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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Oregon child welfare agency headed to trial over boy's death

SALEM, ORE. — Oregon's child welfare agency is headed to trial later this year in a lawsuit seeking millions in damages for the death of a 2-year-old who died in the care of his stepfather.

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Police probing death of baby who died in foster care at West Philly home

WEST PHILADELPHIA (AP/WTXF) - Authorities are investigating the death of a 3-month-old girl who was found unresponsive while in bed with her foster mother at a West Philadelphia home.

Officials say the baby was sleeping with the woman and her boyfriend when she was found unresponsive around 6 a.m. Saturday. The infant was transported to the hospital from the 5900 block of Haverford Avenue but was pronounced dead a short time later.

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Radcliff foster parent charged with murder in death of 4-year-old



A little more than two months after three children were removed from the Ca­ney­ville home of Ryan and April Payton in March 2017, the youngest of the children — age 4 — died from a head injury while in foster care at a Radcliff home.

On Thursday night, the man police believe is responsible for the May 10 death of Hunter Payton was arrested and charged with murder.

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Foster mom describes the days leading up to baby's death

Sunday, December 31st: a 911 operator picks up this panicked call from Belen.

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For the first time, the Michigan Auditor General sues administration to access records

LANSING – In what could be a first for the state, legislative auditors have asked a judge to declare that they can access confidential records in their efforts to hold the administration accountable.

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Sherin Mathews' father indicted on capital murder charge



The father of Sherin Mathews, a 3- year-old Indian girl whose body was found near their suburban Dallas home less than a year after she was adopted from an Indian orphanage, was today indicted for capital murder by a grand jury.

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Judge: Oregon couple with lower IQs can parent their 2 kids

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has reunited an Oregon family despite concerns by the state that the parents are intellectually incapable of caring for their children.

Deschutes County Judge Bethany Flint determined Thursday that there wasn't enough evidence to show Amy Fabbrini and Eric Ziegler couldn't safely parent, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported .

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Abused, Adopted and Abandoned Again, Foster Child Finds His Way

Charles Louis, now 24, says he is just starting to cut through confusion caused by abuse he faced as a young child, abandonment into foster care and grief when first his biological father and then his foster father died one year apart.

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Mom Makes Joke About Selling Son For $12, Gets Investigated By CPS



A proud mother found herself under investigation for human trafficking for joking about her three-year-old son on Twitter.

“This time last week, I was the subject of a human-trafficking investigation,” Magnolia State Live writer Alex McDaniel wrote in October.

More >> Mom Makes Joke About Selling Son For $12, Gets Investigated By CPS

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Man charged with murder in foster child's death



RADCLIFF, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Radcliff police have arrested a foster parent more than eight months after a four-year-old boy in his care died.

On May 8, the boy was taken to Norton Children's hospital unconscious, and not breathing. He was accompanied by his foster parent, Bill Embry. The child died two days later.

More >> Man charged with murder in foster child's death

Indiana child welfare chief resigns, says governor's policies 'all but ensure children will die'

INDIANAPOLIS — The head of Indiana's child welfare agency told the governor in a scathing letter that she is quitting because his administration cut services and made changes to her agency that has made it impossible to adequately protect the state's most vulnerable kids.

Mary Beth Bonaventura, who's stepping down Dec. 27 after five years as director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, warned in last week's resignation letter to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb that a continuation of his administration's policies will "all but ensure children will die."

More >> Indiana child welfare chief resigns, says governor's policies 'all but ensure children will die'

Bill proposes court OK CHINS removal from foster care

A bill pending before an Indiana Senate committee would place additional requirements on the Department of Child Services before removing a child from long-term foster care, though DCS representatives object to the bill on the basis of court caseloads and child safety.

The Senate Family and Children Services Committee heard Senate Bill 128 on Thursday, when its author, Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, told committee members he has heard several horror stories of children being removed from foster care without notice or explanation. Often, the lack of explanation is a result of DCS confidentiality requirements, Head said, but foster parents are frustrated when those requirements keep them in the dark.

