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DesMoinesRegister.com

How child trauma can haunt us as adults

DesMoinesRegister.com

ACEs describe various forms of child abuse, trauma and household … Adults who endured four or more adverse childhood experiences are six times …

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The Sun Daily

Trauma counselling a must for child victims of sexual abuse

The Sun Daily

“Without appropriate trauma counselling, it is very likely that the child’s current and future emotional, familial and social ties are going to be badly …

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Focus on reducing childhood trauma in Pottstown

Reading Eagle

Pottstown officials are taking steps to reduce instances of childhood trauma … A program of the school district, PEAK partners with private child care …

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Trauma in childhood linked to drug use in adolescence

Science Daily

“We also found that trauma such as car accidents, natural disasters, and major illness in childhood increased the chances that teens would use …

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Orlando Sentinel

Demings: ‘No question’ 2-year-old boy dead after Disney gator attack

Orlando Sentinel

The child, who has not been identified, was attacked about 9:00 p.m. … into the search, Demings acknowledged the child’s trauma was “not survivable.

Sheriff: ‘No question’ 2-year-old boy dead after Disney gator attack – The Daily Gazette

Body of child killed by alligator at Walt Disney World recovered – Toronto Star

Authorities search for boy dragged into water by gator – The Herald

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MyNorthwest.com

Holocaust survivors can genetically pass trauma down to their children

MyNorthwest.com

She told me she’d send me a study that says parents who suffered in the holocaust can actually pass down that trauma to their children in their genes.

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Inquirer.net

Who’s to blame?: Vina Morales’ childtraumatized

Inquirer.net

Singer-actress Vina Morales claimed that her daughter Ceana has experienced “slight behavioral changes” after the 7-year-old was forcibly detained …

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Childhood psychological trauma can increase likelihood of drug misuse in adolescence

News-Medical.net

Latest research from a national sample of almost 10,000 U.S. adolescents found psychological trauma, especially abuse and domestic violence before …

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WTVB

Helping Children Deal with Trauma

WTVB

HOLLAND (WTHC) — Parents may not be able to shield children from the news, but there are ways to help them understand when they encounter …

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PsychCentral.com (blog)

Childhood Trauma Linked to Adolescent Drug Use

PsychCentral.com (blog)

Analyzing data from almost 10,000 teens, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that childhood trauma …

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The Trauma & Injury Research Center

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas

The Trauma & Injury Research Center at Dell Children’s in Austin, TX studies childhood violence, injury & prevention to improve clinical practices.

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Helping Children Deal with Trauma

92.7 The Van WYVN

HOLLAND (WTHC) — Parents may not be able to shield children from the news, but there are ways to help them understand when they encounter …

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Grief and trauma in children: an evidence-based treatment manual, by A. Salloum

Taylor & Francis Online

Grief and Trauma in Children: An Evidence-based Treatment Manual is a well conceptualized and clearly organized model of intervention that …

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The Southern

Life after abuse: Trauma-trained counselors helping children heal

The Southern

Meyer was one of the counselors who underwent the special training, provided by the St. Louis-based Missouri Academy for Child Trauma Studies, …

Trauma training for Southern Illinois therapists helping abused kids – WSIL TV

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Jamaica Gleaner

Linking childhood trauma and adult health problems

Jamaica Gleaner

Have you ever wondered why some persons who endured trying conditions as children go on to experience physical and emotional illnesses later in …

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Jury told to expect ‘trauma‘ in Baca child porn case

Montrose Daily Press

Travis Baca used the Internet’s dark corners to cloak his participation in the sexual exploitation of children, prosecutors alleged Friday, at the start of …

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KPRC Houston

Man charged after infant dies from extensive brain trauma

KPRC Houston

The infant died from her injuries Jan. 28. It was later learned that the child had sustained extensive brain trauma, bruised lungs and a lacerated liver.

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Helping children cope with trauma

Emporia Gazette

Dealing with traumatic events, like the mass shooting in Orlando, can be tough for adults. Explaining those events to children can be even more …

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Belfast Telegraph

Liam Hemsworth’s childhood tumble dryer trauma

Belfast Telegraph

Liam Hemsworth’s upbringing was “loving but mostly traumatic“, thanks to his … brothers used to trap him in the tumble dryer when he was a child.

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Globalnews.ca

Alberta NDP announce $1.7 million in funding for child advocacy centres

Globalnews.ca

The announcement comes on the heels of a symposium on childhood trauma being held at Mount Royal University on Thursday, called Connecting …

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PsychCentral.com (blog)

Trauma and Mental Health: 7 Facts You Should Know

PsychCentral.com (blog)

Sadly, most trauma begins in childhood and is often the worst kind of trauma due to its affects on the developing brain. Thankfully, youths are resilient …

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Medical Daily

Trouble Sleeping? Childhood Trauma And Abuse May Contribute To Insomnia In Adulthood

Medical Daily

Sleep plays an essential role in our overall health; it’s so vital that some studies have gone so far as to say that getting enough sleep is more important …

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The Guardian

NSPCC and NHS to open refuges to support child victims of sexual abuse

The Guardian

“Physical trauma is photographed and documented, becoming evidence to help prosecutors. Then the child has a forensic interview with police and …

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The effect of trauma on the brain development of children

Australian Institute of Family Studies

An overview of cognitive development in children who have experienced trauma, and principles to support effective practice responses.

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douglascountysentinel

Man sentenced to 20 years in prison for beating child

douglascountysentinel

Carmichael Crane entered a guilty plea in front of Chief Superior Court Judge Robert J. James to two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, …

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NorthJersey.com

Prosecutors: Sentence too lenient in N.J. child abuse case of Army major, wife

NorthJersey.com

Challenging the punishment meted out by a judge as far too lenient, federal prosecutors urged an appeals court Thursday to toss out the sentences of …

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PennLive.com

Couple headed to Cumberland County Court on child abuse charges

PennLive.com

State police claim the children, ages 9 and 11, reported that Cover chained them to a desk and beat them over a two-year period. He also is accused …

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Telegraph.co.uk

Child killer beaten to death in prison

Telegraph.co.uk

A convicted child killer has been beaten to death by another prisoner at a top security jail. Sidonio Teixeira, who was jailed for life in 2008 for the …

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The Advocate

Burglarized home’s owner joins critics of arrest of Baton Rouge mom accused of beating sons she …

The Advocate

“She loves her kids. She don’t beat her kids,” Nettles said, noting the distinction, echoed by Nicholson, between “beating,” abuse that might involve …

Victim: Mother accused of beating kids for burglarizing home was right to ‘whup’ kids – WBTV

Mother accused of beating kids for burglarizing home released from jail – WECT-TV6

Baton Rouge mother should be praised, not arrested for punishing 3 sons caught burglarizing a … – NOLA.com

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KSN-TV

Court document released in North Newton child abuse case

KSN-TV

A court document released Wednesday shows a North Newton couple accused of child abuse and other charges allegedly beat some of their children …

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WKBN.com

Marion mom charged in beating death of 6-month-old child

WKBN.com

MARION, OH (WCMH) — A woman in Marion has been charged with murder after deputies say she beat her 6-month-old child to death. According to …

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Child abuse

The Nation

Child abuse is the physical or emotional abuse of a child by a parent, … Reports of child abuse, including sexual abuse, beating and murder have …

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The Root

Ala. Woman Indicted in 8-Year-Old Boy Beating 1-Year-Old to Death

The Root

Katerra Lewis, 27, is facing charges of reckless manslaughter in the death of her 1-year-old daughter, Kelci, after she left the child with an 8-year-old …

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Fox News

Neighbors of sex assault suspect found with 12 girls angry police didn’t act sooner

Fox News

That’s the calls that we got, I mean we didn’t get childabuse calls there, so if it was a childabuse call, we would have responded, naturally, but that’s …

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The Guardian

Parents continue ‘quest for truth’ after inquest into baby’s death

The Guardian

The parents of a premature baby have said they will continue to seek the truth following an inquest into his death. Ben Condon was born at 29 weeks …

Baby who died at Bristol Children’s Hospital should have been given antibiotics sooner – Bristol Post

Ben Condon inquest: Parents will continue to ‘seek truth’ – BBC News

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ABC Online

Mother of Summer Jamsek reveals heartbreak over coroner’s findings on baby’s death

ABC Online

A Melbourne mother has revealed her heartache that a Victorian Coroner has not been able to find a clear cause of death or deficiencies in care at a …

What killed baby Summer? We may never know – The Age

Anti-depressant Lexapro unlikely to have caused death of newborn, coroner finds – ABC Online

Melbourne mum’s heartbreak at coroner’s findings into daughter’s death – 9news.com.au

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Deputies investigating Pike Township baby’s death

Canton Repository

PIKE TWP. A township baby is dead and Stark County sheriff’s deputies are investigating. “At this time, it appears it was accidental,” said Maj.

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The Advertiser

Twin baby dies in home birth tragedy

The Advertiser

The baby’s death will renew debate between home birth advocates who argue mothers have a right to choose where they give birth and authorities …

Adelaide twin baby boy dies in home birth in Fullarton as police investigate – Daily Mail

Twin baby boy dies during homebirth in Adelaide – ABC Online

SA home birth death being investigated – 9news.com.au

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KWTX

Waco police investigate baby’s death

Waco Tribune-Herald

A 3-month-old baby was found unresponsive at a West Waco home Tuesday morning and later died at a nearby hospital, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick …

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Daily Mail

Report condemns hospital in baby death cover-up: Parents speak of ‘vindication’ as senior staff

Daily Mail

A hospital where senior staff plotted to delete a tape recording in which they admitted appalling errors were made over a baby’s death has been …

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Reuters

Texas court halts execution of man in ‘shaken babydeath case

Reuters

Lawyers for Roberson also pointed out that it is impossible to shake a baby to death without causing serious neck injuries, which his child did not …

Texas court halts execution of man in ‘shaken babydeath case – Metro.us

Court Halts Texas Man’s Execution in “Shaken Baby” Case – Texas Tribune

Execution Halted Over Shaken Baby Syndrome ‘Junk Science’ – Newser

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10TV

Baby death investigation in west Columbus

10TV

Police were called out to a home on West Park Avenue near West Town Street around 9:45 p.m. Thursday night for a child who was not breathing.

Police investigating baby’s death – ABC6OnYourSide.com

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Journal and Courier

Grand jury indicts 2 for baby’s death

Journal and Courier

Chad A. Giroux Jr. and Makenzie D. Shultz’s baby died one day before the infant’s 8-month birthday, according to police records, and a grand jury …

2 from Lafayette charged in 2015 baby death investigation – News Sentinel

2 from Lafayette charged in 2015 baby death investigation – WANE

2 from Lafayette charged in 2015 baby death investigation – Brown County Democrat

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ITV News

Hospital apologises to parents after damning report on handling of baby’s death

ITV News

Bristol Children’s Hospital has issued an ‘unreserved’ apology to the parents of a baby who died in its care, after a report found staff had been …

Parents ‘vindicated’ after hospital apologises for handling of baby’s death – ITV News

Listen to how doctors tried to ‘cover up’ death of baby boy at Bristol Children’s Hospital – Bristol Post

Parents ‘vindicated’ after report criticises Bristol hospital over death of eight-week-old baby – Bristol Post

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Mother of Summer Jamsek reveals heartbreak over coroner’s findings on baby’s death

MSN.com

A Melbourne mother who believes her baby died after a series of hospital errors says she is bitterly disappointed the coroner could not find a clear …

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NorthJersey.com

Sentence Appealed in Child Abuse Case of Army Major, Wife

ABC News

The U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey has appealed the sentences of a former Army major and his wife convicted last year of endangering their three …

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Commentary: Bucks case show value of childabuse reports

Philly.com

Thanks to a concerned neighbor, 12 children are a little bit safer. When something did not look quite right, a woman in Bucks County said something.

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Madison.com

‘Horrific’ child abuse death brings 20-year prison sentence to Fitchburg man

Madison.com

Calling the injuries a Fitchburg man inflicted on his girlfriend’s son “horrific,” a Dane County judge sentenced the man to 20 years in prison Thursday …

Child abuse death brings 20-year prison sentence to Fitchburg man – Madison.com

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Tulsa World

Woman ticketed for child abuse after child nearly drowns in hotel pool

Omaha World-Herald

A 38-year-old woman was ticketed Sunday for misdemeanor child abuse by neglect after a child nearly drowned at a pool at an extended-stay hotel at …

School program promotes early child development – West Plains Daily Quill

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WJXT Jacksonville

Ex-Middle school staffer charged with child abuse

WJXT Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former Duval County teacher’s assistant is facing child abuse charges from an altercation with two students in December, …

School employee charged with child abuse; Botched investigation brings policy change – Firstcoastnews.com

Arlington Middle employee arrested, school officers reprimanded in abuse investigation – ActionNewsJax.com

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New York Daily News

Child abuse survivors PAC targets N.Y. state senator’s seat

New York Daily News

ALBANY – A political action committee created by an upstate investor and child sex abuse survivor has its first target – state Sen. Kemp Hannon.

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Greensboro News & Record

High Point couple charged with child abuse of two kids under 2

Greensboro News & Record

HIGH POINT — A husband and wife are charged with child abuse after an assault call by the wife alerted law enforcement. Robyn Hermite Elliott, 23, …

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WCNC.com

Babysitter charged with child abuse of 8-month-old

WCNC.com

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — A Mooresville woman has been charged with child abuse after an eight-month-old was hurt in her care. Candace Irvin, 30, was …

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Casper Star-Tribune Online

Man gets prison time for child abuse in Laramie

Casper Star-Tribune Online

LARAMIE — A judge in Laramie has sentenced a man convicted of three sex crimes related to the abuse of a young child to 15 to 18 years in prison.

Man gets prison time for child abuse in Laramie – Casper Star-Tribune Online

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Spectator.co.uk

‘Mandatory reporting’ of suspected child abuse is a mad, bad idea

Spectator.co.uk

This would allow David Cameron to be seen to make a stand against child abuse, and which politician doesn’t want that? But what a mess it will make.

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The Child Abuse Prevevention Center

Idealist.org

Prevent Child abuse & Neglect by: Implementing evidence-based practices and.

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Hot Cars and Kids: 5 Quick Tips to Keep Kids Safe

Prevent Child Abuse America

Leaving a child alone in a hot car is a potentially dangerous form of neglect. Use these tips to help avoid these kind of situations and keep kids safe.

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Child Abuse Prevention Event

WIXX.com

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) – The 8th Annual Butterfly Festival took place in Appleton on Saturday. Hundreds attended the event in City Park, which …

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Mission Man Sentenced for Child Abuse and Aiding and Abetting

US Department of Justice

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Child Abuse was sentenced on June 13, 2016, …

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Sentence appealed in child abuse case of Army major, wife

Associated Press

Prosecutors said the children’s abuse lasted for years. “By imposing such lenient sentences, the Court trivialized these offenses, which involved the …

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NH couple faces charges following allegations of child abuse

WHDH.com

Two parents are facing charges after allegations of child abuse in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Police arrested Brandon Perry, 23, and Samantha …

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Mom of dying son calls for harsher child abuse charges

WPDE

Charleston (WCIV) — A Charleston mom is trying to stay strong while her baby Ledgend fights for his life. Courtney Washington says baby Ledgend …

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Sentence appealed in child abuse case of Army major, wife

Las Vegas Sun

Sentence appealed in child abuse case of Army major, wife. Published Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 1:58 p.m.. Updated 10 minutes ago. NEWARK, N.J. …

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Cass County Child Abuse Prevention Council Sponsors Rubber Duck Race to raise awareness

96.5 KSOM | All the Best Country

(Atlantic) Wendy Richter, of the Cass County Child Abuse Prevention Council, deemed the first annual Rubber Duck Derby a success.

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Support for DVA clients affected by child abuse in the ADF

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Support for DVA clients affected by child abuse in the ADF. Last updated 21 June 2016. Tuesday, 21 June 2016. Department of Veterans’ Affairs …

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Marion Star

Mother charged with murder in infant’s death

Marion Star

MARION – Formal counts of murder and two other felonies were filed Monday against a Marion County woman in the death of her 6-month old son.

Marion County woman charged in death of infant son – Columbus Dispatch

Marion mother charged with murder in the death of her baby boy – ABC6OnYourSide.com

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FOX40

Family questions infant’s death in Northern California foster home

San Jose Mercury News

SACRAMENTO — Child Protective Services is investigating after a 6-week-old girl died in a Sacramento foster home. Authorities say there are no …

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GoDanRiver.com

Police investigating infant’s death since Sunday

GoDanRiver.com

Danville Police are investigating the cause of death for an infant discovered in a duffel bag Sunday. According to a news release, police responded to …

Virginia police investigate after discovering a ‘dead infant in a bag’ inside a home – Daily Mail

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Tallahassee.com

Prosecutors seek death penalty for infant’s death

7News – WSVN-TV

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Panhandle prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 10-month-old …

Prosecutors seek death penalty for infant’s death – NBC2 News

Florida Seeks Death Penalty in Death of 10-Month Old – WTXL ABC 27

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CBS Local

Family Questions Infant’s Death In Sacramento Foster Home

CBS Local

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Child Protective Services is investigating after a 6-week-old girl died in a Sacramento foster home. Authorities say there …

Family questions infant’s death in Sacramento foster home – The Republic

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WEAR

Father charged with murder in his infant’s death

WEAR

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WEAR) — An arrest has been made in an investigation stemming from the December death of a 2-month-old infant.

Man arrested in death of infant in Walton County, Fla. – FOX10 News

Walton County man arrested in death of 2 month old child – WJHG-TV

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Death penalty sought against parents accused in infant’s death

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Death penalty sought against parents accused in infant’s death. Michael Wright and Andrea Dusha are charged with homicide in the death of their …

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Fort Worth Star Telegram

Tarrant County continues to battle high infant mortality rate

Fort Worth Star Telegram

The area is one of several parts of Tarrant County where the infant mortality rate, a measurement of how many babies die before their first birthday, …

Community outreach as critical as healthcare to reduce infant mortality – Fort Worth Star Telegram

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WNYT

Infant’s death under investigation in Queensbury

WNYT

Police haven’t released many details, but told NewsChannel 13 on Monday they were asked to give emergency aid to the baby, who was less than six …

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WSAW

Unsafe sleep conditions tied to most sudden infant deaths

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Journal Sentinel is taking on an issue we had too long ignored – the death of children before their first birthday. Infant mortality is a crisis not just of …

Latest sudden unexpected infant death data in Wisconsin released – WSAW

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Woman Pleads Guilty Infant’s Death

100.7 MIX-FM

Neoga, Ill (WIBQ) 22-year-old Natasha Gordon of Neoga, IL pleaded guilty this week in the August, 2015 death of 1-year-old Arianna McNeal.

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WSLS

Bedford Co. man charged with felony child neglect after child found wandering in the street

WSLS

BEDFORD CO. (WSLS 10) – A Montvale man is charged with felony child neglect after his 2-year-old child was found on the side of the road. Bedford …

Bedford County man charged with felony neglect after 2-year-old child found near road – WDBJ7

Police: Little boy found alone on side of the road, father charged with child neglect – WSET

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WTVC

Traffic stop leads to child neglect charges

WTVC

Deputies say Tyler Taylor, Madison Langston and Langston’s two children were also in the car. … All three face drug and child neglect charged.

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Traffic stop leads to child neglect charges

Chickasha Express Star

She was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, medically cleared and then transported to the Grady County Jail on charges of child neglect, …

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Huntington Herald Dispatch

Five charged with drugs, child neglect after raid

Huntington Herald Dispatch

HUNTINGTON – Five people were arrested Wednesday after Huntington police raided an apartment in the 1100 block of 9th Avenue, finding what …

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WESH Orlando

Mother of ‘Baby Willow’ sentenced for child neglect

WESH Orlando

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —Susan Richardson, the mother of ‘Baby Willow,’ was sentenced Monday in Orange County on one charge of child neglect …

Baby Willow mom gets 1 year for abandoning baby girl – Orlando Sentinel

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WDEF News 12

Chattanooga trio charged with child neglect

WDEF News 12

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – An investigation by the Department of Child Services has resulted in three adults being charged with child …

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WCYB

Local couple facing child neglect charges

WCYB

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agents arrested 34-year-old Billy Gunter and 28-year-old Whitney Gunter on aggravated child neglect …

Jonesborough parents charged with child neglect after burn found on 3-year-old – WJHL

Couple charged, accused of child neglect in son’s burn injury – Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)

TBI: Jonesborough couple charged with child neglect for burn on son’s foot – Johnson City Press (subscription)

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BT.com

Britain’s Got Talent dancer faces trial on child neglect charge

BT.com

A dancer who reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent is to be tried for an allegation of child neglect. Leeroy Bailey – whose dance troupe starred in the …

Britain’s Got Talent finalist on trial for child neglect – Daily Star

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Leeroy Bailey facing child neglect trial – BBC News

Britain’s Got Talent dancer faces trial on child neglect charge – Leamington Courier

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Tahlequah Daily Press

Two facing child neglect charges

Tahlequah Daily Press

Two people are facing felony child neglect charges after a 2-year-old was found unsupervised outside of an apartment complex earlier this month.

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Mother facing child neglect charge

Leader-Telegram

A 33-year-old Eau Claire woman has been charged with a misdemeanor count of neglecting a child. Jennilyn D. Berger made her initial appearance …

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Behind the drug culture is child neglect

PressDisplay.com

SOCIETY without respect and openness to accept and listen to children and youth is like a land without water— everything dies. Parents, relatives and …

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CA: Bunnett: Foster children, their families need attorneys paid by the state (Opinion)
The Mercury News – June 23, 2016
Over the 16 years that I have been working on children’s advocacy issues in Santa Clara County, I have seen how vital it is for troubled families who land in dependency court to have good legal representation when judges make the very difficult decision about whether a child should be in foster care.
http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_30049914/bunnett-foster-children-their-families-need-attorneys-paid

CA: California Child Welfare Digital Services Executes Contract for API (Press release)
State of California Health and Human Services Agency – June 23, 2016
The California Health and Human Services Agency’s (CHHSA) Office of Systems Integration (OSI) has executed a contract with Taborda Solutions, headquartered in Folsom, California, to develop an Application Programming Interface (API) to the existing Child Welfare Services / Case Management System (CWS/CMS). Taborda’s software development team is the first to join the Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) partnership for the agile development of the CWS/CMS replacement. This API will allow the development of user-facing digital services, including child welfare case intake, licensing, and case management services, while social workers seamlessly continue their work to protect children. Also: http://www.chhs.ca.gov/Press%20Releases/California%20Child%20Welfare%20Digital%20Services%20Executes%20Contract%20for%20API.pdf
http://www.publicnow.com/view/B610B0CB769C88E16FFEAAB036426064657AA458?2016-06-23-21:01:06+01:00-xxx6037

CA: CASA executive director Marilyn Barr retiring
Visalia Times-Delta – June 23, 2016
“…I saw innocent, vulnerable children and adults and also people with significant complaints, and I realized I would constantly be standing up for people,” she said. She has been doing that for the last 18 years, as she expanded and improved CASA so that it is respected and honored by the court system and child welfare services. At the end of June, she is retiring.
http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/life/inspire/2016/06/24/casa-executive-director-marilyn-barr-retiring/86267500/

CA: Kids and Downtown Dining Chefs Working Together
The Salinas Californian – June 23, 2016
Kinship Center children have one thing in common: they suffer from abuse, neglect, abandonment, or other traumas.
http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/life/2016/06/23/kids-and-downtown-dining-chefs-working-together/86315498/

CA: McGuire blasts psychotropic medication audit delay
Eureka Times-Standard – June 23, 2016
North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire expressed outrage this week over what he called an “irresponsibly delay” of an audit of data on the prescribing of psychotropic medications to foster youth that he and the Senate Human Services Committee requested last year, but a representative of the California Department of Health Care Services said the information needed to complete the audit has been given to state auditors.
http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20160623/mcguire-blasts-psychotropic-medication-audit-delay

CA: L.A. County May Be Near $2.63 Million Settlement in Gabriel Fernandez Case
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 22, 2016
Los Angeles County may be on the verge of settling a lawsuit brought by the family of Gabriel Fernandez, the 8-year-old Palmdale boy who was beat to death by his mother and her boyfriend in 2013.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/la-county-may-near-2-63-million-settlement/19144

CT: State Debuts Online Program To Help Boost Graduation Rates For Foster Children (Includes video)
Hartford Courant – June 23, 2016
The Department of Children and Families on Thursday publicly introduced an online education and tutoring program that it says will help students in foster care graduate from high school.
http://www.courant.com/community/east-hartford/hc-connecticut-virtual-academy-helps-foster-children-0624-20160623-story.html

IL: Social service agencies hit hard by budget impact (Includes video)
WSIL – June 23, 2016
A new survey by non-profit group United Way reveals 95 percent of social service agencies in Illinois have been forced to make cuts in the last year. Those agencies blame the state budget impasse. Many provide child welfare and senior services.
http://www.wsiltv.com/story/32297019/social-service-agencies-hit-hard-by-budget-impact

IL: Teen parent support group receives $25,000 grant (Press release)
Daily Herald – June 23, 2016
One Hope United has received a $25,000 grant through the Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, to strengthen families headed by teenage parents and to help prevent child abuse.
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160623/submitted/160629498/

LA: Spare the rod? Welfare chief, attorney for arrested Baton Rouge mom differ on what constitutes child abuse (Opinion)
The Advocate – June 23, 2016
The way to tell when disciplining a child has gone too far is when a child is left bleeding or with cuts, burns or bruises, the state’s top child welfare official said Thursday. Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters said in a statement that she felt “compelled to address a question many are asking” about child abuse but didn’t specify any particular case she was addressing.
http://theadvocate.com/news/16198748-103/spare-the-rod-louisianas-child-welfare-chief-weighs-in-on-what-constitutes-abuse-attorney-for-arrest

MD: Prince George’s County Focuses on Foster Kids
Afro American – June 23, 2016
There are 479 children in foster care across the county, according to the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services (DSS). Of those children, 51 percent are girls and 49 percent are boys.
http://www.afro.com/prince-georges-county-focuses-on-foster-kids/

ME: How Maine redirected millions meant to help poor families with kids (Includes video)
Bangor Daily News – June 23, 2016
Rhetoric like this has been common under the administration of Gov. Paul LePage, which has often cast its efforts to change Maine’s social services and public assistance infrastructure in terms of prioritizing elderly and disabled Mainers over the “able-bodied.”
http://bangordailynews.com/2016/06/23/news/how-maine-redirected-millions-meant-to-help-poor-families-with-children/

MI: Cheers Today for Michigan’s Reunited Families (Includes audio)
Public News Service – June 24, 2016
Michigan Reunification Day recognizes parents who have successfully navigated the challenges that caused them to be separated from their children.
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-06-24/childrens-issues/cheers-today-for-michigans-reunited-families/a52561-1

MI: New foster care reforms become law
WKZO-AM – June 23, 2016
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law new foster care reforms authored by Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. The law compels the state to make every effort to keep siblings in the foster care system together.
http://wincountry.com/news/articles/2016/jun/23/new-foster-care-reforms-become-law/

MS: Organization seeks families to take in foster children
WTVA – June 24, 2016
Mississippi Children’s Home Services is looking for new families to take in or adopt foster children.
http://www.wtva.com/news/Organization_seeks_families_to_take_in_foster_children.html

NC: New Hanover Co. sees more foster families than ever (Includes video)
WECT – June 23, 2016
Currently, that program has 113 families on the books, but there’s always a greater need.
http://www.wfxg.com/story/32295302/new-hanover-co-sees-more-foster-families-than-ever

NJ: Child welfare worker charged with pressuring sex from mother he supervised
NJ.com – June 23, 2016
A state child welfare caseworker faces official misconduct charges for abusing his position to have sex with a woman who was trying to get her son returned from foster care, Acting Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced Thursday.
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/06/child_welfare_worker_charged_with_extorting_sex_fr.html

NY: Brooklyn Public Library Expands TeleStory for Children of Incarcerated Parents
CivSource – June 23, 2016
The Brooklyn Public Library was announced as a winner of the Knight Foundation’s most recent funding challenge for libraries. With the win, the library will receive just under $400,000 to expand its new TeleStory program, which allows children with incarcerated parents to visit the library and have their parents read them a story over video from jail.
https://civsourceonline.com/2016/06/23/brooklyn-public-library-expands-telestory-for-children-of-incarcerated-parents/

NY: Fight over child abuse bill turns rancorous
The Legislative Gazette – June 23, 2016
Child abuse victims and their advocates are going on the offensive after the Legislature failed yet again to pass the Child Victims Act (S.7296/A.9877) a bill that would make it easier for child abuse victims to seek justice.
http://legislativegazette.com/archives/3476

NY: Bill would educate new parents on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
The Legislative Gazette – June 16, 2016
A bill that would educate new parents about safe sleep practices for infants has passed both houses and will be sent to Gov. Cuomo to be signed or vetoed. The bill (S.5100/A.7181) amends Public Health Law to require that the informational leaflet provided by hospitals and birth centers to maternity patients include information relating to safe sleep.
http://legislativegazette.com/archives/3457

OR: Awakening joy in foster kids’ lives: Wake the World introduces watersports to local foster families
The Bulletin – June 24, 2016
Nystul is launching Wake the World Central Oregon, an area chapter of the national nonprofit that has paired foster kids and their families with water sports since 2008.
http://www.bendbulletin.com/lifestyle/4415855-151/awakening-joy-in-foster-kids-lives?referrer=carousel7

SC: Was it ever OK to leave kids in the car alone? The times are changing (Opinion)
The State – June 23, 2016
South Carolina – and the nation – is facing a change in standards about what’s acceptable. Parents who might have been left on their own when they were young wouldn’t dream of leaving their own kids nowadays.
http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article85548222.html

TX: Summerlin Day Care Announces For Child Protective Services (Press release)
Briefing Wire – June 20, 2016
Today, Summerlin Day Care, the child protection worker and its officials jointly announced system-wide reforms of providing the best child protective services and efforts to support frontline social workers for strengthening efforts for child protection. The improvements include new intake and supervisor policies for the first time and the reestablishment of the efforts that were lost in some way or the down the lane.
http://www.briefingwire.com/pr/summerlin-day-care-announces-for-child-protective-services

US: First ESSA Guidance Focuses on Promoting Educational Stability of Foster Youth
Education World – June 24, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education has released the first guidance of a series on how states should implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, the country’s new education legislation that will go into effect in August. Also: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Release Joint Guidance on Foster Youth (Press release): https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-departments-education-and-health-and-human-services-release-joint-guidance-foster-youth Also: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/edhhsfostercarenonregulatorguide.pdf Information Gateway Resource: Education and the Child in Foster Care: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/resources-foster-families/parenting/education-and-child/
http://www.educationworld.com/a_news/first-essa-guidance-focuses-promoting-educational-stability-foster-youth-702579763

