Thursday, June 30, 2011
A former foster child says Nova Scotia's Department of Community Services is withholding information that would help her understand her own life.
Susan Willis, a former case worker in the Department of Human Resources (DHR) Office of Child Support Services, pled guilty yesterday to Theft by a Government Employee in Mitchell County Superior Court.
A Navarre man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole for sexually battering a foster child in his custody.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services confirmed the identities of four employees involved in the case of a child who died while in her father's care.
A new state law requiring all welfare applicants to be drug-tested goes into effect today — even as opponents say the statute is riddled with problems and will not withstand a legal challenge.
Two years after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) promulgated the Law on Child Protection, an estimated 3,000 children remain in prisons across the country.
GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann revealed she once had a "devastating" miscarriage, which ultimately helped shape her views on abortion.
Wednesday night at a campaign event in Rock Hill, S.C., GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann revealed that a miscarriage she had decades ago shaped her views on abortion and led her to become a foster mother to 23 children.
Note: I thought God told her to do it.
Is the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services going to be allowed to brazenly disregard the law? In 2007 state legislators passed a bill that required DCFS to make public its files if a child under its care died. So when 3-year-old Joseph Schoolfield died in 2009, DCFS should have released his entire case file except for some exempt items such as medical reports. Instead it recently released a report that condensed hundreds of pages of records into an 11-page summary.
Revelations that six children in provincial care died last year and 20 were hospitalized have critics demanding the removal of the veil of secrecy over Alberta Children and Youth Services.
Pressure on the social care system created by the intense media glare is a force for good and can help improve a “failing and depleted” system, according to a top child protection specialist.
Celebrity megamum Nadya Suleman says her dream of having a big family has turned into a nightmare as she struggles to raise her eight babies and six older children as a single parent.
Hustling to make a Friday deadline, state social service officials met Wednesday to map out and get last-minute public input on broad policy guidelines as Florida begins drug testing new applicants for welfare benefits.
The Department Of Child And Families and more power then any agency within the United States of America other then the Secret Service or anything related to "Home Land Security" .
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Laura Coulthard, director of Sacramento County's Child Protective Services, has taken an extended leave of absence from the agency, officials confirmed Tuesday.
Grandparents are protesting cuts to a state program that provided training, education and support groups for grandparents who are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren, Grandparents raising kids among victims of budget ax – Times Union.
A recent audit found that investigations of reported child abuse and reviews of death cases by the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services are not living up to state law, although the agency has made improvements in recent years.
SOCIAL workers are on a collision course with the HSE over a new standardisation process for dealing with child protection cases, including sexual abuse cases.
Women's rights campaigners see the creeping criminalisation of pregnant women as a new front in the culture wars over abortion
Nearly half of all American high school students smoke, drink alcohol, or use illicit drugs, according to a new report. And one in four who started using these substances before they turned 18 may become addicts.
Sharon Shoesmith has defended two of Baby P's social workers after they were granted leave to appeal against an employment tribunal judgment that they were fairly sacked.
For students in foster care, staying in school can be difficult when moving around different homes is part of their reality. Less than a third of students in foster care graduated on time in 2010, and about a quarter dropped out of high school.
With the start of a new law Friday requiring applicants for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program to test for drugs, a new rule will also require that anyone who fails, be reported to the state’s child abuse hotline.
The average social worker is dealing with between 20 and 30 cases at any time in 57 local authorities across England, a report by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) has found.
THE Haringey council chief who became a figure of hate after the death of Baby P today defended the social workers who were sacked over the tragedy.
Halle Berry filed documents in family court this morning accusing baby daddy Gabriel Aubry of violating the terms of their custody agreement regarding three-year old daughter Nahla. TMZ says:
Halle Berry Files Claims On Ex-Boyfriend For Violating Child Custody Agreement
Custody Battle Between Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry Gets Uglier
A mother-of-six who claimed more than £62,000 in benefits for nine children she invented was jailed for eight months today.
Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who announced her candidacy for the 2012 presidential election, would do well to clarify the items below. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, a well-known New York Times reporter, interviewed Bachmann on one of her frequent claims:
Note: Michelle Bachmann is a bought and sold system suck who uses her time as a foster parent to propel herself to the moral high-ground, disregardless of the fact that like any other foster parent she is aiding and abetting the child protective industry in the stealing of your children.
Julie Bender glows when she talks about her grandson, Travon Jackson. Travon graduated from Troy High School last week and will attend Morehouse College in Atlanta on a full academic scholarship in September.
Two Yukon foster parents accused of gross child abuse are expected to be in court on Wednesday.
As far as first attempts at parenting go, things didn't go so well recently for a Staunton man.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Most parents spank their kids – I was truly surprised to hear this statement today, via an article in Time.com’s Healthland. Was I naive in thinking that with all our focus on child-centered parenting philosophies and positive discipline, that spanking was solidly out of style?
A preliminary examination will be held next month for a Detroit woman accused of firing a gun at police officers who were carrying out a court order to take her daughter, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
Let's say you're a single mother with four kids at home. This is very common.
When two 15-year-old girls in Treatment Foster Care placed in the home of Evelyn Miranda in San Patricio were charged with her murder June 9, questions started flying about agency procedures and oversight.
Child Protective Services, or CPS, is the California agency charged with intervening in homes where child abuse and/or neglect occurs. In extreme cases, CPS will remove the child from the home and make alternate living arrangements. Because of its important role in family matters, CPS often has information that can be useful in the court system. To acquire a CPS file regarding a particular child, a subpoena form specifically designed for documents is necessary.
An Ontario justice of the peace has dismissed a private prosecution charge brought against the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa by a former Crown ward after the society failed to provide him with a list of its members’ names and contact information.
"I'm sorry," Joseph Leonard Larson said today in Ramsey County District Court as he was about to be sentenced for sexually abusing two boys he was supposed to care for as a foster parent. "The impact of my crime on everyone is untold. I've lost family, friends, my sense of self."
Her life was turbulent from the beginning. Shannon Aumock was given up for adoption when she was 3 years old. Then by 10, her adoptive parents gave her back to the state. By 16, she was dead -- the victim of murder.
Joseph L. Larson never admitted he abused two foster children, but Ramsey County District Judge Joanne Smith said if the case had gone to a jury she expects he would have been found guilty.
It has been said that those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. The purpose and intention of bill S1570 is to clarify and correct New Jersey law and its implementation by the Department of Children and Families. Sadly, recent history has shown us that child protection professionals’ possible misunderstanding of the use of the term “unfounded” in child abuse investigative reports may have resulted in failure to protect some abused and neglected children from continued risk of maltreatment and even death.
The battle over Nahla rages on.
During a Tuesday appearance in family court, Oscar winner Halle Berry accused her ex, Gabriel Aubry, of violating the April custody agreement involving their 3-year-old daughter
Charlie Sheen's ex orders Warner Bros to pay her $55k-a-month child support directly from his severance pay
Brooke Mueller is so worried that ex-husband Charlie Sheen won't pay her child support that she's persuaded a judge to order Warner Bros. to send $55,000 of Charlie's money to her every month.
On the back of revelations that Indonesian teenagers are being housed in adult prisons, there have been calls this week by the Children's Commissioners for Queensland and New South Wales for a national children's watchdog. And on this site Dr Lynette Buoy, the CEO of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare has drawn attention to the Victorian Government's inquiry into vulnerable children.
ABC News' George Stephanopoulos said the media plans on investigating all 23 of Michele Bachmann's foster children, tries to get her to say she'd eliminate the minimum wage, tries to stir up trouble between her and Palin, and debates her about the founding fathers and slavery.
A San Francisco social worker charged with overseeing foster care of a twin boy and girl who were tortured in their Antioch home for years once told their foster mother that if the girl acted up in her house, "she would hit her, too," a defense attorney said Tuesday at the opening of Shemeeka Davis' sanity trial.
