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Monday, August 13, 2018

How Norwegian experts came to reject biological kinship as relevant in child welfare policy

The current ideology in the child protection sector in the Western countries, and in much social science generally, has a lot to do with why the child protection services in these countries function relatively poorly. The current situation in Norway is an example. The consequences are not acknowledged, nor are our authorities concerned with the underlying reasons why.

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Investments in keeping families together

Whether it’s from Child Protection workers wanting my help to keep families together, or families calling me in tears wondering why their children have been taken away, folks are doing their best and at times need extra support. Simply put, it’s heartbreaking.

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Teen accuses Mayo Clinic of ‘medical kidnapping’

In a jaw-dropping moment caught on video, an 18-year-old high school senior rushes to escape from the hospital that saved her life and then, she says, held her captive.

At the entrance to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, the young woman’s stepfather helps her out of a wheelchair and into the family car.

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Father of young Manchester girl who died during abuse investigation sues state, DCYF

The father of a young girl who died while her child abuse case was under investigation is suing the state and its child protective services, claiming negligence that contributed to the girl’s death.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by Bedford attorney Rus Rilee on behalf of Christopher Willott, father of Sadence (Sadee) Willott, who died on Sept. 7, 2015 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon after she was found unresponsive at her Belmont Street home in Manchester.

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Family reunited after Regina couple wins long battle to get kids back from care


Sabrina and Carmon Crane hit rock bottom when their five kids were apprehended by social services three years ago because of addiction issues and domestic violence.

One year after they went into the system, three of the kids became permanent wards and put on the adoption list. The other two were listed as long-term wards.

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Last week at the border

This is what's been going on at the border over the last week. 

The effect that separation has on kids


The Drugging of Migrant Kids


The Abuse of Migrant Kids

How the government treats families

Escape from the Mayo Clinic: Parents break teen out of world-famous hospital

One winter afternoon last year, Duane Engebretson sat in his stepdaughter's hospital room at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, trying to figure out how she could escape.

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Social worker called children ‘demonic’ and parents ‘moronic’ on Facebook



A social worker has been sacked after posting damning comments about parents, children and her bosses on Facebook.  Joanne Thomas posted regularly about her work in public posts including damning comments about her case work and sensitive information about families she was dealing with.

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Colorado couple fighting to stop adopted 4-year-old daughter from being deported

A Colorado couple says their adopted daughter could be deported in the coming weeks after, they say, the Trump administration denied her citizenship application without explanation.

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Judy Guenseth: Local children traumatized by separation too

Recent headlines decry the separation of children from their parents while waiting a court determination of their status in the United States. The nationwide firestorm of criticism from enforcing this established legal practice has even sprung from conservative supporters of the current president’s administration. While parents are detained at the border to verify their status through due process, the overall sentiment is that their children should not suffer untoward separation from them even though the family may have entered the country inappropriately.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Baby LKs Top Ten CPS Horror Stories of the Week


List of stories used in this video.

  1. Former foster child sues county for alleged invasion of privacy -
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-privacy-lawsuit-20180810-story.html
  1. More parents accused of child abuse than ever before - https://theconversation.com/more-parents-accused-of-child-abuse-than-ever-before-100477
  1. Missouri Has 23% Of Its Foster Kids On Strong Psychoactive Drugs. A Lawsuit Claims The State Isn’t Keeping Records. - 
  1. Poppy Seed Bagel Behind Woman's Ordeal At Towson Hospital -
  1. Toddler in S.C. Foster Home Dies Choking on Food, Coroner Says - https://www.wltx.com/article/news/local/toddler-in-sc-foster-home-dies-choking-on-food-coroner-says/101-581051030
  1. Camas man accused of raping foster child -
  1. Dance instructor accused of sexually assaulting foster children for years - https://wtvr.com/2018/08/10/dance-instructor-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-foster-children-for-years/
  1. Marshfield man sentenced to nine months in jail for molesting foster children -
  1. ACS worker with homicide record accused of slamming 6-year-old boy's head at Manhattan foster care center -
  1. Texas couple accused of using adopted children as slave labor to run puppy mill -  https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/08/09/texas-couple-accused-using-adopted-children-slave-labor-run-puppy-mill

KIDS INC.: An interview with The Honeybee


For the past six months, we have been developing a documentary project focusing on real people and their experiences battling criminal networks within local courts, law enforcement, and Child Protective Services. Families who we have been interviewed thus-far for 'Kids Inc.' have all reported multiple instances of perjury, fabrication of evidence, deception, withholding of evidence, and downright illegality surrounding the handling of their cases by CPS, the Judicial System, and Law Enforcement.

Spotsylvania County couple wants to regain custody of toddler son

A Spotsylvania County couple is fighting to regain custody of their baby in a case that appears to hinge on diverging medical philosophies and the safety of the child.

The scene around the Spotsylvania Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Aug. 3 was indicative of the case. About 100 people, many carrying signs, gathered in the late morning to support the Buckley family, but the case played out behind closed courtroom doors.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

More parents accused of child abuse than ever before

Parents in English-speaking countries are now increasingly likely to be accused of abusing their children. This mainly affects large proportions of families who are poor, deprived or socially excluded. My new research shows how this trend is being played out in England and what’s behind it.