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Ex-foster child in court for murder

A Soweto woman accused of killing her foster mother appeared disoriented in court yesterday.

Nomvula Ramonotsi, 36, was unresponsive during the short proceedings at the Protea Glen Magistrate's Court yesterday. Ramonotsi will know next week whether she will be granted bail.

More >> Ex-foster child in court for murder

Foster parents’ son sexually assaulted teenager, possibly others, deputies say



The biological son of two foster parents is facing charges after deputies say he raped a teenager in late December, and sexually assaulted at least one other foster child in the past, at a southwest Albuquerque foster home, according to a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

More >> Foster parents’ son sexually assaulted teenager, possibly others, deputies say

Judge determines couple with low IQs can parent both their boys

Four years after their son was first placed into foster care, a Deschutes County judge has determined that Amy Fabbrini and Eric Ziegler can parent both their boys.

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AMAZING UPDATE! Man finds his daughter 39 years after her adoption

"I'm trying to find my daughter," Miller said. "I can't... I'm sorry, this is very hard for me."

More >> AMAZING UPDATE! Man finds his daughter 39 years after her adoption

Foster care system “failed” child refugee

After finishing a prison sentence for crimes he committed as a young adult, Abdoul Abdi hoped to be released last week to a halfway house in Toronto and on his way to being home with family. Instead, he was re-arrested by Canadian border officials and thrown into immigration detention.

More >> Foster care system “failed” child refugee

Man who spanked child calls Child Protective Services to report his own abuse



ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — A Kentucky man called Child Protective Services to turn himself in after he spanked a 3-year-old so hard he caused bruises, WDRB reports.

Derek Thompson, 32, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is charged with third-degree criminal abuse of a child.

More >> Man who spanked child calls Child Protective Services to report his own abuse

A man charged with raping one of his foster children has been granted lower bond



A lower bond has been set for a Bradenton man who was a foster parent for more than a decade and is charged with raping one of the girls in his care.

Albert Ferrell, 65, is charged with sexual battery of a child older than 12 years old and younger than 18 by a person in custodial authority and battery on a law enforcement officer.


More >> A man charged with raping one of his foster children has been granted lower bond

Friday, January 12, 2018

Timeline of events leading up to foster baby's death

On New Year's Eve morning, 11-month-old Ariza Barreras was found dead at a home she was staying in, while her foster parent was out of town.

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Seven police officers turned up to tear Gina’s baby from her arms – even though she’d done nothing wrong: It took 5 months to get him back and other mums have been falsely accused for the same reason

For any devoted mother with a baby who suffers from colic, it’s a familiar ritual. After every feed, Gina Hodgkins would sit her newborn son Teddy on her lap to rub his back and release any trapped wind causing him discomfort.

She supported his floppy head by gripping him under his chin, with her finger and thumb resting on his cheeks.

More >> Seven police officers turned up to tear Gina’s baby from her arms – even though she’d done nothing wrong: It took 5 months to get him back and other mums have been falsely accused for the same reason

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ethiopia's lawmakers approve ban on foreign adoptions

Ethiopian lawmakers have approved a ban on foreign adoptions amid concerns about mistreatment of children overseas.

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Jefferson County caseworker admits falsifying child abuse records



A former Jefferson County Human Services caseworker fabricated records in a dozen child abuse and neglect cases claiming she investigated the cases when she had not, authorities say.

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Foster parent's license in the process of being revoked after baby's death

The Children, Youth and Families Department is in the process of revoking a foster mom's license after a baby dies.

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Lawyer says system puts some Canadian foster kids at risk of deportation

One youth lawyer is calling foul on a federal system she believes is putting some Canadian foster children unfairly at risk of deportation once they turn 18.

