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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Update: Child welfare system part of ongoing ‘genocide': Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Update: Child welfare system part of ongoing ‘genocide': Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Manitoba’s largest aboriginal group is calling child welfare in the province a form of genocide and says it must be overhauled to stop record numbers of children from being seized from their families.

AZ woman made false abuse claims about son's father

AZ woman made false abuse claims about son's father

Police have arrested an 18-year-old Casa Grande woman caught in an alleged string of lies.

Immigrant Children in New York City Face a Shortage of Attorneys

Immigrant Children in New York City Face a Shortage of Attorneys

Dozens of attorneys race between windowless courtrooms. Families listen as immigration law is explained to them. And the children at the center of it all fill the dimly lit hallways, waiting for their turn before a judge.

Keeping vulnerable children out of care costs money

Keeping vulnerable children out of care costs money


As an experienced social worker, I feel dismayed at the lack of context around your piece headlined “Social Services failure puts 5,000 children back in care each year” (News). I am sure that many children and families do feel unsupported when returning from care but I am equally sure that this is not through deliberate neglect but because local authority children’s social care departments have to make difficult decisions about where to spend the money they have available.

40 families reported to social services after GP disputes

40 families reported to social services after GP disputes

UP TO 40 families have been investigated by child protection officers because they disagreed with doctors about the diagnosis and treatment of children with myalgic encephalopathy (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, according to a leading paediatrician.

South Carolina social services agency placed girl with man who sexually assaulted her, lawsuit says

South Carolina social services agency placed girl with man who sexually assaulted her, lawsuit says

A South Carolina couple is suing the state’s social services agency, claiming that case workers negligently placed their teenage daughter in the care of a male neighbor and that she was repeatedly raped over months.

Md. secures $650M federal grant to fund foster-care, child-welfare programs

Md. secures $650M federal grant to fund foster-care, child-welfare programs

Maryland has been awarded a five-year, $650 million federal grant to try to steer more children out of the state foster-care system, preserve families through community-based support programs, improve child safety and prevent abuse.

Parents charged with kidnapping their own kids

Parents charged with kidnapping their own kids

A set of foster children were returned to their foster family after their parents allegedly tried to kidnap them early Friday morning.

Abuse claims rubbish, says foster dad

Abuse claims rubbish, says foster dad

A man accused of beating and neglecting Child, Youth and Family foster children in his care has described the allegations as "absolute rubbish".

Women can abuse children too - and society must confront it

Women can abuse children too - and society must confront it

Bill Jenkins is familiar with people assuming that women are incapable of harming children. His childhood was defined by the sexual and physical abuse meted out by his foster mother – but all the signs of his distress were ignored.

Changing Perceptions in Foster Care Youth

Changing Perceptions in Foster Care Youth

“My teacher called me the ‘F’ word,” one former foster youth mumbled during a “Pain to Power” meeting held by the RightWay Foundation. Twelve transition-aged youth sat around a table that filled the room.  At first everyone looked confused, trying to figure out which of the many ‘F’ words the teacher could have thrown at him.

County social workers remain without new contract

County social workers remain without new contract

Three weeks after returning to work, Butler County Children Services social workers who went on strike last month still don’t have a new contract or any scheduled negotiating sessions with the county.

Social worker vacancy rates putting children 'at risk'

Social worker vacancy rates putting children 'at risk'

A shortage of social workers is putting some of the most vulnerable children at greater risk of harm, it is claimed.

LETTER FROM CALIFORNIA: FOSTER CARE SYSTEM RIDDLED WITH CORRUPTION

LETTER FROM CALIFORNIA: FOSTER CARE SYSTEM RIDDLED WITH CORRUPTION

Will California Lead the Way in Overhauling the Foster Care System?

Note: Probably not.

2 charged over 3 boys taken from Texas foster home

2 charged over 3 boys taken from Texas foster home

A South Texas man and woman have been charged with kidnapping after three boys were abducted from a foster home but later rescued and returned.

Irish Government drops surrogacy from family law reform

Irish Government drops surrogacy from family law reform

The Irish Government has removed provisions on surrogacy from draft legislation reforming family law in the country, while including proposals to prohibit anonymous sperm and egg donation.

Child abuse cases in Northern Territory understated due to error

Child abuse cases in Northern Territory understated due to error

SEXUAL exploitation of children in the Northern Territory is chronically under-recorded, and the numbers of remote and regional Aboriginal children in government care are “highly likely to become unsustainable very quickly,” a royal commission has heard.

Alcohol or drug abuse not a trigger for removal of children: Families SA

Alcohol or drug abuse not a trigger for removal of children: Families SA

Alcohol or drug abuse by a parent would not necessarily 'trigger' the removal of a child from their biological family, a parliamentary committee investigating Families SA has heard.

CPS Child stealing epidemic in UK Special Report



The first part of this video is very hard to watch. It is a secretly recorded home movie of a 1 day old baby being stolen from his parents by Child Protective Services (CPS) in Staffoshire UK. The rest after this is a special report about the epidemic of stealing children by CPS in the UK for profit.

Child protection review planned in Leicestershire following Rotherham sexual abuse scandal

Child protection review planned in Leicestershire following Rotherham sexual abuse scandal

Social services bosses in Leicestershire will review the way they look to protect children from sexual exploitation following the Rotherham abuse scandal.




How American parenting is killing the American marriage

How American parenting is killing the American marriage

Sometime between when we were children and when we had children of our own, parenthood became a religion in America. As with many religions, complete unthinking devotion is required from its practitioners. Nothing in life is allowed to be more important than our children, and we must never speak a disloyal word about our relationships with our offspring. Children always come first. We accept this premise so reflexively today that we forget that it was not always so.

Editorial: Children still not protected in Florida

Editorial: Children still not protected in Florida

It has become like a nightmare. Imagine it: You lay flat, cheek pressed against the dusty edge of a cliff. Your outstretched hand grips that of a tiny child. Fingers clench hard and white. Then slip. The child falls. Sweat-drenched, you wake before the body shatters against the stone below.

Fears for at-risk children as protection program altered

Fears for at-risk children as protection program altered

A child abuse prevention service will cease to exist as a stand-alone program, raising fears the support it provides to vulnerable families will be lost or watered down.



Hotel rooms lousy place for kids

Hotel rooms lousy place for kids

It was news to many Manitobans last week that low-paid, private workers watch over children removed from their homes or picked up off the streets. There aren't enough foster homes or emergency group-home beds to take the demand. In March, the number of kids housed daily in hotel rooms spiked at 65.

Japan's throwaway children

Japan's throwaway children

In a country that frowns upon foster care, 33,000 children from abusive homes are growing up in state institutions.

Marshall's Department of Social Work provides job opportunities to students through child welfare program


For the past 20 years, the Marshall University Department of Social Work has given students the chance to secure jobs before they even graduate. This opportunity is sustained through the Title IVE Child Welfare Scholar program, which allows social work students to receive a stipend if they agree to work for the West Virginia Division of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) for the amount of time they received the stipend, with a one-year minimum after graduation.

Note: How they sucker them in 101.

Detention centre child sex abuse claims number in dozens

Detention centre child sex abuse claims number in dozens

Allegations of 33 cases of sexual abuse involving children in detention centres in Australia have emerged.



Internal conflict continues to plague Fraser Valley aboriginal child agency

Internal conflict continues to plague Fraser Valley aboriginal child agency

A Fraser Valley aboriginal child welfare agency with a history of upheavals is facing a fresh round of conflict, with one high-profile member calling for it to be overhauled.

