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Friday, March 22, 2019

Foster parent arrested in undercover sex sting to remain in jail



New details have emerged in the case involving a foster parent who was arrested in an undercover sex sting. Reports say the foster child living in that home will not be removed.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, CYFD stated that Joshua Saavedra will no longer be living in the house. Saavedra is in jail where he is facing several charges.

More >> Foster parent arrested in undercover sex sting to remain in jail

Baby apprehended at birth dies in foster care

The parents of a four-month-old girl apprehended at birth appeared before media Tuesday to say Manitoba child-welfare authorities had informed them the baby had died in foster care.

The baby, born in November, had been spending one out of every three weeks with the parents at their home in Bloodvein First Nation, 210 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

More >> Baby apprehended at birth dies in foster care

Foster dad to 30 kids molested at least one of them — and maybe more, SC cops say



A South Carolina man who has been a foster parent to “roughly 30 children” was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexually abusing a foster child multiple times, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said.

On Feb. 20, the sheriff’s office began investigating Darrell Girardeau after learning of allegations that he had “inappropriate physical contact ... with a child under the age of 16,” according to a news release.

More >> Foster dad to 30 kids molested at least one of them — and maybe more, SC cops say

Social workers ‘spying’ on families through Facebook

Social workers are risking breaking the law because they are using Facebook to spy on families and inform decisions on child custody, academics say.

A team led by researchers at the University of Birmingham carried out 15 months of field work observing child-protection teams at two unnamed local authorities.

More >> Social workers ‘spying’ on families through Facebook

Felony child abuse charges filed against Ozark foster mom



A child suffering burns from hot water in an Ozark home led a mother to face felony charges.

A Christian County grand jury charged Shana L. Foster, 30, with abuse or neglect of a child resulting in serious emotional or physical injury and first degree endangering the welfare of a child resulting in serious physical injury, both class B felonies.

More >> Felony child abuse charges filed against Ozark foster mom

State investigated abuse claims at South Florida migrant shelter for children

Florida’s child-welfare agency has investigated six cases of alleged child sexual abuse at a federal migrant shelter in South Florida in less than a year, including allegations involving caregivers.

The data, obtained by The News Service of Florida as part of a public records request, outlines allegations at the Homestead temporary migrant children’s shelter just south of Miami. The facility was reopened by the federal government last March as part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border enforcement policy, which swelled the number of migrant children being housed in facilities like the one in Homestead.

More >> State investigated abuse claims at South Florida migrant shelter for children

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Mom charged in adopted daughter’s murder says she ‘wanted her to go away’

A mother charged in the death of her adopted 14-year-old daughter gave chilling testimony Wednesday in a Pennsylvania courtroom.

Sara Packer took the stand against Jacob Sullivan, 46, smirking as she told jurors that she hated her daughter, Grace, saying "Grace has become, for the lack of a better term, a non-entity. I wanted her to go away."

More >> Mom charged in adopted daughter’s murder says she ‘wanted her to go away’

DCS moves to cut off YouTube mom's $4,900 monthly adoption subsidy

The Department of Child Safety has suspended paying the adoption subsidy to a Maricopa mother who is accused of abusing and neglecting her seven children, and officials are seeking to end the monthly payments altogether.

Machelle Hobson receives state support for each of her seven adopted children, a total amount estimated to be as much as $4,900 a month. But since she was arrested last week, and her children placed in the foster system, the subsidy payments won't serve their intended purpose of supporting the children.

More >> DCS moves to cut off YouTube mom's $4,900 monthly adoption subsidy

Foster parent accused of trying to meet child for sex after chatting online

Special agents with the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General arrested Joshua Saavedra Wednesday.

While conducting an undercover chat operation, agents said Saavedra agreed to meet up with the fictional child for sex.

More >> Foster parent accused of trying to meet child for sex after chatting online

Arizona mom accused of abusing 7 adopted children, forcing them to star in YouTube videos

A Maricopa, Arizona woman is accused of abusing seven adopted children in her home, including using pepper spray on them and locking them in a closet.

More >> Arizona mom accused of abusing 7 adopted children, forcing them to star in YouTube videos

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Adult adoptions made by mentally incompetent San Antonio millionaire are nullified

A state district judge Tuesday nullified the March 5 adoptions of Joe and Brittany Martinez by Charlie Thrash, 81, a wealthy man who is mentally incapacitated.

Joe Martinez, 27, and Brittany Martinez, 25, are the adult children of Laura Martinez, 54, who was briefly married to Thrash before their marriage was annulled last week.

More >> Adult adoptions made by mentally incompetent San Antonio millionaire are nullified

NW Parents Challenge Schools' Handling Of Students With Disabilities

Thousands of times a year, Oregon and Washington students have been physically restrained or isolated from peers. Parents say what's meant as a last resort happens too often, without their knowledge.

