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Thursday, April 19, 2018

DHHS warns Mainers about person impersonating Child Protective Services caseworker

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is warning Mainers about a person allegedly impersonating a DHHS Child Protective Services caseworker.

The alleged incident occurred in southern Maine.
More >> DHHS warns Mainers about person impersonating Child Protective Services caseworker

Beware of the real ones too!

Central Illinois couple suing DCFS over handgun ban at home day cares

A central Illinois couple and several gun rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a statewide ban on handguns in home day cares, arguing the prohibition violates the Second Amendment rights of the operators of the businesses.

The suit was filed Monday against the state and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which sets licensing rules for child care facilities. A spokeswoman for the agency declined to comment on pending litigation.

More >> Central Illinois couple suing DCFS over handgun ban at home day cares

Alberta Children’s Services worker charged after 'thousands' of child porn photos found.

A Fort McMurray man recently employed with Alberta Children’s Services is facing child pornography charges after “thousands” of images were discovered on work computers, says the province’s joint police team.

The 60-year-old man was charged after an April 11 arrest in Leduc by the Internet Child Exploitation unit, said the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) in a Wednesday news release.

More >> Alberta Children’s Services worker charged after 'thousands' of child porn photos found.

Bristol parents getting visits from social services and police for taking kids on holiday

Members of Bristol’s Somali community have said the anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) campaign “is based on assumptions, misinformation and intimidation” which “targets and profiles certain ethnic groups” in Bristol.

The statements were made at a meeting of the Somali Parents Against Stigmatisation (SPAS) group, formed after the collapse of a recent anti-FGM trial at Bristol Crown Court.

More >> Bristol parents getting visits from social services and police for taking kids on holiday

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

LK Report For April 11, 2018

Children's own 'sex selfies' fuelling rise in child abuse images

lmost one in three reported child abuse images are now taken by the children themselves, new figures from the Internet Watch Foundation show.

Children are increasingly filming or photographing themselves in explicit situations and sharing the footage, which then ends up on adult pornography sites or shared by paedophiles, the foundation's annual report found.

More >> Children's own 'sex selfies' fuelling rise in child abuse images

DCFS blasted for “unconscionable” witholding of child abuse data

For nine months, DCFS ignored advocates’ requests for a complete set of child abuse data, questioning their legal obligation to report the data, and suggesting that the computer systems they have used to compile the reports for over three decades are suddenly incapable or producing the reports. This morning’s data release shows that is not the case.


More >> DCFS blasted for “unconscionable” witholding of child abuse data

Official: Flash drive with foster kids' info trashed

The state Department of Children, Youth and Families says an employee accidentally threw out a flash drive with encrypted information about nearly 1,000 children in the state's foster care system.

Department spokeswoman Kerri White says the employee discarded the flash drive while cleaning their desk.

More >> Official: Flash drive with foster kids' info trashed

Former foster carer jailed for 12 years for sexually abusing children



"I hate you and I hope you burn in hell," a sex abuse victim told former Child, Youth and Family Services (CYF) caregiver Rex Lawrence Wilson before he was jailed for 12 years.

The 64-year-old's two victims – he was found guilty at an eight-day Christchurch District Court jury trial in January – both read emotional victim impact reports at his sentencing in the same court on Wednesday.

More >> Former foster carer jailed for 12 years for sexually abusing children

Leading doctors call on government to ban solitary confinement of children and young offenders

Leading doctors have called on the government to abolish the solitary confinement of children and young people in the youth justice system, warning that it can have a “profound” impact on their health.

Nearly 40 per cent of boys in British jails are estimated to have spent time in solitary confinement, which is defined under international human rights law as “the confinement of prisoners for 22 hours or more a day without meaningful human contact”.

More >> Leading doctors call on government to ban solitary confinement of children and young offenders

Body found floating in ocean is Ciera Hart, whose mother drove her family off a cliff, officials say

A body recently found floating near a Northern California cliff where a family’s SUV plunged 100 feet into the ocean has been identified as 12-year-old Ciera Hart, authorities said Tuesday.

Ciera, the youngest member of her family, was one of three children who remained missing after Jennifer Hart, 38, drove her wife and six adopted children off a scenic Pacific Ocean overlook last month, according to authorities, who believe the plunge was intentional. Preliminary toxicology results last week found that Jennifer Hart was drunk, with a blood alcohol level of 0.102. In California, drivers are considered legally drunk if they have a level of 0.08 or higher.

More >> Body found floating in ocean is Ciera Hart, whose mother drove her family off a cliff, officials say

Lawmakers consider state-worker safety after death of DCFS caseworker

Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation to better protect state workers in vulnerable jobs after the death of a child-welfare worker was beaten last fall.

Pamela Knight was a Department of Children and Family Services caseworker. She was attacked in September while trying to take protective custody of a child in Dixon. She died from her injuries in February.

More >> Lawmakers consider state-worker safety after death of DCFS caseworker

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Teen reported missing after fleeing DCF custody



Police in Attleboro are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a teenager who has not been seen since he fled Attleboro District Court on Monday.

Christopher Belt, 16, was in the custody of the Department of Children and Families when he escaped and ran off, officials said.

More >> Teen reported missing after fleeing DCF custody

Child Abuse Strike Force makes another arrest over boys’ home abuse

Detectives, investigating the allegedly horrific, historical abuse of children in a Sydney boy’s home, have made a second arrest interstate.

Strike Force Eckersley was established by the Nepean Police Area Command in late 2016 following a series of complaints made to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

More >> Child Abuse Strike Force makes another arrest over boys’ home abuse

Police protect judges at home from 'intimidating' Family Court protesters

Judges are being protected at their family homes by police as angry dads protest outside with placards and megaphones.

A group of fathers, many of whom are disgruntled at losing custody or visitation rights to their children, are gathering outside the homes of Family Court judges in Auckland, say multiple Herald sources.

More >> Police protect judges at home from 'intimidating' Family Court protesters

Oklahoma CPS kidnapped my children!!



