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Monday, December 31, 2007

Teen in CPS Custody Left in Bexar County Building

Teen in CPS Custody Left in Bexar County Building

A teenager, in the custody of Child Protective Services, was left by himself at a Bexar county facility for more than 20 hours. He had no food, no bed, and no place to go. That is, until News 4's Kim Fischer happened to walk into the building. She sat with him for several hours and investigated why the state left him for so long.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Money, Child Protective Services and Greed (Follow Up)

Money, Child Protective Services and Greed (Follow Up)

At the beginning of November I wrote an article for Associated Content on our experience earlier this year with Child Protective Services. That article has gotten over 1100 views and I by googling my name I have found it reprinted in several places all over the internet. I am glad that it’s making a ripple. That is why I sent them the story.

TIME TO CHANGE THE LEGAL SYSTEM PASS ON THIS LETTER

TIME TO CHANGE THE LEGAL SYSTEM PASS ON THIS LETTER

Parents blog about their troubles with CAS.

This is an outline of events that have transpired over the course of the last several weeks. This outline explains and details all of the conversations, events, and actions taken while attempting to save our daughter from abusive authority. Please read what has happened and, if you have any questions or would like to contact the Childrens Aid Society or the Kirkland Lake OPP, you will find contact information at the bottom of the document. Thank you so much for your interest, your help, and your prayers.

This is sad. Nobody to help them through it. No answers. Not knowing what's going on. Desperate, scared, lost and helpless. The plight of parents involved with the system.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Fisher: A disabled San Jose mother fights again for right to raise child

Fisher: A disabled San Jose mother fights again for right to raise child

Suffering from cerebral palsy and unable to walk or fully use her arms, she was still determined to care for her two young sons. Disabled parents and advocates rallied behind the young woman with the pixie haircut and impish smile who, at the time nearly 20 years ago, went by the name Tiffany Callo. She was the subject of a book, "A Mother's Touch: The Tiffany Callo Story." She rode in a limousine to an appearance on "Donahue."

Girl at center of custody fight soon heading to China, dad says

Girl at center of custody fight soon heading to China, dad says

An 8-year-old girl taken from an American couple and returned to her Chinese parents after a seven-year custody fight faces another big adjustment - moving to China.

Corporal Punishment - Ban Passed

By Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD

Venezuela passed a law on December 10, 2007 banning all forms of physical and humiliating punishment of children. The law makes Venezuela the second Latin American country to pass such a law; Uruguay became the first, November 2007. Venezuela joins several countries, which bans all forms of corporal punishment in school and the home.

Worldwide Bans on Corporal Punishment: Every industrialized country in the world now prohibits school corporal punishment, except the U.S. and Australia (Outback regions only). The following list shows the trend towards the elimination of corporal punishment in schools, dating back to the 1700's.

Year Country
Since Foundation** Iceland
1783 Poland
1820 Netherlands
1845 Luxembourg
1860 Italy
1867 Belgium
1870 Austria
1881 France
1890 Finland
1900 Japan
1917 Russia
1923 Turkey
1936 Norway
1949 China
1950 Portugal
1958 Sweden
1967 Denmark
1967 Cyprus
1970 Germany
1970 Switzerland
1982 Ireland
1983 Greece
1986 United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
1990 New Zealand
1990 Namibia
1996 South Africa
1998 England*
1998 American Samoa
1999 Zimbabwe
2000 Zambia
2000 Thailan
d 2000 Trinidad and Tobago
2001 Kenya
2002 Fiji
2003 Iceland
2004 Canada
2004 Romania
2004 Ukraine
2005 Hungary
2007 Greece
2007 Australia
2007 Uruguay

*This ban solidifies a ban imposed in 1986, extending the ban to ALL private schools.
**Iceland is the only country known to have banned corporal punishment during the country's foundation. Hence, it has never been legal there.

The reform of the Venezuela law, which protects children and young people includes a provision for children's right to be well treated and bans all forms of physical and humiliating punishment.

Carlos Trapani from child rights organization Cecodap, who led the advocacy campaign, said: "Corporal punishment is a violent phenomenon. It is a violation of human rights."

The new law:

Article 32a. The right to good treatment All children and young people have a right to be treated well. This right includes a non-violent education and upbringing, based on love, affection, mutual understanding and respect, and solidarity.

Parents, representatives, guardians, relatives, and teachers should use non-violent methods of education and discipline to raise and educate their children. Consequently, all forms of physical and humiliating punishment are prohibited. The State, with the active participation of society, must ensure policies, programs and protection measures are in place to abolish all forms of physical and humiliating punishment of children and young people.

Corporal punishment is defined as the use of force, in raising or educating children, with the intention of causing any degree of physical pain or discomfort to correct, control or change the behavior of children and young people.

