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Sunday, November 30, 2014

The National Stolen Child Liquidation Month Wrap-up - Baby LK Report For November 30th 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Teachers living in fear of abuse allegations

Teachers living in fear of abuse allegations

More than two thirds of teachers who took part in a survey held by the MUT feel that reports of alleged cases of abuse by educators, and the subsequent debate, is affecting their work.


Ontario’s child advocate praises probe of drug hair tests

Ontario’s child advocate praises probe of drug hair tests

Ontario’s child advocate is praising Queen’s Park’s decision to probe the reliability of hair drug tests performed at the Hospital for Sick Children, used in child protection and criminal cases.

Former children's home worker John Cowan jailed for abuse

Former children's home worker John Cowan jailed for abuse

A former children's home worker has been sentenced to eight years in prison for child abuse committed in the 1970s.

Mercury News editorial: Doctors have incentives to drug foster kids

Mercury News editorial: Doctors have incentives to drug foster kids

"Follow the money" is the rule in politics for figuring out the real reason something not quite logical is happening.

Former social worker arrested for sex with 16-year-old client

Former social worker arrested for sex with 16-year-old client

A former San Mateo County social worker was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of dozens of felony sex abuse crimes against his 16-year-old client after she reported they had an intimate relationship.

Parents flee again after 'vindictive proceedings’

Parents flee again after 'vindictive proceedings’

Last week I reported on two 11‑year-old twins who, after nearly three years of hell in “care”, were joyfully reunited with their family after a Dutch judge made clear why the children should never have been removed in the first place.

Note: Anybody got any personal info on the social workers involved in this case, I would love to expose them.

Melissa Diegel Speaks Out



After being gagged and threatened, Melissa the mom of Kayla and Hannah Diegel Speaks out. Free the Sisters!

Social worker told grandparents he was 'God' as he refused to let them adopt their own grandson

Social worker told grandparents he was 'God' as he refused to let them adopt their own grandson 

A couple have claimed a social worker had wanted to play God as he refused to back their bid to adopt their own grandson.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Complaint Review: Riverside County DPSS-CPS

Complaint Review: Riverside County DPSS-CPS

My name is Raymond Mendoza, and me and my wife Jessica Herrera have a four year old son by the name of E**** R**** Mendoza. On April 23, 2013 our son was taken away from us at the age of two years old by Deborah Biddle from the CPS of Riverside. Child protective services were informed of possible illegal activities involving my residence. They sent a squad of Moreno Valley Police to my front door with a search warrant regarding their "probable cause" tip off. A warrant with no precise or specified reasoning is what got them through our front door.

Judge criticises social workers for ‘grossly overstated’ adoption evidence

Judge criticises social workers for ‘grossly overstated’ adoption evidence

A County Court judge has criticised three North East Lincolnshire social workers for having evidence which was “grossly overstated” in order to achieve adoption for a child.

North East Lincolnshire Council 'biased in adoption row'

North East Lincolnshire Council 'biased in adoption row'

A couple say a local authority set out to adopt their grandson even though they wanted to care for him and his brother who already lived with them.

How lawmakers hope to fix Vermont's child protection system

How lawmakers hope to fix Vermont's child protection system

Lawmakers proposed reforms to the state's child protection system Tuesday, but the reform authors concede new laws alone won't be enough to ensure safety.

Note: Nothing good coming out of this one.  Just more power for CPS to take and keep your kids.

Alberta's Child and Youth Advocate says frontline staff need more training following abuse of 10-month-old baby by caregiver

Note: or how one dumbass screws it up for everybody else.

Alberta's Child and Youth Advocate says frontline staff need more training following abuse of 10-month-old baby by caregiver

Alberta's Child and Youth Advocate is calling on Alberta Human Services to improve training for frontline staff in the wake of a 10-month-old baby that was abused by an occasional caregiver.

The Growing Backlash Against the "Overprotected Child"



Child experts say some parents can be so protective of their children, they can become overdependent. This is what experts call "the irony of the overprotected child."

Child welfare deaths no longer kept secret - At least not the ones we know about...

Child welfare deaths no longer kept secret

Alberta lifted the veil of secrecy over the deaths of children in care Thursday, pledging to publish key details about each death soon after a child dies.

Ariz. mother claims state took son after disagreement over cancer treatment

Ariz. mother claims state took son after disagreement over cancer treatment

A Florida infant was taken away from his mother for five months because he was underweight and she only wanted to feed him soy formula. A Connecticut girl was taken from her parents for one year after a disputed diagnosis.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Baby P and sex abuse scandals see rising number of children in care

Baby P and sex abuse scandals see rising number of children in care

The number of children in care has risen to its highest level for nearly 25 years, partly as a result of the scandal over the death of Baby P and a spate of child sex exploitation scandals, the Government’s spending watchdog has said.

Foster care tragedy: Karmah Jayne Hall's family learnt of her death on Facebook

Foster care tragedy: Karmah Jayne Hall's family learnt of her death on Facebook

The biological family of a 14-year-old girl who took her own life while in foster care have told of their anguish about learning of her death via Facebook.

Child protection system 'overwhelmed' in NT, with spike in unresolved cases

Child protection system 'overwhelmed' in NT, with spike in unresolved cases

A near tripling of unresolved child protection cases in the Northern Territory shows the system is overwhelmed and struggling under severe resource constraints, says the man in charge of advocating on behalf of vulnerable children.

Family speak out after almost losing children

Family speak out after almost losing children

EVESHAM parents, who came close to losing their children after the father left their toddler alone in his car for five minutes, have spoken out about their ordeal.

Newspaper objects to order to not publish story

Newspaper objects to order to not publish story

A Connecticut newspaper is challenging a state judge’s order to refrain from publishing a story about a child custody case, calling it a violation of freedom of the press rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Judge: Child abuse video won't be made public

Judge: Child abuse video won't be made public

Video footage showing what Iowa officials say is a former state worker physically abusing a 17-year-old girl is a confidential record and need not be disclosed by the state, a Polk County judge ruled this week.

Foster Dad Pleads Guilty in Hot Car Death



Foster Dad Pleads Guilty in Hot Car Death

A foster dad pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter for leaving a 10-month-old girl inside a sweltering car outside of his house in July while he and his partner smoked marijuana.

Police: Woman attempted ‘to create havoc’ with false child abuse reports

Police: Woman attempted ‘to create havoc’ with false child abuse reports

A Westville woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly filing 28 false reports of child abuse in an attempt “to create havoc,” according to the Bonifay Police Department.


Georgia child protective services investigators to work mandatory overtime

Georgia child protective services investigators to work mandatory overtime

Beginning next week Georgia child protective services investigators will have to work at least eight extra hours a week.
Beginning next week Georgia child protective services investigators will have to work at least eight extra hours a week.

