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CA: Culp: Looking at 2016 in the Rear-View Mirror (Opinion)

TechWire – December 28, 2016

One of the biggest sessions at the American Public Human Services Association’s Information Systems Management Conference this year was California’s showcase of its move to agile development and modular procurement approaches to its new Child Welfare System. The feds are getting impatient with states’ efforts at connecting systems and providing a more holistic view of a person and/or a family – and the federal government is backing up its guidance with technology funding parameters. Although the federal wave seems to be confined to one department at the moment (in terms of strongly worded advice), there are plenty of signals that suggest more is to come.

http://www.techwire.net/commentary/culp-looking-at-2016-in-the-rear-view-mirror.html

CA: San Gabriel Valley Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio appointed first Latina chair of human services committee

San Gabriel Valley Tribune – December 28, 2016

State Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, D-Baldwin Park, has been appointed as the first Latina chair of the Assembly’s human services committee, her office announced Tuesday. The committee oversees child welfare services, foster care, CalWORKs, developmental disabilities services, adult protective services and other human services programs.

http://www.sgvtribune.com/government-and-politics/20161228/san-gabriel-valley-assemblywoman-blanca-rubio-appointed-first-latina-chair-of-human-services-committee

IA: ‘Numerous’ abuse reports made in starved child case, lawmaker says (Includes video)

Des Moines Register – December 29, 2016

Natalie Finn and her siblings were the subjects of “numerous” reports of alleged child abuse and neglect before the 16-year-old died in October of starvation, a state lawmaker said after a confidential briefing Thursday with top officials in Iowa’s Department of Human Services.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2016/12/28/numerous-abuse-reports-made-starved-child-case-lawmaker-says/95935520/

IN: Need for Indiana foster homes surges as opioid addicts leave children behind (Includes video)

Fox59 – December 27, 2016

Adoption advocates are calling on Hoosiers to foster children as Indiana battles yet another symptom of the opioid epidemic. The Villages of Indiana reports a surge in children being pulled from homes where parents are addicted to drugs. As a result, they are running out of good foster homes.

http://fox59.com/2016/12/27/need-for-indiana-foster-homes-surges-as-opioid-addicts-leave-children-behind/

MS: State reminds people of safe haven law

WDAM – December 28, 2016

The state of Mississippi is stepping up its effort to remind people of a very important law. The safe haven law allows mothers to “leave their baby, up to 3 days old, with an employee at any emergency medical provider, hospital emergency room or a licensed adoption agency”.

http://www.live5news.com/story/34143285/state-reminds-people-of-safe-haven-law

NE: Editorial, 12/28: Child abuse investigation is justified

Lincoln Journal Star – December 28, 2016

In the last three years, there have been 36 reports of sexual abuse in state licensed facilities and the child welfare system, a chilling accumulation that has rightfully prompted an investigation by the state inspector general for child welfare.

http://journalstar.com/news/opinion/editorial/editorial-child-abuse-investigation-is-justified/article_2430d303-c118-54cb-a509-2c6fdbd2af0f.html

OR: NBC5 News Investigation: Inside OnTrack Part 3 (Includes video)

KOBi5 – December 28, 2016

NBC5 News is continuing its investigation inside OnTrack. NBC5 has obtained emails between OnTrack staff, Oregon Department of Human Services, and the Jackson County courts, detailing complaints of bed bugs, rats, and other safety hazards.

https://kobi5.com/news/nbc5-news-investigation-inside-ontrack-part-3-43215/

PA: Abused, neglected children often lack safety net of mandatory reporters

PennLive – December 28, 2016

Cathleen Palm, founder of The Center for Children’s Justice, points out that in spite of the systems in place, there is an added level of vulnerability that comes with very young children. Mandated reporters – professionals such as teachers and doctors who work with children – are by law required to report suspected abuse, but very young children may not have that connection.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/12/weyant_child_abuse_endangermen.html

TN: Bill Haslam: Coming together for Christmas

Lebanon Democrat – December 28, 2016

Tennessee currently has more than 6,000 children in foster care, and more than 4,000 foster parents have stepped up to provide a safe, supportive environment for these children. We are grateful to have so many people willing to be foster parents, but we need more.

http://www.lebanondemocrat.com/Column/2016/12/27/Bill-Haslam-Coming-together-for-Christmas.html?ci=stream&lp=10&p=1

CHILD NEGLECT CHARGES: Toddler’s grandparents arrested on child neglect charges

Examiner Enterprise

OWASSO (TNS) – The grandparents of a toddler who was the victim of one of the “worst cases of (child) neglect and abuse” ever seen by Owasso …

Paternal grandmother latest arrested in child neglect case – Claremore Daily Progress

Toddler’s grandparents arrested on child neglect charges – Examiner Enterprise

Parents charged in Owasso child abuse case – KTUL

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Child abuse in the military: Failing those most in need

Los Angeles Times

The Pentagon has struggled to deal with a little-noticed cascade of child abuse and neglect cases in military families in the years since America went …

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Bend preschool to open for child abuse victims

Washington Times

BEND, Ore. (AP) – A new preschool program that serves victims of child abuse and neglect is set to open in Bend thanks to a $448,000 grant from the …

Bend Preschool To Open For Child Abuse Victims – OPB News

Bend preschool to open for child abuse victims – KATU

Bend preschool to open for child abuse victims – KTVL

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Woman in jail for leaving child in hot car for an hour dies in custody

Firstcoastnews.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reports a woman in jail for child neglect has died while in custody. Police say 37-year-old …

Woman in custody for child neglect died in Duval County Jail – ActionNewsJax.com

Jacksonville inmates who died in custody on same day had different paths to jail – Florida Times-Union

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Parents charged with child neglect tell their story

WPTV.com

GREENACRES, Fla. – The parents of the 5 children found living in a car in a Walmart parking lot in Greenacres talk about how things got to this point.

5 malnourished children found living in car outside Walmart – WIAT 42

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Child abuse, neglect cases up as shortage of volunteers in foster homes rising

WAVE 3

The shortage of foster homes in Warrick County is not necessarily because there are fewer foster families, but because of a big rise in abuse and …

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Texas child abuse death rising despite governor’s shake-up

Albuquerque Journal

AUSTIN, Texas — The number of Texas children dying of abuse and neglect has increased since Republican Gov. Greg Abbott began a shake-up of …

Texas child abuse death rising despite governor’s shakeup – Laredo Morning Times

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Tip brings arrest of childneglect suspect who taunted deputies

MyPalmBeachPost

Darryl Miller was wanted on drug and child neglect charges. He left “graphic remarks” for deputies on the office’s Facebook page after it posted an …

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21-year-old arrested in Bismarck for child neglect, marijuana possession after high-risk traffic stop

Valley News Live

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR TV) A 9-month-old child was part of a high-risk traffic … The 21-year-old driver was arrested for child neglect, tampering with …

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Calais refugee children sue UK govt for neglect

RT

Amber Rudd faces legal action from the children, aged 14 to 17, after allegedly neglecting her responsibility to provide a safe haven for minors fleeing …

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DFPS Home

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has a central place to report: Child abuse and neglect. Abuse, neglect, self-neglect, …

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Child has accident at Jacksonville school, mother claims neglect

WFOX Jacksonville

A Jacksonville mother is irate after she told Action News Jax thather first grader soiled her pants in class, and was forced to sit in it.

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PracticeLink.com

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Woman charged with child abuse, neglect

Gainesville Sun

A Gainesville woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with multiple instances of child abuse and child neglect, according to Gainesville police …

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Sentencing stalled in incest, child neglect case

Huntington Herald Dispatch

Courtney Hessler/ The Herald-Dispatch Amanda Adkins appear in court on Aug. 15, 2016, to have her sentencing for child neglect pushed back due to …

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Child neglect charges filed against parents of emaciated Owasso infants; grandmother also charged

Tulsa World

The children’s paternal grandmother, Rita Darlene Fowler, 65, was also charged Wednesday with one count of failure to report child neglect and one …

Grandparents arrested on child neglect, enabling abuse complaints in infant case – Tulsa World

Charges filed against parents, family member of emaciated Owasso infants – Tulsa World

Another Arrest Made In Abuse Case Of Twin 9-Month-Old Girls – News On 6

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Infant’s grandparents arrested on child neglect charges

Claremore Daily Progress

The grandparents of a toddler who was the victim of one of the “worst cases of (child) neglect and abuse” ever seen by Owasso police and medical …

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Viewpoints: The plan to prevent Arizona child neglect

AZCentral.com

Viewpoints: The majority of child abuse cases involve neglect. But what does that mean, and how do we solve it? A new partnership aims to find out.

Our View: DCS, Morrison partnership holds great promise for neglected kids – AZCentral.com

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Child abuse ‘affects health decades later’

BBC News

People who were maltreated as children are more likely to have poor health and living standards decades later, a study suggests. The researchers …

The Impact of Child Abuse Can Last a Lifetime – HealthDay

New Study Shows Victims Of Child Abuse Have Future Health Problems – The Inquisitr

Parsing Language and Measures Around Child Maltreatment – AAP News

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Mother to be monitored in child neglect case

Post-Bulletin

Three gross misdemeanors counts of neglect or endangerment of a child have been continued for dismissal in the case against Amanda Catherine …

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Grandparents arrested on child neglect, enabling abuse complaints in case of emaciated Owasso …

Tulsa World

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Grandparents of 2-year-old who died in February sue DHS and local agency alleging negligence – Tulsa World

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Rogers County Deputies Arrest Grandmother In Child Neglect Case

News On 6

Rogers County deputies arrested a grandmother for child neglect Monday evening. The arrest stems from a case Owasso police said is one of the …

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MCSO looking for man wanted on child neglect, cocaine sale charges

Palm Beach Post

Darryl Miller has a warrant out for his arrest on charges of child neglect and selling cocaine. (Provided by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office). The Martin …

Darryl Miller: MCSO warrant detectives searching for man on child neglect and cocaine charges – WPTV.com

Man sought on child neglect, cocaine charges – wflx

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Child Abuse & Neglect

Journals – Elsevier

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Journals – Elsevier

Special issues published in Child Abuse & Neglect. … Special Issue on Risk and Resilience in the Context of Child Maltreatment (Part 2). Volume 37 …

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Child Abuse & Neglect Editorial Board

Journals – Elsevier

Find out more about the editorial board for Child Abuse & Neglect. … R. Ammerman. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center …

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Journals – Elsevier

Objectives: To present new estimates of the average lifetime costs per child maltreatment victim and aggregate lifetime costs for all new child …

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Pine Ridge Man Sentenced for Felony Child Abuse and Neglect

US Department of Justice

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man convicted of Felony Child Abuse and Neglect was …

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The Impact of Child Abuse Can Last a Lifetime

Healthfinder.gov

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The traumatic effects of child abuse and neglect can persist for decades, often with substantial …

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Owasso Police Describe Conditions Found In Home In Child Neglect Case

News On 6

Owasso police officers say it’s one of the worst cases of child neglect they’ve ever seen. They also said the living conditions in the home were …

Graphic: Two Oklahomans arrested after ‘worst case of child abuse‘ nurses say they’ve ever seen – kfor.com

Owasso couple arrested on child abuse charges – Claremore Daily Progress

Graphic: Oklahoma parents arrested in ‘worst case of child abuse‘ nurses say they’ve ever seen – fox6now.com

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Salem couple pleads guilty to meth, child neglect charges

Statesman Journal

A Salem couple has pleaded guilty to felony methamphetamine and child neglect charges for allegedly dealing drugs out of the home they shared with …

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Study raises concern of significant under-reporting of child abuse within US Army

Science Daily

This rate is less than half of the rate of medically diagnosed child abuse cases substantiated by civilian Child Protective Services. Researchers say this …

Up To 1 In 5 Army Child Abuse Cases May Never Be Investigated – Forbes

Child Abuse in Army Families Likely Under-Reported: Study – Military.com

Study raises concern of significant under-reporting of child abuse within US Army – Medical Xpress

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Police: Navy sailor, wife accused of child neglect

WJXT Jacksonville

The heavily redacted police reports on the incident indicate the couple didn’t protect a child from abuse, and the child ended up with permanent …

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Mother gets probation in child neglect case

Lynchburg News and Advance

Hobbs pleaded guilty to one charge of child neglect Sept. 20, court records show. She first was arrested June 23, 2015, and has since been out on …

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Navy sailor, wife charged with child neglect resulting in disfigurement in Clay County

ActionNewsJax.com

A Navy sailor who served at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and his wife are accused of ignoring the abuse of a child to the point of permanent …

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Woman Arrested for Child Neglect

WDAZ

Police say 40-year-old Heather Robillard admits she was falling asleep at the wheel when she crossed into a lane of oncoming traffic striking …

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Child neglect charge for Racine woman

Racine County Eye (blog)

A Racine woman was arrested for child neglect after bringing her 18-month-old daughter to the hospital Tuesday with significant burns on her legs, …

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Everglades City woman arrested on heroin possession, child neglect charges

Naples Daily News

An Everglades City woman was arrested Wednesday after authorities say she and a man used heroin in a parked car with a child in the back seat, …

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Jury Finds Tulsa Father Guilty Of Child Abuse, Neglect

News On 6

A Tulsa County jury found a Tulsa father guilty for shaking his three-month-old baby girl so violently that she had seizures. Jacob Tyre, 21, charged …

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Navy sailor, wife charged with child neglect resulting in disfigurement in Clay County

WFOX Jacksonville

A Navy sailor who served at NAS Jax is accused of ignoring the abuse of a child to the point of permanent disfigurement.

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Administration for Children and Families – HHS.gov

Viewing Child Abuse & Neglect Releases. Reset Search … Fewer child abuse and neglect victims for seventh consecutive year. January 15, 2015.

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GunsAreCool

Reddit

“Accidental” + Kids & GunsNorth Carolina father has been charged with child neglect after his 2-year-old son shot himself with an unsecured gun …

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TX: Federal Judge Orders Child Protective Services Not To Place Children In Unsupervised Homes

East Austin Patch – December 28, 2016

A federal judge has ordered child protective service officials to immediately comply with a previous court order that was supposed to ban the practice of leaving foster children in group homes lacking 24-hour supervision.

http://patch.com/texas/eastaustin/s/fzig1/federal-judge-orders-child-protective-services-not-to-place-children-in-unsupervised-homes?

TX: Nonprofit focuses adolescent boys

Burnet Bulletin – December 28, 2016

Some 20 years ago Theresa Alexander of Burnet saw a documentary on high risk kids in cities and she was inspired. Now, with the help of her husband Ronald and four like-minded board members, she has founded The Oaks Agency, a nonprofit focused on the housing, education and adult preparation of boys.

http://www.burnetbulletin.com/articles/2016/12/28/nonprofit-focuses-adolescent-boys

US: Child abuse in the military: Failing those most in need

Los Angeles Times – December 29, 2016

The Pentagon has struggled to deal with a little-noticed cascade of child abuse and neglect cases in military families in the years since America went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Times investigation has found.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-child-abuse-military-20161229-htmlstory.html

US: Deadlines Loom for Schools To Comply With Key Provisions of Every Student Succeeds Act

Fox Rothschild LLP Alerts – December 28, 2016

Congress imposed a handful of new responsibilities on school administrators when it passed the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015, and the deadlines related to the educational stability of foster care students have already started to arrive.

http://www.foxrothschild.com/publications/deadlines-loom-for-schools-to-comply-with-key-provisions-of-every-student-succeeds-act/

US: How Paid Parental Leave Changed In 2016

Fast Company – December 28, 2016

As the year draws to a close, some real progress has been made, but 2016 wasn’t exactly a watershed year for paid parental leave. Here’s a look at what’s changed in the past 12 months-and what hasn’t.

https://www.fastcompany.com/3066856/the-future-of-work/how-paid-parental-leave-changed-in-2016?partner=rss

US: Benefits and Challenges of the Agile Approach to Modernizing HHS Technology (Opinion)

Government Technology – December 27, 2016

As states seek to evolve their modernization projects from a traditional, monolithic approach to a more flexible one, there is much to be learned from recent projects.

http://www.govtech.com/opinion/Benefits-and-Challenges-of-the-Agile-Approach-to-Modernizing-HHS-Technology.html

US: Home-visit program in child maltreatment cases strengthens parent-child interaction (Press release) (Podcast Transcript)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development – December 27, 2016

NIH-funded study of videotape intervention program also reduced foster-care placements.

Podcast: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/Documents/podcast-child-maltreatment.mp3

https://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/Pages/122716-podcast-child-maltreatment.aspx

US: Integrating Juvenile Support & Response Services (Opinion)

Officer.com – December 27, 2016

This young lady is lucky to live in an area where dedicated professionals work together to meet all the gray areas in mental health, law enforcement and child welfare. Not every community is as lucky, but many do offer resources and partnerships that can work together to meet diverse missions.

http://www.officer.com/article/12290087/integrating-juvenile-support-response-services

US: Reporter’s Notebook: Covering One Family Through Homelessness, Pregnancy and Addiction (Audio)

Texas Standard – December 27, 2016

The Texas Standard has been following Courtney Meeks and William Welch since January. Joy Diaz has reported on their pregnancy, search for housing, child’s birth, navigation of the child welfare system, and attempted recovery from addiction. Listen to Diaz’ latest story and a discussion of addiction, recovery and navigating CPS, in the audio players above.

http://kut.org/post/reporters-notebook-covering-one-family-through-homelessness-pregnancy-and-addiction

 

Child abuse in the military: Failing those most in need

Los Angeles Times

The Pentagon has struggled to deal with a little-noticed cascade of child abuse and neglect cases in military families in the years since America went …

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Former Maryland youth soccer coach charged with child abuse

FOX 5 DC

After interviews were conducted by detectives with the department’s Child Abuse Unit, police say an arrest warrant was obtained, but Murray turned …

Former youth soccer coach charged with child abuse – CapitalGazette.com

Youth soccer coach arrested; charges range from sex offense to child abuse to sodomy – Fox Baltimore

Youth soccer coach faces child sex abuse charges – WBAL Baltimore

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Child abuse deaths rose and CPS crisis worsened despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s pressure to reform …

Dallas News

Data obtained through an open records request show that more Texas children died of abuse and neglect since the governor’s office began applying …

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Texas child abuse death rising

Denton Record Chronicle

AUSTIN (AP) — The number of Texas children dying of abuse and neglect has increased since Republican Gov. Greg Abbott began a shake-up of the …

Texas child abuse death rising despite governor’s shake-up – Valley morning Star

Texas child abuse death rising despite governor’s shakeup – KEYE TV

Texas CPS No Longer Giving Visas to Undocumented Child Crime Victims – EverythingLubbock.com

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Palm Beach Gardens-area man facing child abuse, battery charges

Palm Beach Post

A suburban Palm Beach Gardens man is facing child abuse and battery charges after he reportedly dragged a woman in front of a 4-year-old last …

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Top Ten Texoma Stories for 2016: #6 Woody Child Abuse Arrests and

KFDX

It was a story that shocked Texoma, and much of the nation when the story of alleged child abuse in burkburnett was picked up by other media.

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India intervenes in Norway child abuse row

The Local Norway

Norway’s child services has been the subject of numerous protests, including a worldwide ‘day of action’ in April. Photo: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB …

Indian Foreign Minister Intervenes to Defuse Indian Child Abuse Row in Norway – Sputnik International

India intervenes in Norway child abuse row – Gulf Times

Norway childabuse‘: India to provide help on boy’s mother’s request, says Swaraj – Daily News & Analysis

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North Logan child care providers accused of child abuse

The Herald Journal

A home child care is reportedly open for business although the man and wife operating the center were booked into the Cache County Jail late …

North Logan day care facility operating day after owners arrested for child abuse – KUTV 2News

North Logan daycare owners arrested, license under review – Salt Lake Tribune

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Bend preschool to open for child abuse victims

Washington Times

BEND, Ore. (AP) – A new preschool program that serves victims of child abuse and neglect is set to open in Bend thanks to a $448,000 grant from the …

Bend Preschool To Open For Child Abuse Victims – OPB News

Bend preschool to open for child abuse victims – KTVL

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Nassau County deputy facing child abuse investigation

WJXT Jacksonville

A Nassau County deputy has been removed from patrol and placed on desk duty pending the outcome of an investigation into possible abuse of his …

Nassau deputy investigated after video of alleged child abuse shows up – ActionNewsJax.com

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City of Fresno

Be an advocate for children by knowing the signs of abuse and reporting child abuse. Remember, you are reporting the suspicion of child abuse …

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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission conducts a comprehensive policy development program on topics relevant to its work and invites public submissions on …

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Man From Lebanon Accused Of Child Abuse

Ksgf.com

A man from Lebanon is in jail after being accused of child abuse. Police say Christopher Jacobs was angry at both of his children, so he slammed his …

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Daily Kos

It’s good to see New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Administration for Children’s Services fighting back against the alleged “report” from …

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Advice from a Pediatrician: How to Protect Your Child From Child Abuse

Women.com

This pediatrician just laid out when, where, and by whom our kids are most likely to suffer sexual abuse, and gave us all the tools to prevent it.

