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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Kansas sperm donor fights back after state forces him to pay child support

Kansas sperm donor fights back after state forces him to pay child support

It’s probably one of the most bizarre Craigslist transaction, involving a lesbian couple desperate for a sperm donor, and a Topeka man willing to help.

The blood-stained Indian Child Welfare Act

The blood-stained Indian Child Welfare Act

Sordid, always. And sometimes lethal, as some Native American children could attest, were they not, like Declan Stewart and Laurynn Whiteshield, dead. They were victims of the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA, which as construed and applied demonstrates how identity politics can leave a trail of broken bodies and broken hearts.

17-year-old dies after Miami-Dade juvenile lockup fight

17-year-old dies after Miami-Dade juvenile lockup fight

A 17-year-old boy in the custody of state juvenile justice administrators was grievously injured in a melee at Miami-Dade County’s long troubled lockup, but he was not sent to the hospital until the next day.

Wrongful death suit filed against foster mother in girl's death

Wrongful death suit filed against foster mother in girl's death

A foster mother is being sued for wrongful death by the administrator of the estate of a girl who died while in her care.

Advocate says 40 children receiving state services died last year

Advocate says 40 children receiving state services died last year

Forty children receiving state services died in 2014, one of them a homicide, according to an annual report released Tuesday.

Lawsuit claims state agency ignored signs of abuse to 22-month-old foster child who died in May

Lawsuit claims state agency ignored signs of abuse to 22-month-old foster child who died in May

The parents of a 22-month-old Washington Parish girl allegedly beaten to death by her foster mother are accusing state workers of repeatedly ignoring physical signs and reports of abuse.

Manitoba is seizing a newborn a day and ‘shoving them anywhere,’ First Nations advocate says

Manitoba is seizing a newborn a day and ‘shoving them anywhere,’ First Nations advocate says

The children’s advocate for Manitoba’s First Nations says social workers are seizing an average of one newborn baby a day and “shoving them anywhere.”

American doctor believes parents kissing their children on lips is too sexual

American doctor believes parents kissing their children on lips is too sexual

A COMMENT by an american doctor who suggested parents kissing their children on the lips is too sexual, has gone viral - five years after it was made.


EDITORIAL: Girl's interests must come before CPS push for secrecy

EDITORIAL: Girl's interests must come before CPS push for secrecy

The people who run Warren County Child Protective Services are now putting the effort to cover up the agency’s mistakes ahead of the interests of a child they are supposed to be protecting.

Report: Increase in Reported Abuse of Mass. Foster Kids

Report: Increase in Reported Abuse of Mass. Foster Kids

Documented reports of abuse or neglect of children in foster care and other out-of-home settings increased in Massachusetts last year, as did deaths among children receiving services from state agencies, according to a report filed Tuesday by the state's Child Advocate.

Auburn Housing Authority mulls policies in wake of foster girl's death

Auburn Housing Authority mulls policies in wake of foster girl's death

In an emotional hearing Tuesday, the chairman of the Auburn Housing Authority spoke publicly for the first time about the death of a foster child who lived at Pheasant Court, vowing he would change policies so an incident like this would never “happen again.”

New DCF scare, police respond

New DCF scare, police respond

Angry words from an irate father prompted a police response Monday to the offices of the Department for Children and Families in White River Junction.

DCF responds to allegations of abuse happening in foster homes

DCF responds to allegations of abuse happening in foster homes

After a number of people came to KAKE News claiming they or their children were abused in the Kansas foster care system, the Department of Children & Families responds to the allegations.

DCF Needs a Complete Overhaul

DCF Needs a Complete Overhaul

Governor Charlie Baker has publicly stated that the embattled Department of Children and Families (DCF) still needs to improve but he feels DCF is heading in the right direction.

County putting CPS workers in suburban schools

County putting CPS workers in suburban schools

A new partnership aims to bring Erie County Child Protective Services workers into the county’s 28 suburban school districts one or two days a week.

CYF Caseworker Arrested On Child Porn Charges

CYF Caseworker Arrested On Child Porn Charges

An undercover child porn investigation has resulted in the arrest of a county government employee.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Foster Care Issues




Child Safety Department revoking Arizona group homes’ license

Child Safety Department revoking Arizona group homes’ license

The state Department of Child Safety on Monday said it was moving to revoke the license of a Mesa company that runs four group homes for troubled youth in the Phoenix area.

Every Child Deserves Representation in a Contested Adoption

Every Child Deserves Representation in a Contested Adoption

In my previous post on Adopting a Stepchild, I explained the steps to go through for an uncontested adoption. Many adoptions are very simple and straightforward. However, in situations where there are disagreements about what is best for a child or a parent’s rights are being terminated, the courts must become further involved.

Note: Lawyers are System Sucks.  This would be guaranteed money for them.  The state will pay.

Debate Over 'Home Alone' Age in Illinois




How young is too young for a child to be left home alone?

DCF responds to allegations of abuse of power

DCF responds to allegations of abuse of power

The Department of Children and Families has been the focus of numerous parents recently, who are upset with the agency that took their children away.

Foster mom accused of sexual contact with teen granted bond

Foster mom accused of sexual contact with teen granted bond

A foster mom in Sarpy County accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a teen in her care has been granted bond.


Nearly 70 foster children placed in Sask. hotels due to spike in caseload

Nearly 70 foster children placed in Sask. hotels due to spike in caseload

Nearly 70 foster children in Saskatchewan have been housed in hotels over the past two months – a number the province's opposition party says is unacceptable.

Foster home license revoked after DCS probe

Foster home license revoked after DCS probe

State child-welfare officials revoked a company's license to operate group homes for foster-care children after state officials learned police were dispatched to the homes more than 170 times this year and launched a subsequent investigation, according to a statement from the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

184 children abused, neglected while under DCF supervision, report finds

184 children abused, neglected while under DCF supervision, report finds

A self-critical report finds that 184 children in the care or supervision of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families were abused or neglected last year.

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