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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Editorial: Memphis Police Department’s silence on foster care death is inexcusable

Editorial: Memphis Police Department’s silence on foster care death is inexcusable

The Memphis Police Department's failure to tell the public about the death of a 6-year-old girl in foster care and that a teen-age boy had been charged in the death represents an inexcusable lack of transparency.

The normal people support CPS and the Foster Care System because they're sold on crap like this...

Because some people, whose names I won't mention, just don't get how the Child Protective Industry uses Public Relations Propaganda to sucker the normal people into supporting their cause, thus creating 50 of them for every one of us, regardless of the fraud and corruption and torn apart families, I bring you the following example of Pathetic Child Welfare Recruitment Propaganda, which comes to us from great state of South Dakota.

In this example, this hot little child worshiping, man-hating, blond pop-tart foster parent talks all about the warm fuzzy feeling she gets while aiding and abetting the child protective industry in the stealing of your kids by opening her heart and her home to a stolen child child in need.

Hold on to your lunch folks!  We are going into the toilet on this one.
Link: Single mother embraces foster care

So, when the yearning to become a mother grew inside her, even though Krekelberg is single, she didn’t hesitate to become a foster mom.
This person certainly isn't normal.  

Mom of police shooting victim blasts DCFS: ‘I treat my child right’

Mom of police shooting victim blasts DCFS: ‘I treat my child right’

The mother of Quintonio LeGrier — the teen shot and killed last weekend by Chicago Police — is insisting state child-welfare officials were wrong to remove the boy from her care when he was 5 years old.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The reason for the teardrops on Taylor Swifts guitar was arrested for child abuse apparently...

The Child Welfare Media Circus of the Week is...


Hendersonville Police said they charged three people – Andrew, 27, Christopher Hardwick, 34, and Joni Hardwick, 44 – after a 3-year-old girl suffered severe bruising and lacerations on her head and a concussion. Detective Sgt. Jim Vaughn told PEOPLE she was airlifted to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital and has since been released. 

Note: I hope she realizes that he's not worth crying about now.


Lawsuit: Toddlers sexually assaulted while in Hancock DHS custody

Lawsuit: Toddlers sexually assaulted while in Hancock DHS custody

A Hancock County woman says her two children, ages 1 and 2, were sexually assaulted and contracted gonorrhea while they were in the custody of the Hancock County Department of Human Services, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.

Study: Ariz. foster kids struggle at academics

Study: Ariz. foster kids struggle at academics

Arizona students in foster care have lower student success compared to their peers, according to a new…


Juvenile Probation Officer Accused of Sex Assault Against a Child

Juvenile Probation Officer Accused of Sex Assault Against a Child

A Bexar County Juvenile Probation Officer arrested on a charge of sexual assault of a child.

Bill Would Make Churches a Safe Haven for Unwanted Newborns

Bill Would Make Churches a Safe Haven for Unwanted Newborns

When the 2016 legislative session begins next month, state lawmakers will consider expanding the Kentucky Safe Infants Act to include churches.


Flawed Alaska child abuse study suggests 'solutions' likely to worsen problem

Flawed Alaska child abuse study suggests 'solutions' likely to worsen problem

The problem of child abuse is serious and real -- in Alaska and everywhere else in America. But a recent study by researchers at the University of Alaska Anchorage about the rate at which children known to the Office of Children’s Services are re-abused is built on a foundation of faulty assumptions and questionable data. As a result, it points toward “solutions” likely to make things even worse.

B.C. behind in goals for selling babies

Note: Please hold onto your lunch, as this is nothing more than pathetic adoption propaganda.

B.C. behind in goals for finding adoption homes

It is a time of year when relatives gather to share meals and affection, but there are at least 4,000 children in B.C. who will pass the holidays without a family of their own.


Child welfare: Former foster kids on what needs to change

Child welfare: Former foster kids on what needs to change

It's been a troubling year for B.C.'s child welfare system, with several high-profile suicides of youth in care and two damning reports raising calls for an immediate overhaul of the system.

Sentencing Wednesday for Teacher Found Guilty of Not Reporting Sexual Abuse

Sentencing Wednesday for Teacher Found Guilty of Not Reporting Sexual Abuse

A Tallahassee teacher found guilty of not reporting the sexual abuse of a student is set to learn her fate this week.

Guatemala 'deeply worried' by U.S. plan to deport families

Guatemala 'deeply worried' by U.S. plan to deport families

Guatemala on Tuesday said it had serious concerns about U.S. government plans to round up and deport undocumented Central American families, children and young adults who have recently arrived in the United States.

KANSAS DCF OVERREACHES THEIR BOUNDARIES TO KIDNAP A COLORADO FAMILIES CHILDREN!

KANSAS DCF OVERREACHES THEIR BOUNDARIES TO KIDNAP A COLORADO FAMILIES CHILDREN!

Kansas Department of Children and Families is still over-reaching in their quest to kidnap children. We hear these terrifying stories everyday and each one of them is as heartbreaking as the next.

Czech government seeks to reduce number of children in institutional care

Czech government seeks to reduce number of children in institutional care

The Czech government’s Human Rights Council is to ask legislators to pass new laws preventing children younger than seven from ending up in institutionalized care. Instead, at risk or unwanted children will be placed in family or foster homes, with institutionalization only occurring as a last resort.


Michigan regulator resigns amid Flint's lead-in-water crisis

Michigan regulator resigns amid Flint's lead-in-water crisis

Michigan's top environmental regulator resigned Tuesday after elevated levels of lead were found in Flint children during a drinking water crisis that a task force blamed primarily on his agency.

CPS kidnaps three children after loving family seeks medical help

CPS kidnaps three children after loving family seeks medical help

It’s happening all across the nation, but it’s something state and medical authorities are afraid to discuss. It’s something called medical kidnapping – the warrant-less seizure of children based on mere suspicion of child abuse. For example, if a parent disagrees with a medical diagnosis placed on their child and they want a second opinion, then authorities may label them “abusive parents.” Child protective Services (CPS) is called in to “rescue” the child, taking custody, leaving concerned parents heartbroken and powerless.

Newton police report runaway child under Tama County protective order

Newton police report runaway child under Tama County protective order

On 12/24/15 Charlene Rachelle Brown was reported as a runaway to the Newton Police Department. Charlene and her siblings had been living in foster care in Boone County after being removed from the custody of her biological Mother, Misty Rachelle Shaver, while living in Tama County. The children had been allowed to visit a relative in Newton for the holidays. While at the relative's home Charlene snuck out and left a note saying she was sorry for leaving. Based on information from the family and their associates the Newton Police Department feels Charlene arranged to be picked up by her mother and her mother's boyfriend, Kevin Jacob Carlton.


