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Compilation of information and writing on this page is the hard work of  David Vang, Mike Toronto, Jamar Weston, Adolf Nchanj and Blaz Zlate,  Callie Benscoter, (student volunteers at Century College) Katie Frake, Boston College, Julie O, and KARA.

FBCSO: Investigation into child’s death won’t be reopened

KHOU.com

RICHMOND, TEXAS – The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has decided not to reopen the investigation into the 2011 death of a child whose adoptive …

Deputy had checked in April on couple now facing child abuse charges – Houston Chronicle

Special-needs teens rescued from Texas ‘house of horrors’ had eighth sibling who died – Daily Mail

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Trial delayed for man charged in child’s death

Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

The trial for Jarrel Stricklen was set to begin Monday, but Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King said he would have to set a new date for the trial, after …

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The Latest: Special Needs Child, 7, Died at Texas Home

ABC News

Texas officials say a 7-year-old child died in the same Houston-area home where seven special-needs teenagers were locked away in a closet by …

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Murder conviction for Delco mom in child death

6abc.com

Little Mason Hunt died Feb. 3, 2015 after District Attorney Jack Whelan says the boy was “terrorized” and beaten the last two days he lived.

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Authorities investigate child death in SD

KFGO

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (AP) – Authorities are investigating the suspicious death of a child in southeastern South Dakota. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s …

Man charged in child’s death near Sioux Falls – KFGO

Authorities investigate child death in South Dakota – The Daily Progress

details of Dell Rapids child death – KELO AM-FM

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2 found dead in Faribault ruled murder-suicide

KARE

Officers forced their way into the home and found a man dead on the floor. During the search of the home, officers also found the body of a child as …

Man, Child Found Dead In Faribault, Minnesota Home With Firearm At Scene – Investigation … – The Inquisitr

Police Investigate Deaths of Adult, Child in Faribault – KSTP.com

Police: Man, Child Found Dead Inside Faribault Residence – CBS Local

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Mom Who Rolled Onto Baby While High Pleads Guilty In Child’s Death

CBS Local

MAYSLANDING, N.J. (CBS)—A Ventnor mother has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter after authorities say she rolled onto her baby while …

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Unlicensed North St. Paul Day Care Provider Charged In Child’s Death

CBS Local

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A day care provider is facing second-degree murder charges after admitting to police she didn’t have a license when a …

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McNeil pleads guilty in child’s death

The Wilson Times (subscription)

A Wilson man will spend more than two decades behind bars after pleading guilty this week to killing a 1-year-old boy by cracking his skull in early …

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Parents, West Jordan day care settle after child’s death

KUTV 2News

(KUTV) Parents of little Leo Sanchez and the West Jordan Child Center have reached a confidential agreement surrounding the death of 1-year-old …

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The Latest: Special needs child, 7, died at Texas home

Crossroads Today

Texas officials say a 7-year-old child died in the same Houston-area home where seven special-needs teenagers were locked away in a closet by …

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UPDATE: details of Dell Rapids child death

KWSN.com

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO-AM) The 18-month-old boy found dead at a home in Dell Rapids on Thursday had been hit on the head six times until his …

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Terminally ill child dies in Santa’s arms

MSN.com

A 60-year-old Tennessee man who spends time volunteering as Santa Claus at a local hospital recently granted a 5-year-old terminally ill boy his final …

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Flint parents facing multiple charges in their child’s death

WSMH

Two parents have been charged with killing their own child.Investigators have been combing through a wooded area near a Flint apartment complex …

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Alberta human services minister must go over foul-up in child death

MyMcMurray

EDMONTON – Alberta’s opposition parties are demanding Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir lose his job for what they say is incompetence in the …

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A child died in government forces shelling on Taftanaz city in Idlib governorate, December 6

Syrian Network For Human Rights

The child Abdul Rahman Rodwan Tahhan died on December 7 due to wounds sustained in government warplanes missiles fired on Taftanaz city in …

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Children killed by family violence let down by Victoria’s child protection system, report finds

MSN.com

Children who have died after instances of family violence in Victoria have been let down by child protection and have been victims of systemic service …

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Unlicensed MN day care provider charged in child’s death

Y94

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A day care provider is facing second-degree murder charges after admitting to police she didn’t have a license when a baby …

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Special needs child, 7, died at Texas home

KOSA

Tiffani Butler, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said Tuesday that the child died in January 2011 at the …

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UPDATE: Stepfather charged in death of child in Dell Rapids

Watertown Radio

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say the stepfather of an 18-month-old boy has been arrested and charged in the child’s death in …

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A Child’s Death Does Not Become Us

Huffington Post

Each year, we list those who have died from anaphylaxis and have a sober moment of silence. We were about to add another child to the list.

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Chattanooga bus crash: 6 children dead; Titans to help victims’ families

CNN

Chattanooga, Tennessee (CNN) While the rest of the country gives thanks Thursday, six Chattanooga families are grieving the absence of a child from …

The Latest: 6th Child Dies Following Chattanooga Bus Crash – ABC News

Police: 6th child dies following Chattanooga bus crash – 6abc.com

No drugs, alcohol found in driver in Tennessee school bus crash, death toll hits six – Business Insider

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3 adults, 1 child found shot to death inside Alaska hotel room

New York Daily News

A young couple and their 8-week-old baby were killed inside an Alaska hotel room Friday afternoon — and police are investigating the “horrific” …

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The Opinion Pages|What Castro’s Death Means for a Child of Mariel

New York Times

To me Cuba was a collection of my parents’ memories. Tobacco farms, childhood homes, a large extended family which included my older half sister; …

A child of Cuban exiles on Fidel Castro’s death – Fusion

Bridgeport police chief reflects on childhood in Cuba, Fidel Castro’s death – FOX 61

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CPS worker says colleagues not to blame for child’s death

Fox 2 Detroit

“Instead of Kym Worthy going after CPS workers, she needs to check her list of people we have substantiated for abuse neglect, rape, child death and …

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Baby Dies of Vicks VapoRub Poisoning? : snopes.com

snopes.com

A viral Facebook post claimed that a baby died in his sleep after his mother applied Vicks VapoRub to soothe his fever, but we found no evidence the …

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Mom’s boyfriend questioned by police in death of 7-week-old

KHOU.com

A person of interest, 27 year old Antoine Allen Gorman, is being questioned by police in the death of a 7 week old boy. Gorman was arrested on Friday …

Person of interest taken into custody in connection with death – KPRC Houston

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Citrus Heights mom, boyfriend arrested in child’s death

KCRA Sacramento

A Citrus Heights mother and her live-in boyfriend were arrested more than a month after her 2-year-old son died inside a home, police said Thursday.

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CHILD DEATH INVESTIGATION

MyWabashValley

Illinois State Police report they are investigating the death of a young girl in Olney as a homicide. Officials say Wednesday evening local police …

IL State Police Investigating Child Death in Olney – Newton Press Mentor

ISP investigating death of Olney child – Alton Telegraph

8-year-old Southern Illinois girl found dead – Belleville News-Democrat

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Lawsuit accuses Newport News workers of negligence in 2013 child’s death

Daily Press

Carl Michael Cottee Jr., now 26, is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse in the May 2013 death of Madyson Van Cleave-Hook, who died …

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Ankeny Man Charged with Murder in Child’s Death

WHO Radio – iHeartRadio

ANKENY, Iowa – An Ankeny man is facing a murder charge after the death of a child. The Polk County Sheriff’s office said 29-year-old Michael Lourens …

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Arrest Made In Olney Child Death Investigation

100.7 MIX-FM

Arrest Made In Olney Child Death Investigation. Sunday, November 27, 2016 9:48 a.m. EST. Glen R. Ramey. Olney, Ill (WIBQ) – Just after 2 a.m. …

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Mom Charged in Child’s Death Heads to Trial

WIXX.com

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) – The woman charged in connection with the 2015 death of her child will stand trial. According to court records, Keshia …

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Trial Continued in Norfolk Child Death Case

US92

Trial Continued in Norfolk Child Death Case. Carla Montoya. MADISON – A woman facing felony charges in the death of her four-year old daughter …

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Illinois officials review child’s death at Chicago day care

WSPL

CHICAGO (AP) — State officials are investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy at a north side Chicago home daycare. Off.

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Child killed, many other wounded in Russian airstrike on Huraytan, Aleppo

Map of Syrian Civil war/ Global conflict in Syria – liveuamap.com

Child killed, many other wounded in Russian airstrike on Huraytan, Aleppo … Russia airstrike on food Market in E. Aleppo, 15 reportedly dead. Syria …

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CA: Can marijuana break up a family? Parents face custody issues over legal cannabis use

Orange County Register – December 13, 2016

Along with legalizing recreational marijuana, Proposition 64 adds some protections for medical marijuana patients. Among them: California courts can no longer rescind or restrict a parent’s custodial rights solely because they have recommendations for medical marijuana.

Also: Parents facing custody issues over marijuana see hope in Prop. 64: http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20161213/parents-facing-custody-issues-over-marijuana-see-hope-in-prop-64

http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20161213/can-marijuana-break-up-a-family-parents-face-custody-issues-over-legal-cannabis-use

HI: For Oahu’s unaccompanied homeless youth, help is hard to find (Includes video)

Hawaii News Now – December 13, 2016

According to the latest point-in-time count, there are 168 unaccompanied homeless youth statewide. Experts believe the number is actually closer to 1,000. And for many of them, help is hard to find.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/34046325/for-oahus-unaccompanied-homeless-youth-help-is-hard-to-find

MS: Protecting Refugee Children

Jackson Free Press – December 14, 2016

The Mississippi program was one of several programs established in the 1980s to address the needs of thousands of children in southeast Asia, primarily Vietnam at the time. It is one of 19 programs nationally that resettle refugee minors in the U.S. The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement funnels funds to states with unaccompanied minor refugee programs.

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2016/dec/14/protecting-refugee-children/

MS: Caretakers face hurdles to provide homes for related children (Includes video)

WLOX – December 13, 2016

Child Protective Services has many policies in place with the primary goal of protecting children. However, Jennifer Adkison, who’s temporarily caring for her sister’s child, thinks some of those policies are an overreach.

http://www.wlox.com/story/34046285/caretakers-face-hurdles-to-provide-homes-for-related-children

NE: Two bid to manage child welfare cases in Douglas, Sarpy

Omaha World-Herald – December 14, 2016

The state on Tuesday opened bids from Magellan Choices for Families LLC and Nebraska Families Collaborative.

http://www.omaha.com/livewellnebraska/two-bid-to-manage-child-welfare-cases-in-douglas-sarpy/article_bade2876-c1be-11e6-9af1-5bc94c57db48.html

NY: Damning Report on Zymere Perkins Case Details Months of Abuse, Missed Opportunities (Includes video)

NBC New York – December 14, 2016

The city’s child welfare agency, the Administration for Children’s Services, has come under fire in a state report that has censured its handling of the case of a Harlem boy who was beaten to death.

Also: New report faults ACS in death of Zymere Perkins: http://pix11.com/2016/12/13/new-report-faults-acs-in-death-of-zymere-perkins/

Also: City and state release separate reports on death of Zymere Perkins: http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2016/12/city-and-state-release-separate-reports-on-child-abuse-death-of-six-year-old-harlem-boy-zymere-perkins-108061

Also: NY OCFS Child Fatality Report: http://www.politico.com/states/f/?id=00000158-fa62-dbb4-abde-fafe137d0001

Also: NYC ACS Report: http://www.politico.com/states/f/?id=00000158-fa64-dbb4-abde-fafec5f50002

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NYC-Damning-Report-on-ACS-Zymere-Perkins-Abuse-Case–406452435.html

NY: State Orders Monitor for New York City’s Child Welfare Agency

New York Times – December 13, 2016

The state has ordered New York City to install an independent monitor to review the city’s troubled child welfare agency, the latest fallout from the recent deaths of children who had been the subjects of abuse reports to the agency.

Also: State Orders City to Appoint a Monitor to Oversee Child Welfare: http://www.wnyc.org/story/state-orders-city-appoint-monitor-oversee-child-welfare/

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/nyregion/child-welfare-agency-monitor-zymere-perkins.html?_r=0

WA: A much-needed new approach for state’s foster-care system (Opinion)

Seattle Times – December 13, 2016

With the heightened focus, accountability and transparency this structure would allow, this new state agency will be a far more attractive and effective partner to attract private-sector involvement. Through the strength of innovation and public-private alignment, there is no reason our state can’t be a model to the nation of strong and effective public-private partnerships.

http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/a-much-needed-new-approach-for-states-foster-care-system/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_all

WI: Study: Repeal of Affordable Care Act Would Hit Wisconsin Hard (Includes audio)

Public News Service – December 14, 2016

Spurred by campaign promises made by President-Elect Donald Trump, Republican leaders in Congress are demanding a speedy repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Advocates for Children and Families are asking that legislators slow down and develop a complete replacement plan first.

Report: Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation: http://www.urban.org/research/publication/implications-partial-repeal-aca-through-reconciliation

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-12-14/childrens-issues/study-repeal-of-affordable-care-act-would-hit-wisconsin-hard/a55360-1

WI: Project would include apartments for former foster care youth

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – December 13, 2016

The proposed project would set aside up to 15 of its 40 apartments for youth who have turned 18 and have “aged out” of the foster care system.

http://www.jsonline.com/story/money/real-estate/commercial/2016/12/13/project-would-include-apartments-former-foster-care-youth/95090256/

US: UNL grant will study retention rates for child welfare workers

Lincoln Journal Star – December 14, 2016

Michelle Graef, a research associate professor at UNL’s Center on Children, Families and the Law will lead a five-year effort funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration and the Children’s Bureau to study ways to improve retention.

http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/unl-grant-will-study-retention-rates-for-child-welfare-workers/article_e76ff5bc-f80a-5bb0-b544-41ef14f898b9.html

US: ‘Talia’s Law’ aimed at protecting children on military bases

Hawaii News Now – December 13, 2016

After Congressional approval earlier this week, the president is expected to sign “Talia’s Law,” which will require military officials to report all child abuse to state authorities.

http://www.k5thehometeam.com/story/34046175/talias-law-aimed-at-protecting-children-on-military-bases

US: McMartin: Child Welfare’s Prelude to #Pizzagate

Chronicle of Social Change – December 13, 2016

The 2016 election campaign and its aftermath have been awash in fake news stories created by everyone from right-wing extremists to clickbait entrepreneurs. But we seem especially vulnerable when purveyors of fake news add two magic words: child abuse.

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/blogger-co-op/mcmartin-child-welfares-prelude-pizzagate/23388

US: Study Raises Concern of Significant Under-Reporting of Child Abuse Within U.S. Army (Press release)

PR Newswire – December 13, 2016

Only 20 percent of medically diagnosed child abuse and neglect cases in U.S. Army dependent children between 2004 and 2007 were found to have a substantiated report with the Army’s Family Advocacy Program (FAP) – the agency responsible for the investigation and treatment of child abuse – according to a new PolicyLab study.

http://business.dailytimesleader.com/dailytimesleader/news/read?GUID=33429147

US: The Alarming Rise Of Children In Foster Care

Huffington Post – December 13, 2016

For many years, there had been a decrease in the number of children being placed into the foster care system in the United States of America. Yet, for the past three years, there has been just the opposite; there has been a national increase in the number of children being placed into foster care.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-alarming-rise-of-children-in-foster-care_us_58505456e4b0151082221f4e

US: The New Strategy for Raising Money for Kids: Just Ask Voters

Governing – December 13, 2016

Amid Donald Trump’s largely unexpected victory on Election Day, it was easy to miss an emerging trend in local elections: In about a dozen communities around the country, voters approved tax hikes for children’s services and measures that will keep policymakers from dipping into those funds for other purposes.

http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-ballot-dedicated-tax-childrens-fund.html?utm_term=The%20New%20Strategy%20for%20Raising%20Money%20for%20Kids%3A%20Just%20Ask%20Voters&utm_campa

US: Top Five Threats to Child Welfare from ACA Repeal (Opinion)

CLASP – December 13, 2016

Proposals by the Congress and President-elect to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA)-including the Medicaid expansion-to turn Medicaid into a block grant, and to cut resources, all can sound very abstract to social workers and policymakers coping with the day-to-day tragedies and crises of child welfare. But should Congress make good on any of these threats-which could happen as early as January 2017-the dangers are very real to abused and neglected children, their birth, adoptive, and foster parents, as well as state agencies and providers.

http://www.clasp.org/news-room/clips/top-five-threats-to-child-welfare-from-aca-repeal

US: UMD Leads American Indian Child Welfare Act Project (Press release)

Business North – December 13, 2016

UMD’s Department of Social Work has received a significant federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create a better delivery system for the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a federal law that seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families.

http://www.businessnorth.com/press_releases/umd-leads-american-indian-child-welfare-act-project/article_c84a89e0-c156-11e6-8838-e34689a41200.html

US: Obamacare’s Demise Could Be Quicker Than Republicans Intend (Includes audio)

National Public Radio – December 12, 2016

An estimated 20 million people have obtained health insurance over the last three years via provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Some get coverage through the insurance exchanges, but millions are covered because of the expansion of Medicaid in most states, and because the law allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance policies up to age 26.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/12/12/505285572/obamacares-demise-could-be-quicker-than-republicans-intend?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=science

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Canada: New legislation misses key commitments critical to fixing Child Protection Services and settling labour unrest (Press release)

Market Wired – December 13, 2016

On the brink of yet another potential strike or lockout in Children’s Aid over workload issues, the Wynne government has introduced legislative changes to child protection services that ignore key commitments critical to addressing the problems that put kids at risk of falling through the cracks, says Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario.

