aged three and four, all happily living in their Hamilton, Ontario home in 2015, until Children’s Aid Society bureaucrats came calling.

Devout Christians, the Baars didn’t want to lie to the girls by telling them that the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus are real.

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Pregnant Teen Who Sued Over Abortion Leaves Federal Custody

WASHINGTON (AP) — A pregnant immigrant teenager who told a judge that she was being prevented from having an abortion while in federal custody has been released, giving her the ability to obtain the procedure.

The Trump administration said in a court filing Sunday that the 17-year-old had been released to a "sponsor," an adult who is usually a family member.

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HSE and Tusla had ‘negative effect’ on disabled girl abandoned at birth

The Health Service Executive (HSE) and the child and family agency Tusla are reviewing the cases of almost 500 children with disabilities in care, following an investigation.

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