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Monday, March 31, 2014

VIDEO: Hacker group threatens Ector County judge, others in child custody dispute

VIDEO: Hacker group threatens Ector County judge, others in child custody dispute

Someone claiming ties to a loosely affiliated collective of computer activist hackers recently threatened cyber attacks against an Ector County District Judge, his family and the mother and the stepfather of a 15-year-old boy at the center of a custody battle.

North Carolina Latina Teen Jailed Because Foster System Was Unable to Find a Place for Her, Civil Rights Groups Accuse Wake County School District of Targeting Minorities

North Carolina Latina Teen Jailed Because Foster System Was Unable to Find a Place for Her, Civil Rights Groups Accuse Wake County School District of Targeting Minorities

Southeast Raleigh High School senior Selina Garcia is only 17 years old, yet she spent three weeks in an adult jail because the foster care system could not find a place for her. Last Thursday, Garcia was freed after she pled guilty to misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and battery that stemmed from an incident on a school bus.

Former foster dad accused of abusing foster child

Former foster dad accused of abusing foster child

A former foster father accused of victimizing a foster child in his care faced a judge on Monday.

Siblings left in ‘legal limbo’ by adoption ruling

Siblings left in ‘legal limbo’ by adoption ruling

Two children have been left in “a legal limbo” because the Adoption Authority of Ireland refuses to recognise their overseas adoption by an Irish-based couple, the High Court has heard.

Inquiry into death of foster mother stabbed by boy to be held

Inquiry into death of foster mother stabbed by boy to be held

Dawn McKenzie, 34, was repeatedly stabbed by a 13-year-old boy at a house in Hamilton in June 2011 after he was grounded.

Child Protection Services Suffering After Surge In Cases In Wake Of Jimmy Savile Scandal

Child Protection Services Suffering After Surge In Cases In Wake Of Jimmy Savile Scandal

Cash-strapped child protection agencies are now acting as little more than emergency services following a surge of reports of abuse in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, the NSPCC has warned.

DCF in Denial Over Its Failed Policy

DCF in Denial Over Its Failed Policy

"Innocents Lost," a stunning Miami Herald series, recently described how 477 children died from abuse or neglect even though the Florida Department of Children and Families had already been warned they were in danger.

Note: You really need to pay attention to the wording in this article, as it demonstrates the kind of bullshit they like to fill the heads of normal people with.  

For example the 2nd paragraph reads: 
The response by Gov. Rick Scott and DCF interim Secretary Esther Jacobo has been disappointing, according to The Palm Beach Post. Neither plans to change DCF's priority, which has been keeping families intact rather than keeping children safe, thePost says.
What they fail to tell you is that children are no better off in foster care than they are in an abusive home.

Parents who emotionally abuse their children could soon face up to 10 years in jail

Parents who emotionally abuse their children could soon face up to 10 years in jail

Parents who emotionally abuse their children could face prosecution for the first time under a new "Cinderella Law".

Note: England... The scariest place in the world to be a parent.  

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ex Cop: Everyone Behaves Better When They're on Video

Ex Cop: Everyone Behaves Better When They're on Video

“Everyone behaves better when they’re on video,” says Ward. “I realized that dash cams only capture about five percent of what a cop does. And I wanted to catch 100 percent of what a cop does.”

Family courts: Six months in prison for a woman who was careful to do the 'right' thing

Family courts: Six months in prison for a woman who was careful to do the 'right' thing

The latest instalment of a curious story speaks volumes about the murky workings of Britain's child-care system

Child Protective Services Threatens a Medical Cannabis Activist

Child Protective Services Threatens a Medical Cannabis Activist

Renee Petro has already been living a parent’s worst nightmare for years: her 12-year-old son  Branden suffers from a rare form of pediatric epilepsy called FIRES, which causes uncontrolled seizures that can be fatal. On Tuesday, a new nightmare began for Renee, when Florida Child Protective Services showed up at her home to investigate an anonymous tip that Renee was not administering Branden’s prescription anti-seizure medication and was instead treating him with cannabis extract.

Homeless Mother Gets Job Interview But Doesn’t Have Childcare, Ends Up In Jail

Homeless Mother Gets Job Interview But Doesn’t Have Childcare, Ends Up In Jail

Shanesha Taylor, a woman from Scottsdale, Arizona, is homeless. So when she got asked to come in for a job interview last Thursday, she must have been excited by the prospect. But when you’re homeless, there isn’t always an easy way to take an hour off from watching your kids to be at an interview. That’s how Taylor, 35, wound up losing her children to Child Protective Service — and losing out on the potential job.

Note: Perhaps this is one of those cases were they could have helped the family.

Foster mom accused of beating 2-year-old boy in her care

Foster mom accused of beating 2-year-old boy in her care

King County prosecutors claim Tonja Maciolek repeatedly assaulted the boy during the 10 months he was in her care. Maciolek, 47, is alleged to have broken the boy's arms, battered his body and failed to feed him.

Man held without bond in foster mother’s death

Man held without bond in foster mother’s death

A South Side man charged with the murder of his foster mother, who died from a cardiac event during a domestic struggle, has been ordered held without bond.

Protestors say two Solano family law judges unfair

Protestors say two Solano family law judges unfair

Two Solano County Superior Court judges came under fire from about a dozen protesters who assembled outside of a Fairfield courthouse on Friday.

Governor Inslee signs foster care bill Friday

Governor Inslee signs foster care bill Friday

Governor Inslee signed legislation Friday to help foster kids in Washington following a KING 5 investigation.

DCF commissioner ducks reporter questions

DCF commissioner ducks reporter questions

DCF called a news conference hours after a state audit of the agency was released, and the commissioner of the department failed to answer all of the reporters questions.

State police investigate threats against DCF regarding Pelletier case

State police investigate threats against DCF regarding Pelletier case

Massachusetts State Police reported that they are investigating several threats made against the state's Department of Children and Families, all in regards to the case of Justina Pelletier.

State Auditor: DCF Did Not Meet Basic Requirements

State Auditor: DCF Did Not Meet Basic Requirements

A report released Wednesday by the Massachusetts auditor’s office says the Department of Children and Families was not meeting some of its most basic requirements. 

Firing child-abuse workers goes far beyond 'oops'

Firing child-abuse workers goes far beyond 'oops'

Arizona's child welfare agency didn't need another black eye. Especially not on the face of the new office that's supposed to be an example of how things should be done.

Judge abuse cases with great care; Authorities ignore evidence at times

Judge abuse cases with great care; Authorities ignore evidence at times

My career has taken many turns since I left Lexington for the mountains of Floyd County to be a child-protective services worker 35 years ago. Wide-eyed with wonder, I encountered my first children with head lice and those looking like little coal miners from the thick soot of the heat of a coal fire. One house where chickens roamed in and out on a bare wooden floor looked more like a chickedncoop than a home.

Friday, March 28, 2014

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County lost more than half its child welfare case managers

County lost more than half its child welfare case managers

They are the eyes, ears and hands of the child welfare system, the front-line workers serving Milwaukee County children who have been abused and neglected.

Man charged with fatal beating of foster mother, 58

Man charged with fatal beating of foster mother, 58

A 21-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly beat his foster mother and his actions led to her death from health issues, police said.

Police search for man they said threatened to kill social workers, officers

Police search for man they said threatened to kill social workers, officers

Eyewitness news obtained a police report that shows Andre Haughton threatened to kill social workers and wanted to die, at the hands of officers.

Foster father accused of sex with teenage girl in his care

Foster father accused of sex with teenage girl in his care

A Canberra carer accused of repeated sex with his 14-year-old foster daughter has gone on trial in the ACT Supreme Court.

