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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Authorities investigate the death of infant boy in foster care

The death of an infant boy who died Sunday while in foster care with the Forsyth County Department of Social Services remains under investigation, though a preliminary autopsy did not reveal anything suspicious in the child’s death.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Foster son died after being locked in a hot cupboard for two days with no food or water

This is an old story, but his memory should live on. 


In August 2006, 3-year-old Marcus Fiesel went missing. His foster mum Liz Carroll claimed he’d been kidnapped. Someone knew what had happened to him, but the culprits turned out to be shockingly close to home.

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Baby boy dies unexpectedly while in foster care

An investigation is underway after a 5-month-old baby boy died unexpectedly while in foster care on Sunday.

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Former Bendigo child protection worker pleads guilty to possessing child exploitation material

A FORMER Bendigo child protection worker who downloaded at least 980 child exploitation images has been told he must “reflect” on the victims of child abuse.

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Former group home worker charged with sex trafficking 17-year-old girl


In a sting operation targeting ‘Backpage.com,’ Cranston Police and the Department of Homeland Security nabbed 27-year-old Reysean Williams for trying to sell a 17-year-old girl for sex.

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‘I WILL FILE A CPS REPORT’: PEDIATRICIAN’S BLUNT MESSAGE ABOUT VACCINES IS GOING VIRAL

Vaccines are one of the most hotly debated topics when it comes to parenting today. In recent years, many parents have opted not to vaccinate due to concerns over the shots causing autism. (Andrew Wakefield, the former doctor who spearheaded these fears with his 1998 research paper, lost his medical license after it was found that he lied about his findings.)

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Requirements for foster care workers too high, Kansas agency says

Requirements to work in Kansas’ foster care system are too high, the agency in charge said Friday after a new audit found the state’s foster care contractors have difficulty employing enough workers.

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Note: Yeah!  Any monkey can do that job, right?

Audit finds problems in privatized foster care system, faults DCF for lax oversight

The private nonprofit agencies that manage Kansas' foster care system do not have the capacity in many parts of the state to handle the volume of cases they deal with, and the Kansas Department for Children and Families often does not conduct adequate oversight of those contractors.

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Kansas DCF: Lower requirements for social workers would improve recruiting

State standards for social workers are too high, dampening the Department for Children and Family’s ability to fill positions in a time when the need for foster care is growing, the agency’s leader said Friday in response to a state audit that showed contractors are finding it difficult to hire social workers.


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Parents speak out after being accused of abusing their baby girl

Parents who were separated from their baby girl after being falsely accused of abusing her are speaking out to raise awareness of the condition that led to her being taken away.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Infowars' Alex Jones loses child custody battle


Infowars' Alex Jones has lost a custody over his three kids with ex-wife Kelly Jones in a case where the fiery conspiracy theorist's attorney argued that he is only "playing a character" on his show.

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Missouri trial ordered for woman accused in foster child’s death

A southwestern Missouri woman has been ordered to stand trial in connection with the 2001 death of a nearly 2-year-old foster child.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Foster father had history of violent temper before murder-suicide

NBC2 uncovered exclusive new details about a Fort Myers High School student who was murdered by her foster father last week.

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DCF official: 'Long road of rehab' ahead for Victor Barahona

Victor Barahona has been released from the hospital and is recovering from life-threatening burn injuries at a therapeutic foster home in Miami-Dade County, Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins said at a press conference this morning.

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Jurors deliberate for 3rd day in foster father sex abuse trial

Jurors deliberated for a third day Wednesday in the trial of a Ridge foster father accused of sexually abusing several boys in his care.

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DHHS Commissioner: Schofield case changed the department

Sally Ann Schofield was a caseworker and foster parent, for Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, when she caused the death of a child in her custody.

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DCYF reports little progress to joint committee

A joint House-Senate committee appointed to review the status of child protective services in New Hampshire got deep into the weeds at the Division for Children, Youth and Families, and discovered that not much has changed when it comes to the day-to-day functioning of the troubled agency.

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Lehigh teen killed in foster care; mom demands answers

A North Fort Myers mother is looking for answers after her daughter was killed while living in foster care.

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Former Pawtucket group home employee accused of sex-trafficking teen in DCYF care

A former staff counselor at a group home was charged this week with sex trafficking a teenage girl who was under the care of the state Department of Children, Youth and Families.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lawmakers agree to pay surviving Barahona victim $3.75 million

The Florida Legislature has agreed to pay the surviving victim of one of the most horrific child abuse cases in state history $3.75 million in legal damages Wednesday and sent the bill to the governor for his signature.

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Review panel blasts DCF for failing to save Nubia

The three members of an independent review panel blasted child welfare officials Thursday for their "inept" response to allegations that Nubia Barahona was being abused before she was killed by her adoptive father last month and issued dozens of recommendations they hope will keep other children safe.

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Mother, children missing after attack on Miami DCF caseworker

Police continued their search Thursday for five missing children and their mother, who punched a state caseworker who had come to take away the kids. The mother then fled with the children herself.

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State to pay $300,000 to settle lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by foster parent

The state has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the guardians of two girls who said a foster parent sexually abused the children.

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Legislative Update: Reforming the Child Abuse Registry to Protect Parental Rights

HB 4100 is an important bill filed in the Texas legislature to protect parental rights, specifically related to the Child Abuse Registry. This bill, authored by home school mom and state Representative Stephanie Klick, is designed to protect parents from being unjustly placed on the registry.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nebraska senators push to let teachers restrain students

Conservative lawmakers in Nebraska are pushing for a bill that would allow teachers to use physical force to restrain disruptive students, bucking a national trend toward less physical restraint in classrooms.

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Life in College After a Life in Foster Care

Being an extrovert is a double-edged sword. I can speak confidently in my college classes and in front of large groups. But everyone seems to think I’ve got it all under control, and I rarely feel that way. There’s a ticking clock always in the back of my mind. I need to graduate and become financially independent before the support I get from the foster care system disappears.

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Maine woman who killed 5-year-old foster child is released from prison

A Maine woman who was convicted of manslaughter after binding a 5-year-old foster child in a high chair with duct tape in 2001 was released from prison Tuesday.

