KARA tracks current news about at risk children bringing transparency and  attention to our youngest and most vulnerable  citizens.  Please note that what you see here is only a sampling of what should be reported –  the great majority of child trauma & abuse never gets reported.

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Infant’s death at day care investigated as homicide; high levels of Benadryl found in blood

Fox News

Authorities in Connecticut are investigating the death of a 4-month-old boy at an unlicensed day care as a homicide after medical inspectors working …

Autopsy rules infant’s death murder over Benadryl levels – CBS News

Infant Daycare Death Ruled As Homicide Due To High Levels Of Benadryl In Blood – The Inquisitr

Death of 4-month-old baby with Benadryl intoxication ruled a homicide – WNCN

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Palm Beach Post

12-year-old arrested in infant’s death expected in court today

Palm Beach Post

WEST PALM BEACH — A 12-year-old boy who authorities say confessed to smothering a baby in December may appear in juvenile court today.

12-Year Old Charged With Manslaughter In Infant’s Death – CBS Local

12-year-old arrested for smothering infant to death with pillow – WPEC

Report: Boy, 12, charged in death of 4-month-old – Sun Sentinel

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10TV

Autopsy rules infant’s death murder over Benadryl levels

10TV

The death of a 4-month-old baby at an unlicensed home daycare in Connecticut has been ruled a homicide after toxicology reports found high levels …

4-Month-Old Baby Killed by Benadryl at Daycare – KABC

It’s easy for infants to OD on over-the-counter meds – Danbury News Times

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Anniston Star

Bond denied for man charged in Cleburne County infant’s death

Anniston Star

HEFLIN – A Georgia man charged with capital murder and child abuse in the death of a 7-month-old Cleburne County baby will remain in jail, …

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NT News

Infant’s death at Tennant Creek a mystery

NT News

A BABY girl in poor health her entire short life and known to the Department of Children and Families mysteriously died at home in Tennant Creek.

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NBC4i.com

Two arrested after Marion baby’s death ruled a homicide

NBC4i.com

MARION, Ohio (WCMH) – A 10-week old baby is dead and the parents are in jail, accused of child endangering. Tyler Sprow, 22, and Brittany Oliphant …

Two arrested in infant’s death – Marion Star

Marion couple arrested after death of their infant daughter – Columbus Dispatch

Two people arrested for death of Marion infant – ABC6OnYourSide.com

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WMFD.com

Grand Jury to Decide Charges in Infant’s Death

WMFD.com

MARION, OH- A grand jury will decide charges in the case of a Marion infant’s death. The parents of the two-month-old baby girl are being held in the …

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Columbus Police investigate infant death

WLTZ 38 NBC

COLUMBUS, GA – Columbus Police say they’re investigating the death of an 6-week-old boy. Police say the infant was found Saturday unresponsive …

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Merced Sun-Star

Trial set for Gustine man charged with infant’s death

Merced Sun-Star

Sanchez was arrested in July 2015, about four months after the infant died. According to reports filed by Merced County sheriff’s detectives, Sanchez …

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Mother And Father Convicted Of Manslaughter In Infant’s Death

5newsonline.com

The child’s father, Austin Moss, was convicted of manslaughter in the boy’s death on July 14. Austin moss pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in …

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Infant’s death at day care investigated as homicide; high levels of Benadryl found in blood

Fox Bangor

Infant’s death at day care investigated as homicide; high levels of Benadryl found in blood – National News Authorities in Connecticut are investigating …

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Death of infant with Benadryl intoxication ruled a homicide

MSN.com

His death was initially ruled an accident from Sudden Infant Death … 4-month-old’s death ruled a homicide after high amounts of Benadryl found in …

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Death of infant with Benadryl intoxication ruled a homicide

MSN.com

The death of a 4-month-old baby at an unlicensed home day care in Connecticut has been ruled a homicide after toxicology reports found high levels …

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Carroll County Times

Westminster man acquited of two child neglect counts on first day of trial

Carroll County Times

A Westminster man has been acquitted on two of five counts of child neglect after the first day of his jury trial. William Robert Updike, 38, of the 1600 …

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The Register-Guard

Springfield man charged with two cases of child neglect

The Register-Guard

SPRINGFIELD — A 26-year-old Springfield man was charged late Sunday afternoon with second-degree child neglect approximately seven hours …

Stepfather Accused of Child Neglect – KEZI TV

Man arraigned in Springfield child neglect case; boy’s mother wants son back – The Register-Guard

Springfield man charged with child neglect, 7 hours after young boy is found unattended, shirtless … – The Register-Guard

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WBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SC

Mother charged with child neglect after 2-year-old tests positive for amphetamines

WBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SC

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Police were called to Grand Strand Medical Center after a 2-year-old from Indiana tested positive for …

Mom charged after 2-year-old child tests positive for amphetamines – WNCN

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WTHITV.com

Mother involved in Clinton child neglect case sentenced to 64 years

WTHITV.com

VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The mother who was arrested in connection with a child neglect case in Clinton was sentenced on Thursday.

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WEAR

Florida woman arrested for DUI, child neglect charges

WEAR

(WEAR) — A woman has been arrested and received DUI and child neglect charges after crashing her car into a guard rail while driving on the wrong …

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KFYR-TV

Bismarck woman arrested for child neglect after 4 children found in unlivable condition

KFYR-TV

BISMARCK, N.D. – Bismarck Police say a 30-year-old Bismarck woman was arrested for child neglect after an officer found four children in unlivable …

Residence declared unlivable, woman arrested for child neglect – Bismarck Tribune

Woman Arrested After Kids Found in Unlivable Home – KXNet.com

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KXII-TV

DA to press charges against Healdton couple for child neglect

KXII-TV

DA to press charges against Healdton couple for child neglect … says they will be filing charges against a Healdton couple accused of child neglect.

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azcentral.com

Arizona mother of baby left in hot van will face neglect charge

azcentral.com

An Arizona woman who left her infant locked in a hot van in a Mississippi store parking lot will face a charge of child neglect, police said Monday.

Arizona mother faces charges after leaving baby in car at Clinton Walmart – WJTV

Mother who left baby in minivan arrested – KFDA

Clinton police: Woman arrested for leaving child in hot van – Jackson Clarion Ledger

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Man charged with child neglect, DUI

The Logan Banner

 

 

 

LOGAN, W.Va. — A Ferrellsburg man was charged with DUI and child neglect creating risk of injury following a near crash with a Logan County …

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Sex, drugs and child neglect: 5 arrested in Henrico

wtvr.com

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Five people were arrested and charged with a variety of sex and drug crimes after police responded to an online ad that …

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NCANDS

Administration for Children and Families – HHS.gov

The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) is a voluntary data collection system that gathers information from all 50 states, the …

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Child Maltreatment

Administration for Children and Families – HHS.gov

… develops the annual Child Maltreatment reports, which include data provided by the states to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data Systems.

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The Advocate

Stamford day care license surrendered after baby death

The Advocate

A kiddie pool and some toys can be seen in the backyard of Little Bears Day Care, where a two-month old died last week. Stamford police ruled the …

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Health minister Jillian Skinner under pressure over Bankstown hospital’s baby death

The Sydney Morning Herald

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia’s annual health outlook lunch is one of Jillian Skinner’s favourite events on the calendar.

Family wants justice over NSW baby death – Sky News Australia

Death of baby at Bankstown-Lidcombe hospital exposes ‘gap’ in laws to compensate parents – The Sydney Morning Herald

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner says a “devastating” hospital error has left one baby dead. – Yahoo7 News

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Fox News

Infant’s death at day care investigated as homicide; high levels of Benadryl found in blood

Fox News

Authorities in Connecticut are investigating the death of a 4-month-old boy at an unlicensed day care as a homicide after medical inspectors working …

Autopsy rules infant’s death murder over Benadryl levels – CBS News

Death of 4-month-old baby with Benadryl intoxication ruled a homicide – WNCN

Death of infant with Benadryl intoxication in Fairfield ruled a homicide – theday.com

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OKC Police Investigate 5-Month-Old Baby’s Death As Homicide

news9.com KWTV

Oklahoma City police are investigating an infant’s death as a homicide. … When officers arrived, they learned that a small child, 5-month-old Zaaric …

Oklahoma City police investigating the death of a 5-month-old as a homicide – KOCO Oklahoma City

Death of 5-month-old Oklahoma City boy ruled a homicide – KOKH FOX25

Death of 5-month-old investigated as homicide – NewsOK.com

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Syracuse.com

DA: No charges to be filed against Rome cop whose baby died in his car

Syracuse.com

UTICA, NY – No charges will be filed against Rome police officer Mark Fanfarillo in the death of his baby son, who died after being left in his father’s car …

No charges for Rome Police Officer whose baby died after being left in car – CNYcentral.com

Rome police officer will not be charged in baby son’s death – WKTV

New York police officer not charged in death of 4-month-old son – New York Daily News

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NBC Connecticut

Day Care Owner Drops Fight to Keep License after Baby Death

NBC Connecticut

A Stamford woman has dropped a legal fight to keep her home day care license amid a police investigation into the death of a baby in her care.

Stamford day care owner drops fight to keep license after baby death – FOX 61

Connecticut Day Care Owner Drops Fight To Keep License After Baby Death – CBS Local

Stamford Day Care Drops License Fight After New Canaan Baby Death – Patch.com

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Preston’s baby death numbers shock

Lancashire Evening Post

DOZENS of babies born in Preston did not make their first birthday, … Between 2005 and 2014, 96 babies died before the age of one – 14 of those in …

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Father sentenced in baby’s death

The Lawton Constitution

According to court records, the infant’s death on Sept. 19, 2014, occurred when she was left sleeping in a bed with four other people. The child fell …

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Two arrested after Marion baby’s death ruled a homicide

NBC4i.com

MARION, OH (WCMH)–Two Marion residents have been arrested on child endangering charges after the death of a 2-month-old baby. The Marion …

Marion couple arrested after death of their infant daughter – Columbus Dispatch

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BBC News

Broxburn family unit baby death ‘suspicious’

BBC News

The death of a baby girl after an incident at a West Lothian homeless families’ unit in June is now being treated as suspicious by police.

Police treating death at Broxburn child-care unit as suspicious – Scotsman

Police treating death of baby girl after incident at homeless families’ unit as suspicious – Glasgow Evening Times

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Police probe baby death

Press Enterprise

SCOTT TWP. — State Police are investigating the death of a 7-month-old boy found unresponsive at his Lion’s Gate home here Saturday morning, …

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Baby death a ‘devastating error’: Skinner

MSN.com

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner says the death of a baby in a Sydney hospital will be investigated. Another baby remains in a critical condition …

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Investigation launched in SA after baby’s death in NSW hospital bungle

MSN.com

The same company linked to tragedy at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital in NSW is also responsible for gas supply to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

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Baby dead after Sydney hospital bungle

MSN.com

A newborn baby has died and another has been seriously affected after they were accidentally given the wrong gas at a Sydney hospital.

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Mother And Partner Found Guilty Of Charges Relating To Baby Death

Sunrise Radio

A mother and her partner have been found guilty by a jury of contributing to the death of a 13-month-old boy.

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Death of baby at West Lothian care unit treated as “suspicious”

Forth 1

The death of a 3 month old baby at a care unit in West Lothian is being … 3 month old Sophia Williams died at the council-run Strathbrock Family …

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LawNewz

Shame on You For Congratulating Mom in Viral Child Beating Video

LawNewz

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 4.27.00 PM The Facebook Live video of a Georgia mother beating her 16 year-old daughter went viral this week, …

Mom Beating Georgia Teen Goes Viralbut Hitting Kids Is No Way to Protect Them – Daily Beast

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CBS News

Officials investigate mom who livestreamed child’s beating

CBS News

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Police in Georgia have turned over to child welfare authorities the case of a mother who took over her daughter’s Facebook page …

Mother Posts Facebook Video of Her Brutally Beating Teen Daughter – The Root (blog)

Georgia mother live streams herself beating her daughter on Facebook over a photo – Daily Mail

Nia Green: 16-Year-Old Georgia Teen Violently Beaten And Berated By Mother On Facebook Live … – The Inquisitr

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PennLive.com

Woman charged with beating child in parking lot

PennLive.com

A Harrisburg woman has been charged with beating a child in a department store parking lot, Lower Paxton Township police said Friday. Police said …

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Mirror.co.uk

Mum Facebook Lives herself viciously beating daughter as shocked viewers label it ‘child abuse

Mirror.co.uk

A mum who believed her teenage daughter had started a sexual relationship in her house, decided to live stream herself beating her as punishment …

WESH Orlando

Titusville man arrested in child abuse case

WESH Orlando

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IS PERMISSIBLE IN FLORIDA BY A PARENT OF A MINOR CHILD, BUT THERE ARE LIMITS. ONE OF THE LIMITS IS …

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Police: Child’s video revealed stepfather’s abuse of sibling

Southeast Missourian

A child captured on video his stepfather beating his sibling, leading to the stepfather being arrested and charged with child abuse, according to Scott …

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Child at center of abuse case dies

The Alexander City Outlook

The infant at the center of a tragic child abuse case has died as a result of the injuries he suffered in that Dec. 25, 2014 beating. Gene McInvale …

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AL.com

Man, 58, arrested in 2015 belt-beating of Shelby County boy

AL.com

A second person has been arrested in connection with the reported belt-beating of a young boy in Shelby County. Percy Nelms, 58, was taken into …

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The Chronicle of Social Change

HHS Office of Minority Health Awards $2.8 Million Child Trauma Grant

The Chronicle of Social Change

The grants were made under the Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) program, which aims to develop and evaluate new approaches …

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Oroville district to talk childhood trauma

Oroville Mercury Register

Oroville >> With the goal of helping teachers help students, the Oroville City Elementary School District is hiring an expert in childhood trauma to come …

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Teacher Magazine

Childhood trauma in the classroom

Teacher Magazine

Mollie Tobin outlines research from neuroscience, psychology and education to highlight new understandings in childhood trauma research, and …

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VICE

How Childhood Trauma Can Contribute To Developing Cancer as an Adult

VICE

In 1998, Carol Redding’s life was in a tailspin. She’d just gone through a breakup and was starting to lose control after what felt like a lifelong battle …

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‘Ambassadors of Hope’ Trauma-sensitive schools understand the whole child

The Derby Informer

Kindergarten teacher Erica Nunemaker ripped down the clip chart she used for behavior management in her classroom. Children moved their clip up …

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Child unresponsive after drowing, expected to be airlifted to trauma center

VVdailypress.com

APPLE VALLEY — A child was expected to be airlifted to a local trauma center after drowning Wednesday morning, Apple Valley Fire Protection …

Child unresponsive after near drowning in Apple Valley, expected to be airlifted to trauma center – VVdailypress.com

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Study shows physicians accept shaken baby syndrome, abusive head trauma as valid diagnoses

News-Medical.net

Survey data reveals a high degree of medical consensus that shaking a young child is capable of producing subdural hematoma (a life-threatening …

Shaken baby syndrome IS a real cause of death: 90 per cent of doctors believe shaking can flood … – Daily Mail

Shaken baby syndrome accepted as diagnosis by majority of physicians – Science Daily

Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Child May Sustain Life-threatening Injuries- Study – Health Newsline

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AAP News

Treating Children Like Children: Management of Pediatric Trauma

AAP News

The saying “children are not just little adults” may be most relevant to the care of the injured child. Injuries account for more deaths among children …

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Children’s Minnesota Trauma Center Receives Level I Re-verification Status from the American …

PR Newswire (press release)

MINNEAPOLIS, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The UnitedHealthcare® Pediatric Emergency Department and Level I Trauma Center at Children’s …

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Study looks at childhood trauma’s impact in Iowa

Business Record

A new report released by the Central Iowa ACEs Coalition provides more detailed evidence that a majority of Iowa adults have experienced childhood …

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Child Trauma Research Program

UCSF Department of Psychiatry – University of California, San Francisco

The Child Trauma Research Program is nationally recognized for its leadership in developing effective, family-centered interventions for children aged …

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WILX-TV

Facebook video leads to child abuse arrest in Kentucky

WILX-TV

The abuse was caught on a cell phone camera, showing suspects Marsha Gray, 41, and Suzanna Gray, 24, abusing the special needs child. Suzanna …

Women arrested after child abuse video ends up on Facebook – KXAN.com

Facebook video leads to child abuse arrest – KTAL

Facebook video leads to child abuse arrest – wwlp.com

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Deutsche Welle

Report: Key Vatican aide investigated for child abuse

Deutsche Welle

Australian police are investigating Vatican finance chief George Pell over sexual abuse allegations, according to the Australian national broadcaster …

Cardinal George Pell denies child abuse claims – BBC News

Pope aide investigated over child abuse claims: Australia – The Local.it

Cardinal George Pell denies child abuse claims – BBC News

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Faces of Innocents: Police could start paying for child abuse tip-offs

Taranaki Daily News

Sainsbury said police would need to be careful that axe-grinding agendas might motivate some child abuse tip-offs, as sometimes happened with …

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The Inquisitr

Four Adults Arrested In Horrific Child Abuse Case Involving Stun Gun: ‘This Was Torture,’ Says Sheriff

The Inquisitr

Four adults have been arrested in wake of recent child abuse allegations, including the claim that a stun gun was used as a method of discipline …

2 men accused of using stun gun on 7 kids – The Ledger

Polk County Sheriff’s Office charges 4 with child abuse, says stun gun used to discipline children – The Ledger

Four arrested in Florida for using stun guns to discipline children – Fox News

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KARK

Child Abuse Numbers Rise in Washington County

KARK

The CSC is a child advocacy center that handles child abuse cases in Washington County. Fisher says the center sees primarily priority one cases.

