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Thursday, July 28, 2016

To keep young kids out of trouble, New York City wants schools to stop suspending them

It seems counterintuitive at first: keeping kids from misbehaving by not suspending them for misbehavior.

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Colorado man forced to pay child support despite DNA test results

Chris Atkins leads a life that might be stranger than any episode of "The Maury Povich Show."

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Foster kids in motels 'not a crisis'

A children's lobby group denies union claims the NSW foster care system is in crisis following reports vulnerable and abused children are having to sleep in motels.

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Former Santa Maria foster father sentenced to 125 years in sex abuse case

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The mother of a then-8-year-old girl, who was sexually abused under the care of her foster father for two years, stayed calm as she unleashed a flurry of angry words at the defendant during sentencing Wednesday morning at Santa Maria Superior Court.

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Seattle social worker put away for sex crimes as lawyer slept

A Seattle social worker convicted of molesting two girls now claims his defense attorney repeatedly fell asleep during his trial – and he has a judge to back him up.

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Scottish plan for every child to have 'named person' breaches rights

Judges at the supreme court have ruled that the Scottish government’s controversial “named person” scheme risks breaching rights to privacy and a family life under the european convention on human rights, and thus over-reaches the legislative competence of the Holyrood parliament.

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Poor parents have right to representation when challenging private adoptions, NJ Supreme Court rules

The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously recognized a right to free legal representation for low-income parents challenging private adoptions of their children. This Supreme Court decision found for the first time in New Jersey that low-income parents have a right to counsel in proceedings to end parental rights, even when the adoption is initiated by a private party.


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Audit blasts Kansas foster care system over missed visits, background checks

Auditors released a scathing review of the state’s foster care system Wednesday, revealing that the Department for Children and Families doesn’t check the backgrounds of people in foster homes as often as needed, doesn’t ensure monthly in-person visits take place, and grants nearly all requests for exceptions to rules governing foster homes.

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Head of Kansas foster care system devalues scathing audit

Some Kansas Democrats want the head of the Department for Children and Families to resign.  It comes after a new government report issued Wednesday uncovered several problems with the state's foster care system.

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Audit: Kansas failing to protect safety of children in foster care and adoption programs

An audit released Wednesday accused the Kansas Department for Children and Families of failing in many cases to protect the safety of children in the state's foster care and adoption programs, prompting two House Democrats to call for the immediate resignation of DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

‘Foster home’ abuse investigation may be expanded

The Government is to consider expanding a commission of investigation examining abuse allegations at a “foster home” in the southeast to similar cases.

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Norway’s Stolen Children?

Why are so many parents in Norway claiming that the state is kidnapping their children? With a spike in cases in recent years and accusations of racial intolerance, Dateline asks whether these children are being saved, or stolen.

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We're putting too many kids in foster care

Two studies involving more than 15,000 typical cases found that children left in their own homes typically fared better.

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Ex-Children's Home staffer accused of sexually assaulting 3

A former staff member at The Children's Home of Easton is accused of sexually assaulting three teenage girls there over two years.

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Comment: The very worst that can happen with child protection

Natasha and Erik’s twins were taken away by Norway’s child protection service as soon as they were born. Now the family are fugitives in Poland, in a case that’s appalled psychologist Einar Salvesen.

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N.J. Supreme Court rules birth mom has right to lawyer in custody case

 The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of an indigent mother who left her daughter in foster care in 2012 and then wound up in court nearly two years later, without an attorney, losing her parental rights and her child.

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District Court judge reprimanded by state judicial standards board

A Scott County District Court judge has been publicly reprimanded by the state’s judicial review board for actions deemed inappropriate in divorce and custody hearings.

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Australia: PM orders inquiry into juvenile prison abuse

Footage from youth detention centre shows Aboriginal teens tear-gassed, stripped naked and chained to chairs.

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Caseworker vs. DCS

Despite a caseworker’s lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Child Services, her employer says she’s right: There aren’t enough caseworkers to handle the exploding growth in cases of Indiana children and families in crisis. But that’s where the agreement ends.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

State settles suit to make it easier for immigrants to get birth certificates for citizen children

Texas has settled a federal lawsuit that accused the state of making it impossible for many undocumented workers to get copies of birth certificates for their children born in the U.S.


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Stafford man gets 6 months for foster child’s death

A Stafford man will serve just six months for the death of his 1-year-old foster son.

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Family reunited after death of 7-year-old girl

The four children of Michael Wartena and Tiffany Stewart, whose daughter was found drowned behind the La Kiva Hotel on Wednesday, were returned to their parents Monday after Child Protective Services said their decision to take custody of the children was based on what police initially told them.

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Wartena Family Speaks Out





Alexis Wartena's parents get custody of children from CPS and are going back home to California

Nightmare Keeps Repeating for Girl In Texas Foster Care System

Less than 24 hours after state child welfare workers were warned of the risks of suddenly relocating a 16-year-old foster care child with severe medical and psychological problems to a new home, the girl was hospitalized, and her former caretakers fear for her health.

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U.S., child welfare systems get failing got grades, report says

All three branches of the federal government and every state have failed to meet minimum standards to protect abused and neglected children, according to a report issued Tuesday that lambasted the American child-welfare system.

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