Legally Kidnapped

Shattering Your Child Welfare Delusions Since 2007


Monday, July 22, 2019

850 Teddy Bear Vigil July 21 2019



A Teddy Bear Vigil was held at the Edmonton Alberta Legislative Building Steps. Each bear represented a fallen child due to the negligence of the Child and Family Services.  We are making changes and our children of tomorrow will be still here thanks to Keri and Velvet taking lead in starting a new cycle of methods that work for all families and would not tear apart, but provide all the supports necessary to achieve the level of parenting all want to see.  Taking children away from their homes in most of these cases as you will see will upset most of us and want to go home and give our babies hugs and kisses and remind them how important they are to us and our futures.  Love your family, Please click on the link to the Petition. Thank you for all who took part today and those who couldn't make it sent their prayers! Almost 7,000 Signatures! Let's make it to 10,000!

Thank you!  http://chng.it/9MxQKhRXtd

After Saying It Would Go Above and Beyond to Educate Its Foster Care Students, Indiana Unveils a Plan That Is Little More Than Bullet Points

hen Indiana released a bleak report this spring on the educational outcomes of students in foster care, it broke new ground in making public the state’s troubling statistics. Only 64 percent of its foster care students graduated from high school; only 9 percent passed the 10th-grade math test. For black students in the system, it was even worse: only 3 percent passed the 10th-grade math test.

Others were shocked, but not foster parents like Kristi Cundiff.

More >> After Saying It Would Go Above and Beyond to Educate Its Foster Care Students, Indiana Unveils a Plan That Is Little More Than Bullet Points

The Trump Administration Isn’t Providing Legal Aid To Migrant Children In Temporary Shelter

The Trump administration is not providing legal services to migrant children in a newly opened temporary facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, in what advocates say is a violation of law.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement, the government agency that operates all shelters for migrant children, has confirmed it has not yet contracted with any legal aid providers to give the kids access to counsel. The children face deportation proceedings and are already getting court dates, according to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), which has stepped in to offer free legal counsel in the absence of a contract.

More >> The Trump Administration Isn’t Providing Legal Aid To Migrant Children In Temporary Shelter

Pennsylvania School Board Members Criticize Threatening Lunch Money Letter

Five of nine members of the Wyoming Valley West School Board tell FOX40 sister station WNEP the district should not have threatened to place kids in foster care if their parents fail to pay their lunch tabs.

But the district's solicitor has doubled down, claiming some parents need the threat of losing their kids to get them to pay up.

More >> Pennsylvania School Board Members Criticize Threatening Lunch Money Letter

Valley mom shares experience with foster parents in child molestation case

A Valley mom spoke with ABC15 about her experience with George and Leslie Little, the Gilbert foster parents at the center of a child molestation case.

The mom, who didn't want to use her name, says she placed her two daughters in foster care two years ago in order to keep them safe.

More >> Valley mom shares experience with foster parents in child molestation case

A Colorado war veteran lost parental rights to her children through a rarely-scrutinized legal process. Now she’s asking the state Supreme Court to intercede.

When Ashley checked herself into a homeless shelter for female veterans, she had the well being of her two young children in mind.

Her symptoms from post-traumatic stress disorder had become unmanageable. For years, she had been able to suppress the trauma from her 17-month deployment to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, as well as the sexual assault she said she suffered at the hands of two men in her unit. But trauma, in time, always boils over.

More >> A Colorado war veteran lost parental rights to her children through a rarely-scrutinized legal process. Now she’s asking the state Supreme Court to intercede.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Moscow Officials Sued For Allowing Gay Couple to Adopt

Russia’s Investigative Committee has accused social welfare officials in Moscow of criminal negligence for allowing a gay couple to raise children they adopted nearly a decade ago.

Russia banned gay adoption, along with “homosexual propaganda among minorities,” in 2013.

More >> Moscow Officials Sued For Allowing Gay Couple to Adopt

‘High Number of Requests for Adoption of Children in Iran’

An Iranian official says there are currently 10 requests for adoption of per child in Iran, particularly after single women were recently authorized to apply for.

Montazer Shabar says the high number of requests has prolonged the process of adoption.

More >> ‘High Number of Requests for Adoption of Children in Iran’

Preventing Ky. family separation through Families First

MOREHEAD Preventing family separation and reducing the number of children entering the foster care system is the goal of a child welfare act explained in one of nine statewide forums held recently in Rowan County.

The Family First Preservation Services Act, passed in the 2019 regular legislative session and signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, implements child welfare reform by redirecting federal funds - Title IV-E funding- to evidence-based, preventative services for children, parents or caregivers.

More >> Preventing Ky. family separation through Families First

State board to rule on future of Children Services strike

Montgomery County’s Children Services division and the union representing its workers have been called to an emergency hearing on Sunday before the State Employment Relations Board.

More >> State board to rule on future of Children Services strike

One Family's Journey Through Guardianship Hell

The last time Patricia Femia saw her mother, Ada Vocino, was February 14,  2013 — Valentine’s Day. But this was anything but a heartfelt meeting. The two women were in the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown, N.J. and were there for war.

Patricia was Ada’s only child. Until a few months before that day in court, Ada’s life had revolved around Patricia and her family. They’d lived together in an apartment Patricia built into her home in 2007, as Ada — a wartime immigrant — wanted. Previously, Ada helped raise Patricia’s sons and daughter.

More >> One Family's Journey Through Guardianship Hell

Rosenbaum trial: Laila had bruising 'all over'

This week, Laila Marie Daniel would have turned 6 years old. Instead, a mound of stuffed animals and balloons mark her grave in a corner of Berea Cemetery as jurors heard testimony about breaks, bruises and her last excruciating moments on Earth.

Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum are on trial for murder, assault, battery and child cruelty in the death of Laila, their foster child. Jennifer Rosenbaum has said the child had choked on a piece of chicken the night she died.

More >> Rosenbaum trial: Laila had bruising 'all over'

Private Companies Are Cashing in on ICE's Detention Centers

When employees at Wayfair, a swanky furniture and interior decorating company, discovered earlier this month that they had unknowingly been responsible for providing bedding to immigrant detention centers run by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), they demanded that executives break off ties with the agency. When the higher-ups refused, the employees staged a walk-out in Boston.

