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Sunday, December 09, 2018

No change to how Child Protective Services handles parent marijuana use

While recreational marijuana is now legal in Michigan, many legal questions still surround it, like how its use will be viewed by Child Protection Services.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Service Public Information Officer Bob Wheaton said the new law doesn't change how CPS will handle marijuana use by parents.

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Aberdeen social worker thrown out of profession after failing to protect a child

A social worker has been thrown out of the profession after he failed to protect a child

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Report highlights the trauma that thousands of Texas families have experienced with family incarceration

With more than 200,000 people in Texas jails and prisons, and nearly half a million children in Texas who have experienced a parent getting locked up, a new national report highlighted something Texas families are well aware of: family incarceration leads to potentially devastating emotional and financial effects.

Half of American adults — 113 million people in the country — have had a family member incarcerated, according to the report, which was released Thursday by the bipartisan advocacy and policy organization FWD.us and Cornell University.

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Home-Schooling Parent In Worcester Was Arrested In Her Home. Now She's Suing

A lawsuit filed last week alleges that the Worcester School Committee and the city's superintendent, as well as the state Department of Children and Families, violated the constitutional rights of a woman and a son she was home schooling.

The lawsuit alleges that police knocked on Josilyn Goodall's door on March 30, saying her son had missed so much school that they were there to confirm the 8-year-old boy — called "A.S." in the suit — was "living and breathing."

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DCF Secretary Says New Foster Care Agreements Increase Oversight and Costs

The top child welfare official in Kansas says bringing in additional contractors under a new series of grants will cost more but will help put the troubled foster care system on solid footing.

Department for Children and Families Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel says the cost will rise $35 million per year. Kansas will have more contractors and she says that will make it easier to serve the more than 7,000 kids in foster care.

More >> DCF Secretary Says New Foster Care Agreements Increase Oversight and Costs

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Death of a unicorn: Couple endures emotional crime in bizarre botched adoption

Cruelty has no boundaries, no depth, no shape.

When it is practiced by someone who doesn’t care about the consequences of their actions, cruelty can continue past the point of understanding. In the age of social media and smartphone connectivity, vulnerable people, like the kind who adopt babies, too often have to rely on the perceived kindness of strangers to fulfill their dreams.

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Outrage Intensifies Over Claims Of Gene-Edited Babies

Ever since a Chinese scientist rocked the world by claiming he had created gene-edited twin girls, international outrage has only intensified.

"Everything that's emerged over the last week only adds to the concern about this having been a deeply unfortunate, misguided misadventure of the most dramatic sort," says Francis Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "It was shocking at the time. A week later, it's still shocking."

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Caregivers for 3600 migrant teens lack complete abuse checks

Nearly every adult working with children in the U.S. — from nannies to teachers to coaches — has undergone state screenings to ensure they have no proven history of abusing or neglecting kids. One exception: thousands of workers at two federal detention facilities holding 3,600 migrant teens in the government's care, The Associated Press has learned.

The staff isn't being screened for child abuse and neglect at a Miami-based emergency detention center because Florida law bans any outside employer from reviewing information in its child welfare system. Until recently at another facility holding migrant teens in Tornillo, Texas, staff hadn't even undergone FBI fingerprint checks, let alone child welfare screenings, a government report found.

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Lawsuit: NYPD forced woman to give birth in handcuffs

A lawsuit is claiming the New York Police Department forced a woman to give birth while shackled in handcuffs.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday, the woman she says she went into labor in February in a police holding cell in the Bronx. She says police took her to Montefiore Medical Center where they handcuffed her wrists to the bed and shackled her ankles.

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Grandparents’ challenge to adoption too late

Grandparents’ objections to an order terminating a father’s parental rights and an adoption order came too late, and their motion for permission to review the adoption file was properly denied by the court for confidentiality reasons. Background The Middlesex Department of Social Services placed children with adoptive parents on April 20, 2016, after the father’s parental rights ...