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Luke's Army Hijacking Update

I have to provide an update on the Luke's Army Facebook Group Hijacking.  You can view the original announcement here.
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What we already know...

The Facebook group Luke's Army, an Australian Support Group for families dealing with Child Welfare issues, with over 14,000 members is currently being held hostage in an archived state and is only being opened occasionally long enough for the person in control to spew a little crap against members, past admin and the groups founder Michael Borusiewicz aka Luke's Dad.

The current admin who goes by the name of Davidson Shannon Kyle is claiming that this is  at the request of the family of Little Luke Borusiewicz who was murdered in 2009 at the age of 2 while in the Australian Foster Care System.  However, the page was made in Luke's honor by his father and Luke's memory will stay alive one way or another.



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New developments... 




The group was opened yesterday, approx 2:20 AM Australian Time for just enough time for the current admin to post some garbage.  Davidson Claimed the following...


The rest can be read by members of the original group...  https://www.facebook.com/groups/LukesArmy/

but I really don't want to wast any more time on that since it's all a crock, as it has come to my attention that someone else has claimed responsibility for the hijacking.  This screenshot was taken on April 25th, and I believe was said a few days ago.


I already had a reasonable suspicion that Mr. Aster was involved, but this pretty much confirms it.  

My original suspicion came from the fact that the current Admin of Luke's Army, this Davidson Shannon Kyle person, posted a piece in defense of Mr. Aster regarding Pedophilia claims and Child Porn Charges which I pointed out in the original announcement.  Of course as soon as I made that announcement, another of Mr Aster's online personalities or supporters (it's hard to tell the difference when it's all in the same tone or writing style) has come to his defense on that blog post as well in the comments demanding that I prove the guilt of Mr. Aster.

However, in all honesty, I couldn't give a rats ass about John Aster.  I blocked this nut job years ago. He is one of 7 people who I've blocked out of the thousands who I have had contact with on Facebook over the last few years.  1 of 7.  I really don't care about him or his issues or his legal problems or anything else about him.  In fact, I never would have mentioned his name had he not messed with Luke's Army.

I do care that he  poses as a family rights advocate.  I care that he is messing with Luke's Army which is in all actuality not a move against Michael, but a cheap shot to little Luke in whose honor this group was founded as well as a cheap shot to the people who have gathered there in need of support, friendship and guidance.  

And I care that he's making threats against members of the group.




I have also made my offer to Mr. Aster as he is aware.  I will delete all of this if he releases Luke's Army.  I will remove any discussion about him being a pedophile in any group that I am admin to.  All he has to do is hand Luke's Army to me and wash his hands of it, and wage his little war with whoever on a different playing field.


Ontario foster care plan failing youth exiting system

Ontario’s foster care plan is failing to affect positive life trajectories for youth aging out of the system.

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TN social welfare department to shut 300 illegal children's homes

The Tamil Nadu social welfare department has already shut about 554 unregistered children’s homes and has identified 300 more to be closed down, reported The Times of India.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Alberta child intervention panel wants to hear from families before publication ban recommendation

One member of the Alberta all-party child intervention panel who was part of a previous roundtable on the matter says the decision to lean toward public accountability over family privacy should be dialed back.

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I am now going to post a response to this.


Letter to the Alberta Child Welfare Review Panel:

cipanel.submissions@gov.ab.ca

There is a problematic factor which is impeding progress and that elephant in the room cannot be escaped: The wrong people are at the Child Welfare table. The Panel consists of some members which "have NO background in child care and yet are being asked to make decisions to change the parts of the System that are failing our children and families." (Direct quote from a Panelist.)


Now Publication Bans are being revisited by Panelists. Meanwhile, I have stood at far too many vigils for children murdered by their caregivers. One little child and her family particularly remain close to my heart because both of our girls were harmed in Morinville:

At the memorial for the child which took place upon the Alberta Legislature steps, a mother needed to beg camera-persons to stop recording because of the Publication Ban.

Although another woman killed that mother's child, it was the mother herself who faced 6 months imprisonment or $10K fine for simply paying tribute to her daughter by speaking her name. It was at that moment that I vowed to challenge this inhumane, unfair, harmful practice.

I, myself, was threatened by lawsuit and those individuals even attempted to have me criminally charged to prevent me from speaking the truth about what my daughter endured.

My daughter's name is Samantha Martin. I was the first person in the Province to successfully have the Court lift the ban so that I could legally share the truth. I taught other parents and their counsel how to challenge the oppressive ban.

Taking this right away again would be detrimental to justice and the most disrespectful move backwards one could impose upon a deceased child; to steal their identity along with life!

It took great efforts to move forward towards transparency. Silence is never a friend to the victim. NO MORE SILENCE!

Sincerely,

Velvet Martin,
Spokesperson for Protecting Canadian Children
Founder of Samantha's Law

Penn State Receives $7.7 Million Grant For First National Child Maltreatment Research Center

Penn State will create the nation’s first center for child mistreatment studies after receiving a $7.7 million grant.

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Jury deliberations set to begin in trial of Long Island foster father accused of sexual abuse



Jury deliberations are set to begin Monday in the trial of a foster father on Long Island who is accused of sexually abusing boys in his care.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tiahleigh Palmer's foster brother looks to skip hearing

The foster brother of slain Brisbane schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer has sought to move the case against him forward without going to a committal hearing.

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Foster Parents Give Horrific Punishment To 6yo Girl For Bedwetting

A 6-year-old girl was rushed to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital and in critical condition after her foster parents, Shyamal and Sandhya Sen, poured chili powder on her genitals for wetting the bed.

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Severe shortage: Idaho foster parents quit almost as fast as they're recruited

Couples sat at a horseshoe of tables, in a room decorated with motivational posters. “Vision” depicted a boat on still water, and “Leadership” featured the silhouette of a horse.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Greendale Foster Parents Facing Child Seduction, Child Porn Charges

A set of foster parents is facing multiple charges following accusations of child seduction.

