Monday, June 30, 2008
Rikka Pinckney, who had Down syndrome, allegedly was smothered by another foster child in the same home.
An investigation is under way in Grady County into the death of a 2-year-old foster child.
Department of Humans Services officials said Monday that the child, SkyDawn Word, drowned Sunday afternoon in Chickasha.
A new clothing brand may be born out of the Texas raid on a polygamous sect.
FLDS women for the first time are offering their handmade, distinctive style of children's clothes to the public through the Web site fldsdress.com.
A Carter County family is grieving this weekend after their 19-month-old foster child, Raymond, passed away Saturday evening in an Oklahoma City hospital after being run over by a car Friday afternoon. Meredith Saldana has more on this story after sitting down with his foster family Sunday afternoon.
Twelve-year-old Jessica Braam had been in 34 different foster homes by the time a lawsuit was filed on her behalf.
That was 1998. Six years later, the state Children's Administration reached an agreement with lawyers representing Jessica and a dozen other children. The Braam Panel, composed of child welfare experts, would oversee improvements to the way foster children are cared for.
Nearly 90 percent of all children in Los Angeles County's foster-care system are minorities, drawing growing concern that hospitals and child welfare agencies are performing the vast majority of drug screening tests on low-income, minority pregnant women who seek public health care.
The South Australian Government is increasing payments to foster carers in a bid to attract more people into the role.
Families and Communities Minister Jay Weatherill says foster carers and relatives who provide care to children will receive up to $2,300 extra a year.
Note: Foster Contractors Wanted.
Imagine yourself not having a place to call home. Imagine longing for that place, and after finally finding it and settling in and becoming comfortable…it is taken from you – forcing you to move to another place, which you hope to call home. Yet again you are there for only a limited time and find yourself on the move. As this process repeats itself, each move wears you down and you begin to lose hope. Welcome to the world of the hundreds of thousands of foster children scattered across the United States who are trapped in the vicious cycle of the child welfare system, as they are moved from house to house, but never to a home.
VULNERABLE Sydneysiders are suffering from a chronic shortage of child protection workers, with about 170 frontline DOCS positions left unfilled - the bulk in Western Sydney.
Note: It's because they suck to work for.
A child accidentally falls off his top bunk. His mother worries. The child says his knee hurts, and it looks like a bruise is forming on his arm. His mother wants a doctor to see the child, but hesitates for a moment about taking her son to the hospital emergency room.
She is afraid that her child's treating physician will not believe her when she says that her child was hurt in an accident. She knows that a social worker will call child-welfare authorities. She knows that she will be subject to an investigation. She is fearful that those child-welfare authorities may remove her child from her care and charge her with neglect. She knows that it may take several months before her child is returned to her care, and she also knows that during that time she may only be able to see her child once or twice a week. Even then, those visits may be supervised by an agency caseworker.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
A Santa Maria woman accused of killing her 3-year-old foster son pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and felony assault resulting in the death of a child under 8 years old.
Sylvia Marie Dominguez, 27, was arraigned Friday morning in Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria.
A caseworker told the Gastonia foster mother she would have to give up one of her foster children because of a new state rule limiting the number of children per home.
Note: Isn't there a shortage of foster homes?
Sean Paddock was born in turmoil, early and tiny, to a broken family.
Social workers fretted over how to protect the boy. They finally recruited new parents to raise him.
Sean, 4, died at the hands of his adoptive mother, Lynn Paddock. She beat him and bound him in a dark, drafty attic in her Johnston County farmhouse. This month, a jury sent Paddock to prison for the rest of her life.
A newspaper columnist has revealed the startling case of an 8-year-old boy who was taken while he was playing outside his Colorado home by police and social workers who then informed his parents what they had done.
Awakened by late-night pounding and his doorbell ringing, Palmdale resident Jesus Bejarano found a social worker and two sheriff's deputies demanding he turn over his 20-month-old daughter, Kelly.
Experts say the case highlights widespread problems with California's system of drug-testing pregnant mothers, using urine-screening tests that produce false-positives up to 70percent of the time, and inconsistent compliance by hospitals with a state law designed to regulate the process.
False positives are common in drug tests on new moms
Hospitals' initial urine- screening drug tests on pregnant women can produce a high rate of false positives - particularly for methamphetamine and opiates - because they are technically complex and interpretation of the results can be difficult, some experts say.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Rolando Bini, Executive director of Parents in Action (http://www.ParentsInAction.net ), and Bill Murawski, discuss solutions to the problems with New York City's child protective services as administered by the Administration for Children's Services (ACS). Dr. Steve Finger, Brooklyn physician, hosts (http://www.Drfinger.com ). Originally aired May 1, 2006. Taped April 11, 2006. See the first program in this two-part series at http://TinyURL.com/qanfn. Buy a high-resolution copy of this program on VHS, DVD, or MiniDV at the program's web site above.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Deborah Ann Edmonston has been charged with two counts of battery with a deadly weapon related to domestic violence, child endangerment and malicious destruction of private property. The County has reportedly placed her on administrative leave without pay, according to the TV station.
The head of the Texas agency behind the seizure of more than 400 children from a polygamist group announced Friday that he is retiring.
Note: It says the FLDS case had nothing to do with it. Do you believe this?
The woman accused of killing her 3-year-old foster child enters a plea in court Friday.
Sylvia Dominguez faces charges of murder and cruelty to a child. Police said she is responsible for the death of her foster child and nephew, Gilbert Dominguez. Investigators said Gilbert had obvious injuries all over his body.
Children as young as 5 will be identified as being at risk of becoming criminals or troublemakers under government plans to tackle offending and disorder on the streets.
Sam McGillivary has been camped outside the legislature since late May. He's been asking the government to call a public inquiry into the province's former group foster home system, where children deemed "delinquents" were taken to group homes, where some have described performing child labour and being abused.
