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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lawsuit: Detained transgender teen treated as boy

Lawsuit: Detained transgender teen treated as boy

Lawyers for a 16-year-old transgender girl detained in Connecticut say she’s being forced to wear male clothing and staff members keep calling her by her male birth name.

Ebola hysteria sweeps US schools: Teacher who visited Dallas told not to come to work as hundreds of Mississippi parents pull kids school because principal visited Zambia... 3,000 miles from countries hit by the disease

Ebola hysteria sweeps US schools: Teacher who visited Dallas told not to come to work as hundreds of Mississippi parents pull kids school because principal visited Zambia... 3,000 miles from countries hit by the disease

A Maine elementary school teacher has been barred from school after visiting Dallas, Texas, where Ebola patients have been treated - despite having no contact with any suspected sufferers.


Committee established to probe foster care system issues


Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini on Monday announced the establishment of a ministerial committee to address problems facing the foster care system.

‘Slow’ response to foster care crisis slammed

‘Slow’ response to foster care crisis slammed

THE foster care system is in crisis and non-governmental organisations are questioning the Department of Social Development’s slow and limited response.

Concern over social worker caseloads in Wales

Concern over social worker caseloads in Wales

A warning that some social workers in Wales have workloads which are too high has been raised by unions.


Migrant detention "abuse" can scar children for life

Migrant detention "abuse" can scar children for life

An increasing number of migrant children are being detained in countries where they are seeking asylum despite a growing body of scientific evidence that such incarceration leads to long-term psychological and developmental difficulties.

Family wants investigation into death of foster child


There is heated criticism for a program a local attorney claims is responsible for a child's death. The child was murdered last weekend allegedly by her foster father.

Family says foster home concerns brushed off before toddler’s death

Family says foster home concerns brushed off before toddler’s death

The mother and grandparents of a foster child placed in the same home as 16-month-old Michell Momox-Caselis, who was killed Oct. 12 in an apparent murder-suicide involving her foster father, said they raised concerns about the foster home on numerous occasions, but that authorities didn’t listen.

Couple's adopted son molested their other kids

Couple's adopted son molested their other kids

Parents in Seattle, Wash. are suing the Department of Social and Health Services after they discovered their adopted 12-year-old son had molested their other children. Trish and Steven, who do not want their last names used, have seven children: four biological and three adopted.

Non-Offending Parents’ Prerogatives to Make Medical Decisions for Their Children

Non-Offending Parents’ Prerogatives to Make Medical Decisions for Their Children

After capturing national media attention in September over her right to live and the prerogative of parents to make medical decisions for their children, 16-month-old Aleah Peaslee slipped quietly out of public view when Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court dismissed the case that would have determined who should decide her fate: her mother or state officials.

Ebola ‘False Alarms’ In The US Escalate As Hysteria Spreads

Note: This is off topic, but it does demonstrate just how quick society is to go into a panic over that which they saw on TV.

Ebola ‘False Alarms’ In The US Escalate As Hysteria Spreads

After a resident in Petaluma, California, called 911 to report what she said were two possible cases of Ebola, firefighters responded Sunday evening in full protective gear, including medical goggles and masks. But when they arrived at the home from where the call was made, firefighters found a woman with mild flu systems, no second case and no Ebola, according to the Press Democrat.

Pittsburgh detective thinks outside the box to help foster kids



Jack Mook, a Pittsburgh police detective, took unusual steps when he discovered a troubling truth about two foster children. Steve Hartman reports.

Note: Notice what they leave out of this story.  Nothing about the real parents, nothing about how they ended up in an abusive foster home, just the happily ever after success story that so few experience in the end.

6 Mistakes I’ve Made as a Foster Parent

This is worth reading, not that I expect foster parents to be too bright or anything...

