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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Auditors Say Foster Care Official May Have Broken Law

Auditors Say Foster Care Official May Have Broken Law

Legislative auditors say the executive director of the Nebraska Foster Care Review Board may have broken state law when she helped arrange a campaign event during Tom Osborne's run for governor in 2006.

Books Meant For Foster Children Destroyed

Books Meant For Foster Children Destroyed

The Department of Child Services is asking for help from the public to replace books meant for foster children that were destroyed.

The agency said a frozen pipe burst over the weekend at a garage it was using to store the books.

Note: Oh, now the workers don't have the gifts to buy the kids with.

Ruestman to concentrate on three or four bills

Ruestman to concentrate on three or four bills

Another bill she will advance early is HB 154, which makes it easier for grandparents to take custody of children when emergency placement becomes necessary. The bill adds to state law by specifically singling out grandparents as the first possible candidates for care of a child, as opposed to just “relatives” as the law reads now.

Federal Appeals Court Finds CPS Tactic Unconstitutional

Federal Appeals Court Finds CPS Tactic Unconstitutional

As families gather for the holidays, a recent ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals offers hope to hundreds of thousands of parents haunted by the nightmare of unproven child abuse allegations.

Kan. mom jailed for contempt

Kan. mom jailed for contempt

A homeschooling mother whose daughter was removed from their home following a mistaken truancy report was jailed for contempt Friday after refusing to say where the 14-year-old has been since fleeing state custody in October.

Bambi Baker-Hazen said she was invoking her right to protect her daughter, Ashton Baker, from what she called abuse in the state's child welfare system. The girl had spent 47 days in the Wichita Children's Home before running away Oct. 6.

Child Killer Found Insane

Child Killer Found Insane

A Neenah woman who suffocated her 2-year-old son was found not mentally responsible Tuesday.

Testimony showed Brenda Thiel, 28, had spoken of harming her children after she attempted suicide March 31, only six weeks before the death of her son, Caleb.

Thiel, a former part-time employee of Winnebago County's Child Welfare Division, was kept in the psychiatric ward at Theda Clark Medical Center from the day of her suicide attempt until April 8. The boy died at their home May 5.

Foster care lawsuit ends after 15 years

Foster care lawsuit ends after 15 years

After 15 years, the landmark child welfare case that brought extensive reform and oversight to the Utah foster care system has finally ended. The California-based National Center for Youth Law and the state jointly asked the federal courts Tuesday to dismiss the case.

But exactly what happened to the child plaintiffs -- including the child known as David C. who was abused in foster care -- is unclear as lawyers struggle to locate them. All of them have left state custody and are now adults.

Amber Alert issued after woman slain, 2 foster children missing

Amber Alert issued after woman slain, 2 foster children missing

Police are investigating the shooting death of a southeast Missouri woman and are looking for two foster children in a possible kidnapping.

Bollinger County sheriff-elect chief deputy Leo McElrath said the woman's husband arrived home from work at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to find his wife dead. McElrath said the couple's home in Patton did not appear to have been burglarized or ransacked, nor was there sign of forced entry.

Life as a Foster Child

Life as a Foster Child

An interesting Squidoo Lense I just came across.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

ACLU sues to block restrictive Ark. adoption law

ACLU sues to block restrictive Ark. adoption law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas has filed a lawsuit seeking to strike down a new law barring unmarried couples from becoming foster or adoptive parents.

Oregon DHS sued in alleged foster care sex abuse

Oregon DHS sued in alleged foster care sex abuse

A $1.3 million lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Human Services filed last week alleges three boys placed in foster care sexually abused a young girl living in the same home over the course of seven years, ending in 2007.

Let grandparents care for their families

Let grandparents care for their families

Barack Obama speaks often of how important his grandmother was in his life. The president-elect was raised for eight years by Madelyn Payne Dunham who, sadly, died just before the election. Today, we would call it "informal kinship care." Children with the potential to become the next Barack Obama, but happen to live in Michigan, may not be so fortunate.
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In cases where DHS used to be able to turn immediately to a grandparent, the consent decree imposes severe new restrictions. It requires that any relative who steps forward to care for a loved one whose parents are accused of maltreatment meet all the same hypertechnical licensing requirements imposed on total strangers.

Officials: Suffolk man taps child abuse hotline

Officials: Suffolk man taps child abuse hotline

Faulty security allowed a Suffolk County man to acquire a list of more than 200 phone numbers of callers to the state's anonymous child abuse hotline, according to a report issued Monday by state Inspector General Joseph Fisch.

The 33-page report details a litany of record-keeping and security troubles at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and accuses the state agency of improperly saving records of expunged child abuse cases it should have shredded and destroying telephone records it was supposed to keep.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Death of foster baby leaves many questions

Death of foster baby leaves many questions

The death of a foster child leaves a lot of unanswered questions, and the 911 call placed by the foster family reveals confusion and desperate attempts to help the child.

Five-month-old Carl Deloney was reported not breathing on December 15th. Eyewitness News obtained recordings of the call for emergency help, which was apparently made by an adult daughter of the foster parents.

40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes

Listen carefully...



Now get it through your heads.

Report: Secrecy breached at NY abuse hot line

Report: Secrecy breached at NY abuse hot line

New York Inspector General Joseph Fisch says the state's child abuse hot line lacks sufficient safeguards to protect the identities of callers, also noting it took five months to have a record erased after an investigation found no abuse.

