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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Schools will now collect data on children from military families



For the first time this year, schools across the nation will ask students if one of their parents is active duty military.

A law passed in 2015 requires schools to collect and report data on children of active duty service men and women.

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Foster mother challenges decision not to allow her adopt child

A woman has taken a High Court challenge against the refusal of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, to consider her as an adoptive parent for a child she had fostered.

The woman fostered the boy a few months after his birth in 2016 and he was in her care until last April, when she claims the agency took him away. The woman said this was done without any consideration for his medical or psychological needs, or his best interests and welfare.

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In Oregon Race, Political Ad from Foster Parents Creates Furor

Foster care reform has played an important role in Oregon’s gubernatorial race this year. Both incumbent Gov. Kate Brown (D) and Republican challenger Knute Buehler have pitched ideas about how to address persistent problems in Oregon’s child welfare system, highlighted by a scathing state audit released by Secretary of State Dennis Richardson (R) in January.

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Report Shows 1/3 of Foster Kids Are Improperly Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs

A September 17th NBC News article discussed a report that showed 1/3 of foster children were prescribed psychiatric drugs without treatment plans or follow up. The report was released by the inspector general’s office of the Department of Health and Human Services. The drugs in question include medications intended to treat ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

NM’s foster care system ‘broken,’ advocates say

Thousands of abused or neglected children in New Mexico are removed from unsafe conditions at home only to end up in a “broken” state-run foster care system that fails to treat their trauma and, in some cases, puts them in inappropriate or overly restrictive housing where they continue their downward spiral.

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NJ Family Court Judge Reprimanded for Involvement in Friend's Custody Case

The New Jersey Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded an Essex County judge for violating ethics rules by becoming involved in a friend’s child custody case.


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Foster mom accused of holding 10-year-old boy in locked basement storage room


Federal prosecutors have charged a 34-year-old Macy woman with felony child abuse and kidnapping for locking her 10-year-old foster son in a basement storage room so she could go have fun.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Sept. 15, Omaha Nation Law Enforcement Services went to Krista Parker's home after getting a call at about 2:20 a.m. about a boy locked in a storage room.

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Parents face tougher rules to get immigrant children back

Armando Tabora desperately wants to get his teenage daughter out of the government detention facility where she has been for more than three months. He has been stymied at every turn.

The Florida landscaping worker took the bold step of going to a government office to submit fingerprints and other documents required for immigrants to get their children out of government custody — and now that information is being shared with deportation agents. He was then told that the woman he rents a room from would also need to submit fingerprints, something she refused to do. He then sought out friends who are here legally to help him out, to no avail.

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In beating death of toddler, St. Tammany foster mother sentenced to 30 years



Trenique Faciane's attorneys spent two days in court portraying their client as a calm, nurturing caregiver who had no criminal history and a sterling reputation working with children.

But when 22nd Judicial District Judge Richard Swartz sentenced the Lacombe woman to 30 years in prison Friday for manslaughter, his focus was not on Faciane but on Madison Parrott, the 22-month-old foster child who died of multiple blunt force trauma in May 2015.

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County Settles Sexual Abuse Claims with Twins in Foster Care

The county will finally compensate twin brothers who were placed with a foster father who admitted to sexually abusing them.

The victims said they hope this will not happen to anyone again.

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Experts want tough laws on lucrative adoption business

Experts in child welfare and adoption matters want a moratorium placed on inter-country adoption made permanent to protect the rights of Kenyan children.

The concerns emanate from the fact that studies have established that inter-country adoption is big business, done at the expense of children.

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Single mum takes Tusla to court after agency takes away foster baby

A woman who for more than a year was the foster carer of a baby boy with severe health issues is to challenge Tusla in the High Court after the agency removed the child from her care because she was a single mother.

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Troubled Kansas system for protecting kids was making progress. Then this happened

After months of headlines about missing runaways, foster children sleeping in offices and high-profile deaths, this was the last thing the Kansas Department for Children and Families wanted to see.

A 13-year-old in the state’s custody reportedly was raped inside a child welfare office in Olathe. And the young man charged with the assault earlier this month also was in Kansas’ care. Both were at the KVC Behavioral Healthcare office waiting to be placed in an available foster home or facility.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Trump administration moves $260M from cancer research, other programs to help pay for custody of immigrant children

The Trump administration is planning to shift more than $260 million to cover the rising cost and strain of housing thousands of undocumented immigrant children in their custody – including millions of dollars from programs like cancer research and HIV/AIDS prevention.