Sometimes mothers can be so embarrassing. How about Gail Jordan, who asked her local Asda to transfer a photographic print of her son as a five-month-old baby on to a cake for his 21st birthday party?
Asda, however, did not just think this was embarrassing. They thought it was positively sinister, because – shock!horror! – the print revealed the naked bottom of the infant David Jordan. That, of course, was the point of mum's little joke – but it was no laughing matter for the cake censors of the Asda branch in Liscard, Wirral. Ms Jordan was reported in yesterday's newspapers as saying that the supermarket had refused her request, on the grounds that the photo "could be anyone's child, so it could be deemed pornographic".
Note: Just a wee bit anal-retentive (no pun intended) wouldn't you think?
When child welfare officials in Washington removed five young children from their parents’ home in May, relatives in this Washington suburb quickly stepped in, offering to share guardianship.
Bucks County Children and Youth social services in Pennsylvania is a disgrace. They put my Grandchildren in foster care, in 3 days without any other reason than a phone tip from the mother of a cocaine dealer that was afraid my daughter would tell on him. The mother was the landlady and his apartment was across from his. She complained about the door bell ringing all night long as his business must be good. The bell was disconnected. The landlady has a brother who works for welfare in bucks county. Her name is Rosado, but I don't know his. Welfare controls Youth social services and in 3 days the children were taken from day care, after an invasion of my daughters apartment without a warrant or probable cause. A phone tip is never cause as stated by the supreme court. They still refuse to return the children as the cry and beg to go with their mommy and pop after our once a month supervised visit.
Landmark decision: U.S. Supreme Court cites false claims as a basis for striking down dealth penalty in child rape cases
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the death sentence of a Louisiana man convicted of the aggravated rape of his 8-year-old stepdaughter. Patrick Kennedy v. Louisiana, 2008 U.S. LEXIS 5262 (June 25, 2008). Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, explained that the practice imposing the death penalty for child rape violated "evolving standards of decency," the yardstick the court uses to decide whether a punishment is cruel and unusual.
The court expressly noted that one of the bases for its holding that the death penalty is unconstitutional for child rape is the risk of false claims.
Children in government care are more likely to get charged with a crime than they are to finish high school, says troubling new research by B.C.'s representative for children and youth.
More B.C. foster kids end up in court than finish high school, says report
Thursday, June 26, 2008
A new motion has been filed this afternoon in Judge Jack Skeen's court in the case of Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly, one of the defendants in the Mineola child sex ring case.
Adults are afraid to interact with other people's children because they fear being labelled a paedophile, a report claimed today.
The furious father of a 13-year-old girl who went missing after the Department of Community Services put her on a train on her own says the organisation did not contact him for hours after finding his daughter.
Los Angeles County’s social service systems are failing the children they are supposed to help, according to a grand jury report released Monday.
Meanwhile, some 70 percent of all state prison inmates were formerly part of foster care systems, with the unemployment of former foster care children at more than 50 percent within two to four years after emancipation, the grand jury noted in its report.
The biological mother of two foster children killed in Sunday's crash in Plano grew up in foster care herself and knows how difficult it is for a child to be separated from family.
That's why she was fighting to be reunited with her children – Kevinnesha Palmer, 6, and Raven Lucas, 5 – when she got word Sunday that they had died. The crash also killed the girls' foster parents, Geoff and Christy Hart, and their 12-year-old daughter, Rebekah, as all five left their Plano church.
A MAN has been charged with gross indecency involving a child in the Northern Territory.
The 49-year-old man from Noonamah, south-east of Darwin, was arrested this morning and charged with two counts of gross indecency with a child in special care.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
A DISTRAUGHT mother has spoken of her anguish after her five-year-old daughter was mauled by a dog – days after going into foster care.
The youngster, who cannot be named, was forced to undergo emergency surgery for nine hours, having 10 stitches in her face, at Treliske Hospital, Truro, after the attack by a cocker spaniel on Sunday afternoon.
A state agency that is being sued in federal court over the way it cares for Oklahoma's 10,000 foster children will come under new scrutiny next month when a performance audit gets under way to pinpoint problems and find solutions.
Dr. Shirley Moore has invited me to join the N.A.A.C.P. and be the one to call a press conference in their name in my area to disclose that these judges are getting paid for forcing people into these non-profit organizations that D.C.F.S. uses to "Fix" these parents and or adopt out our children...
I want ALL judges who have been collecting a check from these organizations thrown in prison! It's a conflict of interest! As it stands, they do not even have to disclose that they are part of these organizations while on the bench! That's insanity! I need every person who can google to find me the names of their local D.C.F.S. judges, the court addresses and every tie to any non-profit organization we can find! I need it fast, too! They're watching my site, so spread this like a virus because they're going to shut it down (or hide their connections) quicker than anything!
Also, anybody in San Bernardino County or anywhere near me needs to call me for info on how to join the N.A.A.C.P....It's only a $30.00 fee to them, not me, annually. If you don't have the money, you can still help and we might get someone to pay your fee to be a part of the N.A.A.C.P. As always, joining Serenah's Angels is FREE...We need EVERYBODY!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Adoptive dad of 27 about to testify against perps now faces allegations
The decision may violate a directive from the 2001 Legislature, said Sen. Val Stevens, R-Arlington. It comes as the agency prepares to go to court Monday to defend itself against accusations it is not complying with the settlement of a previous lawsuit. That long-running lawsuit accuses the state of failing to protect foster children.
A police review shows that New Zealand's new anti-spanking law has not reduced the number of physical abuse cases against children, but it has deterred good parents from properly disciplining their children. The report is the result of a three month review that took place directly after the passing of the bill and a separate three month review which was initiated six months later.
New Zealanders are today presenting parliament with a petition calling for the law to be struck down.
The Manitoba government may offer to call a public inquiry today into the province's former group foster home system.