The LK Report LK Report for April 17, 2018



Class action against Cherokee County DSS moves to federal court

There are new developments involving the Department of Social Services in Cherokee County.

The class action lawsuit filed against Cherokee County DSS has been moved to federal court.

More >> Class action against Cherokee County DSS moves to federal court

Abusive mother wins payout over privacy breach

An abusive mother who was the “face” of a foster care agency has won a payout after the child welfare authority disclosed details of her history to her employer.

The Department of Family and Community Services must compensate the woman $4539 after she was fired from her position at the agency over fears for children in its care and the organisation’s reputation.

More >> Abusive mother wins payout over privacy breach

2 charged in foster child’s beating death in Eagan



An Eagan woman and her boyfriend face charges in the death of her 3-year-old foster child.

Zeporia Fortenberry, 30, has been charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter. Charles Wayne Homich, 27, is charged with three counts of second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree manslaughter.

More >> 2 charged in foster child’s beating death in Eagan

UK Appeals Court Rules Against Parents of Toddler on Life Support



The Court of Appeal in the UK ruled against the parents of a 23-month-old boy on life support. They wanted to take him to Italy for medical treatment.

The toddler is battling an undiagnosed brain disease, according to reports. He is on life support at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital which is part of the UK's National Health Service Foundation Trust.

More >> UK Appeals Court Rules Against Parents of Toddler on Life Support

Australian paedophile fostered children in Brazil until fake identity unravelled

An Australian paedophile on the run from police made a new life in Brazil, fathering three foster children until his fake identity unravelled after a serious car crash.

As Christopher John Gott, 63, lies in a coma in a Rio hospital with severe head injuries, his foster children are dealing with shock at learning his secret past.

More >> Australian paedophile fostered children in Brazil until fake identity unravelled

Families 'in limbo' after adoption agency suspended

Stephanie Diehl and her husband always dreamed about raising a family. Now, they're living in limbo after the adoption agency they hired has suspended operations.

More >> Families 'in limbo' after adoption agency suspended

Monday, April 16, 2018

Kentucky governor apologizes after linking child abuse to teacher protests

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin apologized on Sunday to people who he said were hurt by his "guarantee" that children were abused after a massive teacher walkout shut schools on Friday.

More >> Kentucky governor apologizes after linking child abuse to teacher protests

Where are the children? LK Report for April 16, 2018

'I want my son back': The inside story of a N.J. adoption gone wrong

It was only the third time Gloria Roman held her son -- and she knew it would be  the last.

The 7-pound, healthy baby boy was only a few days old. Roman gazed at him and saw herself in his tiny face.

Holding him felt "like home," she said.

More >> 'I want my son back': The inside story of a N.J. adoption gone wrong

Parents in the Deadly California Cliff Crash Were Allowed to Keep Home-Schooling Despite Abuse Claims

The parents who drove off a California cliff with their six adopted children were allowed to continue home-schooling them despite repeated allegations of child abuse across three states.

The crash that killed Jennifer and Sarah Hart and at least three of their children, has become the latest high-profile case in which alleged child abuse coincided with home-schooling. New details reveal that child welfare officials, who reportedly interviewed the family in 2013, did not pursue a case against the Harts despite their children being in violation of state home-schooling laws.

More >> Parents in the Deadly California Cliff Crash Were Allowed to Keep Home-Schooling Despite Abuse Claims

Soaring numbers of children going missing in care – with five reports a day and youngest child aged four

Vulnerable children who repeatedly go missing from care in Suffolk and Essex are at a serious risk of sexual exploitation and bullying.

That is the stark warning from campaigners as “disturbing” new figures reveal five missing reports are logged by children’s services in both counties every single day.

Council chiefs in Suffolk received 2,757 reports of looked-after children going missing from 2015 to 2017 – relating to 357 individuals – according to statistics released to this newspaper.

State to examine sex abuse among children at welfare facilities

The central government will open a fact-finding investigation into child-against-child sexual abuse at welfare institutions nationwide, an underreported problem whose severity was recently exposed by shocking revelations in Mie Prefecture.

The move by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare followed the Mie prefectural government’s disclosure that at least 111 such sexual abuse cases occurred at child welfare facilities in the prefecture over nine years from fiscal 2008.

Under the Child Welfare Law, prefectural authorities are required to inform the central government about sexual violence committed by staff workers against children at these institutions.

More >> State to examine sex abuse among children at welfare facilities

Study: Texas foster children five times as likely to get pregnant than other teens

Teens in Texas foster care are nearly five times as likely to get pregnant than other youth their age, according to a study released Monday that calculates the rate for the first time.

More >> Study: Texas foster children five times as likely to get pregnant than other teens

‘Our kids die in the child welfare system.’ The Métis Nation warns it’s losing kids at an alarming rate

Métis are the descendants of mixed Cree-French ancestry from the historic Métis Homeland in Manitoba and the Prairies. The 2016 Census found 89,405 in B.C. call themselves Métis, one-third of all Indigenous people. At least 16,000 of them are registered as citizens of the Métis Nation of B.C. The Métis language is Michif.

More >> ‘Our kids die in the child welfare system.’ The Métis Nation warns it’s losing kids at an alarming rate

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Illinois House likely won't hear bill to raise penalties for assaulting DCFS workers

A state bill aimed at delivering a harsher punishment for battering a Department of Children and Family Services or Adult Protective Services worker isn’t likely to be heard by legislators this year.

House Bill 4586 was introduced in February by state Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, in response to an attack on veteran DCFS worker Pamela Knight, 59, of Dixon in September.

More >> Illinois House likely won't hear bill to raise penalties for assaulting DCFS workers

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'It's reprehensible.' Bevin comments linking teacher rally to child abuse spark backlash

Republicans and Democrats alike reacted with outrage to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's comments that teacher protests in Frankfort lead to the sexual abuse of children.

"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today, a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them," Bevin said on Friday to a group of reporters. "I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were left alone because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them."