The request comes as the program has been strained by record-high levels of children in custody, driven in large part by new policies that are holding kids longer and making it more difficult for them to be released to adults, such as family members.

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Winnipeg CFS launches internal review after volunteer charged with sex assault

Winnipeg Child and Family Services has suspended hiring new volunteers pending a review of recruitment practices, after a volunteer for the agency was charged with sexual assault.

In July 2018, Winnipeg police charged a 35-year-old man with sexual assault and sexual interference involving a boy under the age of 16. Court documents show the alleged abuse took place between April 2017 and April 2018. CBC News is not naming the accused to protect the victim's identity.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Parents jailed for one year for snatching child from foster mother

Parents who snatched their baby from a foster parent in January last year and took the child to Germany have been jailed for 12 months, four suspended, by judges in Den Bosch.

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13 Investigates: DCS violated parents' rights, took kids away

Judges from the Indiana Court of Appeals have issued a scathing rebuke of the state's Department of Child Services, saying the agency repeatedly violated parents' rights. The appellate judges identified "significant violations of due process occurring in termination of parental rights cases throughout the state."

Late Thursday afternoon, in a statement sent to 13 Investigates, DCS director Terry Stigdon admitted the department's legal work had indeed "fallen short of the standards I have set for our agency."

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Foster kids trapped as WA system collapses

Abused and neglected kids in Washington’s overwhelmed foster care system were housed in hotels and state offices at a higher rate than ever over the last year, newly released figures show — a practice that costs taxpayers millions and that experts say further traumatizes some of society’s most vulnerable young people.

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ICE arrested immigrants who came forward to care for migrant children

Between July and September of this year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 41 people who had come forward as potential sponsors of undocumented migrant children. 70% of those arrests were due to the sponsors — who are often the child's family members — being in the U.S. illegally, CNN's Tal Kopan reports.

Why it matters: Health and Human Services recently instituted stricter vetting procedures including background checks and finger printing for all potential immigrant child sponsors. Immigration advocates have feared that this information would be used by the Trump administration to round up more undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

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Washington County woman found guilty in death of 7-month-old foster son


On Thursday, a Washington County jury found 44-year-old Tracy Nelson guilty of first degree manslaughter in the death of her foster son in June 2017.

The police report said the child died from blunt force trauma to the neck and head. The medical examiner ruled his death as a homicide.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Judge: 'Disinformation' from nurse led to child being separated from mother

A 14-month-old baby is back with his mother after a judge ruled last week that her child was unnecessarily taken from her and placed in foster care in May.

Amanda Weber, 25, said Tuesday her son was traumatized by the four-month-long separation. Weber’s attorneys are calling for changes to state law to protect others from going through a similar ordeal.

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UK social services are taking away record numbers of kids…leaving parents terrified

Having your children taken away by the state is one of a mom’s or dad’s worst nightmares. Unfortunately, this happens to thousands of parents in the United Kingdom every year--and not always with good cause.

According to the UK Sun, the number of children ripped from their parents through “forced care orders” rose from 7, 550 to 10, 130 in 2017: an increase of 34%. When you factor in children taken away with the parents’ say-so, the number rises to 32,810.

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Michigan sued over records about allegations at boys home

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is being accused of withholding records about abuse allegations at a Detroit home for boys.

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, known as MPAS, filed a lawsuit Monday against the Department of Health and Human Services. The independent group is empowered under state and federal law to protect the rights of the developmentally disabled.

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Foster children prescribed meds they might not need, report says


Thousands of children in foster care are taking medications they might not need.

A new U.S. Department of Health report highlights the health concerns related to foster children being prescribed psychiatric drugs with no follow-up care and also shows the financial implications.

Don’t trust algorithms to predict child-abuse risk

Your are right to highlight councils’ use of data about adults and children without their permission, alongside the warped stereotypes that inevitably shape the way families are categorised (Council algorithms use family data to predict child-abuse risk, 17 September). But the problems are more wide-ranging. In policy debates shaped by the ClimbiĆ© and Baby P scandals, pre-emptive interventions sound attractive, but ethical debates about what level of intervention in family life, on what basis, and how pre-emptively, still need to take place. Such debates would be necessary with accurate predictions but become absolutely crucial when, as with any risk screening programme, false positives are unavoidable. In a given population where the base rate of abuse is low, these errors will be drastically higher than commonly believed.

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