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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review panel blasts DCF for failing to save Nubia

The three members of an independent review panel blasted child welfare officials Thursday for their "inept" response to allegations that Nubia Barahona was being abused before she was killed by her adoptive father last month and issued dozens of recommendations they hope will keep other children safe.

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Mother, children missing after attack on Miami DCF caseworker

Police continued their search Thursday for five missing children and their mother, who punched a state caseworker who had come to take away the kids. The mother then fled with the children herself.

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State to pay $300,000 to settle lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by foster parent

The state has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the guardians of two girls who said a foster parent sexually abused the children.

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Legislative Update: Reforming the Child Abuse Registry to Protect Parental Rights

HB 4100 is an important bill filed in the Texas legislature to protect parental rights, specifically related to the Child Abuse Registry. This bill, authored by home school mom and state Representative Stephanie Klick, is designed to protect parents from being unjustly placed on the registry.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nebraska senators push to let teachers restrain students

Conservative lawmakers in Nebraska are pushing for a bill that would allow teachers to use physical force to restrain disruptive students, bucking a national trend toward less physical restraint in classrooms.

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Life in College After a Life in Foster Care

Being an extrovert is a double-edged sword. I can speak confidently in my college classes and in front of large groups. But everyone seems to think I’ve got it all under control, and I rarely feel that way. There’s a ticking clock always in the back of my mind. I need to graduate and become financially independent before the support I get from the foster care system disappears.

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Maine woman who killed 5-year-old foster child is released from prison

A Maine woman who was convicted of manslaughter after binding a 5-year-old foster child in a high chair with duct tape in 2001 was released from prison Tuesday.

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Luke's Army Hijacking Update

I have to provide an update on the Luke's Army Facebook Group Hijacking.  You can view the original announcement here.
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What we already know...

The Facebook group Luke's Army, an Australian Support Group for families dealing with Child Welfare issues, with over 14,000 members is currently being held hostage in an archived state and is only being opened occasionally long enough for the person in control to spew a little crap against members, past admin and the groups founder Michael Borusiewicz aka Luke's Dad.

The current admin who goes by the name of Davidson Shannon Kyle is claiming that this is  at the request of the family of Little Luke Borusiewicz who was murdered in 2009 at the age of 2 while in the Australian Foster Care System.  However, the page was made in Luke's honor by his father and Luke's memory will stay alive one way or another.



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New developments... 




The group was opened yesterday, approx 2:20 AM Australian Time for just enough time for the current admin to post some garbage.  Davidson Claimed the following...


The rest can be read by members of the original group...  https://www.facebook.com/groups/LukesArmy/

but I really don't want to wast any more time on that since it's all a crock, as it has come to my attention that someone else has claimed responsibility for the hijacking.  This screenshot was taken on April 25th, and I believe was said a few days ago.


I already had a reasonable suspicion that Mr. Aster was involved, but this pretty much confirms it.  

My original suspicion came from the fact that the current Admin of Luke's Army, this Davidson Shannon Kyle person, posted a piece in defense of Mr. Aster regarding Pedophilia claims and Child Porn Charges which I pointed out in the original announcement.  Of course as soon as I made that announcement, another of Mr Aster's online personalities or supporters (it's hard to tell the difference when it's all in the same tone or writing style) has come to his defense on that blog post as well in the comments demanding that I prove the guilt of Mr. Aster.

However, in all honesty, I couldn't give a rats ass about John Aster.  I blocked this nut job years ago. He is one of 7 people who I've blocked out of the thousands who I have had contact with on Facebook over the last few years.  1 of 7.  I really don't care about him or his issues or his legal problems or anything else about him.  In fact, I never would have mentioned his name had he not messed with Luke's Army.

I do care that he  poses as a family rights advocate.  I care that he is messing with Luke's Army which is in all actuality not a move against Michael, but a cheap shot to little Luke in whose honor this group was founded as well as a cheap shot to the people who have gathered there in need of support, friendship and guidance.  

And I care that he's making threats against members of the group.




I have also made my offer to Mr. Aster as he is aware.  I will delete all of this if he releases Luke's Army.  I will remove any discussion about him being a pedophile in any group that I am admin to.  All he has to do is hand Luke's Army to me and wash his hands of it, and wage his little war with whoever on a different playing field.


Ontario foster care plan failing youth exiting system

Ontario’s foster care plan is failing to affect positive life trajectories for youth aging out of the system.

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TN social welfare department to shut 300 illegal children's homes

The Tamil Nadu social welfare department has already shut about 554 unregistered children’s homes and has identified 300 more to be closed down, reported The Times of India.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Alberta child intervention panel wants to hear from families before publication ban recommendation

One member of the Alberta all-party child intervention panel who was part of a previous roundtable on the matter says the decision to lean toward public accountability over family privacy should be dialed back.

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I am now going to post a response to this.


Letter to the Alberta Child Welfare Review Panel:

cipanel.submissions@gov.ab.ca

There is a problematic factor which is impeding progress and that elephant in the room cannot be escaped: The wrong people are at the Child Welfare table. The Panel consists of some members which "have NO background in child care and yet are being asked to make decisions to change the parts of the System that are failing our children and families." (Direct quote from a Panelist.)


