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Thursday, April 30, 2009

CAS workers vote in favour of strike

CAS workers vote in favour of strike

Unionized workers at the Brant Children’s Aid Society have indicated they’re prepared to walk off the job if the agency doesn’t change a no-negotiation stance.

DHS worker charged with domestic abuse

DHS worker charged with domestic abuse

A Department of Human Services supervisor in Jackson County is on leave after being charged with assaulting her teenage son.

Note: Check this out, a drunken, child beating babystealer. Somebody should report her to CPS.

Here's the number to the hotline...
(800) 522-3511

Here's a site worth checking out.

Unite family

Children deserve to be raised by there natural non abusive parents.

Adoption Reform Clears Both Chambers of Legislature

Adoption Reform Clears Both Chambers of Legislature

Both the Oklahoma House of Representatives and state Senate voted today to increase financial transparency during the adoption process and prevent crooked lawyers from extorting adoptive families.

Province increases support for foster parents

Province increases support for foster parents

Edmonton... Alberta foster parents and kinship caregivers will receive increased financial support from the Alberta government to help them continue providing high quality care to the children and youth they support.

Note: They're not worth it.

Responding To A Comment from Cheryl

Cheryl left the following comment on the M4$ post.
I'm really curious, not trying to be snarky here. What are your suggestions for fixing the system? It needs a compete overhaul. Are you against fostering altogether, because that's the vibe I get? There are children abused in foster care, it's awful. There are also children abused by their birth parents. What do you suggest be done in those situations where parents are addicted to drugs, the kids are neglected, where there's sexual abuse? Those situations where the mom has child after child while on drugs?

Feel free to read this section with a bit of snark. What's your beef with MFM? I read her blog. She complains of many of the same injustices and failings in the system as you do. It looks to me like you two agree on more counts than not. I don't get the vibe that she's in it for the money or using the system for adopting children. I know of several blogs that state that outright; that they are only in fostering for adoption.

I guess I just don't get what this site is about. I would love to join a site that encourages change in the system. This site seems like a bunch of bitter name calling and finger pointing. I don't see anyone supporting that cause. People neeed a plan, strenth and diplomacy.
This is worthy of a response, as I've been trying to think up a way to address some of the issues raised here anyway. So I'm going to take it point by point, and give this person a serious and respectful answer.

So, without further adieu...
I'm really curious, not trying to be snarky here. What are your suggestions for fixing the system?
I honestly don't believe that the system can be fixed. It's beyond repair.
It needs a compete overhaul.
I agree. You gotta start by holding some of these criminals accountable for their actions or lack there of. You would have to have citizen oversight, and not just by the anti-abuse groups or system sucks like Children's Rights.

You would need people running the system who respect the rights of the family including the parents. You would need to start addressing some of the issues that parents raise. Issues such as lying CPS workers stealing children for trivial reasons and the judges who will rubber-stamp their signatures on practically every piece of paper that gets put in front of them by one. You would need to remove some of the financial incentives so that the System Sucks aren't viewing other peoples children as a meal ticket. Good luck with that.
Are you against fostering altogether, because that's the vibe I get?
This is a very common question I get, but it's also a trick question. And the simple answer is, I am not against fostering altogether. How could I be? I'm not really a bad person. I don't advocate for a parents right to abuse or neglect their child. I am rational enough to understand that some parents should not be or are not capable of raising their children. So I'll be the first to admit that there are times when foster care is necessary. I'll be the first to admit that there are times when foster care is the best possible option for a child.

Also if you were to rephrase your question to something like, "Are you against fostering altogether for every child (or even most of the children) who is now or has ever been in the system?" I would have to say that you are damn right, I am against that.

The labels such as "abuser" that are placed on parents are generic. There is a difference between a kid who gets a spanking and a kid who has been beaten to within an inch of his or her life. There is a difference between a kid who gets abused for no reason and a kid who gets a slap in the face for telling his mother to go and fuck herself. There is a difference between poverty and neglect. The system has lost sight of all of that.

The need for foster care, as portrayed by the mass media, is completely blown out of proportion. I know, for example, that there are thousands of capable grandparents (and other family members) out there who would love nothing more then the opportunity to raise the grandchildren who have been ripped away from them as well. So why is foster care or adoption so often chosen over them? Sometimes because they support their own kids as parents. They might sometimes disagree with the workers reasoning for taking them.

I also know that there are a lot of false accusations flying around against parents who are not so much abusive or neglectful, but more likely easy targets because they don't have the financial resources or the emotional strength to fight back against the god like social workers and profiteering system sucks who harbor so much power over their children because of a misrepresented, media created understanding of the issues. So they blindly support the industry because it makes them feel important.

What is really funny is how many of them simply change their views the minute they end up with a social worker crawling up their ass.
There are children abused in foster care, it's awful.
True.
There are also children abused by their birth parents. What do you suggest be done in those situations where parents are addicted to drugs, the kids are neglected, where there's sexual abuse? Those situations where the mom has child after child while on drugs?
In cases like that, you protect them. If that's what these people did, I wouldn't have a problem with them. Instead we have them stealing children for trivial reasons, not giving them back when it's the right thing to do and putting them into foster care when other family members are available and willing.
Feel free to read this section with a bit of snark. What's your beef with MFM?
I have no beef with M4$. I pick on foster parent blogs simply to show the type of people that they give our kids too. What better way to do that then to provide a few examples in their own words?

It's actually quite funny. There is a whole gaggle of these lemmings, all bitching about the kids and those pesky bio-parents. "Oh my God! What I have to put up with when warehousing other peoples children." They all follow each others blogs and every time one of them speaks, ten throw in their two cents, either agreeing with it all or trying to out do each other.
I read her blog. She complains of many of the same injustices and failings in the system as you do.
They all claim to. Yet at the end of the day, they are just as much stooges for the agencies as any other system suck.
It looks to me like you two agree on more counts than not.
I doubt that.
I don't get the vibe that she's in it for the money or using the system for adopting children. I know of several blogs that state that outright; that they are only in fostering for adoption.
We have those too.
I guess I just don't get what this site is about. I would love to join a site that encourages change in the system. This site seems like a bunch of bitter name calling and finger pointing. I don't see anyone supporting that cause. People neeed a plan, strenth and diplomacy.
This site is about spreading awareness, giving a voice to the voiceless and providing information. This site is about exposing lies, misunderstandings and the misguided pre-conceived notion that these people are hero's. I shed light on the truth and for that I'm the bad guy.

So many stupid people think that the system is a safety net for abused and neglected children. Well it's not. It's a mess. It causes psychological disorders in children, homelessness, and children are more likely to be abused. They drug them up to keep them quiet and happy. They bounce them around from home to home or throw them in group homes and institutions. Very rarely do any of them come out of it with their heads screwed on straight.

So if you want solutions, great! You are free to take any of the information I provide and think some up.

Let me just ask you this...

How are you going to know what the problems are that need to be solved? How are you going to identify the issues that need to be changed? Are you out there sticking up for the families who have been screwed by CPS? Are you speaking up for the children whose lives are destroyed because of an injustice?

Child welfare officials visit octuplet mom to question black eye, bite marks on autistic son

Child welfare officials visit octuplet mom to question black eye, bite marks on autistic son

Octuplets mother Nadya Suleman was questioned Wednesday by police and child welfare officials after her 4-year-old autistic son showed up at school with a black eye and bite marks.

