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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Texas CPS kills plan to give hefty raises to top managers

State leaders have killed a plan to give $268,000 in raises to 10 top managers at Child Protective Services, saying none of them will get a pay boost until the flailing agency improves.

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Child protection agency fails inspection, gets 4th provisional license

The commonwealth has hit York County's Office of Children, Youth & Families with its fourth provisional license, bringing it to the brink of being taken over by the state.

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Richard Wexler: Family First Act Institutionalizes Institutions, Sets Up Prevention to Fail

Now that there finally is a bill, it is clear who has the greatest reason to oppose the so-called Family First Prevention Services Act: environmentalists.

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California Bill would Outlaw “Rehoming” of Adopted Children

California may soon enact legislation to protect children from being moved from one adoptive family to another without legal oversight. The practice, known as “rehoming,” has been found to expose adopted children to abuse and has highlighted loopholes in the U.S.’ child welfare system.

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Broward sheriff's child protection unit now 'a shamble,' former employee says

Broward County is No. 1 in a category nobody wants to win, topping the state in the number of reported child abuse cases. With more than 15,000 cases a year, serious allegations are being made against the agency that handles those abuse complaints -- the Broward Sheriff's Office Child Protective Investigations Section, or CPIS, which many past and present investigators said is in a state of crisis.

More >> Broward sheriff's child protection unit now 'a shamble,' former employee says

Child says adopted father beat him with switch for wasting water

A man was arrested Monday after police said he beat his adopted 10-year-old son with a switch.

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Some Parents Relinquish Custody To State To Get Children Better Care, Lawmakers Reviewing

Youth services advocates say parents who are desperate to get expensive or hard-to-get support for their children end up giving the kids over to the state to get them the help they need. A group of lawmakers say they want to fix that issue. Statehouse reporter Andy Chow has more.

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Inspection found that a Welsh police force kept too many children in custody

An independent report into a Welsh police force’s child protection work has found that too many children have been unnecessarily kept in custody.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Report states tribal child custody laws neglected on statewide level

A coalition of Native American tribes from across California are calling on the state’s top law enforcement office to begin investigating what it says are be systematic shortfalls and violations of tribal civil rights relating to the Indian Child Welfare Act.


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Schwab lawsuit claims DCF, other agencies engaged in "Kids for Cash" enterprise

An amended civil complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for Kansas alleges that the Kansas Department for Children and Families, as well as other agencies and individuals, are engaged in a “Kids for Cash type unlawful enterprise.”

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Social worker removed from professional register after series of allegations

A SOCIAL worker from Lancashire facing a series of allegations regarding her conduct has been removed from a professional register.


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Georgia foster mom pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter in death of toddler

A North Georgia foster mom pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Clara Louise Edwards faced a charge of felony murder but pleaded guilty to a lesser offense. A jury had already convicted her of first degree cruelty to children earlier this year, and on Monday Judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr. sentenced Edwards to a total of 20 years in prison for both of her charges.

More >> Georgia foster mom pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter in death of toddler

Japan Rewamps Child Welfare, Pushes for Increased Foster Care

A baby lies in a metal-bar cot drinking from a bottle perched on his pillow in a Tokyo orphanage. There’s no one to hold and feed him or offer words of comfort.

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CPS worker may face punishment for accidentally locking child in hot car

Child Protective Services is deciding Tuesday whether or not to punish one of its employees for accidentally locking a child in a hot car.

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Note: She should be punished, any real parent would be.

Man sexually abused as child suing Hancock County DHS

A Louisiana man has filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Human Services, his former foster parents and a Hancock County DHS case worker, alleging negligence after he was sexually abused as a child while in DHS custody.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Raymond and Amelia Schwab are asking a federal judge to amend their child custody lawsuit

13 NEWS has learned Raymond and Amelia Schwab are asking a federal judge to amend their lawsuit in a child custody dispute.

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CPS worker accidentally locks child in hot vehicle

Terrifying moments for a toddler accidentally locked in a hot car by a Child Protective Services worker.

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Couple's hell over foster-care kids

A KwaZulu-Natal couple are embroiled in a desperate battle to stop social welfare officials from removing their adopted and foster children because of “untrue and subjective” allegations that they are involved in child trafficking.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Foster Parents Under Investigation For Abuse

Certified foster parents for dozens of children are now facing several charges for abusing their four adopted children.

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Foster parent charged with molesting children


Authorities say a Lafayette foster parent molested three children over a 12-year period.

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Anger at delay over commission into foster home abuse

A commission of investigation into abuse in a foster home in the southeast, promised by the last government, will not be established before the Dail summer recess, as the HSE has requested more time to respond to a preliminary report.

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Louisiana officials praise mom accused of whipping sons who allegedly burglarized home

A Louisiana mother accused of whipping her sons for allegedly burglarizing a home is being lauded by state officials.

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Authorities say a Lafayette foster parent molested three children over a 12-year period

Authorities say a Lafayette foster parent molested three children over a 12-year period.

More >> Authorities say a Lafayette foster parent molested three children over a 12-year period

Child protection jobs to be cut as NSW government promises to fix stretched system

Almost 100 child protection jobs are forecast to be cut over the next 12 months, with abuse prevention experts questioning how the system will cope with fewer resources.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Arrest in alleged kidnapping a swift one

It took police 16 minutes from the time they spotted Sandra Giesbrecht to put her in handcuffs.

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Editorial: Pensacola DCF a symptom of state’s broken system

Crime reporter Kevin Robinson delivered troubling news last week that a state investigation prompted a string of high-level resignations at Pensacola’s local office of the Department of Children and Families. Robinson wrote that the probe was prompted by a whistleblower and found “among other things, that some child protective investigators were working an ‘excessive’ caseload without the proper certification.”


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Broward’s child welfare system failing, report says

Burdened with high caseloads and mired in millions of dollars in debt, the lead agency in Broward’s child welfare system is failing.

