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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Texas couple sent to prison during 90’s ‘Satanic panic’ child abuse hysteria exonerated after 25 years

According to The Intercept, a Texas couple falsely convicted of sexual crimes against children during the early 90’s “Satanic panic” have finally been exonerated.

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Ozone Park woman flees with baby nephew in foster care battle: NYPD

The NYPD is searching for a 1-year-old boy who was in the temporary care of his aunt who was supposed to turn him over to foster care. Neither has been seen in nearly a week, police announced Thursday.

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Norway child abuse victims were let down by authorities: investigation

The head of a committee appointed by the Norwegian government agency to investigate historical child abuse cases says that victims of serious abuse were let down by welfare services.

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L.A. County foster care agency botched many more payments than initially reported

For months, Bea Watts waited as the Los Angeles County child protection agency failed to pay her more than $4,500 for taking care of two children in her foster care.

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Historic records highlight foster child suffered at the hands of carers

AS the ongoing Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is demonstrating, there are many adults who claim to have been abused in residential care, and a growing number of church, charity and state institutions that admit such abuse took place.


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Fired Transylvania Child Protective Services supervisor demands job back despite county’s appeal to Supreme Court

A court case that has called into question the practices of the Child Protective Services unit of the Transylvania County Department of Social Services under its previous supervisor could be headed to a hearing at the North Carolina Supreme Court. However, her legal team has asked a lower court to force the county to reinstate her before the Supreme Court decides whether it will weigh in.

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Foster parent charged with assault

A Eutawville man went to jail for third-degree assault and battery after his 16-year-old foster daughter called the Department of Social Services to report that he had injured her.


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First Nations child welfare agency responds to concerns after death in Wapekeka First Nation

Tikinagan Child and Family Services is responding to concerns after a 12-year-old, who had been in the care of the First Nation child welfare agency, died by suicide last week in a remote community in northern Ontario.

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Failed adoption devastates family, questions process

A couple in Central has been trying for years to have a child. Their story does not have a good ending, but they've chosen to tell their story in the hopes that it doesn't happen to anyone else.

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Connecticut DCF’s new strategy: Treating children and families in their own homes

Last May, Samantha Collins’ drug use, legal problems and dealings with the state Department of Children and Families forced her to strike a bargain with the agency.

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Child abuse reports double since Northern Territory intervention

The Federal Government's controversial intervention in the Northern Territory has been exposed as a multimillion-dollar failure that only worsened the abuse of Indigenous children.


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‘Big increase’ in child emotional abuse reports in NI

Reports of children being emotionally abused have more than trebled in Northern Ireland in seven years, according to new figures released by the NSPCC.

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Abused children find Japan’s shelters provide little comfort

Every year, more than 20,000 abused, delinquent, developmentally challenged or otherwise troubled Japanese children needing emergency housing pass through a system of shelters.

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Aboriginal baby removed from family despite grandmother's plea to be carer, inquiry hears

An Aboriginal baby was taken from her family despite the family’s care arrangement being approved by welfare authorities, the girl’s grandmother has told the Northern Territory royal commission. The child’s mother later took her own life.


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Advocacy groups say child welfare agency's progress is slow

A progress report filed in federal court shows that Illinois' child welfare agency has slowly made "incremental" improvements, but concerns linger about the impact of the state's budget impasse and a "revolving door" of leadership.

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Abuse victim claims social worker is being ‘shielded’

A VICTIM of childhood sexual abuse has accused Scotland’s social services watchdog of shielding a social worker who left him in the care of violent and abusive carers.

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2 Georgia lawyers jailed when child custody hearing leads to fistfight

You’d think the only fight that would happen in a courtroom would be between an estranged husband and wife during a child custody hearing.

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27% of foster children placed out of council area

A quarter of children in care in Wales were placed in new homes outside of their county, new figures have shown.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Questionable spending: Salary for ‘adoption czar’ doesn’t add up

There is no denying Kentucky needs to fix its foster care and adoption systems.

