Tuesday, September 30, 2008
You'd expect a poet to be self-conscious about the way he tells his story, and Lemn Sissay is. He comments on the structure of his sentences, apologises when they're not pretty enough. Sometimes he talks in riddles that neither of us can quite work out, so we leave them and move on because, in truth, there is no way to make sense of the mess that characterised the first half of Sissay's life.
Child-sized human remains uncovered in a basement freezer were those of two girls and have been there for months, their adoptive mother told investigators. Authorities said Monday they believe she is responsible for their deaths.
A Maryland woman suspected of killing and freezing her two daughters was convicted of a misdemeanor and had past financial problems, but was still able to adopt the girls and collect a monthly stipend for their care even after their deaths, officials said.
Note: Think they got their cut of the adoption bonus on this one?
I just noticed Andrew DeMillo's weekend column on the possibility that careful handling of the Tony Alamo case by the Arkansas Department of Human Services could provide some redemption for the agency, battered this year by poor handling of child abuse cases. Gov. Mike Beebe, again, assures us of his abiding interest and the good intentions of DHS workers.
The woman who says she lived for months with the corpses of her two daughters in a freezer was the girls' foster mother before she adopted them from the District of Columbia.
News of the shocking deaths of two adopted children and abuse of another is having repercussions in several jurisdictions around the D.C. area.
Police sources tell FOX 5 that a 7-year-old girl escaped from her adoptive mother's home after she was starved and beaten over every inch of her body with a hard-heeled wooden shoe. The Calvert County Sheriff says the girl's adoptive mother is 43-year-old Renee Bowman, and that she has confessed to the beating.
THE High Court judge who led Wales’ biggest child abuse probe has said figures showing the number of children in care had increased by 50% within a decade were “very worrying”.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Early Saturday, Calvert authorities made a gruesome discovery: the bodies of two children encased in ice in a freezer in the home of Renee D. Bowman, 43. Bowman has been receiving a monthly government subsidy of $2,400 to care for her three adopted children: the 7-year-old girl on the street and two others who are now officially missing.
The Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center will host an open house Monday to celebrate the opening of a new clinic in Torrance for foster children.
Note: I wonder if this is where they will go to get them their psyche meds.
A policeman was sentenced to six years imprisonment for violating the Republic Act (RA) 7610 otherwise known as the "Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act."
Sunday, September 28, 2008
THE number of Aboriginal children being taken from their extended families is now so high it's close to exceeding the Stolen Generation estimates.
The NSW Department of Community Services thinks the children would be better in foster care than with a family member who smacks the bottoms of naughty children.
Has the world gone mad or am I am missing something here?
A foster mother charged with three counts of statutory rape involving a minor in her care waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to Bedford County Grand Jury on Friday.
Jennifer Renee McWhirter, 33, of Mountain View Road, Bell Buckle, appeared briefly before Judge Charles Rich with her attorney Jeff Seckler, who said that McWhirter was waiving her right to a hearing. She left the courtroom immediately after the appearance.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
A teen who was Tasered by police as she clutched her one-month-old son just wants her baby back.
Misha Peterson, 16, said Vancouver police held her down on a bed and shot her with a Taser twice on Monday while she held her one-month-old son, Taige.
In the kitchen of a quaint row house in a tidy neighbourhood a few minutes from downtown, Tracy Ross watched her daughter Nikki pick up her two-year-old granddaughter and recalled she once thought of having Nikki sterilized.
Oswego County Department of Social Services Commissioner Frances Lanigan defended her department in a Sept. 22 letter sent to the 25 members of the county legislature.
“As you can imagine there is a lot of information and speculation about this tragic situation, some of which is critical of the department,” Ms. Lanigan wrote. She then outlined the steps that she has taken in the Erin Maxwell case.
Friday, September 26, 2008
An Antioch foster mother pleaded not guilty today to charges that she tortured and murdered her 15-year-old niece who had been placed in her care.
Across the United States, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members stepping in to take care of a relative's child face legal hurdles in securing child custody.
Settlement of a landmark children's rights lawsuit is expected to bring significant improvements to Michigan's foster care system, especially with reduced caseloads for social workers, experts say.
Under the settlement, about 200 specialists will be hired to handle the cases of 6,000 children in foster care, reducing the number of cases for current workers.
Note: Notice how whenever Children's Rights gets involved, it always means more money being pumped into the system?
Appeal judges today cut the 14-year jail sentence imposed on a foster mother who subjected three children in her care to a "horrifying catalogue of cruel and sadistic treatment".
A teenage girl is alleging police officers tasered her twice in the neck while she was clutching, her baby.
Misha Peterson, 16, said Vancouver police officers held her down on a bed and shot her with a Taser twice on Monday while she held her one-month-old son, Taige.
Umholtz family children taken from parents; children cry for help to stay with birth parents - describe being forced to bring alcohol to foster parents; left in the care of a suicidal 20-year-ole.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
A federal judge ruled Friday that nine Washington state employees will stand trial for violating the civil rights of three girls who were abused for years by their foster father, Enrique Fabregas. KING 5's Mimi Jung reports.
Authorities checked in on more than 70 homes Wednesday night as part of Operation Knock-Knock.
Note: Operation Knock-Knock. George Orwell eat your heart out.
A Florida Department of Children and Family Services case worker is under arrest.
Vonielle McCormick was taken into custody Wednesday after deputies discovered marijuana in the 30-year-old's car.
A couple that once served as foster parents has been arrested on charges of child abuse.
Police said the arrest stems from an incident that occurred in May. The incident involves and 8-year-old and a 4-year-old, they said.
It wouldn't have been surprising if India Marrero turned her back on the Department of Children & Families once she turned 18 and could finally walk away from the foster care system.
She was 11 when she and her younger sister were taken from an abusive home. Two years later, DCF found a former child protection case worker to adopt the girls. But the woman turned out to be physically and mentally abusive, at one point driving Marrero to Orange Blossom Trail, the Orlando street where prostitutes do business.
"This friendly challenge enlists participants, including local politicians, media personalities and the general public, to use their voice -- literally -- to help stop child abuse by speaking as loudly as they can into a decibel-measurement device to determine who has the loudest voice," said Len Kennedy, executive director of the CAS.
Note: And all of their victims should be doing the same thing.
With 900 Westchester County children needing homes, and social attitudes evolving rapidly about who's qualified to raise them, county social workers and several private adoption agencies on Thursday will meet with gay couples and singles who are considering kids.