State House votes to pay foster parents $9.5 million

State House votes to pay foster parents $9.5 million

Eleven years after taking in three frightened little boys they later learned had been repeatedly raped and abused in state foster care, adoptive parents Debbie and Jorge watched Wednesday as the Florida House voted to pay their family $9.5 million.

CPS supervisor fired after accessing cop's private record

CPS supervisor fired after accessing cop's private record

A Child Protective Services supervisor was fired after Nassau County investigators said he lied about accessing confidential records of a village policeman who gave him a speeding ticket last fall.

Former Senator’s Remarks on CPS

Former Senator’s Remarks on CPS

Nancy Schaefer, formerly a senator in Georgia, has become the standard bearer for many who have complaints against Child Protective Services, Social Service departments and other child welfare agencies which, collectively, are responsible for the disproportionate number of poor and Black children who have been taken into state custody and separated from their families unjustly.

Family courts system accused of hiding evidence from parents

Family courts system accused of hiding evidence from parents

Parents fighting in the family courts for contact with their children are being denied access to their personal files by a corrupt system, a leading parental rights campaigner has said.

Get every thing on file from all sources.

Get every thing on file from all sources.

The first thing I advise anyone who is embroiled with Social Services is to get everything on file from all sources – Social Services, Health Services, school documentation, doctors’ documentation, credit report, CRB, police reports, the Children’s Database, etc. etc. It is absolutely amazing what is on file about individuals and their families, and how much is often either very wrong or woefully distorted.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Thought

Do you think that if we all started calling the hotline making child abuse reports against legislators and other government officials, they might get a clue as to how fucked up the system is and do something about it?

Baby P staff sacked for failings

Baby P staff sacked for failings

A social worker and three managers have been sacked for failings in the care of Baby P, Haringey Council has said.

Foster Care Abuse Survivors

Foster Care Abuse Survivors

Child abuse happens in foster homes and it's mostly the system that fails children and their foster parents. Tighter restrictions are needed to protect children-in-care.

In Alamo case, dads' affidavits submitted

In Alamo case, dads' affidavits submitted

Thomas Richards was typing on his computer in the wee hours of the morning one day in December when he heard cars pulling up outside his Fort Lee, N.J., home.

Moments later, he said, New Jersey child-welfare officials, police officers and federal marshals were at his door, armed with a warrant allowing them to search his house for children associated with the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and question his seven children about whether they had been abused.





And here is the whole uncut Roadside Abduction Video



Give them back.

New approach to child protection

New approach to child protection

SOME of the state's most vulnerable children who have been removed from their parents will be offered one-on-one care living in the homes of specialist carers under a radical new approach to child protection.

Baby bonus

The government is to give pregnant women an extra ??190 to help them through pregnancy



Note: Is that enough to pay a lawyer to prevent forced adoption?

M4M is about to loose it.

Fostering through good times and bad

I want my mommy!

Issac Bailey | Foster care decision in kids' interest?

Issac Bailey | Foster care decision in kids' interest?

Kathie Good has been fighting for five months to regain temporary custody of her grandkids.

Her voluntary revelation about a 24-year-old incident has become the latest hurdle in her quest and may be one too big to overcome. That she refused to believe her daughter hurt her grandson was one of the first hurdles.

Ogden mother fighting state for son's return home

Ogden mother fighting state for son's return home

Tina Poe hasn't seen her 11-year-old son, Kenny, since October.

She keeps a recent letter from him close by and looks at it when she feels discouraged.

State agency breaks laws; robbing foster child of stable home



This is the story of a 4-year-old foster child nicknamed "Poca," who's about to be torn away from the people she calls mom and dad. Her entire life she's lived with a Snohomish County family who considers her one of their own. KING 5 Investigator Susannah Frame exposes how the state has made mistakes, stonewalled the court system, and broken laws in this heartbreaking case.

Investigators: State agency breaks laws; robbing foster child of stable home

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

DCS searching for families with non-updated information

DCS searching for families with non-updated information

Note: So they can give them money.

The state's Department of Child Services has been tracking down 300 adoptive families who failed to update account information including the whereabouts of the children the state placed in their care.

7-year-old who killed himself made death threats

7-year-old who killed himself made death threats

Three weeks before his death, 7-year-old Gabriel Myers made a chilling threat: He said he wanted to kill himself -- and another foster child in his Margate home.

State officials investigating whether 7-year-old suicide victim was given

State officials investigating whether 7-year-old suicide victim was given mind-altering drug

State officials are investigating whether a 7-year-old boy who hanged himself in his Margate foster home had been given a powerful, mind-altering drug in violation of Florida law.

Despite Recent Deaths DYFS Showing Improvements

Despite Recent Deaths DYFS Showing Improvements

Although two recent deaths of children in South Jersey this year have left many in the community asking questions to the effectiveness of the massive child welfare reform effort, an independent monitor says, New Jersey has successfully completed the first phase of that reform effort mandated by the settlement of a federal class action civil suit brought by Children’s Rights, according to a report released on Monday, April 27 by the court monitor.

State urges thorough criminal checks of county CPS workers

State urges thorough criminal checks of county CPS workers

The discovery that a number of Sacramento County child protection workers have criminal histories – some for drug use, spousal abuse and other violent crimes – has prompted California's top social services officials to urge all counties to perform thorough background checks on both prospective and current employees.

Neighbors Try To Limit Autistic Boy And Family To Home and Driveway

Neighbors Try To Limit Autistic Boy And Family To Home and Driveway

But instead of being welcomed, the Trussle family has been under attack, they said, by neighbors. The accusations against them have been wild, including that 4-year-old Spencer “might come out with a firearm at anytime.”"I thought they had lost their minds,” said Marla Trussle.

Foster care recession

Child Welfare Policy

Child Welfare Policy

A group.

Stunning Details Unfold As Loved Ones Say Goodbye To Gracie

Stunning Details Unfold As Loved Ones Say Goodbye To Gracie

On the day when a three-year-old murder victim is laid to rest NewsChannel 9 is uncovering much more about her unstable past. Investigators say Gracie Trentham died last week after being raped and murdered by a 14 year old boy inside a house in the Georgetown Community.

Las Vegas Businessman Fights for Child's Custody

Las Vegas Businessman Fights for Child's Custody

An Iranian-born Las Vegas businessman says he has been unfairly maligned by news coverage of an infamous child abuse case and he's now fighting to retain custody of his young daughter.

Pointing toy gun at school bus lands student in court

Pointing toy gun at school bus lands student in court

A 14-year-old Elma boy who pointed a toy gun at a passing school bus is scheduled to appear in Erie County Family Court next week on a menacing charge.

Foster mother stabbed to death

Foster mother stabbed to death

A MAN stabbed his foster mother to death and injured his former daughter-in-law yesterday at an apartment in Jing'an District, police said.

County's Failure Creates Bigger Problem For Adoptive Parents

County's Failure Creates Bigger Problem For Adoptive Parents

An investigation by 10TV found ongoing problems after parents unknowingly adopted severely troubled children.

Some of them have either killed or molested others, 10 Investigates' Paul Aker reported.

Note: What we got here is failure to communicate. They push for that adoption bonus by overlooking the best interest of the child and adoptive family. The trick is just to get them through the system to the positive outcome and then cash in.

Abused children may be taken into care

Abused children may be taken into care

Abused or neglected children could be taken from their parents and placed in foster homes, under a law being drawn up by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

The Child Rights Act, a draft copy of which was given to The National by the ministry yesterday, is due to go before the Federal National Council, where it will be subject to debate and amendment. It will then require the President’s approval to become law.

