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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Study Highlights Cruelty of US Immigration Policy to Children

New Study Highlights Cruelty of US Immigration Policy to Children

A newly released study by the law firm of Dorsey and Whitney, LLP for the Urban Institute should be required reading for anyone who thinks that reform of our immigration laws and procedures is something that can be put off indefinitely.

The study, “Severing a Lifeline: The Neglect of Citizen Children in America’s Immigration Enforcement Policy”, whose principal authors are James D. Kremer, Kathleen A. Moccio and Joseph W. Hammell, focuses on the impact of the Bush-initiated wave of factory and home raids on the US citizen children of undocumented immigrants, as well as of documented immigrants subjected to deportation proceedings.

Group begins own probe of foster child's death

Group begins own probe of foster child's death

The Glen Cove facility where a 17-year-old foster child became ill last month before dying of a perforated bowel is conducting an internal investigation, officials said.

Adoption agency owner gives up license



The owner of an adoption agency here in Little Rock voluntarily relinquished his license. DHS held a hearing to revoke Ed Webb's license after numerous complaints from clients about unethical business practices.

Sex-ed for kindergartners



Proposed legislation sparks debate about sexual education starting in kindergarten.

$6M settlement for starved boy



A multi-million-dollar settlement has been reached in the case of a boy from Lynnwood who nearly starved to death. Shayne Abegg, who's now 6 years old, will receive $6 million from the Department of Social and Health Services and two other parties. KING 5's Susannah Frame reports.

How To Adopt a Child




The adoption process can be long and taxing. Start off right by learning the basic procedure.

Child Taken By DCS During X-Ray Dispute



The Department of Children's Services placed a family's child with a relative while waiting for the child's x-ray results.

Surrogate Mothers



It's a staggering statistic. 1 in 7 couples have fertility issues. Some have no choice but to hire a surrogate mother to carry their child for them. Surrogate moms can be very pricey. Some charge 10's of thousands of dollars and that's not counting medical bills. One Valley couple says they found someone to carry their baby for free. Fox 10's Miriam Garcia has their amazing story.

Foster Mom Stabbed



Daniel Prendergast not only stabbed the 57-year-old woman yesterday, but also beat her up outside her howard home.

Teenager Stabs Foster Mom



Police say a teen used a steak knife to stab his foster mother in the back.

Aging out of foster care



KVUE's Olga Campos takes a closer look at the challenges facing the 1400 young adults in Texas state custody who will age out of the system.

Protection officers replaced by Britons

Protection officers replaced by Britons

The ACT Government has forced out at least nine child protection workers and replaced them with British recruits brought over through the Live In Canberra campaign, The Canberra Times can reveal.

State faces suit over foster family placement

State faces suit over foster family placement

Imagine that the state took three children from an orthodox Jewish family and housed them with Christian foster families who brought them to church on Sundays and served them pork chops for dinner.

Depression Tests Urged for Teenagers

Depression Tests Urged for Teenagers

An influential government-appointed medical panel is urging doctors to perform routine screening on all American teenagers for depression, a step that acknowledges that nearly two million teenagers are affected by this debilitating condition.

Md. Woman Is Charged In Deaths Of 2 Girls

Md. Woman Is Charged In Deaths Of 2 Girls

Montgomery police have obtained a warrant charging Renee Bowman with murder in the slayings of two adopted children whose bodies were found in her Southern Maryland freezer last year, the county's state's attorney and police said yesterday.

Don't Take My Baby!

Don't Take My Baby!

Orphanages are full of children who need to be adopted, usually children who are older or disabled. When an adoption agency uses their skills to place a child from an orphanage with couples who want to adopt, they are to be commended for their services.

But so often this is not the case. If adoption agencies were simply coordinating orphanages with adoptive parents, or offering an alternative to abortion, they would be fine. The trend, however, is for adoption agencies to aggressively seek newborn babies for the purpose of filling a market demand, at the expense of a birth mother's grief.

Editorial: Jailing 10-year-old requires a public explanation

Editorial: Jailing 10-year-old requires a public explanation

The jailing of 10- and 11-year-old foster children in Santa Clara County has led to such a frenzy of finger-pointing and hand-wringing that it's a wonder county officials aren't accidentally slapping one another in the face, "Three Stooges"-style. The only response that makes sense so far is from county Supervisor Dave Cortese: He's calling for a public hearing to determine how it happened.

A new advocate for foster care system

A new advocate for foster care system

Laura McIntyre will resolve concerns and complaints from foster parents and children. She will interview caseworkers on the front lines of child welfare. If something goes wrong, she will be the one to find out what caused it.

The two county governments agreed to fund the $53,000 position, the first of its kind in Florida, after a 2007 report found the relationships between foster care agencies and the community had eroded to the point that children were endangered.

Family of Argyle girl who drowned in septic tank wants tougher regulation

Family of Argyle girl who drowned in septic tank wants tougher regulation

The family of a 3-year-old Argyle girl who died in February after falling into a septic tank plans to lobby state legislators for tighter regulations on companies that work with septic systems.

A Mother's Unspeakable Choice

A Mother's Unspeakable Choice

Lavennia Coover abandoned her 11-year-old mentally ill son under Nebraska`s safe haven law. Harry Smith spoke with Coover about her choice to give up her son.

State awards child welfare contract for Milwaukee County

State awards child welfare contract for Milwaukee County

St. Aemilian-Lakeside Inc. in Milwaukee has been awarded the state of Wisconsin child welfare contract for Milwaukee County that the incumbent agency, La Causa Inc., is canceling this year, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families said Monday.

La Causa said it would cancel the $11 million contract in the wake of negative publicity surrounding the death of a 13-month-old child who died while under the care of his aunt. La Causa workers were accused of mishandling the case.

Ashley Biden Alleged Cocaine Tape Seller Withdraws Under Fire

Ashley Biden Alleged Cocaine Tape Seller Withdraws Under Fire

Washington lawyer Thomas Dunlap is under fire for attempting to sell a video of Ashley Biden, the 27-year-old daughter of Joe Biden, allegedly snorting lines of cocaine at a Delaware party last month.

The New York Post claims that Dunlap showed it 90 seconds of the 43-minute tape, which purportedly shows Ashley doing lines of coke with a red straw in front of witnesses and later shouting "Shut the F-- Up!" The newspaper reported that the seller wanted $2 million before dropping his price to $400,000.

Judge punishes mother for allowing children to be angry with father

Judge punishes mother for allowing children to be angry with father

TWO children have been sent to live with their father after a court ruled the mother encouraged "negative" feelings about their dad.

The two children - a girl, aged nine, and a boy, aged seven - had been struggling with "change overs" between parents, saying things such as "I don't want to go" and "I don't have to go" when their father arrived in Tasmania from Melbourne to collect them for access visits, The Australian reports.

Madonna to Appear in Malawi Court Friday

Madonna to Appear in Malawi Court Friday

Madonna will face a judge in Malawi on Friday as part of her ongoing quest to adopt another child.