From: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/9096e62cd9e1415cb6cc9e03bff87fb2/GA--Child-Protection-Overtime

Following N.J. caseworker stabbing, Camden building will get armed guards and security officers

Following N.J. caseworker stabbing, Camden building will get armed guards and security officers

Armed guards and security officers with metal detector wands will be stationed inside a Camden office building following the violent attack Monday on a child welfare caseworker by a client she had been supervising, a top union official said today.

Foster dad pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in baby’s death in hot car

Foster dad pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in baby’s death in hot car

Her initials were K.P.J., and she was 10 months old. She died on July 24 after the man taking care of her left her strapped in a car on a hot day in Wichita.

Homeschool parents sue cops after they are tasered, pepper-sprayed, and have their kids taken away

Homeschool parents sue cops after they are tasered, pepper-sprayed, and have their kids taken away

A Missouri homeschooling couple filed a lawsuit last week against local police after two officers entered their home in 2011 without a warrant, pepper-sprayed them, verbally and physically assaulted them, shot the father with a taser, and threatened to shoot the family dog – all in front of their terrified children aged 8-13.

Baby died in Sunderland after multiple failures by social services, review finds

Baby died in Sunderland after multiple failures by social services, review finds

A vulnerable baby died in Sunderland after being left in the care of her drug-addicted mother following multiple failures by social services, a review has found.


CBS 58 Special Report: Child Welfare, a broken system

CBS 58 Special Report: Child Welfare, a broken system

Stressful and unhealthy. That's how social workers describe their time at the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare.

Social worker charged with smoking crack while driving on I-65 with child in car

Social worker charged with smoking crack while driving on I-65 with child in car

A manager of a Birmingham substance abuse treatment center faces charges after authorities said she was driving down I-65 smoking a crack pipe with a young child in her car.

KC area grandparents step in to raise kids, reflecting national trend

KC area grandparents step in to raise kids, reflecting national trend

Thanksgiving will be a big family gathering for Bridgett Munday, 58, and the two grandchildren she is raising: Kynnedy Johnson, 14, and Madisyn Washington, 6.

Paedophile foster carer who paid boy to take photos of his genitals is jailed

Paedophile foster carer who paid boy to take photos of his genitals is jailed

Christopher Purnell scoured the internet for images of underage children but claimed he was researching a book on naturism

SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT PUBLIC DEBATE IS DOMINATED BY STUPID PEOPLE

SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT PUBLIC DEBATE IS DOMINATED BY STUPID PEOPLE

Have you ever picked up a newspaper, read a story about the teaching unions and thought: how on earth did these people get into positions of influence? Why is everyone so stupid? Well, you're not alone. And, if a graph that landed on my desk yesterday is right, there's a scientific basis for your frustration: you're probably a lot smarter than they are.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Quay County foster dad accused of inappropriately touching teenage boy

Quay County foster dad accused of inappropriately touching teenage boy

A foster dad has been arrested after he was accused of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old boy, according to New Mexico State Police.

VT lawmakers to change child protection laws

VT lawmakers to change child protection laws

A special legislative committee set up to investigate the Vermont child welfare system in the aftermath of two toddlers' deaths plans to propose a law to prioritize the best interest of the child over keeping families intact.

A Hard Debate Over Paddling in Florida Schools



Even though you might not agree, every parent is legally allowed to spank his or her child at home. Nineteen states, including Florida, allow children to be spanked in public schools by teachers or administrators. 

Can child protective services speak to my child without my knowledge or consent?

Can child protective services speak to my child without my knowledge or consent?

A question answered by attorneys on AVVO.

French dad loses battle for son put up for adoption

French dad loses battle for son put up for adoption

A French appeals court on Tuesday (Nov 25) denied a father custody of his 18-month-old son, who was put up for adoption at birth by his ex-girlfriend. Yoan Delorme, 29, was in prison when the baby was born and handed over to the state by his ex-girlfriend under a French law which allows women to give birth anonymously.

11-year-old Milwaukee girl sexually assaulted in foster care

11-year-old Milwaukee girl sexually assaulted in foster care

An 11-year-old girl placed in foster care for her safety wound up sexually assaulted and pregnant.

Regulation needed to curb overprescribing of drugs for children, say advocates

Regulation needed to curb overprescribing of drugs for children, say advocates

Scrutiny of doctors who prescribe psychotropic drugs to California foster children intensified this week, with growing calls for regulators to consider whether financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies may be driving the excessive use of medication.

Treatment foster parent from Tucumcari arrested on child sexual assault charges

Treatment foster parent from Tucumcari arrested on child sexual assault charges

A 64-year-old man who was a treatment foster parent for the Turquoise Health and Wellness Center in Tucumcari was arrested Monday by New Mexico State Police for allegedly touching a 16-year-old boy inappropriately.

Teen assaults social worker, another causes disturbance

Teen assaults social worker, another causes disturbance

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary arrested a 13-year-old girl Monday afternoon for assaulting a social worker.

Teenager missing while in care of State

Teenager missing while in care of State

A teenager in the care of the State has been missing since last week, the Dublin District Family Court has been told.


Foster kids reunite with siblings in Tucson

Foster kids reunite with siblings in Tucson

Pima County held its annual Sibling Reunion Day Picnic, kids were able to talk, eat and play together. Often times Child Protective Services is forced to split up children because of limited room in group and foster homes. Many only see each other during court hearings and supervised visits.


After Years With Caregivers, Cherishing Her Independence


For Dejulaira Lopez, trust is in short supply. At 2 years old, she became a ward of the state and spent the next 18 years in more than half a dozen foster homes, where, she said, she often experienced physical and emotional abuse.

Child taken from mother for 6 months

Child taken from mother for 6 months

Natisha Street appreciates every hug from her son, Samuel. The 9 year-old is back home now. But for six months Street was denied the right to talk to and even see her son.


How some teenagers are forced from foster care into direct provision once they turn 18

How some teenagers are forced from foster care into direct provision once they turn 18

Teenagers from outside of Ireland who don’t have a parent or guardian are being forced to move from foster care into the direct provision system after they turn 18.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Watchdog calls for tighter regulation on foster care prescriber relationships with drug companies

Watchdog calls for tighter regulation on foster care prescriber relationships with drug companies

Scrutiny of doctors who prescribe psychotropic drugs to California foster children intensified Monday, with growing calls for regulators to consider whether financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies may be driving the excessive use of medication.

Doctor involved in 'Baby P' case guilty of professional misconduct

Doctor involved in 'Baby P' case guilty of professional misconduct

A Medical Council fitness-to-practise committee has found Dr Sabah Al-Zayyat guilty of professional misconduct on one count.


They Steal Babies, Don’t They?

They Steal Babies, Don’t They?

Ethiopia, the Hague, and the rise and fall of international adoption. An exclusive investigation of internal U.S. State Department documents describing how humanitarian adoptions metastasized into a mini-industry shot through with fraud, becoming a source of income for unscrupulous orphanages, government officials, and shady operators—and was then reined back in through diplomacy, regulation, and a brand-new federal law.