Melonie Ware was a daycare provider in Georgia who was sentenced to life in prison for shaking a nine-month-old baby to death in 2004. But in a 2009 retrial, a court declared that the medical examiner's findings were insufficient, concluding that the baby most likely died because complications due to sickle-cell anemia, and acquitted Ware.
A leading specialist in child protection estimates 10% of New Zealand children are brought up in abusive households.
The comment was made on Tuesday, at the inquest in Auckland into the deaths of Cru and Chris Kahui, three-month-old twins who died from traumatic head injuries in 2006.
Note: How much do you think this person got to sign off on this study?
Mama Bachmann's 23 foster children not immune from press inquiry
Fewer health professionals will come forward as expert witnesses in child protection cases after losing their anonymity and immunity from being sued, the chief executive of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has warned.
Wow. This is one I didn’t see coming. It never occurred to me. This article tells us about yet another outrage of the foster care system - identity theft (Sacramento Bee, 6/26/11).
Starting next month, Florida's social service agency will refer every welfare applicant who fails a drug test to a child abuse hotline.
Failed drug test risky for parents
The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare is calling on the Victorian Government to establish an independent children's guardian as part of an overhaul of the state's child protection system.
The manager of the state’s child abuse hotline was fired Monday, making her the first casualty in the scandal surrounding a mishandled hotline call about an 8-year-old Irvington girl found dead in her home nine days later.
Sudden child deaths are often assumed to be murder and caregivers are frequently the accused. FRONTLINE, ProPublica and NPR investigate, uncovering evidence of questionable convictions...
House Bill 604 creates the Foster Care and Adoptive Parents Recruitment and Retention Fund.
There are more than 10,000 Missouri children in foster care. Of those, approximately 1,400 will not be able to return safely to their homes and are awaiting adoptive families. Missouri lawmakers are trying to help that situation and get more kids into good homes.
Note: notice how this article assumes that foster homes are good.
The man in charge of Jersey's historic child abuse inquiry has said he hopes a fresh investigation into how money was spent would "clear things up".
At the 10thanniversary celebration of the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independent Program (independent living) in December 2009, Senator Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Landrieu (D-LA) announced the creation of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. The purpose of this caucus is to focus on the needs of older youth in foster care and on those of young adults who “age-out” of the system.
A SOCIAL worker for Birmingham City Council was hauled before a misconduct committee after receiving a police caution for conning a high street store out of £15.
Monday, June 27, 2011
As the debate over deficits ramped up in Washington on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders laid out the compelling case not to slash programs for working families. Any deficit reduction package must rely on new revenue for at least half the reduction in red ink, he added in a major address in the Senate. Sanders spoke at length about what caused deficits (wars, Wall Street bailouts, tax breaks for the rich) and how to shrink them (more revenue from the wealthiest Americans to match spending cuts). He urged fellow senators not to yield to Republican congressional leaders who "acted like schoolyard bullies" when they walked out of budget negotiations. He summed up the situation in a letter to the president that had been signed by more than 16,000 people by the time he completed his speech.
Two weeks ago, Care2 reported that Spanish social services had taken a baby away because her mother refused to wean. The mother, known as Habiba, had moved into a women’s shelter in Madrid with her 15 month old daughter, known as Alma. On May 31, Habiba’s daughter was taken away from her because she refused to forcibly wean her baby. Habiba was also criticized for cosleeping with her baby instead of putting her in a cot. On June 22, they were finally reunited after a social services committee overturned the earlier removal.
We've written before about growing concerns over the competence, ethics, and eccentricities of psychological experts tasked with making decisions in California's family courts. These experts make enormously consequential recommendations to judges in disputed child-custody cases, but some question whether the decisions they make are always based on sound methods.
Chuck Liddell got smacked around by his baby mama in court today -- when an L.A. judge ordered the fighter to pay $6,000 per month in child support after Chuck no-showed to the hearing.
Bristol Palin doesn't accuse the father of her baby, Levi Johnston, of date rape, but does say she felt her virginity was stolen. She was drunk and to her, that's how it felt.