Flawed Alaska child abuse study suggests 'solutions' likely to worsen problem

Flawed Alaska child abuse study suggests 'solutions' likely to worsen problem

The problem of child abuse is serious and real -- in Alaska and everywhere else in America. But a recent study by researchers at the University of Alaska Anchorage about the rate at which children known to the Office of Children’s Services are re-abused is built on a foundation of faulty assumptions and questionable data. As a result, it points toward “solutions” likely to make things even worse.


14-year-old arrested in 6-year-old’s death

14-year-old arrested in 6-year-old’s death

Memphis police confirmed Tuesday that a 14-year-old boy is in custody after a 6-year-old child was killed in Cordova on Dec. 23.

Mounties, businessman save Christmas for B.C. children seized by ministry worker

Mounties, businessman save Christmas for B.C. children seized by ministry worker

Two children seized from their British Columbia home on Christmas Eve weren't overlooked by Santa thanks to a couple of Mounties and a businessman.

Note: This is a perfect example of how the Mass Media takes the focus off of the real issue of kids being stolen by CPS, or the plight of kids in foster care, and puts it onto the wonderful people who made it all happen.

If you think that getting a few Christmas presents from your kidnappers the day after you were stolen from your parents makes everything all better, then you are as full of shit as a Christmas Turkey.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Video: Desiree Salazar angry with CPS over five-month-old son's death

Video: Desiree Salazar angry with CPS over five-month-old son's death

Sacramento mother Desiree Salazar fights CPS after 5-month-old son's death.

Nearly 300,000 Children, Families Apprehended Illegally Crossing U.S. Border Since FY 2013

Nearly 300,000 Children, Families Apprehended Illegally Crossing U.S. Border Since FY 2013

Nearly 300,000 unaccompanied minors and “family units” have been apprehended illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border since fiscal year 2013, and recent data suggest the influx could continue at even higher levels.


L.A. agency criticized for $153 tape dispenser

L.A. agency criticized for $153 tape dispenser

Office supplies are essential for any business, but one government organization is facing a backlash after purchasing $374 headsets and $153 automatic tape dispensers.

New Mexico Air Base to House 400 Illegal Immigrant Children in January

New Mexico Air Base to House 400 Illegal Immigrant Children in January

In an attempt to prevent the chaos of the immigrant border surge that occurred in the summer of 2014, Department of Homeland Security officials are securing various locations to temporarily house Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and family units from Central America. As a result of that effort, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has directed Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico to house up to 400 children starting in January.

Child advocacy group: Too many foster children are in residential treatment

Child advocacy group: Too many foster children are in residential treatment

At their most expensive, foster family placements can cost from $92 to $140 per day, compared to the upper end for residential treatment facilities at $219 to $274 per day, according to an issue brief released by Kentucky Youth Advocates.

State child welfare system failing to protect youth

State child welfare system failing to protect youth

Until I had to deal with the Florida Department of Children and Families, I thought some of the criticism of it was unwarranted.

Judge Accused Of Misconduct Withdraws From Child Custody Case


A metro Detroit judge who sent three siblings to juvenile detention for refusing to meet with their estranged father has removed herself from the case.

Lesbian couple ordered to hand toddler back to biological mother

Lesbian couple ordered to hand toddler back to biological mother

A baby girl relinquished by her mother at birth into the care of a lesbian couple will be "transitioned" back to her biological family after the mother later "changed her mind".

Family uses Facebook to try and find triplets given up for adoption

Family uses Facebook to try and find triplets given up for adoption

A New York family is turning to Facebook to try and find triplet boys who were given up for adoption in 1972.



More than one quarter of children in care are Indigenous, but no data on Aboriginal foster families


The ACT government cannot say how many of Canberra's foster carers are Indigenous, despite a vast over-representation of Aboriginal children in care.

Film explores Native American child displacement

Film explores Native American child displacement

A Wausau-area video production company is shining a spotlight on the need for American Indian children to be connected to their culture.


Number of missing foster children go missing up by 19%

Number of missing foster children go missing up by 19%

FOSTER children went missing from care more than 17,000 times in a year and 168 of those occasions were in Dorset.

Two Child Protective Service employees resign, two disciplined in connection with case involving 22-month-old girl who died from apparent neglect

Two Child Protective Service employees resign, two disciplined in connection with case involving 22-month-old girl who died from apparent neglect

Two Abilene Child Protective Services employees resigned May 31 after the agency learned one of them had an “inappropriate relationship” with the father of a 22-month-old girl who died from apparent neglect.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Study committee recommends more state benefits to kinship care providers

Study committee recommends more state benefits to kinship care providers

There’s a huge upside for family members who provide care for children whose parents are no longer in the picture, but a top state lawmaker said Georgia could do more to support these caregivers.


Criticism leveled at schools for Maryland juvenile offenders

Criticism leveled at schools for Maryland juvenile offenders

When state officials decided in 2004 to turn the education programs in juvenile justice facilities over to the Maryland State Department of Education, the plan was praised as a bold move to help rehabilitate some of the state's most vulnerable youths.

Santa Clara County leads the way in increasing oversight of foster kids on psychiatric drugs

Santa Clara County leads the way in increasing oversight of foster kids on psychiatric drugs

For more than a year, Santa Clara County has worked steadily to better protect its 1,300 foster children from the dangers of psychiatric drugs that in some cases may be causing more harm than help.

Migrant Children Explain Why They Traveled To The U.S. Alone

Migrant Children Explain Why They Traveled To The U.S. Alone

The seven children had just crossed the river, shoes still caked with mud, when U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped them.

Boy refuses to leave older brother for foster home

Boy refuses to leave older brother for foster home

Officers on Dec. 17 literally took a 14-year-old boy kicking and screaming from a home where he was staying with his older brother until a new foster home was found for him, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report made public this week.


2015 WAS A ROUGH YEAR FOR KIDS IN ARIZONA'S CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM

2015 WAS A ROUGH YEAR FOR KIDS IN ARIZONA'S CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM

2015 has not been a good year for Arizona’s most-vulnerable population: kids in the child welfare system.

Man arrested in DCF threats

Man arrested in DCF threats

A man who allegedly made threats against two workers for the Department for Children and Families turned himself in to police Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

At Christmas, don't forget the uncaring side of state 'care’

At Christmas, don't forget the uncaring side of state 'care’

We may spare a seasonal thought for those thousands of children removed from their parents by social workers for no good reason who are spending this Christmas unhappily in state “care”, wanting nothing more than to return home to their equally unhappy parents.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Grandparents seek for rights referendum

Grandparents seek for rights referendum

It is an endearing image, a picture of a grandparent and grandchild.

Christians worldwide plan protests after Norway seizes 5 kids due to 'Christian indoctrination'

Christians worldwide plan protests after Norway seizes 5 kids due to 'Christian indoctrination'

Christians around the world are planning to stage peaceful protests outside Norwegian embassies to call for the release of five children who were seized by Norway's child welfare services for supposedly being subjected to "Christian radicalisation and indoctrination."

