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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Death Week - Baby LK Report For March 31st 2013

Our View: Lawmakers, regulators behind the curve, foster care surge shows

Our View: Lawmakers, regulators behind the curve, foster care surge shows


Nobody wants a youngster to be separated from his or her biological parents. But nobody can say for certain why this is happening more and more often to Maine's children.

Mindy McCready’s ex files petition to get his son from foster care

Mindy McCready’s ex files petition to get his son from foster care

Billy McKnight is stepping up and has filed a petition to get custody of the child he had with Mindy McCready. The child has been in foster care since the death of McCready instead of being turned over to his father, according to WTSP 10 News on March 30.

Denver boy missing after fight with foster mom

Denver boy missing after fight with foster mom

Denver police are searching for an 11-year-old boy they say left home after a disagreement with his foster mother.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

A family who escaped to a happy ending


A family who escaped to a happy ending

Last week, news reached me that there was yet another distraught mother who had fled to Ireland to prevent her three children being seized for no good reason by British social workers.Although the family have been living there for four years, with the children all doing well at school, the mother had just been arrested for failing to have a valid tax disc by the Irish police, who confiscated her car and held her in a police cell for nine hours.

Where is the Line Between Adoption and Child Buying?


Where is the Line Between Adoption and Child Buying?

Adoption was once under the auspices of trained social workers who purported to have the best interests of children-in-need in their heart. Over the past several decades, however, American domestic infant and international adoption has become privatized and entrepreneurial. Only adoption from foster care remains in the hands of the state and unfortunately represents its own set of failures, abuses and funding driven corruption.

Court battle 'destroys family'


Court battle 'destroys family'

A mother whose 10-year-old son was taken into State care more than two years ago says she has been denied contact with him despite the application for him to be taken from her being thrown out.

Federal foster care bill could prevent Muslims being placed with non-Muslim families

Federal foster care bill could prevent Muslims being placed with non-Muslim families


Mrs. Amer and her husband, Ahmed, struggled for two decades after losing three children to a state foster care system in the United States. The Ahmer’s were estranged from their children after they were put in foster care by the state of Michigan’s Child Protective Services, following the accidental death of their two-year-old son Samier in 1985. Samier suffered from a brittle bone disease and died from injuries that he suffered in a fall.

Report: Wisconsin spent $13-billion in federal money last year


Report: Wisconsin spent $13-billion in federal money last year

A report from the Legislative Audit Bureau shows Wisconsin agencies spent nearly $13-billion in federal assistance money last fiscal year. The money was distributed through more than 2,000 federal programs and grants.
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Auditors say the Department of Children and Families continues to overcharge the federal government for the money it passes on to adopted children. :)

Troubled family court system needs urgent overhaul, report says

Troubled family court system needs urgent overhaul, report says

Families going through the turmoil of separation or divorce should get swifter access to informal mediation services and to more user-friendly family courts, a major new report recommends.

Ariel Winter Custody Case Headed for Trial

Ariel Winter Custody Case Headed for Trial


Her family life on TV may be a comedy, but in real life it's still, sadly, a drama.

Foster parents abused Russian adoptee Maxim Kuzmin – US social services


Foster parents abused Russian adoptee Maxim Kuzmin – US social services

A US social worker has said she believed the adopted Russian boy, Maxim Kuzmin, also known as Max Shatto, died after being abused by his American foster parents.

Friday, March 29, 2013

TRIAL SCHEDULED FOR CAMBRIDGE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS FOSTER FATHER

TRIAL SCHEDULED FOR CAMBRIDGE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS FOSTER FATHER

A trial date for the Cambridge man accused of killing his foster father at their Beatty Avenue home last year has been scheduled in the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court.

San Francisco man charged with theft of diaper bag


San Francisco man charged with theft of diaper bag

The San Francisco man who victimized the foster mother of an abandoned baby who was born with cocaine in his system is in jail

GROWING NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE TAKEN INTO CARE


GROWING NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE TAKEN INTO CARE

Australia's biggest survey of young people in care has revealed that growing numbers of children are being taken into government protection due to neglect and abuse.

DCS found liable for shooting deaths, injuries


DCS found liable for shooting deaths, injuries

The state Department of Children's Services has been found liable in the deaths of a teenager and her foster father and the injuries to her foster mother after the biological father went on a shooting rampage.

Birth mothers 'betrayed' by legal ban


Birth mothers 'betrayed' by legal ban

Mothers and families affected by forced adoption practices say they feel betrayed by the state government, which is trying to change the law to let adopted children block contact with biological parents.

Government considers backflip on adoption apology


Government considers backflip on adoption apology

The NT Government could be set to backflip just five days after it decided not to apologise to victims of forced adoption.

Investigation into death of boy, 4, who was 'skin and bones' when police found him at adoptive family's home


Investigation into death of boy, 4, who was 'skin and bones' when police found him at adoptive family's home


Police are investigating the death of a four-year-old boy who was 'skin and bones' when they were called to his home, after it was claimed his adoptive parents failed to seek medical attention.



Liberian actor sues UNICEF for child abuse

Liberian actor sues UNICEF for child abuse

A Liberian actor has filed a $25 million lawsuit against UNICEF for alleged child abuse over his starring role aged 13 in a fundraising film as a murderous child soldier who tortures his victims.

Anger in Russia over adoptee abuse hints


Anger in Russia over adoptee abuse hints

Moscow: A bitter diplomatic dispute between Russia and the United States has worsened after the disclosure that a three-year-old adopted Russian toddler who died in Texas had ''abrasions, scratches, scars and bruises all over his body''.

A Market for Children: Adoption Fraud in Guatemala

A Market for Children: Adoption Fraud in Guatemala


Erin Siegal, Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, recently donated one bankers-size box of documents about US citizens’ adoptions of Guatemalan children and adoption fraud to the National Security Archive.

My gay father’s sexual abuse was swept under the carpet, says victim


My gay father’s sexual abuse was swept under the carpet, says victim

A former Army cadet who was sexually abused from the age of nine by his adoptive father and his gay partner has claimed social workers would not have ignored his cries for help had his abusers been heterosexual.

‘Judge let me down’ woman impregnated by foster father says after he’s sentenced to two years of house arrest


‘Judge let me down’ woman impregnated by foster father says after he’s sentenced to two years of house arrest

A Toronto man who impregnated his foster daughter three decades ago has been sentenced to two years of house arrest.

Michigan Court of Appeals Overturns Wayne County Judge’s Decision to Terminate Parental Rights

Michigan Court of Appeals Overturns Wayne County Judge’s Decision to Terminate Parental Rights


Regarding In the Matter of Clarmont, Minors; a respondent appealed as of right termination of her parental rights under MCL 712A.19b(3)(c)(i), (g), and (j). The Court of Appeals opinion is dated February 19, 2013. The lower court is the Wayne County Juvenile Division.

Tribes to file lawsuit against SD social services


Tribes to file lawsuit against SD social services

Two Native American tribes in South Dakota are expected to file a class action lawsuit Thursday alleging that the state's Department of Social Services has violated the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Media Watch: Newspaper Reporters Threaten to Stalk, Expose State Workers

Media Watch: Newspaper Reporters Threaten to Stalk, Expose State Workers


Maine’s Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) provides enterprising journalists a way to dig up dirt on matters of great interest to the public, but state officials say some newspaper reporters have taken their pursuit of public records a little too far.