The Supreme Court said Monday it will take another look at government efforts to regulate profanity and sexual content on broadcast television.
Unemployment continues to hover around nine percent and job creation is so slow, it'll be years before we get back the seven and a half million jobs lost in the Great Recession. American families have been falling out of the middle class in record numbers.
An investigation by B.C.’s child-welfare watchdog says a teen girl with Down syndrome, who was left alone with her mother’s decomposing body, was neglected by the system for about three years before her mother’s September 2010 death in a mobile-home park at Cultus Lake.
In the interest of public safety, someone spilled the beans.
Washington State Patrol technicians deployed a “disrupter” bomb detonator this morning in the parking lot next to the Adult and Child protective services building at 208 W. Poplar St.
Note: Seems like CPS is getting a wee bit paranoid these days. But why?
A California appeals court has rejected a bid by Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend to remove his attorneys from a contentious child custody case because she consulted with one of their law partners.
THE definition of child abuse will be expanded to include witnessing domestic violence, under a bill to be introduced to the Senate, strengthening the Family Court's ability to protect children from violent homes.
Earlier this year, a four-page document with a bland title, "Stipulation for Dismissal with Prejudice," was filed in a civil matter percolating on the King County Courthouse's ninth floor. Hardly anyone took notice. Most everyone had moved on.
Earlier this year, a four-page document with a bland title, "Stipulation for Dismissal with Prejudice," was filed in a civil matter percolating on the King County Courthouse's ninth floor. Hardly anyone took notice. Most everyone had moved on.
Human trafficking is flourishing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Iran, with little effort by the countries' governments to combat it, the U.S. State Department said Monday.
Casey Anthony Trial: Rubbernecking Orlando's Newest Tourist Attraction
The Casey Anthony trial is becoming a tourist draw. Long lines in Orlando are nothing new, but there are no animatronics here - no singing animals or amiably drunken pirates - only the defendant, whose world may be very small for a very long time if she is convicted of killing Caylee Marie, her 2-year-old daughter.
South Korea is on the verge of changing its reputation as the world’s leading baby exporter to a world leader in grassroots adoption reform. The first-ever birth mother, unwed mother, and adoptee co-authored bill is moving toward a National Assembly vote with government sponsorship.
The troops returning from Afghanistan this year face a bleak homecoming: the nation's commitment to their families is flagging--particularly at the broken-down schools that serve soldiers' kids.
Victoria's child protection system could be improved if government decisions could be independently reviewed, according to submissions to be made to a Melbourne inquiry.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Korean Air flight KA02 took University of Nevada, Reno graduate Nathan Sung Budziak to Seoul, South Korea, on April 23.
I’ve written before about the Urban Institute study that shows that, when they’re thinking of taking a child from its mother, or have done so, child welfare agencies routinely ignore the father as a possible placement. Instead they go straight to foster care to meet the child’s needs. The Urban Institute found that, even though they know the identity of the father in over 85% of cases, he’s contacted in fewer than half.
I am a parent, along with his mother, of a 13 1/2 year old boy with non verbal LF Autism. His long time pediatrician turned us in behind our back to social services because we rescheduled an annual physical. She also told them that we were homeschooling him. This all started three years ago yesterday.
Since then, he has been court ordered to attend public school, which he has been doing. We were court ordered a typical “service plan” that they give all parents of children they take away. Try to say their crazy and need mental health care so on and so on. It never ends with what they come up with to keep the child away longer and longer.
We have jumped through all of their hoops and complied with every single court order and have gone through two Guardian Ad Litems, the first one quit because he could not deal with it and this is our second caseworker. The first one we had lied constantly about us in all of her court reports and to everyone she talked to.
She stayed on our case longer than she was legally by DDHS policy, supposed to just so she could take our son away. Once she accomplished that, she quit her job to work for the Rocky Mountain Children’sLaw Center. Talk about a hypocrite. Her name is Sarah Dambrov. Our current GAL, Marne Melun and caseworker, Annette ware, is refusing to give our son back. Along with the Magistrate who seems to always side with state no matter what.
