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Friday, September 30, 2016

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get joint physical custody of their six kids in temporary deal

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have struck a temporary custody deal that includes drug testing for the "Fight Club" actor and an initial supervised visit with his kids.

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Foster Parent, Former Teacher on Trial for Child Abuse

A former teacher and foster parent is on trial for abuse that allegedly happened more than two years ago. Nicole Gomez-Vilchis, 29, is accused of abusing a 15-month-old girl in 2014. The child and her brother were placed in foster care with Gomez-Vilchis and her husband Hugo in 2013 when the children were removed from their parents' home due to drug use, the Macomb Daily reports.

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Foster care concerns raised

Another audit has raised more concerns about the state’s foster care system. And though the Kansas Department for Children and Families appears to be addressing some of the shortcomings, state lawmakers need to continue to press for improvement and hold the agency accountable.

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Gagging Kentucky’s social workers won’t save its children

Governors come, governors go, but the secrecy and stonewalling around Kentucky’s beleaguered child-protection bureaucracy is forever.

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ACS ignored DOI's recommendation to fix 'serious problems' like Zymere Perkins’ case from reoccurring at troubled city agency

ACS should have cleaned up its act months ago — but failed to do so under a mountain of excuses.

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Drugging Our Kids: Governor signs bills to curb psych drugs prescribed to California foster youth

Capping years of efforts to stop California’s foster care system from overmedicating the state’s most vulnerable children, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a controversial bill that for the first time puts doctors who recklessly prescribe psychiatric drugs at risk of losing their medical license.

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Man who threatened to blow up courthouse, kill judge appears in court

The man arrested for threatening to blow up the Oakland County Courthouse and killed a judge, all over a custody dispute, was in court for the first time on Thursday.

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Foster parents lose emergency motion in Supreme Court to keep Metis toddler

The last time a pair of British Columbia foster parents saw the Metis toddler they have raised almost since birth, the little girl was being carried away in the arms of her new adoptive parents.

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DCF Moves Closer To Shedding Federal Oversight

A quarter-century of federal oversight of the Department of Children and Families could end in a few years if the agency meets the terms of a new agreement with lawyers in a landmark child-neglect case from 1989.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

African-Canadians unfairly treated by Ontario's child-welfare system: report

Ontario’s African-Canadian community has come up with a list of recommendations to improve a child-welfare system they say is systematically racist, lacks compassion and does not take into account African-Canadian culture and parenting styles.

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After Winning Job Back, DCF Youth Worker Waits To Learn Fate

At the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, where the tension is palpable, Re'Sean DuPree was known as a go-to guy among his fellow youth services officers, the men and women who watch over the young offenders during their every waking moment inside the sprawling detention center.

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Métis foster parents lose court fight to keep toddler, vow to keep fighting

Métis foster parents fighting to keep a nearly three-year-old Métis child they've raised since birth have lost what could be their final battle in B.C. Supreme Court, CBC News has learned.

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Rise in English foster care for refugee children prompts call for govt action

The number of lone refugee children in English foster homes rose by 50 percent in the past year, data showed on Thursday, prompting the U.N. children's agency to urge the UK to do more to help "unprecedented" numbers of children fleeing conflict.

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Half a million U.S.-born kids live in Mexico with deported parents, trying to assimilate

In the last seven years, approximately 4.2 million Mexicans have returned to their home country from the U.S. with an order of deportation, according to the Department of National Security.

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Yale study finds implicit racial bias in preschool teachers

Suspensions and expulsions at American preschools are doled out disproportionately to black students, boys, and especially black boys – a phenomenon that could be due, in part, to implicit racial biases on the part of their teachers, according to a Yale University study released this week.

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The day I age out of foster care

A three-part series profiling the journeys of Mykell and Corey as they “age out” of Washington State’s extended foster-care system.

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Norfolk county council criticised for treatment of foster carers

Norfolk County Council has been criticised for the way it treated foster carers and some of the children they were looking after.

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Average ACS worker investigates more cases now than in 2012, despite Mayor de Blasio's promise to increase staff

As the city scrambles to explain the series of events that led to the death of 6-year-old Zymere Perkins, records show child protective workers’ caseloads are on the rise.

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Child abuse inquiry in turmoil after lawyer suspended

The national inquiry into child abuse has descended into disarray after its most senior lawyer was suspended from duty.

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Sixties Scoop survivors say birth records 'mysteriously' lost or destroyed

When Lori Ann O'Cheek went to search for her birth records, she was told her files burned in a fire. When Carla Williams asked a different agency for her birth records, she too was told they burned in a fire. Likewise Trevor Bass. Likewise Jessica Sear.

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Reconnecting with family after ‘Sixties Scoop’

Even though he was only four years old at the time, Gordon August can clearly remember the day he was taken from his family at Sechelt Nation.

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Lawyers Representing Oregon Foster Children Sue DHS

Attorneys who represent two Oregon foster children are suing the Department of Human Services. The lawyers say DHS violates state and federal law by housing some children in hotels and offices.

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Norway: “Child welfare” agency destroys thousands of families every year…

While it is still available online, you should not miss out on this report by the German/French TV chain ArteTV on Norway’s controversial “Barnevernet“, a government agency that every year destroys thousands of families, taking children away from their parents on the basis of the flimsiest accusations.


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Man charged for alleged false child abuse hotline report

A Lake Luzerne man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly making a false child abuse hotline report about a person with whom he had an online argument, police said.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Man threatened to blow up Oakland County Courthouse and later kill judge



An Oakland County man has been arrested on terrorism charges, after making threats to blow up the Oakland County courthouse and assassinate circuit court judge Lisa Gorcyca, the 7 Action News Investigators learned exclusively.

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