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Parents regain custody; Fewer than half got kids back this year

In the first hours, days and even weeks after their two young children were seized by the state, Matthew and Stephanie Eaker were left to process a whirlwind of emotions.

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Woman denies threats in DCF case

A Barre woman pleaded not guilty Friday to threatening Department for Children and Families workers, foster parents and police.

More >> Woman denies threats in DCF case

Friday, June 24, 2016

Mother fails to surrender child, 3, to CPS, cops say she's on the run

An Allendale woman who was supposed to turn over her 3-year-old daughter to state child protective workers is believed to have fled West Michigan with the girl.

More >> Mother fails to surrender child, 3, to CPS, cops say she's on the run

Foster Father Faces Lengthy Prison Term for Molesting Young Girl

A 55-year-old foster father likely will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted by a Santa Maria jury Thursday of repeatedly molesting a young girl who was in his care, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office.

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Michigan celebrates families who escaped foster care

Misty Collett measures her success in heartbeats.

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Teen wanted 'family,' but got isolated instead

A former Deerfield Township teen testified all he wanted was a “family,” but instead his adoptive parents isolated him the family’s basement.

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Barre woman charged with threatening to shoot DCF workers

A Vermont woman is facing obstruction of justice charges after police say she threatened to shoot DCF employees in Barre. That's the very same office where a DCF worker was shot and killed last year.

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Stephen Calderon gets prison after sexually abusing foster children

A former Laramie foster parent was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison Wednesday in District Court after admitting to five sex crimes related to children in his care.

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When my foster brother died, I realised the care system must change

I was abroad when I got the call. There’s been an accident, I was told. You need to come home.

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Detectives seek information on foster parent crimes

Washington County detectives are looking for information about former foster parents who were arrested for child abuse, among other things.

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Affidavit Released In Couple's Alleged Abuse Of Adopted Children

An arrest affidavit has been released by Harvey County District Judge Joe Dickinson detailing abuses of two children by their adopted parents in north Newton.

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Family Services Worker Accused of Having Sex with Client He Transported

Acting Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that a suspended state assistant family services worker has been charged with official misconduct for allegedly using his position to have sex with a young mother whom he was responsible for transporting and supervising in connection with court-ordered visits with her son.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Former foster parents arrested, accused of abusing children

Two former state-certified foster parents are accused of abusing their adopted children – giving one Percocet and withholding proper medical care for another, according to officials and court records.

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Former foster parent gets 40 years for sex abuse charges

A former Laramie foster parent has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for sex crimes.

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Group of juveniles walk away from group home; one jumps in river to evade police

Three juveniles who fled from what authorities described as a group home and halfway house in Beaver County were taken into custody Wednesday by Duquesne Police. Their apprehension followed an alleged chase down a hillside and along the edge of the Monongehela River wherein one of the juveniles jumped into the river in an attempt to escape.

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Judge orders changes to fix 'broken' foster care system

A federal judge is taking action to fix what many call a "broken" foster care system. The judge is requiring three more investigators to look into The Department of Family and Protective Services. She has also doubled the amount of hours the team is expected to spend coming up with their recommendations, from about 1,000 hours to 2,000 hours.

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National outcry after mom arrested for whipping child

The woman who bonded out a mother who was arrested for disciplining her children said she felt compelled to help the single mom of six.

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New bill could help keep families together

A new bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives would give Illinois and other states more flexibility and federal support to keep families together and avoid reliance on foster care.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Surveys Differential Response

This month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a brief about the efficacy of differential response (DR) and child safety in six states that have implemented this child protection strategy for over ten years. The department collaborated with the Kempe Center at the University of Colorado to compare rates of re-reports and re-reports with substantiation across counties in these states that used DR. Results suggest that the practice did not jeopardize child safety, and in some states it improved child safety.

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Fewer than half of B.C. kids in foster care graduate high school before 19, report says

Lilia Zaharieva loved school and always had her nose in a book — but that suddenly changed when she was taken into foster care at the age of 14.

More >> Fewer than half of B.C. kids in foster care graduate high school before 19, report says

N.J. child welfare worker charged with pressuring sex from mother he supervised

A state child welfare caseworker faces official misconduct charges for  abusing his position to have sex with a woman who was trying to get her son returned from foster care, Acting Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced Thursday.

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Who says there is no money in foster parenting?

So earlier today I came across the link to a new article on the Save Our Lexi site.  I know, big deal right?  It's just more whining by the foster care providers who are still trying to plead their case.

Then I scrolled down and came to a realization.

Here I thought that Rusty and Summer Page, the foster parents in the case of Lexi, the little 1.5% Choctaw girl who was returned to her family a few months back, were just a couple of over-reacting drama queen foster parents who didn't want to see the kid go home.  As it turns out, it was a brilliant scheme that proved to be highly profitable by pulling on the heartstrings of the suckers who bought into it, inspiring them to give their hard earned money to the Pages through a Go Fund Me Page.

To date, this little scheme has brought the former foster family $54,509 Dollars.


You remember, the look of horror on Summer's face as CPS took the girl back to her real family...


And you remember the tears on Rustys heartbroken face.


Now they're making a killing while trying to keep a kid away from her real family.

Oh the power of tears.  Oh the power of words.  Oh the power of large numbers of stupid fucking people.  And all I ever asked was that somebody drop $1 million dollars into my PayPal Account so that I could quit my job and just work on Legally Kidnapped all the time, but no!

"Now I'm in tears!"  because if all it takes is a little bit of pissing and whining then... "Waaaaaaaa!"

Moore County DSS to be investigated following toddler's death

The Moore County Department of Social Services will be investigated because of circumstances surrounding the drowning of a toddler in April, the DSS board announced Wednesday.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Declining number of foster parents in Canada becoming a crisis

Note: Of course the fact that they're stealing too many kids has absolutely nothing to do with this.

Canada is having a foster-parent crisis, with so few people willing to serve that one province is preparing to house infants in group homes if necessary.