He’s in a horrible group home, where he does not belong, for over a year now because he missed some school in the year before this last school year. He has a safe, loving, home to be in, but they want to continue to warehouse him in a neglectful, loud, chaotic, broken down group home.
He has SID, sensory integration disorder, and now he has SIB, self injurious behavior, due to being in that group home.
There are boys there who are screaming and screeching all day long and it bothers our child so bad that he will scratch up his back.
He does not belong there or in ANY other foster care place. He loves and needs us and we love and need him. He shows us every time we visit him at that crappy group home full of noise, flies and germs, safety hazards, violation codes, etc.
He gets sick very easily and he has been sick the entire time he has been there.
They also neglected his hands which would get dry and crack and get infected. He has sensitive skin and they have been told this over and over again. They ignored his hands even though we told them about his hands and the infected cuts. He ended up getting Cellulitis in both hands and had to be treated at the Children’s Hospital’s Burn Center for 2 months and have his hands, which are everything to him, wrapped completely in casts. He has suffered so much due to that group home being neglectful, having no knowledge of Autism and their special needs, not having enough staff on hand, on and on and on.
They of course took no responsibility for what they caused, whether it was caused purposely or not. They are responsible for everything that happens to those boys who are supposed to be in their care 24/7. They are all Line Of Sight children.
His front tooth has broken off and been fixed four different times since he has been in that group home and yet no one knew what happened or how it happened. They also have safety code violations galore in that home and if you tell anyone in authority, they get revenge on you.
He has NEVER had any of those kinds of health problems or incidents when he lived at home with us. He would get sick from being at school, that’s it. Now he is sick all the time from living with 10 boys/men in that group home. I say men because they range in ages from 10-21. He has to share a room with 3-4 other boys which is ridiculous. Also because Sarah, the first caseworker court ordered him to have his own bedroom when he was living here at home. Now look, and SHE did it.
The magistrate refuses to agree that he should be brought home now. She always sides with “them”. The evil ones.
The court appointed lawyer doesn’t do much at all. Every time we try and get a new judge, GAL, caseworker, lawyer, we are talked out of it, or simply told we can’t.
The latest is that the group home has kicked me, his other parent, out of the group home for telling a screaming boy/man, 20 years old, to stop screaming and be quiet because he was disturbing our child, causing him to scratch up his back and making it bleed. They didn’t care that this other “boy” in this group home was screaming his guts out and upsetting our boy.
An overkill, haste and petty reaction to something that they should have helped taken care of. The assistant to the group home, Leah Bennett, called the caseworker, the director, and the police because a parent was frustrated that they weren’t doing anything to help the situation. They didn’t care that our child was scratching up his back and making it bleed because of this other 20 year old.
Playing favorites are they? We asked them to help over and over but they would not do anything to try to help. They refused to talk to me about the situation and my stress from my child being upset and in pain because of this child/man. All that group home does is make up lies, always have from the beginning.
We love our child and he loves us.
He missed some school one year, that’s it. They rip a child out of his loving home and away from his loving parents for over a year for that??? That’s INSANE.
DDHS/CPS is extremely misguided. Bottom line, they need to be stopped. Why are they allowed to do what they do? Rip families apart? Devastate and Destroy families and innocent children, especially special needs children who have loving parents and safe homes to live in.
A devastated soul because of DDHS.
No One on our case knows anything about Autism and they will not learn even when they are told by experts. They all refuse to listen.
Please, is there any one out there who can help bring these children, our beloved, precious child home where he has always belonged?.
Thank you for reading my story.
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One of Baby P's Killers gets out of jail in 6 weeks.
The Governator starts paying child support.
Whining Kids are the most annoying thing that adults have to listen to...
And much much more.
A long road to a safe place: Children in state-licensed residential programs still face risk of injury
Something as simple as a dispute about a piece of cake or as ugly as a trash can planted on a spitting child's head can lead to confrontation, injury and trauma for children in state-licensed facilities.
Prostitutes have united in Colombia's port city and popular tourist destination, Cartagena, with the hopes of protecting children from an international network of pimps and sexual predators, AFP reports.
