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Monday, August 31, 2015

Arizona foster parents want info on rule changes

Arizona foster parents want info on rule changes

Arizona wants feedback on the nearly 600 pages of rules that will govern its new child welfare agency — but many of those affected say they didn’t know their opinions were sought and they don’t understand what’s changing under the new system.

Note: Keeping the foster parents in the dark.  Why do you think that is?

Woman charged after allegedly having sexual relationship with foster child

Woman charged after allegedly having sexual relationship with foster child

Charges have been filed against the woman accused of having a sexual relationship with her foster child.

Note: This was apparently a different case from the one I posted earlier.


Foster child, left in car in church parking lot, dies in Baltimore County

Foster child, left in car in church parking lot, dies in Baltimore County

A toddler died in Baltimore County when her foster mother left her in a car outside a church, county police reported Monday.



Wonda Dixon Admits Guilt in Foster Care Child Abuse Case



Wonda Dixon Admits Guilt in Foster Care Child Abuse Case

Foster Child Protection

Foster Child Protection

Here's the simple truth: the vast majority of the more than thirty-thousand children in Texas foster care don't know where to turn if they are victims of abuse or neglect.

'Orphan hosting' boosts adoption odds by bringing children to U.S. to visit families

'Orphan hosting' boosts adoption odds by bringing children to U.S. to visit families

Last month, Jennifer and Ross Franke were headed home from a family vacation on a lake up north when Jennifer asked Ross to make an unscheduled stop in Cottage Grove.

Note: What a nice article about the international baby market, eh?

Set up centre to stop Aboriginal children going into state care, expert says

Set up centre to stop Aboriginal children going into state care, expert says

SOUTH Australia should set up a research centre dedicated to curbing the spiralling numbers of Aboriginal children being taken into state care, a leading expert says.

When Idiots Speak

Here is another of these fun loving articles written by somebody who has no understanding of the numbers and what they mean.
SHIPLEY | Fund solutions -- not failure -- when it comes to foster care
Each year, the federal government spends around $4.4 billion to maintain the foster care program, yet very little of that is allocated to services helping prevent the need for foster care.
That is correct but she continues. 
In 2013, Kentucky had 104,000 child abuse or neglect claims, yet only investigated 52,000 of them, and of that, only around 11,000 children were put in out-of-home care. I find it hard to believe that out of 100,000 calls, only 11,000 children were being abused or neglected.  
Just because they were not put in out of home care does not mean that they were not abused or neglected, nor does it mean that all of the kids who were removed form their homes were abused or neglected.  Perhaps that the family managed to pull it together.  Perhaps the social workers don't know the difference between child abuse and a hole in the ground.  I don't know.  I just know that this person doesn't have a clue as to what these numbers mean.

Aging out of DHS system increases risk of homelessness

Aging out of DHS system increases risk of homelessness

Jennifer Boyer, programs supervisor for DHS' Oklahoma Independent Living program, said the agency has some programs designed to ease the transition for those who age out of the state's child welfare system into independence, but "we just don't have enough."

Congress is moving toward an overhaul of country's foster-care system



Congress is moving toward an overhaul of country's foster-care system

Congress is moving toward an overhaul of the country's foster-care system, one that reflects a shift in how policymakers and child-welfare experts view the problem of keeping kids safe.

Foster Mother Arrested, Suspected of Inappropriate Contact with Foster Child

Foster Mother Arrested, Suspected of Inappropriate Contact with Foster Child

Bellevue Police arrested a woman suspected of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 17-year-old foster child who had been placed in her care.

Texas Parents May Lose Children for No Good Reason

Texas Parents May Lose Children for No Good Reason

A Texas Christian family is facing the nightmare that all 11 of their homeschooled children (16, 14, 12, 9, 8 [twins], 7, 6, 3, 2, and 12 weeks) will be forcibly removed from them at the end of the month. The only explanation for this is because they have been in the sights of that state’s child protective services division, as there has never been any history of abuse or neglect.

Plum High School heightens awareness of its policies on reporting abuse

Plum High School heightens awareness of its policies on reporting abuse

As classes begin today in the Plum Borough School District, there will be a heightened awareness of district policies about harassment and mandated requirements for staff to report any types of child abuse, including sexual abuse.

Note: So let me get this straight, Teachers get busted for having sex with students, and so now they're making sure the teachers know how to rat out parents to CPS so they can keep the kids safe?  Okay!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

State of emergency: Shortage of foster homes leads to separated siblings, moving far from home

State of emergency: Shortage of foster homes leads to separated siblings, moving far from home

Georgia is in a “state of emergency” when it comes to foster care, and Floyd County was ranked the fifth highest county per capita for children removed from their homes, according to DFCS officials and a report from Georgia Child Welfare Measures.

Note: Shortage of foster homes or the fact that they're taking too many kids?  You decide.

One Step Forward, One Step Back in Medication Reform for Foster Children

One Step Forward, One Step Back in Medication Reform for Foster Children

Children in California's foster care system are prescribed psychotropic medication at a much higher rate than other children in California and more than three times the national average, according to an investigative report by the Bay Area News Group.

North-west child protection failures report finds office was operating 'outside of normal procedure'

North-west child protection failures report finds office was operating 'outside of normal procedure'

An urgent report into child protection services in Tasmania's north-west has found the office was operating outside of normal procedure.

Calls for improved screening of foster carers after concerns raised about children

Calls for improved screening of foster carers after concerns raised about children

Two foster carers who have been the subject of repeated complaints to the Department of Family and Community Services dating back several years still have two teenage girls in their care, prompting calls for tighter screening and monitoring of carers.

Foster parents lose responsibility for 12 year-old

Foster parents lose responsibility for 12 year-old

A 12 year-old girl is to be formally taken into care after her foster parents physically abused and neglected her.

State found foster issues in western region ­­– last year

State found foster issues in western region ­­– last year

Investigators warned last year that children funneled to an unlicensed foster home were part of a widespread problem in the western region of the state — an area that has come under scrutiny after one foster child died and another remains in critical condition, according to a report obtained by the Herald.

Foster children in hotels: Advocate stunned

Foster children in hotels: Advocate stunned

Saskatchewan's Children's Advocate, Bob Pringle, says he was stunned to learn that hotels are still being used as homes for children in care.

Baby returned to parents, CPS case dismissed

Baby returned to parents, CPS case dismissed

Tears of relief and joyful smiles were a few indicators of the emotions that Diana Gonzalez and Ethan Johnson felt Tuesday morning when state District Judge Charles Van Orden ruled that their 10-month-old daughter, Melodi, must be returned to them that afternoon by Child Protective Services.


Lawsuit claims DCF lied to investigators in Jeremiah Oliver case

Lawsuit claims DCF lied to investigators in Jeremiah Oliver case

A lawsuit filed in Worcester Superior Court claims that supervisors and managers of the Department of Children and Families office in Leominster lied to investigators in the Jeremiah Oliver case.

Note: CPS Workers lying?  Who would have thought?