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TWC News

Anonymous Tip Leads to Child Abuse Arrests

TWC News

Police arrested Felipe and Melissa Gonzalez-Guzman last week and charged them with 15 counts felony child abuse. According to the search …

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Noble day care operator accused of child abuse, baby on life support at hospital

KOCO Oklahoma City

NOBLE, Okla. —A Noble in-home day care operator has been arrested and accused of child abuse. Noble police responded Tuesday to the report of …

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KMBC Kansas City

Man charged with attempted murder, child abuse after baby found in trash

KMBC Kansas City

LAWRENCE, Kan. —A 27-year-old man will face attempted murder and child abuse charges after he allegedly left his 6-month-old step-daughter in …

Stepfather Arrested And Charged With Attempted Murder, Child Abuse After 6-Month-Old Baby Girl … – The Inquisitr

Police arrest man after baby found in Lawrence dumpster – KWCH

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Lake Geneva Regional News

Donahues sentenced in child abuse case

Lake Geneva Regional News

She explained that the abuse her children had suffered had left them “scarred for life.” She also said that she believed that Carrie had manipulated …

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KHA receives child abuse prevention grant

Kokomo Tribune

The Kokomo Housing Authority was recently awarded $17,250 in child abuse prevention funds to assist at-risk families through the Indiana …

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NCANDS

Administration for Children and Families – HHS.gov

The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) is a voluntary data collection system that gathers information from all 50 states, the …

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Child Maltreatment

Administration for Children and Families – HHS.gov

The Children’s Bureau develops the annual Child Maltreatment reports, which include data provided by the states to the National Child Abuse and …

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Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect

Gov.uk

introduction of mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect or an … which focuses on taking appropriate action in relation to child abuse and …

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NoKidding. Stop Child Abuse.

Vimeo

Small kind gestures to children can mean the world to them. Whe hang Balloons just so that children couldn’t reach for them. Hereby we created a kind …

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INSPIRE: Seven Strategies from the World Health Organization

Prevent Child Abuse America

The World Health Organization recently teamed up with ten international agencies to discuss ending child abuse. Here’s how their ideas “inspire” us.

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Drug abuse is often a key factor in child abuse cases in West Vi

WOWK

Shocking cases of suspected abuse and neglect have left many people in disbelief over the last few days in West Virginia. Two children from different …

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Cumberland man arrested in child abuse case

Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND — A 28-year-old Cumberland man was arrested on child abuse and assault charges Monday after an 8-year-old boy arrived at the …

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Childabuse

850 WFTL

Four Arrested After Using Stun Gun on Kids. Two Florida men and two women have been arrested and charged with child abuse, after […] …

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Help Anna Chelle put an end to child abuse!

YouCaring

My mother and I were abused when I was a child by my biological father. I didn’t realize it was abuse ’till after my mother divorced him, we moved, and …

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Bullying, Nutrition & Bikers Against Child Abuse

101.5 LITE FM Radio, Miami

In segment 2, Gayle speaks with Chopper Bob, chapter president of Bikers Against Child Abuse, about protecting victims from their homes to the …

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Jezebel

A Ring of Scammers Is Trolling Adoption Websites and Duping Desperate Couples

Jezebel

South Carolina’s Post and Courier has a bizarre and heartbreaking story today about adoption scammers, who are tricking desperate childless …

Can I trust you? – Charleston Post Courier

Women Scammed Into Adopting Fake Babies – Opposing Views

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OregonLive.com

Oregon Youth Authority in ‘desperate need’ of foster homes for young offenders

OregonLive.com

The agency tasked with housing young criminal offenders said it was in “desperate need” of foster homes for three transgender youth in its custody.

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WGME

State calls for more foster homes to meet growing need

WGME

ORONO, Maine (BDN) — Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew and local foster parents gathered Thursday …

State encouraging foster families – Lewiston Sun Journal

State: Drug crisis fueling foster care demand – Lexington Herald Leader

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Bangor Daily News

State calls for more foster homes to meet growing need

Bangor Daily News

ORONO, Maine — Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew and local foster parents gathered Thursday at …

State Seeks More Foster Families, Citing Drug Abuse in Parents – Maine Public Broadcasting

Need for Foster Parents Rises As Drug Epidemic Grows – WABI

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KFDA

Shortage of foster parents leaves children homeless

KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) – A shortage of foster parents has hundreds of children without a place to call home. About 16,000 children are in foster care in …

Black in Foster Care – The Chronicle of Social Change

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Orillia Packet & Times

Foster families needed

Orillia Packet & Times

If children in foster care are to stay in their home regions, local families need to step up. That’s the message from a local non-profit agency responsible …

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Need for Foster Families on the Rise

WDTV

The need for finding foster families around the state is growing at an alarming rate. Many children are being turned away because there are not …

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BarrieToday

Foster home shortage forces kids to leave friends behind

BarrieToday

Good kids who’ve suffered through their parents‘ struggles are having to leave not just their homes, but the community they know, as child-welfare …

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County Responds to Critical Grand Jury Report on Foster Care System

VoiceofOC

Orange County officials are taking issue with a recent grand jury report that found the county has an inadequate number of foster homes, overworked …

Car show to benefit High Sky Children’s Ranch – San Angelo Standard Times

The Children’s Center of Wayne County and Slow Roll Detroit Raise Awareness for Foster Care in … – Press Release Rocket

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WSAZ-TV

Parents arrested in child’s death

Huntington Herald Dispatch

Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli said the 3-year-old boy suffered cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Both parents have …

Huntington couple in custody in connection with 3-year-old child’s death – West Virginia MetroNews

Two arrested in connection with three year old’s death – WSAZ-TV

Couple Charged with Child Abuse Resulting in Death After Three Year Old’s Body Found in … – HNN Huntingtonnews.net

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Williamson Daily News

Parents arrested for child’s death

Williamson Daily News

LOGAN, W.Va. — More than half a year has passed since the Thanksgiving 2015 death of a four year old girl from Omar, W.Va., and, as a result of …

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Mcalester News Capital

Krebs police arrest man in child’s death

Mcalester News Capital

A child is dead and the father is booked into the Pittsburg County Justice Center on murder and attempted murder charges this morning following an …

Father told police he tried to baptize daughter before her drowning death – KOKI FOX 23

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Police investigating child’s death

Huntington Herald Dispatch

Huntington police have not released circumstances of the child’s death, and the department’s forensics unit is currently collecting evidence on scene.

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Cincinnati.com

Woman pleads guilty in connection to child’s death

Cincinnati.com

One of three women charged in connection with the beating death of a 5-year-old boy pleaded guilty Monday at Butler County Common Pleas Court, …

Woman pleads guilty to obstruction of justice in death of 5-year-old boy – WCPO

1 of 3 charged in boy’s death at Hamilton motel pleads to lesser charge – WLWT Cincinnati

Woman pleads guilty to lesser charge in Middletown boy’s death – NBC4i.com

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MyToba

Churchill RCMP investigate child’s death

MyToba

Two local tour operators had already removed a man, the little girl, and a four-year-old boy from the river. All were from Winnipeg, and all were …

Child dies after canoe capsized in Churchill River – CTV News

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ABC17News.com

Hearing scheduled in 2009 Miller County child death case

ABC17News.com

She also faces child endangerment and drug charges in the case, which dates back to 2009. Her defense team has filed a motion to dismiss the …

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Sacramento Bee

The Latest on attack that killed 84 people in Nice (all times local):

Sacramento Bee

The Latest on attack that killed 84 people in Nice (all times local): …. Alpine country — a woman and a child — were killed in the truck attack in Nice.

American Boy Among 84 Dead in Terror Attack in Nice, France, on Bastille Day – Daily Beast

The Latest: 2 Swiss citizens including child killed in Nice – WAVE 3

Slaughter of the innocents: 10 children killed by Nice terrorist with more than 54 injured – Mirror.co.uk

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2 child drowning deaths in Triangle are part of troubling national trend

News & Observer

The apparent drowning deaths of two young children in the Triangle on Sunday are part of a troubling, ongoing trend in North Carolina and nationally.

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Bowling Green Daily News

Gordon Avenue will get new traffic light near site of child’s death

Bowling Green Daily News

Gordon Avenue will get new traffic light near site of child’s death … An intersection near where a fifth-grader was killed this spring will get a new traffic …

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The Latest: 2 Swiss citizens including child killed in Nice

Crossroads Today

Switzerland’s foreign ministry says two citizens of the Alpine country – a woman and a child – were killed in the truck attack in Nice. The ministry didn’t …

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Child death reviews: year ending 31 March 2016

Gov.uk

… to: England. Child death reviews completed during the year, including modifiable factors, child characteristics and circumstances of the death.

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Child Death Investigation in Huntington

WOWK

Huntington Police tell 13 News there is a child death investigation in the city. Cabell County Dispatchers add the investigation is on the 1800 block of …

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Child Deaths

Mix 106 Radio

This time, we’re 41st in the US for child deaths. Read More. Category: Articles, Health Tags: child deaths, Idaho 41st in the nation, less child death, …

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Parents arrested for child’s death

The Williamson Daily News

LOGAN, W.Va. — More than half a year has passed since the Thanksgiving 2015 death of a four year old girl from Omar, W.Va., and, as a result of …

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Child and grandmother found dead in Darlington County

WPDE

The deaths of a nine year old child and her grandmother Sunday at a home on Highway 151 in Darlington County have been ruled as a double …

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Parents charged in child’s death in Logan County

WCHS

Two parents have been charged in the November death of their child in Logan County after they were accused of not taking the juvenile to doctor …

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Child Death Arrest

Wvik

Nearly one year after the death of an infant in Rock Island, his care giver has been arrested and charged with murder. 31 year old Robert Brewer …

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Death of New Hampshire child labeled a homicide

WHDH.com

CONCORD, NH (WHDH) — The death of a child in Concord, New Hampshire has been labeled a homicide. Police said Jayleah Bureau was found …

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Huntington Police: Several Aware of Child Abuse Before Child Found Dead

NewsRadio 800 WVHU – iHeartRadio

Mariya Jones and her boyfriend Aaron Miles, both of Huntington, are being charged with child abuse resulting in death. Emergency responders were …

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CBC.ca

PEI couple frustrated adoption application denied

CBC.ca

But she’s frustrated because she fears that will not happen now that Child and Family Services has denied her family’s application to adopt.

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Advocates push for reform of adoption records

Finger Lakes Times

Under the amended bill that passed, an adult adopted person over the age of 18 may request from the court where the adoption was made or the …

NJ adoptees can access records come January – NorthJersey.com

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Enterprise Adoption Driving Strong Growth of Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, According to …

IDC

Enterprise Adoption Driving Strong Growth of Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, According to IDC 14 Jul 2016. FRAMINGHAM, Mass., July 14, …

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Committee Leaders Applaud Adoption of EU-US Privacy Shield

Energy and Commerce Committee

Committee Leaders Applaud Adoption of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. Jul 12, 2016. Press Release. The Privacy Shield Promotes Transatlantic Data Flow …

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The Czech Constitutional Court Strikes Down a Ban on Individual Adoption by Registered Partners

Oxford Human Rights Hub – University of Oxford

The Czech Constitutional Court Strikes Down a Ban on Individual Adoption by Registered Partners. Barbara Havelková 13th July 2016. OxHRH.

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Bend Bulletin

Not enough foster homes for kids

Bend Bulletin

The state Department of Human Services needs more foster families and volunteers. The application process varies county to county, but those …

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KVUE.com

Texas in desperate need of foster parents, CPS says

KVUE.com

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 …

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CNNMoney

From foster child to White House adviser

CNNMoney

“We were fortunate that we lived in good foster homes,” he recalls. Those experiences helped pave the way to Brigham Young University and …

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WBEZ

Illinois Agencies Urge Foster Parents To Take In LGBTQ Youth

WBEZ

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 …

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WRDW-TV

Volunteers and foster homes needed for cats and kittens in Columbia County

WRDW-TV

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 …

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Editorial: Foster children need real beds in real homes

Tampabay.com (blog)

To be sure, relocating these vulnerable children to group homes, foster homes or extended family members is delicate work that must ensure their …

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KRGV

Lack of Foster Homes, Emergency Shelters in the Valley

KRGV

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 …

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FOX 7 Austin

Dire need for foster parents in Texas

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

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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 …

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Faithful fuel rise in Oklahoma foster families

The Independent

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 …

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Foster homes needed for puppies and dogs

Craigslist

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 always needed!

Craigslist

Our SoCal dog rescue is ALWAYS searching for more loving and responsible FOSTER HOMES!!! We are not breed specific. Our focus is on dogs who …

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foster homes needed

Craigslist

Foster homes needed for dogs/cats Volunteer and save life Apply at New York City Animal Care and Control \or …

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Foster Homes Needed for Rescue & Advocacy Organization

Craigslist

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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Mississippi Supreme Court

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 …

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Indianapolis Star

Judge: Doctor accused of not reporting child abuse can’t be sued

Indianapolis Star

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 …

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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 …

Beau Biden Foundation provides sexual abuse prevention training to Sussex admins, teachers – WDEL 1150AM

Beau Biden Foundation provides sexual abuse prevention training in Sussex County – Delaware 105.9

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WRTV Indianapolis

CALL 6: State finds more adults responsible for child abuse, neglect deaths

WRTV Indianapolis

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 …

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Herald-Mail Media

Hancock man guilty in child-abuse case

Herald-Mail Media

The day before Vanmeter’s bench trial began last week, Ashley Barnhart pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree child abuse and was …

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The Coloradoan

Loveland man arrested in child abuse case of 4-year-old with burns

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

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Fayetteville Observer

Warrant: Man committed child abuse prior to murder

Fayetteville Observer

A man accused of murder was charged with child abuse in a separate case Tuesday. The child abuse occurred before the murder, court documents …

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Herald-Mail Media

Defense introduces recording of phone call in Hancock child-abuse case

Herald-Mail Media

Vanmeter, 22, of Hancock is charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury and other offenses related to brain and other …

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fox8.com

I-Team: Cleveland mother under investigation for serious case of child abuse

fox8.com

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.

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CBS Local

Case of Texas Teen Accused of Child Abuse Now in Adult Court

ABC News

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

Case Of Texas Teen Accused Of Child Abuse Now In Adult Court – kurv

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WXII The Triad

NC man who served time in child abuse case charged again

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 imprisoned for child abuse previously charged again – WRAL.com

NC man previously imprisoned for child’s abuse, death is facing new charges – Winston-Salem Journal

Fayetteville couple charged with felony child abuse – WTVD-TV

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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.

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Man Busted for Alleged Child Abuse

WIXX.com

STURGEON BAY, WI (WTAQ) – Police say a 29-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly abusing his son in Sturgeon Bay. According to police …

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Kids Count and Child Well-Being: A Blog from Janet Rosenzweig

Prevent Child Abuse America

Have you ever heard of the “Kids Count Report?” Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Learn more about Kids Count and how to improve child …

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Hannibal man pleads guilty for 2015 child abuse charges

KHQA

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 …

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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.

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Mother Is Charged With Child Abuse After Leaving Her Baby Locked In A Hot Car

KOST 103.5 – iHeartRadio

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 …

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Man In Jail On Domestic And Child Abuse Charges

Ksgf.com

Domestic and child abuse charges are being made against a man from Springfield.

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Physician – Medical Director – Pediatric Child Abuse Interventionalist

Health eCareers

Physician – Medical Director – Pediatric Child Abuse Interventionalist Multicare Health System Tacoma, WA The reasons to work at MultiCare are as …

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Child Abuse Squad Arrest

Western Australia Police

Child Abuse Squad detectives have charged a 50 year old Wungong man as a result of their investigation into alleged child sexual offences.

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FOI release: Michael Jackson and child abuse allegations

Gov.uk

FOI 0332-16 releases the only record held which is a press summary on the subject of Michael Jackson and child abuse allegations. A link is given to …

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Anniston Star

Capital murder case against Georgia man in infant’s death goes to grand jury

Anniston Star

HEFLIN — A Cleburne County judge decided Tuesday there is enough evidence to proceed with a capital murder charge against a Georgia man …

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Quad City Times

Man charged in infant’s death makes first court appearance

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 …

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News3LV

Woman charged in infant’s death hid pregnancy from family

News3LV

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, …

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KJZZ

Loss Doulas Help Parents Cope With Infant Death

KJZZ

“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.

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Investigators should know cause of infant death today, authorities say

Fayetteville Observer

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, …

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Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Man released, woman arrested in Boscobel infant death

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

Boscobel man arrested for homicide following death of infant – WMTV

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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 …

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New Haven Register

Police: Infant’s death in Stamford ruled a homicide

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

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Quad-Cities Online

Man charged in infant’s death makes first court appearance

Quad-Cities Online

Murder suspect Robert Brewer Jr. made an initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon in connection with the death of his infant stepson.

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WXOW.com

Woman charged in Boscobel infant’s death first blamed father

WXOW.com

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 …

Grant County woman charged in infant’s death – WMTV

Woman charged in Boscobel infant’s death first blamed father – WKOW

Boscobel mother charged in baby’s death – Dubuque Telegraph Herald

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Investigators should know cause of infant death today, authorities say

WFNC-AM

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, …

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Death of Nunavut infant investigated

MSN.com

Two separate investigations are underway into the death of an infant at a nursing station in a remote Nunavut hamlet.

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Grant County woman charged in infant’s death

1310 WIBA – iHeartRadio

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 …

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Two reviews launched into death of Nunavut infant

CFJC Today

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 …

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Investigators await results of autopsy to determine cause of infant’s death

WFNC-AM

Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine what caused the Monday death of an infant, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office …

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Sheriff’s Office investigating death of infant

WFNC-AM

Sheriff’s Office investigating death of infant. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an infant’s death that occurred Monday afternoon.

