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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Report: Foster children over medicated with psychiatric drugs

Overmedicated, and in some cases, out of control.  Thousands of foster children across Florida might be taking powerful psychiatric drugs they do not need, and the medications could be making their lives worse.

Doctors said a local 11-year-old who was removed from her mother’s care had post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, attachment disorder, anxiety, depression, and optional defiant disorder.  A handful of five or six pills kept her under control.

However, the girl’s foster mother says the meds did the opposite.

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18-year-old charged with rape at Kansas child welfare office




An 18-year-old has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old at a suburban Kansas City child welfare office where children have been kept overnight because of a shortage of beds.

The Kansas City Star reports that Michael Anthony Hamer was charged last week with rape and aggravated indecent liberties of a child. Bond is set at $500,000. His attorney didn't immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press.

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Warrior cry: the crisis of neglect of Indigenous children in foster care

For 50 days this summer, Queen’s Park was ground zero for protest over the continued denial of services to Indigenous children and youth in Canada’s health and child welfare systems

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Foster caretaker accused of child abuse

A foster caretaker has been charged with child abuse, accused of using a comb to repeatedly strike a young girl in her care.

In the complaint filed against Sneads resident Dawndrell M. Martin, authorities with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office say the Department of Children and Families had contacted the agency about a possible case of child abuse involving a 5-year-old girl that had been placed in Martin’s care as a foster child.

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Family says CPS mishandled child abuse investigation

An East Dallas couple wants to warn others about their run-in with Child Protective Services.

The mother noticed a bruise on her infant daughter and took her to the doctor. What followed is a horror story that the parents believe could happen to anyone.

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Pinellas group calls for changes to foster care system

A group of parents and grandparents in Pinellas County gathered at the Justice Center on Monday to voice their concerns about the foster care system.

The group, called “Justice for Children” wants to see laws changed after the tragic death of two-year-old Jordan Belliveau.

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Watchdog: Mich. withholds records on foster facility abuse claims

A watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against a Michigan agency for failing to turn over records of alleged abuse at a Detroit foster care facility for disabled children.

The watchdog, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, said it has received complaints about the Paul Martin Home for Boys about lack of treatment, missing children, frequent fights, neglect by staff and physical abuse by staff.

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DHHR: CPS to pull fewer kids from homes

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Secretary Bill Crouch told state lawmakers Monday that federal legislation will let more children of parents with substance use disorders stay in their homes, where they'll be better off, instead of foster care. 

“The federal government has always paid us only if we pull children from their homes,” Crouch said, “so this is a huge change in how we’re able to deal with our child welfare problem.”

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Foster kid in Kansas’ care reportedly raped at Johnson County child welfare office

A Johnson County teenager has been charged with raping a 13-year-old at an Olathe child welfare office where children have been kept overnight because of a shortage of foster care beds.

Michael Anthony Hamer, 18, was charged last week with rape and aggravated indecent liberties of a child under 14. The incident was reported May 5 at the KVC Behavioral Healthcare office, according to police records obtained by The Star.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Maine fifth-highest in nation in prescribing psychotropic drugs to foster children

Nearly 30 percent of foster children in Maine who were prescribed powerful psychiatric drugs did not receive a basic “treatment plan” or regular reviews of their medications, a federal investigation has found.

Just shy of one-third of children in foster care in Maine during the period reviewed by federal investigators were prescribed anti-depressants, drugs to treat anxiety and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders or other “psychotropic” medications. The proportion of Maine foster children receiving such drugs – 1,155 of the 3,527 children in foster care, or 32.7 percent – was well above the 22.2 percent national average for the analyzed period, ranking Maine fifth behind North Dakota, Virginia, New Hampshire and Iowa.

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States aren’t giving foster kids the psychiatric drugs they need, government report finds

Vulnerable kids in foster care were taking too many — or too few — psychiatric drugs when the systems in charge of their welfare weren’t paying attention, a new government report released Monday found.

One nurse coordinator listed in the report — conducted by investigators at the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — questioned why a six-year-old boy in foster care was prescribed four psychotropic drugs, especially since a dosage increase in one of the drugs negated the need for another medication he was on. There wasn’t any evidence that a treatment plan was developed before the boy started taking the drugs, government investigators discovered, despite the fact that his state required it.

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377,000 people’s data used to predict child abuse

Data on thousands of UK residents is being amassed and used as part of a scheme to predict child abuse. Computer models with “predictive analytics” are being engineered using at least 377,000 people’s data, in a bid to crack down on child abuse.