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Social worker brutally gunned down in driveway

The fatal shooting of a 45-year-old female social worker has left her family, friends and the townspeople shocked and baffled.

In an incident that occurred at Makhado Park in Louis Trichardt, a social worker at the Louis Trichardt Memorial Hospital, Ms Thinavhuyo Muzila, was shot multiple times and killed upon arriving home last Friday at about 21:30. Muzila was parking her vehicle, intending to enter the house, when unknown suspects emerged and shot her, killing her instantly.

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She Ran Away From Foster Care. She Ended Up in Handcuffs and Leg Irons.

Nevayah still remembers the feel of the handcuffs. They were foreign to her; she had never been in trouble.

A latecomer to New York City’s foster care system, Nevayah had been signed over to the Administration for Children’s Services when she was 16. Rather than enter a group home, she told her caseworker she would prefer to live with her mother in Ohio. Eager to start school, she bought a bus ticket, made it to Cleveland and phoned the agency to let them know that she was safe.

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Abducted Harrison child found safe, parents arrested

A baby believed to be in danger after being abducted by his troubled biological parents has been located and is safe, officials said Friday.

The endangered missing child advisory was canceled. The child's biological parents and two others were arrested.

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Family says it reported charged daycare worker to state a year before arrest

After a daycare worker in McKinney was charged by police for injuring three children, one family told WFAA that it reported that same worker a year ago after their child came home with bruises and scratches.

Jessica Joy Wiese, a former employee at the Joyous Montessori school, now faces an injury to a child charge and was booked into the Collin County Jail on Tuesday.

More >> Family says it reported charged daycare worker to state a year before arrest

For N.Y.’s Foster Children, Running Away Can Lead to Handcuffs

Nevayah still remembers the feel of the handcuffs. They were foreign to her; she had never been in trouble.

A latecomer to New York City’s foster care system, Nevayah had been signed over to the Administration for Children’s Services when she was 16. Rather than enter a group home, she told her caseworker she would prefer to live with her mother in Ohio. Eager to start school, she bought a bus ticket, made it to Cleveland and phoned the agency to let them know that she was safe.

More >> For N.Y.’s Foster Children, Running Away Can Lead to Handcuffs

How the state is using technology to keep social workers safe

Social workers across Georgia can sometimes face hostile, threatening and dangerous incidents and behavior when working in the field.

On Monday, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services went live with a phased rollout of a new security system by distributing to child-welfare investigators and case managers “panic buttons” that connect to the Click Safe mobile phone application.

More >> How the state is using technology to keep social workers safe

Friday, December 07, 2018

Social worker axed for failing to protect child who was ‘allowed to visit crack den with their dad’

A social worker has been thrown out of the profession after he failed to protect a child who was “being allowed to visit a crack den with their father.”

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Fractured care system ill-equipped to deal with abuse at Halifax orphanage: report

A new report from an ongoing public inquiry into decades of abuse at a Halifax-area orphanage says a fragmented system of care wasn't equipped to address the needs of children who were vulnerable.

The interim report, released Friday by the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry, says the story of the home illustrates a social system that works in isolation.

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Facebook post re-unites siblings separated by adoption

A Coquitlam man has found a half-sister he didn’t even know he had — and it’s all thanks to social media.

Six months after Rychelle Clairmont-Dipalo posted on Facebook looking for her half-brother who was given up for adoption as a baby, her dream has come true. Shaun Bons, 39, was scrolling through Facebook when he saw the post, which had his birth date and birthplace, and thought ‘what are the odds.’

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Judge's order didn't end family separations at border

The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

More >> Family separations at border down, but dozens still affected

Home is where the heart is, for missing foster kids, too

According to data compiled by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, there were 121 foster children statewide listed as AWOL, Absent Without Leave in November.

More >> Home is where the heart is, for missing foster kids, too

Nearly 90 Texas children died in day care over the last decade, Statesman reports

More than 450 others were sexually abused, according to the Austin newspaper's investigation of the state's oversight of childcare facilities. Gov. Greg Abbott's spokesman said lawmakers should address the issue next year.