Teen killed in bloody brawl grew up in rural foster home

Teen killed in bloody brawl grew up in rural foster home

A teenager killed Saturday in a north-end fight was a foster child from Hobbema who saw his family every year at Christmas.

Press allowed access to secretive family courts for the first time

Press allowed access to secretive family courts for the first time

Any journalist trying to take advantage of the new rules was not exactly welcomed with open arms.

Child-welfare agency progressing, report says

Child-welfare agency progressing, report says

New Jersey's child-welfare agency continues to make progress in its years-long overhaul, but substantial work remains, an independent monitor found in a report released yesterday.

Ohio Dems restore money for abused children

Ohio Dems restore money for abused children

House Democrats put $50 million into the state budget after advocates for abused children made a strong case that cutting funding for child welfare investigators could lead to tragedy.

32 minors packed in 2 rooms at orphanage

32 minors packed in 2 rooms at orphanage

Two dingy rooms for 32 minor orphans — this is all that a country which swears on growing youth power has to offer.

Report calls for sweeping changes to child welfare system

Report calls for sweeping changes to child welfare system

A state-appointed task force today called for sweeping reforms in Michigan's child welfare system with the goal of cutting the number of children placed outside the home by half.

The 143-page report makes detailed recommendations on how to improve children's chances at permanent placement, garner more funding for preventative programs, and reduce worker caseloads and increase their training.

Monday, April 27, 2009

CPS should protect kids from abuse, not rumors

CPS should protect kids from abuse, not rumors

The definition of a decent home varies from person to person, but it generally includes being kept relatively healthy and free from severe emotional and physical abuse. CPS ideally aims to provide this to as many children as it can, but it fails more often than many people seem to realize.

Judge orders new breastfeeding schedule

Judge orders new breastfeeding schedule

A Canadian judge in Toronto has ruled a mother is using her breastfeeding schedule to restrict access to her 29-month-old daughter by her natural father.

Cape Coral foster parents, boy's dad at odds

Cape Coral foster parents, boy's dad at odds

Maggie and Eddie Gonzalez are rethinking their decision to become foster parents.

Accused ‘tied up his pregnant foster sister and her boyfriend at knifepoint to demand money’

Accused ‘tied up his pregnant foster sister and her boyfriend at knifepoint to demand money’

Four months before the double murder of Gabriel Ferez and Laurent Bonomo, alleged killer Dano Sonnex tied up his pregnant foster sister at knifepoint and demanded money, the Old Bailey heard.

If the state of Michigan steals your children...

Start Tweeting

And tell the Governor that her child welfare system sucks.

And Michigan CPS has a Facebook page too. Imagine what would happen if the family rights groups connected with these assholes.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lansing-MI/Michigan-Department-of-Human-Services/59862972161?sid=630ea20dcff7b9f60a8d6e4bbb63756b&ref=search

Task force ready to release child-welfare report

Task force ready to release child-welfare report

A state-appointed task force is scheduled to release today its final draft report, titled "Improving Michigan's Child Welfare System: Our Children. Our Future. Our Responsibility."

DFPS Of Texas KIDNAPPED MY CHILDREN

DFPS Of Texas KIDNAPPED MY CHILDREN

from the Sham Scam site. Interesting.

Oppn to outline case for abuse probe

Oppn to outline case for abuse probe

Opposition frontbencher Iain Evans will present material at a public briefing today that he thinks should prompt a royal commission into the case of Adelaide man Thomas Easling.

Pediatricians adopt new term for shaken baby abuse

Pediatricians adopt new term for shaken baby abuse

The American Academy of Pediatrics wants doctors to stop using the term "shaken baby syndrome" in favor of something more scientific.

Would-be parents turn to foster kids as adoption costs rise

Would-be parents turn to foster kids as adoption costs rise

The recession has pushed the high cost of private adoptions out of reach for many prospective parents, prompting more of them to look into adopting hard-to-place foster children.

Mom 'furious' her baby boy not returned

Mom 'furious' her baby boy not returned

A 17-month-old boy who disappeared for days has been found safe - but the baby's mother is outraged that her son still has not been returned to her.

Iowa becomes 3rd state where gays can legally wed

Iowa becomes 3rd state where gays can legally wed

"It's all about me having the legal right to protect my family, and it's about my daughters being able to grow up knowing that their family is absolutely as valid as any other family," said Evans, who lives in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale.

Case 39 (2009) Theatrical Trailer



A theatrical movie trailer. A social worker (Zellweger) fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected.

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland and Ian McShane.

I need your help!

Dear beloved readers of Legally Kidnapped

I need your help.

I have been working on a side project to Legally Kidnapped, called the LK-Help Desk. This will be a state by state directory of useful resources for parents and family members who have been victimized by the Child Protective Industry. There is currently noting like this on the internet.

Each state will have it's own separate web page, and each page will hopefully include everything from links to support recourses and groups, to where and who to complain to, links to the laws and statutes and department procedures so that you can educate yourself about the laws and policies in your state. And everything else that a parent or family member of a CPS victim should know about.

So here is what I need from you.

If you know of or run a support group helping parents with their child protective troubles. If you are a member of a family rights group working to change the laws in your state. If you run an internet Newsgroup for parents or grandparents in your state, then I want you to be listed here. So please email me with the information. Include web links, contact info, even a short paragraph explaining what it is you do.

The structural aspect of the site is complete. It's already built, and currently includes 52 separate web pages. All I'm doing now is filling in the blanks, and am shooting for the first or second week of May as a release date. Also please note that this is a serious project and I have been working hard with an avid researcher who is helping me to research and track down this information. Some states will unfortunately have more and better resources than others as some states are lacking, but we'll work on that as well.

So I thank you in advance for your help in this.

LK

PS. Perhaps I'll move on to other parts of the world once I have the US part of it completed.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Family courts open to media with reporting restrictions intact

Family courts open to media with reporting restrictions intact

Thousands of family courts are opened to the media for the first time today, amid fears that stringent reporting restrictions will make a mockery of the reform.

Child welfare authorities reconsider star rating system

Child welfare authorities reconsider star rating system

Child welfare authorities are taking a fresh look at a rating system that gave positive marks to a local center until the day it was shut down for "gross negligence and incompetence."

Tough future for teens 'aging out' of foster care

Tough future for teens 'aging out' of foster care

Many teens in foster care -- 25,000 nationally -- 'age out' of the system when they turn 18 but research has found as they face the world alone many are winding up homeless, unemployed, dealing with mental health issues or trouble with the law.

Seven-Year-Old Suicide Victim: 'I'm a bad person'

Seven-Year-Old Suicide Victim: 'I'm a bad person'

A 7-year-old boy who allegedly hanged himself complained to his therapists that he was "a bad person," and "born a liar," taught to lie by his own mother, according to newly released documents.

Former foster care child seeks reforms to system

Former foster care child seeks reforms to system

Too many kids get lost in the system. Some leave with nowhere to go and no plan for the future in place. Most of all, every child wants a family to call his or her own.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hunting for India's missing children



Parents in India’s sprawling capital, New Delhi, are becoming increasingly alarmed by the disappearance of thousands of children over the past year. Authorities have dismissed allegations that organised trafficking rings are responsible, but parents fear their children are being sold into prostitution and labor.

Student Brings Home Quite a Surprise in Backpack

A kindergarten student from Washington state brought home quite a surprise in his backpack. The boy's parents say their son returned home with a baggie of feces and a note from his teacher.

