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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Man accused of stomping foster baby to death scheduled to appear in court

Antonio Lopez was at the El Paso County Courthouse for a bail hearing Friday morning. Lopez is accused of stomping his 11-month-old foster daughter to death in 2012.

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Decision expected in custody of 18-month-old foster child

The lawsuit filed against Child Protective Services by a foster couple over the custody of an 18-month-old child is expected to go to the jury on Monday.

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Unsafe Sleep Leading Cause Of Infant Death In Washington’s Child Welfare System

The stories are heartbreaking. An infant rolls off a bed and suffocates on a plastic bag. A one-month-old dies while sleeping between two adults.

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INDIGENOUS SURVIVORS OF CHILD WELFARE RALLY

The Indigenous Adoptees-Ottawa group held a rally on Parliament Hill today in solidarity with Indigenous people affected by Canada’s Native Child Welfare System. Many speakers recounted their experiences of the Sixties Scoop, where between the 1960s and ’80s an estimated 20,000 indigenous children were taken from their parents by child welfare services and placed with mostly white families. April 29, 2016.

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NO CHARGES EVER LAID UNDER ALBERTA'S DUTY-TO-REPORT CHILD WELFARE LAW

Alberta's Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act says anyone with "reasonable or probable grounds to believe that a child is in need of intervention" must report it, and that anyone who fails in their duty can be fined up to $2,000 or jailed for up to six months.

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From Complaint to Resolution: Understanding the Child Welfare Grievance Process

This factsheet provides parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) and other caregivers with information about the best way to resolve their differences with a service provider or other child welfare professional. Since child welfare agency policies and procedures are State-specific, this factsheet presents information from a national perspective and points to additional resources about where to find information related to a particular State. The information and resources provided in this factsheet address the majority of complaints associated with the child protective services system.

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Fix Texas’ broken foster care system

After just four months in the system, S.A. said an older child in foster care sexually abused her — a common occurrence. There was a nominal investigation, but no evidence S.A. was ever interviewed or even examined. Remember, she was 5 years old.

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Father says fighting with child welfare system is a losing battle

We’ve all heard the saying “innocent until proven guilty,” but when it comes to child neglect and abuse cases, it appears to be the opposite.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Officials: Overwhelmed Child Welfare Case Managers In Phila. Resort To Falsifying Documents

State officials say overworked child welfare case managers in Philadelphia have resorted to falsifying documents, because they cannot keep up with the case loads they’ve been assigned. Case loads have grown as a result of a huge change in the way the city handles child welfare cases, in response to the 2006 starvation death of Danieal Kelly while under city protection.

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Authorities locate four runaway girls from Brandon foster facility

Law enforcement agencies said Friday evening that they had located four — ages 4 to 13 — who were discovered missing from a private foster facility early that morning.

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Toddler's death could lead to spike in CFS apprehensions: children's advocate

Manitoba’s deputy children’s advocate is concerned that the death of another child in care — one that has drawn comparisons to the slaying of Phoenix Sinclair — will cause social workers to boost child apprehensions.

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Information sharing, duty to report child abuse among inquest recommendations

A coroner's jury is recommending that Ontario's child protection agencies merge to help prevent the miscommunication that allowed a seven-year-old Toronto girl to slip through the cracks until she was beaten to death by her guardians.

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TEN PERCENT OF DUTCH KIDS IN CHILD WELFARE

More than 356 thousand kids received some form of help from child welfare last year. That is 10 percent of all kids in the Netherlands, according to Statistics Netherlands on Friday. This help ranged from counseling for kids with mental health problems to educational guidance for kids with learning disabilities.

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Mom Slams Nosey Neighbor Who Reported Her To Child Protective Services

After a long, chilly winter in Canada, Jacqui and Kyle Kendrick’s children understandably couldn’t wait to get outside and play in their backyard this spring, but the parents were devastated when a neighbor tried to get them in trouble for giving their kids that freedom.

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Hotdesking ‘increases social worker burnout risk’

Social workers should have their own desk and the space to have conversations with colleagues about cases without being overheard, the government’s leading adviser on child protection has declared.

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Watch tear-jerking moment daughter reunites with mother 20 years after she was given up for adoption

Jeremy Kyle fans were in tears after watching a daughter reunite with her mother 20 years after giving her up for adoption.

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Immigrants Can Adopt Relatives from Foster Care Despite Immigration Status

In recent weeks there have been reports of the crumbling infrastructure of the state’s Child Protective Services – an agency responsible for the well-being of 12,000 of the most neglected and abused kids in Texas.

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CPS Workers, Investigator Out After 4-Year-Old Child's Death

Two Texas Child Protective Services workers were fired and a third resigned following the death of a 4-year-old girl in Grand Prairie, the agency confirms.

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Texas Teen Sells Artwork, Does Side Jobs to Fund Rescue of Two Boys in Shelter

Austin Cook is a big-hearted 14-year-old that lives in Cleburne, Texas with his parents and 6 of his 7 siblings. In 2013 he unfortunately lost his beloved baby brother who was only 4 years old at the time.  Austin says:

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DCS caseworker threatened

Cocke County authorities are investigating a Wednesday incident in which a caseworker with the Department of Children's Services was allegedly threatened by a parent. Caseworker Josh Roberts told Cocke County Sgt. David Crum that he went to the home of Timmy Seay on Robert E. Lee Drive, "to do a home visit." Roberts said when he pulled into the driveway, Seay came out of his home and started threatening him. "You better get out of here, you don't need to be here. One of these days I will catch you out, you know what I will do, I will break you. You took everything I had," Seay allegedly told the caseworker. Roberts says Seay followed him to his vehicle as he was leaving.

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DHS licensing director demoted amid foster care scandal

The director of licensing and regulatory oversight at the Oregon Department of Human Services is being demoted amid a scandal over agency management of foster care providers.

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Nurse accused of sex crime against 2-year-old in Simpsonville

A woman has been accused of a sex crime with a 2-year-old, according to Simpsonville Police.

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Bill Clinton's Immigration Laws Ripped Apart Families

Clinton-era immigration laws “have subjected hundreds of thousands of people to arbitrary detention, fast-track deportations and family separation,” Human Rights Watch says in a new report.

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Record number of AZ children waiting for foster family

Translation to Reality: Arizona CPS is stealing so many kids, they can't possibly care for them all.

With a record number of children who are waiting for a foster family, the Arizona foster care system is in a crisis.

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