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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Indiana has thousands of foster kids, but knows little about their education. This bill could change that

Foster children in Indiana – and across the country – likely won’t graduate from high school, and very few of them will go on to college. But foster children are rarely included in state-level discussions about how Indiana is educating its kids.

More >> Indiana has thousands of foster kids, but knows little about their education. This bill could change that

How did parents accused of abuse adopt four young children



Questions are being asked as to how Benito and Carol Gutierrez adopted four young children ages 6 to 12.

The children were discovered being held captive in the couple's Flowing Wells home.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Free-range kids: Finally, one state lets kids grow up without helicopter parents

We need to protect the rights of parents to raise their children with the traditional childhood experience of independence.

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Number of Kids in Child Welfare System Strains Public Defenders

The Indiana Task Force on Public Defense is touring the state to hear from attorneys, social workers, and citizens about strains on the public defense system.

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Father Files Lawsuit Against Foster Care Program After His 9-Month Old Daughter Dies



A 27-year old man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the foster care provider who he claims ignored his rights as a parent which contributed to the death of his 9-month old daughter.

More >> Father Files Lawsuit Against Foster Care Program After His 9-Month Old Daughter Dies

Erica Parsons' adoptive parents are charged with murdering the 13-year-old girl and dismembering her body seven years after her disappearance


Nearly seven years after Erica Parsons vanished - and five years after she was reported missing - authorities in North Carolina have indicted her adoptive parents in the child's death and dismemberment.

More >> Erica Parsons' adoptive parents are charged with murdering the 13-year-old girl and dismembering her body seven years after her disappearance

Jenelle Evans Reveals She Used Drugs While Pregnant, But People Are Furious With How CPS Responded

People should learn to mind their own business.



“Teen Mom 2” star and mother of three Jenelle Eason has landed in hot water once again.

From safety concerns to custody battles, the reality star has repeatedly found herself under the social media spotlight for her parenting decisions.

More >> Jenelle Evans Reveals She Used Drugs While Pregnant, But People Are Furious With How CPS Responded

Though the “Teen Mom 2” star didn't go into specifics, many fans seem to feel that CPS didn't do enough following the incident. One Twitter user wrote: 
Something isn’t right. Tests for weed, CPS says no problem? 
Another commenter wrote that “child protective services should take them all” after her recent admission.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Family sues DCS after CBD oil treatment puts toddler's custody in jeopardy

Two-year-old Jaelah Jerger has been fighting most of her life after being diagnosed with myoclonic seizures in July of 2017.

More >> Family sues DCS after CBD oil treatment puts toddler's custody in jeopardy

Erica Parsons' Adoptive Parents Charged With Murder, Child Abuse



SALISBURY, NC - The adoptive parents of Erica Parsons were charged with First-Degree Murder, Felony Child Abuse, Felony Concealment of Death and Obstruction of Justice Tuesday.

The announcement was made at a news conference by Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten. The case was presented to a grand jury Monday.

More >> Erica Parsons' Adoptive Parents Charged With Murder, Child Abuse

Former Hillsborough foster teen says she survived foster care failures exposed by 8 On Your Side

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Hope Austrie is 18 years old, enrolled in college and studying criminology. She’s planning a career in law enforcement and is a member of the Tampa Police Explorers.

But as recently as a year ago, her most ambitious dream was a warm bed, a hot meal and someone who might listen to her story about life as a foster child in Hillsborough County.

More >> Former Hillsborough foster teen says she survived foster care failures exposed by 8 On Your Side

Lawsuit: hundreds of foster kids harmed by being bounced from home to home

An international law firm and a children's advocacy group are suing the Florida Department of Children and Families for failing to provide adequate accommodation and care for foster children.

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Texas same-sex couple sues after rejection as foster parents

A same-sex married couple in Texas is suing federal officials and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops after the women were rejected as foster parents to refugee children.

Fatma Marouf and Bryn Esplin, who both teach at Texas A&M University, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

More >> Texas same-sex couple sues after rejection as foster parents

Bradenton foster care worker claims YFA wrongly fired him due to false sex claim by teen foster

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – Solomon Atkins says for nine years he worked as a model employee for the foster care agency Youth and Family Alternatives (YFA), transporting foster kids from here to Seattle.

But whatever trust he once earned as YFA’s employee of the year faded instantly 14 months ago, when a 15-year-old foster girl accused Atkins of forcing her to commit a sex act during a road trip between Bradenton and Arcadia.

More >> Bradenton foster care worker claims YFA wrongly fired him due to false sex claim by teen foster

Migrant advocates say U.S. is separating parents from children to discourage illegal immigration and asylum requests

Thousands of parents who crossed illegally into the U.S. in recent years have been held with their children at immigration detention centers. But the case of a Brazilian woman and her son illustrates what migrant advocates call a harsher approach to immigration enforcement that aims to separate parents and children.

More >> Migrant advocates say U.S. is separating parents from children to discourage illegal immigration and asylum requests

I-TEAM: Child abuse trial highlights errors possibly made by CPS

LAS VEGAS - Child Protective Services may not be living up to its name when it comes protecting children. A trial unfolding in Clark County this week highlights CPS' actions as a main point of contention.

According to a CPS worker, back in 2010, a Wednesday's Child segment that aired on 8 News NOW, sparked the attention of  Dwight and Janet Solander.

More >> I-TEAM: Child abuse trial highlights errors possibly made by CPS

Monday, February 19, 2018

Ohio Argues to Strip Parents' Custody For Not Accepting Their Child's Transgenderism

In one of the most blatantly biased headlines to grace the pages of the internet in the last...well, probably five minutes, CNN published a piece entitled, "Parents want custody to block trans teen from hormone treatment."

Correction: “State wants to strip parents of their rights for not conforming to their own child’s mental illness.”

More >> Ohio Argues to Strip Parents' Custody For Not Accepting Their Child's Transgenderism

Child welfare system in 'disrepair', social workers stretched thin

Pennsylvania’s Auditor General is preparing a report about how to fix the state’s broken child welfare system.