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Judge orders phone visits for father, son in custody battle

A judge ordered parents embroiled in an interstate custody battle to begin the process of setting up telephone visits between the father in Massachusetts and the child, who lives with his mother in Normal, after consultation with the boy's counselor.

In his first hearing after being appointed to the case, Judge Charles Feeney told lawyers for Michael Cadena and Amber Buck on Wednesday that he expects progress in the case that started four years ago when Cadena filed for custody of Mikey, now 4.

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Black and white children more likely to be in care than Asian children

Black children are nearly four times more likely to be in care than Asian children, while white children are nearly three times more likely, research has found.

A study by the Child Welfare Inequalities Project, which was funded by the Nuffield Foundation and involved researchers at seven universities, looked at 8,000 children in care in England, across a representative sample of 18 local authorities.

More >> Black and white children more likely to be in care than Asian children

In a struggling foster care system, hotels serve as makeshift foster homes for local kids

A 16-year-old who refuses to be sent outside of the state. An intellectually disabled 10-year-old who can't find a home. A 9-year-old child who lived in a behavior rehabilitation facility that closed.

All of these are foster children who the state of Washington temporarily placed in hotels or offices because it couldn't find any other place to put them, according to a new report from the Washington Family and Children's Ombuds, which independently oversees the state's foster care system.

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‘Growing up in care I felt voiceless. It’s time I use my voice’

An Inuvik-born woman is joining the board of a national organization dedicated to the wellbeing of youth in Canada’s child welfare systems.

Sandra Noel entered foster care as a 10-year-old after moving to Yellowknife, and spent almost a decade moving between different foster families.

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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Why Christians Will Never Stop Using God To Sanctify Adoption

The following article is to capture another facet of the industry of trafficking tiny humans in the light of the international, federal and state investigations into the Catholic Church, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and all of its corporate christian partners.

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Ignoring Reasonable Efforts: How Courts Fail to Promote Prevention

The Family First Prevention Services Act, signed into law earlier this year, strives to prevent some children from entering foster care as a result of contact with the child welfare system. Shifting federal money so that more can be used by local agencies to prevent children from entering the court system is a good idea. However, the court system is not prepared to use its powers to promote prevention.

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Woman pleads not guilty to charges of threatening DCF worker

At an arraignment attended by nearly two dozen Department of Children and Families employees, a Bennington woman on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to a felony count of obstructing justice and misdemeanor criminal threatening after police say she threatened "a mass murder" of the DCF workers responsible for her case after she found out she would not be able to visit her daughter at Christmastime, said State's Attorney Erica Marthage.

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Getting Past the Barriers: When a Mother Is in Prison

Allowing incarcerated mothers to interact and play with their children during visits helps maintain a sense of family connection and may reduce the trauma of separation.

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3rd Court of Appeals dismisses suit that challenged “family residential centers” that meet only minimal child welfare standards

81 migrant children separated from parents since June

The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

Despite the order and a federal judge's later ruling, immigration officials are allowed to separate a child from a parent in certain cases — serious criminal charges against a parent, concerns over the health and welfare of a child or medical concerns. Those caveats were in place before the zero-tolerance policy that prompted the earlier separations at the border.

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11 Most Controversial Psychological Experiments in History

History has been evidence of countless psychological experiments that have helped the humankind with its results. Some have adhered to the norms while others have been borderline unethical.

Today, there are strict rules that must be followed when conducting such psychological experiments.

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Father Fighting to Save Six-year-old Son From “Gender Reassignment”

A Texas father is in danger of losing parental rights to his six-year-old son because of his refusal to agree with his ex-wife that the boy is transgender. Anne Georgulas, the mother of six-year-old James, is a Dallas-area pediatrician, and claims in a petition seeking to terminate the parental rights of her estranged husband Jeffrey Younger that their son is a “transgender child and, by choice, now goes by the name Luna and is only known by her classmates as a girl.”