When she arrived in Memphis 11 years ago, even a short car trip left her with motion sickness. That seemed like ancient history when Elena Mordvina got her driver's license at the end of March.
THE average cost of placing vulnerable children in foster care run by charities and children's welfare groups is four times more than out-of-home care run by DOCS, an analysis of the government's figures reveals.
It took three years for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to release to the public its account of Joseph Schoolfield's death.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Children and youth threatened me that they would give my baby to her abusive father if I don’t stop asking for help against him. I haven’t seen her in 9 months. my daughter was taken by the father and backed by cys and then Northampton county court system backed cys because I could not control my emotions when acted out in despair........the facts are disregarded by lawyers, the courts and children and youth because his family can submit creditability by dating a judge's daughter back in 2009/10. He said you will never see the light of another day when we are threw with you, he implied that the judge put his daughter’s ex-husband in jail and he will never see the light of another day. if this is a fact, how could I protect myself....children and youth lied, supervisor lied to back up the women I asked help from....my daughter told that women in my house that she was being hurt at here dads, and at court she lied.....her are some more stories.... help us please....Dear Representative Samuelson,
What happened to justice and saving our children from abuse? I wanted to protect my daughter from abuse and instead I was threatened not to seek for abuse allegations against my baby’s daddy or I will lose my daughter. I haven’t seen her for 9 months. She is being hidden spite the fact I went 10 hours west to run from the abuse. So much to tell. My evidence, my truth, my honesty has been blackballed from the justice system. Whose side are you on? here are some more stories..... Save our Pittsburgh, PA Reply » |Report Abuse |Judge it! |#21 Apr 4, 2007 Judged: 1 o that is Washington county cys me Chesterfield, MO Reply » |Report Abuse |Judge it! |#22 Apr 6, 2007 Judged: 1 Washington County CYS is a joke, they do what they want when they want and no one can stop them, I don't even think Judge Mascara will go against them. I think the caseworkers and the attorney for the children have something going on because the attorney for the children don't want to listen either and he/she should be supporting the children NOT cys. Even if you do find an attorney to represent you, they won't really fight for your rights either, just take your money. I know there is a particular caseworker there and she is a real piece of work, young and thinks she owns the world. Her supervisor won't even go against her. Sad, really sad. I know what you mean Dunbar, PA Reply » |Report Abuse |Judge it! |#23 Apr 7, 2007 Judged: 1 prayingforamiracle wrote: my children ages (13, 8&9mths which is handicapped) have been taken recently from our home on hearsay of abuse my 13yr old which is an honor roll student in school and has won 2 international poetry awards is being held in a place for behavioral problem children along with my niece about to be 15 the younger children have been separated from each other we are crying out for any legal advice we can get. No questions of medical histories were ever asked about any of them and my baby is handicapped with recent surgery. If anyone has any information that would help this situation pls respond to firstname.lastname@example.org and my heart TRULY goes out to all those in the same torture.....GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!
I have to ask myself, why is the government of the country I am citizen of and pay taxes to prosecuting me? I have committed no crime nor have I been accused of a crime.
I was given 3 reasons by DHS several months after the children were removed why they would not place them with me. 1. I was living in a 2 bedroom apartment and there were 4 children. 2. I was working part time and I would need to be working full time in order to support them. 3. Moving them out of state would interfere with reunification efforts. There was no mention of becoming a foster parent although I learned later that it was a requirement as well. I have done everything required of me. I moved to larger home to accommodate the children indeed I bought a 5 bedroom 3 bath home. I was able to secure full time a hours in the emergency room at the hospital that I am employed at as a registered nurse. The mother of the children has said she would like the children to live with me. I became a licensed foster care provider.