Adoption-for-cash scheme took newborns from mothers

Adoption-for-cash scheme took newborns from mothers

A man working in the Sonora child protection agency colluded with a doctor to sell newborns into adoption by using false birth certificates. The suspect targeted vulnerable mothers, poor people or women with drug problems and took away their babies.

UPDATE: More Kansas parents want to sue DCF

UPDATE: More Kansas parents want to sue DCF

Dozens of Kansas parents are hoping to take legal action against the state of Kansas.

Social worker had troubled career before arrest

Social worker had troubled career before arrest

Slapped with a 10-day suspension for misconduct, state social worker Beth Bond clapped her hands in delight and thanked her supervisor, telling her she was “amazing,” according to state personnel records.

Father's 7-year fight for child adopted in Utah without his consent moves forward

Father's 7-year fight for child adopted in Utah without his consent moves forward

The biological father of a child who was placed for adoption in Utah without his knowledge or consent has prevailed in the latest court battle in his seven-year fight for custody of his daughter.

An Auburn child lost amidst chaos

An Auburn child lost amidst chaos

In death, she was the center of attention.

Emotional tributes to Avalena Conway-Coxon began in Auburn, where she died suddenly in foster care on a hot Saturday in August, and spread to Marlborough, where she was laid to rest last week.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Parents don't need to be perfect, court rules

Parents don't need to be perfect, court rules

All hail a huge victory for common sense, decent parents and a country otherwise gripped by “worst-first thinking” — thinking up the worst-case scenario and proceeding as if it’s likely to happen.

Cut off from grandson, grandparents seek visitation

Cut off from grandson, grandparents seek visitation

Wayne and Dona Rundback of North Platte are at their wit’s end.

The couple, who raise registered Angus cattle south of North Platte, are grandparents who have been taking care of their infant grandson for nearly a year and a half.

When Louisiana lost its foster children

When Louisiana lost its foster children

Two days before Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, Herman Clayton packed his two kids and four foster children into a van and fled New Orleans, heading north to Shreveport. Seventeen hours later, Sonia Cooper, a child welfare worker, filled two vans with 15 children, nine of them foster kids, and drove west toward Houston.

Proposal to protect adoption agencies that object gay adoptions remains up in the air

Proposal to protect adoption agencies that object gay adoptions remains up in the air

Now that gay marriage is the law of the land, some Florida lawmakers are troubled about its potential consequences.

Lesbian Couples Fight State For Adoption and Foster Care Rights

Lesbian Couples Fight State For Adoption and Foster Care Rights

Four lesbian couples are asking a federal judge to immediately stop Mississippi from enforcing a law that bans same-sex couples from adopting or taking children into foster care.

Note: Think of how many more kids they could steal if they legalized gay foster care and adoption in Mississippi.

Gun-owning foster parents to fight DFS removal of kids



Foster parents in the Las Vegas Valley say they believe their gun ownership cost them their three children.

More Kansas parents upset over authorities taking their children away

More Kansas parents upset over authorities taking their children away

One man says that the foster care system is broken and some of the foster parents are only in the program for the money.

Titusville woman charged with making false report to DCF

Titusville woman charged with making false report to DCF

A Titusville woman has been arrested and charged 42-year-old Dana Delaney Loyd of Titusville for filing a false report of child abuse and stalking, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mexico Adoption-for-Cash Scheme Took Babies From Mothers

Mexico Adoption-for-Cash Scheme Took Babies From Mothers

A child welfare official in northern Mexico took at least nine babies from poor or drug-addicted mothers and offered them to adoptive parents in exchange for payments ranging from $5,000 to $9,000, authorities said Friday.

Fostered girl faced years of abuse, family court judge rules

Fostered girl faced years of abuse, family court judge rules

A girl who soiled herself was made to kneel in scalding water by her foster mother during years of "emotional abuse and neglect", a judge has concluded.

CPS wants abuse case kept secret

CPS wants abuse case kept secret

A child’s chance of getting out of foster care has been delayed by efforts of Warren County Child Protective Services to keep secret a case in which they allowed a heroin addict to care for an unrelated child.

Foster children still in hotels despite ministry claim the problem fixed

Foster children still in hotels despite ministry claim the problem fixed

The Ministry of Social Services has acknowledged that foster children, including infants, are still being housed in a Regina hotel, despite the ministry's claim in June that the problem had been solved.

BCSO: Titusville Woman Arrested For Making False Report To DCF Hotline

BCSO: Titusville Woman Arrested For Making False Report To DCF Hotline

Agents with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 42-year-old Dana Delaney Loyd of Titusville for Filing a False Report of Child Abuse and Stalking.

State reissues child abuse report weeks after inaccuracies reported

State reissues child abuse report weeks after inaccuracies reported

The state Department of Human Services published its revised 2014 annual child abuse report on Thursday, weeks after pulling the original report to correct errors.

Teens speak out about foster care at annual summit

Teens speak out about foster care at annual summit

In a meeting very much like Friday's Youth Summit, a group of teenagers and young adults who had been placed in Utah's foster care system gathered together to talk about their common desire for "normalcy" during their teen years.

Honoring a little girl who died under foster parents' care





Remembering a 2-year-old girl who died under foster parents' care

Glens Falls man accused of threatening CPS worker

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Police say a Glens Falls man threatened a Washington County Child Protective case worker in a social media post.

Note: Never make threats.  You loose the element of surprise.  That said, breaking a CPS Agents neck won't help you get your kids back either.  Yes we've all entertained the thought.  I know.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Another example of the mentality you are up against

 First and foremost, foster parents are System Sucks.  That means that most do it for the money.  Remember that when reading this article.
Abuse and neglect cases rising in Kentucky's 'fractured' foster care system
As longtime foster parents, Louisville residents Debbie and Roger Lance know better than most the intricacies of navigating Kentucky’s foster care program.

Judge dismisses lawsuit against DCS over unpaid overtime

Judge dismisses lawsuit against DCS over unpaid overtime

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Department of Child Services employees who claimed the state agency failed to pay them overtime.


Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Chelsea Leaves Home Again To Live With Birth Mother

Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Chelsea Leaves Home Again To Live With Birth Mother

Rosie O’Donnell’s adopted daughter Chelsea, who went missing earlier this month, turned 18 this week and left home once again, this time to go live with her birth mother.


'Very cruel' Lancashire foster mother 'forced girl to kneel in scalding water'

'Very cruel' Lancashire foster mother 'forced girl to kneel in scalding water'

A GIRL who soiled herself was made to kneel in scalding water by her foster mother, a family court judge has concluded.

Police: Man arrested after online threat to CPS caseworker

Police: Man arrested after online threat to CPS caseworker

A Glens Falls man who allegedly posted a threat to "snap the neck" of a Child Protective Services caseworker because he was upset that his children had been removed from his custody was jailed Thursday on a felony charge.

Neighbours reported appalling cruelty of racist foster mother who forced girl to kneel in scalding water after soiling herself - but social services took no action for FIVE YEARS

Neighbours reported appalling cruelty of racist foster mother who forced girl to kneel in scalding water after soiling herself - but social services took no action for FIVE YEARS

Neighbours reported the shocking cruelty of a racist foster mother who referred to a young Zimbabwean girl as a 'dirty little b****' and the 'N' word - but social services took no action for five years.