The petition seeks to terminate Younger’s parental rights because James reportedly behaves in line with his male gender when he is with Younger. Additionally, Georgulas is asking the court to compel Younger to pay for counseling during which a therapist affirms that James is a girl, and to foot the bill for hormone treatments as part of James’ biological “transition” to the female gender.

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State pays $1.25M for death of 15-year-old foster child

The state of Oregon has agreed to pay $1.25 million to the family of a teen who died under the watch of child welfare workers.

Terms of the settlement became public this week after attorneys filed settlement documents in Multnomah County Circuit Court, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

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Child welfare task force recommends major changes to DCF

A special task force to find ways to improve the state’s child welfare system, including the Department of Children and Families (DCF), made nearly two dozen recommendations to lawmakers Tuesday.

“There are children’s lives at stake…We have over 7500 children in the system right now. They’re depending on us,” said Sen. Vicki Schmidt, (R) Topeka, chair of the Child Welfare Task Force. “We didn’t just throw out a whole bunch of recommendations and say, take your pick. We actually prioritized them.”

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The United States will join four tribes defending the Indian Child Welfare Act against a district court ruling in Texas.

“We applaud the Department of Justice for standing up for Native children and families by continuing to vigorously defend ICWA,” said Sarah Kastelic, executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. “The Department’s action sends a strong and clear message that tribal nations, as governments, have a role in protecting Native children from abuse and neglect; helping families receive the support services they need; and ensuring children stay connected to their families, culture, and communities.”

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9-year-old girl in foster care sexually assaulted



Myrtle Beach Police arrested Jeffrey Darrin Ward, 57, for first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor on November 29th.

According to the police warrant, Ward sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl in foster care while living at the Oasis motel.

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WAVE 3 News Investigation: Missing children in Kentucky's foster care system

According to data compiled by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, there were 121 foster children statewide listed as AWOL, Absent Without Leave in November. Nearly half of them were in Jefferson County.

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Lawsuit accuses ex-social worker of tapping into youth’s funds

A former youth in care is suing the B.C. government and a former social worker accused of stealing funds designated for children entrusted to his care.

As a ward of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, K.L. bounced between foster and group homes in the Kelowna area throughout his childhood before being assigned to social worker Robert Riley Saunders.

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Failure to publish report on rape of three children in foster care condemned in Dáil

A TD was so angry with the Taoiseach’s reply to her question in the Dáil about a child sexual abuse report that she told him “a dignified silence for your three minutes might have been a better response”.

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Judge dismisses lawsuit against child welfare department

A judge has dismissed a negligence lawsuit against the Vermont Department of Children and Families.

The Rutland Superior Court judge reaffirmed that DCF does not have a duty to warn the public of the dangers a ward may pose to the general public. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the lawsuit claimed a ward of the state attacked another child at a Rutland McDonald's, arguing DCF was negligent in a duty to warn respite workers about the ward's behavior.

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As more migrant children get detained, he gets richer



The founder of Southwest Key made millions from housing migrant children. His nonprofit has stockpiled taxpayer dollars and possibly engaged in self-dealing with top executives.

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Local foster parent faces child abuse charge



A local foster parent faces a child abuse charge in Greene County after a grand jury indicted him for allegedly shaking and striking an infant in his care.

According to online court records, John D. Grant, 34, of Bolivar is charged with class B felony abuse or neglect of a child — serious emotional or physical injury in Greene County Circuit Court. He was indicted by a grand jury in August and arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Fredericksburg foster dad intentionally burned child, Spotsylvania County investigators say

A Fredericksburg man is facing criminal charges after police identified “patterned burns” on a foster child in his care.

Authorities said they began investigating on Aug. 23 when a staff member at a Spotsylvania County elementary school noticed burns on the child and told police and child protective services.

