Sad Stories October 2015
October 31, 2015 in Child Death, Crime and Courts, Foster Care, Grandparents & Kinship, Health and Mental Health, International Child Abuse, Invisible Children, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen
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AR: Arkansas’s child welfare system discriminates against relatives of neglectful or abusive parents
Arkansas Times – October 29, 2015
When parents fail their children, relatives often want to step up. But Kimberlee Herring and Karisa Hardy say the system shut them out, and instead placed three kids into a home where they were abused.
AZ: Report: Arizona families abuse marijuana more than any other substance
KTAR – October 28, 2015
Families in Arizona who abuse substances tend to use marijuana rather than alcohol, according to a recent report. Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T., a statewide recovery program, found that 84 percent of program participants in 2014 struggled with substance abuse, 54 percent of which said they used marijuana.
CA: L.A. County taps Michael Nash to lead new Office of Child Protection
Los Angeles Times – October 29, 2015
Michael Nash, the former presiding judge of Los Angeles County’s Juvenile Court, is poised to become director of the county’s new Office of Child Protection.
CA: Near Death of Foster Child Sheds Light on Flawed System (Includes video)
NBC Bay Area – October 29, 2015
When a 4-year-old girl in foster care was admitted to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center last year, with wounds covering nearly every part of her body, doctors soon concluded she had been the victim of prolonged physical abuse. What they didn’t know was that the Department of Social Services, the agency charged with protecting the toddler, had done little to follow up on multiple previous allegations of abuse against her guardians. In a system shrouded in secrecy, the case offers a rare glimpse into an agency that’s faced documented issues with how social workers respond to reports of child abuse.
FL: New project aims to help protect kids from domestic violence
Palm Beach Post – October 29, 2015
These in-depth investigations are aimed at helping to keep the child in the home of the non-offending parent while removing the parent accused of domestic violence.
IN: Family, ACLU sue DCS over adoption subsidies
Indianapolis Star – October 29, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit Thursday on the Arthurs’ behalf against the director of the Indiana Department of Child Services’ Central Eligibility Unit, which determines how much families will receive in adoption assistance payments. The Arthurs claim DCS violated federal law by failing to “take into consideration the circumstances of the adopting parents and the needs of the child being adopted,” when calculating the adoption subsidy, court records state.
KS: Christie Appelhanz: Work to do on foster care (Opinion)
The Wichita Eagle – October 28, 2015
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Kansas’ bold decision to privatize its child welfare system –the first state in nation to do so. The transition was chaotic and painful, but independent reviews show it worked.
KY: Appeals court hears state’s plea to overturn $756,000 penalty for withholding child abuse records
Kentucky.com – October 28, 2015
A panel of Kentucky Court of Appeals judges heard arguments Wednesday about a penalty and fees totaling more than $1 million in a legal battle between the state and its two largest newspapers over the records of children killed or badly hurt as a result of abuse or neglect.
MA: DCF employee’s work in Bella Bond case to be examined
Boston Globe – October 30, 2015
A report released Wednesday by the Office of the Child Advocate found that a DCF social worker “largely copied information” from 2006, six years before Bella was born, when writing reports on the mother in 2012 and 2013, after she was accused of neglecting her daughter. Those reports led DCF to close Bella’s case in September 2013, nearly two years before her body was found. Also: Officials to Reveal DCF’s Involvement With Bella Bond’s Family: http://patch.com/massachusetts/roslindale/officials-reveal-dcfs-involvement-bella-bonds-family-0
MA: A heroic whistleblower in the long, sad mess of clergy sexual abuse
Crux – October 28, 2015
Remember the famous line in “Jaws” when Chief Brody first sees the monster shark and says, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”? Phil Saviano remembers a similar line when he first told Boston Globe reporters there weren’t just one or two priests molesting a handful of children. Saviano knew of nearly 30 priests, if not more, with dozens of victims. And the Church was covering it up. He remembers how one editor took it all in, then called his boss to say: We’re gonna need more reporters. This is so much bigger than we thought.