David Juhren, a 47-year-old communications consultant who has been raising four children with his partner since they formed a household in Cold Spring six years ago, will speak about his experiences.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
QUEENSLAND'S chief coroner has accused police and other authorities of failing to take abuse against black children as seriously as whites.
Queensland State Coroner Michael Barnes, inquiring into the suicide of a 12-year-old boy in January 2004, said police had failed to adequately investigate the alleged sexual abuse of his eight-year-old sister.
Within the past decade, more than 3,600 children in West Virginia have gone from foster care to a permanent home under federal adoption incentives.
Now that the Senate has approved new legislation, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., looks for even more adoptions.
Police say several children allegedly abused by a former foster carer in the New South Wales Hunter Valley were referred to him by State Government agencies.
Sixty-one-year-old Toronto man Robert Holland is accused of sexually abusing 19 children, aged two to 16, since the early 1960s in Lake Macquarie.
A South Kitsap woman could be charged with family abandonment after allegedly leaving her daughter at the state Child Protective Services office Tuesday afternoon.
THE horrified foster parents of a seven-month-old baby girl have spoken of their anguish after she almost choked to death on a piece of plastic from a toy banned from sale in Britain.
Police in New Haven are investigating a home invasion where one of the suspects posed as a worker for the Department of Children and Families.
It happened at a home on East Grand Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Five adults and a baby were home at the time. One of the suspects, a woman, knocked on the door of the house and then two male suspects forced their way into the home.
An employee of a treatment center for troubled juveniles was arrested Monday following a warrant issued in a child seduction investigation.
Police said Robert A. Robinson, 24, had sex with a 16-year-old girl at the Resource Treatment Center, on Indianapolis' east side.
A monkey in Dhenkanal protects and takes care of a twenty-four day old human baby when his mother is engaged in household chores. The monkey comes to the house in the morning and spends the whole day taking care of the baby and at times even sleeps in the house with the little one. This incidence has become the talk of the town and the locals are also surprised, though pleasantly protects and takes care of a twenty-four day old human baby when his mother is engaged in household chores. The monkey comes to the house in the morning and spends the whole day taking care of the baby and at times even sleeps in the house with the little one. This incidence has become the talk of the town and the locals are also surprised, though pleasantly
Note: Can't do any worse than the Child Protective and Kidnapping Industry, now can it?
Bill boosts aid for foster kids
Advocates for children are hailing a bill, passed by Congress with little fanfare, that will help tens of thousands of children in foster care find permanent homes or improve their job prospects.
The bill will provide $3 billion over 10 years to increase adoption or guardianship of the 500,000 children in foster care. It was approved late Monday by the Senate and last week by the House. White House spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore said President Bush is expected to sign the bill.
Note: As if they don't have enough system sucks already.
While Gov. Mike Beebe is addressing the high rate of child abuse incidents in the Arkansas’s foster care system, a push to establish a local Court Appointed Special Advocates program in Phillips County is in the works.
A mother’s home environment put her two children and her unborn baby in danger last year while they lived in Richland Hills, an attorney for the kids’ foster family told a Tarrant County jury Tuesday morning.
Kellye Swanda of Arlington noted to jurors that Whitney Walker admitted to using methamphetamine while she was pregnant with each child. In April 2007, two of the them tested positive for methamphetamine in their system, according to police.
Note: I'm following this case because this is one of those cases where the foster parents are trying to thwart the reunification efforts of the mother so that they can adopt.
This shouldn't even be an option for them.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
FOUR children were removed from their grandparents' care and put into separate foster homes, allegedly because the grandmother smacked one of them on the bottom after the child tried to climb into a drain.
Arizona Child Protective Services' began the Family to Family Team Decision Making program to give children a safety net as they enter the child welfare system.
With it already working in other Arizona counties, CPS began the program in western Yavapai County Sept. 22.
Alec Baldwin blamed a "corrupt" family court system Monday in part for dragging out the bitter custody battle between him and ex-wife Kim Basinger after the couple's divorce in 2002.
The actor, fresh off his first Emmy win the night before, said it contributed to the anger and frustration he was feeling when he berated his daughter in a phone message leaked to the media last year.
This is a vid tribute to my sons taken from me by CPS. The song is Saliva Rest in pieces. I used this song because it is one of the few that describes how I feel. We have to stop CPS from ruining more families. I do not claim the song and it is the property of Saliva. Again I say I have NO rights to this song whatsoever and thank the record company for allowing me to dedicate this song to my beloved sons. Check out Saliva's music. They ROCK!!
How I lost my sons:
On August 19, 2004, CPS cam to my home on alligations of drugging my sons and deplorable living conditions. We had just moved into a house that was freshly remodeled. I hadn't unpacked everything before CPS forced me to move again. They charged me with failure to protect because I had a small bruise on my breast the size of a fingernail. This is what they built their case on that my husband hit me. Our case plan was written Spetember 04 and by the end of December we had completed everything on it. A 6 month review was held on January 21, 2005, where CPS made claim that we had done nothing on the case plan and revised the old one and added 3 more things we had to do. I had no car, no job, no money and they refused to help saying that if I cared for my sons I would find a way to get money. I lost everything when they came into my life. My job, my house, my car, everything I owned, and more importantly, my sons. Jadyn was 31 months old and Joey was 15 months old. Just babies that reached for me and screamed for me when they took them from my arms. I had two more children during this time and the third one was taken into custody by another agency. But was given back to me 11 months later after I completed the case plan that the original one created. By then I had my daughter (3rd and 4th children are 10 months apart). I took my new born daughter into court with me on July 19, 2006 and had paper work and testimony from the GAL saying my sons should come home, that there was no evidence of maltreatment or deprivation as indicated by the other agency in returning my son and never taking my daughter. The judge ordered that my sons were still deprived (living in foster care) and would likely continue and terminated my rights. Less than a year later, my appeal was rejected and in September 2007, my sons were adopted by the foster family that stated form the start they wanted to adopt. The reason my sons were taken was to be adopted. Nothing more. And CPS failed to place them with a fit and willing relative as required by law. They wouldn't even look into placement with family because family adoptions cost nothing. Even after my sons were adopted, that CPS agency tried to fight me to pay child support. But we went to court and won that one. I am hoping that by putting my story out there that someone will reach out and help this family. We have done no wrong and all we want is equal opportunities as anyone else accused of being criminals. we want a fair trial, a chance to face our accusers, a jury of our peers, everything that our Constitution guarantees us and that we were denied. Please spread the word and please sign my petition. Let's bring reform to this country and save the families. No one should have to suffer as much as my family has. My son and two daughters deserve to know their brothers. Jadyn and Joey have a right to know their family and their heritage. To know that they are a direct descendant of General Robert E. Lee.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Whitney Walker cares for her newborn every day at her Arlington apartment.