Humiliating punishment can be understood as any form of offensive, denigrating, devaluing, stigmatizing or mocking, treatment, carried out to raise or educate children and young people, with the aim of disciplining, controlling or changing their behavior.

Article 56. The right to be respected by teachers. All children and young people have the right to be respected by their teachers, and receive an education based on love, affection, mutual understanding, national identity, mutual respect for ideas and beliefs, and solidarity. Consequently, all forms of physical and humiliating punishment are prohibited.

Article 358. Content of the responsibility for raising children. The responsibility for raising children includes the shared duty and right, which is equal and non-derogable, of the father and mother to love, raise, train, educate, and look after their children, sustain and assist them financially, morally and emotionally, using appropriate corrective measures that do not violate their dignity, rights, guarantees or overall development. Consequently, all forms of physical punishment, psychological violence and humiliating treatment, which harm children and young people, are prohibited.

Stated purpose: A new human right - the right to be treated well - has been introduced to reinforce children and young people's status as rights-holders, and to ensure the full recognition of their dignity and personal integrity. This right includes a non-violent upbringing and education, based on love, affection, mutual understanding and respect, and solidarity. In addition to an express ban on all forms of physical and humiliating punishment, fathers, mothers, representatives, guardians, relatives and teachers have an obligation to use non-violent methods to raise, train, educate and discipline children and young people, to ensure the implementation of this right. This new regulation is a step towards achieving abolition of all forms of abuse of children and young people, and building the legal foundations for a new and peaceful society.
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Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, author, "If I'd Only Known...Sexual Abuse in or Out of the Family: A Guide to Prevention, specializes in: Mind, Body, Spirit healing and Physical/Sexual Abuse Prevention and Recovery. As an inspirational leader, Dr. Neddermeyer empowers people to view life's challenges as an opportunity for Personal/Professional Growth and Spiritual Awakening. http://www.drdorothy.net

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Pike Co. man indicted for incest

Pike Co. man indicted for incest

A Pike County man serving a 20-year prison sentence for raping his 8-year-old foster daughter has been charged with sexually abusing a different child.

Social Services did no investigation of this man and placed a foster child with him. He raped her with a screwdriver; she now has to wear a colostomy bag for the rest of her life. A couple years after his trial; he is now being charged with incest which occured before he raped his foster child. Had social services done a proper investigation of the man, the foster child would not be maimed for life.

Kentucky is really messed in child protective services area.

There are two issues: 1) being child removed from their homes for profit by the state and 2)parents being put on the CAN database without notice for political reasons or in custodial matters.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Statewide problems with child services

Statewide problems with child services

Parents throughout the state were losing children after unfounded allegations of abuse and neglect, said David Richart, executive director of the National Institute on Children, Youth and Families.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

State settles case of boy abused in foster care

State settles case of boy abused in foster care

Foster child's mother files lawsuit in his choking death

Foster child's mother files lawsuit in his choking death

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The mother of a boy who was choked to death in a foster home has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Shelly Shelton filed suit Tuesday in Morristown, seeking $40 million.

Probation ordered for man charged with impregnating foster child

Probation ordered for man charged with impregnating foster child

A foster father who pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct after he impregnated a 15-year-old girl who been placed in his home was sentenced to five years of probation.

Jasper Mountain hit with suit over injuries

Jasper Mountain hit with suit over injuries

One year after a rash of broken bones brought intense scrutiny to the Jasper Mountain treatment home for abused children, the controversy has not gone away.

Guardians of three children — one suffered a broken arm, one a broken wrist and one a broken ankle — are now suing the home and seeking $200,000 for each child for suffering, plus medical expenses.

Home for abused children sued over broken bones

CPS Case Worker Admits Credit Card Fraud

CPS Case Worker Admits Credit Card Fraud

A Child Protective Services case worker went on an online shopping spree, buying thousands of dollars in merchandise with nearly 40 stolen credit card numbers, investigators said.

Parents suing district over kid's referral

Parents suing district over kid's referral

The parents of a teenager referred to Child Protective Services because educators believed he was suicidal are suing the Warwick Valley School District.

In a federal claim, Everett Cox III, a former Warwick school board member, and Nan Ping Peng allege school officials violated their due process rights and their son's privacy rights. They want the district to pay for a private school.

"There's a level of recklessness here," said the parents' Goshen lawyer, Michael Sussman. "A kid has the right to speak out in response to a school assignment without a fear of his family being destroyed."

Counties unhappy with child welfare database

Counties unhappy with child welfare database

Sixty-seven counties are now using the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System, a giant state-run database that was supposed to unify all 88 county children services operations and make it easier to keep abused and neglected children safe.