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Social services feared mother would snatch daughter after accidentally sending her foster parents' address

SOCIAL services feared a mother would try to snatch back her daughter after they accidentally sent her contact details about the child’s foster parents.

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State DOJ investigating San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services

The state Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday it is investigating allegations of systemic failures in San Bernardino County’s Department of Children and Family Services, prompted by horrific tales of children repeatedly being placed into abusive homes where they died or were severely injured.

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Mother of slain toddler pleads innocent to threatening a child-welfare worker; trial set

The mother of a slain toddler pleaded innocent Tuesday to threatening a child-welfare worker.

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Former volunteer for Guardian Ad Litem asks Moore commissioners to investigate child protective services

Pamela Reed, the Guardian Ad Litem assigned to investigate the custody case of 23-month-old Rylan Ott who drowned in April, implored Moore County commissioners on Tuesday to investigate the county's child protective services, which is under the department of social services.

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Reunification Month: Teaming Up For Families

For many parents in the unfortunate and heart-breaking position of having their child placed in the hands of the state, this Iowa mother captures the essence of what they need to have a meaningful opportunity to reunify with their baby: a team behind them. These parents come with complex challenges such as substance abuse, domestic violence, economic insecurity, mental health concerns, and trauma. They need help from multiple agencies to navigate their journey to health and successful parenting. If those issues are not acknowledged and treated, the chances for success are greatly reduced. Yet, for the most part, the parties responsible for the health and well-being of these families work in separate silos - often at odds with one another. Too often, they make decisions as though one size could fit all, rather than the unique and individual needs and concerns of families. Once decisions are made, the ability to right any potential wrongs becomes far more difficult and costly.

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Infant girl abused to frame father

Diana Benitez-Reyes, 23, of Manny Dr., has been charged with repeatedly burning her daughter causing injuries that would have inflicted intense pain and possibly caused permanent scarring, police said. Investigators further alleged the accused blamed the father for inflicting the injuries so she could have his custody rights removed.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Investigation prompts resignations at Pensacola DCF

There has been a shakeup at the local office of the state Department of Children and Families after an investigation found, among other things, that some child protective investigators were working an "excessive" caseload without the proper certification.

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Don't blame an Indian adoption law for the custody fight over a Choctaw child

People need to realize that the 6-year-old Choctaw girl removed from a Santa Clarita foster home would not have been with that family for more than four years if it wasn’t for the fact that they kept going to court to try to adopt a child who was not available for adoption. (“A child was taken from her foster parents because she's 1/64 Choctaw. That's cruel,” Readers React, June 16)

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Foster parents feeling burned out, cleaned out

The number of homes hasn't kept up with an increase in kids, raising questions about the resources at parents' disposal.

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Note: The poor things.

Parents Captured After Kidnapping Own Child

Eight-month-old Jack Eastlack is found safe and well at a hotel in Montana nearly a week after he was reported missing.

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Duncanville PD investigating death of 11-month-old in foster care

Duncanville police are investigating the death of an 11-month-old boy who died in the care of a Child Protective Services foster family.

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Judge doubles workload for team working on foster care overhaul

A federal judge, frustrated by the lack of progress overhauling Texas' "broken" foster care system now has investigators cramming a year's worth of work into four months.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Restraint use on child prisoners doubles, says Howard League

Children held in custody in England and Wales are twice as likely to have force used against them by staff than they were five years ago, research suggests.

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Woman ticketed for child abuse after child nearly drowns in hotel pool

A 38-year-old woman was ticketed Sunday for misdemeanor child abuse by neglect after a child nearly drowned at a pool at an extended-stay hotel at 7010 Hascall St. on Sunday.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Ex-social workers discuss pressures of job

Susan Reeves had been a Moore County Child Protective Services case manager for about five years when she decided she couldn't take it any longer.

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'It Took Over Our Lives': Couple Rebuilds Their Life After False Accusation Lands Them In Hot Water

A young couple in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was shocked to learn that they were being targeted with a series of false child abuse accusations by a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker.

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CPS INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN IN AMERICA

Central to the angst and concern expressed about the future of information media and journalism is a fundamental conviction that everyone should be regular information shoppers and eat similar amounts of stories and data. In the light of newspapers’ struggle to take care of readers and viability within the digital period, this study goals to grasp better how newspapers in Latin America are responding to this shift toward person-generated and multimedia content. Most persons are content with a restricted amount of reports and information that has quick affect on their lives, counting on others to supply management about what to do about public affairs and neighborhood issues. Lots of possbilities exist for the longer term, though I suppose Healthcare jobs will increase as people proceed to dwell longer.

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UPDATE: 14-year-old rape victim in Alabama has court hearing continued.

Yesterday, the story of a 14-year-old girl caught nationwide attention after the Alabama Department of Human Resources removed the girl’s 2-day-old infant from her. The girl was 13-years-old when she got pregnant from what is deemed a result of rape.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

CPS attributes investigator turnover to stress, low pay

Twenty percent of the state’s caseworkers quit within the first three months on the job during fiscal year 2015, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which oversees CPS.

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NC Child Welfare System Failing Children, Families, Reports Say

The mental image was shocking: In 2013, sheriffs in Union County found an 11-year-old boy handcuffed to the porch of the home where he was a foster child, a dead chicken hung around his neck. Even more chilling, the boy’s foster mother was a supervisor at the Union County Department of Social Services, the agency charged with protecting him.

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6-Week-Old Child Dies in Sacramento Foster Home

Child Protective Services are investigating after a 6-week-old girl died in a Sacramento foster home.

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Social worker who handled Liam Fee and Mikaeel Kular cases suspended pending council probe

A social worker who was monitoring Liam Fee before his murder and also worked with Mikaeel Kular prior to his death has been suspended.

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After a Rough Childhood in Foster Care, a Woman Discovers the Father She Never Knew

Could you imagine going your whole life never knowing your father, and then one day BOOM, “meet your dad”? Would the experience live up to expectations? Would he look like you? Sound like you? Act like you? Hell, would he even like you?