Drugging our kids: RX alliance rewards doctors as drug companies get richer

Drugging our kids: RX alliance rewards doctors as drug companies get richer

Olivia Hernandez always trusted the doctors who scribbled out prescription after prescription for the heavy-duty psychiatric drugs that clouded her teenage years in foster care.


MISSOURI HOMESCHOOLING FAMILY SUES AFTER ATTACKED BY AUTHORITIES WITH TASERS FOR 'MESSY HOUSE'

MISSOURI HOMESCHOOLING FAMILY SUES AFTER ATTACKED BY AUTHORITIES WITH TASERS FOR 'MESSY HOUSE'

A homeschooling family in Missouri filed a lawsuit in a federal district court this week against two police officers, claiming that the officers deprived them of their rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution for actions that allegedly occurred when the police entered their home without a warrant in September 2011, including the parents being attacked with Tasers and pepper spray and being physically assaulted, all in front of their children.

Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission and Maine-Wabanaki REACH

Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission and Maine-Wabanaki REACH

There are few chapters of American history more disappointing than the treatment of Native Americans. From the moment Europeans set foot on what is now America, the native population was subjugated, taken advantage of and, in Maine, saw a 96 percent loss of their population.

DHS worker reported smelling marijuana at home of foster parents

DHS worker reported smelling marijuana at home of foster parents

Note: Oh my God!!!

A 3-year-old foster child who died of suspected child abuse in August was not removed from the home of his foster parents after a Department of Human Services worker smelled marijuana during a visit, according to a report released Friday.

DCF Unaware of Investigator's Past

DCF Unaware of Investigator's Past

The Florida Department of Children and Families says it didn't know one of its investigators left his previous state job amid allegations related to bribery and strip clubs.



Twins returned to family after 32 months of hell spent in 'care’

Twins returned to family after 32 months of hell spent in 'care’

Anyone wishing to see just how shocking the behaviour of our “child protection” system can be should watch an utterly chilling video on YouTube (see below: “Kidnap of children from their mother by Dutch social services…”). It shows 11-year-old twins screaming in protest as they are seized by social workers and carried off by a mob of policemen, from the loving home they have now not seen for nearly three years.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FL child welfare agency hired investigator who was forced to resign amid sex and bribery allegations

FL child welfare agency hired investigator who was forced to resign amid sex and bribery allegations

When Florida’s Department of Children and Families hired Karlos Barnes to handle child abuse investigations in 2013, the agency thought it was getting an experienced investigator who had left his job at the Division of Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco after a successful run.

Mother cleared of poisoning daughter after taking her to Belgium for treatment says case should be landmark ruling for parents who want to seek help outside of the NHS

Mother cleared of poisoning daughter after taking her to Belgium for treatment says case should be landmark ruling for parents who want to seek help outside of the NHS

A mother cleared of poisoning her daughter with a cocktail of drugs says her case should be used as a landmark ruling for parents who seek alternatives to the NHS.

Will poison control call CPS on me?

Will poison control call CPS on me?

I called poison control. She said he should be fine. But she asked for my address, will she call CPS? I'm worried.

Children Strip-Searched At New Philadelphia Family Courthouse

Children Strip-Searched At New Philadelphia Family Courthouse

Multiple sources involved in cases in Philadelphia Family Court say sheriff’s deputies improperly strip-searched juveniles in both criminal and DHS custody cases who were appearing at the court for hearings earlier this week.

JUVENILES AT PHILADELPHIA FAMILY COURT NO LONGER SUBJECT TO STRIP SEARCHES

Central Minnesota counties bear financial weight of child care due to declining foster homes

Central Minnesota counties bear financial weight of child care due to declining foster homes

A declining number of licensed foster homes in the St. Cloud area is costing nearby counties more money when they're forced to seek more expensive care for children, according to officials.

Note: Of course the thought of not snatching so many kids never crosses their minds.

Report released in death of Tulsa foster child

Report released in death of Tulsa foster child

A 3-year-old foster child who died of suspected child abuse in August was not removed from the home of his foster parents after a DHS worker smelled marijuana during a visit, according to a report released Friday.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Man pleads guilty in foster daughter's death

Man pleads guilty in foster daughter's death

A 37-year-old man pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shaken baby death of his infant foster daughter and other child abuse charges on Wednesday.

Phoenix man gets prison in foster kids abuse case

Phoenix man gets prison in foster kids abuse case

A Phoenix man accused of abusing foster children has been sentenced to an aggravated term of 15 years in prison.

Jersey foster child 'abused by carers', inquiry hears

Jersey foster child 'abused by carers', inquiry hears

A woman was "sexually abused every night" by her foster father, the Jersey care inquiry has heard.


Failures in foster care for children are rife: report

Failures in foster care for children are rife: report

INSPECTORS who investigated the care of children in foster families found one child who had not been visited by social workers in over four years, according to a new report.

Social Service is Stealing Children and Abusing Them



In this video Luke Rudkowski travels to the U.K to learn about a horrible situation with social services taking away children from parents. The parents in this case are Bhupeshkumar Navinchandra Patel and they explain in detail what they had to go through.

Instead of Foster Care, Kids Safely Staying with Family


Pennsylvania court data shows that children, who have been put in the child welfare system, are safely remaining with family members or at home, instead of being placed in foster care.  

Review: Vermont DCF Did Not Protect Children

Review: Vermont DCF Did Not Protect Children

A citizen's board asked to investigate the state's handling of the cases of two toddlers who died after being in state custody says Vermont's social welfare system didn't adequately protect them.

The Official Inspiration for Legally Kidnapped is now on Twitter

The Official Inspiration for Legally Kidnapped is now on Twitter

https://twitter.com/MaineDHHS

With a new spokesperson https://twitter.com/DSorensenME (the mouth of PR)

I have reached out to him but I doubt he'll respond.  I'll keep you updated, but don't be disappointed. They don't care that my step son was molested while in their foster care system all those years ago.

They're not interested in learning the truth about how DHHS destroys families in Maine.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Growing number of parents flee to Ireland over forced adoption fears

Growing number of parents flee to Ireland over forced adoption fears

Growing numbers of fearful parents are finding sanctuary in rural Ireland, on the run from social services in England and Wales where their children are being threatened with forced adoption.

Parents should have legal aid to fight care proceedings, says Bar Council

Parents should have legal aid to fight care proceedings, says Bar Council

Parents facing the prospect of having their children taken away from them should have legal aid to fight their case, the Bar Council has said.

Child-Abuse Investigator Sues Texas Agency

Child-Abuse Investigator Sues Texas Agency

A state investigator was fired after exposing shoddy and nonexistent investigations of Texas children who died under the supervision of Child Protective Services, he claims in court.