More >> 'It's reprehensible.' Bevin comments linking teacher rally to child abuse spark backlash

In an effort to skirt it's own responsibility, DHHS reviews child abuse cases it contracted out



Maine’s child welfare program is revisiting six-and-a-half months of child abuse reports it received and referred to contractors who intervene in “lower-risk” abuse and neglect cases.

The Office of Child and Family Services earlier this month asked the four contractors who handle those lower-risk cases to comb through their records dating back to last Aug. 31 and re-report to the state many of the families whose cases they were assigned. The state would then review those cases.

More >> DHHS reviews child abuse cases it contracted out

Official Media Circus of April: Drunk, drugged and possibly on the run: The Hart family's final days




Three children remain missing and so many questions persist in the mystery of how the Hart family's SUV ended up at the bottom of a 100-foot Mendocino, County, California, cliff.

The few details that have emerged paint what appear to be dark months, and perhaps years, for Jennifer and Sarah Hart's six adopted children, who repeatedly accused their mothers of abuse, according to reports from neighbors and a social worker.

More >> Drunk, drugged and possibly on the run: The Hart family's final days

Mum abducted boy and took him to Ireland in desperate bid to hide from social services

A young mother was trying to thwart a social services investigation when she abducted her toddler son in East Yorkshire and took him to Ireland.

More >> Mum abducted boy and took him to Ireland in desperate bid to hide from social services

Devonte Hart's biological mom: They gave my kids 'to monsters'

By the time Devonte Hart's biological mom saw the viral photo that made him famous, her son was already missing and presumed dead, along with one of her other children. A third was confirmed dead.

And Sherry Davis was devastated.

More >> Devonte Hart's biological mom: They gave my kids 'to monsters'

McFeely: Mom says she called social services about her twins in Fergus Falls, then one died



Justis Burland's mother says she contacted Otter Tail County social services in the days before his death. Misty Dawn Truitt says she wanted to make sure Justis and his twin brother Xavier were accounted for because their caretaker "flipped out" after a custody hearing was cut short by a judge.

That phone call would've come after April 2, the date the caretaker, Bobbie Bishop, was denied full custody of the children. By April 9 Justis was dead, having allegedly been beaten by Bishop and Walter Wynhoff of Fergus Falls, Minn., the family friends with whom Justis and Xavier were living.

More >> McFeely: Mom says she called social services about her twins in Fergus Falls, then one died

TRAGIC TODDLER ~ Social services have ‘blood on their hands’ over death of tragic Fife tot Hayley Davidson



SOCIAL services have “blood on their hands” over the death of tragic tot Hayley Davidson, her mum’s ex- husband claimed.

The accusation by Ross Davidson, 29, comes as The Scottish Sun on Sunday can reveal the baby girl was considered to be “at risk” even before she was born.

More >> TRAGIC TODDLER ~ Social services have ‘blood on their hands’ over death of tragic Fife tot Hayley Davidson

Note: See?  They can't get it right either way.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

They Are Coming For Our Children!

Don't drive off the cliff - ﹰLﹰK ﹰReport for ﹰApril 14, 2018

Canada Kidnapped Native Children to ‘Kill the Indian’ in Them

You may not have heard of Finding Cleo, much less listened to it. That needs to change.

One of the most disturbing and compelling works of investigative journalism this year, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation's Finding Cleo unpacks generations of failed government policy and the toxic white paternalism that fueled them in both Canada in the United States, all in the quest to answer one question: Where is Cleo? What happened to the little Cree girl who was forcibly taken from her Saskatchewan family in the 1970s, exported like a product to the United States, and somehow lost to everyone who had known and loved her?

More >> Canada Kidnapped Native Children to ‘Kill the Indian’ in Them

UPDATED: Parents still maintain custody of Alfie Evans

Correction: April 13, 2018 1:35 EST: Administration on Alfie Evans' official Facebook page "Alfies Army" are now correcting a press release from earlier this morning which stated that Alfie had been made a "ward of the court." This report has been amended to reflect this update. 

LONDON, April 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The parents of baby Alfie Evans still retain custody of their son after a press release by the family’s media coordinator this morning suggested that the child had become a “ward of the court.”

More >> UPDATED: Parents still maintain custody of Alfie Evans

Governments and courts are turning parenting into an Orwellian nightmare

It is hardly controversial to say that the institution of the family is in crisis. Fewer and fewer people are getting married, in or out of the Church. Fertility rates have been in freefall for 50 years. Nearly a quarter of families in Britain are single-parent, with nearly half of these living in poverty. By almost every metric you can use, the family, which is the essential mechanism by which our cultural and social DNA is passed on, is in decline.

More >> Governments and courts are turning parenting into an Orwellian nightmare

Man headed to prison for threats to shoot CPS caseworkers

A Cambridge man put on probation last year for threatening to shoot Child Protective Services caseworkers is headed to state prison after he was found to have violated the terms of probation.

Claude J. Boisvert, 46, was sentenced last June to 60 days in Washington County Jail and 5 years on probation after his guilty plea to making a terroristic threat, a felony, in connection with a December 2016 arrest for threats to caseworkers who visited his home. He agreed to serve 2 years in state prison, to be followed by 2.5 years on parole.

More >> Man headed to prison for threats to shoot CPS caseworkers

Couple Offers Warning After Adoption Agency Closes

The couple had paid thousands in fees before the agency abruptly shut.


A couple is warning other families who are considering adoption after a heartbreaking experience with a private agency.

Is The Adoption System Partly To Blame For Devonte Hart's Death?

Back in the '80s, there were two television shows featuring black children adopted by well-off white families. They were two of the most popular sitcoms of all-time; Diff'rent Strokes and Webster.

My childish daydreams would take me to where they were, away from the economically depressed ghetto that I called home.  In a way, the crippling programming led me to surmise that my salvation from a life of poverty lay in the hands of white folks. Of course, I've outgrown that childish, colonized mindset.

More >> Is The Adoption System Partly To Blame For Devonte Hart's Death?

