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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Five facts you need to know about cannabis beer



The world is changing. We have smartphones on our watches. We have Avengers movies in 3-D IMAX. And the world is embracing cannabis more and more. It's likely that every November election in America from now until 2030 will include new states in the Union adopting legal cannabis. But while this trend is taking over, some things are most assuredly staying the same.

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West Virginia High Court Says Kids Can’t Inherit After Parents Lose Rights

In a decision that appears to further punish children who have already been abused, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a child cannot inherit from a parent whose rights have been terminated.

“Because this disturbing decision piles even more hardship on this child whose life was already severely damaged by parental abuse and neglect, I vehemently dissent,” said Chief Justice Margaret Workman, writing in dissent of the decision along with one other judge.

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Missing Baby: Every Foster Parent's Worst Nightmare

Note: I post this article for educational purposes.  Not because I sympathize with foster caregivers.

When children in foster care go missing, especially at the hands of their biological family, there isn't necessarily a village out there fighting for their safe return. I invite you to become part of Royalty's village. One week is too long, and we have no idea if she's still safe. Please pray for her safe return and do all you can to spread the media coverage of this case. Sadly no Amber Alert has been issued, causing the public to doubt the validity of this story. I assure you, this child is in danger, and she needs to be found.

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While Kids Wait For Homes, Philadelphia Bars Catholic Social Services From Serving Foster Children

Ever since the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015, we’ve been seeing myriad broader implications from the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell. From wedding cake bakers to event planners, if you dissented from the new regime you could have your livelihood taken from you. Now, the inexorable logic of Obergefell is bearing down on religious organizations that do social welfare work, as conservatives predicted.

Last week, a group of foster families in Philadelphia asked a federal court to end a new municipal policy that prevents Catholic Social Services from placing children in foster homes. Catholic Social Services is one of the largest and highest-rated foster agencies in Philadelphia, but because it adheres to Catholic teaching on homosexuality and does not place foster children in same-sex households, the City of Philadelphia is cutting them off.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

1 in 4 aged-out foster kids in S.C. become homeless or teen moms, despite taxpayers' millions

When she was 5 or 6, her first foster mother beat her and locked her in a closet. Then she moved to a nice foster mom’s house. Then back to her biological mother, back to the nice foster mom, back to her biological mom, then back to foster care, this time a group home.

Five group homes, three foster homes. One childhood.

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How Prevention Services Could Help Youth Avoid the Foster Care System

When I look back now on my family’s experiences, I realize that the child welfare system only saw our family’s trauma and hurt, our dysfunction and abnormalities. They didn’t see parents who raised me for fourteen years, who taught me the values of honesty, education, humor, and compassion. They didn’t see that my family had lost our two biggest supporters within the prior three years; including my grandmother, who died from Leukemia mere months before I was taken into the system. The system only saw a missed appointment, or a positive drug test, and seemed to assume the worst about our lives. The system removed me first, and provided services second — after the trust was broken and the damage was done.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Dark Secrets: Children Are Being Deliberately Drugged Into Foster Care

Here is a fact that may be unbeknownst to you–all across America, on a daily basis, thousands of children are being drugged in foster care. Not only is it legal, but it is also hugely profitable to the bigwigs.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Is the mother right?

I know this is an older video, but it's still good.

Relatives say they don't get the foster care money Kentucky owes them

Accusing state officials of "a brazen violation of federal law," a group of grandparents and other relatives raising children removed from homes because of abuse or neglect have filed a lawsuit seeking foster payments they say they are entitled to under a court ruling last year.

"They're not in it for the money, but they need help," said Lexington lawyer Richard Dawahare, who filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of 14 adults and 21 children.  "They need help raising these kids."

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Kansas governor signs adoption law

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer signed legislation Friday granting legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender homes, an action that quickly became an issue as he runs this year to keep his office.

The Republican governor signed the measure during a ceremony at a Christian boys’ home outside Wichita, surrounded by supporters who view it as a religious-freedom measure. But the Democratic Party and one of Colyer’s opponents in the GOP primary immediately criticized him as supporting discrimination.

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Law allows punishment of bad parents without new proof

She acknowledges that as a teenager she failed at making smart choices. While living in fear of an abusive boyfriend, she endured the violence until it turned to her seven-month-old son.

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Treatment facility for girls raided following abuse allegations

Authorities used a search warrant to raid a girls home in Texas after almost 100 instances of abuse were reported.

Those allegations included reports of girls aged six to 17 being hog-tied and sexually assaulted.

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Every bishop in Chile just resigned over the child sex abuse scandal

Thirty-four Chilean bishops have resigned together over the Catholic child sex abuse scandals.

The unprecedented move — which saw the entire Chilean church leadership offer to step down — came shortly after a meeting with Pope Francis over the scale of sexual abuse and its cover-up in Chile. It is to date the most significant formal acceptance of responsibility for abuse by members of the church hierarchy anywhere in the world.