Hey Kids!!!


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Did your parents ground you for coming home late?  Did they take away your video games for mouthing off?  Does dad not like your new boyfriend?

Then call CPS!  They will make your parents lives miserable.
Schools work to place child-abuse hotline posters by Friday deadline

Missouri school districts are working to post a child-abuse and neglect hotline number in every student restroom in light of new legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon.
And if you believe this sign then you are a fool because CPS will destroy you.  You'll be all doped up, living in a group home somewhere away from your family and friends.

Don't let them fool you.

Feds tell Montana to comply with disclosure rules or face loss of child abuse prevention aid

Feds tell Montana to comply with disclosure rules or face loss of child abuse prevention aid

The federal government says it will strip Montana of a child abuse prevention grant if the state doesn't start releasing information about children who die of abuse and neglect, but Montana officials say a state confidentiality law prevents them from releasing the information.

Knock Knock, Teacher's Here: The Power Of Home Visits

Knock Knock, Teacher's Here: The Power Of Home Visits

Ninety percent of students at Hobgood Elementary in Murfreesboro, Tenn., come from low-income households. Most of the school's teachers don't. And that's a challenge, says principal Tammy Garrett.

Note: Worlds colliding.  I wonder how many of these visits leads to calls to the CPS hotline.  

Court stresses rights of adoptees in contested cases

Court stresses rights of adoptees in contested cases

The chief justice of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court has ordered that all pending private adoption cases be reviewed to ensure that children at the center of those disputes have attorneys appointed to represent their interests.

No contest plea in foster child's death

No contest plea in foster child's death

A 38-year-old Stockton woman has pleaded no contest to a felony child-endangerment charge in a case involving the death of her 10-month-old foster daughter and has been placed on five years’ probation.

Boston mother says DCF gave her paperwork for another family

Boston mother says DCF gave her paperwork for another family

A local mother is furious because of papersshe received from DCF, but it's not about her case, it's about another family's paperwork that suddenly wound up at her door.

North-west child protection failures report finds office was operating 'outside of normal procedure'

North-west child protection failures report finds office was operating 'outside of normal procedure'

An urgent report into child protection services in Tasmania's north-west has found the office was operating outside of normal procedure.

Nation preps for another ICWA case

Nation preps for another ICWA case

Claiming an invasion of privacy, a Tulsa couple has filed suit to challenge the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, specifically the Oklahoma provision which allows tribal intervention in adoption procedure, even if the birth parents want no tribal involvement.

Hearsay testimony key in local child abuse cases

Hearsay testimony key in local child abuse cases

A Supreme Court ruling now allows hearsay testimony in child abuse cases — even if the victim doesn’t testify.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mother of 2-year-old killed while in foster care speaks out

Mother of 2-year-old killed while in foster care speaks out

Thursday will mark the one year anniversary of the death of Chassie Pietrolungo.  She's the 2-year-old girl who died from blunt force trauma while in the care of her foster parents, Paul and Sarah Finn, in Pueblo.

Calhoun Foster Mom Arrested After Leaving Child In Car


Calhoun Foster Mom Arrested After Leaving Child In Car

A 55-year-old foster mother was charged with second degree cruelty to children and reckless conduct Monday.

CYF report comes as no surprise to ex-foster child

CYF report comes as no surprise to ex-foster child

Foster child Daryl Brougham received an apology for years of abuse and neglect at the hands of caregivers.

Paperwork Backup At DCF Delays New Foster Homes

Paperwork Backup At DCF Delays New Foster Homes

A paperwork bottleneck at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families is causing a significant delay in getting the necessary waivers to bring new foster homes online, according to several workers at the outside agencies that arrange for intensive foster care.

Alberta government will investigate all child welfare deaths

Alberta government will investigate all child welfare deaths

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services, says the province will commit to reviewing the death of every child who dies or is seriously injured in provincial care or while receiving protective services.


CENSUS: ANCHOR BABY DELIVERED EVERY 93 SECONDS

CENSUS: ANCHOR BABY DELIVERED EVERY 93 SECONDS

One out of about every twelve newborns in the United States is an anchor baby, or the U.S.-born child of illegal migrants, according to a Pew Research Center study.

Baby returned to parents, CPS case dismissed

Baby returned to parents, CPS case dismissed

Tears of relief and joyful smiles were a few indicators of the emotions that Diana Gonzalez and Ethan Johnson felt Tuesday morning when state District Judge Charles Van Orden ruled that their 10-month-old daughter, Melodi, must be returned to them that afternoon by Child Protective Services.

Norway accused of human rights abuses in taking immigrant children into foster care

Norway accused of human rights abuses in taking immigrant children into foster care

One August day, Airida Pettersen received the news many immigrant mothers have come to dread: School representatives told the Lithuanian that child welfare officials removed her two children from the classroom and placed them in a foster home.

Adoption Mythology and Pathetic-ism

I feel compelled to direct your attention to one of the 10,000 most pathetic articles I have ever come across.  It is about a photographer who is taking pictures of foster kids for what is called a heart gallery.  This is where they will display happy bubbly photo's of kids who are available on the Illinois adoption market.  
“Everyone knows about the other two types of adoption, you can adopt an infant from an agency and you can adopt from overseas, but no one knows about the third type of adoption, which is adoption from foster care,” McConnell says.
It is one of those heart warming, feel good articles that will sucker some emotion junky wanna be mom into looking into the foster to adoption industry for your child of her own to have and to hug and to hold and to call George.

This article does not dispel myths about adoption but rather creates one.  The myth that articles like this create is the happily ever after adoption story.  It promotes the theory that you can love a child's emotional baggage and damage that they suffered while in care away or with a little patience and nurturing, the child will learn to love you and forget that they ever had a real family.
“Of all the children we’ve had in our home, with a little discipline and a lot of love, they just blossom,” Carolyne said.
It does not mention parents or families who are struggling.  It does not mention the very real challenges that adoption from foster care customers face with these kids.  Here's the link so that you can see it for yourself.

Hold on to your lunch.
Photographer Putting Faces To Illinois Foster Kids

Calls for improved screening of foster carers after concerns raised about children

Calls for improved screening of foster carers after concerns raised about children

Two foster carers who have been the subject of repeated complaints to the Department of Family and Community Services dating back several years still have two teenage girls in their care, prompting calls for tighter screening and monitoring of carers.

Family fuming at DCF for not grabbing girl

Family fuming at DCF for not grabbing girl

DCF social workers never moved to take custody of a 7-year-old autistic girl — even after agency staffers and the police found her living in a rat-infested, feces-filled Newburyport house of horrors last month, according to court records and a lawyer for the child’s father.


Black kids stay longest in care, CAS study shows

Black kids stay longest in care, CAS study shows

The Children’s Aid Society of Toronto posts racial breakdowns of children in care, with figures showing that black kids stay longest.

