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Saturday, July 04, 2015

For adopted Guatemalans, a searcher will look for birth moms. But sometimes the reunions are fraught.

For adopted Guatemalans, a searcher will look for birth moms. But sometimes the reunions are fraught.

By definition, international adoption is a transaction between unequals. It takes desperation to relinquish a baby, and privilege to adopt one. Those disparities led to abuses in Guatemala’s adoption system that resulted in its shutdown in 2008. Unless you’re Guatemalan, you can’t adopt a Guatemalan baby now.

Police looking for child who fled DCF custody in Blandford

Police looking for child who fled DCF custody in Blandford

Authorities were looking for a child who fled DCF custody in Blandford Friday afternoon.

State auditor cites failure to protect foster youth from sex offenders

State auditor cites failure to protect foster youth from sex offenders

California's auditor has issued a stark assessment of the state Social Services Department's safeguards for foster youth, highlighting breakdowns that may have put children at risk and led to millions of wasted dollars.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Sexually trafficked girl recounts litany of horrors under DCF’s watch

Sexually trafficked girl recounts litany of horrors under DCF’s watch

Neglect and abandonment landed the girl in foster care. But it’s what happened next, she said, that nearly destroyed her.

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES: Fails To Protect And Sometimes Endangers Children Nationwide

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES: Fails To Protect And Sometimes Endangers Children Nationwide

If you knew a young child was being physically abused — routinely — in their home, what would you do about it?

Bill to outlaw ‘rehoming’ of adopted children to become law

Bill to outlaw ‘rehoming’ of adopted children to become law

Later this summer, Maine will become the sixth state to criminalize the transfer of adopted children from one family to another without approval from a court.

Children at risk in 'hidden' care system

Children at risk in 'hidden' care system

The actual rate of sexual abuse suffered by children in out-of-home care may never be known because there are no witnesses to the abuse.

Springfield teacher is accused of sex acts with foster daughter in her home

Springfield teacher is accused of sex acts with foster daughter in her home

A Springfield School District art teacher is charged with having sexual relations with a girl who was living in her home as a foster child. The girl is now 16 years old but started living with Jessica Jones, 32, in May 2013 when she was 14 years old.

State of Florida sees sharp spike in number of kids in foster care

State of Florida sees sharp spike in number of kids 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.

Police Fail Most Child Abuse Victims - Report

Police Fail Most Child Abuse Victims - Report

Police forces are still failing too many young victims of sexual abuse, according to a series of new reports - with only one in three cases involving vulnerable children being handled to a good standard.

Yucaipa foster father accused of sexually abusing adopted daughters in Crestline

Yucaipa foster father accused of sexually abusing adopted daughters in Crestline

A longtime foster father was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing two foster girls he and his wife eventually adopted.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

REPORT: NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN STATE CUSTODY UP BY 33 PERCENT

REPORT: NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN STATE CUSTODY UP BY 33 PERCENT

The number of Vermont children in the custody of the Department for Children and Families has jumped by a third since the beginning of 2014, according to a report published this week.


Man Charged in Death of Cedar Park Foster Child Accepts Plea Deal

Man Charged in Death of Cedar Park Foster Child Accepts Plea Deal

Wilco's first assistant district attorney says the man charged in the death of a foster child in Cedar Park has accepted a plea deal of 30 years in prison.

Culture clash: How the foster care system is failing Canada's ethnic communities

Culture clash: How the foster care system is failing Canada's ethnic communities

Since then, the couple — who call themselves “white Canadians” — have fostered more than 15 children from First Nations communities in Ontario. While the Paquettes’ foster children go on bike rides with Michael and read bedtime stories with Suzanne, the couple admits there is one thing they can never, fully share with the children in their home: the First Nations’ culture.

Police: Springfield teacher sexually abused child in her foster care

Police: Springfield teacher sexually abused child in her foster care

Police say a teacher at a Springfield elementary school repeatedly sexually abused a juvenile who had been in her foster care since 2013.


Report faults DCF hearing process, case backlog

Report faults DCF hearing process, case backlog

The ability of families to appeal decisions made by the Department of Children and Families related to everything from the termination of services to a confirmed case of neglect is hurt by a lack of timeliness and internal rules that "cannot lead to consistently fair outcomes," according to a new report.

New York City foster care: stories from children and parents the system failed

New York City foster care: stories from children and parents the system failed

A watchdog report reveals the Administration of Children’s Services has abused its power in family courts, wrongly taken children into custody and inadequately assisted those it claims to help. Those affected share their hardships

The psychiatric drug problem foster kids face

The psychiatric drug problem foster kids face

California’s Legislature is poised to pass a law making it much harder to offer psychiatric medication to kids in foster care, responding to growing concern that foster kids get too many psychotropic medications.

Yucaipa Man Suspected Of Sexually Molesting 2 Foster Children

Yucaipa Man Suspected Of Sexually Molesting 2 Foster Children

A 68-year-old man remained in custody Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting two female foster children.

Amid Reforms, DCF Caseload Rose Dramatically In 2014

Amid Reforms, DCF Caseload Rose Dramatically In 2014

A new report from the Department for Children and Families shows that even as the department added staff to manage heavy caseloads, the number of reports of abuse – and the number of substantiated cases – continued to rise.

Clark County child welfare director resigns

Clark County child welfare director resigns

Clark County’s child welfare leader — often criticized by child advocates and defended by county management — has announced she is resigning.



DCF hearings facing major backlog

DCF hearings facing major backlog

Families are having difficulty appealing decisions made by the Department of Children and Families. A seven-month review of the State DCF shows a major backlog in the agency’s Fair Hearing system.

Boy found chained with dead chicken around neck describes years of abuse

Boy found chained with dead chicken around neck describes years of abuse

Handcuffed and shackled to a block of steel, the young boy would brace himself when he heard footsteps outside his bedroom door. He knew that once the grown-ups entered, the abuse would begin.

INDEPENDENT REPORT SAYS ARIZONA'S CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM ISN'T WORKING

INDEPENDENT REPORT SAYS ARIZONA'S CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM ISN'T WORKING

The Arizona Office of the Auditor General recently published what may become a landmark study of Arizona's child welfare system. The 73-page document paints a picture of an agency struggling even after it was removed from the larger umbrella of the Department of Economic Security last year and transformed into a stand-alone department with a direct channel to the governor.

Michigan foster care 'a persistent and dire problem'

Michigan foster care 'a persistent and dire problem'

A girl was injured during an unsupervised visit with the parents she'd been taken away from. Kids with a history of inappropriate sexual behavior were placed in homes with younger children. A child ran away and police weren't notified for days.

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