July 2016 Sad Stories (part 1)
July 16, 2016 in Adoption, CASA, Child Death, Crime and Courts, education, Foster Care, Health and Mental Health, International Child Abuse, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen
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CA: Nearly 1 in 4 students at this L.A. high school migrated from Central America – many without their parents
Los Angeles Times – July 15, 2016
In Los Angeles’ Belmont High, nearly 1 in 4 of the school’s estimated 1,000 students came from Central America – many of them as unaccompanied minors. They crossed the border to reunite with mothers and fathers or to find refuge from unprecedented gang violence at home. Some dare to dream they will find success in America, not just the means to survive.
CA: L.A. Supervisors Move to Streamline Use of Public Health Nurses in Child Protection
The Chronicle of Social Change – July 14, 2016
Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors is moving quickly to address the role of public health nurses in child protection.
FL: Florida does right by LGBT foster kids (Opinion)
Orlando Sentinel – July 14, 2016
Earlier this year, DCF was poised to do take some ugly – and dangerous – actions affecting gay and transgender kids in foster care, basically giving a greenlight to group homes that wanted to bully the kids or even try to change their sexual orientation. The public’s general reaction was: What is wrong with you people?
IL: Foster kids get royal treatment at Merrillville camp
Chicago Tribune – July 14, 2016
The Royal Family Kids’ Camp, now in its fifth year, offers summer camp opportunities to children ages 7 to 11 who are in foster care. Organizers hope the campers, often children who have bounced from home to home, leave with more than just an outdoor experience.
KY: New tool to treat drug abuse (Opinion)
The Courier-Journal – July 14, 2016
Kim Moser, director of the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, said of the bill: “Passage of … CARA will enable communities to provide much-needed treatment for substance – use disorders, and families and individuals to heal from the devastating effects of addiction. It is time to reverse the cycle of relapse, recidivism and overdoses, which affect every corner of our communities.”
ME: Need for Foster Parents Rises As Drug Epidemic Grows
WABI – July 14, 2016
State officials are issuing a plea to Mainers to consider becoming foster parents. As John Krinjak tells us, the need is fueled in part by Maine’s growing drug epidemic. Information Gateway resource: Parental Substance Abuse: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/can/factors/contribute/parentcaregiver/substance/
PA: New DHS Commissioner named
The Philadephia Tribune – July 14, 2016
Cynthia Figueroa knows that being named Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services is is a huge challenge, but it still excites her.
PA: Next Steps for Using Cognitive Computing to Transform Child Welfare
GovLoop – July 14, 2016
Recently GovLoop’s Chris Dorobek hosted an interactive chat with, Daniel Stein, Co-founder of the Stewards of Change Institute, Martin Duggan, Director of Social Programs of IBM Watson Health, and Lana Rees, Executive Director of the Office of Children and Youth of Erie County, Pennsylvania, to discuss how cognitive computing can improve the child welfare system.
PA: OPED: Post-Penn State paranoia harming York County children
York Dispatch – July 14, 2016
In York County, between 2010 and 2014, the number of children torn from their families over the course of a year soared by 55 percent – and that was just in the wake of the hysteria following the revelations about Jerry Sandusky. The new laws, passed by a legislature fed misleading claims and eager to look tough on child abuse, are likely to make things even worse.
RI: Gov. Raimondo vetoes grandparent adoption bill
Associated Press – July 14, 2016
Rhode Island’s governor has vetoed a bill that would have allowed grandparents who have custody of a child to petition to terminate the rights of a parent without that person’s consent.
TX: Dell Children’s Researchers map child abuse cases (Includes video)
KVUE – July 14, 2016
Doctors at Dell Children’s Medical Center are noticing an alarming trend, more and more children are coming into the emergency room as victims of abuse.
VA: Chief deputy confirms criminal investigation into Rockbridge DSS
WDBJ – July 14, 2016
The sheriff’s chief deputy says it started after a report by the state Department of Social Services that showed a former supervisor shredded reports of possible child abuse. Those reports never made it to Child Protective Services or law enforcement.
WI: Milwaukee’s Sojourner Family Peace Center makes lasting impact on Mortenson Construction
Real Estate Journals – July 14, 2016
The Soujourner Family Peace Center opened at West Walnut and North Sixth streets in 2015. When Myers sees the center today, he is proud that he and Mortenson Construction played a role in creating this haven for the victims of domestic violence.
WY: Cook Immigration affects real people
Wyoming Tribune Eagle – July 14, 2016
This is the second of a two-part series on immigration. The first part was published July 7. “There are things more important than borders drawn by conquerors and politicians,” Jack Pugh comments in regard to immigration. “There are things more important than the racism and economics and the politics of our immigration policy and law.”
US: A national movement against employee non-compete contracts picks up steam (Includes audio)
Public Broadcasting System – July 14, 2016
There’s a growing movement to restrict, or even ban, employee noncompete agreements. Nearly 40% of all American workers have, at some point, signed such contracts, which critics say do something decidedly un-American: stifle competition. The NewsHour reveals that even lampshade makers and licensed foster care parents are asked to sign them.
US: Family First Act Dead for the Summer; Wyden Will Push for Passage in Fall
The Chronicle of Social Change – July 14, 2016
Lead proponents of the Family First Prevention Services Act will not obtain the unanimous consent they sought for the bill before the summer recess. The earliest the bill can be taken up now is September, when the Senate reconvenes. The present version of the bill has already passed the House of Representatives.
US: Family First Act: “Peter to Pay Paul” Objections Miss the Mark (Opinion)
The Chronicle of Social Change – July 14, 2016
As the words of opposition to the Family First Preservation Act of 2016 have flowed in – most of them from interested state, county and advocacy parties in California – Youth Services Insider has noticed an almost ubiquitously used argument, with the same anecdote as a supplement.
US: Juvenile Records Create Major Hurdles, Says Study
The Huffington Post – July 14, 2016
The United States has no national standard for how juvenile records are dealt with, and no states earned a five-star rating from the Juvenile Law Center, a national public interest law firm that ensures child welfare.
US: Senators Propose Grant Program to Help Dual Status Youth
Youth Today – July 14, 2016
The Childhood Outcomes Need New Efficient Community Teams (CONNECT) Act would authorize grants for collecting data on and developing policies to help so-called dual status youth. Also: Senate Introduces Bill Targeting Needs of Crossover Youth: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/news-2/senate-introduces-bill-targeted-at-needs-of-crossover-youth/19612
Australia: Privacy commissioner to investigate health department over foster care breaches
The Sydney Morning Herald – July 14, 2016
Victoria’s leak-plagued human services department will be investigated by the state’s privacy watchdog after revelations the addresses of protected foster children were handed to violent criminals.
United Kingdom: Guide to the law on deprivation of liberty of children
Community Care – July 14, 2016
There are likely to be a number of children and young people with disabilities who are deprived of their liberty without lawful authority in foster homes, children’s homes, care homes, residential special schools, boarding schools, further education colleges with residential accommodation, hospitals and elsewhere. They have rights under article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights not to be deprived of their liberty without legal authorisation. However, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards only apply to people who are 18 and over.This is the last in a series of three linked articles on the law relating to deprivation of liberty from Belinda Schwehr that have been published in recent weeks. The first considered deprivations of liberty outside of the DoLS framework: http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/06/17/manage-deprivations-liberty-outside-dols-framework/ and the second provided guidance on applying the Supreme Court’s ‘acid test’, set out in the Cheshire West judgment: http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/07/01/guide-applying-law-deprivation-liberty/
AZ: $450K in grants awarded to prevent child abuse in Arizona
The Arizona Republic – July 13, 2016
Nineteen child-abuse prevention programs in Arizona are benefiting this year from more than $450,000 in grants they received from the sale of license plates bearing this message: It shouldn’t hurt to be a child.
CA: Court Rules for Choctaw Family in Adoption Case
Courthouse News Service – July 14, 2016
A California court of appeals delivered a fresh blow to a foster family seeking custody of a 6-year-old Native American girl, finding it in her best interest to live with her extended family in Utah.
CA: L.A. County Debates Role of Public Health Nurses in Child Protection
The Chronicle of Social Change – July 13, 2016
A June 30 report calling for the termination of Los Angeles County’s experimental public health nurse program has sparked a rich debate about the role of such nurses in child abuse investigations. Report: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/CSW-PHN-Joint-Visit-BM-6-30-20106.pdf
DE: Indian River educators trained in child abuse prevention
Dover Post – July 13, 2016
Educators at Indian River School District are being trained to home in on cues to child sexual abuse. The training, by the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children, teaches adults to recognize and react responsibility to child sexual abuse. Information Gateway resource: School-Based Prevention Programs: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/programs/schoolbased/
IN: CALL 6: State finds more adults responsible for child abuse, neglect deaths (Includes video)
RTV6 – July 14, 2016
A newly-released report from the Indiana Department of Child Services shows the agency is finding more adults responsible for abusing and neglecting children.
MI: Michigan Test Program to Keep Families Together is Working (Includes video)
mLive – July 13, 2016
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says a pilot project being tested in three counties that provides services to help keep at-risk families together is working.
NJ: A home for Jassmani and others Volunteers learn to advocate for neglected kids countywide
Hudson Reporter – July 13, 2016
CASA of Hudson County attracts volunteers throughout the county, from Union City to Secaucus to Weehawken to Bayonne. With social workers’ time limited, the volunteers – of all walks of life, ages, and marital status – have done an important job advocating for kids in the foster care system in Hudson County. Some work with the kids until they can return to family, and some end up adopting them.
NV: Nonprofit with western roots helping Las Vegas Valley families avoid child abuse
Las Vegas Review-Journal – July 14, 2016
Olive Crest was born out of the need to assist struggling families and at-risk children. “Our goal is to treat and prevent child abuse,” said Heidi Riehl, director of marketing and public relations at Olive Crest. “We want to essentially break the cycle of child abuse and restore families.”
NV: Foster kids reunite with siblings at Cowabunga Bay (Includes video)
KTNV – July 13, 2016
Saint Jude’s Ranch for Children’s Child Focus Program is the only nonprofit in Clark County that does something like this.
TN: Fox 17 Investigates: Babies born addicted in Tennessee (Includes video)
Fox 17 – July 13, 2016
Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Neonatologist Dr. Stephen Patrick has actually found in a group of 110 pregnant women in Tennessee last year, almost a third had at least one opioid prescription during pregnancy for pain relief.
TX: 18 local children find forever families
Tyler Morning Telegraph – July 13, 2016
About 13 years ago Smith County began a commitment to adoption on a larger scale. The now twice-annual adoption days continue to grow each year finding forever families for dozens of children. The latest was the Summer Adoption Day at the Smith County Courthouse held in June.
TX: A ‘fix’ for broken CPS system (Includes video)
KVUE – July 13, 2016
A “broken system” are the words Gov. Greg Abbott uses to describe the state of Texas Child Protective Services. On Tuesday, Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman announced 10 recommendations he plans to implement to fix the system.
TX: ACH Child and Family Services Releases Promising Progress Report on Foster Care Redesign in Texas (Press release)
PRWeb – July 13, 2016
ACH Child and Family Services has released its first comprehensive progress report on the implementation of Foster Care Redesign in North Texas, and initial results indicate positive outcomes for Texas children. Report: http://www.achservices.org/news-events/371-redesign-tx
TX: Analysis: Cutting the Texas Budget, But Only Hypothetically (Opinion)
The Texas Tribune – July 13, 2016
The agencies themselves are often to blame. But when the problems stem from a lack of resources – child protection is a chilling example – the fault lies with the legislative budget-writers, whose minds were on costs when they should have been on services.
TX: New Texas child welfare chief calls on Legislature for action
Fort Worth Star Telegram – July 12, 2016
The new leader of the state’s beleaguered child welfare system had a clear message for Texas lawmakers Tuesday: Time has run out for business as usual.
VA: Child abuse reports ignored by Rockbridge social services, report finds
Richmond Times-Dispatch – July 13, 2016
Reports of child abuse and neglect did not just fall through the cracks at the Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services, an internal review has found. Some of the reports were fed into a paper shredder, never to be investigated by the Lexington-based agency. Report: http://www.roanoke.com/rockbridge-social-services-review/pdf_5732d475-4d2b-5f18-b1df-52276dd8d5d8.html
US: New family first bill first step toward 21st Century child welfare system (Opinion)
The Hill – July 14, 2016
We have a very small window of immense opportunity in our country and I am afraid it might close on us soon if we don’t take action now. My current organization, The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, is a strong proponent of passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 that represents a once-in-a-career opportunity to see our nation’s child welfare system become more preventative and family focused — something we have all long dreamed of.
US: Sen. Gary Peters co-sponsors bill to help those in juvenile justice, child welfare systems
WWMT – July 13, 2016
U.S. Senator Gary Peters, of Michigan, is co-sponsoring legislation to help states identify the needs of children who go through the juvenile justice and child welfare system.
Bermuda: Adopted children to get Bermudian status
The Royal Gazette – July 14, 2016
A Bill reforming the process by which adopted children can obtain Bermudian status has been passed in the House of Assembly.
Guyana: Guyana to hold consultations on private international law- President Granger
Demerara Waves – July 14, 2016
Addressing the opening of the Hague Convention Conference at the Pegasus Hotel, the President said that although Guyana has already enacted several laws related to child protection and family law, the legal architecture is “far from finished.”