DNA Helps Solve Adoption Mystery



Skye Brennan's search for her birth family began when she was a teenager.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Invasive child exam just part of the lawsuit

Invasive child exam just part of the lawsuit

A female Navy officer is suing San Diego County Health and Human Services for removing her two-year-old son from her care while she was on duty and placing him in a youth home where he was subject to invasive examinations.

Note: Yes folks, this is what they do to kids when a false accusation against the parent is made.  They have doctors poke around their private areas.

Vermont woman accused of killing social worker pleads not guilty to shooting 3 relatives

Vermont woman accused of killing social worker pleads not guilty to shooting 3 relatives

A Vermont woman accused of killing a state social worker and three relatives because she was upset about losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter has pleaded not guilty.

Social worker's story of being attacked with acid is under scrutiny

Social worker's story of being attacked with acid is under scrutiny

Police are investigating the possibility that a Los Angeles County social worker fabricated a story that two people attacked her with acid outside her Santa Fe Springs office, a department spokesman said.

Facebook profile is fair game in custody battle: judge

Facebook profile is fair game in custody battle: judge

A Westchester judge has allowed a dad to use his wife’s Facebook profile as a weapon in their custody battle, a groundbreaking ruling that could alter the way New York couples fight it out in court.

Note: Facebook has been the number one dirt digging tool in Family Law for years.

Talking Adoption: Fighting with the Foster Care System (Part 1)

Note: Yes this is one of those system sucky articles about the struggles that foster parents face.  

Know thy enemy.
Talking Adoption: Fighting with the Foster Care System (Part 1) 
This week, I’m talking with Joanna, a foster mother, about her family’s struggles with the foster care system in the US. Joanna and her husband, Carl, are trying to adopt their foster daughter, Dana. (Because the family is in the midst of a court case with Dana’s biological family, their names and identifying details have been changed.) Joanna’s family attends an evangelical church in the Midwest.
I root for the real parents.

Suspected child abuse reports rise when school starts

Suspected child abuse reports rise when school starts

The Child Protection Center performs more forensic interviews than usual in August and September after kids head back to school.

Note: Most reports are false or frivolous.

‘The idea that social workers can predict who will become terrorists is science fiction’

‘The idea that social workers can predict who will become terrorists is science fiction’

We live with the ever present risk of terrorism and violent extremism. It is part of life in contemporary Britain. Yet social work is sleep walking into a worrying new area – that of ‘pre-crime’.

This means, in social work terms, pre-determining which children are likely to go on to be harmed or will go on to become terrorists at some stage in the future. It sounds like something from the Tom Cruise film “Minority Report”.


Permanent fostering 'will destroy' any chances for children to reunite with natural parents

Permanent fostering 'will destroy' any chances for children to reunite with natural parents

Eman Seguna, who was fostered as a child said that he agrees with foster care “since he is a product of fostering” but said he can never agree with permanent fostering since it “will destroy any hope for natural parents to reunite with their children”.

Vermont prosecutor who was witness in social worker death, copes with guilt

Vermont prosecutor who was witness in social worker death, copes with guilt

The prosecutor is drawn time and again to the parking lot where flowers and candles now mark where he tried to save a social worker's life. Going back, he says, helps him cope with the guilt he feels because he lived and she didn't.

Note: Is he feeling guilt because he couldn't save her or because he helped her steal the kid who she was shot because of?  Who knows?

Judge Fighting Family Detention Has Personal Connection To Immigration

Judge Fighting Family Detention Has Personal Connection To Immigration

The federal judge who called for the Obama administration to shut down family detention centers knows the issue of immigration personally.

Massachusetts Department of Children and Families social workers' caseloads said to be at 'crisis levels'

Massachusetts Department of Children and Families social workers' caseloads said to be at 'crisis levels'

With the state Department of Children and Families under fire from the relatives of 2-year-old Avalena Conway-Coxon, who died a little more than a week ago in an Auburn foster home, questions have been raised as to the amount of cases Massachusetts social workers face on a daily basis.

Mom Who Returns From Deployment Is Horrified to Learn What’s Happened to Her Children

Mom Who Returns From Deployment Is Horrified to Learn What’s Happened to Her Children

When a mother signed up to fight for her country, she didn’t realize that she’d also have to fight for her children.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Amended case filed against Rhode Island child welfare system

Amended case filed against Rhode Island child welfare system

The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families has egregiously failed children in its care and continues to put them “in harm’s way,” an advocacy group alleged in filing an amended federal lawsuit Monday.

Foster Family Ends Legal Fight For Sonya

Foster Family Ends Legal Fight For Sonya

A middle Tennessee foster family fighting to get back the little girl they raised for eight years announced they are stopping their lengthy legal fight.

Official: Rhode Island child welfare agency to be restructured, including lead networks

Official: Rhode Island child welfare agency to be restructured, including lead networks

Officials say the state's troubled child welfare agency will soon be completely restructured and is considering doing away with its current model of using two nonprofit networks to provide services to children and youth.

Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act

Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act

Under the Oklahoma law, tribes are allowed to intervene — even when both birth parents oppose tribal intervention and have agreed upon who they want as adoptive parents for their child.

They named a drink: The Foster Child

Drink of the Week: The Foster Child, a Banana Foster margarita at Salty's Gulfport

Looking for a margarita unlike any other? Try a bananas fosterita, dubbed the Foster Child ($8), at Salty's Gulfport. Bartender Kat McKenna created the cocktail based on the flavors of the dessert bananas Foster.

2-year-old girl who died in foster care laid to rest

2-year-old girl who died in foster care laid to rest

A somber day in Marlborough, as a little girl who died while in foster care is laid to rest.

Foster daughter stole thousands from dead mother

Foster daughter stole thousands from dead mother

A TRUSTED daughter plundered more than £30,000 from her dead foster mother’s bank account and cheated her elderly foster father out of cash.

The Record: Parental due process

The Record: Parental due process

LEAVING CHILDREN unattended in vehicles remains a serious problem, notwithstanding many publicized warnings against it. Some 45 children have died from heatstroke while locked in cars in hot weather since the beginning of 2014, according to researchers at San Jose State University in California. Children left alone in cars are also susceptible to being kidnapped.


Child abuse Royal Commission: Girls at Winlaton youth centre injected with unapproved contraceptive

Child abuse Royal Commission: Girls at Winlaton youth centre injected with unapproved contraceptive

Now to those child sexual abuse hearings in Melbourne where the Royal Commission heard this morning that girls at the Winlaton Youth Training Centre were injected with the contraceptive depo provera in the 1970s despite it not being approved for use in Australia.

Couple files suit challenging Indian Child Welfare Act

Couple files suit challenging Indian Child Welfare Act

An Oklahoma couple has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of portions of the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act.

New child-welfare system about to make old mistake

New child-welfare system about to make old mistake

The state's new child-welfare agency wants permission to do what the old agency was dismantled for doing on its own.



