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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

How the child protection system under utilises the extended family

How the child protection system under utilises the extended family

Despite this, in many parts of the country, the child protection system ignores the risks and the strengths of the child's wider family, including non-resident fathers, and instead focuses exclusively on the mother's home.

Child Protective Information documents found by bottle picker

Private details in dumpster

Personal information about local foster parents - including driver's licences, health-care numbers, and even a social worker's private notes on how kids were being raised - turned up in an Edmonton dumpster yesterday, free for the picking.

In fact, it was a bottle-picker who found them.

Interviewing children in assault investigations is tough, sensitive task

Interviewing children in assault investigations is tough, sensitive task

"Dealing with children is an entirely different thing," said Nancy Hagan, Alliance executive director. "You have to get at the truth differently."Forensic interviewing became a must after high-profile cases in the 1980s in which molestation suspects were set free because children's testimony was deemed unreliable.

Most infamous was the McMartin Daycare case in Los Angeles, where critics said overzealous prosecutors and poorly trained social workers led children, possibly inadvertently, into saying that they were abused. More than a dozen guilty verdicts in similar cases have been overturned, according to news reports.

Friends Get in Fight Over Child Protective Services

Friends Get in Fight Over Child Protective Services

The man told officers that he had visited the shop and began complaining to his friend, saying that Child Protective Services had "kidnapped" his kids. The friend, a man unidentified in reports, said that "most people deserve to have their children taken away."

Former SD legislator on trial for rape

Former SD legislator on trial for rape

A former state lawmaker was wrong to tell two foster daughters he could help them make money by selling their reproductive eggs, but his physical examinations of the girls did not amount to rape, his defense lawyer said Tuesday as the trial opened.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Foster Parent Likes To Takes Candy From A Baby

My Favorite Foster Parent, Lanette over at adoption blogs is at it again. She won't even let the kids have any of their Halloween Candy, without excessive control.

http://foster-care.adoptionblogs.com/index.php/weblogs/foster-children-at-halloween

How mean she is.

Anyway, adoption blogs, doesn't like this blog and has tried to lable us as a spammer, so clicking on the link may not work. Simply copy and paste the link into your browser and it should get you there.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Parental Alienation

Children Should Have The Right To Their Families

Disgraced doc faces ‘child experiments’ rap

Disgraced doc faces ‘child experiments’ rap

Professor David Southall gave evidence at the former deputy headmaster’s trial nine years ago in which he was found guilty of murdering 13-year-old foster daughter Billie-Jo in 1998.

Foster parent accused of sexual battery

A foster parent already jailed on child porn charges was accused of photographing himself involved in sex acts with a 2-year-old girl under his care, authorities said.

Foster parent accused of sexual battery

Is this doctor responsible for parents being falsely branded as child abusers?

Is this doctor responsible for parents being falsely branded as child abusers?

World Experts Demand End to Child Drugging in the US

On October 12, 2007, experts in the field of psychiatry and child development from all over the world arrived in Washington to attend the annual conference of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology. This year's conference focused on one specific goal - to end the mass-prescribing of psychiatric drugs to children.

World Experts Demand End to Child Drugging in the US - Part I

World Experts Demand End to Child Drugging in the US - Part II

Identical twins reunited after 35 years

Identical twins reunited after 35 years

It was only at the age of 35 that they discovered each other and just how similar they were: identical twins who had been separated as infants in a bizarre social experiment.

Family: CPS Negligent in Foster Child Death

Family: CPS Negligent in Foster Child Death

The family of a child who died Monday in the care of a foster mother is claiming negligence in a wrongful death claim being filed against Sacramento County's Child Protective Services

Suit Says Baby's Seizure Violated Rights

Suit Says Baby's Seizure Violated Rights

A Nebraska couple sued state health officials Thursday, arguing their rights were violated when their newborn baby was seized by sheriff's deputies so a mandatory blood test could be performed.

The kid does 5 days in foster care waiting for the results???

Come on!

Family files claim against CPS for toddler's death

Family files claim against CPS for toddler's death

Tamekca Walker, 34, was arraigned Friday in Sacramento County Superior Court on charges of felony assault resulting in the death of a child and the murder of Tamaihia Lynae Moore.

Now, make full amends for failing abused boys

Now, make full amends for failing abused boys

Imagine that you want to adopt children, and the state of Florida offers you three adorable brothers.

"WARNING: THESE BOYS LIVED WITH AN ABUSIVE MOTHER, THEN A PEDOPHILE FOSTER PARENT WHO MOLESTED THEM AND FORCED THEM TO MOLEST EACH OTHER. SOME THERAPY REQUIRED."

An adoption advertisement?

Friday, October 26, 2007

CAS worker forgets info in client's home

CAS worker forgets info in client's home

An Oakville couple say they were shocked when a case worker with the Halton Children's Aid Society left behind papers that they say contain sensitive information about other families.

Father gets 4 years for neglect of burned boy

Father gets 4 years for neglect of burned boy

A judged sentenced an Indianapolis man to four years in prison Wednesday for failing to seek medical help for a 7-year-old adopted son who had been scalded in a bathtub of hot water.