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/new-legislation-misses-key-commitments-critical-fixing-child-protection-services-settling-2182876.htm

 

Boy, 3, dies after allegedly being beaten by mother’s boyfriend

New York Daily News

A battered, helpless 3-year-old Brooklyn boy has died from injuries he … of his mother’s abusive boyfriend days after he was beaten into a coma and …

Boy, 3, severely beaten in Gravesend, Brooklyn dies; mother’s boyfriend charged – WLS-TV

Jaden Jordan, Brooklyn boy found beaten, dies at hospital, NYPD says – amNY

Severely beaten Brooklyn boy, 3, dies after days in a coma – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

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Man charged with beating boy, 3, allegedly threatened sister

New York Daily News

Salvatore Lucchesse, who is accused of beating a 3-year-old Jaden into a coma, allegedly threatened his sister with jagged glass last year.

Biological father of Brooklyn boy on life support after beating speaks out – WABC-TV

Case to be investigated after Brooklyn toddler Jayden Jordan found badly beaten – WABC-TV

‘What Did They Do?’ Officials Question ACS Response in Jaden Jordan Case – DNAinfo

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Child beating case lingers in circuit court

Huntington Herald Dispatch

Indictments accuse Miles and Jones of beating Jayden with a belt and cord across his back, legs and buttocks, burning him and neglecting necessary …

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Charges: Milwaukee boy was starved, burned, beaten

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

If it had been up to Mary Martinez, the woman accused of violently beating the boy, he would be somewhere in the woods, abandoned and left for …

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Spotting and reporting child abuse

Fox5NY

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has launched Operation C.A.R.E. (Child Abuse Response and Engagement) in response to the latest child …

After horrific beating of Jaden Jordan, Brooklyn BP Adams launches program to combat child abuse – Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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Key gets 45 years in child beating death

Smithvillereview

Cody Ryan Key, 24, pled guilty to second-degree murder under a negotiated settlement in Putnam County Criminal Court today (Thursday) in the May …

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Man arrested in beating of young son, child’s mother

The Detroit News

Police arrested a 31-year-old man Friday accused of beating and strangling his 3-year-old son and the child’s mother to the point of unconsciousness …

Detroit police catch man wanted for beating mother of child, 3-year-old son – Fox 2 Detroit

Detroit police arrest man wanted for beating, strangling woman… – WDIV Detroit

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Alabama man gets 25 years for ‘child torture’

The News Herald

The case was one of the most extreme instances aggravated child abuse in Bay County in recent history, and it led to reforms in Alabama’s child …

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Mother of fatally beaten 7-year-old will go to trial on child abuse and kidnapping charges

News3LV

Thursday, a judge decided that she will go to trial for child abuse and kidnapping charges linked to the death of her son, despite her attorney’s attempt …

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Shocker: Assistant Teacher Attacks 7-Year-Old Baltimore Boy; Fractures Jaw, Knocks Out Teeth

PJ Media

Timothy Randall Korr, 25, has been charged with felony first- and second-degree child abuse, felony first- and misdemeanor second-degree assault, …

Baltimore teacher beats 7-year-old boy and breaks his jaw, knocks out teeth – Rolling Out

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ACS took 3 days find address of boy, 3, who was beat into coma

New York Daily News

Child welfare investigators chasing a tip about a battered Brooklyn boy needed three days to find the right address — finally locating it on the same …

Boyfriend Charged After 3-Year-Old Child Found With Fractured Skull – NBC New York

City Investigating Children’s Services After 3-Year-Old Boy’s Beating – DNAinfo

Jayden Jordan: Brooklyn Toddler, 3, Fighting For Life Following Months Of Alleged Torture And … – The Inquisitr

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Activist questions police’s role in Navi Mumbai child beating case

Daily News & Analysis

… Section 75 clearly says a child who is in the custody or supervision of a caretaker in an organisation if he assaults the child and beats the child then …

10-Month-Old Thrashed By Caretaker In Creche In Navi Mumbai’s Kharghar, Video Goes Viral – NDTV

Horrific Footage Shows A Playschool Caretaker Mercilessly Beating A 10-Month-Old Baby! – Indiatimes.com

VIDEO: Mumbai daycare staffer arrested for beating 10-month-old – The Indian Express

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Baltimore school tutor charged with child abuse in Trayvon Grayson beating

Mic

Authorities have charged a Baltimore school tutor with multiple counts of felony child abuse after allegedly breaking 7-year-old Trayvon Grayson’s jaw …

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Wilkinsburg woman gets state prison for beating her child

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Wilkinsburg woman found guilty of beating her 11-month-old son and leaving him out on her back porch will serve 7½ to 15 years in prison. A jury in …

Woman to serve up to 15 years for severely beating 11-month-old son – WPXI Pittsburgh

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3-Year-Old Boy On Life Support After Fracturing Skull, Mother’s Boyfriend Arrested

Gothamist

The boy was reportedly found “covered in feces” and Lucchese allegedly … Perkins’s stepfather was arrested for fatally beating the boy, and it turned …

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MAN & CHILD: Beating baby

Trinidad Guardian

The baby couldn’t have been more than three weeks old. It lay on the dark-brown sofa crying, and the woman in white pants leaned over it and said, …

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LCSO: Baby ‘violently beaten‘ dies; babysitter arrested

The News-Press

A babysitter has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly beating an 8-month old child, deputies said Thursday. The baby, Julian …

Lee Co. man accused in baby’s beating death a ‘flight risk’ – NBC2 News

Bond set for man charged in baby’s Thanksgiving Day death – The News-Press

Infant found dead in Fort Myers home, babysitter arrested – NBC2 News

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Trial of mother accused of child abuse opens in Derry

Irish Times

The 64-year-old woman on trial denies allegations of child sexual and physical abuse and of child cruelty against three of her children over a 10-year …

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Mother in court charged with beating daughter for being gay

Fox 2 Detroit

(WJBK) – A Detroit mother is charged with child abuse accused of attacking her 15-year-old daughter. Investigators say the girl was beaten because of …

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Deputies: Father, delivering child support, instead beats woman after crawling through restaurant …

The Advocate

A Baton Rouge man crawled through the drive-thru window of a McDonald’s early Monday and beat the mother of his child inside the restaurant …

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AL: Boys Ranch revitalization: Renamed the Ranch, it will serve foster families

Decatur Daily – December 12, 2016

After sitting vacant for six years, the Alabama Sheriff’s Association Boys Ranch in Morgan County is undergoing a restoration that will return the 40-acre facility to its original purpose of serving children. Husband and wife team Clint and Ahbra Northcutt signed a contract to renovate the facility in Danville in November. They renamed the site The Ranch and plan on using the site for emergency and respite care for girls and boys in foster care and as a retreat center for foster parents.

http://www.decaturdaily.com/life/boys-ranch-revitalization-renamed-the-ranch-it-will-serve-foster/article_9c37d628-16b6-5b9b-b834-3953c4f0c1a7.html

AZ: Yavapai County faces shortage of foster homes

Daily Courier – December 12, 2016

In Arizona, the number of kids in foster care has been rising steadily for six years. In March, the latest month for which numbers are available, there were 6,457 children in foster homes in the state. The state Department of Child Safety also places at-risk kids with relatives or family friends, and there were 8,506 kids in that category in March.

http://www.dcourier.com/news/2016/dec/12/yavapai-county-faces-shortage-foster-homes/

CA: Homeless U: How students study and survive on the streets

KPCC – December 12, 2016

Like many undergraduates, homeless college students are young, ambitious and wracked by insecurities about their identities and futures. But their specific insecurity is chronic and exhausting: They live in cars, couch surf and sneak into campus buildings to spend the night. Unfortunately, these experiences are more common than many ever suspected.

Information Gateway Resource: Services for Youth: Homeless and Runaway: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/youth/interventions/homeless-runaway/

http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/12/12/67089/homeless-u-how-students-study-and-survive-on-the-s/

IL: From the community: Aunt Martha’s Receives $75k Donation from Mattress Firm to Support Foster Kids

Chicago Tribune – December 12, 2016

Today, Aunt Martha’s received a helping hand from mattress retailer Mattress Firm and the Ticket to Dream Foundation with a $75,000 donation. Aunt Martha’s is a private, not-for-profit agency providing coordinated health care and social services for family members of all ages in underserved communities across Illinois. The agency serves more than 50,000 children and adults annually. It is state-licensed to provide child welfare, substance abuse treatment and child care services, and has been continuously accredited by The Joint Commission since 1997.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/community/chi-ugc-article-aunt-marthas-receives-75k-donation-from-mat-2016-12-12-story.html

IN: More foster parents needed urgently across Indiana

Batesville Herald-Tribune – December 12, 2016

According to Michelle Smoot, IDCS regional foster care specialist supervisor over six counties, including Ripley, “We get requests from all 92 counties on a daily basis” from caseworkers hunting for homes for children, “usually a teenager or sibling groups.”

http://www.pharostribune.com/indiana/news/article_87914b6e-2803-54c2-8ad7-be33beab44ca.html

KY: Report: Ky Kids dying amid drug, funding crisis (Includes video)

Courier Journal – December 13, 2016

An outside panel has concluded that an epidemic of drug abuse and the acute underfunding of state social services are urgent problems facing Kentucky as a rising number of children die or suffer serious injury because of abuse or neglect.

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/12/drug-abuse-scant-resources-hurt-child-safety/95147796/

MN: Improvements to state’s child protection system making a difference (Includes audio)

KLGR – December 12, 2016

Improvements to the state’s child protection system seem to be making a difference in getting kids out of abusive homes. Minnesota has “screened-in” more than 7,200 additional child protection cases in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the same period two years ago.

http://www.myklgr.com/2016/12/12/improvements-to-states-child-protection-system-making-a-difference/

NC: Child Fatality Prevention Group Hits Milestone

North Carolina Health News – December 13, 2016

Twenty-five years ago, North Carolina had the worst infant mortality rate in the country, and deaths to children under the age of 17 was at a high. There were a series of newspaper articles claiming that North Carolina was missing cases of child abuse that lead to dozens, perhaps hundreds of deaths.

http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2016/12/13/child-fatality-prevention-group-hits-milestone/

NJ: Judge orders newspaper to stop publishing articles

State House Bureau – December 12, 2016

A New Jersey judge has ordered the Trentonian newspaper to stop publishing articles about a child abuse case – a ruling that First Amendment experts said could violate the U.S. Supreme Court’s most important decisions guaranteeing the freedom of the press.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2016/12/12/nj-judge-orders-newspaper-stop-publishing-articles/95356962/

NY: ACS head Gladys Carrión steps down; was in charge of child welfare agency during Zymere Perkins’ death

New York Daily News – December 12, 2016

Mayor de Blasio’s top child welfare official resigned Monday in the wake of two high-profile beating deaths of boys in the city – the younger one just 3 years old.

Also: Head of NYC’s embattled children’s services agency resigns: http://www.metro.us/new-york/acs-head-gladys-carrion-resigns-in-wake-of-child-abuse-cases/zsJpll—mTLFFDfQLgR2/

Also: Editorials The kids are waiting for forceful ACS leadership: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/kids-waiting-forceful-acs-leadership-article-1.2908355

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/embattled-acs-commissioner-gladys-carrion-stepping-article-1.2908160

OH: First Federal Pay it Forward Program delivers a lot of holiday help (Includes video)

13abc Action News – December 13, 2016

Children’s Lantern received one of those checks.The organization has been part of Defiance for the last five years, helping with everything from adoption and foster care issues to human trafficking.

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/First-Federal-Pay-it-Forward-Program-delivers-a-lot-of-holiday-help–406083475.html

OK: DHS to use agency attorneys to speed up adoptions

Norman Transcript – December 12, 2016

The Department of Human Services announced today a new initiative to more quickly and efficiently finalize adoptions for children in foster care who are legally-free. The DHS Legal Services division has created an Adoption Unit whose sole function is to assist prospective adoptive parents as they manage and finalize the adoption process for children in state custody.

Also: Oklahoma DHS announces initiative to speed up adoptions: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-dhs-announces-initiative-to-speed-up-adoptions/article/5530591?custom_click=rss

http://www.normantranscript.com/news/dhs-to-use-agency-attorneys-to-speed-up-adoptions/article_5689c2ac-c08a-11e6-9aeb-0be9bf391ed6.html

WI: State Representatives host homeless summit (Includes video)

WAOW – December 13, 2016

Topics ranged from how foster children can get higher education to helping homeless students in Central Wisconsin.

http://www.wqow.com/story/34036792/2016/12/13/wisconsin-representative-hosts-homeless-summit

US: How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down (Opinion)

National Public Radio – December 12, 2016

There’s a growing body of research on the value and importance of high-quality early education programs – especially for disadvantaged kids. But there’s surprisingly little research on its impact over time. This paper helps change that. Heckman and his co-authors examine the many ways in which these high-quality programs helped participants thrive throughout life.

Report: http://heckmanequation.org/content/resource/lifecycle-benefits-influential-early-childhood-program

Also: Preschool brings bigger than expected economic returns, economists say: http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/12/12/67038/economists-say-preschool-brings-bigger-than-expect/

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/12/12/504867570/how-investing-in-preschool-beats-the-stock-market-hands-down?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=science

US: Infants Dependent on Opioids Rising Faster in Rural Areas, Study Finds

ABC News – December 12, 2016

The numbers of infants born affected by opioids is rising, especially in rural areas, according to a new study published today in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Report: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/article-abstract/2592302

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/infants-dependent-opioids-rising-faster-rural-areas-study/story?id=44140264

US: Juvenile detention centers struggle with transgender inmates

Associated Press – December 12, 2016

Young transgender people are too often sent to girls’ or boys’ lockups based on their anatomy, not their gender identity, and can end up suffering psychologically and getting picked on by other inmates or staff members, according to advocacy groups. Even when they are assigned to detention centers that correspond to their gender identity, they are often victimized.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/12/12/juvenile-detention-centers-struggle-with-transgender-inmates.html

US: New ICWA Rules Go Into Effect For Native American Foster Care, Adoption Proceedings

KJZZ and Associated Press – December 12, 2016

Family court judges will now be required to ask whether a child is Native American as part of all foster care and adoption proceedings. That’s one of several new regulations family courts will have to follow under the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Information Gateway resource: Tribal Court Considerations: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/americanindian/legal/tribalcourt/

http://kjzz.org/content/407702/new-icwa-rules-go-effect-native-american-foster-care-adoption-proceedings

US: Part One: Smart Solutions For Vulnerable Families Start With Context

Huffington Post – December 12, 2016

If the goal of child welfare is to keep children safe, Shafir’s research suggests anger management classes might do more harm than good. Instead, helping parents change their situation is the smarter solution. Increasing parents’ financial support, for example, or creating community centers with easy access to social services and providing a chance for neighbors to support one another.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judith-sandalow/part-one-smart-solutions-_b_13513764.html

US: Substance Abuse Not Only Factor in Growing Foster Care Numbers

Chronicle of Social Change – December 12, 2016

In its press release announcing the new data, ACF reported that parental substance abuse may have contributed to the growth in the foster care population. The percentage of removals where parental substance abuse was cited as a contributing factor increased by 13 percentage points between 2012 and 2015. However, changes in policy and practice may also have contributed to increasing foster care entries in at least three states.

Also: Number of children in foster care increases for the third consecutive year (Press release): http://www.acf.hhs.gov/media/press/2016-number-of-children-in-foster-care-increases-for-the-third-consecutive-year

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/blogger-co-op/continued-foster-care-growth-not-states/23283

INTERNATIONAL

Canada: Derek Nepinak to address damaging delays of child protection hearings

CBC News – December 12, 2016

The grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs will have a say in how court delays in child protection hearings hurt First Nations families. Derek Nepinak has been granted intervener status in an upcoming Court of Appeal case by the province’s Child and Family Services agency (CFS).

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/derek-nepinak-intervener-child-protection-court-hearings-1.3892281

United Kingdom: Cut funding for orphanages to stop sex abuse, says J.K. Rowling’s charity

Thomson Reuters Foundation – December 12, 2016

Orphanages around the world often operate as centres for child trafficking and sexual abuse, and donors such as Britain, the United States and the European Union must cut funding to them, said a charity founded by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

https://www.yahoo.com/movies/cut-funding-orphanages-stop-sex-abuse-says-j-183320726.html

United Kingdom: Racist abuse derails Facebook campaign to foster child refugees

RT – December 12, 2016

The Facebook campaign, run by Leicestershire County Council in October and November, was ended abruptly because of bigoted trolling by members of the public, according to the Leicester Mercury.

https://www.rt.com/uk/370059-racist-facebook-child-refugees/

 

 

 

 

 

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CA: Yolo County’s Child Welfare Renaissance

Daily Democrat – December 11, 2016

Yolo County’s youth may be safer than they were six months ago thanks to the recent overhaul of Child Welfare Services. After a baby died due to his mother’s drug abuse and a Yolo County supervisor lost a foster child to what he believed to be an unsafe home, the Board decided to look into how the agency could be improved.

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/government-and-politics/20161211/yolo-countys-child-welfare-renaissance

CA: Philip Browning Reflects on Running L.A.’s Sprawling Child Welfare System

Chronicle of Social Change – December 09, 2016

This week, the head of the nation’s largest child protection agency surprised his staff and the broader child welfare community by announcing his retirement. Philip Browning has served as director of the Los Angeles County’s sprawling Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for five years, the second-longest stint in the agency’s 32-year history.