Woman accused of impersonating social worker, abducting toddler

Woman accused of impersonating social worker, abducting toddler

A Holly Ridge woman has been accused of impersonating a social worker and abducting a toddler, according to warrants.

Nearly 10,000 children still waiting to be allocated dedicated social worker

Nearly 10,000 children still waiting to be allocated dedicated social worker

MORE than 9,500 children whose cases have been notified to social services are waiting to be allocated a social worker, new figures show.


Teen mom, infant are reported safe with foster parent

Teen mom, infant are reported safe with foster parent

Police tell us the teen mom and infant were with their foster mother and were never missing.

Child protection: Convention on children’s rights ‘poorly implemented’

Child protection: Convention on children’s rights ‘poorly implemented’

Civil society organisations have expressed concern over the poor implementation of concluding observations and recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of Children.

To Change Child Custody Agreement, Lawyer Must Pay $10K to Ex

To Change Child Custody Agreement, Lawyer Must Pay $10K to Ex

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that an attorney is bound by the terms of a child custody agreement that requires him to pay $10,000 to his ex-partner every time he files a court action to modify the agreement.

Pope County abuse case exposes problems with system

Pope County abuse case exposes problems with system

This is a story of a 4-year-old boy and the system that failed to protect him.

Man acquitted of alleged abuse of adopted boy

Man acquitted of alleged abuse of adopted boy

A Connecticut judge has acquitted a former Glastonbury man of sexually abusing one of nine children he and his former husband adopted through the state Department of Children and Families.

South Yorkshire Police Face Ridicule for Child Protection Procedures: Reports

South Yorkshire Police Face Ridicule for Child Protection Procedures: Reports

England's South Yorkshire police are being ridiculed for inconsistencies and "weaknesses" regarding its child protection procedures, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.

Total U.S. Child Welfare Spending Drops for First Time in Decades

Total U.S. Child Welfare Spending Drops for First Time in Decades

An across-the-board downturn in federal dollars sparked an overall decline in child welfare spending, according to research by the group Child Trends, and it did not fall by a slight percentage.

Monday, September 29, 2014

I have an open investigation with CpS should I look into a lawyer?

Another question answered by lawyers.

I have an open investigation with CpS should I look into a lawyer?

Inquiry launched into Clark County child welfare problems

Inquiry launched into Clark County child welfare problems

Nevada Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta has called for a blue ribbon committee to examine deficiencies in the Clark County child welfare system and courts.

Manitoba hires several companies to watch children in CFS care

Manitoba hires several companies to watch children in CFS care

The Manitoba government pays millions of dollars to more than one company to look after children who are in the province's child-welfare system and placed in hotels, CBC News has learned.


African families are 20 times more likely to end up in the child care courts

African families are 20 times more likely to end up in the child care courts

The report finds that this is “totally disproportionate to their presence in the population as a whole” stating that in the last Census in 2011, there were 17,642 Nigerians and 4,872 South Africans living in Ireland. Eight other African countries had less than 1,000 and more than 200 of their nationals living here.

Can Cambodia's orphanage system be reformed?

Can Cambodia's orphanage system be reformed?

Three years ago, Cambodia's minister of social Affairs announced 70 privately run orphanages would be closed, effective immediately. An investigation, he said, had found these centres did not provide basic care and security for children living there. They had to shut down.

'Culture of not talking' with fathers

'Culture of not talking' with fathers

SOCIAL services have apologised for a culture of failing to tell fathers about their children’s welfare.

MISSING: 19 Year Old Mom & Her 2 Week Old Son

MISSING: 19 Year Old Mom & Her 2 Week Old Son

Montgomery County’s Children Services Division is seeking the public’s help in locating Kizzi (aka Kizza) McDonald, a 19-year-old mother who has left her foster care placement along with her two-week-old baby, LaRyan Edward Brooks.

Therapist Tells On Mother Who Left Her Kids Alone For 20 Minutes, Now CPS Is Furious

Therapist Tells On Mother Who Left Her Kids Alone For 20 Minutes, Now CPS Is Furious

The reports of negligent or plain lazy parents are mounting. Every day, we hear about someone leaving their infant or infants behind, mostly in a car, for some self-gratification. However, is it right when a mother leaves her kids alone for merely 20 minutes and is then hounded by Child Protection Services (CPS) for the alleged unforgivable negligence?

Pot-smoking parents may face legal problems even where pot is legal

Pot-smoking parents may face legal problems even where pot is legal

Child protection agencies don't always look kindly on parents getting high in front of their kids

Justice seeks probe of county child welfare system, courts

Justice seeks probe of county child welfare system, courts

Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta has asked a group of southern Nevada leaders to serve on a blue ribbon committee to look into deficiencies in the Clark County child welfare system and courts.

Catholic children's home in Northern Ireland was scene of 'rampant' sexual abuse of boys, inquiry hears

Catholic children's home in Northern Ireland was scene of 'rampant' sexual abuse of boys, inquiry hears 

Sexual abuse was rampant at a children's home in Northern Ireland run by a Catholic order of brothers, a former senior policeman has said.

Number of US children in foster care rises slightly after dropping for 7 years

Number of US children in foster care rises slightly after dropping for 7 years

Note: No wonder the economy is improving.  The system sucks are making more money.

After dropping for seven straight years, the number of U.S. children in foster care rose slightly last year, according to new federal figures released Monday.

Manitoba First Nations woman shares story of life under CFS care

Manitoba First Nations woman shares story of life under CFS care

Tamara Murdock understands how young women under the care of Child and Family Services can fall into trouble. 

A return to juvenile justice's roots: Rehab not punishment

A return to juvenile justice's roots: Rehab not punishment

Should young people be arrested and held in jail for minor offenses? This is an issue that Marion County, as well as the rest of the country, has been dealing with.

Florida DCF was warned about Don Spirit in 2013, says sheriff

Florida DCF was warned about Don Spirit in 2013, says sheriff

Florida's child welfare agency was warned in 2013 that a man should be kept away from the daughter and six grandchildren that he later killed, Alachua County's sheriff told a newspaper.

Teen who killed Ohio foster mom after sexual affair with foster dad gets life in prison

Teen who killed Ohio foster mom after sexual affair with foster dad gets life in prison



Sabrina Zunich, 19, was reduced to tears Monday as she was sent to spend at least 30 years in the slammer for the November 2012 murder of Lisa Knoefel, 41. Then 17, Zunich slashed the sleeping woman 178 times so Kevin Knoefel could cash a life insurance policy and the two could be together.

Caseworkers want raises for foster care parents

Caseworkers want raises for foster care parents

Erie County pays foster care families lowest amount in northwest Ohio

Note: That sucks.

Foster children's stories 'withheld from carers'

Foster children's stories 'withheld from carers'

Thousands of foster families are being put at risk because some councils are withholding vital information about the children they agree to take in, campaigners have warned.

Foster families ‘denied key information about vulnerable children in their care’

Foster families ‘denied key information about vulnerable children in their care’

Foster families are being put at risk because local authorities are failing to share vital information about vulnerable children with them, according to a charity.

Number of US Kids in Foster Care up After Long Dip

Number of US Kids in Foster Care up After Long Dip

After dropping for seven straight years, the number of U.S. children in foster care rose slightly last year, according to new federal figures released Monday.

The aftermath of the Rotherham child abuse scandal

The aftermath of the Rotherham child abuse scandal

Recent revelations about events in Rotherham have provoked widespread outrage and disgust, from all aspects of society. The damning revelations have caused an outcry that has meant that high-ranking officials are being questioned under oath (which is a lot rarer than you’d think) and even caused Martin Kimber to step down, and placed a lot of pressure of Shaun Wright to do the same.