More >> NW Parents Challenge Schools' Handling Of Students With Disabilities 

Twin girls: starved and tortured by their mother sue the State of Washington, DCYF

Twin girls, age 12, have sued the State of Washington, Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) on Monday.

Tamaki Law says that the girls are suing after alleging that social workers negligently removed them from a loving and safe foster home, where they had lived from birth to age 7, and then placed them in the home of their drug-addicted, physically abusive biological mother.

More >> Twin girls: starved and tortured by their mother sue the State of Washington, DCYF

Ohio’s Children’s Service workers experience PTSD symptoms

Is the foster child better off with or without a visit from her father?

Kristy Carlisle cannot count on her many years of professional experience, or even a gut feeling, to yield a comfortable answer. She doesn’t see any good solutions.

More >> Ohio’s Children’s Service workers experience PTSD symptoms

Court Fights Intensify Over Who Gets To Adopt Native American Children

A case before a federal appeals court last week could upend an historic adoption law meant to combat centuries of brutal discrimination against American Indians and keep their children with families and tribal communities.

For the first time, a few states have sued to overturn the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, which Congress enacted in 1978 as an antidote to entrenched policies of uprooting Native children and assimilating them into mainstream white culture.

More >> Court Fights Intensify Over Who Gets To Adopt Native American Children

Settlement Promises Major Reforms for Children in Florida Foster Care

Today, Children’s Rights is pleased to announce a major win for vulnerable children in Florida.

We have reached a settlement agreement in our case H.G. v. Carroll, which we and our partners brought on behalf of over 1,900 children in foster care in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

More >> Settlement Promises Major Reforms for Children in Florida Foster Care

Monday, March 18, 2019

Woman gets life in prison for sitting on, smothering 9-year-old girl

A Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison for killing her 9-year-old cousin by sitting on her as a form of punishment.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that 66-year-old Veronica Green Posey was sentenced Friday after jurors convicted her of first-degree felony murder.

More >> Woman gets life in prison for sitting on, smothering 9-year-old girl

Legal expert: What to do if your child's well-being is at risk in foster care


A six-month-old boy died Thursday under the care of a foster parent with CYFD. The parents of the baby, Monique Romero and David Zuber, lost custody of two children when their 1-year-old Anastazia Zuber was found buried in the backyard of a northeast Albuquerque home in January. Now, there is one child left in CYFD’s custody.

Romero did report concern’s for her baby’s health to CYFD.

More >> Legal expert: What to do if your child's well-being is at risk in foster care

NYC Moves to Protect Children at Foster Care Intake Center After I-Team Report

The Administration for Children’s Services has announced it will take new steps to protect children at the Nicholas Scoppetta Children’s Center in Manhattan after two insiders shared alarming details with the News 4 I-Team about conditions inside.

The workers, requesting anonymity, described chaos, physical fighting, and overcrowding inside the building which serves as the official foster care intake center for ACS. The employees say they are particularly concerned about a dangerous mix of babies and young children with special needs living alongside troubled teens and even adults straight out of jail.

More >> NYC Moves to Protect Children at Foster Care Intake Center After I-Team Report

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Russian Foster Mother Jailed for Starving and Drugging Boy to Collect Sickness Benefits

A Russian woman has been jailed for six years for starving and drugging a young boy so she could claim benefits that she spent on luxuries.

A court sentenced Lyubov Korotkova to time behind bars, The Daily Mail reported, and ordered the foster mother to repay over $65,000 in fraudulently claimed child sickness and disability benefits. She was also ordered to compensate the victim to the tune of $10,500 for “moral damages.”

More >> Russian Foster Mother Jailed for Starving and Drugging Boy to Collect Sickness Benefits

Lawsuit seeks up to $4.5M for Oregon girl who was abused in state care

A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses the Oregon Department of Human Services and at least three child welfare workers of negligence for placing a teenage girl in a home where she was allegedly sexually abused.

The lawsuit, which seeks up to $4.5 million in damages, was filed on the girl’s behalf by the guardian now caring for her, Jules Moorhouse. It alleges she was also placed in foster homes in which she was neglected.

More >> Lawsuit seeks up to $4.5M for Oregon girl who was abused in state care

Albuquerque couple blames CYFD for death of baby in foster care

An Albuquerque couple is speaking out after their baby died while in CYFD custody this week.

It's the same couple accused of burying their drowned 1-year-old daughter in a shallow grave.

More >> Albuquerque couple blames CYFD for death of baby in foster care

Saturday, March 16, 2019

JUST IN: Court suppresses evidence seized in foster child murder case

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday tossed out some incriminating evidence against Henry County foster parents charged with murdering a 2-year-old child in their care.