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/philip-browning-reflects-on-running-l-a-s-child-welfare-system/23379

CO: State’s plan to withhold money could cost El Paso County’s most vulnerable children

Gazette – December 10, 2016

Colorado human services leaders are weighing the idea of withholding more than $6 million in child welfare allocations that are divided between the state’s 64 counties’ Department of Human Services programs. Instead of promptly dispensing the funds to the counties, the state will first handle some of its own costs that include such things as senior level salaries, rent, various programs and more.

http://gazette.com/states-plan-to-withhold-money-could-cost-el-paso-countys-most-vulnerable-children/article/1592050

GA: State reaches milestone in lawsuit over child protection

Associated Press – December 12, 2016

Georgia officials have entered an agreement that could provide a way out of a decade-old court order that has cost the state millions to revamp its child protection system.

Also: GA: Milestone reached in lawsuit against DFCS: http://www.myajc.com/news/local/milestone-reached-lawsuit-against-dfcs/SoGt7p6qM48A4KEq9OWTbJ/

http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/national/story/2016/dec/12/georgia-reaches-milestone-lawsuit-over-child-protection/652836/

IA: Watchdog: Starved teen’s death likely to trigger scrutiny of changes to Iowa’s child welfare law (Includes video)

Des Moines Register – December 09, 2016

One day, the criminal investigation of Nicole and Joe Finn will be over. Then those in Iowa’s child-welfare system will need to explain what they did or failed to do after they were told 16-year-old Natalie Finn was being abused in her mother’s West Des Moines home – and how siblings adopted out of foster care in that home came to be tortured.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2016/12/09/watchdog-starved-teens-death-likely-trigger-scrutiny-changes-iowas-child-welfare-law/95208080/

KS: New statues in Kansas commemorate Orphan Train movement

Chicago Tribune – December 12, 2016

A new bronze statue of a little girl sits on a sidewalk in Concordia, Kan. Her name is Miriam Zitur, and she’s about 6 years old with pigtails and bare feet. The statues celebrate the upcoming 10th anniversary of the National Orphan Train Complex that opened in 2007.

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/living/article120341428.html

KS: Social services demand action (Opinion)

Associated Press – December 11, 2016

Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, was justified in raising concerns last week about the processing of child-abuse reports. It is one of many recent concerns about state social services that lawmakers and the Brownback administration need to address.

Also: Agency chief: Kansas has no backlog of child abuse reports: http://www.wral.com/agency-chief-kansas-has-no-backlog-of-child-abuse-reports/16328780/

http://www.kansas.com/opinion/editorials/article120062328.html

LA: Analysis: Social services agency struggles under budget cuts

Associated Press – December 11, 2016

Louisiana’s social services department was the poster child of “do more with less” during former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s era, its budget slashed in half over eight years. Now, it’s becoming a cautionary tale about how deeply budget cuts have impacted state services.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/11/analysis-social-services-agency-struggles-under-bu/

ME: Busting six myths about adopting a foster child in Maine

Bangor Daily News – December 09, 2016

Understandably, there are plenty of reasons given for NOT being able to adopt from foster care. However, some of those reasons are just untrue. Let’s bust a few myths! — I’m single Singles, same-sex couples, unmarried couples, empty nesters and growing families are all welcome to learn more about becoming a foster/adoptive parent. Don’t let your status stop you!

http://catchinghealth.bangordailynews.com/2016/12/09/blog/myths-adopting-foster-child-maine/

MN: A day in the life of a ….. Child protection worker

Mille Lacs Messinger – December 09, 2016

The situations Mille Lacs County child protection assistant director Suzanne Lelwica’s employees face are emotionally taxing and at times dangerous, she said. Lelwica has been in the child protection field for 25 years. She often tells her employees, “‘When you leave here, leave it here.’ As much as I can say that, the reality is it still sticks with you.”

http://www.messagemedia.co/millelacs/community/features/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-child-protection-worker/article_f6a30632-bbd4-11e6-acdd-9f9e4f626fd0.html

MT: Bullock replacing six agency directors; four retiring (Includes video)

KTVQ` – December 09, 2016

Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday announced the departure or reshuffling of six of his appointed state agency directors – including the director of state government’s largest department, Public Health & Human Services.

http://www.ktvq.com/story/34019287/bullock-replacing-six-agency-directors-four-retiring

NE: Proposals aim to let 18-year-olds seek emancipation from parents, make it clear that authorities can protect youths

Omaha World-Herald – December 11, 2016

The laws offered her no means of seeking emancipation from her parents and were conflicted about whether, as an 18-year-old, she could have gotten protection through the child welfare system. That left Walker in a state of fear and anxiety until she turned 19. Now the University of Nebraska at Omaha sophomore is telling her story to state policymakers and advocates in hopes of getting the laws changed.

http://www.omaha.com/news/politics/proposals-aim-to-let–year-olds-seek-emancipation-from/article_85606a72-832c-52e3-9981-0cc9b205e51c.html

NV: Youth homelessness is growing in Washoe County

KOLO 8 – December 12, 2016

Youth homelessness is a growing problem in Washoe County. Every year, local nonprofits come together to count those without homes between the ages of 18 and 24, in the hope of highlighting the problem for lawmakers and the community.

http://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Youth-homelessness-is-growing-in-Washoe-County-405986715.html

NY: Ministry helps families of incarcerated individuals

Daily Star – December 11, 2016

Many people acknowledge the holiday season as being a very trying occasion for families as they try to organize their time, their gift-giving and their relationships, but it is doubly so for families dealing with the incarceration of a loved one. It was to help address this issue that the Jail Ministry of Otsego County threw its second annual Angel Tree Party on Saturday morning at St. Mary’s School on Walnut Street.

http://www.thedailystar.com/news/local_news/ministry-helps-families-of-incarcerated-individuals/article_8f8484f7-b1f8-52c7-90bd-ebc89c845c48.html

OH: High turnover, burnout puts local child welfare systems in crisis

WHIO – December 09, 2016

A yet-to-be-published study by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio found that 450 of Ohio’s good-performing, non-retirement age caseworkers – or about 14 percent of all public child welfare caseworkers – left the job between July 1, 2015, and June 30 of this year. Add retirements, promotions and terminations and the number reaches 24 percent.

http://www.whio.com/news/local/high-turnover-burnout-puts-local-child-welfare-systems-crisis/8zWEK3dkSuTbO9l7Q4lNNK/

OR: Portland’s ’99 girlfriends’ give $100K to help homeless, foster & convicted youth in college

Oregonian – December 11, 2016

A new women’s collective giving group, built under the moniker “ninety-nine girlfriends,” has awarded $100,000 to a Portland-based collaborative that helps students least likely to finish high school and enter college.

http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2016/12/portlands_99_girlfriends_give.html

TX: Austin-based organization expands foster family support program into Hays County

Community Impact Newspaper – December 09, 2016

In the Buda area, an Austin-based charity supports 22 foster children and their families. Austin Angels recruits, engages and trains groups of volunteers, such as friends, neighbors, church groups and businesses, to form a team for what the charity calls its Love Box program.

https://communityimpact.com/austin/san-marcos-buda-kyle/features/2016/12/09/austin-based-organization-expands-foster-family-support-program-hays-county/

TX: CASA Weighs in on Abbott’s Pilot Program For Foster Children (Includes video)

Everything Lubbock – December 09, 2016

Governor Greg Abbott approved an $8 million dollar pilot program on Wednesday, aimed at helping 500 of the state’s ‘highest risk’ foster children. Working to get them out of restricted care facilities, and psychiatric hospitals, and moving them to a more stable home-style setting.

http://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/klbk-news/casa-weighs-in-on-abbotts-pilot-program-for-foster-children/617618919

TX: Lawmakers want at-risk Texas children made a priority (Opinion) (Includes video)

CBS Austin – December 09, 2016

Texas lawmakers want to see at-risk children made a priority when they convene next month despite claims from a New York children’s rights group that the foster care system isn’t in need of repair. “We have a real problem with our foster care system and CPS system in Texas,” said State Senator Charles Schwertner.

Also: Foster children’s lawyers hit Texas leaders as two-faced on need for improvements (Opinion): http://www.dallasnews.com/news/child-protective-services/2016/12/09/foster-childrens-lawyers-hit-texas-leaders-two-faced-need-improvements

Also: Advocates: Revamp Texas adoption care after mistreated teens: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/10/advocates-revamp-texas-adoption-care-after-mistreated-teens.html

http://keyetv.com/news/local/lawmakers-want-at-risk-texas-children-made-a-priority

TX: Schwertner Announces Major Reforms to Texas Foster Care System; Calls on Abbott to Make Emergency Item

Texas Insider – December 09, 2016

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed Senate Bill 11, a legislative package outlining substantial reforms to the way the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) cares for the state’s foster children. In announcing the legislation, Schwertner also called on Governor Greg Abbott to add issues of child protection and foster care to a list of emergency priorities that can be considered within the first 60 days of the 85th Legislative Session, which begins on January 10.

Related: TexProtects Statement on Senate Bill 11 (Press release): http://www.texasinsider.org/texprotects-statement-on-senate-bill-11/

http://www.texasinsider.org/schwertner-announces-major-reforms-to-state-foster-care-system-calls-on-abbott-to-make-it-an-emergency-item/

TX: State should work with feds to fix CPS (Opinion)

Denton Record-Chronicle – December 09, 2016

It was encouraging to see lawmakers put their infighting aside recently and finally approve an emergency request to hire more than 800 new workers and grant $12,000 pay raises at the beleaguered Texas Child Protective Services. But these long-overdue short-term steps are just a start. State officials on both sides of the political aisle agree that a top-to-bottom overhaul of this chaotic agency has long been in order.

Also: More than raises needed to fix CPS (Opinion): http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/editorials/article/More-than-raises-needed-to-fix-CPS-10786330.php

Also: Foster care lawsuit filing: State says one thing in court, another in public (Opinion): http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Foster-care-filing-State-says-one-thing-in-10785709.php

http://www.dentonrc.com/opinion/editorials-headlines/20161209-texas-should-work-with-feds-to-fix-cps.ece

US: Making sure young immigrants are protected (Opinion)

Times Ledger – December 12, 2016

Donald Trump, as a candidate, made conflicting statements about immigration while campaigning, leaving the future of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) ambiguous. His rhetoric on immigration, ranging from the fanciful “border wall” to a call to end birthright citizenship, has activists convinced that the program’s days are numbered.

http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2016/50/prashad_2016_12_09_q.html?utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=rss&utm_source=main&utm_content=link

US: Custody in crisis: How family courts nationwide put children in danger

Salon – December 11, 2016

In many cases across the country, family courts ignore evidence of sexual or physical abuse, putting kids in peril.

http://www.salon.com/2016/12/11/custody-in-crisis-how-family-courts-nationwide-put-children-in-danger/

US: Child advocates: Pass foster care reform

Winston-Salem Journal – December 10, 2016

A version of the proposal – known as the Family First Prevention Act – had been passed in June by the U.S. House with bipartisan support. The proposal was scheduled to come up for a vote last week in the U.S. Senate but never did. Now, it appears as if it won’t come up again until Congress reconvenes next year, according to Karen McLeod, the president and chief executive of Benchmarks, an advocacy group based in Raleigh.

http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/child-advocates-pass-foster-care-reform/article_0a67b483-4e78-50f4-9a30-48423a39ccb2.html

US: Congress Passes Spending Package But Child Priorities Remain Undone (Opinion)

Youth Today – December 09, 2016

With work on its last must-pass priority nearly complete, Congress will adjourn in the coming weeks without finishing work on a number of bills related to children. Without action, the bills will need to be re-introduced in the new Congress to have a chance at passage. The bills include child welfare, child nutrition, juvenile justice and education legislation.

Also: Senator Blocks Foster Care Reform To Protect Religious Group’s Profits: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2016/12/senator-blocks-foster-care-reform-protect-religious-groups-profits/

Information Gateway Resource: System Reform: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/management/reform/

http://youthtoday.org/2016/12/congress-passes-spending-package-but-child-priorities-remain-undone/

US: Silicon Valley Mobilizes to Hack Foster Care

Chronicle of Social Change – December 09, 2016

Early next year, when it hosts its own “Hack Foster Care Summit,” Silicon Valley will pick up the baton in the third leg of what is becoming a national effort to better use technology to improve the lives of children and youth in foster care. Back in May the Administration for Children Youth and Families convened the first ever White House Foster Care hackathon, which has sparked follow up events in New York, Santa Clara, Los Angeles and likely Massachusetts.

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/silicon-valley-mobilizes-hack-foster-care/23286

US: The Largest-Ever Survey Of Transgender People In America Has Some Disturbing Findings

Self – December 09, 2016

Stangio says societal rejection and discrimination is a big problem for members of the transgender community, leading to poverty and unemployment. “When you are more likely to be rejected by your family, rejected by so-called social welfare systems like foster care, public assistance, and shelter assistance, denied employment, and profiled by police, it pushes you to the margins of society,” he says. “This all creates a cycle of unemployment, poverty, incarceration.”

http://www.self.com/story/largest-survey-of-transgender-people-in-america-findings

US: Udall, Heinrich Urge Passage of Foster Care Reforms to Help Growing Number of Children Affected by Opioid Abuse Epidemic (Press release)

PublicNow – December 05, 2016

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 23 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them to include strongly supported reforms to the foster care system in any end-of-year budget agreement. The Family First Prevention Services Act would allow states to use federal foster care funds to pay for programs that improve home life, such as mental health services and in-home parenting programs, which are crucial in light of the growing number of children in the foster care system whose families are affected by the opioid abuse epidemic and other substance abuse problems. The programs would enable more children to stay in their homes or with extended family and prevent children from being placed in group homes unnecessarily.

http://publicnow.com/view/C9949C17CEB1A28E7ECE54B542D491B36492042E

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Canada: Assembly of First Nations Stands with First Nations Children in Supporting Presentation to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Seek Relief in Complaint Against Canada (Press release)

PR Newswire – December 09, 2016

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is today expressing steadfast support for First Nations children as the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (the Society) is set to appear before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to call for action on the decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to end discrimination in its provision of First Nations child and family services on reserve.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/assembly-first-nations-stands-first-164400302.html

Greece: Sexual Exploitation and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Relevant – December 09, 2016

So far this year, over 2,500 refugees have died somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea in their desperate voyages to places like Athens. Those who do survive the journey find they left one hell only to find another. Without adequate government support, the mass influx of asylum seekers to Athens created a slum where its labyrinth of streets bring together a precarious mix of ethnic rivals, foreign illnesses and abject poverty.

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/reject-apathy/sexual-exploitation-and-syrian-refugee-crisis

Japan: Could easier adoptions stem child abuse in Japan?

Japan Times – December 10, 2016

In his book “Kichiku no Ie” (“House of Brutality”), Kota Ishii explains that the Japan Pediatric Society assumes that official statistics about infant and toddler killings are the tip of the iceberg. The real number of child killings is probably three to five times higher, because doctors who evaluate the deaths of very young children in emergency situations are reluctant to accuse parents of abuse, even if they suspect as much.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/10/national/media-national/easier-adoptions-stem-child-abuse-japan/#.WE6X6H3MbFk

United Kingdom: British schools ‘under pressure’ as education chiefs warn hundreds of children will arrive from Calais’ Jungle camp

Sun – December 10, 2016

Over 750 children have been brought over to the UK to start a new life after the Calais Jungle was demolished, but only 103 councils have volunteered to give them school places.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2370770/british-schools-under-pressure-as-education-chiefs-warn-hundreds-of-children-will-arrive-from-calais-jungle-camp/

 

 

 

A man confessed to punching a baby boy to death, police say. Why he may not face charges.

Washington Post

His death had been ruled a homicide. But the confession was not enough to charge Johnson for the child’s death. The 30-year-old man, who was the …

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Bridgeport officer tears up on Live PD after baby dies, social media reacts

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BRIDGEPORT—Officials confirm that a 1-year-old child died early Saturday morning of unknown causes. “There doesn’t appear to be any foul play,” …

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‘Healthy’ newborn baby found dead in crib at just 17 days old in “dirty” home that “smelt of cannabis”

Mirror.co.uk

A healthy newborn died in her crib in “dirty and dishevelled” home that smelt strongly of cannabis at just 17 days old, an inquest heard.

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Testimony ends in baby death capital murder trial

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DA will not file charges against man who punched baby to death

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Detectives arrested Johnson for murder in the death of Jose Luis Espinoza. … said they are confident Johnson is guilty– so is the baby’s mother.

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Baby Death Lawsuit Cites A Hospital Language Barrier

Honolulu Civil Beat

A Chuukese couple is suing Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, where their 9-month-old son died after a series of visits to the …

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Charges dropped in baby death, hash oil case involving Penrose man

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Bridgeport Police Investigate Death Of 1-Year-Old

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Ice mum ‘starved baby to death

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Baby Dies of Vicks VapoRub Poisoning? : snopes.com

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Five more ‘avoidable’ baby deaths in another Scottish maternity unit

Telegraph.co.uk

But the disclosure of the Caithness cases came less than a week after it emerged six babies had died “unnecessarily” at Crosshouse Hospital in …

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McComb police investigate baby’s death

Jackson Clarion Ledger

A 5-month-old child was found unresponsive Sunday morning and could not … the Mississippi Medical Examiner’s Office report as to cause of death.

