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

August 19, 2015 in Adoption, CASA, Child Death, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

cardinal best everKARA tracks children’s issues & 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 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

Auburn Foster Child Death ‘Very Difficult Case,’ Says DA CBS Local

AUBURN (CBS/AP) — Investigators are trying to determine how a 2-year-old girl died and a second young girl was left in critical condition after they …

DCF Visited Home Days Before Foster Child’s Death – NECN

Authorities investigate death of a foster child, injuries to another in foster home – Fox News

Auburn Foster Child’s Death Being Investigated By DCF – CBS Local

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Massachusetts governor vows full probe of foster child’s death Little is known about the circumstances of the child’s death. Officials said they were testing the air quality inside the foster home, and that an autopsy …
Ashland County man pleads guilty to causing child’s death Duluth News Tribune

An Ashland County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to causing the death of his girlfriend’s … The listed cause of death was battered child syndrome.

Wisconsin man pleads guilty in death of girlfriend’s child – WEAU

Wisconsin man pleads guilty in death of girlfriend’s child – WMTV

Northern Wisconsin man pleads guilty in death of girlfriend’s 2-year-old child – Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Mesa County foster mom pleads guilty in child’s death

The Denver Post

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A woman who was arrested in the death of a foster baby she was caring for has pleaded guilty to child abuse …


Inquest scheduled for child’s death seven years after her death


An inquest into the death of seven-year-old Katelynn Sampson has been scheduled seven years after her death. The Toronto girl was beaten to the …

Coroner announces inquest into death of Katelynn Sampson – Toronto Star

Coroner to hold inquest into death of Katelynn Sampson –

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WPSD Local 6

Mother pleads guilty in child death case

WPSD Local 6

An Illinois mother has pleaded guilty to charges in the 2011 death of her 8-year-old daughter, Franklin County State’s Attorney Evan L. Owens …

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Roanoke Times

Perdue denied bond in Franklin County child death case

Roanoke Times

A Glade Hill woman charged in the death of the 3-year-old boy she was caring for was denied bond Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court.

Bowling Green Daily News

BG man gets five years in child’s death

Bowling Green Daily News

24, 2012, death of Adrian Louis Maldonado, 18 months, who was found … detailing multiple blunt force injuries on the child’s head, chest and arms.

Perdue denied bond in child death case Franklin News Post

On May 12, she was charged with second-degree murder, child abuse and neglect in the death of Callen Lee Mullins. Her husband, David Perdue, …

Bloomington Pantagraph

Defense wants murder charges dismssed in child’s death

Bloomington Pantagraph

Fischer, 24, of Bloomington, was charged with child endangerment about a week after the March 26, 2013 death of her 3-year-old son, Robbie Cramer …

Mother guilty of concealing child’s death WiscNews

During a hearing in Sauk County Circuit Court, 33-year-old Brenda M. Bomstein pleaded guilty to one felony count of concealing the death of a child.


Report outlines CPS missteps before child’s death


While that relationship eventually soured, Winkler continued to care for the child while the boy’s mother started a new relationship with 22-year-old …

3News NZ

Child’s death: Tears of her friends

New Zealand Herald

The neighbour of a child found dead in Onehunga this morning says he heard the young girl’s mother screaming in the early hours one morning about …

Child’s death investigated – (press release)

Body of young child found in Onehunga – New Zealand Herald

Child found dead in Onehunga, Auckland – Auckland

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Gaston Gazette

Mother charged in child’s death re-arrested

Gaston Gazette

A woman charged with the death of her baby was back in Gaston County court Wednesday. Prosecutors say Phoebe Alanna Pieper hasn’t been …

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Police investigating child’s death in car in SE Austin


AUSTIN — Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 10-month-old boy at the Waffle … Police have not said if the man is the child’s father.

Police investigating child death in a car at South Austin Waffle House – Austin American-Statesman

Police Investigating Child’s Death in Car in Austin – KCEN-TV

Police investigating child’s death in car in SE Austin – KVUE

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3News NZ

Police investigate child’s death in Taupo

Radio New Zealand

A post mortem examination to establish cause of death will take place today and an … Police are not commenting on the nature of the child’s injuries.

