International Child Protection News June 2016

June 29, 2016 in Child Death, Health and Mental Health, International Child Abuse, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources by Mike Tikkanen

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

ALL ADULTS ARE THE PROTECTORS OF ALL CHILDREN

Compilation of information and writing on this page is the hard work of  KARA volunteer Eshanee Singh  Read the rest of this entry →

Minnesota At Risk Children’s News June 2016

June 25, 2016 in Child Death, Health and Mental Health, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

mn panorama leaves turned 2KARA gathers news about abused Minnesota’s abused children every month.

We appreciate related articles submitted to us by our readers.

Please send them to info@invisiblechildren.org with NEWS in the subject line and always include a link to the source. Read the rest of this entry →

June 2016 Sad Stories

June 25, 2016 in Adoption, CASA, Child Death, Crime and Courts, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

default-headerThis page is a compilation of child protection news from around the nation (with some international reporting) for the month of June (through June 25)   If you would like to help KARA gather and report news from your community for this page please send an email to info@invisiblechildren.org with NEWs in the subject line.

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It’s Inevitable (foster care)

June 23, 2016 in Adoption, education, Foster Care, Guardian ad-Litem, Health and Mental Health, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

image001In America, the average cost of foster care for dogs is between $30 & $35/day.

Foster care for children in this nation run from $8.07 / day (Nebraska) to $30 / day (DC) with an average of about $18 / day.

Dogs (owners) must bring dog food and don’t need to supply diapers.

Foster parents must buy food and sometimes diapers for these children (and pay for transportation costs to doctors, schools and the broken and worn out things that will be broken and worn out by this foster child).

Dogs require 30 to 60 minutes / day of a caregiver time – traumatized children* require 12 to 24 hours of caregiver time daily.

Any foster mom or dad that’s stayed awake all night to monitor a violent or sexualized state ward on psychotropic medications to insure that the rest of the family stay safe from unpredictable behaviors of a dangerous  traumatized child can tell this story with greater impact (I know, I’ve heard it many times). Read the rest of this entry →

Pennsylvania Child Protection News May & June 2016

June 22, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, education, Foster Care, Health and Mental Health, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

ChrysanthemumBalloons lift up awareness of children’s mental health month

New Castle News – May 7, 2016

“This is all about getting our voice out there and giving people the skills to help them advocate for themselves,” said Lauren Gallaher of Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania, one of the service providers attending the event. “We want to help to get rid of the stigma related to mental health.”

http://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/balloons-lift-up-awareness-of-children-s-mental-health-month/article_75d44c84-13d0-11e6-901b-6bfecf778fdf.html Read the rest of this entry →

A Wish List For At Risk Children

June 22, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, Crime and Courts, Health and Mental Health, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources by Mike Tikkanen

Subsidized day care (tens not thousands of families on state’s waiting list); more mental health services (consistent and better control and use of psychotropic medications)

BA degree, mental health training & higher wages for day care workers; more training, smaller caseloads, & greater resources for social workers and school counsellors

removing law enforcement from the front lines of dealing with mentally unhealthy people & eliminating jails and prisons as housing for mentally unstable people

fail safe programs ending child death by caregiver; more and better training and resources for handling child abuse in rural MN; End child suicide

interrupt generational child abuse; expand programs for children aging out of foster care; stop courts from trying children as adults

create support, training, and alternatives for adoption and foster families; expand kinship searches & support;

encourage media to report on the state of mental health and child protection in your community

make ACEs & trauma informed policies the rule not the exception; stop child trafficking;

reduce psychotropic medication use by young children and children in child protection;

  involve the community in the safety and well-being of all children;

through adequate access to mental health services);

End child abuse and mental health stigmatizing

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Gender Pay Gap & How it Relates to Child Well – Being (see where Minneapolis ranks)

June 18, 2016 in CASA, Guardian ad-Litem, Politics and Funding, Public Policy by Mike Tikkanen

beautiful MN lake sceneI was raised by a single mom who made a fraction of the salary that men in her office earned.  It was harder in other ways for her also as overt sexism was not just tolerated, it was the rule.

