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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Former Texas probation officer charged in adoption effort

Authorities say a North Texas probation officer fabricated records and sought to revoke the probation of a pregnant woman whose child the officer wanted to adopt.

An investigation by Texas Rangers determined 38-year-old Lakisha Nicole McKnight sought to benefit from revoking the woman’s probation and denying her parental rights upon the birth of the child.

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For generations, Illinois' child welfare agency has failed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking families

When his son was born in 2014, Jorge Matias held the infant in the hospital and sang him the lullabies he had learned as a child in Guatemala. He teased the boy’s mother that he would raise their son to speak Spanish, and one day the two of them would talk in secret around her.

But the boy was born with heroin in his system and, when it cleared from his body, Illinois child welfare officials placed him in a foster home. To get his son back, Matias had to complete a long list of requirements, including ending his relationship with the boy’s mother, a heroin addict.

More >> For generations, Illinois' child welfare agency has failed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking families

Teens in DCFS care slept on floors of South Loop office

Just two weeks ago, two teenagers were left with no choice but to sleep on the floor of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services office building in the South Loop.

That’s according to a letter written by the Cook County Public Guardian to a federal judge overseeing a consent decree.

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Federal Lawsuit Alleges 'Dangerous Conditions' For Children Held At Woodside

A new federal lawsuit alleges children at Vermont's juvenile detention center are being held in conditions that are "physically and emotionally harmful."

Court documents say children at Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center are held in dangerous restraints and long-term isolation and don't receive adequate mental health treatment.

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Woman claims men should be able to ‘opt-out’ of being a dad

A woman on Mumsnet is asking for opinions, after claiming that she believes men should have the option to opt-out of being a dad, should they get a casual fling pregnant.

The anonymous woman came up with the controversial idea, after a friend of hers fell pregnant to a man she had a casual sex relationship with. She says that the father immediately made it clear that he wanted nothing to do with the baby however, now that the child has grown to be a toddler he is showing interest in building a relationship.

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I'm sorry for posting this link - Organization seeks to find foster families at Pride festival

For decades, the Nashville Pride Festival has been a celebration with loud music and big fashion. One group's seeing the event as a powerful opportunity.

Colleen O'Connell searched through the crowd over the weekend to ask a question.

 "You guys interested in foster care?" she asked one couple. "You are? Excellent!"

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Violence, often instigated by staff, has become common at Red Rock Canyon School in St. George for troubled children

Months before dozens of police cars raced to a St. George school for troubled youths, one of its teachers had emailed managers with a warning: The staff was losing control, and something bad would happen if things weren’t fixed.

Red Rock Canyon School didn’t have enough staff to calm disputes and teachers were quitting. Brawls among students were becoming more frequent, more than Dane Camp had ever seen during his five years working there.

More >> Violence, often instigated by staff, has become common at Red Rock Canyon School in St. George for troubled children

East Hartford man sentenced to 10 years in prison for trafficking 16-year-old runaway for sex

An East Hartford man who trafficked a 16-year-old runaway girl for sex was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison and five years of supervised released.

Alexander Pedraza, 28, promoted the prostitution of the girl, who had been a ward of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. He picked the girl up in Auburn, Mass. in March 2017 and pressed her into working as a prostitute at the Flamingo Inn in Windsor, the Rodeway Inn in East Windsor and hotels in Hartford, according to federal prosecutors.

More >> East Hartford man sentenced to 10 years in prison for trafficking 16-year-old runaway for sex

Man gets 22 years in prison on accusations that he molested foster children



A 25-year-old man was sentenced to serve 22 years in prison and life on supervised release on charges the he molested two foster children between Sept. 2017 and June 2018.

According to Assistant District Attorney Emily Johnson:

More >> Man gets 22 years in prison on accusations that he molested foster children

Trump Claims Administration Doing ‘Fantastic Job’ Housing Migrant Kids At Border

President Donald Trump claimed his administration is doing a “fantastic job” at the country’s southern border days after a Justice Department lawyer argued against providing detained migrant children with toothbrushes or beds.

NBC’s Chuck Todd discussed the horrifying conditions at some of the immigrant detainment facilities in the U.S. during an interview with the president that aired Sunday on “Meet the Press.”

More >> Trump Claims Administration Doing ‘Fantastic Job’ Housing Migrant Kids At Border
Almost 300 migrant children have been removed from a border patrol facility in Texas after media reports of lawyers describing “appalling” and potentially dangerous conditions, Department of Homeland Security officials told NBC News.

Lawyers who recently visited two Texas facilities holding migrant children described seeing young children and teenagers not being able to shower for days or even weeks, inadequate food, flu outbreaks and prolonged periods of detention.

More >> Almost 300 migrant children removed from Texas facility described as 'appalling'

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Social worker struck off for filing reports littered with errors

A social worker who was employed by Wolverhampton City Council has been struck off by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for filing case reports littered with a catalogue of serious errors.

Nilima Thawait, whose work was also found to contain repeated spelling and grammatical errors, is said to have carried out the incidents of misconduct while employed by the council between January 2012 and March 2016.

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New York Parents With Unvaccinated Children Threatened with CPS Investigation

A new law in Albany, New York, requiring all school children, public and private, to be vaccinated by July in order to continue their education is causing confusion and panic. Parents in the Deer Park area have received a letter from Assistant Superintendent James Cummings explaining that "In the event that you do not follow this mandate we will be reaching out to Child Protective Services to alert them of your non-compliance."