A source said Family Services Minister Gord Mackintosh is expected to make a written offer to Sam McGillivary today. It will likely include calling a public inquiry into the system that saw McGillivary and an unknown number of other aboriginal children taken from their homes in the 1960s, '70s and '80s and sent to homes for "delinquents," where some performed child labour and suffered abuses.
A man who once cared for foster children was charged with child rape Monday after a Costco worker saw what appeared to be child pornography on film to be developed at the store, reported KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.
Calling the overdose death of a Riviera Beach toddler "a tragic situation," Palm Beach County's top child-welfare official conceded on Monday that the agency made mistakes in failing to seek court approval to intervene with the family.
Teresa Jeffs, 16, a daughter of polygamous sect leader Warren S. Jeffs, gave The Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday a copy of an e-mail she sent Natalie Malonis, of Flower Mound, Texas, after seeing news reports about her case. On Friday, Malonis won a court order banning contact between an FLDS spokesman and the girl.
"The most help you will be to me now is for you to step aside and let me get a different lawyer that I feel like can help me," Jeffs wrote in the e-mail.
She said her attorney ad litem is "trying to restrict me from every person in my life that I want to talk to or have anything to do with."
The mother of two foster children killed Sunday in a horrific car crash that claimed the lives of three others is devastated over their deaths, the woman's attorney said Monday.
Don Jordan is the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS). As far as I know he is not running for president. Yet one could be confused since remarks he made on March 18 were still receiving national attention as recently as last Saturday.
Groups from Colorado and Washington DC jumped on Don’s statement about Sedgwick County prosecutors bullying child protection services caseworkers. Of course officials from Wichita and even Governor Sebelius had to comment. I don’t know a thing about the group Citizens for Change or what Don was trying to say. I do know that child welfare is by nature a complex and contentious enterprise.
Alack of resources alone cannot explain Sacramento Child Protective Service's dismal record in protecting the county's most vulnerable children. Since 3-year-old Adrian Conway was beaten, burned and starved to death by his mother in 1996, spending on CPS in Sacramento County has risen from $33.9 million to nearly $126 million today – a staggering 271 percent increase.
But an investigation by The Sacramento Bee has found that, despite more money and lower caseloads, Sacramento County holds a dubious distinction among the state's largest counties: It has the highest rate of kids who are abused or neglected again within a year after contact with CPS.
He was 3 years old, a little boy who wanted a toy train for Christmas.
A month before the holiday, Keith Carl "K.C." Balbuena was beaten to death.
Note: They just can't get it right either way.
A Tooele woman has admitted to killing a 14-month-old boy she and her husband adopted from Russia by deliberately dropping the child on his head in March.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thirteen-year-old Yulianto has spent half his life in an orphanage, but not because his parents are dead.
His mom and dad, he quietly explained as he stared at the ground, were too poor to feed him and put him through school. And he longs to leave Parapattan Orphanage in central Jakarta and return to them.
Raising four boys alone on a machine technician's salary is a challenge in the best of times. But when there is nothing in the pantry save two bags of rice, a can of vegetables and a jar of peanut butter scraped clean, it can be a nightmare.
Note: This makes me sick. I come across this blog, and this person so desperate for a child of her own decides to become a foster contractor in order to get her hands on one. It is a very good example of the mentality that the family rights people are up against.
Dozens of siblings separated by adoption were reunited this weekend on board the Hawaii Superferry. These kids are part of Hawaiis foster families visitation program. They usually get to meet up for four to eight hours a month, but this weekend the Alakai teamed up with the Grand Wailea Resort to treat the kids to a getaway on Maui.
Members of Custer Road United Methodist Church filed out of the 9:45 a.m. Sunday service in high spirits, buoyed by a sun-soaked morning and the high school choir's return from an out-of-town tour.
Just minutes later and less than a half-mile away, a black Pontiac ran a red light and slammed into a minivan heading home from the sanctuary, killing Geoff Hart, his wife, Christy, 12-year-old daughter Rebekah and two foster children.
Gonzalez never knew her biological mother. From when she was 6 months old to beyond her 21st birthday in November, the state's foster care system run by the Department of Children and Families has provided for her, placing her in 10 to 15 homes and monitoring her progress as an adult.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
When out-of-control youngsters cause property damage or worse to third parties, the popular consensus is often that the parents of those youngsters should be held financially responsible.
Children placed in care are three times more likely to die than others, a shock report has revealed.
In one year, 16 in 10,000 vulnerable youngsters died in care. The national death rate for children was five in every 10,000.
But another common explanation is that CPS is being more cautious with cases following intense public scrutiny over the deaths last year of two Tucson children and the presumed death of a third local child, allegedly at the hands of parents, despite CPS involvement.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
By the time Vincent Clark was charged with felony neglect in the drug-overdose death of his 21-month-old son, Darius, he had been accused of attacking women at least six times.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
More than 20 years experience for the Office of Attorney General
Margaret Donnelly for Attorney General Vlog 1 (D-St. Louis) recommended termination of parental rights while knowing that I had my other two children in my care. Now my daughter is subjected to living in an environment where her emotions are put under strain due to Margaret Donnelly's unlawful recommendation.
Margaret Donnelly for Attorney General Vlog 1 (D-St. Louis) and Brian Donlop two Guardian Ad Litems who both held liens to the children's house at the same time while claiming that they work for the best interests of the child.
CHILD ABDUCTION BY THE STATE LINK
Judge Melvyn Weissman from the St.Louis Clayton County courts terminated my rights while knowing that my other two children were still in my care.
Judge Susan Block did the adoption.
Judge Melvyn Weissman and Judge Susan Block have been noted in articles for operating adoption fair Saturdays together in the state of Missouri.
Becky Price, Social Worker testified under oath claiming that she signed a document knowing that there was a lie written in the document while trying very hard to cover up Margaret Donnelly's advise instructing her not to put anything in writing in regards to letting me know how to get my daughter back.