US: States Advised on ESSA and Foster Children, Stakeholder Collaboration (Requires free registration)
Education Week – June 23, 2016
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., wants to make sure states are talking to as many groups as possible – and seeking their input “early and often” – as they develop new accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/06/ed_sec_john_king_to_states_dis.html

US: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Surveys Differential Response (Press release)
U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Human Services Policy – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Kempe Center at University of Colorado – June 23, 2016
This month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a brief about the efficacy of differential response (DR) and child safety in six states that have implemented this child protection strategy for over ten years. The department collaborated with the Kempe Center at the University of Colorado to compare rates of re-reports and re-reports with substantiation across counties in these states that used DR. Also: https://aspe.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/204981/DifferentialResponse.pdf
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/report/u-s-department-health-human-services-surveys-differential-response/19130

INTERNATIONAL

Australia: New structures for social workers vital for child protection
In Daily – June 24, 2016
The State Government’s decision to revamp delivery of child protection services is just the first step in rebuilding robust and dependable services for vulnerable children and families, a leading South Australian social work academic says.
http://indaily.com.au/news/2016/06/24/new-structures-for-social-workers-vital-for-child-protection/

Canada: CAS study reveals stark racial disparities in child protection system
Metro News – June 23, 2016
New research that for the first time calculates disparity in Ontario’s child protection system has found that aboriginal and black kids are far more likely to be investigated and taken into care than white children.
http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/06/23/study-reveals-stark-racial-disparities-in-childcare.html

International: ‘Strong collaboration’ needed to help end violence against children in Viet Nam, says UN envoy
The United Nations – June 24, 2016
Concluding a three-day visit to Viet Nam, a United Nations envoy has called on the government, civil society and all stakeholders to take united action to eliminate violence against children.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54307#.V20XBqT2ayQ
NC: Moore County DSS to be investigated following toddler’s death
Fayetteville Observer – June 23, 2016
A Guardian Ad Litem volunteer serves as a voice for abused or neglected child — a liaison between the court and DSS. Reed had served as Rylan’s voice until Dec. 18, the day a judge returned Rylan to his mother, 30-year-old Samantha Nacole Bryant. Since Rylan’s death, Reed has told The Fayetteville Observer and the Moore County Board of Commissioners that Child Protective Services failed Rylan by returning him to his mother before she was mentally fit to care for him. Also: DSS Probe Takes Right Direction (Opinion): http://www.thepilot.com/opinion/dss-probe-takes-right-direction/article_a0d18f4e-37db-11e6-80ef-0761dc6b16db.html Also: Social Services Board to Conduct Investigation Into Child’s Death: http://www.thepilot.com/news/social-services-board-to-conduct-investigation-into-child-s-death/article_87c5bc02-3824-11e6-aaed-5b5aae16ab3c.html
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/moore-county-dss-to-be-investigated-following-toddler-s-death/article_8872e7bf-3f8b-50d5-a565-fa1b4a183e3e.html

NM: Gallup diocese ordered to pay settlements to abuse victims
Albuquerque Journal – June 22, 2016
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David T. Thuma’s ruling ends the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case against the diocese, which will reorganize to pay $21 million in settlement payments to the victims.
http://www.abqjournal.com/795826/diocese-ordered-to-pay-settlements-to-abuse-victims.html

NV: Child Welfare Ranking Shows Improvements in Nevada
This Is Reno – June 22, 2016
Nevada children are better off now than they were in the past few years. New data by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that the Silver State is showing improvement in many categories but still ranks low in relation to other states. The annual Kids’ Count data book was released today, and although at 47th, Nevada’s health and education investments appear to be paying off said Michael Pomi, executive director of The Children’s Cabinet. Report: http://www.aecf.org/work/kids-count/
http://thisisreno.com/2016/06/child-welfare-ranking-shows-improvements-nevada/

NY: ‘Keep your mouth shut’: New York teacher’s union reps caught on camera ‘suggesting how to cover up child abuse in school’ (Includes video)
Daily Mail – June 22, 2016
Three unions reps in New York state have been caught on hidden camera apparently advising how to cover up an incident of abuse. An undercover reporter from Project Veritas posed as the friend of a teacher who had hit one of their students, during a meeting with teachers union representatives.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3654616/Keep-mouth-shut-New-York-teacher-s-union-reps-caught-camera-suggesting-cover-child-abuse-school.html

PA: Sources: Pa. senators plan to block lawsuits for decades-old sex abuse
Philly.com – June 23, 2016
A Senate committee is preparing to strip out the most contentious aspect of a bill that would expand the ability of child sex-abuse victims to sue for decades-old attacks, according to two legislative sources familiar with the move.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20160623_Sources__Pa__Senators_plan_to_block_lawsuits_for_decades-old_sex_abuse.html

TX: Judge orders changes to fix ‘broken’ foster care system (Includes video)
WOAI – June 22, 2016
A federal judge is taking action to fix what many call a “broken” foster care system. The judge is requiring three more investigators to look into The Department of Family and Protective Services. She has also doubled the amount of hours the team is expected to spend coming up with their recommendations, from about 1,000 hours to 2,000 hours.
http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/judge-orders-changes-to-fix-broken-foster-care-system

TX: Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence provides full services
Community Impact Newspaper – June 22, 2016
The Rees-Jones Center opened May 4 and provides foster children rehabilitation for physical and mental well-being.
https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/healthcare/2016/06/22/rees-jones-center-foster-care-excellence-provides-full-services/

US: How children in foster care could benefit from the new federal education law
The Washington Post – June 23, 2016
The Obama administration on Thursday released new guidance explaining what states and school districts must do to meet new legal obligations to students in foster care, who are often among the nation’s most vulnerable children. For the first time, schools, districts and states must publicly report on the performance of foster care, a requirement that advocates hope will help shine a light on the need for more attention and help.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/how-children-in-foster-care-could-benefit-from-the-new-federal-education-law/2016/06/22/397c409c-38ac-11e6-8f7c-d4c723a2becb_story.html

US: Echoing Green Fellow, Serita Cox, Leverages the Internet of Things to Innovate The Child Welfare System
The Huffington Post – June 22, 2016
For National Foster Care Month, I interviewed Echoing Green Global Fellow Serita Cox, who is the Co-Founder and CEO of iFoster. iFoster developed an online platform that connects at-risk children and teens in foster care to the resources they need to become successful, independent adults.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marquis-cabrera/echoing-green-fellow-seri_b_10110566.html

US: New bill could help keep families together
WAND – June 22, 2016
A new bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives would give Illinois and other states more flexibility and federal support to keep families together and avoid reliance on foster care.
http://www.wandtv.com/story/32286084/new-bill-could-help-keep-families-together

US: White House Champion of Change, David Ambroz, Leverages New Media to Reimagine and Improve The Foster Care System
The Huffington Post – June 22, 2016
For National Foster Care Month, I interviewed David Ambroz, who is the Executive Director of Corporate Citizenship & Social Responsibility for Disney-ABC Television Group. In that role, Ambroz convened more than 100 partners to create FosterMore – a multi-media effort to communicate with the American public during Foster Care Awareness Month.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marquis-cabrera/white-house-champion-of-c_1_b_10565070.html?utm_hp_ref=impact&ir=Impact

INTERNATIONAL

Armenia: U.S. Ambassador Visits Vanadzor Orphanage
Asbarez – June 22, 2016
As part of a month-long focus on human rights, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., visited a residential care facility for children in Vanadzor. His trip was part of a larger tour of the Lori province, where he traveled to a number of organizations touching upon human rights.
http://asbarez.com/152046/u-s-ambassador-visits-vanadzor-orphanage/

Australia: SA Premier Jay Weatherill refuses to step down over child protection failure
ABC News Australia – June 23, 2016
The Child Protections System Royal Commission handed down its findings earlier this week, which included a recommendation to split Families SA from the Education Department. Premier Jay Weatherill told 891 ABC Adelaide while the Government was willing to act on recommendations from the royal commission, there was no guarantee there would be no further failings in the future. Also: Search for new SA child protection boss: http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/wide-search-for-sa-child-protection-boss/news-story/209cc549279087d1824d662f4392bbb3
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-23/premier-refuses-to-step-down-over-sa-child-protection-failure/7535852

Canada: Number of foster homes declining as people step away due to other commitments or retirement
The North Bay Nugget – June 23, 2016
A nationwide foster-parent shortage is being felt in Nipissing and Parry Sound districts. Gisele Hebert, executive director for the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound, said North Bay has 71 foster homes and 205 children in care. Last year, it had 83 homes.
http://www.nugget.ca/2016/06/23/number-of-foster-homes-declining-as-people-step-away-due-to-other-commitments-or-retirement

Canada: Less than half of B.C. kids in foster care graduate high school before 19, report says (Includes audio)
CBC News – June 22, 2016
“We know that in B.C. the graduation rate for kids in the general population is about 84 per cent, whereas for former youth in care, foster youth, that is 47 per cent,” said Deborah Rutman, a professor at UVic’s School of Social Work. Rutman recently co-authored the report Fostering Success: Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth in/from Care, for which she interviewed 20 young adults who grew up in foster care to ask them what helped them graduate from school. Report: http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/vancouverfoundation/pages/83/attachments/original/1464211909/Fostering-Success.pdf?1464211909
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/less-than-half-of-b-c-kids-in-foster-care-graduate-high-school-before-19-report-says-1.3648384

Trinidad & Tobago: Ex-child abuse victim helping women heal
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian – June 23, 2016
The Organisation for Abused and Battered Individuals (OABI) which helps victims of child abuse and domestic violence heal launched its Victim Advocacy Service Centre and office at 43 Bellsmythe Street, Curepe, in last February and between then and now, 65 victims of domestic violence have come forward for help.
http://www.guardian.co.tt/your-stories/2016-06-23/ex-child-abuse-victim-helping-women-heal

AL: National study ranks Alabama 46th in overall child welfare
Associated Press – June 21, 2016
The study ranks Alabama 46th in overall child well-being, a drop from 45th in 2015. Data Book: http://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-the2016kidscountdatabook-2016.pdf
http://www.timesdaily.com/news/state/national-study-ranks-alabama-th-in-overall-child-welfare/article_baa6f8d4-a8aa-5d10-a938-1586664b39d9.html

CA: Family Reunification Day celebrates hope and hard work (Opinion)
The Bakersfield Californian – June 21, 2016
As the judges presiding over the decisions in these dependency hearings, it is our responsibility to, when necessary, declare these children dependents, subject to removal from their parents, and place them into temporary care. For their parents, it means ordering that they take the steps necessary to ensure that their children can come safely home. Information Gateway Resource: Reunifying Families: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/permanency/reunification/
http://www.bakersfield.com/news/opinion/2016/06/20/family-reunification-day-celebrates-hope-and-hard-work.html

CO: Morgan County Commissioners approve contracts for substance abuse treatment
Fort Morgan Times – June 21, 2016
The Morgan County Commissioners approved several contracts on Tuesday to allow the Department of Human Services to provide addiction treatment programs this year.
http://www.fortmorgantimes.com/fort-morgan-local-news/ci_30041741/morgan-county-commissioners-approve-contracts-substance-abuse-treatment

IA: Quakerdale to end emergency shelter, child welfare services in Waterloo
KCRG – June 21, 2016
An non-profit Christian organization will no longer provide emergency shelter, child welfare services, and supervised living services in Waterloo and Manning.
http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Quakerdale-to-end-services-in-Waterloo-383898071.html

ID: Idaho ranks No. 22 in new child welfare study
Idaho Ed News – June 21, 2016
Idaho ranked No. 22 nationally in a new report that examines a range of child welfare issues. On Tuesday, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 2016 edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book. Titled “State Trends in Child Well-Being,” the report ranked the states on 16 social, economic and education criteria. Data Book: http://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-the2016kidscountdatabook-2016.pdf
http://www.idahoednews.org/kevins-blog/idaho-ranks-no-22-new-child-welfare-study/

KS: Kids Count report: Kansas sees drop in national education ranking
Lawrence Journal-World – June 21, 2016
Several measures of public education in Kansas have gotten worse over the last several years, causing the state to slip in a national ranking. Kansas dropped from 12th to 20th nationally, with measures of reading, math and early childhood education showing declines. Data Book: http://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-the2016kidscountdatabook-2016.pdf
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2016/jun/21/kansas-see-drop-national-education-ranking/

KY: Health rankings improve, poverty continues to be a challenge for Kentucky kids
Bowling Green Daily News – June 21, 2016
Kentucky ranks 35th in overall child well-being in the nation, based on 16 indicators of economic well-being, education, health, family and community, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT. Data Book: http://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-the2016kidscountdatabook-2016.pdf
http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/health-rankings-improve-poverty-continues-to-be-a-challenge-for/article_28664347-89ab-555a-8916-ef3591938f3b.html

LA: With latest budget crisis averted, L.A. Unified eyes next challenge: passing Prop. 30 tax extension (Includes audio)
KPCC – June 21, 2016
If the Prop. 30 extension does not pass and the dispute with the state – over advocates’ allegations that L.A. Unified has shortchanged targeted programs for English Learners, foster kids and low-income students – is not decided in the district’s favor, the district’s budget deficit in 2018-19 could grow to more than $573 million.
http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/06/21/61823/with-latest-budget-crisis-averted-l-a-unified-eyes/

MA: State places second in national child welfare rankings
MassLive – June 21, 2016
A new national report has ranked Massachusetts second among all the states in child well-being. Data Book: http://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-the2016kidscountdatabook-2016.pdf
http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/06/massachusetts_ranks_second_in.html

MS: Annual Kids Count report paints bleak picture for Mississippi children
The Mississippi Press – June 21, 2016
Mississippi, according to the annual Kids Count report released Tuesday, ranks 49th in Economic Well-Being, 47th in Education, 49th in Health and 50th in Family and Community indicators. Data Book: http://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-the2016kidscountdatabook-2016.pdf
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2016/06/annual_kids_count_report_paint.html

NE: Editorial: Child welfare: Stability is key
Omaha Daily World – June 22, 2016
The state Department of Health and Human Services currently is meeting key federal thresholds, as is the Nebraska Families Collaborative, which handles child welfare cases in Douglas County. A new report from the state Foster Care Review Office says Nebraska had reduced multiple out-of-home placements for many children.
http://www.omaha.com/opinion/world-herald-editorial-child-welfare-stability-is-key/article_b646498d-6ad1-5c69-9e67-aef0121eb2da.html

NV: Report: NV schools no longer worst in country, now 2nd worst
Reno Gazette-Journal – June 21, 2016
Looking at individual categories, Nevada ranks lowly in all areas. The Silver State ranked 44th for family/community environment and 40th for both economic well-being and children’s health. Data Book: http://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-the2016kidscountdatabook-2016.pdf
http://www.rgj.com/story/news/education/2016/06/21/report-nevada-schools-no-longer-worst-country-now-2nd-worst/86191940/

PA: Commentary: Bucks case show value of child-abuse reports (Press release)
The Philadelphia Inquirer – June 22, 2016
New laws were passed in the commonwealth that refined the definition of child abuse, broadened who is mandated by law to report, required training in the recognition and reporting of child maltreatment by licensed professionals across Pennsylvania, and closed existing cracks in the system. As a result, the child-welfare system has been flooded with increased reports of suspected abuse as professionals have increased their awareness and reporting.
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20160622_Commentary__Bucks_case_show_value_of_child-abuse_reports.html

PA: State Department of Human Services Modernizes Language About Individuals with an Intellectual Disability
PR Newswire – June 21, 2016
The Wolf Administration has modernized language in 24 chapters of licensing regulations governing: intellectual disability and mental health programs; county programs; and the regulations for adult training centers, vocational facilities, state operated facilities, personal care homes, assisted living residences, and child residential facilities.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pennsylvania-department-of-human-services-modernizes-language-about-individuals-with-an-intellectual-disability-300288067.html

TX: Judge doubles workload for team working on foster care overhaul
Houston Chronicle – June 20, 2016
Judge Janis Graham Jack of the Southern District of Texas approved a work plan Monday that orders nine experts to collectively spend up to 2,034 hours from June through September devising answers to problems that long have handicapped the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and moved children from one dangerous home into another. Also: Court beefs up team researching Texas foster care overhaul: http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Foster-Care-8314212.php
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Judge-doubles-workload-for-team-working-on-foster-8314096.php

VT: Nurse-Family Partnership celebrates first class of graduates
Vermont Business Magazine – June 21, 2016
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) of Central Vermont has celebrated its first graduating class of moms and babies at the State House Cafeteria in Montpelier. Nurse-Family Partnership is a national, evidence-based program that supports first-time mothers with education and care to promote healthy pregnancies and empower women to achieve better lives for themselves and their families
http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/nurse-family-partnership-celebrates-first-class-graduates

US: UNDERGROUND: American Woman Who Underwent Female Genital Mutilation Comes Forward to Help Others (Includes video)
ABC News – June 22, 2016
Performing FGC/M on U.S. soil has been illegal since 1996. A 2013 federal law banned sending children overseas for the procedure.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/underground-american-woman-underwent-female-genital-mutilation-forward/story?id=39728421

US: Why Does the Rabbinical Council of America Refuse to Protect Children from Child Molesters? (Opinion)
The Algemeiner – June 22, 2016
Doesn’t the executive vice president of the largest rabbinic organization in the world have an obligation to protect the children in our synagogues, schools, yeshivas, mikvahs, and summer camps from sexual abuse and harm?
http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/06/22/why-does-the-rabbinical-council-of-america-refuse-to-protect-children-from-child-molesters/

US: House Passes Child Welfare Finance Reform Bill
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 21, 2016
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Family First Prevention Services Act, which now heads back to the chamber that originated its framework.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/house-passes-child-welfare-finance-reform-bill/19094

US: International adoption immigration flaws lead to citizenship surprises (Includes video)
The Seattle Globist – June 21, 2016
But the process of international adoption is actually a lengthy and difficult one. It requires consistent follow up, determination and money. Not everyone follows through on all the steps – and the results of that negligence can be tragic.
http://www.seattleglobalist.com/2016/06/21/international-adoption-immigration-process-citizenship-flaws/52774

US: Opening New Doors to Recruit and Retain Foster Parents (Opinion)
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 21, 2016
The concept of ‘openness’ in adoption has often been associated with the private adoption of infants. Although the bulk of research on openness has largely focused on this type of adoption, increasingly today researchers and practitioners are considering how openness can be a part of all types of adoptions.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/adoption/opening-new-doors-recruit-retain-foster-parents/19022

US: Profits over care make case for immigration reform (Opinion)
The Hill – June 21, 2016
This month, the California Senate passed the Dignity Not Detention Act (SB 1289), authored by Senator Ricardo Lara, and co-sponsored by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC). This is the first bill in the nation to prohibit municipalities from contracting with for-profit immigration detention facilities, to require all other detention facilities in California to uphold national humane treatment standards, and to allow people to sue if their rights are violated under these basic standards.
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/immigration/284114-profits-over-care-make-case-for-immigration-reform

US: Reunification Month: Teaming Up For Families (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – June 21, 2016
For many parents in the unfortunate and heart-breaking position of having their child placed in the hands of the state, this Iowa mother captures the essence of what they need to have a meaningful opportunity to reunify with their baby: a team behind them.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-melmed/reunification-month-teami_b_10528828.html

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Australia: Merged super-department Families SA and Education Department created by Jay Weatherill to finally split (Includes video)
The Advertiser – June 22, 2016
Jay Weatherill has survived a no confidence brought against him by the Liberals ver his handling of child protection in the state.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/merged-superdepartment-families-sa-and-education-department-created-by-jay-weatherill-to-finally-split/news-story/933bba1adcd35104c6668359bb86243f

Canada: Declining number of foster parents in Canada becoming a crisis
CTV News – June 21, 2016
Canada is having a foster-parent crisis, with so few people willing to serve that one province is preparing to house infants in group homes if necessary.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/declining-number-of-foster-parents-in-canada-becoming-a-crisis-1.2955224

Kenya: PBO to use maternity wards data to ascertain FGM prevalence rate
Kenya News Agency – June 21, 2016
An international public benefit organisation wants to use data from maternity wards in areas prone to Female Genital Mutilation to ascertain the vice prevalence rate.
http://kenyanewsagency.go.ke/en/pbo-to-use-maternity-wards-data-to-ascertain-fgm-prevalence-rate-in-maasai-and-kuria/

United Kingdom: NSPCC: rise in Northern Ireland child neglect cases
BBC News – June 22, 2016
Criminal cases of cruelty and neglect involving children have increased by 60% in the last five years, according to research by NSPCC Northern Ireland. The charity has used PSNI statistics as the basis of its 2016 report How Safe Are Our Children? Report: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/research-reports/how-safe-children-2016-report.pdf
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-36591281

AL: Hubbard trial sheds light on state’s leeway to spend federal assistance money
Anniston Star – June 18, 2016
The Boys and Girls Clubs set-aside was just one of several deals prosecutors alleged that Hubbard struck, and few took note of it. But long-time watchers of Temporary Aid to Needy Families — the federal program once known as welfare — say it’s not unusual to see state politicians funneling money to their favorite projects through the program, which for 20 years has given state governments broad discretion over spending of federal aid money.
http://www.annistonstar.com/news/state/hubbard-trial-sheds-light-on-state-s-leeway-to-spend/article_daf50878-359b-11e6-a777-d7d22eb7527f.html

FL: Foster parents are ‘core’ of child welfare system, more needed in Duval, Nassau counties
Florida Times-Union – June 20, 2016
The number of children in foster care in the two counties averages about 300 children a month, said Lee Kaywork, CEO of Jacksonville-based Family Support Services, the lead agency for foster care, adoption and family preservation in Duval and Nassau counties. The agency tries to license 70 new foster homes every year, but ideally there would be 70 more on top of that, Kaywork said Monday at a meeting of the Times-Union’s editorial board.
http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2016-06-20/story/foster-parents-are-core-child-welfare-system-more-needed-duval-nassau

FL: Investigation prompts resignations at Pensacola DCF
Pensacola News Journal – June 20, 2016
There has been a shakeup at the local office of the state Department of Children and Families after an investigation found, among other things, that some child protective investigators were working an “excessive” caseload without the proper certification.
http://www.pnj.com/story/news/crime/2016/06/20/investigation-prompts-resignations-pensacola-dcf/86140810/

MI: State’s Child Protection Registry: Ruth Johnson June 20 (Audio)
WHTC – June 20, 2016
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson chatted with Gary Stevens & Mary Ellen Murphy about the relaunching of the Michigan Child Protection Registry website.
http://whtc.com/podcasts/whtc-news/99/michigans-child-protection-registry-ruth-johnson-june-20/

MN: Foster parents feeling burned out, cleaned out
Star Tribune – June 21, 2016
The number of homes hasn’t kept up with an increase in kids, raising questions about the resources at parents’ disposal. Photo Gallery: http://www.startribune.com/cuts-challenging-kids-creating-a-shortage-of-foster-parents/383677511/
http://www.startribune.com/foster-parents-getting-burned-out-cleaned-out/383642021/#1

MT: State dubbed ‘most improved’ in new national education report
Montana Standard – June 21, 2016
It comes from the newest Kids Count Data Book, released Tuesday, in which Montana was highlighted as the state showing the most improvement in child well-being since last year. Montana moved from 30th to 24th, according to Kids Count, the data tracking arm of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which focuses on child welfare. Data Book: http://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-the2016kidscountdatabook-2016.pdf
http://mtstandard.com/news/state-and-regional/montana-dubbed-most-improved-in-new-national-education-report/article_530a0df8-22b2-5c12-9ad5-6875554168c8.html

MT: MSU professors receive grant to study rural victim service provider needs (Press release)
Montana State University News Service – June 20, 2016
Two Montana State University professors have received a grant from the Montana Healthcare Foundation to research health disparities and victim service provider needs among American Indians in Montana. Information Gateway Resource: Grant Application Tools: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/management/funding/grant-tools/
http://www.montana.edu/news/16231/msu-professors-receive-grant-to-study-rural-victim-service-provider-needs

NE: Gov. Ricketts, DHHS Unveil Agency Business Plan and Priority Initiatives (Press release)
Office of Governor Pete Ricketts – June 20, 2016
The plan follows the lead of Governor Ricketts who has improved the performance of state government through strategic actions and measureable outcomes over the course of the first 18 months of his administration. DHHS in particular has been applauded by the public and its partners for the significant advancements it has made under new leadership. For example, call wait times at the agency’s call center for public benefits have dropped from almost 24 minutes in August 2014 to less than five minutes in recent months. Additionally, the state’s child welfare system exceeded all six federal standards in 2015. Three years ago HHS met only two standards. Business plan: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Documents/BusinessPlan.pdf
http://krvn.com/regional-news/gov-ricketts-dhhs-unveil-agency-business-plan-and-priority-initiatives/

NM: Some gains made, but New Mexico still 49th in child welfare
Santa Fe New Mexican – June 21, 2016
An annual data analysis that has come to be a state-by-state report card on the welfare of the nation’s children — and is often cited in New Mexico’s partisan battles over educational reform — again ranks New Mexico near the bottom, even dropping the state to last place when it comes to educational measures and the number of kids living in poverty. Data Book: http://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-the2016kidscountdatabook-2016.pdf
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/some-gains-made-but-new-mexico-still-th-in-child/article_09fe231e-9ad5-53d9-aa6e-d1b1f42defa9.html

NY: Scott Stringer’s botched hit on Mayor de Blasio (Opinion)
New York Post – June 17, 2016
City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s new report slamming Mayor de Blasio’s Administration for Children’s Services looks like a swing and a miss. Also: ACS risked safety of children, audit says: http://www.qchron.com/editions/south/acs-risked-safety-of-children-audit-says/article_379609cd-4f27-555e-8c95-148ad01f8c8e.html Press Release: http://comptroller.nyc.gov/newsroom/comptroller-stringer-audit-reveals-administration-for-childrens-services-abdicated-oversight-role-of-juvenile-justice-program-putting-youth-at-risk/
http://nypost.com/2016/06/17/scott-stringers-botched-hit-on-mayor-de-blasio/

PA: Philly Child Welfare System Faces Crucial Test
Q102 – June 20, 2016
Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services is facing a crucial test today to get its full state license restored. It must hand in a revised plan of correction to address some 70 violations cited when the state downgraded its license last month to provisional status.
http://q102.iheart.com/articles/247-philadelphia-news-494092/philly-child-welfare-system-faces-crucial-14828373/

PA: Local Agencies Hope To Get More Children Insured In U.S.
CBS Philadelphia – June 18, 2016
The rate of uninsured children has fallen to an all-time low: Less than five percent nationally. Two local agencies hope to take it even lower, with the help of one-and-a-half Million dollars in federal grants.
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/06/18/more-children-insured-in-u-s/

SD: Report: South Dakota’s Improving Kids’ Well-Being; More Work Needed (Includes audio)
Public News Service – June 21, 2016
When it comes to children’s well-being, South Dakota is doing better than most other states, but researchers say there’s still work to do. The latest national Kids Count Data Book ranks South Dakota 14th in the nation, up four spots from the year before. Data Book: http://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-the2016kidscountdatabook-2016.pdf
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-06-21/childrens-issues/report-south-dakotas-improving-kids-well-being-more-work-needed/a52529-1

TX: Need for Families Spikes as Texas Children Sleep in CPS Offices (Press release)
PR Web – June 20, 2016
The Associated Press reported that in April, over 24 young people spent at least two nights in state offices. That follows 42 children who spent at least two nights in social workers’ offices during March after there were no foster homes available for them.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/06/prweb13491275.htm

TX: CPS works to keep up with growing needs of abused, neglected children (Includes video)
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal – June 18, 2016
With nearly 30 percent of Lubbock County’s 144 CPS workers quitting last fiscal year, CPS is tasked with training new investigators who will eventually determine if an allegation of abuse or neglect warrants removing a child from his or her guardian. The turnover rate also provides challenges for the remaining investigators who must take over the abandoned cases and quickly adapt to the specialized needs of each family.
http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2016-06-18/cps-works-keep-growing-needs-abused-neglected-children#.V2h-BKLMZps

VT: Child welfare: Need for services on the rise
Manchester Journal – June 20, 2016
DCF staff members are overwhelmed with work, O’Brien said, adding that more resources have been allocated to the department. Two positions are being added at the Brattleboro office. State Rep. Mike Mrowicki, D-Putney, pointed at the heroin and opioid epidemic pulling apart homes across Vermont but not did forget about the destructiveness of alcohol.
http://www.manchesterjournal.com/latestnews/ci_30038022/child-welfare-need-services-rise?source=rss

WI: Wisconsin Faces a Shortage of Foster Families (Includes audio)
WUWM – June 20, 2016
The number of children in Wisconsin needing foster care has surged over the last two years. Today, there are about 6,000 Wisconsin kids in foster care, and the state removes between 350 and 400 additional children from their homes every month.
http://wuwm.com/post/wisconsin-faces-shortage-foster-families

WV: Next Step for Drug Addicted Moms who get Clean (Includes video)
WOWK – June 20, 2016
It’s a story we hear too often, kids taken into Child Protective Services while their parents are arrested for using drugs. But even if parents are able to get clean, it can be difficult to get custody. One sober living program in Charleston, Rea of Hope, works with women after their drug treatment. The program gets them ready to live on their own and often become a family again.
http://www.tristateupdate.com/story/32265980/next-step-for-drug-addicted-moms-who-get-clean

US: Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Final Rule: FAQs on ICWA Proceedings
Chronicle of Social Change – June 20, 2016
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has released a series of frequently asked questions related to its recent final rule pertaining to Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) proceedings. Final rule: http://www.indianaffairs.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/text/idc1-034238.pdf FAQ: http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/xraca/documents/text/idc1-034295.pdf
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/report/bureau-indian-affairs-final-rule-faqs-icwa-proceedings/19049

US: Rethinking Outreach, Engagement Strategies for Human Services Agencies (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – June 20, 2016
The broad adoption of social media, mobile devices and responsive web content demands that human services agencies think differently about their outreach and engagement tactics with today’s connected citizens. If not, they risk the possibility of failing to meet their core missions and goals of providing services to those in need.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/opinion/rethinking-outreach-engagement-strategies-human-services-agencies/18979

US: There’s a long road ahead for young adults who ‘age out’ of the foster care system in America (Video)
Fusion.net – June 20, 2016
More than 400,000 children are living in foster care in the US. and 20,000 of those kids will ‘age out’ each year. Having grown up in the foster care system, magnetic street poet Brieanna is about to age out and be forced to fend for herself.
http://fusion.net/video/316482/modern-foster-care-system-america/

US: Becoming a father – a choice for more single men (Includes audio)
Courier Journal – June 19, 2016
Single men adopting children is a nationally growing trend. “It’s happening everywhere as there are more men who want to be dads even when they are not married or attached in another way,” said Adam Pertman, president of the Boston-based National Center on Adoption and Permanency and author of “Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families — and America.”
http://www.courier-journal.com/story/life/family/2016/06/18/becoming-father—choice-more-single-men/85251538/