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Kansas Foster Care Fix-It Panel Still Looking For Repairs

A task force formed to fix Kansas’ troubled foster care system relied largely on the ideas of a lone member to meet a deadline for preliminary suggestions, reflecting the daunting nature of its job and some troubles within the panel.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Woman charged in foster baby's death released from jail

The woman accused of child abuse in the death of an 11-month-old girl has been released from jail. Stephanie Crownover left the Valencia County Magistrate Courthouse Tuesday emotional, after spending the past week in jail facing child abuse charges.

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'They're going to think I bashed him': Woman's panicked 000 phone call after finding her bruised 20-month-old foster baby dead - as she faces court charged with his murder

A foster mother's panicked triple-zero call after a baby in her care was found dead has been revealed - as she told operators police will 'think I bashed the child'.

The woman, 40, has been charged with murder after a 20-month-old foster baby in her care was found dead in a bed with a broken leg and badly bruised face.

More >> 'They're going to think I bashed him': Woman's panicked 000 phone call after finding her bruised 20-month-old foster baby dead - as she faces court charged with his murder

Lawsuit alleging Missouri's foster kids drug prescriptions are unconstitutional proceeds

Claims that Missouri has historically and unconstitutionally failed foster children by prescribing psychotropic drugs are surviving challenges in federal court.

In a St. Louis University School of Law news release, a group of plaintiffs behind a federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of "all minor children who are or will be in Missouri foster care" are hailing a federal court judge's decision to preserve some of their claims, while dismissing others.

More >> Lawsuit alleging Missouri's foster kids drug prescriptions are unconstitutional proceeds

Oregon's child welfare agency is headed to trial over 2-year-old's death

SALEM – Oregon's child welfare agency is headed to trial later this year in a lawsuit seeking millions in damages for the death of a 2-year-old who died in the care of his stepfather.

On Monday, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Donald Abar ruled the lawsuit could proceed, despite objections from lawyers for the Department of Human Services and cities of Monmouth and Dallas.

More >> Oregon's child welfare agency is headed to trial over 2-year-old's death

Budget crisis could disrupt 'fragile' improvements in child welfare, monitors of DHS plan say

Noticeable progress within the child welfare division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services has been made, but it’s far from a permanent change in the system or culture.

On Tuesday, the monitors of the Pinnacle Plan released their bi-annual report of the agency’s reform effort, which launched in 2012 after a negotiated settlement in a federal class-action lawsuit that alleged abuses in foster care.

More >> Budget crisis could disrupt 'fragile' improvements in child welfare, monitors of DHS plan say

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Australia's child protection system is ripping families apart

Child protection and family services should focus on assisting vulnerable families as opposed to removing children, says Gerry Georgatos.

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New trial date for Gary woman accused of smothering foster child

CROWN POINT — A woman accused of smothering her 1-year-old foster child was granted a new trial date as attorneys continue to review evidence in the case.

The request to reschedule a Feb. 5 trial for Jamilia S. Hodge was made at a court hearing Monday by her defense attorney, T. Edward Page.

More >> New trial date for Gary woman accused of smothering foster child

Foster mother accused of killing baby denied bail

She sobbed as the horrific murder allegations against her were read out.

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Kids-for-cash judge has some convictions tossed




A federal judge Monday reversed some of disgraced former Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr.’s convictions, finding that his trial attorneys’ failure to pursue a statute of limitations defense “may have altered the outcome” of his trial.

Ciavarella, 67, was convicted of 12 of 39 charges for accepting kickbacks in exchange for funneling juvenile defendants to detention centers built by wealthy developer Robert K. Mericle’s construction firm and operated by companies controlled by former local attorney Robert Powell.

He was seeking reversal on some of those counts, arguing his trial attorneys were ineffective for failing to raise statute of limitations claims before the jury.

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More >> I'm sorry, but this guy should be beaten in a jail cell. 

Kansas Child Welfare Wants More Money So Children Can Sleep In Homes Instead Of Offices

Kansas’ troubled child welfare agency asked lawmakers Monday for money to solve mounting problems -- foster kids sleeping on offices, children lost in the system, and a skyrocketing caseload.