MN: States Struggle With What to Do With Sex Offenders After Prison
New York Times – October 30, 2015
This is not a prison, and most of these men — rapists, child abusers and other sex offenders — have completed their sentences. They are being held here indefinitely under a policy known as civil commitment, having been deemed “sexually dangerous” or “sexual psychopathic personalities” by courts. The intent, the authorities say, is to provide treatment to the most dangerous sex offenders until it is safe for the public for them to go home. Related: Judge orders review of all Minnesota sex offenders in civil commitment: http://www.fox9.com/news/40851395-story
MT: Audit: Family services needs more supervision, documentation
Associated Press – October 28, 2015
The state’s Division of Child and Family Services needs to strengthen supervision, make it a priority to better document reports and investigations and complete more investigations within the time frame required by law in order to better protect children, legislative auditors found.
NM: New Mexico agency calls for shift in services for children
Associated Press – October 28, 2015
The head of New Mexico’s child welfare agency says having no adequate place for children to eat, shower or even sleep within the first 48 hours of being removed from their homes can intensify the trauma they experience.
NY: Hearing Will Examine Pay for Workers Serving City’s Most Vulnerable
Gotham Gazette – October 30, 2015
For six years, a particular group of workers employed through contracts with the city, and filling important roles, saw their wages stagnate. In May of this year, however, Mayor de Blasio announced that his Executive Budget for the 2016 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2015, would provide a 2.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment increase and an $11.50 per hour wage floor for some of New York City’s human services providers — workers who staff senior centers, homeless shelters, foster care agencies, and more.
NY: City foster care leader takes over amid problems, politics-inflected lawsuit
Capital New York – October 29, 2015
Julie Farber is taking charge of New York City’s foster care system in unusually awkward cirumstances. Tasked with turning around a historically troubled system, she is now fighting a lawsuit filed against the city agency by her former employer, and joined by Public Advocate Letitia James–a lawsuit that seems to be caught up in the increasingly fraught political dynamic between Governor Andrew Cuomo and his erstwhile ally, Mayor Bill de Blasio.
SC: Training Center To Spot Child Abuse Opens (Includes video)
7 WSPA – October 29, 2015
The Child Protection Training Center is now open at the USC Upstate George Dean Johnson, Jr College of Business and Economics. This center is the first of its kind in the Southeast. The training center has a mock house that will hold several different scenarios for training. There is also a mock courtroom that will hold trials as well. Also: Groups receive training to handle child abuse cases: http://www.goupstate.com/article/20151029/ARTICLES/151029685?Title=Groups-receive-training-to-handle-child-abuse-cases
VA: Why victims of domestic and sexual violence don’t call the police
Legacy Newspaper – October 29, 2015
A new report reveals that survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault face widespread and serious police discrimination when they seek protection from the criminal justice system. Concerns within marginalized groups include fear of the collateral consequences that police involvement can trigger. Nearly 90 percent of survey respondents said that contact with the police sometimes or often resulted in involvement of child protective services, threatening survivors with loss of custody of their children.
VT: DCF offering programs for professionals working with youth (Press release)
VTDigger – October 28, 2015
The Department for Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs, is sponsoring trainings across the state for professionals who work with young people. Youth Thrive(tm) is a science-based training that combines the latest research on adolescent brain development, trauma, resilience, and the importance of social connections into one framework to promote young people’s well-being and healthy development.
WV: Child abuse and neglect cases rise with drug addiction
Beckley Register-Herald – October 30, 2015
Alongside the increase in drug addiction, Fayette County Prosecutor Larry Harrah said his office has seen record breaking numbers of abuse and neglect cases associated with addicted parents.
WV: Child abuse and neglect cases rise with drug addiction
The Register-Herald – October 30, 2015
“As drug addiction increases, we see more parents getting high and their children are left to raise themselves in conditions and environments that are unspeakable,” he said. “There are a lot of animals who live a much better life than a lot of our children.”
WV: US attorney says planned WV child mental health facility “disastrous”
West Virginia Gazette – October 28, 2015
A proposed child psychiatric treatment facility in Logan County is advancing with a disturbing lack of transparency and would have “disastrous implications” if it is completed, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia recently told Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration.
US: Ten Questions Answered About Late Discovery Adoption
Huffington Post – October 29, 2015
Late discovery adoption refers to a person learning in adulthood that they were adopted as children. Those of us who discovered their adoption status as adults are sometimes called late discovery adoptees, or LDAs, though not everyone embraces this label.
