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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Greenwich social services criticised for handling of adoption case

Mrs Justice Theis said social services staff failed to carry out "basic core social work" and failed to make "basic inquiries" about the possibility of the children being cared for by a member of their wider family.

The judge said staff had also accidentally revealed detail of the people earmarked as adopters and that this "serious and significant data breach" had led to those prospective adopters having to move home.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

$3M awarded to children molested by ‘psychopath’ foster child placed by state with Island County family

A federal judge has approved a $3 million settlement for three children who were molested after a state adoption caseworker placed a sexually aggressive 12-year-old boy diagnosed as a “psychopath” into their home without telling the family.

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Couple who took in adopted children forced to move house after council blunder sees their address sent to birth family

A couple who adopted two children were forced to move house after a council blunder saw their address sent to the birth family.

Social services staff at Greenwich Council, London, also failed to carry out "basic core social work" about the possibility of the children being cared for by a member of their wider family, as it emerged that an Aunt wanted to take them in.

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Police officer jailed for attempting sexual relationship with teen in foster care

A policeman has been sentenced to 10 months' jail for attempting to have a sexual relationship with a teenager who was a ward of the state and who had sought his help.

Key points:
Gopinath met the girl when she asked him for a ride home from the police station
He sent 146 messages to the girl over the course of a month
After the girl told another officer about Gopinath's behaviour, he claimed she was trying to blackmail him

Vikram Gopinath, 29, from Mildura, pleaded guilty to attempting to procure a child of 16 or 17 for sex and one charge of misconduct in public office.

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Fears of sexual abuse led to two young boys being removed from foster care

A pre-school boy and his younger sibling were removed from their foster carer by the child and family agency amid fears he may have been sexually abused in their care.

Details of the matter were outlined in a District Court in a rural town where the judge was informed of an emergency change in the foster placement. Tusla acted to remove the children amid evidence the boy had sustained a non-accidental injury.

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Shutdown puts CASA organization at risk

As the longest partial federal government shutdown in the nation’s history approaches one month, the impact extends far beyond government employees to the country’s most vulnerable, the thousands of abused and neglected children in the foster care system.

Note: At least something good came out of the shutdown.  CASA is a scam.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Child protection services STILL failing vulnerable kids 10 years after Baby P death




But we examined Ofsted inspection ­results and found 100 of the 152 local authorities in England with child protection duties are still ­“inadequate” or “requiring improvement”.

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Missouri sued over rules for foster parents who have guns

A Kansas City couple claims in a federal lawsuit that state requirements for foster parents who own guns violate their constitutional rights.

Foster parents in Missouri are not prohibited from possessing firearms if they are otherwise legally allowed to do so. But the Missouri Department of Social Services imposes several restrictions on them, The Kansas City Star reports . The rules include storing firearms and ammunition separately, keeping firearms locked in areas inaccessible to children, and keeping firearms in a locked area in any vehicle transporting a foster child.

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Most Rappahannock foster youth sent to other counties, cities to live and attend school

The availability of foster care homes in Rappahannock has reached crisis proportions, and as county children are being sent to more urban areas to live it puts the county’s federal reimbursement funding in jeopardy.

“And the reason is because we have very few, and at times no approved available foster homes within Rappahannock County,” reveals Rappahannock Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Melissa Cupp.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

House panel demands answers from Trump administration on 'zero tolerance' family separation policy

A House panel sent a letter Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting he turn over documents related to the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that led to the separation of families apprehended along the southern border.

The letter from the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations comes less than a day after a 2017 draft memo released by Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley detailing plans to deter migrants, including the "zero-tolerance" policy. The memo details plans to separate families months before the "zero-tolerance" policy was announced by the administration.

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Pinellas child protective investigator posted case details on Reddit

A Pinellas child protective investigator was given a five-day suspension Thursday after an internal sheriff’s investigation found he posted confidential information about a case on the social media website Reddit.

While off-duty, Taylor Pittman, 25, responded in May 2017 to a discussion thread titled "CPS workers of Reddit, what was the worst case you have seen?"

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Oklahoma Fathers' Rights Movement Holds First Meeting

A new movement in Oklahoma is trying to give fathers a better shot at custody of their kids.

The Oklahoma Fathers' Rights Movement says fathers lose 87-percent of the time when it comes to child custody.

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Parents Vs. The State On Education

School: a blessing and a curse for children everywhere. Education is well established to hugely benefit the quality of life of those privileged enough to attain it. On the other hand, kids are routinely placed in the perfect environment to be bombarded with mind-closing dogma day after day, during the very time their brains and worldviews are still developing. What better setting in which to mentally engineer the next generations than state-run schools? Do today’s educational institutions offer the perfect place to build social skills and learn, or are they merely factories churning out millions of drones? Some parents think they have the answer, but governments may not always agree.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Audit: DCF did not always follow up with timely inspections after daycare violations found

A new audit reveals that when the Florida Department of Children and Families found violations at daycares, it didn’t always follow up in a timely manner, to make sure those problems were fixed.         
It says the department did not conduct timely re-inspections following 115 violations over an 18-month period.