Friday, April 13, 2018

Creepy Friday the 13'th edition - LK Report

The Salvation Army loses contract to care for vulnerable kids

The Salvation Army has lost its funding to care for vulnerable children in parts of Victoria because of concerns over the quality of care they were providing.

Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) confirmed to the ABC that it would no longer fund the Salvation Army's Westcare agency to provide residential care in the region that takes in Melbourne's western suburbs and much of the state's west.

More >> The Salvation Army loses contract to care for vulnerable kids

Foster parent faces child abuse charges

Holly Estes Monroe County child welfare officials removed four foster children, all younger than 3, from a foster home on Big Pine Key, as a result of an investigation and subsequent arrest on Thursday of longtime foster parent Holly Estes, 54, on suspicion of child abuse against her adopted...

More >> Foster parent faces child abuse charges

Former foster parent pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teens in his care



A former foster parent pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting foster children who were in his care and now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison.

Gary Reed, 65, now of Manitowoc, pleaded guilty to repeated sexual assault of a child and no contest to first-degree repeated sexual assault of a child. A third case with two additional counts of child sexual assault was dropped as part of a plea deal.

More >> Former foster parent pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teens in his care

New First Nations child welfare agency aims to reverse decades of children being seized

Seven Mi'kmaq First Nations in New Brunswick have created a new child welfare agency aimed at preventing children from being taken away from their homes and families.

The long-promised consolidation comes nearly 11 years after the death of Mona Sock, a 13-year-old girl who was placed in a foster home with a sex offender.

More >> New First Nations child welfare agency aims to reverse decades of children being seized

Too many black, Indigenous kids in Ontario child-welfare system, report finds

Black and Indigenous children appear to be put into care in relatively far greater numbers than other racial groups in Ontario, according to a report released Thursday that makes an urgent call for action.

The review by the province’s human rights commission finds a “staggering” number of Indigenous children in care across Canada — more now than there were in residential schools at the height of their use — and Ontario is part of the dismal situation.

More >> Too many black, Indigenous kids in Ontario child-welfare system, report finds

More prison time for ex-Army mother in child abuse case



An ex-military couple convicted of abusing their young foster children received additional punishment on Thursday during a resentencing prompted by an appeals court’s ruling that their initial sentences were insufficient and didn’t properly apply federal guidelines.

Still, the sentences fell far short of those sought by the government in a case that combined horrific allegations of abuse, heart-wrenching testimony during two trials and legal issues the sentencing judge conceded Thursday were “quirkier, odder and more difficult” than any she’d encountered.

More >> More prison time for ex-Army mother in child abuse case

Anatomy of alleged adoption scam is tale of deep deception, lies



The alleged level of deception is stunning and the number of lies staggering, really, in court documents involving the Woodworth, N.D., woman accused of running an adoption scam. And it was all for a shot at $1,800, or maybe a little more.

More >> Anatomy of alleged adoption scam is tale of deep deception, lies

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The fate of the orphan girls, where between Belarus and the United States broke the scandal

“Mother brought me my grandmother with the words: “I Want what you want — give it to the orphanage””


LK Report for Apr 12, 2018 - CPS Propaganda Month Special



Episode # 2.  Please bare with me and my typos.  Doing it all on my cell phone.



Three-quarters of Colorado foster kids aren’t graduating on time

The education outcomes for foster kids in Colorado are grim and getting worse: Just 23 percent graduated from high school on time last year.

And that's even worse than in 2016, when the four-year graduation rate for foster youths was 33 percent.

More >> Three-quarters of Colorado foster kids aren’t graduating on time

Manitoba judge urges changes to care system after Indigenous teen’s suicide death

A Manitoba judge is suggesting services for high-risk youth be reviewed following the death of an Indigenous teenage girl who hanged herself after spending most of her life in government care.

Provincial court Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta said in an inquest report released Wednesday that federal law forbids incarceration for child-welfare purposes, but there must be ways to prevent high-risk children in care from continually running away and facing grave danger.

More >> Manitoba judge urges changes to care system after Indigenous teen’s suicide death

Kansas creates sexist website posting mug shots of mostly men who can't afford tens of thousands of dollars in back child support



Kansas plans to post mug shots of people who owe thousands of dollars in back child support in an effort to shame them into paying or solicit tips on their location.

The program comes as Kansas struggles to improve its child support collections.

More >> Kansas posting mug shots of child support ‘evaders’

Former principal asks judge to overturn DCS findings

Former Bristol, Tennessee Principal Jerry Poteat is asking a judge to over-turn a state Department of Children's Services decision that he was the “perpetrator” in a vali-dated case of child abuse or neglect.

Former Holston View Principal Jerry Poteat, who was accused of locking a 5-year-old student outside the school in January 2015 in 27-degree weather, was charged with one felony count of attempted child abuse and one misdemeanor count of attempted child neglect. He pleaded not guilty and the charges were dismissed in March 2016 because the “wording was insufficient.”

More >> Former principal asks judge to overturn DCS findings

Resigned Rochdale council leader 'lied to child abuse inquiry'

Rochdale’s recently resigned council leader is facing a police investigation after an official inquiry concluded that he lied over evidence he gave about child sexual abuse allegations.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said the evidence given by Richard Farnell about his knowledge of abuse in the Greater Manchester town “defies belief”.

More >> Resigned Rochdale council leader 'lied to child abuse inquiry'

How Australia’s Foster Care System Is Forcing Teenagers Into Homelessness

Across Australia on any given night, an MCG’s worth of people will experience the cruelty of homelessness. That’s close to 120,000 with nowhere to call home; sleeping rough on the streets, in boarding houses, couchsurfing, or packed into severely overcrowded dwellings.

Homelessness is terrifying no matter what walk of life or age you experience it. But it’s especially alarming to think that one of the largest growing groups without a roof over their head are young Australians under the age of 25, with those from Indigenous, migrant, and queer communities being most over-represented.