US: The Church’s Next Mission: Help Children in Foster Care (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – October 29, 2015
For you see, not everyone is called to be a foster parent. As you know, not everyone has the skills to bring children into their home and care for those in need. To be sure, we are all given different skills and talents. For some, these talents might be to care for children in their own homes on a day to day basis. For others, it might be to support those who care for them, while others might be given the resources to share.
US: What One Woman Wishes She’d Known Before Placing Her Child for Adoption (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – October 29, 2015
In the adoption world, adoptive parents usually get the most spotlight, with adoptees and birthparents getting less attention. I’m interested in bringing to light more stories from birthparents and adoptees to spread awareness of their experiences with adoption to promote healthy conversation.
US: Can We Discuss Poverty Like Grown-Ups?
City Journal – October 28, 2015
What tax cut will Arizona Republicans lavish on the wealthy with this relatively meager savings? To Porter’s credit, he explains that the state plans to spend the money it saves on “child protection, foster care and adoption services.” But, no matter, he still believes “lawmakers took it from the pockets of poor people” when they should have raised taxes instead.
US: Forget Justin Harris: We Need To Regulate Rehoming Adopted Children (Opinion)
Nonprofit Quarterly – October 26, 2015
While Harris may be the face of rehoming, he isn’t the problem anymore. Rehoming is and continues to be “legal” in several states — at least to the extent that it isn’t explicitly illegal. Indeed, Reuters reported in their investigation from 2013 that the market for rehomed children is largely underground and almost entirely unregulated.
Canada: Province to make it easier for adopted children and parents to find each other
CBC News – October 29, 2015
The Saskatchewan government says it’s working on changing regulations that would help adoptees and birth parents discover each others’ identities.
Ireland: Child abuse victims must wait 18 months for support, group says
Irish Times – October 27, 2015
Some victims of child abuse in the State are waiting up to 18 months to access appropriate supports, a gap that is “quite shocking”, campaigners for children’s rights have said. The issue is among the many highlighted in a report prepared by the Children’s Rights Alliance for submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
United Kingdom: Former Newcastle dental surgeon reveals methods of identifying child abuse victims
My Informs – October 28, 2015
Professor Richard Welbury has worked as a dental surgeon for decades, but it is his work in making dentists aware of their wider responsibilities to keep kids in their care safe that sets his apart from the rest.
United Kingdom: Martin Narey to lead review into residential care for children
Community Care – October 28, 2015
The review will look at the role of children’s homes within the care system, exploring when– and for which children–homes should be used, what works within residential care, and how to improve outcomes for the young people who live in them, and what improvements could be made to the way that residential care homes are commissioned, delivered, regulated and inspected.
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AZ: Valdez: Five truths about kids in foster care
Arizona Republic – October 27, 2015
When the state comes in and takes a child from a bad home — even a dangerous one — the child doesn’t suddenly heave a sigh of relief. It is traumatic to be ripped out of the familiar. It is terrifying to be dropped into a new setting with new people who don’t know anything about your habits, favorite foods or bedtime routine.
FL: Gov. proposes another boost for child welfare agency
Associated Press – October 28, 2015
Scott on Tuesday announced that he would ask legislators for a nearly $23 million increase for the Department of Children and Families. The governor wants the extra money to go to community based care agencies so they can hire 272 case managers to reduce caseloads.
FL: Senate bill would overhaul foster-care placements
News Service of Florida – October 27, 2015
A bill aimed at reducing instability for foster children has started to move forward in the Florida Senate and would require the child-welfare system to match kids with their best placement options — rather than, as critics charge, the first beds that are handy.
IN: ‘Unsafe’ house for kids could be crime
Tribune Star – October 27, 2015
Criminal charges could be filed this week related to unsanitary living conditions for four young children who were removed last week from a Clinton rental house.
KS: Douglas County court officials worry child welfare system being stretched to the breaking point
Lawrence Journal-World – October 27, 2015
At a time when a near-record number of children are being placed in foster care in Kansas, local officials say, social service agencies are having an increasingly difficult time hiring and retaining social workers to help them and their families get the services they need.
MN: Legislative task force reviewing child welfare training models in other states
Star Tribune – October 27, 2015
The task force, appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton, who formed the group following the Star Tribune’s reporting on systemic failures in child protection, has already seen several recommendations signed into law last spring.