Judge Melvyn Weissman continued to clip his nails and did nothing about Becky Price Social Worker's testimony.
Sharon Krammar was used to throw a wrench into the counselor named Joanna Mason's positive feedback about me.
Sharon Krammar was the state official who would scold me in front of my daughter for giving her a stuffed animal.
Counselor Joanna Mason's, from the St. Louis Clayton County Courts job was threatened because she was supporting my efforts to regain custody of my daughter.
Court appointed psychologist Lisa Emmenaggar phycologist stated under oath that I had no bond with my daughter because there was no communication during the time I rocked my daughter to sleep in a rocking chair that Social Services placed in the visiting room.
Court Appointed Special Advocate NANCY NETSCH from CASA at the St. Louis Clayton County courts was described as a volunteer who would push for terminating my rights while knowing that my other two children were still in my care.
Nancy Netsch, from St. Louis CASA, Court Appointed Advocates stood side by side next to JUDGE SUSAN BLOCK who did the adoption of my youngest child.
Juvenile officer appeared by attorney, NANCY L. SIDO pushed for termination by attacking frivolous issues such as child support payments to the courts while they collected federal funds for keeping my youngest daughter while wrongfully holding my daughter under their the states care.
Elizabeth Stonefield from the Adoption Unit from the Missouri Family Services was notified that my child was free for adoption.
Judge Coralyn Whittington from the St. Louis Family courts appointed to me attorney Bill Grant from the St. Louis Clayton County Family Courts to handle this case.
It was later discovered by campaign records that my attorney Bill Grant has contributed campaign funds to the Guardian Ad Litem, Margaret Donnelly (she is running for attorney general today) who made her strong recommendation to terminate my rights.
Judge Coralyn Whittington gave custody of my youngest daughter to the biological Father whom they took her from and was later adjudicated for abuse.
Judge Coralyn Whitington also granted full custody of my daughter to a single man that ran a foster career home to adopt from the state of Missouri whom also to include two other little girls to this single man who were also adopted out by the state of Missouri.
NOTICE THIS SMALL NEWS ARTICLE FOUND BELOW WRITTEN BY Linda Meyers
"The event wrapped up in the
afternoon with the presentation of
The Dudley Dunlop Distinguished
Guardian Ad Litem Award for 2001
to Donnelly. The award was pre-
sented by Judge Susan E. Block,
administrative judge of the Family
Court of St. Louis County. Block
said of Donnelly, "Margaret is the
consummate professional in a court-
room, and the children couldn't be
in more caring hands when she rep-
Referencing above paragraph written in a news article by Linda Meyers.
Take notice to the three names mentioned all in one paragraph together IN THE NEWS ARTICLE, 1. Dudley Dunlop, 2. Margaret Donnelly, and 3. Susan Block.
1. Dunlop'S OFFICE Guardian Ad Litem handled my case, then he passed it on to
2.Margaret Donnelly, then Margeret Donnelly passsed my little girl on to
2.Judge Susan Block for the unlawful adoption.
For further details on this story, you can watch my other video called states earn bonuses and rewards for our children/includes audio
Betty and Mose Jefferson, sister and brother of Rep. William Jefferson, along with niece Angela Coleman plead not guilty to fraud charges in federal court.
Note from the person who sent me this: More people supposed to be helping kids, but helping themselves
Ideally, every child’s world is reasonably constant, safe and predictable, because disruptions in stability cause stress that can permanently affect children. Experiences of childhood define the adult by shaping the brain, researchers say.
Note: Not so sure about this one.
A foster parent who runs a day care center has been charged with one count of disseminating material harmful to a juvenile for allegedly showing porn to a 10-year-old boy at the center, police said Wednesday.
A 22-year-old Detroit man, a foster parent of two boys who arranged to meet and have sex with who he believed to be a 14-year-old boy, was charged in 31st District Court today with illegally using the Internet for child sexually abusive activity.
A foster parent entrusted with the care of three children involved in the “Mineola Swingers Club” has been arrested for aggravated sexual assault of a child on a California case from 18 years ago.
A Fort Myers boy under the age of 12 admitted to lying after an investigation was opened by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children and Families after he alleged he was raped by a family member.
Note: I guess television is bad for kids.
Tallahassee, Florida -- Former Department of Children and Families employee Al Zimmerman has a longer wait before his trial starts. A spokesman from the US Attorney’s office said the defense requested a motion for continuance, pushing the trial date back until September.
The state CPS office says they've closed the door on the case of a Hangman's noose found in a Midland CPS office and it is now in the hands of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Imagine your eight-year-old son is kidnapped from his family in rural Manitoba, is taken to an undisclosed location -- a work farm, where young kids and teens are beaten and used as slave labour -- and is not seen again until he's an adult.
The kidnappers are child and family service agents.
The farm operator is a private owner of a work camp -- ostensibly a "group home" for trouble boys -- but in reality a prison where backbreaking labour is extracted from petrified children who are beaten into submission.
From across the border comes a story out of Quebec (Canada for those rusty in their geography) where a judge overruled a father who sought to prevent his daughter from going on a school trip. According to the article, a divorced father had custody of his 12-year-old daughter. Dad cut off daughter's internet access after she chatted on a website he blocked. She then used a friend's computer to post "inappropriate pictures of herself" to this website. After Dad found out, he told the daughter she couldn't go on a three-day school trip. Not at all happy with the punishment, daughter moves in with Mom. What does Mom do? She says daughter can go on the trip. One problem--the school required the consent of both parents or a court order. Dad refused to give his consent, so Mom and daughter took their case to court.
Kyle Smith’s deflated body lay in a small white coffin piled with stuffed animals, a bruise still visible on his right cheek. All evening, scores of teary friends and relatives consoled his ashen father, a doorman in Manhattan’s financial district, and his sobbing mother, a newly married restaurant manager now living in South Carolina.
