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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Free-range parenting discussion misses the bigger picture

Free-range parenting discussion misses the bigger picture

Child welfare rarely gets covered by the news media unless there is a tragedy.

Foster Families Fight Vaccines

Foster Families Fight Vaccines

Washington foster families have one month left to vaccinate everyone in their house for the flu if they foster kids younger than two years old.

Foster parents caught running a sex shop in NSW still have children in their care

Foster parents caught running a sex shop in NSW still have children in their care

A COUPLE who ran a sex shop out of the back of their home and locked their eight-year-old foster son inside his bedroom at night in nappies are still authorised Family and Community Services foster carers.

Police: Family killed man over child custody dispute

Police: Family killed man over child custody dispute

A woman and her family lured her estranged husband to their home by offering to let him see his children, then beat him in the head with a hammer and fatally shot him as he tried to run away — a scheme concocted because they were upset about a child custody dispute, according to police in South Carolina.

Former adoption director pleads guilty to federal charges

Former adoption director pleads guilty to federal charges

A Belmont woman has pleaded guilty to making false statements to keep an international adoption agency in business.


Friday, January 30, 2015

Bellingham family flees CPS order

Bellingham family flees CPS order

Letters from DSHS have remained untouched for days on a Bellingham counter. Bassinets nearby are empty, and the grandfather of the missing babies has left his Bible open ever since.

The Super Bowl is the largest human trafficking event in the country

The Super Bowl is the largest human trafficking event in the country

Last February, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot declared the Super Bowl the “single largest human trafficking incident in the U.S.”

Now, Arizona activists are looking to prevent trafficking for the sporting event this weekend.


State official links troubled foster care system to human trafficking

State official links troubled foster care system to human trafficking

Speaking at a UCLA symposium on human trafficking Friday, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris talked about how the state’s broken foster care system is contributing to the problem.

Foster parent receives conviction

Foster parent receives conviction

In the case that led to an investigation into the Wilkes County Department of Social Services, a conclusion has finally been reached for foster parent Randy Galyean, who was living in Boonville at the time of the incident leading to arrest.

'I am not a monster': Gay foster dad, who left baby daughter to die in hot car as he smoked weed, sobs and begs for freedom in court

'I am not a monster': Gay foster dad, who left baby daughter to die in hot car as he smoked weed, sobs and begs for freedom in court

A Kansas man who left his 10-month-old foster daughter to die in a hot car while he and his partner smoked weed and watched 'Game of Thrones,' has been sentenced to 32 months in prison

Social worker accused of child molestation faces additional charges

Social worker accused of child molestation faces additional charges

A former San Mateo County Child Protective Services Agency social worker accused of molesting East Palo Alto girls to which he was assigned is facing 10 additional felonies for allegedly having sexual relations with a third minor, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.


Man pleads guilty to sexually abusing infants in his care

Man pleads guilty to sexually abusing infants in his care

A pediatric nurse pleaded guilty in San Diego Thursday to sexually exploiting a 2-month-old premature male foster child he'd brought home and an 11-month-old female patient at Kaiser Permanente who'd been placed in his care.

Foster father gets 32 months for hot-car death

Foster father gets 32 months for hot-car death

Seth Jackson, 29, the foster father charged with leaving a 10-month-old child to die inside a hot car last July has been sentenced to 32 months in prison with 24 months supervision after his release.

Orphans in crises overseas need emergency adoption protocols, say advocates

Orphans in crises overseas need emergency adoption protocols, say advocates

Australia needs to set up emergency protocols for the quick adoption of children from overseas who have been orphaned by Ebola, west African community leaders say.

Latest Trafficking Scandal a Wake-Up Call for Adoption Reform

Latest Trafficking Scandal a Wake-Up Call for Adoption Reform

Police in Shandong province busted a child-trafficking ring earlier this month, rescuing 37 abducted children who had been living in a cellar under squalid conditions and capturing their 103 traffickers.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Using medical pot could make parent unfit, Maine’s highest court rules

Using medical pot could make parent unfit, Maine’s highest court rules

The state's marijuana law protects patients in custody cases, but that can be superseded when the drug impairs caring for a child, justices rule in a York County case.

Ex-foster father gets 5 years in child porn case

Ex-foster father gets 5 years in child porn case

A former foster father was sentenced Thursday to more than five years in prison for filming a minor without the minor's knowledge while the minor was masturbating in a bedroom.

BSO ordered to repay state $300,000 in misspent child protection funds

BSO ordered to repay state $300,000 in misspent child protection funds

When the state Department of Children and Families discovered last month that the Broward Sheriff's Office had misspent about $300,000 slated for children's investigative services, it opened an investigation and demanded that BSO pay the money back.

Families fight for truth in Belgian forced adoption scandal



Between the 50s and 80s, thousands of young Belgian women were forced into giving up children from unwanted pregnancies by Catholic institutions. The final testimonies will be heard in the Flemish parliament this week.

DFCS Director fires caseworker the day after Fox 5 I-team Investigation of her criminal record airs.

DFCS Director fires caseworker the day after Fox 5 I-team Investigation of her criminal record airs.

Major moves today by the new director of the state's Division of Family and Children's Services.


DFS CASE WORKER CHARGED WITH SEXUAL EXTORTION

DFS CASE WORKER CHARGED WITH SEXUAL EXTORTION

A Delaware case worker is accused of threatening to take away a woman's children if she didn't give him sexual favors.

Handcuffs, Leg Shackles, And Tasers: The New Face Of Punishment In The Public Schools

Handcuffs, Leg Shackles, And Tasers: The New Face Of Punishment In The Public Schools

Roughly 1500 kids are tied up or locked down every day by school officials in the United States.

Texas school district under fire for searching students' underwear for poop: report

Texas school district under fire for searching students' underwear for poop: report

Nearly two dozen children were forced to pull down their pants after feces were found in their Gustine school's gymnasium, KHOU reported. An 11-year-old girl said she tried to refuse the inspection but was forced to undergo it. 'I felt like they violated my privacy,' she told the station.


Birth mothers living in silence


In 1976, a 17-year-old Korean girl gave birth to her first child. A few months before the delivery, she had been forced to marry the man who raped and impregnated her.

Family: 5-yr-old abused by foster father still in danger

Family: 5-yr-old abused by foster father still in danger

A family says their reports of child abuse at the hands of a Dansville minister were ignored. Pastor Alan Fox will be sentenced Thursday after admitting to sexual contact with a 5-year-old child placed in his foster care.


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