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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Brazilian men swapped at birth work, live together

Brazilian men swapped at birth work, live together

Two years back, Dimas Aliprandi and Elton Plaster didn't know of each other's existence. Then they learned they had been accidentally switched at birth more than 20 years ago.

The shameful stories that can’t be told

The shameful stories that can’t be told

I had been planning this week to write about two sharply contrasting stories which exemplify the way in which much of the child protection system operated by Britain’s social workers has gone horribly off the rails.

A girl dies during restraint at hospital already criticized for problems

A girl dies during restraint at hospital already criticized for problems

The charge nurse found Alexis Evette Richie alone in a small room at SSM DePaul Health Center, motionless and sprawled facedown on a bean bag chair.

Cassidy Dossett Needs To Go To Jail!

I like this guy.



There is a CPS worker in Williamson Co Texas who has lied to a district judge, injured children and falsified medical documents. Cassidy Dossett is the epitome of a system gone wild. I call on Gov Perry, the CPS and the Atty Gen of the State of Texas to bring to and end this dangerous farce! Put this child abuser in jail where she belongs. Please watch this video and write your congressmen. The child you loose may be your own! The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services had itself been an object of reports of unusual numbers of poisonings, death, rapes and pregnancies of children under its care since 2004. The Texas Family and Protective Services Crisis Management Team was created by executive order after the critical report Forgotten Children of 2004. The critics and plaintiffs' attorneys are out there. They seethe with frustration in their assertion that there are child protection workers who are as dysfunctional and flawed as some of the abusive and neglectful parents they investigate. They feel mistreated, ambushed, without recourse to a neutral oversight authority, and fume that the courts will believe the word of child protection workers over their clients. And yet, when there is a credible allegation that a child protection worker has knowingly made misleading or false statements which resulted in the wrongful removal of a child, their criticism and anger seem justified. Such misrepresentations may involve highly contested issues of material fact that more properly should be examined by an agency supervisor or in court on the merits. The supervisor or court, inadvertently giving credence to the worker's misrepresentation, may thereby be swayed in favor of the worker's recommendations. (They lie all the time folks!)

Nonprofit accused of making false claims

Nonprofit accused of making false claims

A domestic violence resource center in Missouri that solicited donations claiming to help abuse victims made "numerous misrepresentations about its activities" and has agreed to shut down, officials said Thursday.

Seven Victorian child deaths 'preventable'

Seven Victorian child deaths 'preventable'

THE deaths last year of 26 children known to Victoria's child protection authorities has highlighted staff shortages, inadequate training and poor assessment practices, a report has found.

Deaths highlight child protection flaws

Commissioner: DSS must act within the scope of the law

Commissioner: DSS must act within the scope of the law But they don't.

Note: Now here's a perfect example of the idiotic sheep mentality of the modern American culture.

The Oswego County Department of Social Services has come under fire once again after it was discovered that a 19-month-old child was found allegedly in a neglected state by police during a recent burglary investigation in the City of Fulton.

Some residents have been critical of the county’s DSS for failure to check on the family who they claim were receiving public assistance.

Under state law, DSS caseworkers have no authority to inspect the homes of those receiving public assistance of any type.

“I think it’s important for the public to understand that any Social Service Department must operate within the scope of the law,” Oswego County DSS Commissioner Frances Lanigan said Thursday.

How churches fight belief in witchcraft

Last night's Dispatches programme on Channel 4 highlighted the harm caused to children in the UK, almost all of whom come from an African background, by church pastors who are apparently labelling them as witches or as in some way "possessed". The Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) condemns such behaviour wherever it exists and over the past few years has worked with statutory and other agencies to expose and deal with such abusive practices.

How churches fight belief in witchcraft

Father’s child support money doesn’t reach his child



A single dad who paid his child support was surprised to learn the money never made it into the hands of his ex wife or his son.

Child welfare needs overhaul: study chair

Child welfare needs overhaul: study chair

Saskatchewan's child welfare system is performing so poorly it needs a complete overhaul, according to the chairman of a panel studying the situation.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Missouri sees surge in voter registration at welfare offices

Missouri sees surge in voter registration at welfare offices

Nearly 250,000 low-income residents have applied for voter registration through Missouri’s social services offices over the last two years.

Foster mother sets adopted son ablaze

Foster mother sets adopted son ablaze

Sokoto: The Sokoto state Police Command has arrested a 35-year old woman, Asma’u Ibrahim for allegedly setting her adopted son, Mohammed Mubarak Bala, aged ten ablaze.

Episode 84 – Ask a Social Worker

OMG! Tim and Wendy interview a CPS casworker this week on Foster Parenting Podcast!

Hold on to your lunch...

Episode 84 – Ask a Social Worker

How idealistic was that?

Has Levi Johnston fathered ANOTHER love child?

Has Levi Johnston fathered ANOTHER love child?

They've only just reconciled, but Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have already hit a serious snag.

Arizona Kids Are Treated Like Crap, Study by Child-Welfare Group Shows

Arizona Kids Are Treated Like Crap, Study by Child-Welfare Group Shows

Above is what is known in the journalism biz as a "standing headline," as in we could file it away for a year and then pull it back up with nary a change.

Report finds Northside foster kids at risk

Report finds Northside foster kids at risk

SOME children in foster care in Dublin North West were placed at unnecessary risk as a result of the failings of the HSE, according to a worrying report published earlier this month by the State’s health standards watchdog.

Adoption interrupted

Adoption interrupted

Paula and Bryan Blatchford were happy and hopeful that day in June 2008 when they welcomed two children into their family.

“We were so excited,” says Paula, “It was our dream come true.”

Michigan foster children describe struggles; 'Most people don't care about children,' one says

Michigan foster children describe struggles; 'Most people don't care about children,' one says

Her mother is a drug addict. Her father “wants to do his own thing.”

At a young age, Jazzi was sent to live with relatives, moving between households and never feeling a sense of belonging. There was emotional abuse, sexual abuse.

Most of the family court judges in america are corrupt pedophiles

EXCLUSIVE: Child Protective Services: Mel Gibson An Excellent Dad

EXCLUSIVE: Child Protective Services: Mel Gibson An Excellent Dad

Mel Gibson is viewed as an excellent father to his 8-month-old daughter Lucia by the Department of Children and Family Services, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.

Kid gloves social workers 'lost sight' of girl, 7, who starved to death... but report stops short of recommending punishment

Kid gloves social workers 'lost sight' of girl, 7, who starved to death... but report stops short of recommending punishment

A girl of seven starved to death after social workers and council officials failed to prevent her death, a damning report has found.

In wake of fifth-grader's suicide, L.A. County supervisors may ask for outside audit of child services

In wake of fifth-grader's suicide, L.A. County supervisors may ask for outside audit of child services

Los Angeles County supervisors took steps Tuesday to hire an independent auditing firm to conduct a sweeping review of the troubled Department of Children and Family Services.

The proposed review, set for a vote at next week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, follows a report Sunday in The Times about the suicide of Montebello fifth-grader Jorge Tarin. The 11-year-old hanged himself in his mother's room June 8, just hours after a social worker was sent to the home to determine whether Jorge's threats of suicide at school that day were serious. The social worker left without him.