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Herald-Mail Media

Judge to rule next week on Hancock child-beating case

Herald-Mail Media

Vanmeter is charged with first-degree child abuse resulted in severe physical injury, second-degree child abuse and first- and second-degree assault.

Man testifies for own defense during last day of child abuse – WHAG

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KSHB

Kansas City man accused in child’s beating death

KSHB

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.

Missouri man accused in child’s beating death – kttn

KC man charged with second-degree murder for alleged beating of 15-month-old – fox4kc.com

Man charged with murder after death of 15-month-old child – KMBC Kansas City

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AL.com

Woman who dodged prison in child beating now accused of leaving infant alone in hot car while …

AL.com

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 …

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Dayton Daily News

September trial set for man in deadly Butler County toddler beating

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 …

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DNAinfo

State Senate Hopeful Admits Beating Son Who’s Serving Life for Child Murder

DNAinfo

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 …

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NEW: Cheyenne couple acquitted of child abuse charges

Wyoming Tribune

CHEYENNE – A local couple was acquitted of child abuse charges Tuesday … them of severely beating Tribby’s two biological children with a paddle.

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Wyoming Tribune

Judge Campbell acquits Cheyenne couple of child abuse

Wyoming Tribune

CHEYENNE – A Laramie County District Court jury didn’t decide whether Jessie Tribby and Anna Mae Patterson were guilty of physical child abuse.

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Evening Sun (subscription)

Man accused of beating girlfriend in front of child

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.

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Metro

Police filmed beating women and children they thought were protesting

Metro

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 …

WATCH: Video of police beating in Zimbabwe sparks outrage – News24

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The Sun Herald

Man accused of felony child abuse granted bond

WDAM-TV

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.

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NBC New York

Connecticut Day Care Worker Eyed in Baby’s Death: Police

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.

2-Month-Old Baby’s Death in Stamford Ruled a Homicide: UPDATE – Patch.com

Stamford police looking into death of New Canaan baby – Norwalk Advocate

2-month-old baby dies in Stamford; Investigation underway – WABC-TV

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Turn to 10

Cranston father charged in baby’s death ordered held without bail

Turn to 10

The family is seeking funds to offset the cost of funeral arrangements for Giovanni Romero, a 3-month old baby who died after his father shook him …

Infant’s grandfather outraged by alleged shaken baby death – WDTN

Infant’s grandfather outraged by alleged shaken baby death – WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

Cranston man faces murder charge in death of 3-month-old baby – WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

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Herald Sun

Man charged with murder over baby’s death

ABC Online

A man has been charged with murder over the death of a baby in Victoria’s east. The charge follows the death of the 11-month-old Paynesville boy on …

Man charged with murder after infant death in Paynesville – Herald Sun

Gippsland man charged with murdering 11-month-old baby – The Age

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The Wellsboro Gazette

Police: Westfield woman’s heroin use led to baby’s death

The Wellsboro Gazette

Reddig allegedly attempted to inject herself with heroin in the obstetrics unit after the baby’s death, causing the unit to be locked down. Hospital staff …

Tioga County Woman Facing Charges in Her Baby’s Death – PA home page

Police Say Northern Tier Mom’s Heroin Abuse Contributes To Her Newborn Son’s Death – My Twin Tiers.com

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CBC.ca

Lethbridge police confirm baby’s death was homicide but give few new details

CBC.ca

Lethbridge police confirmed Friday that the April death of a nine-month-old baby wasn’t deemed a homicide until autopsy results landed recently, but …

Lethbridge baby’s death deemed homicide, police release few details of investigation – Calgary Sun

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BBC News

Police officer: Dealing with a baby’s death triggered my PTSD

BBC News

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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BBC News

Cumbria Police apologise for ‘flawed’ investigation into baby’s death

News & Star

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 …

Poppi Worthington case: ‘Insufficient evidence’ to charge baby’s father over her death, CPS say – Telegraph.co.uk

No charges to be brought against father in death of baby Poppi Worthington – ITV News

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The Age

Bourke Street deaths: Woman and child die after balcony fall in Melbourne CBD

The Age

A 31-year-old woman and a four-month-old baby boy have died after a fall from a balcony in the central business district. It is believed the woman took …

Melbourne woman and baby die after falling off an apartment balcony at Docklands – Daily Mail

Murder-suicide suspected after woman, baby found dead at building in Melbourne’s CBD – ABC Online

Woman and baby dead after falling from Melbourne balcony – Yahoo7 News

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Cherokee Tribune Ledger News

Charges upgraded in newborn baby’s death

Cherokee Tribune Ledger News

A Canton man arrested last December in connection with the death of a 24-day-old infant has now been charged with murder following the release of …

Charges upgraded for man in Cherokee County newborn’s death – FOX 5 Atlanta

Charges upgraded for man in infant’s death – WSB Atlanta

Man charged with murder in newborn’s death – Atlanta Journal Constitution

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news9.com KWTV

SW OKC Stabbing Leaves Baby Dead, Three Others Injured

news9.com KWTV

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 …

UPDATE: 8-month-old baby boy stabbed to death in south Oklahoma City Monday – NewsOK.com

SW OKC Stabbing Leaves Baby Dead, Three Others Injured – News On 6

Oklahoma Mom Stabs Baby Son, 8 Months, To Death & Leaves Daughter, 4, Critical – Hollywood Life

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WEB
Mother fit to stand trial over baby death

MSN.com

A Sydney court has found a woman fit to stand trial for the alleged murder of her six-month-old baby in 2010.

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Suspect in Baby’s Death Ruled Competent to Stand Trial – Week in Review

ROCK 107 WIRX

In this week’s WSJM Week in Review for July 8 2016, a Benton Harbor man is headed to trial for the death of an 8 month old in February, a long …

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Police arrest new suspect in Boscobel death investigation of baby girl

WMSN

Police were dispatched to a home in the city of Boscobel for a death investigation Saturday morning to investigate the death of a 3 1/2 month old baby …

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Report credited for quick response to baby death

MSN.com

IQALUIT, Nunavut – The prompt response to the death of a Nunavut infant under medical care is the result of a highly critical report into a previous such …

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KFOX El Paso

Child trauma experts advise parents to limit children’s exposure to violence

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 …

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Hindustan Times

7-yr-old’s trauma: Mom murdered, child tossed among cops, court and rescue home

Hindustan Times

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) …

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The Independent

Fatal Head Trauma From Child Abuse

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 …

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Medical Xpress

Resilience affects whether childhood trauma results in harmful gene response

Medical Xpress

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 …

Resilience affects whether childhood trauma results in harmful gene response – Science Codex

Avoiding the Sickening Effects of Stress – The Atlantic

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KFOX El Paso

Experts say parents should limit children’s exposure to violence

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 …

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Manchester police launch program to help children after trauma

WMUR Manchester

Experts said exposure to trauma can cause attachment issues, including anxiety, depression and aggression, and it can affect children for years to …

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La Crosse Tribune

Tonette Walker lauds La Crosse County for trauma-informed care strides

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 …

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legal Insurrection (blog)

The Story of the “Missing” Child… Missing Because He Was Aborted

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 …

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9NEWS.com

Babysitter in Fort Collins arrested on suspicion of child abuse of infant

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 …

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The Guardian

Inside the life of a hoarder: trauma, loneliness and the secret power of Things

The Guardian

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.

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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 …

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experience

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 …

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WRTV Indianapolis

CALL 6: State finds more adults responsible for child abuse, neglect deaths

WRTV Indianapolis

Prosecutors did not file criminal charges in the vast majority of the child neglect cases listed in the state report, including drownings, carbon monoxide …

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Leader-Telegram

Woman sent to jail for child neglect

Leader-Telegram

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.

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Elko Daily Free Press

Spring Creek woman arrested for child neglect

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 …

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NorthEscambia.com

Cantonment Woman Charged With Child Neglect After Pot, Cocaine Found Near Child

NorthEscambia.com

A Cantonment woman is facing felony child neglect and drug charges after authorities say she was smoking marijuana and had cocaine and …

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Tulsa World

Tulsa woman pleads guilty to child neglect in death of 2-year-old left in care of teenage relative

Tulsa World

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 …

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Grandlakenews

Matthews receives suspended life sentence in child neglect case

Grandlakenews

JAY – A Delaware County man charged with multiple counts of child abuse related charges received a suspended life sentence in exchange for …

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CullmanSense

Spotting and reporting child neglect

CullmanSense

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, …

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Tahlequah Daily Press

Woman’s meth use could draw child neglect charges

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.

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WDTV

Nutter Fort Couple Arrested On Child Neglect Charges

WDTV

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 …

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Independent Herald

Intoxicated mother charged with child neglect

Independent Herald

A Kentucky mother faces child endangerment charges in Scott County after she allegedly drove recklessly into Scott County with two young children …

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WEB
Woman Charged With Neglect After Child Found With 10 Decaying Teeth

MSN.com

A mother from Westmoreland County is facing criminal charges for not getting dental care for her daughter; KDKA’s Ross Guidotti reports.

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Child Abuse or Neglect Arrests 7-12-16

KENV

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 …

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ABC NEWS 4

Coroner inquest called for child’s death

ABC NEWS 4

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 …

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Dothan Eagle

Mother charged in child’s death in Geneva County crash has trial delayed

Dothan Eagle

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 …

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CBS Local

No information to be released in child’s death

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.

State Police Investigating Death Of 6-Year-Old Boy – CBS Local

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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Staunton News Leader

Child deaths take toll on Valley police

Staunton News Leader

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.

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WesternSlopeNow

GJ Police Investigating Child’s Death

WesternSlopeNow

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; …

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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.

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Balkan Insight

Child’s Death Sparks Ethnic Row in Macedonia

Balkan Insight

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 …

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KPAX-TV

Montana man arrested for child’s death

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 …

Missoula man charged with deliberate homicide in child’s death – KPAX-TV

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KSTP.com

1 Child Dead, Another Injured in North Minneapolis Shooting

KSTP.com

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 …

Police: 1 Child Dead, 1 Hurt In North Minneapolis Shooting – CBS Local

Two children shot in north Minneapolis; 2-year-old dead – Minneapolis Star Tribune

2-year-old killed, toddler injured in north Minneapolis shooting – KMSP-TV

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Gary PD Investigating Child Death

X-Rock 103.9 | The Rock Of The Region

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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PubMed

NCBI

BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 Jul 8;16(1):235. Implementation of Child Death Review in the Netherlands: results of a pilot study. Gijzen S(1), Hilhorst …

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Breaking: Child Dies in Bush Hog Accident in Garland County

Fox16

The Garland County Sheriff’s Office confirms a child was struck and killed by a large mower Sunday morning.

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Child died due to government forces shelling on Bab Al Maqam neighborhood in Aleppo city, July 11.

Syrian Network For Human Rights

The child Mohammad Jalal died in government warplanes missiles fired on Bab Al Maqam neighborhood in Aleppo city, causing a massacre, July 11 …

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Parents appeal conviction in child’s death

MSN.com

CALGARY – Two southern Alberta parents convicted of failing to get proper medical treatment for their son are appealing the court’s verdict.

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Guilty Verdict in Child’s Death

WRVA – iHeartRadio

Man guilty in death of Henderson Middle School student.

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Midland Reporter-Telegram

Midland is in need of foster homes

Midland Reporter-Telegram

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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News8000.com – WKBT

Local agencies in need of foster homes

News8000.com – WKBT

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 …

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KXAN.com

Rising number of Texas foster kids left without homes

KXAN.com

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A crisis in Texas is highlighting the shortage of foster care families leading to a growing number of children left without homes.

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La Crosse Tribune

Coulee Region counties see increased need for foster families

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 …

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Anniston Star

Cleburne County tries to meet high demand for foster child placement

Anniston Star

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 …

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CYS looking for at least 58 additional foster families

Observer-Reporter

“The majority of foster homes are not located here in Washington County,” said DeeDee Blosnich-Gooden, deputy director of Washington County CYS.

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KUNC

Los Angeles Pioneers Program To Help Educate Foster Parents For LGBT Kids

KUNC

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

KNIA / KRLS Radio

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 …

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Fewer families welcome foster children

The Hindu

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 …

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In Need of Respite Foster Homes! $1500 Sign-On Bonus Available

Craigslist

Eagle Quest is currently seeking Foster Family Respite Homes. What is a respite home you ask? Respite homes provide temporary care for foster …

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wivb.com

Council members call for change on Moselle Street following infant death

wivb.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo common council members are now calling for a crackdown on speeding in this area following the death of Nyree …

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WFMZ Allentown

Father charged with infant’s death will stand trial

WFMZ Allentown

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 …

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Sioux Falls Argus Leader

No foul play in infant’s death

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

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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.

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Parent Herald

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Prevention: Baby Boxes Given To New Parents , Reduction on …

Parent Herald

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

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Castanet.net

Teen charged in infant death

Castanet.net

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

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NBC Montana

Man arrested for infant’s death

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

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Marion Star

Mannering indicted in infant’s death

Marion Star

MARION – A Marion County grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Tequila Mannering, previously charged in Municipal Court with …

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Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Family of dead infant invited accused teenager into home: ‘She had nowhere to go’

Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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, …

Saskatchewan teen accused in baby boy’s death had escaped custody – News1130

Saskatoon police told day before baby killed of whereabouts of accused killer – CityNews

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Toronto Sun

Saskatoon police given possible location of escaped teen hours before infant’s death

Toronto Sun

SASKATOON – Saskatoon police knew the potential location of a teen who escaped custody roughly 15 hours before she is alleged to have killed …

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People Magazine

Lawyer for Arizona TV Reporters Indicted For Child Abuse Says Baby With Cocaine in System Was …

People Magazine

Two married Arizona TV reporters facing felony charges after cocaine was found in their infant daughter’s system are focused on “reuniting their family, …

TV reporters charged with child abuse after their baby tests positive for cocaine – STLtoday.com

Krystin Lisaius arrested for ‘child abuse‘ after her baby tests positive for cocaine – Closer

Arizona TV news reporters indicted after cocaine found in baby’s system – Examiner.com

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Cosmopolitan.com

Former Beauty Queen Charged with Child Abuse After Breastfeeding Her Baby While On Cocaine

Cosmopolitan.com

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 …

Baby of Arizona TV reporters tests positive for cocaine; couple charged with child abuse – fox5sandiego.com

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

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WJXT Jacksonville

Former assistant state attorney: Elderly, child abuse cases…

WJXT Jacksonville

Before resigning, a former assistant state attorney said he and another employee informed his supervisors that elderly and child abuse cases were …

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WND.com

‘White shaming’ of kids is textbook child abuse

WND.com

Susan J. Calloway Knowles is a licensed psychotherapist who has extensive experience working with at-risk children, former practicing Family Law …

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WRDW-TV

Child abuse, neglect cases rise by 13000 in 3 years in SC

WRDW-TV

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

Child Abuse, Neglect Cases Rise by 13000 in 3 Years in SC – WLTX.com

Neglected Cases of Child Abuse Rise In SC – Abccolumbia.com

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KEYT

CALM Helping Prevent and Treat Local Child Abuse

KEYT

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 …

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The Sun

MONSTER JAILED Pervert’s stash of child abuse images was so disturbing police needed …

The Sun

AN OIL worker’s sickening collection of 14,676 pictures and videos of child abuse left detectives investigating the case needing counselling. Married …

James Kirkley’s child porn stash was so sick ‘police needed counselling’ – Metro

Sick oil worker’s child porn stash ‘left police needing counselling’ – Mirror.co.uk

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Casper Star-Tribune Online

Man denies child abuse charge after spanking child with spoon

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 …

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Greenville News

As SC child abuse, neglect increases, officials wonder why

Greenville News

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 …

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Williston woman, boyfriend sentenced on child abuse charges

Washington Times

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) – A Williston mother of four and her boyfriend have been sentenced on child abuse charges. The Williston Herald reports …

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WEB
Victims of child abuse need reassurance over inquiry

Scottish Greens

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 …

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Physician Resources

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Physicians across the state and beyond turn to Children’s for specialized patient care, consultation, educational opportunities, and other resources …

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Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse

Jim Hopper, Ph.D.

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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Child abuse: Directory for information and support

Kidshealth

A listing of organisations, resources, helplines and counselling services aimed at preventing harm to children in New Zealand, or which can offer help …

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Mega sporting events and child abuse

Oak Foundation

Mega sporting events and child abuse. Mega sporting events such as the Olympic Games or the FIFA World Cup attract global attention and …

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Australian man goes on trial in Indonesia in child abuse

Associated Press

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 …

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Gering man arrested for negligent child abuse

KNEB

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 …

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Prevention, Pride, and Patriotism

Prevent Child Abuse America

What does Independence Day have to do with preventing child abuse and neglect? Learn more about why prevention and patriotism go hand in hand …

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Child Abuse Registry Law Takes Effect in Indiana, First of its Kind

44News | Evansville, IN

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 …

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Tri-State native’s book can help others cope with traumatic childhood

KHQA

There is an overwhelming number of children and adults who have suffered from some form of abuse throughout childhood.One Tri-State Native Dr.