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Santa Clarita foster child will suffer emotionally: Letters (One Assholes Opinion)

The court’s mandate to take away a 6-year-old child from her de facto (foster) parents and place her with distant relatives in Utah is nothing less than complete judicial incompetence and amounts to legal kidnapping.

More >> Santa Clarita foster child will suffer emotionally: Letters

Fatherless Father’s Day rally in Bradenton fights for equal parental rights

Black leather boots and brown hiking sneakers sit under the gazebo outside of the Manatee County Courthouse, waiting for a new home. Not another person’s feet, but on the steps of the courthouse itself.

More >> Fatherless Father’s Day rally in Bradenton fights for equal parental rights

Friday, June 17, 2016

Texas fighting judge’s order to fix foster care system on every front, in ways other states haven’t

Texas is pulling out all the stops to keep control of its problem-plagued foster care system.

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Two foster children steal Austin CPS worker’s car and total it on I-35

Two foster teens stole a Child Protective Services worker’s car this week in Austin, sped up Interstate 35 and wrecked the vehicle, state officials said.

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Teen Mom Rejects Abortion After Rape, Now Child Protective Services Has Taken Her Baby

An Alabama group is alleging that a young rape victim who chose life for her son experienced another traumatic situation this week when government workers took the newborn away from her.

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Many Foster Kids Are Still Being Prescribed Antipsychotic Drugs

Many experts expressed concern when the rate of antipsychotic prescriptions to children in foster care showed a rapid increase, peaking in 2008, and new recommendations and policies have tried to curb the use of these drugs. While the rate has plateaued, a new study points out that the “new normal” prescription levels are still dangerously high. The data reveals that almost one in ten children in foster care are currently being prescribed antipsychotic drugs with dangerous side-effects, many for diagnoses like ‘ADHD’ and disruptive behavior.

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Woman Gets Prison In Death Of Foster Child

A 25-year-old Fletcher woman has received a prison sentence in connection with the 2015 death of a foster child.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sentence appealed in child abuse case of Army major, wife

The U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey has appealed the sentences of a former Army major and his wife convicted last year of endangering their three young foster children.

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Saskatoon Tribal Council says seizing child files like invasion of sovereign country

Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Felix Thomas claims a provincial move to seize confidential child files is akin to invading a sovereign country.

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New law would have ruled out foster father accused in Bemidji girl's death

A Bemidji man accused of killing his 2-year-old foster daughter has a criminal record that would have prevented him from being a care provider under a law signed this month by President Obama, records show.

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Sask.'s child watchdog raises concerns over death of deaf child in youth custody facility

Despite repeated concerns about his rapidly declining health, Dylan Lachance, a deaf, non-verbal teen from the north, suffered a slow, painful death after falling ill in a youth custody facility, says a special report by the Saskatchewan child’s watchdog.

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Family questions infant’s death in Sacramento foster home

Child Protective Services is investigating after a 6-week-old girl died in a Sacramento foster home. Authorities say there are no obvious signs of foul play and the baby had no apparent health problems.

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NYC kids left to suffer after ‘shoddy’ child services investigations: Comptroller

Weeks after an audit claimed the city’s Administration for Children’s Services was giving up on children in its juvenile justice program, the city comptroller is once again holding the agency’s feet to the fire.

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State watchdog agency investigating how CPS handled Kharisma Richardson case

It's been nearly three months since little Kharisma Richardson was found dead on what was supposed to be her fourth birthday. No one has been charged but police have ruled the toddler's death, a homicide. Now, the state Office of the Children's Ombudsman is investigating how Child Protective Services handled the case.

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Mother of slain toddler pleads innocent to threatening a child-welfare worker; trial set

The mother of a slain toddler pleaded innocent Tuesday to threatening a child-welfare worker.

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Parents Who Suffer Tragedies Do Not Need or Want Your Cruel and Pointless Criticism

It’s one of the ghastliest, most gut-wrenching and devastating news stories I’ve ever heard in my life. A two-year-old boy at a Disney resort lake was grabbed by an alligator and dragged into the water. His father, standing right beside him when the attack occurred, tried to wrestle the child free but was no match for the eight-foot beast. They recovered the boy’s body on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Update: Missing child found unresponsive in pool was in foster care

According to the incident report from Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the 3-year-old child found unresponsive in a pool in Loganville Monday was in foster care. Deputies were initially called to the home at about 9:16 a.m. by the foster mother when she could not find the child. She told deputies that he had first come into her bedroom at about 6:30 a.m. that morning and she had told him it was too early and to go back to bed. She said that had happened before and he would just go back to his room. However, when she got up at about 9 a.m., she found that he had not done so this time. She said she thought that the doors were locked, but it was possible a back door was not.

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Child welfare in manitoba election spotlight as liberals vow to cut kids in care

Manitoba’s beleaguered child-welfare system came under the provincial election spotlight Wednesday with promises from all parties to cut a record number of kids in care. The Liberals said they would bring the number down by half to roughly 5,000 by putting more money into supporting families rather than apprehending children. “We have more children in care today than we did at the height of residential schools,” said Liberal candidate Kyra Wilson. “It’s been really damaging to our children and for their development.” Wilson is currently on leave

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Foster child advocate sentenced to 30 years for sex assault of girls

A Hawaii man who ran an organization that recruited parents for hard-to-adopt foster children was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting two girls in 2011.

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New federal rule aims to keep Native children up for adoption in tribal communities

Advocates for Alaska Native children are cheering a new federal regulation that they say could help keep Native children from being removed from their communities.

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Man charged, accused of leaving foster child in hot van Sunday



An Illinois man is charged with child neglect after a woman called police concerned about a child in a hot van on Sunday.

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Foster carers without valid checks taking children into care

DOZENS of WA foster carers are looking after children despite not have a valid working with children card.

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Toddler's death could affect control of CYF

The death of a 3-year-old whose family had an active case with York County's Office of Children, Youth and Families could have an effect on whether the troubled child welfare agency regains a full state license.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Province demands child welfare files from Saskatoon Tribal Council

The Saskatoon Tribal Council has no plans to give the province files on the roughly 70 on-reserve children who receive its welfare services.