Woman sues for $268 million, claims ‘theft’ of children

Woman sues for $268 million, claims ‘theft’ of children

A woman who is suing several county and state officials says she wants a dollar for the roughly 41.5 million seconds each of her six children have been taken from her care.

Kirkland woman charged with abusing then-2-year-old foster child

Kirkland woman charged with abusing then-2-year-old foster child

A Kirkland woman was recently charged with second-degree assault of a child after she was arrested for allegedly abusing a then-2-year-old foster boy in the spring and summer of 2013.

Family PReservation: No Shortcuts For Youths

Family PReservation: No Shortcuts For Youths

Keeping families together is a worthy goal. Research argues, convincingly, that children in the child-welfare system who stay with their parents have more successful lives than children placed in foster care.

Disturbing report details alleged child abuse by local foster parents

Disturbing report details alleged child abuse by local foster parents

Las Vegas officials are investigating a disturbing case of child abuse in a foster home.

Jeremiah Oliver allegedly beaten while under DCF’s watch

Jeremiah Oliver allegedly beaten while under DCF’s watch

The Fitchburg man charged in connection with the disappearance of little Jeremiah Oliver allegedly beat the 5-year-old boy and his siblings, including smacking them with belts, over a nine-month period, authorities say — and all while under the eye of state child welfare workers.

Audit details DCF management issues

Audit details DCF management issues

Describing a foster care system rife with problems that could lead “risks to become realities,” Auditor Suzanne Bump released a critical review of the state’s foster care agency on Wednesday, stating that “significant management deficiencies” led to undocumented background checks on foster parents and poor oversight of medical treatment for children in state custody.

Personhood USA: Massachusetts DCF denies Pelletiers weekly visitation with Justina

Personhood USA: Massachusetts DCF denies Pelletiers weekly visitation with Justina

For the past several months, the Pelletiers have met face-to-face with Justina once weekly in supervised visits of no more than one hour. Now, Massachusetts DCF is denying the Pelletiers visitation with Justina in another blatant act of vindictive punishment.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Las Vegas police: Former foster parents arrested on child abuse, neglect charges

Las Vegas police: Former foster parents arrested on child abuse, neglect charges

Two former foster parents were arrested on charges of abuse and neglect of three children in their care whom they later adopted, Las Vegas police records show.

Foster care author, two others, face child abuse charges



A woman who wrote a book on the foster care system was one of three people arrested for multiple charges of child abuse and neglect.


State to fight ruling in tot's death

State to fight ruling in tot's death

The state plans to appeal a judge's ruling in which the state Department of Human Services was found negligent — along with a Navy diver based at Pearl Harbor — in the 2009 death of the sailor's 14-month-old boy, who was struck or shaken to death.

Foster father of missing 3-year-old pleads for help

Foster father of missing 3-year-old pleads for help

As the search continues for an abducted 3-year-old boy, his foster father, John Schwarz, put out a public plea Wednesday to help bring Emmanuel “Manny” Menz home.

Parents of Justina Pelletier to Appeal Judge’s DCF Custody Decision

Parents of Justina Pelletier to Appeal Judge’s DCF Custody Decision

Liberty Counsel is to follow every possible legal process to return Justina Pelletier to her parents in Connecticut so she can get medical care, access to a priest, and an education. This follows a court order late yesterday granting the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) continued custody of the desperately ill teenager until at least June 20 this year. In a press release issued last night, the international nonprofit organization said it would be filing a habeas corpus petition or an appeal against the judge’s custody decision.

State DCF employee cafeteria ordered to close

State DCF employee cafeteria ordered to close

Hundreds of employees work inside DCF's Tampa office on North Florida Avenue, and every day many of those employees enjoy breakfast or lunch from the agency's in-house restaurant.

SC Senate panel told of DSS ‘despair’

SC Senate panel told of DSS ‘despair’

A mother whose infant daughter died in an illegal Greenville day-care center joined child-welfare advocates and a coroner Wednesday in urging a state Senate panel to reform the S.C. Department of Social Services.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mother who adopted teen from SC foster care tells lawmakers social services dept needs reform

Mother who adopted teen from SC foster care tells lawmakers social services dept needs reform

A Greenville woman told lawmakers Wednesday that Department of Social Services officials misinformed her family about the difficulties of adopting a teenage boy out of foster care, a situation she said has caused them immeasurable strain.


Woman Abandoned At Birth In Burger King Finds Her Birth Mother

Woman Abandoned At Birth In Burger King Finds Her Birth Mother

A woman who, as a newborn, was abandoned in the bathroom of a Pennsylvania fast-food restaurant said Tuesday she has found her birth mother just three weeks after launching a search that garnered worldwide attention.

Deborah Hart: Breaking the warfare mentality of Family Court

Deborah Hart: Breaking the warfare mentality of Family Court

Family disputes are problems to be professionally mediated rather than wars that will be won or lost.

Parents take drastic measure to get care for son

Parents take drastic measure to get care for son

Within months of bringing him home, Sheila Trznadel knew that the boy she and her husband had adopted from Ukraine needed more help than her family could offer or afford.

North Carolina foster teen languishes in adult jail for school incident

North Carolina foster teen languishes in adult jail for school incident

Did a foster-care teen need to be arrested by school police this month for alleged battery on a school bus? And then jailed for more than two weeks with adults long after a judge ordered her released?

The urgent problem facing foster children today

The urgent problem facing foster children today

Most young adults can’t wait to turn 21, but for teens in the foster care system, the freedom that comes with this particular birthday is often coupled with panic and confusion. Finding a place to live, getting a job or continuing school with little help often proves to be tnoo overwhelming.

Meanwhile, while you're all focused on Justina...

State audit: 25 DCF homes match sex offender addresses

State investigators found dozens of instances in which the addresses of homes under DCF matched those of Level 2 and 3 sex offenders, according to an audit released today that found the state’s child welfare agency does not screen for whether sex offenders live in a foster home’s neighborhood, does a shoddy job of keeping records on the background checks it performs on foster parents, and lags in getting kids in its care to doctors.



Parents of Sick Teen Justina Pelletier, Accused of Verbally Abusing Hospital Staff, Lose Custody

Parents of Sick Teen Justina Pelletier, Accused of Verbally Abusing Hospital Staff, Lose Custody

A Boston juvenile court judge has given the state of Massachusetts permanent custody of Justina Pelletier until the age of 18, issuing a ruling that chastised the parents accused of mismanaging the treatment of their sick 15-year-old.

Little Girl Lost – My Failed Foster Adoption

Little Girl Lost – My Failed Foster Adoption

Her brothers came into our lives two weeks earlier. As we sat in a local McDonald’s, we were excited and anxious to finally meet this little girl we had heard so much about: our new daughter.

Another complaint against Judge Steven Jones moving forward

Another complaint against Judge Steven Jones moving forward

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline is moving forward with another complaint against suspended Family Court Judge Steven Jones.

Judge Joe Brown arrested

Judge Joe Brown arrested

Judge Joe Brown, arrested Monday afternoon on contempt of court charges, was released several hours later on his own recognizance after an order was signed by Judge James Beasley, Shelby County Sheriff spokesman Chip Washington said.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mom returns adopted son after he becomes a threat to his siblings

Mom returns adopted son after he becomes a threat to his siblings


A 41-year-old mother from Spokane, Wash., knew she wouldn't be able to keep her adopted son after she realized the boy had become a threat to his siblings.