NH: Gay “Conversion Therapy” Ban Planned for Minors in 2016 (Includes audio)
Public News Service – October 23, 2015
A Republican lawmaker has announced plans to file a measure that would ban conversion therapy for minors in New Hampshire.
NY: New book illuminates LGBT youth homelessness
Tribune Star – October 27, 2015
In a new book about working in the trenches among youths who have been dealt the worst in life — poverty, abuse, racism, homophobia — Berg writes, “I saw this bald, white guy in a dilapidated house in Queens surrounded by kids of color and wondered, ‘What am I doing here?’ ” His fish-out-of-water experience, as well as the transformative and sometimes heart-wrenching relationships that grew between him and the youths he worked with, are the focus of “No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions.”
PA: Oversight of psychiatric meds for youth offenders lacking
Citizens Voice – October 28, 2015
While other states have reformed the way they control and track such medications so that it is done systemwide, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services follows only the total amount paid for the drugs prescribed in its six facilities on a systemic basis.
PA: Group behind controversial ads targeting Supreme Court candidate raises more accusations
Pittsburgh Post Gazette – October 27, 2015
A battle over what may be the most contentious TV ad of the state Supreme Court race — a spot targeting Democratic Judge Kevin Dougherty — continues, with lawyers trading letters and accusations. Today, the group behind that campaign alleged that Judge Dougherty had reason to know he?d placed a 10-year-old with a convicted murderer, years before police would charge the adult with horrific acts of abuse.
TX: Dallas County faces lawsuit over immigration holds even as it’s criticized as ‘sanctuary city’
Associated Press – October 27, 2015
A Texas sheriff who faced criticism from Gov. Greg Abbott for not complying with federal immigration holds is being sued by people who say they were detained for unconstitutionally long periods.
WA: Area school districts seek to be more inclusive for transgender students
Herald of Everet – October 26, 2015
There’s an effort under way to make schools more inclusive for transgender students. The Snohomish School Board is pondering a new anti-discrimination policy that deals with issues, such as access to restrooms and locker rooms, sports participation, dress codes and official records.
US: ACA Helps Bring Child Uninsured Rates to Record Low (Includes audio)
Public News Service – October 28, 2015
CO: More children in Colorado and the nation have health coverage. According to a new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, the rate of uninsured children dropped to a historic low of 6 percent in 2014, the year the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Also: Indiana Ranks 42nd in Rate of Uninsured Children (Includes audio): http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-10-28/childrens-issues/indiana-ranks-42nd-in-rate-of-uninsured-children/a48698-1 Also: Report: Minnesota Shrinks Number of Uninsured Kids (Includes audio): http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-10-28/childrens-issues/report-minnesota-shrinks-number-of-uninsured-kids/a48713-1 Also: Report: Illinois Has Fewer Uninsured Children, But Cook County Needs Work (Includes audio): http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-10-28/childrens-issues/report-illinois-has-fewer-uninsured-children-but-cook-county-needs-work/a48706-1 Report: http://ccf.georgetown.edu/ccf-resources/childrens-uninsured-rate-2014-affordable-care-act/
US: A Tipping Point on Evidence-Based Policymaking
Governing – October 27, 2015
Through a partnership with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, states such as Mississippi and New Mexico have joined the state of Washington — long considered an innovator in evidence-based policymaking — in developing policy frameworks that support effective programming and building the capacity to use analytical tools that inform the budget process.
US: Native American Children: Separate But Equal?
Hoover Institution – October 27, 2015
State laws require consideration of the “best interests of the child” in determining termination of parental rights, foster placements, and adoptions. That bedrock rule protects all American children — except children of Native American ancestry. Information Gateway Resource: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/americanindian/icwa/
US: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
Annie E. Casey Foundation – October 26, 2015
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has developed this practice guide to support Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) sites in meeting their obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)* youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
AR: Twenty problems with 20/20’s coverage of the Justin Harris ‘rehoming’ (Opinion)
Arkansas Times – October 24, 2015
The show didn’t present the Harrises as victims, as we first worried it might attempt to do, but Vargas and her team all but ignored what may be the most important part of this entire ordeal — the question of Rep. Justin Harris’ influence over decision making within DHS. I say this may be the most important piece because there are thousands of other children in the state who are right now in the care of DHS’ Division of Children and Family Services. The agency’s integrity is not an academic question, but one that has urgent ramifications for every family that interacts with the child welfare system.
