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|Child death investigatedWALB-TVThe Dougherty County child death investigation team is looking into the … Investigators say there were several other children and adults in the home …
Leslie Wentz, director of day care relations with Parents for Window Blind Safety, lost her 18-month-old daughter eight years ago when she got tangled …
|Doctors: Child’s death due to homicide from child abuseKSAT San AntonioDoctors: Child’s death due to homicide from child abuse … parents said otherwise, medical professionals said the death of a 3-year-old girl was not an …
KSBY San Luis Obispo News
Shortly after his death was announced by family friend Alissa Circle on her blog, the social media community rallied together to show support for …
|Child’s death ruled an accidentKokomo TribuneBrianna Rylands died in April after her mother found the child drowning in an ornamental landscaping pound in the backyard of their house on Ewing …
|TN examines child deaths with more careThe TennesseanTennessee’s child abuse investigators, who confront life-or-death decisions about whether kids are safe in their homes, haven’t always been willing to …
Voice of America
GENEVA — The international aid agency Save the Children says millions of maternal and child deaths can be prevented by improving access to …
|Child’s death prompts day care fire questionsWRTV IndianapolisThe death of Emma Lloyd, 17 months, highlighted the importance of fire … Indiana has more than 4,000 day cares, including about 600 child care …
KSAT San Antonio
On Friday during Aranda’s trial on murder charges in connection with the child’s death, a child abuse expert called by prosecutors offered another …
|Preliminary hearing set for Broken Bow woman charged in child’s deathGrand Island IndependentDiane Hill, 50, of Broken Bow is charged with second-degree murder and felony child abuse leading to the death of a child for the Nov. 22, 2013 …
|My Child’s Death Doesn’t Belong in Your Activism | Christine A. SchellerChristine A. Scheller ⋅ caschellerGabe would have supported the More Than a Single Story project. I know this because he was in favor of Soulforce visiting Wheaton College when he …
|BBC News – Scotland to set up new system to review child deaths – BBC.combbc.comA new national system of reviewing child deaths will be set up in Scotland following concerns the mortality rate is higher than in many EU countries.
|Child death review in Alberta shows pregnant woman prescribed 5,000 pills – Yahoo News Canadayahoo.comEDMONTON – Alberta’s child advocate is demanding changes in social services and health care following a newborn’s death in 2012. Del Graff said in …
CA: Affordable Care Act lets foster youths stay on Medi-Cal longer
SF Gate – May 11, 2014
The provision allows young adults in California coming out of foster care to stay on Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid, until they turn 26. For Bretherick and other former foster care children like her, that means continued health coverage without having to reapply each year and prove eligibility based on income like all other Medi-Cal applicants.
CA: For incarcerated mothers, Mother’s Day proves to be a bittersweet celebration
23ABC – May 11, 2014
For some women, Mother’s Day will be bittersweet as they spend their time behind bars. That’s why staff at the San Francisco County Jail have started a new program for mothers who are incarcerated. The program is designed to help women behind bars maintain family bonds and includes stations for pumping breast milk and increased visitation hours.
CA: Supervisors’ races focus on child welfare
Los Angeles Times – May 10, 2014
The race for two seats on the Board of Supervisors has yielded a flood of campaign pledges, but no area of Los Angeles County government has attracted more calls for change than the sometimes failing safety net for abused and neglected children.
CA: Efforts Underway to Keep Special Needs Foster Kids in County
Santa Barbara Independent – May 09, 2014
Of the 500 children in Santa Barbara County’s foster care system, several dozen with special needs are currently living outside of the county in residential care facilities. To help combat this problem, the county’s Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services and Social Services departments have collaborated with the Family Care Network – a nonprofit that serves more than 1,4000 children a year – to launch a new program to treat foster children with emotional disturbances or serious behavior problems.
DC: David Berns, D.C. human services director, prepares to leave his post
Washington Post – May 09, 2014
Berns, 67, announced Thursday he is stepping down as director of the D.C. Department of Human Services at the end of June, leaving a post that put him in charge of responding to the city’s recent homelessness crisis.
FL: Under fire for shielding documents, DCF asks judge for permission to disclose
Tampa Bay Times – May 10, 2014
Under fierce criticism for withholding information on child deaths, the Department of Children & Families on Friday asked a judge for approval to release new details on 177 children who have died since November.
IL: State to ‘Pay for Succes'” of At-Risk Youth
Public News Service – May 12, 2014
Programs that help at-risk youth are getting a shot in the arm, thanks to an innovative project in Illinois. “Pay for Success” invests private dollars into social programs, which are then paid back by the state when results are achieved.
MO: Children’s Division Director responds to proposed funding increase
Missourinet – May 12, 2014
The Senate Budget Committee Chairman has said he will be watching for results from the Children’s Division within the Department of Social Services for improvements in its handling of child abuse cases. That comes as the legislature and Governor Jay Nixon (D) both recommended $5.1-million additional dollars for the Division, intended to help it lower the turnover rate among abuse investigators and to help reduce a backlog of abuse reports.
NY: Madison County joins others calling for stronger child protective laws (Includes video)
Oneida Daily Dispatch – May 10, 2014
Proposed changes to various laws dictating Child Protective Services have been submitted by Erie County to state lawmakers; a resolution to be proposed at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting will seek support for those amendments.
OH: Bipartisan bill would extend Ohio’s foster care program
Akron Legal News – May 12, 2014
A pair of lawmakers from Akron and Napoleon have partnered to introduce a bill into the legislature that would extend foster care to youth through their 21st birthday.
OK: NSU-Tahlequah Gets Grant To Graduate Child Welfare Workers (Includes video)
NewsOn6 – May 09, 2014
Northeastern State University in Tahlequah has received a grant to help put more child welfare workers in Oklahoma. The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute is giving NSU $735,000 to use during the next five years.
TX: In ACA Foster Youth Provision, Texas Faces Tough Task
Texas Tribune – May 07, 2014
State officials say they expect to enroll thousands of former foster youth in the extended Medicaid coverage this year with the help of outreach efforts. But the responsibility of locating and enrolling these young people, which falls on individual states because the U.S. child welfare system is state-run, could prove daunting.
UT: Former inmate establishes scholarship fund for students with incarcerated parents (Includes video)
Fox13Now – May 09, 2014
“If you get a divorce or a parent dies, you get Social Security or benefits from Social Security, or you get child support from the divorce: If you go to prison, you get nothing,” Winsness said. With the help of community donations, his foundation seeks to fund college scholarships for the children of inmates.
WA: A new battle brewing over Braam
Crosscut – May 12, 2014
Braam v. Washington is the 1998 lawsuit that accused the state Department of Social and Health Services of not meeting its constitutional duties to provide proper foster care. Jessica Braam, one of the 13 plaintiffs, had lived in 15 foster homes between the ages of 2 and 12, which was one impetus for the original suit.
US: ICE’s New Policy on Protecting Parental Rights
Social Work Helper – May 12, 2014
In cases involving undocumented parents and U.S. citizen-children, the child welfare system often has little power to ensure family preservation. Despite family preservation being one of child welfare’s primary goals when parents are detained and/or deported by the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement Agency (ICE), protective child welfare policy has a tendency to backfire causing havoc on thousands of mix-status families.
Canada: Almost One-Third Of Canadian Adults Have Experienced Child Abuse
Unorthodox Jew – May 12, 2014
Almost one-third of adults in Canada have experienced child abuse – physical abuse, sexual abuse or exposure to intimate partner (parents, step-parents or guardians) violence in their home. As well, child abuse is linked to mental disorders and suicidal ideation (thoughts) or suicide attempts, found an article published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
Democratic Republic of Congo: U.S. officials press Congo to give adopted children exit papers
World Mag – May 10, 2014
Congress and Secretary of State John Kerry are trying to loosen a deadlock surrounding almost 500 stalled adoptions cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Ghana: Minister calls for policy that protects children of all ages
Ghana News Angency – May 09, 2014
Ms Mavis Ama Frimpong, the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, has called for child welfare policies that protect children at all stages of their development.
Ireland: Dublin Archdiocese commended for ‘exemplar’ child abuse allegation reporting system
The Journal – May 12, 2014
In all, six recommendations are made to the Archdiocese of Dublin, which include that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin direct Child Safeguarding and Protection Service (CSPS) to work with the Safeguarding Committee to develop and publish guidance on the appropriate use of information technology, such as mobile phones, email, digital cameras, websites, the Internet, to make sure that children are not put in danger and exposed to abuse and exploitation.
Russia: Locals “Heartbroken” as Russians Halt Adoptions in Crimea (Includes video)
WCTV – May 09, 2014
NATO is condemning a visit to Crimea today by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Though that’s happening nearly six thousand miles away it’s already stopped a Tallahassee based medical mission to help orphans there and brought all adoptions to a halt.
AZ: Fired child-welfare staffers exploring lawsuit (Includes video)
Arizona Central – May 07, 2014
Five child-welfare workers, fired last month after a state police review documented their role in deliberately not investigating child-abuse and neglect reports, are exploring possible civil action for wrongful termination.
CA: New “Explosive” Figures on Law Enforcement Response to Child Abuse in LA County
The Chronicle of Social Change – May 08, 2014
In 2013 the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) fielded 3,195 reports of suspected child abuse. The agency chose not to investigate 1,456 cases, nearly half of all the reports it received that year.
CA: New therapeutic foster care program helps children in need
Santa Maria Sun – May 07, 2014
The county’s department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services (ADMHS)-in collaboration with the department of Social Services and Family Care Network Inc.-recently launched Intensive Therapeutic Foster Care (ITFC), a new program serving foster children with serious emotional or mental health challenges.
CA: Sensitivity training for educators on foster youth issues needed, advocates say
EdSource – May 07, 2014
Under the new school finance system, the state will soon be sending districts lists of their foster students so schools can direct more resources to them. Although the students will benefit, they fear their personal lives may be widely exposed and they may be stigmatized if educators don’t handle the information sensitively.
CT: State moves to open some adoption records
Associated Press – May 07, 2014
The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation, 31-to-5, requiring the Department of Public Health to give individuals at least 18 years old, whose adoptions were finalized on or after Oct. 1, 1983, copies of their original birth certificate.