B.C. teacher had to fight to restore shattered reputation after student falsely accused him of sadistic crimes

B.C. teacher had to fight to restore shattered reputation after student falsely accused him of sadistic crimes

Accused by a student of sadistic crimes and facing the prospect of never stepping in a classroom again, a veteran B.C. high school teacher with a spotless record decided to fight.

Douglas Wirth Found Not Guilty Of Abusing Adopted Son

Douglas Wirth Found Not Guilty Of Abusing Adopted Son

A Hartford Superior Court judge Monday found a former Glastonbury man not guilty of physically and sexually abusing one of the sons he and his former husband adopted through the state Department of Children and Families.

Foster care redesign begins in North Texas

Foster care redesign begins in North Texas

North Texas is the testing ground for a new state initiative designed to improve the foster care experience for children and the families who take them in.

Juvenile detention escapes have residents on edge

Juvenile detention escapes have residents on edge

Three escapes in one month from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center have left neighbors in the residential Bordeaux community next to the juvenile lockup on edge.

Scrutiny of parents often follows reports of past incidents

Scrutiny of parents often follows reports of past incidents

The state's scrutiny of Amanda and Leo Ware as parents lacks the normal triggers for such a review — current accusations of abuse or problems at home.

Gov. Brown signs bills aiding immigrant children, troubled students


California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation to provide $3 million in legal aid for the thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America who have flooded into the U.S. illegally this year.

Judge eases concerns about Child Welfare Court's elimination in El Paso County

Judge eases concerns about Child Welfare Court's elimination in El Paso County

State District Judge Yahara Lisa Gutierrez said she has addressed the concerns of some attorneys regarding the elimination of the Child Welfare Court by taking the court's cases herself beginning Monday.

Are Child Protection Quotas Endangering Minnesota Children?

Are Child Protection Quotas Endangering Minnesota Children?

In 2000, Minnesota launched a pilot for its now statewide differential response (DR) program. DR is a popular child protection strategy with mixed results, in which help is offered to abusive or neglectful parents, but rarely forced upon them.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

DHS Acknowledges A Majority Of Immigrant Families Fail To Report To Authorities

DHS Acknowledges A Majority Of Immigrant Families Fail To Report To Authorities

For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to tens of thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border and released into the United States with instructions to report back to immigration authorities.

Woman stabbed in Regina last week was a social worker

Woman stabbed in Regina last week was a social worker

The union that represents the province’s social workers is stressing the importance of ensuring employee safety after a child protection worker was stabbed in Regina last week.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Editorial: Killings put new spotlight on DCF

Editorial: Killings put new spotlight on DCF

The killings of six children in the Gilchrist County town of Bell is the first major test for a retooled Department of Children and Families that has pledged to be open and transparent about child fatalities. Bolstered by new state money and stronger laws to protect children, DCF now has the opportunity to make good on its promises. The agency should fully disclose the details of what happened with this troubled family. The goal is to ensure that child welfare workers and the public learn from such tragedies and work to make sure they don't happen again.

Backlog of children’s immigration cases challenges judges, lawyers and schools

Backlog of children’s immigration cases challenges judges, lawyers and schools

“Cindy,” a very slight young woman with long brown hair, sits on a bench looking out at Miami’s Biscayne Bay. The serenity here is profoundly different from the violence she left behind in Honduras. Cindy, who asked the NewsHour not to use her real name, said she fled an abusive home at 14 and lived on her own for the next three years.

China Focus: New rules to encourage and regulate foster families

China Focus: New rules to encourage and regulate foster families

China's Ministry of Civil Affairs issued a new regulation on foster families on Friday, replacing an 11-year-old regulation.

Irish government drops surrogacy plans from family law overhaul

Irish government drops surrogacy plans from family law overhaul

The Irish Times has reported that the Irish government has dropped surrogacy plans from its overhaul of the family justice system.

CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES NEITHER CONSISTENT NOR COHESIVE, LAWMAKERS TOLD

CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES NEITHER CONSISTENT NOR COHESIVE, LAWMAKERS TOLD

The Department for Children and Families handles child abuse and neglect cases differently in different parts of the state, and there are differences between the law, DCF policy, and reality, legislative attorneys told the Committee on Child Protection Thursday.

Kerri Irvin-Ross says more can be done to keep teens safe

Kerri Irvin-Ross says more can be done to keep teens safe

Manitoba's Child and Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross says more has to be done to keep children in care from being placed in hotels on an emergency basis.

Stabbing of Regina social worker highlights risks of the job



Stabbing of Regina social worker highlights risks of the job

More details are emerging about a stabbing that sent one woman to hospital and another behind bars facing attempted murder charges.

In Texas can a parent regain custody after their parental rights have been terminated

In Texas can a parent regain custody after their parental rights have been terminated

In the State of Texas, if a parent loses their parental rights of their children, because of their addiction to prescription drugs (pain pills) and their inability to care properly for their kid's because they where in denial about their addiction and didn't realize that their whole life revolved around their addiction.

Arizona agency says it has finished 6,600 child-abuse cases, removed 600 kids from caregivers

Arizona agency says it has finished 6,600 child-abuse cases, removed 600 kids from caregivers

A team created after officials in Arizona discovered that thousands of abuse and neglect reports weren't investigated announced Thursday that is has closed all the cases and removed nearly 600 children from caregivers.

'I'll never get those birthdays back'

'I'll never get those birthdays back'

Surfing the Internet, Aaron Adams still finds incriminating evidence — a mugshot from a 2008 arrest.

Teacher tells court of foster care girl's 'saddest' eyes

Teacher tells court of foster care girl's 'saddest' eyes

A young girl allegedly abused by her Child, Youth and Family foster parents had "the saddest eyes I have ever seen", according to her teacher.

Fired Oklahoma DHS child-welfare worker pleads guilty to misdemeanor for failure to do her job

Fired Oklahoma DHS child-welfare worker pleads guilty to misdemeanor for failure to do her job

Fired DHS child welfare specialist Rachel Qualls was placed on probation Thursday for a year for failing to fully investigate allegations a special-needs child was being neglected.

Families' child welfare system experiences to be documented

Families' child welfare system experiences to be documented

On Oct. 8, people in the Grand Island area who have had some contact with public or private child welfare agencies will have an opportunity to tell their stories to researchers conducting a study for the Nebraska Legislature.

Woman impregnated by her social worker awarded $1.05 million in damages

Woman impregnated by her social worker awarded $1.05 million in damages

A federal jury ruled Wednesday that the state of Wisconsin is not financially liable for a Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare social worker who impregnated an emotionally troubled woman he had investigated for child maltreatment.

Mother-of-two arrested for beating child porn-collecting neighbor hours after he was released on bail

Mother-of-two arrested for beating child porn-collecting neighbor hours after he was released on bail

Nicole Pelletier, 41, told police she wanted to kill Gary Spring, 61, who was recently arrested for hoarding more than 300 pornographic images of children on his computer, according to The Smoking Gun. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Editorial: Nightmare of a DCF

Editorial: Nightmare of a DCF

It has become like a nightmare. Imagine it: You lay flat, cheek pressed against the dusty edge of a cliff. Your outstretched hand grips that of a tiny child. Fingers clench hard and white. Then slip. The child falls. Sweat-drenched, you wake before the body shatters against the stone below.