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Ghana: Child Protection Act 560 doesn’t facilitate child welfare — Officer
Ghana Business News – June 18, 2016
Mr Sylvester Kyei Gyamfi, Principal Programme Officer of the Department of Gender, Children and Social Protection, says the current Child Protection Act 560, has not helped in the promotion of child and family welfare programmes.
https://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2016/06/18/158677/

FL: Viewpoint: Fathers behind bars (Opinion)
Pensacola News Journal – June 17, 2016
For two years, there was no gathering for Fathers Day in our home. I was an absent father, not by choice, but because I was a federal prisoner, inmate 06833-097. My children didn’t understand any of the legal issues. They only knew that their dad was not home with them, and they felt abandoned.
http://www.pnj.com/story/opinion/2016/06/17/viewpoint-fathers-behind-bars/86032812/

HI: A man’s efforts to find his birth parents leads to legislation that eases access to adoption records
News of Hawaii – June 19, 2016
He had been searching for his biological parents for about two decades, but because of obstacles in Hawaii law relating to the release of adoption records and original birth certificates, it wasn’t until after she had died that he discovered her identity.
https://newsofhawaii.com/a-mans-efforts-to-find-his-birth-parents-leads-to-legislation-that-eases-access-to-adoption-records/

LA: Tax bills won’t produce as much as originally thought
Times Picayune – June 19, 2016
If no more money is raised, higher education, child welfare services, public schools, the TOPS scholarship program and several other state services will be cut on July 1, under the current budget plan.
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/06/less_money_budget_crisis.html

MI: Custody dispute hinges on tribal court decision
Traverse City Record Eagle – June 19, 2016
Three Traverse City children are stuck in the center of a custody dispute — a complex web that pulls together the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians tribal code and two non-native families.
http://www.record-eagle.com/news/lifestyles/custody-dispute-hinges-on-tribal-court-decision/article_cd2fc5f2-8f49-53ec-b608-3d3b5475ec47.html

MN: Not enough foster care beds (News graphic)
Minneapolis Star Tribune – June 17, 2016
The number of children in foster care continues to go up, outpacing the increase in the number of foster care beds.
http://www.startribune.com/not-enough-foster-care-beds/383461281/

NC: Moore County commissioners want clarification on authority over DSS board
Fayetteville Observer – June 17, 2016
Picerno said he has long been concerned about turnover at DSS. Records from the state Department of Health and Human Services show that 17 of the department’s 21 Child Protective Services workers left in 2015. That was the highest turnover rate of any medium or large DSS system in the state. Former DSS Child Protective Services workers said they left largely because of uncaring supervisors, unbending rules, unmanageable caseloads and burnout.
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/moore-county-commissioners-want-clarification-on-authority-over-dss-board/article_4202925e-2b55-58b9-9dbd-1003cbc7db61.html

ND: Grandparents increasingly becoming parents again in ‘grandfamilies’
InForum – June 19, 2016
According to the AARP’s “GrandFacts” report based on the 2010 U.S. Census, more than 2,700 grandparents in North Dakota were household heads caring for their grandchildren. Of those, 47 percent are solely responsible, with no parents of the children present in the home.
http://www.inforum.com/news/4057482-grandparents-increasingly-becoming-parents-again-grandfamilies

NY: Protect every kid by improving the Administration for Children’s Services (Opinion)
New York Daily News – June 20, 2016
Examining records of 25 children whose parents are suspected of having abused or neglected them — a random sampling of the 60,000 households put under investigation annually by the agency’s child protective services division — Stringer’s auditors found that required biweekly meetings with the children happened far less regularly, leaving kids dangerously unwatched.
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/protect-kid-administration-children-services-article-1.2678293

OH: New law to put Ohio Guardianship Guide into the hands of all guardians
Daily Advocate – June 17, 2016
The law requires clerks of Ohio’s probate courts to give new and current guardians a copy of the guardianship guide, which was created by Attorney General DeWine in 2014 to reduce confusion surrounding guardianship in Ohio so that individuals are better equipped to serve as guardians or protect relatives under guardianship.
http://dailyadvocate.com/features/community/18917/new-law-to-put-ohio-guardianship-guide-into-the-hands-of-all-guardians

PA: Phila Child Welfare System Faces Crucial Test
CBS Philadelphia – June 19, 2016
Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services faces a crucial test on Monday in its effort to get its full state license restored. It must hand in a revised plan of correction to address some 70 violations cited when the state downgraded its license last month to provisional status
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/06/19/phila-child-welfare-system-faces-crucial-test/

SC: Fostering overdue reform (Opinion)
Post and Courier – June 20, 2016
By agreeing to make reforms in foster care, the state of South Carolina is beginning a critical process to protect its most vulnerable children — and to remove a shameful stain on its reputation for not having done so earlier.
http://www.postandcourier.com/20160620/160629965/fostering-overdue-reform&source=RSS

TX: State fighting judge’s order to fix foster care system on every front, in ways other states haven’t (Opinion)
Dallas Morning News – June 17, 2016
Such class action suits have helped improve the lives of foster children — at least, for a time — in more than 30 states since the early 1980s. But Paxton and his predecessor, Gov. Greg Abbott, have dug in their heels in way other states’ officials haven’t, experts on child welfare litigation said.
http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2016/06/texas-fighting-judges-order-to-fix-foster-care-system-on-every-front-in-ways-other-states-havent.html/

US: Young Adults Leaving Foster Care Need Help With Finances
Psych Central – June 19, 2016
Each year in the U.S., more than 23,000 youth age out of foster care after turning 18. The new study examines the challenges these young people must face in finding steady income and how they cope with these challenges.
http://psychcentral.com/news/2016/06/19/lacking-family-support-young-adults-leaving-foster-care-need-financial-guidance/104945.html

US: As Cubans Rush Through Texas, Immigration Policy Questioned
Pew Charitable Trusts – June 17, 2016
Some members of Congress, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., whose parents emigrated from Cuba, have introduced bills that would end part or all of Cubans’ special immigration status or benefits. But others, such as Ruben Garcia, director of the Annunciation House, say similar asylum privileges should be granted to people from other countries who are fleeing conditions that are worse than those Cubans face at home.
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2016/06/17/as-cubans-rush-through-texas-immigration-policy-questioned

US: Differential Response and Safety in Six State Child Welfare Systems (Press release)(Includes audio)
U.S, Administration for Children and Families – June 17, 2016
A brief released by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation examines child abuse reporting patterns in six states whose child protective services systems include alternatives to traditional child maltreatment investigations. This new research indicates that children living in counties with higher percentages of alternative response (AR) cases were as safe as or safer than children in counties that rely more heavily on investigations, as measured by re-report and re-report with substantiation within six months of the initial report. Brief: https://aspe.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/204981/DifferentialResponse.pdf
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2016/06/differential-response-and-safety-in-six-state-child-welfare-systems

US: Using Cognitive Computing to Improve the Child Welfare System (Opinion)
GovLoop – June 17, 2016
According to the World Health Organization, 25 percent of adults worldwide report having been physically abused as children. In the US alone, there are around 6 million child protective reports annually. Better tools are needed to prevent incidents of abuse and neglect and to improve the overall child welfare system.
https://www.govloop.com/using-cognitive-computing-improve-child-welfare-system/

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Africa: Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children’s Rights
Relief Web – June 17, 2016
Children born today are generally better off in terms of security and protection as compared to children born 26 years ago before the African Children’s Charter was adopted. However, the continued challenges that children in conflict and crisis face — in particular those that are affected by armed conflict, subject to interpersonal conflict as well as violence against children, children on the move, children from disadvantaged communities, children with disabilities and girls.
http://reliefweb.int/report/world/conflict-and-crisis-africa-protecting-all-children-s-rights

Australia: WA child protection numbers double over past 10 years to 4632
The Advertiser (Australia) – June 19, 2016
Despite an increase of about 670 children in care in the past three years alone, only six more frontline child protection workers have been employed since May 2013.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/wa-child-protection-numbers-double-over-past-10-years-to-4632/news-story/e591c2f941993c161ec4f91e7bf4f001

Canada: FSIN supports Saskatoon tribal council in dispute over child welfare
MySask.com – June 17, 2016
Saskatchewan’s Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says it is standing united with the Saskatoon Tribal Council in its jurisdictional fight with the province over child and family service matters.
http://www.mysask.com/portal/site/main/template.MAXIMIZE/home/?javax.portlet.tpst=635b2ff202604ea181fa421740315ae8_ws_MX&javax.portlet.prp_635b2ff202604ea181fa421740315ae8_viewID=story&javax.portlet.p

India: Broken families behind children going astray
The Hindu – June 19, 2016
There is an urgent need to take care of such children to ensure they do not take the path of crime, said Additional Family Judge T Venugopal here on Saturday at the programme organised by the District Legal Services Authority. There is a need to protect marriages from breaking because in every such family the immediate casualty is the child.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/broken-families-behind-children-going-astray/article8748308.ece

Malawi: APM calls for child labour elimination support
My Nation – June 18, 2016
President Peter Mutharika yesterday called on Malawians and all child welfare stakeholders in the country to join forces and eliminate child labour, warning that those who participate in the exposure of children to child labour will face the law.
http://mwnation.com/apm-calls-for-child-labour-elimination-support/

 

AR: Locked-up dad hard on kids, group says
Arkansas Online – June 17, 2016
“Any time you increase the number of parents in prison, you increase the number of families affected,” she said. “The third-highest reason for children placed in foster care in Arkansas is parental imprisonment.”
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/jun/17/locked-up-dad-hard-on-kids-group-says-2/?latest

CA: Foster care system takes its knocks, but it works for many: Dennis McCarthy (Opinion)
San Gabriel Valley Tribune – June 16, 2016
They are 175 foster care kids who have beaten every obstacle put in their path and succeeded beyond all expectations. They have shown the courage and they have the dreams. Now, it’s time to pursue them.
http://www.sgvtribune.com/social-affairs/20160616/foster-care-system-takes-its-knocks-but-it-works-for-many-dennis-mccarthy

MI: Foster care struggles motivate youth for future success
Mlive.com – June 16, 2016
Collins and other foster children say their life experience provides the motivation for their success, and they’ll be able to share the rough patches and the highs at two events in Michigan this month.
http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2016/06/foster_care_experience_pushes.html

MO: Child abuse, neglect, child porn and sexual assault covered in new bill
KOMU – June 16, 2016
House Bill 1877, sponsored by Rep. David Wood, R-Versailles, consists of seven sections, all aimed at preventing abuse and neglect, as well as enhancing the lives of children in the state’s foster care system.
http://www.komu.com/news/child-abuse-neglect-child-porn-and-sexual-assault-covered-in-new-bill

MO: Lacking family support, those transitioning out of foster care need financial assistance
EurekAlert! – June 16, 2016
Every year, more than 23,000 youth leave foster care after turning 18 and begin adulthood. Unlike their peers who can depend on family who serve as support systems, those coming out of foster care have to be more self-sufficient and often face elevated risks of homelessness and poverty.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uom-lfs061616.php

NC: Child Welfare System Failing Children, Families, Reports Say
North Carolina Health News – June 16, 2016
“North Carolina’s system of practice is not designed in a way that consistently protects vulnerable children in North Carolina,” read a synopsis of the audits prepared by the North Carolina Association of County Departments of Social Services.
http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2016/06/16/nc-child-welfare-system-failing-children-families-reports-say/

NC: Ex-social workers discuss pressures of job
Associated Press – June 16, 2016
Susan Reeves had been a Moore County Child Protective Services case manager for about five years when she decided she couldn’t take it any longer.
http://yourdailyjournal.com/wire/state-wire/37504/ex-social-workers-discuss-pressures-of-job

NY: NYC’s child welfare agency keeps putting kids in harm’s way
New York Post – June 16, 2016
The city’s child welfare agency failed to follow its own guidelines for investigating abuse and “continues to put children in harm’s way,” says a City Comptroller’s report released Thursday.
http://nypost.com/2016/06/16/nycs-child-welfare-agency-keeps-putting-kids-in-harms-way/

RI: Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse teams up with city for youth mental health training
Warwick Beacon – June 16, 2016
In an effort to better address those issues throughout the city, the Warwick Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse secured a $1,500 grant from the city to hold training sessions in Youth Mental Health First Aid for city personnel.
http://warwickonline.com/stories/coalition-to-prevent-child-abuse-teams-up-with-city-for-youth-mental-health-training,113578

WA: CNAY gets grant to promote racial equity, healing among Native youth (Press release)
Center for Native American Youth – June 16, 2016
The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at the Aspen Institute has begun a three-year project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to promote racial equity and healing for Native American youth. The $450,000 grant will foster racial healing through peer-to-peer dialogues with Native youth and a collaborative strategy to shift the national narrative to highlight the strengths and resiliency of Native American youth.
http://www.nativetimes.com/index.php/life/health/13261-cnay-gets-grant-to-promote-racial-equity-healing-among-native-youth

US: Final regulations to strengthen implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act issued
Char-Koosta News – June 16, 2016
Acting Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts announced final, updated measures to protect the rights of Indian children, their parents and their tribes in state child welfare proceedings. The measures, comprised in a final rule announced today, will support the stability and security of Indian families and tribes by providing a more consistent interpretation of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), regardless of the child welfare worker, judge or state involved.
http://www.charkoosta.com/2016/2016_06_16/Regs_strengthen_ICWA.html

US: House Republicans Vote To Block Military From Using Bases To Temporarily Shelter Immigrant Kids
Huffington Post – June 16, 2016
Those Republicans won on Thursday, when the House of Representatives voted to block the military from temporarily housing unaccompanied minors on military bases through two amendments to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republicans-unaccompanied-minors-military-bases_us_57630892e4b09c926cfea268

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United Arab Emirates: UAE makes reporting of child abuse, negligence mandatory
ArabianBusiness.com – June 15, 2016
The law was drafted to ensure every child in the UAE, whether a resident or tourist, has the right to live and be safe, be educated, and be protected from neglect and all forms of abuse, whether physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or psychological.
http://www.arabianbusiness.com/uae-makes-reporting-of-child-abuse-negligence-mandatory-635354.html#.V2Lxk02FOUk

United Kingdom: Adopting more children from care will save £310m, says government
Community Care – June 17, 2016
An impact assessment on the Children and Social Work Bill found as much as £310 million could be saved over the next 10 years through more looked-after children being adopted and fewer fostering placements being needed.
http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/06/17/adopting-children-care-will-save-310m-says-government/

United Kingdom: RCM calls for new anti-FGM action plan
Mediplacements – June 15, 2016
The UK’s Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is calling for the government to implement a new action plan to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country.
http://www.mediplacements.com/article-801820221-rcm_calls_for_new_anti_fgm.html

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Bikers work to end Child Abuse in Maine

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MAINE (Beth McEvoy, NEWS CENTER) — Every year millions of children are abused in the United States. Many don’t know where to turn when the …

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Migrants from UK urged to give evidence to child abuse inquiry

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Judge Lowell Goddard is fast-tracking her investigation into the sexual abuse of child migrants from the UK because of the advanced age and possible …

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Child abuse interviews rethink urged by children’s commissioner

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The children’s commissioner for England will call for a radical rethink of the way children are interviewed in abuse cases, at a meeting later.

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Brockton babysitter accused of horrific child abuse on two boys

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Brockton babysitter accused of horrific child abuse on two boys … The victims described horrific abuse by Intelisano while she was babysitting them …

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Former child-care worker acquitted of child abuse

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A Forsyth County jury acquitted a former child-care teacher of child abuse charges on Wednesday. Juneaice Nichole Neely, 33, of Linville Street in …

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Brockton babysitter accused of horrific child abuse on boys in her care

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Brockton babysitter accused of horrific child abuse on boys in her care … BROCKTON – A Brockton woman is facing 16 child abuse charges after being …

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Brockton babysitter accused of horrific child abuse on 2 boys

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—A Brockton woman is facing 16 child abuse charges after being accused of horrifically abusing a 4-year-old boy and his 9-year-old brother over the …

Babysitter faces 16 child abuse charges – WCVB Boston

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Officials searching for man charged with child abuse after son hospitalized, on life support

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According to Detective Snyder, Dominic Moore charged with aggravated child abuse. Police say the alleged abuse happened Friday between 8 a.m. …

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Day care worker arrested for child abuse in Brevard County

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Carla Howard, a 22-year-old day care worker, was arrested Friday evening on charges of child abuse, according to Melbourne Beach police.

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Man charged with child abuse after Wall-Mart incident

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James Timothy Cooper, 38, was arrested June 4 on a felony charge of child abuse in connection with the incident. Officers reported that after …

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Criminals and child abuse

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Although we live in a civilized society, yet some still indirectly consider child abuse to be normal. In fact, in equating politics with the welfare of children, …

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Small Victims, Large Numbers: the raw truth about child abuse

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The project is named Small Victims, Large Numbers, it is about the raw and unknown truth about child abuse. 520 children in 10 years is 1 child a …

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Social Education and the Importance of the First Five Years

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Investing in the first five years of a child’s life is the best way to see positive returns and to avoid paying later for problems we can prevent now.

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Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2016 Jun 11. [Epub ahead of print]. Child abuse and the prevalence of suicide attempts among those reporting …

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Public roundtable to examine response from police and other agencies

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The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will host a public roundtable on 15 June to discuss responses to child …

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Ohio child abuse survivors tell their stories

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Three central Ohio residents who endured horrific foster care child abuse have joined several young survivors going public with their stories.

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Child Abuse Awareness Ride Coming Up

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“We have a child abuse awareness ride coming up on June 18th. We want to promote obliviously awareness of the epidemic that it is and we want to …

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Wilmington couple charged with human trafficking, child abuse

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A man and wife charged with human trafficking and child abuse–made their first court appearance. Wilmington Police arrested Michael and Cheyenne …

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Three men arrested in Owasso on child abuse complaints

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Three men were arrested Tuesday morning after police say they found drugs in a vehicle the men were driving.

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Nebraskan accused of fatal child abuse wants her trial moved

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A woman accused of child abuse in the death of her 4-year-old daughter wants her trial moved out of Madison County. Norfolk radio station KNEN …

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CA: New Sacramento Co. budget includes health program for undocumented immigrants
KCRA – June 15, 2016
County adds initiatives to help homeless population as well as the Healthy Partners Program that provides healthcare services to undocumented immigrants…
http://www.kcra.com/news/local-news/news-sacramento/new-sacramento-co-budget-includes-health-program-for-undocumented-immigrants/40079118

CA: With High Caseloads, L.A. County Again Faces Overstays in Shelters
Chronicle of Social Change – June 15, 2016
In February, L.A. County’s Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) announced the closures of the Children’s and Youth Welcome Centers as part of a settlement to a lawsuit brought against the agency by the state. The lawsuit centered on chronic “overstays” by children at the facilities, which were licensed to keep children for up to 24 hours. But in recent weeks, some children have been temporarily placed at the Children’s Welcome Center for the first time since its closure.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/news-2/high-caseloads-la-county-faces-overstay/18942

HI: Our New Ice Age: Meth And Regaining Motherhood
Honolulu Civil Beat – June 15, 2016
“I made her sign a contract that I would hanai (adopt) her children until she got herself cleaned up and into counseling,” Cypher recalled. “If it took jail to do that, that’s what it took. But that was the agreement, that I would give them back to her after she cleaned up her act.”
http://www.civilbeat.org/2016/06/hawaiis-new-ice-age-meth-and-regaining-motherhood/

IN: Baby box founder undeterred by warning, plans defense fund
Associated Press – June 16, 2016
The founder of an organization that has installed boxes where mothers can leave unwanted infants is undeterred by a warning from Indiana that they are illegal and intends to make sure more mothers have protected access to them.
http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S3718870.shtml?cat=600#.V2KRUk2FO4Q

MD: Wicomico, Somerset, Worcester lead Md. in child abuse
Delmarva Daily Times – June 16, 2016
According to the Maryland Department of Health, in 2014, the most recent statistics, 13.4 out of every 1,000 children in Wicomico County were subject to some variety of abuse, compared to a state average of 9.9 and a national average of 8.5. In Worcester county, that number jumps to 29 out of 1,000, and for Somerset, the number comes in at 30.5.
http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2016/06/16/documenting-child-sex-abuse/85480620/

MO: Governor signs law meant to fight child abuse and neglect
Missourinet – June 16, 2016
House Bill 1877 requires that people be listed on the Child Abuse and Neglect registry for more crimes: rape; sodomy; promoting prostitution of a victim younger than 18; sexual exploitation of a minor; using a child in a sexual performance or promoting a sexual performance by a child; and possessing child pornography or giving it to a minor.
http://www.missourinet.com/2016/06/16/missouri-governor-signs-law-meant-to-fight-child-abuse-and-neglect/

MO: Wilmetta Toliver-Diallo elected to Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition Board
St. Louis American – June 15, 2016
She is an assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and senior lecturer in African & African American Studies at Washington University. The coalition is one of the largest recruiter of foster/adoptive homes.
http://www.stlamerican.com/business/people_on_the_move/article_1f945a00-32aa-11e6-b717-83bdb936ff5e.html

NY: State lawmakers push to end child marriages
New York Post – June 16, 2016
New York lawmakers are pushing legislation to crack down on forced marriages of children by raising the age at which they can legally wed to as high as 18.
http://nypost.com/2016/06/16/state-lawmakers-push-to-end-child-marriages/

OH: Righting the Ship: The Crucial Role of Ohio Dads in Kids’ Lives
Public News Service – June 16, 2016
When dad is around, experts say children do better in school and are less likely to get in trouble. Some Ohio child welfare agencies are working to ensure fathers are brought to the table when it comes to decisions regarding safety and permanency in their children’s lives.
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-06-16/family-father-issues/righting-the-ship-the-crucial-role-of-ohio-dads-in-kids-lives/a52461-1

PA: Philadelphia human services no longer holding kids overnight
Associated Press – June 15, 2016
After the state criticized a Philadelphia human services agency for regularly keeping children at its headquarters overnight, officials say staff are now trying to place kids with family or in emergency shelters or group homes.
http://www.centredaily.com/news/state/pennsylvania/article83868782.html

RI: House Committee To Hear Amendment To Child Abuse Reporting Statute
Rhode Island Public Radio – June 14, 2016
House lawmakers have scheduled a committee hearing Wednesday on a bill that would add schools to Rhode Island’s mandatory child abuse reporting law.
http://ripr.org/post/house-committee-hear-amendment-child-abuse-reporting-statute

SC: Dacusville church plans to build foster home community
Greenville News – June 13, 2016
Seeing a need for more family-based foster homes in Pickens County, and having 13 acres next to its church on Thomas Mill Road, LIFEchurch will break ground soon on the first of 8-10 homes which could provide housing in a family environment for 40-50 foster children, according to the Rev. Chad Albertson, senior pastor.
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/local/pickens-county/2016/06/13/dacusville-church-plans-build-foster-home-community/85834078/

TX: Statewide, Children Need Texas Families
Gilmer Mirror – June 15, 2016
Last week the Associated Press reported just over two dozen young people spent at least two nights in state offices during the month of April. In the month prior, 42 children in state care stayed at least two nights in social workers’ offices because there were no foster homes available to receive them.
http://gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/27210237/article-STATEWIDE–CHILDREN-NEED-TEXAS-FAMILIES?instance=secondary_stories_left_column

US: New law would have ruled out foster father accused in Bemidji girl’s death
Minneapolis Star Tribune – June 16, 2016
A Bemidji man accused of killing his 2-year-old foster daughter has a criminal record that would have prevented him from being a care provider under a law signed this month by President Obama, records show.
http://www.startribune.com/foster-father-accused-in-girl-s-death-had-criminal-record/383206481/

US: Stop TANF from Being the Child Welfare Slush Fund (Opinion)
Youth Today – June 16, 2016
In the great debate over child welfare finance reform, few are paying attention to one of the biggest scandals surrounding how we pay for child welfare right now: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) has become a child welfare slush fund. Information Gateway Resource: Reform Related to TANF: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/management/reform/tanf/
http://youthtoday.org/2016/06/stop-tanf-from-being-the-child-welfare-slush-fund/

US: Implicit Bias: More Than Just a Few Bad Apples
Youth Today – June 15, 2016
Youth of color experience the worst outcomes in every youth-serving system, including law enforcement, child welfare and education, the data show conclusively. This is due in part to unconscious or implicit biases that affect our understanding of individuals, based on their race and ethnicity, and cause us to alter our decision-making accordingly.
http://youthtoday.org/2016/06/implicit-bias-more-than-just-a-few-bad-apples/

BBC News

NHS baby death probes ‘not good enough’

BBC News

The inquiry, Each Baby Counts, has been set up to ensure lessons are … acting chief executive at Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, said …

Hospitals ‘not learning lessons’ from baby deaths, report suggests – ITV News

Baby death investigations ‘not good enough’ – WebMD.Boots.com

Newborn’s death ‘devastated our lives’, says Lincoln family as report calls for investigation – The Lincolnite

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Police investigating baby death, no charges filed

Glens Falls Post-Star

QUEENSBURY — Authorities are investigating the death Saturday of a weeks-old child at the baby’s home in Montcalm Apartments, and investigators …

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Mother and daughter plead guilty after pit bull baby death

Telegraph.co.uk

An American pit bull which saw a baby girl “as prey” and mauled her to death was described as “the most aggressive dog” a vet has ever seen.

Mum of baby girl savaged to death by pitbull named Bruiser guilty on banned breed charge – Mirror.co.uk

Mother whose baby girl was mauled to death by her American pit bull pleads guilty to being in – Daily Mail

Mum on trial over baby’s dog death – ITV News

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Residents reeling from baby boy’s death

New Zealand Herald

Police at the home where the three-month-old baby lived on 19th Ave, … The baby boy died in Tauranga Hospital on Tuesday after being brought in by …

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Shayne Robert Quinn pleads guilty over baby death

Brisbane Times

A Gold Coast father has pleaded guilty to killing his four-month-old baby girl. Shayne Robert Quinn appeared in Brisbane’s Supreme Court on …

Queensland dad pleads guilty over baby death – 9news.com.au

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Babysitter charged with manslaughter in baby’s death, accused of giving him lethal dose of Benadryl

fox8.com

The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office says 43-year-old Lori Ann Conley was indicted by the county grand jury Friday on charges that also include …

Ohio baby sitter charged with manslaughter in infant’s death – Youngstown Vindicator

Ohio baby sitter charged with manslaughter in infant’s death – Your News Now

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Washington Post

Baby Dies After Being Left in Hot Car by Father, Police Say

ABC News

Police in central Iowa are investigating the death of a baby they say was left inside a sweltering car while his father visited a barber shop. Des Moines …

Police: Baby dies after being left in hot car by father – DesMoinesRegister.com

Iowa: Baby Left In Hot Car Dies, Father Arrested For Child Endangerment – The Inquisitr

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Baby’s death at Lynn shelter investigated

The Boston Globe

LYNN — The death of a 4-month-old boy who was found not breathing in a homeless shelter last September is being investigated as a possible child …

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Couple questioned on suspicion of murder over six-month-old baby’s death

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A man and a woman are being questioned on suspicion of murder after the death of a baby boy in Bilston. Police were called to an address in Walnut …

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Milton-Freewater baby’s death under investigation in Washington

OregonLive.com

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — The Walla Walla County coroner says he’s investigating the death of an infant from Oregon. Coroner Richard Greenwood …

Investigation underway after Milton-Freewater baby dies – Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

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BBC News: NHS baby death investigations ‘not good enough’

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Sands calls for more effective review process & greater involvement for parents following the first Each Baby Counts report.

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One quarter of baby death investigations are poor quality

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The preliminary report forms part of the national Each Baby Counts initiative to halve – by 2020 – the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and severe …

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Enterprise News

Brockton babysitter accused of horrific child abuse on two boys

Enterprise News

A 31-year-old woman is said to have punished two boys, 4 and 9, by burning them with cigarettes, beating them and torturing them in the shower.

Brockton Babysitter Accused of Abusing, Beating Two Children – Patch.com

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Couple charged with abusing adopted Peruvian children appear in court

Wichita Eagle

They include three counts of child abuse alleging cruel and inhuman corporal punishment, seven counts of aggravated battery and two counts of child …

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Lake Isabella man sentenced in beating death of child molester

The Bakersfield Californian

Raymond Tenorio smiles after being sentenced to 17 years for a voluntary manslaughter charge in the killing of a man who molested his daughter.

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NEW: Larkins couple found guilty of child abuse, abusing a vulnerable adult

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The jury acquitted Emily and Dennis Larkins each of one count of physical child abuse that pertained to beating their youngest child, a now-8-year-old …

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Child help claims beating by ex-MNA’s wife

The Express Tribune

LAHORE: The Child Welfare and Protection Bureau (CWPB) said on Thursday they had taken into custody a girl who complained that her employer, …

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Dad gets prison for beating, biting baby

The Daily Telegram

Tony Anthony Morgan was convicted of beating and biting his 3-month-old daughter last fall. For that, the 36-year-old Adrian man is headed to prison …

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Brownsville man accused of beating women, child in elevator

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BROWNSVILLE – A man was arrested and charged after allegedly beating two women and striking a child inside of an elevator at the Van Dyke …

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Police: Man beat up girlfriend, 17, and broadcast it on her Snapchat

Miami Herald

Smith Dorcent, 18, used the phone belonging to the 17-year-old mother of his child to film himself beating her with a belt as she lay tied up on a bed, …

South Florida man ties up girlfriend, posts beating to… – Local 10

Police: Man filmed himself beating teen, then posted it on Snapchat – Bucks County Courier Times

Police: Man ties up, hits girlfriend with belt, posts on Snapchat – Palm Beach Post (blog)

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Butler Co. Mother Faces Maximum Sentence on Child Abuse Charges

Alabama News Network (press release)

Shelley Norris was sentenced to 20 years of jail time and convicted on one count of aggravated child abuse after several videos showing her beating …

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Businessman guilty in child beating case, fined

BVI News Online

Businessman Everton McMaster, who was accused of encouraging his young female relative to attack another female minor with a bike chain, was …

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DeFuniak Springs woman charged with child neglect

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In March of this year the Department of Children and Families began an investigation into allegations of child neglect on Paula Jane Gray, 59, …

Child Neglect Arrest; Floor Covered In Feces – WTVY, Dothan

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Missing mom sought by police on child neglect charges

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(WVEC) — Authorities are working to find a woman wanted for child neglect after two young children were found alone in a Newport News home last …

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Woman charged with child neglect; floor at home covered in feces

Santa Rosa Press Gazette

In March, the Department of Children and Families began an investigation into allegations of child neglect on Paula Jane Gray, 59, of Paradise Island …

Florida woman who kept son in feces-filled home charged with neglect – USA TODAY

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Wilmington couple charged with human trafficking, child neglect

Port City Daily

A Wilmington couple faces allegations of human trafficking of an adult female for more than a year, along with several child neglect charges. Michael …

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Man charged with child neglect after officers find his one-month old infant unattended

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man is being charged with child neglect after officers discovered his unattended one-month old infant near a local …

COS dad charged after leaving 1-mo-old in direct sunlight – KRDO

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Woman Charged with Child Neglect Due in Court

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The couple’s 11-year-old child reportedly told police she did not want to live anymore because she was tired of her living conditions. William Leonard …

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Father facing child neglect charges after leaving a 1 month old baby in the sun

KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News

A Colorado Springs man faces child neglect charges after he left his baby sitting in direct sunlight. Officers found the child along the Pikes Peak …

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Oxford woman charged with child neglect after DCF visit to her home

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A 39-year-old Oxford woman is facing charges of child neglect and drug possession after a visit to her home by the Department of Children and …

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Portage Co. woman faces child neglect charge

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A Portage County woman is charged with child neglect after her daughter said she sometimes didn’t have food and there were drugs in her home.