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Bramley baby death: Newborn was left in carrier bag

BBC News

A newborn baby who died after being left outside a church vicarage was abandoned in a supermarket carrier bag. The boy was found outside St …

Newborn baby dies after being found dumped outside Yorkshire church – The Sun

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Infant Dies During Police Protest in Baltimore After Cop Heroically Tries to Save Her Life

PEOPLE.com

An infant who stopped breathing during a protest of a police-involved shooting in Baltimore died on Saturday, according to authorities. In a statement …

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Full investigation into baby’s death should have happened years ago: Nunavut health director

CBC.ca

A full investigation into what happened the night Makibi Timilak died should have taken place years ago, a Nunavut health director testified …

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Baby boy in Wentzville child abuse case dies

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WENTZVILLE • The baby boy victimized in a high-profile child abuse case here has died, spurring prosecutors to elevate the felony charge already …

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4 People, Including A Baby, Have Died In A Jail Run By Potential Trump Nominee Sheriff David …

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Four people, including a newborn baby, have died at the Milwaukee County Jail since April. One man, a 38-year-old with mental health issues, died of …

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3 adults, 1 child found shot to death inside Alaska hotel room

New York Daily News

McKay Hutton and his baby daughter, Teagan, died in a murder-suicide that also claimed the life of his wife, Emily McDonald, at a Hampton Inn hotel …

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Nunavut coroner’s inquest says baby’s death highlights problems

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West Yorkshire Police Give Update On Baby Death

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Woman faces charges for infant’s death

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Ambulance trust speeds pregnancy calls following baby’s death

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An ambulance trust has upgraded how it responds to some emergency calls from pregnant women, following the death of a full-term baby.

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AL: Need for Foster and Adoptive Parents in Alabama (Includes video)

Alabama News – December 08, 2016

Hundreds of children across the state of Alabama are up for adoption this Christmas. Currently there are over 5500 children in the foster system and 190 of those are located in Montgomery County. Officials with the Department of Human Resources are asking for help in giving these children the homes and families they deserve.

http://www.alabamanews.net/2016/12/08/need-foster-adoptive-parents-alabama/

CA: Program helps men learn to be the dads they want to be (Includes video)

Detroit Free Press – December 09, 2016

While PAPÁS focuses on fathers who want to be more involved in their children’s lives, it also seeks to improve men’s relationships with their children’s mothers. According to many studies, the single-most powerful predictor of a father’s engagement with his children is the quality of his relationship with their mother, regardless of whether the couple is married, divorced, separated or were never married.

The Detroit Free Press spent a year listening to Detroit’s children, trying to understand their experiences – as many face violence, trauma and instability. With help from a grant from the Solutions Journalism Network, we looked both in our own backyard and around the country for solutions that may help children deal with the “toxic stresses” in their lives. Series: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/11/19/detroit-crime-children-violence-trauma/93969996/

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/12/08/papas-dad-program-california/92789572/

CA: Child Abuse Prevention Council: Helping children thrive

Recordnet.com – December 08, 2016

The Child Abuse Prevention Council protects children and strengthens families through awareness and outcome-driven programs delivered with compassion. Protecting children, including our foster youths, has been a primary goal of our Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

http://www.recordnet.com/news/20161208/child-abuse-prevention-council-helping-children-thrive

CT: Editorial: Adoption records are loosening but more is needed to help orphans, adoptees find out who they are

New Haven Register – December 08, 2016

Who am I? That is the question that more than 400,000 orphans in the United States and 140 million orphans worldwide probably ask themselves every day.

http://www.nhregister.com/opinion/20161208/editorial-adoption-records-are-loosening-but-more-is-needed-to-help-orphans-adoptees-find-out-who-they-are

GA: Foster Care Crisis: Muscogee County officials look to churches, families as number of foster children rises

Ledger-Enquirer – November 28, 2016

Foster parents such as the Sikes are very much needed in Muscogee County, where the number of foster care children is rising while homes willing to accommodate them remain in short supply, according to local judges and officials at the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article47002585.html

HI: Gabbard on Sunrise to discuss Talia’s Law, Dakota Access pipeline (Video)

Hawaii News Now – December 08, 2016

Last year, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard introduced Talia’s Law, which requires child abuse reports to be sent to Child Protective Services. The House passed it, but the Senate never got to it. However, it will this week.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/34009585/gabbard-on-sunrise-to-discuss-talias-law-dakota-access-pipeline

KS: Changes suggested to fix DCF problems (Includes video)

KWCH – December 07, 2016

We’ve seen the headlines. A mother in Wellington convicted of killing her son. The boy’s father blames DCF for not protecting him. The adoptive parents of three North Newton children accused of torturing them months after a series of reports to DCF. These are the types of things lawmakers are hoping to prevent with some new rules.

http://www.kwch.com/content/news/Changes-suggested-to-fix-DCF-problems-405374715.html

MN: Editorial: Aim early-education scholarships at greatest needs

Pioneer Press – December 08, 2016

As those we elect formulate plans to address Minnesota early-education needs, one word should guide their thinking: prioritize. The clear priority for targeted investment should be the estimated 40,000 low-income children identified as “left behind” for lack of access to high-quality early-education programs.

http://www.twincities.com/2016/12/08/editorial-aim-early-education-scholarships-at-greatest-needs/

NM: Panel backs better online access to court records for some

Albuquerque Journal – December 08, 2016

A panel of judges, lawyers and court administrators voted Thursday to recommend expanded online access to court records for the press and some others – a step toward opening it to the general public once funding is available. It would allow registered participants to access court records at any time from their computers, rather than having to go to courthouses. Those groups would include attorneys and their staffs, the press, litigants representing themselves, and “justice partners,” such as law enforcement and child welfare agencies.

https://www.abqjournal.com/905523/panel-backs-better-access-to-court-records.html

NY: Monroe County reports spike in child neglect

Democrat and Chronicle – December 07, 2016

The county Department of Health Services anticipates handling about 10,000 reports of child abuse and neglect by the end of 2016, according to its 2017 budget proposals. That is up 12 percent from 2015 and 30 percent from 2014, when there were 7,665 such cases.

Also: Rise in child abuse cases prompts funding request (Includes video): http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/rise-in-child-abuse-cases-prompts-funding-request/617264422

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/12/07/monroe-county-child-abuse-dinolfo-rochester/95094362/

RI: Guest commentary: Our small state has a large need for foster parents

Westerly Sun – December 09, 2016

In my time being the Foster Care Recruiter at Devereux, I have found out the hard way, how difficult it is to find homes for these children, not because folks are unwilling, but rather, because they just do not fully understand how big of an issue this is in the state of Rhode Island.

http://www.thewesterlysun.com/opinion/columnguest/9708069-154/guest-commentary-our-small-state-has-a-large-need-for.html

SC: More foster families sought in Upstate

Go Upstate – December 07, 2016

As 2017 nears, multiple Upstate agencies are working hard to recruit more foster families to help children in need have a better life. The S.C. Department of Social Services, S.C. Youth Advocate Program, the University of South Carolina Upstate and Miracle Hill Ministries are ramping up efforts to get community members registered as foster families, and provide support to those families and children in need.

http://www.goupstate.com/news/20161207/more-foster-families-sought-in-upstate

TX: Bill filed to address major reforms to state foster care system

KTBC – December 08, 2016

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed Senate Bill 11, a legislative package outlining substantial reforms to the way the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) cares for the state’s foster children.

http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/222588321-story

TX: Child advocates say Texas contradicts itself on foster care

Associated Press – December 08, 2016

Texas’ objections to reforms to its troubled foster care system that were recommended by court-appointed experts are “grossly at odds” with state officials’ statements out of court and before legislators, the advocacy group that successfully sued the state said Thursday.

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2016/12/09/child-advocates-say-texas-contradicts-itself-on-foster-care/

TX: Austin Supportive Housing to Aid Homeless, Vets, Musicians

Housing Finance – December 07, 2016

The 107-unit Bluebonnet Studios in Austin, Texas, has been designed by nonprofit Foundation Communities to serve very low-income single adults. The project will serve chronically homeless, retirees, and single individuals who are working for very low wages. Twenty-two units are reserved for formerly homeless individuals, 22 for low-income veterans, six units for young adults aging out of foster care, and at least five units for low-income musicians.

http://www.housingfinance.com/developments/austin-supportive-housing-to-aid-homeless-vets-musicians_o

TX: Report Sheds Light on Plight of Parents in Custody Cases Involving Child Abuse

Rewire – December 07, 2016

A new report from the investigative news organization 100Reporters throws light on complaints of a parent sexually or physically abusing a child being routinely rejected at family courts around the country.

Also: Custody in Crisis: How Family Courts Nationwide Put Children in Danger: https://100r.org/2016/12/custody-2/

https://rewire.news/article/2016/12/07/report-sheds-light-plight-parents-custody-cases-involving-child-abuse/

US: A missed opportunity: Congress fails to pass needed foster care reforms (Opinion)

Register-Guard – December 09, 2016

At first glance, the Family First Prevention Services Act looked to be about as close to a slam-dunk as a piece of federal legislation can be in these contentious times. So what went wrong?

http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/35068024-78/a-missed-opportunity.html.csp

US: A North Carolina Senator Wants to Block a Foster Care Reform Bill

Teen Vogue – December 08, 2016

Each day, there are approximately 415,000 children in foster care in the United States, according to Children’s Rights. On average, kids remain in the system for two years, and 7% remain for five or more years. In 2014 alone, more than 22,000 people aged out of foster care without permanent families – something, Children’s Rights reports, leads to a greater chance of homelessness, unemployment, or incarceration.

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/a-north-carolina-senator-wants-to-block-a-foster-care-reform-bill

US: A Prison Sentence Impacts Many (Opinion)

Whitman Wire – December 08, 2016

There are many victims of America’s unjust system of mass incarceration, but there is a particular demographic that is deeply affected yet often goes unacknowledged: the children of those who are incarcerated.

Information Gateway resource: Supporting Children and Families of Prisoners: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/supporting/support-services/prisoners/

http://whitmanwire.com/opinion/2016/12/08/a-prison-sentence-impacts-many/

US: What Parents Need To Know About Having A Foster Child And How It Could Change Their Life For The Better

Parent Herald – December 08, 2016

For those of you who don’t know what foster parenting is, with the help of LACDCFS, this means that one could temporarily provide a haven or home for a child until such time that he or she can reunite with his or her biological family. It is far different from adoption because this requires less paperwork. Although you would still need to be qualified to be a foster parent before being able to offer any child your home or care.

http://www.parentherald.com/articles/92955/20161208/what-parents-need-know-having-foster-child-change-life-better.htm

US: Reunification: The Ultimate Goal? (Opinion)

Chronicle of Social Change – December 07, 2016

The thing I heard the most from adults during my time in the system was that “the ultimate goal is reunification,” but never did I hear about how the state supports that process, or doesn’t.

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/reunification-ultimate-goal/23297

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Canada: Ontario introduces ‘historic’ changes to child-protection laws

Toronto Star – December 08, 2016

Advocates, child protection workers and youth are praising the introduction of historic provincial legislation that puts the needs of Ontario’s most vulnerable children at the heart of every decision about their care.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/12/08/ontario-introduces-historic-changes-to-child-protection-laws.html

United Kingdom: UK football sex abuse: 83 suspects and 98 clubs involved in inquiry

CNN – December 09, 2016

There are now 83 potential suspects and 98 teams involved in the inquiry into historic child sexual abuse in English football, the National Police Chiefs’ Council revealed.

http://www.azfamily.com/story/34013143/uk-football-sex-abuse-83-suspects-and-98-clubs-involved-in-inquiry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulgarian orphan’s transformation from brink of death to adoption by American couple

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The adoption of Liberty Belle Phillips appears to be on hold as the custody battle over the toddler is now being reexamined by a Duval County judge.

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Pizarro: Dancing Cat celebrates 100th adoption

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Six-month old Indy stares down at San Jose resident Emily Sooy, who took home the cat on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. It marked the 100th adoption …

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The Guncles’ Bill Horn and Scout Masterson’s Blog: The Ups and Downs of Our Son Bosley’s (2 …

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After two-plus years of riding on an adoption roller coaster, we’d like to share with you why we’ve been silent about the adoption of our son, Bosley Jo.

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The Specter of Performance and the Adoption of Hybrid Clouds

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Looking at the adoption rates and trends at such a detailed level, it’s undeniable that the most successful technology leaders of today and tomorrow …

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How Nicole Kidman’s Own Experience With Adoption Helped Connect Her to ‘Lion’

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Kidman notes that her role in the film was a good fit for her, as she was able to draw from her own personal experiences in adopting two of her four …

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Adopt, don’t shop, and save $ with Philadelphia mega weekend event

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Referred to as a mega adoption event sponsored by the Brandywine Valley SPCA and the Petco Foundation, the event is meant to make adoption …

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New film exploring international adoption to screen in Summit

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In “The Hanji Box,” an American woman seeks to repair her relationship with the child she adopted from Korea almost 20 years earlier. She sees her …

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Some Military Dogs May Get Quicker Adoption

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Dogs contracted to the Defense Department may get quicker adoptions under a bill expected to pass Congress this week. Once their work for the …

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Hundreds of cats, dogs get forever homes at Mega Adoption Event

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Each event is going to have a different goal, but essentially it’s our way to cultivate a no-kill community through adoptions,” said Eli Martinez, …

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Missouri neighbors discover adopted daughters from China are half-sisters

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Adoptive families share an obvious bond, but two Missouri parents share more – their daughters, adopted from different cities in China, are half-sisters.

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Nicole Kidman on adoption, giving birth and surrogacy: ‘I am a mother because I love being a mother’

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Kidman adopted two children with ex-husband Tom Cruise and has two biological children with husband Keith Urban. She told CNN that her desire to …

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Why is it so expensive to adopt a child?

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Across the world, there are thousands of children in need of homes. In America, there are thousands of families looking for children to adopt. Sounds …

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The Heartbreaking Way the U.S. Has Failed Thousands of Children Adopted From Overseas

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Woman Starts Foundation to Help Fund Adoptions, Build Families

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Nonprofit helps families defray adoption costs

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But adopting baby Lucas proved bittersweet. The pair were thrilled about their son but anxious about how to pay the thousands of dollars it would cost …

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2 brothers, 3 mothers, 1 memorable adoption story

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The letter, written in bubbly cursive with a purple pen, begins like this: To My Precious Son,. This is a very hard letter for me to write. I have so much …

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More than one year later, his forever family was made official Tuesday at a Michigan Adoption Day hearing before Macomb County Circuit Court …

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St. Luke’s adoption and surrogacy program ranks #1 in U.S.

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The Zappos Home for the Pawlidayz adoption event, which coincides with the mega, post-Thanksgiving sales weekend, is not about deals but rather …

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This Florida courtroom erupted into laughter when a big brother was asked about his baby sister’s adoption.

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AR: 2017 legislature spreads its wings (Opinion)

Arkansas Times – December 08, 2016

Less straightforwardly bad is a batch of bills from Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) that would significantly change the Arkansas child welfare system, especially the role of the juvenile courts. Among other things, Clark wants to create a process for reinstatement of parental rights that have been previously terminated due to child maltreatment.

http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/2017-legislature-spreads-its-wings/Content?oid=4737292

CA: Head of L.A. County’s child protective services agency to retire in early 2017

Los Angeles Times – December 07, 2016

Phlip L. Browning, the director of Los Angeles County’s child protective services agency and a veteran of county government, announced Wednesday that he is retiring early next year, capping a career in which he brought stability to a department plagued by high leadership turnover.

Also: Leader of Nation’s Largest Child Welfare System Announces Unexpected Retirement: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/featured/la-county-child-welfare-chief-browning-bows/23314

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-dcfs-head-step-down-20161207-story.html

FL: Centers lays off 28 people, four in Citrus

Citrus Chronicle – December 07, 2016

The Centers, a nonprofit organization that provides inpatient and outpatient mental health services, addiction treatment and child welfare services in Marion and Citrus counties, has laid off 28 employees.

http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/centers-lays-28-people-four-citrus

GA: State still faces shortage of caseworkers for foster kids

Georgia Health News – December 07, 2016

As the number of foster children in Georgia soars, a state agency continues to struggle with a high turnover rate among the caseworkers who help these kids.

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/local/georgia-still-faces-shortage-of-caseworkers-for-foster-kids/article_e54b3e7e-2302-5f11-88a8-239cd61d7e4b.html

IN: Group Plans More Training to Prevent Human Trafficking (includes audio)

Public News Service – December 08, 2016

As a new program in Indiana to help sex trafficking victims launches into its second year, its focus is on educating young people about healthy relationships and training community members so they can help prevent abuse. There have been 66 new cases of human trafficking reported in Indiana in 2016.

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-12-08/budget-policy-and-priorities/indiana-group-plans-more-training-to-prevent-human-trafficking/a55288-1

KS: DCF: Agency staff to conduct all annual foster home inspections by this summer

Topeka Capital-Journal – December 07, 2016

The agency updated lawmakers Wednesday on its efforts to respond to a highly critical audit released this past summer and other reform efforts. DCF has been moving to take away annual inspections of foster homes from agency contractors, citing potential conflicts of interest.

http://cjonline.com/news/2016-12-07/dcf-agency-staff-conduct-all-annual-foster-home-inspections-summer

KY: Child abuse panel finds ‘evil’ amid reviews

Courier-Journal – December 07, 2016

Plowing through details of some of Kentucky’s worst child abuse and neglect cases – those which result in the death or the near-death of a child – panel members look for common causes, missed opportunities to intervene and ways to improve Kentucky’s complex system of child protection that involves the courts, police, state social service workers, school officials, volunteers and others.

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/07/ky-panel-expands-role-child-fatality-reviews/94288378/

LA: Republican lawmakers criticize ‘astonishing’ growth in state health spending

Associated Press – December 07, 2016

Republican lawmakers on Louisiana’s House budget committee are bristling at spending increases in the state health department, saying the agency can’t keep growing every year. Today, the state’s social services agency asked for a sizable jump in next year’s budget, largely to deal with child welfare cases that the department’s secretary said are overwhelming workers. Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters told the House Appropriations Committee the state couldn’t serve children and families well without additional funds.

