KARA follows news from around the nation and the world and offers a monthly compilation of the most important stories.  These stories are from November 2015

AZ: Kevin Patterson: How to help more foster children find homes (Opinion)
Arizona Daily Star – November 26, 2015
In the United States, there are more than 100,000 children waiting in foster care who need permanent, loving families, and many have been waiting years to be adopted. In Arizona alone, more than 18,000 children in our state care are waiting for families they can call their own. But there is hope.
http://tucson.com/news/opinion/kevin-patterson-how-to-help-more-foster-children-find-homes/article_3e630817-29cd-5e9f-9fe4-1f2940372200.html

CA: Report: California Worst in Nation on Homelessness (Includes audio)
Public News Service – November 27, 2015
Across the country, the number of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness declined by 31 percent, or almost 23,000 people, between 2010 and 2015. Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness of San Francisco, attributes that to a big federal push after the recession to find housing for homeless families with children. Report: https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2015-AHAR-Part-1.pdf
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-11-27/housing-homelessness/report-california-worst-in-nation-on-homelessness/a49174-1

CO: Selecting next child watchdog
Denver Post – November 25, 2015
A former prosecutor and governor’s deputy chief of staff will become Colorado’s new child watchdog, in charge of investigating the way child welfare workers handle cases of abuse and neglect. Stephanie Villafuerte, who for the last five years ran the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center representing kids in the foster system, was appointed Wednesday as the state’s next child protection ombudsman.
http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_29165584/colorado-selects-next-child-watchdog?source=rss

FL: Rate of kids coming into foster care rising
News Service of Florida – November 26, 2015
More children are coming into Florida’s foster-care system after a sweeping child-welfare reform law went into effect 19 months ago, but officials say the state is trying to focus on what’s best for kids in difficult situations.
http://www.news4jax.com/news/rate-of-kids-coming-into-foster-care-rising/36672346

FL: Report: Girl should have been reported missing earlier
Associated Press – November 26, 2015
A state review has found that an 11-year-old girl whose body was found in a relative’s freezer should have been reported missing a month before she actually was.
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/report-girl-should-have-been-reported-missing-earlier

IL: Thousands Of Chicago Public School Students Have No Place To Call Home
Northern Public Radio – November 26, 2015
Tristian Ellis’ test scores in reading and math dropped dramatically this fall from last. The difference: the Ellis family had its own apartment last year. Now, the family of four stays in a shelter on Chicago?s far north side.
http://northernpublicradio.org/post/thousands-chicago-public-school-students-have-no-place-call-home

KS: Foster care system has real problems (Opinion)
Wichita Eagle – November 27, 2015
A legislative hearing last week in Topeka raised serious concerns about the state’s foster care system. Unfortunately, lawmakers also wasted time on what should be a nonissue: same-sex parents. Also: Kansas Panel Considers Whether Gays Should Be Foster Parents: http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=74286
http://www.kansas.com/opinion/editorials/article46530130.html

LA: LGBT youth to find ‘oasis’ in new housing facility
Bayou Buzz – November 26, 2015
When Amanda Cloyd began looking at the files on teenagers being referred to Youth Oasis during her first year or so as a social worker at the Baton Rouge shelter, she started to notice a pattern. Homeless youth who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender were apparently being rejected from state foster care in greater numbers, she said. As a last resort, they were seeking placement at Youth Oasis, a nonprofit emergency shelter where children stay on average 41 days.
http://www.bayoubuzz.com/louisiana-news/baton-rouge-news/item/1052301-lgbt-youth-to-find-oasis-in-new-housing-facility

MA: More needs to be done to resolve DCF issues (Opinion)
Leominster Champion – November 26, 2015
In a recent article appearing in the Boston Herald, Peter MacKinnon, president of the union representing DCF workers, said he’s not surprised by the surge in court custody cases. “Decisions are being made out of fear and not necessarily on the facts in front of you,” stated MacKinnon. The Department of Children and Families filed 338 court petitions in September to seek custody of kids — the highest monthly figure during the previous 15-month period, according to state court records.
http://www.leominsterchamp.com/news/2015-11-27/Opinions_%28and%29_Editorial/More_needs_to_be_done_to_resolve_DCF_issues.html

OH: Kids must be protected from domestic violence
Cincinnati.com – November 26, 2015
A kindergartner living in our YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter was expelled from school because he wasn’t able to interact without using profanity and violence. This precious 5-year-old boy learned to use violence from his daddy. What is in his future? And what does the future hold for a 13-year-old girl who was so fearful of finding her mom dead that she was not able to concentrate in school, resulting in a “bad kid” label?
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/11/26/kids-must-protected-domestic-violence/76436792/

OH: Library asks workers to report child abuse
Sentinel-Tribune – November 25, 2015
At last week’s meeting, the Wood County District Public Library Board passed a policy that encourages employees to report suspected child abuse or neglect as long as they have an objectively reasonable cause for such suspicions.
http://www.sent-trib.com/news/front_page/library-asks-workers-to-report-child-abuse/article_5e2731ae-933e-11e5-b823-27423922e630.html

PA: ‘State of Child’ report: McKean Co. children faring well
Associated Press – November 25, 2015
Regarding child welfare, in McKean County, there were 468 children receiving in-home services, compared to the rural median of 956; 127 children in foster placement, compared to the rural median of 57; and 20 percent of children who re-entered foster care placement, compared to a rural average of 20.9 percent. Daniel Wertz, director of McKean County Children and Youth Services, acknowledged the number of children in foster placement during that time frame was high, but said that number changes often.
http://www.bradfordera.com/news/state-of-child-report-mckean-co-children-faring-well/article_8b1d3c42-931d-11e5-9a08-e70ab6356bb7.html

US: Sen. Jim Inhofe: Let’s extend the blessings of adoption to more children (Opinion)
Tulsa World – November 27, 2015
Today, more than 400,000 children in America and 10,000 in Oklahoma are in need of a loving family and a place to call home. In light of these facts, it is appropriate that Congress over the past decade has chosen November as a month for our nation to also celebrate the hope and blessing that comes from adoption.
http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/readersforum/u-s-sen-jim-inhofe-let-s-extend-the-blessings/article_93c0a8f9-23fd-543b-bdde-308911de0efe.html

US: Human trafficking and the U.S. Church
Mission Network – November 26, 2015
“There are some typical groups [of people who are vulnerable to human trafficking],” Richey explains. “Disenfranchised youth, teenage runaways, immigrants, battered and bruised women, exploited children; the list goes on.” Broken and abusive families fill the foster care system. Shattered foster children fill local and county jails. Abused and/or desperate women sell themselves on street corners.
https://www.mnnonline.org/news/human-trafficking-and-the-u-s-church/

US: Safe Haven laws for giving up children differ by state
WABC-TV – November 25, 2015
The newborn boy abandoned in a Queens church has raised questions about Safe Haven laws, and when a baby can be left in the care of others.
http://abc7ny.com/news/what-are-the-laws-for-giving-up-a-baby/1099279/

INTERNATIONAL

Canada: Edmonton CARRT units celebrate 20 years of protecting vulnerable children
Edmonton Sun – November 27, 2015
The Child At Risk Response Team (CARRT) began on Oct. 8, 1995, when Det. Bryan Robertson and social worker Pamela Thompson first combined their expertise when dealing with complex cases of children in crisis.
http://myinforms.com/en-ca/a/19779980-edmonton-carrt-units-celebrate-20-years-of-protecting-vulnerable-children/

Bay Area: $4.8 million grant to study childhood trauma’s effects on health San Jose Mercury News”Adverse childhood experiences increase risk of disease in adulthood. Yet, the biological pathways of traumatic stress are not well understood,” said …$4.8 Million Research Grant to Find Missing Link for Childhood Adversity – The Chronicle of Social ChangeFull Coverage

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District staff receives trauma training

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Steve Graner, a retired teacher from North Dakota who now works with the Texas-based Child Trauma Academy, speaks to St. Joseph School District …

Training Focuses on Handling Trauma – stjoechannel.com

School staff receives trauma training – News-Press Now

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Washington County foster care parents the first in state to be trained in childhood trauma

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Many of these children have experienced or witnessed psychological, sexual and physical abuse and neglect. Trauma Systems Therapy teaches …

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Breaking the Cycle: Using ‘What Happened’ to Curb Childhood Trauma at LaSalle School

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In part one of the series Breaking the Cycle, reporter Katie Eastman explains the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and why it’s important to a …

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PCSO: 3-year-old girl died of blunt force trauma

ABC15 Arizona

Clark says the caregiver told officials she was driving the child to the hospital because the girl was in medical distress. Deputies and paramedics met …

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago-area Advocate program helps children recover from sexual abuse

Chicago Tribune

The Advocate Childhood Trauma Treatment Program, which operates out of Bolingbrook as well as Oak Lawn, is one of only a few agencies in Illinois …

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The Union Leader

Authorities say baby died from blunt-force trauma, while man who lived at same home, charged

The Union Leader

Later Friday morning, authorities announced that Tommy F. Page, who lived at the residence, had been arrested on 23 counts of possession of child …

Authorities say boy injured in Alexandria was victim of homicide – WMUR Manchester

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Trauma Smart Program starts strong in Walla Walla KEPR 19Children that are in the trunk, or teachers that are in the trunk cannot learn,” said Catherine Wolpert, Education Coordinator and Coach for the Trauma …

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FOX 10 News Phoenix

Oro Valley police: Baby sitter arrested in child abuse probe

FOX 10 News Phoenix

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Oro Valley say a baby sitter has been arrested in connection with a child abuse investigation. They say …

Oro Valley police: Babysitter arrested in child abuse probe – ABC15 Arizona

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NCTSN Position Statements National Child Traumatic Stress NetworkNCTSN position statements are developed collaboratively by members of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network in response to important issues …

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A profile of suspected child abuse as a subgroup of major trauma patients Emergency Medicine JournalIntroduction Non-accidental injury (NAI) in children is an important cause of major injury. The Trauma Audit Research Network (TARN) recently …
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People Magazine

Mom Charged with Child Neglect After Dad Tried to Drown Kids in North Carolina Pond

People Magazine

The mother of a 3-year-old who died after her father tried to drown her has been charged with two counts of child neglect, PEOPLE confirms.

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Beckley parents arrested for child neglect in death of infant child Beckley Register-HeraldAndrew Edward Bennett, 28, and Ariel Ladawn Bennett, 25, are charged with child neglect resulting in death and two counts of gross child neglect …

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WAVY-TV

Woman charged with public intoxication and child neglect

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Police have charged 26-year-old Patricia Kristine Wagner with intoxication in public and child neglect for an …

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Mother, friend charged with aggravated child neglect

Times Daily

Two Wayne County women remain in jail, accused of child neglect, after a 22-month-old baby sustained a broken wrist and leg and was not given …

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3-month-old in Salem child neglect case dies

WSLS

Police arrested the infant’s father, Jwawn Lamont James Sr. The 41-year-old is charged with felony child neglect. He’s being held at the Roanoke …

3-month-old Salem girl dies after being found unresponsive – Roanoke Times

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Roanoke Times

Salem father charged with felony child neglect after 3-month-old girl found unconscious

Roanoke Times

Jwawn Lamont James Sr., 41, is charged with felony child neglect. He is being held without bond in the Roanoke County-Salem Jail.

Salem father charged with felony neglect after child found unconscious – WDBJ7

Salem father charged with felony child neglect after daughter found unconscious – WSLS

Salem father charged with felony child neglect – WFIR News Talk Radio

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Independence woman sentenced 13 years in child neglect-related death

Topeka Capital Journal

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An Independence woman has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty in the neglect-related death of her …

Independence woman sentenced in child neglect-related death – Belleville News-Democrat

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Blotter: Parents arrested in Milton child neglect Huntington Herald DispatchCHILD NEGLECT: Jamie Scott Rutherford, 38, and Jennifer Nicole Rutherford, 32, both of Milton, were arrested around 11 p.m. Monday and charged …

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Daytona man charged with child neglect after crash Daytona Beach News-JournalMote was also charged with three counts of child neglect after police discovered three children, ages 14, 12 and 3, in the wrecked vehicle, reports …

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Monongah Woman Arrested for Child Neglect Following Accident

WBOY-TV

A Monongah woman was arrested after deputies say she drove her car into a ditch Tuesday. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, …

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Salem man charged with felony child neglect WSET.comSalem, VA – A Salem man was arrested and charged with felony child neglect, according to police.According to authorities, 41-year-old Jwawn Lamont …

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Blasting News

Ban Crib Bumpers Because of Rising Deaths

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The researchers said they suspect that the number of infant deaths tied to the use of crib bumpers may be even higher, as this issue tends to be …

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Chicago Tribune

Mother Who Locked Girl in Closet Found Guilty of Child Abuse

ABC News

A Jackson County jury took less than three hours to find the woman guilty of endangering the welfare of a child, first-degree assault and child abuse …

Kansas City man charged with child abuse after 6-month-old son is severely injured – Kansas City Star

Man charged with felony child abuse after son’s head injured – KSNT (press release) (registration) (blog)

Man charged with felony child abuse after son’s head injured – Columbia Daily Tribune

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WIBW

Councilman Schumm, wife out on bond after child abuse allegations

WIBW

They were both arrested Thursday on allegations of child abuse. … County Jail Thursday night on counts of Aggravated Battery and Abuse of a Child, …

City councilman Jonathan Schumm, wife arrested Thursday after child abuse investigation; couple – Topeka Capital Journal

Topeka councilman, wife charged with abusing children – KAKE

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Herald-Mail Media

Md. woman accused of child abuse after toddler’s head punctured by key

Herald-Mail Media

A 23-year-old Maryland woman was arraigned this week on child abuse and other charges in Berkeley County Magistrate Court after authorities …

Woman Charged With Child Abuse in Son’s Brain Injury – NBC4 Washington

Woman charged with child abuse in son’s brain injury – Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

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Wausau Daily Herald

Probation ordered in child abuse case

Wausau Daily Herald

WAUSAU – A 33-year-old Wausau woman will get three years of probation instead of jail time after she was convicted of punching a 13-year-old child …

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CBS News

Kansas councilman, wife, accused of child abuse

CBS News

TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas city councilman and his wife were arrested on Nov. 19 on allegations of child abuse, reports CBS affiliate WIBW. Jonathan …

Topeka Child Abuse Case Raises Questions About Kansas Policy On Gay Adoptions – KCUR

DA moves to oust Topeka city councilman accused of child abuse – WIBW

Gay Adoption Questions Prompted By Topeka Child Abuse Case – KMUW

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3 cell phones seized, under analysis in Salem child abuse case WSLSSalem police have charged the father, Jwawn Lamont James Sr., 41, with abuse and neglect of a child, and aggravated malicious wounding.

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The Guardian

Up to 85% of child abuse in England remains undetected, study says

The Guardian

Simon Bailey, the national police lead for child protection and abuse, said children’s ease of access to technology was a problem. Photograph: Martin …

Thousands of child sex abuse cases missed, report says – BBC News

Studay: 85% of child abuse in UK goes unreported – Press TV

‘450000 UK child abuse cases in 2yrs’ – report – RT

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FOX 10 News Phoenix

Babysitter arrested, accused of child abuse

Tucson News Now

Oro Valley Police arrested 34-year-old Jennifer Taylor on one count of child abuse Tuesday, one week after the child was transported to a local to …

Oro Valley police: Baby sitter arrested in child abuse probe – FOX 10 News Phoenix

Babysitter arrested on suspicion of child abuse – Arizona Daily Star

Babysitter arrested, accused of child abuse – AZFamily

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Charleston Post Courier

Rapid response to child abuse

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Susan Alford, DSS director, takes a break in-between meetings to eat lunch at her desk Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the South Carolina DSS in …

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Stuff.co.nz

Special investigation: New Zealand’™s shameful record of child abuse

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Special investigation: New Zealand’™s shameful record of child abuse … These children have died as a result of neglect, abuse, or maltreatment in …

Child homicide in New Zealand: How do the numbers compare internationally? – Stuff.co.nz

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Child Abuse Case in Bradford WESB.comA Bradford woman is accused of giving a man permission to discipline her 5-year-old child, and he’s accused of hitting the child with a belt.

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Save the Date for Giving Tuesday! Prevent Child Abuse America#GivingTuesday 2015. Create a page. Create your own Giving Tuesday page! There’s Black Friday. Then Cyber Monday. And then Giving Tuesday!

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Effects Of Child Abuse And Neglect Shine LawyersChild abuse is a social and public health problem. It can refer to physical and mental harm towards a child by a parent, caregiver, adult or adolescent.

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Looking for additional Board Members for Child Abuse Prevention Nonprofit VolunteerMatchPAYTEN’s Village offers the opportunity to serve your community through “Looking for additional Board Members for Child Abuse Prevention …

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30 Years Ago, Mr. Snuffleupagus Shocked ‘Sesame Street’ Mental FlossSo it went for 14 years, until the show’s producers began to hear of a growing concern among viewers: In the wake of news reports about child abuse …

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Daniels arrested for child abuse Middlesboro Daily NewsDaniels arrested for child abuse. First Posted: 4:20 pm – November 23rd, 2015 – 9 Views. By Marisa Anders – manders@civitasmedia.com …

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Woman gets probation for child abuse charges WIFC.comWAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) — A Wausau woman charged with child abuse was sentenced to probation Tuesday. 33-year-old Carrie Winters had entered a …

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Baby death stops family care service

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A SERVICE overseeing 60 family daycare educators has been suspended following the death of a five-month-old boy in a run-down Brisbane home …

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Baby death and abused tot’s cases put Sunderland’s care services under scrutiny

Sunderland Echo

Action plans have been drafted up to ensure risks to newborns in troubled families are reduced in the wake of one baby death and another attacked by …

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BBC News

Poppi Worthington death: Detective admits mistakes made

BBC News

A detective in charge of investigating the death of a 13-month-old girl in … that police were criticised for a number of failings following her death.

Barrow baby Poppi’s injuries at centre of court argument – NW Evening Mail

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Irish Times

Adorable baby orangutan recovers from near death

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X. Adorable baby orangutan recovers from near death. Nov 26, 2015. Asia-Pacific. Less than two months after being left for dead in a cardboard box in …

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Financial Company Voices

Weekend born babies carry greater death risk

Financial Company Voices

The researchers based their findings on 1,349,599 births that took place in the NHS between April 2010 and March 2012. Despite the death rates …

Babies Born At Weekends Have Greater Death Risk – ObserverLeader.com (blog)

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NBCNews.com

Mother Charged After Baby Died In Oven

NYSE Post

Both remain jailed, each with bonds totaling $36,000, after their arrests Tuesday morning. The oven was reportedly turned “all the way” up.

Mother, boyfriend charged in death of toddler locked, burned in oven – Fox 2 Detroit

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WFSB

Suspect wanted for killing 9-month-old baby

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Police are looking for a suspect in connection with the death of a baby. … Atlanta police said his death has been ruled a homicide by the medical …

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The Statesman

2 newborns die of ‘overheating’ in city hospital, probe on

The Indian Express

Two newborn babies died of excessive heat from a radiant warmer inside the Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) of at Calcutta Medical College and …

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WISN Milwaukee

Baby girl found dead in Milwaukee

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Another baby girl also died Wednesday in Milwaukee. Police said it happened about 2:15 p.m. in the 5400 block of North 91st Street. It appears to be a …

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Child dies 10 years after violent shaking; babysitter charged with murder Los Angeles TimesSavannah Lee Quake suffered a traumatic brain injury that day and remained on a ventilator in a vegetative state for the next 10 years until she died …

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BBC News

Luton mother and grandmother jailed over baby’s death

BBC News

A mother and grandmother who put a baby through “unimaginable suffering” by starving him to death have each been jailed for eight years.

Mum jailed for death of her own baby son who suffered ‘unimaginable suffering’ – Mirror.co.uk

Mother and Grandmother jailed following baby death – Luton – The Crown Prosecution Service

Mum and gran jailed eight years each for death of baby Imran – Luton Today

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FOX 4 News

Mom and mom’s boyfriend in court following baby death in stove

FOX 4 News

HOUSTON (FOX 26) – The mother of a baby who was burned to death as well as her boyfriend have each been arrested and charged with four counts …

Mother Charged After Baby Died In Oven – Sky News

Texas Mom and Boyfriend Charged in Death of 19-Month-Old Found in Oven – The Root

US child burnt to death in oven – 3News NZ

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Belfast Telegraph

Report reveals failings in Cumbria baby death probe

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A shocking report published for the first time today reveals catastrophic failings in the way the death of a baby girl was investigated. The 13-month old …

Report details catastrophic failings in way Barrow baby’s death was investigated – NW Evening Mail

Poppi Worthington death: Judge criticises police and council – BBC News

Times campaign lifts secrecy over death of ‘sex assault’ baby Poppi Worthington – The Times (subscription)

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New York Daily News

Man shook baby to death, didn’t call 911 for an hour: prosecutors

New York Daily News

As 4-month-old Javion Durrett lay dying, the man who shook him to death waited an hour for the baby’s mother to come home before calling 911, …

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Inquest over Victorian baby death Yahoo7 NewsAn inquest will investigate the treatment of an 18-month-old girl who died … The court heard many of the doctors who treated the baby girl were no …

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WISN Milwaukee

Baby death being investigated

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Baby death being investigated. UPDATED 7:41 PM CST Nov 25, 2015. Tweet · Next Video: Mother of teen dressed as clown defends his actions. 0.

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Mirror.co.uk

My baby died because of weekend shortage of NHS staff

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Amy Belton, 28, was told there were “not enough” staff at James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough, to deliver her daughter when she went into labour at …

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Manchester Evening News

Live: Manchester breaking news – Ringway Road latest, Baby death tragedy

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We tell how a three-month-old baby boy died after an incident at his family … brother then told her that he had accidentally fallen on top of the baby.

Manchester baby boy dies of ‘head injuries’ after his brother fell on him – Daily Mail

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Police investigating two separate baby deaths

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Milwaukee Police and firefighters were called to two separate baby deaths within hours of each other Wednesday night. Police tell us one is believed …

Milwaukee police investigate two baby deaths; one ruled suspicious – WDJT

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Inquest over Victorian baby death 9news.com.auA coroner will hold an inquest into the death of a toddler days after she was admitted to a Melbourne hospital. Audrey Ebbage died in December last …

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Deaths of two infants in Milwaukee under investigation

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The deaths of two infants in Milwaukee on Wednesday are under investigation by Milwaukee police. According to a news release from the Milwaukee …

Two infant deaths in Milwaukee – WTMJ (press release) (subscription) (blog)

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The Bakersfield Californian

Mother pleads not guilty to murder in infant’s death

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Shafter police found a dead infant believed to be Farias’ on June 19 in … The coroner’s office determined cause of death was blunt force trauma and …

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DNAinfo

Murder charge in infant’s death

Queens Chronicle

EMS personnel also were dispatched to the scene and transported Javion to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where the infant was pronounced …

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The Statesman

Probe panel to look into infant deaths

The Statesman

The state health department has formed a four-member committee to probe the alleged medical negligence that led to the death of two newborn …

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Study finds crib bumper danger causes infant deaths

Blasting News

A recent study has found that there is a crib bumper danger causing infant deaths to rise, thus provoking the researchers to appeal nationally for these …

Increasing Infant Death Rate Associated To Crib Bumpers, Study – Health Aim

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Hawaii infants prone to sleep-related deaths, unsafe sleeping habits

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“The sleep-related deaths, if you took away prematurity and first week of life and all the congenital malformations, sleep-related infant deaths are the …

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Tech Times

Babies Born At Weekends Have Greater Death Risk

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24 in the British Medical Journal, focused on stillbirth or infant death data within seven days of hospitalization between 2010 and 2012. It considered …

Babies born on the weekend have slightly higher death risk – NHS Choices

Children born on the Weekend have a Higher Risk of Death, Study Says – Counsel & Heal

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WISCONSIN — Man charged in death of infant son Beloit Daily News(AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Warrens man in the death of his 3-month-old … Tralmer denied shaking his son while home alone with the infant.

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Probe ordered into death of infants

The Hindu

The death of two newborns at the Kolkata Medical College and Hospital last week has triggered a controversy with the parents alleging that the babies …

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CA: Six children are dead. Could these needless deaths have been prevented?
Los Angeles Times – November 24, 2015
There are community-based services he could have tapped, but they’re fragmented and hard to navigate without professional help, said USC child welfare professor Jacquelyn McCroskey.
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-1124-banks-troubled-parents-20151124-column.html

FL: Mistakes detailed in Janiya Thomas death
Southwest Florida Herald Tribune – November 24, 2015
Child protection investigators closed probes prematurely, turned in crucial paperwork late and failed to adequately identify safety concerns when they investigated incidents involving the mother of an 11-year-old found dead in a freezer this past October, a Department of Children and Families report released Tuesday found.
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20151124/NEWS/151129803?Title=Mistakes-detailed-in-Janiya-Thomas-death

FL: Rate Of Kids Coming Into Foster Care Rising, But Is It Too Much?
CBS Miami – November 24, 2015
More children are coming into Florida’s foster-care system after a sweeping child-welfare reform law went into effect 19 months ago, but officials say the state is trying to focus on what’s best for kids in difficult situations.
http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/11/24/rate-of-kids-coming-into-foster-care-rising-but-is-it-too-much/

GA: Gordon County DFCS brings awareness to foster children at Thanksgiving
Northwest Georgia News – November 24, 2015
There are currently over 1100 children in foster care in the 11 counties making up the Northwest Georgia region. These children have been removed from their homes for reasons outside of their control and it can be hard for them to feel thankful at times, given that they are separated from their families. During a time where we should feel love and give thanks for our blessings, these children can often feel abandoned, lonely and confused about what they have to be thankful for.
http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/calhoun_times/gordon-county-dfcs-brings-awareness-to-foster-children-at-thanksgiving/article_c11e8a3a-92e6-11e5-b0df-fbfb1377dcd4.html

KS: Gay Adoption Questions Prompted By Topeka Child Abuse Case (Includes audio)
KMUW – November 24, 2015
The recent arrest of a Topeka couple on child abuse charges is raising questions about a custody battle that some say illustrates a pattern of discrimination against gays seeking to adopt.
http://kmuw.org/post/gay-adoption-questions-prompted-topeka-child-abuse-case

KS: WSU sociologists: Kids fare well with same-sex parents (Opinion)
Wichita Eagle – November 24, 2015
In a meeting of the Legislature’s Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy last week, Donald Paul Sullins, an associate professor of sociology at the Catholic University of America, argued that children who grow up in households with same-sex parents suffer from heightened emotional trauma and psychological problems. These claims are not representative of the body of sociological research on the issue of family structure and child well-being.
http://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article46311820.html

MA: Report Cites “Missed Opportunities” for MA Children in Detention (Includes audio)
Public News Service – November 25, 2015
Naoka Carey, executive director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice, said the numbers in her organization’s new report are startling. They show that children who start out in the child-welfare system, through no fault of their own, are highly likely to end up in the juvenile-justice system. Report: http://www.njjn.org/uploads/digital-library/CfJJ-MissedOpportunities-2015.pdf
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-11-25/juvenile-justice/report-cites/a49142-1

NE: Nonprofit bike shop helps those who have aged out of foster care system (Includes video)
KETV Omaha – November 24, 2015
A nonprofit shop in an iconic Omaha storefront is helping foster kids who have aged out of the system by offering support to help them earn income, learn life skills and set futures in motion.
http://www.ketv.com/news/nonprofit-bike-shop-helps-those-who-have-aged-out-of-foster-care-system/36643402

OK: Gov. Fallin, DHS Kick Off Initiative to Recruit More Foster, Adoptive Parents (Press release)
State of Oklahoma – November 12, 2015
Governor Mary Fallin along with the Department of Human Services today kicked off the Oklahoma Fosters initiative to recruit more foster and adoptive families for children who are in state custody. Oklahoma Fosters is a statewide campaign uniting state, tribal and local governments, businesses, nonprofits and the faith-based community to end the foster care crisis in Oklahoma.
http://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/newsroom/newsroom_article.php?id=223&article_id=17029

TX: Court Blocks Effort to License Family Detention Centers as Child-Care Facilities
RH Reality Check – November 24, 2015
The Texas-based organization Grassroots Leadership on Friday won a temporary injunction in its suit to stop the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from licensing family detention centers in Karnes and Dilley as child-care facilities under an emergency rule. Also: Judge: No “Emergency” to License Detention Centers: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/11/24/judge-state-cant-claim-emergency-license-detention/
http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2015/11/24/court-blocks-effort-license-family-detention-centers-child-care-facilities/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=court-blocks-effort-license-family-d

WA: Child’s ‘worst case of neglect’ prompts $27M claim against DSHS (Includes video)
KHOU – November 24, 2015
On an October morning three years ago, emergency responders were sent to a North Bend home to do a welfare check. What they found, they said, still haunts them — a blind, disabled girl emaciated and writhing in pain. How the girl came to be in such a terrible condition is what prompted a $27 million claim filed Monday against the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).
http://www.khou.com/story/news/health/2015/11/24/worst-case-of-neglect-prompts-27m-claim-against-dshs/76303252/

US: 5 Things We Didn’t Expect When Adopting Internationally
Huffington Post – November 24, 2015
It is thrilling and breath-taking and wonderfully exciting, don’t get me wrong. It’s an adventure. Like any adventure however, on our journeys to meet our soon-to.be children, we didn’t really know what to expect and surprise of all surprises, we didn’t really have any control.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/colleen-berge/5-things-we-didnt-expect-_b_8635972.html

US: Young immigrants are at risk from sponsors with criminal records, senators say
Los Angeles Times – November 24, 2015
Federal officials placed immigrant youths with convicted criminals, including sex traffickers and human smugglers, then refused to remove them even after a whistle-blower alerted officials, two senators alleged Tuesday.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-immigrant-whistleblower-20151124-story.html

INTERNATIONAL

India: The most effective ways to protect your child from sexual abuse
Quartz – November 25, 2015
In the past few months, at least three cases of minor girls being allegedly assaulted in Bengaluru schools were reported. These incidences are not a rare in India, which registers one of the highest numbers of child sexual abuse cases in the world every year. From 2001 to 2011, child rape cases jumped an alarming 336%.
http://qz.com/558111/the-most-effective-ways-to-protect-your-child-from-sexual-abuse/

International: Understanding the Refugee Crisis
International Social Services – USA – November 24, 2015
In light of the recent attacks in Paris and Beirut, there have been varied reactions to the way countries address the influx of refugees, ranging from acceptance, to fear, hostility, and significant backlash.
http://iss-blog.iss-usa.org/understanding-the-refugee-crisis/

United Kingdom: Chief Rabbi’s initiative sees 120 rabbis train to deal with child sex abuse
Jewish News – November 25, 2015
More than 120 United Synagogue rabbis have been trained to recognise and deal with cases of child sex abuse as Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis warned that the Jewish community was “not immune”.
http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/chief-rabbis-initiative-sees-120-rabbis-train-to-deal-with-child-sex-abuse/

United Kingdom: Children dying and hospitalised after ingesting medications used to treat their parents’ drug addiction
Medical News Today – November 24, 2015
Adfam is calling for all incidents involving a child’s ingestion of these medications to be fully investigated and recorded – and analysed centrally by government, with the learning shared with local services.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/303022.php?tw

United Kingdom: England: Up to 400000 cases of child abuse not reported to police
International Business Times UK – November 24, 2015
The number of children who have been sexually abused in England is likely to be much higher than reported with around seven out of eight offences not detected, according to a new report. Report: http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/Protecting%20children%20from%20harm%20-%20full%20report_0.pdf
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/england-400000-cases-child-abuse-not-reported-police-1530237

 

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The Tennessean

Assault conviction overturned in infant’s death

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A Hendersonville man serving 10 years in prison for the death of a nine-month-old girl has been granted a new trial by the Tennessee Court of …

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Study finds increase in infant death due to crib bumpers

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Although the overall number of infant deaths blamed on crib bumpers is low, it has spiked in recent years, causing researchers to sound the alarm on …

Crib bumpers: infant deaths are on the rise – Medical News Today

Crib Bumpers Should Be Banned After Slew Of Infant Deaths, Study Urges – Headlines & Global News

Health News: Infant Death Linked to Crib Bumpers Dangerously Increasing – Christianity Daily

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WSB Atlanta

Medical examiner rules infant’s death a homicide

WSB Atlanta

Atlanta police are investigating an infant’s death after Fulton County … We’re talking with the family about the child’s death and what will happen to the …

Atlanta police investigating death of infant that has been ruled a homicide – Daily Journal

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Agency hopes ‘ABCs’ will lower infant death rate ThisWeekNewsThe agency has launched the Infant Safe Sleep Campaign after receiving some critical data: In the last three years, 67 infants between the ages of 1 …Agency hopes ‘ABCs’ will lower infant death rate – ThisWeekNewsFull Coverage

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Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Mississippi drops to record low for infant deaths

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

TUPELO – Infant mortality in Mississippi has hit an all-time low, dropping to a rate of 8.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The Mississippi State …

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Neoga woman charged in infant’s death

Effingham Daily News

TOLEDO — A Neoga woman charged with involuntary manslaughter in the August death of an infant she was babysitting at her home is scheduled for …

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Couple charged in infant’s death appear in court

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TIMMINS – The Timmins couple charged in connection with the death of their seven-week-old infant had their first court appearance in Timmins …

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LubbockOnline.com

Bond reduced 85 percent for Lubbock man in June infant death

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A Lubbock judge reduced by 85 percent Tuesday the bond amount for a 22-year-old man charged in connection with the June death of his girlfriend’s …

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Stroud Life

Weekend births have a greater risk of infant death according to new report

Stroud Life

A new report by the British Medical Journal claims babies born at the weekend in NHS hospitals are at greater risk of dying in their first week of life …

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NBC Chicago

Barrington Parents Get 5 Years for Starvation Death of Infant Daughter

NBC Chicago

The parents of a 7-month-old girl who died last year after starving to death in northwest suburban Barrington, Illinois, have each been sentenced to five …

Couple Gets 5 Years for Starving Death of Infant – Patch.com

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New York Daily News

Queens baby’s January death ruled a homicide, mother’s boyfriend charged with murder: cops

New York Daily News

A Queens man investigators believe shook his girlfriend’s 4-month-old baby to death has been arrested for the infant’s murder, police said Tuesday.

