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Friday, May 25, 2018

Teen says DHS failed her after surviving nightmarish abuse in adoptive home

It's a story of abuse and neglect that happened in a crowded home in Delaware County.

Investigators say adoptive parents Deidre and Jerry Matthews had nine children in their home. The couple was once recognized as Northeast Oklahoma's Adoptive Parents of The Year.

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Foster mother accused of beating 12-year-old boy with belt

A 26-year-old foster mother was arrested Wednesday in Miami, months after she beat a 12-year-old boy with a belt, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, the victim was seen by a child protection team Feb. 8  and disclosed during a forensic interview that his foster mother, Quanisha Brown, had beaten him with a belt on the buttocks without clothing several times. He said she also "accidentally" struck him in the face with the belt, causing bruising to his face.

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Utah couple charged with sexually, physically abusing foster daughter

A Saratoga Springs couple was charged Wednesday with numerous felonies after police say their teenage foster daughter was sexually and physically abused for years.

Starting in 2013 when the girl was 14, prosecutors say she was placed with the foster parents and was subjected to being "repeatedly molested and physically harmed … over this five-year time period" by the husband and was physically harmed by the wife, according to charging documents.

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ACLU Report: Detained Immigrant Children Subjected To Widespread Abuse By Officials

Immigrant children in the custody of U.S. border authorities allegedly suffered pervasive abuse ranging from insults and threats to physical assaults, according to documents reviewed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

A report released this week by the ACLU is based on more than 30,000 pages of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The documents, it says, "expose of culture of impunity" within U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Hundreds of migrant children are being separated from parents — and U.S. officials can't keep track

Attorney General Jeff Sessions escalated criminal prosecutions for people crossing the border illegally, including enacting a zero tolerance policy that will see even more parents jailed and separated from their children, NBC News reported this week.

The new prosecution strategy went into effect this month, the report found, reversing precedent that families would remain together in shelters while undergoing asylum or deportation proceedings. Sessions' policy extends to misdemeanor charges for first-time improper entry, according to the report.

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Lib MP reveals sister's foster care horror

Liberal MP Steve Irons only recently discovered the unmarked grave of his sister Jennifer who died while under the care of an institution and after being physically and sexually abused in care.

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Texas Child Protection leader slams foster care pregnancy report

The leader of Texas child protection is slamming a recent report that found high rates of teen pregnancy in foster care, calling the data "more sensational than factual."

In a sharply worded letter, Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Henry "Hank" Whitman Jr. accused the report of potentially making it harder for the agency to find homes for older foster teens by implying the girls are more likely to get pregnant.

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Judges pulled from criminal cases to work Family Court backlog

Lawyers working in both fields said they were sympathetic to Judge Jan-Marie Doogue's predicament, and there simply were not enough District Court judges.

As of March there were 8000 defended cases in the Family Court, a 30 percent jump in two years.

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Sudden Closure Of Adoption Agency Leaves Dozens Of Families In Limbo

Julie and Gary Key were among those families.

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Note: Boo hoo.   

Mom Charged With Kidnapping Infant Daughter From Foster Care

A 24-year-old woman has been charged with kidnapping, after abducting her 3-month-old daughter from foster care last week.

Authorities said Mikequera Randolph lost custody of her infant daughter, Royalty Wolf, in April.

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After Aging Out Of Child Welfare, Foster Youth Face Homelessness And Other Challenges

There are kids in the foster care system who are never adopted, or placed back with their families and relatives. When they start aging out at 17, they're often alone in the world: No home, no family, little support. Over the last five years, more than 1,500 people between the ages of 17 and 21 aged out of the Colorado foster care system, and often ended up homeless or incarcerated.

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Most Colorado foster kids change schools at least once a year, and performance falls with each move

Of the 6,500 children in Colorado’s foster system last year, 55 percent changed schools at least once during the school year.

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WV DHHR, others brace for federal lawsuit over foster care

Not only is the head of West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources bracing for a federal lawsuit over the state’s handling of its foster care system, so are private agencies that help identify foster families and place children with them.

Those agencies are contracted by the DHHR to help place children and receive regular funding for their work, said Gwendolyn Davis, director of West Virginia’s Office of Blueprints, one of these nonprofit agencies.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

DHHS Report: 'Poor job performance and inadequate supervision' contributed to child deaths



Maine's DHHS will use this case as a growth opportunity as the Legislature throws money at them to fix the problems, excluding the fact that these people couldn't tell the difference between Child Abuse and a hole in the ground.  Social Workers simply aren't smart enough to do a job like this.
Maine’s Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) “failed to follow policies and procedures” in one of two horrific child abuse cases, according to a report released Thursday by the Office of Program Evaluation and Accountability. 
The report does not identify whether this happened in the case of Marissa Kennedy or Kendall Chick. It says in one of the cases, OCFS failed to stay “engaged with the child and family to ensure needed services and supports were provided.” 
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They'll provide more training, try to hire more child snatchers, there will be increased efforts to get more suckers to sign up to recruit potential foster parents to open their hearts and their homes.