Also: Growth in Louisiana health department spending scrutinized: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/growth-louisiana-health-department-spending-214912909.html

https://www.businessreport.com/article/louisiana-republican-lawmakers-criticize-astonishing-growth-state-health-spending

NM: Agencies, lawmakers grapple over limited dollars

Associated Press – December 07, 2016

Officials with three key state agencies made their case to an influential panel of New Mexico lawmakers on Wednesday as the battle over limited funds begins to shape up ahead of the legislative session.

http://www.richmond.com/news/ap/article_d8a1f60a-0afb-5a04-9f59-7f43415e0d0e.html

OH: Housing insecurity still impacts too many in Cuyahoga County despite recent strides: Mark McDermott (Opinion)

Plain Dealer – December 07, 2016

Families who lack a safe, stable, affordable home can’t reach the essential first rung on the ladder of opportunity. Children who are homeless or in unstable, poor-quality housing are more likely to suffer physical, developmental and mental health challenges. They are less likely to graduate high school and are at greater risk of substance abuse and incarceration. And children are not the only ones feeling this impact. Housing insecurity puts tremendous stress on adults, too — their health, jobs and relationships all suffer.

http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/12/housing_insecurity_still_impac.html

PA: Children in foster care: How to address their mental health needs (Opinion)

Philadephia Inquirer – December 08, 2016

There is an urgency to ensure each child’s needs are addressed when he or she enters foster care. Children in this system have greater health needs and frequently suffer from higher rates of behavioral and learning problems that are often misdiagnosed as ADHD.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/healthy_kids/Children-in-foster-care-How-to-address-their-mental-health-needs.html

TX: Gov. Abbott gives $8 million for 1,000 neediest foster children (Includes video)

Austin-American Statesman – December 07, 2016

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is giving the Department of Family and Protective Services an $8 million grant to improve emergency and long-term placements for up to 1,000 of the state’s neediest foster children.

Also: Pilot program for most-troubled foster kids unveiled: http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Pilot-program-for-most-troubled-foster-kids-10780255.php

Also: State to seek new housing options for most-troubled foster kids: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/State-to-seek-new-housing-options-for-10781713.php

Also: Schwertner Announces Major Reforms to State Foster Care System; Calls on Abbott to Make it an Emergency Item: http://www.guidrynews.com/story.aspx?id=1000080727

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/texas-gov-abbott-gives-million-for-000-neediest-foster-children/mu04jpzdR19dvsGQ6BkyEM/

TX: New Dallas Clinic Provides Foster Children Consistent Medical, Mental Health Care

KERA – December 07, 2016

Texas lawmakers, doctors and foster care families attended the opening of the new Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence in Dallas this week. Texas Governor Greg Abbott helped cut the ribbon. “In this room,” he said, “is the brain power, and the prayer power that we need to conquer the challenges that our children confront in the state of Texas.”

http://keranews.org/post/new-dallas-clinic-provides-foster-children-consistent-medical-mental-health-care

WA: The magic and the madness of foster parenting (Opinion)

Crosscut – December 07, 2016

Washington has a parent-centered foster care system, not necessarily a child-centered one. A federal mandate says states should make reasonable efforts to reunite parents with their children, but that “reasonable” has turned into “every possible little move” in a lot of cases. Why does this matter? Because it means foster parents have few rights and no control in the system, and the kids can often be left in long-term limbo as the state focuses on getting parents back on track. It’s an exhausting combination for foster parents who truly want the very best for the kids in our care.

http://crosscut.com/2016/12/foster-parenting-the-magic-and-the-madness/

US: Foster Youth Demand Action as Landmark Foster Care Reform Bill Hangs In The Balance

Washington Sun – December 07, 2016

Dozens of foster youth, family advocates, and health and human services leaders gathered at the U.S. Capitol to call on Congress to prioritize the safety of children and pass the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)-the most significant attempt to reform the foster care system in a generation-while they still have the chance. Despite the widespread, bipartisan support for the legislation, its future remains uncertain due to intense lobbying by special interest groups in the final weeks of the 114th Congress.

Information Gateway resource: Laws and Policies That Promote Systems of Care: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/management/reform/soc/build/socpolicies/

http://thewashingtonsun.com/2016/12/foster-youth-demand-action-as-landmark-foster-care-reform-bill-hangs-in-the-balance/

US: How this woman became a voice for children in foster care (Opinion)

Christian Science Monitor – December 07, 2016

We are not there as legal experts. We are the voice of the children. We learn about the situation that led to a child’s removal from the home and about the particular challenges the child is facing, and we recommend to the judge what is best for that individual child.

This essay is part of an occasional series provided by our partner organization Encore.org, which is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. Read more stories and share yours at Encore.org/story.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/Change-Agent/2016/1207/How-this-woman-became-a-voice-for-children-in-foster-care

US: Wyden Asks Congress to Pass Historic Bipartisan, Bicameral Child Welfare Reform Bill (Press release)

Office of U.S. Senator for Oregon Ron Wyden – December 07, 2016

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today voted against the 21st Century Cures Act because Republican leaders stripped bipartisan, bicameral child welfare legislation out of the final bill. Wyden then asked for unanimous consent that the Senate pass the Family First Prevention Services Act, which has the support of almost 500 child welfare organizations across the country, including the Children’s Defense Fund, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Catholic Bishops.

https://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/wyden-asks-congress-to-pass-historic-bipartisan-bicameral-child-welfare-reform-bill

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Canada: Canada’s record on First Nations child welfare to face scrutiny in Washington (Includes video)

CBC News – December 07, 2016

Canada’s treatment of First Nations children will be debated on the world stage Friday, with the federal government poised to appear before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington to defend the current state of the child welfare system.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/first-nations-child-welfare-inter-american-1.3885338

United Kingdom: Law change gives unmarried fathers parental responsibility (Press release)

Island of Jersey, Home Affairs Department – December 02, 2016

An amendment to the law relating to parental responsibility has come into force today. It means unmarried fathers, who are registered as their child’s father (and therefore named on the birth certificate), will automatically acquire legal responsibility for making decisions about matters affecting their child’s welfare (parental responsibility).

http://www.gov.je/News/2016/Pages/UnmarriedFathersParentalResponsibility.aspx

 

 

 

 

Sarasota couple arrested, charged with child neglect; 5 children living in deplorable conditions

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A Sarasota couple has been arrested and charged with five counts each of child neglect without great bodily harm after police officers conducted a …

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Deputies have uncovered a potential case of child endangerment or neglect after they responded to a report of a missing child Thursday, according to …

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Day care center worker arrested for child neglect

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An employee of Kiddie Academy of Gainesville has been charged with felony child neglect after a 3-year-old girl walked away from the center.

3-year-old allegedly leaves daycare unnoticed; director charged with neglect – FOX 5 DC

A toddler walks out of a Va. day-care center, and a worker is charged with neglect – Washington Post

Caretaker charged after 3-year-old walks out of Kiddie Academy – WUSA9.com

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Woman cited for child neglect after kidnapping, theft incident

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Monroe County reports spike in child neglect

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The number of Monroe County children being neglected at home, or being placed in foster care is up sharply in 2016, according to the county’s …

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Mary Martinez Arrested: Milwaukee Woman Accused Of Child Abuse, Neglect Of 7-Year-Old Boy

Latin Times

Child abuse is a huge epidemic around the world with many people currently imprisoned for the heinous crime. While there are many organizations …

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Child in Genoa reported abducted found safe; child neglect possible

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But the case did reveal potential child neglect or endangerment, the sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office got the call of a possible child abduction in …

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Lawmakers call for change after child neglect in Fort Bend Co.

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RICHMOND, TEXAS – The abuse and neglect of seven children found living in horrific conditions in Fort Bend County is prompting calls for action to …

Deputies: 7 foster kids with special needs locked in closet, found living in urine and feces at … – CW39

Seven children removed from filthy home to stay in foster care, judge rules – Chron.com

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Community members hope to end child neglect in SD

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CWC, Unicef bare results of national study on child abuse

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As a first step to finally eradicate the country’s alarming childabuse cases, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) released the results of its first …

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Pair in custody, facing charges of child abuse

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HELD: Donna Rodeheffer, 33, of Webster, and her husband, Nicolas Emory, 24, are facing abuse charges after three children in their custody were …

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Woman faces three charges of child neglect

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OCALA – Ocala police officers arrested a 23-year-old woman for three counts of child neglect after one child was found wandering at an apartment …

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Ostrander couple charged with child abuse

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PRESTON — An Ostrander couple has been charged after authorities documented a long list of abuse against at least one of their children, crimes …

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Tampa mother admits to child neglect in plea deal over death from rare disease

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TAMPA — A Tampa mother who faced a manslaughter charge after failing to provide medical care for her sick daughter pleaded guilty this week to a …

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PD: Mother arrested after ‘malnourished’ and ‘neglected‘ kids found at CT home

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The children’s father is also expected to face charges in the case. … Her arrest comes after state police were called to a report of child neglect at a …

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Bond set for Pontotoc County woman in child neglect case

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(KXII) — The Pontotoc County woman accused of neglect in the drowning death of a … Amber Thurman is charged with five counts of child neglect.

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Deputies searching for man wanted on child neglect, sex charges

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Deputies with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a suspect wanted on on child neglect and sex offenses …

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Police: Child Found Locked Up, Bruised; Fillmore County Couple Charged

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31-year-old Angela Stewart is charged with four felony counts including attempted second-degree manslaughter, child neglect and malicious …

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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. A Devils Lake couple each faces a felony charge of child neglect, after allegedly leaving 2 small children at home and going …

Couple accused of child neglect barricaded kids in apartment to go to Kmart, prosecutors say – Grand Forks Herald

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Couple Face Felony Child Neglect Charges

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Mom faces child neglect after kids exposed to heroin

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2 People Arrested On Child Neglect Charges In Elkins

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Child Abuse, Neglect Cases Soar

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CO: Children at Risk for Lead Exposure Aren’t Being Tested (Includes audio)

Public News Service – December 06, 2016

Many Colorado kids at higher risk for lead poisoning aren’t being tested, according to analysis by The Colorado Trust. State guidelines call for doctors to test children in low-income households or who live in housing built before 1978, when lead paint was banned.

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-12-06/health-issues/colorado-children-at-risk-for-lead-exposure-aren/a55235-1

DE: Delaware part of long-term study of drug-exposed kids

Cape Gazette – December 06, 2016

Delaware is one of seven states that has been accepted into the Substance-Exposed Infant In-Depth Technical Assistance program, funded by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare. The center has worked with Connecticutt, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia, and will now include Delaware, on developing policy and practice to improve the lives of pregnant and postpartum women and their children.

http://www.capegazette.com/article/delaware-part-long-term-study-drug-exposed-kids/120715

GA: State still faces shortage of caseworkers for foster kids

Georgia Health News – December 06, 2016

As the number of foster children in Georgia soars, a state agency continues to struggle with a high turnover rate among the caseworkers who help these kids.

http://www.georgiahealthnews.com/2016/12/state-faces-shortage-caseworkers-foster-kids/

KS: Democratic leader calls for action by Brownback on DCF

Wichita Eagle – December 06, 2016

The top Democrat in the Kansas House is calling for action from Gov. Sam Brownback after it was reported that the Kansas Department for Children and Families had a backlog in processing neglect reports this fall because of a staffing shortage.

http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article119175288.html

LA: DCFS announces Louisiana broke record for number of children adopted in a year

Louisiana Radio Network – December 07, 2016

Louisiana broke the state’s record for the number of foster children adoptions within a year. 735 children were adopted by 532 families between October of 2015 and September of 2016.

http://www.louisianaradionetwork.com/blogs/dcfs_la_broke_record_number_adoptions_a_year#.WEgFsE2FOUk

OH: Family 411: Kinship care allows relatives to raise kids when biological parents can’t (Includes video)

WSYX/WTTE – December 06, 2016

Relatives often step up to care for a child whose parents are unable or unwilling to do so. It’s called kinship care.

http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/family-411-kinship-care-allows-relatives-to-help-kids-when-biological-parents-cant

OR: Foster parent program provides homes for youngsters throughout Douglas County

News-Review – December 07, 2016

The primary reason behind most of those issues is directly attributed to substance abuse and addiction to methamphetamine, heroin, prescription narcotics, or alcohol abuse.

http://www.nrtoday.com/news/health/foster-parent-program-provides-homes-for-youngsters-throughout-douglas-county/article_9a6f6eff-1abe-56f4-8877-f648b5c6a4e6.html

TX: Feds Empty Family Detention Centers After Texas Judge’s Ruling (Includes audio)

Public News Service – December 07, 2016

A state judge has ruled that federal immigration detention centers cannot be licensed by Texas as child-care facilities. That has prompted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to begin releasing thousands of mothers and children from family detention centers in South Texas.

Also: Hundreds of Central American moms and kids released from detention in Texas: https://thinkprogress.org/ice-texas-cent-am-moms-kids-34c651135abd#.btr2u5kvc

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-12-07/childrens-issues/feds-empty-family-detention-centers-after-texas-judge/a55277-1

TX: Lawmakers call for change after child neglect in Fort Bend Co. (Includes video)

KHOU – December 06, 2016

The abuse and neglect of seven children found living in horrific conditions in Fort Bend County is prompting calls for action to prevent it from happening again.

Also: 7 Texas special-needs teens were regularly locked in closet: http://townhall.com/news/us/2016/12/06/specialneeds-texas-teens-found-in-deplorable-conditions-n2255957

Judge Orders Seven Abused, Special-Needs Adopted Kids to Foster Care: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/judge-orders-seven-abused-special-needs-adopted-kids-to-foster-care-9005861

http://www.khou.com/news/local/lawmakers-call-for-change-after-child-neglect-in-fort-bend-co/364465646

UT: Kids Face Anxiety, Harassment at School in Wake of Election (Includes audio)

Public News Service – December 06, 2016

A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center confirms student anxiety and incidents of harassment are increasing, in Utah and across the nation, in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. Educators report immigrant, Muslim and African-American children, and those who identify as LGBT, are under the greatest levels of distress.

Report: Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election: https://www.splcenter.org/20161129/ten-days-after-harassment-and-intimidation-aftermath-election

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-12-06/social-justice/kids-face-anxiety-harassment-at-school-in-wake-of-election/a55265-1

WV: Foster care: West Virginia’s growing concern

West Virginia Press Association – December 07, 2016

The children taken in by the Grays were among 5,169 West Virginia kids in foster care in June. That was 608 more than at the same time last year and almost 1,000 more than in June 2013, according to the state’s monthly legislative foster care reports.

http://www.montgomery-herald.com/news/foster-care-west-virginia-s-growing-concern/article_26f0b288-bc31-11e6-8a7b-03bda1d1cc1c.html

US: Making the Case for Evidence-Based Decision-Making

Stanford Social Innovation Review – December 06, 2016

Evidence-based practice has great potential to improve social outcomes, but only if we do a better job marketing and adapting it to address the specific problems at hand.

Information Gateway resource: Evidence-Based Practice: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/evidence/

https://ssir.org/articles/entry/making_the_case_for_evidence_based_decision_making

INTERNATIONAL

Uganda: This former Ugandan child soldier is accused of war crimes. But is he also a victim? (Opinion)

Washington Post – December 06, 2016

More than two decades ago, Dominic Ongwen was a boy on his way to school in northern Uganda when he was abducted by the brutal rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army and turned into a child soldier. On Tuesday, he took a seat before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for the first day of a trial in which he is charged with 70 war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, torture and sexual slavery, mostly committed in attacks on camps for internally displaced people.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/12/06/the-war-crimes-trial-riveting-uganda-can-a-perpetrator-also-be-a-victim/?utm_term=.ee8c8d163feb

United Kingdom: Football Association to increase scope of child sex abuse review as Queens Park Rangers in spotlight

KL.FM 96.7 – December 06, 2016

The Football Association is to increase the scope of its investigation into child sex abuse allegations – as another club reveals it is looking into claims about a former employee.

http://www.klfm967.co.uk/news/uk-news/2169345/fa-to-increase-scope-of-child-sex-abuse-review/

Vatican City: Commission launches child protection website

Catholic News Service – December 06, 2016

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has launched a beta version of its website in English and has included its template for local guidelines on preventing sexual abuse, resources for a day of prayer for the victims and survivors as well as a mailing address to contact commission members. The website — http://www.protectionofminors.va — eventually will include versions in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French, the commission said in a statement Dec. 6.

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2016/vatican-commission-launches-child-protection-website.cfm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AR: Legislators seek to overhaul courts’ role in child welfare to benefit of parents

Arkansas Times – December 06, 2016

Four bills filed on Friday by state Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) propose significant changes in the Arkansas child welfare system that would generally give more legal protections to parents accused of child maltreatment, along with other relatives, noncustodial parents and “fictive kin.”

http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2016/12/06/legislators-seek-to-overhaul-courts-role-in-child-welfare-to-benefit-of-parents

AZ: Child abuse reports on decline in Gila Valley

Eastern Arizona Courier – December 04, 2016

Law enforcement officials said reports of child abuse in the Gila Valley are on the decline. But one child advocate said that good news shouldn’t mean people think child abuse is gone.

http://www.eacourier.com/news/child-abuse-reports-on-decline-in-gila-valley/article_6353cb44-b8ed-11e6-8934-bf9c30561b29.html

CA: Mary Graham Children’s Foundation: Helping youths aging out of foster care

Recordnet.com – December 05, 2016

The foundation provides support that enhances life skills and education to local foster youths. We do this through our Trade School & College Scholarship Program by offering financial assistance to foster youths who want to pursue higher education and become successful. The foundation not only gives money for tuition, housing, books and other essentials but provides each youth an adult mentor to guide them through their journey.

http://www.recordnet.com/news/20161205/mary-graham-childrens-foundation-helping-youths-aging-out-of-foster-care

CA: Wraparound Program Reduces Juvenile Recidivism by Focusing on Mental Health

Youth Today – December 05, 2016

Orange County’s FSPs are intensive treatment programs that coordinate a unique menu of mental health services for each client to address individualized needs. YOW is one of 12 programs run by CSP that incorporate shelter services, crime victim assistance, youth development programs, comprehensive support for at-risk youth, conflict resolution and community education programs.