But counties have encountered serious glitches since it became operational last year. Private adoption information was handed out, errors showed up in reports and computer crashes left caseworkers with no access to their children's records.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Hannity's America with Doug Kennedy on Antidepressants

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Maryland woman facing charges after alleged false report of sexual abuse to DCS about two Kingsport youths

Maryland woman facing charges after alleged false report of sexual abuse to DCS about two Kingsport youths

A Maryland woman is headed to court Feb. 6 after abuse allegations against a Kingsport woman led Tennessee Department of Children’s Services officials to drop everything to check on two young boys within 24 hours of a hotline call now deemed to be a false alarm.

Woman accused of killing foster child pleads not guilty

Woman accused of killing foster child pleads not guilty

A Oceanside woman accused of murdering her 4-year-old foster child entered her not guilty plea Monday through her attorney.

Biological Mom Comes Face-To-Face With Adoptive Couple Accused of Killing Her Child

Biological Mom Comes Face-To-Face With Adoptive Couple Accused of Killing Her Child


The biological mother of an 8-year-old girl who was starved and brutally beaten came face-to-face Tuesday with the elderly couple accused of killing her daughter.

It's been called one of the worst cases of child abuse in Gonzales County. Rubin Ramirez and his wife Bettie Ramirez are accused of torturing and killing their adopted daughter, Chrystal. The couple has been charged with murder.

Louisville Lawmaker Wants CPS Changes

Louisville Lawmaker Wants CPS Changes

A state lawmaker from Louisville is proposing changes to the state's Child Protective Services System.

Rep. Darryl Owens said he and his colleagues have heard complaints from parents about children being improperly removed from their homes. A state commission recently concluded parents weren't getting a fair shake in the courts when it came to fighting for their kids.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

State settles case of boy abused in foster care

State settles case of boy abused in foster care

The Maryland Department of Human Resources has agreed to pay out $1.5 million to care for a Baltimore boy who suffered irreversible brain damage after he was abused by another child in the foster home where he was placed by the city Department of Social Services.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Parents tell of children's hell lost in care

Parents tell of children's hell lost in care

A COUPLE falsely accused of sexually abusing their children say their kids have been left damaged by having to go into care.

Newport couple Tim and Gina Williams’ story shocked every parent in the country back in 2004 as appalling social service blunders tore their family apart.

Gabriel To Remain In Oregon, DHS Says

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Gabriel Allred's grandmother flew to Oregon to participate in custody mediation talks.



DHS says an agreement was reached in the mediation between Gabriel Allred's grandmother and his foster parents.

Bail Amount Upheld For Woman Accused In Girl's Death



A woman accused in the death of a 4-year-old foster child is being held on $5 million bail.

Survey: Thousands of Homeless Kids in New York City

Survey: Thousands of Homeless Kids in New York City

A large number of those young people had been in state or city care at some point before they wound up on the street.

About 28 percent had been in the foster care system. Four in 10 had previously spent time in jail or a juvenile detention facility.

Neglected by the province, foster care is a fast track to the streets

Neglected by the province, foster care is a fast track to the streets

In fact, 65 percent of people who live on the street are former kids in care, according to a study commissioned by the B.C. Federation of Foster Parent Associations. The statistic chills the federation's president, Melanie Filiatrault. Having fostered 42 children, she knows some of them are not making good choices and are vulnerable, just like Pickton's victims.

Children's task force members face removal

Children's task force members face removal

Representatives of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services might be removed from a legislative task force on children's mental health after they abstained from voting on the group's final recommendations.

Money, Child Protective Services, and Greed

Money, Child Protective Services, and Greed

We all hear the horror stories involving Child Protective Services but believe it will never happen to us. Maybe we like to believe that those horror stories are the exception to the rule. Maybe we like to think that the media is sensationalizing the facts for ratings and profit, after all, that is what the media does. Maybe we think that we are doing everything right and will never have to deal with the system.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Neglected by the province, foster care is a fast track to the streets

Neglected by the province, foster care is a fast track to the streets

Jody Coyen isn't surprised that half of the women Robert Pickton is guilty of killing are alumnae of the provincial foster-care system. At 34, she's already a veteran of the Downtown Eastside's street life and was friends with many of the missing women. In an interview at the Ovaltine Cafe on December 11, Coyen told the Georgia Straight that "most people down here have the same story. They were abused as children, come from alcoholic homes, stayed in foster care."

In fact, 65 percent of people who live on the street are former kids in care, according to a study commissioned by the B.C. Federation of Foster Parent Associations. The statistic chills the federation's president, Melanie Filiatrault. Having fostered 42 children, she knows some of them are not making good choices and are vulnerable, just like Pickton's victims.

Woman Mourns Slain Girl She Wanted To Adopt

Woman Mourns Slain Girl She Wanted To Adopt

A little girl is dead, her foster mother accused in her slaying, and now the woman who helped raise the child is speaking out about her loss.