CA: Disturbing new look into sex trafficking in San Diego (Includes video)
KFMB – October 27, 2015
Among those who are vulnerable to fall victims of sex trafficking are homeless, 55-percent, and those in the foster care system, 28-percent, according to the study. Related: No such thing as a ‘child prostitute’: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/oct/26/no-such-thing-as-child-prostitute/
CA: Riverside County: Report finds strengths, flaws in child welfare agency
Press-Enterprise – October 26, 2015
An internal assessment of the Riverside County Department of Social Services’ procedures for investigating adoptive parents and allegations of child neglect found communication weaknesses, as well as areas of strength.
CA: State Family Leave Law Has Helped Families, Businesses
RH Reality Check – October 26, 2015
Those who qualify for family leave benefits receive about 55 percent of lost wages. In order to qualify for benefits, an employee must provide documentation to support their claim for needing leave to bond with a new biological, adopted, or foster child.
CA: Our Voice: Privacy law can hinder foster care safety
Desert Sun – October 24, 2015
In Riverside County, social workers investigate tens of thousands of parents each year, but more than three-fourths of those investigations end up with either “inconclusive” or “unfounded” findings. In foster homes, where the county’s responsibility to wards of the state is even more pronounced, only four percent of complaints are substantiated.
GA: Stacey Abrams:Tuesday hearing to support ‘kinship care’ for kids
Savannah Morning News – October 27, 2015
Across Georgia, kinship caregivers — that is, grandparents, relatives, or family friends — have been stepping up to provide shelter and care for children whose parents can no longer support them. Kinship caregivers are an essential source of comfort and security after the trauma of parental separation, even in the face of tremendous obstacles.
IA: National Adoption Month is approaching
Oskaloosa Herald – October 26, 2015
Iowa KidsNet is partnering with child welfare advocates and families across the country in celebrating November’s National Adoption Month, a time to raise awareness for the more than 107,000 children in the United States who are waiting to be adopted from foster care and to recognize the people who make a difference in their lives.
KY: Group to train kids on how to use heroin antidote
MyInforms – October 26, 2015
Another sign of heroin’s prevalence in children’s homes are child protection cases.
MA: Ham: DCF problem is foster care system (Opinion)
Milford Daily News – October 25, 2015
I’m screaming. Let’s all scream for the plight of the children who have no voice when committed to the care and custody of the Department of Children and Families. The abused and neglected children are being further confused and harmed by placement in foster homes that have little or no ability to help them. It’s an empty bed somewhere. With the current scrutiny of DCF even an empty bed will hard to find.
MA: Concern mounts on drug crisis’ impact on children
Associated Press – October 24, 2015
Those on the front lines — doctors, judges, drug counselors — say they are seeing more and more cases of opioid-addicted parents so focused on their next score that they neglect or abuse the children in their care.
MO: Aged-out foster children around KC are getting new help to avoid homelessness
Kansas City Star – October 24, 2015
New grant funding announced Wednesday for CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — intends to ease much of the pain, putting volunteers to work with young people through the age of 26. “The system is failing these children,” said Martha Gershun, executive director of Jackson County CASA.
MT: 14 Appointed to Review Child Protection System
Associated Press – October 24, 2015
Bullock met in July with counselors and the families of some children involved with child protective services who sought wholesale changes within the agency. They complained that they were disrespected by caseworkers, the agency ignored the recommendations of some counselors and workers seemed to lack training.
NE: Services lacking for sex trafficking victims
Lincoln Journal Star – October 26, 2015
Services for victims pulled into the commercial sex trade in Nebraska are bleak. That’s the conclusion of an Omaha organization set to testify at a Friday legislative hearing intended to decipher what state services are available for women, girls, boys and men who are forced into human trafficking.
NJ: Many post-foster care teens lacking needed mental health care
NorthJersey.com – October 27, 2015
In many states, children who live in foster homes age out of this system by the time they turn 18 or 21, a transition that can leave some at least temporarily without access to health insurance or unable to continue care with doctors who were treating them before. Information Gateway Resource: Transition to Adulthood and Independent Living Programs: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/independent/programs/
NY: State Shortchanging Pre-Kindergarten Outside of New York City (Includes audio)
Public News Service – October 27, 2015
Last year the state spent $340 million dollars on pre-K, and all but $40 million went to the city. According to Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, this year New York City is getting 42 times as much funding as Nassau County, while having only six times as many four-year-olds.