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Child Abuse Filed Against Marshall County Couple

Wkdz

Two Marshall County residents are facing child abuse charges following an incident just days before Christmas. According to the Marshall County …

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Texas child abuse death rising despite governor’s shakeup

Fox 34

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Records show the number of Texas children dying of abuse and neglect is worsening despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s shakeup of the …

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Couple charged with child abuse, animal cruelty

The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT— A Newport couple was arrested for child neglect/abuse and animal cruelty after Newport Officers found a residence occupied by 22 …

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Child Abuse: Sexual

Parenting Assistance Line – The University of Alabama

Sexual abuse of children is more common than most people realize. One out of every four girls and one out of every six boys will experience some …

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Woman charged with child abuse, neglect

Gainesville Sun

A Gainesville woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with multiple instances of child abuse and child neglect, according to Gainesville police …

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Offshore detention report says half of child abuse cases receive inadequate response

The Guardian

Children on Nauru. A Child Protection Board report calls for improvement in the reporting of child abuse and finds that less than 1% of alleged …

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State seeks to have suit against DCYF in child abuse case dismissed

NewHampshire.com

MANCHESTER — The state has responded to a lawsuit against the Division for Children, Youth and Families over the agency’s handling of a …

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Police seek child abuse suspect who allegedly broke boy’s jaw in Kearns

fox13now.com

KEARNS, Utah — Police are searching for a child abuse suspect who allegedly punched a 12-year-old boy in the face, breaking the juvenile’s jaw in …

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Boyertown man faces child abuse charges

Reading Eagle

A Boyertown man faces child abuse charges following an investigation that began in February when his 5-week-old daughter was hospitalized for …

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Man faces child abuse charges in Richmond

Port Huron Times Herald

RICHMOND – A man who had been imprisoned on second-degree murder charges involving the death of a child is facing first-degree child abuse …

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Parents of skeletal, infected infant twins arrested in ‘worst case of child abuse

Washington Post

After seeing the infants, a police detective and the hospital staff described their condition as the “worst case of child abuse” they had ever seen, …

Parents Of Skeletal Twins Arrested In ‘Worst Case Of Child Abuse – NDTV

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Groups offer child abuse prevention training, programs

ReporterNews.com

Groups offer child abuse prevention training, programs. There is no shortage of programs in the Abilene area to help prevent and address child abuse …

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Child abuse ‘affects health decades later’

BBC News

People who were maltreated as children are more likely to have poor health and living standards decades later, a study suggests. The researchers …

New Study Shows Victims Of Child Abuse Have Future Health Problems – The Inquisitr

Impact of Child Abuse Persists Deep into Middle Age – MedPage Today

The Impact of Child Abuse Can Last a Lifetime – HealthDay

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Hillsdale introduces child abuse prevention program

NorthJersey.com

Hillsdale introduces child abuse prevention program. The program was provided by the Joan’s Joy Foundation, which was formed in memory of a …

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Journals – Elsevier

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Journals – Elsevier

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Psychologist explores connection between child abuse and mortality risk in women

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences – West Virginia University

Co-author on a recent study linking self-reported child abuse to death in women, assistant professor of psychology Nicholas Turiano is investigating …

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Thank you for your support in 2016

Media releases, Child Abuse Royal Commission

In 2016 we conducted 14 public hearings, completed our 6,000th private session, held an inaugural research symposium on children’s views of safety, …

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Submissions for public hearing into disability service providers published

Media releases, Child Abuse Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published the written submissions for the public hearing into disability …

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Man Receives Maximum Sentence for Child Abuse

HomeTownDailyNews.com

A man from Hollister is sentenced to 15 years in prison for felony abuse or neglect of a child, which is the maximum penalty under Missouri law.

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Research finds that children in residential care feel unsafe

Media releases, Child Abuse Royal Commission

The Royal Commission has released a new research report exploring children and young people’s views about their safety in residential care. Most of …

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Man aged 101 convicted of child abuse after WMP investigation

West Midlands Police

Man aged 101 convicted of child abuse after WMP investigation. 16/12/2016. A 101-year-old man has become the oldest person ever convicted of a …

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Prevention of Child Abuse in all its forms

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Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. GRADUATE STUDENT/TEACHER INTERNSHIP EXCHANGE PROGRAM Interns in La …

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McLaughlin Man Sentenced for Child Abuse

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United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of Child Abuse was sentenced on December …

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Study raises concern of significant under-reporting of child abuse within US Army

Science Daily

This rate is less than half of the rate of medically diagnosed child abuse cases substantiated by civilian Child Protective Services. Researchers say this …

Up To 1 In 5 Army Child Abuse Cases May Never Be Investigated – Forbes

Child abuse in Army families may be under-reported – UPI.com

Study raises concern of significant under-reporting of child abuse within US Army – EurekAlert (press release)

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Crystal’s Cage: A Tragic Story of Child Abuse, Drug Dealing and Murder

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Her short life, marred by abuse at the hands of those who were supposed to care for her, is a brief chapter in a tangled narrative of crime and love, …

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Lambeth council to pay tens of millions to child abuse survivors

The Guardian

Raymond Stevenson, who set up a survivors’ group and spent two years gathering evidence. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian.

Revealed: London council to pay tens of millions to child abuse scandal victims – Evening Standard

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Extremely disturbing: Oklahoma parents arrested in ‘worst case of child abuse‘ nurses say they’ve …

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OWASSO, Okla. – Two people in Oklahoma have been arrested in what nurses described as “the worst case of child abuse they had seen.”.

Parents of Twin Baby Girls in Oklahoma Charged in Alleged ‘Worst Case of Child Abuse – PEOPLE.com

Oklahoma parents arrested in ‘worst case of child abuse‘ nurses say they’ve seen – FOX31 Denver

Oklahoma child abuse case is the ‘worst ever seen’ by nurses attending – The Independent

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Russian dissident tells court downloading child abuse images was hobby ‘like stamp collecting’

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Vladimir Bukovsky, the veteran Soviet era dissident, said downloading more than 20,000 indecent images of children was a hobby “like stamp …

Soviet dissident had thousands of child abuse images, UK court told – The Guardian

Dissident ‘collected child abuse images over 15 years for research’ – AOL UK

Court hears how Russian dissident had thousands of child abuse images – International Business Times UK

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Dario Gradi offers to help in football child abuse investigation

The Guardian

Dario Gradi, the former manager of Crewe Alexandra who has been suspended from football amid an investigation into his links to alleged child abuse …

Dario Gradi says he’ll help FA’s review into child abuse – ITV News

Crewe take cover in child abuse scandal as they fail to address issue during game against Crawley – The Sun

Crewe director Dario Gradi suspended by FA as part of child abuse investigation – The42

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Another Voice: State isn’t spending enough to prevent child abuse

Buffalo News

Most of us see child abuse as an unimaginable act, but research shows it as very predictable. A parent who is without stable income or housing, …

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Ex-Cop Jeremy Yachik’s Child Abuse for Eating Carrots Isn’t Why He’s Going to Jail

Westword

Yachik was subsequently charged with multiple child abuse counts — and an arrest affidavit alleged punishment of his teenage daughter that included …

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UK Police Identify Suspects in Probe of Child Abuse at Soccer Teams

Wall Street Journal

LONDON—Authorities have identified 83 suspects linked to allegations of child abuse at professional and amateur soccer teams, British police said …

Top footballer ‘not surprised’ police investigating 83 suspects as child abuse scandal sweeps the … – Mirror.co.uk

Child abuse investigation uncovers 83 suspects and spans across 98 clubs – Goal.com

Child abuse investigation uncovers 83 suspects and spans across 98 clubs – Goal.com

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FIFA chief Infantino calls for zero tolerance on child abuse

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for a “zero tolerance” approach towards child abuse in football. Infantino’s comments come amid a scandal …

Fifa chief Infantino calls for zero tolerance on child abuse – Sporting News

FIFA’s Infantino urges zero tolerance for child abuse – Times of Malta

83 suspects identified in connection with child abuse in football – Metro

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Florida Department of Children and Families

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Providing prevention, emergency/detoxification, and treatment services for individuals and families at risk of or affected by substance abuse.

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Manistee woman arrested on 1st degree child abuse charge

Ludington Daily News

She is arrested on the charges of child abuse in the first degree, a life felony; an alternate count of assault with the intent to commit murder, also a life …

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Rise in child abuse cases prompts funding request

RochesterFirst

A group that advocates for children in the Rochester area pressed Monroe County legislators Thursday night to increase funding for child care …

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Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Announces Preliminary Hearing

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has today (14 December) announced that its preliminary hearing will take place on 31 January 2017 at Parliament …

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Child Abuse Cases in Army Families May Be Under-Reported

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Child abuse within U.S. Army families may be significantly under-reported, a new study suggests.

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Thesis Statement Examples Child Abuse

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51 pedophiles, including lawmakers, arrested on child abuse charges

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As the old expression goes “there’s a special place in hell” for pedophiles. But hell for some infants, toddlers, children, and teenagers might be a little …

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US: The CPS silver lining: More former foster kids are going to college for free

Dallas Morning News – December 27, 2016

Former foster children who are adopted out of the system are held to higher academic standards than those who aged out of state care, the unintended consequence of a 3-year-old Texas law legislators could revisit this year.

Information Gateway resource: College Scholarships and Support for Higher Education: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/independent/support/education/

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/child-protective-services/2016/12/27/former-foster-kids-going-college-free-held-higher-academic-standards

US: The human cost of trafficking (Opinion)

Dallas Morning News – December 27, 2016

In a study published this week in the American Journal of Public Health, we and our colleagues compared the level and type of childhood adversity experienced by boys and girls exploited in human trafficking to the childhood adversity experienced by similar boys and girls of the same race/ethnicity, household income level, and from the same locality. This study was the first to examine the childhood histories of over 900 girls and boys detained by the Florida juvenile justice system who had each been the subject of an official abuse report and child protective investigation related to human trafficking.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2016/12/27/human-cost-trafficking

AR: Immigration advocates rally outside Sen. Cotton’s office (Includes video)

4029tv – December 28, 2016

The immigration advocacy group La Lucha held a rally outside Sen. Tom Cotton’s Springdale office Wednesday afternoon.

http://www.4029tv.com/article/immigration-advocates-plan-rally-outside-sen-cottons-office/8543046

AZ: New law extends deadline, doubles tax credit contributions

Daily Courier – December 29, 2016

The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) makes a distinction between two types of qualifying organizations, adding a foster care category this year called Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organizations (QFCCO). Individuals may contribute separately to organizations that category as well as donations to any QCO up to the maximum amount allowed for each.

http://www.dcourier.com/news/2016/dec/29/good-news-procrastinators-new-law-extends-deadline/

AZ: Allhands: What the fired CPS workers case is really about (Opinion)

Arizona Republic – December 28, 2016

Five fired Child Protective Services workers went to court, arguing that state law should’ve protected their jobs.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/joannaallhands/2016/12/28/fired-cps-workers-case/95906498/

CA: Northern California Uber driver thwarts child sex trafficking

Week – December 29, 2016

Police say a suspicious Uber driver in Oak Park, California, stopped a case of child sex trafficking after he gave a ride to two women accused of pimping out a 16-year-old runaway.

http://theweek.com/speedreads/670089/northern-california-uber-driver-thwarts-child-sex-trafficking

CO: Why Does Our Legal System Still Put Kids In Chains?

5820 – November 01, 2016

When it comes to adults, legal precedent is fairly clear: Those accused of criminal offenses are not routinely forced to wear visible restraints in a courtroom unless a “special need” is present. To treat defendants otherwise is considered prejudicial. There are, however, no federal guidelines when it comes to children.

http://www.5280.com/news/magazine/2016/10/why-does-our-legal-system-still-put-kids-chains

HI: New federal law to protect keiki in service ohana (Requires free registration)

Honolulu Star-Advertiser – December 30, 2016

Suspected cases of child abuse on military bases must now be reported to state child welfare officials under a new federal law that was championed by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2016/12/30/hawaii-news/new-federal-law-to-protect-keiki-in-service-ohana/

IL: New Illinois laws take effect in 2017 – Part II

Clinton Journal – December 29, 2016

As citizens throughout the state of Illinois ring in the New Year, nearly 200 laws will take effect. A significant number of the new laws target crime, make changes to the criminal justice system, seek to assist law enforcement, and advance safety provisions for Illinois motorists.

http://www.clintondailyjournal.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&page=72&story_id=6274

MI: State fund donations could help foster kids go to college

Associated Press – December 28, 2016

The state of Michigan is accepting contributions to a college fund for students who were in foster care. The money helps students with tuition, lodging, books and other supplies. Robin Lott of the Michigan Education Trust says many students are out of foster care after high school and can’t afford college.

http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/State-fund-donations-could-help-foster-kids-go-to-college–408491985.html

MN: Families afford the cost of adoption with nonprofit’s help

Minneapolis StarTribune – December 28, 2016

One nonprofit is helping families cover those upfront costs – and, because of its unusual operating strategy, every dollar donated goes directly toward its mission of funding adoptions.

http://www.startribune.com/nonprofit-helps-families-afford-adoption/408568415/#1

MT: Child agency’s new head looks to improve hiring and training

Associated Press – December 30, 2016

The troubled Montana agency charged with protecting children needs to lower the record number of kids in foster care while making smart hires and conducting better training for its caseworkers, the new head of the state Division of Child and Family Services said.

http://www.charkoosta.com/2016/2016_12_29/child_agency.html

PA: Adoption birth records could soon be available to 300,000 in NJ

Philadelphia Inquirer – December 29, 2016

Time is running out for thousands of New Jersey birth parents to protect their anonymity from the children they gave up for adoption. A state law takes effect Sunday that will let adoptees obtain their original birth certificates without court intervention. As many as 300,000 children who were given up for adoption could be affected.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20161229_Adoption_birth_records_could_soon_be_available_to_300_000_in_NJ.html

SC: New center in Darlington County focused on helping abused, neglected children (Includes video)

WPDE – December 29, 2016

According to the South Carolina department of socials services child and adult protective services system there were over 13,000 children neglected, abandoned or abused last year. More than 300 of those instances were in Darlington and one woman is trying to help some of those children in the area.

http://wpde.com/news/local/a-new-center-in-darlington-county-focused-on-helping-abused-neglected-children

SD: Court rules in favor of ICWA law

Native Sun News Today – December 27, 2016

After several years of fighting with Rapid City’s court system to enforce the ICWA, Attorney Dana Hanna received judgement from Chief Federal Judge Jeffery L. Viken in the U. S. District Court, District of South Dakota Western Division on Dec. 15, 2016. The case that finally reached the conclusion was known as “Oglala Sioux Tribe, and Rosebud Sioux Tribe to protect the rights of Madonna Pappan, and Lisa Young, individually and on behalf of all other persons similarly situated.”

Judgement: Latest Orders and Injunctions in Oglala Sioux v. Fleming (Van Hunnik): https://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/latest-orders-and-injunctions-in-oglala-sioux-v-fleming-van-hunnik/

http://www.indianz.com/News/2016/12/27/native-sun-news-today-big-decision-in-in.asp

TX: Judge is optimistic for CPS reform in 2017

News4 San Antonio – December 29, 2016

Problems with Child Protective Services are no secret, there was a federal lawsuit filed, and harsh criticism from lawmakers in 2016. One Bexar County judge however says he’s optimistic 2017 will finally see an end to those issues. “It’s a wonderful day it’s a celebration,” said Judge Peter Sakai at a family reunification ceremony where children were able to go back with their biological parents.

http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/judge-is-optimistic-for-cps-reform-in-2017

US: Yes, the Adoption Tax Credit is for Foster Care Adoptions

Chronicle of Social Change – December 29, 2016

Many people have been told they do not qualify for the Adoption Tax Credit because they had no expenses. This is simply not true! Have you adopted from the foster care system? Are you thinking about adopting from the foster care system? If you have answered yes to either of these questions, you need to know about the Adoption Tax Credit.

Information Gateway Resource: Grants/Loans/Tax Credit for Adoption: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/adoptive/expenses/grants-loans/

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/opinion/yes-the-adoption-tax-credit-is-for-foster-care-adoptions/23606

Butler County child sexual torture suspects now face attempted murder charges

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Jonathan & Michelle Smith are now facing additional charges in a shocking child abuse and sexual torture case. (Source: Butler County Sheriff’s Office).

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Pennsylvania couple ‘beat and tried to starve their three young children to death’

Daily Mail

A couple in Pennsylvania has been arrested after being accused of starving, severely beating and neglecting their three young children. Joshua Ross …

Pennsylvania Couple Arrested, Tried To Starve Their Three Kids To Death, Did Not Want Them … – The Inquisitr

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Judge denies motion to dismiss child abuse case

The Salem News

MIDDLETON — A judge has denied a request to dismiss charges against a Middleton woman accused of beating her 5-year-old daughter last April.

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N.Y. man convicted of beating, using stun gun on mother of his child

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A New York man who beat and used a stun gun on the mother of his child faces up to 30 years in prison after he was convicted this week, authorities …

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Yonkers father arrested in 2-year-old’s beating death

The Journal News | LoHud.com

24 police were called to St. John’s Hospital about the case of an “unresponsive” child who had been brought into the emergency room by Robinson.

Man Arrested In Christmas Eve Beating Death Of Son, 2, In Yonkers – Mount Kisco Daily Voice

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Mom accused of beating children for opening Christmas presents early

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GREENFIELD, Ind. (WXIN) — A Greenfield mother is facing charges after police say she beat her two young sons after they opened their Christmas …

Mom allegedly beat kids for opening Christmas gifts early – NBC2 News

Mom accused of beating, biting children for opening Christmas gifts early – KSAT San Antonio

Indiana Mother Sascha Collins Charged After Allegedly Beating Young Sons For Opening … – The Inquisitr

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Minnesota pastor beat boy because 12-year-old ‘wanted to test God,’ police say

TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

The wind chill was well below zero when the 12-year-old boy limped his way through the snow, wearing only basketball shorts and a T-shirt, to a …

Pastor, Son Arrested for Beating Boy in Church Because He Wanted to ‘Test God,’ Police Say – Christian Post

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Woman faces misdemeanor child abuse charge after fight

KYStandard.com

A Bardstown woman faces a child abuse charge after allegedly beating her teenaged son with a broom. Child Protective Services conducted an …

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Police: Florida Couple Sexually Abused Children For Years

The Inquisitr

Police say that the teenagers made claims against the Florida couple, involving ongoing abuse of multiple varieties. The children, whose exact ages …

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Mall Santa Beat Up Child Molester : snopes.com

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A story that a mall Santa beat up a pedophile after a child confided that her stepfather was molesting her originated from a hoax news web site.

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Anaconda man pleads not guilty to beating baby nearly to death; trial set in April

Montana Standard

An Anaconda man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he beat his girlfriend’s baby nearly to death in September, requiring the child to be flown by …

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Video of Mother Brutally Beating up Child Goes Viral in India [GRAPHIC VIDEO]

Sputnik International

In a shocking video clip captured by CCTV cameras, a Delhi-based woman is seen mercilessly beating up her child. After the video went viral on …

Shocking: Mother caught brutally beating up 18-month-old child in CCTV footage – Daily News & Analysis

VIDEO: Delhi woman booked for beating 1-year-old son – The Indian Express

Woman booked for beating up her son – Times of India

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BSO: Mother Beat Child With Bat For Tasting Cake Frosting

CBS Local

TAMARAC (CBSMiami) — A 43-year-old Tamarac mother is charged with beating her 7-year-old son with an aluminum baseball bat because he ate …

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2 Indianapolis daycare workers charged after child beats up baby

WISH-TV

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An east Indianapolis daycare director and employee have been charged for failing to properly supervise children after a …

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Mother seen ruthlessly beating a child on video might have postpartum psychosis

Hindustan Times

Physical exhaustion from staying up at nights, feeding and taking care of the baby also takes its toll,” said Dr Sameer Malhotra, director of mental …

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Police: Woman arrested for child abuse after beating two young girls

KOKH FOX25

12 in Oklahoma City on two complaints of engaging in child abuse. … An Oklahoma City woman is behind bars accused of beating two young girls.