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Alberta’s child welfare system is in a state of disrepair

In December 2016, Alberta Human Services formed a 10-person panel to investigate what critics said was government’s failure to properly handle and thoroughly examine the death of four-year-old Serenity, a young brutalized child who died from a brain injury in 2014. The coroner’s office noted that the child’s emaciated body also showed signs that she’d been sexually abused. But the panel’s job goes much deeper than investigating a single case of government bungling and indecision. The child welfare system and the kinship care program are flawed and everyone in the province, particularly the Indigenous population, knows it. Though the Indigenous population in Alberta represents less than six percent of the total head-count, 60 percent of children in care are Indigenous children.

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NC bill would toughen rules for parent-child reunification

The court-appointed guardian for a toddler who drowned after he was reunited with his mother said Thursday that a bill to strengthen rules for when children are returned to parents would fix a small but important part of North Carolina's broken social services system. 
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I just have to point this out. North Carolina has had a couple articles come out over the last couple of days. One says that the state is having record numbers of kids aging out of the foster care system, the 2nd (above) is about a bill that would make it tougher for parents to get their kids back from foster care which would probably cause more kids to age out of foster care, wouldn't it?

There is something just wrong with this. It shows that legislators seriously need to be educated on these issues because all they are doing is voting for every feel good program that has the words "Child Abuse" in them with little to no understanding of the issue or the consequences.
More teenagers in North Carolina aged out of foster care in 2016 than in any of the previous 15 years, according to the Children’s Home Society. 
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Foster parent arrested for shaking baby



A foster father has been arrested and charged with physical abuse of a child after he reportedly admitted to shaking his 5-month-old foster child on March 29.

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Foster care agency leaders quit amid teen suicides, other turmoil

Beset by turmoil over the recent suicides of two foster children in their care — and persistent complaints that they were overly secretive and unresponsive — three of the top administrators of Miami’s Our Kids child welfare agency have resigned.

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Murdered girl was a foster care runaway, who no one reported missing

For many, adding to the tragedy of 15-year-old Stacy Duke's murder is knowing she was here in Bakersfield seemingly alone. The teen's older brother says she was loved, but she had a difficult life. He says Stacy did what she had to do in order to survive.

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For troubled foster kids in Houston, sleeping in offices is "rock bottom"

No child is supposed to sleep or spend more than a few hours at the Harris County Youth Services Center's Point of Entry in Houston. But Texas' foster care placement crisis has forced some of the state's most troubled teens to sleep in a place that isn't equipped to care for them.  

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Sugar Grove man convicted of abusing foster child now sued

A Sugar Grove man recently convicted of sexually assaulting a foster child for more than a decade has been sued by his victim.

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More N.C. teens are aging out of foster care

More teenagers in North Carolina aged out of foster care in 2016 than in any of the previous 15 years, according to the Children’s Home Society.

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'Unacceptable': Police Chief Says DCF Preventing Investigators From Speaking to Witness About Missing Teen

Authorities in Massachusetts claim the state's child welfare agency is preventing them from interviewing a 15-year-old girl who they say ran away from a group home with a 13-year-old girl who is still missing.

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Mississippi ranks last in child welfare, foster system struggles

Children across the country face hardships when it comes to opportunity and living situations, but Mississippi children may have it worse than most.

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LONG ISLAND FOSTER FATHER SEXUAL ABUSE TRIAL ENTERS CLOSING ARGUMENTS PHASE

Closing arguments are set to begin on Friday in the trial of a Long Island foster dad who's accused of sexually abusing boys in his care.

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Ohio pastor convicted of murder in young foster son's death

A former Ohio pastor has been convicted of murder and other charges in the death of his 2-year-old foster son.

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Ex-Montessori school director says she was fired for reporting child abuse allegations

A former school director for the Lake Hills Montessori school in Austin claims she was fired by the school’s owner, Sandra Karnstadt, in retaliation for reporting “ongoing child abuse” to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

NC Bill Would Toughen Rules for Parent-Child Reunification

The court-appointed guardian for a toddler who drowned after he was reunited with his mother said Thursday that a bill to strengthen rules for when children are returned to parents would fix a small but important part of North Carolina's broken social services system.

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The devastating impact of neglect on foster children

Psychologist Philip Fisher studies how foster care affects children’s neurobiological and psychological development. He emphasizes the need to move the science forward and to understand all the moving parts — what works for whom and why in the context of the interventions that are developed.

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Foster parent accused of sexually assaulting four foster children

A former foster parent and a retired Omaha firefighter is charged with his fourth sexual assault of a child offense. This all came to light after a 15 year-old girl came forward with her story to investigators at Project Harmony.

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Aussie teenager facing life imprisonment after pleading guilty to sex with younger foster sister

An Australian teenager faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment after pleading guilty to having sex with his younger foster sister.


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I Was Abused While Living In Foster Care

Six years, 312 weeks, 2,190 days ―- those are 3 different ways to describe how much time I spent living in 18 different group homes or foster homes as a ward of the Toronto Children’s Aid Society and a Crown Ward. No matter how you calculate it or sum it up, I was YOUR child as Crown Wards are children under legal guardianship of the province. Your tax dollars paid for my medication, your tax dollars fed me, and your tax dollars also paid for the salaries of the people who abused me over this six-year period.

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Road blocks in place as foster parents file taxes

With Tax Day looming, local foster parents are running into road blocks as they file. Some, even missing out on the tax breaks they deserve.

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Florida Senate OKs $3.75M For Barahona Boy Found Doused In Chemicals

Florida lawmakers have approved a plan to pay $3.75 million to a boy involved in a case that rocked the state’s child-welfare system in 2011.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Connecticut lawmaker tells colleagues to pay attention to federal audit of child welfare agency

It was largely a public hearing about the spending cap, which is why his message in support of Connecticut’s children may have gotten lost.

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Woman facing hundreds of child abuse charges to get bail

A former foster parent charged with more than 300 criminal offenses against children in her care had her bail set Tuesday at $2 million by an Alabama judge.

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Announcement: Luke's Army archived after being taken over by a very bad man

I don't often write about the drama in the Family Rights movement on Facebook, but this I can't let go by.  I have a sad announcement to make.


The Facebook Group known as Luke's Army has been archived by some asshole by the name of Davidson Shannon Kyle who apparently somehow became an admin, booted all the other admins and moderators, and has threatened to delete the group altogether.