No efforts were ever made to place the children with me even though reasonable efforts are required to be made. However extraordinary efforts were made to keep the children from me. I was denied phone calls and visits with the children and gifts I sent the children were returned. When I was finally able to get phone calls the children expressed their desire to live with me they were yelled at by the case worker and later told me they were punished for saying that. The children were told terrible things about me and what would happen to them if they came to live with me. When I was able to get a visit I brought family photos which were torn from my grandson’s hands while he was crying no no they’re mine. It’s horrible to have to watch your grandchildren be treated in this manner by those who are supposed to be protecting them but are really violating them.
I have in my hand the closing argument from the prosecuting attorney it is filled with lies and misrepresentations. There is evidence and testimony submitted that proves these statements are lies yet he has no qualms about submitting these lies to the court in a written argument.
Whatever you think of foster care and adoption, keep in mind that it should be about finding a home for a child who needs one rather than about finding a child for a family that wants one. When those two situations coincide, adoption is a wonderful option. But when an existing family is torn apart needlessly in order to create an adoptive family, it’s cruel.
May is the month foster care is celebrated. While you’re celebrating and recruiting foster families be sure to look at the statistics on terminations, reunifications and adoptions. Also look at the statistics of children who have been abused and died while in care and keep in mind how many loving family members such as myself are being prosecuted and denied access to their own family. Think of the children who have been traumatized by their removal when many could have remained with their families given a minimal amount of help. Think of the children who are not being adopted and are left in care until they age out of the system, whom have grown up with no permanent home and moreover with proof in their minds that no one wants them or loves them. Much of the burden on the foster care system could be lifted if they would just try to help parents and allow children to be placed with family.
Adam Pertman, executive editor of an adoption institute, says previous U.S. adoption trends have flipped. In the new edition of his book “Adoption Nation,” Pertman says once-popular international adoptions have slowed because of rising nationalism and attempts to keep children with their biological parents. Adoptions of foster children increased 53 percent in 2008. Pertman also says the Internet has changed the adoption landscape because of the plethora of cyber ads looking for pregnant women interested in giving their up babies. (Wall Street Journal)
A 13-year-old boy was charged with murder yesterday after a 34-year-old foster mother was killed in her home.
The sound of fingernails on a blackboard, people having loud conversations on mobile phones in public — the list of things that annoy us is extensive, says the Daily Mail.
Vicky Haigh fled to Ireland to escape her council's social workers, but they haven't given up, reports Christopher Booker.
After cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for nursing homes and after-school programs, Governor Scott's going a step further.
A concerted effort is underway to strengthen child protection policies in B.C. public schools, which were found to be disturbingly inconsistent last year after teachers in two different districts were accused of sex crimes.
Four years after Sacramento County Child Protective Services removed Katrina Haywood from her mother's abusive grip, the woman still has managed to stand in the way of her daughter entering college, finding a job or paying for the roof over her head.
An independent report into Kent's child protection service has warned that a "great deal" still needs to be done to correct failings in the system.
Friday, June 24, 2011
* The county Department of Social Services continues to deal with an increase in child abuse complaints. Social Services Commissioner Sheila Weaver said complaints rose in May and June, and the department is down three caseworkers. One is on long-term medical leave, while two resigned. One of the people who resigned has been replaced, but Weaver said eight to 12 weeks of training means the second won’t be able to begin taking cases until late fall or early winter. State standards for child protective caseworkers are that they should have case loads of 12 cases, but Warren County’s caseworkers average 20 to 25 cases, she said. Caseworkers from other parts of the agency are pitching in to help, but overtime costs tripled in recent weeks. “There is only so much overtime a person is going to take before they burn out,” said Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, the county’s budget officer.
A YOUNG boy was so "malnourished and unkempt" that he kept fainting in class after failures by a Scottish social work boss, a misconduct panel has heard.
Chuck and Annette Deal say child welfare workers practically cut them out of their granddaughter's life before she was sent to live with her father and died.
Note: They do it all the time.
On Friday a West Michigan woman was honored for her efforts to give as many children as possible a home.
Note: Let's see, 500 kids in 50 years...
50 years * 365.25 days (gotta be fair about leap year.) = 18,262.5 / 500 kids = aprox 1 new kid every 36.5 days.