India: Hold Child Welfare Council polls as scheduled, says HC
The Hindu – July 13, 2016
The Kerala High Court on Tuesday ordered that the elections to the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare be held as scheduled on July 16.
New Zealand: Poverty makes Kiwi children like Moko vulnerable (Opinion)
Stuff – July 14, 2016
Child Matters states that New Zealand has the fifth worst child abuse record out of 31 OECD countries. On average one child is killed every five weeks and most of these children are under five. In addition one child is admitted to hospital every second day with injuries resulting from assault or neglect.
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CA: As child welfare agency scrutiny heightens, supervisors will review report
Victorville Daily Press – July 12, 2016
After a year-long investigation, the grand jury found Children and Family Services was significantly under-staffed and appeared to be disconnected from law enforcement assigned to investigate crimes involving children.
CA: California, And Many Other States, in Denial About Need for Family First Act
Chronicle of Social Change – July 12, 2016
In The Chronicle’s article about California agencies opposing the Family First Preservation Services Act, it was noted that the California Department of Social Services and Los Angeles County are both opposing it while also praising it.
IL: SAF Sues Illinois Over Foster Parents’ Civil Rights (Press release)
Second Amendment Foundation – July 12, 2016
The complaint contends that Mr. and Mrs. Schults have been denied their rights because IDCFS policy substantially prohibits foster parents, and those who would like to be foster parents, from possessing firearms for the purpose of self-defense. This violates their constitutional rights under the Second Amendment.
KS: Lawmakers approve interim study topics
Associated Press – July 12, 2016
The Kansas foster care system is among the topics that legislative committees plan to study before the start of the 2017 session.
Daily Number – July 13, 2016
Data analyzed by Rutgers University found that 4,733 children under the age of 18 entered out-of-home placements in 2015. It also found that the rate of children entering foster care (per 1,000) was 2.3.
OK: Fallin, DHS announce foster care recruitment goal reached
Daily Ardmoreite – July 12, 2016
Governor Mary Fallin has announced that her Oklahoma Fosters initiative with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, private and faith-based partners has achieved its goal of recruiting more than 1,000 new foster families in Oklahoma.
OR: Not enough foster homes for kids
The Bulletin – July 13, 2015
“It’s a really significant issue,” said Jenna App, CASA of Central Oregon’s executive director. CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a statewide network of volunteers specially trained to speak on behalf of children’s best interests in court. “There are not enough certified homes in Central Oregon.” Information Gateway resource: Diligent Recruitment of Families for Children in the Foster Care System Discretionary Grant Cluster: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/management/funding/funding-sources/federal-funding/cb-funding/cbreports/families/
PA: Infamous Ex-NFL Coach “Saw Jerry [Sandusky] Doing Something to a Boy,” Testimony Says
Slate – July 12, 2016
The assertion was made in testimony by former Penn State player and staff member Mike McQueary, who in 2001 reported to both Paterno and university officials that he had seen Sandusky behaving inappropriately with a minor in a locker room shower. Also: Man Alleges Joe Paterno Heard Of Abuse By Jerry Sandusky In 1976: http://wamu.org/news/16/07/12/man_alleges_joe_paterno_heard_of_abuse_by_jerry_sandusky_in_1976
PA: Kenney to appoint new DHS commissioner
Philly.com – July 12, 2016
Cynthia Figueroa, CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, a nonprofit focused on Latino communities, will be named commissioner of the Department of Human Services Wednesday, sources said. Also: Mayor Kenney To Name Human Services Commissioner: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/07/12/mayor-kenney-to-name-human-services-commisioner/
PA: Child abuse and neglect cases skyrocket; help needed
York Daily Record – July 12, 2015
The York County Office of Children, Youth and Families, which is working to avoid being taken over by the state, is asking the county for five additional caseworkers and a supervisor for reasons including skyrocketing numbers of referrals for child abuse and neglect.
TX: 10-point plan to overhaul Child Protective Services (Includes video)
KVUE – July 12, 2016
Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman He presented 10 proposal ideas to Governor Abbott Tuesday aiming to overhaul CPS: 1. Make sure CPS employees follow the core mission: do whatever it takes to protect Texas children from abuse and neglect. He said, “CPS case workers must have the training and resources to respond quickly and do what is necessary to protect our children.” And also points out supervisors must ensure the cases are handled correctly … Proposal: http://gov.texas.gov/files/press-office/WhitmanLetterCPS_07122016.pdf Also: Texas lawmakers explore solutions for ‘broken’ CPS: http://keyetv.com/news/local/texas-lawmakers-explore-solutions-to-cps-broken-system
TX: Federal legislation could worsen Texas’ foster care bed shortage, CPS chief warns
Dallas Morning News – July 12, 2016
If passed, the Family First Prevention Services Act eventually could disqualify about 3,000 of Texas’ slots in group homes and institutional settings from an important federal funding stream, officials told a House committee examining challenges in foster care.
TX: Texas in desperate need of foster parents, CPS says (Includes video)
KHOU – July 12, 2015
There are more than 16 hundred children in foster care in Central Texas. More than half are placed in homes hours away from their friends and family because of a shortage of foster homes. Also: Lawmakers looking to help 1,100 Texas foster kids: http://kxan.com/2016/07/12/lawmakers-looking-to-help-1100-texas-foster-kids/
WA: Foster home shortage sends Pierce County kids elsewhere
Tacoma News Tribune – July 05, 2016
There are not enough foster homes in Pierce County. That sends children from the county elsewhere – King County, for some, but placements can be anywhere in the state, or beyond. Of the 1,299 children from Pierce County in the foster care system as of May 1, 417 were moved elsewhere, including 177 to counties not bordering Pierce.
WI: Tonette Walker lauds La Crosse County for trauma-informed care strides
La Crosse Tribune – July 12, 2016
Walker, who became first lady when husband Scott was elected governor in 2010, gravitated toward foster care as her cause, narrowing her focus after she talked with a couple of doctors who worked with abused children about two ideas that were new to her: adverse childhood experiences and trauma-informed care.
US: Don’t Make Our Most Vulnerable Children Wait Longer! (Opinion)
Huffington Post – July 12, 2016
In an important show of bipartisanship, Congress is on the cusp of an historic step to help many of the most vulnerable children in our nation who are abused and neglected and at risk of entering foster care and lingering in group care. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456) on June 21st to help keep these children safely with their families and out of foster care. I hope the Senate will do the same this week before it leaves for summer recess and not keep vulnerable children waiting and waiting longer.
US: Our Kids Deserve Better Than Rushed Family First Bill (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – July 12, 2016
So you can imagine the challenge of our nation’s foster care system, which is tasked with getting it right for more than 415,000 abused and neglected children nationwide. That is the task that is being undertaken by Congress at the moment and unfortunately, they are getting too much of it wrong.
Egypt: MP’s endorsement of FGM stirs controversy but unlikely to have effect
Ahram – July 12, 2016
Egyptian MP and doctor Ahmed El-Tahawy says female genital mutilation (FGM), from a medical and religious stand, is a necessity as long as it is performed in the right way, a statement that raises questions over longstanding efforts to fight the phenomenon in Egypt. The controversial statements by El-Tahawy, who is a member of the Egyptian parliament’s health committee, came while commenting on a potential draft resolution aimed at intensifying legal punishments against FGM, which has been criminalised in Egypt since 2008.
United Kingdom: Family day to raise FGM awareness ahead of summer danger period
GetWestLondon – July 12, 2016
Hounslow Council has teamed up with anti-FGM charity FORWARD to organise the Keeping Our Girls Safe day on Saturday, July 16.
AL: Medicaid cuts could hurt children’s access to care
Pharmacy Choice – July 09, 2016
From 2008 to 2014, the number of children without health insurance has been cut in half, but that progress is threatened by cuts to Alabama’s Medicaid program, according to Rhonda Mann, policy and research director for Voices for Alabama’s Children, a nonprofit child welfare advocacy organization.
AZ: Out-of-home spending outweighs Arizona’s DCS prevention costs
Arizona Daily Star – July 10, 2016
The child welfare agency used $251,000 on in-home prevention services for its backlogged cases in the last 12 months, preliminary estimates show, and more than $11 million for out-of-home placements and related support services. These figures, from a Joint Legislative Budget Committee report, focus on inactive cases.
AZ: 4 ways to make this election year about Arizona kids (Opinion)
AZCentral – July 09, 2016
The people we elect to the Legislature will make decisions that will have a huge impact on children’s lives and the future of Arizona. Those decisions can either make it easier for children to reach their dreams or put big roadblocks in their way.
MN: County drops WAPS program for at-risk families
Winona Post – July 11, 2016
Until last week, Trish Costello spent her workdays visiting struggling families – usually single mothers and their children – who had invited her into their homes to act as a parenting coach and social worker. Most of the families she worked with were in programs designed for parents who have been the subjects of child protection complaints from concerned neighbors, teachers, and others, but whom child protection workers determined needed help with parenting, not action to forcibly take their children away.
MO: Adoptees Can Now Get Original Birth Certificate
Missourinet – July 12, 2016
A new law in Missouri will help adoptees who were born in the Show Me State get a copy of their original birth certificate. People born before 1941 will be able to get their certificates starting August 28th of this year. Adoptees born after 1941 will have to wait until after January 1st, 2018. Also: Missouri bill to help adoptees get birth certificates signed into law: http://www.missourinet.com/2016/07/11/missouri-bill-to-help-adoptees-get-birth-certificates-signed-into-law/ Gateway Resource: Access to Adoption Records: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/infoaccessap.pdf
NC: Healthy Babies in NC: Start with Mothers, Say Experts (Includes audio)
Public News Service – July 12, 2016
Fewer babies are dying in North Carolina – with infant mortality decreasing by 40 percent in the last 20 years, according to a new report by the support group NC Child. Report: http://www.ncchild.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2016_NC-Child-Womens-Health-and-Infant-Mortalitymin-size.pdf
OK: Faithful fuel rise in foster families across state
Norman Transcript – July 11, 2016
Nearly 820 families have signed up to foster children since Gov. Mary Fallin kicked off a program called Oklahoma Fosters in November, in hopes of enlisting 1,000 new families and reducing the number of children housed in emergency shelters. Much of the campaign’s success is due to the organizing, advocacy and volunteerism of churches.
OR: Sen. Ron Wyden Pushes Bill To Keep Kids Out Of Foster Care
Oregon Public Broadcasting – July 11, 2016
Sen. Ron Wyden said one way to reduce the crisis is to take fewer kids out of family homes. But that means spending more money on things like parenting education, substance abuse programs and mental health services.
PA: Troubled child welfare office seeks more caseworkers
York Daily Record – July 11, 2016
The York County Office of Children, Youth and Families, which is working to avoid being taken over by the state, is asking the county for five additional caseworkers and a supervisor for reasons including skyrocketing numbers of referrals for child abuse and neglect. “We are seeing some crazy numbers in this county,” Terry Clark, director of the office, told the county salary board on Monday, as he made the request.
PA: How much time is enough time to decide? Many seek update of state adoption laws
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – July 10, 2016
Although the adoption industry and societal expectations have since changed, Ms. Sharp remains one of many reformers – including adoption agencies, legal experts, adoptive parents and politicians – in Pennsylvania who think the process needs an update. But they’re split between those who think current laws give birth mothers too much leeway and those who think the rules favor adoptive parents.
TN: Safe Families for Children launching in Tri-Cities
Johnson City Press – July 09, 2016
Johnson City now has a unique volunteer-based program not offered anywhere else in the Tri-Cities. Safe Families, unlike foster care, provides only temporary housing for children whose parents are experiencing crises, like medical emergencies or lack of housing.
TX: Desperate need for foster parents, CPS says (Includes video)
KVUE – July 11, 2016
There are more than 16 hundred children in foster care in Central Texas. More than half are placed in homes hours away from their friends and family because of a shortage of foster homes.
TX: Fifth Circuit Denies State’s Request to Boot Experts in Foster Care Reform
Houston Press – July 11, 2016
The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied state officials’ motion to quash the appointment of special masters who are overseeing measures to overhaul the state’s beleaguered foster care system.
TX: Guest View: Quality Pre-K – It’s Time to Expand (Opinion)
OA Online – July 01, 2016
Full-day quality Pre-K for every child who currently qualifies for public Pre-K should be implemented in Texas. That investment will pay dividends for decades into the future. You may ask: who is eligible? Currently, children living below the poverty line, children in the foster care system and the children of military families are all eligible for public Pre-K. There is a debate whether we should expand the current public Pre-K program beyond those groups. Also: Editorial: A crucial Texas Legislature lies ahead, so take care to choose the right reps (Opinion): http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20160711-editorial-a-crucial-texas-legislature-lies-ahead-so-take-care-to-choose-the-right-reps.ece
US: Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Release Joint Guidance on Foster Youth (Press Release)
JD Supra – July 11, 2016
On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a joint guidance addressing LEA support for children in foster care under the provisions of the newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The stated purpose of this non-regulatory guidance is to “assist state and local partners in understanding and implementing the new law, and to inform state and local collaboration between educational and child welfare agencies across the nation for the well-being of children in foster care.” Regulation: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=ED-2016-OESE-0032
Australia: Foster care security breach prompts Victorian child protection system review
The Age – July 12, 2016
The Andrews government has ordered a “full review” of security breaches in Victoria’s child protection system after social workers gave a violent criminal the address of children removed from his care for their own safety.
