Child Death and Child Abuse Articles (for July 2015 – find your state/country here)

July 26, 2015 in Child Death, Foster Care, Health and Mental Health, International Child Abuse, Invisible Children, Politics and Funding, Public Policy by Mike Tikkanen

magnificent double exposure lacrosse mississippi river lampshadeKARA tracks child abuse and death articles from around the nation (and some international cases).  Most non death child abuse cases never make it into the media.  This page is KARA’s discovery of information through July 26 2015 and is only a fraction of this child welfare news around the nation.  For a look farther back in time for child abuse and child death news click here.  ALL ADULTS ARE THE PROTECTORS OF ALL CHILDREN

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DHS Involved before Denver Child’s death July 9th 23 month old Javion Johnson –Denver Mayor orders impact team to investigate DHS

Russell Flowers arrested in beating death of Louisiana Child (Ouachita – July 19)

July 14, Hagerstown Maryland, mother and uncle charged in beating death of 9 year old boy

July 14, Federal judge orders documents released Dept of Child Protection in death of 4 year old Topeka Kansas child Mekhi Boone

July 23, man kills wife and stepsons in Forsyth County Georgia

July 14 Richmond Virginia, 3 face felony murder in death of child

July 14 Missoula Montana $200,000 bail in child death case

July 13 Florida dad accidentally fatally shoots six year old daughter in the face

July 14, SoHo New York, unlicensed daycare shut down after death of 3 month old boy

Pueblo Colorado, July 9, Foster parents enter plea in 2 year old Chassie Pietrolungo (foster child’s) death

July 15 Henrico County Virginia, Clarence raiford jr, alexis denis raiford and william corey moore charged with murder in the death of three year old Zyon Thompson

White Cloud Michigan, July 8, Matthew Bradley pleads guilty to concealing 4 month old Natallya Rich’s dead body in a car seat and hiding her in a cabinet

Syracuse New York, July 7, Father charge in 2nd degree murder of six year old daughter’s death & tampering with witness

Las Vegas Nevada, July 2, Jondrew Magil Lachaux and Kellie Cherie Phillips indicted on conspiring to abandon their medically fragile 3 year old child.

Chicago Illinois, July 5, 7 year old Amari Brown accidently shot dead by gang member

Bloomington Illinois, July 1, Thomas Meece seeking release from state mental health facility 5 years after not guilty by reason of insanity verdict in brutal murder of 14 month old daughter Erika Meece.

AK: Angels among us: Care for Alaska’s children
Alaska Dispatch News – July 23, 2015
Across the state, there are over 2,600 children who are in out-of-home care, most residing in foster care. Additionally, while Alaska Native children make up about 17 percent of the state’s overall population, they represent 62 percent of our foster care population. Alaska Native foster families are especially needed for these children.

CA: Settlement reached in tortured teen case (Video)
News 10 NBC – July 23, 2015
Sacramento County Child Protective Services and a teen that was tortured for seven years reached a multi-million dollar settlement.

CO: A Brighter Day Selects Automated Marketing Group to Launch New Site and Social Media Initiatives (Press release)
PR Log – July 23, 2015
Automated Marketing Group, a full-service marketing agency, has been selected by A Brighter Day to redesign their website and launch a social media and email marketing campaign. A Brighter Day is a Colorado nonprofit that provides child placement and foster care services.

CT: Other states reduce dependence on group homes
Post and Courier – July 23, 2015
The Connecticut department’s most “urgent focus” was the high number of children in group homes, according to a report published earlier this year by the Annie E. Casey Foundation called “The Connecticut Turnaround.” ( Information Gateway Resource: Outcomes in Group and Residential Care:

FL: Community Spotlight: Manatee Community Action Agency Receives Five-Year, $4.98 Million Annual Head Start Grant
The Bradenton Times – July 24, 2015
Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide early education to children from birth to five years of age, whose families live at or below the poverty level, who are homeless, whose families receive public assistance, to children in foster care, and to children with disabilities. MCAA has operated Head Start and Early Head Start programs continuously since 1968.

FL: DCF: Nearly 1,400 new foster homes licensed in 2014
Florida News Service – July 24, 2015
There are now more than 4,800 providers statewide, caring for roughly 10,000 kids at any given time.

