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American states are struggling to find answers for saving at risk children and reversing the explosive growth of child abuse and neglect. Today, many state ward children are the 4th and 5th generation of abused children raising their own families without parenting skills and serious drug, alcohol and mental health issues
37% of children overall and 57% of Black children are reported to child protection services in America by the time they turn 18. (American Journal of Public Health 1.17)
12 million children a year are reported to child protection services each year and in many states, 1/3 of foster children are required to take psychotropic medicines
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AR: Fostering organization looks to expand (Includes video)
KAIT – January 12, 2017
Christians 4 Kids of Arkansas is now looking to expand in more counties in Region 8. According to Nicole Potts, executive director, after reaching out to city officials they learned that the need for fostering parents exists in Woodruff and Jackson counties.
CA: Connection between sex trafficking, child welfare system explored
Davis Enterprise – January 13, 2017
Feemster’s situation was not unlike many other children who, like her, eventually become victims of what was long called child prostitution and now is referred to as the commercial sexual exploitation of children: forced to have sex for money over and over again by an exploiter who would beat Feemster and threaten to kill her daughter if she tried to leave.
DC: Council considers ending statute of limitations for prosecuting sex abuse
Washington Times – January 12, 2017
The D.C. Council is considering ending the statute of limitations for sexual abuse, which would align the District with more than 30 states that do not restrict the time for prosecuting such crimes.
DC: I-Team discovers historic move by U.S. State Department (Includes video)
WJLA – January 12, 2017
The I-Team has learned the U.S. State Department has pulled the accreditation of European Adoption Consultants based in Strongsville, Ohio that arranges adoptions for U.S. families all over the world. 7 On Your Side is aware of multiple families that now have overseas adoptions up in the air. EAC’s 3 year suspension is a first for the State Department.
FL: Number of children in foster care growing at alarming rate (Includes video)
NBC-2 – January 12, 2017
NBC2 Investigators discovered the number of children entering foster care in Southwest Florida is growing at an alarming rate. Even more disturbing is the age and condition of children entering the system. Currently, there are 2300 children in Southwest Florida in the foster care system.
FL: Proposal Would Help Foster Kids Get Driver’s Licenses
News Service of Florida – January 12, 2017
Two Republican lawmakers are seeking to make permanent a pilot program that helps foster children get driver’s licenses and auto insurance.
FL: FSU hires alumna to lead statewide institute for child welfare
Florida State University News – January 11, 2017
Florida State University has chosen university alumna Jessica Pryce to lead the Florida Institute for Child Welfare.
IN: Indiana Heart Gallery comes to library branch
KPC News – January 12, 2017
The Indiana Department of Child Services uses the gallery’s professional portraits and stories about foster children in Indiana to help put a face on a sometimes invisible need and remind families that adoption can change lives.
KS: Lawmaker questions foster care contractors over child deaths
Topeka Capital-Journal – January 12, 2017
An Olathe Republican lawmaker questioned the state’s foster care contractors on Thursday, seeking answers on two child deaths that drew public outrage. Rep. Mike Kiegerl’s sharp comments for Saint Francis Community Services and KVC came at the end of an otherwise sedate informational hearing for the House Children and Seniors Committee that had stretched on for well over an hour.
MI: Federal review of Michigan foster care spending is good news for children helped by system
WLUC – January 12, 2017
Michigan children in foster care will continue getting the support they need through federal dollars as a result of the state being found in compliance during a funding eligibility review.
NJ: Editorial: Finally, adoptees have answers
NorthJersey.com – January 12, 2017
A single piece of paper can never tell all there is to know about an individual. But for several hundred New Jerseyans who decades ago were placed for adoption, having access to an actual copy of their original birth certificate can open a whole new window of self-knowledge.
NJ: In critical ruling, court clears SJ dad of neglect (Includes video)
Daily Journal – January 11, 2017
An appellate court has told judges to stop reading and start listening in cases alleging child neglect or abuse. In a decision Tuesday, a three-judge panel overturned a finding of neglect against a Paulsboro father, saying evidence against him was “insufficient.”
NY: Cuomo stands for justice for victims of child sexual abuse (Opinion)
New York Daily News – January 12, 2017
Gov. Cuomo is at long last pushing to fix indefensible state statutes of limitation that bar men and women abused as children from seeking justice after their 23rd birthday.
NY: NYC school changing lives (includes video)
Fox5 – January 12, 2017
50 percent of the seats are set aside for students who are homeless, in foster care or the child welfare system. Let’s be honest, they take students other schools don’t want. To address the very real needs of the kids that come here, they have 5 case workers, a clinic and Legal Aid on site. The whole goal is to provide students with what they need beyond the classroom.
PA: Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn Fights Retrial That He Covered Up Clergy Sexual Abuse (Includes video)
NBC Philadelphia – January 12, 2017
Lynn’s attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, says there was wrongdoing by prosecutors five years ago. He filed motions, in part, arguing that the commonwealth hid evidence in the 2012 trial that could have been favorable to Lynn’s defense. The prosecution calls the defense claims “absurd.”
TX: First lady Cecilia Abbott, CPS chief implore religious groups to help fix foster care
Dallas Morning News – January 12, 2017
Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott and state protective services chief Henry “Hank” Whitman have asked religious congregations across the state to help recruit and support compassionate adults who agree to become foster parents or adopt maltreated children. “While not everyone feels called to foster or adopt a child in need, we are all called to do something for this vulnerable population,” they wrote in a letter to faith communities.
Also: State officials ramp up plea for churches to help fix foster-care crisis: http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/State-officials-seek-to-entice-churches-to-help-10852925.php
Also: Teenage refugee finds family through adoption: http://www.triangletribune.com/news/2017/01/12/religion/teenage-refugee-finds-family-through-adoption/
TX: Controversial bathroom bill filed (Includes video)
Fox 7 – January 05, 2017
Legislation was filed Thursday to regulate who can use a restroom in Texas. SB-6 is called the Texas Privacy Act, but opponents say the bill is really an attack on transgender children. The filing of Senate Bill 6 officially puts Texas in the middle of the debate regarding how far the government should go regulating access to restrooms. “It’s the right thing to do, I know it, Texas know it,” said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.
Also: Bathroom bill would have impractical consequences: http://www.expressnews.com/news/news_columnists/brian_chasnoff/article/
WA: Fearing the Trump era, same-sex couples rush to adopt their own kids
KUOW – January 12, 2017
…in the current political climate, Megan is afraid her rights as a parent might not be recognized if the family travels outside of Washington state. One fear she expresses is that at some point in the future a hospital in some other state, for example, might exclude her from decisions involving her family. “It’s wrong, it’s absolutely wrong,” she said. So Megan has embarked on a process called second parent adoption.
WI: Babies Born In Opioid Withdrawal Increasing Along With Rural Addiction (Includes audio)
WisContext – January 12, 2017
As much as the opioid epidemic across the United States is often characterized as a rural and suburban problem, it has been devastating in urban areas as well. Of course, this doesn’t mean patterns of addiction play out the same way in all settings. A University of Michigan-based study released in Dec. 2016 found that in rural areas, opioids are a source of disproportionate harm to pregnant mothers and their babies.
Also: DHS Fact Sheet: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Wisconsin DHS October 2015: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3284176-Neonatal-Abstinence-Syndrome-in-Wisconsin-DHS.html
WV: Manchin, West Virginia Organizations Announce Research Showing Repeal of ACA Would Cripple Opioid Epidemic Fight (Press release)
Office of U.S. Senator from West Virginia Joe Manchin – January 11, 2017
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and prominent organizations and healthcare service providers in West Virginia, announce research by Harvard and New York University that shows repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would cut $5.5 billion per year from the fight against the opioid epidemic. The removal of this critical funding would lead to increased deaths, homelessness and incarcerations and would adversely affect states with opioid challenges.
US: Mental illness: A quiet storm (Press release)
NAMI Southwest Ohio – January 12, 2017
Today’s youth are exhibiting mental and behavioral health problems in growing numbers, and the system is ill-equipped to deal with the surge. Nationwide Children’s Hospital hopes its $158 million solution will expose a dilemma that has multiplied in the dark.
US: National Institute of Justice Releases Video With Sexual Assault Advocate (Press release)
PR Newswire – January 12, 2017
The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today released A Conversation with Natasha Alexenko, a personal and poignant conversation with the sexual assault survivor and advocate. She tells her story, and speaks to the need to improve sexual assault response. Building on her presentation at the National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium in September, she also speaks about the need for a multidisciplinary approach to improve sexual assault response and highlights NIJ’s role in supporting these efforts.
US: New Guide for Providing a Trauma-Informed Approach in Human Services (Includes audio) (Press release)
Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – January 12, 2017
We’re very pleased to announce that the Administration for Children and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration for Community Living and the Offices of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS have developed a Guide to Trauma-Informed Human Services. The Guide is intended to provide an introduction to the topic of trauma, a discussion of why understanding and addressing trauma is important for human services programs, and a “road map” to find relevant resources.
Guide: Resource Guide to Trauma-Informed Human Services: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/trauma-toolkit?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=blog
Information Gateway resource: Building Trauma-Informed Systems and Policy Issues: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/responding/trauma/building/
US: Unfinished business: Bipartisan help for child victims of the opioid crisis (Opinion)
Hill – January 12, 2017
Despite the significant progress on mental health issues in the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, Congress did not adequately address the harm to infants and children whose parents are caught in the throes of opioid misuse. We hope that Congress will address at least three aspects of this serious issue.
Australia: 14,000 child abuse calls go unanswered — minister responds
Advertiser – January 12, 2017
Susan Close says not all of the phone calls that are swamping the Child Protection Agency are ones the department should be looking at. “Really child protection agency is about going out, looking at the kids and seeing if we need to remove them, and not every phone call requires that kind of response,” she said.
GA: Gov. Deal reveals his budget priorities (Opinion)
Telegraph – January 11, 2017
Gov. Nathan Deal plopped his 350-plus page fiscal 2018 budget on lawmakers’ desks Wednesday, and to say it is ambitious would be an understatement. We’ve already known since last September that he wanted to up state law enforcement personnel salaries by 20 percent and up their training as well. Add to that a 19 percent raise for child welfare workers and a 2 percent raise for teachers and other state employees.
IA: Seasons Center CEO appointed to child abuse prevention committee
Dickinson County News – January 11, 2017
Kim Scorza, President/CEO for Seasons Center for Behavioral Health, has been appointed to Iowa’s Child Abuse Prevention Program Advisory Committee (CAPPAC) by the Iowa Council on Human Services. The term of office will begin Jan. 1 and will run through Dec. 31, 2019.
IA: Governor pushes new plan to defund Planned Parenthood, talks agency cuts
Associated Press – January 10, 2017
Gov. Terry Branstad’s Condition of the State speech acknowledges that the Republican governor has asked state agencies to make immediate cuts to due to a $110 million shortfall in the current $7.2 billion budget. It asks the Iowa Department of Human Services to cut about $20 million from its current budget.
MD: Dept. of Social Services strives to improve safety measures
Maryland Independent – January 11, 2017
In order to continue to bring stability and permanence to homes in Charles County, the Department of Social Services must meet preventive safety measures set by the Maryland Department of Human Resources. This year Therese Wolf, director of Charles County Department of Social Services, and her staff have announced that CCDSS has passed all but three of its safety measures and plan to improve in areas where it has fallen short.
MD: Educating ‘clueless’ parents about the dangers of opioids and their kids
WTOP – January 11, 2017
A Montgomery County father said he tried everything to help his son, but he may have underestimated the power of his son’s addiction.
Series: “Hooked on Heroin: Deadlier than ever”: http://wtop.com/tag/hooked-on-heroin/
MN: $1.6M bailout for county social services
Winona Post – January 11, 2017
On Tuesday, the Winona County Board bailed out the county’s community services department with $1.6 million of taxpayer dollars. Foster care, sex offender treatment, juvenile detention, employees’ salaries – a panoply of rising costs and falling state and federal funding have drained $8 million from the county coffers over the last four years and forced the County Board to direct millions of more local tax dollars toward social programs.
MS: Child Protection Services Seeks Funding to Add 60 Social Workers (Includes audio)
Mississippi Public Broadcasting – January 11, 2017
Efforts to revamp Mississippi troubled foster care system are working according to the head of Child Protection Services. The agency’s asking for more funding because more cases are being investigated.
MT: MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Don’t cut funding for CFS
Missoulian – January 11, 2017
The people charged with acting on the public’s behalf to make these difficult decisions ought to be given every tool available to do their jobs well. Children’s lives literally hang in the balance. The decisions they face are immeasurably more difficult than this question now facing Montana legislators: Whether to provide sufficient funding to protect Montana’s most vulnerable children – or see more children suffer and die at the hands of those who are supposed to care for them.
NC: Changes needed to find more homes for growing ranks of NC foster children (Opinion)
News & Observer – January 11, 2017
Brian Maness, CEO of the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, states it simply: “Foster care has been growing at an alarming rate with a shortage of permanent, safe and loving homes for adoptable children.” In the past five years, the number of such children has grown by 25 percent, to 10,000 children in need of foster care. Fostering and adopting such children is a noble act, one in which love is given and love is returned many times over.
NC: Commissioners vote to provide transportation position for foster care
Civitas Media – January 11, 2017
“We’re in a fairly desperate situation,” said Stokes County Manager, Rick Morris at a recent county commissioner meeting. Stokes currently has 109 children in foster care and two vacant social worker positions. Morris drafted a strategic plan moving forward and had Department of Social Services Director Stacey Elmes, and her staff offer insight.
NE: Abused kids: a call to action (Opinion)
Kearney Hub – January 11, 2017
Nebraskans expect children to be in safe hands when the state removes them from home for abuse, neglect or criminal justice and places them into state care. But Nebraska’s inspector general of child welfare found 36 cases over three years of alleged sexual assault of children in state care. Most involved state wards in foster homes, adoptive homes, state-licensed residential care facilities and the juvenile probation system.
NV: Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2017 (Includes video)
KTVN – January 11, 2017
Human trafficking can take many forms…from treating immigrants as indentured servants to child labor. But in the Silver State, the biggest issue is with forced prostitution – or sex trafficking. Every January 11th, Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed.
TX: Agency Turns to Ecclesial Community to Retain Children in Foster Care (Includes video)
KRGV – January 11, 2017
A state agency is looking for solutions following the closure of the Rio Grande Valley’s only foster care shelter. The Department of Family Protective Services said there are currently more than 1,000 Valley children under the care of CPS.