AR: Child-welfare chief drops interim title
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette – July 09, 2016
The Department of Human Services named Mischa Martin director of the Children and Family Services Division earlier that day. Also: New DCFS director named: http://arkansasnews.com/news/arkansas/new-dcfs-director-named
CA: Some San Bernardino County social workers could get 7 percent raise
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin – July 10, 2016
Amid a state Attorney General’s investigation into San Bernardino County’s child welfare system and recommended reforms by the grand jury, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a 7 percent raise for 382 social workers.
CA: Foster parents lose appeals fight for American Indian girl
Associated Press – July 08, 2016
A California appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s decision to remove a 6-year-old girl with Native American ancestry from her foster family and reunite her with relatives in Utah. Also: Santa Clarita family wants to take tribal custody case to state Supreme Court: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-choctaw-court-ruling-supreme-court-petition-20160708-snap-story.html
CA: L.A. Child Protection Chief Wants Experimental Child Abuse Investigation Program Terminated
Chronicle of Social Change – July 08, 2016
The program, which pairs public health nurses and child-abuse investigators during investigations of maltreatment for children under the age of 2, won the unanimous support of county supervisors and was launched in August of last year. Nash wants to see the program stopped, and added that the larger slate of recommendations offered by the original blue ribbon commission were more akin to guidelines than marching orders.
FL: Editorial: Foster children need real beds in real homes
Tampa Bay Times – July 08, 2016
The revelation that 17 foster children had to sleep on air mattresses in offices highlights the ongoing struggle in Hillsborough County to protect kids who live on the brink of crisis. Eckerd Kids, the state contractor, said the temporary arrangement was necessary because it had no beds available, and it is working to ensure no future shortage of accommodations. Abuse, neglect and violence drove these kids into the state’s care, and the state has an obligation to do right by them.
FL: Moves To Protect LGBTQ Youth
South Florida Gay News – July 08, 2016
Earlier this week, the Florida Department of Children and Families updated regulatory language to ensure youth that identify as LGBTQ receive the proper protections. “We are grateful to Secretary Carroll for his commitment to ensuring LGBTQ youth are properly protected,” said Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith, in a news release. Information Gateway Resource: Working With LGBTQ Families in Adoption: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/lgbtq/working-with-lgbtq-families-in-adoption/
IL: Agencies Urge Foster Parents To Take In LGBTQ Youth
WVPE – July 08, 2016
There are approximately 25,000 homeless youth in Illinois, according to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and the Illinois Department of Human Services. More than a third of them are on the street because they identify as LGBTQ. Also: State: LGBT youth in desperate need of foster parents: http://www.saukvalley.com/2016/07/10/state-lgbt-youth-in-desperate-need-of-foster-parents/a4gdsou/ Information Gateway Resource: Working With LGBTQ Families in Adoption: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/lgbtq/working-with-lgbtq-families-in-adoption/
MD: A Win for Same-Sex De Facto Parents in Maryland (Includes audio)
Public News Service – July 11, 2016
The LGBT community in Maryland is celebrating a decision last week by the state’s highest court. It ruled unanimously in favor of recognizing the status of parents who lack a biological or adoptive relationship with their children.
MI: Rules violations lead to closing of foster care agency
Associated Press – July 09, 2016
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says Alternatives for Children and Families of Burton agreed to surrender its license after an investigation found rules violations in its oversight of foster care placements.
MT: Missoulian Editorial: How to stop Montana’s worst crisis
Missoulian – July 10, 2015
It’s no coincidence that Montana is seeing an increase in its prison population at the same time that it is seeing an increase in the number of children in state care. Both are rooted in the same problem: a drastic rise in illicit drug use, especially meth.
NJ: Adoptees can access records come January
North Jersey News – July 08, 2016
The records of some 300,000 adopted persons – currently under seal – are to become available in January, as the second phase of the state’s new adoption law is implemented.
OK: Tulsa World editorial: State making progress on foster care goals
Tulsa World – July 11, 2016
The state announced Thursday that it had achieved two important milestones: Recruiting 1,000 new foster families and reducing the number of children in state custody below 10,000 for the first time in three years.
OK: DHS reaches foster family recruitment goal
Times Record – July 08, 2016
The number of children in state custody has dropped below 10,000 for the first time in three years, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services said Thursday. DHS, which administers child welfare programs, has stepped up efforts to recruit new foster families. This is the first time that it has reached its recruitment goal since the Pinnacle Plan was launched in 2012 to reform the state’s foster care system.
RI: Law: Kids’ deaths, injuries in state care must be disclosed
Associated Press – July 08, 2016
The state’s child welfare agency must now disclose deaths and injuries of children in state care within 48 hours and schools must now contact the agency if they think a child is being sexually abused by someone at the school under two bills signed by Gov. Gina Raimondo,
SC: Bolster ‘re-homing’ solutions (Opinion)
Post and Courier – July 11, 2016
According to a 2013 investigation by Reuters news service, the U.S. government estimates a 10 to 25 percent failure rate for domestic adoptions alone.
TX: Foster care capacity keeps shrinking, as CPS loses its top child placement decision maker
Dallas Morning News – July 08, 2016
Just as Texas’ foster care capacity crunch keeps getting worse, Child Protective Services’ top decision maker on child placements is retiring. Over a six-month period, officials have lost nearly 200 residential treatment center beds where they used to be able to place foster children with complex emotional and behavioral problems. Also: Official’s departure one more issue for Texas foster care woes: http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/texas/story/2016/jul/11/officials-departure-one-more-issue-texas-foster-care-woes/631048/
VA: Child marriage is finally illegal in Virginia – and other states may be on their way
Salon – July 08, 2016
Bad news if you’d like to marry a child in the state of Virginia – as of this month, children under the age of 16 can no longer get hitched. Matrimonial minimum ages vary from state to state, but skew surprisingly young, putting girls in danger. Also: America’s child marriage crisis: Virginia law tackles continuing issue: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/08/child-marriage-forced-minors-virginia-law
US: Data Analytics Helps Agencies Transform Government
GovLoop – July 08, 2016
Predictive data analytics uses all data available to identify most at-risk children, those least likely to be re-unified and the best services for each child.
US: Social Work Professor’s Research Shows Implicit Bias by Institutions
Newswise – July 08, 2016
Susan McCarter has spent the last 20 years researching and talking about disproportionate minority contacts (DMC), or the over-representation of minority youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.
Canada: Chief coroner releases recommendations of Child Death Review Committee (News Release)
New Brunswick – July 08, 2016
The committee reviews the deaths of children under the age of 19, including those who were in the legal care of the minister of Social Development, or whose families were in contact with the child protection system within 12 months before the child’s death.
Egypt: Health Ministry to propose bill for stricter FGM penalties
Daily News Egypt – July 11, 2016
The Ministry of Health and Population confirmed on Sunday that it prepared a bill that suggests much stricter penalties on those who practice female genital mutilation (FGM), on doctors and families involved in the crime.
Gambia: Gambian leader bans child marriage
BBC News – July 08, 2016
Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has told lawmakers to introduce legislation to ban child marriage. Mr Jammeh said anyone marrying a girl aged below 18 would be jailed for up to 20 years.
Kenya: War against FGM calls for change of tack (Opinion)
East African Standard – July 11, 2016
While the law expressly forbids FGM in Kenya, the effects of enforcement of the law at the family level is an issue that requires brave and frank interrogation if the campaign against the vice is to make long-lasting impact.
AZ: State Drops 1,500 Needy Children With First-in-Nation Cash Assistance Cap
Rewire – July 07, 2016
At the beginning of this month, around 1,500 children and 1,000 adults living in poverty in Arizona lost cash assistance and now are permanently barred from the state’s welfare program.
DE: Thousands learn to prevent child abuse (Includes video)
Delaware Online – July 07, 2016
The foundation to combat child sexual abuse started by former Attorney General Beau Biden has trained more than 20,000 Delawareans in identification and prevention.
IA: Working group will try to help kids in homes where drugs have been found
Radio Iowa – July 07, 2016
The working group was authorized after legislators failed to pass a bill this year governing so-called “drug-endangered” children. Dale Woolery, spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, says the panel will include child welfare advocates, substance abuse experts and law enforcement officials.
IN: South Bend to get ‘baby box’
South Bend Tribune – July 08, 2016
A nonprofit group that works to prevent baby abandonment will soon install one of its baby boxes in South Bend, despite warnings from state child welfare and health officials.
LA: New web site for Center for Children and Families announced
Monroe News Star – July 07, 2016
The mission of the Center for Children and families is to promote safe, healthy environments for children and families through advocacy, counseling, education and prevention. The Center for Children and Families is an umbrella organization that includes three branches which provide services to youth and families in Louisiana.
MI: Parents and children involved in Child Protective Proceedings in Genesee County benefit from Parent Representation Project
Flint-Genesee County Legal News – July 08, 2016
The Genesee County Parent Representation Project was designed to improve legal representation to parents involved in child protective proceedings by providing a social worker to work with parents’ attorneys.
MS: LGBT rights groups win as U.S. judge blocks Mississippi law
Associated Press – July 07, 2016
It would allow clerks to cite religious objections to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and would protect merchants who refuse services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. It could affect adoptions and foster care, business practices and school bathroom policies.
OK: DHS meets goal on foster family recruitment
Oklahoman – July 08, 2016
The number of children in state custody has dropped below 10,000 for the first time in three years, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services said Thursday.
OK: Wrongful death suit restored against DHS
Lawton Constitution – July 08, 2016
An appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit that says the Oklahoma Department of Human Services is responsible for the death of a 5-year-old girl who was killed by her father.
OR: With Foster Care System ‘Crisis,’ Oregon Puts Kids In Hotel Rooms (Includes audio)
OPM – July 06, 2016
Over the last two years, Oregon’s foster care system has lost the equivalent of 400 beds in family homes and 100 beds in residential facilities.
PA: Child welfare offices to get far less funding than budget suggests
York Dispatch – July 07, 2016
State funding earmarked for county-operated child protection agencies in Pennsylvania is far less than what is laid out in the state budget awaiting Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature.
RI: Governor Raimondo signs two bills to protect children
Providence Journal – July 07, 2016
The state Department of Children, Youth and Families will now be required to disclose deaths or “near deaths” resulting from abuse, neglect, or self-harm “in general terms,” provided that doing so will not hinder any criminal investigations. It must also notify the child advocate. Also: Governor Signs Bill Closing ‘St. George’s Loophole’ : http://ripr.org/post/governor-signs-bill-closing-st-georges-loophole
TX: Appeals Court Tells Texas Foster Care Reforms Must Continue
The Texas Tribune – July 07, 2016
Texas must continue drafting court-ordered plans to fix its broken foster care system, according to a new order from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
TX: Lawmakers Must Address Mental Health Workforce Shortage (Opinion)
UT News – July 07, 2016
Just look at the numbers. Last year, 185 Texas counties out of 254 did not have a single psychiatrist, which left more than 3 million Texans without access to a psychiatrist. Worse, 40 counties didn’t even have a licensed clinical social worker.
US: The Senate Must Act Now to Put Families First (Opinion)
Huffington Post – July 07, 2016
If passed, it will be good news for the more than 2.5 million children currently being raised in grandfamilies. For the first time, this Act will allow federal child welfare dollars to be used for services to prevent children from entering foster care.
CA: Pasadena and Los Angeles Child Welfare Agencies Announce Official Affiliation
Pasadena Now – July 06, 2016
The boards of directors of Hillsides and Bienvenidos announced the creation of a parent-subsidiary relationship as of June 30. Both Hillsides and Bienvenidos will retain their individual names with Bienvenidos becoming the subsidiary and an affiliate of Hillsides.
FL: Extended Foster Care: Giving teens support for brighter future (Includes video)
WJHG – July 06, 2016
Foster care officials remind people that kids in foster care are normal young adults. “They go through the same struggles we did when we were 18,” said Andrea Ziglar, who is a supervisor for independent living with the Children’s Home Society. “and kind of figuring things out on your own and you know the difference is most of us have parents to help us through that. These kids usually don’t.”
FL: Smeared Feces, Fire on Desk: Former case manager describes behavior of foster kids who had to sleep in offices (Includes video)
WFLA – July 06, 2016
8 on Your Side is learning more about the conditions of kids sleeping in offices in Hillsborough County. A former case manager who quit her job in the past month spoke to 8 On Your Side about her experience.
IA: Helping children in Iowa: What to do if you suspect child neglect or abuse
Mapleton Press – July 06, 2016
Under Iowa law, certain individuals in their professional capacities, including social workers, employees of health care facilities, mental health professionals, school employees, employees of substance abuse programs, foster care facility employees, police officers, child care providers, and others, are required to report any known or suspected child abuse within 24 hours to the Department of Human Services by telephone or in person. A written report is required within 48 hours.
LA: Law enforcement: False allegations ‘extremely rare’ (Includes video)
Shreveport Times – July 06, 2016
Louisiana law carries criminal consequences for those who make up false claims of child abuse – as was spotlighted by a recent Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office case.