HI: Mom Challenges State’s Child Abuse Registry
Courthouse News – July 23, 2015
Eight years after the death of her newborn daughter, a mother is grappling with the system that listed her in Hawaii’s child abuse registry.

MA: Despite Court Ruling, Survey Finds Child Welfare Professionals Oppose Corporal Punishment
NewsWise – July 23, 2015
Tulane University researcher Catherine Taylor surveyed more than 500 mental health professionals, physicians and other members of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), a national organization for professionals who work to prevent and respond to child abuse, this summer to gauge their opinions on corporal punishment, including spanking, and whether they felt comfortable advising parents on this topic. Almost 75 percent of respondents said spanking is harmful for children and a majority believe it is a bad disciplinary technique; leads to the child being more, not less, aggressive; seldom or never leads to better self-control and sometimes leads to the child being physically abused.

MS: Child advocacy group says some foster children in critical situations
Mississippi News Now – July 24, 2015
An update on the long running foster care lawsuit against the State of Mississippi; The state may consider making the child welfare unit a separate agency. U.S. District Judge Tom Lee signed an order Thursday. The state agrees to hire consultants who will recommend changes to the system, including whether the unit should become separate from the Department of Human Services. Also: Child welfare may be spun off: Also: Agreement could lead to separate Miss. child welfare agency:

MS: Foster care failures can’t continue (Opinion)
Meridian Star – July 23, 2015
Eleven years ago, a child advocacy group filed a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi on behalf of eight children in the state’s child foster care system. Eleven years later, the state has yet to meet minimum requirements mandated under two court-ordered settlements that were a result of the lawsuit.

NY: Investigative Post: Child abuse unit still struggling
WGRZ – July 23, 2015
Kim Henderson lasted a year as a caseworker investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect.

NY: New lawsuit addresses ‘irreparable’ harm in foster care system
Amsterdam News – July 23, 2015
Last Wednesday afternoon, Public Advocate Letitia James confirmed what many have been suspecting for years: Children are being abused and neglected in the New York City’s foster care system.

SC: Abuse allegations haunt lucrative group homes (Includes video)
Post and Courier – July 23, 2015
A high-profile child sex abuse lawsuit forced this group home to close last year — the campus has since reopened as a Christian campground. But that was too late for John Roe, who says he was repeatedly molested by a Boys Home of the South worker more than a decade ago.

SC: Warehousing Our Children: South Carolina laws hide child abuse inside group homes
Post and Courier – July 23, 2015
An untold number of foster children in South Carolina custody are neglected, drugged, beaten and molested in group homes and institutions where the state warehouses them for millions of dollars a year at taxpayer expense.

WA: Fixes to juvenile justice must be done carefully (Opinion)
Tri-City Herald – July 24, 2015
An effort to reauthorize the more than 40-year-old Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act is making its way through Congress, and if approved, one particular piece of it would affect Washington more than any other state.

US: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Releases Comprehensive Report on Status of Care for Unaccompanied Children
PRNewswire (Press Release) – July 23, 2015
The report, titled “At the Crossroads for Unaccompanied Migrant Children”, was informed by a series of three national roundtable meetings convened in 2014 by a diverse group of legal and social service providers at the peak of the arrivals of Central American children and families seeking protection in the United States. Report: Also: Feds leave illegal immigrant children in lurch: Report:

US: Fact Sheet: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA
White House (Press Release) – July 20, 2015
In July, HHS’s Office For Civil Rights, in collaboration with the Administration for Children and Families and The Department of Justice, will release a Dear Colleague letter reminding State and local child welfare agencies and courts of their legal obligation to ensure that individuals with disabilities are afforded equal access and opportunities to benefit from and participate in child welfare programs, services, and activities. This is part of a planned guidance series that will address the applicability of federal civil rights laws to child welfare programs and activities. The ADA Legacy Project website:



Bulgaria: The other faces of adoption
Bulgaria National Radio (BNR) – July 23, 2015
Mariana is a social worker. Her adventure of 1,650 km is in support of the legislative changes, related to the secret of adoption. “The right of anyone to know his or her roots, also medical reasons related with history of family diseases and a prevention of the chance of marriages between relatives”: these are the main reasons given for the dropping of the adoption secret.