Today, the 22-year-old mother will try to get her other three young children back, two of whom tested for amphetamine and methamphetamine in their systems a year ago.
Foster parents Carl and Laura Gorman are challenging Walker’s attempts to get her children back. In January, they filed a motion asking a judge to let them remain an option for the children’s custody.
A paedophile was sentenced to six years in jail on Monday for a catalogue of sexual abuse against a pair of young boys.
Kenneth Wilson of Dunbar acknowledged to sexually assaulting one of the boys over a nine-year period from the age of five. He also admitted to indecent behaviour towards the second boy from the age of six.
The 27-year-old East Lothian man was accused of "teaching" the boys how to perform sex acts. He came into contact with the two after they were placed in foster care.
Removed from their twin mothers because of authorities' concerns about filth and animals in their house, Christopher and Wyatt Allen, both 2, were placed with an aunt for their safety.
But within three days of leaving his eastern Jefferson County home, Christopher was dead -- allegedly from a beating by his aunt and her live-in boyfriend -- and Wyatt was injured from being hit by the couple, according to police records.
The band known for such hits as "Hot Blooded" and "I Want to Know What Love Is" came to Tucson Sunday night to help foster parents and children get the education and the daily supplies they need.
Bremerton Police were called Saturday afternoon to the parking lot of the Safeway store along the 900 block of Callow Avenue after a man started attacking a woman's car with a baseball bat.
A FORMER ward of the state who was abused by his carer almost 50 years ago is trying to sue the State of Tasmania for negligence.
In 2003 Walter Tusyn, of Chigwell, sparked an Ombudsman's inquiry into the abuse of children in state care when he went public with sexual abuse he suffered when he was 10 years old.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The last visit of Dad with his baby. CPS cut off visits after receiving an illegally obtained partial "psych eval" that was obviously sabotaged, and nothing but regurgitated rhetoric handed to the "doctor" by the social worker. Notice "The Room" that is the same "Room" all over the globe! This poor little baby is a pawn being used for political agendas that are harming him. He doesn't even have a name yet! Can any sane human even think that this poor baby is better off in "foster slavery" than with his own parents? He has a happy 2-parent home with a mother and father that love him with all their heart. There is no claim of abuse or neglect! The "State" didn't even know this baby existed for certain until they hijacked the mother in a parkinglot and ripped the baby away from her. On accusation from a social worker from another state that there are other children being held hostage, so this baby might be at risk!? Might? Possible? Can we say "prior restraint" and "denial of due process"? How about "failure to provide pre-deprivation hearing"? How about outright "Kidnapping"!?
Regarding the "evaluation", the "doctor" completely contradicts his own test results in order to placate his sugar-momma social worker. He knows where his money comes from! The "evaluation" is protected under state and federal laws regarding psychologist-client communications and HIPAA laws. RCW 18.83.110 "Confidential communications between a client and a psychologist shall be privileged against compulsory disclosure to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as confidential communications between attorney and client". See also "Jaffee vs Redmond" at US Supreme Court 1996. The "court" ordered the partial evaluation released to Washington social worker (without Dad knowing!), who then immediately sent it to Oregon social worker, who immediately cut off all contact and visits between Dad and son because the "doctor" said dad was "not safe around any minor children until he completes the evaluation" (i.e. until the "doctor" receives full payment from the government!)
The whole "evaluation" crap is a complete fraud. Nobody should ever subject themselves to it. It is a violation of multitudes of Rights. How is it that a father should have to prove himself fit to raise his own children? Are the "caretakers" and "foster parents" subject to these evaluations? Why is a Parent forced to undergo stricter criteria than a complete stranger to the child? Because there is money involved. A stranger would just walk away. Hold a baby hostage, and a parent is at your mercy! "Government" does NOT care one wit about children, beyond the value they receive for keeping the child alive and away from it's parents.
One year ago Marissa and Samantha were in the middle of a move, packing everything they owned into the back of a car.
The girls were on their way to a new foster home, hoping it would be their last.
"We're going to go to a permanent home and get a family," Samantha said.
That was nearly a year ago. Last month, the girls moved again, to another foster home, with 15 other children.
A paediatrician who falsely accused the husband of jailed solicitor Sally Clark of murdering their children has been given permission to return to child protection work, the General Medical Council said on Sunday.
In 2004 David Southall was found guilty and suspended for three years after he made the accusation in 2000 after watching a television interview with Stephen Clark following his wife's 1999 conviction.
( Casewoker ) = Casewrecker
( Social Worker ) = Social Wrecker
( Home maker ) = House Wrecker
( Caregiver ) = Gearjammer
( Supervisor ) = Stupidvisor
( Director ) = Dictator
( Lawyer ) = Liar
( Judge ) = Jerk
( Your Honor ) = Your Horror
( Prosecution ) = Persecution
( Advocate ) = Undecided
( Counsellor ) = Mentalist
( Therapist ) = Terrorist
( Psychologist ) = Psychopath
( Foster Care ) = Fester Care
( Foster Parent ) = Fester Preditor
( Evidence ) = Trash
( Adoption ) = No Option
( Parenting Plan ) = Oppression
( Parenting Class ) = Zig Hail Instruction
( Anger Management ) = Dehuminization
( Rights ) = Whims
( Freedom ) = Liberty
( Family ) = Irrelevant
( parent ) = Persecuted
( Child ) = Who cares ?
( Apprehend ) = punitive ends
( T P R ) (Termination of Parntal Rights)
= Terrorizing Parents, Right?
( Reintegration ) = Desintigration
( Plan of Action ) = Plan of Oppression
Sonya of ShreddedSociety.Com and youtube.com.ShreddedSociety is on TruthBrigade Radio talking about the CPS corporate baby snatchers who had her daughter stolen and sold to a single man that had adopted 3 young girls who are not allowed to close the door while they are getting dressed or in the bathroom.
Sonya was never deemed unfit or charged with any of the fake accusations about her driven by a bitter ex yes they snatched one of her 3 children.
Full archive here...
Sign her petition here!