Man pleads guilty to sexual abuse

Man pleads guilty to sexual abuse

A former Hedsgesville man accused of molesting two foster children under his care pleaded guilty Thursday by way of information to four counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

Michael Alan Chipley, 45, of Frederick, Md., subsequently was sentenced to one to five years in prison on each count by Circuit Court Judge Gina Groh.

British girls undergo horror of genital mutilation despite tough laws

British girls undergo horror of genital mutilation despite tough laws

Female circumcision will be inflicted on up to 2,000 British schoolgirls during the summer holidays – leaving brutal physical and emotional scars. Yet there have been no prosecutions against the practice

Local officials react to court ruling on child protection

Local officials react to court ruling on child protection

Local officials say they are concerned with a recent ruling from the Iowa Supreme Court that could remove as many as 28,000 names from the child abuse registry.

Court won't keep woman who starved a daughter from new baby

Court won't keep woman who starved a daughter from new baby

A King County judge has denied a request by prosecutors for a court order to prevent a pregnant woman — already convicted of starving one of her children — from having contact with her newborn child when the baby is born.

Report reveals stressed child protection system



A report has warned of chronic problems in Victoria's child protection system after the deaths of 26 children in state care in 2009.

New child protection scheme launched

New child protection scheme launched

A NEW scheme, which aims to protect children from paedophiles, is to be introduced in Suffolk from next week.
The Child Sexual Offender Disclosure Process allows a parent, carer or guardian to ask police whether an individual who has access to their child or children has a record of child sexual offences.

State's youth prisons faulted on mental health care

State's youth prisons faulted on mental health care

Illinois' juvenile prisons are not adequately screening and treating mentally ill youths, in large part because the facilities are underfunded and poorly staffed, while their mental health workers are not always trained in up-to-date methods, according to a report released Thursday.

Foster parent charged in death of Creek Nation toddler

Foster parent charged in death of Creek Nation toddler

Prosecutors have filed a first-degree manslaughter charge against the foster parent of a 3-year-old Muscogee (Creek) Nation foster child who was killed in November.
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Foster mom charged

After a 9-month investigation, a foster mother faces first degree manslaughter for the death of a 3-year-old girl. Prosecutors say Sharon Whitecloud grabbed, shook, and pushed the girl causing her to hit her head and die. Investigators say Whitecloud first claimed the girl took a fall.Foster mom charged

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Numerology, The New Crystal Ball Method of Child Abuse Risk Assessment

It's bad enough that we have system suck child abuse experts who base their determinations on how much they have to gain by placing and keeping a kid in the system, but now we have a Numerologist who is going to do a study on child abuse and promote their findings as if they were selling a line of bullshit in a foster parent recruitment campaign.

A history of child abuse

In my studies of System Suckology I have yet to come across anything like this. The next thing you know, a babystealer will show up at your door with a deck of Tarot Cards, have you pick one, and base her determination of abuse or neglect on that.

And just in case you want to learn how do do child abuse risk assessment through the mystic art of Numerology, go on over to Voodoo Who Do and learn.

Now, my buddy Robert just left a comment, that I thought you all should see, so I'm re-posting it here so that nobody misses it.

In this area, Canada is years ahead of the United States. Read the article Psychic Child Care at:

http://fixcas.com/news/2008/b2008c.htm#psychic

Child Welfare Experts Urge Congress to Expand Title IV-E Waivers

Child Welfare Experts Urge Congress to Expand Title IV-E Waivers

The federal government should expand a flexible funding program that helps states and counties reform their child welfare systems and keep more children out of foster care, a panel of experts told a congressional committee Thursday.

Vastly different portraits emerge of Baby Vanessa's father

Vastly different portraits emerge of Baby Vanessa's father

Two very different portraits of Benjamin Mills Jr. emerged Thursday, July 29, in the first phase of his custody trial before Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Nick Kuntz.

Abusive mothers improve their parenting after home visits, classes, emotional support from therapists

Abusive mothers improve their parenting after home visits, classes, emotional support from therapists

Mothers who live in poverty and who have abused their children can stop if they are taught parenting skills and given emotional support.

Note: Yet still they take the child and run.

Fenton father fights 'archaic' Michigan law that leaves him without parental rights

Fenton father fights 'archaic' Michigan law that leaves him without parental rights

It’s been a two-year fight, but Daniel Quinn doesn’t plan to quit any time soon.

Despite a court-ordered DNA test that shows he is the father of a 4-year-old girl, the state doesn’t recognize him as the father because of a 1956 law that assumes a woman’s husband is the father of a child born while the couple are married — even if the biological father is not the woman’s husband.

Does anybody want a kid?

Just visit Adoption: A Path of the Heart for Karalee's kids.

Updated Situations as of July 28

Also, I wanted to note that a few agencies have contacted us lately letting us know they're low on families - especially those open to biracial/African American babies. If that applies to you, definitely call or email ASAP and remember the 15%-20% discount that is good until the end of the month! :)

And don't forget, African American babies 15 to 20 percent off.

And no, I'm not making this up.

Hearing to Review the Use of Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects to Promote Child Well-Being

Hearing to Review the Use of Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects to Promote Child Well-Being

The hearing will focus on State use of Title IV-E child waiver demonstration projects to enhance the outcomes of children that are known to the child welfare system.

Oregon Court of Appeals rules mother who tested positive for marijuana shouldn't lose kids

Oregon Court of Appeals rules mother who tested positive for marijuana shouldn't lose kids

The state cannot take children away from a mother who tests positive for marijuana use without evidence that shows her drug use endangers the children, the Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled.

ADHD meds help, but many parents still against them

ADHD meds help, but many parents still against them

Medication may be the most effective treatment for kids with ADHD but it’s not a cure-all, a new Consumer Reports survey shows.

Deaths highlight child protection flaws

Deaths highlight child protection flaws

Child protection services have again been criticised for failing to protect Victoria's most vulnerable children following a review of 16 deaths on the state's watch.

Mel Gets a Monitor for Daughter's Playdate

Mel Gets a Monitor for Daughter's Playdate

Nothing like a little quality time with your kid—and that Family Services-sanctioned observer person standing by the tree.
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EXCLUSIVE: Child Protective Services: Mel Gibson An Excellent Dad

Mel Gibson is viewed as an excellent father to his 8-month-old daughter Lucia by the Department of Children and Family Services, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.

Child Welfare Advocates Clash Over Rhode Island

Child Welfare Advocates Clash Over Rhode Island

With Rhode Island’s child welfare system facing a lawsuit by one advocacy group, another advocate has taken aim at both the state and the plaintiff.

N.C. receives unflattering ranking for child welfare

N.C. receives unflattering ranking for child welfare

North Carolina ranks near the bottom in the nation for child welfare.

Calgary mom fuming as Oregon sues for son's foster care costs

Calgary mom fuming as Oregon sues for son's foster care costs

A Calgary woman whose son was put into foster care by authorities in Oregon for nearly two years is "flabbergasted" that the state has filed a lawsuit to recover child support costs.

Monterey County jury convicts plumbing contractor of molesting foster sons

Monterey County jury convicts plumbing contractor of molesting foster sons

A Salinas plumbing contractor faces a possible sentence of 30 years to life in October after being convicted Wednesday of three felony counts of committing lewd acts on children under the age of 14.