Canada: Assembly of First Nations National Chief Says UN Human Rights Committee Report More Evidence on Need to Close the Gap Between First Nations and Canada, Way Forward is Action on First Nations Rights
Canada Newswire – July 23, 2015
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde stated that today’s five year review report by the United Nations Human Rights Committee on its Concluding Observations on Canada reinforces Canada’s obligations to close the gap in the quality of life between First Nations and Canada by upholding Indigenous rights. Also: Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates calls on provincial and federal leaders to take immediate actions to reducing indigenous children in care:

India: US adopts most Indian orphans, followed by Italians and Spaniards
The Economic Times – July 24, 2015
The US adopts most number of Indian children from various orphanages across the country, followed by Italy and Spain, the government said today. According to the data provided by Women and Child Development Ministry in a written reply in Lok Sabha, America adopted 108, 156, 133 and 36 children in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 respectively.

Uganda: CSO’S demand amendment of Children’s Act
New Vision – July 23, 2015
The coalitions of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) want the Children Act 2015 to be amended to promote adoption within Uganda. This, they say, will reduce the rampant child trafficking in the country.


AR: Paying it Forward to South Arkansas Organization that Helps Children in Foster Care – July 22, 2015
A simple drive across town turned into an opportunity for a South Arkansas woman to make a difference for foster children in Union County.

AZ: Arizona still ranks near bottom of Kids Count data
Today’s New Herald – July 23, 2015
Despite improvement in 11 of 15 child welfare indicators, Arizona still ranks near the bottom of a national ranking of child health, education and welfare statistics.

AZ: DCS vows to speed up licensing time for new foster parents
KPHO/KTVK – July 23, 2015
Arizona is in desperate need of more foster families. As some families are finding out, though, signing up to help is a process that takes quite a long time.

CA: Educators Take Aim at Needs of Younger Foster Youth
Chronicle of Social Change – July 22, 2015
California’s biggest school district put most of its funding for foster youth into extra high school services. But research, and advocates for youth in care, suggest that the problems start far earlier. Information Gateway Resource: Educational Issues and Services in Out-of-Home Care:

CA: LA Child Welfare Community Waits for Final Word on Child Protection Office Director
The Chronicle of Social Change – July 22, 2015
After conducting two rounds of interviews with the four finalists, Los Angeles’ Board of Supervisors has still not decided who will be hired as the Director of the county’s recently formed Office of Child Protection.

CA: Social Worker, and Part-Time Hacker, Builds Apps for Child Welfare (Includes video)
Chronicle of Social Change – July 21, 2015
Social worker Ruby Guillen’s shift at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the largest child welfare agency in the U.S., starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 2:30 a.m.–except when serious incidents occur and keep her on the job even longer.

FL: Increase in foster care homes in Florida
WJXT – July 22, 2015
CBC lead agencies throughout the state recruit, license and match foster parents with children in need of short and long-term homes. Each CBC works to address the unique needs of their communities when recruiting foster parents.

FL: One path to green card: Cite child abuse
Miami Herald – July 22, 2015
A label mostly scorned and feared by mothers and fathers in the United States, the designation “offending parent,” is being embraced and sought by parents thousands of miles away.

MN: $23.35 Million Allotted for Minn. Child Protection Services
WDIO – July 22, 2015
County child protection services across Minnesota are seeing $23.35 in additional funding after the legislature approved is based on recommendations from Gov. Mark Dayton’s Task Force on the Protection of Children.

MN: Minnesota broke own rules in sending disabled teen to St. Peter mental hospital
Minneapolis Star Tribune – July 22, 2015
The Minnesota Department of Human Services violated a federal court order when it sent a violent, developmentally disabled teenager to the state’s adult psychiatric hospital in St. Peter, where he brutally assaulted a staff member on July 13, according to court documents reviewed by the Star Tribune.

MN: Olmsted County adds child protection workers – July 22, 2015
Olmsted County is set to add four new child protection positions to its Child and Family Services Division with the help of $492,800 in state funding.

NY: EC Department of Social Services Monthly Legislative Report Reveals Drop in Caseloads, Rise in Closed Cases
Office of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (Press Release) – July 22, 2015
The Erie County Department of Social Services’ monthly report to the Erie County Legislature for June 2015 shows a significant decrease in both the total Child Protective Services (“CPS”) caseload size across the Department as well as in the number of cases closed by the last day of the month.

