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Friday, August 04, 2017

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For the third time in less than a year, a teenage girl in the Florida foster care system has committed suicide.


Gov. Greg Abbott called on a federal judge to drop a case considering court supervision of Texas' beleaguered child protection system; he argued the four pieces of foster care reform legislation he signed into law in May would fix chronic problems.


WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2017 /Standard Newswire/ -- Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to propose a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Graham's Senate joint resolution had four original cosponsors at its introduction on Tuesday, August 1: Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Jim Risch (R-ID). The resolution will receive a bill number later this week.


CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A foster father in Florida has been arrested in the death of a 13-month-old child.

Cape Coral police Capt. Tony Sizemore announced that U.S. marshals arrested 38-year-old Gregory Dustin Todd on Tuesday. He’s charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child. He’s accused in the death of Mackenzie Fewox, who died Jan. 29.


A Los Gatos, Calif. couple accused of adopting a 9-year-old Russian orphan before turning him into a sex slave for the remainder of his childhood was convicted Tuesday in a last-minute plea deal that spared the South Bay executives — and their victim — a jury trial.

More >> California couple pleads to sexual abuse of their adopted Russian orphan

A High Court judge has ruled against a council’s attempts to use an injunction to force a mother and father to take down an online petition relating to their children’s care proceedings.

More >> Judge dismisses council’s bid to block parents’ adoption petition

Boston - A state lawmaker, along with a dozen or so foster families and others involved the state's child welfare system are outraged after seeing the treatment given to a loving foster family.

More >> Lawmaker reacts to 5 Investigates' report on DCF strip search

A former foster mother from Pawtucket was convicted Tuesday of second-degree child abuse following a four-day jury trial, according to a news release from Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.

More >> Former foster mother from Pawtucket convicted of abusing 2-year-old boy

The Cape Coral toddler who died in January had bruises on her body and died from asphyxiation.

A warrant released Wednesday details the bruises and injuries found during an autopsy.

More >> Cape Coral 13-month-old asphyxiated; DCF had previous contact with family

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A prosecutor has re-filed a murder charge against a Vermont man accused of killing his foster mother in 2000.

More >> Murder Charge Filed Again Against Man in Foster Mother Death

It is 10 years since Peter Connelly – known as Baby P – died, aged 17 months, following weeks of neglect and abuse. His mother, Tracey Connelly, along with her boyfriend, Stephen Barker, and Jason Owen, Barker’s brother, were each convicted of “causing or allowing” Peter’s death – it remains unclear who actually killed him.

More >> Ten years on from Baby P's death, social workers are still scapegoats

Note: Ten years on from Baby P's death, social workers are still stealing children too and at a much higher rate.

There’s still a ways to go in revamping the state’s troubled foster care system. That’s according to Children At Risk.

More >> Advocacy Group Offers Recommendations For Fixing ‘Broken’ Foster Care System

Since the start of the Trump administration, undocumented people across the state have been filling out Power of Attorney forms (POA), according to Milwaukee Mexican Consulate director Ingrid Fern├índez Tamez. The POA allows a family to designate a person to take responsibility for their children’s care, including getting them to and from school and taking them to doctors’ appointments.

More >> Uptick in deportations leads undocumented parents to make plans for children

Two Eagle Mountain parents were arrested Thursday morning on reports of locking a child in a basement room every night for months without food, water, light or a bathroom.

More >> Eagle Mountain couple reportedly abused foster child, locked him alone in basement nightly

Some caseworkers sharply criticized by a judge who reviewed the death of foster child Kawliga Potts still work for the Alberta government, Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee acknowledged Tuesday.

More >> Some caseworkers criticized by fatality inquiry judge still work for government

MILTON — Borough police are looking for a woman who entered a home on Wednesday evening and, posing as a children and youth caseworker, tried take a child, according to a police news release.

Police said that between 6 ad 6:15 p.m., an unidentified female went to the home of a woman who lives on the 300 block of Mahoning Street. Posing as a county children and youth caseworker, the suspect refused to identify herself and refused to provide agency identification when asked by the resident. She told the resident she was there to take custody of the resident’s young child. When the resident challenged the demand, the woman attempted to push past the resident. The resident blocked the doorway and pushed the woman back out onto the front porch, refusing to allow her into the home. The resident threatened to call police and attempted to take a photo of the suspect with her cell phone. The suspect knocked the cell phone out of the resident’s hand and then fled east on Mahoning Street.


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