In September, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a State-of-the-Child report that found Pennsylvania's child welfare system is in disrepair.

More >> Child welfare system in 'disrepair', social workers stretched thin

Records show neglect of Florida school gunman’s mental health

School and government records on Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old gunman in the Parkland, Florida school massacre, show that he has evinced serious mental and emotional problems since middle school. Cruz used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people—14 students and three teachers—at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School near Fort Lauderdale last Wednesday.

More >> Records show neglect of Florida school gunman’s mental health

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Girl’s undue jailing exemplifies plight of foster youth in custody

A 14-year-old foster youth arrested at a long-troubled San Joaquin County children’s shelter was held in jail for weeks after a court had approved her release, simply because child welfare officials were unable to find a suitable home for her.

The girl’s incarceration ended abruptly Wednesday, hours after a reporter contacted officials at the local juvenile hall to inquire about her case. But the problem of youths being locked up because they have no parents to retrieve them and no placement in the foster care system underscores the serious consequences often facing children arrested at state-licensed facilities.

More >> Girl’s undue jailing exemplifies plight of foster youth in custody

Family devastated after their child was taken from them - NBC

Turpin abuse case prompts California bill to tighten regulation of home schools

California lawmakers are pushing to increase regulation of home schools after a dozen siblings were discovered locked in a dirty, dark house in Riverside County.

The house in Perris had been registered as a private school called Sandcastle Day School.

More >> Turpin abuse case prompts California bill to tighten regulation of home schools

Shooter cut himself on Snapchat, but was ruled stable

Note: I haven't posted much about this case because I don't believe that CPS had anything to do with it.  Yes he was adopted at birth (which usually means private adoption although I don't know for sure), but he wasn't a foster child screwed up by the system.  Adult protective services apparently investigated him a year ago for being an idiot on social media, but I deal with child welfare issues.

What this case should bring to light is the fact that parents of kid with mental health issues are largely left to deal with it themselves with very little help available.  Also, the help that is available is usually a joke because psychology is typically pseudoscience. 

I believe that the adoptive mother was probably a good person who tried like hell to raise him right.
Nikolas Cruz had just broken up with his girlfriend, who had been cheating on him, and he’d gotten into a fight with another boy. He’d drawn a "Nazi symbol" on his book bag. And Broward mental health authorities were worried that his chronic depression was worsening.

More >> Shooter cut himself on Snapchat, but was ruled stable

Baby P's mum in plea to have womb REMOVED as she fears having more kids

Insiders at HMP Low Newton say the monster has approached medical staff there and begged for the op.

She reckons being unable to have any more kids will increase her chance of getting parole.

More >> Baby P's mum in plea to have womb REMOVED as she fears having more kids

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Foster child of Janet Solander testifies in court Friday

LAS VEGAS - The trial for a woman accused of torturing her adoptive children, continued Friday.  Prosecutors say three children suffered for years at the hands of Janet Solander.

Solander and her husband Dwight adopted the girls. Dwight took a plea deal and will be sentenced in May.   According to prosecutors, even after repeated complaints were lodged against Child Protective Services, several other children were placed in the Solander's care.

More >> Foster child of Janet Solander testifies in court Friday

Runaway foster kids raise sex-trafficking fears in Kansas

She was 13, living in a Kansas group home, when an older girl convinced her to run away.

That led to her being sold for sex for the first time.

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Editorial: Sacramento should limit unnecessary arrests for foster youth

Following a Chronicle investigation into the unnecessary arrests of traumatized children in California’s foster-care shelters and residential facilities, state Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson (Los Angeles County), introduced a bill last week that will set limits on this dangerous and destabilizing practice.

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Gipson’s AB2605 bill would create a three-year moratorium on law enforcement calls by foster-care facilities for non-emergency behavioral management situations.

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Autopsy finds St. Paul foster home death of girl was natural causes; license still suspended

A 1-year-old St. Paul girl, whose death prompted an investigation and the suspension of her grandmother’s foster care license, died of natural causes, police said this week.

Before Kristin Nelson — also known as Kristin Carter — passed away in November, she was active and happy. She had a cough, though she was playing and not acting sick, her grandmother said Thursday.

More >> Autopsy finds St. Paul foster home death of girl was natural causes; license still suspended

Friday, February 16, 2018

Moms With Postpartum Depression Keep Getting Reported To Child Services

When U.S. mom Jessica Porten made international headlines last month after she shared a shocking story — how, after Porten asked for help with postpartum depression, her nurse practitioner called the police — her nightmarish experience rang true for new moms across Canada, too.

"It happened to me," said Lindsie Green of Toronto. "A public health nurse came to visit me, I explained how I was feeling and CAS (Children's Aid Society) showed up at my door."


More >> Moms With Postpartum Depression Keep Getting Reported To Child Services

MEDFORD FAMILY TRYING TO ADOPT AGAIN AFTER BEING SCAMMED

A Medford family is opening up to NewsWatch 12 in an exclusive interview about their emotional experience being scammed out of time and money when trying to adopt a child. They want other families looking to adopt to beware of scams across the country.

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Marshfield Man Charged for Sexually Assaulting Foster Children

-A Marshfield man has been charged for sexually assaulting his foster children.

According to court records, 36-year-old John Hanley met with police and a social worker back in August. Hanley told them he had touched an 11-year-old while they were on the couch watching TV and he also touched a 2 and 4-year-old while they were in the shower. Hanley told authorities that he did it because he had been abused as a child and wanted to feel what it was like to be the aggressor.

More >> Marshfield Man Charged for Sexually Assaulting Foster Children

I-Team: Trial starts for mother accused of torturing adoptive kids

LAS VEGAS - The trial for Janet Solander, a woman accused of torturing her adoptive children, started Thursday, and the revelations made in court were not favorable to Child Protective Services.

During opening statements, prosecutors say three children suffered for years at the hands of their adoptive parents, Dwight and Janet and Solander. Dwight took a plea deal, but as prosecutors at Janet's trial spoke Thursday, they pointed out how CPS failed these children by failing to protect them and take action when people made complaints five times stating that the girls may have been in danger.

