May 2016 Sad Stories

May 28, 2016 in Adoption, CASA, Child Death, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

This page is a compilation of child protection/child abuse news from around the nation (with some international reporting) for the month of May.

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AK: House bill streamlines children in state custody (Includes audio)
KNBA – May 26, 2016
The bill sprang from a lawsuit involving a grandmother in the southwest Alaska village of Tununuk who testified in court that she wanted to adopt her granddaughter with the understanding her testimony would give her standing under the Indian Child Welfare Act. ICWA gives preference to the relatives, family, or tribe of Native children in custody and adoption cases. Also: Adoption bill gets hearing in Senate: http://juneauempire.com/state/2016-05-25/adoption-bill-gets-hearing-senate
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/05/26/house-bill-streamlines-children-in-state-custody/

CA: Bill to keep kids in school wins Assembly approval
Signal Tribune – May 26, 2016
Legislation by 70th District Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) to ensure students attend and stay in school passed the Assembly Monday. AB 2815 promotes a culture of attendance by giving district attendance supervisors new ways to address the root causes of chronic absenteeism, according to O’Donnell’s office. The bill now moves on to the Senate.
http://www.signaltribunenewspaper.com/?p=30994

CA: Our incompetent foster system (Opinion)
Bakersfield.com – May 25, 2016
Lois Henry is right on with the Social Services trailer bill (“Agency would rather protect its rear than care for kids,” May 22). The people dealing with children in foster homes need to be held accountable for the actions they take in protecting the children.
http://www.bakersfield.com/News/Opinion/2016/05/25/Our-incompetent-foster-system.html

DC: Combating sex trafficking of children (Includes video)
WUSA9 – May 25, 2016
Two thousand children go missing every day in this country. For many, danger can await them. DC is one of the top cities where young girls and boys get trafficked and sold for sex in our country. Debra Alfarone has an inside look at one woman’s pledge to help sex trafficking victims blossom into strong survivors.
http://www.wusa9.com/news/combating-sex-trafficking-of-children/214771120

FL: Civil rights group condemns gay conversion therapy
Orlando Sentinel – May 26, 2016
A leading civil-rights group issued a scathing report Wednesday on gay-to-straight “conversion therapy” and called for Congress to make the practice an act of criminal fraud. Report: Quacks: https://www.splcenter.org/20160525/quacks-conversion-therapists-anti-lgbt-right-and-demonization-homosexuality
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-report-condemns-gay-conversion-therapy-20160525-story.html

LA: Deeper cuts to TOPS, hospitals back on the table for Louisiana budget
The Times-Picayune – May 26, 2016
If not enough money is raised in a special session, Edwards has indicated his top priority will be covering the costs of the 10 safety-net hospitals for the poor and uninsured. Then, he would spread the rest of the funding evenly around to other areas–such as TOPS, sheriffs, prisons and child welfare services.
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/05/louisiana_budget_more_cuts.html

LA: Times’ series spurs participation in effort to combat trafficking
The Shreveport Times – May 26, 2016
The coalition set a date to evaluate the effectiveness of the Community Response Team, a group of currently more than 30 community stakeholders who meet weekly to discuss specific cases of sex trafficking in Caddo-Bossier. Information Gateway resource: Child Welfare and Human Trafficking: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/issue-briefs/trafficking/
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/watchdog/trafficking/2016/05/26/times-series-spurs-participation-effort-combat-trafficking/84969056/

LA: DCFS commends Baton Rouge mom who handed over baby under safe haven law
Lousiana Radio Network – May 25, 2016
The state Department of Children and Family Services says a Baton Rouge mother took the appropriate steps when she left her newborn baby at a fire station, instead of abandoning the child. Assistant Secretary of Child Welfare Program Rhenda Hodnett says the child was placed in the arms of a fireman and then transported to Woman’s Hospital for a checkup. She says the mother will face no charges.
http://www.louisianaradionetwork.com/blogs/dcfs_commends_br_mom_handed_baby_safe_haven#.V0cVV6T2aC8