THE ILLUMINATI FORMULA USED TO CREATE AN UNDETECTABLE MIND CONTROL SLAVE

THE ILLUMINATI FORMULA USED TO CREATE AN UNDETECTABLE MIND CONTROL SLAVE

Note: This is a book, that a friend of mine has turned me onto. I have not read it yet, but have heard enough.

Irish boy gets $9,700 in defamation suit

Irish boy gets $9,700 in defamation suit

An Irish 5-year-old was awarded $9,700 from a grocery store in an out-of-court settlement concerning false accusations of stealing a bag
of chips.

Bleed 'em and plead 'em: The plight of wrongly accused child molesters

Bleed 'em and plead 'em: The plight of wrongly accused child molesters

There may be no more explosive allegation than child sexual abuse. How do you fight it if you're innocent?
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The following is a letter to the editor that was left on this site.

Examples of what I was talking about

I talked about how well-intentioned activists were doing their best to convince people by propaganda tactics that every accusation is founded, and Alix Dobkowski provided a particularly perfidious example of it.

Alix Dobkowski especially. I mean he basically accuses people who speak out against false accusations (or rather "false" accusations according to him) of being child abusers only trying to protect themselves. He then also called people who want due process and presumption of innocence for the accused of being "child abuser-apologists". He also plays the numbers game by talking about the number of undeclared victims, as if a "false" victim having an innocent person put in jail was like a compensation for the victims who will never be revealed. It's just absurd.

The numbers game is common with activists. The principle is simple, try to shock people with the estimated prevalence of sexual abuse (and studies diverge a lot, you can find studies with prevalence rates going from 10% to above 70%) and sometimes, as a corollary, try to dismiss charges of false allegations by using extremely low percentages (the 2% false accusation figure for rapes, which doesn't come from anywhere but is only supported by how much activists repeat it). This is to send the message, "it happens often and it's unlikely to be false, so you should believe anyone who says they were". The intention is good, but the results may lead in fact to the presumption of guilt that innocent people, once accused, can never shake off, even if declared not guilty.

Cases should be judged on their own merit, not on perceptions of how often they happen.
—kchoze

http://letters.salon.com/news/feature/2010/07/26/unjustly_accused_child_abusers/view/index5.html?show=all

DCF Secretary to testify in D.C. on foster care

DCF Secretary to testify in D.C. on foster care

The head of the state's child welfare agency will testify in Washington D.C. about how states can use federal funds to keep children out of foster care.

Adoptive parents sentenced for abuse of boy, 9

Adoptive parents sentenced for abuse of boy, 9

The adoptive parents of a 9-year-old boy have been given lengthy prison terms after admitting they brutally abused the child, who came into their home in 2005 as a foster child.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Foster Children With Special Needs Benefit From Respite Care

The major difference between myself, and the normal person who might come across an article like the one I present to you in this post, is that I read these articles with a lot of preconceived notions. One of my preconceived notions, for example, is that these people are fakes and frauds. Another is that babystealers often lie. Another is that families are ripped apart for frivolous reasons. And finally, although I know that there are people out there who do want to help children, there are that many more who do if for the money.

Now keep these preconceived notions in mind when reading the following article, as it will help you to get my point later on in this post.

Foster Children With Special Needs Benefit From Respite Care

Special needs children in the foster system were notoriously hard to place. In some cases it was the fact that the conditions were so medically complex that the average foster parent felt ill at ease with the extensive nursing care required on a round the clock basis. Frequently the number of specialists, physicians, clinics, and rehab providers involved in the care were intimidating to the foster parent not simply because of the at home monitoring of the child that was required, but also because the time commitment that it would take to keep all the scheduled appointments appeared to be beyond the scope of one individual.


As you can see, from the first paragraph, the normal person is given a quick education as to a problem that they face in finding placements for children with the label of special needs. So in a sense, the author of this article is creating the preconceived notions that the normal person would need in order to understand of the rest of the article.

Not having any experience with CPS, the normal person is more likely to buy into the bullshit presented in articles like this. And why shouldn't they. Having no prior experience with the system, the normal person has no reason to believe anything other than, these people protect children from abuse and neglect.

In other words, they tell you what they want you to think, not what it is that you should know.

Now, not to switch gears or anything, but the second paragraph is interesting...

Since many willing foster parents either foster more than one child or have children of their own, engaging in the care of another child with a host of special needs is not always a viable option, in spite of their overall willingness to step up to the plate and make it happen. To this end many a program has been devised to offer fiscal incentives to prospective foster parents, but overall the results were dismal. Although more potential foster families could be recruited, the number of those looking for the fiscal remuneration as opposed to taking seriously their responsibility to the foster child also went up.


They actually talk about foster parents doing it for the money. That you don't come across very often.

Two young parents face off against DHS to regain custody of their twin boys.

Two young parents face off against DHS to regain custody of their twin boys.

Alyssa and Chris Weber had the same kindergarten teacher but they didn't meet until grade school. They started dating when she was a junior in high school.

Baby Sent to Foster Care for 57 Days Because Parents Are Blind

Baby Sent to Foster Care for 57 Days Because Parents Are Blind

For two months, as Erika Johnson ached to bond with her newborn baby and her breast milk dried up, her daughter remained in the custody of Missouri's Department of Social Services.

A question asked on Yahoo Answers

When do i know to call child protective services?

i'm 16 years old and i am getting scared of my parents. mainly i can't deal with them any more, they are so immature and i'm sick of it. example my dad gets home and gets drunk every night and watches tv. he got so upset once about the tv that he started yelling the f word and i could of swore he was going to hit me. no i would just leave and stay with an older friend. But i have two little brothers and i don't want to leave them behind. and i am considering calling Child protective services. What should i do? does anyone know the number to call? Thank you- Brent

Miami foster child wins Disney World trip for perfect FCAT score

Miami foster child wins Disney World trip for perfect FCAT score

A Miami foster child is celebrating at Disney World after a perfect FCAT score in math and reading.

Note: For every CPS success story, there are probably 10 failures.

Finding Missing Foster Children: Kids Who Disappear From State Care Often at Disadvantage

Finding Missing Foster Children: Kids Who Disappear From State Care Often at Disadvantage

For every Elizabeth Smart, there's an Amber Nicklas. For every Kyron Horman, there's a Patrick Alford. For every Caylee Anthony, there's a Rilya Wilson.

Foster care youth to address policymakers at MSU event

Foster care youth to address policymakers at MSU event

Foster care youth will have the opportunity to discuss their educational challenges with Michigan policymakers at a unique summer camp hosted by Michigan State University.

Foster youth funds shaved from budget

Foster youth funds shaved from budget

Most children and youth in California’s foster care system grow up with little say in the major decisions that affect their lives. When Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed funding for child welfare services that help ensure foster children and youth have their most basic needs met, he did so without consulting foster children, or even the state’s legislators who authorized the spending and sent a strong signal that meeting the critical needs of California’s abused and neglected youth is a top priority. [Bay Citizen recently covered an angry exchange during a meeting in April.]

Government Is Daring To Keep Children On Drugs

Government Is Daring To Keep Children On Drugs

Apparently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had at least heard about the suicide of Gabriel Myers.

Marriage counselor stabbed to death, husband arrested

Marriage counselor stabbed to death, husband arrested

Tonya Hunter-Lyons made a career out of helping people. She was the founder of the Bedford Heights marriage and family counseling service, Success 1. She counseled troubled marriages and families.