Goochland rape case goes to grand jury

Goochland rape case goes to grand jury

Today, Craig A. Ferguson, 34, a child-protective services employee for the city of Richmond, waived a preliminary hearing in Goochland Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. His case will go to a grand jury on Dec. 11.

Report: N.J. mishandled kids' cases

Report: N.J. mishandled kids' cases



  • incomplete risk and safety assessments and failure to use the assessments to identify safety concerns

  • lack of relevant, timely services to help families and keep children safe

  • failure to enforce case plans or use court intervention to protect children

  • lack of supervisory oversight

  • lack of accountability

DHS employee accused of having sex with woman in his care

DHS employee accused of having sex with woman in his care

Pittsburg County prosecutors have charged a longtime Department of Human Services employee with rape for allegedly having sex with a developmentally disabled woman under foster care in his home.

New law targets false reporting of child welfare workers

New law targets false reporting of child welfare workers

Those are two of several cases in recent years where state officials found child welfare workers falsified records.

Toddler's Foster Home Death Ruled Homicide

Toddler's Foster Home Death Ruled Homicide

Sacramento detectives say 18-month-old Tamaihya Moore, a baby who died Monday in foster care, was a victim of abuse. Her foster mother is now charged on suspicion of murder.

Albuquerque girl testifies against foster father

Albuquerque girl testifies against foster father

"Michael," she said, breaking down in one of the more dramatic moments Wednesday, the opening day of the sex abuse trial against the girl's former foster father, Michael Esquivel.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Christian couple forced to quit fostering after refusing to tell kids its ‘good to be gay’

Christian couple forced to quit fostering after refusing to tell kids its ‘good to be gay’

As devoted foster parents, Vincent and Pauline Matherick have provided a stable family home for almost 30 vulnerable children. But the couple’s latest foster son is being taken away from them by social workers because they have refused to promote homosexuality.

Review of child deaths finds flaws in state system

Review of child deaths finds flaws in state system

An independent review of the cases of four children who died of abuse or neglect while under the state's watch last year found significant problems with the way state workers handled the cases.

Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation

A father blogs about his troubles with CAS.

Couple to go on trial in toddler's death

Couple to go on trial in toddler's death

A pair of Tucson foster parents are scheduled to go to trial on March 4 in connection with the death of a 16-month-old girl.

Court rules social workers must follow law

Court rules social workers must follow law
A federal court has ruled that social workers have to respect the U.S. Constitution regarding privacy and parental rights, and if they don't they may be held liable.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Jury to hear foster mom's conflicting statements in murder trial

Jury to hear foster mom's conflicting statements in murder trial

A foster mother's conflicting statements can be heard by a jury at her Jan. 7 trial for a 2-year-old's murder, Wayne County Circuit Judge Ulysses Boykin ruled this month.

Father Blames Child Services

Father Blames Child Services

The father of a Binghamton child found dead last week is speaking out about his son's murder.

investigator reassigned to clerical position

DCF investigator reassigned to clerical position

“Supervisory file reviews continued to reflect her inability to distinguish the appropriate allegations to investigate,” the report reads. “Specific instructions provided in supervisory file reviews were not acknowledged nor followed.”

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Children's Services Agency Bolstered by Retired Cops

Children's Services Agency Bolstered by Retired Cops

Traditionally, relations between ACS and the police have been contentious. According to the Daily News, confidentiality laws have prevented caseworkers from sharing a family's history with police, and cops are rarely (if ever) called should a caseworker find something suspicious about a child's family situation. Now, the investigative consultants will train caseworkers to probe deeper when checking up on children's welfare and for the time being will assist them by doing legwork in locating individuals.

Social Services Dealing With Adoption Crisis

Social Services Dealing With Adoption Crisis

Social services say most parents looking to adopt want a new born child and unfortunately, kids in foster care are also dealing with a difficult past.

A website shows the faces of children without a home, without parents and without a loving family.

Based on recent trends, chances of them finding any of those things are slim.
"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts."
Albert Einstein
"The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders."
Foster's Law

DCF settles case involving sexually abused brothers for $10 million

DCF settles case involving sexually abused brothers for $10 million

Florida's Department of Children & Families reached a $10 million settlement Monday with the adoptive parents of three brothers who endured neglect from their own parents, sexual abuse at the hands of a foster father and punishment that included being placed in a backyard chicken coop.

DCF: Safety Compromised In Abuse Investigations

DCF: Safety Compromised In Abuse Investigations

Caseworkers in this city routinely rushed child abuse investigations to closure to improve performance numbers, and the shoddy work may be linked to the deaths of at least two children, state officials said.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Foster mum faces murder trial over tot's death

Foster mum faces murder trial over tot's death

A Western Bay foster caregiver accused of murdering a 14-month-old toddler claims the girl's severe brain injury was due to a fall from a portacot.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

ADHD Tip - Will More Medication Always Be The Answer To Treat Symptoms That Still Persist In ADHD?