The justices ruled that information found in electronic devices owned by Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum cannot be used against them because law enforcement waited far too long to obtain warrants to search the devices.

More >> JUST IN: Court suppresses evidence seized in foster child murder case

29-year-old foster father raped, impregnated teen he was fostering, prosecutors say

A 29-year-old foster father in Yellowstone County has been charged with raping and impregnating his teen foster daughter.

The man, whom The Billings Gazette is not naming to avoid identifying the alleged victim, has pleaded not guilty to a single count of sexual intercourse without consent.

More >> 29-year-old foster father raped, impregnated teen he was fostering, prosecutors say

Questa man indicted on child sex abuse charges was foster parent

Desiree Terry remembers the pain of being pulled through the foster care system as a child in New Mexico. Her parents struggled with drug abuse and spent years in and out prison, so she was sent to live with her grandparents, who loved her and kept her safe. Her childhood was set on a stable course. The system had worked as intended.

Now more than ever, she knows that she was one of the lucky ones.

More >> Questa man indicted on child sex abuse charges was foster parent

Guest view: Problems with Child and Family Services

As chairman of House Human Services Committee, I realize that there is a need for a good system of protection for our children in Montana. As many news sources opine, and as we know, there are children who need to be removed from their homes, at least for a time and sometimes permanently.

We also know that due process is not being met at times for some families.

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Oregon sends foster kids to former jails, not families

A move to improve the care of foster children relegated to living in hotels has resulted in 25 percent more children removed from their families being housed in institutions such as former juvenile jails, The Oregonian/OregonLive has found .

The children sent to cinderblock facilities are often the most traumatized and difficult to care for. Most are teens but the state is looking at expanding institutional programs for children as young as 6.

More >> Oregon sends foster kids to former jails, not families

Feds: Mom charged in adoption fraud scheme made $1.6 million

In new court records just filed, federal prosecutors reveal Tara Lynn Lee took in more than $1.6 million dollars in 2017 and 2018. The 7 Investigators first showed you how the unlicensed adoption worker was under investigation, accused of promising the same baby to more than one couple. FBI agents say the 37-year-old mother from New Haven also “matched” couples across the country to birth moms and babies who did not exist. The feds say Lee would charge prospective adoptive couples between $10,000 and $33,000 once they “matched” with a birth mom.

The new court records give us a look at just how much money prosecutors say Lee took in: “Review of Defendant’s bank statements show that she received business-related gross proceeds of over $600,000 in 2017, and over $1,070,000 in 2018.”

More >> Feds: Mom charged in adoption fraud scheme made $1.6 million

Friday, March 15, 2019

Parents' focus on 'winning' custody battles is harming Irish children

IRELAND’S FAMILY LAW system is creating a situation where parents can be more focused on winning than on what their children want, an Oireachtas committee will hear today.

The Justice Committee will continue this morning to hear submissions on reforms to Ireland’s family law system, including recommendations from Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Dr Geoffrey Shannon.

More >> Parents' focus on 'winning' custody battles is harming Irish children

Pa. man could get death in teen's rape, murder, dismemberment

An eastern Pennsylvania jury will decide on life or death for a man who pleaded guilty in the 2016 rape, murder and dismemberment of his girlfriend's teenage daughter.

Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to all charges last month in a case that raised questions about the child welfare system's failure to protect 14-year-old Grace Packer, who spent years in an abusive home before she was sexually violated, drugged and then, finally, strangled in the attic of a suburban Philadelphia home.

More >> Pa. man could get death in teen's rape, murder, dismemberment

Man pleads guilty in death of 3-year-old foster child



A man charged in connection to the death of a three-year-old foster child pleaded guilty Friday.

According to court records, 31-year-old Bryce Dirk pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder. He originally pleaded not guilty in September 2018.

More >> Man pleads guilty in death of 3-year-old foster child

More lawsuits being against former Kelowna social worker

Seven more lawsuits will likely be filed next week against the social worker accused of stealing from at risk aboriginal youths in foster care in Kelowna.

Last fall, Vancouver lawyer Jason Gratl filed a number of lawsuits against Robert Riley Saunders, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and Interior Savings Credit Union, alleging that Saunders set up joint bank accounts with children in care, kicked them out of secure housing and kept their support payments for himself.

More >> More lawsuits being against former Kelowna social worker

Delaware mom, 45, 'shot-dead her 18-month-old baby then turned the gun on herself' just hours before she was set to appear in family court and surrender the child to his father

A woman and her one-year-old son were found dead in their Delaware apartment in a suspected murder-suicide just hours before she was due to surrender her child to his father.

Laura B. Connell, 45, was found dead in her apartment alongside her son, Walton Connell, on Wednesday morning having both suffered fatal gunshot wounds.

