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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Migrant Kids Survive Hardship To Reunite With Parents. Then What?


For nearly a month, the two sisters — then ages 17 and 12 — traveled by road from their home in El Salvador to the southern border of the United States. They had no parent or relatives with them on that difficult journey in the fall of 2016 — just a group of strangers and their smugglers.

Ericka and her younger sister Angeles started out in multiple cars, Ericka remembers. "In Mexico, it was buses. And we changed buses very often." (NPR is using only the sisters' middle names to protect their identity as they await a decision on their application for asylum in the U.S.)

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Can Parents Lose Custody Over Legal Marijuana Use? Absolutely.

Scientific research confirms that most people who smoke marijuana before they have kids still occasionally get high after they become parents, and anecdotal research confirms that THC can make pushing a stroller through the park chill as hell. It is also a relatively safe stimulant in that if parents don’t hide it effectively — it’s really not that hard, get a kid-proof container — marijuana poses no serious medical risk to children.

But for parents in the throesw of a divorce, moderate, responsible, and even legal pot use represents a very real hazard. Despite shifting cultural and legal norms, marijuana consumption can and does come up in custody negotiations.

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‘We are making these children homeless’: Kansas is harming foster kids, lawsuit says

Foster children in Kansas are shuffled between homes and facilities so much — in one boy’s case, more than 130 placements in six years — that youth can be rendered “homeless while in state custody,” a lawsuit filed Friday alleges.

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DCFS steps up monitoring, discharges at psychiatric hospital after ACLU threatens court battle

Facing legal pressure, the state’s beleaguered child welfare agency said Friday that it will station staff around the clock inside an Uptown psychiatric hospital to monitor young patients until they can be safely removed in the wake of rising hotline complaints alleging physical and sexual abuse.

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Poverty Isn’t Neglect, But the State Took My Children Anyway

As I write this, I’m sitting in a small, humid room in Plantation, Florida. I’m from Seattle, and I know almost nobody in this area, but I can’t leave. That’s because my three- and four-year-old daughters were taken from me by the state last April. Until that case is overturned, or my parental rights are restored, this is where I’ll stay.

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North Dakota prepares for overhaul of federal foster care funding

The North Dakota foster care system is set to undergo some major changes.

The Family First Prevention Services Act, included in the Bipartisan Budget Act that President Donald Trump signed into law in February, aims to keep children with parents or relatives rather than in the foster care system and provides additional funding for prevention services.

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In Kashmir, child abuse in orphanages is rampant

Six children’s schools-cum-orphanages have been closed in the Kashmir valley in the last few months owing to a lack of proper facilities. In Kashmir, these orphanages and seminaries are mostly run by religious people. The Juvenile Justice Act lays down some of the rules for the functioning of these orphanages and their inmates include juvenile delinquents, while some children come from single-parent families who send them to these homes for the free meals and education.

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Clark County OKs settlement with mother of raped foster child

Ashley’s son celebrated his 12th birthday last month, but to his mother it sometimes seems like he is so much older.

The boy, once outgoing, is now quiet and reserved to the point that his teachers bring it up to his mother, Ashley.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Kansas Is Sued Over Foster Care That’s Bounced Several Children Between 100 Homes

A lawsuit filed Friday contends Kansas violates foster children’s civil rights by moving them too often, adding to their trauma and restricting their access to necessary mental health treatment.

The National Center for Youth Law, Children’s Rights and Kansas Appleseed filed the suit against Gov. Jeff Colyer and the heads of the Department for Children and Families, the Department for Aging and Disability Services and the Department of Health and Environment.

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Report Finds Foster Kids Shortchanged

Too many foster youth in Michigan struggle in their transitions to adulthood, trying to go to school, get a job, and find a place to live, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Bobby Dorigo Jones, with the nonprofit Michigan’s Children, says that many young people, especially children of color, get bounced around in foster homes. He tells us that disrupts their relationships with family, friends, and counselors, and can make it harder to graduate from high school.

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8-Year-Old Bronx Boy With PTSD, Anxiety Runs Away From Foster Mom Before Storm: NYPD



An 8-year-old Bronx boy reported missing after running away from his foster mom after leaving a hospital appointment Thursday has been found safe, police say.