Medication Madness



Your Turn with Kathy Fountain - Weekdays on Tampa FOX 13

IMMUNITY BROKEN

IMMUNITY BROKEN

This article was written to address the immunity claims made by those hired, elected or appointed to serve children in our legal system when they are sued for outrageous acts. This article argues that since the passage of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (“The Mondale Act”) false claims of child abuse have wrecked havoc on American families. In order to understand the claims for immunity made by doctors, social workers and attorneys who mis-serve children, this article provides a discussion of immunity and its operation in our law. Following a historical overview, this article describes the various claims to immunity from suit made by government officials, prosecutors, law enforcement personnel, guardians, appointed counsel, social workers and various private parties. For the purpose of illustrating how immunity claims may be addressed, this article presents an actual account of a Michigan case concerning issues of Guardian ad Litem immunity. It is the express position of this author that people who chose to aide or represent children must do so competently and professionally or not at all.

Mother's fear over abuse register

Mother's fear over abuse register

A mother whose daughters went to an orphanage when she became ill in New York wants her name removed from a US abuse register.

The silly things that foster parents get mad about.

Here is another of those silly foster parent blogs. Watch her rant and rave over a visitation schedule between a legally kidnapped child and her real parent.

http://fostercarespacewarp.blogspot.com/2008/12/irate.html

Send her your love.

Infant Boy In Protective Custody

Infant Boy In Protective Custody

The Sacramento Police Department is trying to decide whether or not to press charges against a young mother who allegedly abandoned her infant son.

Troubled children centers closing

Troubled children centers closing

Adrian Training Center will be shuttered Jan. 24 to help close a $540 million shortfall in Michigan's budget -- but the plan also signals the end of an era in how troubled children are treated in the state.

Family giving up custody of abused boy

Family giving up custody of abused boy

Their father is still in prison, their mother served her time, but six children left in the wake of what Jefferson County Human Services employees describe as the worst case of child abuse they had ever seen continue to pay for the crimes of their parents.

Note: I thought adoption meant forever home?

Child Neglect Cases Multiply As Economic Woes Spread

Child Neglect Cases Multiply As Economic Woes Spread

As the economic downturn takes its toll on struggling families, child welfare workers across the region are seeing a marked rise in child abuse and neglect cases, with increases of more than 20 percent in some suburban counties.

Note: Is it really neglect when the economy is to blame?

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Child maids now being exported to US

Child maids now being exported to US

In Africa, children of the poor are commodities, often traded like cows or donkeys by adults who value their labor. This story on child maids is the third in an occasional series on the exploitation of African children. Each story stands on its own.

Note: In the USA they do the same thing, they just complicate the situations and call it child protective.

Central Florida Pornography Investigation Results In Arrest Of Former Missionary

Central Florida Pornography Investigation Results In Arrest Of Former Missionary

A central Florida child-pornography investigation has resulted in an a former missionary being indicted. Investigators say the man had more than 6,000 pictures and 250 video clips on his computer of children engaging in sexual activity.

Dependency court reforms unfold in 2008

Dependency court reforms unfold in 2008

When the now-presiding judge of the Los Angeles juvenile court system, the nation's largest, received his first assignment in 1990, Michael Nash wondered out loud: "Dependency court — what's that?"

02082008 cps



CPS in Texas filed an affidavit with the courts stating, "Baby's mom was positive for illegal drugs." CPS said the house was unclean and unfit for the baby.
CPS LIED! For once, their lies did not work.
Drug test - NEGATIVE
Condition of House - Judge wanted to know why this statement was in the affidavit if known to be untrue.

In seven weeks infant was in foster care she came home with a severe sunburn, diaper rash with pustules, asthma requiring breathing treatments throughout the day!

There is more and as time permits, we will post more.

This baby is so fortunate to have a mother and father who love her dearly, and a grandmother you do not want to mess with!

Social Workers recruitment 'a problem'

Social Workers recruitment 'a problem'

Health Minister Eddie Teare says he’s hopeful the issue of unqualified social workers looking after vulnerable children can soon be resolved.

Earlier this week, Rushen MHK Quintin Gill pointed out a large number of youngsters on the Child Protection Register are having their cases dealt with by unqualified staff.

Growing child abuse reports drive additional staffing

Growing child abuse reports drive additional staffing

Broome County has budgeted $275,608 extra in next year's budget for six more social service positions to investigate child abuse cases.

Group cites examples in Oklahoma DHS suit

Group cites examples in Oklahoma DHS suit

DHS received serious complaints of abuse and neglect involving foster children in its care but failed to disclose the complaints to judges handling their child welfare cases, according to documents filed in an ongoing Tulsa federal lawsuit against the agency.

Lawsuit accuses adoption agency of racketeering, fraud

Lawsuit accuses adoption agency of racketeering, fraud

Alice Buffington and Daniel McCoy entered the risky world of international adoption in 2006, traveling abroad several times with the hope of bringing home Sharon, a little girl with heart problems now living in a Guatemalan orphanage.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Polygamist sect calls CPS report 'fraudulent'

Polygamist sect calls CPS report 'fraudulent'

A polygamist group accused of widespread abuse and neglect of children at a Texas ranch called the allegations "manufactured" Saturday in a lengthy rebuke of a state report released this week.

Polygamous sect blasts Texas report

Polygamous sect blasts Texas report

Four days after Texas officials released a report defending its raid on a polygamous sect's ranch, the sect has fired back with its own statement calling the event an unjustified "fishing expedition" aimed at driving them out of the state.

The seven-page statement says the raid on the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado left hundreds of children and adults traumatized, desecrated the sect's temple and reduced a self-sustaining community to poverty.

Now, the state has further damaged the community by releasing findings without giving the sect the right to respond in court and failing to offer an apology to more than a dozen families it determined had not abused or neglected their children, a sect spokesman said.