By Sen. Susan Collins of Maine
Nowhere is the human spirit of kindness and generosity shown more vividly than it is through adoption. When families open their hearts and their homes to foster children, they are giving them the love and stability that all children deserve, as well as a solid foundation on which to build a successful life.
Note: Bullshit. Senator Collins is an idiot. Send her a message, Click Here
In some child welfare circles, ‘family preservationist’ is a dirty phrase.
Many within the complex system have scoffed at the idea that “abused and neglected” children, especially if they are poor and black, belong with their families.
These comments come despite growing evidence that children who grow up in the foster care system are more likely to be homeless, dependent on public assistance and incarcerated than their non-foster care raised counterparts.
A 5 year old boy is brutally mauled to death by the family’s pit bull in their backyard.
The child was living there with family members after Child Protective Services placed him and a sibling in the home for reasons not yet known.
‘Every state is failing.’ Representative Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) expressed that heated sentiment at an urban caucus and rural working group joint symposium on child welfare reform. Cooper wished America could do more to help the 520,000 children who remain in the welfare system and wanted to resolve ‘this national nightmare.’
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State child welfare officials ousted the Fayette County director who pressed a child abuse case against an agency official against the wishes of top management.
Mary Davis said Thursday she was informed Wednesday she has been removed as director of the Fayette County office of the state Division of Family and Children Services.
The heat is on Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Don Jordan, after KSN broadcast a tape of his comments from a meeting back in March.
On the tape, Jordan accuses members of the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office of bullying social workers to falsify court documents.
The public and the media will have unprecedented access to state records when a child dies or is severely injured from abuse or neglect, under a bill passed by the Legislature on Thursday.
The measure is part of a package of Child Protective Services reforms that evolved out of last year's legislative hearings on the deaths of three Tucson children who had been involved with the agency. The governor is expected to sign the bills into law next week.
A foster parent entrusted with the care of three children involved in the “Mineola Swingers Club” has been arrested for aggravated sexual assault of a child on a California case from 18 years ago.
A legal loophole in the legislation is allowing child sex offenders to adopt children once they have served out their sentences. While there is currently a growing lobby in Parliament to have the law re-written, it faces an uphill battle to be passed as legislation, as experts claim any move to have the sexual offenders of children named and shamed would be unconstitutional and infringe upon a convicted paedophile�s human rights.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Nov 2006 - the province's Auditor General was given power for the first time to look at the spending practices of the CAS's in Ontario.
What followed was a shocking report,of staff and workers being extremely over paid.Including vacations and gym memberships and luxury cars, all while Ontario's foster children are being neglected and not getting the care they require.I am featured as a survivor of the child welfare system.
Approximately 20 children, each with the hope of finding a permanent family, and prospective adoptive families will have the opportunity to get acquainted at an adoption gathering and video conference on Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center in Dalton.
Police found the mother of three girls involved in an accident that killed their father. Police believe the father had a seizure or blackout, lost control of his car, and crashed into the backyard of a home on north Highway 281 in Edinburg.
Now Child Protective Services will decide when or if the girls can be returned to their mother.
An effort to open up disciplinary records of state employees narrowly escaped defeat on a final vote in the state Senate on Wednesday.
Note: Give the govenor a call and voice your support for these bills. Here's the number Toll Free 1-(800) 253-0883.
Two Bristol men who had served as foster parents pleaded innocent yesterday in Superior Court to multiple felony child-molestation charges.
I don't think I have ever received so many e-mails on a story. This is a sample of what you have to say about a school's actions after a psychic warned a student with the initial "V" was being sexually abused. The school concluded it could be an 11 year old autistic child named Victoria who had been exhibiting sexualized behaviour that is typical of autism and called in the Children's Aid Society. (see my previous blog for the full story)
Thanks for the e-mails and keep them coming.
Note: Did you ever think that maybe this is the kind of bullshit that they rely on when taking other kids into the system? "No evidence of abuse or neglect? Lets consult the psychic."
A recent Seattle Times editorial ["Child welfare up close," May 19] touched on the issue of racial disproportionality in our child-welfare system. It is a complex and troubling topic that is receiving a great deal of attention both nationally and within our state.
Child welfare up close
Racial disparities in Washington state's child-welfare system run deep. The officials who run this system have pledged to address this but to do so they need to get out of Olympia and see the problems firsthand.
If you deny your children access to TV or withhold their allowance, can they take you to court? And win?
That implausible scenario emerged after a judge in Gatineau sided with a 12-year-old girl who challenged her father after he refused to let her go on a school trip for disobeying his orders to stay off the Internet.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Florida child welfare administrators have had little tolerance for investigators and caseworkers who air the agency's dirty laundry in public. In recent years, department chiefs have launched several investigations to determine who leaked records to reporters.
I am outraged that a 3 year old boy was beaten, tortured, raped, and ultimately murdered by the hands of his "so called" foster parents. Nymeen Cheatham and her sleazy fiance Lemar Martin were arrested Friday, June 13, 2008 at their apartment building in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn in connection to the death of three-year-old Kyle Smith, who was declared dead Friday afternoon despite the best efforts of EMS workers.
Note: The headline should have read, "KILLER FOSTER PARENTS"
Kyle Smith lay in a tiny coffin surrounded by stuffed monkeys Monday as friends and family finally got a chance to pay their last respects to the abuse victim.
Risk assessment training? Again?
This is an oft-repeated refrain following the preventable death of another child known to the Division of Family and Children Services. According to media reports, 16-month-old Amiya Brown was treated in an emergency room for a fractured arm and leg. The hospital summoned DFCS, which sent Amiya home with her mother. DFCS apparently did so based upon the mother's allegation that Amiya's injuries occurred while under her grandmother's supervision. No further examination of the circumstances of her injuries was undertaken at that time.