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KRTV Great Falls News

Missoula man charged with deliberate homicide in baby’s death

KRTV Great Falls News

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

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CTV News

Family of six-week-old baby killed on weekend speaks out

CTV News

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 …

Saskatoon police investigate baby boy’s death as homicide – CBC.ca

Saskatchewan family invited teen accused in baby boy’s death into their home – Toronto Star

Teen facing murder charge after death of infant in Sask. hospital – CTV News

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Radio New Zealand

Baby’s death prompts review of midwife

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 …

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Wink News

Collier County man convicted in baby’s death

NBC2 News

Niklaus Booska, 27, was charged with felony murder and aggravated child abuse, but the jury convicted him on lesser charges of aggravated …

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Newsday

Neighbor recounts grandmother’s secret about baby’s death

Newsday

Christopher Foster, who was convicted in the beating death of his infant son Jonathan Hertzler in 2011, appears in state Supreme Court for his …

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WAPT Jackson

Baby death indictment

WAPT Jackson

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

Father Indicted in Hot Car Death of Daughter in Mississippi – ABC News

Grenada community divided after a father is indicted for baby hot car death – WDAM-TV

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WMFD.com

Mother Indicted in Baby’s Death

WMFD.com

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 …

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WCTI12.com

No charges filed in May hot car baby death

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 …

No Charges Filed in Case of Baby Killed in Hot Car in Wilmington – TWC News

DA: Mom in hot car death will not be charged… – WWAY NewsChannel 3

Mom won’t be charged in 9-month-old son’s hot vehicle death – WRAL.com

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Grandma suggests daughter had role in baby’s death, tape reveals

Newsday

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).

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Telegraph.co.uk

Midwives’ failures led to death of baby Joshua Titcombe, aged nine days

Telegraph.co.uk

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.

Baby Joshua Titcombe death: Two midwives ‘failed to help save baby’ – BBC News

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Baby’s Death

WNBF News Radio 1290

Man Accused of Murder of New Albany Baby … Category: Crime, Local News Tags: baby’s death, Friendsville, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, …

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terre haute man takes a plea deal in death of baby

WAXI

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 …

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AZ: Group steps up to help Arizona foster children get the education they deserve (Includes video)
ABC15 Arizona – July 26, 2016
Tens of thousands of Arizona’s children are in foster care, and one of the biggest issues they face is getting a good education.
http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/group-steps-up-to-help-arizona-foster-children-get-the-education-they-deserve

CA: Struggling youth get help to bounce back
Orange County Register – July 27, 2016
The two programs, overseen by the nonprofit Community Service Programs, are designed to help youths bounce back from difficulties, including those caught up in the child welfare, juvenile justice, probation and children’s mental-health systems.
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/program-723786-through-viguri.html

KS: Audit of Kansas DCF shows several criticisms
KSN-TV – July 27, 2016
In a detailed 59-page report, the audit offers several points where DCF could do better. It also shows areas where some say DCF is failing to protect Kansas kids. The report shows DCF has implemented only one of nine recommendations that were offered to the agency in 2013 to better protect kids. Also: State audit: DCF fails to ensure safety of children in foster care: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article92168722.html Audit: https://lintvksnw.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/dcfaudit.pdf
http://ksn.com/2016/07/27/audit-of-dcf-in-kansas-shows-kids-are-not-always-being-protected/

MA: When suspicions of medical child abuse are untrue
MassLive.com – July 27, 2016
But sometimes when parents seem to have too many ideas about symptoms, diagnoses and treatments, particularly when they involve wide-ranging symptoms, some doctors can get suspicious.
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/07/when_suspicions_of_medical_chi.html

MN: Guidelines on Interviewing Reported Victims of Child Abuse Being Developed (Includes video)
KSTP – July 27, 2016
One of the issues the Legislative Task Force on Child Protection is tackling involves how suspected victims of abuse or neglect are being interviewed. Information Gateway Resource: Interviewing: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/responding/iia/investigation/interviewing/
http://kstp.com/news/legislative-task-force-on-child-protection-interview-victims/4213927/?cat=1

NE: Rural areas not immune to sex trafficking, study says (Includes video)
Maryville Daily Forum – July 27, 2016
A report released last week indicates sex traffickers target rural communities where people are more trusting and unsuspecting of criminal activity. Report: http://www.omahawomensfund.org/wp-content/uploads/Nebraska-Sex-Trafficking-Survivors-Speak.pdf
http://www.maryvilledailyforum.com/news/article_22d63151-4d27-56fe-9889-2a29dd953476.html

NH: Adoption in NH: How It’s Changed & What it Looks Like Today (Audio)
New Hampshire Public Radio – July 25, 2016
It was decades ago that adoption became a more open arrangement. Rather than no contact whatsoever and a secretive approach, birth and adoptive parents began communicating both before and after the adoption.
http://nhpr.org/post/adoption-nh-how-its-changed-what-it-looks-today

NJ: YMCA adopts new system to protect children from sex offenders (Includes video)
News 12 New Jersey – July 27, 2016
YMCA members will continue to have their ID cards scanned, but now any guest who comes into the building will also be scanned. Their IDs will be matched against the national sex offender registry. Anyone who shows up on the scan will not be allowed inside.
http://newjersey.news12.com/news/ymca-adopts-new-system-to-protect-children-from-sex-offenders-1.12101049

TN: Youth Villages needs foster parents; TDOC encourages Transitional Living program
Johnson City Press – July 27, 2016
The study did find a significant improvement in education, social support or criminal involvement, but the program was found to be effective across different subgroups of youths, including those with or without histories of juvenile justice custody.
http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Local/2016/07/27/Youth-Villages-seeking-part-time-full-time-foster-parents-TCCRP-changes-name.html?ci=stream&lp=2&p=

WV: Stinging criticism for DHHR for not attending child placement forum
Metro News – July 27, 2016
The chairman of the state’s Juvenile Justice Commission strongly criticized the state Department of Health and Human Resources Wednesday for not attending a public forum concerning child welfare reform.
http://wvmetronews.com/2016/07/27/stinging-criticism-for-dhhr-for-not-attending-child-placement-forum/

US: Education Department Releases Guidance on Homeless Children and Youth (Press release)
US Department of Education – July 27, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education today released guidance to states and school districts on the new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for supporting homeless youth. The new provisions address the needs of homeless individuals, and ensure educational rights and protections for homeless children and youth. Guidance: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/160240ehcyguidance072716.pdf
https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-releases-guidance-homeless-children-and-youth

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Australia: Children’s eSafety Commissioner conducted 7400 child abuse investigations in first year
ZDNet – July 26, 2016
The release of a 12-month report card by the department tasked to deal with underage content posted on social media sites in the country has shown it conducted over 7,400 investigations into online child sexual abuse content.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/childrens-esafety-commissioner-conducted-7400-child-abuse-investigations-in-first-year/

International: Children Detained in War Zones
Human Rights Watch – July 28, 2016
Thousands of children in conflict-affected countries have been detained without charge for months or even years as national security threats, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Untold numbers have been tortured or have died in custody. Governments should immediately stop detaining children without charge and appropriately punish those who mistreat them. Report: https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/crd_detained0716web.pdf
https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/07/28/children-detained-war-zones

Rwanda: Govt Pushes to Phase Out Orphanages With Foster Homes
Soko Lako – July 28, 2016
The campaign focuses on phasing out orphanages by putting the orphans in normal family setting or foster homes. It also focuses on transforming Rwanda’s current child care and protection system into a family-based system of care.
http://sokolako.com/rwanda-govt-pushes-to-phase-out-orphanages-with-foster-homes/

Somalia: Somali Government Reaffirms Its Commitment to Fighting Female Genital Mutilation
AMISOM – July 27, 2016
The Federal Government of Somalia has reaffirmed its commitment to ensure female genital mutilation (FGM) and other forms of gender violence are eliminated.
http://amisom-au.org/2016/07/somali-government-reaffirms-its-commitment-to-fighting-female-genital-mutilation/

United Kingdom: Senior judge Lady Smith named new head of child abuse inquiry
Scotsman – July 27, 2016
A senior judge has been appointed to lead the independent public inquiry into the abuse of children in care, weeks after its previous chair quit following claims she had made comments that were “offensive” to survivors.
http://www.scotsman.com/news/senior-judge-lady-smith-named-new-head-of-child-abuse-inquiry-1-4187824

 

 

AK: Governor Walker Signs Bills Supporting Alaska’s Children and Families (Press release)
State of Alaska Governors Office – July 26, 2016
Governor Bill Walker signed into law today House Bill 200, which streamlines legal proceedings involving children in foster care, as well as House Bill 27, which offers a number of strategies to improve the child welfare system and provide for expanded independent living opportunities for older youth transitioning to adulthood.
http://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2016/07/governor-walker-signs-bills-supporting-alaskas-children-and-families/

AR: NWA Organization Helps Men Who Age Out of Foster Care (Includes video)
KNWA – July 26, 2016
Shane Sturdivant is the co-founder of Micah’s House, which provides a home environment, life skills and mentorship for young men like Beamon. Since that moment, the two have worked to move beyond Rocky’s anger and mistrust of others.
http://www.nwahomepage.com/community/doing-good/nwa-organization-helps-men-who-age-out-of-foster-care

CA: Bill would undermine California foster care reforms (Opinion)
Sacramento Bee – July 26, 2016
It is being rushed through Congress without the opportunity for child advocates to weigh in with concerns and seek reasonable amendments. Among the victims of such a process are tens of thousands of children in foster care living in California.
http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article91774197.html

CA: LA County Board approves settlement over 8-year-old’s death in Palmdale
Los Angeles Daily News – July 26, 2016
His death in May of 2013, also sparked criticism of LA County departments, which were referred to as massive silos that operated independently and without coordination. As a result, a blue-ribbon commission on child welfare was created and released reforms on how all the departments could better communicate. Later, the county formed an Office of Child Protection.
http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20160726/la-county-board-approves-settlement-over-8-year-olds-death-in-palmdale

FL: Where should federal funds to fight heroin epidemic be used, Buchanan asks local officials
Bradenton Herald – July 26, 2016
Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, wants to determine where federal funds would be best allocated among local agencies dealing with the latest spike in heroin overdoses and struggling with the growing number of children being removed from their homes as a result.
http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article92015002.html

IN: Christensen/Laurin: Should lawyers report child abuse learned in representation? (Opinion)
Indiana Lawyer – July 27, 2016
A lawyer’s reporting obligation depends on whether confidentiality and/or privilege are implicated. In short, lawyers may not report privileged communications regarding child abuse. However, lawyers may report information that is only confidential, though not privileged, and are obligated to do so under the Reporting Statute.
http://www.theindianalawyer.com/christensenlaurin-should-lawyers-report-child-abuse-learned-in-representation/PARAMS/article/40994

MN: Lawmaker Plans to Push for More Distance Between Officers and Families in Child Protection Removal Process (Includes video)
KSTP TV – July 26, 2016
Representative Ron Kresha wants to look into putting child protection workers in charge of removing kids from abusive and neglectful homes instead of law enforcement officers.
http://kstp.com/news/new-child-protection-removal-process/4211361/

NC: Nonprofit acquires home in county for homeless teen girls
BlueRidgeNow.com – July 27, 2016
Lambert estimates that Homes for Youth facility will be ready to accept teen girls in about a year. The nonprofit will identify potential residents through referrals from the Department of Social Services and Henderson County Public Schools prior to opening.
http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20160727/NEWS/160729871?Title=Nonprofit-acquires-home-in-county-for-homeless-teen-girls

NJ: State Supreme Court upholds parental rights for poor parents
The Record – July 26, 2016
All poor parents have a constitutional right to an attorney when New Jersey’s child welfare agency seeks to remove children from their care. The state justices expanded that right on Tuesday to cover indigent parents who are sued by foster families or private adoption agencies seeking terminate their parental rights – the first step required before a contested adoption.
http://www.northjersey.com/news/n-j-supreme-court-upholds-parental-rights-for-poor-parents-1.1635187

NY: NYC Foster Youth Nonprofit Turns Funding Crisis into Opportunity
Chronicle of Social Change – July 27, 2016
While the concerns surrounding the ACS contract termination with You Gotta Believe were complex, compassion in the community for the work of You Gotta Believe and similar organizations remained, leading the organization into new partnerships and relationships with public officials and private citizens alike.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/new-york-foster-youth-nonprofit-turns-funding-crisis-into-opportunity-to-refocus-on-mission/19916

PA: EDITORIAL: Stop CYF funding shell game
York Dispatch – July 26, 2016
This year’s budget includes funding for the CYF offices through June 30, 2017, with an actual 2.5 percent increase over the funding received last year, not the 20.7 percent the budget documents show.
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/07/26/editorial-stop-cyf-funding-shell-game/87564734/

TN: Foster parents needed for 8K children in Tennessee foster system (Includes video)
WKRN – July 26, 2016
Gaiser told News 2 the organization is in need for more than 200 people who want to become foster parents.
http://wkrn.com/2016/07/26/foster-parents-needed-for-8k-children-in-tennessee-foster-system/

TX: Lawsuit forces Texas to make it easier for immigrants to get birth certificates for children
New York Times – July 24, 2016
Last year, Ms. Hernandez and about two dozen other immigrants sued, saying they could not obtain the documents Texas officials were demanding to prove their identities. On Friday, Texas agreed to a settlement that will expand the types of documents parents can present, allowing those without legal immigration status to obtain certificates for their children again. Also: Settlement Clears Immigrant Children’s Path to Birth Certificates (Includes audio): http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-07-27/immigrant-issues/settlement-clears-immigrant-children/a53224-1
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/us/lawsuit-texas-immigrants-birth-certificates.html?_r=2

WI: State to pay for special prosecutor
Eagle Herald – July 27, 2016
The County Board of Supervisors was told Tuesday a temporary solution has been reached to handle a recent controversial decision by Marinette County District Attorney Allen Brey to cease having his office handle child protection cases because of shortage of resources.
http://ehextra.com/Content/News/News-Articles/Article/State-to-pay-for-special-prosecutor/12/35/34149

WV: DHHR secretary on child welfare reform: “We’re going to prove to them it’s the right approach”
WVMetroNews – July 26, 2016
The Juvenile Justice Commission has been critical of the changes and the new contracts the DHHR has offered to providers. The contracts make it difficult not only to adequately and appropriately serve youths but even to remain in business, said commission director Cindy Largent-Hill in a news release.
http://wvmetronews.com/2016/07/26/dhhr-secretary-on-child-welfare-reform-were-going-to-prove-to-them-its-the-right-approach/

US: Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #3: Fighting Bias, Stereotypes of Foster Youth
Chronicle of Social Change – July 27, 2016
Wichman calls for Congress to require states to ensure that every foster youth has an advocate – not their caseworker – whose job is to advocate for the child’s best interests. Conversations between the child and advocate should be considered confidential and privileged.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/analysis/child-welfare-ideas-experts-3/19687

US: Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #2: Incentivize Psychotropic Accountability
Chronicle of Social Change – July 26, 2016
Price calls for special federal matching funds for any child welfare agency that employs a child psychiatrist as its mental health director. She also proposes that Congress pilot a local Foster Care Mental Health Center “to better serve the mental health needs of children in foster care.”
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/analysis/child-welfare-ideas-experts-2/19684

CA: L.A. County Aims To House 100 Homeless Youth In 100 Days
Huffington Post – July 28, 2016
Los Angeles County will try to house 100 homeless youth in 100 days, according to the Los Angeles Times. The goal is part of a national challenge set by A Way Home America, a group that works to prevent and end homelessness among young people.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/los-angeles-100-day-challenge-homeless-youth_us_5799265de4b0d3568f85d826

CA: Monterey Co. Dept. Social Services makes changes, social workers needed
KION – July 28, 2016
The Monterey County Department of Social services said it’s gotten about a million dollars in new funding to recruit more social workers. “The new positions are a big part of our effort to make sure that children are safe,” said Elliott Robinson, Director of Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services.
http://www.kionrightnow.com/news/local-news/monterey-co-dept-social-services-makes-changes-social-workers-needed/40939112

KS: Editorial: Care concerns
Lawrence Journal-World – July 29, 2016
Findings released this week from an audit of the Kansas Department for Children and Families are at a minimum, troubling. Even more concerning is DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore’s response. Also: Kansas audit: State fails to ensure safety of children in foster care: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article92311887.html#storylink=rss Also: Overhaul the Kansas foster care system (Opinion): http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article92437032.html
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2016/jul/29/editorial-care-concerns/

KS: Foster mother calls audit of state system ‘devastating’ (Includes video)
KMBC – July 28, 2016
Incomplete background checks of foster parents and a lack of monthly in-person visits were two areas highlighted in the audit. Report: http://www.kmbc.com/blob/view/-/40914752/data/1/-/yqddyb/-/PDF-Foster-Care-audit.pdf
http://www.kmbc.com/news/kansas-foster-mother-calls-audit-of-state-system-devastating/40932322

LA: Statewide boarding school for troubled students on the way
Associated Press – July 28, 2016
Louisiana’s first public boarding school for troubled students statewide is nearing completion in Baton Rouge. And it is all happening because Gov. John Bel Edwards overrode the pleas of some of his key supporters and signed a bill to launch the school. The new state law is aimed at aiding what the state calls “at-risk” students – shorthand for those from troubled backgrounds. The list includes children who are eligible for health benefits under Medicaid; those in foster care through the state; and students referred to the school by teachers or counselors.
http://www.akronlegalnews.com/editorial/15704

MS: Unsafe sleep conditions blamed for growing number of infant deaths (Includes video)
Mississippi News Now – July 28, 2016
Parents are being warned that their baby’s sleeping condition could be a death trap. In fact, unsafe sleep conditions for babies is enough of a problem in Mississippi that a public service campaign was created to raise awareness. In it, it’s noted that a baby can suffocate while sleeping with a parent in less than five minutes.
http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/32568427/unsafe-sleep-conditions-blamed-for-growing-number-of-infant-deaths

NC: Gay couple claims county commissioners prevented them from adopting a child
WLOS – July 27, 2016
A couple from Canton is considering filing a lawsuit after they say McDowell County Commissioners prevented them from adopting a child.
http://local21news.com/news/nation-world/gay-couple-claims-county-commissioners-prevented-them-adopting-child

