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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Baby P and sex abuse scandals see rising number of children in care

Baby P and sex abuse scandals see rising number of children in care

The number of children in care has risen to its highest level for nearly 25 years, partly as a result of the scandal over the death of Baby P and a spate of child sex exploitation scandals, the Government’s spending watchdog has said.

Foster care tragedy: Karmah Jayne Hall's family learnt of her death on Facebook

Foster care tragedy: Karmah Jayne Hall's family learnt of her death on Facebook

The biological family of a 14-year-old girl who took her own life while in foster care have told of their anguish about learning of her death via Facebook.

Child protection system 'overwhelmed' in NT, with spike in unresolved cases

Child protection system 'overwhelmed' in NT, with spike in unresolved cases

A near tripling of unresolved child protection cases in the Northern Territory shows the system is overwhelmed and struggling under severe resource constraints, says the man in charge of advocating on behalf of vulnerable children.

Family speak out after almost losing children

Family speak out after almost losing children

EVESHAM parents, who came close to losing their children after the father left their toddler alone in his car for five minutes, have spoken out about their ordeal.

Newspaper objects to order to not publish story

Newspaper objects to order to not publish story

A Connecticut newspaper is challenging a state judge’s order to refrain from publishing a story about a child custody case, calling it a violation of freedom of the press rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Judge: Child abuse video won't be made public

Judge: Child abuse video won't be made public

Video footage showing what Iowa officials say is a former state worker physically abusing a 17-year-old girl is a confidential record and need not be disclosed by the state, a Polk County judge ruled this week.

Foster Dad Pleads Guilty in Hot Car Death



Foster Dad Pleads Guilty in Hot Car Death

A foster dad pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter for leaving a 10-month-old girl inside a sweltering car outside of his house in July while he and his partner smoked marijuana.

Police: Woman attempted ‘to create havoc’ with false child abuse reports

Police: Woman attempted ‘to create havoc’ with false child abuse reports

A Westville woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly filing 28 false reports of child abuse in an attempt “to create havoc,” according to the Bonifay Police Department.


Georgia child protective services investigators to work mandatory overtime

Georgia child protective services investigators to work mandatory overtime

Beginning next week Georgia child protective services investigators will have to work at least eight extra hours a week.
Beginning next week Georgia child protective services investigators will have to work at least eight extra hours a week.

From: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/9096e62cd9e1415cb6cc9e03bff87fb2/GA--Child-Protection-Overtime

Following N.J. caseworker stabbing, Camden building will get armed guards and security officers

Following N.J. caseworker stabbing, Camden building will get armed guards and security officers

Armed guards and security officers with metal detector wands will be stationed inside a Camden office building following the violent attack Monday on a child welfare caseworker by a client she had been supervising, a top union official said today.

Foster dad pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in baby’s death in hot car

Foster dad pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in baby’s death in hot car

Her initials were K.P.J., and she was 10 months old. She died on July 24 after the man taking care of her left her strapped in a car on a hot day in Wichita.

Homeschool parents sue cops after they are tasered, pepper-sprayed, and have their kids taken away

Homeschool parents sue cops after they are tasered, pepper-sprayed, and have their kids taken away

A Missouri homeschooling couple filed a lawsuit last week against local police after two officers entered their home in 2011 without a warrant, pepper-sprayed them, verbally and physically assaulted them, shot the father with a taser, and threatened to shoot the family dog – all in front of their terrified children aged 8-13.

Baby died in Sunderland after multiple failures by social services, review finds

Baby died in Sunderland after multiple failures by social services, review finds

A vulnerable baby died in Sunderland after being left in the care of her drug-addicted mother following multiple failures by social services, a review has found.


CBS 58 Special Report: Child Welfare, a broken system

CBS 58 Special Report: Child Welfare, a broken system

Stressful and unhealthy. That's how social workers describe their time at the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare.

Social worker charged with smoking crack while driving on I-65 with child in car

Social worker charged with smoking crack while driving on I-65 with child in car

A manager of a Birmingham substance abuse treatment center faces charges after authorities said she was driving down I-65 smoking a crack pipe with a young child in her car.

KC area grandparents step in to raise kids, reflecting national trend

KC area grandparents step in to raise kids, reflecting national trend

Thanksgiving will be a big family gathering for Bridgett Munday, 58, and the two grandchildren she is raising: Kynnedy Johnson, 14, and Madisyn Washington, 6.

Paedophile foster carer who paid boy to take photos of his genitals is jailed

Paedophile foster carer who paid boy to take photos of his genitals is jailed

Christopher Purnell scoured the internet for images of underage children but claimed he was researching a book on naturism

SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT PUBLIC DEBATE IS DOMINATED BY STUPID PEOPLE

SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT PUBLIC DEBATE IS DOMINATED BY STUPID PEOPLE

Have you ever picked up a newspaper, read a story about the teaching unions and thought: how on earth did these people get into positions of influence? Why is everyone so stupid? Well, you're not alone. And, if a graph that landed on my desk yesterday is right, there's a scientific basis for your frustration: you're probably a lot smarter than they are.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Quay County foster dad accused of inappropriately touching teenage boy

Quay County foster dad accused of inappropriately touching teenage boy

A foster dad has been arrested after he was accused of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old boy, according to New Mexico State Police.

VT lawmakers to change child protection laws

VT lawmakers to change child protection laws

A special legislative committee set up to investigate the Vermont child welfare system in the aftermath of two toddlers' deaths plans to propose a law to prioritize the best interest of the child over keeping families intact.

A Hard Debate Over Paddling in Florida Schools



Even though you might not agree, every parent is legally allowed to spank his or her child at home. Nineteen states, including Florida, allow children to be spanked in public schools by teachers or administrators. 

Can child protective services speak to my child without my knowledge or consent?

Can child protective services speak to my child without my knowledge or consent?

A question answered by attorneys on AVVO.

French dad loses battle for son put up for adoption

French dad loses battle for son put up for adoption

A French appeals court on Tuesday (Nov 25) denied a father custody of his 18-month-old son, who was put up for adoption at birth by his ex-girlfriend. Yoan Delorme, 29, was in prison when the baby was born and handed over to the state by his ex-girlfriend under a French law which allows women to give birth anonymously.

11-year-old Milwaukee girl sexually assaulted in foster care

11-year-old Milwaukee girl sexually assaulted in foster care

An 11-year-old girl placed in foster care for her safety wound up sexually assaulted and pregnant.

Regulation needed to curb overprescribing of drugs for children, say advocates

Regulation needed to curb overprescribing of drugs for children, say advocates

Scrutiny of doctors who prescribe psychotropic drugs to California foster children intensified this week, with growing calls for regulators to consider whether financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies may be driving the excessive use of medication.

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