Baby’s death classified homicide, mother’s boyfriend arrested – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

Baby’s death classified homicide, arrest made – Times Herald-Record

Jhalil Williams, of Queens, arrested in death of girlfriend’s baby, Javion Durett, NYPD says – Newsday

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Irish Times

Coombe hospital apologises to couple over baby’s death during 1991 delivery

Irish Times

The Coombe hospital has apologised to a Dublin couple over the death of their baby in a botched delivery more than two decades ago. The hospital …

A 23-year quest by couple for answers about baby’s death – Irish Independent

Coombe apologises to couple over baby’s death in 1991 – Irish Times

Couple’s baby daughter’s spine snapped in botched delivery before her organs were secretly – Irish Mirror

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STLtoday.com

California man charged in decade-delayed ‘shaken babydeath

Chicago Tribune

A Southern California jail inmate who abused a baby girl was charged with murder Tuesday over her death a decade later from “shaken baby …

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Coldwater Daily Reporter

Shaw gets life without parole in baby death

Coldwater Daily Reporter

COLDWATER — Steven Eric Shaw was defiant. “I am not guilty,” he said. On Monday, he was sentenced to life without parole for the May 2014 felony …

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Big Country Homepage

Texas Mom, Boyfriend Charged for Baby’s Death

Big Country Homepage

Nineteen-month-old J’zyra Thompson burned to death inside an oven. … Cornell Malone are each charged with four counts of child endangerment.

HPD: Pregnant mother, boyfriend charged in death of toddler burned in oven – KPRC Houston

Couple appears in court after child burned to death – KPRC Houston

Mother and boyfriend charged after baby dies from burns suffered inside an oven – KTRK-TV

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FOX 5 Atlanta

Police Investigating Baby’s Death

FOX 5 Atlanta

ATLANTA – Police in Atlanta are trying to find out who is responsible for the death of a 9-month old baby. The child’s mother, Jasmine Jones, told …

Medical examiner rules infant’s death a homicide – WSB Atlanta

Death of 9-month-old child ruled a homicide – The Telegraph

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HLNtv.com

DA: Man crushes baby to death, says he ‘felt better’ afterward

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A California man who crushed a baby to death with his foot and said he felt better afterward was convicted last week in the child’s death. A jury found …

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Green Bay Press Gazette

Father imprisoned for death of baby

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Farris pleaded no contest to child neglect resulting in death in exchange for the dismissal of a charge of first-degree reckless homicide. A charge of …

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Express.co.uk

Shocking figures on baby deaths show 770 fatalities due to weekend births

Express.co.uk

BABIES born in hospitals at weekends are more likely to be stillborn or die in their first week than those delivered Monday to Friday, according to …

Babies delivered at the weekend suffer greater threat of stillbirth or death – Daily Mail

Babies born at weekends in nhs hospitals ‘more likely to be stillborn or die’ – Daily Mail

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Manchester Evening News

Investigation into death of three-month-old baby after brother told mum he had accidentally fallen

Manchester Evening News

In a statement Greater Manchester Police said: “On Friday, November 20 police were made aware of the death of a three month old baby from Moston.

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AR: Arkansas judge approves names of same-sex partners on birth certificates
Reuters – November 23, 2015
Circuit Judge Tim Fox of Little Rock, who ruled from the bench, said he would consider broadening his finding to include all same-sex couples with children in Arkansas, and issue a written decision later.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/23/us-arkansas-gaymarriage-idUSKBN0TC2HQ20151123

AZ: State just isn’t cracking down on abuse the way it should (Opinion)
Arizona Daily Wildcat – November 21, 2015
Child abuse: two words that should never have to be grouped in the same sentence, but sadly Arizona increasingly has paired them up. Unfortunately, cases are piling up and responses aren’t where they need to be.
http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2015/11/o-child-abuse

CA: Special Report part 1: Sex trafficking — San Diego’s 2nd largest underground economy (Includes video)
KUSI – November 24, 2015
Her parents were drug addicts and she was in the foster care system here in California. She was vulnerable. Her new friends made her feel welcomed. She liked getting high and not going to school, but then she was told she needed to contribute.
http://www.kusi.com/story/30590814/special-report-part-1-sex-trafficking-san-diegos-2nd-largest-underground-economy

CA: Patricia Miljanich: Child abuse victims need community help (Opinion)
Mercury News – November 23, 2015
Right under the noses of professionals, foster parents and family members, a 4-year-old foster child was nearly murdered while in the care of her adult half-sister in the city of Santa Clara last year. Why didn’t our child protection system protect this little girl from this unspeakable abuse?
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/general-news/20151123/patricia-miljanich-child-abuse-victims-need-community-help

KS: A day for adoptions makes 27 new Kansas families
Kansas City Star – November 21, 2015
“This is the best day of the year in this courtroom, in this courthouse … in the state of Kansas,” District Court Judge Kathleen L. Sloan told eight families and the children they were in court to make their own as part of National Adoption Month.
http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article45851300.html

MA: As I See It: Acting on risk factors to keep children safe (Opinion)
The Telegram – November 22, 2015
It seems as if every couple of months we learn of another Massachusetts child, particularly in Central Massachusetts, who has died or suffered irreparable harm as the result of abuse or neglect. Predictably, in the aftermath of every new and horrific case, the circumstances leading up to it are examined by child welfare departments, multidisciplinary review teams and the media. Memorials with candles and stuffed animals pop up on sidewalks and get their few seconds on the evening news.
http://www.telegram.com/article/20151122/OPINION/151129791/101412?rssfeed=true

MD: Foster care parents to learn to help traumatized children
Associated Press – November 23, 2015
In what could set an example for foster care across Maryland, foster parents in Washington County are set to be the first in the state trained to help children traumatized by psychological, sexual and physical abuse.
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Foster-care-parents-to-learn-to-help-traumatized-6651671.php

MI: More than 120 adoptions finalized on Adoption Day: Aims to raise awareness
Associated Press – November 24, 2015
Five of the state’s seven Supreme Court justices are among judges participating in adoption ceremonies across Michigan on Tuesday. There are 36 events scheduled where adoptions will be finalized or informational events will be held for potential adoptive parents.
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/5d50f4a7349a43eba6855e6da30776ef/MI–Adoption-Day-Michigan

MN: Live It!: Kandiyohi County focused on providing permanent homes for foster kids
West Central Tribune – November 23, 2015
Right now, we’re very low on licensed foster care homes. We have 14 families licensed. Because we don’t do private adoptions at the county level –only public — any adoptions will either be through those foster homes or relatives.
http://www.wctrib.com/news/local/3889009-live-it-kandiyohi-county-focused-providing-permanent-homes-foster-kids

NH: State marks Adoption Awareness Month with ceremony
The Telegraph – November 21, 2015
November is Adoption Awareness Month, and a recent event in Concord became a focal point for area agency efforts to find what professionals call “forever homes” for children in foster care.
http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/statenewengland/1073908-469/nh-marks-adoption-awareness-month-with-ceremony.html

NM: $1 Million Expansion of New Mexico CYFD’s Family Support Worker Program (Press relief)
Office of the New Mexico Governor – November 23, 2015
Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced a $1 million expansion of the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) Family Support Worker program, which she initiated as a pilot program in Bernalillo County in April of 2014. The program will now serve six New Mexico counties and provides specifically high-risk families with service and support aimed at preventing child maltreatment. The Governor also urged legislators to enact stiffer penalties for those who assault child abuse caseworkers in New Mexico.
http://krwg.org/post/1-million-expansion-new-mexico-cyfd-s-family-support-worker-program

NY: One More Problem Faced by Transgender New Yorkers: Food Insecurity
Slate – November 21, 2015
As health care access is clearly still a problem, the report requests that policymakers “Assure that all transgender people, including those in the foster care system, juvenile detention or criminal justice system, have access to the health care they need.”
http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/11/21/transgender_new_yorkers_poorer_more_food_insecure_than_non_trans_residents.html

OK: Tulsa County bucks incarceration trend, finds options for prison-bound women
Tulsa World – November 22, 2015
“The collaborative effort has allowed nonprofit organizations to bring a wide range of expertise focused on better ways to address the needs of women who are entangled in the criminal justice system. This ultimately impacts the lives of thousands of children and families in our community.”
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/courts/tulsa-county-bucks-incarceration-trend-finds-options-for-prison-bound/article_afa427b8-4d76-5103-9463-890efd4f2579.html

OK: Cherokee Nation Declares November “Adoption Awareness Month”
Native News Online – November 21, 2015
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker signed a proclamation Monday, surrounded by the Tribal Council, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and members of Indian Child Welfare, declaring November as “Adoption Awareness Month.”
http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/cherokee-nation-declares-november-adoption-awareness-month/

OR: A failure of processes or of people? State’s foster-care review must consider both: Editorial
Oregon Online – November 21, 2015
The description she shared with legislators on Monday was scant on articulating the most critical and uncomfortable questions to answer. Why didn’t top officials at the Department of Human Services take action to protect the kids housed at Portland foster-care provider Give Us This Day, when they knew of abuse allegations and serious financial problems?
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/11/a_failure_of_processes_or_of_p.html

PA: State Budget Impasse Impacts Columbia County Social Service Agency (Includes video)
WNEP – November 23, 2015
“It’s frustrating that child welfare is not considered an essential service at the state level because that would allow some money to continue to flow to the agencies to help provide services for a very vulnerable population,” April Miller of Columbia County Children & Youth Services said.
http://wnep.com/2015/11/23/state-budget-impasse-impacts-columbia-county-social-service-agency/

RI: DCYF asks for $7 million more for next budget
Providence Journal – November 24, 2015
Leaders of the Department of Children, Youth and Families are asking to restore the agency’s funding to 2015 levels to adequately account for the cost of services, including foster care, group homes, therapy, transportation and health care.
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151123/NEWS/151129683

SC: DSS wants rapid-response teams to investigate child deaths
Post and Courier – November 23, 2015
The move is part of a continued effort by the once-embattled child welfare agency to improve the way it responds to cases. The goal is to have seven rapid-response teams in the near future, DSS Director Susan Alford said Monday.
http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20151123/PC1603/151129689/1031/dss-wants-rapid-response-teams-to-investigate-child-deaths

SC: DSS director adds executive positions
Greenville News – November 21, 2015
The state Department of Social Services, which is under orders from lawmakers to hire more caseworkers to help abused children, also has added several executive positions under the agency’s new director and now has 18 employees making $100,000 or more a year.
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/2015/11/21/south-carolina-dss-director-adds-executive-positions/76037166/

UT: Advocates for children needed in Weber, Davis counties
Standard Examiner – November 21, 2015
The Weber and Davis county branch of a state child advocacy office needs some good-hearted people to stand up for children who don’t have an adult voice.
http://www.standard.net/Local/2015/11/21/Advocates-for-children-needed-in-Weber-Davis-counties.html

WV: New Report Shows Rise in Children in Foster Care System (Includes video)
12 WBOY – November 23, 2015
West Virginia’s drug problem does not only affect the user. It can take a toll on children, directly and indirectly.
http://www.wboy.com/story/30589758/new-report-shows-rise-in-children-in-foster-care-system

US: Report: Fewer Adoptions of Older Youth Make Transition Tough (Includes audio)
Public News Service – November 24, 2015
Researchers at the Chapin Hall Policy Research Center at the University of Chicago find that, as adults, they’re more likely to be unemployed, rely on public assistance and become involved with the criminal justice system, and women are more likely to have a child out of wedlock. That’s why national project director Kathy Ledesma and colleagues at AdoptUSKids are using November, National Adoption Month, to urge families to adopt older youth from the foster care system. Report: Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth: http://www.chapinhall.org/research/report/midwest-evaluation-adult-functioning-former-foster-youth
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-11-24/childrens-issues/report-fewer-adoptions-of-older-youth-make-transition-tough/a49113-1

US: Too Often, Parental Rights Trump Kids Best Interest (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – November 23, 2015
I’m also remembering the adoptions that did not happen, despite the fact that they were clearly in the best interests of the children. Because the system too blindly favors biological parents, the interests of the children and their future prospects took a back seat.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/blogger-co-op/often-parental-rights-trump-kids-best-interest/14463

US: Critics question HUD figures showing drop in number of Tennessee homeless
Chattanooga Times Free Press – November 22, 2015
First Focus Campaign for Children, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth as well as the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare say that when officials make counts, they measure capacity and not needs.
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/politics/state/story/2015/nov/22/critics-questihud-figures-showing-number-tenn/336990/

INTERNATIONAL

China: The Life-Altering Impact of China’s One-Child Policy on Adoption in the U.S.
Huffington Post – November 23, 2015
There’s no question that China’s one-child policy has had an enormous impact on that country and its people during the 35 years it was in place, and its repercussions will continue to be felt well into the future.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-pertman/the-life-altering-impact-of-chinas-one-child-policy-on-adoption-in-the-us_b_8617080.html

International: Tech-savvy sex traffickers stay ahead of authorities as they lure teens online
Reuters – November 21, 2015
Traffickers worldwide are increasingly using social media to contact vulnerable teenagers and sell them into sex work, quick to adopt the latest online platforms popular with teenagers that has created new challenges for law enforcement agencies.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/tech-savvy-sex-traffickers-stay-ahead-of-authorities-as-they-lure-teens-online/ar-BBn2yly

NEWS
Chicago Tribune

Parents plead guilty, get 5 years in prison in baby’s starvation death

Chicago Tribune

The child died in January 2014 in Barrington, where the couple were living in the basement of a friend’s home. Jones and Edwards had moved back to …

Parents Sentenced To Five Years Each For Baby’s Starvation Death – CBS Local

Couple Gets 5 Years for Starving Death of Little Girl – Patch.com

Ex-Barrington couple get 5 years in starved baby case – Chicago Daily Herald

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Details of Cumbria baby death can be revealed – judge News & StarThe circumstances of the death of a 13-month-old girl nearly three years ago can now at least be partially revealed, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Madame Noire

Woman Stabs 22-Year-Old Pregnant Friend To Death, Cuts Baby From Her Stomach

Madame Noire

On Friday, 22-year-old Angelikque Sutton was supposed to marry Patrick Bradley, the father of the child she had carried inside her for nearly nine …

Woman cuts baby from pregnant friend’s stomach – Jamaica Star Online

Woman allegedly stabs to death expectant mother before cutting baby from womb – Recorderpost.com (satire) (registration) (blog)

Woman Nearly 9-Months Pregnant Dies After Friend Cuts Baby From Her Womb – LifeNews.com

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Daily Mail

Poppi Worthington’s tragic death facts to stay secret despite right to know promise

Daily Mail

He said only his conclusions about what happened to baby Poppi should be withheld. Appeal Court judges overturned that yesterday after …

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News Talk Florida

Bail For Frostproof Parents In Baby’s Death

News Talk Florida

26 year old Megan Betkiewicus and 22 year old Mark Waters are charged with aggravated manslaughter after their daughter Ashley died of …

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WCVB Boston

Baby found burned to death at apartment

WCVB Boston

A 19-month-old girl was found burned to death inside a Houston apartment last week, according to KPRC. According to homicide detectives with the …

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ITV News

Toddler burned to death after ‘siblings put her in oven and turned it on’

ITV News

A baby girl burned to death after she was put in the oven by one of her siblings when their mother left them home alone. J’zyra Thompson’s two …

Toddler ‘was burned to death in oven by her older siblings as her mother went out for pizza’ – Mirror.co.uk

Father of siblings of Texas toddler who died in oven speaks out – WPXI Pittsburgh

Texas Toddler Burned to Death in Oven by 3-Year-Old Sibling, Left Alone by Mom – Breitbart News

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Cyprus Mail

Post-mortem shows baby died in the womb

Cyprus Mail

THE post mortem of the baby boy that was delivered stillborn on Friday night at the Paphos General hospital revealed that the cause of death was …

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WDBJ7

Warrants: Doctor says Salem child death likely child abuse

WDBJ7

The 3-month-old girl’s father told police he dropped the girl out of a car seat, but findings from a medical examination may say otherwise.

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Baby’s death: Hospitals blamed Times of IndiaBENGALURU: The child and women welfare committee has sought for more medical officers and better communication between hospitals to avert …

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Citizens Voice

Mom gets up to 5 years in prison for infant’s death

Citizens Voice

WILKES-BARRE — Her lawyers touted her charitable work, efforts to sober up and the “mental collapse” Tracey Ann Gonda suffered after she …

Gonda Sentenced In Death of Infant – PA home page

Tracey Ann Gonda of Nanticoke sentenced to 15 to 60 months in son’s death – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

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TIMMINS – Two Timmins residents have been charged with failing to provide the necessities of life, following the death of a seven-week-old infant.

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CA: How law enforcement officers are combatting human trafficking
City News Service – November 20, 2015
“Phase I of the H.E.A.T. Institute is bring together county leaders, child welfare, education, law enforcement, criminal justice, health, the nonprofit sector and survivor voices to be part of a Blue Ribbon Commission,” Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley said. “We will focus on regional responses to and understanding of the commercial sexual exploitation of children and other victims of human trafficking.”
http://www.dailybreeze.com/social-affairs/20151120/how-californias-law-enforcement-officers-are-combatting-human-trafficking

CO: Social services address foster care, community collaboration
Craig Daily Press – November 21, 2015
Two issues currently facing Moffat County were addressed at the meeting: a high number of dependency and neglect cases, and a large percentage of children placed in foster homes and group homes or facilities outside of Moffat County, due in part to a lack of foster parents in Craig.
http://www.craigdailypress.com/news/2015/nov/21/social-services-addresses-foster-care-community-co/

DE: Heroin babies: Starting life in withdrawal
Delaware Online – November 20, 2015
“What’s different about babies who are born to moms on opiates is it does cause fairly immediate withdrawal symptoms,” said Dr. David Paul, chief of pediatrics at Christiana Care. “Immediate means babies can show symptoms of withdrawal in the first hours after birth.”
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/11/20/heroin-babies-starting-life-withdrawal/75208368/

IN: Deaths start discussion of abuse prevention
Greenfield Daily Reporter – November 20, 2015
The fatalities sparked discussions about what can be done to prevent such tragedies, and a number of volunteer groups with goals of preventing child abuse and neglect have popped up in Hancock County this year with the hope that their efforts will educate and unite the community against child abuse.
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/local_story/Deaths-start-discussion-of-abu_1448068381

KS: Gays, lesbians, parents
Salina Journal – November 22, 2015
A story in the Topeka Capital-Journal noted that the Kansas Department for Children and Families doesn’t prevent same-sex couples from serving in any way, according to DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore. But there are those who would like to change that.
http://www.salina.com/opinion/editorials/gays-lesbians-parents/article_1dd2dcb4-68ed-5136-867f-0736ae2cff90.html

KS: Law enforcement express concerns with agency handling of foster care
Topeka Capital-Journal – November 22, 2015
State social workers assigned to foster care children can be difficult to contact, supervisors also are sometimes unreachable and calls to a hotline to assist with problems may go unanswered, a top Kansas law enforcement representative says.
http://cjonline.com/news/2015-11-22/kansas-law-enforcement-express-concerns-agency-handling-foster-care

MA: Governor Baker supports reforms for Department of Children and Families
Daily Free Press – November 20, 2015
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker spoke out Tuesday in support of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families’ first major policy change in 30 years, regarding child neglect and abuse. The DCF plans to initiate change statewide February 1 by implementing a new Intake Policy and an original Supervision Policy, according to a Tuesday press release.
http://dailyfreepress.com/2015/11/20/governor-baker-supports-reforms-for-department-of-children-and-families/

MA: Office of the Child Advocate reports progress inside DCF, but more work needed
Mass Live – November 20, 2015
As Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration overhauls the Department of Children and Families, the Office of the Child Advocate on Friday highlighted progress, while adding that fixing the troubled agency won’t happen quickly. Report: http://www.mass.gov/childadvocate/docs/dcf-management-final.pdf
http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2015/11/massachusetts_dcf_progress_report.html

NC: Adoption laws have children’s needs in mind
Richmond County Daily Journal – November 20, 2015
In North Carolina, there are three major types of adoption – agency adoption, relative adoption and step-parent adoption.
http://yourdailyjournal.com/features/18858/adoption-laws-have-childrens-needs-in-mind

NM: 30 adoptions held for National Adoption Day (Includes video)
KOB – November 21, 2015
It’s was National Adoption Day Saturday and no one knows the meaning more than the dozens of families who officially adopted children. Thirty adoptions were processed Saturday morning during a celebration at the Bernalillo County Juvenile Justice Center in Albuquerque.
http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3970634.shtml#.VlJprL9uNpt

OR: DHS foster care system gets committee review
Statesman Journal – November 23, 2015
“Recent information has come to light that calls into question Oregon’s foster care services and state agency accountability,” Brown said in a statement Friday. “This is unacceptable.”
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/2015/11/22/dhs-foster-care-system-gets-committee-review/76219352/

OR: Program Has Milestone Year Connecting Foster Kids to Incarcerated Parents with Telmate’s Remote Video Visits (Press release)
PR Web – November 23, 2015
For more than two years, the Department of Human Services (DHS), Marion County Child Welfare Office in Salem, Oregon, has both hosted and had one of the highest volumes of remote video visits for foster kids. But Marion County Child Welfare hit an impressive milestone on October 21, when they completed their 170th visit and inched closer to the 200 mark, something they only dreamed about accomplishing when the program began.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/Oregon/VideoVisits/prweb13078205.htm

PA: State budget impasse: counties may protest by keeping revenue owed state
Lancaster Online – November 22, 2015
Commissioners Dennis Stuckey and Craig Lehman said withholding revenue is worth exploring as Lancaster County sees reserves dwindle to support programs for children, the elderly and the mentally ill the state is supposed to fund.
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/pennsylvania-state-budget-impasse-counties-may-protest-by-keeping-revenue/article_6871b9ee-8fc0-11e5-be74-f73d2d40362a.html

RI: Family Court holds event for National Adoption Day
Associated Press – November 22, 2015
Rhode Island’s Family Court has finalized 27 adoptions with 23 families for National Adoption Day. The court says it hosted its 12th annual event on Saturday to coincide with events held across the nation to raise awareness about the adoption process and the large number of children available for adoption.
http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/RI-Family-Court-holds-event-for-National-Adoption-6650078.php

TN: ‘Anonymous’ protests Child Protective Services (Includes video)
WATE – November 22, 2015
People with the group called “Anonymous” gathered along Main Street and said they want to educate the pubic about every aspect about adoption. They accused Child Protective Services (CPS) of what they call “legal child trafficking” for the sake of government funding.
http://wate.com/2015/11/22/anonymous-protests-child-protective-services/

UT: Marginalized members of society face increased suicide thoughts
Central Utah Daily Herald – November 22, 2015
If support is not extended, particularly if an LGBT individual feels highly rejected, he or she is statistically more than eight times as likely to attempt suicide, compared with LGBT youth who are not rejected or only slightly rejected by their parents and caregivers.
http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/marginalized-members-of-society-face-increased-suicide-thoughts/article_d44ae335-8df7-5065-b443-440aab6f72bd.html

US: With Asylum Out Of Reach, Some Minors Seek Out Special Visas
National Public Radio – November 22, 2015
“Special Immigrant Juvenile Status is for kids who can’t be reunified with one of their parents because of abuse, abandonment, neglect,” she says. Congress created it 25 years ago for undocumented children in the U.S. foster care system. A few years ago, lawmakers expanded the grounds for eligibility. A child who had been abused or abandoned by just one parent could get the visa. Axford says that clause made Henry Gomez eligible.
http://www.npr.org/2015/11/22/456669013/with-asylum-out-of-reach-some-minors-seek-out-special-visas

US: Sex traffickers stay ahead of authorities
MyInforms – November 21, 2015
Globally, nearly 21 million people are victims of human trafficking, a $150 billion industry, according to the United Nation’s International Labour Organisation. An estimated 4.5 million of them are forced into sex work. FAIR Girls said about 90% of the people it helped in Washington D.C. and Maryland had been sold online. Most of them had been sexually abused and were in foster care, with traffickers getting a psychological hold on them.
http://myinforms.com/en/a/19516017-sex-traffickers-stay-ahead-of-authorities/

US: 29th D.C. Adoption Day: Two dozen children to be adopted into forever homes (Includes video)
WJLA – November 20, 2015
The dreams of more than two dozen children will come true in the District Saturday as they are adopted into forever families. Also: KS: 22 Children Adopted in Wichita Falls for National Adoption Day : http://www.texomashomepage.com/news/local-news/22-children-adopted-in-wichita-falls-for-national-adoption-day Also: Montgomery County celebrates National Adoption Day: http://wdtn.com/2015/11/20/montgomery-county-celebrates-national-adoption-day/ Also: NJ: 13 Hudson County foster children find permanent homes at National Adoption Day celebration: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/11/13_hudson_county_foster_children_get_new_families.html Also: VT: Finalizing Record-Breaking 36 Adoptions In 1 Day: http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/vt-finalizes-record-breaking-36-adoptions-in-1-day Also: TX: National Adoption Day brings “forever homes” for Houston children: http://cw39.com/2015/11/20/national-adoption-day-brings-forever-homes-for-houston-children/ Also: CA: San Jose: National Adoption Day event makes things official for 16 families: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29144838/san-jose-national-adoption-day-event-makes-things?source=rss
http://wjla.com/news/local/two-dozen-children-to-be-adopted-into-forever-homes

US: ADHD meds may be a prescription for bullying
Medical News Today – November 20, 2015
Kids and teens who take medications like Ritalin to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are twice as likely to be physically or emotionally bullied by peers than those who don’t have ADHD, a new University of Michigan study found.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/302970.php?tw

US: Amid Refugee Debate, Unaccompanied Syrian Children Have Willing US Families Ready To Foster, Experts Say
International Business Times – November 20, 2015
After the haunting image of a drowned Syrian refugee boy lying facedown on a Turkish beach emerged in September, the phone lines at the Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Service started ringing virtually nonstop with a much higher volume of calls than usual. Dozens of American parents and families were calling the Baltimore-based voluntary resettlement agency asking if they could foster Syrian refugee children in need of homes.
http://www.ibtimes.com/amid-refugee-debate-unaccompanied-syrian-children-have-willing-us-families-ready-2192977

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International: Youth violence undermines social and economic development in poorest corners of the world
Medical News Today – November 20, 2015
Youth violence undermines social and economic development, especially in the poorest corners of the world, according to research from McGill University. However, increased government spending on education may be the key to facilitate policy efforts to protect youth.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/302949.php?tw

Portugal: 5 Years After Legalizing Gay Marriage, Portugal Will Let Same-Sex Couples Adopt
Take Part – November 22, 2015
One of the more progressive countries for LGBT rights, Portugal outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation in 2004. Still, gay couples have struggled to start families. But same-sex couples will soon be able to adopt children, thanks to a law passed by the Portuguese parliament this week, The Associated Press reports. The law also improves access to reproductive assistance, such as artificial insemination, for lesbian couples.
http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/11/22/portugal-adoption?cmpid=tp-rss

Saudi Arabia: World Children’s Day reminds parents of potential of Saudi kids
Saudi Gazette – November 23, 2015
“The minister said the World Children’s Day is held in commemoration to the signing of the International Agreement of Children’s Rights. The minister reminded parents that children are the future of the nation. We must respect them, love them, encourage them and raise them on Islamic values so they can carry the torch of light and develop society,” said the source.
http://saudigazette.com.sa/saudi-arabia/world-childrens-day-reminds-parents-of-potential-of-saudi-kids/

Sudan: National Council for Child Welfare Launches 21-Day Campaign in Support of Children
Sudan News Agency – November 19, 2015
The National Council for Child Welfare on Thursday launched the 21-day campaign for sake of children under the theme” Our Children are Our Future” within the framework of celebration marking the International Child Day in the center and the States.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201511201204.html

United Kingdom: Report: Children who are smacked ‘are more likely to be abused’
Glasgow Evening Times – November 19, 2015
Parents who smack their children are more likely to go on to abuse them, and youngsters who suffer the punishment can suffer lifelong effects, according to a major new report.
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14092430.Report__Children_who_are_smacked__are_more_likely_to_be_abused_/

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State feared public scandal over infant deaths at mother and baby homes

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Emerson Rose Act may have contributed to drop in infant deaths

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Speeding driver who caused tragic Leeds mum’s death is jailed

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NZ Maori tribe gives sleeping packs to Ngai Tahu babies to reduce sudden unexpected deaths

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Angelikque Sutton stabbed to death in the Bronx, baby born at scene, NYPD says

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Mother seeks justice over mystery death of baby at Melbourne private hospital

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Sonja Jamsek was told her baby, Sumner, was fine after being placed in intensive care. Hours later the baby was dead. Photo: Louise Kennerley.

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‘Pregnant’ woman stabbed to death and her baby ‘surgically removed’

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Angelikque Sutton, 22, who was nine months pregnant, was stabbed to death on Friday in Bronx, NY, by Ashleigh Wade, a woman who she had …

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Texas toddler’s oven death: What we know so far

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A Texas toddler reportedly burned to death Monday evening after one of her … Thompson told Child Protective Services that she frequently left the kids …

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Parents warned not to leave babies strapped into car seats a

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A study of children under two who had died while sitting in a car seat, found that 31 had either suffocated or been strangled by the seat straps.

