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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Former Oklahoma Department of Human Services child welfare supervisor on probation for altering computer records after boy's death

Former Oklahoma Department of Human Services child welfare supervisor on probation for altering computer records after boy's death

Former DHS child welfare supervisor Paul Kim Myers, 58, of Edmond, accepted plea deal that makes him a convicted felon to avoid possibility of prison.

Search warrants released today raise new suspicions about the death of 6-year-old Kendrea Johnson.

Search warrants released today raise new suspicions about the death of 6-year-old Kendrea Johnson.

Search warrants released today raise new suspicions about the death of 6-year-old Kendrea Johnson.

Johnson, who died Saturday night in a Brooklyn Park foster care home, went into her bedroom at her normal bedtime, about 8 p.m. A few minutes later, a male living in the home said he saw her coloring -- everything appeared normal.

Butler-Sloss: victims should not run child abuse inquiry

Butler-Sloss: victims should not run child abuse inquiry

Lady Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, the high court judge forced to stand down as chair of the government child abuse inquiry, has said she fears the government will never be able to find an experienced figure to run the investigation, but that victims should not think they can do it.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hennepin County officials say little about death of girl in Brooklyn Park foster-care home

Hennepin County officials say little about death of girl in Brooklyn Park foster-care home

Hennepin County child protection officials said little Tuesday about the death of a 6-year-old girl found unresponsive with a jump rope around her neck in a foster-care home.

Parents ‘may give up or abduct their children’ following cutbacks

Parents ‘may give up or abduct their children’ following cutbacks

Family lawyers have warned that cuts in legal aid have led to many parents losing faith in the system with some starting to take the law into their own hands.

Court Case May Change Foster Care Statewide

Court Case May Change Foster Care Statewide

A local court case may change the way foster children are protected throughout the entire state.

Parents of baby who died in foster care upset over lack of information

Parents of baby who died in foster care upset over lack of information

Parents of an Edmonton baby who died last year in foster care say the Alberta government has been withholding information from them.

Hendersonville foster dad indicted on child rape charges

Hendersonville foster dad indicted on child rape charges

A Hendersonville foster father charged in September with raping a 12-year-old girl who was placed in his home by the Department of Children’s Services has been indicted by a Sumner County grand jury.


Worries raised over placements of border children

Worries raised over placements of border children

The Honduran man walked into the federal courtroom in handcuffs, his burgundy jumpsuit dwarfing his thin frame.

Southbridge woman accused of assaulting social worker

Southbridge woman accused of assaulting social worker

A mother whose children were being removed Tuesday from an apartment that had been deemed unsafe allegedly spit in the face of a state worker and called her racist names, police said.

Girl who died was in foster care for 11 months

Girl who died was in foster care for 11 months


Relatives say the 6-year-old girl who died in Brooklyn Park had bounced around to various foster homes after leaving her grandmother's care about a year ago.

Del. Family Services case worker charged with sexual extortion

Del. Family Services case worker charged with sexual extortion

Harrington Police say a Delaware Division of Family Services case worker faces a charge of sexual extortion and official misconduct.

Family tries to cope after Brooklyn Park girl dies in foster care

Family tries to cope after Brooklyn Park girl dies in foster care

A Brooklyn Park girl who died after she was found unresponsive with a jump rope around her neck had been in foster care for the last 11 months, court records show.

NY screening law to prevent poor foster care

NY screening law to prevent poor foster care

New York next year will require local social service agencies screen potential foster parents to determine whether they've had previous licenses revoked or children removed from their care.

Hundreds of deaths in child welfare system

Hundreds of deaths in child welfare system

Until the end of the year, we'll look back on some of the biggest stories of the year that captured the interest of readers in Regina and across Saskatchewan. Today: Deaths in the foster system

How a Metis woman found her mother and siblings decades after she was put into foster care

How a Metis woman found her mother and siblings decades after she was put into foster care

Lori Campbell’s most prized possession is a thick folder filled with paperwork.

Top 10 Nanny State Fails of 2014

Top 10 Nanny State Fails of 2014

Your tax dollars, keeping kids safe!


Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking

Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking

A judge in New York has banned a couple looking to undo their adoption from trying to ‘rehome’ their two Russian-born children—and other courts could soon follow suit.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Parents stunned by news of inquiry into baby’s death while in care

Parents stunned by news of inquiry into baby’s death while in care

Paul Jean believed for more than a year that his six-week-old daughter had died in foster care from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. From a newspaper report in August he learned she’d actually become tangled in her foster parents’ bed sheets, and died by accident.

Owen's Law


Owen's Law

In the Boldest Move in U.S. History to bring awareness to Child Welfare Fraud...

Arin Marcus



Owen's Law For A Safer Oregon Director Arin Marcus uploaded this tag to the Facebook Profiles of numerous State Agencies...





including every State Of Oregon Department of Human Services pages, Hillsboro Child Welfare, Oregon State Police, Casa Organizations, Washington and Multmomah County Juvenile Departments, Courthouses and Jails...

 

along with the attorneys and psychologists who are related to his case.



Owen's Law For A  Safer Oregon is a citizen's initiative that will Reaffirm a Parent's Constitutional Right To A Jury and Due Process in all Child Welfare Proceedings.






State Representative Wayne Krieger has asked Mr. Marcu to draft a Owen's Law as a house bill after receiving a copy of Owen's Law Executive Summary...


after Arin Marcus served it upon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, Vice President Joe Biden...

 
and Oregon Attorney General Rosenblum who still refuses to investigate the provable allegations that Deputy Attorney General Marcia Lance-Bumb, Caseworkers And Guardian Ad Litem acted in conspiracy to commit bribery, fraud, perjury and extortion against witnesses in the case of AOM v. DHS- the longest case in Oregon History with NO ALLEGATIONS of neglect, abuse or endangerment against Mr. Marcus.

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The Oregon Supreme Court refuses to review the case, effectively covering it up.  A scathiing Petition For Reconsideration was filed with the Oregon Supreme Court outlining the serious criminal activity within Washington County's Court System.


Owen's Law sent out a nationwide Press Release to all of the major news outlets on December 21st.
 Not surprisingly,  Baby LK is the first to report."




Child welfare deaths will no longer be kept secret

Child welfare deaths will no longer be 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.

In the Face of Defeat, Former Foster Couple is Homeless, Not Hopeless

In the Face of Defeat, Former Foster Couple is Homeless, Not Hopeless

If only 22-year-olds Hannah Cain and Markis Grimes were born just a year later, their lives would be completely different.

Sentencing being worked on for teen in assault case

Sentencing being worked on for teen in assault case

A sentencing worksheet has been ordered for a Bemidji teen charged in connection with an assault on a group home staffer.