It hurts me to see that today my home town is the second poorest in the nation in this study;

http://www.businessinsider.com/gender-pay-gap-in-us-cities-2016-6  My sister and I were lucky to manage a life at the bottom rung in a healthy middle class.  Almost all the traumatized children I’ve worked with as a volunteer CASA guardian ad-Litem were not that lucky.  Poverty breeds problems the rest of us don’t have to experience.  Gender equity in wages would go a long way in making life better for at risk children.

 

 

 

How Bad Can It Get (to be a foster child in MN)?

June 16, 2016 in CASA, Child Death, Crime and Courts, Guardian ad-Litem, Health and Mental Health, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

KoalaBrandon Stahl has done it again – showing us how little our community cares about other people’s children.

Poor Kira Friedman, 2 years old, abused and neglected to where her life was endangered  so badly that she was removed from her sad and toxic birth home to be sent to another (sad and toxic) home.  A home where her new father was a man that had been convicted of assault, and who is now accused of killing her.

This article is not about social workers, guardians ad-Litems, foster families or any of the other service providers to abused and neglected children.  It is about us, you and me, just not caring enough to make life safe or livable for children.

All Adults Are The Protectors of All Children Read the rest of this entry →

I’m Not The Crazy One (20,000 one & two year old’s on Prozac – now that’s crazy)

June 10, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, Crime and Courts, education, Guardian ad-Litem, Health and Mental Health, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources by Mike Tikkanen

babies best ever90% of mental health hospital beds that were available in the 1960’s are gone today while our overall population grew over 75% in that time.

When America eliminated mental health  hospitals in the 60’s, teachers, juvenile and criminal justice workers and social workers became defacto mental health service providers.  This is no small feat.  Humans are complex beings and understanding a mind takes extensive effort & training (especially a traumatized or troubled mind).  Few service providers get that training. Read the rest of this entry →

Minnesota’s Mental Health Crisis (spot on reporting by our Star Tribune – Many Thanks)

June 5, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, Crime and Courts, education, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

image001Today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune delivers stunning clarity to the state of my community’s mental health.

3 separate articles (Brandon Stahl, Jennifer Bjorhus & Kelly Smith) articulate the current crisis dealing with psychiatric issues in policing, health service providers and child protection workers.

An additional article about how this mental health crisis is impacting teachers and school performance would give a more complete picture of why our institutions are creating almost exactly what they were designed to stop. Read the rest of this entry →

Texas Child Protection News For April

June 3, 2016 in Adoption, CASA, Child Death, Health and Mental Health, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

 

children down hill having fun

 

The following stories and articles about child abuse and child protection in Pennsylvania have been gathered from April 2016  Read the rest of this entry →

New York Child Protection News April – May 2016

June 1, 2016 in Adoption, education, Foster Care, Health and Mental Health, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

20130107-can-mozart-boost-brainpowerReporting compiled and submitted by KARA volunteer Corey Wasser – All Adults Are the Protectors of All Children

NY: Editorial: Answering foster care, adoption need brings rewards
Amherst Bee – April 27, 2016
Becoming a foster parent or adoptive parent means an person can change the course of a child’s life, and while it can be difficult, the rewards are great, and there is no shortage of children in the United States who are in need of a temporary or permanent home.
http://www.amherstbee.com/news/2016-04-27/Editorial/Answering_foster_care_adoption_need_brings_rewards.html Read the rest of this entry →

Unintended Consequences (abused children thank you Brandon Stahl & Star Tribune)

May 29, 2016 in CASA, Child Death, Foster Care, Guardian ad-Litem, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

cardinal best everShare This with your social media & especially with a newspaper reporter in your community

This Hennepin County CASA guardian ad Litem is convinced that Brandon Stahl and the Star Tribune are responsible for the great increase in child abuse cases in this state at this time.  And that is a good thing.