Early on Oct. 3, 2006, the morning after her neighbor Hannah Overton had rushed a dying 4-year-old boy to a nearby urgent care clinic, Kathi Haller got a visit from police.
Haller, 30, who took notes of the encounter and later testified about it under oath, said Detective Michael Hess arrived already convinced that Overton poisoned her foster son Andrew Burd with salt.
THE number of Welsh children being taken into care has rocketed by 50% in the last 10 years, figures seen by Wales on Sunday reveal.
A total of 4,633 children were in care in 2007/08 – compared to just 2,991 back in 1998.
Note: That should help them with those adoption targets.
A federal judge ruled Friday that nine Washington state employees will stand trial for violating the civil rights of three girls who were abused for years by their foster father.
For ten years, there were warning signs -- claims of abuse or neglect at the hands of their foster father -- but three sisters allege the Department of Social and Health Services case workers responsible for them let them down.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
The Independence Police Department an Amber Alert tonight for four children taken by their mother after an unsupervised overnight visit granted by the state’s Division of Family Services.
According to police, the children in state custody — one boy and three girls, ages 14, 12, 10 and 7 — were reported missing about 2:50 p.m. today when their mother failed to return with them.
Note: Maybe we should restart the underground railroad and help people like this get to Mexico.
The state's Cindy Bischof Law, signed in August, has the potential to victimize innocent Illinois fathers.
The law is a draconian measure that will allow judges to order anyone, mostly men and fathers, to wear a GPS tracking device if they are simply considered to be at a high risk for domestic violence without being found guilty of any crime.
Note: How Orwellian...
On Thursday the 18th, a small team from the Wichita Branch NAACP traveled to the State Capitol Building in Topeka to meet with Representatives from the Governor's office in our continuing effort to bring about substantive policy change in the area of SRS and Child Placements.
We began this effort nearly 5 years ago in response to a number of complaints we'd received from parents whose children had removed from the home and placed in foster or adoptive care. Many of these parents told similar stories of how their children were being placed in home out in Western Kansas where they had no access, many talked about various problems the children faced inside of the foster homes, and many more described a seemingly endless list of courses, tests, and court orders they were required to submit to or they would face the severance of their parental rights.
The death of 11-year-old Erin Maxwell of Palermo has prompted an investigation not only into how the girl died but into the Department of Social Services, as well.
Oswego County Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann said an outside investigation is underway to determine if a DSS caseworker acted properly in handling a reported case of suspected child neglect.
The Tucson Police Department decided not to investigate concerns that Fabian Silva was abused, even though the child had been hospitalized last October with a brain hemorrhage and numerous bruises on his body.
Lansing, MI.Legislators and Family Rights Organizations will be assembled September 23, 2008 between 11am and 1pm on the East Steps of the Lansing State Capitol Building in support of House Bill 4564 and House Joint Resolution NN and to send a message to the rest of the Michigan House. The message? That Parental Rights Should Be Respected and Protected By All, including our legislature.
BBC Look North
12 September 2007
Friday, September 19, 2008
I am a retired Department of Health and Human Resources children's services supervisor from Cabell County. First and foremost, let me express my sympathy to the family and friends of Brenda Yeager. Am I surprised of the attack on Brenda Yeager? No. This kind of tragedy has been in the making for many years. My surprise is that it has not happened many times over in the past. Will it happen again? Probably.
Are you interested in working with adults and kids as a school social worker? Sue Smith of Prairie Lakes AEA interviews several school social workers on what they like about the job.
A typical day in the life of a Social Worker.
She is about to deliver her sixth child, not counting the set of twins she lost. But it isn't the birthing process that has her worried.
Government workers have seized every single child the moment it is born - a baby girl (Breanna) was apprehended in Alberta and four other kids, two girls (Chyanne and Laura) and two boys (Dean and Jake), have been taken into care here.
Pima County Superior Court Judge John S. Leonardo has acquitted Penny and Randall West on charges of child abuse in the death of a foster child.
Leonardo said in his ruling Friday that prosecutors didn't present evidence to the jury that pinpointed the time of death of 16-month-old Emily Mays.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
To Whom it May Concern - The Adoption Song
The song is an open letter to Birth Mothers - thanking them for giving the gift of children to those who otherwise might not have experienced the miracle of being a parent.
Note: Thank you for stealing our children!!! This is so out of touch with reality.
'The court determined that there was no evidence that a one-year-old child could bond with a father...'
"The Superior Court had some horrifying things to say...the court determined that there was no evidence that a one-year-old child could bond with a Father, and stated that 'using bonding as the reason for denying relocation for [a one-year-old child] sends a message that relocation for a child this age can never be an available option.'”
In any given day, hundreds of Central Texas children are ready and waiting to be adopted from foster care.
Now, thanks to some photographers, faces are being put with those numbers. They're faces you can't ignore and every photograph has a story.
And those stories are being shared in the Heart Gallery of Central Texas project, where photographer Nancy Krueger approaches the photo shoots differently than others.
The New South Wales Opposition says the public is being kept in the dark over the extent of problems at the Department of Community Services (DOCS).
News Limited newspapers have published details from a submission to the Wood inquiry into child protection services in NSW that alleges DOCS gave a foster carer's phone number to a natural parent by mistake.
A dshs, child protective service worker came to my parent's house and took my brother's baby. Procurement of an order to seize a child through distortion, misrepresentation, and/or omission in court and is a violation of the fourth amendment. Malik v. Arapahoe Cty. Dept. of Social Services. (10th Cir. 1991)
That is exactly what the cps worker did. She either failed to fully investigate intentionally or recklessly, withheld potentially exculpatory information from the court.
Legislators focused mostly on the case of the foster parent in Benton County convicted of molesting two boys. Department of Human Services failings in the case were many, according to witnesses. Bella Vista police detective Barb Shrum said hotlines aren’t responsive, didn’t report calls on kids in the predator’s care, interviewed kids in the home with foster father in other room, didn’t think it was odd there were video cameras all over the house including in the bathroom. DHS also didn’t have photos of the kids in foster care so the detectives could compare them to the porno they found at the suspect's house, The state told Shrum said they couldn’t afford the film processing or to buy digital. One child was returned to the abusive foster father despite having reported a wound from a screwdriver thrown at him.
The Wyoming Legislature’s Management Audit Committee met on Friday to consider the program evaluation draft report “Wyoming Child Protective Services.”
Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday that fixing the state’s foster-care system is “absolutely” the No. 1 focus of his administration among problems facing the state at this time.
