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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Katz on fatal overdose of 2-year-old: 'Frankly, that case was not our best work'

Katz on fatal overdose of 2-year-old: 'Frankly, that case was not our best work'

Following the death of a Terryville toddler over a year ago, new screening procedures are in place at the state’s child-protection agency to more accurately gauge risk to a child in a family setting.

ACLU questions DCF assault bill

ACLU questions DCF assault bill

A bill intended to offer greater protections for workers with the Department for Children and Families is facing criticism from the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Breda O’Brien: Entire foster care system needs overhaul

Breda O’Brien: Entire foster care system needs overhaul

Back in 2013, I quoted John Byrne, a lecturer in social care practice in Waterford Institute of Technology. He said the most common misconception about the Irish child protection and welfare system is that it is about child protection and welfare. In fact, it is about politics and economics.

Few answers after foster child death

Few answers after foster child death

The sudden and unexpected death of a toddler in foster care is being investigated tonight.

‘Foster home’ carer denies ‘cruel’ abuse allegations

‘Foster home’ carer denies ‘cruel’ abuse allegations

The woman who ran a “foster home” in the southeast, which is to be the focus of a commission of investigation, has denied allegations that children suffered serious sexual abuse in the house.

ADOPTION RACKET BUSTED

ADOPTION RACKET BUSTED

This gang specialised in providing a child overnight for a few lakhs to women who could not conceive. But what the 30-odd couples who fell for the promises of the gang didn't know that the members, posing as owners of an adoption agency, used to in fact abduct children from slums and villages of northwest and outer Delhi and sell them.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Newport State Office Building Safe After DCF Threat

Newport State Office Building Safe After DCF Threat

Police in Newport, Vt. briefly placed a state office building  on lockdown Friday morning after an unidentified caller made a threat to the Department for Children and Families, authorities said. By about 10:30 a.m. police called off the lockdown and deemed the area safe.


Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Svcs. removes CEO from CPA offices, residential centers

Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Svcs. removes CEO from CPA offices, residential centers

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services issued two letters stating that CEO James Aldrich has been removed from all services related to the Child Placement Agency (CPA) corporate office in Lubbock and Children's Hope Residential Treatment Centers.

Prosecutors Demand Life Sentence for Foster Mother in Engeline Murder Case

Prosecutors Demand Life Sentence for Foster Mother in Engeline Murder Case

Denpasar. Prosecutors at the Denpasar District Court on Thursday (04/02) demanded a life sentence for Margriet Megawe, the woman accused of murdering her foster daughter and burying the child's body in her backyard.

Quarter of foster carers rarely or never keep in contact with former foster children

Quarter of foster carers rarely or never keep in contact with former foster children

The Fostering Network is calling on all governments of the UK to enable children and young people who move within, or out of, the care system to be able to maintain their most important relationships, following the release of their new research report.


Man arrested in rape was foster parent, youth leader

Man arrested in rape was foster parent, youth leader

A church youth leader arrested Tuesday in connection with the rape of a minor girl was also a licensed foster parent, officials confirmed Friday

Jeb Brings Mom to Rally, Cracks Jokes: We Were Glad She Never Had a ‘Child Abuse Hotline’

Jeb Brings Mom to Rally, Cracks Jokes: We Were Glad She Never Had a ‘Child Abuse Hotline’

Jeb Bush brought his mother Barbara Bush to a campaign rally in New Hampshire tonight and made things just a teensy bit awkward.

Philmont woman accused of going to work and leaving two young children home alone

Philmont woman accused of going to work and leaving two young children home alone

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Philmont woman on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child for going to work in the morning of February 1 and leaving two children under the age of 10 home alone.

Note: This is terrible.  There are better ways to help kids than to criminalize the struggling parents!

But that's not the best part about this article.  Nope, the best part is where the Sheriff talks about what a wonderful thing it is to be a CPS rat!
“This is a great example of someone getting involved to make a difference,” said Sheriff David Bartlett. “This was a tragedy in the making, but thankfully an alert citizen noticed that something wasn’t right and acted on their suspicion. I encourage all residents of the county to do the same. If see something, say something.”  
And you Sheriff David Bartlett are an asshole.  Perhaps you could direct this parent to resources or something that could actually help the family.  But no!  You would rather call CPS.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Brothers accused of ‘Jungle’ homeless shooting were runaways from DSHS care

Brothers accused of ‘Jungle’ homeless shooting were runaways from DSHS care

Two of the three teenagers accused in a homeless encampment shooting will now be prosecuted as adults.

