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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Verdict: Man found guilty of aggravated manslaughter in child's death



Guilty! Wednesday night foster father Michael Beer was taken away from St. Lucie County court in cuffs after a jury found him guilty of killing the two-year-old in his care. The murder case shocked the community four years ago.


Jurors deliberated for about seven-and-half hours after hearing closing arguments Wednesday afternoon. Their guilty verdict was read aloud at 8:45 p.m.

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DCS employees sued for allegedly placing foster child in home with sex offender

The attorney representing the then 7-year-old foster child says the child was subsequently molested by the sex offender.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Foster children left at risk by living with teenagers not vetted by gardaí

An inspection of foster families has found some children are living in homes where not all young adults in the house are Garda vetted, a report revealed yesterday.

The law states that once a person is 16 and living in the same home as a fostered child they must be checked out by gardaí for safety reasons.

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Family Separation: It’s a Problem for U.S. Citizens, Too

In May, when the outrage over the separation of migrant children from their parents was beginning to boil, President Trump’s secretary for Homeland Security shrugged off accusations that it was a “form of state terror.” After all, she said, “We do it every day in every part of the country.”

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5 Times Child Protective Services Separated Kids from Parents for No Good Reason

Even if President Trump's new order keeps immigrant families at the border from being torn asunder, we will still live in a country where the government can seize children from perfectly loving, competent parents. It happens all the time, and not just to immigrant families—American citizens deal with these injustices as well, thanks to the actions of child protective services.

More >> 5 Times Child Protective Services Separated Kids from Parents for No Good Reason

Pa. lawmaker calls for state to create child welfare watchdog

Thirty-nine states have independent offices that act as a child welfare watchdog for at-risk children and families. Now, state Rep. Katharine Watson wants Pennsylvania to be the next to create the child ombudsman position.

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Tampa Child Welfare Puts Too Many Kids in Foster Care Due to Media Fear, State Report Says

Responding to revelations by Tampa, Florida television station WFLA-TV, revelations that included foster children forced to spend their days, and sometimes nights, literally parked in cars in a convenience store parking lot, the head of the Florida Department of Children and Families, Mike Carroll, sprang into action! Just kidding — he did what buck-passing “leaders” always do in such situations: He named a committee to study the matter.

Specifically, he named a “peer review team.” As the name suggests, the group was made up of people who are or were themselves key players in running various aspects of child welfare — in other words, a group likely to identify less with the victims of the mess than the perpetrators.

More >> Tampa Child Welfare Puts Too Many Kids in Foster Care Due to Media Fear, State Report Says

Basic Immigration Law

In light of all that is going on at the border with children and families and no matter what side of the issue you fall on, nobody else should speak about anything to do with illegal immigration until they watch this video. 

Attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo III does a great job of explaining basic immigration law after he watched a US Senator who didn't know what he was talking about grill a Homeland Security official.



So many people, including a US Senator, just don't know what they are talking about with respect to immigration laws.

This is A NO NONSENSE PRIMER ON THE BASICS OF IMMIGRATION LAW, which takes no position on current immigration issues.

But if you are going to talk about a subject, you need to know what you are talking about. One US Senator obviously did not.

Diana man sentenced to 4 life sentences for sexual assault of adopted daughter



A Diana man will not be eligible for parole until the year 2148 for sexually assaulting his adopted daughter, a jury decided Thursday.

Mark Randall Beasley, 59, was sentenced to life sentences on four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and 20 years on a charge of indecency with a child, according to Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd. The sentences will be served consecutively. Beasley had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

More >> Diana man sentenced to 4 life sentences for sexual assault of adopted daughter

Judge under fire for allegedly lying to help friend win custody of child for Mother's Day

A state Superior Court judge in Passaic County is facing removal from office for allegedly aiding a friend in a child custody dispute, lying to authorities and manipulating phone records to cover her tracks, a panel of judges told the state Supreme Court. 

Three Superior Court judges found that Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silebi — who was the presiding judge for criminal cases in Bergen County from 2010 to 2015 and was transferred to Passaic County, where she handled civil litigation — demonstrated “patent abuse of office” when she helped Vivianne Chermont, a former judicial intern, win custody of her child for Mother’s Day weekend in 2015, according to court documents released Wednesday. 

More >> Judge under fire for allegedly lying to help friend win custody of child for Mother's Day

Pennsylvania Supreme Court blocks release of Catholic Church child abuse report

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a stay [order, PDF] of proceedings Wednesday, suspending the release of a grand jury investigation regarding sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

The report was expected to run hundreds of pages long, including interviews with victims, covering six dioceses [AP report]. There is no information as to who filed the appeal for the stay.

More >> Pennsylvania Supreme Court blocks release of Catholic Church child abuse report

Irish adoption files under examination

HUNDREDS, if not thousands, of Irish people are unaware that their parents are not their birth parents after the uncovering of a scandal in which adoption societies, from at least the 1940s until 1969, incorrectly registered births when they gave or sold “illegitimate” children to adoptive parents.

The practice of adoption of such babies was run by religious orders of nuns, including the Sisters of Charity. An investigation of files on children at the Sisters of Charity’s adoption society, St Patrick’s Guild, has revealed that at least 126 people were affected and are now being traced and informed of the situation.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Migrant Children Drugged Without Consent At Government Centers, Court Documents Show

Staff working on the behalf of the Office of Refugee Resettlement are routinely drugging detained child migrants with psychotropics without their parents’ consent, according to legal filings.

