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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Foster care privacy breaches span more than a decade

Victoria's child-protection agency has been breaching the privacy of traumatised children and foster carers across the state for more than a decade and quietly paying them off or upgrading security at their homes if they find out about it.


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Building An Empire On Foster Care

For-profit foster care agencies seek to maximize income and reduce expenses, like any other business.

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Number of Texas children in foster care at all time high

The number of children in the state’s foster care system is at an all-time high. At least 30,000 children and teens across the state need permanent or temporary homes.

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Jury told to resist ‘hysteria’ over child abuse

A JURY has been urged not to buy into the “atmosphere of hysteria” surrounding institutional child abuse as they deliberate the fate of a school teacher accused of inappropriately massaging students at an elite private school.


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Agency hopes 'intense therapeutic services' will help troubled child

A Manitoba child welfare agency hopes a new placement will help turn around the life of a troubled boy with a violent past.

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The Defenders: Cracks in the child welfare system

So far this year, nearly two dozens kids have died of abuse or neglect while in the care or custody of the Department of Health and Human Services in North Carolina, and that number is only expected to go up.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Teen caught in girl's bed by Northern California foster dad convicted in his shooting death

A young man has been convicted of shooting to death a former Marine and police officer after being caught in bed with the man's foster daughter.

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Province working on plan for chronically violent 10-year-old

Families Minister Scott Fielding says the province will work toward a plan to keep the public safe from a 10-year-old Winnipeg boy who is chronically violent.

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Lawmakers are Criminalizing Busy Parents

What’s wrong with this admonition from the Department of Child and family Services in Illinois, which states, “NEVER LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN THE CAR — IT’S THE LAW”?

Report: Efforts to Dissuade Central American Kids From Fleeing to U.S. Aren't Working Because Central America is Still Super Dangerous

The flow of migrant children from Central America seeking refuge in the United States is growing again despite efforts to dissuade unaccompanied minors from coming here after record numbers of them fled to the U.S. border in mid-2014.

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'My baby is gone,' Fort Worth mother cries after infant dies in foster home

A Fort Worth mother wants answers — and authorities are investigating — after a 10-month-old girl died in foster care this week.

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Sonoma County foster children given too many psychotropic drugs, report finds

Sonoma County does not adequately monitor the use of psychotropic drugs among local foster youth, raising the possibility the county may be inappropriately medicating children or over-prescribing the mind-altering medications, according to a report released Tuesday by the California Auditor’s Office.

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State audit confirms failure to protect foster youth at all levels of government

After months of delay, the audit Senator Mike McGuire and the Senate Human Services Committee requested over a year ago, which focused on dangerous over-prescribing patterns in California’s foster care system, was released today. The document states that the state and counties have “failed to oversee the prescribing of psych meds in the foster care system” and it disclosed a system-wide failure regarding the tracking of psychotropic medication patterns, which has put the health and safety of thousands of California’s foster youth at risk.

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Becoming A Parent While In Foster Care: Pregnant Teens In DCS Face Many Struggles

Teenage pregnancy has been declining in Arizona over the past few decades. That reflects a national downward trend, but let’s take a look at a specific group: teens in the foster care system.

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Fort Worth mom questions how infant died in foster care

A young mother who had her children removed from her care following a Child Protective Services investigation is now asking how her 10-month-old daughter ended up dead while in foster care.

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Child advocate says DCF bursting at seams

The state child welfare agency is being pushed to the limit, juggling nearly 9,500 kids placed in foster homes and other settings — a 10 percent spike since Gov. Charlie Baker took office.

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There's not enough oversight of psychotropic prescriptions for foster kids

Some children in foster care in Southern California are receiving high doses of psychotropic medications without follow-up care, and without required parental or court approval, a report by the California State Auditor revealed Tuesday.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A history of separation for aboriginal children

Tuesday's hearing may have represented a landmark day for 16,000 aboriginal people involved in the Sixties Scoop claim.

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A history of separation for aboriginal children

Tuesday's hearing may have represented a landmark day for 16,000 aboriginal people involved in the Sixties Scoop claim.

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Tusla: 21% fall in cases awaiting allocation

Launching its 2015 annual report Tusla said there had been a 21% reduction of cases awaiting allocation to a social worker compared with figures for 2014, with a 65% reduction of high priority cases awaiting allocation to a social worker in the same period.

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News laws mean little when DCF fails kids

Two years ago, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law an all-encompassing, highly praised overhaul of the Department of Children & Families, committed to ensuring that the troubled agency could keep children safe, secure and alive.

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State audit slams California officials' weak oversight of psych drugs for foster kids

Mirroring findings by the Bay Area News Group's years-long series "Drugging Our Kids,'' a highly critical state audit released Tuesday concluded that California and its counties have failed to adequately oversee the prescription of psychotropic medications to foster care children.

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Foster care film questions priority of privatized system: Money or children?

"Foster Shock" gives former foster children a voice, to say what no one would listen to while they were in the system, and shows the salaries that swelled behind it all


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Social worker told vulnerable four-year-old boy 'you need a smack in your mouth'

A Croydon Council social worker who told a vulnerable four-year-old boy "you need a smack in your mouth", has been suspended.

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Inquest to start into NSW foster care rape

NSW Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard has been grilled in parliament over the government's handling of the alleged rape of a teenage girl at a NSW foster care refuge centre.

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