'Baby Shaker' IPhone Game Sparks Outrage




Apple Inc. pulled a 99-cent iPhone game called "Baby Shaker" from its iTunes store Wednesday after its premise _ quiet a crying baby with a vigorous shake _ prompted outrage.

Sex crimes, sorcery and children

Sex crimes, sorcery and children

As I sat at home one Sunday evening watching the news, my TV screen was flooded with images of lost and found children who were kidnapped by unseen forces.

Note: "unseen forces" Kind of like the Secret Family Courts, huh.

DHHR, Merrifield mom settle lawsuit with Logan Goodall's father

DHHR, Merrifield mom settle lawsuit with Logan Goodall's father

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has agreed to pay Logan Goodall's father $575,000 to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit, his attorney said Friday.

Troubled teen found in bed with three men, court told

Troubled teen found in bed with three men, court told

A TEENAGE girl, whose remains were discovered at the side of a lake, was found in bed with three young men two nights before she disappeared, the Central Criminal Court heard yesterday.

Mississippi Stealing More Kids!!!

More Miss. Children In Foster Care

Many times, when children are abandoned or if a mother can't keep them, they are turned over to the state or private agencies providing foster care.

Shylea Thomas' adoptive mother charged with murder

Shylea Thomas' adoptive mother charged with murder

The adoptive mother of a 9-year-old quadriplegic girl has been charged with murder, child abuse and welfare fraud.

DoCS despicable new low

DoCS despicable new low

Undoubtedly DoCS has stooped to an entirely new, despicable low with the release of the latest tactics reputed to alleviate outrage surrounding child deaths.

Thoma Paine on to Washington




March on Washington, The Silent Majority Silent No More, Protest must turn to rebellion, wake up Congress, March on Congress

Payoff moves closer for woman raped in state foster care

Payoff moves closer for woman raped in state foster care

A bill that would pay $1.2 million to a disabled woman who was raped while in the state foster-care system appears poised to make progress after the secretary of the Department of Children and Families urged lawmakers to pass it.

Note: Oh just give her the money you cheap pricks! It's not her fault that you didn't keep her safe.

GMC Complaints about doctors.



Help looking for evidence of maladministration concerned with your court case.

FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE THE DECISION NOT TO SUBSTANTIATE A CPS REFERRAL

FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE THE DECISION NOT TO SUBSTANTIATE A CPS REFERRAL

NDACAN Dataset Number 107
USER'S GUIDE and CODEBOOK

Criteria for child-friendly 2010 political candidates unveiled

Criteria for child-friendly 2010 political candidates unveiled

A newly formed movement unveiled yesterday its 10-point criteria in choosing “child-friendly” political candidates for the May 2010 elections.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Text of S. 324: Melanie Blocker Stokes Mom's Opportunity to Access Health, Education, Research, and Support for...

Text of S. 324: Melanie Blocker Stokes Mom's Opportunity to Access Health, Education, Research, and Support for...

Accused Parents Investigate Investigator

Accused Parents Investigate Investigator

A Ralston couple still faces a child abuse charge in court but have their kids back home from foster care.

Meredith Dearth says, “It’s a helpless feeling because there’s nothing you can do to stop it.” Dearth and her boyfriend Jason Feldman did do something to investigate the investigator on their case for child protective services. They found the case worker’s personal Facebook page with opinionated postings.

Foster mom 'changed her story'

Foster mom 'changed her story'

The grandmother of the three-year-old boy whose death is being probed in an inquest has corroborated testimony by her daughter that the foster mother who looked after the child had given three explanations for the boy's death a day after he died.

Court says Neb. board can continue foster visits

Court says Neb. board can continue foster visits

Inspections of foster and group homes by the Nebraska Foster Care Review Board can continue, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Cries of Condemnation Prompt Apple to Rethink Simulated Child Abuse App

Cries of Condemnation Prompt Apple to Rethink Simulated Child Abuse App

Note: Oh Waaa!

'Baby Shaker' app: why it's not funny

Note: Actually it is funny, watching these anal-retentive's cry out against a video game.

Shaking baby is no game: Child abuse experts outraged at Apple

Apple has pulled Baby Shaker a controversial iPhone application that makes a game out of shaking a virtual baby and apologized to child advocacy organizations who say the game trivializes child abuse and puts babies at risk.

Note: Trivializes that which they blow out of proportion, you mean.

Child Advocates Threaten Apple Over 'Baby Shaker'

Child Advocates Threaten Apple Over 'Baby Shaker'

Child Welfare Groups Say They We Will Protest Outside Stores Nationwide If Company Doesn't Explain Itself!

Keep proceedings public in Alamo suit, lawyer says

Keep proceedings public in Alamo suit, lawyer says

Note: And I totally agree. CPS needs to stop using these secrecy tactics in an effort to cover their tracks.

Lawyer: Keep Alamo proceedings public
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Church, Parents Oppose Gag Order Alamo Ministries and Parents Question DHS Motive for Secrecy

In a response filed today by Alamo Ministries, the church claims that there is no need for secrecy and instead the DHS should defend themselves in an open court with public oversight.

The coming dramatic change in child welfare

The coming dramatic change in child welfare

There are two pilot areas in the bill, which will allow private child welfare agencies to handle all cases in certain regions, to be compared to the performance of state social workers. A final report on the test isn’t due until 2015.

DC Lawyer’s Remark About Wanting a Girl Spurs Parental Fitness Probe

DC Lawyer’s Remark About Wanting a Girl Spurs Parental Fitness Probe

A Washington, D.C., lawyer remarked to her doctor soon after the birth of her son that she had been hoping for a girl.

Karen Piper, a lawyer with the U.S. Department of the Interior, would soon regret the words, columnist Marc Fisher writes for the Washington Post. Piper was not allowed to bring her son, Luke, home, supposedly because she had failed to bond with the boy.

Note: Un-Fucking-Believable! I want this mandated reporters name so that I can post it in a warning to other parents!

second try

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Charges weighed in quadriplegic girl's death

Charges weighed in quadriplegic girl's death

Prosecutors on Thursday were deciding whether the adoptive mother of a 9-year-old quadriplegic girl whose body was found in a storage unit should be charged in the case.

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Abolish Child protective services

After all, it's not like they are doing their jobs or anything...

Government infighting has families in a northern Manitoba community in anguish about how to best care for their children.

Government infighting has families in a northern Manitoba community in anguish about how to best care for their children.

Two fathers in the Tony Alamo case want the State to stop taking away their children solely because they belong to their church (Sound familiar?).

Special needs kids may be forced into foster care

Special needs kids may be forced into foster care

Government infighting has families in a northern Manitoba community in anguish about how to best care for their children.

Mother claims abuse killed her disabled child



Mom to get public inquiry into daughter's death Mom gets inquiry into how her disabled daughter, who had been in foster care, died By ANDREW HANON, SUN MEDIA

A teacher's aid log from the child's school recorded one day when she began vomiting and the foster mom was called to pick her up.

"When (the foster mom) came to get (the child), she was furious that she wasn't on the bus and (said) that she was not sick," the entry reads.

"When (the child) started to vomit again (the foster mom) had her hand and shook her and told her to stop it."

Death of American foster child in Mexican care sparks protest

Death of American foster child in Mexican care sparks protest

Five years ago, little Adrianna was beaten to death after being placed in Mexican foster care by the Oregon Department of Human Services. The move was made to ensure that Adrianna stayed with biological family members, rather than be adopted by non-family in the U.S.