Maine joins Indian lawsuit before Supreme Court


Maine joins Indian lawsuit before Supreme Court

Maine is joining South Carolina and several other states in defending a federal law that deals with Indian adoption rights and will be a central topic in a case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next month, .Attorney General Janet Mills announced Thursday.

Children return home after judge’s decision, mother vows to help other families facing custody battles

Children return home after judge’s decision, mother vows to help other families facing custody battles 

On Mar. 7 Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca granted a American Muslim couple back custody of their two daughters. The girls, Sophia, 6, and Nadiya, two, were removed from their home and parents’ custody in May 2012 by officials from Child Protected Services after a neighbor witnessed Sophia  playing outside without parental supervision.

Lawmakers, judges, parents call for improvements to court-appointed guardians system

Lawmakers, judges, parents call for improvements to court-appointed guardians system

Divorces and child custody disagreements can be messy and when parents can’t resolve their differences alone, courts appoint a guardian ad litem to investigate the situation and make recommendations.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Foster care girl last seen in San Carlos Park reported missing


Foster care girl last seen in San Carlos Park reported missing


A 16-year-old girl in foster care has been missing since Monday, and the public is being asked to help find her.

Lawsuit revived over deadly blaze allegedly set by foster child

Lawsuit revived over deadly blaze allegedly set by foster child

Child care agencies have an obligation to remove children who pose a danger to their foster family if the agencies have been put on notice, a New York appeals court ruled on Thursday, in a case that involved a deadly 1994 fire allegedly set by a 6-year-old child.

Perhaps if they had one of these really cool fire extinguishers, they wouldn't have lost their house.  Huh.


Oswego County infant returned to mother despite objections of case workers


Oswego County infant returned to mother despite objections of case workers

Relatives of a 3-month-old baby girl, who was placed in foster care after an exclusive CNY Central report last week, say the child has been returned to her mother by order of Oswego County Family Court Judge Kim Seager.

Maine attorney general backs defense of Indian Child Welfare Act

Maine attorney general backs defense of Indian Child Welfare Act

Attorney General Janet Mills announced Thursday that she has signed on to a case in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the full enforcement of the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act.

Police: Foster parent injured infant


Police: Foster parent injured infant


A foster parent has been charged with injury to a child after police say he fractured three of the child’s bones last year.

A further example of youth jails as child-welfare warehouses, or the girl who became a hot potato


A further example of youth jails as child-welfare warehouses, or the girl who became a hot potato

As a golden rule, Canada’s youth criminal justice system is not to be used as a substitute for the child-welfare system.

General Assembly should hasten to fix Ohio adoption law: editorial


General Assembly should hasten to fix Ohio adoption law: editorial

Because of a well-meaning detour built into state law, approximately 400,000 people adopted in Ohio between Jan. 1, 1964, and Sept. 18, 1996, cannot get access to their birth certificates unless they obtain a court order. That's an expensive hurdle for an adult who would like to know about a birth parent's medical history or heritage -- or to extend an offer to meet.

Twelve Signs That An Adoption Match May Fail

Twelve Signs That An Adoption Match May Fail

By the time that you are matched with an expectant woman who has chosen you to adopt her child, you want it to work....

Hundreds of area children in foster care need the support of the community as they age out of the system.

The following article demonstrates how these foster care providers, who are so often caught glorifying themselves and their holier than thou righteousness really feel once the money is cut off.

"Get the f*** out!"

Area foster children in need of assistance

Hundreds of area children in foster care need the support of the community as they age out of the system.  

Bx. teen in foster care dies after fight

Bx. teen in foster care dies after fight


A Bronx teen girl in foster care died yesterday, but her death does not seem suspicious, police sources said.

Agency chief seeks help on child abuse cases

Agency chief seeks help on child abuse cases

The state can’t hold on to child abuse investigators because they are overwhelmed and underpaid, the agency’s chief said Monday in a plea for help to the Legislature.

Mom Asks Court to Return Parental Rights She Signed Away


Mom Asks Court to Return Parental Rights She Signed Away

The brother of a Miami Heat basketball player from South Dakota is in his own heated child custody battle with his ex-wife (a la Dwyane Wade); she says she now wants back the parental rights she appears to have earlier bargained away to him.

Parental Rights in Education

Parental Rights in Education

The ACLJ fights to protect parents' constitutional right to direct the moral and educational upbringing of their children. Because so many parents do not have any option other than to send their children to the public schools, it is critical that parents know and understand their constitutional rights regarding public education.

COA holds that a parent may be convicted of unlawfully taking his child if his parental rights have been terminated

COA holds that a parent may be convicted of unlawfully taking his child if his parental rights have been terminated


In People v. Wambar the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the defendant’s conviction for assisting in the unlawful taking of a child, despite the fact that the defendant was the child’s biological father, because the defendant’s parental rights had been terminated.

Christie calls for investigation of New Jersey agency's response to boy-with-gun photo


Christie calls for investigation of New Jersey agency's response to boy-with-gun photo

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is asking the attorney general to probe the state's visit to the home of a man who uploaded a photo on Facebook of his 10-year-old son holding a military-style rifle.

Putin orders ban on adoptions by LGBT foreign couples – report

Putin orders ban on adoptions by LGBT foreign couples – report

The Russian president has opposed the adoption of Russian orphans by LGBT foreign couples, and has instructed the government and the Supreme Court to prepare changes to existing law before July 1.

Russia's adoption row with US grows after bruises found all over dead toddler Max Shatto

Russia's adoption row with US grows after bruises found all over dead toddler Max Shatto

A bitter diplomatic dispute between Russia and the United States sharply escalated after it emerged that a three-year-old adopted Russian toddler who died in Texas had "abrasions, scratches, scars and bruises all over his body".

State Sanctioned Kidnapping

State Sanctioned Kidnapping

My understanding of the court system was similar to most Americans understanding of it. We read about court proceedings online, in newspapers and we hear about them on TV. Obey the law, no problem. Disobey the law and we have the finest system going. Our system compared to many is far and away the best. However it has, as I have come to learn, certain flaws that have evolved and have tilted the scales of justice.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Foster care bill would give kids more freedom



Foster care bill would give kids more freedom 

Martin Gordon, 19, came to the Capitol to tell legislators his experiences in the foster care system hoping that his voice — and the voices of 26 other current and former foster care children — would make a difference. On Wednesday, they got their answer.

Shamong man charged with murdering 1-year-old foster child


Shamong man charged with murdering 1-year-old foster child

A Shamong man was charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old foster child, but his attorney maintains that the death was accidental and not the result of abuse.

Grandparents fight for custody rights

MN Supreme Court: Foster parents can adopt children even if relatives are able


MN Supreme Court: Foster parents can adopt children even if relatives are able

A sharply divided Minnesota Supreme Court today ruled that two young African American girls, born to apparent drug addicts, can be adopted by their white foster parents rather than their grandparents, despite a state law that appears to favor adoption by family members over others.



Police: Child services worker DUI with kids in vehicle


Police: Child services worker DUI with kids in vehicle


An employee of Pennsylvania Child Protective Services drove drunk through McAdoo with two children in the vehicle, police said.

Put on your rose colored glasses and join me on the journey of a foster parent.