Investigation underway following death of child – (press release)

Investigation underway following child’s death in Taupo – Voxy

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Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Capitol Digest: State funds available for child death costs

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

DES MOINES | AAA survey data released by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship indicates the average price of regular …


Report outlines CPS missteps before child’s death


FORT WORTH — A new state report reveals a series of missteps in the horrific abuse death of a two-year-old boy earlier this year. The case of Adrian …

Adrian Langlais: Mom’s Lover Beat Toddler To Death, Indictment Says — But State Could Have – The Inquisitr

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Sheriff’s Office awaiting autopsy results in child’s death Herald-Banner

The Hunt County Sheriff Office reported Tuesday that it is still investigating the suspicious death of 2-year-old Jordan Danger Lumsden.

13 Child Hyperthermia Death in Vehicle

Police investigating child death in a car at South Austin Waffle House 5:40 p.m. update: The child found dead in a sedan at a Southeast Austin Waffle …

Support after the death of a child The Jewish Standard – The Times of Israel

Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson offers “Holding Hands,” providing support after the death of a child, at JFS in Teaneck.

Spared death in 2008, man continues appeals in child rape

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — He was spared the death penalty by the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark 2008 decision. Now a man convicted in the 1998 …

Austin police investigating child’s death in car – WATCH The Police News

AUSTIN — Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 10-month-old boy at the Waffle House in southeast Austin.According to an Austin police …


Special prosecutor to handle Hot Springs child’s death Arkansas Times (blog)

Garland County Prosecuting Terri Harris tells me she’s completing paperwork asking for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate the death …

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Death row inmate asks for new trial in child’s death Washington Times

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – Death row inmate Jeffrey Havard is arguing in a motion for a new trial that evidence of Shaken Baby Syndrome used to convict …

Death row inmate asks for new trial in child’s death – WTVA

Death row inmate asks for new trial in child’s death – KSLA-TV

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KXXV News Channel 25

Bell County investigates child death

The Killeen Daily Herald

An investigation continues into the death of a 1-year-old child who was taken to Scott & White McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple on Wednesday …

Miami Herald

Homestead man gets 7 years prison for child death

Miami Herald

A Homestead man who tossed his toddler son onto a bed — causing a fatal blow to the child’s head — will serve seven years in prison. Angel Villegas …

The Globe and Mail

Palestinian child’s death in terrorist attack stirs call to end violence

The Globe and Mail

Inside were scorched photos of the family – Ali was shown as a smiling, chubby-cheeked child. … “His death must keep our Palestinian cause alive.” …

Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death – U.S. News & World Report

Palestinian infant burned to death in West Bank arson; IDF blame ‘Jewish terror’ – Haaretz

Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death – Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Helena Independent Record

State: Evidence insufficient for charges in child’s death

Helena Independent Record

The state does not have enough evidence to support criminal charges in the death of a 1-year-old Helena girl found unresponsive at her babysitter’s …

The Tennessean

Police: No foul play suspected in child’s death

The Tennessean

Arriving officers found a girl, who police say was about 2 years old, unresponsive and transported her to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at …


Indictments issued in 2 child deaths in Delaware

Delaware authorities say two women have been indicted in separate cases involving the deaths of two children in Sussex County. Authorities say …

Two women indicted for separate child deaths in Sussex County – WDEL 1150AM

Two women indicted for separate child deaths in Sussex Co. – Delaware 105.9

Indictments issued in 2 child deaths – Washington Post

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Medina baby’s death raises concerns about previous child’s passing, medical examiner’s office says

“The findings in Medina obviously raise concerns about the previous child’s death. The case is under review, and we’ll continue to monitor the current …

Father Arrested After Daughter’s Dead Body Found Rotting in Crib – People Magazine

Hundreds gather to mourn the death of baby girl, Ember Warfe in Medina, Ohio – Daily Mail

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Officials investigating child’s death as homicide The Killeen Daily Herald

Sheriff’s deputies are treating the death of an 11-month-old girl in Bell … The child was transported via ambulance to McLane Children’s Hospital Scott …

Religious Leaders in Uganda unite to end Maternal and Child deaths A Promise Renewed

Religious leaders in Uganda have committed to mobilize individuals and communities across the country to take action to improve maternal and child …

