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Friday, March 22, 2019

Foster parent arrested in undercover sex sting to remain in jail



New details have emerged in the case involving a foster parent who was arrested in an undercover sex sting. Reports say the foster child living in that home will not be removed.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, CYFD stated that Joshua Saavedra will no longer be living in the house. Saavedra is in jail where he is facing several charges.

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Baby apprehended at birth dies in foster care

The parents of a four-month-old girl apprehended at birth appeared before media Tuesday to say Manitoba child-welfare authorities had informed them the baby had died in foster care.

The baby, born in November, had been spending one out of every three weeks with the parents at their home in Bloodvein First Nation, 210 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

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Foster dad to 30 kids molested at least one of them — and maybe more, SC cops say



A South Carolina man who has been a foster parent to “roughly 30 children” was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexually abusing a foster child multiple times, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said.

On Feb. 20, the sheriff’s office began investigating Darrell Girardeau after learning of allegations that he had “inappropriate physical contact ... with a child under the age of 16,” according to a news release.

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Social workers ‘spying’ on families through Facebook

Social workers are risking breaking the law because they are using Facebook to spy on families and inform decisions on child custody, academics say.

A team led by researchers at the University of Birmingham carried out 15 months of field work observing child-protection teams at two unnamed local authorities.

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Felony child abuse charges filed against Ozark foster mom



A child suffering burns from hot water in an Ozark home led a mother to face felony charges.

A Christian County grand jury charged Shana L. Foster, 30, with abuse or neglect of a child resulting in serious emotional or physical injury and first degree endangering the welfare of a child resulting in serious physical injury, both class B felonies.

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State investigated abuse claims at South Florida migrant shelter for children

Florida’s child-welfare agency has investigated six cases of alleged child sexual abuse at a federal migrant shelter in South Florida in less than a year, including allegations involving caregivers.

The data, obtained by The News Service of Florida as part of a public records request, outlines allegations at the Homestead temporary migrant children’s shelter just south of Miami. The facility was reopened by the federal government last March as part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border enforcement policy, which swelled the number of migrant children being housed in facilities like the one in Homestead.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Mom charged in adopted daughter’s murder says she ‘wanted her to go away’

A mother charged in the death of her adopted 14-year-old daughter gave chilling testimony Wednesday in a Pennsylvania courtroom.

Sara Packer took the stand against Jacob Sullivan, 46, smirking as she told jurors that she hated her daughter, Grace, saying "Grace has become, for the lack of a better term, a non-entity. I wanted her to go away."

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DCS moves to cut off YouTube mom's $4,900 monthly adoption subsidy

The Department of Child Safety has suspended paying the adoption subsidy to a Maricopa mother who is accused of abusing and neglecting her seven children, and officials are seeking to end the monthly payments altogether.

Machelle Hobson receives state support for each of her seven adopted children, a total amount estimated to be as much as $4,900 a month. But since she was arrested last week, and her children placed in the foster system, the subsidy payments won't serve their intended purpose of supporting the children.

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Foster parent accused of trying to meet child for sex after chatting online

Special agents with the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General arrested Joshua Saavedra Wednesday.

While conducting an undercover chat operation, agents said Saavedra agreed to meet up with the fictional child for sex.

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Arizona mom accused of abusing 7 adopted children, forcing them to star in YouTube videos

A Maricopa, Arizona woman is accused of abusing seven adopted children in her home, including using pepper spray on them and locking them in a closet.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Adult adoptions made by mentally incompetent San Antonio millionaire are nullified

A state district judge Tuesday nullified the March 5 adoptions of Joe and Brittany Martinez by Charlie Thrash, 81, a wealthy man who is mentally incapacitated.

Joe Martinez, 27, and Brittany Martinez, 25, are the adult children of Laura Martinez, 54, who was briefly married to Thrash before their marriage was annulled last week.

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NW Parents Challenge Schools' Handling Of Students With Disabilities

Thousands of times a year, Oregon and Washington students have been physically restrained or isolated from peers. Parents say what's meant as a last resort happens too often, without their knowledge.

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Twin girls: starved and tortured by their mother sue the State of Washington, DCYF

Twin girls, age 12, have sued the State of Washington, Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) on Monday.

Tamaki Law says that the girls are suing after alleging that social workers negligently removed them from a loving and safe foster home, where they had lived from birth to age 7, and then placed them in the home of their drug-addicted, physically abusive biological mother.