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Rhode Island OKs settlement over child welfare system

Rhode Island has agreed to settle a long-running class-action lawsuit that alleges systemic abuse and neglect of the nearly 2,000 children living in state custody.

State officials and the nonprofit advocacy group Children's Rights on Monday announced the settlement of the lawsuit first filed in 2007.

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Missing Little Elm Teen Located: Police

A 15-year-old girl reported missing from Little Elm was found safe Monday with her parent who does not have parental rights.

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Utah May Legalize Free-Range Parenting

The Utah State Legislature is reviewing a bill that would decriminalize the actions of responsible parents who let their kids walk or play outside.

If the lawmakers pass SB65, parents who want to give their kids a smidge of childhood freedom won't have to worry about a knock on the door from cops or child protective service workers second-guessing the decision to send their kids outside without a security detail.

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New DCF leader pledges to let Kansans ‘hear the rest of the story’ on child deaths

The new leader of Kansas’ child welfare system said Monday that her administration will propose a legislative change so more information is released after a child’s death or serious injury.

Gina Meier-Hummel, secretary of the Department for Children and Families, said her administration is working with attorneys on what wording needs to change in the current law to allow for additional transparency.

More >> New DCF leader pledges to let Kansans ‘hear the rest of the story’ on child deaths

Foster mother charged in baby’s death frantically asks for help

It’s a heartbreaking case, involving the death of an 11-month-old baby in foster care.

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House Speaker: Something Systematically Wrong With Indiana Dept. Of Child Services

Indiana lawmakers want to know why there are so many kids in state care, especially compared to some of our neighbors.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) last week was one of many lawmakers who said there is something wrong with how Indiana manages its foster care system.

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Does anybody want a kid?





Maddoxx is a special boy with special needs. He thrives in the classroom and communicates with the help of an iPad. He wants to fit in with other 4th graders his age... and works hard in and out of school.

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When foster care comes to an end, perhaps too early?


Many Australians will enjoy the Christmas-New Year period with close family and friends, but that is not an option for everyone. Foster children often find their "family life" comes to an abrupt end when they turn 18 years old. Welfare groups say the system needs to change so young people can transition gradually from care to adult life.

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Sixties Scoop apology will go a long way, but more action needed: Chief

One Alberta Indigenous leader is hoping the province goes beyond its Sixties Scoop apology and builds a long-term action plan for healing.

Papaschase Chief Calvin Bruneau said the Alberta government’s consultation with Indigenous communities needs to be continuous and long-term.

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Suspect in foster baby's death to appear in court Tuesday



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Belen woman who police say is responsible for an 11-month-old foster baby's death will be in court on Tuesday.

Stephanie Crownover, 55, is being charged with child abuse resulting in death. She was taking care of three foster children, including the young baby, at her home.

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Sherin Mathews Latest News: India Suspends US Adoption Agency Over Negligence

The Indian government suspended an American adoption agency for “negligence” in its assessment of adoptive parents of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews, who died of “homicidal violence” last year. The young girl, whose body was found in October 2017, chocked to death after her foster father "physically assisted" her with drinking milk.

India's Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said Sunday the decision was taken to suspend the authorized foreign adoption agency, Holt International. She also said the government has written to the Indian Embassy in the United States, the Central Authority, which is the nodal body for adoptions in the U.S., and Holt International, informing them about the decision, according to local reports.

More >> Sherin Mathews Latest News: India Suspends US Adoption Agency Over Negligence





San Antonio Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Five Foster Children; Took In 180+ Girls



"It's not a question about whether there are more," said Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown. "It's just about how many."

 A Medina County man accused of sexually assaulting five former foster children, including several in Bexar County, took in more than 180 young girls over a five year period, officials said.

More >> San Antonio Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Five Foster Children; Took In 180+ Girls

Gold-toothed foster parent 'who carried out 900 rapes and sexual assaults against girls aged 13 or under' is accused of being Russia's worst paedophile in history



A gold-toothed Russian foster father has been accused of more than 900 counts of rape and violent sexual acts, mostly against girls aged 13 or under in his care.