The group, which was made in honor of Luke Borusiewicz who died from head injuries at the age of two while in the Australian Foster Care System, was made by his dad Michael Borusiewicz and has become one of the largest family rights groups on Facebook.  The group provided support and friendship to victims of the Australian Child Welfare System.

Although this Davidson Shannon Kyle person is claiming that this is the request of the family, who want's Luke to be able to rest in peace, I do not for a minute believe that Michael Borusiewicz would want this as he created the group specifically to keep Luke's memory alive.  Michael was also man enough to admit that he screwed up.  He never made it about what CPS did to him, but always rather what they tragically did to little Luke.


It is also being rumored that Michael is currently under attack by his cousin, a known pedophile by the name of John Aster, and that Mr. Aster is somehow responsible for this.  Although I have no conclusive evidence of this and claim that I only know it to be a rumor at this point, I mention it because it sounds like something he would do.  He has been known to make a fake account or two in the past and pass himself off as a family rights activist.  He is also an aggressive cyber-bully who will attack ruthlessly and wage war against anybody who calls him out, anyplace he can post to.  Coincidentally, I have been notified by a very reliable sources that Mr. Aster also popped his head in trying to join another group or two over the last couple days, one of which was founded by one of Mr Boruisiewicz's closest friends and allies.  The timing is just too good and so I assume the rumor to be true.

There is currently an effort to start over as well.  Admins will be limited however.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeAreLukesArmy/
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Update: Apparently overnight, this Davidson Shannon Kyle asshole unarchived the group long enough to post somewhat of an explanation for what he did.

In this explanation he writes the following, bashing Michael and in support of John Aster, who obviously gave himself away.  If this is not John Aster himself, then it's one of his cronies.

FROM MICHAEL AND LUKE BORUSIEWICZ FAMILY
“Michael is and has been all his life a bad egg. We hoped he would change. Instead he continues to attack and assault people all his life. This network is and has been used for illegal activity to include obtaining friends who are on Meth for illegally distributing drugs and finding like minded people. Luke would never of wanted this. Michael has attacked John Aster as being a pedophile something that is totally untrue and soon there will be other evidence to confirm this is not true. There is also a certificate confirming he is not a criminal issued by police. This certificate is standard for anyone not having any criminal record. Justice of the Peace can obtain the same certificates. To allow supporters to destroy a person when there has and never will be a child that has been harmed by John Aster is very disgusting. Now we as a family wish it to be closed or having a name change and good people running as admins. Luke was born having drugs in his system. Luke was born to a mother and father who continued to do drugs and refusing to get off drugs. Michael was running a Meth house. Luke remained in care while the government had hoped Michael or his wife would stop doing drugs. Luke would never want to be known that his father uses his name for obtaining drugs or money for illegal purposes. “

The whole post can be read here.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/LukesArmy/permalink/10158570367288125/

Barrie police used illegal searches to check on children, court rules

Barrie police violated citizens’ rights by engaging in a “systemic practice of warrantless searches” to check on the well-being of children, an Appeal Court has ruled.


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Foster care in Dublin south central 'crisis-led with significant risks to children'

AN inspection of foster care services in Dublin south central has found it is crisis-led with significant risks to children across a range of areas.

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Arizona won't require warrants before Department of Child Safety takes children

The Republic's political team on April 18, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including 2018 candidates, Sen. Jeff Flake's town hall and how a bill to require child-welfare officials to get warrants fell apart.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

School-issued computers spy on children in US without parental consent – digital rights group

School-issued computer devices – provided to one-third of school children across the US – collect excessive amounts of highly sensitive personal data on the students without parental consent or even prior notice, a new study finds.

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Baby caught in legal limbo highlights woes of court delays

An Ontario judge has issued a call to reduce court delays in child-protection cases after a baby born with opiates in his bloodstream lived in legal limbo for 22 months, and now must be pulled away from his foster mother as he is put up for adoption. Ontario law sets out 12 months as the maximum stay in state care for a child under 6.

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Steve Stephens A Case Worker For Youth is on a rampage in Cleveland. He killed this old man on FB live yet hours later he’s still on the run

Steve “Stevie Steve” Stephens, the man who is the subject of a manhunt in Cleveland after he murdered a stranger in a video he posted to Facebook, had a job working at a facility that helps troubled youth.

More >> Steve Stephens’ Job History: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

More >> Steve Stephens A Case Worker For Youth is on a rampage in Cleveland. He killed this old man on FB live yet hours later he’s still on the run

Ohio pastor says foster son died playing 'Superman' game

A former Ohio pastor now charged with murder says his 2-year-old foster son died after hitting his head on a wall while playing what they called "the Superman game."

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Social workers plead not guilty in death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez

Two former social workers and their supervisors accused of failing to protect an 8-year-old Palmdale boy from deadly abuse by his mother and then-boyfriend pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of child abuse and falsifying records.

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Group homes, foster care concern Senate panel

An ongoing debate in Florida has revolved around whether foster care or group care is the best way forward for the kids who need it.

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I Was Abused While Living In Foster Care

Six years, 312 weeks, 2,190 days —- those are 3 different ways to describe how much time I spent living in 18 different group homes or foster homes as a ward of the Toronto Children’s Aid Society and a Crown Ward. No matter how you calculate it or sum it up, I was YOUR child as Crown Wards are children under legal guardianship of the province. Your tax dollars paid for my medication, your tax dollars fed me, and your tax dollars also paid for the salaries of the people who abused me over this six-year period.

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Foster carers not put through repeat vetting, health watchdog finds

Health watchdogs have found more than 100 foster carers have not been put through the required repeat vetting.

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Clinton Foundation beginning to study child welfare in San Diego

Next month a major initiative to help vulnerable children and their families will begin in San Diego under a partnership between three prominent organizations.

The collaboration between the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative, San Diego County, and San Diego Foundation, will focus on the foster care and juvenile justice programs, particularly what sort of factors lead to the disparities that cause some populations disproportionately entangled in these systems.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

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Watch the story of Little Jane who gets fraudulently taken away from her mother by child protective services in a crazy scheme to get the Federal Adoption Bonus Money.