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Parents Charged with Child Neglect in Unattended Child Case

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22-year-old Zacheria Treetop and 22-year-old Kaitlin Shoots The Enemy are charged with child neglect. An court affidavit says the couple didn’t report …

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Child neglect

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An East Tennessee woman convicted of child neglect in her daughter’s cancer death is asking the state Supreme Court to declare that she was …

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Prevent child abuse and neglect by donating to the Children’s Trust Fund on your Michigan tax

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abuse and neglect by donating to the Children’s. Trust Fund on your Michigan tax form 4642. $5. Children’s Trust Fund -. Preventing Child Abuse in …

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Australia: Ombudsman gets powers over child abuse
PS News – June 16, 2016
The ACT Ombudsman is to be given the power to investigate allegations of child abuse in Canberra’s schools, daycare centres, sporting clubs and other organisations with responsibility for caring for children.
http://www.psnews.com.au/act/508/news/ombudsman-gets-powers-over-child-abuse

Canada: Sask. government taking over child welfare programs from Saskatoon Tribal Council
CBC News – June 14, 2016
Effective today, the Ministry of Social Services is assuming responsibility for child welfare programs served by the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC).
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/social-services-saskatoon-tribal-council-1.3635275

Germany: Gay couple’s baby recognized as German in landmark ruling
The Local – June 15, 2016
The Federal Court of Justice on Wednesday granted German citizenship to a South African child born to lesbian mothers in a major development for LGBT family rights.
http://www.thelocal.de/20160615/germany-strengthens-lgbt-family-and-citizenship-rights

Ghana: Child protection committee members visit prisons
Ghana News Agency – June 15, 2016
The prison visitation came prior to a Regional Committee meeting when issues affecting nursing inmates were raised and the need for critical attention was suggested for such children born in these facilities.
http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/child-protection-committee-members-visit-prisons–104820

International: The sickening trend of medicalised FGM
The Guardian – June 16, 2016
The abuse of women and girls is being legitimised under the guise of health ‘care’, according to a report by 28 Too Many, a charity working to eradicate FGM. In many countries around the world, FGM is carried out in a hospital or clinic under medical supervision, or by a health worker with access to anaesthetic and sterile instruments. Report: http://28toomany.org/media/uploads/report_final_version.pdf
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/16/the-sickening-trend-of-medicalised-fgm

International: UN won’t disclose sources for child abuse report
Gulf News – June 16, 2016
The United Nations will not disclose to a Saudi Arabia-led coalition sources of information that led the world body to briefly blacklist it for maiming and killing children in Yemen, a UN spokesman said on Wednesday.
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/un-won-t-disclose-sources-for-child-abuse-report-1.1847188

United Kingdom: EU court backs right to limit child welfare for migrants
Deutsche Welle – June 14, 2016
The European Court of Justice has ruled that the UK government can stop new migrants receiving child welfare payments.
http://www.dw.com/en/eu-court-backs-right-to-limit-child-welfare-for-migrants/a-19329940
AK: New federal rule aims to keep Native children up for adoption in tribal communities
Anchorage Daily News – June 14, 2016
Alaska Native children account for 55 percent of the state’s out-of-home foster care placements, though they make up only about 20 percent of the state’s child population. That’s an even more drastic disparity with the rest of the U.S.; nationally, Native children are 2.5 times more likely to end up in state foster care, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
http://www.adn.com/politics/2016/06/14/new-federal-rule-aims-to-keep-native-children-up-for-adoption-in-tribal-communities/

AZ: New law makes it easier to support Arizona foster children (Includes video)
KPNX – June 14, 2016
In what is considered the next step to improving the often tumultuous lives of Arizona’s foster children, the state has published a list of 30 foster care charities that, for the first time, are eligible for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit.
http://www.12news.com/news/local/valley/new-law-makes-it-easier-to-support-az-foster-children/243825242

CA: Free workshops focus on commercial sexual exploitation of children
The Davis Enterprise – June 15, 2016
California Against Slavery Research and Education reports that between 50 and 80 percent of children sold for sex in California are involved with the child welfare system. This statistic highlights the disturbing connection between foster children and the commercial sexual exploitation of children, the fastest growing and second most profitable crime worldwide, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/free-workshops-focus-on-commercial-sexual-exploitation-of-children/

IL: Foster-care seminar on July 9 has special LGBTQ focus
Windy City Times – June 14, 2016
In conjunction with the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois Center for Adoption and Permanency, Pride Action Tank and Windy City Times, Let It Be Us is hosting a free event entitled “Call to Action-Foster and Adopt Our Children” with the specific goal of finding foster and adoptive families within Chicago’s LGBTQ community on Saturday, July 9.
http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Foster-care-seminar-on-July-9-has-special-LGBTQ-focus-/55530.html

Chicago Sun-Times

Hammond infant’s death ruled homicide

Chicago Sun-Times

Authorities have ruled a baby girl’s April death in northwest Indiana a … April 15, emergency crews were called to a report of an unresponsive infant at …

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Austin American-Statesman

Blanco County man charged with capital murder in infant’s death

Austin American-Statesman

A man accused of killing a 15-month-old child in Blanco County could now face the death penalty after a grand jury indicted him on capital murder …

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Ohio baby sitter charged with manslaughter in infant’s death

Youngstown Vindicator

COLUMBUS (AP) — A central Ohio baby sitter who authorities say gave a fatal dose of Benadryl to an 8-month old child has been indicted on an …

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Infant’s death investigated as homicide

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

The Walla Walla County Coroner’s Office reported an autopsy was performed on Dominic Freel this weekend and his death is being investigated as a …

Coroner: 5-month-old Milton-Freewater infant’s death being investigated as a homicide – KEPR 19

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Autopsy finds Georgetown infant’s death at daycare was accidental

Austin American-Statesman

The cause of death for a 5-month-old baby who died at a Georgetown daycare in January was accidental, according to an autopsy report.

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Woman charged in Madras infant’s death accepts plea deal

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MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — A Jefferson County woman initially charged with murder in the death of an infant has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

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Infant’s death reaches police, health chief

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Edalene (left) and Roldan Añosa tell Chief Insp. Arieza Otida, head of the Women and Children’s Protection Desk, about their infant’s death in a …

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Danville Police investigating infant death

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DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) — Danville Police responded to an infant death just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, according the DPD website. GoDanRiver reports …

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JK: Infant mortality rate on steady rise

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19 special newborn care units in district hospitals are functioning and more will be sanctioned under the National Health Mission, said the Health and …

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Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan lag in curbing infant deaths

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Child was allegedly abused at school in Bertha, Minn.

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Boarding schools for young under scrutiny amid abuse cases

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Hooper, alleged victim of sexual abuse entered the Fessenden School at age 11. … a number of elite boarding schools that enroll middle-school age children. … In Minnesota, one teacher was convicted and three others have been …

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MI: Maintaining sibling ties through joint sibling adoption, foster care placement (Opinion)
Spinal Column – June 15, 2016
Separating siblings builds on the many challenges already faced by children in foster care and adoptive situations. Keeping siblings together helps maintain stability in children’s lives. It is essential that the legislature make every effort to ease adopted and foster children’s transition into their new homes. If joint sibling placement helps the child adjust and facilitates positive development, lawmakers should effectively seek to ensure joint sibling placement whenever possible and in the best interest of the child.
http://www.spinalcolumnonline.com/news/2016-06-15/Guest_Views/Maintaining_sibling_ties_through_joint_sibling_ado.html

NJ: New Report Shows Improvements and Persistent Problems with New Jersey’s Child Welfare System
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 14, 2016
A court-ordered report of New Jersey’s child welfare system released last week declared that the state has made “significant progress” in its work with troubled families and children in foster care. Report: http://www.cssp.org/publications/child-welfare/new-jersey-charlie-and-nadine-h-v-christie/document/Charlie-and-Nadine-H.-v.-Christie-Monitoring-Report-XVII-June-8-2016.pdf
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/news-2/new-report-shows-improvements-persistent-problems-new-jerseys-child-welfare-system/18895

NY: Children in Niagara County who experience abuse, maltreatment have new child-focused facility designed just for them
Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune – June 14, 2016
The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara is a nationally accredited multidisciplinary program that responds to reports of child abuse and maltreatment. Center staff work with professionals in child protective services, law enforcement, law, medicine, mental health and advocacy to reduce trauma for children, coordinate services, and provide a comfortable environment for investigative interviews and other services.
http://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2016/06/14/124997/children-in-niagara-county-who-experience-abuse-maltreatment-have-new-child-focused-facility-designed-just-for-them

NY: What is a Parent? Broadening the definition of “parent” in gay and lesbian same-sex relationships
Planoprofile – June 14, 2016
The legal debate wages on for gay parents as to what constitutes a “parent.” Is it biology? Legal status? Or, in the case of many gay and lesbian same-sex couples, emotional attachment? The question is whether the definition of “parenthood” should include people who have played a key parenting role in the child’s upbringing, even if not the biological or adoptive parent.
http://planoprofile.com/2016/06/14/how-to-act-in-texas-family-court/

PA: City DHS stops holding children overnight in office
Philly.com – June 15, 2016
At a City Council hearing Tuesday, acting DHS Commissioner Jessica Shapiro said staff have worked diligently to place children with family, in emergency shelters, or group homes rather than having them sleep at DHS headquarters – a small step in improving a child welfare system slapped with dozens of violations in a state audit last month.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160615_DHS_ends_holding_children_overnight_in_office.html

PA: The how and why behind Allegheny County’s campaign to move teens out of group homes
New Pittsburgh Courier – June 14, 2016
In Pennsylvania and nationwide, there?s a push to reduce the reliance on congregate care for youth. In group homes, they are deprived of a family setting, which can affect how they develop relationships and view family life. It also contributes to problems engaging at school.
http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2016/06/14/the-how-and-why-behind-allegheny-countys-campaign-to-move-teens-out-of-group-homes/

RI: DCYF and legislators differ on impact of cut in vacant agency jobs
Providence Journal – June 14, 2016
The budget proposal headed for a vote Wednesday includes a hefty staffing cut for the Department of Children Youth and Families that has left agency officials saying it will hamper the hiring of as many as 50 front-line workers.
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20160614/dcyf-and-legislators-differ-on-impact-of-cut-in-vacant-agency-jobs?rssfeed=true

TX: Proposal to Cut Family Violence Prevention Programs Follows String of Grisly Child Abuse Cases
San Antonio Current – June 15, 2016
The idea that council could make sizable cuts to what the city calls “community safety net” programs first surfaced during a budget planning session last week
http://www.sacurrent.com/Blogs/archives/2016/06/15/proposal-to-cut-family-violence-prevention-programs-follows-string-of-grisly-child-abuse-cases

WI: As racial gap widens, infant mortality rate goal virtually beyond reach
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – June 14, 2016
African-American babies are dying in Milwaukee at a rate that is more than three times that of white babies, according to data released Tuesday by the Milwaukee Health Department. Approaching historic levels, it is the worst racial disparity in infant deaths that the city has seen in more than a decade.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/health/infant-mortality-rates-improve-but-racial-gap-widens-again-b99744333z1-382981881.html

US: Attorney: One need not be an actual parent to gain parental rights
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin – June 14, 2016
It has become increasingly apparent in recent years that the affinity of certain nonbiological parents can become an integral part of a child’s growth, development and life in general.
http://www.union-bulletin.com/local_columnists/legally_speaking/attorney-one-need-not-be-an-actual-parent-to-gain/article_b6da8c1c-3189-11e6-a852-9f68813ca717.html

US: Families First Child Welfare Bill Released, Goal To Move Quickly
Child Welfare League of America – June 14, 2016
The legislation includes three overarching pieces: a reauthorization of the Title IV-B programs (Promoting Safe and Stable Families, Child Welfare Services), new definitions of foster care including greater oversight and limitations of residential/institutional care, and opening up Title IV-E entitlement funds for mental health, substance abuse and in-home services for children at risk of foster care including children in families, kinship placements and adoptive families.
http://www.cwla.org/families-first-child-welfare-bill-released-goal-to-move-quickly/

 

 

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Germany: Mulling stricter child marriage laws
The Local de – June 13, 2016
Authorities have registered hundreds of cases of children being married to adults before they arrive as refugees in Germany, Bild reported on Saturday. Bavaria, for example, registered at the end of April 161 cases of kids under 16 years of age being married and 550 cases of kids under 18.
http://www.thelocal.de/20160613/germany-mulls-stricter-child-marriage-laws-child-bride

Hungary: International Adoption Of Hungarian Children On The Rise
Daily Hungary News – June 14, 2016
The number of Hungarian small children adopted from abroad has grown by more than twenty five percent around the previous 12 months, with a single in a few of shut adoptions in 2015 coming from overseas, day by day Magyar Nemzet documented on Tuesday.
http://www.hungarynewstv.com/latest-news/international-adoption-of-hungarian-children-on-the-rise/

International: 5 Things You Need to Know About Female Circumcision and Genital Mutilation
AlterNet – June 14, 2016
More than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone procedures to alter their genitalia for non-medical reasons, known as female circumcision or female genital mutilation (FGM).
http://www.alternet.org/gender/you-need-know-these-facts-about-genital-mutilation

United Kingdom: BREAKING NEWS: 29 children’s centres to close across Derbyshire
Derbyshire Times – June 14, 2016
Twenty-nine children’s centres across the area will close as Derbyshire County Council bids to make savings of £4.7m.
http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/breaking-news-29-children-s-centres-to-close-across-derbyshire-1-7963507
AZ: Caseworkers made 88 visits before Tucson toddler was killed
Arizona Daily Star – June 12, 2016
Adam Mada, his mother, father and the child’s caregivers met with DCS workers an average of four or five times each month as the agency pushed to sever the rights of the child’s parents, the state agency says.
http://tucson.com/news/local/crime/caseworkers-made-visits-before-tucson-toddler-was-killed/article_60551eb2-b0e2-5c3a-bf90-7d2bfb3624c6.html

CA: Proposal to Provide Child Care Vouchers for Foster Families Denied Again
Chronicle of Social Change – June 13, 2016
Coming ahead of Wednesday’s deadline to finalize next year’s budget, the deal between Brown and legislative leaders saw the governor bypass greater investments in social-service programs in favor of a $2 billion deposit in the state’s rainy-day fund.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/news-2/calif-proposal-provide-child-care-foster-families-denied/18901

CA: LA developing national model to help LGBT foster kids (Includes audio)
Take Two – June 12, 2016
But Los Angeles is the first county in the nation to develop an official model on teaching the basics of LGBT children. It was possible through a $13.3 million grant to the Los Angeles LGBT Center from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2016/06/13/49429/l-a-developing-national-model-to-help-lgbt-foster/

CA: Group helps former foster kids establish a home all their own (Includes video)
CNN – June 09, 2016
Los Angeles County has the largest foster youth population in the country. At 18 to 21 years old, they age out of the system, often with no family, financial or community support. And the odds are stacked against them.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/09/us/cnn-heroes-georgie-smith/

ID: Behind the Razor Wire: Idaho Revamps its Retained Jurisdiction Program
KPVI – June 12, 2016
After Golding was arrested for stealing his girlfriend’s mother’s bank card, he took a plea deal. A judge sentenced him in January to the Idaho Department of Correction’s Retained Jurisdiction Program at the North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood. If he fails to receive a probation recommendation from the Cottonwood staff this summer, he will spend the next two to seven years in prison — instead of raising his three preschool children.
http://www.kpvi.com/news/political/behind-the-razor-wire-idaho-revamps-its-retained-jurisdiction-program/article_50a680d1-4dc0-52fa-a94c-d94b2944b278.html

KY: Finding Safety and Support for Louisville’s LGBT Youth
Louisville Magazine – June 13, 2016
“LYG (Louisville Youth Group)made me not feel alone by showing me that there were other trans people in the community who are supportive,” Konráðdóttir said. “Unfortunately, we live in a world where it was really hard for me to find that support without coming to LYG, and when I first started coming I saw that there was a community of people like me.”
https://www.louisville.com/content/finding-safety-and-support-louisville-s-lgbt-youth

KY: Children’s group gets boost from state funds
Courier Journal – June 11, 2016
CASA volunteers are in short supply throughout Kentucky and some regions have none at all. But thanks to money added to this year’s state budget, CASA for the first time in its 34 years of operation in the state will get financial help hiring the staff it needs to recruit, train and supervise more volunteers.
http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/11/childrens-group-gets-boost-state-funds/84277178/

MD: Center to serve violence victims in one place
Washington Post – June 11, 2016
A Family Justice Center that officials say is designed to house several services in one place for victims of domestic violence and their families has opened in Maryland’s Prince George’s County.
http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20160612/AP/306129995/-1/News03/Center-to-serve-violence-victims-in-one-place

MI: Bills Sent To Snyder Demand Attempts To Keep Siblings Together In Foster Care, Adoption
Associated Press – June 11, 2016
The bills say if siblings could not be placed together due to safety or other concerns, agencies should prioritize sibling visitation and interaction.
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2016/06/11/bills-sent-to-snyder-demand-attempts-to-keep-siblings-together-in-foster-care-adoption/

NE: Numbers of kids in out-of-home care increasing
Lincoln Journal Star – June 12, 2016
The number of kids in state-sponsored out-of-home care pushed upward in the past six months, a report from the state Foster Care Review Office shows. One of the most significant factors in the trend has been an increase in parental substance abuse, said Doug Weinberg, director of the Division of Children and Family Services.
http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/numbers-of-kids-in-out-of-home-care-increasing/article_c6471a99-2d87-51bd-ae21-ed03b7af5953.html

OH: Kasich signs foster-care extension law
Columbus Dispatch – June 14, 2016
Hundreds of Ohio’s most traumatized and vulnerable teens should soon have the chance to tap into a few more years of support before they have to make it on their own. Also: Foster care bill goes to Kasich: http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/ohio/foster-care-bill-goes-to-kasich/242422012
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/06/13/governor-signs-foster-youth-law.html

OK: Foster care system needs improvement (Opinion)
Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise – June 13, 2016
The ratio of Oklahoma children placed in foster care is 11 out of every 1,000. Only West Virginia has a higher rate. The national average is less than half Oklahoma’s rate — five out of every 1,000. That’s also the rate of foster placement in neighboring Arkansas, which suffers from many of the socio-economic challenges that plague Oklahoma. And in Texas, the rate is even lower — just four out of every 1,000 children are in foster care.
http://examiner-enterprise.com/opinion/editorials/oklahoma-s-foster-care-system-needs-improvement

OR: Review board makes changes in response to issues surrounding DHS
Herald and News – June 12, 2016
After a federal study released earlier this year found Oregon’s child welfare system inadequate in all categories and issues rose with foster care providers, the Citizen Review Board has made several changes because of the shortcomings.
http://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/community/review-board-makes-changes-in-response-to-issues-surrounding-dhs/article_fb5f54aa-7135-591e-9aa6-7831276667a9.html

PA: Groups get $1.5M to find kids who need insurance
Philly.com – June 14, 2016
Two Pennsylvania nonprofits will share nearly $1.5 million in federal money to increase low-income children’s access to health care in the state — an award that is especially timely. For reasons officials don’t fully understand, the number of eligible children who are covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has fallen slightly in Pennsylvania even as participation has grown nationally.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20160614_Pa__groups_get__1_5M_to_find_kids_who_need_insurance.html

PA: Background checks law changes could prove child costly for colleges
Penn Live – June 13, 2016
An effort to close a loophole in the 1-year-old child protection background checks law has given rise to a new controversy that grows out of a push to expand the protection of minors on college campuses.
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/06/expanded_background_checks_chi.html

PA: Mike Zimmerman: Family Service Association tries to lessen lifelong impacts of childhood traumas, or ACEs
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader – June 13, 2016
The original study on ACEs surveyed 17,500 adults regarding incidents in their childhoods of emotional/physical abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse by a parent, incarceration of a parent, domestic violence, divorce of parents, and mental illness by a parent. These are the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).
http://timesleader.com/opinion/columns/553406/mike-zimmerman-family-service-association-tries-to-lessen-lifelong-impacts-of-childhood-traumas-or-aces

PA: Solicitor general calls provision of child abuse bill unconstitutional
Tribune-Review – June 13, 2016
A key provision of a House-passed bill to expand the statute of limitations for child abuse victims is unconstitutional. Solicitor General Bruce Castor, top aide to Attorney General Kathleen Kane, told the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday.
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/10614164-74/bill-castor-kane

TX: Beilue: Lowering bar for CPS not good step (Opinion)
Amarillo Globe News – June 11, 2016
Not that there’s ever a good time to be a neglected or abused child in Texas, obviously, but some are worse than others. Like now. A federal judge has declared the Texas foster care system unconstitutionally flawed and ordered an independent overhaul. Unlike most other states under similar orders, Texas is fighting the ruling.
http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2016-06-11/lowering-bar-cps-not-good-step

US: Child protection: a universal concern and a permanent challenge in the field of child and adolescent mental health
Health Medicine Network – June 14, 2016
More recently, fatal cases of abuse such as those of eight-year-old Victoria Climbié in the UK in 2000 and a two-year-old boy identified only as “Kevin” in Germany in 2006 motivated many countries to launch serious investigations into dysfunctions in the child welfare system, and inspired new legislation and changes in child protection practices.
http://healthmedicinet.com/i/child-protection-a-universal-concern-and-a-permanent-challenge-in-the-field-of-child-and-adolescent-mental-health/

US: ‘Vacation Cutting’: The Little Known Global Health Crisis Affecting Girls In The U.S.
Think Progress – June 13, 2016
For some girls living in the United States, summer vacation will not involve campsites and s’mores. They may instead be subjected to what’s known as “vacation cutting” — sent abroad to undergo a painful female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure.
http://thinkprogress.org/world/2016/06/13/3786936/vacation-cutting-fgm/

US: Child Maltreatment History Should Be a Bar to Being a Foster Parent (Opinion)
Youth Today – June 13, 2016
It’s just common sense: An adult’s past criminal history or history of child maltreatment is not to be balanced against the safety of a child. This is not to say a person with any criminal record should be barred as a foster parent, but certainly an applicant with a substantiated history of child maltreatment, no matter how far in the distant past, should be permanently barred.
http://youthtoday.org/2016/06/child-maltreatment-history-should-be-a-bar-to-being-a-foster-parent/

US: New federal rule could prevent litigation over Native children in state custody (Includes audio)
KTOO – June 13, 2016
The 360-page rule issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Wednesday aims to make interpretation of the Indian Child Welfare Act more consistent, regardless of the state, judge or social worker involved. With the new BIA regulations, state courts across the country now must establish at the beginning whether the placement of a child is subject to the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA. The new regulations also clarify the law’s placement preference and how states and tribes determine jurisdiction.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/new-federal-rule-could-prevent-litigation-over-native-children-in-state-custody/

US: Bill to Overhaul Child Welfare Funds Will Move in Both Chambers
Chronicle of Social Change – June 11, 2016
The slightly re-named Family First Prevention Services Act, an overhaul of federal child welfare financing aimed at supporting more efforts to prevent foster care placements, will likely be introduced next week in both the House and Senate. “At a time when an opioid epidemic is tearing families across the country apart, Congress is fighting to keep families together,” said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), in a statement released late on Friday.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/featured/bill-overhaul-child-welfare-funds-will-move-chambers/18841

INTERNATIONAL

Australia: Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies That Are Transforming Government
Stanford Social Innovation Review – June 13, 2016
Old and outdated desktop applications require caseworkers to slog through page after page of often irrelevant questions, required checks, and input boxes. The systems are often accessible only from the office and shut out key players such as courts or service providers. Caseworkers can’t access or update case files from the field, much less locate the information in a quick, intuitive manner. The IT systems are designed, it seems, to chain caseworkers to their desks and eat up their time when they could be in the field serving clients.
http://ssir.org/articles/entry/delivering_on_digital_innovators_and_technologies_transforming_government

Canada: ‘Urgent action is needed’: PM Trudeau pledges $70M over 3 years to address Indigenous mental health
Health Medicine Network – June 13, 2016
The Liberal government will invest nearly $70 million in new funding over three years to address the health and suicide crisis involving Indigenous people living on reserve and in the territories, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today following a meeting with Indigenous youth.
http://healthmedicinet.com/i/urgent-action-is-needed-pm-trudeau-pledges-70m-over-3-years-to-address-indigenous-mental-health/

Canada: Diabetic teen’s death shows child welfare system failing: advocate
The Canadian Press – June 12, 2016
British Columbia’s child advocate says the death of a diabetic teen in Alberta demonstrates gaping cracks in interprovincial child welfare that put kids at risk.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/diabetic-teens-death-shows-child-welfare-system-failing-advocate/article30410352/

Jamaica: Gov’t to increase monetary support for foster care
Jamaica Gleaner – June 13, 2016
Green says his ministry has not yet decided on the increase that will be granted to foster parents, but will do so after consultations with the Foster Parents across the island.
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20160613/govt-increase-monetary-support-foster-care

Glens Falls Post-Star

Child death case delayed as lawyer change occurs

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He said he and his staff are investigating the circumstances of the child’s death and plan to have medical evidence analyzed as they decide whether …

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Press & Sun-Bulletin

BABY DEATH: Man charged with criminal homicide

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Three years after the death of a 7-month-old boy, an incarcerated Andrew Lesser allegedly told the child’s mother he used to “put his hands all over his …

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Police: Child’s death ‘sickening,’ mother arrested

York Daily Record/Sunday News

There was another child in the home, according to Bentzel. That child … The manner and cause of the child’s death was not released Thursday night.

Police: Mother charged with homicide in child’s death – York Daily Record/Sunday News

Police: Three-year-old child dead, mother in custody in Jackson Township – York Dispatch

Police: York County girl dies after being seriously hurt by mother – abc27

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CBS News

Utah parents arrested in baby’s heroin overdose death

CBS News

SALT LAKE CITY — Police arrested two parents in Utah on suspicion of child endangerment after their one-year-old daughter died from ingesting …

Utah parents arrested in baby’s heroin overdose death – BlueRidgeNow.com

Utah parents arrested in baby’s heroin overdose death – 10TV

Parents Arrested after Child Dies from Ingesting Enough Heroin to Kill Adult – WDJT

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York Daily Record/Sunday News

The York short: A child’s death, Ricki the bear, Mary Manlove

York Daily Record/Sunday News

When police responded to the scene, the 3-year-old was found lifeless. The mother was found outside on the ground by the road. The child died later …

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CBS Local

Text Messages Point To Possible Abuse Before Orangevale Child’s Death

CBS Local

ORANGEVALE (CBS13) — A 5-year-old Orangevale boy is being mourned as his mother and her boyfriend face charges in his murder. It’s a severe …

Mother, boyfriend arraigned in death of 5-year-old son in Orangevale – Sacramento Bee

Couple face murder charge in death of Orangevale boy – KCRA Sacramento

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Arrests made in death of Milwaukee child

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say some family members of a baby … Police have not provided any more specifics on the child’s death or the …

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Little Elm Police Investigating Child’s Death

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COM) -Little Elm Police are investigating the death of an 18-month-old girl in the 2900 block of Bay Breeze Drive. Police say the child’s father checked …

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Cullman Times Online

Autopsy states child’s death not accidental

Cullman Times Online

Police aren’t finished investigating the death last week of a 1-year-old Cullman child, but they now believe it wasn’t an accident. On Monday, the …

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Woman charged in child’s death found competent to stand trial

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Woman charged in child’s death found competent to stand trial … —A Kansas woman charged in the death of her 7-year-old stepson has been found …

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GM unveils new feature to prevent child deaths in hot cars

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Parents think they would never forget their children, yet in a world filled with distractions, they sometimes do, and with tragic results.

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Melbourne Hospital At The Centre Of Child Death Scandal

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The deaths of young children have been said to be avoidable.

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Child mauled to death by dog in Nunavut, Canada

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A child in Chesterfield Inlet died June 6 after being mauled by a dog in the Kivalliq community. Nunavut RCMP said the local detachment received a …

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4-month-old New York child dies after being left in car

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ROME, N.Y. (AP) — The baby son of a police officer has died after being left inside a vehicle in central New York, where outside temperatures were …

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Man guilty in abduction of driver who caused child’s death

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An Edmonton man was found guilty Wednesday of being one of three men who abducted and chopped off the thumb of a man who killed a young boy …

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Family Matters: Child trauma requires care and comfort

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Consider some time-limited counseling with someone experienced in dealing with childhood trauma. Couch it in matter-of-fact terms. “We are going to …

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Tasmanian authors aim to reduce child trauma of domestic violence through storybook characters

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Judi Rhodes, left, and Tanya McQueen holding a toy quoll and echidna — two of the characters from their book aimed at helping children who witness …

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Banff hosting symposium on treatment for child trauma

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According to the ChildTrauma Academy (also co-hosting the symposium) NMT is a way to organize a child’s history and current functioning. The goals …

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Phoenix Center taking part in international childhood trauma symposium

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Garrett, Mabel and the Phoenix Center staff are participating in an international childhood trauma seminar in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Staff photo by …

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New children’s advocacy center eases trauma for child abuse victims in Franklin County

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“It’s all about making it easier and reducing trauma for these children who do disclose child abuse, and so when you have a CAC in your community, …

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Lee Team Provides Trauma Therapy In Ecuador

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Church of God missionaries Bobby and Tamitha Lynch contacted Heather Quagliana for advice about putting boxes together for traumatized children, …

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Trauma in childhood linked to drug use in adolescence

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June 8, 2016 — Latest research from a national sample of almost 10,000 U.S. adolescents found psychological trauma, especially abuse and domestic …

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Witness: Childhood trauma played role in meat plant stabbing death

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A forensic psychiatrist testified Wednesday that the Lansdale man accused of the February 2015 stabbing death of a coworker at a meat packaging …

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Responding to child maltreatment

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When children experience traumatic events at a young age, the effects can be devastating and long-lasting. However, new research is helping to …

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Child homelessness can have long-term consequences

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Here’s why child homelessness turns into a costly long-term problem: … Research has found that kids who are experiencing early childhood trauma …

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June Appeal

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Help us build our new specialist trauma centre in Tasmania … Australia’s awareness of the impacts of child abuse and family violence is growing.