Kareem Morris was leaving an appointment at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx when he ran away from his foster mom, police said. The boy suffers from PTSD as well as anxiety, and officials were worried the severe weather conditions would hinder his discovery.

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Families First Preventative Care Act aims to reduce the number of children in foster care

Every year, North Dakota sees about a 6 percent increase in the number of children in foster care, according to the Department of Human Services. The Families First Preventative Care Act was passed to cut that number back.

The Act was passed in February by the federal government and moves funding from treatment to preventative care.

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When Families Un-Adopt a Child

Between 1 and 5 percent of U.S. adoptions get legally dissolved each year. Some children are put up for “second-chance adoptions.”

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Arizona youth aging out of foster care missing out on services

Numerous services are available to young people aging out of foster care in Arizona, but only a fraction of the intended recipients are taking advantage.

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Team 10: California department does not maintain data on all foster care deaths

A 10News investigation has revealed that the California department responsible for the state’s child welfare program does not maintain data regarding all deaths of children in foster care.  The revelation is prompting calls for immediate action to child welfare services from at least one San Diego-based politician.

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Teen allegedly ripped off by social worker ‘hurt,’ ‘angry’

A victim of a Kelowna social worker accused of stealing thousands of dollars from vulnerable children in care wants justice.

Lawsuits filed in B.C. Supreme Court on behalf of two youths allege the social worker took financial benefits from children in care.

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Pregnant woman accused of scamming couples by promising adoption



Christina Bay, 34, collected more than $14,000 from one couple after signing an agreement to give them her child, then collected nearly $4,000 from another couple, Daytona Beach police said.

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Foster homes investigated 7 times within a year but Ontario didn’t close them until Tammy Keeash died: court documents

There were at least seven investigations that verified child protection concerns into a company operating three foster homes in Thunder Bay before the Ontario government shut them down in the weeks following the death of Tammy Keeash in May 2017, Nation to Nation has uncovered.

The 17-year-old’s body was found in a Thunder Bay waterway two months after she was placed in one of the three homes owned at the time by Johnson Children’s Services.

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Man who helped in parental kidnapping seeks to delay prison

A Virginia businessman convicted of helping in a parental kidnapping is asking the nation’s highest court to suspend the start of his prison term while he appeals.

The request to the U.S. Supreme Court, which the government opposes, comes three weeks before Philip Zodhiates (zoh-dee-AH’-tehs), of Waynesboro, is scheduled to begin a three-year prison term in Kentucky.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hotel owner paid cop to leave blindfolded foster kid in his ‘sex dungeon,’ CT police say



It started in October, when Connecticut police say they noticed a person with the email “daddydomboss@baymontct.com” was looking to do a “casting couch interview” with a young Mexican girl.

Now, police have arrested 46-year-old Simon Hessler, whom they accused of trying to purchase an underage foster child so he could have “limitless sex” with her in his “sex dungeon” that he had set up in a trailer near the hotel he owns, according to Fox61.

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Adoption of children from foster care: National Child Welfare Hypocrisy Day, 2018

The real agenda of most child welfare systems, and most of the people in them, is made apparent every year on National Adoption Day; or, as it should properly be called, National Child Welfare Hypocrisy Day.

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Four former employees of the county’s social services filed a complaint against the department and members of the board of supervisors in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

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Protesters say NSW adoption laws will create another 'stolen generation'

Opponents of the NSW government's planned changes to adoption laws are holding a snap protest outside state parliament ahead of an expected vote.

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Kids in Raeford psych center abused, fed so little ‘your stomach will shrink,’ report says

Less than a week after the 9-year-old boy arrived at the Hoke County psychiatric center, the bruises and abrasions started to spread across his body, state documents show.

Before he left Canyon Hills Treatment Facility roughly two weeks later, the boy says, a staff member grabbed him by the shoulder, rubbed spit across his face and kicked him in the groin.

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Children of the Incarcerated Face Multiple Traumas: Study

Children whose parents are incarcerated are the “invisible victims of mass incarceration,” and judges and corrections authorities need to pay special attention to the emotional trauma and financial burdens they encounter, argues a new paper in the Maryland Law Review.

Amy B. Cyphert, author of the study, and a lecturer at the West Virginia University College of Law Lecturer, said research offered several pathways that provided a “ray of hope” for young people when one or both parents was behind bars.

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