Child Protective Services (CPS) Videos

Child Protective Services (CPS) Videos

An advertisement for the legal profession. It won't let me embed it. Oh well.

FLDS Report Released by Texas Child Protective Services

Lawmaker Wants To Outlaw Baby Selling

Emotional Plea For Justice In Foster Child's Death

Grandparents passed over in favor of foster care

A custody battle involving a tiny toddler has grabbed the attention of senators, top honchos at DSHS, and now the KING 5 Investigators. Just over a year ago, state social workers put a little girl from Enumclaw in foster care, taking her from the only stable home she'd ever known. KING 5's Susannah Frame takes us inside a controversial case that threatens to tear a family apart forever.



Pam Roach is in this one.

4-year-old called child molester

An accused child molester is only a child himself, a 4-year-old boy named in a lawsuit alleging he molested two pre-kindergarten classmates.

Project Pregnancy



Thousands of Tucson children end up in foster care after being taken away from a drug-addicted mother. Now one group is working to stop them from ever being born.

18 Month Old Death Being Investigated



ON CAM AN 18-MONTH-OLD GIRL DIES IN FOSTER CARE.

Michael Moore- Bowling For Columbine



the full length documentary by Michael Moore.This interesting doc goes through the rational of guns in the US and the general society of the nation in quite some depth.

Note: I know this is a little off topic, but it's worth watching.

Parents are encouraged to 'shield' children on database

Parents are encouraged to 'shield' children on database

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is launching a publicity campaign to let families know how much information on them will be held by ContactPoint.

In defiance of Government guidance, it will tell them they can have details kept from the estimated one million officials who would otherwise be allowed to access them.

If parents around the country decide to have their records shielded, it risks undermining the effectiveness of ContactPoint as a way for authorities to share information on England's 11 million children.

Note: Do it!!!

More children like Baby P at risk due to soaring court fees

More children like Baby P at risk due to soaring court fees

Thousands of vulnerable kids are being left in peril after the cost of court protection orders rocketed by 3,100 per cent.

Government funding changes mean councils now pay up to £4,850 at time for a judge to safeguard an at risk child - up from £150.

Note: No! Kids are left at risk because social services doesn't have enough insight to get it right.

Perserving family saves agency money

Perserving family saves agency money

For every dollar spent keeping troubled families together, Butler County Children Services saves $4.36 in foster placement costs, according to Children Services Director Michael Fox.

Getting childhood mental health care right

Getting childhood mental health care right

Although it was not her choice, Pat, a southeastern Massachusetts mom, has become an expert on children's mental health.

Each of her three sons has been diagnosed with mental or behavioral problems, ranging from autism to dyslexia. Pat said that because teachers only receive minimal training - what she refers to as a "vanilla disability list" - in special education and mental health, it's been tough getting adequate services and help from teachers.

Missing Hagerstown mom, son found in Mexico

Missing Hagerstown mom, son found in Mexico

A Hagerstown boy whose mother took him to Mexico 10 years ago amid a custody dispute has been returned to the United States and is refusing to see his father.

Houston Child Protective Services spokeswoman Estella Olguin said Friday the boy's father, Donald Wiswell, went to Houston in hopes of being reunited with his son but that 14-year-old Joseph Kennedy refused to go with him.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Baby P report is "damning"

Ed Balls announces devastating report into death of Baby P


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Baby P Councillors quit



Three senior figures from Haringey Council have lost their jobs over the Baby P tragedy.
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Baby P's legacy



MPs and charities react to the Baby P report

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Report: Disabilities land many Nebraska children in foster care

Report: Disabilities land many Nebraska children in foster care

Nearly 20% of Nebraska children need foster care because of their own mental or behavioral disorders, according to a new state report. Making mental-health services more affordable and accessible could help, the Nebraska Foster Care Review Board said in its annual report. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (12/12)

18-Month-Old Girl Dies in Foster Care

18-Month-Old Girl Dies in Foster Care

Police and Child Protective Services are investigating after a little girl died while in foster care.

Woman guilty of having sex with teen foster son

Woman guilty of having sex with teen foster son

A woman who gave birth to her teenage foster son's baby was sentenced to three months in jail and 10 years' probation.

Lawsuit stands for raped foster kids

Lawsuit stands for raped foster kids

An appeals court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against child welfare caseworkers accusing of turning a blind eye while foster children were repeatedly raped.

Lying Lawyers Paid Tax Dollars to Officially Abduct Your Children

Lying Lawyers Paid Tax Dollars to Officially Abduct Your Children

Lawyers on Ethics Commissions, such as Maureen Duggan, can be caught lying, committing perjury, manufacturing evidence, using false identities, obstructing justice, getting involved in complex plots and schemes, acting unethically, and while being paid tax dollars to safeguard families and children, harm families and children, defrauding tax payers, and not be fired! Is this proper use of your federal tax dollars we ALL PAY?

CHRISTMAS IN CARE ...



A VIDEO DEDICATED TO THOSE CHILDREN WHO CANNOT BE WITH THEIR FAMILIES THIS CHRISTMAS AS THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO CARE , USUALLY FOR NO GOOD REASON....

Chicago team hired to study foster children

Chicago team hired to study foster children

AN AMERICAN academic is to run a five-year study of NSW children who are removed from their parents and placed in foster care in the hope of finding ways to stop them becoming troubled teenagers.

CYFD Worker, Daughter Accused in Theft

CYFD Worker, Daughter Accused in Theft

Quay County women arrested Christmas Eve, accused in the stealing of gift cards for foster kids. A Quay County mother and daughter were arrested on Christmas Eve, accused of stealing Christmas gift cards intended for foster children, the Quay County Sun reported.

