Thursday, July 31, 2008
Brno- Czech foster parents Lubomir and Blazena Rosners from Slavkov near Brno have been arrested for suspected maltreatment of children, according to the information that was published by the iDnes server and confirmed to CTK by a source who requested anonymity.
Long Island's child welfare agencies have removed 28 percent more children from their parents' custody this year, a spike that bucks a statewide trend and that some county officials say was a reaction to the drowning deaths of three New Cassel children in February.
"I'm always thinking: 'Should I have done this?' or 'Should I have done that?'" Heepe said. "It's always on my mind."
Heepe, 35, said he knows that, in his line of work, "people are always going to second-guess."
An Indianapolis foster parent who worked as a civilian corrections officer at Marion County Jail II has been charged with four counts of child molesting, the latest in a string of problems involving Indianapolis foster homes in the past year.
Harold "Rick" Ferrin, 53, was being held without bond Wednesday at the Marion County Jail. He was charged as the result of an investigation that began July 6.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The city has found a creative way to deal with complaints that superhot playground mats are burning children's feet:
Punish the parents.
Assault, burglary, driving while intoxicated, theft, domestic violence, indecent exposure and prostitution, possession of cocaine and marijuana, selling alcohol to minors -- what do all of these crimes have in common?
They are just some of the crimes committed by people who work for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the agency in charge of protecting the state’s children.
It seems everyone is talking about the sad state of the American economy these days. I had a lengthy conversation recently with a Canadian banker who told me his firm had cut 170 employees, 50 of whom were partners. He didn't get the call this time but told his wife to be ready for the next wave of financial shocks.
Interestingly, one of the ways in which increasing numbers of suburbanites are attempting to cope with the crisis is through the Illinois Foster Care Program, said Dr. Barbara Jackson, author of "Throw Away Kids: A Case Study of the Unique Educational Needs of Foster Children."
A father whose son was killed while under CPS watch had his visitation with his surviving older son cut off after talking to the boy about a Sunday Arizona Daily Star story on his brother.
Oscar Silva Jr. was notified his regular Tuesday visit with 8-year-old Oscar III was canceled just a few hours before the scheduled get-together. He was told there will be no further visits until at least next week, when there will be a meeting with his Child Protective Services case manager.
Note: CPS Greatest Fear! That the kids in foster care find out the truth.
Two concerned parties reported to police that Presley, who had been caring for her grandchildren, had made the statement that she would euthanize her grandchildren before allowing them to go into foster care. The children of David Wise and Francesca Steadman range in age from age 13 months to nine.
While the death of one Sacramento child last week unleashed an internal review of the county's Child Protective Services, the streak of dead children known to the agency actually began in September, a Bee review of public documents shows.
Since then, seven children have died on CPS' watch, including one just before Christmas. And at least two more kids known to CPS nearly died last year – one of them a 4-month-old girl, who was referred to the agency 12 times before being hospitalized for suspected shaken baby syndrome.
A local foster care program praised nationally for keeping siblings together is losing ground in Florida as agencies deal with tight budgets and focus dollars more toward prevention.
Some local officials say the change may result in more siblings being separated when removed from their parents for abuse or neglect.
I am sure Sharman Stein from ACS is a fine person doing her public relations job and being paid to defend ACS, but let’s look at the facts. She begins by comparing ACS reasons to police reasons to intervene. I want to point out that in the same way as there is police brutality, there is ACS brutality and ACS brutality is much much worse.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
A Buchanan County social worker was charged last week with three counts of perjury for allegedly filing false child welfare reports to the court.
Marie Mahler, 39, of Cedar Falls, filed three reports between Aug. 27, 2004, and Oct. 7, 2004, used in a juvenile court case that she "knew or reasonably should have known were false" and that the reports would be used by a judge to make a decision in the case, according to court records obtained by the Courier.
In this report, NIYI ODEBODE, ADELANI ADEPEGBA and ADEMOLA ONI explain how many private maternity centres and hospitals are being used as markets where babies are traded like common commodities.
Note: Over here we call them "Heart Galleries"
Bob Butterworth, head of the state's huge and historically troubled Department of Children and Families, has resigned, ending his tenure as he'd told Gov. Charlie Crist around the time he said he would when he took the job.
Note: They'll just replace him with another piece of crap pro-babystealing administrator.
The attorney general and child advocate warned the state's child welfare agency in 2003 about the same internal weaknesses that department officials are now trying to fix.
A foster child's death points to the state's need for more openness, outside scrutiny.
U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken gave preliminary approval to a settlement in which Oregon will pay a total of $1.7 million to thousands of families who adopted foster children and then had their promised state assistance reduced because of a budget shortfall.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Concern is on the rise about psychotropic medications—especially atypical antipsychotics—given to foster children covered under Medicaid. Two state Medicaid officials and a representative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) spoke at hearings of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support on May 8. Rep Jim McDermott, MD (D, Washington), the only psychiatrist in Congress, has introduced legislation that requires states to improve care coordination for foster children.
The Sacramento County social worker who handled the abuse report involving the 4-year-old did not talk to the person who reported the case to Child Protective Services. The worker did not talk to medical personnel who had examined Jahmaurae. The worker did not contact people familiar with Jahmaurae's family or review the case with a CPS supervisor. It appears that at almost every step involving CPS's handling of this case, department procedures were not followed.