Judge Rules Justina Pelletier to Remain in State’s Custody

Judge Rules Justina Pelletier to Remain in State’s Custody

A Massachusetts judge ruled Tuesday that the Connecticut teen in the middle of a contentious custody battle between her parents and the state will remain in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

Patrick: Public doesn't understand complex DCF cases

Patrick: Public doesn't understand complex DCF cases

Gov. Deval Patrick told a gathering of social workers Tuesday they should be given a raise and more technology to do a job he said the public misconceives and attempts to simplify.

Note: I disagree that these workers need a raise.  They're not worth a piss hole in the snow.  I do agree that these people

Ontario could face class-action suit over alleged failure to protect Crown wards

Ontario could face class-action suit over alleged failure to protect Crown wards

Two former wards of the Crown allege the Ontario government deprived them of their right to seek compensation for the abuse they suffered as children.

Attorneys File Contempt Motion Against Department of Children and Families in Justina Pelletier Case

Attorneys File Contempt Motion Against Department of Children and Families in Justina Pelletier Case

Yesterday, the Liberty Counsel litigation team filed a contempt of court motion against the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) in the Justina Pelletier case.

CPS works to suppress video evidence, keep 5-year-old separated from innocent parents

CPS works to suppress video evidence, keep 5-year-old separated from innocent parents

In a bizarre case of what some are calling government-sponsored kidnapping, California Child Protective Services (CPS) recently punished a war veteran for recording a CPS worker and now the agency is seeking a court order to stop the father from recording them. The two videos below are what CPS considers private and therefore cannot be viewed by the public.  In an attempt to hide their inner workings from the public, CPS requested an emergency hearing for Tuesday, March 25th,  and will be asking a Ventura County, California, judge to order the removal of both videos.

Advocacy group appeals judge’s decision in DCF suit

Advocacy group appeals judge’s decision in DCF suit

The federal judge who handed the state’s embattled child welfare system a victory in a closely watched lawsuit last year set the bar too high for the plaintiffs to meet and either “ignored or misinterpreted” the law, a New York advocacy group charged in a sharply worded appeal of the decision.

Amelia man sentenced to 3 years in adopted child abuse case

Amelia man sentenced to 3 years in adopted child abuse case

An Ameila man convicted of abusing adopted child was sentenced  Monday.

Tennessee's DCS workers get their say

Know thy enemy...

Tennessee's DCS workers get their say

The work of investigating child abuse and removing endangered children from homes can elicit stress and strong emotions for the state employees charged with protecting children.

Video Contradicts DCF in Fatal Case

Video Contradicts DCF in Fatal Case

According to newly released video footage of a foster-care hearing in December, the Department of Children and Families urged a judge to reunite a mother with her children, one of whom was found dead two months later, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

New Details In Foster Child Death

New Details In Foster Child Death

NewsChannel 9 has obtained a Georgia DHS case summary for foster child Sahara Palmer's death. The case summary shows several incidents of reported bruising on the child, while in foster care.

As Outrage Grows Over Child Deaths, Lawmakers Talk Money

As Outrage Grows Over Child Deaths, Lawmakers Talk Money

Legislative leaders are responding to public outrage over a series of child deaths in Florida last year — and not just in the policy arena. They’re also talking about spending more money on the state’s troubled child-welfare system.

California CPS Goes After Father Who Recorded Them After His Daughter Was Wrongfully Taken Away (Video)

California CPS Goes After Father Who Recorded Them After His Daughter Was Wrongfully Taken Away (Video)

37-year-old Scott Rolick is fighting back against California Child Protective Services after he says they wrongly took his daughter away, placed her in a lice-infested, abusive, and unsafe foster home, and made up lies in their reports to make it more difficult for him to get her back.

Monday, March 24, 2014

California Lesbian Couple Arrested In Horrific Child Abuse Case

California Lesbian Couple Arrested In Horrific Child Abuse Case

A lesbian couple has been arrested in California after investigators discovered the three children in their care living in squalid conditions and suffering from long term abuse.

Foster teen alleging sex with cop provides salacious details

Foster teen alleging sex with cop provides salacious details

A foster teen's allegations included in a search warrant the Pembroke Pines clerk’s office released Monday read like a script for porn.

DCF workers blast Director Olga Roche, say changes have led to 'drive-by social work'

DCF workers blast Director Olga Roche, say changes have led to 'drive-by social work'

Front-line social workers, investigators and supervisors at the Department of Children and Families are criticizing their boss in an open letter being circulated as a petition to demand changes.

Richardson: How did OCWI drop the ball on hiring welfare investigators?

Richardson: How did OCWI drop the ball on hiring welfare investigators?

If I were Governor Jan Brewer, I’d want to know how the Office of Child Welfare Investigations - OCWI as it’s called - managed to hire an investigator to protect Arizona’s children who falsified his past about having been a police officer?

A Southampton social worker has been cleared of calling Hannah Groves a 'waste of space' hours before she killed herself

A Southampton social worker has been cleared of calling Hannah Groves a 'waste of space' hours before she killed herself

A SOCIAL worker has been cleared of calling a mentally ill woman a “waste of space” just hours before she killed herself.

Father Criticizes School After Receiving Letter From Social Services For Spanking His Daughter

Father Criticizes School After Receiving Letter From Social Services For Spanking His Daughter

A New York father was quite surprised after receiving a letter in the mail from Social Services wanting to speak with him further over alleged child abuse.

Central Registry of Abuse and Neglect database accused of ruining lives

Central Registry of Abuse and Neglect database accused of ruining lives

It’s a database with 275,000 names that’s supposed to help protect children.

But Michigan’s Central Registry of Abuse and Neglect has been described as a permanent blacklist, one that can ruin lives without giving those accused of child abuse or neglect a chance to challenge the findings of a Children’s Protective Services investigation before their names are added.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Never Trust A CPS Agent - Baby LK Report For March 23rd 2014

Judge Delays Justina Pelletier Ruling While Armed Guards Sit in on Visits

Judge Delays Justina Pelletier Ruling While Armed Guards Sit in on Visits

Massachusetts Judge Joseph Johnston delayed his promised Justina Pelletier ruling for the sixth time on Friday, stating that he will now issue the ruling on Tuesday March 25, 2014 in a facsimile message. The critically ill teenager’s family has been fighting a custody battle against the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) for more than a year. Meanwhile her older sister Jennifer is pleading with friends and campaigners to do all they can to support Justina. Devastated by the delays in getting medication for her sister, she tweeted Friday that armed guards sit in on visits while she is with Justina and that she is increasingly worried about her condition.

12-YEAR-OLD CHILD HANGS HIMSELF AFTER RUBBER-STAMPED CPS SEIZURE FROM FAMILY, PRESCRIPTION OF DRUG RISPERDAL

12-YEAR-OLD CHILD HANGS HIMSELF AFTER RUBBER-STAMPED CPS SEIZURE FROM FAMILY, PRESCRIPTION OF DRUG RISPERDAL

The above quote, dated Oct. 11, 2013, is from the records of the Hawthorn Center in Northville, Michigan, regarding a 13-year-0ld child who was taken from his parents less than five months earlier by Child Protective Services workers Desiree Johnson Samantha Burks, and Catina Jones, and placed in foster care. He was put on the dangerous drug Risperdal in May, 2013

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Social worker's assessment was 'unfair' and 'inadequate'

Social worker's assessment was 'unfair' and 'inadequate'

A Leicester City Council social worker's assessment of a man who wants to care for his two-year-old daughter following his wife's imprisonment and deportation was "unfair" and "inadequate", a judge has ruled after a High Court hearing.