Defending Against Parental Alienation

By Karen Alonge

The words "parental alienation" strike fear in the hearts of many a divorced parent. It can be terrifying to think that your ex might be able to turn your children against you! And it's devastating to feel powerless to protect our precious 'babies' from emotional harm.

Luckily, you have more power and influence than you may think. Your best defense is to stand tall, with both humility and pride, squarely inside your own skin. Warts and all. When children notice that you are not afraid, not hiding, and not counter-attacking, they quickly learn to see through the illusions into the truth.

This may sound simple, but it's not easy! When your kids come home reporting what their other parent said about you, your job is to remain calm, cool, and collected while listening. Act as if they are talking about the weather. Then tell them how neat you think it is that everyone can have their very own opinion about things. "I see things differently than your dad a lot of the time. I think it's fun to hear other people's ideas -- sometimes they tickle my brain!" (For older kids or teens, you might say "make life more colorful" or "expand my mind.")

Now here comes the really important part: Ask your kids what they think, and make it completely safe for them to tell the truth. "Now that I know my opinion, and your dad's opinion, I wonder what your opinion is! Tell me what you think about _______." (Fill in the blank with anything ... my car, my boyfriend, my job, my house, my attitude, my communication, my love, my parenting.)

If your child raises a valid concern, thank him for sharing it with you, and then address it head on. For example, if he is upset that you were late, take responsibility for your behavior, empathize with his feelings, apologize, and talk about how you will make a new plan that works better next time.

If she complains about something that is not negotiable, connect with her feelings rather than being too quick to explain why what she wants can't happen. "It sounds like you really hate it when I am not home to tuck you in at bedtime. Tell me more about what it feels like when you are trying to get to sleep on those nights."

Sometimes kids are hiding a little bit behind the other parent's opinion, sort of testing the waters to see if it's safe for them to express their own. Make it safe. Tell them that there's no topic that's off limits, and that you'll do your best to keep an open mind and work on solutions with them.

When we don't try to pretend we are perfect, we are far less vulnerable to criticism and attack. Instead of saying, "Why would your mom say that?! It's just not true!!" we can just say, "Yes, I can see how your mom might think that, and it's okay with me that she has a different opinion than I do." A child who hears this kind of tolerance will feel safe telling you anything. And THAT is your very best insurance policy against attempts to alienate.

In a nutshell: Don't get so lost in anger, defense, or counter attack that you forget to show your child who you really are in every possible moment.

Funnel your energy into being the best parent you can be when your child is with you. Let the truth of who you are ring clear, and don't allow anger, defensiveness, or revenge to pollute your relationship with your child.
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This is one of the most emotionally vulnerable situations that parents can face after a divorce. If you'd like some guidance and assistance as you navigate these difficult waters, I'm available by phone and email for parenting consultations. Contact me at karen@karenalonge.com, or visit http://www.karenalonge.com for more information.

copyright 2007 Karen Alonge

Is Drugging Our Children The Answer Or Could A Natural Supplement Magnesium Help?

Author: Darrell Miller

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been a commonly diagnosed illness occurring in children since the 1980s. Many people argue that ADHD should not be categorized as a disorder, but rather a set of problems that are normal to childhood. Either way, ADHD's symptoms consist of wandering attention, nervousness, and hyperactivity. These symptoms can be extremely troubling for the parents and teachers that have to work with children suffering from ADHD. Drugs like Ritalin have been promoted ADHD treatments for many years, but have been found to have highly dangerous side effects and not be a solution to everything. Meanwhile, many nutritionists have discovered that many of the answers to ADHD can be found in a child's diet in the form of food additives, sugar, and the missing essential nutrients.

One child who was horribly hyperactive, out of control, and diagnosed with ADHD by a school psychologist was taken off any foods that contained a particular red dye. Almost immediately, the child's hyperactivity ceased and he began paying attention and living the life of a normal child. A study recently completed at Yale University School of Medicine supported this result, showing a direct connection between food additives and hyperactivity. This study consisted of 297 children who were given drinks that contained common artificial food colorings and additives that are usually found in food and candy. Meanwhile, a control group was given drinks without additives. The children who drank the additive-enhanced drinks showed a significantly greater amount of hyperactivity and had shorter attention spans.

Another common cause of ADHD symptoms in children is overdosing of sugar. With all the snack-like breakfast cereals available and the high sugar-constant treats, hyperactivity should be expected. Once a child consumes a large quantity of sugar, he will hit a high of out-of-control hyperactivity and then quickly become grouchy and prone to tantrums. This is often called a "sugar rush" and can easily be solved by taking children off sugar.