Since I've been doing this, I have come across several blogs of people who have made the decision and take the steps to become foster parents.  Although many of them just fizzle out after a short time, a few go on and take you through the whole process.  From making the decision to regurgitating that which they learned about in foster parent training.  From getting their first stolen child to where they get all fed up and disgusted with the system and the process or totally upset with me and stop blogging altogether.   These I commonly refer to the "Foster Parent Journey" blogs.  Why?  Because becoming a foster parent is apparently some adventurous spiritual journey of self-becoming or something.

I really enjoy reading some of these blogs.  I often long for the "ignorance is bliss days" when I believed that this was all for the greater good instead of lining the pockets of the System Sucks.  Ah but learning the truth has it's drawbacks.  

Still, I have yet to figure out what would possess somebody to make such a decision, but they do.  Perhaps because they're good people who were simply sold on a line of bullshit, moved by the fluff, and motivated by the constant horror stories of child abuse that the media likes to spurt out on occasion, which only covers the extremest mode.  

But anyway.  I introduce you to Jennifer and Michael, who seem like good god fearing people who want to do the right thing by selling their souls to the devil, I mean joining the Child Protective Industry and becoming foster parents.


I hope and pray that someday you might come to see the truth.  I hope that  you learn empathy for the real parents instead of the hatred and criticism that fuels most of these blogs.  And I pray that you always do what's right by the kids who come into your care.

Foster father charged with injury to child

Foster father charged with injury to child

The foster father of a one-month-old girl is charged with injury to a child.

John Hemming on the yet to come British Forced Adoption Apology


Check it out.

I refer the House to my declaration of interest as the chairman of the Justice for Families campaign.

CURTIS BOSTIC TIED TO ETHIOPIAN ADOPTION SCAM

CURTIS BOSTIC TIED TO ETHIOPIAN ADOPTION SCAM


Records show Curtis Bostic who was the attorney for the Christian World Adoption Agency (CWA) was paid 466,000.00 in 2011 and 189,000.00 in 2010 for services rendered to CWA. CWA has been accused by critics of being – a multi-million dollar Charleston, S.C.-based company which critics contend is nothing but a sophisticated human trafficking outfit.

Summary of Proposals to Address Income Eligibility Requirement for Federal Foster Care Reimbursement


Summary of Proposals to Address Income Eligibility Requirement for Federal Foster Care Reimbursement

Twelve of the 14 proposals we identified would eliminate means testing altogether as a requirement for states to receive federal funding to help pay for the costs associated with supporting children in foster care. Two other proposals would link means testing to a different benchmark. Half of the proposals would mitigate a potential increase in federal costs due to the elimination of means testing by either changing the rate of federal reimbursements, capping federal funding, or both. Additionally, half would attempt to mitigate the potentially negative effects of lowering the reimbursement rate on states by, for example, allowing states to access additional funding in the event of an unanticipated increase in foster care placements. All five proposals that specify how states should use any foster care maintenance savings they incur would require states to reinvest these savings in child welfare services that benefit all children at risk of neglect or abuse.

Clay Couple Accused Of Threatening Troopers, Child Protective Services Workers


Clay Couple Accused Of Threatening Troopers, Child Protective Services Workers

A Clay County is accused of threatening state troopers and Child Protective Services workers.


Being Investigated Over False Accusations

Being Investigated Over False Accusations


So my current placement made a comment to a social worker about something that happened at dinner time. The situation was misinterpreted and made out to be something that it wasn't by the social worker. Well the social worker called me and accused me of breaking a serious rule. I told her respectfully that I disagreed and that she wasn't listening to me. She didn't believe me that I was telling the truth and I got upset that she wasn't listening. After an hour long phone call I thought we finally had everything figured out.

http://forums.adoption.com/foster-parent-support/414330-being-investigated-over-false-accusations.html

Doncaster Council loses right to care for children in wake of foster torture scandal Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299761/Doncaster-Council-lose-right-care-children-wake-foster-children-torture-scandal.html#ixzz2OkXdT4xa Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook



Doncaster Council loses right to care for children in wake of foster torture scandal

A council that is under scrutiny after two small boys endured a torture ordeal by two brothers in its foster care system will lose the power to run children's services.

Select committee hears CYF getting too many referrals


Select committee hears CYF getting too many referrals

The Children's Commissioner has told MPs some child abuse referrals to Child, Youth and Family are being made without proper assessments and are overwhelming the organisation.

Untrained GPs blamed for 2,000 child deaths

Untrained GPs blamed for 2,000 child deaths


Almost 2,000 British children a year die from “avoidable” causes because family doctors lack training in paediatric care, researchers warned yesterday.

Note: And British Social Workers will always blame the parents.

Utah Supreme Court weighs Pennsylvanian’s adoption fight

Utah Supreme Court weighs Pennsylvanian’s adoption fight


First, his girlfriend left their home in Pennsylvania a month before she was due to give birth to his child in June 2010. Then, when Carlton finally tracked down Shalonda Brown,sheacknowledged she’d given birth and told him the baby boy had health problems, sending along cellphone photographs of the infant in a hospital. Days later, Brown told Carlton the baby was dead.

Faith based organizations, nervous


Faith based organizations, nervous

Faith based organizations bracing for impact of new same sex civil union law in Colorado.  The Catholic Charities of Southern Colorado is nervous about how it will affect its adoption program and the services it provides to Southern Colorado.  Mark Rohlena is the President and CEO of the organization.  He showed me underlined clauses that were left out of the new law.  They had been in previous legislation.

Adoptees deserve access to their birth records: Regina Brett


Adoptees deserve access to their birth records: Regina Brett

The letter is ready to go. All she needs is the courage to send it.

Moscow urges criminal investigation into adopted boy`s death

Moscow urges criminal investigation into adopted boy`s death

Russia urges the U.S. to begin a criminal investigation into the death of the adopted Russian boy Maxim Kuzmin.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In Russia, teen complains of adoptive US parents


In Russia, teen complains of adoptive US parents

A teenager adopted by an American couple has returned to Russia, claiming that his adoptive family treated him badly and that he lived on the streets of Philadelphia and stole just to survive, Russian state media reported.

Putnam judge suspended for remainder of term


Putnam judge suspended for remainder of term

A Putnam County Family Court judge has been suspended without pay until the end of his term in 2016, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Michael Gove threatens to strip Doncaster council of children's services


Michael Gove threatens to strip Doncaster council of children's services

Education secretary says council has failed to overcome 'serious and long-standing failures' in child protection

Georgia’s HB 21: Post Adoption Contracts

Georgia’s HB 21: Post Adoption Contracts


Georgia House Representative Mary Margaret Oliver introduced a bill in February 2013 that would, if passed, make post adoption contract agreements in Georgia legally binding. Her interest in initiating this bill stemmed from Judge Michael Key, out of Troup County, who’s experience in the courts led him to believe this would be beneficial.

Stuck

Looks like the wanna-be adoptive parents are getting upset about all the new regulations.

House Makes Case for Improving Foster Care and Adoption

House Makes Case for Improving Foster Care and Adoption


Today, many foster children languish in a system that can often become a “trap door” rather than a means to a stable home. The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing last Wednesday on how to boost adoptions from foster care.

Afghanistan: Child Abuse Victims Go to Jail


Afghanistan: Child Abuse Victims Go to Jail

Rights activists say children are imprisoned for “moral crimes” while the perpetrators escape prosecution.

