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Friday, October 24, 2014

DCF Employees Switch To Lower Paying Jobs After Bell Tragedy

DCF Employees Switch To Lower Paying Jobs After Bell Tragedy

After the tragedy in bell took the lives of 8 people, including six children, many have wondered if it could have been avoided. Especially since the Department of Children and Families was investigating the case. Two DCF employees have moved to other positions within the agency for half the pay.

Girl, 16, reported missing from DCFS group home

Girl, 16, reported missing from DCFS group home

Police are asking the public’s help to find a 16-year-old girl who went missing from a West Ridge neighborhood group home nearly two weeks ago.


Detroit man fights $30k child support bill for kid that is not his

Detroit man fights $30k child support bill for kid that is not his

The State of Michigan is ordering a Detroit man to pay tens of thousands of dollars, or go to prison. The reason? He owes back child support for a child that everyone agrees is not his.

Missouri Family with Crying Child Escorted Off Plane



A Chesterfield, Missouri couple has filed a complaint with Frontier Airlines and the Missouri Attorney General's Office. They claim they were mistreated because their child was crying on a flight.

Surgeon arrested in Grand Forks receives 43-month prison term for attempted abuse of foster son

Surgeon arrested in Grand Forks receives 43-month prison term for attempted abuse of foster son

A surgeon arrested in Grand Forks after assaulting his disabled foster son in Minnesota received a 43-month prison sentence today.

St. Clair Shores foster mom accused of abusing baby

St. Clair Shores foster mom accused of abusing baby

Janice Nikitin believed her granddaughter Kallee Diggs was in good hands with 27-year-old foster mother Nichole Gomez.

Study reveals state of crisis in Canadian foster care system

Study reveals state of crisis in Canadian foster care system

A new study of foster care in Canada led by a researcher at Western University reveals a shrinking number of foster care providers are available across the country to care for a growing number of children with increasingly complex disorders.

Note: IOW, they're snatching too many kids.

Meck. DSS worker pleads guilty to fraud

Meck. DSS worker pleads guilty to fraud

A Mecklenburg County DSS social worker faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to Medicaid fraud conspiracy and illegal kickbacks.

Note: That's what System Sucks do.

Man Impersonating Social Services Worker Approaches Daycare

Man Impersonating Social Services Worker Approaches Daycare

Bismarck police are looking for a man after he approached a daycare saying he worked for Burleigh County Social Services.

Social workers could only need to visit children in long-term foster care placements twice a year

Social workers could only need to visit children in long-term foster care placements twice a year

The change is one of many set out by the Department for Education in response to its consultation on improving permanence for looked-after children

Boy accused of raping younger child moved to new facility

Boy accused of raping younger child moved to new facility

The youngster accused of molesting an 8-year-old boy in a Buffalo residential facility earlier this month has been relocated to another home for displaced children, Erie County Social Services officials said Thursday.

City man convicted of sexually assaulting four boys under his foster care

City man convicted of sexually assaulting four boys under his foster care

A man who was chosen along with his wife as the local Foster Family of the Year in 2007 now faces a lengthy prison sentence after sexually assaulting four foster boys under his care.

NGOs criticise ministerial committee probing foster care grants

NGOs criticise ministerial committee probing foster care grants

NONGOVERNMENTAL organisations (NGOs) have criticised Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s establishment of a ministerial committee to investigate backlogs and lapses in the foster care grant system.

Review of Clark County child welfare system draws state, federal backing

Review of Clark County child welfare system draws state, federal backing

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Congresswoman Dina Titus pledged federal support Thursday in the push to reform Clark County’s child welfare system, now under scrutiny after a child was killed in foster care.

Changes may ease secrecy in child abuse cases

Changes may ease secrecy in child abuse cases

The special legislative Committee on Child Protection agreed to add several proposals for lawmakers to consider in January in an ongoing effort to boost the state’s child protection laws after the deaths of two toddlers this year.

Obtaining driver's license a rite of passage that eludes most teens in Utah foster care system

Obtaining driver's license a rite of passage that eludes most teens in Utah foster care system

Like any teenager, Sam Carling needed wheels.

But when he was old enough to obtain a driving permit, he was in foster care. Foster families weren't willing to assume the liability of young driver so none would give their consent for him to get a license.

Protection for Orphans and Children Affected by Ebola

Protection for Orphans and Children Affected by Ebola

There is an immediate need for funding to sustain and scale-up programming that supports the special needs of children who have been orphaned by caregivers’ deaths from Ebola, or who are extremely vulnerable because of the disease.

Portland police will be restricted from handcuffing children under 12, under new juvenile custody policy

Portland police will be restricted from handcuffing children under 12, under new juvenile custody policy

The controversial arrest and handcuffing of a 9-year-old girl in May 2013 has prompted Portland police to revise their juvenile custody policies.

Minn. GOP will stop using photo of abused child in TV ad after grandmother complains

Minn. GOP will stop using photo of abused child in TV ad after grandmother complains

The grandmother of 4-year-old Eric Dean, whose death by abuse in 2013 exposed gaps in Minnesota's child protection services, said Thursday that the state Republican Party agreed with her request to remove the child's photo from a TV ad critical of Gov. Mark Dayton.

Colleague Defends Embattled DCF Commissioner - And Her Pension

Colleague Defends Embattled DCF Commissioner - And Her Pension

Controversial former Department of Children and Families Commissioner Olga Roche resigned in May, but her last day on the state payroll was October 17.


Child's death: CPS workers failed to take proper steps, inspector finds

Child's death: CPS workers failed to take proper steps, inspector finds

The state Office of the Inspector General found that four Child Protective Services workers failed to follow state policy in the case of Sarah Brasse, an 8-year-old girl who, while under the watch of CPS, died of untreated appendicitis in 2009.



As Broward child wasted away, protectors looked but didn’t see

As Broward child wasted away, protectors looked but didn’t see

For about nine months, foster care caseworkers and their bosses made 13 visits to the Lauderhill home of Tamiyah Audain, held 30-minute meetings, conferred with other social service workers and filed numerous reports, all of which documented the preteen was in good health. She was actually losing half her body weight and slowly filling with poisons.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The urgent problem facing foster children today

The urgent problem facing foster children today

Most young adults can’t wait to turn 21, but for teens in the foster care system, the freedom that comes with this particular birthday is often coupled with panic and confusion. Finding a place to live, getting a job or continuing school with little help often proves to be too overwhelming.


Abuse charges against social worker dropped

Abuse charges against social worker dropped

The trial of a senior social worker accused of sex attacks on vulnerable boys has been thrown out of court.

As Decades of Korean Adoptions Dwindle, Identity Issues Remain

As Decades of Korean Adoptions Dwindle, Identity Issues Remain

Growing up in suburban Cranbury, NJ, Benjamin Oser, a Korean adoptee, often made fun of himself so he could feel more comfortable around his white classmates.

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