Govt makes adoption easier, puts details of orphans online

Govt makes adoption easier, puts details of orphans online

In what is being termed as good news for those looking forward to adopt a child, the social welfare department of Uttarakhand has placed all the details of orphan children online. These will be available on the website of Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA).

Disturbing DCF case

Disturbing DCF case

As noted in this space before, the task confronting the Connecticut Department of Children and Families is arguably the toughest in state government. It’s charge is to protect children from social disintegration.


Kinship means everything for grandparents who parent

Kinship means everything for grandparents who parent

After a career in business, Russ Rogers and his wife Gail were looking forward to enjoying his retirement. They had plans to travel and enjoy their grandchildren.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Foster care problems draw scathing court ruling

Foster care problems draw scathing court ruling

U.S. District Judge Janis Jack of Corpus Christi couldn’t have been more damning of Texas’ failures in caring for foster children than she was in her Dec. 17 order declaring the state system unconstitutional.

State to pay $15M in sexual abuse of babies case

State to pay $15M in sexual abuse of babies case

The state has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of nine children abused by a Salem foster parent.

Missouri woman asks court for custody of frozen embryos

Missouri woman asks court for custody of frozen embryos

A woman from St. Louis has appealed a court ruling that denies her custody of frozen embryos she created with her ex-husband, in a case that national anti-abortion groups seek to link to a similar one involving Hollywood actress Sofia Vergara.

Kansas lawmaker seeks end of privatized foster care system



Kansas lawmaker seeks end of privatized foster care system

A Republican Kansas lawmaker is calling for an end to the state's first-in-the-nation privatized foster care system, as it nears its 20th anniversary with increasing scrutiny and a record number of children in foster homes.

Sanders, social worker shooting voted top Vermont stories

Sanders, social worker shooting voted top Vermont stories

Bernie Sanders' presidential aspirations were the No. 1 story of 2015 in Vermont, as voted by journalists working for Associated Press member newspapers and broadcasters.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Maine's Outrageously High Foster Care Psychiatric Drugging Statistics Revealed

Maine's Outrageously High Foster Care Psychiatric Drugging Statistics Revealed

A new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request just revealed that 23.1% of Maine’s foster children are being prescribed mind-altering psychiatric drugs and that 9.2% percent of foster children are on at least two of these drugs at a time


N.J. high court to hear case of terminated parental rights

N.J. high court to hear case of terminated parental rights

New Jersey's highest court will consider the case of an indigent mother who did not have an attorney when a judge terminated her parental rights and placed her 2-year-old daughter with a "financially advantaged" foster family.

Democratic presidential candidates blast U.S. plan to deport families

Democratic presidential candidates blast U.S. plan to deport families

Dec 24 The Obama administration on Thursday came under fire from Democratic presidential candidates and human rights groups for plans to intensify deportations of Central American migrants by rounding up undocumented families.

DCF program will send 1,600 Florida foster children home for Christmas

DCF program will send 1,600 Florida foster children home for Christmas

More than 1,600 Florida foster children will get to spend Christmas with their families, the Department of Children and Families announced Wednesday.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Lawyers appeal foster mother’s conviction in child’s death

Lawyers appeal foster mother’s conviction in child’s death

Lawyers for an Illinois woman found guilty of killing a 4-year-old Bloomington foster child say her conviction should be overturned because of errors at her trial.






House parent charged with molesting girl


House parent charged with molesting girl

Deputies were called to Children in Crisis, a non-profit facility that houses foster children, on Dec. 19 after receiving a report that Hellen had fondled a child. The victim had initially reported the abuse to a friend.  Hellen was listed as a house parent for the facility.

Judge: Texas foster kids leave worse than when they enter

Judge: Texas foster kids leave worse than when they enter

Many children leave the state’s foster care system worse off than when they enter; that’s according to a federal judge in Corpus Christi who ordered Texas Child Protective Services to make immediate changes. It’s a case years in the making, marked with many tragedies.



Arizona Court Struggles To Fill Positions On Foster Care Review Boards

Arizona Court Struggles To Fill Positions On Foster Care Review Boards

The number of kids living in shelters, group and foster homes and with extended family has increased by 25 percent in the past two years. The need for volunteers to review those placements is also growing.


Michigan Ignored 'Conclusive Evidence' Of Flint Lead Poisoning, Researcher Says

Michigan Ignored 'Conclusive Evidence' Of Flint Lead Poisoning, Researcher Says

Michigan state officials insisted that the water supply in Flint was safe even though they knew an unusual number of children had suffered lead poisoning, according to a scientist who helped blow the whistle on Flint's water crisis.


State will pay record $15M in case of foster parent’s sexual abuse

State will pay record $15M in case of foster parent’s sexual abuse

The state of Oregon has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of nine children abused by a Salem foster parent. The payout is a record for wrongdoing by an Oregon agency.

Grand jury found flaws in Monterey County CPS department

Grand jury found flaws in Monterey County CPS department

Three children were tortured and two murdered inside a Salinas apartment, and social workers never stepped in until it was too late.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Child Advocate Rips DCF Over Baby's Overdose Death; Danger Signs Missed

Child Advocate Rips DCF Over Baby's Overdose Death; Danger Signs Missed

The state's child-protection agency failed to respond to serious risks to a Terryville toddler posed by her mother's lengthy history of drug abuse and erratic behavior, and rejected a request by Plymouth police to investigate the family less than a month before 2-year-old Londyn Raine Sack died of an overdose of her mother's prescription drug, the state child advocate has concluded.

Child welfare manager loses job over drug arrest


Child welfare manager loses job over drug arrest

A child-welfare case manager, charged with trafficking heroin and methamphetamine on the side, has been removed from her position, Florida Department of Children and Families officials confirmed today.


Mother accused of kidnapping children caught in Mexico

Mother accused of kidnapping children caught in Mexico

The non-custodial mother of two Corpus Christi children was arrested in Mexico last week and is now facing federal charges here in Texas. The Department of Justice says the children were also recovered in Mexico and are in the custody of Texas Child Protective Services.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Unrestrained: When For-Profit Companies Abuse the Disabled Children They Are Supposed to Help

Unrestrained: When For-Profit Companies Abuse the Disabled Children They Are Supposed to Help

THREE YEARS AGO, it looked like the Florida agency that oversees care for children and adults with disabilities had finally had enough.

Stolen Generations' Sandra Bolt explains the pain endured by five generations of her family

Stolen Generations' Sandra Bolt explains the pain endured by five generations of her family

Cabbage Tree Island is a large, flat, teardrop of sugar cane land on a reach of the Richmond River on the New South Wales far north coast.

