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Friday, February 22, 2019

State rep 'blown away' over billing practices of child services

A lawmaker who chairs the House Child and Family Law Committee said he was “blown away” to find out that the state bills parents who receive help from the state for their children, charging for everything from foster care to expensive incarcerations at the Sununu Youth Services Center.

On Sunday, the New Hampshire Sunday News reported the long-standing practice of billing families. Nearly 4,000 accounts are active, and three parents spoke of receiving bills they had not expected when they agreed to services such as Children in Need of Services (CHINS).

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Boy isolated 400 days: Manitoba urged to end long solitary confinement for youth

Manitoba’s children’s advocate is urging the province to stop lengthy solitary confinement of youth in custody after a review that found one boy was isolated for 400 straight days in a cell no bigger than a parking stall.

Daphne Penrose and provincial ombudsman Marc Cormier jointly investigated the use of solitary confinement, segregation and pepper spray in Manitoba’s youth jails.

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Migrant Youth Go From A Children's Shelter To Adult Detention On Their 18th Birthday

When migrant children cross the border without their parents, they're sent to federal shelters until caseworkers can find them a good home. But everything changes when they turn 18. That's when, in many cases, they're handcuffed and locked up in an adult detention facility. The practice is sparking lawsuits and outrage from immigrant advocates.

Last spring, a 17-year-old girl named Lisseth made the treacherous journey from El Salvador to the Texas border and asked for asylum. She says she fled sexual predators in her hometown. As an unaccompanied minor, she was sent to the United States' largest federal youth shelter, called Homestead, near Miami. She described life there as regimented and dehumanizing.

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The US adoption system discriminates against darker-skinned children

When it comes to adoption, Americans might assume that each child is treated equally. But research shows that darker-skinned children are repeatedly discriminated against, both by potential adoptive parents and the social workers who are charged with protecting their well-being.

Social workers are often called upon to assess a newborn’s skin color, because skin color influences potential for placement. As a 2013 NPR investigation found, dark-skinned black children cost less to adopt than light-skinned white children, as they are often ranked by social workers and the public as less preferred.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Former foster dad accused of inappropriate contact with children released from jail



A volunteer softball coach and religious volunteer is facing serious charges related to molestation allegations.

Jerry Oubre was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail Thursday on sexual battery and indecent behavior with juveniles charges. Both charges are felonies.

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Almost 100 children died last year in cases involving DCFS

A total of 98 children died last year in cases involving the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, according to the Office of the Inspector General.

This more than 200-page report documents almost 100 children who died after some kind of connection to DCFS.

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The Trump administration keeps breaking up migrant families. Here's how they do it

The Trump administration has been blocked from systematically breaking up migrant families, but hundreds of children crossing the border continue to be separated from their parents in a process requiring none of the oversight used to removechildren in the United States from their homes, according to a USA TODAY review of the system.

Separating a child from a family in most communities requires a child welfare specialist and involvement of the judicial system, often with a judge scrutinizing the case for months or even years.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty in Rape and Murder of Girlfriend's 14-Year-Old Daughter


Over two years after a Pennsylvania teenager’s dismembered body was found by hunters in October 2016, her mother’s boyfriend has pleaded guilty.

Jacob Sullivan of Horsham, 46, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the rape, murder and dismemberment of 14-year-old Grace Packer, according to the Associated Press, KYW News and the Bucks County Courier Times.

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Vt. Supreme Court hears Herring appeal

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Whether Jody Herring will get the chance at parole one day is now in the hands of the Vermont Supreme Court.

The court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Herring’s appeal of her murder convictions.

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Manitoba to look at connection between youth incarceration and child welfare

Manitoba is taking a hard look at youth justice and its connection to child welfare after a study found more than half of kids incarcerated had also been in care.

Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced Friday that the province will review why youth are bouncing between the two systems without having positive outcomes.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

New bill would require DCFS to check homeschooling houses for signs of abuse

A Southern Illinois representative wants to require DCFS to investigate homes where kids will be homeschooled for signs of child abuse.

Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) introduced House Bill 3560, which would require a child protective services unit of DCFS check homes for signs of child abuse or neglect after a home-school registration form is submitted. After the investgation, the State Board of Education would notify the school district where the home is located that the student will be home-schooled.

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CCPD officer accused of posing as a CPS worker appears before a judge

A veteran Corpus Christi police officer accused of posing as a Child Protective Services worker appeared in court this morning.

CCPD Senior Officer Norma Deleon pleaded not guilty to charges of impersonating a public servant and official oppression during her arraignment.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Woman meets brother given up for adoption nearly 80 years ago

A family reunion took decades to occur, but social media helped a Pennsylvania woman meet the brother she hadn’t seen in more than 70 years.