Police awaiting results of autopsy in child’s death Chautauqua Today

Authorities hope to have more answers today concerning the death of a 2-year-old boy in the town of Harmony. The boy, who was identified Joshua …


Fond du Lac Reporter

Hearings scheduled in Fond du Lac child death case – Fond du Lac Reporter

Fond du Lac Reporter

A plea/sentencing hearing and jury trial dates have been scheduled for the woman accused of negligence in the death of her child. Airrealle D. Smart …

Man accused in death of 1-year-old at large – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Man accused in death of 1-year-old at large | News – – – WISC-TV3

WISCONSIN — Man accused in death of 1-year-old at large – Beloit Daily News: Home – Beloit Daily News

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Fond du Lac Reporter

Woman accused in child death pleads not guilty – Fond du Lac Reporter

Fond du Lac Reporter

An Illinois woman accused of negligence in the alleged killing of her child Thursday, July 23 pleaded not guilty to all counts. Airrealle D. Smart, 24, …

Mother to face trial in fatal Fond du Lac child abuse case – WBAY

Authorities looking for man charged in the death of 1-year-old, injuries to twin – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Arrest warrant issued, charges filed in infant’s death – WBAY

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Greenville mom arrested in child’s death after bus trip to Atlanta | WNCT –


19 year old Alexis Washington, from Greenville, is in jail charged with cruelty to children 2nd degree in connection to her daughter’s death.

Under review: Investigation of child deaths leads to greater transparency, accountability | PennLive

A vigil in memory of 9-year-old Jarrod Tutko Jr. is held in front of the home where he died last week. An increasing number of stuffed animals fill the …

Death of Jarrod Tutko Jr., other victims, calls for close scrutiny of child welfare system –

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New York Daily News

Modesto mass murder suspect was linked to child’s death three days before killings, police admit

New York Daily News

The California man suspected of killing five people, including his doctor girlfriend and their infant child, inside their Modesto home is also facing a …

Suspect in Modesto quintuple slaying is also suspected in child’s 2014 death – Los Angeles Times

Modesto childdeath investigation was on verge of arrest when suspect massacred family – Daily Democrat

Warrant details allegations against suspect in death of child, 2 – Modesto Bee

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Gustine Press-Standard

Gustine father arrested in child’s death – The West Side Index & Gustine Press-Standard: News

Gustine Press-Standard

Gustine father arrested in child’s death. GUSTINE – A Gustine man was arrested Monday on suspicion of homicide in the March death of his infant son.

Gustine Press-Standard

Father arrested in child’s death

Gustine Press-Standard

Andrew Sanchez, 26, of Gustine, was arrested Monday by the Merced County Sheriff’s Department in connection with the death of his infant son.

Gustine father arrested in child’s death – Gustine Press-Standard

Gustine father arrested for child’s death – Turlock Journal – The Turlock Journal

Merced County father faces possible homicide charges in infant’s death | The Merced Sun-Star – Merced Sun-Star

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Sky News Australia

Fresh investigation into child’s death – Sky News

Sky News Australia

Police have reopened an investigation into the murder of a four-year-old Gold Coast boy who died six years ago. On May 24, 2009, paramedics were …

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Motion to dismiss denied in child death case – The Ada News: News


Jones, 25, was charged with one count of child neglect in the October 2014 death of his 2-year-old son, Castiel Tiger. In April, Jones was bound over …

Death penalty sought in death of child pushed off bridge

Johnesha Monae Perry, 20, was arraigned Monday on homicide and child endangerment charges in the May death of Zymeir Perry. She told a judge …

‘Senseless’ child deaths in Md. prompts family violence task force

‘Senseless’ child deaths in Md. prompts family violence task force. By Megan … Md. man gets 50 years in death of 2-year-old boy Maryland. Topics:.

At vigil, tips sought in child’s death The Boston Globe ePaper Edition

At vigil, tips sought in child’s death. Those gathered at site seeking to find her identity. By Jacqueline Tempera GLOBE CORRESPONDENT Jacqueline …



AL: Vestavia same-sex couple adoption OK’d before US Supreme Court ruling – August 17, 2015
A Jefferson County probate judge granted the dual adoption of a girl to a Vestavia Hills same-sex couple two months before a U.S. Supreme Court ruling giving gay couples nationwide the same rights as opposite-sex ones to marry and raise families, federal court records show.

