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Friday, October 31, 2014

Texas mother fighting CPS for custody of her child

Texas mother fighting CPS for custody of her child

Blalock calls it a case of “medical kidnapping” and is getting ready for a legal fight so she and Kathryn’s father won’t have to go through parenting classes, psychological evaluations and counseling to regain custody of their child.

Teen accused of killing foster mother appears in court

Teen accused of killing foster mother appears in court

A young man accused of killing his foster mother made his first court appearance Friday.


CPS takes custody of 4-month-old at UMC, parents call it 'medical kidnapping'

CPS takes custody of 4-month-old at UMC, parents call it 'medical kidnapping'

A Monahans woman is doing everything she can to get her child back after she says Child Protective Services took her daughter without a full investigation. She says CPS took her baby girl from her while in a Lubbock hospital, a term she and many other internet bloggers are calling “medical kidnap.”

Child Protective Services Are Officially Looking Into ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Case

Child Protective Services Are Officially Looking Into ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Case

It looks like the ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo‘ scandal is an endless one. Mama June’s mother, Sandra Hale, sat down for an interview with ET where she opened up about the horrific situation — including a conversation she had with child protective services about the danger she believes Mama June’s youngest child, Alana, may currently be facing. You can watch the interview posted above.

Man Who Molested Children Becomes Foster Parent, Molests More Kids




Child protection: how to keep vulnerable kids with their families

Child protection: how to keep vulnerable kids with their families

After a long period of expansion in the number of children living in out-of-home care, most modern child protection systems around the world have been labouring to prevent such placements. Instead, they’re choosing to work more closely with families to safely maintain children in their own homes.

Officials issue warning about fake DCF worker in Polk County

Officials issue warning about fake DCF worker in Polk County

Officials with the Department of Children and Families are warning about an unknown individual posing as a DCF investigator in Polk County.

7 Family Law Questions Non-Family Lawyers Get Wrong

7 Family Law Questions Non-Family Lawyers Get Wrong

Since quite a bit of time has probably passed since taking the Bar Exam, here is a refresher with seven divorce questions attorneys may encounter at happy hour or an upcoming holiday dinner.

Children's social work to have new set of standards - Not Good News!!!

Children's social work to have new set of standards

The government has announced changes to children's social work in England, to restore confidence in the service.

Court ruling may affect welfare entitlements of one-parent families

Court ruling may affect welfare entitlements of one-parent families

A High Court ruling in an action by a separated father of four may have signficant implications for the welfare entitlements of one-parent families. Among the court’s findings is the man was wrongly treated as a single person for the purpose of considering his application for rent allowance.

Foster mother of surrogate child moves court for maternity leave

Foster mother of surrogate child moves court for maternity leave

A state-employed Kerala woman, who became a mother with the help of surrogate parent, pleaded in the the High Court for maternity leave to take care of the child.

Child abuse expert says foster mother's story doesn't match injuries

Child abuse expert says foster mother's story doesn't match injuries

A pediatric abuse investigator testified Thursday that none of the claims made by Alexandria Hill's foster mother can explain what caused fatal injuries to the toddler in 2013.

State in talks with expert to lead foster child death investigation

State in talks with expert to lead foster child death investigation

State officials are negotiating a contract with child welfare expert Mike Capello to conduct an independent investigation of a Clark County foster child who was killed while in care.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fear of Ebola Leaves Orphaned Children Abandoned

Fear of Ebola Leaves Orphaned Children Abandoned

13-year-old Jennette’s (name changed by UNICEF) grandmother died from Ebola. Shortly after attending the funeral, Jennette began to feel sick. When fever developed, she was taken to a local treatment center along with her mother and sister. All three family members tested positive for Ebola. Against all odds, they were successfully treated and released.


Crown tells abuse victims sorry

Crown tells abuse victims sorry

The NSW Crown Solicitor has apologised to child sex abuse victims who were asked to prove they were abused even though the state knew they had been.

Five testify in foster mom's murder trial

Five testify in foster mom's murder trial

Mary Sweeney held her 2-year-old daughter, Alexandria Hill, for 15 minutes after she was taken off of life support on July 31, 2013, a medical specialist testified Wednesday during Sherill Small's capital murder trial in a Milam County courtroom.

‘Reducing social worker visits to long-term foster placements misses the point’

‘Reducing social worker visits to long-term foster placements misses the point’

Paul Adams, fostering development consultant at BAAF, says social worker consistency and approaches matters more than the number of visits

Note: It also gives the foster parents time to hide the abuse.

Teen accused of killing 5-year-old foster brother told police he could lie, but not kill

Teen accused of killing 5-year-old foster brother told police he could lie, but not kill

In a video recording shown to the court, Cody Metzker-Madsen said a mysterious figure that stared at him would sometimes appear near the wooded area surrounding his rural home in Logan.

Labour TD Anne Ferris: "I was date raped at 16 and forced to give my baby up for adoption."

Labour TD Anne Ferris: "I was date raped at 16 and forced to give my baby up for adoption."

Brave TD Anne Ferris today reveals how she was forced to give up her baby after being date-raped as a teenager.

Law commission to suggest amendment to Guardians and Wards Act

Law commission to suggest amendment to Guardians and Wards Act 

Shared parenting, a common feature in the West and developed nations, is still alien to India. But with divorce cases rising in the courts, petitions for such a concept is growing here.

Director ‘shocked’ by social worker sex allegations

Director ‘shocked’ by social worker sex allegations

The director of the San Mateo County Human Services Agency said Wednesday she is “horrified” by allegations that one of her employees was arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old girl he was supposed to help.

CPS Commissioner says he vows to improve the system

CPS Commissioner says he vows to improve the system

How do you reform Child Protective Services? The agency tasked with protecting children like 2-year-old Colton Turner.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fayette County man sentenced to up to 75 years for sex crimes

Fayette County man sentenced to up to 75 years for sex crimes

A 58-year-old Fayette County man was sentenced Wednesday to up to 75 years for sexual crimes committed against his 15-year-old niece and foster child.


Judge refuses to declare mistrial in case of Army couple accused of child abuse in N.J.

Judge refuses to declare mistrial in case of Army couple accused of child abuse in N.J.

A federal judge refused to declare a mistrial Wednesday after lawyers for an Army couple charged with child abuse objected to the testimony of a child services worker who told the jury that it was the worst case of abuse she had seen.

Judge Hears Police Interview of Teen on Trial in Foster Child’s Murder

Judge Hears Police Interview of Teen on Trial in Foster Child’s Murder

An Iowa teen facing a murder charge angrily denied killing a five-year-old boy in a video played in court Wednesday.

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