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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Who First Reported Abuse At The McMartin Preschool? Judy Johnson’s Shocking Allegations

In the summer 1983, mother of two Judy Johnson made a complaint to the Manhattan Beach Police Department that would ignite one of the most infamous criminal investigations in U.S. history.

Speaking with an officer, Johnson said she was calling to “report a crime.”

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Countless migrant children could soon be headed to Fort Worth. Here’s why

Fort Worth for years has been a temporary home to countless unaccompanied migrant children.

And it could soon house even more.

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Under New Illinois Law, Parents Of Justice-Involved Children Don’t Have To Trade Custody For Treatment

A new Illinois law aims to ensure that parents of justice-involved youth who need costly mental health services don’t have to trade custody for treatment for their child.

Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert advocated for this change to the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act.

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Event highlights problems facing kids who age out of foster care system


Statistics show that many of the kids can either find themselves homeless or caught in human trafficking, Louis Barrios said.

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Insurer wins coverage dispute over foster child’s death

A foster care agency’s insurer has prevailed in coverage litigation over the murder of a 4-year old girl by her foster mother.

Foster care agency The Baby Fold, based in Normal, Illinois, placed Kianna Rudesill in the care of Joshua and Heather Lamie in 2010, according to Friday’s ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. v. The Chicago Trust Co., as administrator of the Estate of Kianna Rudesill, and The Baby Fold.

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Judge halts Children Services strike for 60 days

A day after a state board determined a strike by Montgomery County’s child welfare workers presented a clear and present danger to children, a judge on Monday ruled to extend for 60 days a restraining order he issued last week that halted the strike and ordered the sides to three negotiating sessions, including two in public.

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Bartow DFCS case manager awarded for reuniting 19 children with biological parents

“Surprised and excited” by the honor, Jamie Crews was recognized by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services for reuniting 19 foster children with their parents. The Kennesaw resident has served as a social services case manager at Bartow County Department of Family and Children Services since 2017.

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Protecting Children from Unnecessary Trauma

Responding to the evil of child abuse means rescuing children from the people who harm them and punishing their abusers. It also means avoiding unnecessary state intrusion into the lives of innocent families.

Every year, 3.5 million children undergo traumatic child abuse investigations or some other formal response from CPS. Yet only 18% of abuse reports are found to be substantiated. And every year, HSLDA assists families who have been wrongfully accused of child abuse and whose lives have been intruded upon by overzealous CPS investigators.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

850 Teddy Bear Vigil July 21 2019



A Teddy Bear Vigil was held at the Edmonton Alberta Legislative Building Steps. Each bear represented a fallen child due to the negligence of the Child and Family Services.  We are making changes and our children of tomorrow will be still here thanks to Keri and Velvet taking lead in starting a new cycle of methods that work for all families and would not tear apart, but provide all the supports necessary to achieve the level of parenting all want to see.  Taking children away from their homes in most of these cases as you will see will upset most of us and want to go home and give our babies hugs and kisses and remind them how important they are to us and our futures.  Love your family, Please click on the link to the Petition. Thank you for all who took part today and those who couldn't make it sent their prayers! Almost 7,000 Signatures! Let's make it to 10,000!

Thank you!  http://chng.it/9MxQKhRXtd

After Saying It Would Go Above and Beyond to Educate Its Foster Care Students, Indiana Unveils a Plan That Is Little More Than Bullet Points

hen Indiana released a bleak report this spring on the educational outcomes of students in foster care, it broke new ground in making public the state’s troubling statistics. Only 64 percent of its foster care students graduated from high school; only 9 percent passed the 10th-grade math test. For black students in the system, it was even worse: only 3 percent passed the 10th-grade math test.

Others were shocked, but not foster parents like Kristi Cundiff.

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The Trump Administration Isn’t Providing Legal Aid To Migrant Children In Temporary Shelter

The Trump administration is not providing legal services to migrant children in a newly opened temporary facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, in what advocates say is a violation of law.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement, the government agency that operates all shelters for migrant children, has confirmed it has not yet contracted with any legal aid providers to give the kids access to counsel. The children face deportation proceedings and are already getting court dates, according to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), which has stepped in to offer free legal counsel in the absence of a contract.

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Pennsylvania School Board Members Criticize Threatening Lunch Money Letter

Five of nine members of the Wyoming Valley West School Board tell FOX40 sister station WNEP the district should not have threatened to place kids in foster care if their parents fail to pay their lunch tabs.

But the district's solicitor has doubled down, claiming some parents need the threat of losing their kids to get them to pay up.

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Valley mom shares experience with foster parents in child molestation case

A Valley mom spoke with ABC15 about her experience with George and Leslie Little, the Gilbert foster parents at the center of a child molestation case.