MI: Foster home closed by the state for several violations (Includes video)
NBC25 News – July 06, 2016
Alternatives for Children made an agreement with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that included it would voluntarily surrendering its license and ceasing options as of the 1st of this month.
MO: Birth certificate measure signed by governor
Hannibal Courier-Post – July 06, 2016
Missouri-born adoptees will soon have easier access to copies of original birth certificates. Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1599 on Friday, July 1. Information Gateway resource: Obtaining Birth and/or Adoption Records: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/search/records/
OR: Hunger Among Ore. Families Down, But Single Mothers Still Struggle (Includes audio)
Public News Service – July 07, 2016
“Since 2014, Oregon’s been doing a little bit better than the rest of the country,” he said. “One of the reasons we think that’s the case is because Oregon has a relatively high participation rate in nutrition programs like SNAP.” Oregon’s rate of food insecurity is below the national average of 16 percent. The state’s hunger rate is higher in rural areas than in urban areas.
PA: What’s the right amount of time for a birth mother to change her mind about putting her baby up for adoption?
Public Source – July 07, 2016
The adoption process in Pennsylvania is being scrutinized for potential updates, but one bill that could halve the time birth mothers have to decide against adoption has been particularly controversial.
PA: County leaders to update child abuse hotline (Includes video)
WTAJ – July 05, 2016
“We believe that this phone system will increase timeliness, even if a caseworker’s actually out in the field,” said Commissioner Chairman Josh Lang. “They will actually be able to take calls on their cell phones, which is an asset that the county has. Currently we provide cell phones to the caseworkers, but they can’t take calls that are coming into this office specifically. So that will allow for that capability, as well.”
SC: Over 20 Midlands children now have forever families (Includes video)
WFXG – July 06, 2016
More than 20 children from across the Midlands now have permanent homes as a part of DSS’ forever families program.
TX: Foster youths acquire skills in Fort Bend summer program
Houston Chronicle – July 06, 2016
“Wings focuses on helping youth in foster care acquire life skills, plan educational goals, develop a transitional living plan and create a support system of positive adults outside of the foster care system,” program director Metoyer Martin said.
US: Police chief blasts Congress in opioid funding battle
CNHI Washington – July 07, 2016
The proposals in Congress include such measures as requiring states that take funding for child protective services implement requirements that babies born with opioid addictions can only be released to parents with a plan to ensure their safety.
US: Federal appeals court rules on kids caught crossing border
CBS News – July 06, 2016
A federal appeals court says Homeland Security officials must quickly release immigrant children – but not their parents – from family detention centers after being picked up crossing the border without documentation.
US: Appeals Court: Child Porn Victim Can Sue Adoptive Father
Associated Press – July 05, 2016
Congress passed “Masha’s Law” on the girl’s behalf in 2006 allowing sex-abuse victims to seek at least $150,000 from anyone convicted of exploiting them. That includes people convicted of viewing their images.
Australia: Tech firms behind $100m NSW child protection overhaul
CRN Magazine – July 07, 2016
With the first release of the upgraded tool planned to be deployed to caseworkers at the beginning of 2017, ChildStory will be an integrated system that holds details of a child’s history with FACS and builds a network of family, carers, caseworkers and service providers, enabling them to work collaboratively to keep the child safe.
Canada: Child Welfare in Canada: More Federal Assistance, Less Oversight Compared to US
Chronicle of Social Change – July 07, 2016
Although the U.S. child welfare system is vastly different from Canada’s, it is routinely criticized for the lack of resources provided to foster youth, ineffective policies, and frequent reports of neglect and abuse within state systems. The number of children in foster care nationwide is around 415,000, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families’ data from 2014. In 2013, there were an estimated 62,428 children in foster care across Canada.
Canada: First foster care agency for LGBTQ youth now licensed to open (Includes video)
Windsor Star – July 06, 2016
Canada’s first and only foster care agency geared to LGBTQ youth is setting up shop in Windsor and actively recruiting foster parents in hopes of offering safe, supportive homes to 20 teenagers by the start of the school year.
Canada: First Nations leaders leery of government measures on child welfare
The Canadian Press – July 06, 2016
A new $382-million government announcement on First Nations child welfare is raising as many questions as it answers, Aboriginal leaders and advocates say. Also: Ottawa commits $382 million to begin raising services for on-reserve kids: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/07/05/liberals-need-to-close-funding-gap-on-indigenous-child-welfare-advocate-urges.html
Canada: House of Recovery to help women, children
The Kingston Whig-Standard – July 06, 2016
If saving your life came at the cost of losing your child, would you take the chance? After years of work as an attending physician at Kingston General Hospital, Dr. Adam Newman has seen the answer firsthand. For so many women suffering from addiction and substance abuse, the fear of leaving their children behind stopped them from getting the help they needed.
United Kingdom: Swinney to meet child abuse survivors over troubled inquiry
BBC Scotland – July 07, 2016
Education Secretary John Swinney is to meet survivors of child abuse after some groups said they had lost confidence in the government’s inquiry.
United Kingdom: New research suggests ‘worrying trend’ in abuse and neglect of adolescents
Care Appointments – July 06, 2016
New research from the universities of East Anglia (UEA) and Warwick reveals an increase in adolescents who died or were seriously injured in which abuse or neglect is thought to be involved.
AK: Role of child welfare agency largely misunderstood, new report finds
KTUU – July 05, 2016
Most child protection workers employed by the state stay on the job for about a year, and retaining these frontline employees is a major challenge for the Office of Children’s Services, according to research from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA.) Report: http://crpalaska.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/Final-Report-OCS-2016-Annual-Staff-Survey.pdf Information Gateway Resource: Secondary Trauma: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/responding/trauma/secondary/
AL: Child abuse database not being checked by Department of Education
WAAY – July 05, 2016
A central database for crimes against children is helping some employers, but the Alabama State Department of Education says they don’t use it.
AZ: Group Home Offers Place Where LGBT Foster Kids Can Be Themselves (Includes audio)
KJZZ – July 05, 2016
Arizona’s Department of Child (DCS) safety has 19,000 children in its care. The department recently evolved training policies to accommodate the growing number of LGBT youth in the system. One foster group home is leading the way with a pilot program taking only LGBT teens.
CO: State human services offers free kinship adoption for relatives raising children
The Denver Post – July 05, 2016
The program has helped 30 families, a total of 41 children, since its first adoption in 2012. Now state officials are hoping more grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings or family friends who are raising children they have not yet adopted will use the program to make their relationship legal.
FL: State revives antidiscrimination rules for LGBT foster children
Tampa Bay Times – July 05, 2016
The Department of Children and Families on Tuesday published a change to state rules that would specifically ban bullying or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
HI: Hawaii becomes last state to ban sex trafficking
Associated Press – July 05, 2015
“It’s a historic day for Hawaii. Now, from sea to sea, the United States can say it banned sexual slavery,” said Kris Coffield, executive director of Imua Alliance, which works with sex trafficking victims. “The most direct benefit for victims is that now, instead of being criminalized and put in a jail cell, and facing prosecution, they’ll be placed in a support services network and treated as victims of violent crimes instead of accomplices to their own exploitation.”
IL: Groups seek to increase pool of LGBTQ parents
Windy City Times – July 05, 2016
Illinois agencies are partnering in hopes of increasing the pool of LGBTQ parents involved in foster care and adoption.
IN: New Laws Address Children Being Used As Currency In Indiana
Indiana News Service – July 05, 2016
Child protection advocates say some children in Indiana are being used as currency by sex traffickers, and also by their own parents.
LA: ‘We’re failing kids’: Louisiana child welfare agency crippled by 2 key factors, officials and advocates say
The Advocate – July 03, 2016
“This one office has case after case after case and incident after incident,” said Rhenda Hodnett, the department’s assistant secretary for child welfare. “We’ve poured every resource we can try to pull in new people.”
OK: State budget cuts leave foster children wanting
Norman Transcript – July 05, 2016
Norman teens in foster care have come into shelters with less than adequate clothing due to deep budget cuts, a local shelter director said. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services eliminated clothing vouchers in August due to losses in funding imposed by the state legislature.
PA: CYS looking for at least 58 additional foster families
Observer-Reporter – July 05, 2016
CYS deals with runaways and cases of child abuse, child neglect, truancy, incorrigibility, or circumstances in which a child is at risk of being abused or neglected. Its clients include infants through age 21. The current 6,000 children come from 2,000 to 3,000 families.
TX: Pay Caseworkers and Fosters More, New Chief Says
Texas Tribune – July 06, 2016
Caseworkers will make higher salaries and the families and organizations that care for foster children will be paid more for their services if Hank Whitman, the agency’s leader, gets his way when state lawmakers draw up their two-year budget in 2017
US: Annual Report to Congress: The U.S. Government Action Plan on Children in Adversity
Relief Web – July 06, 2016
This is the eighth annual report on Public Law (PL) 109-95, The Assistance for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act. Report: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/APCA%202016%20Report%20to%20Congress_508_3mb.pdf
US: Female Genital Mutilation: Our Issue, Together
Ebony – July 05, 2016
While most people think that this issue impacts girls and women in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, “vacation cutting”-the practice of sending young girls abroad (usually during school breaks) to undergo FGM-means that FGM affects women and girls in the United States.
Canada: Feds pressed on child welfare funding ahead of MMIW inquiry announcement
The Canadian Press – July 05, 2016
The Indigenous Affairs Department is required to update the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal by Wednesday on how it funds child welfare services in the wake of the tribunal’s landmark decision that the existing system was discriminatory.
Russia: A gaffe too far: Russia’s controversial children’s rights ombudsman resigns
Russia Beyond the Headlines – July 06, 2016
Pavel Astakhov, whose tactless and cynical comments made him deeply unpopular with many Russians and who came to international prominence for supporting the law banning foreigners from adopting Russian children, is to leave his post.
United Kingdom: Survivors to demand answers over independence of child abuse inquiry
Herald Scotland – July 05, 2016
Alan Draper, spokesman for In Care Abuse Survivors Scotland (INCAS), said Mr Swinney would need to answer questions about the allegations made by both Professor Michael Lamb, who quit the inquiry panel last week, and Susan O’Brien QC, who left while under investigation for allegedly holding views ‘incompatible’ with the post of chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.
United Kingdom: Child abuse inquiry in disarray after chairwoman quits in row over ‘offensive’ comments to survivors
Scottish Daily Record – July 04, 2016
The chair of a major inquiry into child abuse in Scotland has resigned following claims she made comments that were “offensive” to survivors.
AL: Cleburne County tries to meet high demand for foster child placement
Anniston Star – June 30, 2016
Leslie Smith, child welfare service supervisor at DHR, said the orientation was a recruitment effort to find foster and adoptive homes – most Cleburne County foster homes have that dual license, she said. The agency’s goal is to add three to five new foster homes every year, Smith said.
CA: California Budget Expands Support for Foster Youth with Children or in College
Chronicle of Social Change – July 01, 2016
The new California state budget signed into law this week by Gov. Jerry Brown includes a pair of measures that advocates hope will support foster youth pursuing higher education and help parenting foster youth succeed.
CA: San Bernardino County Grand Jury releases scathing report on child welfare system
The Sun – July 01, 2016
In its annual report released Friday, the San Bernardino County Grand Jury suggested 14 changes in the Department of Children and Family Services after a yearlong investigation revealed disturbing practices resulting in the death of children in some cases. The Report: https://www.scribd.com/document/317269707/SBC-Grand-Jury-Report
FL: Foster children taken into care ended up sleeping in offices
Tampa Bay Times – July 04, 2016
Some of them were still traumatized after being taken from their homes because of issues like abuse, neglect or domestic violence. But on their first night in the state’s care, 17 Hillsborough County foster children ended up sleeping on air mattresses in an office building and a teen recreation center.
FL: Camp offers outlet for foster children
Southwest Florida Herald Tribune – July 01, 2016
During the last week of June, students in foster care from Manatee, Sarasota and Desoto counties got to spend a week romping around Southwest Florida through the Florida Department of Children and Families and the YMCA’s Champ Camp.
GA: DFCS launches child abuse registry
Athens Banner-Herald – July 01, 2016
The central child abuse registry, called the Child Protective Services Information System, will include names of people who allegedly abused a child. The registry will only be accessible to certain child caring employers and agencies, allowing these employers to learn if an applicant has a substantiated allegation of abuse with the division.
IA: Working Group to Study Drug-Endangered Kids
Iowa Public Radio – July 04, 2016
DHS officials agree drug-testing is down. They say they no longer test for the presence of drugs in kids if the parents or guardians admit to drug use. “There are many steps that go into assessing a child’s safety, and drug tests are one of the tools we use,” said DHS spokeswoman Amy McCoy.
IN: Our children are not for sale (Opinion)
IndyStar – July 05, 2016
Child sex trafficking is a hidden but persistent form of child abuse in Indiana and nationwide. Recent cases in Lafayette, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Muncie have increased awareness, and prosecution rates are rising. The young victims of this horrific crime need our support and assistance. That means we must better understand what trafficking is, the resources available to combat it and our responsibility to take action.
