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

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Glens Falls Post-Star

Joshua Bennett sentenced for child death

Glens Falls Post-Star

He is the focus of a child death investigation in Kingsbury. … died before a judge sentenced him to serve up to 8 years in connection with her death.

Woman escorted from court as Kingsbury man sentenced in child’s death – WRGB

Kingsbury man sentenced to 6-8 years for role in death of toddler – WNYT

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Child’s death emphasizes the need for backup cameras


PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (CBS12) — As a family mourns the death of a 1-year old boy, we’re learning more about the growing and disturbing trend …

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Wall Street Journal

Woman carries severed child’s head into Moscow metro station, officials say


Moscow police said they believe the woman killed the child, whom she was baby-sitting. The child was believed to have been 3 or 4 years old.

Moscow child beheading: Nanny screamed ‘I AM YOUR DEATH‘ while waving murdered four-year – Mirror.co.uk

Woman held for Moscow child ‘beheading’ – BBC News

Woman in black allegedly holding severed child’s head near Moscow metro station detained – RT

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Staunton News Leader

Bond denied again in Staunton child death

Staunton News Leader

STAUNTON – For the second time in a week, a Staunton man accused of beating his young son to death was denied bond. “This is an extremely …

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Watertown Daily Times

Woman convicted in child’s death

Watertown Daily Times

JEFFERSON — A Jefferson woman charged with one count each of neglecting a child resulting in death and second-degree reckless homicide …

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Horror car smash leaves heartbroken mum mourning second child’s death in just three years


A mother is mourning the loss of her second child in three years after her teenage daughter was killed in a car accident. Student Zoe Shapiro, 17, died …

Teenager killed by van was second child in family to die in three years – ITV News

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Jury selection continues in Etowah County child death trial


GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) – A second day of jury selection has begun in the trial of an east Alabama man accused in the death of his 20-month-old …

Jury selection taking place in trial of man accused of killing toddler in ‘ritual’ – AL.com

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94.9 WSJM-FM

[VIDEO] Update in Hartford Child Death Case

94.9 WSJM-FM

Monday, prosecutors charged Beshires with first degree murder, felony murder and first degree child abuse. Investigators say the infant died from …

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Texas CPS makes changes after child deaths


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new report details changes in a Texas agency after child abuse and neglect deaths across the state, including a central Texas …

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Jury selection continues in Etowah County child death trial


Jury selection continues in Etowah County child death trial … Stephon Lindsay is charged with capital murder in the 2013 death of his daughter …

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Driver Sentenced in Child’s Death

West Side Spirit

An unlicensed driver who killed a 4-year-old girl while he was fleeing from police apologized to her family in court and was sentenced to up to nine …

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Sixteen-Year-Old Makes Court Appearance In Child Death

WOAI.com – iHeartRadio

(Edinburg, TX) — A 16-year-old accused of killing his six-month-old son will undergo drug tests and a mental exam before being tried for capital murder …

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The Latest


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — In his first televised interview on the tragic murder of 21-month-old Maddox Lawrence, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill …

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Israeli who burned Palestinian child to death ruled sane

TRT World

Psychiatrist rules Israeli who burned Palestinian child to death is sane and responsible for his actions. A psychiatrist has ruled that an Israeli man who …

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Mom exonerated in child’s death after…

Google News

Mom exonerated in child’s death after 25 years. CTV News – 7 hours ago . A woman who pleaded guilty to killing her stepdaughter 25 years ago was …

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Tulsa World

Tulsa child death report shows history of neglect

Tulsa World

5 of two counts of child neglect. The jury recommended a life sentence for the charge associated with Camaron’s death and 27 years for the neglect …

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Jury Reaches Verdict in Foster Child Death Case


Catoosa County — A jury in Catoosa County has reached a verdict in the case of Clara Edwards, who was charged in connection with the death of her …

Foster mother found guilty of cruelty to children – WRCB-TV

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WPBF West Palm Beach

CNN sued by St. Mary’s doctor over child death rate report


According to the 211-page lawsuit, CNN published a report on June 1, 2015, called “Secret Deaths: CNN finds high surgical death rate for children at …

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After child’s death in swing, fight begins for new law


Last summer, police in Charles County started investigating a case that gained national attention. Investigators say 3 year old, Ji’Aire Lee, died after …

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Candle lit to mark child’s death sets fire to local family’s home


SPEEGLEVILLE, Texas (KWTX) A candle lit to commemorate the death of a child ended up burning a family’s home down Wednesday morning and …

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CBS Local

Owner of Lewisville Day Care Where Child Died Arrested: Police

NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Police said they arrested a woman Wednesday for operating an unlicensed Lewisville home day care, two weeks after a child died while in her care.

Police Arrest Daycare Owner After Baby Death – CBS Local

Day care owner arrested following baby’s death – FOX 4 News

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Juvenile arrested in connection with child’s death


EDINBURG — Officials with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s office confirmed late Thursday evening that they had arrested a juvenile in connection with …

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South Bend Tribune

Benton Harbor man, 30, charged with murder in child’s death

South Bend Tribune

JOSEPH — A Benton Harbor man has been charged with first degree murder and first degree child abuse in connection with the Friday death of an …

Man charged with murder in baby’s death – Fox17

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Child beaten to death after mom gives birth, autopsy revealed


RICHMOND, Va. — The three-year-old girl who died after she was allegedly beaten by her godmother suffered more than 60 bruises on her arms, legs, …

Richmond woman charged with abuse in 3-year-old girl’s death – WWBT NBC12 News

New details emerge at arraignment for Richmond woman charged in toddler’s death – WRIC

Richmond woman charged with neglect after 3-year-old’s death – 13newsnow.com

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Foster Child Death Case Now in Hands of Jury


Catoosa County — A jury in Catoosa County is now deciding the case of Clara Edwards, the foster mother charged with the murder of a young girl.

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Death investigation underway for 13-month-old child


An investigation is underway into the death of a 13-month old child.

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CBS Local

Police Arrest Daycare Owner After Baby Death

CBS Local

COM) – A Lewisville daycare owner is behind bars after a baby dies at a home-based daycare, but the charges aren’t related to the death. It was on …

Day care owner arrested following baby’s death – FOX 4 News

Owner of Lewisville Day Care Where Child Died Arrested: Police – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Millinocket man charged with manslaughter in baby’s death

Bangor Daily News

“The baby died at the hospital after being brought there unresponsive by his mother in May, and State Police have been investigating the death since …

Millinockett man charged with manslaughter in baby’s death – WMTW Portland

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CBS Local

Bedford Mother Opens Up About Baby’s Death

CBS Local

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Devastated by the loss of her beautiful baby girl, Alysa Limón has a warning for parents — give trust sparingly when …

Mother’s boyfriend arrested in Bedford baby’s death – Fort Worth Star Telegram

Man Arrested After Girlfriend’s Baby’s Death – CBS Local

Boyfriend arrested in connection to Bedford baby’s death – WFAA.com

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WAPT Jackson

Jackson police investigate baby death

WAPT Jackson

Police said the baby’s death appeared to be an accident, and there was no sign of trauma on the child. An autopsy will be performed to determine the …

Byram attack at pizza shack – WAPT Jackson

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SAN JACINTO: Baby death investigated; Mother says daughter choked on vomit


SAN JACINTO: Baby death investigated; Mother says daughter choked on … Authorities are investigating the death of a baby from Thursday, Feb. 18.

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CBS News

Jurors in Stolen Baby Trial Won’t Hear About Cause of Death

ABC News

District Attorney Stan Garnett said earlier that prosecutors couldn’t charge Lane in the baby’s death because a coroner found no evidence the fetus …

Judge Blocks Testimony About Baby’s Death In Mother-To-Be Stabbing Trial – CBS Local

The Latest: Jurors in baby case won’t hear cause of death – KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News

The Latest: Jurors in baby case won’t hear cause of death – Hastings Tribune

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New York Daily News

Police grill schizophrenic baby-sitter, career criminal boyfriend in brutal death of Staten Island toddler

New York Daily News

Police are questioning a baby-sitter — who is a diagnosed schizophrenic with a pill problem — and her career criminal boyfriend in connection with …

Cops: Baby’s death deemed ‘suspicious’ – SILive.com

Police investigate cause of Staten Island infant’s death, question baby sitter – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

Death of Toddler on Staten Island Ruled Suspicious: NYPD – NBC New York

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Washington Post

Death Sentence Tossed for Florida Mom of ‘Baby Lollipops’

ABC News

A Florida mother condemned to die for the beating death of her young son known as “Baby Lollipops” deserves a new trial because of inflammatory …

Death sentence tossed for Florida mom in Baby Lollipops case – Fox News

Mother convicted of beating ‘Baby Lollipops’ to death wants new trial – New Haven Register

Death sentence tossed out for Florida mom in Baby Lollipops case – Johnson City Press (subscription)

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New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

Baby sitter charged with murder in death of Staten Island 16-month-old boy

New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

NORTH SHORE, Staten Island — A baby sitter has been charged in the death of a Staten Island 16-month-old just hours after the boy’s death was …

Baby sitter arrested in death of 16-month-old Staten Island boy – WABC-TV

Baby sitter and boyfriend questioned in death of 16-month-old Staten Island boy; baby sitter has – WABC-TV

Baby Killed on Staten Island Was Beaten Repeatedly, Slammed to Ground: Prosecutors – NBC New York

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Press Herald

Friday bail hearing set for Fairfield mother charged in baby’s death

Press Herald

Friday bail hearing set for Fairfield mother charged in baby’s death … of a garage where state police discovered the remains of a newborn baby boy.

Fairfield woman allegedly ‘made sure’ infant son was dead; judge denies bail – Press Herald

Fairfield woman allegedly ‘made sure’ infant was dead – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Prosecutor: Baby of Fairfield woman charged with murder was born alive – Bangor Daily News

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Jurors in stolen baby trial won’t hear about cause of death

Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a woman charged with cutting an unborn baby out of another woman’s womb will not hear testimony …

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Pana Father Pleads Not Guilty In Baby’s Death


It’s a not guilty plea from a father accused of causing the injuries that led to his baby’s death.22-year-old Robert Stivers of Pana was arrested earlier …

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Dad shook his baby daughter to death

West Midlands Police

A dad who shook his four-month-old baby to death because she wouldn’t stop crying has been convicted of her murder at Birmingham Crown Court …

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Death sentence tossed for Florida mom of ‘Baby Lollipops’

CNS News

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida mother condemned to die for the beating death of her young son known as “Baby Lollipops” deserves a new trial because of …

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Bedford Mother Opens Up About Baby’s Death


Devastated by the loss of her beautiful baby girl, Alysa Limón has a warning for parents — give trust sparingly when it comes to your children.

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Pair Charged Following Morecambe Baby Death

The Bay

Detectives investigating the death of a seven-month old baby boy in Morecambe have charged two people – one of them with murder.

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Capital Murder Charge Filed in Baby’s Death


Capital Murder Charge Filed in Baby’s Death. Posted on February 24, 2016. GREENVILLE (WBAP/KLIF News) – A man is facing a capital murder …

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No Testimony About Baby’s Death In Mother-To-Be Stabbing Trial


Jurors in the trial of a Longmont woman charged with cutting an unborn baby from another woman’s womb will not hear testimony about that baby’s …

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Reno Gazette Journal

Reno parents relive baby’s death, health officials push for safe sleep

Reno Gazette Journal

Kingston suffocated to death in his sleep in January 2015. He was among seven babies who died from unsafe sleeping conditions in the past year in …

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ABC Online

Bacchus Marsh hospital: baby death count higher than thought

ABC Online

The baby death count at Melbourne’s Bacchus Marsh hospital has been changed to 18 deaths in a space of two years after a health department …

Bacchus Marsh Hospital: New probe uncovers seven more baby deaths, bringing total to 18 – ABC Online

Melbourne hospital stillbirth crisis worse than first thought – 9news.com.au

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Topeka police investigating baby’s death


The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that police haven’t released the child’s name. No arrests had been made. No other details about the death were …

Topeka police investigating baby’s death – KSN-TV

Topeka Police Investigating Baby’s Death – KSAL

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Salt Lake Tribune

Case dismissed: Utah woman charged in baby’s death dies

Salt Lake Tribune

The case against a Utah woman accused of causing the 2011 shaking death of a 4-month-old boy she was babysitting has been dismissed because …

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BBC News

Langley Mill baby death grandma ‘can’t believe cruelty’

BBC News

The grandmother of a baby killed in a revenge arson attack in Derbyshire has said she cannot believe the cruelty of the three men responsible.