Foster care company disputes allegations

Foster care company disputes allegations

The owner of a foster care company accused of misusing $6.1 million in taxpayer dollars built his operation from the ground up, driving all over Wisconsin to vet potential foster families, a newspaper reported.

Antipsychotic Use by Medicaid-Insured Youths: Impact of Eligibility and Psychiatric Diagnosis Across a Decade

Antipsychotic Use by Medicaid-Insured Youths: Impact of Eligibility and Psychiatric Diagnosis Across a Decade


Objective  This cross-sectional study evaluated the impact of Medicaid-eligibility category on the increased use of antipsychotic medication by Medicaid-insured youths across a decade.

Note: Yes you need subscription, but you get the drift just from the presented intro.

Missouri senators pass bill to let kids rejoin foster care

Missouri senators pass bill to let kids rejoin foster care

When children leave the nest, they usually have a safety net to fall back on - mom and dad.  But for those in Missouri's foster system, they often have no one.

Job Cuts At Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society


Job Cuts At Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society 


The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society has terminated eighteen case aides and family access workers due to a budget shortfall.

Note: I hope these FORMER child snatchers don't let the door hit them on the ass on the way out.

Widow Owes Rejected Adopted Daughter Millions, Court Rules

Widow Owes Rejected Adopted Daughter Millions, Court Rules


A New York appeals court has found in favor of a Chinese teen who was adopted by a wealthy couple and then given up for adoption again, ruling that she is entitled to a portion of her first family's $250 million estate.

Rich pickings in foster care

Rich pickings in foster care


In January the Financial Times carried a piece about the investment potential for private companies seeking to invest in foster care. Entitled Fostering Sector Ripe For Consolidation, it begins in seductive fashion not with high finance or balance sheets but with the personal experience of carers who are clearly dedicated to the disabled child they look after. They don’t do it for the money – you couldn’t, because as they say it works out per hour at a fraction of the minimum wage. And that’s the last time children are mentioned as anything other than a commodity.

Viewpoints: When overreaction leadsto an unnecessary bill

Viewpoints: When overreaction leadsto an unnecessary bill

Sometimes, a story with assorted moving parts leads you to an unexpected conclusion. Over the weekend I shared a tale with a gathering of friends on how well-intended ideas can become bad law.

Note: Well isn't that the basic story of child protective services.  Some child loving fanatic goes off the deep end because, "Oh My God!!! The kid got a booboo!"  After all of this, that legislator can go on to say that he fought to keep kids safe! Then all the normal people will believe him and vote for him when he comes up for re-election because he loves children.

Such a pathetic scam.


CYF caregivers sentenced for child abuse

CYF caregivers sentenced for child abuse


Two Child, Youth and Family caregivers have escaped jail, despite abusing a 2-year-old boy who was hospitalised with life-threatening hypothermia after being subjected to cold showers.

Child Protective Services Overstepping

 Child Protective Services Overstepping


I have a relative that's been dealing with CPS for over a year now. The child had an accident at school twice, by accident I mean a potty accident, he went in his pants. The school decided to call CPS and they ran with it from there.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Foster carers face abuse trial

Foster carers face abuse trial


A family accused of abusing foster children in their care by using a wire brush to scrub their bodies will go on trial later this year.

Russia's ban on American adoptions has taken an emotional toll on families looking to adopt -- and a hefty financial one.

Russia's ban on American adoptions has taken an emotional toll on families looking to adopt -- and a hefty financial one.


Many have lost tens of thousands of dollars on adoption-related expenses, and now they are unable to qualify for a tax credit of up to nearly $13,000 to help offset those costs.

Note: That sucks.

Study: At Home Marijuana Gardens Not Associated With Adverse Health Effects Among Children

Study: At Home Marijuana Gardens Not Associated With Adverse Health Effects Among Children

Children residing in homes where marijuana is cultivated do not suffer from adverse health effects at any greater rate than do comparable children in cannabis-free environments, according to a study in press in the International Journal of Drug Policy.

Is DHHS committing conspiracy to evoke child endangerment?

Is DHHS committing conspiracy to evoke child endangerment?


A new letter from Lori Handrahan, Ph.D. its very sad that our government has little regard for human life and the truth.  I can only hope that our voices will bring an end to the corruption in the system.

How an 18-Year-Old in Foster Care Celebrates


How an 18-Year-Old in Foster Care Celebrates

Do you know how an 18-year-old who has been in foster care in Louisiana celebrates his/her birthday? By being dropped of at a homeless shelter. Even if that young person is in high school and in the middle of senior year, he/she is displaced.



Medicaid and Children in Foster Care

"Oh yeah!  That's where my money goes!!!!"

Medicaid and Children in Foster Care


The health care needs of children in foster care are vast and often compounded by their circumstances. These children face myriad challenges – from placement instability, to emotional, behavioral, and educational difficulties, to juvenile justice involvement – that threaten their health and well-being. Because they are often at the intersection of multiple public systems including behavioral health, child welfare, education, juvenile justice, and primary care, it is critical for these systems to work collaboratively to meet their health needs.


Oglala and Rosebud File Federal Child-Welfare Lawsuit


Oglala and Rosebud File Federal Child-Welfare Lawsuit

On March 21, the Oglala and Rosebud Sioux tribes and three tribal members filed a federal class-action suit in Rapid City, seeking a ruling that would compel Pennington County, South Dakota courts to provide prompt and meaningful hearings when Indian children in the county are removed from their homes because of neglect or abuse accusations.

Jailed for Nonpayment of Child Support - But it's Not His Child


Jailed for Nonpayment of Child Support - But it's Not His Child

The feminists have ratcheted up the laws against men to such an outrageous level that paternity fraud is not just ignored, but routinely rubber stamped by the courts. Whether one agrees with the concept of child support or not, virtually everyone can agree that jailing men for child support over children who are not theirs is morally wrong. Men are routinely sent to jail for falling behind on paying child support, even though debtors' prisons in the U.S. were mostly eliminated in the mid-nineteenth century.

Human Rights Tribunal Hears Indigenous Child Welfare Case to the Ire of Harper Government

Human Rights Tribunal Hears Indigenous Child Welfare Case to the Ire of Harper Government


A hearing at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal regarding Ottawa’s systemic neglect and unfair treatment of Indigenous children began on Feb. 25 and is expected to last 14 weeks.

Monique Taylor speaks about kids abused in Child Welfare

10 Children Living In Limbo As Judge Fails To Act, DCF Alleges

10 Children Living In Limbo As Judge Fails To Act, DCF Alleges


A juvenile court judge has been ordered to address a batch of child-protection cases that she inexplicably allowed to languish, stalling adoptions or other permanent placements for 10 children who had been removed from their parents due to abuse or neglect.

Use of psychotropic medication for youth in foster care


Use of psychotropic medication for youth in foster care

In summary the article gives us insights on the subject of the use of medication for treating behavioral and mental health tribulations in foster care children. The article further, talks about how we should use medications as a help for the relief of child and not offered as an alternative to deal with children's behavior and issues without considering or attempting non-medication options first. The article mentions the study that depicts a high psychotropic medication use amongst youth which doubled up over the decades and also further mentions foster children to be more likely on multiple medications "ranging from 13-52% than those in the general youth population 4%". Psychotropic drugs that were prescribed include those used to treat ADHD, anxiety, depression and psychosis. There is a national approach to this issue and States are stepping up to take action on the problem of over medicated children since Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act was signed into law in 2008.