Judge Humiliates Teenage Rape Victim

Judge Humiliates Teenage Rape Victim

The attitude of a Pakistani judge toward a teenage gang rape victim has caused widespread outrage, throwing the training of the country’s judicial figures into question. On March 25, 2008, additional district and sessions judge Nizar Ali Khawaja conducted the trial of four men who allegedly gang-raped 13-year-old Ms Kainat Soomro in 2007, over a three day period in Dadu district, Sindh. The girl, who was expecting an in-camera trial (one in the judge's private chambers), was asked by the judge to describe and even demonstrate her rape in detail in front of the accused, Mr Shahban Sheikh, Mr Sheikh Ehsan, Mr Roshan Aleem and Mr Kaleemullah, all influential men who have all allegedly threatened and bribed Somroo’s family to settle out of court. About a hundred spectators were also present, according to court journalists. “The room was jam-packed, people crowding at the back because everyone knew it was a rape case.” noted a reporter from TheN ews International.

Acker's informal foster son still trusts him

Acker's informal foster son still trusts him

Allegations that Daniel Acker had sexually abused a teenage boy circulated around West Allis several years ago.

But nobody believed it.

Jury deciding fate of Tucson father

Jury deciding fate of Tucson father

A Tucson jury resumes sentencing deliberations against a man convicted of killing his two young children.

Christopher Payne faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole for a minimum of 35 years for his first-degree murder conviction.

Senator Webb launches bi-partisan prison reform

Senator Webb launches bi-partisan prison reform

With a population of 2,393,000 and rising, the nation’s prison system has become the focus of major concern for Senator Jim Webb [D-VA]. Calling the current position in which our prisons house five-times more people than DC itself, ‘a national disgrace,’ Senator Webb has proposed that a more radical cure must now be applied.

Oregon drug treatment cuts: a lot to lose

Oregon drug treatment cuts: a lot to lose

4/1/08.

That's the day the state took away her blue-eyed baby girl, Lillian Rose.

Possible funding changes for alcohol and drug treatment

Man Says Marijuana Fell Out of Baby's Pajamas During Visit

Man Says Marijuana Fell Out of Baby's Pajamas During Visit

A 24-year-old man told police he was no longer allowed to have custody of the child, but said he was permitted supervised visits at the Child Protective Services office. During one of those visits on Saturday, a “bud of marijuana” fell out of the baby’s pajamas, the man told police.

Independent Audit Blasts Sac County CPS

>Independent Audit Blasts Sac County CPS

Ten children under the watch of Child Protective Services in Sacramento County were killed in a 15-month period, and the board of supervisors will hear a scathing report from an independent audit on Tuesday.

State workers react to governor's budget plan

State workers react to governor's budget plan

State employees reacted Monday, to Gov. Linda Lingle's (R-Hawaii) plan to close the $2billion shortfall. She's pledging no on raising taxes and no layoffs, but she's asking workers to make some financial sacrifices.

Employees we talked to at the Department of Human Services' Child Protective Services say they know how serious the state's financial crisis is. So, they're willing to help out so no jobs are in jeopardy.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Southall to appeal over GMC ban

Southall to appeal over GMC ban

Dr Southall was found guilty of serious professional misconduct - for the second time - in December 2007.

The GMC ruled that he had abused his position by accusing a mother, Mandy Morris, of drugging and murdering her 10-year-old son, Lee.

Teen arrested in foster mother's stabbing

Teen arrested in foster mother's stabbing

A Brown County teenager accused of stabbing his foster mother faces felony charges of aggravated battery and first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Jury's Still Out On Madonna Adoption

Jury's Still Out On Madonna Adoption

Madonna's attempts to adopt a second child from the southern African nation of Malawi have been delayed until Friday, according to a court official. A Malawian judge held a closed-door hearing Monday on Madonna's adoption application, but his ruling will come no sooner than the end of the week.

Md. Woman Is Charged In Deaths Of 2 Girls

Md. Woman Is Charged In Deaths Of 2 Girls

Montgomery police have obtained a warrant charging Renee Bowman with murder in the slayings of two adopted children whose bodies were found in her Southern Maryland freezer last year, the county's state's attorney and police said yesterday.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Agencies seek halt to child abuse

Agencies seek halt to child abuse

$33 billion is spent in direct costs for foster care services, hospitalization, mental-health treatment and law enforcement.

Note: If you've ever asked the question, "How can they do this?" Here's the answer. The Child Protective Industry is a very lucrative business to be in.

Attn: Paternal Grandmothers!!!!

Have you committed the crime of giving birth to a male who would eventually grow up to father a child? If so, I wanted to bring your attention to this particular blog post from Glens Cult.

Grandmother wants to STEAL a 10 week old baby from the mother.

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Biden’s Daughter Caught Up In Cocaine Scandal

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Biden’s Daughter Caught Up In Cocaine Scandal

An explosive video being shopped to media outlets has plunged the White House and Vice President Joe Biden into a cocaine scandal, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
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The woman on the tape clearly resembles Ashley Biden, 27, who is a social worker employed with the Delaware Department of Children, Youth and Families. She is also a board member of the Delaware YWCA organization.
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'FRIEND' OF BIDEN'S DAUGHTER SHOPPING TAPE OF HER ALLEGEDLY DOING COCAINE

No, Virginia, there wasn't sufficient cause, and Oregon is dismayed

No, Virginia, there wasn't sufficient cause, and Oregon is dismayed

The first time social service workers tried to remove Connor and Tavvi from their home, it was 4:30 a.m. and there were presents under the Christmas tree. "They tried to bully the children into leaving," said Stephanie Johnston, their 24-year-old sister and guardian, "but they didn't have a court order."

article imageSenator Boxer Pushes Legislation Endangering American Sovereignty

Senator Boxer Pushes Legislation Endangering American Sovereignty

The United States is one of two countries who have not ratified a treaty that is pushed as a "children's rights" treaty. Senator Barbara Boxer is said to bring back the legislation that is supported by Barack Obama.

Note: Want to make Senator Boxer Dance? Go for it.

S.C. agency fails to protect children, state panel says

S.C. agency fails to protect children, state panel says

Children have died in homes where parents were abusing drugs because the agency that is supposed to protect the state's most vulnerable residents failed them, outraged child-safety advocates say.

Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists

Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists

Two hundred schoolchildren in Britain, some as young as 13, have been identified as potential terrorists by a police scheme that aims to spot youngsters who are "vulnerable" to Islamic radicalisation.

Foster parents denied siblings

Foster parents denied siblings

THREE brothers, including a one-year-old baby, will be raised in separate homes with different foster parents after the couple who wanted to raise them together were dismissed as having "a sense of themselves as special people".

The distraught couple, who have had the oldest of the brothers in their care since 2002 and were desperate to take in his brothers, said their application to care for them was refused after a meeting with a NSW Department of Community Services psychologist, who was concerned that their description of themselves as being "excellent foster parents" denoted "perceptions of omnipotence and specialness".

Foster home abuse apology considered

Foster home abuse apology considered

THE Federal Government is considering an official apology to people who were abused in state-run institutions such as foster homes.

Economic downturn forces CASA to end fundraising program

Economic downturn forces CASA to end fundraising program

After 20 years of helping countless children in Oregon and across the country, CASA Cards, the fundraising arm of the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, is closing April 1.

Note: Bumber.

Number of children in care set to soar: McSweeney

Number of children in care set to soar: McSweeney

The State Government launched a campaign to urgently recruit up to 250 foster carers this morning amid fears that the number of children in care is set to soar.

A year later, officials say they've learned from massive custody case

A year later, officials say they've learned from massive custody case

From the start, Texas officials insisted the sex abuse investigation involving 439 children living in a polygamist community didn’t present any unique challenges.
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Raid again? Texas CPS defends '08 actions

If another call came in summoning Child Protective Services to the gates of the YFZ Ranch, the agency wouldn't hesitate to respond.