Peter Eyre and sons jailed for murdering two teens and a baby in Langley Mill fire – Daily Mail

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PA home page

Grandmother Taken Into Custody in Baby Death

PA home page

Police have arrested Pietrina Hoffman in the death of 14 month old Neveah Doyle of Mahanoy City. The baby was found dead in a home on West …

Grandmother charged in toddler’s death in Pennsylvania – KTRK-TV

Penn. woman accused of suffocating granddaughter to death – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

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Ex-Giant sentenced, man charged in baby’s death top the Week in Crime


A former Giant who failed to pay taxes was sentenced. A man was charged in the death of his girlfriend’s toddler. These are two in an array of people …

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WMUR Manchester

Police seek more information on death of Manchester baby

WMUR Manchester

The baby was found dead on Oct. 30 when police were called to 341 Kimball St., where the child lived with her mother, Stephanie Camelo, 30.

Manchester police ask for help in probe of 3-week-old baby girl’s ‘untimely death‘ in October – The Union Leader

Police seek more information in infant’s death – WMUR Manchester

Neighbors, Others May Have Info in Dead Baby Girl Case: NH AG – Patch.com

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Child abuse charge added to case of Okemos mother accused of newborn’s death


OKEMOS, MI (WLNS) – An Okemos mother charged with the death of her first baby is now being charged with 1st degree child abuse. Judge James …

Okemos mother facing trial for newborn’s death faces new charge – Lansing State Journal

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Winn. Co. Sheriff Investigating Baby Death


The child died shortly after paramedics rushed her to Rockford Memorial Hospital around 5:30am Wednesday. They initially received a call about the …

Winnebago County Coroner investigating death of 7-week-old baby – WREX-TV

Death of 7-week-old baby girl under investigation – Rockford Register Star

Death of 7-Week-Old Infant Under Investigation – WIFR

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Topeka police investigating baby’s death

Kansas City Star

Topeka police are investigating the death of a 2-month-old baby.

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Suspect In Christian County Baby Death Extradited


Christian County State’s Attorney Michael Havera said Thursday that the suspect in an infant’s death has been extradited back to Illinois.22-year-old …

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Topeka police investigating baby’s death

Alva Review-Courier

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka police are investigating the death of a 2-month-old baby.

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Man Charged with Hornell Baby’s Death Pleads Not Guilty to all Murder Charges


The man accused of killing a Hornell baby pleads not guilty on all murder charges Thursday.

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Woman charged in death of baby found in freezer

Las Vegas Sun

Woman charged in death of baby found in freezer. Published Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 | 6:11 p.m.. Updated 14 minutes ago. HOMESTEAD, Fla.

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Middletown mom found dead in car with baby, death ruled homicide


Brittany Russell, 30, was found dead with gunshot wounds in a back lot in the 4100 block of Free Pike in Dayton.

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Google News

Family of baby who died from sepsis say they were let down by NHS. The Guardian – 2 hours ago . Hayley Jermyn gave birth to Charlie in a toilet …

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Orangutan rescue: Mother and baby ‘days away from starving to death


A mother and baby orangutan are saved from starvation in the burnt forests of West Borneo by a team from International Animal Rescue.

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Nunavut calls inquest into murky circumstances of three-month-old baby’s death

Penticton Herald

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut is calling an inquest into the murky circumstances of the death of a three-month-old boy in a remote Arctic community.

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Baby’s death in Lewisville prompts state probe


Baby’s death in Lewisville prompts state probe. LEWISVILLE, Texas — Latoya and William Bolden loved taking videos of Kayden, their giggly …

Baby’s death in Lewisville prompts state probe – WFAA.com

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Baby’s death in Lewisville prompts state probe


Baby Kayden was pronounced dead at the Medical Center of Lewisville on Friday after his mom picked him up from a home-based day care center.

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Baby Aiden’s death ruled accidental; police called to watch home after threats

Youngstown Vindicator

No charges will be filed against the mother of Aiden Grim after the Mahoning County Coroner’s office ruled the death of the 3-day-old baby in his …

Youngstown PD investigating link between dog, baby’s death – WKBN.com

Youngstown PD investigating link between dog, baby’s death – NBC4i.com

Youngstown police: Baby’s death will be ruled accidental – Youngstown Vindicator

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Wyoming Tribune

Local baby’s death ruled undetermined

Wyoming Tribune

CHEYENNE – The cause and manner of a local baby’s death has been … The inquest into Clayton Lemmons’ death took place in the boardroom of …

NEW: Cheyenne baby’s death still undetermined after coroner’s inquest – Wyoming Tribune

Cheyenne baby’s death undetermined after coroner’s inquest – Casper Star-Tribune Online

Cause of Cheyenne Baby’s Death Ruled Undetermined – Kgab

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WJXT Jacksonville

Clay County investigating baby’s death

WJXT Jacksonville

ORANGE PARK, Fla. – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a 9-month-old child died Thursday night. Detectives were called around …

9-month-old baby girl’s death under investigation by Clay County Sheriff’s Office – Florida Times-Union

9-month-old baby girl’s death under investigation by Clay Sheriff’s Office – Florida Times-Union

9-month-old girl’s death under investigation in Clay County – ActionNewsJax.com

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Greenville News

Jury: Man guilty in baby’s death

Greenville News

A jury on Tuesday found a Greenville man guilty in the death of an 11-week-old baby boy. Judge Edward Miller sentenced Tarran Marteious Edwards …

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Fort Worth Star Telegram

Grand jury declines to indict Fort Worth woman in baby’s death

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Dacion Steptoe Jr., nine months old, died from sudden infant death syndrome, the Tarrant medical examiner’s office ruled. Dacion’s family Courtesy.

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Irish Times

Parents express surprise at baby’s death not being investigated

Irish Times

A couple whose baby died five days after being born at the Coombe Women and Infants hospital in 2013 have told an inquest of their surprise at the …

Coombe baby death ‘due to multi-organ failure’ – RTE.ie

‘Surprise evidence’ adjourns inquest into baby death – UTV Ireland

Couple told of care failures as baby died after five days – Irish Examiner

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Clinton baby death investigation continues

Mississippi News Now

Questions still surround the death of a baby in Clinton over the weekend. Clinton police say the baby girl found unresponsive in a vehicle was 18 …

CPD: Parents questioned in baby’s death – Jackson Clarion Ledger

Clinton police continue to question parents in baby’s car death – WDAM-TV

Clinton police continue to question parents in baby’s car death – Tucson News Now

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WLWT Cincinnati

Middletown mom found dead in car with baby, death ruled homicide

WLWT Cincinnati

Brittany Russell, 30, was found dead with gunshot wounds in a back lot in the 4100 block of Free Pike in Dayton.

Missing baby found safe, mother’s death ruled homicide – Cincinnati.com

Police: Shooting death of woman found in car with baby ruled homicide – WLWT Cincinnati

Missing Middletown baby found safe, mother’s death ruled homicide – WLWT Cincinnati

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Hornell man now faces murder charges for baby’s death


A Hornell man accused of causing the death of a baby is facing new charges.

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Investigation – Baby Death

Country 93.5

Kingston Police say there is no criminal investigation underway and no foul play is suspected at this time in the death of a 10 week old baby.

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Ashland couple pleads not guilty in baby son’s death


Ashland couple pleads not guilty in baby son’s death. Posted: Sun 12:42 PM, Feb 07, 2016. ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) – An Ashland couple has pleaded not …

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Baby Darragh Byrne’s death caused by lack of oxygen, Coroner’s Court told

Western People

A pathologist at the Coombe hospital said today that baby Darragh Byrne died as a result of multi-organ failure due to hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen.

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New York Daily News

Bronx mom held on $50000 bail for standing by as boyfriend killed her baby, helping to bury him

New York Daily News

DAD ACCUSED OF KILLING BABY LIED TO MAINTAIN COVERUP. “There are … Prosecutors said Feliciano, 51, choked the tot to death on Dec.

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Sky News Australia

Police officer still paid after baby’s death

Sky News Australia

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the baby’s death was immediately considered suspicious and the officer was suspended ‘about a …

Police officer Colin David Randall in court over baby death – Brisbane Times

Brisbane policeman charged with murder over baby son’s death – ABC Online

Brisbane cop to appear in court charged with baby son’s death – Brisbane Times

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Police investigation into baby’s death in Everett widens


EVERETT — Detectives are exploring whether other children may have been mistreated — including being secretly recorded and shot with BB guns …

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Stafford investigating baby’s death


Stafford Detective Todd Nosal has received information from a doctor indicating the child was the victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

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CTV News

Nunavut family calls for inquiry into baby’s death

CTV News

CAPE DORSET, Nunavut – The parents of a baby who died in questionable circumstances in a Nunavut community say they want a formal coroner’s …

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Authorities arrest couple in connection with baby’s death

Lexington Herald Leader

Mark McDowell of the Ashland Police Department says the child died due to blunt force trauma consistent with shaken baby syndrome. He says the …

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Cudahy woman pleads not guilty in baby’s death

Minneapolis Star Tribune

MILWAUKEE — A suburban Milwaukee woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of a 6-month-old girl she was caring for in her home.

NEW INFORMATION: Cudahy woman pleads not guilty in baby’s death – WEAU

Cudahy woman enters not guilty plea in baby’s homicide – WISN Milwaukee

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Baby’s death in Kenosha under investigation

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It appears that the infant died during the night and an autopsy is scheduled, according to the release that provided no additional information on the …

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Girl Set To Be Arraigned On Murder Charge After Baby’s Death


A 15-year-old girl is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on one count of murder in Santa Barbara County Juvenile Court in Santa Maria.

Santa Maria teen charged with murder in death of newborn – KSBY San Luis Obispo News

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Mother Charged With Murder In Baby’s Death


A Coffee County woman has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in the death of her newborn. Officials said 29-year-old Brittany …

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CBS News

Mom gets 25 years in prison for Florida baby’s death

Fox News

16 death of Chance Walsh. As part of a plea deal she must now testify against the child’s father, Joseph Walsh. He faces second-degree murder and …

Florida mother Kristen Bury, gets 25 years in prison for baby’s death – Daily Mail

Grandmother of slain baby: My daughter’s sentence isn’t strong enough – CBS News

Grandmother of slain baby: My daughter’s sentence isn’t strong enough – 10TV

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Day care owner near Georgetown charged in baby’s death


Day care owner charged in baby death. The owner of a day care center near Georgetown faces charges in the death of a baby at her business. Embed.

Daycare owner charged in baby’s death released from jail – KVUE

Two felony arrest warrants issued for Georgetown daycare baby death – FOX 7 Austin

Central Texas daycare operator charged in baby’s death – KWTX

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BBC News

Hunt apologises for NHS failings over baby death

BBC News

England’s Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS will learn from serious failings that led to the death of a one-year-old boy. William Mead, from …

Baby Death: I ‘Trusted’ NHS Medics, Says Mum – Sky News

NHS 111 helpline ‘broken’, says mother of baby who died of sepsis – The Guardian

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: A baby’s death and an NHS hotline in crisis – Daily Mail

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Las Vegas Review-Journal

Prosecutors drop murder charges in baby death

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Aralee died in Dec. 2014 after suffering three acute brain bleeds and nine chronic rib fractures. She was described as a “very happy baby” by her …

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WMTW Portland

Mother charged in baby’s death ordered held without bail

WMTW Portland

SKOWHEGAN, Maine —Kayla Stewart, 20, of Fairfield was officially charged with murder in the death of her infant son at her first court appearance on …

Maine mom charged in baby’s death does not enter plea – Hastings Tribune

Fairfield, Maine Mother Held Without Bail in Infant Son’s Murder – NECN

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Coroner inquest may be linked to baby’s death

Wyoming Tribune

Last summer, though, a 6-month-old baby named Clayton Lemmons diedChild, is set to stand trial for manslaughter in connection with his death.