KY: Mothers of drug-addicted babies seek treatment (Included video)
WKYT – May 08, 2014
A Tennessee law will soon criminalize women who use drugs while pregnant. Beginning July 1st, mothers can be criminally charged for harm done to their infants. Counselors at The Independence House in Corbin say if a similar law were to pass in Kentucky, it would only harm mothers and their children.
MI: Int’l adoptions down, foster care interest grows (Includes video)
WOOD8 – May 08, 2014
There’s about 500 kids in foster care right now in Kent County, about half of them are through the agency, D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s. The organization’s executive director, Sharon Loughridge said they are seeing more interest from parents now that international adoptions are getting tougher in some countries.
MO: Judge orders silence from teen dad who`s fighting for his baby (Includes Video)
Fox2 Now – May 07, 2014
A Judge appears to have ordered silence in the case of a teen Dad who claims an adoption agency ‘legally stole’ his baby.
NE: Foster-care payment proposal draws fire
Lincoln Journal Star – May 08, 2014
A member of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee said Thursday he is concerned about and disappointed in a proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services to reduce payments to foster care agencies.
NE: State senator calls on Nebraska’s top child welfare official to resign
World-Herald Bureau – May 08, 2014
Disputes between the state and private foster care agencies have one Omaha lawmaker calling for Nebraska’s top child welfare official to step down.
NY: ACS to add staffers, cut case loads after children’s deaths
New York Daily News – May 08, 2014
The Administration for Children’s Services is beefing up its operation with 362 new staffers after the deaths of three young children so far this year, Commissioner Gladys Carrion said Thursday.
SC: U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles Announces S.C. Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Alliance
Dillon Herald – May 08, 2014
The South Carolina Alliance for Drug Endangered children includes professionals – various law enforcement agencies, social services specialists, child advocates, prosecutors, physicians, fire fighters, and local community groups – who are striving for an effective way to identify and protect those children removed from drug environments …
WA: Refugee foster child wins coveted scholarship (Includes video)
KING5 – May 08, 2014
A program run by the College Success Foundation is presenting a record fifty-five foster kids with scholarships worth $2,000 to $4,000 a year for up to five years.
WV: Criminal Justice Officials Favor Restoring Child, Family Funding (Includes Audio)
Public News Service – May 09, 2014
Criminal justice officials are joining those who say West Virginia should restore $750,000 in cuts from programs for children and families.
US: Helping first time moms in need: Nurse-Family Partnership
Washington Post – May 08, 2014
When Karlina Zambrano was about 13 weeks pregnant, she found a leaflet in her medicaid packet for a program called the Nurse-Family Partnership. The nationwide program would provide a nurse at no charge, who would come to her house weekly or bi-monthly throughout the first two years of her baby’s life. The visits would provide education and resources.
US: Teen Pregnancies Drop 44%. What is the Impact for Open Adoption Hopefuls?
NewsWire – May 08, 2014
Open adoption, where the birth mother and adoptive mom are co-parents is on the rise. Teen pregnancies are the lowest in 30 years. Teen birth rates have declined 44 percent since 1991 and the abortion rate has dropped 66 percent since its peak in 1988.
France: Bruno Perreau examines the politics of adoption in France
MIT News – May 08, 2014
On May 18, 2013, France legalized same-sex marriage, and simultaneously, adoption by homosexual couples. During the lead-up to President François Hollande signing the act into law, opposition protests erupted across France. In “The Politics of Adoption,” Perreau chronicles the evolution of French adoption laws on the national level, as well as in European jurisprudence, and illustrates how these norms have influenced public perception about the family and gender roles in French society.
Namibia: Prosecutor General Shocked By Extent of Child Abuse
All Africa – May 07, 2014
The Prosecutor General Martha Imalwa says she is shocked by the latest statistics on child abuse, which revealed at least 814 Namibian children have been abused, either physically or sexually, over the last 12 months while 923 children have been left neglected or abandoned.
United Kingdom: Review hopes to save lives of Scottish children
The Scottsman – May 08, 2014
To identify factors which could reduce preventable deaths in the under-18s, ministers have announced they will introduce a national “child death review system” to look into every case. Report: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/04/5599
AL: Mobile couple becomes latest to challenge same-sex marriage ban; adoption is focus
al.com – May 07, 2014
A local couple Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on adoptions by same-sex spouses.
AZ: Arizona Legislature’s special session will determine fate of child welfare agency
WKTR – May 07, 2014
Just days after adjourning the legislative session, Arizona lawmakers will return to the State Capitol for a special session. They just don’t know when.
AZ: Fired Arizona child welfare workers defend actions
Associated Press – May 07, 2014
Five senior Arizona child welfare employees who were fired last month for their role in the closure of more than 6,500 child abuse and neglect cases without investigation defended their actions Wednesday, saying they followed orders to create a system that culled out low-priority cases and lowered crushing caseloads.
CA: Los Angeles County Agencies Build Coalition in Unprecedented Effort to Promote Fostering and Adopting to Faith-Based Communities
PRWeb – May 08, 2014
“With more than 18,000 children in the foster care system, Los Angeles County is seriously in short supply of families certified for foster and adoptive placements,” says Sari Grant, Recruitment Administrator at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). “We are proud to participate in this combined outreach effort to encourage and inspire more individuals and families in faith-based communities to join us in addressing the needs of our children.”
CT: Lawmakers take on bill allowing adopted adults to find parents (Includes Video)
WFSB – May 07, 2014
The state House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow those who are adopted to know who their birth mother was.
DE: State officials credit program for dip in kids entering foster care
WDDE FM – May 07, 2014
Officials credit the two and a half year effort with helping cut the number of children entering foster care in the First State. That number decreased 45 percent since the program started.
FL: Account by child welfare worker in death of 2-year-old differs from his written report
Orlando Sentinel – May 07, 2014
The child welfare worker who checked on a 2-year-old Sanford child the morning that authorities say she was killed by her abusive mother halted a police interview two weeks later on the advice of his attorney.
MA: Why the fax machine persists in child abuse cases
Boston Globe – May 07, 2014
Usually when a child goes missing, an emergency broadcast system called the Amber Alert uses sophisticated technology to blast text messages telling thousands of strangers to be on the lookout. But in cases involving endangered children needing state supervision, Massachusetts is stuck in the fax age.
OR: Department of Human Services excelled during recession: Guest opinion
The Oregonian – May 07, 2014
With more families in distress than ever before, DHS (working with other partners in the community) focused on keeping children safe and keeping families together. But our work didn’t just save lives and preserve families.
OR: Medical child abuse case may have political impact
KPTV – May 07, 2014
A medical child abuse case could impact the campaign of a prominent candidate for U.S. Senate.
WI: Column: More needed to crack down on child abuse
La Crosse Tribune – May 07, 2014
According to the Department of Health and Family Service’s 2012 Child Abuse and Neglect report, there were 70,266 reports of suspected maltreatment of children in Wisconsin in 2012. In about 13 percent of the reported cases, investigators found evidence that a child had been abused or neglected. That’s 4,537 children, or an average of more than 12 children per day. Twelve children died in 2012 in Wisconsin from child maltreatment.
US: Groundbreaking New Study Spotlights the Limited Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect
PRWeb – May 08, 2014
Childhood at Risk: An Exploration of Perceptions and Attitudes Regarding Child Abuse (2014), is based on a series of statewide consumer focus groups and a statewide consumer survey which was conducted over several months in 2013. The white paper was prepared by PFSA from data gathered by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College. Report: http://www.childhoodatrisk.org/portals/0/docs/Childhood-At-Risk-White-Paper.pdf (requires registration).
US: Int’l adoptions down, foster care interest grows (Includes Video)
WOOD-TV – May 08, 2014
The U.S. State Department released its 2013 fiscal year report showing 7,094 adoptions from abroad last year. That’s down from 8,668 in 2012 and a 69 percent decline from the high of 22,884 in 2004.
US: How You Can Help Support Foster Care Awareness Month (Video)
ABC News – May 07, 2014
Disney-ABC launches FosterMore to raise awareness of the nearly 400,000 youth in foster care today.
US: Senate passes Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act (Includes Video)
WSOC-TV – May 07, 2014
Kilah’s Act would force the United States Attorney General to investigate state child abuse laws to make sure abusers are punished.
Australia: WA Budget 2014: $90 million boost for child protection services
Perth Now – May 08, 2014
The funding, which will be rolled out over four years, includes an extra 58 front line workers who will be employed in 2014-15.
Australia: Welfare advocates disappointed by changes to Child Protection Act
ABC Online – May 08, 2014
A bill making it an offence not to report cases of child abuse has passed through the lower house of the Victorian Parliament.
Canada: Lev Tahor family reunited with 4 children in foster care
Calgary Sun – May 07, 2014
A Lev Tahor couple was “very happy and relieved” Wednesday when a temporary order on consent between them and the local children’s services agency will allow them to be reunited with their four children.
Indonesia: President chairs limited cabinet meeting on child protection
Antara News – May 08, 2014
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Thursday chaired a limited cabinet meeting to discuss efforts to intensify child protection, following increased violence against children over the past few years.
International: Vatican admits to handling 3400 cases of child abuse by priests since 2004
Descrier – May 07, 2014
The Vatican revealed for the first time the extent of the child abuse issues that have plagued the Catholic church over the last decade during an interrogation by the UN Committee against Torture (CAT).
SC & Ukraine: Couples adopting from Ukraine racing time
The Greenville News – May 08, 2014
Two Greenville families are racing international events to bring home new children from Ukraine. Their arrival hinges paperwork, finances and bureaucracy
CA: LAUSD quietly disbands Miramonte child-abuse investigative panel
Los Angeles Times – May 06, 2014
The Los Angeles school district has quietly shut down a high-profile special investigative panel intended to review the Miramonte Elementary child-abuse case, citing its cost.
DC: Grading DC’s Mental Health System for Children
Huffington Post – May 06, 2014
Each year, Children’s Law Center grades the District on its progress and failures in meeting children’s mental health needs. We see some important progress and note some good news in our 2014 Children’s Mental Health Report Card, released today. The report: http://www.childrenslawcenter.org/sites/default/files/clc/CLC-2014-Mental-Health-Report-Card.pdf
FL: Probe into use of pot oil to help boy ends
Tampa Tribune – May 06, 2014
A child abuse investigation has been closed with a finding of innocence in the case of Renee Petro, a Fishhawk mother who’s seeking to use a medical marijuana derivative to help her brain-damaged, epilepsy-stricken child.