Family court service criticised over increased demand

Family court service criticised over increased demand

The agency which looks after children's interests in court has not dealt efficiently with an increase in cases since the death of Baby Peter in 2007, an audit finds.

Ohio Supreme Court: Rights of Biological Parents ‘Precious and Fundamental’

Ohio Supreme Court: Rights of Biological Parents ‘Precious and Fundamental’

This case out of the Ohio Supreme Court does little but suggests much (Leagle, 7/22/10). Reading the court’s dicta, i.e. the verbal embroidery with which it decorates its actual holding, fathers’ rights in adoption cases just got a huge boost.Back in July 2005, Susan Tuttle gave birth to a child. She was married to Jeremy Tuttle at the time and his name was placed on the birth certificate. The court’s recitation of facts leaves us to guess at just how and why certain events transpired, but, a month later, DNA testing on the baby had been performed. It showed that Tuttle was not the child’s father; Gary Otten was. Just who asked for the testing to be done is anyone’s guess. Whether Otten requested the testing or whether he even knew it had been done, the court doesn’t tell us.Whatever the case, not surprisingly, Jeremy Tuttle divorced Susan in November of that year. A little over a year later, Gary Otten filed a suit to establish his paternity rights and presumably to get some sort of a custodial order. But then Susan married another man, Kevin Crooks, who filed a petition to adopt the child who was then almost two years old. In order for Crooks to adopt the child, Otten’s parental rights would have had to be terminated by the probate court.At this point, it’s a good idea to recognize an important fact. There are two types of adoptions - stranger adoptions and non-stranger adoptions. Stranger adoptions are the kind most people tend to think about when they think about adoption. They’re the ones in which a couple adopts a child they don’t know, a child, in other words, who is a stranger to them.

MI Child Abuse – Fearful of Child Protective Services, Mother of Dominick Calhoun Failed to Seek Medical Attention

MI Child Abuse – Fearful of Child Protective Services, Mother of Dominick Calhoun Failed to Seek Medical Attention

Experienced child abuse lawyers in Michigan can commiserate¨C a parent who is confronted by Children’s Protective Services faces a terrifying experience. While some guardians may think that by avoiding reporting instances of abuse to the proper authorities they will also avoid criminal charges and the loss of parental rights, this is far from true. In fact, failure to bring up instances of child abuse or child neglect in Michigan will cause even harsher charges to be brought against you, as well as tarnish your reputation as a loving and protective parent.

Foster father guilty of fondling girl

Foster father guilty of fondling girl

A foster father who fondled a 14-year-old sleeping girl after drinking has avoided a prison sentence.

Antonovich calls for audit of county's child protection safety net

Antonovich calls for audit of county's child protection safety net

"Recent tragedies are the failure of a coordinated protocol of County departments who come into contact with abused and neglected children and their families," said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who with Supervisor Don Knabe, introduced a motion ordering an independent audit and recommendations to protect these children.

Demand On Child Protection Policies

Demand On Child Protection Policies

Three of Australia’s peak family welfare Not for Profit organisations – the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA), and Families Australia – have demanded that all Federal political parties urgently inform the Australian public about their plans to fix Australia’s crisis in child abuse and neglect in the lead up to the election.

Watson offers 14-year-old sailor advice

Watson offers 14-year-old sailor advice

Teenage sailor Jessica Watson says good preparation will be the key to a 14-year-old Dutch girl's bid to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world.

Finlay questions ability to protect children

Finlay questions ability to protect children

THE PUBLIC’S faith in Ireland’s child protection system has been shattered, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

Children’s Advocates Demand Swift Action as Abuse Rises in Atlanta Foster Care and Reforms Erode

Children’s Advocates Demand Swift Action as Abuse Rises in Atlanta Foster Care and Reforms Erode

Children in Atlanta foster care are suffering abuse and neglect in increasing numbers in their state-supervised foster homes and institutions, according to a new report issued today on the state-run Atlanta child welfare system — and advocates for the city’s vulnerable children are calling on state officials to act quickly to rectify this and other serious problems noted in the report.

Khyra Ishaq social workers should have saved starved girl

Khyra Ishaq social workers should have saved starved girl

Blundering social workers missed a string of chances to rescue a girl starved to death by her cruel mum, a damning report said yesterday.

Note: Damn you stupid blundering social working dumbasses! Can't get it right either way.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

State agency reports shortcomings in child abuse probe

State agency reports shortcomings in child abuse probe

A month after 2-year-old Deondray Ashe of Lakeland died from alleged child abuse, the Florida Department of Children and Families released its internal review of the agency's handling of the case while the boy's family was under investigation.

Teacher, former Big Brother and foster parent, charged with molestation

Teacher, former Big Brother and foster parent, charged with molestation

Prosecutors have charged a Union Public Schools special education teacher and former Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 2002.

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14-year-old Dutch girl Laura Dekker to sail solo around the world More at : 14-year-old Dutch girl Laura Dekker to sail solo around the world

14-year-old Dutch girl Laura Dekker to sail solo around the world

A Dutch court on Tuesday decided that a 14-year-old girl will be allowed to sail solo around the world, despite protests from child welfare organizations.

Murder of foster child leads to state investigation

Murder of foster child leads to state investigation

Five-year-old Emily Meno and her twin Tiffany were placed in the care of 30-year-old Joy Heaven several months ago. The placement was arranged by Bethany Christian Services, a private organization licensed by the Department of Human Services for foster care training and placement.

Libs demand release of child protection report

Libs demand release of child protection report

Tasmania's Opposition has accused the State Government of sitting on another report into child protection services in Tasmania.

Settlement Reached in Jon & Kate Custody War

Settlement Reached in Jon & Kate Custody War

As we previously reported, Jon filed documents in a Pennsylvania court back in April asking for primary custody of their eight kids -- and demanded an opportunity to renegotiate his child support obligations.

Our foster-care system fails kids and the city

Our foster-care system fails kids and the city

Cover your backside! It’s standard operating procedure for Family Court judges who want to stay in the good graces of the powers that be, the institutional honchos and other bigwigs who flex their muscles at reappointment time to make or break judicial careers.

Foster Child Suffers Burns, Lawsuit Filed

Foster Child Suffers Burns, Lawsuit Filed

An 11-year-old foster child suffered third degree burns over his entire body. Now his foster parents and the company that placed him in their care are at the center of a three million dollar lawsuit.

Arizona again lags in report on key aspects of child health

Arizona again lags in report on key aspects of child health

Arizona once again lags most of the country when it comes to key indicators of child health, development and well-being, according to an annual report released today.
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Michigan kids' well-being slips, U.S. report reveals

Job insecurity and infant mortality rates in Michigan hover above the national average, pushing Michigan's ranking in child well-being to its lowest level in more than a decade, according to the national Kids Count report released today.
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Alabama near bottom in child wellness rankings

Alabama ranks among the worst states in the nation on the number of babies born with low birth weights, its infant mortality rate and its teen death rate, according to an annual study.
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NM ranks near last in U.S. for child welfare

Despite bucking a national trend of increasing child poverty and a reduction in school drop-out rates, New Mexico ranks last or near-last in seven of 10 measures of child welfare, from teen deaths to proportion of children living in poverty, according to a report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Note: IMHO, they all suck.