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Authorities investigating baby’s death in Milwaukee

Minneapolis Star Tribune

MILWAUKEE — Authorities are investigating the death of a 5-month-old girl on … The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says the baby was …

Authorities investigating baby’s death in Milwaukee – WSAW

Report shows baby girl who died in possible co-sleeping case was sleeping with siblings – fox6now.com

5-Month-Old Baby Girl in Milwaukee Pronounced Dead – WDJT

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NBC 7 San Diego

Former day-care operator pleads guilty in 2012 baby death


Nemeth is accused in the death of Louis Michael Oliver. Prosecutors said Nemeth shook the baby, causing head and spinal injuries, at the …

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Tulsa mother wanted for child neglect after baby’s death arrested


TULSA, OK (KTUL) — An Oklahoma mother charged with felony child neglect following the death of her six-month-old son has been located and …

Affidavit: DHS Called Five Times Before Death Of Tulsa Baby – News On 6

Tulsa Woman Arrested In Infant Son’s Death – News On 6

Tulsa Mom, Boyfriend Charged With Neglect In 6 Month Old’s Death – News On 6

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Murder charge dropped in baby’s death

Buffalo News

BATAVIA – A murder charge lodged by police against Christina M. Colantonio, 28, who was accused of killing a newborn child and leaving its corpse …

Murder charges dismissed in Batavia baby death – News 10NBC

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Tulsa mother wanted for child neglect after baby’s death arrested


An Oklahoma mother charged with felony child neglect following the death of her six-month-old son has been located and arrested.23-year-old Anna …

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Mom gets 25 years in prison for Florida baby’s death

Associated Press

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman whose 8-week-old infant was found buried near their home has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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Maine Mom Charged in Baby’s Death Does Not Enter Plea


SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) A woman charged with murder in connection with her newborn son’s death did not enter a plea during a video court …

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Mayle faces several charges related to baby’s death


Lindsey Mayle, a man charged in the death of 5-month-old Tyler Gump, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon.Gump was found unresponsive and …

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New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

Police investigate cause of Staten Island infant’s death, question baby sitter

New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

NORTH SHORE, Staten Island –– An investigation surrounding a 1-year-old’s death is underway as police question the boy’s baby sitter early Monday …

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Family has dog back that caused infant’s death


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The dog that fatally injured a newborn is back home in the … The coroner has since ruled the death accidental.

Family has dog back that caused infant’s death – WYTV

Family has dog back that caused infant’s death – WKBN.com

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Officials investigating after infant died in Vallejo apartment fire


A woman, man and four year old did get out safely, but couldn’t get to the infant who neighbors said was 7 months old. “I’m Christian, so I immediately …

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Kansas man gets more than 18 years in infant’s death


PRATT, Kan. (AP) — A 29-year-old Pratt man has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison in the death of an infant. Joseph Sponaugle was …

Pratt man gets 18 years in infant’s death from 2014 – Topeka Capital Journal

Kansas man gets more than 18 years in infant’s death – Hutchinson News

Kansas man gets more than 18 years in infant’s death – NTV

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Mercer County police investigating infant death


Lexington, Ky. (WKYT) – The Mercer County Sheriff’s office says deputies were called to a home on Bohon Road near Harrodsburg where they …

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Father in co-sleeping fatality linked to 2008 infant death

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Damone Burnely, whose 12-month-old daughter died Tuesday while sleeping with him and his girlfriend on an air mattress, was the father of Lamour …

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Fox 35 Orlando

Innovative mattress aims to prevent cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Medical Xpress

EU researchers have developed and are now in the process of patenting an intelligent monitoring system to prevent unexpected deaths in otherwise …

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Alexandria Town Talk

Trial dates for former Alexandria pair accused in infant’s death moved

Alexandria Town Talk

The trials for a Eunice man and woman accused in the death of the woman’s infant son have been pushed back to June. Billy Dean Cotten and …

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Victim’s mother takes the stand in infant death trial


CRYSTAL FALLS — Three witnesses have been called to the stand so far in the case of Brittany Russell, a 25-year-old charged in connection to the …

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CBS Local

Murder Charges Upheld in Infant Death Case


Erika Murray was charged in the deaths of two of her children after police found their remains in her home in 2014.

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Man charged with murder in ETX infant’s death


Police are investigating the death of a Hunt county infant as a possible homicide.

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Bedford Infant Death


Bedford Infant Death. Posted on February 19, 2016. Kyle Ray Gooch 1 BEDFORD (WBAP/KLIF) – A 24-year-old Bedford man is jailed, accused of …

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Capital murder defense attorney appointed for suspect in infant death

Greenville Herald Banner

An attorney was appointed Wednesday for a local man, charged with capital murder in connection with the death of an infant daughter of a relative.

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Infant’s death in New Iberia ruled homicide


NEW IBERIA, La. (KLFY) – Detectives are currently investigating the death of a four-month-old as a homicide, according to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s …

4-month-old infant’s death in New Iberia ruled a homicide – WAFB.com

IPSO: Infant death ruled homicide – The Daily Iberian

Monday infant death in New Iberia ruled a homicide – The Daily Advertiser

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WMUR Manchester

Police seek more information in infant’s death

WMUR Manchester

Investigators in Manchester are looking for information from neighbors in the case of an infant who died in October.

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CBS Local

Officials Investigate Infant’s Death In Unsupervised DC Home

CBS Local

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police are investigating the death of an infant boy in a Washington residence where authorities say there were other children …

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TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

Hastings grandfather not criminally negligent in infant’s death, judge says

TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

A Dakota County judge has dismissed criminal charges filed against a Hastings man after his infant grandson died in his care. Paul Richard Sandell …

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Statesman Journal

Case against Madras couple accused in infant’s death ongoing

Statesman Journal

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — The criminal case against a Jefferson County couple in connection to the death of an infant is moving forward despite a …

Case against Madras couple accused in infant’s death ongoing – Hastings Tribune

Madras infant death case continues – Bend Bulletin

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Kenosha police investigate death of five-month-old girl, fourth infant death in February


KENOSHA — The Kenosha Police Department is investigating the death of a five-month-old girl. The Kenosha Fire Department responded to a home …

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Burlington Hawk Eye

Burlington police investigating infant’s death

Burlington Hawk Eye

Burlington police are investigating the death of a 3-month-old baby found unresponsive Tuesday morning at the Howard Johnson motel. Lt. Jeff Klein …

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Team begins probe into infant death at Mama Lucy Hospital

The Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)

The task-force commissioned to probe the recent infant death at Mama Lucy Hospital Thursday queried the hospital management over the unfortunate …

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Salt Lake Tribune

Woman accused in infant’s death dies before trial

Washington Times

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A trial has been canceled as the Murray woman who was accused of fatally shaking an infant while she was watching him in …

Woman accused in infant’s death dies before trial – Chron.com

Trial canceled after babysitter accused of killing infant dies – KSL.com

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Touche makes initial appearance in infant death case


Touche, 26, of Aberdeen is accused of causing the death of a 3-week-old infant, who was admitted to a hospital on Dec. 15 and died two days later.

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Burlington investigation continues into cause of infant’s death


Burlington investigation continues into cause of infant’s death. By KHQA Tuesday, February 16th 2016. infant death.jpg. Burlington investigation …

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Family Confirms Infant Death Due to SIDS

98.3 Fly FM

Family Confirms Infant Death Due to S.I.D.S.. Share Print. February 12, 2016 10:21 from Rebecca Fryer The 10 week-old baby girl found without vital …

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Officials Investigate Infant’s Death in Unsupervised DC Home

ABC News

Police are investigating the death of an infant boy in a Washington residence where authorities say there were other children but no adult supervision.

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Dog may to be to blame for Youngstown infant’s death, police say


The infant died at a house on Valorie Drive in Youngstown on Sunday. Police told WKBN that a dog may have contributed. The mother told officers the …

Police: Dog may have caused infant’s death in Youngstown – WKBN.com

Police: Death of Ohio Newborn Bitten by Dog Ruled Accidental – ABC News

Police: death of newborn bitten by dog ruled accidental – WLKY Louisville

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13abc Action News

Woman who hid infant’s death in shoebox said she wasn’t aware of pregnancy: police


A 21-year-old woman told police she did not know that she had been pregnant in April and, having given birth, hid the infant in a shoebox in a panic, …

Woman accused of concealing death of newborn – WGAL Lancaster

Mother charged with hiding baby’s death – York Daily Record/Sunday News

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WHAS 11.com (subscription)

Jeffersonville police: No evidence of wrongdoing in infant death

WHAS 11.com (subscription)

The police said the investigation into the death of the 10-week-old is still open. The infant died at a home daycare on Hall Lane in Jeffersonville …

Police: Crime not suspected in infant death – The Courier-Journal

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Mother charged in infant’s death

Arkansas Online

A Batesville woman has been charged with manslaughter in the December death of her 3-month-old infant. Rebecca Mae Cox, 29, was formally …

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Overdosing Ohio grandmother imprisoned in infant’s death

Youngstown Vindicator

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio woman whose infant grandson drowned in a bathtub after she overdosed on heroin has been sentenced to six years in …

Grandmother says heroin addiction led to infant’s death – Cincinnati.com

Overdosing Ohio grandmother imprisoned in infant’s death – Akron Beacon Journal

Overdosing Ohio grandmother imprisoned in infant’s death – WTOL.com

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Muncie Star Press

Trial for mom held in infant’s death postponed

Muncie Star Press

MUNCIE – A mother charged in connection with her infant son’s February 2015 death will not stand trial this month. Sheryl Ashley Wallace, 21, …

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No arrests made one year after Johnson County infant’s death


FRANKLIN, Ind (Feb. 9, 2016)-It’s been one year since a three month old baby was killed and there has yet to be an arrest. Among the rows of infant …

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Infant’s death under investigation in Clay County


The Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded around 7:30 p.m. Thursday night to the Intown Suites on Blanding Boulevard. The infant was taken to …

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Kathmandu Post

Lack of fuel in ambulance leads to infant’s death

Kathmandu Post

Feb 8, 2016- A six-day-old infant lost its life due to lack of timely medical attention after an ambulance carrying him could not manage diesel on time in …

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Officials investigate infant’s death in unsupervised DC home

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police are investigating the death of an infant boy in a Washington residence where authorities say there were other children …

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Officials investigate infant’s death in unsupervised DC home

Las Vegas Sun

Published Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 | 5:23 a.m.. Updated 12 minutes ago. WASHINGTON (AP) — Police are investigating the death of an infant boy in a …

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Evans man arrested as suspect in infant’s death; investigation ongoing

The Denver Post

An Evans man was arrested Friday night on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death, police said. Edward Berdan, 30, was arrested at about 7:45 …

Evans police arrest 30-year-old man in connection with death of infant – Greeley Tribune

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Everett Police look into mistreatment in infant’s death

The Seattle Times

(AP) — Everett police are investigating whether other children may have been mistreated in connection with the death of a 3-month old girl. The infant …

Everett Police look into mistreatment in infant’s death – Q13 FOX

Mistreatment of children under investigation after death of an infant – KGMI

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Funding to support efforts to reduce sleep related infant deaths in Alabama


From 2012 to 2014, 303 infants died from sleep-related causes of infant death. These include death resulting from accidental suffocation or …

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‘This Side Up’ initiative strives to end Sudden Infant Death Syndrome


If you are a parent, things like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, can be scary. It’s something that happens to dozens of infants around the …

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Clay Center Dispatch

Man, woman plead to endangerment counts after infant’s death


PITTSBURGH (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man and woman have pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges filed after the death of their …

Man, woman plead to endangerment counts after infant’s death – Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)

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Bryan-College Station Eagle

Ohio woman found competent for trial in infant’s death


ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio college student accused of killing her newborn baby in April has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

Ohio college student found competent for trial in infant’s death – newsnet5.com

Ohio woman found competent for trial in infant’s death – Akron Beacon Journal

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Judge raises bond for parents in infant death case

Lebanon Reporter

Meyer, who is chairman of Boone County’s Child Fatality Review Team and is a member of the state’s CFRT, had said the infant’s death “was …

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Man arrested in infant’s death


EVANS – A 30-old man was arrested Friday after an infant in his care … Edward Berdan was arrested on Friday for child abuse resulting in death.