Attorney argues Alex Jones 'playing a character' in child custody trial



A Texas jury will decide if Infowars' Alex Jones on-air persona makes him unfit to have custody of his three children with ex-wife Kelly Jones.
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In the next two weeks a jury will be asked to determine whether there is a difference between the Infowars host's on-air personality and the real Alex Jones, and whether it makes him fit to be a parent.

Abuse victim forced to give her baby up for adoption was let down by police, says watchdog

A domestic abuse victim whose baby was subsequently put up for adoption was failed by South Wales Police, the police watchdog has concluded.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Report cites Hawaii agency for not doing better job with boy

A Hawaii agency could have done a better job protecting a 6-year-old child who was abused and later died, a court-appointed expert said in a report.

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State foster care system comes under fire at San Angelo forum

More than 75 percent of reported child abuse cases that occur in Texas foster homes go unresolved every year because state politicians and government leaders ignore reports by Child Protective Services, said Chris Porter, a prominent Houston attorney who is among several attorneys suing the state on allegations of child neglect.

More >> State foster care system comes under fire at San Angelo forum

Strengthening families prevents child abuse: Opinion

Investing in programs proven to prevent child abuse and neglect is far less costly than treating the consequences of child abuse after it occurs.

More >> Strengthening families prevents child abuse: Opinion

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A boy was found chained with a dead chicken around his neck. Now he’s suing his foster mother.

A Union County Sheriff’s deputy was headed to a five-acre farm in North Carolina, responding to a complaint about a hog running through a community not far from the state’s southern border.

More >> A boy was found chained with a dead chicken around his neck. Now he’s suing his foster mother.

Children in care face constant moves

Thousands of children in care have had their lives disrupted in the past year either by moving to a new family or school or by being given a new social worker, in a system described as like “living in a pinball machine”.

More >> Children in care face constant moves

15-year-old charged with sex with foster sister under the age of 10

A 15-year-old boy is facing a maximum penalty of life imprisonment after pleading guilty to having sex with his younger foster sister.

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Judge Orders CPS Return 7-Y-O Taken From Parents for Refusing School's Demands for Mental Diagnosis

A 7-year-old Ohio boy who was taken away from his family by child protective services after his parents refused his school's demand to get him mentally evaluated has returned home after a court hearing on Wednesday, his parents have said.

More >> Judge Orders CPS Return 7-Y-O Taken From Parents for Refusing School's Demands for Mental Diagnosis

SOUTH DAKOTA CPS FORCE CATHETER INTO 3-YEAR-OLD BOY’S PENIS IN SEARCH OF ILLEGAL DRUGS

The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the Department of Social Services in South Dakota last week demanding they stop catheterizing children in order to conduct warrantless drug tests, carried out by the department with the assistance of police and hospital staff.

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Report: 65 Texas Foster Children in March Stayed in Offices

Records show the number of Texas foster children staying in agency offices or alternate sites due to lack of placement more than doubled in March, compared to February.

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Foreign adoptions to US families continue their long decline

The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents dropped almost 5 percent last year, continuing a steady decline that’s now extended for 12 years, according to new State Department figures.

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Jurors again hit Davis group home, this time with $7.5 million verdict in punitive damages

Sacramento jurors hit troubled Davis group home EMQ FamiliesFirst with $7.5 million in punitive damages, just days after awarding more than $4.5 million to the family of a minor who was severely neglected and sexually assaulted while in its care in 2012 and 2013, starting when he was 11 years old, plaintiff’s attorneys announced Friday.

More >> Jurors again hit Davis group home, this time with $7.5 million verdict in punitive damages

Maine should clarify when it tells parents about day care investigations, watchdog says

The report by the state's watchdog agency is part of ongoing scrutiny of the Department of Health and Human Services' licensing and inspection of child care facilities.

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Number of foster children sleeping in state offices soars in March

More than 300 children have slept in state offices and other temporary living situations because of lack of foster homes so far this fiscal year.

More >> Number of foster children sleeping in state offices soars in March

Mom Accused Of Killing Son Was Foster Mother Or Father Prior To – Hifow

The upstate New York mom accused with her husband of killing their adopted special wants son and burning their house in a plot influenced by the movie Manchester by the Sea had been a foster guardian to multiple youngsters, courtroom documents reveal.


More >> Mom Accused Of Killing Son Was Foster Mother Or Father Prior To – Hifow

Centerstone to pull out of its DCF child welfare contract

Since 1998, Centerstone of Florida, formerly Manatee Glens, has handled some of the child welfare case management in Manatee County.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Trump Signs Law That Allows States To Defund Planned Parenthood

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Thursday that allows states to individually remove family planning funding from Planned Parenthood. The law overturns an Obama administration rule prohibiting states to block funding to qualified health organizations that provide abortions.

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'I have a scar on my toe where he dug a drill into it'

The daughter of Florida foster parents who were charged last month with nearly 700 counts related to sex crimes and child abuse has detailed shocking allegations of torture involving a drill, melted candle wax and duct tape.

More >> 'I have a scar on my toe where he dug a drill into it'

Jury Awards $4.5M in California Group Home Neglect Case

A former resident of a children’s group home in Northern California has been awarded nearly $4.5 million after jurors found he was severely neglected by the home’s caregivers while living at the facility.

More >> Jury Awards $4.5M in California Group Home Neglect Case

Compensation For Surviving Barahona Child Among Claims Bills Heading To House Floor

A number of claims bills which found Florida’s child welfare agency at fault are now heading to the House floor. Among them is a high profile bill involving twins that further compensates the surviving victim, in an abuse case that took his twin sister’s life.

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Social workers criticised for using “psycho-babble” to justify taking girl, 4, into care

A four year old has been removed from her “loving” father for life despite a judge criticising social workers for using “psycho-babble” to justify taking her into care.

More >> Social workers criticised for using “psycho-babble” to justify taking girl, 4, into care

CPS CASEWORKER TURNOVER REDUCED AFTER STATE GIVES $140 MILLION FOR PAY RAISES

These days, it’s easier for the state’s child welfare agency to hold onto employees.
That’s after a December 2016 infusion of more than $140 million of emergency funding into the state’s long-struggling child protective services system.