TX: Good help is too hard to keep at Texas’ troubled Child Protective Services (Opinion)
Dallas Morning News – January 11, 2017
Low pay coupled with an unbearable caseload created a revolving door for CPS caseworkers, which, in turn, led to a backlog of child welfare cases and caused gaping holes throughout the system.
Information Gateway resource: The Challenge of Workforce Retention in Child Welfare: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/management/workforce/retention/workforce-retention/
WI: Hotline to disclose child abuse now available 24/7
Jamaica Gleaner – January 12, 2017
The hotline to make reports of incidents of child abuse will now be working 24 hours a day, eight hours more than the previous 16 hours it operated. This move by the Government comes in the wake of increased reports of child abuse.
WI: Proposed Clarke Square apartments to house youth aging out of foster care
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service – January 11, 2017
Part of the Campus Housing Initiative, the two buildings, 40 units in all, will be erected on the southeast corner of W. Vieau Place and S. 24th Street and at the northeast corner of W. Mineral and S. 24th streets. The project collaborators, Journey House, Inc., Milwaukee County’s Project O-Yeah, the city and Cardinal Capital Management, Inc., hope to open the doors in 2018.
US: After 20 Years, Young Man Leaves Foster Care On His Own Terms (Includes audio)
Youth Radio – January 11, 2017
When Noel Anaya was just a year old, he and his five brothers and sisters were placed in the California foster care system. He has spent nearly all of his life in that system and has just turned 21. In California, that’s the age when people in foster care “age out” of the system and lose the benefits the system provides. That process becomes official at a final court hearing. Anaya, along with Youth Radio, got rare permission to record the proceeding, where he read a letter he wrote about his experience in the foster care system.
Also: A Journey Through Foster Care (Interactive graphic): https://youthradio.github.io/fostercare
US: Human Trafficking Awareness Day: What are we outraged about? (Opinion)
Hill – January 11, 2017
Human trafficking has become prominent in public discourse. Celebrity foundations raise awareness of it, cyclists ride against it, faith groups issue calls to prayer and posters feature dramatic images of young women in handcuffs. More recently an Uber driver was credited with saving a teenage girl from sex trafficking. We are appropriately outraged by the specter of “modern-day slavery.” But are we outraged about the right things?
US: Supreme Court Considers How Schools Support Students With Disabilities (Includes audio)
National Public Radio – January 11, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in a dispute that advocates describe as the most important case involving public school special education in three decades. At issue is whether federal law requires public schools to provide more than the bare minimum in special services for children with disabilities. With millions of children qualifying for these services, the court’s ruling could have a profound effect.
US: The Real Lesson from the Fall of R.I.S.E.: Group Homes Don’t Work (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – January 11, 2017
…despite the mountain of evidence that group homes and institutions are a failure for all populations, the group home industry persists in pushing institutionalization for this especially vulnerable group.
Iceland: 17-Year-Old Asylum Seeker Imprisoned, Despite Int’l Law And Child Protective Services
Reykjavik Grapevine – January 11, 2017
A 17-year-old asylum seeker was arrested upon arrival in Iceland for carrying a false passport – despite international law forbidding this practice. In addition, Child Protective Services was never notified of his incarceration, as Icelandic law requires, and jailing children with adults also violates international law.
Oman: 299 cases of child abuse in 2016; MoSD launches toll-free hotline
Muscat Daily – January 12, 2017
The Directorate General for Family Development at the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) on Wednesday launched a hotline for child protection even as the sultanate registered 299 cases of child abuse in 2016.
United Kingdom: Foster carers face ‘drastic’ fee cuts under council plans
Community Care – January 12, 2017
Unions and carers fear Bradford council plans to reduce payments to national minimum will drive carers away and place children at risk.
AK: One-sentence summaries of all prefiled bills so far in the Legislature
Juneau Empire – January 10, 2017
HB 10: When the Office of Children’s Services takes a child away from his or her parents, OCS has to consider whether the removal is likely to “result in serious emotional or physical damage.”
AR: Hutchinson says foster care funding is priority, nonprofits remain hopeful (Includes video)
THV11 – January 10, 2017
According to the Arkansas Department of Human Services, 70 percent of all foster children will eventually be reunited with their biological families, and that is the goal of the foster care system. But they need a safe place to stay until then. Hutchinson included a funding increase for the Division of Children and Family Services in his latest budget proposal to speed the foster process, and he is not alone in hoping children find homes sooner, rather than later.
AZ: Numbers Remain High For Child Abuse, Neglect In Arizona (Includes audio)
KJZZ – January 10, 2017
Child abuse and the rising number of Arizona kids in foster care have been in the headlines in our state for years now. That number is now as high as 18,000 children in Arizona’s child-welfare system.
CA: 1/10/2017 Supervisors approve agreement with Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento to provide emergency shelter beds (Press release)
Public – January 10, 2017
The Placer County Board of Supervisors today voted to approve an agreement between the county Health and Human Services department and Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento for additional shelter beds for children and foster youth should the need arise.
CA: Editorial: Sensationalism on child prostitution
Woodland Daily Democrat – January 10, 2017
The law makes no changes to the age of consent, which remains 18 years old, and it is just as much a crime as ever to solicit minors or engage in pimping or sex trafficking. To consider what the law does as “legalization” is to not only misuse the word but to wrongly politicize an issue that requires solutions, not hyperbolic misrepresentations.
CA: Spotlight: Oakland’s child sex trafficking epidemic (Includes video)
East Bay Times – January 10, 2017
The 20-minute documentary shines a spotlight on the trafficking of children and teens in plain view – an epidemic that has flourished in Oakland despite regular community protests and organizing efforts, promised crackdowns by authorities, outreach to child and teen victims and numerous media reports.
IL: Fed. Court Allows Challenge To Proceed Against Illinois Foster Parent Rules (Press release)
Second Amendment Foundation – January 10, 2017
A federal district court judge in Illinois has denied that state’s motion to dismiss a legal challenge by the Second Amendment Foundation of its foster parenting rules that place restrictions on the possession of firearms for personal protection.
KS: House panel begins work on foster-care oversight reform
Topeka Capital-Journal – January 10, 2017
Phyllis Gilmore, secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families, joined with other agency officials to outline elements of a foster care system serving a record number of 6,900 children. The number has been climbing steadily since 2012, and the Legislature’s interest in the system has grown in the wake of deaths and violence against children in state custody.
MS: Lawmakers aim to reform child-welfare system after Sun Herald series
Sun Herald – January 10, 2017
State lawmakers have so far introduced four bills aimed at reforming the state’s child-welfare system, less than a week into the legislative session that began Jan. 3.
Also: Fostering Secrets: http://www.sunherald.com/news/special-reports/dhs/article94625897.html
NE: 18-24-year-olds face unique challenges in Nebraska according to new report
1011Now – January 10, 2017
Voices for Children released the annual Kids Count in Nebraska Report with a special commentary focused on emerging adults. Emerging adults are at a unique point in their lives allowing for identity exploration and building a foundation for the remainder of adulthood. Report data shows that in 2015, Nebraska’s emerging adults comprised 10.2% of Nebraska’s population
Report: Kids Count in Nebraska 2016: http://voicesforchildren.com/data-research/kids-count/
NY: County Puts Spotlight On Human Trafficking
WestburyTimes – January 10, 2017
With the help of a state grant, the county started a campaign in 2014 to raise public awareness of just how real of a problem this issue was. Since then, 253 children in Nassau County have been identified as possible victims of human trafficking.
OH: How the opiate epidemic is taking a toll on Summit County Children Services
Cleveland.com – January 10, 2017
The number of new custody cases, in which children are removed from their homes, increased from an average of 78 per month in 2015 to 113 per month in 2016. The number of children in custody rose from 601 each month to 687.
OH: New Ohio law adds “baby box” language (Includes video)
WANE-TV – January 10, 2017
A new law in Ohio now includes “baby boxes” as a way for a parent to surrender his or her unwanted newborn child. Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 332, which is aimed at lowering the state’s infant mortality rate, into law last week.
RI: Children at risk from new R.I. foster-care rules, says state Child Advocate
Providence Journal – January 10, 2017
Rhode Island Child Advocate Jennifer Griffith is concerned the state Department of Children, Youth and Families may put children in their care at risk by removing necessary checks and balances in order to clear a backlog of willing foster families.
RI: Raimondo picks Ohio official to head troubled DCYF
Providence Journal – January 10, 2017
Governor Gina Raimondo has tapped Trista D. Piccola, the deputy director of the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services department in Cleveland, Ohio, as the new head of the state Department of Children, Youth and Families.
TX: Lawmakers call Child Protective Services priority for session (Includes video)
KBTX – January 10, 2017
On the Texas legislature’s first day back to work in Austin, the lawmaker say they’re putting CPS at the top of their list.
Also: Lawmakers agree on children as top priority for Texas (Includes video): http://www.ksat.com/news/politics/lawmakers-agree-on-children-as-top-priority-for-texas
US: 18 women sue USA Gymnastics, MSU over sex abuse
IndyStar – January 10, 2017
Eighteen women signed onto a civil lawsuit that names USA Gymnastics, a high-profile gymnastics club and Michigan State University, claiming the defendants failed to protect them from sexual abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar.
Also: Information Gateway resource: Legal Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/courts/processes/can/
International: First Global Research and Treatment Center for Child Abuse Opens in Jerusalem
Jewish Philanthropy – January 10, 2017
The Haruv Children’s Campus brings together, in one location, a comprehensive array of services for abused and neglected children, including emergency treatment, therapeutic facilities and child advocacy assistance. It houses seven organizations working on all aspects of identifying, diagnosing and treating children, allowing for unprecedented levels of cooperation and coordination.
AZ: Our View: Ducey gave a good speech, but where’s the money? (Includes video)
Arizona Republic – January 09, 2017
Ducey’s speech offered another important change in tone for Arizona politics: He spoke for those who are often ignored, from prisoners to foster kids to poor families.
Also: Ducey wants more teacher pay, extension of welfare benefits to some: http://tucson.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/ducey-wants-more-pay-for-teachers-extension-of-welfare-benefits/article_78d26160-9d04-50c9-a802-e94746eb3384.html
CA: State Bets on Big Data to Predict Child Abuse
Chronicle of Social Change – January 10, 2017
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Deputy Director Greg Rose, who oversees the state’s foster care system, says that the state’s new predictive risk modeling project is designed to give social workers better information about past child welfare cases when they first field a call about child abuse and neglect.
CA: Court upholds child porn reporting law
San Francisco Chronicle – January 09, 2017
Therapists in California can be required to report patients who have looked at child pornography on the Internet despite the therapists’ claim that their clients are entitled to confidentiality and pose no threat to children, a state appeals court ruled Monday.
CA: Editorial: Here we go again at L.A. County’s child welfare department
Los Angeles Times – January 07, 2017
The Board of Supervisors is constantly tempted to reorder its child protection priorities in response to horrendous and well-publicized individual cases.
CA: Immigration status can make matters worse for domestic violence victims
San Diego Union Tribune – January 07, 2017
Anne Bautista, an attorney with Access Inc., has worked on immigration cases for domestic violence victims for about 20 years. She said it’s common for victims who are unauthorized immigrants to go through years of abuse because their partners hold their immigration status over them.
CO: CU Boulder, Mental Health Partners receive $2M grant to treat children, families affected by trauma
Boulder Daily Camera – January 07, 2017
The five-year grant, awarded by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, will go toward building a “Trauma Center of Excellence” and will help train nearly 1,000 mental health and other professionals across the state in trauma-informed therapy methods.
CT: Don’t overlook disenfranchised youth (Opinion)
Sentinel – January 07, 2017
What can anyone do to make a difference? Research has proven that young people transitioning out of foster care can succeed with the support and guidance of caring adults.
DC: District fails to secure personal information
Washington Times – January 09, 2017
Russian hackers and other identity theft trolls needn’t cramp their fingers trying to get sensitive personal identifiers of D.C. residents. The D.C. government itself is broadcasting the information.
IA: Take-the-child-and-run extremism won’t stop tragedies (Opinion)
Des Moines Register – January 07, 2017
For nearly two decades, Iowa has been an extreme outlier when it comes to tearing apart families and consigning children to the chaos of foster care, taking children at among the highest rates in the nation.
KY: Child abuse findings voided secretly in Kentucky
Courier-Journal – January 07, 2017
Of the hundreds of people who file such appeals each year, more than half are successful in overturning adverse findings through the same cabinet whose workers substantiated the abuse or neglect, according to the records. Appeals between 2012 and 2015 ranged from several hundred to nearly 1,000 a year, with anywhere from 56 percent to 66 percent being reversed or otherwise changed in favor of the person filing the appeal.
LA: When parents go to prison, children pay
Times-Picayune – January 09, 2017
There are an estimated 94,000 children like Charlee in Louisiana who have experienced having a parent serve jail time. Nationally, there are an estimated 5.1 million.
Information Gateway resource: Reunification and Visits With Parents Who Are Incarcerated: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/permanency/reunification/incarcerated/
MN: Safe Place for Newborns law offers options for parents in crisis
Waseka County News – January 07, 2017
Minnesota’s Safe Place for Newborns law allows mothers to safely and anonymously give up newborns to safe places such as hospitals and urgent care facilities, or by calling 911. Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper called for increased awareness of this option following the case of an infant left alone in a church this week.
MO: Kansas City Area Youth Agencies Merge Into Single Organization
KCUR – January 09, 2017
Five Kansas City area agencies that provide treatment and support services for children and their families have merged. The five – Gillis, Healthy Families, Marillac, Ozanam and Spofford – already operated under the Cornerstones of Care umbrella. The merger gives them one board of directors instead of five and allows them to consolidate their programs.
MT: Budget cut will hurt Montana children (Opinion)
Billings Gazette – January 07, 2017
The big headline in The Gazette Jan. 5 was about 14 children who died in foster care in Montana during one year. The article contained suggestions as to what CPS caseworkers should do to better identify these high-risk children. Next, I saw an article describing cuts that Republican legislators want to make to our state budget. These cuts go deeper than what Gov. Steve Bullock recommends, and the biggest cut is $37 million to the DPHHS. In Yellowstone County, 531 children were removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect in 2016, compared to “only” 184 in 2014.