It's a strange disconnect, that this company that sells accent chairs and floral-patterned credenzas was connected to the latest iteration of American concentration camps. But the truth is that there's a lot of money to make in the immigrant detention business, and plenty of the companies cashing in are household names.

More >> Private Companies Are Cashing in on ICE's Detention Centers

Project PA: Just uncovered documents give 'Kids for Cash' victim hope in getting kids back

There are late-breaking developments in our Project PA story we first brought you last week.

Joshua Fromel is one of the thousands of victims in the “Kids for Cash” scandal; it’s called one of the biggest cases of judicial misconduct in American history.

More >> Project PA: Just uncovered documents give 'Kids for Cash' victim hope in getting kids back

Baby H is in her fifth foster home and family services has stopped communicating with family says grandfather

Baby H, the B.C. infant who was seized from hospital after medical staff reported her mother was neglecting her 90 minutes after having a C-section is back in a stranger’s care after her aunt asked for a break.

The child, who is now five weeks old, hasn’t lived with her parents in that time and has been bounced from foster home to foster home to an aunt and now to another non-Indigenous foster home, says the grandfather.

More >> Baby H is in her fifth foster home and family services has stopped communicating with family says grandfather

‘This Cannot Be My Life’: The ‘Nightmare’ of Foster Care in Indian Country

Brian Melendez’s life was about to change forever. In the winter of 1987, a domestic dispute erupted in a house on the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony in Reno, Nevada. As law enforcement and social workers descended on the scene, an already bad situation turned into chaos.

“I didn’t understand what was happening. All I knew was that there was arguing and fighting, and that my mother was all bloody and people were in handcuffs,” says Melendez.

More >> ‘This Cannot Be My Life’: The ‘Nightmare’ of Foster Care in Indian Country

Saturday, July 20, 2019

RI woman had to adopt her own biological son; bill to change that failed

Sara Watson and Anna Ford decided on their son’s name four days after he was born. But when they went to fill out his birth certificate and name him “Eli,” they received some unexpected news.

“The hospital staff said, we’re really, really sorry but you can’t put your name on this birth certificate,” Watson recalled.

More >> RI woman had to adopt her own biological son; bill to change that failed

Will Texas Keep Fighting Foster Care Reform?

It’s been more than three years since a federal judge ruled that Texas dumps some of the state’s most vulnerable children into a foster care system “where rape, abuse, psychotropic medication and instability are the norm.”

Following a 2015 trial in a lawsuit brought by children’s advocacy groups, federal district judge Janis Jack of Corpus Christi also concluded that state leaders can’t be trusted to reform the system on their own. Her blistering, 260-page verdict delivered in December 2015 accused state officials of deep-sixing an internal review that revealed “staggering” failures in child abuse investigations. She scolded one state witness who attempted to manipulate department data, including lowering child fatality stats. The judge chastised another state expert who, in an attempt to debunk the plaintiffs’ claims, further traumatized a teenage girl who’d already been battered by the system.

More >> Will Texas Keep Fighting Foster Care Reform?

Women adopted from South Korea learn they're sisters and grew up 30 minutes apart

Two women who were born in South Korea have developed a close bond after learning they're actually sisters and share the same biological mother.

More >> Women adopted from South Korea learn they're sisters and grew up 30 minutes apart

Montgomery County Children Services workers on strike

Montgomery County Children Services workers’ strike began at 12:01 a.m. today.

More >> Montgomery County Children Services workers on strike

JUDGE: Killing The Indian Child Welfare Law Would Hurt People Like Me

Stories like mine do not get told. I was only in the fifth grade when I was removed from my classroom and taken from my family by a state social worker. A 10-year-old who is ripped apart from his family — never having the chance to say goodbye to his mother or grandmother — develops a scar that never goes away. But it is a scar that many bear because, like me, they are members of Native American tribes.

For decades, our own government did not agree with how Indian families like my own raised their children, and removed us from our loved ones to be raised in a culture that was entirely alien. I cycled through a total of six non-Native homes over the course of five years. I was forced to accept six different religions and six different cultures, impacting everything from my spiritual values to the food I ate. I was treated as unworthy of love, as an outsider, as though my background meant I was undeserving of the family that every child deserves. I waited countless nights alone in foster homes thinking my mother would come rescue me. She never did. In fact, it was recorded in my file that I was banned by the court from any contact with family members.

More >> JUDGE: Killing The Indian Child Welfare Law Would Hurt People Like Me

Friday, July 19, 2019

Safehouse no longer accepting children from Social Services

Operation Safehouse, a non-profit that helps runaways, homeless youths, and other youths in crisis, is placing a moratorium on accepting placements by the Department of Public and Social Services after an employee was attacked.

SafeHouse Executive Director Kathy McAdara said a child placed at the shelter by DPSS attacked the manager of the Riverside shelter without provocation last Saturday. The resident also destroyed Safehouse property, McAdara added. Law enforcement had to be brought in before the child was finally removed from the shelter.

More >> Safehouse no longer accepting children from Social Services

DCFS placed boy in foster home with sex offender, he was abused: lawsuit

A new allegation claims the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services placed a child in a home with a convicted sex offender, and he was sexually abused. That’s according to a pair of lawsuits filed by the Cook County public guardian against DCFS, the foster mother and the sex offender.

“DCFS is supposed to run a background check," public guardian Charles Golbert said. “They did not do that in this particular case so they ended up placing a 12-year-old boy with a convicted child sex molester.”

More >> DCFS placed boy in foster home with sex offender, he was abused: lawsuit

Change underway for Illinois DCFS after controversial children’s deaths

Changes are on the way for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services after recent deaths of children in their care.

Between July of 2017 and June of last year, there were 98 deaths of children in DCSF care, 34 were under the age of 3.

More >> Change underway for Illinois DCFS after controversial children’s deaths

Woman Separated From Siblings By Adoption Takes To Social Media To Find Brother




A Stockton woman is on a mission to find the last of her seven siblings who were separated by adoption.

She’s started a blog and created a Facebook page and is now asking for the community’s help in finding her long-lost brother.

More >> Woman Separated From Siblings By Adoption Takes To Social Media To Find Brother

How Child Protective Services Can Trap the Parents They’re Supposed to Help

I woke to the sound of my 3-year-old daughter crying. It was a hard, bitter cry. If you have young children, you know the one — it punches through the walls and triggers your heart into a frenzy. I sprang up, ready to run to her bedside. But as wakefulness returned, the sound faded. My daughter was not crying for me. She wasn’t even there. She and her 4-year-old sister were taken from my custody more than a year earlier by the state of Florida.