"We certainly would take advantage of our vast experience in this particular case if we were to get another report," said CPS spokesman Patrick Crimmins. "There's no way to predict how exactly we would react."

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Caucus Membership

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Caucus Membership

This page tells you which of the members of congress has a hand in the child selling racket.

Justice Maura Corrigan speaks to law students about foster care settlement

Justice Maura Corrigan speaks to law students about foster care settlement

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Class action hearing in DHS foster care case postponed

Class action hearing in DHS foster care case postponed

A hearing that had been scheduled for this coming Monday in a lawsuit which seeks reform of the state’s child-welfare system has been postponed until May 5.

Is The Children's Dependency System For Us Or Against Us?

Thousands of children are detained each year and placed in foster care without parental reunification. The percentages of children placed has soared, but there has been a significant decline in good quality foster family homes. We'll explore the facts, with hopes of finding solutions from the perspective of the caregiver and biological parent(s), whom are often ignored.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/weRfamilyMagazine/2009/03/27/Is-The-Childrens-Dependency-System-For-Us-Or-Against-Us

Despite Red Flags About Judges, a Kickback Scheme Flourished

Despite Red Flags About Judges, a Kickback Scheme Flourished

Things were different in the Luzerne County juvenile courtroom, and everyone knew it. Proceedings on average took less than two minutes. Detention center workers were told in advance how many juveniles to expect at the end of each day — even before hearings to determine their innocence or guilt. Lawyers told families not to bother hiring them. They would not be allowed to speak anyway.

Manipulation, threats help molesters hide secrets

Manipulation, threats help molesters hide secrets

People who have molested children for years typically get away with it for so long because the victims are not inclined to tell others, said Dale Bespalec, a psychologist for 30 years who has specialized in sex crimes against children.

Note: Manipulation, threats help Child Protective Workers hide secrets too. Interesting. I knew there was a direct connection between babystealers and the lowest form of human scum on the planet.

Former Ottumwa child psychologist gets 5 years

Former Ottumwa child psychologist gets 5 years

A former child psychologist at Ottumwa Regional Health Center has been sentenced to more than five years in prison after pleading guilty to three child pornography charges.

Mother’s Day tea will benefit foster care system

Mother’s Day tea will benefit foster care system

Adoptive and foster mothers will receive a special honor at the sixth annual Mother's Day Tea at the JW Marriott resort in Summerlin.

Children of adoptive or foster mothers are invited to nominate their mothers for the My Special Mom contest for a chance to win $1,000 prize packages. The five winners will be announced at the May 9 Hats off to Child Focus tea. Each prize package includes a laptop computer.

Note: What a great place to stage a protest.

Starving girl accused of stealing food

Starving girl accused of stealing food

Following complaints among students, the 8-year-old was called for a counseling session. That was when her teachers came to know that she was a victim of physical abuse by her foster mother for four years.

Anger put aside in foster care battle Mother, former foster mother resolve to work to give girl a stable home

Anger put aside in foster care battle Mother, former foster mother resolve to work to give girl a stable home

Two women involved in a bitter foster care dispute over a 4-year-old girl have decided it's time to put aside their anger and work together to give the child stability.

At a hearing Monday, Children's Court Judge Mel Flanagan denied the former foster mother's attempt to have the girl returned to her home. The child had lived with the foster mother from shortly after birth until January, when she was returned to her mother.

Note: I'd personally tell that foster mother to go fuck herself, because she's probably faking it and will be looking for any reason to report the real mother to get the kid back. But that's just me.

This is, apparently another of those cases where the foster parent tries like hell to interfere with reunification.

Mother Accused Of Killing Her 5-Year-Old Foster Son Update

Mother Accused Of Killing Her 5-Year-Old Foster Son Update

We are learning new details about the alleged beating death of a local 5-year-old boy.

Texas child advocates believe system failed after FLDS raid

Texas child advocates believe system failed after FLDS raid

A potholder, sand art and the hug of a child: One year later, they are the simple tokens the three women seated around a conference room table carry with them.

They are reminders of the children for whom they were asked to advocate -- and whom they believe the system failed.

Independent probe's report on CPS is available online

Independent probe's report on CPS is available online

An independent investigation of Sacramento County's Child Protective Services that is critical of the agency's leadership and handling of children's cases has been made public in advance of Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.


Same-sex couple's adoption debated

Same-sex couple's adoption debated

A Fayette County judge erred by assuming a 15-month-old girl would be better off being adopted by a married couple, the lawyer for the lesbian couple who has cared for the child for most of her life told the state Supreme Court justices Wednesday.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Now this is interesting...Teen Fights To Find His Own Foster Family

Back at the beginning of January, I posted this article.
http://legallykidnapped.blogspot.com/2009/01/fiercely-determined-teen-refuses-to-let.html

The original has disappeared, but can still be read here.
http://www.fosterclub.com/news/fiercely-determined-teen-refuses-let-foster-care-situation-define-him

Then today, several months later, the same story (different article) shows up here.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/27/assignment_america/main4898640.shtml
Although there is a bit of an update, notice how it is written as if it just happened.

Santa Clara County's jailing of young foster children prompts public hearing

Santa Clara County's jailing of young foster children prompts public hearing

Anger over the jailing of 10- and 11-year-old foster children in the Santa Clara County juvenile hall intensified Friday, prompting one county supervisor to call for public hearings as soon as next month into the virtually unprecedented detention.

Prisoners babysit toddler found on highway

Prisoners babysit toddler found on highway

A prison work crew baby-sat a 2½-year-old boy who was spotted Friday run-ning along the center lines of a rural Maryland highway, with trucks loaded with gravel rumbling by, police and correctional officials said.

Nebraska says child welfare better, despite problems

Nebraska says child welfare better, despite problems

Nebraska still falls short on achieving safety, permanency and well-being for children in state care, a new federal report found.

How do federal judges violate due process and get away with it?

How do federal judges violate due process and get away with it?

The short answer is that they have nothing to fear from violating due process

Note: The long and very insightful answer is on the PDF that the link above should take you too.

You should to check out this guys site, which contains several articles regarding judicial power being a safe-haven for wrong doing.
http://judicial-discipline-reform.org/index.htm
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I wanted to add that covering each others asses is a common practice in the Child Protective Industry as well. Workers and their supervisors will lie for each other, and even go as far as making records disappear so that there is nothing on paper when you try to go after them for it. If one does something unethical or illegal, the others will simply sweep it under the rug. If you try to do anything about it, they will retaliate, drain your emotions and resources.

Child of rape now 9, yet DCF settlement held up

Child of rape now 9, yet DCF settlement held up

It’s been almost two years since the state Department of Children and Family Services agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged DCF ignored complaints that a retarded Immokalee girl was being raped by her foster father until the 15-year-old gave birth to a child.

Child protection resource warning

Child protection resource warning

A lack of resources means social workers dealing with vulnerable children have "one hand tied behind their back", a union has warned.

Jill Porter: Why did DHS turn girl into a runaway?

Jill Porter: Why did DHS turn girl into a runaway?

The despondent teenager ran away last week because the city's Department of Human Services is planning to remove her from the foster family she loves.