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APNewsBreak: Few safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs

Thousands of children in foster care may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, according to a federal watchdog's investigation that finds a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been disrupted.

The report due Monday from the Health and Human Services inspector general's office found that about 1 in 3 foster kids from a sample of states were prescribed psychiatric drugs without treatment plans or follow-up, which are considered standard for sound medical care.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Nine-year-old boy in care moved five different times in 13 days

A CHILD IN the care of the State who had complex needs “didn’t know where he would be sleeping that night” after moving five times in the last 13 days, the Dublin District Court heard.

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Editorial: Michigan children are waiting too long for CPS to make improvements

Michigan’s Child Protective Services agency has longstanding problems. The latest review of the agency – this time by the state’s auditor general – confirms yet again the lack of progress by an agency entrusted to protect and care for some of the state’s most vulnerable population.

Why do these problems persist?

It’s a question that deserves an answer. One Michigan residents have been waiting to hear for well over a decade.

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Illegal adoption rackets thrive, leave children in jeopardy

Childless couples, too impatient to adopt children legally, are turning to illegal means of adoption. But the process is not safe and can put the futures of both the child and parents at risk, rue activists and officials.   

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Children mistakenly taken from their mother because of drug-test mix-up: Tories

Nova Scotia’s community services minister has been asked to apologize to a young woman who was apparently left traumatized after two of her children were allegedly taken away mistakenly by Child Protective Services for four weeks.

The woman’s case was raised in the provincial legislature Friday by Progressive Conservative critic Barbara Adams, who did not name the woman or her children.

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County child protection director out amid allegations of failed child abuse investigations

Riverside County’s top child protection official, Susan von Zabern, left her job Monday as the county fights two civil cases alleging that severe child abuse continued after the department had finished their investigations.

The two civil cases were filed by attorney Roger Booth on behalf of the juvenile victims seeking damages for the trauma they suffered as a result of the botched investigations.

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Charges upheld against L.A. social workers in death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez

A Los Angeles County judge on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss child abuse and other charges against four social workers in the killing of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez, concluding that the Palmdale boy’s death had been “foreseeable.”

“I have spent a lot of time, needless to say, on the case,” Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli said. “This isn’t something I did by the seat of my pants.”

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Report: Prosecutors probing former social services chief

Prosecutors are investigating a former chief of Baltimore’s social services agency after auditors questioned how public funds were awarded to a local nonprofit and a contractor.

The Baltimore Sun reports that state prosecutors are also reviewing whether Molly McGrath Tierney followed procedures in 2016 when placing two foster babies with the then-CEO of the Family League nonprofit.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Former Wythe DSS worker convicted of embezzlement

A Wytheville woman went from case worker to convict on Wednesday after admitting to embezzling more than $10,000 from a social services program that’s supposed to help keep kids out of foster care.

Indicted in July, 42-year-old Patricia Lynn Compton pleaded guilty to a single felony charge during a short hearing in Wythe County Circuit Court.

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Leesburg man had alleged sex with foster child

A former Leesburg resident who allegedly engaged in sexual acts with a juvenile foster child was among 14 people indicted by a Highland County Grand Jury on Tuesday.

According to an affidavit filed with Highland County Common Pleas Court, the Highland County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Adams County Children Services on April 11, 2018, stating that a 16-year-old male reported that while he was living with a foster parent, Benjamin J. Wright, 30, of Canal Winchester, formerly of Leesburg, the juvenile allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with Wright.

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State prosecutors investigating whether ex-Baltimore Social Services chief properly placed foster babies

State prosecutors are investigating former Baltimore Social Services chief Molly McGrath Tierney after auditors questioned nearly $2 million she directed to a contractor and local nonprofit.

Sources with knowledge of the investigation say prosecutors also are reviewing whether Tierney followed proper procedures in placing two foster babies with the CEO of the nonprofit in 2016.

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Watchdog to lead review of Michigan's child welfare system

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed the director of an agency that serves as a watchdog of the state's child welfare system to lead a review after a scathing audit of Children's Protective Services, the administration announced Tuesday.

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'Nudist' foster father charged with sex abuse of a child



A man who told police he supports a nudist lifestyle in his house has been charged with sexually abusing his teenage foster daughter.

Zachary Chance Hoskins, 44, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 27 in 4th District Court with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.

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