Note: I will publish articles like this from time to time, because one of the big problems with the foster care system is the over-medication and misdiagnosis of children in the system. Usually they medicate them to keep them submissive.

ADHD Tip - Will More Medication Always Be The Answer To Treat Symptoms That Still Persist In ADHD?
By Rory F. Stern, PsyD

There I was watching television one afternoon, and a commercial came on that reported, "X% of people who suffer from depression and take medication, continue to experience symptoms of depression."

I was on the edge of my seat... I couldn't believe it!

Were they finally going to suggest other treatment besides medication? Was someone going to finally blow the lid on treatment and actually suggest the importance of therapy and better understanding the behaviors?

All that excitement was suddenly lost the moment I heard the commercial recommend the need and use of additional medications.

I felt deflated...

It just didn't make sense.

"Treat ongoing symptoms of depression with more medication instead of going after the root cause," I asked myself?

That was the last straw.

What does this mean for ADHD?

Like depression, ADHD is thought to be biologically based. Research has suggested, and theorists believe, that there are abnormalities with the absorption of chemicals and neurotransmitters in the brain that lead to behaviors like we see in ADHD and depression.

This is one major reason why prescribing medication is often a first step for the individual diagnosed with ADHD.

Medications are specifically engineered and researched to target these specific chemicals and neurotransmitters in the brain to aide in the process.

Yet, many people with ADHD still experience symptoms of the disorder even while taking their prescribed medications.

Ask yourself what else might be going on?

While I am no expert on medication and how the brain functions, I can tell you that if your medication is not addressing the symptoms you are struggling with, then you really owe it to yourself to ask what else might be going on.

Can medications make a difference? Yes, absolutely.

But at the same time, disorders like ADHD and depression also have a very strong and powerful emotional or psychological component.

And while there is no set standard for what might happening, there has been a theme to suggest that the events in our lives, and those immediately around us can contribute to how we behave and interact with the world.

This is particularly true in children and adolescents.

Does this account for ADHD? Maybe yes, maybe no. But, I can guarantee you that regardless of the presence or absence of a disorder, we are all affected by our environment and what we are experiencing.

Disclaimer: In any discussion of medication, I feel it is of critical importance to remind you that any and all medical and mental health decisions continue to be made with your or your child's physician, psychiatrist, or therapist who is an expert in ADHD.
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Mother blames Child Protective Services for son's death

Mother blames Child Protective Services for son's death

Becki Jasinski says her 9-year-old son Nicholas did not have to die if Child Protective Services and Friend of the Court would have removed him from the Douglass Township home where he lived with an "abusive" father.

Isn't one too many?

Children’s Services graduates 448 new child protective case workers

New York -- Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner John Mattingly “Friday presided over the graduation of 448 new Child Protective Specialists at a special ceremony at Hunter College’s Brookdale Campus, bringing the total number of ACS frontline caseworkers and other child welfare investigators to nearly 1,300.

New York is about to become a very dangerous place for parents.

One of their favorite reasons

Munchausen Syndrome Causes Symptoms Information With Treatment
Author: Juliet Cohen

Munchausen Syndrome is distinct from hypochondria in that the patient is aware that he is exaggerating, while sufferers of hypochondria actually believe they have a disease. Munchausen Syndrome is currently a topic of intense interest. People with this syndrome deliberately produce or exaggerate symptoms in several ways. They might lie about or fake symptoms, hurt themselves to bring on symptoms, or alter diagnostic tests (such as contaminating a urine sample). Signs of Munchausen syndrome include is dramatic but inconsistent medical history. Presence of symptoms only when the patient is alone or not being observed and willingness or eagerness to have medical tests. The most cause of Munchausen syndrome is biological, psychological factors and personality disorders. Munchausen syndrome afflicts the patient who presents with the complaint. Munchausen syndrome by proxy involves inflicting injury on a child or other dependent person in order to simulate symptoms. Treatment of Munchausen syndrome is often difficult, and there are no standard treatments for the condition. Treatment generally includes psychotherapy and behavior counseling.

Causes of Munchausen Syndrome

Common causes and Risk factors of Munchausen Syndrome

Biological factors.

Psychological factors.

A history of abuse or neglect as a child.

Personality disorders.

Signs and Symptoms of Munchausen Syndrome

Common Sign and Symptoms of Munchausen Syndrome

Sleep apnea.

Fever.

Vomiting.

Poorly formed identity and severe problems with self-esteem.

Dramatic stories about numerous medical problems.

Treatment of Munchausen Syndrome

Common Treatment of Munchausen Syndrome

Nonconfrontational intervention may help people with Munchausen.

Treatment generally includes psychotherapy and behavior counseling. If possible, family therapy also may be suggested.

Monitor ongoing medical care usage by involving people or institutions outside the medical practice to alert the physician gatekeeper about health care issues.