Viktor Lishavsky, 37, abused five schoolgirls for whom he was the legal guardian, treating them as his 'personal harem' and 'sexual slaves', it is alleged.

More >> Gold-toothed foster parent 'who carried out 900 rapes and sexual assaults against girls aged 13 or under' is accused of being Russia's worst paedophile in history

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Hawaii Gov. Ige Seeks Pay Raises for Foster Parents

HONOLULU (AP) — A legal battle over how much families are paid to care for foster children could cost Hawaii millions of dollars, state officials said.

A 2013 class-action lawsuit accused the state of violating requirements of the federal Child Welfare Act, which mandates that foster-care payments be sufficient to cover the cost of providing for a child's basic needs, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported .

More >> Hawaii Gov. Ige Seeks Pay Raises for Foster Parents

'There's something wrong': Lawmakers express concern over number of kids in DCS system

Indiana has more children in its child welfare system than any surrounding state — including those with nearly twice Indiana’s overall population.

Republican legislative leaders in Indiana said the higher number of Hoosier children in care indicates the Indiana Department of Child Services has problems that go beyond funding.

More >> 'There's something wrong': Lawmakers express concern over number of kids in DCS system

Richard Wexler: Child welfare has a foster care addiction

ALEXANDRIA, VA.: If only the member agencies of the Public Children Services Association of Ohio were as good at actually helping children as they are at fear-mongering. Then, Ohio would have the finest child welfare systems in America.

More >> Richard Wexler: Child welfare has a foster care addiction

Lee County Sheriff’s Office said woman wanted in foster child’s murder



The Lee County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a woman wanted for the murder of a 4-year-old Lee County child.

Warrants have been issued for Leshia Michelle Green, 50, charging her with the murder of her 4-year-old  foster son who died in Lee County last September.

More >> Lee County Sheriff’s Office said woman wanted in foster child’s murder

Freezing temperatures blamed for leaving foster kids without place to eat

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Dozens of local foster kids are without a real place to eat.

The dining hall at the Boys and Girls Haven on Goldsmith Lane is now shut down, with months of repairs ahead.

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More evidence that a California county’s foster-care panic is backfiring

Latest data show, again, that children are less safe since the panic began

More >> More evidence that a California county’s foster-care panic is backfiring

SC seeks data from states on orphanages, adoptions

NEW DELHI: Upset over stalling of inquiry by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) into alleged trafficking of orphaned children in West Bengal, the Supreme Court on Thursday decided to take acountry-wide stock of management of orphanages, adoption process and facilities given to such children.


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Adopted Russian teen, who murdered his American Airlines pilot father and mother in Texas before a 12-hour SWAT standoff, was 'brutally disciplined, forced to sleep on a concrete floor, starved and tortured'



An adopted Russian teen accused of murdering his American pilot father and mother, was brutally disciplined, forced to sleep on concrete floor, starved and tortured, according to court documents.

Carl Edward Brewer, 18, is accused of murdering American Airlines pilot Troy Gene Brewer, 60, and his wife Mary Brewer, 64, in their house in Crowley, Texas, in November.

More >> Adopted Russian teen, who murdered his American Airlines pilot father and mother in Texas before a 12-hour SWAT standoff, was 'brutally disciplined, forced to sleep on a concrete floor, starved and tortured'

Data shows minority children disproportionately in foster care

A Charlottesville mother, who has been fighting to win back custody of her daughter from the state for the past five years, says she believes the system targets low-income black families.

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Mother of CYFD caregiver accused of neglect says children were sick previously

VALENCIA COUNTY – A CYFD Respite caregiver is in jail facing charges of child neglect resulting in death after deputies say they found an 11-month-old foster child in her care dead.

Panicked, Stephanie Crownover called 911 early Sunday morning to report a baby who she was babysitting, Ariza Barreras, wasn’t breathing. The baby was in her care for three days.

