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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Mom, girls sought by police had fled foster care danger, dad says

Fear for her daughters’ safety inside a South Austin foster home prompted Sarah Marcella Jordan of Cedar Park to violate a court order last Tuesday when she picked them up after school and drove them to Florida, triggering a multistate search that ended in her arrest, her husband said.

Authorities found Jordan’s daughters safe in Florida on Thursday, but not before Central Texas law enforcement agencies had roused the public and the media to help them in their search.

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Columbus foster girl told brother she feared for her life. She ended up dead in Atlanta.

About two weeks before Dennetta Franks’ body was found riddled with bullets on an Atlanta roadway, her brother picked her up from a house on Victory Drive where she felt her life was in danger, he said in a recent interview with the Ledger-Enquirer.

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NJ Case worker sexually assaulted child he oversaw, prosecutors say



NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A case worker stands accused of having sex with a child he was overseeing and using marijuana with the victim.

Middlesex County prosecutors announced Saturday that 23-year-old Miguel Garrido, of South Brunswick, was charged Friday with numerous counts, including aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment. A telephone number for him could not be located and It wasn’t known if he’s retained an attorney.

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Former foster children demand Royal Commission of Inquiry

Former foster children are demanding a Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuses, saying the proposed ministerial inquiry could easily turn into a cover up.

The new government has pledged to set up an inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Kansas child welfare official has no answer when state senator asks about ‘shredding of notes’

TOPEKA
Members of a task force meeting on child welfare issues Tuesday had just about completed their morning session when a state senator had one more question.

“I think everybody in this room is fully aware of The Kansas City Star article coming out on transparency,” said Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat. “And one of the issues that came up in there was the shredding of notes from meetings in DCF (the Department for Children and Families).

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A Case Study in Misleading Legislators, Everyone Else About Child Welfare & Opioids

Want to see how to pull the wool over the eyes of state lawmakers? Check out the testimony at a legislative hearing in Florida on child welfare and the opioid epidemic.

The problem of drug abuse, like the problem of child abuse, is serious and real. But when the hysteria over one meets the hysteria over the other the result is catastrophic for children: a surge in needless foster care. That surge affects children where drug abuse really is a problem — and where it isn’t. The latest “drug plague” becomes the all-purpose excuse to take the child and run.

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Patchwork services fail youth aging out of foster care, national survey concludes

The 22,400 children who turn 18 and age out of state foster care systems across the country annually without a permanent family face grim prospects: Within two years, about one in four wind up incarcerated, one in five become homeless, four in 10 drop out of high school and 71 percent become parents by age 21.

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