Now Publication Bans are being revisited by Panelists. Meanwhile, I have stood at far too many vigils for children murdered by their caregivers. One little child and her family particularly remain close to my heart because both of our girls were harmed in Morinville:

At the memorial for the child which took place upon the Alberta Legislature steps, a mother needed to beg camera-persons to stop recording because of the Publication Ban.

Although another woman killed that mother's child, it was the mother herself who faced 6 months imprisonment or $10K fine for simply paying tribute to her daughter by speaking her name. It was at that moment that I vowed to challenge this inhumane, unfair, harmful practice.

I, myself, was threatened by lawsuit and those individuals even attempted to have me criminally charged to prevent me from speaking the truth about what my daughter endured.

My daughter's name is Samantha Martin. I was the first person in the Province to successfully have the Court lift the ban so that I could legally share the truth. I taught other parents and their counsel how to challenge the oppressive ban.

Taking this right away again would be detrimental to justice and the most disrespectful move backwards one could impose upon a deceased child; to steal their identity along with life!

It took great efforts to move forward towards transparency. Silence is never a friend to the victim. NO MORE SILENCE!

Sincerely,

Velvet Martin,
Spokesperson for Protecting Canadian Children
Founder of Samantha's Law

Penn State Receives $7.7 Million Grant For First National Child Maltreatment Research Center

Penn State will create the nation’s first center for child mistreatment studies after receiving a $7.7 million grant.

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Jury deliberations set to begin in trial of Long Island foster father accused of sexual abuse



Jury deliberations are set to begin Monday in the trial of a foster father on Long Island who is accused of sexually abusing boys in his care.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tiahleigh Palmer's foster brother looks to skip hearing

The foster brother of slain Brisbane schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer has sought to move the case against him forward without going to a committal hearing.

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Foster Parents Give Horrific Punishment To 6yo Girl For Bedwetting

A 6-year-old girl was rushed to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital and in critical condition after her foster parents, Shyamal and Sandhya Sen, poured chili powder on her genitals for wetting the bed.

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Severe shortage: Idaho foster parents quit almost as fast as they're recruited

Couples sat at a horseshoe of tables, in a room decorated with motivational posters. “Vision” depicted a boat on still water, and “Leadership” featured the silhouette of a horse.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Greendale Foster Parents Facing Child Seduction, Child Porn Charges

A set of foster parents is facing multiple charges following accusations of child seduction.

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Alberta’s child welfare system is in a state of disrepair

In December 2016, Alberta Human Services formed a 10-person panel to investigate what critics said was government’s failure to properly handle and thoroughly examine the death of four-year-old Serenity, a young brutalized child who died from a brain injury in 2014. The coroner’s office noted that the child’s emaciated body also showed signs that she’d been sexually abused. But the panel’s job goes much deeper than investigating a single case of government bungling and indecision. The child welfare system and the kinship care program are flawed and everyone in the province, particularly the Indigenous population, knows it. Though the Indigenous population in Alberta represents less than six percent of the total head-count, 60 percent of children in care are Indigenous children.

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NC bill would toughen rules for parent-child reunification

The court-appointed guardian for a toddler who drowned after he was reunited with his mother said Thursday that a bill to strengthen rules for when children are returned to parents would fix a small but important part of North Carolina's broken social services system. 
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I just have to point this out. North Carolina has had a couple articles come out over the last couple of days. One says that the state is having record numbers of kids aging out of the foster care system, the 2nd (above) is about a bill that would make it tougher for parents to get their kids back from foster care which would probably cause more kids to age out of foster care, wouldn't it?

There is something just wrong with this. It shows that legislators seriously need to be educated on these issues because all they are doing is voting for every feel good program that has the words "Child Abuse" in them with little to no understanding of the issue or the consequences.
More teenagers in North Carolina aged out of foster care in 2016 than in any of the previous 15 years, according to the Children’s Home Society. 
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Foster parent arrested for shaking baby



A foster father has been arrested and charged with physical abuse of a child after he reportedly admitted to shaking his 5-month-old foster child on March 29.

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Foster care agency leaders quit amid teen suicides, other turmoil

Beset by turmoil over the recent suicides of two foster children in their care — and persistent complaints that they were overly secretive and unresponsive — three of the top administrators of Miami’s Our Kids child welfare agency have resigned.

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Murdered girl was a foster care runaway, who no one reported missing

For many, adding to the tragedy of 15-year-old Stacy Duke's murder is knowing she was here in Bakersfield seemingly alone. The teen's older brother says she was loved, but she had a difficult life. He says Stacy did what she had to do in order to survive.

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For troubled foster kids in Houston, sleeping in offices is "rock bottom"

No child is supposed to sleep or spend more than a few hours at the Harris County Youth Services Center's Point of Entry in Houston. But Texas' foster care placement crisis has forced some of the state's most troubled teens to sleep in a place that isn't equipped to care for them.  

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