AR: CACA, ASP announce new hotline to report child abuse
THV 11 – August 17, 2015
The hotline call center is staffed by a team of specially trained personnel from the Crimes Against Children Division of Arkansas State Police. An investigation may ensue based upon reports, which meet the criteria of state and federal laws. Reports of child maltreatment can be reported by anyone, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, through two toll- free phone numbers (844) SAVE-A-CHILD (728-3244) or (800) 482-5964.

AZ: New proposals for AZ Department of Child Safety causing concern (Includes video)
Tucson News Now – August 18, 2015
The state of Arizona is still in the process of changing its Department of Child Safety after thousands of cases went without investigation last year. A new proposal, however, has many child abuse victim advocates concerned.

AZ: My Turn: Three ways to improve child safety in Arizona (Opinion)
AZCentral – August 17, 2015
The community is frustrated that the new Department of Child Safety has not yet made a difference for children and families. It still can’t manage its workload, too many children are being taken into foster care, and there is far too much time and trauma before children are connected with safe and permanent homes.

CA: 1,000 California babies are born addicted to drugs
Latinos Health – August 15, 2015
Data from the state’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has revealed that over 1,000 babies were born with withdrawal symptoms in California, due to mothers taking prescribed painkillers and addictive drugs like opiates or narcotics. The rate of babies diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) rose by 50 percent compared to ten years ago, according to The Sacramento Bee.

GA: Domestic violence shelter to reopen this week
Times Herald – August 17, 2015
The local shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children is set to re-open this week after being closed since October 2014.

IL: Big Changes Are Hopefully Ahead For DCFS, Says Attorney
Northern Public Radio – August 17, 2015
“For children with behavioral and psychological challenges, there just aren’t the services they need, and the result of that is they’re left languishing in correctional centers and shelters and all sorts of places that just aren’t the right place to spend your childhood,” ACLU’s Ben Wolf said.

KY: Rogue social worker targeted neighbors with fake calls to child protective services
Washington Post – August 17, 2015
Finally, the couple decided to take action. With the help of police, they arranged to leave their home for a few days and stay with relatives, anticipating that another call would come in to child protective services as soon as an earlier case was closed.

MA: Gail Garinger stepping down as Child Advocate head
Boston Herald – August 18, 2015
The longtime independent watchdog of the state’s child welfare department is set to step down next month, creating a key departure as the beleaguered agency faces new rounds of scrutiny, the Herald has learned. Gail Garinger, who has been the only person to head the Office of the Child Advocate since its 2008 inception, is expected to step down on Sept. 11, she and aides to Gov. Charlie Baker confirmed.

MA: Gov. Charlie Baker: “It’s all hands on deck” for DCF probe (Includes video)
Boston Herald – August 18, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker said the state’s beleaguered child welfare agency may consider changing its screening practices for foster parents after the Herald reported that police had been called to a foster mom’s three Auburn addresses more than 60 times in the years before a 2-year-old girl in her care died.

MA: Camp reunites siblings in foster care system
New Britain Herald – August 17, 2015
The camp week, called “Sibling Connections Camp,” reunites siblings in a recreational, overnight camp setting. The cooperative effort between Wheeler, Channel 3 Kids Camp and the state Department of Children and Families completed its eighth-year this month after the close of its Aug. 2 to 8 session, which hosted 83 campers that consisted of sets of between two and six siblings.

MA: Governor Says Case of Foster Child?s Death Highest Priority
Associated Press – August 17, 2015
State child welfare workers visited the Massachusetts foster home of a 2-year-old girl three days before her death, but did not disclose the reason for the visit or what was found, the agency said.

MA: How does state foster care system work?
Boston Globe – August 17, 2015
The death of a 2-year-old, the hospitalization of a 22-month-old, and the precautionary hospitalization of a 6-month old, all of whom were in foster care at an Auburn home, have put a spotlight on how the foster care system in Massachusetts works and what it does to protect children.

ND: 40 percent of children in southwest North Dakota foster care there because of parental substance abuse
Bismarck Tribune – August 15, 2015
Jan Kuhn, clinical director and licensed addiction counselor at Sacajawea Substance Abuse Counseling in Dickinson, said it’s challenging to work with the mothers she sees, most of whom have lost their children as a result of being convicted. For some, that’s not even incentive enough to truly want to change.

