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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Oregon foster care scandal draws attention to use of ‘chemical restraint’ in Montana

When Annette Smith found out a 9-year-old Oregon girl she represents was being injected with Benadryl and other antihistamines to chemically restrain her for misbehavior and was also frequently being placed in locked seclusion while being treated at Acadia Montana in Butte, she was “horrified and scared for my client’s safety,” Smith told members of the Oregon Senate Human Services Committee on April 11.

More >> Oregon foster care scandal draws attention to use of ‘chemical restraint’ in Montana

Monday, April 22, 2019

Judge issues sweeping restrictions on how media can report on feverish-child case

An Arizona judge kept open to the public a hearing in a controversial child-welfare case but issued sweeping restrictions on the news media and public reporting on the proceedings, according to a government watchdog group.

Lori Ford, with Arizona DCS Oversight Group, observed Friday's hearing at which, she said, Maricopa County Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Timothy J. Ryan told a reporter “that she should not publish any news stories about the case."

More >> Judge issues sweeping restrictions on how media can report on feverish-child case

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Missoula foster parents plead not guilty to child abuse

A Missoula couple have pleaded not guilty in a Montana court to criminal child endangerment and other charges in their treatment of foster children.

The Missoulian reports Angela and Malcolm Cobler entered their pleas Thursday. Each face nine charges, including criminal child endangerment, endangering the welfare of children and several counts of assault on a minor. Malcolm Cobler is also charged with tampering with evidence.

More >> Missoula foster parents plead not guilty to child abuse

Foster parent, frustrated, allegedly shakes 2-month-old baby

A foster parent in Lake Stevens is accused of shaking a 2-month-old boy under his care, causing a brain bleed, according to a police report filed in Snohomish County Superior Court.

Because babies have weak neck muscles, violently shaking a baby can result in permanent brain damage, or death, according to the Mayo Clinic.

More >> Foster parent, frustrated, allegedly shakes 2-month-old baby

Genealogy sites helping birth parents find children placed for adoption

DeAnn Link is searching for her daughter. She’d be 23 years old now.

Link said she gave birth in a Chicago hospital in 1996 at age 18, and the baby was placed with an adoptive family.

More >> Genealogy sites helping birth parents find children placed for adoption

She spent a week in jail. Lost her job and her kids. Then, all charges were dropped

After seven days in jail, a Brown County mother is free, but her life is still in chaos. She says she's lost her job and her children, all due to a case of mistaken identity on the part of the Aberdeen Police Department.

It started on April 11 in the parking lot of Target on Beechmont Avenue when Ashley Foster was approached by a Hamilton County deputy.

More >> She spent a week in jail. Lost her job and her kids. Then, all charges were dropped

US conservative says he would rather a child remain in an orphanage than be adopted by a gay couple

The US conservative and journalist Matt Walsh has stated in a video that he believes children are better off in orphanages than with same-sex parents.

Walsh, who primarily contributes to the right-wing news site The Daily Wire is a Trump supporter, Christian, and a self-described theocratic fascist.

More >> US conservative says he would rather a child remain in an orphanage than be adopted by a gay couple

Friday, April 19, 2019

RIP Mad Angel - You will be missed.

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It has just come to my attention, and I'm sad to say, that we lost one of our great fighters, the Mad Angel herself, Angelia Borths.  The Mad Angel was truly one of the best we ever had.

I did have the pleasure of doing a couple BlogTalkRadio shows with her thanks to Christopher TheLivingMan Bruce who had us as guests on his America's Deadly Sins show a couple years back.  Here's one of them, I will post the other as soon as we find it.  She is well worth listening to.

1/14/2016

And here's her show.


Here she is on The Captain


My heart goes out to her and her family.  

I'm just too sad right now to say any more.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Former foster youth make themselves heard for “sibling bill of rights,” drivers license bill

The longer Davion Bugarin talked, his tears turning into gasping sobs, the more lawmakers began to cry. Someone found a box of tissues so the legislators on the House human services committee could wipe their eyes while Bugarin explained how he lost his sisters in foster care.

More >> Former foster youth make themselves heard for “sibling bill of rights,” drivers license bill

’There’s no way for us to learn how to live’: Foster children who age out of care suffer later in life

Nelly Medina was 9 when her mother, who was addicted to drugs, left her and her two siblings and did not come home.

By the time Medina turned 18, she had lived in 14 foster homes and attended 10 public schools. She asked to be emancipated at 16 so she could abort a pregnancy. She ultimately miscarried.

More >> ’There’s no way for us to learn how to live’: Foster children who age out of care suffer later in life

Department of Homeland Security Advisory Panel Wants Congress To Make It Easier To Keep Migrant Kids Detained

Members of the the Department of Homeland Security advisory council recommended Congress enact emergency legislation to make it easier for the Trump administration to detain children with their parents indefinitely, according to a draft report released to the acting secretary on Tuesday.

The council, which consists of a group of bipartisan members, provides the secretary with advice on how to approach policy decisions across a broad range of homeland security topics. A council subcommittee spent nearly seven months looking at the issue of the treatment of family and children on the southern border and conducted several site visits and conducted more than 100 interviews in the drafting of the report.

More >> Department of Homeland Security Advisory Panel Wants Congress To Make It Easier To Keep Migrant Kids Detained

Wife denies girl’s account of abuse by former foster dad

Close to tears and rubbing the cross on her necklace, Nereida Rios testified repeatedly Wednesday that her husband was never left alone with either of the foster girls now accusing him of sexual abuse.