Medications may be used to treat other mental disorders that are also present, such as depression or anxiety.
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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Mom accused of neglect for teaching own kids

Mom accused of neglect for teaching own kids

Describes litany of harassment, intimidation at public district

Worker outed in probe of gov promoted

Worker outed in probe of gov promoted

A state employee whom Gov. Blagojevich once outed as a subject of a federal probe into his administration's hiring practices is now being promoted to a top job within the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Robin Staggers once was accused by a subordinate of creating "a culture of intimidation" within DCFS' human resources department

Morecambe mum attacked by daughter

Morecambe mum attacked by daughter

The desperate mum, who alleges her daughter threatened to kill her and battered her so severely on one occasion that she had to go to hospital, believes the Government has taken away the rights of parents to discipline their kids when they misbehave.

Study: DCF lacks in child safety, management

Study: DCF lacks in child safety, management

A Florida Department of Children and Families review released today that shows widespread deficiencies in child safety programs and a need for better management in Southwest Florida has led to the resignation of one top administrator and the demotion of another.

Massillon man pleads innocent to sex charges

Massillon man pleads innocent to sex charges

A Massillon man accused of masturbating in a car while three foster children were restrained in the back seat pleaded innocent Monday to sex-related charges.

WRAPPING THE YOUNG IN COTTON WOOL

WRAPPING THE YOUNG IN COTTON WOOL

There should be deep concern but very little surprise that almost half the people in Scotland are deterred from working with children by the fear of being accused of harming them. The report by the Children's Commissioner cites the compensation culture and the worry about being falsely accused of abuse for the reluctance of so many people to contribute to the educational and social wellbeing of tomorrow's adults.

Americans should have this fear too. Right Dad's?

Half of us too scared to work with kids

Half of us too scared to work with kids

This blogger makes an interesting point.

Today a 55 year old man from Ayrshire was jailed for sexually abusing 3 girls. He did so when they were placed in his care as a foster parent!

Aunt accused in child's killing moved

Aunt accused in child's killing moved

Cleo Juan, who was charged in connection with the death of her young foster child last year

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mom Blames Hospital ER For CPS Investigation

Mom Blames Hospital ER For CPS Investigation

An Indianapolis mother blames Methodist Hospital for prompting a Child Protective Services investigation after her 15-year-old daughter was hurt on the soccer field last week.

Early abuse, 28 homes for a child beyond repair

Early abuse, 28 homes for a child beyond repair

Michael Tate was 6 years old when a Morrison couple chose him to be their son.

But it didn't last long.

It takes a village to burn a baby

It takes a village to burn a baby

And the stupidity of those who are supposed to protect them.

Mercenary motherhood

Mercenary motherhood

A foster mom has second thoughts about parenting for pay.

Foster father who abused girls is jailed for 7 years

Foster father who abused girls is jailed for 7 years

A RESPECTED foster parent was jailed for seven years yesterday for sexually abusing three girls who had been put into his care.

DCF investigation critical of Fort Myers operation

DCF investigation critical of Fort Myers operation

About 40 percent of the people who investigate child abuse allegations in Southwest Florida have less than a year’s experience on the job.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Computer woes plague state system

Computer woes plague state system

glitches and crashes have become so persistent and severe that some counties might refuse to make the switch from their own systems to the new statewide network, which is supposed to keep Ohio's abused and neglected children safer.

Baby taken from home; placed with family of 10-year-old accused of molestation

Baby taken from home; placed with family of 10-year-old accused of molestation

Two WIS News 10 investigations have overlapped. We've been telling you about the Lexington County neighborhood on high alert - because of a 10-year-old boy who lives there, accused of molesting children.

Now we have new information about that case. Plus, WIS News 10 has uncovered that the family of the 10-year-old has been taking care of a baby involved in a different abuse case.

Kingston Children's Aid Society little visitation room



This is the visitation room that parents can visit their children while they are in the CAS. Other wise known as the 'fish bowl'. There are audio recording devises and workers behind the mirror. The parent will not be allowed to hug their child and whisper to them that they love them, the visit will be severed. This sever restriction is done even if the parent has not abused the child. As it was noted in my case by the CAS, the Children have not been abused by the their mother. This is done to separate and isolate the child to make them feel abandoned by the parent to make them easier to handle while in the CAS 'care.' This is child cruelty.

BBC NEWS.Couple's anger at adoption



A couple have said their lives were ruined after their three grandchildren were taken into care

A poor quality video, but sad anyway.

Children's Aid Society- Ex CAS worker speaks



Interview with ex- Children's Aid worker. This ex-Children's Aid worker states that he did not just leave the CAS he, "ran for my life". He states that he did not believe in everything he was doing and can't do a job that he does not believe in. This man says that he is helping people now instead of breaking up families. This ex worker claims that there is no accountability in the system.

Exposing CAS Protection Worker



Another Video in the series Exposing CAS. This insanity must be brought to the publics attention and change is paramount.

Sombody who lives in Ontario Canada got angry! CAS is Childrens Aid Society. Ontairo's version of a babystealer.

You can't even run to Canada to get away from them.

WARNING TO CORRUPT CAS WORKERS



Just a little warning that we are coming

Gotta love YouTube.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Are over-zealous social services acting on orders to meet adoption quotas?