In the United States, 7 million children are reported to abuse hotlines each year. More than 3 million of those allegations trigger a child maltreatment investigation. But that’s just the beginning of the story: Once a finding of child neglect has been made, parents have to try to correct the issue or issues that led to child protective involvement. Typically, that involves mandates for parents to undergo addiction treatment, find stable housing, secure employment, begin therapy or psychiatric care, and so on.
More >> How Child Protective Services Can Trap the Parents They’re Supposed to Help

Second Utah facility for troubled teens to close in a month

A company that runs treatment centers for troubled youth is closing a second Utah facility as officials investigate claims of sexual abuse, violence and several other issues with staff at a different facility.

Mount Pleasant Academy in central Utah is one of several youth psychiatric treatment facilities run by Sequel Youth and Family Services. Sequel representatives said in a statement last week that the school will be shut down within the next month, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

More >> Second Utah facility for troubled teens to close in a month

Illinois Lawmakers Demand Child Welfare Officials Better Serve Spanish-Speaking Families

Illinois lawmakers and advocates are calling on state child welfare officials to better comply with a federal court order to serve Spanish-speaking families, an issue they say has become more critical amid heightened fear among immigrants of interacting with government agencies.

The calls come in response to a ProPublica Illinois investigation last month that found that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has, for decades, repeatedly violated a 1977 federal court order that mandates the agency provide services to Latino families in their primary language.

More >> Illinois Lawmakers Demand Child Welfare Officials Better Serve Spanish-Speaking Families

Mistakes made by DFCS workers are focus of Rosenbaum foster child murder trial



Two Department of Family and Children Services workers testified in Henry County Superior Court Monday morning in the murder trial of Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum.

The workers detailed how the department did not screen the Rosenbaums properly before they were given custody of 2-year-old Laila Daniel.

More >> Mistakes made by DFCS workers are focus of Rosenbaum foster child murder trial

Norwegian Nightmare: 'Barnevernet' Preys On Children and Parents

One of the first things you notice about Norway when you visit is how beautiful it is. But there is a very dark side of Norway that most of the world knows nothing about. It's called Barnevernet, and it can be as cold and brutal as the Norwegian winter.

Barnevernet means "child welfare." It's Norway's network of local child protection service offices. But to its victims, Barnevernet means anything but protecting children.

More >> Norwegian Nightmare: 'Barnevernet' Preys On Children and Parents 

Aboriginal woman wins battle to keep baby after six court appearances

An Aboriginal woman has been allowed to return home with her baby after child protection services in Victoria made six attempts to overturn a court ruling that she was able to properly care for her child.

Advocates for the 28-year-old woman, who has foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FasD), said child protection workers for the Department of Health and Human Services did not appropriately consider her disability in its initial assessment declaring her an unfit parent, and have suggested the decision to remove the child was informed by prejudice.

More >> Aboriginal woman wins battle to keep baby after six court appearances

Homelessness Still High Among Foster Youth Adopted, Reunited With Families, Report Finds

A surprising link between youth homelessness and foster care emerged today from a research project at the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall.

Researchers already knew that a high proportion of homeless youth have been in the foster care system.


More >> Homelessness Still High Among Foster Youth Adopted, Reunited With Families, Report Finds

Police: Man accused of assaulting social worker during evaluation in Garden City

A Bethpage man is accused of attacking a social worker during an evaluation in Garden City.

Police say 63-year-old Richard Schipani was being evaluated at the Nassau County Social Services building around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, when he suddenly began to attack the female social worker.

More >> Police: Man accused of assaulting social worker during evaluation in Garden City

Parents are being ‘eradicated from the lives of their children for no good reason’

The recent decision by the World Health Organisation to recognise parental alienation puts the spotlight on a contentious concept that is little acknowledged in this country.

The condition, which arises almost exclusively in the context of a highly acrimonious break-up of a relationship between two parents who are in dispute over custody of children, has been included in the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, to come into effect at the beginning of 2022.

More >> Parents are being ‘eradicated from the lives of their children for no good reason’

Pay Your Lunch Money or Face Foster Care?

Parents in an area school district call a collection letter a bit heavy-handed. About 1,000 students in the Wyoming Valley West School district owe money on their student lunch accounts.

District administrators say efforts to collect the money have been frustrating. The school system fired off warning letters to parents that the district could take them to court, with one possible outcome of the children being placed in foster care.

More >> Pay Your Lunch Money or Face Foster Care?

Ofsted finds ‘optimism’ in council pushed to ‘breaking point’ by high social worker turnover

A council where children’s services were at “breaking point” last year has begun to show signs of improvement, Ofsted inspectors have said.

Inspectors found the situation at Wokingham had improved, six months on from a focused visit that assessed the council to be in a “fragile” state with high levels of social worker turnover.

More >> Ofsted finds ‘optimism’ in council pushed to ‘breaking point’ by high social worker turnover

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Foster parents needed for unaccompanied migrant children

Across the country, people are opening up their homes and becoming foster parents for migrant children who entered the United States unaccompanied by an adult and with no one willing to sponsor them.

And in many of those cases, a network of Catholic and other Christian social service agencies are working with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to place unaccompanied migrant children and refugee minors in safe home environments.

More >> Foster parents needed for unaccompanied migrant children

Missouri's Foster Kids Will No Longer Be Doped Up Thanks To A New Legal Settlement

Thousands of kids in Missouri's foster care system are likely to benefit from a first-of-its-kind legal settlement under which state officials have agreed to strict limits on how and when kids can be given psychotropic drugs.

The settlement resolves a class action lawsuit charging that Missouri foster care officials failed to safeguard the conditions under which the powerful medications are dispensed. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey gave preliminary approval to the agreement on Monday.

More >> Missouri's Foster Kids Will No Longer Be Doped Up Thanks To A New Legal Settlement

Omaha-area child welfare contractor sues state over switch to Kansas nonprofit

The Omaha-based agency that manages Omaha-area child welfare cases is legally challenging the state’s decision to award a new contract to a different agency.


State officials signed the new contract with St. Francis Ministries, based in Salina, Kansas, on July 3. The five-year contract is for about $196 million and includes an option for two more years.
More >> Omaha-area child welfare contractor sues state over switch to Kansas nonprofit

'Doomsday prepper' accused of abusing adopted twins

A Florida couple described as "doomsday preppers" is accused of sexually and physically abusing adoptive twins who escaped and reported them.

