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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Father of girl murdered in foster care partially blaming Streamwood doctor

Father of girl murdered in foster care partially blaming Streamwood doctor

A northwest suburban psychiatrist is one of several people being sued in a lawsuit filed Friday over the 2011 downstate murder of a child who was in foster care.


Parents of boy who stabbed his foster mother to death threatened to kill his previous carers, FAI hears

Parents of boy who stabbed his foster mother to death threatened to kill his previous carers, FAI hears

THE parents of a teenage boy who killed his foster mother had threatened the lives of his previous carers and social workers, an inquiry has heard.

Minnesota revokes license of foster agency after death

Minnesota revokes license of foster agency after death

Minnesota has revoked the license of a foster care placement agency after a 6-year-old girl died in one of its homes last December.

In Minnesota's foster system, kids go from bad to worse

In Minnesota's foster system, kids go from bad to worse

Minnesota’s foster care system is falling short of state and federal standards meant to ensure that abused children are placed into stable and permanent homes, a Star Tribune review of state records has found.


Family pleads for custody of one of its youngest after DHS says no

Family pleads for custody of one of its youngest after DHS says no

A family is trying to do what's best for one of its youngest, but it's at odds with the Saginaw County Department of Human Services.

Former Employee Of The Kansas Department Of Children And Families Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Former Employee Of The Kansas Department Of Children And Families Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

A former child protection supervisor with the Kansas Department for Children and Families office in Winfield has filed a “whistleblower” lawsuit, accusing the agency of firing her for calling her supervisor’s attention to false reports filed by a social worker.


More than 50% of child welfare case managers left job in 2014

More than 50% of child welfare case managers left job in 2014

More than half of ongoing case managers — the men and women who work directly with abused children and their families — left their jobs at the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare during 2014, according to a report released Friday.

B.C. introduces new legal centre for parents in child protection system

B.C. introduces new legal centre for parents in child protection system

The B.C. government is hoping to reduce the number of child-protection cases going to court by opening a new legal centre for parents.

Japan repatriates 8 children in 1st year under Hague abduction treaty

Japan repatriates 8 children in 1st year under Hague abduction treaty

Japan has repatriated eight children to or from other countries in the year since it joined the Hague Convention on child abductions, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Family vs State: Parents Allege DCFS Cover-up of Foster Care Abuse

Family vs State: Parents Allege DCFS Cover-up of Foster Care Abuse

During times of family crisis, authorities often place children in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services. A Jackson County case calls into question children's safety under the protection of the state of Illinois.

State revokes licenses of foster providers after 6-year-old's death

State revokes licenses of foster providers after 6-year-old's death

The state has taken the unprecedented step of revoking the license of a foster care placement agency following the death of a 6-year-old girl in one of its foster homes late last year.

Federal study finds alarming use of antipsychotics among nation's poor children, foster kids

Federal study finds alarming use of antipsychotics among nation's poor children, foster kids

When federal inspectors set out to examine how powerful antipsychotic drugs were being used on children in the nation's public health systems, they found a 4-year-old on four psychiatric drugs, a 10-year-old prescribed without medical records, and a 16-year-old on six psych meds, including a prescription at double the maximum recommended dosage.

Report says major changes needed for Clark County child welfare system

Report says major changes needed for Clark County child welfare system

Major changes are needed to the Clark County child welfare system, according to a new report released by an advisory committee.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Bathroom spy cams put in foster home, friend's cottage

Bathroom spy cams put in foster home, friend's cottage

A Manitoba man who used mini-spy cameras to record friends, co-workers and children as they used the washroom should go to prison for eight years, a judge was told Thursday.

Former foster parent gets prison in sex abuse case

Former foster parent gets prison in sex abuse case

The former owner of a North Las Vegas behavioral health services company was sentenced Thursday to four to six years on child abuse and lewdness charges for encounters with his adopted son.

Foster mom: System puts kids second

Foster mom: System puts kids second

You may think the child welfare system is for children. Think again.


Daycare operator sued for calling the CAS

Daycare operator sued for calling the CAS

A North York home daycare operator who called the Children’s Aid Society because she was concerned about a baby in her care has been ordered to pay the child’s parents more than $13,000 for the “emotional pain and suffering” that her report caused.


Retired teacher, foster parent denies guilt

Retired teacher, foster parent denies guilt

A retired teacher who is accused of sexually abusing a foster child under his care was arraigned Thursday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.



Arizona children suffer in broken foster-care system, suit claims

Arizona children suffer in broken foster-care system, suit claims

She was just 5 months old the first time she and her siblings were taken from a mother struggling with addiction and placed in the care of the state. At times, she was separated from her brothers and sisters. She received neither the glasses she needed, nor the orthopedic shoes, leaving her with a limp. Now 10, she has spent more than half her life in foster care, having been returned to her mother only to be removed again, a routine that has been repeated multiple times.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Abused Kids Not Destined to Be Abusive Parents, Study Finds

Abused Kids Not Destined to Be Abusive Parents, Study Finds

Conventional wisdom says that abused children often grow up to be abusive parents, but a 30-year study of American families suggests it's more complicated than that.

State review finds no systematic problems in Denver child casework

State review finds no systematic problems in Denver child casework

A state review of Denver County child protection work, ordered after one caseworker allegedly lied about checking on a baby who later died, has uncovered no additional wrongdoing.

Foster care kids put on too many psych drugs, report says

 Foster care kids put on too many psych drugs, report says

Many children in foster care are being overmedicated with antipsychotic drugs they may not really need, or the drugs are being given incorrectly, according to a government review obtained by CBS News.

Father sues state over son's death

Father sues state over son's death

For months, the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team has poured over documents related to the unsolved murder of a Howard County boy, Elijah. Up until the day he died, his safety was being monitored by Child Protective Services.

Former Lucas County foster parent charged with rape of child

Former Lucas County foster parent charged with rape of child

A former foster parent with Lucas County Children Services is sitting behind bars, accused of raping a child in his care.


After deaths, Abbott calls for better protection of foster children

After deaths, Abbott calls for better protection of foster children

Responding to the deaths of three foster children in three months, Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered statewide reforms and is calling for $40 million in additional funding to better protect children in the state’s care.

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