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Swab test could have saved baby Grace from Strep B

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On November 9, Asia Marie died in her mother Chelsea’s womb at the Eric Williams … He reminded everyone death is an enemy which comes for us all, … Robinsons plan to take legal action against the hospital for the baby’s death.

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Polk Co. parents, grandmother charged in baby’s death

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FROSTPROOF (FOX 13) – Polk County sheriff’s deputies arrested the parents and grandmother Friday of an 8-week-old baby girl detectives say died …

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22-Year-Old Pregnant Woman Stabbed to Death in Bronx, Baby Surgically Removed: Police

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A 22-year-old woman died after police say she was stabbed multiple times in the Bronx Friday afternoon during an argument with another woman.

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Plea deal falls apart for New Bedford man accused in baby’s death

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Police investigate Little Rock baby’s death, sibling’s injuries

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An 8-month-old baby died earlier this month being found unresponsive at a home in the 3300 block of W. 19th St. on Nov. 12 and transported to a local …

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Staranise Waru: The cause of a baby’s death unresolved for 10 years

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Coroner Richard McElrea concluded little Staranise Waru died from a “final acute profound” episode of shaking. No one has ever been charged over …

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Baby died from blunt-force trauma, man who lived there charged with child porn

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Plymouth — Alexandria Porn Charges — Photo 2 This residence on Fowler River Road in Alexandria was quiet late Friday morning, but a week ago, …

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Woodland mom pleads not guilty in death of Baby Justice

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Frank Rees, the father of baby Justice Rees, was back in custody Friday on alleged drug charges after officers searched his family’s home in …

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‘Inconceivable’ injury happened before Carlisle baby’s death

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Paphos baby death being investigated

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Paphos police are investigating the death of a baby boy who was delivered stillborn on Friday night at the Paphos General hospital. The mother, a …

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J’zyra Thomspon: 19-Month-Old Baby Girl Burned To Death After Siblings Put Her In Oven

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Houston police officials have identified the toddler who was found burned to death in her home this past Tuesday. According to the Daily Mail the …

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Bail set at $115K for parents charged in Polk infant’s death

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The parents charged in the death of their 8-week-old Polk County infant made their first court appearance Saturday and had their bond set at $115,000 …

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Expert: Passive smoking can cause infant death

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Pentecost pleads guilty to manslaughter after death of infant

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Thomas James Pentecost, 29, of Black Hawk, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Friday at the Meade County Courthouse in the death of an …

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Reality behind Odisha’s dying infants

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It has been two months since news and reports of the deaths of 40 infants at Shishubhawan, the largest paediatric care centre in eastern India, broke.

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Las Cruces doctor, educator no longer charged with not reporting child abuse

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… A New Mexico physician and private school operator is no longer facing charges of failing to report child abuse leading up to an infant’s death.

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Parents warned as 31 babies killed by car seats

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Obesity before pregnancy doubles risk of infant mortality

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Minnesota Mother Allegedly Smothers One-Month-Old to Death Before Attempting Suicide

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Man gets life in prison in death of Adrian Peterson’s son

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A man convicted in the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian … The child, Tyrese Robert Ruffin, died in October 2013.

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Man bound over for trial in Owasso infant’s death

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Brandon Wade Nordstedt, 22, of Jennings was charged in August with child-abuse murder in the July 12 death of 10-month-old Emmerson “Emmy” …

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Infant’s Death Ruled a Homicide

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Officials say 11-month-old Shawn Sylvester Jr. of Alexandria, New Hampshire, died of blunt impact head trauma; his mother’s boyfriend has been …

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Father arrested in infant’s death says it was an accident La Crosse TribuneA Monroe County father arrested in the death of his 3-month-old son told authorities he was trying to help the choking infant before accidentally …

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State police investigating death of 6-week-old girl in Beekmantown

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The infant girl was taken to UVM Health Network CVPH, where she was … Investigators have not said what may have caused the girl’s death, but …

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Hesperia man convicted of 2nd degree murder after infant death

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SAN BERNARDINO — A Hesperia man accused of killing a one-year-old girl he was babysitting in Aug. 2013 was convicted of second-degree murder …

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Parents, grandmother charged in Frostproof infant’s death

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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is charging the parents and grandmother of an 8-week-old baby in connection with her death. Megan Betkiewicus, 26 …

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Infant safety: Sleep this way

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CA: Advocates, legislators read names of 11,000 foster children on Capitol steps
The Sacramento Bee – November 19, 2015
The number of children in California foster care has shrunk by about 40 percent over the last 15 years, according to the think tank the Public Policy Institute of California. Still, about 11,000 children remain in need of adoption, a number that has stayed constant through the years. Thursday’s event was the 27th year of the vigil, which is sponsored by the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, Sacramento County and a handful of adoption agencies.
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/healthy-choices/article45553260.html

CA: Boy, 3, Gets ‘Married’ to Parents in Adoption Finalization Ceremony (Includes video)
ABC News – November 19, 2015
The Hodge adoption and more than 90 others were all finalized on the same day at an annual celebration at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California. C.L. Lopez, a spokeswoman for San Bernardino county, said the adoption finalization event is held in November in recognition of National Adoption Month.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/boy-married-parents-adoption-finalization-ceremony/story?id=35317152

CO: Finding Families for Local Kids
5280 – November 19, 2015
Several speakers welcomed the guests, including Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice, herself an adoptive mother of a now 29-year-old daughter from India.
http://www.5280.com/kidsandfamily/digital/2015/11/finding-families-local-kids

DC: She Was A Foster Kid. Now She’s A D.C. Judge Overseeing The Foster System (Includes audio)
WAMU – November 20, 2015
Pamela Gray has served as a magistrate judge in D.C. Family Court since 2002, and in that time she’s dealt with some of the toughest cases a judge can face: the abuse and neglect of children. She’s seen children enter the foster care system, and she’s helped them find ways out of it.
http://wamu.org/news/15/11/19/she_was_a_foster_kid_now_shes_a_dc_judge_overseeing_the_foster_system

DE: Locally shot film explores adoption issues
StarNews Online – November 19, 2015
“Finding Home,” which premieres this weekend in Wilmington. The drama highlights the struggles and social issues surrounding adoption and child placement for adolescent teens.
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20151119/ARTICLES/151119625

FL: Guardian ad litem program changes lives
Herald-Tribune – November 19, 2015
“I hated life because I felt like I wasn’t living a normal life,” Poulos said Thursday at the Children’s Guardian Fund Fall Luncheon. “I didn’t have a mom. I didn’t have a dad. I felt like a nobody.” But Poulos had a guardian ad litem, someone to advocate for him and his brother in the court system.
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20151119/article/151119607

FL: Senate panel OKs adoption bill putting children’s interest first
News Service of Florida – November 19, 2015
Backed by the sometimes-tearful testimony of foster parents, a state Senate panel Thursday approved a bill that would allow judges to place the best interests of children in adoption cases above the wishes of their biological parents.
http://www.tbo.com/news/politics/senate-panel-oks-adoption-bill-putting-childrens-interest-first-20151119/

GA: Walker County child abuse case prompts state-wide changes to DFCS operations (Includes video)
WCRB – November 20, 2015
Channel 3 sat down with the whistle-blower in the case earlier this year. Following our reports, Director Kimberly Gravitz was removed from her post at the Walker County DFCS office. State officials have since created a specialized team to review why it took so long for this little boy to get help. That review process is now being used to make sure no case of child abuse is ignored again.
http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/28556372/teachers-claim-they-made-at-least-13-reports-to-dfcs-before-abused-9-year-old-was-put-into-state-custody

IL: Adoption of Older Youth Urged During National Adoption Month (Includes audio)
Public News Service – November 20, 2015
Transitioning into adulthood can be difficult for many teens. But those who age out of foster care without ever being adopted lack the family support system that helps many become independent. Kathy Ledesma and her colleagues at Adopt-U-S-Kids are using November’s observance of National Adoption Month to urge families to adopt older youths from the foster-care system.
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-11-20/childrens-issues/adoption-of-older-youth-urged-during-national-adoption-month/a49059-1

IN: Commission doesn’t recommend incubators for abandoned babies
Associated Press – November 19, 2015
An Indiana state commission has decided not to recommend the use of safety incubators for newborns abandoned by their parents after the state was poised earlier this year to permit them.
http://www.greensburgdailynews.com/news/commission-doesn-t-recommend-incubators-for-abandoned-babies/article_b2803812-a578-5bc1-a024-d804d045cd67.html

IN: Families using crowdfunding to help pay cost of adoption (Includes video)
WISH – November 19, 2015
When you think adoption, crowdfunding might not immediately come to mind. But the technology is allowing more and more people to fulfill their dreams of adopting a child.
http://wishtv.com/2015/11/19/families-using-crowdfunding-to-help-pay-cost-of-adoption/

MA: Cambridge foster care service battles negative image
Cambridge Chronicle & Tab – November 19, 2015
Mainstream media often portrays foster parents as selfish, neglectful and villainous, taking in children solely to reap the monetary benefits. Those who work in foster care know the tremendous struggles parents face, and aim to paint a different picture.
http://cambridge.wickedlocal.com/article/20151119/NEWS/151115790

MO: Finding family for foster children
St. Louis Today – November 19, 2015
For 25 years the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition has found more than 2,500 children places to call home.
http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/old-newsboys-day/news/finding-family-for-foster-children/article_700dfea1-3df0-517f-b8b5-6184f167d619.html

NC: State Takes Steps to Improve Foster, Adoption System (Includes audio)
Public News Service – November 19, 2015
North Carolina is making it easier for foster children to find permanent homes, and has extended the age they remain in foster care. November is National Adoption Awareness month and advocates want citizens to understand what a “forever family” can mean to a child or teen.
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-11-19/childrens-issues/forever-families-nc-takes-steps-to-improve-foster-adoption-system/a49013-1

NY: ‘Love has no grade, age, colors or borders’
Poughkeepsie Journal – November 19, 2015
November is National Adoption Month, with this year’s focus on the adoption of older children. AdoptUSKids, a project of the U.S. Children’s Bureau, reports each year 20,000 of the country’s 108,000-plus kids in foster care that are waiting for adoption, age out of care, making them more vulnerable to homelessness, underemployment and health challenges during their lives.
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2015/11/19/adoption-older-children-families/76084766/

NY: Focusing on the youth of incarcerated parents
Register-Star – November 19, 2015
“Can you imagine coming home and your parent isn’t there?” asked a voice in the film “Echoes of Incarceration.” The film was made by and about children of incarcerated parents.
http://www.registerstar.com/news/article_60f72ace-8e89-11e5-8fb9-1bf105b0a9f4.html

OK: Cherokee Nation declares November “Adoption Awareness Month” (Press release)
Cherokee Nation – November 19, 2015
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker signed a proclamation Monday, surrounded by the Tribal Council, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and members of Indian Child Welfare, declaring November as “Adoption Awareness Month.”
http://www.cherokee.org/News/Stories/20151119_CherokeeNationdeclaresNovember%E2%80%9CAdoptionAwarenessMonth%E2%80%9D.aspx

TX: Editorial: Doing right by foster kids who age out of the system
Dallas News – November 19, 2015
In Texas, some young adults aging out of the foster care system are encountering issues with the state bureaucracy in getting Medicaid benefits due to them under the Affordable Care Act, according to the Texas Foster Youth Justice Project.
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20151119-editorial-doing-right-by-foster-kids-who-age-out-of-the-system.ece

TX: Labor union continues strike, pickets county government center
The Reporter – November 18, 2015
SEIU Local 1021 is the county’s largest labor union and represents nearly 1,800 Solano workers including social workers, infant nutrition counselors, mental health specialists, public health nurses, librarians, Child Support and Child Welfare specialists, public safety dispatchers, veterans’ services workers and clerical staff. The contract between Solano County and the union expired Sept. 28.
http://www.thereporter.com/20151117/labor-union-continues-strike-pickets-county-government-center

US: How Adoption in America Has Changed Over 60 Years
Time – November 20, 2015
In honor of National Adoption Day on Nov. 21, LIFE looks back at a bittersweet story of adoption more than six decades ago. Information Gateway resource: History of Adoption Practices in the United States: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/intro/history/
http://time.com/4116235/adoption-1950/

US: Immigrant Rights Groups Urge U.S. Justice Department to Act (Includes audio)
Public News Service – November 20, 2015
One year after President Obama issued an executive order known as the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA, parents of U.S.-citizen children still could face deportation.
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-11-20/immigrant-issues/immigrant-rights-groups-urge-u-s-justice-department-to-act/a49064-1

US: Some States Are Cutting Poor Dads A Deal On Unpaid Child Support (Includes audio)
National Public Radio – November 19, 2015
Unpaid child support in the U.S. has climbed to $113 billion, and enforcement agencies have given up on collecting much of it. They say too many men simply don’t have the money. What’s more, research shows that high child-support debt can leave parents feeling so hopeless that they give up trying to pay it.
http://wamu.org/programs/morning_edition/15/11/19/some_states_are_cutting_poor_dads_a_deal_on_unpaid_child_support

US: States slowly scaling back juvenile sex offender registries
Pew Charitable Trust: Stateline – November 19, 2015
After years of establishing and strengthening sex offender registries, some states are rethinking policies allowing juveniles to be placed on them. In states such as Oregon and Delaware, lawmakers have given judges more power to review who goes on the registry. In Pennsylvania, courts have ended lifetime registration for juveniles.
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2015/11/19/states-slowly-scale-back-juvenile-sex-offender-registries

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Australia: Babies taken from parents trapped in housing crisis: Perth mum
My Informs – November 20, 2015
Perth mum Nicole Scanes has battled with drug addiction and family crises since her early teens, but says the biggest trauma of her life was losing her babies to state care. And, now Ms Scanes wants to stop future generations from experiencing the same heartache.
http://myinforms.com/en/a/19443094-babies-taken-from-parents-trapped-in-housing-crisis-perth-mum/

Canada: Ontario Unions Honour Child Protection Workers on 25th Anniversary of U.N. Rights of the Child
Canada Newswire – November 19, 2015
Unions issued a joint statement expressing thanks to their members, more than 6,000 strong, who make the protection of children their life’s work; who coax stability out of breakdown and ensure that no child is harmed or left behind.
http://www.bloomberg.com/research/markets/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201511191437CANADANWCANADAPR_C4259-1

International: How the Syrian Refugee Crisis Hits Home for Me
Child Trends – November 18, 2015
Syrian children are fleeing because they face civil unrest, forced labor, human trafficking, and recruitment into opposing forces as child soldiers, and exploitation if they stay.
http://www.childtrends.org/how-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-hits-home-for-me/?utm_source=E-News%3A+Building+young+children%27s+brains&utm_campaign=enews+11%2F19%2F15&utm_medium=email

Pakistan: Govt committed to child welfare policies, says Mamnoon
The International News – November 20, 2015
President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the government was committed to continue child welfare policies and to make them productive members of the global village.
http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-352393-Govt-committed-to-child-welfare-policies-says-Mamnoon

 

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(AP) — A Danville man has been convicted of felony murder in the death of an infant girl. Media outlets report that a Danville Circuit Court judge also …

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Danville man convicted of felony murder in infant’s death

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A Kentucky woman, who fatally injured an infant she was babysitting, has pleaded guilty … Those injuries led to his death,” the plea agreement states.

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Infant Deaths Shed Light on Bed-Sharing Dangers

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DA: South Middleton man to be charged in abuse death of infant son

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Officer: Man arrested in baby’s death ‘hysterical’

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… a $250,000 bond, charged with second-degree manslaughter and first-degree criminal abuse in the death of Aiden Wainscott, a 7-week-old infant.

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Lyon County kids dying at higher rates

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Father facing homicide charge after abusing 6-week-old son ‘from very, very early on,’ DA says

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CARLISLE — John Tyler Howard-Bee denied and then minimized his six-week-old son’s injuries as he was questioned in the infant’s death, said …

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St. Paul mom smothered baby to death, attempted suicide, charges say

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Shwe Htoo put the boy, already dead, in a car and ran into a pole, authorities said. … “This morning — I killed my own child,” Htoo allegedly told police.

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Officer: Man arrested in baby’s death ‘hysterical’

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Cody Phelps was “hysterical” when deputies arrived at the home where his girlfriend’s baby had stopped breathing. He’s in the Boone County jail on a …

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How Amber Scorah, whose baby died in daycare, is turning heartbreak into a crusade

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This summer, her 3-month-old son Karl died just hours after she dropped him off at his first day of childcare. Now, the heartbroken New York mother is …

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Russian Prosecutor Blames Tajik Baby Death on ‘Damp’

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Denis Grishkin / VedomostiThe baby, Umarali Nazarov, had been separated from his parents when they were detained in St. Petersburg for violating …

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Third whooping cough baby death in Spain sparks vaccination review

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On Tuesday it emerged that a baby less than two-months-old in Seville died from whopping cough in September, just days after a two-week-old baby …

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St. Paul mom smothered baby to death, attempted suicide, charges say

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Authorities don’t know what prompted Htoo to harm her child, said police spokesman Steve Linders. The criminal complaint filed against her did not …

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Shamong man convicted in baby’s death charged with drugs during trial

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Steven Donaldson, 32, had been out on bail during his trial on charges of murder and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of 1-year-old …

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Defense expert: Baby died of choking, not brain injury

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Dustin Brown, 21, of Bangor stands in court on Nov. 17 in the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. He is being tried for manslaughter in the death of …

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DA: Father to be charged with homicide after baby died from injuries

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The child was initially hospitalized after the Nov. 10 incident but died two days later. Freed said the child showed signs of previous abuse and was …

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Sons of mother accused of stabbing baby to death placed in CPS custody

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Two surviving children of a mother accused of stabbing her infant son to death will be returned to the custody of Child Protective Services. Earlier this …

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Qld daycare centre shut down after death

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A run-down Brisbane daycare centre where a baby was found dead has been shut down by the Department of Education. A department spokesperson …

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AR: DHS Leaders Say More Foster Care Caseworkers Needed With 50 Percent Turnover Rate
KUAR – November 18, 2015
Blucker said there’s been a 50 percent turnover rate within the last year and a shortage of case workers to help. She says her division handles over 3,000 investigations a month. Also: DHS Caseworkers, Supervisors Paint Bleak Picture (Includes video): http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/dhs-caseworkers-supervisors-paint-bleak-picture
http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/dhs-leaders-say-more-foster-care-caseworkers-needed#stream/0

AZ: U.S. Department of Labor orders foster care firm to pay $218,000 in back wages and fines
azcentral.com – November 18, 2015
Federal investigators found that Family Support Resources Inc. shorted pay to 98 workers at 24 foster-care housing facilities across metropolitan Phoenix.
http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/2015/11/18/department-labor-orders-foster-care-firm-pay-218000-back-wages-and-fines/76005482/

FL: Florida TaxWatch Calls for Investments in Child Welfare System
Sunshine State News – November 18, 2015
Florida TaxWatch released a report on Florida’s child welfare system which “concludes that front-end investments to help case managers, emphasizing prevention services and initiating programs to grow and support opportunities within child welfare, will help ensure a safer future for Florida’s children while saving taxpayers’ money.” Report: http://www.floridataxwatch.org/resources/pdf/ChildWelfareFINAL.pdf
http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-taxwatch-calls-investments-child-welfare-system

IN: Changes made to Illinois child care assistance program
WTHI – November 18, 2015
Working families will welcome changes made to the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program. The Illinois Department of Human Services announced the changes in a letter to daycare providers. The letter states the changes went into effect November 9th.
http://wthitv.com/2015/11/18/changes-made-to-illinois-child-care-assistance-program/

IN: Commission votes against statewide baby box expansion (Includes video)
WISH – November 18, 2015
An Indiana commission voted against the statewide expansion of infant incubators, also known as safe haven baby boxes, Wednesday after concerns were raised about their cost, efficacy and ability to deter mothers from abandoning their unwanted infants.
http://wishtv.com/2015/11/18/commission-votes-against-statewide-baby-box-expansion/

KS: Kansas Foster Care System Under State Scrutiny (Includes audio)
KMUW – November 18, 2015
Kansas lawmakers are scrutinizing the state’s foster care system. As Heartland Health Monitor’s Jim McLean reports, the review was prompted by reports about children who died in the system.
http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-foster-care-system-under-state-scrutiny

MT: At a crossroads? State looks at reforms to CFS
Great Falls Tribune – November 18, 2015
On Dec. 4, 14 members of a specially appointed commission created by the governor will sit down and look at how the state is doing in its mission to protect children from neglect and abuse.
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2015/11/19/crossroads-state-looks-reforms-cfs/76034608/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

NC: DSS plans hiring blitz for 38 vacancies
Fayetteville Observer – November 18, 2015
Having lost a number of social workers in its Child Protective Services division, the Department of Social Services is trying a new way to hire qualified employees quickly. Leaders will hold an “interview blitz” Dec. 5, in which 11 management teams will conduct interviews with potential candidates. The division currently has 38 vacancies.
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/dss-plans-hiring-blitz-for-vacancies/article_c33463f6-62c0-5bc7-9921-9a16cf4de4ec.html

NE: Healing, thriving, growing: Agencies create awareness for Orphan Sunday
Grand Island Independent – November 18, 2015
For Orphan Sunday, Meyer shared her story about the life-changing gift of being adopted from foster care after bouncing through several homes in nearly seven years. Although Orphan Sunday was on Nov. 8, many Kearney agencies are making November a month to remember orphans.
http://www.theindependent.com/news/regional/kearney/healing-thriving-growing-agencies-create-awareness-for-orphan-sunday/article_3fd0e55d-66be-5a80-9be9-4b44f30bc192.html

NV: Annual adoption day swells 49 Clark County families–PHOTOS
Las Vegas Review-Journal – November 18, 2015
The toddler was among 75 children who were adopted Wednesday by 49 families during Clark County’s 13th-annual adoption day event. Nevada Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta was one of several officials on hand to honor the parents. Wednesday’s adoptions should bring the total number of adoptions to 531 by the end of this month, said Michael Knight, assistant director for the Clark County Department of Family Services.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/annual-adoption-day-swells-49-clark-county-families-photos

PA: Understanding The Difficulties Facing Children Of Incarcerated Parents (Audio)
90.5 WESA – November 18, 2015
Children of incarcerated parents face social, emotional and academic difficulties at a far higher rate than their peers. These kids are at increased risk for negative behavior and potential future criminal activity. One group, Amachi Pittsburgh, is working to stop the cycle of incarceration and provide opportunity for children.
http://wesa.fm/post/understanding-difficulties-facing-children-incarcerated-parents

TN: In Tennessee, Giving Birth To A Drug-Dependent Baby Can Be A Crime (Includes audio)
National Public Radio – November 18, 2015
The state’s “fetal assault” law punishes women whose babies are born with drug withdrawal symptoms. Proponents say the law spurs women to seek treatment, while opponents say it deters them.
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/11/18/455924258/in-tennessee-giving-birth-to-a-drug-addicted-baby-can-be-a-crime

VT: DCF social workers press lawmakers to reduce caseloads
VTDigger – November 18, 2015
Social workers with the Department for Children and Families are calling on lawmakers to approve changes to make their caseloads more manageable. Also: Blistein: Guarding Our Children (Includes audio): http://digital.vpr.net/post/blistein-guarding-our-children#stream/0
http://vtdigger.org/2015/11/18/dcf-social-workers-press-lawmakers-to-reduce-caseloads/

VT: SPECIAL REPORT: Foster care crossroads, Part 2 (Includes video)
WCAX – November 18, 2015
For the first time that anyone can remember, Vermont’s foster care system has more children under the age of 6 than teenagers. In a year and a half, more than 200 additional little kids have been brought under the state’s care. Julie Kelley is following the impact on families and the system. Part 1: SPECIAL REPORT: Foster care crossroads: http://www.wcax.com/story/30539443/special-report-foster-care-crossroads
http://www.wcax.com/story/30550994/special-report-foster-care-crossroads-part-2

WI: Bill would give adoptees more information about birth history (Includes video)
WISC – November 18, 2015
Rep. Paul Tittl, R-Manitowoc, has proposed a measure that would allow all adoptees at age 18 to get a copy of their original birth certificate. Under current law, both parents must consent to the release of that certificate for an adoptee to see it.
http://www.channel3000.com/news/politics/Bill-would-give-adoptees-more-information-about-birth-history/36530558

US: Dear Retailers and Organizations: Stop Throwing Around the Word “Adoption” (Opinion)
Huffington Post – November 18, 2015
As mom whose family has grown by adoption, I’m quite tired of adoption getting thrown around like New Year’s confetti; it’s warm fuzzies being sold for a profit. It’s trendy and attention-grabbing to implore people to “adopt” a pet, to “adopt” a highway or a star or a penguin at your local zoo, to “adopt” a new policy, to “adopt” a poverty-stricken family in another country.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-garlinghouse/dear-retailers-and-organi_b_8587208.html

US: Drug addicted babies: Casey, McConnell promise new effort
PennLive – November 18, 2015
U.S. senators Bob Casey and Mitch McConnell say a recently-passed bill they spearheaded will focus new attention on babies born dependent on opioid drugs as a result of their mothers being addicted.
http://www.pennlive.com/news/2015/11/heroin_painkillers_babies_with.html

US: Our international adoptions weren’t “meant to be” and our kids weren’t “so lucky” (Opinion)
Washington Post – November 18, 2015
Saying our adoptions are meant to be implies that the universe (or whatever higher power you believe in) meant for these children . . . or any children . . . to be without a family . . . to be alone. What about all the children that don’t get adopted?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2015/11/18/our-international-adoptions-werent-meant-to-be-and-our-kids-werent-so-lucky/

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Canada: B.C. child-welfare watchdog poised to launch inquiry into teen’s death
The Globe and Mail – November 18, 2015
British Columbia’s watchdog for children and youth says she is prepared to launch court action to obtain an internal hospital report on the death of a youth in government care.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-child-welfare-watchdog-poised-to-launch-inquiry-into-teens-death/article27353584/

Canada: New fund to help former B.C. foster kids attend post-secondary classes
The Vancouver Sun – November 18, 2015
The Nanaimo university was the first to accept the 2013 challenge by children’s representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond to let former kids in care pursue post-secondary education without worrying about how to pay for tuition, and 10 other colleges and universities have since followed suit.
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/fund+help+former+foster+kids+attend+post+secondary+classes/11526782/story.html

Fiji: Children mark Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect day
The Fiji Times Online – November 19, 2015
PCAN celebration is organised in line with the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse (also known as Blue Ribbon Campaign), which is marked annually on the November 19.
http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=330438

India: Child Adoption Goes Online
The Hindu – November 18, 2015
Legalised adoption of a child, which was earlier a cumbersome process that extended over one to two years, has not only been made simpler but also prospective adoptive parents (PAP) can now apply and complete the process online.
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/child-adoption-goes-online/article7894950.ece

International: Child abuse: European Council broadcasts video aimed at children
The Brussels Times – November 18, 2015
They are encouraged by the video to speak to someone they trust if they suffer sexual abuse.
http://brusselstimes.com/eu-affairs/4508/child-abuse-european-council-broadcasts-video-aimed-at-children

United Arab Emirates: Permanent Seat for UAE MoI on #WePROTECT International Advisory Board (Press Release)
Business Wire – November 18, 2015
In recognition of its security and police work in the field of child protection, the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior (MoI) was awarded a permanent seat on the #WePROTECT International Advisory Board (IAB).
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151118006150/en/Permanent-Seat-UAE-MoI-WePROTECT%C2%A0International%C2%A0Advisory-Board

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Daycare centre shut down after baby death

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The police child protection unit is also investigating Wednesday’s death of the five-month-old boy and a post-mortem was conducted on Thursday.

Five-month-old baby dies in family day care at a house at Moorooka, on Brisbane’s south side – Courier Mail

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Baby dies at Moorooka family day care – Brisbane Times

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Police: 2-month old baby stabbed to death by mother

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We are learning more about a woman charged in the stabbing death of her two-month-old son in … “She killed the baby,” he was told by Brown’s sister.

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Fort Campbell baby sitter pleads guilty in baby’s death

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Fort Campbell, Kentucky woman will be spending 18 years behind bars after admitting to fatally abusing a 2-month-old …

Ft Campbell Baby Sitter Pleads Guilty in Death – West Kentucky Star

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Independence woman admits to starving sick baby to death

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Deshelle D. Atkison, 33, admitted Tuesday to the charges of abuse that resulted in the death of a child and first-degree child endangerment for failing …

Metro-area mother pleads guilty to causing child’s death – KMBZ

Mom pleads guilty in baby’s neglect/death – Neosho Daily News

Independence woman pleads guilty to causing her child’s death – KSHB

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Bangor Daily News

Medical examiner testifies baby died of traumatic brain injury

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Dustin Brown, 21, of Bangor stands on Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. He is being tried for manslaughter in the death of his son.

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Authorities confirm identity of Alexandria baby who died Sunday

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Local and state police are investigating a report of an injured child at a home in Alexandria, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office.

