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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Government Boarding Schools Once Separated Native American Children From Families

In 1879, U.S. cavalry captain Richard Henry Pratt opened a boarding school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. But it wasn’t the kind of boarding school that rich parents send their children to. Rather, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School was a government-backed institution that forcibly separated Native American children from their parents in order to, as Pratt put it, “kill the Indian in him, and save the man.”

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The state took her foster license away. But the kids stayed with her. Why?

The state determined Natasha Shimp no longer was fit to hold a foster license. Yet, the Department of Child Safety left three small children in her care for 1½ years; one of them is still with her.

Since then, the former Tempe foster mother has been on a dogged quest to collect the thousands of dollars of foster payments she says she's entitled to for the children's care.

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State child abuse investigator charged with assaulting teen

A state child abuse and neglect investigator has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenager.

The Lansing State Journal reports 34-year-old Daniel William Hulings of Bath Township is free on bond after being arraigned June 7 on seven counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Clinton County District Court.

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Bomb threat at Miami Department of Children and Families

Police are investigating a bomb threat the the Department of Children and Families in Miami.

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Child abuse expert’s testimony refutes defense claim that CPR killed foster boy


A prosecution expert specializing in child abuse testified on Monday, refuting the main defense claim that CPR tragically killed a 2-year old foster boy.

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The separating the children from their parents at the border media circus.

I've just saved the links for a few days, and there are hundreds.  I will post the best ones and try to keep it from being overly repetitive.  And it will grow today.  



Members of Jeff Sessions' own church filed a formal complaint against the attorney general, accusing him of "child abuse," "immorality," and "racial discrimination" and the “dissemination of doctrines contrary to the established standards of doctrines” of the United Methodist Church.

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Whose to blame?




Whose against it?



Where are they putting the kids?


What can the families do about it?



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The other child tragedy: The tens of thousands of children the foster system has lost

The public has exploded in outrage at American immigration authorities' treatment of children in recent months, but meanwhile there are tens of thousands of other children who are unaccounted for in this country: the more than 60,000 foster children who have gone missing.

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The Irish Times view on child welfare: Insights into State failings

When the interests of service providers take precedence over the rights and needs of their clients, public trust is undermined. This divergence in priorities took dramatic form in the CervicalCheck scandal. But its effects on the lives of vulnerable adolescents, as outlined in successive reports by the Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon, have yet to be addressed.

Muldoon’s frustration over the sub-standard services being provided by the HSE to suicidal children comes though in his annual report. He itemises a shortfall in the number of consultant psychiatrists; the persistence of nine-to-five service contracts and an absence of out-of-hours emergency care in seven counties. Poor administration is not confined to medical care. An Oireachtas committee was told on Wednesday that psychiatric services in Wexford and Waterford would be withdrawn because of resignations arising from unsafe working conditions and outdated buildings.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Study: Utah, other Republican-majority states give dads less custody time

Divorced dads in Republican-majority states receive significantly less custody time than those in Democrat-majority states and swing states, according to a new study.

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Plagued by problems, Ohio’s child support system is set for sweeping reforms. Here’s what would change.

Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades.

The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based on factors such as income, health care coverage, child care arrangements and more.

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Parents' horror after man 'posing as social worker tries to kidnap their 10-month-old son'

A couple have warned other parents to be on guard after a man claiming to be a social worker allegedly tried to kidnap their 10-month-old son.

Sharnice Dwyer and Lee Hart said the man started staring through their home's windows in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, yesterday morning.

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The other missing children scandal: Thousands of lost American foster kids

The public exploded in outrage at the news in April: Federal agencies had lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children. These were kids who had shown up at the border unaccompanied, most of them from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, and were placed with sponsors. But the Office of Refugee Resettlement was unable to determine the current whereabouts of 1,475 of the 7,635 children who had been placed last year. Members of Congress said the children had been thrown to the wolves; they held rallies. Twitter groaned under the anger of thousands of users who expressed shock that this had been allowed to happen, many of them mistakenly noting that these kids had been taken from their parents.

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Family court judges face the wrath of unhappy litigants and legislators

Family court judges in Connecticut have come under attack in recent years by unhappy litigants, some of whom have resorted to threats of violence and anti-semitic and racist Internet posts.