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Two 'lazy' detectives 'deliberately sabotaged child abuse investigations by destroying evidence and forging documents due to a 'cynical disdain' for alleged victims'

Two police officers sabotaged a string of child sex abuse investigations out of a combination of 'cynical disdain' for accusers and laziness, a court has heard.

Detective constables Sharon Patterson, 49, and Lee Pollard, 47, forged documents and concealed evidence over a three-year period, the Old Bailey heard today.


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Former DCS worker accused of neglect, failure to report child abuse



A former Indiana Department of Child Services worker and a former Indiana Department of Correction employee are behind bars accused of neglect and failure to report child abuse.

Jennifer Elaine Hoover, 58, and her husband, Jimmy Joe Hoover, 63, are being detained at the Madison County Jail.

Magistrate Judge Jason Childers granted a 72-hour continuance for formal charges to be filed after the couple was arrested on suspicion of Level 6 felony child neglect of a dependent, Level 6 felony failure to report child abuse and Level 6 felony obstruction of justice.

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Video of baby being taken by child services will follow the girl her whole life: expert

After a video of a newborn baby being taken away from a mother went viral this week, one expert has a warning about the images we choose to share online.

"This story's going to be out there on social media for this child's entire life," said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

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Ex-New Jersey Child Welfare Worker Who Extorted Sex From Female Clients Sentenced



A former New Jersey assistant family services worker who last year admitted to extorting sex from two women he was responsible for supervising during court-ordered child visits was sentenced to three years in prison, the state’s attorney general announced Friday.

Lamont King, 42 and of Trenton, pleaded guilty on July 30, 2018 to a second-degree charge of conspiracy to commit a pattern of official misconduct.

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Men Speak Out About Child Custody Battles

In a recent report by CNN, several men came forward to share their personal experiences with child custody and child support. After losing his job, one man spent time in jail for not paying child support. Another man described how he was unfairly banned from seeing his children, and yet another father was only awarded four days a month for visitation because he was not listed on the birth certificate. In fact, fathers often find themselves granted only visitation of their own children accompanied by what may seem like insurmountable child support payments.

Does Mom Always Get Custody?

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State suspends Dallas child placing agency after infant dies in Forney foster home

The state has suspended a Dallas agency from accepting new foster children after an infant died last month at the home of a foster mother verified by the contractor. 

The Dallas agency that vetted the home where an infant in the care of a woman who was arrested after the baby's death has been suspended from finding foster homes for other children.

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Detroit police, FBI save teen girls from sex traffickers, youth shelter blamed

A disturbing story of sex traffickers targeting teenage girls in Detroit as a family found out their loved one is one of the victims.

Police are still investigating but right now two men, a 21- and an 18-year-old, are under arrest for what allegedly happened to that young lady and another teenage girl. They are said to have been runaways from a state licensed shelter on Detroit's east side.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Watchdog: Government Separated 'Thousands' More Children at Border Than Reported

A Health and Human Services Department watchdog concluded that “thousands” more immigrant children were separated from a parent or guardian at the U.S.-Mexico border than the government had previously reported, and that the total number of family separations is “unknown.”

The HHS Office of Inspector General published a report Thursday finding that the current tally—2,737 children—applies only to children in the department’s custody as of a June 2018 federal court order requiring the data’s release. But the statistic does not include thousands of children who were separated from their parents and detained beginning in the summer of 2017 and released before the ruling was issued.

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Protecting parents from the child protection system

The parents I represented as a longtime legal services and civil rights lawyer never expected to find themselves on the wrong side of a child-abuse hotline call. Erroneous judgments, finding both guilt and innocence, issue at alarming rates, often without any court review.

The system has become a behemoth, with 7.4 million hotline calls in 2016 alone. Only a tiny fraction involves serious physical or sexual abuse — that's the good news in these staggering numbers. With nearly 74 million children in America, hotline investigations affect huge numbers of children — and not in a good way. One study found that 53 percent of African-American children experienced a child abuse or neglect investigation at some point in their lives. Child abuse registers list millions of perpetrators, most of whom never had a day in court before their names were listed.

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Indigenous mother whose newborn was apprehended by Manitoba officials in hospital hopes for a reunion

A mother seen crying in social media videos as her newborn baby was taken from her in hospital says she is hopeful the child will be reunited with family soon.

The mother says she had made private arrangements before the baby’s birth to transfer guardianship to her aunt.

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Fire that killed four foster children in West Virginia deemed accidental

The West Virginia fire marshal's office says investigators believe a fire that killed four children was probably accidental.


The fire marshal's office said in a news release there were smoke alarms in the house, located in Clay.

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