Gov. Matt Bevin, who has adopted four children with his wife in addition to having five of their own biological children, has worked tirelessly since he’s been in office on this issue. But, the issue is far from settled.

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28-year-old conned her way into foster care by saying she was a sexually abused teen

She made headlines for spinning a web of lies that convinced authorities she was a victim of sex trafficking, abuse, and torture.

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This woman stole children from the poor to give to the rich


Babies were snatched off the streets by strangers in passing cars. Or taken from day-care centers or church basements where they played. Or stolen from hospitals, right after birth, passed from doctor to nurse to a uniformed “social worker” — before vanishing in an instant.

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This woman stole children from the poor to give to the rich

Teen girl reported missing, endangered from group home

A 14-year-old girl has been reported missing from a Manatee Children’s Services group home and is considered endangered, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.


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Settlement To Stop Foster Kids Sleeping In Hotels And Offices Breaks Down

A settlement to stop Oregon’s foster kids from being temporarily housed in hotels and state offices has broken down.

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Startling find in Jacksonville's DCF child death investigations

Nearly half of the 227 cases of child deaths in Duval County investigated by the Florida Department of Children and Families between 2009 and 2016 involved families already known to DCF investigators, an I-TEAM analysis of data found.

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Protesters rally against Arizona Department of Child Safety removals

Two people were arrested Friday during a downtown Phoenix protest about the Arizona Department of Child Safety.


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Physicians Voice Concerns on Texas Law that Restricts Immunizations for Foster Children

A new Texas law will restrict when children in state custody can receive emergency vaccinations.

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Punished for being pregnant: Irish mother never saw her baby after he was taken by nuns

AN IRISH woman has spoken of the devastation she felt when her new-born son was taken away from her by nuns.

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Ontario won't say where high needs youth were moved after Thunder Bay, Ont. group homes shut down

After conducting unannounced inspections, Ontario has closed three privately-run group homes in Thunder Bay, but it's not clear where the high risk youth who were staying there have been moved.

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Montana foster kids face challenges as they age out

Her name is Heaven, but much of her childhood sounds like hell.

Heaven Reel was placed in foster care at age 16, after state social workers found evidence of neglect or abuse in her home.

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Foster Mother Set Her 12 Year Old Child On Fire In Lagos.

Mrs Uzoma Austin has been arraigned before an Ogudu magistrate’s court in Lagos for allegedly setting her 12-year-old foster child ablaze.

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Foster care brothers to undergo psychiatric evaluation after assaulting principal

Police are now releasing the mug shot of one of the foster care brothers involved in the attack on the John Sager Middle School Principle.

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Editorial: Are Missouri's foster care families being set up for failure?

Being entrusted with the lives of children abandoned or uncared for by their parents is a difficult job that requires patience, care and dedication. The Missouri Department of Social Services might be setting up many foster children and caregivers for failure.

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Dreamer shares story about abuse in foster care

At age six, Jeidilii Pascual along with her two sisters were placed with foster families.

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Despite 3,000 Foster Children Waiting for Permanent Homes in Massachusetts, DCF Puts Obstacles in Prospective Parent’s Path

I knew that trying to adopt a child from the foster care system would be challenging, but I never imagined the biggest challenge would be dealing with the Department of Children and Families.


More >> Despite 3,000 Foster Children Waiting for Permanent Homes in Massachusetts, DCF Puts Obstacles in Prospective Parent’s Path

Caseworkers erred prior to child’s killing

Less than a year before 3-year-old Bethannie Rochelle Johnson was battered to death by her caretakers in Grand Junction, child welfare workers knew that domestic violence was potentially occurring in the home and that Bethannie’s guardian was in difficult financial straits and an unstable living situation, according to a state review of the child’s death.


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Cheyenne Protesters Rally For Fathers’ Rights

A group of fathers, children, and others who feel fathers are largely ignored or discriminated against in Wyoming child custody decisions and other court proceedings rallied in front of the Laramie County Courthouse on Friday to draw attention to those issues.