McMaster wants aboriginal child taken from family for chemotherapy

McMaster wants aboriginal child taken from family for chemotherapy

Doctors from McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton have gone to court to have an aboriginal child removed from her family so she can resume chemotherapy treatment.

Cops: Mom Beat Neighbor Busted For Child Porn

Cops: Mom Beat Neighbor Busted For Child Porn

A mother of two children was arrested after she entered the apartment of a neighbor and punched him in the face because she was incensed that he returned to the Massachusetts residence after being arrested for possession of child pornography.

Child moved from foster parents after alleged emotional neglect and abuse


GardaĆ­ have been notified and a child in care has been moved after alleged emotional neglect and abuse by his foster carers, the Dublin District Family Court was told yesterday.


Officials: 6,600 Ignored Child-Abuse Cases Closed

Officials: 6,600 Ignored Child-Abuse Cases Closed

A team created after officials in Arizona discovered that thousands of abuse and neglect reports weren't investigated announced Thursday that is has closed all the cases and removed nearly 600 children from caregivers.

Beechwood children's home child abuse scandal. It's a cover up.



Beechwood children's home was run by NOTTINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL and NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL

Adoption should be the last port of call – even in the storm of local authority funding

Adoption should be the last port of call – even in the storm of local authority funding

The language judges use is usually considered and restrained, but there are times when they make their displeasure clear. Last year, addressing a mother’s appeal against a court’s refusal to let her oppose the adoption of her children, president of the high court’s family division Sir James Munby stated: “We have real concerns, shared by other judges, about the recurrent inadequacy of the analysis and reasoning put forward in support of the case for adoption, both in the materials put before the court by local authorities and guardians and also in too many judgments. This is nothing new. But it is time to call a halt.”

Child maltreatment underreported in Medicaid claims, study finds

Child maltreatment underreported in Medicaid claims, study finds

Medicaid claims are a poor way to identify child abuse and neglect at a population level, according to a study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.


Taken from her mum at three and handed to an abusive foster family: Mother hits out at care system that almost ruined her life and says adoption should be a priority

Taken from her mum at three and handed to an abusive foster family: Mother hits out at care system that almost ruined her life and says adoption should be a priority

Ashley Rhodes-Courter was three when her childhood came to an abrupt end. The daughter of a struggling teenage mother, her life had been blighted by fecklessness and her parent's regular brushes with the law.

How they protect CPS Rats

Childcare agency treats reports of child abuse with confidentiality

The letter in SN of September 22 by Mr Sahadeo Bates captioned ‘Ended up in prison after reporting child abuse’ refers.

The Childcare and Protection Agency in its mandate investigates all reported cases of child abuse. It is the policy of the agency to treat the identity of reporters with the utmost confidentiality so as to avoid reporters being penalized by community members or the alleged perpetrators. If a reporter, however, chooses to reveal their identity to the alleged perpetrators, ensuing conflict between the parties is likely to occur.

11 Month Old CO Baby, Angel Lane Place, Removed for Marijuana, Killed in Foster Care

11 Month Old CO Baby, Angel Lane Place, Removed for Marijuana, Killed in Foster Care

A foster mom taking care of an infant who was less than a year old has admitted to accidentally dropping her on September 12th and shaking her while holding her by the throat on September 15th. She is married to the brother of the infant’s biological mother and was in the process of adopting her when the infant was killed.

Opinion: American foster care system needs work

Opinion: American foster care system needs work

On any given day, there are nearly 397,000 American children in foster care, according to a report conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That’s enough to fill Tiger Stadium four times.

Foster Parent requirements called into question

Foster Parent requirements called into question

At just 20 years old, some have questioned whether white, now charged with child abuse resulting in death should have been allowed to care for the 11 month old infant.

DCS foster home shut down, operator charged with child rape

DCS foster home shut down, operator charged with child rape

A Department of Children's Services foster home in Sumner County has been shut down.

Foster kids struggle academically

Foster kids struggle academically

Connecticut children in foster care are more likely to miss school, perform poorly on standardized tests and be suspended or expelled from school.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Former CPS workers say caseloads too much

Former CPS workers say caseloads too much

The Travis County Medical Examiners Office is unable to determine if the body recovered in Southeast Austin earlier this month is 2-year-old Colton Turner.

State found not liable for social worker who impregnated troubled woman

State found not liable for social worker who impregnated troubled woman

A federal jury ruled Wednesday that the state of Wisconsin is not financially liable for a Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare social worker who impregnated an emotionally troubled woman he had investigated for child maltreatment.

Schools censor children’s achievements due to 'irrational fears' over paedophiles

Schools censor children’s achievements due to 'irrational fears' over paedophiles

The head of the Independent Association of Prep Schools criticises a culture of classroom "self-censorship", saying fears over child protection prevented schools celebrating pupils' achievements

A rather dumb question by a not so very nice person

Report from Child Protective Services

How can I get a report from Child Protective Services of their visit to my ex-spouse? I need it for the final hearing to prove child neglect. I phoned them to ask for it but they said only the court can order it. How do I get it before the hearing if I dont' have an attorney?


New state law aims to plug holes in child abuse reports

New state law aims to plug holes in child abuse reports

From now on, when a complaint of child abuse is reported, child protective workers across the state will know if a previous report was filed against the alleged abuser or past concerns raised about a child’s well being.

Note: So this means that if you had this asshole neighbor who made a false report, that could be used against you anytime in the future.


4-Year-Old Put in Foster Care After Parents Accidentally Leave Her at Park

4-Year-Old Put in Foster Care After Parents Accidentally Leave Her at Park

Moms, imagine this nightmarish scenario: you take your daughter to a park for a family outing, where you have an unpleasant disagreement with your husband. Realizing that you both need time to cool off, you and your husband decide to leave in separate vehicles. In the confusion and emotional stress, both of you assume your daughter is with someone else. Still angry and wanting space from your husband, you head to a relative's house to spend the night -- only to learn 12 hours later that your daughter had been left behind, alone at the park.

Immigration Rights Groups Criticize ICE's New Texas Family Detention Center

Immigration Rights Groups Criticize ICE's New Texas Family Detention Center

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced plans to establish a new family detention facility to address the increasing numbers of undocumented immigrants entering the country, and national Latino and immigrant rights groups are not pleased.

I Felt Like a Criminal: The Pressure to Become a Helicopter Parent

I Felt Like a Criminal: The Pressure to Become a Helicopter Parent

In 2011, Lilia Gonzalez* nearly lost her three young children. She considered herself a loving, attentive mother, but one day she made a seemingly harmless mistake that turned into a two-year battle to convince the state of Illinois that she hadn’t — and wouldn’t — maliciously neglect her children.

Hendersonville foster dad charged with raping girl

Hendersonville foster dad charged with raping girl

A Hendersonville foster father has been charged with raping a 12-year-old girl who was placed in his home by the Department of Children’s Service.

Woman says she was pushed to take back child molester

Woman says she was pushed to take back child molester

A Winnipeg mother says child-welfare staff pushed her to allow a convicted child molester back into her home, ignored her warnings and then failed to stop the man from raping their daughter and another preteen girl.

In Colorado, a Student Counterprotest to an Anti-Protest Curriculum

In Colorado, a Student Counterprotest to an Anti-Protest Curriculum

A new conservative school board majority here in the Denver suburbs recently proposed a curriculum-review committee to promote patriotism, respect for authority and free enterprise and to guard against educational materials that “encourage or condone civil disorder.” In response, hundreds of students, teachers and parents gave the board their own lesson in civil disobedience.