MEPs must investigate this child-snatching scandal

MEPs must investigate this child-snatching scandal

Last June, under the heading “Dutch social workers catch the English disease”, I reported the extraordinary case of the 11-year-old Antonovs twins: a Russian-Latvian brother and sister forcibly snatched by Dutch social workers from their mother and older brother Ilja, primarily on the grounds that at home they spoke Russian, not Dutch. A chilling video of the twins being carried kicking and screaming to a police van is on YouTube (“Kidnap of children from their mother by Dutch social services”), recording a scene not dissimilar to ones that unfold here in Britain, many times every week.

State says cases handled by fired child welfare investigators not compromised

State says cases handled by fired child welfare investigators not compromised

State officials on Friday said none of the cases handled by two fired child-welfare investigators have been compromised.

L.A. County Welfare Case Worker Suspected of Sex Assault of Girl, 7

L.A. County Welfare Case Worker Suspected of Sex Assault of Girl, 7

A Los Angeles County welfare case worker was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl, and detectives suspect he may have assaulted additional victims in incidents dating back to 1998.

Senator calls for new leadership at DSS in wake of testimony from child welfare officials

Senator calls for new leadership at DSS in wake of testimony from child welfare officials

A state senator on Wednesday called for the head of the Department of Social Services to step down or be fired.

Adopted Girl: I Was 'Re-homed' After Reporting Dad's Alleged Sex Abuse

Adopted Girl: I Was 'Re-homed' After Reporting Dad's Alleged Sex Abuse

On an Internet forum where parents sought takers for adopted children they no longer wanted, a teenager from Haiti was offered more frequently than any other girl.

Daphne Bramham: B.C. First Nation teen’s suicide a sign of a system in chaos

Daphne Bramham: B.C. First Nation teen’s suicide a sign of a system in chaos

The short, brutal life of a 14-year-old girl from a rural B.C. First Nation is a story of a virtual collapse of child protection services and an indictment of the system that is supposed to protect them.

Northwest Families Attempt to Reunite across the United States and Mexico Border

Northwest Families Attempt to Reunite across the United States and Mexico Border

Like Hitler's Germany in the 1930's, Immigration officials break up parents and children by sending US citizens to Child Protective Services in San Diego and undocumented children to a family detention center in Pennsylvania.

MICHIGAN CPS HAS GIGANTIC SECRET LIST OF PARENTS LABELED “CHILD ABUSERS” WITHOUT DUE PROCESS

MICHIGAN CPS HAS GIGANTIC SECRET LIST OF PARENTS LABELED “CHILD ABUSERS” WITHOUT DUE PROCESS

Hundreds of thousands of parents have been flagged as “child abusers” in a huge database maintained in secret by Michigan’s Child Protective Services (CPS) agency.   The names are entered into the database without due process, without a judicial hearing, without an opportunity for defense, without a conviction, and without even letting the individuals know they have been targeted.

Baby in foster care dies after visit to biological mother

Baby in foster care dies after visit to biological mother

Authorities say it's been more than a decade since they've seen a case like this.  A baby boy in foster care dies after a visit with his biological mother.  The baby was living with a family in Kenosha, but his biological mother noticed something was wrong during a visit last week.

Foster Care Privatization Fails In Final Hours Of Session

Foster Care Privatization Fails In Final Hours Of Session

Plans to privatize most of the state’s child welfare system failed Thursday night when House leaders opted not to take up a bill approved by the Senate earlier in the day.

The tragic tale of China’s orphanages: 98% of abandoned children have disabilities

The tragic tale of China’s orphanages: 98% of abandoned children have disabilities

Behind the neatly landscaped front lawn on the outskirts of Beijing are the children Chinese parents don’t want or can’t afford. Beside the door to each room at the New Hope Foundation medical foster home is a sign listing names, ages and conditions. One child came here with congenital heart disease. Another with cataracts in both eyes. They are young – some still unable to walk – and, like the overwhelming majority of China’s orphans, they suffer disabilities.

Portuguese couple arrested in UK for conspiring to rescue own children from social care

Portuguese couple arrested in UK for conspiring to abduct own children from social care

A Portuguese couple living in the UK has been arrested along with two other people for conspiring to abduct “a number of identified children” – believed to be their own children who were placed in UK state care last year – after accusing the British authorities of unjustly taking them. Portugal’s State Secretary for Communities is considering taking action.

Judge delays Justina Pelletier ruling until Tuesday

Judge delays Justina Pelletier ruling until Tuesday

The juvenile court judge in the long-running Justina Pelletier custody case delayed issuing a ruling Friday on a motion to return the teenager to her Connecticut home.

Olga Roche slammed in letter floated by DCF staff

Olga Roche slammed in letter floated by DCF staff

Front-line workers at the Department of Children and Families are circulating a petition they plan to deliver to Commissioner Olga Roche, charging that their beleaguered chief “does not know or understand what is really going on in the field” as pressure mounts to correct scores of problems inside the embattled agency.

State Lawmakers Vow To Tackle Troubled Child Welfare System Following Miami Herald Series

State Lawmakers Vow To Tackle Troubled Child Welfare System Following Miami Herald Series

The Miami Herald recently published its “Innocents Lost” series—a heartbreaking and thorough look at the state’s troubled child welfare system. In the wake of this reporting, state lawmakers have vowed to make a serious effort to rectify the situation.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Forced adoption pain lingers

Forced adoption pain lingers

JO Fraser was one of an estimated 150,000 women who had their babies forcibly adopted over three decades from the 1950s.

Children’s Services lost contact with disabled child for more than four years

Children’s Services lost contact with disabled child for more than four years

A Birmingham child with special needs was lost in the system for more than four years, a report by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has found.

Social workers identified the girl, who has complex needs including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyspraxia and communication difficulties, as a disabled child in November 2006 when she was seven-years-old.

Father charged with kidnapping

Father charged with kidnapping

Kidnapping charges have been filed against a Muskogee man who authorities say removed his teenage son from a foster home.

Mistreatment and neglect of Justina Pelletier continues under Massachusetts DCF

Mistreatment and neglect of Justina Pelletier continues under Massachusetts DCF

More than two weeks after Judge Johnston ordered medical care of Justina to be returned to Tufts, she has yet to see one doctor from that facility or receive a medical evaluation.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fix Florida's broken child welfare system

Fix Florida's broken child welfare system

Not long ago, the director of Florida's Department of Children and Families confronted the issue of hundreds of child deaths by stating the agency wasn't "broken," just "challenged." Under the unspeakable circumstances in many of those preventable deaths, that tone deaf remark sounded dismissive.

Nunavut Child and Family Services still found lacking: audit

Nunavut Child and Family Services still found lacking: audit

A follow-up report on the 2011 audit of Nunavut's child and family services says the government has not made enough progress in protecting vulnerable children and youth.

No forced adoption for Aboriginal children

No forced adoption for Aboriginal children

VULNERABLE Aboriginal children would be placed in "kinship-care" rather than put up for adoption under tough new reforms of the state's child protection regime.

Alabama voices - Kenneth Paschal: Flawed bills hurt children, parents and grandparents

Alabama voices - Kenneth Paschal: Flawed bills hurt children, parents and grandparents

Approximately 40,000 children in Alabama are annually subjected to child custody determinations which result in court orders limiting children to only 48-56 hours twice a month with one of their two fit parents. This places children at risk as well as causing approximately 80,000 grandparents to be alienated from their grandchildren because of court orders because it limits grandparents’ opportunities to interact with their grandchildren.

Morinville foster mother found not guilty of manslaughter in the death of toddler in her care

Morinville foster mother found not guilty of manslaughter in the death of toddler in her care

Emotions ran high in court Wednesday as a Morinville foster mother accused of causing the death of a toddler in her care was found not guilty of manslaughter.