More >> Delaware mom, 45, 'shot-dead her 18-month-old baby then turned the gun on herself' just hours before she was set to appear in family court and surrender the child to his father

Police officers who sabotaged child abuse probes guilty of misconduct

Detective constables Sharon Patterson, 49, and Lee Pollard, 47, forged documents, concealed evidence and lied about investigations out of laziness and “cynical disdain” for victims, the Old Bailey heard.

Patterson was even accused of ditching work to get a manicure and have a four-hour-long lunch at a Chinese restaurant with her married lover Pollard.

More >> Police officers who sabotaged child abuse probes guilty of misconduct

Foreign adoptions to US fall by 14 percent, continuing trend

The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents plunged nearly 14 percent last year, extending a decline that's now continued for 14 years, according to State Department figures released Thursday.

Sharp drops in adoptions from China and Ethiopia more than offset notable increases from India and Colombia.

More >> Foreign adoptions to US fall by 14 percent, continuing trend

Baby dies in foster care in Albuquerque after death of sibling

New Mexico authorities are investigating after an infant died while in the custody of a foster family that was caring for the child following the arrest of his parents on charges related to the death of one of their other children.

Albuquerque police responded Thursday after the boy was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

More >> Baby dies in foster care in Albuquerque after death of sibling

DIGGING DEEPER: Two Child Services caseworkers charged with faking records

Last month, the Adams County Prosecutor’s Office charged two DCS caseworkers with obstructing child abuse investigations and theft, after two separate investigations by the State Inspector General.

Both employees – who have since been fired – admitted to a special agent that they lied about visiting families they never actually visited.

More >> DIGGING DEEPER: Two Child Services caseworkers charged with faking records

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Twin girls: starved and tortured by their mother sue the State of Washington, DCYF

Twin girls, age 12, have sued the State of Washington, Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) on Monday.

Tamaki Law says that the girls are suing after alleging that social workers negligently removed them from a loving and safe foster home, where they had lived from birth to age 7, and then placed them in the home of their drug-addicted, physically abusive biological mother.

More >> Twin girls: starved and tortured by their mother sue the State of Washington, DCYF

Lawmakers want to give foster parents better standing when it comes to custody

The Georgia Senate passed a bill March 7 that would limit the amount of time the state is required to spend seeking a relative or family friend with whom to place a foster child.

Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, said he believes the bill will create more stability for foster children.

More >> Lawmakers want to give foster parents better standing when it comes to custody

'I was in 40+ different placements throughout my time in foster care'

Acorn Park is a special place for Schuyler Davis.

"I feel a sense of happiness when I come here," he said.

It's where his mom used to take him as a child until he was 7.

That's when he says the death of his father and mental health issues weighed down on his family.

More >> 'I was in 40+ different placements throughout my time in foster care'

Former Child Youth and Family caregiver denies sexually abusing boys

A former Child Youth and Family caregiver has denied historical sexual offending against 17 boys.

The man, aged in his 50s, worked for Oranga Tamariki's predecessor in Auckland and faces 43 charges.

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UK gov’t begins taking kids away from parents who won’t go along with gender ‘transitions’

It has now begun: The government has been taking children who wish to “change” their gender away from their parents if their families disagree that “gender transition” is the right thing for their sons or (much more often – 71 percent of the time) daughters. According to the Daily Mail, at least three children have been “taken into council care” after “rows with their parents over wanting to change gender,” although local authorities are insisting that disagreements over sex change surgeries were not the primary reasons for removal.

As the numbers of children identifying as transgender soar, parents have often been left at a loss as children have been swept away by what some experts are referring to as a social contagion. Numbers in the United Kingdom have now risen by over 4,000 percent, prompting a government investigation and urgent warnings from health experts, while the number of young people being referred to the National Health Service for gender reassignment has risen by 1,000 percent. Many parents feel that their child’s struggles may have nothing to do with gender dysphoria, but feel powerless to object as transgenderism is trendy and anything but full-hearted support for hormone treatments and life-altering surgeries is condemned by activists as hateful bigotry.

More >> UK gov’t begins taking kids away from parents who won’t go along with gender ‘transitions’

ACLU says schools need more mental health professionals, not police

Public schools need more mental health professionals and fewer police, according to a recently released report by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The report found that nearly one-third of public school students, more than 14 million, are enrolled in schools with police but without a counselor, nurse, psychologist or social worker. The shift in resources comes as schools reassess their security measures in the wake of repeated school shootings and as local, state and federal governments make more money available to fund officers on campuses.