Jury selection continues in foster child's death

Jury selection continues in foster child's death

Jury selection was to continue Wednesday in the trial of an Illinois woman accused in the 2011 death of a 4-year-old Bloomington foster child.

TRAFFICKING AND ABUSE OF FOSTER KIDS IS ABOUT TO GET MUCH HARDER!!

TRAFFICKING AND ABUSE OF FOSTER KIDS IS ABOUT TO GET MUCH HARDER!!

H.R. 4980, a bill that protects foster children from trafficking and exploitation, has been passed by both the US House and Senate and is on its way to the president to be signed into law.

Spirit Lake symposium focuses on moving past social service troubles

Spirit Lake symposium focuses on moving past social service troubles

The reservation has drawn negative attention from national news sources in recent years regarding child abuse and the placement of foster children in unsafe homes, which led to suspended funds for foster care and federal officials taking over parts of the reservation’s social services programming.

Child abuse claims not our responsibility: home carer

Child abuse claims not our responsibility: home carer

A CARER at a Darwin missionary home where Stolen Generation children allegedly suffered vicious sexual abuse knew kids living there were at risk, but did not warn police, parents or other carers because doing so would have been “inappropriate”, a royal commission has heard.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Foster son cleared of stealing £40k from family who cared for him from age of eight

Foster son cleared of stealing £40k from family who cared for him from age of eight

GARY FELVUS, 20, denied stealing a total of £37,660 from tins kept inside a safe in foster mum Agnes Hilditch's home between March and June 2012.

Lev Tahor teens disappear from foster homes, flee to US

Lev Tahor teens disappear from foster homes, flee to US

Two Lev Tahor teens under foster care in Toronto managed to flee the country, and are now with their father in a Brooklyn suburb.

Liverpool actor Paul Barber reveals abuse he suffered at the hands of nuns, brutal foster mum and a paedophile

Liverpool actor Paul Barber reveals abuse he suffered at the hands of nuns, brutal foster mum and a paedophile

Reporter Alun Palmer reveals the horrific sexual abuse suffered by Liverpudlian actor Paul Barber when he was sent to a local convent.

Sheheen pulls latest ad attacking Haley on DSS

Sheheen pulls latest ad attacking Haley on DSS

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Vincent Sheheen rolled out Tuesday an advertisement critical of Gov. Nikki Haley's handling of the Department of Social Services that included inaccurate information.

“Dishonest” social worker who claimed she didn’t realise she was employing her ex-partner has been struck off

“Dishonest” social worker who claimed she didn’t realise she was employing her ex-partner has been struck off

The Birmingham social work manager paid the father of her child for maintenance services in the council, but claimed she didn't know it was him


(Rant included) Social worker took my baby and self-paid-for car seat to foster mother.

Another of those rants from a Mommy site.

(Rant included) Social worker took my baby and self-paid-for car seat to foster mother.

Reasons because I was diagnosed bipolar and I don't have pills, I do have one bottle unopened of four pills of Seroquil.

Two teen girls face arson charges in Hamilton group home blaze

Two teen girls face arson charges in Hamilton group home blaze

Two teenage girls are facing arson charges after a suspicious fire that began inside a second-floor bedroom of a Chedoke Avenue group home.

Questions arise after DCFS ward charged with murder

Questions arise after DCFS ward charged with murder

Kadiedra Shontell Speed’s experience in Illinois’ child-welfare system has included being placed with adoptive parents who ended up abusing her, stays in psychiatric hospitals, addresses at four homes in the last five years and several arrests for fighting, according to court records and sources.

Minnesota’s child protection system will be a “hot topic” during the next legislative session

Minnesota’s child protection system will be a “hot topic” during the next legislative session

Over the last few months the Star Tribune and other media outlets have put Minnesota’s child protection system in the spotlight, highlighting concerns surrounding the low screen-in rates of reports of alleged child maltreatment as well as the death of a four-year-old child who had been brought to the attention of the child protection system 15 different times.


Woman testifies she feared losing children if she denied caseworker sex

Woman testifies she feared losing children if she denied caseworker sex

Theola Nealy told a federal jury Tuesday that she unwillingly had sex with a Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare social worker because she was afraid the man, Peter Nelsen, would remove her two young children and put them in state custody.

$1.9 Million Effort to Fund Lawyers for Immigrant Children

$1.9 Million Effort to Fund Lawyers for Immigrant Children

More than a month after federal Immigration Court began holding a daily surge docket to speed deportations of undocumented Central American children, New York City Council and two charitable organizations have announced a $1.9 million program to fund lawyers for minors who would otherwise go unrepresented.

Child Welfare System Study Needs Participants

Child Welfare System Study Needs Participants

A national consulting firm will be in Omaha Tuesday and Wednesday to talk with those in the metro area who have had some contact with public or private child welfare agencies.  Karen Hallenbeck is with Hornby Zeller Associates and says this is part of a research project for the Nebraska Legislature.  The study will compare the case management performance of the Nebraska Family Collaborative that provides services in Omaha with the Department of Health and Human Services that provides those services for the rest of the state.  The result will be a report analyzing whether the management of child welfare cases should be carried out by private or public agencies.




MN child protection system under scrutiny

MN child protection system under scrutiny

Minnesota's central social service agency will conduct random screenings of child protection decisions made by county officials who receive allegations of abuse.

Grandmother claims retaliation from DHS over going public with custody battle

Grandmother claims retaliation from DHS over going public with custody battle

A state senator is looking into the case of an Oregon grandmother who was denied visitation with her granddaughter because she shared information with the media.

Longtime foster mother in Buena Vista fighting removal of two young sons

Longtime foster mother in Buena Vista fighting removal of two young sons

The retired Atlantic City crossing guard has been fostering children for 13 years, having adopted four of them.

She was in the process of adopting Elijah, now 4½, after already becoming his older sister’s mother. But then Child Protection and Permanency stepped in, taking Elijah and another foster son — whom Jones has had since March 2013, when he was just 4 days old.


Foster mother accused of shaking infant to death

Foster mother accused of shaking infant to death

Authorities say a foster mother told them she lost control when she shook a baby to death because the child would not stop crying.

Foster mother, 20-year-old Sydney Danielle White, arrested in baby's death

Foster mother, 20-year-old Sydney Danielle White, arrested in baby's death

Police arrested a foster mother after an 11-month old girl died at Children's Hospital in Aurora.

Algonquin sisters to stay with non-Aboriginal foster family: Ontario Court of Appeal

Algonquin sisters to stay with non-Aboriginal foster family: Ontario Court of Appeal

An Algonquin grandmother learned Tuesday she won’t be getting custody back of her two granddaughters after the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled the children should stay with their non-Aboriginal foster family where they are “thriving.”

NT victims say 'house parents abused us'

NT victims say 'house parents abused us'

A horrifying picture of sustained physical and sexual abuse suffered for decades by mixed-race and Aboriginal children at a home in Darwin is unfolding at a national inquiry.

Grassley Child Welfare Provisions pass Congress, advance to President

Grassley Child Welfare Provisions pass Congress, advance to President

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa has received final congressional approval for his bipartisan child welfare policy improvements including promoting sibling connections in foster care and strengthening child support enforcement.  The provisions are part of legislation that is on its way to the President for his expected signature into law.

Why 16-Year-Old Transgender Teen Jane Doe Might Have Run

Why 16-Year-Old Transgender Teen Jane Doe Might Have Run

She was patient. She waited for months and even years for the world to do right by her. She waited for her chance to be loved, supported and to survive.