Now if she "gave them a home" as the article states, they're probably being packed in like sardines, although she could probably afford to buy a pretty big house with all that money. Or maybe she's just a kid hoarder. I don't know. Either way, the numbers do not show stability for these kids.
A national expert warned Nebraska lawmakers Thursday that privatizing child welfare can take a decade or two to yield results.
THE INS AND OUTS of foster care were explored Thursday at the Kiwanis Club luncheon. NaCole Harris, center, resource linkage coordinator with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, was the guest speaker. From left are Charles Bagley, program chair; Harris; and Matt Ryerson, Kiwanis president. The photo was submitted.
A Breaking the Silence on Violence fundraiser will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Downtowner Plaza. The event focuses on male domestic violence and is designed to create awareness on issues men suffer in Ohio communities.
The lodger convicted over the murder of Baby P is to be released from jail in six weeks just four years after the toddler's death.
A teenage girl allegedly sold for sex in Telford claimed she lied about what was happening to her when she was seen by a social worker more than two years ago, a court heard.
A new state law says men no longer have to make child support payments if they discover the child is not theirs, but a Houston man says he still has to pay.
(NaturalNews) An investigation into the massive drugging of kids in Florida juvenile jails has uncovered psychiatric doctors with deplorable records working for the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Their histories include not only grand theft and medical malpractice, but overmedicating patients to the point of death.
On Saturday, June 18, 2011 native survivors of the sixties scoop from across Canada gathered in front of Queen's Park in Toronto to talk about a little known atrocity currently being perpetrated by the Canadian Government against First Nation families in Canada. Child welfare services in Canadian provinces with the support of the federal government are removing native children from their families and their reservations and placing them in foster care or adopting them out throughout the world. Applications to have the children fostered or adopted by native families have been consistently refused in an attempt at cultural genocide. Thousands of children have had their identities torn away and been placed in non-native homes where their roots are being eliminated leaving them without a history or any connection with their heritage. After seeches were listened to, these people marched to the Childrens' aid offices and spoke of their anger and pain in hopes of drawing attention to this injustice. They then proceeded to Allen Gardens where there was a meal and a traditional pow wow.
Complain at school and get a knock on the door.
Friction with principals and fights with teachers have led to visits from child welfare investigators, numerous parents have told the Daily News.
December 1989: Suit filed
The Connecticut Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union's Children's Rights Project file a class-action lawsuit against Gov. William O'Neill and the state Department of Children and Youth Services. The suit charges that an overworked and underfunded DCYS fails to provide services including abuse and neglect investigations, adoption, foster care, mental health care, caseloads and staffing.
Public faith in the safeguarding of vulnerable children is damaged and will not be repaired until tragedies such as the murder of Ryan Lovell-Hancox are eradicated, an MP said today.
Note: Actually people are loosing faith in child protection because of all of the fraud, lies, overzealous child removals, violations of human rights, failures, cruelty, etc.
Update: State cuts foster care funding by 50 percent
Most foster parents receive between $400 and $450 a month per child for room and board costs. However, for some foster parents of kids with special needs, that is about to change.
Note: That ought to piss off some foster contractors.
A federal grand jury has indicted two people in connection with what prosecutors are calling a "high-profile adoption scam."
A senior social worker has been accused of falling asleep during a meeting with a family with four children who required council care and supervision.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
In January, the Virginia General Assembly met to discuss a bill that would require most social workers to earn either a bachelor's or a master's degree in social work as well as complete the license requirements in the state, the National Association of Social Workers reports. Recently, the assembly approved the legislation and it is set to become a state law.
A Franklin County judge agreed to continue the trial of a social worker who allegedly posed as an employee of the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office to get a paternity test, but he warned attorneys he was concerned about the delays.
A social worker who was involved in the Baby P case has accepted an undisclosed sum from the Sun newspaper after they made allegations that have since been shown to be false.
When I first said I was planning to release a report on child welfare in Rhode Island there are people in child welfare - very much mainstream types, whom I think you'd like - who rolled their eyes and said, in effect: Why bother? Rhode Island will never change.