Mirko and Regina Ceska were arrested Friday on charges including sexual assault and neglect.

More >> 'Doomsday prepper' accused of abusing adopted twins

Email hotline for child abuse claims went unchecked for five years

An email account set up for child abuse claims went unchecked for so long that some of the victims have grown up.

Colorado’s Department of Human Services told Denver’s CBS News an email address that had been set up went unchecked for nearly a half-decade. Once authorities finally noticed the oversight, they discovered more than 100 unread emails pertaining to "concerns of child abuse or neglect.”

More >> Email hotline for child abuse claims went unchecked for five years

Ofsted criticises council where some social workers have caseloads of over 50

An ‘inadequate’ children’s service where some social work caseloads exceed 50 children has been criticised by Ofsted for “insufficient progress” causing “delays in children in need and children in need of protection having their needs identified and addressed”.

Inspectors said while there was “some effective social work practice” happening in Bradford council’s children’s services, there was “weaknesses in management grip of social work practice at all levels”.

More >> Ofsted criticises council where some social workers have caseloads of over 50

House Report Reveals More Detailed, Disturbing Picture Of Family Separations Under ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy

The House Oversight Committee’s investigation into the Trump administration’s 2018 policy shows that many children were kept in government custody far longer than previously known. At least 18 infants and toddlers under two years old were separated from their parents and "kept apart for 20 days to half a year." Meanwhile, the Trump administration agrees to allow a Stanford University pediatrician to conduct an independent investigation into health conditions for migrant children at the detention facilities.

More >> House Report Reveals More Detailed, Disturbing Picture Of Family Separations Under ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy




3-Year-Old Asked To Pick Parent In Attempted Family Separation, Her Parents Say

At a Border Patrol holding facility in El Paso, Texas, an agent told a Honduran family that one parent would be sent to Mexico while the other parent and their three children could stay in the United States, according to the family. The agent turned to the couple's youngest daughter — 3-year-old Sofia, whom they call Sofi — and asked her to make a choice.

"The agent asked her who she wanted to go with, mom or dad," her mother, Tania, told NPR through an interpreter. "And the girl, because she is more attached to me, she said mom. But when they started to take [my husband] away, the girl started to cry. The officer said, 'You said [you want to go] with mom.' "

More >> 3-Year-Old Asked To Pick Parent In Attempted Family Separation, Her Parents Say

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mother accused of letting husband abuse adopted twins released with GPS monitor

Regina Ceska, accused of doing nothing while her husband allegedly abused their adoptive twin daughters both physically and sexually over a six-year period, was released on her own recognizance pending her trial.

She is charged with second-degree misdemeanors for failing to report abuse of a cognitively disabled or otherwise impaired adult and neglect of an adult she had care for. The twins, who were adopted when they were 11 years old, turn 22 Tuesday.

More >> Mother accused of letting husband abuse adopted twins released with GPS monitor

Monday, July 15, 2019

'Operating in the dark': How much detail courts get in child protection cases depends on where you live

Little is revealed at the outset of Manitoba child protection cases about why kids are taken into care, a recent CBC investigation into child protection court found — but lawyers in two other provinces say that's not the case where they practise.

But they also said that they're up against many of the same challenges those working on CFS cases in Manitoba face: court delays, heavy caseloads and a system that isn't designed to deal with the complicated nature of families.

More >> 'Operating in the dark': How much detail courts get in child protection cases depends on where you live

Pennsylvania missionary arrested for allegedly abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya

A Pennsylvania man has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing children at an orphanage he founded in Kenya, federal officials said.

Gregory Dow, 60, was taken into custody Friday at his home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He started a home for orphaned children in the east African nation in 2008, and allegedly abused the minors under his care for years, according to the US Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

More >> Pennsylvania missionary arrested for allegedly abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya

Are immigrant children free to leave shelters ‘at anytime,’ as a Republican Congressman said?

The claim: At shelters for migrant children, “There's not a lock on the door. Any child is free to leave at anytime, but they don't. You know why? Because they are well taken care of. And yes, at some point they’re going to live with family, generally not mother or father, but some family member, that’s a good thing." — Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Denton, during a June 24 MSNBC interview. "

More >> Are immigrant children free to leave shelters ‘at anytime,’ as a Republican Congressman said?

Why An Attorney May Not Be Enough In Child Welfare Cases

Jason Bragg was confused. He felt angry. But more than anything, he wanted his son back.

Washington authorities removed the 4-year-old from his father’s custody in January 2012 after receiving reports of drug use by Bragg. It took 20 months for the ensuing child welfare case to be dismissed and for Bragg to fully regain custody of his son.
More >> Why An Attorney May Not Be Enough In Child Welfare Cases

'I Was Utterly Gutted': Farai Chideya Endures 3 Failed Adoptions

Farai Chideya wanted to become a mother. Five years and $50,000 after she began this quest, Chideya is still childless but has gained a harsh lesson about the ills of America's adoption system.

Three times, Chideya was matched with a child and three times the mother changed her mind.

More >> 'I Was Utterly Gutted': Farai Chideya Endures 3 Failed Adoptions

Reworked Adoption Bill will give children and parents more rights

The new amendment would involve the state giving birth parents six months to come forward and object to a disclosure of information about them to their children

More >> Reworked Adoption Bill will give children and parents more rights

Mother says fight for child on Spirit Lake felt hopeless

A silent tear rolled down Nina Martin’s cheek as she looked around the pink, Minnie Mouse-themed bedroom. A neat pile of toys sit in the corner and the closet is filled with tiny hangers holding up brightly colored clothes in hopes that someday Martin will again see her 3-year-old daughter.

More >> Mother says fight for child on Spirit Lake felt hopeless

Parents furious as schools ban teachers from putting sun cream on pupils over ‘child abuse’ accusation fears

FURIOUS parents are claiming that schools are banning teachers from dabbing life-saving sun cream on pupils as they might be accused of child abuse.

Concerned mums and dads are flocking to sign a petition launched by parent Leigh O'Connor to change the rules and make it a legal duty of care to prevent children being put at risk of an early death from skin cancer.