In a November 23rd task force oversight committee meeting, I heard a service provider suggesting that Brandon’s reporting was making her work more difficult – instead of celebrating that many more abused children were getting services because Brandon’s articles are bringing publicity to the amount of trauma and horror of child abuse in our community. Read the rest of this entry →

May 2016 Sad Stories

May 28, 2016 in Adoption, CASA, Child Death, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

This page is a compilation of child protection/child abuse news from around the nation (with some international reporting) for the month of May Read the rest of this entry →

Minnesota Child Protection News April & May 2016

May 24, 2016 in Child Death, Crime and Courts, Invisible Children, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources by Mike Tikkanen

South St. Paul Mother, 31, Charged In Death Of Infant Daughter Read the rest of this entry →

Quality Foster Care (from Safe Passage for Children)

May 20, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, Foster Care, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources by Mike Tikkanen

Quality Foster Care

Safe Passage LogoLast week print and electronic media covered a lawsuit by the grandmother of six year old Kendrea Johnson, who committed suicide while in foster care. A past finding of child abuse only disqualified the foster mother from becoming a licensed provider for a maximum of 10 years.

People change. Some who committed past crimes may become good foster parents. But we believe certain crimes such as malicious punishment of a child and child endangerment should be added to the list of offenses that permanently disqualify individuals from providing foster care.

However this would affect only a few children. A quality assurance program that ensures uniformly excellent foster care would have more impact.

Minnesota has many skilled foster parents. We need a system that supports them while weeding out problem homes.

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Interviewing Abused Children in Front of Their Alleged Perpetrators Is Wrong (thank you Rich Gehrman & Safe Passage for Children)

May 17, 2016 in Health and Mental Health, Invisible Children, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Wonderful People by Mike Tikkanen

20130107-can-mozart-boost-brainpowerMonday, Rich Gehrman told the Hennepin County Child Protection Oversight Committee that most of its time has been talking about change but not making change happen.

He also understands the impossible situation an abused child is in when asked questions about acts committed upon them by the person in the chair next to them.  For anyone not as strong as the person who committed the act, it is almost impossible to tell the truth or even any part of the truth.  In my experience after many years as a volunteer CASA guardian ad litem, abused children do not get discovered by child protection until the abuse has gone on for a very long time and their confusion and fear are horrendous.

Children often don’t even know that what is happening to them is wrong – but their body knows and their mind will soon know.

Rich is right, interviewing children in front of the people that caused the abuse is another kind of torture and it does not bode well for the child.

The good news from this Committee today is that finally, after all these years, abused children will receive services on weekends.  God knows,  abuse never takes a break on weekends.

All Adults Are The Protectors of All Children

New Jersey Child Protection News October 2015 through April 2016

May 12, 2016 in Adoption, CASA, Child Death, Health and Mental Health, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

sunset costaricaReporting by KARA volunteer Corey Wasser – All Adults Are The Protectors of All Children

NJ: The Smallest Victims of New Jersey’s Growing Drug Crisis (Includes video)
NJ Spotlight – April 28, 2016
Substance abuse can destroy both addicts and their families, and with the addiction crisis that’s sweeping every county in the state, a growing number of children are at risk.
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/04/28/the-smallest-victims-of-new-jersey-s-growing-drug-crisis/ Read the rest of this entry →

Changing Laws (thank you Rich Gehrman and Safe Passage for Children)

May 11, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, Crime and Courts, Politics and Funding, Public Policy by Mike Tikkanen

This Channel 5 Televised news report by Rich Gehrman director of SafePassage for Children helps us better understand the issues involved in the lives of state ward children;
kstp.com/news/look-back-law-kendrea-johnson…/4133548/
10 hours ago … of an Unborn Child, Safe Passage for Children of Minnesota Executive Director Rich Gehrman said, “If it’s a conviction, it’s a disqualification.

MN Mesabi Academy 64 Abuse Allegations Not Responded To (instead, staff transferred & a code of silence solved nothing)

May 11, 2016 in CASA, Crime and Courts, Foster Care, Guardian ad-Litem, Health and Mental Health, Invisible Children, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

KoalaMy experience as a CASA guardian ad-Litem with privately held correctional facilities for MN boys leads me to believe this APM report (this link and below) on Kids Peace Mesabi Academy in Buhl MN.