After removing chemical additives and processed sugar from the diet, ADHD symptoms have also been traced to a lack of mineral magnesium. This nutrient is essential and often missing from most diets today. Kids who drink a lot of soda or fruit juices are getting high amounts of sugar but not magnesium. Those children without magnesium often suffer from irritability, insomnia, and constipation. These symptoms, which are commonly diagnosed as ADHD, can be cleared up quickly by putting your child on a magnesium supplement. Most nutritionists agree, believing that many ADHD symptoms come from a high sugar diet and a magnesium deficiency. Sugar and over-stimulation, such as stress, actually exhausts a child's nervous system. This can be cured with a magnesium supplement which allows the nervous system to rebuild. In addition, this supplement will assist the child in relaxing. Since children are the future for our society, helping them to survive in the best way possible, naturally, is something each and every one of us should take much more responsibility for. Magnesium and other natural supplements can be found at your local or internet vitamin store.
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About the Author:More information on Magnesium and ADHD can be found at VitaNet, LLC Health Food Store. http://vitanetonline.com/

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

In recent years, there have been numerous stories in newspapers around the country about the failures of the departments of Family Services and Social Services to do their respective jobs of monitoring and assisting children in dangerous situations. These stories are a step in the right direction, but one wonders if perhaps they came too late. All the outrage in the world can’t resurrect a dead child.

Too many children have died as a result of wrong decisions by CPS. With power comes responsibility and accountability, which most officials ignore. A child welfare system so overwhelmed with children who don't need to be in foster care,the less time they have to find children in real danger. When children are left in dangerous homes it is not because of desperate desire to preserve families. It's almost always because overwhelmed workers missed warning signs. And the reason children languish in foster care is not because states do too much for families,but because they do too little. The problem is that once the state takes over as "the parent", you might never get your child back. And if the child dies from the state's own neglect, it can legally claim it is "absolutely immune" from responsibility.

Let's NOT allow these precious children's death to be in vain - in the news one day, forgotten the next.

The only way to create change is to bring it to the public's attention. It is about the children! Please hear the childrens' cry !

Children Who Didn’t Have to Die - Website http://suncanaa.com/

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

CYFS too quick to take kids, says study

CYFS too quick to take kids, says study

The Government's top social workers say a "culture of blame" over child abuse is driving social workers into taking children from their families to avoid any risk of being blamed if things go wrong.

I-Team: Clark County Will No Longer Provide Insurance to Foster Parents

I-Team: Clark County Will No Longer Provide Insurance to Foster Parents

Clark County will no longer provide insurance to its foster parents. The county's carrier dropped it following a six-figure civil settlement.

Last week, local foster parents got a letter telling them the liability and property damage insurance provided by the county would end this Friday. The insurance company, United National dropped it, citing excessive losses as the reason.

Prescription issue hasn't had much scrutiny in N.Y.

Prescription issue hasn't had much scrutiny in N.Y.

Nationwide, medical experts and lawmakers are expressing concern that the escalating use of psychotropic medications could be placing foster children at risk. From state to state — and even county to county within states — a patchwork of rules and regulations dictates when and how the drugs can be prescribed to children who are in the foster care system.

Potent Pills: Doctor critical of overuse of over-prescribing

Potent Pills: Doctor critical of overuse of over-prescribing

Within the foster care population, he maintained, the use of the drugs is out of control because there is little oversight. Plus, he said, many foster children understandably exhibit difficult behavior, and drugs provide a quick way to temper the episodes.

Potent Pills: More foster kids

Potent Pills: More foster kids getting mood-altering drugs

Like Anderson's child, hundreds of foster children in Monroe County each year are placed on psychotropic, or mood-altering, drugs. Though questioned in some medical and psychiatric quarters because of long-term health risks, the use of the psychotropic medications on foster care children in Monroe County is on the rise, a Democrat and Chronicle investigation shows.

Some fear medicines may put foster kids' future health at risk

Some fear medicines may put foster kids' future health at risk

After spending more than four years in foster care, 14-year-old Jessie Sayyeau returned this summer to his Rochester home with prescriptions for five different psychotropic drugs.

Adoption Records Overview: United States

Author: Brian Williams

For a country as big and diversified as the US, adoption records are very important to keep.

What is adoption?
Adoption is the lawful act of permanently admitting a child with a parent or parents other than the birth mother or father. In accordance to an adoption order a parent or parents are liable to transfer parental responsibilities and rights over the child onto the adoptive parent or parents. Once an adoption is finalized, there is no authorized distinction between adopted children and those born to the parents. According to adoption records adoption has gained persistent standing in American society.

Who adopts
At present, studies say that in the United States 1 in 5 couples of childbearing age encounter grave problems in trying to conceive a baby. For these people, being able to boast the joy of being a parent becomes a goal which is hard to pin down. They seek an adoption as a substantial alternate to their inability to ever become birth parents. Having a child to love and care for is what brings joy to millions of infertile couples around the world. Adoption is also undertaken by individuals and couples who wish to give an orphan child the love and importance of a parent in their poignant lives.