Quarter of permanent social worker posts at Rochdale Council are vacant

Quarter of permanent social worker posts at Rochdale Council are vacant

Paul Marshall, Rochdale Council’s assistant director of children’s social care, said agency staff were being used to fill additional posts in a restructure.

12 Ways Black Children Are Discriminated Against in Foster Care System

12 Ways Black Children Are Discriminated Against in Foster Care System

Race correlates with involvement in the child welfare system more closely than poverty. While there are local variations, Latino children have not traditionally been overrepresented in foster care, while African-American and Native American children represent double the percentage of the foster care population than they do in the general child population. Whites represent a significantly lower percentage than they do in the general child population, while Asian children are the least likely to enter care. Since the disparity in poverty rates for Black and Latino children is relatively small compared to disparity in foster care placement, race operates as its own separate factor, making Black children much more likely than anyone else to wind up in foster care. But why?

14-year-old Alberta girl receiving services from the province dies

14-year-old Alberta girl receiving services from the province dies

A 14-year-old girl who was receiving intervention services from the province has died.

8 years after Marcus, foster agency faces trouble again

8 years after Marcus, foster agency faces trouble again

A private foster care agency that was run out of Ohio after the 2006 death of 3-year-old Marcus Fiesel has doubled its business elsewhere and continues to bring in millions for its founder while it racks up serious complaints about mishandling foster care cases.

Outcry over snooping 'Paddington Bear' that could be used to spy on ex-partners

Outcry over snooping 'Paddington Bear' that could be used to spy on ex-partners

In the wake of the hit film starring Hugh Bonneville and Nicole Kidman, Paddington toys are hugely popular but a charity fears violent fathers could give children these bears, which are being sold online, to pry into the lives of their former partners.

Report: Hundreds of at-risk MA kids are revictimized

Report: Hundreds of at-risk MA kids are revictimized

Allegations of child abuse outside of children’s homes rose by 16 percent in Massachusetts in 2013, according to a new state report, providing fresh incentive for Governor-elect Charlie Baker and his administration to continue focusing on vulnerable children after a tumultuous year for child welfare officials.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Report Puppy Abuse - Baby LK Report For December 28th 2014




Lori Campbell, Metis Woman, Spent 23 Years Looking For Her Family

Lori Campbell, Metis Woman, Spent 23 Years Looking For Her Family

Lori Campbell's most prized possession is a thick folder filled with paperwork.

Shortage of foster parents straining Los Angeles County's child welfare system

Shortage of foster parents straining Los Angeles County's child welfare system

Note: In other words, they're snatching too many kids.

L.A. County is in an unusual predicament. Traditionally, the county's foster care system has struggled with a shortage of homes for children who are older and with medical and mental health needs. But just this past year, system workers have noticed a shift: suddenly, there's a shortage of beds for the system's babies and toddlers.

Do social services agencies promote drugging children?

Do social services agencies promote drugging children?

Amid demands for foster care reform, the Bay Area News Group has been documenting the alarming use of medications allegedly used to control foster children through sedation.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

One man’s battle with Children and Youth highlights agency’s challenges

One man’s battle with Children and Youth highlights agency’s challenges

New York considers Christopher Jones a fit parent. Luzerne County says otherwise.

The county court system stripped Jones in September of his rights to parent his 3-year-old son, Jamir Jones, citing in the termination decree a failure or refusal to perform his duties as a parent.

Former cop's foster son dies in road accident

Former cop's foster son dies in road accident

An 18-year-old youth, a foster son of the former Inspector General of Police and senior BJP leader, was killed in wee hours today when a vehicle in which he was travelling rammed into an electric pole in Nai Basti area here.

Alberta teen dies in care

Alberta teen dies in care

A 14-year-old girl known to the child welfare system died on Dec. 19, just five days before Christmas.

Hannah Overton, Texas Mom Accused of Killing Foster Child, Released From Prison

Hannah Overton, Texas Mom Accused of Killing Foster Child, Released From Prison

Texas mother of five, Hannah Overton, has spent the past seven years in prison for the murder of a 4-year-old foster child. She and her husband, Larry Overton, were in the process of adopting the boy, Andrew Burd. Hannah was accused of force feeding Andrew enough salt to kill him. Overton said she found him in the kitchen pantry but couldn’t figure out what he had consumed.

2014: A grim year for politics, but a worse one for our children

2014: A grim year for politics, but a worse one for our children

Few issues in public life today are more disturbing than the criminally dysfunctional state of our “child protection” system, says Christopher Booker.


Home safe: 14 children reunited with families

Home safe: 14 children reunited with families

Child Protection and Welfare Bureau Officer Ali Abid Naqvi said the children had been taken in after they were found begging or collecting scrap from various parts of the city.

Laws blocked cops from reviewing Family Court records in 5-year-old's death

Laws blocked cops from reviewing Family Court records in 5-year-old's death

In the tense hours following a young Knox woman claimed final week that two masked males had kidnapped her 5-year-old cousin, police investigators had been prohibited from accessing confidential child-protective solutions records that would have offered reams of background on the boy's troubled loved ones.

DHHS offers alternative response to abuse and neglect

DHHS offers alternative response to abuse and neglect

A new Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services program aims to take a less adversarial role in helping keep families together.

Note: Never trust a baby stealer.

Friday, December 26, 2014

OKC Woman Accused Of Making Bomb Threats Against DHS

OKC Woman Accused Of Making Bomb Threats Against DHS

Oklahoma City police arrested a woman who is accused of threatening to kill an employee of the Department of Human Services (DHS,) and making threats to blow up a DHS building.

Sandusky-inspired child protection law burdensome for schools

Sandusky-inspired child protection law burdensome for schools

A new state law designed to provide an additional layer of protection for children is proving to be a bureaucratic headache, not to mention an unfunded mandate, for school officials.

I Hate Child Protective Services

I Hate Child Protective Services

Today I lost my son. Today a callous and overbearing authority took him from me. Today I watched as a corrupt system fed my son, as grist, to a mill. today I watched how a system can be corrupted so completely that those who are part of it are completely oblivious to their participation in it. I watched a machine at work. A terrifying monstrosity completely out of control. A machine without safety valves or cut offs without a way to stop it or slow it down. I watched a play performed to perfection by a group of actors so amateurish they could be laughed at if not for the brevity of the consequences of their performance.

When Child Protective Services becomes Child Abductive Services

When Child Protective Services becomes Child Abductive Services

It’s generally agreed that playing outside is good for kids. Fresh air, sunlight, exercise, social interaction are all vital for proper childhood development. However, a growing herd of nanny-statists within the government, specifically state Child Protective Services agencies, have decided that playing outside without direct supervision is so dangerous that it would be better if children weren’t raised by their own parents. They risk turning our children into a generation of physically stunted, psychologically addled wards of the state. But for their own good!


