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Friday, July 14, 2017

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Seven years after an infant was killed, a Fresno foster mother took responsibility for the death and was sentenced on Friday to four years of probation.

More >> Seven years after 1-month-old girl is killed, foster mother gets probation

WILKES-BARRE — A father who accused Luzerne County Children and Youth of wanting to take his daughter away was indicted this week for allegedly stalking and threatening two employees before fire-bombing the agency’s offices.

Philip Finn Jr., 47, of Plains Township, was indicted by a federal grand jury for stalking, making threatening interstate communications and causing malicious damage to federal property by fire, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

More >> Feds: Plains father Googled ‘best way to threaten someone’ before fire-bombing C&Y offices

JEFFERSON CITY • Foster care providers in Missouri are expressing surprise and disappointment after learning they’ll be getting paid less this year from the state.

More >> Foster parents upset by funding cuts

MOUNT VERNON - The Westchester Department of Social Services defended itself Friday after the family of a slain toddler blamed authorities for missing warning signs of abuse.

"The death of 2-year-old Addison and injuries to her sister Annalynn last week are heartbreaking," the department's commissioner said in a statement. "I can say that at my direction our child welfare staff has carefully reviewed all of its cases for the past 60 days and found departmental protocols were followed and state and federal laws were met."

More >> WC Social Services Dept. fends off accusations it missed warnings

The Trump administration has quietly axed $213.6 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs and research at more than 80 institutions around the country, including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins University.

More >> Trump administration suddenly pulls plug on teen pregnancy programs

A Madison woman pleaded guilty Friday to child abuse for throwing her 3-year-old foster child to the floor in January, leaving him with a severe head injury.

More >> Woman pleads guilty to abuse of foster son


St. Paul’s School, the New England boarding school dogged in recent months by allegations of past sexual abuse and misconduct, is now the target of a criminal investigation by local and state authorities.

In a statement released Thursday evening, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announced investigators will examine whether the school engaged in conduct that endangered the welfare of a child.

More >> St. Paul’s School under criminal investigation for sexual abuse and misconduct by faculty, staff

UK - The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has warned efforts to professionalise foster carers could create “perverse incentives”

More >> Children’s services directors wary of moves to ‘professionalise’ foster carers

Pampanga, Philippines - Former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has filed a bill calling attention to the plight of neglected and overage children who are considered “not fit for adoption” here or abroad.


Two Austin psychologists and a Cedar Park patient recruiter have been indicted in part of what is now being called the largest health care fraud enforcement action in Department of Justice history.

More >> Austin-area medical professionals indicted in record-breaking healthcare fraud enforcement

According to the indictment, the Dubins are licensed psychologists who operated Psychological A.R.T.S. in Austin, while McKenzie was the president of the board of directors of an emergency shelter house located about 80 miles from Austin that provided temporary shelter for crisis intervention and mental services to children and youth ages 5 to 17, who had been removed from their homes by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.


Reactive attachment disorder is a rare but serious condition in which an infant or young child doesn't establish healthy attachments with parents or caregivers. Reactive attachment disorder may develop if the child's basic needs for comfort, affection and nurturing aren't met and loving, caring, stable attachments with others are not established.

More >> Reactive attachment disorder

This is a common problem with young foster kids who have bounced around in the system for a while.  It's also something that is never talked about among the family rights groups.

For a mother of two daughters in Will County, Illinois, known in legal papers as Kelly, the morning of May 1 began with her being thrown against a wall so hard she saw stars. When she looked up, she saw the man who did that to her — the father of her children — holding a gun and threatening to use it. Then the father took one of the children and fled. Kelly was terrified the father would hurt her child.

More >> Lawsuit Reveals Child Welfare’s Assault on Battered Mothers, Their Children

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