More >> ACLU says schools need more mental health professionals, not police

Reports on Michigan child welfare 'depressing,' says judge

Michigan's new governor has inherited a troubled child-welfare system that has failed to protect foster kids from abuse and operates with a faulty computer network that might need to be scrapped after just five years, experts reported Wednesday.

A judge got an update on a case that is far from over, despite 13 years of litigation and $27 million spent on court-appointed monitors and lawyers to try to fix how the state cares for children who are removed from homes because of abuse and neglect.

More >> Reports on Michigan child welfare 'depressing,' says judge

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Thousands of teenagers in care living without adults

In 2018, 3,090 looked-after children were living independently, government data published in the Children's Rights Alliance for England report shows.

And local authority data shows at least 1,173 spent more than six months living in this way, 19 of these were 14 or 15.

More >> Thousands of teenagers in care living without adults

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

B.C. social worker accused of punishing Indigenous youth for sexual assault while in foster care

An Indigenous woman who is suing two social workers as a result of treatment she claims she received as a youth in care of the B.C. child welfare system has added a new allegation.

The woman, who we are not identifying to protect her privacy, now alleges social worker Siobhan Stynes punished her for reporting a sexual assault while in foster care.

More >> B.C. social worker accused of punishing Indigenous youth for sexual assault while in foster care

Keeping families together: Legal and advocacy efforts helping parents

Increasing the chances that Indigenous and other families in crisis can stay together is a primary focus of a new service offered by the Legal Services Society of B.C.

If there’s a possibility your children may be removed from your home by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), or they have already been placed in foster care, you may be eligible for help from the new Parents Legal Centre (PLC) in Smithers. The centre also services clients in Houston and Hazelton in child protection matters.

More >> Keeping families together: Legal and advocacy efforts helping parents

Judge wrong to exclude mum from hearing to have children removed, Court of Appeal rules

A judge was wrong to exclude a mother from an emergency legal bid to have her two young children removed, the Court of Appeal ruled today.

She was said to have been denied her right to a fair hearing by having no input in an application which resulted in an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) being granted.

More >> Judge wrong to exclude mum from hearing to have children removed, Court of Appeal rules

Monday, March 11, 2019

JUST IN: Court suppresses evidence seized in foster child murder case

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday tossed out some incriminating evidence against Henry County foster parents charged with murdering a 2-year-old child in their care.

More >> JUST IN: Court suppresses evidence seized in foster child murder case

Woman who faked pregnancy, promised adoption indicted on nine felony counts

Faking a pregnancy doesn’t appear to be against the law.

But using a false pretense to convince a potential adoptive family to buy baby clothes, photographs and meals – those incidents could land a Virginia woman in jail.

More >> Woman who faked pregnancy, promised adoption indicted on nine felony counts

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Foster Mother Of 3-Year-Old Indian Girl Dead In US Gets Passport Back

The Indian-American foster mother of Sherin Mathews has got her passport back, nearly a week after charges were dropped against her in connection with the tragic death of her 3-year-old daughter, whose body was discovered in a culvert in suburban Dallas in 2017.

Sini Mathews was charged with child endangerment after she left her adoptive daughter Sherin alone at home while she and her husband Wesley Mathews went out for dinner with their 4-four-year old biological daughter on the night before the toddler was reported missing from their house in Richardson, Texas.

More >> Foster Mother Of 3-Year-Old Indian Girl Dead In US Gets Passport Back

Youth feel hopeless in Arkansas juvenile justice system

After 16-year-old Kristyn failed a drug test and ran away from home, the state jailed her for more than six months. Her expected sentence was three.

Teens like Kristyn are subject to a juvenile justice system that can extend their sentences for any rules infraction, or because necessary counseling isn't available or because they have to wait in county youth jails until a state bed opens.

More >> Youth feel hopeless in Arkansas juvenile justice system

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Chenango County man guilty in adopted son's murder, inspired by 'Manchester by the Sea'



The trial of a Chenango County man accused with his wife of killing their adopted son, then setting their home on fire to cover up the evidence, ended with a guilty verdict Friday as jurors took less than two hours to decide.

Ernest Franklin, 36, faces up to 25 years to life in state prison when he's sentenced for felony counts of second-degree murder, third-degree arson and tampering with physical evidence. The trial began Feb. 27, and jurors in Chenango County Court spent an hour and 40 minutes deliberating before reaching a verdict.

More >> Chenango County man guilty in adopted son's murder, inspired by 'Manchester by the Sea'

DCF opens investigation charging foster parent with child pornography


Dieter Bucher went from being a foster parent to an inmate. He’s been charged with four counts of possession of child pornography.

“Clearly, this is a very serious case and one we will take very serious,” said Assistant State Attorney Jack Schlechter.