World-Herald editorial: Welcome idea can help child welfare

World-Herald editorial: Welcome idea can help child welfare


Nebraska has seen a lot of turmoil in its child welfare system, yet one thing lamentably has remained unchanged: The state continues to remove a high percentage of children out of troubled homes.

Where Are Warnings for DCS Caretakers When There's a Threat of Violence?

Where Are Warnings for DCS Caretakers When There's a Threat of Violence?


Susan Randolph was shot and her husband killed after the father of a girl DCS had temporarily placed with them came to their house to murder the girl (which he did). Randolph sued the state for negligence in the shootings and won, and then the state attempted to keep the judgment a secret. When you hear all the ways DCS screwed up, you can't blame the state for not wanting anyone to know:

Filmmaker claims Sandusky interview exonerates Paterno

Filmmaker claims Sandusky interview exonerates Paterno


In a recorded phone conversation from prison with documentarian John Ziegler, broadcast on the "Today" show, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky questioned the validity of former assistant coach Mike McQueary's testimony.

Cambodia shuts orphanage after reported abuse


Cambodia shuts orphanage after reported abuse

Cambodian authorities said Monday they had shut a foreign-run orphanage that is suspected of beating its children and carrying out human trafficking.


Lost Sister, Found?


Lost Sister, Found?


This wasn’t the role that Samantha Futerman thought she’d be playing this spring.


Adoptions to Italy halted

Adoptions to Italy halted


ADOPTIONS of Slovak children to Italy were put on hold on February 19, due to what Slovakia identified as missing post-adoption reports on the fate of 72 Slovak children adopted by Italian families. The moratorium will remain in effect until all of Slovakia’s terms are met by the Italian side. Meanwhile, Italy, the country with the highest demand for international adoptions from Slovakia, has promised to supply by April 15 the missing reports on 72 of the 269 children adopted over the past 10 years, Labour Ministry spokesperson Michal Stu┼íka told The Slovak Spectator.

Adopted Ghanaian Girl May Get to Stay in U.S.

Adopted Ghanaian Girl May Get to Stay in U.S.

U.S. immigration officials improperly ordered the deportation of a Ghanaian immigrant whose age of adoption here toed the cutoff, the 9th Circuit ruled.

Orphanage shut down amid child abuse allegations

Orphanage shut down amid child abuse allegations


A Cambodian orphanage run by a Queensland woman has been shut down amid allegations of child abuse and human trafficking.

DCS Found Liable in Shooting Death of Teenager, Foster Father

DCS Found Liable in Shooting Death of Teenager, Foster Father

The state Department of Children's Services has been found liable in the deaths of a teenager and her foster father and the injuries to her foster mother after the biological father went on a shooting rampage.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Restoring Dignity


Restoring Dignity is planning to call for a national investigation into institutional child abuse in America and Canada.

We are seeking people to support us by joining our membership.

Restoring Dignity has two facebook pages:

First, our support group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/restoringdignity/?ref=ts&fref=ts
People have to ask to join.

Second, our like page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Restoring-Dignity/278096795557836

Anybody can click like on this page, all they need is a profile on facebook.

Let us stand in solidarity together, show the world our numbers and that we want to build a better world for our children.

Stomping On Your Parental Rights - Baby LK Report For March 24th 2013

Thousands March in Paris Protesting Bill That Would Allow Same-Sex Marriage, Adoption


Thousands March in Paris Protesting Bill That Would Allow Same-Sex Marriage, Adoption

SMH:  Thousands marched in Paris in protest of a bill, if passed, that would allow same-sex marriage and adoption. Police fired teargas to prevent the protesters from entering the Champs Elysees, Russia Today reports.

Parents to blame for unruly behaviour in the classroom

Parents to blame for unruly behaviour in the classroom


A lack of boundaries at home is fuelling naughty behaviour in the classroom, teachers have warned.

Note: Teachers are CPS Rats.

Bill requires parents to get ex's OK to move


Bill requires parents to get ex's OK to move

A proposal moving though the Arizona Legislature would require a divorced mother or father who wants to move to file court notices and give a 60 day notice to the parent who doesn't have custody




Adoption scam: Woman with hysterectomy claimed to be pregnant, deputies say



Adoption scam: Woman with hysterectomy claimed to be pregnant, deputies say


An adoption case manager contacted detectives to report Jaime Suzanne Ritchhart had given them  paperwork indicating that she was pregnant and then signed a contract to place her expected child up for adoption. The case manager also told detectives that the 31-year-old Ocala woman had received more than $7,100 from them so far, according to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office.



New Indiana child services chief aims to cut caseworker burnout, fine-tune work of predecessor


New Indiana child services chief aims to cut caseworker burnout, fine-tune work of predecessor

The new director of the Indiana Department of Child Services says she hopes to figure out how to reduce burnout among caseworkers.

Kentucky child abuse death resulted in 'major policy failure,' state official says

Kentucky child abuse death resulted in 'major policy failure,' state official says

Kentucky child abuse workers committed a “major policy failure” when they failed to remove a 3-year-old girl with a broken arm from her father’s custody — only to have her die just two weeks later of a head injury, a top state official acknowledged Monday.

Social worker who lost her job after running off with 16-year-old from care home now plans to marry him


Social worker who lost her job after running off with 16-year-old from care home now plans to marry him

LOUISE McHUGH lost her career and her friends and faced a police probe after falling for teenager but the 36-year-old claims she'd do it all over again.



Saturday, March 23, 2013

Alleged abuse victim testifies


Alleged abuse victim testifies

The jury heard from a reluctant witness and alleged child abuse victim Friday in the trial of two Orcutt residents charged with abusing nine children in their care.

DHHS practices, technical issues hinder data-gathering effort

DHHS practices, technical issues hinder data-gathering effort


The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram was hampered in gathering foster care spending and caseload information for this report because of the limited data collection practices and multiple computer systems at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Poor planning adds to Maine's foster care crisis

Poor planning adds to Maine's foster care crisis


Not only is funding in jeopardy, but the state's child welfare bureaucracy failed to anticipate the growing need, fueled by drug use and addiction.

When A Public School Becomes the Bully

When A Public School Becomes the Bully


We expect our schools to keep our children safe from bullies. But what should parents do when their assigned government school becomes the bully?


Call for adoption to avoid child neglect


Call for adoption to avoid child neglect

Ahead of a national apology to victims of forced adoption practices, a think tank is calling for the greater use of adoption to protect vulnerable children from abuse.

Group pays drug addicts to get sterilized or receive long-term birth control, sparks criticism


Group pays drug addicts to get sterilized or receive long-term birth control, sparks criticism

On May 9, 2012, Rheana Murray, with the New York Daily News published an article on a controversial non-profit called Project Prevention (formerly known as CRACK: Children Requiring A Caring Kommunity). Project Prevention, based out of North Carolina, pays women $300 to either get tubal ligations (permanent sterilization), or other forms of long-term birth control such as IUDs, Implanon, or Depro-Provera shots. The article does well discussing both supportive and oppositional opinions revolved around the program's practices. Founder Barbara Harris holds firm to the position that Project Prevention is about preventing unwanted pregnancies and placing fewer burdens on the child welfare system. Harris has adopted four siblings, all from the same mother who was addicted to crack. The program believes that decreasing unwanted pregnancies from addict populations will aid with the economic burden on taxpayers, trim down social worker caseloads, and alleviate clients from "the burden of having children that will potentially be taken away" (projectprevention.org) The article also provides opposing viewpoints of Project Prevention, including beliefs that the program is "thinly disguised" racism, targeting vulnerable populations and women of color. Critics condemn the program further by discussing that addicts may not be in a position to make decisions of this magnitude, especially when offered money. Harris responds to criticism within the article stating that two thirds of the women Project Prevention has served are White, and that the majority of women choose long term birth control over sterilization.