OK: Askins Plans to Focus on Foster Children Plan
Oklahoma Watch – July 22, 2015
Former Lt. Gov. Jari Askins said she’s focused on overcoming obstacles hindering the implementation of the state’s Pinnacle Plan to help foster children and not seeking to become a cabinet secretary or the director of a state agency.

PA: Armstrong agencies keeping close watch on state budget woes
TribLIVE – July 23, 2015
A pair of social agencies in Armstrong County are working to ensure services won’t be interrupted if a state budget isn’t adopted soon.

TN: Child Advocacy Center discusses handling of child abuse cases (Includes video)
FOX 13 – July 22, 2015
Wight could not talk specifics about two-week-old Christian Moore’s case. She did tell FOX13 they are seeing an increase in caseloads because more people are reporting child abuse, adding there are still some afraid to report.

TX: Expert says potty training a common cause of child abuse (Includes video)
KXAN – July 22, 2015
“I think it’s horrifying for the child not only today, but for their future,” said Amanda Van Hoozer, Director of Program Services with the Center for Child Protection. “What’s going to happen to this kid? How is this kiddo going to be effected by what has happened?” Van Hoozer said she’s not only concerned for Davis’ little girl, but other children going through similar situations.

VA: Police say be on the lookout for child abuse during summer (Includes video)
WSLS – July 22, 2015
Most child abuse cases during the year are reported by adults who work in the school system. Reports greatly decrease during the summer months. Police say not because the abuse decreases, but because there are less people around to detect it.

WV: Finding A Family–Adoption Law
WBOY – July 22, 2015
“It’s really touching when a child comes from a difficult home and a family has opened up their doors and taken them in as their own,” said Hausman. “That’s always a nice ending.”

US: Class Action Consequences: The Dangers of Measuring Quantity Instead of Quality
Chronicle of Social Change – July 22, 2015
Obviously, these legal advocates are trying to help children caught up in these systems. However, as a social worker in the District of Columbia for five years, I was surprised to learn that court oversight often hindered my ability to help my clients



Spain: Spain raises minimum marriage age from 14 to 16 to boost child protection
Fox News – July 23, 2015
Spain has raised the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16 to boost protection of minors and bring the country in line with its European Union neighbors. The legislation came into effect Thursday and follows recommendations from United Nations experts and child protection groups

United Kingdom: MI5 child abuse cover-up after security chief said it would ’embarrass Government’
Express – July 23, 2015
A senior MP suspected of child abuse was let off the hook by MI5 because it would “embarrass the Government”, an explosive secret document has revealed.

United Kingdom: Let her appeal! MPs back gran, 58, branded too old to adopt granddaughter: Decision labelled ‘disturbing’ as campaigners say couple must be allowed to argue their case
Daily Mail – July 22, 2015
Pressure was growing yesterday for the couple prevented from adopting their only grandchild because they were ‘too old’ to be allowed to appeal. MPs and campaigners branded the case ‘disturbing’ and said the grandparents must be given a chance to argue their case.

AL: Report: Nearly 300,000 of Alabama’s children live in poverty (Includes video)
WBMA – July 21, 2015
A new report on child welfare suggests there are more U.S. Children living in poverty than before 2008 at the beginning of the great recession. While on average 22 percent of children are living in poverty across the nation, in Alabama that number jumps to 27 percent. The information comes from the latest Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CA: Uncharted Waters: Data Analytics and Child Protection in Los Angeles
Chronicle of Social Change – July 20, 2015
Los Angeles County is home to the largest child welfare system in the world. Last year, child abuse investigators working for the sprawling Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) fought through a crush of 220,000 reports of child abuse. In an effort to help these harried investigators make better decisions, the department contracted with SAS, the world’s largest private software firm, to test out risk modeling.

FL: Children’s group gets $7.3M Microsoft grant
Pensacola News Journal – July 21, 2015
Children’s Home Society of Florida, the state’s leading provider of services to vulnerable children and families, has been awarded a $7.3 million grant from Microsoft’s YouthSpark Software Grants program. The award will help bridge the digital learning divide for disadvantaged youth. In addition, Microsoft employee volunteers will help Children’s Home Society of Florida change the technological face of child welfare in Florida and the nation.

GA: Bibb County ranks near bottom of state for children living in poverty
The Telegraph – July 21, 2015
In Georgia, more than one in four children are living in poverty, and the numbers get worse in Bibb County, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count report.