More >> DCF opens investigation charging foster parent with child pornography

Family sobs as Macomb County mom's bond revoked in adoption scheme

With her family members sobbing in the courtroom, a Macomb County mother at the center of a nationwide adoption investigation has lost her freedom for violating multiple bond conditions: She tampered with witnesses, contacted victims, used a cellphone and tried to broker adoptions.

She had promised not to do these things, the judge reminded her in court. But she did them anyway — and even texted and FaceTimed her victims on the same day she signed her bond papers, prosecutors said.

More >> Family sobs as Macomb County mom's bond revoked in adoption scheme

Former county DSS workers have lawsuit dismissed

Four former Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services workers have dismissed a lawsuit filed in federal court. 

The lawsuit, ‘for injunctive and declaratory relief and damages,’ named retired assistant DSS director Cheryl Fisk, the elected officials of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, and Stedman Payne, former chairman of the county DSS board.

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"It was the worst night our our entire lives." How a couple regained child custody


 A local couple reunited with their children after a lengthy battle with Child Protective Services, is now sharing their story to help other parents get their children back.

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Friday, March 08, 2019

TEXAS MAN ACCUSED OF VIOLATING ADOPTED 5-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WITH DOLL, FOUND GUILTY

After his 5-year-old adopted daughter sustained horrific injuries to her private areas from being abused with a doll, a Texas man faces life in prison.

John Scott Tufts, 48, was found guilty on three counts of injury to a child on Wednesday in Judge Brody Shanklin’s 211th District Court courtroom in Denton, Texas, about an hour northwest of downtown Dallas.

More >> TEXAS MAN ACCUSED OF VIOLATING ADOPTED 5-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WITH DOLL, FOUND GUILTY

Michigan woman charged with defrauding couples in adoptions

A Macomb County woman has been indicted on fraud charges for an alleged scheme to collect money from couples who wanted to adopt children.

Federal prosecutors say Tara Lee of New Haven isn't licensed to arrange adoptions but told people that she had a legitimate agency. The indictment accuses her of collecting more than $200,000 last year for adoption matches that were fraudulent.

More >> Michigan woman charged with defrauding couples in adoptions

Father convicted of killing adopted son, burning down home

A jury has convicted a father of killing his adopted teenage son and burning down the family's central New York home to cover up the crime.

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CCPD officer accused of impersonating a CPS worker resigns from Police Department




Senior Officer Norma DeLeon has resigned from the Corpus Christi Police Department.

According to CCPD Public Information Officer Travis Pace, DeLeon resigned yesterday.

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Report: Texas foster kids left in state psychiatric hospitals for weeks or months

Hundreds of Texas foster children are languishing for weeks or months in psychiatric hospitals because they have nowhere else to go, hurting them psychologically, endangering them physically and costing the state millions of dollars.

Nearly 600 foster kids in fiscal year 2017 spent a total of almost 14,000 days in psychiatric hospitals after doctors said they were ready to leave, according to a new report by Disability Rights Texas, an advocacy group for people with disabilities.

More >> Report: Texas foster kids left in state psychiatric hospitals for weeks or months

Home DNA Tests Reveal 20% of Men Are Not the Father

Recent reports from AlphaBiolabs, a leading home DNA kit manufacturer, reveal that as many as 20% of all men who take the test will discover they are not in fact the father of the child they are testing.

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Tucson man arrested for alleged sexual conduct with his mom's adopted kids

Mugshot of Adam Wells



Tucson police arrested a man Wednesday for alleged sex crimes against four different minors in his mother's home, police say.

Adam Lee Wells, 31, was arrested on suspicion of 15 charges, including molestation of a child, against four adopted children, police said in a news release.

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471 parents were deported from US without their children during family separations

The Trump administration has identified 471 parents who were removed from the United States without their children, according to the latest court filing in an ongoing lawsuit.

At least some of those parents were deported before a June 2018 court order that required the government to better document parents' choices to elect or waive their right to be reunified with their children beforehand. That's not to say that parents weren't provided the opportunity, according to the Department of Homeland Security, but rather they did not fall under the court-ordered waiver procedure.

More >> 471 parents were deported from US without their children during family separations

Thursday, March 07, 2019

As Texas Privatizes Child Protective Services, Will the Horror Stories Go Unheard?

Critics of the forthcoming transformation of the state’s child welfare system worry about the new model’s lack of transparency. Legislators are running out of time to introduce greater safeguards.

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Canada being sued for child welfare system that ‘incentivizes’ the apprehension of children

A First Nation child advocate thinks it’s “sad” the government is being sued for “underfunding” on-reserve child welfare services in a $3-billion lawsuit.