Secrecy, “lack of respect”, driving foster carers away

Secrecy, “lack of respect”, driving foster carers away

Foster carers are dropping out of the system at a far higher rate than they can be recruited, according to a new study due to be published later this year.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Abused Children's Brains Can Better Regulate Emotions

Abused Children's Brains Can Better Regulate Emotions

Children living in environments that abuse or expose them to various traumas tend to get more emotional than their peers.


People are Using Child Protective Services as a Weapon of Revenge


It is actually appalling how easy it is to call in a fake report to Child Protective Services (CPS) with no evidence of wrongdoing or accountability for inaccurate information.

PARENTS WITH DISABILITIES FACING NEW CHALLENGES

PARENTS WITH DISABILITIES FACING NEW CHALLENGES

An Al Jazeera America report about a Montpelier mother who was denied parental rights has spurred debate about how Vermont parents with disabilities are treated by the Department for Children and Families.


Man who distributed child porn allowed to foster young girl

Man who distributed child porn allowed to foster young girl

A man who viewed and distributed child porn was allowed to foster a child while NSW police delayed an investigation into him.

Accused was Children’s Home worker

Accused was Children’s Home worker

A man who turned himself in to police and was charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault was a former employee of the Nashua Children's Home, according to police, who also confirmed that the 16-year-old victim was a resident of that Amherst Street facility when the alleged offenses took place.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Three New Murder Charges For Suspected Killer Of DCF Caseworker

Three New Murder Charges For Suspected Killer Of DCF Caseworker

The attorney general’s office has filed new charges against Jody Herring, who was charged last week with first-degree murder for the August 7 shooting death of a Department for Children and Families social worker.

Judge Orders Immigrant Families Released From Detention

Judge Orders Immigrant Families Released From Detention

A federal judge in California has ordered the government to release immigrant children from family detention centers "without unnecessary delay," and with their mothers when possible, according to court papers.

‘ANONYMOUS CALGARY’ RALLY AGAINST ABUSE OF CHILDREN IN CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

‘ANONYMOUS CALGARY’ RALLY AGAINST ABUSE OF CHILDREN IN CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

It’s an  international day of protest in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the United Kingdom.At City Hall Saturday, the hacker group ‘Anonymous Calgary’ organized a rally demanding action against chronic abuse of children that plague child protective services.Anonymous Calgary said they are speaking out on behalf of thousands of silent and anonymous children  seized each year by provincial authorities.“These kids don’t have a voice without us.” Story continues below

DCF steps up effort to keep workers safe after VT social worker's killing

DCF steps up effort to keep workers safe after VT social worker's killing

The Department of Children and Families is stepping up efforts to keep its workers safe, following the murder of a social worker in Vermont and requests from the union representing DCF social workers.

Friday, August 21, 2015

#OpExposeCPS Aug 22nd Protest

Today's the day!!!  Make it count!



https://www.facebook.com/OpExposeCPS

#OpExposeCPS Operation Expose CPS

NSW police fail to arrest child pornography distributor; foster child adopted by offender

NSW police fail to arrest child pornography distributor; foster child adopted by offender

The NSW Police Force failed to arrest a man for distributing child abuse material, despite being sent a brief of evidence in August 2013 by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

Lawyers: US-born kids harmed by denial of birth certificates

Lawyers: US-born kids harmed by denial of birth certificates

Lawyers are asking a federal judge to intervene on the behalf of immigrant families who were denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children because Texas health officials refused to recognize as valid certain forms of identification.

COUPLE SOUGHT IN SOCIAL WORKER ACID ATTACK, VICTIM RECOVERING

COUPLE SOUGHT IN SOCIAL WORKER ACID ATTACK, VICTIM RECOVERING

A 43-year-old social worker is recovering from second-degree chemical burns after two strangers threw a caustic chemical on her.

Province sued in foster death of Lee Allan Bonneau

Province sued in foster death of Lee Allan Bonneau

The parents of Lee Allan Bonneau are suing the Saskatchewan government over the killing of their six-yearold son, who died in foster care when he was likely beaten by another troubled child.

Call for children in need to be placed with older siblings rather than state care

Call for children in need to be placed with older siblings rather than state care

Mark Mattei​ has a surprisingly upbeat attitude about his childhood, despite living in 40 different foster homes and going through the doors of 15 schools.


Was Avalena Conway-Coxton left to die in a hot SUV by her Foster Mom?

The Boston Globe has just given us a little more insight into the death of little Avalena Conway-Coxton as well as what happened to the other child.  Avalena was the little girl who died in foster care last week in Auburn Massachusetts as you should remember.
A toddler who is in dire condition after being taken from an Auburn foster home last weekend was found with skin that was hot to the touch and an elevated temperature as well as bruising that may be consistent with a seat belt harness, according to two people familiar with the case. 
The symptoms suggest the 22-month-old foster child may have had hyperthermia, the medical term for being greatly overheated, the people said. Authorities have not said how the child may have become overheated, or identified the cause of death of a 2-year-old foster child who was also found unresponsive in the home Saturday. 
Temperatures in the area were in the 80s at the time. Authorities towed away the foster mother’s SUV on Sunday, but have not divulged why. They executed their third search of the house on Wednesday. 
More >> Auburn toddler found with overheated skin, seat belt bruises
I realize that there is an ongoing investigation into this, but if that was a real mother she'd be sitting in jail by now.



Mourners gather to remember girl who died in foster care

Mourners gather to remember girl who died in foster care

Family, friends, and well-wishers gathered at Union Common in Malborough Wednesday night to remember Avalena, the 2-year-old girl who died this week while living in a foster home in Auburn.

Court reverses N.J. child-abuse law; kids left alone in car not necessarily a crime

Court reverses N.J. child-abuse law; kids left alone in car not necessarily a crime

On a cloudy day in 2009, a mother of four left her youngest child, a 19-month-old girl, sleeping in a locked car and went into a Dollar Tree store in South Plainfield.

Pro-adoption stickers in Arizona school textbooks raise eyebrows


A Phoenix-area school’s decision to put stickers urging adoption over abortion inside honors biology textbooks is raising a few eyebrows.

Want to Drop an Atomic Bomb on Your Neighbors? Just Call 911 and Say ‘They Are Abusing Their Kids’

Want to Drop an Atomic Bomb on Your Neighbors? Just Call 911 and Say ‘They Are Abusing Their Kids’

“They threw their child against the wall!”

That’s what an anonymous caller told Kentucky’s Child Protective Services about Corey Chaney, 25, and April Rogers, 23, the sixth time she called. How horrifying! But not the way you think.

Federal court finds Orange County liable for child protective services investigation

Federal court finds Orange County liable for child protective services investigation

Orange County violated the Constitution when it questioned a five-year-old girl about second-hand, unfounded child abuse allegations without her parents’ consent, a federal court judge ruled.

Abuse charges added against Racine foster mom accused of biting toddler

Abuse charges added against Racine foster mom accused of biting toddler

A foster parent accused last month of biting a toddler in her care because she was frustrated over potty training now faces additional felony child abuse charges.

'What you did was nasty,' young sex assault victim tells foster parent molester

'What you did was nasty,' young sex assault victim tells foster parent molester

A young girl stood bravely in a Kent County courtroom, clutching a piece of paper that explained her thoughts about former foster parent Louis Charles Chandler.