NE: Editorial: Vital help for the transition from foster care into adulthood
Omaha World-Herald – July 29, 2016
A 2011 study by the University of Chicago reported that without assistance for the transition, only 42 percent of former foster youths on average finish high school by age 21. By age 26, only 48 percent on average have jobs. Providing transitional support can yield important benefits, researchers found.
http://www.omaha.com/opinion/editorial-vital-help-for-the-transition-from-foster-care-into/article_6ddac3a6-ab37-5195-8758-586927a025b9.html

NE: Mentoring program at Omaha bike and coffee shop gives former foster kids a reason to try
Omaha World-Herald – July 28, 2016
Walker is one of four young adults who have jobs at The Bike Union Bike Shop & Coffee House through its mentoring program. The program is aimed at kids who have aged out of Nebraska’s foster care system.
http://www.omaha.com/livewellnebraska/downtown-omaha-bike-and-coffee-shop-mentors-those-who-aged/article_45b9c2ed-2d71-5b99-a39a-7ca5f0b3990d.html

OK: CN starts CarePortal network for foster children
Tahlequah Daily Press – July 29, 2016
The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in Oklahoma to partner with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and CarePortal to start a CarePortal network. The network partners with area churches that, when alerted, provide donated car seats, clothing, and even beds for foster children.
http://www.tahlequahdailypress.com/news/tribal_news/cn-starts-careportal-network-for-foster-children/article_c2c44367-2c03-57d2-acd2-b6d970be3ac9.html

OR: Staff at Randall Children’s Hospital working to improve care for foster kids (Includes video)
KPTV – July 28, 2016
The Randall Children’s Pediatric Care – Emanuel Clinic is the only clinic in the Portland metro area with this model of care for foster children according to staff. It’s currently supporting some 200 kids with major medical needs.
http://www.kptv.com/story/32569377/staff-at-randall-childrens-hospital-working-to-improve-care-for-foster-kids

PA: Children’s Hospital partners in statewide psychiatry consultation program
Penn State Live – July 28, 2016
“For an adolescent, a TiPS call could identify serious depression before a suicide attempt occurs,” Waxmonsky said. “For a child with severe anxiety, TiPS guided treatment can help them get back to school sooner. For a foster parent raising a child prone to aggression, TiPS care coordinators can help connect them to a skilled local therapist, reducing the child’s chances of being prescribed possibly unnecessary antipsychotic medication.”
http://news.psu.edu/story/418922/2016/07/28/children%E2%80%99s-hospital-partners-statewide-psychiatry-consultation-program

PA: State cutting down on over-drugged kids
PennLive.com – July 28, 2016
A team based at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will be part of Pennsylvania’s effort to cut down on overmedication of children.
http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/07/antipsychotic_psychotropic_pen.html

TX: Detective fired for mishandling child abuse cases
Associated Press – July 28, 2016
A veteran Fort Worth police detective failed to arrest a registered sex offender linked to the rape of a young girl, mishandled claims by two girls that their father sexually abused them and allowed “multiple offenders” to avoid arrest or prosecution, according to investigators.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/28/texas-detective-fired-for-mishandling-child-abuse-/

VA: PVCC gets $1 million to support foster-care students
Daily Progress – July 28, 2016
Piedmont Virginia Community College has received $1 million from an anonymous donor to support the college’s Great Expectations Program.
http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/pvcc-gets-million-to-support-foster-care-students/article_258b0c94-5508-11e6-a272-33f9dc83cd90.html

US: Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #5: Mandatory Minimum on Foster Care Payments
Chronicle of Social Change – July 29, 2016
Harmon calls for a federal requirement that all states adhere to a minimum monthly foster care payment to be set, and adjusted, at a rate commensurate with the cost of “raising a child from a middle-income family in that particular state.”
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/analysis/child-welfare-ideas-experts-5/19693

US: Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #4: Limit Criminal History Barriers for Potential Kinship Caregivers
Chronicle of Social Change – July 28, 2016
Reed proposes to amend Title IV-E to require that states adopt the criminal history standards espoused in the National Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, a set of standards developed in 2014 by the American Bar Association, Generations United, and the National Association for Regulatory Administration.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/analysis/child-welfare-ideas-experts-4/19689

US: Five Decades of Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and Party Platforms (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – July 28, 2016
Youth Services Insider dug into a couple of decades worth of Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention platform statements to see what the parties had to say about juvenile justice, child welfare, and services for disadvantaged youth over the years.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/five-decades-child-welfare-juvenile-justice-party-platforms/20013

US: Rochester Native Speaks at DNC About His Life in the Foster Care System (Includes video)
Time Warner Cable News: Rochester – July 28, 2016
Jelani Freeman is not only showing his support for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, but the Rochester native is spreading a wider message about what it’s like to be in the foster care system.
http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/dnc-2016-features/2016/07/28/rochester-native-jelani-freeman-speaks-at-democratic-national-convention.html

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North America: Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls: Commitments from the North American Leaders Summit
Environment Guru – July 25, 2016
Amongst the many commitments announced at the NALS was a tri-lateral commitment to address the scourge of violence against indigenous women and girls that exists across North America, discussed in more detail below. We included that commitment under the “security and defense” pillar, to underscore that women’s security is integral to national security. To that end, we committed to establish a new North American Working Group on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls
http://www.environmentguru.com/pages/elements/element.aspx?id=3848996

United Kingdom: Supreme Court rules against Scottish Named Person scheme
International Business Times UK – July 28, 2016
Judges at the Supreme Court have ruled against Scottish government plans to appoint a named person – usually a teacher or health worker – to ensure the welfare of every child born in Scotland.
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/supreme-court-rules-against-scottish-named-person-scheme-1573008

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Australia: Turnbull establishes royal commission after shocking video of violence against juveniles emerges
AtlantaNews.Net – June 27, 2016
ABC’s Four Corners program’s disclosing of brutality against juveniles, through a video showing repeated mistreatment of a young offender, has led Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to establish a royal commission into juvenile detention on Tuesday.
http://www.atlantanews.net/index.php/sid/246185147

Europe: Children in crisis: Unaccompanied migrant children in the EU
Reliefweb – July 26, 2016
It has become increasingly clear that children, many of them unaccompanied by a parent, relative or guardian, are in the forefront of the crisis. In 2015 88,245 unaccompanied children applied for asylum in the EU, including 3,045 in the UK. In May 2016 alone, 3,133 unaccompanied migrant children arrived in Italy. Report: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/34.pdf
http://reliefweb.int/report/world/children-crisis-unaccompanied-migrant-children-eu

International: WHO Issues First Guidelines On Treating Female Genital Mutilation Victims
NDTV – July 27, 2016
The World Health Organization released its first-ever guidelines on how medical professionals should treat victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), hoping to ease the terrible suffering caused by the widely condemned practice. Also: New WHO guidelines to improve care for millions living with female genital mutilation: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2016/female-genital-mutilation-guidelines/en/ Guidelines: http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/fgm/management-health-complications-fgm/en/
http://www.ndtv.com/health/who-issues-first-guidelines-on-treating-female-genital-mutilation-victims-1436797?site=full

AR: Volunteers sought to aid child welfare
The Sentinel-Record – July 25, 2016
About 40 percent of children in Arkansas’ child welfare system don’t receive the assistance they need, according to Justin Buck, executive director of Garland County Court Appointed Special Advocates.
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/jul/25/volunteers-sought-to-aid-child-welfare-/?f=news-arkansas

AZ: Restored KidsCare Program Taking Applications (Includes audio)
Public News Service – July 26, 2016
The reinstated KidsCare program provides health insurance at low or no cost to as many as 30,000 Arizona children.
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-07-26/childrens-issues/az/a53206-1

CA: The death of a grandchild and how Child Protective Services restricts vital information (Opinion)
Sacramento Bee – July 24, 2016
This journey, from the devastation of learning about the death of my grandson to outrage over the recent effort by the California Department of Social Services to restrict the ability of the public to have access to important information, began in January 1999.
http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article91298532.html

CA: ‘This is a safe haven’: Stockton group home for LGBT foster youth is Valley’s first
Recordnet.com – July 23, 2016
“My mom said she didn’t want me living with her anymore,” said the girl, who cannot be identified publicly because she is a juvenile and is in the foster-care system. “She didn’t want me to live there anymore because I’m 17 and she’s tired of taking care of me. So I’m here.” But the girl’s story, as wrenching as it is, carries with it an extra layer of complexity. Someday, the girl said last week, she wants to be a man. Someday she plans to transition. So when it came time to find the right group home, the task was especially challenging.
http://www.recordnet.com/news/20160723/this-is-safe-haven-stockton-group-home-for-lgbt-foster-youth-is-valleys-first?rssfeed=true

CA: New Monterey County director of child welfare: conversation has to change
Monterey Herald – July 23, 2016
There are several challenges facing the department of child welfare in Monterey County, including difficulty filling vacant social worker positions and finding families who want to become foster parents. Lori Medina, who recently took over as director of the Family and Children’s Services Branch of the Monterey County Department of Social Services, wants to change the way the department is perceived besides addressing those issues.
http://www.montereyherald.com/social-affairs/20160723/new-monterey-county-director-of-child-welfare-conversation-has-to-change

FL: Heroin’s toll seen as rolls of foster children grow
News Chief – July 23, 2016
An unprecedented number of children in Manatee County are being removed from their homes by the Department of Children and Families, largely because of the spike in heroin- and opiate-related abuse in the area.
http://www.newschief.com/article/20160723/NEWS/160729775/-1/news300?Title=Heroin-s-toll-seen-as-rolls-of-foster-children-grow

GA: After years of cutbacks, state of Georgia hiring again
Atlanta Journal And Constitution – July 25, 2016
Agency officials say the new staffers are designed to help cut down on long lines at driver’s license offices, to reduce backlogs at crime labs, to cut caseloads for overworked child protective services staffers, to give the state the manpower to investigate police shootings, to provide more teachers in schools with growing enrollment, and to improve the system of signing up Georgians for government benefits.
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/after-years-of-cutbacks-state-of-georgia-hiring-ag/nr4kT/

IN: Background checks weed out bad teachers
Lafayette Journal Courier Online – July 23, 2016
When a background check company conducted rechecks for an Indiana school with about 1,000 employees, more than 40 teachers had criminal histories, including four with drug or theft felonies. Also: New law requires deeper background checks for new school hires: http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_news/new-law-requires-deeper-background-checks-for-new-school-hires/article_aae8b41e-b32a-5551-9236-75d8f941cbe5.html
http://www.jconline.com/story/news/education/2016/07/23/background-checks-weed-out-bad-teachers/86599558/

KS: Contractor has begun review after sexual harassment lawsuit
Associated Press – July 25, 2016
A Kansas foster care and family preservation contractor said it has begun an internal review of allegations raised in a federal lawsuit that one of its caseworkers sexually harassed and coerced a mother seeking to regain custody of her children.
http://ksnt.com/2016/07/25/kansas-contractor-has-begun-review-after-sexual-harassment-lawsuit/

KY: We should protect foster kids’ religious freedom (Opinion)
Lexington Herald-Leader – July 25, 2016
The Bevin administration is re-embroiling the state in a court fight that was triggered 18 years ago when Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children fired an employee because she posed with her lesbian partner in a photo exhibit at the state fair. The employee’s discrimination complaint was dismissed early on. But the state, the Baptist-supported agency that was renamed Sunrise Children’s Services and three Kentucky taxpayer plaintiffs have been arguing ever since in federal court about how to safeguard children in taxpayer-supported foster care from religious coercion and proselytizing.
http://www.kentucky.com/opinion/editorials/article91798782.html

MD: Building Trust and Support for Homeless Youth in OST Programs
Youth Today – July 25, 2016
At the after-school coaching programs run by the Orange Duffel Bag Initiative, the staff never shines a spotlight on the fact that many of their participants are homeless. Often the moment comes when the participants draw their chairs into a circle after a day of trust-building exercises. They talk about experiencing homeless, the foster care system or deep poverty.
http://youthtoday.org/2016/07/building-trust-and-support-for-homeless-youth-in-ost-programs/

MI: The Orphanage: Part 1 – The Past (Includes video)
TV 6 – July 25, 2016
Just over a hundred years ago, the Holy Family Orphanage opened its doors to Upper Michigan children, and for roughly 50 years, 15 nuns looked after about 150 children, at any given time.
http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/The-Orphanage—Part-1-The-Past-388196152.html

OR: Social Workers Say What It’s Like To Deal With Foster Kids Living In The Office
Oregon Public Broadcasting – July 25, 2016
“Sometimes we’ll have babies that will come in, and you know, luckily there are a lot of people who want to hold babies. But if you have a super fussy baby it makes it hard for everybody to work. Because there’s babies crying or toddlers crying. Or they’re trying to run away and do things that really aren’t safe,” she said.
http://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-foster-care-social-workers-in-office/

US: Bogus ‘sex offender’ labels are ruining lives (Opinion)
New York Post – July 25, 2016
The US Bureau of Justice reports: “The single age with the greatest number of offenders from the perspective of law enforcement was age 14.”
http://nypost.com/2016/07/25/bogus-sex-offender-labels-are-ruining-lives/

US: Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #1: Federal Runaway Prevention Regulations in Foster Home Licensing
Chronicle of Social Change – July 25, 2016
Washington wants to amend a recently signed federal law to “restrict the renewal of a foster home license” for any placement from which multiple youth have been displaced due to “alleged safety concerns and maltreatment by a foster parent.” Her hope is that this would cut down the number of youth who run away from foster care placements every year.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/foster-youth-interns/child-welfare-ideas-experts-1/19682

US: ProPublica Exposes Racial Bias in Predictive Analytics
Chronicle of Social Change – July 25, 2016
Although these measures were created with the best of intentions, I am concerned that they inadvertently undermine our efforts to ensure individualized and equal justice. They may exacerbate unwarranted and unjust disparities that are already far too common in our criminal justice system and in our society. The fad that so concerned Holder is, of course, predictive analytics; the same fad spreading through child welfare. Propublica article: Machine Bias: There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks: https://www.propublica.org/article/machine-bias-risk-assessments-in-criminal-sentencing
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/predictive-analytics/propublica-exposes-racial-bias-predictive-analytics/19783

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Europe: ‘Deplorable’ child migrant response raises trafficking risk: report
Thomson Reuters Foundation – July 25, 2016
Children who flee poverty and war zones without their parents are falling prey to traffickers and smugglers once they arrive in Europe because of a disjointed response by governments, a group of British parliamentarians said on Tuesday.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/europes-deplorable-child-migrant-response-raises-trafficking-risk-010034292.html?ref=gs

Romania: More than 100 institutionalised children, victims of abuses and exploitation in 2015
Nine O’Clock – July 25, 2016
“According to the information received from the National Authority for the Protection of Children’s Rights and Adoption (ANPDCA), 101 cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation were registered in childcare institutions in 2015, based on the data sent by the General Directorates for Social Care and Child Protection (DGASPCs),” the Labour Ministry stated for Mediafax.
http://www.nineoclock.ro/more-than-100-institutionalised-children-victims-of-abuses-and-exploitation-in-2015/

United Kingdom: Rise in reports of sex crimes on youngsters with 143 more cases reported compared to the previous year
Basildon Recorder – July 26, 2016
Sex crimes against children are on the rise in Essex, according to new crime statistics released last week. There were 143 more cases reported to police in the last year compared with 2014-2015.
http://www.basildonrecorder.co.uk/news/14641309.Rise_in_reports_of_sex_crimes_on_youngsters_with_143_more_cases_reported_compared_to_the_previous_year/?ref=rss

CA: Pregnant Mother Goes Into Labor, Gets Some Unexpected News
Opposing Views – July 22, 2016
A woman from California almost lost her newborn baby after testing positive for methamphetamine. The problem? She never used the drug.
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/health/pregnant-mother-goes-labor-gets-some-unexpected-news

CA: Celebrating 180 Years of Love and Caring at Hillsides Foster Care Charity (Press release)
PrWeb – July 21, 2016
While children come and go at Hillsides Pasadena Residential Treatment Services, which serves 125 children in foster care annually, one thing stays the same: a committed core group of long-term staff members.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/07/prweb13566318.htm

FL: Foster rolls show toll of heroin epidemic
Southwest Florida Herald Tribune – July 23, 2016
An unprecedented number of children in Manatee County are being removed from their homes by the Department of Children and Families, largely because of the spike in heroin- and opiate-related abuse in the area.
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20160723/news/160729915

FL: Carlton: Foster kids deserve more than makeshift (Opinion)
Tampa Bay Times – July 22, 2016
You do have to feel for people working on the front lines here and making do if there is truly nowhere else for these kids to go. You also have to feel the frustration of those who have raised flags about an underfunded, dysfunctional child welfare system for years.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/carlton-foster-kids-deserve-more-than-makeshift/2286522

GA: DFCS is making a list of child abusers, but you can’t see it
Atlanta Journal-Constitution – July 22, 2016
Georgia’s child protection agency has begun assembling a particularly unappealing rogue’s gallery: a registry of confirmed child abusers. But, unlike other similar compilations, such as the state’s sex-offender registry, this list will not be open for public inspection.
http://investigations.blog.ajc.com/2016/07/22/dfcs-is-making-a-list-of-child-abusers-but-wont-let-you-see-it/

IL: Students say DCFS scholarships have changed their lives
Chicago Sun Times – July 22, 2016
The tuition waiver is for up to five years of school at any public university in Illinois, said Tiffany Gholson, associate deputy director of education and transition services for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/students-say-dcfs-scholarships-have-changed-their-lives/

IL: Chief judge in Winnebago, Boone leads way for human trafficking court programs
Rockford Register Star – July 21, 2016
Brenda Myers-Powell “put the human face” on the human trafficking issue for Joseph G. McGraw, Chief Judge for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Winnebago and Boone counties. Now he is helping spearhead ideas and plans among more than a dozen agencies for local pilot court programs to deal with sufferers and offenders of prostitution. He hopes one might become a national model.
http://www.rrstar.com/news/20160721/chief-judge-in-winnebago-boone-leads-way-for-human-trafficking-court-programs?rssfeed=true