NJ: Assaulted N.J. child welfare worker not surprised by new attacks – August 15, 2015
When two child welfare caseworkers were assaulted on the job in July, Leah Coleman, who survived a vicious attack by a knife-wielding client in November, said she felt disgusted. But she wasn’t surprised.

NY: Partnership for Ontario County seeks support for Child Advocacy Center
Wayne Post – August 17, 2015
According to a release, Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes move to Canandaigua “will allow for more varied services on-site that include: A counseling suite for specialized mental health services; a medical exam room; an interview room designed for young children and a separate interview room for older children and teenagers; and private spaces for families to meet with advocates, law enforcement, Child Protective Services, and other team members.”

OH: Butler County Children Services strike: One year later
Journal-News – August 17, 2015
One year later there is new management at the agency; the reorganization announced in January 2014 has been implemented; a projected $4 million budget deficit was erased; and merit raises were doled out to workers for the first time ever.

OK: Nonprofit’s ‘promise’ is to help state parents end child abuse
The Oklahoman – August 17, 2015
The nonprofit organization’s mission is to give new and expecting parents the tools and education to effectively raise children and, ultimately, to prevent child abuse and neglect.

OR: State’s foster care system needs reform
Statesman Journal – August 16, 2015
It’s usually not good news when a state’s child welfare system is a topic of a committee hearing in the U.S. Senate.

VT: Editorial: DCF workers deserve better
Burlington Free Press – August 17, 2015
The state’s child protective services workers deserve better than being demonized and facing threats for doing what Gov. Peter Shumlin calls “the most difficult job in state government.” But Vermonters should resist emotions of the moment and remain wary of any efforts to criminalize or restrict speech.

VT: DCF focuses on emotional state of workers
Vermont Press Bureau – August 16, 2015
State officials are considering the long-term impact of the tragic shooting of a social worker outside her Barre office a little more than a week ago, and working to blunt the negative impacts.

WA: DSHS failures are rarely punished
Yakima Herald Republic – August 16, 2015
The state of Washington’s largest department is tasked with caring for the state’s most vulnerable residents — abused children, foster kids, mentally handicapped adults. But time and again, it has failed.

WA: High rate of homelessness among King County’s LGBTQ youth
Associated Press – August 15, 2015
Between 6 and 11 percent of youth and young adults nationwide identify as LGBTQ, according to Bianca Wilson at the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles law school, which studies sexual orientation and public policy. But 22 percent of King County homeless people ages 12 to 25 are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer, or LGBTQ, officials say

US: Nonprofit aims to combat negative stereotypes of foster kids
Deseret News – August 17, 2015
A nonprofit organization is working to alter negative stereotypes of children in foster care. Given the depressing rates of adoption from the foster-care system, the group has a lot of work to do.

US: Nonprofit aims to combat negative stereotypes of foster kids
Deseret News – August 17, 2015
A nonprofit organization is working to alter negative stereotypes of children in foster care. Given the depressing rates of adoption from the foster-care system, the group has a lot of work to do

US: Obama Fights to Continue Detention of Migrant Families
teleSUR English – August 17, 2015
Despite a withering ruling by federal court Judge Dolly Gee ordering the Obama administration to release detained migrant families locked in detention facilities, the U.S. Department of Justice is contesting the decision.

US: Report: Parenting decisions too often touch off neglect investigations
Washington Post – August 06, 2015
The broader debate about parenting approaches heated up early this year, when a Maryland couple tangled with authorities after allowing their children — ages 10 and 6 — to play and walk on their own. Report:

US: Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #11: Increase Adoption of African-American Males
Chronicle of Social Change – July 29, 2015
Research shows that a youth who ages out of foster care into adulthood is at high risk of experiencing the worst social outcomes ( homelessness, jail, or both) and face unique challenges in the pursuit of good social outcomes (college graduation and employment, for example). And African-American males in foster care find themselves on the aging-out path at a rate that surpasses any other demographic. See the other ideas:



Canada: Tina Fontaine’s community of Sagkeeng changes its child welfare system (Includes video)
CBC News – August 17, 2015
Now the Sagkeeng First Nation is taking part in a pilot project called Circle of Care where instead of having children apprehended by CFS, resources are offered to help the family stay together. If protection is needed, members of the extended family are encouraged to take the children in.