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Attorney: CPS pressured investigator to charge mom after agency hit with $127K sanction

Child Protective Services workers allegedly pressured a Harris County investigator to file charges against the mother whose case prompted a $127,000 sanction against the agency, the family’s lawyer said Monday in court.

Dillon and Melissa Bright ended up in the middle of a legal imbroglio earlier this year after CPS wrongfully removed their children amid apparently unfounded suspicions of child abuse.

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Yandy Smith Slammed for Leaving Foster Child Out of Family Portrait ‘Just Like a Foster Mother’

Yandy Smith recently received backlash after posting a family picture without her foster daughter.

Earlier this year, Smith made the decision to go from mentor to foster mom. She took a young girl by the name of Infinity Gilyard under her wings after mentoring her years ago with the non-profit organization EGL Partners Uplifting our Daughters. In August, Smith announced that a New York judge granted her approval to foster the young girl and the “Love and Hip Hop” star welcomed Gilyard into her family.

More >> Yandy Smith Slammed for Leaving Foster Child Out of Family Portrait ‘Just Like a Foster Mother’

Bolivar foster dad accused of shaking 3-month-old baby

A Bolivar foster father has been accused of shaking a 3-month-old child who became unresponsive and had to be hospitalized for more than a week.

John Grant, 34, was indicted by a grand jury in August and arrested Tuesday on a felony child abuse charge.

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Incarcerated Mothers Can Lose Parental Rights Just For Being Incarcerated

A new report from the Marshall Project outlines how child-welfare systems take children away from incarcerated mothers, viewing former or current inmates as unfit caregivers not on the basis of prior child neglect charges, but often simply for being incarcerated.

The problem stems in part from the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act, which says state-funded child-welfare programs must “begin termination of parental rights” when a child has been in foster care for 15 of the last 22 months.

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South Carolina foster parent forced child to wear electric dog collar, police say



Police in South Carolina say a foster parent made a six-year-old wear an electric dog collar and abused the child with a spoon-like object.

News outlets report that 61-year-old Deborah Ann Jarrell of Myrtle Beach was arrested Wednesday and charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

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Monday, December 03, 2018

UK judge removes Christian child placed in Muslim foster care

A five-year-old Christian girl placed in foster care with a British Muslim family in east London will be returned to her own grandmother after a UK judge ruled on the case in a family court. Judge Khatun Sapnara, a Bangladeshi-origin British Muslim herself, said yesterday that it was in the girl’s best interests to live with a family member who could keep her safe, promote her welfare and meet her needs “in terms of ethnicity, culture and religion”.

The case was first highlighted through media reports and triggered alarm over reports that the English-speaking girl had been forced to live with an Arabic-speaking family and that they had forced her to remove a necklace bearing a crucifix. The UK’s Children’s Act 1989 requires a local authority to give consideration to “religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background” when making decisions about a child who has been taken into care as a result of a court order.

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Lawsuit claims DCF protected state of Kansas official instead of girl

A civil lawsuit filed in Shawnee County District Court in a long-running dispute alleges the Kansas Department for Children and Families protected a state official instead of his young daughter.

The legal action claims the plaintiff’s civil rights to due process and equal protection were violated.

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Parenthood lost: How incarcerated parents are losing their children forever

Lori Lynn Adams was a mother of four living in poverty when Hurricane Floyd struck North Carolina in 1999, flooding her trailer home and destroying her children’s pageant trophies and baby pictures. No stranger to moneymaking scams, Adams was convicted of filing a fraudulent disaster-relief claim with FEMA for a property she did not own. She also passed dozens of worthless checks to get by.

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Baby P’s mother allowed contact with surviving children from inside prison

The mother of Baby P – tortured to death in 2007 – has been granted access to her surviving children by social services ahead of a new application to be released from prison. Tracey Connelly has been writing to her children from behind bars in an attempt to ‘build bridges’ before applying for parole.