IL: Report criticizes Illinois youth facility where teen died
Chicago Tribune – July 21, 2016
A new report commissioned by state child welfare officials shows systemic breakdowns and deficiencies that threaten the safety of children at a north suburban residential facility where a teen died this year. Also: Teen’s death at residential center emblematic of ‘system problem’: DCFS: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-allendale-shaquan-allen-death-met-20160526-story.html
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/rtc/ct-allendale-teen-dead-dcfs-met-20160721-story.html

IN: Court Vacates Purvi Patel’s Feticide Conviction, Landing a Blow Against “Personhood” Laws
Slate – July 22, 2016
Patel’s case has become a major flashpoint in the abortion debate: Abortion rights activists have said that she exposed the hypocrisy and lies of an anti-abortion movement that claims to want to punish abortion providers, not abortion seekers. The case also provided an example of how fetal-rights laws, purportedly written to punish criminals who assault pregnant women, can easily be used to incarcerate women and intimidate them out of perfectly legal abortions. Also: Purvi Patel: Indiana Court Overturns Feticide Conviction Of Woman Who Performed Self-Induced Abortion: http://www.inquisitr.com/3336650/purvi-patel-indiana-court-overturns-feticide-conviction-of-woman-who-performed-self-induced-abortion/
http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/07/22/court_vacates_purvi_patel_s_feticide_conviction_in_blow_against_personhood.html

LA: Voices: How we can help keep fathers out of prison, with their children instead
The Advertiser – July 24, 2016
A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that at least 94,000 Louisiana children (8 percent of our state’s child population) have had a parent incarcerated at some point in their child’s life.
http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/opinion/2016/07/24/voices-how-we-can-help-keep-fathers-out-prison-their-children-instead/87437242/

MA: The unexpected price of reporting abuse: retaliation
Boston Globe – July 21, 2016
When a small boarding school in the Berkshires discovered that a music teacher was having a sexual relationship with a female student, administrators responded in a way many parents would applaud: They fired him. But Buxton School officials took another step as well. They asked the teenager to leave
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/07/20/victims-abuse-private-schools-sometimes-face-retaliation-instead-sympathy/6SdTGZKxzkamgApl84NKHO/story.html

MD: MCPS superintendent releases memo on student abuse and neglect
WTOP – July 22, 2016
The July 20 memo was posted on the school system’s website on Friday. It shows that while 345 suspected cases of abuse or neglect were reported to the county’s office of Child Welfare Services since June 2015, only a handful, five in all, were deemed to show enough “credible evidence”to lead to action. Three of those staffers no longer work for the school system, and two “are on administrative leave pending final action” according to the memorandum.
http://wtop.com/education/2016/07/mcps-superintendent-releases-memo-cases-abuse-neglect/

ME: State leaves more welfare money unspent as more children fall into poverty (Opinion)
Bangor Daily News – July 22, 2016
But since news of the $110 million balance came out, Maine’s TANF balance has only grown. Maine recorded $155.5 million in unspent federal TANF funds at the end of the last state fiscal year on June 30, according to an accounting by the Legislature’s Office of Fiscal and Program Review.
http://bangordailynews.com/2016/07/22/opinion/editorials/maine-leaves-more-welfare-money-unspent-as-more-children-fall-into-poverty/?ref=OpinionBox

MO: More than 100 children in limbo with no new money to expand St. Louis foster care adoption program
St. Louis Post Dispatch – July 22, 2016
Supporters argue that while the Democratic governor had to withhold money to balance the budget and make up for slow revenue growth, cutting resources for the state’s adoption services will cost significantly more in the long run.
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/more-than-kids-in-limbo-with-no-new-money-to/article_766b8eb7-b198-539f-b72a-2d5ee539a2ce.html

MS: Task force points to drugs as leading contributor to Hancock County’s foster care crisis
WLOX – July 22, 2016
A report completed by the Hancock County Youth Court Task Force calls drug addiction one of the biggest problems facing the foster care system in Hancock County. Report: http://www.hancocktaskforce.com.php56-15.dfw3-2.websitetestlink.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/FINAL-Task-Force-Report-with-Attachments.pdf
http://www.wlox.com/story/32511820/task-force-points-to-drugs-as-leading-contributor-to-hancock-countys-foster-care-crisis

NH: UNH researchers: Many unaware of legal responsibility to report child abuse
Foster’s Daily Democrat – July 22, 2016
A landmark study by researchers at the University of New Hampshire finds gaps regarding awareness of mandatory reporting laws among the general public in New Hampshire, a state where all adults are required by law to report suspected child abuse to authorities, as well as misconceptions that reporting suspected abuse may lead to worse outcomes for children.
http://www.fosters.com/news/20160722/unh-researchers-many-unaware-of-legal-responsibility-to-report-child-abuse

NY: APNewsBreak: NYC review of foster homes finds no abuse cases
Associated Press – July 22, 2016
The city’s Administration for Children’s Services reviewed conditions at 370 homes operated by SCO Family of Services after one of the organization’s foster parents was arrested last winter on charges he sexually abused seven children in his home in Ridge, on Long Island.
http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/AP-NewsBreak-NYC-review-of-foster-homes-finds-no-8403132.php

OH: Report: Black locals disproportionately homeless
Cincinnati Enquirer – July 22, 2016
Homelessness exists in young adults for the same reason, he said. The systems that are meant to take care of children and young adults are not working properly. For example, one-fourth of the 18 to 24-year-old homeless population was in the foster care system. Report: https://www.strategiestoendhomelessness.org/wp-content/themes/stehTheme/docs/Data%20Page/Home%20to%20Stay%20-%202015%20Progress%20Report%20on%20Ending%20Homelessness%20-%20Interactive.pdf
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/07/22/report-black-locals-disproportionately-homeless/87436748/

OR: Secretary of state audits can ‘follow the money,’ cut waste: Opinion
The Oregonian – July 22, 2016
The Audits Division has the responsibility to “follow the money” in our public schools. When a district like Portland Public Schools fails to graduate 38 percent of students at Roosevelt High School, the public has a right to know where our state tax dollars are going and why these students are falling through the cracks.
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/07/secretary_of_state_audits_can.html

RI: DCYF reduces number of unlicensed foster homes, but hasn’t met promise to eliminate them
Providence Journal – July 22, 2016
The state’s troubled child welfare agency has reduced the number of unlicensed foster homes where it is allowing children to live in violation of law, but it hasn’t made good on a promise to eliminate the problem.
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20160722/dcyf-reduces-number-of-unlicensed-foster-homes-but-hasnt-met-promise-to-eliminate-them?rssfeed=true

SC: DSS names new Greenville Co. director
Greenville News – July 22, 2016
The South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) has a new Greenville County director. Dena Reeves-Green has been promoted to that position, having served as the agency’s interim county director since March.
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/2016/07/22/87399018/

TN: Tennessee Selected To Join Three Branch Institute To Improve Child Safety And Prevent Child Fatalities
The Chattanoogan – July 22, 2016
Tennessee was one of eight states competitively selected to participate in the Three Branch Institute to Improve Child Safety and Prevent Child Fatalities, a project of the National Governor’s Association’s Center for Best Practices, the National Conference of State Legislatures, Casey Family Programs, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National Center for State Courts.
http://www.chattanoogan.com/2016/7/22/328494/Tennessee-Selected-To-Join-Three-Branch.aspx

TX: Bill Hammond: Texas should move to full-day pre-kindergarten (Opinion)
El Paso Times – July 24, 2016
While he shouldn’t necessarily dictate curriculum, the education commissioner should be given the authority to set rules to measure the effectiveness of curriculum and professional development. 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.
http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/07/24/bill-hammond-texas-move-full-day-pre-kindergarten/87511428/

TX: Help reform CPS by boosting pay (Opinion)
Denton Record-Chronicle – July 22, 2016
Recently, Henry “Hank” Whitman, the new head of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, outlined a 10-point plan to improve Child Protective Services. The plan was explained in a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott, and it has many merits, particularly its focus on supporting front-line workers and holding agency leadership accountable
http://www.dentonrc.com/opinion/editorials-headlines/20160722-help-reform-cps-by-boosting-pay.ece

UT: After 8 years with no ‘true increase’ in foster care stipends, foster parents seek more funding
Deseret News – July 24, 2015
In Utah, foster care is a 24/7 “job” that pays about $30 a day per child on the top end of the scale. It’s also a job that hasn’t provided a pay raise in eight years, even though it involves caring for highly vulnerable children in state custody who have experienced neglect and abuse at the hands of their own parents.
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865658690/After-8-years-with-no-true-increase-in-foster-care-stipends-foster-parents-seek-more-funding.html

WI: Young and trapped: Homeless youth and young adults ensnared in human sex trafficking
Wisconsin State Journal – July 24, 2016
The girls and young women, sometimes boys and men, are recruited in shopping mall food courts, outside emergency shelters for the homeless or the Dane County job center, at bus transfer stations during the school year, on Facebook, at motels where homeless mothers with young children often stay.
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/special/homeless/young-and-trapped-homeless-youth-and-young-adults-ensnared-in/article_f510a57a-0b79-5a17-821b-3df3bd2a88a7.html

US: 8 Steps to Take to Protect Children From Sexual Abuse at the Hands of Rabbis (Opinion)
The Algemeiner – July 25, 2016
Many Orthodox rabbis and institutions are affiliated with one or more major Orthodox umbrella groups. These groups include the Orthodox Union, Agudath Israel of America, Torah Umesorah, the Rabbinical Council of America and the National Council of Young Israel. Over the last several years, I have tried to convince several of these groups, numerous prominent rabbis and the Jewish Federations of North America to take even minimal steps to protect Orthodox children from the rampant sexual abuse found in our communities. My efforts went nowhere.
http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/07/25/8-steps-to-take-to-protect-children-from-sexual-abuse-at-the-hands-of-rabbis/#

US: In DNC speech, Philly man will seek more help for social workers and kids in their care
News Works – July 25, 2016
A Philadelphia native with a compelling story will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night. Thaddeus Desmond, 28, entered the child welfare system as an infant. His birth parents, Marsha Jamison and Thaddeus Jamison Sr., had been struggling with drugs, and they were unable to care for their baby.
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/decision2016/latest/item/95569-in-dnc-speech-philly-man-will-seek-more-help-for-social-workers-and-kids-in-their-care

US: Putting Childhood Poverty on Candidates’ Radar (Includes audio)
Public News Service – July 25, 2016
Bruce Lesley, president of the children’s advocacy group First Focus, says more than one in five children in the U.S. lives in a family that falls below the federal poverty level.
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-07-25/childrens-issues/putting-childhood-poverty-on-candidates-radar/a53158-1

US: Adoption In America: The Good, The Bad, And A Path To Reform (Opinion)
Huffington Post – July 22, 2016
Too often, adoptions are fraught with challenges that negatively impact adopted persons, first/birth families, foster/adoptive families and the people who love all of these people. These challenges go well beyond the individual and can impact our wider world.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/april-dinwoodie/adoption-in-america-the-g_b_11111576.html?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents

US: Meet Tim Kaine’s wife, a longtime child welfare advocate and Virginia’s secretary of education
Washington Post – July 22, 2016
As a schoolgirl in 1970, she was on the front lines of the fight to desegregate Virginia’s public schools. Holton is the daughter of Virginia Gov. A. Linwood Holton (R), who championed integration in a state that was known for its vigorous efforts to resist it. To drive home this point, he sent his daughters to a historically all-black Richmond City public school, escorting Anne Holton’s sister to class in a gesture captured in a historic photograph. Also: Who Is Anne Holton? Wife of Tim Kaine, Hillary’s VP Pick, Revealed: http://www.inquisitr.com/3337935/who-is-anne-holton-wife-of-tim-kaine-hillarys-vp-pick-revealed/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/07/22/meet-tim-kaines-wife-a-longtime-child-welfare-advocate-and-virginias-secretary-of-education/

US: Obama signs into law opioid addiction bill to protect newborns
Health Medicine Network – July 22, 2016
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act also stresses drug treatment and overdose prevention to help stanch the nation’s heroin and opioid drug epidemic. Obama said in a statement that 78 Americans die from opioid overdose every day, and noted that the legislation included only modest steps to address the epidemic. Also: Federal legislation to tackle opioid crisis due to become law; Whitehouse one of four sponsors: http://www.pbn.com/Federal-legislation-to-tackle-opioid-crisis-due-to-become-law-Whitehouse-one-of-four-sponsors,115896
http://healthmedicinet.com/i/obama-signs-into-law-opioid-addiction-bill-to-protect-newborns/

US: What Is Old, Outdated, And Obsolete? (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – July 21, 2016
Answer: A Youth Prison. We’re using the mnemonic “locked up” to show some of these key characteristics of a youth prison. This article is the second in the series, Locked Up: What is a Youth Prison? One of those traits is that a youth prison is old, outdated and obsolete.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz_ryan/what-is-old-outdated-and-_b_11083310.html

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Armenia: Alternative Child Protection Services and Deinstitutionalisation in Armenia
Armenian News Network / Groong – July 22, 2016
With over 2,500 institutionalised children, Armenia needs to promote alternative care mechanisms. The Child Protection Network advocates for de-institutionalisation.
http://groong.usc.edu/news/msg581520.html

Philippines: Why Are Women Still Going Through the Worst Human Rights Violations? (Opinion)
Philippine Daily Inquirer – July 23, 2016
Former President Jimmy Carter declared in 2014 that violence against women, be it sexual, emotional, physical, structural or institutional, was “the worst and most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violation on earth.”
http://preen.inquirer.net/29545/women-still-going-worst-human-rights-violations

Tanzania: Working a system to protect children in Tanzania
Relief Web – July 20, 2016
When I watch Pretty catching a pink ball and throwing it back to Juma, I can’t believe that only a year ago she was lying at the bottom of a pit latrine, wrapped inside a plastic bag, barely able to breathe. Who would do such a thing to an innocent, newborn child? Unfortunately, the journalists tell me that such stories are not uncommon in Tanzania.
http://reliefweb.int/report/united-republic-tanzania/working-system-protect-children-tanzania

United Kingdom: Mandatory reporting shows scale of FGM
Police Professional – July 25, 2016
There were 5,700 newly-recorded cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) reported in England during 2015/16, according to the first ever publication of annual statistics.
http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=26719

CT: DCF envisions a better way to work with incarcerated juveniles
The Connecticut Mirror – July 21, 2016
The state’s child welfare agency has envisioned what it considers a better way to operate a locked facility for youths who break the law, offering a preview of what a juvenile justice system might look like after the state closes its controversial jail for juveniles in Middletown.
http://ctmirror.org/2016/07/21/dcf-envisions-a-better-way-to-work-with-incarcerated-juveniles/

IL: Don’t Make Our Most Vulnerable Children Wait Longer? (Opinion)
The Chicago Crusader – July 21, 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-those who are abused and neglected and at risk of entering foster care and lingering in group care.
http://chicagocrusader.com/dont-make-vulnerable-children-wait-longer/

KY: Necco receives $700,000 from Attorney General
Bowling Green Daily News – July 21, 2016
Necco, a company dedicated to providing support for children impacted by drug abuse, received $700,000 from Kentucky State Attorney General Andy Beshear on Thursday.
http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/necco-receives-from-attorney-general/article_20ad26a7-f959-58ca-9041-ecff2313e4b9.html

MA: Shadow Children: Putting An End To Re-homing Adopted Children In Massachusetts
WBUR – July 22, 2016
The Massachusetts State Legislature, which wraps up formal sessions on July 31, has the opportunity to close the legal loopholes that make re-homing possible in our state.
http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2016/07/22/re-homing-massachusetts-child-welfare-erin-g-bradley

MA: Bella’s Voice focuses on missing, abused children
The News Star – July 21, 2016
An organization putting down roots in Ouachita Parish was born following the search for the identity of a 2-year-old girl whose body washed ashore in Massachusetts in June 2015.
http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/local/2016/07/21/bellas-voice-focuses-missing-abused-children/87364214/

MD: Editorial: Aged-out foster kids need support too
Carroll County Times – July 20, 2016
The county commissioners recently approved an application that will make Carroll part of a test-run of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Family Unification Program and Family Self Sufficiency Demonstration Program, in an attempt to curb homelessness among children who have aged out of foster care by providing housing and teaching financial independence. As many as a third of individuals who exit foster care experience homelessness at some time in the first few years of independence.
http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/opinion/editorials/ph-cc-editorial-072116-20160720-story.html

MN: Archdiocese amends settlement agreement; Wetterling named to review board
The Catholic Spirit – July 21, 2016
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is adding child advocate Patty Wetterling to its Ministerial Review Board and extending the length of its civil settlement agreement with the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office as part of an amendment submitted July 20 to District Judge Teresa Warner.
http://thecatholicspirit.com/news/local-news/archdiocese-boosts-child-protection-efforts-amendment-civil-settlement-agreement/

MO: More foster teens visit White House, leaving inspired to achieve dreams of higher education
WDAF – July 21, 2016
It was the trip of a lifetime for two foster teens from the metro. They spent the week meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama along with other at-risk teens. It could prove to be a life-changing experience.
http://fox4kc.com/2016/07/21/metro-foster-teens-visit-white-house-leaving-inspired-to-achieve-dreams-of-higher-education/

NC: McCrory signs Newton’s child-protection bill
The Gaston Gazette – July 22, 2016
Gov. Pat McCrory traveled to Gastonia Thursday to sign a bill named for a 9-year-old Gaston County girl who was raped and murdered a short time after she had moved to Florida.
http://www.wilsontimes.com/stories/McCrory-signs-Newton8217s-child-protection-bill,70159