More >> Mother of CYFD caregiver accused of neglect says children were sick previously




Saturday, January 06, 2018

Criminal complaint reveals new details in foster child's death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New details have emerged in the death of a foster child in Belen, N.M.

It all started when police were called to a home in Belen Sunday morning in regards to an unresponsive 11-month-old girl.

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Friday, January 05, 2018

Winnipeg police, Child and Family Services agencies agree on new protocols to help find missing kids in care

The vast majority of missing persons calls to Winnipeg police — 80 to 90 per cent — involve kids under the protection of Child and Family Services. But the police service hopes a new agreement with those agencies will bring that number down.

An agreement with the police service and CFS agencies now directs case workers to do a little digging — what one missing persons police inspector calls "legwork" — before creating a missing persons file.

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Woman fights to get daughter out of state custody

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Five years after a court granted custody of her daughter to the state, Rhiannon Williams hasn't stopped fighting what she believes was an unjust decision that illuminates racial disparities in foster care.

More >> Woman fights to get daughter out of state custody

Fired social worker: I was a scapegoat in Natalie Finn starvation case

The state caseworker fired for mishandling child abuse allegations involving Natalie Finn and her siblings says Iowa’s Department of Human Services abandoned her after the 16-year-old was starved to death, even though others involved in the case came up short as well.

In an exclusive interview with Reader's Watchdog, Amy Sacco said she’s been unable to find a job in social work for more than a year because she was made the scapegoat for a difficult child abuse case with a tragic ending.

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Children's Services worker who says she is wrecked by baby's death can't get worker's comp

A sharply divided state court panel refused Thursday to grant worker's compensation to a Children & Youth Services worker who claimed she is psychologically disabled by the death of a 2-month-old child.

While horrific, the death of a child doesn't constitute an "abnormal working condition" that would justify awarding such benefits to someone in the children's services field, Judge Patricia H. McCullough found in the Commonwealth Court opinion.


More >> Children's Services worker who says she is wrecked by baby's death can't get worker's comp

Houchin co-authors bill to expand use of 'baby boxes'



INDIANAPOLIS — State senators Erin Houchin, R-Salem, and Travis Holdman, R-Markle, announced the introduction of Senate Bill 123 on Wednesday which would expand the availability of newborn safety incubators, commonly referred to as “baby boxes.”

Keeping with Indiana’s Safe Haven law, Houchin joined Holdman in co-authoring SB 123 to expand the use of baby boxes in Indiana by allowing fire departments staffed on a 24 hour basis to install baby boxes.

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Not Guilty, For First Educator To Be Charged With Failure To Report Sexual Abuse

Cranston High School West Psychologist George Blessing was found not guilty Wednesday in a bench trial on the misdemeanor charge of failing to report allegations of “sexual abuse of a child in an educational program” to child welfare authorities. Blessing is the first person to face charges under Rhode Island’s newly amended child abuse reporting law. 

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CYFD investigates tragic death of 11-month-old foster child



BELEN, N.M. — Investigators are trying to figure out how an 11-month-old baby died in a foster home, where she and her two siblings had only been for two days.

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Poverty is no reason to lose custody of kids, says Nova Scotia judge

A Nova Scotia judge has dismissed the province’s request to take a 20-month-old girl into permanent custody, ruling that the child’s safety won’t be jeopardized by staying with her troubled family.

The decision only identifies the toddler as D, her mother as C and her father as S.

“There is a difference between parents who are poor, and poor parents. Ms. C and Mr. S are parents who are poor,” Justice Elizabeth Jollimore said in a written decision released Wednesday.

More >> Poverty is no reason to lose custody of kids, says Nova Scotia judge

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Alberta to hold public sessions to gather information for '60s Scoop apology

EDMONTON — Alberta is crafting a formal apology to Indigenous people for the infamous '60s Scoop.

Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee says the government will hold six sessions around the province starting later this month to hear from survivors.

Larivee says the information will form the foundation of a formal government apology and guide future actions on reconciliation and healing.

