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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Colorado couple wins battle to keep adopted 4-year-old from being deported

Amy and Marco Becerra got some very welcome news Wednesday: The orphaned Peruvian girl they adopted will not be deported.

US Rep. Mike Coffman, who took up the Colorado couple's cause, told CNN that he met with immigration officials, who will allow the child to seek citizenship.

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Affidavit: Foster child allegedly branded, starved, beaten, stabbed



Three individuals, including the aunt of the child, are accused of beating, branding, stabbing, and starving a then 14-year-old foster child, court documents state.

Mary Whitehead, 60; Michael Frisbee Miles, 55; and a third individual, all of McAlester, were charged August 13 with four counts of felony child abuse by injury, according to documents filed by the office of District 18 District Attorney Chuck Sullivan.

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Iredell County teacher accused of sexually assaulting foster child

A teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old child living in an Iredell County foster home.

Christina Davis Jolly, 43, faces five counts of felony statutory rape of a child and two counts of felony statutory sex offense with a child 15 years or younger.

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County reaches settlement agreement in lawsuits by former foster children

San Diego County has agreed to settle two lawsuits by former foster children who allege the county failed to protect them from abuse by a former foster parent, then invaded one of the children’s privacy during resulting litigation, according to papers filed Tuesday in federal court.

The filing notified the court that the parties had reached an agreement for both lawsuits Aug. 9, but it did not disclose the terms of settlement.

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Cleveland County social worker killed in morning crash

A social worker was killed in a two-car crash on her way to do a welfare check Wednesday morning.

Faith Webber, 24, was killed after her white Kia Optima was struck by another vehicle in the eastbound lane of 74 near Renaldo Honda around 8:40 a.m. Webber, a social worker with Cleveland County Department of Social Services, was on her way to a home visit when the wreck occurred, said her supervisor Karen Pritchard.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Adoption red tape denies orphan a home

A lack of professional capacity and despite tireless work by an elderly couple to take her into foster care, 12-year-old Lebogang Mokoka has never had a family.

The child, who lives at Rays of Hope, a child and youth care centre in Alexandra just outside of Johannesburg, was abandoned at birth yet has not been able to live with the couple who love and want her as part of their family.

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Is the Trump Administration Denying Citizenship to a 4-Year-Old Adopted Peruvian Girl?

Two American citizens adopted a Peruvian toddler legally under Peruvian law, but the United States has so far denied the girl U.S. citizenship status.

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Illinois Lawmakers Search for Solutions for Children Stuck in Psychiatric Hospitals

Illinois lawmakers Tuesday heard testimony from nearly a dozen doctors and child welfare advocates describing circumstances facing children who languish in psychiatric hospitals even after they had been cleared for discharge — circumstances so harrowing that some children chose jail over another night at a psychiatric facility.

State Sen. Julie Morrison, a Democrat from Deerfield, called for the Senate Human Services Committee hearing following a ProPublica Illinois investigation that revealed that hundreds of children in care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services spent weeks or months at a time locked in psychiatric hospitals after doctors had cleared them for release.

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Family of foster mother fatally strangled by teen settles lawsuit with DHR


The family of a former Montgomery teacher who was fatally strangled by her 14-year-old foster son last year has settled a lawsuit with the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

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Ranch promises to keep foster care siblings together

Sunrise Children’s Services took a step closer toward a new foster care facility near Winchester, Ky., by erecting a sign for the Solid Rock Children’s Ranch.

President Dale Suttles said the facility will be a visionary model in foster care, offering a place where siblings who are taken from homes due to abuse or neglect can find comfort in being together.

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Hillsborough foster kids still sleeping in offices

The head of Hillsborough foster care for Eckerd Connects reported Tuesday that his agency is making some progress in solving the foster care crisis in Hillsborough County, but conceded that three children slept in offices Monday night instead of a foster home or group shelter.

"We’ve got a long way to go," said Chris Card. "I don’t want anybody to think we're out of the woods yet because we're not."

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Cardi B Heartbroken Amid Rumors Fans Called Child Protective Services On Her



It all started when the female emcee was dissed by a social media user, and she fired back, threatening to ‘drop’ her baby girl and fight them! But rumor has it that it escalated, and Child Protective Services were called on her! That being said, reportedly, Cardi B is completely torn up by it.

