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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

"There IS something wrong with #DHS.



"There IS something wrong with #DHS. (#CPS/#DCFS). My biggest problem with DHS is that DHS tells us that there is nothing wrong with them."

This is from Philadelphia city council meeting on the 16th of May. A lot of creepy stuff going on with their child Protective Services Department in that city.

Councilman David Oh is on the side of the people and families who are being ignored.

5th migrant child dies after detention by Border Patrol

The U.S. government says a 16-year-old Guatemalan died Monday at a Border Patrol station in South Texas, the fifth death of a migrant child apprehended by border agents since December.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that Border Patrol apprehended the teenager in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley on May 13. The agency says the teenager was found unresponsive Monday morning during a welfare check at the agency's Weslaco, Texas, station. The teenager's cause of death is unknown.

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Metro Detroit family battles to keep adopted son with violent history in psychiatric hospital

A Metro Detroit family's adopted son, who has threatened to kill them, is currently in a psychiatric treatment hospital.

Now, the family says the state of Michigan is threatening to charge them with neglect if they don't take their 16-year-old adopted son, Alex, home. The family is terrified and they have filed a lawsuit.

Washington state to pay $1.7 million to settle woman’s claims that social workers ignored child abuse, neglect she suffered

She first met him at a corner store 30 years ago, when she was 13 and wandering the streets of Tacoma’s then-notorious Hilltop.

The 37-year-old man, a convicted drug dealer, took her home, forced her into sex and before long, had the girl living with him, she said. And soon, he allegedly was plying the girl’s drug-addicted mother with crack cocaine as part of an unspoken arrangement.

More >> Washington state to pay $1.7 million to settle woman’s claims that social workers ignored child abuse, neglect she suffered

Governor vows to re-examine foster home abuse case

The governor is launching a review into that horrific case of abuse in a state licensed foster home 5 Investigates exposed last week.

The victims say what they went through was more than abuse, it was torture.

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Justices Decline to Review Case Involving Strip Search of 4-Year-Old at School

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case involving the warrantless strip-search at school of a 4-year-old student by a county caseworker looking for evidence of abuse.

The case of I.B. v. Woodard (No. 18-1173) raised several important legal questions for educators, including whether a child welfare caseworker requires a warrant to strip-search a child and whether it was clearly established that such conduct was barred in Colorado under relevant federal court rulings.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

'Sesame Street' introduces Karli, a Muppet in foster care

In an effort to support foster children and families, there’s a new Muppet family living on Sesame Street.

Karli, and her “for-now” parents Dalia and Clem, was introduced Monday by Sesame Workshop to offer support foster children and foster families, the nonprofit educational organization behind the iconic children’s show said.

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7Investigates: Foster Children’s Money

Millions of dollars taken from children in Massachusetts. Investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan found some call a secret system. Who is getting their money, and why? 7 Investigates.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Opinion: Long waits for intensive foster care homes are routine for state’s most-wounded children

Some suffer from serious medical conditions. Some have been left alone in their homes for days at a time or have had to call 911 because a parent has overdosed on drugs. Others have suffered physical or emotional abuse at the hands of a trusted adult.

These children’s stories all are different, but what they have in common is the experience of severe trauma that has denied them a secure place in a loving home with people they can rely on.

More >> Opinion: Long waits for intensive foster care homes are routine for state’s most-wounded children

Woman tells court she was coerced into giving up baby in 1979

A woman has claimed before the High Court she was coerced into having her baby daughter adopted nearly 40 years ago when she was 16 years old.

The woman is suing the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) and accredited adoption agency, CĂșnamh, alleging personal injuries and breach of constitutional rights by adoption of her baby in 1979.

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Washington's Junior Village was created as a refuge for needy kids. Instead they were raped and drugged

The children's home was a must-stop destination for the powerful.

In the 1960s, first lady Jackie Kennedy, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and Vice President Hubert Humphrey were just a few of the important figures to pay visits to Junior Village, Washington's renowned refuge for impoverished children. Lady Bird Johnson and Pat Nixon sponsored Christmas and Thanksgiving parties at the White House for handpicked Junior Village children, according to The Washington Post.

But the cheerful newspaper photos of those visits and holiday celebrations didn't capture what happened when the cameras were gone: harrowing abuse.

More >> Washington's Junior Village was created as a refuge for needy kids. Instead they were raped and drugged

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Lawmakers react to foster kids sleeping in offices

Lawmaker reaction was swift when they learned Kansas foster kids have once again been sleeping in offices of agencies that place kids in foster care.

"It should be a wake up call to our agency. It should be a wake up call to the state of Kansas that we have to do better for our children," said Representative Michael Capps (R) 85th District. "This is our future we are talking about."

More >> Lawmakers react to foster kids sleeping in offices

Man accused of molesting foster child was investigated in 2nd incident



Robert Metzner was accused of sexually abusing an 8-year-old in his care. 10 Investigates has found another child was placed in the home after the first accusations surfaced.

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Judge dismisses concerns over ‘gender manipulating’ foster parents

A judge has dismissed concerns that two foster parents in Lancashire have been manipulating children in their care to ‘change sex’.