More >> I-Team: Trial starts for mother accused of torturing adoptive kids

Texas Claims Foster Child-Care Abuses Were ‘Cherry-Picked’

The Fifth Circuit on Thursday heard Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office defend his state’s foster child-care system by saying that attorneys for the class of 12,000 foster kids “cherry-picked” a dozen tragic cases of foster care abuse, rather than using a random sample.

Texas Assistant Solicitor General Jody Hughes said the class “ultimately failed to show a class-wide problem” during the federal trial. “They hand-picked a few unfortunate cases,” Hughes said.

More >> Texas Claims Foster Child-Care Abuses Were ‘Cherry-Picked’

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Child Protective Services Is Abducting Homeschooled Children

The relationship between parent and child is a sacred and time held one. It is a foundation pillar of society. It is the right and proper duty of the parent to assure that their children learn the moral, ethical, and educational building blocks of society, and how to employ them to be good and proper members of said society.

More >> Child Protective Services Is Abducting Homeschooled Children

Tiahleigh Palmer murder accused Rick Foster applies for judge-only trial

THE foster father charged with the murder of Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer will make a rare request from the judge ahead of his trial.

More >> Tiahleigh Palmer murder accused Rick Foster applies for judge-only trial

Court bans 'biological father' from helping neglected child

A New York appeals court has rejected an attempt by a sperm donor to assert parental rights to a child who was removed from a lesbian couple and put in foster care because of neglect complaints.

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Oklahoma foster parent charged with rape of 15-year-old boy in her care

Stephanie Cowan DOB 2-6-84 PRYOR — Four children placed with a Mayes County woman in foster care have been removed from her home after she was accused of raping a 15-year-old boy.

Stephanie Cowan, 34, of Salina was charged Jan. 24 in Mayes County District Court with three counts of second-degree rape. She is free on $30,000 bail and set to return to court in March.

More >> Oklahoma foster parent charged with rape of 15-year-old boy in her care

Russian Court Says Foster Mother Unfit Because Of ‘Male Behavior’

A Russian court ruled earlier this month that 40-year-old Yulia Savinovskikh is unfit to foster two children with disabilities, claiming that because she allegedly exudes a 'style of male behavior,' she violated Russian family legislation as well as the 'traditions and mentality' of Russian society.

The two 5-year-old boys had been living with Savinovskikh and her husband for three-and-a-half and two years, respectively.

More >> Russian Court Says Foster Mother Unfit Because Of ‘Male Behavior’

Adoptive brother agrees plea deal over the death of 16-year-old sister he 'drop-kicked down the stairs'

The adoptive brother of a 16-year-old girl who was tortured and then died of malnutrition in her family home, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

The tragic teenager was found  in the Iowa home she shared with her adoptive parents, who have also been charged.

More >> Adoptive brother agrees plea deal over the death of 16-year-old sister he 'drop-kicked down the stairs' and who was 'tortured, held captive and starved' before her body was found, weighing just 56 pounds


Suicide foster teen 'failed' ahead of leaving care

The 17-year-old boy, from Powys, killed himself three months before his 18th birthday after becoming anxious about living independently. 

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Charges dropped against foster caretaker accused of child abuse

ALBUQUERQUE, NM —
The foster caretaker charged with child abuse after a baby girl died under her care in Belen had her charges dropped.

But the move does not mean Stephanie Crownover is off the hook.

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Teacher charged with child abuse after allegedly making student stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

A teacher accused of assaulting a middle school student who wouldn’t stand for the pledge of allegiance is facing criminal charges.

More >> Teacher charged with child abuse after allegedly making student stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

Kansas DCF Investigated by Task Force: New Director Seeks Funding

A legislative task force investigates the  Kansas Department of Children and Families.   The state has more children than ever in state custody.

More than seven thousand Kansas kids are in foster care. Many people involved are afraid to talk about problems in the system which has operated in a veil of secrecy.    Caseworkers who have  quit the agency and  it’s subcontractor KVC have complained of  caseloads of up to seventy at a time, and  foster parents tell of being threatened or even losing their licenses after complaining about caseworkers.


More >> Kansas DCF Investigated by Task Force: New Director Seeks Funding

Sixties Scoop adoptees want to scuttle $800M settlement, say 'it's just not gonna be enough'

A group of Indigenous Sixties Scoop adoptees is trying to scuttle a proposed $800-million settlement announced last year by the federal government, CBC News has learned.

More >> Sixties Scoop adoptees want to scuttle $800M settlement, say 'it's just not gonna be enough'

Arizona bill prohibiting rules for guns in foster homes advances

Legislation that would prevent the Arizona Department of Child Safety from imposing rules on guns in foster homes has won approval from a state House panel.

More >> Arizona bill prohibiting rules for guns in foster homes advances

'A big state versus a poor family': Canadian's son forcibly removed in Norway

A Canadian mother living in Norway says she is living a nightmare after child welfare authorities came into her home and took away her 12-year-old son over what she calls “a misunderstanding.”

Terese and Leif Kristiansen posted a video to Facebook last Thursday that shows her crying and calling for help while police and social workers chase after their son, Kai, outside the family apartment in As, Norway.

More >> 'A big state versus a poor family': Canadian's son forcibly removed in Norway

DCS: 2-year-old girl in foster care taken by her parents

DCS officials say they are looking for a missing 2-year-old girl in foster care.

According to a statement released Wednesday night, Harmony Victoria Dozier was taken from a Phoenix location by her parents, Tiffany Ivory Moore and Kenneth Gaylord Dozier. Harmony was in the legal custody of the state, due to allegations of severe child abuse committed upon Harmony's sibling by the parents.

More >> DCS: 2-year-old girl in foster care taken by her parents

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Report finds holes in child representation in protective services cases

Idaho has serious gaps in representation for children involved in protective services cases, according to a report by the Office of Performance Evaluation.

More >> Report finds holes in child representation in protective services cases

Foster mom of Cypress rape victim 'relieved' after arrest


A foster mom says she is relieved after learning about the arrest of an alleged rapist.