Information Gateway Resource: Cross-System Collaboration to Support Mental Health: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/bhw/collaboration/mh/

http://youthtoday.org/2016/12/california-wraparound-program-reduces-juvenile-recidivism-by-focusing-on-mental-health/

GA: Columbus judges challenge churches to bring in foster children (Includes video)

WSFA – December 05, 2016

“My own church has started a committee and we are up and running with exactly that. We already have one foster parent couple already identified,” said the Chattahoochee circuit’s presiding juvenile Judge Warner Kennon.

http://www.wsfa.com/story/33917313/columbus-judges-challenge-churches-to-bring-in-foster-children

GA: Glynn an anomaly in Georgia foster-care crisis

Goldenisles News – December 04, 2016

As a result of the overwhelming amount of cases, the state support system is stretched thin. Complaints about the quality of foster care in Fulton and DeKalb counties 14 years ago led to the Kenny A. v. Deal case, forcing the state to operate under a consent decree for child services in those counties for 11 years. In a signal that the system might be able to handle the load, improvements led to the state Department of Human Services and the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed a joint motion in early November in federal district court to adopt an exit plan to come out from under the parameters of the initial 2005 order.

http://goldenisles.news/news/local_news/glynn-an-anomaly-in-georgia-foster-care-crisis/article_df52268a-1977-53f4-8149-476e191f5a60.html

GA: Target addiction to stem foster care crisis (Opinion)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – November 18, 2016

It’s a tragic story that repeats itself daily in virtually every community across this country. Whether you live in a sprawling urban area or the rural countryside, the undercurrent of addiction not only is devastating the lives of adults and teens but is having a growing impact on innocent children.

http://www.myajc.com/news/news/opinion/target-addiction-to-stem-foster-care-crisis/ns948/

KS: Hope for the Holidays program helps youths who have aged out of foster care

Topeka Capital-Journal – December 04, 2016

Many young adults who have aged out of foster care would not receive any gifts during the holiday season if not for the Hope for the Holidays program through Department for Children and Families. About 600 young people are signed up this year, said DCF spokeswoman Theresa Freed.

http://cjonline.com/news/2016-12-04/hope-holidays-program-helps-youths-who-have-aged-out-foster-care

LA: DCFS looks for better ways to serve (Includes video)

Monroe News Star – December 05, 2016

On Monday in Monroe, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters asked for input from the public and stakeholders for ways the department can best serve the state’s most fragile families.

http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/local/2016/12/05/dcfs-looks-better-ways-serve/94993146/

LA: State Leaders Meet With Community Partners To Fight Povery and Child Welfare Problems

MyArkLaMiss.com – December 05, 2016

Louisiana’s Department of Children and Families held a community discussion Monday afternoon in Monroe, to find solutions to poverty and child welfare problems in the region. State leaders met with about 75 community partners to get their feedback about where help is needed in Northeast Louisiana.

http://www.myarklamiss.com/news/local-news/state-leaders-meet-with-community-partners-to-fight-povery-and/615806867

MO: Grant helps to provide services for at-risk families in Greene County

Springfield News-Leader – December 05, 2016

“The grant was designed to provide a pipeline of trained graduates to work with the Missouri CD in an effort to enhance retention of staff, particularly in Greene County,” said Dr. Mary Ann Jennings, professor of social work, in a press release. “The SSW recruits students to participate and provides specialized courses for grant participants, such as child welfare services, trauma-informed practice and case management.”

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/education/2016/12/05/grant-helps-provide-services–risk-families-greene-county/95007062/

NE: Twenty questions on 20 years of vision and drive at the Child Advocacy Center

Lincoln Journal Star – December 05, 2016

Last week, Lynn Ayers marked 20 years as executive director of the Child Advocacy Center — a safe space for child victims of abuse to be interviewed by trained professionals, get medical evaluations and be provided advocacy and support through investigation and prosecution of their cases.

http://journalstar.com/news/local/twenty-questions-on-years-of-vision-and-drive-at-the/article_00c2c6a3-4dcb-5a99-81ea-4000b65b2465.html

NJ: Child welfare worker indicted for extorting sex from mothers he supervised

NJ.com – December 05, 2016

A former state family services worker has been indicted on charges that he used his position to extort sex from two mothers he supervised during their visitations with their children, authorities said.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/12/nj_child_welfare_worker_indicted_for_extorting_sex.html

NY: NYSED: Memos on schools as safe havens, Child Protective Services regulations and opioid overdose prevention

New York State Center for School Health – December 05, 2016

These important memos have been shared by NYSED with school administrators. They are available on the NYSED website and the NYSCSH website under NYSED Guidelines and Memos.

http://www.nysut.org/news/2016/december/nysed-memos

NY: Parents home-schooling kids probed for ‘educational neglect’

New York Post – December 05, 2016

The Department of Education has been harassing parents who home-school their children, threatening to report them to child welfare for failing to enroll their kids in school even though they have filed the paperwork, a new lawsuit charges.

http://nypost.com/2016/12/05/parents-home-schooling-kids-probed-for-educational-neglect/

TN: Governor Haslam launches new foster care initiative

WREG – December 05, 2016

Governor Bill Haslam announced the launch of a new program that aims to encourage more Tennesseans to become foster parents or support those who are. The new initiative is called TN Fosters.

Also: Tennessee program to add foster, adoptive parents: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2016/12/05/tennessee-program-add-foster-adoptive-parents/94998612/

http://wreg.com/2016/12/05/governor-haslam-launches-new-foster-care-initiative/

TX: Family detention centers blocked DHS committee finds family detention centers unnecessary

McAllen Monitor – December 05, 2016

An Austin judge blocked the licensing of two family immigrant detention centers in Texas on Friday following a recommendation from a Department of Homeland Security committee to stop detaining families.

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/family-detention-centers-blocked/article_e0c87658-bb57-11e6-9422-7f862547a6c8.html

TX: Governor Abbott Attends Grand Opening Of Rees-Jones Center For Foster Care Excellence (Press Release)

Office of the Governor of Texas – December 05, 2016

The Center brings together foster care experts in pediatrics, behavioral health, research and child welfare to provide primary care for children from birth to 18 years of age who live with relatives, foster parents or in group homes. The purpose of the Center is to develop a new, best-practices approach to recovery care.

Also: New Dallas Program to Serve Needs of Foster Care Children (Includes video): http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/New-Dallas-Program-to-Serve-Needs-of-Foster-Care-Children-404860315.html

Also: New Foster Care Center Looks To Limit Lifetime Impact Of Abuse: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2016/12/05/new-foster-care-center-looks-to-limit-lifetime-impact-of-abuse/

http://gov.texas.gov/news/press-release/22918

TX: New Texas bill endangers LGBT youth: Behind the legislation that could lead to a surge in anti-gay conversion therapy (Opinion)

Salon – December 05, 2016

Allowing organizations to donate their time and resources to help fix the problem might seem like a necessary and crucial solution to help needy youth, but putting this responsibility in the hands of religious groups may make the issue worse, especially for LGBT minors.

http://www.salon.com/2016/12/05/new-texas-bill-endangers-lgbt-youth-behind-the-legislation-that-could-lead-to-a-surge-in-anti-gay-conversion-therapy/

TX: State to hire more child welfare workers

Associated Press – December 03, 2016

Top Republican leaders have approved nearly $150 million in emergency funding to hire 800 new workers at a troubled Texas agency facing huge case backlogs in its effort to protect abused and neglected children.

http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/news/local_news/texas-to-hire-more-child-welfare-workers/article_bcb13b83-b409-5874-b5f8-96de441062b8.html

WA: Fighting Opioid Abuse in Indian Country (Press release)

Pew Charitable Trusts – December 06, 2016

Misty Jones, a member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe, said she realizes she needs to beat her drug habit before she can take care of her children. ‘This time it’s going to be all about Misty and getting clean and not about Misty and getting her kids back,’ she said.

http://publicnow.com/view/EF37F1878452015D7A7B2D3AE8D84C33E2269D64

WI: Clarke Square apartment plans endorsed in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Business Journal – December 05, 2016

Those “motivated youths” who are sleeping on couches or moving between family members’ homes could become tenants in two planned apartment buildings with a combined 40 affordable units.

http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2016/12/05/clarke-square-apartment-plans-endorsed-in.html?ana=RSS%26s=article_search

WV: DHHR secretary says drug problems must be solved first

Register-Herald – December 06, 2016

As the upcoming legislative session approaches, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling urges lawmakers to remember the importance of prevention, treatment and recovery for residents dealing with substance use disorder.

http://www.register-herald.com/news/dhhr-secretary-says-drug-problems-must-be-solved-first/article_eda2dc40-fc2a-53ce-9910-a83068c688c7.html

US: Senators Urge Passage Of Foster Care Reforms To Help Children Affected By Opioid Abuse Epidemic (Opinion)

KRWG – December 05, 2016

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 23 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them to include strongly supported reforms to the foster care system in any end-of-year budget agreement. The Family First Prevention Services Act would allow states to use federal foster care funds to pay for programs that improve home life, such as mental health services and in-home parenting programs, which are crucial in light of the growing number of children in the foster care system whose families are affected by the opioid abuse epidemic and other substance abuse problems.

Also: Controversial child welfare measure stripped from health reform bill (Opinion): https://baptistnews.com/article/controversial-child-welfare-measure-stripped-from-health-reform-bill/#.WEarp33MbFk

http://krwg.org/post/nm-senators-urge-passage-foster-care-reforms-help-children-affected-opioid-abuse-epidemic

US: Some fear proposed rules will gut number of foreign adoptions

Springfield News-Sun – December 04, 2016

Adoptions in U.S. have plummeted because of costs, corruption and restrictions in countries such as Russia.

http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/news/national-govt-politics/some-fear-proposed-rules-will-gut-number-of-foreig/ntJMt/

INTERNATIONAL

Gambia: The Gambia, UNICEF Launch Child Protection Strategy 2016-2020 (Press release)

United Nations Children’s Fund – December 06, 2016

The Islamic Republic of The Gambia recently launched the National Child Protection Strategy 2016-2020, developed with technical and financial support from UNICEF. The Strategy, along with its costed Plan of Action, is the result of a series of consultations and engagements led by the Department of Social Welfare, with critical input from the Child Protection Sub-Committee and a wide range of child protection actors, community members, care-givers and children.

http://reliefweb.int/report/gambia/gambia-unicef-launch-child-protection-strategy-2016-2020

Greece: More Than 1,200 Unaccompanied Child Refugees Waiting for Suitable Accommodations

Greek Reporter Greece – December 02, 2016

More than 1,200 unaccompanied child refugees are on waiting lists for a place in suitable accommodations, an associate of the migration policy ministry Alkis Souliotis said on Friday, at an event organized by the “Doctors of the World” in Athens. In total, about 2,500 unaccompanied children live among the 62,000 refugees and migrants who remain in Greece, with 286 of those living in closed detention centers and another two locked up in police stations, Souliotis said.

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/12/02/more-than-1200-unaccompanied-child-refugees-waiting-for-suitable-accommodations/

 

 

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AR: DHS director Gillespie tackling foster care crisis, awaiting state flexibility for Medicaid

Talk Business & Politics – December 04, 2016

Gillespie, appearing on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, contends that the huge spike in foster care cases and maltreated children in Arkansas is not contingent on one overriding factor. “I don’t think anyone can tell you there’s any one single thing that’s at the root of what’s going on. Whenever you have issues like this in society, it’s going to be multi-factor. There’s not one silver bullet that fixes everything,” she said.

http://talkbusiness.net/2016/12/dhs-director-gillespie-tackling-foster-care-crisis-awaiting-state-flexibility-for-medicaid/

CA: LA voters might be asked to help the homeless – by raising taxes (Includes audio)

KPCC – December 01, 2016

L.A. County, looking for millions of dollars to fund its plan to eradicate homelessness, will likely turn to voters for a way to raise the cash.

http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/12/01/66715/la-voters-might-be-asked-to-help-the-homeless–by/

CA: State Braces For Medi-Cal’s Future Under Trump And The GOP

Pharmacy Choice – December 01, 2016

Critics of the Affordable Care Act argue, however, that the Medicaid program has grown too big and expensive. They also want states to have more autonomy with their Medicaid programs and believe enrollees should become more self-sufficient. “Any agenda to reduce dependency and increase self-sufficiency of those populations, Medicaid needs to be a piece of that,” said Ed Haislmaier, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank

http://www.pharmacychoice.com/news/article.cfm?Article_ID=1656165

CO: Colorado Gives: Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center Transforms the Lives of Abused and Neglected Children Through Compassion (Press release)

Colorado Bar Association – December 02, 2016

For over thirty years, the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center has provided compassionate legal advocacy and clinical services to children who have been abused or neglected. Through a team of legal professionals and social workers, the Children’s Law Center serves at-risk children and considers the whole child with each recommendation regarding the child’s best interest.

http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2016/12/colorado-gives-rocky-mountain-childrens-law-center-transforms-lives-abused-neglected-children-compassion/

FL: Guest column: Florida needs more adoptions, foster families (Opinion)

Florida Times-Union – December 03, 2016

Only six out of 10,000 adults choose to become foster parents, yet hundreds of children throughout Florida can be given a safe home through foster care or adoption. How can you be part of providing stability for these children during the most formative years of their lives?

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/2016-12-03/guest-column-florida-needs-more-adoptions-foster-families

GA: Child welfare programs go underfunded while foster care population skyrockets (Press release)

Public – December 02, 2016

Finding foster homes for these children has become increasingly difficult. Making it even more difficult, Georgia child welfare programs for kids under state supervision haven’t been getting paid enough.

http://publicnow.com/view/08EE348B2D1363B187D315DF341F2A41829B1DAC

KS: Staffing issues created DCF abuse report backlog

Topeka Capital-Journal – December 02, 2016

Child abuse and neglect reports piled up in Kansas because of “a severe staffing issue,” a high-ranking state Department for Children and Families official said in a September email.

Also: DCF denies backlog at child abuse reporting center (Press release): http://publicnow.com/view/E08B0481E3E79772C54BA5CE6899892B821AB83C

http://www.gctelegram.com/news/state/staffing-issues-created-dcf-abuse-report-backlog/article_5d6e35ca-d605-5434-be66-80d950b88397.html

KY: Editorial: State child protectors reduced to begging

Morehead News – December 02, 2016

A current social worker and a former colleague went before a legislative committee recently and used words like “heartbreaking” and “miserable” to describe working conditions in child protection in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).

http://www.themoreheadnews.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-state-child-protectors-reduced-to-begging/article_eb7f17c6-b898-11e6-b8bf-1bce7dc0e440.html

NH: Editorial: Elders cope with caring for grandchildren

Daily Hampshire Gazette – December 02, 2016

Much attention has been focused in recent years on the alarming rise in the number of people addicted to opioids. Rightly so, those involved in health care and law enforcement have focused their efforts on responding to the dangers of overdosing and helping addicts find treatment. But in the background of this epidemic is a group of older people, parents of those struggling with drug problems, who have stepped in to take on a job they never dreamed they would be doing in their 50s, 60s and 70s – assuming the care of their grandchildren.

http://www.gazettenet.com/Editorial-Grandparents-caring-for-their-grandchildren-need-support-6597083

NV: One View: Shedding light on homeless children living in ‘shadows’ (Includes video) (Opinion)

Reno Gazette-Journal – December 02, 2016

Long-understood and well-documented science tells us children fail to thrive without secure attachments. We also know children lacking consistent, loving bonds suffer poorer outcomes. Rather than focus on expanding our definition of homelessness, we must diligently work to find safe, permanent homes for our children in care.

http://www.rgj.com/story/opinion/voices/2016/12/02/one-view-shedding-light-homeless-children-living-shadows/94791622/

NY: ‘Hack-a-Thon’ Hopes to Use Tech to Help the City’s Child Welfare Agency Connect Foster Kids With Adoptive Families (Includes video)

NY 1 – December 04, 2016

Coders are working with the Administration for Children’s Services to tackle issues in the foster care system. The goal is to find ways technology can help with the recruitment of parents and communication between social workers and children.

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2016/12/4/-hack-a-thon–hopes-to-use-tech-to-help-the-city-s-child-welfare-agency.html

NY: Brooklyn Borough President Launches Multilingual Anti-Child Abuse Effort

Observer – December 03, 2016

In the wake of the discovery of a three-year-old Brooklyn boy with a cracked skull earlier this week and the death of a six-year-old Zymere Perkins a little more than two months ago, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams unrolled a new multilingual outreach campaign to educate people on the signs of child abuse-arguing it is every citizen’s responsibility to identify and intervene in such cases, not just the Administration for Children’s Services.

http://observer.com/2016/12/brooklyn-borough-president-launches-multilingual-anti-child-abuse-effort/

NY: Missing My Children on the Holidays – Focusing on the future got me through this difficult time of year

Rise Magazine – November 29, 2016

One year ago, Mandell, Alaysia and Diamond went into foster care and I went into a drug program.

http://www.risemagazine.org/2016/11/missing-my-children-on-the-holidays/

NY: Why Child Protective Investigations Can Make Parents Fearful and Put Kids at Risk (Opinion)

Urban Matters – November 23, 2016

I have a friend who recently gave birth and struggles with simple things, like having enough money for Pampers. I told her about a program for low-income families that offers free Pampers, but she denied the help, saying they might call child protective services on her.

http://www.centernyc.org/foster-care-investigations

OH: Talking to kids about human trafficking

Lima News – December 03, 2016

Concerns about human trafficking are driving a new effort by the Ohio Attorney General to get more schools to incorporate anti-human trafficking instruction in middle and high school classrooms.

http://limaohio.com/news/217357/talking-to-kids-about-human-trafficking

OR: State plans to revoke license of troubled Eastern Oregon youth program

Oregonian – December 02, 2016

The Oregon Department of Human Services on Friday threatened the license of Eastern Oregon Academy, near Burns, over instances of sex abuse by a female staffer, the failure to report a youth who’d been left in the wilderness for two hours and poor supervision.

