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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.

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

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

Breaking up families in the name of child protection

In the United States, child-protection agencies have been given unlimited powers to confiscate children and prosecute parents without due process and in contravention of basic human rights.

More >> Breaking up families in the name of child protection


Sixties Scoop sharing circles looking to shape healing journeys and government apology

Saturday marks the first step in the Saskatchewan government's effort to observe past wrongs and consider a "meaningful" apology to Sixties Scoop survivors.

The Sixties Scoop saw tens of thousands of Indigenous children taken from their families and adopted out across the country and the world, mostly to white families, between the 1960s and the 1980s.

"I was brought up in a non-native family and I lost my culture and tradition, not knowing who I was," said Melissa Parkyn, one of the facilitators for sharing circles being organized by the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Saskatchewan (SSISS). "So, I pretty much lost my identity."

More >> Sixties Scoop sharing circles looking to shape healing journeys and government apology

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Mother wants justice for baby killed by dog while in foster care


Last Friday, Shavon Grossman spent the morning with her infant daughter, Khloe Williams, before giving the baby back to her foster family.

More >> Mother wants justice for baby killed by dog while in foster care

Report: Number of missing, runaway Kan. foster care youth declines

Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel announced Thursday a significant decrease in the number of youth who have run away from their foster care placement.

More >> Report: Number of missing, runaway Kan. foster care youth declines

Does the Indian Child Welfare Act protect tribal interests at the expense of children?

When Chad and Jennifer Brackeen received a call in June 2016 from a child welfare worker asking if they would be willing to take in a 10-month-old foster child, they did not hesitate. They had two biological sons and had already had one foster placement that lasted about five months. But this baby was different.

“We were told that because he was an Indian child, he would only be with us for a couple of months and then would be moved to an Indian family,” Jennifer Brackeen recalls.

More >> Does the Indian Child Welfare Act protect tribal interests at the expense of children?

SCOV Law Blog: DCF too quick to intervene

et’s pretend for a moment you’re a parent. You’ve got a child, and the child breaks an arm. You take the child to the hospital and get treatment. This is exactly what you’d expect a parent to do. Let’s make the facts a little more serious. Let’s suppose the child has cancer and has to be admitted to the hospital. Parents take the child to the hospital and admit her. Sometimes the parents have to go home, so the child stays at the hospital because that’s where the treatment happens. This is exactly what you’d expect a parent to do.

More >> SCOV Law Blog: DCF too quick to intervene

Government inquiry documents abuse at Catholic orphanages in Scotland



A new report published Thursday in Scotland shows that children suffered abuse at two children’s care homes run by a Catholic religious order, both of which have been closed for decades.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) said that the two children’s facilities run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul - Smyllum Park in Lanark and Bellevue House in Rutherglen - were “places of fear, coercive control, threat, excessive discipline and emotional, physical and sexual abuse, where they found no love, no compassion, no dignity and no comfort.”

More >> Government inquiry documents abuse at Catholic orphanages in Scotland

ACS accused of ignoring safety concerns of foster kids

The city’s child-welfare agency ignored evidence that foster-care contractors weren’t safeguarding kids — despite more than 1,000 cases of neglect and abuse over the past two years, according to a report released on Friday.

The Department of Investigation said the Administration for Children’s Services left kids in the hands of private contractors with a history of poor ratings and didn’t follow its own scoring system to hold them accountable.

More >> ACS accused of ignoring safety concerns of foster kids

Friday, October 12, 2018

Sick Kids Hospital Toronto will euthanize children with or without parental consent.

A recent report from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto states that they are not only ready to do euthanasia on children but their policy states that a child should be able to die by euthanasia without the consent or knowledge of the parents.

According to an article by Sharon Kirkey for Sun Media, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto published their policy on euthanasia and assisted suicide as a report in the recent Journal of Medical Ethics. According to Kirkey:
The Sick Kids’ working group says the hospital has willing doctors who could “safely and effectively” perform euthanasia for terminally ill youth 18 and older who meet the criteria as set out in federal law, and that it wouldb e “antithetical” to its philosophy of care to have to transfer these patients to a strange and unfamiliar adult hospital. But it is a suggestion that euthanasia might one day take place without the involvement of parents that has provoked fresh controversy in the assisted-death debate.

More >> Sick Kids Hospital Toronto will euthanize children with or without parental consent.

Number of missing foster kids decreases in Kansas


The Kansas Department for Children and Families says the number of children who have run away from their foster care placement has decreased significantly since last year.

DCF Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel said in August 31, 2017, there were 86 missing or runaway youth. and there were 63 at the end of August of this year. That's a decrease of a 26.7 percent.

More >> Number of missing foster kids decreases in Kansas

Husband of award-winning foster mother is jailed for raping a troubled 11-year-old girl his wife was caring for

The husband of an award-winning foster mother has been jailed for raping a troubled 11-year-old girl.

Frederick Charles Niehus, 73, was sentenced in the Northern Territory Supreme Court for seven years behind bars with a non parole period of five years.

More >> Husband of award-winning foster mother is jailed for raping a troubled 11-year-old girl his wife was caring for

Babies for sale on Instagram: Indonesian police smash ‘Family Welfare Institution’ human trafficking ring that sold children for as little as $1,375

Four people have been arrested for their involvement in a child trafficking ring, which sold infants via Instagram for as little as $1,375AUD.

Indonesian babies had been advertised for sale on the social media platform for the past year, which operated under an official-sounding pseudonym roughly translating to 'Family Welfare Institution'.

More >> Babies for sale on Instagram: Indonesian police smash ‘Family Welfare Institution’ human trafficking ring that sold children for as little as $1,375

American Mom's Son Could Be Adopted Against Her Will After Losing Appeal in Norway CPS Court



An American mother whose baby was taken from her by Norway's controversial child protective service over minor health issues five years ago has lost her appeal and says that the groundwork is being laid for her son to be forcibly adopted.

Last month, a local county welfare board that handles child protective services cases near her home in Lyngdal, Norway ruled against United States-born mother Amy Jakobsen Bjørnevåg.

More >> American Mom's Son Could Be Adopted Against Her Will After Losing Appeal in Norway CPS Court

Angry family law judge takes CPS to task for removing children from parents



During a "show cause" hearing that wrapped up Monday, a CPS case worker took the Fifth when asked why he took away Michael and Melissa Bright's 2-year-old daughter and 5-month-old son by emergency removal.

Last July, the couples infant son fell out of a collapsible chair and hurt his head. Texas Children's Hospital contacted Child Protective Services. Michael Bright says he did something every parent should do when CPS comes calling -- tape record everything.


More >> Angry family law judge takes CPS to task for removing children from parents

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Two sisters lose faith in the court system


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