Minnesota ranked 2nd in child welfare

Minnesota trails only New Hampshire in child welfare, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The state’s score in the KIDS COUNT Data Book is based on ten factors affecting children, from infant mortality and birth rate to teenage pregnancy and poverty levels.

Fixing a flawed system

Fixing a flawed system

Among the toughest decisions facing Clark County social workers is determining when it is appropriate to remove children from their households based on allegations of abuse or neglect. Many times, it takes nothing more than common sense to conclude that an abused child with obvious physical or emotional scars should be removed immediately from a dangerous home environment and placed in the child welfare system. On the other extreme are situations where all it takes is parental instruction on basic tasks such as housekeeping or knowing how to balance a checkbook to justify keeping children in their homes.

DOCS removed child by mistake

DOCS removed child by mistake

The State Opposition says mistakes made by the Department of Community Services over the removal of a young girl from her family should have been fixed earlier.

The Opposition's community services spokeswoman Pru Goward says a five year old girl was wrongly removed from her family and the mistake was only rectified after the intervention of the deputy ombudsman.

"This is a serious miscarriage of justice its a great abuse of power," she said.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Woman Who Stole From Abused Children Sentenced

Woman Who Stole From Abused Children Sentenced

A Lakewood woman who stole at least $20,000 from a program for abused children was sentenced Monday to two years in a jail work-release program.

Woman charged in death of Alberta foster child

Woman charged in death of Alberta foster child

More charges have been laid in connection with the death of an 18-month-old foster girl, at a licensed day home in Medicine Hat.

JACK CANFIELD - Positive Thinking for Self Esteem



This, BTW, was stolen from Tanya over at EX FOSTER KIDS UNITE. You should check out her blog.

Union: Cops Roughed Up Child-Protective Workers

Union: Cops Roughed Up Child-Protective Workers

Two Child Protective Workers were injured by Police Officers who were supposed to be assisting them in removing children from a home June 30, highlighting the dangers posed by their jobs and the vital need for police awareness in such situations, District Council 37 Local 371 President Faye Moore said last week.

Note: I do not have a subscription to this and have not seen the entire article. But I couldn't just leave it out either.

Counties fighting takeover of DSS by state

Counties fighting takeover of DSS by state

Colorado counties are weighing in with the state to keep their Social Services departments independent of state control following the passage of Colorado Senate Bill 10-171 last month.

Child Strangled by Happy Meal Toy, State Warns

Child Strangled by Happy Meal Toy, State Warns

Connecticut's Consumer Protection Commissioner has asked the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to consider taking a new toy found in McDonald's Happy Meals off the market.

Our children aren't sleeping and we're medicating them

Our children aren't sleeping and we're medicating them

New study from Hasbro Children's Hospital finds wide array of medication common practice for insomnia in children receiving mental health treatment

'Groundbreaking' new law will change definition of family

'Groundbreaking' new law will change definition of family

The B.C. government plans revolutionary changes to family law to better reflect the realities of modern society.

Another comment I must respond to...

Anonymous left a comment on this post, and since I'm in such a creative mood today, I will respond. It's actually been quite a while since I've done this.

Ok number one - I can DEFINITELY see your point that child protective services needs work to say the least. This, however; does NOT mean that ALL group homes and/ or people placing kids in group homes are bad. I for one know of at least one Gold Standard where the kids come first. PERIOD. End of discussion. Please- I would ask that you not Lump all Child advocates, social workers, child care experts, group home staff into the same lump of people as the ones who have failed in some way. - Gandhi put it best - "BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD"


Thank you Anonymous. I really do like your reference to Gandhi. And you are right.

Unfortunately, somebody's gotta shed a light on this mess. Might as well be me.

Children could suffer if Pa. doesn't get Medicaid money

Children could suffer if Pa. doesn't get Medicaid money

While summer might mean carefree days for most, watchdogs of a piece of federal legislation that has the potential to implode the state budget — as well as human services and education funding in the Lehigh Valley — are not breathing easily.

How to lie to a child in foster care about their situation

Daddy's View: A conversation with Jae

Jae: "I don't even know why I'm in foster care, it's so confusing. Do you know why I'm here?"
Brian: "Because it wasn't safe for you to be at your house anymore, Jae."
Jae: "But I felt safe, who says it's not safe?"
Brian: "The people who's job it is to keep you safe."

Note: I have become obligated to respond to a comment.
LK,
I am sorry if you have had a bad experience with the foster care system. But the fact is, is that it is necessary. If you knew some of the situations that children in our home had come out of, you would cringe - or at least you should.

I realize that the system isn't perfect - but if your alternative suggestion is that we leave children in homes where they will be killed or starved, then I think you've got some work to do on your argument.

We are simply doing our best to help and to love kids who cannot be at home right now. I'm sorry if you cannot appreciate that - I'm not asking you to. But I do request that you not use any of my blog posts on your blog without my express permission, and that you not slander my family for trying to do a good thing.

Thank you,
Maggie Popp
The original clip here honestly reminds me of a personal conversation I once had with my favorite babystealer and my total inspiration for Legally Kidnapped (yes you Sara) after flat out asking her, "What do you tell these kids about their situations?"

Her response was as canned as this foster dad's. "We tell them that we just want them to be safe."

I don't know about the rest of you, but to me, this is what is called a crock of shit.

First of all, kids are no safer in foster care then they are in their own homes. They're more likely to be drugged with psyche meds, they lack stability and bounce from home to home and school to school with nothing but the clothes on their backs and a trash bag or two of their personal belongings in toe. They're not only kept from their parents, but are often separated from their grandparents, siblings and any other family member who loves them. And there are all of these kind and loving people out there who just care for and love the children for the sort time that they are in their homes. And although every single one of them acknowledges that there are problems with the system, not one of them has ever seen a kid who was wrongfully removed and didn't really need to be in foster care.

"Oh it doesn't happen around here."

It's no wonder that by the time they're teenagers, a lot of them will be all doped in a group home.

Yet I'm the bad guy for using their own words against them like they did to me and I would imagine, do to you. I'm committing slander against somebody who indirectly tells a kid that their mommy is a dangerous person to be around.

You know, I don't set out to offend people, but I'm not going to avoid saying something just because it will. I learned a long time ago that you're not going to have an open and honest conversation about this issue without pissing somebody off. And I'm sorry if some foster parent or child welfare worker gets upset because I link to them, but in all honesty, they don't give a hoot about how you real parents feel, for if they did, they certainly wouldn't be bragging about their righteous and saintly work on a blog, now would they? Especially when they don't have enough faith in humanity to believe that just maybe this kid did feel safe in his own home and is simply suffering from some abuse caused form of PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, or RAD that had nothing to do with their time in the system or being ripped from their mothers arms, but instead should all be blamed on the parents.

That said, I know there are good foster parents out there who only want to help. I also know that there are bad ones. I know that there are good workers out there. I also know that there are bad ones. For a real parent or a foster child, it's like being forced into an out of control game of Russian Roulette. If you get a good one, you're lucky. If you get a bad one, you're screwed. Not to mention that telling the kids that they just want them to be safe helps to instill fear in the children in regards to their parents, I suppose helping along the parental alienation process, making way for the dreams of forever homes. Kids view it like this. Being kept safe from their parents means that their parents are bad people.