More >> How Australia’s Foster Care System Is Forcing Teenagers Into Homelessness

New law defines when DCS can take a child without a judge's OK

Without a judge's approval, child-welfare workers and police will be able to remove a child from his family home in only two circumstances, under a bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed Wednesday.

The legislation defines the “exigent circumstances” that will allow DCS staffers and law enforcement to skip the legal requirement to get the equivalent of a warrant from the Juvenile Court before taking a child out of his home. The warrant process starts July 1.

More >> New law defines when DCS can take a child without a judge's OK

More safe, secure foster placements needed for high-risk teens, inquest finds

She spent her 16th birthday in custody at the Brandon Correctional Centre. No one visited her. A week later she hanged herself.

The teen, only referred to as R.D. in an inquest report released Wednesday, was a permanent ward of Child and Family Services.

More >> More safe, secure foster placements needed for high-risk teens, inquest finds

Parents hit out at plans to increase oversight of home education

Parents who home-school their children have hit out at government proposals to increase oversight of home education, saying they undermine parental rights and cast suspicion on those who choose not to put their children in school.

They were responding to plans, published by the Department for Education on Tuesday, intended to address what is seen by some in the sector as an unusually permissive approach to children being educated outside mainstream schooling.

More >> Parents hit out at plans to increase oversight of home education

Bristol's social workers quitting due to heavy caseload

Heavy caseloads and high house prices are among the reasons Bristol is failing to retain its children's social workers, a report has found.

The report by Bristol City Council found in some parts of the city as many as 22% leave for new jobs each year.

More >> Bristol's social workers quitting due to heavy caseload

Four out of five social workers think their caseload isn’t manageable


Less than one in five children’s social workers think their current workload is manageable, a Community Care survey has revealed.

The survey of 815 case-holding children’s social workers revealed an average caseload far higher than the government’s experimental figure, how 81% of social workers thinking their current workload isn’t manageable and heard how some social workers don’t see a future for themselves in the profession if this doesn’t improve.

More >> Four out of five social workers think their caseload isn’t manageable

Rhode Island System Sucks want more money!!!

“This is a system in desperate need of an infusion of resources and yet the budget continues to be cut,” said Ben Lessing, chairman of the Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families, which includes 39 agencies offering a spectrum of treatment for kids in state care.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Private agencies that provide health and support services to children in state care urged some lawmakers on Tuesday to pump more money into Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget for the state’s child welfare department.

More >> Providers urge R.I. lawmakers to put more money into child services

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Jury finds ex-CPS worker guilty of tampering with evidence in Klapheke child death case



A Taylor County jury on Wednesday found a former Child Protective Services worker guilty of tampering with evidence after a child died as a result of being malnourished and neglect in 2012.

The trial of Gretchen Denny centered around a photo of the deceased 22-month-old girl. She was accused of ordering another CPS worker to delete the photo to keep it from medical personnel.

More >> Jury finds ex-CPS worker guilty of tampering with evidence in Klapheke child death case

Black children are disproportionately removed from their families; state lawmakers seek legislative fix

Black children in Minnesota are three times more likely to become involved with child protection and be removed from their homes than white children.

A group of state lawmakers say those disparities are caused by widespread inequity across Minnesota’s child-protection system that includes how initial allegations are reviewed, how parents are screened and assessed and how incidents are resolved.

More >> Black children are disproportionately removed from their families; state lawmakers seek legislative fix

Editorial: Nebraska adopts needed reporting requirements on state ward abuse allegations

Findings last year by Nebraska’s state inspector general for child welfare about the troubling extent of sexual abuse of state wards jolted state officials.

During 2013-16, at least 50 Nebraska children suffered sexual abuse while in the state’s care or after being placed in an adoptive or guardianship home, Julie Rogers reported.

More >> Editorial: Nebraska adopts needed reporting requirements on state ward abuse allegations

Black families ask Minnesota to stop taking so many of their children

The cause: allegations of neglect. Her daughter, Jones says, claimed she was being abused. She says a Hennepin County investigation later found that it wasn’t true – her children weren’t in any imminent danger, and her daughter, she claims, continued to make up stories while she was in foster care.

“I was under the impression that they were going to return my children,” she says.

More >> Black families ask Minnesota to stop taking so many of their children

Child welfare came to Hart family home just hours before deadly cliff plunge, 911 call reveals



On the morning of March 26, child welfare authorities in Washington state tried to reach Sarah and Jennifer Hart, a married couple with six adopted children ranging from 14 to 19. It was a third attempt with no success.

A newly released 911 call reveals how a Child Protective Services investigator asked authorities to check in on the family as well: "I've been to the home Monday and Friday and knocked on the door just this morning, and I can get no response. Different cars have been moving in and out, I noticed, so I feel like someone is there."

But they were already too late.

More >> Child welfare came to Hart family home just hours before deadly cliff plunge, 911 call reveals


Day 2: Ex-CPS worker's tampering with evidence trial continues in Abilene



Jurors continued to hear testimony Tuesday in the trial of a former Child Protective Services worker accused of tampering with evidence days after a child was found dead from being malnourished and neglected in 2012.

Gretchen Denny, 44, is accused of concealing a photo of the deceased 22-month-old girl.

More >> Day 2: Ex-CPS worker's tampering with evidence trial continues in Abilene

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Ex-military couple due in court for child abuse resentencing



A former Army major and his wife convicted of abusing their young foster children over several years are due back in federal court on Wednesday for a resentencing after their original sentence was thrown out for being too lenient.

John and Carolyn Jackson lived at the Army’s Picatinny Arsenal facility when they were charged in 2013. After their first trial ended in a mistrial, they were convicted on multiple counts of child endangerment in 2015. A judge sentenced John Jackson to probation and Carolyn Jackson to two years in prison.

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Too many Aboriginal kids are cycling from out-of-home care to the justice system — here's how we stop it

Keenan Mundine was separated from his brothers after he lost his parents and was placed in out-of-home care.