Court Forces Utah Family To Return Baby To Tribe

Court Forces Utah Family To Return Baby To Tribe

A couple in Utah adopted a son 6 months ago, but the courts have forced them to return the baby to his birth mother, a member of the Ojibwe American Indian tribe, in a complicated and emotional case.

New murder and child endangerment charges in Santa Maria foster child death

New murder and child endangerment charges in Santa Maria foster child death

A Santa Maria man is facing new charges in connection with the death of a 3-year-old boy in June.

Hundreds of DCFS kids left in limbo in inappropriate settings, Cook County guardian finds

Hundreds of DCFS kids left in limbo in inappropriate settings, Cook County guardian finds

For 105 days—from just after Labor Day, past Halloween and Thanksgiving and, now, nearing Christmas—the girl has not been outside. She has not been to school. She has not seen her family, her friends, her dog, Max. She longs for her own bed and, perhaps, some junk food.

Instead, the 14-year-old has been living at a psychiatric unit at Rush University Medical Center, the unintended victim of an Illinois child-welfare system that has been struggling to find homes for its most vulnerable children.

Reasons for foster home's shutdown in dispute

Reasons for foster home's shutdown in dispute

For a time, the Edelweiss House, overlooking a wooded valley and more than 150 acres of rolling hills, provided young boys in the foster care system a chance to rebuild their broken lives.

Up to 3,000 fraudulent child abuse claims in Santa Clara County?

Up to 3,000 fraudulent child abuse claims in Santa Clara County?

Last year, Agustin Uribe’s conviction for sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl was overturned by California’s Sixth Court of Appeals. Why? The San Jose Mercury News reports that the hospital at which the girl was examined maintained a videotape of the examination which showed that no abuse had occurred.

Mary Elizabeth Sokolowski

Mary Elizabeth Sokolowski

Another blog worth checking out.
Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tough New Rules for Adoptive U.S. Parents

Tough New Rules for Adoptive U.S. Parents

The government will toughen regulations for Americans wishing to adopt Russian children after a U.S. court acquitted a Virginia man of felony charges in the death of his newly adopted Russian son earlier this year, officials said Thursday.

Family Says DCF Mistake Keeping Siblings Apart

Family Says DCF Mistake Keeping Siblings Apart

Eyewitness News discovered a mistake could force a brother and sister to grow up in different homes even though there's a family who wants to take them both in. The family says the Department of Children and Families flat out dropped the ball.

DCF slapped over sloppy records

DCF slapped over sloppy records

The Florida Department of Children and Families repeatedly violated state laws and its own procedures by not releasing records to lawyers for children in a Nassau County foster home abuse case, an internal report by the department's general counsel obtained Tuesday by the Times-Union says.

The department also improperly destroyed and misplaced some records, failed to retrieve others from foster parents and illegally released confidential child-abuse reports without a court order to a lawyer representing department employees, the report says. Those were the same records that department lawyers in Jacksonville told the children's lawyers they couldn't find, a situation the report called "inexplicable."

Note: They wouldn't do anything like that, now would they?

He rode the 'Orphan Train' across the country

He rode the 'Orphan Train' across the country

Orphan Train rider Stanley Cornell's oldest memory is of his mother's death in 1925.

DSHS settles case of boy's death; lawyer asks how state lost track

DSHS settles case of boy's death; lawyer asks how state lost track

Robley Carr Jr., according to his lawyer, was a victim of the state Department of Social and Health Services' (DSHS) mistakes. He was a victim not once, but twice. In 2003, state and federal authorities paid $5 million to settle claims that Robley and three siblings were horribly abused in foster care. Now, the state has agreed to pay an additional $320,000 to settle a claim that it failed to protect Robley even after that. He died at age 15.

Police Find Toddler, Not Burglar



A four-year-old child was discovered alone in a Beaumont, Texas store in the middle of the night, playing with toys. KFDMs Jennifer Heathcock reports.

Raw Video: Boy Was Chained, Authorities Say



Matt Robinson, public affairs officer for Tracy, said Wednesday that a teenage boy who showed up at a gym earlier this week had been chained in a home and lived in "dirty" conditions.
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Tracy couple accused of torture to appear in court

A battered 17-year-old boy who limped into a local gym with a chain locked to his ankle has been returned to protective custody while his alleged captors await their first court appearance Thursday.
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Raw Video: Couple Charged in Captive Teen Case

Former Foster Mother Speaks Out About Death Of 1-Year-Old

Former Foster Mother Speaks Out About Death Of 1-Year-Old

The death of a baby boy in foster care took center stage at a heated meeting of the Milwaukee Child Welfare Council Friday morning.

Caseworker from fatal foster placement still monitoring dead boy's sister

Caseworker from fatal foster placement still monitoring dead boy's sister

The caseworker responsible for Christopher Thomas's sister, who police say was tortured for months by the children's foster parent, remains assigned to the girl's case, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has learned.

One in five child abuse complaints are false: report

One in five child abuse complaints are false: report

The call comes after a report found fewer than one in five reports of abuse or neglect to authorities are substantiated.

A report released yesterday by the Australian Institute of Family Studies found welfare authorities were spending too much time investigating complaints and not enough time offering long-term help to families with problems.

Parents who had children wrongly snatched by social services win thousands in compensation

Parents who had children wrongly snatched by social services win thousands in compensation

A couple who had their children taken away from them for two years after falsely being accused of sexual abuse have been awarded a six-figure compensation payout.

Tim and Gina Williams went through a 'total nightmare' of having their three young children placed in separate foster homes after being wrongly placed under suspicion by social workers.