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Kenosha Police Investigate Infant Death


Police said that it appears that the infant died during the night so no life saving measures were attempted. The incident remains under investigation …

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Medical Daily

Breastfeeding May Help Reduce Sudden Infant Death, Mothers’ Breast Cancer Risk

Medical Daily

For example, in high-income countries, breastfeeding reduced risk of sudden infant deaths by more than a third. And in low-and middle-income …

Fresh Evidence: Breastfeeding Cuts Sudden Infant Deaths, Benefits Mothers – Health Newsline

Breastfeeding could Save 800000 Infant Deaths and 20000 Breast Cancer Deaths Worldwide: Study – The California Post

Study: Breastfeeding could save more than 800000 lives a year – WTSP 10 News

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Mom Pleads Not Guilty to Causing Infant Death


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) – A Cudahy mother pleaded not guilty Thursday in the death of an infant girl she was babysitting. 30-year-old Carrie Heller …

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Mistreatment of children under investigation after death of an infant

1170 KPUG-AM

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Everett police are investigating to see whether other children may have been mistreated in connection to the death of a …

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Las Vegas Review-Journal

Father charged in infant’s death denies hitting son

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Before being jailed last week, Devonta Lewis, 22, had told police he didn’t really hit his son, but that he “probably tugged his shirt a little bit” when the …

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Infant Deaths Blamed on Unsafe Sleeping Conditions


Just two days ago, tragedy struck another family as another infant death … led to the child’s death like an unsafe sleeping condition,” Dr. Knight said.

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State closes Homewood daycare in wake of infant’s death, other complaints


The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit accuses the daycare of putting Micah in a crib on December 16th on a “pillow-type sleeper” unsupervised.

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Infant death triggers homicide investigation near Manitoba First Nation


WINNIPEG — A two-month-old baby girl has died following injuries reported earlier this month. RCMP responded to an area new Sioux Valley Dakota …

Death of Sioux Valley infant ‘now a homicide case’: RCMP – Brandon Sun

Death of Sioux Valley infant ‘now a homicide case’: RCMP – Winnipeg Free Press

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Young Father Indicted in Infant Death

Brownwood News (blog)

BPDpatchSmall Brownwood Police are investigating the death of an infant child which occurred on December 13, 2015 in Brownwood. The following …

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Attorneys agree to delay hearing for woman accused of December infant death


Attorneys in the case of a Travis Air Force Base baby sitter accused of the shaking death of an infant in December agreed Thursday to a brief delay …

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Local mother gets charged in connection with infant’s death


The mother’s boyfriend, Kevin Crawford, has already been taken into custody, after allegedly leaving the infant alone in the shed, near Admiral and …

Tulsa Woman Arrested In Infant Son’s Death – News On 6

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Boston Business Journal (blog)

BU researchers find link between pre-pregnancy obesity and infant death

Boston Business Journal (blog)

Boston University researchers have found a strong link between infant mortality and pre-pregnancy obesity, saying that physicians need to encourage …

Pre-pregnancy obesity and infant deaths strongly related – CanIndia News

Obesity Before Pregnancy Tied to Raised Risk of Newborn Death – U.S. News & World Report

Obese before pregnancy linked to increased infant mortality rates – TheHealthSite

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Big Spring Herald

Coahoma native held in infant death

Big Spring Herald

Former Coahoma resident Damian Cate, 22, is accused of contributing to a the death of a newborn baby who died in an Abilene home last Monday.

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Jury selection to begin for Inger man charged in infant’s death

Mesabi Daily News

Jury selection is scheduled to start Monday in the trial of an Inger man charged in the Oct. 17, 2014 death of his infant son. During court proceedings …

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Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Could Lead to Infant Death

Fit Pregnancy

Recent research finds a link between obesity and infant death. The strangest part? The link exists even if you’re obese before even thinking about …

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WilCo daycare operator in jail following infant’s death


Williamson County authorities are investigating the death of an infant at an in-home day care facility earlier t.

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The Guardian

Is the pope serious about confronting child abuse?

The Guardian

She doubtless has in mind those in the Vatican who insist child abuse is a thing of the past. It is not. Only last weekend the commission was told of two …

Vatican: Yes, Catholic bishops do have to report child abuse – ChristianToday

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The Independent

Bishops do not have to report child abuse, Vatican says

The Independent

The Catholic Church is telling newly appointed bishops it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse to authorities.

Vatican: Bishops not required to report abuse – UPI.com

Bishops not obliged to report clerical child abuse, Vatican document says – Thelakeandeswave

New Vatican guidelines for bishops make reporting abuse to police optional (updated) – American Thinker (blog)

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Wichita Eagle

North Newton parents charged with child abuse

Wichita Eagle

The adoptive parents of three Peruvian children – at least two of whom have been diagnosed by a physician as victims of child torture – were …

Details released on child abuse arrest in North Newton – KWCH

Adoptive Kansas parents arrested on suspicion of child abuse – KSNT (press release) (registration) (blog)

Details released in North Newton child abuse case – Hutchinson News

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WLWT Cincinnati

Indiana Senate unanimously passes legislation to create child abuse registry

WLWT Cincinnati

Brichto is the executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeast Indiana. She works primarily with victims of child abuse and supports …

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Beverly Hills Child Abuse Scandal! Claims Against Paul Nassif Spark DCFS Probe


Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Adrienne Maloof’s ex-husband, Paul Nassif, is currently being investigated by the Los Angeles Department of …

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Former children’s TV show host is linked to child abuse case

Los Angeles Times

A California judge has determined that a man recently arrested in a San Diego suburb is a fugitive wanted in a 1979 child sexual abuse investigation …

ID confirmed for ‘Mr. Wonder’ in child abuse case – The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Daily Mail

Hospital nurse jailed for downloading child abuse images is banned from nursing

Daily Mail

A hospital nurse has been struck off for life after being convicted of downloading 5,000 child abuse images. Paul Richards, 37, was jailed after being …

Nurse struck off after being jailed for downloading child abuse images – WalesOnline

Wrexham Maelor nurse struck off for indecent images – BBC News

A&E nurse jailed for child abuse images loses appeal to return to work – ITV News

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The Guardian

Child abuse survivors raise $90000 to see George Pell give evidence in Rome

The Guardian

Child sexual abuse survivors and their supporters have raised more than $90,000 to send a small group of their representatives to Rome to witness …

Minchin calls on Cardinal Pell to face the music over child abuse – The West Australian

Australians pledge to pay to send child abuse victims to Rome – The Local.it

Cardinal Pell responds to calls to return to Australia for child sex abuse inquiry – The Guardian

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Onslow County couple arrested on child abuse charges


The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a couple with felony child abuse and assaulting a minor child while inflicting serious …

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The Guardian

Vatican riven by internal battle over handling of child abuse claims

The Guardian

A battle is being waged within the Vatican over how senior clergy ought to handle accusations of sexual abuse amid signs that a special commission …

Vatican body stresses ‘moral responsibility’ to report abuse – Irish Times

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Conversation: Reporting on Allegations of Child Abuse

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

Recent allegations of historic child abuse made against high-profile public figures has opened up a new space for victims of abuse to come forward.

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Wildcat Shop

A compelling true story of a young child’s abuse and death at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend while her mother stood by and did nothing. Plus …

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IN Ranks 5th in Nation for First Time Child Abuse Cases

44News | Evansville, IN

Indiana ranks fifth in the nation for first time child neglect and abuse cases according to data released Monday from the Indiana Youth Institute.

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Adoptive Kansas Parents Arrested on Suspicion of Child Abuse

Kansas Public Radio

A couple in south-central Kansas is accused of abusing three children adopted from an orphanage in Peru.

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Police interview three celebrities in connection to historical child abuse in Jersey

Jersey Evening Post

THREE celebrities have been interviewed by States police detectives in connection with alleged child abuse in the Island in the 1970s, the force has …

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Child abuse expert had ‘illegitimate credentials’

UBC News – University of British Columbia

Child abuse expert had ‘illegitimate credentials’. February 11, 2016. CBC News highlighted questions being raised about an expert witness at a major …

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Home Office launches child abuse whistleblowing helpline


New national helpline will be run by the NSPCC and provide advice to employees who feel unable to raise concerns about suspected child abuse …

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Chadron woman arrested on child abuse charge


A 29 year old Chadron woman is facing a felony child abuse charge after police received information leading to an investigation into suspected child …

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Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team

Kids Helpline

Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams (SOCITs) are teams of specialist detectives who are trained to investigate the complex crimes …

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Pensioner sentenced for historical child abuse

Jersey Evening Post

Pensioner sentenced for historical child abuse … on Thursday became the first sex offender to be jailed as part of a new historical abuse investigation.

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Military Times

Congress moves to confront military child abuse with Talia’s Law

Military Times

The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would require anyone employed by the Defense Department to report cases of suspected child abuse on …

House Passes Talia’s Law to Strengthen Military Abuse Response – Big Island Now

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Correction: Child Abuse story

Fox News

DENVER – On Feb. 8, The Associated Press erroneously published a story from 2012 about the Colorado Department of Human Services considering …

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The Guardian

Catholic bishops not obliged to report clerical child abuse, Vatican says

The Guardian

The Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that only …

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Statistics about the victims, perpetrators of child abuse and neglect

The Boston Globe

A new report from the US Department of Health and Human Services shows that Massachusetts had the highest rate of child abuse and neglect in the …

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New York Times

Tracing the Bishops’ Culpability in the Child Abuse Scandal

New York Times

Pope Francis’ commission on the clergy’s sexual violation of children had a timely private screening in Rome last week of “Spotlight,” the …

Catholic Church child abuse: Pope Francis passes up meeting with Mexican victims of serial – The Independent

Vatican says Catholic bishops not obligated to report child abuse – i24news

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Appeals court vacates Nebraska man’s child abuse conviction

Lincoln Journal Star

OMAHA — The Nebraska Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a Scottsbluff man’s child abuse conviction and vacated his prison sentence, adding …

Appeals court vacates Nebraska man’s child abuse conviction – 1011now

Appeals court vacates Nebraska man’s child abuse conviction – KETV Omaha

Appeals court vacates Nebraska man’s child abuse conviction – Sioux City Journal

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Travel to Australian child abuse inquiry a health risk for Vatican treasurer: lawyer


SYDNEY The Vatican’s Australian-born finance controller has a heart condition and travel to Australia to give evidence at an inquiry into child abuse …

Travel to Australian child abuse inquiry a health risk for Vatican treasurer: lawyer – Yahoo News

Travel to Australian child abuse inquiry a health risk for Vatican treasurer – lawyer – Daily Mail

George Pell ‘still too unwell’ to fly to Australia for child abuse royal commission – The Guardian

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Memphis Commercial Appeal

Woman faces child abuse charges in DUI crash

Memphis Commercial Appeal

A woman arrested in December in a suspected drunken driving crash where a five-year-old was injured is back in jail facing child abuse charges in …

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BBC News

Judge to review police handling of child abuse inquiries

BBC News

A former High Court judge is to review the Metropolitan Police’s handling of cases involving claims of historical child abuse by public figures.

Judge to review Met’s investigation into claims of historic child abuse in Westminster – Express.co.uk

Met Chief Orders Review Of Child Abuse Cases – Sky News

‘Inept’ police chief brings in judge to review handling of child abuse inquiries – The Sun

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International Business Times

Talia’s Bill To Curb US Military Child Abuse Passes House As Armed Services Abuse Surges

International Business Times

A report issued in September shows that in 2014 alone there were 7,676 cases of confirmed child abuse or neglect in the military. That represents a 10 …

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Child Abuse Registry Law Passes Senate


The Indiana Senate has passed a bill that would create a list similar to online sex-offender registries, but this would create a public registry of people …

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House Passes Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Bill To Strengthen Military’s Child Abuse Reporting Requirements

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard – U.S. House of Representatives

Talia’s Law would close the gap between mandated reporters of child abuse and the military’s Family Advocacy Programs (FAP) reporting on their …

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No evidence of a cover-up, UK lawyer tells child abuse inquiry

Jersey Evening Post

A SENIOR UK lawyer says he has found no evidence of an attempt to cover up child abuse, after he was asked to review eight cases for the …

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81 FR 6518 – Commission To Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

U.S. Government Printing Office

81 FR 6518 – Commission To Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities; Announcement of Meetings.

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KSP arrests Paducah woman in connection to child abuse

Cleveland 19 News|Cleveland, OH

Kentucky State Police arrested a McCracken County woman Tuesday in connection to possible child abuse.

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Child Sexual Abuse Trainings

Kentucky Attorney General – Kentucky.gov

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What C​hild Sex Offenders Can Teach You. This training program is coordinated by the Department of Criminal Justice …

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Massachusetts reports high child abuse, neglect rates

Western Mass News – WGGB/WSHM

Newly released figures show that Massachusetts reported the highest rate of abused and neglected children in the nation during the 2014 fiscal year.