MA: People With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Deserve More Access To Massachusetts Health Care Services (Opinion)
Huffington Post – July 01, 2016
Fetal exposure to alcohol can lead to prenatal brain damage which can be reflected in a host of significantly impairing emotional, neurological, cognitive, learning and behavioral problems. In this way, people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) face many of the same challenges as those diagnosed with another brain-based disorder: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). But in Massachusetts, persons with FASD don’t qualify for the same services as persons with ASD. Information Gateway Resource: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/bhw/casework/families-sud/children-sud/responding/fasd/
MN: Search for human services director is over
Pine Journal – July 02, 2016
On Monday, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to suspend the search for Dave Lee’s replacement – which had gotten through one round of interviews, but not the second – and rehire Lee, who had worked for the county for more than 16 years and been PHHS director for 11. The Board voted during its regular meeting after County Coordinator Dennis Genereau informed them that Lee would like to return.
MN: County social services requests increase in staff
Mille Lacs County Times – July 01, 2016
Director of Mille Lacs County Community and Veterans Services Beth Crook and Assistant Director Suzanne Lelwica talked in a workshop with the County Board members following their June 21 meeting and asked them to consider adding two new social workers to the department plus a replacement for one who is leaving.
MS: Mid-South responds after Religious Freedom Law blocked (Includes video)
WREG – July 01, 2016
The law also would have allowed religious organizations to deny members of the LGBT community foster care services. Also: Mississippi law protecting opponents of gay marriage is blocked: http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2016/07/01/mississippi-law-protecting-opponents-gay-marriage-blocked/hSvMdwVBXic2sfC3bV45cI/story.html Also: Why the Mississippi religious freedom case was different: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2016/0701/Why-the-case-against-Mississippi-s-religious-objections-law-was-different
MT: Indian Child Welfare Act
ABC Fox Montana – July 01, 2016
For the first time since 1978 changes are being made to the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act and how it affects families.
NJ: Gov. Chris Christie freezes $100 million in public aid until public employees cut $250 million in health benefits
New York Daily News – July 03, 2016
According to NJ.com, his executive order late Thursday cut into half of the money put away to aid residents of low-income cities such as Camden, Trenton and Asbury Park. It also keeps money from going to programs for preventing domestic violence, assisting Holocaust survivors and promoting court-appointed foster parenting.
NY: Program helps support relatives raising kids (Opinion)
Times Herald-Record – July 02, 2016
Ray Macur was at a golf tournament with Matt Stoddard, a buddy in the ironworkers union, in 2014, when the two came up with the idea of raising money to send RAPP kids to overnight camp. The union started fundraising, and other groups joined in. Last year, RAPP sent six kids to Camp Warwick, which is held at the Warwick Conference Center. This year, they’ll send 17.
NY: LGBTQ Foster Youth Share Personal Stories, Urge Acceptance
Chronicle of Social Change – July 01, 2016
You Gotta Believe is one of the few organizations across the country that focuses on finding permanent families for young adults and teens in the foster care system. Nobody Ages Out is a You Gotta Believe-led movement aiming to ensure that every young person in foster care will have a family before they reach the age of 21 when they “age out” of care and are left without a support system.
PA: Dauphin County child welfare agency to have full license restored
Penn Live – July 04, 2016
Dauphin County Children and Youth Services Administrator Annmarie Kaiser said in a statement that the state’s restoration of the full license “highlight[ed] the intense and ongoing efforts by CYS to ensure the county’s children are protected.”
SC: As child abuse, neglect increases, officials wonder why (Includes video)
Greenville Online – July 02, 2016
Despite millions more dollars being spent in recent years on the state’s child welfare agency and the hiring of hundreds of workers to combat child abuse and neglect, records reviewed by The Greenville News show complaints and investigations of abuse and neglect have been on a steady march upward.
TX: Midland is in need of foster homes
Midland Reporter-Telegram – July 02, 2016
Most Midland children are sent to Region 2, where Abilene is the population center. About 40 percent of children from Ector County and more than 50 percent of children from Midland County are sent out of the region for foster home placements because of the lack of foster homes in this area, said CPS Regional Director Shawn Vandygriff.
TX: Forget about raising pay for execs, foster families need more money (Opinion)
Statesman – July 01, 2016
Andrea Ball’s reporting on hefty pay raises that were in the works for top executives of the state’s Child Protective Services agency stirred outrage among state leaders who oversee the agency. Officials took swift action to halt the raises while they still were in the incubation stage. Also: No Raises for CPS Top Executives: http://www.newsradioklbj.com/news/austin-local-news/no-raises-cps-top-executives
TX: Governor asks state agencies to cut budgets
KXAN – July 01, 2016
Leaders are asking state agencies to slash four percent from their budget proposals for 2018 and 2019, which have to be approved by the state legislature in early 2017. Press Release: http://gov.texas.gov/news/press-release/22464
VA: New law prevents child brides
Blue Ridge Muse – July 04, 2016
In sobering statistics, some 4,500 children under the age 18 got married in Virginia between 2004 through 2013, says records of the Commonwealth’s Department of Health. More than 200 of those were 15 or younger. Also: Virginia introduces law to stop 12-year-old girls getting married: http://metro.co.uk/2016/07/05/virginia-introduces-law-to-stop-12-year-old-girls-getting-married-5986091/#ixzz4DWzw5gh5
VA: Slew of new laws now in effect in Virginia (Includes video)
WWBT – June 26, 2016
The law prohibits assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, licensed and registered child welfare agencies, and family day homes approved by family day systems from continuing to employ individuals who have been convicted of specific offenses that are barriers to employment.
WI: Coulee Region counties see increased need for foster families
La Crosse Tribune – July 05, 2016
Counties such as Vernon and La Crosse are seeing up uptick in the number of children needing to be placed in foster homes, as well as seeing the length of placement increasing.
US: Op-ed: Hatch’s ‘Family First’ bill will help keep families intact and successful
Salt Lake Tribune – July 02, 2016
Amid the political polarization of a presidential election year, bipartisan legislation is hard to come by. But true to form, Sen. Orrin Hatch has managed to transcend Washington gridlock to forge consensus on an issue that concerns Democrats and Republicans alike: improving the quality of our nation’s foster care system to better serve society.
US: Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt In Every State
Vital Voice – July 01, 2016
Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that Mississippi’s ban on same-sex couples adopting children is unconstitutional, making gay adoption legal in all 50 states. U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, citing the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide last summer.
US: Supporting LGBTQI-GNC Youth within the Juvenile Justice System
Office of Juvenile Justice Programs – June 30, 2016
We know that LGBTQI-GNC youth are at greater risk of becoming homeless, being sexually, physically, and mentally abused, and dying by suicide-due to isolation, social stigma, harassment, bullying, and lack of stable identity development. These factors also increase their chances of becoming involved in the justice system. It is estimated that LGBTQI-GNC youth represent roughly 7 percent of the United States’ youth population, but some studies suggest they may comprise more than 15 percent of the juvenile justice-involved population.
Fiji: Increased Funding For Enhanced Child Services In Fiji
Fiji Sun – July 04, 2016
Minister Akbar said that the welfare of children is at top of the national agenda, with an increased budgetary allocation of $4.5 million. “The $1 million is for increased advocacy, community awareness on child protection programs that my Ministry coordinates in partnership with UNICEF and Non-Government Organisations. The Ministry in partnership with the Medical Services of Pacific also operates the 24/7 National Child Helpline that continues to provide responsive platform for our children, parents to seek free counselling and advice,” Minister Akbar said.
Malta: House finally discusses Bill that will set up Child Court
Malta Today – July 04, 2016
Parliament has finally started debating a Bill that would shift the powers to grant child protection orders from the social policy minister to a newly-established Child Court. Also: Child Protection Bill finally discussed in Parliament after being presented in 2014: http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2016-07-04/local-news/Child-Protection-Bill-discussed-in-Parliament-PN-MP-says-appointments-still-in-minister-s-hands-6736160488
Sudan: UNAMID Re-Launches Darfur-Wide Awareness-Raising Campaign Against Child Sexual Abuse
Relief Web – July 03, 2016
UNAMID’s Child Protection Unit (CPU), in collaboration with the Communications and Public Information Section (CPIS), and Conduct and Discipline Unit (CDU), re-launched a Darfur-wide campaign entitled “Protect Children/Support Efforts of UNAMID – No sexual relations with minors.”
AL: Five Questions with Casey: Cynthia Weaver on Bringing Evidence2Success to Alabama
Annie E. Casey Foundation – June 23, 2016
As a senior associate with Casey’s Evidence-Based Practice Team, Cynthia Weaver works to expand the use of programs backed by scientific evidence when serving vulnerable kids and families.
CA: CALM Helping Prevent and Treat Local Child Abuse (Includes video)
KEYT – June 30, 2016
“Every year in Santa Barbara County, there’s approximately 5,000 cases of child abuse cases reported to Child Welfare Services,” said Sandra Fuhring, a licensed marriage and family therapist and CALM North County Development Associate.
CA: Children in welfare system reunited with families (Includes video)
KRCR – June 30, 2016
A reunification day was held through the Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Council at Kid’s Kingdom in Redding. Also: Families reunited after a long journey: http://www.redding.com/news/local/families-reunited-after-a-long-journey–3681f371-0588-5a50-e053-0100007f7804-385125831.html
IN: Child abuse registry law – inspired by Elkhart Co. boy’s death – goes into effect
WSBT – July 01, 2016
“Kirk’s Law” goes into effect today (Friday). It creates a registry of anyone who has ever been convicted of child abuse. The law is in memory of Elkhart County’s Kirk Coleman, who prosecutors say died at the hands of his day care provider. Also: ‘Kirk’s Law’ goes into effect on July 1: http://wlfi.com/2016/04/08/kirks-law-goes-into-effect-on-july-1/
IN: Judge: Indiana must list both moms for children of lesbians
Associated Press – June 30, 2016
Indiana must list both spouses in lesbian marriages as parents on their children’s birth certificates, a federal judge ruled Thursday, and end what she called a “discriminatory” practice of listing only the birth mother.
KS: Blue Door Project opens to foster youth
The Leaven – July 01, 2016
When completed, the Blue Door will have bedrooms for eight boys on the lower level and eight girls on the upper level. And the program will be able to support itself financially.
LA: Children with incarcerated parents face challenges (Includes video)
KATC – June 30, 2016
With more than 90-thousand Louisiana children facing life without one or both parents because of incarceration, the likelihood of them following in those parents footsteps is substantially higher.
LA: Zurik: The Jindal effect takes a huge toll at DCFS (Includes video)
WVUE – June 30, 2016
Hrabovsky has seen directly the impact of state budget cuts over the past eight years on Louisiana’s foster care program.
MI: Heroin addiction requires comprehensive action (Opinion)
The Daily Reporter – June 30, 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.
MO: New law may reduce school transfers for kids in foster care (Includes video)
KMBC – June 30, 2016
Children in foster care move frequently. Martha Gershun, of Jackson County’s Court Appointed Children’s Advocates, said there’s a lot of reasons for that.
NJ: Reunification Day honors parents who got right, got kids back
Northjersey.com – July 01, 2016
On Thursday, Perez and her 5-year-old daughter were among nine families in New Jersey honored at Family Reunification Day, an annual event sponsored by the legal advocates who represent parents who have lost custody after allegations of abuse or neglect.
NY: Meet the Collective That’s Connecting LGBTQ Foster Youth With the Arts
Observer – June 30, 2016
“Aside from finding your voice, the arts is a thing that allows you to be your own individual,” Shuffle Along actor Britton Smith, one fourth of the Lost collective that’s working to bring this feeling to LGBTQ youth in the foster system, told the Observer.
PA: York County child welfare agency receives fourth downgraded license (Includes video)
PennLive – June 30, 2016
York County’s child welfare agency has received its fourth provisional license from the state.
TN: Fetal assault law to end July 1 (Includes video)
WVLT – June 30, 2016
On July first, the sun will set on Tennessee’s fetal assault law. No longer will pregnant women addicted to drugs go to jail for giving birth to drug addicted babies.
TX: Special Report: Fostering a Dream (Includes video)
Kiiitv News – July 01, 2016
Abandoned, neglected, abused – for children in foster care, having a safe home to live in is more than just a beacon of hope; it’s life saving. The reality is there are not enough homes. Thousands of children and teens are waiting for someone like you to open their homes to them.
TX: Child Protective Services ends talk of pay hike for managers
Statesman – June 30, 2016
Texas child welfare officials are backing away from an earlier proposal to increase pay for top managers to at least $100,000 at a time the agency is seeing high turnover among caseworkers who receive modest pay for heavy workloads.
US: I Won’t Let My Kids Watch ‘Finding Dory,’ But You Should (Opinion)
The Federalist – July 01, 2016
I will not, however, let my foster children see this movie, and if you are a foster or adoptive parent I highly recommend you have a frank discussion with your children about some important topics broached in the movie.
US: $90,000 Scholarship Awarded Lubbock Woman, Estacado High Grad (Press release)
Everything Lubbock – June 30, 2016
The Family Fellowship awards $90,000 to 15 young adults who are or have been in foster care, nationwide. For more than 137 years, Buckner Children and Family Services has been transforming lives through hands-on ministry, serving the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life. Buckner is one of the oldest faith-based social service organizations of its kind, serving people each year in the United States and worldwide.
US: Foster Youth Voices Rise Above the Fray
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 30, 2016
Earlier this month, Foster Youth in Action, a national foster youth advocacy organization, hosted its inaugural “Voices Rising” webinar, an online presentation during which young people in the foster care system share their stories about action and organizing.