Familiar Complaints Aired At Hearing On DCF

Familiar Complaints Aired At Hearing On DCF

Trina Porter flew to Connecticut from Maryland so she could show state legislators a picture of the niece she hasn't seen in more than a year.
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Parents Air Concerns At Final DCF Hearing

Parents attended a Department of Children and Families hearing Thursday to voice concerns about the organization.

They said the state is quick to take children away and won't give them back, even if there is a family who wants and loves the child.

State's errors detailed in deaths of two sisters

State's errors detailed in deaths of two sisters

The state agency responsible for children failed at the most fundamental levels to save the lives of two South Boston sisters who survived years of neglect in a home torn by drug addiction, violence, and emotional dysfunction only to die in one another's arms in an arson fire in April, an investigation by the state's new advocate for children found.
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Probe finds Department of Children and Families failed sisters killed in fire

System fails, kids die

System fails, kids die

Nicholas Goodrich would have been walking and talking by now.

Instead, he rests beneath a stone, eternally 11 months old.

Nevada Ranks Poorly in Child Welfare Report

Nevada Ranks Poorly in Child Welfare Report

Nevada continues to wallow among the worst states in the union when it comes to child care and welfare. A damaging new report from the group Every Child Matters says Nevada children are in dangerous territory and more at risk than ever.

300 victims of abuse to sue councils for neglect

300 victims of abuse to sue councils for neglect

Hundreds of children who suffered neglect or abuse at the hands of their parents have been given the green light to sue councils for damages that could total millions of pounds.

Between 200 and 300 cases where councils failed to take children promptly into care are being prepared after a landmark legal ruling, The Times has learnt. The delays in removing children stretch from weeks and months to years in some cases.

Toddler Ordered to Return to Family After Being Found in a Store Alone

Toddler Ordered to Return to Family After Being Found in a Store Alone

The four-year-old found last week in a Beaumont Family Dollar store playing with toys in the middle of the night is now allowed to return home.

Agency defends child-abuse raid on sect in W. Texas

Agency defends child-abuse raid on sect in W. Texas

State child welfare officials on Tuesday defended their controversial raid on a polygamist sect's West Texas compound, saying a dozen girls living on the ranch had been forced into underage marriages and that seven had given birth.

CPS: Tot goes back to parents

CPS: Tot goes back to parents

Child Protective Services officials say a 4-year-old boy who was found alone playing with toys inside a closed discount store will be returned to his parents by Christmas.

Mother files legal appeal to have her child adopted

Mother files legal appeal to have her child adopted

The mother of a baby girl at the center of a custody battle between Ventura County and the couple who planned to adopt her has taken the fight to a court of appeal.

Misty Lopez of Oxnard, through her county-appointed attorney, on Thursday petitioned the Court of Appeal in Ventura to dismiss the dependency case filed by the county's Children and Family Services, which took the baby into protective custody shortly after she was born in late September.

Foster Mother Arrested For Using Duct Tape On Kids

Foster Mother Arrested For Using Duct Tape On Kids

A Levittown, Pa., woman, honored last year for her work as a foster mother by a local organization, is now under arrest for allegedly wrapping up her foster children with duct tape.

Amish boy will have surgery

Amish boy will have surgery

A St. Lawrence County Family Court judge ruled Tuesday that a young Amish boy must undergo surgery to repair a heart defect.

Windsor woman found delivering twins in snow bank

Windsor woman found delivering twins in snow bank

Newborn twins are recovering at a Windsor hospital after their mother gave birth in the street under unusual circumstances just before midnight on Tuesday.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

So what have I missed?

  • Father Follows Son In Suing DCF

  • Worker didn't heed rules in starved girl's case

  • Abysmal failure of child protection laws

  • Leaving teen in Nebraska a mistake, mom says
    Note: Well Duh!!!
  • Child protection review announced
    The Scottish Government has announced a wide-ranging review of guidance on child protection practices.

  • Government to reform social services after Baby P case
    Note: Not in a good way though.
    Nationwide overhaul of social services departments ordered

  • Child Abuse Central Index offers no way out, even for the innocent
    Accused of child abuse by a vindictive ex-girlfriend 22 years ago, Bakersfield stockbroker Scott Whyte ceased contact with their son for years, fearing that another allegation would land him in prison, before a court cleared him.

  • Don't 'be alone with other people's children'

  • Review aims to boost social workers' status and quality

  • Expert calls Tracy torture case a "social services plane wreck"

  • Children's Services in firing line over Baby P
    Note: Unfortunately the phrase "firing line" is used as a metaphor.

  • DNA taken from polygamist sect baby

  • DHS worker admits failing to report child abuse

  • Woman accused of killing adopted teenage son

  • Stop Corrupt DSS

    Someone just left a comment with a link to their blog. It's worth checking out.

    Stop Corrupt DSS

    Dec 5th Leftovers

    Here are the leftovers from December 5th. This was the last day I posted.

    Greg Pound on The Alex Jones Show"Kidnapped by CPS"1/3

    Part 1


    Part 2


    Part 3

    DHS: "Children Will Die...In Foster Care"

    LK Announcement

    I'm Back!!!

    Did you miss me?

    Got a lot of catching up to do. But we'll get back to normal asap.

    Friday, December 05, 2008

    Former CPS supervisor is accused of making false report

    Former CPS supervisor is accused of making false report

    A former Child Protective Services supervisor faces a charge that she falsely accused a man who is instrumental in helping convict child abusers of molesting a child himself.

    Grizelda Lopez-Hess was indicted Thursday on a charge of making a false report of abuse.