“We’ve got our people and the [Department of ] Human Services people meeting constantly,” Beebe said.
D.C.'s child welfare agency has become "unstable," endangering not only children who may be neglected or abused, but harming countless others who rely on the city to help them find caring families, a federal court-appointed monitor has concluded.
B.C. children's advocate investigates reports of kids left with relatives who posed a risk to them
B.C.'s advocate for children and youth is investigating a provincial program that pays relatives to care for children after receiving reports that children are being left with families that pose a risk to their safety.
A Calgary youth court judge has severely criticized Nunavut child services and local agencies for their treatment of a 16-year-old boy sent to a group home here 18 months ago.
A top manager with Sacramento County's Child Protective Services admitted in an internal document that a dead child's file had been altered before it was publicly released – a felony in some states – but she insisted that there was no "cover-up," blaming the matter instead on the "lack of work of one long-time poor performing SW (social worker)."
Note: Passing the buck.
The District's child welfare agency has two weeks to craft a plan to get out of trouble and avoid being held in contempt of court for its treatment of about 2,500 of the city's imperiled children.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
An Okeechobee County School District teacher has been charged for failing to report the alleged child abuse of a student by a fellow teacher, according to a sheriff's office news release.
A former Child Protective Services worker whose job was to drive children to and from foster care was convicted Wednesday of charges she turned in claims for thousands of miles she never drove.
A New Jersey woman claims she discovered her foster daughter was allegedly involved in a conspiracy to rob her by monitoring the girl's computer use.
ABUSED children are routinely returned to the homes where they were assaulted because the NSW Department of Community can no longer find foster carers willing to take them.
"It's a problem of their (DOCS) own making," said one foster mother, who has cared for neglected children, including a blind girl still in her custody, since 1993.
Gary Stocklaufer fought the state of Missouri for custody of his relative.
Along the way, he lost 250 pounds and gained a son.
Stocklaufer said the state thought he was too fat to adopt.
In the fall of 2006, when teenage boys began complaining about their foster dad, Brian Bergthold, caseworkers were conflicted about whom to believe.
Bergthold seemed an ideal foster parent. He owned a home and two cars, said he didn't drink alcohol, and told case workers he was "led by God" to be a foster parent.
A confrontation Monday caught the eye of viewers and Department of Children and Families officials after a boy got his arm squashed in the door while Cindy Anthony, grandmother of missing toddler Caylee Anthony, and a protester screamed at each other.
The incident actually prompted an investigation by DCF and it warned Monday protesters could find themselves under investigation.
Note: Perhaps I'm just seeing things, and perhaps I'm crazy, but there is something really interesting that I noticed about this case.
An ABC-7 viewer e-mailed the newsroom, concerned over the sponsors for an upcoming bike run. She claimed Child Protective Services was sponsoring the run with the motorcycle group "Los Bandidos." Los Bandidos have a reputation for being involved with crime.
Note: Criminals often stick together. So what's the problem?
A social worker facing misconduct charges over her handling of cases involving at least 10 children behaved more like a student than a qualified social worker, a conduct hearing was told yesterday.
Oswego County Department of Social Services Commissioner Frances Lanigan requested Monday the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to review all records relating to prior investigations of abuse or neglect involving Erin Maxwell.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
A Sumter County woman was summoned to court for a child support payment less than a dollar, due to the Sumter County Family Court’s shift to a new computerized system.
About 8,000 children across Virginia are in foster care, and that number has grown steadily in the past few years. Virginia First Lady Anne Holton says the system needs improvement, especially to help older children. Charlottesville is one of 13 places in Virginia charged with developing guidelines to make those improvements.
Note: Amazing how they can hide all those kids, isn't it?
An increasingly political Oprah Winfrey used her show Monday to advocate for a Senate bill aimed at fighting child exploitation.
Note: Yeah Right.
The former head of the Jersey child abuse investigation today said the ability to secure justice for the victims had been “sacrificed”.
Lenny Harper retired from his role as deputy chief officer of the States of Jersey Police last month after two years leading one of Britain’s biggest child abuse inquiries.
In a harshly worded opinion, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has barred judges from allowing lesbians to adopt as though they are a stepparent.
Maryland's African-American children are five times more likely to be in foster care than Caucasian children, according to a recent study of 2006 and 2007 data by Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY), a group that promotes the safety and health of children throughout the state.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Botched adoption sparks outrage; Genesee County judge threatens to jail Whaley Children's Center officials 'next time'
A county Probate Court judge is threatening to send officials from Whaley Children's Center to jail in the future after the nonprofit failed to do work required to clear the way for the adoption of an 11-year-old boy.
Tannette Kinnon is on trial this week for charges alleging she billed Child Protective Services for more than $30,000 in false overtime and mileage.
The former Child Protective Services driver faces up to three years in prison if convicted of felony theft and misdemeanor official misconduct, Lake Criminal Court records state.
This deeply unsettling experiment starts on a typical Monday morning on Manhattan's leafy Upper West Side, where commuters stroll by Starbucks and Central Park.
At 7:10 a.m., I'm off to see how long it takes to buy a child slave.
Washburn Center for Children is one of several nonprofits feeling the hit of Hennepin County funding cuts that appear to be falling disproportionately on programs serving troubled children and troubled families.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
A Bay of Plenty woman accused of murdering an infant in January last year goes on trial today at the High Court in Hamilton.
The 35 year old has denied killing her 14 month old foster-child Melissa Sale.