Note: I agree with this.  It cuts off the supply to CPS Agents.

We need to talk about children in care

We need to talk about children in care


Recently I met two prisoners, Nick and Lee. Both are in their thirties and both are in prison because they were involved in armed robberies. In Nick’s case someone died in the course of the robbery and he is serving a 25 year sentence. Lee’s sentence is 15 months and he will be out soon. Both men have been in and out of prison for the last 20 years. As of last Friday, there were 84,500 prisoners in the UK, over 80,000 of them men. The reason I visited Nick and Lee is because they were in care as children and wanted to talk to me about what happened to them in care and how it led to them ending up in prison. The sad reality is that many thousands of prisoners who were in care as children have stories like Nick and Lee. Nick and Lee told me they want to stop other children who are in care now ending up in prison like them and following a life of crime.

The DSM 5 will drug America to death

The DSM 5 will drug America to death

The recent calls by knee-jerk politicians and other notables, to expand mental health screening for anything and everything, is anchored in the new DSM 5 about to be launched against the public. And this is an attack! The insane ramblings of selected psychiatrists are codified into one volume of the most insidiously

Father accused of harassment towards foster placement loses appeal

Father accused of harassment towards foster placement loses appeal


A father who was believed his adopted daughter had been wrongly placed in foster care has lost his appeal against a suspended prison sentence.

Abuse in Milwaukee child welfare system at historic low


Abuse in Milwaukee child welfare system at historic low

While the percentage of children who suffered maltreatment while they were in the care of the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare continued to hover at historic lows during 2012, too many children bounced from caregiver to caregiver and too many of the front-line workers responsible for their safety and stability left their jobs, according to a report released Friday.

Adoption apology won't erase decades of lies

Adoption apology won't erase decades of lies

A woman whose husband was born in Newcastle and forcibly adopted in the 1970s says an apology by the Prime Minister today will do nothing to ease their trauma.

Ohio bill would open adoption files and untangle confusing law

Ohio bill would open adoption files and untangle confusing law

Lisa Buescher has been trying to get her birth certificate and medical information about her biological parents for 11 years, ever since her first child was born.

Oswego County Judge accused of placing infant in dangerous home with sex offender


Oswego County Judge accused of placing infant in dangerous home with sex offender

The grandparents of a 3-month-old girl claim Family Court Judge Kim Seager has placed the child in danger by allowing her to live with registered sex offender in a home of squalor and neglect.

Studies: Disproportionate number of black children wind up in L.A. foster care


Studies: Disproportionate number of black children wind up in L.A. foster care


Eight out of every 100 children in Los Angeles County are black. And 29 out of every 100 children in foster care are black.


Council criticised over child protection pledges to improve

Council criticised over child protection pledges to improve


A council criticised for its protection of vulnerable children has said it is working to improve the situation.

Parents' rights, not money drive ACLU lawsuit


Parents' rights, not money drive ACLU lawsuit

Every week, Native American families are torn apart in Rapid City in violation of their constitutional rights, attorneys representing two South Dakota tribes and parents said Thursday after filing a federal lawsuit.

Is Adoption from China Ending?

Is Adoption from China Ending?


In the last 30 years, nearly 100,000 children from China have found new families around the world, thanks to one of the most stable and popular international adoption programs. And I’m the mom of two of them. My family was created there, when my husband and I adopted our two amazing daughters.

Number of orphans reached 118,000 in Russia - Deputy Prime Minister Golodets


Number of orphans reached 118,000 in Russia - Deputy Prime Minister Golodets

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets has put the number of orphans in the country today at 118,000.

A safer foster system


A safer foster system

Just before my 7th birthday, a police car rolled up alongside me as I was running an early morning errand for my mother. An officer leaned out the window and asked if my name was Andy. He then asked me to get into the car, and we drove the short distance back to the squalid motel where my mother and I were staying. Leaving me in the car, the officer jumped out to join a woman who was arguing on the sidewalk with my screaming mother.

HEALTH CARE OF YOUTH AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE

HEALTH CARE OF YOUTH AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE


The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a Policy Statement on “Health Care of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care.”

Australia’s scandal of forced adoption is happening here in Britain


Australia’s scandal of forced adoption is happening here in Britain

The forcible removal of children by social workers in Australia between the 1950s and the 1970s has parallels with what is happening in British courts today

Legal aid is being ruled out of court


Legal aid is being ruled out of court

Far-reaching changes will effectively prevent anyone earning more than £20,000 a year from obtaining help

Note: They're probably better off anyway.  Lawyers will suck anybody dry.

Fathers deserve equal chance at child custody in divorce

Fathers deserve equal chance at child custody in divorce

In this day and age, you would believe that fathers would have an equal shot at child custody in instances of divorce. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and in many instances is far from the truth.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Foster kids press lawmakers for 'Bill of Rights'


Foster kids press lawmakers for 'Bill of Rights'

Foster children told Oregon lawmakers Thursday they need more protection and pushed for a foster children’s Bill of Rights.

Sweden pays out first compensation to abused foster kids


Sweden pays out first compensation to abused foster kids

Sweden said Friday it had begun paying out 250,000 kronor (30,000 euros, $39,000) in compensation to Swedes who suffered abuse as foster children between 1920 and 1980, after rampant physical and sexual abuse was revealed.

Russia insists on monitoring the life of Russian children adopted by American families

Russia insists on monitoring the life of Russian children adopted by American families


Russia and the United States will soon hold consultations and will in particular discuss the destiny of two Russian children adopted to the U.S., Kirill Kuzmin and Yegor Shatabalov.

Ombudsman should oversee CAS, sex victim urges


Ombudsman should oversee CAS, sex victim urges

The victim of child-molesting stepdad Mac Bool Hassan is calling on the province to enable the ombudsman to oversee the Children's Aid Society (CAS) to prevent other kids from being abused in the future.

SystemSuckology Case Study: Why normal people are so damn stupid when it comes to CPS related issues.

Because they read and suck up crap like this.  
It Takes a Special Heart to be a Social Worker
They are working with foster families, answering the child abuse hotline, helping children at the Polinsky Children’s Center or San Pasqual Academy and ensuring the safety of seniors. 
Peace, Love and Roses

LK

Restraint & Seclusion - Deadly Restraints

269 Children Abused in Michigan Foster Care in First Half of 2012


269 Children Abused in Michigan Foster Care in First Half of 2012

100 of those children were in kinship care.  This is considered an improvement over what the system was in 2006.

Facebook Money Pics Bust Dad for Allegedly Dodging Child Support


Facebook Money Pics Bust Dad for Allegedly Dodging Child Support

Facebook helped the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office charge a wayward father for failing to pay child support.

Social worker beats boyfriend


Social worker beats boyfriend

A social worker who repeatedly punched her boyfriend and wrestled him to the ground pleaded guilty to assault Thursday in provincial court.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Prime Minister's full speech on the apology for forced adoptions

The Prime Minister's full speech on the apology for forced adoptions 


This Apology is extended in good faith and deep humility.