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Appeals court vacates Nebraska man’s child abuse conviction

Shoreline Media Group

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Court of Appeals has reversed a Scottsbluff man’s child abuse conviction and vacated his prison sentence, …

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Ex-Bailiff defends decision to drop child abuse charges

Jersey Evening Post

Ex-Bailiff defends decision to drop child abuse charges. Jane Maguire entering her home in Issel. France. 20th March 2008. Alan and Jane Maguire, …

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Commission To Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Federal Register

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), a Federal Advisory Committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of …

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The Guardian

Kids Company founder says ‘malicious’ child abuse claims led to closure

The Guardian

Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh has claimed “malicious and untrue allegations” of child abuse against the charity were orchestrated to …

Police close Kids Company probe as they say child abuse allegations are ‘vague’ – Express.co.uk

Police drop Kids Company abuse investigation – The Guardian

Investigation into sexual abuse at Kids Company dropped due to lack of evidence – Telegraph.co.uk

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The Guardian

Child abuse charity urges media to avoid the term ‘historic’ in reporting

The Guardian

Many child abuse survivors are still living with the consequences. Photograph: Jolie Clifford/Glasshouse Images/Glasshouse Images/Corbis.

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The Guardian

Spotlight review – Catholic church called to account over child abuse

The Guardian

Real insights … from left, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Brian d’Arcy James in Spotlight. Photograph: Moviestore/Rex Shutterstock.

Spotlight movie review: gripping drama uncovers systemic child abuse – Daily Review

Spotlight review – exposing the sins of the fathers – The Guardian

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The Guardian

Pitcairn mayor charged with possessing child abuse material wants to face ‘local law’

The Guardian

Michael Warren is facing charges relating to 1,000 child sex abuse films, images and messages. Photograph: Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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Christian Science Monitor

Bipartisan probe faults gov’t with migrant child abuse

Minneapolis Star Tribune

WASHINGTON — Migrant children in the government’s care fell prey to human trafficking after the Health and Human Services Department failed to …

Senate probe faults gov’t for migrant child abuse – Washington Post

Senator Portman leads senate hearing on migrant child abuse – WLWT Cincinnati

Senate probe faults U.S. government for migrant child abuse – Chicago Tribune

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The Guardian

UN finds more cases of child abuse by European troops in CAR

The Guardian

Up to six more cases of sexual abuse of children by European troops have been uncovered by UN staff in Central African Republic, the body’s human …

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Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia child abuse investigations to become more rigorous

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Emani Moss, shown in an undated photo provided by her grandmother, was the subject of a child abuse report but state workers didn’t investigate …

Georgia child abuse investigations to become more rigorous – MyAJC

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Committee fails to endorse GOP child abuse reporting bill

Journal Times

The proposal is designed to increase reporting of child abuse by expanding the list of mandatory reporters to include probation agents, school …

GOP bill on child abuse reporting fails in committee – Washington Times

Committee split on GOP child abuse reporting bill – Appleton Post Crescent

Controversial GOP bill on child abuse reporting fails in committee – Leader-Telegram

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Two charged with endangerment after ‘serious’ child abuse case


LEWIS CENTER, Ohio (WCMH)–The Delaware County Sheriff’s office is investigating what it calls a “serious” case of child abuse. The Delaware …

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Bipartisan Probe Faults Gov’t With Migrant Child Abuse

ABC News

Migrant children in the government’s care fell prey to human trafficking after the Health and Human Services Department failed to protect them, …

Senate probe faults gov’t for migrant child abuse – Northwest Georgia News

US Senate probe faults gov’t for migrant child abuse – Daily Mail

Abuse of migrant children? – Capitol Hill Blue

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Bipartisan probe faults gov’t with migrant child abuse

News from The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Migrant children in the government’s care fell prey to human trafficking after the Health and Human Services Department failed …

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Somerset fireman indicted for sexual child abuse


A Somerset fireman has been indicted on multiple felony counts for reported child sexual abuse.

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Pine Ridge Man Sentenced for Child Abuse

US Department of Justice

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

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Senate Probe Faults HHS For Migrant Child Abuse

The Virginian-Pilot

Migrant children in the government’s care were placed in U.S. homes and left vulnerable to human trafficking due to sometimes non-existent screening …

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New allegations of child abuse in Central African Republic


European troops and United Nations peacekeepers accused of sexual abuse against 12 more children in Central African Republic. Twelve more …

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Suspect in Mesa childabuse case plead not guilty

12 News

The man and woman charged in an abuse case that shocked the Valley pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.

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Local News

Alva Review-Courier / Newsgram

A Helena man has been charged with child abuse in Alfalfa County. Samuel Alan May Jr., 38, of Helena has been charged with felony child abuse by …

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2-3-16 child abuse reporting

Radio Plus Inc

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A key legislative committee has refused to endorse a Republican bill that would have required doctors and nurses to report …

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a thesis about child abuse

European Voluntary Service

And so, in order to make the greatest enthusiasm, and this latter came hurtling to the a thesis about child abuse within the buttoned limits of human …

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Kirksville man charged with child abuse


A Kirksville man faces a child abuse charge after facial injuries led police to his arrest. Jeremy A. Wilson, 31, of Kirksville, was arrested and charged …

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Daily Beast

State-Sponsored Child Abuse and Neglect in Flint

Daily Beast

Imagine if Rick Snyder kept giving his kids water that tests showed was dangerous, even toxic. Thankfully he’s now trying to help the sickened city, but …

Doctor Accuses Michigan Gov. of State-Sponsored Child Abuse – AllMediaNY

How Flint traded safe drinking water for cost-cutting plan that didn’t work – The Guardian

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Detroit Free Press

Child abuse rises 3%; Michigan a leader in child deaths

Detroit Free Press

NEW YORK — The number of U.S. children victimized by abuse and neglect increased by nearly 3% in the latest annual reporting period, according to …

New Federal Data Shows Nearly 3 Percent Rise in Child Abuse – ABC News

Mass. Child Abuse Increased Over 30 Percent In 5 Years, Report Says – CBS Local

Federal data shows nearly 3 percent rise in child abuse – Las Cruces Sun-News

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The Guardian

Bitcoin and darknet are making it harder to track online child abuse

The Guardian

Online child abuse is a multi-billion dollar industry, but alternative currencies are making criminals harder to trace. Photograph: Elise Amendola/AP …

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US Judge Clears Oklahoma Man of 3 Kenyan Child Abuse Charges

ABC News

A federal judge Tuesday acquitted an Oklahoma man on three charges accusing him of sexually abusing children at a Kenyan orphanage but rejected …

US judge clears Oklahoma man of 3 Kenyan child abuse charges – Bloomington Pantagraph

US judge clears Oklahoma man of 3 Kenyan child abuse charges – Tulsa World

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York Daily Record/Sunday News

Couple charged with alleged child abuse

York Daily Record/Sunday News

Tiara Handy would tell the other children what to say if they were asked about the abuse and applied medicine to the boy’s scars to mitigate their …

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Does childabuse law loophole exempt medical profession from background checks?


“I can tell you our office deals with cases of child abuse every single day,” Lebanon County District Attorney Dave Arnold said. “Every single day our …

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FOX31 Denver

Bullfighter investigated for child abuse over baby photo

FOX31 Denver

Should bullfighter Francisco Rivera be prosecuted for child abuse? … in Spain as a famous bullfighter is being investigated by child welfare officials.

Now bullfighter faces ‘child abuse‘ probe over baby photo – The Local.es

Bullfighter investigated for child abuse over baby photo – Jewocity.com (press release) (blog)

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Child abuse may play role in military suicides


(Reuters Health) – Histories of child abuse are common among military members and may be important to consider when treating their mental health …

Child Abuse And The Connection To The Canadian Armed Forces – CJOB

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South Bend Tribune

Child abuse offender registry moves forward

South Bend Tribune

The bill calls for a child abuse offender registry, similar to a sex offender registry. The goal is for the criminal past any day care provider to be public …

Bill creating child abuse registry moves forward – Terre Haute Tribune Star

STATEHOUSE: ‘Kirk’s Law,’ seeking state registry for people charged with child abuse and neglect – Goshen News

Local woman testifies in favor of Indiana child abuse registry – WNDU-TV

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Rep. Chris Smith: ‘Planned Parenthood Is Child Abuse Incorporated’


J.) said Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, “is Child Abuse Incorporated,” pointing to recent undercover videos, which showed …

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New federal data shows nearly 3 percent rise in child abuse

Associated Press

The report estimated fatalities attributable to child abuse and neglect at 1580 — up from 1530 in 2013. HHS said Rafael Lopez, commissioner of the …

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Childabuse suspect got legal status under Obama’s DACA program

12 News

Mesa man accused in child abuse case is living in U.S. under deferred-action program for undocumented immigrants.

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Child abuse may play role in military suicides


(Reuters Health) – Histories of child abuse are common among military members and may be important to consider when treating their mental health …

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Senate subcommittee examines migrant children abuse

Associated Press

Overwhelmed by the numbers of children crossing the border, the U.S. … HHS bars releasing children to anyone convicted of child abuse or neglect or …

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County attorney chokes up during Mesa childabuse case update

12 News

On Tuesday, an emotional Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery held back tears as he talked about the indictments handed up in the case of a …

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Ontario officials say privacy myths prevent childabuse reports

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Ontario officials say privacy myths prevent childabuse reports … As Ontario officials have investigated the deaths, recently, of children in the province, …

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Dad appeals childabuse conviction; doctors, parents differ on baby’s injury

Crime Watch Daily

A controversial case in Michigan that every parent will want to see: A father arrested, accused of child abuse against his 2-month-old daughter.

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Judge Orders Breath Test Before Sentencing Man for Child Abuse

Big Apple News Radio

NEBRASKA CITY – District Judge Jeffrey Funke sentenced Kelly Robison to prison Tuesday after ordering a blood alcohol test and chiding him that …

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Norfolk Man Cited For Felony Child Abuse


NORFOLK – A Norfolk man faces felony child abuse charges after being taken into custody on Monday afternoon. Norfolk Police Captain Don Miller …

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Vatican’s Australian finance chief rejects ‘baseless’ child abuse allegations


… oversees the Vatican’s finances has strongly denied newspaper allegations of involvement in child sexual abuse, describing them as “utterly false”.

Cardinal Pell hits back at claims he is ‘under investigation’ over child abuse allegations – The Guardian

Vatican’s Australian finance chief rejects ‘baseless’ child abuse allegations | Reuters – Firstpost

Cardinal George Pell rejects ‘baseless’ child abuse allegations – ChristianToday

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Alleged killer of Coloma Township 8-month-old has prior child abuse conviction


Court documents show a Berrien County man, charged in the murder of 8-month-old Carter Donovan, had a history of child abuse.

‘The most traumatic case I’ve seen:’ police on Coloma Township child abuse death – WSBT-TV

Suspect in Coloma Twp. baby’s death due in court – WSBT-TV

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The Guardian

There’s no such thing as ‘mild’ FGM. It’s still child abuse

The Guardian

‘Most survivors are scarred internally and externally by the harmful practice of FGM and have to learn to live with it for life’: a sticker advocating the end …

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The Guardian

Prolonged detention is ‘state-sanctioned child abuse‘, says head of doctors’ group

The Guardian

Supporters cover their mouths during a protest by doctors and allied health professionals in Sydney to oppose the secrecy provisions of the Border …

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Wyoming Tribune

Cheyenne man charged with sex assault, child abuse

Wyoming Tribune

Two days later, the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office filed two child abuse charges against Anderson – one for physical abuse, the other for …

NEW: Cheyenne man charged with first-degree sex assault, child abuse – Wyoming Tribune

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The Guardian

Rotherham child abuse trial: four men and two women found guilty

The Guardian

A gang of four men and two women, including three brothers, have been convicted of serious child sex crimes over more than 10 years in Rotherham.

