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Monday, March 27, 2017

Oregon Legislature Considering Foster Children’s ‘Sibling Bill Of Rights’

The Oregon legislature is considering a bill, Oregon House Bill 2216 (HB 2216), that would create a foster children’s “Sibling Bill of Rights.” The goal is to focus state efforts on supporting and maintaining relationships among siblings placed in foster care. The legislation was introduced on January 9, 2017, and was passed by the House on March 16, 2017.

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Adoption by same-sex couple opposed by Catholic birth parents

A court has allowed a four-year-old girl to be adopted by a same-sex couple despite her birth parents' opposition on the basis of their Catholic faith.

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Police: Foster parents in custody after boys found tied to bed in dark room, denied water

Police say the three boys were kept in a room without any light, were duct-taped on their mouths and hands and forced to wear diapers.


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Couple wants IDEA Services to 'learn its lesson' after disabled son is neglected in foster care

It began with four pills down the side of a teenager's wheelchair.

It ended with a complaint being lodged with the Human Rights Review Tribunal over New Zealand's largest provider of health services for disabled people.

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Lawmakers pitch fix for child welfare caseworker crisis

Colorado lawmakers want to create a task force to address high turnover among the state's child welfare caseworkers.

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Orphaned siblings write to PM seeking help to exchange Rs 96,500 in old notes

The sudden discovery of Rs 96,500 cash in demonetised notes left by their late mother has created a difficult situation for an orphan brother-sister duo in Kota.

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Penn State’s former president convicted of endangering child

A jury found former Penn State University President Graham Spanier guilty of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment Friday, ending a case that dragged on for more than four years over whether Spanier and two other university executives covered up previous allegations made against former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky.

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Most federal money intended for Arizona's poorest families goes to child-safety efforts

While Arizona has one of the nation’s highest child-poverty rates, federal money intended to help the poorest families is instead being spent here on foster care, adoptions and services to children who have been removed from their families.

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DC missing girl says she was never missing, stayed in contact with social worker

An 18-year-old listed as a critical missing person said she was never hiding or in danger, insisting she stayed in contact with her social worker while the Metropolitan Police Department launched an effort to find her

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Letter: Who is to blame for inadequate staffing at DCYF?

The Monitor’s recent article “DCYF still faces sizable case backlog” (Sunday Monitor front page, March 12) noted that an outside review of DCYF deemed current staffing inadequate and recommended the addition of 35 child protection workers to investigate claims of abuse and neglect. But the article did not provide any figures for how many child protection workers the department currently has, so the reader had no sense of how those 35 workers might impact the size of the overall department.


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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Parents rights not being respected by DSS, advocates say

In May of 2015, Greenville attorney Trey Ingram and his wife, Kelli, brought a three-week-old boy into their home to give him a temporary foster family.

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Roy foster parents arrested for abusing 3 sons, police say

A husband and wife who have been licensed to provide foster care in Utah since 2013 have been arrested for investigation of abusing their sons.

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Foster child who killed herself on Facebook Live was given medicine with suicide warning

When a Miami psychologist examined Naika Venant in June 2015, she found a “depressed, angry and fearful young girl” who thought often about death and dying. “She expects people to abandon and betray her,” the psychologist wrote.

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Warnings to R.I. agency failed to save four at-risk babies

The state left four babies who have died since August at risk despite warnings from family, friends, hospital workers or police, according to a review ordered by the state child advocate. The report calls for an overhaul of the way the Child Protective Services assesses risk and investigates phone calls placed to its hotline.

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Police Suspect Social Worker May Have Molested Multiple Children

Los Angeles police are asking for help locating children who may have been sexually abused by a former social worker tasked with protecting them.

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Mother claims child suffered years of abuse in foster care

A woman has spoken out after her child was sent overseas for treatment without her consent — claiming the teenager had suffered years of abuse under foster care.

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Psychotropic cocktail may have contributed to Facebook Live suicide

Part of a psychological evaluation administered to Naika Venant in June 2015 included a sentence completion test.

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Teen gets 20 years in Stafford for brutally beating his foster mother



A Stafford County teenager who permanently injured his foster mother last year by pummeling her with a baseball bat was ordered Thursday to serve 20 years in prison.

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Del. Man Charged With Physically Assaulting 2-Year-Old Foster Child

A man in Delaware is accused of physically assaulting his 2-year-old foster child.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Lewes man charged with assault for reported abuse of foster child


Delaware State Police say a Lewes man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his foster child.

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Lawsuit accuses child protection agency and sheriff's office of negligence in death of Hollywood boy

Attorneys representing the estate of a 3-year-old boy found dead in the laundry room of his family’s Hollywood home have filed a lawsuit against the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children and Families, accusing the agencies of failing to protect the child when they should have known his life was in danger.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Arizona child-welfare agency drops policy on 'covert' use of controversial lie-detection technology

Arizona’s Department of Child Safety says it has dropped a 3-month-old policy that let investigators secretly record interviews with parents or caregivers suspected of crimes using a controversial and questionable technology meant to detect lying.

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Legal representatives for children 'are paid more than President Higgins'

Legal representatives for children have been paid "more than the president", the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been told.

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Child Services responds to criticism after recent deaths

A spokesman for the Administration for Child Services responded Wednesday to criticism of the agency, after the deaths of multiple children at homes that were at one time probed by the agency.

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Bill would require child abuse hotline posters at schools

A toll-free hotline to report child abuse and neglect would be posted at Nevada public schools if a bill presented to a Senate committee today becomes law.

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