Former Child Advocate Asks if Foster Care Quotas are at Fault
Georgia's former Child Advocate wants to know whether state mandated limits on the number of children placed in foster care led to the death of a toddler. 16-month old Amiya Brown died in May, days after a Fulton County case worker looked in on suspicious injuries the child got at home.
A 13-year-old girl removed from an apocalyptic sect in New Mexico was released from state custody Tuesday, and officials say she could eventually move back to the group's compound.
Note: More religious persecution.
Jacob Fisher is all of 11, but does the work of an adult on the family's 10-acre farm in Carnation.
A mother from Barrie is demanding an apology after the Children's Aid Society launched an investigation into sexual abuse allegations that came from a psychic.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
A former high ranking Fulton County child welfare official pleaded guilty Tuesday to beating her own child and was sentenced to 10 years of probation, according to her attorney.
PROTESTORS from Justice for Families met with Hemel Hempstead shoppers last week. North London couple Ian and Sarah Walton caught the attention of passers-by on Tuesday, May 27 with rows of banners when they set up camp on Marlowes. The pair travel the country to discuss experiences of family courts with members of the public. More information on Justice for Families can be found at http://stopinjusticenownews.blogspot.com
1961 speech President & WWII General Dwight D Eisenhower warns us of the Military Industrial Complex.
Note: Somebody sent this to me. For some reason, it seems to fit right in, doesn't it?
The director of a Saudi government-funded Islamic school has been arrested and charged with failing to report a child abuse allegation, adding to scrutiny of the northern Virginia academy as protesters came out Tuesday to call for a federal investigation of its teachings.
So she was completely unprepared for what happened to her and the youngster, an almost unbelievable tale of red tape involving a strange claim from a teaching assistant, a bizarre decision by a school board, a visit from the Children's Aid Society (CAS) and most improbably of all, the incorrect pronouncements of a psychic.
A north London social worker sacked after the horrific death of Victoria Climbie said she would never work in child protection again, despite winning a tribunal hearing.
I am an advocate for parents who feel they were unjustly served by state workers who work for bonuses or promotions and knowingly turn a deaf ear to the cries of the innocent, the children, the ones who should really count. Where are the voices of the children who ask why they cannot go home? Our country will need to compensate for imprisoning these innocent children who grow up angry in these foster incarcerations. How many people in jail are subjects of families torn apart by Child "Protective" Services (CPS) where children were misdiagnosed; where parents were blamed for their child's "Bipolarism", thus stolen from them and put in abusive foster homes? If Bipolar disorder is genetic as they now say, how could parents be blamed for it anyway?
The most natural bond is between a parent and child. It is the building block of our communities and our world. Today that bond is being torn apart, and at the hand of a system out of control.
Another response to DSS/CPS trafficking children for profit
A cooling evening breeze that comes off the Columbia River as I put pen to paper regarding our country and my part in the government system that controls "we, the people".
A San Carlos Park man pleaded guilty this morning to unlawful sexual activity with a child, and he will be sentenced in September.
National Grand Chief Phil Fontaine called on Manitoba Premier Gary Doer this morning to hold a public inquiry into the province's former group foster home system.
A Smithfield man yesterday filed a federal lawsuit against Fayette County Children and Youth Services alleging that the agency removed his children from him -- and has forbade contact with them for nearly a year -- even though there were no allegations of any kind of abuse.
A former San Carlos Park foster father pleaded guilty Monday to charges he raped his teenage foster daughter three years ago.
The father of a toddler found wandering in Glendale on Sunday evening said he had left his daughter with a baby-sitter found on a popular Web site.
Note: How long do you think this kid will remain in CPS custody?
TROY -- A longtime foster mother accused of severely abusing her 11-year-old adoptive son turned down a plea deal Monday that would have netted her a 60-day jail sentence.
60-day plea offer in Troy abuse case
The Troy mother accused of starving her adopted son and forcing him to live in a prison-like bedroom that was rigged with an alarm to let her now if he tried to leave would serve 60 days in jail under a plea bargain offer from prosecutors.
The country's top aboriginal leader is supporting the cause of a Winnipeg native man who has been camping in front of the legislature trying to draw attention to his child welfare grievance. Samuel McGillivary, 45, says he was identified as a juvenile delinquent when he was eight and forced to work on a Manitoba farm while he lived in a provincially funded group home during the 1970s. Now 45, McGillivary and others with similar claims call themselves the "Lost Boys'' and are pushing the provincial government to call a public inquiry.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Seventy child protection workers and carers in Queensland have reported being threatened or assaulted so far this year.
A group of charities are calling on the government to extend the time foster children in England can remain in care from 18 years of age to 21.
In an open letter to the Children's Secretary, Ed Balls, 12 charities say forcing children to "go it alone" too early can lead to a life of poverty.
Note: They need one hell of a lot more then that.
In the wake of the death of a young girl at the hands of her guardian, B.C. doctors are being reminded to be accurate and thorough while assessing patients who want to be foster parents.
There are two words no foster child ever wants to hear. Those words are "minimally adequate."
The Oregon Department of Human Services is tasked with the difficult duty of taking custody of children in bad situations. It is the same organization that uses this term to return children, but ironically, it does not have an "adequate" definition for the term. Realistically, what this means is that each caseworker and DHS manager has a different definition.
When confronted about the lack of an "adequate" definition, DHS managers argue that it provides them flexibility. Flexibility for whom? The child? When you ask the child's attorney, he or she generally will answer, "Care that is reasonable." OK, define reasonable care. What can a child expect from their parents upon returning home?
A Grand Lake woman accused in the death of the 3-year-old foster child in her care has made her first appearance in the District Court at Hot Sulphur Springs.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
CPS attempts to change Jurisdiction by sending child out of State against her will. She is being sent to the father who maliously requested that his daughter be placed into foster care in attempts to get out of paying child support. CPS gladly complies so they can obtain Federal funds
A senior family judge has attacked the present system of family courts run by a “self-selecting great and good and a professional judiciary” as out of tune with society.