Rotherham child abuse victim ‘feels free’ of her abuser after he is found guilty – Mirror.co.uk

Our lives start now: rotherham child abuse gang victims welcome guilty verdicts – Daily Mail

Childabuse gang who were ‘above the law’ for decades finally convicted thanks to The Times – Press Gazette

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Baltimore Sun

Reporting error inflates Md. child abuse cases

Baltimore Sun

The federal government has been gathering state-level child abuse and neglect data for more than two decades, tracking the time it takes for Child …

Reporting error inflates Md. child abuse cases – Baltimore Sun

Correlation of drug, child abuse is a wake-up call – Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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Cheyenne couple denies child abuse

Wyoming Tribune

Anna M. Patterson and Jessie Tribby were charged last month with one count each of physical child abuse-responsible for welfare. Patterson was …

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The Guardian

Alleged former senior IRA commander arrested on charges of child abuse

The Guardian

An alleged senior IRA commander during the Troubles has been arrested in Spain pending an extradition to Ireland where he will face child abuse …

Senior IRA figure arrested in Spain faces historic child abuse charges – Newstalk 106-108 fm

Ireland seeks extradition of senior IRA figure in connection with child abuse allegations – BreakingNews.ie

Irish government attempts to extradite ‘senior IRA man’ over alleged child abuse – Belfast Newsletter

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Washington Post

Childabuse suspect coerced boy into performing a sex act, federal case claims

Washington Post

In one instance, he threatened to take the student to police and the principal if the child didn’t strip, federal authorities allege. In other instances, he told …

Prosecutors: School Volunteer Charged With Child Sex Abuse – ABC News

Prosecutors: School volunteer charged with child sex abuse – Washington Post

Carraway now faces federal charges in Prince George’s abuse case – WTOP

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Floyd County aunt sentenced in deadly child abuse case


Dickerson’s husband Jason Dickerson is serving life in prison for the death of Adkins, and for the abuse of the child’s siblings, whom were also in the …

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Public hearings

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Webcast Questions and Answers. Q. How can I access the webcast? A. Access to the webcast is provided via the “watch the hearing” button on the …

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Unsanitary Living Conditions Leads To Child Abuse Charges

Johnston County Report

A Johnston County couple is facing child abuse charges. Harold Eugene Egleston III, 41, and Catharine Lynn Egelston, 48, both of Pebblebrook Circle …

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Cambridge high school students charged with child abuse

KRVN Radio

(AP) _ Two Cambridge High School students have been charged with felony child abuse in connection with an incident at a summer wrestling camp in …

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Child sexual abuse in the Australian Defence Force Cadets

Media releases, Child Abuse Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse would like anyone who has information regarding child sexual abuse …

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Prevent Child Abuse America

Kappa Delta

Since 1981, Kappa Delta has been a proud supporter of Prevent Child Abuse America, an organization founded by the late Donna Stone, one of our …

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Students Charged With Child Abuse In Hazing Incident


Two Cambridge High School students have been charged with felony child abuse in connection with an incident at a summer wrestling camp in …

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McLaughlin Man Charged with Child Abuse

US Department of Justice

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Child Abuse …

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2 Cambridge high school students charged with child abuse

Shoreline Media Group

CAMBRIDGE, Neb. (AP) — Two Cambridge High School students have been charged with felony child abuse in connection with an incident at a …

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Florida mom charged with child neglect after allegedly leaving daughter in burning building

New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. — A Florida mother has been charged with child neglect after running from her burning West Miami-Dade apartment, leaving …

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Huntington Herald Dispatch

Two arrested in separate child neglect cases

Huntington Herald Dispatch

CHILD NEGLECT: A Charleston woman was arrested Monday night after West Virginia State Police say they found her unresponsive with a child in …

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7Online WSVN-TV

Mother accused of child neglect after apartment fire faces judge

7Online WSVN-TV

WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) — A South Florida mother accused of child neglect after her 6-year-old daughter had to be rescued from a burning …

Mother charged with child neglect after daughter allegedly left alone in burning home – Miami Herald

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The mother of a child found alone inside a burning Miami apartment is under – CBS Local

Mother Arrested After Child Injured in Miami Apartment Fire After Being Left Alone: MDFR – NBC 6 South Florida

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Barboursville man arrested on child neglect charges


(WSAZ) — A man from Barboursville was arrested Monday on child neglect charges after troopers say a 4-year-old boy left unattended for nearly an …

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WDEF News 12

Soddy Daisy couple facing multiple child neglect charges

WDEF News 12

Roy Benton, 35, and Kristy Benton, 30, are both facing six counts of child neglect along with two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia. Roy Benton …

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Red Bank couple charged with child neglect


A report of a stolen vehicle led to the arrest of two people in Red Bank on child neglect charges. An anonymous caller reported a truck, possibly stolen …

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Child Neglect arrest leads to act of kindness


DANVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Danville Police report they responded to a call at Crescent Drive, which sparked an investigation into possible child neglect.

Danville PD: Restaurant employee steps in to help child in need of food – WKYT

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Live 5 News

Upstate couple accused of child neglect

Live 5 News

Oconee County deputies have charged Travis Robert William Nix and Caroline Shaw, both 19, with child neglect. The couple was arrested Tuesday.

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Evening News and Tribune

HELP WANTED: Clark, Floyd County children need advocates in neglect cases

Evening News and Tribune

William Yowell and Lizzette Steed-Yowell have been fostering children for nearly 14 years, typically caring for one child at a time, in addition to their …

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Second Suspect Arraigned in Bowie Child Neglect Case


A second suspect in an alleged case of child neglect and endangerment in Bowie has been arraigned in Montague County. 33-year-old Albert Petroni …

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Mother Charged With Child Neglect After House Fire


Mother Charged With Child Neglect After House Fire. CBS Miami. Duration: … Mom Arrested After Child Found In Burning Apartment. CBS Miami …

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Reports & Working Papers

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care … the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child explains why young …

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Mother Charged With Child Neglect After House Fire


Mother Charged With Child Neglect After House Fire. CBS Miami. Duration: 00:47 … Child Shot & Killed While Playing Football In Miami. CBS Miami …

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Teenage Couple Arrested for Unlawful Neglect of a Child


WALHALLA, S.C. — A Westminster couple was arrested on unlawful neglect of a child charges. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Travis …

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Children’s Rights to Protection from Violence, Exploitation, Abuse, and Neglect

International Institute – UCLA.edu

ABOUT THE TALK The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most ratified international human rights treaty in the world and has been ‘a …

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Mom facing child neglect charges after young children injured in fire


Friday, the mother of the children, Jeannetta Maclin, 23, was charged with two counts of abuse or neglect of a child and two counts of endangering the …

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WFTV Orlando

Child neglect may be hard to prove in Baby Willow case, legal analyst says

WFTV Orlando

Orlando police still don’t know if a missing newborn is dead or alive, so the state may have a tough time proving child neglect charges against the …

Mother of abandoned newborn girl charged with child neglect – Orlando Sentinel

Woman accused of discarding newborn identified, charged with child neglect – WFTV Orlando

Police looking for discarded newborn; mom charged with child neglect – WZTV

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Tulsa World

Tulsa child death report shows history of neglect

Tulsa World

5 of two counts of child neglect. The jury recommended a life sentence for the charge associated with Camaron’s death and 27 years for the neglect …

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Lawton man arrested for child neglect


LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -A Lawton man was arrested for child neglect after he left four children, including a six-month-old baby, alone while he left the …

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Parents Leave Boy Alone, Charged With Child Neglect

Local Memphis

Police contacted the boy’s father, Michael Jason Burrows, 26. Burrows told detectives he got into a verbal argument, enter a vehicle and left the child.

Parents arrested after leaving 3-year-old alone at home after argument – WBRC FOX6 News – WBRC.com

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Florida mother, daughter charged with prostitution, child neglect


OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Osceola County detectives charged a mother and daughter with prostitution and child neglect. The daughter …

Mother, daughter running brothel with children in house, deputies say – WFTV Orlando

Sex sting nets mom, daughter, crack cocaine and 3 kids – Orlando Sentinel

Mother, daughter arrested for prostitution, child neglect – Osceola News-Gazette

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Child Neglect Case

Ponca City News

Child Neglect Case … Adam Wayne Reece, 36, Tonkawa, entered a no contest plea in Kay County District Court to a felony count of child neglect.

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Wilson parents plead not guilty to child neglect charge


ARDMORE, Okla. — The parents of a child who died last year pleaded not guilty Wednesday to neglect charges. John and Alice Bailey were arrested …

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Highlands Today

Woman charged with child neglect

Highlands Today

LAKE PLACID — A woman on probation for misusing her elderly father’s money now is charged in an unrelated case with neglect of a child, according …

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Madras child neglect death case moves forward


MADRAS, Ore. (AP) – The criminal case against a Jefferson County couple in connection to the death of an infant is moving forward despite a defense …

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Nominations Being Accepted for Tribal Child Fatalities, Neglect, and Abuse Seminar

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Nominations Being Accepted for Tribal Child Fatalities, Neglect, and Abuse Seminar. February 17, 2016. The U.S. Department of Justice’s National …

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Bismarck Tribune

Owner of cuddling business charged with child neglect

Bismarck Tribune

Amberrose Mergenthaler, owner of a recently announced cuddling and companionship business in Bismarck, faces charges of child neglect and …

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Man arrested, charged in Newport News child neglect incident


(WVEC) — Newport News police say a man facing child neglect and … An investigation found that the child was left in the care of the mother’s boyfriend …

Man faces felony child neglect charges after 3-year-old treated for burns – wtkr.com

24-year-old North Dakota man charged with child neglect in Newport News – Virginian-Pilot

Man charged for child neglect, malicious wounding of NN 3-year-old – WAVY-TV

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WJXT Jacksonville

Two arrested in Nassau County for child neglect

WJXT Jacksonville

Patricia Riggs has been charged with four counts of child neglect and one count resisting without violence and is being held on $90K bond.

2 arrested in Nassau County after children found living in filth – First Coast News

4 kids found living in ‘filthy’ Callahan home, covered in feces – WOKV

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POLICE BLOTTER: Woman faces child neglect charge after being found passed out, naked

The Northwest Florida Daily News

BAKER — A 24-year-old woman faces a charge of child neglect after she got drunk while caring for a young child, lawmen say. According to the …

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Couple appears in court on charges of child neglect, baby suffered severe head injury

News Sentinel

Jennifer L. Born, 34, of the 3600 block of Ferndale Drive and Victor Rivera, 20, of the 5800 block of Kelso drive made their initial appearance in Court …

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Mom charged with Child Neglect in Spartanburg


Amber Bogan has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child after deputies found many safety concerns for the 1-year-old child that was living …

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WESH Orlando

Volusia County woman accused of DUI, child neglect after crash

WESH Orlando

A Volusia County woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI and child neglect after she crashed into a fence and light post with a child in the backseat …

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Marshall County mother in court to appeal child neglect sentence


A Marshall County mother involved in her toddler’s death was in court Monday looking to appeal her sentence of 35 years in prison. In December …

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WFTV Orlando

Lake County mother arrested on charges of child neglect

WFTV Orlando

A Lake County mother was arrested after deputies said her children missed more than a third of the school year and the family was living in a home …

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NN woman charged with child neglect, drunk in public


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News woman is facing charges of felony child neglect as well as being drunk in public after being …

Newport News mom charged with child neglect, drunk in public – Daily Press

Police: Intoxicated woman found slumped over baby stroller – 13newsnow.com

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Jury trial dates set in Clinton child neglect case


VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Four people charged in a child neglect case out of Clinton, Indiana now have trial dates set. In October of last …

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FOX 61

Two charged in Hartford child neglect case scheduled to appear in court Monday

FOX 61

HARTFORD — Two people arrested on for an incident where a 2-year-old child was left alone are scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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Evansville couple facing child neglect charges


An Evansville couple is facing child neglect charges after police say they found the couple’s five kids living in filthy conditions. 33-year-old Andrea …

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Daily Commercial

State investigating mother on reports of child neglect

Daily Commercial

Melissa Ann Heaton was arrested on child neglect charges this week after Lake County Sheriff’s deputies, who had responded to her Tavares home …

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Evansville woman jailed on drug, child neglect charges


Evansville woman jailed on drug, child neglect charges … She’s charged with neglect of a dependent, possession of meth, and possession of a …

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Local parents busted for child neglect, paraphernalia


When officers arrived at the room, officers encountered both suspects and their 2-year-old child. Both suspects admitted to smoking meth in the …

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WESH Orlando

Police: Woman’s neglect led to child being raped

WESH Orlando

LONGWOOD, Fla. —Longwood police have arrested a woman who they said harbored an environment that led to a child being sexually assaulted.