FIEGER LAW FILES SUIT AGAINST FOSTER AGENCY

The family of Omarion Humphrey has filed a lawsuit against the foster agency that placed him and the foster parent who was watching him.

Evangelical couple begs God to strike critics dead over child abuse claims

Evangelical couple begs God to strike critics dead over child abuse claims

This chilling declaration is part of a public prayer request posted by Debi Pearl, wife of Christian evangelist, Michael Pearl, whose controversial parenting manual, To Train Up a Child, advocates child abuse and has been linked with at least three deaths of young children at the hands of their own Christian parents who implemented Pearl’s harsh, “spare the rod, spoil the child” discipline advice.

B.C. hires caregivers from recently closed group-home operator

B.C. hires caregivers from recently closed group-home operator

The B.C. government has hired three caregivers who used to work for A Community Vision, a group-home operator shut down earlier this year over safety concerns.

Maine Voices: Maine’s entire court system, not just probate, needs an impartial review

Maine Voices: Maine’s entire court system, not just probate, needs an impartial review

Many Mainers have been troubled by recentpublicreports of questionable practices in York County Probate Court. Ethical allegations have been made about the county’s probate judge, and most informed citizens would like to see appropriate attention to the problem.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Manitoba First Nations step up amid record number of children in care

Manitoba First Nations step up amid record number of children in care

When Angeline Spence got pregnant at 17, she was determined her child wouldn't end up being one of Manitoba's 10,000 kids in care.


Nicky Morgan orders review on home schooling amid fears children having minds 'poisoned' by radicalised parents

Nicky Morgan orders review on home schooling amid fears children having minds 'poisoned' by radicalised parents

The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has asked officials to review home schooling amid fears that thousand of children are having their minds “filled with poison” by radicalised parents.


Lawmaker's report calls for end to current foster care system

Lawmaker's report calls for end to current foster care system

A Republican lawmaker’s report calls for the end of Kansas’ current privatized foster care system — an idea coming as the 20th anniversary of the private system looms and the agency in charge faces mounting scrutiny.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Surge in Children, Families at the U.S. Border May Be the 'New Normal'

Surge in Children, Families at the U.S. Border May Be the 'New Normal'

A dramatic spike in unaccompanied children and families trying to slip in across the U.S.-Mexico border may be "the new normal," officials say, with some believing the surge is linked to a federal ruling that ended long-term detentions.


There’s nothing to cheer when babies are taken from mothers

There’s nothing to cheer when babies are taken from mothers

There was much excitement last week over an academic study showing a huge increase in the number of newborn babies being seized by social workers, up since 2008 by more than 150 per cent. The tabloid press piled in to report on one mother who has had 16 babies removed from her in turn.


Federal court to clarify legality of Native American adoptions

Federal court to clarify legality of Native American adoptions

A federal judge on Friday questioned the legality of statutes that give tribal courts the right to decide adoption and foster care placement of Native American children who have never lived on the reservation.

State investigator: 'Many blinded by foster mother's status in society'

State investigator: 'Many blinded by foster mother's status in society'

A state investigator said a foster mother's status in society kept many from suspecting her of abusing a child who eventually died.

Judge Finds Texas' Foster Care Unconstitutionally 'Broken'

Judge Finds Texas' Foster Care Unconstitutionally 'Broken'

A federal judge ruled Thursday that the Texas foster care system for nearly 30,000 children is unconstitutionally broken, saying that kids rescued by one of the largest child protection agencies in the U.S. often leave state custody in worse shape than before.

Note: You do realize that Children's Rights stands to make a ton of money from this, don't you?

Police Seek Man Accused of Making Threats Against VT DCF

Police Seek Man Accused of Making Threats Against VT DCF

Vermont State Police are looking to locate a man they say made threats against a Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) office in Middlebury.

Note: Wow, they're just pissing everybody off, eh?

Man denies threatening Williston DCF workers

Man denies threatening Williston DCF workers

A Colchester man accused of making threats against Department of Children and Families workers in Williston has pleaded not guilty. His case highlights ongoing concerns about state worker safety following the murder of a DCF social worker in August.


Couple who used online network to take in children face years in prison

Couple who used online network to take in children face years in prison

A woman who used the Internet to take in unwanted adopted children faces years in prison after a federal jury convicted her Friday on charges of kidnapping and transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Texas Loses Child Welfare Lawsuit to Children’s Rights

Texas Loses Child Welfare Lawsuit to Children’s Rights

U.S. District Court Judge Janis Jack has ruled against the State of Texas in a class action lawsuit about the way the state’s child welfare agency handles certain foster youth.


Federal jury finds Danville woman guilty of kidnapping in 'rehoming' case

Federal jury finds Danville woman guilty of kidnapping in 'rehoming' case

A federal jury deliberated for four hours over two days before finding a former Danville woman guilty Friday of kidnapping and then sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl.

N.J. child welfare worker safety bill prompted by stabbing sent to Christie

N.J. child welfare worker safety bill prompted by stabbing sent to Christie

Responding to the near-fatal attack of a child welfare worker last year, state lawmakers have sent a bill to Gov. Chris Christie's desk that would assign police to child protection offices.

Grandma of Ohio girl who died sues child welfare agency


A child welfare agency in Cincinnati didn’t report signs of possible abuse to authorities and left a young girl in the custody of her parents, who are now charged in her death, according to a federal lawsuit.



MORE CHILDREN IN STATE CUSTODY DRIVING UP COSTS

MORE CHILDREN IN STATE CUSTODY DRIVING UP COSTS

For months, lawmakers have monitored charts showing the increase in children in state custody. Now, they’re seeing the impact on the state budget.


Federal judge orders sweeping overhaul of Texas' 'broken' foster care system

Federal judge orders sweeping overhaul of Texas' 'broken' foster care system

A federal judge Thursday ordered Texas to fix its "broken" foster care system to end years of rape, abuse and neglect in a sweeping decision that advocacy groups said highlights the state's continued failure to adequately protect children.




Federal judge rules Texas violated the constitutional rights of foster children

Federal judge rules Texas violated the constitutional rights of foster children

A federal judge Thursday ordered Texas to fix its “broken” foster care system to end years of rape, abuse and neglect in a sweeping decision that advocacy groups said highlights the state’s continued failure to adequately protect children.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

DFCS report: Foster mom used butter knife to clear airway of 2-year-old

DFCS report: Foster mom used butter knife to clear airway of 2-year-old

Henry County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has released a ten page report detailing the moments before 2-year-old Laila Marie Daniel died in the custody of her foster parents.

Overemphasis on reuniting families: Senator

Overemphasis on reuniting families: Senator

Social Services Minister Christian Porter says other states must follow New South Wales' lead if anything is to be done about record low adoption rates.

Thousands of Central American Kids Are Back at Our Border. Here’s What You Need to Know.