Girl to get to see foster mother Judge wants hostilities to end for benefit of 4 1/2-year-old child

Girl to get to see foster mother Judge wants hostilities to end for benefit of 4 1/2-year-old child

A 41/2-year-old girl at the center of a highly publicized foster care dispute will remain with her parents for the time being, but will have supervised visits with her foster mother, a Milwaukee Children's Court judge ordered Thursday.

Note: An older story, but a good one. Kind of like reading Legally Kidnapped in a mirror.

Bee's investigation of CPS agency wins national award

Bee's investigation of CPS agency wins national award

The Bee's ongoing investigation of the county's Child Protective Services agency has won an award from the National Center on Crime and Delinquency.

Report: Sacramento CPS Failures Putting Kids at Risk

Report: Sacramento CPS Failures Putting Kids at Risk

Sacramento County Child Protective Services needs to make widespread changes and until problems are corrected, the lives of children will remain at risk, according to an independent audit report released Thursday.

'They robbed me of my childhood'

'They robbed me of my childhood'

For months, it seemed almost anyone here could be accused of the most vile acts imaginable.

And those targeted were powerless to stop the madness.

United Nations' threat: No more parental rights

United Nations' threat: No more parental rights

A United Nations human rights treaty that could prohibit children from being spanked or homeschooled, ban youngsters from facing the death penalty and forbid parents from deciding their families' religion is on America's doorstep, a legal expert
warns.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Former foster mom indicted on first-degree murder charge in shaken-baby case

Former foster mom indicted on first-degree murder charge in shaken-baby case

Tenesia Brown, a former foster mother, was indicted by a grand jury today on a charge of first-degree murder.

Brown was the foster mother to 3-year-old Lazon Gulley, taken from his biological mother while she battled drug problems. The boy in 2006 suffered suffered severe brain injuries that investigators said were consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Santa Clara County jails youngest child ever

Santa Clara County jails youngest child ever

The youngest child ever to be locked up in Santa Clara County spent five days in juvenile hall late last month, the Mercury News has learned, an unprecedented detention of a 10-year-old that has top officials scrambling to correct a case they describe as deeply disturbing.

DCS Takes Baby While X-Rays Pending

DCS Takes Baby While X-Rays Pending

"He's definitely all boy," said Kelly Merryman, his mother.

Seven weeks ago, his parents woke up to a thud and found their 7-month-old on the hardwood floor.

Note: The babystealers are making it so that you should have to think twice before bringing your child to the doctor.

moms and kids commonly treated like crap after adoption



Despite all the talk in recent years on television about open adoptions and being grateful to mothers for the beautiful gift of life-- in reality not much has changed. Open adoption agreements are completely unenforceable legally thanks to laws that were cleverly crafted by adoption attorneys. Parents that give up their children are still seen as irresponsible and the children are still viewed as "lucky that someone wanted them," and treated as outcasts by adoptive parents that see themselves as being from a better gene pool than the child. The ultimate point here is that if you are considering giving up your child for adoption you should know that like abortion, adoption is not an easy remedy for the situation of an unplanned pregnancy. There is no easy remedy for that situation. Overwhelmingly most people that are able to care for their child and don't end up regretting it forever--particularly 10 years later when they've matured and end up being more responsible than the people they gave the kid to. If you are an out of control drug addict, alcoholic, or mental patient and you feel that you cannot recover and be of service to the child, and or you are a danger to the child in any way-- you should do the responsible thing and ask for help. That can include asking family, friends, and even going with an adoption. However, if you are really just looking for an easier way out be forwarned:

Just like with abortion many people have turned to adoption for an easy way out, and unfortunately: have found nothing about it easy, and have indeed regretted it for the rest of their lives. So have their children.

Generally no one on earth is more protective of a child than his biological parent. Realistically, we all know that the world is full of horrible people, it would be foolish to think that some of them don't end up as adoptive parents. Think long and hard before you give up any and all ability to protect your own child from the horrors of the world.

We say this not to shame anyone, but because we wish this warning had been given to us.

Life with Adoption as told by those who lived it.. the Mothers of adoption loss speak out. Spanning over a 40 year period, we see that the more adoption has appeared to change the more it has stayed the same - still separating babies from capable, loving mothers.. and causing much destruction in it's wake. An Origins-USA.org production.

Hundreds of Pa. juvenile convictions reversed

Hundreds of Pa. juvenile convictions reversed

Pennsylvania's highest court on Thursday overturned hundreds of juvenile convictions issued by a corrupt judge who took millions of dollars in kickbacks from youth detention centers.

Kids' biggest woes should be broken toys, not broken homes

Kids' biggest woes should be broken toys, not broken homes

It's the last thing any kid ever wants to go through, but doesn't know it. No, it's not getting bullied on the playground. It's not getting the wrong toy for Christmas. And no, it doesn't have anything to do with sibling rivalry.

It's foster care.

DHHR ignored abuse of boys, suit says

DHHR ignored abuse of boys, suit says

The aunt of two boys who were reportedly abused over a period of years has filed a lawsuit in Kanawha Circuit Court alleging that a long history of abuse was ignored by state caseworkers.

Child Welfare & Child Well Being

Child Welfare & Child Well Being

Coauthors of the new book “Child Protection: Using Research to Improve Policy and Practice” talk about research in the first nationally representative data sample of children in the child welfare system. Results indicate the most effective ways to help both children and parents in the system.

Texas vs. FLDS: 1 year after the raid

Texas vs. FLDS: 1 year after the raid

At the Yearning For Zion Ranch, life has regained a familiar rhythm.

Families awake at 5 a.m., gather for prayers, breakfast and chores before the children head to the sect's private school. Days end much the same way: chores, a meal, prayer.

Mt. Vernon foster father gets 8 years for raping girls, 12 and 14

Mt. Vernon foster father gets 8 years for raping girls, 12 and 14

A judge said he was disgusted by a Mount Vernon man who raped his two foster children last year, and sentenced him to eight years in state prison today under a plea deal that spared the girls from a trial.

Virginia officials mum but they offer some answers

Virginia officials mum but they offer some answers

For the first time, we are hearing from the Virginia Department of Social Services, which has found itself at the center of a maelstrom after two kids from Oregon were snatched and returned to Virginia, where they they had allegedly escaped abuse.

Fla. DCF Shuns Blame In Boy's Death

Fla. DCF Shuns Blame In Boy's Death

The Florida Department of Children & Families says it did nothing to contribute to the March 13 death of Zachary Johnson, a Lakeland toddler shaken and dropped while in the temporary care of his aunt and uncle.

Maine bus drivers eyed in abuse reporting bill

Maine bus drivers eyed in abuse reporting bill

A bill to add Maine school bus drivers and attendants to the list of those who must report suspected child abuse has won the support of a legislative committee.

Study Reports More Deaths of Children Linked to Child-Welfare System

Study Reports More Deaths of Children Linked to Child-Welfare System

A new report shows that more children in families said to be known to the New York City child-welfare system died in 2008 than in any of the previous 20 years. There were 49 fatalities, according to Child Welfare Watch, a policy journal, including 14 homicides; the other children died in accidents or of natural causes, and, in some cases, the cause was not determined.

Oswego County social services official won't resign over Erin Maxwell case

Oswego County social services official won't resign over Erin Maxwell case

Two Oswego County legislators today agreed to accept resignation of Social Services Commissioner Frances Lanigan over her department's dealings with the family of Erin Maxwell in the years before the 11-year-old died.