Are over-zealous social services acting on orders to meet adoption quotas?

"They said that because the baby had never lived in a family unit, she didn't have a bond with us so it didn't matter if she was taken away," says Goodwin. "I don't know where she is now and I'm not entitled to know."

Doesn't Happen Very Often???

New details on foster mother accused of murder

There's new information tonight on foster mother accused of murdering a toddler in her care. 2 Year old Alize Vick was found unconscious Tuesday at the El Paso County home of Jules Cuneo. Cuneo was her foster mother, who later admitted to investigators that she threw the little girl. Alize died a day later.

Abuse Cases Spotsylvania Seeks Analysis Of Social Services State To Review Agency

Abuse Cases Spotsylvania Seeks Analysis Of Social Services State To Review Agency

After two recent deaths involving young people known to the department, residents, the commonwealth's attorney and some county supervisors have questioned whether Social Services protects children.

Department of Psychiatry Will Lead Program to Aid Children

Department of Psychiatry Will Lead Program to Aid Children

We are taking years of research and combining all we know to create evidence-based therapies, said Wendy J. Nilsen, Ph.D., assistant professor in psychiatry and principal investigator of the project. This will be state-of-the-art science used to change people's lives.



Uh huh.

No home, no health care may await ex-foster kids

No home, no health care may await ex-foster kids

After leaving foster care, many children end up homeless, without adequate access to health care, warn researchers in a report published this week in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Twilight Zone / Family disunification

Twilight Zone / Family disunification

Israel is prohibiting her return, even for a visit. She made the mistake of her life when she went to Jordan to visit her ailing mother, and now she cannot return. Her six children keep asking about their mother, speak to her by phone every few hours, and the text messages also fly back and forth - "Where are you?" and "What are you doing?"

Foster mother accused of killing toddler

Foster mother accused of killing toddler

A local 2 year old girl is dead, allegedly killed at the hands of her foster mother.

In wake of death, a lawsuit and an indictment

In wake of death, a lawsuit and an indictment

The mother of a teenage girl in foster care in Scarborough said she intends to sue the Department of Health and Human Services for wrongful death and negligence.

Ex-DCF employee gets three years in prison

Ex-DCF employee gets three years in prison
About seven months after trying to set up a sexual meeting with an FBI agent posing as 13-year-old girl, a former Florida Department of Children and Families investigator from Fort Myers found out Thursday he'll be spending the next three years in federal prison.

Judge cuts money awarded to estate of slain foster child

Judge cuts money awarded to estate of slain foster child

Nearly three years after Connre Dixon was fatally stabbed by her foster father, a judge ruled the money awarded by a jury to her estate should be significantly reduced, because there was no evidence she suffered as she bled to death in the Ridgefield Township barn.

Foster mom held in death of 2-year-old girl

Foster mom held in death of 2-year-old girl

A woman described by police as a "professional foster parent" has been jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder and felony child abuse in connection with the death of a 2-year-old foster child.

Overcoming Media Sensationalism: Finding Calm In A World Of Irrational Fears

Overcoming Media Sensationalism: Finding Calm In A World Of Irrational Fears

The media and the modern world both seem to be incredibly adept at inspiring fear and anxiety in people. Between reports of possible terrorist threats to the mundane possibility that your food could carry several bacterial infections, it can be very hard to find anything that can't be connected with something unpleasant. All of this paranoia and anxiety can sometimes take a toll on a person's mental health, even if the effects aren't particularly obvious. This serves quite an amazing contrast with some many people espousing the message of “living life to the fullest” filling the airwaves. Of course, nobody really seems to have paid that much attention to how, exactly, to carry that out in today's environment.

The fact is, there are a lot of things that can cause fear and anxiety in the world. However, it should be kept in mind that people have been living and dealing with those problems for thousands of years. Europe had to endure the widespread infection remembered as the “Black Plague” and eventually recovered. The Chinese have carried themselves well through the turmoil and self-destruction of countless periods when the country was divided into warring states. The honest truth here is that, for the sake of your mental health if nothing else, you should just try not to worry too much. There is a certain level of risk that is to be associated with pretty much anything, but that doesn't mean those things should not be done.

There is no argument that the media has some influence over the mental health of people, although just how much is something left to speculation. There are some that theorize that, with the right combination of fear and anxiety caused by the media and environmental conditions, people can become exceedingly paranoid. We've already seen a large number of people being swayed into conformity by the media, while those who are unable to begin to develop either social anxiety or status anxiety. However, as stated, the media is not the only factor in the formation of these problems. Other influences can be used to aggravate or counterbalance the influence gained from TV and video games, depending on certain circumstances.

People today should learn not to worry about things so much, particularly as so many of the threats the media talks about are highly unlikely. For example, you're less likely to get killed during a shark attack (like what you see in movies like “Jaws”) than you are to get hit by lightning. Incidentally, the anxiety people feel during a lightning storm is more or less unwarranted, as you're more likely to slip in the bathroom than be struck by lightning. Unless you were stupid enough to walk with some sort of lightning rod on you, anyway. If you take the time to study the chances of things happening, you'll realize that they're not all that common. Most people can go through their entire lives without anything disastrous or traumatizing happening to them, which makes the ones that do and survive such special cases.