Last month, while conservatives went into panic mode over those eight Syrians who crossed the US-Mexico border shortly after the Paris attacks, the feds were scrambling to keep up with a more familiar sight in South Texas: the arrival of unaccompanied children and families from Central America.


Report: 10 DCF workers fired for failing to get licenses

Report: 10 DCF workers fired for failing to get licenses

The Boston Globe is reporting the state agency fired 10 employees for failing to get social work licenses required by a new state law. The workers can apply next month for lower level positions.

With Los Angeles schools back open, families can expect to see more police

With Los Angeles schools back open, families can expect to see more police

When Los Angeles Unified schools reopen Wednesday, students, teachers and parents can expect to see more police even though a threat that closed campuses the day before was determined not credible, officials said.

Note: Perhaps this "threat" was made by the police so that everybody would get paranoid and want them there...  The more support they can build for the Police State School System, the easier it will be when the time of takeover actually comes.  Just sayin.

Manatee CPS under fire as another child dies of abuse

Manatee CPS under fire as another child dies of abuse

Sadly enough another child in Manatee County is making headlines after he died over the weekend from injuries related to child abuse.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Five Reasons Why Flint Needs To Be Declared A State Of Emergency

Five Reasons Why Flint Needs To Be Declared A State Of Emergency

Under current Michigan Child Protection Law, these children who tested for high lead blood level contents would have typically been immediately removed from the home due to environmental and medical neglect, through a state legal action, and placed under the auspices of the state as wards of the court.

It is called exigent circumstances.

Another Saskatoon woman says she was sterilized against her will

Another Saskatoon woman says she was sterilized against her will

Another aboriginal woman has come forward to say she was sterilized against her will at the Royal University Hospital (RUH) in Saskatoon.

6 Things Birth Dads Should Know About The Adoption Process

6 Things Birth Dads Should Know About The Adoption Process

Throughout history, fathers have frequently been cast aside as an overlooked parent when it comes to family matters. That traditionally has held true in the adoption process.

A glimmer of hope in the tragedy of babies being taken into care

A glimmer of hope in the tragedy of babies being taken into care

As a parent, it is almost impossible to imagine the horror and pain of having your newborn baby ripped from your arms and handed over to complete strangers, never to be seen again. It is the stuff of our worst nightmares. Yet this happens to a couple of thousand women in Britain every year.

Arizona child-welfare agency's performance declared 'unacceptable'

Arizona child-welfare agency's performance declared 'unacceptable'

Lawmakers frustrated by a lack of progress and answers from the state's child-welfare agency gave the Department of Child Safety the equivalent of a failing grade on Tuesday.


TRC's first 5 recommendations all address child welfare

TRC's first 5 recommendations all address child welfare

The dark legacy of Indian residential schools lives on in Canada's child and family services system, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which, in its final report released today, called for sweeping changes to the country's child welfare system.

California courts step up scrutiny of foster care use of psychiatric drugs

California courts step up scrutiny of foster care use of psychiatric drugs


Driven by new legislation and a motivation to create more meaningful oversight, California's courts are calling for far more justification before judges authorize the use of powerful psychiatric drugs that are now too freely prescribed to foster children.

Awaiting a Christmas miracle: Family turns to Facebook to find brother given up for adoption

Awaiting a Christmas miracle: Family turns to Facebook to find brother given up for adoption

Geraldine "Jerri" Kramer was 19 in the summer of 1963 when she was forced by her parents to give up her newborn son for adoption.

$100K bond granted for foster mom charged with murder of 2-year-old

$100K bond granted for foster mom charged with murder of 2-year-old

A judge granted bond for the Henry County foster mom charged with murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl.

New law allowing foster students to stay in original school expected to double graduation rate

New law allowing foster students to stay in original school expected to double graduation rate

Foster families are celebrating a new federal law that will allow foster children to stay in their original school when home placements change.

Warren teen accused of bringing gun into Children Services

Warren teen accused of bringing gun into Children Services

A 17 year old is in the Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center, accused of bringing a handgun inside his residential treatment facility at Children Services.

Probation, prison for military couple in NJ child abuse case

Probation, prison for military couple in NJ child abuse case

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced a former Army major to probation and his wife to two years in a New Jersey child abuse case in which they were convicted on multiple counts of abusing their three foster children.



Peterborough social worker struck off after lying to foster carers

Peterborough social worker struck off after lying to foster carers

A Peterborough social worker told foster carers that their children would be taken away if they didn’t write a letter to his manager saying how supportive he was, a hearing was told.

Chism still faces charges in attack on social worker

Chism still faces charges in attack on social worker

Lawyers for a Massachusetts teenager who killed his math teacher in 2013 are due back in court on separate charges a day after he was convicted of rape and murder.

‘My kids are everything’: Fearful parents keep kids home from South Bay schools, too

‘My kids are everything’: Fearful parents keep kids home from South Bay schools, too

Priscilla Serrano’s three children don’t attend Los Angeles Unified schools, but she kept them home anyway Tuesday.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Judge Who Cuffed Kids For Missing Lunch With Dad Faces Discipline

Judge Who Cuffed Kids For Missing Lunch With Dad Faces Discipline

Judicial Tenure Commission: Judge “laughed at the children and was sarcastic,” and made “significant misrepresentations of law and fact.”


Report blames children’s watchdog for issues at children’s ministry


The non-partisan watchdog tasked with uncovering problems in B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development is providing so much oversight it's actually harmful, according to a new report.


Ministers can’t wring their hands over children’s social care if they won’t fund it

Ministers can’t wring their hands over children’s social care if they won’t fund it

David Cameron has said he wants social workers to act more like parents, which sounds great in theory, but I think he is referring to a particular type of parent. He wants social workers to be like parents who are willing, or able, to put the needs of their children above their own. The parents who are not abusing substances, are not victims of domestic abuse, or do not have unmet mental health needs that are affecting their ability to prioritise their child’s needs. I am sure he does not want us to be like many of the parents that we work with in the child protection arena.

Report blasts Goshen group home, state agency over disabled teen's death

Report blasts Goshen group home, state agency over disabled teen's death

A mentally disabled teenager who died while under state care in 2013 writhed in excruciating pain for months when a doctor ignored his rejection of a stomach feeding tube, according to a watchdog group that faulted the state's oversight agency for not substantiating neglect in the case.

Mothers who lose children through care proceedings offered little support, report says

Mothers who lose children through care proceedings offered little support, report says

Research published by the British Journal of Social Work showed one in four women who have had children involved in care cases will end up being subject to further care proceedings


COLCHESTER MAN DENIES THREATENING DCF WORKERS

COLCHESTER MAN DENIES THREATENING DCF WORKERS

A Colchester man accused of making threats against Department of Children and Families workers has pleaded not guilty. His case highlights ongoing concerns about state worker safety following the murder of a DCF social worker in August.