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GOP shooter’s foster daughter committed suicide by fire

GOP shooter’s foster daughter committed suicide by fire

The left-wing gunman who opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice had a teenage foster daughter who committed suicide in 1996 by setting herself on fire, according to a report.

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45 years for Sugar Grove man who sexually assaulted foster child


A Sugar Grove man was sentenced Thursday to 45 years in prison for sexually assaulting a foster child in his care.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rockingham man sought after shots fired at social worker (Video)

A man allegedly upset about a child custody case is being sought by law enforcement in two counties after shots were fired into the vehicle of a social worker.

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Province shuts down three Thunder Bay foster homes

The province has taken the unusual step of quickly inspecting and shutting down three Thunder Bay foster homes after the death last month of Indigenous teen Tammy Keeash, the Star has learned.


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Officer jailed after having sex with 14-year-old abused foster child

A police officer who fostered a 14-year-old girl after she was sexually abused has been sent to prison after he went on to abuse her himself.

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N.C. House sends foster child protection law to governor

Rylan’s Law requires more scrutiny of parents before they can get their children back from foster care.

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Michigan continues implementation of child welfare system independent of federal court oversight

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) testified in U.S. District Court last week on its progress in implementing a new agreement system that would take Michigan’s child welfare system beyond federal oversight.

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More than 50 child protection cases against foster carers

There have been more than 50 confirmed cases of child protection and welfare concerns against foster carers in the past two years, with almost half occurring in the west of the country.

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Mother abducted her children in child welfare case

A mother abducted her children after the County Council of Tr√łndelag decided that the children were to be placed in a foster home. A total of 77 children are wanted internationally.

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Local foster care children reunite with siblings

It was a day of reunions at Cowabunga Bay as dozens of foster care children were reunited with their brothers and sisters, through a sibling preservation program.

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Foster kids sleeping in DCS office due to lack of foster homes

Tennessee is facing a major foster care crisis. There's a real need for families to open up their homes, especially in Knox county.

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Former Sonoma Group Home Counselor Accused Of Sexually Abusing Teenage Boy

Former Sonoma Group Home Counselor Accused Of Sexually Abusing Teenage Boy



A Rohnert Park man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and sexual assault of a minor while employed as a counselor at a residential treatment center for at-risk boys.

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Destitute immigrants in UK are threatened with having children removed

Homeless immigrants are being told they can secure housing for their children but not themselves, effectively forcing them to break up their family or sleep rough with their children, the Guardian has learned.


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Runaway killed amid scrutiny over lack of available care

Tirell Hill, 14, was a troubled teen in the custody of the Department of Children's Services for nearly eight months before he was shot and killed Friday after running away from an Antioch foster home.


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Child protective workers continue to sound alarm about heavy caseloads

Child protective workers in Monroe County continue to voice their concerns about heavy caseloads which they say have put the community's most vulnerable children at risk.

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Couple Fighting For Custody Of 5 Kids Gets Help From Medical Pot Advocates

A Colorado couple says they’re almost out of options to get their five children back in their custody.

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Tasmanian Child and Family Centres probed by Legislative Council

Early childhood stakeholders have advocated for the expansion of Child and Family Centres, but say the emphasis should be on the people, not just the buildings.

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‘Chemical straightjackets’: Missouri sued for overmedicating foster kids

Administrators in Missouri’s foster care system failed to monitor and oversee the use of psychotropic drugs on foster children, according to a lawsuit filed by two children’s watchdog groups.

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CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ADMITS 75% OF GOVT CHILD KIDNAPPING CASES HAD NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT REMOVAL FROM HOME

During the 2017 Texas Legislative session, one of the key CPS reforms that THSC worked to pass was a requirement that CPS only be allowed to plead termination of parental rights if they provide sufficient evidence supporting each specific ground that they plead.

More >> CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ADMITS 75% OF GOVT CHILD KIDNAPPING CASES HAD NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT REMOVAL FROM HOME

Bendigo child protection worker released from custody on child pornography charge

A FORMER Bendigo child protection worker who fled the state after police found child exploitation material on his computer and hard drives has been placed on the sex offenders register for eight years.