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Webinar – A trauma informed understanding and responses to children affected by family violence

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a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of family violence related trauma on a child’s development and specific areas of their functioning and, …

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The Child and Adolescent Trauma Team focuses on working with children and families who have experienced various types of trauma including but …

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Fight to expand child abuse laws in spotlight after Sherwood case

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PORTLAND, Ore. — An ongoing fight to change child abuse laws in Oregon is under a microscope, following a headline grabbing case of a Sherwood …

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Malaysians seek child abuse case details from British police

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A child rights group said the Huckle case was the tip of the iceberg. “Sadly, child sex abuse is very prevalent in Malaysia,” said Sharmila Sekaran if the …

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Richard Huckle due to be sentenced for child abuse – BBC News

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Bishops Face Sack For Child Abuse ‘Negligence’: Pope

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Vatican City, Holy See: Catholic bishops guilty of negligence in child abuse cases can now be dismissed from office, Pope Francis said on Saturday in …

Pope: Bishops to face sacking for child abuse ‘negligence’ – The Times of Israel

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Prosecutors to File Additional Charges in Child Abuse Case

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The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office plans to formally file additional charges against three people accused of having a role on what police …

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Would mandatory reporting help stop child abuse?

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This raises concerns that professionals mandated to report reasonably-held suspicions of child abuse could be criminalised for failing to prevent it.

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Police search for sex predator accused of child abuse

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Calvin Lewis Jackson, 39, has an outstanding warrant for child abuse, the Sheriff’s Office announced Friday night. Police said Jackson is known to visit …

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New children’s advocacy center eases trauma for child abuse victims in Franklin County

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They served as therapy for victims of child abuse. Under the photos were descriptions of the abuse, how the children reported it, and their message to …

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Glee star Mark Salling pleads not guilty in child abuse images case

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Salling, who played bad boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the Fox musical show, was charged with two counts of receiving and possessing child abuse …

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Richard Huckle ‘deeply remorseful’ for child abuse crimes, court told

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A British man who has admitted an eight-year campaign of abuse against Malaysian babies and children is “deeply remorseful” for his crimes, a court …

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2 Officials Dismissed After Child Abuse Report From Government Home

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Delhi Women and Child Development Minister Sandeep Kumar acted on Friday as the crime came to light after the girl inmates agitated a day earlier.

2 children’s home officials sacked over child abuse – Hindustan Times

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How to improve the detection of child abuse in Belgium

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How to improve the detection of child abuse in Belgium. KCE Reports 269. application/pdf icon Download the synthesis in English (36 p.).

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International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. TRANSLATE … XXIst ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect.

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New Laws To Protect Against Child Abuse

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The Andrews Labor Government today introduced new legislation to strengthen existing sexual offence laws to better protect children from abuse.

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Cass County Child Abuse Prevention Council hosting Rubber Duck Derby

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(Atlantic) Cass County Child Abuse Prevention Council will be holding their first annual Rubber Duck Derby on June 18th. Wendy Richter said the …

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Historic Child Abuse Charges

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The WA Police Taskforce Tonalite was established within the Child Abuse Squad to investigate historical child sexual abuse, including allegations …

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Abandoned boy reflects Japan’s attitude on discipline, abuse

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Borderline cases of child abuse are more often viewed as a family matter rather than a crime. ___ Q: Are attitudes changing? A: Japan signed the U.N. …

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Child Sex Abuse: Statute of Limitations

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Victoria was the first State to enact changes to time limitation laws relating to victims of child sexual abuse. In late February 2015 Attorney-General …

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Reuters) – Malaysian authorities sought details on Friday of the abuse by a British paedophile who is awaiting sentencing in …

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MEC Albert Fritz releases study findings into child abuse, violence and neglect

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Child Protection Week: New study findings released with MEC Fritz. To commemorate the ongoing national Child Protection Week, the Western Cape …

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Woman Arrested on Child Neglect Charges a Second Time

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McMurtry was eventually booked on charges including child neglect. It’s unclear if she has an attorney and whether the earlier charges were dropped.

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Drug use adding to child neglect

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And in the month of May, The Herald-Dispatch reported criminal child neglect charges were filed against 13 people in Cabell and Wayne counties.

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Parents cited for child neglect after leaving 3, 9-year-old in car

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Officers arrived to At Home near 130th Avenue and Center Street around 1:15 p.m., where they determined the children were ages 3 and 9 and the air …

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Woman arrested on child neglect, DUI charges

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A Dallas woman was arrested on more than 20 charges after crashing a van with five child passengers into a tree while allegedly under the influence …

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Mother of 3 cited for child neglect after children found locked in hot car

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When officers arrived, they identified the woman returning to her vehicle as Cydnee Mosley, 26, who had three children ages 4, 2 and 1 month, in the …

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Principal acquitted of child neglect still may face TN Department of Children’s Services

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When longtime school principal Jerry Poteat was acquitted in court of child neglect charges, that case was over. A judge ruled that the wording in the …

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Man faces 47 charges including sex, kidnapping, violence and child neglect

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A 36-year-old man was remanded in custody when he appeared on 47 charges involving sex, kidnapping, violence, and child neglect dating as far …

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Child neglect arrest after kids play in road

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A man who reportedly let his children play in the street was arrested for child neglect on Wednesday. At around noon, Athens Police Department …

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ARENDT IS THE CHILD’S GRANDMOTHER AND FACES CHEMICAL ENDANGERMENT OF A CHILD AND SEVERAL OTHER DRUG CHARGES.

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Man charged with Child Neglect after loaded gun found pointing in direction of child

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.–A 26-year-old has been charged with Child Neglect and more after a loaded gun was found pointed in the direction of a …

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Woman arrested on child neglect charges a second time

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The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says the child was soaked in urine. McMurtry was eventually booked on charges including child neglect.

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On Feb. 19, 2015, Twana Jean Smart and Timothy Douglas Smart of Alva were charged with felony child neglect following the death of Kalib Smart, …

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Two people who were charged with child neglect in January 2015 in Woods County and received deferred sentences are now facing additional child …

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AZ: Families torn apart celebrate reunification
AZCentral – June 12, 2016
The third annual Reunification Day Celebration honored parents who regained custody of their children from foster care and have been reunited for at least a year.
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2016/06/12/families-torn-apart-celebrate-their-reunions/85774030/

CA: Appellate court hears Santa Clarita family’s appeal in tribal custody case
Los Angeles Times – June 10, 2016
A three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in downtown Los Angeles heard the complicated details of the lengthy tribal custody case that has garnered international attention.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-choctaw-foster-child-appeal-20160610-snap-story.html

CA: Brown, Kaleem: Child sex trafficking victims are assaulted again by justice system
San Jose Mercury News – June 10, 2016
When the police discovered Alana’s abuse, she was not immediately taken to a safe place. Instead, Alana was arrested 10 times for “prostitution” between ages 13 and 18. She recounts being pulled from hotel rooms by police, handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car with her hands bound behind her back.
http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_29998297/brown-kaleem-child-sex-trafficking-victims-are-assaulted?source=rss

CA: First count of Valley’s homeless youth finds ‘couch surfing’ is common
Morning Call – June 10, 2016
“After I was done foster care, I didn’t have nowhere to go. I became a people pleaser,” Cruz said. “I didn’t have a steady job because I was always house-hopping. So I was just living with people and going to food banks.”
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-lehigh-valley-youth-count-results-20160610-story.html

GA: Bartow County DFCS seeks additional foster families
Daily Tribune News – June 11, 2016
“Currently we have 22 families in Bartow County that open their homes to either foster or adopt children in the DFCS system who have experienced abuse or neglect,” said Jessica Sherman, Bartow County DFCS resource development supervisor. “We currently have about 252 children in foster care in Bartow County at this time. Of course this number is always changing based on children going home and new children entering foster care. As you can see these numbers don’t add up for our kids. “Many of our children are placed in foster homes that are outside of this community, and this increases the trauma that our children experience by having to leave their school and other community supports,” she said.
http://www.daily-tribune.com/newsx/item/5637-bartow-county-dfcs-seeks-additional-foster-families

GA: New agency aims to place foster kids (Includes video)
WJCL 22 – June 6 2016
Elks Aidmore, Inc., a nonprofit child placement agency, is opening an office in Savannah.It has other offices in Valdosta and Atlanta. There are currently close to 300 foster children, but only about 45 families in the county who can take them in. Heather Cox, business manager and family consultant at Elks Aidmore, hopes to recruit more families in the area.
http://www.wjcl.com/news/local-local-news/child-placing-agency-hopes-to-recruit-families/212574972/story

IN: Senator plans to work on law to allow baby boxes in Indiana
Associated Press – June 10, 2016
An Indiana senator said Friday he plans to work on legislation that would allow the use of baby boxes, in which a mother could anonymously give up her newborn, in the wake of state child welfare officials warning that under current law the woman could face child-abandonment charges. Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, said he understands the concerns about baby boxes expressed by Department of Child Services Director Mary Beth Bonaventura in letters obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, saying the General Assembly needs to make sure safeguards are in place to ensure the safety of the boxes.
http://wric.com/ap/senator-plans-to-work-on-law-to-allow-baby-boxes-in-indiana/

MI: Guest column: Heroin addiction requires comprehensive action (Opinion)
Jackson Citizen Patriot – June 12, 2016
Some of the most heartbreaking stories of addiction involve drug-dependent babies who enter the world with all the odds stacked against them. The Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act, which I helped introduce, strengthens the child welfare system to ensure vulnerable newborns don’t slip through the cracks and their caregivers can get the help they need.
http://www.mlive.com/opinion/jackson/index.ssf/2016/06/guest_column_heroin_addiction.html

MT: Zero local options for kids in need of foster care (Includes video)
KPAX 8 – June 10, 2016
Missoula organizations trying to place at-risk kids in foster care say there are currently no placement options in the city. Also: Number of foster children in Missouri on the rise (Includes video): http://www.komu.com/news/number-of-foster-children-in-missouri-on-the-rise
http://www.kpax.com/story/32196368/zero-local-options-for-kids-in-need-of-foster-care

NE: Voices for Children uses research, data to affect change
Scottsbluff Star Herald – June 10, 2016
Chrissy Tonkinson, research coordinator with Voices for Children, presented the 23rd edition of the Kids Count in Nebraska Report at the WNCC Harms Advanced Technology Center on Thursday. The report is a data and policy project that attempts to measure the wellbeing of children in five areas: health, education, child welfare, juvenile justice and economic stability. Within each area, the report covers issues like, teen births and sexual behavior, infant and child deaths, test scores in reading, science and math, child maltreatment, youth probation and detention, and poverty.
http://www.starherald.com/news/local_news/voices-for-children-uses-research-data-to-affect-change/article_f8148be1-9393-5ceb-96b7-84f3f3c240b2.html

NJ: State pays $1.25M to settle foster child sex abuse lawsuit
NJ.com – June 10, 2016
The state has agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the adoptive parents of a boy who endured physical and sexual abuse in multiple foster homes before his third birthday.
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/06/nj_pays_125m_to_settle_foster_child_sex_abuse_laws.html

OH: Program connects at-risk youth with opportunities, leaves them ‘transformed’
Cincinnati Enquirer – June 11, 2016
Randell is a member of YouthBuild, a Department of Labor program offered locally by Easter Seals TriState. The program aims to expose and connect at-risk and disconnected youth with job opportunities. The eight young men participating in the program — all between the ages of 16 to 24 — have similar stories, and face various barriers to academic and employment success.
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/06/10/program-connects–risk-youth-opportunities-leaves-them-transformed/85557146/

PA: Another state budget impasse would devastate social services: here are three ways to protect them (Opinion)
Philly.com – June 10, 2016
For more than nine months, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania operated without a budget. The budget impasse left many health and human services nonprofit organizations financially vulnerable, with some forced to use extreme measures to continue operating, including drastically reducing crucial services for those in need. While Pennsylvania nonprofits employ more than 13.3% of the Commonwealth’s workforce, some nonprofits were forced to lay-off critical staff and reduce staff time during the impasse.
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/health-cents/Another-state-budget-impasse-would-devastate-social-services-here-are-three-ways-to-protect-them.html

PA: Legislators who backed abuse bill feel heat from church
Philly.com – June 09, 2016
Legislators expressed outrage this week after, they said, they had been named by priests at Mass or in parish bulletins, or in other ways rebuked by the Catholic Church, for supporting a bill to let child sex-abuse victims sue individuals and private institutions decades after the abuse occurred.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160609_Priests__parishes_target_Pa__legislators_who_backed_sex-abuse_bill.html

SC: Foster Dad Stunned To Learn Why His Teen Son Couldn’t Get A Learner’s Permit
Opposing Views – June 12, 2016
In a statement to WYFF, DMV Executive Director Kevin Schwedo noted that the department is sympathetic to Cullum and his foster son. However, Schwedo explained that it’s against the law to issue a permit to a minor if it is not signed by the minor’s mother, father or guardian. Foster parents are not recognized as official guardians and thus cannot sign the permit.
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/foster-dad-stunned-learn-why-his-teen-son-couldnt-get-learners-permit

TX: Miriam Nisenbaum: Why Lowering CPS worker qualifications will put kids in peril (Opinion)
Dallas Morning News – June 11, 2016
Texas is in a dire situation with its child protective services system. It’s grossly under-funded and often locked into crisis mode, with little long-term planning and a lack of focus on true outcomes for children in care. And what’s the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ most recent step to solving the problem? Lowering the requirements for frontline staff in investigations, conservatorship, and family-based services from a four-year degree to a two-year associates’ degree.
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20160601-miriam-nisenbaum-why-lowering-qualifications-for-cps-workers-could-harm-kids.ece

TX: CPS worker retention, caseloads among concerns at County Affairs meeting
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal – June 10, 2016
In recent months, the Department of Family and Protective Services, which oversees CPS, has been troubled by the resignation of former Commissioner John Specia and other top leaders, as well as reports of a high turnover rate, heavy caseloads and lower educational requirements for workers.
http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2016-06-10/cps-worker-retention-caseloads-among-concerns-county-affairs-meeting#.V1wv6aLMZpt

UT: Mormon Church hit with second lawsuit saying children abused
Associated Press – June 10, 2016
The Mormon Church has been hit with another lawsuit saying that it did nothing to protect children in a church-run foster program from sexual abuse. Two Navajo siblings sued The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Navajo Nation court earlier this year. A second lawsuit made public Tuesday outlines similar allegations.
http://www.shobannews.com/across_indian_country2.html

VT: Deborah Bucknam: How about a fresh start for all Vermonters?
VT Digger – June 12, 2016
Vermont has three registries: the child protection registry, the vulnerable adult registry and a sex offender registry. The child protection and vulnerable adult registries are the subject of this commentary and should not be confused with the more stringent sex offender registry. To be placed on these two registries — called “substantiation” — does not require a criminal conviction.
http://vtdigger.org/2016/06/12/deborah-bucknam-how-about-a-fresh-start-for-all-vermonters/

WA: Judge: ‘pervasive and egregious” misconduct by child advocacy program (Includes video)
North West Cable News – June 10, 2016
A Snohomish County superior court judge made dramatic rulings Friday on the county’s 30 year program intended to help children in highly charged CPS court cases. Volunteer Guardian Ad Litems (VGALS) are court-appointed advocates assigned to cases when parents are on the brink of losing their children to foster care permanently. The role of the VGAL is to remain neutral and present to the court information that is in the child’s best interest.
http://www.nwcn.com/news/local/investigations/judge-pervasive-and-egregious-misconduct-by-child-advocacy-program/239397450

WI: Retired Racehorses And Adopted Kids: A Perfect Match
Alternative Daily – June 12, 2016
The family includes two kids who were victims of failed international adoptions, one from Russia and the other from Africa. One child suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome, a result of his mother’s heavy drinking during pregnancy. One girl came to the farm directly from a psychiatric facility, placed there after her mother’s physical and emotional abuse. Many of the kids came from drug-addicted parents. Besides the horses, the Osgood farm is home to seven dogs, three cats and a goat. The kids pitch in to care for the horses and other pets. It’s part of life in a large family, and it’s also therapeutic on many levels.
http://www.thealternativedaily.com/retired-racehorses-and-adopted-kids/

WI: Questions surround death of 2-year-old child in foster care (Includes video)
Northland News Center – June 11, 2016
Larsen, who serves as the Sacred Hoop Coalition Director, was shepherding 2-year-old Kira Friedman’s case through the St. Louis County Court system on behalf of the little girl’s family, and believes her death was preventable. “The maternal grandmother identified numerous people who would be potential placements for the child,” she said.
http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Questions-surround-death-of-2-year-old-child-in-foster-care-382559811.html

US: Report from Baby Jail on our Border (Opinion)
Medium – June 13, 2016
I just got back from a week of volunteering in Dilley, Texas at the South Texas Family Residential Facility (AKA Baby Jail) and I have some things to report. I am a young immigration attorney from Santa Fe, New Mexico. I run a non-profit there called Santa Fe Dreamers Project that provides free legal services to undocumented immigrants but I also volunteer, when life permits me, for the CARA Pro Bono Project. CARA is a volunteer group of attorneys and advocates giving all they have to defend Central American families seeking refuge who are now being detained on our border.
https://medium.com/@allegralove1/report-from-baby-jail-on-our-border-e621c518f503#.focenx2a8

US: Bipartisan House, Senate Leaders Announce Proposed Child Welfare Legislation (Press release)
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden – June 10, 2016
“This bill has the potential to improve the lives of millions of children, parents and kin caregivers. While key provisions were not included that I will continue to push for, I am proud to have worked with my bipartisan colleagues on this proposal to provide help for families before they get to a point where they have to be ripped apart”? Wyden said. “The Family First Prevention Services Act takes a pro-family, pro-child and evidence-based preventative approach to help give children what they deserve — the best chance at living in a safe and nurturing home.” Also: Congress eyes $1 billion to aid at-risk families: http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/reuters/news/report/20160610_Reuters_L1N1921LH_Congress_eyes__1_billion_to_aid_at_risk_families.html
https://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/bipartisan-house-senate-leaders-announce-proposed-child-welfare-legislation

US: High Quality Early Care and Education is Child Maltreatment Prevention (Press release)
US Department of Health and Human Services – June 10, 2016
As ACF celebrates its 25th anniversary, and National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Foster Care Month come to a close, we can take some time to reflect on the collaboration on early childhood issues and child welfare that has been in place for more than a decade across the Office of Head Start (OHS), Office of Child Care (OCC), the Children’s Bureau (CB), and the Office of Early Childhood Development (OCED). This is a time to take stock of what we know, what we are doing, and what else we need to do.
http://foreignaffairs.co.nz/2016/06/11/high-quality-early-care-and-education-is-child-maltreatment-prevention/

US: Interior Secretary Says Changes To Indian Child Welfare Act ‘Close Loopholes’ (Includes audio)
NW News Network – June 10, 2016
A day after tribal leaders and governors in all 50 states received a letter from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell paid a visit to the Spokane Indian Tribe. Jewell said Thursday, changes under the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA, close some long-standing loopholes in the law.
http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/interior-secretary-says-changes-indian-child-welfare-act-close-loopholes

US: Should native American families have precedence in foster placement?
Christian Science Monitor – June 10, 2016
The Indian Child Welfare Act routinely faces legal challenges, as native American children are placed in the foster care system at a disproportionate rate. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, native American children are removed from their families and placed in state foster care at a rate 2.5 times greater than their presence in the general population.
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0610/Should-native-American-families-have-precedence-in-foster-placement

US: State Laws Address Heatstroke Deaths of Unattended Children and Pets in Cars
Council of State Governments – June 10, 2016
On June 3, 2016, Gov. Kasich of Ohio signed into law a bill to allow bystanders to break into hot cars with unattended children or pets. Some states already have on the books one or more of three types of laws addressing this issue. Twenty states have laws to specifically address the issue of unattended children in cars
http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/content/state-laws-address-heatstroke-deaths-unattended-children-and-pets-cars

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Europe: Refugee crisis: Lost children and displaced families
Punjab Star News – June 12, 2016
Keeping track of unnaccompanied children is difficult especially in areas filled with people smugglers. Many missing or unaccompanied children are thought to be in Greece, the EU country that has become the staging post for attempts by refugees and migrants hoping to reach wealthier northern Europe.
http://punjabstarnews.com/european-refugee-crisis-lost-children-and-displaced-families/

Fiji: 11,774 calls received on the National Child Helpline
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation – June 13, 2016
Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Permanent Secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta says of these, 111 cases were of physical and sexual abuse which was referred to the police for investigation.
http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/41231/11,774-calls-received-on-the-national-child-helpline

Ghana: Nana Oye Lithur gives assurance of government’s commitment to child protection
News Ghana – June 12, 2016
Government of Ghana says it will to continue enhancing Child Protection Systems in the country since it is linked with sustainable development and to the growth of the nation as well.
https://www.newsghana.com.gh/nana-oye-lithur-gives-assurance-of-governments-commitment-to-child-protection/

Kenya: Fight to End a Culture of Forced Child Marriages in Kenya Heads to Court
American Center for Law and Justice – June 10, 2016
Next week, attorneys from our affiliate office in Kenya are going to court to take a stand against forced child marriages and female genital mutilation.
http://note.taable.com/post/4D400/Fight-to-End-a-Cultu/2b58-58-T00461-0-53497580600047

Nigeria: Ekiti to enforce law against female genital mutilation
Nigeria Punch – June 10, 2016
According to the UNFPA, Nigeria has one-quarter of circumcised women worldwide while Ekiti State has 71.2 per cent prevalence rate.
http://www.punchng.com/ekiti-enforce-law-female-genital-mutilation/

Paraguay: Rich an ‘adopt’ children as domestic help. But that might change.
Washington Post – June 12, 2016
Alvarenga’s experience remains tragically common in Paraguay, one of the last bastions in Latin America of a colonial-era system of child labor known here as “criadazgo.” The practice, in which impoverished rural families allow affluent urban households to informally adopt their children, is still found in Peru and Haiti, as well, but to a much lesser extent.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/rich-paraguayans-can-adopt-children-as-domestic-help-but-that-might-change/2016/06/11/5bf65664-28e7-11e6-8329-6104954928d2_story.html

Trinidad and Tobago: Faris on child marriages: Amendments already drafted
Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday – June 13, 2016
Apart from the amendments propose for consideration which include raising the marriage age from as young as 12 for girls and 14 for boys to 18 years, he said, the AG?s office will continue to provide statistical information on marriages and “associated mischief to be found in the voice of the child issues” as it relates to child abuse, child neglect, teenage pregnancies, the issue of abortions and related issues involving the rights of the child.
http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,229127.html

United Kingdom: Call for men in Oxford to speak out about FGM before start of ‘cutting season’
Oxford Times – June 13, 2016
No official statistics exist for the city but Dr Brenda Kelly, founder of FGM specialist unit The Rose Clinic at the John Radcliffe Hospital, recently estimated that about one in 100 women in Oxford — about 1,500 — could have undergone the practice, making it as common as Type 1 Diabetes.
http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/headlines/14552955.Call_for_men_to_speak_out_about_FGM_before_start_of___39_cutting_season__39_/?ref=rss

AZ: Department of Child Safety — Struggling or Successful? (Opinion)
Arizona Capitol Times – June 09, 2016
With another recent tragedy of three Phoenix children murdered and dismembered by their mother and the fact that at least another 1,500 children nationally will die from maltreatment, often at the hands of their caregivers, is it not unacceptable and just too simplistic to think that the statement released by the Arizona Department of Child Safety’s June 3rd press release in response to their three prior investigations is to comment that “our powers are limited to prevent such a tragedy; and, we cannot predict the future.”
http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2016/06/09/department-of-child-safety-struggling-or-successful/

CA: Foster parents continue fight for Indian girl
Associated Press – June 10, 2016
The scene was wrenching: A sobbing 6-year-old girl, clutching a stuffed bear as her foster father carries her away from the only home she has known for most of her life. But Lexi’s story didn’t end in March when she was removed from a Santa Clarita home near Los Angeles. Her story isn’t one of simple emotions but rather complex issues of ethnicity, government and history.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/10/california-foster-parents-continue-fight-for-indian-girl.html

CA: Coalition Urges Legal Representation for Detained Immigrants in California (Press release)
The California Coalition for Universal Representation – June 09, 2016
The following is a press release from an organization unaffiliated with Voice of OC. The views expressed here are not those of Voice of OC. Immigrants detained in California who have an attorney succeed in their cases more than five times as often as those who don’t, according to a new study released today. Study: http://www.publiccounsel.org/tools/assets/files/0783.pdf
http://voiceofoc.org/2016/06/coalition-urges-legal-representation-for-detained-immigrants-in-california/

CA: Program Helps Foster Children Become Working Adults (Includes video)
CBS13 – June 09, 2016
A new program called iFoster Youth partners with businesses to give kids like Frankie a better chance at future success. “We’ve been working with iFoster to essentially take these youth that may be aging out of the system and give them tangible career and work life skills,” said Raley’s spokeswoman Chelsea Minor.
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2016/06/09/program-helps-foster-children-become-working-adults/

GA: Child placing agency hopes to recruit families
WJCL – June 09, 2016
Chatham County is in desperate need of foster families and but now a new organization hopes to solve that problem. Elks Aidmore, Inc. is a non-profit child placing agency that’s opening an office in Savannah. They have other offices in Valdosta and Atlanta.
http://www.wjcl.com/news/local-local-news/child-placing-agency-hopes-to-recruit-families/212574972/story

IL: Lester: Nun tells Maryville youths, ‘We won’t leave you behind’ (Includes video)
Daily Herald – June 09, 2016
In her decades of work with abused and neglected children, Sister Cathy Ryan has come to know how much suffering and tumult have taken place in children’s lives before they arrive on Maryville Academy’s doorstep. So having those boys and girls ask, “Sister, where am I going to go? Who will be there for me? Will it be safe?” breaks the 69-year-old nun’s heart.
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160609/news/160608918/

IN: Indiana wants group to stop using baby boxes
Associated Press – June 09, 2016
Indiana child welfare officials have warned an organization that installed two baby boxes at firehouses where mothers can drop off unwanted newborns anonymously to remove them, saying they question their safety and whether women who use them could face child abandonment charges.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3634293/Indiana-wants-group-stop-using-baby-boxes.html

LA: Louisiana House votes for tax package worth about a third of what John Bel Edwards wants
The Times-Picayune – June 09, 2016
Without the new revenue, Edwards has said hospitals for the poor and uninsured around the state would be in danger of closing. Louisiana also won’t be able to fund its popular TOPS college scholarship program fully. Public schools, medical residency programs, prisons and child welfare services would also be cut.
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/06/louisiana_house_votes_to_have.html

MN: Finding fosters
Echo Press – June 10, 2016
For 16 years, Douglas County social worker Jennifer McLaughlin has been licensing foster care families and placing children in households that will care for them when their own families are unable. It’s a demanding and unpredictable job. A family situation can arise at any point, and children sometimes need middle of the night placement.
http://www.echopress.com/news/4051175-finding-fosters

OH: Levy called ‘mission critical’ for children services
Zanesville Times Recorder – June 09, 2016
Muskingum County residents will have to decide Nov. 8 whether they want to renew an existing levy supporting Muskingum County Children Services and the Avondale Youth Center. David Boyer, executive director of Muskingum County Adult and Child Protective Services, said the annual budget for children services and the Avondale Youth Center is $7.3 million so losing the $3.2 million would be devastating. He hopes the levy passes so county commissioners don’t have to pull money from another organization.
http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/story/news/local/2016/06/09/levy-called-mission-critical-children-services/85644092/

OR: Oregon Intends To Revoke License Of Foster Care Facility After Neglect Reports
Portland Tribune – June 09, 2016
The state Department of Human Services intends to revoke Chehalem Youth and Family Services’ license to operate residential care homes, following a months-long investigation.
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/310820-188948-state-moves-to-revoke-chehalem-youth-and-family-services-license-

PA: House gets into heated debate over college professor background checks (Includes video)
ABC27 – June 09, 2016
It began as an academic debate about academics. But it turned heated in the Pennsylvania House earlier this week. The question: should all college professors, even those with very limited contact with minors, be required to get criminal background checks?
http://abc27.com/2016/06/09/house-gets-into-heated-debate-over-college-professor-background-checks/

PA: Philadelphia Uses Flexible Cash to Test Storied Child Abuse Prevention Program
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 09, 2016
In Philadelphia, where approximately 3,000 children will enter out-of-home care each year according to the Department of Human Services, having a waiver to Title IV-E of the Social Security Act has allowed the city and county to implement new programs. One of these is Triple P, a popular child abuse prevention program pioneered in Australia in the 1980s.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/analysis/philadelphia-uses-flexible-cash-test-storied-child-abuse-prevention-program/18691

TX: Children sleeping in state offices due to foster parent shortage (Includes video)
KXAN – June 09, 2016
In Region 7, which houses the Austin office, a spokesperson for CPS says case workers are currently on an 8-hour shift rotation to watch children who are in the office. Region 7, which covers 30 counties, had 1,722 children in foster care in April 2016. Also: Foster children sleeping in state offices: http://www.wbap.com/2016/06/09/foster-children-sleeping-in-state-offices/
http://kxan.com/2016/06/09/children-sleeping-in-state-offices-due-to-foster-parent-shortage/

WI: Huge jump in carjacking exposes problems in juvenile justice system
On Milwaukee – June 09, 2016
Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton urged the chief to come up with ideas for better cooperation between the court system, child welfare departments and the police. “Sending children back to an environment that couldn’t supervise them in the first place doesn’t seem to be the wisest course of action,” he said.
http://onmilwaukee.com/buzz/articles/carjackingkids.html

US: A National Report Card on Permanency
Chronicle of Social Change – June 10, 2016
The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) was passed in 1999 to minimize foster care drift and shorten the stay in temporary care. Recognizing that one year is already a very long time in the life of a child, the intent was to set a limit. After 12 months (or 15 of the past 22 months) with no permanent resolution, the law required that a termination of parental rights be filed. Seventeen years and three presidencies have elapsed since ASFA’s passage. So how have we done at meeting the “child time” deadline? Following is a report card of sorts on the changes since ASFA passed.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/adoption/national-report-card-permanency/18318

US: NICWA Executive Director Commends Bureau of Indian Affairs on New Indian Child Welfare Act Regulations
Native News Online – June 10, 2016
In response to yesterday’s announcement of new Indian Child Welfare Act regulations, National Indian Child Welfare Association Executive Director Dr. Sarah Kastelic issued the following statement.
http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/nicwa-executive-director-commends-bureau-indian-affairs-new-indian-child-welfare-act-regulations/

US: Defense Secretary proposes flexibility in hiring, promotions
AMI Newswire – June 09, 2016
For existing employees, Carter proposes giving them six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, plus allowing them to work “part-time after the birth or adoption of a child,” or after they become foster parents. The aim, Carter said, is to “evolve our personnel management processes to ensure we optimize and retain our best talent.”
https://aminewswire.com/stories/510793835-defense-secretary-proposes-flexibility-in-hiring-promotions

US: Final Indian Child Welfare Act rule goes into effect this December
Indianz.com – June 09, 2016
The time frame ensures the finished product will become law before the end of the Obama administration. But it also has a practical significance, acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts said on Wednesday. The BIA will use the next 180 days to offer training and technical assistance for tribes and states. In particular, Roberts said states need sufficient time to adjust their child welfare proceedings. Also: BIA announces final ICWA rule revisions: http://www.nativetimes.com/index.php/news/federal/13226-bia-announces-final-icwa-rule-revisions
http://www.indianz.com/News/2016/06/09/final-indian-child-welfare-act-rule-goes.asp

US: Group helps former foster kids establish a home all their own (Includes video)
CNN – June 09, 2016
Georgie Smith was working as a designer and chef in Los Angeles when a young man named Barry sought her out. That experience led Smith to start A Sense of Home. The nonprofit has since created comfortable living spaces for 100 young people who have aged out of the system.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/09/us/cnn-heroes-georgie-smith/index.html

US: New study finds that drugs for schizophrenics are regularly dispensed to foster kids
Reuters – June 09, 2016
The analysis in Health Affairs showed that more than one-third of foster children given antipsychotic drugs failed to receive counseling or other psychosocial interventions, such as anger-management training, which doctors and policymakers believe should have been the first line of treatment.
http://www.businessinsider.com/many-foster-kids-medicated-with-antipsychotics-2016-6?r=UK&IR=T

US: Trauma in childhood linked to drug use in adolescence
Medical News Today – June 09, 2016
Latest research from a national sample of almost 10,000 U.S. adolescents found psychological trauma, especially abuse and domestic violence before age 11, can increase the likelihood of experimentation with drugs in adolescence, independent of a history of mental illness. Results of the study conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health are published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This is the first study to document these associations in a national sample of adolescents. Study: http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567%2816%2930212-X/abstract
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/310877.php

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Baby’s death could see more charges in Rochelle Bobb murder

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No arrest has been made but police are consulting the Crown following the death Sunday of the boy, delivered by emergency C-section after the …

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Family members arrested in connection to baby’s death

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Arrest in Baby Death Investigation

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Mom ‘wants justice’ after baby’s death is ruled homicide

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Utah parents arrested in baby’s heroin overdose death

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SALT LAKE CITY — Police arrested two parents in Utah on suspicion of child endangerment after their one-year-old daughter died from ingesting …

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Police: Baby found dead in Rome police officer’s car

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WESTERN, NY – A 4 1/2-month-old baby has been found dead inside his father’s car, who police said is a Rome police officer. Oneida County sheriff’s …

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Reeds Spring couple charged in baby’s death waives preliminary hearing

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A young couple charged in the dehydration death of their child move closer to standing trial. A Stone County judge was scheduled to hear evidence …

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A look at legal implications of baby’s death

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Section 233(2) of the Criminal Code holds an assailant responsible for injuries caused to a child before its birth if the child dies after becoming …

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Rochester man arrested for death of his six week old baby

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Police say on March 28, Brandon White, 33, of Rochester and the child’s mother brought the child to Strong Memorial Hospital. The child was …

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Tauranga police are investigating the death of a three month old baby in the city but are saying little else early on.

