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Monday, February 27, 2017

Former Little City worker accused in boy's abuse received DCFS job



A former Little City employee accused of abusing an 11-year-old boy there has been placed on administrative leave from her job at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

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Judge apologizes to parents for time daughter spent in ‘legal limbo’

A Superior Court judge in Kitchener has apologized to the parents of a 10-year-old girl caught up in Ontario's "broken" child welfare system.

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Charge dropped against former Gulf correctional officer

A former Gulf County correctional officer accused of molesting his underage foster daughter will not be facing charges that he was a familial or custodial figure to the child, according to court records.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

California has a responsibility to get foster kids to school

For many of California’s foster children, their school may be the most stable institution in their lives. Yet many of them face special challenges when it comes to attendance that other children don’t face. One of those challenges is the most basic one of all: It’s hard to get to school if you don’t have transportation to get you there.

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Man receives maximum sentence in foster child death: 2-year-old drowned in unattended shower



A Bemidji man whose 2-year-old foster daughter drowned after he left her in the shower received the maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter Friday.

Single black mom battles school over calls to CAS

Mother alleges in human rights case her son's school made baseless calls to CAS and pressured her to place him in a program for suspended students

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Woman fights to be removed from state's child abuse registry

Megan Miller lives in Olathe and has one dream in life: to work with children.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Man accused of sexually assaulting foster child, fathering her 3 kids arrested



Authorities captured a man accused of sexually assaulting his foster child for more than 15 years, fathering the girl's three kids.

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Records: Mom accused of scalding child was able to adopt despite abuse warnings

A Tucson woman was allowed to adopt the foster child she is accused of scalding, even though a relative says he warned the adoption agency she was unstable and abusive.

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Feds rip Kentucky child protection system

Kentucky's beleaguered child welfare system was slammed in a review by federal officials, who provide much of the $415 million in funds for the state to protect children from neglect and abuse.

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Child Abuse Council Launches Investigation into County Foster Care System Following NBC Bay Area Investigation

High turnover rates and a social worker shortage are at the center of a new investigation by the Santa Clara County Child Abuse Council looking into the Department of Family and Children’s Services which provides support to more than 1,300 children

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Teen facing charges after foster mother is found dead

A 14-year-old girl is facing criminal charges after her newly assigned foster mother was found dead in a Mesa County home.

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Child Protective Services Take 80 Million Children Into Custody After Discovering No One In Country Fit To Be Parent

Saying no one in the country is responsible or reliable enough to serve as a legal guardian, child protective services officials from all 50 states confirmed Friday that they had found all of the nation’s adults unfit to be parents and had taken custody of approximately 80 million children.

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Note: I know this is an Onion story, but given the current state of affairs, I wouldn't put it past them some time in the future.

Nebraska legislators hear testimony on bill aimed at keeping siblings in foster care together

At age 3, Bridget Christensen and David Lathrop’s adopted son had one wish for Santa Claus.

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Foster care worker pleads guilty to falsifying records

A DCF subcontractor who lied multiple times about an at-risk toddler's whereabouts has pleaded guilty to falsifying and destroying records.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Teen charged with manslaughter in death of foster mom

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office said a teen girl has been arrested in connection with a Grand Valley death investigation.

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Foster parents concerned companies driving foster kids not safe

A FOX6 investigation finds the state might be allowing dangerous transportation for Milwaukee children in foster care.

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Child welfare bill heads to Texas Senate

Senate Health and Human Services Committee members voted unanimously Wednesday morning to send a bill aimed at overhauling the state’s child welfare system to the full Senate for a vote.

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Dismayed, DCF head Mike Carroll explains fragments of Facebook Live suicide case

Standing before the members of the Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee Thursday, Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll admitted Naika Venant had been in out of foster care since 2009.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chicago public schools say they will keep ICE agents out

Chicago Public Schools say they will deny federal immigration agents access to district buildings and personnel unless served with a criminal warrant, the latest in a series of steps taken by US school officials to protect undocumented students.

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Senate panel OKs far-ranging privatization of Texas CPS workers’ duties

A Senate panel has endorsed a sweeping child welfare privatization measure that in future years could outsource most of what Child Protective Services does beyond initial investigations of child-maltreatment reports.

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Teen Arrested In Foster Mom’s Death Faces Additional Charges

The 14-year-old accused of killing her foster mom is now facing additional charges.

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Mother takes home schooling case to federal investigators

The mother who accuses the Buffalo Public Schools of instigating her arrest for home schooling her children is now taking her case to the federal government.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New York to pay $3M to family of disabled boy molested by staffer at group home which perv called ‘a predator’s dream’

New York state is paying $3 million to the family of developmentally disabled boy repeatedly molested by a staffer at a state-run group home who later wrote that lax supervision at the facility made it "a predator's dream."

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Confessions of a Caseworker: We Remove Kids to Protect Ourselves

It’s hard to imagine many jobs more difficult than that of a caseworker for a child protective services agency. The hours are long, the pay is low, the stress is high and the stakes can be, literally, life and death. Most workers have the best of intentions.

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