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Biological father taking away child is not kidnapping, MEA tells court

A man cannot be charged with kidnapping his child, the external affairs ministry and the CBI informed the Bombay high court on Tuesday.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Grand jury questions lack of data on foster care outcomes

San Diego County taxpayers invest some $200 million annually in child welfare services, but the county doesn’t collect data to measure the effectiveness of its efforts, according to new grand jury report.

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Failings by child protection services are uncovered after baby's death

A review, prompted by the death of a 14-week-old baby girl, has uncovered a series of failings by child protection services (CPC) in Glasgow.

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Lies, greed and heartbreak: How orphans are ‘made’ for the adoption industry

Adopted by Swedish parents, one woman returns to India 23 years on for clues about her birth mother – and uncovers a web of lies, including how she really is no orphan at all.

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Judge: Allegations state child welfare supervisors manipulated records ‘troubling’

A federal judge on Thursday called allegations that state child welfare supervisors manipulated caseload records "troubling" and ordered court monitors to review the claims.

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TWISTED CON ARTIST Woman fraudster, 28, given iPad and put into FOSTER CARE after conning Australian officials by telling them she was a 13-year-old sex trafficking victim

Authorities in Sydney were duped by her distressing tale of abuse - putting her into foster care and getting charities to give handouts

More >> TWISTED CON ARTIST Woman fraudster, 28, given iPad and put into FOSTER CARE after conning Australian officials by telling them she was a 13-year-old sex trafficking victim

Uniting foster carer charged with sexual assault of nine-year-old boy in his care

It is alleged the 57-year-old man committed a number of acts over three years but his partner still has custody over four other foster children.

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State must step up on foster care deaths

The deaths of two teen girls adopted by foster parents and the abuse of another prompted Iowa lawmakers to question Department of Human Services staff about oversight last week.

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Monitor says State Falls Short in Protecting Foster Kids

An advocacy group for kids says a court-ordered report shows Michigan has a long way to go before it can guarantee the safety and welfare of children in foster care.

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Lawyer seeks Grace Packer's mental health records

About three years before she was killed, Grace Packer was placed in a Bucks County facility for children with "serious emotional and behavior problems," according to a recent court filing. Apparently, records from her time there may be used to defend her mother, Sara Packer, who is charged in Grace's July homicide.


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Legal Loophole Could Leave Some Foreign Born Adoptees Exposed To Deportation

A recent story of man adopted from Korea as a child and later deported back to Korea has exposed a loophole in international adoptions, and foreign adoptions more than 17-years-old could be exposed.

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Kinship Care ‘Drop And Run’ Placements Leave Children At Risk: DHHS Report

Child protection workers are exposing vulnerable children to more risk by leaving them with extended family – often without scrutiny in emergency “drop and run” placements, a secret Department of Health and Human Services report has revealed.

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GovGuam short on health care for foster children

"I would beg and plead with (lawmakers) if I had to. These are children coming from abusive environments and severe neglect; and there are a lot of times when they need medical attention immediately. ... I've been in and out of the emergency room at least six times with my foster children out of the nine years I've been a licensed foster parent, and I can say that I was grateful for GovGuam's assistance each time." – Bethany Taylor, director, Harvest House

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Foster father rapes teenager

A case of a 39-year-old foster father raping his minor daughter, and two others sexually exploiting her in the name of love came to light in Musheerabad on Saturday.

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Event honors families who reunified with children in foster system

Family Reunification Day was celebrated Friday at St. Francis Parish Hall in Bakersfield.

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DCF sued after children burned with grease

Vivienne Otero is suing the Department of Children and Families, and other agencies, for negligence.

Otero claims DCF failed to protect her children, when they put them in the custody of a woman named Debra Galloway.