Ebola Orphans Challenge West African Culture

Ebola Orphans Challenge West African Culture

The image has haunted Andrew Brooks for months, but UNICEF’s regional child protection specialist for West Africa described it as if it were yesterday.

Social workers visiting West Springfield home never reported puppy abuse, veterinarian says


A veterinarian at the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center expressed frustration that child social workers never reported animal abuse after visiting a West Springfield home where a puppy suffered traumatic, life-threatening injuries.

An example of knee-jerk legislation because of the one bad apple who just happened to be a foster/adoptive parent

Pa. schools prepare for new background checks system, hope volunteerism doesn't suffer

Starting next year, all school employees, contractors and volunteers will need to obtain new security clearances every three years.

The new background check system stems from a slew of new child abuse prevention laws passed in the wake of Jerry Sandusky's conviction for sexually assaulting multiple boys over 15 years.

City to Move Teens Out of Troubled Foster Care Facility

City to Move Teens Out of Troubled Foster Care Facility

The city is moving teenagers out of a troubled foster care center that families say is chaotic and overcrowded and will hire an outside company to provide a new home for the kids, officials said.

Wisconsin bills would target foreign adoptions

Wisconsin bills would target foreign adoptions

Alarmed by reports of parents adopting children and then handing them off to virtual strangers met online, a study committee is considering reforms such as a new requirement that foreign adoptions be approved in Wisconsin.

Quote of the Day!!! From a lawyer even.

"If DHS is involved you need to hire an attorney immediately. DHS will stomp all over you and your rights if you don't have counsel."

Keegan Kelley Harroz
Criminal Defense Attorney - Oklahoma City, OK

In response to a question on Avvo


Note: And always remember that a lot of these lawyers out there are friendly to the state, will drag out your case for billing purposes or don't have a clue as to how to deal with CPS anyway.   

Children are the real victims of gender bias in family courts

Children are the real victims of gender bias in family courts

Our legal system swings to another extreme. Gender bias runs rampant in our family courts. Women of the 1960s fought hard to get laws passed to protect true victims of domestic violence. It took many painful years for our legal system to recognize women as victims of domestic violence.

Feds release new regulations to protect immigrant children in U.S. shelters

Feds release new regulations to protect immigrant children in U.S. shelters

Obama administration officials are releasing long-anticipated regulations designed to protect unaccompanied children in the government’s shelter network from sexual abuse.

The baby-making business

The baby-making business

While pregnant with twins, Erica Sanders would respond to people’s congratulatory remarks with “Oh, they’re not mine.”

Note: Good, now they can stop looking to the foster care system for your kids of their very own.

MTV has done more for the US teen birthrate than decades of policy

MTV has done more for the US teen birthrate than decades of policy

When 16 and Pregnant debuted in 2009—followed soon after by its spinoff Teen Mom—critics decried it as the ultimate in exploitative programing. Pundits declared that turning unmarried teenage mothers into celebrities would glamorize what society knew and data demonstrated was a destructive behavior. This pair of shows is often cited as the most crass of the reality genre, making entertainment out of the serious emotional problems and poor life choices of its subjects. Amber Portwood, one of the season one stars, was arrested and convicted for a domestic violence incident shown on the show. Farrah Abrams, another season one star, has been arrested for drunk driving and has launched a porn career. It is hard to imagine anyone arguing that two shows seemingly focused from the outset on documenting inevitable trainwrecks could  make any kind of positive impact on the lives of its audiences.


Union leaders: Clark County child welfare caseloads still high

Union leaders: Clark County child welfare caseloads still high

Large caseloads were among the safety concerns that led Clark County Department of Family Services’ employees and leaders with the Service Employees International Union to present a petition to Clark County commissioners in August.


Agency seeks $12 million more for foster care reforms

Agency seeks $12 million more for foster care reforms

DHS to seek $12 million more next budget year to continue with reforms mandated by the settlement of decade-old federal lawsuit over how the state care for children in the foster care system.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Do I have to let CPs in my home I can't take their mental abuse!!!

Another question asked on Avvo that is answered by attorneys.

Do I have to let CPs in my home I can't take their mental abuse!!! The wrong county is callin me n I told them call the right co

California Court Granted Petition to Remove Child Custody Evaluator for Bias

California Court Granted Petition to Remove Child Custody Evaluator for Bias

When spouses are enmeshed in a divorce proceeding, they often do not see "eye to eye" on matters of child custody. In many cases, both parties want to be able to spend as much time with their children as possible after the divorce. Unfortunately, disputes over custody can be intense and emotionally difficult for all of the parties involved. Keep in mind that in any child custody case, the court will seek to protect the best interests of the child, especially when parents are unable to agree on a parenting plan. To be sure your rights are protected in a child custody or divorce matter, you are encouraged to contact an experienced San Diego family law attorney who is fully aware of the local laws applicable to your case.




Former Group Home Worker Accused Of Running Off With Teenage Girl To Mexico

Former Group Home Worker Accused Of Running Off With Teenage Girl To Mexico

Police say a woman who worked at a children’s group home in Camarillo is in custody after twice running away with teenage girl who lived at the home.

PARENTS THREATENED BY CPS FOR LETTING CHILDREN PLAY ALONE AT NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

PARENTS THREATENED BY CPS FOR LETTING CHILDREN PLAY ALONE AT NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

A Maryland family is being threatened by Child Protective Services for allowing their two children to play alone at a neighborhood park.


Legislature to take hard look at DCFS

Legislature to take hard look at DCFS

With Christmas just days away, the state Capitol is largely quiet. But some legislators say this is the exact time to think of children in the state’s care.

Task force to study DHS foster crisis

Task force to study DHS foster crisis

The foster care crisis in Hancock County continues to mount. With 458 children now in DHS custody, the county now has the worst per-capita foster care rate in the entire state. A task force has been formed to take an in-depth look at the problem and to come up with viable solutions to reduce the number of children placed in DHS custody.

9-year-old raises $2,500 for Christmas presents for foster children

9-year-old raises $2,500 for Christmas presents for foster children

Life in the foster system can be hard, especially during the holidays.

But this year, a 9-year-old girl went out of her way to make sure one group home had the best Christmas.

Note: I don't usually share these heartwarming stories, but it's Christmas and this is a good kid, and you should learn from her example.

We know what kids really want though, huh.

Social worker who falsely accused dad of abusing his six-year-old daughter can STILL look after children

Social worker who falsely accused dad of abusing his six-year-old daughter can STILL look after children

A social worker who falsely accused an innocent father of abusing his six-year-old daughter was allowed to continue working with vulnerable children, it has emerged.