Perhaps it would be better to say something like, "I'm sure your mommy misses and loves you too, but she just can't take care of you right now." Instead they say, "Because it wasn't safe for you to be at your house anymore, Jae."

I think this kids words say it all. "But I felt safe, who says it's not safe?" This kid tells them that they're full of bologna in his own words, and it's a loving cute moment. I tell them the same thing in my own words, and I'm a horrible person for doing so.

I can't win either way.

So be it.

'Muddled child protection' plan revealed in Baby P-style probe

'Muddled child protection' plan revealed in Baby P-style probe

YOUNGSTERS could be at risk because of a muddled approach to child protection issues in the hierarchy of one of the Yorkshire coast's biggest employers, a report warned.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fathers’ rights activist taking political leap

Fathers’ rights activist taking political leap

Determined to have an impact on the appointment of judges in Massachusetts, a fathers’ rights activist from Natick is running for a seat on the Governor’s Council, which has final say over judicial nominations.f

Baby LK Report For July 25th 2010



Baby LK Report for July 25th 2010
For these stories and all the latest dirt on the child protective industry visit http://www.LegallyKidnapped.blogspot.com

This week:
The Britney Spears child abuse case is closed as unsubstantiated.

An foul mouthed 11 year old girl, who goes by the name of Jessy Slaughter makes a YouTube video that goes viral, prompting a CPS investigation and removal.

3 dead foster kids in one week.

A foster child beats his foster mother with a hammer.

And much much more.

Boy hanged self after visit from LA County workers

Boy hanged self after visit from LA County workers

Los Angeles County mental health and child abuse investigators looking into an 11-year-old boy's suicide threat said they didn't learn key information about an abusive stepfather who answered the door at his house until after the boy hanged himself, according to a report published Sunday.

Whistleblowers have nowhere to turn to challenge retaliatory suspensions

Whistleblowers have nowhere to turn to challenge retaliatory suspensions

George Sarris was proud of his job maintaining sophisticated, top secret reconnaissance planes at this Air Force base near Omaha.

Note: What do you think they'd do to a foster parent or a babystealer who blows the whistle on the fraud in child welfare?

Anybody?

Jardine: Child agency's secrecy irritates

Jardine: Child agency's secrecy irritates

By law, Stanislaus County Child Protective Services operates under a cloak of secrecy when it comes to specific families and their problems.

Note: And there lies the problem. Confidentiality laws are not in place to protect the children. They are in place to protect the agencies.

Transparency and accountability will expose widespread fraud, guaranteed.

Prison Shouldn't be a Bar to Motherhood

Prison Shouldn't be a Bar to Motherhood

Rigid foster care rules threaten to dissolve family ties when mothers are in prison or residential drug treatment. A new law in New York State takes steps to help these families weather the separation.

Former foster kid claims abuse

Former foster kid claims abuse

The state Department of Children & Families and Florida United Methodist Children's Home are being sued by a former foster child who says she was sexually abused while in foster care eight years ago.

Brothers in foster care in Muskogee missing since 2006-2007

Brothers in foster care in Muskogee missing since 2006-2007

Two teenage brothers in foster care here were reported missing five months apart in 2007.

New York, NY - $470 Million City Error Puts Charities in Chaos

New York, NY - $470 Million City Error Puts Charities in Chaos

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg prides himself on running an administration skilled at untangling the bureaucratic maze of one of the world’s great metropolises.

But a mistake in how the city planned to distribute $470 million for programs for children - ranging from family counseling to AIDS education - has left charities across the city in chaos.

Foster kids at 18 aren't ready to go it alone in the world

Foster kids at 18 aren't ready to go it alone in the world

Each year, more than 7,000 Wisconsin children are removed from their parents' homes and placed in foster care. Most of these children will live with relatives or foster parents for a short time and then be reunited with their families. Sometimes families can't be reunited and children are connected to new families through adoption.

Boy's suicide reveals continued problems with L.A. County social services

Boy's suicide reveals continued problems with L.A. County social services

Social workers met with 11-year-old hours before he hanged himself, but lacked access to key information on his case. Tablet computers sit unused and a database linking county agencies remains spotty.

Court ruling more reason for state lawmakers to scrutinize blacklist

Court ruling more reason for state lawmakers to scrutinize blacklist

Next session, Iowa lawmakers must finally tackle the state's child abuse registry. They need to ensure it's not too easy for Iowans to have their names placed on the registry. They need to make sure it's not too difficult to get names removed. They should start by re-examining the "burden of proof" required to place someone on the list - currently it's that abuse occurred "more likely than not" compared to the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard for finding someone guilty in court.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mommy's Time Out

Social worker arrested, accused of violent assault

Social worker arrested, accused of violent assault

Matthew Carlile, a Social Service Specialist at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in Sallisaw was arrested Saturday after he allegedly beat, shot at, and held his former girlfriend captive for hours.

Authorities said that Carlile, 35, called his former girlfriend, Carmen Parra, 39, of Sallisaw and asked her to come to his house. When she knocked on the door, Carlile answered it with a shotgun in his hand.

Fight against group homes echoes past efforts, presents challenges

Fight against group homes echoes past efforts, presents challenges

Three ordinary-looking houses in Elk Grove are about to get a lot more attention.

The homes, located on Cheer, Bangor, and Serafino courts are group homes operated by Mathiot Group Homes, a Sacramento-based company whose “focus is to treat teenagers with sexually oriented psychopathologies and abuse reactive youths,” according to its Web site.

Neighbors say foster parents were acting strangely



Fostering For The Money

Foster Parents Upset Over Late Payments



The Department of Child Services says processing problems held up payments to Indiana foster families.

Girl Gets Death Threats Over YouTube Videos

Girl Gets Death Threats Over YouTube Videos

A Marion County 11-year-old girl has been the subject of death threats after posting a series of controversial YouTube videos

Fewer Pa. children in foster care earns praise

Fewer Pa. children in foster care earns praise

Thanks to a host of new strategies -- the latest a reference guide for family court judges and child practitioners -- the state is improving the way cases involving neglected and abused children are handled both in the courtroom and outside it.

Release child welfare report: critics

Release child welfare report: critics

The same week a judge ordered a trial for two teens accused of murdering a man and woman in Sherwood Park after escaping a group home, critics called on the government to release a report on the state of Alberta's child-intervention system.

Man faces charges in severe beating

Man faces charges in severe beating

A 20-year-old Wilmington man has been charged with nearly bludgeoning his former foster mother and brother to death Friday morning, police said.

Amber White Removed From Home

Amber White Removed From Home

We have an update on the case of Amber White, 12. Her father says the state removed her and her little sister from the home. Lee White says for the second time in less than a week, his family has been ripped apart.

Child Protective Services - in DC CPS (CFSA) Corruption, Coverup and Criminals



Washington DC Child Protective Services (CFSA) clearly does not do ongoing criminal background checks on ALL of its employees, including its executives. Corrupt officials interferred with at least one investigation(s), and a call is made for reopening those investigations. Call on Mayor Adrian Fenty and the DC City Council to have an independent investigation. See related video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsPbPk...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Child Porn Probe at the Pentagon



A major federal investigation has found that dozens of military officials and defense contractors, including some with top-level security clearances, allegedly bought and downloaded child pornography on private or government computers.

