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Monday, July 27, 2015

Social worker sentenced for selling children's information

Social worker sentenced for selling children's information

A judge sentenced a former Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services worker to probation and home detention for selling private information of 25 children.

Adoption case study: ‘It’s a tragedy I wasn’t given my birth cert’

Adoption case study: ‘It’s a tragedy I wasn’t given my birth cert’

David Kinsella was illegitimate child number 1629 at St Patrick’s mother-and-baby home in the late 1950s.


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BC Child Welfare is found to have caused injury to children through misfeasance

BC Child Welfare is found to have caused injury to children through misfeasance

Imagine, if you will, that child protection authorities get it so wrong that the children are placed in the care of the abusive parent with the active support of child protection. Imagine that, as a result, the children having been sexually abused but not believed. Imagine that the youngest will be sexually abused by the father while the child is in the care of child protection. Imagine, as well, that the misfeasance is led by a supervisor who develops a closed mind on the case. If imaging this and more seems possible, then you can well imagine the case of J.P., her three children and the father, B.G.

Social worker, friend accused of child abuse appear in court

Social worker, friend accused of child abuse appear in court

A social worker is accused of abusing her special-needs children with the help of a friend.

DCF Bans Face-Down Restraints Of Children In Locked Units

DCF Bans Face-Down Restraints Of Children In Locked Units

The state's child-protection agency said Monday it is banning prone, or face-down, restraints in its locked units for boys and girls, following recommendations from a national juvenile-justice expert and a scathing report from the state child advocate.

Sources identify Ark. child who died in hot car

Sources identify Ark. child who died in hot car

Hot Springs ambulances responded to a scene Friday afternoon regarding a toddler who was left in a hot car.

The 2-year-old died Friday, July 24, and sources tell THV11 it may have happened to the son of a Garland County judge.

Abuse allegations haunt lucrative group homes

Abuse allegations haunt lucrative group homes

The bucolic countryside surrounding Boys Home of the South belies the horror some children say they endured after state Social Services officials dumped them here.

What Happens When Foster Kids ‘Age Out’ of the System

What Happens When Foster Kids ‘Age Out’ of the System

Earlier this month, a young woman named Salaya Leal was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on the side of a road in Austin, Texas. And while it would’ve been a tragedy no matter who had died, the fact that Leal, 24, was someone who had aged out of the foster-care system after years of struggle has been a blow to many foster-care and adoption advocates.


Police hunt desperate mother on run from Social Services with newborn

Police hunt desperate mother on run from Social Services with newborn

A police manhunt was mounted over the weekend after a young mother left Faro hospital two hours after giving birth to a son she feared would be taken into care by Social Services.

Palmetto Sunrise: Overloaded DSS caseworkers fail to investigate abuse



Palmetto Sunrise: Overloaded DSS caseworkers fail to investigate abuse

South Carolina makes it easier to know which restaurants are infested with cockroaches than to pinpoint where children have been neglected, or worse, physically and sexually abused.

'They gave me to a rapist': Schoolboy raped by foster dad set to sue council bosses over his horrific ordeal

'They gave me to a rapist': Schoolboy raped by foster dad set to sue council bosses over his horrific ordeal

KIRK Sharpe, now 27, endured years of abuse after he was put in the care of paedophile Vincent Hill.


Scotland Could Face a Torrent of Human Rights Cases over Its Forced Adoption Policy Between the 1940s and 80s

Scotland Could Face a Torrent of Human Rights Cases over Its Forced Adoption Policy Between the 1940s and 80s

AN international expert yesterday warned that Scotland could face a torrent of human rights cases over its forced adoption legacy.

Exhibition on forced adoption prompts outpouring from women moved by loss

Exhibition on forced adoption prompts outpouring from women moved by loss

Donations to fund an exhibition on unmarried women who were forced to give away their babies – dubbed “fallen women” in the 19th century – have been accompanied by poignant comments that show how deep the trauma still lies in many families, say organisers at the Foundling Museum.

Weapons cases on the rise in N.S. youth group homes

Weapons cases on the rise in N.S. youth group homes

Government records show weapons incidents ranging from possession of pellet guns to threats with knives have been rising in Nova Scotia's youth group homes, prompting childrens' advocates to urge improved access to mental health care and increased staffing.

Jehovah's Witnesses Church 'failed to report more than 1,000 cases of child sexual abuse dating back 60 years'

Jehovah's Witnesses Church 'failed to report more than 1,000 cases of child sexual abuse dating back 60 years'

The shocking findings come from Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, launched two years ago to look at Catholic child abuse

Montana grandparents organize against Child, Family Services

Montana grandparents organize against Child, Family Services

When parents lose custody of their children due to abuse or neglect, their grandparents often step in to scoop up the pieces. In Montana, dozens of those grandparents have organized to push back against a state agency they say has shut them out as caregivers and sometimes has placed children with parents they don't know.

Exclusive: Family detention social worker speaks out

Exclusive: Family detention social worker speaks out

Oliva L√≥pez thought she’d be working with migrant mothers and children in a group-home setting when hired as a social worker at a Texas family detention center.

Warning to the Parents of Florida: DCF Finds New Ways To Steal More Kids

State Sees Sharp Spike In Number Of Children In Foster Care

The number of Florida children in the state’s foster-care system has reached its highest level since 2008 — driven by both a spike in the number of kids being removed from their homes and a drop in the number being discharged after a stint in foster care.
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Child-welfare professionals say there are multiple reasons for the surge, among them the state’s new method for assessing risks to a child’s safety. The new methodology involves looking past a single incident that prompts a visit from a child protective investigator to the likelihood of danger down the road.

On top of that...

DCF: Nearly 1,400 new foster homes licensed in 2014

The Department of Children and Families licensed nearly 1,400 new foster care homes last year.

There are now more than 4,800 providers statewide, caring for roughly 10,000 kids at any given time.

Therefore, the business is booming!

State officials say they're recruiting more foster families - Child welfare officials say they're recruiting more foster families than ever before.

Lawmakers split on DCF commissioner’s performance

Lawmakers split on DCF commissioner’s performance

After the release of a trio of reports in the last week detailing problems facing the Department of Children and Families, state lawmakers are split on the performance of DCF Commissioner Joette Katz.

Baker: ‘DCF is heading in the right direction’

Baker: ‘DCF is heading in the right direction’

Gov. Charlie Baker said the embattled Department of Children and Families still needs to improve in the wake of the shocking discovery of a 7-year-old Hardwick boy overseen by child welfare workers who was found starving and beaten.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Connecticut DCF Places Young Child With Known Abuser



Connecticut mother desperate to have her daughter removed from abusive foster home. Ct DCF placed her 3 year old daughter back with foster parent that had abused her.

Yes, CPS Is a Greater Danger to Black Free-Range Families

Yes, CPS Is a Greater Danger to Black Free-Range Families

In an essay in today’s Washington Post, “Raising free-spirited black children in a world set on punishing them,” author Stacia Brown sounds frustrated with the Free-Range Kids movement. She dearly wishes African-American kids could go outside and Free-Range without having to worry about actual discrimination and danger. (So do I!) And she is particularly upset that low-income African-American families who can’t or don’t supervise their kids every single second are particularly unlikely to get the benefit of the doubt from Child Protective Services:

Report: caseworker in boy's abuse case was unlicensed

Report: caseworker in boy's abuse case was unlicensed

A state social worker monitoring a 7-year-old Hardwick boy now hospitalized after allegedly being beaten and starved by his father was among those who didn't meet a July 1 deadline to get a license.

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