MI: Quality Service Review discussed at DHHS meeting
Three Rivers News – May 26, 2016
Crystal Hughes, Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI) Coordinator and Fostering Success Level I Coach for Cass & St. Joseph County DHHS, explained at the meeting how the process works and how it is going. In other board discussion, Kelly Hostetler, Executive Director of St. Joseph County United Way, said that the county United Way office will be handling phone calls that previously would have been made to 211, a number anyone can call for assistance pertaining to financial, health, domestic or disaster-related issues.
http://threeriversnews.com/articles/2016/05/26/news/local_news/doc57470a81d4df3665260567.txt

NC: DSS finds replacements for sudden leadership departures
Gaston Gazette – May 26, 2016
Gaston County’s social services agency has found two temporary replacements for two top lieutenants who left the department last week without working a notice. Both Angela Karchmer and Melanie Lowrance have worked for the county for more than 20 years.
http://www.gastongazette.com/news/20160526/dss-finds-replacements-for-sudden-leadership-departures?rssfeed=true

OH: Foster care age extension heads to governor’s desk
WHIO – May 25, 2016
A bill that creates a new program to serve youth who age out of foster care, and those adopted after age 16, through their 21st birthdays is on its way to the governor’s desk. Also: Foster care bill to help kids who ‘age out’ of system: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2016/05/27/columbus-ohio-foster-care-bill-to-help-kids-who-age-out-of-system.html
http://www.whio.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/ohio-senate-to-vote-on-foster-care-changes-today/nrS6P/

OH: Ohio officials grapple with Planned Parenthood restrictions
Associated Press – May 25, 2016
Cuyahoga County’s health department contracts with Planned Parenthood to train staff that works with at-risk youth in the foster care system as part of an effort to prevent teen pregnancy. The county department plans to absorb those responsibilities as a result of the law, with minimal impact, said Terry Allan, health commissioner for Cuyahoga County.
http://www.akronlegalnews.com/editorial/15394

OR: Rape Survivors Testify Against Required Reporting
Eugene Weekly – May 26, 2016
Under Oregon law, workers in “certain professions” are mandatory reporters of child abuse, and according to the UO, “Oregon law requires that all university employees with credible evidence that any form of prohibited discrimination by or against students, faculty or staff is occurring have a duty to report that information.”
http://eugeneweekly.com/20160526/news-features/rape-survivors-testify-against-required-reporting

TX: East Texas CPS workers say more foster parents will help their resources (Includes video)
KLTV – May 26, 2016
“That’s the biggest thing with foster kids is that they get to a certain point in their lives and they hit a rough spot and they don’t know what to do and that just destroys them. That’s why sending, putting them into homes with people who raise other kids, that’s the biggest thing,” says Wilkerson.
http://www.kltv.com/story/32078107/east-texas-cps-workers-say-more-foster-parents-will-help-their-resources

TX: Up to lawmakers to fix system (Opinion)
Corpus Christi Caller Times – May 26, 2016
It has been demonstrated repeatedly that on tough policy questions like mental health, foster care, prison reforms, fair redistricting–and certainly, adequately funding schools–the Texas Legislature often needs a court cattle prod to get it to act.
http://www.caller.com/opinion/forums/up-to-lawmakers-to-fix-system-339cf2af-e8ac-4b2d-e053-0100007f6802-380874841.html

UT: Utah program needs more loving foster families (Includes video)
KUTV – May 27, 2016
The biggest need is for families who are willing and able to take in groups of siblings. Most foster children have been removed from homes where there has been domestic violence and or substance abuse. The children are often abused themselves so the state tries really hard to keep them together.
http://kutv.com/news/local/utah-program-needs-more-loving-foster-families

VA: State faces difficult child sex abuse crisis (Includes video)
Delmarva Now – May 25, 2016
Children in Virginia are being sexually abused at a rate that would alarm the public–if the breadth of the problem were truly understood, say the people who shape and enforce policy in this state.
http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/virginia/2016/05/25/virginia-faces-difficult-child-sex-abuse-crisis/84590356/

WI: At the limits of love
Isthmus – June 26, 2016
Wisconsin’s new laws aim to support adoptive parents, children.
http://isthmus.com/news/news/new-adoption-laws-in-wisconsin/