More >> CPS CASEWORKER TURNOVER REDUCED AFTER STATE GIVES $140 MILLION FOR PAY RAISES

Thursday, April 13, 2017

BABY ADOPTION ROW Social worker said it was harder to find adoption homes for babies that have been CHRISTENED

A COUNCIL social worker who told a couple they would struggle to find an adoptive home for their baby if he was christened has been slammed by a judge.

More >> BABY ADOPTION ROW Social worker said it was harder to find adoption homes for babies that have been CHRISTENED

From foster care to missing or murdered: Canada’s other tragic pipeline

How the foster-care system—which disproportionately affects Indigenous children—shows that Canada hasn’t learned from past policies

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US bishops back religious freedom for adoption, foster care providers

Three chairmen of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference have voiced strong support for a measure that would restore certain religious freedoms to child welfare providers.

More >> US bishops back religious freedom for adoption, foster care providers

Alleged sex abuse victim takes stand after Ridge foster father

One of the alleged victims of a Ridge foster father accused of sexually abusing his adopted sons took the stand Wednesday inside a Riverhead courtroom.

More >> Alleged sex abuse victim takes stand after Ridge foster father

'When he gets a hold of a belt, he doesn't stop:' Fear silenced abused foster children for years

Fear of further abuse and even death prevented the children who lived with Jenise and Daniel Spurgeon from disclosing allegations years ago, police records show.

More >> 'When he gets a hold of a belt, he doesn't stop:' Fear silenced abused foster children for years


Girl, 4, taken away from birth family forever after Brighton social services mistakes

A FOUR year old girl has been removed from her family for the rest of her life after “unprofessional” social workers used “pyschobabble”to have her taken into care.

Brighton and Hove City Council social workers were criticised for the actions that led to the girl and her three siblings being taken away from their father.

But because of the amount of time it has taken to bring the case through the courts the most senior family court judge in the country said he had no choice but ruled she should stay with her adoptive family because she now sees them as mummy and daddy.

More >> Girl, 4, taken away from birth family forever after Brighton social services mistakes

Christian couple says child welfare removed foster children because they refused to say Easter Bunny is real

A Christian couple says two foster children were removed from their home and their eligibility as foster parents cancelled by the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society because they refused to say the Easter Bunny was real.

More >> Christian couple says child welfare removed foster children because they refused to say Easter Bunny is real

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Teens in foster care high risk for dropout, Help Our Kids works to change that

Cheila Vega stepped on Westfield State's campus for the first time her junior year of high school. She knew the campus was right for her but the odds of going were against her.

More >> Teens in foster care high risk for dropout, Help Our Kids works to change that

Children Aging Out of Foster Care Soars 10.4% in North Carolina

Recently released figures show a huge jump of 10.4-percent in youth aging out of foster care in North Carolina in 2016 compared to 2015. These are the highest numbers since data compilation began 16-years ago in mid-2000.

More >> Children Aging Out of Foster Care Soars 10.4% in North Carolina

Four teenage girls cited for escape after fleeing Derry group home

Four teenage girls were cited to Westmoreland County Juvenile Court for escape this week after fleeing an Adelphoi Village group home in Derry Township.

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Social worker failed to properly manage the records of more than a dozen families

A social worker failed to properly manage the records of more than a dozen families, a hearing was told.

Stephen Samuel Thomas poorly coordinated assessments for 18 families while employed on the front line of Nottinghamshire County Council's social care department.

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Texas foster care ministry accused of sexual abuse

A $7 million lawsuit alleges children were “serially sexually abused” and neglected at a Baptist children’s home in Texas.

More >> Texas foster care ministry accused of sexual abuse

Are children safe in foster care? Not always in and around Salem

Children in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties faced maltreatment in foster care more than twice as often as a national standard calls for.

More >> Are children safe in foster care? Not always in and around Salem

Nearly a decade old, state contract for foster care leaves funding gaps

On paper, Illinois looks as though it is holding up its end of the bargain in terms of funding childcare.

More >> Nearly a decade old, state contract for foster care leaves funding gaps

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Luzerne Co. Council discussing foster death settlement

Luzerne County Council will privately discuss a settlement with a family whose child died after being placed in foster care.

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HIV+ MAN GETS LIFE TERM FOR RAPING FOSTER DAUGHTER

Victim, also infected with HIV, was 16 at the time of the crime in 2013; initially she was forced to falsely implicate two other men.


More >> HIV+ MAN GETS LIFE TERM FOR RAPING FOSTER DAUGHTER

Teen claims he endured sex abuse from Long Island pedophile foster dad to protect another kid

The 16-year-old adopted son of an accused pedophile foster dad testified in Long Island Monday that he endured sexual abuse to prevent the perv from abusing another boy in his care.

More >> Teen claims he endured sex abuse from Long Island pedophile foster dad to protect another kid



Boy, 12, accused of sexually assaulting girl in La. foster care system

A 12-year-old boy has been arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl while she was housed at a group home for children that falls under Louisiana’s foster care system.

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Column: Foster care bill would leave kids without caring homes

Six months before I gave birth to my first child, I became a mom to two little boys.



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Lawsuit Alleges Catholic Church Stole Babies through Forced Adoption to Sell Them for Profit

In a lawsuit against the Jesuit order and Catholic church, a woman who gave her child up for adoption decades ago claims the church ran a “for-profit adoption conspiracy scheme” that forced hundreds of unwed mothers to give their infants.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Man gets life for raping foster child; he forced her to implicate 2 others

A special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act court convicted and sentenced a 44-year-old man to life imprisonment on Monday for raping his foster daughter twice in 2013. The accused had even forced the then 14-year-old to falsely implicate two men from the neighbourhood for the crime, but cops caught on and requested the child to reveal the truth.

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Prospective Parents Face Long Adoption Wait

The long time taken to process adoption applications in Iceland can lead to some potential parents giving up, according to the chairman of Icelandic Adoptions. The processing time to adopt has increased greatly in recent years.

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Samantha Baldwin 'gave her children drugs and made false abuse claim against dad'

A mum who went missing with her two children had previously given them drugs and made a false allegation of abuse against their father, a judge has said.