DCF boss acknowledges Florida children deserve better protection

DCF boss acknowledges Florida children deserve better protection

The head of the state's child welfare agency told a House committee Tuesday the child deaths documented by the Miami Herald exposed a gap in the state's safety net and, for the first time, she acknowledged it will take more services and money to fix it.

Kin: DCF didn’t share full day care abuse probe details

Kin: DCF didn’t share full day care abuse probe details

A troubled teen told DCF workers he played a game in which six toddlers at a Worcester-area home day care touched him inappropriately, but child welfare officials didn’t share that information with all the families, according to the grandmother of two of the boys.

Mistreatment and neglect of Justina Pelletier continues under Massachusetts DCF

Mistreatment and neglect of Justina Pelletier continues under Massachusetts DCF

More than two weeks after Judge Johnston ordered medical care of Justina to be returned to Tufts, she has yet to see one doctor from that facility or receive a medical evaluation.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Chinese city suspends baby hatch after it is overwhelmed by unwanted children

Chinese city suspends baby hatch after it is overwhelmed by unwanted children

Welfare centre in Guangzhou says project allowing parents to leave babies anonymously has nearly doubled its workload

Analysis shows soaring Arizona abuse caseloads

Analysis shows soaring Arizona abuse caseloads

A new analysis presented Friday to members of the Legislature’s Child Protective Services oversight committee shows Arizona’s child welfare system experienced a greater caseload increase than all but one state in the 10 years ending in 2012, while most states saw decreases.

Arizona Senate budget plan differs with Brewer over child-welfare funds

Arizona Senate budget plan differs with Brewer over child-welfare funds

Senate Republicans proposed a $9.2 billion spending plan for the state, notably with less money for child welfare than sought by Gov. Jan Brewer.

Four arrested as police find missing toddler Lola safe after she vanished when her mother visited her in foster care


The teenage mother of a  one-year-old girl in foster care who went missing during a supervised visit has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap after the child was found safe and well, police said today.

GALs Are Withdrawing From Cases As Court Reform Tensions Grow

GALs Are Withdrawing From Cases As Court Reform Tensions Grow

Increasingly angry tactics have been pervading the public inquiry into family court custody reform, triggering a fight-or-flight response from top members of the family bar.



'I never had the chance to be a mother after I was coerced into giving up my baby': Woman, 73, demands official apology for forced adoption of daughter in 1960s

'I never had the chance to be a mother after I was coerced into giving up my baby': Woman, 73, demands official apology for forced adoption of daughter in 1960s

Like any other new mother, Veronica Smith, from East Sussex, fell in love with her daughter, Catherine, the second she was laid in her arms.

Chinese secretly drug students to boost attendance for revenue: report

Chinese secretly drug students to boost attendance for revenue: report

Kindergartens in three Chinese provinces have been accused of secretly administering antiviral drugs to children in order to boost attendance for revenue.




Parents Blame DHHS For Lack of Information (not real parents)

Parents Blame DHHS For Lack of Information

In November of 2013, the Foster Care Review Office, a state agency separate from Department of Health and Human Services, released its annual report. Among other things, the report found 50 percent of out-of-home caregivers did not receive medical information regarding the child at the time of placement into a home.

Jacksonville police investigate foster-care baby death; child had health and addiction issues

Jacksonville police investigate foster-care baby death; child had health and addiction issues

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a baby Wednesday morning in a home in the Wynnfield Lakes Subdivision off Kernan Boulevard.

Morinville woman found not guilty in death of foster child

Morinville woman found not guilty in death of foster child

A Morinville woman was found not guilty in the manslaughter of a 20-month-old foster child that died in her care in March 2010.

Secret list: Having your name on this secret Michigan list of 275,000 people could cost you your job

Secret list: Having your name on this secret Michigan list of 275,000 people could cost you your job


There’s a secret list in the state of Michigan that can cost you your family or your job.  It’s called the Child Abuse/Neglect Central Registry, and for this secret list, it’s not a judge or a jury that can get you labeled a child abuser -- it’s the word of a state worker. 

Foster parent arrested for child abuse, toddler has permanent brain damage

Foster parent arrested for child abuse, toddler has permanent brain damage

A foster care parent was arrested and charged with child abuse on Tuesday.

Children separated from their families by courts must know why

Children separated from their families by courts must know why

Britain's most senior family judge says children who are separated from their families must be able to access a record of the court's secret ruling when they grow up

Sources: Feds Probing DSS; Cover-Up Alleged

Sources: Feds Probing DSS; Cover-Up Alleged

Free Times has uncovered two major revelations in the controversy surrounding the state’s child welfare agency: First, that staffers for Gov. Nikki Haley asked Republican senators to soft-pedal their investigation of the Department of Social Services so as not to make the governor look bad; and second, that federal investigators are looking into allegations against the agency.

Judge: State must pay newspapers $301,000 to cover legal bills in child-abuse records dispute

Judge: State must pay newspapers $301,000 to cover legal bills in child-abuse records dispute

The state must pay $301,783 to Kentucky's two largest newspapers to cover their attorneys' fees in a court fight over records about children killed or badly hurt from child abuse, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Paralyzed dad searches for son, 7, who vanished while in foster care

Paralyzed dad searches for son, 7, who vanished while in foster care

Patrick Alford, Sr. lived for years in Harlem but moved to the East New York section of Brooklyn, after his son vanished from foster care there on January 22, 2010.  That decision to re-locate, Alford told PIX 11, led to a near-fatal shooting that left him partially paralyzed.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Erie County authorizes social media tracking to protect children

Erie County authorizes social media tracking to protect children

Searching social media websites has become the newest means for selected Erie County Child Protective Services workers to track those who are under investigation for alleged child abuse.

Former DCF worker fights for custody of child

Former DCF worker fights for custody of child

A Brevard County girl's future is uncertain after the Department of Children and Families worker who was supposed to be protecting her took her home instead.

Judge Expected To Decide Custody Of West Hartford Teen

Judge Expected To Decide Custody Of West Hartford Teen

A judge will decide by week's end who gets custody of Justina Pelletier, a sick 15-year-old from West Hartford, Conn., who has been in the care of the state of Massachusetts for more than a year, a family attorney said Monday.

Oklahoma DHS worker, supervisor face criminal charges

Oklahoma DHS worker, supervisor face criminal charges

A DHS child welfare worker and her supervisor have been charged with criminal wrongdoing after a police investigation into the 2013 death of a special-needs teenager.

Social worker pleads guilty to multiple sexual offences

Social worker pleads guilty to multiple sexual offences

A Bloemfontein social worker has pleaded guilty to numerous sexual offences, committed against children he was tasked to work with on Friday at the Bloemfontein Sexual Offences Court.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Odessa faces shortage of CPS workers

Odessa faces shortage of CPS workers

Note: If the state would just give them more money, they could hire more workers and give the ones they already have raises to boost their morale.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Ector County currently has less than 10 workers investigating more than 350 cases.

Wave of Sexual Abuse Allegations for Private Boys’ Schools in Britain

Wave of Sexual Abuse Allegations for Private Boys’ Schools in Britain

Prompted by publicity surrounding recent child abuse scandals involving well-known figures, dozens of British men are breaking decades of silence about molestation they say they suffered as boys at expensive private schools, forcing the schools to confront allegations that in the past might have been hushed up, ignored or treated derisively.