More >> Parents furious as schools ban teachers from putting sun cream on pupils over ‘child abuse’ accusation fears

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Buxton man arrested after police say he pushed DHHS caseworkers

A Buxton man faces several charges after police said he pushed two Maine Department of Health and Human Services caseworkers at his home as part of an investigation.

Buxton and Saco Police were on scene with the caseworkers at a home on Town Farm Road when George Casey, 63, came home.

More >> Buxton man arrested after police say he pushed DHHS caseworkers

SC couple accused of falsifying overseas adoption documents

The U.S. Department of Justice says a South Carolina couple tried to get around overseas adoption rules by telling immigration officials a baby they adopted in the Philippines was their biological child.

The State reports federal prosecutors indicted 24-year-old Stephanie Jean Locker and 46-year-old Gerald Vincent Locker Jr. on charges of conspiracy and making false statements in a passport application.

More >> SC couple accused of falsifying overseas adoption documents

Nurse was fired for reporting child neglect, disgusting conditions at group homes, suit claims

A former nurse who complained about “disgusting and unsanitary” conditions and inadequate staffing at several South Jersey group homes for children claims in a new lawsuit that she was fired for being a whistleblower.

Doreen M. Romalino, of Franklinville, filed suit against the Center for Family Services, Inc. in Superior Court of Camden County Friday afternoon under the state’s Conscientious Employment Protection Act, known as CEPA.

More >> Nurse was fired for reporting child neglect, disgusting conditions at group homes, suit claims

Ivanka Trump shock: How Ivanka’s mother ‘threatened to put her up for adoption’

Dubbed the First Daughter due to her unusually high position in her father Donald Trump’s administration, Ivanka has been vying for his approval her whole life. However, she reportedly “had her moments” as a teenager that pushed her mother to make a shocking threat of being put up for adoption. In an interview with Marie Clare in 2007, she said: “I think my mum threatened to put me up for adoption a few times.”

More >> Ivanka Trump shock: How Ivanka’s mother ‘threatened to put her up for adoption’

2 teens with 'significant mental health issues' missing after leaving foster home

The Park County Sheriff's office is asking for help locating two teenage girls who ran away from a therapeutic foster care home where they were receiving treatment for significant mental health issues.

Emma Stokes and Anna Frankman, both 16, were last seen in the area of Mount Evans Boulevard in Pine Junction around 10 p.m. on July 7, the sheriff's office said.

More >> 2 teens with 'significant mental health issues' missing after leaving foster home

At Least 30 Migrant Children Have Been Separated From Their Parents for More Than a Year

A report from the House Oversight Committee provides new details on the calamity at the U.S.-Mexico border.

More >> At Least 30 Migrant Children Have Been Separated From Their Parents for More Than a Year

Federally Funded Evangelical Foster Agency Still Won’t Accept Jewish Or Queer Volunteers

A federally funded Christian foster agency in South Carolina has decided to open its doors to prospective foster parents and employees who aren’t evangelical Protestants ― but the organization’s ban on working with people who are LGBTQ, progressive Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or from other faiths remains intact.

Greenville’s Miracle Hill Ministries, the state’s largest foster care organization for children who don’t have significant special needs, previously had strict rules about only hiring and working with foster parents and volunteers who subscribe to a set of conservative evangelical principles. In practice, that meant even Catholics were reportedly rejected by the ministry.

More >> Federally Funded Evangelical Foster Agency Still Won’t Accept Jewish Or Queer Volunteers

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Report: DCFS failed to remove boy from home, despite court order weeks before death

A 4-year-old California boy who reportedly begged not to live with his parents was allowed to remain in their home despite a court order to remove him. Noah Cuatro died weeks later under suspicious circumstances.


His parents, Jose and Ursula Cuatro, are now under investigation in his death, according to the Los Angeles Times.

More >> Report: DCFS failed to remove boy from home, despite court order weeks before death

Utah Facility Housing Oregon Foster Youth To Close After Reports Of Abuse

An out-of-state treatment facility that houses Oregon foster children is shutting down as it faces numerous reports of serious safety concerns.

Red Rock Canyon School, in St. George, Utah, was the site of an intense brawl and faces accusations of staff assaults of students. The school, owned by Sequel Youth and Family Services, will close at the end of summer.

More >> Utah Facility Housing Oregon Foster Youth To Close After Reports Of Abuse

Commentary: CPS Caseworker

This is the second of a four-part series on a case study of liberty loss through government overreach.

More >> Commentary: CPS Caseworker

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against DHHS from mother seeking contact with her daughter

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed an Eddington woman’s lawsuit that sought to force the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to allow her contact with her 7-year-old daughter, who in May was living with her father’s girlfriend in Ellsworth under an agency safety plan.

U.S. District Court Judge Lance Walker said the case belonged in state court because “federal courts do not have jurisdiction to issue child custody decrees.”

More >> Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against DHHS from mother seeking contact with her daughter

To get children in stable homes faster, new Florida law tougher on parents' rights, timetable

Parents whose children are in protective custody will have less time to get them back before their parental rights can be terminated, under a new Florida law.

The law, called A Year is a Long Time In the Life of a Child, aims to save money and get neglected and abused children into permanent homes faster by showing parents a tougher hand.

More >> To get children in stable homes faster, new Florida law tougher on parents' rights, timetable

PD: Foster dad in Gilbert arrested for child molestation



A foster dad has been arrested in Gilbert for child molestation, police say, and his wife spoke exclusively to Arizona's Family.

More >> PD: Foster dad in Gilbert arrested for child molestation

N.J. caseworker with ‘direct access to children’ produced child pornography, feds say



A caseworker with New Jersey’s child welfare agency - who was previously fired from a teaching job over allegations about his conduct with students - was charged Friday with producing images of child sexual abuse, according to court documents and officials.

Kayan Frazier faces federal charges of producing visual depictions of a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct, receipt of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. The 27-year-old was already in custody at the Atlantic County jail since his April arrest on state child pornography offenses.

More >> N.J. caseworker with ‘direct access to children’ produced child pornography, feds say

Sister, adoptive mom testify at Rosenbaum trial

Doctor visits, a heartbreaking encounter in a Walmart and wrangling over allowing a teddy bear in court marked Friday's testimony in the murder trial of Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum. The pair are charged in the 2015 death of foster child Laila Daniel.

Amanda Harrill, the adoptive mother of Laila’s big sister Millie, testified that Millie, who just finished first grade, had gotten into trouble for “lying" at school in what Millie said was a mix-up about which group she should have been studying with.