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Minneapolis pastor charged with beating boy as religious discipline

Minneapolis Star Tribune

The pastor of a north Minneapolis church and his son were arrested last week on assault charges for beating a 12-year-old boy with a 2-by-4 and an …

Pastor Charged With Beating Child With Rod, Electrical Cord – CBS Local

Charges: Pastor, son beat boy with 2-by-4, electrical cord – KARE

Minneapolis Pastor, Son Charged with Beating 12-Year-Old Boy – KSTP.com

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Man charged in EP child beating

Pekin Daily Times

A man allegedly covered a 4-year-old East Peoria girl with “severe” bruises because he “couldn’t handle” her loud behavior as he baby sat her.

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Police: Man accused of beating child with wire, belt

Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

WILKES-BARRE — A man is facing charges after police allege he physically abused a boy. Jermain Keith Jones, 27, of South Franklin Street, faces …

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WATCH: Mom beats child at Joburg restaurant

News24

According to a Fourways Review report, a mother was seen beating her child at the Fourways Gardens Shopping Centre on Wednesday. The incident …

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Suspect in Brooklyn boy’s beating death faces upgrade charges

New York Daily News

Salvatore Lucchesse wept profusely at his Friday arraignment on charges of savagely beating little Jaden Jordan while baby-sitting the 3-year-old at …

Man accused in toddler’s beating death appears in court – News 12 Brooklyn

Mom’s Boyfriend Indicted for Beating Death of 3-Year-Old Jaden Jordan – DNAinfo

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Horrific case of child abuse leads to charges for man

WTOV Steubenville

“There seems to be a pretty significant history of abuse with this child, inappropriate punishments for a child that’s five years old, beating a child with …

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May sentenced in child beating death

Smithvillereview

Jessica May, 20, was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court Wednesday for her part in the May 2015 beating death of 23-month-old Colten May.

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NJ man charged with sexually assaulting, beating children

NJ.com

WALL TOWNSHIP – A Monmouth County man has been charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting and beating children during the summer of 2015.

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Rock Girls: women, child abuse should never be acceptable

Independent Online

ALTHOUGH we are nearing the end of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, a period that cast the spotlight on abuse …

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Convicted child molester dies after beating by parents in Argentina

Syracuse.com

Marcelo Fabian Pecollo, a music teacher and musician with the Moron orchestra in Argentina, died as a result of injuries he suffered during a beating …

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Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner Gladys Carrion Resigns

NBC New York

The head of the Administration for Children Services announced Monday that … Her resignation comes in the wake of several high-profile child abuse …

ACS head Gladys Carrión resigns in wake of child abuse cases – Metro.us

ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión steps down – New York Daily News

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Mom charged in toddler son’s beating death in Houston

Chron.com

The child’s body showed evidence of extensive physical abuse in the month since he had been returned to Jones from CPS custody, investigators said …

Mom, 21, wanted in beating death of 3-year-old son – CW39

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Couple Films ‘Horrific’ Beating Of Baby Before Abandoning Her To Go Out To Eat

Elite Daily

Rocky Uzzell, 29, and Katherine Prigmore, 24, have been jailed after the couple filmed a “horrific” beating of their newborn baby, Isabelle, before …

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Canada: Calgary Herald Christmas Fund 2016: CUPS creates healthy families

Calgary Herald – December 29, 2016

Growing from its role as a street-front health-care service in 1989, Calgary Urban Project Society is now using cutting-edge science to give stability to those in crisis.

http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/calgary-herald-christmas-fund-2016-cups-creates-healthy-families

Canada: New therapeutic program being offered to adoptive parents in Peterborough

mykawartha.com – December 29, 2016

When adoptive parents open their hearts and homes to non-biological children, they’re sometimes faced with unexpected challenges. A new therapeutic group coming to Peterborough hopes to make these challenges easier to overcome.

http://www.mykawartha.com/community-story/7040323-new-therapeutic-program-being-offered-to-adoptive-parents-in-peterborough/

Europe: Lord Dubs: refugees face greater hostility than ever in 2017

Guardian – December 28, 2016

Refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe will face an increasingly hostile environment in the coming year, according to the Labour peer Alf Dubs, who predicts governments will turn their backs on those fleeing war and persecution in the face of resurgent anti-immigrant movements across the continent.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/28/lord-dubs-refugees-face-greater-hostility-than-ever-in-2017

International: Unaccompanied refugee minors who were forced to fight in Syria

Jerusalem Post – December 29, 2016

Like any other sectarian war, the main actors of the Syrian war target vulnerable groups such as minors and exploit them for the sake of their own benefits. The entire refugee population is vulnerable, although there especially vulnerable groups – such as single mothers and unaccompanied minors – among them.

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Unaccompanied-refugee-minors-who-were-forced-to-fight-in-Syria-476798

Israel: 3,500 files released on Yemenite children affair

Y Net News – December 28, 2016

The Israel National Archives declassified Wednesday 3,500 files relating to the Yemenite children affair- the mysterious disappearance of thousands of Yemenite babies and toddlers between 1948 and 1954.

Also: New data on missing Yemenite Children shows gross negligence, but not state-sponsored kidnappings: http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-data-on-yemenite-children-shows-gross-negligence-but-not-state-sponsored-kidnappings/

Also: Israel opens database with 400,000 declassified documents on Yemenite Children Affair: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-opens-database-with-200000-declassified-documents-on-painful-yemenite-children-affair/

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4899736,00.html

Malawi: Reducing Child Protection Risks through Shelter Design and a Community-Based Approach in Malawi

Relief Web – December 29, 2016

In emergencies, girls and boys face increased risk to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. The way in which humanitarian aid is delivered can further increase these risks. Children may be exposed to harm during the chaos of a distribution or at water points or experience abuse in cramped evacuation centres.

Report: http://cpwg.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/12/CP-Mainstreaming-SHELTER-final-9-Nov.pdf

http://reliefweb.int/report/malawi/reducing-child-protection-risks-through-shelter-design-and-community-based-approach

Vatican City: Top-down turned around: Child protection goes global from the ground up

Catholic News Service – December 29, 2016

Because the church’s typical top-down approach in getting the message out may not be enough, Jesuit Father Hans Zollner is spearheading a complementary course: a global alliance built and grown from the ground up by individual priests, religious and laity along with Catholic universities, religious orders and bishops’ conferences. Father Zollner, president of the Center for Child Protection at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University, told Catholic News Service in late December of the center’s plan to launch the new alliance in the coming months.

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2016/top-down-turned-around-child-protection-goes-global-from-the-ground-up.cfm

 

AZ: Updated: Court upholds dismissal of child welfare workers’ lawsuit

Associated Press – December 27, 2016

A state appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by five former Arizona child welfare workers who were fired amid an agency scandal.

Also: Scapegoats or not, fired child welfare workers won’t get jobs back: http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2016/12/27/scapegoats-or-not-fired-child-welfare-workers-wont-get-jobs-back/

https://www.abqjournal.com/916493/appeals-upholds-dismissal-of-child-welfare-workers-lawsuit.html

CA: As foster care program revamps in Sonoma County, families urgently needed

Press Democrat – December 27, 2016

Beginning in January, counties are expected to start phasing in statewide foster care reforms that recast group homes as short-term residential treatment programs, establish new levels of provider accountability and bolster supportive services for youths placed with relatives and foster families.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/local/6476549-181/as-foster-care-program-revamps?artslide=0

IN: Child abuse, neglect cases up as shortage of volunteers in foster homes rising (Includes video)

WFIE – December 27, 2016

The shortage of foster homes in Warrick County is not necessarily because there are fewer foster families, but because of a big rise in abuse and neglect cases in the county.

http://www.14news.com/story/34138197/child-abuse-neglect-cases-up-as-shortage-of-volunteers-in-foster-homes-rising

KY: Holiday stress increases risk of abuse or neglect for some children; CHFS offers advice to keep kids safe

Northern Kentucky Tribune – December 27, 2016

With children home from school, holiday travel and seasonal shopping and associated expenses, parents can get frazzled more easily than usual. What is typically a fun and joyful time for children can become devastating when parents or caregivers cope with stress by becoming abusive or neglectful to children.

http://www.nkytribune.com/2016/12/holiday-stress-increases-risk-of-abuse-or-neglect-for-some-children-chfs-offers-advice-to-keep-kids-safe/

MI: Donations to state fund can help foster kids with college (Press release)

Associated Press – December 27, 2016

The state of Michigan is accepting contributions to a college fund for students who were in foster care.

http://www.abc12.com/content/news/Donations-to-state-fund-can-help-foster-kids-with-college-408466215.html

MS: Settlement: State Has One Year to Improve Foster Care After Maltreatment

Jackson Free Press – December 27, 2016

Mississippi’s newly formed Department of Child Protection Services will have a year to revamp the state’s foster-care system, due to the long-running “Olivia Y” lawsuit over maltreatment of children in State care.

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2016/dec/27/settlement-state-has-one-year-improve-foster-care-/

MT: CFS takes longer to replace old computer system, but says it’s worth the wait

Missoulian – December 26, 2016

A replacement for the antiquated Child and Adult Protective System, which was implemented 20 years ago, was first scheduled to be completed this fall. But that was pushed back to next October after DPHHS, which runs the CFS, determined it needed to roll out a program with more functions than originally planned.

http://missoulian.com/news/government-and-politics/cfs-takes-longer-to-replace-old-computer-system-but-says/article_b4d210d8-3d63-54be-85ed-9ab5d5da9911.html

NE: State must do even more to protect children

Grand Island Independent – December 28, 2016

The Inspector General of Nebraska Child Welfare is undergoing an important review of sexual abuse cases involving state wards or those in the juvenile probation system.

http://www.theindependent.com/opinion/editorial/nebraska-must-do-even-more-to-protect-children/article_78ed3fd4-cc76-11e6-9713-d3b40bf68537.html

NJ: How the Family Service Association helps those in need

Press of Atlantic City – December 28, 2016

Founded in 1909, Family Service Association aims to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in Atlantic and Cape May counties. The association is a multiservice, nonprofit United Way agency that serves more than 8,500 children, adolescents and adults annually in four program areas: behavioral health, strengthening families and communities, safety net and child welfare advocacy.

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/how-the-family-service-association-helps-those-in-need/article_9594faef-2a42-55bb-b737-7b179ea8c158.html

NJ: 300 birth parents in NJ don’t want adopted kids to know who they are

New Jersey 101.5 – December 27, 2016

Birth parents of as many as 300,000 children who were surrendered for adoption in New Jersey between 1940 and 2015 have just a few more days to tell the state if they’d like to prevent their identities from being revealed when records are unsealed Jan. 1.

http://nj1015.com/300-birth-parents-in-nj-dont-want-adopted-kids-to-know-who-they-are/

VA: Roanoke County expands foster care parent outreach, recruitment

Roanoke Times – December 26, 2016

The move to a more robust outreach campaign is a shift for a program that often draws little attention – sometimes putting it at a disadvantage with the bevy of outside providers who offer specialized foster care services, officials said.

http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/article_debf8430-6b26-5372-8f81-777b33cf4f34.html

WV: This West Virginia school is caring for students, when addicted parents can’t (Video)

PBS – December 27, 2016

In opioid-stricken West Virginia, this school is taking on the role of parent.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/west-virginia-school-caring-students-addicted-parents-cant/

US: Existing Protections Fall Short for America’s Mandated Child Abuse Reporters (Opinion)

Chronicle of Social Change – December 28, 2016

Retaliation against mandated reporters takes many forms: defamation, harassment, job loss and loss of parental custody, just to name a few. And it happens for various reasons, including the prevention of lawsuits against government agencies, to protect the image and brand of an institution or person, and because federal oversight of immunity protections is nonexistent.

Also: Information Gateway Resource: Mandated Reporting: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/responding/reporting/mandated/

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/opinion/targeting-americas-mandated-reporters-why-existing-protections-fall-short/23662

INTERNATIONAL

India: Rise in baby trafficking in India cuts adoption numbers and fuels trade

Reuters – December 28, 2016

An increase in baby trafficking in India is reducing the number of children available for adoption and fuelling the lucrative trade as more couples wait to adopt, government officials said on Wednesday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-babies-trafficking-idUSKBN14H0S9?il=0

Norway: India intervenes in Norway child abuse row

Borneo Bulletin – December 28, 2016

India’s foreign minister on Tuesday urged Norway to return a five-year-old boy to his Indian-origin parents after authorities took the child into their custody over suspected abuse.

http://borneobulletin.com.bn/india-intervenes-norway-child-abuse-row/

 

AR: 3 Arkansas lawmakers oppose migrant shelter in state

NorthWest Arkansas Democrat Gazette – December 26, 2016

An ongoing federal assessment of whether to convert an abandoned facility near Hot Springs into a temporary shelter for unaccompanied migrant children has drawn opposition, though hundreds of similar kids have already been released into longer-term care in Arkansas.

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2016/dec/26/migrant-shelter-opposed-in-state-201612/

AR: Students With HIV Concerns Excluded, US DOJ Rules Arkansas School District Violated Federal Act

Parent Herald – December 26, 2016

According to Arkansas Online, the students were part of the foster care system whose documents showed that they have families with HIV. They were barred from attending school for four days until they took HIV tests themselves. Thus, they missed school activities because of the exclusion.

http://www.parentherald.com/articles/95601/20161226/students-hiv-concerns-excluded-doj-rules-arkansas-school-district-violated.htm

CA: Nonprofit leaders share their resolutions

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin – December 24, 2016

According to Diana Fox of Upland-based Reach Out, “So many of our young people carry trauma from difficult home lives, making it hard for them to achieve in school and be successful. We need more resources and better vision to be able to serve these youth of promise.”

http://www.sbsun.com/social-affairs/20161224/nonprofit-leaders-share-their-resolutions

CA: Salinas child abuse case a year later: County improvements seen (Includes video)

Monterey Herald – December 24, 2016

“What I’ve seen is a very strong effort from our staff…to draw in law enforcement,” Robinson said. “We don’t independently make the call for removal to protective, we do so in conjunction with law enforcement. So, it’s very important that we work closely and draw in each others’ participation to protect at-risk children.”

http://www.montereyherald.com/general-news/20161224/salinas-child-abuse-case-a-year-later-county-improvements-seen

CO: Drug-related child welfare cases have increased in Colorado, but connection to legalized marijuana is unclear

Denver Post – December 23, 2016

Child welfare cases involving drug use by a parent or foster parent went up by about 2 percentage points from 2013 to 2015, even as the total number of new child welfare cases declined. That’s an increase from 1,513 drug-related cases to 1,720 statewide. What’s unknown is how many of those cases involved marijuana or any other number of drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and prescription painkillers.

http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/23/drug-child-welfare-cases-colorado-have-increased-in-colorado-but-connection-to-legalized-marijuana-is-unclear/

CO: Foster families growing in the Grand Valley

KKCO – December 23, 2016

In Mesa County, nearly 300 kids sit waiting for a family each day. In an effort to decrease that number, the foster family campaign was launched to get more foster families come Christmas.

http://www.nbc11news.com/content/news/408111405.html

FL: Study: 1 in 6 Sarasota kids considered suicide (Includes video)

WFTS – December 26, 2016

Sarasota County and SCOPE, an area non-profit recently conducted a survey to learn more about area kids. They found one in six high school students have created a plan to commit suicide in the past year.

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-sarasota-manatee/sarasota/study-1-in-6-sarasota-county-kids-contemplated-suicide

ID: Grandparent advocates aim for laws, attitudes friendlier to those raising grandchildren

Twin Falls Times-News – December 24, 2016

Legally, grandparents don’t have natural rights to their grandchildren. They must go through the same process as foster parents to gain guardianship or custody of their grandchildren. And the process can be heart-wrenching.

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/grandparent-advocates-aim-for-laws-attitudes-friendlier-to-those-raising/article_3d596be1-f314-5cc9-8d9a-c7ca3d20122c.html

MD: Lawmakers seek to address gender gaps in juvenile justice (Includes video)

Baltimore Sun – December 23, 2016

The bill is being reintroduced in response to a Baltimore Sun investigation published this month. It found that girls in Maryland’s juvenile justice system are subjected to harsher punishment than boys and, though they are more likely to come from troubled backgrounds, have fewer placement and treatment options.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-juvenile-girls-folo-20161223-story.html

MI: Indian tribe bids to make big chunk of Up North Michigan a reservation

Detroit Free Press – December 25, 2016

It’s an issue, the lawsuit claims because Michigan has “refused to recognize the tribe’s reservation in a number of ways that threaten the tribe’s autonomy and sovereignty, and that violate the 1855 treaty.” It cites examples, including — Michigan asserting jurisdiction over Indian child welfare matters on reservation lands, in violation of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/12/25/indian-tribe-bids-make-big-chunk-up-north-michigan-reservation/95374712/

MN: Homelessness for kids: ‘Just where we live right now’

Saint Cloud Times – December 27, 2016

This transition is just one of many seen at the SMART Kids program, which provides after-school programming for children experiencing homelessness. The program provides dinner and snacks, homework help, access to games and materials for projects and, most importantly, positive experiences with adults other than their parents who care about them.

http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/homelesskids/2016/12/25/homelessness-kids-just-where-we-live-right-now/94997214/

MT: Child agency’s new director looks to improve hiring, training

Associated Press – December 24, 2016

The troubled Montana agency charged with protecting children needs to decrease the record number of kids in foster care while making smart hires and providing better training for its caseworkers, the new director of the state Division of Child and Family Services said.

http://billingsgazette.com/news/government-and-politics/child-agency-s-new-director-looks-to-improve-hiring-training/article_570a7359-d2ea-5f09-beb8-fd32157682c9.html

MT: Path to permanency: New program helps homeless mom gain independence

Helena Independent Record – December 23, 2016

In September, Florence Crittenton started the Realizing Effective and Continuous Housing (REACH) program. Any parent between 18 and 24 is eligible to apply for the program, which provides young parents with a housing subsidy for 24 months. Parents are set up with a case manager, who guides them through the first 24 months of independent living with an option of six months of follow-up meetings.

http://helenair.com/news/local/path-to-permanency-new-program-helps-homeless-mom-gain-independence/article_5abb4895-a25f-53a9-a581-589d55d6f742.html

NC: Our View: Will we ever see results of Moore DSS probes?

Fayetteville Observer – December 26, 2016

His death rocked Moore County and cast a cloud over the county’s Department of Social Services. Rylan’s Guardian Ad Litem, Pam Reed, has been outspoken in her criticism of the department, which she says provided inadequate supervision and oversight. The agency staff, she says, didn’t provide key information to the judge who returned the toddler to his mother’s custody.

http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/editorials/our-view-will-we-ever-see-results-of-moore-dss/article_0d606a7a-93cf-5c44-8f4d-b18ae9fcab6a.html

NJ: ‘She asked him to sit. You’re adopted, she said.’ (Includes video)

Asbury Park Press – December 24, 2016

For the first time come Jan. 1, adoptees in New Jersey – potentially as many as 300,00 over the decades – will be able to see their original birth certificates. New Jersey will become the 14th state to allow open access to original birth certificates for most if not all adopted people. Two of those states – Alaska and Kansas – never closed their records. Tennessee in 1996 became the first state to adopt laws to open the records for adoptees.

http://www.app.com/story/news/local/people/2016/12/24/nj-adoption-records-law/93795988/

NY: Visitation needs grow as foster-care spikes in Franklin Co.

Press-Republican – December 26, 2016

Prompted by the rise of opiate and alcohol abuse, Franklin County Department of Social Services has added three employees to cover foster-care supervised visitations.

http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/visitation-needs-grow-as-foster-care-spikes-in-franklin-co/article_f04adc2c-f114-594c-bfc6-482fcf7d606e.html

NY: De Blasio accuses Stringer of working with New York Post to create ‘fake news’

Politico – December 23, 2016

The New York Post, which de Blasio has frequently criticized as biased and unfair, published an exclusive story Thursday on data it said came from a forthcoming report from Stringer’s office showing that 10 children died this summer in households where there had been at least four other substantiated cases of abuse, cases Stringer’s office suggested in a letter to outgoing Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner Gladys Carrion could arguably have been prevented had ACS followed its own rules.