Ban child protective services from the united states
Parents i urge you to consider banning cps from the system they have become corrupt over the decades i myself was a foster child i know how horrible those places are in California a 12 yr old got raped and pregnant by her foster dad in tx a 2 month old got his finger bit off by a rabbit when i was in there kids were drugged by medication to be tolerable and controlled some become obese due to respiradol and opposite effects are possible when a person does not have the diagnosis in which the therapist puts on them depakote is to block paranoia but it threw me into complete paranoia ever been scared of everything? i was.also while on medication the foster parents and kids would beat and rape other kids sure some kids need a home what about other family or run tests sex offender psychological parenting lie detectors every test to make sure our kids aren't hurt anymore i want police to get involved not cps drugs are for the DEA violence is for the police not a prissy cps caseworker that brags about how much they make how many cars they drive or what not we have to be the voice of the world this will decrease violence decrease depression decrease homelessness people will achieve more education thus providing more jobs to pay the taxes that fix the homes and increase cash flow truth is cps tell a family the home must be perfect for the kids but we over spend our budget we may work several months on our home but they want it done all at once who has that kind of money rich people do what about someone already struggling to make it but is making it they target those families i dream of a world full of laughter no more scared kids help me make the world a better place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Beverly Tran
May 3, 2007
“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”
Adolph Hitler, 1943
There have been much heated discussions in the area of the psychological well-being of children. Children are time and time again found in our government’s rhetoric as the most precious resource of our nation, and this responsibility of protecting children is entrusted in our government. Unfortunately, attention is strictly focused on the aftermath of adopting these policies for mandatory psychological screening, evaluation, and the medication of children. Diatribes from supporters for mandatory psychotropic medication of children (i.e. pharmaceutical industries, psychiatrists, social workers, educators) are embroidered on waving banners in the lobbying charge on legislatures promising the glorious victory of children growing up to better function in society. The other voice in the battle against mandatory psychotropic medication of children hails from the parents. Parents cry out their stories of horror of watching their children mentally and physically deteriorate, to the point of life long suffering and even death, from the side effects of these medications, and in many cases, unnecessary and overmedication of our children. The time has come for both professionals and families to reconcile for the “best interests of the child” and redirect national perspectives to preserve the “best interests of the family”.
The genus of the “best interests of the child” philosophy has classified federal policy into a taxonomic category of ranked organisms, where these “ranked organisms” are better understood as federal agencies.
FEDERAL RANKED ORGANISMS
The Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children and Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics were created to co-integrate federal statistic and research agencies to produce an “annual compendium” of the most important indicators of the well-being of the Nation's children and families to be published by the Forum in collaboration with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Since then, the Task Force added environmental health in schools and coordinated federal efforts to highlight the importance of protecting children's health during Children's Health Month in October 2002.
National Children's Study and Children's Health Month were incorporated into its interagency activities. The National Governor's Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, supported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), examines the relationship between smart community design and improved public health. With Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) support, NGA is building on this work to help strengthen the connection between state smart growth initiatives and the protection of children's environmental health.
In an unexpected move, the Office of Children’s Health Protection was dismantled and reorganized as a “national security and intelligence” operation in the new reorganization under the regulatory authority of the Environmental Protection Agency under the auspices of the environmental education bureau.
The creation of the “national security and intelligence” function was soon to be placed within the Office of Homeland Security to advise the Administrator and other senior EPA officials on matters related to national security and intelligence; to serve as the principal Agency liaison to the U.S. intelligence community; and to coordinate with EPA programs and Regions on matters related to classified and other sensitive information. This expanded regulatory authority through these federal mandates in the states, for the issue of child abuse and neglect. In Michigan, this protective obligation was assigned to the Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Science Board and the Department of Community Health, now, a state agency of Michigan Homeland Security .
THE FALLACY OF PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION
As parents and caregivers, it is a falsely assumed that parental authorization of medical care is an inherent, fundamental right. Federal policy for the Protection of Children From Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks supra, was formulated from a body of scientific knowledge that comported with abuse and neglect polices. It was at this point that the design of future child protection policies was to assume the nurturing role of the parent. Concerns of health and safety risks were broadly determined to be “attributable to products or substances that the child is likely to come in contact with or ingest (such as the air we breath, the food we eat, the water we drink or use for recreation, the soil we live on, and the products we use or are exposed to.) Under this interpretation, states have been able to usurp parental authorization under the guise of functioning for the well-being of children.
The federal government went a step further in circumventing parental authorization by allowing Institutional Review Boards to establish certain protocol for conducting human research on children. If a parent does not give consent for medication, waiver mechanisms are substituted for parental authorization. These mechanisms are to be found in policies of child protection as conditions of future risk of abuse and neglect. This means that if a parent does not consent to the medication of his and/or her child, there is nothing they may do about it because it would be considered an act of placing the child at risk of future health and environmental harms.
Children who are wards of the state, agency, institution, or entity, where entity has been identified as schools, camps, hospitals, or similar settings in which the majority of children involved as subjects are not wards, can be participants in human subject research without notification or authorization of parents. Authorization is then assigned, as previously stated as waiver mechanisms, to an institutional guardian. As stated in the Code of federal Regulations Title 45, Public Welfare, Department of Health and Human Services, Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects, 2003, requirements for permission by parents or guardians and for assent by children has made it possible to authorize and approve alternative mechanisms to obtain permission from an adult who would better represent the child’s interests, “The inability of obtaining permission from a parent or guardian could not be basis for excluding a child from research that held out the prospect of benefit to the child.” Simply put, there is nothing a parent can do but watch his and/or her child become a human guinea pig, if the parent is even lucky enough to be told what is happening.
REDIRECTION OF DISCUSSIONS
Instead of pitting the government’s side of “preventing future risks” against the parents’ and caregivers’ side of “present harms” of the children, we, as a nation, need to come to a general consensus and begin to address how the nation has been allowed to usurp the fundamental rights of parents in “the best interests of the child”. Children are not the most precious resources of a nation; children are the most precious treasures of OUR families. Until we, as citizens of the United States of America, stand up and hold our elected officials accountable for such egregious violations of the Constitution, the only ones to blame for the unnecessary death and medical torture of our children, is ourselves.
This article is dedicated to the brave souls of children who have lived the torture and life long suffering from unnecessary psychiatric medication mandated by our government.
Adrian survived. Richmond did not.
State of Michigan. Children's Memorial Day.
Whereas, Each day in America many children young people under age 20 commit suicide, are victims of violence, or are lost as a result of accidents or illness; and,
Whereas, Now, more than ever, when violence and tragic events are taking place in our schools with increased frequency, we should all reflect on our children and ourselves; and,
Whereas, We hold sacred the trust of our nation's most valuable resource, our children; and now therefore be it,
Resolved, That I, Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 27, 2007, as Children's Memorial Day. Pursuant to Public Act 213 of 2003, I call upon the citizens of Michigan to recognize Children's Memorial Day as a day to remember those children we have lost this past year.
Executive Order 13045 of April 21, 1997. Protection of Children From Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks.
1-102. Each independent regulatory agency is encouraged to participate in the implementation of this order and comply with its provisions.
Sec. 2. Definitions. The following definitions shall apply to this order.
2-201. ``Federal agency'' means any authority of the United States that is an agency under 44 U.S.C. 3502(1) other than those considered to be independent regulatory agencies under 44 U.S.C. 3502(5). For purposes of this order, ``military departments,'' as defined in 5 U.S.C. 102, are covered under the auspices of the Department of Defense.