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Aging out: Foster kids face challenges at age 18, despite improving safety net

Once foster kids felt dropped off a cliff at 18, forced to sink or swim on their own. In some cities they would be dropped off at homeless shelters with a plastic bag carrying their only possessions.

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Friday, June 09, 2017

Using data in child welfare opens risk of another Sixties Scoop, panel hears

Canada runs the risk of another Sixties Scoop if child intervention relies too heavily on data, a ministerial panel tasked with fixing the system heard in Edmonton Wednesday.


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Secret data on school restraint and seclusion to be exposed

Secret details of disabled students being grabbed by the wrists, pushed to the floor and locked inside rooms will soon be made public.

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Suspect in foster sister’s shooting surrenders to DeKalb Sheriff’s Office

A Stone Mountain teen accused of assaulting his foster sister surrendered to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office without incident and is now in custody at the DeKalb County Jail.


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Rylan’s Law to protect foster kids passes NC Senate Rules Committee

The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week. The legislation aims to protect foster children from troubled parents.


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Potsdam police seek help in finding foster child

The Potsdam Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Dominic Mashaw.

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Our View: Arizona continues to fail its foster kids

Michelle Calderon’s 1-year-old daughter was taken from her by the Department of Child Safety and then placed in multiple homes where she was abused.

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Morning Report: Vulnerable Foster Kids Stiffed by State Budget

One of the ways the foster care system in California supports children is by funding lawyers needed to make sure kids’ regular legal needs are taken care of. A foster child needs help attending the best school for their situation? They need a lawyer. A foster child is a victim of a crime? Lawyer needed there too. With 3,000 foster children living in San Diego County, the need for legal services is extremely high. Mario Koran reports on how lawyers who serve foster children have been short-changed on funding and have now reached a breaking point. Individual attorneys in San Diego County are handling an average of 210 cases at a time.


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Mother alleges Child Protective Services, state violated constitutional rights

A Baton Rouge mother has filed suit against the state and other parties regarding the care of her minor children.

Teresa Yates, PJ, and SJ filed a complaint on May 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against the state of Louisiana, Department of Children and Family Services, Volunteers of America Parker House and Child Protective Services alleging that they violated the Fifth and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

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Lawsuit Names DHS Workers in Foster Parent Abuse Case

A lawsuit alleges that Arkansas Department of Human Services employees knowingly placed foster children into a home with a "known violent sexual predator."

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Lawmakers agree to pay surviving Barahona victim $3.75 million

The Florida Legislature 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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Lufkin woman arrested for allegedly threatening to kill CPS employee

Lufkin police arrested an 18-year-old woman Thursday on accusations that she threatened to kill a Child Protective Services employee on May 2.

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Father of child who died in Sask. foster home calls for system overhaul

Chris Martell's 22-month-old son, Evander Daniels, drowned in a bathtub while he was in provincial foster care seven years ago.

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First Nations mother wins right to daughter's remains over foster parent

A First Nations mother was granted the right to her daughter's remains after a hearing in an Edmonton courtroom Wednesday.

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Foster care children: How their life experiences differ

The issue: When children in the United States are abused or neglected, government agencies sometimes remove them from their homes and place them in foster care with the goal of providing a safer, more stable environment. In late 2015, an estimated 427,910 kids were in foster care nationwide, according to a 2017 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Researchers have estimated that 6 percent of all U.S. children will enter foster care before age 18, including 12 percent of black children and 15 percent of Native American children.

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DCF sued after Palm Beach children burned with grease by guardian

Vivienne Otero is suing the Department of Children and Families, and other agencies, for negligence.

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Complaint filed against DSHS on behalf of child abused by Kirkland foster mom

A complaint has been filed against the State of Washington in King County Superior Court on behalf of a foster child who was abused by his Kirkland foster mother.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Social worker who sold address of adopted child so she could go on holiday to Dominican Republic walks free

Androulla Farr, 50, contacted the “vulnerable” mother and offered to hand over details of her young daughter's adopted family in exchange for £2,000.