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Christie Blatchford: B.C. child welfare officials failed to remain in contact with abused boy’s family

Despite being given a forwarding address in Calgary, British Columbia child welfare officials didn’t make a phone call across the border to Alberta when Alexandru Radita abruptly dropped off their radar.

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Kasich signs foster-care extension law

Hundreds of Ohio's most traumatized and vulnerable teens should soon have the chance to tap into a few more years of support before they have to make it on their own.

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Tusla and Garda group look at sex abuse claims in care

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, and An Garda Síochána have stepped up efforts to deal with any alleged abuse or sexual exploitation of children in the care system.

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Oklahoma’s foster care system needs improvement

It’s well known that Oklahoma has often fallen short in protecting vulnerable children. In some high-profile cases, children who clearly should have been removed from a residence were not, and the end result was the child’s tragic death.

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Foster carers looking after more than 70 WA children despite not being screened

More than 70 children in Western Australia are currently under the care of a foster carer who does not have a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check, it has been revealed.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Police investigate shooting at DFCS office

Police in Cartersville are investigating a shooting at the Department of Family and Children's Services offices.

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Note: I didn't do it.

Child protection: Calls for bi-partisan support for system overhaul, as former foster kids speak out

Former foster children have spoken out about what they see as a dysfunctional system that does not prepare children for adulthood, and to raise families of their own.

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Missing children from orphanage rescued

Two children who were missing from an orphanage near Eraniel were rescued on Monday afternoon near a temple at Midalam.

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Woman writes to Child Welfare Committee seeking return of her child

The woman, who had lodged a complaint with the police against a doctor and others in Hassan of forcibly taking away her child, has written to the Child Welfare Committee seeking the return of her child. Shwetha, the complainant, had the opportunity to spend some time with the baby at the office of the Child Welfare Committee on Saturday.

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Foster Dad Stunned To Learn Why His Teen Son Couldn't Get A Learner's Permit

A 15-year-old South Carolina boy was denied a driving permit after the state decided that his foster father wasn’t a valid guardian.

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Bill to Overhaul Child Welfare Funds Will Move in Both Chambers

The slightly re-named Family First Prevention Services Act, an overhaul of federal child welfare financing aimed at supporting more efforts to prevent foster care placements, will likely be introduced next week in both the House and Senate.

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Child Maltreatment History Should Be a Bar to Being a Foster Parent

It’s just common sense: An adult's past criminal history or history of child maltreatment is not to be balanced against the safety of a child. This is not to say a person with any criminal record should be barred as a foster parent, but certainly an applicant with a substantiated history of child maltreatment, no matter how far in the distant past, should be permanently barred.

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Oklahoma is an outlier on use of foster care

IT'S well known that Oklahoma has often fallen short in protecting vulnerable children. In some high-profile cases, children who clearly should have been removed from a residence were not, and the end result was the child's tragic death.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Teen's temporary disappearance from group home raised fears of F1 sex trade

A teenage girl who fled a youth centre in Laval on Friday night has been located.

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Foster kids get antipsychotics at ‘new normal’ rate

Although fewer children in foster care and on Medicaid are getting prescriptions for antipsychotic medicines than during the early and mid-2000s, challenges remain.

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Foster parent may have been on drugs in death of 2-year-old in Bemidji

Court documents show that a 2-year-old foster child found dead Sunday in a Bemidji home had several areas of bruising and superficial lacerations around her head and body and a red or pink fluid draining from her nose.

More >> Foster parent may have been on drugs in death of 2-year-old in Bemidji

Teen runaway indicted on murder charge in killing of college student from Oregon

A 17-year-old runaway from Texas’ foster care system has been indicted on a capital murder charge in the death of a University of Texas freshman who disappeared as she walked toward her dorm in April.

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'Foster dad' jailed for treating teen in his care as sex slave making her pregnant twice

A "foster dad" treated a teenage girl in his care like a "sex slave" and twice made her pregnant, a court heard.

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Oregon plans to revoke another foster care license

Another state-licensed program for foster children could soon shut down, after investigators found neglect, maltreatment and ongoing failure by employees to protect health and safety.

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Mexican father battles to raise his U.S. son

A Mexican father living in his homeland has won back the chance to raise his young son after the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled that child welfare workers wrongly rushed to terminate the father’s rights using faulty justification.

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MARCUS: Parents aren’t always to blame

Somehow, it’s always the parents’ fault. We are too lax, except when we are too helicoptery. We coddle the kids too much, except when we drive them into neurotic overachievement. We are enablers. No, we are Tiger Moms. The societal urge to blame is matched only by the parental instinct to second-guess — ourselves as much as our fellow parents.

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Families torn apart celebrate reunification

The third annual Reunification Day Celebration honored parents who regained custody of their children from foster care and have been reunited for at least a year.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

N.J. pays $1.25M to settle foster child sex abuse lawsuit

The state has agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the adoptive parents of a boy who endured physical and sexual abuse in multiple foster homes before his third birthday.

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Wyden co-sponsors child welfare reform bill

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), joined House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) Friday in releasing a proposal to keep more children safely at home and out of foster care.

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Woman claims adoption agency forcibly took child

A woman has complained to the Hassan police that her child was forcibly taken away from her by a specialised adoption agency in the district and has demanded that she get her child back.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Former HSE social worker pleads guilty to theft

A former HSE social worker will be sentenced in October after she pleaded guilty to theft and deception charges involving almost €100,000.

The court heard that in order to facilitate her scam, 45-year-old Jennifer O'Driscoll of St John's Terrace, World's End, Kinsale, Co Cork, put the names of children on a HSE list of children at risk, even though these children were not in fact at risk and were not even in care.

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CHOCTAW CASE SPARKS DEBATE: WHAT SAY DO KIDS HAVE ON OWN CUSTODY?