2-202. ``Covered regulatory action'' means any substantive action in a rulemaking, initiated after the date of this order or for which a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is published 1 year after the date of this order, that is likely to result in a rule that may:
(a) be ``economically significant'' under Executive Order 12866 (a rulemaking that has an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or would adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities); and
(b) concern an environmental health risk or safety risk that an agency has reason to believe may disproportionately affect children.
2-203. ``Environmental health risks and safety risks'” mean risks to health or to safety that are attributable to products or substances that the child is likely to come in contact with or ingest (such as the air we breath, the food we eat, the water we drink or use for recreation, the soil we live on, and the products we use or are exposed to).
Sec. 3. Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children.
3-301. There is hereby established the Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children (``Task Force'').
3-302. The Task Force will report to the President in consultation with the Domestic Policy Council, the National Science and Technology Council, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
3-303. Membership. The Task Force shall be composed of the:
(a) Secretary of Health and Human Services, who shall serve as a Co-Chair of the Council;
(b) Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, who shall serve as a Co-Chair of the Council;
(c) Secretary of Education;
(d) Secretary of Labor;
(e) Attorney General;
(f) Secretary of Energy;
(g) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development;
(h) Secretary of Agriculture;
(i) Secretary of Transportation;
(j) Director of the Office of Management and Budget;
(k) Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality;
(l) Chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission;
(m) Assistant to the President for Economic Policy;
(n) Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy;
(o) Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy;
(p) Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers; and
(q) Such other officials of executive departments and agencies as the President may, from time to time,
Members of the Task Force may delegate their responsibilities under this order to subordinates.
3-304. Functions. The Task Force shall recommend to the President Federal strategies for children's environmental health and safety, within the limits of the Administration's budget, to include the following
(a) statements of principles, general policy, and targeted annual priorities to guide the Federal approach to achieving the goals of this order;
(b) a coordinated research agenda for the Federal Government, including steps to implement the review of research databases described in section 4 of this order;
(c) recommendations for appropriate partnerships among Federal, State, local, and tribal governments and the private, academic, and nonprofit sectors;
(d) proposals to enhance public outreach and communication to assist families in evaluating risks to children and in making informed consumer choices;
(e) an identification of high-priority initiative that the Federal Government has undertaken or will
undertake in advancing protection of children's environmental health and safety; and
(f) a statement regarding the desirability of new legislation to fulfill or promote the purposes of this
3-305. The Task Force shall prepare a biennial report on research, data, or other information that would enhance our ability to understand, analyze, and respond to environmental health risks and safety risks to children. For purposes of this report, cabinet agencies and other agencies identified by the Task
Force shall identify and specifically describe for the Task Force key data needs related to environmental health risks and safety risks to children that have arisen in the course of the agency's programs and activities. The Task Force shall incorporate agency submissions into its report and ensure that this report is publicly available and widely disseminated. The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science and Technology Council shall ensure that this report is fully considered in establishing research priorities.
3-306. The Task Force shall exist for a period of 4 years from the first meeting. At least 6 months prior to the expiration of that period, the member agencies shall assess the need for continuation of the Task Force or its functions, and make appropriate recommendations to the President.
Sec. 4. Research Coordination and Integration.
4-401. Within 6 months of the date of this order, the Task Force shall develop or direct to be developed a review of existing and planned data resources and a proposed plan for ensuring that researchers and Federal research agencies have access to information on all research conducted or funded by the Federal Government that is related to adverse health risks in children resulting from exposure to environmental health risks or safety risks. The National Science and Technology Council shall review the plan.
4-402. The plan shall promote the sharing of information on academic and private research. It shall include recommendations to encourage that such data, to the extent permitted by law, is available to the public, the scientific and academic communities, and all Federal agencies.
Sec. 5. Agency Environmental Health Risk or Safety Risk Regulations.
5-501. For each covered regulatory action submitted to OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review pursuant to Executive Order 12866, the issuing agency shall provide to OIRA the following information developed as part of the agency's decisionmaking process, unless prohibited by law:
(a) an evaluation of the environmental health or safety effects of the planned regulation on children; and
(b) an explanation of why the planned regulation in preferable to other potentially effective and reasonably feasible alternatives considered by the agency.
5-502. In emergency situations, or when an agency is obligated by law to act more quickly than normal review procedures allow, the agency shall comply with the provisions of this section to the extent practicable. For those covered regulatory actions that are governed by a court-imposed or statutory deadline, the agency shall, to the extent practicable, schedule any rulemaking proceedings so as to permit sufficient time for completing the analysis required by this section.
5-503. The analysis required by this section may be included as part of any other required analysis, and shall be made part of the administrative record for the covered regulatory action or otherwise made available to the public, to the extent permitted by law.
Sec. 6. Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
6-601. The Director of the OMB (``Director'') shall convene an Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (``Forum''), which will include representatives from the appropriate Federal statistics and research agencies. The Forum shall produce an annual compendium (``Report'') of the most important indicators of the well-being of the Nation's children.
6-602. The Forum shall determine the indicators to be included in each Report and identify the sources of data to be used for each indicator. The Forum shall provide an ongoing review of Federal collection and dissemination of data on children and families, and shall make recommendations to improve the coverage and coordination of data collection and to reduce duplication and overlap.
6-603. The Report shall be published by the Forum in collaboration with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The Forum shall present the first annual Report to the President, through the Director, by July 31, 1997. The Report shall be submitted annually thereafter, using the most recently
Sec. 7. General Provisions.
7-701. This order is intended only for internal management of the executive branch. This order is not intended, and should not be construed to create, any right, benefit, or trust responsibility, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or equity by a party against the United States, its agencies, its officers, or its employees. This order shall not be construed to create any right to judicial review involving the compliance or noncompliance with this order by the United States, its agencies, its officers, or any other person.
7-702. Executive Order 12606 of September 2, 1987 is revoked.
Executive Order 13045: Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks, September 2, 1987
CFR TITLE 45, PUBLIC WELFARE, DHHS, PART 46, PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS Effective June 23, 2005
(iii) Adequate provisions are made for soliciting the assent of children and the permission of their parents or guardians, as set forth in §46.408.
§46.408 Requirements for permission by parents or guardians and for assent by children.