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Autopsy reveals Sherin died of 'homicidal violence': report

Houston, Jan 3 (PTI) An autopsy has revealed that 3-year- old Indian girl Sherin Mathews died of "homicidal violence," a media report claimed today, quoting multiple sources who have reviewed the much-awaited document on her mysterious death.

Sherin went missing on October 7 and her body was found on October 22 in a culvert in suburban Dallas by a cadaver dog after an intense search. Her body was identified days later.

More >> Autopsy reveals Sherin died of 'homicidal violence': report

Montana’s dubious distinction: Child removal capital of America

Congratulations to the Missoulian and its partners at the University of Montana School of Journalism for out-reporting almost every major news organization in America in the series “Addicted and expecting.”

In one of the stories, Dr. Kenneth Cairns laments the failure of so many of his fellow physicians to provide the right kind of help to mothers suffering from addiction. The doctors can’t get past their own feelings of contempt for the mothers.

They are not alone. Contempt for parents who use drugs, or parents who simply are poor and whose poverty is confused with “neglect,” runs so deep that Montana now has a dubious distinction: It is the child removal capital of America. Montana is tearing apart families more often than any other state — a rate nearly triple the national average.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

DCF Chief Defends Actions Prior to Death of Hartford Teen

HARTFORD — During a recent legislative hearing the Department of Children and Families and other entities defended their actions concerning the starvation death of an autistic, non-verbal Hartford teenager, stating it was up to the legislature to change laws to help prevent future tragedies.

The sometimes tense two-and-a-half hour Committee on Children hearing came following a critical report from the Office of the Child Advocate on the circumstances that led to 17-year-old Matthew Tirado’s death last year.

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Social worker sanctioned for supervision failures despite ‘heavy caseload, poor working conditions’

A social work manager has been sanctioned by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) after his decisions and failure to record and carry out supervision sessions left children at risk.

The manager was made subject to a 12-month conditions of practice order despite the fitness to practice panel saying he worked with “a heavy caseload, poor working conditions, inadequate management support of him in his role as a manager and significant personal health issues”.

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Victims Sought: Canada Awards $635 Million to Stolen ‘Sixties Scoop’ Native Children

Montreal Sixties Scoop victims from 1951 to 1991 can seek assistance from National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network regarding settlement

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Foster child found dead in Belen home, woman charged



BELEN, N.M. -- Police in Belen arrested a 55-year-old woman for the death of an 11-month-old foster child, according to a criminal complaint.

Stephanie Crownover of Belen faces three counts of child abuse, including one resulting in death after police received a call on Sunday morning regarding an unresponsive infant child.

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PARENTS WITH DISABILITIES FACE AN UPHILL BATTLE TO KEEP THEIR CHILDREN

Nearly one in 10 children in the United States are at risk of being removed from their home by a child welfare agency simply because their parent has a disability.

In October, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of five parents with disabilities who had their children removed by New York's Administration for Children's Services, alleging widespread discrimination. What happened to these families is not unique or uncommon; rather, their tragic experiences are part of a national phenomenon: Parents with disabilities are disproportionately involved with the child welfare system and once involved are more likely than non-disabled parents to have their parental rights terminated.

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Jane Philpott doesn't see 'eye to eye' with Manitoba on First Nations child welfare reforms

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says she has concerns with Manitoba's plans to reform its First Nations child welfare system.

Specifically, the minister told CBC she believes incentives to encourage non-Indigenous families to adopt First Nations children should be avoided so as not to replicate mistakes of the past.

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TEENAGER WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES JAILED NEARLY 4 YEARS WITHOUT TRIAL, TREATMENT

The Mississippi criminal justice system has come under fire after BBC News and ProPublica published an account of a 16-year-old boy with serious mental health issues who was denied a trial, treatment, and health issues while behind bars.

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Judge slams police and CPS after they admitted not handing over vital CCTV that ended up clearing businessman accused of sexual assault

Valentin Krzyzyk, 27, was acquitted by a jury after the CCTV showed his victim continuing to drink with friends following the alleged assault

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Mathews' CPS hearing delayed



A Child Protective Services hearing for Wesley and Sini Mathews, the adoptive parents of deceased 3-year-old Sherin Mathews, has been delayed until Jan. 26.