India: Centre plans on converting children homes into adoption agencies
Economic Times – August 17, 2015
In a bid to make adoption a “transparent and simplified” process and bridge the huge gap between the number of available children and prospective parents, the Centre has decided to convert every child-care institution into an adoption agency.



AK: Baby’s death in Anchorage foster home leads to lawsuit, state payout
Alaska Dispatch News – August 16, 2015
The civil lawsuit and its resolution come just as the state is putting renewed attention on the disturbing — and preventable — problem of infant sleep deaths.

AZ: Child safety-agency may loosen rules on investigations
Arizona Republic – August 15, 2015
The Department of Child Safety may not see every child’s named in reports to the state’s child-abuse hotline, according to a proposed rule that would guide the agency’s action. Such a move would be a reversal from current standards, as well as from DCS Director Greg McKay’s previous position on the agency’s duties.

CA: When A Budget Motel Is ‘Home,’ There’s Little Room For Childhood (Includes audio)
Wyoming Public Radio – August 17, 2015
“The recession hit this community especially hard,” says Dr. Kennon Mitchell, the assistant superintendent of student services for the San Bernardino City Unified School District. “Close to 50 percent of our residents receive some sort of public assistance. And close to 97 percent of our students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, which means that they’re below the poverty line.”

CT: Malloy backs DCF commissioner’s performance
News-Times – August 15, 2015
As Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz, of Fairfield, prepares to meet next week with an important state oversight committee, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is defending the tough job she has in creating better services for about 70 youngsters held in Connecticut’s two controversial, high-security detention centers in Middletown.

HI: Should children stay with their parents if they are homeless? (Includes video)
Hawaii News Now – August 17, 2015
Children growing up on the street is unfortunately becoming a common sight across our island. An issue that has many wondering why these kids are allowed to live this way.

IN: State Hires More Child Welfare Workers To Handle Big Increase In Cases (Includes video)
Huffington Post – August 14, 2015
The 113 new caseworkers will cost about $7.2 million a year, but Indiana DCS Director Mary Beth Bonaventura said Pence did not hesitate to approve the necessary spending. Also: EDITORIAL: Trying to keep up with child welfare cases:

MN: Kresha chairs first-ever meeting of new legislative Child Protection Task Force
Morrison County Record – August 13, 2015
Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, chaired the first meeting of the Legislative Task Force on Child Protection Tuesday, one of eight lawmakers on the newly-created panel.

MO: Mary Hall: Her commitments to peace and to social justice filled a lifetime
St. Louis Public Radio – August 14, 2015
Mrs. Hall set up the first child welfare services unit under the Social Security Act, and helping to establish the first public health clinic in the Missouri — Bootheel.

OH: Clark County foster payments delayed by error
Springfield News-Sun – August 14, 2015
Payments to families who provide care for more than 100 Clark County foster children were delayed by an error at the local Department of Job and Family Services this month.

OH: Failure of Statewide System Known For Months Without Action (Includes video)
WBDS 10TV – August 14, 2015
Last week, the Attorney General reported that the Rapback system aimed to protect children if their bus drivers, teachers, or foster parents run afoul of the law was broken.

OH: Feds fine Ohio for failings in 2008 review of child welfare
Associated Press – August 13, 2015
The federal government penalized Ohio $3.8 million for failing to pass muster on two measures of the state’s child protective-services system.

PA: EDITORIAL: Pa. budget resolution needed to protect human services
The Mercury – August 14, 2015
A recent Associated Press news analysis began by saying that “for the third time in a dozen years, counties and nonprofit agencies that make up Pennsylvania?s social services safety net are girding to pay the price of partisan deadlock in Harrisburg.” It’s an unacceptable scenario precipitated by stubborn, unproductive partisanship and an unwillingness to compromise.

PA: High Court to Eye Mandatory Sentences for Child Abuse (Requires registration)
The Legal Intelligencer – August 14, 2015
The state Supreme Court has agreed to take up an appeal challenging the Superior Court’s decision that struck down as unconstitutional the mandatory minimum sentencing scheme for those convicted of crimes against children.

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