Not in a bedroom.

More >> Wife denies girl’s account of abuse by former foster dad

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘They failed to protect Amy’: Child welfare agency, foster home sued for $5.5M over teen’s suicide

The family of Amy Jane Owen is suing the child welfare agency and the foster home where the 13-year-old died by suicide thousands of kilometres away from her community.

The statement of claim was filed Tuesday and alleges Tikinagan Child and Family Services and Mary Homes are responsible for Owen’s “wrongful death” April 17, 2017.

More >> ‘They failed to protect Amy’: Child welfare agency, foster home sued for $5.5M over teen’s suicide

Former First Lady Michelle Obama Insulted Divorced Dads

Former First Lady Michelle Obama managed to impugn a sizeable population of fathers this week when she compared Trump’s presidency to living with a divorced dad. Speaking at an event in London, Obama suggested that America was a troubled teen: “We come from a broken family, we are a little unsettled,” she offered before rolling out a tired and easy parenting stereotype. “Sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad. That feels like fun but then you get sick,” Obama continued. “That is what America is going through. We are living with divorced dad.”

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Faith-based adoption agency sue so they can legally turn away LGBTI parents

A faith-based adoption agency is suing the state of Michigan after they made it illegal for state-funded agencies to discriminate against LGBTI parents.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed the lawsuit on Monday (15 April) on behalf of St Vincent Catholic Charities.

More >> Faith-based adoption agency sue so they can legally turn away LGBTI parents

Former foster child testifies in Sarasota sex abuse trial

Wearing a pink dress and braided hair, a young girl took the witness stand Tuesday and spoke in low, mumbling tones.

With her golden retriever therapy dog watching from the audience, the child repeated what she had told police investigators a year earlier — that her former foster father had approached her in a bedroom and put “his pee-pee” in her mouth.

More >> Former foster child testifies in Sarasota sex abuse trial

Army Vet Appeals Immigration Adoption Case

A Kansas Army veteran has appealed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to secure citizenship for his adopted daughter. Meanwhile, immigration attorneys see the possibility for a legislative fix. For the Kansas News Service,  Andrea Tudhope reports.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Foster children sue state to ensure adequate protection

A new class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the state of inadequately protecting Oregon’s foster children.

Ten foster children, representing the roughly 8,000 children in the state’s care, want a federal court to fix longstanding issues at the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Oregon >> Foster children sue state to ensure adequate protection

DCF caseworker jailed on child pornography charges




A caseworker for the Department of Children and Families is jailed on child pornography charges.
Ka’yan Frazier, 26, of Somers Point, was arrested Monday following an investigation sparked by a tip from Tumblr, according to the affidavit obtained by BreakingAC.

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Foster parent in Muskegon charged with criminal sexual conduct


A licensed foster care parent is facing criminal charges in Muskegon County.

Mark Sorensen, 60, is facing two counts of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct.  It is unclear at this time what he is alleged to have done.

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Gov. JB Pritzker Says DCFS Case Workers Need More Training Following Death Of Ja’hir Gibbons

The Department of Children and Family Services has a new director who started Monday and a new training center, but there is still no word from the independent review that was ordered following the death of 2-year-old Ja’hir Gibbons.

More >> Gov. JB Pritzker Says DCFS Case Workers Need More Training Following Death Of Ja’hir Gibbons

Monday, April 15, 2019

Adoption agency sues state over new gay adoption rules

An adoptive mother and a Michigan faith-based adoption agency are challenging a recent state settlement that bans state contracts with foster and adoption agencies that refuse to work with gay couples.

St. Vincent Catholic Charities and Melissa Buck, a mother of five special needs kids adopted through St. Vincent, filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging the new rules violated the group’s First Amendment rights. The group is represented by religious liberty group, Becket Law.

More >> Adoption agency sues state over new gay adoption rules

'I felt constantly lied to’: Massachusetts foster parents say state makes it harder to help vulnerable children

One day, a social worker picked up Marianna Litovich’s foster son from daycare and kept the boy for four hours before bringing him home. The social worker refused to tell Litovich where she had taken the boy.

“I was told I had no right to know. I was immediately demoted from parent to babysitter,” said Litovich, of South Hadley, who has adopted two children through the Department of Children and Families and hopes to adopt a third.

Foster mom of 7-year-old shot by stray bullet says new home was supposed to be a better place

A foster mother said a 7-year-old girl is fighting to live after someone shot her in the head while watching a movie.

She told Channel 2's Michael Seiden she doesn't know why the shooter picked her home.

More >> Foster mom of 7-year-old shot by stray bullet says new home was supposed to be a better place

Report: Foster child gave ‘credible’ account of caseworkers’ sexual encounter

Oregon child welfare workers described as “credible” the account by a 14-year-old foster boy that other child welfare workers had sex in front of him last year.

According to a state police report obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive, rumors had been circulating that child welfare supervisor Mark Walsh and paralegal Kate Guy were having an affair before the night they spent supervising the boy at a hotel. While interviewing Guy, Detective Casi Hegney-Bach described it as the “worst kept secret at the Dallas (Department of Human Services) office.”

More >> Report: Foster child gave ‘credible’ account of caseworkers’ sexual encounter

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