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Ohio’s Children’s Service workers experience PTSD symptoms

Is the foster child better off with or without a visit from her father?

Kristy Carlisle cannot count on her many years of professional experience, or even a gut feeling, to yield a comfortable answer. She doesn’t see any good solutions.

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Court Fights Intensify Over Who Gets To Adopt Native American Children

A case before a federal appeals court last week could upend an historic adoption law meant to combat centuries of brutal discrimination against American Indians and keep their children with families and tribal communities.

For the first time, a few states have sued to overturn the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, which Congress enacted in 1978 as an antidote to entrenched policies of uprooting Native children and assimilating them into mainstream white culture.

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Settlement Promises Major Reforms for Children in Florida Foster Care

Today, Children’s Rights is pleased to announce a major win for vulnerable children in Florida.

We have reached a settlement agreement in our case H.G. v. Carroll, which we and our partners brought on behalf of over 1,900 children in foster care in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Woman gets life in prison for sitting on, smothering 9-year-old girl

A Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison for killing her 9-year-old cousin by sitting on her as a form of punishment.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that 66-year-old Veronica Green Posey was sentenced Friday after jurors convicted her of first-degree felony murder.

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Legal expert: What to do if your child's well-being is at risk in foster care


A six-month-old boy died Thursday under the care of a foster parent with CYFD. The parents of the baby, Monique Romero and David Zuber, lost custody of two children when their 1-year-old Anastazia Zuber was found buried in the backyard of a northeast Albuquerque home in January. Now, there is one child left in CYFD’s custody.

Romero did report concern’s for her baby’s health to CYFD.

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NYC Moves to Protect Children at Foster Care Intake Center After I-Team Report

The Administration for Children’s Services has announced it will take new steps to protect children at the Nicholas Scoppetta Children’s Center in Manhattan after two insiders shared alarming details with the News 4 I-Team about conditions inside.

The workers, requesting anonymity, described chaos, physical fighting, and overcrowding inside the building which serves as the official foster care intake center for ACS. The employees say they are particularly concerned about a dangerous mix of babies and young children with special needs living alongside troubled teens and even adults straight out of jail.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Russian Foster Mother Jailed for Starving and Drugging Boy to Collect Sickness Benefits

A Russian woman has been jailed for six years for starving and drugging a young boy so she could claim benefits that she spent on luxuries.

A court sentenced Lyubov Korotkova to time behind bars, The Daily Mail reported, and ordered the foster mother to repay over $65,000 in fraudulently claimed child sickness and disability benefits. She was also ordered to compensate the victim to the tune of $10,500 for “moral damages.”

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Lawsuit seeks up to $4.5M for Oregon girl who was abused in state care

A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses the Oregon Department of Human Services and at least three child welfare workers of negligence for placing a teenage girl in a home where she was allegedly sexually abused.

The lawsuit, which seeks up to $4.5 million in damages, was filed on the girl’s behalf by the guardian now caring for her, Jules Moorhouse. It alleges she was also placed in foster homes in which she was neglected.

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Albuquerque couple blames CYFD for death of baby in foster care

An Albuquerque couple is speaking out after their baby died while in CYFD custody this week.

It's the same couple accused of burying their drowned 1-year-old daughter in a shallow grave.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

JUST IN: Court suppresses evidence seized in foster child murder case

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday tossed out some incriminating evidence against Henry County foster parents charged with murdering a 2-year-old child in their care.

The justices ruled that information found in electronic devices owned by Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum cannot be used against them because law enforcement waited far too long to obtain warrants to search the devices.

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29-year-old foster father raped, impregnated teen he was fostering, prosecutors say

A 29-year-old foster father in Yellowstone County has been charged with raping and impregnating his teen foster daughter.

The man, whom The Billings Gazette is not naming to avoid identifying the alleged victim, has pleaded not guilty to a single count of sexual intercourse without consent.

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Questa man indicted on child sex abuse charges was foster parent

Desiree Terry remembers the pain of being pulled through the foster care system as a child in New Mexico. Her parents struggled with drug abuse and spent years in and out prison, so she was sent to live with her grandparents, who loved her and kept her safe. Her childhood was set on a stable course. The system had worked as intended.

Now more than ever, she knows that she was one of the lucky ones.

More >> Questa man indicted on child sex abuse charges was foster parent

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