More >> Sister, adoptive mom testify at Rosenbaum trial

Mom of five fights for custody after CPS case reopens

A closed CPS case was reopened after a move to Fort Hood, and now a mother of five says her world is in shambles.

More >> Mom of five fights for custody after CPS case reopens

The Trump Administration Separated At Least 18 Immigrant Toddlers From Their Parents

Many immigrant children separated from their parents at the border last year were kept in government custody far longer than previously known, including at least 679 minors who were detained between 46 and 75 days, according to a report released Friday by the House Oversight Committee.

The report also found that at least 18 infants and toddlers under 2 years old were separated from their parents and kept apart for 20 days to half a year.

More >> The Trump Administration Separated At Least 18 Immigrant Toddlers From Their Parents


Spain 'stolen baby' discovers she was willingly given up for adoption after DNA test finds biological family

A woman who had been declared Spain’s first identified “stolen baby” has discovered her biological family actually gave her up willingly at birth.

Ines Madrigal, 50, convinced a Madrid court last year that she had been one of the thousands of babies snatched from their mothers as a newborn during the dictatorial rule of Gen. Francisco Franco, becoming somewhat of a poster girl for the cause.

More >> Spain 'stolen baby' discovers she was willingly given up for adoption after DNA test finds biological family

CYFD sued after reunification attempt fails

Three siblings who had been removed from their mother amid abuse allegations have filed a lawsuit against the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department alleging they were abused by a male relative when the agency allowed them to stay with their mom on a trial basis.

Filed recently in state district court in Albuquerque by the children’s guardian ad litem, the lawsuit says all three children were physically abused by Charles Pruner, and one also suffered sexual abuse. Court documents show Pruner was criminally charged with raping the 4-year-old girl, but he was ultimately acquitted following a jury trial last spring.

More >> CYFD sued after reunification attempt fails

Police: Pensacola baby born addicted to cocaine, dad allegedly battered DCF investigator

A Pensacola man allegedly committed battery on a state investigator who was investigating the man’s newborn son being born addicted to cocaine.

Stephen Romond Pea, 41, was arrested Wednesday in connection with an incident last month at Sacred Heart Hospital, according to a Pensacola Police Department arrest report.

More >> Police: Pensacola baby born addicted to cocaine, dad allegedly battered DCF investigator

Can You Keep a Secret? So Can Your Daughter's School.

Imagine sending your daughter off to school only to find out that she was headed for an abortion appointment instead. Then imagine this: her teachers knew and never told you. In California, parents don’t have to imagine it. Thanks to a new undercover video, they know — it’s already happening.

It’s unreal footage, even by the ACLU’s standards. When the meeting between state teachers and the far-Left group was leaked, most people had a hard time believing it. And that, the team at Our Watch said, was the point. “[We] know what it’s like to say, ‘Okay, well, I heard somebody said this is happening, but I want to see it for myself.’” So the organization sent someone into a training session and pushed “record.” What they caught was a coordinated effort to keep parents in the dark about one of the most dangerous decisions a teenager could ever make.

More >> Can You Keep a Secret? So Can Your Daughter's School.

Hundreds Of Ohio's Child Welfare Caseworkers Threaten To Strike

More than 270 Ohio child welfare caseworkers and their support staff could soon be going on strike.

More >> Hundreds Of Ohio's Child Welfare Caseworkers Threaten To Strike

Friday, July 12, 2019

DNA database helps one of Spain's 'stolen babies' find family

The first woman recognised by Spanish courts as one of the “stolen babies” of the Franco dictatorship has discovered her biological family thanks to a DNA database.

But Inés Madrigal, 50, has also said she learned from her newly discovered relatives that her mother gave her up voluntarily.

More >> DNA database helps one of Spain's 'stolen babies' find family

Illinois man sentenced in killing of DCFS child welfare worker

A man charged with murder in the death of an Illinois child welfare worker entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced Wednesday to 21 years in prison.

Andrew Sucher, a 6 ft. 4 in., 270-pound weightlifter, was accused of attacking Department of Children and Family Services worker Pamela Knight, 59, when she tried to take a child into protective custody in September 2017. Knight, who worked out of the agency's Sterling office, learned the child was with Sucher, who was accused of abusing a six-year-old and was under court orders to stay away from the 2-year-old.

More >> Illinois man sentenced in killing of DCFS child welfare worker

If You're Shocked by Reports on Children at the Border, You Haven't Paid Attention to American History

Americans love their children, agonizing about offering them a hopeful path to the future. But since the nation’s beginnings, we have been at once sympathetic to images of childhood and unkind in our treatment of “other” people’s children. For migrants at the southern border, this seeming paradox is playing out once again.

More >> If You're Shocked by Reports on Children at the Border, You Haven't Paid Attention to American History


  • Thursday, July 11, 2019

    EU court rules against Denmark in Turkish couple's reunification case

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Denmark violated the Ankara Agreement by asserting the ties requirement of the 24-year rule to prevent family reunification of a Turkish couple and declared it against the law.

    Luxembourg-based CJEU, the highest court in the EU, settled the case of the Turkish couple whose application for family reunification had been rejected by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Danish Ministry prevented the family reunification of a Danish citizen of Turkish origin with his spouse, with whom he married in Turkey, by asserting the ties requirement of the 24-year rule was not met.

    More >> EU court rules against Denmark in Turkish couple's reunification case




    DCFS kids locked inside psych hospitals after they are cleared to go

    The Cook County Public Guardian said the Department of Children and Family Services is breaking multiple laws and spending millions of taxpayer dollars in ways that harm children.

    According to the public guardian, at this exact moment, there are Illinois children inside locked psych hospitals even though they don’t have to be there simply because DCFS doesn’t have a place to put them.

    More >> DCFS kids locked inside psych hospitals after they are cleared to go

    'Norway steals children', woman interrupts Norwegian envoy's talk

    New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) A woman on Tuesday loudly interrupted Norwegian ambassador to India Nils Ragnar Kamsvag's talk on India-Norway relations, demanding that Oslo return Indian children snatched away from their parents by its Child Protection Services.

    As former diplomat Ashok Sajjanhar, who was in the chair, rose to introduce the Norwegian envoy and the subject of the talk, 'Can India and Norway take a leap into the New Era of Partnership?', the woman came up from the audience to stand in front of the stage holding aloft a placard, that read "Norway Steals Children".