Autopsy complete, results in death of Alexandria child withheld – The Union Leader

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Pasco County baby deaths highlight dangers of co-sleeping with baby

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SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) Two Pasco County babies suffocated to death after their parents rolled over them while sleeping. So officials are desperately …

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ChronicleLive

East Denton baby death accused couple were rowing on phone before their little girl died, witness

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A couple accused of causing or allowing the death of their baby during a heated row were arguing on the phone hours before their little girl died, …

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Pasco baby deaths warn parents of co-sleeping

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PASCO COUNTY (FOX 13) – There’s a serious warning for new parents after a pair of recent infant deaths in Pasco County. Both are believed to be the …

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Daily Mail

Amber Scorah whose baby Karl Towndrow died in daycare writes on parental leave

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A New York mother whose three-month old baby boy died just hours after he was dropped off for his first day of day care over the summer has penned …

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Losing weight before pregnancy lowers infant death risk

BabyCenter (blog)

Researchers examined records from more than 1.2 million births between 2003 and 2011 in Pennsylvania, which included 5,530 infant deaths before …

Obese pregnant women ‘are at TWICE the risk of their baby dying in infancy – Daily Mail

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Independence woman sentenced to 13 years in neglect-related death of infant daughter

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An Independence woman has pleaded guilty in the neglect-related death of her 6-month-old daughter, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office …

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China Post

Infant death compensation bill wins approval

China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The government could soon pay compensation of up to NT$300,000 after an infant’s death due to unforeseen complications during …

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New details emerge about mom charged in killing her two-month-old baby

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A judge read the capital murder charge against Rochelle Brown, 28, overnight. She is accused of killing her infant, Levi Thornton-Smith, early Tuesday …

New details emerge about mom charged in killing her baby – KTRK-TV

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Man found guilty in death of infant

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The man accused of her death, Michael James Gill Jr., 30, of Danville was found guilty of felony murder and felony child abuse by a Danville Circuit …

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Father of infant stabbed to death: “I just lost everything”

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New details in the stabbing death of a 10 week old boy and the boy’s father is speaking out for the first time. “I feel like I just lost everything,” said the …

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Pasco baby deaths warn parents of co-sleeping

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PASCO COUNTY (FOX 13) – There’s a serious warning for new parents after a pair of recent infant deaths in Pasco County. Both are believed to be the …

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South Bend Tribune

Our Opinion: Indiana can’t afford to lose this battle

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Preterm birth is the greatest contributor to infant death, according to the Centers for Disease Control. From 2009 to 2013, the last year for which data …

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Baby dies at day care centre in Brisbane’s south, police say not suspicious

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Police are investigating the death of an infant at a family day care centre in Brisbane’s south. Paramedics were called to the centre on Wallace Street …

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Kern Golden Empire

Woman charged with suspected child cruelty, murder

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Officers then searched for the infant and found it one block away. … by the Kern County Coroner’s Office, the infant’s death was determined a homicide, …

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Tomah man arrested in child’s death

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FL: Tallahassee Teacher Found Guilty of Not Reporting Child Sex Abuse (Includes video)
WCTV – November 17, 2015
A 12-year-old child at the school allegedly told Jacobs and two other teachers that she had been sexually abused. The teachers are accused of not notifying the Department of Children and Families.
http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/Arrest-Warrants-Issued-for-2-Local-Teachers-Who-Failed-to-Report-Abuse-297721131.html

FL: Lawmaker Hopes Appointment To Drug Council Will Aid In Preventing Child Abuse Deaths (Audio)
WFSU – November 16, 2015
As the chair of the Senate Children, Families, and Elder Affairs committee, Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) has already taken the lead on a number of child-related issues.
http://news.wfsu.org/post/lawmaker-hopes-appointment-drug-council-will-aid-preventing-child-abuse-deaths

KS: DCF plans to lower evidence standard in evaluating child abuse
Topeka Capital Journal – November 17, 2015
Department of Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore told lawmakers Tuesday the agency will decrease the standard of evidence it uses when investigating from “clear and convincing” to “preponderance of the evidence.”
http://cjonline.com/news/2015-11-17/dcf-plans-lower-evidence-standard-evaluating-child-abuse

KS: Kansas legislative committee’s chairman raises questions about allowing gay foster parents
Associated Press – November 17, 2015
Sen. Forrest Knox, a Republican from Altoona and chairman of the interim Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy, said the question of family structure on foster care outcomes was an appropriate inquiry, although he acknowledged the testimony from the two experts seemed irreconcilable. Also: Kansas senator wants state to pay more to married, heterosexual foster parents: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article45222204.html: Also: Kansas foster care committee hears from controversial researcher on same-sex couples: http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article45221688.html
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/71b3b0362ae2416d90b1f16bc763cd92/KS–Kansas-Gay-Foster-Parents

MA: New DCF policies work toward child safety
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – November 17, 2015
The changes represent the first steps in systemic reform of DCF policies and practices that provide the framework for DCF to be responsive and accountable in its mission to protect every child it serves, the governor said. Also: Baker adjusts child welfare protocols: http://www.gazettenet.com/news/stateregion/19536081-95/baker-adjusts-child-welfare-protocols
http://www.telegram.com/article/20151117/NEWS/151119300/101371?rssfeed=true

MI: Editorial: Reject short-sighted child abuse list bills
The Detroit News – November 18, 2015
Miriam J. Aukerman, a spokeswoman for the ACLU, says the top concern is that instead of protecting children, in some cases it will put them in greater danger. She says parents will be less likely to report a spouse or family member suspected of abusing their child because they know the individual would be placed on the registry. Information Gateway resource: State Laws on Reporting and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/laws-policies/can/reporting/
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/11/18/reject-child-abuse-list-bills/75967454/

NY: Spence-Chapin Announces New Foster Care Agency Partnerships (Press release)
CSRwire – November 17, 2015
Spence-Chapin, a non-profit adoption and family services agency, announced today, two separate partnerships – Catholic Guardian Services and The New York Foundling – both aim to service the New York City foster care population.
http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/38479-Spence-Chapin-Announces-New-Foster-Care-Agency-Partnerships

OK: Community Programs Are Safe Haven for Foster Children
Youth Today – November 18, 2015
Community programs provide a safe haven for these children, many of whom would have no other safe place to be during the after-school and summer hours. Rather than only containing them, structured programs keeps them flowing through activities, encourages study and learning opportunities, and provides positive mentors with whom they can interact.
http://youthtoday.org/2015/11/community-programs-are-safe-haven-for-foster-children/

OK: DHS children’s shelter in Oklahoma City closes
The Oklahoman – November 18, 2015
Oklahoma City’s Pauline E. Mayer Shelter for abused and neglected children is now officially closed. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services announced the shelter’s closure Tuesday after successfully placing the shelter’s last remaining child with a family over the weekend.
http://newsok.com/dhs-childrens-shelter-in-oklahoma-city-closes/article/5461171?custom_click=rss

RI: R.I. holds two-day summit on overhaul of child welfare services
Providence Journal – November 17, 2015
Nearly 200 people who work with the state’s troubled Department of Children, Youth and Families have come together to weigh in on how child welfare services should be purchased, as a host of short-term contracts inch closer to expiring.
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151117/NEWS/151119330/13748/NEWS?rssfeed=true

SC: Children’s Issues Could Inspire New Legislation 10 minutes ago (Includes video)
WLTX – November 17, 2015
Another topic mentioned several times was the care of children, whether that be foster care or kinship care. The committee heard emotional testimony of the hardships kinship care providers face without any monetary help from the state.
http://www.wltx.com/story/news/2015/11/17/childrens-issues-could-inspire-new-legislation/75973624/

US: Kids with Medicaid, CHIP get more preventive care than those with private insurance
Medical News Today – November 17, 2015
Children insured by Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) were more likely to get preventive medical and dental care than privately insured children in a study that compared access and use of health care for children in households with low to moderate incomes, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Report: Quality of Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care for Children in Low-Income Families: http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2470859
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/302736.php?tw

US: Supreme Court Asked to Overturn Denial of Lesbian Adoptive Mother’s Parental Rights
RH Reality Check – November 17, 2015
An Alabama mother asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review an Alabama Supreme Court decision refusing to recognize her as an adoptive parent of three children because she is a lesbian and the adoption happened in Georgia.
http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2015/11/17/supreme-court-asked-overturn-denial-lesbian-adoptive-mothers-parental-rights/

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Africa: ‘Staggering’ Rates of Child Abuse in East, Southern Africa
Voice of America – November 17, 2015
A new report finds that children across East and Southern Africa suffer huge amounts of abuse. UNICEF says this epidemic of violence hurts more than just the children – it hurts society.
http://www.voanews.com/content/report-shows-staggering-rates-of-child-abuse-in-east-southern-africa/3061925.html

Japan: Panel mulls allowing children to stay in foster care until 20
The Japan Times – November 18, 2015
A government panel on Wednesday began discussing measures to allow orphaned and neglected children to stay in foster care until they are 20 years old, the legal age of adulthood in Japan, instead of the current 18 years old.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/18/national/panel-mulls-allowing-children-stay-foster-care-20/#.Vkx90L-E1eE

United Kingdom: Childhood “Milestones” in this PSA track the brutal reality of child sexual abuse (Includes video)
Fast Company – November 15, 2015
The Children’s Society campaign is calling on the U.K. Government to strengthen laws to protect 16 and 17-year-olds from exploitation.
http://www.fastcocreate.com/3053555/childhood-milestones-in-this-psa-track-the-brutal-reality-of-child-sexual-abuse

Globalnews.ca

Publication ban overturned in case of Calgary parents charged in infant’s death

Globalnews.ca

CALGARY – A publication ban against naming two Calgary parents charged in the death of their infant child has been overturned. Jeromie and …

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TWC News

Dog Involved in Marshall Infant Death Euthanized Tuesday

TWC News

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on State Route 12B in the town of Marshall by the child’s mother Sunday, who said her 11-month-old son had …

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KYTX

East Texas infant death rates higher than national average

KYTX

Prematurity, birth defects, and sudden infant death syndrome are among the leading causes of death before age one, according to the Centers for …

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Opposing Views

After Infant Son Dies At Daycare Center, Mom Says US Maternity Leave Laws Need To Change

Opposing Views

“Parental leave reduces infant death, gives us healthier, more well-adjusted adults and helps women stay in the workforce. If we truly valued the 47 …

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fox13now.com

Man gets up to 5 years in prison for abuse, death of Provo infant

fox13now.com

According to the Provo Police Department, officials said they believe “Brianna either inflicted serious physical injury that caused the infant’s death or …

After hours of emotional testimony, a man who previously entered a plea deal in the death of his – Daily Herald

Utah man sentenced to prison for 2012 death of girlfriend’s 3-month-old son – Salt Lake Tribune

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KTRK-TV

Mother charged in stabbing death of two-month-old infant

KTRK-TV

When a neighbor heard a woman’s frantic scream for help, he responded. And he said he will never be able to ‘un-see’ an image now burned in his …

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Infant mortality in state higher in urban areas Times of IndiaThe CRS figures reveal that in the decade between 2004 and 2013, births in Gujarat increased by 2.41% while infant deaths jumped by 44.73%.

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KWTX

Texas Woman Questioned In Infant’s Stabbing Death

KWTX

HOUSTON (November 17, 2015) Houston police say a 2-month-old boy has been found stabbed to death at an apartment and his mother faces …

HPD: Mother stabs 2-month-old to death – KPRC Houston

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Russia deports Tajik mother after baby’s death in police custody

The Guardian

The Tajik mother of a baby who died in Russian custody says she was hastily deported to prevent a proper investigation into her son’s death.

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WCSH-TV

Trial of father charged in baby’s death underway

WCSH-TV

A judge’s trial of a Bangor man charged in the death of his 3-month-old son is … Brown told police the baby went limp during a feeding, but an autopsy …

Trial of Father Charged in Baby’s Death Starts Tuesday – NECN

Prosecutors in baby’s death say witnesses heard noise coming from room with dad and infant – Daily Journal

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Bangor Daily News

Judge to decide if baby’s death was manslaughter or medical mystery

Bangor Daily News

Dustin Brown, 21, of Bangor at the Penobscot Judicial Center is being tried for manslaughter in the death of his son. Brown’s trial started Tuesday, Nov …

Prosecutors in baby’s death trial say witnesses heard loud noise – Press Herald

Prosecutors in baby’s death say witnesses heard noise – WGME

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Baby’s death being investigated

Journal and Courier

The baby, who lived in the 3800 block of Wembly Drive, was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital, according to Lafayette police records.

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Fort Campbell baby sitter pleads guilty in baby’s death

Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

A Fort Campbell woman pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to first-degree felony manslaughter in the 2013 death of 2-month-old Thomas …

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ChronicleLive

Baby death pair Paul Nicholson and Victoria Burke due to face trial in Newcastle today

ChronicleLive

A man and woman accused of causing or allowing the death of a four-month-old baby are due to face trial today. Paul Nicholson and Victoria Burke …

Baby died ‘after being violently assaulted by mum or dad during heated row’ – Mirror.co.uk

East Denton baby allegedly died at hands of mum or dad during heated row, court hears – ChronicleLive

Baby girl died ‘after assault by mother or father during heated row’ – Yahoo News UK

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KPRC Houston

Mother charged with capital murder in stabbing death of 2-month-old baby

KPRC Houston

Police believe a mother killed her two-month-old baby inside their … Rochelle Brown, 28, has been charged with capital murder in the death of her son …

Mother charged with capital murder in death of infant son – Chron.com

HPD investigating death of 1-year-old girl, says child was burned – KTRK-TV

Texas Mom Stabs Baby to Death – Big Country Homepage

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BBC News

Wolverhampton’s Gospel of God Church deny hospital ban after baby death

BBC News

A church where parents of a dying baby sought “supernatural healing … Rebecca Kandare died of pneumonia after being starved, neglected and …

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Police investigating cause of death of baby Wausau Daily HeraldWAUSAU — Police are trying to determine a cause of death for a 3-month-old baby. Authorities responded Monday afternoon to a call of a child who …

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Arutz Sheva

Baby chokes to death on marble in Bnei Brak

Arutz Sheva

Tragedy struck on Tuesday as an eight-month old baby boy choked to death in an apartment on Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi Street in Bnei Brak.

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2-month old baby stabbed to death by mother RGVProudA two month-old baby is dead, and police say the child’s mother may have killed him.

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Prosecutors in Baby’s Death Say Witnesses Heard Noise WGANBANGOR, Maine (AP) Prosecutors say witnesses in the trial of a Bangor man charged with manslaughter in the death of his 3-month-old son heard a …

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CO: Colorado child ombudsman investigating 2 child deaths in Weld County (Includes video)
FOX 31 News KDVR – November 16, 2015
Numerous relatives of the baby told FOX31 that Weld County’s Department of Human Services had closed out its child welfare case against the baby’s mom two days before he died.
http://kdvr.com/2015/11/16/colorado-child-ombudsman-investigating-2-child-deaths-in-weld-county/

GA: Spotting signs of child abuse may be confusing for onlooking adults (Includes video)
WTVM 9 – November 16, 2015
Behavior from abusive parents can include showing little concern for a child, constantly blaming a child for problems, using harsh physical discipline, limiting a child’s contact with others, and demanding an inappropriate level of physical or academic performance.
http://www.wtvm.com/story/30531961/spotting-signs-of-child-abuse-may-be-confusing-for-onlooking-adults

MA: Cape not immune from child sex trafficking
Cape Cod Times – November 17, 2015
The Cape has a transient population with a summer influx of tourists and foreign workers. Because Cape Codders are accustomed to a shifting, diverse population, it’s possible for child victims of sex trafficking to come and go from the area unidentified, she said.
http://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20151117/NEWS/151119548/101015?rssfeed=true

MN: Study counts kids who seek help under new sex trafficking law
Minnesota Public Radio – November 17, 2015
Numbers offering an initial glimpse of how Minnesota’s new “Safe Harbor” law is working suggest that more than 150 children have sought help for sexual exploitation in the law’s first year.
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/17/safe-harbor-law

NJ: Year after caseworker stabbing, N.J. lawmakers OK child welfare safety bill
NJ.com – November 17, 2015
One year after a near-fatal attack on a case worker, a state Assembly committee approved a bill Monday that would require police officers to be stationed inside state child welfare offices.
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/11/a_year_after_caseworker_stabbing_lawmakers_ok_nj_c.html

OK: “People Inc.” In Sallisaw Offering Foster Care, Adoption Services
Southwest Times Record – November 16, 2015
The Sallisaw-based company People Inc. is now offering foster care and adoption services to meet the demand in Sequoyah County.
http://swtimes.com/news/people-inc-sallisaw-offering-foster-care-adoption-services

OR: Kate Brown, lawmakers reveal plans for foster care overhaul
Oregonian – November 16, 2015
Gov. Kate Brown joined state lawmakers Monday for a tense hearing on plans to overhaul Oregon’s foster care system, spurred by accusations that officials did little as a Portland provider neglected vulnerable children.
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/11/oregon_foster_care_abuse_alleg.html

OR: State panel says troubled child services provider pinpointed by RADAR
Portland Tribune – November 16, 2015
Oregon lawmakers learned on Monday that a state-licensed child services provider had been flagged by its RADAR (Recognizing Abuse Disclosure types And Responding) Interview Protocol system for problems 30 out of the past 36 months, even more frequently than the Portland foster care program Give Us This Day, which was the focus of a series of stories by the Willamette Week newspaper about a range of problems, from misuse of funds to child neglect.
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/281578-157998-state-panel-says-troubled-child-services-provider-pinpointed-by-radar

TX: COMMENTARY: Adoption awareness in Texas (Opinion)
McAllen Monitor – November 16, 2015
Based on my experience as a judge and chairman of the Supreme Court Children’s Commission, I can say without hesitation that for children in foster care, the term “emergency” aptly describes their reality.
http://www.themonitor.com/opinion/commentary-adoption-awareness-in-texas/article_554750d8-89b0-11e5-be9a-f7627149dfee.html

UT: Calls for Legislature to Impeach Controversial Judge (Includes audio)
Public News Service – November 17, 2015
A movement is gaining steam to oust a Utah judge who sparked a national controversy when he ordered an infant to be removed from her foster parents’ home last week–because the foster parents are lesbians. Also: Judge recuses himself in lesbian foster case: http://www.wdsu.com/national/judge-recuses-himself-in-lesbian-foster-case/36490398
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-11-17/human-rights-racial-justice/calls-for-legislature-to-impeach-controversial-judge/a48995-1

WA: Woman sues state over Pierce County foster-care abuse
Tacoma News Tribune – November 16, 2015
The woman, identified in court records as L.R., contends she was subjected to myriad abuses in three foster homes in Pierce County after being made a ward of the state in 1998.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article45127890.html

WV: Lawmakers look at draft legislation that will allow drug testing of TANF recipients Beckley Register-Herald – November 17, 2015
A newborn of a TANF recipient who tests positive for specified controlled substances within five days of birth, would require the parents of the infant to be tested. The parents could be exempt if they can produce valid prescriptions or if the parent agrees to undergo a course of substance abuse education and treatment.
http://www.register-herald.com/news/lawmakers-look-at-draft-legislation-that-will-allow-drug-testing/article_dcf96f37-0583-58e3-8b55-ee81c87fa0e8.html

US: Child Abuse: Is It a Crime to Fail to Report?
FindLaw – November 16, 2015
If you know of child abuse and fail to report it, or if you file a false report, it may be a crime. Laws vary from state to state and most do not require the average citizen to call out child abuse, although some do. Information Gateway Resource: Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/laws-policies/statutes/report/
http://blogs.findlaw.com/blotter/2015/11/child-abuse-is-it-a-crime-to-fail-to-report.html

US: National Adoption Month: Older Youth Likely to Leave Foster Care Without Permanent Home
Human Rights Campaign – November 16, 2015
This year’s celebration of National Adoption Month focuses on older youth in foster care who are awaiting adoption. Unfortunately, older youth are less likely to be adopted and too often age out of the foster care system without ever finding a permanent family.
http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/national-adoption-month-older-youth-likely-to-leave-foster-care-without-per?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss-feed

US: Children of same-sex parents fare as well as others, studies say (Requires free registration)
Boston Globe – November 09, 2015
“As our site shows, there are at least 73 peer-reviewed studies across 30 years showing that children of same-sex parents fare no worse than their peers,” Frank wrote. “That makes for an unprecedented scholarly consensus, whatever limits there are to any individual study.” Reports: http://whatweknow.law.columbia.edu/topics/lgbt-equality/what-does-the-scholarly-research-say-about-the-wellbeing-of-children-with-gay-or-lesbian-parents/; http://www.baylorisr.org/wp-content/uploads/Marks.pdf; http://harvardcrcl.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/81-102.pdf; http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jomf.12155/abstract
https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/11/08/children-same-sex-parents-fare-well-others-studies-say/2m73ORPfYBCrgTMgv5AZQK/story.html

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Australia: Abuse as a child brings a lifetime burden: study finds a third of self-harm due to abuse
Health Canal – November 17, 2015
Child maltreatment contributes up to a third of depression, self-harm and anxiety, the first Australian study to calculate the burden of child abuse on society has found.
http://www.healthcanal.com/public-health-safety/68667-abuse-as-a-child-brings-a-lifetime-burden-study-finds-a-third-of-self-harm-due-to-abuse.html

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Mom whose baby died at first day of daycare pens heart-wrenching op-ed on paid leave

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Dozens of questions continue to linger surrounding the death of Amber Scorah’s 3-month-old son, who died just hours after being dropped off at his …

Parents Of Baby Who Died On First Day Of Day Care Campaign For Paid Parental Leave – Gothamist

This Woman’s Baby Died at Day Care on Her First Day Back From Maternity Leave – Cosmopolitan.com (blog)

Mom Whose Baby Died at Daycare: Our System Is Broken – Newser

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Investigation into baby’s death in Alexandria continues

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“Unfortunately, the baby, an 11-month-old boy, died Sunday.” Hinckley said the child’s death is suspicious, but he would not elaborate on the …

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Still No Charges in Baby’s Death

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It’s been over a year and still no charges for a New Mexico man deputies say was driving drunk when he caused a crash that ended a young life.

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Uptown teen appears in court on charges of dropping baby to her death

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With her long hair tied in a braid, a teenage Uptown woman charged with killing her newborn daughter by dropping the infant from her eighth-floor …

Chicago Woman in Court, Accused of Killing Baby Daughter – ABC News

Chicago woman due in court, accused of killing baby daughter – Belleville News-Democrat

Prosecutors: 19-year-old Chicago woman dropped newborn to death from 8th-floor window – The Republic

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Trial of father charged in baby’s death starts Tuesday

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A judge’s trial of a Bangor man charged in the death of his 3-month-old son is about to start. The first day of the manslaughter …

Trial of Maine dad charged in baby’s death starts Tuesday – WGME

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New York Daily News

Upstate New York baby mauled to death by family’s pit bull named Diesel while playing with siblings

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Little Carter’s screams prompted Lisa Cittadino, 32, to turn around as Diesel had her youngest child by the neck after he apparently got too close to the …

Baby mauled to death like rag doll by family’s pit bull as he played with siblings – Daily Star

Police: Baby Dies After Pitbull Attack in Marshall – TWC News

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Police: 2-month old baby stabbed to death by mother

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Trial of Maine dad charged in baby’s death starts Tuesday

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The trial of a Bangor man charged in the death of his 3-month-old son is ready to start this week. Tuesday will be the first day …

Trial of Maine dad charged in baby’s death starts Tuesday – Albany Times Union

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Baby found after grandmother’s death

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A 15-month-old girl was found scared and alone in her grandmother’s home Saturday, after the woman died while baby-sitting the child for her …

Toddler survives alone for several days after grandmother’s death – WBIR-TV

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Colorado child ombudsman investigating 2 child deaths in Weld County

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GREELEY, Colo. — Colorado’s child ombudsman confirms he’s investigating the deaths of two Greeley boys who share one thing in common, their …

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Still No Charges in Baby’s Death MSN.comIt’s been over a year and still no charges for a man deputies say was driving drunk when he caused a crash that ended a young life. The family is …

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Baby’s death in Alexandria investigated MSN.comPolice are continuing their investigation of the death of an 11-month-old boy in Alexandria.

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Cause of Union City infant’s death pending GoErie.comThe cause of death of a 20-day-old child who was found unresponsive in Union City on Saturday night is pending further investigation, according to …

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Tomah man jailed in infant’s death La Crosse TribuneTOMAH — Criminal charges are pending against a Tomah man accused in the Nov. 8 death of an infant in the town of Greenfield, according to the …Tomah man arrested in infant death – News8000.com – WKBTTomah man arrested on homicide charge – WXOW.comFull Coverage

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Police investigating infant’s death in Union City

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UNION CITY — Police are investigating the death of a 20-day-old infant … The infant was transported by Union City Ambulance, with assistance by …

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Sudden Infant Death is serious threat sometimes unknown

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But more infants die in crib-related deaths than in swimming pools. Just in Arizona, 65 babies less than one-year old died in 2013 in unsafe sleeping …

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To Reduce Risk of Infant Death, Shed Excess Pounds Before Becoming Pregnant GlobeNewswire (press release)The U.S. rate of 6.1 deaths per 1,000 live births ranks 26th in the world, … Infant deaths were defined as the death of an infant before his or her first …

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Arizona shows 30% rise in infant sleeping deaths Arizona Daily StarRimsza said research in the last decades has shown that what used to be written off as unexplained “sudden infant death syndrome” or even “crib …

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“My infant died. He should have been with me”: The horror too nightmarish to comprehend

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Yesterday, Amber Scorah published an essay about the death of her infant son under circumstances that are almost too nightmarish to bear: On the …

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For tiny infants, too much oxygen can mean blindness. Too little means death

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In the 1940s, the loss of 30,000 infants a year made infant mortality a leading cause of death. One out of five preterm babies died, a 1947 Post article …

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Chicago teen hid pregnancy from family and threw newborn out window minutes after giving birth

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During a hearing on Saturday, Judge Peggy Chiampas said the family circumstances that played into the infant’s death would be considered, …

Chicago woman accused of throwing newborn daughter out 8th floor window – KXAN.com

Prosecutors: 19-year-old Chicago woman dropped newborn to death from 8th-floor window – The Republic

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‘Unsafe sleep conditions’ claim 85 Arizona infants last year Arizona Daily SunBut Rimsza said that research in the last decades has shown that what used to be written off as unexplained “sudden infant death syndrome” or even …

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Hardin woman to admit criminal endangerment charges in child’s death

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A Hardin woman charged with murder in the death of a 6-year-old girl who died from a blow to her head is expected to admit to criminal endangerment …

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Investigation continues into Kentucky child’s death; vigil held

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Gabriella Doolin’s body was found Saturday night behind Allen County HS in Scottsville, KY. Kentucky State Police are handling her death as a …

Investigation continues into Kentucky child’s death; vigil scheduled – WAVE 3

Investigation continues into Kentucky child’s death – WSMV Nashville

KSP treating death of Allen girl, 7, as homicide – Bowling Green Daily News

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Mom, boyfriend to stand trial for child’s death

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A Napa woman and her boyfriend were ordered to stand trial in Napa County Superior Court Tuesday for the alleged murder of the woman’s …

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Hardin woman admits criminal endangerment in child’s death

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A Hardin woman suspected of murdering her boyfriend’s six-year-old daughter, who died of a skull fracture, admitted criminal endangerment and …

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$1 million bond for officers in shooting death of Louisiana 6-year-old

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(CNN) A Louisiana district attorney has recused himself from prosecuting the case of two police officers who allegedly killed a 6-year-old boy while …

Body camera shows father of a 6-year-old shot to death by police had his hands up and posed no – National Post

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Pfleger on Child’s Death: Bring in the Feds

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(CHICAGO) The nine-year-old boy shot and killed in an alley on Chicago’s South Side was laid to rest Tuesday. Police say Tyshawn Lee was lured …

South Side Chicago community in shock over killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee – CNN

Mitchell: Tyshawn Lee’s murder is everyone’s problem – Chicago Sun-Times

9-year-old Tyshawn Lee laid to rest Tuesday – FOX 5 Atlanta

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NY Times Whitewashes the Palestinian Child Death Cult

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The boy was brought to the hospital in critical condition, hovering between life and death but miraculously recovered from his dreadful injuries.

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Special Report: A look at child abuse and neglect deaths and how Kern Golden EmpireIn the last five years, 18 child abuse or neglect deaths have been prosecuted. Men are the more common offenders, but in relationship to the child, …

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Alabama baby’s death raises questions about child’s criminal responsibility

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Experts are still concerned about the implications of attaching an act such as murder to an eight-year-old – a decision that seems uniquely American.

Class justice in America: Eight-year-old charged with murder – World Socialist Web Site

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Warren daycare worker guilty of involuntary manslaughter in child’s death

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Warren daycare worker guilty of involuntary manslaughter in child’s death … The child’s mother, Justacia Dawson, was in court and said she doesn’t …

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Children’s deaths fuel debate over day care regulation The Virginian-PilotTrish Weiss writes words of love and anguish on a balloon to her 9-month old daughter Hannah, who died Sept. 14, 2005, while in day care.

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Database | Child abuse deaths in Hampton Roads The Virginian-PilotThere have been 223 child abuse deaths in Hampton Roads since 1996, according to the Hampton Roads Child Fatality Review Team. By law, the …

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CA: Judge Rules Effects of Trauma Could Constitute a Disability for Students
Care2 – November 14, 2015
Virgil and Philip (not their real names) are two of five students and three teachers in a lawsuit against Compton Unified School District. They allege that the district has failed to properly address the educational needs of students that have obvious signs of trauma. The lawsuit is seeking “training for staff to recognize trauma, mental health support for students to cope with their condition and a shift from punitive disciplinary practices to those based on reconciliation and healing.”
http://www.care2.com/causes/judge-rules-effects-of-trauma-could-constitute-a-disability-for-students.html

GA: Runaway cases on rise this year in Gainesville, Hall
Gainesville Times – November 14, 2015
The number of child runaways reported this year to the Gainesville Police Department has outnumbered all missing person reports made the previous two years.
http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/113461/

KS: Size of Kansas foster care population up 18 percent
Associated Press – November 14, 2015
The size of Kansas’ foster care population has swelled 18 percent over the past six years, and child welfare advocates blame high turnover among caseworkers, parental drug addiction and cuts to programs that help poor families.
http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Size-of-Kansas-foster-care-population-up-18-6632489.php

KY: Report: Boone Co. 2nd in Kentucky in child well-being
Cincinnati.com – November 15, 2015
Boone County is ranked as one of the best counties in Kentucky for overall child well-being, according to the 2015 Kids Count County Data Book released by Kentucky Youth Advocates. Report: http://kyyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2015-County-Data-Book.pdf
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2015/11/15/report-boone-co-2nd-kentucky-child-well-being/75823982/

MI: Who gets hurt when lawmakers put cost before value? (Opinion)
Detroit Free Press – November 15, 2015
The extreme end of this plays out in the state’s foster care system, where over-burdened case workers continue to try to improve what they do in the wake of a lawsuit that inspired a court-settled agreement. Meanwhile, even the latest reports reveal glaring examples of neglect and abuse visited upon foster children in Michigan.
http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/stephen-henderson/2015/11/15/government-reform-cuts-value/75639882/

MN: Commissioner’s view: County meets challenge on foster parents (Opinion)
Duluth News Tribune – November 15, 2015
Child welfare services in Minnesota rely heavily on county property tax dollars (54 percent). The state of Minnesota pays about 14 percent, which is one of the lowest shares in the country. In some states, child welfare is completely funded by the state and not the counties. Moreover, Minnesota reduced funding by $41.8 million from 2002 to 2013. St. Louis County will again make it a priority to increase the state share at the next legislative session in 2016.
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/opinion/local-view/3882395-commissioners-view-county-meets-challenge-foster-parents

MN: Report measures Minnesota courts’ performance
Minneapolis Star Tribune – November 14, 2015
Nearly all of Minnesota’s judicial districts showed improvement in the length of time it takes before eligible children are adopted, according to the annual performance report released this month by the state’s judicial branch. Report: http://www.mncourts.gov/mncourtsgov/media/CIOMediaLibrary/Documents/Annual-Report-2015-Perf-Measures.pdf
http://www.startribune.com/report-measures-minnesota-courts-performance/348347381/

MO: Bus tour gives insight to life of foster child
Jefferson City News Tribune – November 14, 2015
The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association coordinated the event, which simulated a child’s experience in foster care, and brought together civic leaders, agency representatives and state employees.
http://www.newstribune.com/news/2015/nov/14/bus-tour-gives-insight-life-foster-child/

NY: Child Advocacy Center celebrates its 20th anniversary
Buffalo News – November 15, 2015
In 20 years of operation the center has served 4,500 children and its family services component has served more than 1,200 adults. Thousands of people have participated in its education programs.
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/niagara-falls/child-advocacy-center-celebrates-its-20th-anniversary-20151115

NY: North country children find loving homes during National Adoption Month
Watertown Daily Times – November 15, 2015
Through a partnership with the Departments of Social Services in each of the three counties, the Children’s Home of Jefferson County’s Foster Care Program has placed many children in loving, local homes.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/north-country-children-find-loving-homes-during-national-adoption-month-20151115

OH: Parents’ heroin use increasingly cited in Ohio’s foster-care cases
Associated Press – November 16, 2015
The most-recent data from Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services shows that child protective-services agencies said heroin was the reason they intervened more than 25,000 times between 2009 and 2013.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/11/16/parents-heroin-use-increasingly-cited-in-ohios-foster-care-cases.html

OH: Is Ohio case of migrant youth trafficking evidence of a ‘systemic problem’?
Hartford Courant – November 15, 2015
The federal government had placed the teens with the traffickers, who had posed as relatives and family friends to take responsibility for the boys.
http://www.courant.com/nation-world/la-na-ohio-immigrant-sponsor-20151115-story.html

OH: Juvenile court magistrate abused authority, records say
Cleveland Plain Dealer – November 13, 2015
Over the past five years, Juvenile Court Magistrate Eleanore Hilow’s courtroom was more likely to be overturned on appeal of child custody cases than any similar court in the county.
http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2015/11/juvenile_court_abused_authorit.html

OK: Tribes recruit foster families
KOAM TV – November 14, 2015
Wyandotte Nation hosted all nine Oklahoma Indian nations for a workshop to recruit native families to become foster families for native children.
http://www.koamtv.com/story/30519846/tribes-recruit-foster-families

OR: Other Views: State’s response to foster care scandal falls flat (Opinion)
Medford Mail Tribune – November 14, 2015
The decision late Wednesday by Gov. Kate Brown to order an independent review of core functions of the Oregon Department of Human Services was correct. Yet it followed by less than a day a newspaper’s extensive review of DHS’ oversight of children in a Portland foster care setting – and the galling revelation DHS brass had long known of allegations that some children were being neglected. As a result, Brown’s homily about putting kids first fell flat, and missing from her remarks was the only appropriate emotion: outrage.
http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20151114/OPINION/151119807/101049?rssfeed=true

PA: National Adoption Month celebration focuses on family (Includes video)
Morning Call – November 13, 2015
The Lehigh County Children and Youth agency celebrated National Adoption Month by recognizing people who’ve raised awareness about adoption and permanency.
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-lehigh-locals-honored-national-adoption-month-20151113-story.html

RI: Change in how DCYF certifies foster families creates backlog
Providence Journal – November 16, 2015
The changes came after Governor Raimondo’s administration flagged the agency’s process as one that might not have treated all families equally. But changing the system has led the state to develop a backlog of roughly 29 families, some waiting weeks or months for “home studies,” or visits from certified workers who evaluate whether a family is qualified to foster.
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151115/NEWS/151119504/13815?rssfeed=true

TN: A home for teenagers too old for foster care
Associated Press – November 14, 2015
Chambliss is getting ready to build next to its 17-acre campus off Germantown Road – two duplex, one-bedroom apartments that will give four foster teens a place to live while counselors teach them basic life skills. It will be open to teens from other foster homes in the area as well as Chambliss residents, Blasbery said.
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/A-home-for-teenagers-too-old-for-foster-care-6632479.php

TX: Is Texas Denying Health Coverage to Foster Youth?
The Texas Tribune – November 14, 2015
Mary Christine Reed, director of the Texas Foster Youth Justice Project, says she has evidence that state officials are routinely denying health coverage to young adults who should be entitled to it. Often, Reed says, state employees wrongfully tell former foster care youth they are ineligible.
http://www.texastribune.org/2015/11/14/texas-accused-denying-health-coverage-foster-youth/?utm_source=texastribune.org&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Tribune%20Feed:%20Top%20Stories

UT: Hundreds rally against new Mormon policy; many file forms to quit the faith (Includes video)
Salt Lake Tribune – November 14, 2015
More than 1,000 inactive and active Mormons — along with their backers — rallied in City Creek Park on Saturday to protest the LDS Church’s recent policy decisions involving same-sex couples and their children. Top LDS authorities have a new policy in place that states Mormons in same-sex marriages or similar relationships must face disciplinary councils ? and possible excommunication ? and that their children generally must wait until they turn 18 to be baptized into the faith.
http://www.sltrib.com/home/3178894-155/hundreds-rally-against-new-mormon-policy

UT: Utah judge’s reverses order to take baby from lesbian couple
Associated Press – November 13, 2015
A Utah judge reversed his decision to take a baby away from her lesbian foster parents and place her with a heterosexual couple after the ruling led to widespread backlash. Also: Comments: Editorial: Carbon County judge relies on discredited arguments : http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/3174164-155/editorial-carbon-county-judge-relies-on
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/utah-to-challenge-order-to-take-baby-from-lesbians/2015/11/12/f869e95e-899e-11e5-bd91-d385b244482f_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_no-name%3Apage%2Fbreaking-news-bar

WI: “Exploit No More” recruits foster parents for sex-exploited youth
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service – November 16, 2015
Exploit No More is working to find foster parents for young girls transitioning out of the sex trade in Milwaukee, as part of its mission to eliminate sex trafficking in the city.
http://milwaukeenns.org/2015/11/16/exploit-no-more-recruits-foster-parents-for-sex-exploited-youth/

US: Homeless youth seep through the cracks
National Catholic Reporter – November 14, 2015
Though numbering near 2.5 million, homeless youth in the U.S. manage to seep through the cracks — undetected, unaccounted for, and also increasingly from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population. Also:Information Gateway resource: Promoting Protective Factors for In-Risk Families and Youth: A Guide for Practitioners: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/in-risk/ : Report: http://www.endhomelessness.org/page/-/files/State_of_Homelessness_2015_FINAL_online.pdf
http://ncronline.org/news/people/homeless-youth-seep-through-cracks

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Europe: World: UNICEF: Major spike in number of refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe
ReliefWeb – November 13, 2015
With record numbers of child refugees and migrants – 700 a day seeking asylum in Europe – UNICEF has identified five groups of vulnerable children and is mobilizing tailored actions to meet their needs.
http://reliefweb.int/report/world/unicef-major-spike-number-refugee-and-migrant-children-move-europe

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The Guardian

Alabama baby’s death raises questions about child’s criminal responsibility

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Experts are still concerned about the implications of attaching an act such as murder to an eight-year-old – a decision that seems uniquely American.