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Armed with new tools, child welfare caseworkers help more families address underlying problems

Note: Helping families to overcome the problems that lead to child welfare involvement is the solution to removing children from their homes.  I know this article is sugar coated, but it at least acknowledges that fact.

Every day, Kisha Earhart and Malou Steele balance the need to eliminate risks to children with the value of preserving families.

More >> Armed with new tools, child welfare caseworkers help more families address underlying problems

CPS Seizes 7-Year-Old After Parents Dispute ADHD Diagnosis

Advocates of the federal school regime claim it was established to educate America’s children. Apparently, it also looks to usurp the natural right of parents to decide questions of medical treatment of their children, as well.

Camden Maple (shown) is seven years old and sometimes, according to his mom and dad, he is “rambunctious.” Administrators at his public school, however, insist that Camden is “mentally unstable.”

More >> CPS Seizes 7-Year-Old After Parents Dispute ADHD Diagnosis

“Is the Child Foster Care System in Northeast Ohio Broken?”

The Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forum series will continue Tuesday, April 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lakewood Public Library main branch (15425 Detroit Ave.).

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Lawyer for parents says DCF protecting its own interests

The attorney representing the New London parents who filed a request to sue the state on behalf of their son injured in foster care said the Department of Children and Families is trying to protect its own interests in seeking to have the case dismissed.

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European Court of Human Rights to Hear Case of German Family Forced to Send Children to Public School

The European Court of Human Rights is set to hear the case of a German family that was forced to send their children to public school after they were seized by the government because they were homeschooled.

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Harrison County woman arrested days after son's arrest for rape

A Harrison County man is in jail charged with rape, and now his mother is also in custody.

More >> Harrison County woman arrested days after son's arrest for rape

Former Bucks County Adoption Lawyer Indicted for Fraud

A former Bucks County adoption attorney was charged by federal authorities with accepting new attorney fees and failing to return unused client money after he was disbarred, the Philadelphia U.S. Attorney's Office announced April 6.


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Child welfare's double standards at heart of Grace Packer tragedy

A recent story in The Morning Call asks this question about the tragic death of Grace Packer, allegedly at the hands of foster parents who adopted her: "Were foster child's claims about Packers taken seriously?" The answer, of course, is no.

More >> Child welfare's double standards at heart of Grace Packer tragedy

Former DCYF social worker says blame is misplaced

Ashley Rossiter realized her lifelong dream of becoming a social worker when she joined the state's child protective services department in 2013.

More >> Former DCYF social worker says blame is misplaced

Woodlands family fights to prevent false child abuse charges for others

It's a story all parents need to hear. A Woodlands family, once wrongly accused of abusing their children, is now fighting to prevent other families from dealing with the same nightmare.

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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Foster father of teen killed in Broken Arrow home invasion speaks out

Nearly two weeks after three teens were shot and killed after breaking into a Broken Arrow home, one father is speaking out.

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Texas Baptist children’s home accused of sexual abuse and neglect

The Texas Baptist Home for Children is being sued for $7 million following the alleged sexual abuse and neglect of seven children placed in its care by the state four years ago.

More >> Texas Baptist children’s home accused of sexual abuse and neglect

Former foster mother appears in court

Jenise Spuregon stood quietly looking at Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Gil Self on Friday as he read the list of charges she was facing.

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How foster care turns into hell

The foster kids are not all right. But there are things we could be doing right now to make their lives better.

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Child welfare agency reorganizes after child death probe

The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families has hired 18 new workers following a report into four recent child deaths.

More >> Child welfare agency reorganizes after child death probe

House approves major bump to Texas’ troubled child welfare system

The House’s approved budget includes a major bump to the state’s troubled child welfare system, a move that has been promised by state leaders since the beginning of the session.

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Before suspension, judge put 5-year-olds in foster care. Now foster dad is charged with sexual abuse

One of the 5-year-old twins ordered removed from their parents by Fayette County Judge Kathy Stein was subsequently sexually abused by her foster father, according to grand jury indictments of him.

More >> Before suspension, judge put 5-year-olds in foster care. Now foster dad is charged with sexual abuse

Friday, April 07, 2017

Manitoba children seized by child-welfare workers no longer housed in hotels

The Manitoba government has stopped tracking the controversial use of hotel rooms to house kids seized by child-welfare workers.

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FIRST STATE IN THE NATION VOTES ON FREE-RANGE BILL OF RIGHTS! Would Decriminalize Parents Who Let Their Kids Play Outside or Wait Briefly in Car

Oh, it wasn’t called that. Nonetheless, the proposed law would have ended “neglect” investigations of parents who simply let their children play outside, walk to school, wait in the car for under 15 minutes in temperate conditions, or come home as a latchkey kid. If the parents were otherwise neglectful or abusive, of course, the state was allowed to probe. But if the parents simply trusted their kids with a little independence, the worry that they could face charges would be lifted.

More >> FIRST STATE IN THE NATION VOTES ON FREE-RANGE BILL OF RIGHTS! Would Decriminalize Parents Who Let Their Kids Play Outside or Wait Briefly in Car

Human Rights Watch Urges Closing Orphanages in Armenia, Integrating Disabled Children and Orphans

Human Rights Watch (HRW), the New York-based humanitarian organization, in February released a report on the fate of children in Armenian orphanages, especially those who are mentally or physically handicapped.

More >> Human Rights Watch Urges Closing Orphanages in Armenia, Integrating Disabled Children and Orphans

Head of court-appointed child advocacy group is terminated

Roy Kitchell Jr. has been terminated as executive director of CASA of Harrison County, a group whose work affects the lives of hundreds of children in child abuse and neglect cases.

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Foster care ‘on the cheap’ — Washington’s recipe for failure

Jamie Floch’s 8-year-old foster son, Austin, was having one of his near-daily meltdowns, where he would lash out in anger, break things or even hit his older brother.


More >> Foster care ‘on the cheap’ — Washington’s recipe for failure

Settlement reached with child’s parents

Luzerne County Children and Youth Services has reached a settlement with the parents of a toddler who died after being placed into foster care, according to court documents.

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DUNDEE ORPHANAGE IN CHILD ABUSE PROBE

A former orphanage run by the Catholic Church in Dundee is among those which will be at the centre of the second phase of the Scottish child abuse inquiry.

