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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Colorado foster children need more than medications

Colorado foster children need more than medications

There's little doubt that many children who come to Colorado's foster care system have lived through horrors that few of us can imagine and behave in ways that are hard to handle.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin questioned repercussions in custody dispute over Cherokee girl

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin questioned repercussions in custody dispute over Cherokee girl

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin sought to speak with advisers about repercussions with the Cherokee Nation as she considered intervening in a custody dispute involving a Cherokee girl, according to correspondence released to The Associated Press under an open records request.

Portland teen stole foster mom's loaded gun and sold it to 'friend of a friend' in city park, police say

Portland teen stole foster mom's loaded gun and sold it to 'friend of a friend' in city park, police say

A 19-year-old is accused of stealing a gun from his foster mom and selling it to a "friend of a friend'' at a Portland park.

Stockton foster parent of comatose baby arrested

Stockton foster parent of comatose baby arrested

The foster parent of a comatose 10-month-old baby was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of child abuse.

Costs ruling in family court penalises those helping wronged parents

Costs ruling in family court penalises those helping wronged parents

'McKenzie Friends' now risk severe financial penalties if their case is lost after a ruling by Mrs Justice Ingrid Simler

Because you need to know the kind of bullishit that is being said, I present you with the following video.



A local organization is working to help mothers who make the difficult decision to give their babies up for adoption.

Note:  Honestly, I have nothing against this person, as she did what she had to do, but remember, this is the state where a mother can adopt a kid out in spite of a real father's opposition.

Wilkes DSS ‘deficiencies’ identified

Wilkes DSS ‘deficiencies’ identified

A lack of supervision, documentation and timely assessment of certain Wilkes Department of Social Services (DSS) child protective services cases are cited in a report released Thursday by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Wisconsin becomes first state to restrict parents from giving up adopted kids

Wisconsin becomes first state to restrict parents from giving up adopted kids

Wisconsin has become the first state in the nation to pass legislation cracking down on parents who try to give away their adopted kids. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Abuse victims were failed by Devon social services

Abuse victims were failed by Devon social services

A convicted paedophile was able to continue his abuse of two young girls because social workers failed to protect them, a report has revealed.

See The Shocking Letter State-Abducted 15 Year Old Smuggled To Her Parents

See The Shocking Letter State-Abducted 15 Year Old Smuggled To Her Parents

As Western Journalism has reported, the parents of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier are desperate to save her from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, which stripped her away from her family more than a year ago.

Grand Rapids juvenile facility officer accused of sexually assaulting teen

Grand Rapids juvenile facility officer accused of sexually assaulting teen

A correctional officer at a Grand Rapids juvenile facility is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female resident.

Tulsa Mother Sues DHS After Daughter Gives Birth To Father's Baby

Tulsa Mother Sues DHS After Daughter Gives Birth To Father's Baby

A Tulsa mother is suing the Department of Human Services. She says DHS made a series of mistakes that led to her daughter being sexually abused, and impregnated, by her own father.

Baby in coma; Stockton foster father accused of child abuse

Baby in coma; Stockton foster father accused of child abuse

Police arrested Paul Taldeschi, 37, on suspicion of the child abuse of his 10-month-old foster daughter who is in a coma and not expected to survive.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Grieving family demands answers

Grieving family demands answers

Minutes after a baby's funeral took place, a family from Colombia demanded answers from Child and Family Services about why the infant died in its care -- and why the baby was seized in the first place.

Former DCF Admin: System Suffers From Overload And Underfunding

Former DCF Admin: System Suffers From Overload And Underfunding

Governor Jeb Bush’s leadership in transferring child welfare services from state control to community control was a giant step forward. But real social work suffers from system overload, high turnover, and inadequate training and funding.

33-Year-Old Foster Father Of 16-Year-old Exchange Student Charged With Having Sex With Her

33-Year-Old Foster Father Of 16-Year-old Exchange Student Charged With Having Sex With Her

The 33-year-old foster father of a 16-year-old exchange student has been charged with having sex with her.

Iowa teen competent to stand trial in foster brother's death, 2 experts testify

Iowa teen competent to stand trial in foster brother's death, 2 experts testify

Two mental health professionals who examined a teenager charged with killing his 5-year-old foster brother testified Wednesday that, though the youth is emotionally immature, they think he is competent to stand trial.

Foster dad's fury after a £1.99 Google app costs him more than £400

Foster dad's fury after a £1.99 Google app costs him more than £400

A foster family racked up a bill of more than £400 after buying their son a game on his tablet device – for just £1.99.

Medical Marijuana Motivates CPS to Remove Child From Home

Medical Marijuana Motivates CPS to Remove Child From Home

An eleven-month child was grabbed by social workers and placed into foster care because of legally prescribed medical marijuana. The child’s father was put into handcuffs while the young mother cried. No law had been broken, Child Protective Services (CPS) has the uncontrolled power to tear families in a moment without trial, judge or jury and it happens, somewhere in America, everyday.

Preventing Disproportionality of Alaskan Native Children in the Child Welfare System

Preventing Disproportionality of Alaskan Native Children in the Child Welfare System

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to bring awareness to our racially lopsided child welfare system. Research has shown that children of color are more often reported, investigated and found to be victims of abuse or neglect compared to white children. One of the most overrepresented populations is Alaskan Native children. During the month of January 2014, 63% of Alaskan children in out-of-home care were Native despite the most recent census estimates suggesting that less than 15% of the general population in Alaska is either American Indian or Alaskan Native. This startling level of disproportionality is not unique to Alaskan Natives or even American Indians. It is an epidemic that is well-documented and persists throughout our child welfare service system, resulting in children of color spending their childhood and beyond separated from their families, their communities, and their culture.

Files detail allegations that Dallas judge used coke, bought sex, raped young girl

Files detail allegations that Dallas judge used coke, bought sex, raped young girl

Judge Carlos Cortez flirted with disaster for years. Until recently, politics and good lawyers helped save him.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Burton foster dad gets prison time after sexually abusing 7-year-old boy

Burton foster dad gets prison time after sexually abusing 7-year-old boy

A Burton foster parent will spend at least 15 years in prison after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old boy he babysat.

Foster parent implicated in Big Island sex abuse scandal

Foster parent implicated in Big Island sex abuse scandal

A man once praised for adopting troubled youth on the Big Island is now being called a "monster" by his own boys.

We abandon thousands of foster care children a year

We abandon thousands of foster care children a year

In 2012 in the United States, 23,439 children in foster care turned 18 and were "emancipated" or "aged out." In simple terms, most of them were put out into the world on their own without housing, financial assistance or emotional support.

DCF Commissioner Defends Transfer of Transgender Juvenile to York Prison

DCF Commissioner Defends Transfer of Transgender Juvenile to York Prison

The Commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families is defending her agency's rare transfer of a 16-year-old transgender girl to Connecticut’s women’s prison. Joette Katz said the state had run out of options for the troubled youth.

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