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/12/state_plans_to_revoke_license.html

TN: Legislature likely to be asked to reform juvenile justice

Tennessean – December 02, 2016

The state legislature probably will take up some issues related to reforming juvenile justice across the state and how the state handles troubled youth in general. The Juvenile Justice Task Force on Thursday developed a handful of recommendations that will be forwarded to state lawmakers that asks them to consider revisions to how juveniles are treated in Tennessee’s legal system.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/02/tennessee-legislature-likely-asked-reform-juvenile-justice/94740724/

TX: State cannot issue child care licenses for family detention centers, judgment finds

My San Antonio – December 04, 2016

“During hearings in May and June, Judge Crump heard testimony from mothers detained at the facilities who testified to the prison-like conditions at the facility, and child welfare and faith leaders who argued that children locked up with their mothers in immigrant family detention camps are not safe, physically or mentally,” a press release from Grassroots Leadership read.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/State-cannot-issue-child-care-licenses-for-family-10689616.php

TX: Child Protective Services Refusing to Help Child Crime Victims with Immigration Visas

Texas Observer – December 02, 2016

For the past eight months, Texas Child Protective Services has quietly rejected requests for help from undocumented children who are the victims of crime. In April, the agency abandoned its policy of providing certifications for special immigration visas that protect crime victims who are helping law enforcement in an investigation. Lawyers and advocates who file on behalf of child victims say they were given no explanation for the sudden policy change.

https://www.texasobserver.org/child-protective-services-refusing-to-help-child-crime-victims/

TX: GOP leaders OK funding for hiring new child welfare caseworkers

Associated Press – December 02, 2016

Top Republican leaders have approved nearly $150 million in emergency funding to hire 800 new workers at a troubled Texas agency facing huge case backlogs in its effort to protect abused and neglected children.

Also: Texas Child Protective Services Funding Gets Final OK – With Restrictions: http://kut.org/post/texas-child-protective-services-funding-gets-final-ok-restrictions

Also: Leaders OK hiring hundreds of new child welfare workers: http://www.tdtnews.com/news/article_06265f14-b8f6-11e6-8686-2fbd49be0cf2.html

Also: State to give CPS workers $1,000 a month raise: http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2016/12/02/state-give-cps-workers-1000-month-raise/94826702/

http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/texas/story/2016/dec/03/gop-leaders-ok-funding-hiring-new-child-welfare-caseworkers/651511/

WI: No resolution to youth prison investigation one year after raid

Chippewa Falls Online – December 04, 2016

U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said the investigation “is certainly continuing,” and that federal investigators are still wading through a mountain of interviews and information. Vaudreuil said investigators are putting together a database of events and victims from which to “build a case.” If charges are necessary, they will bring the case to a grand jury, he said.

http://chippewa.com/news/state-and-regional/no-resolution-to-youth-prison-investigation-one-year-after-raid/article_e9aac13c-9984-5899-a664-2285313a8277.html

WV: National Youth Advocate Program boosts foster parenting

Times of West Virginia – December 04, 2016

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) “in West Virginia has served children and families since 1982,” Burnell said. “Four offices serve as a base of regional services which include an array of therapeutic foster care and (several) home base services for children ages 0-18 and their families.”

http://www.timeswv.com/news/national-youth-advocate-program-boosts-foster-parenting/article_fd33bfb2-b9fb-11e6-a2c7-67075f44b67d.html

US: A Sweeping Reform Of The Foster Care System Is Within Reach But Hanging By A Thread

Huffington Post – December 02, 2016

Responding to an outcry from a sprawling network of group homes in North Carolina, Sen. Richard Burr (R) led a surprise rebellion this week against a sweeping reform of the child welfare system that had already passed the House of Representatives by a unanimous voice vote.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-sweeping-reform-of-the-foster-care-system-is-hanging-by-a-thread_us_5840f925e4b0c68e04802b7c

US: Don’t Call Kids Prostitutes – Count the States Protecting Them (Opinion)

Huffington Post – December 02, 2016

I was at first infuriated, then deeply unsettled, by the headline and language of a Washington Post story last month that described two girls between the ages of 12 and 15 who were drugged and forcibly held against their wills as “prostitutes.” Describing children in this way is appalling, and betrays an ignorance of the applicable law and a horrifying insensitivity to the suffering these young survivors endured.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-m-ryan/dont-call-kids-prostitute_b_13371370.html

US: The Great and Misunderstood Challenges of Adoption (Opinion)

National Review – December 02, 2016

Adoption is hard. There is no easy path, whatever those who sit in judgment of adoptive families might think. As my pastor says, every single adoption begins with brokenness. Every single one. In the best case, a mother voluntarily gives away her own child, which is heart-rending even when done for the purest of reasons.

Add Information Gateway resource: Lifelong Impact of Adoption: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/adopt-people/impact/

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442712/adoption-perilous-challenging-misunderstood-vital

INTERNATIONAL

Canada: Child protection wait times will be cut from months to weeks: judge

CBC News – December 05, 2016

Changes are coming within Manitoba’s court system that would shorten the length of time child protection matters take to get to court. A new scheduling model aims to hear cases within weeks rather than months. The changes were delivered in a speech by Chief Justice Glenn Joyal on Friday at a child protection conference.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/child-protection-wait-times-will-be-cut-from-months-to-weeks-judge-1.3881117

India: Child Welfare Committee asked to expedite adoption process

Pioneer – December 04, 2016

There were over a dozen couples, some of them travelled from Sweden and Malta, who embarked on a new journey of life where they are all set to experience the parenthood. They felt proud to share their joys of adoption and seek blessings from Justice D N Patel, Executive Chairman of the Jharkhand State Legal Services Authority (JHALSA), the chief guest of the programme.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/ranchi/child-welfare-committee-asked-to-expedite-adoption-process.html

Ireland: Children with intellectual disabilities discriminated against by Child and Family Agency Tusla – report claims

Irish Mirror – December 04, 2016

They also deemed working with Tusla “incredibly frustrating” at times. The damming report also highlighted concerns for the safety of children with intellectual disabilities.

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/children-intellectual-disabilities-discriminated-against-9391928#ICID=nsm

United Kingdom: Britain shocked by growing soccer child-abuse scandal

Yahoo – December 03, 2016

What began last month as a harrowing account of child abuse suffered by a former professional English soccer player has lifted the lid on what could be one of the worst pedophile scandals Britain has ever known.

Also: South Wales Police begins inquiry into allegation of child abuse in football: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/south-wales-police-begun-inquiry-12274145

https://www.yahoo.com/digest/20161202-P0500/britain-shocked-growing-soccer-child-abuse-scandal-00364924

United Kingdom: DfE report proposes ‘forced privatisation’ of child protection services

Children & Young People Now – December 02, 2016

Councils should be compelled to outsource children’s services including child protection work as part of efforts to improve standards, a government-commissioned report has suggested.

Study: The potential for developing the capacity and diversity of children’s social care services in England: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/573035/LaingBuisson_report_December_2016.pdf

http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2002841/dfe-report-proposes-forced-privatisation-of-child-protection-services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AR: More than 10,000 Arkansas children found maltreated at home in fiscal year 2016

Talk Business & Politics – November 30, 2016

More than 10,000 children were found to have been maltreated at home in fiscal year 2016, while 24% of the 35,493 maltreatment reports to the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline were found to be true, according to a report presented to legislators Wednesday (Nov. 30).

Report: http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dcfs/dcfsDocs/ARC%20SFY%202016%20FINAL.pdf

http://talkbusiness.net/2016/11/more-than-10000-arkansas-children-found-maltreated-at-home-in-fiscal-year-2016/

AR: State Capitol in review – Nov. 30, 2016

Press Argus-Courier – November 30, 2016

Adding 228 employees is one of several strategies proposed by the Division of Children and Family Services to improve the state’s child welfare system, which division officials say is in crisis.

http://www.pressargus.com/opinion/20161130/state-capitol-in-review—nov-30-2016

AZ: Children’s Deaths: Why Numbers Of Children’s Suicide And Deaths From Maltreatment Are Increasing At An Alarming Rate (Includes video)

Parent Herald – November 30, 2016

AZ Central focuses on reasons why youngsters are committing suicides in Arizona. Children under 18 years of age comprise 74 percent of total suicides and most of them were of boys. The underlying reasons behind these suicides were drinking or drug addictions, family problems and parent’s divorces.

Report: http://www.azdhs.gov/documents/prevention/womens-childrens-health/reports-fact-sheets/child-fatality-review-annual-reports/cfr-annual-report-2016.pdf

http://www.parentherald.com/articles/90573/20161130/real-story-behind-arizona-children-deaths-numbers-increasing-alarming-rate.htm

CA: Grant to Fuel Child Welfare Journalist’s Investigations in California (Press release)

PRLog – December 01, 2016

Jeremy Loudenback, a journalist focused on child welfare, has been awarded a grant from The Fund for Investigative Journalism that will propel his efforts to investigate child welfare reform in California.

https://www.prlog.org/12605336-grant-to-fuel-child-welfare-journalists-investigations-in-california.html

CT: CHH child abuse investigation team awarded re-accreditation

The Litchfield County Times – December 01, 2016

The Center for Youth and Families in Torrington which provides all of the Child and Family Behavioral Health Outpatient services for Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has been awarded re-accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance after an evaluation process that took place in June of 2016 in the Child Advocacy Center.

http://www.countytimes.com/news/chh-child-abuse-investigation-team-awarded-re-accreditation/article_6cd5992e-5a3b-5411-aa8b-70e0446b9948.html

IA: Proposal: Cocaine, heroin & synthetic drug use could lead to child abuse assessments (Includes video)

KGAN – November 30, 2016

The workgroup hopes next session, lawmakers will take up their recommendations, which includes changing current Iowa law to include cocaine, heroin and synthetic drug allegations as factors that could warrant a child abuse investigation.

http://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/proposal-to-add-cocaine-heroin-synthetic-drugs-at-home-for-child-abuse-investigations

IN: State commends prosecutor’s office for child support work

Pharos-Tribune – November 30, 2016

The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office continues to see success in its efforts to ensure child support for local youth, according to state data. It was the most improved in the state this year in cases in which child support was established, the data indicate.

http://www.pharostribune.com/news/local_news/article_bee9ee85-6905-590a-bc25-ca69a9eb1372.html

MD: Youth homelessness in Baltimore higher than previously thought

The Baltimore Sun – November 30, 2016

More than 1,400 young people under the age of 25 were unaccompanied by a parent or guardian, without a safe, stable, affordable place to live, according to data collected by homeless advocates, service providers, the University of Maryland, the city and other stakeholders.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-homeless-youth-20161130-story.html

NY: ‘What Did They Do?’ Officials Question ACS Response in Jaden Jordan Case

DNAinfo – December 01, 2016

Law enforcement officials probing the nearly fatal beating of a 3-year-old boy are questioning why a city child welfare caseworker – and not a trained investigator or the NYPD – was called days before the tragedy to check out a tip that the toddler was being kept in a dog cage by a Brooklyn man, DNAinfo New York has learned.

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20161201/gravesend/jaden-jordan-administration-for-childrens-services-salvatore-lucchesse

NY: A Better, But Still Broken, NYC Child Welfare System Means Another Child Murdered (Opinion)

The Huffington Post – November 30, 2016

As CEO’s of three of the oldest and largest charities serving New York City’s children, we are determined to learn any lesson we can to protect children from harm. We stand with all New Yorkers in demanding accountability, and we want to see pragmatic and meaningful reform that truly protects children.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeremy-christopher-kohomban-phd/a-better-but-still-broken_b_12501974.html

OR: Top takeaways from Gov. Kate Brown’s $20.8 billion budget proposal

The Oregonian – December 01, 2016

Child welfare: Brown wants $13 million more to raise reimbursement rates for foster parents. Those rates haven’t been adjusted to the cost of living for a decade, and the state now estimates they cover less than half the actual cost of caring for foster children. Brown also wants to spend $7.3 million helping the Department of Human Services ease a backlog of background checks.

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/12/highlights_of_gov_kate_browns.html

OR: Turning a page for foster kids (Correction)

The Dalles Chronicle – November 30, 2016

In 2015, there were 174 foster children in Wasco County, according to a report by the Department of Human Services. The majority of these children were taken into state custody due to parental neglect.

http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2016/nov/30/turning-page-foster-kids/

PA: Judge rules against Penn State on Mike McQueary whistleblower claim; $5 million in additional damages ordered

PennLive – November 30, 2016

A senior judge has found in favor of Mike McQueary on the last pending count of the former Penn State assistant football coach’s whistebower action against the university. Gavin found that McQueary had shown he was treated differently from other PSU employees after it became publicly known that he was a witness against Penn State administrators in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/11/judge_rules_against_penn_state.html

RI: DCYF Reduces Group Home Use, Lightens Caseworker Load, But Challenges Remain

Rhode Island Public Radio – November 30, 2016

State lawmakers continue their oversight of the state’s child welfare agency. At a hearing Tuesday night, Department of Children, Youth, and Families director Jamia McDonald said her organization has made progress.

http://ripr.org/post/dcyf-reduces-group-home-use-lightens-caseworker-load-challenges-remain

TN: Raising happy children: Local agency teaches stressed parents how to avoid child abuse

Chattanooga Times Free Press – December 01, 2016

Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee was created three decades ago to be a resource for parents – especially new and young mothers – but it serves anyone who wants help.

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/life/entertainment/story/2016/dec/02/raising-happy-children-local-agency-teaches-s/400543/

TX: Lawmakers on board with emergency funding for child protection

The Texas Tribune – December 01, 2016

Texas lawmakers said Thursday they’re willing to give $150 million in emergency funding to the embattled Department of Family and Protective Services to help the agency begin addressing gaps in its ability to protect vulnerable and abused children.

Also: CPS raises, new hiring set to take effect after state leaders give OK: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article118294338.html

https://www.texastribune.org/2016/12/01/department-family-and-protective-services-receive-/

TX: Goodfellows: Children’s Home of Lubbock giving hope to kids in need

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal – November 30, 2016

“What they do at a children’s home is they give them hope,” Morin said. “I just think we, as a community, need to reach out to those children that don’t have what our kids have.”

http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2016-11-30/goodfellows-childrens-home-lubbock-giving-hope-kids-need#.WEEFy98zXCY

WA: Professor to testify before Congress about foster care

WSU News (Washington State Univerity) – December 01, 2016

Youth in the foster care system receive little support once they turn 18, especially when it comes to pursuing postsecondary education.

https://news.wsu.edu/2016/12/01/professor-congress-foster-care/

WA: State to combine child services programs into one department

Real Change – November 30, 2016

A commission released its recommendations to fix Washington state’s faulty system that delivers services to children and families by breaking up the agency out of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and creating a new, independent department addressing the needs of children 21 years old and younger.

http://realchangenews.org/2016/11/30/washington-combine-child-services-programs-one-department

WV: Lack of Behavioral Health Care for Young People Limiting State Progress (Includes audio)

Public News Service – December 01, 2016

Lack of behavioral health care for children may be undermining West Virginia’s efforts to reduce truancy, cut juvenile incarceration and improve foster care, advocates say.

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-12-01/mental-health/lack-of-behavioral-health-care-for-young-people-limiting-state-progress/a55153-1

US: Alumni Perspectives: Bringing awareness to adoption in the U.S.

The Stamford Crimson – December 01, 2016

Of the approximate 150,000 adoptions in the United States every year, about 14 percent are from other countries. However, in the minds of many Americans, international adoptions make up the majority of adoptions. There is very little focus on the 65,000 private adoptions handled by adoption agencies each year, but I would argue that they are some of the most important.

http://samfordcrimson.com/adoption-us/

US: Indian Child Welfare Act could come under scrutiny of Supreme Court

Northern California Record – December 01, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to hear a case related to the removal of a 1/64 Native American girl from her potential adoptive family in accordance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The U.S. Supreme Court was asked to hear the case after California’s high court refused to do so.

http://norcalrecord.com/stories/511049896-indian-child-welfare-act-could-come-under-scrutiny-of-supreme-court

US: Trump’s plan intended to reduce high cost of child care through tax breaks

EdSource – December 01, 2016

Tax deductions and rebates are at the heart of President-elect Donald Trump’s child care policy proposal, which would offer the most help to high-income families, some help to middle-income taxpayers and less to low-income parents.

https://edsource.org/2016/trumps-plan-intended-to-reduce-high-cost-of-child-care-through-tax-breaks/573558

US: 21st Century Cures: A real plan for our national health (Opinion)

The Hill – November 30, 2016

21st Century Cures is a real plan that provides states with much needed resources to address the heroin and opioid epidemic in our communities.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/308025-21st-century-cures-a-real-plan-for-our-national-health

US: Data show youth aging out of foster care face greater barriers to adult success (Press release)

U.S. Administration for Children and Families – November 30, 2016

Newly released data show that youth aging out of foster care are faring well in some outcome measures but a significant number experience homelessness, early parenthood and lack of medical insurance. By age 21, young people surveyed reported positive gains in many protective factors, yet there is evidence that current and former foster youth continue to face challenges that can be barriers to adult independence.