But, 11 years after she first became involved with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families ("DCF"), eight years after first being sexually assaulted while under the supervision of DCF, eight months after being placed in solitary confinement at a facility for boys, five months after being sent to prison without ever being charged with a crime, and three months after being singled out for punishment following an incident that involved three other young people, Jane Doe simply could not tolerate it any longer.

Newly-qualified social workers, you’re not all doomed

Newly-qualified social workers, you’re not all doomed

Being faced with challenges is inevitable, but you can avoid burnout and cynicism by seeking out passionate, positive colleagues and mentors – and keeping the faith

Note: We dig our own holes.  Our sins also weigh on us.  

I certainly wouldn't want to live with myself knowing what I had done had I stolen babies from their parents.

Child abuse inquiry told children raped by other children in Darwin home

Child abuse inquiry told children raped by other children in Darwin home

Children as young as seven were raped by other children at the Retta Dixon home for Indigenous wards of the state, the child sexual abuse royal commission has heard.


Case worker who fathered client's child sued in federal court

Case worker who fathered client's child sued in federal court

A state social worker who fathered the child of a client is being sued in federal court in Milwaukee.

Is the Foster Care System the Next Big Scandal?

Is the Foster Care System the Next Big Scandal?

Earlier this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs was caught in a horrific scandal that resulted in the resignation of its department head, Eric Shinseki.

Silent crisis: 1 in 5 American kids is poor

Silent crisis: 1 in 5 American kids is poor

I know, I know, I know. There's enough bad news in the world. You don't want to hear any more of it from me. But #sorrynotsorry. I'm here to bombard you with another catastrophe that isn't making headlines like Ebola and ISIS: the astounding rate of child poverty in the richest country in the world.

Note: CPS likes to target these kids.

America’s most heinous judge: Why wife-beater Mark Fuller deserves more than resignation

America’s most heinous judge: Why wife-beater Mark Fuller deserves more than resignation

In recent days, the story of wife-beating U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller has finally garnered attention among the media, as well as a number of the elected officials who would be responsible for impeaching the 2002 George W. Bush lifetime-appointee to the federal bench.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Defense expert testifies about witness suggestibility in child sex abuse trial

Defense expert testifies about witness suggestibility in child sex abuse trial

A defense expert testified about how interview techniques could affect a child's recall of events.

Woman seeks damages from caseworker who fathered her child

Woman seeks damages from caseworker who fathered her child

An emotionally troubled woman who was impregnated by a state social worker sent to her home to investigate an allegation of child maltreatment is seeking $15 million in damages in a trial that began Monday in federal court.

Judge blasts Somerset council and social workers for 'unlawfully removing' severely disabled teenager from her parents

Judge blasts Somerset council and social workers for 'unlawfully removing' severely disabled teenager from her parents

A council has come under fire from a judge over the way staff dealt with a severely disabled 19-year-old woman who was not allowed to return home after bruising was spotted on her chest when she was in a respite care placement.

Detert: Lawmakers Will Fix Extended Foster Care

Detert: Lawmakers Will Fix Extended Foster Care

The sponsor of Florida's 2013 law extending foster care to age 21 is working on a legislative fix to resolve confusion about which state agency is responsible for severely disabled young adults in the program.

Social workers to be recruited from London in bid to help struggling Black Country services

Social workers to be recruited from London in bid to help struggling Black Country services

Sandwell Council's children's department is looking outside the borough to fill its senior positions and is seeking those who have worked in the capital as it tries to improve its services.

The parents in the Back Country area should probably flee.

Are Child Protection Quotas Endangering Minnesota Children?

Are Child Protection Quotas Endangering Minnesota Children?

In 2000, Minnesota launched a pilot for its now statewide differential response (DR) program. DR is a popular child protection strategy with mixed results, in which help is offered to abusive or neglectful parents, but rarely forced upon them.

Mom Endures Outrageous CPS Visit for Letting Her Kid Play Outside

Mom Endures Outrageous CPS Visit for Letting Her Kid Play Outside

Are you looking for a reason to HULK RIGHT THE HELL OUT this morning? Because I think I have it in the form of yet another story about a mom getting in trouble with the authorities for allowing her kid the freedom to exist without being smothered under an oppressive culture of manufactured fear. If the news about the moms who were arrested recently for letting their children play at the park unsupervised didn't make your blood boil, perhaps this report of a mom being visited by Child Protective Services for letting her son play down the street from her house will.

Children returned from care. New social worker determined to send them back!

The following is a conversation going on on a "Mommy" forum.

Children returned from care. New social worker determined to send them back!



Foster mother found guilty of killing toddler

Foster mother found guilty of killing toddler

Jurors deliberated more than 4-1/2 hours Thursday before finding 47-year-old foster mother Delila Pacheco guilty of killing 2-year-old Alysa Horney last December.

'All of a sudden I became a monster': Foster mom weeps as she's sentenced for manslaughter of disabled two-year-old girl who choked on peanut butter sandwich in her care

'All of a sudden I became a monster': Foster mom weeps as she's sentenced for manslaughter of disabled two-year-old girl who choked on peanut butter sandwich in her care

A foster mother of 18 children wept in the dock as she was sentenced for the manslaughter of a disabled two-year-old girl who choked on a peanut butter sandwich in her care.

Council's plea for more foster carers to keep siblings together

Council's plea for more foster carers to keep siblings together

A PLEA has gone out for more people in Bucks to come forward to become foster carers to stop brothers and sisters from being split up.

Note: Of course the thought of not snatching so many kids to begin with never crosses their minds.

Judge: Yes, You Can Serve Legal Papers Over Facebook In The US

Judge: Yes, You Can Serve Legal Papers Over Facebook In The US

It used to be that, when you wanted to slap someone with a lawsuit, you’d have to hunt them down the old-fashioned way — on foot, just like mum used to do. But now a Family Court official has ruled for the very first time in the United States (it’s already common practice in Europe) that you can indeed serve legal papers over Facebook.

D’ANTHONY’S STORY

D’ANTHONY’S STORY

Foster care was a life of mind-numbing medications, head-spinning moves and, ultimately, heart-wrenching loneliness — until one adult finally listened and helped him realize there might be a better path

My sister called Cps on me and lied , saying I was doing drugs when Im trying to adopt my brother kids ?

My sister called Cps on me and lied , saying I was doing drugs when Im trying to adopt my brother kids ?

Well my nieces case worker require a drug test within hours ?

CPS workers to be scrutinized following boys death

CPS workers to be scrutinized following boys death

Texas Child Protective Services officials say they expect to punish employees involved in the case of a 2-year-old toddler whose body was found buried this month in southeast Austin.

Child abuse reporting system under fire again

Child abuse reporting system under fire again

Families SA’s child abuse reporting systems are under fire again after its online service crashed.

CPS employees could be fired over Colton Turner case

CPS employees could be fired over Colton Turner case

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has confirmed to KXAN that Texas Child Protective Services employees could face “personnel actions” over the handling of the Colton Turner case. That includes possible termination or other disciplinary measures, according to officials.

Op-Ed: Incarcerating disturbed youth is a flawed response

Op-Ed: Incarcerating disturbed youth is a flawed response

When I heard the news that an abused transgender teenager had been incarcerated in an adult women’s prison, I believed that Connecticut – a state renowned for its esteemed universities and its past juvenile justice reforms -- would quickly correct the situation.