Betty Housseal, 87, never got to know her brother, who was put up for adoption at just 3 months old.

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Will Grace Packer case put child welfare system on trial?

As the story of Grace Packer’s short life and horrific death plays out in a Bucks County courtroom in the coming weeks, jurors will be focused on Sara Packer and Jacob Sullivan, the two people accused in the 14-year-old’s rape and murder.

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Director of Ogden treatment center charged with child abuse

The director of a group home in Ogden has been charged with allegedly abusing one of the residents.

Allan David Falls, 38, of Lander, Wyoming, was charged Feb. 12 in Weber County Justice Court with child abuse, a class B misdemeanor.

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30-year-old mother commits suicide after social services take away her children

The second person has committed suicide this month in Belarus after the children were taken from the family. On February 5, a 32-year-old mother of three children from the Homiel region felt it was too much for her. On February 7, a 30-year-old mother of 4 children from Hrodna region hanged herself. Volha Czajczyc talked to the relatives of the deceased.

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Southampton mother ran up £60,000 lawyers' bill in fight against city council for daughter

The lawyers' costs run up by the woman was revealed to judges at a Court of Appeal hearing.

Judge Edward Hess had decided that the girl should be removed from her home at a private family court hearing in Southampton nearly two years ago, a barrister said.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Washington handles runaway foster kids with handcuffs, shackles and jail. Is there a better way?

"I've done nothing wrong," said a 14-year-old after she landed in jail for the fourth time. Many agree, and are trying to stop Washington state from arresting runaway foster kids. The head of the agency responsible says he wants to, but faces a "moral conundrum."

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Gov. Laura Kelly to cancel foster care contracts awarded by GOP predecessor

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly revealed the decision Thursday to cancel foster care and family preservation grants awarded during the administration of Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Kelly, who took office in January but had raised concerns about the Colyer administration’s decision to rush ahead in November with the grants, said the Kansas Department for Children and Families would rebid the state’s family preservation program and revise grants awarded to the state’s foster care contractors. The governor said she would address her predecessor’s lack of transparency and flawed process of selecting grant recipients.

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ACT child protection secrecy the 'most restrictive in the country'

Secrecy provisions relating to child welfare cases in ACT legislation are the most restrictive in the country and are working against those they're meant to protect, according to two Canberra barristers.

The convoluted legislation is more restrictive than in cases where it is crucial to protect an informant giving evidence in a trial against a murderer, a drug importer or a bikie gang, barrister Philip Walker, SC said.

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'There has to be more accountability': Flaws with family court can become costly and devastating

"This is not an isolated issue. It's not gender biased. It's not just Idaho. It's throughout our country," said Charlie Smith, who's been battling in Idaho's family courts for 16 years.

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'I'm a desperate father who just wants to see my little girl again' - dad's appeal after ex vanishes with daughter

An Australian yoga teacher whose ex-partner vanished with their three-year-old daughter after flying to Britain has appealed for help from anyone with links to "alternative communities".

Peter Uhd, 57, said he believes Victoria McKay, 43, and Ruby McKay-Uhd are living in a camper van.

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Mother wanted for refusing to turn child over to the Division of Family Services

Delaware State Police are looking for a 4-year-old girl and have issued an arrest warrant for her biological mother.

Troopers said 37-year-old Andrea Brickhouse failed to relinquish custody of her little girl to the Division of Family Services per a court order dated October 16, 2018. 

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Parents to fight ‘farming out’ of children to care homes far away

A group of parents are planning legal action to ensure their children are housed in residential care homes close to where they live. Their move comes as an MPs’ inquiry starts this week into the growing trend of local authorities to “farm out” vulnerable youngsters to homes far from their families, which they claim leaves them open to exploitation.

The challenge to the increasing use of out-of-borough placements of children in care is being led by a father whose teenage son was sent to a home in the Midlands, 130 miles from where he lived in south London, where he is under the care of Bromley social services.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Protesters march to NSW parliament against adoption laws

February 13, 2019. Protesters march from Sydney's Hyde Park to state parliament in a rally on the 11th anniversary of the National Apology to stolen generations. Kinchela Boys Home survivor Michael Welsh tears up as he speaks to the protest saying he was removed from his family when he was young and he is speaking out against new forced adoption laws to stop another generation going through the same pain. NSW Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Tania Mihailuk says if the Labor government wins at the state election they will repeal the laws. Under the new laws, birth parents will have two years to be reinstated as primary carers before an alternative permanent home is found, in a bid to prevent children bouncing between families for years on end.

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