2 Winnipeg families fear for daughters' safety in child welfare system

2 Winnipeg families fear for daughters' safety in child welfare system

Two Winnipeg families who turned to Manitoba's child welfare system for help with their teenage daughters now fear for the girls' safety in care.

In the case of one 15-year-old girl, she has been in Child and Family Services (CFS) care since the weekend, but her parents say she has already broken curfew and has not attended school.

Unsubstantiated CPS Reports of Abuse Result in Loss of Custody

Unsubstantiated CPS Reports of Abuse Result in Loss of Custody

Family lawyers are seeing a lot of custody cases these days in which allegations of abuse result in an investigation by Child Protection Services (CPS) workers. When a parent reports alleged abuse to CPS, that agency must investigate. If the allegations are found to be untrue, there can be a significant negative impact when the trial court makes decisions about child custody and parenting time. In a recent Michigan case, the father was awarded sole custody and that mother was awarded two hours of supervised parenting time per week until further order of the court.


UN Refugee Agency calls on States to end the immigration detention of children on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

UN Refugee Agency calls on States to end the immigration detention of children on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

It's 25 years since the international community adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a major treaty setting out the rights of all children. With its 194 accessions, the CRC is the most widely ratified human rights treaty of all time. Among its provisions, Article 22 requires States to provide special protection for refugee children. Yet thousands of children are being detained by immigration authorities worldwide, with damaging effects on their health and wellbeing. UNHCR calls for an end to this harmful practice and for an ethic of care, not enforcement, to guide all interactions with asylum-seeking and refugee children.

Alberta NDP leader slams Tories’ publication ban rules


In a searing minority report, NDP Leader Rachel Notley said a Tory-dominated committee flouted 12 expert opinions and ignored opposition pleas to reconsider new rules governing publication bans for children who die in provincial care.

Foster parents lose license following baby death

Foster parents lose license following baby death

The foster care license for a Bemidji couple has been revoked following the death of an infant.



‘Kids for Cash’ film screened at United Nations

‘Kids for Cash’ film screened at United Nations

Victims of the Luzerne County judicial scandal were on hand as the documentary “Kids for Cash” was screened today at the United Nations in New York.


DCS acknowledges failure to comply with state law but won’t fix it


The Indiana Department of Child Services is violating state law in 18 of its 19 regions, but DCS officials said they have no immediate plans to rectify the situation.


Lack of foster care in Grayson Co. forces children to move to other cities across Texas

Lack of foster care in Grayson Co. forces children to move to other cities across Texas

Translation to Reality:  The systematic snatching of too many kids in Grayson Co. mixed with a shortage of available warehousing space forces the state to send them across the state making it harder to visit and reunify with their families.

Officials in Grayson County say a lack of foster families in the area is forcing them to place children into homes outside of the county, some even across the state.


Ebola Heightens Need for Aid for Orphans



ACLU lawsuit says Allegheny County denied foster care payment to Leechburg woman

ACLU lawsuit says Allegheny County denied foster care payment to Leechburg woman

The American Civil Liberties Union said in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that an Allegheny County agency illegally denied a Leechburg woman foster care payments and other support for the past two years because the four children she's taking care of are related to her.

Insider: New DCS agency is falling back to old CPS ways

Insider: New DCS agency is falling back to old CPS ways

About six months after Arizonans learned that the state Child Protective Services had failed to investigate more than 6,500 cases of child abuse and neglect, a new agency was created by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and the state Legislature.

State investigator files whistleblower suit over CPS investigations

State investigator files whistleblower suit over CPS investigations


A former employee for the Office of Inspector General filed a whistleblower lawsuit Tuesday, saying he was wrongly fired after raising complaints about the way the office investigated Child Protective Services’ role in child abuse deaths.

How is stress impacting the UK’s social workers?

How is stress impacting the UK’s social workers?

Note: Do we really care?

How is stress affecting you? Community Care is looking to find out how rising caseloads, vacancies and other pressures are impacting stress levels among social workers in an anonymous survey.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DHS worker charged with assaulting two children


A Department of Human Services child protective worker in Linn County was recently charged with assaulting two children, ages 8 and 13 at her home in Cedar Rapids.

DHS child protective worker accused of slapping, hitting two children

DHS child protective worker accused of slapping, hitting two children

An eastern Iowa Department of Human Services child protective worker is charged with assaulting two children in her own home.


The Government Owns Your Children

The Government Owns Your Children

Well, the CPS vultures are out there, once again. This time in Seminole County, Florida. In June the county’s Child Protection Services bureaucrats took a 12-day-old baby away from his vegan Seventh Day Adventist mother who insisted on breastfeeding the baby, and, when the baby was losing weight the mother refused to take him to the hospital and instead she provided the baby with a supplemental vegan formula. That diet and method of healing was consistent with her religious beliefs, but her “doctor” believed otherwise, reported her to the “authorities” who arrested her, and had CPS seize her child.

Child advocates want fewer aboriginal children in child welfare

Child advocates want fewer aboriginal children in child welfare

The federal government is being called upon to reduce the number of aboriginal children living within the child welfare system.

Security added to building where worker stabbed

Security added to building where worker stabbed

Security has been stepped up at a Camden office building where a state child welfare worker was stabbed earlier this week, but state officials are not talking about it.

Councils leaving children at sex-abuse risk, says Ofsted

Councils leaving children at sex-abuse risk, says Ofsted

Vulnerable children in England are at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse because of council failures, the children's services watchdog has said.


Devon foster children GCSE grades 'truly awful'

Devon foster children GCSE grades 'truly awful'

Devon children in foster care achieved less than half the average number of good GCSEs compared with others in England.

Ex-foster father sentenced to 95-100 years for sexually assaulting children

Ex-foster father sentenced to 95-100 years for sexually assaulting children

A former foster father from Hooper, Nebraska, was sentenced to what amounts to life in prison Tuesday after being found guilty of first-degree sexual assault of a child.


Manitoba moves to get kids under gov't care out of hotels

Manitoba moves to get kids under gov't care out of hotels

The Manitoba government is promising to wind down the use of hotels to house children in need of emergency foster care, but the great-aunt of a teen who was killed after running away from one wonders why it took the searing spotlight of a tragedy to make changes.


Clark County settles foster kids' lawsuit for $2M

Clark County settles foster kids' lawsuit for $2M

Clark County settled a lawsuit involving seven foster children who suffered due to systemic failures in the Nevada foster care system.

Social worker accused of unethical behavior will give up her license

Social worker accused of unethical behavior will give up her license

A former Mason City social worker has agreed to voluntarily give up her license.

Province adding foster home spaces, child care workers to avoid putting kids in hotels

Province adding foster home spaces, child care workers to avoid putting kids in hotels

The Manitoba government will create 71 emergency foster home spaces and hire 210 child care workers as part of its plan to reduce its reliance on hotels as emergency shelters.

Note: They could also try helping more families instead of snatching so many kids.