Child welfare system under scrutiny

Child welfare system under scrutiny

Shocked that 14 children died of abuse or neglect last year even after social workers had looked into their situations, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday called for a comprehensive investigation of the county's child welfare system.

Case of Park Avenue Lawyer Shows Double Standards in Child Welfare, National Child Advocacy Group Says

Case of Park Avenue Lawyer Shows Double Standards in Child Welfare, National Child Advocacy Group Says

DCF pleads case of former Immokalee woman in need of state help

DCF pleads case of former Immokalee woman in need of state help

The Department of Children and Families secretary is pleading with state leaders to siphon a slice of $2.4 million in federal dollars to pay a mentally disabled woman who was raped by her former foster father in Immokalee.

Teen rapist set to be freed from prison

Teen rapist set to be freed from prison

A young rapist encouraged by his foster father to rape a woman will be out of jail by December.

Maka Renata was 14 when he and foster father Dean Hiroki, a serial rapist and Mongrel Mob member, attacked a Wellington woman on Cuba Street in June 1999.

Family courts: now we can judge parents' stories for ourselves

Family courts: now we can judge parents' stories for ourselves

The opening up of family courts to the media is a step in the right direction, argues a senior family lawyer

Note: They'll be bought out, brought into the ranks of the System Sucks, and continue to bullshit the public just like they have been doing since the corporations took over the media. So open the courts to the media all you want. It won't do a bit of good.

After Mom's Wistful Remark, A Maternity Ward Inquisition

After Mom's Wistful Remark, A Maternity Ward Inquisition

Woozy from pain medication after a Caesarean section, swinging from joy over her newborn boy to exhaustion from the strain of delivering him, Karen Piper mentioned to her doctor that she'd been hoping for a girl. She would come to regret those words.

Two-year sentence for defrauding abuse center

Two-year sentence for defrauding abuse center

A Duluth woman has been sentenced in federal court for defrauding the nonprofit child-abuse prevention center she led and its clients out of nearly $121,000.

100 Child Abuse Investigators Could Get Axed

100 Child Abuse Investigators Could Get Axed

More than 100 child abuse investigators could fall victim to the budgetary ax next year, according to a proposal being considered by City Hall.

Note: It's a start.

A Thought

With foster parent month right around the corner, I propose a change.

Foster parents should no longer be called foster parents. They should be called foster care-givers.

Caring for a stolen child does not make one a parent.

Bill aims to improve slipshod justice in California's foster-care courts

Bill aims to improve slipshod justice in California's foster-care courts

A new bill before the California Legislature aims to improve the slipshod justice in the state's foster-care courts, part of ongoing reforms on behalf of thousands of vulnerable children and their families.

If signed into law, the bill sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood, and the state's Judicial Council would enforce standards for juvenile dependency attorneys that in most courts would seem routine. Lawyers representing foster youth and parents whose children have been taken from them by social workers alleging abuse or neglect must meet with those clients in advance of hearings. They must explain court reports so that parents — the majority of whom are impoverished and poorly educated — understand why their children were removed and how to get them back.

Amber Alert cancelled after boy found

Amber Alert cancelled after boy found

An Amber Alert was cancelled for a child taken from foster care in the Eastern Oregon city of Hines Wednesday morning after he was found just across the Nevada border.
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AMBER Alert brings rescue of 5-year-old Hines boy

Boy rescued after mother took him from foster care, police say

Parents of boy who starved to death file lawsuit

Parents of boy who starved to death file lawsuit

The parents of a 7-year-old boy who starved to death in the care of his mother's ex-boyfriend have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the agencies that administer child-welfare services in Denver and Jefferson counties.

Atwitter About a Mom in Scarsdale

Atwitter About a Mom in Scarsdale

Every parent has been there. You’re in the car. The kids are arguing like magpies. You stop the car and bark something like: “That’s it. One more sound from either of you and I’m going to put you out of the car.”

Fla. judge's career finished over ties to stripper

Fla. judge's career finished over ties to stripper

Thomas E. Stringer spent more than three decades quietly building his legal career in Florida. He was the first black graduate of his law school. He worked his way onto an appeals court in the Tampa Bay area.

Then last spring, the well-respected, married judge suddenly found his face splashed beside that of a troubled exotic dancer in a kimono.

Supreme Court takes up dispute over endorsement of gay adoption by Florida Bar's family-law section

Supreme Court takes up dispute over endorsement of gay adoption by Florida Bar's family-law section

State Supreme Court justices critically questioned both sides today in a dispute over whether the family-law section of the Florida Bar should be allowed to legally endorse adoption for gay couples.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Realities of Child Protective Services

Realities of Child Protective Services

We enter the new millennium with well over 500,000 of our children in one or another form of state-provided alternative care. An estimated 365,000 of our children are removed from their homes for their "protection" each year in these United States. They find themselves warehoused in foster homes, group homes, and institutions. When there is no room for them at the proverbial inn, they find themselves warehoused in prisons.

A comment that was left

Here is a comment that was left on an earlier post. I decided to post it here so that nobody misses it.
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Bunch of apathetic, baby snatching, false evidence producing, no good for nothing, evil scumbag, money grubbin, lowlife baby snatching, lawless s.o.b.'s-and that's the truth in schenectady d.s.s.-don't trust them. They will place false "evidence". I'm in a battle with them now. supposedly i have a trace of marijuana in my urine, yet i don't even smoke it. but they have to justify getting the call from some miscreant telling them i smoke weed. they're after all 6 of my kids but wont bother the crackheads that live upstairs from me throwing needles off the porch. then they might have to deal with the naacp. it makes me sick when i look around me at the double standard and all the street scum wandering around the hood lookin for a good time, going to the club, smokin crack, shootin up, lettin their babies wander around unsupervised. Nobody's bothering them. No, they want the white kids, so they're gonna come hard after me and i might have to take these scumbags all the way to jury trial/ supreme court to get them off my back.

-T.R.
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Well said.

Getting along with the biological parents

Getting along with the biological parents

Sending schoolwork to the biological parent can help him or her feel a part of what their child is doing.

Being a foster parent often means playing nice with the people who have harmed or neglected the children in your care. Biological parents, their issue and their demands can often be the hardest part of being a foster parent. However, forging a constructive relationship, especially when the goal is reunification, can be beneficial for everyone.

Court file details CPS 'Vendetta'

Court file details CPS 'Vendetta'

Sacramento County paid up last week, sending a $600,000 settlement to Becky and Dave Giammona and ending a dispute over a drug-exposed foster baby they fought to keep.

Broward child's suicide raises questions about medication

Broward child's suicide raises questions about medication

A Broward foster child who killed himself last week had been prescribed powerful psychiatric drugs, some of which the FDA does not approve for children.

Missing mom: I'm not missing

Missing mom: I'm not missing

Authorities launched a cross country search for Tiffany Cassara-Rodriguez after she left town with her two young children, violating a court order.
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But the family is under DCF supervision, which means they're not allowed to leave the area without permission.

Editorial: Fla. needs to pay its obligations

Editorial: Fla. needs to pay its obligations

The state was negligent 10 years ago when the Department of Children and Families ignored Darlene Achille’s warnings that her foster father was sexually abusive. The agency’s failure to act resulted in Darlene’s mentally disabled older sister, Pierreisna, being impregnated.

Mother Pleads Guilty To Abuse Of Adopted Daughter

Mother Pleads Guilty To Abuse Of Adopted Daughter

A Montgomery County State's Attorney has announced that a woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree child abuse.