Also: City Fires Back at Comptroller’s Letter Slamming the Administration for Children’s Services (Includes video): http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2016/12/22/comptroller-rips-city-s-child-welfare-agency-in-new-report.html

http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2016/12/de-blasio-accuses-stringer-of-creating-fake-news-with-report-on-acs-108320

NY: City Fires Back at Comptroller’s Letter Slamming the Administration for Children’s Services (Includes video)

NY 1 – December 22, 2016

The city comptroller is keeping a close eye on the city’s child welfare agency. The latest example of that would be a letter he released Thursday examining child fatality numbers. However, the analysis sparked an intense debate between his office and City Hall. They spent much of the day fighting over how many children actually died on the city’s watch over the summer. NY1’s Courtney Gross filed the following report.

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2016/12/22/comptroller-rips-city-s-child-welfare-agency-in-new-report.html

OH: State to mine government data for answers to tough issues

Associated Press – December 25, 2016

Ohio is making plans to restructure its vast stores of government data so they can be mined for possible solutions to the state’s most complex problems, an initiative experts say would be among the most sweeping of its kind by any U.S. state.

http://www.telegraphherald.com/ap/business/article_9915adf4-4a96-5482-a232-3036f7432551.html

OH: More children available for adoption in Montgomery County

Dayton Daily News – December 24, 2016

A larger share of children in the care of Montgomery County Children Services are in the state’s permanent custody, making them legally free for adoption. Local officials say the trend reflects changes in strategies and state law that seek to prevent children getting stuck in out-of-home-type settings, like group homes, foster care and residential centers.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/more-children-available-for-adoption-montgomery-county/VZ4gMRbUUcuykY8gkvcVVI/

OR: Bend preschool to open for child abuse victims

Associated Press – December 26, 2016

A new preschool program that serves victims of child abuse and neglect is set to open in Bend thanks to a $448,000 grant from the Central Oregon Health Council.

http://democratherald.com/news/state-and-regional/bend-preschool-to-open-for-child-abuse-victims/article_796e55b0-a1ea-5c7c-be20-67f45420741c.html

TX: Spotlight: San Antonio’s Mental Health Care a National Model (Opinion)

Rivard Report – December 25, 2016

This latest series by the Spotlight Team focuses on Massachusetts’ broken mental healthcare system. As reporters delved deeper into the subject and how Boston and the state compared to other cities and states, they landed on San Antonio and Bexar County as a national model.

https://therivardreport.com/spotlight-san-antonios-mental-health-care-a-national-model/

TX: No room at the inn: Local nonprofit agency seeks expansion, no room for youth transitioning out of foster care

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal – December 24, 2016

Taking in youth transitioning out of foster care is what Sondra’s Song’s Soar 2 Succeed program does. With help from Buckner Children &Family, the Transition Center, Turner and her staff receive young men and women looking to embark on the journey of adulthood.

http://lubbockonline.com/local/2016-12-24/no-room-inn-local-nonprofit-agency-seeks-expansion-no-room-youth-transitioning-out

TX: Clerks fight against statewide database

Austin American Statesman – December 23, 2016

Ector County commissioners voted Thursday to draft a resolution against a Texas Supreme Court-backed database of court records that could be open to the public in the future. The database, which Ector County District Clerk Clarissa Webster said is still without legislation to support it, has been collecting documents and records through state-mandated e-filing and could eventually open up access to the public.

http://www.oaoa.com/news/crime_justice/courts/article_7a8c3628-c894-11e6-93c8-4b7f7874fd20.html

TX: Foster care showdown ahead for Legislature (Opinion)

Star-Telegram – December 23, 2016

Months of headlines have made the problems impossible to miss: children under the state’s care sleeping in agency offices for lack of foster homes, overloaded case workers failing to make required contacts with children known to be at risk, and an ongoing court case in which a federal judge said children often age out of foster care more damaged than when they went in.

http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article122773609.html

TX: Judge who ruled Texas’ foster care system broken recognized as ‘Texan of the Year’

KVIA – December 23, 2016

U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack “punctured our comfortable obliviousness to the appalling treatment” being endured by the 12,000 children labeled permanent wards of the state, the newspaper said in its announcement of the award Friday.

Also: Judge who ruled Texas’ foster care system broken recognized: http://www.statesman.com/news/local/judge-who-ruled-texas-foster-care-system-broken-recognized/lZ8qebHB7iu4OlgAu50xSI/

http://www.kvia.com/news/texas/judge-who-ruled-texas-foster-care-system-broken-recognized-as-texan-of-the-year/229287315

TX: Keeping foster kids with local families may be the fix Texas needs

Dallas Morning News – December 23, 2016

It’s not clear that the Texas Legislature will fully embrace — and fund — the new procurement method when it meets next year. That’s in spite of appeals by many advocates. They say redesign could be a partial answer in a court battle over foster care that so far, the state is losing.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/child-protective-services/2016/12/23/foster-kids-local-owning-may-fix-texas-needs

TX: A broken CPS can’t survive on a broken pay promise to its seasoned caseworkers (Opinion)

Dallas News – December 22, 2016

If the potential consequences weren’t so tragic, I’d call the state’s bungling of pay raises for seasoned Child Protective Services workers a comedy of errors.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2016/12/21/broken-cps-survive-broken-pay-promise-seasoned-caseworkers

WV: State organizations struggle to keep up with foster care demand

West Virginia Metro News – December 26, 2016

More kids in foster care means more demand on public and private state resources putting strains on judges, social workers and others; increased needs for foster families; additional challenges for emergency placements and more responsibilities for other relatives, like grandparents, he said.

http://wvmetronews.com/2016/12/26/state-organizations-struggle-to-keep-up-with-foster-care-demand/

US: Obama Signs Talia’s Law

Big Island Now – December 26, 2016

“Until now, the same gaps in the military’s reporting requirements that failed to protect Talia and so many other military children remained. Enactment of Talia’s Law closes these gaps by requiring the same protections that exist for any other child to also protect children in military families. While this cannot right the wrongs that failed to protect Talia, Talia’s Law honors her life by helping to get military children, and their families, the support and care they need and deserve.”

Information Gateway resource: Working With Military Families: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/military/

http://bigislandnow.com/2016/12/26/obama-signs-talias-law/

US: Why have international adoptions become so agonizing?

New York Post – December 24, 2016

“Just thinking about the paperwork makes my head spin . . . the piles of documents, the medical clearance, the reference letters and everything had to be authenticated by the county and the state,” she says.

http://nypost.com/2016/12/24/why-have-international-adoptions-become-so-agonizing/

US: We Won’t Find a “New Vision” for Foster Care by Looking in the Rear View Mirror (Opinion)

Chronicle of Social Change – December 23, 2016

Nearly seven years ago, when the northeast was hit with a snowstorm quickly dubbed “snowpocalypse” and “snowmageddon,” The Daily Show used the occasion to make fun of people who assume that their own personal experience has more validity than actual science.

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/blogger-co-op/wont-find-new-vision-foster-care-looking-rear-view-mirror/23592

US: Federal government expands criminal database access for Indian tribes

Associated Press – December 22, 2016

Tulalip Chairman Melvin Sheldon Jr. said TAP will empower tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide by giving them the tools they have sought for years to protect their communities. In addition to using the database during firearms purchases, it’s used for background checks when placing children with a foster parent.

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/federal-government-expands-criminal-database-access-for-indian-tribes/article_30f0308f-13ad-544f-8172-c72fb5eb025e.html

INTERNATIONAL

Greece: Sebastopol’s Schoolbox Project carves out safe space for child refugees

Press Democrat – December 24, 2016

The Elliniko refugee camp outside of Athens is a complex of abandoned 2004 Olympic Games venues and the former Ellinikon International Airport. This is where the Sebastopol-based Schoolbox Project has been located since Oct. 31, just outside the international arrivals area at the old airport, where families once waited for loved ones to return.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/local/6451813-181/sebastopols-schoolbox-project-carves-out?artslide=0

Japan: Rising Numbers of Child Abuse Cases: Increasing Awareness to Social Ills

Modern Tokyo Times – December 26, 2016

Statistics are clearly open to many interpretations but certain underlying factors, both positive and negative, are behind the growing rise of reported child abuse cases in Japan. Equally important, the number of cases highlights the need to employ more professional people and support networks in this essential social welfare area. If not, then growing caseloads for individual workers will lead to mistakes and lack of real attention because of overwork.

http://moderntokyotimes.com/?p=6354

 

AR: Study reveals 50 percent of Phillips County children live in poverty

Helena-Arkansas – December 22, 2016

More than 50 percent (50.19) of all Phillips County children are living in poverty. That figure adds up to 2,843 youngsters. Those alarming numbers were released Tuesday in a new report put together by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. AACF’s latest report “Child Poverty in Arkansas,” compiled by Eleanor Wheeler, senior policy analyst for the AACF, offers county-by-county data related to child poverty. It also outlines some common sense policy solutions.

Report: Child Poverty in Arkansas: http://www.aradvocates.org/publications/ar-child-poverty-policy-to-change-lives-build-stronger-communities/

http://www.helena-arkansas.com/news/20161222/study-reveals-50-percent-of-phillips-county-children-live-in-poverty?rssfeed=true

AZ: Parents, foster-care advocates stand against possible repeal of ACA (Includes video)

Arizona Republic – December 21, 2016

Parents and leaders of foster-care groups gathered at the state Capitol to warn lawmakers and the public about possible problems that could emerge with repealing the Affordable Care Act. The Children’s Action Alliance, an organization that aims to help improve children’s health and security, led the event Wednesday morning.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2016/12/21/phoenix-parents-foster-care-advocates-against-possible-repeal-affordable-care-act/95713946/

CA: Mendocino County Office of Education supports foster and homeless youth during the holidays

Ukiah Daily Journal – December 22, 2016

Post helps educate school counselors, teachers, family liaisons, social workers, and others about how best to meet the needs of these underserved youth, from practical advice on reducing bureaucratic barriers to school enrollment to training people about the effects of trauma on the developing brain. Post said, “Studies show that when these kids connect with just one positive adult, it can have a huge impact in their lives. It increases their resiliency. It gives them hope.”

http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/lifestyle/20161222/mendocino-county-office-of-education-supports-foster-and-homeless-youth-during-the-holidays

CA: The Foster-Parent Recruitment Crisis in L.A. County by ZIP Code

Chronicle of Social Change – December 21, 2016

Newly available data from Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) shows that the county’s foster-parent recruitment crisis extends to most parts of the county. The number of foster homes (including both county foster homes and private foster family agency homes) has dropped by 52 percent in the decade between 2005 and 2015.

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/news-2/foster-parent-recruitment-crisis-l-county-zip-code/23551

IN: State in desperate need of foster parents

Indianapolis Recorder – December 21, 2016

It has been said that positive parental influence plays the biggest role in a child’s development. As the number of adolescents in Indiana’s child welfare system continues to rise, an increasing number of children are not afforded this luxury.

http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/news/article_52e28c38-c7a6-11e6-a564-7fe69b83e8de.html

MT: Reservation school superintendents learn about CSKT departments

Char-Koosta News – December 22, 2016

DHRD Tribal Social Services staff member Melanie Smith gave a brief overview on the Handle With Care program. “The Handle With Care” provides schools with a ‘heads up’ when a child has been identified to have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. Smith explained a traumatic event could be a domestic violence incident, a drug raid, shooting, suicide, a removal from home, or an act of violence.

http://www.charkoosta.com/2016/2016_12_22/Superintendents_Meeting_2016.html

MT: Child agency’s new leader looks to address issues

Associated Press – December 21, 2016

The troubled Montana agency charged with protecting children needs to lower the record number of kids in foster care while making smart hires and conducting better training for its caseworkers, the new head of the state Division of Child and Family Services said.

http://lmtribune.com/northwest/child-agency-s-new-leader-looks-to-address-issues/article_d01566df-a1fa-5f5f-982c-cd1e8637b3c4.html

NC: & SC: Duke Endowment Awards $7.5 Million for Child Care Programs

Philanthropy News Digest – December 22, 2016

The Duke Endowment has announced thirteen grants totaling $7.5 million to organizations in North and South Carolina working to expand opportunities for vulnerable children.

http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/duke-endowment-awards-7.5-million-for-child-care-programs

NE: Inspector general investigates sexual abuse of kids in state care

Lincoln Journal Star – December 22, 2016

The state inspector general for child welfare is investigating child sexual abuse and exploitation of children in state-licensed facilities and the child welfare system, Julie Rogers announced Wednesday.

Also: 36 reports of sex abuse trigger review of Nebraska child welfare system: http://norfolkdailynews.com/news/reports-of-sex-abuse-trigger-review-of-nebraska-child-welfare/article_6f666d01-49f3-57ab-a330-0f7ff2e49965.html

Also: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services under investigation: http://www.1011now.com/content/news/Nebraska-Department-of-Health-and-Human-Services-under-investigation-407856615.html

Also: 36 reports of sexual abuse of kids in state care: http://www.kmtv.com/news/local-news/36-reports-of-sexual-abuse-of-kids-in-state-care

http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/inspector-general-investigates-sexual-abuse-of-kids-in-state-care/article_fe38a6ac-fd3f-521b-b7dd-00300b50df80.html

NH: Council approves contract for 24/7 DCYF call-in service

Associated Press – December 21, 2016

New Hampshire’s child protective services agency will soon have a 24/7 call-in service for people to report suspected abuse or neglect.

http://www.wcax.com/story/34109188/council-approves-contract-for-247-dcyf-call-in-service

NY: Comptroller Scott Stringer issues scathing ACS report; City fires back

WABC – December 22, 2016

Following the tragic death of 6-year-old Zymere Perkins, a new report released Thursday by the New York City Comptroller’s office found the Administration for Children’s Services did not follow its own protocols in thousands of high-priority cases.

http://abc7ny.com/news/comptroller-issues-scathing-acs-report;-city-fires-back/1668990/

OH: State to mine government data for answers to tough issues

Associated Press – December 21, 2016

Ohio is making plans to restructure its vast stores of government data so they can be mined for possible solutions to the state’s most complex problems, an initiative experts say would be among the most sweeping of its kind by any U.S. state. A start on the larger effort came Monday, when a state panel released about $197,000 to a Florida firm to develop a data analytics tool that can accurately identify child welfare cases with the highest risk of “adverse child safety outcomes.”

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ohio-mine-government-data-answers-162052866.html

TX: Foster child needs ‘better preparation’ to age out (Includes video)

KHOU – December 22, 2016

More than 1,000 teenagers age out of foster care each year in Texas, many of them damaged and unable to succeed as adults.

http://www.khou.com/news/local/texas/foster-child-needs-better-preparation-to-age-out/376519777

TX: Best care for foster kids comes from their communities – not from Austin

Texas Tribute – December 21, 2016

Spurred by federal court findings and high-profile failures indicating that Texas Child Protective Services removes children who would be better off at home and often does children more harm than good, Texas legislators once again have the unenviable task of reforming the state’s child welfare system. Reforming CPS has become an obligatory biennial task for the Legislature. Nevertheless, the agency has grown faster than the number of children it serves while outcomes for those children have gotten worse.

https://www.tribtalk.org/2016/12/21/best-care-for-foster-kids-comes-from-their-communities-not-from-austin/

TX: Not All CPS Workers Will Get the Pay Raise They Were Promised (Includes audio)

Texas Standard – December 21, 2016

Earlier this month state officials granted Child Protective Services (CPS) an emergency request to give the agency an additional $150 million to raise pay for current employees and hire 800 more.

http://kut.org/post/not-all-cps-workers-will-get-pay-raise-they-were-promised

WI: Drug epidemic separates more kids from parents (Includes video)

USA Today Network – December 22, 2016

The drug abuse devastating communities across central Wisconsin has put hundreds of children in danger in their own homes and has forced social workers to search out relatives or foster parents willing to care for them.

http://www.stevenspointjournal.com/story/news/2016/12/22/drug-epidemic-separates-more-kids-parents/94988372/

US: 10 New Year Resolutions For Foster Care (Opinion)

Huffington Post – December 22, 2016

With more children in foster care now than in years past, the foster care system in the United States is in need of attention, and in some ways, in need of change. While not everyone can be a foster parent, everyone can help a child in foster care in some way, and in some fashion. Here are 10 ways, or 10 New Year Resolutions, for the foster care system for this New Year.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-john-degarmo/10-new-year-resolutions-f_b_13603648.html

US: 4 Infrastructure Requirements for Any Big Data Initiative

FedTech – December 22, 2016

Agencies must select Big Data analytics products based not only on what functions the software can complete, but also on factors such as data security and ease of use. One popular function of Big Data analytics software is predictive analytics – the analysis of current data to make predictions about the future. Predictive analytics are already used across a number of fields, including actuarial science, marketing and financial services. Government applications include fraud detection, capacity planning and child protection, with some child welfare agencies using the technology to flag high-risk cases.

http://www.fedtechmagazine.com/article/2016/12/4-infrastructure-requirements-any-big-data-initiative

US: A Better Way to Build Modern Safety-Net Systems (Opinion)

Governing – December 22, 2016

Driven largely by federal policy direction and financial incentives, the past several years have seen a wave of efforts to modernize state health and human services systems, some of which were built as long ago as the 1970s and ’80s. The recent federal initiatives have spurred states to act on long-held visions for replacing outdated systems that support core safety-net programs with more efficient, streamlined, businesslike ones.

Information Gateway resource: Engaging Communities in System Reform: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/management/reform/building/communities/

http://www.governing.com/gov-institute/voices/col-better-way-build-modern-health-human-services-systems.html

US: Needed: A New Vision of Foster Care (Opinion)

Chronicle of Social Change – December 21, 2016

The number of children in foster care has increased for the third straight year. Foster parent shortages have been reported in at least 24 states, with children staying in offices and hotels. The move by some states to close residential programs will only exacerbate these shortages. At the same time, many current foster homes are failing to provide the nurturing and attention that their wards so desperately need.

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/blogger-co-op/needed-new-vision-foster-care/23425

US: Who are the real champions for children? (Opinion)

Hill – December 21, 2016

The fact is that children are far too often an afterthought in Congress. This is highlighted by the fact that the federal share of funding dedicated to children’s programs dropped from 8.45 percent in 2010 to just 7.83 percent in 2015, and the share is projected to drop even further over the next decade.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/311320-who-are-the-real-champions-for-children

INTERNATIONAL

Nigeria: Lagos goes tough on child abuse

Naija.com – December 22, 2016

Lagos Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday announced ratification of the first ever Executive Order establishing a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in Nigeria, just as he said the Policy was designed as a catalyst for driving awareness and commitment of all stakeholders, including every member of the community towards the protection of children.

http://ynaija.com/lagos-goes-tough-on-child-abuse/

 

AL: Child Protect opens offices in Autauga, Elmore counties

Montgomery Advertiser – December 19, 2016

Abused children in Autauga and Elmore counties will soon be able to stay closer to home and receive assistance.

Also: Child Protect to open offices in Prattville, Wetumpka: http://www.richmond.com/news/ap/article_319880b5-55a1-5791-a5c6-ad248f85aea8.html

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/crime/2016/12/19/child-protect-opens-offices-autauga-elmore-counties/95628078/

AR: Substance Abuse Issues Contribute to Majority of Child Welfare Cases, Judges Say (Includes video)

Arkansas Matters – December 20, 2016

Judges and a Supreme Court Justice are making it known to lawmakers that substance abuse issues contribute to the majority of child welfare cases that end up in their courtrooms. Representatives of the Judicial Branch were fielding questions from lawmakers about what works and what’s broken in the child welfare system.

Also: Lawmakers quiz judges for solutions to foster care woes: http://www.swtimes.com/news/20161221/arkansas-lawmakers-quiz-judges-for-solutions-to-foster-care-woes?rssfeed=true

Also: Governor’s priorities: education, economy, efficiency and separate King-Lee holidays: http://talkbusiness.net/2016/12/governors-priorities-education-economy-efficiency-and-separate-king-lee-holidays/

http://www.arkansasmatters.com/news/local-news/substance-abuse-issues-contribute-to-majority-of-child-welfare-cases-judges-say/623987045

CA: State Faces Growing Need For Foster Parents (Includes video)

CBS Sacramento – December 21, 2016

There’s a growing demand for people to open up their homes for foster kids in California. Officials say people who may think they wouldn’t qualify actually could.