On two occasions, my case child was sent to facilities that drove him to dangerous if not life threatening experiences.  The first time he (lets call him Al) was punished by a low level staffer and forced to stand outside on a ten degree night wearing only his T shirt and shorts.  The boy chose to leave and walked thirty five miles to a friends house and almost froze to death.

Read the Mesabi Academy story below;

All Adults Are The Protectors of All Children

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April 2016 Sad Stories

May 10, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, Foster Care, Guardian ad-Litem, Health and Mental Health, International Child Abuse, Invisible Children, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, The States by Mike Tikkanen

Kids At Risk Action (KARA)

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KARA Readers Reminder

May 7, 2016 in Child Death, Foster Care, Grandparents & Kinship, Health and Mental Health, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, The States by Mike Tikkanen

hallwaykidFriends of KARA, we are not staffed to provide individual answers to the questions we receive from you.  My request of every reader is that you call your state representatives a few times a year to let them know just how difficult our child protection systems are and how much suffering there is because these institutions are not well understood, trained or resourced.  My apologies Troy New York –

All Adults Are the Protectors of All Children Read the rest of this entry →

Sad Stories California – March & April 2016

May 7, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, education, Health and Mental Health, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, The States by Mike Tikkanen

cheetah cub pulling tailKARA needs a volunteer/s to compile articles/stories about child abuse & child protection around the nation – KARA can provide the content.  5 hours per month per state – Know someone that might be interested?

 

CA: Board of Supervisors Looks to Potentially Alter Bypass of Family Reunification Services Policy Read the rest of this entry →

The Teachers Dilemna (and what is not talked about in education)

May 7, 2016 in education, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, Wonderful People by Mike Tikkanen

THINK AGAIN BROOKLY PARKThe article by retired teacher Melissa Bowers appearing on Linked In (below) is well written and a good critique of the unhappy atmosphere educators face in public education today.

What is not stated in Melissa’s article also deserves attention and concern; Read the rest of this entry →

Monday May 9th, at 2 pm Central; Powerful KARA Radio Interview (Sarah Westall Show – Share This Widely)

May 7, 2016 in Foster Care, Health and Mental Health, Invisible Children, KARA Events, Links To Audio, mike tikkanen speaking, Politics and Funding, Public Policy by Mike Tikkanen

cardinal best everSarah Westall’s serious research gives her chops to ask the hardest and most in depth questions diving deep into the heart of the matter she is investigating.

This interview is the best I have had in the almost two decades of speaking and writing for Kids At Risk Action.  Don’t miss it.

Share this interview with your connections – it will open their eyes to the depth and scope of child abuse and child protection in our communities (& make life better for at risk children).

Sarah Westall Interview

All Adults are the protectors of All Children

 

The Importance of Performance Measures (from Safe Passage for Children)

May 6, 2016 in Health and Mental Health, Links To Helpful Orgs, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources by Mike Tikkanen

 

beautiful MN lake sceneFrom Safe Passage for Children today;

We often emphasize the importance of measuring outcomes for children. But performance measures are important too. They tell us current information about program operations.

The metrics currently on the Department of Human Services’ Dashboard Report
don’t cover enough parts of the system to give a well-rounded picture.

However a state committee is considering additional measures to show, by county,
the number and percentage of:

– Maltreatment reports screened out (not responded to)

– Reports screened in but assigned to the less rigorous Family Assessment
program instead of being investigated

We hope they also add the number of times:

– Individual children were reported

– Families were diverted to Family Assessment without an investigation

These measures will improve the public’s ability to understand how well the system
is functioning and to hold it more accountable.

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Havoc In Texas Child Protection Services (Dallas News)

May 5, 2016 in Child Death, Health and Mental Health, Invisible Children, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

ChrysanthemumAccording to Dallas News, on March third 2016,  almost 6000 Texas children needing immediate contact and tens of thousands of children throughout the year, were not visited by CPS within the mandatory deadline for priority extreme cases (sexual abuse, infants neglected by drug-addled parents and other life threatening circumstances).