US: FACT SHEET: First Ever White House Foster Care & Technology Hackathon (Press release)
The White House – May 26, 2016
Today, as a step to improve the lives of youth and families in the foster care system, to prevent more young people from entering the system, and to create better outcomes for those who age out, the White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Think of Us are hosting the first ever White House foster care and technology hackathon. This two-day long event during National Foster Care Month brings together child welfare leaders, non-profit organizations, philanthropies, attorneys and foster care families and alumni, as well as engineers, technologists and other leaders from the technology sector. At the convening, we will discuss ways to improve our foster care system through the use of technology and highlight best practices. Additionally, those involved with child welfare will have the opportunity to team up with technology experts to “hack” challenges in child welfare and explore 21st century solutions. Also: Friday, May 27, is the second day of the White House Foster Care & Technology Hack-a-thon! The two-day event and features speakers and presenters, including the ACYF Commissioner, Rafael Lopez. Sessions continue to be streamed live starting at 1:30ET on May 27, at http://whitehouse.gov/live.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/26/fact-sheet-first-ever-white-house-foster-care-technology-hackathon

US: Federal Judge Sets Hearing To Resolve ICWA Lawsuit; One Issue Still Pending (Audio)
SDPB Radio – May 26, 2016
A federal judge has set a hearing date to reach a resolution in a lawsuit alleging violations of the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA. Judge Jeffrey Viken ruled more than a year ago that practices in Pennington County violate statutes and the U.S. Constitution. But he told parties at a status hearing on May 26 that recent transcripts show those practices have not changed. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks has followed this case since it was filed more than three years ago.
http://listen.sdpb.org/post/federal-judge-sets-hearing-resolve-icwa-lawsuit-one-issue-still-pending#stream/0

US: New regs for Friday: Child welfare, transportation, emissions
The Hill – May 26, 2016
The comprehensive child welfare information system (CCWIS) rule will replace previous regulations with a focus on using automated case management data about these children. New Regulations: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-12509.pdf
http://thehill.com/regulation/281348-new-regs-for-friday-child-welfare-transportation-emissions

US: Parental Alienation and the Bystander Effect (Opinion)
Psychology Today – May 26, 2016
The bystander effect is an attitude of indifference and apathy, a simple refusal to get involved or offer assistance to another in need. Most alienated parents are thus justifiably afraid of disclosing the alienation, trauma and abuse suffered by their children and themselves. They are repeatedly subjected to the bystander effect, particularly by professional helpers.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/co-parenting-after-divorce/201605/parental-alienation-and-the-bystander-effect

US: Preventing Child Abuse Fatalities: Support the Life-Saving Work of Child Protective Services (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – May 26, 2016
According to the 2016 report by the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, many babies die from abuse or neglect without ever being reported to Child Protective Services (CPS). Report: https://eliminatechildabusefatalities.sites.usa.gov/files/2016/03/CECANF-final-report.pdf If CPS doesn’t know about them, caseworkers cannot protect them.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-l-pulido-phd/preventing-child-abuse-fa_b_10119000.html

US: Why access to public bathrooms matters (Opinion)
Pediatric News – May 26, 2016
Recently there have been bills introduced in several states that seek to deny transgender youth access to sex-segregated spaces including restrooms and locker rooms. These bills stigmatize an already vulnerable population, potentially increasing their risk of negative health outcomes. In a survey of transgender people in Massachusetts, 65% of respondents reported being discriminated against in public accommodations, and this discrimination was associated with poorer mental and physical health outcomes.
http://www.pediatricnews.com/specialty-focus/mental-health/single-article-page/why-access-to-public-bathrooms-matters/1e89c8f5276ec8a3879c5a12270fffb6.html

US: 15 Startups Chosen for San Francisco Regional ‘Startup in Residence’ Program (Binti)
Government Technology US – May 25, 2016
Binti seeks to create a mobile app for potential foster care parents working with San Francisco’s Human Services Agency. The app guides citizens through the foster care certification process and is hoped to be a pipeline for prospective candidates. For HSA staff, the app doubles as a management tool to handle education and communication tasks.
http://www.govtech.com/13-Startups-Chosen-for-San-Francisco-Regional-Startup-in-Residence-Program.html?flipboard=yes

US: Leading National Groups Call on Legislators to Reject Appalling Attacks on Transgender Children (Opinion)
Human Rights Campaign – May 25, 2016
Four leading national health, education and child advocacy groups have added their names to HRC’s letter calling on state lawmakers and governors across the nation to reject the discriminatory bills being promoted in state legislatures targeting transgender children and their fundamental rights.
http://www.hrc.org/blog/leading-national-groups-call-on-legislators-to-reject-appalling-attacks-on?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss-feed