A battle over custody of a little girl who is 1/64th Choctaw has been in and out of the courts for three years now, and returns on Friday with a new appeal hearing.

More >> CHOCTAW CASE SPARKS DEBATE: WHAT SAY DO KIDS HAVE ON OWN CUSTODY?


Thursday, June 09, 2016

JUDGMENT DAY FOR LITTLE 'INDIAN' GIRL RIPPED FROM FAMILY

The California Court of Appeals will hear arguments Friday morning in Los Angeles on whether a little foster child named Lexi, whose plight has become a cause celebre, should be reunited with the only mother, father and family she has ever known.

More >> JUDGMENT DAY FOR LITTLE 'INDIAN' GIRL RIPPED FROM FAMILY

Sex abuse charges stayed against former foster parent

Manitoba justice officials have dropped a child sexual abuse case — citing the fragile nature of the 12-year-old complainant along with troubling flaws in her story that began to emerge.

More >> Sex abuse charges stayed against former foster parent

Charges: Admitted drug user left 2-year-old foster girl to drown

A 38-year-old man was charged Wednesday in connection with the drowning of a 2-year-old girl who was found in the bloodied basement of the family’s Bemidji home with injuries on her body, according to court documents.

More >> Charges: Admitted drug user left 2-year-old foster girl to drown

Tallahassee Man Found Not Guilty of Child Abuse for Spanking

A Leon County Jury has just found a 36-year-old Tallahassee father, Travis Morris, not guilty of three counts of aggravated child abuse by malicious punishment.

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Bill heading to Gov. Snyder's desk would help keep siblings in foster care together

Legislation requiring child-placing agencies to make reasonable efforts to keep siblings together in the foster care and adoption systems is going to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

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National Judges must ask about youths’ tribal status under new rule

A new federal rule will require judges in every state to ask whether a child is a Native American during foster-care and adoption proceedings — especially when there’s reason to believe a child is a tribal member.

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Child and youth care system in national crisis, advocates say

The beating of two youth care workers at the Behavioural Health Foundation last month has sparked calls for improvements to employee safety and training.

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Texas sheltering foster kids at state offices

A shortage of foster homes in Texas means dozens of children have been sleeping in state offices, another disturbing trend for a state foster care system that one judge has condemned as "shameful" and another has called so broken it often leaves young people in long-term care worse than when they entered.

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Grandparents fight foster home for right to raise their grandchildren

We’ve all been warned to read the fine print.  Be sure you understand what you are signing.  The reminder usually relates to a cell phone contract or insurance policy.  Turns out, it applies to children too.

More >> Grandparents fight foster home for right to raise their grandchildren

Pennsylvania's child abuse reporting law draws fire for perceived vagueness

The Pennsylvania law requiring school employees, doctors, coaches and others to report suspected child abuse is vague and confusing, legal experts say.

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Nebraska is stealing more kids

A new state report shows that the number of Nebraska children in foster care has been growing in recent months, reversing a three-year downward trend.

More >> Report shows recent, 'significant' increase of children in foster care

'It broke me': A Navajo man is suing the Mormon Church for sexual abuse

A fourth Navajo is suing the Mormon church, alleging religious leaders didn't do enough to protect him from sexual abuse he endured by his foster father in a now-defunct church program that placed thousands of American Indian children with Mormon families.

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Illegals Stealing Children In Order To Pose As Families

The Obama administration admitted Tuesday that illegals are kidnapping children in order to pass themselves off as family units and take advantage of incredibly soft immigration rules.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The horror of Child Protective Services

Americans are, unfortunately, tragically unaware of the extent to which Child Protective Services persecutes innocent families, and things won't change until people are made aware. Just how little people know about this was illustrated recently when Janet Parshall, host of In the Market on Moody Radio, covered the horrific story of Norwegian parents whose five children had been snatched from them by that nation's branch of CPS because the parents had been accused of exposing their children to "radical Christian indoctrination". It was refreshing in January to hear Parshall cover CPS’s horrific trampling of parents since this is such an underpublicized issue. However, when comparing Norway's CPS to America's, she she said, unlike Norway, CPS in America removes children from the home "only as a last resort". This, however, is profoundly wrong.

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Foster parent of girl, 8, on sex abuse charges

Police have charged a Wheatbelt man with child sex offences dating back to the 1990s allegedly involving a foster child in his care.

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Former foster children recall hardships

"Me and my mom, we were not getting along. It was turning into verbal abuse. From what I understood, she went through a lot of traumatizing events after having me. For me at a young age, that just gave me a view on life that a 6-year-old shouldn’t have."

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Utah man is fourth Navajo to sue Mormon church, alleges sexual abuse in foster program

Seeking to end his suffering, the Navajo boy turned to a Scoutmaster, an LDS social worker, even his birth mother, hoping to escape the beatings and sexual assaults he said he was enduring in a Mormon church-sponsored foster home.

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Aging out means anxiety for foster kids

Just days before the long Memorial Day weekend, representatives from Guardian ad Litem and Capital City Youth Services brought together five young men and women who have either aged out of the foster care system or have gone through bitter legal battles concerning parents’ rights.

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Christie Blatchford: Never any accountability when child welfare system fails most vulnerable kids

Five years before Alexandru Radita starved to death and died from untreated diabetes – his teeth rotting and body covered in ulcers, one in his neck so deep it would have required surgery — in his parents’ Calgary home, child welfare officials in Canada got a stark reminder of how easily vulnerable children drop off the radar if their families move provinces.

More >> Christie Blatchford: Never any accountability when child welfare system fails most vulnerable kids

Advocate Calls on County to Investigate Agency Over Child's Death

A Guardian Ad Litem volunteer assigned to the custody case of 23-month-old boy who drowned in April urged the Moore County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night to investigate child protective services under its Department of Social Services.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Social worker asks Moore commissioners to investigate child protective services

Pamela Reed, the Guardian Ad Litem assigned to investigate the custody case of 23-month-old Rylan Ott who drowned in April, implored Moore County commissioners on Tuesday to investigate the county's child protective services, which is under the department of social services.