“I don’t know the young man who put in the case other than his description, which is so sad and so typical of youth in care,” said social worker Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

More >> Canada being sued for child welfare system that ‘incentivizes’ the apprehension of children

Senators Demand Investigation Into Sexual Abuse at Immigrant Children’s Shelters

Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called on Wednesday for a federal investigation into what they termed “the alleged widespread and long-term pattern of sexual abuse” in the facilities holding immigrant children.

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s Office, the senators said they were particularly concerned that allegations of sexual assault aren’t being properly investigated.

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Project PA: Foster care worker charged after sexual relationship with foster child

Wednesday we learned about shocking allegations of child abuse in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

According to court records we've obtained from Sullivan County, Tabitha Dunn, of Bradford County is facing several charges.

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Soul crushing. PTSD symptoms showing up in more than half of Children's Services workers

A recent study shows that 53 percent of Ohio's children's services caseworkers have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. That compares with national incidences that range from 35 percent to 75 percent of child-welfare staff.

Campana is not among them. But the burden she carries is indicative of the job that is taking considerable toll on those who work to keep children safe.

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Note: This is karma.  I also have PTSD from dealing with them.  Especially the first one, she was a sadistic bitch who got off on the power trip.

Billings lawmaker accuses state employees of 'kidnapping' children

A Republican lawmaker from Billings has accused state child protection workers of kidnapping children, and he’s urging parents visited by the state employees to throw them out of their homes.

Rep. Rodney Garcia said on James White’s “North West Liberty News” in mid-February that child welfare workers “do not protect the kids, they kidnap them.” North West Liberty News is a right-wing blog that espouses conspiracy theories on the “CIA-controlled media,” among others.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Foster Care Worker Accused of Having Sex with Teen

Child sex charges have been filed against a foster care worker from Bradford County.

Police charged Tabitha Dunn, 34, of Monroeton, in December with institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

$3B class action lawsuit filed against Ottawa over First Nations child welfare discrimination

A $3.05 billion class action lawsuit has been filed against the federal government for discriminating against First Nations children by "systematically" underfunding on-reserve child welfare services.

The lawsuit, which still needs to be certified to proceed as a class action, was filed Monday with the Federal Court of Canada in Toronto and Montreal.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of First Nations children affected by on-reserve child welfare services between April 1, 1991, and March 1, 2019.

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Oshkosh foster abuse details emerge in court records

On Dec. 17, the police officer assigned to Oshkosh West High School was called to the assistant principal’s office to talk to a couple of ninth-graders. The boys, both 15, had gotten into a fight while being driven to school by their foster mother. One of them had a mark, which looked like a rash, on his face.

As school officials spoke to the boys, the conversation took a “disturbing” turn, according to a criminal complaint. In this and subsequent talks, the students provided a series of harrowing details: The adults where they lived kept the boys confined to their rooms, forced them to take up stress positions as punishment and made them urinate and defecate into buckets that were kept near their beds, according to the complaint.

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Before Foster Child Naika Venant's Suicide on Facebook Live, Florida Failed to Help Her

Still dressed in her school uniform, Naika Venant went live on Facebook at 6:12 p.m. November 10, 2016. Earlier that day, the 13-year-old foster child from Miami had stolen a phone from her caseworker. Now, as an audience of three watched her video feed, she clumsily navigated the iPhone's camera, flipping through filters before settling on one in black-and-white.

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Parents, former DHHS investigator speak out about drug testing policy change

Hundreds of messages, comments, emails and phone calls followed a KETV NewsWatch 7 investigation about a policy change impacting child abuse and welfare cases in Nebraska.

The new policy, formalized in October of 2018, states that Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services investigators can no longer do drug testing on parents or children involved in a child abuse or neglect case, and that testing can only be court ordered.

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CPS caseworker quits after accusing supervisor of lying in effort to remove 1-year-old boy

A Child Protective Services worker has abruptly quit his job after accusing his supervisor of improperly taking his first-person account of family visits and signing his name to it as if it were his own in an official court document.

Both the caseworker and several attorneys who reviewed the case on behalf of the Houston Chronicle said the supervisor’s actions could amount to perjury, a charge the agency denies.

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Monday, March 04, 2019

Why do so many children brought up in care end up in jail?

International research shows that children and young people with care experience are often over-represented within the criminal justice system. The reasons for this over-represenation are complex and include the fact that the care experience itself may be "criminogenic", that is, a factor that contributes to offending.

Hundreds of vulnerable looked-after children going missing from care

Since 2016, Police Scotland and the missing persons register have been alerted about 218 looked-after children in Fife, 93 in Dundee, 70 in Perth and Kinross, and 20 in Angus.

A Courier investigation revealed all 409 youngsters returned home, a statistic described as a “mercy”.

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Sunday, March 03, 2019

Henderson man accused of sexually assaulting girl in foster care

A Henderson man was arrested last month after a girl in foster care told Las Vegas detectives she was afraid to report the man, her former therapist, for allegedly raping her over a four-year period, according to an arrest report.