US: Young people traveling across the border alone are making it to Maryland-and fighting to stay (Includes video)
City Paper – May 25, 2016
“People often feel like these kids are leaving the U.S. to feel the slice of the American dream,” says Scott Rose, Ana’s lawyer, who volunteers through the legal program of Catholic Charities of Baltimore’s Esperanza Center. “But they’re running away from trauma.”
http://www.citypaper.com/news/features/bcp-062516-feature-ana-profile-20160525-story.html

INTERNATIONAL

Australia: Stop Taking Our Kids, These Indigenous Grandmothers Are Terrified Of A New “Stolen Generation”
BuzzFeed News – May 26, 2016
Today is national Sorry Day, a direct response to the tabling of the Bringing Them Home Report to parliament, which documented the systematic forced removal of thousands of Aboriginal children from their families by the Australian government between 1909 and 1970.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/allanclarke/stop-taking-our-kids?utm_term=.rhLNNK3qpR#.hnZJJyl94m

Canada: Indigenous Mothers Borrow Knowledge across Boundaries to Make Change in their Community (Press release)
Cultural Survival – May 25, 2016
Manitoba makes into the child welfare system is 478 million dollars per year. 451 million is spent on removal of children, 27 million is offered in prevention services. But Cora Morgan and several other women alongside her are fighting fiercely to change this dynamic.
https://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/indigenous-mothers-borrow-knowledge-across-boundaries-make-change-their-community

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Lawmakers block effort to make child death records secret

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Jerry Brown’s administration to gut key provisions of a groundbreaking 2008 law that requires child protection services to release case records after a …

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Police investigate child’s death in Raleigh home

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Raleigh, N.C. — Police said Friday they are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy in a northeast Raleigh home. Neighbors said police have been …

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Agency wants details leading to child’s death kept secret

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WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Children and Youth Services wants to keep secret the details of how its caseworkers got involved in placing a …

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Lawmakers consider a last-minute effort to make child death files secret

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Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has quietly drafted a bill that would gut key portions of the state’s landmark law requiring child protective services …

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Mother will face no jail for child’s death in Scranton

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A mother who was charged in connection with the death of her infant son will not spend any …

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Daycare center to remain closed after child’s death in hot van

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Daycare center to remain closed after child’s death in hot van …. (WDRB) — The Louisville daycare connected to the death of a toddler found in a van …

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Mother charged in childdeath crash

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NEILLSVILLE, Wis (WSAU) – A 24-year-old Neillsville woman is facing felony charges in connection with a car crash that killed her children earlier this …

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Poor house directors brought up on charges in child’s death

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Day care license revoked; appeal not filed after child’s death

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Day care license revoked; appeal not filed after child’s death … A day care owner is now charged in the death of a 2-year-old boy left inside a hot car.

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Prostitute Gets 20 Years in Prison in Child’s Beating Death

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Prostitute gets 20 years in prison in child’s beating death

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — A prostitute who admitted to beating her 4-year-old daughter to death in a Delaware motel room has been sentenced to 20 …

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ST. JOSEPH MAN RECEIVES LIFE SENTENCE IN CHILD’S DEATH

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JOSEPH MAN RECEIVES LIFE SENTENCE IN CHILD’S DEATH. May 18, 2016 Local News. A SAINT JOSEPH MAN WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN …

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Police investigate child’s death in Raleigh home

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Police said Friday they are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy in a northeast Raleigh home.

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Man appeals conviction in child’s death

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The trial heard the child was beaten so badly that her broken ribs lacerated one … Cyr was living with the girl’s mother at the time of the toddler’s death.

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Woman Arrested In Connection With Child’s Death

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ENTERPRISE, Kan. — Authorities say a 29-year-old woman has been arrested in the death of her toddler in central Kansas. The Salina Journal …

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Hillsborough Expert Weighs In On Tragic Child Death Case

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Professor Phil Scraton who was central to revealing the truth about Hillsborough says that the parents of Zane Gbangbola should get legal aid.