IL: More Illinois kids living in poverty than before recession, report says
Daily News – July 22, 2015
More Illinois children lived in poverty in 2013 than before the recession, consistent with a troubling national trend that runs contrary to news of an economic rebound, according to a new report on child welfare.

KS: Latest Kids Count Rankings Show Kansas Up In Child Health, Down In Poverty
KCUR – July 21, 2015
Kansas improved its ranking in child health but dropped in child poverty in the latest data released by a national nonprofit that advocates for children.

LA: Older children often neglected in adoption process
Shreveport Times – July 21, 2015
According to the Children’s Action Network “several foster care alumni studies show that without a lifelong connection to a caring adult, these older youth are often left vulnerable to a host of adverse situations.”

LA: School Board debates employment of convicted felons
Associated Press – July 17, 2015
A proposal before the Calcasieu Parish School Board will allow for the hiring of people who were convicted of a felony not listed in the state Child Protection Act.

MD: Area children are in “dire need” of foster homes
SoMdNews – July 22, 2015
In St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties, there is an extreme shortage of resource families to act as foster parents. The low number of resource families in these counties places a strain on the handful that currently exist. Simultaneously, the shortage is leaving children and youth in dire need of homes that provide for their emotional, social, physical and developmental needs.

MI: Watchdog agency probing child-welfare workers’ actions in toddlers’ deaths – July 21, 2015
The watchdog agency for the state’s child welfare system is probing whether Children’s Protective Services workers did enough to prevent the recent deaths of two Kalamazoo-area toddlers.

MS: Foster Care Overhaul Coming to Mississippi?
Jackson Free Press – July 21, 2015
The state admitted that it has not met court-order requirements in a 7-year-old lawsuit, Olivia Y v. Bryant, intended to change the state’s foster care system. Also: New agreement reached in foster care lawsuit:

NC: Five Programmatic Lessons in Scaling Impact
Stanford Social Innovation Review (Blog) – July 21, 2015
A look at how a number of Social Innovation Fund subgrantees are successfully developing program strategies for greater growth and impact.

NC: What’s at stake in the budget debate (Opinion)
Triangle Tribune – July 21, 2015
The annual Kids Count survey by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that tracks child welfare in states was released this week and couldn’t have come at a better time, as lawmakers are putting a final state budget together and setting priorities for public investments.

NY: Report: More Children In Poverty Now Than During The Recession
WXXI – July 21, 2015
In New York State, 23 percent of children are living in poverty, up from 19 percent in 2008. Studies have shown that over half of Rochester children live in poverty.

OH: Wife of National Guardsman sentenced in case linked to ‘re-homing’
Reuters – July 21, 2015
The wife of an Ohio National Guardsman was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for trying to cover up her husband’s sexual abuse of three young girls in their care. At the time of the abuse, Emily Kruse, 37, was participating in an underground network used to send unwanted adopted children from family to family.

PA: Commissioners support child abuse center in Blair
Altoona Mirror – July 22, 2015
Blair County commissioners offered their support Tuesday for submission of a grant request that, if awarded, could help the county move a step closer toward establishing a child advocacy center or alternative improvements.

RI: Rhode Island Children’s Cabinet meets for first time in eight years
WRPI – July 21, 2015
Governor Gina Raimondo (D-Rhode Island) has reconvened the Children’s Cabinet. The group hasn’t met since 2007. Also: Raimondo Sets Vision to Expand Opportunity for Children, Families: Governor Convenes Children’s Cabinet, Takes Action to Strengthen Supports for Kids:

SC: South Carolina Ranks 42nd For Child Well-Being (Includes video)
WTLX – July 21, 2015
South Carolina went from ranking 45th to 42nd in children’s overall well-being. The report done by The Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at health, economic well-being and education across the county and then breaks it down by state.

TN: National child welfare report ranks Tennessee 36th
Associated Press – July 22, 2015
The report ranks child well-being across four domains with Tennessee ranking 38th in economic well-being, 36th in education, 30th in health and 37th in family and community. The state improved or remained the same on 11 of 16 measures.

TN: Infant safe after abuse caught on camera (Includes video)
WMC – July 21, 2015
The video has been watched over 100,000 times on Facebook. A woman was abusing an infant, throwing and kicking her 19-day-old baby.