Note: Ok SHEEPLE, same old story, worker doesn't do a full investigation, tragic ending, bla bla bla. It's time to band together and get CPS to do more to protect children right???
Actually, I'm posting this pro-CPS propaganda so that you will have an idea of what to look for, as harsh and uncaring it might sound. Considering that the death of any child is a horrible tragedy, and if murdered, those responsible should get what is coming to them. Whenever you read or hear the words, "CPS should have done more to protect that child," you can bet your sweet ass that more children will be taken into foster care in that area out of fear of the public backlash, where the ignorant masses, led by a few loud mouth feminist groups, cry out against CPS for not doing enough to save one life. This kind of situation insures that more money will be pumped into the system, more workers will be hired, more foster parents will be recruted, more kids will be unjustly taken into foster care, and more System Sucks will get nice little state contracts, etc.
It's called Public Relations. Leads to the ever popular justification for the "take the child and run" mentality and the all time favorite excuse of the child protective worker, ie. "Better to be safe then sorry."
Since the highly publicized Banita Jacks case, CFSA is now removing twice the number of children from their homes and putting them into foster case.
Feb. 2, 2008: Destiny Linden born to Randi Linden, 19, of Indianapolis, at Community Hospital East.
April 21: DCS caseworker returns and informs Linden she is removing Destiny because Linden has refused to press charges against Love or move into a domestic violence shelter; Destiny is placed with the Colemans.
April 29: Destiny removed from life support, pronounced dead.
Note: With more in-between of course.
Baby placed in foster home despite warnings
The state agency responsible for protecting children once again is facing accusations that it failed to act on repeated warnings in the weeks preceding the death of a child.
The petition to boot barbie’s can off the bench will be taken off line tomorrow morning and packaged up for delivery. She can place it on top of the stack of more than 700 Motions that she has ignored since early April, we do not want her to break her usual Code of Ineptitude. For those who have not seen it, this is what more than 1,800 people have signed their names to:
A large body of evidence shows that restraining orders are frequently misused. For example,the Family Law News, the official publication of the California Bar Association's family law sec tion, recently said:
"Protective orders are increasingly being used in family law cases to help one side jockey for an advantage in child custody ... (they are) almost routinely issued by the court in family law proceedings even when there is relatively meager evidence and usually without notice to the restrained person. ... it is troubling that they appear to be sought more and more frequently for retaliation and litigation purposes."
The 9-year-old girl was sleeping at the foot of her mother's bed the night police raided their home. Smoke grenades shattered windows. Sirens screamed. Someone picked up the child and put her in the back of a car.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
The state Department of Children and Families was told five years ago of internal weaknesses that it is only now trying to remedy after the May death of an infant under the foster care of a DCF employee, two key state officials say.
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Child Advocate Jeanne Milstein wrote Friday to DCF Commissioner Susan Hamilton, saying they issued a joint report in 2003 that raised the very issues that Hamilton pledged this month to address because of the death of 7-month-old Michael Brown.
The state agency responsible for protecting children once again is facing accusations that it failed to act on repeated warnings in the weeks preceding the death of a child.
The Indianapolis Star has obtained documents that reveal the Department of Child Services placed 11-week-old Destiny Linden with a foster family even after an advocate warned the agency about the care and safety of other foster children in the home.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Sacramento County's Child Protective Services "could have – and should have – done more" to protect a 4-year-old boy, beaten to death this week despite the agency's attempts to intervene, a top county official acknowledged Thursday.
Britain’s most senior family judge yesterday lifted a prohibition on the publication of details of a care proceedings case so that the public could form its own view of the behaviour of the local authority in the case, Medway Council in Kent, and the decisions of the court to date.
From day one, the odds for survival were stacked against Kevin Johnson.
He was born one of 13 children in a single-parent home where allegations of physical and sexual abuse ran rampant. His mother was forced, first, to give up his siblings and then 1 1/2-year-old Kevin, according to court records.
That's when Kevin entered the foster-care system - and a glimmer of hope for his future emerged.
In that same once-happy home, which was known for the uplifting sermons that were shouted from a pulpit in the basement, Kevin's life came to a tragic end this week.
Friday, July 25, 2008
AS SHE sits in her sister's bedroom, nervously clutching what was once her favourite doll, Melanie recalls the painful childhood memories and the day her world fell apart.
For most children, tales of "the bogeyman" coming to take them away are the stuff of nightmares, but on 20 March, 1998, her worst fears were realised.
A GIRL who was taken into care because her mother was accused of child abuse has been reunited with her family after a ten-year ordeal.
The 16-year-old, snatched by social services at the age of six with her younger sister, returned home insisting her mother is innocent and the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
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.
The social worker assigned to investigate the case of a 4-year-old whose mother's boyfriend is accused of beating him to death has been placed on administrative leave.
NYC ACS official admit to rise in abuse and neglect complaints of children in foster care.
Human rights advocates attribute these findings to a substantial increase in children being seized by ACS from families on false or flimsy evidence of “abuse” and then being put into a traumatic and abusive foster care system. Parents of these children have taken a proactive stance in their fight to regain custody of their children and have begun to expose the systemic failure of ACS.
Children's Rights Inc., the group behind a nearly 20-year-old class action lawsuit that forced the District's child welfare system to once go into receivership, will ask a federal judge to hold the city in contempt for continuing to fail children, the executive director said today.