The mom, who didn't want to use her name, says she placed her two daughters in foster care two years ago in order to keep them safe.

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A Colorado war veteran lost parental rights to her children through a rarely-scrutinized legal process. Now she’s asking the state Supreme Court to intercede.

When Ashley checked herself into a homeless shelter for female veterans, she had the well being of her two young children in mind.

Her symptoms from post-traumatic stress disorder had become unmanageable. For years, she had been able to suppress the trauma from her 17-month deployment to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, as well as the sexual assault she said she suffered at the hands of two men in her unit. But trauma, in time, always boils over.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Moscow Officials Sued For Allowing Gay Couple to Adopt

Russia’s Investigative Committee has accused social welfare officials in Moscow of criminal negligence for allowing a gay couple to raise children they adopted nearly a decade ago.

Russia banned gay adoption, along with “homosexual propaganda among minorities,” in 2013.

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‘High Number of Requests for Adoption of Children in Iran’

An Iranian official says there are currently 10 requests for adoption of per child in Iran, particularly after single women were recently authorized to apply for.

Montazer Shabar says the high number of requests has prolonged the process of adoption.

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Preventing Ky. family separation through Families First

MOREHEAD Preventing family separation and reducing the number of children entering the foster care system is the goal of a child welfare act explained in one of nine statewide forums held recently in Rowan County.

The Family First Preservation Services Act, passed in the 2019 regular legislative session and signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, implements child welfare reform by redirecting federal funds - Title IV-E funding- to evidence-based, preventative services for children, parents or caregivers.

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State board to rule on future of Children Services strike

Montgomery County’s Children Services division and the union representing its workers have been called to an emergency hearing on Sunday before the State Employment Relations Board.

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One Family's Journey Through Guardianship Hell

The last time Patricia Femia saw her mother, Ada Vocino, was February 14,  2013 — Valentine’s Day. But this was anything but a heartfelt meeting. The two women were in the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown, N.J. and were there for war.

Patricia was Ada’s only child. Until a few months before that day in court, Ada’s life had revolved around Patricia and her family. They’d lived together in an apartment Patricia built into her home in 2007, as Ada — a wartime immigrant — wanted. Previously, Ada helped raise Patricia’s sons and daughter.

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Rosenbaum trial: Laila had bruising 'all over'

This week, Laila Marie Daniel would have turned 6 years old. Instead, a mound of stuffed animals and balloons mark her grave in a corner of Berea Cemetery as jurors heard testimony about breaks, bruises and her last excruciating moments on Earth.

Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum are on trial for murder, assault, battery and child cruelty in the death of Laila, their foster child. Jennifer Rosenbaum has said the child had choked on a piece of chicken the night she died.

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Private Companies Are Cashing in on ICE's Detention Centers

When employees at Wayfair, a swanky furniture and interior decorating company, discovered earlier this month that they had unknowingly been responsible for providing bedding to immigrant detention centers run by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), they demanded that executives break off ties with the agency. When the higher-ups refused, the employees staged a walk-out in Boston.

It's a strange disconnect, that this company that sells accent chairs and floral-patterned credenzas was connected to the latest iteration of American concentration camps. But the truth is that there's a lot of money to make in the immigrant detention business, and plenty of the companies cashing in are household names.

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Project PA: Just uncovered documents give 'Kids for Cash' victim hope in getting kids back

There are late-breaking developments in our Project PA story we first brought you last week.

Joshua Fromel is one of the thousands of victims in the “Kids for Cash” scandal; it’s called one of the biggest cases of judicial misconduct in American history.

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Baby H is in her fifth foster home and family services has stopped communicating with family says grandfather

Baby H, the B.C. infant who was seized from hospital after medical staff reported her mother was neglecting her 90 minutes after having a C-section is back in a stranger’s care after her aunt asked for a break.

The child, who is now five weeks old, hasn’t lived with her parents in that time and has been bounced from foster home to foster home to an aunt and now to another non-Indigenous foster home, says the grandfather.

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‘This Cannot Be My Life’: The ‘Nightmare’ of Foster Care in Indian Country

Brian Melendez’s life was about to change forever. In the winter of 1987, a domestic dispute erupted in a house on the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony in Reno, Nevada. As law enforcement and social workers descended on the scene, an already bad situation turned into chaos.

“I didn’t understand what was happening. All I knew was that there was arguing and fighting, and that my mother was all bloody and people were in handcuffs,” says Melendez.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

RI woman had to adopt her own biological son; bill to change that failed

Sara Watson and Anna Ford decided on their son’s name four days after he was born. But when they went to fill out his birth certificate and name him “Eli,” they received some unexpected news.

“The hospital staff said, we’re really, really sorry but you can’t put your name on this birth certificate,” Watson recalled.

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