US: Richard Wexler: Family First Act Institutionalizes Institutions, Sets Up Prevention to Fail (Opinion)
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 30, 2016
In some respects, discussed below, the bill is an improvement over previous versions, and I’m sure those who worked so hard to craft this legislation meant well. But mostly, the Family First Act proposes to solve the problems of child welfare by throwing paperwork at them.
US: We are Failing our Children: Addressing Homelessness among System-Involved Youth (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – June 30, 2016
This spring, the federal Administration for Children and Families released data from interviews with hundreds of homeless youth age 14-21 from across the country. Researchers reported that nearly 40% of these youth had lived in a foster care setting, and almost 44% had been in a juvenile detention center, jail, or prison. Few advocates who work with or on behalf of youth who’ve been involved in the juvenile justice or foster care system were likely surprised by these statistics-foster care, justice-system involvement, and homelessness are a revolving door for too many children and young people in this country.
US: Removing Barriers to Everyday Experiences: Normalcy and Foster Care
Annie E. Casey Foundation – June 23, 2016
Youth in foster care often cannot attend a sleepover unless the friend’s family undergoes a background check. They cannot play on a sports team because of the liability associated with potential injuries. Some child welfare systems even require court approval for a hairstyle change. These typical experiences, which range from working a summer job to joining the school band and getting a driver’s license, are often out of reach for young people in foster care because such factors as restrictive child welfare policies designed to keep children safe, frequent placement moves, and the lack of funds and transportation. Information Gateway Resource: Normalcy for Youth in Foster Care: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/resources-foster-families/parenting/normalcy/
US: Study: Foster Youth Fare Better When They Receive Care Until 21
Annie E. Casey Foundation – June 09, 2016
Youth who remained in foster care until age 19 were more likely to have a place to live, were enrolled in school and had health insurance when compared to their peers who were no longer in state custody, according to recently released findings from researchers at Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. Recent Reports: http://www.chapinhall.org/research/report/findings-california-youth-transitions-adulthood-study-calyouth and https://ddd.uab.cat/pub/estudis/2016/158016/2016-05-26_summary_report.pdf
Canada: Ontario unveils $72-million plan to fight human trafficking
The Globe and Mail – June 30, 2016
The Ontario government will spend up to $72-million over four years in a new anti-trafficking strategy, with support for indigenous-led approaches to tackling the issue as one of its priorities.
Malawi: Salima Police Warn Child Rights Violators
Malawi News Agency – June 30, 2016
Police in Salima say they will not spare anyone breaching children’s right to education by forcing them into marriage.
New Zealand: Success rate of adopted family re-unions put at risk (Press release)
Scoop Independent News – July 01, 2016
A New Zealand private investigator is warning that the involvement of well-meaning enthusiasts and entrepreneurs who try to reunite birth families – as a result of recent publicity and TV programmes – is doing more damage than good.
NBC New York
Connecticut police investigating the death of a 2-month-old girl who had trouble breathing at a day care say she was killed from trauma to the head.
Stamford police looking into death of New Canaan baby – Norwalk Advocate
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The Wellsboro Gazette
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Tioga County Woman Facing Charges in Her Baby’s Death – PA home page
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She told 5 live’s Mark Hutchings that dealing with the baby’s death on duty brought … For me it triggered everything back to me nearly losing my child.
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Cumbria’s top police officer has issued a heartfelt apology after admitting an investigation into the death of a baby girl was flawed. Chief Constable …
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Woman and baby dead after falling from Melbourne balcony – Yahoo7 News
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Charges upgraded for man in Cherokee County newborn’s death – FOX 5 Atlanta
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OKLAHOMA CITY -. There are no words to describe the pain and horror that friends and family are feeling right now over the death of 8-month-old …
|Mother fit to stand trial over baby death
A Sydney court has found a woman fit to stand trial for the alleged murder of her six-month-old baby in 2010.
|Suspect in Baby’s Death Ruled Competent to Stand Trial – Week in Review
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|Police arrest new suspect in Boscobel death investigation of baby girl
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|Report credited for quick response to baby death
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Marc Palmer of Missoula has been arrested on a charge of deliberate homicide for allegedly harming an infant, causing the baby’s death. According to …
Montana man arrested for child’s death – KTVQ Billings News
Man arrested for infant’s death (UPDATE) – ABC FOX Montana News
25-year-old Missoula man charged with killing infant – Billings Gazette
Family members of the baby boy who died in Saskatoon over the weekend says they did not know the 16-year-old girl accused in his death, and just …
Radio New Zealand
The Health and Disability Commissioner has reviewed the 2014 case, in which a 32-year-old woman’s baby was stillborn. Anthony Hill found the …
Niklaus Booska, 27, was charged with felony murder and aggravated child abuse, but the jury convicted him on lesser charges of aggravated …
Christopher Foster, who was convicted in the beating death of his infant son Jonathan Hertzler in 2011, appears in state Supreme Court for his …
WS. MEGAN: THAT IS A NIGHTMARE FOR THAT WOMAN. ROSS, THANK YOU. A GRENADA COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTED A DAD ACCUSED …
Miss. man charged with manslaughter after baby died in hot car – New York Daily News
The infant was taken to Marion General Hospital and then flown by Lifeflight to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, where he died on June 19 …
Port City Daily
The infant son of 36-year-old Nancy T. Byrd-Wilkins was found dead in his rear-facing car seat in the row behind the driver’s seat of her SUV when she …
DA: Mom in hot car death will not be charged… – WWAY NewsChannel 3
|Grandma suggests daughter had role in baby’s death, tape reveals
In a tape played in court Wednesday, July 6, 2016, the child’s grandmother suggested her daughter had a role in the boy’s death. (Credit: Ed Betz).
A baby who died after just nine days was failed by midwives who missed chances to spot and treat a serious infection, a disciplinary hearing has ruled.
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Man Accused of Murder of New Albany Baby … Category: Crime, Local News Tags: baby’s death, Friendsville, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, …
|terre haute man takes a plea deal in death of baby
Anthony Wilson of Terre Haute, accused of killing a baby, signed a deal to plead guilty to neglect of a dependent resulting in death. With the deal …
A doctor accused of not reporting suspected abuse of a child who was later killed cannot be sued for medical malpractice, a Marion County judge …
|Thousands learn to prevent child abuse
The News Journal
The foundation to combat child sexual abuse started by former Attorney General Beau Biden has trained more than 20,000 Delawareans in …
DCS assessed 239 child fatalities in state fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 to … In comparison, the agency substantiated child abuse or neglect in 49 …
The day before Vanmeter’s bench trial began last week, Ashley Barnhart pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree child abuse and was …
The Denver Post
Loveland detectives arrested a man who was out on parole Thursday after a 4-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with severe burns. According to a …
Man arrested, accused of child abuse in Loveland – Loveland Reporter-Herald
Child with severe burns hospitalized – 9NEWS.com
A man accused of murder was charged with child abuse in a separate case Tuesday. The child abuse occurred before the murder, court documents …
Vanmeter, 22, of Hancock is charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury and other offenses related to brain and other …
CLEVELAND – The Fox 8 I-Team has found a mother is sitting in a Cleveland jail and is under investigation for a serious case of child abuse.
The judge also reduced bond for Holifield, who is charged with two counts of aggravated assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child, …
Case of Texas teen accused of child abuse now in adult court – The Seattle Times
WXII The Triad
A man who served time for the death and sexual assault of an 18-month-old faces charges of abusing his own child, as does the toddler’s stepmother.
NC man previously imprisoned for child’s abuse, death is facing new charges – Winston-Salem Journal
|Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect
Maryland Department of Human Resources
All Maryland citizens should report suspected abuse or neglect to the local department of social services or to a local law enforcement agency.
|Man Busted for Alleged Child Abuse
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|Kids Count and Child Well-Being: A Blog from Janet Rosenzweig
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|Hannibal man pleads guilty for 2015 child abuse charges
Eugene Melton pleaded guilty Thursday in Shelby County Circuit Court for his 2015 child abuse charges.Melton was charged with a class B felony on …
|The President, the Campaign, and the Politics of Children
Prevent Child Abuse America
As we get closer to the election of our next President, we hope the winner will support the policies that deliver great childhoods to all children.
|Mother Is Charged With Child Abuse After Leaving Her Baby Locked In A Hot Car
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Deidra Nicole Williams, a 23-year-old mom from Alabama has been charged with willful child abuse after leaving her infant in a hot car when she went …
|Man In Jail On Domestic And Child Abuse Charges
Domestic and child abuse charges are being made against a man from Springfield.
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|Child Abuse Squad Arrest
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Child Abuse Squad detectives have charged a 50 year old Wungong man as a result of their investigation into alleged child sexual offences.
Two married Arizona TV reporters facing felony charges after cocaine was found in their infant daughter’s system are focused on “reuniting their family, …
Former beauty queen and TV news reporter Krystin Rae Lisaius has been charged with child abuse after breastfeeding her 4-month-old just 12 hours …
Oro Valley couple indicted after baby tests positive for cocaine – KVOA Tucson News
TV reporters charged after baby found with cocaine in system – Fox 2 Detroit
Before resigning, a former assistant state attorney said he and another employee informed his supervisors that elderly and child abuse cases were …
Susan J. Calloway Knowles is a licensed psychotherapist who has extensive experience working with at-risk children, former practicing Family Law …
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The number of child abuse and neglect complaints in South Carolina has increased by more than 13,000 in the past three …
Child abuse, neglect cases rise by 13000 in 3 years in SC – Spartanburg Herald Journal
Neglected Cases of Child Abuse Rise In SC – Abccolumbia.com
As charges have been filed against a 24-year-old Orcutt man for the murder of a 19-month-old girl, new light is being cast on child abuse in Santa …
AN OIL worker’s sickening collection of 14,676 pictures and videos of child abuse left detectives investigating the case needing counselling. Married …
Casper Star-Tribune Online
Man denies child abuse charge after spanking child with spoon … Campbell allegedly told authorities he had spanked the child with a wooden spoon …
Authorities said his father had admitted to abusing the infant and he was charged with homicide by child abuse. The mother was charged with unlawful …
|Williston woman, boyfriend sentenced on child abuse charges
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) – A Williston mother of four and her boyfriend have been sentenced on child abuse charges. The Williston Herald reports …
|Victims of child abuse need reassurance over inquiry
Victims of child abuse have waited a long time, and need reassurance that the inquiry will get back on track. Ross Greer MSP. Ross Greer MSP …
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
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|Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse
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As a clinical psychologist with expertise in psychological trauma, including due to child abuse and sexual assault, I have studied traumatic memories, …
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|Mega sporting events and child abuse
Mega sporting events and child abuse. Mega sporting events such as the Olympic Games or the FIFA World Cup attract global attention and …
|Australian man goes on trial in Indonesia in child abuse
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — The trial of an Australian man has begun in Indonesia on charges he sexually abused 16 girls on the tourist island of Bali in …
|Gering man arrested for negligent child abuse
A 29 year old Gering man has been charged with the negligent child abuse of a seven year old boy. Court documents say Gering Police responded to …
|Prevention, Pride, and Patriotism
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|Child Abuse Registry Law Takes Effect in Indiana, First of its Kind
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One of the laws that went into effect in Indiana Friday is Kirk’s Law. It requires the Indiana division of State Court Administration to create a registry of …
|Tri-State native’s book can help others cope with traumatic childhood
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Vanmeter is charged with first-degree child abuse resulted in severe physical injury, second-degree child abuse and first- and second-degree assault.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Kansas City, Missouri, man has been indicted on second-degree murder linked to a 15-month-old boy’s beating death.
Man charged with murder after death of 15-month-old child – KMBC Kansas City
Javonda Weeks was arrested on a misdemeanor charge Saturday, July 9, 2016, after authorities say she left her 7-month-old boy son in a hot car …
Dayton Daily News
A Madison Twp. man charged with murder in the beating death of a Madison … Bradley Young, who is also charged with felony child endangering and …
Debbie Medina, who’s running against state Sen. Martin Dilan in the primary this September, admitted to hitting her son with a belt as punishment …
|NEW: Cheyenne couple acquitted of child abuse charges
CHEYENNE – A local couple was acquitted of child abuse charges Tuesday … them of severely beating Tribby’s two biological children with a paddle.
CHEYENNE – A Laramie County District Court jury didn’t decide whether Jessie Tribby and Anna Mae Patterson were guilty of physical child abuse.
Evening Sun (subscription)
After investigation, it was found that Jenkins was in a physical altercation with his girlfriend while his two-year-old child witnessed the incident.
In what appear to be the desperate final acts of a dying dictatorship, police have been filmed beating people they suspect of protesting. Nobody is …
A man accused of severely beating his 3-year old son could soon be … Nathan McCrory a $100,000 bond on two charges of felony child abuse.
Aaron Jacob Vanmeter, 22, of Hancock is charged with first-degree child abuse and other offenses for injuries suffered by Dustin Barnhart on July 2, …
Knighten then punched the child so hard that the child’s head crushed a … that the 5-year-old was “lethargic and unable to speak” after the beating.