A 3-year-old child is killed in Santa Maria and his aunt, and caregiver, is now facing murder charges.
The boy's aunt and foster mom, 27-year-old Sylvia Dominguez, called police on Wednesday. She told officers that her 3-year-old live-in nephew Gilbert Dominguez wasn't breathing.
Eight states are sending autistic, mentally retarded, and emotionally troubled kids to a facility that punishes them with painful electric shocks. How many times do you have to zap a child before it's torture?
Joshua William Smith, then seven years old, was being baby sat by Javans girl friend when Carteret County Social Services came to the house and took the child. Although the sitter was a registered nurse, Social Services claimed that the child was being neglected. In the two years since Joshua was taken, no evidence of neglect has been presented. The initial DSS caseworker who took Joshua was later found to be associated with gang related activity.
Many children will spend today — Father’s Day — with both their parents, as Dad flips burgers on the grill or tosses a ball around in the back yard.
Other children may have to wish Dad a happy Father’s Day long-distance over the phone, and still others may spend the day wondering if or when they’ll ever see their father again.
Dear Editor: Who is really watching our kids? Is it about the agency or the children? I am a parent and a foster parent with the University of Alabama's Brewer Porch Children's Center Therapeutic Foster Care Agency. A child that I had in my home for more than two years has been moved because of a rule infraction. This infraction did not result in my home being closed or license being revoked. My husband and I have been foster parents for five years with this agency.
Note: A foster contractor takes issue with the agency.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
A Treasure Coast state attorney is standing behind a man accused of sexually abusing his own children, and accusing Florida's Department of Children and Families (DCF) of coaching the children to lie.
One year ago this month, in the Bartow courtroom of Judge Harvey Kornstein, a years-long fight over custody of a now-7-year-old girl ended when the judge ruled in favor of the father.
What makes this case - Dunn vs. Shoaf - unusual is one side's willingness to openly discuss virtually every aspect of his long, expensive and successful fight to gain custody of his daughter - even when the state Department of Children and Families strongly opposed his attempts.
The state's tab for operations associated with the roundup of more than 460 youngsters from a polygamist sect's ranch in West Texas has already topped $14 million, and a chunk of invoices for such expenses as overtime, travel and professional services has yet to be submitted, newly released records show.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Buy a Frosty and Support Foster Care Adoption!
Hmmm..doesn’t a Frosty from Wendy’s sound yummy this weekend? Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, “Wendy’s will donate 50 cents from the sale of every Frosty product, including new Frosty Shakes, at participating restaurants, to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The goal is to raise more than $1.3 million to support the work of the non-profit Foundation and its signature program: Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK). This program is filling a critical need by funding and supporting full-time adoption recruiters at local agencies throughout the U.S., the District of Columbia and Canada to march parents with waiting foster care children.”
Note: And what a weekend to do this. Fathers Day!
A family court was evacuated after being stormed by members of Fathers 4 Justice.
The stunt happened during a march through Bristol by dozens of banner-waving supporters dressed as superheroes.
Yuba County Judge James L. Curry will watch recorded interviews with two alleged victims before ruling Wednesday whether Earnest Rex Archer will be held to answer on seven child molestation charges.
Both victims were female foster children under 10 who are not related to Archer, said Deputy District Attorney Brad Enos.
A Santa Maria woman has been charged with murder in the death of her 3-year-old foster son.
Officers arrested 27-year-old Sylvia Dominguez after she called police on Wednesday afternoon to report her son was not breathing.
The Nassau County Commissioner of Investigations, in a report to be released Saturday, lambasted the work of Child Protective Services caseworkers investigating an abuse complaint against a New Cassel mother less than a day before her three children were drowned.
A Nelson County father is outraged. He says his two year old son suffered a severe sunburn while at day camp. Little Brandon Newton was being cared for by supervisors at Bloomfield Elementary Day Camp.
Note: this is a different case from the following.
Former Republic police chief and current Ferry County deputy Nick Merritt has been charged with second-degree assault after allegedly trying to strangle his 16-year-old daughter.
CPS has removed three foster children from the Merritts' home. None of them were victimized.
A dozen government employees were charged Wednesday with official misconduct after a State Police investigation found they filled up their personal vehicles from government-run gasoline pumps.
Six are current or former employees of the state Department of Children and Families, while four work for the Camden City Board of Education and two are Camden City employees, Attorney General Anne Milgram said at a news conference in Trenton. A cousin of one of the employees also was charged.
NJ public workers charged with stealing gas for own cars
Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged this week that stripping aboriginal children of their culture by putting them in residential schools caused great harm.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
A toddler was placed in the temporary custody of a relative after the child wandered into the street in Lima, Livingston County, last night, according to Livingston County sheriff’s deputies.
The US Supreme Court is being asked to determine whether procedures used in Illinois to investigate allegations of child abuse or neglect violate the fundamental rights of parents.
State procedures to investigate allegations of child abuse have been a topic of national concern after more than 400 children from a polygamist group's ranch in west Texas were taken from their parents and held for nearly two months in foster care. The Texas Supreme Court later ordered state officials to return the children to their parents while the investigation continues.
Note: This is a bandwagon to jump on Family Rights People. If you want things to change, now is the time to get loud.
A report released by the state inspector general Wednesday said two agencies neglected their duties in investigating alleged abuses of an autistic and developmentally disabled adolescent while he was in the care of a Dutchess County school.
Highly recommended reading, although it doesn't go into CPS specifically, it does explain the social conditions which allows them to thrive, as well as how the media manipulates the masses and manufactures support for their agendas.
The mother of Destiny Linden, a 7-week-old Indianapolis girl who died April 29 while in the state foster care system, has notified the Indiana Department of Child Services that she plans to file a wrongful-death lawsuit against the agency.