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Foster mom evicted, claims homeowner wouldn't solve black mold issue

A local mother faces eviction after she talked to Action News Jax about the black mold growing in her home.

Murcell Tarver's landlord says she is welcome to live elsewhere, and claims efforts were made to fix the problem. He also claims she didn’t pay rent.

More >> Foster mom evicted, claims homeowner wouldn't solve black mold issue

Mum visited by fake welfare workers as authorities issue warning



Authorities have issued a public warning after a man and woman visited a home near Queanbeyan in NSW pretending to be child protection caseworkers.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Oregon Senate passes bill to protect parental rights

In the wake of a high-profile Redmond custody fight, the Oregon Senate voted Friday to pass Senate Bill 1526 A, which prohibits the courts and the Oregon Department of Human Services from removing a child from their parents' care based solely on a parent's disability.

More >> Oregon Senate passes bill to protect parental rights

CHILDREN TAKEN AWAY FROM FOSTER MOM FOLLOWING RAPE CHARGES

Authorities have removed four children placed with a Mayes County woman in foster care.

This comes after 34-year-old Stephanie Cowan was accused of raping a 15-year-old boy.

More >> CHILDREN TAKEN AWAY FROM FOSTER MOM FOLLOWING RAPE CHARGES

Caseworker aware of man's sex crime when placing boy in his custody, York County says

In court documents, York County responded to allegations contained in a lawsuit against it and three employees at the Office of Children, Youth and Families.

More >> Caseworker aware of man's sex crime when placing boy in his custody, York County says

State dispatches nine experts to probe Hillsborough’s foster care troubles

A pattern of leaving teens in foster care unsupervised has already cost a local child welfare agency a $9.2 million contract.

But that may just be the beginning of the fallout. The Florida Department of Children and Families on Monday released details of a plan for an intensive review of Hillsborough County’s foster care system.

More >> State dispatches nine experts to probe Hillsborough’s foster care troubles

Desperate Venezuelans leave children at orphanages

“Would you like to see the little ones?” asked Magdelis Salazar, a social worker, beckoning me toward a crowded playground.

We were at Venezuela’s largest orphanage, just after lunch. The yard was an obstacle course of abandoned children. A little chunk of a boy, on the cusp of 3, sat on a play scooter. He was called El Gordo – the fat one. But when he was left here a few months ago, he was skin and bones.

More >> Desperate Venezuelans leave children at orphanages

Monday, February 12, 2018

Report: Children not always represented in protection cases

Idaho has serious gaps in representation for children involved in protective services cases, according to a report by the Office of Performance Evaluation.

The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee received the lengthy report at a hearing last Monday.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Huntingburg Family Suing Child Protective Service Workers

A Huntingburg couple who claims their daughter was "medically kidnapped" is now suing two Child Protective Services workers.

In the lawsuit filed last week, Lelah and Jade Jerger claim the Indiana Department of Child Services workers ordered their daughter's blood be drawn to make sure Keppra, a medicine for seizures, was in her system.

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Mariah and the Toy Box

SPIDERS CRAWLED UP her tiny limbs, as monkeys danced and bunnies hopped about.

Her fingers curled up in jagged spasms, her belly shook violently, and her pupils grew nearly as wide as her big brown eyes. Her heart pumped as fast as it could to cope with the methamphetamine coursing through her 33-pound body.

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President Donald Trump Frets For “Shattered Lives” Of Accused Abusers

While much of the country remains angered and revolted by the photograph of a woman’s bruised face, President Donald Trump is worrying about black eyes on the reputations of men whose “lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.”


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Do You Need An Attorney When Talking To Child Protective Services?

If you are asked by social workers to talk to child protective services, you may think you are just having a formal or an informal conversation with a service. However, as soon as you enter, they are starting to build a case against you and you need to be aware of that.

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Kids in psych center say staff sexually, physically abused them. Why didn’t officials listen?

In April, a 17-year-old with a history of suicide attempts and depression escaped from a south Charlotte psychiatric hospital. Staff members who caught him used unnecessary force, the teen said, and threatened to beat him up if he told anyone.

At the same facility in September, according to court and police records, a teenage girl said she had sex with a staff member. A grand jury later indicted the Strategic Behavioral Center employee on a charge of statutory rape.

More >> Kids in psych center say staff sexually, physically abused them. Why didn’t officials listen?

Teen shelter in Southington neighborhood isn’t welcome by some

The presence of  the Birchcrest Drive shelter, called the Winifred House, among single-family homes isn’t welcome by some neighbors. They’ve started a petition to have the state Department of Children and Families move the home, saying runaway teens and police calls is a disruption to the neighborhood. Town officials have joined the effort and are considering an ordinance that would fine The Bridge for “excessive” police calls. The town has also asked for help from state and federal lawmakers.

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Foster father’s name in birth papers: HC orders probe

Gujarat high court has directed the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) to launch an inquiry into a 12-year-old girl's birth certificate after her biological parents objected to insertion of her foster father's name in the certificate.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Young children should not be arrested in school and sent to psychiatric hospitals

Twenty years ago, when a 7-year-old had a temper tantrum in a public school, the school would suspend the child. The police would not be called, and it would be unthinkable to subject the child to an involuntary mental examination in a psychiatric ward of a hospital.

As time went on, and patience wore down, young children with emotional or behavioral disabilities were arrested and placed in juvenile detention facilities. Now, it is increasingly common for a police officer to remove children having tantrums from school and take them to a psychiatric hospital for examination and treatment — without their parents’ consent. Since 2006, there has been a decrease in juvenile arrests, and a dramatic increase in involuntary examinations and commitments under the Florida Mental Health Act, otherwise called the Baker Act. From 2000 to 2016, there has been an 87 percent increase in the number of children subjected to a Baker Act proceeding, and a 76 percent increase in such proceedings against children ages 5-10.

