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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty in Rape and Murder of Girlfriend's 14-Year-Old Daughter


Over two years after a Pennsylvania teenager’s dismembered body was found by hunters in October 2016, her mother’s boyfriend has pleaded guilty.

Jacob Sullivan of Horsham, 46, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the rape, murder and dismemberment of 14-year-old Grace Packer, according to the Associated Press, KYW News and the Bucks County Courier Times.

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Vt. Supreme Court hears Herring appeal

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Whether Jody Herring will get the chance at parole one day is now in the hands of the Vermont Supreme Court.

The court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Herring’s appeal of her murder convictions.

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Manitoba to look at connection between youth incarceration and child welfare

Manitoba is taking a hard look at youth justice and its connection to child welfare after a study found more than half of kids incarcerated had also been in care.

Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced Friday that the province will review why youth are bouncing between the two systems without having positive outcomes.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

New bill would require DCFS to check homeschooling houses for signs of abuse

A Southern Illinois representative wants to require DCFS to investigate homes where kids will be homeschooled for signs of child abuse.

Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) introduced House Bill 3560, which would require a child protective services unit of DCFS check homes for signs of child abuse or neglect after a home-school registration form is submitted. After the investgation, the State Board of Education would notify the school district where the home is located that the student will be home-schooled.

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CCPD officer accused of posing as a CPS worker appears before a judge

A veteran Corpus Christi police officer accused of posing as a Child Protective Services worker appeared in court this morning.

CCPD Senior Officer Norma Deleon pleaded not guilty to charges of impersonating a public servant and official oppression during her arraignment.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Woman meets brother given up for adoption nearly 80 years ago

A family reunion took decades to occur, but social media helped a Pennsylvania woman meet the brother she hadn’t seen in more than 70 years.

Betty Housseal, 87, never got to know her brother, who was put up for adoption at just 3 months old.

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Will Grace Packer case put child welfare system on trial?

As the story of Grace Packer’s short life and horrific death plays out in a Bucks County courtroom in the coming weeks, jurors will be focused on Sara Packer and Jacob Sullivan, the two people accused in the 14-year-old’s rape and murder.

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Director of Ogden treatment center charged with child abuse

The director of a group home in Ogden has been charged with allegedly abusing one of the residents.

Allan David Falls, 38, of Lander, Wyoming, was charged Feb. 12 in Weber County Justice Court with child abuse, a class B misdemeanor.

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30-year-old mother commits suicide after social services take away her children

The second person has committed suicide this month in Belarus after the children were taken from the family. On February 5, a 32-year-old mother of three children from the Homiel region felt it was too much for her. On February 7, a 30-year-old mother of 4 children from Hrodna region hanged herself. Volha Czajczyc talked to the relatives of the deceased.

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Southampton mother ran up £60,000 lawyers' bill in fight against city council for daughter

The lawyers' costs run up by the woman was revealed to judges at a Court of Appeal hearing.

Judge Edward Hess had decided that the girl should be removed from her home at a private family court hearing in Southampton nearly two years ago, a barrister said.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Washington handles runaway foster kids with handcuffs, shackles and jail. Is there a better way?

"I've done nothing wrong," said a 14-year-old after she landed in jail for the fourth time. Many agree, and are trying to stop Washington state from arresting runaway foster kids. The head of the agency responsible says he wants to, but faces a "moral conundrum."

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Gov. Laura Kelly to cancel foster care contracts awarded by GOP predecessor

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly revealed the decision Thursday to cancel foster care and family preservation grants awarded during the administration of Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Kelly, who took office in January but had raised concerns about the Colyer administration’s decision to rush ahead in November with the grants, said the Kansas Department for Children and Families would rebid the state’s family preservation program and revise grants awarded to the state’s foster care contractors. The governor said she would address her predecessor’s lack of transparency and flawed process of selecting grant recipients.

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ACT child protection secrecy the 'most restrictive in the country'

Secrecy provisions relating to child welfare cases in ACT legislation are the most restrictive in the country and are working against those they're meant to protect, according to two Canberra barristers.

The convoluted legislation is more restrictive than in cases where it is crucial to protect an informant giving evidence in a trial against a murderer, a drug importer or a bikie gang, barrister Philip Walker, SC said.

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'There has to be more accountability': Flaws with family court can become costly and devastating

"This is not an isolated issue. It's not gender biased. It's not just Idaho. It's throughout our country," said Charlie Smith, who's been battling in Idaho's family courts for 16 years.

