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Saturday, May 23, 2015

#OpExposeCPS: Anonymous Targets Child Protective Services

#OpExposeCPS: Anonymous Targets Child Protective Services

Anonymous activists have announced a global campaign to expose the corruption and rampant child abuse plaguing the Child Protective Services. The first phase of Operation Expose CPS is to force FBI to investigate the CPS-DHS system, which has become a profit center, as a whole; bring the criminals to justice; act against the legal kidnapping and trafficking of children for profit, and stop the unjustified terror campaign against American parents and their children.

Sheriff: Child beaten by Lacombe foster mother dies

Sheriff: Child beaten by Lacombe foster mother dies

A 2-year-old child died Friday after she was beaten by her foster mother in Lacombe, St. Tammany Parish authorities said.

Foster parent facing charges in 22-month-old girl's death

Foster parent facing charges in 22-month-old girl's death

A 40-year-old Lacombe woman faces charges in connection with the death of a 22-month-old foster child who had been placed in her care.

Why didn't CPS rescue the Duggar Children?

A timeline of the molestation allegations against Josh Duggar

This week, a shocking series of allegation, apology and repercussions rocked one of the most famous families in reality television. Josh Duggar, the oldest son of the Duggar family, apologized Thursday after a tabloid published allegations that Duggar had molested multiple young girls as a teenager. A day later, TLC announced that the family’s show, “19 Kids and Counting,” which just finished airing its most recent season Tuesday, had pulled all episodes of the program off the air “effective immediately.”

Overmedicating Children in Foster Care

Overmedicating Children in Foster Care

On any given day nearly one in four children in foster care is taking at least one psychotropic medication—more than four times the rate for all children. Nearly half of children living in residential treatment centers or group homes take psychotropic medications. Children in foster care are more likely to be prescribed multiple psychotropic medications at very high doses, although research shows higher doses can result in serious side effects.

DSHS to pay $1.75 million in foster father molestation case

DSHS to pay $1.75 million in foster father molestation case

The state Department of Social and Health Services has agreed to pay $1.75 million into a trust set up for a boy who was molested by his foster father between 2007 and 2008.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Woman charged with falsifying records

Woman charged with falsifying records

A former family case manager supervisor for a social service agency dealing with foster children and children at risk for neglect or abuse may have falsified records to boost statistics, according to a warrant released Thursday.

State Supreme Court upholds grandparents’ visitation rights

State Supreme Court upholds grandparents’ visitation rights

Grandparents don’t lose their right to visit their grandchildren even if the children’s parents die and somebody else adopts the child, the state supreme court has ruled.


Manitoba child welfare agencies must follow hotel ban or risk government takeover

Manitoba child welfare agencies must follow hotel ban or risk government takeover

Manitoba’s family services minister says child-welfare agencies must follow a ban on housing foster children in hotels or risk being taken over by the province.

Live 5 News Investigates: Foster parent home inspection process under fire

Live 5 News Investigates: Foster parent home inspection process under fire

A new report is critical of South Carolina for placing too many foster children in group homes. But a young couple in Summerville willing to become foster parents says it is nearly impossible to become a licensed foster parent in this state.

Wrongful termination suit filed by 5 ex-CPS workers tossed

Wrongful termination suit filed by 5 ex-CPS workers tossed

A judge Thursday threw out a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by five former Arizona child welfare workers who were fired last year amid an agency scandal.

More babies with 'special guardianship orders' as adoptions fall

More babies with 'special guardianship orders' as adoptions fall

The number of babies being made subject to special guardianship orders in England has tripled in two years, according to data obtained by the BBC.

Note: The UK steals babies then can't figure out what to do with them all.  Go figure.

Josh Duggar resigns from Family Research Council after sexual abuse allegations

Josh Duggar resigns from Family Research Council after sexual abuse allegations

Josh Duggar, of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," resigned his position at the Family Research Council Thursday after reports surfaced that he allegedly sexually assaulted four female siblings in the large family, plus an additional female victim.