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2016/12/21/california-faces-growing-need-for-foster-parents/

CA: Child Welfare News Organization Helps PBS SoCal’s Foster Youth Initiative (Press release)

PRLog – December 20, 2016

Nonprofit journalism organization Fostering Media Connections (FMC) contributed feature stories to “To Foster Change” – an initiative by PBS SoCal, the home to PBS for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California. The stories focus on foster care in Southern California and debuted on the initiative’s website on November 30.

https://www.prlog.org/12609097-child-welfare-news-organization-helps-pbs-socals-foster-youth-initiative.html

CA: New Law Set To End Group Homes As Foster Care Option (Includes video)

CBS SF – December 20, 2016

Next month, a new state law kicks in to phase out group homes for foster care. KPIX 5 spoke with a former foster child who is hopeful the law will create a more family-like atmosphere for foster kids, especially during the holidays.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/12/20/new-law-set-to-end-group-homes-as-foster-care-option/

IA: Attorney: Starved teen’s death reveals Iowa child welfare neglect (Includes video)

DesMoines Register – December 21, 2016

An attorney representing the interests of three siblings of a West Des Moines 16-year-old who starved to death raised concerns Tuesday about the ability of Iowa’s child-welfare system to protect older children who may be targets of abuse.

Also: Editorial: Did DHS do all that it could to help Natalie Finn? http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/12/20/editorial-did-dhs-do-all-could-help-natalie-finn/95666880/

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2016/12/20/attorney-finn-case-shows-neglect-teens-iowas-child-welfare-system/95664156/

IL: Nearly 2,000 children find forever homes as part of IL DCFS’ ‘Home for the Holidays’ campaign

KFVS – December 20, 2016

Nearly 2,000 children found forever homes as a part of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services “Home for the Holidays” campaign. Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director George H. Sheldon said the department found a forever home for 1,742 children in care, surpassing their original goal of 1,000.

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/34099811/nearly-2000-children-find-forever-homes-as-part-of-il-dcfs-home-for-the-holidays-campaign

MI: WMU celebrates graduation of its 100th Seita Scholar

Public – December 20, 2016

Western Michigan University’s celebrated Seita Scholars program, designed to support young people who have aged out of the foster care system and help them succeed in college, hit a milestone Dec. 17 with the graduation of its 100th student.

http://publicnow.com/view/EE1CFBFA64F4DF28DF020D540BC7CC7E30B1FCA7

MS: State Continues Improvements of Foster Care System (Includes video)

WLBT/WDBD – December 20, 2016

Mississippi’s foster care system was being in jeopardy of a federal takeover last year. But the state is moving towards more improvements. Another positive milestone in a 12-year-old federal lawsuit was reached Monday. There was a settlement in federal court.

Also: Mississippi’s Child Welfare System: http://www.wxxv25.com/2016/12/20/mississippis-child-welfare-system/

http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/34101782/mississippi-continues-improvements-of-foster-care-system

NC: Panel Set to Start Second Investigation Into Rylan Ott Case

Pilot – December 21, 2016

A three-member panel will begin work in early January on an investigation into the Department of Social Services handling of case involving a 23-month-old toddler who drowned this spring, four months after being returned to his mother. County Attorney Misty Leland told the Board of Social Services Wednesday afternoon during its monthly meeting that all three contracts have been executed, and the county will provide space in the Rick Rhyne Public Safety Center for the panel to conduct its work.

http://www.thepilot.com/news/panel-set-to-start-second-investigation-into-rylan-ott-case/article_0912d038-c7e5-11e6-8ae4-f33726968c2d.html

NH: Governor, Council OK $610k contract to bolster response to reports of child abuse

New Hampshire Union Leader – December 21, 2016

Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council approved a $610,238 contract Wednesday to bolster response to reports of alleged child abuse and neglect.

http://www.unionleader.com/state-government/Governor-Council-OK-610k-contract-to-bolster-response-to-reports-of-child-abuse-12212016&source=RSS

NY: ACS Joins State OCFS In Blasting Handling Of Murdered Child’s Case

Chief – December 20, 2016

An in-house report as well as one by the state on the tragic death of 6-year-old Zymere Perkins placed the blame squarely with the Administration for Children’s Services last week, but the president of the union representing child-protective workers contended the reports don’t tell the whole story.

http://thechiefleader.com/news/news_of_the_week/acs-joins-state-ocfs-in-blasting-handling-of-murdered-child/article_1c4573fc-a5e1-11e6-808d-bb963ad5ec73.html

NY: One-time Amateur Boxer and Former Foster Kid Gets Back in the Ring to Help Children Still in the System (Includes video)

Time Warner Cable News – December 20, 2016

Garris says he knows he can’t change the system, but he believes he can have an impact on the lives of children in it.

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2016/12/20/one-time-amateur-boxer-and-foster-kid-gets-back-in-the-ring-to-help-children-still-in-the-system.html

NY: Tech upgrades help DFPS respond to more reported abuse and neglect (Includes video)

KXAN – December 20, 2016

New technology could help find children at risk of abuse or neglect. While the state tries to manage hundreds of thousands of cases, the Department of Family and Protective Services rolled out upgrades earlier this week.

Press release: Logicalis US to Government CIOs: Digital Enablement is the Key to a More Efficient, Productive Social Services System: http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2016/12/20/8470121.htm

http://kxan.com/2016/12/20/tech-upgrades-help-dfps-respond-to-more-reported-abuse-and-neglect/

TN: Housing development in Johnson City for veterans, foster children gets THDA grant

WCYB – December 20, 2016

A project aimed at helping children who “age out” of foster care and veterans who are homeless is getting a second infusion of funding. Officials with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and Keystone Development announced Tuesday the awarding of a $500,000 Housing Trust Fund grant.

http://www.wcyb.com/news/tennessee/johnson-city/housing-development-in-johnson-city-for-veterans-foster-children-gets-thda-grant/224506280

TN: Gov. Haslam, First Lady announce foster care campaign

Knoxville News Sentinel – December 13, 2016

On Dec. 5, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam launched TNFosters, a campaign that will work with various organizations to encourage more Tennesseans to become foster parents. TNFosters will showcase methods to support foster parents and children, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office.

http://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/local/2016/12/13/gov-haslam-first-lady-announce-foster-care-campaign/95280960/

TX: Lawmakers must act (Opinion)

Brownsville Herald – December 22, 2016

There is much to be done when the Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 10 for the 85th regular session. Meeting only 140 days every two years naturally leads to a long to-do list, but this time the stakes are particularly high. It is time to take action and deal with several difficult issues, lest we face even larger challenges down the road.

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_d92d1e52-c7f1-11e6-8f29-1f3690d71a58.html

TX: State’s emergency CPS pay raises arrive soon, but only for some – others must wait

Dallas Morning News – December 21, 2016

About 980 experienced workers who recently earned promotions at Child Protective Services will have to wait up to six months to receive the $12,000 annual raise their colleagues -including just-hired employees – will be taking to the bank early next month.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/child-protective-services/2016/12/20/texas-emergency-cps-pay-raises-arrive-soon-others-must-wait

TX: The Brief: Texas moves to end Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood

Texas Tribune – December 21, 2016

In a move that could affect thousands of low-income women, state health officials on Tuesday delivered a final legal notice to defund Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program through which it provides family planning and women’s health services to the poor. Here’s the story.

Also: Texas officially kicking Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/12/20/texas-kicks-planned-parenthood-out-medicaid/

Also: Planned Parenthood fight not worth battle (Opinion): http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article122318964.html

https://www.texastribune.org/2016/12/21/brief/

TX: Trump, women’s health, child welfare top Texas news in 2016

Texas Tribune – December 21, 2016

The election of Donald Trump, fights over Medicaid funding, Republican-led efforts to restrict abortion and a slow-burning crisis in the state’s child welfare system spelled a chaotic year for Texas health and human services policy in 2016. Here’s a look at this year’s top stories.

https://www.texastribune.org/2016/12/21/trump-womens-health-child-welfare-top-texas-news/

TX: Klapheke Case: Judge denies motion to dismiss indictment against ex-CPS director

KTXS – December 20, 2016

A judge denied a motion to dismiss the indictment against the former regional director of Child Protective Services in Abilene.

http://www.ktxs.com/news/cps-regional-director-for-abilene-area-1-of-4-to-lose-job/67767099

WA: New agency’s focus can better help our children (Opinion)

Olympian – December 20, 2016

Most of the children in the child welfare system in Washington state are under the age of 5. These children are part of a system created decades ago focused more on responding to crises than prevention. Washington state can do better for children.

http://www.theolympian.com/opinion/op-ed/article122025254.html

WV: College students create foster care scholarship

Inter-Mountain – December 21, 2016

Robert Hall, of Elkins, and his friend Katie Hay wanted to create a scholarship to help a West Virginia high school student in the foster care system. They’ve partnered with Together We Rise, a nonprofit agency that is made of motivated young adults and former foster youth with a vision to improve the lives of foster children in America.

http://www.theintermountain.com/news/local-news/2016/12/college-students-create-foster-care-scholarship/

WV: National Youth Advocate Program seeking foster parents in the area

Mountain Statesman – December 20, 2016

The National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) is looking for residents in Taylor and surrounding counties, who may be interested in becoming foster parents. Allison Burnell, Foster Parent Recruiter with NYAP reported that the program’s most recent Foster Parent Information Session, held at their Fairmont office, brought in ten individuals who showed interest in becoming foster parents.

http://www.mountainstatesman.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&page=72&story_id=7056

US: Leveling the Playing Field: Inside a Low Profile Anti-Poverty Foundation

Inside Philanthropy – December 21, 2016

A half-million children in New York City live below the poverty line, and many others struggle just above it. About one-third of the Pinkerton Foundation’s grantmaking funds programs that focus on kids who face the biggest challenges. Here, Smith is talking about youth involved in the criminal justice and foster care systems.

Information Gateway resource: Poverty and Economic Conditions: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/can/factors/contribute/environmental/poverty/

http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2016/12/20/pinkerton-foundation-grants-poverty

US: 1 in 3 children investigated for abuse/neglect by 18

Public – December 20, 2016

The first academic study to estimate the cumulative lifetime risk of a child maltreatment investigation, completed by researchers at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, reveals that 37 percent of U.S. children prior to their 18th birthday are the subject of an investigated child neglect and abuse report – and 53 percent of black children.

http://publicnow.com/view/19CC347722F1DFB0B58477FF9565E18FDD082D0C

US: The Impact of Child Abuse Can Last a Lifetime: MedlinePlus Health News

HealthDay News – December 19, 2016

The traumatic effects of child abuse and neglect can persist for decades, often with substantial economic consequences, researchers report. “We found associations of child neglect and abuse with adult socioeconomic circumstances at age 50,” said lead author Snehal Pinto Pereira.

Also: How Child Abuse Affects Individuals In Later Life (Includes video): http://www.parentherald.com/articles/94930/20161220/child-abuse-affects-individuals-later-life.htm

Information Gateway resource: Impact of Child Abuse & Neglect: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/can/impact/

https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_162617.html

INTERNATIONAL

Canada: Children’s Aid workers on verge of strike in Nipissing and Parry Sound

CBC – December 20, 2016

Representatives of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), were in mediation talks with the CAS Tuesday. Those broke off without resolution, according to the President of CUPE Local 2049, Debbie Hill.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/cas-cupe-labour-dispute-nipissing-1.3906270

International: Aleppo Evacuation Update/ Urgent Child Protection (Press release) (Includes Aleppo Evacuation Report from the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations):

Relief Web – December 20, 2016

Thousands of people from Aleppo were evacuated today through the enormous efforts of 14 NGO’s bringing the total to approximately 20,000 evacuated. The majority of the evacuees were children, women and families. Among the children was Bana Al Abed, the seven-year-old girl, who’s twitter account went viral (@alabedbana), providing updates about the horrors of living in besieged Aleppo.

http://reliefweb.int/report/syrian-arab-republic/aleppo-evacuation-update-urgent-child-protection

Kenya: Alarm over mushrooming illegal children homes

Kenya News Agency – December 21, 2016

The Children’s department in Kiambu County is worried over mushrooming of illegal children homes with over 350 children rescued from such homes in 2016. Subsequently, the department has embarked on a massive crackdown of illegal children homes and so far several proprietors have been arrested and prosecuted for committing the offence.

http://kenyanewsagency.go.ke/en/alarm-over-mushrooming-illegal-children-homes/

 

 

 

AZ: Kids get schooled about drug prevention with Gov. Ducey’s pilot program

KTAR – December 20, 2016

An Arizona drug prevention program aimed toward seventh-grade students has led to 98 percent of students saying they can stay drug free during the school year, according to a recent news release.

http://ktar.com/story/1397043/arizona-drug-prevention-ducey-program/

AZ: Viewpoints: The plan to prevent Arizona child neglect (Opinion)

AZCentral – December 19, 2016

About 70 percent of all reports made to the Department of Child Safety hotline concern neglect, and nearly 80 percent of the cases in which Arizona children are removed from their home cite neglect as one of the reasons.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2016/12/19/arizona-child-neglect-prevention/95342688/

CA: New Law Set To End Group Homes As Foster Care Option (Video)

CBS San Francisco – December 20, 2016

The new state law gives counties two years to end the use of group homes for foster care. Contra Costa County has already hired two full-time recruiters to find people to be foster parents.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/12/20/new-law-set-to-end-group-homes-as-foster-care-option/

CA: L.A. proposes $10-million legal defense fund for immigrants facing deportation (Includes video)

Los Angeles Times – December 19, 2016

Los Angeles city and county leaders on Monday unveiled a $10-million fund to provide legal assistance for residents facing deportation, the region’s boldest move yet as it prepares for an expected crackdown on illegal immigration by Donald Trump.

http://latimes.us10.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=f089ecc9238c5ee13b8e5f471&id=37f2ae98b8&e=ba93638319

FL: Fourth Time Filing Bill, Senator Hopes Surviving Child Abuse Victim Will Get Money Owed (Audio)

WLRN – December 19, 2016

A Florida lawmaker is hoping a claims bill to further compensate a child abuse victim will pass the state legislature for 2017. This will be the fourth year the measure comes before lawmakers.

http://wlrn.org/post/fourth-time-filing-bill-senator-hopes-surviving-child-abuse-victim-will-get-money-owed

GA: Children Services Observe Increase In Drug Related Foster Cases

Parent Herald – December 19, 2016

According to The Athens Messenger, Cathy Hill, the executive director of the organization says that the numbers have gone very high in cases of child abuse and drugs. The rate may be increasing in the state but in Athens, it’s no less and is going up, not only in adults but also in children. This presents a cause of great concern which has to be dealt with urgently.

http://www.parentherald.com/articles/94736/20161219/children-services-observe-increase-drug-related-foster-cases.htm

MA: Southcoast Behavioral Health opens 24-bed unit for adolescents

Providence Business News – December 19, 2016

To address a chronic lack of mental health services for adolescents in southeastern Massachusetts, Southcoast Behavioral Health has opened a 24-bed psychiatric unit and, pending approval of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, will also open an outpatient treatment center.

http://www.pbn.com/Southcoast-Behavioral-Health-opens-a-24-bed-unit-for-adolescents-outpatient-treatment-center,119241?category_id=138&sub_type=stories,packages

ME: DHHS to Expand Access to Substance Abuse Treatment in 2017 (Includes video)

WABI – December 20, 2016

“Here in Maine over 60% of the children who come into protective custody do so as a result of abuse and neglect associated with parental substance abuse. In 2015, there were over 1000 babies born drug-affected. This is a public health issue and in order to address it we must take a multi-disciplinary approach,” said Commissioner Mary Mayhew, DHHS.

http://wabi.tv/2016/12/20/dhhs-to-expand-access-to-substance-abuse-treatment-in-2017/

MI: State worker charged in boy’s death said he seemed ‘fine’

Detroit Free Press – December 19, 2016

When a state social worker checked on 3-year-old Aaron Minor at his Detroit home after receiving a complaint that the boy could be in danger, she saw no evidence of abuse or neglect, according to testimony Monday in a Detroit courtroom.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/12/19/social-workers-accused-toddlers-death/95608968/

MN: Foster kids to get much-needed therapy under new state program

Minneapolis Star Tribune – December 21, 2016

Minnesota officials hope the mental health services, rolled out at a time of soaring foster care caseloads, will cut the persistently high number of children who cycle in and out of foster care placements without finding safe and permanent homes.

http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-foster-kids-to-get-much-needed-therapy-under-new-state-program/407687626/

MT: Child agency’s new head looks to improve hiring, training

Associated Press – December 20, 2016

The troubled Montana agency charged with protecting children needs to lower the record number of kids in foster care while making smart hires and conducting better training for its caseworkers, the new head of the state Division of Child and Family Services said.

http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Child-agency-s-new-head-looks-to-improve-hiring-10808623.php

OH: Children Services sees rise in drug-related foster cases

Athens Messenger – December 18, 2016

As Athens County and the rest of Ohio work to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing the state, children are not immune to its lasting effects.

http://www.athensmessenger.com/spotlight/children-services-sees-rise-in-drug-related-foster-cases/article_b4504462-a4da-5a9a-8632-b765854cf28c.html

OR: OUR VIEW: Brown proposal has merit

La Grande Observer – December 19, 2016

A plan to inject more funding to raise reimbursement rates for foster parents in Oregon is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise lackluster budget proposal released by Gov. Kate Brown a few weeks ago.

http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/opinion/4916488-151/our-view-brown-proposal-has-merit

OR: No home of their own: Shortage of foster homes reaches critical levels (Correction)

Albany Democrat-Herald – December 18, 2016

It’s been a familiar story as Linn and Benton counties have mirrored two statewide trends for at least the past five years: a shrinking number of certified foster homes and a strained child welfare system crushing its staff with unmanageable caseloads.

http://democratherald.com/news/local/no-home-of-their-own-shortage-of-foster-homes-reaches/article_f9e46348-4ff5-55f6-aa35-17b8c85a85ad.html

US: AZ Children’s Advocates Warn of Dire Consequences of Quick ACA Repeal (Includes audio)

Public News Service – December 21, 2016

The risk of child abuse and neglect could rise if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act without immediately replacing it. That’s the warning today by a coalition of children’s advocates at an event at the State Capitol.

Also: Paying for an ACA replacement becomes near impossible if the law’s tax increases are repealed: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2016/12/19/paying-for-an-aca-replacement-becomes-near-impossible-if-the-laws-tax-increases-are-repealed/?utm_campaign=Economic+Studies&utm_source=hs_email&utm_m

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-12-21/childrens-issues/az-childrens-advocates-warn-of-dire-consequences-of-quick-aca-repeal/a55495-1

US: How healthy families resolve conflict

Tribune – December 20, 2016

Every family experiences trying moments. Even emotionally healthy clans have their share of drama, misunderstandings and hurt feelings. What’s different about healthy families is how they handle their inevitable struggles. They don’t allow them to undermine the foundation of the household. Rather, they take steps to solve them quickly and completely.

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/living/family/linda-lewis-griffith/article121931268.html

US: $5 million will expand UW-developed technology to help West Coast children and families

UW Today – December 19, 2016

Technology developed at the University of Washington to improve service delivery in child welfare, foster care and homeless youth systems will soon be expanded to other states through $5 million in new funding. The grant will allow Oliver – a social service management solution developed by Partners for Our Children, an organization in the UW School of Social Work – to be expanded to five communities in Washington, Oregon, and California.

http://www.washington.edu/news/2016/12/19/5-million-will-expand-uw-developed-technology-to-help-west-coast-children-and-families/

US: A Call to Action from Champions of Change: Democracy is not a Spectator Sport (Opinion)

Chronicle of Social Change – December 19, 2016

For the past five years, the Obama administration has honored more than 1,300 ordinary citizens who drove positive changes every day in their communities with a “Champions of Change,” (COC) award. These award winners came from a broad sector of advocacy and policy reform – foster care, employment, disability, veterans, environment, health care, LGBTQ, technology, homelessness, children of incarcerated parents, arts, education, and much more. On December 5, 2016, about 400 award-winners attended a reunion meeting in Washington D.C.