The sacred mother-baby bond is being eroded by an overzealous state

The sacred mother-baby bond is being eroded by an overzealous state

These figures should send a chill down the spine of anyone who values basic human dignity: in England in 2013, 2,018 newborn babies were taken from their mothers and put into the care of the state. This represents a huge hike from five years earlier, in 2008, when 802 newborns were taken into care. To put it another way: in 2008, 0.1 percent of newborns were taken into the care system, while in 2013 it was 0.3 percent.


Former New Jersey Military Couple Faces Sentencing in Child Abuse Case

Former New Jersey Military Couple Faces Sentencing in Child Abuse Case

A former New Jersey military couple convicted of abusing their young children faces sentencing in federal court.

Study finds foster kids lag far behind in academics

Study finds foster kids lag far behind in academics

An Arizona study has found that foster children have the state's highest dropout rate and one of the lowest graduation rates.

DA reviewing staffer’s action in foster care case


Henry County District Attorney James Wright is reviewing whether one of his prosecutors intervened to help place a foster child with a former office intern, who is now charged with beating, starving and killing the little girl.


‘Doncaster Council failed homeless and abused child’

‘Doncaster Council failed homeless and abused child’

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and the council have been told that they must support young homeless people better.

Qld sisters awarded $800,000 compensation after foster child abuse

Qld sisters awarded $800,000 compensation after foster child abuse

The state government has been ordered to pay three sisters nearly $800,000 in compensation after they were sexually abused by a foster child who was living in their home.




A new epidemic of hype won’t help ‘drug-dependent’ infants

A new epidemic of hype won’t help ‘drug-dependent’ infants

Every few years we are told about a new “drug plague” in which the drug use of pregnant women supposedly dooms their children – unless, of course, we take the children away. The media said it about crack, and they were wrong. They said it about methamphetamines and they were wrong. Now there’s a new epidemic of hype around pregnant women who use drugs both legal and illegal, from heroin to prescription painkillers. Those stories are wrong, too.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Supreme Court sides with lesbian mother in Alabama adoption fight

Supreme Court sides with lesbian mother in Alabama adoption fight

The Supreme Court on Monday blocked an Alabama court from denying parental rights to a lesbian woman who was granted an adoption in Georgia.

Report blames critics for ‘instability’ at B.C. Children’s Ministry

Report blames critics for ‘instability’ at B.C. Children’s Ministry

The B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development should get more money, another thorough restructuring and less oversight from the independent representative for children and youth, says Bob Plecas in the first part of his review of the ministry.

Coroner announces foster child’s cause of death

Coroner announces foster child’s cause of death

A 2-year-old girl killed while in state foster care died of “blunt force trauma to the abdomen,” the Henry County coroner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday.

Man who claimed he impregnated foster daughter with a syringe is convicted

Man who claimed he impregnated foster daughter with a syringe is convicted

Scratch the syringe defense off of the list of viable innocence claims.


Baker defends decision not to fire state social worker in Bella Bond case

Baker defends decision not to fire state social worker in Bella Bond case

The social worker assigned to Bella Bond’s case at the state Department of Children and Families will not be fired, but will be issued a “formal written warning,” The Boston Globe reports.


Kansas social workers call for review of privatized child welfare system

Kansas social workers call for review of privatized child welfare system

Kansas lawmakers have tentatively agreed to authorize a wide-ranging audit of current practices within the Department for Children and Families, including its management of foster care services and whether the agency is routinely discriminating against gay and lesbian families when placing children in either temporary or permanent homes.

With a parent in prison, Arizona children face poverty and instability

With a parent in prison, Arizona children face poverty and instability

Matthew Rohrbach has no children of his own, just his wife and a 170-pound Great Dane named Loki. Instead, he has he has been involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona and is matched with 15-year-old Mick — whose father is in prison.

State reverses course, awards custody to grandparents in DCF case

State reverses course, awards custody to grandparents in DCF case

Ajhier Gilmore and Deja Tench were enthralled.

Motion sensors on their new video game console captured the 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl walking “like an Egyptian” and grooving to Beyonce. How? The children weren’t quite sure, but behind them, their grandparents Gloria and John Gilmore applauded every shoulder shimmy and hip swivel — as any parent would.




Councils face losing control of failing children's services

Councils face losing control of failing children's services

Children’s services that persistently fail young people will be taken out of councils’ hands and given to other high-performing local authorities, children’s charities or “teams of experts”, under plans unveiled by the government.

Note: This is apparently the media circus of the day.

Mother has SIXTEEN babies taken away from her: Shocking case revealed as number of newborns removed at birth and put into care soars by 150% in five years

Mother has SIXTEEN babies taken away from her: Shocking case revealed as number of newborns removed at birth and put into care soars by 150% in five years   

One mother has had 16 babies taken into care, a shocking report into the scale of newborns removed from their parents reveals today.

The number of babies taken away from mothers has soared by 150 per cent in just five years, with a third removed from women in their teens.

The Story Of One Boy’s Journey With Child Welfare

The Story Of One Boy’s Journey With Child Welfare

According to published news reports he was removed from his home and his mother due to child abuse allegations. He was three years old at the time and he spent the next two months in foster care.  He left that first foster care placement to stay with a relative.  Details aren’t clear but that arrangement changed after a few months when he was moved from that relative and now placed with his great grandmother.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Warrant: Foster child died after beatings, starvation

Warrant: Foster child died after beatings, starvation

The original call for help said little Laila Marie Daniel had choked. Her family says they were told it was a chicken bone. But the arrest warrants obtained by WXIA say the 2-year-old foster child was actually denied food while in the care of Jennifer Rosenbaum, a Henry County Commission candidate and her husband.

Shelter homes can’t deny admission to HIV-positive children: SCPCR

Shelter homes can’t deny admission to HIV-positive children: SCPCR

The State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) has directed the authorities concerned to admit children, including those suffering from HIV, in need of care and protection in shelter homes.

Finding my daughter I had to give up for adoption was the best Christmas present ever

When the phone rang on Christmas Day, Padmini knew the call would be the best present she could ever receive. She’d waited years to hear the sound of her lost daughter’s voice.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

DCF worker who copied reports in Bella Bond case keeps job

DCF worker who copied reports in Bella Bond case keeps job

The state social worker who cut-and-pasted years-old reports when preparing evaluations in the Bella Bond case will not be fired but will receive a “formal written warning,” Governor Charlie Baker said Friday.

Kansas officials see family ties as key for foster children

Kansas officials see family ties as key for foster children

The Kansas Department for Children and Families faces allegations that it discriminates against gay and lesbian foster parents seeking to adopt the abused and neglected children in their care.

Study of Arizona foster children's education achievement not encouraging

Study of Arizona foster children's education achievement not encouraging

Students in foster care in Arizona have lower graduation rates, higher dropout rates and overall lower academic achievement rates than their peers, according to a new report entitled "Arizona's Invisible Achievement Gap."