Foster parents acted 'odd' the night toddler was killed

Foster parents acted 'odd' the night toddler was killed

A neighbor of Serenity Gandara’s foster parents said people noticed some strange things at the home hours before the girl was found dead. Patty Clemons is the next-door neighbor and friend of Carla and Alberto Garcia, the couple accused in the murder of their niece, 3-year-old Serenity Gandara, whom they were fostering.

Stop Medicaid Fraud in Child Welfare



Here's the link. http://www.scribd.com/doc/34791882/Stop-Child-Medicaid-Fraud

N.J. child welfare agency ends relationship with nonprofit Heart Gallery

N.J. child welfare agency ends relationship with nonprofit Heart Gallery

New Jersey’s child welfare agency has severed its five-year relationship with the Heart Gallery, a nonprofit company that created nationally acclaimed traveling photo exhibits featuring hundreds of foster children in need of a permanent home, state officials confirmed.

Is it just me, or is their something just a wee bit creepy about this person?



Remember the other day I posted this link from a new foster parent blog who they wouldn't give a kid to??? Unfreaking believable: Latest foster care frustration

Well, hold on to your lunch because her prayers were answered.

First day of foster parenting our little China doll

And yes folks, I'm afraid we got us another one of these.

Native American Children Involved in the Dependency Court

Native American Children Involved in the Dependency Court

This issue of The Judges' Page is dedicated to informing judges about the Indian Child Welfare Act. Our thanks go to Donna Goldsmith Esq., who took the lead on securing articles and offered her expertise and oversight in editing this issue.

Mel Gibson Extortion Case Builds Steam

Mel Gibson Extortion Case Builds Steam

Everyone knew it was coming, and now it’s here: A “source” tells THR of a text sent from Oksana Grigorieva to Mel Gibson explaining her recording of conversations that have all but devastated his career: “[Y]ou broke your agreement with me.” Agreement? What agreement? How about a secret $15 million agreement?

Mel Takes Action After Oksana Alleges More Abuse

Adults more prone to 'false memory'

Adults more prone to 'false memory'

Adults are worse at remembering negative or stressful events than children are, a finding that could impact the criminal justice system, a study says.

Scottish Police and Social Worker ‘Broke Almost All the Rules’ in Attempt to Frame Dad for Sexual Abuse of Daughter

Scottish Police and Social Worker ‘Broke Almost All the Rules’ in Attempt to Frame Dad for Sexual Abuse of Daughter

The following is an article by Fathers & Families Board Member, Robert Franklin, Esq.:

Here it is 2010. It’s been over 20 years since the McMartin Preschool, Fells Acres and other scandals sent innocent people to prison for sexual abuse of children that never took place. The primary weapon used against them was the manner in which children were induced to make up fictional abuse and then testify to it in court.

Types of Evaluations in Dependency Court

Types of Evaluations in Dependency Court

Evaluations can be helpful and necessary in many types of dependency cases. In any written evaluation report, the evaluator describes the methods used and the reasoning for conclusions and recommendations. The specific purpose of the evaluation will dictate what type of assessment methods and what type of professional is necessary. A mental health, psychiatric or psychological evaluation addresses an individuals’ mental and emotional status, provides diagnostic information and makes appropriate recommendations.

National Federation of the Blind Successful in Returning Infant to Her Parents - Family Reunited After Wrongful Seizure of Child.

National Federation of the Blind Successful in Returning Infant to Her Parents - Family Reunited After Wrongful Seizure of Child.

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and its Missouri affiliate announced today that they have succeeded in a legal fight to bring a two-month-old infant, Mikaela Sinnett, home to her parents, Blake Sinnett and Erika Johnson of Independence. The NFB of Missouri hired an attorney to assist the couple after Mikaela was taken from them at Centerpoint Hospital almost immediately after she was born. For fifty-seven days the couple, both of whom are blind, were allowed to visit their child in foster care but were not allowed to bring her home. The sole reason given by Missouri's Department of Social Services was that the couple was blind and could not properly care for Mikaela without the assistance of a sighted person twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. An evidentiary hearing was scheduled for July 20, but at the last minute the state of Missouri dismissed the case against the couple.

A more compassionate child welfare system

A more compassionate child welfare system

At the beginning of the O'Malley-Brown administration, Maryland had far too many children in foster care, too many foster children in group homes and too few foster parents. The law virtually required the Department of Human Resources to license any new group home meeting minimum standards, despite the fact that most of the state was already oversaturated with group homes. Our procedures for processing applications for social service programs were outdated and inefficient. It had been more than 20 years since the law was changed to update the amount of child support a parent had to pay.

Urban Foster Child Abuse Spikes

Urban Foster Child Abuse Spikes

A report by federal monitors says foster children in Fulton and DeKalb counties are being abused and neglected at the highest rate in four years.

Foster Child Beat Woman, Son With Hammer: Police

Foster Child Beat Woman, Son With Hammer: Police

The former foster son of an elderly Delaware woman is accused of brutally beating her and her grown son.

Family Focus: After Years In Foster System, ‘At-Risk’ Teen Is Adopted

Family Focus: After Years In Foster System, ‘At-Risk’ Teen Is Adopted

In Mecklenburg County, more than 300 foster care children are waiting for adoption, and 26 are in a special at-risk unit.

Former CAS wards seek billions in lawsuit

Former CAS wards seek billions in lawsuit

The Attorney General of Canada is appealing a judge’s decision to allow former wards of the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) to move forward with a class action lawsuit.

Pentagon workers tied to child porn

Pentagon workers tied to child porn

Federal investigators have identified several dozen Pentagon officials and contractors with high-level security clearances who allegedly purchased and downloaded child pornography, including an undisclosed number who used their government computers to obtain the illegal material, according to investigative reports.

'HSE is incapable of protecting children,' says expert

'HSE is incapable of protecting children,' says expert

ONE of the experts reviewing the deaths of children in care has claimed that the HSE is incapable of fulfilling its role of protecting children.

Stories detail DHS shortcomings

Stories detail DHS shortcomings

Three state lawmakers from Larimer County heard story after story Thursday afternoon from parents and those who have been "entangled" with the county's Department of Human Services calling for additional oversight of the agency.

I-Team: Data Reveal Cracks in Child Welfare System

I-Team: Data Reveal Cracks in Child Welfare System

Metro Police Captain Vincent Cannito went before state lawmakers late last month. His mission: to confront the status quo.

"I just want to stress how failed the system is," Captain Cannito told lawmakers.

Foster child abuse reported up in 2 Ga. counties

Foster child abuse reported up in 2 Ga. counties

A report by federal monitors says foster children in Fulton and DeKalb counties are being abused and neglected at the highest rate in four years.

Foster care abuse and neglect up in Fulton and DeKalb

Legislators open discussion on child welfare

Legislators open discussion on child welfare

Local lawmakers are praised for planning a public forum today to allow residents to voice concerns about child welfare issues.

Texas Supreme Court Rules: Children in Prostitution are Victims, Not Criminals

Texas Supreme Court Rules: Children in Prostitution are Victims, Not Criminals

The Supreme Court of Texas in a decision in the Matter of B.W.” held on June 18, 2010 that because a 13 year old child cannot consent to sex as a matter of law…B.W. cannot be prosecuted as a prostitute.

