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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Berkeley-based group speaks out for legal services for unaccompanied minors

Berkeley-based group speaks out for legal services for unaccompanied minors

When Erick, 5, and Ashlin, 3, were abandoned by their mother in their home in Honduras, their father wanted to care for them, but he needed help.

Inspections find vulnerable children had no social worker and waiting lists for assessments of potential and convicted child sex offenders

Inspections find vulnerable children had no social worker and waiting lists for assessments of potential and convicted child sex offenders

Inspections watchdog Hiqa has expressed serious concern over the management of potential child sex abusers in Co Donegal and over some children at risk of harm not having a social worker.

Conduct panel suspends social worker for failing to manage caseload

Conduct panel suspends social worker for failing to manage caseload

A social worker has been suspended from practice by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for failing to manage her caseload.

In Ebola-Afflicted Liberia, Orphanages Make a Tragic Comeback

In Ebola-Afflicted Liberia, Orphanages Make a Tragic Comeback

Feimata Dunoh once operated an orphanage outside Monrovia for children uprooted by years of civil war. Ebola has put her back in business.

NSW government lawyers accused of 'wearing the plaintiffs down' over child abuse allegations

NSW government lawyers accused of 'wearing the plaintiffs down' over child abuse allegations

NSW Government lawyers have been accused of trying to "wear the plaintiffs down" in a case involving children who suffered horrendous abuse in a children's home called Bethcar.


Police ‘put Sheffield youngsters at risk of child abuse’

Police ‘put Sheffield youngsters at risk of child abuse’

HUNDREDS of young people at risk of child sexual exploitation in Sheffield were let down by police, a whistleblower claimed this evening.

Child Welfare Agency Settles Lawsuits

Child Welfare Agency Settles Lawsuits

Five employees who had their names added to a child abuse registry as a form of discipline by Connecticut's child welfare agency will be taken off the list, union officials told The Associated Press.

Adrian Peterson Judge -- I Ain't Goin' Nowhere




Prosecutors in the Adrian Peterson child abuse case have a tough fight ahead of them ... they tried to 86 the judge for trashing them ... and they just failed. Judge Kelly Case will continue to preside in the trial ... even after calling the district attorney and Adrian's attorney "media whores." TMZ broke the story ... the D.A. demanded and got an apology from the judge ... but they wanted more -- they wanted him off the case.



Parents arrested in truancy sweep say there were reasons why their kids missed school

Parents arrested in truancy sweep say there were reasons why their kids missed school

Some of the 18 Jacksonville parents arrested on warrants charging them with repeatedly failing to send their children to elementary school say the officials who filed those got it wrong.

Advocate calls for new leadership for child welfare system

Advocate calls for new leadership for child welfare system

A longtime child advocate is calling for new leadership over Clark County’s child welfare system in wake of the recent death of a 16-month-old girl while in foster care.

Prosecution request to remove judge in Adrian Peterson child abuse case denied

Prosecution request to remove judge in Adrian Peterson child abuse case denied

A prosecution request to remove the judge handling the felony child abuse case against Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson was denied on Wednesday.

Ofsted accused of cover-up over lost Baby P assessment

Ofsted accused of cover-up over lost Baby P assessment

Ofsted has been accused of a staging a “cover-up” by a whistleblowing former employee over its handling of the “Baby P” scandal.


Governors says child abuse deaths have gone down, reports show deaths just kept off the books

Governors says child abuse deaths have gone down, reports show deaths just kept off the books

In Lake County, a disfigured 2-month-old whose mother did not want him is left alone in a motel room for 90 minutes, and is later found smothered. His family had been the subject of 38 prior investigations by the state’s child welfare agency.

Audit finds deficiencies with dozens of Bastrop County investigations

Audit finds deficiencies with dozens of Bastrop County investigations


An internal audit by the Bastrop County sheriff’s office has revealed dozens of cases with deficiencies because of improper record-keeping by one of investigators.

According to a statement issued by the sheriff’s office, 44 of 129 cases assigned to investigator Robert Torres between August 2012 and August 2014 lacked supplemental reports from other agencies — including state Child Protective Services reports — missed files or did not update investigations in the sheriff’s office’s system.

Doctor testifies in Army couple’s trial about suspicions of child abuse

Doctor testifies in Army couple’s trial about suspicions of child abuse

In treating the injured 2-year-old adopted daughter of Army Maj. John E. Jackson and his wife, Carolyn, a doctor testified Tuesday that he was reminded of a patient he had seen two years earlier with similar injuries: the girl’s adopted brother.

Couple say genetic disease is cause of child's injuries, not abuse

Couple say genetic disease is cause of child's injuries, not abuse

A mother of a 6-month-old says the state is wrongly accusing her of child abuse, although a doctor has confirmed her son suffers from a rare genetic disease that makes him prone to broken bones.

DCF boss tied to Spirit massacre also faulted in 2013 death


Last year, Yun Suk “Lee” Manchester was at the center of “a perfect storm”: a 2-year-old boy had become a virtual orphan when his mom, a drug-addicted prostitute, abandoned him to a stranger, but then insisted on taking him back. Child protection administrators left him in limbo, only to see him again months later at the Miami morgue.

Girl, 5, raped and flogged for being late for dinner at foster home, inquiry told

Girl, 5, raped and flogged for being late for dinner at foster home, inquiry told

A girl who was physically and sexually abused from the age of five until 15 by her foster parents at a home for Indigenous children was also lied to and convinced to be so terrified of her biological parents she would not speak to them, the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse has heard.


Foster Parents Sue Social Services For Not Telling Them About Son’s Sexual Past

Foster Parents Sue Social Services For Not Telling Them About Son’s Sexual Past

A Seattle couple plans to sue the Department of Social and Health Services for not telling them their foster son, who they have now adopted, molested children—eventually molesting their own kids.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Officials: Woman exchanged DSS info on children for cash, gifts

Officials: Woman exchanged DSS info on children for cash, gifts

Authorities said personal information for dozens of children was sold for cash and gifts.

Three CAS cases settled

Three CAS cases settled

Three former County foster children have reached out-of-court settlements with the Highland Shores Children’s Aid Society for damages stemming from sexual abuse sustained while they were in the society’s care.

Child ombudsman to investigate Denver newborn's death

Child ombudsman to investigate Denver newborn's death

The state's child welfare watchdog will look into why Denver child protection workers closed an abuse investigation just weeks before a newborn allegedly was beaten to death.

Our View: DCF sidesteps accountability

Our View: DCF sidesteps accountability

State child-protection investigators can’t be expected to predict the future, but they should be able to protect children when there is a history of abuse and neglect.

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.


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