Don't you ever tell the stories of children saved in care? Yes, there are problems with the system. NO ONE can deny that. But what about the thousands of kids saved from extreme physical, emotional, and sexual abuse? Not all foster homes are the low-life type you are portraying. I'm so sorry you only see the negative homes. But some people ARE doing the best for kids even at their own personal sacrifice. To give everything including your heart on a platter to love a child that you may never see again takes a strong will and a strong heart. Those seeking to adopt kids in foster care are often escaping the high costs of domestic infant and foreign adoptions. Being poor and not able to have kids does NOT make these bad foster parents. Or that they want to "legally kidnap" the kids...It only means those people have no choice but to turn to the system to have a family of their own and take their chances that a child is out there waiting. Those foster parents have to rely on a flawed system too. They have to be able to give their heart and be willing to adopt if (and only if) the system has deemed the parents unfit. So why portray all the horror stories and none of the good? It's biased.
Since there hasn't actually been much to post the last few days, (which is a good thing I suppose)I figured I'd respond here so that nobody misses it. I'll take it point by point as this is a perfect example of the blind support that society gives to this issue that allows CPS to thrive.
Don't you ever tell the stories of children saved in care?
Yes, there are problems with the system.
NO ONE can deny that.
There are many who do.
But what about the thousands of kids saved from extreme physical, emotional, and sexual abuse?
You're blowing things out of proportion. I don't deny that the system saves lives. I don't deny that some children are better off in foster care. Sadly the current system is a mess. They take more kids then they need to and children do better with their families. It's as simple as that. Many families can be helped, unfortunately CPS acts in lots of those cases with a "take the child and run" mentality.
As for kids who are really abused and neglected, and not necessarily by the standards of the modern day self-righteous hypocrite, by all means, protect them.
Not all foster homes are the low-life type you are portraying.
I never said they were.
There is a sad misconception in the world today. Foster parents are typically glorified in the media. Yet the typical foster child gets bounced through an average of 14 different homes often because the foster parents can no longer handle the children they claim to stand behind, or their abused or neglected, etc. Lots of them end up in group homes. Many of them are heavily medicated. And they are more likely to be abused or neglected while in foster care. Yes there are good foster homes but there just aren't enough of them to go around. They take too many children who do not need to be taken. It's time people start telling the truth about the system.
I'm so sorry you only see the negative homes.
Why would I want to pick on good foster parents?
But some people ARE doing the best for kids even at their own personal sacrifice.
And some of them do it for the money, self-glorification and an adoption agenda. And lets not forget the pedophiles who use the foster care system to gain access to children. For example, the one in the news story that this person commented on.
To give everything including your heart on a platter to love a child that you may never see again takes a strong will and a strong heart.
Yeah. To take a kid that doesn't belong to you takes a special kind of person, doesn't it?
Those seeking to adopt kids in foster care are often escaping the high costs of domestic infant and foreign adoptions.
Interesting. So you're saying that money is a factor.
Being poor and not able to have kids does NOT make these bad foster parents.
Being poor does not make one a bad parent, yet families are ripped apart for this very reason all the time. You speak from total ignorance.
Or that they want to "legally kidnap" the kids...
It only means those people have no choice but to turn to the system to have a family of their own and take their chances that a child is out there waiting.
There are thousands upon thousands of children stuck in the system who will never be adopted because they are not perfect in every way. The heart galleries are full of them. http://www.adoptuskids.org/Child/ChildSearch.aspx They even advertise them in the papers every now and then.
Those foster parents have to rely on a flawed system too.
They have to be able to give their heart and be willing to adopt if (and only if) the system has deemed the parents unfit.
And here lies the problem. The system, (as it realistically IS) doesn't have enough insight to make that determination in regards to the removal or placement of children. Workers lie, blow things out of proportion, and dump them off with any foster parent who will take them, qualified or not, The children are the ones who pay the price.
The foster care system is no better or safer than an abusive home. Often times it's much worse.
So why portray all the horror stories and none of the good? It's biased.
Because it's time somebody starts telling the truth.
A former Jeffersonville police officer was sentenced to four years in prison and six years of probation for molesting his two foster daughters, but he will only spend about 263 days behind bars.
Stephen D. Westerfield, 55, of Charlestown was arrested in 2005 after his foster daughter reported the abuse to Child Protective Services. Westerfield was charged with 60 counts of child molesting, 29 counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and four counts of child seduction from 1998 to 2005.
A 26-year-old former security guard has been arrested in the violent death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old son, the fourth time this year a child known to Sacramento County's Child Protective Services has died.
Note: This ought to put CPS in a panic, watch the numbers of children in foster care rise dramatically in this area.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
A Wittman mother is grateful this morning after Child Protective Services returned her two young nieces to her home.
12 News first told you about the family in June. Just days later, things started to turn around for them. The allegation was dropped, and a new caseworker was assigned.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Arizona Child Protective Services is getting a mixed review on how it handles complaints about the program to protect children from abuse and neglect.
Note: I'd give them an F. The complaint process sucks and does little good.
A Bakersfield man accused of molesting several underage foster children in Rosedale was in a Kern County courtroom Monday morning.
Justin Erbacher, 22, is charged with 23 counts of lewd acts with children under 14.
Authorities say one of his victims, a 13-year old girl, said she "worked as a team" with Erbacher by taking pictures of the alleged sex acts.