NC: Foster Care and Adoption In “Crisis” (Press release)
EINPresswire.com – January 10, 2017
“Foster care and adoption are in a state of crisis,” said Brian Maness, President and CEO of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, the state’s largest private provider of foster care and adoption services. “Foster care has been growing at an alarming rate with a shortage of permanent, safe, and loving homes for adoptable children.”
NE: Measures aim to ease transition to adulthood, lower caseload size
Lincoln Journal Star – January 09, 2017
Senators are introducing a package of bills this week intended to aid in the safety and well being of children in the state’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
NE: Senators unveil legislative package for Nebraska youths
Associated Press – January 09, 2017
The measures announced Monday would mandate legal representation for juveniles, increasing funding to help the state meet caseload standards in the child welfare system and extend foster care services to certain youths through age 21. It also would establish a bridge custody program to minimize a child’s interactions with juvenile court while ensuring his or her safety.
NE: Advocacy group says state could save millions by reducing teen pregnancy rate
Lincoln Journal Star – January 07, 2017
The report also notes that children of teenage mothers are twice as likely to be placed in foster care, live in poverty and be victims of child abuse and neglect. Just 66 percent of children born to teen moms nationally earn high school diplomas, compared to 81 percent of those born to older moms, the study said.
Report: Future Unknown: The Outlook of Teen Pregnancy in Nebraska: http://www.hollandchildrensinstitute.com/2017_teen_pregnancy_report
NY: Letitia James Clashes With de Blasio Administration Over Foster Care Suit
Observer – January 09, 2017
A longstanding dispute over the city’s foster care system has morphed into a bitter dispute between Public Advocate Letitia James and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Administration for Children’s Services-with the Public Advocate asserting that the city could have avoided the embarrassment of having the state order it to appoint an independent monitor to investigate the agency last month.
OK: Disability, child advocates feel void after advisory panels shut down
Oklahoman – January 08, 2017
Tom Walls was surprised last year when state lawmakers didn’t renew his citizen advisory panel on disability issues. Walls served as vice chairman on the five-member committee. It was formed in the wake of a statewide vote in 2012 that disbanded the commission overseeing the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. His panel was one of four tasked with giving advice and recommendations to the department.
OR: Gov. Brown’s proposed budget for 2017 would raise reimbursement rates for foster parents (Includes video)
KPTV – January 09, 2017
In the wake of a $1.7 billion dollar budget shortfall, Oregon Governor Kate Brown says she wants to spend $12.7 million dollars to raise reimbursement rates for foster parents across the state. It’s all part of Gov. Brown’s proposed budget for 2017.
TX: Amarillo foster families need respite providers (Includes video)
News Channel 10 – January 09, 2017
Many foster parents around the Texas Panhandle are becoming fatigued, leaving children in the system to be sent to other cities for care.
TX: Legislators will have to be thrifty this year (Opinion)
Star-Telegram – January 09, 2017
We already know there are areas of the budget that need more money, like the troubled Department of Family and Protective Services and its Child Protective Services and foster care programs.
Also: Five children’s issues Texas lawmakers must tackle in this legislative session (Opinion): http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/other-voices/article125472519.html
Also: EDITORIAL: Our state legislators should be judged on real problem-solving, not grandstanding: http://www.wacotrib.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-our-state-legislators-should-be-judged-on-real-problem/article_42fba030-2b0f-5683-a137-8c530c70d90f.html
US: Cost of raising a child now tops $233,000
Associated Press – January 09, 2017
Since 1960, the USDA has compiled the annual report to inform budget-preparing parents. State governments and courts also use the information to write child support and foster care guidelines. The main costs include housing, food, transportation, health care, education, clothing and other miscellaneous expenses.
US: Health and Human Services Misinterprets Foster Care Data (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – January 09, 2017
“HHS Now Able to Definitively Link More Foster Children to More Parental Substance Abuse,” reads the headline on a Dec. 15, 2016, story on Youth Today. But the story itself documents, indirectly, that the Department of Health and Human Services has no real evidence for this claim.
US: Supreme Court declines to hear custody case of part-Choctaw girl removed from Santa Clarita home
KABC – January 09, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the case of a part-Choctaw girl who was removed from her foster family’s Santa Clarita home and sent to live with extended family in Utah.
Also: U.S. Supreme Court won’t take Lexi case, Santa Clarita couple to continue fight for part-Choctaw girl: http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20170109/us-supreme-court-wont-take-lexi-case-santa-clarita-couple-to-continue-fight-for-part-choctaw-girl
Ireland: Process to relocate children from Calais ‘Jungle’ begins
RTE – January 10, 2017
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone will bring a memo to Cabinet today to start the process of bringing children who were previously based in the Calais refugee camps in France to Ireland. Under the minister’s plans, it is initially proposed that 40 unaccompanied minors will be relocated to Ireland after being assessed in France.
AR: Senator fixes on changes to state foster-care system
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette – January 08, 2017
When lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday to begin their biennial regular session, they will have to sort through competing perspectives on the foster-care system. One lawmaker says there are too many children unnecessarily in foster care, but the governor says there are too few dollars to handle an influx in foster children.
AZ: Catholic Charities northern offices get new director
Daily Courier – January 08, 2017
Sandi Flores has recently taken the position of senior programs director for Catholic Charities Community Services northern offices to oversee employees and programs in Bullhead City, Cottonwood, Flagstaff and Prescott. Flores will be replacing Jean Littlehale, who served in the position for six years.
AZ: OBAMACARE REPEAL: Some 600,000 Arizonans could lose coverage
Payson Roundup – January 06, 2017
A coalition of child welfare and health care groups have been pushing back against the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act through a series of press conferences and reports.
CT: Young men given a chance with shelter’s new program
Greenwich Time – January 07, 2017
Like grown ups, young adults are homeless for any number of reasons. They may have aged out of foster care, spent time in prison, or struggle with mental health and substance abuse. In most cases there’s family strife, at times resulting from a person’s gender or sexual orientation.
GA: Proposed K-12 funding formula pulls rug out from low-income students (Opinion)
Newnan Times-Herald – January 06, 2017
The commission’s recommendations call for more restrictive criteria to determine who qualifies as low-income to reflect changes to the federal lunch program. Under the new criteria, students will be considered economically disadvantaged if they: Live in a family receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits — Are identified as homeless — Are identified as living in foster care …
LA: Family Sentence: Children of incarcerated parents are forgotten victims
Times Picayune / NOLA.com – January 08, 2017
They have done no wrong, committed no crimes, yet thousands of children in Louisiana are being punished for their parents’ mistakes. They are the hidden casualties of the state’s world-leading mass incarceration rate, and beginning Monday, The Times-Picayune will explore the damage done to children when a parent is sent to prison.
MA: As number of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome cases increase, hospitals look to care for both mother and baby
Mass Live – January 08, 2017
Nationally, the number of babies born dependent on opioids tripled in 15 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1999, NAS cases were 1.5 per 1,000 hospital births. By 2013, that number jumped to 6 per 1,000 births.
MA: Hundreds of church sex abuse victims continue to come forward
Boston Globe – January 06, 2017
Fifteen years after the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston broke into public view, hundreds of victims around the world continue to come forward, including some who say they were attacked as recently as 2001, advocates said Thursday.
MA: SJC considers when abandoned immigrant children can get legal status
Mass Live – January 06, 2017
Before the U.S. immigration service grants legal status, a state court must make a child welfare finding under state law. The Supreme Judicial Court will consider two cases on Friday regarding what standards Massachusetts courts should apply.
MN: Prevention focus in local fight against trafficking – Foster homes for survivors sought
Brainerd Dispatch – January 08, 2017
In recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, proclaimed by Pres. Barack Obama, those focused on the issue locally are sharing plans for approaching the issue in upcoming months. These plans include expansion of its Saving Grace foster care program, implementation of a curriculum intended to educate young women on sexual exploitation and trafficking and plans to partner with the Brainerd School District on prevention efforts.
ND: Embracing Children On The Pine Ridge Reservation (Includes audio)
SDPB – January 09, 2017
“Safe Houses” for children are being created in each of the reservation’s 9 districts. And a “Caring For Relatives” program is in the works with volunteers acting as local resources in communities for paren … programs and health services.
NE: State must do even more to protect children (Opinion)
Grand Island Independent – January 06, 2017
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.
NM: New policy allows wider access to court records
Albuquerque Journal – January 06, 2017
A new state policy approved by the Supreme Court allows more people to view criminal and civil court records from a personal computer anytime. For now, the policy, announced Friday, grants access to the press, attorneys and their staffs, litigants representing themselves, and “justice partners,” such as law enforcement and child welfare agencies.
Also: State court records go online: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/state-court-records-go-online/article_582e4779-97bf-5d7b-80d2-7f8a5845aa56.html
Also: New Mexico Supreme Court Approves Policy For Online Access to Court Case Records: http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-supreme-court-approves-policy-online-access-court-case-records
OH: Cleveland exceeds goal to house 100 homeless youths in 100 days
Cleveland.com – January 06, 2017
More than 100 homeless youths now have places to live as area organizations exceeded a national challenge.
OH: Family fights to keep tribe from taking child (Includes video)
Coshocton Tribune – January 06, 2017
ICWA was enacted because of the disproportionately high rate of removal of Indian children from their traditional homes and essentially from Indian culture as a whole. Before the enactment, as many as 25 to 35 percent of all Indian children were being removed from their homes and placed in non-Indian homes, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Information Gateway resource: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/americanindian/icwa/
OK: Answering the call: Oklahoma continues effort to recruit foster parents
Oklahoman – January 09, 2017
In November 2015, Gov. Mary Fallin and state Department of Human Services officials launched a statewide initiative called Oklahoma Fosters, which seeks to unite state, tribal and local governments, as well as businesses, nonprofit organizations and the faith-based community, to recruit more foster families.
SD: Child Abuse: How And When Health Professionals Report Possible Cases (Includes video)
KDLT News – January 06, 2017
When a doctor or nurse suspects that a child may have been abused, as a mandatory reporter, it’s their job to get other experts involved such as the police or child protective services.
TN: State releases action plan to end chronic homelessness (Press release)
Dept. of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services – January 05, 2017
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), in partnership with both the U.S. and Tennessee Interagency Councils on Homelessness, today released an action plan to end chronic homelessness in the Volunteer State. The collaborative plan brings together multiple federal, state, county, and local government agencies, and community partners providing a systematic approach to help eliminate homelessness over the next 10 years.
TX: Lawmakers look to help troubled child welfare system
Associated Press – January 09, 2017
Texas lawmakers agree on the need to improve the state’s beleaguered child welfare system, but how to do it and to pay for it during a tight budget year are still very much up in the air.
TX: Rodríguez: Proper priorities for Texas (Opinion)
El Paso Times – January 07, 2017
At the state level, misplaced priorities include anti-immigrant measures under the guise of “border security,” anti-LGBTQ legislation packaged as “religious freedom,” and anti-abortion measures, all of which will bog down the legislative process at the expense of fixing broken school finance, Child Protective Services, and foster care systems.
TX: Child support back pay increases after renewal restriction (Includes video)
KWES – January 06, 2017
If you’re behind on your child support payments, you probably weren’t able to drive. An enforcement last year blocked parents from renewing their vehicle registration if they were six months behind on their child support payments.
VA: Gov. McAuliffe announces legislation for Virginia’s military families
Southside Daily – January 06, 2017
The second piece of legislation focuses on enhancing care for the 73,000 children of Virginia’s military families by improving collaboration among civilian and military agencies. The legislation would require child welfare agencies share a child’s military affiliation with military authorities.
Also: McAuliffe announces education, workforce legislation at Virginia Tech: http://augustafreepress.com/mcauliffe-announces-education-workforce-legislation-virginia-tech/
VA: McAuliffe announces education, workforce legislation at Virginia Tech
Augusta Free Press – January 06, 2017
Foster Care Tuition Grant: Expands the pool of recipients eligible for the Virginia Community College System’s Foster Care tuition grant program by opening it up to students pursuing non-credit workforce credentials, increasing access to training that leads to good-paying jobs.
US: Foster Youth and Drug Addiction
Fix – January 06, 2017
There is no universally accepted cause of drug addiction, but if there was one, it would include relief from physical, mental and emotional pain. Foster youth are ripped from their families and positioned into state care due to neglect or abuse; those two words-neglect, abuse-hold a vast and terrifying array of emotional and physical realities. Realities that, by definition, must be addressed.
US: The False Dichotomy of “Child Safety vs. Family Preservation” (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – January 06, 2017
Safety and maltreatment are related but not entirely coterminous. It is true that the federal government uses maltreatment as its proxy indicator for child safety. But when child protective service agencies (CPS) initiate a response to a child maltreatment report, the threshold broadly applied for a safety intervention (removal or in-home safety plan) is immediate or imminent danger of serious harm, not just presence of maltreatment. In actual practice, the vast majority of confirmed maltreatment cases do not involve circumstances that justify the immediate removal of children.
US: Their View: Abused children often become victims of human trafficking
Freeport Journal Standard – January 06, 2017
While the hidden nature of human trafficking reduces the availability of reliable data on the number of child victims in the United States, we now have a clearer depiction of the childhood circumstances that lead certain children down a treacherous pathway into the dark and exploitive crime of human trafficking.
Czech Republic: Bishops raise questions about government’s preference for foster care
Catholic Culture – January 09, 2017
The Czech bishops’ justice and peace commission recently raised concerns about a government proposal that would limit the placement of abused and neglected children in institutions.
India: New rules enable step parents to have legal relationship with child
Bangalore Mirror – January 09, 2017
The latest regulations, which will come into effect from January 16, will also allow relatives to adopt children. “There is no law in India which defines legal relationship between a step parent and a step child. A step child has no claim to the step parent’s property. Nor is the child legally obliged to look after the step parent in his or her old age.
Ireland: ‘Sold to the highest bidder’ – how Ireland’s institutions allowed Americans to adopt Irish children in the 1950s
thejournal.ie – January 09, 2017
The dubious nature of the process surrounding the adoption of Irish children by American citizens in the 1950s has come to light with the publication of foreign policy papers dating from that decade. The documents, which range from summaries of meetings to communiqués between civil servants to briefing notes for ministers, show a bureaucratic system that was entirely hands off and saw the adoption of Irish children born outside of marriage by foreign citizens as a fundamental ‘good’.
CA: ‘Mandated reporting’ and the arrest of Dwayne Kilgore
Sonoma Index-Tribune – January 05, 2017
Having worked in education for 11 years, and as the current head of the private K-8 Healdsburg School, Egan, 38, takes his role as a “mandated reporter” of child abuse seriously. Every person who has contact with children through their employment is considered a “mandated reporter” and, as such, is legally responsible for reporting suspicions of abuse.