    More >> 'Norway steals children', woman interrupts Norwegian envoy's talk

    FORT WAYNE MOM OUTRAGED AFTER CHILD NEARLY DROWNS WHILE IN FOSTER CARE

    A Fort Wayne mother’s son is in a coma after almost drowning in a pond on Independence Day… and she says it’s all his foster family’s fault.

    20-month-old Braylen Clark was pulled from a pond in Adams County on July 4th. He’s now on life support, and his mother, Brittney Clark, tells our Partners in News at ABC 21 she can’t understand how a foster family vetted by the state could have left him unsupervised.

    More >> FORT WAYNE MOM OUTRAGED AFTER CHILD NEARLY DROWNS WHILE IN FOSTER CARE

    Second child welfare worker accused of having sex in front of child no longer employed

    The second Dallas-based child welfare worker accused of having sex in front of a minor is no longer employed by the state, Salem Reporter has learned.

    Kate Guy is gone from the state Department of Human Services, an agency spokesman said Wednesday. Spokesman Jake Sunderland declined to say whether she quit or was fired.

    More >> Second child welfare worker accused of having sex in front of child no longer employed

    $3.25M award for alleged bungled adoption is overturned; lawyer isn't liable for emotional distress

    An Iowa lawyer isn’t liable for emotional distress damages for a failed adoption that left a baby in the temporary care of a birth father who was later charged with the child’s murder, the state supreme court has ruled.

    The Iowa Court of Appeals overturned a $3.25 million emotional distress verdict against lawyer Jason Rieper in a July 3 opinion, report the Des Moines Register and WHO-TV.

    More >> $3.25M award for alleged bungled adoption is overturned; lawyer isn't liable for emotional distress

    Doctors: Trump's detention camps amount to 'child abuse' that will leave 'lasting scars'

    Trump's treatment of immigrant children in detention camps amounts to 'deliberate, cruel psychological abuse,' one child psychiatrist said.

    More >> Doctors: Trump's detention camps amount to 'child abuse' that will leave 'lasting scars'


    Pickens courthouse bomb suspect denied bond; more explosives found at DSS, in vehicle

    The man accused of detonating two homemade bombs outside of the Pickens County Courthouse Sunday night will remain in custody following a federal court hearing Wednesday morning.

    Michael Lambert Seabrooke will be held at the Spartanburg County jail without bond until his preliminary hearing that is scheduled for Monday, according to federal prosecutors.

    More >> Pickens courthouse bomb suspect denied bond; more explosives found at DSS, in vehicle

    Mediation session ‘one last shot’ to avoid Children Services strike

    A mediation session has been scheduled for July 18 between Montgomery County officials and their unionized Children Services workers, representatives of both groups confirmed late Wednesday.

    That session will occur just hours before the union, made up largely of Montgomery County child welfare caseworkers, is scheduled to go on strike at 12:01 a.m. July 19.

    More >> Mediation session ‘one last shot’ to avoid Children Services strike

    Palmdale toddler death: Details emerge about Noah Cuatro's history in foster system



    More details are coming out about the suspicious death of a 4-year-old boy in Palmdale.

    The initial report said Noah Cuatro died due to injuries at a community pool last week. But officials are investigating after they said they found trauma to Noah's body that was inconsistent with drowning.

    More >> Palmdale toddler death: Details emerge about Noah Cuatro's history in foster system

    Man accused of killing Illinois social worker pleads guilty

    A Rock Falls man accused of beating a social worker to death signed a plea deal admitting he beat social worker Pam Knight to death.

    Court documents show Andrew Sucher was sentenced to 21 years in prison without parole.

    More >> Man accused of killing Illinois social worker pleads guilty

    Mother blames CPS for Daughter's death

    Video of a grieving mother is making its way around social media.

    That mother said her six-year-old daughter died while in the care of Kentucky Child Protective Services.

    More >> Mother blames CPS for Daughter's death

    Dad’s Adoption Rights Upheld in Surrogacy Case

    A unanimous four-judge panel of the New York Appellate Division in Brooklyn revived a gay dad’s petition to adopt his son, reversing a “clearly erroneous” decision by Queens County Family Court Judge John M. Hunt.

    Hunt stated two reasons for dismissing the adoption petition: that the child was the result of what he termed “a patently illegal surrogacy contract” and that there was no authority under New York law for a parent to adopt their own biological child.

    More >> Dad’s Adoption Rights Upheld in Surrogacy Case

    Murder trial begins for foster parents accused of abusing, killing 2-year-old



    The murder trial for a couple accused of abusing and killing a 2-year-old foster child got off to an emotional start Tuesday.

    Police say Laila Daniel died in 2015 while in the care of her foster parents, Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum, at their Henry County home.

    More >> Murder trial begins for foster parents accused of abusing, killing 2-year-old

    Glendale couple sue fertility clinic, saying their embryo was implanted into wrong woman

    The Glendale couple thought that their in vitro fertilization treatment had failed. But Anni and Ashot Manukyan were seized with anguish and horror when they learned that, on the other side of the country, a stranger had been implanted with their embryo then given birth to their baby boy.

    On Wednesday, the Manukyans filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles’ CHA Fertility Center alleging negligent infliction of emotional distress and medical malpractice, among other infractions. The couple are seeking punitive and compensatory damages.

    More >> Glendale couple sue fertility clinic, saying their embryo was implanted into wrong woman

    Pickens courthouse bomb suspect denied bond; more explosives found at DSS, in vehicle

    The man accused of detonating two homemade bombs outside of the Pickens County Courthouse Sunday night will remain in custody following a federal court hearing Wednesday morning.

    Michael Lambert Seabrooke will be held at the Spartanburg County jail without bond until his preliminary hearing that is scheduled for Monday, according to federal prosecutors.

    More >> Pickens courthouse bomb suspect denied bond; more explosives found at DSS, in vehicle

    Inspector General found no beds at DCFS office where children slept

    A surprise inspection of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services office, where some children reportedly slept on the floor, revealed no evidence of beds, pillows or other items kids might need if they slept there.

    In June, WGN Investigates was first to report on a letter filed in federal court by the Cook County Public Guardian claiming two teenagers had been forced to sleep on the floor of the DCFS office at 1911 S. Indiana Ave. in Chicago.