Child Protective Services didn’t follow up on report about woman who later drowned daughter, files show

Child Protective Services didn’t follow up on report about woman who later drowned daughter, files show

Less than a month before Aqueline Talamantes was arrested for the murder of her 5-year-old daughter, Tatiana, Sacramento County Child Protective Services received a report questioning her mental health and her ability to take care of Tatiana and her son.

Abuse of children in state care rises; caseworker turnover up, too

Abuse of children in state care rises; caseworker turnover up, too

More Milwaukee County children were maltreated while in state care during the first half of 2014 than in all of 2013, according to a Department of Children and Families report released late last week.

Vermont legislators question rate of intervention

Vermont legislators question rate of intervention

A special legislative panel is expected to hear more this week about the rules governing Vermont's child welfare agency as it probes child protection issues following the deaths of two toddlers who had been in the state's care.

Social services failure puts 5,000 children back in care each year

Social services failure puts 5,000 children back in care each year

Half of all children reunited with their families after leaving the care system end up returning to it, according to research that suggests a failure to support them is costing the taxpayer £300m a year.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Florida CPS Agents Sucking Up To The Cops!!!

Polk County CPS thanks police officers

Polk County Child Protection Unit workers gathered for a photo outside the Government Center Friday to show their appreciation for law enforcement officers before Saturday's national "Tell a Police Officer 'Thank You' Day."


CPS Protest

Mothers sue government after daughters die in care

Mothers sue government after daughters die in care

Two mothers whose daughters died while in government care claim the deaths were due to negligence and have each sued the province for $682,000.

NYC School Threatens Parents With A Call To Child-Welfare Agency If They Pick-Up Their Kids Late

NYC School Threatens Parents With A Call To Child-Welfare Agency If They Pick-Up Their Kids Late

A charter elementary school on the Lower East Side is telling families they will be reported to the city’s child-welfare agency if they make a habit of not picking up their child on time.

Americans cling to corporal punishment


Despite scientific evidence indicating corporal punishment is harmful, parents are slow to give up the manner of discipline dealt out by their parents and grandparents. Attitudes must change before the law can.

Missionary in Haiti, arrested on abuse charges, stirs strong emotions in Triangle and beyond

Missionary in Haiti, arrested on abuse charges, stirs strong emotions in Triangle and beyond

The competing portraits of Michael Geilenfeld that his friends and enemies have painted for years could scarcely be more different.
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/09/20/4165595_saint-or-predator-haitian-missionary.html?sp=/99/106/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

Foster Parent in Alleged Child Abuse Case Released from Jail

Foster Parent in Alleged Child Abuse Case Released from Jail

A woman accused in a deadly child abuse case is out of jail and KKTV has learned it’s because she is pregnant.

Before prescribing antipsychotic drugs to foster children, California doctors will soon need authorization

Before prescribing antipsychotic drugs to foster children, California doctors will soon need authorization

In a significant step toward curbing the overuse of psychiatric drugs in California’s foster care system, doctors will soon be required to get extra authorization to prescribe antipsychotics, a new safeguard to protect some of the state’s most overmedicated children.

Kingman Couple Battling Biological Father Over Custody of Adopted Children

Kingman Couple Battling Biological Father Over Custody of Adopted Children

A Kingman couple is fighting to keep the children they adopted in 2012.

State audit: Child welfare system problems took toll on taxpayers

State audit: Child welfare system problems took toll on taxpayers

Poor financial oversight of Nebraska’s child welfare services meant higher costs for state taxpayers last year, according to an audit released Friday.

Charter school parents warned that late pick-ups could mean child-welfare report

Charter school parents warned that late pick-ups could mean child-welfare report

A charter elementary school on the Lower East Side is telling families they will be reported to the city’s child-welfare agency if they make a habit of not picking up their child on time.

Child welfare audit finds problems with contractors, 'sloppy' accounting

Child welfare audit finds problems with contractors, 'sloppy' accounting

A state audit of the money being collected and spent by the Nebraska child welfare system shows “sloppy” accounting and “very poor” fiscal controls over contractors.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Man Takes Mentally Disabled Teen He Raped to Two Abortion Clinics, Neither Report Abuse

Man Takes Mentally Disabled Teen He Raped to Two Abortion Clinics, Neither Report Abuse

A Texas group has released a shocking report identifying several child sexual rapists who were able to continue their rapes when medical workers failed to report the abuse. The report is called The Cover-up of Child Sexual Abuse and it was published by Life Dynamics, Inc., a national pro-life organization located in Denton, Texas.


Birch Run foster mother gets tether, 2 years probation for choking death of 2-year-old daughter

Birch Run foster mother gets tether, 2 years probation for choking death of 2-year-old daughter

During the 11 months that Debra Johnson lived with her Birch Run-area foster mother, the toddler made "great progress" in learning how to eat and drink normally, the foster mother said Friday, Sept. 19.

Group home employee arrested for child cruelty


An employee of a Hogansville group home was arrested this week and charged with battery, terroristic threats and child cruelty in the first and third degrees.

Spanking is a disciplinary measure, not child abuse. Get a grip, people.

Spanking is a disciplinary measure, not child abuse. Get a grip, people.

As I’m sure you’re aware, the topic of spanking has been widely discussed this week, after Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested and ultimately suspended for child abuse.


Back To School Means Spike In Child Abuse Reports

Back To School Means Spike In Child Abuse Reports

State child welfare officials say it’s too hard to tell whether there’s been an increase in reports of child abuse since news broke about Vikings running back Adrian Peterson taking a stick to his four-year old son.

Note: Not only are teachers CPS Rats, but normal people are sheep who will rat out their own family members just because they see a story about a spanking on TV.

It's a sad world we live in.

Statute of limitation for child abuse to be abolished

Statute of limitation for child abuse to be abolished

A conservative columnist welcomes the government’s plan to amend the criminal code so that child abuse becomes prosecutable without limitation. A liberal commentator, on the other hand, fears that child abuse accusations will be increasingly misused to discredit innocent people.

Adoption Incentives Bill Clears Senate, Heads to President

Adoption Incentives Bill Clears Senate, Heads to President

A bipartisan and bicameral child welfare bill to restructure adoption incentives, require tracking of failed adoptions and limit long-term foster care is headed to President Obama’s desk for signature.

Foster care agency directors charged with embezzlement

Foster care agency directors charged with embezzlement

A husband and wife have been charged with embezzling more than $460,000 from a taxpayer-funded nonprofit agency hired by Los Angeles County to help abused and neglected foster children, the district attorney's office announced Thursday.

The Border Kid Crisis Hits the Courts

The Border Kid Crisis Hits the Courts

Down at 26 Federal Plaza, the massive building that houses New York City’s immigration court opens at 8:30 every weekday morning. By 8:45 on a recent Thursday, the 12th-floor pro bono room is packed. Bewildered adolescents, many of them accompanied by equally confused guardians, spill out into the hallway.

Hopes and dreams and buying into bullshit!

Hopes and dreams and buying into bullshit!

Martine and Robert Ussher will take on their first foster child this year

“I hope we’re going to be good foster parents,” Mrs Ussher, who has 10 grandchildren, said.

“We’re going to be doing the best we can to help her finish school and follow her dreams and whatever she wants to do.

“I hope we’ll be teaching each other things. We’ll just feed off each other.”

Note: I hope this foster kids doesn't molest one of your grand kids.  Don't you just love how they use these idiots who haven't even yet tasted the dark side as happy recruitment tools for foster care providers?

Search for DCF impersonator

Search for DCF impersonator

An apartment complex in McClenny is on high alert due to a man posing as a DCF agent watching young children playing outside. He claims he is conducting an investigation but DCF authorities say they have no agent on assignment there.