FL: The Affordable Care Act gives former foster kids healthcare benefits to age 26, though they may not know it
Miami Herald – May 06, 2014
As of Jan. 1, Anthony and others who aged out of foster care became eligible for Medicaid until they turn 26, just as other young adults can stay on their parents’ health plans to that age as part of the ACA. But not all former foster children may know about this little-discussed Obamacare benefit, especially if they’re no longer in the system.
IA: Judge orders transcripts produced in ICWA case
Rapid City Journal – May 06, 2014
By the end of the month, attorneys representing Native American families and two tribes in a federal child welfare case will know more about what happened during hearings that gave the Department of Social Services temporary custody of children.
LA: The New Family Tree diving into the crisis of parentless children (Includes Video)
WKPLC-TV – May 07, 2014
There are more than 4,000 children in Louisiana’s foster care system. Of those, 350 are ready to be adopted today. In an effort to change that crisis, KPLC-TV is launching a new segment called “The New Family Tree.”
LA: Where kids can just be kids: La. foster children become royalty with camp program (Includes Video)
WDSU – May 06, 2014
“To be able to provide this camp, where for one week they’re just kids. They’re not foster kids, they’re not going from one home to another or anything like that,” Wondergem said. “They’re just kids who get to experience what every kid gets to experience.” Children across the country have had a chance to enjoy similar camps, with Royal Family Kids Camps operating in 35 states and 11 countries.
MO: Budget Agreement Includes $5.1-Million Boost for State Children’s Division
Missourinet – May 07, 2014
The House-Senate budget conference committee has adopted most of the additional money for the Children’s Division within the Missouri Department of Social Services that had been proposed byGovernor Jay Nixon (D) and the House.
MO: A Place to Call Home: Need for Foster Parents
KFVS – May 06, 2014
In Dunklin County alone there are 90 foster children and only seven foster homes. “There are a lot of children who need homes, there’s a great need for them,” said Michael Thacker.
MO: Foster Care and Adoption in Greene County: Currently a “Crisis Situation” (Includes Video)
KOLR – May 06, 2014
Greene County has the highest rate of child abuse in the state of Missouri, even higher than Kansas City, and even St. Louis.
NE: Foster care agencies call funding proposal a ‘crisis’
Lincoln Journal Star – May 06, 2014
A proposal to increase pay for foster parents but lower payments to private agencies that provide support to foster families could rock the system yet again.
NY: New Law Changes Nature of Criminal Court for Some Teens
New York Law Journal – May 07, 2014
The new law, CPL §170.80, is an unusual hybrid that appears to evolve from the understanding that individuals charged with prostitution offenses may themselves be victims and that 16- and 17-year-olds may more appropriately be helped with the services accessible through Family Court instead of being prosecuted as criminals.
NY: You Gotta Believe and The Heart Gallery NYC Focus on LGBTQ Foster Youth
Human Rights Campaign – May 06, 2014
This year, You Gotta Believe is partnering with The Heart Gallery NYC to highlight the disproportionate number of LGBTQ youth in foster care throughout the country.
OR: Foster care retooled to reduce cases
Wallowa County Cheiftain – May 06, 2014
The Oregon Department of Human Services is rolling out a new response program aimed at reducing the number of children in foster care, starting in Klamath, Lake, and Lane counties, later this month.
PA: Lawmakers send Corbett child abuse bill
Associated Press – May 06, 2014
Pennsylvania lawmakers are sending the governor a bill designed to improve reporting by school employees of suspected child abuse.
SD: Judge orders transcripts produced in ICWA case
Rapid City Journal – May 06, 2014
By the end of the month, attorneys representing Native American families and two tribes in a federal child welfare case will know more about what happened during hearings that gave the Department of Social Services temporary custody of children.
US: Drug Firms Have Used Dangerous Tactics to Drive Sales to Treat Kids
Mercola – May 07, 2014
“High rates of psychotropic drug use among poor and foster children didn’t occur by mistake, government investigators say. Court documents filed in health care false-claims lawsuits show that drug companies closely tracked the prescribing habits of doctors in the Medicaid program, which pays the health care of the poor, including foster children.”
US: Foster Kids Can Be Torn Between Worlds On Mother’s Day (Includes Audio)
National Public Radio – May 06, 2014
Children across the country will be rolling out the breakfast trays and handmade cards for Mother’s Day. But the holiday brings up mixed feelings for many foster mothers and their children.
Australia: Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime
Central Telegraph – May 07, 2014
The impacts that Domestic and Family Violence can have on the entire family unit are enormous. Our children constantly learn behaviours from their parents, siblings and peers and this behaviour is reciprocated throughout their lives.
Australia: Funding hopes for new women’s refuge
Bendigo Advertiser – May 06, 2014
Annie North has been told a new refuge for women and children fleeing violence is still at the top of the list for Department of Human Services funding, despite not receiving funds in the State Budget.
United Kingdom: Really NEET Project Tour (Video)
The Star – May 06, 2014
Sophie Maxwell, founder of the The Really NEET Project (“Not Employed but in Educational Training”) talks about her company.
CA: Role of Child Protective Services in Abuse Cases (Video)
Journal-News – May 06, 2014
Dr. Charles Sophy, medical director of the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services, discusses the role of child services in child abuse cases.
CA: Meeting the Challenge: Nevada County’s System of Care Approach
California State Association of Counties – May 05, 2014
CSAC is producing a series of videos and blog postings highlighting California Counties’ best practices.
CA: Nonprofit mentors foster children toward a path to success
Los Angeles Times – May 05, 2014
“Everyone has a soft spot for foster care youth, and that’s a good thing,” said Franco O. Vega, who’s been finding jobs for hard-luck cases for 18 years. “They know this is a population that didn’t ask for what they got; they didn’t deserve it.
CA: Opinion A 30-year time warp for L.A. County child welfare?
Los Angeles Times – May 05, 2014
“The entire task force is really insisting that children’s services be given the highest priority in the county budget,” she said, “and that means on a level with other protective services like the Police Department. Our children deserve no less than that kind of priority.” These words were delivered 30 years ago, as part of a series of hearings on a proposal to create a new county department of children’s services.
FL: New DCF chief promises to keep agency’s child death reports ‘as open as can be’
Miami Herald – May 05, 2014
Mike Carroll pledges a greater emphasis on preventing child deaths and backs off agency’s recent clamp down on information.
IL: New DCFS chief hopes to restore stability
Chicago Tribune – May 05, 2014
Bobbie Gregg acknowledged that the revolving door of directors within the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has shaken morale and slowed change. Gregg, 58, is the agency’s fourth director in six months.
KY: CASA expands to Breck. and Meade Counties
Grayson County News Gazette – May 05, 2014
CASA trains volunteers to advocate for children involved in neglect and abuse cases in juvenile court. Volunteers will advocate for these children through the child welfare system, and the court and attorneys that serve Grayson, Breckinridge, and Meade Counties in Kentucky.
MA: and CT: Teen in state child-welfare battle to be moved closer to home
Washington Times – May 05, 2014
The reunification plan crafted by the Pelletiers and state officials is a major turning point in family’s public battle to regain custody of their 15-year-old teen from Massachusetts’ child welfare agency. Related: Plan is offered to solve medical custody dispute: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/05/05/3051196/state-offers-plan-on-medical-custody.html#storylink=cpy
MD: Home News Crime And Justice Crime Advocates Anayah’s Advocates meet with state human resources secretary to discuss child protection laws, changes
Frederick News Post – May 06, 2014
Foster parents rallying for changes in how child protective services handles severe abuse cases said a meeting Monday with Maryland Secretary of Human Resources Ted Dallas was a positive first step.
MN: Legislators protect Minnesota’s most vulnerable children by passing smoke-free foster care bill
PR Newswire – May 05, 2014
The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Health and Human Services (HHS) Policy Omnibus Bill today, which contained a provision to make foster homes in Minnesota smoke-free.
MN: Bridging foster care and adoption
Insight News – May 01, 2014
“We believe every kid needs to be parented by parents, not by foster care families or by institutions,” said Michelle Chalmers, co-founder of Ampersand families, an area non-for-profit seeking to find permanent adoptive homes for foster kids ages 10 years and older. “Even the most loving temporary care is not a family; it’s not designed to be.”
MO: State debating funding for beleaguered child welfare agency
Lake Expo – May 05, 2014
Four months after Gov. Jay Nixon said Missouri’s child welfare system needed millions in additional funding, lawmakers can’t decide on a number.
OR: Foster care retooled to reduce cases
Herald and News – May 06, 2014
The program, called differential response, allows child care workers to offer families a more customized response where child safety is an issue, perhaps because of neglect or threat of harm. The main goal is to keep more children in their homes when possible.
RI: As national Foster Care Month begins, Rhode Islanders reminded that older children need homes, too
Providence Journal – May 05, 2014
Michelle Saunders, 39, spoke at a news conference intended to spotlight May as national Foster Care Month and to also remind Rhode Islanders that there are many older children in the state who are looking for a place to call home.
US: More Details on Changes to CFSR Data Elements
Children’s Monitor – May 06, 2014
The Children’s Bureau (CB) continues to provide details and solicit comments on the third round of the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs).
US: School Improvement Network Releases Data from Child Abuse and Prevention Survey
Business Wire – May 06, 2014
Data Shows School Administrators Believe Abuse Cases Are Being Reported Nearly 60 Percent of the Time, Teachers Say Cases are Reported Less Than Half the Time.
US: Offset Issue Holds Up More Child Welfare Legislation
Children’s Monitor – May 05, 2014
When Congress returned in January of this year, the funding to pay for the extension of the $15 million for the Family Connections Grants was gone.
Australia: Adoption law change raises concerns (Audio)
Aljazeera – May 06, 2014
Some fear that changing laws to make adoption from abroad easier might unknowingly support child trafficking.
Brazil: International Adoption From The Standpoint Of The Brazilian Legislation
Mondaq News Alerts – May 06, 2014
Children and adolescents with darker or black skin, older children, those with siblings, health problems or any type of disability are not chosen by Brazilian applicants, even if they are eligible for adoption. Thus, they become outcasts, and their chances of being adopted are increasingly reduced. One way to reduce this, at least in theory, is international adoption, in which the applicant person or couple lives outside Brazil.
India: Teaching teachers laws on child protection and rights
The Hindu – May 06, 2014
A State-level teachers’ sensitisation programme on child rights and child protection, organised on Monday by the Directorate of School Education and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) recommended that teachers become conversant with laws that govern rights of the children.