CA: No, California Did Not Just Legalize Child Prostitution — All Child Sex ‘Workers’ Are Victims
Independent Journal Review – January 05, 2017
Prominently appearing on social media this week are headlines blaring that the state of California, in its leftist madness, has made child prostitution legal. Without debating the wisdom of past legislative decisions by the Golden State, taking a step back from those headlines and evaluating what is actually going on here is warranted.
CO: Denver Family Drug Courts and the Betty Ford Center Children’s Program Reunify Families Broken by Addiction (Press release)
PRNewswire – January 05, 2017
For many families with an addiction to alcohol and other drugs, a promising solution comes through the court system. Family integrated treatment court (FIT court) or family drug court provides families hope for recovery and the opportunity to heal and strengthen the family.
IL: Charges Tossed Against Social Workers For Boy’s Death
WJR – January 06, 2017
Felony charges have been dismissed against two state social workers charged in the death of a 3-year-old Detroit boy in 2016.
Also: Manslaughter case dismissed against state workers in tot’s death: http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/01/05/elaina-brown-kelly-williams-detroit/96191918/
IL: DCFS Releases Public Service Announcement to Prevent Child Human Trafficking
Law N Dale News – January 05, 2017
The human trafficking of children for sex in Illinois happens in every small town and big city throughout the state. In 2016, DCFS investigated 143 calls to the hotline for allegations of Human Trafficking.
MI: New human trafficking laws to take effect in state
Gaylord Herald Times – January 05, 2017
Trafficking covers a wide range of exploitations where someone uses another person for profit, through coercion or force. In the case of minors, force or coercion is not needed for a case to be considered trafficking.
MN: Legal expert: Religious freedom does not justify child abuse
Catholic News Agency – January 05, 2017
Two Minnesota parents are facing charges of child neglect after they prayed over their severely ill son rather than seeking medical attention just prior to the child’s death.
MO: Task Force Recommends Ways To Combat Human Trafficking In Missouri
Ozarks First – January 04, 2017
The Missouri House of Representatives’ Human Trafficking Task Force is making several recommendations to the General Assembly, including funding for the care and sheltering of trafficking victims. Task force member Emily van Schenkhof with Missouri KidsFirst tells Missourinet she’s not hopeful that the recommendation will happen this year.
MT: Child abuse cases on the rise; majority Meth related
KFBB – January 05, 2017
The state’s Children ‘s Justice Bureau released their annual child fatality Review Report, Which found that this year, 14 children died across the state after reports were already made to family services. Many of these abuse cases are not physical abuse, but come from neglect or abandonment due to substance abuse.
NE: High court hears arguments over foster care rules for same-sex couples
Lincoln Journal Star – January 06, 2017
The state wants the Nebraska Supreme Court to reverse a Lincoln judge’s ruling in favor of three same-sex couples who said it kept them from adopting foster kids because of their sexual orientation.
NJ: Paid Family Leave Expansion Proposed by NJ Legislator
North Jersey Law Journal – January 05, 2017
A New Jersey lawmaker is preparing legislation that would expand the state’s paid family leave program, which allows some workers to take time off from work to care for a newborn or adopted child or care for an ill relative.
NJ: Big changes for adoptees and birth parents this year: Parenting with Pete (Opinion)
NJ.com – January 04, 2017
In light of the new NJ law, it is important for parents to speak with their adopted children about the adoption.
OH: Gov. John Kasich’s plans to ‘Uber-ize’ state government includes deep data mining
Cleveland.com – January 05, 2017
Another project involves the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which aims to use advanced analytics to determine risk scores in child welfare cases. Ideally, the new system would be able to determine whether a guardian has begun living with someone with a record of abuse.
OH: Kasich signs 28 bills into Ohio law
Lorain Morning Journal – January 05, 2017
Sub. SB 332 (Jones, Tavares) provides for the implementation of recommendations made by the Commission on Infant Mortality, authorizes pharmacists to administer by injection certain prescribed drugs, makes changes to the law permitting controlled desertion of a child not older than thirty days.
PA: We need to make child protection a shared responsibility: Beth Bitler (Opinion)
PennLive – January 05, 2017
Research has shown that kids in the toddler years to primary school-enrollment age are in a prime window for abuse and neglect.
Information Gateway resource: The National Incidence Study (NIS): https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/statistics/nis/?
SC: National Health and Child Protection Advocates Join Darkness to Light Board of Directors (Press release)
PRWeb – January 05, 2017
Darkness to Light appoints to its board of directors Anton Gunn, former senior official with United States Department of Health and Human Services, and Gareth Hedges, CCO of the Redwoods Group Executive.
SD: Child Abuse: How And When Health Professionals Report Possible Cases
KDLT – January 06, 2017
Within the last year, we’ve reported on at least a half a dozen child abuse cases in Minnehaha County, where a child was seriously injured or killed at the hands of an adult. Recently, we told you about the arrest of 27-year-old Glenn Wanna Jr., he is accused of breaking a baby’s arm. First described as an accident, doctors determined it was probably abuse. KDLT’s Jill Johnson talked with a doctor about how and when they report possible cases of child abuse.
TN: State Of Tennessee Releases Action Plan To End Chronic Homelessness
Chattanoogan – January 05, 2017
There will also be a focus on assisting youth aging out of foster care and juvenile detention and re-entry efforts for adults coming out of hospitals and prisons. We need to ensure they can transition back into society. Employment and housing are key factors there.
TX: Child welfare bill offers promising start to session, help for Texas families (Opinion)
Star-Telegram – January 05, 2017
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.
WI: A list of legislative proposals from Wisconsin’s opioid abuse task force
Capital Times – January 05, 2017
Child Protective Services have seen a “significant surge in casework” from opioid-related child welfare cases, the report found. The report recommends an unspecified amount of additional state resources to help counties hire staff to manage those case loads.
US: Enduring a Child Abuse Investigation is the New Normal for Black Children (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – January 05, 2017
It will happen to 32 percent of Hispanic children. It even will happen to 28 percent of white children. In all, the study estimates, more than a third of all American children will endure the knock on the door and all that follows.
US: Genes affecting our communication skills relate to genes for psychiatric disorder (Press release)
Medical News Today – January 05, 2017
The researchers studied the genetic overlap between the risk of having these psychiatric disorders and measures of social communicative competence – the ability to socially engage with other people successfully – during middle childhood to adolescence.
US: Reducing severe violence among adolescents
Medical News Today – January 05, 2017
A new Special Section of the journal Child Development, edited by Tina Malti, entitled “Severe Youth Violence: Developmental Perspectives,” includes articles intended to explore how to better screen and assess SYV risk, and inform “novel, developmentally sensitive practices and policies to prevent SYV.”
US: The “spanking” debate: Views depend on what you call it
CBS News – January 05, 2017
Words matter when it comes to how people perceive parents’ actions when they discipline their kids, a new study shows.
Canada: A decade of inaction on indigenous child welfare: Editorial
Toronto Star – January 05, 2017
A year after the Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Ottawa was systematically discriminating against indigenous children, the government has done little about it.
Cayman Islands: New CoP orders external review of child abuse cases
Cayman News Service – January 04, 2017
Following an RCIPS internal audit of all open child abuse cases in the Cayman Islands, triggered by a recent court case where the failure by the police to investigate a serious complaint of child sex abuse became apparent, an external review has been commissioned by the new police commissioner, Derek Byrne. Three officers from the UK with extensive expertise in child abuse investigations and child protection will be conducting a full review of all open investigations currently assigned to the RCIPS Family Support Unit (FSU).
France: Government Just Made Spanking Your Kid Illegal
MSN – January 05, 2017
On December 22, the French parliament successfully voted to enact the “Equality and Citizenship” bill, which places a country-wide ban on all forms of corporal punishment, including harmful physical treatment like caning, flogging, or, a more common form of punishment – spanking.
Thailand: Government announces additional measures to fight statelessness
Pattaya Mail – January 05, 2017
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has posted on its website an announcement that recently the Cabinet approved two resolutions to further address the issue of statelessness and promote the rights of stateless persons in Thailand, as proposed by the Ministry of the Interior. This Regulation, once promulgated, will grant foreign children born in Thailand the right to legally stay in Thailand, observing the rights of their parents, and preventing the children from being criminalized as illegal immigrants.
United Arab Emirates: Over 400 child abuse cases reported in Sharjah
Middle East North Africa Financial Network (MENAFN) — Khaleej Times – January 05, 2017
The child abuse help line 800700 in Sharjah has registered over 483 child abuse cases involving children of various nationalities last year. Ahmed Al Tartoor, director of child rights protection at Sharjah Social Services Department (SSSD), said the calls included reports about sexual abuse, physical abuse and negligence. Most of the calls were regarding physical abuse by parents, care givers or other people.
United Kingdom: Keeping kids out of care (Opinion)
Local Gov – January 04, 2017
Common sense dictates it is best to tackle a problem before it escalates. This is certainly the case when it comes to preventing children going into care. Early intervention into the affairs of a troubled family can potentially resolve tensions and prevent problems that might lead to a child becoming a ward of the state.
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MD: Board approves $1.4 million for lawyers in foster care lawsuit
Baltimore Sun – January 04, 2017
Lawyers who fought Maryland on a lawsuit over foster care filed when Ronald Reagan was president will receive $1.4 million for their services under a recently concluded settlement.
MO: Gov. Nixon makes appointments to boards and commissions
Lee’s Summit Tribune – January 04, 2017
The Governor has nominated the ten individuals listed above to the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board. The Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board provides an independent review of certain child abuse and neglect determinations.
MT: Report: 14 Montana kids died within a year of abuse reports
Associated Press – January 04, 2017
It doesn’t say, for example, how all of the children died during that 16-month stretch, in part because lawmakers two years ago decided against creating a commission to review child deaths and near deaths attributed to abuse and neglect. Such a commission would have had access to medical and legal records that could provide that information.
ND: Child protection cases hit record high in Cass County
Inforum – January 04, 2017
The numbers have increased so much, and the cases so troubling, that child protection workers in Cass County are struggling, officials say. Earlier this week, the county’s Social Services Board approved a proposal being sent to the full Cass County Commission asking to hire another case worker because the caseload in recent months has become staggering.
NH: House defeats dress code, keeps Committee on Children and Family Law
Union Leader – January 04, 2017
House Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, thought he had Democratic support in pushing for elimination of a committee that critics said had become a venue for various representatives to take up personal issues with the state’s social service agencies over child custody and abuse cases. But a coalition of Republicans and Democrats defeated the proposal with 172 voting to eliminate the committee and 196 voting to keep it.
Also: Defying Republican leaders, House votes to keep child and family law committee: http://www.concordmonitor.com/House-keeps-the-children-and-family-law-committee-7270940
NJ: Adoptees face an added wait for birth certificates (Includes video)
NorthJersey.com – January 04, 2017
Adoptees waiting to see their original birth certificates may have to wait a little longer. The state Department of Health, which is implementing the new law that allows adoptees to request a copy of their birth certificates, wants to allow plenty of time for requests for redaction from birth parents to arrive by mail.
NY: DOJ Supports Lawsuit to End Juvenile Solitary (Includes audio)
Public News Service – January 05, 2017
The U.S. Justice Department has submitted a “statement of interest” in a lawsuit seeking to end the solitary confinement of juveniles in a New York jail. The lawsuit, filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York, challenges the ongoing practice at the Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse of holding 16- and 17-year-olds in isolation
NY: Jaffee Named Chair Of Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families
New City Patch – January 04, 2017
Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) today announced her appointment as Chairperson of the Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families. “The issues children and families face, especially those children living in poverty, are community issues,” Jaffee said.
TX: Former foster care child fixing system (Includes video)
KVUE – January 04, 2017
Lawmakers are gearing up for the 2017 legislative session knowing the Texas Foster Care system will be a big topic, but one former foster care kid is already working towards a solution.
TX: Gov. Abbott announces pilot program to fix foster care system needs (Includes video)
KVUE – January 04, 2017
Gov. Greg Abbott is recommending a pilot program to provide care to around 500 foster care children across the state with the highest needs. The $8 million program would mean those with multiple hospitalizations – including residential treatment centers – over a 12-month period would qualify for the High Needs Conservatorship Pilot Project.
VA: Big needs, and some results, are focus of budget hearing
Daily Press – January 04, 2017
Hampton Roads legislators kicked off their formal work of reviewing and, probably revising, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget, listening to stories of big needs – and the big-hearted perseverance of Virginians struggling to cope with gaps in the medical, mental health and social supports the state provides.
US: Changes in adoption over the decades (Audio)
WHYY Public Media – January 04, 2017
The process and field of adoption has changed dramatically over the decades. We’ll be joined by PAM HASEGAWA, who supports the law and is the spokesperson for the New Jersey Coalition for Adoption Reform and Education. And we’ll talk about how adoptions have changed over the decades, with PETER CONN, author of the book, “Adoption: A Brief Social and Cultural History,” and MEREDITH ROSE, the Director of the Philadelphia-based Open Arms Adoption Network.
Information Gateway resource: History of Adoption Practices in the United States: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/intro/history/
US: Simone Biles Opens Up About Her Time in Foster Care – and How She’s Helping Kids in Need Now
People Magazine – January 04, 2017
“I came from a foster home and went on to achieve everything I’ve achieved,” she says. “I’m just hoping it can inspire other foster kids to never give up and to always pursue your dreams. And to play sports and get good sleep!”
US: Uniting Obama and Trump to save children (Opinion)
Washington Times – January 04, 2017
One area where the president and the president-elect should be able to unite [is] protecting children globally against the horrors of institutional life, and enabling prospective parents to bring those children into their homes and hearts. The general public and politicians on both sides of the political aisle tend to agree that adoption is a good option for the world’s orphaned, abandoned and relinquished children. Yet, a small number of officials in the current Department of State have hijacked U.S. adoption policy, promoting positions never authorized by Congress and positions that it is unlikely President Obama would endorse were they brought to his attention.
Canada: Boys were beaten and humiliated in foster care, judge rules
Montreal Gazette – January 04, 2017
A Quebec Court judge came down hard on the province’s youth protection agency in a recent ruling, admonishing it for allowing two Drummondville boys to sustain years of abuse while in foster care.