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/opinion/a-call-to-action-from-champions-of-change-democracy-is-not-a-spectator-sport/23498

US: ABA urges full 9th Circuit to review panel’s decision on representation for unaccompanied minors

American Bar Association – December 19, 2016

The American Bar Association filed an amicus brief last week, asking the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a three-judge panel’s decision and give immigrant children “meaningful access to judicial review of their various legal claims.”

http://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2016/12/aba_urges_full_9thc.html

US: Adult homeless strategies, poor fit for youths

NACo – December 19, 2016

After an uncertain stretch on the streets, a young person makes it into a shelter, then finds himself rapidly re-housed – placed in an apartment by himself. And that’s not always good news.

Also: Information Gateway resource: Research on Youth Outcomes: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/youth/outcomes/research/

http://www.naco.org/articles/adult-homeless-strategies-poor-fit-youths

US: Marijuana for morning sickness can harm your unborn child

Reuters Health – December 19, 2016

Pregnant women who use marijuana to treat their nausea may be harming their unborn children, according to a warning from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

https://www.yahoo.com/news/marijuana-morning-sickness-harm-unborn-child-164839412.html?ref=gs

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Michigan State University Extension

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Mosul: Iraqi children battle trauma after life under IS rule

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Ball found not guilty of murder, guilty of child abuse

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$475000 grant to help establish child advocacy center in Cuyahoga County

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Doctor claims alleged shooter suffered trauma during childhood

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Australia: Adoption In Australia At Lowest Level Ever

Mygc.com – December 20, 2016

Adoption in Australia has dropped to its lowest level on record – with less than 1% of children in out of home care being taken in to more permanent homes – according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

http://www.mygc.com.au/adoption-australia-lowest-level-ever/

Australia: Nicole Kidman calls for adoption discussion as she hits the red carpet for film Lion (Includes video)

Daily Telegraph – December 19, 2016

Nicole Kidman says it is time Australia talks more openly about adoption. Speaking at the Sydney premiere of the highly acclaimed new film Lion, the actor said she hoped the movie about a young adopted boy from India created a more positive dialogue on the issue.

http://www.news.com.au/national/tasmania/nicole-kidman-calls-for-adoption-discussion-as-she-hits-the-red-carpet-for-film-lion/news-story/bd9e7367f7d0f1bee9ef2bd2d61b2705

India: Accenture gives 22 weeks leave for adoption, surrogacy

ET Tech – December 20, 2016

Accenture has increased the adoption leave its staff can take to 22 weeks from the current eight and added surrogacy leave, also of 22 weeks, as a new category, making the company one of the first in India to equate surrogacy and adoption leaves to maternity leave practices.

http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/corporate/accenture-gives-22-weeks-leave-for-adoption-surrogacy/56076721

International: UNICEF marks 70th anniv, recommits itself to child welfare

Business Standard – December 19, 2016

UNICEF today commemorated its 70th anniversary by celebrating its achievements for the world’s most vulnerable children and also recommitting to the cause of children.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/unicef-marks-70th-anniv-recommits-itself-to-child-welfare-116121900969_1.html

Russia: Moscow has no plans to give US citizens permission to adopt Russian children

TASS – December 21, 2016

Russia is not considering the possibility to give US citizens permission to adopt Russian children, Kremlin Spokeman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

http://tass.com/politics/921161

 

 

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

Riverside Press Enterprise – December 13, 2016

Before taking a mandatory drug test, he explained that he used cannabis, with a doctor’s recommendation, to treat pain from a car accident he’d been in years earlier. The drug test came back inconclusive, since he hadn’t medicated in several days, but when he went to court a few days later he learned the damage had been done. “They told me I was cognitively unable to care for my child because of medical marijuana use,” Rudd said.

http://www.pe.com/articles/marijuana-820877-medical-custody.html

DC: Bowser taps deputy health mayor for third stint leading child welfare agency

Washington Post – December 19, 2016

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s top aide on health-care issues is returning to the Child and Family Services Agency for a third stint leading the long-scrutinized department that investigates child abuse and manages foster care.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/bowser-taps-deputy-health-mayor-for-third-stint-leading-child-welfare-agency/2016/12/19/585e2c7c-c60b-11e6-85b5-76616a33048d_story.html?utm_term=.edd28

FL: Numbers show surge in Baker Act exams of kids in Tampa Bay area

Tampa Bay Times – December 19, 2016

The number of children taken into protective custody for mental health examinations has surged across the state and Tampa Bay.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/numbers-show-surge-in-baker-act-exams-of-kids-in-tampa-bay-area/2306799

FL: Investigation launched after infant dies in foster care

Associated Press – December 17, 2016

Florida detectives have launched a criminal investigation into the death of a 17-month-old boy in foster care who was about to be placed with adoptive parents.

Also: Within reach of adoption, toddler dies while in foster care: http://www.tampabay.com/news/within-reach-of-adoption-toddler-dies-while-in-foster-care/2306646

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Investigation-launched-after-infant-dies-in-10803173.php

LA: Our opinion: Social services must be a state priority

Daily Comet – December 18, 2016

People of goodwill can disagree about whether Gov. Bobby Jindal was good for Louisiana. But there can be no debate about this: The Department of Children and Family Services was cut to the bone on Jindal’s watch, and it will take state money to restore the agency’s ability to do its important work.

http://www.dailycomet.com/opinion/20161218/our-opinion-social-services-must-be-state-priority?rssfeed=true

MD: Lost girls: Young women face harsher punishment in Maryland’s juvenile justice system (Includes video)

Baltimore Sun – December 16, 2016

“I’m not a criminal – I just have family problems,” said the girl, who is not being identified because juvenile criminal records are private, and The Baltimore Sun generally does not name young offenders. If she had been a boy, statistics show, it probably would have been different.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/investigations/bal-juvenile-justice-gender-gap-20161216-story.html

MS: Judge OKs new agreements in Mississippi foster care case

Associated Press – December 19, 2016

The state of Mississippi and child advocates have reached another set of agreements in a 12-year-old lawsuit over shortfalls in the state’s child welfare system.

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/story/news/2016/12/20/judge-oks-new-agreements-mississippi-foster-care-case/95642764/

NC: Student illustrates plight of homeless high schoolers

Associated Press – December 19, 2016

Destine, who goes to Community High School in Swannanoa, is one of 350 homeless students in Buncombe County schools right now, said Christine Craft, the school system’s homeless liaison. The number of homeless students is “way ahead” of how many the system had by this time last year, Craft said. By the end of this school year, there will likely be more than the 554 homeless students tallied last year, she believes.

http://www.wral.com/student-illustrates-plight-of-homeless-high-schoolers/16341194/

NC: Rylan Ott: A year later, not enough answers from embattled Moore County DSS

Fayetteville Observer – December 18, 2016

As a Guardian Ad Litem, it was Reed’s job to help protect Rylan, to serve as liaison between the Moore County court system and the Department of Social Services. It was Reed’s job to give the boy a voice, to make his struggle heard. Only no one listened. “I’m going to keep going until something good has come out of this situation,” Reed said. “Something good has to come out of Rylan’s death. I refuse to accept that nothing good will come out of it.”

http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/rylan-ott-a-year-later-not-enough-answers-from-embattled/article_9a679366-405b-5401-94ca-3953649f2c51.html

NH: Majority of abuse reports to state DCYF dropped

Union Leader – December 19, 2016

The state’s child protective agency keeps getting the same reports about abuse involving the same families, yet consistently rules the charges unfounded, even in cases where the abuse is acknowledged as fact.

Also: Report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw1u4tuUje88bFdlOUhmVkZoYVE/view

Also: Review says state’s child protection agency fails too often: http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Review-of-New-Hampshire-child-protection-agency-10805644.php

Also: DCYF Review Identifies Gaps in State’s Ability to Respond to Child Abuse, Neglect: http://nhpr.org/post/dcyf-review-identifies-gaps-states-ability-respond-child-abuse-neglect

http://www.unionleader.com/social-issues/Majority-of-abuse-reports-to-state-DCYF-dropped-12202016&source=RSS

NH: New Mothers Derailed by Drugs Find Support in New Hampshire Home

New York Times – December 11, 2016

Hope on Haven Hill, financed by $480,000 in federal funds and more than $150,000 in private donations, provides a safe, supportive environment where eight women who are either pregnant or newly postpartum can live while receiving comprehensive treatment and counseling for substance use disorders. Their days will be highly structured, with group therapy, private counseling, childbirth classes, life skills coaching, recovery support services and enrichment programs. Medicaid will reimburse Hope on Haven Hill for the services.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/11/us/new-mothers-pregnant-opioids-treatment-counseling-new-hampshire.html?mabReward=A3&recp=2&module=WelcomeBackModal&contentCollection=Middle%20East®ion=FixedCenter

OK: DHS plan for expedited adoption a good idea (Opinion)

Tahlequah Daily Press – December 17, 2016

Legislature-mandated signs in public restrooms pointing pregnant women toward alternatives will do nothing to stop abortion, but expanding and enhancing adoptions in Oklahoma just might make a difference.

http://www.tahlequahdailypress.com/opinion/editorials/dhs-plan-for-expedited-adoption-a-good-idea/article_0be29995-9328-5664-8404-80c5fa3c583b.html

OR: Homeless students: Roseburg is home to 145 homeless students

News-Review – December 17, 2016

“Being homeless is not neglect,” Rick Burton, Roseburg Public Schools’ director of student services, said. “We’re all one bad episode away from being homeless.”

http://www.nrtoday.com/news/education/homeless-students-roseburg-is-home-to-homeless-students/article_4426f897-1410-5e04-8011-30d8a5b40450.html

PA: County seeks stability for students in foster care

Daily Item – December 19, 2016

Northumberland County School Districts are cooperating with Northumberland County Children & Youth Services to establish best practices in ensuring the educational stability for children in foster care.

http://www.dailyitem.com/news/county-seeks-stability-for-students-in-foster-care/article_d33ec55c-c5fa-11e6-8939-23a857529438.html

TX: Representative Leach Pre-Files Legislation in Advance of the 85th Session (Press release)

Texas Insider – December 19, 2016

House Bill 610 – Strengthens Texas CPS and Foster Care Systems by creating an additional voice and advocate for children placed in foster care by providing caregivers of foster children the opportunity to testify during court hearings and proceedings.

http://www.texasinsider.org/representative-leach-pre-files-legislation-in-advance-of-the-85th-session/

TX: Shine Your Light: CASA steps in to support children in court, life (Includes video)

Tyler Morning Telegraph – December 18, 2016

CASA is among 10 agencies slated to benefit from this year’s Shine Your Light Community Campaign, a fundraising effort that’s raised more than $1.3 million for 20 local nonprofits since its 2008 inception. Every nonprofit seems to need money, but CASA officials said community support is critical for helping foster children feel safe, receive services and stay connected to comforting aspects of their old lives.

http://www.tylerpaper.com/TP-News+Local/265180/shine-your-light-casa-steps-in-to-support-children-in-court-life

TX: Groups offer child abuse prevention training, programs

Abilene Reporter – December 17, 2016

BCFS Health and Human Services and the Regional Victim Crisis Center both offer programs to educate children on how to recognize abuse and bullying and who to tell if they know of someone being abuse or if they are being abused or bullied.

http://www.reporternews.com/story/news/local/2016/12/17/groups-offer-child-abuse-prevention-training-programs/95351396/

TX: Preventing child abuse requires a societal approach (Opinion)

Abilene Reporter-News – December 17, 2016

If a community such as Abilene, which has seen the highest rates of child abuse and neglect per capita in the state for the past five years, is going to make a dent in reducing those numbers, that fact must be acknowledged and accepted, according to Dr. Beverly Fortson, a behavioral scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

http://www.reporternews.com/story/news/local/2016/12/17/preventing-child-abuse-requires-societal-approach/95342828/

WI: ‘Cocaine mom’ law isn’t working, should be repealed — Drs. Aleksandra E. Zgierska and Kathy D. Hartke (Opinion)

Wisconsin State Journal – December 17, 2016

As practicing physicians, we support public policies that promote healthy pregnancies and childbirths. But sometimes health policies ultimately have dangerous consequences. One example is 1997’s Act 292, sometimes referred to as Wisconsin’s “cocaine mom” law. Two decades later, it is time to admit this law is not working – and to repeal it.

http://host.madison.com/wsj/opinion/column/cocaine-mom-law-isn-t-working-should-be-repealed-/article_ed013694-2e59-5993-b7ee-9596019a324f.html

US: Left Behind: Trump’s Immigration Plans Could Spur Uptick in Foster Care Numbers

Chronicle of Social Change – December 19, 2016

Many of the people being deported will be parents of children who are U.S. citizens, born into the rights and protections of this country. Child welfare and immigration reform advocates fear that the surge in deportation will prompt a spike in foster care admissions for children in this circumstance.

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/featured/left-behind-trumps-immigration-plans-could-increase-children-of-deported-immigrants-in-foster-care/23525

US: Heroin Epidemic Drives Spike In Foster Care, Could Cause Orphanages To ‘Come Back’

Daily Caller – December 18, 2016

The opioid epidemic crippling the U.S. is wreaking havoc on the lives of the children of addicts and beginning to overwhelm state foster care programs.

Information Gateway resource: Heroin/Other Opioids and Child Welfare: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/bhw/casework/families-sud/drug/heroin/

http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/18/heroin-epidemic-drives-spike-in-foster-care-could-cause-orphanages-to-come-back/

US: Opioids May Interfere With Parenting Instincts, Study Finds

New York Times – October 13, 2016

Some of the most troubling images of the opioid crisis involve parents buying or using drugs with their children in tow. Now new research offers a glimpse into the addicted brain, finding that the drugs appear to blunt a person’s natural parenting instincts.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/13/well/family/opioids-may-interfere-with-parenting-instincts-study-finds.html?action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&module=RelatedCoverage®ion=Marginalia&pgtype=articl

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Nigeria: One out of every four girls suffers sexual abuse, says child protection stakeholders

Nigeria Daily News – December 17, 2016

Stakeholders in the child protection sector have decried the towering spate of child sexual abuse in the country and called for a support system devoid of bottlenecks for victims, saying one in four girls and one in ten boys now experience the menace before age 18.

http://www.nigeriadailynews.news/news/382792-one-out-of-every-four-girls-suffers-sexual-abuse-says-child-protection-stakeholders.html

 

 

AZ: States organizations team up to take on state’s child neglect, prevention issues

KTAR – December 18, 2016

Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy and the Arizona Department of Child Safety will be teaming up on a three-year project for research and analysis on neglect assessment and prevention policies for Arizona children.

http://ktar.com/story/1394895/two-local-organizations-team-up-to-take-on-states-child-neglect-prevention-issues/

CO: ‘Bridging The Gap’ Helps Young Adults Emerge From Foster Care (Includes video)

CBS Denver – December 17, 2016

Children growing up in the foster care system often find themselves struggling to make the leap toward becoming an independent adult, so Mile High United Way launched a program to help them reach the other side called Bridging the Gap.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/12/17/bridging-the-gap-helps-young-adults-emerge-from-foster-care/

FL: The Children’s Home Society: Funding healthier, happier families

Naples Daily News – December 18, 2016

Every 45 seconds, a child is neglected or abused. The Children’s Home Society is striving to turn those statistics around to create healthier and happier families.

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/life/family/2016/12/18/funding-happier-families/95513082/

HI: Social Work partners with Department of Human Services to revitalize child welfare education project (Press release)

Public – December 16, 2016

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work has announced the revitalization of the Hawaii Child Welfare Education Collaboration Project (HCWEC) in partnership with State of Hawaii Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Services. HCWEC seeks to provide a training pipeline to develop a highly competent local workforce in public child welfare.

http://publicnow.com/view/22E0DB830602B97DC6F0C35F3F80D93DBB1BA7F9

MA: Across region, outdated sex abuse laws have loopholes

Boston Globe – December 19, 2016

Attorneys, police, and child welfare advocates say the age of consent law in Massachusetts is just one example of how outdated statutes and regulations sometimes enable educators in both public and private schools to exploit students with impunity.

Also: Educators accused of sexual misconduct often find new posts: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/10/01/how-educators-find-new-jobs-after-alleged-sexual-misconduct/TpwwzQkFmRNbrENTmzfluJ/story.html?p1=Article_Related_Box_Article

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/12/18/across-new-england-outdated-sexual-abuse-laws-contain-loopholes-that-fail-protect-students/n9RuNzIQN5D3Wg88wds12K/story.html

MD: State agencies stop sending youth for treatment to Good Shepherd, group home

Baltimore Sun – December 16, 2016

The Department of Juvenile Services contracts with Good Shepherd, a nonprofit organization, to provide intensive mental health services to young offenders who have been committed. Agency officials said the program failed to comply with departmental policies and standards.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/investigations/bs-md-juvenile-girls-moratorium-20161216-story.html

MS: Plaintiffs: Mississippi law takes sides in religious debate

Associated Press – December 16, 2016

The law – which started as House Bill 1523 – would have allowed clerks to cite religious objections to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and would have protected merchants who refuse services to LGBT people. It could have affected adoptions and foster care, business practices and school bathroom policies.

Also: Mississippi’s “religious freedom” law now before 5th Circuit: http://www.metroweekly.com/2016/12/mississippis-religious-freedom-law-now-5th-circuit/

Also: Groups ask court to keep blocking law allowing denial of services to same-sex couples: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/groups-ask-court-keep-blocking-law-allowing-denial-services-same-sex-couples/

http://wspa.com/ap/plaintiffs-mississippi-law-takes-sides-in-religious-debate/

NE: KVC Nebraska Releases New Resources for Adults Considering Foster Parenting (Press release)

PRWeb – December 16, 2016

KVC Nebraska has released three new downloadable resources for adults considering helping Nebraska children and teenagers by becoming foster parents. The free guides are: “How to Know If Foster Parenting is Right For You” questionnaire …

http://quotes.stocknod.com/stocknod/news/read?GUID=33449543

NH: Dave Solomon’s State House Dome: Results of DCYF review to be released Monday

New Hampshire Union Leader – December 17, 2016

A much-anticipated third-party investigation of child protective services in New Hampshire will be publicly released on Monday, and it’s likely to heighten the anxieties of legislators already shocked by the preliminary report of the Center for the Support of Families released in October.

