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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sonoma County social workers decry tight staffing they say puts children at risk

Sonoma County’s Child Protection Services agency is grappling with a severe staff shortage that has social workers claiming children’s lives could be in danger.

They have been going before the county supervisors in recent weeks to call out the agency’s unsafe practices and raise public awareness of the problems resulting from not having enough people to handle the workload.

More >> Sonoma County social workers decry tight staffing they say puts children at risk

Sexual abuse claims lead to lawsuit against CYFD, Familyworks

CYFD and a foster care agency have been hit with a lawsuit following claims that a foster parent was molesting girls in his care.

Back in August, KRQE News 13 reported on Special Assignment about claims a foster parent had been sexually abusing girls in his care for almost 20 years.

More >> Sexual abuse claims lead to lawsuit against CYFD, Familyworks

'I want visitation:' Siblings separated after mother's death fight to stay together

High school seniors are supposed to worry about prom, graduation, and college plans during their last year in high school.

But for 17-year-old Angelique Orta, there is no time for high school planning because she's trying to keep her six siblings together.

More >> 'I want visitation:' Siblings separated after mother's death fight to stay together

Both parties have failed to protect our children

The latest report by the Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI) reveals that both Democrats and Republicans have engaged in “bipartisan neglect” in protecting and supporting our nation’s most vulnerable children.

The report documents multiple failures across the child welfare system that demonstrate a lack of understanding of the underlying causes of abuse and neglect. The system remains woefully underfunded, worsened by counterproductive flaws in the funding formula, and an inability or unwillingness to hold states accountable for violating federal laws. While two bipartisan efforts over the past decade — including the Family First statute — made some positive strides in adding more flexibility to fund prevention, the Congress has fallen woefully short.

More >> Both parties have failed to protect our children

Report: Washington foster kids abused at out-of-state group home



Children entrusted to Washington’s foster-care system have endured “abusive” practices in a jail-like Iowa group home that inappropriately used painful physical restraints on children, according to a new report by a government-designated watchdog group.

The report, released today by the nonprofit Disability Rights Washington, documents numerous instances in which youths between the ages of 14 and 16 were held down by three or more workers. One child’s glasses were broken when staffers pushed the youth to the floor, and another was restrained for 45 minutes.

More >> Report: Washington foster kids abused at out-of-state group home

Texas Addresses Child Welfare Worker Stressors

In 2016, the Texas state legislature bluntly confronted their “broken” child welfare system and developed a series of reforms. While some of the changes had to do with improved processes, the real lesson (often revealed but not always learned) is that by far the most important predictor of quality in human services is the quality of the humans that provide the services.

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Mary Mayhew brings Maine failures to Washington

Prior experience is a key part of any job interview, so we’re sure Mary Mayhew’s new boss at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services looked deep into her work history. If so, they would have seen this assessment from the Office of the Inspector General: “Maine failed to demonstrate that it has a system to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the 2,640 Medicaid beneficiaries with developmental disabilities.”

The inspector general’s report covered 2½ years of Mayhew’s tenure as commissioner at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, beginning two years after she was named to the job – and it did not reflect well on her. Under Mayhew’s lead, DHHS failed to meet its most basic obligations to residents with severe disabilities, hardly a ringing endorsement of the person who now oversees the Medicaid program nationwide.

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‘They are dumping them’: Foster child sent to shelter on 18th birthday, now in prison

Rashaad Piper was 8 years old when the state of Louisiana placed him in foster care following reports of abuse at his home. He remembers feeling relieved at the time. He thought he was finally going to be safe, that he was going to be cared for and given a second chance at happiness.

“I got tired of getting beat,” he said. “I wanted a better outcome.”

More >> ‘They are dumping them’: Foster child sent to shelter on 18th birthday, now in prison

Former orphanage residents to sue religious order over child abuse




Former residents who claim they were physically and sexually abused at two orphanages in Scotland are suing the religious order that ran them.

Ten people are taking legal action against the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent De Paul.

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Trump’s Child Separations Are Becoming Permanent Because the Whole Child Welfare System Is Broken

Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that one of the results of the Trump administration’s family-separation program is going to be permanent legal separation in some cases. The AP reported that in the past, separated children in federal or state government care were adopted by American families, frequently without any input or participation from their deported parents. The speed with which children in state care can be permanently separated from their parents, however, isn’t Donald Trump’s doing, and it affects many more children than those caught up in this latest crackdown on undocumented immigrants. For 20 years, federal law has encouraged state child-protection agencies and courts to put hard time limits on family-reunification efforts. The result is that many parents who are good candidates to care for their children nevertheless end up with their legal rights terminated.

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More than 60 migrant children remain in U.S. custody after being separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, according to the latest update from the government.

The numbers come as President Donald Trump is reportedly considering another policy that could result in additional family separations at the border.

More >> What new family separation policy is Trump considering?

Judge strikes down Native American adoption law; Tribes plan to fight back


A landmark legislation involving Native American adoption illegal has been deemed illegal.

In the Oct. 4 ruling, a Texas federal judge said the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was unconstitutional.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

More ND kids are in foster care, but new federal laws look to reduce numbers

A new study shows foster care numbers continue to increase across the nation. That's true too here in North Dakota, but the state is decreasing in other areas.

The study by the Chronicle for Social Change shows an increase in kids in foster care and congregate or group care from 2012-2016, but the percentage of kids in congregate care decreased over that same time.

More >> More ND kids are in foster care, but new federal laws look to reduce numbers

Munby troubled by Court of Protection cases being 'transferred up'

Desperate parents are persuading less senior judges to transfer Court of Protection cases higher to force public authorities to act - a practice that the former president of the family division finds 'deeply troubling'.