That's exactly what the media is showing people, the special cases. If people getting hit by lightning or getting an infection of flesh-eating bacteria were as common as most people assumed, then there would be no point in reporting it in the news. Just because the media has fallen into bouts of sensationalism and would rather spread fear and anxiety than show a balanced report is their fault. For the sake of your mental health and the mental health of those around you, be sure to take the time to strike the balance.
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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Now why would anybody want to do that?

Horicon man accused of striking caseworker

A 46-year-old Horicon man who said he was trying to make a point when he allegedly struck a Dodge County caseworker has been charged

DCF Employees Allegedly Used Tax Money For Personal Purchases

DCF Employees Allegedly Used Tax Money For Personal Purchases

Two highly paid DCF managers in Central Florida are under investigation for using a state-issued credit card to buy personal items. One of them could face criminal charges. Now, the state agency is taking a closer look at the expense reports of all Central Florida DCF employees.

foster care records won't safeguard Ohioans' rights or toddlers' lives

Hiding foster care records won't safeguard Ohioans' rights or toddlers' lives

In reality, the only people served by secret foster-care records are the bureaucrats (and state contractors)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Mother gets life term in 2006 beating death of son

Mother gets life term in 2006 beating death of son

Vicki Lynn Hulsey was sentenced Friday morning to life in prison for the April 2006 beating death of her 10-year-old adopted son.

Oregon's foster care fails to thrive

Oregon's foster care fails to thrive

Checkup - Six years after a dismal federal review, the state's system has made little progress protecting children

After Nearly 7 Years, Rilya Wilson Case Unresolved

After Nearly 7 Years, Rilya Wilson Case Unresolved

It's been more than six years since foster child Rilya Wilson went missing, a disappearance that led to scandal and shake up at Florida's child welfare agency.

Rilya was 4-years old when she disappeared in late 2000. It wasn't until two years later that state officials discovered she was not living at the home of her caretaker

A former foster parent accused of sexually abusing several children will go on trial.

Foster Parent Facing Sex Charges Competent For Trial

A former foster parent accused of sexually abusing several children will go on trial.

40-year-old Michael Chinn, pictured below, was found competent to stand trial Tuesday on 24 sex charges.

Former foster parent denied bond in Anderson County

Former foster parent denied bond in Anderson County

An Anderson County General Sessions judge has denied bond for a former foster parent charged in connection with the molestation of five minors between the ages of 5 and 14.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

System failed my son: mum

System failed my son: mum

A MOTHER whose toddler son died while under the supervision of the Department of Child Safety has accused authorities of inadequate care.

Ya Think???

Report: Only 30% of state's children get doctor-recommended exams

Report: Only 30% of state's children get doctor-recommended exams

Only 30 percent of foster children last year received a required evaluation of their medical and mental health needs, according to a report released by the Office of the Child Advocate yesterday.

Northfield man arrested after standoff

Northfield man arrested after standoff

An East Oakcrest Avenue man was arrested Monday evening after he allegedly hindered a child-abuse investigation and held officers at bay for about 90 minutes, police said.

R.I. fights lawsuit that claims failing foster care system

R.I. fights lawsuit that claims failing foster care system

The lawsuit was filed by state child advocate Jametta Alston on behalf of 3,000 children in state custody. It says some children have been seriously injured or even killed in foster care.

State pays $425,000 to settle suits

State pays $425,000 to settle suits

The state has paid $425,000 to settle lawsuits by two former Northern Kentucky social workers who claim supervisors pressured them to ignore suspected child abuse and neglect in order to close cases faster and speed up adoptions.

Abuse victim's mom sues FSSA workers

Abuse victim's mom sues FSSA workers

The mother of a child molestation victim has filed a civil lawsuit against the former employers of Cory Heinzman, who was a Child Protective Services caseworker. He was found guilty in June of 17 sex-related charges.

In Court In Sex Abuse Case

Woman In Court In Sex Abuse Case

An adoptive mother from Boyle County accused of sexually abusing three young children was in court Tuesday morning to answer to charges of sodomy, sexual abuse and criminal abuse.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Was it or wasn't it?

Judge Questions Abuse Of Boy Beaten With Belt

Father Accused Of Beating Son For Bad Grades

Man, 62, accused of sexually abusing foster child

Man, 62, accused of sexually abusing foster child

ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) - St. Helens police say a six-year-old girl was sexually abused by her foster dad.

CPS practices are flawed and deadly

CPS practices are flawed and deadly

I was under the impression that CPS stood for Child Protective Services, but now appears to stand for "Co-worker Protective Services."

Study: Troubled homes better than foster care

Study: Troubled homes better than foster care

Imagine that...

