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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Texas Mother of 5 Freed After Spending Years in Prison for Foster Son's Murder

Texas Mother of 5 Freed After Spending Years in Prison for Foster Son's Murder

Hannah Overton, who has spent seven years in a Texas prison for the murder of a young foster child she says she didn't commit, has finally won her freedom and will be spending this Christmas with her family.

Oklahoma pastor arrested for sexually abusing foster child

Oklahoma pastor arrested for sexually abusing foster child

A former pastor in Oklahoma who has been accused of sexually abusing a young girl for years is now behind bars.

Governor's office says DCF will honor child abuse settlement, won't say when

Governor's office says DCF will honor child abuse settlement, won't say when

A spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Scott has indicated that the governor's office wants the Department and Children and Families to pay the settlement to the surviving Barahona twin whose sibling died after years of torture by their adoptive parents, but questions remain.

Training overhaul at Child Protective Services

Training overhaul at Child Protective Services

Sarah Brasse from Schertz died in a soiled bed of untreated appendicitis. Colton Turner from Austin died of abuse. They are the faces of children who fell through the cracks because case workers did not follow state policy.

HSLDA Argues before the Ninth Circuit

HSLDA Argues before the Ninth Circuit

Over nine years ago, two social worker investigators from Arizona Child Protective Services stood outside the Loudermilks’ home and demanded entrance. The investigators told the family that if they were not allowed to enter the home, they would remove the Loudermilks’ children and place them in foster care.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

I hate articles like this.  They complain about imperfection.  They tend to increase paranoia in the child worshipers and create problems for families such as child abuse hysteria and knee jerk legislation designed to empower CPS to be quicker to snatch kids.

AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

At least 760 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities -- many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.


Tires Slashed in Welfare Office Parking Lot in Atlantic City

Tires Slashed in Welfare Office Parking Lot in Atlantic City

Someone slashed the tires of 36 state vehicles parked behind the child welfare office in Atlantic City.

Note: It wasn't me.

Russian Teen Likely Force-fed Drugs After Removal From Family: Ombudsman

Russian Teen Likely Force-fed Drugs After Removal From Family: Ombudsman

Russian Children's Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov stated that a boy, taken from his Russian family in Finland, is possibly being forced to take psychoactive drugs.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of group’s suit against DCF

Appeals court upholds dismissal of group’s suit against DCF

A federal appeals court in Boston on Monday upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit that a New York-based advocacy group brought against the state Department of Children and Families. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit voted unanimously to uphold the dismissal of the lawsuit, which the group Children’s Rights filed in 2010 against then-DCF commissioner Angelo McClain, Governor Deval Patrick, and JudyAnn Bigby, then head of the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, alleging negligent care of youths in DCF custody, court records show.

Former foster dad pleads guilty to child porn charge

Former foster dad pleads guilty to child porn charge

A former foster father pleaded guilty Thursday to filming a minor without the minor’s knowledge while the minor was masturbating in a bedroom.

Mallo jury deliberates late into the night

Mallo jury deliberates late into the night 

During closing arguments in the criminal sexual conduct trial of Francis Brent Mallo on Monday, Osceola County Prosecuting Attorney Tyler Thompson told jurors that the former juvenile detention center worker and foster father is a predator who has spent decades exerting "sexual control over young girls."

Today’s letters: Canada’s broken child-welfare system

Today’s letters: Canada’s broken child-welfare system

The National Post should be congratulated for adding to the national conversation on the direction of child welfare in this country. In a research project I have been leading, which looks into child protection failures, there are two uncomfortable themes that keep arising: That the system is largely racist and focused on the economically disadvantaged. Aboriginal people make up the largest percentage of children in care across the country. Other minority populations follow. The vast majority of families involved in the child protection systems are also poor.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Michael Beer: Police interview shows Beer denying involvement in foster son's death

Michael Beer: Police interview shows Beer denying involvement in foster son's death

In a nearly 6 hour police interrogation, Michael Beer remained relatively unemotional when talking about the death of his two-year-old foster son, Trystan Adams.

Children’s group bid to sue DCF fails again

Children’s group bid to sue DCF fails again

A lawsuit against the Department of Children and Families that sought to reform the agency was rejected by an appellate court yesterday.

The First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower courts ruling that stated if changes are to be made, they must be done by the governor’s office, not the courts.

Foster care system could face major changes

Foster care system could face major changes

Thousands of kids taken from their parents because of abuse and neglect allegations are now facing more problems in the court system.

Largest family detention center for immigrants opens in Texas

Largest family detention center for immigrants opens in Texas

Saying our borders are "not open to illegal migration," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday opened in Dilley, Texas, what is billed as the largest U.S. family detention center to hold those caught entering the country illegally.

Foster dad killed trust of teenage girl with nude pictures

Foster dad killed trust of teenage girl with nude pictures

A ROCKHAMPTON region carer has lost his position of trust after he decided it was okay to take photographs of his naked foster daughter and her friend.

Colorado grandparents want custody: Children in dual-state battle

Colorado grandparents want custody: Children in dual-state battle

Grandparents also have rights when it comes to their grandchildren's safety, but how far those rights goes can depend on each person's circumstances. It gets particularly difficult to decide what to do when the courts have jurisdiction in different states including Colorado, like in the case about to be discussed.

Broken System – TX CPS being sued in behalf of 12,000 kids in foster care

Broken System – TX CPS being sued in behalf of 12,000 kids in foster care

A lawsuit alleges that 12,000 kids trapped in foster care with little chance of getting out are being exposed to abuse and neglect, shuttled around the state and denied health services.

Black children’s aid society needed, lawyers say

Black children’s aid society needed, lawyers say

The “alarming” numbers of black children in foster and group home care mean the African Canadian community needs its own children’s aid society, say leaders in Toronto’s black community.

Ontario’s most vulnerable children kept in the shadows

Ontario’s most vulnerable children kept in the shadows

There is a child in the Ontario government’s care who has changed homes 88 times. He or she is between 10 and 15 years old.

Thousands of African Canadian children are being apprehended by child welfare agencies

Thousands of African Canadian children are being apprehended by child welfare agencies

In Canada we are often reminded of the legacy of First Nations Residential Schools and the apprehension of thousands of children who were placed in non-aboriginal foster care and adoptive homes in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission winding down, no one disputes that this cultural genocide was based on a racist understanding of the capacities of First Nations’ families to properly care for their children.

Secretive and often overzealous care agencies protect children largely at parents’ expense

Secretive and often overzealous care agencies protect children largely at parents’ expense

Isaiah Wilson acts out — his hyperactivity, in the form of hitting, punching and screaming, a symptom of a rare chromosome deletion called 8P syndrome. Combined with ADHD and autism, the 10-year-old has had a tough life but, thankfully, a loving family.

100 local foster siblings reunited for holiday fun

100 local foster siblings reunited for holiday fun

On Sunday, December 14th, 100 local foster children who are separated from their siblings in the foster care system were reunited for one day of love and bonding and gift exchange at Circus Circus Adventure Dome.

TIME SHORT AS BLUE RIBBON PANEL CONSIDERS CHILD WELFARE FIXES

TIME SHORT AS BLUE RIBBON PANEL CONSIDERS CHILD WELFARE FIXES

Child advocates want to see long-overdue change come out of the blue ribbon committee that is examining Clark County’s child welfare system and courts.


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