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Child molester, former Soquel foster father, denied new trial


A Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge on Friday denied a retrial request by a convicted Soquel child molester and former foster parent and school volunteer who filed almost a dozen claims challenging the result of his 2016 trial and conviction, according to court documents.

Steven Weissman, 62, a will be sentenced at 10 a.m. May 29 in Superior Court. He was convicted of 15 felonies: 12 counts of lewd acts with a child younger than 14, lewd acts with a child, aggravated sexual assault of a minor and copulation with a child younger than 10, according to court documents.

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Protests mount against Norwegian Child Welfare Service

Researchers are working to understand why Norway’s child protective services sometimes resort to the dramatic step of taking a child from its mother right after birth.

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Friday, February 09, 2018

Don’t believe the hype. The Family First Act is a step backwards for child welfare finance reform

Perhaps you’ve heard. Tacked onto the bill that averted another government shutdown is a child welfare finance “reform” measure called the Family First Prevention Services Act.

The bill was thought to be dead. It was killed last year by what one reformer who transformed his own institution years ago called the group home industry – the collection of private agencies typically paid for every day they hold foster children in the worst form of care, group homes and institutions -- and their public sector allies.

But it came back to life as part of the process of keeping the government open.  Now it’s law.


More >> Don’t believe the hype. The Family First Act is a step backwards for child welfare finance reform

DCF review seeks to ‘get to bottom’ of Hillsborough foster care missteps

TAMPA — The state plans to conduct a "comprehensive review" of Hillsborough County’s foster care system after a child welfare agency lost a $9.2 million contract for leaving children unsupervised.

The review will be conducted by the Florida Department of Children and Families, which pays Eckerd Connects about $73 million per year to run the county’s child welfare system.

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U.S. budget deals grants $1.5 billion for opioid-addicted babies, families

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. budget deal adopted by Congress on Friday includes what advocates call a landmark compromise to provide an estimated $1.5 billion over 10 years to try to keep struggling families together, including those with babies born dependent on opioids.

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State Now Assumes All Homeschoolers Are Child Abusers, Reveals Plans for Involuntary Home Visits

Lawmakers in the state of California are now pushing for families who homeschool their children to be subject to involuntary home visits from state employees—treating those parents with the same oversight and involvement that they would give parents who have abused their children.

The new regulations could consist of forced meetings with child protective services and other government agencies, which would leave the burden on the parents to prove to the government that they are fit to be parents who homeschool their children, according to the state’s guidelines.

More >> State Now Assumes All Homeschoolers Are Child Abusers, Reveals Plans for Involuntary Home Visits

Gov. Scott troubled by Hillsborough’s foster care failures brought to light by 8 On Your Side

Governor Rick Scott has a problem with the failures we recently exposed in our investigation into Hillsborough’s foster care system.

“I’m a father and now a grandfather and you want every child to be treated with respect and fulfill whatever their dreams are,” Gov. Scott told 8 On Your Side.

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Foster father gets probation after toddler drowned in Upstate community pool

The Solicitor's Office said a man was sentenced to probation after his foster son drowned in a pool in September 2016.

The tragedy occurred at the Partridge Ridge Subdivision on Duncan Chapel Road when officials said 2-year-old Za'Marion Wilcox fell into the water.

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Former Live Oak foster parent, scout leader faces new allegations



A new trial date will be set this month after allegations of a new victim disrupted court proceedings for a former Live Oak foster parent, Girl Scouts troop leader and Scotts Valley Unified School District technology director accused of molesting children, according to court documents.

Carl Guerin, 56, faces 16 felonies in connection with lewd acts with children and attempts to dissuade a witness, according to court documents.

More >> Former Live Oak foster parent, scout leader faces new allegations

Former foster father faces more assault charges



Kenosha County prosecutors filed for more charges against a former Twin Lakes foster father who allegedly sexually assaulted children under his care two decades ago.

Gary M. Reed, 65, who was already bound over for trial, faces three counts of repeated sexual assault of the same child.

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Bardstown man accused of sex crimes against foster children

UPDATE: Innes was indicted Feb. 7 on one count of first-degree rape and two counts of sodomy. His bail was set at $500,000 cash only, plus conditions. His arraignment in court is Feb. 22, 2018.

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Foster parents say contract terminated after they spoke out on child they raised for 9 years

John and Jane served as foster parents in B.C. for 30 years.

But the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) cancelled their contract without explanation after they spoke out on behalf of their last foster child, according to them.

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Back-to-back claims: Kids were abused in foster care, and DCS dropped the ball

One claim alleges a decade of horrific abuse and neglect; another documents that a registered sex offender lived in a foster home and abused a young girl.

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Illinois child welfare worker dies after September attack

An Illinois child welfare worker died Thursday from injuries suffered when she was severely beaten last year while trying to take protective custody of a child.

Pamela Sue Knight died at a Chicago hospital, according to Neil Skene, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Foster child placed in a home with a sex offender, document says

"If a common citizen can go put their address in the database to find out how many sex offenders live around him or her, why can't DCS do the same thing when placing a child in foster care?"

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Inside the Native American Foster Care Crisis Tearing Families Apart

Elisia Manuel remembers when she and her husband Tecumseh received their first foster child. “We had to go buy the boy some clothes,” she told me. “We had to get him everything, because he came with nothing. The agency even had to lend us a car seat to bring him home.” Elisia, who comes from the Mescalero Apache and Yaqui tribes, and Tecumseh, an Akimel O’odham from the Gila River Indian Community located just south of Phoenix, were thrilled to get a Native child to care for—even if it meant completely outfitting the little boy, purchasing a heavy-duty washer, and finding other supplies.

More >> Inside the Native American Foster Care Crisis Tearing Families Apart

Australia to apologise to institutional child abuse victims

Australia will apologise to survivors of institutional child sex abuse by the end of the year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, after a five-year inquiry detailed harrowing stories from victims.

A royal commission established in 2012 to investigate abuse was contacted by more than 15,000 survivors with claims - some decades-old - involving churches, orphanages, sporting clubs, youth groups and schools.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Many in foster care end up homeless

The law says child maltreatment is when a person responsible for a child permits another person to abuse or neglect a child in either a physical, sexual, emotional or educational way.