(a) In addition to the determinations required under other applicable sections of this subpart, the IRB shall determine that adequate provisions are made for soliciting the assent of the children, when in the judgment of the IRB the children are capable of providing assent. In determining whether children are capable of assenting, the IRB shall take into account the ages, maturity, and psychological state of the children involved. This judgment may be made for all children to be involved in research under a particular protocol, or for each child, as the IRB deems appropriate. If the IRB determines that the capability of some or all of the children is so limited that they cannot reasonably be consulted or that the intervention or procedure involved in the research holds out a prospect of direct benefit that is important to the health or well-being of the children and is available only in the context of the research, the assent of the children is not a necessary condition for proceeding with the research. Even where the IRB determines that the subjects are capable of assenting, the IRB may still waive the assent requirement under circumstances in which consent may be waived in accord with §46.116 of Subpart A.
(b) In addition to the determinations required under other applicable sections of this subpart, the IRB shall determine, in accordance with and to the extent that consent is required by §46.116 of Subpart A, that adequate provisions are made for soliciting the permission of each child's parents or guardian. Where parental permission is to be obtained, the IRB may find that the permission of one parent is sufficient for research to be conducted under §46.404 or §46.405. Where research is covered by §46.406 and §46.407 and permission is to be obtained from parents, both parents must give their permission unless one parent is deceased, unknown, incompetent, or not reasonably available, or when only one parent has legal responsibility for the care and custody of the child.
(c) In addition to the provisions for waiver contained in §46.116 of subpart A, if the IRB determines that a research protocol is designed for conditions or for a subject population for which parental or guardian permission is not a reasonable requirement to protect the subjects (for example, neglected or abused children), it may waive the consent requirements in Subpart A of this part and paragraph (b) of this section, provided an appropriate mechanism for protecting the children who will participate as subjects in the research is substituted, and provided further that the waiver is not inconsistent with federal, state, or local law. The choice of an appropriate mechanism would depend upon the nature and purpose of the activities described in the protocol, the risk and anticipated benefit to the research subjects, and their age, maturity, status, and condition.
(d) Permission by parents or guardians shall be documented in accordance with and to the extent required by §46.117 of subpart A.
(e) When the IRB determines that assent is required, it shall also determine whether and how assent must be documented.
(a) Children who are wards of the state or any other agency, institution, or entity can be included in research approved under §46.406 or §46.407 only if such research is:
(1) Related to their status as wards; or
(2) Conducted in schools, camps, hospitals, institutions, or similar settings in which the majority of children involved as subjects are not wards.(b) If the research is approved under paragraph (a) of this section, the IRB shall require appointment of an advocate for each child who is a ward, in addition to any other individual acting on behalf of the child as guardian or in loco parentis. One individual may serve as advocate for more than one child. The advocate shall be an individual who has the background and experience to act in, and agrees to act in, the best interests of the child for the duration of the child's participation in the research and who is not associated in any way (except in the role as advocate or member of the IRB) with the research, the investigator(s), or the guardian organization.
FR: February 6, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 24), Rules and Regulations, Page 6137-6178 and EPA, 40 CFR Parts 9 and 26 [EPA-HQ-OPP-2003-0132; FRL-7759-8], RIN 2070-AD57, Protections for Subjects in Human Research. The final rule also: (1) Categorically prohibits any EPA research involving intentional exposure of human subjects who are pregnant women or children to pesticides or any substances; and (2) adapts regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services providing additional protections beyond those of the Common Rule to pregnant women and children as subjects in EPA observational research--i.e., research which does not involve intentional exposure to any substance. (Research conducted by EPA is referred to as ``first-party'' research, and ``second-party'' research refers to research supported by EPA but performed by others.) Finally, this rule forbids EPA to rely, in its actions under the pesticide laws, on intentional-exposure human research that either involves pregnant women or children or is otherwise considered unethical, except in narrowly defined circumstances. For example, if children were at risk from unsafe exposure to a substance, the Agency would be permitted to rely on otherwise unacceptable research to justify setting a more restrictive standard to protect them. Proposed Sec. 26.408 adopted, essentially verbatim, the text of the HHS regulation in 45 CFR 46.408 establishing special requirements for obtaining permission by parents or guardians and for assent by children. Among other provisions this section provided that in some cases an IRB could determine that a child was not capable of assent, in light of their age, maturity, or psychological state. If so, the inability of the investigator to obtain assent could not be a basis for excluding a child from research that held out the prospect of benefit to the child. The proposal also allowed an IRB to waive assent on the same grounds that it could waive informed consent by adults (see Sec. 26.116(d)). This proposed section also granted to IRBs discretion to determine that, in some cases, it would not be reasonable to require the permission of a child's parent or guardian because, for example, the adult abused or neglected the child. In such instances, this
section authorizes the IRB to approve an alternative mechanism of obtaining permission from an adult who would better represent the child's interests.
Mirah Riben has been researching, writing and speaking about adoption issues for nearly 40 years. She hopes her latest book, "The Stork Market: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry," will help bring awareness to the multitude of problems within the process.
"International and domestic adoption has become a multi-billion dollar industry which allows for abuses by unscrupulous baby brokers and child traffickers far too easily," said the South Brunswick resident. "It is ripe with exploitation and corruption,."
Churches should be aware of the threat posed by social workers steeling children from their parents, Christian Voice has warned.
Secret family courts continue to forcibly remove hundreds of children from their parents throughout the UK every year. The children are then put up for adoption and prevented from seeing their biological parents, many of whom have not committed any abuse.
A Minnesota woman is awaiting extradition after convincing police to remove her five children from the custody of their father with paperwork later found to be fraudulent.
The next day, Sept. 5, police discovered the paternity papers from Milwaukee County had been falsified. Police subsequently arrested Katrina T. Ware, 30, in Robbinsdale, Minn., and the children, ages 3 to 9, were placed with Hennepin County protective services officials in Minnesota.
The investigation, published June 22-23, found that more than a decade after a child's murder led to extensive reforms within the county Child Protective Services, the "most vulnerable children still are being failed at the most basic level."
It wasn't the Michigan Supreme Court that jailed Julian Wendrow on a bogus sexual assault charge, or kept Wendrow and his wife separated from their teenage children long after the case against him had imploded.
But thanks to Michigan's highest court, it may be difficult for Wendrow to hold police and prosecutors who trampled his family's constitutional rights accountable for their incompetence -- or prevent them from repeating it.
Families are large -- some have more than 10 children -- making it difficult for parents to control them. And parenting approaches that worked in their homelands don't mesh with American realities. Children control their parents by threatening to call Child Protection Services if they spank them, Parker says.