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Proposed contract will review 100 of 1,520 abruptly closed NH DCYF child abuse reports

The Division for Children, Youth and Families plans to initially review less than seven percent of the 1,520 child abuse/neglect assessments abruptly closed over a year ago, straying from officials' calls to review all cases.

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New study details the cost of Hamilton County kids aging out of foster care

A new study has calculated the price the community pays for having scores of young adults who age out of the child welfare system each year, and it isn't cheap.

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No cheap fix for child protection

Kudos to House Speaker Jeff Hoover for assigning a bipartisan group of lawmakers to shed light on a topic that Gov. Matt Bevin has put center stage: foster care and adoption.

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Lawsuit says state had knowledge but failed to act on abusive foster parent

A civil lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Fort Smith says officials at the state Human Services Department knew about allegations of abuse of foster children by Van Buren truck driver Charlie Garretson but failed to act.

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Local family sues DCF after foster child sexually assaults 4-year-old

Without warning a Lowell-area family says the Department of Children and Families placed a foster child in their home and never disclosed he could be a threat to other children.

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Foster child, adoptive parents urge chance in DHS

The starvation deaths of two Iowa teenagers have put the pressure on the foster care system in Iowa, which one successful foster family says is broken.

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Canada To Parents: Accept Your Kid's Gender Identity, Or Lose Them

Tolerance in Canada is a one-way street. As long as you fall in line with Socialist ideologies, you have a place in the land of the maple leaves.

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Child welfare records may have been faked in at least seven counties

Have abused children been put in greater harm's way by the very people who are supposed to protect them?

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Advocates rally for R.I. bill restoring aid to foster kids until 21

About 80 social service advocates and young adults gather at a State House rally Tuesday, hoping to influence lawmakers.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Social worker struck off after lie caused children to be removed into care

A social worker whose lie to colleagues “almost certainly” led to children being taken into care has been struck off.

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Mom Who Got Into Legal Trouble for Raising 'Free-Range' Kids Is Running for Office

She's out of legal trouble now, but the Maryland mom who was investigated for her “free-range” parenting style is taking steps to make sure it never happens to anyone else.


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Judge denies motion to keep 7-month-old on life support

A judge in Clarksville has denied to extend the injunction keeping a 7-month-old baby on life support.

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Iowa pays $175K after foster child beaten with a brick and drowned

Iowa will pay $175,000 to settle a lawsuit involving a foster child who was bludgeoned with a brick and drowned by another foster child.

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Hearings will look into allegations DHHS supervisors fudged caseload numbers

State lawmakers say they will look into reports the Michigan agency that handles child abuse and neglect cases fudged its numbers to make it appear it was complying with a court order.

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Canada’s New Law Lets Government Take Children Away If Parents Don’t Accept Their Gender Identity

A Canadian province has passed a law that gives rights to the government to take away children from families that don’t accept their kid’s chosen “gender identity” or “gender expression”.

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After two tragic teen deaths, legislators hold hearing on Iowa’s child welfare system

Legislators on the Government Oversight Committees from the Iowa House and Senate have launched their public review of the state’s foster care system and how allegations of child abuse are handled.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

Parents Stranded after Ethiopia Suspends Adoption

As a result of the adoption suspension, more than 40 American families who had completed the process have been denied access to a child who is legally theirs.

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Texas immigration lockdowns holding some families too long

Afghan asylum seeker Samira Hakimi and her relatives — three of them young children — have spent six months inside a Texas immigration lockdown, even though state lawmakers adjourned this week without passing legislation to circumvent federal rules on housing minors at such facilities.

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State pushes back at federal monitor

In the 26 years since federal authorities began monitoring Connecticut’s child welfare system, state officials have made progress in overcoming manhy of its deficiencies. But now the court-appointed monitor argues that the progress has slowed so much that he should be given significant influence over the agency’s staffing, technology and other resources.


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Sister of alleged victim in foster mom sex abuse case reveals new details

The sister of a young man who was allegedly raped hundreds of times by his foster mother is speaking out for the first time.

