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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Nottinghamshire social workers criticised in serious case review

Nottinghamshire social workers criticised in serious case review

A serious case review has criticised a county council's child social care team after a girl under five was sexually and physically abused.

Woman Pleads No Contest To Child Abuse Charges After Foster Son Nearly Drowns In Hot Tub

Woman Pleads No Contest To Child Abuse Charges After Foster Son Nearly Drowns In Hot Tub

A Springs woman pleaded "no contest" to charges of child abuse after a 5-year-old under her care got into a hot tub unsupervised and nearly drowned.

Police say caseworker lied before child died

Police say caseworker lied before child died

A caseworker was arrested Friday, charged with lying about the well-being of a tot who was being tormented. The girl was later found dead.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Judge weighing whether lawsuit against DCF in El Dorado girl’s death should proceed

Judge weighing whether lawsuit against DCF in El Dorado girl’s death should proceed

A judge heard arguments Thursday but didn’t rule on whether a lawsuit over the killing of an 18-month-old El Dorado girl should be dismissed.

The lawsuit, filed in Sedgwick County District Court by Jayla Haag’s father, contends that the Kansas Department for Children and Families failed to protect the girl after knowing she was living in an El Dorado drug house and being abused.



Ex-caseworker charged with falsifying records prior to toddle's death bonds out of jail

Ex-caseworker charged with falsifying records prior to toddle's death bonds out of jail

The former caseworker who was supervising a 2-year-old Seminole County girl before she was killed has been charged.

Teen calls DCF ineffective, calls for action following murder-suicide

Teen calls DCF ineffective, calls for action following murder-suicide

It's been nearly a year since a murder-suicide rocked the town of Coventry.

Pueblo foster parents facing charges in child abuse case

Pueblo foster parents facing charges in child abuse case

A Pueblo man and woman who were in the process of trying to adopt a child are now facing criminal charges in connection with that child's abuse.

Barbara Brooks: Former foster parent pleads guilty to raping children, gets 7 years behind bars

Barbara Brooks: Former foster parent pleads guilty to raping children, gets 7 years behind bars

A Colerain Township woman accused of sexually abusing children she babysat pleaded guilty to rape charges Friday in a plea deal.

Washington County improperly placed juvenile offenders, fired employee claims

Washington County improperly placed juvenile offenders, fired employee claims

A former Washington County juvenile probation officer has sued the county, its president judge and other officials, saying he was fired after he blew the whistle about allegedly inappropriate placement of children in detention facilities.




Recommendations to fix child welfare go nowhere, experts say

Recommendations to fix child welfare go nowhere, experts say

Alberta is failing to track and implement recommendations aimed at improving the child welfare system, a panel of government-appointed experts said Thursday.

Report: DCF must do better at tracking kids who ‘age out’

Report: DCF must do better at tracking kids who ‘age out’

Alixes Rosado stopped speaking to his family when his mother threw him out of the family home in New Britain. He was 12.


Social workers can now check if foster parents have criminal pasts

Social workers can now check if foster parents have criminal pasts

In response to a series of scandals involving mistreatment of children under state supervision, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law new rules giving county social workers access to the criminal histories of foster parents and employees at foster care contractors before abused and neglected children are placed in their care.

W-B couple file appeal for right to foster

W-B couple file appeal for right to foster

The Wilkes-Barre couple whose adopted son abused a 7-year-old Scranton boy placed in their care by Lackawanna County’s child protection agency lost their right to host foster children.

They are trying to get it back.

Note: Well f*** them!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Former DHR case worker forced sex acts 'in return for not taking her kids,' woman claims in lawsuit

Former DHR case worker forced sex acts 'in return for not taking her kids,' woman claims in lawsuit

A former Department of Human Resources case worker who faces criminal charges in a sexual assault investigation has now been named by the alleged victim in a civil lawsuit.

Child welfare system must be improved

Child welfare system must be improved

Tina Fontaine, the 15-year-old Manitoba teenager whose body was found discarded in a bag dumped into the Red River, joins the list of 1,200 murdered and missing aboriginal women across Canada.

New leads in search for brothers missing from foster home in Sunderland

New leads in search for brothers missing from foster home in Sunderland

Police say they have had a good response to appeals to trace three Polish brothers who are missing from their foster home in Sunderland.

26 children died while under province's protection since 2009

26 children died while under province's protection since 2009

Documents obtained by CBC News under Access to Information have revealed that more than two dozen children under the province's protection have died since the formation of the Newfoundland and Labrador Child, Youth and Family Services department in 2009.

Note: Not as bad as Alberta, but still...

Nearly 300 women, children deported from immigration detention centers

Nearly 300 women, children deported from immigration detention centers

Nearly 300 Central American women and children have been deported from family detention centers that opened in the wake of a recent influx of people illegally crossing the Southwest border.

Non-striking social workers allegedly warned against picketing

Non-striking social workers allegedly warned against picketing

Members of the Butler County Children Services Independent Union say their non-striking co-workers have allegedly been told if they join their peers on the picket line during their off-time as a show of support, they also would be considered as “on strike.”

Homeless girl, 15, ran away from foster home

Homeless girl, 15, ran away from foster home

A 15-year-old girl, found living with her homeless mother and placed into a foster home on Aug. 12, ran away the next day and has not been seen since.

Summer Camp Reconnects Siblings Separated by Foster Care System



Summer Camp Reconnects Siblings Separated by Foster Care System

Brothers and sisters torn apart by foster care or adoption get to see each other for one glorious week every year, at a summer camp that aims to reconnect separated siblings.

Note: Every summer we see these heart warming news stories pop up about the wonderful people who are helping siblings who were separated in foster care to reconnect.  There is hardly any mention of the pricks who make it so they end up being separated in the first place.  For example, the wanna be adoptive parents who say, "I'll take the baby!"  

How to End the Criminalization of America’s Mothers

How to End the Criminalization of America’s Mothers

Nightmarish stories about about the criminalizing of motherhood have been making headlines of late. There was Shanesha Taylor, arrested on child abuse charges for leaving her kids in a car to go to a job interview; Debra Harrell, locked up for child abuse for letting her 9-year-old play at a nearby park while she worked her shift at McDonald’s; Mallory Loyola, the first woman to be charged under a new Tennessee law that makes it a crime to take drugs while pregnant; and Eileen Dinino, who died serving a jail sentence because she was too poor to pay legal fees from her kids’ truancy cases. Other countries provide social programs and income supports for poor single mothers; in the United States, we arrest them. This week at The Curve, we ask contributors what, in their view, is driving America’s assault on mothers, and what is the remedy?

DHHS in trouble with the feds again

DHHS in trouble with the feds again

The news that federal officials have asked Nebraska to repay $2.5 million because the state failed to pursue rebates on prescription medicines should come as no surprise.

Woman Charged for Sexual Relationship with Foster Child


A woman in Morgantown could be facing 20 years in prison for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an underage foster child.


Huppenthal asks for $1M to deal with migrant children

Huppenthal asks for $1M to deal with migrant children

Arizona is asking the federal government for $1 million to pay for educating the 202 unaccompanied minors who have relocated here after fleeing violence in their homelands.

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