Information Gateway resource: Transition to Adulthood and Independent Living: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/independent/

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/media/press/2016/national-youth-in-transition-data

US: Why is it so expensive to adopt a child?

The Washington Post – November 30, 2016

Across the world, there are thousands of children in need of homes. In America, there are thousands of families looking for children to adopt. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right? Until you look at the price tag.

http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/why-is-it-so-expensive-to-adopt-a-child/article_20f84cc6-2374-5e70-89c8-053267ad1f81.html

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Canada: Canada says it isn’t liable for the removal of Indigenous children from homes in the Sixties Scoop

VICE News – December 01, 2016

The Canadian government says it isn’t liable for any loss of identity or tradition, and on Thursday Crown lawyers asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. “I heard from leadership that spoke of taking this out of court,” said Brown Martel, a member of the Temagami First Nation near Kirkland Lake, Ont., who was 9 years old when she was taken from her home in 1972. “But actions speak louder than words.”

https://news.vice.com/story/canada-says-it-isnt-liable-for-removing-indigenous-children-from-homes-in-the-sixties-scoop

Canada: Why Adopt? An Interview with Shaikh Faraz Rabbani on the Subject of Adoption in Islam

MuslimLink – December 01, 2016

November is Adoption Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario spread the message that every child deserves to have a forever family’ in the hopes of encouraging more families to open their homes to children in care.

http://muslimlink.ca/in-focus/why-adopt-an-interview-with-shaikh-faraz-rabbani-on-the-subject-of-adoption-in-islam

International: New Guidelines for the Investigation of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy Launched

Newswise – November 30, 2016

The guidelines, Sudden unexpected death in infancy and childhood, have been published by The Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) and The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and draws on research by Dr Peter Sidebotham and Dr Joanna Garstang from the University’s Warwick Medical School.

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/665444/?sc=rsla

 

 

Infant death audit to bring down IMR

The Hindu

To bring down Infant Mortality Rate to single digit, an Infant Death Audit will be put into practice by the members of the State unit of the Indian Academy …

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Infant Death At Napa Daycare Center Under Investigation

CBS Local

NAPA (CBS SF) — Police in Napa on Thursday announced an investigation into the death of an infant at a daycare center, according to authorities.

Death Of Infant At Napa Daycare Center Under Investigation – Patch.com

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Infant death near Edinburg ruled a homicide

Monitor

NEAR EDINBURG – The death of a 7-month old girl Monday has been ruled a homicide after an autopsy revealed the baby died of blunt force trauma …

Hidalgo Co. Father Facing Capital Murder Charge in Baby’s Death – KRGV

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Panel: No proof against doctor in Govandi infant’s death

Hindustan Times

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NAPA (BCN)—The Napa County coroner’s office is still investigating the cause of an 8-month-old boy’s death at a day care home Wednesday.

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APD searches for fugitive in infant’s death

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Police and the mother of an infant who died in August are asking for the public’s help as they search for Celia Nicole Camacho, 25, who has been …

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Officials investigating infant’s death at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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26, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Interagency Communication Center received a call, reporting that an infant was unresponsive and not …

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The Kern County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an infant death in Rosamond.

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They performed CPR until medical aid arrived, and the infant was taken to … KCSO says it is standard procedure to investigate any infant death.

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Infant’s Death Inspires Family To Give Back During Holidays

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New deal offered to Brooklyn father accused in infant’s death

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

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This review examines the current literature on sudden infant death syndrome and summarizes known risk factors, protective factors, and …

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Infant death conviction overturned

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Aileen Smith lost her son in a crash four years ago.

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Population trends in sudden infant death syndrome

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Local Sudden Infant Death Cases on the Rise in Maryland

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Anthony Boston is a proud father with a distinction he wouldn’t wish on any parent. “I was the last one to see my child alive,” he said, describing a cold …

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Defense: No evidence of trauma in infant’s death

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Local rate for infant deaths above state average

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Father of suspect in infant death speaks out

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Sacramento man convicted of murder in infant’s death, mother acquitted

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Stark County’s infant mortality rate improved in 2015

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The rate of deaths among infants in their first year of live dropped to the lowest level in at least four years, but health officials say to hold off celebrating.

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Witnesses testify in hearing for baby sitter accused in infant’s death

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Yakima infant death probed

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Defendant pleads guilty in infant death

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Woman faces charges for infant’s death

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Cambridge woman enters guilty pleas in connection with infant’s death

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Infant death case set for spring trial

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AZ: Foster education initiative seeks to improve academic achievement of Arizona students in foster care

Mesa Independent – November 30, 2016

Arizona students in the foster care system are consistently underperforming academically. This previously undocumented achievement gap is reported in the 2012-13 report on Arizona’s Invisible Achievement Gap by WestEd.

http://mesaindependent.com/education/foster-education-initiative/

CA: PBS SoCal Launches “To Foster Change” – a Public Awareness Initiative about Southern California’s Foster Youth (Press release)

Business Wire – November 30, 2016

PBS SoCal today launched “To Foster Change” – a public media initiative aimed at fostering change in the realities and life outcomes for Southern California’s foster youth. The campaign launches with three public awareness spots in which foster youth tell their own real stories of challenge, hope and success.

http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/16/11/b8755257/pbs-socal-launches-to-foster-change-a-public-awareness-initiative-about

DC: Professor earns $3.2 million to study environmental impact on child health

The GW Hatchet (George Washington University) – November 30, 2016

A psychology professor is studying adopted children to better understand how children’s environments can impact their health. Jody Ganiban, a professor of clinical and developmental psychology, along with two faculty members at other institutions, received a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on the genetic and environmental factors on childhood development.

http://www.gwhatchet.com/2016/11/30/professor-earns-3-2-million-to-study-environmental-impact-on-child-health/

FL: For National Adoption Month, a look at some local businesses that extended employees’ paid parental leave

Orlando Business Journal – November 30, 2016

As National Adoption Month comes to a close, we reflected on local employers who’ve made an impact in the lives of employees who adopt. While parents often can never get enough time with a newly adopted child, they savor every moment of their time off from work to make the adjustment to the addition to their household and to get them settled in and comfortable.

http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2016/11/30/for-national-adoption-month-a-look-at-some-local.html

FL: Report reveals high turnover and heavy case loads for Hillsborough child welfare workers

Tampa Bay Times – November 30, 2016

A state investigation into the death of a Tampa infant has raised concerns that many child welfare workers in Hillsborough County are overburdened. This summer, at least 40 percent of case managers working for agencies hired by state contractor Eckerd Kids were responsible for more than 25 children, according to a report into the death of Miracle Collins, an 8-month-old who died July 19 in state care.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/report-reveals-high-turnover-and-heavy-case-loads-for-hillsborough-child/2304665

FL: Report: More kids in foster care due to parental drug use (Includes video)

WBBH – November 30, 2016

A new report reveals drug users are turning to illegal street drugs and losing their children to the state. Between 2013 and 2015, Florida’s foster care population increased by 24 percent.

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/33830134/report-more-kids-in-foster-care-due-to-parental-drug-use

IN: New study finds child abuse and neglect on the rise in Indiana (Includes video)

WTHI – November 30, 2016

A new report by the Indiana Office of Court Services says the number of child abuse cases in Indiana have doubled over the past ten years. “It’s exceptionally concerning when you’re talking about raising children in communities that you want them to be healthy, thriving adults,” said Susie’s Place Founder and Executive Director, Emily Perry. “When they don’t have a healthy foundation, what does that mean about our future?”

http://wthitv.com/2016/11/30/new-study-finds-child-abuse-and-neglect-on-the-rise-in-indiana/

LA: Former child abuse victim fulfills his dream to give back (Includes video)

KATC – November 30, 2016

Elijah Evans knows first hand the cruelty of child abuse. Now, he’s using that story to give back to his community. He created an organization, “No Use for Abuse,” to help children who, like him, have suffered child abuse.

http://www.katc.com/story/33831519/former-child-abuse-victim-fulfills-his-dream-to-give-back

LA: Local organizations work to improve “F” grade for premature births (Includes video)

The Shreveport Times – November 30, 2016

Louisiana has received another failing grade for its number of premature births on the March of Dimes annual report card. Caddo Parish has the highest premature birth rate in the state.

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/2016/11/30/local-organizations-work-improve-f-grade-premature-births/94296488/

ME: Adoption Angels, Part III (Includes video)

WAGM – November 30, 2016

In 2015 alone 870 children came into DHHS custody in the state of Maine. That is in addition to the children already in care. The need for foster parents is high in the state of Maine especially with the drug epidemic effecting all kinds of families. “As the drug problem gets worse there is more of a need for foster homes, because we are seeing some neglect and abuse going on with kids who have really never had that before,”

Adoption Angels, Part I: http://www.wagmtv.com/content/news/Adoption-Angels-Part-I-403498416.html Adoption Angels, Part II: http://www.wagmtv.com/content/news/Adoption-Angels-Part-I-403498416.html

http://www.wagmtv.com/content/news/Adoption-Angels-Part-III-403864676.html

MI: Child abuse registry advocates make case to Lansing lawmakers (Includes video)

WJBK – November 30, 2016

Emotional testimony in Lansing as lawmakers work on a potential child abuse registry.

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/220754579-story

MI: CPS worker says colleagues not to blame for child’s death (Includes video) (Opinion)

WJBK – November 30, 2016

Earlier this year, a toddler’s body was found decomposing at an apartment in Detroit. His mother was later located at a hospital where she had gone for mental treatment. The tragic case lead to charges against two workers from Child Protective Services. Now, another CPS worker is weighing in, saying the child’s death isn’t the fault of the colleagues. The CPS worker puts the blame on their working conditions – and some of those problems have been well documented. Others, not so much.

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/220319497-story

MN: Hennepin County deserves child protection help: Pilot Project (Opinion)

The Minneapolis StarTribune – November 30, 2016

Tragic injuries and deaths among children supposedly shielded by Minnesota’s county-administered child protection system were much in the news in 2014 and 2015. Yet they were only the most heartbreaking traces of a less visible problem: In the past decade, the number of children experiencing crises requiring government intervention has grown at a galloping pace.

http://www.startribune.com/hennepin-county-deserves-child-protection-help/403874816/

MO: A Journey into the Experience of a Foster Child (Includes audio)

KSMU – November 30, 2016

An organization that offers help and support for foster and adoptive parents, Foster Adopt Connect, recently gave local officials a glimpse of what it’s like to be a foster child. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

http://ksmu.org/post/journey-experience-foster-child#stream/0

NJ: Family Service Association raises money to help others

Press of Atlantic City – November 30, 2016

Torrina Bennett-Michael, chief development officer of Family Service Association, has seen the good her organization can do with her own eyes.

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/family-service-association-raises-money-to-help-others/article_b71b6bec-2850-5419-8709-0a7bfaa205a7.html

NJ: Special advocates needed to help children in foster care

NJ.com – November 30, 2016

Every year there are more than 100,000 reports of child abuse or neglect in New Jersey. Of these children, more than 9,000 are removed from their homes annually because the Court has found it to be too dangerous for them to remain in their homes. In an effort to address these children’s many needs, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties (CASA SHaW) recruits, screens, trains, and supervises community volunteers to act as advocates in court for children living in foster care.

http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2016/11/special_advocates_needed_to_help_children_in_foste.html

NY: Sen. Ritchie ‘disappointed’ at governor’s veto of tax credit for special needs adoptions

North Country Now – November 30, 2016

State Senator Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, says she is “disappointed” with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s veto of legislation she sponsored that would have provided a tax deduction for parents who adopt a child with special needs.

http://northcountrynow.com/news/sen-ritchie-disappointed-governors-veto-tax-credit-special-needs-adoptions-0186282

OH: Foster care agency funds may have been used for gambling, vacations

Dayton Daily News – November 30, 2016

Investigators who seized computers and boxes of documents during a Nov. 23 search of the nonprofit Isaiah’s Place were looking into allegations of conversion of at least $100,000 in agency funds for personal uses, according to court documents.

http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/news/crime-law/foster-care-agency-funds-may-have-been-used-for-ga/ntGxW/

TX: Faith-based foster care reforms could fail LGBT youth

The Texas Tribune – November 30, 2016

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick recently unveiled a statewide initiative for faith-based organizations to recruit foster and adoptive families for children in state care. While any effort to ease the strains on the foster care system and its charges should be applauded, this particular strategy will likely produce unintended consequences by adversely impacting the permanency outcomes of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in the foster care system.

https://www.tribtalk.org/2016/11/30/texas-faith-based-foster-care-reforms-could-fail-lgbt-youth/

TX: Fort Worth officer fired for mishandling child abuse cases (Includes video)

KDFW – November 30, 2016

Police say Dennis Hutchins was fired last summer for mishandling multiple child abuse cases. “We’ve discovered there were several cases where the detective dropped the ball,” said Sgt. Marc Povero, Fort Worth Police Dept. “We’ve done our due diligence to go back through all the cases not properly handled or mishandled and we’re re-investigating those cases, this was one of them.”

http://www.fox4news.com/news/220742065-story

TX: Turning a page for foster kids

The Dallas Chronicle – November 30, 2016

In 2015, there were 174 foster children in Wasco County, according to a report by the Department of Human Services. The majority of these children were taken into state custody due to parental neglect.

http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2016/nov/30/turning-page-foster-kids/

TX: House Speaker Joe Straus vows to reverse cuts to disabled kids’ therapy services

The Texas Tribune, KCEN – November 29, 2016

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said Tuesday that lawmakers in the Capitol’s lower chamber would seek to restore funding for disabled children’s in-home therapy services during the upcoming legislative session, potentially reversing the state’s course in an emotionally-fraught, year-long legal battle.

http://www.kcentv.com/news/local/house-speaker-joe-straus-vows-to-reverse-cuts-to-disabled-kids-therapy-services/357985097

WY: Program helps youth live life beyond drugs

The Sheridan Press – November 30, 2016

Abbott, a product of the foster and out-of-home care systems, now serves as the service coordinator for Independent Living. Abbott beat the odds and transfers her experience and knowledge to Sheridan’s young people in need of help.

http://thesheridanpress.com/program-helps-youth-live-life-beyond-drugs/

US: Celebrating LGBTQ Adoptive Families During National Adoption Month

Human Rights Campaign – December 01, 2016

In connection with HRC’s celebration of Transgender Awareness Week we were thrilled to share the story of Quinn, a transgender parent in Florida, and his partner who together adopted Tristan. We also shared the story of Deasia and Nikki, the first same-sex couple to wed in Guam, who adopted a transgender child after first serving as the child’s foster parents.

Information Gateway resource: Working With LGBTQ Families in Adoption: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/lgbtq/working-with-lgbtq-families-in-adoption/

http://www.hrc.org/blog/celebrating-lgbtq-adoptive-families-during-national-adoption-month

US: Too Many Kids, Not Enough Foster Parents (Includes audio)

Public News Service – December 01, 2016

Country singer Jimmy Wayne has a message he’s sharing across the country – thousands of children need help, and he was one of them. Years after he was taken in, Wayne has written songs and a book on the topic, and also appears at public events around the country in an effort to recruit more foster parents.

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-12-01/childrens-issues/too-many-kids-not-enough-foster-parents/a55213-1

US: Open Adoption Is More Complicated Than Picture Painted by Media, the Industry (Opinion)

Rewire – November 30, 2016

With National Adoption Awareness Month drawing to a close, we urge viewers to reconsider our culture’s portrayals of adoption. The continual framing of adoption as an unqualified good is not only inaccurate, but also damaging.

https://rewire.news/article/2016/11/30/adoption-complicated-media-industry/

US: Tackling child abuse linked to faith or belief

Health Canal – November 30, 2016

Only 33% of professionals and members of community and faith-based organisations are confident they could identify indicators of faith or belief linked child abuse, a new study has revealed. Report: http://files.ccpas.co.uk/documents/CAFB%20Results-%20Interactive%20-%20E%20Leaflet.pdf

http://www.healthcanal.com/child-health/75773-tackling-child-abuse-linked-to-faith-or-belief.html

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India: Child labour, trafficking- key concerns of ‘Vulnerable Children’ in India

ANI – December 01, 2016

A consolidated report on the situation of vulnerable and excluded children from India, comprising 28 states and four union territories, was recently presented at the National Conference on ‘Plan For Every Child’ for Children in Difficult Circumstances.

http://www.india4u.com/child-labour-trafficking-key-concerns-of-vulnerable-children-in-india/

New Zealand: Child Abuse and Family Structure (Press release)

Scoop Independent News – November 30, 2016

The Conservative Party of New Zealand welcomes the report from Lindsay Mitchell on Child Abuse & Family Structure. Whilst the report only confirms what we were already aware of, that family structure is vitally important to the welfare of children, we hope that it will initiate discussion and bring change in the way we promote families.

Report: The Impact of Family Structure and Family change on Child Outcomes: A Personal Reading of the Research Literature: https://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/journals-and-magazines/social-policy-journal/spj24/24-impact-of-family-structure-and-family-change-on-child-outcome-p111-133.html

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1612/S00010/child-abuse-and-family-structure.htm

Rwanda: Mobile phones to support child protection initiatives

The New Times – December 01, 2016

The National Commission for Children (NCC), in partnership with Tigo Rwanda, has given child protection volunteers (Inshuti z’umuryango) in Muhanga District mobile phones to facilitate their work.

http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2016-12-01/205867/

United Kingdom: Hundreds in foster care to become eligible adolescents

The Irish Times – December 01, 2016

Hundreds of children currently in foster care will be eligible for adoption under the proposed legislation before the Dail, according to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/hundreds-in-foster-care-to-become-eligible-for-adoption-1.2888351

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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