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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Leave our kids alone: parents of free-range children bemoan 'land of snitches'

Leave our kids alone: parents of free-range children bemoan 'land of snitches'

On a Saturday afternoon in December, a 10-year-old boy and his six-year-old sister were brought to their home in suburban Maryland in a police patrol car. The officers informed their father, Alexander Meitiv, a physicist at the National Institutes of Health, that the children had been found walking the streets of Silver Spring unsupervised.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

CPS: Family isolates adopted teen in basement

CPS: Family isolates adopted teen in basement

Prosecutors are reviewing a warrant request for a Deerfield Township couple accused of mentally and emotionally abusing their 16-year-old adopted son who created a family for himself using stuffed animals.


Britain's Child Protective Services Is Losing Track of Its Kids

Britain's Child Protective Services Is Losing Track of Its Kids

Many of the child sex abuse scandals that have shocked Britain in recent years involve victims who were supposed to be under the protection of the state—children identified as at risk by child protective services and in the care of local authorities.


Threatening social workers with jail won’t do much for recruitment

Threatening social workers with jail won’t do much for recruitment

The world is, of course, a much simpler place if you view it in black and white. And, where children are concerned, most of us probably do. So, let us give our clear backing to David Cameron’s headline-grabbing initiative to re-designate child abuse as a “national threat”. The aim is laudable: to galvanise the child protection agencies’ approach to this scourge, and to encourage them to co-ordinate it.

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs Role of Teachers in Reporting Child Abuse

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs Role of Teachers in Reporting Child Abuse

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday waded with trepidation into the subject of educators' interactions with students about possible abuse at home, and whether a child's statement to a teacher may be used in a criminal case without the accused having a chance to cross-examine the child.

Missing girl, 7, found safe after leaving Bronx foster home: cops

Missing girl, 7, found safe after leaving Bronx foster home: cops

A 7-year-old girl who went missing Monday from her Bronx foster home was found shortly after midnight, police said.

Child care workers to testify about computer glitches

Child care workers to testify about computer glitches

Workers from the state Department of Human Services testified Tuesday about ongoing problems with a $61-million state computer system to track child abuse and foster care cases.


Legislation needed to protect foster kids' personal funds

Legislation needed to protect foster kids' personal funds

Our state foster care agencies are apparently so underfunded that they are taking resources from abused and neglected children. The agencies are taking control over foster children's Social Security benefits (when the children are disabled or have deceased parents) and using the children's funds to repay foster care costs. In other words, Maryland is requiring the children to pay for their own care.

National report suggests foster kids not getting needed healthcare

National report suggests foster kids not getting needed healthcare

Being taken away from home as a child can be very traumatizing, but who is making sure foster children in the state are getting the physical and mental healthcare they need?

'Free-Range' Parents Under Investigation for Child Neglect Will Appeal CPS Decision

'Free-Range' Parents Under Investigation for Child Neglect Will Appeal CPS Decision

A decision has been made regarding the Maryland parents that were placed under investigation for child neglect in January after allowing their kids, ages 6 and 10, to walk alone to neighborhood playgrounds. But the ruling, by Montgomery County Child Protective Services (CPS), has not provided any closure on the situation for parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv.

Opponents say Missouri bill legalizes child abuse, supporters argue it protects parents' rights

Opponents say Missouri bill legalizes child abuse, supporters argue it protects parents' rights

Supporters of the Missouri bill dubbed "Isaiah's Law" say it protects parents' rights. Opponents, however, say it legalizes child abuse.

‘Unsubstantiated’ child neglect finding for free-range parents

‘Unsubstantiated’ child neglect finding for free-range parents

The Maryland parents investigated for letting their young children walk home by themselves from a park were found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect in a decision that has not fully resolved their clash with authorities over questions of parenting and children’s safety.


Mystery over parents denied their right to enter the courtroom

Mystery over parents denied their right to enter the courtroom

A curious puzzle has arisen following my piece a fortnight ago headed, “Why don’t the family courts obey the law?” I quoted a trenchant recent judgment in which Lord Justice Munby, the head of the family courts, went out of his way to emphasise that “one of the oldest principles of our law” is that “no one is to be condemned unheard” – and that “any parents faced with the removal of their child must be entitled to make their case to the court”, and to challenge any evidence brought against them.

Former Arizona child-welfare chief: I was undermined

Former Arizona child-welfare chief: I was undermined

The former director of the state Department of Child Safety said he was undermined by his successor, but doesn't dispute Gov. Doug Ducey's decision to change leadership at the agency.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Free Range Parents Found Responsible For Child Neglect

Free Range Parents Found Responsible For Child Neglect 

Montgomery County parents who were under investigation for letting their kids walk home from a park were found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect.

Teen charged following fight at group home, spitting on officer

Teen charged following fight at group home, spitting on officer

A Salisbury teen remains in the Rowan County jail following a weekend fight at a local group home. The teen  also faces felony charges after he spit in an officer’s face.

More Than One In Four Foster Kids Miss Required Checkups

More Than One In Four Foster Kids Miss Required Checkups

Twenty-nine percent of children taken from their families and placed in foster care failed to receive at least one required medical checkup, the Health and Human Services Department Office of the Inspector General said in a report out today.

Teenager Runs Away From Foster Family In Duncan

Teenager Runs Away From Foster Family In Duncan

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office is asking for help to find a runaway teenager.

Process Gets Underway to Carve up $60 Million Sandusky Fine

Process Gets Underway to Carve up $60 Million Sandusky Fine

Now that a settlement has cleared the way for $60 million from Penn State to be spent in Pennsylvania to address child sexual abuse, potential recipients are starting to think about how that money might be put to use.


Jailed for threat to kill social worker

Jailed for threat to kill social worker

A man who threatened to cut up a social worker and send the body parts to her family has been jailed for six months.

Note: I'm sure most CPS victims have felt this way and considered doing all kinds of terrible things to our social workers; but unfortunately it won't help your cause.

Radicalization fear puts Danish boy into custody

Radicalization fear puts Danish boy into custody

Authorities have forced a 15-year-old Muslim boy into a juvenile home in an unusual move aimed at preventing him being radicalized by his father, a report said on Sunday.

Be cautious about issues of children, media told

Be cautious about issues of children, media told

Mediapersons in the district were cautioned against overzealous reporting of child-related issues, including child abuse, by blindly following the information provided by sources.

'19 Kids And Counting' Jessa Duggar And Ben Seewald Forced To Put Adoption Plans On Hold

'19 Kids And Counting' Jessa Duggar And Ben Seewald Forced To Put Adoption Plans On Hold

Newlyweds Jessa Duggar, 22, and Ben Seewald, 19, recently expressed their desire to start a family. The couple told People that they wanted to adopt children.

An epidemic of child sex abuse in our public schools

An epidemic of child sex abuse in our public schools

There’s a banner that hangs outside of Costa Mesa’s (California) Whittier Elementary School. Its slogan— Children are our first priority—is a painfully ironic reminder of one of the biggest problems plaguing our public schools.

Ohio bill would extend foster care services to wards age 21

It's not about helping the kids, it's about keeping the price on their heads and the services flowing for 3 more years.

Ohio bill would extend foster care services to wards age 21

An Ohio bill would increase the age that younger people could receive foster care services, while requiring that court-appointed guardians receive a state guidebook.

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