What dreams do we have for our children? What future do we seek to chart for them? What supports do we endeavor to give them as they transition into adulthood?
note: Some truth mixed with some BS. The answer is not to take so many kids away when they can't care for the ones they already have.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger strengthened the rights of California's 80,000 children in foster care on Monday, signing a law that ensures greater opportunities for youths to be present in court hearings deciding the course of their lives - from where they will live to how often, if ever, they will see their families.
The secrecy in the Family Courts has given rise to a culture of secrecy throughout the operation of Family Law. In fact much of that secrecy was merely custom and practise rather than legally enforceable. Furthermore some recent changes in 2005 and 2006 have allowed chinks in the armour concealing the activity in the Family Courts.
Details of private family court proceedings that led to a mother fleeing the country with her son after he was placed in foster care have been disclosed after legal action by The Times.
The highly unusual ruling allows the publication of undisclosed details of the case. The boy’s stepfather was sent to prison for 16 months for helping the mother to remove him from care and flee abroad.
A WOMAN has told how her Midland family was torn apart after her sister made false child sex abuse allegations against their father.
The daughter, now a high-profile figure in education, had claimed she was raped by her dad at the age of just two.
But her shocked father and family have always denied the allegations and say she is a victim of False Memory Syndrome.
Reports of abuse and neglect of children in city care grew by 12 percent last year, as parents, advocates and investigators keep closer watch on the municipal government's long-troubled child-welfare system.
The number of abuse complaints against foster parents and others asked by the Administration for Children's Services to look after troubled youngsters grew to 1,708 in the 2007 fiscal year, up from 1,525 in 2006, city records show.
Monday, July 21, 2008
District officials yesterday defended the appointment of Roque Gerald as interim director of the city's embattled Child and Family Services Agency, despite recent revelations that in 1989 the psychologist had sex with a suicidal and depressed patient who later sued him for damages.
A Henderson newspaper reported that Christopher Luttrell pleaded guilty but mentally ill Friday to aggravated murder and other charges in the 2006 death of social service worker Boni Frederick. The Gleaner said the plea means Luttrell, 24, of Henderson, would face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without parole, avoiding the death penalty.
High caseloads that prevent child welfare workers from making monthly visits with children and parents are again causing problems for the state with a federal review team.
Texas already is appealing a $4 million fine for insufficient caseworker visits stemming from a 2002 review. Preliminary results released last month from a 2008 review again found the state deficient.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
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Child-welfare advocates fear last-minute funding concerns will cause Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto legislation that would permit foster children a greater role in dependency court hearings.
Turning around D.C.’s child welfare agency will demand strong leadership, accountability and resources that the troubled department has long lacked, District officials said in the wake of the office director’s resignation.
But Bobo was ineffective in crisis, Wells said, and she was unable to redeploy resources when the demand for child protective services exploded following the January discovery of four dead girls in a Southeast row home.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Biological parents speak out about death of 7-month-old son
DCF Worker Charged In Death Of Infant
Conn. child welfare worker charged in baby's death
Foster Mother Charged In Baby's Death
An Ocala woman took the stand Friday in her racial discrimination case against the Department of Children and Families.
Cynthia Ausby says she was passed up for several positions for which she was qualified because she is black.
Vocal Iowa:Child Protection Services Reform & Justice System Reform-Apr 1, 2008: part II A thorough critique of DHS-outsourced Community Care policies and incentives and discussion of an Iowa organiation: Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic. An examination of how a child can unfairly be taken by Child Protective officials. A discussion of the case of Sarah Dunlavy and the violation of her due process rights in the taking of her child in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In extremely depressing pregnancy news, an Ohio teacher named Carolyn Hatcher is pregnant with her student’s baby. While working as the house mother and teacher for six children in a foster care facility, Hatcher, who is 27, started having marital troubles and ended up getting a bit too close with a 16-year-old boy under her care.
Friday, July 18, 2008
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Are we protecting our children too much? Read some of the messages you've sent in and have your say here TV Presenter Esther Rantzen says child protection has turned into a politically correct monster.
What do you think? Have your say below and read some of the messages that you've already sent in.
She says she initially started ChildLine in a bid to alert people that most child abuse happens at home, but this has subsequently resulted in "senseless overprotection" of children.
Esther says the fact that some schools hold uncompetitive sports days, and that teachers can't even touch pupils these days, are examples of this over protection.
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Dr. Lekgobo Chimidza, 50, examined baby Zaraiyah Mitchell in January, noting she had a few bruises and a bite mark.
Four months later, the 6-month-old baby was dead, and the Good Samaritan pediatrics doctor was charged with failing to report suspicions of abuse to the state, as required by law. She had been scalded, bitten and choked and had bruises and cuts all over her body, Lebanon County District Attorney Dave Arnold said.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Another city child welfare worker has been arrested on charges of trying to steal more than $2.7 million from the agency.
Darly Estinval is a administrative associate with the city's Administration for Children's Services (ACS). Estinval was charged by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn for allegedly helping provide 22 stolen checks and 66 bogus checks to a ring targeting the agency. The cash was supposed to go to vendors providing services fro children. Instead, she and other allegedly pocketed more than at least $500,000 dollars, U.S. attorney Benton Campbell said.
Note: Didn't I just read where Hillary is trying to get them even more money?
A Jackson man has been charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect involving a 21-month-old foster child, according to press release from Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork.
A girl found in a drug arrest in Green Bay who has ties to North Las Vegas is not Evelryse Cabrera, Wisconsin police said.
The girl was discovered in May by authorities, but the results from a DNA test said she is not Cabrera.