    Oklahoma foster system in "severe disarray," lawsuit claims

    Oklahoma foster system in "severe disarray," lawsuit claims

    Nine Oklahoma foster children were bounced around among 176 primary caseworkers because of “severe disarray” within DHS, attorneys said in documents filed Thursday in Tulsa federal court.

    Union County couple accused in girl's death freed on bond

    Union County couple accused in girl's death freed on bond

    Ramon and Janet Killough Barreto apparently will be home for Christmas, out on $450,000 bond each and facing a March 2 trial in the death of their 2-year-old adopted daughter.

    Former child welfare workers reach pretrial agreements

    Former child welfare workers reach pretrial agreements

    A former child welfare investigator, once featured and praised for adopting a foster child, reached a plea agreement on charges he lied about visiting possible victims of abuse.

    Foster care protester knows pain of losing a child

    Foster care protester knows pain of losing a child

    Valissa Reynolds and Rob Whitman mourn the loss of their 2-month-old son, Robert Whitman Jr. The infant died Oct. 2 while in the custody of foster parents, just two days after being removed from his parents. Whitman cradles the infant’s teddy bear. The child’s ashes are contained in a tiny angel on the table next to him.
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    Foster Parents Call for Foster Care Overhaul

    Some foster parents are demanding an overhaul of the foster care system. They met in Milwaukee Wednesday to protest the beating death of a baby in foster care last month.
    Rebecca Welk organized the protest in front of the child welfare office on the city's south side. Welk is a former foster mother who's outraged by the death of Christopher Thomas. The 13-month-old baby died in early November, after being severely beaten. His foster mother -- who was also his aunt -- is accused of causing his death. Welk also blames the boy's social worker, saying she failed to recognize signs of ongoing abuse.

    "In Christopher's case the woman did not do her job. She is -- as far as I'm concerned -- she's as much at fault as the foster parent. She needs to be punished for what she did," Welk says.

    Welk says she's witnessed numerous problems with the foster care system over the years, and feels it's finally time to take action. She and the other protesters say they're demanding justice for Christopher and for any other children who've been abused while in foster care.

    The protesters are circulating a petition, spelling out what "justice" means for them. Foster mother Donna Pluta-Eisenmann read from the document: "...that the abuser is punished to the full extent of the law and serves the full sentence..."

    Pluta-Eisenmann says the group has other demands, including improved training of foster care workers, and better screening of foster homes.

    "There are so many unfit foster parents that shouldn't be fostering, because these children go into these foster homes and they're being abused, they're being neglected, they're going from one bad situation into another bad situation and that's not fair to this child," Pluta-Eisenmann says.

    Cyrus Behroozi heads the state division that oversees the foster care system and the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. He's sympathetic to the protesters.

    "We've had a terrible, terrible tragedy in Milwaukee County. We first have to acknowledge that we've had a terrible tragedy. We respect the public's right to let their opinions be heard and we will listen to and work with that public and that community to do the best job that we can," Behroozi says.

    Behroozi admits that there have been problems with some foster care workers and some foster families. He says his division is continually working to improve the system and to keep foster children safe. Behroozi promises to find out what went wrong in the Christopher Thomas case.

    "We're going to be looking at this particular case in a way that we never have before, utilizing members of the community -- professionals in the community -- so that if there is any way that we can do a better job for kids we will continue to drive for improvements for children in Milwaukee County," Behroozi says.

    One person who'll be waiting for answers is Rebecca Welk, who organized the protest.

    "I have a big mouth, I'm not afraid to use it, they can slam doors in my face, I will keep knocking until somebody opens it and talks to me, that's all I can do," Welk says.

    Welk says she's so dedicated to this cause because she adopted a baby girl who was removed from her parents after being severely abused.

    Foster parents receive probation in abuse case

    Foster parents receive probation in abuse case

    Prosecutor reluctant to file plea deal that calls for no jail time

    A Greentown couple accused of abusing its adopted children nearly three years ago at the then Four Seasons Farm avoided any jail time. However, under the terms of a plea agreement, Teresa and Jay Moody were prohibited from being foster parents or providing services to children under 18.

    CPS to come under more scrutiny

    CPS to come under more scrutiny

    State Rep. Jonathan Paton, who wrote a bill this year that imposed several reforms on the state's child welfare agency, said that he and other legislators will keep up their scrutiny of Child Protective Services in the next session of the Legislature.

    He said increased transparency was just the start of more reforms.

    Announcement

    I'm not slacking, I'm moving this weekend. Tonight is my last night in the old place. I'm moving my computer tomorrow.

    Unfortunately, the earliest appointment I could get to get my cable turned on won't be for another couple weeks. So I will be without internet connection for that time. I will be popping on from time to time as I am able, but I will make up for it as soon as I am back online.

    This is actually a good thing for me.

    Wednesday, December 03, 2008

    Couple investigated by CPS for making kids walk to school

    Couple investigated by CPS for making kids walk to school

    A Suncrest couple has removed their five school-age children from Lake Spokane Elementary School after a school official there reported the mother to Child Protective Services in mid-November.

    Child welfare protest

    Child welfare protest

    In the wake of a toddler's death, a community rallies to demand changes in the child welfare system in Wisconsin.

    Costs, targets, paperwork: why the system fails children at risk

    Costs, targets, paperwork: why the system fails children at risk

    Ed Balls moved swiftly to remove Sharon Shoesmith from her post, and states that every local council must learn the lessons of Baby P’s death. But in many ways, Shoesmith was the perfect children’s director for the new-look Department for Children, Schools and Families.

