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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Report says multiple DCFS workers in Illinois attacked

CHICAGO • At least a dozen Illinois Department of Children and Family Services workers have been attacked or seriously threatened while trying to protect children or investigate mistreatment allegations since 2013, according to a newspaper's analysis.

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HOMESCHOOLING GROUP SUES NYC OVER ‘SYSTEMATIC MISTREATMENT’

A homeschooling advocacy group is suing the government of New York City (NYC) for “systematic mistreatment of homeschoolers” because the city’s slow processing of paperwork has resulted in homeschooling families being falsely accused of crimes.

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State ranked 1st in count of kids of jailed parents



Arkansas surpasses all other states in the percentage of its children who have had a parent or guardian locked up, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

More >> State ranked 1st in count of kids of jailed parents

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sisters take legal action against Glasgow City Council after foster parent 'abuse'

THREE sisters are taking legal action against a council, claiming they were abused by their foster carers for nearly two decades.

The siblings say they were “beaten and abused” by John and Alma Cassidy in Glasgow during the 1990s and 2000s. According to a newspaper, Alma Cassidy is said to have physically attacked the girls by day, while her husband subjectedthem to sexual attacks at night.

More >> Sisters take legal action against Glasgow City Council after foster parent 'abuse'

FOX 4 investigation finds systemic failures at Kansas DCF that allowed Adrian Jones’ torture to continue

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After a lifetime of torture and abuse, seven-year-old Adrian Jones died in a shower stall where he was held prisoner, beaten and starved. His body was then fed to the family's pigs.

More >> FOX 4 investigation finds systemic failures at Kansas DCF that allowed Adrian Jones’ torture to continue

Prison for Windsor Twp. foster father who molested boy



A Windsor Township pedophile who had a foster child placed with him by York County caseworkers despite his previous convictions must serve at least five years in prison for sexually assaulting the foster child.

More >> Prison for Windsor Twp. foster father who molested boy

Foster Care Youths Leaving the System Before They Age Out, Study Finds

BETHESDA, Maryland — Youth in the foster care system are leaving before they age out of the system, a new report finds.

Forty states offer at least some form of support for youths until their 21st birthday, yet nearly three-quarters of social service officials told researchers that their wards were overwhelmingly leaving the system when they turned 18, Child Trends says in a new report. It doesn’t address the reason why.

More >> Foster Care Youths Leaving the System Before They Age Out, Study Finds

Kentucky still working out how to pay grandparents, others providing free foster care

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky's top social services official said Monday that the state is still working out how to pay some relatives, many of them grandparents, who have been providing free foster care to children removed from homes because of abuse or neglect.

But Adria Johnson, commissioner of the state Department for Community Based Services, said officials can't say when payments of around $25 a day might start for those who qualify under the court ruling.

More >> Kentucky still working out how to pay grandparents, others providing free foster care

Major child protection non-compliance in Cork foster care services

An inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has found major and recurring problems with the ability of Tusla foster services in Cork to properly protect children.

The inspection report by Hiqa was critical that the service area had no system in place to ensure children were not placed with foster carers who had open allegations made against them.

More >> Major child protection non-compliance in Cork foster care services

Sherin's foster mom seeks bond reduction hearing: report

Houston, Nov 22 The Indian-American foster mother of Sherin Mathews who was found dead in a culvert in Dallas under suspicious circumstances, has requested a bond reduction hearing in her child endangerment case, according to a media report today.

More >> Sherin's foster mom seeks bond reduction hearing: report

Jail is wrong for Herring

The editorial, “Life in Prison” regarding the Herring case, got it all wrong. First off, it makes too simplified of a conclusion, that Herring deserved life in prison and second, the piece fails to mention exactly how her lawyers blew it.

Failing to mention that a psychological evaluation showed that Herring suffered from delusions and anxiety, which was brought up in court at the sentencing hearing, is important. Clearly, Herring is emotionally disturbed and mentally unstable. Having delusions is an indicator of that. In cases of PTSD, delusions and anxiety are present, too. The lawyers needed to show the court just how disturbed she was at the time of the murders. Instead, they agreed to a plea deal for criminal charges and jail. Herring really needs to be in a mental hospital receiving psychiatric care. She won’t get that in jail.

More >> Jail is wrong for Herring

Foster father of slain schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer is indicted for the 12-year-old's murder and dumping her body on a riverbank



Rick Thorburn has been indicted for the murder of his 12-year-old foster daughter Tiahleigh Palmer in October 2015.

Tiahleigh's body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River six days after she went missing while in the care of Thorburn and his family.

More >> Foster father of slain schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer is indicted for the 12-year-old's murder and dumping her body on a riverbank

I-Team: Questions raised after child dies in foster care

LAS VEGAS - A foster father accused of killing the boy he was supposed to be caring for calls it an accident.

Craig Dickens says he became a foster parent to 1-year-old Daevon Branon-Banks after a short interview with Child Protective Services, or CPS, and a background check but no training. Four months later, he was accused of killing the child.

More >> I-Team: Questions raised after child dies in foster care

Judges under 'intolerable pressure' from social media, says new Lord Chief Justice



Judges are being put under "intolerable pressure" by social media users who criticise their decisions, the Lord Chief Justice has said.

In his first interview since becoming the most senior judge in England and Wales last month, Sir Ian Burnett warned that abuse of judges "undermines the rule of law" and damages confidence in the judiciary.

More >> Judges under 'intolerable pressure' from social media, says new Lord Chief Justice

More: They should learn to suck it up.

Court finds state lacked evidence to sever mother's rights

PHOENIX
The Arizona Court of Appeals has reversed a decision that severed a woman's parental rights to her two children, ruling the state lacked evidence to support the action.

The panel of three judges sent the case back down to the juvenile court last week after finding faults in how the state Department of Child Safety constructed the case, The Arizona Republic reported .

More >> Court finds state lacked evidence to sever mother's rights

Indigenous kids largely apprehended because of poverty, says former child protection worker

A former child protection worker, once with the Ministry of Child and Family Development, says, in her experience, Indigenous children are largely being apprehended due to poverty, and their parents are being over policed when trying to reunite with them.

Portia Larlee started her role in communities in north central B.C. in 2015 and said she lasted a year and a half before she quit out of frustration. She said most of her clients were Indigenous.

"It was mostly neglect related to poverty that would put parents at risk of state intervention,"  she explained.