Adoption in the United States
1992 was the end year National Adoption totals were collected in the USA, however adoption records from foster care homes and other non-government bodies allows us to get a rough estimate on the numbers. Back then 127,000 annual adoptions in the U.S was recorded. As of 2002, United States consisted of 1.5 million adopted, which was over 2% of all US Children. Adoptive parents have to pay virtually nothing to US$40,000 to adopt a child.

In recent years International Adoption through agencies has also become very popular in the United States. Amid 1971 and 2001, U.S. citizens adopted 265,677 children from other countries. The figure of children pending adoption decreased from 132,000 to 118,000 during 2000 to 2004.

In 2005 the U.S. Department of State declared that 22,728 visas were given to orphans coming into the United States, 7,906 being from China(Mainland), followed by Russia with 4,639 and Guatemala 3,783.

Adoption law vary from state to state, and federal laws also influence many procedures prior and after, connected with the adoption record process. It is important that placing and adopting parents, as well as those looking for family members are aware of legislations beforehand.
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Brian W. is a self-proclaimed expert in the court system and specializes in providing free information regarding adoption records. For FREE ACCESS to his articles, just visit RecordsSiteReviews.com.

Monday, December 10, 2007

International Adoption - The Children Of Guatemala

By Steve Silvester

Guatemala is one of the most popular and least regulated countries in the world of International Adoption. Last year there were estimated to have been 1,500 Guatemalan Children and Babies who have been adopted to live abroad, but the spectre of Illegal Adoptions have been followed the image of Guatemala for years. Stories like mothers being forced to give up their new born children and of a booming private adoption business that has now grown as a multi million pound industry can be seen if you just take one of the cheap flights to Guatemala.

One of facts to look into is, that illegal adoptions are taking place and the practice is done by many people. So, "With Overseas adoption, what is in the best interests of the children of Guatemala?"

For instance, UNICEF, an important organization is not claiming that all of the overseas adoptions coming out of Guatemala are illegal or abusive, but a new report issued from the organization does highlight the increasing problem of child trafficking.

As a background to understand why this problem exist we have to tell that the 36 year civil war – which ended officially only four years ago – left a quarter of a million dead or disappeared and one million homeless, half of them children.

Elizabeth Gibbons is the director of UNICEF, and a leading critic of adoption as practised in Guatemala:

‘Many, many orphaned children were taken into adoption by military officers – sent into international adoption. Originally a humanitarian activity, but it became obvious that it had the potential for being a lucrative business. And the higher demand in the West – the more birth control, more access to abortion – so you have the problem of a huge demand, therefore a supply must be created.’

In the last years there has been a tightening up of controls in many of the major embassies and the Canadian, UK and US embassies now area practising the DNA tests of both the birth mother and the baby to check out that the woman giving the baby up for adoption is the real birth mother.

‘But the existence of DNA doesn’t in any way tell you whether the mother is agreed in giving up the child or whether she is being forced. The second concern is that the children who pass the DNA test could be switched and they are not the same ones who go with the adopting parents on the plane and this procedure is not going to be expensive because you just have to take one of the cheap flights to Guatemala and realize that it is easy to do. Finally, the child who is rejected for having a negative DNA result by one of three embassies that offer this test, can then be offered to another embassy with parents of a another nationality.’

If the goverment knows about this abuse why it hasn’t done anything to stop it. The general believe is that Guatemala is in middle of the chaos, fledgling democracy and emerging from under the shadows of years of Military rule.

Guatemala is a difficult place from which to operate from and there doesn’t appear to be a Minister in charge of Social Affairs and Adoption so this topic is getting very hard to control.
The Chair of the Commission on the Child and the Family in the Guatemalan Parliament is is a vigorous critic and its system pass the “The Children’s Code” to protect the rights of the Child in Guatemala, this institution explains:

“We’ve been working on it for three years now and parliament still hasn’t passed it. They say, if we try to regulate adoption in this way we will deny children better opportunities in wealthier countries. There has been terrible resistance to the new law. You know Guatemala is a democracy only in name, not a real democracy”.

Finally we can say that no one respects the law or the state; everybody just does their own thing. And it’s the same with adoptions, the simple way to confirm this is to go there so if you want to do it buy one of the cheap flights to Guatemala and see the problem in real.
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Guatemala is a wonderful country, and finding cheap flights to Guatemala is extremely easy. However, situation of childhood there is alarming. Some people prefer to get a Galapagos travel rather than visiting countries like Guatemala, but believe me, it’s worth the effort.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Foster mom sentenced in death of 4-year-old

Foster mom sentenced in death of 4-year-old

A foster mom from hell was whacked with twice the prison time the state recommends for an involuntary manslaughter conviction, but never heard the harshest words spoken for allowing 4-year-old Dontel Jeffers to be brutally beaten to death in her care.