AR: Child Sexual Abuse Difficult To Investigate, Prosecute
Southwest Times Record – May 04, 2014
Chris Newlin, a Fort Smith native and executive director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Ala., said the child advocacy model that children’s safety centers across the country use has revolutionized the response to abuse.
CA: LAUSD Admits It Destroyed Documents Regarding Child Sex Abuse; New Revelations of Abuse by Teacher Berndt
NBC Los Angeles – May 01, 2014
In an interview with KPCC, Sean Rossall of Cerrell Associates, the public relations representative hired by one of the law firms representing the Los Angels Unified School District to exclusively handle media inquiries about the Miramonte child abuse scandal, says the documents were destroyed sometime in 2008.
FL: Lawmakers Pass Bills to Create “Sexual Predator” Designation on Driver’s Licenses, Strengthen Child Protection Measures
Gnomes National News Service – May 02, 2014
Members of the Florida Legislature today passed bills containing measures to strengthen child protection in the Sunshine Sate, including provisions that require the words “Sexual Predator” to appear on the driver’s licenses of sexually violent predators and terminate parental rights for those convicted and required to register with a designation as a sexual predator; these measures were introduced at the urging of child protection advocate and sexual abuse survivor Lauren Book.
IL: Mentor program provides training for foster parents
The Southern Illinoisan – May 04, 2014
“We want our foster parents to be very well prepared,” said Beth Steinmetz, recruiter for Illinois Mentor. “We want them not to be scared when they take that first placement. We want them to be very competent and sure of themselves.”
IL: CASA sees 20th anniversary, change in director
Journal-Gazette & Times Courier – May 03, 2014
Kristen Bertrand, CASA’s advocate coordinator who’s been with the program for five years, will take over as director with Susan Bulla’s retirement.
MN: Who will speak for Minnesota’s abused kids? (Opinion)
Minneapolis Star Tribune – May 02, 2014
There is very little fine about it, and by accident or by design, information about it is hard to find and rarely published.
NE: Lawsuit Challenging Nebraska Ban on Gay Foster Parents Can Proceed
RH Reality Check – May 02, 2014
A Nebraska state trial court has ruled a lawsuit can proceed challenging a state agency policy banning gay and lesbian individuals and couples from serving as foster parents or adopting children.
NH: University of New Hampshire gets grant for child welfare workers
Associated Press – May 05, 2014
The University of New Hampshire is one of 11 schools receiving a federal grant to help train and retain child welfare workers. The $700,000, five-year grant will pay for three programs that bring together the university and the state Division for Children, Youth, and Families.
OK: Drug use linked to child abuse
Muskogee Daily Phoenix and Times-Democrat – May 04, 2014
One tool the advocacy center uses to help expose abuse among drug-endangered children is drug-endangered forensic interviewing. The forensic interviewing process allows children to disclose their abuse in a safe environment without being asked leading questions.
SD: Secrecy cloaks foster care investigations by S.D. social services
Argus Leader – May 04, 2014
South Dakota’s secrecy – abuse and neglect hearings are closed to the public – makes it difficult to evaluate the arguments.
TN: Mosley is new foster parent recruiter for Youth Villages
Cleveland Daily Banner – May 04, 2014
Valencia Mosley is asking churches in the Cleveland-area to join other churches across Tennessee in praying for children in the community who are waiting for loving foster homes. Churches, businesses and other local organizations are also encouraged to select a day in May to wear blue, the official color of Foster Care Awareness Month.
TN: Campaign to stop drug babies bill came too late
The Tennessean – May 03, 2014
As noisy as it was – and as much as the doctors and nurses who treat babies born to drug-addicted mothers seemed united in the view that the law was a terrible idea – the outrage came too late. It never truly ignited until lawmakers had passed their bills by wide margins. And it hung on the wispy hope that the governor would apply a veto power he has put to use just twice in four legislative sessions.
WA: Legislature enhances foster youth support through proven program
Kent Reporter – May 02, 2014
During the session that ended in March, the Legislature approved a House bill that Fain sponsored in the Senate, which extends benefits to 19 through 21 year olds who work at least 80 hours per month. This builds on previous advancements in 2012 and 2013 for those attending school or in a job training program.
WI: Couple sentenced to probation for church-directed child abuse
Wisconsin State Journal – May 02, 2014
The Caminitis were members of the Aleitheia Bible Church in Black Earth, which was led by Matthew Caminiti’s father, Philip Caminiti. The elder Caminiti preached that children were to be disciplined with rods, as instructed by the Bible, to cure them of selfish behavior.
China: China mulls child abuse prevention rules for adoptive families
Xinhua – May 05, 2014
China is considering rules to prevent child abuse in adoptive families and to better regulate adoption practices, according to a notice posted on a government website, chinalaw.gov.cn, on Monday.
Haiti: Alarm sounded on Haiti adoption scam
Miami Herald – May 03, 2014
The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince has a warning for American citizens seeking to adopt children in Haiti: Don’t pay extra fees to expedite the adoption process. Neither the Haitian nor U.S. governments charges expedite fees, the embassy said on Friday.
Indonesia: No region in Indonesia has child-friendly status: MInister
Antara News – May 05, 2014
“No single region in Indonesia now has the child-friendly predicate. All are still in the process of becoming child-friendly regions. They have to meet 31 indicators before they can be called child-friendly regions,” the minister said during a coordination meeting on prevention and handling of violence against children here on Monday.
Nepal: NGO [Non Governmental Organization] found guilty of forging papers for illegal adoption of child
Republica – May 03, 2014
Tamang, the mother of a child who was adopted by an American couple in January 2008, was made to sign documents that proved that she relinquished her child. She said that she thought she was signing an agreement for her son to be cared for in a local child care home until she was released from prison. Later, it was revealed that more than 90 other children had been internationally adopted under HCPH’s care.
United Kingdom: New Technology Creates Online ‘Fingerprint’ For Child Abuse Videos
International Business Times UK – May 03, 2014
Technology which allows child abuse videos to be tracked by their online ‘fingerprint’ has been donated to law enforcement agencies for free by a UK company.
Vatican City: Vatican sex abuse panel vows to develop ‘clear and effective’ protocols
Associated Press – May 03, 2014
Members of Pope Francis’ sexual abuse advisory board said Saturday they will develop “clear and effective” protocols to hold bishops and other church authorities accountable if they fail to report suspected abuse or protect children from pedophile priests. Related: U.N. torture committee probes Vatican on sex abuse scandal, human rights issues: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/4/un-torture-committee-probes-vatican-on-sex-abuse-s/
AZ: Staff: CPS chief knew of problem (Includes video)
Arizona Centeral – May 01, 2014
The director of the state agency that oversaw reports of child abuse and neglect was told as early as 2011 that such allegations were deliberately not being investigated, according to testimony from at least four staffers who worked under Clarence Carter.
CA: Better Tracking of Sexual Violent Predators Sought
Public News Service – May 02, 2014
State lawmakers next week will consider a bill (AB 1607) that requires better tracking of sexually violent predators (SVP) when they are released back into communities.
CA: Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services kept foster kids’ money, audit says
Los Angeles Daily News – May 01, 2014
The county Department of Children and Family Services failed to provide about $1.8 million in child support and other payments owed to foster kids after they reached adulthood and left the system, according to a new audit released Thursday.
CA: Child abuse deaths down in Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Daily News – April 30, 2014
Los Angeles County saw fewer deaths from child abuse in 2012 than at any time in the last quarter-century, a trend that coincided with a surge in the reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect, according to a report issued Wednesday.
CT: House Approves Adoptee Access To Birth Certificates
CT News Junkie – May 02, 2014
The House approved legislation early Friday morning to give adult adoptees access to previously sealed birth certificates containing the names of their biological parents.
FL: DCF clamps down on child death information — despite promises to be more open
Miami Herald – May 01, 2014
Even as lawmakers debated measures to require the DCF to be more open, the agency has instead worked to close down the flow of information about a string of child deaths. It has pushed to weaken transparency legislation and has already quietly adopted internal policies making it harder for the public to track the agency’s actions.
GA: Child welfare council meets to hash out recommendations
Atlanta Journal Constitution – May 01, 2014
Deal announced he would form the commission a week before the legislative session ended in an attempt to delay an overhaul until at least 2015. It was a surprising move by the governor, who endorsed privatization in January after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution uncovered widespread failings by the state child welfare system.
IL: Holt International assumes management of Sunny Ridge Family Center’s operations in Illinois
Chicago Tribune – May 01, 2014
Holt will assume management of Sunny Ridge’s operations and will operate as Holt-Sunny Ridge Children’s Services here in Illinois. Sunny Ridge will join forces with Holt International in its efforts to find loving adoptive families for children in the United States and overseas.
IN: More Than 20,000 Child Abuse Cases In State
Indiana News Service – April 30, 2014
More than 20,000 confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect are reported in the state each year, said Sandy Runkle-DeLorme, director of programs for Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, but physical abuse hasn’t even been the biggest concern.
LA: Judge William J. Burris named Louisiana CASA Judge of the Year
Times-Picayune – April 28, 2014
Each year, thousands of Louisiana children spend time in foster care, innocent victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Juvenile court judges oversee these cases, making the difficult decisions as to whether it is safe for a child to return home, or whether another permanent plan must be ordered.
MA: Police are frustrated with child-welfare reporting
News Telegram – May 01, 2014
The incident involving a newborn’s death in Grafton has highlighted yet another systemic issue within the Department of Children and Families regarding the way reports of possible neglect or abuse are handled.
NV: North Las Vegas Police: Rise in child abuse cases (Includes video)
8 News Now – May 02, 2014
Sergeant Chrissie Coon with North Las Vegas Police said detectives are slammed with a constant stream of child abuse cases. Detectives are finding parents using ordinary household items to carry out abuse.
OH: ‘Survival Sex Is How I Find A Place To Sleep’: Mannequins Send Dire Message On Homeless Youth (Includes video)
Huffington Post – May 01, 2014
Haunting, faceless mannequins are swarming Cleveland this month. They’re dressed in hooded sweatshirts, loose pants and weathered sneakers, and — from just a few feet away — look like they could be any ordinary teenager.