More >> Indigenous kids largely apprehended because of poverty, says former child protection worker

Foster parent shortage in Scotland leads to one in five sibling groups being split up

A report published by the Care Inspectorate, Scotland’s social care watchdog, revealed that three in four councils reported instances where the number of children requiring a foster care placement was greater than the placements available.

More >> Foster parent shortage in Scotland leads to one in five sibling groups being split up

Note: That and the fact that they're stealing too many kids.

ACLU: Forcing Faith Out of Adoption

It may have been unintentional, but a recent lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union could nonetheless result in many children being displaced from adoption agencies who would otherwise have been happy to care for them and find families to adopt them.

The ACLU is currently suing the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Children’s Services Agency for allowing religious adoption agencies to adhere to their faith tenets as they conduct their work—which for them means placing children in a home with a mom and a dad.

More >> ACLU: Forcing Faith Out of Adoption

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Canada legalized euthanasia. Now parents are asking doctors to kill their sick kids

TORONTO, November 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Euthanasia has been legal in Canada for just over a year and pediatricians are already “increasingly” being asked by parents to euthanize disabled or dying children and infants, a survey by the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) has found.

American anti-euthanasia activist Wesley Smith said the results of the survey prove the morally slippery slope that a nation slides down when it agrees that “killing is an acceptable answer to human suffering.”

More >> Canada legalized euthanasia. Now parents are asking doctors to kill their sick kids

Report says 20% of siblings taken into care are split up

Almost 20% of sibling groups taken into care were split up because of a difficulty in finding suitable placements, a report has said.

The Care Inspectorate report said more high quality fostering and adoption places were needed.

Almost 60% of local authorities had difficulties placing sibling groups.

More >> Report says 20% of siblings taken into care are split up

Junction City man accused of sexually abusing foster child, 10

Oregon State Police troopers are looking for a Junction City man accused of sexually abusing a foster child in his care, according to a search warrant affidavit filed last week in Lane County Circuit Court.

Joe Albert Raygosa, 45, and his family, including his wife and three biological children, abruptly moved from their rental home on Pine Court in Junction City last month after Eugene police questioned him about the sexual abuse allegations made by one of two former foster children.

More >> Junction City man accused of sexually abusing foster child, 10

Foster Care Youths Leaving the System Before They Age Out, Study Finds

Youth in the foster care system are leaving before they age out of the system, a new report finds.

Forty states offer at least some form of support for youths until their 21st birthday, yet nearly three-quarters of social service officials told researchers that their wards were overwhelmingly leaving the system when they turned 18, Child Trends says in a new report. It doesn’t address the reason why.

More >>> Foster Care Youths Leaving the System Before They Age Out, Study Finds

Schwabs say Court is allowing children to return home



TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The couple who staged a hunger strike on the steps of the Kansas Capitol to protest the state taking their children is getting their kids back.

Raymond and Amelia Schwab tell 13 NEWS a Riley County judge ruled Monday that the family should be re-integrated. They'll have unsupervised weekend visits while they arrange for schooling and medical care in Colorado, where the couple now lives, with four of the children permanently going home over Christmas break. The fifth will remain with his grandmother in Kansas to finish high school.

More >> Schwabs say Court is allowing children to return home

2 accused of ‘willful killing’ of foster teen found in Atlanta street



Two men accused of shooting a teenager who was in foster care and leaving her dead in an Atlanta street are in the DeKalb County jail on aggravated assault charges in a separate attempted armed robbery case.

Police believe slain 17-year-old Dennetta Franks may have been involved in the Sept. 19 armed robbery with her accused shooters, Wayne Rendell Bailey, 19, of Newnan, and Eddie Byrd, 18, of Atlanta, according to police reports obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

More >> 2 accused of ‘willful killing’ of foster teen found in Atlanta street

Former foster parent accused of sexual abuse of teen in his care



A former Kenosha County foster parent was charged Monday with sexually assaulting a teenager in his care more than two decades ago, and investigators said additional foster children may have been victimized.

Gary M. Reed, 65, of Manitowoc, was charged with repeated sexual assault of a child. According to the criminal complaint, Reed lived in Twin Lakes and Randall during the time the assaults allegedly occurred.

More >> Former foster parent accused of sexual abuse of teen in his care

Man who sexually abused teen placed in his care by York County given 5 to 10 years in prison



Ronald Witmer, 50, of Windsor Township, had pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and corruption of minors. He must register as a sex offender under Megan's Law for life.

More >> Man who sexually abused teen placed in his care by York County given 5 to 10 years in prison

FOX 4 investigation finds systemic failures at Kansas DCF that allowed Adrian Jones’ torture to continue

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After a lifetime of torture and abuse, seven-year-old Adrian Jones died in a shower stall where he was held prisoner, beaten and starved. His body was then fed to the family's pigs.

His parents, Michael and Heather Jones, pleaded guilty to murder, but they may not be the only ones responsible for the tragedy of Adrian Jones.

More >> FOX 4 investigation finds systemic failures at Kansas DCF that allowed Adrian Jones’ torture to continue

Monday, November 20, 2017

Arizona Agency Defies DEA, Okays Cannabis Extracts for Foster Parents



A new rule on foster parenting released by the Arizona Department of Child Safety still discriminates against cannabis patients, yet defies federal authorities in approving cannabis extracts.

The rule codifies a September decision about a possible foster-care license for a woman who treats her adopted 12-year-old son's self-injuring behavior with cannabidiol (CBD).  Phoenix New Times received a copy of the ruling last week after a public-records request.

More >> Arizona Agency Defies DEA, Okays Cannabis Extracts for Foster Parents

Rapist dad sentenced to seven years behind bars for raping daughter, foster sister

She calls him George – the man who started raping her when she was just two years old. The churchman she fought three governments for nine years to bring to book for turning her childhood and those of many other girls into a nightmare. Her father.

Last week, 40-year-old Marijke Mwathi finally saw her father, George Bennet Donald, 67, sentenced in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court to an effective seven years imprisonment for the rapes of her and her foster sister.

More >> Rapist dad sentenced to seven years behind bars for raping daughter, foster sister

Father says wife took girls because they were in danger in foster care

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Central Texas mother remains in jail after police say she abducted her daughters from their AISD school last week.  The 10-year-old along with her two older sisters were found in Florida on Thursday.