Advocates Worry Bill Could Make It Harder To Find Out Cause Of Foster Children Deaths

Advocates Worry Bill Could Make It Harder To Find Out Cause Of Foster Children Deaths

The Department of Social Services denies proposing a bill that would seal child death records, but child welfare advocates and media lobbyists say social services wants to hide key case files detailing how a foster child dies.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Parents of 22-month-old boy who drowned in swimming pool while in temporary foster care demand answers

Parents of 22-month-old boy who drowned in swimming pool while in temporary foster care demand answers

The parents of a young boy who died while in temporary foster care have demanded answers and called for increased scrutiny of the foster care system.

The Child Welfare Industrial Complex needs a “Pink Ribbon”

The Child Welfare Industrial Complex needs a “Pink Ribbon”

As a former foster youth, having spent more than a decade in and out of care, I have lived through the best intentions of institutions in multiple states.  The Child Welfare Industrial Complex (CWIC), made up of the myriad of actors in the life of a dependent child, acts to perpetrate the agency’s particular interest.  Often, this coincides with the best interest of a child, but not always.  For example, in the name of privacy, there was often a slow transfer of educational documents, preventing my timely enrollment. While serving a valid privacy interest, this is a lack of common sense in the youth's interests – and education is the victim.  Actors remain in their silo, serving their agency goals, but doing so inadvertently causes the youth to suffer. Structural reform requires collaboration between all parts of society, and especially public engagement.  Public engagement can translate into political attention, power and resources that can change outcomes.  Yet the public only hears from (or about) the CWIC during times of tragedy, leading to benign neglect or short bursts of brutal attention.  Achieving fundamentally different outcomes, requires all parties to work together in telling the full story about Foster Care.

‘A child cannot have two fathers’, rules Federal Court

‘A child cannot have two fathers’, rules Federal Court

A Swiss male couple who had a child with a surrogate woman in California cannot both be recognised as the child’s legal father, the Federal Court has ruled. The couple’s lawyer and family associations have condemned the decision.

UPDATE: Investigation Reveals 200+ CPS Calls were 'Ignored'

UPDATE: Investigation Reveals 200+ CPS Calls were 'Ignored'


The Shenandoah Valley Social Services (SVSS) has released a press release regarding the unheard voice mails that were deleted from the Child Protective Services (CPS) intake.

Persistent problems in foster care: advocate

Persistent problems in foster care: advocate

Saskatchewan's children's advocate says there are persistent problems in foster care that haven't been addressed despite efforts by the Social Services Ministry.

4-year-old foster child in desperate need of liver transplant finds donor

4-year-old foster child in desperate need of liver transplant finds donor

A complete stranger has offered to donate part of his liver to a 4-year-old foster child who has been waiting at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital for the past month in desperate need of a transplant.

Report: Thousands of Arizona children living in group homes

Note: Group homes become more popular as the states take more kids than they can possibly handle.

Report: Thousands of Arizona children living in group homes

With Arizona children getting removed from their homes at record-high numbers, officials have attempted to identify a cause for the removals.

‘Aiden’s Act’ now law

‘Aiden’s Act’ now law

Sen. Steve O’Ban’s effort to bring about swifter government intervention in cases of suspected child abuse culminated Monday with the signing of “Aiden’s Act.”


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sexual assault investigated at DCYF funded facility

Sexual assault investigated at DCYF funded facility

A local mother claims her child was sexually assaulted while in a Department of Children, Youth and Families residential treatment facility, but she said the case never made it to court because her son was too traumatized to testify, Target 12 has learned.

76 politicians caught up in UK child abuse probe

76 politicians caught up in UK child abuse probe

British police said Wednesday they have received historical child sex abuse claims against 261 public figures, including 76 politicians, as they respond to a surge in complaints sparked by the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Oklahoma City police officer headed to trial for allegedly abusing infant foster child

Oklahoma City police officer headed to trial for allegedly abusing infant foster child

An Oklahoma City police officer is headed to trial.

31-year-old Jeremiah Thompson is accused of abusing his 7-month-old foster child.

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