Trump administration officials have repeatedly insisted that the family separation policy they implemented over the last six weeks is humane. But the ongoing lawsuit over the Flores agreement, a 1997 settlement that partly governs the detention of child migrants that the White House hopes to overturn, alleges a litany of wrongdoings at the ORR-contracted facilities.

More >> Migrant Children Drugged Without Consent At Government Centers, Court Documents Show




Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Trump signs order that he says will keep migrant families together

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that he says will keep migrant families together during detention on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The president backed down from his administration's policy of splitting migrant families, which for days the White House insisted could only end through congressional action. Facing a nationwide uproar and bipartisan calls to at least temporarily end the practice, the president said he "didn't like the sight or feeling of families being separated."

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FLASHBACK: LOS FEDERALES TOOK THIS AMERICAN WOMAN’S KIDS AWAY FOR LETTING THEM WALK HOME ALONE

Democrats and some Republicans are losing their minds because border officials are following the law by separating illegal immigrant families at the border, but state officials were also following the law when they investigated and found an American couple guilty of neglect for letting their kids walk home alone.

People are clamoring over the alleged mistreatment of illegal immigrant children, but a mother and father were investigated and found guilty of child neglect by Maryland Child Protective Services (MCPS) in 2015 when they let their kids walk home by themselves. MCPS told the Silver Spring parents their kids would be forced into foster homes unless they made a safety plan. Parents can’t leave kids under eight years home alone in Maryland.

More >> FLASHBACK: LOS FEDERALES TOOK THIS AMERICAN WOMAN’S KIDS AWAY FOR LETTING THEM WALK HOME ALONE

'What's wrong with DCS?' One foster parent's answers may surprise you


Almost 16 and a half thousand children are in the state's foster care system.

While Gov. Holcomb promises to improve the embattled department of child services, Eyewitness News went looking for an expert.

More >> 'What's wrong with DCS?' One foster parent's answers may surprise you

The Media Circus at the Border

This is the hottest distraction of the day, I am going to try to make a little sense out of it for you.



All of the following links were posted within the last 24 hours.

Here we go.

Whose to blame?


Whose Against It?


Where are they putting the kids?



What can the parents do about it?


What will happen to the kids?

The longer children remain in institutional settings, the greater their risk of depression, post-traumatic stress and other mental health problems.


How they want to sucker you in.













Frustrated child welfare workers appeal to state lawmakers for help

Frustrated child welfare workers appealed to state lawmakers for help during a briefing on Tuesday, where they shared their struggles — which include overwhelming caseloads.

"I love this job and I would never leave this job, but I will tell you this is the least amount of money that I've ever made and I get questioned for every little overtime that I need to do," said social worker Stacia Ohira.

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Distraught mum tells of 'living nightmare' she endured after social services investigated her for daughter's injury

A distraught mum has told of the “living nightmare” she was forced to endure when her daughter was injured at nursery – prompting a two-year safeguarding investigation and fight for justice – all while grieving for her brother, who was tragically killed.

Deanna Jacobs, from Stokenchurch, says she was made to feel like she was responsible for an unexplained injury her two-year-old daughter Nicole received while at a nursery called Positive Steps in the village in January 2016 – and even faced having her daughter taken off of her.

More >> Distraught mum tells of 'living nightmare' she endured after social services investigated her for daughter's injury

L.A. County children and family services employee accused of possessing child porn



A 54-year-old man who works as an adoption manager with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography, police said Tuesday.

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Man accused of raping 8 year-old girl in foster care

A Silver Spring Twp. man is accused of raping and videotaping an 8 year-old girl while she was in his care. Police say Shane Mehaffie, 48, was supposed to be taking care of the girl, a foster child, while her foster mother was vacationing in the Dominican Republic last summer.

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A social worker from B.C. is calling for legislative change since discovering an Ontario children's aid society was allowed to disclose her identity after she'd reported a concern anonymously.

Despite giving individuals the option to report anonymously, there is nothing in provincial legislation that requires children's aid societies to protect the anonymity of people who report possible child abuse or neglect.

More >> Anonymous reporting not guaranteed: Ontario has no privacy protection for people who report child abuse

Note:  I believe that anonymous reporting is one of the problems.  You should be able to face your accuser.

Report: Man found in cemetery with 5 underage girls he allegedly took from foster care

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after five foster children from Alabama were found in Mississippi.

The Sun Herald reported that Jordan Lamar McClain faces felony child abuse charges.

Police said McClain made contact with a 16-year-old girl in foster care in Mobile, Alabama, and the two planned to hang out. When McClain drove from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, to pick her up, he also took four other girls, ages 11-14, from the foster home.

More >> Report: Man found in cemetery with 5 underage girls he allegedly took from foster care

VISAS DENIED FOR ADOPTED BABIES: 5 B.C. families stuck in Japan

Ryan Hoag spent his first Father’s Day separated from his wife and baby daughter by more than 7,500 kilometres and reams of red tape.

Hoag’s family is stuck in Toyko unable to return to their home in Coquitlam, B.C., because the federal government won’t issue a visa for the newly adopted infant.

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Lawsuit filed after foster child placed in sex offender's home


A lawsuit has been filed against employees of the Department of Child Safety after a 7-year-old was placed in a home where a registered sex offender was on the record living.

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