Their father tells KXAN that his wife left the state on Tuesday out of fear for their daughters’ safety.  Court documents say police were able to track their mother Sarah Jordan’s cell phone.

More >> Father says wife took girls because they were in danger in foster care

False alarm? Parents’ ‘discipline’ reported as child abuse

The parents of an elementary school student living in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, were taken aback when they were contacted by police for an inspection into their alleged child abuse.

A local media outlet reported Monday that the parents had raised a stick to their child for stealing from a friend and a store. The act was intended to be for discipline’s sake, but a visiting teacher who glimpsed the act thought of it as child abuse and alerted the polic

More >> False alarm? Parents’ ‘discipline’ reported as child abuse

Parents urgently warned over consequences of alienating children from other parent

Parents engaging in Doctor Foster-style attempts to alienate children from their other parent during divorce battles could lose contact under a "groundbreaking" trial.

The new approach, devised by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), is aimed at tackling parental alienation by urging them to consider the "profound" emotional impact on the child.

More >> Parents urgently warned over consequences of alienating children from other parent

Foster families keep getting child welfare payments despite broken adoptions

Lawrence Booker had been living apart from his adoptive family for about two years when he learned they might still be receiving money for his care — money that could have gone a long way toward helping him instead.

The situation Booker faced — a disrupted or broken adoption — is common enough that one New York children’s legal advocacy organization found that, at one point, roughly 20% of its voluntary placement foster care clientele had experienced it.

More >> Foster families keep getting child welfare payments despite broken adoptions

Foster kid placed in West Philly 'house of horrors' wins $11M in lawsuit

Walter Ola Scott, 63, has been inmate #MK5319 since his 2015 conviction on multiple charges of sexually abusing children, and is currently serving a 20-year sentence at the state correctional facility in Graterford.

But new details are only now coming to light about what exactly transpired inside Scott's West Philly home, which was once a government-sanctioned foster home for children in need.

More >> Foster kid placed in West Philly 'house of horrors' wins $11M in lawsuit

South Brunswick Social Worker Charged With Sexual Assault Of Highland Park Juvenile

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – A township social worker is charged with sexually assaulting and smoking pot with a Highland Park juvenile under his care, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office announced Saturday.

Miguel Garrido, 23, of Monmouth Junction faces multiple sexual assault counts including first degree aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 16, police said.

More >> South Brunswick Social Worker Charged With Sexual Assault Of Highland Park Juvenile

'Untethered to the evidence': Court reverses DCS case that cut mom off from kids

In a rare move, the state Court of Appeals has reversed a decision that severed a mother's rights to her two children, saying state child-welfare workers presented a case "not sufficiently rooted in the evidence."

The court cited numerous flaws in the evidence — or a lack thereof — presented by a Department of Child Safety caseworker, as well as a state-appointed psychologist who evaluated the mother. Writing for the three-judge panel, Acting Presiding Judge Peter B. Swann concluded there appeared to be only one motive to separate the mother from her kids: that the children were adoptable.

More >> 'Untethered to the evidence': Court reverses DCS case that cut mom off from kids

10 Arrested for Converting Kids to Islam at Illegal Orphanage in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Ten people were arrested on Monday for allegedly converting children from poor families to Islam after luring them under the pretext of free food and education at an orphanage-cum-school in Hyderabad.

More >> 10 Arrested for Converting Kids to Islam at Illegal Orphanage in Hyderabad

How traffickers exploit children in Haiti's orphanages



There are at least 30,000 children living in orphanages in Haiti. It is a staggering number for a country of 10 million people, but perhaps even more shocking, most of them are not orphans.

The government estimates 80 percent of the children living in orphanages have at least one living parent.

More >> How traffickers exploit children in Haiti's orphanages

Three sisters sue council over alleged child abuse by foster couple branded 'two of the worst humans'

Three sisters have launched legal action against a council after they were placed with foster parents they accused of abusing them.

The siblings claim they were beaten and sexually abused by John Cassidy and his wife Alma over nearly two decades at their home in Glasgow.

More >> Three sisters sue council over alleged child abuse by foster couple branded 'two of the worst humans'

DCFS workers face violence on the job

At least a dozen Department of Children and Family Services workers have been attacked or seriously threatened as they entered homes to protect children or investigate mistreatment allegations since 2013, a Tribune analysis of government records and interviews found.

More >> DCFS workers face violence on the job

Note: Of course it has nothing to do with them lying, the fraud, the unfairness or the fact that these people come to destroy families.  It's poor innocent babystealers just doing their jobs.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Woman finds her 3 siblings, separated by Sixties Scoop, in documentary airing on CBC

The woman at the centre of a film about four siblings' reunion after being split up as children as part of the Sixties Scoop, says she hopes it sheds light on an issue many people still don't know about.

More >> Woman finds her 3 siblings, separated by Sixties Scoop, in documentary airing on CBC

Divorcing Parents Could Be Banned From Seeing Kids If They Try To Turn Them Against Their Ex-Partner



A "groundbreaking" process now being trialled means divorcing parents could face tougher regulations if they try to turn their children against their former partner.

According to the Children And Family Court Advisory And Support Service (Cafcass), there is a significant amount of parental alienation in the 125,000 cases it deals with every year, the Guardian reports.

More >> Divorcing Parents Could Be Banned From Seeing Kids If They Try To Turn Them Against Their Ex-Partner

Mom, girls sought by police had fled foster care danger, dad says

Fear for her daughters’ safety inside a South Austin foster home prompted Sarah Marcella Jordan of Cedar Park to violate a court order last Tuesday when she picked them up after school and drove them to Florida, triggering a multistate search that ended in her arrest, her husband said.

Authorities found Jordan’s daughters safe in Florida on Thursday, but not before Central Texas law enforcement agencies had roused the public and the media to help them in their search.

More >> Mom, girls sought by police had fled foster care danger, dad says

Columbus foster girl told brother she feared for her life. She ended up dead in Atlanta.

About two weeks before Dennetta Franks’ body was found riddled with bullets on an Atlanta roadway, her brother picked her up from a house on Victory Drive where she felt her life was in danger, he said in a recent interview with the Ledger-Enquirer.

More >> Columbus foster girl told brother she feared for her life. She ended up dead in Atlanta.

NJ Case worker sexually assaulted child he oversaw, prosecutors say



NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A case worker stands accused of having sex with a child he was overseeing and using marijuana with the victim.