France: France Bans Spanking, Becoming The 52nd Country To Do So, & It’s So Important (Opinion)
Romper – January 05, 2017
While it might come as a shock to many, the use of physical violence to punish kids is still prevalent in many parts of the world. Including the United States. Even though there are laws against more overt acts of child abuse, some acts deemed less harmful have only recently become outlawed. A new law in France bans spanking, making it the 52nd country to do so. Why is it still allowed elsewhere, including the U.S.?
Hungary: Gov’t to introduce “welfare diagnosis” for low-income families in 2018
Politics.hu – January 04, 2017
The government is planning to monitor the needs of low-income families from next year on to “ensure individually tailored assistance”.
International: Children’s life chances are decided by the age of three, report finds
Swindon Advertiser – January 04, 2017
The study in question is known as ‘The Dunedin Study’, based in New Zealand but involving researchers from the US and UK. The 40-year longitudinal study has followed over 1,000 individuals who were born between 1972 and 1973 and shows how it is possible to predict which three year olds will grow up to become criminals, which will claim benefits and which will have poor health in later life.
The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Development Study: http://dunedinstudy.otago.ac.nz/studies/assessment-phases
United Kingdom: 2017 Is The Year Of The Foster Carer And Here’s Why…
Huffington Post UK – January 05, 2017
Around 60% of children come into care because of abuse or neglect, therefore, with continuing cuts to the most vulnerable and economic uncertainty in 2017, it’s not hard to guess that we will see more children needing foster carers as parents struggle to cope.
Vatican City: A child abuse scandal is coming for Pope Francis
The Week – January 03, 2017
In 2001, the Vatican instituted a massive reform in how it handled the cases of priests who abused children. The power to deal with these cases was taken away from the Congregation of the Clergy and the Roman Rota (the Vatican’s Court), and placed in the office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). Subsequently, the volume and speed with which the Catholic Church defrocked abuser priests went up. This was Pope Benedict’s legacy of trying to confront “the filth” in the Church. Recently, Pope Francis had the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, request an opinion from the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, led by Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, regarding the possibility of transferring competence to deal with abuser priests from the CDF back to Clergy and the Rota. Coccopalmerio’s office responded with a positive answer.
AR: The CALL aims to increase number of foster homes in Columbia County (Includes video)
Magnolia Reporter – January 03, 2017
The CALL is a faith-based, non-profit group that works with the State of Arkansas to recruit, train and equip adults who operate foster homes, said Karen Langston, regional coordinator for The CALL.
CA: Face of foster care changing
East Bay Times – January 03, 2017
As part of the state’s Continuum of Care Reform, the face of foster care is changing in California as a result of new legislation, AB 403, effective Jan. 1, which phases out the traditional group home model and streamlines the approval process for applicants interested in providing emergency and temporary foster care to those pursuing permanent adoption of their foster child.
IL: Non-Profits Suffering More Without A State Budget In 2017
FOX 55 – January 03, 2017
With the legislature not returning to session until January 9, many social service agencies and the families they serve fall victim to the budget battle.
MT: Gazette opinion: Montana’s new child protection leader
Billings Gazette – January 03, 2017
On Friday, the Yellowstone County attorney’s office filed its 531st civil child abuse/neglect case of the year. That was an significant increase over 2015 when the office filed for court orders to protect 454 local kids.
NC: Advocates: Extending foster care to age 21 could foster successful adults (Includes video)
WRAL – January 03, 2017
The Foster Care Family Act is designed to offer stability in what can be turbulent years. Anyone who was in the foster care system at age 18 can remain there or can return during the subsequent three years, and counselors will be assigned to them to help with life decisions.
Also: NC providing more support to young adults in foster care (Video): http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/16397416/
Also: North Carolina’s new foster care laws take effect: http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2017/01/03/north-carolinas-new-foster-care-laws-take-effect.html?ana=RSS%26s=article_search
NE: New research about teen pregnancy in Nebraska announced
KPTM FOX 42 – January 03, 2017
The Holland Children’s Institute commissioned “Future Unknown: The Outlook of Teen Pregnancy in Nebraska” from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health to investigate and evaluate the social and economic costs and consequences of teen pregnancy in Nebraska.
Also: Report: Future Unknown: The Outlook of Teen Pregnancy in Nebraska: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/childrensmovement/pages/190/attachments/original/1483466754/Teen_Pregnancy_Report_-_FINAL.pdf?1483466754
NM: Relatives seek custody of kids after parental drug abuse
Associated Press – January 03, 2017
The number of northern New Mexico residents seeking custody of abused and neglected children born to relatives has skyrocketed in the past two years.
NY: Family Preservation at All Costs? The Case of Zymere Perkins (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – January 03, 2017
The death of Zymere Perkins unleashed a media firestorm resulting in the resignation of the head of ACS. The state and city have issued scathing reports on the failure of ACS to protect Zymere. The media has understandably concentrated on the many egregious oversights by Child Protective Services workers, who repeatedly failed to investigate thoroughly the allegations of abuse.
NY: Mangano Recognizes January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month as Nassau DSS Receives State Award (Press release)
Public – January 03, 2017
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that Children’s Protective Services (CPS), a division of the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS), in partnership with The Safe Center LI and LIU Post are raising public awareness regarding youth trafficking and the commercial exploitation of youths, via the Safe Harbour Project.
OH: New Year, New Format for Foster Care and Adoption Training (Press release)
Public – January 03, 2017
Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is responding to requests for more flexible foster care and adoption training by offering a new and unique configuration of classes in January 2017, in addition to its traditional schedule of Saturday training classes starting in February.
TN: Watchdog Group: Tennessee Child Abuse Laws And Judge’s Orders Are Being Ignored (Includes audio)
Nashville Public Radio – January 03, 2017
In its latest report, the Second Look Commission, which closely examines severe abuse cases, asks officials to be more vigilant this year in holding adults accountable. Failure to report abuse concerns can be charged as a criminal misdemeanor.
Also: 643 Tennessee children victims of multiple incidents of severe child abuse: http://fox17.com/news/local/643-tennessee-children-victims-of-multiple-incidents-of-severe-child-abuse
WI: Filmmaker looking to raise awareness of foster home shortage
Racine Journal Times – January 03, 2017
“We have not seen this type of shortage in a long time. I can’t recall a time where we have had a difficulty placing an infant. And I currently have difficulties placing infants. I have always had difficulty placing older children, but it has become almost impossible to place teenagers in foster care,” Milkie said.
US: Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families (Includes audio)
National Public Radio – January 03, 2017
What happened to Walia’s family is rare. But it’s the deepest fear of parents who face severely limited child care choices. These experiences – from disruptive frustration to tragedy – leave many parents wondering why the supply of quality, licensed infant care in the U.S. does not meet the demand for it.
Related report: In Depth: The New America Care Report: https://www.newamerica.org/in-depth/care-report/introduction/
Also: How Politics Killed Universal Child Care In The 1970s: http://www.npr.org/2016/10/13/497850292/how-politics-killed-universal-childcare-in-the-1970s
Also: Information Gateway resource: Improving Child Care Services: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/prevention-programs/earlychildhood/related/improving/
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AL: State: Keep foster children at their school
Athens News Courier – December 30, 2016
The Alabama Department of Education understands entering foster care is a radical change that can affect the emotional health of a child. This month, officials sent out a notice advising school districts to work with their local welfare agencies to keep children at the school they were attending at the time they entered foster care to minimize disruption in their lives.
CA: Doctors say meth use contributing to child abuse in Central Valley (Includes video)
ABC 30 – January 02, 2017
Experts say the combination of the drug itself and the behavior of the adult hooked on meth puts children living in these settings in a dangerous and damaging environment.
CA: New CA Law Seeks to Right a Wrong for Young Victims of Sex Trafficking (Includes audio)
Public News Service – January 02, 2017
Rights4girls says one of the main predictors of entry into the juvenile justice system is sexual abuse; a new law seeks to change those odds by keeping some kids out of jail.
CA: Assembly member’s Op-Ed sparks national debate (Video)
KCRA – December 30, 2016
A new law taking effect January 1st takes a new approach to treating children involved in the sex trade, but one California Assembly member’s Op-Ed opposing the law has gained national attention.
Also: No, California Democrats didn’t ‘legalize’ child prostitution: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article124201384.html
CA: Group homes for foster children on way out in California
Ventura County Star – December 30, 2016
Operators of about a dozen small county group homes serving foster youths generally have two choices: close or convert into short-term residential treatment facilities. Children may stay for up to 180 days in the residential programs before being discharged to a family setting with some exceptions.
Also: Gallery: Group homes to be converted to improve foster care: http://www.vcstar.com/picture-gallery/news/2016/12/30/gallery-group-homes-to-be-converted-to-improve-foster-care/95904066/
IA: Lawmaker Wants Home Checks for Homeschoolers in Wake of Starved Teen Death (Includes video)
PJ Media – January 02, 2017
According to McCoy, Finn and her siblings were the subjects of “numerous” reports of neglect and child abuse before the teen’s death in October, but she was never removed from the home even though the multiple reports were given to the Iowa Department of Human Services from different sources, some from mandatory reporters.
Also: Death of Natalie Finn is sadly not shocking (Opinion): http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/12/31/death-natalie-finn-sadly-not-shocking/95959968/
IL: 25 New Laws in 2017 That Could Change Your Life
Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch – January 01, 2017
New bills adding to list of adoption disclosures, including reasons stated by birth parents for placing a child for adoption and making it easier for birth and adoptive parents to exchange medical and background information if beneficial to the adoptee.
IL: Stopgap budget set to expire, returning Rauner-Madigan standoff to where it was last summer
Chicago Tribune – December 30, 2016
A stopgap budget expires Sunday, and with it state government funding for public universities, social service agencies that provide care for the elderly and disabled, and day-to-day expenses such as electricity for buildings.
Also: Agencies prepare for state budget to expire on Sunday: http://www.wsiltv.com/story/34156133/agencies-prepare-for-state-budget-to-expire-on-sunday
IN: More frequent, extensive background checks proposed for Indiana school employees
WRTV – January 02, 2017
“It allows the schools to find out exactly who is in school, who is teaching. We’re talking about employees. We’re talking about teachers,” said Merritt.
MD: Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services honored for achievements in child welfare
Star Democrat – January 02, 2017
The agency was honored for exceeding expectations in four out of six measures. Those measures were the percentage of children in out-of-home placement that were visited each month, alternative response cases open less than 60 days, child protective services investigations open less than 60 days and the number of children exiting out-of-home placement to guardianship.
MT: Gazette opinion: Montana’s new child protection leader
Billings Gazette – January 03, 2017
Maurita Johnson is the new leader of the agency responsible for protecting Montana children from abuse and neglect. That job has never been more challenging. The number of abused and neglected children coming into the state system continues to grow.
NC: Foster care services to be available for young adults up to 21 years old
Greensboro News & Record – December 30, 2016
Young adults in foster care in North Carolina may continue receiving services until they are 21. A program called “Foster Care 18 to 21” is set to begin Sunday.
NH: Bill aims to set new balance between parental rights, child protection
Union Leader – December 30, 2016
Lawmakers will once again try to pass a bill that would require child protective services to keep reports of abuse and neglect longer so that social workers can better track patterns of abuse.
NY: When foster care puts kids in peril (Opinion)
New York Daily News – December 31, 2016
Child welfare has been down this road before. A high-profile tragedy involving a death of a child “known to the system” – this time, Zymere Perkins – is followed by an apparent spike in the number of children taken from their homes by the Administration for Children’s Services.
OH: New Commissioner Lays Out Goals For Her First Year
WVXU – January 03, 2017
Denise Driehaus starts her new job as Hamilton County Commissioner today. “We have some issues with child protective services that concern me. We have not so many case workers for what is an increased volume of kids going into the system, primarily because of the drug epidemic that we face.
OH: Family court gets state certification
Vindy – January 02, 2017
The family dependency court of Mahoning County Juvenile Court has earned its final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets. “It is both the mission of our court and our responsibility to the children of Mahoning County to address the challenges resulting from parental alcohol and substance abuse,” said Judge Theresa Dellick of the county juvenile court.
OH: Homelessness has dropped — but do you believe the numbers?
Cleveland.com – December 30, 2016
Ohio’s homeless population on this single night’s count in 2016 was 10,404. That’s not even 1 percent of the state’s 11.6 million population.
OH: New laws passed in Ohio that may have an impact on you
WRGT – December 30, 2016
House Bill 463: Requires the coverage of autism services; to reimburse child abuse and child neglect regional prevention council members for expenses and prohibit conflicts of interest.
Bill Text: https://legiscan.com/OH/text/HB463/2015
PA: Agency faces lawsuit over death of child in foster care
Standard Speaker – January 02, 2017
Wilkes-Barre residents Nichole Puscavage and Anthony Cook filed suit against the agency in January 2016, accusing caseworkers of “sheer incompetence” for placing 21-month-old Anthony L. Puscavage into a Plymouth home where he died after sustaining a head injury in January 2015.
PA: The surge in narcotic overdoses is affecting everyone
Philadelphia Inquirer – January 02, 2017
From 2000 to 2012, there was a five-fold increase in the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome – equivalent to one baby suffering from narcotic withdrawal born every 25 minutes. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics looked at over 13,000 U.S. pediatric discharge records for patients 1-19 years of age who were hospitalized from 1997 to 2012 for opioid poisonings.
PA: In William Penn schools, a season of struggle with no end in sight
Philadelphia Inquirer – January 01, 2017
When a middle-of-the-night fire badly damaged a rental house in Darby Borough in late November and left a mother and four children homeless, counselors and teachers in the William Penn School District sprang into action.
TN: Oak Ridge Board of Education OKs policies on English learners, foster kids
Oak Ridger – December 30, 2016
The Board also unanimously passed on first reading a new policy on students in foster care. The policy states students in foster care, including students awaiting foster care placement, will be enrolled regardless of whether the student is able to produce records or missed a deadline.
TX: Experts: The human cost of trafficking
El Paso Times – January 30, 2017
Every year, an estimated 2 million children worldwide are exploited in sex trafficking. And whether we are ready to believe the stark reality or not, some kids in America will be exploited in sex or labor trafficking during the holidays.
TX: Human trafficking’s most likely child victims
Gilmer Mirror – January 02, 2017
Every year, an estimated 2 million children worldwide are exploited in sex trafficking. Also, the number of child victims of labor trafficking is expected to escalate due to the current global economic crisis. And whether we are ready to believe the stark reality or not, some kids in America will be exploited in sex or labor trafficking during the holidays.