On Feb. 19, Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested 43-year-old Marcelo Cristian Pastor at his Henderson home, dispatch records and Pastor’s arrest report show.

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Lake County being sued for not providing attorneys to foster kids

Lake County is among three Indiana counties being sued in federal court for not providing attorneys to kids in child welfare cases.

More than 30 states require that youths in the child welfare system be given legal representation, yet Indiana is not one of them. The suit, filed in the Southern District of Indiana, claims this contradicts the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause.

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Migrant parents separated from children return to U.S., plead to be reunited

A large group of Central American migrants who U.S. authorities separated from their children last year when they crossed the Mexican border entered the United States again on Saturday asking for refuge and to be reunited with their kids.

A Reuters witness said some 50 people entered the United States at the international border crossing from Mexicali, Mexico into Calexico, California, where they were met by agents from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).

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Saturday, March 02, 2019

Charges Dropped Against Sini Mathews, Mother of Slain Child Sherin Mathews



Sini Mathews, the mother of Sherin Mathews, the North Texas 3-year-old girl found dead in a culvert in October 2017, is a free woman after the child endangerment charges filed against her were dismissed Friday.

Mathews was charged after prosecutors said she left her adopted daughter home alone while she and her husband Wesley went to dinner with their 4-year-old biological daughter on the night before the child was reported missing. Two weeks later Sherin's body was found in a drain pipe near the Mathews family home.

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Former Pekin DCFS case worker acquitted of child sex charges

Prosecutors failed to show a former state child case investigator from Pekin solicited sex from a 14-year-old girl and committed related crimes, a Tazewell County judge ruled Thursday.

Circuit Judge Michael Risinger ended a bench trial by granting a defense motion to acquit Melvin Devall, 58, of Pekin, after the state rested its case on two felony counts of official misconduct and misdemeanor counts of obstructing a police officer and solicitation of a sex act.

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Friday, March 01, 2019

Foster children in Indiana allege their rights have been violated

Children currently under the care of Indiana's foster system allege that three counties in the state have violated their constitutional due process and equal protection rights because they were not appointed counsel.

The suit was filed on Feb. 6 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana Evansville Division on behalf of some 5,000 children who go through Children in Need of Services (CHINS) or Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) proceedings. The 10 named plaintiffs in the case are minor children currently in foster care.

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Children put at risk by 'major failings' at private foster care firm

A private "for profit" company funded by Tusla to provide foster care to 15 children was found to have major failings in meeting proper standards for safeguarding and protection of the youngsters.

The inspection of Oak Lodge Fostering, which had 14 foster care households around Ireland, found the tracking of its Garda vetting system was inadequate.

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Prosecutors say teens forced to use buckets for toilets at Oshkosh foster home

Two foster parents did not allow three teens under their care to leave their bedrooms and made them use buckets for toilets, Winnebago County prosecutors say.

Alan D. Small, 35, and his mother, Barbara R. Peterson, 60, both of Oshkosh, were charged Wednesday in Winnebago County Circuit Court with three counts each of chronic child neglect.

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INVESTIGATION: DCYF Wrongfully Removed Children From RI Mother, According to State Report

A Rhode Island mother is speaking out after winning appeals against the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) for taking custody of her two children — which was found in an administrative decision to have been wrong.

West Warwick’s April Doyle received a fifty-six page decision from Karen Walsh, an Appeals Officer at the Office of Health and Human Services, on February 25, which granted appeals in five separate investigations that found there was insufficient evidence to support allegations by DCYF of "inadequate shelter" and "neglect" by Doyle.

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Kids do better when families stay together | Opinion

Numbers can tell a powerful story, especially when it comes to child abuse and neglect.

According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, 75 percent of children brought to the attention of the child welfare system arrive with allegations of neglect – not, as often assumed – abuse.

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Group that reconnects SC fathers to their children seeking $1.6M

Facing a third, one-year stint in jail for missing child support payments, Frederick Hogsett Jr. received a lifeline from the judge instead.

Rather than going back to jail — or getting a second sentence to wear an ankle bracelet monitor — Hogsett was ordered to participate in a program that works to get fathers involved in their children’s lives through job training, free legal help, counseling, parental classes, and even mediation with the mom if needed.

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Oregon foster boy left in unsafe home before fatal fire, $5 million lawsuit alleges

The family of an Oregon boy who died after a fire trapped him inside his foster home has filed a $5 million lawsuit against his foster parents and the state’s child welfare agency for failing to prevent his death.

Nicholas Lowe loved sports, babies and collecting baseball cards, his obituary said. He preferred shorts to pants. He was two weeks shy of 14.

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