Suit claims twins got improper care

Suit claims twins got improper care

A $12.8 million lawsuit claims that state child-welfare workers placed newborn twins in a foster home where they were caged in cribs with chicken wire over the tops and left to sit in their own feces and urine.

Some child advocates critical of custody law

Some child advocates critical of custody law

Child protection reform advocates Saturday said Sedgwick County shouldn't put children in foster care as often as it does.

Teen Talks About Former Foster Dad, Charged With Murder

A Teen Talks About Former Foster Dad, Charged With Murder

Several families have come forward since Jordan Kaleb Shelton’s death and Ken Taylor's arrest, claiming Taylor abused their children, while under his foster care.

Foster mother hit sister with bat, girl tells court

Foster mother hit sister with bat, girl tells court

An 11-year-old girl told today how her elder sister was hit in the face with a baseball bat by their foster mother after they were caught eating toothpaste.

The girl was giving evidence in Wellington District Court against her foster parents who are on trial for assault the pair.

Rosedale Man Accused of Child Sex Abuse

Rosedale Man Accused of Child Sex Abuse

A Rosedale foster parent has been charged with sexually abusing two children.
66 year old David Shanklin is accused of fondling two children in his care. Baltimore County police say the abuse occurred between January 1995 and August 2007.

A mother and child reunion

A mother and daughter are reunited after more than a decade apart.

Amy said she got cleaned up, received counseling, a college education, and some time later, got her oldest three children back. But she says the word from Washington CPS was that they didn't know where the youngest, Danielle, then two and a half, ended up.

Fostering Better Foster Care

Fostering Better Foster Care
They merely exist, living out of suitcases and bags, bouncing from one foster home to another, one school to another, separated from their siblings, their neighborhoods, their friends and all that is familiar to them. They live with people who get paid to care for them. If they are lucky, they are loved.

Perceived neglect

Perceived neglect

One Thursday lunchtime, Lisa Bacon was visited by social services after an anonymous caller reported her for allowing her seven-year-old son to walk to school alone. Had she done wrong?

A bittersweet christening for the boy social workers couldn't take away

A bittersweet christening for the boy social workers couldn't take away

Former foster child, foster care experts urge changes to system

Former foster child, foster care experts urge changes to system

DeAudre Ridley knows the foster care system and knows what needs to change.

He was in and out of 15 to 18 foster homes from age 8 in various Oklahoma towns, from Oklahoma City to Norman to Muskogee.

Now at 23, he considers himself lucky to have made it through childhood and graduated from the University of Oklahoma, since so many foster children he knows end up in jail.

RICHARD WEXLER: TORTURED LOGIC HARMS KANSAS KIDS

RICHARD WEXLER: TORTURED LOGIC HARMS KANSAS KIDS

There is a land where a child can be held in an institution for more than a week and the bureaucrats who compile data for the state child welfare agency pretend he doesn't exist. It is a place where holding a child in foster care can be labeled a way to prevent foster care.

2 doctors, DSHS sued in death of 7-year-old

2 doctors, DSHS sued in death of 7-year-old

In his short life, Tyler DeLeon suffered a fractured femur and bruising up and down his body. He had two front teeth knocked out and bite marks on his arm.

And he was very, very small. In fact, the longer he lived with his adoptive mother, Carole DeLeon, the less he grew.

Upset by foster child's OD, panel grills DYFS officials

Upset by foster child's OD, panel grills DYFS officials

Appalled by the fatal overdose of a toddler in a foster home last year, members of the Assembly Human Services Committee yesterday demanded that child welfare officials raise the bar for who can be a foster parent.

DCF supervisor charged in theft of $1.5 million from Plantation office

DCF supervisor charged in theft of $1.5 million from Plantation office

A supervisor at the Florida Department of Children & Families office in Plantation has been charged, along with two alleged accomplices, with stealing more than $1.5 million in state welfare money.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Woman sentenced to 14 years for abusing foster daughter

Woman sentenced to 14 years for abusing foster daughter

A woman who punished her foster daughter by plunging hypodermic needles into the girl's eyes and beating her with various objects was sentenced today to 14 years in prison. Prosecutors asked for and received a high-end sentence for Chornice Kabbelliyaa, who pleaded guilty in September to one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. Prosecutors said Child Protective Services reports that the girl, who is now 16, has been moved to another family and is doing well.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Foster parents found guilty of abusing kids

Foster parents found guilty of abusing kids

Two foster parents have been found guilty of assaulting two sisters in their care, including hitting one in the face with a baseball bat.