It looks like fans freaked out because of her comment and things might have gotten a little out of control.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Father to serve four years in prison for “reign of terror” against son’s foster parents



Timothy and Dawn Londregan described the "reign of terror" they experienced after becoming foster parents for the infant son of Michael E. Callanan during Callanan's sentencing hearing Monday in New London Superior Court.

Callanan, 40, formerly of East Lyme, had pleaded no contest to threatening to rape Mrs. Londgregan and shoot Mr. Londregan, to calling them hundreds of times, threatening police officers and their families, and to spitting on an attorney following a family court proceeding.

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Judge gives Port St. Lucie's Michael Beer maximum sentence in death of toddler foster son

Michael Beer, convicted in June by a Circuit Court jury of aggravated manslaughter in the September 2014 death of his 2-year-old foster son, was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum 30 years in prison.

Beer’s attorney, Lance Richard of Stuart, termed it a “life sentence” for the 51-year-old who had been a Port St. Lucie resident until his arrest in the September 2014 death of Trysten Eli Frank Adams.

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Adoptions from India to resume despite trafficking concerns

The Australian government says India has improved its processes, but one anti-trafficking group says corruption is still rife in the country’s orphanages.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

How Norwegian experts came to reject biological kinship as relevant in child welfare policy

The current ideology in the child protection sector in the Western countries, and in much social science generally, has a lot to do with why the child protection services in these countries function relatively poorly. The current situation in Norway is an example. The consequences are not acknowledged, nor are our authorities concerned with the underlying reasons why.

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Investments in keeping families together

Whether it’s from Child Protection workers wanting my help to keep families together, or families calling me in tears wondering why their children have been taken away, folks are doing their best and at times need extra support. Simply put, it’s heartbreaking.

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Teen accuses Mayo Clinic of ‘medical kidnapping’

In a jaw-dropping moment caught on video, an 18-year-old high school senior rushes to escape from the hospital that saved her life and then, she says, held her captive.

At the entrance to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, the young woman’s stepfather helps her out of a wheelchair and into the family car.

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Father of young Manchester girl who died during abuse investigation sues state, DCYF

The father of a young girl who died while her child abuse case was under investigation is suing the state and its child protective services, claiming negligence that contributed to the girl’s death.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by Bedford attorney Rus Rilee on behalf of Christopher Willott, father of Sadence (Sadee) Willott, who died on Sept. 7, 2015 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon after she was found unresponsive at her Belmont Street home in Manchester.

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Family reunited after Regina couple wins long battle to get kids back from care


Sabrina and Carmon Crane hit rock bottom when their five kids were apprehended by social services three years ago because of addiction issues and domestic violence.

One year after they went into the system, three of the kids became permanent wards and put on the adoption list. The other two were listed as long-term wards.

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Last week at the border

This is what's been going on at the border over the last week. 

The effect that separation has on kids


The Drugging of Migrant Kids


The Abuse of Migrant Kids

How the government treats families

Escape from the Mayo Clinic: Parents break teen out of world-famous hospital

One winter afternoon last year, Duane Engebretson sat in his stepdaughter's hospital room at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, trying to figure out how she could escape.

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Social worker called children ‘demonic’ and parents ‘moronic’ on Facebook



A social worker has been sacked after posting damning comments about parents, children and her bosses on Facebook.  Joanne Thomas posted regularly about her work in public posts including damning comments about her case work and sensitive information about families she was dealing with.

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Colorado couple fighting to stop adopted 4-year-old daughter from being deported

A Colorado couple says their adopted daughter could be deported in the coming weeks after, they say, the Trump administration denied her citizenship application without explanation.

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Judy Guenseth: Local children traumatized by separation too

Recent headlines decry the separation of children from their parents while waiting a court determination of their status in the United States. The nationwide firestorm of criticism from enforcing this established legal practice has even sprung from conservative supporters of the current president’s administration. While parents are detained at the border to verify their status through due process, the overall sentiment is that their children should not suffer untoward separation from them even though the family may have entered the country inappropriately.

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