You should all know this by now.

Ultimately, Maine is going to start snatching more kids.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

How Foster Care Can Split Up Siblings — And Result In Very Different Lives For Them

In the middle of the night, next to garbage cans overflowing with liquor and beer bottles, my sister and I sat alone in “time-out.” I was five; Ashley, whose name has been changed for this story, was eight. It wasn’t our first time being left alone, so I trusted Ashley to protect me like she always did, and fell asleep. But my big sister couldn’t remove the fear that struck when I was told they were taking us away from our home. Flashing cop lights illuminated the room as our clothes and toys were stuffed into garbage bags. We entered the foster care system.


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DHHR chief says feds talking about suing West Virginia over foster care crisis

The federal government may soon file a lawsuit against West Virginia over its foster care crisis brought on by the opioid epidemic, according to state Department of Heath and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch.

Crouch told state lawmakers during a Monday meeting that he heard from the Department of Justice as recently as last Thursday.

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Here’s What Happened After Liberal Activists Shut Down Catholic Adoption Providers in Illinois

At least 2,000 children were disrupted and thousands more foster parents lost from the system after activists forced Catholic Charities to close adoption and foster care services in Illinois, executive Steve Roach says.

For the past decade, liberal activists have targeted faith-based adoption agencies if they do not assist same-sex couples who wish to adopt. Through lawsuits and legislation, these activists gave faith-based agencies an ultimatum: Comply with politically correct views on sexuality and marriage and place children with same-sex couples, or shut down.

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Oklahoma DHS Accused Of Firing Employee For Voicing Concerns



An Oklahoma DHS worker says the agency is placing children in unsafe foster homes. But after raising those concerns in a letter to her supervisors, she says she was fired.

Dahn Gregg has been with DHS for 13 years. She has her master’s in social work. She said on Friday she wrote the letter to her supervisors about her concerns with some foster homes, that included a specific example and specific numbers. Monday morning, she was fired.

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ARCHDIOCESE SUES PHILADELPHIA FOR RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION

The archdiocese of Philadelphia along with several foster parents are suing the City of Philadelphia for blocking a Catholic organization over the issue of homosexuality.

In March, the city government announced a dire need for more foster parents. Despite this, Philadelphia suspended foster care referrals to Catholic Social Services (CSS) — operated by the archdiocese — and has threatened to revoke referrals permanently because CSS won't adopt out children to gay couples.

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Northern Ireland: Inquiry call over 'illegal' forced adoptions at mother and baby home

‘We are calling on the Northern Ireland authorities to establish an independent investigation into the allegations of systemic human rights abuses at these institutions, including the alleged theft and trafficking of new-born babies’ – Patrick Corrigan

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Parents sue over child protections laws in Minnesota

A group of parents has accused state and county child protection agencies in Minnesota of illegally removing children from their homes.

The civil rights lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis alleges the state’s child protection laws are overly broad and that children are being taken from their homes and placed in foster care for parental discipline, such as spanking.

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Dealing with RI DCYF “Hell” Says Grandmother of Rescuing Grandchildren from Drug-Addicted Son

A grandmother in Rhode Island is calling out the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) after saying she “went through hell” to get her grandchildren from her drug-addicted son and partner — and wants to help other grandparents throughout New England who are going through similar situations.

“I lost everything in Colorado. My whole life was there,” said Coventry resident Sharon Cabral, who returned home to Rhode Island in 2015 to rescue two of her grandchildren from what she said was her son and partner’s “drug squalor” — and said she became so worn out by the DCYF process that she all but gave up trying to adopt a third grandchild.

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DOZENS OF GA FOSTER CHILDREN DROPPED FROM STATE CUSTODY AFTER THEY DISAPPEARED

Dozens of Georgia foster children were dropped from state custody while they were missing from care, even after the state eliminated a policy allowing the practice, a Channel 2 Action News investigation uncovered.

The previous policy, which was eliminated in December of 2016, allowed the division to ask a judge to remove DFCS as the guardian of a child in temporary foster care when the minor was missing for more than six months.

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Nuns in Northern Ireland accused of arranging adoptions without mothers’ consent

A Catholic home for mothers and babies in Northern Ireland has been accused of carrying out illegal adoptions.

The Marianvale mother and baby home in Newry, run by the Good Shepherd sisters, allegedly moved children outside the UK for adoption without the permission of their mothers, according to the BBC’s File on 4 programme.

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Michigan Kids Dying in Foster Care; Renk's Interview with the Reporter Who Uncovered It

I read an article in the Lansing Sate Journal written by Justin Hinkley titled More Michigan Kids Are Dying From Abuse or Neglect a Decade After A Lawsuit Forced the State to Spend Millions of Dollars on Improvements.

In that article I learned that those deaths increased despite the doubling Michigan’s child welfare budget and nearly doubling Michigan’s child welfare staff.

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