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Trial of Maine dad charged in baby’s death getting underway

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Bangor man charged in the death of his … The Bangor Police Department said it responded to the home for a baby that was …

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Mother’s boyfriend charged in baby’s death

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FLORENCE — The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says a 23-year-old northern Kentucky man has been charged in the death of his girlfriend’s …

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Bangladesh baby born with two heads dies from heart failure after thousands flock to visit

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A girl born with two heads has died in Bangladesh less than a week after … Mr Mia said he had not yet told his wife of the baby’s death because she …

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Baby, 2 months old, dies after being found unconscious in Manhattan apartment: cops

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A 2-month-old girl died after she was discovered lying lifeless in a … The baby, whose name was being withheld pending family notification, was …

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Up to 600 stillborn babies a year ‘are dying needlessly because of blunders by doctors and midwives’

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Approximately 1,200 babies are stillborn every year, but the inquiry conducted by Oxford University is expected to reveal that in many cases the deaths …

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Body found in hunt for mother ‘devastated’ by model daughter’s death

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Her death in her grandmother’s caravan came just months after her Italian fiance, Giacomo Agostini – the father of her childdied of a suspected …

Body of Christina Harding who went missing after daughter died is found – Daily Mail

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In Caring For Sickest Babies, Doctors Now Tap Parents For Tough Calls

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When Benitz first started at Stanford in 1973, doctors were considered the absolute authorities in life-and-death decisions, he says. They consulted …

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MONSTER: Gulf Cartel Boss ‘Comandante Toro’ Has a Baby’s Blood on His Hands

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The innocent infant and three others were crushed to death after cartel … Rather than take responsibility for killing the baby, the Gulf Cartel’s Julian …

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Baby’s Death in Alabama Raises Questions About Child’s Criminal Responsibility MSN.comBirmingham police said that between about 11:30pm on October 10th and 10:45am on October 11th, one-year-old Kelci Lewis received bruises to her …

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Philadelphia Man Sentenced 15 to 30 Years in Infant’s Death NBC 10 PhiladelphiaA Philadelphia man who admitted shaking his crying infant son and … to the floor has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison in the child’s death.

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Infant’s Death Under Investigation in Alexandria, New Hampshire NECNThe death of an 11-month-old boy is under investigation in Alexandria, New Hampshire. Friday, police began investigating injuries the infant suffered.

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New York Times (blog)

Motherlode | A Baby Dies at Day Care, and a Mother Asks Why She Had to Leave Him So Soon

New York Times (blog)

And no wonder, because unexplained infant death is rare, and parental leave in the vast majority of cases is not an issue of life and death. But I am …

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Washington Post

Healthy MOM Act looks to prevent infant death by increasing health insurance

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The government sets out-of-pocket maximums for marketplace health plans, limiting your annual expenses for services not reimbursed by insurance.

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No bond for mother charged with dropping infant from 8th floor window

Chicago Sun-Times

Bond was denied Saturday for a 19-year-old woman who police say gave birth to a girl whom she then dropped to her death from the 8th floor window …

No bond for mother charged in newborn’s death – The Weather Space

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Gazette takes top editorial award for ’96 minutes’ series

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The series allowed readers a rarely seen look at infant death in Billings, and also spotlighted the Ramsey Keller Foundation, which helped defray …

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Mother’s boyfriend charged in baby’s death

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FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) – The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says a 23-year-old northern Kentucky man has been charged in the death of his …

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Death Star baby born in Dairy Sweet parking lot

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Naomi, 4 (clockwise from bottom left), Olive, 2, and their parents Matt and Ashley Manley were in costume and enjoying Halloween night when Levi …

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Man charged with murder of baby girl in Sydney’s west

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A man has been charged with the murder of a baby girl in Sydney’s west. … she was taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital, where she later died.

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Woman charged in connection with Baby Grace’s death had history with social services

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Sarah Toney was charged with homicide by child abuse last week in connection with the death of her 5-month-old daughter Grace, but it wasn’t the …

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Mom Guilty in Baby’s Microwave Death

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(Newser) – A jury on Friday convicted a California woman of first-degree murder and assault in the microwave oven death of her 1-month-old daughter …

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Newborn baby girl is ‘bludgeoned to death and dumped outside Chicago apartment

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Thinking it was a doll that someone left outside, a closer look revealed a baby with its umbilical cord still attached and covered with embryonic fluid.

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Trial of Bangor man charged in death of infant son set for Tuesday Bangor Daily NewsXander C. Brown died Nov. 25, 2012, at Eastern Maine Medical Center. The baby was born prematurely Aug. 22, 2012, to Brown and Alania Cain, …

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8 dead babies found in German apartment

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(CNN) —The bodies of eight babies have been found wrapped in towels and inside … And no one has been arrested in connection with their deaths.

German mother of eight dead babies whose bodies were found in home is arrested – Daily Mail

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Girl, 3, dies in White Plains house fire

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WHITE PLAINS – A 3-year-old girl died Saturday morning after she and her … got to the second floor and discovered the grandfather and the baby.”.

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Police investigating death of 3-month-old boy Belleville News-DemocratPolice are investigating the death of a 3-month-old baby boy whose father reported him unresponsive and not breathing. No one has been charged in …

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Man sentenced to 15 to 30 years in infant’s death abc27… man who admitted shaking his crying infant son and throwing him to the floor has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison in the child’s death.Man sentenced to 15 to 30 years in infant’s death – New Jersey HeraldFull Coverage

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Man sentenced to 15 to 30 years in infant’s death WPXI PittsburghA Philadelphia man who admitted shaking his crying infant son and throwing him to the floor has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison in the …

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Teen dropped newborn from high-rise after hiding pregnancy from family: Prosecutors

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An Uptown woman dropped her newborn girl from an eighth-floor window late … The Cook County medical examiner’s office later declared the death a …

Teen Mom Hid Pregnancy, Secretly Gave Birth In Bedroom: Prosecutors – Patch.com

Mother charged with murder in death of newborn – Steelers Lounge (blog)

Mother of Infant Found Outside Chicago High-Rise Charged with Murder – Wakey Wakey News

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Trial of Bangor man charged in death of infant son set for Tuesday

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BANGOR, Maine — The jury-waived trial of a local man accused of causing the death of his 3-month-old son nearly three years ago is scheduled to …

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Mom who microwaved her baby to death convicted

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A jury in Sacramento, Calif., found 34-year-old Ka Yang guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her infant daughter, who prosecutors say was …

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Man charged in baby’s death

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A 23-year-old man is accused in the death of his girlfriend’s infant, a 7-week-old baby in Boone County. Boone County Sheriff’s spokesman Tom …

Boone County man charged in death of girlfriend’s 7-week-old baby – WCPO

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Walton man charged with killing girlfriend’s baby – WKRC TV Cincinnati

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Plea Deal Possible in Scranton Baby Death Case PA home pageA plea deal is in the works for a Scranton couple that is charged in connection with the death of their infant son. Amanda Salvatori and Anthony …

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Woman whose baby died during labor says doctor REFUSED to give her a C-section

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A woman whose baby died during childbirth is considering taking legal action against a doctor she claims caused her infant’s death by refusing to …

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Parents Unwilling to Accept Their Baby’sDeath Sentence,’ So They Changed the Story’s Ending

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Baby Abby’ as they affectionately called her, was also diagnosed with … “We thought there wasn’t enough evidence to give her a death sentence and …

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Newborn Baby Girl Bludgeoned to Death, Left Outside Apartment Building

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Local news in Chicago are reporting about a horrific case of infanticide there, where a newborn baby girl was bludgeoned to death and left ouside an …

Mother charged with murder in death of newborn – Chicago Tribune

Police: Woman, 19, in custody in death of newborn in Uptown – Chicago Tribune

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Jeremy Hunt Announces Plans To Halve Stillbirths And Baby Deaths In The UK

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Jeremy Hunt has pledged to halve the number of stillbirths and deaths among newborn babies and mothers by 2030. The Health Secretary stated that …

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8-Year-Old Boy Charged with Murder in Baby’s Death

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The cause of her death came to light after it was learned that the baby’s mother, Katerra Lewis, went partying at a club with a friend, the previous night.

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East Hartford woman sentenced for baby’s death

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The child suffocated. Police said Sotomayor-Cruz hid her pregnancy because she was afraid of how her mother would react. The sentence for …

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8-Year-Old Boy Charged with Murder in Baby’s Death

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An eight-year-old boy was left in charge of his numerous younger siblings, including one-year old Kelci Lewis, while their mother was out clubbing in …

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Pair sentenced for infant death

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A three-year legal battle following the death of an 8-week-old boy concluded with two adults being sentenced for the death. The boy’s mother, Kayla …

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GBI warns co-sleeping could cause infant death

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said sleeping next to your baby, or co-sleeping, is one of the biggest causes of death for babies under a year old.

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Prosecutor recommending probation for day care operator in infant’s death \ Youngstown VindicatorProsecutor recommending probation for day care operator in infant’s death \ … The owner of an East Side day care where an infant died in January …

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Mother charged after infant’s death

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Mother charged after infant’s death … 13, 2015: A woman is charged more than a year after the death of her 3-month-old baby. Ryan Korsgard reports.

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GBI warns co-sleeping could cause infant death

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said sleeping next to your baby, or co-sleeping, is one of the biggest causes of death for babies less than a year …

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Healthy MOM Act looks to prevent infant death by increasing health insurance

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Healthy MOM Act looks to prevent infant death by increasing health insurance. Saturday, 14 Nov, 2015 by Enrique Rogers …

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Man Charged With Manslaughter For Alleged Involvement In Infant’s Death

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A man has been arrested and charged with second degree manslaughter after his girlfriend’s child died from severe head trauma and several broken …

NKY man charged in death of girlfriend’s infant son – WLWT Cincinnati

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California mom convicted in infant daughter’s microwave death

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A jury today convicted a California woman of first-degree murder and assault in the microwave oven death of her 1-month-old …

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Autopsy: Newborn girl found dead in Uptown was beaten to death

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The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has determined that an infant baby girl, found outside an Uptown high rise, was murdered. She died from …

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Greenfield father faces charges in infant son’s death WHIOThe Marion County Coroner’s Office determined the infant died of blunt force trauma to the head and ruled his death a homicide. Hancock County …

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Children’s deaths fuel debate over day care regulation The Virginian-PilotThe autopsy lists the official cause of death as sudden unexpected infant death with no anatomic cause. The manner of death – natural, accidental or …

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AK: National Adoption month: Helping parents and kids come together (Includes video)
KTVA – November 13, 2015
Emily Sisson, with the Office of Children’s Services, stopped by Daybreak on Thursday. She said foster care has been proven to have detrimental effects on kids, which is why Alaskans are being called on this month to help.
http://www.ktva.com/national-adoption-month-helping-parents-and-kids-come-together-462/

AL: Fake adoption research demonizes same-sex couples (Opinion)
Montgomery Advertiser – November 13, 2015
Don’t be fooled into thinking a majority of pediatricians in the U.S. believe children are harmed if they are raised by same-sex parents.
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/11/12/fake-adoption-research-demonizes-same-sex-couples/75642718/

AR: DHS: Study suggests Arkansas needs more case workers & foster parents (Video)
KHBS/KHOG – November 12, 2015
A new study suggests that more foster parents would ease the pressure placed on DHS. 40/29’s Yuna Lee reports.
http://www.4029tv.com/news/dhs-study-suggests-arkansas-needs-more-case-workers-foster-parents/36418856

CA: Can California Successfully Re-Build Its Foster Care System?
Pacific Standard – November 12, 2015
As California dismantles its beleaguered system of youth group homes, state lawmakers bet big on expanding foster care. Report: http://www.propublica.org/documents/item/1698860-ccr-legislativereport
http://www.psmag.com/politics-and-law/can-california-successfully-re-build-its-foster-care-system

CO: Hope & Home benefactors help expanding foster-care program in a big way
The Gazette – November 12, 2015
The dream of Dr. George and Carolyn Cresswell 18 years ago, the faith-based program follows Wright’s “Love to Nurture” focus of helping kids in crisis, tough kids, emotionally troubled kids, kids bounced from foster home to foster home time and again. His approach is teaching families and staff gentle but effective methods of helping these kids, nurturing and caring for them, Wright explained.
http://gazette.com/around-town-hope-home-benefactors-help-expanding-foster-care-program-in-a-big-way/article/1563239

GA: A campground for foster kids
Statesboro Herald – November 12, 2015
The Fostering Bulloch organization hopes to purchase 30 acres in Bulloch County to use as a campground that would serve at-risk youth and children in foster care–and it needs help from the community to make that vision a reality.
http://www.statesboroherald.com/section/1/article/71193/

LA: Thousands of Louisiana children in desperate need of foster parents, state says (Includes video)
The Times-Picayune – November 13, 2015
The state Department of Children and Family Services says Louisiana is in desperate need of more foster families to provide a temporary home for children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in such circumstances.
http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2015/11/thousands_of_louisiana_childre.html

MA: Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange: Wealth, youth not necessary to adopt a child
Mass Live – November 12, 2015
Adopting a child does not require a married couple, a large home or wealth. There are a lot of myths when it comes to adoption, and the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) works every day to dispel them.
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/11/massachusetts_adoption_resourc.html

MO: Community leaders get a glimpse into city’s foster care and court system (Includes video)
WDAF – November 13, 2015
Community leaders will take part in one of four “Journey Home Bus Tours”across the state Friday, which is a bus tour of the Jackson County court system to get a firsthand look at how difficult the court system can be for kids in foster care.
http://fox4kc.com/2015/11/13/community-leaders-get-a-glimpse-into-citys-foster-care-and-court-system/

NC: Guardian ad Litem volunteers represent kids in foster care
StarNews Online – November 12, 2015
While the DSS has direct responsibility for foster care children, the children have another set of eyes looking out for them: the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program, a state-chartered group that represents the children in juvenile court.
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20151112/ARTICLES/151119893

ND: Ward County Social Services Moving Into New Building (Includes video)
KXNET – November 12, 2015
The Ward County Social Services Building had been stationed on Minot’s North Hill for decades, but today staff are moving into their new home. In just over a week, more than 400 boxes will be taken from the old social services location and placed within the new Ward County Administration Building, located in downtown.
http://www.kxnet.com/story/30506374/ward-county-social-services-moving-into-new-building

NY: Warren County supervisors to seek law change on social services secrecy
Glens Falls Post-Star – November 12, 2015
Warren County supervisors are angry over laws that hinder their ability to find out whether employees of the county Department of Social Services mishandled a case in which a child was allegedly sexually assaulted, and they plan to lobby for a change.
http://poststar.com/news/local/warren-county-supervisors-to-seek-law-change-on-social-services/article_9709c0a0-14d3-58b2-8abf-6590b76b1c13.html

OK: Gov. Fallin announces new goal amid foster care “crisis” (Includes video)
KOKH – November 13, 2015
“I’m asking you to work with us,” Gov. Fallin said Thursday in front of a few hundred people at the Oklahoma History Center. Along with the help of DHS, the state is launching the Oklahoma Fosters program. Also: Gov. Mary Fallin, DHS kick off foster, adoptive parents recruitment program: http://www.koco.com/news/gov-mary-fallin-dhs-kick-off-foster-adoptive-parents-recruitment-program/36407906
http://okcfox.com/news/local/gov-fallin-announced-new-goal-amid-foster-care-crisis

PA: Leaders Work To Find Solution To Drug Problems in Families (Includes video)
WYOU – November 12, 2015
The Children’s Roundtable is a court-sponsored group that works to fight child delinquency and keep kids safe. The meeting was one of their many efforts.
http://www.pahomepage.com/news/leaders-work-to-find-solution-to-drug-problems-in-families

RI: Children in Crisis: Child Welfare In The Ocean State (Includes audio)
RIPR – November 12, 2015
Child welfare agencies across the country are struggling, but Rhode Island ranks last or near the bottom on some of the most important child welfare metrics, from the percentage of children placed in group homes to the number of children who cycle in and out of the system.
http://ripr.org/post/children-crisis-child-welfare-ocean-state

TN: Tennessee looks to change culture on childhood trauma
The Tennessean – November 13, 2015
Many of the state’s top officials spent Thursday morning playing a brain game–fitting together pipe cleaners and straws to create brain networks that would withstand weights that represent the effects of toxic stress on a child’s developing brain.
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/health/2015/11/12/tennessee-hopes-take-lead-addressing-childhood-trauma/75444190/

TX: Angelina Co. families celebrate National Adoption Day (Includes video)
KTRE – November 12, 2015
The three kids granted adoptions by Judge Derrick Flournoy are just a small amount of children looking to be adopted. According to numbers said at the event, there are just over 20 Angelina County children looking to be adopted. On any given day in the state, there is over 6,000 children waiting to find permanent homes.
http://www.ktre.com/story/30505405/angelina-co-families-celebrate-national-adoption-day

TX: BCBA to host Adoption Day to celebrate Adoption Awareness Month
The Belton Journal – November 12, 2015
“Adoption Awareness Month is a truly great thing, and Bell County will continue to run its Adoption Day,” said Cynthia Champion, a local lawyer and Chairperson of the Bell County Bar Association. “This is the fifth year that we’ve had it, and we have roughly 18 families and 30 kiddos that will be participating.”
http://beltonjournal.com/bcba-to-host-adoption-day-to-celebrate-adoption-awareness-month/

TX: A look at drop in Harris County foster cases
Houston Chronicle – November 09, 2015
Two weeks ago, we reported that the number of Harris County children in CPS custody had declined 32 percent during the past five years. This week you’ll get the background on how that came about.
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/In-depth-look-at-drop-in-foster-cases-6619691.php

UT: Same-sex foster parents, state petition court to reverse order to give up infant
The Salt Lake Tribune – November 12, 2015
State child welfare officials and a set of same-sex foster parents have launched a legal push against a judge’s order to remove an infant from the couple’s Carbon County home because they are lesbians. Related: Utah judge removes baby from lesbian foster parents. Is that legal? (Opinion) (Includes video): http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2015/1112/Utah-judge-removes-baby-from-lesbian-foster-parents.-Is-that-legal
http://www.sltrib.com/home/3169601-155/utah-guv-puzzled-by-judge-ordering

WI: ’20/20′ story changes life for two children adopted from Romania (Video)
WISN – November 12, 2015
’20/20′ story changes life for two children adopted from Romania …. The story of a Romanian abandoned child has a happy ending in Wisconsin.
http://www.wisn.com/news/2020-story-changes-life-for-two-children-adopted-from-romania/36421294

WI: Speaking up for Special Needs: Kids with disabilities dying despite repeated reports of abuse, neglect (Includes video)
Fox6 – November 12, 2015
A FOX6 investigation has found that in Wisconsin, children with disabilities are dying at alarming rates, despite numerous reports to Child Protective Services about their welfare. First in a series, to follow.
http://fox6now.com/2015/11/12/speaking-up-for-special-needs-kids-with-disabilities-dying-despite-repeated-reports-of-abuse-neglect/

US: Detectives on the Case for Older Foster Children
The Chronicle of Social Change – November 12, 2015
St. Louis-based Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition hires private investigators to dig deeper into their cases’ family trees. The result: 70 percent of their youth are matched with a permanent family.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/blogger-co-op/detectives-case-older-foster-children/14199

US: Deviating from Protocol: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Adoptive Families
The Chronicle of Social Change – November 12, 2015
The precise number of adoptions that end badly is unknown, but as a Reuters series in 2013 demonstrated, there are too many families in desperate situations who take extraordinary, and often questionable, action when they fail to bond with their adoptive children.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/featured/deviating-protocol-opportunity-use-parent-child-interaction-therapy-adoptive-families/14345

US: Military Deployment Tied to Greater Odds of Child Abuse, Neglect
HealthDay News – November 12, 2015
Young children of U.S. Army soldiers may have a higher risk of abuse or neglect during and just after a parent is deployed abroad, a new study finds. Information Gateway Resource: Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/
http://consumer.healthday.com/public-health-information-30/family-health-news-749/military-deployment-ups-odds-of-child-abuse-neglect-705209.html

US: More Than 100,000 Older Children Are Waiting for Adoption in the U.S. (Press Release)
PRNewswire – November 12, 2015
Today there are more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted and more than 20,000 age out of the system each year without being adopted. Zoe Niklas wants to be their advocate.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/more-than-100000-older-children-are-waiting-for-adoption-in-the-us-300177556.html

US: Parental Equality, NOT “Adoption Equality” (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – November 12, 2015
Every child, however, also deserves an unaltered true record of his birth, regardless of who has legal parental rights.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mirah-riben/parental-equality-not-ado_b_8507618.html

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Australia: Australian research shows the benefits of early adoption
The Sydney Morning Herald – November 14, 2015
The research found that young children permanently removed from their biological families due to abuse or neglect were likely to benefit from open adoption as opposed to long-term foster care.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/australian-research-shows-the-benefits-of-early-adoption-20151111-gkwv75.html

Australia: Same-sex adoption passes Victorian Upper House with religious exemptions
ABC News Australia – November 13, 2015
Victoria’s Upper House has passed legislation to legalise adoption by same-sex couples, but with an exemption for faith-based adoption services. The bill now needs to go back to the Lower House for approval.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-13/same-sex-adoption-religious-exemptions/6937404

Canada: ‘Chronic need’ for foster care
Brantford Expositor – November 12, 2015
With an increased emphasis on keeping children safe within their family unit and with placing children with “kin” (family members and close family friends), there are fewer children going into foster care than in the past. At the same time, though, there are fewer families stepping forward to foster.
http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2015/11/12/chronic-need-for-foster-care

Columbia: Colombia allowing same-sex couples to adopt mirrors similar LGBT battles in the U.S.
Latinos Post – November 12, 2015
In a landmark victory for South American LGBT activists, a Colombia high court ruled last week that adoption agencies could not discriminate against same-sex couples.
http://www.latinospost.com/articles/78289/20151112/colombia-allowing-same-sex-couples-to-adopt-mirrors-similar-lgbt-battles-in-the-u-s.htm

Namibia: Government spends N$6 million a month on child grants
New Era – November 12, 2015
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare spends more than N$6 million per month on child welfare grants, which are provided to vulnerable children on a to improve their social and economic welfare.
https://www.newera.com.na/2015/11/12/government-spends-n6-million-month-child-grants/

Day-care operator pleads guilty in infant’s death Youngstown VindicatorYOUNGSTOWN — A woman who ran an East Side day care center entered guilty pleas in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court today for the death …

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Attorney: Birmingham mom charged in her infant’s death disputes allegations Alabama’s News LeaderBirmingham police say Katerra Marsha Lewis, 26, and a friend left the 8-year-old boy to watch over five younger children while the women went to a …

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Prosecutor recommending probation for day care operator in infant’s death \ Youngstown VindicatorThe owner of an East Side day care where an infant died in January entered guilty pleas Thursday to reduced charges. Deborah Poindexter, 47, of …

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Texas Public Radio

Preventable Infant Deaths On The Rise In Bexar County

Texas Public Radio

There are about 3,500 Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths each year in the U.S. Texas’ infant death rate is higher than the national average, with Bexar …

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Greenfield Daily Reporter

Infant’s death ruled homicide

Greenfield Daily Reporter

Investigators said they believe Jenkins caused the injuries that led to Brayden’s death and had allowed his son to live in unsanitary and unsafe …

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Healthy MOM Act looks to prevent infant death by increasing health insurance

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About 9 million Americans, including 65,684 Arkansas residents, got coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during last year’s open …

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NBC Chicago

Death of Infant Found Outside Chicago High-Rise Ruled a Homicide

NBC Chicago

An infant girl is dead after being left outside Wednesday evening in Uptown. NBC 5’s Lauren Petty reports. (Published Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015).

Death of abandoned newborn found in Uptown, 1 block from Weiss Memorial Hospital, under – WLS-TV

Autopsy shows newborn girl found dead outside Chicago high-rise was beaten – The Republic

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WFMJ

Youngstown woman pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in infant’s death

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Deborah Poindexter pleaded guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter and Child Endangering in the death of Mekhi Dawson. Dawson died while in the care …

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Judge vows to end secrecy in baby death case

Telegraph.co.uk

A High Court judge has said a new hearing will allow the public to know about “troubling circumstances” of the death of Poppi Worthngton, almost …

Judgement on 13-month-old Barrow baby death to be published – NW Evening Mail

Judgement on death of Cumbrian baby to be published – News & Star

We WILL learn the truth about baby Poppi’s tragic death: Press wins fight to print details that – Daily Mail

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WRTV Indianapolis

Greenfield father arrested in three-month-old baby’s death

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A 21-year-old Greenfield man was arrested in the death of his … 600 block of E. Grant Street after a report of an unconscious baby on November 5th.

