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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Did we really foster a bomber? - LK Report for 9/24/17

Did we really foster a bomber?

The foster parents of the prime suspect in the Parsons Green terror attack have been left shell-shocked by the ordeal, their son has said.

Spencer Jones said the home of mother Penny, 71, and father Ron Jones, 88, in Sunbury, which has been inspected by forensic officers for the last week, is a “place of love and tolerance”.

The couple, awarded MBEs for services to children and families, have fostered almost 300 children together.

More >> Parsons Green suspect’s foster parents shell-shocked by ordeal, says son

Pennsylvania CPS Agents Want More Money

HARRISBURG — Some of the people hired to help families in crisis in Pennsylvania need government assistance themselves to buy groceries.

That’s one of the shocking revelations in a scathing report issued earlier this month by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale after a six-month review of the state’s system of child protection.

As Pennsylvania policymakers struggle to figure out how to fix a child protection system the auditor general describes as “broken,” almost everyone agrees that one nettlesome aspect of the problem is keeping caseworkers on the job.

More >> Low pay, stress hamper child protection in Pa.

Housing foster kids in offices

Over the past year, children in the state’s foster care system have had to spend the night in contractors’ offices more than 100 times. The Kansas Department for Children and Families works with Saint Francis Community Services and KVC Health Systems to administer the foster care system, and these contractors recently informed the Child Welfare Task Force about the number of overnight stays. According to Rachel Marsh, the director of public policy at Saint Francis, “It is actually an office because we don’t want to normalize this in any way. So they would end up on a couch or a makeshift bed.” But when something is happening this often, hasn’t it already been normalized?

More >> Editorial: Kids shouldn’t have to sleep in offices

Seperating Siblings

Post had to tell her foster daughter something painful. The Department of Children and Families had arrived at the house earlier that day. A caseworker took the girl's two younger siblings.

“I had to tell her that (her siblings) weren’t here anymore. ... This poor little girl — mind you, still in counseling — had a meltdown,” Post said.

The child cried all afternoon, Post said.

More >> Foster mother describes how DCF uproots kids

Michigan LGBT's want your kids too

Lansing, Mich., Sep 24, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith-based adoption agencies won't be able to adhere to their religious mission in Michigan if a lawsuit challenging state law succeeds, critics say.

“This suit challenging Michigan's law is mean-spirited, divisive and intolerant,” the Michigan Catholic Conference said Sept. 20.

More >> Michigan lawsuit could imperil religious adoption agencies

North Carolina is failing to protect abused and neglected children

Twice in the weeks before Bryan Nathaniel Mathews died, someone tried to warn child protective services.

The mobile home in Fayetteville where the infant lived with his two young brothers was filthy and unsafe, according to whoever reported the family to the Department of Social Services. The source also said the children’s parents weren’t supervising them.

Little was done.

More >> Deaths point to crisis in NC’s child welfare system

A Young Foster Molester

Felony charges were filed this week against a man accused of sexually assaulting a foster child that was being cared for at a Hudson home.

St. Croix County prosecutors charged 21-year-old Desmond M. LaPean with one count of first-degree sexual assault of a child under 12 and repeated sexual assault. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell ordered the Minneapolis resident held on $50,000 cash bond at his initial appearance Monday, Sept. 18.

More >> Former Hudson man accused of raping child

Where did she go?

SOLANO COUNTY, CA — Suisun City police asked for the public's help Sunday in locating a 13-year-old girl who went missing Saturday night from a group home. Samantha Martinez was reported missing at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and as of Sunday morning, her whereabouts remained unknown, according to Suisun City police.

More >> Girl, 13, Missing From Suisun City Group Home: Police

Another sad and pathetic failure thanks to the Kansas Child Protective Industry

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The family of Adrian Jones has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the state of Kansas, the state's Department for Children and Families and several others, court documents confirmed Thursday morning.

More >> Family of boy fed to pigs files lawsuit against Kansas Department of Children and Families

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