George and Amal Clooney Probably Can't Adopt a Baby From Syria

George and Amal Clooney Probably Can't Adopt a Baby From Syria

American actor George Clooney and his new wife, British human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin Clooney, are reportedly looking to adopt a baby. Not just any baby, however—one from a "war-torn country," according to reports from Woman's Day and the Daily Mail.


Prosecutor: Nebraska man abuses foster daughter

Prosecutor: Nebraska man abuses foster daughter

A Nebraska man has been arrested after police say he sexually abused his 13-year-old foster daughter.

How A Nuisance Ordinance Could Threaten Housing for Current, Former Foster Youth

How A Nuisance Ordinance Could Threaten Housing for Current, Former Foster Youth

The Oakland City Council’s unanimous adoption of an amended Nuisance Eviction Ordinance (NEO) threatens the stability of some of our most vulnerable current and former foster youth, particularly those who have been or are currently victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Young mother fights to get her 4-year-old back from youth protection

Young mother fights to get her 4-year-old back from youth protection

A 20-year-old mother of two will never forget the day her first-born daughter was taken away by youth protection in May of 2012.

Satanic child abuse claims are almost certainly based on false memories

Satanic child abuse claims are almost certainly based on false memories

“EXCLUSIVE: Charities claim that the satanic abuse of children is rife” screamed the headline in the Express on Sunday earlier this month. The piece reports that two charities, Kilmarnock-based Break the Silence and Dundee-based Izzy’s Promise, believe satanic abuse to be rife in Scotland and that it has been for decades. They say children are forced to take part in satanic rituals involving the sacrifice of babies and the making of snuff movies. According to Kate Short of Break the Silence, “Victims are so brainwashed they don’t dare to speak out.” These are obviously extremely serious allegations – but are they true?

Foster dad accused of sex with girl, 13

Foster dad accused of sex with girl, 13

A former foster parent has been charged with five counts of first-degree sexual assault involving the 13-year-old girl the state placed in his care.

Jury acquits man of sexually assaulting foster child

Jury acquits man of sexually assaulting foster child

The former owner of a North Las Vegas behavioral health services company was convicted Monday of child abuse and lewdness with his adopted son and acquitted of sexual assault charges relating to his foster son.

Group Home Closed: Residents Sexually Abused, Medications Missed

Group Home Closed: Residents Sexually Abused, Medications Missed

Sixteen-year-old Joe Buerckley didn’t get a good start.  His adoptive mother says his biological parents abused and neglected him, which left Joe with a brain injury and psychiatric problems.

Police ID woman who violently stabbed case worker in Camden

Police ID woman who violently stabbed case worker in Camden

Authorities have identified the woman who violently stabbed a Department of Children and Families case worker multiple times Monday inside an office building for the state agency in Camden.

Social worker let down foster children in her care and faked records to cover up the missed appointments

Social worker let down foster children in her care and faked records to cover up the missed appointments

A social worker has been accused of falsifying documents to cover up the appointments she missed with foster children in her charge.


DHS on notice to make good-faith improvements in foster care

DHS on notice to make good-faith improvements in foster care

The monitors overseeing the state’s agreed-upon improvement plan for the care of foster children have issued a written warning to the Oklahoma Department of Human Service to start meeting its goals.

Our damned children

Our damned children

Abuse and hunger await millions of South African children, according to a new report.


Oklahoma DHS looks to overhaul foster children services

Oklahoma DHS looks to overhaul foster children services

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is currently reviewing plans to overhaul their services for foster children.

Lack of stability, control concern for youth in foster care

Lack of stability, control concern for youth in foster care

Angel Haynes says when she first moved to a foster home, she didn’t think it would stick. She’d been through the system in the United States when she was young, and re-entered it in Canada around 12 or 13 years old.

Birth parents use net to ‘disrupt’ adoption.

Birth parents use net to ‘disrupt’ adoption.

Non-consenting parents to adoption are clearly having an impact on the adoption process. Stop stealing children and there shall be no problem. Start promoting family preservation and order open adoptions.

Bill In Congress Would Overhaul System of Reporting Infant and Child Deaths

Bill In Congress Would Overhaul System of Reporting Infant and Child Deaths

Dozens of children in this country die suddenly for reasons that are not fully understood, and on Monday, Sen. Charles Schumer was in Rochester to promote a bill that would collect information about those deaths in a systematic way to help doctors and researchers better understand why these children are dying.

Rhode Island DCYF director asking for $13.8M in additional funding

Rhode Island DCYF director asking for $13.8M in additional funding

The director of the state Department of Children, Youth and Families has asked Governor Chafee for an additional $13.8 million to run the department through the remaining eight months of the fiscal year.

The request from Janice E. DeFrances includes $10 million to offset projected budget shortfalls for fiscal 2015 for the two nonprofit networks that manage services for about 1,800 children and youths in state care.

UK government tries to hide the chaos caused by legal aid cuts

UK government tries to hide the chaos caused by legal aid cuts

In the House of Commons last week Heidi Alexander, the Labour MP for Lewisham East, said that since the government “took the axe to legal aid” rising numbers of people representing themselves in court were “clogging up the courts, costing time and costing money”. She asked the government to reveal how many people had acted as so-called ‘litigants in person’ in the first six months of this year compared to the same period four years ago.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Child attacked by dog while in foster care, Oklahoma family demanding answers

Child attacked by dog while in foster care, Oklahoma family demanding answers

A child is attacked by a dog while in foster care, now one Oklahoma family demands answers.

Mom Turns Herself in Decade After Fleeing with Child: U.S. Marshal Service

Mom Turns Herself in Decade After Fleeing with Child: U.S. Marshal Service

A New Hampshire woman who fled with her 8-year-old a decade ago during a custody dispute has turned herself in to face trial, though authorities say the whereabouts and condition of her now-adult daughter remain unknown.


Rotherham abuse report calls for nationwide child protection checks

Rotherham abuse report calls for nationwide child protection checks

THE ORGANISED and widespread child abuse seen in Rotherham is likely to be prevalent across England, it is today claimed, as councils nationwide are urged to learn from the systematic failings exposed in Yorkshire.

N.J. child welfare worker stabbed by client in Camden office, days after police reassigned

N.J. child welfare worker stabbed by client in Camden office, days after police reassigned

Days after the Christie administration pulled police officers out of all of its child welfare offices, a caseworker was attacked by a client with a knife at her office in Camden today, Camden County police and union representatives confirmed.


SOCIAL WORKER STABBED 21 TIMES IN CAMDEN OFFICE BUILDING

SOCIAL WORKER STABBED 21 TIMES IN CAMDEN OFFICE BUILDING

A New Jersey social worker is hospitalized after being stabbed repeatedly inside a state office building.

Note: She really pissed that person off, eh?

Girls missing after leaving group home

Girls missing after leaving group home

A 12-year-old girl is listed as missing and endangered after police say she walked away from a youth home. Another girl is also missing, and police believe the two may have left together.