One of the couple’s biological sons began living as a girl from the age of seven. Two of their three foster children also subsequently began living as the opposite sex.

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Lawmaker blasts state for foster home abuse case

A state representative is lashing out at the Department of Children and Families and the criminal justice system for their handling of the horrific case of abuse inside a central Massachusetts foster home.

"This case was really covered up, brushed under the rug, and it's just a travesty all around," said state Rep. Shaunna O'Connell.

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Removal of Cherokee County children draws lawsuit, criminal charges possible

Dozens of children in Cherokee County faced unlawful removal from their families until the state stepped in late in 2017, according to state officials and a federal lawsuit from affected families.

Now, the state Department of Justice is considering criminal charges against Cindy Palmer, the Cherokee County Department of Social Service’s former director, and possibly others. At the same time, the plaintiffs’ lawyers in the federal suit are seeking class-action status, alleging a series of rights violations against a potentially substantial number of families who were not identified in the State Bureau of Investigation’s probe of the situation.

More >> Removal of Cherokee County children draws lawsuit, criminal charges possible

Friday, May 17, 2019

Kansas again keeping foster kids in offices

Abused and neglected children are again sleeping overnight in the offices of Kansas foster care contractors because homes cannot be found for them quickly enough.

Since January, when Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly took office, more than 70 children have been kept overnight in the offices of the two nonprofit agencies providing foster care services. Her Republican predecessor’s administration kept children from sleeping in offices during its final months after threatening publicly to fine contractors — a threat Kelly’s administration has dropped.

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Former foster children say they endured abuse for years

5 Investigates a horrific case of abuse that's been kept hidden for years by the state and in courts. The abuse all involves a single foster home in Massachusetts and at least six children.

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United Nations concerned over sexual abuse of children in UK custody

Grave concerns have been raised about the sexual abuse of children in detention in the UK by independent experts at the United Nations.

Reviewing the UK's record, the United Nations Committee Against Torture cited a report into the abuse of some 1,000 children in custody from 2009-2017.

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'He was Mama's boy': Murder trial underway for foster dad accused of killing 4-year-old

Hunter Payton, his grandmothers say, was a loving, playful child adored by his large, extended family.

"He was an angel," said Linda Payton, his paternal grandmother, from Caneyville.

More >> 'He was Mama's boy': Murder trial underway for foster dad accused of killing 4-year-old

Montana Supreme Court overturns parental rights termination

The state failed to make a reasonable effort to reunite a woman with the son who was taken away from her after he was born with methamphetamine in his system, the Montana Supreme Court ruled.

The justices unanimously overturned the July 2018 termination of the mother's parental rights and ordered the Division of Child and Family Services to work to reunite the woman with her son, who has lived with foster parents in Billings since his birth in October 2016.

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Oregon moved 2 young sisters into foster home, then sent 13-year-old abuser to live with them, $24 million lawsuit alleges

Oregon child welfare officials ignored eight years of warnings when they moved a 13-year-old boy with a history of abusing younger children into the same overcrowded foster home as two young sisters, according to new court documents.

At the time, case workers labeled the boy a “risk” and wrote that they planned to move the girls, then 5 and 7, out as soon as possible. Yet the three remained in the same home for two months, and during that time, the boy repeatedly locked the girls inside rooms and sexually abused them, a lawsuit contends.

More >> Oregon moved 2 young sisters into foster home, then sent 13-year-old abuser to live with them, $24 million lawsuit alleges

Families of adopted Safe Haven babies react to another abandoned infant: ‘Birth mothers don’t know what else to do’

When Tera Naset heard about a newborn baby abandoned last week in a Northwest Side alley — named Patrick Casey Doe after the first responders who helped save his life — it hit her hard.

If things had gone differently, that could’ve been her son, Frankie.

More >> Families of adopted Safe Haven babies react to another abandoned infant: ‘Birth mothers don’t know what else to do’

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

IOWA SOCIAL WORKER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO PERJURY IN CUSTODY CASE



The social worker accused of lying in a case where four children were removed from their parents is pleading not guilty.

Chelsie Jo Gray, 30 of Lawler, is charged with three counts of perjury. Authorities say Gray knowingly gave false testimony in a December 2017 hearing where she recommended a judge terminate the parental rights of a mother and father. Gray had been assigned as the case worker when the Department of Human Services sought to remove four North Iowa children from their biological parents.

More >> IOWA SOCIAL WORKER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO PERJURY IN CUSTODY CASE

New report released on troubles in DCFS Intact Family Services program

Usually when these programs fail it's because they've been de-funded.  When properly funded, it's the best thing for the kid. 

Illinois' child welfare agency is so intent on keeping children with their parents even when they have strong evidence of abuse that it has sometimes left those children in grave danger, a study released Wednesday found. 
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered the study of the Department of Children and Family Services' Intact Family Services unit after the recent deaths of three children. That unit is responsible for overseeing households in which children are left at home after allegations of abuse or neglect. 
More >> New report released on troubles in DCFS Intact Family Services program

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