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Someone to care: Oregon could easily remedy many issues plaguing its foster care system

Oregon has no shortage of unfunded mandates, but there is one on the books that, if fully funded, could help remedy some of the most serious problems plaguing the state’s overburdened child welfare system.

More >> Someone to care: Oregon could easily remedy many issues plaguing its foster care system

Child welfare settlements costing the state more than $5M

Since the death of Peter Boy Kema nearly 20 years ago, the state said it has improved the safety net for abused and neglected children.

But Big Island Deputy Prosecutor Rick Damerville, who handled the Peter Boy Kema case, said there are still holes in the system.

More >> Child welfare settlements costing the state more than $5M

Sex abuse victim says he was threatened 'with a gun' to keep quiet after rape by Long Island foster dad

A sex abuse victim, testifying against his accused pedophile foster dad, recalled waking up to find his shorts around his ankles and the older man raping him.

More >> Sex abuse victim says he was threatened 'with a gun' to keep quiet after rape by Long Island foster dad

Life in prison for foster father rapist

Esikhaleni Regional Court has convicted and sentenced a 50-year-old foster father to life in jail for raping his daughter between August 2011 and September 2012.

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Teen who hanged herself at Keys shelter got lost in the foster care system

When Lauryn Martin-Everett hanged herself at a troubled Tavernier youth shelter, children’s advocates in the small island community began asking questions. The answers, they were told, were hundreds of miles away.

More >> Teen who hanged herself at Keys shelter got lost in the foster care system

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Hundreds Of Couples Have Been Devastated By The Sudden Collapse Of An Adoption Agency

Heather Davis and her husband Bruce had built a crib in their bedroom, and as the days ticked by they imagined their future child sleeping there. "Having a child would complete our family, our lives, and our dreams," they wrote in their adoption profile, which went online in December.

More >> Hundreds Of Couples Have Been Devastated By The Sudden Collapse Of An Adoption Agency

Couple sues CPS claiming their 7 kids were illegally removed from their home

By law, Child Protective Services can take children into protective custody without a warrant but only if the children are in immediate danger.

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Here's what's right, wrong with N.J. child welfare agency after 10 years of scrutiny

After a decade of effort, the state child welfare agency has succeeded in reining in the number of cases assigned to workers who investigate claims of child abuse and neglect, according to the latest federal court monitor's report released Wednesday.

More >> Here's what's right, wrong with N.J. child welfare agency after 10 years of scrutiny

Federal Investigation of Cuyahoga Co. CPS after 5-year-old's beating death

A group is calling for a federal investigation of Cuyahoga County’s Children and Family Services, which provides the county’s child protective services, after the alleged beating death of Ta'naejah McCloud, 5.

More >> Federal Investigation of Cuyahoga Co. CPS after 5-year-old's beating death

Birth mother dies a year after reuniting with daughter she gave up 80 years ago

Nearly a year after reconnecting with a daughter she gave up for adoption more than eight decades ago, a Wisconsin woman died peacefully at home Friday at 100.

More >> Birth mother dies a year after reuniting with daughter she gave up 80 years ago

Tales of Orphan Train riders told

The word “orphan” is more complicated than some might think, especially in the mid-1800s to early 1900s, when many orphans were sent from crowded eastern cities like New York to Midwest cities and towns, including Chanute. 

Summit Child Welfare adopts “kinder, gentler” approach to investigating abuse and neglect

Social Services can sometimes have a bit of an image problem. Seen as the agency that swoops in and shuttles kids off to foster care, in the past it has had difficulty getting parents to cooperate with its investigations into possible child abuse and neglect.

More >> Summit Child Welfare adopts “kinder, gentler” approach to investigating abuse and neglect

CPS Takes Son After Parents Disagree With His ADHD Diagnosis

In an unsettling case that tramples on parents' rights, a school called CPS when a boy's parents disagreed with the school's unofficial ADHD diagnosis.

More >> CPS Takes Son After Parents Disagree With His ADHD Diagnosis

Washington to pay abused boy $1.5 million after CPS complaints

The State of Washington has agreed to pay $1.5 million to the family of a child who was abused on multiple occasions by his mother’s boyfriend, despite visits from Child Protective Services. CPS was slow to respond to reports of the abuse and did not conduct a thorough investigation, the boy’s attorneys argued.

More >> Washington to pay abused boy $1.5 million after CPS complaints

Sicko Long Island foster dad threatened to kill his adopted son if he didn’t act as his sex slave, victim testifies

The adopted son of an accused pedophile testified Wednesday that the Long Island foster dad threatened to murder him if he didn’t submit to sick sexual acts.

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A Right-Wing Think Tank Is Trying to Bring Down the Indian Child Welfare Act. Why?

Native Americans say the law protects their children. The Goldwater Institute claims it does the opposite.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Foster mother in child sex crime case extradited back to Alabama


The foster mother at the center of a large child sex crime and abuse investigation is now back in the Shoals.

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State should intervene in perilous foster care cases

There is an article on your website about a child who, police say, was shot and killed by his parents. He was shot after being reunified with his drug addicted and neglectful biological parents.


More  >> State should intervene in perilous foster care cases

Films Like ‘The Boss Baby’ Can Be Painful for Adoptees and Foster Kids

During family movie night some years ago, in an effort to spare my daughters’ delicate sensibilities, I lunged for the remote control to stifle “Jerry Maguire” during a sex scene I’d forgotten all about. What I managed to hit was the fast-forward button. What ensued onscreen might be described as high-speed porn.


More >> Films Like ‘The Boss Baby’ Can Be Painful for Adoptees and Foster Kids

Wake senator leading charge to overhaul NC child welfare system

Saying North Carolina's child welfare system has failed too many youngsters for too long, Sen. Tamara Barringer, R-Wake, said Wednesday it's time to overhaul the system.

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BRPD: teen in custody after disturbance at group home

Baton Rouge Police Department's Special Response Team was called to a group home in the 1300 block of Main Street around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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PARENTS FIGHT TO KEEP ADOPTED CHILD, TAKE CASE TO STATE SUPREME COURT

A couple isn't giving up their fight to keep the little girl they believe is their own.

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