Cabrera was 2 1/2 years old when her foster parents said she disappeared during the night from her North Las Vegas home in June 2006.
Two officials of New York City’s child-welfare agency and the fiscal director of a Brooklyn foster care agency have been charged with creating phantom adoptions in a scheme to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars intended for the care of children with disabilities or special needs, federal authorities said on Wednesday.
I hope she don't mind me posting this but it struck a nerve with me. Apparantly the thought police are considering trying to silence one of my faviorite blogs.
Why does this not surprise me? Oh yeah. She tells it like it is.
The commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families says she’s moving to fire an employee charged in the death of a foster child, and she plans to dismiss the woman’s supervisor.
Commissioner Susan Hamilton says Suzanne Listro of Mansfield was accused two years ago of abusing a child she had adopted, but was cleared after an internal investigation. Listro was licensed by DCF as a foster parent this year.
In response to a newspaper investigation, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has halted the admission of its wards to Riveredge Hospital in Forest Park.
After seven years, Marina Powless finally has some official record of her childhood.
The 26-year-old Yellowknife resident and former foster child received files last Friday relating to her time in care, which she first sought through an access-to-information request in 2001.
A former foster parent is sentenced to four years in prison for child molesting. Paul Ray Smith, 45, of Lafayette pleaded guilty to two felony counts of child molesting.
A Department of Children and Families investigator and the 6-week-old baby boy she was trying to protect are doing fine after an Monday in which the father became violent during a state visit to the family's home, said Angel Trejo, an agency administrator.
DCF says it's getting more calls than ever on its child abuse hotline -- and leaders are worried that delays could cause some cases to be investigated after it's too late.
Note: Quick, everybody call the hotline and report DCF for child abuse!
A supervisor assigned to investigate fraud in New York City's child services agency was among four people charged with embezzling $450,000 meant for needy children.
Nigel Osarenkhoe, who supervised adoption payments for the Administration for Children's Services, "truly betrayed the trust" of the agency, said Rose Gill Hearn, commissioner of the city's Department of Investigation.
Police arrested a man, cited a teen and began an investigation on the teen's foster parents after marijuana was found during a welfare check Tuesday in east Oroville near Oro Dam Boulevard.
State police have charged a Mansfield woman who is a licensed foster care provider with manslaughter in the death of a 7-month-old boy.
Suzanne Listro has been charged in the May 19 death of Michael Brown Jr. who died after being rushed to the hospital from the woman's home on Stearns Road.
Three Child care/service worker and two non-profit workers were charged Wednesday afternoon for allegedly stealing $1.5 million which was intended for needy and most vulnerable kids. They have reportedly spent the money on purchasing fancy cars including $85,000 BMW, and a 2006 Range Rover. Another $30,000 was used to pay for a rent in a doorman building apartment.
An Alhambra man convicted of killing his 2-year-old foster daughter has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
Armando Abundis Sr. was sentenced Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. He was convicted in February of involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and assault.
A foster parent and employee at the Department of Children and Families has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a 7-month-old infant who died in her care in May, state police said.
The D.C. Child and Family Services Agency says its personnel acted appropriately in the case of a 5-month-old boy who was the subject of a neglect case and later died.
D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced last night that he has accepted the resignation of Sharlynn E. Bobo, director of the city's troubled Child and Family Services Agency.
A man who admitted making a false allegation of child abuse has been given a community order.
Stuart Cecil Waby (53) called the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children claiming that another man had abused a minor under the age of 10.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
A woman who lied to adopt 11 disabled children whom authorities say she abused while she raked in more than $1 million in subsidies was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 11 years in prison.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The foster father who left Dima in his car in the sweltering heat is undergoing therapy at a mental hospital
A teenager who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a housemom while in foster care at a Christian group home in Warren County has been found, according to Butler County Children Services.
State police have filed charges against the foster mother of a 2-year-old Belle Vernon boy who drowned after falling into a swimming pool in early June.
Jacalyn Rita Mills, 59, of 110 Branthoover St., Belle Vernon was charged Monday before Magisterial District Judge Dwight Shaner with endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person.
The state's most vulnerable children are languishing longer than they should in a welfare system bogged by bureaucracy.
Another infant whose care was the subject a D.C. child welfare agency investigation died Monday, hours before the D.C. Council was to convene a hearing on the failings of the District’s tormented child protective services department.
The 4-month-old boy was found unconscious by emergency responders just before 8 a.m. in a residence in the 600 block of 46th Place SE, a police spokesman said. He was declared dead on the scene. An autopsy will determine the cause of death, a spokesman said.
"House of horrors" mom Judith Leekin handcuffed her foster kids to crib rails, beat them with irons and forced a 5-year-old autistic boy to eat from a bucket, lawyers for the kids said in court papers filed Monday.
A court-appointed monitor of the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) says that the agency has a backlog of nearly 1,700 cases, and that could be putting vulnerable children at risk.
Note: Notice the part about how one families case sets off a panic that many others have to suffer for.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Florida is trying to figure out how to handle the growing number of calls to the child abuse hot line with fewer people available to investigate them.
A Tallahassee man has been arrested for pulling a handgun on a state social worker who was checking on the welfare of the man's month-old baby son.
The beleaguered Department of Community Services then failed to tell the mother when the sex allegations were first raised. She learned about the charges from the mother of an alleged victim of the carer.