The purpose of the hearing, which was supposed to take place Wednesday, is for custody of their biological 4-year-old daughter. CPS removed her from the Mathews' Richardson home on Oct. 7, the day her sister Sherin allegedly went missing.

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Siblings can be separated during adoption

New Delhi, Jan 2 (PTI) Siblings abandoned by their family will be separated from each other at the time of adoption if they are above five years old and agree to it, Union minister Maneka Gandhi said today.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Report calls for changes in handling of state ward sex abuse cases

LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) -- An extensive report calls for improvements in the investigation and handling of sexual abuse cases involving juveniles in state care.

The Office of Inspector General of Nebraska Child Welfare released the report Wednesday. It outlines an extensive investigation into whether the Department of Health and Human Services was taking adequate steps to prevent and respond to sexual abuse of youth in state care.

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State ceases admissions to its only locked facility for boys who break the law

The state’s lone prison for young males convicted of offenses not serious enough to land them in an adult prison last week took in what is expected to be its last admission as the state moves forward with plans to shutter the Connecticut Juvenile Training School by July. Over the next several months, the 39 youths incarcerated at the maximum-security facility will be released to their families or sent elsewhere.

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Can an Algorithm Tell When Kids Are in Danger?

The call to Pittsburgh’s hotline for child abuse and neglect came in at 3:50 p.m. on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving 2016. Sitting in one of 12 cubicles, in a former factory now occupied by the Allegheny County Police Department and the back offices of the department of Children, Youth and Families, the call screener, Timothy Byrne, listened as a preschool teacher described what a 3-year-old child had told him. The little girl had said that a man, a friend of her mother’s, had been in her home when he “hurt their head and was bleeding and shaking on the floor and the bathtub.” The teacher said he had seen on the news that the mother’s boyfriend had overdosed and died in the home.

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‘Sherin‘s foster dad eliminated her physique with trash‘

HOUSTON: Police in has shared new details about the mysterious death of Indian toddler , alleging that her Indian-American foster father bundled her “stiff and cold” body in the back of his car with a bag of trash and hid her corpse in a culvert.

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Number of Orphans Drops in Countries Around the World

After the execution of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, aid groups visited the country’s many state-run orphanages. All were shocked by what they found.

Rupert Wolfe Murray is a British reporter. He traveled with aid groups to an orphanage for disabled children. “There was no heating, no windows, no bedding, no running water,” he said. It was overcrowded and under supported.

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Adopted Chinese children search for biological parents in bid to understand past

"I am 200 percent sure that she is my daughter… Now I'm calling all of my relatives," a father from East China's Jiangxi Province wrote on October 19 after spending 24 years searching for his second daughter, who was sent to a foster home and adopted in the US in 1993.

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Indigenous children’s commissioner rejects out-of-home care hard targets

The outgoing Aboriginal children’s commissioner in Victoria opposes hard limits on the number of Indigenous children being removed from families, saying it could put lives at risk.

Andrew Jackomos, the country’s first Indigenous children’s commissioner, favours measures to reunite families. But he says hard targets to limit removals could have dangerous consequences.

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'We felt DCS failed the children': Foster parents push Indiana to pass a bill of rights

“We felt DCS failed the children,” he said.

Now, he and other foster parents throughout Indiana are pushing the state to pass a foster parents‘ bill of rights. The , including the right to be treated with “dignity, respect and trust” by DCS; the right to “timely financial reimbursement”; the right to information before and during placement; and the right to refuse placement or request removal of a child without “fear of reprisal.”

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Judge allows 'draconian' restraint to be used against autistic 11-year-old boy for his own safety because of his 'extreme aggression and violence'

An autistic 11-year-old boy, whose behaviour is 'extreme', can now be physically restrained for his own good by staff at a specialist unit, a family court judge has rule.

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