Foster care scandal: Bill requiring public reports on abuse clears Senate panel

Foster care scandal: Bill requiring public reports on abuse clears Senate panel

Oregon's foster care officials would have to produce public reports listing confirmed findings of abuse and neglect every three months under proposed legislation that emerged from a Senate panel Wednesday.

Youth pastor arrested; foster child described 3 years of abuse

Youth pastor arrested; foster child described 3 years of abuse


Joseph Niemeyer,Jr. runs the youth ministry at New Banklick Baptist Church in Walton.

EXCLUSIVE: Lee Co. couple indicted for child abuse

EXCLUSIVE: Lee Co. couple indicted for child abuse

A Lee county couple has been arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse of a child in their care.

Legislators press DCF on errors in child-risk assessment

Legislators press DCF on errors in child-risk assessment

The Department of Children and Families faced intense scrutiny from state legislators Thursday morning for not identifying a number of high-risk child abuse cases, and several top officials acknowledged the department's shortcomings.


Avalena Conway-Coxon Death: State medical examiner can't determine cause of toddler's death

Avalena Conway-Coxon Death: State medical examiner can't determine cause of toddler's death

The state's medical examiner cannot determine what caused the death of 2-year-old Avalena Conway-Coxon, the child who was found unresponsive in her Auburn foster care home on August 15, according to the Worcester County District Attorney's Office.

Note: She was left in the foster mothers hot SUV.



Time to shine light on child protection services

Time to shine light on child protection services

The Department of Public Health and Human Services, the largest state agency, has a budget of almost $4 billion. DPHHS is in charge of everything from welfare programs to child protective services. Last fall’s audit of Child and Family Services did not paint a rosy picture and pointed out several standards which needed implementing if we are going to truly protect our neediest children.

The Maine Wabanaki-State TRC: Healing from historic trauma to create a better future

The Maine Wabanaki-State TRC: Healing from historic trauma to create a better future

Denise Altvater is a Passamaquoddy Tribal citizen and coordinator of AFSC’s Wabanaki Youth Program in Maine. In 1978, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was passed to re-establish tribal authority over Native children, due to high rates of state removal of children. In spite of ICWA’s passing, Native children were placed into foster care at high rates in Maine. Concerns about the contemporary relationship between the state welfare system and the tribes, as well as the lasting effects of foster care trauma on tribal communities, brought about the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission between Native peoples and child welfare.Below is part of our conversation.

Georgia child abuse workers now required to check on children

Georgia child abuse workers now required to check on children

Georgia’s child protection agency already had investigated four reports alleging abuse of a little girl named Emani Moss. The most recent had led to her stepmother’s conviction on a child cruelty charge. Yet in 2012, when the Division of Family and Children Services received another allegation that Emani had been beaten with a belt, the agency’s caseworkers didn’t question the girl’s parents. They didn’t talk to Emani or check her for injuries. They made no in-person contact at all with Emani’s demonstrably dangerous family.

Parents again: Local grandparents raising their children's children

Parents again: Local grandparents raising their children's children

Seven years ago, Debby Blush and her longtime partner, Clark Cooper, had the lives most couples in their mid-50s dream of: the heavy lifting of child-rearing over, they were free to come and go as they pleased – visiting clubs when they wanted, taking short getaways and enjoying each other’s company.

Motherisk is causing fresh pain: Editorial

Motherisk is causing fresh pain: Editorial

Its findings shattered families, changed lives and ruined reputations, but the impact of Motherisk doesn’t end there. Despite being closed down last spring, the Hospital for Sick Children’s deeply flawed program, testing hair for traces of drug or alcohol abuse, is causing fresh pain.


Veteran Loses Custody Of 5 Kids In Kansas For Treating PTSD With Marijuana

Veteran Loses Custody Of 5 Kids In Kansas For Treating PTSD With Marijuana

In Kansas, a U.S. military veteran is fighting to regain custody of five of his children, after Kansas took them into child custody last year over his use of medical marijuana.

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