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No charges in death of New Brunswick child

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He was taken to hospital, but died from his injuries. Investigators say the driver of the vehicle, a 44-year-old woman, and other witnesses were …

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Child death inquiries will be overhauled, say ministers

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The system of inquiries into child deaths in England where neglect or abuse is suspected will be overhauled, the government has announced. Serious …

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Mother charged in connection with child’s death

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KALISPELL — The mother of a 2-year-old boy who was beaten and died in February 2015 is now charged in connection with his death.

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Early Release Of Inmate In Child Death Case Infuriates Family

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The early release of an inmate in a high-profile child death case has infuriated the victim’s family. Police said the little girl suffocated in the backseat of …

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Police investigating child death, fire in eastern Kentucky

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BOONEVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State Police are investigating a fire and death of a 5year-old girl in eastern Kentucky. Police identified the girl as …

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Child’s death in Chelsea under investigation

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The Suffolk District Attorney’s Office announced that authorities are looking into the child’s death after the young boy was found unresponsive at a …

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Man Charged With 5-Month-Old Child’s Death In Manchester

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MANCHESTER — A man was charged in connection with the death of a 5-month-old infant he was baby-sitting Sunday, police said.

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Undertaker tried to sooth child death grief with ‘Babyland’

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WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — Arch Foster was an undertaker who couldn’t prevent the grief he witnessed again and again, but he found a way to …

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A child’s death and the centering force of loss

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My friend Maria’s son, Nick, died last month. Alone, late at night, in a quiet wooded ravine beside a suburban road, the roof of his car sliced off when it …

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Child killed in Tacoma duplex fire

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Tacoma fire investigators are sifting through the blackened, collapsed ruins of a Tacoma duplex to find the cause of a fire that killed a three-year-old …

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Police investigating child death, fire in eastern Kentucky

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Police say officers were called about the fire on Old Kentucky 11 in Owsley County around 2 a.m. EDT Wednesday and were told the child was unable …

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Indonesia to allow death penalty and chemical castration for child rapists

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After a wave of outrage over several violent crimes, including the gang-rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, swept Indonesia, Joko Widodo, the …

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Police investigating child death, fire in eastern Kentucky

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BOONEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police are investigating a fire and death of a 5year-old girl in eastern Kentucky. Police identified the girl as …

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BOONEVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State Police are investigating a fire and death of a girl in eastern Kentucky. The child’s identity has not been …

Indonesia child rapists could face death penalty

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday approved a law prescribing the death penalty as the maximum sentence for child rapists, after …

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A woman charged with murder in the death of her 2-year-old girl who weighed 13 pounds when she died of starvation and blunt-force injury has …

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Child death inquiries will be overhauled, say ministers

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The system of inquiries into child deaths in England where neglect or abuse is suspected will be overhauled, the government has announced. Serious …

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Mother charged in connection with child’s death

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KALISPELL — The mother of a 2-year-old boy who was beaten and died in February 2015 is now charged in connection with his death.

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Early Release Of Inmate In Child Death Case Infuriates Family

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The early release of an inmate in a high-profile child death case has infuriated the victim’s family. Police said the little girl suffocated in the backseat of …

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Police investigating child death, fire in eastern Kentucky

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BOONEVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State Police are investigating a fire and death of a 5year-old girl in eastern Kentucky. Police identified the girl as …

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Child’s death in Chelsea under investigation

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The Suffolk District Attorney’s Office announced that authorities are looking into the child’s death after the young boy was found unresponsive at a …

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Man Charged With 5-Month-Old Child’s Death In Manchester

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MANCHESTER — A man was charged in connection with the death of a 5-month-old infant he was baby-sitting Sunday, police said.

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Undertaker tried to sooth child death grief with ‘Babyland’

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A child’s death and the centering force of loss

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My friend Maria’s son, Nick, died last month. Alone, late at night, in a quiet wooded ravine beside a suburban road, the roof of his car sliced off when it …

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Child killed in Tacoma duplex fire

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Indonesia: Death penalty, castration for child rapists

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Indonesia’s introduction of tougher punishments for child sex offenders, including the death penalty and chemical castration, has won public applause …

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Police investigating child death, fire in eastern Kentucky

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Police say officers were called about the fire on Old Kentucky 11 in Owsley County around 2 a.m. EDT Wednesday and were told the child was unable …