Note: Of course... It's her job to lie.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Let public see CPS exit interviews

Let public see CPS exit interviews

It’s no secret that the Department of Family Protective Services struggles with retaining Child Protective Services workers.

Bait-and-Switch: As One Family Detention Center Closes, Another Opens

Bait-and-Switch: As One Family Detention Center Closes, Another Opens

Last month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it was closing the controversial family detention center in Artesia, New Mexico. However, only a month later, the South Texas Family Residential Center opened quietly.

Two Men Assaulted By 'Zack Morris' As Minors Sue Foster Care System

Two Men Assaulted By 'Zack Morris' As Minors Sue Foster Care System

Two men who were sexually assaulted as minors by a foster parent who changed his name to Zack Morris based on the popular television show “Saved by the Bell” are suing the Hawaii Department of Human Services for putting them in harm’s way.

Nelson proposes plan to sue province over child welfare

Nelson proposes plan to sue province over child welfare

Southern Chiefs leader Terry Nelson says First Nations should sue the province over child welfare in Manitoba.

Less than half of U.S. kids now have a “traditional” family

Less than half of U.S. kids now have a “traditional” family

Picture the typical American family: what do you see? You probably imagine a married mom and dad with a couple of kids -- think the Draper family, circa Season 1 of Mad Men. You probably know that that ideal has held true for fewer and fewer families over the decades. But new data from the Pew Research Center shows that fewer than half of American kids now grow up in one of these "traditional" families.

Joette Katz Reappointed As DCF Commissioner

Joette Katz Reappointed As DCF Commissioner

Joette Katz, the controversial child-protection commissioner whose bold moves have made enemies and engendered deep support, has been reappointed to lead what is perhaps the most high-profile department in state government, the governor's office said.

CPS Threatens Dad: Let Your Kids Play Outside and We'll Take Them Away

CPS Threatens Dad: Let Your Kids Play Outside and We'll Take Them Away

I received an update from the Maryland mom of two who was contacted by Montgomery Country Child Welfare Service in November after she let her kids, ages 6 and 10, play at the park two blocks from home by themselves. She was cited for allowing a child under age 8 "to be locked or confined in a dwelling, building, enclosure, or motor vehicle while the person charged is absent."

How adoption has forced evangelicals to grapple with race relations

How adoption has forced evangelicals to grapple with race relations

 Before she and her husband adopted a son and daughter from Ethiopia, popular evangelical blogger Jen Hatmaker said she had a different view about race in America.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sioux Falls couple says their children are victims of "medical kidnapping"

Sioux Falls couple says their children are victims of "medical kidnapping"

A Sioux Falls couple is preparing for a Christmas without their three children---who are now in the state's custody.

Study: Texas children living with relatives often don't receive state support

Study: Texas children living with relatives often don't receive state support

About 253,000 Texas children live with family members who are not their parents and many of those are not receiving state and federal benefits, according to a report released last week. 

Former foster kids sue the state after sexual abuse by foster dad

Former foster kids sue the state after sexual abuse by foster dad

The victims of a former foster dad on Maui is suing the Department of Human Services.

Scots orphans used in ‘military experiments’

Scots orphans used in ‘military experiments’

The allegations centre on at least four institutions where thousands of children are said to have been experimented upon in conditions described as “like something out of Auschwitz”.


Vero Beach father falsely charged with child abuse sues sheriff, arresting deputy

Vero Beach father falsely charged with child abuse sues sheriff, arresting deputy

A father proven to have been falsely charged with child neglect has filed a lawsuit, according to the U.S. District Court’s Southern District.

Fears a child could die because of "unbearable pressure" on Welsh social workers

Fears a child could die because of "unbearable pressure" on Welsh social workers

Note: Not to mention the fact that they're a bunch of lying, sadistic baby stealers.

A Welsh social worker has spoken to ITV Wales about his concerns for the future of his profession and the safety of children.


Court sides with mom who gave birth while on methadone

Court sides with mom who gave birth while on methadone

New Jersey's Supreme Court says a woman can't be considered to have abused and neglected her child because the infant was born with symptoms of methadone withdrawal.

Immigrant family reunited at last, but fight to stay together not over

Immigrant family reunited at last, but fight to stay together not over

Franklin Carranza sat on a sofa surrounded by his family, flipping through a large photo album. The 32-year-old father grinned as he showed his daughter, Melissa, how tiny she was when she was born, pointing to a snapshot of a 4-pound infant in a U.S. neonatal care unit. His son Emanuel smiled at a photo of himself getting ready to slice into an enormous blue and white birthday cake in Guatemala with his grandparents looking on. In another picture, Franklin and his wife Sandra stand in as witnesses during a friend’s wedding in New Jersey. 

CPS sued for kidnaping children

CPS sued for kidnaping children

A lawsuit filed Dec. 12 says Riverside County Child Protective Services staff have made a habit of kidnapping children.

Attorney Shawn McMillan, who specializes in civil rights cases against child protection agencies, said he uncovered an alarming trend about a year ago during discovery for other cases. The suit, currently focused on one case, is slated to become one of many class action lawsuits filed against U.S. child protection agencies after legislation increased funding for adopting foster children.

Principal sobs as she reveals how pupil's false affair claims ended her career and turned 'everyone against her' before judge laughed them out of court

Principal sobs as she reveals how pupil's false affair claims ended her career and turned 'everyone against her' before judge laughed them out of court

An assistant principal falsely accused of having sex with a teenage student was forced to sell her home and has revealed everyone 'turned their back' on her in the wake of the allegations.


Know Your Rights When CPS Comes Knocking

Know Your Rights When CPS Comes Knocking

Do you know about the rights of domestic violence survivors as parents, when Child Protective Services gets involved?


Shambolic government inquiry into child sex abuse looks like a 'deliberate' cover up, says Labour MP

Shambolic government inquiry into child sex abuse looks like a 'deliberate' cover up, says Labour MP

Theresa May’s shambolic handling of the government’s historic child abuse inquiry looks like a ‘deliberate’ attempt to stop victims getting to the truth, a Labour MP has claimed.



Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mother, daughter reunited after 50 years

Mother, daughter reunited after 50 years

A Nashua woman met her birth mother for the first time Friday night following decades of separation and searching.

State audit shows some counties are not properly conducting background checks on relatives looking to be foster parents

State audit shows some counties are not properly conducting background checks on relatives looking to be foster parents

A state audit has found that some counties in Colorado are not properly conducting background checks before placing children in the care of relatives. While Mesa County recently had a tragic case where a child died in the care of a foster family, the state ranks Mesa County highly.