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'I'm a desperate father who just wants to see my little girl again' - dad's appeal after ex vanishes with daughter

An Australian yoga teacher whose ex-partner vanished with their three-year-old daughter after flying to Britain has appealed for help from anyone with links to "alternative communities".

Peter Uhd, 57, said he believes Victoria McKay, 43, and Ruby McKay-Uhd are living in a camper van.

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Mother wanted for refusing to turn child over to the Division of Family Services

Delaware State Police are looking for a 4-year-old girl and have issued an arrest warrant for her biological mother.

Troopers said 37-year-old Andrea Brickhouse failed to relinquish custody of her little girl to the Division of Family Services per a court order dated October 16, 2018. 

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Parents to fight ‘farming out’ of children to care homes far away

A group of parents are planning legal action to ensure their children are housed in residential care homes close to where they live. Their move comes as an MPs’ inquiry starts this week into the growing trend of local authorities to “farm out” vulnerable youngsters to homes far from their families, which they claim leaves them open to exploitation.

The challenge to the increasing use of out-of-borough placements of children in care is being led by a father whose teenage son was sent to a home in the Midlands, 130 miles from where he lived in south London, where he is under the care of Bromley social services.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Protesters march to NSW parliament against adoption laws

February 13, 2019. Protesters march from Sydney's Hyde Park to state parliament in a rally on the 11th anniversary of the National Apology to stolen generations. Kinchela Boys Home survivor Michael Welsh tears up as he speaks to the protest saying he was removed from his family when he was young and he is speaking out against new forced adoption laws to stop another generation going through the same pain. NSW Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Tania Mihailuk says if the Labor government wins at the state election they will repeal the laws. Under the new laws, birth parents will have two years to be reinstated as primary carers before an alternative permanent home is found, in a bid to prevent children bouncing between families for years on end.

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10-year-old Houston boy missing for 8 months after running away from CPS custody


Authorities are searching for a 10-year-old Houston boy who has been missing for nearly eight months after running away from CPS custody.

Ma'Lik Bates was last seen June 21, 2018 in the 6300 block of Rosemary Lane.

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A former foster dad, volunteer coach, religion teacher arrested on indecent behavior with juvenile



The Diocese of Baton Rouge alerted parents of students at east-side Catholic schools in Ascension Parish about the arrest Thursday of a church volunteer on counts of sexual battery and indecent behavior with juveniles, though it said it hadn't received any complaints about the man's behavior with anyone affiliated with the church.

Jerry Oubre, 52, a former foster father and also a former volunteer coach with a Gonzales softball league, has been suspended by the Diocese from his volunteer position and forbidden to visit the campus of St. Theresa of Avila Church in Gonzales.

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Funding deal blocks ICE from arresting adults taking in undocumented children

A government funding deal that passed Congress late Thursday would block federal officers from arresting undocumented immigrants solely because they come forward to take in migrant children.

The constraint on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency comes after The Chronicle reported that the government had made scores of such arrests — including more than 100 people who were taken into custody from July through November despite having no criminal record. Immigrant and child welfare advocates had assailed the practice as endangering young people by keeping them in detention longer and by giving immigrants an incentive to conceal potential sponsors’ true identities.

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First stop for migrant kids: For-profit detention center

For a growing number of migrant children, this is their first home in America: a sprawling campus dotted with beige buildings, massive white tents and metal trailers, next door to a U.S. Air Force base.

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Man charged with sexually assaulting 2 kids at DCFS foster home



Cook County prosecutors accused 26-year-old Anthony E. White Jr. of sexually assaulting the girls while they and he were living in the foster home between January 2016 and May 2017.

White is the son of the foster mother whose care the girls were placed into and he was living at his mother’s home during the time of the assaults, prosecutors said. His arrest report indicated he most recently resided in Markham.

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Oregon Sending Foster Children To Facilities Accused Of Abuse

Last year, Washington state child welfare officials saw reports about widespread use of restraints and physical abuse at a residential treatment facility in Iowa where they were sending foster care children.

Washington stopped sending children to the for-profit Clarinda Academy.

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A consultant hired to review Maine’s child welfare system found these flaws

Early findings in a new report evaluating eight child welfare cases handled by Maine’s Office of Child and Family Services show a system-wide need for department improvements — a likely precursor for a more comprehensive report to come.

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