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20161218/NEWS0604/161219346&source=RSS

NY: ACS employs more bosses than abuse caseworkers

New York Post – December 18, 2016

Payroll records reveal that more than 28 percent of employees at the Administration for Children’s Services held management titles during fiscal 2016.

http://nypost.com/2016/12/18/acs-employs-more-bosses-than-abuse-caseworkers/

NY: No home of their own: Shortage of foster homes reaches critical levels

Albany Democrat-Herald – December 18, 2016

It’s been a familiar story as Linn and Benton counties have mirrored two statewide trends for at least the past five years: a shrinking number of certified foster homes and a strained child welfare system crushing its staff with unmanageable caseloads.

http://democratherald.com/news/local/no-home-of-their-own-shortage-of-foster-homes-reaches/article_f9e46348-4ff5-55f6-aa35-17b8c85a85ad.html

NY: De Blasio denies deceit in making spurious child-services monitor announcement

New York Daily News – December 16, 2016

De Blasio raised eyebrows in Albany when he announced the plan earlier in the week – ignoring the fact that the state Office of Children & Family Services had ordered him to bring on a monitor after the death of Zymere Perkins.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/de-blasio-denies-deceit-spurious-child-services-announcement-article-1.2913377

OH: Homeless students pose unique challenge

Friday Courier – December 17, 2016

Going to school while homeless isn’t easy. But helping these students is tricky too. How can guidance counselors gain their trust? Which community organization is the most appropriate one to provide a certain resource? The answers aren’t always clear. Representatives from Findlay City Schools and organizations like City Mission, Hope House and Habitat for Humanity met Friday to talk about the challenges homeless students face and how the community can work together to help these students.

http://thecourier.com/local-news/2016/12/17/homeless-students-pose-unique-challenge/

TX: OPD to create local missing person alerts

OAOA – December 18, 2016

In an effort to answer missing person reports quicker, the Odessa Police Department is in the process of developing a local alert system geared toward speeding up response times and to potentially save a life, an official said. “One of the big misconceptions is that any time a child goes missing (an alert) is made. No so,” the corporal said. “The criteria (are) very restrictive.”

http://www.oaoa.com/news/crime_justice/law_enforcement/article_97a25c6a-c470-11e6-9b3c-8f988ff7a15f.html

TX: Lawmakers urge for foster care system reform

Community Impact Newspaper – December 16, 2016

Bipartisan efforts are in progress at the Capitol to revamp the statewide Child Protective Services and foster care systems as Texas gears up for its 85th legislative session, which begins Jan. 10.

https://communityimpact.com/austin/northwest-austin/at-the-capitol/2016/12/16/texas-lawmakers-urge-foster-care-system-reform/

TX: Region 2 Foster Care Redesign program administrator explains benefits (Video)

Abilene Reporter-News – December 16, 2016

Cyndi Reed, Region 2 foster care redesign program administrator, talks about the potential benefits overhauling the foster care system could bring to the Abilene-Wichita Falls area. Brooke Crum/Reporter-News.

http://www.reporternews.com/videos/news/local/2016/12/16/region-2-foster-care-redesign-program-administrator-explains-benefits/95529546/

TX: Special Education survey reveals yet another example of how Texas is underfunding services to our most vulnerable children. (Press release)

Public – December 16, 2016

A Texas AFT statewide survey of Texas educators and parents highlights the barriers to Special Education services that many schoolchildren confront because school districts often lack the resources for evaluating and providing these students with the necessary educational services to which they are entitled by law.

http://publicnow.com/view/2C495879207B2D2A98442E7A45982B46C1CB4E33

VA: County expands foster care parent outreach, recruitment

Associated Press – December 16, 2016

Roanoke County Social Services, which is always on the lookout for new foster parents, is now aiming to raise awareness of the program and is in the early stages of developing a new, more focused outreach campaign.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/county-expands-foster-care-parent-outreach-recruitment/2016/12/14/f75cb106-c249-11e6-92e8-c07f4f671da4_story.html?utm_term=.ee950aea0e96

VT: ‘Heroin is the worst thing in the world’

Boston Globe – December 18, 2016

Much less visible are the lives behind the headlines, especially of those who are trying to help the broken get whole again, and to bring life and hope to the children.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/12/17/heroin-worst-thing-world/56dS0LH9sfPyqmcgdyK34I/story.html?p1=Article_Recommended_ReadMore_Pos1

US: He could have been stopped: How one pedophile kept coaching gymnastics (Includes video)

USA Today – December 18, 2016

Adams’ case – more than any other uncovered in a nine-month IndyStar investigation – demonstrates the breadth of flaws in the apparatus of the USA Gymnastics network and a culture of secrecy that has enabled sexual predators to continue coaching.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2016/12/18/he-could-have-been-stopped-how-one-pedophile-kept-coaching-gymnastics/88825826/

US: ICWA: Federal Judge Orders Changes In Seventh Circuit Handling Of Hearings (Includes audio)

SDPB – December 16, 2016

A federal judge has ordered Seventh Circuit and Pennington County officials to stop violating the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Information Gateway resource: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/americanindian/icwa/

http://listen.sdpb.org/post/icwa-federal-judge-orders-changes-seventh-circuit-handling-hearings

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United Kingdom: Impact of Child Abuse Persists Deep into Middle Age

Medpage Today – December 19, 2016

Abuse and neglect during childhood are linked to poor mid-adulthood socioeconomic outcomes, with greater risk for those who experienced multiple types of maltreatment, researchers reported.

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pediatrics/DomesticViolence/62147

United Kingdom: Government ‘too slow to improve child protection services’

Family Law Week – December 16, 2016

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has published a report in which it has found that there is no credible plan to improve child protection services and grow quality social work force.

Report: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmpubacc/713/71302.htm

http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed169903

 

 

 

 

AL: CHILD WELL-BEING: Limestone ranked third in 2016 report

Athens News Courier – December 15, 2016

The statistics were released Wednesday as part the 2016 Alabama Kids Count Book, published annually by Montgomery-based Voices for Alabama’s Children. The organization’s executive director is Melanie Bridgeforth, a Tanner native.

Also: 2016 Alabama Kids Count Book: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/alavoices/pages/48/attachments/original/1481729692/2016_Kids_Count_Databook_WEB-FINAL-12142016.pdf?1481729692

http://www.enewscourier.com/news/local_news/child-well-being-limestone-ranked-third-in-report/article_a33d322a-c254-11e6-abe8-eb63efa58421.html

AZ: Adoption-help group expands services to Arizona couples

Ahwatukee Foothills News – December 15, 2016

One organization, the national nonprofit Gift of Adoption, is expanding its reach in Arizona after holding an event last month in Mesa. The Illinois-based non-profit gives grants to people to help cover their costs for the final stage in the adoption process, putting a priority on the most vulnerable children.

http://www.ahwatukee.com/columns/healthy_kids/article_b83491cc-c228-11e6-8d32-bf51307f120f.html

CA: UCD survey: Potential foster parents want to keep families together

Davis Enterprise – December 15, 2016

A new UC Davis survey finds that one of the strongest motivations for potential foster parents is the chance to help keep families together. It also identifies those Californians who are most and least willing to foster children and why.

Survey summary: Survey Shows Likely Resource Families Want to Help Youth and Birth Parents: http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/policy-brief/survey-shows-likely-resource-families-want-help-youth-and-birth-parents

http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/ucd/ucd-survey-potential-foster-parents-want-to-keep-families-together/

GU: Catholic church seeks files related to new sex abuse law

Pacific Daily News (Guam) – December 14, 2016

The Archdiocese of Agana, which faces 13 lawsuits in connection with alleged child sexual abuse, has asked the island Legislature for background information about the recent law that lifted the statute of limitations and made it possible to sue the church.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/12/14/guams-catholic-church-seeks-files-related-new-sex-abuse-law/95435126/

IA: Scholarship program provides path to college for Iowa’s foster children

Des Moines Register – December 15, 2016

A West Des Moines-based nonprofit founded in 2008 has launched its first-ever campaign to raise money to provide college scholarships to students from Iowa’s foster care program. Through the Guardian Scholars Foundation program students can receive up to $8,000 per year to attend a four-year university.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/community/2016/12/15/guardian-scholars-foundation-founder-craig-sandahl-iowa-foster-children/95461164/

IL: Secretary Dimas, Illinois Senators talk future of human services

Jewish United Fund News – December 15, 2016

In recent years, Illinois has struggled to meet the mental health and substance abuse needs of people served by the Departments of Healthcare and Family Services, Human Services, Corrections, Child and Family Services, Juvenile Justice and Public Health. After a year-long collaboration among all the directors — with input from community stakeholders including the Jewish Federation — the state submitted an 1115 waiver request to the Federal Government, the entity that would pay for the new program.

http://www.juf.org/news/local.aspx?id=441020

MI: Stamas’ children’s advocacy center bill heading to governor

Midland Daily News – December 15, 2016

Senate Bill 1021 would allow a confidential record about child abuse and neglect filed with the Department of Health and Human Services to be disclosed to a children’s advocacy center in the course of providing services to a victim of child abuse or child neglect or to the child’s family.

http://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/Stamas-children-s-advocacy-center-bill-heading-10798169.php

MO: St. Louis County Family Court, DOJ reach agreement to reform family courts

St. Louis Business Journal – December 15, 2016

The St. Louis County Family Court and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached an agreement to resolve allegations of violations of due process and equal protection rights by the court.

Also: Missouri family court, DOJ reach deal over racial inequities: http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/ap/national/article_5ca4f22b-9fda-545f-84db-77cd65f6966d.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2016/12/15/st-louis-county-doj-reach-agreement-to-reform.html

NY: ACS caseworker faces termination for negligence after missing chances to save 6-year-old Zymere Perkins’ life

New York Daily News – December 15, 2016

Nitza Sutton, whose involvement in the disturbing case was first revealed by the Daily News, is one of three caseworkers the city is now moving to terminate for negligence, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Also: 3 New York Child Welfare Workers Fired After 6-Year-Old Dies from Alleged Abuse: http://people.com/crime/3-new-york-child-welfare-workers-fired-after-6-year-old-dies-from-alleged-abuse/

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/acs-worker-faces-ax-missing-chances-save-zymere-perkins-article-1.2912456

OH: Investigation of Troy foster care agency leads to firing, resignation (Includes video)

WHIO – November 30, 2016

Computers and boxes of documents were seized last week from nonprofit Troy-based Isaiah’s Place, a foster care agency, as part of an investigation into allegations that at least $100,000 in agency funds were converted for personal uses, according to court documents.

http://www.whio.com/news/crime–law/investigation-troy-foster-care-agency-leads-firing-resignation/Wo6oxLcn15a4lFnUI6jTpL/

OK: DHS looks to speed up adoptions

Pauls Valley Daily Democrat – December 14, 2016

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.

http://www.paulsvalleydailydemocrat.com/news/local_news/dhs-looks-to-speed-up-adoptions/article_6e0ba1c4-5cec-5552-95b8-042a5e61a67d.html

TX: U.S. officials warn of further disability provider closures in Texas

Texas Tribune – December 15, 2016

As Texas seeks to implement a $350 million cut to the Medicaid budget for children’s therapy services, Texas health officials are scrambling to maintain a robust network of providers.

Also: U.S. Department of Education Letter to U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett: https://static.texastribune.org/media/documents/0410_001.pdf

https://www.texastribune.org/2016/12/15/us-officials-warn-further-disability-provider-clos/

VT: Parents’ Opiate Abuse Drives Increase In Adoptions Of Kids In State Custody (Audio)

Vermont Public Radio – December 15, 2016

The lack of permanence in the foster care system is a well-understood problem, and sometimes the path to adoption is long and difficult. That’s why it’s notable that the number of total adoptions in Vermont in 2016 is higher than it’s been in years.

http://digital.vpr.net/post/parents-opiate-abuse-drives-increase-adoptions-kids-state-custody#stream/0

WA: Gov. Inslee proposes new children and families state agency

Associated Press – December 15, 2016

Under a plan announced this week as part of his two-year budget proposal, the current Department of Early Learning would be merged with Child Protective Services, juvenile justice programs, foster care services and other child-welfare programs currently administered by the Department of Social and Health Services.

Also: Restructuring services to better serve children and families: https://medium.com/wagovernor/restructuring-services-to-better-serve-children-and-families-ae33a6a0a21c#.jo0be93qd

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Gov-Inslee-proposes-new-children-and-families-10799697.php

US: Black children really suffer when a parent is in prison. And too many parents are. (Opinion)

Fusion – December 15, 2016

On Thursday, The Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank based in Washington, DC, released a report on the effects of incarcerated parents on black children-and, surprise, it’s pretty horrible.

Report: Mass incarceration and children’s outcomes: http://www.epi.org/publication/mass-incarceration-and-childrens-outcomes/

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

http://fusion.net/story/375997/black-children-parents-prison-economic-policy-institute-study/

US: SPECIAL REPORT: Should corporal punishment be allowed in public schools? (Opinion) (Includes video)

KPLC TV – December 15, 2016

Thirty-one states have outlawed corporal punishment. Nineteen still permit it, including every state in the South. Following the Obama Administration’s announcement, we posed the question on the KPLC Facebook page asking your thoughts. Reaction was mixed but mostly in favor of it.

http://www.kplctv.com/story/34065447/special-report-should-corporal-punishment-be-banned-in-public-schools

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International: Migration: Key findings from the U.S., Europe and the world

Pew Research Center – December 15, 2016

If all of the world’s international migrants (people living in a country that is different from their country or territory of birth) lived in a single country, it would be the world’s fifth largest, with around 244 million people. Overall, international migrants make up 3.3% of the world’s population today.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/12/15/international-migration-key-findings-from-the-u-s-europe-and-the-world/

United Kingdom: Children ‘left at risk by government reform delay’

BBC News – December 15, 2016

“Urgent” action is needed to end the variations in the quality of help for vulnerable children in England, the Public Accounts Committee says. The MPs called for the publication of detailed plans to transform child protection services.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-38332240

 

 

 

AL: Foster care cases increase statewide (Includes video)

WSFA – December 14, 2016

The number of foster care cases in the state of Alabama went from 5,216 to 5,575 from November 2015 to November of this year, according to data from the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

http://www.wsfa.com/story/34055903/foster-care-cases-increase-statewide

AR: State Supreme Court: Same-Sex Spouse’s Name Can’t Be in Birth Certificate of Adopted Children

Gospel Herald – December 14, 2016

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled last week that only the biological parents’ names of a child should be listed in the birth certificate, blocking the names of same-sex spouses even if they would adopt the child, in order to “acknowledge basic biological truths.”

http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/68873/20161214/

CA: L.A. Mother Who Lost Two Children to Foster Care Wins Civil Rights Settlement

Chronicle of Social Change – December 14, 2016

Details from court documents describe how employees of the county’s child protection agency removed the children and then forged documents to suggest the mother, from the Crenshaw/Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles, had voluntarily signed off on placing her children with the county. The custody case was never brought before a judge at the county’s Juvenile Dependency Court.

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/los-angeles-mother-lost-two-children-foster-care-wins-civil-rights-settlement/23429

MN: Child Care Increasingly Unaffordable for Working Parents (Includes audio)

Public News Service – December 15, 2016

The study by Child Care Aware found the cost of center-based infant care exceeds 7 percent of family income, which is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ cutoff for affordability.

Report: National Report Shows Child Care Too Expensive for Families: http://childcareawaremn.org/community/news/cost-of-care-2016

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-12-15/childrens-issues/child-care-increasingly-unaffordable-for-working-parents/a55396-1

NC: Data Indicates Link Between Child Deaths and Parent Access to Paid Leave (Includes audio)

Public News Service – December 15, 2016

This week, the State Fatality Prevention Team approved the creation of a committee co-led by NC Child to take the first steps toward studying paid leave insurance programs. Michelle Hughes, executive director at NC Child, said the decision comes after medical professionals noticed something while reviewing 40 child deaths last year. “They noticed there seems to be a link between the lack of access to safe, quality child care and child deaths,” Hughes said. “And paid family leave is a huge solution for many families.”

Related: Creating and Using New Data Sources to Analyze the Relationship Between Social Policy and Global Health: The Case of Maternal Leave: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3150137/

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-12-15/childrens-issues/data-indicates-link-between-child-deaths-and-parent-access-to-paid-leave/a55401-1

NH: State seeks to have suit against DCYF in child abuse case dismissed

New Hampshire Union Leader – December 15, 2016

The state has responded to a lawsuit against the Division for Children, Youth and Families over the agency’s handling of a controversial child abuse case, asking the court to dismiss the suit.

http://www.unionleader.com/courts/state-seeks-to-have-suit-against-dcyf-in-child-abuse-case-dismissed–20161214

NV: State Hits Milestone for Latino Kids (Includes audio)

Public News Service – December 15, 2016

Nevada has the 14th largest population of Latinos in the country, and a report released Thursday shows the state is making huge strides in ensuring its Latino children have access to health insurance. According to the findings from the National Council of La Raza, from 2013 to 2015 the total number of uninsured Latino children in the state fell nearly 50 percent, down to 29,000.

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-12-15/health-issues/nevada-hits-milestone-for-latino-kids/a55408-1

NY: Mayor de Blasio mum on child welfare agency monitor mandate (Opinion)

New York Daily News – December 14, 2016

Mayor de Blasio refused to explain why he misled the public by hiding that the state had ordered him to hire a monitor for his troubled child welfare agency.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mayor-de-blasio-mum-child-welfare-agency-monitor-mandate-article-1.2911112

OH: UC Davis Survey: Potential Foster Parents Want to Keep Families Together

2016-12-14 – December 14, 2016

New University of California, Davis, survey finds that one of the strongest motivations for potential foster parents is the chance to help keep families together. It also identifies those Californians who are most and least willing to foster children and why.

Report: http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/policy-brief/survey-shows-likely-resource-families-want-help-youth-and-birth-parents

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/uc-davis-survey-potential-foster-parents-want-keep-families-together

OR: State child abuse reviews felt ‘sanitized,’ human services director says

The Oregonian – December 14, 2016

Nearly a decade after lawmakers required in-depth reviews whenever a child dies under the state’s watch, the Oregon Department of Human Services now admits it never took a critical step needed to fully enact the law.

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

TX: Adopted children detail alleged abuse to investigators, court documents show

Houston Chronicle – December 15, 2016

A caseworker found the children locked together in a filthy room, malnourished. A forensic interview with one child was described at the time in search warrants. Interviews with five other children, summarized in the arrest warrants filed in district court in Fort Bend County, add more horrific detail.

http://www.chron.com/news/article/Adopted-children-detail-alleged-abuse-to-10796322.php

WA: Here’s one reason why Washington’s foster kids are in crisis (Opinion) (Includes audio)

KUOW – December 15, 2016

Emily Fox talks with journalist Susanna Ray about the impact of high turnover among social workers who work in Washington’s foster care system. Ray wrote a series of stories about foster care for the non-profit Investigate West.

http://kuow.org/post/heres-one-reason-why-washingtons-foster-kids-are-crisis

WV: Foster care: West Virginia’s growing concern

Fayetteville Tribune – December 15, 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.fayettetribune.com/news/foster-care-west-virginia-s-growing-concern/article_bab4ef98-c271-11e6-99c5-f724dc050ce1.html

US: HHS Now Able to Definitively Link More Foster Children to More Parental Substance Abuse

Youth Today – December 15, 2016

New data in a recent Health and Human Services report shows both that the number of youth in the foster care system has risen for three straight years, and that the main culprit is parental drug abuse.

Report: The AFCARS Report: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/afcarsreport23.pdf

http://youthtoday.org/2016/12/hhs-now-able-to-definitively-link-more-foster-children-to-more-parental-substance-abuse/

US: Study Finds large differences in mortality rates between U.S. counties

Medical News Today – December 15, 2016

In an analysis of U.S. cause-specific county-level mortality rates from 1980 through 2014, there were large between-county differences for every cause of death, although geographic patterns varied substantially by cause of death, according to a study appearing in JAMA.

Report: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2592499

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/314733.php

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Canada: Premier Notley denies hypocrisy over child welfare conflicts

Edmonton Journal – December 14, 2016

In 2008, there was no public reporting of children who died in care – not the numbers, not the circumstances – and the children’s advocate was buried inside a ministry.

Also: In a rare political move, Alberta’s opposition parties banded together to boycott the panel investigating the child welfare system: http://calgaryherald.com/storyline/in-a-rare-political-move-albertas-opposition-parties-banded-together-to-boycott-the-panel-investigating-the-child-welfare-system

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/premier-notley-denies-hypocrisy-over-child-welfare-conflicts

United Kingdom: More than 1,700 calls to football abuse hotline in three weeks

i News – December 15, 2016

More than 1,700 calls have been made to the NSPCC’s football abuse helpline since it was launched just three weeks ago, it has been revealed.

https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/1700-calls-football-abuse-hotline-three-weeks/

 

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New York Daily News

Salvatore Lucchesse wept profusely at his Friday arraignment on charges of savagely beating little Jaden Jordan while baby-sitting the 3-year-old at …

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“There seems to be a pretty significant history of abuse with this child, inappropriate punishments for a child that’s five years old, beating a child with …

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May sentenced in child beating death

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Jessica May, 20, was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court Wednesday for her part in the May 2015 beating death of 23-month-old Colten May.

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NJ man charged with sexually assaulting, beating children

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WALL TOWNSHIP – A Monmouth County man has been charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting and beating children during the summer of 2015.

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Rock Girls: women, child abuse should never be acceptable

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Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner Gladys Carrion Resigns

NBC New York

The head of the Administration for Children Services announced Monday that … Her resignation comes in the wake of several high-profile child abuse …

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Mom charged in toddler son’s beating death in Houston

Chron.com

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Couple Films ‘Horrific’ Beating Of Baby Before Abandoning Her To Go Out To Eat

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Behind America’s Infant Mortality Crisis

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US|Florida Woman Charged in Death of Infant in ‘Co-Sleeping’ Case

New York Times

Prosectors say it was the second time an infant died under Ms. Piche-Pitts’s care: Her 13-day-old daughter, Angelina, died of suffocation in 2009.

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Infant death case certified to grand jury

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) – A case involving the death of a baby in Virginia Beach will go before a grand jury. Marlene Rice was charged with …

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Oklahoma City man arrested in infant’s death

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Ron Turner, 29, was arrested Dec. 16 on a complaint of first degree murder in connection to the August death of an infant in Oklahoma City.