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Does the death of Rochelle Bobb’s baby merit a criminal charge?

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New charges related to a child unborn at the time of his mother’s shooting stray into tricky legal territory. A man at a vigil for Rochelle Bobb held after …

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Philly jury awards $1.3 million in baby heart surgery death

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A Philadelphia jury has awarded $1.3 million to the estate of a days-old infant who died in 2011 after heart surgery at St. Christopher’s Hospital for …

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Utah parents arrested in baby’s heroin overdose death

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Utah parents arrested in baby’s heroin overdose death. Published Wednesday, June 8, 2016 | 12:21 p.m.. Updated 24 minutes ago. SALT LAKE CITY …

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Baby’s death renews call for fire-based ambulance response

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An adult dose of Benadryl, an infant’s death

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Eight-month-old Haddix James Mulkey was already in love with vanilla ice cream, his mother said, and he had just cut his first tooth to help him eat it.

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Mom arrested after infant’s death

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JEFFERSON COUNTY – A mother faces first-degree murder charges after investigators discovered her 3-month-old baby died last month from injuries …

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Day care owner indicted in connection to infant’s death

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TEXAS – A grand jury has indicted a Georgetown day care owner on two charges in relation to the death of a 5-month-old boy …

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Greeley police arrest 3 in connection to infant death last year

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They’re accused of neglecting and abusing a 4-month-old baby until his death on Aug. 2, 2015. The night before, Greeley Police responded to the …

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Infant death under investigation

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WOOD RIVER — The death of a four-month-old in Wood River Monday morning has been turned over to the Southern Illinois Child Death …

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Simple sleeping habits can help prevent sudden infant death

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome—or SIDS—is the unexplained death of an otherwise healthy child that usually occurs during sleep. WakeMed recently …

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DCFS investigating father in Ashburn infant’s death

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The death of a 2-month-old boy Saturday in the Southwest Side Ashburn neighborhood has been ruled a homicide, and state child welfare authorities …

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Officials Investigating Infant Death

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Officials Investigating Infant Death … SEVIER COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an infant.

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Montrose man charged for infant’s death

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On May 4, 2013, state police responded to 382 Main St. in Harmony Twp. and discovered the baby had died. An autopsy could not determine the …

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Father arrested in death of infant daughter left in hot car

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The father of an 8-month-old Louisiana girl who died after being left in a hot car for about two hours was arrested …

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McDonald County Infant’s Death Deemed Accidental

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The death has been deemed accidental. EMT’s were called to a home north of Pineville Monday. They found the family of 5-month-old Brian Owens …

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A Rochester man is charged with manslaughter after the death of his infant son.

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Father arrested in death of infant daughter left in hot car

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Sentencing in infant’s fentanyl-laced heroin death underscores national epidemic

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A man’s sentencing in the fentanyl-laced heroin overdose death of his 11-month old infant underscores the drug’s epidemic in the United States.

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Infant deaths in the UK community following successful cardiac surgery: building the evidence

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Document containing main recommendations of the intervention development group and suggested metrics from the Infant Heart Study as circulated …

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Inquiry reveals more avoidable infant deaths at Bacchus Marsh

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A more extensive review has confirmed that 11 baby deaths at Bacchus Marsh hospital in Victoria were potentially avoidable.

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Despite abuse reports, Dakota County left children with parents

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In court records, both denied abusing their children. … a neglect issue,” said Phil Claussen, president of the Minnesota Association of County Social …

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Dr. Elaine Heffner: Abuse or discipline?

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Rapid City man charged with child abuse for beating 1-year-old child

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A Rapid City man accused of beating a 1-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Monday to aggravated child abuse. Robert R. Arguello, 39, faces up to 15 …

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Couple accused of beating their children returning to lower court for upgraded charges

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Jackson County Assistant Prosecutor Katie Branigan asked the court to change both of Tina Harbert’s two counts of second-degree child abuse to …

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Man charged for allegedly beating child with stick

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STORM LAKE | A Storm Lake man is charged with child endangerment causing bodily harm after he beat a 12-year-old girl with a stick, police said.

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Trial dates set for women charged after boy’s fatal beating

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Trial dates were set Monday for three women charged after police say a 5-year-old boy was beaten to death earlier this year. The women all pleaded …

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Judge allows man’s statement in Hancock childabuse case

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Aaron Jacob Vanmeter, 22, of Hancock is charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in serious physical injury, second-degree child abuse and …

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Prosecutors to File Additional Charges in Child Abuse Case

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The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office plans to formally file additional charges against three people accused of having a role on what police …

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Breaking the cycle of child abuse

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PORTSMOUTH – When Deb Cram started writing about her own childhood abuse four years ago, she didn’t know where her words would lead.

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Gwinnett couple accused of stripping, tying up, beating child

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Arrest warrants allege the abuse took place June 1 at their home on Buford’s … The warrant issued for Moss also accuses her of tying the child up and …

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NEW: Jury now deliberating in Larkins child abuse trial

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They are accused of beating their children with belts, a wooden backscratcher and their hands, intentionally causing them mental injury and abusing a …

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Man charged in connection with sexual assault, beating of Mineral City boy

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MINERAL CITY Along state Route 800 is a playground where most children in this small village go to play. There’s a basketball court, some picnic …

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When child’s death draws less outrage than Harambe

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Couple faces torture, conspiracy charges after child’s death

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Prayter, the child’s mother, and Caldwell, not the boy’s biological father, were later interviewed by sheriff’s investigators, following the child’s death.

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2 arrested in connection to 5-year-old’s death in Orangevale – KCRA Sacramento

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Flathead Valley mother arrested in connection with child’s death

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An autopsy found the boy died after suffering a lacerated small intestine. Juntunen’s boyfriend, 22-year-old Brandon Newberry, is serving a 40-year …

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Coryell will seek death penalty in child’s death

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The child died a few hours later at Coryell Memorial Hospital. … According to Boyd, Shelton’s case is Coryell County’s only death penatly case.

Coryell County seeking death penalty in child death case – The Killeen Daily Herald

Local man indicted for capital murder in toddler’s gruesome death – KWTX

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Child killed by falling TV at Athens daycare

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Athens Police are investigating the death of a five-year-old boy after an incident at a daycare and preschool. According to police reports obtained by …

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Child dies in South Auckland after suffering gunshot wounds

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A 26-year-old man has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a 2-year-old girl was shot dead in Mangere this morning. Police said …

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Investigation: A child’s death, despite warnings to Social Services, court

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Rylan Ott when he lived with foster parents Amanda and Mike Mills. “We loved this little Boy so much and our hearts are shattered over his death.

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Man arrested for death of 2-year-old Corcoran child

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Sacred Heart sued in clergy sexual abuse case dating back to 1960s

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Sacred Heart in East Grand Forks is joining a growing list of Minnesota Catholic entities sued for clergy accused of sexual abusing children.

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A Minnesota school pulls bait-and-switch while pretending to protect transgender students

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Overcoming trauma, child rape survivors fly high in exams

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Canada: ‘This has to change:’ Indigenous Affairs minister promises ‘overhaul’ of child-welfare system
National Post – June 09, 2016
Months after a landmark decision from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, advocates are calling on the government to make good on promises to rectify systemic racial discrimination against indigenous children — even as federal and provincial ministers meet Friday to discuss an overhaul of the child-welfare system.
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/this-has-to-change-indigenous-affairs-minister-promises-overhaul-of-child-welfare-system

Latvia: International adoptions account for more than half of all adoptions in Latvia this year
Baltic Times – June 05, 2016
Out of 76 children adopted in Latvia in the first four months of this year 40 children, more than half, were adopted by foreign families, according to information from the Welfare Ministry.
http://www.baltictimes.com/international_adoptions_account_for_more_than_half_of_all_adoptions_in_latvia_this_year/

Nigeria: Naccran Blames Increase in Child Abuse On Refusal of States to Integrate Child Rights Act
All Africa – June 09, 2016
National Council of Child Rights Advocate Nigeria (NACCRAN) has blamed the increased rate of child abuse in the country on the refusal of most states to integrate Child Rights Act.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201606090924.html

Saudi Arabia: UN chief slams ‘undue pressure’ by Saudis over child abuse list
Press TV – June 09, 2016
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly criticized Saudi Arabia and its allies for putting “undue pressure” on the world body in order to seek their removal from a blacklist for overwhelmingly violating children’s rights in Yemen.
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/06/09/469717/Saudi-Arabia-Yemen-UN-Ban-Kimoon
AL: Urgent need for foster parents in Alabama
ABC 3340 – June 08, 2016
Ted Embry, with the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries, said sometimes choosing to foster can be made easier with help from the church. “There’s some children who need a short term placement,” said Embry. “We call it shelter care or crisis care. And they just need placement for a few days, few weeks, few months.”
http://abc3340.com/news/local/urgent-need-for-foster-parents-in-alabama

CA: Methadone Program Blasted
Santa Barbara Independent – June 09, 2016
Sylvia Bernard, executive director of the Good Samaritan shelters, objected that most people who are given methadone stay on methadone. She referred to babies being born addicted to the opiate and having to go through withdrawal. Methadone renders many parents unfit to care for their children, she charged, and questioned how many of the county’s methadone patients “have open child welfare cases.”
http://www.independent.com/news/2016/jun/09/methadone-program-blasted/

GA: ‘Never too late’ foster kids program explained
Morgan County Citizen – June 08, 2016
Boys in this home will be able to learn several valuable skills that they would not be able to learn elsewhere, as well as learning how to fill out job applications. They will also go down different paths whether boys would like to go down a military, technical school, or college path.
http://www.morgancountycitizen.com/never-too-late-foster-kids-program-explained/

KY: New website to help families navigate adoption, foster care in Kentucky
WPSD Local 6 – June 08, 2016
The website is linked to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and shows each step to becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Also: First Lady Glenna Bevin, CHFS take steps to make adoption and foster care process easier: http://www.kyforward.com/first-lady-glenna-bevin-chfs-take-steps-to-make-adoption-and-foster-care-process-easier/ Website: http://adopt.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx
http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/32173675/new-website-to-help-families-navigate-adoption-foster-care-in-kentucky

MO: Missouri Care Provides $5,000 Grant to Support Emergency Shelter for Children in Columbia (Press release)
PRNewswire – June 08, 2016
Missouri Care, Inc., a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG), announced a $5,000 grant to Rainbow House in Columbia, Missouri, to support the not-for-profits’ mission of providing a safe haven for children in crisis.
http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/missouri-care-provides-5000-grant-to-support-emergency-shelter-for-children-in-columbia-20160608-00380

MT: Gazette opinion: Bullock must act now to protect Montana kids (Opinion)
Billings Gazette – June 08, 2016
The commission Bullock created in December delivered its recommendations to him last week. They include several changes in state laws on child protection and long-term reforms for the staffing and operation of the Child and Family Services Division. Report: http://dphhs.mt.gov/Portals/85/Documents/ProtectMontanaKids/PMK%20Commission%20Final%20Report%2005-31-16.pdf
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion/gazette-opinion-bullock-must-act-now-to-protect-montana-kids/article_8dc9fd2f-526d-5493-9dfe-8dfac69d0229.html

NC: Durham County’s Department of Social Services Wants More Money to Help Foster Parents
Indy Weekly – June 08, 2016
In his recommended budget, county manager Wendell Davis acknowledged that the DSS “has experienced unprecedented growth in the number of children in foster care” — a 47 percent increase between January 2013 and December 2015, mirroring statewide statistics. Earlier this year, Becketts asked for a $1.8 million boost to his department’s $64 million annual budget. But that was too much, especially considering that twenty other departments were also asking for increases.
http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/durham-countys-department-of-social-services-wants-more-money-to-help-foster-parents/Content?oid=5039695

NH: Photojournalist shares story of child abuse and survival
Sea Coast Online – June 08, 2016
Cram urged those attending the conference to consider new approaches to reaching abused children. She suggested a buddy system at schools, an app that children could use to report abuse, or even a neighborhood watch for domestic assault and abuse.
http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20160608/NEWS/160609281

NJ: State making progress revamping child welfare system once among worst in U.S.
NJ.com – June 08, 2016
The federal monitor of New Jersey’s child welfare system Wednesday praised the Christie administration for one again making “significant progress” working with troubled families last year, but also highlighted lingering problems caseworkers had ensuring a child is safe to return home from foster care. Also: Court monitor says child services are improving: http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/2016/06/08/court-monitor-child-services-nj/85623010/
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/06/although_some_safety_issues_linger_nj_making_progr.html

OH: Deters: Mentors needed for foster care program (Opinion)
Cincinnati.com – June 08, 2016
For Hamilton County foster youth, high school graduation might mean something very different than what our own children experience. Rather than prepare for college and careers, high school foster students will soon “age out” of the foster system at 18 — without a safety net or system of support that so many of us depend upon as young adults.
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/06/08/deters-mentors-needed-foster-care-program/85563232/

OH: Foster care numbers dwindling
The Times Gazette – June 08, 2016
The number of children in foster care is fewer than 100 and the projected cost of caring for these children is falling, too, according to the Highland County Board of Commissioners at Wednesday’s meeting.
http://timesgazette.com/news/8304/foster-care-numbers-dwindling

TX: Employee Union Urges Officials and Lawmakers to lower caseloads, raise pay in FPS (Press release)
Everything Lubbock – June 08, 2016
Despite volumes of reports and the ruling from a Federal Court, the initial proposals for DFPS’ Appropriation Request indicate that the agency seeks to “maintain current caseload levels.” This will result in a continuation of the current caseload crisis and prevent the agency from slowing down skyrocketing turnover. Maintaining current caseload levels will ensure that more vulnerable Texans will fall through the cracks, as caseloads and turnover rates continue feeding into each other in a vicious cycle.
http://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/local-news/employee-union-urges-officials-and-lawmakers-to-lower-caseloads-raise-pay-in-fps

TX: Texas sheltering foster kids in state offices
Associated Press – June 08, 2016
More than two dozen children statewide spent at least two nights sleeping in state offices in April, the most recent month for which data is available. The month before that, 42 of them slept in a child welfare office. Also: More Kids Sleeping in State Offices Amid Foster Shortage: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/03/17/more-kids-sleeping-cps-offices-amid-placement-shor/
http://www.wilx.com/content/news/Texas-sheltering-foster-kids-in-state-offices-382292781.html

US: CDC Report Says Doctors Aren’t Following Guidelines for ADHD Treatment
Huffington Post – June 08, 2016
In May, 2016, a CDC Vital Signs report announced that a surprising percentage of physicians — more than 50% — are not first referring “parents of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before trying medicine.” CDC Report: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/adhd/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elaine-taylorklaus/cdc-report-says-doctors-a_b_10354430.html

US: In Support of Prevention Funding, But Not at the Expense of Children in Foster Care (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – June 08, 2016
The federal child welfare advocacy community increasingly seems myopically focused on increasing federal funding for “prevention.” Unfortunately, few, if any, are able to paint a picture of what increased investment in prevention would look like.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/finance-reform/support-prevention-funding-not-expense-children-foster-care/18659

US: New rule requires judges to ask about tribal status in kids in custody cases
Associated Press – June 08, 2016
A new federal rule will require judges in every state to ask whether a child is a Native American during foster-care and adoption proceedings — especially when there’s reason to believe a child is a tribal member.
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/new-rule-requires-judges-to-ask-about-tribal-status-in/article_1f0070de-0e01-53cc-848b-b7ed1f68debf.html

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International: UN whistleblower resigns over French peacekeeper ‘child abuse’
BBC News – June 08, 2016
A UN whistleblower who alleged child sex abuse by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic has resigned, citing the “complete impunity” of those responsible for the crimes.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36481372

Pakistan: No legal, psychological help provided to victims of Swat child abuse scandal
The International News – June 08, 2016
The report demands psychological counseling and legal help for children and their families. It says that 15 years of abuse had a huge psychological impact on children and their families. The report predicts that if in-time psychological help is not provided to the victims, it can lead suicides as suicide tendencies are commonly observed in such cases.
http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/126375-No-legal-psychological-help-provided-to-victims-of-Swat-child-abuse-scandal

Philippines: Safe from harm: Tackling online child sexual abuse in the Philippines
UNICEF – June 08, 2016
The Philippines has become the global epicentre of the live-stream sexual abuse trade, and many of the victims are children. In the slums of Manila, a police raid of a child sexual exploitation operation illuminates the challenges the country faces in protecting vulnerable children and prosecuting their abusers
http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/philippines_91214.html

United Kingdom: First arrest in ‘British FBI’ probe into Rotherham child abuse
The Yorkshire Post – June 08, 2016
Officers from the National Crime Agency, the so-called ‘British FBI’, arrested a man in Rotherham on Wednesday morning in connection with its Operation Stovewood investigation into child sexual exploitation in the town between 1997 and 2013.
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/first-arrest-in-british-fbi-probe-into-rotherham-child-abuse-1-7953566

 

AR: Leaner DHS in works, its chief says
North West Arkansas Times – June 08, 2016
The state Department of Human Services would be better served by fewer employees who work more efficiently, are centrally directed and ultimately better compensated, department Director Cindy Gillespie said Tuesday. Also: Restructuring Dept of Human Services business functions just the beginning, director says: http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2016/06/07/why-you-should-care-about-the-department-of-human-services-new-restructuring
http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2016/jun/08/leaner-dhs-in-works-its-chief-says-2016/

AZ: Childhelp recruits new COO
Phoenix Business Journal – June 07, 2016
The nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children announced that Richard Nedelkoff will serve as the organization’s COO.
http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/blog/business/2016/06/childhelp-recruits-new-coo.html?ana=RSS%26s%3Darticle_search&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bizj_phoenix+%28Phoenix

CT: The path to becoming a racial justice organization (Opinion)(Includes video)
Connecticut Post – June 07, 2016
The work is comprehensive and is infused into everything we do – from trauma informed care to engaging adolescents on identity development to contract procurement language – all focused on ways to correct inequities within the agency and in the provision of our services.
http://m.ctpost.com/opinion/article/The-path-to-becoming-a-racial-justice-organization-7968181.php

MI: Bills sent to Snyder demand tries to keep siblings together
Associated Press – June 08, 2016
Legislation requiring child-placing agencies to make reasonable efforts to keep siblings together in the foster care and adoption systems is going to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.
http://www.9and10news.com/story/32170404/bills-sent-to-snyder-demand-tries-to-keep-siblings-together

NJ: A Little Faith and a Lot of Sunshine for New Jersey Foster Youth (Includes video)
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 07, 2016
Foster and Adoptive Services, a leading statewide advocacy agency for foster, adoptive and kinship parents, based in central New Jersey, aims to change foster youths’ summer experiences.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/journalism-for-social-change/little-faith-lot-sunshine-new-jersey-foster-youth/18640

NY: State Assembly Dems reach compromise on abuse victims law
New York Daily News – June 08, 2016
The bill would extend the time that criminal or civil cases against predators can be brought, treat public and private institutions equally when it comes to sex abuse cases, and provide a window to revive cases barred under current law.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/n-y-assembly-dems-reach-compromise-abuse-victims-law-article-1.2665184

NY: Child fatality review team to welcome international expert for local training
Niagara Frontier Publications – June 07, 2016
The Niagara County Child Fatality Review Team is bringing an internationally recognized expert in child abuse pediatrics here to train local professionals to recognize and respond to child abuse-related fatalities.
http://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2016/06/07/124918/child-fatality-review-team-to-welcome-international-expert-for-local-training

NY: Special Education Providers Receive Reimbursement Rate Increase
My Champlain Valley – June 07, 2015
Schools benefiting from this increase serve approximately 13,500 students across the state with needs such as emotional or physical disabilities, mental health issues, trauma, substance abuse, or involvement with the juvenile justice, social service or child welfare system.
http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/new-york/ny-special-education-providers-receive-reimbursement-rate-increase

PA: Protecting kids: Is more reporting necessarily better? (Opinion)
Philly.com – June 07, 2016
Expanding the definition of mandatory reporters and increasing the number of reports leads to a culture of suspicion. This further marginalizes disadvantaged families of color, who are disproportionately represented in all points of contact with child welfare services, to their detriment. Information Gateway Resource: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/responding/reporting/
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/public_health/Protecting-kids-Is-more-reporting-necessarily-better.html

RI: Prep school says it’s focused on abuse survivors
Solonews – June 08, 2016
Attorney Eric MacLeish, who represents some of the St. George’s victims, said the lack of criminal charges was not surprising because, even though there is no statute of limitations on rape in Rhode Island, the definition of rape when most of the abuse took place included only vaginal intercourse. Authorities determined they can not proceed with criminal charges for various reasons, including the statute of limitations.
http://solonews.net/423061/news/prep-school-says-its-focused-on-abuse-survivors.html

TX: DFPS facing critical shortage of foster parents (Includes video)
12 News Now – June 07, 2016
In 2015, 250 children were placed in foster homes in Jefferson County and this year, 302 were place in foster homes.
http://www.12newsnow.com/story/32169212/dfps-facing-critical-shortage-of-foster-parents

WA: Orcas Resource Center identifies needs in the community
Islands Sounder – June 07, 2016
We found that Orcas Island and San Juan County experienced a dramatic decrease in social services over the last decade with the departure of the Department of Human Services’ Child Protection and Case Management services, consistent, locally run mental health and chemical dependency programs and the Community Network and Prevention Coalition. The single need universally stated by every organization was for a social work case manager to provide ongoing care to individuals and families in need.
http://www.islandssounder.com/news/382114921.html#

US: Dollars and Priorities: Preventing Child Abuse (Opinion)
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 08, 2016
Hughes notes that prevention is often conflated with intervention; programs implemented after a call of abuse are lodged. True prevention, Hughes argues (and I would agree) happens before a call of abuse is ever lodged.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/featured/dollars-priorities-preventing-child-abuse/18730

US: To Prevent Child Abuse: Replace the “Public Health Approach” with a Social Justice Approach (Opinion)
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 08, 2016
If an infant’s poverty is confused with neglect and a few years later that child still is poor, it’s hardly a shock that the infant will be reported as “neglected’ once again.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/finance-reform/prevent-child-abuse-replace-public-health-approach-social-justice-approach/18675

US: The Evolution of Foster Parent Recruitment and Training
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 07, 2016
The 19th century house study was the precursor to today’s home study in which foster parents are licensed, certified, or approved depending upon their respective jurisdictions or whether the program is run by public/government or private/non-profit agencies.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/analysis/evolution-foster-parent-recruitment-training/18556

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International: After Huckle case, UK says willing to work with Malaysia for child protection
Malay Mail Online – June 07, 2016
Britain has expressed willingness for greater international cooperation in the areas of crime intelligence and child protection policies, including with the Malaysian authorities.
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/after-huckle-case-uk-says-willing-to-work-with-malaysia-for-child-protectio

International: FEATURE: With more than half of all children in danger, UN envoy highlights how to keep them safe
United Nations News Centre – June 07, 2016
Today, as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Mrs. Santos Pais mobilizes action to end maltreatment of children around the world and implement the recommendations, adopted by the General Assembly in 2006, of the UN’s first comprehensive study on the subject. More than half of all children suffer from physical, sexual and psychological abuse, according to the GA study.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54136#.V1gMa-TigeE

International: UNICEF launches poll and ReplyforAll campaign on Internet safety for adolescents
Chicago News.Net – June 03, 2016
Eight out of ten 18-year-olds believe that young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, and more than five out of 10 think friends participate in risky behaviours while using the Internet, a new report released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows. Report: http://www.unicef.org/endviolence/endviolenceonline/files/UNICEF_Growing-up-online.pdf
http://www.chicagonews.net/index.php/sid/244753733

United Kingdom: More than 1,200 cases of FGM in England in just three months
Metro UK – June 08, 2016
‘It’s shocking that 29 of the new recorded cases (2 per cent) are girls under 18. It is even more of a concern that 11 of those were girls born in the UK.’
http://metro.co.uk/2016/06/08/more-than-1200-cases-of-fgm-in-england-in-just-three-months-5930464/

 

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Failure to report signs of child abuse ‘should be made a criminal offence’

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Richard Huckle faces life sentences for Malaysia child abuse

BBC News

A British man is facing multiple life sentences for numerous sex crimes against Malaysian children which he boasted about on the “dark web”. Richard …

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Tulsa mother charged with child abuse murder after injured infant dies

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Child abuse pediatricians agreed that Zayden’s injuries were consistent with child physical abuse and abusive head trauma, the affidavit states.

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BCSO arrest two in child abuse case

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Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a couple Friday morning and charged them with injury to a child by contact following multiple allegations of …

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APD investigating possible case of child abuse

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The Austin Police Department is investigating a possible case of child abuse after finding a child with injuries while responding to a call overnight.

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Child abuse inquiry turns to Kincora home and claims of MI5 blackmail

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An inquiry into child abuse across a range of institutions in Northern Ireland will focus this Tuesday on the Kincora boys home scandal including …

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Increase in child abuse hotline calls impacting Children and Youth Services

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Increase in child abuse hotline calls impacting Children and Youth Services. UPDATED 7:16 PM EDT May 25, 2016 …

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Who has to report child abuse? What are the rules?

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She said people who report suspected abuse, including mandated … There are many things that could be considered child abuse under the law, some …

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Ex-Cameron aide given conditional discharge over child abuse images

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He had previously worked on policy for restricting internet pornography to protect children and as an adviser to the former Conservative home …

Patrick Rock guilty of making child sex abuse images – The Independent

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Speaking up about child abuse key to stamping it out

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Jazinda Komene is coordinating New Plymouth’s Stand Up NZ march on June 27. A child abuse survivor herself, she wants to do what she can to try …

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Goonies star speaks out about Hollywood child abuse

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Since Elijah Wood’s allegations last week about Hollywood’s horrific child abuse problem, Corey Feldman has come forward with more claims that …

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EPD: Three charged in child abuse investigation

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A baby is rushed to the hospital after police respond to a 911 call.

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Study on child abuse, violence and neglect to be released by Minister Fritz. Tomorrow, to commemorate International Children’s Day and national …

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Two jailed on charges of child neglect

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In a joint investigation with the state’s Child Protective Services, police found … The Barboursville Police Department charged them with child neglect …

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Court says child neglect law doesn’t apply to unborn fetuses

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In a split decision, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday that a woman can’t be charged under the state’s law prohibiting child neglect resulting …

The West Virginia Supreme Court is wiping away the child neglect death conviction of a woman – Daily Journal

Conviction stripped in drug use case where newborn baby died – WVVA TV (registration)

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Mother Arrested for Child Neglect, Neighbors Call it Heartbreaking

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Pulaski County deputies were called after neighbors reported two small children were in the street several houses away from home. It’s a quiet street …

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Bennington daycare workers arrested on charges related to child neglect

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Both women face charges for cruelty to a child under the age of 10, and reckless endangerment. They are due in criminal court in Bennington County …

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Neglect of the neglected: Hong Kong boy’s death exposes a child protection system riddled with

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And in Hong Kong, exposing young children to drugs is not considered child neglect nor abuse – unless the child ingests it, or obvious physical harm …

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Charges Detail Disturbing Child Neglect Allegations In Apple Valley

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Charges from the Dakota County Attorney’s office released Thursday offer a disturbing look into allegations of child neglect …

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Three People Arrested for Alleged Child Abuse, Neglect

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Three people are behind bars facing child abuse and other charges. … All three face child abuse and child neglect charges for failing to seek medical …

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Kristy Longstreth, of Barrackville, was charged with child neglect with the substantial risk of injury by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

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Man arrested, charged with child neglect

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Jason Michael Hill, of Claremore, was charged with child neglect on … Hill told police officials he was responsible for the child while the child’s mother …

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Woman found wandering in apartment complex arrested for child neglect

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — A woman who was found wandering an apartment complex intoxicated has now been arrested on a complaint of child …

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A Boynton Beach woman is under arrest for child neglect, accused of leaving two small kids in her car unattended.The incident happened outside a …

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Couple arrested for child neglect. A couple who allowed their three children to live in squalor have been arrested for child abuse and neglect. 34 year …

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A Nicholas County jury had found Stephanie Louk guilty of felony child neglect because she took methamphetamine days before her due date.