Middlesex County prosecutors announced Saturday that 23-year-old Miguel Garrido, of South Brunswick, was charged Friday with numerous counts, including aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment. A telephone number for him could not be located and It wasn’t known if he’s retained an attorney.

More >> NJ Case worker sexually assaulted child he oversaw, prosecutors say

Former foster children demand Royal Commission of Inquiry

Former foster children are demanding a Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuses, saying the proposed ministerial inquiry could easily turn into a cover up.

The new government has pledged to set up an inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

More >> Former foster children demand Royal Commission of Inquiry

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Kansas child welfare official has no answer when state senator asks about ‘shredding of notes’

TOPEKA
Members of a task force meeting on child welfare issues Tuesday had just about completed their morning session when a state senator had one more question.

“I think everybody in this room is fully aware of The Kansas City Star article coming out on transparency,” said Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat. “And one of the issues that came up in there was the shredding of notes from meetings in DCF (the Department for Children and Families).

More >> Kansas child welfare official has no answer when state senator asks about ‘shredding of notes’

A Case Study in Misleading Legislators, Everyone Else About Child Welfare & Opioids

Want to see how to pull the wool over the eyes of state lawmakers? Check out the testimony at a legislative hearing in Florida on child welfare and the opioid epidemic.

The problem of drug abuse, like the problem of child abuse, is serious and real. But when the hysteria over one meets the hysteria over the other the result is catastrophic for children: a surge in needless foster care. That surge affects children where drug abuse really is a problem — and where it isn’t. The latest “drug plague” becomes the all-purpose excuse to take the child and run.

More >> A Case Study in Misleading Legislators, Everyone Else About Child Welfare & Opioids

Patchwork services fail youth aging out of foster care, national survey concludes

The 22,400 children who turn 18 and age out of state foster care systems across the country annually without a permanent family face grim prospects: Within two years, about one in four wind up incarcerated, one in five become homeless, four in 10 drop out of high school and 71 percent become parents by age 21.

More >> Patchwork services fail youth aging out of foster care, national survey concludes

Lutheran Services employee charged with child abuse



FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fort Myers Police arrested a Lutheran Services case manager for allegedly abusing a 2-year-old.

According to a press release, Caitlin Carrol, 27, is facing charges of cruelty towards a child - abuse to a child without great bodily harm.

More >> Lutheran Services employee charged with child abuse

Parents With Low IQs Fight For Custody Of Their Sons After Some Say They’re ‘Not Smart Enough’

Amy Fabbrini and Eric Ziegler are the proud parents of two sweet boys: 4-year-old Christopher and 8-month-old Hunter.

But Amy and Eric say their kids were taken away from them without their permission — all because of their IQ levels.

More >> Parents With Low IQs Fight For Custody Of Their Sons After Some Say They’re ‘Not Smart Enough’

5th Anniversary of the Queensland Governments Apology for Forced Adoption

The Queensland Post Adoption Working Committee (The Benevolent Society, ALAS, Origins, Association for Adoptees Inc and Jigsaw) invite you to join them for a commemorative morning tea to honour the 5th Anniversary of the Queensland Governments Apology for Forced Adoption Policies and Practices.

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Traffickers lure UK children in foster care with 'web of lies'

housands of traumatized children in foster care in Britain go missing, with some returning to traffickers who feed them "a web of lies", charities said on Thursday, urging better protection.

UK children's charity Barnado's said on Thursday that 16 percent of children referred to its fostering network had been sexually exploited or abused, and 17 percent were trafficked.

More >> Traffickers lure UK children in foster care with 'web of lies'

What does the arrest of Sherin Mathews’ mother mean for the case against her father?

In the latest development of Sherin Mathews’ tragic story, her mother, Sini Mathews, was arrested Thursday and charged with child endangerment.

Police said she and her husband left the adopted 3-year-old alone in their Richardson home the night before she died last month, and took their 3-year-old biological daughter with them to dinner.

More >> What does the arrest of Sherin Mathews’ mother mean for the case against her father?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sisters reported missing in Texas found during traffic stop in Florida

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — The search for a 10-year-old Austin, Texas girl and her sisters has ended in Pensacola, Florida. Their non-custodial mother, 38-year-old Sarah Marcella Jordan, is now in the Escambia County Jail awaiting extradition to Texas for interference with child custody.

More >> Sisters reported missing in Texas found during traffic stop in Florida

'Disturbing' child adoption ads removed following criticism from Indigenous people

The ads were listed as anonymous profiles on a now altered Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) website. Anyone could use a search engine to find children by age, race and gender — a feature that some Indigenous people found distasteful and even harmful.

More >> 'Disturbing' child adoption ads removed following criticism from Indigenous people

House sitter murder suspect had been foster child in same home, prosecutor says

The suspect in the killing of a house sitter in Woodbury, New Jersey was once a foster child in the same home, authorities say, and had gotten out of prison the day before the murder.

More >> House sitter murder suspect had been foster child in same home, prosecutor says

Surrogate mother who changed her mind must hand baby to gay couple, court rules

A surrogate mother has lost custody of her child after a court ruled he would be better placed with the gay couple who arranged for her to have the baby.

More >> Surrogate mother who changed her mind must hand baby to gay couple, court rules

FOSTER PARENT CHARGED WITH SEX ACTS AGAINST CHILD



THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- The Davidson County Sheriff's Office has arrested a former foster parent after allegations surfaced that he sexually assaulted an 8-year-old child who was in his care.

According to a news release by DCSO, George Stephen Holtz, 72, of Thomasville, has been arrested and charged with sexual acts by a custodian and indecent liberties of a minor.

More >> FOSTER PARENT CHARGED WITH SEX ACTS AGAINST CHILD

Columbus foster girl found fatally shot in Atlanta listed as suspect in carjacking

Dennetta Franks, the 17-year-old Columbus foster girl found dead in Atlanta nearly two months ago, is listed as a suspect in an attempted carjacking along with two teens now being charged with her death.

The incident occurred on Sept. 19, which was 12 days after Franks ran away from a Holiday Inn Express at 7336 Bear Lane in Columbus. When she disappeared, she was under the 24/7 supervision of a guardian from Cedar Tree Children and Family Services, an organization responsible for juveniles awaiting placement into a home by the Department of Family and Children Services, according to police and DFCS officials.

