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Friday, July 22, 2016

School staff could face PRISON if they fail to report child abuse

School staff could face jail if they fail to raise the alarm about child abuse.

Dinner ladies, caretakers and school secretaries could come under new government rules.

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Child in NT government care missing for three weeks; family not told she ran away

The 11-year-old girl who was arrested and handcuffed by police in front of shocked classmates at her Northern Territory primary school last year has been missing for at least three weeks.

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Dependency Treatment Court Helps The Youngest Foster Kids By Helping Their Parents

Jessica Rodriguez has told her story many times.

“Let me tell you a little about me, my case originally started due to a domestic violence phone call,” she recently told a few women gathered in a room for a pre-assessment group at Terros, a Valley healthcare organization that offers primary care, as well as substance use treatment.

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On camera: Mom, daughter abuse special needs foster child


A Kentucky mother and her daughter were arrested after a cell phone video showed the pair abusing a special needs foster child who they have been fostering for years.

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Shadow Children: Putting An End To Re-homing Adopted Children In Massachusetts

Children who are re-homed can face many unknown dangers. In the most high-profile case, an Arkansas State Representative re-homed two of his female children adopted from Haiti to a man who later sexually assaulted one of the girls, who was 6-years-old at the time. Children identified in the Reuters report have gone missing. Others have lived to tell of heartbreaking abuse.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Klapheke Case: Former CPS Supervisor Wants Charge Dismissed

A former Abilene CPS supervisor charged in connection to the fatal Tiffany Klapheke child abuse case is trying to get her charge dismissed.

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Report due on foster home abuse

The Irish Examiner understands the report into the HSE’s reaction to claims officials covered-up how a woman with severe intellectual disabilities was left at an abusive home is due to be handed to Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath in the next 48 hours.

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Report criticizes state youth facility where teen died

A new report commissioned by state child welfare officials reveals systemic breakdowns and deficiencies threatening the safety of children placed at Allendale Association, a north suburban residential facility where a teen died earlier this year.

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Paula Simons: Alberta's auditor general gives child welfare system a failing grade

Only 16 per cent of Alberta’s child welfare case workers are complying with provincial rules that require them to make personal contact on a regular basis with the foster children they supervise.

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Foster mom accused of abuse out of jail; father remains in custody

24 hours after Cape Coral Police arrested two parents for abusing their 10 adopted and foster children, the mother children's mother is out of jail.

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Lawsuit filed against SC DSS in death of baby

As the South Carolina Department of Social Services announced an increase in child neglect and abuse-related fatalities, attorneys shared details of a lawsuit filed against the agency in the death of a 1-year-old boy.

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Woman files federal lawsuit against social caseworker over intimate pictures

In a federal lawsuit, a Sedgwick County woman claims a caseworker assigned to help her, instead, acted inappropriately.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A 6-month-old child who police say was abducted from a foster care agency in the Bronx has been found safe.

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St Vincent man jailed for raping foster child

 A 63-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was found guilty of three counts of rape and one count of indecent assault against his foster daughter, 12 years ago.

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Foster home shortage forces kids to leave friends behind

Good kids who’ve suffered through their parents’ struggles are having to leave not just their homes, but the community they know, as child-welfare authorities struggle with a foster home shortage.

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Lawsuit: Worker for state contractor sexually coerced mother seeking to get back children

A caseworker for a Kansas foster care and family preservation contractor sexually harassed and coerced a mother seeking to regain custody of her children, forcing her to send him sexually-charged messages and photos, a new federal lawsuit alleges.

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Marijuana use not grounds for termination of parental rights

Recent Case: Marijuana use under the level of chemical dependency not grounds for termination of parental rights

Father appeals from the judgment terminating his parental rights. Grounds for termination of parental rights require clear and convincing evidence, so Court of Appeals examines evidence contrary to judgment.  Grounds include abuse or neglect and failure to rectify.  In this case there was not substantial evidence to support the trial court’s finding that Father’s marijuana use constituted a “chemical dependency” as defined in Section 211.447.5(2)(b) or Section 211.447.5(3)(d). Therefore, that condition cannot support termination on grounds of either abuse and neglect or failure to rectify.

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Paedophile foster father confesses to child sex offending mid-trial in Mount Gambier

A FOSTER father accused of sexually abusing a girl in his care over a three-year period has pleaded guilty, mid-trial, after hearing her sworn evidence.

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U.S. Senate must fix foster care reform bill

Years of painstaking reforms have gone into California’s foster care system. One of the major victories of this reform has been the California Continuum of Care act, enacted in October 2015 to increase standards of care for foster children, add support for their caregivers, and reduce the number of children held in group home placements.

Unfortunately, Congress may undo much of California’s hard work.

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Nonprofit admits more children in state care were forced to sleep in offices than previously acknowledged

Air mattresses placed on office floors served as make-do sleeping quarters for dozens of Hillsborough County foster children, a crisis that the contractor responsible for taking care of the children repeatedly failed to report to the state.

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Cape couple charged with abuse of foster, adopted children

A 47-year-old Cape Coral man faces multiple charges in connection with alleged abuse of foster and adopted children at a SE 11th Place home.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Laws blocked Leo Varadkar disclosing foster abuse cases

The now Social Protection Minister confirmed the situation amid fresh controversy over care standards in the region caused by a previously hidden report into the crisis obtained by RTÉ last week.

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Judge denies request to dismiss case against social workers in child abuse case

A judge has rejected arguments to dismiss charges against two former Los Angeles County social workers and their supervisors, charged with child abuse and falsifying records that resulted from the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy.

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Heaven Woods case sparked changes to DFCS system, but problems persist

In the past two years, Georgia’s Department of Family and Children Services, DFCS, has spent more than $3 million to catch up on past-due investigations and received millions more to hire 625 new caseworkers.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

HSE aware of 'Mary' case much earlier than admitted

New records uncovered by RTÉ's This Week reveal the HSE was involved in the case of a young woman with intellectual disabilities deemed to be at risk much earlier than it previously admitted.

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