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Monday, January 23, 2017

Young Woman Who Claims Former Foster Father Raped Her: ‘I Still Have Night Terrors’

When Jazzmyne was 10 years old, she went to live with foster parents Gary and Tabitha.  “On the surface, it seemed really nice,” she says. “But underneath, he was molesting me.”


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Arizona's DCS: Why are kids taken away? Too often the answer is unknown

When Arizona workers refused to let Maribel Ontiveros see her son Christopher at the hospital, then came to her house three days later at 3:30 in the morning to take away her other two children, she kept asking what seemed a simple question: Why?

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February Sentencing For Bemidji Man In Death Of Foster Child

A 39-year-old man is scheduled to be sentenced February 24th in the death of his foster child who drowned in a shower at their home in Bemidji. Nathan Jackson has pleaded guilty to one charge of second degree manslaughter by negligence. Two-year-old Kira Friedman died last June fifth at a home where Jackson lived with his children and a former fiancee. He testified that he took methamphetamines the night before the incident and early the following morning -- and he put Kira in a shower because she soiled her diaper, and he left her there when he went off to do laundry. She was later found dead in the shower.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Some push for degree reinstatement for Texas CPS caseworkers

Democratic Texas lawmakers have filed bills seeking to restore a requirement that Child Protective Services caseworkers have at least a four-year college degree, including one that would add a stipulation that the degree be in a relevant field.

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DCF and the poor: Is the system fair?

The Department of Children and Families is seeking to terminate the parental rights of a New London couple whose son nearly died in a Groton foster home — an outcome, advocates say, that highlights the downward spiral of poor families who become trapped in the child welfare system.

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Ex-foster parent accused of abuse arrested

A 41-year-old former foster care parent was arrested Tuesday after Alamogordo Police Department detectives learned the man allegedly sexually abused a 7-year-old girl in his care, an APD spokesman said.

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Opinion: State needs to pay for foster kids’ attorneys

In the coming years California will implement significant reforms to its child welfare system. Foster children will migrate from congregate care, relatives will become licensed as foster parents, and mandates will intensify to provide children with stable, healthy families.

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Lawmakers to question plan to end child welfare oversight

Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers say they have many questions about a revised agreement Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said will forge a path toward ending decades of federal oversight of Connecticut's child welfare agency.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Years later, a child witness fills in disturbing details in infamous Miami abuse case

Six years ago, 10-year-old twins were discovered in horrifying condition in a pickup truck parked along Interstate 95 — the body of Nubia Barahona, a girl with an incandescent smile, was badly beaten, soaked in chemicals and decomposing inside a garbage bag in the truck bed; her brother Victor was in the cab, badly burned by chemicals.

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Mom gives up custody of twins without dad's permission

Matthew Bolton says he wants his 7-month-old twins back. Then he realizes "back" is the wrong word. "I never had them,'" he says. "I never had the chance."

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Minnesota pledges $400K to reduce number of Native American kids in foster care

With the number of Native American children in Minnesota foster care reaching "unacceptable" levels, the state pledged this week to spend $400,000 over the next three years to reduce those numbers.

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Top Five Threats to Child Welfare from ACA Repeal and Proposals to Alter Medicaid

Proposals by Congress and President-elect to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—including the Medicaid expansion—to turn Medicaid into a block grant, and to cut resources, all can sound very abstract to social workers and policymakers coping with the day-to-day tragedies and crises of child welfare.

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Movement grows to reform child protective services on Pine Ridge reservation

A heart wrenching child custody case has sparked a wide ranging effort to reform child protective services on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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DCF says case workers erred by allowing now-deceased child back in home

Failures were made by child welfare workers in Manatee County when the decision was made to allow Ethan Thompson and his five brothers to return home, according to a Florida Department of Children and Families report.

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Former DCF investigator arrested for falsifying records, FDLE says


A former child protective investigator from the Florida Department of Children and Families turned himself in Friday for falsifying records, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.

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Study: DCF underperforming Florida's foster children

The federal agency has given the Florida Department of Children and Families has 90 days to devise a plan to improve care for foster children.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Northern Ireland inquiry finds widespread abuse of children in care

Shocking instances of historic child abuse in institutions in Northern Ireland have been outlined in the findings of a four-year inquiry into mistreatment of residents.

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‘Grace’ foster abuse reports can be published, says Garda commissioner

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has removed the final roadblock to publishing two key HSE reports into the ‘Grace’ foster abuse sex scandal.

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Big spend proposed for Georgia child welfare agency

One of the larger growth areas in the state budget this year is the Division of Family and Children Services, Gov. Nathan Deal said at a budget hearing on Tuesday.

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Ex-foster parent man accused of abuse


A 41-year-old former foster care parent was arrested Tuesday after Alamogordo Police Department detectives learned the man allegedly sexually abused a 7-year-old girl in his care, an APD spokesman said.

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Adopted son of Long Island child molester foster dad sues agency that placed him in his care


A former foster care child spent 11 years with a vicious sexual predator who turned a profit off his young victim’s pain, according to a new lawsuit.

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Florida child welfare system under-performing for foster kids, study finds

A federal agency has given the Florida Department of Children and Families 90 days to come up with a plan to improve its care of foster kids after a study found the state is underperforming in critical areas.

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County looks to send message to courts in child welfare cases

This is the second in a two-part series on bypassing family reunification in child welfare services. See part one in Wednesday’s Davis Enterprise.

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As Debate On Federal Oversight Nears, New Review Hits DCF

With lawmakers poised to debate the progress that the state's child-protection department has made under federal-court oversight, the latest review of the agency's performance is raising questions about its readiness to shed the court's scrutiny.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Nevada legislative audit details problems with Las Vegas foster care agency

A review of a privately operated foster care agency in Las Vegas released to state lawmakers on Wednesday found that the business needs to make “substantial improvements” to ensure the safety of children in its care.

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