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Child separations, here at home: We remove far, far too many kids from their families in the name of saving them

The Trump administration shocked the nation’s conscience last spring when it purposely separated immigrant children from their parents. The outcry was loud and clear and spanned the political spectrum. As well it should have; taking children from their parents when not absolutely necessary is cruel.

Unfortunately, it is not unusual. At a City Council hearing last week, witness after witness testified that New York City officials routinely inflict the trauma of family separation on families right here at home.

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Special Report: Women forced to give up babies for adoption still failed by State bodies

Teenager Jackie Foley was told to sign a consent form under a fictitious name in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home. Her son was adopted and given a bogus name. Nearly half a century later, her treatment at the hands of State agencies has been as cold-hearted as that of the nuns, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.

JACKIE Foley was just 16 years old in 1974 when she signed a consent form in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home form to have her son adopted. She didn’t sign her own name.

More >> Special Report: Women forced to give up babies for adoption still failed by State bodies

Sunday, December 02, 2018

He’s Built an Empire, With Detained Migrant Children as the Bricks

Juan Sanchez grew up along the Mexican border in a two-bedroom house so crowded with children that he didn’t have a bed. But he fought his way to another life. He earned three degrees, including a doctorate in education from Harvard, before starting a nonprofit in his Texas hometown.

Mr. Sanchez has built an empire on the back of a crisis. His organization, Southwest Key Programs, now houses more migrant children than any other in the nation. Casting himself as a social-justice warrior, he calls himself El Presidente, a title inscribed outside his office and on the government contracts that helped make him rich.

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Jailed parents must be included in hearings on their kids' fate, Iowa Supreme Court rules

Parents in prison or jail must be allowed to fully participate in hearings on whether their parental rights will be taken away, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Allowing parents who are incarcerated to participate in person or by phone in such hearings is considered best practice for juvenile court judges, but the practice is not always followed. The court's 4-3 opinion will require juvenile court judges and court staff to do more to ensure the parents can fully participate.

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Easing of adoption laws is not in the best interests of children

The recent release of the Federal Parliamentary Committee report on adoption is trying to conflate two important issues for Australia's vulnerable children: the historically low rate of adoptions and the rising number of children in out-of-home care nationwide.

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Saturday, December 01, 2018

A Chicago Psychiatric Hospital Will Lose Federal Funding Over Safety and Abuse Issues Involving Children in State Care

At the same time, a federal judge said he will appoint a monitor to oversee the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. “The stakes cannot be higher,” the judge said.

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A now former staff member of an Abilene shelter for "abused, neglected, runaway, and homeless children" is accused of having a sexual relationship with one of the kids who was placed there by Child Protective Services.

More >> Document: Ex-staff member had sex with teen at Abilene shelter for abused, neglected kids


Police: Foster parent made child wear electric dog collar

Police in South Carolina say a foster parent made a 6-year-old wear an electric dog collar and abused the child with a spoon-like object.

News outlets report that 61-year-old Deborah Ann Jarrell of Myrtle Beach was arrested Wednesday and charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

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Operators of Tent City for Migrant Kids Say They Want Out But ‘Can’t Abandon the Children’

The San Antonio-based nonprofit that is operating a controversial West Texas tent city for migrant children wants out of the job. But the government isn’t revealing the future of the facility in Tornillo, a farming community southeast of El Paso, that currently holds about 2,300 children.

More >> Operators of Tent City for Migrant Kids Say They Want Out But ‘Can’t Abandon the Children’

Stop whining about the foster care system and do something to fix it

Seventy percent of the men and women in America’s prisons and jails were in foster care. Regardless of what some Kansas media tell you, and what lawyers claim in pending lawsuits, Kansas’ foster care woes aren’t unique. They are endemic in the foster care system nationwide. Indeed, by almost all measurements, the Kansas foster case system is average. Average case lengths, average case outcomes, and, sadly, average success rates for kids who grow up and end up in prison. Can we agree that average sucks? Because of this reality, no matter who is in charge of Kansas DCF, it will take years not months to fix the system, if fixing it is even possible.

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