Father facing charges for infant son’s death – WISH-TV

Hancock County father arrested in death of 3-month-old boy – Indianapolis Star

Greenfield man arrested for death of 3-month-old boy – WRTV Indianapolis

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Britain to halve baby deaths as Jeremy Hunt pledges to tackle one of worst records in developed

Telegraph.co.uk

Britain will halve the number of baby deaths under Government pledges to improve the safety of maternity units, and tackle its shameful place in …

Jeremy Hunt aims to cut number of stillbirths and neonatal deaths – The Guardian

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Daily Mail

Hayley Stanfield sentenced to prison for shaking death her baby son to death

Daily Mail

Hayley Stanfield pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death for shaking her 16-month-old son, Logan, after causing a fatal brain injury in May …

Woman sentenced to prison for shaking baby to death – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

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CBS Local

Police Investigate Beating Death Of Baby In Uptown

CBS Local

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police were investigating the death of a baby girl whose beaten body was found outside an apartment building in Uptown late …

Newborn baby girl is ‘bludgeoned to death and dumped outside Chicago apartment block’ – Daily Mail

Death of abandoned newborn found in Uptown, 1 block from Weiss Memorial Hospital, ruled a – WLS-TV

Newborn baby girl found beaten to death outside Uptown high-rise – Homicide Watch Chicago

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WKBN.com

Woman enters plea in death of baby at day care

Youngstown Vindicator

The owner of an East Side day care where an infant died in January entered guilty pleas Thursday to reduced charges. Deborah Poindexter, 47, of …

Youngstown woman pleads guilty in the death of a baby – WFMJ

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ITV News

Leicester hospitals admit failings over baby death

ITV News

The parents of a girl who died just two days old have said they are “still coming to terms” with the loss after the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS …

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Russia Deports Tajik Whose Baby Died

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A Tajik family’s life has been turned upside down after their infant son died in police custody while Russian authorities were investigating his mother’s …

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Yorkshire Post

Guilty: Violent Hull dad who shook his baby son to death

Yorkshire Post

A MAN who is starting an eight-and-a-half year jail sentence today for fatally injuring his baby son had a “significant history of violence” towards both …

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Khaleej Times

Eight-year-old beats crying baby to death

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An eight-year-old boy beat a baby girl to death to stop her crying while her mother was out partying at a nightclub, US police said on Wednesday, …

Katerra Lewis, mother of murdered Alabama baby denies children were left alone – Daily Mail

‘No Easy Answers’ in Murder Charge Against 8-Year-Old – New York Times

8-Year-Old Beats Baby Girl To Death, While Her Mom Dancing In Club – Wakey Wakey News

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CA: CASA honors military for dedication to helping neglected children
The Adobe Press – November 11, 2015
This Veterans Day, CASA is honoring the men for continuing to serve the community by speaking up for children who have been abused and neglected.
http://theadobepress.com/news/article_81bab608-6b8f-589e-932b-ae798ead191a.html

FL: Dunbar church mentoring teens (Includes video)
WINK News – November 11, 2015
Inside the Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church there is a new culture forming. The church is pairing mentors with children who live in Dunbar and they are trying to mold them and stop them from falling victim to the streets.
http://www.winknews.com/2015/11/11/dunbar-church-mentoring-teens/

FL: Foster Children Partake In Exhibit To Find Loving Homes (Includes video)
CBSMiami – November 11, 2015
A group of children looking for loving homes, may get their wish thanks to an annual South Florida exhibit meant to connect them to families.
http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/11/11/foster-children-take-pictures-to-find-loving-homes/

GA: Credit checks slow to come for Georgia foster youth vulnerable to fraud (Includes video)
WSB-TV – November 11, 2015
Dozens of teens in Georgia?s foster care system may have had their identities stolen. Channel 2 investigative reporter Erica Byfield asked state officials why it has taken Georgia’s Department of Family and Child Services nearly four years to implement laws that would help track identity fraud in foster youth, and correct the problem before they become adults.
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/credit-checks-slow-come-georgia-foster-youth-vulne/npLbH/

GA: Harsh realities for Georgia youths who age out of foster care (Video)
WSB-TV – November 11, 2015
Although the state has changed the rules to try to protect this often vulnerable population, Channel 2 investigative reporter Erica Byfield found that once youths are on their own, they often face scary consequences. Dr. Nia Cantey heads up the agency’s Independent Living Program (ILP). ILP aims to give life skills for a safe and productive transition into adulthood to youth who are vulnerable to aging out of care without a home.
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/harsh-realities-georgia-youths-who-age-out-foster-/npLRC/

IN: National Adoption Month events begin
Greensburg Daily News – November 07, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence, First Lady Karen Pence and Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis will all hold events throughout the month of November to push forth the initiative of finding homes for children across the state.
http://article.wn.com/view/2015/11/04/DCS_First_Lady_Karen_Pence_to_kick_off_National_Adoption_Mon/

KY: Kosair Children’s Hospital on ways to prevent, spot child abuse (Includes video)
WHAS11 – November 12, 2015
According to Kosair Childrens Hospital, child abuse unfortunately is a common problem in Kentucky and Indiana. Kosair Children’s Hospital says each day they treat at least one child for abuse.
http://www.whas11.com/story/news/local/2015/11/11/kosair-childrens-hospital-ways-prevent-spot-child-abuse/75605282/

MS: State Should End Costly, Embarrassing Legal Challenges (Opinion)
Jackson Free Press – November 11, 2015
Again, attorneys for same-sex couples looking to adopt had to argue that they have just as much right and are just as capable of creating loving, supportive environments in which to raise children. This time, these couples believe they have additional ammunition: the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges earlier this year striking down same-sex marriage bans, including Mississippi’s.
http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2015/nov/11/state-should-end-costly-embarrassing-legal-challen/

NC: Report: NC Children Insured in Record Numbers (Includes audio)
Public News Service – November 12, 2015
North Carolina children have greater access to health coverage and experts point to the Affordable Care Act as one of the reasons for the success. The issue is detailed in a report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, which estimates 95-percent of children in the state have insurance. Report: http://ccf.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/child_uninsurance_rates_2014_aca.pdf
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-11-12/childrens-issues/report-nc-children-insured-in-record-numbers/a48929-1

NC: Building a family: Same-sex couples navigate adoption
Citizen-Times – November 11, 2015
Griepp’s adoption came before the U.S. Supreme Court decision clearing the way for same-sex marriages nationwide. At the time, to adopt a child jointly in North Carolina, couples had to be married. Same-sex couples wanting a child were forced to choose a legal guardian and adopt as “single” parents. Information Gateway resource: Adoption by Family Type: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Families: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/adoptive/adoption-by-family-type/glbt-families/
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/11/11/building-family-same-sex-couples-navigate-parenting/75216294/

OK: Witness in case of adoption attorney accused of child trafficking speaks out (Video)
KOCO – November 11, 2015
A witness in the case against a local adoption attorney breaks her silence, speaking only to KOCO about questionable practices she says Robert Boren was involved in. Delores Nitzel said her daughter and niece went to Boren for several adoptions. During her last encounter, her daughter changed her mind and decided to keep her baby.
http://www.koco.com/news/witness-in-case-of-adoption-attorney-accused-of-child-trafficking-speaks-out/36396390

PA: Foster care population drops in Union County, and statewide
WITF – November 12, 2015
Fewer children need foster care in one midstate county, and their stays with families are also shorter, as the state emphasizes considering children’s emotional health.
http://www.witf.org/news/2015/11/foster-care-population-drops-in-union-county-and-statewide.php

TX: Eva M. Guzman, guest columnist: Charting a new course for Texas’ 31,000 children in foster care (Opinion)
Waco Tribune-Herald – November 12, 2015
Every child deserves joy and the opportunity to grow up happy and healthy. In some homes, however, childhood experiences are far from what they should be and removal of children due to abuse has become a sad fact of life.
http://www.wacotrib.com/opinion/columns/guest_columns/eva-m-guzman-guest-columnist-charting-a-new-course-for/article_24756901-f4d2-5917-9957-e2b0d0932b16.html

TX: Kolkhorst receives Big Voice for Little Texans award
The Sealy News – November 12, 2015
During the 84th legislative session, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, wrote and passed Senate Bill 830 which created an independent ombudsman to protect children who suffer abuse or neglect while in a foster home, group home, or residential treatment facility. The need for this bill arose out of a survey by CASA of 40 students who exited the foster care system within the last 10 years.
http://www.sealynews.com/news/article_9dfb49ea-88c2-11e5-bc80-1f7c7d2d8088.html

TX: Families share stories for National Adoption Month
What’s Up – November 11, 2015
The number of children in the American foster care system is more than 415,000, according to the most recent report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of those children, nearly 108,000 are available for adoption, each waiting for a guardian to take them home.
http://www.whatsuppub.com/features/local_news/article_f925b6b4-88b5-11e5-8a97-4b73536e4f81.html

UT: Foster parents ready to take on judge over baby’s move to heterosexual family (Includes video)
KUTV – November 12, 2015
April Hoagland and her wife Beckie Peirce of Carbon County, have hired an attorney after juvenile court Judge Scott Johansen ordered that their foster child, who is just a baby, be removed from their home saying the child would be better-off in a house with heterosexual foster parents. Also: Utah officials reviewing order to remove baby from lesbian foster moms: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/11/11/utah-officials-review-order-to-remove-baby-from-lesbian-foster-parents.html
http://kutv.com/news/local/foster-parents-ready-to-take-on-judge-over-babys-move-to-heterosexual-family

US: Health Care Is Going Digital–Who Is Making Sure It’s Put to Work for Underserved Children? (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – November 11, 2015
Health information technology is transforming the US health care system and has the potential to disproportionately improve the lives of millions of children who lack access to much-needed services. But, this will only happen if we continue America’s long tradition of focused advocacy on their behalf.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendy-lazarus/health-care-is-going-digital_b_8484062.html

US: Photos Of Adopted Siblings That Show Family Is About Love, Not DNA
The Hutchinson News – November 11, 2015
Many parents who have adopted find that people sometimes ask, “Are your kids real siblings?” In honor of Adoption Awareness Month, we asked the adoptive parents of the HuffPost Parents Facebook community for photos of their children that show the sibling bond is about love, not DNA.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/35-photos-of-adopted-siblings-that-show-family-is-about-love-not-dna_56435218e4b06037734715de

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Congo: Congo releases a small fraction of adopted children to waiting families
World Magazine – November 11, 2015
Dozens of children stuck in halted adoptions in the Democratic Republic of Congo are now authorized to leave the country after two years of waiting, according to an announcement by Congolese officials last week.
http://www.worldmag.com/2015/11/congo_releases_a_small_fraction_of_adopted_children_to_waiting_families

Ireland: Adoptees suffer emotionally if not told early on, survey finds
The Irish Times – November 11, 2015
Loss, anger, low self-esteem and shame are experienced when people who are adopted are not told until much later in life, a new survey shows.
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/adoptees-suffer-emotionally-if-not-told-early-on-survey-finds-1.2426293

Nigeria: Kano State Partners With Police Officers’ Wives To Check Child Abuse
Channels Television – November 12, 2015
The Kano State Government is in partnership with the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) to check sexual abuse and other child related abuses.
http://www.channelstv.com/2015/11/12/kano-govt-to-partner-with-police-wives-on-child-abuse/

United Kingdom: Child abuse victims to begin giving testimonies to Truth Project inquiry
The Press Association – November 12, 2015
Child abuse victims will begin giving testimonies for the first time next week about their ordeal as part of the huge independent inquiry into alleged sexual abuse in Westminster and beyond.
http://www.careappointments.co.uk/care-news/england/item/38563-child-abuse-victims-to-begin-giving-testimonies-to-truth-project-inquiry

United Kingdom: Prenatal alcohol exposure: Services insufficient in supporting those affected
Medical News Today – November 11, 2015
FASD is a major health issue in the UK. Cases in which the damage is so great that it affects the infant’s face as well as its brain occur in about one in every 100 babies in England and Wales, equating to about 7000 affected infants born every year, more than the combined total of children born with Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), cystic fibrosis and spina bifida.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/302435.php?tw

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8-year-old boy charged with murder in Alabama baby’s death

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Coroner rules abandoned baby death a homicide Kern Golden EmpireThe coroner has ruled the death of a baby boy, abandoned in Shafter nearly five months ago a homicide. On June 19th, Shafter Police officers showed …

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Leicester maternity staff errors led to baby’s death

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A baby girl who died at just two days old would have survived if her mother had been given a caesarean section sooner, a hospital trust has admitted.

Leicester hospitals admit failings over death of baby Delilah Hubbard – BT.com

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Boy, 8, beat baby to death to stop her crying: US police

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Miami (AFP) – An eight-year-old boy beat a baby girl to death to stop her crying while her mother was out partying at a nightclub, US police said …

Boy of 8 charged with beating baby girl to death while their mothers partied at nightclub – Mirror.co.uk

Eight-year-old boy beats baby girl to death in US – Yahoo7 News

8-Year-Old Boy Charged with Murder in Baby’s Death – Ledger Gazette

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Distressing details of Carlisle baby death emerge in manslaughter trial

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A father accused of killing his baby son told police that the infant seemed fine just half an hour before he was found not breathing in his Moses basket.

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Newborn baby died after DRUNK dad tried to change her nappy – and he CAN’T REMEMBER it

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Horrified mother Angela Cowan returned home early the next morning from a night out to find her baby girl Skylar Cowan-Gallagher lying face down …

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‘Faith healer’ baby death sends parents to jail

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Days before Rebecca died her parents took her to the supposed ‘faith healer’ instead of a hospital. Prosecuting, Jonas Hankin QC said: “Her illness …

Rebecca Kandare tragedy: Religious sect parents jailed for killing baby daughter who was left to – expressandstar.com

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Mother arrested in baby’s death | News | The Press and Standard

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A week after the death of her five-month-old son, Allena Oliver, 26, of 109 Crosby Street, was in custody, charged in connection with the death.

Walterboro woman arrested, charged in child’s death – ABC NEWS 4

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North Devon Journal

Father jailed after baby’s death turned him into domineering bully who broke partner’s name

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A FATHER has been jailed after the loss of his baby turned him into a domineering bully who battered his partner and broke her arm. Joshua Edge …

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Baby Chance’s death creates new DCF policy

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The killing of 9-week-old Chance Walsh, allegedly at the hands of his parents, has spurred the Department of Children and Families to create new …

State changes policy after baby Chance’s death – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Chilling call warned Baby Chance was in danger – WTSP 10 News

Department of Children and Families changes hotline policy after North Port baby Chance Walsh’s – Bradenton Herald

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Healthy MOM Act looks to prevent infant death by increasing health insurance access

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Giese says less than 10 infant deaths per year over the last several years have been reported in Eau Claire County but says prenatal care is important …

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Police arrest mother of man charged in infant’s death

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Walston is the mother of Wayne Green Jr., who was charged in the death of 16-month-old Jerimiah Perry. Green was arrested in North Carolina and is …

Mother Of Man Charged In Death Of Infant During Police Pursuit In Custody – CBS Local

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Evaluations to see if Weaver can stand trial in infant’s death Zanesville Times RecorderZANESVILLE – A former Muskingum University student who is charged in the April death of her infant daughter will undergo two separate mental …

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Vermont State Police investigating infant death, autopsy scheduled

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BRADFORD, Vt. — Authorities are investigating the death of an infant Monday at a home in Bradford, Vermont, a small town bordering the Connecticut …

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State public health campaign hopes to reduce number of infant sleep-related deaths Lexington Herald Leader”It’s safer for your baby to be right next to you and not in bed with you,” said Susan Pollack, University of Kentucky pediatrician and manager of the …

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Alabama mom whose infant daughter allegedly beaten to death by 8-year-old boy denies leaving

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BIRMINGHAM — A woman charged in the death of her infant daughter — who authorities say was killed by an 8-year-old boy — disputes allegations …

Mother of Slain Alabama Infant Disputes Allegations – WTOK

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Alabama 8-year-old charged with murder in toddler’s beating death

Washington Post

There were no adults around when 17-month-old Kelci Lewis of Birmingham, Ala., started to cry, police say. So there were no adults around when an …

Mom of slain Alabama infant disputes allegations – U.S. News & World Report

Birmingham, Alabama, Boy Kills Toddler After Moms Go to Club: Cops – NBCNews.com

Mom of Slain Alabama Infant Disputes Allegations – ABC News

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Here’s why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

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Shane Ferro wrote for Business Insider on contrasts in infant death between the U.S. and Europe. A National Bureau for Economic Research study …

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Thiruvananthapuram: Unicef to launch campaign on infant health in state

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It also aims to prevent child marriage as 7% of infant death cases involve child mothers. “IMA Kerala has a membership of over 30,000 doctors. We will …

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Ribbon cutting Saturday for Noah’s Playground in Newtown Township

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14, 2015, in Newtown Township. The playground is named in honor of Noah Cohen, who died at 2 months old of sudden infant death syndrome.

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Infant Deaths Australian Bureau of StatisticsIn 2014, there were 1,012 infant deaths (deaths of children less than one year of age) registered in Australia (533 males and 479 females). This was a …

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Minnesota man sentenced in death of infant son

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — A Shakopee man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty in the death of his infant son.

Shakopee man gets almost 5 years in death of baby son – Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Old Harbor infant death under investigation, troopers say Alaska Dispatch NewsNo foul play is suspected in the death of a 6-week-old infant at his home near Kodiak last week, but the case remains under investigation by Alaska …

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Suspect in infant’s death waives preliminary hearing; case will go to grand jury Gadsden TimesRivera and his wife, Cassie, were charged in December with the death of their 18-day-old son, Micah Lorenzo Rivera. The couple is charged with …

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Dad accused of leaving dead infant in crib found fit for trial

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Another of Warfel’s children, Erin, 5 months old, was found dead in March 2013. Her death was ruled “sudden unexplained infant death, sustained in a …

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Chimpanzee mother caring for Down syndrome infant in the wild can teach us about human

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“It’s quite interesting that the elder sister had a role in caring for the infant,” … could have contributed to the infant’s death, the researchers suggested.

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Gulf Digital News

Eight year-old charged for beating to death one-year-old infant

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Birmingham, Alabama: An 8-year-old boy is being charged with beating a 1-year-old girl to death while they were left home alone as their mothers …

Police: 8-year-old boy charged in infant girl’s death, her mom left kids alone to go to club – Newser

Police: 8-year-old boy charged in infant girls death, her mom left kids alone to go to club – New Europe

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First with Kids: Safe sleeping environments

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A RECENT STUDY SHOWS ALMOST 13% OF SLEEP-RELATED INFANT DEATHS OCCURRED ON SOFAS WHEN BABIES JUNCKER SOME …

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Bobby Gregoire sentenced to 8 years for killing infant son

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Last month, his father Bobby Gregoire pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the infant’s death. At Tuesday’s sentencing, the judge …

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Rebecca Kandare’s parents jailed for manslaughter of ’emaciated’ baby

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An ’emaciated’ baby died after her parents left her in the care of a churchgoer with ‘supernatural healing powers’ because their extreme religious …

Rebecca Kandare death: Parents jailed for malnourished baby killing – BBC News

Rebecca Kandare tragedy: Religious sect parents jailed for killing baby daughter who was left to – expressandstar.com

Baby died after parents put faith in ‘supernatural healing powers’ – Daventry Express

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Hull Daily Mail

Jury out in Liam Laverick baby death trial

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THE jury in a trial of a man accused of shaking his baby to death has retired to consider its verdict. Liam Laverick, 25, is accused of fatally injuring his …

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The mother of a 5-month-old child who died on the morning of Nov. 3 has been arrested by the Walterboro Police Department. Tuesday, city police …

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SC woman charged with homicide in death of baby found in creek

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Sarah Lane Toney was charged Monday with homicide by child abuse in connection with the death of her infant daughter, whose lifeless body was …

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Police probe baby’s strangulation death

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On Saturday, Amarillo police were dispatched to a home on Southwest Fourth Avenue to investigate reports of a child who wasn’t breathing.

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VSP Investigating the Death of a 2-Month-Old Baby My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22Vermont State Police are investigating a death of a 2-month-old baby in Bradford. Police say when they responded to a residence on Waits River …

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AL: State’s foster children finding better outcomes than national averages
AL.com – November 10, 2015
Alabama is seeing the same trends here. In 2005, there were nearly 6,000 children in out-of-home care. That number is now less than 4,500, but it has remained essentially flat for the past four years. As Walley noted, the vast majority of child referrals to DHR come not from abuse, but neglect.
http://www.al.com/news/anniston-gadsden/index.ssf/2015/11/alabamas_foster_children_findi.html

DE: Beau Biden Child Protection Act: Implications for Charter School Contractors and Volunteers (Press release)
JD Supra – November 10, 2015
The recently-enacted Beau Biden Child Protection Act requires all child-serving entities, including Delaware charter schools, to obtain certain background checks for all prospective employees, as well as prospective contractors and volunteers who have regular direct access to children or provide services directly to children.
http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/beau-biden-child-protection-act-20220/

FL: Florida police officer Mario Badia caught body-slamming boy is charged with child abuse (Includes video)
Daily Mail – November 11, 2015
Surveillance footage of the school’s lobby shows Officer Mario Badia arguing with the boy before pushing him in the chest, moving him across the room and then slamming him to the ground while twisting his arm.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3313197/Florida-police-officer-faces-child-abuse-charges-video-surveillance-captures-body-slamming-13-year-old-school.html

GA: The Children’s Haven opens its doors to help foster children
Cherokee Ledger-News Online – November 11, 2015
The new organization is an outgrowth of the Cherokee Court Appointed Special Advocates, who saw the need for a supervised visitation center in Canton to further help children affected by abuse, neglect and placement in the foster care system.
http://www.ledgernews.com/news/weekly_news/the-children-s-haven-opens-its-doors-to-help-foster/article_8a688b54-87cd-11e5-b66e-2f73b580980e.html

MN: HHVS budget, staff, stressed by new state child protection requirements
Walker Pilot Independent – November 10, 2015
Health, Human and Veterans Services (HHVS) Director Reno Wells and Social Services Manager Michele Piprude addressed the Cass County Board Nov. 3 to explain how the 2016 HHVS budget and staff are being stressed by new state child protection mandates. Also: Child protection reforms strain Minnesota’s foster care system: http://www.startribune.com/child-protection-reforms-strain-minnesota-s-foster-care-system/345283582/
http://www.walkermn.com/news/hhvs-budget-staff-stressed-by-new-state-child-protection-requirements/article_37c3adfc-87b9-11e5-bb5e-cfff01ad5eb2.html

MT: Community can do more to help kids (Opinion)
Great Falls Tribune – November 10, 2015
At the same time, Great Falls in recent years has the site for most complaints alleging child abuse, an unfortunate label that makes a community nervous. We should re-double our efforts to make sure state agencies have sufficient staff to investigate child abuse, and the ability to administer the law appropriately so that children are not seriously injured or killed after authorities have been alerted to problems.
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/opinion/tribune-editorials/2015/11/10/safeguard-children/75545252/

NC: Working together, agencies help youth transition from foster care to independence
WRAL.com – November 10, 2015
A group of non-profit organizations in the Triangle is teaming together to help teens aging out of the foster care system transition to independent living.
http://www.wral.com/working-together-agencies-help-youth-transition-from-foster-care-to-independence/15075367/

OK: Jacque Hensley named DHS Indian Affairs Liaison
The Norman Transcript – November 10, 2015
Hensley is also a former special agent with the U.S. Department of Defense where she investigated suspected cases of military contract fraud and with the Bureau of Indian Affairs investigating child abuse cases. In addition, she is a former adjunct professor at the Indian Police Academy in Artesia, New Mexico and past president of the child protection team at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Pediatrics Department. Her appointment as DHS Indian Affairs Liaison was effective October 12.
http://www.normantranscript.com/news/government/jacque-hensley-named-dhs-indian-affairs-liaison/article_97eff8ac-83e3-500c-84bb-2bb26d0fdba0.html

PA: Department of Human Services to Refine Keystone STARS Program (Press release)
PR Newswire – November 10, 2015
“We have already begun refining the program by removing some administrative burden, reducing receipts collection, and streamlining the grants and awards process,” said Secretary Dallas. “But that is just the first step. We are also taking advantage of technology for professional development and coordinating with other early childhood education programs.”
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pennsylvania-department-of-human-services-to-refine-keystone-stars-program-300175918.html

UT: Foster parents say child removed from their home because they are gay (Includes video)
KUTV – November 10, 2015
The women, who are legally married and were approved as foster parents in Utah earlier this year after passing home inspections, background checks and interviews from DCFS, said the judge told them there was a lot of research that indicated children who are raised in same-sex parent homes do not do as well as children who are raised by heterosexual parents.
http://kutv.com/news/local/foster-parents-say-child-removed-from-their-home-because-they-are-gay

VA: Where justice, recovery begins for young victims of abuse
Arlington Catholic Herald – November 10, 2015
As one of Virginia’s 15 children’s advocacy centers, SafeSpot brings representatives from law enforcement, child protective services, the courts, mental health and medical services to the child.
http://www.catholicherald.com/stories/Where-justice-recovery-begins-for-young-victims-of-abuse,30266

WI: Judge approves Milwaukee archdiocese’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy
National Catholic Reporter – November 10, 2015
It took less than two hours for a federal judge to approve a plan that will allow the Milwaukee archdiocese to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy after nearly five years of legal battles. Archbishop Jerome Listecki spoke briefly Nov. 9 in a courtroom packed with sexual abuse survivors and more than 20 lawyers. Listecki praised the abuse victims for coming forward, saying they had raised the consciousness of the archdiocese and elsewhere. Also: Winners and losers in the Milwaukee archdiocese’s bankruptcy settlement: http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/winners-and-losers-milwaukee-archdioceses-bankruptcy-settlement
http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/judge-approves-milwaukee-archdioceses-plan-emerge-bankruptcy

US: Children’s Bureau Lauds Outstanding Work to Help Promote Adoption from Foster Care (Includes audio)
Administration for Children and Families – November 10, 2015
The Children’s Bureau, supported by AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway, kicked off the month of November with a special ceremony at the Department of Health and Human Services.
http://www.ledgernews.com/news/weekly_news/the-children-s-haven-opens-its-doors-to-help-foster/article_8a688b54-87cd-11e5-b66e-2f73b580980e.html

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Ghana: Child trafficking: Ghana, USA sign $5m child protection agreement
Pulse.com – November 11, 2015
The project is sponsored by the United Nations and is a scale up of a successful pilot project in three districts in the region which seeks to use communication skills and appropriate language for persuasion towards the elimination of child trafficking.
http://pulse.com.gh/news/child-trafficking-ghana-usa-sign-5m-child-protection-agreement-id4346809.html

AL: Attorney tells DHR Task Force standards vary between counties
AL.com – November 09, 2015
An attorney speaking at a meeting of the Governor’s DHR Task Force this afternoon in Montgomery said lawyers who work as court-appointed representatives of children in child custodial cases need better training, and the system needs lawyers more dedicated to the welfare of children.
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/11/attorney_tells_dhr_task_force.html

FL: Couple cleared of child abuse with bone disorder defense (Includes video)
First Coast News – November 09, 2015
Perhaps the only thing less resilient than the bones of a seven-week old is the public’s goodwill when someone is accused of child abuse.
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/2015/11/09/child-abuse-or-bone-disorder/75456352/

IA: Ryan Berg, panelists discuss the plight of homeless LGBTQ+ youth
Iowa State Daily – November 09, 2015
McGee, a former foster parent herself, talked about how there are no policies to protect the status of the LGBTQ+ youth who are in foster homes, which is the reason why many of them feel safer living on the street rather than in their own homes or in foster care.
http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/student_life/article_ad1f6c76-875f-11e5-bd7b-dff63ca9c4a2.html

IN: Victims of sex trafficking face difficult road afterward
Associated Press – November 08, 2015
The average age of sex trafficking victims is 18 to 25, but recruitment can start between ages 15 and 17, he said. The Lake County Human Trafficking Unit has not recovered anyone younger than 18 since it began two years ago, but has assisted in a federal case involving an underage victim, Hurst said.
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20151108/news/311089999/

NJ: Dealing with Suspicions of Child Abuse by the Other Parent
Huffington Post – November 09, 2015
Divorce is a time for making adjustments. Divorcing parents often struggle emotionally with the difficulty of having less time with their children because the children are now residing out of their primary care and/or splitting their time between both parents. This adjustment is particularly cumbersome when one parent believes that the other parent is abusive or neglectful of the children.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/divorce-magazine/dealing-with-suspicions-o_b_8492924.html

NJ: Expansion of child abuse investigation center gives hope to young victims
NJ.com – November 09, 2015
All of New Jersey’s 21 counties have some form of child abuse investigation unit, but Monmouth is one of only seven nationally accredited child advocacy centers in the state, which means it has to adhere to rigorous regulations and guidelines, Krupnick said.
http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2015/11/expansion_of_child_abuse_investigation_center_give.html

NJ: State has a long way to go before court supervision of Child Protective Services should end (Opinion)
Star-Ledger – November 09, 2015
Last week, the Christie administration put out a notice that it had negotiated a deal with the federal court monitor supervising the Department of Children and Families child welfare reform. Gov. Chris Christie and DCF Commissioner Allison Blake claim the deal gave them an exit plan to get out from court supervision. However, the state still isn’t ready for court supervision to end.
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/11/nj_has_a_long_was_to_go_before_court_supervision_o.html

OH: Baby of mom who used marijuana tea will be back with parents today
Cleveland.com – November 09, 2015
Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Thomas F. O’Malley today overturned a magistrate’s decision to remove Nova Sanford from her home weeks after she was born — against the advice of county child welfare workers who believed the baby was safe with her parents, Hollie and Daniel.
http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2015/11/post_15.html

OR: $5 million gift will benefit abused and neglected Oregon kids
OregonLive.com – November 09, 2015
A $5 million gift that exceeds the annual budget of the Portland nonprofit CARES Northwest means more abused and neglected children will get help and more community members and health professionals will learn about child abuse and how to prevent it.
http://www.oregonlive.com/kiddo/index.ssf/2015/11/5_million_gift_will_benefit_ab.html

OR: Deschutes County withdraws request for court advocates funding
Bend Bulletin – November 08, 2015
Deschutes County public safety officials agree a Central Oregon nonprofit advocating for children in the foster care system provides a valuable service. But under pressure from the state Criminal Justice Commission, the county removed a request Tuesday for about $56,000 for Court Appointed Special Advocates from its application for approximately $1.7 million in state justice reinvestment funds.
http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/3658013-151/deschutes-county-withdraws-request-for-court-advocates-funding#

PA: On Kenney’s agenda: Is DHS getting better at protecting kids? (Opinion)
Philly.com – November 09, 2015
Almost 10 years after a child’s horrific death triggered a call for reform, Philadelphia’s frontline social-service agency for children is still struggling to improve, and to cope with a swelling caseload as a new mayor arrives.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20151110_On_Kenney_s_agenda__Is_DHS_getting_better_at_protecting_kids_.html

SC: DSS asks for additional $32 million to hire caseworkers
Charleston Post and Courier – November 08, 2015
South Carolina’s Department of Social Services isn’t in denial anymore — the agency needs dozens of more employees and the money to hire them.
http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20151108/PC1603/151109454/1177/dss-asks-for-additional-32-million-to-hire-caseworkers

TX: Premature birth rates rise
Longview News-Journal – November 07, 2015
Houston has one of the highest rates of premature births in the nation, a problem experts say could reflect a lack of access to care and high levels of obesity.
http://www.news-journal.com/news/2015/nov/07/premature-birth-rates-rise/

US: Foster-care agencies step up efforts on behalf of LGBT youth
Akron Legal News – November 09, 2015
Efforts to tackle such problems have gained momentum across the U.S., but with varying success. Officials in some areas say the most sweeping institutional reforms, even though desired, may only come slowly. And some new requirements, they say, could risk shrinking the already limited pool of foster parents.
http://www.akronlegalnews.com/editorial/13931

US: Should Adult Adoptees Have Access to Their Birth Records?
Huffington Post – November 09, 2015
Adoption records were sealed at a time when social workers counseled adopting parents not to tell their children they were adopted, lest the child feel less a part of their family. Thus the sealing of the true birth certificate, and the issuance of a falsely amended certificate making it appear that the child was born to the adoptive parents, provided a legal seal of approval to the lie. Information Gateway resource: State Laws on Postadoption: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/laws-policies/adoption/postadoption/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mirah-riben/should-adult-adoptees-hav_b_8500620.html

US: Child Welfare System Struggles to Handle Child Sex Trafficking
Kansas City Infozine – November 07, 2015
One in six runaway children reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely victims of sex trafficking. The center also reported in 2013 that 68 percent of these runaways were in social services or foster care when they ran.
http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/63162/

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AZ: Kristi’s Kids: Lawsuit claims failure to protect during CPS era (Includes video)
KVOA – November 06, 2015
Arizona’s child welfare system is often in the headlines. Now, a case dating back to the Child Protective Services days is coming back to haunt the state. A Tucson brother and sister are suing a list of people and organizations, including a local non-profit.
http://www.kvoa.com/story/30457976/kristis-kids-lawsuit-claims-failure-to-protect-during-cps-era

AZ: My Turn: Arizona foster care is still broken (Opinion)
Arizona Republic – November 06, 2015
We’ve decided that foster care is a law-enforcement matter rather than the social-services problem it is.
http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2015/11/06/arizona-foster-care/75296952/

CA: County homeless student numbers decline overall
Vacaville Reporter – November 06, 2015
Somewhat surprisingly, Fairfield-Suisun, Solano’s largest district with nearly 22,000 students, reported 492 homeless students, down from 785 in January; and Vallejo City Unified, with 139, down from 165. Notably, two years ago, Fairfield-Suisun tracked more than 1,100 and Vallejo City nearly 400, accounting for well more than half of the county’s homeless students. At that time, the county numbers reflected nationwide trends of highest-ever numbers of homeless students, at 1.2 million, a 10 percent increase from the previous year.
http://www.thereporter.com/20151106/county-homeless-student-numbers-decline-overall

CT: Jewish Family Service earns re-accreditation
Trumbull Times – November 06, 2015
Trumbull resident James Grutzmacher, the Co Chairman of the Board of Jewish Family Service, has announced that the local social service agency has been re-accredited. This most recent accreditation remains in effect until December 31, 2018.
http://www.trumbulltimes.com/2015/11/06/jewish-family-service-earns-re-accreditation/