The 25 to 30 judges who preside each year over 50,000 cases, including divorces and child custody/visitation disputes, have also faced intense scrutiny by lawmakers during confirmation hearings, despite steps Judicial Branch leaders say they've taken to reduce costs, conflict and delays in family court cases.

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Two foster children speak out about leaving home they love

That routine could change Friday, when a Grand Traverse Band Tribal Court judge could decide to move the children, who are part Native American, into a foster home with a tribal member they've met twice.

If the girls have their say they'll stay put, with Tim and Anne Donn, who have been their foster parents for the past nine years.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Seal of confession more important than reporting child abuse: Priest



Priests shouldn’t be forced break the seal of confession to report instances of child sexual abuse, according to Sydney priest Michael Whelan.

Whelan told the ABC the government’s decision to order the Catholic Church to lift the veil of secrecy applied to church-goers and their priests was in conflict with the church’s religious principles.

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Mississippi man charged in incident with Mobile girls in foster care



Authorities say a Mississippi man picked up five girls ages 11-16 from foster care in Mobile last weekend and drove them to Ocean Springs, where police found them under the influence of drugs.

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CPS likes to rub it in our faces and use this day to tout their cause by highlighting a foster parent or a dad who adopted a child from the system

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Siblings separated through adoption, reunite in Milwaukee

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Three siblings, each put up for adoption in the 1950s and '60s, reunited for the first time this week in Milwaukee.

Dennis Walter, Kerry Anderson and Ellen Kreger live in separate states, but discovered they are half-siblings.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

How Colorado educators fail to report sex abuse of students — and get away with it

Colorado public schools are paying millions to settle lawsuits when educators fail to report sex abuse of students, but those educators avoid legal consequences. This Denver Post investigation explains why.​

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Reno family court judge suspended, fined for violating state code

A Washoe County family court judge was suspended without pay for three months and fined $1,000 for violating the state’s judicial code of conduct.

The Reno Gazette Journal reported Friday that a consent order filed this week by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline found that Judge David Humke mishandled child support cases and refused to discipline his former judicial assistant, who was accused of inappropriate behavior.

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Police: 8-year-old girl raped while in foster care in Silver Spring Township



A Silver Spring Township man has been arrested after police say he raped an 8-year-old girl who was in foster care.

Shane Michael Mehaffie, 48, is charged with felony rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, corruption of minors, indecent assault, child pornography, three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault and misdemeanor indecent assault for incidents police said occurred when the child was in his care.

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Philly Family Court judge who wouldn't let parents speak gets reassigned

After a series of caustically worded reversals from the Pennsylvania Superior Court over what the appellate judges deemed denials of due process, a Philadelphia Family Court judge is being reassigned to the city’s trial division, according to her attorney, Samuel Stretton.

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Does Privatized Foster Care Put Kids at Risk?

Buzzfeed’s harrowing 2015 investigation into MENTOR exposed the grim repercussions of privatized foster care, detailing Alexandria’s and others’ tragic cases that likely resulted from shortcuts made in the pursuit of profit. Piling too many cases on social workers, for instance, can result in abuse when foster parents aren’t properly vetted or monitored. Among the omissions in Alexandria’s case: MENTOR failed to interview Small’s sisters, who said they would have warned the company about her. (MENTOR denied that it cuts corners to make money.)


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Republicans’ Unease Grows Over Trump Policy Separating Families at Border

Top Republican congressional leaders said Thursday they want to limit the separation of children from parents seeking asylum at the southern U.S. border, amid a public backlash against a Trump administration policy that threatens to become an issue in the November election.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters he’s not comfortable with the government’s “zero tolerance” policy, adding that “we don’t want kids to be separated from their parents.” Second-ranking Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas said he’ll push legislation to keep parents and children together while the children await expedited status hearings.

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The legal drama over the adoption of Baby N continues and now there is a gag order.

The now 3-year old girl was placed in foster care when she was 12-weeks old after being diagnosed with "failure to thrive." The Schneiter family fostered the child until she was 15-months old. She was removed from the home after Erie County Department of Social Services fought in court to have the child placed in a foster home with her biological siblings.

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