Sacramento supervisors' vote expected on monitoring CPS changes

Sacramento supervisors' vote expected on monitoring CPS changes

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will be asked today to speed up the response to a highly critical report on Child Protective Services and to require monthly reports on progress in correcting problems.

Bickering kids booted from car; mom arrested

Bickering kids booted from car; mom arrested

Ever threaten to kick your fighting children out of the car and drive off?

Note: She'll get them back because she can afford a good lawyer.

14 kids die under L.A. DCFS supervision

14 kids die under L.A. DCFS supervision

Note: They're not going to save every one. It's because they lack the insight into the issue.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dallas County judge's souring on public defenders is questioned

Dallas County judge's souring on public defenders is questioned

When Dallas County family court Judge Lynn Cherry took office in January 2007, the newly-elected Democrat had good reason to like the county public defender's office.

Her husband, Mike Lemon, worked in family court as an assistant public defender.

School Strip-Search Draws Questions at Top U.S. Court

School Strip-Search Draws Questions at Top U.S. Court

U.S. Supreme Court justices weighed putting limits on the power of school officials, considering a clash over the strip-search of a 13-year-old girl accused of handing out prescription drugs.

State Asks Judge to Seal Record in DHS Suit

State Asks Judge to Seal Record in DHS Suit

Lawyers for the state are arguing that filings in a suit by Tony Alamo Christian Ministries against child-welfare officials should be kept confidential because much of the evidence involves records that federal law requires keeping secret.

Foster Parenting Podcasts

Check this out. This is one of them heartwarming, Jesus made me do it, type of foster parent blogs.

Foster Parenting Podcasts.

Now before the system suck gets their panties in a bunch over my efforts to use the blogs of foster contractors to show you the kind of people that they give your children too, I have no intention of doing so with these people.

In this case, I'm simply pointing out how some of these agency stooges fall hook, line and sinker for the joke that is the Child Protective Industry.

Many foster children need mental help, a Saginaw County study shows

Many foster children need mental help, a Saginaw County study shows

A Saginaw County study showing that many foster children need mental health help could have statewide impact on how the Department of Human Services operates, officials say.

Foster care placement needs to be right the first time

Foster care placement needs to be right the first time

I believe that education and foster care are some of the most important issues we discuss in Olympia. I consider myself a voice for foster kids who might never know the care of a family or success in education. I was an orphan in Korea many years ago and attribute much of my success to the care of my adoptive American family.

Ex-official surrenders her license

Ex-official surrenders her license

A former Luzerne County juvenile probation department official who admitted altering a juvenile court record connected to the judicial corruption probe has agreed to permanently surrender her license to practice social work in Pennsylvania.

Files detail deaths of 14 children

Files detail deaths of 14 children

Fourteen children died of abuse and neglect in Los Angeles County last year despite coming from families that had been under the scrutiny of child welfare officials, records released Monday show.

Monday, April 20, 2009

High court budget includes no funds for raises

High court budget includes no funds for raises

As legislators and Gov. Joe Manchin prepare to tackle the state budget in late May, the West Virginia Supreme Court will be shaping its own spending plan.

DCF probing gifts to family of ex-judge

DCF probing gifts to family of ex-judge

The relationship between former Broward Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin and an elderly woman in his condominium is under scrutiny again, this time by the Department of Children & Families.

Fairfield County To Eliminate Child Abuse Investigator

Fairfield County To Eliminate Child Abuse Investigator

Faced with a $2.5 million budget deficit, the Fairfield County Job and Family Services office decided it no longer could afford a full time child abuse investigator, so the position will disappear on May 1.

Roundup: Alaska Parental Notification Bill Stalled

Roundup: Alaska Parental Notification Bill Stalled

A bill to require parental notification for teens seeking abortion has stalled in Alaska state legislature, the Juneau Empire reports. "The parental consent bill passed through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives earlier, but failed to get a hearing in the Senate until Friday, two days before the end of the session." Gov. Sarah Palin criticized the "lack of action" on the bill. The Empire notes that a judicial bypass would be particularly difficult for teens to obtain in the largely rural state.

Foster father arrested for allegedly fondling girl

Foster father arrested for allegedly fondling girl

A 46-year-old Payson man was arrested Friday, accused of sexually abusing his 13-year-old foster daughter.

Father accused of abusing baby is foster parent’s grandson

Father accused of abusing baby is foster parent’s grandson

Butler County Children Services officials are trying to figure out how a 5-month-old girl — staying in the same foster home where the child’s mother was impregnated — was reportedly squeezed so hard her ribs cracked.

For DCF, results don't match new policy on payouts

For DCF, results don't match new policy on payouts

When former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth took over the Department of Children and Families in January 2007, he vowed that the state would stop paying attorneys to fight lawsuits filed by families with valid claims against his agency.

Since then, DCF has settled with 104 plaintiffs, paying a total of more than $6.1 million. Butterworth's successor at DCF, former state legislator George Sheldon, has continued that approach. In some cases, Sheldon said, it is better to help children who truly have been harmed by the agency's mistakes than to continue racking up legal fees.

Note: Now there's a juicy little tidbit.

Extend foster care to age 21

Extend foster care to age 21

Most parents would not throw their kids out on the street at age 18. Yet that is what happens to thousands of American foster children when they "age out" of most state systems. They're on their own, and often end up homeless, pregnant, or behind bars.

Suspicion enough for abuse report

Suspicion enough for abuse report

The key word here is suspicion. According to Webster, suspicion is “the act or instance of suspecting something wrong without proof.” A mandated reporter only has to suspect that a child is being abused.

Note: Considering what happens when these assholes report you, I'd prefer that they be pretty damn sure.

Lawmakers blast child protective officials; DSHS defends itself…

Lawmakers blast child protective officials; DSHS defends itself…

Lawmakers, parents and a local prosecutor on Thursday blasted state child-protection officials, saying the state is too quick to remove children from their families.

Exhibit R + Alisons Redford's Government Coverup of LawLIARs Pack of Lies...

Warder accused of Jersey child abuse faces new charges

Warder accused of Jersey child abuse faces new charges

The first person to be charged in connection with a historic child abuse investigation at a Jersey children's home will face a string of new charges, a court heard today.

Adoption: New Front in Gay Rights Battle?

Adoption: New Front in Gay Rights Battle?

One of the priorities of the Obama administration is to advance adoption rights for gay couples.

Madonna to try again to adopt Malawian girl

Madonna to try again to adopt Malawian girl

Madonna will formally appeal next month against a Malawian court ruling that said she could not adopt a second child from the African country, her lawyer said on Monday.

Little change for media in family courts

Little change for media in family courts

It all seemed so promising when Jack Straw announced in December that the government was going to open up the family courts to greater media - and therefore public - scrutiny. It was critical that the public had trust in the system, he said, and that required an understanding of how it worked.

Family preservation spending scrutinized

Family preservation spending scrutinized

Some changes to Butler County Children Services in recent years have been pushed by former director Michael Fox, some by commissioners and some by state lawmakers. They include cutting the case load for workers to an average of 12, increasing screening of foster parents and hiring a full-time police officer to help with investigations.

Erratic care system ‘is a catastrophe for vulnerable children’

Erratic care system ‘is a catastrophe for vulnerable children’

The care system is “catastrophic” for the prospects of an abused or neglected child and must be overhauled, MPs say today.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Declaration of Independence

This is the second part of "A Powerful Performance." Here, the Declaration is read by many popular actors, including Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Whoopi Goldberg, Winona Ryder, and others. To hear it read with such zeal is very inspiring. Think of this document whenever you think of the role of government.