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West Virginia Pair Charged With Child Neglect … (AP) – Two people have been charged after police say a child was found in deplorable conditions in …

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My husband’s voice is the voice talking to the child in one of the videos. I was taking a pic of the … Sorry but neglect is neglect. This woman’s account …

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Understanding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

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For many parents, the specter of sudden infant death is one of the dominant anxieties in the chaotic early weeks with a newborn. It is a fear that drives …

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SOUTH BEND — A new study connecting swaddling and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has parents on high-alert. The headlines may scare new …

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Hartford man charged following infant’s death

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MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — A Hartford man is facing manslaughter and other charges after the 5-month-old child he was baby-sitting died.

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Infant’s death under investigation in McDonald County

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PINEVILLE, Mo. — The death of a 5-month-old boy from McDonald County remains under investigation pending the completion of an autopsy.

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Appeals court returns 1972 infant death case to Belleville

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – An Illinois appeals court has overturned a lower court’s decision to dismiss a first-degree murder charge against an Indiana …

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Infant’s death under investigation

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According to a Bloomington Police Department report, the child was found unresponsive by her 33-year-old father Sunday afternoon on the city’s west …

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Hartford man charged following infant’s death

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An autopsy determined that the infant died of blunt head trauma and the death was ruled a homicide. Maldonado turned himself in on Wednesday and …

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Infant death investigation in Honesdale

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HONESDALE, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The Wayne County Coroner is investigating the death of an infant. Coroner Edward Howell is …

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Woman charged with murder for infant’s death in Iberia Parish

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NEW IBERIA — A woman has been accused of murder for the death of a 4-month-old infant earlier this year, according to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s …

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Letter: Legislation will help reduce infant deaths

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However, sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) is still the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. Although the …

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LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the shooting death of an 8-month-old boy in St. Louis (all … Police believe Crockett shot at his wife but instead hit the infant.

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Infant deaths in the UK community following successful cardiac surgery: building the evidence base for optimal surveillance, a mixed-methods study.

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AR: Number of foster care children in area continues to rise
Southwest Times Record – June 06, 2016
More than 4,500 children in Arkansas are in foster care, and more than 1,000 of those are from the greater Fort Smith area.
http://swtimes.com/news/number-foster-care-children-area-continues-rise

AZ: With Foster Care Numbers Rising, Child Safety Citizen Panels Convene In Valley (Includes audio)
KJZZ – June 06, 2016
There are more than 19,000 children in foster care in Arizona. It’s a number that keeps growing in our state, despite the money and resources being poured into the state’s child welfare system. Also: Number Of Foster Kids Reaches Record High, While Staff Hits Record Low: http://kjzz.org/content/315156/number-foster-kids-reaches-record-high-while-staff-hits-record-low
http://kjzz.org/content/316064/foster-care-numbers-rising-child-safety-citizen-panels-convene-valley

CT: Spence-Chapin Services to Families And Children Now Licensed as a Full-Service Adoption Agency in Connecticut (Press release)
CSRWire – June 06, 2016
Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children announced today that, in addition to New York and New Jersey, it has become licensed as an adoption agency in the state of Connecticut. The century old agency will now be able to offer all adoption services as well as mental and emotional health programs to Connecticut families.
http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/39018-Spence-Chapin-Services-to-Families-And-Children-Now-Licensed-as-a-Full-Service-Adoption-Agency-In-Connecticut

HI: Joyful Heart Foundation brings awareness to domestic violence and sexual abuse (Includes video)
KFVE – June 05, 2016
The Joyful Heart Foundation launched its “Hawaii Says NO MORE” campaign two years ago, which aims to create awareness, encourage conversation and end the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault in Hawaii. Their mission is to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse; to support survivors, and to end the violence.
http://www.k5thehometeam.com/story/32146876/joyful-heart-foundation-brings-awareness-to-domestic-violence-and-sexual-abuse

IL: Dr. Bell blames violence on fetal alcoholism
Chicago Crusader – June 06, 2016
Saying fetal alcohol is the biggest problem since slavery, Dr. Carl C. Bell, a nationally — recognized Black psychiatrist, blamed the escalation of violence on mothers who drink while pregnant. He said it causes uncontrollable emotional and behavioral problems that too often lead to violence.
http://chicagocrusader.com/dr-bell-blames-violence-fetal-alcoholism/

KS: Old convent offers new hope for foster kids
The Kansas City Star – June 07, 2016
The Blue Door Project, a new group home and shelter started by the couple and others in Bryan’s family to help foster kids, particularly the older ones facing the same problems as Aubri, who now works and attends college.
http://tdn.com/lifestyles/old-convent-offers-new-hope-for-foster-kids/article_6c17c9c2-e694-5844-95a6-26bbabeed642.html

MI: Striving to Find Foster Parents in America’s Largest Muslim Community
Chronicle of Social Change – June 06, 2016
Dearborn is home to the largest concentration of Muslims in North America, and Jawed is one of only about a dozen Muslim foster parents in the area. Since child welfare agencies don’t typically record religious affiliation of children in foster care, the precise number of Muslim children in care is unknown. But the existence of Muslim Family Services — an organization that provides mental health and other support services, including foster parent certification, to Muslim families — combined with the numbers of Muslim orphans entering the U.S. as refugees suggests that there may be a growing need for these homes.
http://newamericamedia.org/2016/06/striving-to-find-foster-parents-in-americas-largest-muslim-community.php

MN: Child homelessness can have long-term consequences
Saint Clouds Times – June 04, 2016
A University of Minnesota economist has calculated the long-term costs at between $93 million and $370 million for homeless youth in Central Minnesota. Another economist finds that if Central Minnesota programs can make nine homeless youth self-sufficient by age 20, they save the equivalent of one year?s spending on services for 151 homeless youth.
http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/homelesskids/2016/06/04/child-homelessness-can-have-long-term-consequences/84902750/

MS: Landmark Supreme Court case a win for Mississippi families (Opinion)
The Examiner – June 04, 2016
If a parent is falsely accused of criminal child abuse, the natural assumption — given the way the U.S. Constitution is written — would be that the parent would not be punished unless the allegation is proven “beyond a reasonable doubt”. Our legal system is based upon the premise of “innocent until proven guilty”, right? Well, sort of. Accused parents are not presumed innocent.
http://www.examiner.com/article/landmark-supreme-court-case-a-win-for-mississippi-families

NC: Kids Who Age Out Of Foster Care Still Need Guidance With Health Care
North Carolina Health News – June 06, 2016
Last year, North Carolina law changed, allowing kids to stay in foster care until they’re 21. But there are still lots of things they need to learn about the adult world.
http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2016/06/06/kids-who-age-out-of-foster-care-still-need-guidance-with-health-care/

NC: Child welfare investigators face horrors on a routine basis
Fayetteville Observer – June 04, 2016
A Cumberland County social worker walked past family members and through squalor to find a 10-month-old baby lying in their home, his body “decomposing for an undetermined time.”
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/crime_courts/n-c-child-welfare-investigators-face-horrors-on-a-routine/article_66bb692d-2785-5260-bbf1-03b4c264db5c.html

NH: Hassan signs 3 bills to improve child protective services
WRAL.com – June 06, 2016
The bills make it easier for child services workers to immediately remove children in dangerous situations, extend the time children can remain in protective custody and give police easier access to children’s medical records in criminal investigations.
http://www.wral.com/hassan-signs-3-bills-to-improve-child-protective-services/15758499/

NJ: 50,792
NJ Spotlight – June 07, 2016
New Jersey had 50,792 children under supervision by the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency, a 4 percent increase since 2011, according to the new Kids Count survey. New Jersey Kids Count 2016: http://acnj.org/downloads/2016_06_06_nj_kids_count_state_of_child_well_being_.pdf
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/0607/0015/

NV: Federal sex offender requirements implemented in Nevada
Nevada Appeal – June 05, 2016
The nine-year-old Nevada law designed to implement federal reporting requirements for convicted sex offenders will take effect July 1 in the wake a court ruling denying further appeals and delays. The so-called Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was originally passed by Nevada lawmakers in 2007 but was on hold because of litigation protesting requirements longtime low-level offenders be included in on-line reporting of their identities and whereabouts.
http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/22312174-113/federal-sex-offender-requirements-implemented-in-nevada?utm_source=swift_rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-referrals&utm_section=News#

NY: Same-Sex Couple Details Adoption Hurdles
NBC News – June 06, 2016
“A lot of agencies do not want to adopt to same-sex couples. The way we have experienced it was through a lot of feet dragging.”
http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/same-sex-couple-details-adoption-hurdles-n584671

NY: Where Nearly Half of Pupils Are Homeless, School Aims to Be Teacher, Therapist, Even Santa
New York Times – June 06, 2016
At Public School 188, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, students churn relentlessly in and out. Administrators estimate that nearly half the students enrolled at the school do not last the full year. And how could it be otherwise? Last school year, 47 percent of the students there were homeless. The percentage was higher at only two schools in New York City.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/where-nearly-half-of-pupils-are-homeless-school-aims-to-be-teacher-therapist-even-santa/ar-BBtV1Rj

OH: Bill extends critical supports to youth aging out of foster care
Daily Advocate – June 06, 2016
On May 25, the Ohio Senate voted unanimously to pass Amended Substitute House Bill 50. The bill creates a new program to serve youth who age out of foster care, and those adopted after age 16, through their 21st birthdays.
http://dailyadvocate.com/news/politics/18265/bill-extends-critical-supports-to-youth-aging-out-of-foster-care

OH: Ashtabula County agencies team up to help families, improve services
Ashtabula Star Beacon – June 05, 2016
The Statewide System Reform Program will provide a consistent assessment/screening standard that will be used jointly by the Ashtabula County Juvenile Court, the Children Services Board and the Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. The three operations, which already have a close working relationship, would use the same tools and speak the same language under the SSRP format.
http://www.starbeacon.com/news/local_news/ashtabula-county-agencies-team-up-to-help-families-improve-services/article_8c88eaee-11b5-51fa-8de5-648cd6922c80.html

OR: DHS Director: Lack of foster homes a ‘crisis’
Statesman Journal – June 05, 2016
Oregon Department of Human Services Director Clyde Saiki said Friday in a letter to staff that the state is in “crisis” due to limited availability of foster homes.
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/05/dhs-director-lack-foster-homes-crisis/85460954/

OR: New Lawsuit Says Oregon Department of Human Services Placed Foster Child With “Sexual Abuser”
Willamette Week – June 03, 2016
A new lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court lays out an ugly case against the Oregon Department of Human Services, which has been under fire for the past year for failing to ensure the safety of some foster children. The lawsuit says that a year ago, a 14-year-old girl was rescued from inhuman living conditions imposed on her by state-appointed foster parents.
http://www.wweek.com/news/2016/06/04/new-lawsuit-says-oregon-department-of-human-services-placed-foster-child-with-sexual-abuser/

SC: Lawsuit demands safer conditions for S.C. foster children
Post and Courier – June 03, 2016
The Department of Social Services announced Friday it settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged 11 children in foster care were abused, neglected, separated from their siblings and over-medicated. Part of the settlement will require South Carolina to find alternatives to group homes and institutions for children.
http://www.postandcourier.com/20160603/160609795/lawsuit-demands-safer-conditions-for-sc-foster-children

WV: Drug use adding to child neglect
Herald Dispatch – June 05, 2016
As the drug epidemic continues to plague the Tri-State, the number of child neglect cases is also on the rise. Officials cannot tell the extent of how one is affecting the other, according to a spokesperson for the West Virginia Bureau for Children and Families. But anecdotally, the problem of drug-addled parents seems to be a big factor.
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/drug-use-adding-to-child-neglect/article_4cdbe3f4-2a75-5d26-b1b1-defcf61b9bd0.html

US: Lax reporting of addicted newborns raising concern
Community Newspaper Holdings – June 07, 2016
When a baby born in Minnesota suffers withdrawal or shows signs that its mother used illegal drugs during pregnancy, doctors must call the state welfare agency. The idea is to make sure newborns aren’t sent home with addicts who cannot care for them. But only a handful of states have rules so clear, despite a federal law demanding them, which has led to concerns in Congress and among children’s advocates that some newborns who leave the hospital are in danger.
http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/lifestyles/lax-reporting-of-addicted-newborns-raising-concern/article_f8d4fcdb-5a0c-5553-b575-ea664b7d5cd7.html

US: CQ NEWS: How Improving Tax Filings on Alimony Could Help Foster Kids
CQ Roll Call – June 06, 2016
Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, has an eye on a new tax filing requirement for alimony income that would help pay for an expansion of federal support for foster care.
http://doggett.house.gov/index.php/media-center/news/747-how-improving-tax-filings-on-alimony-could-help-foster-kids

US: Group Home Closure Eliminates Key Option for Most Challenging Foster Youth
Chronicle of Social Change – June 06, 2016
Maryville has been picking up an increasing share of the costs of residential care as DCFS has reduced its subsidy, and the agency has decided to eliminate these programs. The problem is that states all over the country, including Illinois, are reporting foster parent shortages. And, as I have written before, many existing foster families are not providing the love, nurturing and supervision that these youth need.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/group-home-closure-eliminates-key-option-challenging-foster-youth/18572

US: Quality Challenges Persist in Antipsychotic Medication for Foster Care and Other Medicaid-Covered Children
Rutgers Today – June 06, 2016
Significant quality challenges persist in antipsychotic medication use for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children, according to a new Rutgers University-New Brunswick study published in Health Affairs.
http://news.rutgers.edu/research-news/quality-challenges-persist-antipsychotic-medication-foster-care-and-other-medicaid-covered-children/20160606#.V1bFdOTMZps

US: 6 problems with the foster care system — and what you can do to help (Opinion)
Mashable – June 04, 2016
According to the latest statistics available, as of September 2014, more than 415,000 children and teens were in the foster care system at any given time. These young people live in temporary housing provided by the state, are cared for by relatives or unrelated foster parents, or are placed in other residential facilities like group homes. And they’re constantly frustrated with a system that feels unmanageable.
http://mashable.com/2016/06/04/foster-care-problems/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial#etIKVxSN2sqI

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Australia: Responding to child maltreatment
Medical Xpress – June 06, 2016
The most recent figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that nearly 152,000 children have received child protection services. Indigenous children are also seven times more likely than non-Indigenous children to have received child protection services.
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-06-child-maltreatment.html

United Kingdom: Thousands of abused and neglected children invisible to social workers
Third Force News – June 06, 2016
Up to 8,000 children in Scotland who are abused or neglected are not known to social workers, the head of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in Scotland (NSPCC) has warned.
http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/warning-over-abused-and-neglected-children-invisible-to-social-workers

 

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Probes into two baby death tragedies under way at Cavan General Hospital

Irish Independent

Two separate investigations are now underway into the circumstances of the baby deaths at the maternity unit in Cavan General Hospital.

HSE investigating baby deaths at Cavan hospital – RTE.ie

Deaths of two babies at Cavan hospital in past week investigated – Irish Times

Probe underway following deaths of two babies in Cavan Hospital – Irish Independent

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Police: Suspect In Manchester Baby’s Death Was “Annoyed” By Crying

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MANCHESTER — A man charged with killing a 5-month-old boy changed his statement several times before finally admitting that the baby’s crying …

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Police, officials, remain silent on hot car baby death

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Tuesday, Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Linda Rawley said the identity of the child and mother and the cause of death of the child …

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Controversy surrounding Grenada baby death investigation

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GRENADA, Miss. (WJTV) – Social media was used by many in the Grenada case involving Joshua Blunt, 25, the father accused of leaving his child in …

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Police investigate death of 8-month-old found in mother’s car at NC day care

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The mother of an 8-month-old boy found dead in her vehicle realized she had left her baby there all day after returning to …

Wilmington baby found dead in mother’s car after she arrived at daycare – Daily Mail

Police: 8-month old boy found dead in car in Wilmington – WTVD-TV

8-month-old boy dies in hot car in Wilmington – WSOC Charlotte

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Coroner Report on Wayne County Baby Death

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WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell has released his report on the death of an infant from Wayne County.

Death of infant boy ruled accidental – Scranton Times-Tribune

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Lancaster Today

‘One year on’ report published after hospital baby death probe

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It said a “lethal mix” of failings at almost every level led to the unnecessary deaths of one mother and 11 babies in the maternity unit between 2004 and …

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Mother smothered her newborn baby to death because it wouldn’t stop crying

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Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, but police believe the baby died on Monday night, according to news reports. He was transported to …

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Man charged in baby’s death at Squire Village

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MANCHESTER — A Hartford man was arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with the death of a 5-month-old infant early this week, police …

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Addict Mother Won’t Be Charged in Baby’s Death

Courthouse News Service

(CN) — A woman who injected herself with methamphetamines while pregnant won’t be charged with child neglect after her daughter died 11 days …

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Conviction stripped in drug use case where newborn baby died

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The West Virginia Supreme Court is overturning the child neglect death conviction of a woman whose newborn died after she abused drugs while …

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Henrico Mother Sentenced in Baby’s Death

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Henrico woman has been sentenced to a year in prison in the death of her 6-month-old son, who suffocated while alone in …

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June is Sands Awareness Month – raising awareness and understanding of baby death across the

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June is Sands Awareness Month, a time dedicated to increasing awareness of stillbirth and neonatal death and the everlasting impact experienced …

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Baby death investigation continues

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5/27/16–. The investigation continues into the death of an 8 month old baby whose body was found in his mother’s car. Wilmington Police say an …

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Two investigations are under way in relation to the deaths of babies in Cavan General Hospital over the past week. The RCSI Hospitals Group …

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3 women indicted after Middletown child beating death

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Rachel Bostian and Hawkins-Stephens are accused of tying up Alexander for about 22 hours and, according to police, “severely” beating the boy on …

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The White House made me a poster child for beating the odds. Then I dropped out of college.

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It’s winter 2014, the last day of my first semester at the University of Hartford. Finals are finished. Most of my friends have gone home. Grades have just …

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Man accused of beating child in hotel and car

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A man who was living in a Paradise Township hotel with his girlfriend and 5-year-old daughter has been charged with beating the child. Ronald Alvin …

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Affidavit: Man fractured child’s arm during beating

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Jamie Petronella, 23, was charged May 4, 2016 in Blanco County with three counts of injury to a child. Her child Sunny Dakota Flade-Bort, 1, died at …

BCSO arrest two in child abuse case – mySanAntonio.com

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Court records: Peoria Marine facing child abuse charges, accused of beating child with belt

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PEORIA, AZ – A Peoria father is facing child abuse charges for beating his daughter with a belt because she threw a rock at another family member, …

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Couple’s arrest report outlines horrific child abuse

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An arrest report alleges a Cantonment couple slammed their young, developmentally delayed childrens’ heads into walls and floors, did not regularly …

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Warrant: Mother posted picture of child with signs of abuse on Facebook

Fayetteville Observer

A mother accused of intentional child abuse Wednesday had posted a picture of her child with signs of abuse on Facebook, an arrest warrant said.

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Mother charged in Cumberland Co. child abuse case

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Another person is facing charges in connection to a child abuse case in Cumberland County. Holly Marie Beam, 27, was charged Wednesday with …

Mother charged in Southampton child abuse case – The Sentinel

Shippensburg mother charged in child abuse case – abc27

Mom allowed abuse of children by her boyfriend to go on, police say – PennLive.com

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Mother’s boyfriend charged in beating of 15-month-old child in Kansas City

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A man from Kansas City faces multiple felony charges after allegedly beating his girlfriend’s 15-month-old child, who passed away Wednesday …

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15-month-old boy dies; KC man accused of child abuse

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. —A 31-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in connection with the beating death of a 15-month-old boy left in his care.

Misouri man accused of beating toddler who later died – fox2now.com

Kansas City man is accused in fatal abuse of 16-month-old boy – Kansas City Star

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Spike in abuse reports overwhelms Hennepin County child protection system

Minneapolis Star Tribune

A dramatic rise in reported child abuse in Hennepin County is overwhelming child protection workers, filling up foster homes and shelter beds and in …

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Religious Right targets Reps. Emmer, Paulsen over pro-LGBTQ vote

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AK: OPINION: New Alaska foster care laws only part of the solution
Bristol Bay Times – June 03, 2016
Once in a while, a lawmaker comes along with the capacity to change the status quo and impact the lives of thousands. For foster youth in Alaska, many of whom are Alaska Native, the knight in shining armor of a lawmaker is Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage.
http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/1622new_alaska_foster_care_laws_only_part_of_the

AR: Nurses Take Health Care to the Homeless (Includes audio)
Public News Service – June 06, 2016
An innovative community nursing program in Fayetteville is being called such a success that it may be expanded to other communities around the state.
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-06-06/education/nurses-take-health-care-to-the-homeless/a52242-1

AZ: Boys found stabbed to death were on state agency’s radar
CBS News – June 03, 2016
Arizona child welfare officials said Friday they had previous contacts with the family of a 2-month-old, 5-year-old and 8-year-old boy found stabbed to death in their Phoenix home.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/phoenix-stabbing-deaths-arizona-child-welfare-agency-family-boys/

CA: Empower Yolo targets local human trafficking
Davis Enterprise – June 05, 2016
In September 2015, following the passage of SB 855, Yolo County developed a countywide protocol to address the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). According to the National Center for Youth Law, SB 855 established a state-funded program with an allocation of $5 million in 2014-15 and $14 million annually thereafter to fund prevention, intervention, training and services for trafficked children.
http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/news-columns/empower-yolo-targets-local-human-trafficking/

LA: Foster children need caring and support as they leave the system
Times-Picayune – June 03, 2016
Imagine not having a home and family on your 18th birthday. Imagine that this is yet another tragic factor in a life already plagued by a history of abuse, neglect and survival that most children will never experience. Sadly, we don’t have to imagine. Every year in Louisiana about 200 children “age out” of foster care. In the New Orleans region (Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes) that means approximately 40 18-year-olds are forced to fend for themselves as adults.
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/06/foster_children_louisiana.html

MA: Child welfare bosses now tracking why kids are in foster care (Includes video)
Fox 25 Boston – June 03, 2016
More than 9,000 Massachusetts children are in foster care, but FOX25 Investigates has learned the state didn’t track why those kids are in state custody until recently. The Department of Children and Families upgraded its computer system in February to track whether kids are coming from families with domestic violence, mental illness, prescription or non-prescription opioid abuse or are victims of human trafficking. A child advocate says that information is key to helping some of the state’s most vulnerable.
http://www.myfoxboston.com/news/child-welfare-bosses-now-tracking-why-kids-are-in-foster-care/320951636

NC: Toddler’s death: Former Moore County social workers tell of office stress, burnout
Fayetteville Observer – June 06, 2016
Documents from the state Department of Health and Human Services show that in 2015, Moore County had the highest rate of turnover among child welfare workers of any county that employed more than four such workers. Information Gateway Resource: Burnout/Secondary Trauma: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/management/workforce/retention/workforce-retention/turnover/burnout/
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/toddler-s-death-former-moore-county-social-workers-tell-of/article_8b11e790-7563-5a75-860e-9d20268894d3.html

NE: Appleseed Center accuses HHS of violating federal Medicaid Act
Lincoln Journal Star – June 03, 2016
In the lawsuit, attorney Sarah Helvey, Appleseed’s Child Welfare Director, said Azar Webb should have been approved under a Medicaid category added by the Affordable Care Act for young adults up to age 26 who formerly were in foster care.
http://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/appleseed-center-accuses-hhs-of-violating-federal-medicaid-act/article_b1a40cb9-1ee6-5807-9a18-4a0c89cd6463.html

NY: Audit: NYC Child Welfare Agency Didn’t Properly Monitor Troubled Minors
CBS New York – June 03, 2016
New York City’s child welfare agency failed to properly oversee a citywide juvenile justice program when its workers didn’t make required visits to group homes or routinely check on the condition of children who were sent to the homes, the city’s comptroller said in an audit released Thursday. Also: Stringer: NYC child welfare agency failing troubled youth: http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2016/6/3/stringer-nyc-child-welfare-agency-failing-troubled-youth
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/06/03/acs-close-to-home-audit/

PA: Editorial: Cheap attempt at child abuse reform
York Dispatch – June 05, 2016
In short, the legislation expanded the definition of mandatory reporters, streamlined the reporting process, increased penalties for mandatory reporters who fail to do so and provided protections from employment discrimination for filing a report in good faith. How anyone could think such a significant upgrade — designed to increase the number of suspected child abuse cases — wouldn’t require a significant increase in funding is beyond us.
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/06/05/editorial-cheap-attempt-child-abuse-reform/85448886/

SC: DSS settles lawsuit over caseloads, foster care
WSPA – June 03, 2016
The SC Department of Social Services (DSS) has settled a class action lawsuit brought by Children’s Rights and SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center. Those organizations claimed there were chronic problems in the the foster care system including shortages of foster homes, excessive caseloads and a failure to provide basic and necessary health care to kids. Also: Settlement reached in DSS class action lawsuit concerning foster care system: http://www.wistv.com/story/32133535/settlement-reached-in-dss-class-action-lawsuit-concerning-foster-care-system Also: Lawsuit forces better treatment for SC’s abused, neglected kids: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article81563327.html
http://wspa.com/2016/06/03/dss-settles-lawsuit-over-caseloads-foster-care/

TN: Leiper’s Fork ranch provides safe space for foster kids
The Tennessean – June 05, 2016
Gratidude Ranch is home to SAFE (Safe, Affirming, Family Environment), one of Williamson County’s most unique nonprofit organizations. The mission of SAFE is to support foster children and foster families through the power of community, nature, kindness, acceptance and education.
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/williamson/2016/06/05/leipers-fork-ranch-provides-safe-space-foster-kids/85269290/

TX: Sen. Uresti: CPS Caseworkers Should be Compensated Justly
Rivard Report – June 06, 2016
Many caseworkers, particularly those in Texas’ largest cities, are leaving because they are overworked and underpaid. In Dallas County, Child Protective Services has to bring in workers from other areas of Texas because child-abuse investigators in the county are quitting at an unsustainable pace, that at one point reached an annual rate of 57%.
http://therivardreport.com/sen-uresti-cps-caseworkers-should-be-compensated-justly/

UT: LDS Church responds to Navajo sex abuse lawsuit
KUTV – June 03, 2016
The Utah-based church filed a motion on Friday asking a federal judge to stop a sex abuse suit filed in March in the Navajo Nation District Court, arguing that the case should instead be heard in Utah’s federal court.
http://kutv.com/news/local/lds-church-responds-to-navajo-sex-abuse-lawsuit

WI: System fails to track assaults at juvenile prisons
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – June 05, 2016
State corrections officials have fallen six months behind in publishing an annual report on attacks on officers, and Wisconsin’s youth prisons have yet to implement a centralized database tracking assaults, fights and other incidents.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/wisconsins-system-fails-to-track-assaults-at-juvenile-prisons-b99737511z1-381910161.html

WV: Legislature could look at laws governing women using drugs while pregnant in 2017
West Virginia Metro News – June 05, 2016
“The Supreme Court looked at the law on the books, interpreted the law on the books, and applied the law on the books and found that the conviction of this mother for killing her baby by overdosing on meth at 37 weeks gestation was not a crime in West Virginia,” Delegate Patrick Lane said on the House Floor on Thursday.
http://wvmetronews.com/2016/06/05/legislature-could-look-at-laws-governing-women-using-drugs-while-pregnant-in-2017/

US: Obama signs bill aimed at protecting Indian children in tribal foster care
Associated Press – June 04, 2016
The law, which comes years after serious flaws were uncovered in the child welfare system of a Sioux tribe in North Dakota, requires background checks before foster care placements are made by tribal social services agencies.
http://www.capjournal.com/news/obama-signs-bill-aimed-at-protecting-indian-children-in-tribal/article_4fb4b2f8-2a1b-11e6-a6d1-47c8b361134e.html

US: Dungarvin Buys North Carolina ACI Support Specialists
Bloomberg – June 03, 2016
US-basedcommunity-basedsupport company Dungarvin Inc. has purchased US-based social support provider ACI Support Specialists, Inc. of North Carolina, the company said. ACI provides supports to more than 450 individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities as well as approximately 190 children in therapeutic foster care.
http://www.bloomberg.com/research/markets/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201606031323M2______EQUITY___4ad6000000c3b129_3600-1

US: Fight Brewing Over How the Draft ESSA Rules Handle Students in Foster Care
Education Week – June 03, 2016
The disagreement relates to how the law tries to create more stability for foster care students by allowing students to remain in their original school whenever possible. There’s a big debate over whether the local district or the welfare agency is on the hook for the sometimes-expensive transportation costs to keep a child in his or her school of origin.
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/06/essa_rules_foster_care_children_dispute.html

US: Social adversity early in life may affect the expression of stress-related genes
Science Daily – June 03, 2016
For the study, investigators analyzed the genes of 208 children who were 12 years old. Some children were raised in institutional settings, others were transferred to foster care, and others had no history of institutionalized caregiving. The researchers found that more time spent in institutional care was associated with lower DNA methylation at specific sites within stress-related genes. Study: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajpa.23010/abstract;jsessionid=FC55B022A86E33F408A05B5EFFC9E3DE.f04t02
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160603110606.htm

US: Youth Formerly in Foster Care Help Create Federal Foster Care Transition Toolkit
Homeroom, Official Blog of the U.S. Dept. of Education – June 03, 2016
Being a youth in foster care can be difficult. Some youth in foster care often experience trauma before entering into the foster care system. Once youth enter foster care, there are often a lack sufficient role models and resources are either scarce or spread out. Gaining access to information about even the simplest things, like opening a bank account, can be a real hurdle. That’s why the recently released Foster Care Transition Toolkit is so important. Toolkit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/foster-care/youth-transition-toolkit.pdf
http://blog.ed.gov/2016/06/youth-formerly-in-foster-care-help-create-federal-foster-care-transition-toolkit/

INTERNATIONAL

Egypt: Calls for Egypt to end FGM after death of teenager (Opinion) (Includes video)
BBC News – June 03, 2016
Campaign groups and the United Nations are calling for tougher action by the Egyptian government to end female genital mutilation following the death of a teenage girl.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36447623

International: Feature: With more than half of all children in danger, UN envoy discusses safety
Relief Web – June 03, 2016
Today, as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Mrs. Santos Pais mobilizes action to end maltreatment of children around the world and implement the recommendations, adopted by the General Assembly in 2006, of the UN’s first comprehensive study on the subject. More than half of all children suffer from physical, sexual and psychological abuse, according to the GA study.
http://reliefweb.int/report/world/feature-more-half-all-children-danger-un-envoy-discusses-safety

Kenya: Regional Assembly (EALA) set to debate FGM
Capitol News – June 03, 2016
EALA has granted leave to Dora Byamukama to introduce a Bill entitled the East African Community Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2016. The Bill which outlaws the cultural practice is seen as critical and in essence numbers the days of those that still engage in the cultural practice which entails the removal of some or all of the external female genitalia.
http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2016/06/regional-assembly-eala-set-debate-fgm-bill/