Dr. Phil Interviews Justina Pelletier Family on Day of Court Case

Dr. Phil Interviews Justina Pelletier Family on Day of Court Case

The father and sisters of Justina Pelletier, the Connecticut teenager who has been held by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) for more than a year, will appear on the Dr. Phil show tomorrow. The interviews coincide with a court hearing during which the Pelletier family will continue their fight to regain custody of the 15-year-old who is desperately ill and confined to a wheelchair. It is thought that Judge Joseph Johnston will make his final custody ruling tomorrow. A rally is also planned for the day of the case, as well as a TweetStorm to spread awareness of her plight tonight.

Note: Dr Phil is a system suck.  He is doing this because it's the hot story of the week which will help to boost his ratings.

Child-welfare privatization not thought through

Child-welfare privatization not thought through 

For years, Georgia has failed to do right on behalf of its abused and neglected children. We have spent too little and cared too little. We have handed off responsibility for life-and-death decisions about those children to underpaid, overworked state workers, and when they have failed, resulting in tragic deaths, we have scapegoated those same employees for a failure that we, as Georgia citizens, had made inevitable.

Are we overdosing our children with Ritalin, aka pediatric cocaine?

Are we overdosing our children with Ritalin, aka pediatric cocaine?

American kids are the most medicated in the world. The increase in use of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs has been nothing short of staggering in its scope.

477 child deaths: How Florida preserved families but lost kids

477 child deaths: How Florida preserved families but lost kids

Fraternal twins Tariji and Tavont'ae Gordon were born together but died two years, eight months, 24 days apart. One was buried in a potter's field; the other was disposed of in a shallow grave covered by earth, plywood and a sheet of tin.

Note: This is apparently how the system sucks are going to fight against family preservation.  First they rely on idiots (CPS Agents) to protect kids, then blame them when they fail, then justify the take the child and run policy.

Parents of Florida... You'd be better off fleeing to Mexico or Cuba.

Police hunt teenage mother who abducted her toddler daughter, one, from foster parents and vanished

Police hunt teenage mother who abducted her toddler daughter, one, from foster parents and vanished

Police are hunting a teenage mother who is accused of abducting her toddler daughter, aged one-year-old, from her foster parents and promptly vanished.

Note: Hopefully she'll get safely out of the UK.

The tragic moment couple beg to keep their baby after authorities find medical marijuana they are ALLOWED to use in the house

The tragic moment couple beg to keep their baby after authorities find medical marijuana they are ALLOWED to use in the house

The tragic moment a child was taken from his parents because they were deemed unfit for smoking medical marijuana has been captured on tape.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ask Amy 3/25 Foster kids are not safe with alcoholic mom

Ask Amy 3/25 Foster kids are not safe with alcoholic mom
 
I am a 29-year-old guy in an impossible situation. My mother, who is a career drinker, is a sane and logical person when not intoxicated. But she turns into the spawn of Satan when drinking.

DCF investigators stymied by their own lawyers

DCF investigators stymied by their own lawyers

Note: The lawyers do it for the money.

Cindy Bizier fretted incessantly about her grandson's care, worried the boy would chase his yellow dump truck into the street or burn himself with his mother's lighter or wander too close to the canal while his mother, Autumn, who struggled with drugs, wasn't watching.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Judge blocks removal of Lev Tahor children in Guatemala

Judge blocks removal of Lev Tahor children in Guatemala

Attempts by Canadian and Guatemalan authorities to seize child members of the Lev Tahor sect have been blocked by a temporary court ruling.

Family of bleach-burned foster child sues foster insurance fund

Family of bleach-burned foster child sues foster insurance fund

Prior to a South San Francisco foster mom burning a 20-month ward with bleach-soaked diapers, the licensed home had received more than a dozen allegations of child abuse or neglect, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the injured girl.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Criminals in foster homes exposed

Criminals in foster homes exposed

Note: There simply aren't enough perfect people to fill the need for homes for all the kids they snatch.

Scores of dangerous criminals — convicted of peddling hard drugs, carrying illegal guns and assault with intent to murder — were among those granted waivers by child welfare officials to live in foster homes last year, according to a partial list obtained by the Herald.

Bullied to death by Social Services: How a devoted mother with a loving middle-class family was forcibly separated from her son - with fatal consequences

Bullied to death by Social Services: How a devoted mother with a loving middle-class family was forcibly separated from her son - with fatal consequences

Late morning, April 2003, and for the tenth time in two hours I called my cousin Pam’s mobile.

Again there was no answer, and I was beginning to worry. Earlier, I’d driven past her house and had considered stopping for a coffee — but it was very early, so I’d gone home.

Political Insider: CPS query leads to awkward moment

Political Insider: CPS query leads to awkward moment

Well, that was awkward ... Squirming is nothing new at Appropriations Committee hearings. But usually it comes from the folks asking for money.

Group recommends giving social workers smartphones, photographing children

Group recommends giving social workers smartphones, photographing children

Giving smartphones to social workers and taking photos of all children who enter state care are among the recommendations of an independent group examining Massachusetts' child welfare system. 

In other words, the solution is to pump more money into the system.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Nebraska's ACLU group says foster families must respect children's religions

Nebraska's ACLU group says foster families must respect children's religions

ACLU of Nebraska warned child welfare officials Wednesday about foster parents not respecting their foster children's religions.

Report: DCF needs to reduce caseloads to care for kids

Report: DCF needs to reduce caseloads to care for kids

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families needs to lower caseloads and upgrade its technology to adequately supervise the 36,000 children under its watch, according to an initial assessment from the Child Welfare League of America.

Rick Scott touts proposed budget increase for child protection

Rick Scott touts proposed budget increase for child protection

At a tour Thursday of the Child Protective Investigations unit of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Gov. Rick Scott talked up his proposed $31 million increase for child protective services and another $8 million that would go to sheriff's offices such as Hillsborough's that have child protection units.

Vt. lawmakers probe child protective services

Vt. lawmakers probe child protective services

The February death of 2-year-old Dezirae Sheldon is the subject of a criminal and administrative investigation. Wednesday, lawmakers began looking into whether state child protection laws need an update.

Child Advocates Blast Dottie Sandusky's Interview



Child advocates are blasting Dottie Sandusky for speaking out against the victims her husband sexually assaulted.

Trapped' Justina Pelletier Wants to Return Home, Feels Like Prisoner

Trapped' Justina Pelletier Wants to Return Home, Feels Like Prisoner

The tragic case of Justina Pelletier has been dragging on for 14 months, during which time she has been denied education, religious services and a clergy visit, and has had abysmal medical care while in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).

More spent on foster care than programs to reunite parents, kids

More spent on foster care than programs to reunite parents, kids

Butler County Children Services spends almost 10 times more money placing endangered children outside their homes than it does funding programs that help parents get their children back.

Twins Claim Social Workers Ignored Abuse

Twins Claim Social Workers Ignored Abuse

Social workers failed to respond to years of warnings that two parents were beating and starving their adopted twins, the children claim in court.

Childish endeavor: Sacramento’s Child Protective Services hit with workload oversight critiques

Childish endeavor: Sacramento’s Child Protective Services hit with workload oversight critiques

A showdown is brewing between Sacramento County’s child-welfare agents and those who manage them.

Wash. to pay $8M to 6 siblings to settle lawsuit

Wash. to pay $8M to 6 siblings to settle lawsuit

Washington state has agreed to pay a combined $8 million to settle a lawsuit filed by six King County siblings who said they were abused and neglected in the care of a family friend while the state failed to properly investigate more than a dozen separate tips.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Three Utah bills to change rights of biological fathers in adoption cases encounter pushback

Three Utah bills to change rights of biological fathers in adoption cases encounter pushback



Loopholes in Utah's adoption law have been making it possible for pregnant women to head to the state and put children up for adoption, without consent of the biological fathers. Now three bills have been introduced during the current session in the state legislature to change things, but there's pushback.