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Child Neglect Case Progresses


A disturbing case of child neglect and the neglect of a special needs adult in Clinton is progressing along in the court system. The parents and …

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Aggravated Child Abuse, Neglect Charges Follow Alleged Drug Possession, Dealing

Greeneville Sun

Child abuse charges were filed against a man and woman arrested earlier at a Chuckey Pike house on drug possession counts. The sheriff’s …

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Newport News mom charged with child neglect, drunk in public


A Newport News woman was charged with child neglect and drunk in … Boulevard in reference to an incoherent woman with a one-year-old child, …

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Evansville couple facing child neglect charges

Cleveland 19 News|Cleveland, OH

An Evansville couple is facing child neglect charges after police say they found the couple’s five kids living in filthy conditions.

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Sheila Says: Is This Child Neglect Or Tradition??

Lite Rock 95.9

Other bullfighters are taking up for him saying it’s tradition to have pics made with their children while in the ring with a bull. They’ve all posted pics of …

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Child Neglect, Abuse, and Torture in the UK?


Five G4S staff have been arrested and held on suspicion of child neglect but have been released on bail until April pending further investigation.

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Tulsa World

Mother, boyfriend charged with child neglect following infant’s death

Tulsa World

Anna Marie Hyden, 23, and Kevin Lee Crawford, 52, each were charged Friday with child neglect, stemming from the conditions in which Hyden’s …

Mother, grandfather charged with child neglect after north Tulsa house fire – Tulsa World

Woman charged in death of 6-month-old son arrested Sunday – Tulsa World

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Two in Red Bank Charged with Child Neglect


Red Bank — Police in Red Bank, Tennessee are charging a man and a woman with child neglect. A police report obtained by NewsChannel 9 from …

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Muskego couple sentenced for child neglect, chinchilla mistreatment

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Garrett R. Rees, 51, and Tricia L. Rees, 39, each pleaded no contest to misdemeanor child neglect and misdemeanor intentional improper animal …

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News On 6

Tulsa Mom, Grandpa Charged With Child Neglect After Kids Left Alone, Escape House Fire

News On 6

Child neglect charges have been filed against the mother and grandfather of four children who were left home alone and had to escape a house fire.

Tulsa Mom, Grandpa Charged With Child Neglect After Kids Left Alone Escape House Fire – news9.com KWTV

Tulsa mother wanted for child neglect after baby’s death arrested – News3LV

Arrest warrant issued for Tulsa mother charged with child neglect – KOKH FOX25

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Daily Beast

State-Sponsored Child Abuse and Neglect in Flint

Daily Beast

Imagine if Rick Snyder kept giving his kids water that tests showed was dangerous, even toxic. Thankfully he’s now trying to help the sickened city, but …

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Pinal County woman accused of child neglect

Tucson News Now

PINAL COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -. A Pinal County woman is facing charges after authorities said they found a 2-month-old living in a filthy …

PCSO: San Tan woman arrested on child neglect, drug charges – ABC15 Arizona

PCSO: Women arrested on child neglect, drug charges – KVOA Tucson News

Woman arrested after infant found living in deplorable conditions – FOX 10 News Phoenix

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Mother, boyfriend face child neglect charge in child’s death


(AP) — The mother of an infant and her boyfriend have been charged with child neglect following the child’s death. 23-year-old Anna Marie Hyden and …

Family of father and daughter charged with child neglect speaks out – kjrh.com

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Omaha World-Herald

Bluffs woman arrested for child neglect after 6-month-old suffered at least 20 fractures, had drugs in

Omaha World-Herald

COUNCIL BLUFFS — A Council Bluffs woman has been arrested and accused of neglecting her 6-month-old son. The 19-year-old woman was taken …

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News On 6

Tulsa Woman Released After Plea In Child Neglect Case

News On 6

A Tulsa woman pleaded no contest to child neglect and two counts of running a day care without a license Monday. The woman’s name is Chelsea …

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Mother Also Charged With Child Neglect

Greeneville Sun

A woman was taken into custody Sunday and charged with child neglect in connection with an incident on Jan. 8, Greeneville police Officer Eric Scott …

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Tulsa mother wanted for child neglect after baby’s death arrested


An Oklahoma mother charged with felony child neglect following the death of her six-month-old son has been located and arrested.23-year-old Anna …

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Protecting children from neglect and abuse: Serbian young people with disabilities show the way to


AN INNOVATIVE booklet created by children and young people with intellectual disabilities to help their peers understand neglect and abuse has …

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Supporting services to better identify neglect


There’s no definitive criteria for when to intervene in child neglect and research shows that professionals struggle to identify it and respond robustly.

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Trial of woman accused of child neglect continues

Western People

The woman, who can’t be named to protect her children’s identities, is facing over 40 charges of neglect and cruelty, which allegedly took place at five …

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Trial of woman accused of child neglect continues


The jurors in the trial of a woman accused of beating and neglecting her children for five years will resume their deliberations this morning (10am).

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Edgewood ISD receives tips, still looking for child beating suspect

KSAT San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – It appears members of the public have been doing their best to help the Edgewood Independent School District’s police department …

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Teen arrested, accused of beating child


SAN ANTONIO — A teenager is behind bars Monday after he was accused of severely beating a child for wetting the bed and spilling cereal on the …

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Wyoming Tribune

Cheyenne man charged with sex assault, child abuse

Wyoming Tribune

Two days later, the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office filed two child abuse charges against Anderson – one for physical abuse, the other for …

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WAPT Jackson

Man charged for beating disabled child

WAPT Jackson

—Authorities said a McComb man is charged with 27 counts of felony child abuse after he allegedly recorded footage of himself beating a disabled …

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Man Accused of Beating Girlfriend’s Child


Childers shakes his head in disbelief hearing that just a few houses away, a 23 month old child was beaten. Childers said, “Surprised, sadness …

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Child Abuse: Woman burns nephew’s hands for stealing money

Pulse Nigeria

Another case of a gruesome child abuse has been reported after a Lagos State based woman brutalised her young cousin by burning his hands for …

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Daily Mail

Supernanny Jo Frost’s TV crew film Georgia dad ‘discipline son with his belt’

Daily Mail

‘We are not people that beat their kids. We are leaders in … Julie Jacobs Ryan wrote: ‘It’s pretty obvious that this child is fearful of his father. The scene …

Supernanny reports American father to police for ‘beating his son’ – Telegraph.co.uk

TV ‘Supernanny’ features Gwinnett family, reports beating heard on tape – Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Daily Mail

Boy, 17, dies in hospital after ‘brutal mob beating‘ lasting 20 minutes that left him crawling on his

Daily Mail

Shocking CCTV footage has emerged showing the final moments of a Perth teen who has died in hospital, six days after he was allegedly killed after a …

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KSAT San Antonio

Mom arrested, boyfriend sought in child injury case

KSAT San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – Rosemarie Luna, 44, has been arrested on a charge of injury to a child stemming from a beating her 8-year-old suffered at the hands …

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Teen dad denies beating toddler after he wet the bed


Marc Gutierrez, 18, is accused of beating a toddler after he wet the bed. … When police interviewed Gutierrez, he said the child urinated on the bed but …

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Home day-care owner sentenced in child beating


A Forest Park woman who ran a home day care and was accused of beating a 2-year-old boy with an unknown object was sentenced Wednesday to …

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Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Jury to deliberate in child beating death case

Corpus Christi Caller-Times

GABE HERNANDEZ/CALLER-TIMES Albert Villarreal talks to his lawyers Thursday during his capital murder trial in 28th District Judge Nanette …

Man receives life sentence in boy’s beating death – Corpus Christi Caller-Times

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Woman convicted of beating child nearly to death sentenced to eight years


The child giggled as he squeaked out his name into the microphone. His mother pointed out a long scar that stretched from the left side of his head to …

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Perth Now

Cleared Catholic bishop ‘considering future’

Perth Now

Davis, a Member of the Order of Australia, testified during the trial that he never thought of children sexually or committed a child sex offence, …

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Prison for mother who silently watched boyfriend beat her 4-year-old daughter to death


Seanita Brown died in 2013 after a severe beating caused massive internal bleeding. Golphin was charged with first-degree murder in the child’s …

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ABC15 Arizona

Police: Phoenix father, William Harris, arrested, accused of beating young sons with belt

ABC15 Arizona

PHOENIX – A Phoenix man is facing child abuse charges accusing him of abusing his two sons, ages 5 and 3, according to court documents .

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WDSU New Orleans

JPSO: Teen dies after being beaten over bad grades; parents arrested

WDSU New Orleans

This is a story about child abuse, a father who beat his child to death. This happens in all races. And if the only thing you deducted from the story is …

Waggaman boy beaten by father has died, authorities say – NOLA.com

What does a father pray after he beats his son to death?: Jarvis DeBerry – NOLA.com

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Boy, 13, allegedly ‘beaten to death by teachers’ for leaving school grounds to wave to parents


Boy, 13, allegedly ‘beaten to death by teachers’ for leaving school grounds to … Shamim’s parents had reportedly visited their only child at the private …

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Mom who faked cancer sentenced in beating of 11-month-old daughter


… sentenced in connection with severely beating her 11-month-old daughter. … Reichard was ordered to serve up to 12 years in prison for child abuse.

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Ex-wife of man accused in child’s beating says man has violent past


A local toddler is fighting for his life after his caretaker allegedly beat him at a Westside home on Tuesday night. Action News Jax has learned police …

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Women found guilty of abuse after beating child with belt


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA9) – Two women were found guilty of child abuse after they took turns beating a 9-year-old with a belt, the Anne Arundel …

Child Beaten With Belt Over Candy, Women Convicted – Patch.com

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Child sex offender jailed for beating girlfriend claims he’s the ‘victim’ and threatens ‘revenge’


A former fast food worker who was jailed for viciously beating his girlfriend claims he’s the ‘victim’ and threatened revenge in letters from prison.

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Man charged in beating death of 2-year-old Salem City girl


SALEM — A Salem man has been arrested and accused of beating a … Another child, an 8-year-old girl, was also in the apartment at the time of the …

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KZTV Action 10 News

Testimony continues in trial of man accused of beating child to death

KZTV Action 10 News

Emotional testimony Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of beating a young boy to death. Albert Villarreal is charged with capital murder.

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Man indicted on charges he beat 2 N.J. child welfare workers


SALEM — A Salem County man has been indicted on charges of beating two state child welfare workers last summer who had come to a Pennsville …

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David Ruiz: Wanted felon accused of breaking into mother of his child’s home, beating her in front


King County detectives are looking for David Ruiz and Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps find him.

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Math teacher accused of kicking and beating children

WWAY NewsChannel 3

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County math teacher is out of jail on bond after Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested her …

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Children witness mother’s beating

New Zealand Herald

A Kaitaia man who allegedly beat his wife on Saturday night, while the couple’s babies aged one and two years, watched in fear has not been charged …

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Disturbing video: Florida day care worker accused of beating child


CLERMONT, Fla.– A Florida day care worker is facing charges after police say she was caught on video beating a 4-year-old child. Another employee …

A Florida daycare worker is accused of child abuse after being caught on camera throwing and – WAAY

Disturbing video shows boy, four, being ‘beaten‘ by a daycare worker – NEWS.com.au

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Muncie Star Press

Man sentenced for beating child

Muncie Star Press

NEW CASTLE – A New Castle man who admitted abusing his girlfriend’s son has been sentenced to three years of incarceration. Tyler A. Lawson, 29, …

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Stepmom jailed for beating, throttling child


Pietermaritzburg – A woman from Nottingham Road was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison for beating her 11-year-old stepdaughter with a …

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WLKY Louisville

Louisville man accused of beating 2-year-old son as child’s mother watched, recorded video


That’s when police say 21-year-old Dominick Gore, beat the child, “causing visible injuries to child’s face, shoulder and abdomen” as well as a “busted …

Man, woman charged in connection with toddler beating – WLKY Louisville

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Daily Mail

Stockholm train station mob on rampage beating up refugee children

Daily Mail

The mob, wearing all-black balaclavas and armbands, ‘gathered with the purpose of attacking refugee children‘ Stockholm police spokesman Towe …

‘Hundreds’ of masked men beat refugee children in Stockholm – The Independent

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The Telegraph

Macon mom draws life sentence in child’s ‘serial torture’ death

The Telegraph

Jameshia Reid, a Macon mother found guilty of murder and child cruelty in her toddler’s beating death, was sentenced to life without the possibility of …

Macon woman convicted of fatally beating son – 13WMAZ

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FOX 10 News Phoenix

Mom donated son’s heart, hears it beating again for first time in donor’s chest

FOX 10 News Phoenix

The tragic death of an infant boy from California saved the life of a young Arizona girl and today the parents of both children got together for the first …

Grieving mother hears son’s heart beat in child it saved – WLS-TV

Mother Hears Infant Son’s Heart Beating in Little Girl’s Chest 3 Years After He Died – POPSUGAR

Mother hears son’s heart beat inside 4-year-old girl’s chest – CBS News

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KATC Lafayette News

Lake Charles woman accused of beating child with extension cord

KATC Lafayette News

A Lake Charles woman was arrested last week on cruelty charges after reportedly beating a 6-year-old child with an extension cord and cell phone …

Woman charged with repeatedly beating young girl with extension cord, cell phone charger – KFDM-TV News

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International Business Times UK

Video Of Mum Beating Up Son Sparks Outrage

Sky News

Footage shows the child kicked hard in the stomach and flung several metres by … Video has emerged of a mother beating up her five-year-old son …

Russia: Video of mother beating up son sparks outrage on social media – International Business Times UK

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Odisha Sun Times

Headmaster booked for beating up kid

Times of India

Koraput: Police on Thursday registered a case against headmaster of a government-run residential school for ST/SC girls at Bada Hanjar in the district …

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Crave Online

Video Game in Which You Play an Abusive Father Beating Your Child Removed from Steam

Crave Online

The trailer for the game sees the “Daddy of the Year” beating his child with a chair, while text-based dialogue appears at the bottom of the screen, the …

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The Telegraph

Macon mom charged with fatally beating child: ‘I didn’t kill my son’

The Telegraph

Jameshia Reid, Jakarie’s mother, initially was charged with child cruelty and later murder when he … His heart was beating, but he was unconscious.

