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Saturday, January 20, 2018

CFS system short $104M: report

OTTAWA — The federal and provincial governments have underfunded Indigenous children and young adults in CFS care by $104 million a year, research obtained by the Free Press shows.

For these 8,115 First Nations wards, the 26 per cent shortfall amounts to an average $12,814.42 gap between what governments provide and what agencies say they need to do their jobs properly. They also want another $45 million to reduce the number of children entering the system.

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DCYF worker who visited condemned E. Providence home placed on paid leave

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The social worker who visited an East Providence home the day before it was condemned has been placed on administrative leave.

Kerri White, a spokeswoman for the Department of Children, Youth and Families, said the employee, whose name has not been released, was placed on leave Jan. 12 — the same day city officials determined that the home at 26 Floyd Ave., where teenagers were living, was in deplorable condition. The worker will still be paid while on leave.

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Mom plans to give birth in secret as politicians hold emergency meeting on child welfare

Indigenous leaders, provincial and territorial leaders and advocates are heading to Ottawa next week for an emergency meeting on child welfare where the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in care will be at the forefront of the conversations.

Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott called for the meeting last November. In a letter sent to her provincial and territorial counterparts she said the rate of Indigenous kids apprehended in Canada was the highest in the world.

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Federal judge says Texas still needs oversight to fix its "broken" foster care system

In a 116-page order, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack said Texas has dragged its heels on foster care reform and continues to need oversight as it tries to find fixes.

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Millions of American children live with undocumented parents in the US

There are roughly 4.7 million American-born children living in the United States with parents who immigrated to the country illegally – and that number is growing.

Between 250,000 and 350,000 are born every year, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Adoption a 'runaway train often breaching rights of birth parents'

Adoption has become a “runaway train” impossible for individual social workers to stop, according to an independent inquiry into adoption law in the UK.

The exhaustive two-year inquiry, which canvassed evidence from social workers, adult adoptees, adoptive parents and birth parents across the UK, has raised the alarm over practices that favour adoption over alternative care options seeking to help children stay with their birth parents.

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Former Child Saving Institute employee booked on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault of teen



A former employee of the Child Saving Institute had an illicit sexual relationship last summer with a teenager staying at the Omaha nonprofit’s shelter, police allege.

Hanna Dickerson, 23, of Neola, Iowa, will be charged today with first-degree sexual abuse of a dependent, said Chief Deputy Douglas County Attorney Brenda Beadle.

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