  • Ex-foster dad sentenced for abusing girls in his care
  • Auburn foster child showed symptoms of overheating

    Auburn foster child showed symptoms of overheating

    A toddler who is in dire condition after being taken from an Auburn foster home last weekend was found with skin that was hot to the touch and an elevated temperature as well as bruising that may be consistent with a seat belt harness, according to two people familiar with the case.

    After lapse, Massachusetts to post reports on deaths of children in DCF care again

    After lapse, Massachusetts to post reports on deaths of children in DCF care again

    State officials on Wednesday resumed posting reports on the deaths of children whose families had cases with the state Department of Children and Families.

    DCF Overhauls Policy After Shooting



    After a social worker was shot and killed outside her place of work, the Department for Children and Families is strengthening policies for employee safety.

    Catholic Children's Aid Society sues man for $50M over similar website, alleged intimidation

    Catholic Children's Aid Society sues man for $50M over similar website, alleged intimidation

    The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto is suing a man for $50 million for creating an allegedly “intentionally confusing” and defamatory website with a similar domain name to their own website, according to a statement of claim filed Wednesday.

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Penelope the Pathetic Foster Parent and the Commercialized Tale of the Stinky Foster Kid

    Over the years I've read lots of foster parent blogs because I was fascinated by the concept of what kind of person would want to become a foster care provider.  Not so much now that I've figured it out because most of them are just gullible sheep who believe everything the nice social worker tells them, some do it for the money, some are pedophiles who want access to kids, some do it because they want your child of their own to have and to hold, and to hug and to squeeze and to whatever like Elmira here in the following video...


    And then we have Penelope the Pathetic Foster Parent.  Penelope the Pathetic Foster Parent does a blog called Foster 2 Forever.   Foster 2 Forever is a horribly insulting blog to any real parent who has ever had their children taken away because she puts herself on a much higher pedestal and hates real parents with a passion.

    Although I've written about her before, I have tried to ignore Penelope the Pathetic Foster Parent for the last couple of years, regardless of the fact that she ruthlessly promotes the stealing and selling of children, because I thought that she might be slightly mentally retarded, as you can see if you watch the following video which she made a couple weeks ago...  


    But today she has sunk to a new low.

    "How did she do that?" you ask.

    With a blog post about a "stinky foster child" who came to her with a trash-bag full of stinky chothes, which ultimately became a commercial post for Febreze Laundry Detergent.

    So without further adieu, here is the link.

    http://foster2forever.com/2015/08/foster-parent-doing-laundry.html

    You may have to copy and paste it into your browser because she somehow had me blocked from linking to her.

    Critic of South Dakota foster care arrested on old charge

    Critic of South Dakota foster care arrested on old charge

    Family members of a Crow Creek Sioux Tribe woman who has spoken out against South Dakota's handling of Native American children in foster care are questioning whether her arrest on a 13-year-old charge was politically motivated.

    CPS and cops at my door.

    I found this in a forum.  Check it out.

    CPS and cops at my door.


    D.Colo.: Threat to have CPS take child made consent involuntary

    D.Colo.: Threat to have CPS take child made consent involuntary

    The officers told defendant that if she didn’t consent she’d be arrested, and CPS was on standby to take custody of her child, aside from the fact there were seven officers there. The consent was coerced. United States v. Thorson, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107696 (D.Colo. June 12, 2015), reconsideration denied 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106027 (D. Colo. Aug. 12, 2015):

    Fund set up in memory of tot who died in foster care

    Fund set up in memory of tot who died in foster care

    A fund has been set up in the memory of a 2-year-old girl who died after being found unresponsive at her foster home in Auburn last weekend.

    Are Traumatized Students Disabled? A Debate Straight Outta Compton

    Are Traumatized Students Disabled? A Debate Straight Outta Compton

    The defendants may be one southern California school district and its top officials, but an unprecedented, class action lawsuit could have a big impact on schools across the country.

    Foster Care Youth Getting State Ombudsman

    Foster Care Youth Getting State Ombudsman

    Throughout August, The Texas Tribune will feature 31 ways Texans' lives will change because of new laws that take effect Sept. 1. Check out our story calendar for more.

    DCFS Worker Burned in Attack Outside Santa Fe Springs Office; Two Sought

    DCFS Worker Burned in Attack Outside Santa Fe Springs Office; Two Sought

    An L.A. County family services worker was the subject of some kind of attack with an unidentified liquid that left her with second-degree burns and prompted a police search in Santa Fe Springs Wednesday, authorities said.

    Note: Gee.  I wonder why that happened.  Maybe she stole the attackers kid or something.

    Charges added against foster mom accused of biting toddler

    Charges added against foster mom accused of biting toddler

    A foster parent accused last month of biting a toddler in her care because she was frustrated over potty training now faces additional felony child abuse charges.

    Vt. Divided Over Confidentiality in Child Abuse Cases

    Vt. Divided Over Confidentiality in Child Abuse Cases

    Attorney General Bill Sorrell said that limiting confidentiality around family court could improve transparency and accountability in the child protection system, but others are not convinced.

    DCFS Employee Injured In Chemical Attack In Santa Fe Springs

    DCFS Employee Injured In Chemical Attack In Santa Fe Springs

    An employee of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services was attacked outside the building with an unknown chemical.

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    Sister of Auburn foster mom calls girl's death 'a freak accident'

    Sister of Auburn foster mom calls girl's death 'a freak accident'

    The sister of the foster mother who was responsible for a little girl who died in her care called the child's death "a freak accident."

    DCF Considering Vetting Foster Parents With Local Police

    DCF Considering Vetting Foster Parents With Local Police

    The state Department of Children and Families does not check with local police when it vets possible foster parents, but that’s now being considered following the death of a foster child in Auburn last weekend.

    Money stripped from bill to provide nurse oversight of foster youth medication

    Money stripped from bill to provide nurse oversight of foster youth medication

    Facing opposition from budget hawks, a Bay Area lawmaker on Wednesday deeply cut his bill to bolster monitoring of California's 63,000 foster children, who critics say are too often prescribed powerful psychiatric drugs with little follow-up or coordinated care.

    Update: Foster Dad Convicted of Sexually Assaulting 2 Girls Sentenced

    Update: Foster Dad Convicted of Sexually Assaulting 2 Girls Sentenced

    Gary Paul Smith, who was convicted earlier this year of sexually assaulting two young girls, was sentenced Wednesday to two years and three months on five charges. The judge ordered Smith to have no contact with his victims, and no unsupervised contact with any minors.  Smith must also register as a violent sex offender.

    Florida military mom to regain custody of kids in NJ foster care

    Florida military mom to regain custody of kids in NJ foster care


    A Central Florida mother who returned home after fighting in two wars overseas to find her stepmother lost custody of her children in New Jersey is one step closer to having her son and daughter returned to her.

    Man Threatened to Stab DCF Investigator: Windsor Locks Police

    Man Threatened to Stab DCF Investigator: Windsor Locks Police

    Windsor Locks police have charged a 28-year-old man with threatening to stab a DCF investigator.