10 Things You MUST DO if CPS Comes to Your House




El Paso County to improve documentation for child placement after state review

El Paso County to improve documentation for child placement after state review

El Paso County social workers failed to properly document or run 43 percent of mandatory background checks needed for adults in homes taking in children from social services in August, according to a state-led review released this week.

Sacramento parents seek answers in foster care death of their 2-year-old

Sacramento parents seek answers in foster care death of their 2-year-old

A Sacramento couple are upset about a lack of answers in the mysterious death of their 2-year-old daughter while in foster care.

Drugging our kids: A bold step away from heavy medication

Drugging our kids: A bold step away from heavy medication

After a decade in California foster care, Yolanda had become so medicated with psychiatric drugs, she practically lost the ability to speak.

Fight Against Unwarranted Seizures of Babies, Children

Fight Against Unwarranted Seizures of Babies, Children

San Diego attorneys are fighting against the unwarranted seizures of babies and children.

Stamford High School DCF rationale detailed

Stamford High School DCF rationale detailed

A memo requested by the Board of Education from its lawyer lays out the reasoning behind his argument that the schools had no obligation to report a relationship between a teacher and a student to the Department of Children and Families.

Jerry Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension

Jerry Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.


Judge in Maryland Locks Up Youths and Rules Their Lives

Judge in Maryland Locks Up Youths and Rules Their Lives

“Judge Dawson, he don’t play,” a parent once said about Herman C. Dawson, the main juvenile court judge in Prince George’s County. And on this Tuesday morning, Judge Dawson was definitely not in a playing mood.

Friday, December 19, 2014

My favorite CPS Loving Feminazi blog is on the attack against Michael Farris and the HSLDA

I started reading this blog called "Love, Joy, Feminism" about a year ago.  I was intrigued by how the blogs author Libby Ann, who grew up so sheltered from the real world in what she considers to be a dysfunctional, conservative Evangelical home school home could grow up to become the all wise and knowing bleeding heart liberal parent who should be entitled to project her ways and beliefs onto everybody.  Not only that, I found it amazing how she uses her blog to bash her own mother because she is still pissed about a spanking that she got as a child.  She also constantly complains about being home schooled, all but claiming that her parents used home schooling to hide abuse or something of that nature.    

I was even more intrigued by how trusting she is towards the Child Protective Industry who never came to rescue her from those spankings and how critical she is of organizations, groups and individuals who fight to protect parental rights.  It's like she's totally focused on the CPS Ideology as the gospel truth, rather than the reality of the monster that CPS has become.   She preaches the belief that if CPS is in your life, you must have done something wrong to deserve it.  Of course most of you who read Legally Kidnapped know better because you have experienced first hand how CPS engages in fraudulent, heavy handed activities along with the service providers who are paid to treat, love and care for stolen children as has been documented throughout the LK Blog for years.  

Even more interesting is the group think mentality of this blogs die-hard followers who engage in in depth conversations to support in agreement everything that was said in the original post.  Mostly, the commenters are academic feminists who know everything and are always right, so don't bother commenting or debating with them any oppositional view.  Oh, did I mention they banned me from commenting?  All I had to do to set them off was to speak.

Anyway...

Now Libby Ann has vowed to attack the Home School Legal Defense Association with a new series examining things that the HSLDA opposes.  Here are the first two installments of this.




Also, she's going to analyze piece by piece a book written by Michael Farris called, "Anonymous Tip".  I'm going to have to follow this.  

Here's the link to the first installment in this series... http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2014/12/anonymous-tip-introducing-a-new-review-series.html

I especially urge you to read the comments.  It might help you to understand the opposition that we face in the blindly supportive world in which CPS exists.  Notice they are trusting and supportive of CPS.  In fact, their criticism is just the opposite of ours.
Them: CPS doesn't move fast enough to investigate abuse or act on their reports.
Us: They steal too many kids unnecessarily.
Here is a screen shot of a comment thread that demonstrates this...


Now, to tell you the truth, I haven't paid all that much attention to the HSLDA outside of reading and posting a few of their articles.  I've never had a reason to take issue with what they're doing.  Many activists respect the work that they've done and appreciate the help that they have given to families who are dealing with CPS.  And I know many of you support the Parental Rights Amendment as well.  

I will keep you updated.




Governor “Grinch” Steals Christmas From Foster Care Kids

Governor “Grinch” Steals Christmas From Foster Care Kids

The Adoption Tax Deduction Bill (S.3382-A – Hassell-Thompson/A.2378-B – Crespo), which would provide a personal income tax deduction for all fees and expenses incurred in connection with the adoption of a child in New York’s foster care system during a given tax year, has been vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Charges Dismissed Against Father In Wilkinsburg Child Endangerment Case

Charges Dismissed Against Father In Wilkinsburg Child Endangerment Case

The parents of an 11-month-old baby boy who are charged with endangering the welfare of the child appeared in court Thursday where a video presented at the hearing helped to clear the father.

West Newton foster father faces child sex charges

West Newton foster father faces child sex charges

A West Newton foster parent is accused of sexually assaulting an intellectually disabled teenage boy.

Missouri Homeschool Family Sues After Home Raid

Missouri Homeschool Family Sues After Home Raid

In September 2011, a homeschool family in Missouri had a traumatic encounter with local law enforcement when a sheriff and his deputy entered their home without a warrant. The parents are now teaming up with the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) to press charges against the two officers involved, on the grounds the warrantless raid violated their Fourth Amendment rights.

Colorado audit finds background check problems before placing children in the care of relatives

Colorado audit finds background check problems before placing children in the care of relatives

Counties aren't properly conducting background checks before placing children in the care of relatives, according to a first-of-its-kind review by the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Illinois fails to monitor children who run away from foster homes, report says

Illinois fails to monitor children who run away from foster homes, report says

An audit has found that Illinois does a poor job monitoring and tracking children who run away from foster homes.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Coroner: foster baby died of antihistamine overdose

Coroner: foster baby died of antihistamine overdose

The foster toddler who was found dead in her crib the morning of Oct. 12 died of an antihistamine overdose, according to the Clark County coroner’s office. The manner of her death was ruled a homicide.

Officials respond to case of a sex offender allowed to be foster parent

Officials respond to case of a sex offender allowed to be foster parent

Why was a registered sex offender allowed to become a foster parent? That was a question we took to officials after the arrest of a Livingston County man.

Tech flaws cause $23 million in false child-welfare claims

Tech flaws cause $23 million in false child-welfare claims

Oregon has repaid more than $23 million in federal funding, after flawed software caused the state’s child-welfare system to claim money for which it was ineligible.