False accusations of child abuse hurt many

False accusations of child abuse hurt many

False allegations of abuse may be made by either parent. They are more common coming from the custodial parent, trying any method they can to prevent the children’s other parent from having any contact or visitation with them. This is despicable. It is also particularly effective because of the difficulty of proving innocence of a crime that didn’t happen. This is most effective because the accuser will claim this happened weeks or months earlier because there is no evidence.


Former foster kids Letter to Human Rights Commissioner Regarding child abuse October 28, 2014 mp4




Mom: DCF mix-up lands child in care of stranger

Mom: DCF mix-up lands child in care of stranger

The mother of a Fall River student said she is furious with the Massachusetts Department of Child and Family Services. She said a DCF worker mistakenly signed out her 8-year-old son from school on Friday.

Deportations violate U.S., global laws

Deportations violate U.S., global laws

The nearly 600 Central American mothers and children currently detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Artesia are fleeing persecution in the form of gang and cartel violence, extortion and human trafficking, and domestic violence that public authorities in their home countries are powerless to prevent or remedy. The detention and summary deportation of these moms and kids is in violation of U.S. and international law.

CT Supreme Court examining long, mandatory sentences for juveniles

CT Supreme Court examining long, mandatory sentences for juveniles

Before Ackeem Riley was sentenced to at least 85 years in jail for his involvement in a 2006 gang-related, drive-by shooting in the North End of Hartford, the prosecutor said the teen “should never, ever be on the streets again.”

Maine family court system needs more judges, clerks to help people without lawyers

Maine family court system needs more judges, clerks to help people without lawyers

If Maine wants to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its family court system, it needs more judges and clerks because of a rise in the number of people representing themselves in court because they cannot afford to hire attorneys, according to a report submitted by the Family Division Task Force.

‘We Want Our Kids Back,’ Protestors Gather Outside Courthouse on Adoption Saturday

‘We Want Our Kids Back,’ Protestors Gather Outside Courthouse on Adoption Saturday

However there are some families not in favor of “Adoption Saturday.”

“I want them back. They should have never been taken from me,” says Jeanne Munson as she protest outside of the courthouse.

Family courts warned not to give jail sentences in secret

Family courts warned not to give jail sentences in secret

Cases at the family court where a jail sentence is at stake must never be held in secret, the most senior judge in the Family Division at the High Court has ruled.

Why is the Arizona “Family Advocate” Threatening People Asking About Children in State Custody?

Why is the Arizona “Family Advocate” Threatening People Asking About Children in State Custody?

The statement “Ms. Hoffman is the only person at the legislature who handles CPS constituent issues directly and with the Attorney General’s Office” apparently means that parents who have questions about why the state seizes custody of their children can only be answered by Maria Hoffman, an unelected employee under contract with the Arizona legislature. Those elected to represent the parents and families, have to defer all questions regarding Department of Child Safety (DCS – formerly CPS) taking children away from families to her.

At Least 10 Percent of World's Children Are in Forced Labor, US Department of Labor Study Finds

At Least 10 Percent of World's Children Are in Forced Labor, US Department of Labor Study Finds

A new survey revealed that at least 10 percent of the world's children are in forced labor and 40 percent of countries are not doing enough to protect the children, according to the Guardian.

A question posted to AAVO

How do I get cps to remove their stupid substantiations against me? never any charges, just allegations

Note: Some states are addressing this now.

Council cuts driving rise in child adoption, says Ronnie Campbell MP

Council cuts driving rise in child adoption, says Ronnie Campbell MP

Saving councils cash is driving a rise in fast-track child adoptions in the North, an MP has claimed.

2.5 Million Children in U.S. are Homeless. How Does Your State Fare?

2.5 Million Children in U.S. are Homeless. How Does Your State Fare?

The number of children that are homeless in the United States has drastically increased in recent years to a record-high level, which is equivalent ot about one child per 30 American children.


Children's voices are stifled in Delhi's juvenile homes, survey finds

Children's voices are stifled in Delhi's juvenile homes, survey finds

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), in a recent survey, has found that a large number of child institutions lack children's committees.

A new indigenous Stolen Generation

A new indigenous Stolen Generation

At this moment, there are 14,000 Aboriginal babies and children in foster care, out-of-home care, or residential care. The attempted annihilation of the First Peoples continues.

Deported dad refuses to give up on getting his girls back

Deported dad refuses to give up on getting his girls back

It's been six years since Luis Ernesto Rodriguez has been able to hold his daughters.

Michigan dad's plight spotlights when parent takes kids

Michigan dad's plight spotlights when parent takes kids

Eric Haan feels like he's living in a "Twilight Zone" episode.

Twenty-two months ago, his wife of six years took their two young sons — Pablo, now 4, and Joshua, now 3 — during a family vacation in Mexico and he hasn't seen them since, Haan said.

Iowa and Minnesota Score “B’s” in shared parenting practices

Iowa and Minnesota Score “B’s” in shared parenting practices

A new report from the National Parents Organization is ranking states based on their child custody laws.  This report is the first of its kind because it ranks each state specifically on the degree to which they promote shared parenting.

Ex-deputy falsely accuses boyfriend's ex-wife of child molestation

Ex-deputy falsely accuses boyfriend's ex-wife of child molestation

A former deputy who resigned amid charges of misconduct earlier this year was arrested Thursday for making false accusations of child molestation.

Dramatic Increase In The Number Of Children In Arizona CPS/DCS Custody

Dramatic Increase In The Number Of Children In Arizona CPS/DCS Custody

With the recent stories of children allegedly being medically kidnapped in Arizona, as well as reports that there are not enough foster homes to house all the children in DCS custody, some parents have asked if this is truly an increasing trend or if there are simply more of these stories being reported. The trends they are seeing are concerning.

Child soldiers fight against Islamic State in Syria

Child soldiers fight against Islamic State in Syria

A Kurdish boy who looks no older than 11 mans the entrance of a military base in northeastern Syria.

Obama opens door for Central American children to legally come to U.S.

Obama opens door for Central American children to legally come to U.S.

The Obama administration quietly announced a program late last week to create a legal channel for thousands of Central American children to come to the U.S., a move designed to prevent a repeat of this summer’s illegal immigrant surge but which Republicans said amounted to “border sabotage.”

Families Can Crumble Under Deportation Threat

Families Can Crumble Under Deportation Threat

Sara Martinez never wanted her two daughters to grow up poor and anxious about life, the way she had in Ecuador. But that is what happened.

Child homelessness in U.S. hit all-time high in recent years, new report says

Child homelessness in U.S. hit all-time high in recent years, new report says

The number of homeless children in the United States has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the effects of pervasive domestic violence.

DCF Attempting to ‘Turn the Ship Around' Since 6 Children's Deaths

DCF Attempting to ‘Turn the Ship Around' Since 6 Children's Deaths

The Florida Department of Children and Families was not built to handle families like Sarah Spirit's.