Foster mother convicted of manslaughter to be sentenced

Foster mother convicted of manslaughter to be sentenced

Corinne Stephen of Boston was accused of causing the death of Dontel Jeffers during the 10 days he was in her care in 2005.

Man charged with attempted murder

Man charged with attempted murder

A retired Middlesex County social services officer is awaiting extradition from a Maryland jail to Middlesex County on charges he torched his Wake home while his adopted son slept inside.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Worry drives out DCF staffers

Negative publicity creates high turnover in child welfare agency

Even though there are five soon-to-be investigators scheduled to graduate from training early this month, they'll be joining ranks of people almost as fresh as they are. Throughout Circuit 20 — Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties — 70 percent of investigators have less than two years' experience; 55 have less than a year.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Man struggles to rebuild life after TYC ordeal

Man struggles to rebuild life after TYC ordeal

The Texas Youth Commission vowed to fix broken children, but it failed thousands of youth in its care. The agency crumbled this year amid widespread reports of physical and sexual abuse.

Some Child Advertising from Kansas

Family wanted: John, 16

This disgusts me. If they can't find permanant homes, they exploit them in the media.

If they can't find them permanant homes, they shouldn't legally kidnap them in the first place.

If they were doing it right, there would be a lot less of these kids in need of permanancy.
LK

Supreme Court won't hear 'caged kids' custody appeal

Supreme Court won't hear 'caged kids' custody appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the custody appeal of two parents convicted of abusing some of their 11 adopted, special-needs children and making them sleep in cages.

The Unintended Consequences of Child Protection Laws

The Unintended Consequences of Child Protection Laws

Grandparents Are the Only Hope Some Children May Have

DCF probes worker's rehire

Case manager was fired after problems with law

Loretta Scurry, 50, also known as Loretta Phipps, had worked as a case manager for Department of Children and Families in Fort Myers since 1989. According to personnel records, Scurry was fired in October 2002 for speeding with a child in a car and violating a state privacy statute.

Mom of child in foster care to sue state over sex abuse

Mom of child in foster care to sue state over sex abuse

The mother of a toddler who was sexually molested by a Deltona foster parent has filed a notice to sue the state and the foster care agency that monitored the foster home.

CPS hides details about slain girl, 12

CPS hides details about slain girl, 12

After waiting weeks to find out whether Child Protective Services did what it could to protect a 12-year-old Phoenix girl murdered last month, the agency has provided information that clearly, unequivocally shows . . .

Nothing.

Once again, mum's the word over at the agency that poses the last thin line of defense for children in this state. The law, it seems, won't allow full disclosure of the state's involvement with a girl who was burned and then beaten to death and left for days in a tiny apartment with her traumatized little sister.

Forced vaccinations should elicit hue and cry

Forced vaccinations should elicit hue and cry

Consider this scenario: Children are rounded up at school and herded like cattle into a courthouse, as armed police and attack dogs stand guard. The children are forced to be injected with a noxious cocktail of chemicals in a grotesque medical experiment. Does this sound like Nazi Germany? It isn't. This happened last week in the great state of Maryland. That's right, the state of Maryland, which, when last I looked, was in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Fixing foster care in Maryland

Fixing foster care in Maryland

Merely taking them temporarily "out of harm's way" is not enough. In fact, all too often, well-intentioned efforts to protect vulnerable children do them a different kind of harm - by separating them not just from their parents but also from their brothers and sisters; by placing them far away from their homes, where they know no one and have to change to an unfamiliar school; by subjecting them to multiple placements; and, above all, by leaving them for too long in temporary foster care, where they do not know whether they will return to their birth families and their communities.

State drops child abuse charges

State drops child abuse charges

Prosecutors on Friday dropped a child abuse charge against a former school teaching aide accused of beating her foster daughter with extension cords.

The 11-year-old victim has a history of mental health issues and is currently at a lock-down mental health facility in southern Florida, prosecutors said. The victim's therapist said the girl is "not in a position to discuss the incident."

New allegations against man accused of killing foster child

New allegations against man accused of killing foster child

"Once we reported it and Department of Children's Services got a few reports by different kids, you'd think they would have looked into it," said former foster child Kyle Perdue. "It seems they let it go, and that's what happened. This is exactly what happened."

Life with foster dad recalled

Teen says man accused in choking death once grabbed him by throat

Documents: Counties changed, destroyed records in starvation case

Documents: Counties changed, destroyed records in starvation case
Caseworkers from two neighboring counties and a state agency doctored or destroyed records pertaining to a 4-year-old girl whose starved body was found stuffed into a picnic cooler, according to a newspaper's review of court documents.

One caseworker testified in a pretrial deposition that her supervisor ordered her to burn records pertaining to the girl, Kristen Tatar.

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