    Jared pleads guilty



    Subway spokesman Jared pleads guilty pay minor for sex and child porn

    Turnaround Looms in Federal Funding to Prevent Child Abuse

    Turnaround Looms in Federal Funding to Prevent Child Abuse

    When Roberta found out she was pregnant for the third time, she was still struggling with the abandonment she'd felt after her mother placed her in foster care as a teenager and signed away her rights. She'd recently left a violent relationship and didn't have a stable place to live. Both her daughters had also been placed in the same foster care system she'd recently left. "I was crying every day that my children were in care because I knew the feelings of worthlessness you have when you need love from someone that doesn't return it. I knew what the outcome was for me."

    Child Sex Trafficking Victims Get More Protection

    Child Sex Trafficking Victims Get More Protection

    When the Texas Supreme Court ruled that children under 14 years old could not be charged with prostitution, juvenile rights advocates hailed the decision as a victory for victims of sexual violence.

    But the 2010 decision produced an unintended consequence that has frustrated many law enforcement officials: It became more difficult to separate minors forced into the sex trade from their traffickers. 


    Saving Babies From Abortion So They Are Available For Adoption By Infertile Couples

    So the feminists over at Love, Joy and Feminism are currently discussing the issue of saving babies from abortion so that they will be available for adoption for infertile couples.  I would agree with the first part of the analysis that the author describes, where she says nobody owes you a baby, especially when God has decided that you are not fit to be a parent, I do not agree with her solution which is try adoption through foster care.

    Here's the link.  And please take the time to read the comments.  You will totally see why this issue is problematic.  You will also get a good education in the mentality that people who haven't experienced child welfare but always call for more anyway.

    Infertile Couple to Planned Parenthood: You’re Aborting Our Children


    Austin mom fights for group home change after son's death

    Austin mom fights for group home change after son's death

    Leslie Hazlewood lost her son, Lonny, on July 25. His death is still fresh on the mother's mind, but she said she is getting through by focusing on improving group home conditions for the mentally ill.

    New Law Opens Access To Birth Certificates For Many People Who Are Adopted

    New Law Opens Access To Birth Certificates For Many People Who Are Adopted

    Zanetah Sasser was a college student in Philadelphia when an acquaintance told her she bore a striking resemblance to a family from Bridgeport.

    Tennessee courts reverse ban on 'mother' and 'father'

    Tennessee courts reverse ban on 'mother' and 'father'

    The Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts reversed a controversial decision to replace the terms "mother" and "father" with "parent 1" and "parent 2."

    Military Mom Returns From War to Discover She Must Fight for Custody of Kids

    Military Mom Returns From War to Discover She Must Fight for Custody of Kids

    A Florida military veteran who served overseas in both Iraq and Afghanistan has returned home to find herself in another fight — this time for the custody of her two children, ages 13 and 14.

    Lawyers tangle over blocking records in Herring case




    Lawyers tangle over blocking records in Herring case

    The defense for a South Barre woman accused of gunning down a state social worker has renewed a request to seal court records dealing with the Department for Children and Families.

    Report says children as young as seven sexually abused, exploited in state care

    Report says children as young as seven sexually abused, exploited in state care

    ​Child sexual abuse is rife in Victoria's residential care units with more than 120 reports of sexual assaults in the past 10 weeks.

    Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma takes 'full responsibility' for child protection failure but will not resign

    Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma takes 'full responsibility' for child protection failure but will not resign

    Tasmania's Human Services Minister has taken full responsibility for a serious child protection failure, but has no intention of standing down.

    Official: Home searched as foster child in ‘dire’ condition

    Official: Home searched as foster child in ‘dire’ condition

    Investigators returned Tuesday to a home west of Boston where two toddlers in foster care were found unresponsive over the weekend and one died.


    Blocked adoptions in DR Congo: ‘It’s like our children are in prison’

    Blocked adoptions in DR Congo: ‘It’s like our children are in prison’

    More than a thousand legally adopted children from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have spent the past two years languishing in their orphanages, their arrivals at their new homes blocked by a diplomatic deadlock.

    BORDER PATROL CAUGHT 135 ILLEGAL, UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN DAILY IN JULY

    BORDER PATROL CAUGHT 135 ILLEGAL, UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN DAILY IN JULY

    Border patrol officers apprehended 4,177 unaccompanied alien children (UACs) attempting to illegally enter the U.S. during the month of July, according to new Customs and Border Protection data.


    TAKEN FROM FAMILIES, INDIGENOUS CHILDREN FACE EXTREME RATES OF STATE VIOLENCE IN US

    TAKEN FROM FAMILIES, INDIGENOUS CHILDREN FACE EXTREME RATES OF STATE VIOLENCE IN US

    The plight of Indigenous children recently made headlines, as Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a damning report calling the country's long-held policy of removing Native children from their families by force and placing them in state-funded residential schools "cultural genocide." According to the report, even before Canada was founded in 1867, churches were operating boarding schools for Indigenous children, and the last federally supported residential school didn't close until the late 1990s.


    Utah Supreme Court says father can’t challenge adoption

    Utah Supreme Court says father can’t challenge adoption

    The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that an unmarried father forfeited his parental rights as a result of a bargain he struck with his son's mother, who promised not to place the child for adoption if he agreed not to file a paternity action.

    Investigators return to Auburn foster home after toddler's death

    Investigators return to Auburn foster home after toddler's death

    State and local investigators returned Tuesday to the Auburn home where two girls were found unresponsive over the weekend to try and determine what happened that led up to the incident that left one of the girls dead.

    Note: This story continues to flood the news feeds.

    How Congress Could Fix Obamacare For Former Foster Children

    How Congress Could Fix Obamacare For Former Foster Children

    A Democratic senator is hoping to attach a fix for one of the Affordable Care Act's numerous glitches—this one for coverage of foster children—to child-welfare legislation expected to move this Congress, National Journal has learned.

    WATCH: DCF On The Firing Line; Consider Some Key Questions

    WATCH: DCF On The Firing Line; Consider Some Key Questions

    It’s been sixteen months since DCF Commissioner Olga Roche resigned under intense pressure, after four-year-old Jeremiah Oliver died while under the department’s supervision. That case sparked public outrage and spurred widespread calls for reform. Now, Massachusetts has a new governor, a new DCF Commissioner, and a new pair of tragedies to reckon with.

    Rogue CPS Worker Repeatedly Called the Cops on a Completely Innocent Family

    Rogue CPS Worker Repeatedly Called the Cops on a Completely Innocent Family

    “They threw their child against the wall!”

    That’s what an anonymous caller told Kentucky's Child Protective Services about Corey Chaney, 25, and April Rogers, 23, the sixth time she called. How horrifying! But not the way you think.

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    Jury issues cause mistrial for Utah social worker accused of molesting young girls

    Jury issues cause mistrial for Utah social worker accused of molesting young girls

    A trial for an Ogden social worker accused of sexually abusing two girls in a Heber hotel room was derailed Tuesday after a jury could not be seated to hear the case.

