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Monday, August 20, 2018

Part 2: Reunification Therapy After Parental Alienation

After a parent has been wrongfully alienated by the other parent of their children, reunification therapy is the professional approach often used to try to repair the situation and support the mental health of all involved. As we wrote in Part 1 of this series, parental alienation may occur when a parent tries to alienate a child from the other parent without a reasonable basis for doing so.

Parental behaviors that can cause alienation include badmouthing the other parent without reason, blocking communication and contact with the other parent, and in extreme cases, making unsubstantiated allegations against the other parent, including of abuse.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Some of my new favorite Mug Shots - Baby LK's Top 10 CPS Horror Stories of the Week



Here are the list of links to the stories used in this weeks video.



Last week at the border

Here's what I have collected over the last week in regards to the stolen migrant children at the border.

They got away with it.

Reunification
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Reminiscing

Shackling of 8-year-old in Family Court prompts outrage, new policy

Erie County Youth Detention employees placed leg irons on an 8-year-old boy and left him shackled while he was waiting in Family Court to appear before a judge in February. That prompted a wave of objections by education officials and county leaders who later learned of the shackling.

The child was a third-grader in Buffalo Public Schools.

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Foster family has troubling history

The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department has revoked the license of a not-for-profit that places high-risk children with foster families after discovering the business continued to house young girls with a family that was accused multiple times of sexual abuse and misconduct spanning nearly two decades.

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Adoption saga: Americans forced to return Ugandan children

A non-governmental organisation has allegedly duped government into believing that Ugandan children are being sold to American families for millions of dollars.

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Police investigate after 18-month-old boy dies in foster care in Springfield

Police investigate after 18-month-old boy dies in foster care in Springfield

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Family of toddler starved to death upset with the way DFCS handled case


She was 2 years and 11 months old, weighing only 14 pounds. Her mother, Devin Moon, is charged in her death. Now, Reygan's family members are speaking out, saying they warned Georgia's child welfare agency.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Foster parent accused of sexually abusing girls for nearly 20 years

Claims a foster parent has been sexually abusing girls in his care for almost 20 years are finally coming to light.

The girls kept coming forward dating back to 2000; even the man's wife reported it.

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Bail Reduced For Foster Parent Accused Of Sex Crimes

Bail has been reduced for a former foster parent accused of sex crimes in Jefferson County.

Daniel Kemp, age 49, was in Jefferson County Court Tuesday for a bail hearing.

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Statutory rape alleged against former Children's Home worker

A former caregiver at Smoky Mountain Children's Home is now facing two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, after a supervisor there reported allegations she'd had sexual contact with juveniles.

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Honokaa woman arrested for murder of toddler who died in foster care

The parents of a 3-year-old toddler who died last year while in foster care are hopeful a 44-year-old Honokaa woman arrested for murder in connection with the boy’s death will be brought to justice.

“Today, our suspicions and worst fears were confirmed when we were told that our 3-year-old son Fabian Garett-Garcia was murdered,” Fabian’s parents, Sherri-Ann Garett and Juben Garcia, said in a statement via their attorney Jeffrey Foster. “There are no words that can describe the way we feel today.

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Foster care in Florida continues broken path with resignation of DCF secretary

Foster care in Florida has always been a case of managing chaos.

An imperfect system dealing with broken people and broken families is a combustible combination we often see play out in headlines about abused children, sometimes at the hands of their parents or “protectors.”

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Review finds New Hampshire child protection lacking

New Hampshire's child protection division is meeting just two out of 14 national standards regarding the outcomes it achieves and the systems it has in place, according to a federal agency's report issued Friday.

The U.S. Administration for Children and Families reviewed 65 New Hampshire child welfare cases from the last year and interviewed child welfare workers, attorneys for parents and child and others. It found the state Division of Children, Youth and Families wasn't in substantial conformity with any of its seven outcome standards, including protecting children from abuse and neglect; keeping them in their homes whenever possible; and ensuring they get adequate medical and mental health services.

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Visalia foster mother arrested on child abuse charges, police say



A Visalia foster mother was arrested on child abuse charges after a toddler suffered life-threatening injuries, the Visalia Police Department said Friday. A half-dozen other children were removed from the home afterward.

On Sunday around 2:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of east Sunnyview Avenue for an 18-month-old child who was unresponsive as a result of a fall, the Police Department said, but the injuries did not appear consistent with what was described by the foster mother.

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Foster couple’s threat over sex abuse claims

Two people who raised their ­concerns about alleged abuse of Aboriginal children in foster care by a couple in the remote mining town of Newman have sought protection from police after they say the couple threatened them.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Social workers say report on brutal workload in child-welfare system rings true in Nova Scotia

The head of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers says a national report is shining a light on the gruelling conditions faced by professionals working in child welfare in this province.

The report released Thursday by the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) reveals that 75 per cent of social workers nationwide describe unmanageable workloads as a critical issue in their practice. In addition, 72 per cent said administrative responsibilities prevented them from spending adequate time with clients.

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Calera teacher arrested for child porn was foster parent; Boy, 9, in home at time of arrest



A Shelby County kindergarten teacher charged with dozens of counts of child porn possession was recently approved as a foster parent.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday arrested 26-year-old Daniel Prentice "Danny" Donaldson, a teacher at Calera Elementary School, on 40 counts of possession of child pornography.

More >> Calera teacher arrested for child porn was foster parent; Boy, 9, in home at time of arrest

Illinois lawmakers hear complaints about children staying in mental hospitals longer than needed

Illinois lawmakers heard sharp criticism from mental health providers for allowing at-risk youth to stay in mental health facilities longer than they should.
The Senate Human Services Committee invited several providers to talk this week about the issue of Illinois’ youth-in-care finding themselves in facilities beyond medical necessity, commonly called BMN.
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Lexington choir teacher charged with sexual abuse was also a foster parent

Tonight a Lexington choir teacher remains in jail on four charges of sexual abuse.

His arrest citation says Thomas Steuart would invite children over to swim and watch movies at his home, and in two cases inappropriately touched two boys.

More >> Lexington choir teacher charged with sexual abuse was also a foster parent

I-Team: Woman serving time for child abuse has book to fix foster system being sold online

Solander was convicted of beat and burning her three adopted daughters.  She also limited their food and bathroom use and did much more.

Solander was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 35 years. 

More >> I-Team: Woman serving time for child abuse has book to fix foster system being sold online

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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