TX: Unintended hurdles for some after foster care
Dallas Morning News – January 01, 2017
Former foster children who are adopted out of the system and go on to attend college are held to higher academic standards than those who age out of state care, the unintended consequence of a 3-year-old Texas law that legislators could revisit this month.
TX: In ’16: From cop deaths to Trump (Opinion)
Longview News-Journal – December 31, 2016
The election of Donald Trump, a deadly police ambush, 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.
Also: TEXAS VIEW: State needs to find better use for funds (Opinion): http://www.oaoa.com/editorial/views/texas_opinion/article_3acd96fc-cf9d-11e6-8cb9-633433b2f0ea.html
TX: AG says state complying with foster care order
Associated Press – December 30, 2016
The Texas attorney general’s office is challenging a federal judge’s ruling this week that the state is not complying with her earlier directive that foster children shouldn’t be placed in any group home that doesn’t have 24-hour supervision.
VA: Foster parents offer homes, safety to children in need in Lynchburg area
Lynchburg News and Advance – December 31, 2016
Statewide, there are more than 5,000 children in foster care, United Methodist Family Services Resource Parent Recruiter Andrea Miller said.
WV: Prevent Neglect Of W.Va. Children (Opinion)
Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register – January 03, 2017
If justices there determine Robinson is right – that no West Virginia grandparent is responsible for his or her grandchildren – legislators will have to act.
WV: Health secretary resigning in Jan.
Sunday Gazette-Mail – December 30, 2016
During her tenure, Karen Bowling focused her efforts on implementing laws designed to fight substance abuse, promoting child welfare and increasing insurance coverage under the state’s Medicaid expansion. Among her successes, Bowling cited the launch of Safe at Home West Virginia, in 2015, a program to keep children at risk of being institutionalized in community-based services.
US: 30 Days Is Not Enough: Limited Treatment Is Costing Lives
Fix.com – January 02, 2017
Let’s look at the effect of addiction on the foster care system. This system is already oversaturated with children in need of a safe home. Some addicted parents lose custody of their children due to their disease and behavior associated with the lifestyle. These children are ripped away from the parents they love and either placed with another family member or given to total strangers.
US: Study shows foster care may be bad for children’s health
Knowridge Science Report – January 02, 2017
Children who have been in the U.S. foster care system are at a significantly higher risk of mental and physical health problems than children who haven’t been in foster care, according to a University of California, Irvine sociologist.
US: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Roberts Announces Updated BIA Guidelines to Strengthen Implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act with Focus on Family Unification
Native News Online – January 01, 2017
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts today announced final, updated Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) guidelines for implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) that will better protect the rights of Indian children, their parents and their tribes in state child welfare proceedings.
US: A Look Back at 2016: The Year in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare
Chronicle of Social Change – December 30, 2016
The rise and fall of the Family First Prevention Services Act does seem to be in line with the “up is down, down is up” mood of 2016. The bill started with question marks about how high the price tag would be, and ended with a Republican senator blocking it because it cut too much spending.
US: Guidelines for Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act
Federal Register – December 30, 2016
This notice announces the availability of the Department’s new Guidelines for Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act. These guidelines are intended to assist those involved in child custody proceedings in understanding and uniformly applying the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Department’s regulations.
US: Military families struggle with jump in child abuse
Tribune Washington Bureau – December 30, 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 Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau investigation has found.
US: We Have to Partner with Law Enforcement Around Trauma (Opinion)
Youth Today – December 13, 2016
Often kids experiencing traumatic responses are aggressive; defiant; distrusting of adults and authority figures; experience difficulty processing information; are impulsive; have a heightened fight, flight or freeze response; and are hypersensitive to noise. But to a professional without proper training these behaviors can also be interpreted as combative rather than a traumatic response.
Add Information Gateway resource: Role of Law Enforcement in Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/responding/collaborative-responses-to-child-abuse-neglect/law-enforcement/
|Kristin Chenoweth pens emotional essay: Lion offers ‘honest look at adoption‘
Entertainment Weekly (blog)
After seeing the film Lion, a true story about an adopted boy’s journey to reconnect with his biological family, Kristin Chenoweth was moved to pen an …
Kristin Chenoweth: I’m ‘lucky’ to be adopted – Guelph Mercury
|Mom charged in rape, killing of adopted daughter worked as adoption official
New York Post
A woman accused of killing her 14-year-old adoptive daughter in a “rape-murder” fantasy previously worked as an adoption supervisor in …
Mom Charged in Teen Daughter’s Rape, Murder and Dismemberment Was a Child Welfare Worker – NBC 10 Philadelphia
Mom charged in adopted teen’s death was adoption supervisor – WFMZ Allentown
Woman charged in killing, dismemberment of daughter worked for Northampton County child … – Allentown Morning Call
|Gurgaon Child Care Institutes to be sensitised on adoption policy
The director of Women and Child Department, Haryana, asked the district program officer to conduct a one-day training session on child adoption …
|Unclear norms hindering adoption of abandoned children in Haryana
Five families from Gurgaon and Manesar had come forward to adopt a two-day-old abandoned baby girl (above) near Shikohpur village and contacted …
|State Department assailed for new rules on foreign adoptions
NEW YORK (AP) — The State Department, which oversees the adoption of foreign children by American families, is under fire from scores of adoption …
State Department assailed for new rules on foreign adoptions – Miami Herald
|Christmas Adoption Gift: Woman asks stepmother to adopt her
WKRC TV Cincinnati
After 17 years Marissa decided to surprise Heather at Christmas with adoption papers. The act was filmed and thanks to the internet, millions have …
|What does a professional cuck think of the alt-right’s adoption of cuckoldry?
In the buildup to the 2016 election, however, the phrase was adopted by the Trump-loving white supremacists of the alt-right, who exploited the …
|N.J. Adoption Law Enacted
A new law in New Jersey that supports adopted children was celebrated Monday at the state house. Adoptees in New Jersey now have the right to …
|Mom accused in adopted daughter’s dismemberment was adoption supervisor
York Daily Record/Sunday News
Sara Packer worked as a supervisor for the Northampton County Children, Youth and Families Division for adoptions from 2003 to 2010, when she …
|Adoption Birthparent Caseworker
A Baby Step Adoption (ABSA) is a licensed adoption agency in Pennsylvania specializing in domestic infant adoptions. ABSA works with birthparents …
The Donaldson Adoption Institute
Here you will find information about the adoption process as well as some frequently asked questions.
|N.C. Kids Adoption and Foster Care Network
DHHS – NC Department of Health and Human Services
India: Rise in baby trafficking in India cuts adoption numbers and fuels trade
Independence – January 02, 2017
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.
Related: A baby for $200: The shattered lives behind ASEAN’s shocking trade in children: http://www.aseantoday.com/2017/01/a-baby-for-200-the-shattered-lives-behind-aseans-shocking-trade-in-children/
Romania: Taking time to change lives
Mission News Network – January 02, 2017
Sometimes changing a life for the better begins with paying attention. That’s essentially what Orphan’s Heart International is doing in Romania – alongside their national ministry partners, they’re paying attention to the needs facing orphaned and vulnerable children and taking the time to address them.
Vatican City: Pope to bishops: Maintain ‘zero tolerance’ for child abuse
Associated Press – January 02, 2017
The Vatican on Monday released the text of a Dec. 28 letter Francis sent to bishops about injustices to children such as slave labor, malnutrition and sexual exploitation, including abuse by priests.
|Adoption and Holidays: Unwrapping and Understanding the ‘Gifts’
April Dinwoodie Chief Executive of The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), co-founder of Fostering Change for Children, and a transracial adoptee.
|A very Jedi adoption ceremony: 5 inspiring stories this week
(NEWSER) – A happily empty animal shelter and a Star Wars-themed adoption ceremony make this week’s list of uplifting stories: Very Merry Animal …
|Coming up, national tribunal for adoption
The Indian Express
Under the amended Juvenile Justice Act of 2015, no judge should keep a adoption-related case pending for more than two hearings spread over two …
|Pennsylvania man surprised after step-daughter gives him adoption papers for Christmas
A teenager has captured the hearts of thousands after she surprised her stepfather with adoption papers on Christmas Day. Julia Zharichenko, who …
|Nohl fellows explore their transracial adoption stories through art
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
She is one of two Nohl fellowship recipients exploring their own transracial adoption. (Photo: Pat A. Robinson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, …
|Thief steals SA grandmother’s adoption papers from her locked car
KSAT San Antonio
We’re in the process of adopting her and all her paperwork was in there,” Garcia said. “I was devastated. It even had DNA results, things like that that …
|A very Jedi adoption ceremony: 5 inspiring stories this week
Deanna Pedicone, a Delaware Department of Health and Social Services worker, hold her 4 -year-old daughter Zoe during her official adoption at the …
|3-year-old Arizona boy celebrates adoption in viral pictures
PHOENIX — A 3-year-old Arizona’s boy celebration of his adoption is a huge hit. Dezhianna “Dae” Brown’s Twitter post of photos of her adoptive …
Cheerful 3-year-old’s Christmas adoption goes viral – New York Daily News
Photo of 3-year-old boy getting adopted goes viral – Fox 32 Chicago
|Minnesota families afford the cost of adoption with nonprofit’s help
Minneapolis Star Tribune
You can’t put a price on love, but with an adoption costing upward of $35,000, it can feel like an insurmountable barrier for many working- and …
|4-Year-Old Fan Gets ‘Star Wars’-Themed Adoption Ceremony
A 4-year-old “Star Wars” super-fan received the adoption ceremony of her dreams two days before Christmas. Zoe Pedicone was greeted by “Darth …
|Boy gets official adoption letter for Christmas
Imagine the joy of discovering after six years that you’ve finally got the present you always dreamed of. This 11-year-old had that dream come true …
Adorable boy gets official adoption letter for Christmas – New York Post
|Adoption birth records could soon be available to 300000 in NJ
As many as 300,000 children who were given up for adoption could be affected. Birth parents have until Saturday to have their names removed in …
|Rise in baby trafficking in India cuts adoption numbers and fuels trade
MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An increase in baby trafficking in India is reducing the number of children available for adoption and fuelling …
Indian Couples Wait For Adoption As Baby Trafficking Becomes More Rampant In India – Huffington Post India
|Tim Tebow Foundation helps widow proceed with adoption of an orphan after losing her husband
When Christine Mullican lost her husband unexpectedly, she wasn’t sure she’d be able to go through with the adoption they’d been planning — until …
|Donor gives thousands to cover all adoption fees at Forsyth Humane Society
The Forsyth Humane Society received a $5,000 anonymous donation this week to cover the adoption fees for all 48 animals in the shelter! (Photo: …
Good Samaritan springs for adoption fees of 48 pets at Forsyth Humane Society – Winston-Salem Journal
|Unique DHS department works to reunite people separated by adoption
She also serves as a field representative for the department’s adoption registry, which allows members of families separated by …
|Toddler’s Jubilant Fist Pump as He’s Adopted After 832 Days in Foster Care: ‘Mama, I Am happy’
A photo on Twitter of Michael Brown triumphantly pumping his fist in the air after he was adopted by Tara Montgomery, a single mother from Peoria, …
This little boy received his official adoption certificate on Christmas Morning.
|Adoption photo wins over Internet
His face said it all. After more than 800 days in foster care, a 3-year-old found his “forever family” — and became an Internet sensation to boot.
|Adoption Fair Coordinators – must be 18+ with 6 month commitment please!
We need volunteers to host our adoption fairs which take place on weekends at Petco and Pet Food Express in San Jose and Morgan Hill.
|Cottonwood child abuse victim linked to missing baby case in Florida
COTTONWOOD, Ariz. – Cottonwood police say a 10-month-old child abuse victim was listed as a missing and endangered child out of Tampa, Florida.
|Child abuse findings voided secretly in Kentucky
Yet, despite a state Child Protective Services investigation that substantiated the incident as child abuse, Watson has a clean record with the state …
|Jerusalem opens multidisciplinary child abuse recovery center
Jerusalem Post Israel News
The Haruv Children’s Campus, an unprecedented global child abuse recovery center combining research and treatment methodologies across an …
|Toquerville Child Abuse Case “Worst Ever Seen”
TOQUERVILLE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) A Toquerville mother was arrested after investigators say she locked up her young son and nearly starved him to …
|Father charged with child abuse resulting in death of 5-month-old son
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (WUSA9) – A 20-year-old father has been charged on child abuse resulting death of his 5-month-old son in …
|Microsoft workers forced to watch child abuse sue for PTSD
New York Post
Two Microsoft workers who claim they were forced to watch “horrific images” including child pornography, bestiality and murder as part of their job are …
Chastising a child may now be considered as a form of child abuse under R.A. 7610. This is what Poldo found out too late with respect to a child …
|Pakistani court takes custody of girl in child abuse case
ISLAMABAD – A Pakistani court has taken custody of a 10-year-old girl at the center of a child abuse case that has shocked the nation and sent her to …
Pakistani court takes custody of girl in child abuse case – Fredericksburg.com
Penn State’s costs in relation to the Jerry Sandusky abuse scandal are nearing a quarter of a billion, four years after the former football coach was …
Penn State’s abuse scandal costs reach $237 million – York Daily Record/Sunday News
|Verona woman found not guilty of child abuse
Staunton News Leader
STAUNTON – A judge on Tuesday found a Verona woman not guilty of abusing her 3-year-old daughter in 2015. Nicole R. Bayne, 27, was arrested in …
|Father Charged with Child Abuse Resulting in Son’s Death
Montgomery County, MD Police – Press Releases
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Roger Lee Miller Jr., age 20, …
|Child Abuse: Abandoned, Violated and Betrayed – True Story [Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse]
Several incidences of childhood abuse at the hands of a close relative prove to have done their damage as she is forced to face her feelings about the …
|Tucson woman accused of child abuse after daughter is burned
TUCSON — Authorities say a Tucson woman is accused of child abuse after her 5-year-old daughter was badly burned by hot water in a bathtub.
|Academic Child Abuse Pediatrician Opportunity in Southern California
Loma Linda University Faculty Medical Groups Department of Pediatrics, Division of Forensic Pediatrics is seeking a Child Abuse Physician to join …
|Child abuse: ISIS brainwashes preschoolers, films them executing
Signs of the Times
After an end-of-the-year video showing pre-teens hunt down and kill bound prisoners in an abandoned building, the Islamic State today released an …
|Turn Chores into Quality Time – Parenting Tip of the Week
Prevent Child Abuse America
Teaching your children life skills like responsibility is a big part a parent’s job. Here are some tips to turn daily chores into a tool for teaching!
|Child Abuse Case ‘Something Out of…a Horror Film’
KFI AM 640 – iHeartRadio
A Utah mom has been charged with felony child abuse after authorities say her 12-year-old son was found severely malnourished and weighing only …
|West Virginia woman jailed on child abuse charges – WBOY
Authorities say a Kanawha County woman faces child abuse charges after her infant daughter was hospitalized.
|Williston PD Investigating More Child Abuse Reports
Only a third of child abuse reports made to the department last year led to an arrest. But Nickoloff says she would prefer to investigate more reports …
|Pope to Bishops: Maintain ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Child Abuse
Pope Francis has exhorted Catholic bishops worldwide to do what’s needed to ensure children are protected from sexual abuse by clergy. The Vatican …
A child abuse scandal is coming for Pope Francis – The Week Magazine
|Watchdog Group: Tennessee Child Abuse Laws And Judge’s Orders Are Being Ignored
This chart shows instances of Tennessee children who have undergone severe abuse more than once since 2010. (The 2012 count is attributed to …
|The National Geographic Transgender Cover Champions Child Abuse And Junk Science
Cross-dressing a young boy is emotional and psychological child abuse and should be stopped, not celebrated on the cover of magazines like …
|Reduce stress to prevent child abuse
News-Democrat & Leader
Stress can increase during the holidays, even in the most loving of families. And that can put some children at risk for abuse or neglect. With children …
|Child abuse in sport and the progress made towards eradicating it
Professor Celia Brackenridge, pictured here in 2007, compiled a catalogue of horrific child abuse cases that came to light in the 1990s. Photograph: …
|Child abuse reports rose in 2016
District attorneys across the state are seeing an uptick in reports of child abuse and neglect, a jump they say is causing a pinch on already strained …
|Doctors say meth use contributing to child abuse in Central Valley
“I know I’m seeing more kids every year, and I’m not surprised if meth is part of the component,” said Dr. Philip Hyden, a child abuse pediatrician.