Two years after 3-year-old dies in foster care, murder case lingers

Two years after 3-year-old dies in foster care, murder case lingers


 AMITE- It’s been almost two years since 3-year-old Faith Saucier was beaten to death. Her grave in Washington Parish wears the time that’s passed. Family members are beyond anxious to have someone held responsible.

Media to be given access to family courts


Media to be given access to family courts

The media would be given access to family law and child care cases under a draft law on court reform published today by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.

wprjxradio's Community Call with Roz Mcallister, Prince and a special appearance by myself.

Description: how child protective services are illegally stealing our children. This is now going to be taking place every Thursday at 9 PM Eastern Time.

http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/119572

NZ victims of 'forced' adoption unlikely to receive an apology


NZ victims of 'forced' adoption unlikely to receive an apology

Victims of "forced" adoption in New Zealand are unlikely to receive a formal apology from the Government despite moves to make amends across the ditch.

Note: Neither will the victims in the US, Canada, or the UK.  

Julia Gillard apologises to victims of Australian forced adoption – video



You'll never see them admit this in America.

Head of Tennessee child welfare agency tells lawmakers about improvements

Head of Tennessee child welfare agency tells lawmakers about improvements

The man who took over Tennessee’s embattled child welfare agency said Tuesday he’s addressing problems that have plagued it for years, including having staffers personally call him when a child death is reported.

Note: Suckin up!!!

South Dakota tribes to file lawsuit over removal of Native American children from homes

South Dakota tribes to file lawsuit over removal of Native American children from homes

Two Native American tribes in South Dakota are expected to file a class action lawsuit Thursday alleging that the state's Department of Social Services has violated the Indian Child Welfare Act.

CHILD WELFARE SERVICES WORKER DISMISSED OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES


CHILD WELFARE SERVICES WORKER DISMISSED OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES

“Case Dismissed” in court today for a local Child Welfare Services worker who had been arrested for child endangerment

Court Monitor Says Safety Still A Concern For Michigan's Foster Care System

Court Monitor Says Safety Still A Concern For Michigan's Foster Care System


A court appointed monitor says Michigan still needs to do more to keep kids in foster care safe.

Cops look for woman they say took baby nephew from foster home

Cops look for woman they say took baby nephew from foster home


Cops are looking for a woman they say took her one-year-old nephew from a foster home.

House Makes Case for Improving Foster Care and Adoption


House Makes Case for Improving Foster Care and Adoption

Note: Based on the rantings of the System Sucks of course.

Today, many foster children languish in a system that can often become a “trap door” rather than a means to a stable home. The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing last Wednesday on how to boost adoptions from foster care.

Privately run shelter for male victims of domestic abuse forced to close its doors due to lack of funding


Privately run shelter for male victims of domestic abuse forced to close its doors due to lack of funding

A privately funded shelter for male victims of domestic abuse — believed to be the only refuge of its kind in the country — has closed.

Correcting CAS funding flaws

Correcting CAS funding flaws


Province investigates CAS memo, March 15

There can be no surprise that Peel Children’s Aid Society (and in all likelihood the other 52 CASs province-wide) is keeping cases open to secure extra funding from the province. The institutional culture at the managerial level of child welfare agencies has always been more about perpetuating the interests of the society rather than the “best interests of the child” (as defined by a province-mandated “Eligibility Spectrum instrument”).

K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents

K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents

An education technology conference this week in Austin, Texas, will clang with bells and whistles as startups eagerly show off their latest wares.

Facebook Photo Raid May Trigger Lawsuit, Gov Ignores 2nd Amendment Rights?


Facebook Photo Raid May Trigger Lawsuit, Gov Ignores 2nd Amendment Rights?

A Facebook photo raid may trigger a lawsuit.


As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Facebook photo raid was triggered when proud New Jersey dad Shawn Moore posted a photo of his son holding a .22 rifle on Facebook the young man had passed a state firearms safety test. An anonymous phone tip caused the Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) to raid the home with two social service workers and four police officers.

Note: Oh please let it be so.  These pigs need to learn not to suck up to these lying ass babystealers, the babystealers need to learn not to be overzealous, and the rat who made the call needs a bullet in the head.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Norman Dodd On Tax Exempt Foundations

SNL - Maine Justice

Forced adoption: A mother's story





Lily Arthur speaks about the federal government's apology for forced adoption practices that saw some 150,000 women separated from their newborn babies in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Watch World News Australia 6.30pm nightly and 10.30pm Mon-Fri on SBS ONE.

Former social worker accused of sex with foster child

Former social worker accused of sex with foster child


A former Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services employee faces four charges of having sex with a teenager in foster care 24 years ago.

Years of distress after forced adoption


Years of distress after forced adoption

RAE Whitbourne can't recall the number of times she cried at the loss of her baby son, taken from her in one of the notorious forced adoptions when she was only 14.


System fails foster children and parents


System fails foster children and parents

New research shows that early intervention and support for families is critical if foster children are to be reunited quickly and safely with their birth parents.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Two DHHS employees gone for failing to file for $1.8M in federal reimbursement


Two DHHS employees gone for failing to file for $1.8M in federal reimbursement

Two state workers for the Department of Health and Human Services have been let go in wake of an internal review of why the department failed to claim nearly two million dollars in federal reimbursement.



Family says NJ overreacted to boy's gun photo


Family says NJ overreacted to boy's gun photo

The ruddy-cheeked, camouflage-clad boy in the photo smiles out from behind a pair of glasses, proudly holding a gun his father gave him as a present for his upcoming 11th birthday.

Gilbert woman pleaded guilty to two counts of abusing her adopted son


Gilbert woman pleaded guilty to two counts of abusing her adopted son

A Gilbert woman accused of abusing her adopted son has pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse.





Where did pope stand during the ‘Dirty War’?


Where did pope stand during the ‘Dirty War’?

Bergoglio also told the biographer that he often allowed people sought by the military to hide on church property. In testimony before an official tribunal in 2010, he said he was unaware of the military government’s worst excesses until after the fact. He specifically denied knowing that babies born to pregnant detainees were forcibly taken from their mothers and given to politically connected families for adoption — although there is evidence suggesting he did know about this practice.




FAMILY’S HOME RAIDED OVER FACEBOOK PHOTO OF CHILD’S RIFLE

FAMILY’S HOME RAIDED OVER FACEBOOK PHOTO OF CHILD’S RIFLE

New Jersey police and Dept. of Children and Families officials raided the home of a firearms instructor and demanded to see his guns after he posted a Facebook photo of his 11-year-old son holding a rifle.


NJ father says caseworkers wrongly tried to search home after photo of son, 10, with rifle


Incredible women honoured at Women’s Day ceremony


Congratulations to our beloved Velvet Martin!!!!  The greatest of the great!  The best of the best of the best!  And one of my longest and dearest friends who is finally getting the recognition that she deserves.

Incredible women honoured at Women’s Day ceremony

Every year, the Baha’i Community of St. Albert honours remarkable women from St. Albert, Morinville and Sturgeon County and their achievements at their International Women’s Day ceremony.

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VELVET MARTIN (Unsung Heroine, Advocate for Children with Disabilities)

When Velvet’s daughter Samantha was born with severe disabilities, she was taken away by the provincial government and put into foster care. But it was that moment that Velvet began her fight for the rights of disabled children and their parents.