OR: Department of Human Services roll out new child welfare model
KOBI5 – May 01, 2014
The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare Program announced today that three counties are beginning the statewide rollout of a new child protection system designed to keep more children safely at home, rather than enter state foster care.
SC: Vincent Sheheen accuses Gov. Nikki Haley of interfering with child-death panel
The State – May 01, 2014
State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic challenger for governor, has called for a special committee to investigate allegations that Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and her staff tried to obstruct a Senate probe into child deaths related to the S.C. Department of Social Services.
TX: Child Crisis Center of El Paso honors abuse victims
El Paso Times – April 30, 2014
Community members and staff from the Child Crisis Center of El Paso gathered Wednesday to release blue and white balloons in honor of child abuse victims, and to stress the importance of providing safe homes for children.
VT: Protecting Vermont’s Children, Part Five: Moving Forward (Includes audio)
Vermont Public Radio – May 02, 2014
Three separate investigations are looking into how Vermont’s Department for Children and Families protect children at risk for abuse and neglect. PT1: http://digital.vpr.net/post/protecting-vermonts-children-part-one-reports-abuse PT2: http://digital.vpr.net/post/protecting-vermonts-children-part-two-assessing-neglect PT3: http://digital.vpr.net/post/protecting-vermonts-children-part-three-unity-vs-safety PT4: http://digital.vpr.net/post/protecting-vermonts-children-part-four-unsung-heroes
WV: Court Faces Difficult Job With Child Abuse Cases (Includes video)
WDTV – May 01, 2014
Pigott said one of the hardest parts of her job is keeping law enforcement standards separate from Child Protective Services’ standards. Sometimes officers feel like they need to remove a child from a home, but the law says differently.
US: When An Adopted Child Won’t Attach
Daily Beast – May 02, 2014
In her new memoir, Tina Traster chronicles adopting a Russian child whose mercurial mood swings turned out to be a common problem among orphans from the Far East.
US: CFPB Releases Tools To Protect Foster Care Children From Credit Reporting Problems
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – May 01, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today took action to better protect children in the foster care system from credit reporting problems that could compromise their future credit. The Bureau published action letters for child welfare caseworkers to send to credit bureaus if they find errors on the credit reports of the children in their care.
US: Doing Better by the Most Vulnerable Amongst Us: Our Nation’s Children in Foster Care
White House Blog – May 01, 2014
In recent years, our child welfare system has made significant strides. Today, there are almost 25% fewer children in foster care in the U.S. than there were in 2002. This reduction is a result of both fewer children entering foster care and more leaving to permanent homes by either returning to their parents after services have been provided, being adopted, or entering into a guardianship.
US: ACYF presents Commissioner’s Awards to honorees who fight child abuse
Noodls – April 30, 2014
The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) today announced the recipients of the 2014 ACYF Commissioner’s Award, which honors individuals from across the country for exceptional contributions to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
China: Sex Abuse and China’s Children (Opinion)
New York Times – May 02, 2014
The trend has continued. According to a Chinese government report, 125 cases of child sex abuse were documented in 2013, a record number for China, where people don’t normally talk about these things. There is insufficient data to claim that sex abuse of minors is rising. What has changed is that the issue is finally getting the attention it deserves, and that the government is reacting.
AZ: Bill Reforming AZ Child Welfare System Getting Close (Includes audio)
Public News Service – May 01, 2014
A group working to reform the former Child Protective Services will meet today (Thursday), reportedly to finalize a bill for the Legislature to consider in a special session a few weeks from now. Children’s advocates expect the measure to include increased staffing, and hope for new child care assistance.
AZ: Gov. Brewer vetoes bill granting funds for external child welfare agency review
Associated Press – May 01, 2014
A bill requiring an external review of the state’s embattled child welfare agency has been vetoed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.
CO: Baby Bear Hugs’ Nurse-Family Partnership makes house calls
Journal-Advocate – April 30, 2014
Formed to support families who may experience isolation or other challenges in a rural setting, the prevention-focused nonprofit has evolved during the last two decades to meet the needs of its clientele. Today, Baby Bear Hugs provides parenting education, home visitation and healthy living programs to promote positive parenting, enhance family strengths and prevent child abuse and neglect.
IL: Shining a Spotlight on LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Illinois
Public News Service – May 01, 2014
“We have all these complicating factors with youth that are coming out younger and younger,” she says. “And not being in family situations that are supportive, either birth families or foster families, who don’t really have a way to cope with them and a lot of times end up kicking the kids out or the kids end up running away.”
MI: Littlest victims: Here’s one easy way you can (and should) fight child abuse (Includes Video)
mLive – May 01, 2014
This video, titled Make the Call, is a community effort to encourage people to make that call.
MI: DHS Launches new Child Welfare Software
MI News 26 – April 30, 2014
The DHS used a “soft launch” to debut the new (Michigan Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System) on Wednesday morning.
MO: Why Teen Dad Must Fight Adoption Agency for His Child (Includes Video)
KTVI – April 30, 2014
A 16 year-old boy says an adoption agency is standing in the way of him raising his child. He also has a second child, with another girl, on the way.
ND: Lawmakers say child welfare on Spirit Lake is a priority
WDAZ – April 30, 2014
North Dakota lawmakers say child welfare on Spirit Lake is a priority in light of the latest child death the reservation.
OK: First Grades For OK DHS Foster Care Reform Released (Includes video)
News 9 – April 30, 2014
The first formal grades for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ court-approved foster care reform program are out — and they’re not what DHS had hoped for.
RI: NEWS: RI prevails in child welfare lawsuit
WPRO – April 30, 2014
A federal judge ruled for Rhode Island in an explosive lawsuit first filed by the state’s own Child Advocate in 2007, alleging inadequate care for foster children in the care of the state Department for Children, Youth and Families.
SC: Latest child death prompts DSS policy change
The State – April 30, 2014
The S.C. Department of Social Services announced late Wednesday it was changing its policy and will now require its workers to get in touch with law enforcement within 72 hours if DSS can’t locate a family or child.
SC: Sheriff: DSS didn’t follow up on complaint
Associated Press – April 30, 2014
State social workers seeking the mother of a 5-month-old child who died last week from an unmonitored heart condition waited weeks before contacting a medical professional who had raised concerns about the child’s safety, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Wednesday.
VT: Protecting Vermont’s Children, Part Four: Unsung Heroes (Includes Audio)
Vermont Public Radio – May 01, 2014
Many foster parents in Rutland County say they’re frustrated by what they consider spotty oversight by DCF. And even more disturbing – many foster parents say they’re afraid to report their concerns about DCF for fear their foster kids will be taken away.
VT: Protecting Vermont’s Children, Part Three: Unity Vs. Safety (Includes Audio)
Vermont Public Radio – April 30, 2014
Vermont state law mandates that whenever possible, children should be kept with their parents. But many who deal with kids in crisis believe the goal of reunification comes at too high a price.
WI: Heroin problem creates foster care challenge
Ozaukee Press – April 30, 2014
Growing drug use in area has social workers scrambling to find help for addicted babies, children removed from homes.
US: Reports: Need High, Spending Low When It Comes to Adoption Services
The Chronicle of Social Change – May 01, 2014
Much of the demand for help by parents who adopt from foster care comes years after the point of adoption, according to the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), which released two reports today making the case for an increased investment in pre- and post-adoption services.
US: States Enroll Former Foster Youth in Medicaid
Pew Stateline – April 30, 2014
One of the Affordable Care Act’s successes is a provision that allows young people up to 26 years old to remain on their parents’ health insurance. Under a similar, but less-known provision, young adults who have been recently released from foster care can also get Medicaid coverage, regardless of their incomes. An estimated 180,000 foster care alumni became eligible on Jan. 1.
Canada: Action lagging on child welfare
StarPhoenix – April 30, 2014
Incredibly, the goal set by Social Services Minister June Draude to have revamped child welfare laws put in place by 2017 will mark the 30-year anniversary of former provincial ombudsman Dave Tickell issuing a damning report that demanded prompt action to address the crisis situation facing Saskatchewan’s children in care.
Japan: Thousands languishing in Japan children’s homes
Agence France-Presse – May 01, 2014
Almost 90 percent of children taken from their families in Japan end up in institutions rather than foster care, a rights group said Thursday, expressing shock at the rate — the highest among developed nations.
IN: State’s Victims of Childhood Abuse, Neglect Number 20,000
Public News Service – April 30, 2014
From planting pinwheel gardens to speaking with educators and parents, child welfare workers in Indiana have used Child Abuse Prevention Month in April to build awareness of the problem.
KY: Governor Ceremonially Signs Bill to Train Doctors in Recognizing Signs of Child Abuse, Neglect
Governor Steve Beshear’s Communications Office – April 29, 2014
Governor Steve Beshear today signed House Bill 157, which requires the State Board of Medical Licensure to provide training to enhance the recognition and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma for physicians who frequently interact with young children and infants in need of medical attention.
MA: Social workers union says state Department of Children and Families’ issues ilustrate a ‘caseload crisis’
Wicked Local Fall River – April 30, 2014
“When you look at child protective services, there is no single greater determiner of whether social workers will have success in engaging a family or protecting a child than time,” said Jason Stephany, a spokesman for SEIU 509, the union that represents the social workers. “In the current environment, due to this caseload crisis, frontline social workers and investigators just do not have that time.”
MA: Roche resigns; Patrick says public trust lost
News Telegram – April 29, 2014
Gov. Deval L. Patrick accepted the resignation of DCF Commissioner Olga I. Roche effective Tuesday, and named an administration troubleshooter, Erin Deveney, to take over as temporary head of the troubled agency. Also: Veteran manager Erin Deveney takes over as child welfare chief (Includes Video): http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/04/29/one-day-after-top-state-leaders-call-for-dismissal-dcf-chief-olga-roche-patrick-administration-hold-press-conference/nB6hGFhKcsjVAWkQW38i7L/story.html
MD: Proposal would bring new protections for children in wake of Frederick toddler’s death
Frederick News Post – April 30, 2014
Maryland Secretary of Human Resources Ted Dallas is expected to announce proposed amendments to state law today that could give local social services agencies greater power in deciding whether to return foster children to their biological families.
MD: Archdiocesan leader pleased with child protection measures in ‘ban the box’ bill
Catholic Review – April 29, 2014
The bill prohibits employers from checking applicants’ criminal history prior to extending a conditional job offer, in an effort to curb discrimination against ex-convicts in hiring practices. The Archdiocese of Baltimore supported the aims of the bill as a matter of social justice, but pushed for some exemptions for employers hiring staff who would have contact with children or vulnerable adults.