If a parent can be charged with this crime and have a child removed by CPS, then doesn’t that make CPS responsible for the child?

CPS takes America’s kids away from their families and places them in someone’s home, who is paid by the government to care for the child until the child is an adult. They have no interest in what happens to a foster child, and if a child asks to go home they are denied their right to be with family. Now CPS is inflicting emotional trauma. Yes, they should be charged with a crime!

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Man accused in foster child’s drowning pleads guilty to lesser charge

A Greenville man who was arrested after his 2-year-old foster child drowned in a pool over Labor Day weekend in 2016 pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

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Father Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Foster Care Provider



A 27-year-old west suburban man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Chicago-based social service provider, because he said, their negligence contributed to the death of his 9-month-old daughter.

The infant’s name was Cherish Freeman. Her mother, from Joliet, is accused of murdering the girl, who died on Christmas Eve.

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Court docs: Foster father admits to squeezing infant, causing at least 20 broken bones



A foster parent is facing battery and neglect charges after an infant suffered at least 20 broken bones.

Officers were informed by a doctor at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health on Jan. 31 they were caring for an infant who had bruises, multiple posterior rib fractures and other broken bones across her body.

More >> Court docs: Foster father admits to squeezing infant, causing at least 20 broken bones

Critics say North Carolina's foster care system fails kids - what's being done about it

Concerns about North Carolina's foster care system are validated by the latest U.S. Health and Human Services report on the state. It shows the turnover rate for social workers is rising at an alarming rate. Between 2013 and 2014, it jumped from 23 to 28 percent. For the ones who stay, cases pile up.

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Child foster agency fired and reported for leaving children unsupervised

TAMPA — A foster care agency has lost a $9.2 million contract and been reported to the state’s abuse hotline after reports that its staff left foster children unsupervised.

Eckerd Connects, the lead child welfare agency in Tampa Bay, said Tuesday it is terminating its contract with Youth and Family Alternatives to provide case management for foster children in Hillsborough County.

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Kids found safe after running away from treatment center

Five young children who ran away from a treatment center Tuesday morning were found safe several hours later, police said.

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Man charged with murder in foster child's death



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.

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Former foster parent sentenced to eight months for possessing child porn

A former foster father has been sentenced to eight months in jail for possession of child pornography.

The man is not being named to protect the identities of his former foster daughters, whose complaint to police in 2013 led Manitoba RCMP to find more than 800 images of child pornography on the 53-year-old mechanic’s laptop and in his garage.

More >> Former foster parent sentenced to eight months for possessing child porn

Youth will have say in coroner’s review of group and foster home safety

Up to 10 youth with experience in Ontario’s child welfare system will be invited to inform a panel of experts probing the deaths of 11 young people in residential care over the past three years.

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Seattle foster children fed ‘dog food burritos' get $6M from state

A state agency agrees to pay millions to four former foster children sent to the home of a Seattle couple even after the state had revoked their license.

"I would rather have spent an eternity in hell before I spend another day in the Robinsons' house," said a former foster child.

More >> Seattle foster children fed ‘dog food burritos' get $6M from state

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Governor Bevin suggest rethinking policy for child welfare cases

Kentucky Governor says the Commonwealth should not put an emphasis on placing children back with families involved in Cabinet for Health and Family Services investigations.


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New report finds 76 deaths last year of children in Massachusetts under state supervision

BOSTON -- In fiscal 2017, there were 76 deaths of children under state care or supervision, 25 reports of near-fatalities and nine serious bodily injuries, according to a report released Tuesday by the Office of the Child Advocate.

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Foster kids kept in cars at Wawa parking lot in Hillsborough County

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – In a month-long investigation of foster care in Hillsborough County, 8 On Your Side has discovered a disturbing practice of keeping foster kids in cars day and night at a Wawa gas station because they had nowhere else to go.

One day after we started asking questions, Eckerd Connects fired its contractor, Youth and Family Alternatives, the provider of that foster care, citing a lack of proper supervision.

“They’re just sitting there through the night or throughout the day,” said former Youth and Family Alternatives case manager Sharday Moore.

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Foster parents told not to hug or cuddle children they are bringing up in official guidance about the risk of sex abuse

Foster parents are discouraged from hugging or cuddling the children they are bringing up, a scathing report found yesterday.

They are deterred from showing affection by warnings in official guidance about the risk of sex abuse, it said.

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Family sues CPS workers who investigated after parents gave toddler CBD oil for seizures



The parents of a two-year-old girl are suing the Department of Child Services case workers who they said threatened to take away their child after they gave her cannabidiol oil to treat her epilepsy.

Lelah Jerger, the child's mother, said Child Protective Services arrived at the Jergers' house in Huntingburg in September, after personnel at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health reported her when she and her husband used CBD oil to treat their daughter Jaelah, rather than Keppra, a prescribed medication.

More >> Family sues CPS workers who investigated after parents gave toddler CBD oil for seizures

Can state child welfare services talk to kids without your consent? Depends on who you ask.

James Luster of Gulfport said he will never forget the events of Monday, Jan. 29. That was the day he learned he was being investigated by Mississippi Child Protective Services.

Luster denies the allegations and said they were “not true.”

More >> Can state child welfare services talk to kids without your consent? Depends on who you ask.

Grandmother of toddler allegedly killed by mother says child services failed them

A South Florida grandmother devastated over the brutal murder of her 2-year-old grandson, allegedly at the hands of his own mother, said state child welfare officials could have done more to prevent his death.

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Lawmakers question whether foster system should speed search for biological parents

JEFFERSON CITY — Searches for biological parents of children in state custody soon could face a much stricter deadline.

House Bill 2027 would excuse the children’s division of Missouri’s Department of Social Services from a search for a child’s biological parent or parents after the child has been in the system for 60 days if certain conditions are met.

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Firebombing suspect has history of threatening caseworkers

The Plains Twp. man accused of firebombing the Luzerne County Children and Youth Services building amid a child custody battle last year has a long history of threatening caseworkers, according to court documents filed Monday.