Child welfare worker in Bella Bond case given 'written warning'

Child welfare worker in Bella Bond case given 'written warning'

The child welfare worker who was at the center of scathing report that criticized the state's handling of past cases involving baby Bella Bond did not “properly follow” policies in some cases, according to officials, who ultimately decided to give her minor discipline in the form of a “formal written warning.”

Note: BFD!

Parents no longer let 'chastise' children by smacking

Parents no longer let 'chastise' children by smacking

Parents are now effectively banned from smacking their children after the Government yesterday formally removed from law the defence of "reasonable chastisement".


Judge orders parents who talked critically of CPS to FOX 26 to pay $5000 in sanctions

Judge orders parents who talked critically of CPS to FOX 26 to pay $5000 in sanctions

Child Protective Services accused the Giwa’s of medical neglect even though doctors could not explain why their toddler age son was not thriving like his twin sister.

Cops: Man said DCF workers won't see Christmas

Cops: Man said DCF workers won't see Christmas

A Colchester man suspected of threatening employees at the Department for Children and Families has pleaded not guilty.

Bella caseworker did not follow policies in 2013, review shows

Bella caseworker did not follow policies in 2013, review shows

An internal review into the Bella Bond case shows there were instances in which the social worker involved with the family in 2013 did not follow policies properly and was formally warned in writing at the time.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Foster mom says crooks stole her children's Christmas presents

Foster mom says crooks stole her children's Christmas presents

A Clayton County mother is worried about her safety after someone broke into her home and stole her children’s Christmas gifts.

Lawmakers plan to investigate DCF in January

Lawmakers plan to investigate DCF in January

The Kansas Department for Children and Families could soon undergo an investigation by state leaders. Rep. Jim Ward of Wichita is requesting the audit. Ward is concerned DCF is discriminating against same-sex couples who foster in Kansas. He's also worried the agency isn't following policy to investigate, supervise, and protect children.

Some Are Calling This Father's Tattoo Child Abuse - What Do You Think?

Some Are Calling This Father's Tattoo Child Abuse - What Do You Think?

But one father took that idea a step further, into a territory that some are even calling child-abuse. Tattoo artist Brad Bellomo works at a shop in Largo, FL. It came as no surprise to him that his 4-year-old daughter Chloe had also taken to drawing. One day, Chloe asked if she could give her father a tattoo. He explained, "... seeing the art in here, with the ceiling -- she had come in here a few times, watched other artists and myself doing the art on the ceiling there -- and she said, 'I want to do one.'” How did he react to this request? He gave her control of the tattoo machine. As her father guided her tiny hands, Chloe became the youngest tattoo artist in America when she inked a little strawberry on his forearm. Brad couldn’t be happier with it. "I'm not trying to push her into the career, but it's an opportunity where she could do a few tatts get good at it, maybe an afterschool job versus McDonald's," he said. And as far as child abuse goes, Chloe didn’t seem to be upset about it. "I like to paint my daddy," she said.

Note: Child abuse would have been him tattooing her.

Lack of social workers ‘puts children at risk’ of neglect and physical or sexual abuse

Lack of social workers ‘puts children at risk’ of neglect and physical or sexual abuse

Sinn Féin TD, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, told the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, he was very concerned that a “staggering” 5,585 children were waiting over a month to be allocated a social worker.

Note: Dear Ireland...

I would gladly give you all of our social workers to relieve your shortage.

Sincerely

LK

WATCH: Parents of teen who died in government care open up about their son’s life and death

WATCH: Parents of teen who died in government care open up about their son’s life and death

15-year-old Nick Lang took his own life just six days after being placed in a drug treatment centre under government care.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

DFCS workers fired after foster child dies

DFCS workers fired after foster child dies

Two Henry County Department of Family and Children services workers were terminated after a foster child died.

Judges: More Info, Training, Caseworkers Needed To Decide Child Neglect Cases

Judges: More Info, Training, Caseworkers Needed To Decide Child Neglect Cases

Members of the Arkansas Judiciary say inefficiencies, lack of information and inadequate staffing are the main hurdles to deciding where to place neglected and abused children in the state.

When Child Services Run Amok

When Child Services Run Amok

It's time to call a spade a spade, to name names and to finally shine a light on despots who threaten, bully and rip people's lives apart under the full protection of the City of New York. And if someone cannot stomach the truth, and therefore wishes to call me crazy, then so be it; but you cannot discount the numerous professionals who have gone on record to state the exact same thing.


Texas Struggling to Deal With Massive Influx of Unaccompanied Illegal Immigrant Children

Texas Struggling to Deal With Massive Influx of Unaccompanied Illegal Immigrant Children

With unaccompanied children, mainly from Central America, arriving at the Texas border in unexpectedly high numbers, state officials are seeking permission to use the large family detention centers in Dilley and Karnes City to house them, essentially designating the prison style facilities to be 'child care centers,' News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Teen’s death raises questions about secrecy surrounding kids in care

Teen’s death raises questions about secrecy surrounding kids in care

Justin Sangiuliano, a 17-year-old developmentally disabled teen, died in April after being physically restrained during an incident at the Oshawa group home in which he lived. Advocates say Justin’s death raises serious questions about the use of restraints on vulnerable kids in care and the secrecy that surrounds what happens to them.


State policies deter doctors from reporting drug-endangered babies

State policies deter doctors from reporting drug-endangered babies

When Congress adopted the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act in 2003, the intent - spelled out in the law - was to ensure protection for drug-dependent newborns, not to punish mothers battling addiction.


Foster mother charged with child abuse

Foster mother charged with child abuse


A case of child abuse involving an Alex foster mother was postponed by the Alexandra Magistrates’ Court to enable further investigation.

Mother Accused Of Pot-Related Child Abuse Vindicated: Hudson County Court Decision Reversed

Mother Accused Of Pot-Related Child Abuse Vindicated: Hudson County Court Decision Reversed

A New Jersey Appellate court has reversed a trial court’s decision against a Hudson County mother accused of abusing and neglecting her eight-month-old son by allowing a friend to package marijuana in her home while her son was in the next room.

Child abuse cases overwhelm NM social workers

Child abuse cases overwhelm NM social workers

Child welfare officials are seeking a $12 million budget increase in hopes of lightening the caseloads of the state’s overburdened social workers.

B.C. far from reaching foster children adoption target

B.C. far from reaching foster children adoption target

The provincial government still has a long way to go to reach its target of getting 330 foster children adopted by March 31.


DCF audit: Child welfare system warrants more scrutiny.

DCF audit: Child welfare system warrants more scrutiny.

A document circulated to media outlets in a 2013 case in Johnson County provides ample justification for a legislative audit, as called for by Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, of how the Kansas Department for Children and Families treats foster parents who are gay or lesbian.