NE: Lancaster County to Help “Crossover Youth”
KFOR – April 29, 2014
For the next year, Lancaster County juvenile justice officials will be working with the state and Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) to launch the Crossover Youth Practice Model.
NE: Officials aim to tweak juvenile justice, help troubled teens
Lincoln Journal Star – April 29, 2014
Lancaster County plans to implement the model, which calls for probation officers, social workers, prosecutors and judges to work together to figure out the best thing for a defendant.
NE: Same-sex foster case can continue
Lincoln Journal Star – April 29, 2014
Three same-sex couples can go forward with their lawsuit challenging a longstanding state policy that prevents them, and all unmarried couples, from adopting or being foster parents, a Lancaster County judge has ruled.
NJ: Adoption records to become more open
Associated Press – April 28, 2014
Gov. Chris Christie and lawmakers have struck a deal to allow people adopted in New Jersey access to their birth records, but the compromise puts the opening of records on hold for nearly three years to give birth parents time to have their names removed from birth certificates.
SC: Judge orders DSS to turn over Lukisha Thomas records
Aiken Standard – April 29, 2014
A judge in the wrongful death suit filed by the estate of Lukisha Thomas has ordered the S.C. Department of Social Services to turn over any records pertaining to Thomas and her children, according to Aiken County court records.
TX: Crisis center offers serenity for victims of abuse
Cleburne Times Review – April 27, 2014
The FCC, founded in 1983, provides safe shelter and support to victims of family violence and sexual abuse. Services are available for women, children and men. The facility also offers free therapeutic counseling on an individual, family and group basis facilitated by licensed therapists.
VT: Protecting Vermont’s Children, Part Two: Assessing Neglect (Includes Audio)
Vermont Public Radio – April 29, 2014
Unlike physical abuse, allegations of neglect can be much harder to prove. And child welfare advocates worry that Vermont’s Department for Children and Families may not be fully investigating them. Part one: http://digital.vpr.net/post/protecting-vermonts-children-part-one-reports-abuse
US: Do We Support Children and Families After Adoption From Foster Care? Not So Much (Opinion)
Huffington Post – April 29, 2014
While adoption from foster care has become a federal mandate and a national priority, less attention has been paid to serving children after adoption to ensure that they can remain in their new families and that their parents can successfully raise them to adulthood. Adam Pertman, President, Donaldson Adoption Institute.
US: Jeff Katz: Congress can help interstate adoptions (Opinion)
Charleston Daily Mail – April 29, 2014
There were only about 840 interstate adoptions in fiscal 2012, and a third of those were adoptions by grandparents and other relatives. In contrast, 8,868 children crossed international borders to be adopted by U.S. parents that year, according to State Department data.
Kenya: Who Can Legally Adopt Children in Kenya?
All Africa – April 30, 2014
The law prohibits certain people from adopting children. Section 158 provides that an adoption order shall not be made if the applicant or, in the case of joint applicants, both or any of them, is not of sound mind within the meaning of the Mental Health Act, has been charged and convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for or any of the offences set out in the Third Schedule to this Act or similar offences or is a homosexual.
AZ: A loss for children in need of shelter
Sierra Vista Herald – April 28, 2014
The only children’s shelter in Cochise County is in danger of closing after funding for its parent organization ran dry earlier this year.
CA: Child Abuse Services Team marks 18 years; Humboldt County official: ‘More than 2,500 child victims were given back their lives’
Times-Standard – April 27, 2014
Child Abuse Services Team (CAST) was formed in 1996, bringing county and community agencies together to share resources and make physical and sexual abuse investigations less traumatic and disruptive on young victims’ lives.
HI: Lawmakers extend window for abuse lawsuits, add liable parties
Honolulu Star-Advertiser – April 26, 2014
Giving victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to seek justice, state lawmakers agreed Thursday on a bill that would extend a unique window to file lawsuits for another two years and include the state and counties among the potentially liable.
IA: New state tax break proposed for Iowa parents who adopt
Radio Iowa – April 29, 2014
The legislature has voted to establish a new tax credit for Iowa parents who adopt a child. If the governor signs the bill into law, Iowans could claim a credit of up to $2500 per child for adoption-related expenses.
MA: Child welfare official resigns after kids’ deaths
Associated Press – April 29, 2014
The embattled head of Massachusett’s child welfare agency resigned Tuesday under mounting pressure following the deaths of three children, with Gov. Deval Patrick saying it was impossible for her to continue in her job. Also: Patrick’s office seeks potential child welfare chief successor: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/04/28/house-speaker-deleo-calls-dcf-commissioner-olga-roche-resign/lsALjlxInuEWS6kt7loqcP/story.html
MA: Timeline of Mass. child welfare agency’s woes
Boston Globe – April 28, 2014
In recent months, the state Department of Children and Families has come under fire over alleged lapses and management issues, including the disappearance and death of five-year-old Jeremiah Oliver of Fitchburg. Here’s a timeline of the agency’s troubles.
NJ: State strikes deal on opening birth records to adoptees
WHYY – April 28, 2014
After more than 30 years of pressure to open birth records to adoptees in New Jersey, state lawmakers and the Christie administration have finally reached agreement on a measure that will allow that to happen.
NM: Uptick in child-abuse cases leads to charges for several people in 5 cases
Albuquerque Journal – April 28, 2014
Police filed child abuse charges in connection to five investigations in Albuquerque on Friday and Saturday, as the number of child abuse cases submitted to the District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque in 2014 moves closer to record numbers.
OH: $2.3M study to examine how neighborhoods influence child maltreatment rates
Eureka Alert – April 28, 2014
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development awarded a $2.3 million grant to three Case Western Reserve University schools and colleges. The team of researchers will study child maltreatment in 20 Cleveland neighborhoods, examining the role that neighborhood conditions; social service availability and use; and the maltreatment reporting process play in influencing child abuse and neglect rates.
SC: Questions swirl about DSS’s actions in latest Richland child death
The State – April 28, 2014
The S.C. Department of Social Services knew on March 3 that the case of a Richland County baby boy who died under DSS care needed an investigation but did not make contact with the family until April 25.
VT: Protecting Vermont’s Children, Part One: Reports Of Abuse (Includes audio)
Vermont Public Radio – April 28, 2014
Foster parents on the front lines say that sometimes DCF is too ready to return children to abusive situations. And the number of those situations is on the rise.
WA: The photo shoot that changed a teen’s life (Includes video)
CNN – April 28, 2014
“And so I sent an e-mail that night … I was like, ‘Hi, this is really random but I’m a photographer in Seattle and I was looking through your site and I really feel like you guys need better photos,’ ” she told me with a laugh, remembering the directness of her note.
WI: ‘Infant mortality rate targeted’
Beloit Daily News – April 28, 2014
The Beloit Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families is working to reduce rates of African-American infant mortality. It also supports four grantee organizations working to improve the health, social, and economic well being of Beloit’s African-American families.
WI: State must do more for child trafficking victims (Opinion)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – April 28, 2014
Human trafficking – and, in particular, child sex trafficking – is a growing problem throughout Wisconsin, yet after many years of public awareness on this issue, we are still taking only tentative steps toward addressing the problem.
WV: Restructuring DHHR creates 3 leadership positions
West Virginia Gazette – April 25, 2014
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources plans to create three new upper-level positions and abolish two others within the agency to streamline its operation without splitting into two divisions – a suggestion that stemmed from a 2013 audit of its operations.
US: Heroin Use in Pregnancy
Psychology Today – April 28, 2014
Punitive approaches that threaten incarceration and automatic removal of the child into the child welfare system do no good and, in many cases, are counterproductive in that they drive pregnant women out of prenatal care.
Russia: Before Ukraine: A Troubling Update On Russia’s U.S. Adoption Ban
World Crunch – April 28, 2014
Before Kiev or Kharviv, Moscow’s new cold war with the West meant would-be American parents were banned from adopting Russian orphans. The effect can only now be tallied.
South Africa: Unicef praises SA’s child protection services
Eyewitness News – April 29, 2014
The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) said South Africa has some of the best child protection services in the world.
United Kingdom: Video calls for mothers in prison will be a welcome step forward (Letter)
Herald Scotland – April 29, 2014
About half of prisoners in general lose contact with their families as a direct result of their imprisonment. This statistic is particularly sobering in view of the fact that family ties reduce the risk of re-offending by up to six times.
Vatican City: John Paul biographer, aide defend sex abuse record
Associated Press – April 25, 2014
Pope John Paul II’s biographer and longtime spokesman sought Friday to defend his record on sex abuse against evidence that he didn’t grasp the scale of the scandal until very late in his papacy.
AZ: Phoenix Diocese demonstrates commitment to child welfare through education, outreach
Catholic Sun – April 25, 2014
Promise to protect. Pledge to heal. The first statement serves as the foundation for the Church’s efforts in educating the community in its mission to prevent child abuse. The second underscores the work being done to reach out to survivors of abuse and to alleviate their pain.
FL: Gov. Scott appoints regional administrator from Tampa area to head child welfare agency
Associated Press – April 28, 2014
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is naming a new secretary for the state’s embattled child welfare agency. Scott on a Monday will announce that Mike Carroll has been appointed to take over the Department of Children and Families. Scott will make the announcement during a visit with child protective investigators in Jacksonville.
FL: State Senate Passes Sweeping Child Welfare Bill
Associated Press – April 25, 2014
The Senate passed a sweeping bill seeking to overhaul the child welfare system Friday by adding more than $47 million for services, including hiring nearly 200 new investigators and placing an emphasis on child safety above family reunification. Also: Gov’s office proposes ideas to weaken child welfare bill, then withdraws it: http://tbtpics.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/govs-office-proposes-ideas-to-weaken-child-welfare-bill–then-its-withdrawn/2176906
KS: CDC official praises child abuse prevention campaign
KHI News Service – April 26, 2014
A national expert on child abuse prevention today praised a Kansas Children’s Service League-led campaign aimed at helping communities find ways to promote healthy family relationships. “Every time we talk about child abuse prevention at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), we talk about Kansas,” said Sandra Alexander, a consultant with the CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention. “Not only because of the work you’re already doing, but for your commitment to the future as well.”