OK: Anna’s House helps foster parents, children
Edmund Sun – October 24, 2015
The Anna’s House mission is to provide immediate, stable, loving homes to the youngest children in state custody. The goal of The Anna’s House Foundation is to recruit and support Christian families who open their homes at a moment’s notice to give immediate shelter, comfort and love to the most vulnerable among us.
PA: Budget Impasse Threatening Services For Foster Children
CBS Philadelphia – October 25, 2015
Pennsylvania’s state budget impasse has stopped funding for child welfare agencies, including those that provide for foster children and foster parents. Now, a lawsuit has been filed to get those funds flowing again.
PA: Drugged into submission: Pa. youth correctional facilities dish out high levels of mood-altering psychiatric medications
Pocono Record – October 24, 2015
In the months they spend at correctional facilities, they receive mood-altering psychiatric medications at strikingly high rates, particularly antipsychotic drugs that expose them to significant health risks.
TX: Foster care numbers drop for Harris County
KRQE News – October 26, 2015
While the overall population of Harris County has increased 8.5 percent in the past five years, the number of children in foster care has dropped by nearly 2,000 during that same time period.In 2010, Texas Child Protective Services had custody of 5,610 children.
WI: Fairness in Adoption?
Huffington Post – October 26, 2015
Wisconsin adoptive parents and lawmakers are seeking to make Wisconsin more “friendly” toward adopters by increasing pressure for parents considering placing their children for adoption. The Wisconsin Adoption Fairness Act seeks “to bring Wisconsin in line with other states, many of whom don’t require court hearings and allow mothers the option to relinquish rights after 72 hours.” Also: Bill would change parental rights for adoptions (Includes video): http://www.channel3000.com/news/politics/Bill-would-change-parental-rights-for-adoptions/36060418
US: Foster kids may not show affection, at least at first (Opinion)
San Angelo Standard-Times – October 25, 2015
What follows is my reflection of an interaction between me and our foster child. This was his first unsolicited hug for me, and it came after eight months in our home.
US: Child migrants’ home countries have only grown worse, Congress is reminded
EWTN News – October 24, 2015
The number of Central American migrants to the U.S. might be down this year, but their problems at home have grown worse, said Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso before the United States Congress on Wednesday.
Ghana: ‘Don’t shield perpetrators of child abuse in churches’ (Opinion)
Graphic Ghana – October 27, 2015
Mr Ebenezer Tetteh Kpalam, the Founder and President of the Kinder Foundation, a Christian non-governmental organisation (NGO), urged churches to have child protection policies that protect children from abuse, and stressed that “Although the church is a place where children are sometimes abused, it is also a place where abuses are not reported.”
Honduras: Filling the gaps in the Orphan Care system
Mission Network – October 26, 2015
Honduras has joined the growing trend globally to close public orphanages, focusing its efforts on family reunification and private group homes to provide care for vulnerable children. Sadly, too few caseworkers and too little infrastructure can’t effectively care for those in need. Often, children are placed in group homes ill-equipped to bring healing, or returned back to families where abuse and neglect are the norm.
International: Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Travels to Uganda and Ethiopia (Press release)
U.S. Department of State – October 26, 2015
Special Advisor Jacobs will travel to Uganda to deliver remarks at the National Forum on the State of the Ugandan Child. She will also meet with government officials, non-governmental organizations, and other experts to encourage strengthening child protection systems. She will discuss intercountry adoption as an option for children living outside of family care.
Sudan: Child Act Comes Ahead of International Conventions
Sudan Vision – October 27, 2015
The National Council for Child Welfare has disclosed that the Child Act for the year 2010 came ahead of the International Conventions for Child rights in many provisions particularly with regards to the criteria of age for girls.
AR: A conversation with ’20/20’s’ Elizabeth Vargas on the Justin Harris ‘rehoming’ episode
Arkansas Times – October 23, 2015
ABC has secured on-camera interviews with most of the people involved in the story, including foster parents Cheryl and Craig Hart; Chelsey Goldsborough, the Harrises’ babysitter; the couple who has now adopted the two girls; and the Harrises themselves.