Lanigan said she never has offered to quit and does not plan to step down.

AM calls in troubleshooters to tackle failing children's services in Swansea

AM calls in troubleshooters to tackle failing children's services in Swansea

DEPUTY Social Services Minister Gwenda Thomas has called in troubleshooters to bring failing children's services up to scratch in Swansea.

She has taken the tough stance in the wake of her damning statement on the state of the department over a fortnight ago.

Oswego County legislators call for dismissal of DSS commissioner

Oswego County legislators call for dismissal of DSS commissioner

Two Oswego County legislators have called for the removal of Social Services Commissioner Frances Lanigan.

And other county lawmakers are calling for the state attorney general to investigate the Department of Social Services' dealings with the family of Erin Maxwell in the years before the 11-year-old died.

Octuplets' Mom Relieved to Be Free of 'Spies'

Octuplets' Mom Relieved to Be Free of 'Spies'

If you're the single mother of 14, you'd be hard-pressed to give up a free nanny service, right?

Not if they're actually spying on you and compiling a list of complaints that could be used against you, Nadya Suleman's lawyer says.
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Fired Nanny: Octuplets' Mom "Does Not Care" For Her Kids

Foster care agency faulted for calling immigration agents

Foster care agency faulted for calling immigration agents

Immigrant advocates are calling on Florida child welfare administrators to repudiate the actions of a private Naples foster care agency they say snatched an infant and toddler from their mother and grandparents -- and then turned the family in to immigration agents.

Note: An easy way to get rid of the parents I guess.

49 kids in NYC child welfare system died in '08

49 kids in NYC child welfare system died in '08

A new report says 49 children who died in New York last year had links to the city's child welfare system.

The analysis by the policy journal Child Welfare Watch says the that figure is the highest it has been in two decades.

Criminal hiring checks shifted away from Sacramento County CPS top bosses

Criminal hiring checks shifted away from Sacramento County CPS top bosses

Sacramento County officials have revised who reviews criminal background checks for job applicants at Child Protective Services, removing the authority from top CPS managers and handing it to a county executive who oversees the agency.
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Background checking at Sacramento County CPS

Sacramento County Child Protective Services spokeswoman Laura McCasland responded to The Bee's questions via e-mail this week.

Child Abuse Accusations Against Milwaukee Alderman

Child Abuse Accusations Against Milwaukee Alderman

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office confirms it is reviewing an allegation of child abuse against Milwaukee Alderman Ashanti Hamilton.

Hamilton met with the DA's office Wednesday afternoon. A decision on potential charges against the alderman could take as long as a week.

No arrest for principal who delayed reporting child abuse case

No arrest for principal who delayed reporting child abuse case

A Clayton County principal did not violate the law when he waited 11 days to report a child sex abuse allegation to police, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Foster family torn asunder

Foster family torn asunder

After caring for her siblings for two years, another state’s social services snatched them away

NJ girl arrested after posting nude pics

NJ girl arrested after posting nude pics

Authorities say a 14-year-old girl in New Jersey faces child pornography charges after she posted nearly 30 nude pictures of herself on MySpace.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Robyn C Has A Delima

Would You Stay or Would You Go?

http://transracial.adoptionblogs.com/weblogs/would-you-stay-or-would-you-go

This person desperately needs your advice. What do you say people??? Copy and paste the link into your browser.

Madonna's Boy Toys May Ruin Her Chance to Adopt Again

Madonna's Boy Toys May Ruin Her Chance to Adopt Again

Madonna's string of controversial lovers since her divorce from hubby Guy Ritchie may make it difficult for the pop diva to adopt a second child from Malawi. Madonna is in the process of adopting 3-year-old Mercy James, but officials from Malawi's Ministry of Women and Child Welfare Development recently told the NY Daily News that her "relationships may negatively affect the adoption of Mercy."

Gloria Allred Lashes Out at Octuplet Mom: The Babies Are in Danger

Gloria Allred Lashes Out at Octuplet Mom: The Babies Are in Danger

On Wednesday's Today show, Gloria Allred -- an attorney for Angels in Waiting, which had provided a free nanny service to Nadya Suleman -- lashed at the octuplet mother, claiming she only cares about her babies "when the cameras are rolling."

A Question

This came to me from the LK Submission Form
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I need some advice, my 5 year old went to school and told a lie,the principal said she called CPS because she is mandated to do so the police came to our home and found no wrong doing, but the Social worker says that she needs more background information and she can come to our home at any time any day, and she is allowed to go to the school and speak to my child w/o a parent being there(she already did)she kept asking me questions about my husband that I would not answer because I feel that it is not my place to and all this is over a pencil pricking my sons hand while him and his dad were roughhousing on the floor, i have this feeling that we will be railroaded it has already spread through the school and our neighborhood,CPS workers seem to let the true abusers get away with it and the good parents go through hell for no reason. does anyone have any insight on how I should handle this. I would appreciate any input.

Thank You
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Unfortunately, it's kind of a damned if you do damned if you don't situation. On the one hand, a child protective investigation is a very frightening experience for any parent so there might be the inclination to refuse to submit. On the other hand, refusal to submit could lead to instant removal if the worker thinks that you're trying to hide something. That said, approximately 70% of child abuse/neglect investigations are closed as unsubstantiated.

Unfortunately accidents do happen. CPS has often lost sight of that.
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I also shared this question with another Family Rights Advocate. (no names or anything) Here's what she has to say.

It seems you have been indoctrinated into the world of Legally Kidnapped. Your reach for information is what is considered by Child Protective Services as level one for grounds of removal because you fail to comply with what they wish.

Here are some basic tips for what seems to become a significant era in your life. Document everything. I cannot stress the importance of dates, times, places, names, and events. Start a file cabinet. You will be maintaining files for any and all contact you have with CPS. Find out who the Director and the Supervisor of the CPS worker is and do not feel limited in contacting them to file a formal written grievance about the questionable activities of the worker and your discomfort with her professional deportment. When you send this letter, keep copies to be filed and carbon copy at the ending of the letter to other individuals such as your state representative and you U.S. Congressperson.

At no time shall you loose your cool. Generate a list of everyone you know who will support you. This list will include your religious leaders, teachers and principals, store owners, apartment managers, etc. Then, you will be getting to know your state government, elected and appointed officials, including civil servants. Construct a list of their mailing addresses, emails, phone numbers. Within your state human services department, you will need to know the Director, the policy makers, the ombudsman, licensing, and complaints division. Move next onto your state attorney general office. Find out the consumer complaint division. Collect information on your local prosecutor and the attorney grievance commission. You will need to prepare to file complaints to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Justice Fraud Division. Become quite liberal in your communications with the federal entities. Send letters to the President.

If you do not get swift response with your letter requesting a newly assigned CPS worker to close out the investigation, start writing letters to the aforementioned entities and make sure everyone gets a copy for each letter you send. This will become mass mailing.

In essence, your life has now become public so enjoy the limelight. What you are about to experience is what has been sequestered from the public purview since the funding streams began to poor in under CAPTA. There is no transparency and there is no accountability. Simply put, CPS can do whatever they want and nobody will ever know…until now. Hold them to the same standards they hold you. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspapers. Find a reporter to do a story on you. Contact you television station. Start a blog. Run for political office. You have been chosen. Be honored. Expose.

Blanche

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For more information on what you should know when dealing with CPS workers...

