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Friday, September 01, 2017

LK Report for 9/1/17 - Don't text and drive with foster kids in the car!

Here are today's headlines.  
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The family of Adrian Jones — the 7-year-old boy who suffered brutal abuse and whose remains were found in a pigsty in 2015 — has filed a lawsuit against several defendants including the Kansas Department for Children and Families.


Four pending charges, including two felony charges, have been filed by the state of Minnesota against former Health and Human Services Director Josh Beck.  Beck resigned as Cook County Health and Human Services director on July 21.  One of the felony assault charges alleges a past pattern of child abuse.

More >> Felony child abuse charges made against former county Human Services Director


SAN ANTONIO - More than 1,200 foster care children were evacuated from 24 residential centers in the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Harvey. Right now, they're in backup shelters and churches but the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says that they are figuring out what to do next if those centers are destroyed.

More >> 1,200 foster kids displaced because of Hurricane Harvey flooding

A 15-year-old Mesa County girl pleaded guilty this morning to murdering her foster mother earlier this year, and will spend at least the next six years in a juvenile detention facility.

More >> Teen girl pleads guilty to killing foster mother

A breast-feeding mother is embroiled in a court battle in Maryland after an official said she must let her estranged partner give the 6-month-old boy formula while the child is visiting him.

More >> Maryland mom ordered to give breast-fed infant formula at father’s request

Did the Fourth Estate speak truth to power when The Times this week published salacious headlines about fostering in east London? You might assume they did with the flurry of follow-up articles and MPs falling over themselves to react. But you would unfortunately be wrong.

More >> The fostering case shows the British press has a problem with reporting fairly on Muslims

A FOSTER father accused of molesting a child had his carer accreditation approved by Child Safety three months after the abuse was said to have started.

More >> Foster father facing child abuse charge for 'massaging' boy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Relatives of a 7-year-old boy who suffered horrific abuse before being killed by his stepmother and father and fed to pigs have filed a lawsuit alleging social service workers in Kansas and Missouri knew the boy was being tortured and could have prevented his death.

More >> Kansas boy’s relatives sue Kansas, Missouri social workers

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) -- The Indiana Department of Child Services confirms it has taken disciplinary action against a case worker caught on camera breaking state rules.

The disciplinary action comes after a WTHR investigation exposed photos of the DCS employee driving two children to foster care. The photos show the case worker driving on a busy highway and, at the same time, appearing to be reading, looking up contacts and sending e-mails on her cell phone. The pictures were taken last month by the kids riding in her back seat, and the children told 13 Investigates it was a nerve-wracking ride.

More >> Indiana DCS disciplines state worker for distracted driving caught on camera

Three Administration for Children Services lawyers have been removed from supervisory roles after posting mocking messages and photos of people in Family Court, the agency said Thursday.

More >> City child welfare lawyers sidelined for mocking people in Family Court

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