Claims DoCS left child in care of accused rapist
A boy is believed to have been fostered in the care of an alleged child rapist by the Department of Community Services.
The 43-year-old Queenscliff man is charged with having sex with a child under 10 and two counts of indecent assault.
Officials say the District of Columbia social worker who was fired after failing to follow up on a report of a neglected baby who later died had previously been disciplined.
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Sunday, July 13, 2008
For two years, the Department of Children and Families has operated under a bizarre governmental quirk: Its compliance with a federal court order has been policed by an official fired by the DCF in 2006 for having sex in the 1980s with a woman he met as a social worker.
A couple says police overreacted by ticketing Melissa Farrell, 21, for spanking her toddler after she ran into the street during the Fourth of July parade.
Mom explains why she spanked her child.
This is a video produced by SPLIT-N-TWO at splitntwo.com in support of the National Civil Rights Event for Parents known as "Family Preservation Festival" and DCFESTIVAL2008.COM. Simply amazing.
Friday, July 11, 2008
It is five days since The Times launched its campaign to open up the family courts and make social services more accountable for the removal of children from their families. The enormous response so far has bolstered our view that this is a vital debate. Many parents, but also lawyers, social workers and members of the medical profession have written in to sound the alarm about different aspects of the child protection system.
Child protection concerns in some of England’s most excluded and antisocial families has been halved following a pilot scheme, the Department for Children, Schools and Families said today.
Port Hope resident Kimberly McCrossin will have to get another Children's Aid Society worker after she pleaded guilty to endangering the one she had on April 4 with reckless driving.
The 27-year-old single mother of three appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in Cobourg July 7 to plead guilty to dangerous driving.
The mother of a teen killed while in foster care wishes the judge would have set a much higher bond for the suspect.
The judge basically doubled the bond for Hamblen County Foster Father Kenneth Taylor, raising it to $50,000.
It wasn't enough to keep him in jail.
CHILDREN living with carers rather than at home suffered at school and socially, with one-quarter having no contact with a family member.
A State Government analysis of case files for 614 children living in out-of-home care (the majority in foster care and group homes) found that children averaged five different carers in their lifetime. But in some cases that figure was much higher.
The horrific abuse eight boys suffered at the hands of a Key Peninsula foster father is rife with tragedy, and the fact that taxpayers are out a whopping $11 million is the very least of it.
That’s a whole lot of money that could have been better spent elsewhere – had police agencies and state social workers done their jobs.
According to Sky News sources, evidence gathered at the Haut de la Garenne former children's home has lead police to the bunker near Victoria Tower - an old fortress.
Six witnesses have come forward to say they were abused at the building just a few hundred yards away from the former home.
Child Protective Services (CPS) can take your children too. CPS has come to believe they are above the law and the Constitution, that they do not need a search warrant to come into your home, label you as a child abuser for any reason and make you a criminal based upon their opinion alone, take your children away in a paddy wagon, and put your kids into foster homes pending a court hearing where CPS will try their best to win and permanently take custody of your kids. If CPS loses, they will continue to fight you, slandering your family and listing you as a child abuser in government databases. CPS is an abusive government agency spiraling completely out of control. It's time to shut them down. The removal of more than 400 children from the FLDS ranch in west Texas, has put CPS under the microscope. That case has led others to wonder if they can do that to FLDS children, can CPS do that to my children? CBS 42 investigative reporter, Nancy Wilson, shows us one family who says the same thing happened to them, and eight years later they are still trying to clear their names. This is the Gates family, Gary and Melissa have 13 children, 11 of them adopted. They saw a need for kids from a variety of backgrounds who need love in a stable home. Imagine their surprise when 11 government employees, 6 police officers and 5 CPS workers, showed up on their doorstep. The school called CPS when they discovered that the Gates pinned a baggy with food wrappers inside the shirt of one of the kids that was caught stealing. It included a two page explanation and who to call if there were questions. The school did make a phone call, to CPS. Gates was shocked to find CPS workers in his home uninvited, especially when CPS refused to leave. "How can you take 13 kids? That opened my eyes to a whole new way of government." - Gary Gates CPS & Police completely ignored the 4th Amendment Constitutional rights of Americans, entered the Gates home, and took away all 13 of their children, without a court order, after a mere phone call. This is a very similar situation to the FLDS raid, except that the phone call that Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (CPS) used to kidnap the FLDS children was a hoax. Later in court, the reason CPS gave for taking the Gate's children was that CPS felt that Mr. Gates was uncooperative with them taking away his children, and his unwillingness to cooperate put the children at risk. Fortunately, the judge ordered the children returned immediately. An independent psychologist conducted his own review and wrote a glowing report, saying, "I've never said this about anyone I have evaluated: I admire the Gates, I would not hesitate to place my own children in their care." However, even though the judge ordered the case dismissed, and the independent review was praiseworthy, CPS did not care. CPS called the praiseworthy review disappointing and continued to fight the Gates anyway, listing them in the state's central registry as child abusers. Even though the Gates were innocent, CPS claims that because their opinion is that the the father emotionally emotionally abused one child by punishing him, and since all the kids saw it, that equals 13 counts of abuse. And, because the wife did not stop it, that equals another 13 counts of abuse for a grand total of 26 counts of child abuse. The Gates were never charged with any crime, they are guilty based solely on the opinion of CPS. US politicians, such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, George Bush, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, do not represent any true change for 2008 elections or US government. One of the few congressmen consistently standing up for and voting for the Constitution, the rights of the people, and liberty, is Republican Congressman Ron Paul. If you don't know who he is, take some time to watch some of his videos on YouTube, or read his book The Revolution, you just may be amazed like the rest of us. It's time to take America back and live by the Constitution, before it collapses as a bankrupt empire.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The school didn't just over-protect the children, they protected the staff as well, to a lunatic extent. One day my friend was rung up and asked to come to the school urgently with a pair of tweezers.