DSS Dirty Tricks from Mass Outrage.

Especially Dirty Trick's # 2 and 4.

Fugitive foster mother arrested for toddler's 2006 death

Fugitive foster mother arrested for toddler's 2006 death

Authorities, in Pennsylvania, have arrested the foster mother of a slain Siouxland toddler.

Dakota County Attorney Kim Watson says Tisha Vega was arrested in Pennsylvania, Monday, on an arrest warrant for manslaughter in the death of Nathanial Saunsoci.

Angels In Waiting File Three Reports to CPS About Octo Mom

Angels In Waiting File Three Reports to CPS About Octo Mom

Angels in Waiting USA have made three complaints to Child Protective Services about Nadya Suleman.

On Dr. Phil, airing Wednesday and Thursday this week, Suleman, attorney Gloria Allred and representatives from AIW USA explain why the deal between the non-profit and the mother of the octuplets fell through.

Molestation case settled, but boy's family isn't

Molestation case settled, but boy's family isn't

A boy who was molested last year by his preschool teacher won a $250,000 settlement in court on Tuesday.

It was a relief but hardly a cure-all for his family, whose troubles since that horrific revelation have only multiplied.

Prosecutor reviews report on baby Gabriel's '08 death

Prosecutor reviews report on baby Gabriel's '08 death

A homicide prosecutor said he was reviewing the Lake County Sheriff's Office investigation into the death of Gabriel Golden, an infant who died from skull fractures last year in a Leesburg home.

L.A. County revises billing for youths in custody

L.A. County revises billing for youths in custody

More than a month after declaring a moratorium on billing parents and guardians of youths held in detention, Los Angeles County's top probation official backpedaled Tuesday, saying his department is still collecting on thousands of bills even as it reassesses its billing practices.

Convicted burglar transferred to SB County jail on murder charges

Convicted burglar transferred to SB County jail on murder charges

A convicted burglar in Riverside County was transferred to a San Bernardino County jail Monday to answer charges he robbed and killed a Barstow woman last year before setting her home on fire, records show.

Note: Another former foster child finally gets his forever home.

Sexual misconduct trial rescheduled

Sexual misconduct trial rescheduled

The sexual misconduct trial of a 46-year-old Elkhart man scheduled to begin this week has been pushed back to June after a continuance was granted in the case by a local state district judge.

SD Supreme Court hears lawmaker rape appeal at USD

SD Supreme Court hears lawmaker rape appeal at USD

Did a former South Dakota state representative convicted of raping two foster daughters receive a fair trial? That question is now up to the South Dakota Supreme Court.

Slain caseworker's family presses for new law

Slain caseworker's family presses for new law

The family of Teri Zenner, a mental-health caseworker murdered by a client in 2004, accused Kansas lawmakers Tuesday of blocking a proposal to require safety training for social workers.

Arizona Attorney General to investigate Planned Parenthood for statuatory rape cover-up

Arizona Attorney General to investigate Planned Parenthood for statuatory rape cover-up

Following the release of undercover videos showing Arizona Planned Parenthood clinics disregarding laws that mandate the reporting of sexual abuse, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has reportedly opened an investigation into local branches of the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Ottawa blasted over child welfare

Ottawa blasted over child welfare

The federal government should immediately update the way it funds child welfare on reserves, a parliamentary committee said Tuesday.

Why Angels in Waiting USA Will Not be Caring for the Suleman Children, According to Both Sides, on Dr. Phil, March 25-26

Why Angels in Waiting USA Will Not be Caring for the Suleman Children, According to Both Sides, on Dr. Phil, March 25-26

When Dr. Phil mediated an agreement between the group Angels in Waiting USA and the mother of octuplets, Nadya Suleman, his intent was to arrange for qualified care in a transparent environment for the children so that they could be released from the hospital to their biological mother. It seemed like the best solution in a difficult situation. Three weeks later, the agreement has been terminated, and both sides in the disagreement will speak out to explain what went wrong, on DR. PHIL, Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26. (Check your local listings).

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

At risk from the registers?

At risk from the registers?

Among a proliferation of government databases, the three causing greatest concern over legality, privacy and consent were set up to protect children.

Child welfare report called misleading

Child welfare report called misleading

The 2008 progress report the Milwaukee Bureau of Child Welfare presents to the child welfare community Tuesday afternoon is critical in understanding how the bureau is performing and in setting goals for the coming years.

It is also, child advocates say, confusing if not downright misleading.

Despite Some Progress, Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare Still Lags in Reform Effort

Despite Some Progress, Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare Still Lags in Reform Effort

Although the Bureau of Milwaukeee Child Welfare (BMCW) continues to make some progress in implementing broad reforms required under a court order secured by Children’s Rights, a new report evaluating BMCW’s progress shows that the agency is still plagued by serious problems that must be addressed in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the more than 2,600 children currently in its custody.

Trust in social workers 'dented'

Trust in social workers 'dented'

Four in 10 people have lowered their opinions of child social workers since the Baby P case, a poll for the Local Government Association has suggested.

CPS/Foster Care System Under the Gun

CPS/Foster Care System Under the Gun

In the past, I've written about studies that criticize child protective agencies as being too ready to take children away from parents and place them in foster care or group homes. A growing number of studies and commentators point out the fact that the federal government gives states financial incentives to place children
in foster care. That's the per diem system and it encourages family break-up.

Adoption Disruptions to Be Better Reported in Oklahoma

Adoption Disruptions to Be Better Reported in Oklahoma

Adoption disruptions, it's a topic many don't want to talk about - and even fewer adoption agencies want to report. A disruptions means a failed adoption and a child ended back up in the foster care system.
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Failed Adoption Reports May Be Required

A State House Committee has unanimously passed a bill that would require DHS to report failed adoptions. When children are adopted, they take the adoptive parents' name. So if the adoption fails and the child goes back into the system, they have a different name and tracking changes. Amber Given is program director for Peppers Ranch, the home for troubled boys near Guthrie. Given says better reporting and tracking will help her learn why adoptions fail, so the adoption system itself can be improved. State senators had already passed the bill.

Experts to oversee child services

Experts to oversee child services

A team of experts to oversee the work of Swansea council's social services department are to be appointed.

Adoption Agency Owner Surrenders License

Adoption Agency Owner Surrenders License

The owner of a Little Rock adoption agency voluntarily gave up his license Tuesday, amidst allegations of unethical practices.

EVANS / OLIVER BILL TO STRENGTHEN CHILD WELFARE TASK FORCE NOW LAW

EVANS / OLIVER BILL TO STRENGTHEN CHILD WELFARE TASK FORCE NOW LAW

Legislation Assemblywomen Elease Evans and Sheila Oliver sponsored to revise membership of the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect has been signed into law by Gov. Jon S. Corzine.

State, others will pay $6 million to boy who nearly starved to death

State, others will pay $6 million to boy who nearly starved to death

A 6-year-old Everett boy who was found beaten and starving to death will receive $6 million from the state and two other defendants in an court settlement reached Tuesday.

'My nightmare fight to get my children back'

'My nightmare fight to get my children back'

A Derry mum who had her children taken into care after she was wrongly accused of harming her four week old baby has written a book about her experience.

Foster Parent College

Foster Parent College

Know thy enemy.