KS: Saint Francis awarded grants to help foster youth develop independent living skills
Hutchinson News – April 26, 2014
Saint Francis Community Services has been awarded two grants to help fund the agency’s independent-living technical skills program for teens.
MA: Police fax on Grafton infant was lost: DCF says crucial data misplaced
Boston Globe – April 28, 2014
In a followup this weekend, the agency said that a designated supervisor completed assigned checks of incoming faxes during the week police sent the April 3 report, known as a 51A, on Aliana Lavigne. The fax from police concerning the infant was temporarily misplaced, the agency said, and added it is investigating why this happened and that the misplacement was an “unacceptable error.” Also: Police chief: ‘We didn’t drop the ball’ in baby’s death: http://www.wcvb.com/news/police-chief-we-didnt-drop-the-ball-in-babys-death/25684820#ixzz30BhTlfwz
MA: DCF social workers protest caseloads
Wicked Local Boxborough – April 25, 2014
“When you look at child protective services, there is no single greater determiner of whether social workers will have success in engaging a family or protecting a child than time,” said Jason Stephany, a spokesman for SEIU 509, the union that represents the social workers. “In the current environment due to this caseload crisis, frontline social workers and investigators just do not have that time.”
MO: Jackson County’s child welfare division continues to fall short
Kansas City Star – April 27, 2014
Despite an intensive push and additional resources, Jackson County’s child welfare division has failed to get past problems that have plagued the office for at least a year: high turnover, inexperienced workers and overwhelming caseloads.
MS: Analysis: Lawmakers pass 3rd child protection bill
Associated Press – April 27, 2014
Beginning July 1, Mississippi mental health care professionals will report if a committed individual has children or has visitation with minors. The information goes the Mississippi Department of Human Services, the agency responsible for child protection issues.
NE: Nebraska’s Ban on Gay Foster Parents is Beatable (Opinion)
American Civil Liberties Union – April 25, 2014
A Nebraska state trial court ruled today that our challenge to the state’s ban on foster parenting or adoption by gay people can proceed. The ruling denies the state’s attempt to kick us out of court and recognizes that the ban implicates the equality protections of the Nebraska constitution.
SC: Boys home settles lawsuit over abuse allegation
Associated Press – April 25, 2014
In an email, attorneys for the 11-year-old boy said they had settled a lawsuit against the Boys Home of the South and the Department of Social Services. Settlement documents filed in federal court earlier this year note that the home is also closing.
TN: Decision Looms on Bill Targeting Pregnant Drug Users (Includes audio)
Public News Service – April 28, 2014
Time is running out for Gov. Bill Haslam to make his decision on a bill that would allow Tennessee women to be charged with a crime for drug use during pregnancy if it harms the baby. It is an idea that has raised concern among medical professionals, including physician Pamela Gonzalez, who serves on the committee on substance abuse for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
TN: Child neglect is abuse; how one Rutherford nonprofit is ending the cycle
The Daily News Journal – April 27, 2014
Criminal neglect involves failing to provide children with adequate food, clothing, supervision, protection from known dangers, safe and hygienic shelter, education, medical care and nurturing, said Dawn Eaton, executive director for The Family Center in Murfreesboro. The nonprofit, which offers parenting classes, spent the past four weeks pushing this message through a social media campaign, as April is Child Abuse Prevention month.
TX: Lawsuit threatens to impact reform efforts by CPS
Texas Tribune – April 27, 2014
“If the court grants the relief requested by Children’s Rights, agency operations will be affected in a number of ways, depending on the order,” CPS said in response to questions for a legislative review to come this summer. “The agency would likely be subject to long-term oversight by the court, as well as unknown expert panels empowered to make recommendations regarding agency operations.”
UT: State wants Utah Supreme Court to intervene in gay marriage recognition case
Deseret Morning News – April 26, 2014
Some state court judges have granted adoption petitions to same-sex couples, while others have not. Two judges also issued orders that would require the state health department to provide updated birth certificates for the children.
US: Jeff Katz: Make interstate adoption easier
Washington Post – April 26, 2014
A primary reason so many children leave foster care without a family is because it is virtually impossible in the United States to adopt a child from foster care across state lines.
Australia: Australia streamlining efforts to make adoptions easier from several countries
Daily Telegraph – April 27, 2014
Tony Abbott will slash adoption red tape in Australia, assuming full control of overseas adoption from the states and opening discussions with Vietnam, Kenya, Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland, the United States and Cambodia.
India: Understading an Islamic perspective on adoption
All Voices – April 26, 2014
When the Indian Supreme Court delivered a verdict recently allowing Indian Muslims to adopt a child, the discussion invariably shifted to the global debate on integrating Islamic values with other belief systems, and how laws need to be administered in the melting pot of a multi-religious society.
United Kingdom: Kids in care more likely to attend school
Daily Mail – April 26, 2014
Across England some 5% of looked after children played truant in the last school year, is almost half a per cent higher than those who live at home with parents. However, the opposite is true in Kirklees, where the council has an excellent record of ensuring, where possible, that children in care are not missing school without a good reason.
AZ: Brewer to decide on set of controversial bills
Associated Press – April 24, 2014
Brewer says she will call a special session to address the new child welfare agency that is being created. The Legislature must still create and fund the agency through legislation.
AZ: Fire Clarence Carter for CPS ‘dereliction of duty’ (Editorial) (Includes video)
AZ Central – April 24, 2014
This is harvest. Arizona sowed the seeds of this crisis. What happened at Arizona’s child welfare agency was not caused by six rogue workers. It was not solved by firing them.
AZ: New CPS investigative chief shares priorities (Includes Video)
KPHO – April 24, 2014
The nearly 400 field investigators employed by CPS will now take orders from a former Gilbert police officer and expert in child abuse and prevention issues.
CA: LA County’s most vulnerable foster children are having trouble finding homes
Southern California Public Radio – April 24, 2014
There’s a severe lack of homes for L.A. County’s most vulnerable foster children. And each day the county fails to find a home for them is another day it violates a federal court order.
FL: Is $47M enough to fix the state’s broken child welfare system? (Opinion)
Palm Beach Post – April 24, 2014
Earlier this week, Florida House and Senate negotiators said they’d agreed to spend about $47 million in new money on the state’s child-welfare system, which has been the focus of legislative scrutiny after a series of children’s deaths from abuse and neglect last year. That’s less than children’s advocates had sought but more, perhaps, than many expected.
FL: Miami judge blasts DCF for keeping children in home where abused child died
Tampa Bay Times – April 24, 2014
A Miami judge lashed out at child welfare administrators this week after they asked her to leave three small children in a South-Dade home in which their 3-year-old cousin had just died – his body marked by bruises, welts and a human bite mark.
GA: Athens, Rome areas to test foster care privatization
Athens Banner-Herald – April 24, 2014
Clarke and surrounding counties are part of two regions that will test whether having someone other than the state oversee foster care improves the lives of children taken from their families.
IA: Legislature Approves Bill Defining Coaches as School Employees
KCRG – April 24, 2014
People who hold coaching authorizations are often not much older than the people they are coaching. And, their coaching colleagues will be compelled to report them because coaches are mandatory reporters.
IL: Roskam: Human trafficking a growing threat in suburbs
Daily Herald – April 24, 2014
On the federal level, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam is co-sponsoring legislation to combat human trafficking. The measure includes requiring states to take steps to identify, prevent and address sex trafficking of youths in foster care, officials said.
NJ: E.R. Doctor Had No Duty To Report To DYFS That Child Drank Cologne (Requires registration)
New Jersey Law Journal – April 23, 2014
In a ruling eagerly awaited by the medical community, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that an emergency room physician was not negligent for failing to contact child welfare authorities after treating a 2-year-old girl who had ingested cologne.
NV: CCSD hastens teachers’ reporting of child abuse suspicions
Las Vegas Sun – April 24, 2014
The Clark County School Board unanimously adopted new regulations Thursday that require teachers and staff to report suspected child abuse cases “as soon as possible” to authorities.
OR: Court: Oregon can vaccinate children in its care
Associated Press – April 24, 2014
Children in the custody of the state can be immunized over the objections of their biological parents, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case that involves the eight children of a couple with religious objections to vaccinations.
SC: GOP senator joins calls for Haley to fire SC Social Services chief
The State – April 23, 2014
State Sen. Katrina Shealy, R-Lexington, called on Republican Gov. Nikki Haley to fire the chief of South Carolina’s child-welfare agency Wednesday.
TX: El Paso Struggles With Lack of English-Speaking Foster Homes
Texas Tribune – April 24, 2014
Nearly a quarter of the young children who came to the Child Crisis Center in El Paso in 2013 were from military families. Many ended up in the emergency shelter after state officials could not find English-speaking foster care families in the heavily Hispanic community who could effectively communicate with them.
VA: 13 laptops for Richmond foster youths idle after a year
Richmond Times-Dispatch – April 24, 2014
Thirteen laptops intended for foster youths in the city of Richmond have been sitting unused for nearly a year due to procurement issues in the city’s troubled Department of Social Services, according to the office of City Auditor/Inspector General Umesh Dalal.
WV: Child Advocacy Centers Try to Minimize Victims’ Trauma (Includes video)
WDTV – April 24, 2014
After someone makes a report of abuse, children have to tell their story. The Marion County Child Advocacy Center is there to let them do that as comfortably as possible.
WV: Kanawha prosecutor, office barred from child-abuse cases
West Virginia Gazette – April 23, 2014
Kanawha County prosecutors are barred from cases involving parents abusing their children while their boss faces similar charges, a judge ruled Wednesday.
US: Cortana doesn’t talk to kids, thanks to child protection laws
C/Net – April 25, 2014
Microsoft’s new voice-activated virtual assistant for Windows Phone falls foul of US child-protection rules and can’t be used by anyone under the age of 13. If anyone under the age of 13 asks Cortana for help, it responds with, “I’m sorry, you’ll need to be bit older before I can help you.”
US: Fighting Obama’s Deportation Policies Without Papers-and Without Fear
The Nation – April 24, 2014
Undocumented immigrants risk everything to reunite their families.
Philippines: Lutheran ambassadors head to Philippines, hoping for adoption success
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – April 24, 2014
Lutheran Social Services, like many international adoption programs, used to have a summer camp for older youths that brought them stateside to interact with prospective families. Those programs are effective; many families have become whole because of them. But they also can be traumatic for the children, who are taken out of their familiar surroundings for a whirlwind week or two of fun, then returned to wait, often more than a year, for news of their future.