At the heart of Randi Linden’s claim: Destiny was improperly removed from her by DCS, which led to the baby’s death.
The executive director of an embattled aboriginal child-welfare agency was suspended Wednesday after allegations of nepotism and extravagant travel spending surfaced last month.
Greater Sudbury Police charged two people who attempted to block their search of a 12-year-old ward of Children's Aid Society.
Two days before a state judge held hearings on whether to keep children from a polygamous sect in custody, Texas officials circulated profiles of FLDS members they worried might intimidate or bribe witnesses.
Police investigating allegations of historic child abuse on Jersey have made their fourth arrest.
The 50-year-old man was arrested on the island this morning in connection with "serious crimes" at former children's home Haut de la Garenne and elsewhere in Jersey.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Donovan Barksdale, 2, died Sunday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. He was found in a neighbor's pool during the cookout held by the First Christian Church in Wickhaven.
Florida's Department of Children and Families finished screening thousands of agency employees, including checking criminal backgrounds and verifying references.
As a result of this initiative, two employees were fired, although DCF didn't release details about those incidents. However, officials said those employees worked in food service and not with children.
Now she is fighting to get her children back from Manitoba Child and Family Services, and she's finding herself at the centre of a case that has raised questions about whether children are affected by parental views that may be extreme.
Protesters representing Parents for Children stood downtown hoping to raise awareness of their organization Monday.
Parents for Children is an organization dedicated to addressing alleged problems of abuse and corruption in family court for parents who have had children taken by the Department of Human Services.
Note: More people should try this.
I am writing to you with a heavy heart concerning my case against DCF and all the witnesses of DCF involved. I was never able to conceive until 1997 when my only precious daughter, born prematurely, survived and entered my life. Our life together, although fantastic, was not easy due to her various medical conditions; but she was/is the joy of my life!
Click Here to sign
State lawmakers are holding hearings about the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.
Note: I love this....
State Sen. Thelma Harper, D-Nashville, said she didn't believe much of what they said.
"But I guess my concern is how do we develop believability in the Department of Children's Services? I have listened to you speak, and I have tried my best, to believe what you say. But it is very, very difficult," she said.
Police investigating alleged abuse at a former children's home on the Channel island of Jersey have discovered another 14 milk teeth, they said Wednesday.
We want the whole country to see the damage agencies like CAS are doing to Canadian Families and their children.
if you want to be a part of history please attend! come for one day or both!
Rally for Children's Aid Society Oversight and Accountability
July 9th and 10th
Ottawa Rally details
Organizers meet @ Tim Horton's 9 AM - 50 Rideau St. (Wellington turns into Rideau)
Rally to begin at 11 AM Parliament Hill - Wellington St. (both days)
Please make your own signs.. keep them appropriate and respectful
we are not asking people to come in suits and dresses but please attend looking respectful and 'tidy' (not that is an issue with people but we want to look presentable and be taken seriously)
people will be responsible for their own behaviour (ie. please take care of your litter, try and keep language appropriate and refrain from verbal attacks)
Water and Crystal Light will be available there will also be a limited supply of Timbits, all other refreshments and food are your responsibility.
If you are in need of a ride or assistance in finding a place to stay if you are attending both days please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ideas for Signs:
~ How many horror stories will it take?
~ Why does the federal government turn a blind eye
~ Where is the accountability?
~ Welcome to Canada where kidnapping is legal (and on back) by Children's Aid Societies
~ Your tax dollars pay for destruction of families
~ Steven Harper, how many children must suffer?
~ Perjury by Child "protectors" harm Canadian Children every day
~ Free country? Canadian children don't think so
~ CAS Child Abduction Society
~ CAS Steals Children From Good Parents
Additional ideas for signs
Love Children - Adopt Pets
Big Sister is Watching
Decriminalize Motherhood / Decriminalize Fatherhood (on opposite sides)
The best interest of the child is keeping his parents
Let my children go
CAS - It's a mess
Do it right, reunite!
The child you save could be your own
A child is heaven. CAS is hell.
Andrea Horwath (MPP for Hamilton, Ontario East) introduced the "CAS Ombudsman Oversight" Bill today. Sheila (Andrea's Executive Assistant) was not able to let people know in advance because of the government's rush to close down the session for the summer.
Sheila also stated:
"we'll follow up with a big press conference when we have the media's attention and time to organize."
So, there will be plenty more news in the coming months.
The Bill introduced by Andrea Horwath today for Ombudsman oversight previously known as Bill 88 is now Bill 93
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The death of a child living in an Edmonton home has led to an overhaul of foster care in Alberta, including a closer assessment of who takes in children.
Murder charge spurs changes to foster care
The Alberta government pledged Tuesday to change the way it assesses and approves would-be foster parents, following a special review of the system triggered when an Edmonton foster mother was charged with second-degree murder in the death of a three-year-old boy.
The West Sussex child protection system is under 'considerable stress' and struggling under pressure, county councillors were warned at a County Hall meeting.
A parental rights advocacy group in Kansas was "floored" when the state child welfare chief admitted his social workers were being "bullied" into falsifying the reports that lead to children being taken out of their homes and placed in foster care.
A man seen as the 'ideal' foster parent by social services was a secret paedophile who sexually abused girls in his care for years.
Kenneth Morton, 58, fooled his wife and family, who had no idea he was sexually assaulting the three vulnerable children when left alone with them.
Criminal charges will be filed against a foster mother who was caring for a 2-year-old Washington Township boy who drowned after wandering away from a church function in Fayette County, District Attorney Nancy Vernon said Monday.
Policymakers from Congress to the state and local levels are sharpening their focus on the educational needs of children in foster care, a population that can exceed 700,000 nationally in the course of a year and which has doubled in the past two decades.
A federal lawsuit facing Clark County's child welfare system will not become a class action. Monday, a judge rejected the argument that all children in the county's care were at risk.
Note: Protecting their own, I guess.