The trajectory from out-of-home care to the justice system is glaringly obvious to many Aboriginal people. I know: I have lived it.

More >> Too many Aboriginal kids are cycling from out-of-home care to the justice system — here's how we stop it

Three-quarters of Colorado foster kids aren’t graduating on time. Officials say rides to school would help

The education outcomes for foster kids in Colorado are grim and getting worse: Just 23 percent graduated from high school on time last year.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Parents could temporarily give up custody of children under proposed law

Parents facing crisis situations could give custody of their children to individuals through private organizations without fear of legal repercussion under legislation being considered by the House.

Two Senate bills enacting such a change, along with other reforms, made their debut Monday in a Missouri House of Representatives committee hearing.

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Bill to Criminalize Failure of Educators to Report Suspected Child Abuse Doesn't Pass Maryland House

Maryland legislators ended their 2018 session without passing a high-profile bill to protect against child sex abuse in schools.

The bill would make it a criminal offense if educators fail to report suspected child abuse, punishable by up to six months in jail.

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Arizona’s Top Child Welfare Leader Goes on Offensive Against Class Action Lawsuit

Lawsuits, particularly class-action lawsuits, can be used to force public systems to right wrongs and make reparations by ensuring mistakes of the past aren’t repeated.

In the case of child welfare, lawsuits are sometimes effective and other times they are not, but they nearly always cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Arizona is currently embroiled in a class action suit, brought by New York-based Children’s Rights, that by the end of 2017 had cost the state $1.8 million, according to state records. The suit was filed in 2015, and is far from over.


More >> Arizona’s Top Child Welfare Leader Goes on Offensive Against Class Action Lawsuit

Prisoner sues State alleging he was failed as child in care

A prisoner who claims he was failed by the State since being placed in foster care as a four-year-old child, during which time he was allegedly assaulted and sexually abused, has launched a High Court action.

The 30-year-old man, who is in solitary confinement for committing acts of violence, has claimed he was physically and sexually abused while in foster care and never treated properly for his ADHD condition.

More >> Prisoner sues State alleging he was failed as child in care

Ex-CPS worker on trial for tampering in case of neglected Abilene toddler who died





An ex-Child Protective Services worker is on trial for tampering with evidence while handling the case of a now-imprisoned Abilene mom whose severe neglect resulted in her toddler daughter’s death.

Jurors were selected and testimony began Monday.

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Judge rules lawsuits filed by parents of missing Staten Island boy can proceed



Federal lawsuits filed by the parents of Patrick Alford, a Staten Island boy who disappeared eight years ago in Brooklyn while in foster care, can proceed, as triable issues of fact exist as to whether the city should have placed the boy in his father's custody, a judge recently ruled.

Patrick Alford Sr. and Jennifer Rodriguez, the child's parents, filed separate lawsuits in Brooklyn federal court in 2011 and 2010, respectively, over the boy's vanishing on Jan. 22, 2010.

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Man jailed for rape of three girls who his parents were fostering

A man has been sentenced to seven and half years in prison for the repeated rape of his foster sister.

The 29-year-old man, who was convicted following a trial at the Central Criminal Court, was also jailed for the rape of two other young girls who were also fostered by his parents.

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North Dakota woman charged with adoption scam




When an Oregon couple became suspicious about a North Dakota woman who promised to procure a Native American baby for them to adopt, the woman invoked the name of murdered pregnant Fargo woman Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind to buy more time.

Now that woman has been charged with theft for allegedly scamming the couple out of $1,800 in adoption fees.

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CPS Supervisor sentenced to probation



The Child Protective Services supervisor accused of assaulting two police officers was sentenced Monday in Grand Traverse County court.

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Monday, April 09, 2018

Couple stuck in the middle of international adoption battle

A Forsyth County family is entrenched in an international adoption battle after adopting a baby from Japan.

The couple told Channel 2’s Wendy Halloran that trying to bring her home to Georgia has turned into a nightmare.

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Military child abuse case raises complex sentencing issues




NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The allegations were shocking: an Army major and his wife accused of abusing their three young foster children through beatings, denial of food and water and forcing them to eat hot pepper flakes as punishment.

When John and Carolyn Jackson were convicted of child endangerment in 2015, prosecutors received another shock when the trial judge, casting aside their recommendation for prison terms of more than 15 years, sentenced Carolyn Jackson to two years and John Jackson to probation.

More >> Military child abuse case raises complex sentencing issues

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Maine adoption fight pits two families who love a little girl. Only one could take her home.

In a case badly mishandled by the state, two families with legitimate claims and lots of love for a little girl are thrust into an emotionally devastating adoption battle.

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Foster carer from Telford jailed for sex attacks on young boys

Leslie Bryan, from Telford, was convicted of 13 offences of historic sexual abuse involving the boys at a time when he and his then wife were looking after them in Clacton, Essex.

Recorder Simon Mayo QC, sitting at Chelmsford Crown Court, said: “These were children you had been trusted to care for but you grossly abused that trust by committing sexual offences against them for your own perverted sexual gratification.”

More >> Foster carer from Telford jailed for sex attacks on young boys

Two Months of Family Court Records Lost in Fairfield County

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in child support payments as well as check numbers, direct deposit numbers, federal tax credits, addresses and more information will need to be manually reposted in Fairfield County.

The county said in a press release Saturday that family court records for February and March 2018 were lost in a multi-system failure. There is little information right now, but the county said this was not caused by a computer hack and it is not the fault of the Clerk of Court or her staff.

More >> Two Months of Family Court Records Lost in Fairfield County

Kinship carers 'left poor and homeless by welfare changes'

Family carers who agree to give up work to become full-time “parents” to the children of relatives, in order to prevent them being taken into care, are being left penniless and homeless by welfare changes, campaigners say.

Kinship carers, hailed by ministers as “”, are typically grandparents, aunts or older siblings who step in voluntarily to bring up child relatives after the birth parent dies or is unable to continue because of illness or neglect.