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Georgia Increases Child Welfare Worker Salaries 19%

On May 1, 2017, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) increased salaries by 19% for front-line child welfare staff. The goal is to reduce turnover rates that range regionally from 32% to 39%. The state’s new budget includes $25.8 million to cover the costs of the salary increase. The base starting salary for a front-line case worker with a bachelor’s degree in social work will increase from $28,000 to $35,600.


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DCF worker charged with possession child pornography in Hamden


A DCF worker is facing criminal charges after police said he was in possession of child pornography.

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ACLU and others say DCF violating separation of church and state by sponsoring faith gathering

At the 2016 Florida Faith Symposium, Gov. Rick Scott told delegates that his parents had introduced him to Jesus Christ.

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Three ex-Penn State officials get jail in Sandusky child sex abuse coverup

Three former Pennsylvania State University officials were sentenced to jail on Friday for covering up ex-coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual predations and effectively letting him victimize more boys.

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‘Reunification Day’ celebrates parents getting children out of foster care

When the state took away her two youngest sons and sent them to live with a relative, Marsha Valenzuela knew she needed to change.

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No refund: Iowa can't recoup adoption payments, even if there's abuse

Marc and Misty Ray of Perry adopted four children from Iowa’s foster care system: a 10-year-old boy, two girls ages 10 and 12, and 16-year-old Sabrina Ray.

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Minors Can’t Be Treated As Chattel For Claiming Custody: Bombay HC...

The Bombay High Court has stayed an order by family court, Bandra, which granted access to the mother of six-year-old girl Janhavi, who has been in her father’s custody since birth. ...

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How Illinois fails its children

Another child dies tragically while under the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and another director (that’s eight directors in five years) resigns in the midst of controversy. This sad story has been repeated way too often these past 30-plus years. There is always more than enough blame to go around, starting with overworked frontline workers and ending with the director. Investigations are initiated, individuals resign or are fired, and in some cases, criminal charges are filed. A new director will take charge, new staff will be hired, and things will continue on ... until the next tragedy.

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Feds spent $707Gs on legal fees after child welfare decision

The federal justice minister’s office says it spent $707,000 in legal fees following a landmark human rights tribunal decision on First Nations child welfare.

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Foster dad who sexually abused children gets 12 years

“Rot in hell,” a woman yelled from the crowded public gallery as former foster parent Kurk MacKay was led away by sheriffs to begin serving a 12-year prison sentence for sexually interfering with two young children placed in his care.

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Foster care agencies in Clark County fear loss of funding

But anticipated restrictions to Nevada Medicaid funding coming this year have leaders at SAFY and those other agencies fearing that they may have to close.

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DCS will soon operate without court oversight for first time in 17 years

A 17-year-old federal court case against the Department of Children's Services is expected to reach an end Thursday, allowing the child welfare agency to operate independently for the first time since a New York watchdog agency filed suit.

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Child-protection audit ‘a wake-up call’ for society, report author says

An audit that found serious failings in the State’s child-protection system is “a wake-up call for Irish society”, the author of the report has said.

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A horrifying journey through Arizona foster care, and why we don't know how many more children may be abused

Two weeks before Devani's second birthday, she was taken away from her parents in Tucson by a state child-welfare caseworker.

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Friday, June 02, 2017

Runaway foster child gets forced into Trenton sex trade, 2 defendants detained

A 15-year-old foster child escaped from her group home seeking refuge at the Trenton Transit Center but soon found herself forced into prostitution as a victim of human trafficking.

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Baby in DCF Care Died After Being Given Medication

The Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office released new details on the death of 15-month-old Michael Citron.

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Woman sentenced for stealing from Kansas group home

A woman has been sentenced to 11 months in prison for stealing from children under her care at a Lawrence group home.

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Christians who reject transgenderism banned from adoption, working with children in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has instituted sweeping changes to its policies and procedures in caring for children who experience gender dysphoria that essentially weed out all employees and volunteers who cannot in good conscience support and promote transgender ideology.  