The federal government has warned Texas for more than a decade that it isn’t meeting standards for timely visits in abuse investigations and the under-reporting of child abuse deaths goes back many years.  Texas education statistics are still dismal (years after rejecting federal help for their schools).  A few years ago Texas ranked 50th in births to teen moms and uninsured children, 45th in child abuse deaths and 42nd in child welfare expenditures.

Caseworker turnover (57% per year) is on the rise because increased caseloads leave workers feeling overwhelmed and ineffective and  foster children are sleeping in CPS offices because there are no homes.  Texas is only one of many states facing the hese kinds of problems.  This lack of attention and concern for a communities infants and children is appalling and certainly more costly in the long run than the funding it would take to make these children safe and healthy.  Texas is only one of many states to turn children’s health, child protection and education into a political football.

Please don’t let our state ever look like Texas.

ALL ADULTS ARE THE PROTECTORS OF ALL CHILDREN (know anyone in Texas? Please share this – it might do some good)

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ACES Connection (articles from April)

May 2, 2016 in Health and Mental Health, Links To Helpful Orgs, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

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These articles are from the ACES Connection from April 2016 (Adverse Childhood Experiences Daily Digest) Read the rest of this entry →

Pennsylvania Child Protection News For March & April 2016

May 1, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, education, Health and Mental Health, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

cardinal best ever

 

The following stories and articles about child abuse and child protection in Pennsylvania have been gathered from April and March 2016 by Krista Neuner Read the rest of this entry →

Child Abuse & Child Protection Around the World (January 2015)

April 30, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, Health and Mental Health, International Child Abuse, Invisible Children, Politics and Funding, Public Policy by Mike Tikkanen

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Help KARA grow awareness and resources for at risk children around the world; Donate, buy KARA’s INVISIBLE CHILDREN book and share these articles with your friends and networks.

 

Saint Helena: Child abuse on St Helena ‘covered up by Foreign Office’ admits government
International Business Times – January 04, 2014
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has been forced to admit it made an “erroneous” report to the United Nations in which it denied the South Atlantic island of St Helena had problems with child abuse.
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/child-abuse-st-helena-covered-by-foreign-office-admits-government-1481796 Read the rest of this entry →

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Child Abuse & Child Protection Around the World (April 2016)

April 30, 2016 in Adoption, CASA, Child Death, education, Foster Care, Health and Mental Health, International Child Abuse, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by admin

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Help KARA grow awareness and resources for at risk children around the world; Donate a small monthly amountbuy KARA’s INVISIBLE CHILDREN book and share these articles with your friends and networks.   If you like to write and research, submit your nation’s child abuse and child protection stories/articles – please use the format you see here and include a link to verifying data or the news source of record.  You may listen to or read the book on this site for FREE (but make a donation if you can). Read the rest of this entry →

Another Guardian ad-Litem Speaks (thank you David Strand)

April 22, 2016 in CASA, Child Death, David Strand, Health and Mental Health, International Child Abuse, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Wonderful People by Mike Tikkanen

cardinal best everDavid is a KARA board member, former CASA guardian ad Litem and was a public policy maker on children’s issues in Europe for ten years.  He is now living and writing in Aitkin MN.  I found his recent response to a reader in the Aitkin newspaper very enlightening.  I hope you do too;

If we just had the average infant mortality in Western Europe, about a 1000 infants a month would avoid death. Read the rest of this entry →

Mental Health, Prozac, Holding Pens, Children & Sheriffs – (why nurses, teachers, social workers & foster / adoptive parents need to speak out)

April 19, 2016 in CASA, Child Death, Guardian ad-Litem, Health and Mental Health, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, Wonderful People by Mike Tikkanen

mn fall panorama leaves turnedToday’s Star Tribune article about hospitals without the capacity to deal with the surge in emergency psych visits relates directly to the sheriff’s (Washington, Ramsey and Hennepin Counties) threat to sue because their departments had become mental health service providers as a result of the state’s failing to honor the 48 hour rule.

