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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Kansas to make changes to foster home inspections

Kansas welfare officials plan to have agency staffers perform all annual foster home inspections by midway through next year.

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The Huffington Post Reported That I'm Sabotaging Foster Care Reform. Here's My Side Of The Story.

This week, the Huffington Post published a false report that the foster care system across the country will be denied new reforms as a result of just one man – me.

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BY SENATOR RICHARD BURR

Social workers fleeing troubled foster care system

Tanya Copenhaver followed in her father’s and grandmother’s footsteps by becoming a social worker for Washington state’s Children’s Administration, a difficult but fulfilling calling she never expected to give up.

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Teen says foster parents locked him in basement for months, poured salt on his open wounds

“It gets to that point where you’re like an animal. You feel like an animal.”


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Foster parent arrested after toddler drowns in front of him


The foster parent of 2-year-old Za’Marion Wilcox has been arrested, after Wilcox drowned over Labor Day Weekend at their community pool.

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A Single Senator Is Blocking Reform Of The Foster Care System

The Families First Prevention Services Act, a sweeping reform of the broken foster care system, passed the House by a unanimous vote. In order to move it through the Senate, it was initially included in the Cures Act, but it was stripped at the request of Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican. Young people who’d been through the foster system rushed to the Capitol on Monday to try to save the bill and get it attached to the CR, but, sources said, Burr continued to object, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) agreed to keep it out.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Canada's record on First Nations child welfare to face scrutiny in Washington

The Assembly of First Nations regional chief in Manitoba is warning the state of First Nations child welfare system is in such a sorry state that is akin to subjecting kids to genocide.

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The Forgotten Children: CPS says hands are tied after adoptions

After seven children with special needs were removed from horrific conditions in a Richmond home, we wondered why no one knew what was going on behind closed doors.

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Advocates Say ACS Is 'Running Scared' In The Wake Of Horrifying Child Abuse Cases

Administration for Children's Services filings to remove children from their homes leapt more than 50 percent from September to October, the first full month after the death of a six-year-old child drew harsh scrutiny for the agency's handling of child abuse investigations.

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Abbott asks CPS to begin moving very troubled foster kids out of institutions, using federal money

Texas, under fire to improve its system of long-term foster care, is using federal crime-victim grant money to test whether it can get the worst-off foster children in state custody out of institutions.

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Foster parent arrested after toddler drowns in front of him

The foster parent of 2-year-old Za’Marion Wilcox has been arrested, after Wilcox drowned over Labor Day Weekend at their community pool.

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Boy found handcuffed with dead chicken around his neck sues former foster mother


A North Carolina boy who was found with a dead chicken around his neck while handcuffed to a porch is suing his former foster parent, Wanda Larson, the Union County Department of Social Services and Union County.

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Connecticut parents air concerns over state’s plans to privatize group homes

Families whose children have intellectual or developmental disabilities gathered Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building with a variety of messages for the state Department of Developmental Services.

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Doctor investigated for false accusations against parents found dead

A doctor at Ste-Justine Hospital who was under investigation by the College of Physicians was found dead Tuesday morning.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Woman who fatally stabbed B.C. social worker found not criminally responsible

A Fort St. John woman accused of fatally stabbing a much-loved Burnaby social worker has been found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.

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Council criticised over foster child's savings complaint

Bridgend council has been criticised by a watchdog for failing to adequately monitor a looked-after child's savings accounts while he was in their care.

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7 foster kids with special needs locked in closet, found living in urine and feces at Richmond home



Seven special needs children are now safe after being rescued from an abusive and neglectful foster mother and one of the four men living with them in Richmond, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Children in custody could be killed by restraint methods

A number of authorised methods of controlling young people in custody could kill or severely disable them, a review has found.

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Milestone reached in lawsuit against DFCS

Georgia officials entered an agreement Monday that provides a pathway out of a decade-old court order that has cost the state millions to revamp a failing child protection system.

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Hundreds of women and children are released from Texas immigration detention facilities

More than 400 women and children have been freed from two Texas immigration detention facilities after a federal judge found the sites unsuitable for holding children, sending families into a wet, frigid December night while migrant advocates scrambled to provide shelter, food and emergency care.

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HSLDA Sues New York City

“Hello? Child Protective Services is in my living room—what should I do?” The voice on the other end of the line sounded shaken, but calm.

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DCF denies backlog at child abuse reporting center

A spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Children and Families confirmed last week that a call center for child abuse reports had trouble keeping up with the volume of calls it received in September but denied the center had a “backlog.”

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N.J. worker charged with coercing sex by threatening moms' visits with children

A former New Jersey child protection worker has been indicted on allegations of coercing two mothers to engage in sexual behavior in exchange for positive reports and unsupervised visits with their children, the state Attorney General's Office announced Monday.

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Boy found handcuffed with dead chicken around his neck sues former foster mother

A North Carolina boy who was found with a dead chicken around his neck while handcuffed to a porch is suing his former foster parent, Wanda Larson, the Union County Department of Social Services and Union County.

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Czech woman stripped of parental rights loses at Norwegian court

A Norwegian court refused to deal with the appeal of a Czech woman, Eva Michalakova, against a verdict that stripped her of parental rights to her two sons in June, and this verdict has taken effect, public Czech Radio (CRo) writes on its website.

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