Belleview police believe that Daniels, who was the assistant director at West Family Day Care, hit the child with her shoe when he was throwing a …
A 2-year-old boy who wouldn’t sleep was beaten by a 35-year-old drunken man who broke his belt while allegedly striking the child, a court document …
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – A Flagler County man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated child abuse over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Liam Fee died at his home in east Scotland in March of 2014. He had sustained injuries similar to car crash victims, which caused his heart to rupture.
PHOENIX – Luis Geminiano Arredon is behind bars, accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend and killing his unborn child. Court paperwork says …
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Following a beating from his mother’s boyfriend in 2002, this 2009 video shows the progress of Hunter Leisenring. Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record.
However, it took violent means to stop him from stomping and slamming the 2-year-old child repeatedly into the ground in front of horrified witnesses.
|Child Abuse: Woman blinds 12-yr-old houseboy in Lagos
A wicked woman based in Lagos, has taken child abuse to another height by blinding her 12-year-old houseboy identified as Peter, New Telegraph …
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No foul play is suspected in the death of 3-year-old Camilo Juarez in … Amber Alerts are activated in the most serious child-abduction cases, the goal …
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten has called an inquest into the death of a 2-year-old boy who died three …
A Midland City mother charged with murder in the death of her toddler child in a speeding and drug-related wreck recently had her trial delayed for her …
Uniontown Herald Standard
State police are investigating the death, along with the coroner and district attorney. They did not release new information by Wednesday evening.
Police, coroner investigate Fayette child’s death – Uniontown Herald Standard
Police investigating death of 6-year-old child found in closet – WPXI Pittsburgh
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Years ago, Investigator Caleb Spence of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office was called out to Augusta Health where a girl, just a toddler, had died.
The child was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in a private vehicle; … An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the child’s death is ongoing; …
|Parents sue hotel over child’s death
Atlanta Journal Constitution
The child was rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite on April 23 after he nearly drowned, The … He died the following Wednesday.
A brawl in a hospital queue that ended with the death of a child has threatened to stir up new conflict between Albanians and Macedonians in the …
KTVQ Billings News
A Missoula man has been arrested on a possible charge of deliberate homicide for the death of a 5-month-old baby. Marc Palmer is scheduled to …
Police say a 2-year-old child died at the hospital, and a 15-month-old child … But right now, I was at the hospital where a two year old lay dead and a …
Two children shot in north Minneapolis; 2-year-old dead – Minneapolis Star Tribune
|Gary PD Investigating Child Death
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In Gary, police are investigating the death of a three-month old child. Gary Police report officers were called to the 800 block of East 36th Avenue at…
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|Breaking: Child Dies in Bush Hog Accident in Garland County
The Garland County Sheriff’s Office confirms a child was struck and killed by a large mower Sunday morning.
|Child died due to government forces shelling on Bab Al Maqam neighborhood in Aleppo city, July 11.
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The child Mohammad Jalal died in government warplanes missiles fired on Bab Al Maqam neighborhood in Aleppo city, causing a massacre, July 11 …
|Parents appeal conviction in child’s death
CALGARY – Two southern Alberta parents convicted of failing to get proper medical treatment for their son are appealing the court’s verdict.
|Guilty Verdict in Child’s Death
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Man guilty in death of Henderson Middle School student.
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One year later, her grief turned to anguish when she was arrested and charged with her daughter’s death, facing aggravated manslaughter.
Four young children were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in suburban Memphis on Friday, and police took their mother into custody …
Police are investigating the death of a child Friday afternoon at the Paloma’s Apartments on Lenox Avenue. Crime-scene tape is visitable around one …
MORE ON THE FOURTH OF JULY FORECAST COMING UP. COLIN: GOOD AFTERNOON, I’M COLIN LATE BREAKING NEWS, A HOMICIDE …
Jokes about child abduction by alligators and the Tic Toc Croc from Peter Pan are among a number of references removed by Disney World following …
My Twin Tiers.com
A Wyalusing couple accused in the death of their child hears their fate. According to our CNN affiliate WNEP – Ebed Delozier was sentenced in …
UNPASTEURISED milk was the probable cause of death of a three-year-old Victorian child who had no previous medical issues, a Coroner has heard …
An autopsy was scheduled Tuesday after a Park Ridge child died during a cheerleading camp at Maine South High School. The Cook County medical …
Shanika S. Minor, who was on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” fugitives list after being accused of killing a nine-months-pregnant Milwaukee woman and then …
|Following an Additional Child Fatality, IKEA Recalls 29 Million MALM and Other Models of Chests …
Consumer Product Safety Commission
IKEA also received 41 reports of tip-overs involving chests and dressers other than MALMs, resulting in the deaths of three children and 19 injuries to …
|Monitoring the Impact of Varicella Vaccination
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In 2014, 91% of children 19 to 35 months old in the United States had … In children and adolescents less than 20 years of age, varicella deaths …
|Police investigate death of child in Georgetown
GEORGETOWN, MA (WHDH) – Police are investigating the death of a child in Georgetown, according to the Essex County District Attorney. The child …
|Ikea To Recall 27 Million Dressers After Latest Child Death
Ikea To Recall 27 Million Dressers After Latest Child Death.
|Ikea recalls drawers after third child is killed
The death of another toddler after an Ikea drawer toppled over has led Ikea US to issue a recall for its Malm range of chest of drawers and wardrobes.
|Child Dies After Being Accidentally Run Over by Father Near Pincher Creek
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A tragic Canada Day weekend accident near Pincher Creek has resulted in the death of a young child. RCMP say it happened Thursday night (June …
|After Child Killed by Gator, Disney Makes Changes
Walt Disney World is making some changes in the wake of an alligator attack that killed a 2-year old boy at one of the company’s resorts, reports CBS …
Prosecutors did not file criminal charges in the vast majority of the child neglect cases listed in the state report, including drownings, carbon monoxide …
Hansen, 36, of 3626 Seymour Road, pleaded guilty recently in Eau Claire County Court to a felony count of neglecting a child causing bodily harm.
Elko Daily Free Press
ELKO — A Spring Creek woman was arrested for child neglect Saturday, after a complaint was made to authorities concerning her smoking marijuana …
A Cantonment woman is facing felony child neglect and drug charges after authorities say she was smoking marijuana and had cocaine and …
A Tulsa woman whose 2-year-old daughter died last summer while reportedly in the care of a 13-year-old relative pleaded guilty to a child neglect …
JAY – A Delaware County man charged with multiple counts of child abuse related charges received a suspended life sentence in exchange for …
Child neglect, on the other hand, can be far more difficult to detect, therefore it often goes unreported. As child neglect often precedes child abuse, …
Tahlequah Daily Press
Child neglect charges could be filed against a woman jailed this week when probation officers found her under the influence of methamphetamine.
David Adam Wilson, 35, and Katie Lynn Bennett, 23, were arrested on July 1 after a neighbor complained that they were repeatedly leaving their child …
A Kentucky mother faces child endangerment charges in Scott County after she allegedly drove recklessly into Scott County with two young children …
|Woman Charged With Neglect After Child Found With 10 Decaying Teeth
A mother from Westmoreland County is facing criminal charges for not getting dental care for her daughter; KDKA’s Ross Guidotti reports.
|Child Abuse or Neglect Arrests 7-12-16
Child Abuse or Neglect Arrests 7-12-16. A Spring Creek woman was jailed on numerous charges including child abuse and drug offenses. An Elko …
A Council Bluffs couple has been charged with child neglect after authorities said their three children tested positive for methamphetamine. The couple …
WESTMINISTER, SC (WSPA)- Two people are charged with Unlawful Neglect of a Child after deputies say a child tested positive for narcotics.
2 charged with child neglect in Oconee County – Anderson Independent Mail
Elko Daily Free Press
ELKO — Two Elko residents were arrested on child neglect charges after officers found evidence not conducive to an environment with children, which …
|Child neglect charges against 2 women dropped
LAKE WALES — The State Attorney’s Office has dropped child neglect charges against two women accused of leaving a 13-year-old special-needs …
|Port St. Lucie woman charged with child neglect
Adrienne Likes, 30, of the 300 block of Southwest Todd Avenue, was charged with child neglect without great bodily harm, possession of marijuana …
(WJHG/WECP) – A woman is facing multiple counts of child neglect for firing a gun with children in the next room. Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies …
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A man is facing multiple charges including child neglect after police said he was involved in a traffic accident while driving …
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
A Fort Wayne woman was charged Wednesday with neglect of a dependent for allegedly allowing an underage child to drink alcohol and smoke spice …
Campbell’s guilty plea to child neglect came in connection with a December 2012 incident when he was found intoxicated in a car in Parisppany with …
Former Morris County sheriff’s officer gets time served for child neglect – New Jersey Herald
|Platteville man given 3 years in prison on meth, child neglect charges
Dubuque Telegraph Herald
LANCASTER, Wis. — A Platteville man was sentenced last week to three years in prison for meth-related charges and child neglect. William R. Nida …
|Elko Felony Child Abuse or Neglect Arrests
Elko Felony Child Abuse or Neglect Arrests. Two people are jailed on suspicion of felony child abuse and neglect. Arrest reports indicate 24-year-old …
KFOX El Paso
Child trauma experts were on hand at the El Paso Children’s Guidance Center to help El Paso families and kids one day after the tragic event in Dallas …
From a murder site to the police station to court to a child rescue home, the trauma just does not seem to end for seven-year-old Sania. (HT Photo) …
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
New data show that fewer children are dying of head injuries inflicted during abuse, but researchers from the CDC’s National Center for Injury …
In a first-ever study to identify how trauma affects gene expression among child soldiers, a Duke researcher and colleagues found resilience to be a …
Avoiding the Sickening Effects of Stress – The Atlantic
KFOX El Paso
The news of the shooting in Dallas could be shocking for children to hear and see. Child trauma experts were on hand at the El Paso Children’s …
|Manchester police launch program to help children after trauma
Experts said exposure to trauma can cause attachment issues, including anxiety, depression and aggression, and it can affect children for years to …
La Crosse Tribune
I knew that would be it,” said Walker, who launched her Fostering Futures effort in 2011 to spread awareness about the effect of childhood trauma on …
legal Insurrection (blog)
The pro-abortion movement loves to highlight stories of women who chose to end the life of their unborn child. They trot those out these women as …
The Denver Post
A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of child abuse after an infant was taken to the hospital with severe head trauma. Caleb Collins called …
Inside the life of a hoarder: trauma, loneliness and the secret power of … my own childhood trauma, and I was surrounded by a house full of Things.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation focused on mental health training and research. MHFA Australia develops …
Illinois State Board of Education
Identify trauma-informed resources and supports available to … What is. Child. Trauma? The ChildTrauma Academy www.ChildTrauma.org. All rights …
And it is these child trauma cases that the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), together with Temasek Cares, aim to better support with an …
|Study: Adult issues likely stem from childhood trauma
The Daily Progress
Jamie Clancey talks about dealing with trauma while participating in a panel discussion at the State Theatre in Feburary. Clancey shared information …
Tucson News Now
A Mid-South mother accused of killing four of her children is now receiving … She said there is not just one answer for making sense of trauma.
Recent studies on the science behind intergenerational trauma — between Holocaust survivors and their children, for instance — have discovered …
|Childhood trauma in Pottstown can lead to future health challenges
PEAK is one of the organizations part of a Pottstown initiative to inform the community about the effects of traumatic childhood experiences such as …
|Kentucky Research Center Receives $400K to Study Child Brain Trauma and Sexual Assault
But one focus area for funding will be hospital education programs for traumatic brain injury in children, as violence to children rates are higher than …
At some point, any of us may experience some sort of trauma. For a child exposed to trauma, such as an accident or house fire, the result could be …
|Flashbacks of trauma can haunt children for years | Hyderabad NYOOOZ
Flashes of their parent’s gory deaths strike their mind and some children … If this is the case for an average man, one can imagine the trauma a child …
|Flashbacks of trauma can haunt children for years
The New Indian Express
If this is the case for an average man, one can imagine the trauma a child undergoes when he or she witnesses the violent death of a parent.
It is the fifth hospital to achieve such a ranking for children’s trauma care in Texas and the only one outside of Houston, Austin and Dallas. less.