But since September, when Spirit and her six young children were killed by her suicidal father, DCF has adopted a new approach to helping families. Rather than responding from crisis to crisis, case officers are being trained to view the entire arc of a family's life.

DCF worker allegedly signs wrong child out of Fall River school

DCF worker allegedly signs wrong child out of Fall River school

The mother of a Fall River student is furious after she claims a Department of Child and Family Services worker mistakenly signed out her 8-year-old son from school on Friday.




Workshop on ‘Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing with Child Protective Services

Workshop on ‘Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing with Child Protective Services

An expert in juvenile dependency cases, Vincent W. Davis, Esq., is meeting with parents to share tips and strategies on how to help their court-appointed attorney get their kids back – sooner.

How the 2014 Elections Might Impact Federal Child Welfare Policy

How the 2014 Elections Might Impact Federal Child Welfare Policy

Given the non-representative electorate that turned out to vote on November 4, we can debate whether the 2014 midterms were a “wave” election or not, but unquestionably they resulted in big victories for the Republican Party in Congress. When the last few races are called, Republicans will likely have added over a dozen seats to their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, bringing their advantage to over 60 seats in that body. Even more importantly, Republicans dominated the contested U.S. Senate races and will take control of that chamber in January.

Parenting grandparents face litany of issues

Parenting grandparents face litany of issues

Donna and Buddy Smallwood thought their years of raising small children were over. Then they received a phone call about 2 1/2 years ago from a social worker.

Human services pose early test for Charlie Baker administration

Human services pose early test for Charlie Baker administration

GOVERNOR-ELECT Charlie Baker knows from experience that the state’s human services system — child protection, mental illness, welfare, and juvenile justice — will pose the stiffest challenge for his new administration at the highest stakes. Baker served as secretary of health and human services from 1992 to 1994, a time when scores of people died under the care or control of state human service agencies — 42 suicides in the state mental health system in 1994 alone, according to a Globe article from that period. Human services advocates pointed — as they often do — to insufficient budgets. State officials pointed — as they often do— to better record-keeping that accounted for more suicides.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Man who beats gf's 17 month old foster son to death will only get a YEAR in jail


A Brooklyn man was convicted Friday for the death of his girlfriend’s 17-month-old foster son - but can be freed in a matter of months after jurors decided he meant no harm.


Group home where boy died violated rules

Group home where boy died violated rules

Maryland health regulators say they found serious violations at the group home for disabled foster children where a 10-year-old Baltimore boy died in July — including conflicting records on his care, and miscommunication between staff and the emergency responders and medical personnel who labored to save him — but nothing that contributed to his death.

Courts cannot protect ill First Nations children: Manitoba ethicist

Courts cannot protect ill First Nations children: Manitoba ethicist

A Manitoba medical ethicist argued Friday that a court ruling in Ontario seems to mean courts retain the right to protect children in need of medical care, except if the children are First Nations.


Vaccine-Injured Child Kidnapped from Family by Child Protective Services

Vaccine-Injured Child Kidnapped from Family by Child Protective Services

Vaccine injury and medical kidnapping stories are becoming commonplace. They are often connected. One mother never thought for a second that vaccinating her child would tear her family apart.

Native American child law not followed, court says

Native American child law not followed, court says

The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that a Lancaster County judge should have applied to a child custody case a federal law that seeks to prevent the removal of Native American children from their homes.

More than 1,000 children locked up in Welsh police cells last year

More than 1,000 children locked up in Welsh police cells last year

More than 1,000 children in Wales have spent at least one night in police custody last year.

Judge Says He Can Find Better Parents For Any Child, Even Yours!



Maricopa county, Arizona Judge Mark Brain Says he can find better parents for any child at a training seminar for juvenile court judges. This is the elitist mentality that pervades our juvenile court system.

Father Sues Vermont DCF in Toddler’s Death



Father Sues Vermont DCF in Toddler’s Death

The father of a 2-year-old girl who died in state care filed a lawsuit Thursday against Vermont and its Department for Children and Families, saying they breached their duties to protect the child, whose stepfather is accused of killing her.

Adoptions collapse after judge denounces 'sloppy’ social workers

Adoptions collapse after judge denounces 'sloppy’ social workers

Scarcely a day goes by now without more public evidence of disquiet at how lamentably our “child protection” system has gone off the rails. On Tuesday, for the second time, parents convinced that their children had been wrongly removed from them went to Brussels to appear before a sympathetic committee of the European Parliament. This time they were protesting at the ruthless pressures brought on them by social workers for daring to put their case to the MEPs. It prompted one committee member, Tatyana Zdanoka, to say: “In my experience the UK is unique in Europe for the secrecy of its family courts and for the threats and bullying by authorities of parents who want to speak out about their treatment.”


How adopted children get 'lost,' given away in Canada

How adopted children get 'lost,' given away in Canada

A child advocate says that "children get lost quite frequently in Canada" following international adoptions because of lax rules around transferring custody from the adoptive parents to other families.

Why Fathers Are Our Real Life Hero: A Psychological Overview

Why Fathers Are Our Real Life Hero: A Psychological Overview

A well known sociologist, Dr. David Popenoe, stated that “Fathers are far more than just ‘second adults’ in the home.” He said that fathers bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring. Fathers have a direct impact on the well-being of their children.

Message to task force: More scrutiny for Minnesota child protection

Message to task force: More scrutiny for Minnesota child protection

A stronger child protection system in Minnesota would require better oversight, increased collaboration between social workers and law enforcement, and more accountability to the public, a task force was told Friday.


Too Jewish to adopt! What social worker called couple after claiming their household was too religious for a child

Too Jewish to adopt! What social worker called couple after claiming their household was too religious for a child

A social worker wanted to stop a girl who was a quarter Jewish being adopted by a Jewish couple because the household would have been too religious for the child, it was revealed yesterday.

Prosecutors vow a retrial after judge declares mistrial in child abuse case of Army major

Prosecutors vow a retrial after judge declares mistrial in child abuse case of Army major

Federal prosecutors say they intend to retry an Army major and his wife charged with abusing their children, after a judge halted the proceedings yesterday over the inadvertent disclosure that the couple’s two-year-old son had died while in their care.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Judge Declares Mistrial in Child Abuse Case Against Army Major, Wife

Judge Declares Mistrial in Child Abuse Case Against Army Major, Wife

Despite 17 charges of child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, and damning evidence from their own son, the trial has now ended for an Army Major and his wife after a prosecutor’s slip of the tongue.


Foster care in need of better inter-agency communication

Foster care in need of better inter-agency communication

Graham resident Erin Harvey said recently that, at least as the system functions now, she's done fostering children. She would love to do it again, but after a heartbreaking experience in 2010 fostering a teenage girl that she hoped to make a permanent member of her family, she's lost faith in any kind of support offered through agencies charged with placing foster children in homes and assisting foster families. 