Immigrant sues over lost custody of child in Miss.

Immigrant sues over lost custody of child in Miss.

A federal judge says a Mexican woman can proceed with a lawsuit against Mississippi's welfare agency and others accusing them of trying to wrest away a newborn girl she delivered while in the U.S. illegally.

ACLU seeks complaints from parents with kids in foster care

ACLU seeks complaints from parents with kids in foster care

In response to a series of recent complaints, the ACLU of Nebraska has issued a reminder to the state Department of Health and Human Services that it must ensure that foster parents honor the religious faith of children in state care.

Teens not the trouble, system is

Teens not the trouble, system is

Bridjo Cobbs' doorbell rang at 10:30 Saturday night. It was her son's friend, claiming he wanted to use the phone. In reality, though — and not for the first time — he wanted a place to crash. 

Senate passes bill giving foster parents greater say in child welfare cases

Senate passes bill giving foster parents greater say in child welfare cases

Legislation known as the “foster parents’ bill of rights” easily passed the Senate on Wednesday.

But one Sedgwick County senator said she worried that the bill would give foster parents rights in child welfare cases at the expense of grandparents.

Note: A foster parent who falls in love with your child can be the hardest obstacle to overcome when fighting to get them back.

They don't need more say in your case.

Does medical marijuana equal bad parenting?

Does medical marijuana equal bad parenting?

Shawnee Anderson's voice is shrill, quavering -- on the edge of desperate. She clutches her 11-month-old son, Sage, while trying to comprehend the situation unfolding in front of her.

Detroit mother in standoff over child's meds sues Wayne County

Detroit mother in standoff over child's meds sues Wayne County

A mother who held police at bay for almost 12 hours and claimed she was protecting her 13-year-old daughter from unnecessary medication sued Wayne County and several court officials Wednesday in federal court, alleging her constitutional rights were violated.

NJ student who sued parents returns home

NJ student who sued parents returns home

A high school senior who filed suit against her mother and father for financial support and college tuition has returned to her home in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, the attorneys for her parents said Wednesday.

‘Kids for Cash’ movie review: Examining a tragedy at many levels

‘Kids for Cash’ movie review: Examining a tragedy at many levels

If the details of the 2008 “kids for cash” scandal are but a distant memory, here’s a quick refresher: Two Pennsylvania judges pocketed millions from the developer of juvenile detention facilities, where they were sending thousands of kids for minor infractions. It was a stunning abuse of power, and both men were eventually tried and sentenced to long prison terms. Justice, apparently, was served.

Social workers join growing number of unhappy Americans

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Imagine having to live with the guilt of stealing children.  I'm sure it weighs on the souls of social workers who actually have a conscience.  

Social workers join growing number of unhappy Americans

Social agencies are typically nonprofit organizations that provide counseling for troubled marriages, shelter and support for the homeless, social education, interventions for those with addictions, support for the elderly and veterans. They play a vital role in our community.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mom sues after failed drug test over poppy seeds

Mom sues after failed drug test over poppy seeds

A first-time mother who says she failed a drug test while in labor because she ate poppy seeds has sued a Pittsburgh hospital, saying officials defamed her and violated her doctor-patient confidentiality by sharing the results with a child welfare agency.

Pregnant at age 12: State to pay $3 million to sex abuse victim

Pregnant at age 12: State to pay $3 million to sex abuse victim

A woman who became pregnant when she was only 12 years old will receive $3 million from Washington state to settle her claim that Child Protective Services did not properly investigate the case or take steps to protect her from further abuse.

Want to adopt from Syria? Adoption agencies urge people to 'slow down'

Want to adopt from Syria? Adoption agencies urge people to 'slow down' 

Their faces are heartbreaking; their small bodies forced to endure hunger, violence and unimaginable fear. Many are coping with the horrors of war alone as families get separated or killed in the chaos.

Ex-child welfare director charged with perjury

Ex-child welfare director charged with perjury

 The former director of a central Indiana child welfare office lied to a federal grand jury investigating a high school counselor who's charged with sexually exploiting students, according to charges announced Tuesday by federal prosecutors.

Social workers to be placed in Norfolk’s schools to help identify needy children

Social workers to be placed in Norfolk’s schools to help identify needy children

The six-month pilot is designed to head off crises before they happen – and, ultimately, cut the number of children who are taken away from their families.

‘A burnt out social worker isn’t a good social worker. Employers must support under pressure staff’

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‘A burnt out social worker isn’t a good social worker. Employers must support under pressure staff’

Note: Neither is a CPS Agent.

Social workers in mental health teams are under intense pressure. As Community Care reported last week, the latest annual NHS staff survey results show that we have overtaken other professions working in mental health in terms of the levels of stress being reported by frontline staff.

New Jersey family laws enable dysfunction

New Jersey family laws enable dysfunction

I feel that the general outrage towards Rachel Canning is misdirected. The outrage should be re-directed at New Jersey’s horrible, out-of-touch family laws designed to create conflict and work for family lawyers (more than $12,000 in fees on this case alone).

2 Investigators: Clerical Error Keeps Sisters Stuck In Abusive Foster Care For Years

2 Investigators: Clerical Error Keeps Sisters Stuck In Abusive Foster Care For Years

Two girls were trapped in the state’s foster care system for years because of a clerical error.

Personhood USA: Despite court victory, Massachusetts DCF refuses to introduce a plan to return Justina Pelletier home

Personhood USA: Despite court victory, Massachusetts DCF refuses to introduce a plan to return Justina Pelletier home

Despite last week's court ruling determining that medical care for Justina Pelletier would be returned to Tufts Medical Center, Massachusetts DCF has offered no plan to release Justina to her family.

Australian Child Protection Accused of Repeating Sins of ‘Stolen Generations’

Australian Child Protection Accused of Repeating Sins of ‘Stolen Generations’

While social services deny targeting Aboriginal families, the statistics of children in out-of-home care paint a disturbing picture

Monday, March 10, 2014

State ends probe into Middleton foster-care agency

State ends probe into Middleton foster-care agency

The state Department of Justice has closed its criminal investigation into Community Care Resources Inc., a Middleton-based foster care agency that state officials had accused of massive overbilling.

Rachel Canning lawsuit: 'Wonderful family' torn asunder as the world watches, passes judgment

Rachel Canning lawsuit: 'Wonderful family' torn asunder as the world watches, passes judgment

From the outside, it seemed a happy suburban home.

Sean and Elizabeth Canning raised three beautiful daughters, the oldest an honors student, an athlete and the captain of her cheerleading squad. There were dinners out and romps with the dogs on the front lawn. A family trip to the Bahamas. Smiles and silly faces in photo after photo.

Falsely accused parents awarded costs

Falsely accused parents awarded costs

The parents of a child with vitamin D deficiency who was taken by authorities on a false suspicion of abuse have been awarded legal costs of more than $125,000.

Mass. ranks low in children’s welfare

Mass. ranks low in children’s welfare

Massachusetts is used to being near the top in national rankings — from education to health care to technological innovation. But when it comes to protecting children in foster care or potentially abusive homes, the state has languished closer to the bottom for years, according to an assortment of federal data.

Child Welfare Reform Bill Taking Shape

Child Welfare Reform Bill Taking Shape

Child welfare advocates in Arizona are hoping to help shape a reform bill being put together by a special legislative committee.

The bill-writing group was formed after last year’s discovery that 6,500 child abuse and neglect reports had not been investigated. In the last five years, Arizona has seen the largest increase of any state in the number of children in foster care.