It would be useful if more educators, social workers, police officers & public health nurses would speak up on this topic also.  The levels of suffering, violence and disruption caused by not addressing mental health in our community has lead to unmanageable public institutions and prisons larger (almost ten times larger per capita) than in other industrialized nations). Read the rest of this entry →

Colorado Child Protection New March 2016

April 12, 2016 in Adoption, education, Health and Mental Health, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

atitlan water mountain wowThis news gathered by KARA volunteer Carla Lopez – All Adults are the Protectors of All Children

CO: Denver County Human Services to close center for foster teens

Denver Post – March 01, 2016

A Denver County home for troubled teenagers in foster care will close in July, and 64 workers with the Human Services Department will lose their jobs.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29578534/denver-county-human-services-close-center-foster-teens Read the rest of this entry →

Child Sex, Child Mortality, Education, Prozac & Guns (how we value children)

April 12, 2016 in Child Death, Crime and Courts, education, Guns, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

rabbit yawningAmerica’s long running fight against sex education has brought our nation the low honors of having the highest STD rate in the world and the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world.  We have lots of 13 year old moms with violent boyfriends, drug habits and no parenting skills in our nation (it’s really hard on the children).

North Carolina doesn’t screen teachers = 3 years of abuse for a child & a 30 year prison sentence for the offender.

America’s sex industry thrives of foster children and many states still blame the 13 year old sex slave for a crime.  About half the fifty children I worked with as a volunteer CASA guardian ad litem had been sexually abused.  One as young as two years old and two that were abused from four to seven (when they entered child protection). Read the rest of this entry →

Reducing Child Fatalities (from Safe Passage for Children)

April 8, 2016 in Child Death, Links To Helpful Orgs, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, The States by Mike Tikkanen

This article by Safe Passage for Children of MN notes the Federal Child Fatalities Commission and clearly articulates the procedures and data gathering necessary for reducing the death and trauma suffered by abused children.  One more important thing to support for the at risk children in your state.  All Adults Are the Protectors of All Children. Read the rest of this entry →

More Actions You Can Take for At Risk Children (this is the week) From Think Small MN

April 4, 2016 in Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Links To Helpful Orgs, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources by Mike Tikkanen

coneflowersNow is the time to participate! Next week, April 11-15, is the Week of the Young Child. The goal of this week is to educate legislators about the importance of high quality early learning programs in their communities, and to encourage them to properly fund early learning initiatives. Read the rest of this entry →

Vote For Minnesota’s At Risk Youth Here (today)

April 4, 2016 in Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources by Mike Tikkanen

mississippi double exposure red wingPlease contact Senator Terri Bonoff and request her support of SF 2411.  Sample language is provided below.  Please personalize it, if you wish, and email it to Senator Bonoff at sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn or call her at 651-296-4314.  As the bill is being heard on Tuesday, please send your email or call as soon as possible.

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Trauma Informed States (how to make child protection, education & health care work for children)

April 4, 2016 in education, Links To Helpful Orgs, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

cardinal best everThis article by Elizabeth Prewitt identifies policies by the federal govenment and states to address childhood trauma and its impact on children, schools, health and communities.  Within it are links to national, state and nongovernmental organization’s efforts to initiatives and reforms that will have a major impact on how at risk youth are dealt with in our society today.

Well worth reading

All adults are the protectors of all children

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Improving the Process of Child Protection & Saving LIves

March 25, 2016 in Child Death, Crime and Courts, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

infernoThis article by Safe Passage for Children explains how 5 of the the 18 MN children killed by their caregivers in the last 18 months were known to local law enforcement but apparently not to child protection services (and what needs to change to fix that).

In my own experience as a volunteer CASA guardian ad Litem, my seven year old girl was prostituted for years during which the police had been to the house 49 times and only removed the child on the last call because the little girl tried to kill her younger sister in the presence of the police.

