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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.

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Guest view: Problems with Child and Family Services

As chairman of House Human Services Committee, I realize that there is a need for a good system of protection for our children in Montana. As many news sources opine, and as we know, there are children who need to be removed from their homes, at least for a time and sometimes permanently.

We also know that due process is not being met at times for some families.

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Oregon sends foster kids to former jails, not families

A move to improve the care of foster children relegated to living in hotels has resulted in 25 percent more children removed from their families being housed in institutions such as former juvenile jails, The Oregonian/OregonLive has found .

The children sent to cinderblock facilities are often the most traumatized and difficult to care for. Most are teens but the state is looking at expanding institutional programs for children as young as 6.

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Feds: Mom charged in adoption fraud scheme made $1.6 million

In new court records just filed, federal prosecutors reveal Tara Lynn Lee took in more than $1.6 million dollars in 2017 and 2018. The 7 Investigators first showed you how the unlicensed adoption worker was under investigation, accused of promising the same baby to more than one couple. FBI agents say the 37-year-old mother from New Haven also “matched” couples across the country to birth moms and babies who did not exist. The feds say Lee would charge prospective adoptive couples between $10,000 and $33,000 once they “matched” with a birth mom.

The new court records give us a look at just how much money prosecutors say Lee took in: “Review of Defendant’s bank statements show that she received business-related gross proceeds of over $600,000 in 2017, and over $1,070,000 in 2018.”

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Parents' focus on 'winning' custody battles is harming Irish children

IRELAND’S FAMILY LAW system is creating a situation where parents can be more focused on winning than on what their children want, an Oireachtas committee will hear today.

The Justice Committee will continue this morning to hear submissions on reforms to Ireland’s family law system, including recommendations from Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Dr Geoffrey Shannon.

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Pa. man could get death in teen's rape, murder, dismemberment

An eastern Pennsylvania jury will decide on life or death for a man who pleaded guilty in the 2016 rape, murder and dismemberment of his girlfriend's teenage daughter.

Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to all charges last month in a case that raised questions about the child welfare system's failure to protect 14-year-old Grace Packer, who spent years in an abusive home before she was sexually violated, drugged and then, finally, strangled in the attic of a suburban Philadelphia home.

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Man pleads guilty in death of 3-year-old foster child



A man charged in connection to the death of a three-year-old foster child pleaded guilty Friday.

According to court records, 31-year-old Bryce Dirk pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder. He originally pleaded not guilty in September 2018.

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More lawsuits being against former Kelowna social worker

Seven more lawsuits will likely be filed next week against the social worker accused of stealing from at risk aboriginal youths in foster care in Kelowna.

Last fall, Vancouver lawyer Jason Gratl filed a number of lawsuits against Robert Riley Saunders, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and Interior Savings Credit Union, alleging that Saunders set up joint bank accounts with children in care, kicked them out of secure housing and kept their support payments for himself.

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Delaware mom, 45, 'shot-dead her 18-month-old baby then turned the gun on herself' just hours before she was set to appear in family court and surrender the child to his father

A woman and her one-year-old son were found dead in their Delaware apartment in a suspected murder-suicide just hours before she was due to surrender her child to his father.

Laura B. Connell, 45, was found dead in her apartment alongside her son, Walton Connell, on Wednesday morning having both suffered fatal gunshot wounds.

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Police officers who sabotaged child abuse probes guilty of misconduct

Detective constables Sharon Patterson, 49, and Lee Pollard, 47, forged documents, concealed evidence and lied about investigations out of laziness and “cynical disdain” for victims, the Old Bailey heard.

Patterson was even accused of ditching work to get a manicure and have a four-hour-long lunch at a Chinese restaurant with her married lover Pollard.

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Foreign adoptions to US fall by 14 percent, continuing trend

The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents plunged nearly 14 percent last year, extending a decline that's now continued for 14 years, according to State Department figures released Thursday.

Sharp drops in adoptions from China and Ethiopia more than offset notable increases from India and Colombia.

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