ND: State budget cuts impact struggling families
Bismark Tribune – July 21, 2016
Recent statewide budget cuts have impacted child care services for families with children with autism and other disabilities. The North Dakota Department of Human Services had to reduce some funding for childcare assistance and additional behavior and mental health training for day care providers.
http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/health/state-budget-cuts-impact-struggling-families/article_0eb9ed22-efa7-5777-be2e-d0387943b5f8.html

TX: Klapheke Case: Former CPS Supervisor Wants Charge Dismissed
KTAB/KRBC – July 21, 2016
Randy Wilson, the attorney for Martha “Bit” Whitaker, has filed a “Motion to Set Aside Indictment for Failure to Afford Constitutional Right to Speedy Trial”, citing the 6th and 14th amendments to the United States Constitution, which reference the right to a speedy trial and due process.
http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/news/main-news/klapheke-case-former-cps-supervisor-wants-charge-dismissed

TX: Ride along with CPS shows challenges investigators, department face
KBTX – July 21, 2016
Brandhuber makes her rounds across the Brazos Valley and beyond, opening and closing cases to help better children’s lives. But it’s no secret the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services can use some revamping. That’s why retired Texas Ranger Hank Whitman is now in charge.
http://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Ride-along-with-CPS-shows-challenges-investigators-CPS-face-387843852.html

VA: Retired Botetourt official to run troubled Rockbridge social services office
Martinsville Bulletin – July 22, 2016
The retired director of social services in Botetourt County has been hired as the interim director of the troubled Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services. William “Bill” Burleson will start Aug. 1 and serve until the position is filled permanently.
http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/news/region_and_state/retired-botetourt-official-to-run-troubled-rockbridge-social-services-office/article_1e60b671-901a-534f-a6e9-eb22ef5d3bb5.html

VA: DHS Partners With Virginia Attorney General’s Office to Raise Public Awareness on Human Trafficking
Executive Gov – July 21, 2016
The Department of Homeland Security has teamed up with the Virginia Office of the Attorney General to launch efforts that aim to increase awareness on human trafficking through DHS’ Blue Campaign.
http://www.executivegov.com/2016/07/dhs-partners-with-virginia-attorney-generals-office-to-raise-public-awareness-on-human-trafficking/

US: Is a 40-Hour Workweek Enough in Government? (Opinion)
Governing – July 21, 2016
When similar surveys have been conducted in the past, the results have been unsettling. Take the Colorado Child Welfare Workload Study. Over four weeks in 2014, 1,300 child welfare workers in 54 counties recorded how much time they spent on different activities. The results: 37.5 percent of their time was spent on documentation and administration, 5 percent on parent and family contact, and 4 percent on child contact. Information Gateway resource: National Caseload/Workload Studies and Reports: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/management/workforce/retention/workforce-retention/workload/studies-reports/
http://www.governing.com/columns/smart-mgmt/gov-time-usage-survey-government.html

US: Former foster care youth deliver their policy recommendations to Congress
First Focus – July 20, 2016
“The 12 of us are not here on behalf of the so-called ‘successful’ foster youth. We are here to represent how foster youth can and ought to be when people look at them as more than what statistics will predict,” said Tori Wichman, one of twelve Foster Youth Interns, while addressing the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Powerful Voices briefing July 12, 2016.
https://firstfocus.org/blog/former-foster-care-youth-deliver-their-policy-recommendations-to-congress/?utm_content=buffer8d6d3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Australia: Foster kids should stay in system until 21 (Opinion)
9News – July 21, 2016
Children in foster care should be cared for until they’re 21 to give them a better chance at staying out of trouble, Anglicare Victoria has told police. Speaking at the Chief Commissioner’s Youth Summit in Melbourne on Thursday, Anglicare Victoria’s chief executive Paul McDonald called for the foster care age limit to be extended.
http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/07/21/16/53/foster-kids-should-stay-in-system-until-21

Canada: Indigenous children over-represented in child welfare
Stony Plain Reporter – July 22, 2016
These are quotes from a video by the Office of The Child and Youth Advocate Alberta (OCYA), in light of a recent report published by the Auditor General’s office on the delivery of child and family services to indigenous youth. According to the report, almost 70 per cent of children in care are Aboriginal, even though only 10 per cent of children in the province are Aboriginal. Also: Inquiry will have to examine police conduct, child welfare system: http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/inquiry-will-have-to-examine-police-conduct-1.3690153
http://thecatholicspirit.com/news/local-news/archdiocese-boosts-child-protection-efforts-amendment-civil-settlement-agreement/

Canada: Adoption in the modern world
Coast Reporter – July 21, 2016
Adoption has emerged from its dark, secretive history, and these days adopted children can track down their birth mothers on the Internet. LGBTQ and single parents who adopt children are now more common. Yet challenges linger.
http://www.coastreporter.net/entertainment/arts-entertainment/adoption-in-the-modern-world-1.2307417

India: Now, a helpline for parents to protect children
NYOOOZ – July 22, 2016
A toll-free helpline for parents will soon be launched through Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) to address problems related to violation of child rights.
http://www.nyoooz.com/mangalore/548559/now-a-helpline-for-parents-to-protect-children

United Kingdom: FGM In The UK Statistics Reveal Thousands Sought Help In Last Year And Some Cases Took Place In Britain
The Huffington Post UK – July 21, 2016
New figures on Female Genital Mutilation reveal there were thousands of cases reported in England last year-the equivalent of 16 cases every day. In the year to March, 5,702 women sought medical help for the complications of the mutilation, according to research which touches on the scope of FGM and its victims in Britain for the first time. Also: The first ever FGM figures show nearly 6,000 new cases in England: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36838870/the-first-ever-fgm-figures-show-nearly-6000-new-cases-in-england
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/fgm-in-the-uk-britain_uk_57908240e4b0e438dbd99100

United Kingdom: Shaken baby syndrome IS a real cause of death: 90 per cent of doctors believe shaking can flood infant’s brain – but courts still question the diagnosis
Daily Mail – July 21, 2016
The majority of doctors believe Shaken Baby Syndrome is a genuine diagnosis that can kill a child, new survey data reveals. It delivers a decisive blow to courts around the world, many of which still question the diagnosis.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3702391/Shaken-baby-syndrome-real-cause-death-90-cent-doctors-believe-shaking-flood-infant-s-brain-courts-question-diagnosis.html

Vietnam: Child adoption registration fee announced
Vietnam Net Bridge – July 22, 2016
Under a new decree issued recently by the Government, a fee of 9 million VND (409 USD) will be applied for each Vietnamese child adoption registration by Vietnamese nationals abroad and foreigners living outside Vietnam. The cost is 150 USD for registration at Vietnam’s representatives offices abroad.
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/society/160871/child-adoption-registration-fee-announced.html

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AR: Hutchinson adviser named interim director of Division of Youth Services
Arkansas News Bureau – July 19, 2016
An adviser to Gov. Asa Hutchinson will serve as interim director of the state Department of Human Services’ Division of Youth Services while the agency searches for a permanent director, DHS and the governor said Tuesday. Betty Guhman begins serving in that role Wednesday. Her annual salary will be $100,077, the same salary that was paid to former DYS Director Marcus Devine, who left in April to take a job in the private sector.
http://pbcommercial.com/news/hutchinson-adviser-named-interim-director-division-youth-services

AZ: Attention men: Step ‘into the breach’ for foster care children (Opinion) (Includes video)
Catholic Sun – July 19, 2016
Only 22 percent of current Court Appointed Special Advocates in Maricopa County are male. Yet more than half of the county’s 13,000 foster children are boys who could benefit from having a positive male role model in their lives.
http://www.catholicsun.org/2016/07/19/attention-men-step-into-the-breach-for-foster-care-children/

CA: California’s Continuum of Care Reform – Will it Produce as Promised? (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – July 19, 2016
I think it’s important to remember why CCR was initiated in the first place: to reduce foster care expenditures. California lost a lawsuit which forced the state to dramatically increase group home rates. So, the legislature initiated a process to figure out how to get kids out of group homes to reduce state foster care expenditures. Though this has been presented as a “in the best interest of the children” initiative, that’s disingenuous. The cold, hard fact is that CCR was designed to save the state money.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/blogger-co-op/californias-continuum-care-reform-will-produce-promised/19475

CA: Foster youth deserve good health care, wherever they are (Opinion)
Sacramento Bee – July 19, 2016
Children enter foster care having already experienced abuse, neglect and other traumas, such as exposure to domestic violence. These accumulated traumas can leave them with extensive behavioral and mental health needs. To heal, these children need regular and quality health care services.
http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article90580362.html

FL: Nonprofit admits more children in state care were forced to sleep in offices than previously acknowledged
Tampa Bay Times – July 19, 2016
Air mattresses placed on office floors served as make-do sleeping quarters for dozens of Hillsborough County foster children, a crisis that the contractor responsible for taking care of the children repeatedly failed to report to the state.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/non-profit-admits-more-children-in-state-care-were-forced-to-sleep-in/2285942

FL: WCSO partners with DCF to assume child protection services (Press release)
WEAR-TV – July 19, 2016
Walton County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce a future partnership with the Department of Child and Families (DCF) to enhance services for the families of Walton County. During the next 12 months WCSO will be undergoing a transition in conjunction with DCF to assume the responsibilities of child protective services in our county.
http://weartv.com/news/local/wcso-partners-with-dcf-to-assume-child-protection-services

MD: County considers possible implications of voucher program
Carroll County Times – July 19, 2016
The safety net for teenagers aging out of the foster system could be expanding in Carroll County. At last week’s Board of Commissioners meeting, the board agreed to approve an application from the county Department of Citizen Services to participate in a test-run of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Family Unification Program and Family Self Sufficiency Demonstration Program.
http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/government/ph-cc-hud-grant-0720-20160719-story.html

MN: [Saint Louis] County needs $11 million on 2017 levy
Mesabi Daily News – July 19, 2016
Foster care re-entry, when a child is discharged from foster care and re-enters after 12 months, is at a 23 percent rate in St. Louis as of 2014. The target rate is less than 10 percent. In addition, foster care stability, timely reunification or transfer of custody/adoption is 50 percent in the county, compared to the state average of 68 percent.
http://www.virginiamn.com/news/local/county-needs-million-on-levy/article_cf55138c-4e1e-11e6-b89c-d3f817f7b6d7.html

MN: Archdiocese Docs Could Be Released In Possible Settlement (Includes video)
CBS Minnesota – July 19, 2016
Wehmeyer has completed his criminal sentence in Minnesota and is now serving time in Wisconsin for the assault there. The June 2015 complaint against the archdiocese spells out in detail what top archdiocese officials, including then Archbishop John Nienstedt, former Vicar General Kevin Mcdonough and Bishop Lee Piche, knew about Wehmeyer’s predatory behavior and how they allegedly failed to act to keep children safe.
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/07/19/archdiocese-docs-could-be-released-in-possible-settlement/

NJ: One Simple Wish Promotes Nonprofit Collaboration While Brightening Lives
Chronicle of Social Change – July 19, 2016
For nonprofits, navigating niche areas of meaningful work and learning to collaborate with other agencies can prove to be an overwhelming feat. A feat that Danielle Gletow has successfully accomplished through founding One Simple Wish in Trenton, New Jersey.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/news-2/one-simple-wish-promotes-nonprofit-collaboration/19757

OH: Child protection system overburdened, underfunded (Opinion)
Cincinnati Enquirer – July 19, 2016
Cuts since 2008 have reduced the staff as well as services for these abused and neglected children. The system is operating on a levy rate set 20 years ago and local money has actually decreased since 2007.
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/07/19/child-protection-system-overburdened-underfunded/87242864/

PA: Refugee Teens Sue for Educational Rights (Includes audio)
Public News Service – July 20, 2016
A lawsuit filed in federal district court Tuesday accused the district of either refusing to enroll 17- to 21-year-old, non-English-speaking refugees at all, or diverting them to a privately operated school for underachieving students. According to Maura McInerney, senior staff attorney with the Education Law Center, vulnerable students with intensive language shortfalls are not getting what they need. Information Gateway resource: Well-Being of Immigrant Children and Youth: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/immigration/wellbeing/
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-07-20/education/refugee-teens-sue-for-educational-rights/a53093-1

SC: DSS: Child abuse and neglect deaths up
Greenville News – July 19, 2016
The number of South Carolina children dying from abuse and neglect increased to 28 last year, the state’s child welfare agency reported Tuesday. The State Department of Social Services also says that the number of children served by DSS as a result of an indicated report of abuse or neglect increased to 20,309 in 2015 from 16,794 for 2014. The number of fatalities as a percentage of all children served by the agency remained about constant from 2014 to 2015, DSS reported.
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/2016/07/19/dss-south-carolina-child-abuse-and-neglect-deaths-up/87280766/

TX: Catholic Charities launches #BeThere4Life
Diocese of Austin – July 19, 2016
“I was just navigating to try to help someone in need. It takes a lot of courage to leave (a domestic violence situation),” Gutierrez said. The woman received counseling through the shelter where she was helped. CCCTX also offers counseling services, such as family counseling, grief counseling, bullying issues and continuing care for the mentally ill or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some calls require resolution through cooperation with community agencies, such as Adult Protective Services (APS) or Child Protective Services (CPS).
http://www.austindiocese.org/article/17807/catholic-charities-launches-bethere4life

TX: CPS reform must start with boosting pay (Opinion)
MySanAntonio – July 19, 2016
To truly improve CPS, Henry “Hank” Whitman, the new head of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and Governor Abbott need to advocate for significantly better pay for agency workers. It starts there, and without a dramatic improvement in pay, other reforms will have little or no impact.
http://m.mysanantonio.com/opinion/editorials/article/CPS-reform-must-start-with-boosting-pay-8392818.php

WI: New Human services director chosen for Dodge County
WISC News – July 19, 2016
Becky Bell was chosen as the new director of Dodge County Human Services & Health Tuesday. The Dodge County Board of Supervisors approved her selection with her first day in the position being scheduled for Aug. 15.
http://www.wiscnews.com/news/local/article_b61f31de-cc0b-541b-a9aa-c3e70dfd03ae.html

US: Opportunity to advance foster care in hands of Senate (Opinion)
Philadelphia Tribune – July 19, 2016
Home Commentary Opportunity to advance foster care in hands of Senate Story Comments Print Create a hardcopy of this page Font Size: Default font size Larger font size Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 8:00 am Marian Wright Edelman | 0 comments 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 passed the Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456) on June 21 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 have vulnerable children keep waiting and waiting.
http://www.phillytrib.com/commentary/opportunity-to-advance-foster-care-in-hands-of-senate/article_41be130b-33c9-5039-b90e-4410bda9ad58.html

US: AAP encourages pediatricians to screen for parental substance abuse
Healio – July 19, 2015
Pediatricians are encouraged to screen their patients’ parents for substance abuse, be alert for symptoms of child abuse or neglect, monitor children for developmental and academic delays and be familiar with mandatory reporting requirements for suspected neglect or abuse, according to an AAP clinical report. Report: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/07/14/peds.2016-1575
http://www.healio.com/pediatrics/practice-management/news/online/%7B5feb7464-23dd-477f-ad2e-3ad796799808%7D/aap-encourages-pediatricians-to-screen-for-parental-substance-abuse

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Canada: ‘Something wrong’ with Alberta’s child welfare system for Indigenous families: advocate
CBC News – July 19, 2016
The watchdog for Alberta’s most vulnerable children and families released a special report Tuesday outlining the systemic issues he says are failing Indigenous families. In the report, titled Voices for Change, Child and Youth Advocate Del Graff said there is “something wrong” with the child welfare system. Report: https://www.scribd.com/document/318744573/Child-and-Youth-Advocate-Report
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/something-wrong-with-alberta-s-child-welfare-system-for-indigenous-families-advocate-1.3685268?cmp=rss

Gambia: UNFPA Welcomes the Ban on Child Marriage
Foroyaa Online – July 19, 2016
Kunle Adeniyi, head of office, or head of operation, of the United Nations Population Fund in the country, has welcomed the Kunle Adeniyi Head of Operation UNFPAgovernment of The Gambia’s recent ban on child marriage in a press briefing held at their head office in Bakau, Cape-point, on July 14, 2016.
http://www.foroyaa.gm/archives/11251

Singapore: Family violence laws under review after spate of abuse cases
Today Online – July 20, 2016
In light of recent high-profile cases of child abuse, the laws are being reviewed to enhance deterrence of family violence and to ensure that those responsible are appropriately dealt with, said Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin yesterday.
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/laws-being-reviewed-further-curb-family-violence-tan-chuan-jin

CA: Social workers arraigned in case of tortured, fatally beaten 8-year-old boy
Los Angeles Times – July 18, 2016
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge denied a motion to drop charges of felony child abuse and falsifying public records against four social workers related to the torture and death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-social-workers-arraigned-20160718-snap-story.html

CA: The debate over marijuana legalization and kids (Opinion)
California Political Review – July 18, 2016
In Nevada County, where marijuana growing and use is common, officials have testified at public meetings about referrals to Child Protective Services for unsafe living conditions related to marijuana, increased medical emergencies related to the drug and kids being sent home from school because of the smell of pot on their clothes.” Information Gateway Resource: Substance Use Disorder Legislation: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/bhw/federal/legislation/
http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/the-debate-over-marijuana-legalization-and-kids/

FL: Walton Co. Sheriff to takeover DCF
Mypanhandle.com – July 18, 2016
The Walton County Sheriff is working to take over the responsibilities of the Department of Children and Families. The move signals a major shift in an effort to expand child protective services in the county and make sure no child falls through the cracks.
http://www.mypanhandle.com/news/walton-co-sheriff-to-takeover-dcf