If You Don’t Do This, Who Will? (children can’t stop child abuse)

March 24, 2016 in Adoption, education, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States, Wonderful People by Mike Tikkanen

Roses on Wall

Tuesday was Day At the Hill for advocates supporting policies to improve the lives of Minnesota’s abused and neglected children.

Thank you Safe Passage for Children for organizing this effective effort to bring awareness to the people (lawmakers) that can make positive change for at risk children happen.

Without your efforts and the efforts of your volunteers, it is unlikely that lawmakers will understand that; Read the rest of this entry →

Minnesota Child Protection News For March 2016

March 16, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, Crime and Courts, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, The States by Mike Tikkanen

KoalaThese stories about Minnesota’s abused and neglected children and their issues have been gathered March 1st through March 31 2016.

 

Please comment and share your related news with KARA (info@invisiblechildren.org)

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March Sad Stories (2016 KARA reporting)

March 16, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, Crime and Courts, Foster Care, Health and Mental Health, International Child Abuse, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, The States by Mike Tikkanen

sunset costaricaThese stories about risk children have been gathered for the month of March 2016

Feel free to share this page, comment and send KARA stories & articles from your community, (info@invisiblechildren.org)

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Child Protection – What Needs To Change

March 8, 2016 in Adoption, education, Foster Care, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources by Mike Tikkanen

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It is not foster parents, social workers, judges or court workers making life miserable and creating a lifetime of failure for abused and neglected children in the Child Protection system.

These people don’t enter this painful and unhappy field without firm convictions and big hearts.

I’ve known hundreds of committed teachers, health workers, and other service providers who have dedicated years of their lives and made a terrific commitment to State Ward children.

Our system today confounds their efforts and makes meaningful adult relationships for too many at risk children impossible. Read the rest of this entry →

Pennsylvania Child Protection News For January & February 2016

March 1, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, education, Health and Mental Health, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

 

Koala

 

The following stories and articles about child abuse and child protection in Pennsylvania have been gathered from April and March 2016

KARA volunteer Krista Neuner helped prepare these articles. Read the rest of this entry →

Third Anniversary of Eric Dean’s Death (from Safe Passage for Children of MN)

February 26, 2016 in Child Death, Crime and Courts, Politics and Funding, Public Policy by Mike Tikkanen

coneflowersSunday is the third anniversary of Eric Dean’s death. His story and those of 55 other children killed by their caregivers prompted the state to recommend major child welfare reforms last March.

It’s not easy to tell how things are progressing.  Read More

February Sad Stories (2016 KARA reporting)

February 26, 2016 in Child Death, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, The States by Mike Tikkanen

February, 2016 in Child Death, Crime and Courts, Health and Mental Health, International Child Abuse, Invisible Children, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

children down hill having funEvery month Kids At Risk Action draws attention to the plight of abused and neglected children by gathering the stories of at risk children from around the nation.  You will find your community on this page.  Please share this page with your friends and networks to make this conversation come alive with the hope that we will do more if we know more.  Join KARA’s Facebook Page

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More Americans Killed By Toddlers With Guns Than Terrorists

February 22, 2016 in Crime and Courts, education, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, The States by Mike Tikkanen

cardinal best everToddlers with guns murdered about as many people with guns in America these last few years as terrorists have.  Would we be safer if the NSA were spying on children, or just keeping an eye on pistol packing families?

Here’s the Iowa Law allowing children weapons and  list of this years toddler murder spree from the Jewish Daily Forward and the best article ever about Guatemalans, snakes and guns (there’s a great story here).

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Child Protection and Appreciating Social Workers (we really should)

February 18, 2016 in Child Death, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, The States by Mike Tikkanen

child abuseChristopher Sorenson recently wrote a compelling piece in the Star Tribune about child protection and how only extreme cases of child abuse make the news or public awareness.

Speaking of under-appreciated social workers, Chris writes; “On a daily basis these folks see what none of us wants to see – children being destroyed by neglect, physical and sexual abuse, and …, Read the rest of this entry →