AZ: 6 fired for closing Arizona child abuse reports
Associated Press – April 24, 2014
On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Charles Flanagan, director of the newly established Division of Child Safety and Family Services, announced the firing of five senior employees who orchestrated a plan that led to more than 6,500 abuse and neglect cases being closed without investigations, in Phoenix.
CA: Calif. Discusses Alternative Placements for Older, Pregnant Foster Youth
The Chronicle of Social Change – April 23, 2014
Proposed state legislation scheduled for debate in the California Assembly’s Human Services Committee on Tuesday aims to bring pregnant and parenting foster youth a much-needed housing alternative.
HI: State may extend time to sue for child sex abuse
Associated Press – April 23, 2014
Victims of child sexual abuse in Hawaii would have more time to file lawsuits against abusers if lawmakers and the governor approve one of two bills pending in the Legislature.
IN: More Hoosier children need adoption or foster parents (Includes Video)
WTHI – April 23, 2014
The job of a parent is an important role in a child’s life. It’s also a powerful role; but not every child in the state of Indiana has a parent to turn to.
KS: Senate passes bill giving foster parents greater say in child welfare cases
Kansas.com – April 23, 2014
Legislation known as the “foster parents’ bill of rights” easily passed the Senate on Wednesday. But one Sedgwick County senator said she worried that the bill would give foster parents rights in child welfare cases at the expense of grandparents.
MT: Nuns ask to bring diocese back to Montana court
Associated Press – April 22, 2014
An order of nuns facing child sex abuse lawsuits wants to bring the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena back into state court, saying the diocese should have to pay part of any judgment against the Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province.
NJ: Former chief of human services for Bergen threatens lawsuit
New Jersey.com – April 23, 2014
The former head of Bergen County’s Department of Human Services filed notice with the county Tuesday stating that she intends to file a “whistle-blower” lawsuit unless a dispute that led to her sudden demotion last week is resolved.
OK: Tulsa Adoption Agency Chosen To Pair American Parents, Vietnamese Children (Includes Video)
News On 6 – April 23, 2014
Tulsa-based adoption agency Dillon International is hoping to get back to finding families for children from Vietnam.
PA: Shift in Culture Needed to Prevent Child Abuse (Opinion)
StateCollege.com – April 23, 2014
Everyone from citizens to politicians, need to be part of a shift in culture in order to prevent child abuse in America, according to James Hmurovich, CEO and president of Prevent Child Abuse America.
WI: Gov. Scott Walker signs disability, foster care, law enforcement investigation bills
The Daily Cardinal – April 23, 2014
The bills extend the age that foster care can be provided from 19 to 21, while allowing the Department of Children and Families licensed shelter care facilities to provide services to children even if they are not involved in a current court case.
US: Justices void $3.4 million child pornography award
New York Times – April 24, 2014
The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside a $3.4 million award to a victim of child pornography who had sought restitution from a man convicted of viewing images of her. That figure was too much, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for a five-justice majority, returning the case to the lower courts to apply a new and vague legal standard to find a lower amount that was neither nominal nor too severe.
US: Adopted Children More Likely to Live in Highly Educated Home, Census Bureau Reports
PR Newswire – April 23, 2014
Seventeen percent of adopted children under age 18 lived with a householder with a graduate or professional degree, according to American Community Survey statistics available in a new report (http://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/p20-572.pdf) released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. In comparison, 12 percent of biological children and 6 percent of stepchildren lived with a householder with at least one of these degrees.
US: Half of foreign adopted children from Asia
USA Today – April 23, 2014
Thirteen percent of adopted children under 18 across the USA were adopted from foreign countries, and more than half were born in Asia, according to a Census report released Wednesday.
US: NSA Kept Secret Child Abuse Employee Confessions During Polygraph Tests Not Reported
McClatchy News – April 23, 2014
The nation’s spy satellite agency failed to notify authorities when some employees and contractors confessed during lie detector tests to crimes such as child molestation, an intelligence inspector general has concluded.
Canada: A big day for adopted children: Government expected to open up records
Winnipeg Free Press – April 23, 2014
The Selinger government is expected to introduce legislation today to open up adoption records to those who were adopted in March 1999 and earlier. (A 1999 Manitoba law opened up the province’s records but only for those born after March 15 of that year.)
India: Child Welfare Council lacks facility to train special kids
TNN – April 23, 2014
Moreover, these eight children of special needy category have Free for Adoption (FFA) certificates but no parents are ready to adopt them. The council officials claim that the state of mind of the children would entirely change once they get a homely care and have instances to prove the same.
AR: State child care advocates to rally at state Capitol against child abuse
The Associated Press – April 23, 2014
The Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Division of Children and Family Service is to join child advocates, parents, judges, children, and others in a rally at the state Capitol against child abuse.
CA: Commission Calls For New Office to Monitor Child Welfare System (Includes Video)
NBC Southern California – April 22, 2014
Members of a commission that concluded the county’s child welfare system is “in crisis” urged the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to overhaul the system by adopting a series of recommendations, including the creation of an Office of Child Protection.
CA: County board wants more study of child protection reform plan
Los Angeles Times – April 22, 2014
Los Angeles County supervisors have begun weighing a blue ribbon commission panel’s recommendations to dramatically rework the safety net for tens of thousands of abused and neglected children.
CO: Child Abuse Prevention: What All Parents Need to Know (Includes Video)
KKTV 11 News – April 22, 2014
Celeste Bogdanoff spends her days in interview rooms at Safe Passage in Colorado Springs talking to the youngest victims of physical and sexual abuse.
FL: Florida’s child-welfare system to get $47 million boost
WESH – April 22, 2014
House and Senate negotiators said Tuesday they had agreed to spend about $47 million in new money on Florida’s child-welfare system, which has been the focus of legislative scrutiny after a series of children’s deaths from abuse and neglect last year.
GA: Department of Human Services moves forward on public-private foster care pilot program
The Associated Press – April 22, 2014
The Department of Human Services has announced regions where it will test a public-private partnership to run Georgia’s foster care system.
IL: Priest in 2nd child abuse investigation won’t be alone with kids: archdiocese
Chicago Sun-Times – April 22, 2014
A Chicago Catholic priest, who became the subject of a second child abuse allegation on Monday, will remain in active ministry but will not be alone with children, the archdiocese of Chicago said Tuesday.
KY: Child Abuse Memorial Service (Video)
The Winchester Sun – April 23, 2014
The annual Clark County Child Abuse Memorial was held Tuesday in front of the Clark County Courthouse.
NM: Leadership duo supports Foster kids
Deming Headlight – April 22, 2014
The course Rodriguez and Mackey completed teaches leadership skills that allow people to bring back their knowledge to their regions in order to better serve their community through different implemented programs.
NY: Child Welfare Effort Avoids Taking Kids from Home by Giving them One
City Limits – April 23, 2014
There’s growing interest in using supportive housing to help families whose children might otherwise end up in the foster-care system.
OH: Child abuse persistent despite growing awareness
limaohio.com – April 22, 2014
Fulton County is no exception to the far-reaching cycle of child abuse. In 2013, 806 cases of abuse of youth from ages 0-18 were reported, and about half of those investigated. The year’s total included 61 reports of sexual abuse, 85 of physical abuse, 83 of emotional maltreatment, 197 of neglect, and six of dependency (being unable to care for children).
OH: The signs of child abuse can help end it (Includes Video)
WDTN – April 22, 2014
An organization made up of doctors is asking for help in curbing child abuse.
OK: One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents
National Public Radio – April 23, 2014
President Obama has called repeatedly on Congress to help states pay for “high-quality preschool” for all. In fact, those two words – “high quality” – appear time and again in the president’s prepared remarks. They are also a refrain among early childhood education advocates and researchers. But what do they mean? And what separates the best of the nation’s preschool programs from the rest? NPR found one answer to those questions in Tulsa, Okla. The city is known as a national leader in early childhood education.
SC: Sen. Lourie calls on Haley to fire DSS chief, says child deaths are not decreasing
The State – April 22, 2014
State Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Richland, called for Gov. Nikki Haley to fire her Department of Social Services chief who he says is overseeing an agency that is not following state laws governing how often case workers must see victims of alleged abuse. Also (with Department’s response): Senator involved in DSS investigative panel calls for governor to remove agency head: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140422/PC1603/140429811/1005/state-senator-calls-for-removal-of-dss-director
WI: Healthy Families works to eliminate potential risks of child abuse
WXOW.com – April 22, 2014
It’s a program for new parents to help them learn about their role as parents, how to communicate with their baby, and how to cope with the stresses of parenthood.
WI: Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson: We all play a role in preventing child abuse (Opinion)
The Cap Times – April 22, 2014
In order to prevent child abuse and neglect, and not simply react to it, we have revamped our approaches to address the entire family.
US: Raising A Child With Reactive Attachment Disorder (Video)
Huffington Post – April 22, 2014
A disproportionate number of children from foster care and orphanages suffer from Reactive Attachment Disorder, the inability for children to bond with others. We explore the challenges of adoption and talk with parents who are raising RAD kids.
US: Shackling Mothers in Prison
Huffington Post – April 22, 2014
Years ago, I had the honor of meeting mothers who endured the terrible experience of giving birth to their children in shackles. Now, this week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will release “Best Practices in the Use of Restraints with Pregnant Women and Girls.”
Canada: Province tables bill to amend child welfare laws
Edmonton Journal – April 23, 2014
The Tories on Tuesday proposed a new law that could improve the way Alberta investigates the deaths of children in foster care, and force ministry officials to divulge far more information about how and why these deaths occur.
Canada: Manitoba government signals move to open more adoption records
GlobalPost – April 22, 2014
The Manitoba government appears set to further open adoption records to allow more people to find relatives and learn about their background.
Canada: One-third of Canadians ‘have experienced child abuse’
The Telegraph – April 22, 2014
Almost one-third of Canadians have experienced physical or sexual abuse at home during childhood, according to a study that warnedof a link to mental disorders and suicide.
Czech Republic: Almost 500 Czech kids join step families abroad since 2000
Prague Daily Monitor – April 23, 2014
Almost 500 Czech children offered for adoption have ended abroad, mainly in Denmark, Germany and Italy, and they are successful there, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes yesterday, adding that the first who left 14 years ago are already studying at secondary schools.