UT: Same-sex Couples Join Ranks of Utah Foster Families
Associated Press – July 22, 2015
The couple married shortly after a federal judge struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage in December 2013, and they applied to become foster parents after the state started recognizing the unions nearly a year later.

UT: Report shows well-being of Utah children has improved
Associated Press – July 21, 2015
A relatively strong economy has helped Utah rank among the top 10 states for the well-being of children, even though the number living in poverty increased, according to a national child welfare report released Tuesday.

US: Kidsave brings children in need of homes and US families together
Christian Science Monitor – July 21, 2015
Terry Baugh and Ms. Thompson were compelled to find a way to help. They founded Kidsave, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding permanent homes and families for children in orphanages. It also seeks to help often-forgotten older orphans and foster children grow up in a family environment and connected to adults who will provide care and nurturing.

US: Talking Adoption: How Adoption Became a Christian “Trend”
Pantheos – July 21, 2015
Little did I know that adoption and foster care have a longstanding tradition within evangelicalism, fundamentalism, and other modern non-denominational churches. In 2013, the New York Times called it an “orphan boom.” Leaders like Rick Warren have called for Christians to become foster parents. The movement has been so big that it’s inspired a backlash; the first result on a Google search for “Christian adoption” is a scathing tell-all about a fundamentalist family’s four failed adoptions of children from Liberia.


Still Creek Ranch — Memorial Service for Margaret O’Quinn
KTBX – July 22, 2015
Memorial Service for Margaret O’Quinn, co-founder and longtime director of Still Creek Ranch. During her lifetime, Margaret O’Quinn impacted hundreds of children’s lives, providing them with hope and a future through the saving truth of Jesus Christ. O’Quinn and her husband, Danny, founded and ran the ranch for abused, neglected and abandoned children for 24 years.

Canada: Child welfare needs fresh approach (Opinion)
Winnipeg Sun – July 21, 2015
Manitoba’s NDP government had more than 15 years to overhaul the province’s child welfare system, a system they criticized relentlessly when they were in opposition.

India: Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi urges Assam to adopt strategy to curb trafficking
IBN Live – July 21, 2015
A state-level action plan for prevention of trafficking with a state-level steering committee headed by the chief minister and appointment of a nodal officer at the Assam Resident Commissioner’s office in Delhi were the other two suggestions put forward by him.

Ireland: Foster care in ancient Ireland was an ancient and beloved tradition
Irish Central – July 22, 2015
Ireland has a strange history when it comes to the care of its children. Sometimes, it seems as if they were treated as possessions to be traded rather than flesh and blood to be cherished, our country’s future.

AZ: Goldwater Institute Seeks Protection for Native American Children
Tucson Weekly – July 20, 2015
Recently, the Goldwater Institute held a press conference announcing the filing of a class action lawsuit challenging race based separate and unequal treatment regarding foster and adoptive placement of Native American children.

AZ: No surprise: Cutting child services has had negative consequences (Opinion)
Arizona Daily Star – July 18, 2015
A new independent analysis of Arizona’s child welfare has found evidence of what many in the field already know to be true: during the recession, the Legislature cut funding for the vital safety net services, like subsidized day care, precisely when an increasing number of struggling families needed them most.

CA: County Not Liable for Social Worker’s Assault on Foster Child
Metropolitan News-Enterprise – July 20, 2015
A county is not liable for the acts of an employee who sexually assaulted a foster child at the social worker’s apartment, the Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled. Div. Three affirmed Riverside Superior Court Judge Matthew C. Perantoni’s order granting summary judgment in favor of Riverside County, rejecting the claims of the now-20-year-old plaintiff, identified only as Z.V. The June 17 opinion was certified Thursday for publication.

CO: Boulder DA cites VineLife Church’s ‘disturbing culture of secrecy’ in sex-abuse cover-up
Boulder Daily Camera – July 20, 2015
Boulder prosecutors allege the four VineLife Church officials accused of covering up reports that a youth pastor at the church sexually assaulted a teenaged congregant have refused to accept responsibility for their actions and created a “disturbing culture of secrecy and non-disclosure” at the church.

CT: Editorial: Connecticut must do a better job of protecting children
New Haven Register – July 20, 2015
In what appears to be a disconcerting trend, 2013 marked the highest number of children killed in Connecticut than in any previous year, according to the Office of the Child Advocate’s Child Fatality Report: Children Birth to 3. There were 10 homicides of children age 3 and younger.

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