In 2007, the provincial government passed “Samantha’s Law,” which gave parents of a disabled child the right to raise that child themselves and have access to the government services they need. This law has gained the attention of other provinces and countries, who wish to model their own laws after it.

Sadly, Samantha died in 2006 at the age of 13 after suffering cardiac arrest. But Velvet’s fight will continue.


Morinville women to be honoured for International Women’s Day


Doctor Found Guilty Of Failing To Report Child Abuse


Doctor Found Guilty Of Failing To Report Child Abuse

A Fairfield County doctor was found guilty on Monday of failing to report child abuse.

Forced adoption apology

Forced adoption apology

On the 21st of March Julia Gillard will deliver a historical apology on behalf of the Australian government, to the people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices.

Bill O'Reilly 'Caught Cheating' in Child Custody Battle


Bill O'Reilly 'Caught Cheating' in Child Custody Battle

Bill O'Reilly's child custody battle with his ex-wife has gotten so ugly that he secretly hired the therapist designated as a neutral "arbitrator" in their disputes, Gawker reports. First, some backstory: The Fox News commentator separated from Maureen McPhilmy in 2011, and allegedly tried to start an internal affairs probe into her then-boyfriend, a police detective. Now O'Reilly's been caught paying six figures to Lynne Kulakowski, turning the custodial arbitrator into his children's nanny.

State Shuts Off Child Abuse Info

State Shuts Off Child Abuse Info


A joint newspaper investigation shows the Missouri Department of Social Services’ practice of releasing information after the deaths or near deaths of children has come to a sudden and unexplained end.

Program seeks better outcomes for foster children


Program seeks better outcomes for foster children

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services on Monday announced a new initiative designed to reduce the number of children in foster care and the amount of time each child spends in the system.

Dutch Turks to protest against lesbian couple fostering Turkish child

Dutch Turks to protest against lesbian couple fostering Turkish child

Several Turks living in The Netherlands are planning protests against the care of Turkish foster children in Dutch homosexual or Christian families, Dutch media reported on Tuesday.

Russia slams Texas prosecutors for not charging parents of dead adopted boy


Russia slams Texas prosecutors for not charging parents of dead adopted boy

Russia's child rights ombudsman slammed Texas prosecutors for deciding not to charge the adoptive parents of a Russian boy who died suddenly, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.

Steve Duin: Foster care survivors are deft advocates

Steve Duin: Foster care survivors are deft advocates


For an update on Oregon’s child-welfare system, you can turn to Erinn Kelley-Siel. Or you can pull up a chair opposite Nico Marquez.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Couple files complaint after newborn taken away


Couple files complaint after newborn taken away

A Montreal couple has lodged a complaint against the Royal Victoria Hospital and youth protection services after their newborn daughter was taken from them following a drug test.

Kent foster family in fight over Afghan teenager's deportation

Kent foster family in fight over Afghan teenager's deportation


An asylum seeker is facing deportation to Afghanistan despite fearing for his life if he is returned to his homeland.

WA foster carers taking on more than five kids at a time


WA foster carers taking on more than five kids at a time

WA foster carers are taking on more than five children at a time to cope with the severe shortage of other willing families.

Nonprofits to plead for more money from R.I. child-welfare funders


Nonprofits to plead for more money from R.I. child-welfare funders

Two nonprofit networks the state child-welfare department hired in July to help it save money by moving youths from residential programs back into the community are now facing financial losses.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Keeping Cases Open For The Federal Dollars - Baby LK Report For March 17th 2013

Missouri falls silent in children’s deaths, declining to release records


Missouri falls silent in children’s deaths, declining to release records


Thirteen years ago, the state of Missouri failed to save the lives of two Kansas City boys whose mother was torturing and slowly starving them.

Antipsychotic treatment of Medicaid insured children is dangerously high

Antipsychotic treatment of Medicaid insured children is dangerously high 


There has been heated controversy about the over prescribing of antipsychotic medications for children, particularly poor kids. On March 15, 2013, Science Daily has reported, Rapid Rise in Antipsychotic Treatment of Medicaid-Insured Children. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) has written, "Psychotropic drugs are increasingly being exposed as chemical toxins with the power to kill. Psychiatrists claim their drugs save lives, but according to their own studies, psychotropic drugs can double the risk of suicide." These drugs have also been associated with an increase in murders.

Family had counted on college financial support for adopted daughter

Family had counted on college financial support for adopted daughter

Through a layoff and the death of her husband, Colleen E. Briggs still managed to save $40,000 to send her daughter to college.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

York County caseworker suspended for not making criminal background checks


York County caseworker suspended for not making criminal background checks


The social services caseworker who agreed to place a Rock Hill boy with his convicted-felon uncle after removing him from his allegedly abusive father’s home was suspended for three days without pay in January, according to documents obtained recently by The Herald.

Oregon Foster Youth to Testify Before Senate Committee, Demand Child Welfare Reforms

Oregon Foster Youth to Testify Before Senate Committee, Demand Child Welfare Reforms

In one week, a group of current and former foster youth from across the state will testify before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee to push for reforms in Oregon’s foster care system. They will be asking the State to guarantee their basic rights while in state care—rights to things like clothes that fit, proper nutrition, contact with their siblings, and their safety. While the law already protects these rights in theory, gaps in policies and protocols still keep many foster youth from ever knowing their rights in care and, worse, leave them without safe means to report violations.

Parents' social service hell after one anonymous letter : Judge attacks Baby P council for 'knee-jerk' abuse investigation



Parents' social service hell after one anonymous letter : Judge attacks Baby P council for 'knee-jerk' abuse investigation


A mother told of her nightmare yesterday after being secretly investigated for child abuse by social workers who received a  single, anonymous letter.



Competency questioned of 11-year-old manslaughter suspect


Competency questioned of 11-year-old manslaughter suspect

A judge is holding a closed-door competency hearing for the youngest person to be charged with homicide in Maine in at least 30 years.

[UPDATED with Wife's Arrest:] Felipe Hernandez, Foster Dad Who Allegedly Raped Then Adopted Girls, Tied to 3rd Victim


[UPDATED with Wife's Arrest:] Felipe Hernandez, Foster Dad Who Allegedly Raped Then Adopted Girls, Tied to 3rd Victim

Felipe Hernandez, the Santa Ana foster dad accused last month of raping and sodomizing two girls brought under his and his wife's care who they later adopted, is now alleged to have preyed on a third girl.

Children’s Aid Society funding model with “perverse incentives” set to change this year


Children’s Aid Society funding model with “perverse incentives” set to change this year

A new funding formula for Ontario children’s aid societies will not have the same ties to service volumes that critics say encourage “perverse incentives.”

Friday, March 15, 2013

Retrial for caretaker in missing Fla. girl case

Retrial for caretaker in missing Fla. girl case

Prosecutors in Miami have decided to retry the caretaker of missing 4-year-old foster child Rilya Wilson on a murder charge.

Baby Chloe, found in a dumpster, now the most sought-after child in Texas

Baby Chloe, found in a dumpster, now the most sought-after child in Texas

A baby girl doctors have named Chloe is receiving an outpouring of love and attention – a far cry from the way she was discovered on February 19, wrapped in a plastic bag and abandoned in a dumpster near an apartment complex outside Houston.


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