Note: "Reform" means different things to different people.

Police search for 4 missing kids - Because CPS told them to.

Police search for 4 missing kids

Help this guy get to Mexico!!

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who took off with his four children and a female companion.

Note: F*** the police.  Just because CPS made an accusation is no reason to believe it.


DHHS reassigns child care licensing supervisor after abuse allegations surface

DHHS reassigns child care licensing supervisor after abuse allegations surface

Several months ago, reports surfaced of child abuse at the Sunshine Child Care & Preschool in Lyman.


At DCF, death’s sad calculation

At DCF, death’s sad calculation

CHILD WELFARE commissioner Olga Roche is a well-liked, long-time human service administrator who was probably in over her head on day one last spring when she took over the state Department of Children and Families. It’s an axiom of state government that governors in the waning months of their final term don’t have a huge talent pool to draw from. That helps explain how she got tapped for the job.

Children's Rights lawyer, in 5th year of lawsuit against DCF, says state has long failed to correct system

Children's Rights lawyer, in 5th year of lawsuit against DCF, says state has long failed to correct system

Sara M. Bartosz, the lead attorney for Children's Rights representing foster children in a federal class action lawsuit filed years ago against the state, said the Patrick administration was well aware of changes needed within Department of Children and Families to ensure youngsters are cared for long before 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver of Leominster disappeared.

Merced County worker avoids gun charges

Merced County worker avoids gun charges

Prosecutors have declined to file charges against a Merced County employee who was arrested after police found firearms and ammunition at her home.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

A trial by jury for parents in danger of losing parental rights?

A trial by jury for parents in danger of losing parental rights?

Should it be easier or harder to terminate the rights of parents whose kids have been taken away by Social Services?

Foster Parent Charged With Sex Counts

Foster Parent Charged With Sex Counts

On February 25th, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office of Criminal Investigation, received a report alleging an inappropriate sexual relationship between a 17 year old juvenile foster child and a foster parent in Watauga County.

Jamaal Jacob Taking Case To Appellate Court 3/14/14

Jamaal Jacob Taking Case To Appellate Court 3/14/14

For over a year Jamaal Jacob and his story has been read and listened to from people from east to west. With many people supporting him as he spoke out about his child that was kidnapped by the Torrington D.C.F in Connecticut. It has been over a year since this nightmare has started for this family, they continue to miss, love and fight for the return of their daughter.

Illinois lawmakers cite 'horrendous' challenges ahead for state's child welfare agency

Illinois lawmakers cite 'horrendous' challenges ahead for state's child welfare agency

Two Democratic lawmakers involved in overseeing the troubled Illinois Department of Children and Family Services say the agency faces "horrendous" challenges in the year ahead as officials deal with yet another search for a new child-welfare chief, anticipated budget cuts and election year politics.

‘There Is Something Wrong When the Government Kidnaps Children From Their Own Family’: Huckabee References Justina Pelletier in CPAC Speech

‘There Is Something Wrong When the Government Kidnaps Children From Their Own Family’: Huckabee References Justina Pelletier in CPAC Speech

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday pleaded with conservative activists to remain on guard against government overreach, referring at one point to the case of a Connecticut teen who is being held by the state against her parents’ wishes.

Judge: Biological father will share custody with girl's 'psychological parents'

Judge: Biological father will share custody with girl's 'psychological parents'

A Colorado juvenile court has ruled that a father in a dismissed Utah adoption case will share custody of his daughter with the couple who have become her "psychological parents."

Friday, March 07, 2014

Nebraska high court again rules father's consent necessary for adoption

Nebraska high court again rules father's consent necessary for adoption

For a second time, the Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that a father who was intentionally misled about the birth of his child can stop the baby's adoption.

Weller children file lawsuit against state DSHS

Weller children file lawsuit against state DSHS

Five children who were abused by their parents in Vancouver have filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the state, alleging that the Department of Social and Health Services failed to adequately respond to dozens of complaints about their welfare over an eight-year period.

Appeal court urged to jail former TTC honcho who abused foster child

Appeal court urged to jail former TTC honcho who abused foster child

The Court of Appeal has been urged to jail a former TTC supervisor who impregnated his foster daughter 35 years ago.

UPDATE: Foster Parent Arrested in Connection with Child's Injuries

UPDATE: Foster Parent Arrested in Connection with Child's Injuries


A Minnesota foster parent has been arrested in connection with injuries of a 16-month-old in her care.

A few weeks ago we first told you about a child who was recovering from serious injuries he apparently got while in foster care. His mother reached out to Valley News Live to investigate and we found that the child was in the Fargo Sanford hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

Most of the Lev Tahor kids at centre of custody case have left Canada: police

Most of the Lev Tahor kids at centre of custody case have left Canada: police

An Ontario judge has issued an emergency order that 14 children from an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect at the centre of a custody case be placed in the care of children's aid, but police said Thursday most of the children have left the country.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Family Court tightens procedures after breach of sensitive juvenile case files

Family Court tightens procedures after breach of sensitive juvenile case files

A security breach of sensitive information from sealed juvenile delinquent cases at Family Court has left administrators scrambling to notify the people involved and tighten procedures for dealing with those kinds of cases.

Across U.S., Non-Custodial Parents Sue

Across U.S., Non-Custodial Parents Sue

At least 28 federal class action suits in 28 states have been filed in the last two weeks on behalf of non-custodial parents (NCPs). The defendants are the individual states.

Union County DSS fires another employee as scrutiny continues

Union County DSS fires another employee as scrutiny continues

Another person has been fired as Union County Department of Social Services leaders scrutinize the agency after the arrest of one of its supervisors.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews flee Quebec over foster care orders

Ultra-Orthodox Jews flee Quebec over foster care orders

Members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Lev Tahor Jewish sect in Quebec have fled Canada ahead of court appearances related to alleged child abuse.

N.W.T. foster parents not screened, kids neglected: Report

N.W.T. foster parents not screened, kids neglected: Report

A scathing federal report on Child and Family Services in the Northwest Territories has found that foster parents are rarely screened and social workers aren't following up on reports of kids at risk.

State Finds Major Problems In Union County Child Welfare Program

State Finds Major Problems In Union County Child Welfare Program

A state review of the Union County Department of Human Services has found numerous failures in the agency's operations over the last three years.

Opinion: Family Court System Expensive, Inefficient And Abusive

Opinion: Family Court System Expensive, Inefficient And Abusive

On Feb. 26, there was a historic vote at the state Capitol in which family court Judge Leslie Olear was only narrowly reappointed by the legislature. This vote came after public protests which gained media attention and after legislators were called into action to address the serious problems in our state's family courts. After this vote, some members of the legal community understandably rushed to defend Judge Olear, claiming that the votes against her were politically motivated and only in response to complaints being expressed by a "small number of family court critics." This is simply not the case.

A Father's Story: Justina Pelletier's Dad Meeting with Mass. Legislators

A Father's Story: Justina Pelletier's Dad Meeting with Mass. Legislators

The West Hartford man will share his story about the ongoing effort to get his 15-year-old daughter back from the Department of Children and Families.

17-year-old girl sentenced in foster mom's death

17-year-old girl sentenced in foster mom's death

A 17-year-old girl who smothered her foster mother in 2011 will spend about 10 years in prison.

Olga Roche’s goal still left some kids at risk

Olga Roche’s goal still left some kids at risk

Embattled DCF Commissioner Olga Roche — alerted at least three years ago that social workers routinely missed monthly visits for thousands of children under state care — responded to the crisis by setting a goal to regularly monitor just 85 percent of kids under the agency’s watch, according to internal emails obtained by the Herald.

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