    Sour Economy Means More Fla. Child Abuse Calls



    The number of calls coming into the Florida Department of Children and Families child abuse hotline is up this year. DCF officials say part of the reason for the increase is the bad economy. (Dec. 3)

    Tracy torture case suspect a convicted felon - Contra Costa Times



    Four children living in the home were taken into custody by San Joaquin County Child Protective Services.

    Ignoring plight costs state $1.5 million

    Ignoring plight costs state $1.5 million

    The baby boy was born with cocaine in his system. His mother abandoned him when he was an infant. At age 3, he lay down in the street and said he wished a truck would run over him.

    And the system that was supposed to protect him was every bit as dysfunctional.

    Group care closes doors for children

    Group care closes doors for children

    We are always pleased to see media attention on adoption for foster children who cannot return home. When such attention also promotes childhood-long institutionalization, our pleasure quickly turns to pain.

    Work harder to return kids home

    Work harder to return kids home

    The Free Press painted a compelling picture of life for the children of Christ Child House.
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    These well-meaning family members are denied that chance by a foster care system that fails to work with them in any meaningful way. The system also fails to provide effective services to address problems in the home, many of which are rooted in poverty. (Poverty-related neglect is the No. 1 reason children are removed from their homes in the first place -- not serious physical or sexual abuse.)

    Some good advice.

    Note: This was submitted through the LK Submission Form. I think there is some good advice here, so I'm posting it. The person who submitted this is absolutely right when she says "Shut Up."
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    When dss takes your kids you are in for a long battle. prepare to cry, stay up worrying all night. you will be lied to, promised things you' you will not get etc. at this time they have my granddaughter. i was under the belief that i would get her back, possibly in weeks. its been months and i don't see it happening anytime soon. i have talked to lawyers,senators,child psychologist and many many others and their response is that dss is like the Gestapo, judge, jury and executioner. the judges do as they say; also the lawyers,therapists, doctors and every one but you. the best advice given to me and you MUST follow this to get your child back. SHUT UP. do not tell them anything but name, rank, and serial #. Be as nice as possible, but do not give them info to use against you. DO NOT sign anything without an attorney telling you to.

    Be nice and say your lawyer said not to sign anything until he gives you permisssion, this makes him look like the bad guy and not you.They had my son sign an agreement to go to mental health, aa meeting, anger management and so on. he did not read it but was told it was just a formality to get his dauhter back. now in their reports he is mentally unstable, an alcoholic, and physically abusive. all lies. thses people are very sneaky. they pretend to be you best friend and the entire time r trying to gather info to use against you. best advic; get an attorney if at all possible. Do not use one of theirs or a court appointed one as most get their work form dss and are not going against them. if you cannot afford an attorney try to find one that will do it pro-bono. some can be found on the internet. also a law was passed in the 90s to give bonuses if dss was able to get your child adopted. they can do this after a year and they will.

    good luck youll need it

    ps my granddaughter was taken because someone that didnt like him called child protective services on him. he had drank 2 beers. they would not breathalize him or even listen. My grandchild had been bathed, eatten and was in bed.

    Note: I wish you the best.

    A Child Abuse Propaganda Video



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    This is a little twisted.

    Most child abuse isn't nearly this extreme. They just want you to think it is so they can manufacture support for their cause.

    Tuesday, December 02, 2008

    Nebraska events reveal wider need

    Nebraska events reveal wider need

    I read once that mothers everywhere are idealized, particularly in the Western culture. Mothers are represented as a reservoir of endless compassion, love and suffering. However, no one really knows what goes on in the shadows between mothers -- or parents -- and their children. This was the thought behind Nebraska's implementation of a safe-haven law.

    Social workers ignored eight-year-old girl's concerns over murdered mother

    Social workers ignored eight-year-old girl's concerns over murdered mother

    An eight-year-old girl who tried to raise the alarm about her missing mother was "ignored" by social services for six weeks, only for police to discover the woman had been murdered by her husband.

    Girl Scout Leader And Husband Arrested In Alleged Torture Of Teen

    Girl Scout Leader And Husband Arrested In Alleged Torture Of Teen

    A Girl Scout leader and her husband were arrested after an emaciated, terrified and nearly naked 17-year-old showed up at a gym with a chain locked to his ankle, saying he had just fled his captors, authorities said Tuesday.
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    The boy, who authorities said ran away from a Sacramento foster home last year, came into the In-Shape Sports Club in Tracy on Monday wearing only boxer briefs and covered in what appeared to be soot, gym manager Chuck Ellis said. Tracy is about 70 miles south of Sacramento.

    Foster mother sentenced to 15 years

    Foster mother sentenced to 15 years

    A Boyle County woman was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison on charges that she sexually and physically abused three girls she adopted after serving as their foster parent.

    One in 10 children suffer abuse, say experts

    One in 10 children suffer abuse, say experts

    The true scale of the maltreatment of children in the UK is revealed by child abuse experts today who say that one in 10 suffers physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.

    Child welfare probe not playing games

    Child welfare probe not playing games

    A specialist unit within the Department of Premier and Cabinet has been established to develop and coordinate a response to the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW.

    Conducted by Justice James Wood, the Inquiry was a thorough investigation of the State’s child protection system and delivered a substantial report containing 111 recommendations.

    Baby P: Haringey Council investigating a new case of suspected child abuse

    Baby P: Haringey Council investigating a new case of suspected child abuse

    The child, whose identity is not known, did not die but the injury it suffered was so bad that Haringey Council has been forced to launch a new Serious Case Review to find out if mistakes were made in the handling of the case.

    Iowa woman who collected benefits for foster child sentenced to prison

    Iowa woman who collected benefits for foster child sentenced to prison

    A Tama woman who collected more than $20,000 in government benefits for a child who was in a foster home has been sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison.