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Man considers legal action after false accusations of being abuser

A man who required Garda protection in Co Kildare after being falsely identified on social media as a sex offender is considering taking legal action.

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DCF Social Worker Charged With Child Porn Possession

A state Department of Children and Families social worker has been arrested under suspicion of possessing child pornography and is no longer on the job.

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Conservatives to oppose bill allowing gov’t to take kids from parents who reject transgenderism: source

MPP opposition is growing to a radical Liberal bill that critics have warned for months will be used to enforce gender ideology in the home, give the state more power to seize children from families that oppose the LGBTQI and gender ideology agenda, and ban couples who disagree with that agenda from fostering or adopting children.

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Baby In Foster Care Died From Antihistamine Intoxication

The death of a 13-month-old boy in foster care in Bridgeport last December was the result of "acute intoxication" from an antihistamine medication he was given, authorities confirmed Wednesday morning.


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Abbott: Federal judge should dismiss foster-care case

Gov. Greg Abbott called Wednesday for a federal judge considering court supervision of Texas' long-troubled child-protection system to drop the case, insisting that landmark reforms he just signed into law will fix chronic problems.

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Texas immigration lockdowns holding some families too long

Afghan asylum seeker Samira Hakimi and her family members — three of them young children — have spent six months inside a Texas immigration lockdown, even though state lawmakers adjourned this week without passing legislation to circumvent federal rules on housing minors at such facilities.

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Stealing Black children? Houston case a sign of how child protective services is still failing, say advocates

“They are operating like it is slavery, when they broke up Black families and sent our children to White families,” Attorney Pamela Muhammad said, blasting Harris County, Texas Child Protective Services, which is part of a state agency.

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Social worker whose failings created extra work for colleagues struck off

A social worker whose failings “imposed extra burdens” on her colleagues has been struck off by the HCPC.


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Sister of alleged victim in foster mom sex abuse case reveals new details

The sister of a young man who was allegedly raped hundreds of times by his foster mother is speaking out for the first time.

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Federal report shows more cracks in Texas foster care system

A new federal report shows more lapses in the state’s foster care system.

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Sex abuse earns ex-foster father life in prison; judge criticizes Arkansas agency for placing youths in home

A federal judge sentenced a Van Buren man to life in prison Wednesday for sexually abusing children living in his foster or adoptive home over the past 18 years.

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Editorial: More oversight for foster care

Increased legislative oversight of the state’s foster care system is warranted, especially in light of reports that the state agency responsible for investigating claims of child abuse and neglect grossly failed a Lenexa boy who ultimately was murdered by his family.

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TRUMP MAY NOT REQUIRE EMPLOYERS TO COVER BIRTH CONTROL ANYMORE

Last week, the White House quietly announced a new rule had been drafted to rewrite the federal mandate requiring most employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control. But few people outside the administration have seen that rule — and that may not change before it goes into effect.

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Note: More kids for CPS.

Former AZ child welfare worker convicted of molesting children


The Pima County Attorney's Office confirms 66-year-old William Delgado Beltran of Tucson has been convicted of molesting children.

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Kansas Audit Finds Problems In Privatized Foster Care System, Faults DCF For Lax Oversight

A state audit found that the Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF) has not provided adequate oversight to its foster care contractors, KVC Behavioral Healthcare (KVC) and St. Francis Community Services. The audit found that DCF failed to conduct background checks on foster families, some foster homes had inadequate sleeping space for children, and monthly in-person visits to foster homes did not always take place.

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Children at risk: failing our most vulnerable

The State has a primary duty to provide care for children where their parents are unable to do so. Young people who need to be removed from their families under emergency legislation for their own safety are the most vulnerable of all. Yet, a comprehensive audit into Garda use of these emergency powers exposes a series of serious failings which are placing some of these children at further risk.

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Illinois Purges Social Workers And Foster Families Who Don’t ‘Facilitate’ Transgenderism

The science-deniers are running the LGBTQ show over at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and dissenters will not be tolerated.

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