OKCPD Arrest Man In August Infant Death – news9.com KWTV

Police: Man arrested for warrant may be linked to 18-day-old infant’s death – kfor.com

Death of baby boy in August ruled homicide, man arrested in Oklahoma City – NewsOK.com

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Unsafe sleep contributing to local infant deaths

Pensacola News Journal

An unsafe sleep environment is a possible factor in the recent death of a Pensacola infant, as well as in the majority of Escambia County child deaths.

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Babysitter charged with murder in Fort Myers infant’s death

Wink News

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A babysitter accused of killing an infant at a North Galaxy Drive home has been charged with second-degree murder, …

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Infant death being investigated in Bennettsville

WBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SC

According to Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown, the infant, Charles Hopkins, was pronounced dead at 9:41am at Mcleod Health Cheraw.

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Baby crib ads, store displays show dangerous mistakes

CBS News

Baby crib advertisements and store displays often demonstrate unsafe sleep environments that increase an infant’s risk of sudden infant death …

Steer clear of crib bumpers, other unsafe infant sleep products – AAP News

Crib ads often show babies in unsafe sleep settings – Eyewitness News

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Modified bond for woman charged with infant’s death

Madison Press

A London woman, facing felony charges after an infant died in her care, will be allowed to continue to care for her adoptive sister. Jessica Carter, 35, of …

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Students use tech to prevent infant deaths in hot cars

E&T Magazine – The IET

In a response to the US seeing a rise in infant heatstroke deaths in hot cars over the past several summers, two Harvard students combined their skills …

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Winter months bring increased risk of sudden infant death,…

Atlanta Journal Constitution

When temperatures outside drop, some new parents worry about keeping babies warm; and with that comes an increased risk of Sudden Unexpected …

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Man turns himself in for infant’s death

WKBW-TV

Police say Hossbach had split custody with the baby’s mother and the baby was home alone with Dylan when he died. Deputies say Hossbach is …

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Man charged for infant’s death following crash

The Charlottesville Newsplex

The Roanoke Times reports that Brandon Antonio Easterling was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the infant’s death following the crash early …

Driver charged in infant’s death following I-81 crash – WSET

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Infant Mortality Rose 1.3% Last Year

Mother Jones

They’re basically predicting death rates around the year 2100, and it hardly … Infant mortality in the US is already far higher than it is in the rest of the …

Life Expectancy in 2015 vs. 2014: How Does it Compare? – Monthly Prescribing Reference (registration)

Life expectancy in the US was 36.5 days shorter in 2015 than in 2014 – HollandSentinel.com

US life expectancy falls while infant mortality rises – Pulse Headlines

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If infant death panel can’t do its job, legislators should make it work

Bangor Daily News

The state’s Maternal, Fetal, and Infant Mortality Review Panel has not met for years, as the BDN first reported four months ago. In recent months and …

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Searcy infant death gets guilty plea

Arkansas Online

A Searcy woman has pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a minor after an infant in her care died and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.07.

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Police investigating infant death

WKBW-TV

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) – Amherst Police are looking into a report of a six-week-old infant who died on or around Saturday. Police responded to the …

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Winter months bring increased risk of sudden infant death, health officials warn

My Fox Boston

WINCHESTER, Mass. – When temperatures outside drop, some new parents worry about keeping babies warm; and with that comes an increased risk …

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Temecula police investigating infant death at hotel

Press-Enterprise

Temecula police officers early Monday morning responded to a report of an infant death at the Embassy Suites hotel on Rancho California Road.

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Infant Death: “This Was Clearly Not an Accidental Death”

KDLT News

The 18-month-old boy was declared dead at the scene. … McGowan, who sat in on the boy’s autopsy, detailed some of the injuries the infant suffered.

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Aitkin County Man Charged In Infant Death

WDSM

AITKIN, MN (MNN) – An Aitkin County man has a first court appearance today, charged with second-degree murder in the death of his infant daughter …

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Bond Set For Man Accused In Infant’s Death In Dell Rapids

KMIT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Bond is set at $2 million cash-only for a 36-year-old man charged in the death of his 18-month-old stepson in southeastern …

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Grant will help lessen infant deaths

Pharos-Tribune

BATESVILLE – The Indiana State Department of Health has awarded $12.9 million in competitive Safety PIN (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grants to …

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Evil Madness/infant Death

Action Records

Evil Madness/infant Death. Artist. Evil Madness/infant Death. Label. Doomentia. Cat No. DOOM181LP1. Evil Madness/infant Death. Type. LP …

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Infant Dies Two Days Before Christmas After Being Reportedly Dropped by Babysitter

PEOPLE.com

Mark Modzelewski and Nicole Nicastro took their only child, Reece Modzelewski, off of life support on Friday, and the infant died just minutes later, …

Infant near death after being dropped by babysitter – NJ.com

Three-month-old baby dies two days before Christmas after ‘being dropped on his head by babysitter’ – Mirror.co.uk

Three-month-old baby dies two days before Christmas after ‘babysitter dropped him on his head’ – The Sun

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A young couple died of overdose, police say. Their baby died of starvation days later.

Washington Post

Two young parents died of apparent drug overdoses in a Pennsylvania home about a week ago. Left alone in her bassinet, the couple’s infant died …

Parents Apparently Overdose At Home, Baby Daughter Starves To Death Days Later – Huffington Post

Baby starves to death in home days after her parents died from heroin overdoses within minutes of … – Daily Mail

Infant Starves to Death at Home Days After Parents Fatally OD on Heroin at the Same Time – PEOPLE.com

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Holyoke man pleads guilty to manslaughter in baby death

Boston Herald

SPRINGFIELD — A Holyoke man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his former girlfriend’s 19-month-old daughter. Luis Prosper had …

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Murder probe launched after six-month-old baby killed on Christmas Day

Daily Mail

A murder inquiry has been launched following the death of a six-month-old baby on Christmas Day. Detectives confirmed that a man in his 30s has …

Man arrested over death of six-month-old baby – BBC News

Christmas Day baby death: Dad in court accused of murder – BBC News

Dad charged with murder of six-month-old baby daughter who died on Christmas Day – Mirror.co.uk

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‘Princess’ bed company under investigation after sudden death of seven-month-old baby

The Sun

POLICE are investigating a children’s bed manufacturer after a seven-month-old baby suddenly died. A safety warning was issued to stop using …

‘Stop using our beds’ warning after baby dies – Sky News

Death of seven-month-old York baby sparks investigation at bed firm – ITV News

Bed manufacturer warns public not to use its beds after sudden death of baby in York – International Business Times UK

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Body camera footage released in case of shaken baby’s death

WANE

MERCER COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Body camera footage is released Wednesday from the arrest of Brian A. Hayslip, the man charged with murder in …

Father arrested in connection to his baby’s death in Clark Co. – WDTN

LATEST: Baby’s death happened in Clark County, officials say – WHIO

Body camera footage released in case of shaken baby’s death – WDTN

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Former Milwaukee County Jail Inmate Sues Over Baby’s Death

Wisconsin Public Radio News

A mother whose baby died after she gave birth in a Milwaukee County Jail cell in July is suing the sheriff’s office and its private health care provider.

Former Milwaukee County Jail inmate sues over baby’s death – WGBA-TV

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Former Milwaukee County Jail inmate sues over baby’s death

Minneapolis Star Tribune

MILWAUKEE — A mother whose baby died after she gave birth in a Milwaukee County Jail cell in July is suing the sheriff’s office and its private health …

Former Milwaukee County Jail inmate sues over baby’s death – Washington Times

Former Milwaukee County Jail inmate sues over baby’s death – WEAU

Former Jail Inmate Suing Over the Death of Her Baby – WDJT

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Woman finds solace helping others after baby’s death

Chambersburg Public Opinion

On Dec. 13, the Fayetteville woman went into labor at Chambersburg Hospital and was later flown to Hershey Medical Center. Albright delivered her …

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Parents arrested in death of 6-month-old child

Sacramento Bee

Parents of a 6-month-old boy have been arrested in connection with the baby’s death last month. Bradley James Engman, 23, the father of Walker …

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UPDATE: Detective: Suspect shook baby before her death

WRGT

UPDATE: Detective: Suspect shook baby before her death. by WRGT. Brian Hayslip is accused of shaking his 3-month-old daughter before she died.

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US|Florida Woman Charged in Death of Infant in ‘Co-Sleeping’ Case

New York Times

Early on Oct. 6, Erin Piche-Pitts was awakened by the sound of her baby … When investigators interviewed Ms. Piche-Pitts about the baby’s death, …

Co-sleeping mother charged in second baby’s death – FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

Polk mother arrested after 2nd infant dies from co-sleeping – WFLA

Mom arrested after 2nd baby dies from co-sleeping – WSPA.com

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Man released after baby death crash in Vic

NEWS.com.au

She died shortly after arrival. The 24-year-old man driving the Mercedes was taken to hospital under police guard for minor injuries. Police have since …

Man released after baby killed in Phillip Island crash – 9news.com.au

Man freed by police over baby death – Perth Now

Baby killed, four injured in Phillip Island crash, south of Melbourne – ABC Online

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Police investigate baby death near Waiuku

New Zealand Herald

Family and friends gathered outside a house in Waiuku where a 5-month-old child died suddenly. A 5-month-old baby has died near Waiuku today.

Baby found dead at home near Waiuku – Stuff.co.nz

Police swarming rural property where 5-month-old died – Newshub

South Auckland home guarded after baby found dead – TVNZ

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Autopsy exam following baby death at Waiuku

Stuff.co.nz

An autopsy is being carried out on Wednesday on the body of a baby who died suddenly in rural south Auckland. Police hope to release an update on …

Hot van might have caused baby’s death – police – Radio New Zealand

Baby who died in Waiuku was sleeping in van – New Zealand Herald

Security guards remain at scene of Waiuku baby’s death – Newshub

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Mum slams ‘pointless design’ of Bednest cot that her seven-week-old baby girl died in as she gives …

The Sun

Now, parents Esther and Gideon have appeared on ITV’s This Morning to warn other parents of the dangers of bedside sleepers – as it’s been …

Grieving mum accused over baby’s death by cot company ‘tortured she couldn’t take her life for … – Mirror.co.uk

Stratford cot manufacturer criticised following baby’s death – Stratford upon Avon Herald

Toddler responsible for baby’s death, claims cot manufacturer – Independent Online

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Trial date set in case of 1972 baby death

KSDK.com

A trial date is set in the case of a baby death more than 40 years ago. Tuesday, the man accused in the killing appeared in St. Clair County court.

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Fort Worth Star Telegram

On Friday afternoon, the Tarrant County medical examiner ruled the baby’s death a homicide, caused by an “incised wound of neck” or cut neck.

Woman, Baby Found Dead In Fort Worth Home – CBS Local

Deaths of woman, baby being investigated as double homicide – WFAA.com

Shanna Riddle Vandewege and son Diederik found dead inside Fort Worth home – Daily Mail

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Baby’s death inspired mitochondrial disease fight

Sky News

Liz Curtis welcomes the decision to allow babies to be born with three genetic … Rosie and Katie Merritt with their baby sister Lily, who died from a …

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Arrest made in Marrero 10-month-old baby’s shooting death: JPSO

NOLA.com

Jonathan Manuel was booked on a charge of first-degree murder in the Dec. 3, 2016-shooting death of 10-month-old Xy’Ahir Davis, authorities said.

JPSO: Man arrested in fatal shooting of 10-month-old baby – WDSU New Orleans

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Mother charged in baby death pleads not guilty

Fox11online.com

Keshia Waupoose is scheduled to stand trial April 11 on a count of second-degree reckless homicide, according to the district attorney’s office.

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Co-sleeping mother charged in second baby’s death

Fox 26

Erin Piche-Pitts, 25, now faces an aggravated manslaughter charge in the October death of her 18-day-old baby Javier. She was arrested Tuesday.

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Man released after baby death crash in Vic

MSN.com

A man has been interviewed and released without charge over a crash that killed a baby girl on Victoria’s Philip Island.

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Polk Woman Arrested For Baby’s Death

WHNZ.com – iHeartRadio

When Erin awoke, the baby was unresponsive, and pronounced deceased by medical personnel at the hospital. The baby’s cause of death was ruled …

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Woman charged in baby deaths wants evidence from home tossed

Star Tribune

Erika Murray is charged in the deaths of two of three dead babies found in her Blackstone home in September 2014. The Telegram & Gazette …

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Former juror on baby Ryker death case commits suicide

iHeartRadio.ca

CTV News has learned that just days after a mistrial was called in the baby Ryker trial in London, one of the jurors has taken her own life.

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Bedside cot still on sale after death of seven-week-old baby, coroner told, as mother tells of …

Telegraph.co.uk

A cot that a coroner issued a safety warning about following the death of a seven-week-old baby is still on sale in Britain, an inquest has been told.

Bednest cot death inquest: Mum ‘found baby’s lifeless body’ – BBC News

Safety alert after cot is blamed for baby’s death – The Times (subscription)

Distraught mum screamed “my baby’s dead” in frantic 999 call after infant found ‘trapped in … – Mirror.co.uk

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Hesperia mother, roommate arrested in 8-month-old baby’s death

KABC-TV

A 29-year-old mother and her roommate were arrested in the death of an 8-month-old baby in Hesperia, according to the San Bernardino County …

Hesperia woman, roommate arrested after 8-month-old baby boy dies in home – VVdailypress.com

8-month-old baby dead; Mother and Roommate Arrested in Hesperia – VVNG Victor Valley News

Hesperia Mother and Her Roommate Arrested for Death of 8-Month-Old Baby – 24/7 Headline News

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Father takes plea deal instead of 2nd trial in baby’s death

Lincoln Journal Star

Father takes plea deal instead of 2nd trial in baby’s death … YORK— A man granted a second trial in the death of his infant daughter has taken a plea …

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Father arrested on suspicion of abuse in baby’s death

Omaha World-Herald

Camron G. Ludi, 21, of Bellevue was arrested Tuesday night by Bellevue police in the death of 5-month old Cassidy Kennedy, also of Bellevue.

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Royalton man charged in death of infant son

Buffalo News

LOCKPORT – Nearly 10 months after the death of his 6-month-old son, a Royalton father was charged Monday with causing the baby’s death.

Gasport man accused of killing 6-month-old son – wivb.com

Gasport man charged in infant son’s death – Niagara Gazette

Gasport man charged with killing 6-month-old son – wivb.com

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Killer dad smothered baby son to death in rage ‘triggered by smoking cannabis every day’

Mirror.co.uk

A dad who smothered his baby during a violent rage triggered by his daily use of cannabis has been jailed for life . Kane Kennedy, 20, was ordered to …

Cannabis addict dad Kane Kennedy, who smothered his baby son to death by forcing his fingers … – The Sun

Cannabis addict father Kane Kennedy jailed for life for smothering baby to death – Daily Mail

Oskar Kennedy-Jobey death: Dad, 20, detained for life over baby murder – BBC News

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Mother forced to leave baby’s body with attacking dog so she could save her older child

Telegraph.co.uk

A mother who “knew” her four-month-old son was dead was forced to leave him with attacking dog to save her older child, an inquest heard.

Mum of baby savaged to death by family dog heroically barricaded animal in conservatory to save … – Mirror.co.uk

Archie Darby dog attack: Mum praised for bravery – BBC News

Accidental death verdict on baby killed in dog attack – ITV News

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WA woman who starved baby to death had history of bad parenting, court hears

ABC Online

A Geraldton woman who starved her baby daughter to death, had a history of ‘unsatisfactory parenting’ and a prior conviction for breaking the arm of …

Convicted baby killer Tamara Thompson also assaulted son – The West Australian

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Trial on hold while Amanda Dumont, 30, recovers from appendicitis surgery

London Free Press

The trial of a Strathroy couple charged in the death of a scalded toddler came to an abrupt halt Thursday, after the child’s mother came down with …

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Aitkin County Man Charged In Baby Daughter’s Death

FOX 21 Online

The infant died of severe trauma to the head, according to court records. Peterson is charged with 2nd degree murder and could face up to 40 years in …

Aitkin County man charged with murder in 5-week-old daughter’s death – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Aitkin Co. Man Charged in Death of Infant Daughter – WDIO-TV

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Document provides new information in Harlan baby’s death

WYMT

The baby was found dead in a bedroom of the apartment, the citation noted. Kentucky State Police detectives were called to investigate further.

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New trial set in baby Ryker death case

iHeartRadio.ca

Even through there was a mistrial declared in the baby Ryker Daponte-Michaud case, the Crown and defense lawyers were back in court Tuesday.

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Surgery delays baby death trial

London Free Press e-edition

The trial of a Strathroy couple charged in the death of a scalded toddler came to an abrupt halt Thursday, after the child’s mother came down with …

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In wake of abused child’s death, investigation finds 10 more kids died in 3-month period while …

AOL News

NEW YORK (WPIX) — In the months leading up to the beating death of 6-year-old Zymere Perkins, ten children died who were considered …

In wake of abused child’s death, investigation finds 10 more died in 3-month period while under … – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

10 Kids Known to ACS Died in Three Months This Summer, Stringer Audit Says – DNAinfo

Comptroller: At Least 10 Children Died On City’s Watch Ahead Of Zymere Perkins Death – Gothamist

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Ikea in $50m settlement over child deaths from falling drawers

BBC News

Ikea has agreed to pay $50m (£40m) to the families of three toddlers killed in the US by falling chests of drawers, according to lawyers for the families.

IKEA settles with MN family in child’s death – KARE

Ikea to settle for $50 million after its dressers tipped over, killing three young boys – Washington Post

IKEA reaches $50 million settlement for Malm dresser deaths of 3 children – KMSP-TV

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Arkansas man in road-rage slaying of child said car was too close

New York Daily News

An Arkansas man accused of shooting a 3-year-old boy to death during a road-rage incident said “that’s what you get for following me around,” …

Suspect arrested after 3-year-old shot dead in car – CNN

Arrest made in death of child in Ark. road rage incident – AZCentral.com

Suspect nabbed in road rage killing of 3-year-old boy – Fox News

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Family sues Swedish Medical over death of son

9NEWS.com

KUSA – The parents of a 10-year-old boy who died in 2014 after being discharged from the emergency room at Swedish Medical Center filed a …

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Pennsylvania couple died of overdoses, baby starved to death, police say

NOLA.com

Two young parents died of apparent drug overdoses in a Johnstown, Pennsylvania home about a week ago. Left alone in her bassinet, the couple’s …

A Young Couple Died Of Overdoses, Police Say; Their Baby Died Of Starvation Days Later – NDTV

Baby girl died of starvation after parents took fatal overdose of heroin – Mirror.co.uk

A young couple died of overdose, police say. Their baby died of starvation days later. – Washington Post

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Texas child abuse death rising despite governor’s shake-up

Albuquerque Journal

AUSTIN, Texas — The number of Texas children dying of abuse and neglect has increased since Republican Gov. Greg Abbott began a shake-up of …

Texas child abuse death rising despite governor’s shakeup – Austin American-Statesman

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Probe after child’s death leads to cruelty charges

Monroe News Star

A Ouachita Parish couple is facing multiple charges of cruelty to juveniles following an investigation into a child’s death. According to an arrest affidavit …

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Police charge worker who failed to control truck that killed child

WRAL.com

Hillsborough, N.C. — Hillsborough Police Chief Duane Hampton said a 5-year-old boy hit by an unrestrained dump truck Monday afternoon has died.

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Air Canada Death: Child Dies After Falling Ill On Christmas Eve Flight

Huffington Post Canada

SHANNON, Ireland — A 10-year-old girl died Saturday after falling ill … a nurse were on board the plane and helped the flight crew to assist the child.

Girl, 10, dies after falling ill during Toronto to London Air Canada flight – CBC.ca

Girl, 10, dies after suffering cardiac arrest on Canadian flight to London – Telegraph.co.uk

Girl, 10, dies after Air Canada flight from Toronto to Heathrow diverts – Globalnews.ca

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‘We’re truly a family’ in wake of child’s death, school says

York Daily Record/Sunday News

‘We’re truly a family’ in wake of child’s death, school says … The second-grader died by drowning Saturday while attending a birthday party at an …

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Ikea agree payment over child deaths

MSN.com

Ikea agree payment over child deaths. … Birthday girl donates all her gifts to children in need. Dailymotion Logo Dailymotion 2:10 2 hrs ago …

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Texas child abuse death rising despite governor’s shakeup

Fox 34

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Records show the number of Texas children dying of abuse and neglect is worsening despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s shakeup of the …

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