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Showing posts with label foster care. Show all posts
Showing posts with label foster care. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Ex-social worker apologizes in abuse case

Ex-social worker apologizes in abuse case

A former social worker apologized for failing to protect the children in her care as she was sentenced Tuesday to up to 17 months in prison over the abuse of a boy who was found handcuffed to her porch with a dead chicken around his neck.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Drugging Foster Kids: Let’s Do Something About It

Drugging Foster Kids: Let’s Do Something About It

Foster children are a lucrative market for psychotropic drug sales. Unlike adults, they can’t say “no, I won’t take any more of that drug.” Unlike children living with parents, their parents cannot say “I don’t like what that drug is doing.” Responsibility for prescribing is diffused confusingly among foster parents, caseworkers, child welfare supervisors, group home administrators, and prescribers. All are involved, but their roles in medication decisions are overlapping and ill-defined. It is easy for each to say, “it wasn’t my decision.

Native American Tribes Win Child Welfare Case In South Dakota

Native American Tribes Win Child Welfare Case In South Dakota

In South Dakota, Native American children who enter foster care routinely end up living with families that are white. NPR first reported on this problem three years ago. Tribes say the practice tears apart their communities. Two of South Dakota's largest tribes filed a class-action lawsuit to try to keep those children with their relatives and tribes. And NPR's Laura Sullivan reports that they won a sweeping victory last night, which could have implications nationwide.


DCF workers deal with ‘shameful’ office conditions

DCF workers deal with ‘shameful’ office conditions

Workers at the state’s beleaguered child welfare agency are contending with fleas, mice, and decrepit working conditions and an overload of cases that have left some workers coping with traumatic levels of stress and almost all with plummeting morale, according an official survey of more than 1,500 employees.
One worker described seeing cockroaches in the Leominster office, scuttling across the same floor that babies crawl on during supervised visits with their parents. The office walls are “punched through, and the social workers sit in closets,” the worker wrote. “Shameful.”

Updated: 2nd suspect pleads guilty in case of child cuffed to porch in Union County


A former social worker in North Carolina was sentenced Tuesday to up to 17 months in prison after pleading guilty to child abuse charges that arose when a boy in her care was found handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck.

Tribes face hurdles, cultural concerns, with federal foster care

Tribes face hurdles, cultural concerns, with federal foster care

When the federal government opened foster care assistance to Native American tribes in 2008, more than 80 expressed interest in the program.

Filer Man Sentenced for Sex Abuse of Foster Child

Filer Man Sentenced for Sex Abuse of Foster Child

A Twin Falls County man found guilty of sexually molesting his 12 year old foster child was in court on Monday for his sentencing hearing.

DHHS in need of families to take in foster kids - And Foster Parents Warn Against It!

So yesterday the news feeds in the state that inspired the creation of Legally Kidnapped started getting flooded with articles regarding Maine's desperate shortage of foster homes.   This only four short years after bragging about being a National Model Child Welfare System because they were viewed as leaders at keeping kids safe in the home or preserving families through kinship care placements when the kid does need to be removed.

Now I gotta say I told you so because I've been paying close attention to this state and watching this transformation take place over the last few years.  Governor Paul LePage, who claims to have been abused as a child, comes along and and spins it and flips it around it because being on the right track just isn't good enough.  I have managed to identify a few of significant events in this transformation and listed them here...

and for a more in depth look including the links to lots of articles...

And now Maine is crying for help.  They need 100 new families willing to take in foster kids.   Not so much the cute little babies, but rather the older, problematic, special needs kids who are often in trouble with the law and who nobody wants.

But what's even more interesting is that even the foster parents are coming out and warning people against getting involved.  I will post screen shots because I'm sure this will all be shut down soon.   You know how CPS likes to protect their secrets.

DHHS in need of families to take in foster kids







Monday, March 30, 2015

More children have died receiving protective services care than ever before

More children have died receiving protective services care than ever before

Rachel Notley revealed Monday that 31 children in provincial care or receiving protective services have died this year—more than ever before—following the deaths of two more children in recent weeks.

Second foster home tied to agency loses license


The state has revoked the license of a second foster home overseen by an embattled placement agency, after a 12-year-old girl was raped in the home last year.

Plea expected from DSS worker accused of abuse

Plea expected from DSS worker accused of abuse

The Union County District Attorney's Office has confirmed to NBC Charlotte that the woman accused of abusing a foster child will appear in court Tuesday.

Study finds foster kids given wrong drug prescriptions

Study finds foster kids given wrong drug prescriptions

When federal inspectors set out to examine how powerful antipsychotic drugs were being used on children in the nation’s public health systems, they found a 4-year-old on four psychiatric drugs; a 10-year-old prescribed without medical records; and a 16-year-old on six psych meds, including a prescription at double the maximum recommended dosage.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Father of girl murdered in foster care partially blaming Streamwood doctor

Father of girl murdered in foster care partially blaming Streamwood doctor

A northwest suburban psychiatrist is one of several people being sued in a lawsuit filed Friday over the 2011 downstate murder of a child who was in foster care.


Parents of boy who stabbed his foster mother to death threatened to kill his previous carers, FAI hears

Parents of boy who stabbed his foster mother to death threatened to kill his previous carers, FAI hears

THE parents of a teenage boy who killed his foster mother had threatened the lives of his previous carers and social workers, an inquiry has heard.

Minnesota revokes license of foster agency after death

Minnesota revokes license of foster agency after death

Minnesota has revoked the license of a foster care placement agency after a 6-year-old girl died in one of its homes last December.

In Minnesota's foster system, kids go from bad to worse

In Minnesota's foster system, kids go from bad to worse

Minnesota’s foster care system is falling short of state and federal standards meant to ensure that abused children are placed into stable and permanent homes, a Star Tribune review of state records has found.


Family vs State: Parents Allege DCFS Cover-up of Foster Care Abuse

Family vs State: Parents Allege DCFS Cover-up of Foster Care Abuse

During times of family crisis, authorities often place children in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services. A Jackson County case calls into question children's safety under the protection of the state of Illinois.

State revokes licenses of foster providers after 6-year-old's death

State revokes licenses of foster providers after 6-year-old's death

The state has taken the unprecedented step of revoking the license of a foster care placement agency following the death of a 6-year-old girl in one of its foster homes late last year.

Federal study finds alarming use of antipsychotics among nation's poor children, foster kids

Federal study finds alarming use of antipsychotics among nation's poor children, foster kids

When federal inspectors set out to examine how powerful antipsychotic drugs were being used on children in the nation's public health systems, they found a 4-year-old on four psychiatric drugs, a 10-year-old prescribed without medical records, and a 16-year-old on six psych meds, including a prescription at double the maximum recommended dosage.

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