Despite similarities between child protection systems in English-speaking countries, their statistics are not directly comparable – but common trends within countries can be identified. The latest data shows increases in child protection investigations in Australia of 42% between 2012 to 2016, Canada, 74% between 1998 and 2008, and in the US, 17% between 2007 and 2015. In England between 2008 and 2017 investigations more than doubled (a 124.3% increase).

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BBC Documentary Features A Scandal about Norway’s Child Welfare Service

BBC’s Our World program broadcast an episode named Norway’s Silent Scandal. The program features a scandal about Norwegian Child Welfare Services (Barnevern).
Aired on Sun 5 Aug 2018, the program shed light on the recent story of a highly respected Norwegian child psychiatrist who was convicted of downloading thousands of images of child pornography.

The psychiatrist had been used as an expert, until his arrest in April this year, by Norway’s controversial child protection system and was involved in decisions about whether children should be removed from their parents, suggested the program.

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State Fines Child & Foster Care Providers in New Ulm & Blue Earth

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has leveled fines against child and foster care providers in New Ulm and Blue Earth.

In New Ulm, the family child care of Kathleen Grausam was fined for allegedly caring for more children than allowed.

In addition, Grausam’s licensed has been placed on conditional status with DHS alleging some 30 violations over the past 3 years. Among the violations was one in 2017 when DHS says “children had access to an unlocked gun cabinet and a gun hanging on the wall.”

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Texas couple accused of using adopted children as slave labor to run puppy mill

Barbara Barrett
Barbara Barrett


Five North Texas children were beaten and forced by their adoptive parents to care for more than 100 animals in filthy conditions at a puppy mill being run behind their home, authorities say.

Jeffery and Barbara Barrett of Greenville were arrested by Texas Department of Public Safety officers Aug. 2 and charged with continuous human trafficking, according to an agency spokesman. Both were already awaiting trial on animal-cruelty charges.

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Jeffery Barrett
Jeffery Barrett

Rescued child tells foster parent about alleged active shooter training, police say

If a child tells a foster parent sensitive information, the foster parent must report it to the Children, Youth and Families Department or police, according to CYFD.

"A situation like this that's incredibly complex and there's a lot going on and it's new to everyone, so that's where communication becomes absolutely critical," said CYFD Secretary Monique Jacobson.

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Krist blames Ricketts for abuse, deaths in state child welfare program



State Sen. Bob Krist blasted Gov. Pete Ricketts on Thursday as personally responsible for the sexual abuse and deaths of dozens of children in the Nebraska child welfare program.

Ricketts and his administration "have buried their heads in the sand and done nothing to fix the problems," ignoring the warnings outlined in investigations as well as calls from lawmakers to act, Krist said.

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As kinship caregivers struggle, Washington’s foster care system benefits

A single mother with three of her five children still teenagers living at home, 50-year-old Denita Simmons didn’t plan on adding two babies to the mix. But her godsons needed her. The boys’ mom, a friend of the family, left the boys in Simmons’s care for longer and longer periods as she struggled with drugs. As days stretched into months, Simmons found herself the de facto mother to an infant and a toddler, even as she battled her own depression, anxiety and later breast cancer.

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Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Hot Springs Family Whose Kids Were Seized in 2014

The Eighth Circuit Court of appeals has ruled in favor of a Garland County family, years after authorities seized their children from their home.     
                                                                
On January 12, 2015, child abuse investigators removed seven children from the home of Hal and Michelle Stanley in Hot Springs. At the time, investigators said they had reason to believe the children were being abused. The Stanleys homeschooled their kids, and gave them a substance called "Miracle Mineral Solution" (MMS). The FDA warns MMS can be hazardous.                             

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Dance instructor accused of sexually assaulting foster children for years

Court records reveal new disturbing accusations about foster children who were sexually assaulted for years, WTKR reports.

The Poquoson Police Department arrested a 27-year-old man as a suspect in an aggravated sexual battery case.

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The horror story inside an Indian children's home

"The sun rose very slowly for us every morning," a girl rescued from a shelter home in India's Bihar state told an investigator recently. She had cupped her hands together forming a small bowl shape and smiled wanly.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

ACS ignored background check law for years: officials

The city’s child-welfare department has for years failed to conduct required criminal background checks on prospective employees — such as the convicted murderer who is now charged with assaulting a child, state officials revealed Thursday.

“An analysis of background checks shows Administration for Children’s Services was out of compliance with the law requiring them to be run through the Justice Center from 2013 until at least 2017,” Christine Buttigieg, a spokeswoman for the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, told The Post.

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Former foster child sues county for alleged invasion of privacy

A former foster child who is suing San Diego County for allegedly failing to protect him from years of sexual abuse by his former foster father has filed a new lawsuit accusing the government's attorneys of snooping through his confidential juvenile files without required court authorization.

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