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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Five testify in foster mom's murder trial

Five testify in foster mom's murder trial

Mary Sweeney held her 2-year-old daughter, Alexandria Hill, for 15 minutes after she was taken off of life support on July 31, 2013, a medical specialist testified Wednesday during Sherill Small's capital murder trial in a Milam County courtroom.

‘Reducing social worker visits to long-term foster placements misses the point’

‘Reducing social worker visits to long-term foster placements misses the point’

Paul Adams, fostering development consultant at BAAF, says social worker consistency and approaches matters more than the number of visits

Note: It also gives the foster parents time to hide the abuse.

Teen accused of killing 5-year-old foster brother told police he could lie, but not kill

Teen accused of killing 5-year-old foster brother told police he could lie, but not kill

In a video recording shown to the court, Cody Metzker-Madsen said a mysterious figure that stared at him would sometimes appear near the wooded area surrounding his rural home in Logan.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fayette County man sentenced to up to 75 years for sex crimes

Fayette County man sentenced to up to 75 years for sex crimes

A 58-year-old Fayette County man was sentenced Wednesday to up to 75 years for sexual crimes committed against his 15-year-old niece and foster child.


Judge refuses to declare mistrial in case of Army couple accused of child abuse in N.J.

Judge refuses to declare mistrial in case of Army couple accused of child abuse in N.J.

A federal judge refused to declare a mistrial Wednesday after lawyers for an Army couple charged with child abuse objected to the testimony of a child services worker who told the jury that it was the worst case of abuse she had seen.

Judge Hears Police Interview of Teen on Trial in Foster Child’s Murder

Judge Hears Police Interview of Teen on Trial in Foster Child’s Murder

An Iowa teen facing a murder charge angrily denied killing a five-year-old boy in a video played in court Wednesday.

Parents With Kids In Foster Care Ask Dr. Phil For Advice On Regaining Custody (VIDEO)

Parents With Kids In Foster Care Ask Dr. Phil For Advice On Regaining Custody (VIDEO)









Seventeen-year-old Andrue claims that his mother and stepfather physically and mentally abused him and his three younger siblings for years. The teen says he attempted to end his life out of desperation to escape the alleged abuse.

Trial into death of foster child Alexandria Hill begins in Cameron

Trial into death of foster child Alexandria Hill begins in Cameron

"Even if it was accidental, I would not shake a baby," Sherill Small said during a July 31, 2013, interview with Rockdale police. "If I would have shook her, I would tell you."

Report slamming Mass. foster care puts Coakley on defense

Report slamming Mass. foster care puts Coakley on defense

A bombshell federal report ranking the Bay State dead last in the nation in keeping foster kids safe took center stage in the opening round of last night’s final televised debate, when Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley wrangled over who would best protect the state’s most vulnerable children as governor.

Couple sue CYFD over adopted son’s alleged abuse by foster parents

Couple sue CYFD over adopted son’s alleged abuse by foster parents

A Washington state couple are suing the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, alleging the agency failed to properly screen a Clovis-area foster couple accused of raping some of the children in their care, including a boy the Washington couple later adopted.

Charges dropped against man accused of sexually assaulting adopted sons

Charges dropped against man accused of sexually assaulting adopted sons

All sexual assault criminal charges against George Harasz have been dropped.

Testimony: Teen had volatile temper


The foster mother of an Iowa teenager charged with first-degree murder told a judge today that the teen had trouble "telling right from wrong" while playing with other children.

Insanity defense on tap for teen in foster child's death



Insanity defense on tap for teen in foster child's death

A teen accused of killing a 5-year-old boy and leaving his body at the bottom of a ravine will likely face years in state care, regardless of the outcome of his trial, legal experts said.

Dozens Of Homeless Kids Forced To Sleep In Arizona State Buildings

Dozens Of Homeless Kids Forced To Sleep In Arizona State Buildings

Department officials confirmed to CBS 5 News in Phoenix that children with nowhere to stay slept at 12 offices throughout the greater Phoenix area of Maricopa and Pima Counties due to lack of space in group homes and foster families. Between Sept. 28 and Oct. 4, officials recorded 36 minors sleeping overnight in the facilities -- 10 were between 2 and 5 years old, 11 were between 6 and 12 years old and 15 were between 13 and 18 years old.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Arizona's foster care system is filling up fast

Arizona's foster care system is filling up fast

On average, 32 children are placed in Arizona's foster care system every day.

Foster care, trafficking examined


The first in a series of conferences aimed at preventing human trafficking features a film that is not about trafficking.

Trial starts for teen who allegedly killed 5-year-old foster brother

Trial starts for teen who allegedly killed 5-year-old foster brother

An Iowan accused of killing a 5-year-old boy and leaving his body at the bottom of a ravine will likely face years in state care, regardless of the outcome of his trial, legal experts said.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Murder-Suicide Puts Clark County Welfare System Under Microscope

Murder-Suicide Puts Clark County Welfare System Under Microscope

After 16-month-old Michell Momox-Caselis was killed earlier this month in an apparent murder-suicide involving her foster father, Clark County’s child welfare system is under scrutiny.


Bakersfield couple accused in foster child's death extradited from Mexico

Bakersfield couple accused in foster child's death extradited from Mexico

A Bakersfield couple charged in the death of their 3-year old foster child -- and then fleeing to Mexico -- has been returned to Kern County.

Orphans without grants

Orphans without grants

Shortages of social workers and children courts are some of the factors behind 1 million orphaned children not getting foster care grants.

Social workers say 1.5 million orphans are entitled to grants.

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