Former Foster Dad Sentenced for Sex Abuse

Former Foster Dad Sentenced for Sex Abuse

It is sentencing day for a local man who admits to sexually abusing three of his own foster children.

Joshua Thomas Friar will spend nearly 20 years in prison for what the victims' families call the ultimate abuse of trust.

CYFS destroys fathers and children

CYFS destroys fathers and children

How far will a father go to protect his little girl?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

1968 Nixon VS. Humphrey VS. Wallace

An old presidential campaign ad.



The use of children in fear mongering.

Teen Ghost Hunters Jump off Cliff Fleeing 'Haunted' Sanatorium

Teen Ghost Hunters Jump off Cliff Fleeing 'Haunted' Sanatorium

Three teenagers were seriously injured when they jumped off a cliff while trying to outrun police.
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Police spotted the boys shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday in Hubbard Park near the former Undercliff Sanatorium for children.

In 1918, the facility became first sanatorium in the country devoted exclusively to children.
As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.

- Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler

Woman gets $219,000 in child case

Woman gets $219,000 in child case

A federal jury on Wednesday awarded $219,000 to a woman who claimed Luzerne County Children and Youth Services improperly denied her foster care payments for caring for her sister’s children.

Search is on for foster parents

Labor Dept: Gosselin Kids Aren't Being "Unlawfully Exploited"

Labor Dept: Gosselin Kids Aren't Being "Unlawfully Exploited"

The show will go on for Kate Gosselin's 6-year-old sextuplets.

Despite recent complaints from State Rep. Thomas Murt, the reality kids' work permits to appear on TLC's Kate Plus 8 are legal and valid -- so says Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry.

DCF Accused Of Not Inspecting Day Cares



Some workers with the Department of Children and Families face allegations of failing to inspect day care centers and forging signatures.

Innocent man may be labeled a sex offender for 'rest of his life'

Innocent man may be labeled a sex offender for 'rest of his life'

It has been a nightmare for Dan Wheeler for 15 years. It started with his wallet being stolen from his truck, and his identity stolen. Usually the trouble that follows has to do with bank or credit fraud, but Wheeler says his identity was stolen by a sex offender who was arrested and used Wheeler's name as an alias.
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Since then, Wheeler has been fighting desperately to get his identity back. He has a difficult timing getting any kind of job that involves a background check, and was recently rejected as a foster parent -- all because of a case of stolen identity.

Over 5 Million Children Caught Up In Illegal Immigration Debate

Over 5 Million Children Caught Up In Illegal Immigration Debate

The national immigration debate largely focuses on adults. But there are more than five million children living in the U.S. whose parents are here illegally. When those parents are deported, many of those young people are left to fend for themselves.

State shuts group home during investigation

State shuts group home during investigation

A group home in Johnston for at-risk adolescent boys has been at least temporarily closed by the state.

Police: Burlington Teens Run Away From Group Home

Police: Burlington Teens Run Away From Group Home

Police are looking for two girls last seen at their group home on Beaumont Avenue.

Mothers, Men, and Child Protective Services Involvement

Mothers, Men, and Child Protective Services Involvement

This study used data on 2,297 families from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study to examine whether Child Protective Services (CPS) involvement varies by maternal relationship status.

The Underground World of CPS

The Underground World of CPS

It is amazing to me all the road blocks that Sacramento County CPS puts up to make it nearly impossible for a parent to assert their rights and fight for what is rightfully theirs--their children. In the past four years I have seen, heard, and experienced things that would ignite fear and furor in Americans…if only they knew about it. However, these actions of which I speak are closely guarded under the cloak of confidentiality that hides Juvenile Dependency Court and involuntary child custody proceedings from the public. At first guess, you assume that this so-called “confidentiality” is in place to protect the children in these cases. However, it doesn’t take long for a person to realize the protection is not for the children but rather the protection of CPS and their corrupt policies and actions.

'Foster mom pushed child before death'



Joy Heaven appeared to be fighting back tears as she was formally charged Wednesday with felony murder in the death of her foster daughter. The 30-year-old appeared in 63rd District Court to face the charges of murder while committing child abuse.

Bond Set at $10,000 for Foster Mother Charged with Open Murder

Police Captain Charged With Child Seduction





A Shelbyville police captain has been charged with child seduction.

Parents concerned about full body scanning at airport



A mother compares the full body scans at airport security to child porn.

Why won't CPS relase information about foster child death?

Why won't CPS relase information about foster child death?

Child Protective Services will not reveal whether it had received reports of previous abuse at the foster home where 3-year-old Serenity Garcia was found dead Sunday.
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"The law protects children that come into the child protective services system by protecting their confidentiality, and children in care, who are in foster care, have the right to privacy and the laws are set up for the protection of the children," she said.

Note: Oh bullshit! The laws are set up to protect the agencies from having to incriminate their workers, and exposing their fraud.

Suburban Chicago man finds biological father

Suburban Chicago man finds biological father

Having lost the adoptive parents who raised him to adulthood over the past couple years, Joe Dus of Schaumburg grew weary of watching his family diminish.

Adoption fees at private agencies hiked for first time in decade

Adoption fees at private agencies hiked for first time in decade

MANITOBANS looking to adopt a child through a private agency will see their fees rise by more than 50 per cent.

On Wednesday, Family Services Minister Gord Mackintosh approved the first increase in private adoption fees in more than a decade.

Fees for private adoptions within Manitoba will be allowed to rise to $8,500 from $5,500. Agency fees for international adoptions will soar to $8,800 from $5,800.

Birth father in custody case shuns spotlight

Birth father in custody case shuns spotlight

The more that Stacey Doss goes public with her Dayton custody battle, the more the birth father, Benjamin Mills Jr., is attempting to go private.

Mel Gibson Saga: When is it legal to record a conversation?

Mel Gibson Saga: When is it legal to record a conversation?

Today we've got another attorney guest post looking at a ripped-from-the-headlines issue: when can you record a phone conversation without telling the other person? Joshua Briones and Ana Tagoryan are lawyers in the LA office of DLA Piper...

Mel Gibson Interviewed by Child Protective Services

Couple retains child custody after court ruled they obtained custody by fraud

Couple retains child custody after court ruled they obtained custody by fraud

A woman called 17 News regarding a custody battle involving her grandson. A brutal three-year long court battle is brewing over custody of 3-year-old Kadyn Riley.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

We Got Us Another Winner

Meet whoever this is. A wannabe foster caregiver who is all up in arms becasue they won't give her a kid.

Waaaa!

Unfreaking believable: Latest foster care frustration

MP urges fines for credit card firms over child porn

MP urges fines for credit card firms over child porn

Credit card firms should be fined if their products are used to buy images showing child sex abuse online, an MP has said.

Foster mother arraigned for death of 5 year old

Foster mother arraigned for death of 5 year old

A foster mother who police say is responsible for the death of the five-year-old girl in her care has been arraigned on a charge of felony murder.

Too old for foster care, youths struggle

Too old for foster care, youths struggle

A growing number of youths in Michigan are reaching adult age while in foster care, a situation experts fear leaves them vulnerable to homelessness, poverty and incarceration.

More Mich. teens age out of foster care

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