Social services failing children in care

Social services failing children in care

Children in care are being failed by social services, a report published on Monday will say.

Services reduce Solano's foster care placements

Services reduce Solano's foster care placements

A new approach to child welfare is sweeping the nation, significantly reducing the number of children being placed into foster care, local officials say.

The changes are paying off in Solano County, social workers say, by allowing more children to remain safely at home through an enhanced network of voluntary and collaborative services.

Court-appointed volunteers lobby to become part of the system

Court-appointed volunteers lobby to become part of the system

Jean Harris, who has spent 20 years as a court-appointed volunteer helping abused and neglected kids find a permanent home, recalled last week how she once nudged a boy's grandparents to adopt him.

'Hippies' to sue child welfare authorities

'Hippies' to sue child welfare authorities

SELF-DESCRIBED hippies from northern New South Wales are suing the Department of Community Services for removing their two healthy children from their care without a good reason.
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A judge has found their children were taken for no good reason, in an apparent abuse of power by welfare workers.

Note: Abuse of power by welfare workers? I don't believe it.

Women's DCF money caught in red tape

Women's DCF money caught in red tape

Pierreisna was impregnated by the sisters' former foster father in Immokalee after DCF ignored Darlene's warnings of sexual abuse.

Protocol for arrested parents proposed

Protocol for arrested parents proposed

Child advocates are asking the Legislature to safeguard kids against the emotional trauma that sometimes accompanies a parent's arrest.

Foster Care

Editorial: A tired refrain at CPS instead of progress

Editorial: A tired refrain at CPS instead of progress

The Sacramento County grand jury report released Wednesday repeats what others have said about the county's Child Protective Services. Calls for change are met with a repetitive response: We're aware of problems and are working on them.

CPS staff now below levels of 2004

CPS staff now below levels of 2004

Despite promises by influential state lawmakers to drastically improve the agency, Arizona's child-welfare agency is operating today with fewer caseworkers than it had five years ago.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Oregon welfare officials to resume adoptions of foster children to families outside U.S.

Oregon welfare officials to resume adoptions of foster children to families outside U.S.

Child welfare officials testifying before two legislative committees Friday said the state will resume international adoptions after May 8.

Broward foster child, age 7, hangs himself after tantrum

Broward foster child, age 7, hangs himself after tantrum

By the age of 7, Gabriel Myers had lost his mother to the ravages of drug addiction and incarceration, had been shuttled between an uncle and two foster homes, and had been in limbo for months as child welfare administrators in two states sought to reunite him with a grandfather.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Sad...

Learning about reporting child abuse meeting set tonight at WITC in Superior

A packed room of people who want to know the best way to report child abuse is on tap tonight at WITC in Superior. Joe Cadotte reports.

Note: Classes on how to report child abuse? How stupid do you have to be to not know how to call the hotline that is pretty much on the first page of the phone book?

Mother testifies about daughter killed while in Mexican foster home

Mother testifies about daughter killed while in Mexican foster home

The Beaverton mother of a murdered 4-year-old girl said more children's lives are at risk due in the Oregon foster care system.

Child ombudsman bill evolves

Child ombudsman bill evolves

An independent ombudsman would review complaints about Indiana's Department of Child Services under legislation state lawmakers revived this week.

But family rights advocates say the Senate watered down the ombudsman's powers, and the new oversight would do little good.

Note: There is really no sense in having an ombudsman. I mean, it's not like they do anything except side with CPS most of the time.

Columbia County Woman Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Boys

Columbia County Woman Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Boys

The Portage Daily Register reported that Eldridge was a child protective services social worker for Columbia County but that she has been fired.

Measure to revamp child-welfare system by privatizing some of its functions passes Senate

Measure to revamp child-welfare system by privatizing some of its functions passes Senate

Washington is one step closer to increasing the role of private agencies in working with children and families involved in the state child welfare system.

Oklahoma City father plans new effort to reform child welfare

Oklahoma City father plans new effort to reform child welfare

An Oklahoma City father advocating an overhaul of the state child welfare system has withdrawn his initiative petition.

North Valley Social Worker Arrested; Charged With Unlawful Sex With A Minor

North Valley Social Worker Arrested; Charged With Unlawful Sex With A Minor

A North Valley social worker is behind bars; accused of having unlawful sex with a minor.

Six plead guilty in DSS embezzlement case

Six plead guilty in DSS embezzlement case

Six co-defendants of an S.C. official charged with embezzling taxpayer money pleaded guilty Wednesday for their part in a check-cashing scheme that prosecutors say defrauded the Department of Social Services of more than $5 million.

Police investigate 7-year-old's hanging death

Police investigate 7-year-old's hanging death

Police are investigating the death of a 7-year-old foster care child who reportedly hanged himself Thursday in the bathroom of a Margate home.
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Investigators have learned that the boy was a foster child and had been in the care of the Margate couple for about three weeks. Williams could not say how long the child was under the care of the state, but said he had moved several times.

''Apparently he's got a long history of being bounced around,'' Williams said.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

How Michigan's big system failed a little boy

How Michigan's big system failed a little boy

Several articles from Freep.

Foreign adoption delay



They've been waiting for more than a year for a baby from Korea. Now, one Orlando family just learned that it could be months before they get to hold their adopted child. By then, little Avery will be a toddler.

FLDS in the Lege




FLDS update in the Lege

Parents upset about child's drug test

Child's fingertip sliced off at school



Note: Here's a good reason to consider homeschooling.

DCF Supervisor Charged With Larceny



A supervisor at the Department of Children and Families has been arrested on larceny charges.

Child Abuse Accusations





A North Las Vegas couple claims their children were abused by a set of foster parents.

FOX5 Exclusive: Infant Hospitalized After Taken To Foster Home



In a FOX5 exclusive report, parents say their infant daughter ended up in a hospital just days after she was taken to a foster home.

Postcards from 'the dungeon'

Postcards from 'the dungeon'

The Department of Human Services owes Oregonians a full accounting of its failure to protect Kaylie and Jordan Collins

State lacks money for child abused in Lake Worth, owed $1.7 million so far

State lacks money for child abused in Lake Worth, owed $1.7 million so far

A year after Florida legislators promised to pay for the lifetime care of a girl beaten into a coma because of state negligence in investigating her abuse, they have failed to budget any money to help her.

DCF Supervisor Charged With ATM Theft

DCF Supervisor Charged With ATM Theft

When Jeffrey Gold pulled up to a Webster Bank ATM in South Windsor on Jan. 30, he told police that he withdrew $100, then noticed that the card that came out of the machine was not his.

El Salvador Enacts Child Protection

El Salvador Enacts Child Protection

The governing party of El Salvador, ARENA, after prolonged public demand and near the end of its mandate, approved the Law of Integral Protection of Children and Adolescents.

Child allegations rise after Baby P

Child allegations rise after Baby P

HIGH profile child protection cases have led to a dramatic rise in the number of allegations against people working with children and young people in Suffolk, it has emerged.

Murdered 3-year-old's family says death could have been avoided

Murdered 3-year-old's family says death could have been avoided

The aunt of a murdered 3-year-old says the little girl's death could have been avoided.

What makes them so special?

Child abuse spikes as U.S. economy flounders

One 4-month-old baby was shaken so violently she needed surgery. Another 3-week-old suffered fractured ribs from abuse at home. A 9-year-old diabetic boy stopped receiving proper treatment for his condition.
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Reports of Child Abuse Down In Henderson County

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and reports of child abuse are down in Henderson County according to Betty Ragsdale with the Henderson County Department of Social Services. She told WHKP News that from June 2007 through June 2008, they were down about 50 reports when it came to child abuse.