Octuplet Mom Offered Porn Star Nannies

Octuplet Mom Offered Porn Star Nannies

The same company that offered octuplet mom Nadya Suleman a $1 million porn movie contract has made another pitch to help out the mother of 14 with her kids -- with a catch.

According to a letter obtained by TMZ.com, Vivid Entertainment has offered Suleman $1 million, free health insurance and a bus if she does a reality show where her nannies are porn stars.

Baby Selling Bill Finally Passes Mississippi Legislature

Controversy Surrounds CPS

Controversy Surrounds CPS

The controversy surrounding Child Protection Services usually falls into two camps. On one side, parents and privacy advocates trade horror stories of CPS workers following up unfounded reports, refusing to close cases, and tearing apart families. On the other side, communities assailed by the horror of an abuse case deride Child Services for not doing enough to protect the children.

Arrest Made For Death Of A Siouxland Child

Arrest Made For Death Of A Siouxland Child

Nearly three years after a Siouxland toddler died from head trauma, his foster mother has been arrested in connection with his death.

For some, justice may have been served, but it still won't bring back a life that was taken too short.

Bonita Springs immigrants held at DCF visit seek release

Bonita Springs immigrants held at DCF visit seek release

A Bonita Springs grandfather targeted by immigration officials during a visit with his grandsons in foster care is on supervised release after appearing before an immigration officer Monday in Miami.

Aged Out: A Murdered Foster Child's Inopportune Freedom

Aged Out: A Murdered Foster Child's Inopportune Freedom

The sad consequences of their brief friendship offer a glimpse into the turbulent lives of former foster children Upton and Bailey.

Families of Disabled Children Forced to Relinquish Custody



Global News: March 23, 2009 The Plight of Baby Penelope... Families of children with disability continue to be plagued by inhumane choice: To access Government supports and services parents must reliquish guardianship.

An ON family is faced with heart-breaking 'choice' - they have been asked to relinquish guardianship of their child with severe developmental disability in effort to obtain services & funding. This is an archaic and inhuman practice that continues to plague loving families. The scenario is not limited to one Province, nor Country, but is arising globally. We must take a stance against injustice and promote the importance of cementing family relationships.

Conn. DCF head approved to clear DUI charge

Conn. DCF head approved to clear DUI charge

The head of Connecticut's child welfare agency has been granted her request to enter a program that could erase the drunken driving charge she faces.
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DCF Head Accepted Into Alcohol Education Program

In a proceeding that lasted about a minute, the head of the state's child protection agency on Friday was accepted into a program that likely will lead to the erasure of her drunken-driving charges.

Child protection: Rough justice

Child protection: Rough justice

When we learned the terrible truth about Harold Shipman murdering his patients, I suspect most of us didn’t think our own doctor was a potential mass murderer. But when a social worker is thought to have missed something when investigating a child protection allegation, the impression given by some of the media is that all social workers are incompetent.

Note: Well, perhaps if they weren't giving the media so much to work with...

Review criticises child protection workers

Review criticises child protection workers

CHILD protection workers in Notts have been criticised for failing to protect two babies who suffered abuse or neglect.

An 11-month-old boy was rushed to hospital with cuts and bruises after being assaulted by his mother.

Octuplets Mom Fires Nurses

Children's Services cuts panned by critics as 'playing with fire'

Children's Services cuts panned by critics as 'playing with fire'

Abused children's advocates blasted city officials Monday for slashing funding for child protective services amid the city budget crunch.

City Council members and parents accused Administration for Children's Services officials of risking more child death horrors by cutting 17% of the workers who monitor the most vulnerable kids.

UK mother jailed for adultery loses child custody fight

UK mother jailed for adultery loses child custody fight

A British mother jailed for adultery has been refused custody of her two sons as she awaits deportation.

U.S. citizens accused of smuggling babies

U.S. citizens accused of smuggling babies

Two women accused of trafficking children in Egypt say they were trying to provide three orphans with better lives.

Suzanne Hagelof, Iris Botros and their husbands have been charged along with two doctors and a nun in an alleged conspiracy to adopt children and smuggle them out of Egypt, where adoption is illegal, CNN reported Tuesday.

Mother's fight

Mother's fight

It's enough to send shivers down the spine of any mother.

You take your sick baby to hospital, only to find yourself the subject of child abuse allegations.

You are arrested and your three children are taken away - but even when a court clears you of all charges, you must still fight to get your children back.

Note: Yes folks! Your doctors are in on it too.

Ralph Winterrowd on the Alex Jones Show:CPS's Child Abuse

Octuplets' mother fires nurses, her lawyer says

Octuplets' mother fires nurses, her lawyer says

LA HABRA The octuplets' mother fired the nurses who offered to give free care to her children on the “Dr. Phil” show, just five days after the first babies came home, the mother's attorney said Monday.
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“I think it's more of an issue with trust between the mother and those taking care of her kids,” Czech said. “If you can imagine being monitored by somebody (that) every little mistake you make may get you reported to CPS.”

DC organization works with legal officials and social workers to restore lives of DC foster teens

DC organization works with legal officials and social workers to restore lives of DC foster teens

Too often youths from “undesirable” backgrounds are cast-offs viewed as never having aspirations of greatness. Their thoughts, desires, talents, and worth are overlooked. Unaware of circumstances contributing to these youths' fate, adults often prejudge and dismiss them. However, if adults were to engage rather than prejudge, they would discover the youth who acts violently for instance, was consistently abused by his or her parents until placed in foster care, where he or she never found a permanent, loving home, eventually “aging out” of a system promising to restore his or her life. Nonetheless, one DC organization, which acts on behalf of and along with DC youths, ensures youths within the District child welfare system have a fighting chance of finding a permanent home. Those unfortunate to find a permanent home and face “aging out” of the foster care system, are prepared for an independent life as an adult.

Supporting Best Practice in Child Protection

Supporting Best Practice in Child Protection

Amendments to the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act introduced to State Parliament today will ensure Tasmania’s child protection system is best practice.

The Minister for Human Services, Lin Thorp, said the amendments will address legislative changes recommended by the 2006 Child Protection Services in Tasmania report.

Security flaws halt work on ContactPoint child database

Security flaws halt work on ContactPoint child database

Security flaws have halted work on the internet database designed to hold the details of 11 million children and teenagers.

Increased payments should attract new foster parents: advocate

Increased payments should attract new foster parents: advocate

A group that helps foster parents in Newfoundland and Labrador is welcoming a boost in government funding, although it warns of a "desperate" need for families to take in children.

Foster parent says state aid must increase

Foster parent says state aid must increase

When Missouri lawmakers return to the state Capitol today, Kelly Schultz, a foster parent, hopes they can find more clothing allowance money for the children in her care.

Foster Dad Accused Of Abusing Kids Dies

Foster Dad Accused Of Abusing Kids Dies

A local foster parent accused of brutally beating and sexually abusing the children in his care in the early 1990s, has died.

New helpline for family law problems

New helpline for family law problems

A helpline for people with family law problems will launch in July, the legal aid minister has announced.

NWT gov't destroy loving family



Say bye bye!

Before Ryan Weeks died, mom Trinity Anderson came close to losing him

Before Ryan Weeks died, mom Trinity Anderson came close to losing him

State child welfare workers at least twice recommended 3-year-old Ryan Weeks and his siblings be permanently removed from their mother’s home because of alleged abuse.
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Even in DHS custody, at one point Ryan and his older brother were moved from one foster home after DHS officials found the foster mother had a long criminal history, the most current being for forgery and bogus checks. She also had not completed her foster parent training and was having behavioral issues with her own child.