Child welfare bureau turnover, backlog fuel concerns about safety

Child welfare bureau turnover, backlog fuel concerns about safety

When Mary Wolf left the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare this year, she wrote a pained letter to the agency's leadership in both Milwaukee and Madison:

"The decision to leave the BMCW broke my heart," she wrote. "It came down to the choice of retaining my ethics and values or continuing to do work that I love (but) be expected to do things that were morally questionable. It seems wrong to me that it had come to that."

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Couple embezzled $460,000 meant for foster children, D.A. alleges

Couple embezzled $460,000 meant for foster children, D.A. alleges

A husband and wife have been charged with embezzling $460,000 from a taxpayer-funded nonprofit agency hired by Los Angeles County to help abused and neglected foster children, the district attorney's office announced Thursday.

Cherokee County woman found guilty of killing child





Thursday a jury found a woman guilty of killing her foster child.

Drugging Our Kids: California calls for new checks on psych meds for foster kids

Drugging Our Kids: California calls for new checks on psych meds for foster kids

In a significant step toward curbing the overuse of psychiatric drugs in California's foster care system, doctors will soon be required to get extra authorization to prescribe antipsychotics, a new safeguard to protect some of the state's most overmedicated children.

DEVELOPING: DCF impersonator spotted in Macclenny

DEVELOPING: DCF impersonator spotted in Macclenny

The Baker County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who has allegedly been impersonating a DCF investigator in Macclenny.

DCF: Man impersonating DCF investigator in Baker County

DCF: Man impersonating DCF investigator in Baker County

The Department of Children and Families issued an alert Thursday about a man in Baker County impersonating a DCF investigator.

MPs to consider bill to overhaul child protection services

MPs to consider bill to overhaul child protection services

Government has tabled a bill in Parliament designed to reform child protection services. The legislation includes a youth services guarantee which will provide young people with a one-stop shop for a variety of professional support services. The government also aims to add to the range of home help services available to families with children.

Note: In the UK "reform" probably means take more kids.

Bill O'Reilly: 'Lightly' Spanking May Serve a Purpose

Bill O'Reilly: 'Lightly' Spanking May Serve a Purpose

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly says that while what Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson did to his 4-year-old son — whipping him with a tree branch — constitutes child abuse, O’Reilly is not going to condemn Americans who have spanked their children “gently or lightly,” Mediaite reports.

DSS: Summerville High officer was licensed foster parent at time of child porn arrest

DSS: Summerville High officer was licensed foster parent at time of child porn arrest

A now-former Summerville Police Department school resource officer arrested Tuesday in connection with child pornography charges was a licensed foster parent at the time of his arrest, according to the state's Department of Social Services.

Court reverses woman's conviction in child's death

Court reverses woman's conviction in child's death

A state appeals court Wednesday overturned the conviction of a South Texas woman imprisoned for capital murder in the 2006 salt poisoning death of her 4-year-old foster son.

Judge OKs serving legal papers via Facebook

Judge OKs serving legal papers via Facebook

Social-media users, beware — that next Facebook “poke” could be from a process server.

In a groundbreaking court ruling, a Staten Island man got permission to use Facebook to serve his ex-wife legal notice that he doesn’t want to pay any more child support.

Woman Launches Online Petition To Change The Way Child Abuse Cases Are Investigated

Woman Launches Online Petition To Change The Way Child Abuse Cases Are Investigated

Note: She's an idiot.  Don't get your hopes up.  This will only make it harder for good parents.

Like many who have heard his story, Varsha wonders if more could have been done to save him, which is why she is launching an online petition to change the system used by CPS.

As new children’s court opens, victims still fight old injustices

As new children’s court opens, victims still fight old injustices

She was nine years old when her father allegedly forced himself on her the first time. According to the complaint, the abuse continued for the next three years. Last summer, the girl shared her story with a friend she had met at a summer arts camp, and the complaint reached police.

Dr. Sujatha Ramakrishna: Let's not monkey around with kids' brains

Dr. Sujatha Ramakrishna: Let's not monkey around with kids' brains

Researchers at UW-Madison are preparing to use maternal deprivation to create a primate model of adversity-induced anxious and depressive disorders in human children. Led by Ned Kalin, they hope to discover new therapies by dissecting and analyzing the brains of baby monkeys who have been intentionally traumatized.

Texas woman gets new trial over foster child death

Texas woman gets new trial over foster child death

A South Texas woman convicted of capital murder in the 2006 salt poisoning death of her 4-year-old foster son has been granted a new trial.

WHO CARES when foreign children are abused in fostercare?

WHO CARES when foreign children are #abused in #fostercare?

The question about foreign children is as rhetorical as about national ones, for the whole point is that the PURPOSE of #childsnatchuk is the facilitation of #childabuse by #paedobritain!

I keep writing in ‘hashtags’ as Twitter seems to be our only hope, while Gloria and Chiwar are isolated in prison and separated from their children – by exceedingly irregular legal procedures.

Foster mom accused of child abuse to be released from jail



Foster mom accused of child neglect to be released from jail

A foster mom in Pueblo accused of child abuse that resulted in a 2-year-old's death will be released from jail.

How CPS searches for parents accused of abuse

The sport of family hunting.

How CPS searches for parents accused of abuse

The review and report detailing what happened to 2-year-old Colton Turner is still in the works and could possibly be released in the next month, says a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

When criminal charges are used as a weapon in family court

When criminal charges are used as a weapon in family court

I’ve seen it too many times: Criminal charges being used by a spouse to gain leverage over his or her partner in family court. Unfortunately, this happens in far too many cases where the charges are simply false. The allegations are typically a claim of assault, sexual assault, or criminal harassment alleged to have been perpetrated against either the spouse making the allegation or against the children of the now disintegrating relationship.


Would somebody please set these people straight...

I've been following this feminist blog for a while.  Why?  I don't know.  It irritates me sometimes, the nonsense, the complete unwillingness to think outside of the box, theirs being the only acceptable view and refusal to consider any other, the inability to put 2 and 2 together...

I'm not talking about the blogs author.  I'm talking about the blogs followers who are commenting on her perfect little world view of the spanking issue which was sparked by that football player Adrian Peterson.

What I can say is that these people are very judgmental and one track minded.  So when you comment do not expect a rational answer.  Do expect a bunch of silly and nonsensical feminists coming to argue, get all emotional over it, and to be banned from commenting if you push the wrong buttons.

From Humiliation to Cooperation


Suspended Family Court Judge Jones pleads guilty in $2.6M fraud scheme

Suspended Family Court Judge Jones pleads guilty in $2.6M fraud scheme

Suspended Family Court Judge Steven Jones pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to one felony count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a $2.6 million investment scheme.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Circle of Moms Reports on False Allegations to CPS (and Says the Same Things That Father’s Groups Say about the Abuse of Restraining Orders and Domestic Violence Laws)

A Circle of Moms Reports on False Allegations to CPS (and Says the Same Things That Father’s Groups Say about the Abuse of Restraining Orders and Domestic Violence Laws)

Here’s a group of women on a forum for mothers with school-aged kids responding to a conversational prompt that deserves the attention of those who believe false allegations made out of spite are rare and that the report of such allegations is overblown and only originates from father’s rights groups (or what one notable polemicist calls “FRGs”).

What the CPS Says About Our Children’s Well-being

What the CPS Says About Our Children’s Well-being

For background information regarding the 2013 Current Population Survey, please review our blog Data Debrief: Overview of the ACS and CPS.

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