FL: Emails show confusion, frustration in Janiya Thomas case
Bay News 9 – November 06, 2015
After submitting a public records request, we received hundreds of copies of emails in the case of Janiya and her mother, Keishanna. The exchanges are between Child Protective Services, the Manatee County Sheriff?s Office and more.
http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2015/11/6/emails_show_confusio.html?cid=rss

KS: State officials need to solve problem of high turnover among social workers (Opinion)
Hutchinson News – November 08, 2015
Douglas County Judge Peggy Kittel cited an example of a child who recently appeared in her courtroom and had been in the state’s child welfare system for two years. During that time, turnover at the agency that contracts with the state to provide case management services for such children had resulted in seven different case workers being assigned to resolve problems so the child could return home or to find another placement for that child.
http://www.hutchnews.com/opinion/columnists/kansas-officials-need-to-solve-problem-of-high-turnover-among/article_f70ce209-0f8d-5a72-8650-556b63ddcde9.html

MA: Foxboro looks to expand child abuse reporting
Sun Chronicle – November 08, 2015
The town is continuing its efforts to dramatically expand the number of people who are considered mandatory reporters for child abuse, with Rep. Jay Barrows proposing that a two-pronged approach be adopted that may result in changing state law.
http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/foxboro-looks-to-expand-child-abuse-reporting/article_0cad0fb1-32ac-5448-9bb1-94a7aa586da0.html

MA: DCF seen trying for custody of more kids
Boston Herald – November 07, 2015
DCF sought custody of an increasing number of children in September, records show — a surge in court cases that union leaders called a panic move by child welfare bosses under fire after a summer that saw two kids under state watch die and two others left seriously injured.
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2015/11/dcf_seen_trying_for_custody_of_more_kids

MA: Tarr backs re-homing bill that targets ?black market? for children
Statehouse News Service – November 05, 2015
Senators backing a bill that would establish penalties for transferring adopted children into new homes outside of the legal system expect the measure, which they described as a way to protect children from a form of human trafficking, to pass the Senate this week. Also: Lawmakers act on several bills on veterans’ issues: http://www.thesunchronicle.com/beacon_hill_roll_call/lawmakers-act-on-several-bills-on-veterans-issues/article_5c923d01-f3dc-5073-8684-2dfc53789461.html
http://gloucester.wickedlocal.com/article/20151105/NEWS/151107779

MN: State Child Advocates Touring to Highlight Poverty Problems (Includes audio)
Public News Service – November 09, 2015
Earlier this year, Minnesota was ranked the top state for the well-being of children, but a children’s advocacy group is touring the state to show there’s still work to be done.
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-11-09/childrens-issues/minnesota-child-advocates-touring-to-highlight-poverty-problems/a48835-1

MS: Mississippi Gay Couples Go to Court to Challenge Adoption Ban (Includes video)
NBC News – November 06, 2015
Four gay couples are challenging Mississippi’s ban on same-sex adoption Friday in federal court. Also: Couples press for end to Mississippi gay adoption ban: http://wjtv.com/ap/couples-press-for-end-to-mississippi-gay-adoption-ban/
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/mississippi-gay-couples-go-court-challenge-adoption-ban-n458861

NC: DSS staff challenges
Wilkes Journal-Patriot – November 06, 2015
The Wilkes County Department of Social Services’ ongoing challenges with finding and keeping social workers were discussed during a Wilkes County commissioners meeting Tuesday morning. The issue arose when Wilkes DSS Director John Blevins said people hired for two vacant foster care social worker positions will attend training required for state certification this month. The state pays for the three weeks of training at a limited number of times and places, but county government funds related travel and lodging costs.
http://www.journalpatriot.com/news/dss-staff-challenges/article_c3bffc30-84b6-11e5-8d13-8bb52ae0c5da.html

ND: Dire Need for Foster Parents in Burleigh County (Includes video)
KXNET – November 06, 2015
Burleigh County Social Services says right now there are between 60 and 65 foster children– and only 39 homes.
http://www.kxnet.com/story/30458722/dire-need-for-foster-parents-in-burleigh-county

OR: Saiki plans to ‘deeply’ investigate DHS
Statesman Journal – November 06, 2015
Clyde Saiki, interim director of the Oregon Department of Human Services, said he plans to “get things stabilized” at the agency and investigate “deeply” into the circumstances that allowed a foster care provider to continue operating despite substantiated claims of abuse.
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/2015/11/05/saiki-plans-deep-investigation-dhs/75221374/

TN: A home for teens too old for foster care
Chattanooga Times Free Press – November 09, 2015
That’s why she and Blasbery and other child welfare advocates are excited about a new facility Chambliss is getting ready to build next to its 17-acre campus off Germantown Road – two duplex, one-bedroom apartments that will give four foster teens a place to live while counselors teach them basic life skills. It will be open to teens from other foster homes in the area as well as Chambliss residents, Blasbery said. Information Gateway resource: Extending Out-of-Home Care for Youth Past Age 18: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/independent/outofhomecare/
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/nov/09/home-teens-too-old-foster-care/334695/

TX: Editorial: Child’s welfare must come first in homeschooling debate
Dallas Morning News – November 06, 2015
The bottom line here is that education is a public good. There is harm to children when they are under-educated, but there is also harm to society. Under-educated children have a far higher chance of living in poverty and becoming dependent on welfare and subsidized housing.
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20151106-editorial-childs-welfare-must-come-first-in-homeschooling-debate.ece

TX: So many children in foster care seeking stability and permanence (Opinion)
Star-Telegram – November 06, 2015
To help ease the distress of separation, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services looks for relatives to care for children rather than placing the child in a foster home or an emergency shelter.
http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/other-voices/article43517055.html

VA: Adoption agency hopes to help teens aging out of foster care
Fredericksburg Times – November 07, 2015
“We know that when youth age out, their outcomes are very dire,” said Nadine Marsh-Carter, director of the Children’s Home Society of Virginia. “Statistically, we know that when one in four will be incarcerated within two years of getting out of foster care and one in five will be homeless.”
http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/virginia-adoption-agency-hopes-to-help-teens-aging-out-of/article_7b4beccf-5329-5c9d-b5c3-344438067953.html

WV: Drug Problem Putting Stress On Children’s Homes, Foster Families (Includes video)
WCHS 8 – November 06, 2015
With the drug epidemic sweeping the Mountain State, parents are getting into legal trouble and because of that agencies like the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia are seeing a stronger need for assistance from the community.
http://www.wchstv.com/news/features/eyewitness-news/stories/WV-39-s-Drug-Problem-Putting-Stress-On-Children-39-s-Homes-Foster-Families-228926.shtml#.Vj4d7ituNps

US: Adopt US Kids promotes new PSA Campaign: November is National Adoption Month
Freehold Patch – November 06, 2015
November is National Adoption Month and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids, and the Ad Council have created a new PSA campaign that encourages prospective parents to adopt older youth from foster care.
http://patch.com/new-jersey/freehold/adopt-us-kids-promotes-new-psa-campaign-0

US: How cardinal disgraced in Boston child abuse scandal found a Vatican haven
The Guardian – November 06, 2015
In an editorial at the time, the Boston Globe – which had helped bring him down by exposing how the archdiocese had covered up years of sexual abuse by paedophile priests–said that Law had become the “central figure in a scandal of criminal abuse, denial, payoff and coverup that resonates around the world”. The story behind the Globe’s expose is the subject of a new film called Spotlight, which stars Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/06/cardinal-bernard-law-disgraced-boston-child-abuse-scandal-vatican-haven-spotlight

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Canada: Canada has one of the highest rates of kids in care in the world
Troy Media – November 06, 2015
Thousands of Canadian children go into foster homes or other types of out-of-home care on behalf of child welfare agencies. But we don’t know how many, nor do we know how well they are doing.
http://www.troymedia.com/2015/11/06/canada-has-one-of-the-highest-rates-of-kids-in-care-in-the-world/

Romania: The underground orphans of Romania who survived the country’s notorious children’s homes of the Eighties… but now live in sewers where drug addiction is the norm
Daily Mail – November 06, 2015
Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s iron-fisted rule of Romania was marked by several decades of brutal repression, fear and intimidation. But the most shocking details to emerge after his death were the conditions in the country’s orphanages–where thousands of emaciated and diseased babies were found slowly dying in filth infested cradles. Images of their plight shocked the world when broadcast in 1989. Now, 25 years on, these orphans have been found still living rough in underground sewers throughout the country.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3306879/The-underground-orphans-Romania-survived-country-s-notorious-children-s-homes-Eighties-live-SEWERS-drug-addiction-norm.html

St. Lucia: Minister of Health speaks on increase reports of child abuse (Press release)
St. Lucka Newsline – November 06, 2015
The Minister said it’s a very sad situation when children at that age can be abused in the name of punishment or discipline. “It speaks to many many things, poor parenting skills, persons who do not know how to nurture children. But more than that it speaks to I think, evil in some cases because children are so vulnerable, children can’t harm anybody.
http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/minister-of-health-speaks-on-increase-reports-of-child-abuse/

CO: Five finalists for state Child Protection Ombudsman announced
Denver Post – November 06, 2015
The Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Board announced Thursday five finalists for the new Child Protection Ombudsman.
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29078014/five-finalists-state-child-protection-ombudsman-announced?source=rss

GA: DFCS director addresses Lowndes residents
The Valdosta Daily Times – November 05, 2015
The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services director wants to create a stronger connection between the department and local communities. DFCS Director Bobby Cagle held a town hall meeting at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College’s Brooks Hall Monday to discuss his “Blueprint for Change” initiative.
http://www.valdostadailytimes.com/news/local_news/dfcs-director-addresses-lowndes-residents/article_006b38bd-93fa-57af-96e8-8a1e545b7423.html

IN: Traveling Indiana Heart Gallery stopping in Terre Haute again
WTHI – November 05, 2015
A travelling gallery called the Indiana Heart Gallery will once again be stopping in Terre Haute. This gallery is a compelling way to feature portraits of children in need of adoptive families.
http://wthitv.com/2015/11/05/traveling-indiana-heart-gallery-stopping-in-terre-haute-again/

MA: Report: DCF Focuses Too Much on Keeping Families Together (Opinion)
Boston Magazine – November 05, 2015
The Pioneer Institute, a libertarian think tank, released findings suggesting that the DCF’s two-tiered intake system, which separates cases into high-risk and low-risk categories, is broken. Per the report, the department is too focused on keeping families together and not focused enough on child protection. Report: http://pioneerinstitute.org/better_government/study-overhauling-two-tiered-case-intake-system-is-key-to-dcf-reform/
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2015/11/05/dcf-keeping-families-together/

MD: Maryland family faces harsh criticism after adopted daughter is featured in ‘American Girl’ magazine
The Washington Post – November 05, 2015
Rob and Reece Scheer of Darnestown, two white gay men, adopted Amaya and three boys–all of whom are African American and had been in foster care–several years ago and were recently featured in a magazine run by the huge toy chain Mattel and its popular dolls, called “American Girl.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/11/05/maryland-family-faces-harsh-criticism-after-adopted-daughter-featured-in-american-girl-magazine/

MI: Couple who helped pave the way for same-sex marriage is finally allowed to adopt
The Washington Post – November 05, 2015
Now, months after they earned the legal right to marry, the women finally realized their dream: they formally adopted five children Thursday in an Oakland County Circuit courtroom.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/11/05/couple-who-helped-pave-the-way-for-same-sex-marriage-is-finally-allowed-to-adopt/

MN: Opinion: Play a role in adoption (Opinion: Lucinda Jesson, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services)
Press & News – November 05, 2015
Currently 499 children are waiting in the foster care system for families to adopt them immediately. Almost 74 percent are between 6 and 18 years old. More than 58 percent are siblings who need to be adopted together. Fifty-four percent are children of color. As commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, I am the guardian of these children until they find permanent families.
http://pressnews.com/2015/11/05/opinion-play-a-role-in-adoption/

MO: Creating a safety net for kids aging out of foster care
Springfield News-Leader – November 05, 2015
To help them transition from foster kids to independent adults, three new programs have started in the last year.
http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2015/11/05/creating-safety-net-kids-aging-out-foster-care/73997738/

NJ: State child welfare: Moving past DYFS’s shameful past
New Jersey 101.5 – November 05, 2015
DCF Commissioner Allison Blake says over the past 10 years the department has had the opportunity to build a solid and much stronger foundation for Jersey’s child welfare system, and there are several concrete examples.
http://nj1015.com/doing-more-to-protect-children-in-new-jersey/

OR: Gov. Brown fires top DHS administrator, orders review of foster care program (Includes video)
KPTV – November 05, 2015
Gov. Brown took action and relieved DHS top administrator Jerry Waybrant, saying she was not happy with the way the department was overseeing the foster care program. She released a statement saying, “I have serious concerns about information brought to light regarding foster care provider Give Us This Day. When it comes to ensuring the safety of children in the state’s care, we must be uncompromising.”
http://www.kptv.com/story/30446310/gov-brown-relieves-dhs-top-administrator-orders-independent-review-on-foster-care-program

PA: Today’s Editorial: Success stories emerging
The Daily Item – November 06, 2015
We are pleased to report news this week of successful efforts achieved by those who work in local family care programs.
http://www.dailyitem.com/news/today-s-editorial-success-stories-emerging/article_056363d8-8404-11e5-a52b-9fb3649c8711.html

PA: Montco stops covering state’s bills
The Philadelphia Inquirer – November 05, 2015
Montgomery County stopped funding Thursday human services normally covered by the state, saying the four-month budget impasse had maxed out the county’s financial reserves. The state owes the county more than $30 million for foster care, child-abuse investigations, restaurant inspections, senior centers, and other services, many of which the state and county are mandated to provide.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20151106_Montco_stops_covering_state_s_bills.html

TX: Grant from Amegy Bank and FHLB Dallas Helps Fund Apartments for Homeless Young Adults (Press release)
PRNewswire-USNewswire – November 05, 2015
Houston’s Tejano Center for Community Concerns, which operates a homeless and foster care program serving 150 children annually, wants to change that statistic. Tejano Center, in collaboration with The Vecino Group, plans to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless young adults in Houston, including those aging out of foster care.
http://investor.wallstreetselect.com/wss/news/read?GUID=30969475

VA: Making Your Mark: Hope U Foundation (Includes video)
WVEC – November 05, 2015
Nick Gabriel used his own money to start Hope U Foundation to help young people who used to be in foster care and who are now struggling with being homeless and hungry as young adults. Information Gateway Resource: Support Services for Youth in Transition: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/independent/support/
http://www.13newsnow.com/story/news/local/making-your-mark/2015/11/05/making-your-mark-hope-u-foundation/75220164/

WA: 10 tribes get access to US criminal databases to improve flaws in how information is shared
Associated Press – November 05, 2015
Ten American Indian tribes are gaining access to national criminal databases after a deadly shooting in Washington state helped reveal flaws in the way federal authorities and tribal governments share information.
http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/458c1456f8da496fac11bc2ff5335b2d/US–Tribes-Criminal-Databases

US: A Stronger Case for Restoring Housing Vouchers
The Huffington Post – November 05, 2015
The housing stability that vouchers provide appears to help families in other ways as well. For instance, children in families receiving vouchers were less likely to miss school days or change schools — and less than half as likely to be placed into foster care (which can be triggered by parents’ inability to afford suitable housing) — than families receiving no other assistance.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/douglas-rice/a-stronger-case-for-resto_b_8482828.html

US: Impeding LGBT Parents Does Not Help Children Who Need Families (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – November 05, 2015
Eventually, every candidate running for president will probably say it. Child-welfare professionals work mightily to practice it. U.S. laws and policies promote its essential truth: Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, permanent, loving family. Yet tens of thousands of children in our country spend too much of their lives in temporary (i.e., foster) care, unable to return to their original families but without sufficient prospects for moving into new ones.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-pertman/lgbt-parents-help-children-who-need-families_b_8474528.html?utm_hp_ref=impact&ir=Impact

US: Lawmakers seek to strengthen DoD child abuse reporting (Opinion)
Navy Times – November 04, 2015
The military needs to do more to immediately report suspected cases of child abuse to civilian authorities, according to two lawmakers who introduced legislation in the House on Tuesday.
http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/crime/2015/11/04/lawmakers-seek-strengthen-dod-child-abuse-reporting/75163846/

US: Adoption Excellence Awards for the Year 2015 Posted on Children’s Bureau Web site (Press release)
Children’s Bureau – November 03, 2015
This document lists the recipients of the 2015 Adoption Excellence Awards and provides a brief description of each recipients work.
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/adoption-excellence-awards-2015

AK: New Foster Care Program Struggles to Get Off Its Feet in the Delta (Audio)
KYUK – November 04, 2015
A new foster care program aimed at helping keep Western children in their communities is in-development. It incorporates therapeutic methods to help fix behavioral issues in the home that might be affecting both the child and parent. But the program is facing problems with one major hiccup-no one has signed up yet.
http://kyuk.org/new-foster-care-program-struggles-to-get-off-its-feet-in-the-delta/

CA: Oakland Tribune editorial: Another school district fails to report child abuse
Oakland Tribune – November 04, 2015
State law is clear: School personnel must immediately notify police or child protective services when they know or suspect a student has been abused. The law is designed to guard against school district cover-ups and ensure trained law enforcement investigators are promptly brought in.
http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_29071710/oakland-tribune-editorial-another-school-district-fails-report

FL: Florida Matters: DCF Secretary Says Child Fatalities Are Public Health Issue (Includes audio)
WUSF – November 03, 2015
Florida is on pace to have nearly as many child deaths this year as it did before the overhaul of its child welfare system last year. In about a quarter of those deaths, the Florida Department of Children and Families had prior contact with the family.
http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/florida-matters-dcf-secretary-says-child-fatalities-are-public-health-issue#stream/0

GA: Connect the Dots Between Past and Present
Youth Today – November 04, 2015
CHRIS Kids uses a trauma-informed approach with young people and their families – in its counseling center and in its training center for professionals.
http://youthtoday.org/2015/11/connect-the-dots-between-past-and-present/

KS: Forum series focuses on youth incarceration in Kansas
Topeka Capital-Journal – November 04, 2015
Kansans United for Youth Justice would like to see some of the $53 million spent annually on youth incarceration redirected to prevention and early intervention programs. Functional family therapy and aggression replacement training are two options that could benefit juvenile offenders, Magnuson said.
http://cjonline.com/news/2015-11-04/forum-series-focuses-youth-incarceration-kansas

KS: KDHE, KU to create online home-visiting resource for Kansans
University of Kansas – November 04, 2015
Kansas parents, parents-to-be, grandparents and communities have a new website to provide support and resources to help babies grow up healthy and happy. Website: Kansas Home Visiting: http://kshomevisiting.org/
http://news.ku.edu/kansas-department-health-environment-teams-ku-center-create-online-home-visiting-resource-kansas

LA: Emergency need for more foster homes (Includes video)
KPLC – November 04, 2015
There is an emergency need for more foster parents in Southwest Louisiana. Over the past three years, the Department of Children and Family Services has seen a 14 percent increase in the number of children coming into state custody.
http://www.kplctv.com/story/30432579/emergency-need-for-more-foster-homes

MA: DCF’s 2-tier system endangers children, study says
Boston Globe – November 05, 2015
The Department of Children and Families places too much emphasis on holding together troubled families at the expense of keeping children safe, according to a new report that calls on the agency to retool the way it responds to allegations of abuse and neglect. Report: http://pioneerinstitute.org/better_government/study-overhauling-two-tiered-case-intake-system-is-key-to-dcf-reform/
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/11/04/report-says-dcf-system-separating-high-risk-and-low-risk-cases-jeopardizes-children-safety/nNViYf98nrtOXZ7bzVmTVK/story.html

MN: Foster parent recruitment and retention targeted by St. Louis County
Northland’s NewsCenter – November 04, 2015
Tuesday, the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners voted to approve funding that would recruit and retain more foster parents in the county, and gave even more than originally planned thanks to an amendment.
http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Approved-funds-t-340024902.html

MT: Panel gets earful about Child Protective Services
Great Falls Tribune – November 04, 2015
The comments to the Legislative Audit Committee come in the wake of an October audit that offered five recommendations that included improvements in oversight by management, better use of data and updating records-and case-management systems.
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2015/11/04/panel-gets-earful-child-protective-services/75190756/

NE: Management of juvenile justice hits impasse
Lincoln Journal Star – November 04, 2015
Negotiations between two branches of government on how to manage the state’s juvenile justice program reached an impasse this week, and senators are drafting a bill to move the program elsewhere.
http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/management-of-juvenile-justice-hits-impasse/article_4dbe63cc-1d33-5d74-8478-6e5a1a2f0404.html

NJ: Exit plan for child-welfare lawsuit in sight
Asbury Park Press – November 04, 2015
Sixteen years after it was sued and 10 years since federal oversight was installed, New Jersey’s revamped child-welfare agency might finally be free of court-ordered supervision as soon as 2017. Also: Judge approves N.J. child welfare reform plan that could end federal oversight: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/11/judges_approves_new_nj_child_welfare_reform_plan_w.html
http://www.app.com/story/news/politics/new-jersey/2015/11/04/nj-child-welfare-monitoring-exit/75162478/

NY: Local agency stresses need for more adoptive parents (Includes video)
WIVB – November 04, 2015
About 800 kids are in the foster care system in Erie County; 44 of them are overseen by Child and Family Services.
http://wivb.com/2015/11/04/local-agency-stresses-need-for-more-adoptive-parents/

OH: 5 Reasons to Consider Adopting an Older Child (Opinion)
Cincinnati Parent – November 04, 2015
The Dave Thomas Foundation for adoption reports that over 100,000 children in the United States foster care system are currently available for adoption. The average age for these children is 7 1/2 years old. Per the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, more than 3,200 waiting children live right here in Ohio. Many Ohio residents have also successfully adopted older children from other countries.
http://cincinnatiparent.com/5-reasons-to-consider-adopting-an-older-child/

OK: Foster care to benefit from public-private partnership
Norman Transcript – November 04, 2015
An innovative public-private partnership with nonprofit Youth Villages and the Sue Ann Arnall Family Foundation will help youth aging out of foster care, State Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger and Department of Human Services Director Ed Lake said Wednesday.
http://www.normantranscript.com/news/government/foster-care-to-benefit-from-public-private-partnership/article_f6a8f62a-3017-546f-b643-9f35f542702f.html

PA: Number of children in foster care drops in Union County
Daily Item – November 04, 2015
Union County children are spending less time in foster care and more time with family or adopted family as foster home placement dropped by nearly half compared to a five-year high.
http://www.dailyitem.com/news/number-of-children-in-foster-care-drops-in-union-county/article_5cb04a9a-837b-11e5-931e-37532f3c84e9.html

WV: Child neglect, abuse rise with drug addiction
Montgomery Herald – November 04, 2015
The prosecutor’s office has removed a record-breaking 135 children from homes in Fayette County this year, five more than last year. With two months left in 2015, Harrah expects that number to near 150.
http://www.montgomery-herald.com/news/child-neglect-abuse-rise-with-drug-addiction/article_aa2aa834-82a3-11e5-a145-af939119974c.html

US: Lawmakers seek to strengthen DoD child abuse reporting
Military Times – November 04, 2015
The military needs to do more to immediately report suspected cases of child abuse to civilian authorities, according to two lawmakers who introduced legislation in the House on Tuesday.
http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/crime/2015/11/04/lawmakers-seek-strengthen-dod-child-abuse-reporting/75163846/

US: Protecting the youngest victims of identity theft
Stateline – November 04, 2015
“An identity thief would much rather steal the identity of a child than an adult millionaire,” said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat. “They can take that identity and use it for years without anybody finding out.”
http://www.redding.com/news/wire-news/protecting-the-youngest-victims-of-identity-theft

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Colombia: High court rules for adoptions by same-sex couples
Associated Press – November 04, 2015
In a historic decision, Colombia’s constitutional court opened the door Wednesday for same-sex couples to legally adopt children in the conservative South American nation.
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ebde178e968840488ff18599afc7f618/colombia-high-court-rules-adoptions-same-sex-couples

Japan: Child Poverty SOS / Support vital for bonds between parents and children
Japan News – November 05, 2015
The hospital in question takes part in Anshin Haha to Ko no Sanfujinka Renraku-kyogikai (Obstetrician liaison council for mother and child to feel at ease), which was established in September 2013 to help facilitate the adoption of children whose parents are unable to raise them unaided due to reasons such as poverty.
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002532104

United Kingdom: More social workers brought in to improve children’s services department in the city
Leicester Mercury – November 04, 2015
Since March, the council has recruited 32 new social workers – taking the total to 83 – and says that it has “robustly monitored the allocation of cases to team managers”.
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/social-workers-brought-improve-children-s/story-28112021-detail/story.html

AL: Number of Foster Families at record high in Russell County (Includes video)
WRBL – November 02, 2015
In 2014, there were 22 Foster homes. In 2015, there are 31. Right now, there are 100 Foster Children in the county.
http://wrbl.com/2015/11/02/number-of-foster-families-at-record-high-in-russell-county/

CA: Education Matters: “Higher Ed for Foster Care Students” (Includes video)
Your Central Valley – November 02, 2015
An upcoming event aims to guide high school kids in Fresno County who’ve been in foster care onto a path that includes college. The focus is on career and vocational opportunities. Students will be visiting classrooms for: Auto Collision Repair Technology, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Theater, Graphic Communication, Construction, Horticulture and Health Sciences.
http://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/education-matters-higher-ed-for-foster-care-students

CO: Students Lead Vigil to Support Detained Immigrants (Includes audio)
Public News Service – November 03, 2015
DU student Adrian Nava helped organize a vigil and protest Monday at the for-profit GEO Immigration Detention Center in Aurora. He says it’s easy to forget about families when politicians are pushing hot-button issues on live television. “It’s important to remember that there are people, right now, all over the United States, who are in detention,” he says. “They are away from family, away from the safety and comfort of their homes, and are in these places where they’re treated horribly in horrible conditions.”
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-11-03/criminal-justice/students-lead-vigil-to-support-detained-immigrants/a48725-1

DE: CDC to release results of study on violence
Delaware Online – November 03, 2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health will announce the results of a study into the causes of gun violence in Wilmington on Tuesday. The organizations will make the results of the study public at a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday detailing the final report, “Elevated Rates of Urban Firearm Violence and Opportunities for Prevention — Wilmington, Delaware.”
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/crime/2015/11/02/cdc-release-results-study-violence/75049964/

GA: $8.2M grant will be used to improve lives of children, families in state child welfare system
University of Georgia – November 02, 2015
A team of UGA faculty members, led by a researcher in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has received an $8.2 million grant from the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to improve the lives of children and families in the child welfare system in Georgia.
http://columns.uga.edu/news/article/82m-grant-to-improve-children-families-in-state-child-welfare-system/

IL: State to launch public-private experiment to fund human services (Requires free registration)
Chicago Tribune – November 02, 2015
Illinois’ troubled child welfare system could soon become an investment opportunity for charities, banks and wealthy citizens under a public-private partnership experiment set to launch Tuesday. The project, first commissioned by former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and embraced by his Republican successor, Gov. Bruce Rauner, aims to remake the way the state delivers services to people in need.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-dcfs-private-investors-met-20151102-story.html#

IN: Homeless shelter for teens is planned
Goshen News – November 02, 2015
Bashor Children’s Home CEO and President Don Phillips announced Monday that the child welfare agency wants to provide a shelter for homeless teens as early as January. To meet that goal financial support from the community is being sought.
http://www.goshennews.com/news/local_news/homeless-shelter-for-teens-is-planned/article_4309392a-302e-5547-8f3a-55951937698e.html

LA: DCFS receives national honor for adoption work
WAFB – November 02, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Children and Families Services (DCFS) was awarded a national honor as part of a kickoff to National Adoption Month. DCFS is one of ten individuals or organizations honored at the 2015 Adoption Excellence Award ceremony by the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families
http://www.wafb.com/story/30415788/louisiana-dcfs-receives-national-honor-for-adoption-work

MO: Judge explains lack of foster care in Missouri (Video)
WB11 – KPLR TV – November 02, 2015
Judge Darrell Missey says often times a juvenile who appears before him will be placed with a foster family in another part of the state because of the lack of foster families closer to the child’s home. He is beginning a campaign to bring awareness to the problem by speaking at churches and civic groups.
http://kplr11.com/2015/11/02/judge-explains-lack-of-foster-care-in-missouri/

ND: Kara Shugren added to Catholic Charities staff
Isanti County News – October 31, 2015
Dianne Nechiporenko, Executive Director of Catholic Charities North Dakota, announced the hiring of Kara Shugren as the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter for the Adults Adopting Special Kids program in the Fargo office of the agency.
http://isanticountynews.com/2015/10/31/kara-shugren-added-to-catholic-charities-staff/

NE: Let’s let foster kids be kids (Opinion)
Grand Island Independent – November 03, 2015
Even in these good foster homes, the children have trouble living a normal life. Often, because of safety concerns, they aren’t allowed to hold a part-time job, take part in extracurricular activities, go to a sleepover at a friend’s house or even have their photo taken. In other words, the kids can’t take part in normal growing-up activities.
http://www.theindependent.com/opinion/editorial/let-s-let-foster-kids-be-kids/article_f4cab6b0-81bb-11e5-95a3-0ff58cd7a70a.html

NY: How the heroin epidemic could cost unwary parents custody of all their kids (Commentary)
Staten Island Advance – November 02, 2015
While the statistics regarding Staten Island’s heroin epidemic are not compiled in real time, people closest to its devastating consequences warn that it’s getting worse.
http://www.silive.com/opinion/danielleddy/index.ssf/2015/11/how_the_heroin_epidemic_could.html

OH: Mom’s use of marijuana tea leads to magistrate ordering removal of newborn, contrary to advice of county workers
Cleveland.com – November 02, 2015
Hollie Sanford’s decision to use a marijuana-based tea to lessen her labor pains had a devastating result she didn’t expect. A Juvenile Court magistrate ordered the healthy baby girl whisked away from Sanford more than two weeks ago, contrary to the advice of county workers who said it would be harmful to take the newborn from her parents.
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/11/newborn_taken_from_parents_aft.html

PA: Local Catholic Clerics To Be Fingerprinted For Child Protection Act
KDKA – November 02, 2015
Under the state’s new Child Protection Act, all clergy and diocesan employees who have any contact with children must undergo criminal background checks and have their fingerprints taken. Even unpaid volunteer teacher aids and catechism teachers, unless they’ve been a state resident for more than 10 years.
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/11/02/local-catholic-clerics-to-be-fingerprinted-for-child-protection-act/

TX: Number of CASA cases doubles every year
Weatherford Democrat – October 31, 2015
At the beginning of this year, the number of children in CPS custody was estimated to be around 500 by the end of 2015. Drug use was the biggest factor behind the growing numbers, said Lori Hicks, CASA recruiter and trainer.
http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/news/number-of-casa-cases-doubles-every-year/article_3e0059e6-7ff2-11e5-a573-1f2e79340f14.html

US: American Academy of Pediatrics: Treat corporal punishment as a risk factor
Frontline Medical News – November 02, 2015
The legal definition of what constitutes “reasonable” corporal punishment is contracting, making it more critical than ever to inquire about discipline, provide alternatives to corporal punishment, and address religious objections with culturally sensitive responses. In delivering this message, Victor I. Vieth, J.D., founder and senior director of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center in La Crosse, Wisc., stressed that spanking and other forms of corporal punishment are still widely practiced, and that the many parents who employ this form of discipline are open to considering alternatives that they can learn and believe in.
http://www.pm360online.com/aap-treat-corporal-punishment-as-a-risk-factor/