More >> Kinship carers 'left poor and homeless by welfare changes'

Millions sought to stem arrests at California foster care shelters

A California lawmaker is calling for $22.7 million in state funding to help prevent unwarranted arrests of abused and neglected children in the state’s residential foster-care facilities — a disturbing practice exposed in a Chronicle investigation last year.

The three-year budget proposal, to be introduced next week by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson (Los Angeles County), comes as arrests continue across the state at county children’s shelters, despite pledges of reform.

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Body found near site of family's fatal SUV crash in Northern California



A body was recovered Saturday in the vicinity where an SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff last month, killing a family of eight in what authorities suspect may have been an intentional crash.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's office said in a statement that a couple vacationing along the coast saw a possible body, which was pulled from the surf Saturday afternoon by a third bystander.

More >> Body found near site of family's fatal SUV crash in Northern California

Norway’s Orwellian system of child protection and care

Norway’s child-protection agency, the Barnevernet, is an institution vested with unlimited powers and extra-legal authority that enable it to carry out forced confiscations and frame innocent parents.

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Saturday, April 07, 2018

Hundreds of alleged child abuse cases not being investigated due to lack of social workers

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Hundreds of alleged child abuse or neglect cases are not being investigated in the state, because there aren't enough social workers to handle the caseloads.

It's a problem with potentially severe consequences, and lawmakers are now stepping in.

A decade ago, hundreds of state positions were cut due to the recession. Several social workers in the state's Child Welfare Services branch lost their jobs.

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Woman claims to be DCF investigator, tried to get into home

A woman who identified herself as a DCF investigator tried to enter a home.

The Hendry County Sheriff's Office is warning parents to beware.

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U.S. Army Vet May Be Forced to Move His Entire Family To South Korea If Adopted Daughter is Deported

Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Schreiber said that he and his wife, Soo Jin, are prepared to leave the U.S. if their daughter Hyebin is not allowed to stay.

Hyebin, who was previously covered in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is facing deportation next year after her application to become an American was rejected by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

More >> U.S. Army Vet May Be Forced to Move His Entire Family To South Korea If Adopted Daughter is Deported

Maribel Ontiveros: 'They took my children'

But this call was different. School officials told her there were two women visiting and talking to her son. They wanted to talk with her, too.

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Former foster father, 64, who abused boys aged between 9 and 16 while they were in his care 40 years ago is jailed for 18 years

A former foster carer was jailed for nearly 20 years for sexually abusing young boys he fostered four decades ago.

Leslie Bryan, 64, was convicted of 13 offences of historic sexual abuse involving the boys aged between nine and 16 while they were in his and his wife's care.

More >> Former foster father, 64, who abused boys aged between 9 and 16 while they were in his care 40 years ago is jailed for 18 years

Siblings separated by adoption reunited at Carowinds

More than seven years ago, three siblings were separated by adoption and moved to new families that lived more than 500 miles apart.

Ryan went to his new home in Ohio, while his younger siblings Kenzie and DJ went to live in Myrtle Beach, SC. The adoption process meant the end of a traumatic childhood and the beginning of wonderful new lives for the three kids.

More >> Siblings separated by adoption reunited at Carowinds

Friday, April 06, 2018

Orphaned and homeless - Part 1 of 2

At the age of 14, an orphan listed in court documents as “J.M.” lived on the streets of Elgin for about four months, sleeping in abandoned cars, sheds and even a burnt-out home. On March 16, a jury awarded J.M., now 17, $150,000 in a judgment against the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) concluding that the agency’s negligent actions led to his ending up on the streets. The judgment came almost exactly two years after being filed in the Kershaw County Clerk of Court’s office in March 2016.

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Major failings in foster care services

In Dublin South Central, a region with 236 foster care households, 132 general carers, and 104 relative foster carers, Hiqa found the service operated by Tusla was in major non-compliance in relation to six standards. It was compliant in just one of the standards examined.

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Daughter, birth mother reunited in Utah 60 years later

When Joan Harrison was 21 years old, she gave birth to her first daughter, knowing it was likely the last time she would see her.

As an unwed woman in 1957, Joan made the decision to give her baby, Kathy, up for adoption at a Catholic hospital in Montreal.

More >> Daughter, birth mother reunited in Utah 60 years later

Philadelphia Sabotages Its Own Adoption and Foster-Care System

Philadelphia has taken a wrong turn in its attempts to handle the city’s growing foster care crisis.

Last month, the city put out an urgent call for 300 families to provide foster care to help care for the flood of children coming into the system due to the opioid crisis.

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DSHS sued for allowing 'crazy drunk' to care for children

For two years, beginning in 2001, Konnie Baughman, of Seattle, was paid by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services to care for 4-year old Toby Kropp and his 1-year old sister.

This week, the now-21 year old Kropp, who now uses his adoptive parents’ last name, sued the department for negligence.

More >> DSHS sued for allowing 'crazy drunk' to care for children

4 Reasons You Should Support Your Child’s Search For His/Her Birth Parents – and How to Do It

Adoptees, just like many other children, want to know about who they are. Because of this, they will search for birth parents. Here's why you should support.

More >> 4 Reasons You Should Support Your Child’s Search For His/Her Birth Parents – and How to Do It

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Foster mum denied bail over baby's death

A NSW foster mother accused of murdering a toddler in her care has been refused bail by a Supreme Court judge.

The 41-year-old, who lived with her partner and two teenagers, was arrested in January and charged with murdering the 20-month-old boy near Dubbo, in northwest NSW, in March 2015.

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Maine Children's Trust Fund Is A $23 Million Money Laundering Operation

Maine Children's Trust Fund is a private NGO which reports on to the IRS far less that what it actually is and fails to report to the State of Maine or what it actually does.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Orphan trains and the best interest of the child

The history of adoption is as old as humankind, with family members commonly raising children orphaned by death, war, or economic destruction. The middle ages introduced the concept of the orphanage when babies were left at the door of monasteries and were then raised within the institution of the church. But much of what the world knows about adoption, and how to protect orphans, actually stems from the orphan trains of the U.S. in the late 1800s. The American Civil War and increased immigration brought about orphanage over-crowding and resulted in huge numbers of homeless children roaming the streets of urban cities on the east coast. A group of religious leaders spearheaded a solution by shipping orphaned children on trains to the rural west.