Alberta two-year-old in foster care suffered serious injury, multiple bruising: report

Alberta two-year-old in foster care suffered serious injury, multiple bruising: report

Alberta's child and youth advocate is once again calling for improvements to the province's child intervention system after a two-year-old girl was seriously injured while in a foster home.

Arizona ruling says grandparents can't sue over placements

Arizona ruling says grandparents can't sue over placements

An Arizona court ruling says grandparents who could provide foster or adoptive homes for children in state custody don't have a right to sue over placement decisions.

Man 'denies raping foster daughter but admits impregnating her with a syringe'

Man 'denies raping foster daughter but admits impregnating her with a syringe'

The man from Omaha in Nebraska said he never had sex with her, and at worst is guilty of “child abuse or something”



911 call revealing in foster child’s death

911 call revealing in foster child’s death

The toddler had been choking, Jennifer Rosenbaum blurted out to the 911 operator. She was giving the 2-year-old CPR.

Local murder suspect’s 8 y/o son allegedly abused by foster parent

Local murder suspect’s 8 y/o son allegedly abused by foster parent

Family members claim Joshua Bennett’s 8-year-old son was abused by his foster father after being placed in a Granville foster home.

Teen dies in stabbing during fight with sibling in Jacksonville home

Teen dies in stabbing during fight with sibling in Jacksonville home

A 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death in a fight with a younger brother late Wednesday at a Jacksonville home.


Foster children go 'missing' from care 17,000 times

Foster children go 'missing' from care 17,000 times

Foster children went missing from care in England more than 17,000 times in a year according to new figures.


Colchester man accused of threatening DCF workers

Colchester man accused of threatening DCF workers

Another day of threats against Vt. Department for Children and Families workers and now a Colchester man is facing charges.




Attorneys say 'specter of alleged wrongdoing' hangs over DCF

Attorneys say 'specter of alleged wrongdoing' hangs over DCF

More than a dozen attorneys say the “specter of alleged wrongdoing” now clouds Kansas foster care and adoption cases as lawmakers opted Thursday not to immediately approve an audit of the Department for Children and Families.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Bill aims to keep siblings together in foster care

Bill aims to keep siblings together in foster care

Bills requiring child-placing agencies to make reasonable efforts to keep siblings together in the foster care and adoption systems have advanced in Michigan's Legislature.

Foster Mom Reflects on Family Unification, Separation

Foster Mom Reflects on Family Unification, Separation

My daughter called yesterday with some exciting news. She has decided to go back to school to be a social worker. I almost choked. I see social workers as the people who ruined her childhood. She sees them as the friends on the other end of the phone who got her through it.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Foster child suicide: Lawyer for woman who killed herself after 55 placements calls for change

Foster child suicide: Lawyer for woman who killed herself after 55 placements calls for change

A lawyer is urging child protection authorities to learn from the recent death of one of her clients, who took her own life after enduring more than 55 foster care placements as a child.

Alberta two-year-old in foster care suffered serious injury, multiple bruising: report

Alberta two-year-old in foster care suffered serious injury, multiple bruising: report

Alberta's child and youth advocate is once again calling for improvements to the province's child intervention system after a two-year-old girl was seriously injured while in a foster home.

ACLU supports new rule to end shackling of children

ACLU supports new rule to end shackling of children

The Supreme Court of Ohio has opened the public comment period for Local Juvenile Restraint Rule 5.01, a Rule of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio which would prohibit the automatic and indiscriminate shackling of children appearing in juvenile court.

San Diego Nurse, Foster Parent Gets 80 Years for Molesting 2 Babies

San Diego Nurse, Foster Parent Gets 80 Years for Molesting 2 Babies

A pediatric nurse and foster parent who filmed himself molesting two babies in his care in San Diego was sentenced to 80 years in federal prison Monday, all but guaranteeing that he spends the rest of his life behind bars, federal officials said.

Trumbull County foster child meets her liver donor

Trumbull County foster child meets her liver donor

Still too young to understand the gift that's been given to her, Jamie, a Trumbull County foster child who received a new liver in May, spent the afternoon Monday egging on the man who's given her another shot at life.

Judge: Mark Sievers retains custody of his children

Judge: Mark Sievers retains custody of his children

A Lee County judge ruled Monday that the two daughters of Dr. Teresa Sievers, who was bludgeoned to death this summer, should stay in the care of their father, who has recently been implicated in the killing.


Another dead child, another grim look at DFCS

Another dead child, another grim look at DFCS

State child welfare officials removed 2-year-old Laila Marie Daniel from her home because of safety concerns, placing her with a family friend. But instead of keeping the toddler safe, that person killed the child weeks ago, starving and beating her with such force as to split her pancreas, police said.


Monday, December 07, 2015

Chinese parents go to court seeking to register 2nd children

Chinese parents go to court seeking to register 2nd children

Wan Changru's 6-year-old daughter collects passes - for her dance school, English lessons and other extra-curricular classes, anything bearing her name that she can pretend is an identity card.

Warrant details injuries of sisters in foster care

Warrant details injuries of sisters in foster care

Laila Marie Daniel was starved and beaten from June 13 through Nov. 17 when she died, according to warrants issued against her foster parents.

How San Antonio Lowered Removal Rates and Achieved Better Safety Outcomes

How San Antonio Lowered Removal Rates and Achieved Better Safety Outcomes

Bexar County, which is home to San Antonio, leads the State of Texas in the rate of removal of children in child abuse and neglect cases and in the rate of re-victimization of children who have been previously removed by Child Protective Services (CPS) and returned to their families.

DCF chief says tragedies must be seen in context

DCF chief says tragedies must be seen in context

Mike Carroll, the state agency head who oversees Florida child welfare services, says the Department of Children and Families is making progress in protecting some of the state's most vulnerable residents in the wake of tragic deaths of two Southwest Florida children.

Utah dad Colby Nielsen preventing for custody reunited with daughter Kaylee

Utah dad Colby Nielsen preventing for custody reunited with daughter Kaylee

Father fighting for custody reunited with baby daughter for visit after 18 days following mother’s attempt to give child up for adoption

Less Irish couples adopting foreign children due to complex system

Less Irish couples adopting foreign children due to complex system

The number of Irish couples adopting foreign children has plummeted since 2010 because the system has become too complex.

An urgent fix is needed in Ontario children’s aid: Editorial

An urgent fix is needed in Ontario children’s aid: Editorial

A thorough housecleaning is needed in Ontario children’s aid following CAS failures revealed in a scathing report from the provincial auditor general.

The Adoption System’s Lost Children

The Adoption System’s Lost Children

Few cities and states keep track of the number of “broken adoptions”—where kids reenter the foster system when adoption just doesn’t work out—but legal experts say they’re seeing a serious problem.

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