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Threat Of Deportation: A Trigger For Toxic Stress In Children Left Behind

On a snowy Saturday morning in January, Selvin, 13, and his mother were in the basement of the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, to support a friend in sanctuary. As they sat there, the boy tried to push away thoughts of how it would be when ICE came to take away his own mother, who is also under a deportation order.

“I’m going to be alone with my little brother and my dad,” Selvin said. “Sometimes I feel I don’t want to talk to anybody. I just go to my room, lock the door, and I feel depressed.”

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Monday, February 05, 2018

Review board says Dalton grandmother is "too old" to get custody of great-granddaughter

Dalton, GA. — A Dalton great- grandmother says her parenting ability is being judged unfairly.

A review panel in Georgia says the 73-year-old is too old to have permanent custody of her 16-month-old granddaughter.

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Kentucky governor explains termination of 'adoption czar'

Kentucky's Republican governor said he terminated a $240,000 no-bid contract for a state "adoption czar" because it was not worth it to keep him on the job even though he praised his performance.

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Legal claim against state alleges abuse of foster child

TUCSON, AZ - A $15 million notice of claim alleges the state of Arizona failed to protect a former foster child who spent 12 years in the home of a man convicted of child sex crimes.

The Arizona Daily Star reports the claim was filed against the Department of Child Safety and Department of Economic Security.

The claim is a precursor to a lawsuit.

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Leaving Child Home Alone To Be A Crime In Texas If "Sherin's Law" Passed



FYI: This is a knee-jerk reaction.

HOUSTON:  Efforts to have a new law in the US state of Texas which would make it a felony to leave a child alone at home is gathering steam and has won the support of a lawmaker in whose constituency 3-year-old Indian girl Sherin Mathews was found dead in a culvert, a media report said.

The proposed 'Sherin's Law' would make it a felony to leave a child at home alone, US media reports quoted activists involved in the move as saying.

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With charges dropped, foster mom accused of killing baby seeks to rebuild life

Tammi Flythe’s pain runs deep.

“It started when that little baby died,” Flythe said.

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Employee Of Child Protection Services Arrested For Sexual Assaults On Minors

Waves of shock have rippled across the country as a man working for the Government Agency for Child Protection was arrested following eight complaints of sexual assault on minors. The police expect more people to come forward with accusations.

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Sunday, February 04, 2018

DHS Caseworker Blames Impersonation For Controversial Facebook Post

An Oklahoma Department of Human Services caseworker is under fire after a Facebook post under her name revealed a disturbing perspective of one of her ongoing cases, but the caseworker claims she never wrote the post.

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Siblings suffered gruesome abuse in foster care and the state ignored it, lawsuit says

Siblings who say they were tortured, beaten and sexually abused in foster homes when they were children have sued the state of Washington, arguing that the abuse continued despite multiple reports of mistreatment.

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Saturday, February 03, 2018

The Swinging Sixties marked the onset of forced adoptions

Thousands of British mothers are in despair because their babies and young children have been snatched by the state to “feed” the ever-greedy adoption and fostering industries that prosper in the UK.

Dramatic? Yes. An exaggeration? No!

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Ethiopia Bans Foreign Adoption

Ethiopia has banned the adoption of Ethiopian children by foreign families, according to the country’s state-run News Agency ENA, citing concerns over abuse.

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Social Worker Allegedly Accepted $10000 in Food Stamps as Bribe



Last month, a tip from Larissa Rodriguez' boyfriend's brother led to the discovery of her 5-year-old son, Jordan, in her backyard.

Cleveland.com reports Caraballo was assigned to visit the Rodriguez home once a month since at least 2014.

More >> Social Worker Allegedly Accepted $10000 in Food Stamps as Bribe

Ex-foster child of convicted Sierra Vista pedophile files $15M claim against DCS



A former foster child who spent 12 years in the home of a man convicted of child sex crimes has filed a $15 million claim against two state agencies, saying they failed to protect him from years of physical and sexual abuse.

The claim, filed Wednesday by Tucson attorney Lynne Cadigan on behalf of “John Doe,” names as defendants the Arizona Departments of Child Safety and Economic Security, the directors of both agencies and several employees. DCS, when it was known as Child Protective Services, was once an agency under DES control.

More >> Ex-foster child of convicted Sierra Vista pedophile files $15M claim against DCS

Police locate 3 missing Kentucky foster children

The Warren County Sheriff's Office has found three missing foster children.

On Friday, 17-year-old Amber Smith, 15-year-old Jasmine Davis, and Jasmine's one-year-old child Mya Davis, ran away from their Bowling Green home on Countrywood Place.

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Police search for 3 missing foster children


The Warren County Sheriff's Office is searching for three missing foster children. Through investigations, police determined that Amber Smith, 17, Jasmine Davis, 15, and Jasmine's baby Mya Davis, 1, ran away from their home at 212 Countrywood Place on foot.

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DHS settles for more than $425,000 in murder of Serenity Deal



A murdered girl’s grandparents have settled their wrongful-death lawsuit against the Oklahoma Department of Human Services for $475,000.

The brutal 2011 death of Serenity Deal sparked widespread public outrage toward DHS. Her maternal grandparents sued in 2013 on behalf of her estate.

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US senators seek to close Haiti orphanage amid abuse claims

MIAMI (AP) — Ten members of the U.S. Senate have asked the State Department to pressure the Haitian government into closing an orphanage where several children being adopted by American families have been victims of alleged sexual abuse.

The letter said “multiple” children at the Foyer Notre Dame de la Nativite orphanage on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince tested positive for the sexually transmitted infection chlamydia and reported that they had been victims of abuse.

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Friday, February 02, 2018

510 Arrested in California Human Trafficking Sting

Of the 56 victims rescued, 11 were juveniles, and all were female. Officials said the average age of a juvenile human trafficking victim in California is between 12 and 14 years old, and 70 percent of victims come from the foster care system, but did not provide details on the specific victims rescued this week.