More >> Columbus foster girl found fatally shot in Atlanta listed as suspect in carjacking

Russian Government Takes Children from Foster Mother Because of Breast Surgery

When Yulia Savinovskikh had a double mastectomy in July, she was aware of the likely physical side effects of the surgery. But she felt the procedure was worth it; after three pregnancies, her breasts were causing her pain and other health problems. What she wasn’t expecting – and the most painful of all – was the removal of two foster children from her care and their placement in an orphanage.

More >> Russian Government Takes Children from Foster Mother Because of Breast Surgery

Adoption Agency Hit With $11M Verdict in Child Abuse Lawsuit

An adoption agency that sent a 5-year-old girl to live with a couple who subjected her to sexual and physical abuse in their foster home has been hit with an $11 million verdict by a Philadelphia jury.

More >> Adoption Agency Hit With $11M Verdict in Child Abuse Lawsuit


Indian child Sherin Mathews' mother arrested for 'endangering' her



Less than a month after three-year-old Indian child Sherin Mathews was found dead in Dallas, officials have arrested her foster mother for leaving her alone the night she was reported missing.

More >> Indian child Sherin Mathews' mother arrested for 'endangering' her

Thursday, November 16, 2017

DCF Shooter Jody Herring Sentenced to Life Without Parole



A woman who murdered three relatives and a Department for Children and Families social worker was sentenced to life without parole Wednesday during an emotional hearing in Washington Superior Court.

Judge John Pacht said Jody Herring's August 2015 killing spree, triggered by the DCF's decision to take custody of her 9-year-old daughter, was the "hardest case" he'd seen in his 35-year legal career.

More >> DCF Shooter Jody Herring Sentenced to Life Without Parole

Siblings reunited after years of searching


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Admittedly, the search for her siblings had slowed somewhat. Twenty-three years before, Brandie Ramey’s family had been ripped apart, the children shuffled off into foster care and then adopted into different homes.

More >> Siblings reunited after years of searching

Foster care abuse victims will soon be eligible for compensation

The highest court in the United Kingdom has overturned a Court of Appeal decision, opening up the right to hold governments liable for the sexual and physical abuse of State wards in foster care.

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is the highest court for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

More >> Foster care abuse victims will soon be eligible for compensation

Kansas panel slams DCF over handling of foster children

Members of the Kansas Child Welfare Task Force met in Topeka on Tuesday, asking hard-hitting questions of how to improve the court's response to protecting abused and neglected children.

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Sherin Mathews’ sister to be removed from foster care to live with extended family



The four-year-old sister of Sherin Mathews, the Indian American girl found dead in a culvert last month, will be removed from foster care to live with extended family.

A family court judge in Dallas has ruled to move the child out of foster care, reported Dallas News. But, it is not clear which relative will have custody of the girl. So, the change won’t happen immediately, said Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales.

More >> Sherin Mathews’ sister to be removed from foster care to live with extended family

Ohio is only state where police are not required to report child abuse

Anyone who works with children -- including doctors, teachers, camp counselors and therapists -- is required by Ohio law to report suspected child abuse or neglect to either a children services agency or police.

More >> Ohio is only state where police are not required to report child abuse

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Judge sentences mother who shot the bitch who stole her kid



BARRE, Vt. — A judge has handed down his sentence for quadruple murderer Jody Herring.

Herring, 43, admitted to fatally shooting three of her family members and a social worker two years ago.

More >> Judge sentences quadruple murderer Jody Herring

Note: That's bullshit.  20 years for each of her family members and life without parole for killing a babystealer.  It should be the other way around.

Jody Herring's daughter back in police custody



Montpelier, Vt. - Jody Herring's daughter, Desiree is in police custody after she was located by law enforcement at the Cumberland Farms in Montpelier on November 14.

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Herring’s mother Jody is accused of killing Department for Children and Families social worker Lara Sobel, 48, of East Montpelier, on August 7, 2015. Herring is also accused of killing three relatives, Regina Herring, 43, Rhonda Herring, 48, and Julie Ann Falzarano, 73, who were found dead in a nearby Berlin home the day after Sobel was killed. Jody Herring is currently at her sentencing hearing at Vermont Superior Court in Barre.

Maine's Foster Care System Breached

(TNS) –– The Maine state government is notifying 2,100 Mainers who have received foster care benefits that their personal information was temporarily compromised.

The Maine Office of Information Technology said Monday that names, addresses and Social Security numbers of people involved with the Department of Health and Human Services’ foster care system, including children and their legal guardians, were posted on a third-party website and taken down when state officials noticed.

More >> Maine's Foster Care System Breached

FYI: I didn't do it.

Adopted children removed from home, 51 animals found in unsanitary living conditions



A Lubbock woman has been charged with child endangerment after 28 dogs, 20 cats, two chickens and a lizard were found living inside a home with her and three children between the ages of 14 and 9.

More >> Adopted children removed from home, 51 animals found in unsanitary living conditions

Metis '60s Scoop survivor files human rights complaint

The Government of Canada discriminated against Metis survivors of the ’60s Scoop when it left them out of an $800 million settlement agreement, a Saskatchewan man argues in a complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

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New study examines value of routine laboratory screenings for children entering foster care

CINCINNATI -- Routine laboratory screening recommended for children entering foster care carries high costs and questionable medical benefits.

A new study, published online in Pediatrics, suggests that targeted screening may be a more clinically meaningful approach and reduce costs.

More >> New study examines value of routine laboratory screenings for children entering foster care

Kansas DCF grilled about “document shredding” by lawmakers

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Kansas Department for Children and Families struggled to answer questions at the statehouse Tuesday about reports that DCF employees are being asked to shred documents.

More >> Kansas DCF grilled about “document shredding” by lawmakers

DCF: No link between welfare reform, rising foster care numbers; researchers say otherwise

TOPEKA — Kansas child welfare officials said Tuesday that they can find no link between the rising number of children in foster care and recently enacted laws that make it harder for people to qualify for welfare benefits.

More >> DCF: No link between welfare reform, rising foster care numbers; researchers say otherwise

KIDS FEAR THEY WILL NOW BE SENT TO FARAWAY SCHOOLS

The state government's recent decision cancelling the licences of 214 aided orphanages in Maharashtra, three of them in the city, has put the education of the children staying there in jeopardy.

The children currently housed in these orphanages either go to school in the vicinity of these orphanages, or attend schools run by the same organisation.