Former foster dad gets life sentence for sex abuse

Former foster dad gets life sentence for sex abuse

DELAND -- Former foster parent Robert Clinton of Deltona was branded a sexual predator and sentenced to life in prison Friday morning for molesting a 3-year-old foster child in his care and posting photographs of the acts on the Internet.

Do kin background checks hurt kids?

Do kin background checks hurt kids?

A new Utah law that does away with emergency placement of abused or neglected children with relatives is sharpening criticism from two national child-protection advocacy groups and fraying family ties of those caught in the middle.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Child Savers Ride Again; Parens Patriae and Ex parte Crouse

The Child Savers Ride Again; Parens Patriae and Ex parte Crouse

Child Abuse and The New Reign of Terror in Therapeutic America

Adoption is A Horrible thing In Pa.

Adoption is A Horrible thing In Pa.
by Dale Brown

This is our story of what happened to myself Dale Dupree & Vanessa Dupree of Harrisburg Pa. We decided to adopt children after two of our three left home, one relocated to Dover Delaware and the other went off to college. My wife and I agreed that we wanted to help where help was needed the most, so we went through all the training required by law in Pennsylvania and Dauphin County.

The agency we chose to assist us is called Rejoice Adoption & Foster Care Agency. They showed us many children's photos and background information of each child. We chose a cute little girl named Kanai Brown from Ohio. We knew she had some problems, her former foster mother had in her report of her ,lying,stealing and setting fires. She had also been in foster care since age 2, she was at that time in a foster care home where her foster mother had adopted her biological brother but refused to adopt her due to her behavior problems. A month before meeting Kanai she was matched for adoption with another family. She was taken home with that family on two weekend visits, and they changed their minds one day before she was to go live with them for good, so we knew she had some problems.

Our intentions at that time was to adopt Kanai and then adopt her older 13-year old sister named Kimmisa soon after that. After Kanai had been with us about 3 months, in September 2004 we made contact with the Ohio about adopting Kimmisa: at that time Mr.John Roberts her caseworker had informed me that Kimmisa had recently attacked a foster parent in the home which she was staying in and could not be placed in a home at this time and that she was currently being evaluated for mental problems. So that was as far as we had gone with trying to unify the two sisters (there are 5 siblings in all).

Our adoption hearing for Kanai came up about 3 months later in January 2005; adoption was final in June of 2005. In June of 2005 we received two more foster children named Mariah and Jordan Gilbert, ages 9 and 4 from Lancaster Pa. We were willing to adopt them for as long as their mother Nyshell Gilbert was willing to give up custody, the children's caseworker was a lady named Karen Rosenberg. Karen by law was supposed to stop by our house once per month for home visits to check on the children, but at the time she had classes here in Harrisburg two to three times per week and would visit us once or twice per week. We all became very good friends at that time.

In September of 2005 Ms. Nyshell had a hearing to have her rights terminated by Lancaster County Children and Youth. Karen told us it was okay for us to come, so we did. Karen got up on the stand and talked about how Ms. Nyshell refused to take care of herself or her children. She also pointed out the fact that she had a gay relationship with another female. About three days later Karen came to our house and we talked about the hearing. She then told us that most of what she said in court was made up stories, things that just never happened and the real reason why Ms Nyshell had her kids taken was because she was and still is gay and she stated that the Judge knew the real reason also. My wife and I were very troubled by this and we then asked a few more questions about Ms Nyshell. Karen Rosenberg also confided in us that she does not believe that any child should grow up in a house with two same sex parents and to make sure Ms. Nyshell loses her case, she would always ask her where she was working, and then call that employer and tell them she is a convicted child abuser and of course, she will then be laid off or fired right before every hearing, which was a lie she was never a convicted child abuser.

The way Ms. Nyshell originally got involved with Lancaster County Children and Youth ,she was seeking counseling services for her oldest daughter after having being raped by a grown man. Police advised her to do so when Karen first got involved in the case she quickly noted that Ms. Nyshell had an adult female living inside the home. There were also four kids living in the home. Nariah and Hordan were the two youngest ones she (Karen Rosenberg) told us she tried to get the other two older kids to say mom had hit them but it was to difficult. Neither was willing to lie on their mother even after several interviews, so she had six year old Nariah agree to a make up story about her mother hitting her with a strap so Karen used this as her reason for pulling all four children out of the home even though the older two always stuck to their story, that never hit anyone.

Over the next couple of months Karen confided these and many other cases where they would force parents to confess to things they did not do in exchange for visits with their children and then kept them because of their confessions. In January 2006 we told Karen we were having second thoughts about adopting Nariah kordan due to the fact that we believed they were wrongfully taken from their and we just did not feel good about going through with it and to us this is a lifetime decision. We just did not see anything wrong with her raising her kids with a girlfriend, although we (Karen, my wife and I) are all Christian, we disagreed on that one issue. Over the next month she came by a few extra times and tried to convince us to change our minds, even though we loved the kids just as much as our very own; we still told her no.