Local authorities are not liable for acts of abuse by foster carers

Local authorities are not liable for acts of abuse by foster carers

In a decision handed down on 2 December the High Court held that local authorities who place children in foster care are not vicariously liable for acts of physical and sexual abuse committed by foster carers against those children, nor are they legally responsible for those acts under a non-delegable duty of care (NA v Nottinghamshire County Council).

Mom arrested after gunshots fired at DCS building

Mom arrested after gunshots fired at DCS building

A mother upset about her child being placed into state foster care is in jail after police say she fired several gunshots into a Department of Children’s Services building.

Australia's adoption laws failing our children, reports suggest

Australia's adoption laws failing our children, reports suggest

During election campaigns, politicians love to kiss babies. In fact, they are the perfect campaign accessory. Yet, the reality is, in between elections, Australian babies and children in care are forgotten – crying out for permanent, loving, stable families.

The Forgotten: Aging Out of the Foster Care System

The Forgotten: Aging Out of the Foster Care System

One of the most difficult phases of a child’s life is that of being a teenager. There are pressures from everywhere – parents, teachers, friends, and social media. Essentially the whole world has their eyes on them. And as parents, we want nothing more than to teach our children to have healthy relationships, do their best in school, and to learn essential life skills that will carry them through life. It is our job to nurture and guide them, to prepare them for life. It is critical that parents spend the time teaching their children how to be successful in life, work and relationships. But even with all of our best efforts as parents, we have no certainty as to how our children will interact with the world when it is time for them to spread their wings and fly on their own. Odds are against them every single day as this world pulls them in a million different directions.

Judge denies couple’s request to unload adopted kids on Internet

Judge denies couple’s request to unload adopted kids on Internet

A Long Island couple seeking to revoke their adoption of two Russian children tried to do an end-run around the legal system by getting rid of the kids over the Internet.

Teen admits killing foster father, another man hunting cabin

Teen admits killing foster father, another man hunting cabin

A defense lawyer says a 15-year-old boy who shot and killed his foster father and another man at a hunting cabin in northeastern Oregon never meant to kill anyone.

Father 'furious' after being asked to remove a video of daughter's school nativity from Facebook


A father said he is furious after his partner was asked to remove a video of their daughter performing in a school nativity play from Facebook.


Leicester foster parent Michael John Sharman found guilty of abusing young boys in his care

Leicester foster parent Michael John Sharman found guilty of abusing young boys in his care

A foster parent who sexually abused four boys in his care was labelled a "sexual predator" and told to expect a long jail sentence.

Four teens face charges in assault on Grand Rapids group home staffer

Four teens face charges in assault on Grand Rapids group home staffer

Four teenage residents of a Grand Rapids group home used frying pans, a computer monitor and a sock full of pool balls to attack a staff member before fleeing from the facility, according to criminal charges.


State limits restraint techniques for special needs students; stops short of ban

State limits restraint techniques for special needs students; stops short of ban

Public schools and specialized private schools in Massachusetts that educate children with behavioral or emotional issues will be required to follow new regulations when using restraint or seclusion techniques to control behavior.

Seizing Children From Families is Very Profitable Business, Expert Says

Seizing Children From Families is Very Profitable Business, Expert Says

The system of child protection, currently applied in many Western countries violates child’s rights and is used as an instrument of political terror, based on anti-family ideology, Finnish expert Dr. Johan Backman believes.

Florida is the child abuse capital of America: Shocking map shows how 786 children have been killed while being monitored by welfare officers across the U.S. since 2008

Florida is the child abuse capital of America: Shocking map shows how 786 children have been killed while being monitored by welfare officers across the U.S. since 2008 

Shocking new figures reveal Florida to be the child abuse capital of America - as 117 children were killed while being monitored by welfare officers in the state in just five years.



New Mom Suspected Of Drug Addiction Has Baby Taken Away For A Week, Despite Inconclusive Drug Test

New Mom Suspected Of Drug Addiction Has Baby Taken Away For A Week, Despite Inconclusive Drug Test

As heroin and prescription drug abuse continues to increase in America, so does the number of children addicted to these substances. In an attempt to protect infants, hospitals have cracked down on their observation of new mothers, but unfortunately this has frightening consequences for drug-free mothers being denied access to their newborns.

State-by-state breakdown of child abuse deaths

State-by-state breakdown of child abuse deaths

The Associated Press asked all 50 states, the District of Columbia and military services to provide information on children who died of abuse or neglect over a six-year span, even as authorities were investigating them or their families or providing some form of protective services.

How did a sex offender become a foster parent?



How did a sex offender become a foster parent?...

Hundreds of kids die as states fail to protect them

This article seems to be showing up everywhere with different headlines.

Hundreds of kids die as states fail to protect them

At least 760 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DHS won't talk about record $4.1 million verdict for girls molested by Portland foster mom

DHS won't talk about record $4.1 million verdict for girls molested by Portland foster mom

In the wake of the largest ever jury verdict last week against the state division charged with protecting Oregon's 8,000-plus foster children, the Oregon Department of Human Services is refusing to answer any questions about what happened.

U.S. May Soon Stand Alone for Failing to Ratify U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

U.S. May Soon Stand Alone for Failing to Ratify U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

Twenty-five years after ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Somalia and the South Sudan are taking steps to join 193 other countries around the world that have ratified the treaty. This is important news for children, as it provides a framework for nations -- even oppressive ones -- to at least acknowledge and recognize that children have special needs and should be provided the opportunity to, as UNICEF says, "develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse."


Restraining Young People in Custody for the Purposes of “Discipline” is Dangerous and illegal

Restraining Young People in Custody for the Purposes of “Discipline” is Dangerous and illegal

Earlier this year the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling unveiled plans for an £85 million secure young offender unit in Leicestershire which will open in 2017. The unit will hold 320 boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17 and its intention is to put “education at the heart of custody” and reduce re-offending. There has been mass condemnation of the “secure college” from various member organizations of the Standing Committee of Youth Justice including the Howard League for Penal Reform who described the government’s plan as “flawed, dangerous and a recipe for child abuse.”

Texas Mother of 5 Freed After Spending Years in Prison for Foster Son's Murder

Texas Mother of 5 Freed After Spending Years in Prison for Foster Son's Murder

Hannah Overton, who has spent seven years in a Texas prison for the murder of a young foster child she says she didn't commit, has finally won her freedom and will be spending this Christmas with her family.

Oklahoma pastor arrested for sexually abusing foster child

Oklahoma pastor arrested for sexually abusing foster child

A former pastor in Oklahoma who has been accused of sexually abusing a young girl for years is now behind bars.

Governor's office says DCF will honor child abuse settlement, won't say when

Governor's office says DCF will honor child abuse settlement, won't say when

A spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Scott has indicated that the governor's office wants the Department and Children and Families to pay the settlement to the surviving Barahona twin whose sibling died after years of torture by their adoptive parents, but questions remain.

