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Sunday, October 01, 2017

A decrease in child maltreatment leads to more foster kids - LK Report for 10/1/2017

Leshia Green, of Lee County, has been charged with two felony counts of first degree cruelty to a child in the death of her 4-year-old foster child on Wednesday.

More >> Lee County foster mother arrested in 4-year-old child’s death

PEORIA — In April, she left the courtroom frustrated. The hearing had been delayed because a caseworker wasn’t prepared.

In May, she left the fourth-floor Peoria County juvenile courtroom crying. Social workers, a bevy of attorneys and a judge had spent a good hour dissecting her progress toward learning to be a better mother. But she heard only one word of Judge Kate Gorman’s decision. “Unfit.”

More >> Racial disparities evident in child welfare system

Social workers described as inexperienced and naive will face investigation after a high-risk schoolgirl in their care was found hanged in her wardrobe.

More >> 'Inexperienced and naive' social workers will face investigation after a 'high-risk' schoolgirl, 14, was found hanged in her wardrobe

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A county commissioner is accused of diverting donations as Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears exposes what some are calling "Backpackgate."

More >> Charity says county commissioner 'raided' donations to foster kids

A Winnipeg man charged in the death of his foster son has been released on bail.

The 22-year-old man has been charged with criminal negligence causing death after his 10-month-old foster child died in hospital on Tuesday.

More >> Winnipeg foster dad charged with death of baby boy released on bail

Milledgeville, Ill. (KWQC) - The Carroll County Sheriff's Department says one man has been arrested after assaulting a child services worker in Milledgeville, Illinois.

It happened Friday night as the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigator was checking on the welfare of a child. Police say the child's father, 25-year-old Andrew Sucher, assaulted her. Officials say Sucher fled the scene but was later arrested in Dixon, Illinois. He is charged with aggravated battery and has a $200,000 bond.

More >> Illinois DCFS worker assaulted during child welfare check

The main suspect in the Parsons Green bombing was only arrested because he was wearing a Chelsea football top as he prepared to flee the country, it has been claimed.

More >> Parsons Green bombing suspect 'was arrested after a police officer spotted him wearing the same Chelsea football top that featured in a secret CCTV image sent to detectives'

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A Utah judge says two married foster parents lacked “just basic human decency” when they abused boys in their care by locking them up and using duct tape and zip-ties to restrain them.

More >> Judge sentences foster parents who used duct tape, zip ties

A new requirement that state workers get a judge's permission before taking children away from their parents could be a landmark shift in Arizona's child-welfare system — or not, depending on how a new system is set up.

More >> Arizona courts craft rule on when DCS can remove children from homes

Increasing the minimum wage reduces instances of child abuse in the home, finds new research from the Children and Youth Services Review. By examining how increases in minimum wage decrease rates of child maltreatment, researchers and policy makers alike can work together to enhance family and child welfare.

More >> Study Finds Increasing Minimum Wage can Decrease Child Maltreatment

WASHINGTON — Nearly 700,000 American kids were found to be victims of abuse or neglect in fiscal 2015, and the public ought to be just as worried that kids who haven’t been abused are being victimized by a heavy-handed bureaucracy, a veteran child rights advocate says.

More >> U.S. Child Maltreatment Statistics Show Slight Decline From Year to Year

Barnevernet, the Norwegian Child Welfare Services (CWS), do not remove children from their parents for no reason, or do they? I have to admit that I myself have been among those who thought that there must be a very good reason behind their taking children into care. The first thing you think of is that probably, the parents have subjected their children to violence, or to neglect, there are drug or alcohol problems in the family or they have in some other way exposed the children to serious neglect. In the course of my political life I have obtained thorough insight into Barnevernet and close contact with many of the families who are affected by the agency. I will go as far as to say they have been struck by disaster.

More >> Norway’s child-confiscation policies are disastrous, unjust

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