More >> KIDS FEAR THEY WILL NOW BE SENT TO FARAWAY SCHOOLS

Patchwork services fail youth aging out of foster care, national survey concludes

The 22,400 children who turn 18 and age out of state foster care systems across the country annually without a permanent family face grim prospects: Within two years, about one in four wind up incarcerated, one in five become homeless, four in 10 drop out of high school and 71 percent become parents by age 21.

More >> Patchwork services fail youth aging out of foster care, national survey concludes

1 in 5 Youth Age Out Of Foster Care in VA Without Adult Connection, Study Finds

A new national report released today (11/14) shows that more Virginia youth are aging out of foster care without permanent homes than most other states across the country.

20% of the Commonwealth’s youth aged out of foster care on their own in 2014, more than double the national average.

More >> 1 in 5 Youth Age Out Of Foster Care in VA Without Adult Connection, Study Finds

Lawmakers call for major reform in Kansas after Star series on state’s culture of secrecy

Kansas lawmakers from across the political spectrum said they will push to fix the state’s culture of secrecy in the wake of a Kansas City Star series that highlights stunning levels of opacity in state and local government.

More >> Lawmakers call for major reform in Kansas after Star series on state’s culture of secrecy

Two Kansas judges bring gavel down on DCF, contractors’ handling of foster children

A pair of Kansas judges peppered a legislative task force Tuesday with concerns about staffing, bureaucratic and communication shortcomings of state government and private contractors responsible for care of children subjected to abuse or neglect.

More >> Two Kansas judges bring gavel down on DCF, contractors’ handling of foster children

Man taken into custody after threatening caseworker with knife

SHAMOKIN — A man wielding a bread knife had to be subdued by police using force when a Children and Youth caseworker decided to remove his child from his home.

Patrolman Shane Mowery said the child’s grandfather had received a call from her Tuesday afternoon. The girl was crying and told her grandfather she needed to get out, so he went to 25 W. Independence St., Apt. 304, police said.

More >> Man taken into custody after threatening caseworker with knife

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Coroner releases preliminary autopsy report on man fatally shot by BR police officer during struggle

The cop was aiding and abetting a CPS Agent.

Troopers with Louisiana State Police are investigating a deadly shooting by a Baton Rouge police officer during a struggle Monday evening, as they worked fast to put to rest a social media rumor that was only making matters worse.

More >> Coroner releases preliminary autopsy report on man fatally shot by BR police officer during struggle

Neighbors blame DCF for death of 3-year-old Okaloosa County girl

WEAR is learning more about the family and the death of three-year-old Adelynn Merrell in eastern Okaloosa County.

More >> Neighbors blame DCF for death of 3-year-old Okaloosa County girl

Girl rescued from horrific conditions awarded $4 million settlement from state

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. (KOMO) - A young girl rescued from horrific conditions will now receive $4 million from the state. The Department of Social and Health Services settled a lawsuit today, after the girl's family accused the agency of ignoring repeated warnings about her health and safety.

Cheyene Lewis was living in squalor in a house that was stomach turning. Police search warrant video shows buckets of what appears to be excrement. Officers walking through the home recorded filthy conditions with sopping wet carpet and no heat.

More >> Girl rescued from horrific conditions awarded $4 million settlement from state

SKIN AND BONES Cruel foster mum ‘starved orphan boy, 11, for eight years so she could spend sickness benefits on luxuries’



A WICKED foster mother faces ten years behind bars after allegedly starving and “torturing” a little orphan boy so she could claim sickness benefits.

Lyubov Korotkova, from Magadan in east Russia, is accused of "extra cruelty, humiliation and torture" after depriving the lad, 11, of food and drugging him for eight years.

More >> SKIN AND BONES Cruel foster mum ‘starved orphan boy, 11, for eight years so she could spend sickness benefits on luxuries’

15-year-old girl to be removed from foster family over Gülen links

A 15-year-old girl, identified only by her given name Sevgi, has been ordered to be separated from her foster family as her adoptive father has been briefly arrested over alleged ties to the Gulen movement.

Adopted when she was only 5 years old, Sevgi now faces going back to the Gumushane orphanage she left 10 years ago.

More >> 15-year-old girl to be removed from foster family over Gülen links

Foster Parent Court Case Could Be a First for Iceland

Freyja Haraldsdóttir, former substitute MP for Bright Future, has filed a case against the Government Agency for Child Protection (Barnaverndarstofa or BVS) in response to their denial of her application to become a foster parent, mbl.is reports. Freyja, who is physically disabled, claims her application was not handled in the same way as those of non-disabled applicants, and the case is brought forth on those grounds.

More >> Foster Parent Court Case Could Be a First for Iceland

Sherin Mathews' 4-year-old sister may soon leave foster care

Houston, Nov 14 A family court judge in Dallas has ruled that the 4-year-old sister of Sherin Mathews, the Indian toddler found dead in a culvert in Texas last month, will soon leave foster care to live with extended family, according to media reports today.

US Child Protective Services officials had removed the girl after Sherin, 3, was reported missing October 7 by her Indian-American adoptive father Wesley Mathews.

More >> Sherin Mathews' 4-year-old sister may soon leave foster care



Seven weeks after breach, state tells 2,100 foster parents that personal data went online

The names, addresses and Social Security numbers of roughly 2,100 Mainers who receive foster care benefits were accidentally posted to a public website in September, the Maine Office of Information Technology said Monday.

The office “has begun notifying approximately 2,100 individuals of a recent incident that may have resulted in a temporary exposure of their personal information,” the agency said in a written statement.

More >> Seven weeks after breach, state tells 2,100 foster parents that personal data went online

‘Secrecy is killing children’: Kansas child welfare system refuses to unseal records on abused, deceased kids: Report



Kansas police say that since 2014, at least 81 children who were supposed to be monitored by the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) died from abuse and neglect. The public is now fighting back in record numbers and demanding a change to help stop further preventable deaths, according to The Kansas City Star.

More >> ‘Secrecy is killing children’: Kansas child welfare system refuses to unseal records on abused, deceased kids: Report

Murder warrants issued in death of Columbus foster girl who disappeared from hotel

Atlanta police have secured warrants for two suspects in the murder case of 17-year-old Dennetta Franks, a foster care girl who was found fatally shot in Atlanta after running away from a hotel in Columbus two months ago.

The warrants are for Wayne Bailey, 19, of Newnan, and Eddie Byrd, 18, of Atlanta, both of whom are currently in custody in Dekalb County on charges for a separate incident, according to Officer Lisa Bender, a public affairs officer in the Atlanta Police Department.