Students at Valley Life Charter School in Visalia organized a stuffed animal drive for the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office’s Child Abuse …
|Grand jury gets child abuse case
RUSSELLVILLE – The case against a man authorities said intentionally beat and mistreated a small child will be presented to an upcoming session of …
|Preliminary hearing postponed for woman in child abuse case
Grand Island Independent
A woman who was charged with child abuse after she let kids ride on the outside of her car in a parking lot will have a preliminary hearing at 3:30 p.m. …
The Thinking Housewife
A 17-year-old boy is the new face of Cover Girl cosmetics. And the National Women’s Hockey League now accepts “men.” Writes Mike King:.
|Child Welfare Manifesto
Health Impact News
On December 26, 2016, Senator Alan Clark posted to his Facebook page his vision for Child Protective Services, which he has entitled “Child Welfare …
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|Pope to bishops: Maintain ‘zero tolerance’ for child abuse
28 letter Francis sent to bishops about injustices to children such as slave labor, malnutrition and sexual exploitation, including abuse by priests.
|Pope to bishops: Maintain ‘zero tolerance’ for child abuse
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has exhorted Catholic bishops worldwide to do what’s needed to ensure children are protected from sexual …
|Okreek Man Charged with Sexual Abuse and Child Abuse
US Department of Justice
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Okreek, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated …
|Pope to bishops: Maintain ‘zero tolerance’ for child abuse
Pope Francis has exhorted Catholic bishops worldwide to do what’s needed to ensure children aren’t sexually abused by clergy. The Vatican on …
|Navajo Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Abuse Charge
US Department of Justice
ALBUQUERQUE – Sho’Nee Ganadonegro, 26, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty today in …
|Kyle Man Indicted for Child Abuse
US Department of Justice
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Kyle, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Felony Child Abuse …
|Boyfriend face felony child abuse
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) – A Sioux Falls one-year-old suffered a broken arm early this morning and his mother’s boyfriend is charged with felony …
|New CoP orders external review of child abuse cases
Cayman News Service
(CNS): Following an RCIPS internal audit of all open child abuse cases in the Cayman Islands, triggered by a recent court case where the failure by …
|Child Abuse Panel
Penn State Law
Join Penn State Law’s Family Law Society for a discussion of child abuse featuring experts who will offer a variety of perspectives on this important …
|President of American College of Pediatricians: Promoting
President of the American College of Pediatricians Michelle Cretella, MD, likened such promotion to “institutionalized child abuse.” “The best thing …
|Goodneighbor program helps parents with children who have suffered trauma
Canon City Daily Record
Jenni Guentcheva and Ventzi Guentchev talk about the effects of childhood trauma on the brain at Goodneighbor LLC, a specialized treatment center …
|CU Boulder, Mental Health Partners receive $2M grant to treat children, families affected by trauma
Boulder Daily Camera
The five-year grant, awarded by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, will go toward building a “Trauma Center of Excellence” and will help …
|Microsoft employees sue over trauma caused by viewing child abuse images
TWO FORMER Microsoft employees have filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming they have been left with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) …
|Three things to know about how childhood trauma impacts adults
The Daily News Journal
If there was one thing the community could do to reduce the rates of alcoholism, depression, cancer, heart attacks, teen pregnancy, child abuse and …
|Painting away the trauma of Syria’s war
Until a few years ago, Brisly lived in Damascus, where she began to draw – both to help children cope with the trauma of war, and, after fleeing Syria …
|Workers train to recognize trauma
According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, childhood trauma can affect how children form attachments and relationships, how their …
|5-Month-Old’s Father Charged With Child Abuse in Baby’s Death
SILVER SPRING, MD — A White Oak man is charged with child abuse — specifically head trauma — that caused the death of his 5-month-old son last …
Maryland Father Charged With Abuse After Death of Infant Son – NBC4 Washington
|The Exchange: Why Americans Can’t Cope With Trauma
Foreign Policy (blog)
I don’t know how to address the scale of trauma and grief of the Syrian refugee child but, certainly, I can look at myself and think: We also have to …
The Exchange: Why Americans Can’t Cope With Trauma – Yahoo Sports
The Exchange: Why Americans Can’t Cope With Trauma – Yahoo News
|Apathy, red tape trauma for 4-year-old
On a bitterly cold winter’s day last week, when the child was rescued by Childline workers in Kokrajhar district, he was shivering and hungry.
The facility dogs help children cope with the trauma of facing an accuser or giving testimony in court. When Pella is on the job, she sees the happy …
|Bilingual Trauma Therapist
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Provides trauma therapy services to children and adults in the Long Branch community of Silver Spring, MD. -Provides a full range of trauma treatment …
|Becoming ‘trauma-informed’: State of the Child Forum planned for May 5
To raise awareness of childhood trauma and the negative impacts it has on communities as well as develop strategies for addressing the problem, …
|For Growing Number Of Kids Shot In Chicago, The Trauma Never Ends
The shootings and other forms of trauma are leading to a “public health crisis” among children, said Colleen Cicchetti, a supervisor at Lurie Children’s …
|Paul Arnold: Child psychologist, researcher
But it is what drives Dr. Paul Arnold in both his practice as a child psychologist and his leading-edge research to help traumatized and abused children …
|Notable gifts Notable Gifts: Robins Foundation awards $500000 in Community Innovation Grants
The impact of childhood trauma persists not only for the child, but also for the people who try to help. Giving support to both in an effort to build …
|Serious childhood trauma can last a lifetime, but you can help
Researchers found that in high doses, childhood trauma can significantly impact the child’s long-term health and wellness. These are not your …
|Rugby Star’s Wife Has Abortion Just to Avoid the “Trauma” of Another Miscarriage
Rugby Star’s Wife Has Abortion Just to Avoid the “Trauma” of Another … Boyd miscarried one unborn child in April, then aborted another one in August …
|On anniversary of sexual assault, victim ‘forced to remember’ trauma
In the grips of the all-consuming grief and trauma only known to parents who have lost a child, Sarah had to fight through the haze of suffering to make …
|Teenager kills himself over trauma of almost being hanged by bullies when he was five
A teenager killed himself after being haunted by the trauma of almost being hanged by bullies as a child. Arthur Stephenson, 18, was just …
|Syrian refugees in Jordan: Child marriage, trauma, poverty hampering educational progress
“If I were to transfer my child from one school to another, he/she would need time to acclimate to the new environment, classmates, and teachers and …
|Call for psychologists in communities to help with crime suppression and trauma
Take the school for instance, a child that attending a school that is well loved and that child is killed tragically – everybody in the school mourns. It is not …
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s a new way of using K-9 intuition, by helping children dealing with some of the worst kinds of trauma. This week a therapy …
|Healing the inner child through portrait therapy: Illness, identity and childhood trauma
Taylor & Francis Online
The focus of this article is an exploration of the role portrait therapy plays in helping people living with LT&CIs to explore and heal childhood trauma.
|Grandparents of toddlers charged in child neglect case
Enid News & Eagle
CLAREMORE, Okla. — The grandparents of an Owasso toddler in what police and medical personnel described as “the worst case of child abuse and …
|Jerusalem opens multidisciplinary child abuse recovery center
Jerusalem Post Israel News
The Haruv Children’s Campus, an unprecedented global child abuse recovery center combining research and treatment methodologies across an …
|Baby ingests drugs, woman facing child neglect charge
Saturday night the 11-month-old baby boy was brought to Bethesda Hospital East—lethargic and in pain— where the child tested positive for opiates …
|Lakeville Mother Pleads Guilty To Theft In Child Neglect Case
She is also charged with child neglect, as is 38-year-old Zacharia Wilson. The two allegedly went missing last October with their children and drove …
|School dinner lady charged with child neglect
A dinner lady who featured in a schools guide issued to thousands of families in London has appeared in court charged with child neglect. Benedicta …
|Woman sentenced for child neglect
Minot Daily News
Meranda Lynn Malone pleaded guilty to child neglect, a Class C felony, and to criminal facilitation, also a Class C felony, on Jan. 6. For each charge …
|Child abuse findings voided secretly in Kentucky
Yet, despite a state Child Protective Services investigation that substantiated the incident as child abuse, Watson has a clean record with the state …
|Police: Home had drugs, neglected children
Wausau Daily Herald
WAUSAU – A man and a woman face multiple felony charges after police said they found drugs, starving dogs and neglected children — including a …
|Neighbors of parents, grandparents charged in child abuse case unaware of kids, conditions in home
(L-R) The infants’ parents Kevin Fowler, 25, and Aislyn Miller, 24; paternal grandmother Rita Fowler, 65; and maternal grandparents Johnny Miller, 47, …
|Victoria child abuse hotline crisis: Thousands of calls unanswered, others endure long waits
VICTORIA’S child abuse hotline is in crisis: in an 18-month period more than 20,000 calls went unanswered, and some callers waited more than two …
|Senate Bill 246
Indiana General Assembly – IN.gov
Child neglect defense. Specifies under the safe haven law that it is only a defense to a claim of neglect of a dependent if the individual left the child …
|Cross Lanes Father Wanted for Child Neglect Resulting in Injury
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant charging the father with child neglect resulting in injury, stemming from this incident.
|Man charged with child neglect
Jonathan T. Keeshan, 35, of an apartment at 4000 Archer Road, was charged with felony child neglect and possession of less than 20 grams of …
|Child neglect, enabling abuse charges filed against grandparents of emaciated Owasso infants
On Tuesday, the maternal grandparents were each charged with two counts of enabling child abuse by injury, two counts of child neglect and one …
|Parents charged with neglect in child’s death
MINNEAPOLIS- A Plymouth couple is charged with child neglect in connection with the 2015 death of their 7-year-old adopted son. Timothy David …
Parents Let Child Suffer Before His Death: Cops – Inside Edition
|Grandparents Charged In Owasso Child Neglect Case
News On 6
Rogers County prosecutors charged two grandparents with five counts in connection with a child abuse and neglect case an Owasso police officer …
|EC man gets probation for child neglect
George M. Rudolph, 24, 2309 Corona Ave., pleaded no contest in Eau Claire County Court to misdemeanor counts of neglecting a child and bail …
|Judge rules Jennifer Watkins’ flight was child neglect
The State Journal-Register
VIRGINIA — Jennifer Watkins’ six-year attempt to keep her daughter from seeing her paternal grandparents constitutes neglect, according to a ruling …
|Child Abuse: Another Consequence of 15 Years Of War
Task & Purpose
The Pentagon has struggled to deal with the cascade of child abuse and neglect cases in military families in the years since America went to war in …
|Two charged with felony child neglect
MARTINSBURG — Two Martinsburg residents are facing felony charges after officers were allegedly overpowered by the smell of their apartment, …
Martinsburg couple charged after toddlers found living in “subhuman” conditions – West Virginia MetroNews
|Rise in child abuse reports to NSPCC hotline
Newly released figures show there were 1,129 calls from people concerned about neglected children in December 2015 – a 60% increase compared …
Reports of child abuse rise in Lincolnshire during Christmas period – Lincolnshire Reporter
|Child neglect at Christmas rises by a third in four years: NSPCC received a call once every 12 …
Concerns that a child was being neglected was the most common reason for someone to phone or email the helpline – 1,129 times, a 60 per cent …
|Rise in reports of child abuse and neglect to NSPCC helpline
Reports of child neglect to an NSPCC helpline have risen by 60% over a four-year period, according to the charity.
|Woman dragged from children’s hospital wing, charged with child neglect
A mother is charged with child neglect and resisting arrest after an incident at Wolfson Children’s Hospital this week. Nursing staff called police to the …
|Clinical Handbook Of Child Abuse And Neglect Read Download PDF/Audiobook id:wfzil4e dkel
File Name: Clinical Handbook Of Child Abuse And Neglect Total Downloads: 1075. Formats: djvu | pdf | epub | mp3 | kindle. Rated: 8.0/10 (98 votes) …
|Charge upgraded in infant’s death
The infant died Nov. 16, a day after he was taken off life support, chief deputy prosecutor Rebecca Bush said Thursday. Bush declined to release the …
|Bond denied for man indicted in Forrest infant’s death
Jackson Clarion Ledger
A man indicted for capital murder in the death of a Forrest County infant has been denied bond. Ryan Timothy Dykes, 28, of Beaumont is accused of …
|Infant’s death marks second tragedy for Gilbert mom
A Gilbert mother who had to overcome the tragic death of her 3-year-old son is dealing with another round of heartbreak: the death of her 7-month-old …
|Lawsuit: improper procedures led to infant’s death at Greenwich Hospital
GREENWICH — A couple whose infant daughter died in the delivery room is suing Greenwich Hospital. Lauren E. Sorgen and her husband, Grant D.
