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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bachmann Thinks Gov't Experiments on Child Migrants

Bachmann Thinks Gov't Experiments on Child Migrants

Michele Bachmann has spotted nefarious purposes in the government's care of migrant children coming from Central America.

Parenting Police In Full Force: Mom Arrested For Allowing 7-Year-Old To Walk Alone To Park

Parenting Police In Full Force: Mom Arrested For Allowing 7-Year-Old To Walk Alone To Park

Nicole Gainey didn’t think she was doing anything wrong by letting her 7-year-old son walk ten minutes to the local park. But in her Florida town, that turned into a $4,000 mistake.

New Bill Would Create ‘License To Discriminate’ For Religious Adoption Agencies

New Bill Would Create ‘License To Discriminate’ For Religious Adoption Agencies

Despite the failure of many “license to discriminate” bills in state legislatures earlier this year — most notably in Arizona — a few Congressional Republicans are advancing another bill that would enable agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) are introducing the “Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014,” legislation to protect religious organizations that provide child welfare services, including adoption and foster care.

Shumlin: VT unable to host 1,000 immigrant kids

Shumlin: VT unable to host 1,000 immigrant kids

Vermont lacks the capacity to host a large number of unaccompanied immigrant children, Gov. Peter Shumlin wrote to the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday.

Jury convicts Suisun City foster father in 2010 infant death case

Jury convicts Suisun City foster father in 2010 infant death case

Nearly four years after making a 9-1-1 call to report an infant was unresponsive and choking on milk, a Suisun City foster father was convicted on Tuesday of second degree murder and felony child abuse charges after jurors sided with the prosecution, finding the baby had been assaulted.

Nevada: ‘Hogtying’ at youth facility necessary

Nevada: ‘Hogtying’ at youth facility necessary

Nevada officials on Wednesday said institutional abuse allegations at the Nevada Youth Training Center in Elko were first reported in December, but investigations found that each use of “mechanical restraints” had been necessary.

Protection orders leave parents in dark as they seek return of children

Protection orders leave parents in dark as they seek return of children

COMMUNITY workers claim parents are being deliberately kept in the dark by government child protection officers to lessen their chances of having their children returned to them.

Foster Parent Charged With Murder In Hot Car Death

Foster Parent Charged With Murder In Hot Car Death

A Kansas man accused of leaving his 10-month-old foster child in a hot car where she died was charged Wednesday with murder.

Issues of Faith: Do believers have an obligation to foster immigrant children?

Issues of Faith: Do believers have an obligation to foster immigrant children?

As federal officials consider Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery as a housing site for immigrant children, is there a role for faith communities to play?

Motherless monkeys: UW-Madison to revive controversial primate experiments

Motherless monkeys: UW-Madison to revive controversial primate experiments

In his 21 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's veterinary school, Eric Sandgren has seen a lot of controversies. But the UW's most prominent defender of animal research has never seen anything like this.
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Sandgren is referring to the first experiment at UW-Madison in more than 30 years that will intentionally deprive newborn rhesus monkeys of their mothers, a practice designed to affect a primate's psychological well-being.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Michele Bachmann accuses Obama of wanting to experiment on immigrant children

Michele Bachmann accuses Obama of wanting to experiment on immigrant children

Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) accused President Barack Obama’s administration during a radio interview of encouraging more Central American immigrant minors to come to the U.S. for the purposes of procuring subjects for medical experiments, Right Wing Watch reported on Wednesday.

Bullying in Department of Families and Children all lies, says Minister John Elferink

Bullying in Department of Families and Children all lies, says Minister John Elferink

THERE is no evidence of ­endemic bullying within the Department of Children and Families and insiders who have made such allegations are liars, Minister John Elferink says.

Computer glitch causes complications for adopting children



A computer glitch is causing travel complications for two Roanoke families adopting children overseas. The glitch affected the State Department's ability to issue travel documents.

Another Challenge of Parenting While Poor: Wealthy Judges

Another Challenge of Parenting While Poor: Wealthy Judges

Josh Michtom is a Connecticut public defender who represents indigent parents and children. He has observed and participated in lots of cases where the state sought to take custody of kids from their parents. Following recent coverage in The Atlantic of parental rights and responsibilities as they related to Child Protective Services, he sent the following letter with his expert insights. His focus is the role that class and poverty play in a system administered by the middle and upper classes.

Social worker accused of using child as barganing chip to buy drugs

Social worker accused of using child as barganing chip to buy drugs

A social worker is behind bars Wednesday after police say he used a child as a bargaining chip to buy prescription drugs from the child's parent.

Police should apologize to mother reported for child neglect

Police should apologize to mother reported for child neglect

A DISTRACTED mother locks her baby in her car. She calls the police for help, and receives it. But she ends up being reported for potential child neglect. Was the police officer acting out of an excess of caution? Or racism?

DFCS Head: Low Caseworker Salaries Contributing To High Turnover

DFCS Head: Low Caseworker Salaries Contributing To High Turnover

A state Senate study committee may have provided hints as to some big child protection issues for next year’s legislative session.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Foster father, accused in hot car death of 10-month-old baby, on suicide watch

Foster father, accused in hot car death of 10-month-old baby, on suicide watch

The death of a 10-month-old foster child is the latest in a string of hot-car child deaths in the United States, triggering the quick arrest of the girl’s foster father and on Friday which prompted state officials to launch home inspections of adoptive and foster families.

South Carolina DSS worker among two charged in Carolina Forest burglary

South Carolina DSS worker among two charged in Carolina Forest burglary

An employee with the S.C. Department of Social Services has been charged in connection with a recent burglary in the Carolina Forest area, according to police records.

Children to appear in adoption videos

Children to appear in adoption videos

Videos and photos of children waiting to be adopted are to be made available to people approved for adoption from this autumn as part of a pilot scheme.


Texas Foster Kids Caretaker Fired For Being Gay In Public

Texas Foster Kids Caretaker Fired For Being Gay In Public

Casey Stegall was fired from his job with the Children's Home of Lubbock for being gay in public, basically. During a field trip to a water park with some of the older, teenage foster kids, Stegall ran into his fiance. The pair acted as normal engaged couples do in public, which was too much for the Christian-owned foster home that owns the Texas foster house which employs Stegall.


Defense attorney: hot car baby death 'unintentional'

Defense attorney: hot car baby death 'unintentional'

After being arrested for a deadly hot car death, defense attorneys for foster parent Seth Jackson said they believe the act was unintentional.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lawmakers Take Look at State’s Foster Care System

Lawmakers Take Look at State’s Foster Care System

The state's foster care system is back under the microscope.

Rally at the Capitol Demands Change to Family Court System



Dozens of people stood at the Capitol Sunday, rallying against a family court system they say is corrupt.

Number of kids in state custody at all-time high

Number of kids in state custody at all-time high

The number of Kansas child abuse and neglect cases is increasing at the same time a record number of children are in state custody, though experts differ on what is causing the increase.

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