US: Financial focus: Thinking of adopting? Be prepared for expenses
The Spectrum – November 02, 2015
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. If you’re considering adoption, you know that it will change your life in many ways. And you’ll need to prepare for many of these changes — including the financial ones, because adoption can be expensive. Information Gateway Resource: Costs of Adopting: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/s-cost/
http://www.thespectrum.com/story/life/features/mesquite/2015/11/02/financial-focus-thinking-adopting-prepared-expenses/75038686/

US: How Homophobia Is Hurting Our Nation’s Foster Children (Opinion)
Huffington Post – November 02, 2015
At this very minute, there are an estimated 2 million LGBT adults who want to parent children, many of whom would love to do so through adoption. Research also shows that children growing up with LGBT parents fare as well as children raised by heterosexual parents. That means that in the LGBT population alone there may be more than enough ready and capable parents to provide families for our nation’s foster children.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dashanne-stokes/how-homophobia-is-devasta_b_8338004.html

US: HRC Honors National Adoption Month
Human Rights Campaign – November 02, 2015
Today, HRC is proud to celebrate the start of National Adoption Month. National Adoption Month is a nationwide effort to bring awareness to the more than 400,000 children and youth waiting for a permanent family and to recognize thousands of adoptive families around the country for their contribution to child welfare. This year, the celebration shines a light on older youth in foster care, many of whom are LGBTQ, who often struggle to find loving, permanent families. Older youth are deserving of safe and permanent homes and they never outgrow the need for family.
http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/hrc-honors-national-adoption-month

US: Medical foster parents in high demand
WEAR-TV – November 02, 2015
Merrie Schwartz has been a medical foster parent for 29 years. She left her job as a nurse to take care of children with medical needs. She says being a medical foster parent is a full time job. “You can’t work outside the home and do therapy three times a week and doctors appointments three times a week and do medical foster care. It’s just impossible,” said Schwartz.
http://www.weartv.com//news/features/top-stories/stories/medical-foster-parents-high-demand-61841.shtml#.VjirFituNps

US: National Adoption Awareness Month 2015 Facts: Foster Youth ‘Never Outgrow The Need For Family,’ Obama Administration Says
International Business Times – November 02, 2015
Each November, child welfare advocates and U.S. leaders celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month to pay tribute to adoptive families who make sacrifices and give homes to youth living in the nation’s foster care system. This year, a campaign was launched to highlight the life milestones many foster children miss out on and that many nuclear families take for granted.
http://www.ibtimes.com/national-adoption-awareness-month-2015-facts-foster-youth-never-outgrow-need-family-2165164

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Australia: Vacancies in Tasmanian child protection sector blames on ‘incredibly high’ case loads
ABC News Australia – November 1, 2015
Earlier this year, the Health and Human Services Department discovered notifications about 151 children and babies in north-west Tasmania had been ignored.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-01/tasmanian-child-protection-sector-in-crisis-union-says/6902008

Canada: BC child welfare system needs complete overhaul, says children’s advocate (Video)
Aboriginal People’s Television News – November 02, 2015
The British Columbia government has faced a lot of criticism on the way it handles Indigenous children in care.
http://aptn.ca/news/2015/11/02/bc-child-welfare-system-needs-complete-overhaul-says-childrens-advocate/

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AK: Adoptions of Native foster children by Native families becoming easier
KTUU – October 30, 2015
Efforts to keep Alaska Native foster children with their families or relatives are getting a boost from new rules governing Alaska’s application of a federal law called the Indian Child Welfare Act, according to child welfare advocates and attorneys. With a record 2,759 Alaska children currently in foster care according to the Office of Children’s Services, the issue is timely.
http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/adoptions-of-native-foster-children-by-native-families-becoming-easier/35966522

AL: FOX10 News Investigates PART 1: Saving Youth Foundation (Includes video)
Fox 10 TV – October 29, 2015
Three people charged with aggravated abuse at a residential youth facility in Mobile will go on trial in a few months. According to the Mobile County District Attorney’s office it’s the first time the owners of such a facility have been charged with felony child abuse in Mobile County.
http://www.fox10tv.com/story/30386115/fox10-news-investigates

CA: California Child Welfare Continuum Of Care Reform Begins January 2016
Open Minds – November 01, 2015
The reform initiative will eliminate lower level group homes and put restrictions on the use of out-of-state placements. It establishes a core practice model to govern all services, whether delivered by a county or licensed provider organization, to create consistency and continuity of care. It ensures that medically necessary mental health services will be made available to children and youth in foster care regardless of their placement setting.
https://www.openminds.com/market-intelligence/news/california-child-welfare-continuum-care-reform-begins-january-2016.htm/

CA: Downtown Modesto center prepares foster youth to live as adults
Modesto Bee – November 01, 2015
In May, Stanislaus County awarded a $329,700 contract to the human services agency Aspiranet to run the living skills center. In the past, foster youth attended personal development classes held at the Community Services Agency center on Hackett Road.
http://www.modbee.com/news/article42171750.html

CA: Debut of new EcoHouse in winter to provide new resources for foster, homeless children
Signal Tribune – October 31, 2015
The nonprofit organization will seek to provide that support in a new home of its own. Needy families will have access to new resources with the opening of Children Today’s EcoHouse in December.
http://www.signaltribunenewspaper.com/?p=29254

CA: Veteran Juvenile Court judge to lead new Office of Child Protection
Press-Telegram – October 30, 2015
Los Angeles County supervisors have tapped Michael Nash, the former presiding judge of Los Angeles County’s Juvenile Court, to lead the county’s recently formed Office of Child Protection.
http://www.presstelegram.com/social-affairs/20151030/veteran-juvenile-court-judge-to-lead-new-office-of-child-protection

FL: DCF has little oversight in Manatee County child abuse cases
Bradenton Herald – October 31, 2015
In four counties, including Manatee, a statute enacted in 1998 established a grant agreement giving the sheriff’s offices “all responsibility” for child protective investigations. Since then, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has had sole discretion over child abuse investigations, with little oversight from DCF.
http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/crime/article42079575.html

IA: What’s going on in Iowa for children?
News OK – October 30, 2015
Iowa is ahead of Oklahoma in every category except one. The largest disparity between the states seems to be in categories relating to economic well-being and poverty.
http://newsok.com/whats-going-on-in-iowa-for-children/article/5457343?custom_click=rss

MA: As You Were Saying…DCF must preserve families, too (Opinion)
Boston Herald – October 31, 2015
While stories in the media about the Department of Children and Families focus on the tragic deaths of children who were in DCF custody or who should have been, the overwhelming majority of cases are less sensational.
http://www.bostonherald.com/opinion/op_ed/2015/10/as_you_were_sayingdcf_must_preserve_families_too

MA: Foster-Care Agencies Expand Efforts to Help LGBTQ Youths
Associated Press – October 30, 2015
When she entered a foster-care group home in 2012, Delilah Ramos was, by her own description, a hard-drinking teen with a wild streak. And as a lesbian, she was unsure how her sexual orientation would be received. Today, three years later at age 19, Ramos could leave Marian Hall, her group home in Manhattan. But she wants to stay two more years. “I consider this building a safe place,” she said. “I’m really grateful, living here.”
http://www.edgeboston.com/news/national/news//187984/foster-care_agencies_expand_efforts_to_help_lgbtq_youths

MA: Work Of DCF Employee Involved With Bella Bond Case Being Examined (Includes audio)
WBUR – October 30, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker says the state will investigate previous work done by a child welfare agency employee who worked with the family of Bella Bond, the 2-year-old who was found dead on Deer Island in June.
http://www.wbur.org/2015/10/30/bella-bond-case-dcf-employee

MD: Older foster children left waiting for their ‘forever’ adoption home
Herald Mail Media – November 01, 2015
Each year, the Children’s Bureau, under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services, dedicates November as National Adoption Month. The theme this month calls attention to the population of older youth in the foster-care system and the challenges they face waiting for a permanent family.
http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/older-foster-children-left-waiting-for-their-forever-adoption-home/article_41da67f8-801c-11e5-bdf2-4710a1edf2c5.html

MO: Hundreds of EJC students have no place to call home
The Examiner – October 30, 2015
Clayton had been one of the hundreds of students in area school districts who are classified as homeless under several criteria. Now a junior at Fort Osage High School, she has been learning to adjust to normalcy and sometimes accompanies school social worker Deanna Rymer to raise awareness at local organizations.
http://www.examiner.net/article/20151030/NEWS/151039985/1994/NEWS?rssfeed=true

MT: Audit highlights shortcomings in Montana Child & Family Services (Includes video)
KTVQ – October 30, 2015
A group of parents and grandparents of kids in the state’s child protective system have blasted the state for what they call inappropriate placements of kids, leading in some cases to danger, exposure to potential abuse and even, in one case, a child’s death.
http://www.ktvq.com/story/30394445/audit-highlights-shortcomings-in-montana-child-family-services

PA: For fourth year, Diakon receives five year contract to manage Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network (Press release)
Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries – October 30, 2015
Diakon and Family Design Resources have partnered to serve as the SWAN prime contractor for the Commonwealth since 2000. During that time, 27,706 children have been adopted from the child welfare system. SWAN is a public-private partnership devoted to achieving permanency for children in foster care. SWAN involves state, county and private agencies coordinating the delivery of permanency services to children in Pennsylvania who are in the custody of county children and youth agencies and post-permanency supportive services to families.
http://www.berksmontnews.com/general-news/20151030/for-fourth-year-diakon-receives-five-year-contract-to-manage-statewide-adoption-permanency-network

SC: We Have No Idea If Cops in Schools Make Kids Safer. But We Keep Adding Them (Opinion)
Slate – October 30, 2015
Thanks to the shocking video footage of the incident at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, America has spent the first half of this week having a discussion about the role of law enforcement in public schools. Across the country, taxpayers spend millions placing police officers to schools, often to solve problems we have no evidence they actually solve. And however you feel about what police officers should do in schools, we didn’t put them there to do what one did in Columbia.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/schooled/2015/10/30/spring_valley_high_school_video_we_have_no_clue_if_cops_in_schools_make.html

TN: Another Target Audience For Tennessee Promise: Foster Kids (Includes audio)
Nashville Public Radio – November 02, 2015
More than 54,000 high school seniors have signed up for free community college so far, with applications closing Monday at midnight. In Tennessee Promise’s second year, one state agency hopes the popularity of the program will rub off on foster kids, a segment of the population that often struggles with continuing their education.
http://nashvillepublicradio.org/post/another-target-audience-tennessee-promise-foster-kids#stream/0

TX: High Sky’s new building provides more resources for clients and staff
Midland Reporter-Texas – October 30, 2015
High Sky Children’s Ranch, a foster care program serving primarily Midland and Odessa, but also surrounding areas, held a grand opening ceremony for their new administration building on Tuesday with motivational speaker Derek Clark who was a former foster youth.x
http://www.mrt.com/life/philanthropy/article_c8ced4b0-7f4a-11e5-a169-9383904ed25f.html

TX: The Bair Foundation of Texas, a Christian child and family ministry, announces new state leadership
Pampa News – October 30, 2015
The Bair Foundation is pleased to announce the promotion of Glenna Bilberry, LCPAA, to Bair State Director. She has been with Bair for eight years, serving as social service worker, Intake Director, and Director of Social Services. A graduate of the College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, Glenna resides in Lubbock. She has extensive experience with children and youth, as well as supervising staff. Glenna will oversee Bair’s seven offices.
http://www.thepampanews.com/community/article_7c01b15e-7f3e-11e5-9148-5be41b828ea2.html

WV: ‘Safe at Home’ changes foster home certification
Bluefield Daily Telegraph – November 02, 2015
“Due to the volume of both, as well as an increased focus on kinship/relative care providers, the Department has determined that it does not have the number of staff required to adequately handle foster care inquiries without additional positions being granted,” according to the Aug. 13, memo. “Therefore, the Department has decided that potential foster care providers will be referred to private foster care agencies for certification.”
http://www.bdtonline.com/news/safe-at-home-changes-foster-home-certification/article_633f1bcc-8117-11e5-a724-53179cee1a6f.html

US: Protecting the Youngest Victims of Identity Theft
Styrk – October 30, 2015
“An identity thief would much rather steal the identity of a child than an adult millionaire,” said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat. “They can take that identity and use it for years without anybody finding out.”
http://www.styrk.com/posts/protecting-the-youngest-victims-of-identity-theft

US: The Cost of Aging Out of the Foster Care System
Council of State Governments – October 30, 2015
According to the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, 26,000 kids age out of the foster care system each year — and it comes with a big cost. Kids who leave foster care without a permanent family are less likely to graduate from high school or college, more likely to end up homeless and young women are more likely to become pregnant before age 21. Also: Child Welfare Information Gateway Resource: Extending Out-of-Home Care for Youth Past Age 18: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/independent/outofhomecare/
http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/content/cost-aging-out-foster-care-system

US: What are therapeutic schools, and how are they benefitting low-income students?
Education Drive – October 30, 2015
In the report “Understanding the impact of trauma and urban poverty on family systems: Risks, resilience and interventions,” the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) found that urban kids “often encounter multiple traumas over many years,” while having fewer overall resources available to help them process and recover from those experiences. Report: http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/understanding_the_impact_of_trauma.pdf
http://www.educationdive.com/news/what-are-therapeutic-schools-and-how-are-they-benefitting-low-income-stude/408267/

US: The other side of incarceration: What happens to children left behind?
Christian Science Monitor – October 27, 2015
1 in 14 children has a parent who has been in prison, research finds.
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2015/1027/The-other-side-of-incarceration-What-happens-to-children-left-behind

US: Why Has Iowa Stuck with the Fashion of “Reuniting the Family,” No Matter Who the Parents Are? (Opinion)
The Patch – October 09, 2015
The fashion of “reuniting the family” denies the possibility that some families shouldn’t be reunited because the child could end up dead or irreparably damaged. Iowa’s fashion of “reuniting the family” is foolish and depends on a Pollyanna vision of parenting as a noble enterprise unlikely to go awry.
http://patch.com/iowa/iowacity/why-has-iowa-stuck-fashion-reuniting-family-no-matter-who-parents-are

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Fiji: New Guideline to Strengthen Child Protection efforts
The Fijian Government – October 31, 2015
‘The Ministry works together with the relevant agencies through NCCC and as such interagency committees have also been established at district and divisional levels. An integrated approach has brought all the line ministries and services providers under one platform, where issues concerning children are addressed at national level.”
http://www.fiji.gov.fj/Media-Center/Press-Releases/NEW-GUIDELINE-TO-STRENGTHEN-CHILD-PROTECTION-EFFOR.aspx?feed=news

India: Training on ‘Counseling Children’ conducted
Morung Express – October 30, 2015
In the way forward, the importance of such training was acknowledged by all who work with children and need for more of such trainings for parents were expressed. Besides, more similar trainings for child care givers of homes, school teachers, and church leaders and workers particularly the child department of the church to be given maximum focus as children are very important part of the church. Parental counseling was also re-affirmed as very crucial while counseling children from dysfunctional homes.
http://morungexpress.com/training-on-counseling-children-conducted/

United Kingdom: David Cameron bids to speed up adoption process
Education Views – November 02, 2015
David Cameron wants to increase the number of children who move in with adoptive families before legal work is completed.
http://www.educationviews.org/david-cameron-bids-speed-adoption-process/

United Kingdom: New study finds that everyday activities empower young people in care
Health Medicine Network – October 31, 2015
Simply going shopping, playing in the park or reading are the kind of everyday activities that give young people in care a better sense of value and well-being. That’s the finding of a new study published today (30 October) from the University of Leicester into the participation experiences of young people growing up in care.
http://healthmedicinet.com/i/new-study-finds-that-everyday-activities-empower-young-people-in-care/

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.
http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/arkansass-child-welfare-system-discriminates-against-relatives-of-of-neglectful-or-abusive-parents/Content?oid=4144320

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.
http://ktar.com/story/725809/report-arizona-families-abuse-marijuana-more-than-any-other-substance/

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.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-nash-appointment-20151029-story.html

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.
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Near-Death-of-Foster-Child-Sheds-Light-on-Flawed-System–338088052.html

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.
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/new-project-aims-to-help-protect-kids-from-domesti/nn8Rz/

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.
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2015/10/29/family-aclu-sue-dcs-over-adoption-subsidies/74792220/

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.
http://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article41730684.html

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.
http://www.kentucky.com/2015/10/28/4110044_appeals-court-hears-states-plea.html?rh=1

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
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/10/29/governor-will-review-worker-involved-bella-bond/aa8vSvlJol47y7iwFmuOfI/story.html

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.
http://www.cruxnow.com/faith/2015/10/28/a-heroic-whistleblower-in-the-long-sad-mess-of-clergy-sexual-abuse/

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
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/30/us/states-struggle-with-what-to-do-with-sex-offenders-after-prison.html?_r=0

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.
http://m.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Audit-Family-services-needs-more-supervision-6596900.php

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.
http://www.kcbd.com/story/30375578/new-mexico-agency-calls-for-shift-in-services-for-children

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.
http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5960-hearing-will-examine-pay-for-workers-serving-citys-most-vulnerable

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.
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/10/8580965/city-foster-care-leader-takes-over-amid-problems-politics-inflecte

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
http://wspa.com/2015/10/29/training-center-to-spot-child-abuse-opens/

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.
http://legacynewspaper.com/news/2015/oct/28/why-victims-domestic-and-sexual-violence-dont-call/

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.
http://vtdigger.org/2015/10/28/dcf-offering-programs-for-professionals-working-with-youth/

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.
http://www.register-herald.com/news/child-abuse-and-neglect-cases-rise-with-drug-addiction/article_a711f0aa-e92c-5742-bd58-361e182a65cd.html

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.”
http://www.register-herald.com/news/child-abuse-and-neglect-cases-rise-with-drug-addiction/article_a711f0aa-e92c-5742-bd58-361e182a65cd.html

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.
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151028/GZ01/151029485

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.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dashanne-stokes/ten-questions-answered-ab_b_8099064.html

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.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-john-degarmo/church-foster-care_b_8407182.html

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.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/felicia-curcuru/what-one-woman-wishes-she_b_8401672.html

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.
http://www.city-journal.org/2015/eon1028oc.html

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.
https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2015/10/29/forget-justin-harris-we-need-to-regulate-rehoming-adopted-children/

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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.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/province-to-make-it-easier-for-adopted-children-and-parents-to-find-each-other-1.3293553

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.
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/child-abuse-victims-must-wait-18-months-for-support-group-says-1.2407494

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.
http://myinforms.com/en-gb/a/18277767-former-newcastle-dental-surgeon-reveals-methods-of-identifying-child-abuse-victims/

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.
http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2015/10/28/martin-narey-lead-review-residential-care-children/

 

AZ: As more pregnant women use heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs, more babies suffer the consequences
Cronkite News – October 28, 2015
The number of women nationwide who reported using heroin jumped from 83,000 in 2013 to 109,000 in 2014–with 4,000 to 5,000 of them admitting to using while pregnant, according to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2015/10/28/as-more-pregnant-women-use-heroin-methamphetamine-and-other-drugs-more-babies-suffer-the-consequences/

CA: Foster care app designed for easy access to health records (Includes video)
KABC-TV – October 28, 2015
The Ventura County Human Services Agency launched Foster Health Link to give foster parents instant access to medical records like immunizations, allergies, medical conditions and much more.
http://abc7.com/family/foster-care-app-designed-for-easy-access-to-health-records/1055932/

CA: Judge Michael Nash is L.A.’s Top Pick for Child Protection Czar
Chronicle of Social Change – October 28, 2015
Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors posted its agenda for next week, which includes a letter recommending the appointment of Judge Michael Nash as director of the county’s experimental Office of Child Protection.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/featured/former-judge-michael-nash-named-l-s-new-child-protection-czar/14078

CA: Failure to Protect: Should victims of domestic violence face child abuse charges?
California Health Report – October 27, 2015
Under California state law, children can become dependents of the court if there is substantial risk that they will suffer physical, sexual or emotional abuse. This section of the welfare and institutions code also provides jurisdiction over parents who failed or were unable to “adequately supervise or protect the child” from the risk of such harm. Suspected child neglect is often the underlying cause warranting a charge of “failure to protect.” But in cases involving domestic violence, the application of these guidelines becomes far murkier.
http://www.calhealthreport.org/2015/10/27/failure-to-protect-should-victims-of-domestic-violence-face-child-abuse-charges/

FL: Newly released records shows years of suspected abuse in Thomas household (Opinion)
WWSB – October 28, 2015
The Confidential Investigative Summery highlighted seven different case files of potential abuse, and it has many questioning why DCF didn’t permanently remove all the children a long time ago? ABC 7 reached out to Doug Staley, the CEO of Child Protection Center, who says removing a child isn’t cut and dry.
http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/local/newly-released-records-shows-years-of-suspected-abuse-in-thomas/article_112cee0c-7dbd-11e5-a4ac-278f1aa1109a.html

GA: Foster care, domestic violence center to open in Gainesville; Facility to offer safe place for visitation
Gainesville Times – October 28, 2015
Hall County children in the foster care system will soon have a safe space for family visitation with the opening of a family life center on Prior Street.
http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/113084/

IA: KidsNet celebrates National Adoption Month this November; support and resources available in Buena Vista County
Pilot-Tribune – October 28, 2015
KidsNet is proud to join 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.
http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/story/2244491.html

MA: Report finds failures in Bella Bond child abuse case
CNN – October 28, 2015
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families failed to properly investigate child abuse claims in Bella Bond’s case, whose remains were discovered earlier this year, according to a new report released Wednesday by the state Office of the Child Advocate.
http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/28/us/bella-bond-massachusetts-child-abuse-case/

MA: State considers paid family and medical leave
Wicked Local – October 28, 2015
Rep. Ken Gordon, D-Bedford, testified on behalf of a bill he filed earlier this year calling for the right of Massachusetts workers to paid family and medical leave. The bill will reimburse some income for employees in cases of the birth or adoption of a child, or extended hospitalization of a child, parent, grandparent or themselves. A crowd of over 100 supporters included parents of small children, expecting women and men who sought more time to care for a family member or bond with a child.
http://bedford.wickedlocal.com/article/20151028/NEWS/151025469

MI: How Michigan foster youths are transitioning to adulthood successfully
Upper Peninsula Second Wave – October 28, 2015
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette County has launched Transitions MQT, a new program matching youth in foster care with caring adult mentors who act as guides to help them succeed after aging out of the foster care system. Information Gateway Resource: Transition to Adulthood and Independent Living: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/independent/
http://up.secondwavemedia.com/features/fosteryouths102815.aspx

MO: Agencies band together to reduce child abuse
St. Joseph News-Press – October 29, 2015
Law enforcement, community leaders, social service agencies and other organizations joined together Tuesday and Wednesday at the Remington Nature Center to take part in a children’s advocacy task force. The workshop prompted discussions of the ongoing problems of child abuse locally, as well as prevention measures for the seemingly growing problem.
http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/article_33853045-2ab5-51a0-a28c-24e08f7f97f9.html

MS: Gov. Phil Bryant to seek $37M for foster care reform
The Clarion Ledger – October 29, 2015
A status conference is scheduled next month in federal court on the state’s progress to reform its foster care system.
http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/10/28/gov-seek-37-million-foster-care-case/74735348/

NC: November is Adoption Awareness Month; children in Randolph need homes, too
The Courier-Tribune – October 29, 2015
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. The Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, launches activities every November to help build awareness for the need of adoption throughout the nation. To promote Adoption Awareness Month, Randolph County DSS will have recruitment and informational displays at the Asheboro, Randleman and Ramseur Libraries during the month of November.
http://courier-tribune.com/news/local/november-adoption-awareness-month-children-randolph-need-homes-too

NH: AG recommends greater access to DCYF records after child’s death (Includes video)
WMUR – October 28, 2015
A committee exploring ways to better protect New Hampshire’s most vulnerable children heard ideas from the attorney general Wednesday morning. The group is expected to propose legislation that will make it easier and more efficient for agencies such as the Division for Children, Youth and Families and police to work together.
http://www.wmur.com/news/ag-recommends-greater-access-to-dcyf-records-after-childs-death/36101738

NY: Children Of Promise, NYC Aims To Restore Relationships Between Children And Their Incarcerated Parents
VIBE – October 28, 2015
The backstory surrounding these homecomings isn’t as tidy as when a father comes home from a tour of duty, or when a mother returns from a long business trip, and while Children Of Promise, NYC helps to bridge the communication between the child and their incarcerated parent, founder and CEO Sharon Content understands there are some who believe these parents unfortunately made a bad choice. But family is family, no matter how ugly things may sometimes get.
http://www.vibe.com/2015/10/children-of-promise-nyc/

OK: Prosecution shows need to reform Oklahoma adoption process (Opinion)
NewsOK – October 28, 2015
Attorney Robert Golden Boren is charged with creating a fake company in order to mask his efforts to charge prospective adoptive parents expenses that exceeded the actual living costs of birth mothers. Boren also is accused of overcharging adoptive parents for so-called social services. Prosecutors say those practices allowed Boren to extract more than $110,000 in illegal profit from prospective adoptive couples between 2009 and 2013.
http://newsok.com/article/5456375

SC: Life is even harder now for the South Carolina teen assaulted by ex-Deputy Ben Fields–she’s in foster care (Includes video)
New York Daily News – October 29, 2015
In an interview with the Daily News, Todd Rutherford, the respected Columbia, S.C., attorney representing the assault victim of the recently terminated Deputy Ben Fields, revealed that his client, in addition to suffering injuries on her face, neck, and arm, is living in foster care.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-s-teen-assaulted-deputy-orphan-article-1.2414901

SC: USC Upstate Child Protection Training Center Holds First Training “From Crime Scene To Trial”
USC Upstate – October 28, 2015
Spartanburg County reported 479 founded investigations for child abuse and neglect in 2014, up from 419 in 2013, according to an Annie E. Casey Foundation annual report on child well-being, and South Carolina ranked 45 out of 50 states for overall child well-being in 2014. University of South Carolina Upstate aims to lower those statistics with its establishment of the USC Upstate Child Protection Training Center, which consists of a Mock House and a Mock Courtroom that will address the critical need for simulated training in investigations and child safety.
http://news.uscupstate.edu/2015/10/usc-upstate-child-protection-training-center-holds-first-training-from-crime-scene-to-trial/

TN: New Online Trend for Parents Looking to Adopt
WTVF – October 28, 2015
A Nashville Family has turned to GoFundMe to raise money for their adoption.
http://www.newschannel5.com/news/local-news/new-online-trend-for-parents-looking-to-adopt

VA: Male Involvement Week provides positive influence for preschoolers
Culpeper Star Exponent – October 28, 2015
Policemen, firemen, athletes and other local men turned out to help provide positive male role models for youngsters at the Culpeper Head Start program during Male Involvement Week.
http://www.dailyprogress.com/starexponent/male-involvement-week-provides-positive-influence-for-preschoolers/article_1bc91f8c-7dce-11e5-925b-6b2e8c59a982.html

VA: Youth entering foster care in Virginia Beach will see doctors sooner
The Virginian-Pilot – October 28, 2015
The city’s Human Services Department has established a new program to ensure children entering foster care are receiving adequate medical and mental health care.
http://hamptonroads.com/2015/10/youth-entering-foster-care-virginia-beach-will-see-doctors-sooner

WA: Best Starts For Kids will make our communities safer, stronger (Opinion)
Bellevue Reporter – October 29, 2015
One of these proven programs is the Nurse-Family Partnership, a voluntary, high-quality home visiting program that has been proven to prevent child abuse and neglect and help kids get off to a strong start in life.
http://www.bellevuereporter.com/opinion/338101321.html

US: Probing into US troops’ response over child abuse
The Nation – October 29, 2015
The Pentagon has announced that it is launching an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse in Afghanistan, including what US troops did in response to any incidents.
http://nation.com.pk/international/29-Oct-2015/probing-into-us-troops-response-over-child-abuse

US: Presidential Proclamation — National Adoption Month, 2015 (Press release)
The White House – October 28, 2015
During National Adoption Month, we recognize the selflessness of adoptive families, and we thank them for opening their hearts and their doors to young people in need of a safe, stable place to call home. Information Gateway Resource: National Adoption Month 2015: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/nam/
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/28/presidential-proclamation-national-adoption-month-2015

US: Real Experts Say Keep Group Homes Open (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – October 28, 2015
On the federal level Senator Orrin Hatch, has announced his attention to work with other Senators to develop legislation reducing reliance on group homes for youth in foster care.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/blogger-co-op/real-experts-say-keep-group-homes-open/13919

INTERNATIONAL

Australia: Victorian same sex adoption law gets it wrong (Opinion)
The National Forum – October 29, 2015
The Bill removes protections under anti-discrimination laws to exempt faith-based adoption agencies from having to facilitate same sex adoptions. In its attempt to address the concerns of one minority group the proposed amendment provides the means to ride roughshod over the rights and freedoms of people who may have no personal need of the same-sex adoption law, but will be unable to avoid its effects.
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=17786

Australia: Survivor, Father Rod Bower speak out for ‘silent victims’ of institutional child abuse
Daily Telegraph – October 28, 2015
“This is unprecedented and the first memorial service in the world to recognise the victims who did not survive their abuse,” Mr Angus said.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/survivor-father-rod-bower-speak-out-for-silent-victims-of-institutional-child-abuse/story-fngr8h0p-1227586567886

Canada: Judge won’t block B.C. government review of child protection case
The Province – October 29, 2015
A judge has declined to block a B.C. government review of a child protection case in which the authorities were criticized for allowing an abusive father access to his children.
http://www.theprovince.com/news/judge+block+government+review+child+protection+case/11475191/story.html

Canada: Adoption Awareness Month to shed light on BC’s waiting kids
CJDC – October 28, 2015
A local representative from the Adoptive Family Association of BC was joined by residents to ask Fort St. John City Council for a proclamation in November. The organization is the main support network for British Columbians who are looking to learn more about the topic.
http://www.cjdccountry.com/News/Story.aspx?ID=2187878

Canada: Windsor police go purple for child abuse prevention month (Includes video)
The Windsor Star – October 28, 2015
The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society are teaming up with organizations to promote Child Abuse Prevention Month.
http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/windsor-police-go-purple-for-child-abuse-prevention-month

China: Country lifts one-child policy amid worries over graying population
The Washington Post – October 29, 2015
China said it would abandon its controversial “one-child policy” on Thursday and allow all couples to have two children, pulling back from the biggest experiment in modern population control in a sign of growing economic pressures from a rapidly aging population.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-lifts-one-child-policy-amid-worries-of-graying-population/2015/10/29/207fc0e6-7e2b-11e5-beba-927fd8634498_story.html

Congo: Congolese ban on overseas adoptions fuels smuggling of children
Thomson Reuters Foundation – October 28, 2015
A crackdown on international adoptions by the Democratic Republic of Congo has spurred a black market in child smuggling, with Americans paying to get dozens of infants out across its jungle borders, the Thomson Reuters Foundation has found.
http://www.trust.org/item/20151028144351-cd2sc/?source=dpagehead

Ghana: In Ghana, Salesian Missionaries Develop Child Protection Center to Aid Victims of Child Trafficking (Press Release)
PRWeb – October 29, 2015
Salesian Missions announced that its missionaries in Blessed Artemide Zatti province in Ashaiman, a large town in the Greater Accra region of south Ghana, have developed the Don Bosco Child Protection Center to provide services to victims of child trafficking. The center is part of a collaboration between missionaries, the local police department and Ghana’s Ministry for Social Welfare.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/10/prweb13050803.htm

India: Child Welfare Officers Rescue At Least Two Kids Each Day
The New Indian Express – October 29, 2015
The Railways is the favoured mode of transport for trafficking children. However, railway officials at Chennai Central are astonished that at least two children are being rescued by child welfare officers at the station every day for the past three months when the service was initiated.
http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Child-Welfare-Officers-Rescue-At-Least-Two-Kids-Each-Day/2015/10/29/article3102011.ece

 

 

 

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