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Indonesia to allow death penalty and chemical castration for child rapists

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After a wave of outrage over several violent crimes, including the gang-rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, swept Indonesia, Joko Widodo, the …

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Police investigating child death, fire in eastern Kentucky

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Police: child dead, mother hurt after being dragged by car

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police say a 21-month-old girl is dead and the child’s mother has been injured in Daytona Beach after being struck by …

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Indonesia child rapists could face death penalty

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday approved a law prescribing the death penalty as the maximum sentence for child rapists, after …

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Mother charged in child’s starvation death rejects plea deal

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DE: Parental substance abuse increasing rate of foster kids (Includes video)
WMDT – May 25, 2016
Parental substance abuse has a direct impact on the number of children put in foster care. That rate is increasing all over the country.
http://www.wmdt.com/news/more-local-news/parental-substance-abuse-increasing-rate-of-foster-kids/39727520

IA: Special Report: Kids in court (Includes video)
KIMT – May 25, 2016
“I think that every child deserves to be acknowledged and their experiences and voice should carry some weight with the court. Even if the court ends up saying they don’t believe what the child wants is in the child’s best interest,” Erika Spitz said.
http://kimt.com/2016/05/25/special-report-kids-in-court/

ID: Getting attached not a bad thing for foster parents (Opinion)(Includes video)
Idaho Press-Tribune – May 25, 2016
Foster parents may have a child in their home for a week, a month or sometimes longer if the courts deem it necessary. Regardless of the details of each case, children who are in foster care have just as much need for someone to care about them as any other child. Maybe even more so.
http://www.idahopress.com/members/getting-attached-not-a-bad-thing-for-foster-parents/article_f83176e5-2079-534a-9d5e-4e4f1ecf2193.html

IL: A measure that would give Illinois adoptees more information about why they were adopted is heading to the governor’s desk
Associated Press – May 25, 2016
The plan sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Ann Williams and state Sen. Toi Hutchinson would require state adoption agencies to give adoptees age 18 and older information detailing the reasons for the adoption. Information Gateway resource: Obtaining Birth and/or Adoption Records
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/4440127065ba4073938808ca73f5ef07/IL–Illinois-Adoptions

OR: CCOs and Insurers Not Properly Funding Child Abuse Centers Despite Law
The Lund Report – May 25, 2016
A year after the Legislature mandated that the Oregon Health Authority and commercial insurers adequately compensate child abuse centers for medical assessments, very few health plans and coordinated care organizations have complied.
https://www.thelundreport.org/content/ccos-and-insurers-not-properly-funding-child-abuse-centers-despite-law

PA: Counties call for increased child welfare staffing, funding following ChildLine report (Includes video)
PennLive.com – May 25, 2016
The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, in a news release, said the state’s counties, as a priority this year, are seeking a larger financial match for child welfare staffing and more funding for human services. Also: Auditor General: 42,000 Unanswered Calls to State Child Abuse Hotline: http://www.phillymag.com/news/2016/05/25/audit-42000-unanswered-calls-child-abuse-hotline/ Also: EDITORIAL: Don’t play politics with kids’ lives: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/opinion/2016/05/25/editorial-dont-play-politics-kids-lives/84915598/
http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/05/counties_childline_auditor_gen.html

PA: Jerry Sandusky cover-up charges get a new court schedule
PennLive – May 25, 2016
The remaining criminal charges against three former Penn State leaders accused of failing to act on an early sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky got a fresh timeline for action Wednesday.
http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/05/jerry_sandusky_cover-up_charge.html

TX: Fighting Family Detention
The Austin Chronicle – May 27, 2016
In 2014, the Obama administration revived the controversial practice of “family detention”: incarcerating undocumented female immigrants along with their children. The families have not been convicted of any crime, but are held while they await immigration proceedings. Austin-based civil-rights organization Grassroots Leadership has been fighting back since then, calling on the government to close the for-profit “baby jails.”
http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2016-05-27/fighting-family-detention/

TX: More people reporting child abuse, more than 100 cases alone in May
KABB – May 24, 2016
“People are more aware of what’s going on in their community and are more likely to report things that don’t look right to them,” he said. But with greater awareness, comes the need for more Child Protective Services caseworkers.
http://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/child-advocates-highlight-needs-ahead-of-legislative-session

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