Luckily he was working locally. When he arrived, he found one of his sons had a splinter in his finger. None of the school staff was allowed to remove it because that would be an 'invasive operation'.
A woman who allegedly helped her 12-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old girl flee from their San Dimas foster home earlier this week is scheduled to appear in a Tennessee courtroom today for an extradition hearing, authorities said.
SYDNEY // Aboriginal leaders have accused the Australian government of plotting to steal tribal land under a controversial policy to combat child abuse in remote settlements.
A borough man was arrested last week on charges he sexually assaulted four foster children who were in his foster care.
Kenneth Nervik, 61, of Washington Road, was charged with aggravated sexual assault, which is a first-degree crime, as well as sexual assault, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact, according to information released by Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Sayreville Police Chief Edward Szkodny.
Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) and Congressman Mark Souder (R-IN) have introduced legislation that seeks to make the process of adopting children from foster care more efficient and family friendly.
Note: Two more Congressmen need to be corrected, click on their names and tell them what you think. I'd personally rather have the Adoption and Safe Families Act.
PS: Anybody got any insight on why an article like this would turn up on the "Wall Street Journals's Market Watch Page?"
Note: I'm not even going to post a paragraph from this fruit-cake foster contractor. (She hates me anyway, as stated in an earlier post http://fost-adopt.adoptionblogs.com/weblogs/anti-foster-care-and-adoption-blogger Remember you'll have to bypass the error message as these people don't want to admit the truth because they'd loose money so they try to block me.)
To them truth is spam and your children are worth money, and they give the foster children little pills to make them happy anyway (meaning keep them quiet). Kelly here tries to justify this practice.
Leave her a comment, I was banned from commenting there months ago. Tell her LK said "Hi!"
Foster care is supposed to be a temporary haven for children living in unsafe conditions. But about one-quarter of the 500,000 children in foster care in the U.S. end up in the system until they become adults.
Foster parents will continue to receive a foster carer's allowance even if they adopt the child they are caring for, under new laws just announced for NSW.
Note: I wonder if this includes money for the foster contractors to hire a lawyer to fight against reunification. Just a thought.
A woman accused of masterminding a plot to bilk a state agency out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and luring others into the scheme has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
State District Judge J.C. Robinson also ordered Andrea Munoz, 33, to repay $100,000 and perform 10,000 hours of community service.
Munoz, a former state Children, Youth and Families Department employee who worked in the agency's Silver City office until late last fall, was accused of receiving kickbacks from people who were fraudulently reimbursed for child care services they never provided between 2001 and 2006.
Author: Andy Smith
How to recognize that a child is being abused at home or by somebody else? You come across many children in your neighborhood. Have you ever thought about the abuse a child may be getting? Most of us do not, because we do not look for signs that tell us that a child is abused. If we can do that, we can save a child's precious childhood. Let us talk about that.
If the child is undergoing physical torture, you may find the signs of that on child's body. The injuries may not be bandaged. Watch for a burn sign, or red marks of beating, or any other mark that tells you that the child has suffered them not while playing or by accident, but by deliberate torture. If needed, ask the child. He/she may not answer and hesitate. You may see the fear in his/her eye when you ask that question. You should be then sure that the child is getting abused.
If the child is looking afraid or watchful at all the times, it means that the child expects the cane to fall on him/her at anytime. Normally healthy children are carefree. But an abused child is not carefree. That child may be asked to get up from sleep and hit mercilessly by his/her parents for some fault that was so small that any normal person could ignore it as childish act. But parents/abusers do not feel like that. They believe that the child should be perfect and deserves to be disciplined whenever a small mistake is made.
This is a very sad world and some people are cruel beyond belief. Please look for psychological signs in a child that signal something wrong. Please report to the nearest police station, if you suspect that the child is being abused. By ignoring that we are partners in the crime. Would you like to be partner is the crime of child abuse? Please help the unfortunate abused children. Please protect them from vicious people.
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A husband with a long history of working in law enforcement and his wife are accused of abusing the children they were supposed to be helping.
Neighbors said Windie and Ernest Perry have fostered several young children over the years, but are facing a long list of charges, including eight counts of child abuse and neglect.
Children in Pennsylvania waiting to find their "forever family" take center stage this week at the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network 16th annual conference in Lancaster.
No charges will be filed in the death of a Grady County foster child, while an investigation continues in the death of another toddler also in state custody.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Penny and Randall West held hands but otherwise showed no emotion as they listened to a prosecutor tell jurors about the death of a 16-month-old foster child they cared for.
"Ladies and gentlemen, this was not an accident," Deputy County Attorney Michelle Araneta told jurors Wednesday in her opening statement after telling how the child died after sustaining a severe blow to her head.
The removal of more than 400 children from the FLDS ranch in West Texas has put Child Protective Services under the microscope.
That case has led others to wonder, if CPS can do that to FLDS children, can they do that to mine?
Note: The answer is yes.