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67 Texas foster children slept in state offices in March and April

Amid foster parent shortages across Texas, Texas is stealing too many kids, so more than two dozen children statewide spent at least two nights sleeping in state offices in April, the most recent month with data available. That comes after 42 children slept in state offices in March.

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Wheatbelt foster parent charged with child sex abuse in the 1990s

A 48-year-old West Australian man has been charged with historical sex offences allegedly committed against a foster child in his care 25 years ago.

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How False Memories Form

A Michigan counselor faces a lawsuit from parents who believe the therapist’s techniques gave their daughter false memories of abuse.

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New York statute of limitations on child abuse KOs federal lawsuits against Elmo puppeteer

The repercussions of New York’s restrictive statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases can be felt in federal court as well.

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Protecting kids: Is more reporting necessarily better?

A recent audit of Philadelphia’s child welfare system found significant flaws in the functioning of the child abuse hotline designed to receive the reports. This audit found excessive waiting times, unanswered calls and over 100,000 calls to the Department of Human Services that did not lead to the generation of reports or further investigations, and their content is undocumented. Auditor Eugene DePasquale cautioned that “any single one of those calls could have led to a life or death situation for a child.”

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Florida Girl Turned over to CPS for Selling Lemonade

An enterprising young Florida girl was arrested and turned over to child protective services following an incident that occurred on the normally quiet streets of Lakeland, Florida.

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'Aging Out' of Foster Care Needn't Be Traumatic, Youth Say

The hard part is getting government to meet its own best practices across BC. First of two.

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Monday, June 06, 2016

CPS workers share what drove them to leave their jobs

Phillips, Thomas, and Coles were among about a dozen former CPS investigators that we spoke with who’ve departed from the agency within the last six months. We wanted to understand why they became CPS investigators and why they left.

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Prosecutor: No Charges For Family In Zoo Gorilla Incident

The mother of the toddler who climbed through a barrier and fell into the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla enclosure will not face charges. That's the decision from Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters. The zoo fatally shot a gorilla while rescuing the child.

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When tragedy strikes, social media blames parents first

It doesn't matter where you live or what part of the political spectrum you fall on — sometimes, nothing feels better than a little self-righteous fury.
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And while there were multiple parties responsible for each trauma, social media targeted their heartfelt rage on one particularly familiar group: the parents.

'A thousand deaths is too good for you!' Shouts from the public gallery as judge hands Britain's worst paedophile who abused hundreds of Malaysian children 22 life sentences with at least 25 years in jail

Britain's worst paedophile who abused up to 200 Malaysian children and posted videos of his depraved acts online has been given 22 life sentences.

More >> 'A thousand deaths is too good for you!' Shouts from the public gallery as judge hands Britain's worst paedophile who abused hundreds of Malaysian children 22 life sentences with at least 25 years in jail

Milford firefighters respond to suspicious package at DCF office

The state Department of Children and Families office in Milford was locked down Tuesday afternoon after workers discovered a “unknown substance” inside a package mailed from an outside the country.

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Under International Pressure, Norway Reunites Seized Children With Family

A child welfare case in Norway that has been grabbing headlines and stirring protests worldwide came to a sudden end late last week.

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Ontario children’s aid societies agree to collect race data

Consistent approach promised within one year to help figure out needs of black, aboriginal families.

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Sunday, June 05, 2016

Man sexually abused by perverted Long Island foster dad calls on lawmakers to pass bill: ‘Victims feel like (they) don’t have any power

A man who says he was sexually abused as a child by a sick Long Island foster dad is speaking out for the first time, urging state lawmakers to make it easier for survivors to seek justice.

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Study exposes shock foster care findings

Children chained to trees, forced to sleep in old water tanks, not being fed and young girls sexually abused and made pregnant are some of the shocking findings of a study into the state of foster care in the Eastern Cape.

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Eugene woman settles sexual abuse case with her adoptive parents for $9 million

A Eugene woman, who sued her adoptive parents for $9 million after disclosing that her father — a longtime Eugene insurance agent — had sexually abused her when she was a child, has agreed to settle the civil case.

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FOSTER MOM GOES BALLISTIC ON INNOCENT CHILD FOR NOT FINISHING HOMEWORK

Homework time can be a serious source of angst in households all over the world, and some children need a healthy dose of parental intervention to get the job done. According to the Mirror, one woman from Eastern China took this concept way too far.

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Less reliance on powerful drugs for Arizona foster kids, report shows

Fewer foster children in Arizona are receiving psychotropic medications, but they’re still four times more likely to be on the powerful, mind-altering drugs than kids who aren’t in the system, a new report from the state’s Medicaid agency says.

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Norway to Return Seized Children to Christian Parents After Int'l Pressure

The Christian parents of five children, who were seized by Norwegian child services seven months ago to "prevent" them from being "indoctrinated" with Christianity, will soon be reunited as the authorities have agreed to return the custody of the remaining four kids to the family.

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Farmington man charged after social worker hit with car

A Farmington man, identified as Wayne R. Nichols, 67, has been charged after he allegedly hit a state Division of Family Services worker with his car.

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Report Lays Out Problems at Youth Facilities in Maryland

Several youth detention facilities in Maryland lack of supervision, treatment and educational opportunities for the juveniles who are incarcerated across the state, according to a report released by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.

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'Poverty porn' and 'pity charity' the dark underbelly of a Cambodia orphanage

Many Australians responded to a plea to save the pretty Cambodian girl called Pisey from child predators. "Teach a sex worker to sew," declares a glossy internet advertisement for Sunrise Cambodia, an Australian charity that has raised millions of dollars each year for Cambodia's orphanages.

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Saturday, June 04, 2016

Fight child abuse with facts, not with fear

Education is the first step to success and understanding, except in the case of a former Boyd County high school teacher. This is only one case of many in which someone whom our children are told to look up to and obey has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

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2 children’s home officials sacked over child abuse

The Delhi government on Friday terminated the services of two officials of a children’s home following complaints of child abuse.