Training overhaul at Child Protective Services

Training overhaul at Child Protective Services

Sarah Brasse from Schertz died in a soiled bed of untreated appendicitis. Colton Turner from Austin died of abuse. They are the faces of children who fell through the cracks because case workers did not follow state policy.

HSLDA Argues before the Ninth Circuit

HSLDA Argues before the Ninth Circuit

Over nine years ago, two social worker investigators from Arizona Child Protective Services stood outside the Loudermilks’ home and demanded entrance. The investigators told the family that if they were not allowed to enter the home, they would remove the Loudermilks’ children and place them in foster care.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

I hate articles like this.  They complain about imperfection.  They tend to increase paranoia in the child worshipers and create problems for families such as child abuse hysteria and knee jerk legislation designed to empower CPS to be quicker to snatch kids.

AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

At least 760 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities -- many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.


Tires Slashed in Welfare Office Parking Lot in Atlantic City

Tires Slashed in Welfare Office Parking Lot in Atlantic City

Someone slashed the tires of 36 state vehicles parked behind the child welfare office in Atlantic City.

Note: It wasn't me.

Russian Teen Likely Force-fed Drugs After Removal From Family: Ombudsman

Russian Teen Likely Force-fed Drugs After Removal From Family: Ombudsman

Russian Children's Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov stated that a boy, taken from his Russian family in Finland, is possibly being forced to take psychoactive drugs.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of group’s suit against DCF

Appeals court upholds dismissal of group’s suit against DCF

A federal appeals court in Boston on Monday upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit that a New York-based advocacy group brought against the state Department of Children and Families. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit voted unanimously to uphold the dismissal of the lawsuit, which the group Children’s Rights filed in 2010 against then-DCF commissioner Angelo McClain, Governor Deval Patrick, and JudyAnn Bigby, then head of the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, alleging negligent care of youths in DCF custody, court records show.

Former foster dad pleads guilty to child porn charge

Former foster dad pleads guilty to child porn charge

A former foster father pleaded guilty Thursday to filming a minor without the minor’s knowledge while the minor was masturbating in a bedroom.

Mallo jury deliberates late into the night

Mallo jury deliberates late into the night 

During closing arguments in the criminal sexual conduct trial of Francis Brent Mallo on Monday, Osceola County Prosecuting Attorney Tyler Thompson told jurors that the former juvenile detention center worker and foster father is a predator who has spent decades exerting "sexual control over young girls."

Today’s letters: Canada’s broken child-welfare system

Today’s letters: Canada’s broken child-welfare system

The National Post should be congratulated for adding to the national conversation on the direction of child welfare in this country. In a research project I have been leading, which looks into child protection failures, there are two uncomfortable themes that keep arising: That the system is largely racist and focused on the economically disadvantaged. Aboriginal people make up the largest percentage of children in care across the country. Other minority populations follow. The vast majority of families involved in the child protection systems are also poor.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Michael Beer: Police interview shows Beer denying involvement in foster son's death

Michael Beer: Police interview shows Beer denying involvement in foster son's death

In a nearly 6 hour police interrogation, Michael Beer remained relatively unemotional when talking about the death of his two-year-old foster son, Trystan Adams.

Children’s group bid to sue DCF fails again

Children’s group bid to sue DCF fails again

A lawsuit against the Department of Children and Families that sought to reform the agency was rejected by an appellate court yesterday.

The First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower courts ruling that stated if changes are to be made, they must be done by the governor’s office, not the courts.

Foster care system could face major changes

Foster care system could face major changes

Thousands of kids taken from their parents because of abuse and neglect allegations are now facing more problems in the court system.

Largest family detention center for immigrants opens in Texas

Largest family detention center for immigrants opens in Texas

Saying our borders are "not open to illegal migration," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday opened in Dilley, Texas, what is billed as the largest U.S. family detention center to hold those caught entering the country illegally.

Foster dad killed trust of teenage girl with nude pictures

Foster dad killed trust of teenage girl with nude pictures

A ROCKHAMPTON region carer has lost his position of trust after he decided it was okay to take photographs of his naked foster daughter and her friend.

Colorado grandparents want custody: Children in dual-state battle

Colorado grandparents want custody: Children in dual-state battle

Grandparents also have rights when it comes to their grandchildren's safety, but how far those rights goes can depend on each person's circumstances. It gets particularly difficult to decide what to do when the courts have jurisdiction in different states including Colorado, like in the case about to be discussed.

Broken System – TX CPS being sued in behalf of 12,000 kids in foster care

Broken System – TX CPS being sued in behalf of 12,000 kids in foster care

A lawsuit alleges that 12,000 kids trapped in foster care with little chance of getting out are being exposed to abuse and neglect, shuttled around the state and denied health services.

Black children’s aid society needed, lawyers say

Black children’s aid society needed, lawyers say

The “alarming” numbers of black children in foster and group home care mean the African Canadian community needs its own children’s aid society, say leaders in Toronto’s black community.

Ontario’s most vulnerable children kept in the shadows

Ontario’s most vulnerable children kept in the shadows

There is a child in the Ontario government’s care who has changed homes 88 times. He or she is between 10 and 15 years old.

Thousands of African Canadian children are being apprehended by child welfare agencies

Thousands of African Canadian children are being apprehended by child welfare agencies

In Canada we are often reminded of the legacy of First Nations Residential Schools and the apprehension of thousands of children who were placed in non-aboriginal foster care and adoptive homes in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission winding down, no one disputes that this cultural genocide was based on a racist understanding of the capacities of First Nations’ families to properly care for their children.

Secretive and often overzealous care agencies protect children largely at parents’ expense

Secretive and often overzealous care agencies protect children largely at parents’ expense

Isaiah Wilson acts out — his hyperactivity, in the form of hitting, punching and screaming, a symptom of a rare chromosome deletion called 8P syndrome. Combined with ADHD and autism, the 10-year-old has had a tough life but, thankfully, a loving family.

100 local foster siblings reunited for holiday fun

100 local foster siblings reunited for holiday fun

On Sunday, December 14th, 100 local foster children who are separated from their siblings in the foster care system were reunited for one day of love and bonding and gift exchange at Circus Circus Adventure Dome.

TIME SHORT AS BLUE RIBBON PANEL CONSIDERS CHILD WELFARE FIXES

TIME SHORT AS BLUE RIBBON PANEL CONSIDERS CHILD WELFARE FIXES

Child advocates want to see long-overdue change come out of the blue ribbon committee that is examining Clark County’s child welfare system and courts.