Many mothers who experience childbirth are coached through labor in a hospital maternity ward with supportive doctors and nurses. Their husbands may capture the birth with a video camera. After the baby’s bawling first breaths, mother and child bond in a joyous embrace.
An Enid foster parent is accused of having child pornography on his computer, authorities said.
The cities of Tacoma and Seattle have agreed to settle a lawsuit over the sexual abuse of eight children in foster care for a total of $10.5 million.
Association of Minnesota Counties may sue state for denying public defenders for parents in child protection cases
The Association of Minnesota Counties is considering suing the state for passing on the legal costs of representing parents in child protection cases to counties.
The Florida Department of Children and Families has fired a child protective investigator after she failed to tell law enforcement about a 14-year-old North Fort Myers girl who was being sexually abused.
While I am always happy to see legislators taking an interest in the plight of foster children, I think that the call by Rep. Jim McDermott, a Democrat from Washington state, for greater oversight of the use of psychotropic medicines in foster children is not the best way to help them.
Foster children experience levels of loss, trauma and pain that are almost inconceivable to most of us, and removing them from their family, no matter how bad, adds another layer of hurt. The kindest thing we can do is to keep that hurt from happening.
Note: What an idiot.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
A Morristown foster father now faces first-degree murder charges in the death of a teen in his care. A grand jury met Monday and decided to increase the charges against Kenneth Taylor.
Two young girls are still missing Tuesday morning from a foster home in San Dimas, and they were last seen getting into their foster parents car early Monday morning.
A state child protective investigator has resigned pending her termination for failing to notify authorities about a 14-year-old girl who was being sexually abused.
Authorities were searching Monday for two young girls suspected of running away from their home in a Lexus belonging to their foster parents, authorities said.
The girls, ages 8 and 12, were reported missing shortly before 7 a.m. along with the family's 1998 Lexus, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Roxanna Hart said.
A Central Florida foster child needs a life-saving liver, but doctors have taken him off a transplant list because they fear he cannot recover from surgery without a stable home.
Teen Nixed from Transplant List Because He’s a Foster Child
A 15-year-old boy who needs a new liver has been taken off a hospital’s waiting list because of his unstable home life, the Miami Herald reports.
A foster mother accused of grossly neglecting her malnourished 11-year-old adoptive son, slapping the boy repeatedly and forcing him to wear a diaper is still mulling a plea deal to spend 60 days behind bars.
Sharmon "Sherry" Evans, 57, will be examined for a Probation Department report before she next appears in Rensselaer Family Court on Aug. 25, Judge Linda Griffin said Monday.
If anything, Nikol Anderson comes across as plain smug.
The now fired Department of Children and Family Services child protective investigator failed to call law enforcement as she was supposed to when a 14-year-old girl told her she'd been raped by her mother's husband.
DCF fires staffer in North Fort Myers homicide-abuse case
The Florida Department of Children and Families has fired a child protective investigator after she failed to tell law enforcement about a 14-year-old North Fort Myers girl who was being sexually abused.
Monday, July 07, 2008
I learned something new about John McCain this week.
Note: Almost makes Hillary look like a good choice.
A District social worker will be fired today after the recent death of a 6-month-old boy who was reported in March to be neglected. The social worker assigned to the case never visited the child, said interim Attorney General Peter J. Nickles.
Our position: State needs to undertake thorough and open review of its foster care system.
The combination of pending litigation and confidentiality laws is enough to push even the most open and responsive of public agencies to attempt to shield itself from scrutiny.
Every year thousands of children are taken from their parents, largely on the say-so of ‘experts'. It is a secret and sometimes unjust process and the system must change!
A Grahamstown police sergeant (34) and his wife (33) appeared in the Grahamstown Magistrates' Court on charges of child abuse after they allegedly left their 20-month-old daughter alone.
Note: Aren't these the same people who provide back-up support for the Product Acquisition team of the Child Protective Industry? You'd think they'd know better.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Brothers Ismael, Luis and Edwin Valeriano are U.S. citizens, but their lives have been upended by the arrest of their father as part of an escalating crackdown on illegal immigrants.
In March, the boys' 38-year-old father, Ismael Valeriano, a single parent from Mexico City, was detained for being in the country illegally after Phoenix police arrested him on a misdemeanor DUI warrant.
Michigan will hire hundreds of workers to help more than 6,000 abused and neglected children who have languished in foster care find permanent homes after reaching a settlement Thursday with an advocacy group who sued the state.
Seven foster children from Taiwan are settling in with their potential new families. They met for the first time this afternoon at the Salt Lake International Airport.
The kids seemed excited but overwhelmed. They don't speak English and their foster families don't speak Mandarin. But the two agencies making this happen -- For Every Child Adoption Services, and Kidsave International -- think it will be a success.
Note: Here's some international baby-marketing for ya.
“Every effort should be made in helping those who conceive out of wedlock to establish an eternal family relationship. When the probability of a successful marriage is unlikely, unwed parents should be encouraged to place the child for adoption, preferably through LDS [Family] Services” (“Policies and Announcements,” Ensign, Apr. 1999, 80).
Note: I just came across this blog post. What a twisted view. Remember the adoption bonus. Remember they want your children. Tell this person what you think about their view. Start getting loud people!
The reason so many children "known to the system" continue to die in Sacramento County is not because Child Protective Services "abandoned its promises" to adopt what amounts to a take-the-child-and-run approach to child welfare. The problem is that they kept those promises – with a vengeance.