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DCFS investigator under review in AJ Freund case faced prior discipline, sits on McHenry County Board

The last child welfare investigator who made contact with Andrew “AJ” Freund before the young Crystal Lake boy was allegedly killed by his parents is a local elected official with a history of workplace complaints and a recent suspension, according to documents reviewed by the Tribune.

In one case, the investigator was disciplined for ignoring a court order to connect a family with support services, delaying help for four children in a home with a record of domestic violence and alcohol abuse, the documents show. Separately, prosecutors wrote a letter saying he failed to alert them about a mother’s heroin use and that he refused to hold a child because he was worried about bedbugs.

More >> DCFS investigator under review in AJ Freund case faced prior discipline, sits on McHenry County Board

Govt. busted for trying to snatch daughter away from dad forever

The European Court of Human Rights has scolded foster child care officials in Spain for violating the parental rights of a father whose daughter was put in care when he was charged with a crime, then left there when he was acquitted.

More >> Govt. busted for trying to snatch daughter away from dad forever

Murder Trial Begins Monday for Dad Accused of Killing Adopted Daughter



Testimony is set to begin Monday in the capital murder trial of Wesley Mathews. The Richardson man is accused in the 2017 murder of his three-year-old daughter, Sherin Mathews. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.

The child was reported missing by her father on October 7, 2017 – setting off a massive search for the little girl. Her body was discovered two weeks later in a culvert, near the family’s home in Richardson.

More >> Murder Trial Begins Monday for Dad Accused of Killing Adopted Daughter

Monday, June 24, 2019

Hancock County celebrates families reunited after foster care

June is Foster Reunification Month, a time to recognize families that have changed their lives to get their children out of the foster care system.

For the first time, Hancock County Youth Court, CASA Hancock County and Child Protective Services Hancock County hosted an event Thursday evening to recognize those families.

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Jackson County children celebrate reuniting with families

Each year hundreds of Jackson County children are removed from their homes.

Saturday, a celebration was held at Sheila Kemper Dietrich Park in Kansas City to recognize the success stories of families and children who are successfully, and safely reunited.

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Another child sex abuse allegation at Homestead migrant shelter

Florida officials received a report in May of alleged child sexual abuse at the Homestead migrant shelter, marking the seventh report of such abuse at the controversial federal facility.

Homestead has received an influx of migrant children as a result of the Trump administration’s crackdown at the U.S.-Mexico border. Along with that has come scrutiny from advocacy groups and Democrats who decry the facility’s “prison-like” conditions and want it closed.

More >> Another child sex abuse allegation at Homestead migrant shelter

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Former Texas Probation Officer Charged After Fabricating Records To Adopt Child

Authorities say a North Texas probation officer fabricated records and sought to revoke the probation of a pregnant woman whose child the officer wanted to adopt.

An investigation by Texas Rangers determined 38-year-old Lakisha Nicole McKnight sought to benefit from revoking the woman’s probation and denying her parental rights upon the birth of the child.

More >> Former Texas Probation Officer Charged After Fabricating Records To Adopt Child

Mothers fight for justice over forced adoptions

In 1969, at the age of 19, she was gang raped and forced to give up the resulting baby for adoption — a baby boy she wanted to keep.

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A firsthand report of ‘inhumane conditions’ at a migrant children’s detention facility

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) leverages our limited resources to provide the best care possible to those in our custody, especially children.  As DHS and CBP leadership have noted numerous times, our short-term holding facilities were not designed to hold vulnerable populations and we urgently need additional humanitarian funding to manage this crisis.  CBP works closely with our partners at the Department of Health and Human Services to transfer unaccompanied children to their custody as soon as placement is identified, and as quickly and expeditiously as possible to ensure proper care.

More >> A firsthand report of ‘inhumane conditions’ at a migrant children’s detention facility

Investigation of CPS procedures sought following baby's death

Scioto County commissioners sent a letter to request the director of the county's Children's Services be placed on administrative leave following the death of a baby whose body was found in a well.

Commissioners sent the letter Tuesday requesting Dr. Lorra Fuller, the agency's director, be put on administrative leave while an independent investigation of CPS procedures is conducted.

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Police: Florida couple beat, used stun gun on adopted kids

Police say a couple in northern Florida routinely beat and shocked their two adopted children with what appears to be stun guns.

The Gainesville Sun reports that the children were also malnourished and described being fed only bread and water and occasional scraps. The two children fled from the couple’s care last week and a concerned resident contacted police. The children are 8 and 10 years old.

More >> Police: Florida couple beat, used stun gun on adopted kids

Seymour man who served as foster parent for years charged with sodomy and molestation

A man from Seymour is accused of inappropriately touching a young girl, around the age of 10.

Bobby Joe Kastning, 65, is charged with three counts of statutory sodomy, and one count of child molestation.

The victim told investigators the abuse started about five years ago.

More >> Seymour man who served as foster parent for years charged with sodomy and molestation

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Ohio sheriff charged with releasing confidential abuse reports

A county sheriff in Ohio has been accused of posting confidential child abuse reports to the department’s website and Facebook page.

A special prosecutor on Thursday filed misdemeanor charges against Williams County Sheriff Steve Towns.

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