6 Mistakes I’ve Made as a Foster Parent

If I had the time, I could have written this as, “600 Mistakes I’ve Made as a Foster Parent.” I’ve messed up a lot. However, what keeps me going is knowing the significant need for foster parents — and how much more important that is than my ego. I’ve aimed to be as honest as I can with the foster care home-finding caseworkers and if they think I’m a good foster parent for the kids they are helping, then I’m here. Ask any child welfare professional and they’ll tell you that they aren’t looking for perfect parents, they are looking for ordinary people willing to give foster parenting a try. Here are some of my mistakes that I’ve aimed to grow from …

Project for women with repeat children taken into care gains £3m boost

Project for women with repeat children taken into care gains £3m boost

Three-quarters of the women in the Pause project in Hackney have had more than four children removed into care

Lee's story reunites hundreds of families

Lee's story reunites hundreds of families

PHILOMENA Lee (81) has inspired over 100 mothers to successfully locate their birth children taken by forced adoptions to the US and beyond.


Attorney for child allegedly killed by foster father demanding answers

Attorney for child allegedly killed by foster father demanding answers

The court-appointed attorney for the 18-month-old girl allegedly killed by her foster father is now demanding an investigation.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Vague surrogacy laws can lead to heartache

Vague surrogacy laws can lead to heartache

A week after giving birth, a Tennessee woman who agreed to be a surrogate for an Italian couple changed her mind. She wanted to keep the baby girl.

Human-rights tribunal to decide on alleged underfunding for aboriginal child care

Human-rights tribunal to decide on alleged underfunding for aboriginal child care

The First Nations advocate who has been fighting the federal government for nearly a decade over how much money it spends on child welfare says she hopes her experience serves as example. This week marks the final round of Cindy Blackstock’s long battle at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to get aboriginal children the same... Read more »

Trumbull County Children Services zeroing in on dads

Trumbull County Children Services zeroing in on dads

Trumbull County Children Services held a public roll out Monday of a new initiative.  It’s called Father Focus and it aims to increase the role of fathers in the families they work with.

Families facing child protection proceedings to get more time with their legal aid lawyers

Families facing child protection proceedings to get more time with their legal aid lawyers

Starting Nov. 3, 2014, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will provide more time for lawyers to help clients who are involved in a court proceeding with a child protection agency. Clients and their lawyers may use this additional time to address legal issues by taking steps such as: bringing forward motions, participating in settlement negotiations and conducting in-depth file reviews – all of which support earlier resolution and avoid unnecessary trials. The increased hours for child protection matters is one of a number of programs that LAO is developing with the use of $30 million in additional provincial funding for family law and community legal clinics.

Will child protective services know if I go to different county hospital to deliver newborn

Here is another question asked and answered on AVVO.

Will child protective services know if I go to different county hospital to deliver newborn



Paedophiles Who Download Images of Child Abuse 'Won't All Be Charged'

Paedophiles Who Download Images of Child Abuse 'Won't All Be Charged'

Police can only target the most dangerous abusers among the 50,000 who have viewed child abuse images.

Onslow County couple accused of starving foster children

Onslow County couple accused of starving foster children

An Onslow County husband and wife allegedly starved their foster children --just 4 and 5 years old-- by giving them one meal a day, causing them to require hospitalization, arrest warrants say. The suspects are also accused of causing other injuries to the victims.

CPS Visits Jenelle Evans' Home (Report)

CPS Visits Jenelle Evans' Home (Report)

Whoa! We knew fans had been calling Child Protective Services about Jenelle Evans, but we didn't know they actually made a visit to her house.

After Becoming Part Of A Family In The U.S., Honduran Immigrant Teen Has To Leave

After Becoming Part Of A Family In The U.S., Honduran Immigrant Teen Has To Leave

In 2011, a then-14-year-old orphan fled Honduras for the U.S., fearful that gang members would come after him after he had refused to join them. He'd grown up in an orphanage and on the streets, and thought that if he stayed in Honduras, he would be killed. He'd seen it happen before.

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