In February 2006 the children were scheduled for their last and final visit with their mother, which was to be held at Rejoice Foster Care & Adoption agency and be supervised by caseworkers employed by Rejoice. Karen was never involved with the kids visits with their mother, so we did not expect this time to be any different. We dropped the kids off at Rejoice that evening, handed them over to a Rejoice caseworker as usual. We came back two hours later and were told by Karen Rosenberg that Nariah said she was hit with a strap by my wife Vanessa, so therefore she is taking both kids out of our home. We were very upset because she told us she had used the exact same story on Ms Nyshell.

The following day, February 15, 2006 Karen Rosenberg reported the abuse allegations to Dauphin County Children & Youth to a caseworker named Denise Shay. She then came by Kanai's school that day to interview her. She was asked all kinds of questions, mostly about us (we know this because after every interview she would come home and let us know). After 8-10 interviews in March 2006 we went to school to pick up Kanai and were met by Denise Shay in the parking lot . She told us that Kanai said my wife and I hit her with a strap on at least one occasion; therefore she was taking Kanai into custody. She also informed us there would be a hearing tomorrow before a Master Judge. We found an attorney that evening, Mr Roger Luguana. There was not a lot to say at the hearing because Kanai admitted in court she lied, there the Judge said she is to be returned home immediately.

Once the hearing was over , Denise Shay took Kanai and told us she will be right back, she was going to get her clothes and book bag. She came back out some 30 minutes later and informed us they were going to appeal and Kanai would not be coming home with us until the appeal is over ( even though prior to the hearing we were told the Master Judge decision was final). At that time Denise Shay evidently went to a different judge and claimed I admitted in the Lancaster case to punching kordan (which was a lie). All of this was done after our attorney had left.

Over the next couple of weeks we were asked to confess to abusing Kanai in exchange for visits with her - we refused. About three weeks later the county judge, Judge Hoover agreed to meet with our lawyer Roger Luguana, but he refused to meet with us. After that meeting Judge Hoover allowed us to have visits with Kanai. We went to see her twice that week and then I received a call from Denise Shay on our answering machine stating that we were not being very cooperative with their investigation or in other words we refused to admit to anything we did not do, so therefore the visits must stop.

Prior to our next hearing in March 2006, my wife and I received only a couple of phone calls and went down there to sign papers a couple of times for Dauphin County Children and Youth,but every time we were always being told some sort of bad news. We were told the following things would happen if we lost: 1. They would ask the judge at that time to take Jasmin, our biological 15 year old daughter into care/custody. 2. We could never pass a background check again so that meant changing for me and my wife. 3. We would have criminal charges brought against us after that. 4. If we just sign her over none of those three would happen and we will have 30 days to think it or change our minds if we wanted to. Denise also said Karen would be there to let the court know we confessed to her everything, thus letting us know that Karen was willing to lie in court again as she did in Ms. Nyshell Gilbert's case. Therefore we choose to sign Kanai over giving up our rights, prior to our hearing, knowing we had 30 days to decide if we were going to risk everything or not.

Twenty-eight days later we (our lawyer and us) filled out the paperwork to let the court know we had change our minds. About two weeks later in March 2006 Judge Hoover agreed to meet with our attorney again. At this meeting our attorney was informed we could not change our minds and we had to stick with our first decision where we must sign her over again, but this time the forms will read "by mutual agreement", unlike the first one that stated there was a hearing and we were convicted even though there was no hearing. Even going as far as to give us only 30 days to sign her over again. We waited about 60 days on July 26 2006 to sign her over again, due to the simply fact it's getting very costly, about 15,000.00 so far between child support payments for Kanai while back in foster care and attorney fees, for all three children. The worst part of it was here in Dauphin County they attach our wages, even though we were never late with a payment. They kept making the same mistake with the amounts, instead of taking out $800.00 per month, they kept doubling and tripling that amount, thus leaving us at times with less than $20.00 per week.

Dauphin County is not a good place to adopt.
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Dale Dupree Former pro boxer and Delaware state champion, who enjoys helping others obtain their goals in any sport, or personal activities. We (myself and wife Vanessa) have trained many atheltes from track, football, boxing and have always enjoyed it, And even traveled cross country to train people for particular sporting events, as well as trained those who just couldn't get over the hump and wanted to meet a personal goal. Myself and my wife Vanessa (Certified Personal Trainer) we work as a team to put together a workout plan and diet and exercise program, that sometimes may include us coming to your town and working out with you at a location close to your home or on even at your home. to join our membership team at: www.daleandvanessa.com , please be sure to watch the five minute movie and leave your name and email address or email me at: thebrowns@winningwithcoastal.com we also provide personal training one on one or one on two (husband and wife)if you choose. Most of our workouts and diets are delivered directly to your email box. www.vanessaANDdale.com, 1-800-608-1869

About the Author

A native of Harrisburg Pa former professional boxer,and one time Delaware State Champion, today I enjoy the role I play in helping others reach for their dreams. I have trained many people from almost every sport such as football, track, tennis, soccer, boxing. We also help those that just want to be a certain size by a certain date, and we take a lot of pride in being able to say "we always meet the needs of all of our clients"! Anyone

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