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Foster child sexually assaulted by guardian, police say

Charges have been brought against a former foster parent who allegedly sexually assaulted a child in their care.

The charges were filed more than two years after an alleged incident in the man’s home.

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Centerville adoption agency loses license after being put on notice for potentially fraudulent billing and record keeping practices

An embattled Centerville adoption agency will lose its license after a Department of Human Services investigation found the agency took on a new client and altered files in the days after the agency put them on notice for alleged violations of their billing and record keeping practices.

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Las Vegas man pleads guilty to abuse of adopted girls



A Las Vegas man pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse with substantial bodily harm Wednesday, while his wife, the author of a book critical of Child Protective Services, faces trial for alleged torture of the couple’s three adopted daughters.


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Hoonah man’s sentence for sexually abusing foster child goes back to trial judge

After eight years winding its way through the court system, the case of a Hoonah man convicted of sexually abusing his pre-teen foster daughter returns to the original trial judge for possible sentencing.




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NY triplets sue Jewish group for their separation at birth

Two siblings from triplets who were separated at birth and given up for adoption as part of an experiment are demanding compensation from the Jewish organization they say is responsible for it.

In 1961, Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman were separated at birth in New York and adopted by three different families with varying financial means for a controversial experiment that sought to determine to what degree personalities are shaped by external circumstances.

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Government announces inquiry into historical state care abuse

A Royal Commission into historical state care abuse has been launched, but any hopes of negotiating redress or compensation for victims through the inquiry have been firmly left off the table.

Instead, more general recommendations around the Government settlement process might be made, which could change payouts for victims yet to settle with the state.

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WFISD principal charged with failure to report

A Wichita Falls ISD principal was arrested Wednesday for allegedly not reporting a sexual assault of a first grader at her school to law enforcement.

Kory Fancher Dorman, 45, is charged with failure to report – a Class A Misdemeanor. She was out of the Wichita County Jail Friday morning on $1,000 bail.

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Child welfare facing serious issues

While we all know, or believe we know, that working as a counselor or foster parent for the Department of Human Services is a stressful job, it was still an eye-opener at a recent forum held at the DHS offices in downtown Klamath Falls last week.

Case workers, foster parents, public and private citizens lent their comments to state DHS officials who are on a fact-finding mission in light of a recently released audit of the department’s operations. As Regional Director Jeremy Player told the crowd, the upcoming audit was not going to be pretty. And it isn’t.

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Settlement with parents of child who died in foster care revealed

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County officials settled a federal lawsuit with the parents of a child who died after being placed in foster care for more than a half-million dollars, according to a stipulation released Thursday.

Luzerne County Children and Youth Services and parents Nichole Puscavage and Anthony Cook settled the lawsuit for $550,000, of which the child services insurance carrier paid $450,000 and the insurance carrier for Luzerne County paid $100,000, according to the filing.

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ROSEBURG TEEN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDERING FOSTER FAMILY

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The teenager accused of murdering his foster family in the Roseburg area has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of aggravated murder.

Kevin Adams, 16, was arraigned on additional charges from a grand jury on Thursday. A trial has been scheduled for Feb. 5, 2019.

At the arraignment the judge also cleared up what was previously set to be the maximum penalty, the death sentence. She said that was unconstitutional for someone his age, and that the maximum penalty would actually be a true life sentence without the chance of parole.

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The lessons of mass incarceration for child welfare

The platinum anniversary of the most important shift in American child welfare policy in a generation just passed without notice or public discussion. But almost 20 years to the day after President Clinton signed the Adoption and Safe Families Act into law, those in the waiting area of the Bronx Family courthouse heard a 12-year-old sobbing inconsolably outside the courtroom, where he had just told the judge he did not want to be adopted. The judge had gone ahead anyway to terminate his mother’s parental rights—as judges around the country do tens of thousands of times a year to comply with ASFA.


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Fixing a Foster Care System That Would Ban Mother Teresa

In one of the most moving parts of the president’s State of the Union address, President Donald Trump honored Ryan Holet—a police officer who decided to adopt the baby of a heroin addict.

Holet encountered the baby’s parents while on duty and asked the mother, “Why do you have to be shooting that? You’re going to ruin your baby. You’re going to kill your baby.”

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Report: Indiana putting children in foster care at twice national rate

Indiana removes children from their homes and places them in state care at more than twice the national average rate, a consultant reviewing the state's embattled child welfare agency said Thursday.

That's one of two primary findings by the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group, which was hired by Gov. Eric Holcomb to conduct a review of the Indiana Department of Childen's Services. The other "challenge" outlined in a preliminary report is that the state uses an inadequate computer system to track child welfare cases.

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Thursday, February 01, 2018

Prosecutor: Social worker accepted bribe to 'look the other way' before boy's death

A social worker is facing charges related to the death of a boy found buried in the backyard of an Ohio home.

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Hoonah man’s sentence for sexually abusing foster child goes back to trial judge

After eight years winding its way through the court system, the case of a Hoonah man convicted of sexually abusing his pre-teen foster daughter returns to the original trial judge for possible sentencing.

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New Zealand announces major inquiry into child abuse in state care

New Zealanders who were abused in state care have been granted a royal commission of inquiry, following the lead of similar inquiries in Australia and the UK, and the recommendation of the United Nations.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the inquiry would last for at least her entire term in office, and was tasked with investigating historic abuse of children and adults by state-run institutions between 1950 and 1999.

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California overreacts and presumes every homeschooling parent is a child abuser

California is seeking to treat homeschool families as presumptive child abusers. Lawmakers in that state have indicated plans to categorically require homeschool parents to prove — through home visits, interviews, and other government oversight — that indeed the parent is not abusive if they choose to exercise a legally protected and valid option for school choice. This measure would shift the burden to the parent to prove to the government’s satisfaction his or her parental fitness.

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Oregon DHS child welfare audit says staff endured 'bullying, intimidation' by agency leaders

Leaders of Oregon's child welfare system have continually failed to fix systemic problems after paying $39 million in legal settlements, according to a new audit by the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.

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