Over the next 70 years, as many as 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children were placed on trains and sent to the farms of rural foster families in the west. It was the largest mass relocation of children to ever occur and helped establish the foster care system in America. While many lost children were introduced into families where discipline and love gave them a chance for a reasonable life, some of these children were indentured and exploited, rather than adopted, and were made to become farm laborers and household servants.


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Troubling Questions Surround The Adoption Of Devonte Hart And His Five Siblings

There are several questions surrounding Devonte Hart, his five siblings and his adoptive parents who were in an SUV  that went off a cliff in Northern California on March 26. His adoptive parents Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 39, and three of the children, Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14, have all been reported dead.  Their three other adopted children are still missing, identified as 16-year-old Hannah Hart, 12-year-old Sierra Hart and 15-year-old Devonte, who is known for a viral photo in which he is hugging a police officer in November 2014.


More >> Troubling Questions Surround The Adoption Of Devonte Hart And His Five Siblings

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Maryland needs to stop forcing foster children to pay for their own care

Dickens comes to life. The Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) hired a private company to help search for poor foster children who are disabled or have dead parents ­-- in order to take their money for state revenue.

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Cousin of S.A.-area man accused of sexually assaulting 8 foster girls accused of raping teen



The man accused of sexually assaulting at least eight of his foster daughters allowed his cousin to repeatedly rape a teen in his care, according to an arrest affidavit.

The cousin, Juan Antonio Rivera, 34, faces a charge of sexual assault of a child. He was booked into the Bexar County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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Three children will be adopted by their foster parents, not their grandfather

Three children will be adopted by their foster parents rather than their grandfather after the state chose not to contest a judge's decision.

Judge Kevin Smith confirmed Monday that the children would stay with the foster family.

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Settlement reached in child sex abuse suit against DCYF

A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit brought against the state Division of Children, Youth and Families over a "horrific" case of parental child sex abuse - and a judge has sealed the documents.

The settlement agreement, if approved by the court, would resolve all claims against all the parties, according to those familiar with the case.

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Claim: Foster children got 'super lice,' dental abscesses in poorly supervised foster homes

A San Diego County employee in the child welfare department claims she was fired after she reported a protective service worker was failing to properly check on foster children, who suffered harm in their foster homes including dental abscesses and infestations of “super lice,” according to a claim filed on Monday.


More >> Claim: Foster children got 'super lice,' dental abscesses in poorly supervised foster homes

Zero tolerance approach to bad behaviour in schools amount to 'child abuse', teachers claim

A zero-tolerance approach to discipline in schools amounts to “child abuse”, teachers have claimed.

Extremely strict behaviour policies unfairly punish working class children who may not be as focused in class or as well-behaved because of difficult circumstances at home, teachers have suggested.

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Kansas veteran fights to keep adopted child from deportation

A Kansas couple has filed a lawsuit in hopes of reversing federal immigration officials' decision not to allow their adopted Korean-born daughter to become a U.S. citizen.

Army veteran Patrick Schreiber and his wife finalized their niece's adoption in 2014 when she was 17, The Kansas City Star reported. She now studies at the University of Kansas but may soon be deported.

More >> Kansas veteran fights to keep adopted child from deportation

Monday, April 02, 2018

LK's Special Introduction to National Child Abuse Prevention Month



Yes it's that time of year again.  "National CPS Fundraiser Month" "National Child Abuse Prevention Month" is what it's called by the Child Protective Industry the wonderful people who help CPS steal children work to protect children from child abuse and neglect.  There are many private for and nonprofit agencies involved including many of the service providers who are PAID to provide the services to children and parents that are imposed onto them by CPS necessary to keep kids safe.  But apparently the money the state pays them is not enough, so they use this month to get free media attention and to solicit donations from the suckers who are willing to support their cause.

Throughout the whole month of April every year, all across the country these profitable agencies wonderful people hold fun symbolic events aimed at raising funds awareness of child abuse and neglect in the community.

For example: In Robertson County Tennessee, you can play in a Human Foosball tournament for a Team Entry Fee $175 payable to CASA to raise awareness of child abuse. 

In Sweet Home Oregon, the police department are holding a Blue Pinwheel Planting Event to raise funds awareness of child abuse.
The department is selling blue pinwheels for $1.50 each or 10 for $13. Proceeds go toward purchasing fuel cards for victims of child abuse to reach the services provided by the ABC House in Albany. 
http://www.sweethomenews.com/story/2018/03/28/news/child-abuse-awareness-events-planned-for-april/20427.html
In Chicago Illinois, you can go out to eat and help support One Hope United lots of businesses get free advertising in exchange for a few pennies to this organization.

In Michigan City Indiana, you can help raise awareness of child abuse by going bowling at an event called “Pins for Prevention”  Includes three games and shoes. $20/adult, $10/child (12 and under)

In Hunt County Texas, you can help CASA to raise awareness of child abuse  by buying a t-shirt for a donation of $10 dollars taking part in the events known as Go Blue Day.

In Clarksburg West Virginia, Pinwheel Art painted by patients at Highland-Clarksburg Hospital will be on display throughout the month of April after which you can purchase them for $10 dollars to benefit CASA.

So as you can see there are lots of things you can do throughout the month to help raise awareness of child abuse and give them money.  There will be ceremonies and events all through the month of April.  So be sure to join in the fun!

Drugging Our Kids: Big drop in drugged foster kids in California

Former foster youth Tisha Ortiz, 23, testifies on Monday, April 11, 2016, at the California state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., during a hearing on Senate Bill 1174. The bill strengthened the power of the California Medical Board to identify and investigate high prescribers of psychotropic medications given to foster children. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group archive from 2016)


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