Sir James Munby, who stepped down as family law chief in July, was unable to attend last week's Legal Action Group community care law conference, where he was due to give a speech highlighting current problems from the front line. However, the Gazette has seen his speech, in which he raises the question of how far a judge can go to persuade a public body to provide certain services or make resources available.

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Mother of disabled New Mexico teen alleges rape by foster father

The mother of an Otero County teen with a developmental disability alleges in a new lawsuit that her daughter was raped repeatedly by a longtime foster father in an Albuquerque home where the girl was supposed to be receiving therapeutic care.

The man’s wife, the complaint alleges, knew of the abuse and even forced the girl to get birth control injections to ensure she wouldn’t become pregnant.

More >> Mother of disabled New Mexico teen alleges rape by foster father

Arizona child welfare officials visited home of child 1 week before his death



State child-welfare investigators visited the Phoenix home of Donielle King one week before they got a call that her year-old son was dead.

King faces murder and child-abuse charges stemming from the July 17 death of Josiah Gishie. The child had been returned to her home one month earlier, after spending his first year of life in foster care.

More >> Arizona child welfare officials visited home of child 1 week before his death

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Trump's Pick To Run Medicaid will lead to more kids being taken away from their parents.



So President Trump has tapped the former head of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, Mary Mayhew to head the federal Medicaid program. 


The Family Rights community should be very concerned with this choice for the reason that Ms. Mayhew has a history of defunding programs that once helped  Maine to be a National Model regarding keeping kids safe in the home.   Most of these programs were paid for by Medicaid.  The consequences of this is that Maine, under her leadership, went from a National Model Child Welfare System due to being leaders in the home, to one of the biggest messes in the USA.

Now DHHS in Maine is taking more kids away and there is less chance of them ever going home.

I could write a whole analysis of this, but I've already been doing that for years so I'll just post a few links.



Monday, October 15, 2018

Russian former foster parent sentenced to 22 years for committing over 900 rapes and/or sex attacks

A 37-year-old Russian man who admitted to committing over 900 rapes and/or sex attacks was sentenced to 22 years in jail, according to published reports.

Viktor Lishavsky regarded his school-age victims — most of them orphans — as sexual slaves. He is believed to be the worst convicted pedophile in Russian history.

More >> Russian former foster parent sentenced to 22 years for committing over 900 rapes and/or sex attacks

Prosecutor to seek perjury inquiry into Iowa social worker

 A prosecutor will request a review to determine whether an Iowa social worker should be charged with a crime for giving false testimony in child welfare cases.

Cerro Gordo County Attorney Carlyle Dalen says he'll refer the case involving former Iowa Department of Human Services employee Chelsie Gray to another agency for investigation.

More >> Prosecutor to seek perjury inquiry into Iowa social worker

MS foster care system ranks last in nation

Earlier this year, lawyers asked a federal judge to remove Mississippi’s control from the state’s foster care system. The state has been extended multiple deadlines regarding changes that need to be made to the system. Each time the state has failed to make those changes.

Currently Mississippi’s foster care system is ranked last in the United States. This could be partially due to the fact that the state has the highest percent of children in homes that earn poverty level income. As a whole, Mississippi has the highest poverty rate with a total of 20.8 percent falling below the poverty line. Mississippi also has the second highest number of children in single parent families, the second highest child food insecurity rate and the second highest infant mortality rate.

More >> MS foster care system ranks last in nation

Father and son 'sent bomb to social worker over personal grudge'

A father and son are suspected of sending a potentially deadly explosive device to a social worker's home.

Sources say it is believed the pair had previous dealings with the woman, who works with Tusla, the State's Child and Family Agency, and harboured a "deep personal grudge".

More >> Father and son 'sent bomb to social worker over personal grudge'

Note: This will not help them with their case.

Alleged sexual abuse case raises red flags about lack of Indigenous foster homes

A child protection case involving a family of seven children from Eel Ground First Nation is raising alarm bells about the challenge of finding foster homes in Indigenous communities.

Seven children were placed in the temporary custody of their mother after a nine-year-old girl accused her father, known only as "PW," of repeatedly sexually abusing her.

More >> Alleged sexual abuse case raises red flags about lack of Indigenous foster homes

'State care can have disastrous implications' - Chief district court judge

Placing children and young people in state care can have disastrous consequences and greatly increase their risk of becoming chronic offenders, says the Chief District Court Judge.

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Grandparents of boy in critical condition from alleged abuse claim negligence from Child Protective Services



A five-year-old boy is fighting for his life, and his grandparents say their cries for help went unanswered after he was taken to the hospital Thursday due to severe injuries from alleged abuse.

26-year-old Jordan Wills, the child's mother, and 31-year-old John Manning, Wills' fiance, were arrested Thursday for felony child abuse charges after their son, identified by his grandparents as Tanner, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. As of Sunday evening, Tanner remains in a coma.

More >> Grandparents of boy in critical condition from alleged abuse claim negligence from Child Protective Services

Forced adoption report calls for new investigation

A new investigation should be opened into Ireland’s forced adoption system in mother and baby homes, a report has said.

The final report of the three-year Clann Project also calls for the Government to give those affected by the scandal statutory rights to access their files.

More >> Forced adoption report calls for new investigation

Texas child detention centre 10 times bigger than it was in June



A tent city in the west Texas desert set up to hold immigrant children has expanded its capacity by nearly 10 times to 3,800 beds since it opened in June, officials said on Friday.

The facility in the border city of Tornillo sprang up with 400 beds when the Trump administration put into place its 'zero tolerance' policy that called for separating parents from children after families crossed the border from Mexico illegally.

More >> Texas child detention centre 10 times bigger than it was in June

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