Death of baby girl leads to investigation – News 12 Connecticut
|Infant death under investigation
They say it appears the baby died while being bathed and it may have been accidental. Public Safety was first on the scene at a home in the 500 block …
Infant death under investigation – Midwest Communication
|What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)?
The syndrome which is commonly referred to as cot death, is medically termed the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It is the name given to the …
|Two Indicted In Henderson Co. Infant’s Death
LEX18 Lexington KY News
HENDERSON COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) A mother and her boyfriend are indicted for criminal abuse in the death of an infant. The Gleaner of Henderson …
Mother, boyfriend indicted in infant abuse case – The Daily Progress
Mother, boyfriend indicted in infant abuse case – LEX18 Lexington KY News
Mother and boyfriend indicted in infant abuse case – messenger-inquirer
|Infant’s death: Notice to Chief Secy, DC
Taking cognisance of the news appearing in The Tribune about the death of the new-born child in the hospital due to absence of a power back up, …
|Coping with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
For families who have been affected by sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), it is essential that there is access to a strong support network to help …
|Bond denied for man indicted in infant’s death
The Sun Herald
Bond has been denied for a man indicted for capital murder in the death of an infant in south Mississippi. The Hattiesburg American …
Bond denied for man indicted in infant’s death – Bryan-College Station Eagle
Bond denied for man indicted in infant’s death – Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)
|Infant death under investigation
Infant death under investigation. Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:50 p.m. EST by John McNeill. Death Investigation. KALAMAZOO (WKZO-AM) …
|Infant death under investigation
92.7 The Van WYVN
Infant death under investigation. Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:50 p.m. EST by John McNeill. The baby was pronounced dead at Borgess Emergency, …
|Infant’s death on reality TV probed in Bridgeport
The Mayo Clinic defines sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, as “the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less …
|Infant death under investigation in Pinellas
(AP) — Tampa Bay-area authorities are investigating the death of a 7-month-old boy. According to a statement from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, …
|Unlicensed Virginia Beach daycare owner accused in infant’s death faces new charges
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A woman charged with child neglect and abuse after an infant died at an unlicensed day care she ran out of her home is …
Va. Beach woman indicted after child dies at unlicensed day care – 13newsnow.com
|Mother, boyfriend indicted in Forrest County infant’s death
Mother, boyfriend indicted in Forrest County infant’s death … A mother and her boyfriend have been indicted in connection with the death of a …
Mother, boyfriend indicted in Forrest County infant’s death – The Sun Herald
Mother, boyfriend indicted in Forrest County infant’s death – Mississippi News Now
|Infant’s death on Christmas Eve is ruled a homicide after autopsy reveals he suffered a cracked skull
An infant’s death on Christmas Eve was ruled a homicide on Wednesday after an autopsy revealed he suffered a cracked skull. Kalobe Williams was …
|Boyfriend, mother indicted in Forrest infant’s death
Jackson Clarion Ledger
A Forrest County grand jury has indicted a mother and her boyfriend in connection to the death of a 9-month-old Forrest County girl. Ryan Timothy …
|France to suspend sales of Vitamin D supplement after infant’s death
The agency said in a statement that investigations had found that there was a “probable link” between the infant’s death and the way in which it was …
French group: Vitamin D-linked infant death not a supplement issue; Health Minister agrees – NutraIngredients.com
France to suspend sales of Vitamin D supplement following death of baby – Irish Independent
|Infant’s death ruled a homicide; El Dorado County man arrested
Tahoe Daily Tribune
An El Dorado County man was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of a 6-week-old infant earlier this month. Michael Swope, 29, was …
|Trial of Arcata Woman Charged With Causing Infant’s Death Postponed Until April
Lost Coast Outpost
Trial of Arcata Woman Charged With Causing Infant’s Death Postponed … She is charged with killing 7-week-old Gigi Misztal, who died from head …
|1 charged with capital murder in Forrest infant’s death
Ryan Dykes, one of four people charged in the death of a 9-month-old Forrest County infant, has been charged with capital murder. He was booked …
|Infant’s death ruled a homicide
The death of an 11-month-old boy in Boynton Beach has been ruled a homicide. Alex Browning reports.
|Cairns house examined in baby death case
A Cairns house is being forensically examined as police search for evidence in relation to the gruesome death of a newborn baby more than two …
Cold case crime scene set up – Courier Mail
|Cops face ‘horror show’ after long-dead baby is brought to hospital
New York Post
The tot, Dameen Mohammed, had suffered bruising and a collapsed lung, although it is unclear if those injuries were caused by a prior resuscitation …
Family questioned in death of 7-month-old boy – New York Post
Death of S.I. baby under investigation; no arrests – SILive.com
|Woman charged 20 years after baby death
Police have charged a woman with manslaughter over the death of a newborn baby boy found mutilated in a Cairns driveway more than two decades …
Woman charged 20 years after baby death – Sky News Australia
Breakthrough in grisly baby murder case – NEWS.com.au
|Monkeys grieve over ‘death‘ of robotic spy monkey-baby
The BBC’s new “Spy in the Wild” documentary series is based on introducing animatronic creatures equipped with spy cameras into animal …
Heartbroken Monkeys Grieve Over ‘Dead‘ Robotic Spy Baby – Huffington Post
Heartbroken Monkeys Grieve Over ‘Dead‘ Robotic Spy Baby – Huffington Post Australia
|Mom charged after baby dies in changing table incident
KCCI Des Moines
Court documents showed Taylor was aware that the child could roll over. Her husband, Don Taylor, said his child’s death was a horrible freak accident …
|Authorities investigating 7-month-old baby’s death in Apple Valley
APPLE VALLEY – Authorities were investigating a 7-month-old’s death after responding to a report of a baby not breathing call Saturday night in the …
|Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Greenwich Hospital after baby dies during delivery
They said that as a result of the investigation, Greenwich Hospital has been required to implement new policies and procedures to address the …
Death of baby girl leads to investigation – News 12 Connecticut
Couple Files Lawsuit Against Greenwich Hospital In Baby Daughter’s Death – Newtown Daily Voice
|New details in death of Boynton Beach baby
DCF has since removed all of the children from the home while they conduct their own investigation into the baby’s death and the case workers …
|Bond further reduced in scalded baby death case
Reuille was arraigned in May on a felony charge of child neglect resulting in death. She was allegedly not home at the time of the incident that claimed …
|Cold case charges over Cairns baby death
A tip-off from the public has led to a Cairns mother being charged with the death of her newborn baby, more than 20 years ago.
|Midwives accused over baby death failings
THE death of a baby at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital ‘may have been prevented’ had a previous case been properly investigated, a tribunal heard …
|Woman charged 20 years after baby death
A woman has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a baby boy whose torso was found in a Cairns driveway more than 20-years ago.
|Cold case cracked: woman charged over baby’s death
4CA – Cairns
Cairns detectives have charged a 43-year-old Manoora woman in relation to a cold case from 1996 involving a dead child. At about 8.40am on 4 May …
|no plea in baby death
20-year-old Tobin Phillips did not enter a plea Thursday for the death in a Cherry Lane Apartment on Monday. Phillips returns to court January 12th, …
|Woman Held After Baby’s Death
A woman in her 20s is in custody after the death of a four-month-old baby in Mayo. Detectives say the infant boy was involved in an ‘incident’ at a …
|child death review
All child deaths are reviewed by local, specialist Child Death Review Panels. These Panels look into every child death to try and prevent future deaths …
|French baby death linked to vitamin dose
France has acted to suspend the sale of a vitamin D supplement after the death of a newborn baby who suffocated hours after being given it.
France moves to ban vitamin D brand after baby’s death – POLITICO.eu
France moves to suspend Vitamin D supplement after baby dies – The Local France
|Father attacks cot firm’s ‘apology’ for blaming baby’s death on sister
Esther and Gideon Roseman appear on ITV’s This Morning show to talk about the death of baby Grace. Photograph: Ken McKay/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock.
|‘Sometimes the baby dies, sometimes the mother’: Life and death in Yemen’s hospitals
HAJJAH, Yemen — The infant was barely breathing when his uncle brought him to the hospital in a cardboard box. He was wrapped in a blue towel, …
Life and death in Yemen’s war-ravaged hospitals – Toronto Star
|Baby’s death takes holiday road toll to 27
The little boy was rushed to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in a serious condition but was pronounced dead a short time later. Queensland Police …
Baby’s death takes holiday road toll to 26 – Herald Sun
Infant dies after pram hit by a car at Woodridge – Courier Mail
|Footballer sacked over baby death tweets
A non-league footballer has been sacked by his club after abusing AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter over the death of his baby daughter.
|Baby’s death part of rise in felony child abuse cases in Clark County
Springfield News Sun
The death of a 3-month-old girl last week allegedly at the hands of her father is part a spike in felony child abuse cases across Clark County prompting …
|Baby boy dies after he’s found unconscious at Harlem shelter
New York Post
A 6-month-old boy died after being found unconscious at an East Harlem shelter Tuesday afternoon, police sources said. The infant was discovered …
Baby Dies at NYC Treatment Shelter, Police Investigating – NBC New York
Baby dies at NYC treatment shelter, police investigating – Times Herald-Record
|Police: Baby death appears to be accidental
“The baby we believe died of natural causes, nothing of foul play,” said Capt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department. “We are investigating the death …
Infant dies in N. Wichita – KWCH
|Baby dies after mum accidentally reversed her 4×4 over him as she left a funeral on Christmas Eve
A BABY boy died after his mum accidentally reversed over him in a 4X4 as she left a funeral on Christmas Eve. The seven-month-old was in a pram …
|French baby dies after taking product to treat Vitamin D deficiency
PARIS, Jan 3 (Reuters) – A 10-day-old French baby died on Dec. 21 after getting a dose of a product used to treat Vitamin D deficiencies, said a …
|Kym Marsh to relive baby death for Coronation Street plot
Kym Marsh is set to relive the tragic death of her son in a new ‘Coronation Street’ storyline which sees her character Michelle Connor lose her baby.
|Baby’s death takes holiday road toll to 27
The death of a baby whose pram was hit by a car in Queensland has pushed the national holiday road toll to 27.
|France suspends sales of vitamin D following death of baby given liquid supplement Uvesterol D
Signs of the Times
France has moved to suspend sales of a vitamin D medication following the death of a baby who suffocated after being given the liquid supplement, …
|Man sentenced to 25 years in child beating case
A father who beat his infant son in 2014 has been sentenced to serve 25 years in prison. Jay Minor, 40, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree …
Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department’s Special Victims Child Physical Abuse Unit are asking for your help in locating fugitive Ashley …
|4 Black Suspects Charged in Videotaped Beating of White Teenager in Chicago
New York Times
“To be fair, we can acknowledge that we’ve had some really bad political discourse in this election, but this is about four sick kids who probably can’t …
|Phoenix man accused of beating child with belt
A Phoenix man is accused of beating a five-year-old boy with a belt. Jeremy Muniz, 42, faces one count of child abuse. Police said on January 9, …
|Child abuse and neglect soar in US military families
World Socialist Web Site
A recent investigation by the Los Angeles Times/Tribune has uncovered a significant increase in child abuse and neglect among US military families …
|Two More Charged in Beating of Children at Minneapolis Church
Minneapolis- Two more people, including the pastor’s wife, have been charged in connection to a child abuse case at Good News Church in …
|Allante Edwards from Texas arrested after allegedly beating girlfriend’s daughter to death
An Irving man is charged with two counts of injury to a child after the one-year-old he was babysitting was beaten to death. The two other children in …
Allante Edwards: Texas Babysitter Beats 1-Year-Old Girl To Death – The Inquisitr
|Systematic child abuse claims published
Dozens of accounts of systematic abuse in Scottish schools, residential homes and hospitals have been published. The allegations released by the …
|Anaconda man charged with beating baby nearly to death hangs himself in jail
An Anaconda man charged in October with six counts of felony assault on a minor and facing 95 years in jail killed himself in his Anaconda jail cell …
|Montana man charged with beating child dies in jail
KTVQ Billings News
Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said 24-year-old Zach Williams died after he was found in his cell late Sunday evening. (Facebook photo).
|Grieving grandfather seeks Trump’s ear on child abuse
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — John Geer is a desperate man. Reeling from grief after his 3-year-old granddaughter Brook Stagles died last month from …
|Child abuse in the military is another tragic repercussion of years of war
The Seattle 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 …
|Weld County woman who pleaded guilty to beating child on viral video sentenced to 60 days in jail
The Denver Post
26-year-old Weld County mother Katrina Kennedy-Flores was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail, in addition to five years of supervised probation, …
|LA sheriff’s deputies disciplined after horrific torture death of 8-year-old boy
Los Angeles Times
It was the worst case of child abuse that local officials had ever seen. The death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez became a grim symbol of the failure …
|A suburban Milwaukee mall Santa did not beat up child molester with help of elves. That’s fake.
Fact check: A widely shared story about a suburban Milwaukee mall Santa Claus beating up a child molester is false. The story claimed a young girl …
New York Daily News
An investigation into a Halifax, Pa., couple charged with child abuse has unearthed startling details about the living conditions in which the kids who …
|‘Just stop, Daddy’: A lawmaker beat his wife as his children pleaded with him, officials say
The screaming voices of children can be heard on the 911 call. No one is talking … He beat his wife and he’s threatening to kill his self [sic] … He has a …
|50000 baht cash remedy offered in child beating case
The mother of a teacher who was accused of harshly beating a 7-year-old boy student has offered a 50,000 baht cash remedy to withdraw the case …
|Superior Court: Woman goes to prison for child abuse
Samantha Lee Brasecker, 24, of Geneva Drive, Marion, was found guilty of negligent child abuse, inflicting serious injury. She was sentenced to 13 to …
|Judge accused: IHC inquires into child abuse allegations
The Express Tribune
ISLAMABAD: Most of the world may have done away with apartheid and slavery, but these vices still rear their ugly head in our country. A lower court …
|“I’m Gonna Make it Hurt!” Cop Suspended After His Own Son Filmed Him Brutally Beating His Sister
The Free Thought Project
A brave little boy filmed his police officer father beating his sister and posted it to YouTube to expose the child abuse.