More >> Murder warrants issued in death of Columbus foster girl who disappeared from hotel

Kansas child welfare agency described as overly secretive

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The state agency in Kansas charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect instead works to hide how it operates to protect its reputation, legislators, former employees and family members say.

More >> Kansas child welfare agency described as overly secretive

Locking up ‘teenage thugs’ is a sign of failure

Time to lock up teen thugs.” That’s how one newspaper summed up the views of the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, after she called for “harsher and more effective” prison sentences for young criminals. Too many were “simply not fearful of how the state will respond to their actions”, Dick said in a speech to the Howard League for Penal Reform. One 16-year-old with 42 convictions had not spent a single day behind bars.

More >> Locking up ‘teenage thugs’ is a sign of failure

Monday, November 13, 2017

Revealed: The evangelical North Carolina church that 'kidnapped children with the help of a social worker insider and brainwashed them through years of abuse'

A secretive church congregation in North Carolina has used money, influence and lies to rip more than two dozen children from their parents and take them in as their own, an investigation has revealed.

Once the children were inside the Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina, the evangelical church physically and verbally abused them for years, former congregation members claim.

More >> Revealed: The evangelical North Carolina church that 'kidnapped children with the help of a social worker insider and brainwashed them through years of abuse'

Birth grandmother who tried and failed to adopt little Elsie Scully-Hicks before she was murdered by her adoptive father says her killer should be HANGED



The adoptive father of tragic 18-month-old Elsie Scully-Hicks should be hanged for his crime, the girl's biological grandmother has said.

Sian O'Brien said that Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, got off 'quite lightly' when he was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years in prison for murdering Elsie just two weeks after formally adopting her.


More >> Birth grandmother who tried and failed to adopt little Elsie Scully-Hicks before she was murdered by her adoptive father says her killer should be HANGED

Nashville teacher sexual misconduct case riddled with school, police errors

Nashville school officials failed to tell child welfare investigators that they suspected a female high school teacher had engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, possibly for months.

Instead, the teacher was allowed to resign on April 21, 2016 – four days after then-Maplewood High School principal Ron Woodard reportedly told the girl's parents of the alleged behavior.

More >> Nashville teacher sexual misconduct case riddled with school, police errors

Michigan tests if more cash will help foster kids find safe homes faster

LANSING – Michigan's child welfare agency is testing whether an early infusion of cash will help abused and neglected children find safe homes more quickly. 

Throughout the state, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services pays foster care organizations $46.20 per day for every child in their care, and keeps paying them until the child is either returned home or adopted. Those checks typically go out every two weeks.


More >> Michigan tests if more cash will help foster kids find safe homes faster

LAWMAKER ATTACKS HOMESCHOOLING AS 'CHILD ABUSE'

About five years ago, lawmakers in New Hampshire approved a series of changes to improve their citizens’ access to homeschooling, but they now appear to be preparing to roll back those improvements.

More >> LAWMAKER ATTACKS HOMESCHOOLING AS 'CHILD ABUSE'

Advocates worry that attempt to remove adoption credit could resurface in GOP tax plan

WASHINGTON — When Sara Horner adopted her son, Rylan, in 2013, her husband, Justin, had just left his career as a college track coach to start a real estate career.

More >> Advocates worry that attempt to remove adoption credit could resurface in GOP tax plan

Sherin Mathews' parents return to court for biological child



The parents of Sherin Mathews are set to return to back to court Monday morning for the custody of their biological 4-year-old daughter.

Wesley and Sini Mathews appeared in court Oct. 23 for their first hearing but it was pushed back to Nov. 13 so Wesley could hire a civil attorney.

More >> Sherin Mathews' parents return to court for biological child

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Baby P detective sues ‘bully’ police after exposing child abuse and corruption



John Wedger said he was forced into early retirement from the Metropolitan Police after suffering a breakdown last year brought on by post traumatic stress disorder. 

The former detective constable has begun a civil claim against Scotland Yard seeking damages for psychiatric injury arising from work-related stress. 

More >> Baby P detective sues ‘bully’ police after exposing child abuse and corruption

Arizona's foster care boards don't look like their communities. Here's why that matters

Experts have long recognized inequalities in America's child-welfare system: When kids share identical circumstances except for race, black and Native American children enter foster care more often, spend more time in the system and wait longer to be adopted.

More >> Arizona's foster care boards don't look like their communities. Here's why that matters

Foster care system in dire straits, lawmakers concede, but don't count on needed money

FRANKFORT, Ky. — More money, more social workers and better pay.

That sums up what a 100-page report presented to lawmakers Thursday found is needed to shore up Kentucky's embattled social service system, burdened with an ever-increasing number of abused or neglected children coming into state care as social workers struggle to keep up.

More >> Foster care system in dire straits, lawmakers concede, but don't count on needed money

Police: Luzerne County Children and Youth employee assaulted

NOXEN TWP. — A teenager is accused of biting and shoving a Luzerne County Children and Youth employee during an incident in Wyoming County.

The teen also ripped the door handle off the employee’s vehicle, according to troopers.

The alleged victim was not identified in a report from State Police. It listed her only as a 39-year-old.

More >> Police: Luzerne County Children and Youth employee assaulted

Secrecy inside child welfare system can kill: ‘God help the children of Kansas’

Clint Blansett’s 10-year-old son had been dead just a few days when a social worker from the state knocked on the family’s door in south-central Kansas.

She wasn’t there to offer condolences after Caleb’s death or ask about his sister, Blansett said.

More >> Secrecy inside child welfare system can kill: ‘God help the children of Kansas’

Being Adopted and Inept Parenting: A Lethal Combination

Adoption speak in my house was forbidden.

I was adopted at three months, as was my brother. He was two years older than me. I have always known I was adopted but I had no real concept of what it meant.

The only thing I remember is ‘I’m not their child’ -- that in fact, their child died.

More >> Being Adopted and Inept Parenting: A Lethal Combination

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Teen murders his foster family, including 10-year-old sister: Police



An Oregon teen is accused of shooting and killing his foster mother and his two sisters in Portland.

KRON 4 reports that the 16-year-old boy, Kevin Adams, is in police custody after surrendering at the scene of the killing on Tuesday night.

