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Sunday, May 28, 2017

DCFS boss: ‘Systemic failures’ preceded death of Semaj Crosby

The head of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Saturday conceded major problems with the handling of the Semaj Crosby case, but said, based on what he saw and reviewed, neither Semaj nor her siblings should’ve been removed from the home.


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Emmaus foster care agency trying to recover from ties to Sara Packer

The Impact Project, the private foster care agency that employed homicide suspect Sara Packer and provided her with foster children, has been given a clean bill of health by state human services investigators.


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Marshall foster mom arrested on child injury charge

42-year-old foster mother, Michelle Lee Hayes, was arrested last week for injury to a child after she allegedly abused a toddler in her care, causing bruising, swelling and bleeding to the child's brain.

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Lincoln Middle School teacher cleared after being accused of touching student

A teacher accused of inappropriately touching a student at Lincoln Memorial Middle School has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing and returned to the classroom, according to an Office of Professional Standards report released by the School District of Manatee County.

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Amid Cuts to Youth Services, Trump Includes Big Increase to Child Welfare Entitlement

President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal includes a slate of deep cuts and eliminations of programs aimed at serving youth and families, but includes a hefty increase in the amount spent on an entitlement for foster care and adoption assistance.


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Saturday, May 27, 2017

New trial denied but woman won't serve life in child murder case

A Livingston County judge has denied a Cullom woman's petition for a new trial in the 2011 murder of her foster daughter, but she will no longer have to serve a life sentence.

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Children's Aid Society changes rules after driver picks up wrong boy

The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of Toronto has changed its procedure for picking up children from schools, appointments and caregivers’ homes after a driver pulled the wrong boy out of class last week.

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Gay father accused by United flight attendant of molesting his own foster son

‘This misguided man's assumptions about my husband and the accusations that he made are completely unfounded,’ said his husband

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School district responds to allegations it failed to report child abuse

Employees at a Michigan elementary school charged with failing to notify authorities about a student's suspected child abuse did notify authorities in December 2015, the districts superintendent said.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

On Top Of Surviving Barahona Child, Signed Claims Bill To Also Benefit Two More Victims

Attorneys for a young abuse survivor say they’re grateful to the Governor and the Florida Legislature for agreeing to further compensate their client. And, the claims bill signed into law also includes money for two more abuse survivors.

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Advocates: Disabled children stranded in CT hospital ERs

Insufficient services, a complex funding system and deep state budget cuts have increasingly stranded developmentally disabled children in hospital emergency departments over the past year, often for weeks at a time, two state advocates told legislators Thursday.

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Washington CYS official named in foster mother sex-abuse case resigns

The deputy administrator of Washington County Children and Youth Services resigned Thursday as allegations arose that she overlooked the sexual abuse of a child while she worked in Greene County five years ago.

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Kansas DCF records: police, doctors, social workers aware of abuse in Adrian Jones' case

Newly released records from Kansas Department for Children and Families reveal police and medical professionals, as well as social workers, were aware or suspicious that Adrian Jones and his siblings were being abused.

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Meeting will discuss problem of group home runaways

The growing problem of runaways from group homes and the burden they place on the police department will be the subject of a meeting in June.

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Winnebago man jailed after threatening deputy, caseworker before police standoff

A Winnebago man remains jailed today after he allegedly threatened to shoot a Winnebago County sheriff’s deputy and an Illinois Department of Children & Family Services caseworker on Thursday.

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Former foster kids tell lawmakers to keep eye out for vulnerable services

State leaders say that Louisiana's budget crisis could have a startling impact on some of the state's most vulnerable residents, as the state's social services have faced tightening budgets and shrinking staffs in recent years.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Whistleblower accuses HSE of foster abuse cover up

The whistleblower who exposed the poor treatment of Grace has accused the Health Service Executive of conspiring to cover up the abuse of the young woman.

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Alaska justices rule victim of foster home sexual abuse can sue state's foster care

The Alaska Supreme Court has decided a woman who had been sexually abused by her foster brother in 2012 will be able to sue the state Office of Children's Services

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How red tape leaves foster kids out in the cold

Ohio has seen a 19 percent increase in the number of kids removed from parental custody since 2010. California has half the number of foster families it had 10 years ago, even though it has more children who need them. The number of children in foster care in West Virginia went up 24 percent between 2012 and 2016. And experts say the crisis is quickly moving into the Northeast.


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Teen who died in government care was 'invisible': Advocate

A report into the death of a teenager in government care is one of the saddest Alberta's child and youth advocate has had to write.

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Australia's stolen generations: a legacy of intergenerational pain and broken bonds

When the Bringing Them Home report was released on 26 May 1997 Florence Onus was too busy to read the news. While Australians attempted to reconcile the truth of the assimilationist policies that had sought to destroy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture by forcibly removing generations of children from their parents, she was dealing with its direct effects.


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Lack of support for kids who 'age out' of foster care system

The goal of People Places of Charlottesville is to get kids in and out of the foster care system as efficiently as possible and back with their birth families.

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Federal lawsuit accuses Texas, CPS of discriminating against black children

A federal civil rights suit in Houston accuses Child Protective Services of discriminating against African-American children, saying they are likelier to be separated from their parents and extended families than white children.

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Trial date set for foster mother accused of killing toddler

A Henry County judge has set a trial date for Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum, the foster parents accused of killing a 2-year-old girl in their care.

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Woman accused of sex crimes against foster child turns herself in

Police said employees at a local school and the Greene County Children and Youth Services office knew about accusations of inappropriate behavior by a foster mom, but continued to place children in her care.

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