Pediatric trauma center at University Hospital designated as Level 1 – KSAT San Antonio
The state Department of Human Services needs more foster families and volunteers. The application process varies county to county, but those …
AUSTIN – There are more than 16 hundred children in foster care in Central Texas. More than half are placed in homes hours away from their friends …
“We were fortunate that we lived in good foster homes,” he recalls. Those experiences helped pave the way to Brigham Young University and …
The state of Illinois is trying to make sure there are more foster parents … Foster Care” seminar to call attention to the need for foster homes for these …
Kitty Konnection is an all volunteer cat and kitten foster care and rescue network in the CSAR. This year, they have been accepted to complete the …
|Editorial: Foster children need real beds in real homes
To be sure, relocating these vulnerable children to group homes, foster homes or extended family members is delicate work that must ensure their …
Many of those children had to move out of the area because of a lack of foster homes and emergency shelters. From September 1 until now, 569 …
FOX 7 Austin
There is a shortage of foster parents in Texas. This had led to more than 180 children sleeping in state offices during the past two years. It’s a major …
Prevention funding for at-risk families could keep kids out of foster care – Dallas Morning News
Don’t Make Our Most Vulnerable Children Wait Longer! – Huffington Post
Lack of govt funds fosters a problem – Pune Mirror
|Faithful fuel rise in foster families
Claremore Daily Progress
Pastors across the state are urging their flocks to love their neighbors in a whole new way by opening their homes to foster children. Nearly 820 …
|Faithful fuel rise in Oklahoma foster families
OKLAHOMA CITY — Pastors across the state Of Oklahoma are urging their flocks to love their neighbors in a whole new way by opening their homes …
|Foster homes needed for puppies and dogs
Pibbles & More Animal Rescue is looking for loving foster homes for rescued puppies or adult dogs. The only requirements are that you provide food …
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|Foster Homes Needed for Rescue & Advocacy Organization
Love-A-Bull is in need of foster homes!! Love-A-Bull’s mission is to promote responsible guardianship and improve the image and lives of pit bull type …
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The goal of the program, called Rescue 100, is to provide 100 more licensed foster homes to meet the needs of abused and neglected children in the …
Tanya first went into foster care when she was 14. She bounced from foster home to foster home — first in San Antonio, then Brownwood, Early, …
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According to the Wisconsin Department of Children of Families, there are more than 7,000 children in need of foster parents in Wisconsin in any given …
AUSTIN (KXAN) — A crisis in Texas is highlighting the shortage of foster care families leading to a growing number of children left without homes.
La Crosse Tribune
Counties such as Vernon and La Crosse are seeing up uptick in the number of children needing to be placed in foster homes, as well as seeing the …
The agency’s goal is to add three to five new foster homes every year, Smith said. The agency tries to make the best match when placing children in …
|CYS looking for at least 58 additional foster families
“The majority of foster homes are not located here in Washington County,” said DeeDee Blosnich-Gooden, deputy director of Washington County CYS.
Juana Zacharias, 18, lives in a group home for foster children in Oxnard, Calif. She came out as transgender when she was 10; she entered the foster …
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|Knoxville in Need of Foster Families
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There is a shortage of foster homes in Marion County in general, but especially in Knoxville. Kai McGee with Iowa Kids Net tells KNIA/KRLS News the …
|Fewer families welcome foster children
Of the 96 orphan children residing in government homes in Chennai, only 8 … Officials claim that while it has been difficult to get foster families, the …
|In Need of Respite Foster Homes! $1500 Sign-On Bonus Available
Eagle Quest is currently seeking Foster Family Respite Homes. What is a respite home you ask? Respite homes provide temporary care for foster …
|Be a Guardian ad Litem
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Children who enter the foster care system are in need of caring adults to speak up for them in Family Court. The Guardian ad Litem is a strong child …
|Clark County CASA approved for two paid advocates for Children In Need cases
Indiana State statute requires that in Children in Need cases, either a CASA volunteer or staff member or guardian ad litem — a paid attorney — must …
Before someone is stripped of his right to be the boss of himself, a guardian ad litem looks at how well he or she functions and recommends to a judge …
As a result, Idaho law requires that a volunteer must be assigned as the GAL in a child abuse and neglect case for children under 12 years of age.
Indian Country Today Media Network
All who have been appointed to seek Lexi’s best interests—her court-appointed attorneys, guardian ad litem, social worker, the Department of …
The Seattle Times
He has worked in retail management for 15 years and is a volunteer guardian ad litem in Snohomish County. He has educated himself on the state’s …
Charleston Post Courier
“It’s like he was a totally different child,” said Doris Washington, a guardian ad litem who visited Elijah in both homes. “I couldn’t get a smile out of him.
|State appeals court upholds girl’s placement with relatives in high-profile Indian adoption case
And, the court says, Lexi has her own attorney and guardian ad litem, who believes placement in Utah is in Lexi’s best interests. All of this weighs …
|CASA opens office to meet “tremendous need”
Waynesville Daily Guide
“They will also write reports for the team (Children’s Division/Division of Social Services, Guardian ad Litem, juvenile officer, etc.), which is ultimately …
SCSO Sgt. Carrillo originally met Aiden and his Guardian Ad Litem at the gas station when Carrillo wanted to present the boy with a coupon for a free …
|Ag museum director job added to county roster
Daytona Beach News-Journal
But Coffey said a truer comparison would be to that of the guardian ad litem program located in the Government Services Building. “I don’t provide any …
Margie McWilliams works in Juneau as a guardian ad litem — or advocate — and is concerned. “It impacts the children I advocate for, just because …
The News Journal
… Bar Association, and volunteers with the District of Delaware Federal Civil Panel and as a guardian ad litem with the Office of the Child Advocate.
|Attorney volunteers time for clients in need
Sargent’s law practice focuses on his work as a contract attorney, providing legal representation to parents and guardian ad litem services to children …
|A voice for those who can’t speak for themselves
There are thousands of volunteers helping abused and neglected children in the Florida court system through the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) advocacy …
She also has served as a Guardian ad Litem as a voice for children in the court system. She says this has given her a more compassionate view of …
“I’ve volunteered in schools and with sports teams,” she said. “I’m also an attorney, so I’ve served as guardian ad litem protecting the interests of kids.
Housed at the new complex would be criminal courts, the clerk of the court, the state attorney, the public defender, the guardian ad litem program, …
|New court program may be launched, County seeking grant for domestic violence court
Lincoln County Journal
… coordinator, a victim advocate, a part-time investigator, and a guardian ad litem, responsible for providing counseling and support to the victims.
New Jersey Hills
… Rachel Farrington and her cousins, with the support of the HSWC, obtained a court-appointed guardian ad litem for the cemetery and met the church …
Florida Politics (blog)
She also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem. She joins the consulting team of Rubin, Heather Turnbull, Chris Finkbeiner and Melissa Akeson. Bisceglia …
All who have been appointed to seek Lexi’s best interests – her court-appointed attorneys, guardian ad litem, social worker, the Department of …
Van Buren Press Argus-Courier
The National CASA Association is a network of 955 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that recruit, train and support volunteer advocates in 49 …
He was accompanied to the hearing by his guardian ad litem and his parents. At the end of the hearing, he issued a direct apology to the victim.
He is also a court appointed guardian ad litem with the Wayne County Probate Court. At the tender age of 41, he is now pursuing a different part of the …
Counsel for the boy’s independent voice in court or Guardian ad Litem (GAL), Catherine McLoone BL said that the GAL believed that other therapies …
|Concerned for our country
Tampa Bay Newspapers
Today, I am a board member of Guardian Ad Litem Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Eckerd Kids Board, Gulf Beaches Rotary Club and others, …
Mr. Short moved to approve the MOU between the State of WY, WY Guardian Ad Litem Program, State Public Defender and Converse County, WY …
|How to Work with GALs and Parenting Evaluators
A GAL may be a lawyer, social worker, or psychologist, or community volunteer (Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA). The judge may appoint …
|Guardian ad Litem
Derr Law Firm
Christine L. Derr has devoted a portion of her practice to Guardian ad Litem services since 2011. She has served as a private Guardian ad Litem in …
Florida’s 7th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program
Florida’s 7th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program. Facebook Twitter RSS. Skip to content. HOME · RESOURCE CENTER · OPTIMA · I am for the …
|county volunteer guardian ad litem
As a County volunteer guardian ad–Litem, I have come to know second and third generation families of under-treated traumatized children with drug …
|How do I get a guardian ad litem for my step child?
A guardian ad litem is only appointed if there is a pending lawsuit involving the child, and only in certain circumstances. If there is a lawsuit pending …
|Can a guardian ad litem be dismissed from a case due to conflict of interest?
My husband has two children from his first marriage, girls ages 7 and 8. A few months ago, we learned that his ex was living with a registered sex …
|What to Do if Your Ex- Lies to a Guardian ad Litem
Legal Help for Child Custody, Support and Visitation – Modification of Custody: What to Do if Your Ex- Lies to a Guardian ad Litem. Illinois, where the …
Guardian ad Litem does not accept online applications. To apply, submit a completed state of Florida application by mail or fax to:Guardian ad Litem3 …
|Guardian ad Litem Profile: Pam McCormick
For years I have been interested in the Guardian ad Litem program as I have worked with children in church and community all of my adult…
|Ana L. Donato v. Carolyn W. Colvin
REQUEST to Proceed In Forma Pauperis, Declaration in Support filed by Petitioner ANA L. DONATO for Guardian Ad Litem of S.P.D., a minor. (Ruzin …
|6th Annual Guardian ad Litem Superhero 5k Run and Family Fun Event @ Blue Jacket Park
Grab your cape and lace up your running shoes! It’s time for the 6th Annual Guardian Ad Litem Superhero 5k. Bring the whole family out to Blue Jacket …
HEFLIN — A Cleburne County judge decided Tuesday there is enough evidence to proceed with a capital murder charge against a Georgia man …
Quad City Times
A 31-year-old man charged in connection with the death of an infant last year made his first court appearance Wednesday at the Rock Island County …
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — A 20-year-old Las Vegas woman charged in the July 6 death of her newborn hid her pregnancy from her family, …
“I bet almost 100 percent of women who have a miscarriage or a later infant death feel a sense of guilt and shame and blame, at some point,” Ilse said.
|Investigators should know cause of infant death today, authorities say
An autopsy of an infant whose mother found the child unresponsive in a car seat while driving from Durham to Fayetteville should be completed today, …
Dubuque Telegraph Herald
BOSCOBEL, Wis. — The Grant County Sheriff’s Department reported a Boscobel woman has been apprehended in the death of a 3½-month-old girl.
Man arrested in infant’s death – Swnews4u
Boscobel woman arrested in infant death – Wisconsin Radio Network
|Lower infant death target slammed
New Zealand Herald
A Maori health target for sudden infant death was lowered by Government officials because it was too difficult to achieve – even though Maori babies …
New Haven Register
STAMFORD >> The death of 2-month-old girl who was found unresponsive at … on Tuesday afternoon for a report of a baby having trouble breathing.
Police: Infant’s death ruled a homicide – Washington Times
Police: Infant’s death ruled a homicide – Clay Center Dispatch
Police Investigate Death Of Infant – CBS Local
Murder suspect Robert Brewer Jr. made an initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon in connection with the death of his infant stepson.
A Boscobel woman has been charged with homicide in the death of a three-month-old child, and Grant County Sheriff’s officials say she confessed …
Boscobel mother charged in baby’s death – Dubuque Telegraph Herald
|Investigators should know cause of infant death today, authorities say
An autopsy of an infant whose mother found the child unresponsive in a car seat while driving from Durham to Fayetteville should be completed today, …
|Death of Nunavut infant investigated
Two separate investigations are underway into the death of an infant at a nursing station in a remote Nunavut hamlet.
|Grant County woman charged in infant’s death
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BOSCOBEL, Wis.- A Grant County woman has been charged in the death of a three-and-a-half month old infant in Boscobel. Authorities say 31 …
|Two reviews launched into death of Nunavut infant
IQALUIT, Nunavut — Two separate investigations are underway into the death of an infant who was in the care of staff at a nursing station in a remote …
|Investigators await results of autopsy to determine cause of infant’s death
Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine what caused the Monday death of an infant, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office …
|Sheriff’s Office investigating death of infant
Sheriff’s Office investigating death of infant. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an infant’s death that occurred Monday afternoon.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo common council members are now calling for a crackdown on speeding in this area following the death of Nyree …
The father of a 5-month-old child who is charged with her death faced a … Both sides debated in court about how the bruises got on the infant and if …
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
RAPID CITY — Authorities say don’t suspect foul play in the death of infant that was found behind a Rapid City motel. Rapid City police spokesman …
Police don’t suspect foul play in Rapid City infant death – Hastings Tribune
Police don’t suspect foul play in Rapid City infant death – Sioux City Journal
Stillborn infant’s body found behind Rapid City motel – Rapid City Journal
|Death of baby ruled as sudden unexplained infant death
The Bakersfield Californian
The death of a 3-month-old has been ruled as sudden unexplained infant death and the manner is undetermined, according to the coroner’s office.
Hundreds of baby boxes are being given out in a London hospital to new parents in a trial to reduce baby death in cribs. The idea of the baby boxes …
Putting babies in boxes thought to reduce cot death – New Zealand Herald
Finland says these cardboard boxes save babies‘ lives — now they’re coming to the UK – Business Insider UK
Why The UK Started Giving Out Those Amazing Baby Boxes – Huffington Post
Investigators say the infant was injured when officers found him Sunday morning at a home … The death marks Saskatoon’s ninth homicide of the year.
Saskatoon police treating death of infant boy as homicide – Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Murder charge laid in infant’s death – BlackburnNews.com
‘Let there be justice served’: Grandfather of infant killed in Saskatoon speaks out – News Talk 650 CKOM
ABC FOX Montana News
The infant was transported to St. Patrick Hospital, where he was … This evidence launched an investigation in the infant’s death and possible murder.
Missoula man charged with deliberate homicide in baby’s death – KRTV Great Falls News
25-year-old Missoula man charged with killing infant – The Missoulian
MARION – A Marion County grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Tequila Mannering, previously charged in Municipal Court with …
The 16-year-old girl accused of killing a six-week-old boy had never met the infant’s family but was still invited to a family home out of sympathy, …
SASKATOON – Saskatoon police knew the potential location of a teen who escaped custody roughly 15 hours before she is alleged to have killed …