FL: Computer ‘Snafu’ For 102,000 Medicaid Eligible Kids Leaves Experts Befuddled; Vendor Not Fined
Politico – July 15, 2016
A computer glitch that affected the insurance status of as many as 102,000 Florida children has bewildered health care experts and left child welfare advocates wondering why the state hasn’t levied fines against the vendor responsible for the mistake. Center for Children and Families Executive Director Joan Alker called the 18-month disconnect between computer systems at the Department of Children and Families and the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation a “serious snafu.”
http://ccf.georgetown.edu/media/clinton-5-two-polls-trump-tebow-fumble-dispatches-corruption-ville-corrine-brown-d-race-baiter-state-wants-florida-mans-pizza-eating/

GA: Heaven Woods case sparked changes to DFCS system, but problems persist (Includes Video)
11 Alive Atlanta – July 18, 2016
In the past two years, Georgia’s Department of Family and Children Services, DFCS, has spent more than $3 million to catch up on past-due investigations and received millions more to hire 625 new caseworkers.
http://www.11alive.com/news/local/investigations/dfcs/high-case-loads-and-morale-persist-even-after-millions-spent-to-improve-child-safety/276277535

IL: Gun restrictions unfairly target foster parents, lawsuit claims
Fox News – July 16, 2016
Already parents of three, the couple is in the process of formally adopting a daughter through the state foster care system and is fighting Department of Children and Family Services rules they say severely restrict their gun rights.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/16/illinois-gun-restrictions-unfairly-target-foster-parents-lawsuit-claims.html

MS: Judge Dawn Beam announces foster parent training
Hattiesburg American – July 16, 2016
In March, Judge Dawn Beam of Sumrall was sworn-in as newly appointed justice to the Mississippi Supreme Court, taking over the final 11 months of an eight-year term started by Justice Randy Pierce, who resigned. “I can tell you I was impressed with her concern and mission to help foster children and those that are lost, neglected and abused in this state,” he said.
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/story/news/local/2016/07/16/judge-dawn-beam-announces-foster-parent-training/87122002/

NE: Report lays out plans to help sex trafficking victims
McCook Gazette – July 18, 2016
Welcome legal steps have been taken to see that sex trafficking victims aren’t treated like criminals in Nebraska, but we have a long way to go, according to a new report, “Nebraska Sex Trafficking Survivors Speak — a Qualitative Research Study.” Report: http://bit.ly/29PSiVz
http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/2322672.html

NY: Children’s Home Reaches A Milestone With More Than 100 Adoptions (Includes video)
Time Warner Cable News – July 18, 2016
“The work that the Children’s Home is doing and the folks here, that have chosen to adopt children is remarkable,” Sen. Fred Akshar said. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau more than 100,000 children nationwide, are in foster care waiting for a home. In New York State, alone, there are more than 5,000.
http://www.twcnews.com/nys/binghamton/news/2016/07/18/childrens-home-100-adoptions.html

RI: Timeline: DCYF’s long history of trouble
Providence Journal – July 16, 2016
In her pledge last summer to reform the troubled Department of Children, Youth and Families, Governor Raimondo described Rhode Island’s child-welfare system, including state foster care, as “extremely dysfunctional.”
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20160716/timeline-dcyfs-long-history-of-trouble?rssfeed=true

TX: Courtrooms All Over Texas Are Offering Drug Courts to Help Save Families (Includes audio)
KUT – July 18, 2016
Meeks and Welch’s situation may not be ideal. But they’re lucky to be part of a unique program called Family Drug Court, presided over by Judge Aurora Martinez Jones in Travis County. “We are working with them to make sure we are giving them additional support in their recovery as well as giving them additional parenting skills so that we can keep their families together while they’re going through treatment and working through their CPS case,” Jones says.
http://kut.org/post/courtrooms-all-over-texas-are-offering-drug-courts-help-save-families

TX: CPS Adopts New Domestic Violence Policy (Video)
KIII News – July 18, 2016
Child Protective Services is changing the way it works with families affected by domestic violence. The change means the agency will not only be helping the victims, but the perpetrators as well.
http://www.kiiitv.com/story/32473460/cps-adopts-new-domestic-violence-policy

TX: Phillips: Protecting children from abuse requires more than talk (Opinion)
MyStatesman – July 18, 2016
Since taking control of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services last month, Henry “Hank” Whitman has wasted no time shaking things up at the state’s child welfare agency. And if ever an agency needed an overhaul, it’s Child Protective Services, which administers the state’s troubled foster care program.
http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/opinion/phillips-protecting-children-from-abuse-requires-m/nrzn8/

WI: Marathon County needs help with ‘heroin kids’
WSAW – July 18, 2016
Marathon County Social Services and the County’s Corporation Counsel has asked the Marathon County board for additional positions to be created, to deal with the increase of kids being taken out of their home. The reason for the increase is due tot the heroin epidemic in Marathon County, that’s causing more kids to be born addicted to drugs or living with drug addicted parents.
http://www.wsaw.com/content/news/Marathon-Countys-heroin-epidemic-leads-to-increase-in-kids-going-into-countys-custody-387340421.html

WV: Need for Foster Families on the Rise (Includes video)
WDTV.com – July 18, 2016
According to data from a 2015 Department of Health and Human Resources report, West Virginia has the highest rate of youth entering foster care at a rate at 5.3% above the national average.
http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view§ion=5-News&item=Need-for-Foster-Families-on-the-Rise-31974

US: Children’s Health Care, Patient Records and Black Market Identity Theft
Security Intelligence – July 18, 2016
Children in foster care and group homes are probably the most susceptible to identity theft and corruption within hospital systems.
https://securityintelligence.com/childrens-health-care-patient-records-and-black-market-identity-theft/

US: Major Housing Assistance Reform Bill Passes Congress
Affordable Housing Finance – July 18, 2016
The legislation makes important changes to the Family Unification Program (FUP), expanding access for youth aging out of foster care who are at risk of homelessness.
http://www.housingfinance.com/policy-legislation/major-housing-assistance-reform-bill-passes-congress_o

US: Not Again! Yet Another United States’ Plan To Support International Adoption (Opinion)
Huffington Post – July 18, 2016
Senator Klobuchar and Senator Blunt didn’t seem to understand that international adoption for adoptees is a mixed blessing: children in behavioral treatment centers consist of 40 to 50% of adoptees, schools for children with learning disabilities are for a high percentage peopled with adopted children, the suicide rate of adoptees is 4 times higher than in the general population, the regulated and unregulated rehoming of ‘acting-out’ kids turned into a common practice and a thriving business, they didn’t seem to understand that the waiting rooms of psychologists and therapists all over the country are filled not only with adoptees but also with their parents.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-ligtvoet/not-again-yet-another-uni_b_10995986.html

US: We Need to Understand How to Provide Trauma-Informed Care (Opinion)
Youth Today – July 18, 2016
It is not uncommon for children with histories of complex trauma to respond with externalizing behaviors and to be diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder. Sometimes children also respond with agitated depression and anxiety. These are the children who may at times rage, fight, argue, refuse to comply, run away, lie and steal.
http://youthtoday.org/2016/07/we-need-to-understand-how-to-provide-trauma-informed-care/

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Tanzania: In Tanzania, child protection systems keep children safe from harm
UNICEF – July 18, 2016
The backyard in Christer and Juma Mabuza’s home in Muvwa village, Mbeya District Council, is the place where their family gathers to prepare dinner. While Juma lights a fire and Christer chops spinach from her vegetable garden, their six children play on makeshift drums with Pretty, an 18-month-old child the Mabuzas are fostering.
http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/tanzania_91909.html

CA: L.A. County to Review Five Years of Child Deaths, Critical Incident Reports
Chronicle of Social Change – July 15, 2016
The 12-person CECANF commission spent almost three years assembling data and community feedback on crucial ways to prevent future child deaths. In its March 2016 report, the group recommended that agencies review child maltreatment fatalities over the past five years in order to identify family and systemic issues that may have led to the fatalities. Report: https://eliminatechildabusefatalities.sites.usa.gov/files/2016/03/CECANF-final-report.pdf
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-trauma-2/l-county-assesses-progress-child-protection-efforts/19650

IN: Child abuse deaths rise statewide in Indiana
Chronicle-Tribune – July 17, 2016
Reports from the Indiana Department of Child Services for the past three years are showing a slight decrease in the number of child deaths in the state, but an increase in those deaths caused by abuse or neglect.
http://indianaeconomicdigest.com/Main.asp?SectionID=31&SubSectionID=124&ArticleID=84615

IN: Our kids are not for sale (Opinion)
Star Press – July 16, 2016
While we hear about these crimes happening on the street, in homes and even through some businesses, more cases now happen via social media and the internet. This technology has removed some of the geographic barriers. Melissa Snow, a child sex trafficking expert from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, says the change means traffickers can “literally throw hundreds of lines in the water.”
http://www.thestarpress.com/story/opinion/2016/07/16/our-kids-not-sale/87103226/

LA: Sophia Herron: On surviving child sexual abuse
Shreveport Times – July 06, 2016
Sophia Herron, a child welfare specialist at the Gingerbread House, shared insight about surviving childhood sexual abuse from her own personal experience and from the work she does with the children she helps.
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/2016/07/06/sophia-herron-surviving-child-sexual-abuse/86567412/

MA: Children Affected by Parental Substance Use (Press release)
Newswise – July 15, 2016
Children whose parents or caregivers misuse alcohol or use, produce or distribute drugs face an increased risk of medical and behavioral problems. According to a new clinical report by experts at Beth Israel Medical Center (BIDMC) and Boston Children’s Hospital, pediatricians are in a unique position to assess risk and intervene to protect children. The report, “Families Affected by Parental Substance Use,” is available online today and slated for publication in the August print edition of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Association of Pediatrics. Report: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2016/07/14/peds.2016-1575.full.pdf
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/657320/?sc=rsla

ME: State encouraging foster families
Sun Journal – July 16, 2016
In 2015, 870 children entered state custody. Over the next year, the Office of Child and Family Services estimates 580 foster homes will be needed to care for these children. Fortunately, a majority of these children will be placed with relatives or families already licensed to be foster parents. However, the state will need approximately 66 new foster families to step forward to care for these children. Also: Need for Maine foster families continues to grow: http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/need-for-maine-foster-families-continues-to-grow/273409540
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/connections/2016/07/16/state-encouraging-foster-families/1959915

MI: CONNECT Act: Creating a Better Path Forward for Dual System Kids (Includes audio)
Public News Service – July 18, 2016
Kristen Staley, deputy director of the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency, says the act could help prevent these so-called dual status children from falling through the cracks. “So they both have received sort of child welfare services either for being a child who experienced abuse, neglect or entered the foster care system in some way, and then has also come into the juvenile justice system for an arrestable offense or some sort Information Gateway Resource: Youth Involved With Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-07-18/juvenile-justice/connect-act-creating-a-better-path-forward-for-dual-system-kids/a53021-1

MN: County to expand juvenile center nonsecure program
Coon Rapids Herald – July 15, 2016
According to Dylan Warkentin, county corrections department director, the current nonsecure, unlocked facility runs at capacity all the time and there is a waiting list. “There is a big demand on the department to come up with more beds,” Warkentin said. A major reason is recent changes made by the state to the child protection system, he said.
http://abcnewspapers.com/2016/07/15/county-to-expand-juvenile-center-nonsecure-program/

MO: Representative wants to explore expansion of child court advocates
Missourinet – July 16, 2016
Representative Bill Lant (R-Pineville) said he did not realize those volunteers, who work in the child welfare system to advocate in court for the best interest of a child, aren’t in every judicial circuit.
http://www.missourinet.com/2016/07/15/missouri-representative-wants-to-explore-expansion-of-child-court-advocates/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MissouriNews+%28Missourine

NE: Study seeks to give voice to sex-trafficking survivors (Includes video)
KETV – July 16, 2016
Sex trafficking in Nebraska causes of lifetime of trauma for women, years after escaping the violent situations that once trapped them, according to a new study commissioned by the Women’s Fund of Omaha. Report: http://www.omahawomensfund.org/in-the-news/womens-fund-of-omaha-research-report-gives-voice-to-local-sex-trafficking-survivors/
http://www.ketv.com/news/nebraska-study-seeks-to-give-voice-to-sextrafficking-survivors/40731286

OH: Children are also victims of addiction (Opinion)
Toledo Blade – July 16, 2016
Lucas County, like many communities across the country, has been gripped by an epidemic of heroin, opiate, and fentanyl addiction. These powerful drugs have been destroying families and claiming lives at a record pace.
http://www.toledoblade.com/Op-Ed-Columns/2016/07/16/Children-are-also-victims-of-addiction.html

TX: Area foster care capacity rapidly shrinking, lacks quality
Amarillo Globe News – July 15, 2016
While Child Protective Services in Texas struggles with a lack of capacity for kids who have highly specialized needs, the largely rural Texas Panhandle and South Plains regions have been especially affected.
http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2016-07-15/area-foster-care-capacity-rapidly-shrinking-lacks-quality

TX: Texas child welfare, foster care overhaul is urgent (Opinion)
Star-Telegram – July 15, 2016
Children have died without proper CPS help. Mismanagement and turnover of overloaded caseworkers plague the agency. Also: Protecting Texas children from abuse requires training, accountability and money (Opinion): http://viewpoints.blog.statesman.com/2016/07/15/protecting-texas-children-from-abuse-requires-training-accountability-and-money/
http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article89963402.html

UT: Judges praise Ogden’s year-old juvenile courthouse
Standard Examiner – July 15, 2016
Children who are younger than 18 are referred to juvenile courts, not just because they have committed a crime or infraction, but also because of neglect or abuse, said 2nd District Court Juvenile Judge Michelle Heward.
http://www.standard.net/Courts/2016/07/15/Judges-praise-the-Ogden-s-year-old-juvenile-courthouse.html

WI: Time to close Wisconsin’s youth prisons (Opinion)
Fon Du Lac Reporter – June 15, 2016
Milwaukee County officials are right: It’s time to close Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls in northern Wisconsin and build a new juvenile justice system in the state. The revelations of alleged abuse and misconduct that have come to light as part of a state and federal investigation point to a system that has failed to protect juveniles from harm and has not given them the tools they need to reintegrate into society.
http://www.fdlreporter.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/07/15/time-close-wisconsins-youth-prisons/87132150/

US: A new kind of con artist trolls adoption websites, preying on people desperate to become parents
Post and Courier – July 15, 2016
More than 100,000 infants are adopted by parents in the United States each year. An untold number of prospective parents are duped during the process by con artists who target them through popular adoption websites. More of the article: http://data.postandcourier.com/saga/stealinghope
http://data.postandcourier.com/saga/stealinghope/page/5

US: Black in Foster Care (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – July 15, 2016
I began believing that group homes, considered markedly more restrictive than foster homes and for “harder to place” children, were designated for black children. And with constant messages about our “behavioral issues,” and the stark difference in experiences for those in foster homes, considered somewhat more positive, my adolescent mind concluded that group homes were for bad kids.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/youth-voice/black-foster-youth-lives-matter/19569

US: Have Efforts to Slow the Rapid Increase in Antipsychotic Use in Children on Medicaid Worked?
American Journal of Managed Care – July 15, 2016
A study suggests that rising use of antipsychotic medications among Medicaid-insured children peaked in 2008 and has since started to decline. Additionally, children in foster care who are treated with antipsychotics are more likely than other Medicaid-insured children to receive psychosocial interventions and important physiological monitoring for medication side effects.
http://www.ajmc.com/newsroom/have-efforts-to-slow-the-rapid-increase-in-antipsychotic-use-in-children-on-medicaid-worked

US: The Family First Act Deserves Full Senate Vote in the Fall (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – July 15, 2016
The Senate has adjourned for the summer, and with them has departed the chance at a seamless path to passage for the Family First Preservation Services Act, a significant reform of the front and back end of the federal IV-E entitlement. Also: Senate Leaves for Recess Without Acting on Family First Act (Opinion): http://youthtoday.org/2016/07/senate-leaves-for-recess-without-acting-on-family-first-act/
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/family-first-act-deserves-full-senate-vote-fall/19666

INTERNATIONAL

Africa: Child marriages one of the most harmful practises on the African continent (Opinion)
Channel Africa – July 15, 2016
Child marriages in Africa were one of the most harmful, traditional practices on the continent and the effects of this phenomenon impacted negatively in a variety of areas, the AUC for Social Affairs said at a press conference on Friday.
http://www.channelafrica.co.za/sabc/home/channelafrica/news/details?id=6a57d75b-f1aa-4228-8214-e7400a808ce7&title=Child%20marriages%20one%20of%20the%20most%20harmful%20practises%20on%20the%20African%2

International: United Nations Acknowledges FGM As Child Abuse For The First Time
Red Online – July 15, 2016
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the head of the UN population fund, has said that the practice must end immediately. “There is absolutely no reason to cut anybody, and it seems to us that it is part of the gender imbalance that has always existed in these communities, which is based on patriarchy,” he said. “I think its child abuse.”
http://www.redonline.co.uk/red-women/news-in-brief/united-nations-acknowledges-fgm-as-child-abuse-for-the-first-time

United Kingdom: NHS offers support to girls and women as the ‘cutting season’ fast approaches
African Voice – July 15, 2016
It is widely known within practicing communities that FGM increases in the summer months resulting in this period being commonly referred to as the ‘cutting season’, when girls are taken back home during the summer holidays to be cut. The film named ‘FGM: The Facts’ aims to increase understanding of the long-term health problems associated with FGM and encourage women to access help and support from the NHS. The NHS provides a caring and compassionate service for both women and girls affected by FGM, without stigmatising them or their families. Film: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/female-genital-mutilation/Pages/Introduction.aspx
http://www.africanvoiceonline.co.uk/nhs-offers-support-to-girls-and-women-as-the-cutting-season-fast-approaches/

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