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"Insufficient Evidence" To Suggest Sherin's Adoptive Parents Abused Her: Report



HOUSTON:  In a new twist in the Sherin Mathews' case, US child protection authorities say they have found "insufficient evidence" if the deceased Indian toddler was physically abused by her adoptive mother and blamed "an unknown perpetrator" for her injuries, prior to her adoption.

Ms Sherin, 3, was found dead in mysterious circumstances in a culvert in Richardson, in suburban Dallas, Texas, on October 22, two weeks after her Indian-American foster parents reported her missing.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Court orders Irish social workers to inform parents of UK applications

Irish social workers must "stop immediately" the practice of acting in conjunction with their UK counterparts in seeking the return to Britain of children at the centre of care proceedings without the parents' knowledge of that application, the Court of Appeal has said.

If it does not stop, social workers could face contempt of court proceedings, Mr Justice Gerard Hogan said. He also expressed the "deepest misgivings" about the conduct of Irish and English social workers in one such case.


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Auditor general: $90M needed to fix broken child welfare system

The unveiling of Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s plan Wednesday is the third time in recent years he has drawn attention to the state’s beleaguered child welfare system .

Pennsylvania’s auditor general has a 28-point plan that he believes can start fixing what he calls a broken child welfare system and provide front-line workers with the resources, training and time necessary for safeguarding children in danger of abuse and neglect.

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One Colorado foster child moved 46 times. Toughest cases get more attention, but resources are stretched

The list of Colorado foster kids predicted to have the toughest time getting adopted has 81 names.

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Students with special needs in B.C. still face seclusion, physical restraint in schools

A new report from the advocacy group, Inclusion B.C., claims routine restraint and seclusion of children with special needs in schools hasn't improved much since its previous report in 2013 led to new guidelines — prompting the provincial education minister to promise new guidelines for schools by the end of the calendar year.

It says the impact of the practice in schools includes "profound, lasting emotional and/or physical trauma" for students.

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Japan on U.S. list of nations noncompliant with Hague Treaty

WASHINGTON (Jiji Press) — The U.S. State Department on Wednesday listed Japan as one of countries showing a pattern of noncompliance with the so-called Hague Treaty that sets procedures to settle cross-border parental child abduction cases.

Japan joined the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in 2014, and it is the first time since then that the nation has been put on the list in the department’s annual report on the issue of children taken by one parent following the breakup of international marriages.

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Jury finds Christian missionary from Oregon guilty of abusing Cambodian orphans



PORTLAND, Ore. — A U.S. jury found a Christian missionary from Oregon guilty Wednesday of multiple sex abuse charges for molesting children living at an unlicensed Cambodian orphanage that he operated in Phnom Penh over a period of years.

Daniel Stephen Johnson, 40, was convicted of six counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place and one count each of travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and aggravated sexual assault with children. He faces a minimum of 30 years in prison when sentenced in August in Eugene, Oregon.

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JOSHUA TREE COUPLE CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE AWARDED CUSTODY

The Joshua Tree couple charged with felony child abuse has a victory Thursday. After a long day in family court in San Bernardino Daniel Panico and Mona Kirk got their children back.

The pair was arrested in late February after police say they found their three children under the age of 15 found living in a makeshift shelter near their mobile home on their property.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Man on trial over Family Court bombings

A former firefighter accused of a string of Sydney bombings and murders in the 1980s allegedly told his ex-wife a Family Court judge "won't be there much longer" weeks before he was shot dead.

Opening the crown case on Tuesday, prosecutor Ken McKay said when the ex-wife asked if the judge was going on holidays, Leonard John Warwick replied: "No, he won't be there at all."

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Trump HHS considers using military bases to house immigrant children

Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services are visiting four U.S. military bases in Texas and Arkansas that could be used as additional facilities to house immigrant children forcibly separated from their mothers and fathers - as the parents face prosecution for illegally entering the United States.

HHS has not made a formal request of the Department of Defense for use of the facilities, but the informal visits show that federal agencies are preparing for the Trump administration's plans to prosecute all immigrant adults who enter the country illegally.

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Oklahoma child welfare director resigns, citing stress

Oklahoma’s director of child services says she’s resigning because of the stress of her job and the pressure of implementing a 2012 legal agreement.

The Oklahoman reports that Jami Ledoux announced her resignation Tuesday as the director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ child welfare division. Her resignation is effective May 31.

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Child welfare agents investigate claims abused and neglected kids are being held like prisoners

Child welfare administrators are investigating a report that adolescents in a Miami Gardens shelter for abused and neglected children are being treated like virtual prisoners in a compound with a fence and a locked gate.

The allegations were made by a court-ordered guardian for children in the child welfare system, Evin Daly, who said he reported his concerns to Florida’s child abuse hotline. They involve the His House Children’s Home, which houses foster kids who haven’t been able to find a more traditional home. Currently, 76 children and adolescents live at the shelter.

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