Hundreds of Abused Children Stand at Texas Capitol During Child Abuse Prevention Month

Hundreds of Abused Children Stand at Texas Capitol During Child Abuse Prevention Month

Note: Safe my ass! These people are System Sucks, CPS ass kissers, and are just as much a part of the problem as the rest.

This is child exploitation, and the chances that any of these kids actually agreed to this is probably due to lies and brainwashing.

Attorneys: Walther misled into issuing FLDS warrant

Attorneys: Walther misled into issuing FLDS warrant

Texas Rangers misled Judge Barbara Walther into issuing a pair of search warrants authorizing entry onto the YFZ Ranch, attorneys claim this week in a motion asking Walther to throw out the evidence found at the polygamous compound.

Another great blog I came across

Whispers of a Former Foster Child

Check it out.

Foster Mother Charged With Felony Child Abuse

Foster Mother Charged With Felony Child Abuse

A Las Vegas foster mother has been arrested and charged with felony child abuse.

Parental Rights CaseLaw

Parental Rights CaseLaw

In the early 1920s, the United States Supreme Court first reviewed the rights, liberties and obligations of parents to direct the upbringing of their children. Two important decisions, Meyer v. Nebraska and Pierce v. Society of Sisters, established a legacy which was followed by a series of decisions holding that parenting is a fundamental constitutional right, and among "the basic civil rights of man."

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

COULD YOU HAVE SAVED RICKY?

COULD YOU HAVE SAVED RICKY?

More than $1 million was spent in the investigation of Ricky Holland's disappearance, and still the mysteries and contradictions surrounding the 7-year-old's life and death were never fully resolved.

Tn DCS Parental Rights Activist!

Tn DCS Parental Rights Activist!

This link was left in a comment, and is defiantly worth checking out.

Inspirational women of the year: Alison's son was snatched away after she was wrongly branded a child abuser...now she fights for justice for other mo

Inspirational women of the year: Alison's son was snatched away after she was wrongly branded a child abuser...now she fights for justice for other mothers

Twenty four years on, she cannot forget the pain she felt when social services took away her three-year-old without warning - or just cause.
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Since then, she has helped thousands of parents as the head of the national organization Parents Against Injustice (PAIN).

Note: Congratulations Alison! You are an inspiration to us all.

It's not very often that I get to post something positive, but I had to post this.

Alison, has been following and contributing to Legally Kidnapped for a while now. She really has an interesting take on the whole issue. I urge you to find and read some of her recent comments on LK. I assure you, she tells it like it is.



Alison

On a more personal note...

To have a one of a kind advocate for families like you reading my blog is a real honor.

LK

Tough times for children left behind by China's migrant workers



Millions of children in China only see their parents once a year, when their migrant parents return to their home villages for new year celebrations. Times are tough for these youngsters.

Courts to Decide if Child Abuse Investigations are Made Public

Courts to Decide if Child Abuse Investigations are Made Public

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that courts must decide on a case-by-case basis whether results of state investigations into allegations of child abuse and neglect should be made public.

Senate panel approves child abuse penalty bill

Senate panel approves child abuse penalty bill

A state Senate subcommittee this morning approved a bill that would require a minimum two-year prison sentence for day care operators convicted of seriously harming children.

What can be done when West Virginia CPS fails to follow state code.?

What can be done when West Virginia CPS fails to follow state code.?

WV State Code 49-6-12 States that an improvement period, for an abusive parent, must be terminated if the parent does not adhere to the rules of said plan.

Budget cuts would dim kids' voice in Florida courtrooms

Budget cuts would dim kids' voice in Florida courtrooms

As a morning rain lashes the windows of the Hillsborough County courthouse, people crowd the lobby, babies whimpering, children playing, adults who had children together now sitting a few seats and a million miles apart. Another day in juvenile dependency court begins.

State agency defends actions at polygamist ranch

State agency defends actions at polygamist ranch

A spokesman for a polygamist sect raided by authorities last year faced tough questioning Tuesday from Texas lawmakers as he blasted child welfare officials for insisting they did the right thing in the year-ago raid that put 439 children in foster care.

Death of child in foster care ruled a homicide

Death of child in foster care ruled a homicide

The death of a 14-month-old child who lived in a Dryden foster home last fall has been ruled a homicide, Tompkins County Sheriff's officials and District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson said Tuesday.

Bill proposes harsher penalties for child abuse

Bill proposes harsher penalties for child abuse

In response to last year’s controversy at a West Texas polygamist ranch, state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, proposed a bill Tuesday that would make child abuse a Class A misdemeanor and send repeated offenders to state jail.

Sacramento County official steps down amid CPS controversy

Sacramento County official steps down amid CPS controversy

Lynn Frank, the embattled head of the Sacramento County agency that oversees Child Protective Services, announced Tuesday that she is resigning.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

‘Families risk losing children’ under £6.5m legal aid cuts

‘Families risk losing children’ under £6.5m legal aid cuts

Parents accused of abuse who risk losing their children may be forced to represent themselves in court under proposed cuts to family legal aid, judges and lawyers have warned.

YK Dad against Child Services

Mother whose son, 8, was taken into care after she hit him with a hairbrush defends parental right to smack children

Mother whose son, 8, was taken into care after she hit him with a hairbrush defends parental right to smack children

A mother whose eight-year-old son was taken into care after she smacked him with a hairbrush for refusing to get ready for school has defended her right to punish him.

Infant in kidnapping case stays in CPS care

Infant in kidnapping case stays in CPS care

A judge ruled Monday a baby taken into Child Protective Services care after her father was accused of kidnapping her will remain in foster care while officials review whether any relatives should care for her.

Child Protective Services accused of ignoring a judge's order

Child Protective Services accused of ignoring a judge's order

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Family Court transparency: has New Labour reneged on its promise?

Family Court transparency: has New Labour reneged on its promise?

In December last year Lord Chancellor Jack Straw QC declared that the ­Government would propose to change the law to allow access to the Family Court so that justice could be seen to be done.

Marion Foster Parent Charged with Sexual Assault

Marion Foster Parent Charged with Sexual Assault

A Williamson County man and foster parent is arrested-- accused of sexual assault.

Police say Mark Ashby had sex with two girls under the age of 17.
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Marion foster parent charged with five counts of sexual abuse

A Marion foster parent has been charged with five counts of criminal sexual abuse of a minor and is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $200,000 bond, according to court records.

Foster Family Has License Suspended

Foster Family Has License Suspended

There is an update on the Valley foster parents under investigation after an infant was injured in their care.

Audit: Misuse of foster care funds persists

Audit: Misuse of foster care funds persists

Nearly six years after audits found private foster care agency officials were enjoying lives of luxury at taxpayer expense, new studies have found similar abuses, such as using public funds to pay for X-rated cable TV, gambling and expensive cars.

Foster Kids Struggling in Tough Economy

Foster Kids Struggling in Tough Economy

Once Tim Byrd graduated high school, foster care was finished, and he was on his own. Byrd explained, "They have their parents to fall back on if they don't have a job. I have to support myself, so I have to find someway to get money."

Monday, April 13, 2009

FLDS members to testify at legislative hearing

FLDS members to testify at legislative hearing

Members of the polygamous sect whose Schleicher County compound was raided by Child Protective Services and law enforcement last April will testify Tuesday at a hearing in which legislators will review the state's actions.

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