    Police: Man arrested over online DCF threat

    Police: Man arrested over online DCF threat

    A St. Johnsbury man has been arrested on suspicion of writing a threatening message on Facebook that targeted the Department for Children and Families and the public, St. Johnsbury police say.

    Note: Don't make threats.  You will loose the element of surprise.

    Sydney White pleads guilty in death of 11-month-old foster daughter

    Sydney White pleads guilty in death of 11-month-old foster daughter

    A 21-year-old Grand Junction woman accused in the death of her foster child pleaded guilty Monday.

    Houseparents accused of sexual abuse at Eagle home for at-risk youth

    Houseparents accused of sexual abuse at Eagle home for at-risk youth

    A couple who work at a Christian program that helps homeless and at-risk children have been arrested on sexual abuse charges.


    Child abuse royal commission: Former children's home resident details shock therapy received as 'homosexuality treatment'

    Child abuse royal commission: Former children's home resident details shock therapy received as 'homosexuality treatment'

    A former resident of Turana Youth Training Centre has detailed to the royal commission the electric shock therapy he received as "treatment for homosexuality" after being abused by his roommate.

    5 Investigates: Police got 64 calls from Auburn foster mom's home

    5 Investigates: Police got 64 calls from Auburn foster mom's home

    As police and state investigators try to piece together what happened to Avalena Conway Cox, 5 Investigates has discovered a long history of calls to police from the Auburn foster home where she and a 22-month-old girl were found unresponsive.



    Camp reunites siblings in foster care system

    Camp reunites siblings in foster care system

    Plainville-based Wheeler Clinic helped reunite siblings in the state’s foster care system earlier this month during a special camp week at Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover.

    Note: It should be a crime to split up siblings.  But they do.

    Military mom fighting to get kids back after stepmom lost custody

    Military mom fighting to get kids back after stepmom lost custody

    Before she went overseas to fight in two wars, Amanda Hurst's kids were 7 and 8 years old.

    Vermont is trying to belittle your criticism of CPS

    What’s behind the online criticism of DCF workers?

    After a Department for Children and Families social worker was shot dead outside the office earlier this month, state officials condemned online comments critical of DCF workers.


    Monday, August 17, 2015

    Social worker charged with child abuse quits

    Social worker charged with child abuse quits

    A state social worker charged with having a friend strike the worker’s two children repeatedly with a belt has resigned her job with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

    Sex abuse alleged at children's home

    Sex abuse alleged at children's home

    A 65-year-old Narrogin man has been charged with sexually abusing three young girls at a Perth children’s home in the 1990s.

    Foster family looks for new kidney for 10-year-old boy

    Foster family looks for new kidney for 10-year-old boy

    A 10-year-old foster child in Roseville has a dream, and he's hoping someone out there can help fulfill. He wants to do simple things like eat pizza, spaghetti and lasagna, and play a 'real' game of baseball. In order to make that happen Jayden needs a new kidney.

    Three DCF Workers Assigned To Auburn Foster Home Were Unlicensed

    Three DCF Workers Assigned To Auburn Foster Home Were Unlicensed

    Three DCF case workers who working with the foster home in Auburn were unlicensed, DCF officials said.

    Sydney White Pleads Guilty



    The Grand Junction woman accused in the death of her foster child pleaded guilty.

    In 32 States, Social Workers Immune for Lying to Judges

    In 32 States, Social Workers Immune for Lying to Judges

    Federal law provides a way for families to sue government employees who violate their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

    However, in federal courts within the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eight, and Ninth circuits, government social workers are absolutely immune from being sued for violating those constitutional rights in the context of judicial proceedings.

    Mother of another child in Auburn home where Avalena Conway died says foster mom was a good mother, but 'lazy'

    Mother of another child in Auburn home where Avalena Conway died says foster mom was a good mother, but 'lazy'

    The biological mother of a child who lived in the Auburn home where another foster child died Saturday and a second was critically injured, described the foster mom as a good mother, but a lazy person

    Children ‘abused by care home staff, police,’ inquiry told

    Children ‘abused by care home staff, police,’ inquiry told

    The abuse of children between the 1960s and 1990s at Victorian state-run institutions is under the spotlight as the child sex royal commission returned to Victoria today.

    Executives at second L.A. County youth home are accused of embezzlement

    Executives at second L.A. County youth home are accused of embezzlement

    Prosecutors have charged two executives of a Los Angeles County group home for youth in the juvenile delinquency system and foster care with misuse of public funds, embezzlement and filing false tax returns.

    Case continued for foster dad charged with murder of Stafford 1-year-old

    Case continued for foster dad charged with murder of Stafford 1-year-old

    The case against a man charged with killing his one-year-old foster child in Stafford County was continued on Monday morning.

    Child Visitation Hits the Internet

    Child Visitation Hits the Internet

    Florida is one of several states that have created laws allowing parents to engage in virtual visitation with their children. This type of visitation enables non-custodial parents to utilize technology to maintain and preserve their parent/child relationships. Types of virtual visitation include video conferencing, e-mail, video chatting, instant messaging and most any other electronic means of communication.


    Biological mother says she was told her child was safe in foster care

    Biological mother says she was told her child was safe in foster care

    The biological mother of a toddler who died while in foster care said she was given very limited information about how her only daughter died.

    Chabot: Charlie Baker’s response unworthy of Corner Office

    Chabot: Charlie Baker’s response unworthy of Corner Office

    Another child is dead, and yet another hospitalized under the oversight of the state’s broken Department of Children and Families, and Gov. Charlie Baker’s response is not just underwhelming — he appears to have embraced former Gov. Deval Patrick’s DCF playbook of delay and downplay.


    Feds fine Ohio for not meeting child welfare services goals

    Feds fine Ohio for not meeting child welfare services goals

    Ohio is being fined $3.8 million by the federal government for not meeting certain goals related to child protective services.

    Victorian couple denied IVF because of fears they would harm child

    Victorian couple denied IVF because of fears they would harm child

    A couple are being denied fertility treatment because of concerns they would harm the child, in a rare ruling by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

    Judge reviewing P'burg mom's claim that DYFS trumped up child abuse charge

    Judge reviewing P'burg mom's claim that DYFS trumped up child abuse charge

    A Phillipsburg mother who claims New Jersey caseworkers took away her child under trumped-up charges of child abuse will take her case before a federal appellate court this fall.

    Oregon’s foster care system needs reform

    Oregon’s foster care system needs reform

    It’s usually not good news when a state’s child welfare system is a topic of a committee hearing in the U.S. Senate.

    Donald Trump Wants To Deport Anchor Babies

    Trump: Deny Citizenship to Babies of People Illegally in US

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to deny citizenship to the babies of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally as part of an immigration plan that emphasizes border security and deportation for millions.




    Former social worker accused of false child-abuse calls

    Former social worker accused of false child-abuse calls

    A former Hardin County social worker and her fiance have been accused of repeatedly making false child-abuse reports against two of their neighbors.

    Guess what

    It Could Happen To You