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.

Alberta's foster child system under fire

Alberta's foster child system under fire

Since a 15-month-old boy from a foster home in southern Alberta was hospitalized earlier this month, questions have been raised regarding the conditions foster children face. RCMP are investigating the circumstances that led to the injury; no comments have been made regarding criminal charges. The foster program in Alberta did not receive much attention before this incident and the state in which it is run is certainly in need of review.

'WON'T GIVE UP MY BABY'

'WON'T GIVE UP MY BABY'

Parents of disabled kids have a tough time deciding whether to give up their child for custody-for-care or not.
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But in order to get round-the-clock supervision for her daughter in a specialized group home, Gavrel and her husband, Adrian McKeague, discovered they must pay out of pocket — from $90 a day to as much as $450 for a group home — or else legally abandon her to the Children's Aid Society and make her a ward of the state.

Monday, March 23, 2009

a matter of routine

Ok, this came to me in my email.  I love the way this was worded.
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"As I hi-lighted in red, the truth in that simple statement by the writer of the article, is frightening in clarity!"

The Edmonton Sun reports that a child in foster care was suspected to have inflicted head injuries, and the prognosis is not good.

The story includes on an exchange of views in the provincial legislature about the safety of the province's foster care program. It's probably not a good sign that the person in charge seems to consider this as a matter of routine: "Whenever we have a serious incident like this we always do a special case review...”

http://skippervigil.blogspot.com/2009/03/canada-bad-news-from-alberta-foster.html

Prosecutor alleges ‘pattern of misconduct’ at DSHS

Prosecutor alleges ‘pattern of misconduct’ at DSHS

A “pattern of misconduct” plagues the Colville office of the Department of Social and Health Services and has resulted in the wrongful removal of foster children, in one instance described in a court ruling as a “draconian solution” to a financial dispute, according to the county prosecutor.

$900,000 makeover for Family Court

$900,000 makeover for Family Court

THEY are the most stylish offices of any court in the country -- and they would want to be after a $900,000-plus renovation bill.

Note: Now they can rip your family apart in style.

Fulton doctor says warnings of suspected child abuse were ignored

Fulton doctor says warnings of suspected child abuse were ignored

An emergency room doctor who treated 11-year-old Erin Maxwell just before she died last year says Oswego County's child protective workers have for years been unresponsive to reports of child abuse.

Foster children need family ties

Foster children need family ties

Virginia has more foster children aging out of the system without being placed in permanent homes than any other state. It makes you wonder if we truly know the definition of the word.

Illinois DCFS Child Abuse Report Challenged in Federal Suit

Illinois DCFS Child Abuse Report Challenged in Federal Suit

One phone call can ruin a reputation or even a thriving child-care business, under a controversial practice of the Department of Children and Family Services. This one phone call to the DCFS child-abuse hotline may be enough for the agency to file an "indicated" report against a child-care provider, which can have the same effect as convicting the accused of neglect or abuse without any hearings, according to lawyer Diane Redleaf.

CPS standards for hiring can be strict, or minimal

CPS standards for hiring can be strict, or minimal

In Kentucky, a state social worker was fired after being accused of driving a child while under the influence of drugs.

A social worker in Montana was fined and sent to jail for buying cocaine from one of her clients.

And in Sacramento, a Child Protective Services office worker assigned to the Family Reunification program was arrested for allegedly selling drugs in a liquor store parking lot minutes from her office.

Call to scrap 'illegal databases'

Call to scrap 'illegal databases'

A quarter of all government databases are illegal and should be scrapped or redesigned, a report has claimed.

The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust says storing information leads to vulnerable people, such as young black men, single parents and children, being victimised.

AZ Human Service Providers: "Cut Now, Pay Much More Later"

AZ Human Service Providers: "Cut Now, Pay Much More Later"

Budget cuts for services such as behavioral health care, family intervention and drug treatment will wind up adding millions more to the state deficit in a matter of months, according to advocates for at-risk adults and children. Emily Jenkins, president and CEO of the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers, says the state has reduced outpatient mental health services for uninsured working Arizonans.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Lawyer battles an atrocious Alberta legacy

Lawyer battles an atrocious Alberta legacy

Muriel Stanley Venne of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal women calls Robert Lee "the most courageous lawyer in Alberta."

Cut in foster kids' allowance angers grandparents

Cut in foster kids' allowance angers grandparents

A group of grandparents say they're hopping mad and not going to take it anymore.

They want Arizona lawmakers to restore cuts to foster care programs, otherwise the state will end up spending more money to house prison inmates.

Legally Kidnapped Announcement

Hello Everybody

In an effort to make Legally Kidnapped even better, I have added another major addition to the ever growing LK Empire.

Here's what happened. About a week ago, I got an email from a reader suggesting that I find a way to make Legally Kidnapped more searchable by area. This was a great suggestion, but easier said than done. Unfortunately, I can't find that email now, but I thank the person anyway.

Well, it took a while, but today I figured it out.

I'm about to reveal to you the All New Legally Kidnapped Search Engine. Basically it is simply a web page where you can search Legally Kidnapped for news stories, articles, etc by State, Province, Country or Keyword. It's not pretty, but it is fully functional.

Now, Although I did pretty good based on general searches, and blogger did let me add the labels to several posts at once, this is really a tool for the future. I am going towards my 5000th post, so getting everything will be impossible. (sigh) So not everything that is on Legally Kidnapped will come up, however, I promise you all, that from now on I will add the State, Province, or Country to the labels for the future news stories. And if there is anything that important that you think it should come up in a search of your state but doesn't, then send me the link to the post and I'll add the tag so that it does.

Alright, enough babbling. Check it out.

The LK Search Engine Page.

Teen arrested after allegedly stabbing stepfather in San Carlos

Teen arrested after allegedly stabbing stepfather in San Carlos

Lee County Sheriff's deputies found Jason Pinkerton, 31, of Fort Myers shortly before midnight at the corner of Trellis and Oriole roads, according to spokesman John Sheehan. He was sitting in the front seat of his car with multiple stab wounds. As they applied first aid, Pinkerton told deputies his stepson Justin Tetreault, 16, had stabbed him.

Alberta College of Social Workers COMPLAINT PROCEDURES: INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC

Alberta College of Social Workers COMPLAINT PROCEDURES: INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC

Anyone receiving the services of a registered social worker is entitled to be treated in a fair and ethical manner. All registered social workers are expected to practice competently and professionally. The vast majority of social workers are ethical and skilled practitioners who meet these obligations.

Occasionally situations arise that result in a complaint against a social worker. The purpose of this document is to provide both registered social workers and members of the public with information on what constitutes a complaint, how to file a complaint, and what happens when a complaint is received.

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CPS Complaints - fraud complaint

CPS Complaints - fraud complaint

A tenent that I was evecting made up some outlandish allogations and called CPS.

Hillary The Movie

An interesting video about the idiot who wrote It Takes A Village.



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'She didn't look like this when she went into foster care'

She didn't look like this when she went into foster care

An Omaha girl was put in foster care 2½ years ago when a state worker questioned whether the girl was safe with her mother.

Now the mother is questioning how safe her daughter is in the state's care.


Note: It's in the child's best interest, you know.

Guess what

It Could Happen To You