    More >> Inspector General found no beds at DCFS office where children slept

    Progress report: Keeping tabs on meds for foster-care kids

    In February, Trent John sat down at his desk in the Children, Youth & Families Department and opened up a password-protected Excel spreadsheet. A list of psychotropic medications prescribed to most of the foster-care children in New Mexico popped up on the screen.

    There were 31 pages chock full of detail about antipsychotics, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and other drugs that treat serious medical conditions — and that also require careful monitoring and review. Of the nearly 2,500 kids in foster care, about 500, or one-fifth of the population, received one or more of these drugs.

    More >> Progress report: Keeping tabs on meds for foster-care kids

    Clive McFarlane: Worcester family has troubling encounter with Dept. of Children and Families

    The Department of Children and Families’ mission, as one of its officials told me, “is first and foremost to protect children from abuse and neglect.”

    That focus is understandable, given the many horror stories of child abuse and neglect that’s been chronicled in this state over the years, and it explains why DCF is providing services and support to approximately 45,000 children under 18 and their families in the commonwealth.

    More >> Clive McFarlane: Worcester family has troubling encounter with Dept. of Children and Families

    Contractor, some child welfare advocates disgruntled with HHS changes in Omaha

    The state of Nebraska finalized a child welfare contract for the Omaha area this month with a Kansas-based company amid concerns by the current contractor and some child welfare advocates.

    The $39.2 million annual contract with Saint Francis Ministries will last five years, with an option for two additional years.

    More >> Contractor, some child welfare advocates disgruntled with HHS changes in Omaha

    Mandated reporter charged for allegedly failing to report abuse



    A Children and Youth Services worker is facing charges after police say she failed to report the suspected abuse of a 6-year-old.

    Barbara Desmond has been a county social worker since 2007, but Wednesday she was charged by Greensburg police.

    More >> Mandated reporter charged for allegedly failing to report abuse

    Mother kidnaps her child at knifepoint from social worker in Paso Robles

    A woman whose 1-year-old son had been removed from her custody kidnapped her child at knifepoint during a supervised visit in Paso Robles Wednesday morning, but she was ultimately caught after authorities issued an Amber alert. [Cal Coast Times]

    At about 9:15 a.m., Rashawna Bullock, 23, was having a supervised visit with her son, Namaste Dix, at Barney Schwartz Park. A San Luis Obispo County Child Welfare Services (CWS) worker was present.

    More >> Mother kidnaps her child at knifepoint from social worker in Paso Robles

    Jeffrey Epstein's alleged sex trafficking targets: 'The more vulnerable the better,' investigator says



    Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier convicted 11 years ago of soliciting minors for prostitution, now stands accused of preying on children in a manner that is disturbingly familiar to sex-trafficking experts: targeting society’s most vulnerable.

    A federal indictment unsealed Monday charges that Epstein “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls,” some as young as 14, at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, and other locations. The indictment describes the victims as "particularly vulnerable to exploitation."

    More >> Jeffrey Epstein's alleged sex trafficking targets: 'The more vulnerable the better,' investigator says





    Report: China’s Separation of Uyghur Children from Families a “Cultural Genocide”

    In China, a new report by the BBC found evidence that authorities are systematically taking Muslim children—many of them from the Uyghur community—from their families, in the far western region of Xinjiang. According to the report, China is rushing to build boarding schools where children are deliberately removed from their language and culture. Meanwhile, an estimated 1 million adults from the Uyghur community are being imprisoned in camps that China claims are “vocational training centers” designed to combat extremism. Many of the children who have detained parents or other family members are more vulnerable to removal. The author of the report concludes that “the evidence points to what we must call cultural genocide.”

    More >> Report: China’s Separation of Uyghur Children from Families a “Cultural Genocide”

    Knoxville man charged with DUI with foster child in front seat



    A Knoxville man was charged with DUI after reportedly driving to the Taco Bell drive-thru on Kingston Pike with his foster child in the front seat.

    According to court documents, Roger David Sierra was arrested Sunday after witnesses reported he sat in the drive-thru, "jerking around and yelling at the drive-thru monitor." Employees told police he refused to order for 10-15 minutes.

    More >> Knoxville man charged with DUI with foster child in front seat

    West Louisville mother blames CPS after 6-year-old daughter dies in foster care

    A west Louisville woman is blaming Kentucky Child Protective Services for the death of her 6-year-old daughter.

    The Cabinet for Health and Family Services admits the child died, but it won't reveal much else. The girl's mother, however, took to Facebook to tell her side of the story in a video.

    More >> West Louisville mother blames CPS after 6-year-old daughter dies in foster care

    Arizona Summer Camp Turns Away Trans Foster Child

    A 9-year-old transgender foster child was barred from attending Tonto Creek Camp in Payson, Ariz., even after he was awarded a scholarship to attend, according to Arizona TV station KNXV.

    The child’s foster mother, Amber Checky, was told that her son’s registration was pulled because the camp had no staff with the training to accommodate trans kids.

    More >> Arizona Summer Camp Turns Away Trans Foster Child

    Public Guardian calls out DCFS private agency for "made-up" service

    We continue our investigation into the Department of Children and Family Services as we look into facilities called Interim Care Centers.

    This comes after the man appointed to protect the interest of thousands of kids in DCFS custody is calling out a DCFS private agency.

    More >> Public Guardian calls out DCFS private agency for "made-up" service

    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    Children’s tragic deaths turned the spotlight on failures at DCFS

    As cases of children facing abuse and losing their lives continue to stun the public, lawmakers are looking for answers from the government agency tasked with keeping them safe: the Department of Children and Family Services.

    The deaths of 17-month-old Semaj Crosby, 2-year-old Ja’hir Gibbons and 5-year-old AJ Freund brought issues at the agency to the forefront. In case after case, the children lost their lives even after DCFS had been called out help.

    More >> Children’s tragic deaths turned the spotlight on failures at DCFS

    Juvenile female and 2-year old son missing from Fairhaven foster home

    A juvenile female went missing/runaway from a Fairhaven foster home on Saturday, July 6, 2019, with her 2-year-old son. They may be with the child’s paternal grandfather who works in Bourne and has been seen there in the past few days. His last known address was in New Bedford and is believed to have been there recently. He may also be working along the waterfront or fish houses in New Bedford.

    More >> Juvenile female and 2-year old son missing from Fairhaven foster home

    Guess what

    It Could Happen To You