Note: The poor thing.

Ex-Seminole Co. deputy accused of making false child sexual abuse report

Ex-Seminole Co. deputy accused of making false child sexual abuse report

A former Seminole County deputy accused of making a false report of a child being sexually abused has bonded out of jail.

Child Border Crossings Way Down, Early Numbers Show

Child Border Crossings Way Down, Early Numbers Show

The numbers of children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border on their own is down about 40 percent in the first month of the 2015 fiscal year, according to Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security. From Oct.1 through October 31, a total 2,529 unaccompanied children had arrived on the southwest border.

U.S. Seeks to Ease Influx of Central American Child Migrants



Vice President Joe Biden announced on Friday that Washington will allow some children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to apply for refugee status from their home countries, in a bid to stem an exodus of undocumented migrants to the U.S. border through Mexico. The program only applies to children whose parents are legal residents of the United States. But Biden said it should provide an alternative for children making the "harrowing" journey alone from Central America in order to join their parents. In a speech, Biden reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Central America, but made no promises of additional financial assistance to help curb the influx of migrants, as regional leaders have urged.



Clark County may settle child welfare lawsuit for $2 million

Clark County may settle child welfare lawsuit for $2 million

Seven former foster children alleging abuse and neglect in the child welfare system may soon receive a settlement in excess of $2 million from Clark County.

Aboriginal girl's family can decline chemotherapy treatment, court rules

Aboriginal girl's family can decline chemotherapy treatment, court rules

The family of an 11-year-old aboriginal girl with cancer has a constitutional right to opt for traditional medicine over chemotherapy, an Ontario judge ruled Friday in what some observers called a landmark decision.

Durham school ordered to readmit student put on home study because of Ebola concern

Durham school ordered to readmit student put on home study because of Ebola concern

A private Durham school that prohibited a student from attending classes for 21 days after the teen's father traveled to Nigeria was ordered Friday to readmit the teen immediately.

Note: I think I'm going to start posting these kinds of stories that demonstrate how the idiots are taking over, and I'm surprised they didn't report this father to CPS for putting that poor child into phony danger like that.

Son testifies NJ parents used Bible verses to justify beatings of adopted siblings

Son testifies NJ parents used Bible verses to justify beatings of adopted siblings

A teenager told jurors in federal court Wednesday that his parents quoted Bible passages about discipline over several years during which they used a paddle, a belt and a ruler to beat three young children they had adopted. They force-fed one child raw onions as a punishment for sneaking food, he said.

Deaths, Abuse and Alleged Rapes: How Lax Oversight Endangers Florida's -- and the Nation's -- Children

Deaths, Abuse and Alleged Rapes: How Lax Oversight Endangers Florida's -- and the Nation's -- Children

Is Florida the most dangerous place in the country for children with disabilities, behavioral disorders or the sheer misfortune to be born into abusive families?

Note: No.  Florida just gets the most media attention to the problems that all states face.

Mothers Talk Differently to Daughters than Sons: Study


Most mothers would tell you they speak to all their children the same way. A new study suggests they might be deceived. In a study published yesterday in The British Journal of Developmental Psychology, authors Ana Aznar and Harriet Tenenbaum found that mothers are more likely to use emotional words and emotional content when speaking with their 4-year-old daughters than with their 4-year-old sons.


Note: That explains a lot.

Maine providers wonder if ouster of 2 top managers signals change in direction for DHHS


The departure of two high-level managers in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday left some social services providers surprised and concerned about the fate of vulnerable children and Mainers struggling with addiction.

Note: I left the following comment on this article...

It is a change in direction. LePage thinks the state should be snatching more kids from their homes and make it harder for the parents to get them back. He stated this back in 2012. 
"LePage told a television station Wednesday that he supports the death penalty "for those that kill babies" and feels DHHS has "gone from one extreme to another" when it decides whether to remove a child from a home in which abuse is suspected. 
The department has been criticized in the past for being too quick to remove a child, LePage said, but now, "sometimes we're putting them back too quickly and sometimes we're not taking them out fast enough." 
http://www.centralmaine.com/20... 
That's why he's cutting treatment programs that could help the families. Not to mention the fact that such would bring in more federal dollars and be an economic boost to lawyers, shrinks, foster care agencies, and anybody else who profits off of abused kids.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Report: States fail on shared parenting laws

Report: States fail on shared parenting laws

Supporters of shared parenting for children whose parents are divorced or separated have few victories to claim in their attempts to win family law reforms across the country


Judge weighs mistrial in child abuse trial of U.S. Army major and wife

Judge weighs mistrial in child abuse trial of U.S. Army major and wife

A federal judge cut off testimony in the child abuse trial of Army Major John Jackson and his wife and sent jurors home today after a prosecutor slipped and suggested that one of the couple’s three adopted children had died.

Charlize Theron Puts Son in Time Out, Cops Respond to Toddler's Noisy Reaction

Charlize Theron Puts Son in Time Out, Cops Respond to Toddler's Noisy Reaction

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn were accused this morning of mistreating Theron's 2-year-old son, Jackson, by a bystander who overheard the child screaming.

They were quickly cleared of any wrongdoing, however.

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker wants to meet with group in suit vs. state over DCF

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker wants to meet with group in suit vs. state over DCF

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker wants to huddle with the New York child advocacy group at the center of a high-profile suit against the state’s embattled child welfare system that became a hot button issue during the campaign, when he slammed Democrat Martha Coakley for defending the dysfunctional department.


Fort Pierce foster mother arrested for breaking foster child's leg

Fort Pierce foster mother arrested for breaking foster child's leg

A Fort Pierce mother is facing an aggravated child abuse charge after her two-year-old foster daughter was rushed to the hospital with a broken femur.

Judge reunites Green Cove Springs family

Judge reunites Green Cove Springs family

A Green Cove Springs mother whose son was the subject of a missing child alert in October was reunited with her children on Thursday.

DCF: Locked Girls' Unit Serving As 'Relief Valve'

DCF: Locked Girls' Unit Serving As 'Relief Valve'

In the eight months since it opened, the new Pueblo Unit for girls run by the state Department of Children and Families has housed 22 girls, who stayed an average of about 50 days each.

Father of child allegedly killed by stepfather sues Vermont

Father of child allegedly killed by stepfather sues Vermont

The father of a young Vermont girl, who was allegedly killed by her stepfather, is filing a civil suit against the state and the Department of Children and Families.

Private Foster Care Agency Being Sued for Abuse in Foster Homes

Private Foster Care Agency Being Sued for Abuse in Foster Homes

A private foster care agency in California is currently facing allegations that it was negligent in ensuring the safety and well-being of the children placed in its care. Interim Care Foster Family Agency is being sued for “Cash for Kids” abuse. Their website advertises “… apartment, condo or mobile home okay,” but the lawsuit alleges some of these kids, while in foster care, were homeless.

Guess what

It Could Happen To You