Norway: Romanian family living in Norway get their children back after seven months
Romania-Insider – June 03, 2016
Marius and Ruth Bodnariu have been living in Norway for more than 10 years. Their life changed in mid-November last year, when the Norwegian child protection services (Barnevernet) took their five children and placed them in foster homes for alleged mistreatment. The youngest of the children was only three months old when the authorities took him.
http://www.romania-insider.com/romanian-bodnariu-family-children-back-norway/172189/

Trinidad and Tobago: Child marriage controversy (Opinion)
Trinidad Express – June 03, 2016
The last few weeks have witnessed a raging controversy on the issue of child marriage which culminated in a virtual war of words between two leaders of the largest religious denominational groups in Trinidad and Tobago — Hindus and Catholics.
http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160603/editorial/child-marriage-controversy

United Kingdom: Would mandatory reporting help stop child abuse?
The Guardian – June 06, 2016
When a child dies or is catastrophically harmed because of abuse, there is often a knee-jerk political response. Perhaps the most chilling example for social workers was David Cameron’s announcement last year that they could find themselves jailed for five years for failing to act on evidence of child sexual abuse.
http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2016/jun/06/mandatory-reporting-social-work-child-abuse

Vatican City: Pope scraps abuse tribunal for negligent bishops
Washington Post – June 04, 2016
Pope Francis on Saturday scrapped his proposed tribunal to prosecute bishops who covered up for pedophile priests and instead laid out legal procedures to remove them if the Vatican finds they were negligent. The new procedures sought to answer long-standing demands by survivors of abuse that the Vatican hold bishops accountable for botching abuse cases.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/pope-oks-procedures-to-remove-bishops-who-botch-abuse-cases/2016/06/04/936c0c88-2a40-11e6-8329-6104954928d2_story.html

CA: Judge bans social worker from field work during case involving boy’s death
Daily Bulletin – June 02, 2016
The judge in a child-abuse case involving the death of an 8-year-old boy banned one of four social workers from working in the field while the case proceeds.
http://www.dailybulletin.com/general-news/20160602/judge-bans-social-worker-from-field-work-during-case-involving-boys-death

CA: Supervisors Seek Ways to Put Foster Kids with Relatives
CNS – June 02, 2016
The Board of Supervisors voted to back efforts to increase the number of foster children placed with relatives, rather than assigning them to group homes.
http://www.sanfernandosun.com/news/article_d5f8a4c0-28cf-11e6-9df3-a39734eca124.html

GA: Elks Aidmore receives re-accreditation
The Valdosta Daily Times – June 02, 2016
Elks Aidmore provides residential treatment, therapeutic foster care, transitional and independent living, volunteer mentoring, experimental education and a variety of community-based services for youth and their families, according to a press release.
http://www.valdostadailytimes.com/news/local_news/elks-aidmore-receives-re-accreditation/article_774a3bfe-456a-5bdd-91fa-f65b7e1b504a.html

IN: DSC encourages the public to help prevent child abuse (Opinion)
Koikomo Perspective – June 02, 2016
There are things the citizens of Howard County can do to streamline the process and ensure children are cared for in a timely manner, according to DCS employees.
http://kokomoperspective.com/kp/news/dsc-encourages-the-public-to-help-prevent-child-abuse/article_d19ccf24-2419-11e6-9423-db77fd643358.html

KS: Kansas City Artist To Paint 100 Portraits To Benefit Children Of Incarcerated Parents (Audio)
KCUR – June 02, 2016
For children with a parent in prison, maintaining a connection can be difficult. Steve Kraske talks with the founder of a service organization dedicated to these kids and the artist who will paint portraits of 100 prominent Kansas Citians to be auctioned off to benefit that effort.
http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-artist-paint-100-portraits-benefit-children-incarcerated-parents#stream/0

KY: Prison kids: Art softens a parent’s absence (Opinion)
The Courier-Journal – June 02, 2016
But what about the impact of incarceration on kids and families here in Metro Louisville? And what can a caring and compassionate community do to address this serious concern?
http://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/06/02/prison-kids-art-softens-parents-absence/84902002/

KY: Working together to help Kentucky’s children and families (Opinion)
News Democrat Leader – June 02, 2016
We believe every child deserves a safe, loving, and permanent home. Often the best way to help children find this is by helping families stay together. Keeping more families intact can prevent more children from entering the foster care system.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/opinion/5090/working-together-to-help-kentuckys-children-and-families

MD: Prince George’s report on school pedophile, porn falls short (Opinion)
The Washington Times – June 02, 2016
Remember the news from a few weeks back about an elementary school “aide” filming kids engaging in sex acts with each other and himself engaging in sex acts with them? Well, the remedy has come back to haunt Prince George’s County Public Schools.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/2/deborah-simmons-prince-georges-county-public-schoo/

MI: Traverse City Foster Care Agencies Experience State Funding Shortfall (Includes video)
9 & 10 News – June 02, 2016
The number of children in foster care is growing, but the resources to help them are falling short.
http://www.9and10news.com/story/32127770/traverse-city-foster-care-agencies-experience-state-funding-shortfall

MN: Despite increased retention, St. Louis County still in need of foster families (Includes video)
Northland News Center – June 02, 2016
“I think 40 percent of our placements coming in are 0 to four year olds. Just short-term and long term is what we are looking for,” said James Ellingson, a St. Louis County Social Worker and Foster Care Licenser.
http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Despite-increased-retention-St-Louis-County-still-in-need-of-foster-families-381724091.html

NC: Methodist Home for Children brings awareness to foster children (Includes video)
WNCT – June 02, 2016
The Methodist home for children wants to expand in Pitt County. It says staff members are recruiting new foster families.
http://wnct.com/2016/06/02/methodist-home-for-children-brings-awareness-to-foster-children/

OH: Foster parenting has trials and rewards (Opinion)
The News-Herald – June 02, 2016
Radekevich, who has had five foster kids placed in her care over the past five years, knows that foster parenting is not all smiles. It has its ups and downs and can be quite difficult to raise someone else’s child. “Every child that comes into your care is different,” she said. “They come from different backgrounds with different feelings, different emotions. There could also be emotional, mental, and psychological issues as well.”
http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20160602/foster-parenting-has-trials-and-rewards

OH: Legislation would provide babies addicted to opioids with more resources
WKBN – June 02, 2016
Legislation that would better fund care for babies born addicted to drugs could be making its way to Ohio. Last week, Senator Sherrod Brown, alongside representatives from West Virginia and Maine, announced the Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies (CRIB) Act.
http://wkbn.com/2016/06/02/legislation-would-provide-babies-addicted-to-opioids-with-more-resources/

OH: Supreme Court sides with Allen County Children Services in foster adoption dispute
Lima Ohio – June 02, 2016
The Ohio Supreme Court has issued a decision in favor of Allen County Children Services in its dispute with Celina-based foster parents Brian and Kelly Anderson and the Mercer County Probate Court regarding the Andersons’ attempts at adopting a foster child they had cared for for almost two years.
https://limaohio.com/news/185030/supreme-court-sides-with-allen-county-children-services-in-foster-adoption-dispute

PA: Block grant changed to aid homeless children
Public Opinion News – June 02, 2016
A state block grant is being flexed to help address the needs of homeless children in Franklin and Fulton counties starting in July.
http://www.publicopiniononline.com/story/news/local/2016/06/02/block-grant-changed-aid-homeless-children/85262306/

PA: Leechburg Area schools staff allegedly didn’t report child abuse, placed on leave (Includes video)
WTAE – June 02, 2016
Leechburg Area School District placed some staff on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations they didn’t properly report child abuse. Also: Leechburg High School principal escorted from building: http://triblive.com/news/valleynewsdispatch/10569203-74/district-police-students
http://www.wtae.com/news/leechburg-area-schools-staff-allegedly-didnt-report-child-abuse-placed-on-leave/39875370

SC: One foster care bill now law, second one on its way
The Easley Progress – June 02, 2016
The push to overhaul legislation in South Carolina concerning the rights of foster parents and the quality of life for foster children took a major step forward when Gov. Nikki Haley signed H. 4510 into law and H. 4546 passed both bodies of the Legislature.
http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/4916/one-foster-care-bill-now-law-second-one-on-its-way

TX: Texas Blocked From Giving Childcare License to South Texas Immigration Lockup
San Antonio Current – June 02, 2016
An Austin judge has ruled that Texas officials can’t arbitrarily lower their standards for childcare facilities just to license an immigration detention center run by a for-profit prison corporation in the desolate South Texas town of Dilley.
http://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2016/06/02/texas-blocked-from-giving-childcare-license-to-south-texas-immigration-lockup

VA: Family Reunification Month 2016 (Press release)
Office of the Governor of the State of Virginia Terry McAuliffe – June 01, 2016
I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 2016as FAMILY REUNIFICATION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens. Information Gateway resource: Reunifying Families: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/permanency/reunification/
https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/proclamations/proclamation/family-reunification-month-2016/

WA: How Our Child-Welfare System Is Fostering the Homelessness Crisis
Seattle Weekly – June 02, 2016
A recent study shows just more than 50 percent of homeless youth in Seattle have a history of foster care. Now efforts are afoot to make sure more kids under state supervision don’t end up on the streets.
http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/how-our-child-welfare-systme-is-fostering-the-homelessness-crisis-2595225/

US: Cut the cost of adoption: Tax Strategy Scan
The Wall Street Journal – June 02, 2016
Our weekly roundup of tax-related investment strategies and news your clients may be thinking about.
http://www.onwallstreet.com/news/cut-the-cost-of-adoption-tax-strategy-scan

US: Striving to Find Foster Parents in America’s Largest Muslim Community
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 02, 2016
Since child welfare agencies don’t typically record religious affiliation of children in foster care, the precise number of Muslim children in care is unknown. But the existence of Muslim Family Services – an organization that provides mental health and other support services, including foster parent certification, to Muslim families – combined with the numbers of Muslim orphans entering the U.S. as refugees suggests that there may be a growing need for these homes.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/news-2/religious-cultural-continuity-key-stability-muslim-children-foster-care/18544

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International: Bride at 15: Arab American’s story of forced Middle East marriage causes controversy
The Arab American News – June 02, 2016
Yasmine Koenig, who was recently adopted by foster parents, originally shared her story with Children’s Rights for inclusion, in their annual Fostering the Future campaign. It has since been picked up as a feature by Seventeen Magazine, where her account of her past has caused some controversy in the Arab American community.
http://www.arabamericannews.com/news/news/id_12325/Bride-at-15:-Arab-American%E2%80%99s-story-of-forced-Middle-East-marriage-causes-controversy.html

New Zealand: Child sex offender register Bill passes second reading (Press release)
New Zealand Government – June 02, 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says a Bill to establish New Zealand’s first child sex offender register has passed its second reading in Parliament. The Child Protection (Child Sex Offender Register) Bill enables agencies to be more proactive in the management of offenders by assessing and monitoring risks to public safety so that appropriate action can be taken.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1606/S00059/child-sex-offender-register-bill-passes-second-reading.htm

South Africa: Study: 1 in 3 children become victims of sexual abuse by age 17
Eyewitness News – June 02, 2016
The research by the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention has been based on household and school surveys.
http://ewn.co.za/2016/06/02/Study-1-in-3-children-become-victims-of-sexual-abuse-by-age-17

United Kingdom: Expert warns of danger child protection could be sidelined
Herald Scotland – June 02, 2016
Child protection risks being undermined in many parts of Scotland as care for the elderly is prioritised, according to a leading expert.
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14533633.Expert_warns_of_danger_child_protection_could_be_sidelined/
AK: Legislature passes two bills aiding children in foster care (Includes audio)
Alaska Public Media – June 01, 2016
The Legislature took three actions this week that will help foster care children–passing two bills aiming at finding kids adoptive homes and adding money to the budget to help keep struggling families together.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/06/01/legislature-passes-two-bills-aiding-children-in-foster-care/

AL: Summer brings unreported child abuse cases (Includes video)
ABC 3340 – June 01, 2016
Children’s of Alabama says the heat, bored children – coupled with no breaks for caregivers – can increase the likelihood for abuse.
http://abc3340.com/news/local/summer-brings-unreported-child-abuse-cases

CA: Hillary Clinton addressed foster care on L.A. campaign trail
Los Angeles Sentinel – June 01, 2016
COCO has developed the Families Helping Families program to connect relative caregivers to services that meet their needs. In addition to financial assistance, those include mental health services, educational support, legal aid, support and network groups, and leadership opportunities. One COCO advocate explained to Clinton that part of the problem has been ensuring there are services on the front and back ends for families, rather than just when they are in crisis.
https://lasentinel.net/hillary-clinton-addressed-foster-care-on-l-a-campaign-trail.html

CA: San Jose: Programs that help abused, neglected children faces budget ax
Mercury News – June 01, 2016
The two Santa Clara County nonprofits — the Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC) and Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY) — stand to lose $950,000, jeopardizing their ability to help local families, even as the dependency court system they work in is poised to move soon into a sparkling new $230 million courthouse in downtown San Jose.
http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_29962266/programs-that-help-abused-neglected-children-faces-budget

CA: Kern has 10 confirmed child abuse cases daily
The Bakersfield Californian – May 31, 2016
The Kern County Network for Children’s 2016 Report Card — a report on the condition of our children and families — was released today, June 1. The report identifies that during 2014, 33 percent of our community’s children lived below the poverty level — an 8 percent increase over last year. Report: http://kerncares.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2016/06/2016ReportCard_WEB.pdf
http://www.bakersfield.com/news/opinion/2016/05/31/kern-county-network-for-children-s-2016-report-card.html

GA: State consolidating Gwinnett DFCS, child support offices in new facility
Gwinnett Daily Post – June 01, 2016
Gwinnett County is a big, growing county and that growth will soon lead to it having the largest population in the state. That, in turn, has lead to a growing demand for assistance from the county’s Department of Family and Children Services office, according to state DFCS Director Bobby Cagle. He added that as the department’s resources in the county have grown to meet that demand, staff has become spread across three offices in the county, which lead to logistics issues.
http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/local/cities/lawrenceville/georgia-consolidating-gwinnett-dfcs-child-support-offices-in-new-facility/article_d14871d0-8770-5f49-a5a7-b1693ead5462.html

IL: After more than a century, Maryville to stop housing disadvantaged kids
Chicago Tribune – June 01, 2016
As the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services pursues a policy of placing more children with foster families, it has cut funding to residential centers like the Des Plaines-based Maryville, and officials there say they can no longer afford to provide the service. Also: Maryville proposes DCFS partnership on recovery home for teen moms: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160601/news/160609841/
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-maryville-closing-met-20160601-story.html

IN: “This is something that is never going to go away” Need for foster/adoptive parents at an “all-time high” (Includes video)
WTHI – June 01, 2016
“These children, they’re 16 and 17, they really want a home and still maybe have grown up in this book and they’re still waiting for that forever family,” she said, “It’s very hard to watch them age out of the book and know that we did our best to try to find a home for them and we just could’?t find a home for them.”
http://wthitv.com/2016/06/01/this-is-something-that-is-never-going-to-go-away-need-for-foster-adoptive-parents-at-an-all-time-high/

KY: ‘Fostering Success’ program helps adults leaving foster care
Associated Press – June 01, 2016
Gov. Matt Bevin has unveiled Fostering Success, a jobs-training program meant to help young adults transition out of foster care and into independent life. Also: New Kentucky Program Hopes to Help Foster Care Kids Become Successful Young Adults: http://wkyufm.org/post/new-kentucky-program-hopes-help-foster-care-kids-become-successful-young-adults#stream/0
http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Fostering-Success-program-helps-adults-leaving-foster-care-381529091.html

LA: DCFS: Number of substance-exposed babies born has tripled since 2008
Louisiana Radio Network – June 02, 2016
According to the Department of Children and Family Services, the number of babies born addicted to drugs has tripled since 2008, as there were almost 15-hundred substance-exposed babies born in 2015.
http://www.louisianaradionetwork.com/blogs/substance-exposed-babies-born-in-louisiana-triples#.V1AiIeTigeE

MT: Small rally seeks big reforms for child protection
Great Falls Tribune – June 01, 2016
Eight people with a Great Falls-based group spent nearly two hours Wednesday standing at a Helena intersection calling for more reforms to the state’s Child and Family Services division and to protest recent findings by a state panel looking into the child protection system in Montana.
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2016/06/01/small-rally-seeks-big-reforms-child-protection/85269130/

NY: State senator’s ailment stalls child abuse reform in committee
New York Daily News – June 01, 2016
The fate of a bill to make it easier for child abuse victims to seek justice faces yet another hurdle in the state Senate. The bills addressing the issue now rest in the Senate Codes Committees. But committee chairman, Sen. Michael Nozzolio, will miss the rest of the legislative session after recent open heart surgery.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/n-y-senator-ailment-stalls-child-abuse-reform-committee-article-1.2657825

PA: SPECIAL REPORT: Pa’s troubled child abuse laws
York Dispatch – June 01, 2016
Pennsylvania’s child welfare workers were caught off guard by last year’s dramatic increase in reported cases of abuse, and key lawmakers didn’t question what now appear to be rosy projections that their sweeping reforms to child-abuse laws would be cost-neutral, a York Dispatch investigation has revealed.
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/2016/06/01/special-report-bad-planning-fiscal-advice-blamed-troubles-pa-child-abuse-laws/84970960/

TX: Judge Halts Child Care License for Dilley Detention Center
Texas Observer – June 02, 2016
On Wednesday, Travis County Judge Karin Crump ruled that Texas’ emergency child care license rules – devised specifically for the detention centers – could put children detained in the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley at risk of abuse.
https://www.texasobserver.org/immigrant-family-detention-license-hold/

US: Children’s asylum approvals vary by US region
Austin American-Statesman – June 01, 2016
For unaccompanied immigrant children seeking asylum in the U.S., where they apply seems to make a world of difference. Information Gateway Resource: Well-Being of Immigrant Children and Youth: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/immigration/wellbeing/
http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/childrens-asylum-approvals-vary-by-us-region/nrYJf/

US: Leading U.S. Child Welfare Expert Dr. William C. Bell Elected to National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association Board of Trustees (Press Release)
Marketwired – June 01, 2016
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA) today announced the unanimous election of Dr. William C. Bell, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Casey Family Programs, to the National CASA Board of Trustees. Dr. Bell brings more than 35 years of experience in human services and child welfare to the National CASA Association, a nationwide network of nearly 1,000 CASA and Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) programs that supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy on behalf of abused or neglected children.
http://markets.ibtimes.com/ibtimes/news/read?GUID=32212579

US: Mormon Church accused of turning blind eye to child abuse in foster care program
Associated Press – June 01, 2016
The Mormon Church has been hit with another lawsuit saying that it did nothing to protect children in a church-run foster program from sexual abuse.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/01/mormon-church-accused-turning-blind-eye-to-child-abuse-in-foster-care-program.html

US: US may be greatly undercounting pediatric concussions
Medical News Today – June 01, 2016
Pediatrics / Children’s Health Neurology / Neuroscience Emergency Medicine Sports Medicine / Fitness US may be greatly undercounting pediatric concussions Adapted Media Release Published: Today email Share New research from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights a substantial gap in how the United States currently estimates the nation’s burden of pediatric concussions.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/310681.php

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Nigeria: Nigeria’s Lagos records 4035 cases of sexual and child abuse in 2015
Naija247news – June 01, 2016
Lagos State recorded 4,035 cases of sexual and child abuse in the last one year, the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, has said.
http://naija247news.com/2016/05/nigerias-lagos-records-4035-cases-of-sexual-and-child-abuse-in-2015/

Russia: Senator prepares bill banning ‘baby boxes’ in Russia
RT – June 01, 2016
Russian senator Yelena Mizulina has prepared a motion banning “baby box” facilities that allow parents to anonymously abandon their newborn children, saying these cause more people to give up their infants, as was the case in Tsarist Russia and elsewhere.
https://www.rt.com/politics/345073-senator-drafts-bill-banning-baby/

United Kingdom: Social work bill could exempt councils from child protection duties
Community Care – June 01, 2016
New government powers to test new ways of working in children’s services could allow councils to duck child protection duties and damage children’s rights to support, campaigners claim.
http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/06/01/social-work-bill-exempt-councils-child-protection-duties/

AK: Governor Walker Thanks Lawmakers for Protecting Alaska’s Foster Children
Alaska Native News – May 31, 2016
Governor Bill Walker thanked the Alaska Legislature today for passing HB 200 and HB 27, which reduce barriers for adoption and boost state efforts to find permanent, stable homes for children living in foster care. The two bills passed the Alaska Senate today by votes of 18-2 and 20-0 respectively, and will now be sent to the Governor’s office for his signature. Also: Alaska Legislature Passes Foster Youth System Reform and Protection Bill: http://www.akbizmag.com/Government/Alaska-Legislature-Passes-Foster-Youth-System-Reform-and-Protection-Bill/
http://alaska-native-news.com/governor-walker-thanks-lawmakers-for-protecting-alaskas-foster-children-22909

CA: County Sups Back Effort to Place More Foster Children with Relatives
Eagle Rock Patch – May 31, 2016
The Board of Supervisors voted today to back efforts to increase the number of foster children placed with relatives, rather than assigning them to group homes. Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis proposed that staffers come up with a plan to increase foster placements with relatives. Information Gateway Resource: Kinship Care: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/kinship/
http://patch.com/california/pacificpalisades/s/frlt1/county-sups-back-effort-to-place-more-foster-children-with-relatives?utm_source=article-mostrecent&utm_medium=rss&utm_term=politics%20%26%20governm

CA: Programs that help abused, neglected children faces budget ax
East Bay Times – May 31, 2016
Instead of winding up in juvenile hall or a drug addict herself, the junior high school student has been reunited with her parents, maintains a 3.8 grade-point average and aspires to be an animal behaviorist. The Shusters say they could never have done it without the help of two local nonprofit agencies that are among several in 28 California counties facing proposed state budget cutbacks.
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/crime-courts/ci_29962017/programs-that-help-abused-neglected-children-faces-budget?source=rss

GA: CASA director stepping down
Athens Daily Review – May 31, 2016
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Trinity Valley Executive Director Lee Ann Millender is moving on to the next stage of her lifelong career in child welfare. Millender, who has led CASA of Trinity Valley since September 1998, will work as a quality assurance specialist for Texas CASA, the statewide organization that supports 72 local CASA chapters.
http://www.athensreview.com/news/local_news/casa-director-stepping-down/article_7bfccb42-2779-11e6-a3f0-f75b49b466ea.html

GA: Pilot project addresses foster care
Union-Recorder – May 31, 2016
In a nutshell, Care Portal partners with the county’s Department of Family and Children Services to help “families in crisis.” More specifically, it helps address the many needs of foster care. “Officially we launch Thursday. We’re the first county in Georgia to implement Care Portal,” said Jones.
http://www.unionrecorder.com/news/ga_fl_news/pilot-project-addresses-foster-care/article_97f6a3f2-8d0c-5393-a48c-55d187113541.html

IL: Maryville to stop accepting foster kids for residential placement
Chicago Tribune – June 01, 2016
Maryville Academy will stop taking in children at its two suburban campuses and its city-based shelter when its contract with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for residential care ends June 30, state and Maryville officials said Tuesday.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-maryville-ends-childrens-shelter-met-20160531-story.html

MD: Review finds flaws in how Prince George’s school employees are trained to identify, report suspected child abuse
Washington Post – May 31, 2016
The Prince George’s County school system fails to provide many students and teachers with effective instruction on how to recognize and report sexual abuse of children, according to a report released Tuesday.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/review-finds-flaws-in-how-prince-georges-school-employees-are-trained-to-identify-report-suspected-child-abuse/2016/05/31/21b85fac-2729-11e6-a3c4-0724e8e

MN: Washington County: Child protection changes increase caseload
South Washington County Bulletin – May 27, 2016
State funding will allow Washington County to hire three more child protection workers, but officials say there is no additional funding to process those cases through the legal system.
http://www.swcbulletin.com/news/government/4039730-washington-county-child-protection-changes-increase-caseload

NV: A different approach to foster care
Nevada Daily Mail – June 01, 2016
Keech provided an overview of the process, including the strengths and weaknesses of the child welfare system. “In general, child welfare case managers are amazing and wonderful people,” said Keech, “but within the first weeks of starting their work, they see more evil and suffering than any should see in a lifetime.”
http://www.nevadadailymail.com/story/2309720.html

OK: Sen. James Lankford says Oklahoma needs more foster families (Includes video)
KTUL – May 31, 2016
“When foster children go back home with their parent, forever family or wherever that may lead, that growth and that change continues on and they have a little bit of us to carry with them as well,” Lyndsey said.
http://ktul.com/news/local/sen-james-lankford-says-oklahoma-needs-more-foster-families

PA: Advocates say PA’s child abuse hotline has had major problems since 2010, so why did the state wait so long to investigate? (Opinion)
New Pittsburgh Courier – May 31, 2016
The report released May 24 states that the agency identified “an alarming rate of calls to ChildLine [were] not answered by [Department of Human Services] caseworkers in 2015, along with inadequate staffing for the hotline and a severe lack of monitoring of hotline calls.” Report: http://www.paauditor.gov/Media/Default/Reports/ChildLine%20Interim%20Report-%20Final%205-23-16.pdf
http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2016/05/31/advocates-say-pas-child-abuse-hotline-has-had-major-problems-since-2010-so-why-did-the-state-wait-so-long-to-investigate/

US: Many Children Not Getting Enough Food During Summer Months (Incudes audio)
Public News Service – June 01, 2016
A national anti-hunger advocate says children without enough to eat is an issue that crosses state lines, and it’s going to have to be addressed on a federal level.
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-06-01/hunger-food-nutrition/many-children-not-getting-enough-food-during-summer-months/a52179-1

US: Reports: Homeless, foster kids face enormous hurdles in trying to get to college
Washington Post – June 01, 2016
One Government Accountability Office (GAO) study shows increasing isolation of poor students of color in K-12 education. And, their schools have fewer resources. Another GAO report says homeless and foster youth graduate from college at a sharply lower rate than other students. Reports: Actions Needed to Improve Access to Federal Financial Assistance for Homeless and Foster Youth: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-16-343 Also: Better Use of Information Could Help Agencies Identify Disparities and Address Racial Discrimination: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-16-345
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/06/01/reports-point-to-increasing-school-segregation-and-hurdles-facing-homeless-foster-youth-seeking-college/

US: Seeing Color: Why It Matters for Transracial Adoptive Families (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – June 01, 2016
In combating this issue, the goal is not to achieve a colorblind society but rather one that celebrates, instead of victimizes, differences in color. For families of adoption, particularly those who combine racial and cultural differences, it is essential that they engage in transformational dialogue and behavior surrounding these issues.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/adoption/seeing-color-matters-transracial-adoptive-families/18273

US: 5 Stigmas About Foster Care Children and Foster Parents (Opinion)
Care2 – May 31, 2016
Negative stigmas that still exist today only add to the wave of difficult situations that fostered children face. The following misconceptions regarding foster kids and foster parents must not be bypassed. They are as disheartening as they are damaging and need to be reversed.
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-stigmas-about-foster-care-children-and-foster-parents.html

US: Faith-based Community Can Provide Support System for Foster Families (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – May 31, 2016
To be sure, this is America’s next great mission field. Perhaps there is a church or faith-based organization in your area that is looking for a way to minister to others. Maybe your own church or faith-based group is seeking ways to reach out to those in need. This mission field is in our nation, in our states, in our cities, and in our own neighborhoods.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/opinion/faith-based-community-can-provide-support-system-foster-families/18494

US: National Foster Care Month: Celebrating Successes for Babies and Toddlers
Huffington Post – May 31, 2016
Recently, I wrote about the need for a 21st Century Child Well-Being System that ideally would prevent abuse, neglect, and separation from family. Without such a system, we know that prevention becomes much more difficult.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-melmed/national-foster-care-month-celebrating-successes-for-babies-and-toddlers_b_10170738.html

US: NEWS FROM THE SENATE: Committed to Protecting our Children (Opinion)
Greenwood Democrat – May 31, 2016
As a father to three daughters and grandfather two granddaughters, I believe that protecting our children needs to be a priority. This includes improving laws to bring justice to children victimized by predators and strengthening punishment for offenders.
http://greenwooddemocrat.com/opinion/news-senate-committed-protecting-our-children.html

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Barbados: Attorney calls for child abuse cases to be heard
Barbados Today – June 01, 2016
The legal advisor to the Barbados Child Care Board (CCB) is upset that sexual abuse cases involving minors are taking months, sometimes years, to be heard by the law courts.
http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/06/01/attorney-calls-for-child-abuse-cases-to-be-heard/

China: The Truth About China’s Missing Daughters
National Review – June 01, 2016
What Johnson and her research associates found, however, as they interviewed thousands of Chinese families, was that this picture was far from complete. Talking to rural Chinese parents who relinquished daughters, other rural families who took those daughters in, and a third, almost entirely unrecognized category of parents — those who hid over-quota, unregistered children from population control officials — Johnson learned that few families in the region used the expression “more sons, more happiness” that was supposedly typical of Chinese son preference.
https://newrepublic.com/article/133845/truth-chinas-missing-daughters

Ethiopia: Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Ethiopia Gives ‘A Chance In Life’ to Young People
Tadias – June 01, 2016
The Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Ethiopia — located in Emdibir of the Gurage Zone in Southwestern Ethiopia and supported by the New York-based non-profit organization, A Chance In Life — is modeled after the first Boys’ & Girls’ Town that was established 70 years ago by Irish priest Monsignor Carroll-Abbing following the end of World War II to assist orphaned children in Europe.
http://www.tadias.com/06/01/2016/boys-girls-towns-of-ethiopia-gives-a-chance-in-life-to-young-people/

International: New Longitudinal Study Finds Epidemic of Fear, Not an Epidemic of Child Abuse
Chronicle of Social Change – May 31, 2016
When a longitudinal study of children in California found that they are more likely to be reported as allegedly being abused or neglected over five years than over just one, this led to some remarkable leaps of logic. It was suggested that the study shows “child maltreatment is a far larger societal epidemic than we’ve previously thought” and “a reckoning is coming in child protection.”
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/blogger-co-op/new-longitudinal-study-finds-epidemic-fear-not-epidemic-child-abuse/18407

Nepal: SOS orphans raised by adoptive mothers
Himalayan Times – June 01, 2016
SOS Children Village Chief Padam Bahadur Hamal said that it was challenging to run an artificial family. “Children are the future of the nation. We have make them feel that we are their family members,” he said.
https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/sos-orphans-raised-adoptive-mothers/

South Africa: Future of crime faces no-hope youths
IOL – May 31, 2016
These children are generally ignored, and when attention turns towards them, they are made to feel like nuisances, and that hardens them,” Yolande Singleton of Tshwane Child Welfare said. The children are homeless, living on the streets and in other informal settlements.
http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/future-of-crime-faces-no-hope-youths-2028414

 

 

 

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