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Lawsuit forces better treatment for SC’s abused, neglected kids

A negotiated settlement that parties said will better the lives of South Carolina’s vulnerable children was filed Friday in federal court.

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Friday, June 03, 2016

How Our Child-Welfare System Is Fostering the Homelessness Crisis

A recent study shows just more than 50 percent of homeless youth in Seattle have a history of foster care. Now efforts are afoot to make sure more kids under state supervision don’t end up on the streets.

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British paedophile 'planned to marry victim and abuse foster children'

A British paedophile who faces multiple life sentences for abusing Malaysian babies and young children dreamed of marrying one of his victims and becoming a foster carer so he could abuse “a cycle of children” coming through his home, a court has been told.

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Child welfare bosses now tracking why kids are in foster care

More than 9,000 Massachusetts children are in foster care, but FOX25 Investigates has learned the state didn’t track why those kids are in state custody until recently.

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Stringer: NYC child welfare agency failing troubled youth

New York City's child welfare agency dropped the ball on a citywide program designed to keep troubled youths out of the criminal justice system, City Comptroller Scott Stringer said in an audit released Friday.

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DCF employee charged with endangering welfare of a child in road rage incident

An employee with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families is facing felony charges in New Hampshire after he allegedly brandished a handgun in the presence of a child during a road rage incident.

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DSS settles lawsuit over caseloads, foster care

The SC Department of Social Services (DSS) has settled a class action lawsuit brought by Children’s Rights and SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center.

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Ruling suspends the social worker license for a man charged in an 8-year-old boy's death

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gustavo N. Sztraicher issued a ruling Thursday that suspends the social worker license for one of the former child protective services workers who handled the case of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez.

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Harambe and the Parent Haters

As you've probably already figured out by now, the Media Circus of the Week is the story about the 4 year old who fell into the Gorilla Exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.  Everybody knows what happened.  Everybody knows the gorilla is dead the kid is fine and bla bla bla the parents.

All of the perfect people are weighing in.  You know, the ones who would never make an irresponsible mistake with their children.   The ones who would keep an eye on them every second of every day and not let that kid out of their sight because there's danger lurking around every corner and under every rock.  Thousands have signed online petitions to have the parents charged and investigated by Child Protective Services.  Some want the zoo held responsible for the death of an endangered species.

These are also the people who have yet to experience the pleasures of a social worker crawling up ones ass.  The ones who can't understand what it's like to have Child Protective Services come knocking or to have their children taken away.  The ones who are unable to see that it is actually more traumatic for the child to be ripped from the arms of his parents than to get a swat on the butt for doing something dangerous like trying to jump into gorilla cages, which kids will apparently do. They are emotion junkies who react to news stories that they see on TV.  The "OMG it's only a child! Hang those horrible parents!" because nobody should ever be entitled to screw up types that we all know and love.

This, my friends, is the perfect example of what the family rights people are up against.  It is the psycho social group think mentality of the normal people, ie. sheep.  Arrogant people who are quick to jump to conclusions, point fingers and jump on the self-righteous morality bandwagons.  It is actually normal to do this because it's what everybody else is doing.

I realize that every asshole has an opinion but my god, give this family a break.  Thank God that kid is alright.  It's sad that the gorilla is dead.  Zoo officials had to make a quick decision between the life of a CHILD and the life of the gorilla, and they chose to save the life of the child, so I guess they should go to jail for gorilla murder too right?  

It is absolutely ridiculous to me that the world would not be more supportive of a family who had gone through such a traumatic experience.  Instead the normal people want them charged and investigated by CPS and held responsible for the gorillas death.  Such irresponsible people should never be allowed to care for their own children.  And what the heck were they doing at the zoo with kids anyway?  
It is also ridiculous to me that the Cincinnati Zoo didn't child proof their gorilla cages.  Aren't places like this supposed to be family friendly?  Shouldn't they be safe for children?  God forbid anybody look at it from that angle.  Nope, it's the PARENTS FAULT!
It also amazes me that these perfect people don't realize just how fast a little kid can be either.  They seem to think that the parents should have known something like this would happen.  In reality however, you turn your head for one second and that kid is gone.  The parents should have expected him to do this and should have taken every preventative measure like strapping him in the stroller or putting him on a leash.  The normal people can't even imagine the horror racing through the hearts of the parents at that moment.  These people were probably shitting bricks thinking that their kid was going to die and all the normal people can do is publicly flog them on social media.
So to all of my friends in the family rights community who think that the way to reform is to educate the public about the evils of CPS, this is the type of thick headed mental logic that you have to break through in order to achieve the kinds of reform that you want.  These are the people who make the calls to the child abuse hotline.  These are the people who, after seeing a news story on TV such as this, call their legislators and demand that they do more to protect children form bad parents at zoo's.  And there are one hell of a lot more of them than there are of us.  
Peace Love and Flowers
LK

Mass. DCF worker charged with pointing gun in Stratham road rage incident

A worker at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families is facing charges after allegedly pointing a loaded pistol at occupants of a vehicle and placing a child in danger in a road rage incident.

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US media witch-hunts parents of boy nearly killed by gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo

On Tuesday, the Cincinnati Police Department launched a criminal investigation of the parents of a three-year-old child who fell into a gorilla pen at the city’s zoo on Saturday, forcing zoo officials to shoot and kill the 450-pound animal as it dragged the child across the ground.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Cincinnati police don't recommend criminal charges in gorilla case

Police have wrapped up their investigation without recommending charges against the mother of a 3-year-old boy who witnesses said fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, according to a source close to the investigation.

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Gorilla tragedy: Why are we so quick to blame the parents?

The blame game was almost immediate.

As soon as word spread about the horrifying tragedy at the Cincinnati Zoo involving a 450-pound gorilla and a 3-year-old toddler, people took aim at the boy's mother, blaming her for the events that led zoo officials to kill the gorilla, named Harambe.

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