State puts on hold settlement payment to Nubia Barahona’s brother

State puts on hold settlement payment to Nubia Barahona’s brother

When the state of Florida quietly agreed to pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit over the gruesome death of 10-year-old Nubia Barahona and the torture of her twin brother, Victor, it all but admitted it was at fault.

Email accidentally releases foster parent Social Security numbers

Email accidentally releases foster parent Social Security numbers

An employee for a local office of the Vermont Department for Children and Family Services inadvertently disclosed Social Security numbers of 66 Newport-area foster parents in an email attachment.

‘A lost tribe': Child welfare system accused of repeating residential school history, sapping Aboriginal kids from their homes

‘A lost tribe': Child welfare system accused of repeating residential school history, sapping Aboriginal kids from their homes

Elders from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in north-western Ontario remember the bus that drove around their reserve picking up children and shuttling them to a waiting plane for a 345 kilometre flight north to Sandy Lake, a remote community with no outside road link, except for ice roads built on frozen lakes and rivers during the winter.

Report: State, DCF want Nubia Barahona lawsuit settlement payments put on hold

Report: State, DCF want Nubia Barahona lawsuit settlement payments put on hold

When the state of Florida quietly agreed to pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit over the gruesome death of 10-year-old Nubia Barahona and the torture of her twin brother Victor, it all but admitted it was at fault. Now, the Florida Department of Children and Families and lawyers for the state Legislature want to put the deal on hold and indefinitely delay final payments, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.


TEXAS: CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY GROUP BRINGS CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST CPS

TEXAS: CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY GROUP BRINGS CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST CPS

The class-action lawsuit was filed by a New York advocacy group called Children’s Rights. About 12,000 children are included in the class-action suit. These children are in long-term care in Texas.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Portland jury awards record sum against DHS: $4.1M to girls who said foster mom molested them

Portland jury awards record sum against DHS: $4.1M to girls who said foster mom molested them

A Portland jury on Friday awarded the largest sum ever levied against the Oregon Department of Human Services for failing to protect children: $4.1 million to two girls who said they were molested by their Portland foster mom, who had been reported to a child-abuse hotline seven times before state child-welfare workers intervened.

Police Searching for Fake DCS Case Worker

Police Searching for Fake DCS Case Worker

Greenfield Police are looking for a woman posing as a Department of Child Services case worker.

Former foster parent guilty

Former foster parent guilty

A former Bloomfield foster parent has been found guilty of numerous sex-related charges.

An Ebola Orphan’s Plea in Africa: ‘Do You Want Me?’

An Ebola Orphan’s Plea in Africa: ‘Do You Want Me?’

Sweetie Sweetie had no choice.


BA foster dad enters no contest plea to child abuse by injury discovered after 3-year-old's death

BA foster dad enters no contest plea to child abuse by injury discovered after 3-year-old's death

A Tulsa County special judge on Friday imposed a four-year suspended sentence against a 44-year-old man charged with abusing the sibling of a foster child who died in his wife’s care.

DCF inadvertently shares foster parents' personal information

DCF inadvertently shares foster parents' personal information

A registered Department for Children and Families foster parent who wants to remain anonymous says she feels violated. Her personal information, including Social Security number, was inadvertently emailed to 34 other foster parents by the Newport family services division of DCF.

'Baby with no name’ judge defends the biased system

'Baby with no name’ judge defends the biased system

There has been a huge increase in the number of children being removed from their parents on grounds of 'emotional abuse', reports Christopher Booker.

State Considers Change Of Child Protection System

State Considers Change Of Child Protection System

A Minnesota task force is pushing for changes in the way the state handles child abuse cases.

Man arrested, charged with abusing 20-month-old child in Edgecomb

Man arrested, charged with abusing 20-month-old child in Edgecomb

Police have arrested Matthew Grasser Jr., 21, for allegedly abusing a 20-month-old boy.

Note: Now let me get this straight, they snatched this kid, put him with a child abuser where he was abused, then gave him back to his mother after the abuse.

Good Job Maine CPS.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Canada’s child-welfare crisis brings calls for reform from across the country

Canada’s child-welfare crisis brings calls for reform from across the country

The public’s attention and official scrutiny have rarely been so aligned and focused on Canada’s child-welfare crisis. Could this finally be the time for meaningful reform? First in an in-depth series by Sarah Boesveld and Adrian Humphreys:

Greenfield Police say woman impersonated DCS worker

Greenfield Police say woman impersonated DCS worker

Police are issuing a crime alert for parents after a Hancock County mother says a woman showed up and demanded custody of the mother's two children. The woman claimed to be with the Department of Child Protective Services.

Child welfare system rigged against black families

Child welfare system rigged against black families

African Canadian children are being apprehended by child welfare agencies, on dubious grounds, often without the slightest understanding of care opportunities in the community.

Ontario’s most vulnerable children kept in the shadows

Ontario’s most vulnerable children kept in the shadows

There is a child in the Ontario government’s care who has changed homes 88 times. He or she is between 10 and 15 years old.

Colorado may appoint doctor to oversee foster kids' prescriptions

Colorado may appoint doctor to oversee foster kids' prescriptions

A medical director would oversee the levels of mind-altering psychotropic drugs prescribed to children and teenagers in Colorado's foster care system and at the Department of Youth Corrections, under a budget request submitted this week.


Audit finds problems with child welfare software

Audit finds problems with child welfare software

An audit finds that a new computer system led the Oregon Department of Human Services to overcharge the federal government by nearly $24 million for child welfare services.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

HOMESCHOOL MOM SUES 6 SOCIAL WORKERS FOR SNATCHING KIDS

HOMESCHOOL MOM SUES 6 SOCIAL WORKERS FOR SNATCHING KIDS

A Virginia homeschooling mother has filed a lawsuit against six social workers after they seized her two children on April 3 and placed them in foster care following a determination by one of the workers that a diabetic 4-year-old’s blood glucose levels were too high.

Does Alaska’s foster care system need reform?

Does Alaska’s foster care system need reform?

Is Alaska’s foster care system broken?

It’s easy to think so when you hear the latest numbers. In Alaska, nearly one child out of every 100 is in foster care, which is twice the national average. A recent report, put out by University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, shows those numbers aren’t going down.

Medical Kidnappings Must Stop!

Medical Kidnappings Must Stop!

We have all seen the stories of children being taken away from their parents because a doctor doesn’t agree with the family doctor’s medical treatments. These are not cases of medical neglect. They are arrogant abuses of power.


Big changes at DHS have some workers in anguish, others optimistic


THE TRAGIC death of 14-year-old Danieal Kelly served as the impetus for the major overhaul of the city's Department of Human Services that was dissected at length before City Council's Health and Human Services Committee yesterday.


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