    Hearing delayed for Grove foster dad charged with rape

    Hearing delayed for Grove foster dad charged with rape

    A court hearing in Delaware County for a Grove man accused of impregnating a foster child placed in his care has been delayed.

    Timothy Joe Mountford is charged with felony second-degree rape and child sexual abuse of a 14-year-old placed in his home by the Department of Human Services.

    People who age out of foster care often need help

    People who age out of foster care often need help

    Earl Washington knows what it is like to be 18 and itching to be free of the constraints of the foster care system he called home for 10 years.

    Jeff Culver knows what it is like to help young people like Washington who age out of foster care but who have very little support to help them succeed in life.

    Foster kids make mom's life 'perfect'

    Foster kids make mom's life 'perfect'

    "I was thinking in the car and I said, 'Man, I have a perfect life' . . . and it's because of my kids."

    The kids to whom Allen is referring are the children she has welcomed into her home as a foster parent.

    Note: Awww. The heartwarming pro-Foster Care propaganda tactic.

    Victims in south Sacramento killings identified

    Victims in south Sacramento killings identified

    Sacramento County coroner's officials today released the identities of the two adults and 2-year-old twins found dead with gunshot wounds Monday in a south Sacramento home.

    The man is Ying Moua, 33. His wife is Bouavanh Moua, 32. The children are Alexis Moua and Matthew Moua.

    Bureau rebukes foster couple

    Bureau rebukes foster couple

    The West Allis foster parents who tried to adopt Christopher L. Thomas Jr. months before he was slain were told Monday that their foster home license has been placed on hold while officials investigate the woman's mental health and the couple's contact with the news media.

    Mother of dead foster child loses lawsuit against state

    Mother of dead foster child loses lawsuit against state

    A federal appeals court on Monday remanded to a lower court a lawsuit filed on behalf of the mother of an 8-year-old boy who was fatally shot three years ago while in foster care in Alba.

    Foster dad faces rape case

    Foster dad faces rape case

    DHS seeks order establishing suspect as father of teen’s second baby

    A Grove man is accused of impregnating a foster child placed in his home after she was impregnated at age 11 by a relative, according to court records and other sources.

    Mother wants justice in death of son, 3

    Mother wants justice in death of son, 3

    Niccole Booze decided to get help for cocaine addiction in late 2005. She placed her two sons in foster care and entered a residential treatment program.

    She later learned her infant son, Lazon Gulley, had suffered severe brain damage while in foster care. The injuries, which were consistent with shaken baby syndrome, put the boy in a persistent vegetative state.

    On Friday, the boy died.

    Sacked head of council children's services receives death threats

    Sacked head of council children's services receives death threats

    Police are investigating death threats sent to Sharon Shoesmith's home that warned the former director of children's services at Haringey that one of her two daughters would be killed.

    Note: Now why would anybody want to go and do that?

    Key points in DCFS drug-testing program

    Key points in DCFS drug-testing program

    TESTING: The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services started drug-testing in February all applicants for jobs that deal directly with children, whether at the state agency or with private contractors.
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    Child welfare groups concerned about drug testing

    Private child-welfare groups in Illinois say pre-employment drug testing is important, but they had concerns about it.

    The Department of Children and Family Services started drug testing applicants for agency and private-contractor jobs dealing with children in February. But those tests ended last month because of budget constraints.
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    Illinois budget woes mean child-welfare agency ends drug tests for prospective workers

    Baby P was 'clumsy with a high pain threshold:' Haringey Council's astonishing description of abused toddler

    Baby P was 'clumsy with a high pain threshold:' Haringey Council's astonishing description of abused toddler

    Baby P was described as 'clumsy with a high pain threshold' in the Serious Case Review into his death compiled by Haringey Council.

    Baby P: Ed Ball's statement in full

    Baby P: Ed Ball's statement in full

    "The whole nation has been shocked and moved by the tragic and horrific death of Baby P. All of us find it impossible to comprehend how adults could commit such terrible acts of evil against this little boy. And the public is angry that nobody stepped in to prevent this tragedy from happening.
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    Staff suspended over child abuse case that shocked Britain

    A British local authority responsible for a toddler who died after a lifetime of abuse suspended six members of staff, after a damning report into the case that has sparked national outrage.

    Senate committee to discuss state foster care program

    Senate committee to discuss state foster care program

    The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to meet today at 4 p.m. in room 313 at the State House to continue to collect testimony on the state's foster care program, particularly the high caseloads of Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) social workers.

    Lawmakers call for oversight of Child Services

    Lawmakers call for oversight of Child Services

    Two state lawmakers will push for independent oversight of the Department of Child Services because they believe confidentiality laws have made it impossible to fully investigate the powerful agency when children die in its care or when it faces complaints.

    Monday, December 01, 2008

    Anderson child’s cat placed in foster care, child gets visitation

    Anderson child’s cat placed in foster care, child gets visitation

    An anonymous animal lover is trying to reunite a cat with the boy who loves him.

    Note: I say let the kid have his cat! Who's with me?

    Baby P: Govt Response To Report

    Baby P: Govt Response To Report

    Pressure for heads to roll has been growing after the Government was handed the results of the urgent review into child protection services in Haringey.

    Mr Balls ordered the inquiry after it emerged that social workers in the borough failed to prevent the torture and killing of the 17-month-old boy despite dozens of visits to his home.

    Foster child’s family united in mourning

    Foster child’s family united in mourning

    The family of John Gifford, 5, was united in love for him at a joint funeral service for his mother’s and father’s families.

    Guess what

    It Could Happen To You