More >> Teen murders his foster family, including 10-year-old sister: Police

Teen Charged With Killing Gay Adoptive Dad So He Could Join Biological Dad In Jail

An Indianapolis teen was arrested last week in connection to a house fire that left his adoptive father Jason Doan, 45, dead, ABC affiliate RTV6 reports.

Charged as an adult, Jordan Marin-Doan, 16, pleaded not guilty to the charges of arson and murder.
More >> Teen Charged With Killing Gay Adoptive Dad So He Could Join Biological Dad In Jail

State finds violations at Davis County adoption agency

(KUTV) The Department of Human Services has placed Heart and Soul Adoption, Inc. of Centerville on a conditional license after finding violations that include over-charging adoptive parents.


More >> State finds violations at Davis County adoption agency

SAPD: Teen foster child says 58-year-old man groped him, applied to be his foster parent



Authorities on Thursday jailed a 58-year-old man after a 16-year-old foster child he had befriended told Child Protective Services the man had groped him, court records say.

Daniel Berckmoes, who was reportedly living with a different 17-year-old foster child at the time of his arrest, was charged with indecent child contact. He was booked into the Bexar County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

More >> SAPD: Teen foster child says 58-year-old man groped him, applied to be his foster parent

Friday, November 10, 2017

Adoption tax credit restored to GOP proposal after outcry

Washington D.C., Nov 9, 2017 / 04:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Republican leaders have restored the adoption tax credit to their federal tax proposal, after a week of criticism over the credit’s omission from the original House plan.

On Thursday, it was announced that the adoption tax credit is included in the Senate version of the tax plan, and has been restored to the House version, where it had originally been left out.

More >> Adoption tax credit restored to GOP proposal after outcry

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Kentucky Foster Care Case

OUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a case involving a growing number of Kentucky relatives providing free foster care for children.

The result is that Kentucky must begin paying those relatives the same as they do licensed foster families, news outlets report.

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Kansas lawmakers question impact of welfare reduction: Is it putting more kids in foster care?

TOPEKA — Some Kansas lawmakers began questioning the impact of welfare policy changes enacted under the Brownback administration after new numbers were released Wednesday from the Department for Children and Families showing an estimated 43,715 people have become ineligible for cash assistance under those policies.

Those numbers were released during a meeting of the joint Legislative Budget Committee, which was being briefed Wednesday on the new consensus revenue estimates, along with new estimates about the cost of social services such as Medicaid, foster care and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, more commonly known as "cash assistance."

More >> Kansas lawmakers question impact of welfare reduction: Is it putting more kids in foster care?

Adoption advocate reacts to teen charged with murdering foster mother, sister

EUGENE, Ore. - The news of a triple homicide shocked Oregon.

Then we learned more about the case: A 16-year-old boy arrested and charged with the murders of his foster mother and sister - and his own sister.

More >> Adoption advocate reacts to teen charged with murdering foster mother, sister

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Low pay, high number of caseloads and turnover haunt Kentucky's foster care system

More than 11,000 children were in the Kentucky out-of-home care system at some time during 2016, a 15.4 percent increase since 2012.

Members of the Program Review and Investigations Committee were learning on Thursday some of the problems within the system.

More >> Low pay, high number of caseloads and turnover haunt Kentucky's foster care system

Ontario Children's Aid Societies faltering to collect race data

Plans to collect race data on Ontario’s children in care appear to be faltering, according to a new report.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission highlighted the problem in their recent annual report, noting Children's Aid Societies in Ontario have failed to prioritize the collection of data based on race.

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A foster parent talks about the importance of documentation

Of course in her case if she screws up the paperwork, she doesn't get paid.

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How much does it cost to adopt a child in Canada?

When Heidi Pritchard Payne brought home her son from South Africa nine years ago, people shocked her with one question repeatedly: how much did you pay for the child?

Pritchard Payne, who now works with Adopt4Life , an organization for adoptive parents in Ontario, says that while adopting internationally was costly, it should never be thought of as “paying for a child.”

“You’re not paying for the child, you’re paying for the process,” says Pritchard Payne. “It’s a big commitment, if that’s the route you want to go.”

More >> How much does it cost to adopt a child in Canada?

Better oversight needed for Tusla and foster care companies, report recommends

Better oversight of Túsla and private foster care companies, beefing up HIQA's powers and a national emergency out of hours service.

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Foster parents kept away by a system where kids are not yet at its heart



Social worker Daniella Zerafa says before children are taken out of home care, the biological family are given multiple chances to remedy the domestic situation. When a decision is reached, 'the child would have suffered significantly'

More >> Foster parents kept away by a system where kids are not yet at its heart

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Indian Child Welfare Act

In the case between S.S. v Colorado River Indian Tribes, the U.S. Supreme Court recently denied a petition for certiorari filed by the Goldwater Institute.

The petition alleges the Indian Child Welfare Act, a federal law that established standards for the placement of Native American children in foster and adoptive homes, is unconstitutional.

Due to the Supreme Court’s denial of the petition, the decision from the Arizona Court of Appeals upholding the ICWA will stand.

More >> U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Indian Child Welfare Act

Sexually-abused girl dismissed as 'stroppy' among shocking stories of Sunderland children failed by the system revealed in serious case reviews

A schoolboy sectioned after years of drugs misuse, a sexually abused, self-harming teenage girl described as "stroppy" and a large group of youngsters removed from their parents for "chronic neglect" These shocking stories involving Sunderland children who were failed by the system can be revealed today.

Read more at: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/our-region/sunderland/sexually-abused-girl-dismissed-as-stroppy-among-shocking-stories-of-sunderland-children-failed-by-the-system-revealed-in-serious-case-reviews-1-8847562

More >> Sexually-abused girl dismissed as 'stroppy' among shocking stories of Sunderland children failed by the system revealed in serious case reviews

Oregon boy charged in killings of foster mother, 2 others



PORTLAND, Ore. –  A 16-year-old boy shot and killed his foster mother and two siblings at a home in southwest Oregon, authorities said Wednesday.

The boy surrendered to deputies without incident Tuesday night and was booked into a juvenile detention facility on charges of aggravated murder. He was being held without bail.

More >> Oregon boy charged in killings of foster mother, 2 others


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Florida parents bury newborn who died in foster care




PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The death of a newborn infant in Pasco foster care named Kwon McGee is now the focus of two investigations and agonizing questions by his Pinellas County birth parents.

More >> Florida parents bury newborn who died in foster care


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