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South African Broadcasting Corporation

No bail for a man who beat a child to death in Bloemhof

South African Broadcasting Corporation

A 29 year-old man charged with murder of a five year-old child in Bloemhof in the North West, has been denied bail for the second time by the …

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Police arrest Florence man for beating up mother of his child


… is accused of beating up the mother of his child during an argument earlier in January. According to reports, Cole started beating on the woman and …

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Woman Stripped and Forced to Walk Outside Naked By Her Child’s Dad


MANHATTAN — A man beat and threatened to kill the mother of his child before forcing her to walk on the street naked while filming her for a video …

Jason Melo ‘beat and forced girlfriend to walk through NYC naked’ – Daily Mail

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Galway Bay FM

Mum beat and starved 8 children

Irish Examiner

A jury yesterday found a mother, aged 39, guilty of beating, starving, and neglecting eight of her children over a number of years, at a time when she …

Mother guilty of child cruelty and neglect – RTE.ie

Woman found guilty of starving, neglecting eight children – Irish Times

Mother found guilty of starving, neglecting eight children – Irish Times

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Uncle charged with beating 13-year-old over slice of pizza

Mississippi News Now

Jackson police confirm that the uncle of a 13-year-old boy is being charged with felony child abuse. JPD received a call just before 8 pm on Monday at …

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Watch: Angry Mpumalanga crowd assaults advocate outside court for defending suspected child

Times LIVE

Du Plessis was assaulted and beaten outside the Tonga Magistrate’s Court on January 21 and says he dreads returning to court this coming …

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Fall River man sentenced for beating over lost weed

Portage Daily Register

Fall River man sentenced for beating over lost weed … Duffy was charged with physical abuse of a child as party to a crime, and three counts of …

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Man gets 20 years in beating death of toddler


A Burlington County man was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison in the 2013 beating death of a 1-year-old child. Steven Donaldson, 32, of …

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CA: Ex-DA hopes to open charter school for foster children, troubled youth
Santa Cruz Sentinel – February 28, 2016
Buller’s Legacy Academy likely would be the first public charter in California targeting foster youth and kids on probation as well as those expelled or chronically truant. It’s an idea that came to Buller, 58, before he retired in 2014 after serving as the county’s assistant district attorney, overseeing juvenile crime.

CA: Police: San Jose principal failed to report sex-abuse claim before arrest, charge
San Jose Mercury News – February 26, 2016
Hearing that one of his teachers might be having sex with a student, the principal of a San Jose charter school did not alert law enforcement. Instead, he investigated the claim himself and decided it was nothing more than a rumor.

IN: Lawmakers work to tighten loopholes to keep predators out of schools
Fox 59 – February 26, 2016
An alarming new report is still raising red flags about loopholes in teacher screenings in Indiana. Now, lawmakers are trying to fix the problem.

LA: Judge rules in favor of priest who didn’t report allegations of sexual abuse (Includes video)
WBRZ 2 – February 26, 2016
Judge Mike Caldwell ruled a part of the state’s children’s code requiring priests to be mandatory reporters of abuse that they learn during “priviledged conversations,” is unconstitutional today. The ruling means Priests don’t have to speak up if they learn children are the victims of abuse during confessions.

MI: Parents outgunned in child welfare cases
Hometown Life – February 26, 2016
McGaughy’s family was saved by the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy, a small agency that prevents foster care in nearly 90% of its cases by offering parents targeted legal help and social work that costs a fraction of what taxpayers spend on foster care.

NC: Years Later, America’s Children Finally Start to Recover From Recession
Imperial Valley News – February 28, 2016
America’s children are starting to recover from the worst effects of the Great Recession, although some ill effects still linger, says a comprehensive new report on child well-being from Duke University. “Overall child and youth well-being has returned to levels near those attained in 2007 and 2008, before the Great Recession had its negative impacts,” said the report’s lead author, Kenneth Land, an emeritus professor of sociology at Duke.

NH: DCYF cites high caseloads, looks at adding 24/7 staffing
Concord Monitor – February 27, 2016
Heavy workloads and high staff turnover at the state’s Division for Children, Youth and Families are impacting the agency’s ability to keep children safe, according to a recent report from the division. The topic will likely be featured prominently as the Commission to Review Child Abuse Fatalities, composed of lawmakers, state officials and advocates weighs whether to expand the agency’s staffing from eight-hour days to 24/7 coverage.

NJ: Court says mom abused baby addicted to drugs
MyCentralNJ – February 26, 2016
Mom did not tell doctors about her addiction until three days after she delivered the newborn who was showing signs of withdrawal.

NV: Olive Crest helps former foster care youths live on their own
Las Vegas Review Journal – February 28, 2016
The teens have been participating in Olive Crest’s Project Independence program, which provides assistance for employment and education for current or former foster care youths ages 17 to 21; and the nonprofit’s DREAMR Project, which stands for determined, responsible and empowered adolescents mentoring relationships.

OR: Bills could bring big changes to embattled DHS (Includes video)
KOIN 6 – February 28, 2016
The Department of Human Services could be in for a major overhaul if state legislators move forward with 2 bills this week. House Bill 4080 already passed the Oregon House of Representatives and the Senate. It’s now awaiting Governor Kate Brown?s signature. The bill would create a commission to keep a close eye on the embattled department.

PA: Lackawanna County settles foster child abuse case
Scranton Times-Tribune – February 27, 2016
Lackawanna County agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the mother of a 7-year-old boy who was sexually abused his foster parents’ adopted son. The mother filed suit in August 2014, alleging the abuse could have been avoided had the county’s former Children and Youth Services — now called the Office of Youth and Family Services — heeded a written profile that warned the adopted son previously sexually abused others.

SD: Judge calls arguments in ICWA case ‘frivolous at best’
Native Sun News – February 24, 2016
A three year old class action lawsuit, which involves the first 48 hours after an Indian child is taken from his or her family that alleges the State of South Dakota regularly violates the Constitutional Rights of Indian parents and provision 1922 of the Indian Child Welfare act, may now move forward.

TN: Exposing Child Sex Slavery in Tennessee: The Help Available and How Kids Are Targeted
WZTV Fox 17 – February 25, 2016
Rachel Irby — who runs Unchained Movement — a rescue home for sex slaves, says “the girl didn’t really have good choices in front of her…she could stay in foster care where she was being abused or she could run away and experience the street life.” It’s a situation Irby understands. Her mother tried to sell her for sex as a child. She says her own mom was trafficked at the age of 14.

TX: CPS makes changes after child deaths (Includes video)
KXAN – February 26, 2016
A new report details changes in a Texas agency after child abuse and neglect deaths across the state, including a central Texas case that galvanized the attention of the community.

TX: Eradicating child abuse at all levels (Opinion)
The Leader – February 26, 2016
In one year alone, more than 65,000 cases of child abuse are confirmed in Texas. Of this total number, 71 percent of the children were involved in sexual abuse and 25 percent of them were younger than 5 years old. As a lawmaker in Texas, I have always been committed to strengthening the laws for the protection of our children by advocating prevention through education, strengthening laws against perpetrators or finding ways to best support victims to be able to overcome abuse.

VT: Special Report: This never ends for him
VT Digger – February 28, 2016
Studies in the United States have estimated 1 out of every 4 girls and 1 out of every 6 boys are sexually abused before they turn 18. In the course of a single year, 1 out of 12 children are sexually victimized in some way. However, allegations of abuse from children are often murky — nonlinear or even nonverbal — and difficult to investigate.

WA: New child welfare agency is needed, but don’t stop there (Opinion)
Herald Net – February 28, 2016
The timing was unrelated, but there was poignancy in the fact that Gov. Jay Inslee’s executive order to move toward breaking up the gargantuan Department of Social and Health Services and create a new child welfare agency, came just a week after the latest verdict against DSHS: $8 million for two Whatcom County girls placed in foster care with an accused child molester. Simply put, DSHS is too big to ably perform all the tasks assigned it. In a state that has long marginalized children, and is paying a $100,000 daily fine for neglecting their education, the DSHS Children’s Administration division generates lurid headlines and huge settlements and verdicts.

WI: Vision evolves into mission for children
USA Today Network – February 26, 2016
A group called the SPROUT Partnership that has been meeting in the Fond du Lac community since 2010 is working toward the goal of assuring that all Fond du Lac County children receive nurturing and responsive relationships and supportive environments. What began as a vision evolved into a mission, that the infant and early childhood communities of Fond du Lac County would strengthen their ability to support the social and emotional health of young children.

WV: Children suffer with parents’ addiction
Herald-Dispatch – February 29, 2016
“When your brain is addicted, you suffer from chemical deficiency,” Miller said. “Your brain becomes sick, and it doesn’t function properly. People ask, ‘How can they choose drugs over children?’ but it’s not a choice for those folks. They have disease, their brain is sick, and they don’t think like everyone else. How else can it be explained?”

US: Child marriage in US decried: State bills would keep girls from becoming wives
Associated Press – February 29, 2016
Child marriage wasn’t an issue of note for Virginia state Sen. Jill Vogel until she heard the stories circulating in her district about a man in his early 50s marrying a girl in her mid-teens, warding off a police investigation of his relationship with her.

US: Lost in encryption debate: child abuse
New York Daily News – February 29, 2016
Lost in the debate: This fight is not just about stopping terrorists. It’s about protecting children and others from abusers. With current smartphone encryption, and even stronger encryption that Apple and other tech companies are developing, evidence of some of these most abhorrent and hard-to-prove crimes is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. Staff at Safe Horizon saw such evidence all too often — until the new operating systems started rolling out in 2014. These images were key factors leading to the arrest and prosecution of several offenders.

US: Addressing Multi-Generational Dysfunction in Foster Care (Opinion)
Huffington Post – February 26, 2016
As a researcher I typically rely on existing studies to support my theories and findings; however, multi-generational dysfunction within families is an issue I have first hand knowledge of. Having worked in foster care for the past 9 years, I’ve found a significant number (if not the majority) of families have a history of child welfare involvement.

US: Child Welfare Agents Enjoy Immunity From Suit, 3rd Circuit Rules
FindLaw – February 26, 2016
Child welfare workers who took away a child from its mother during an investigation into her possible drug use enjoy immunity from suit because there was no notice that they were violating a clear constitutional right.

US: Practicing positivity and resilience to help foster children overcome obstacles and prepare for success
Points of Light – February 26, 2016
The experience made Muizz think about “second and third chances, and the importance of being resilient.” She began drafting an idea for what would become known as Positive Resistance, a nonprofit with the motto, “A Broken Home Does Not Mean a Broken Life.”

US: Religious Freedom Bills Surge After Last Year’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
BuzzFeed News – February 26, 2016
More than 100 bills have been introduced in this year’s legislative session to protect religious freedom or allow people to refuse services based on their faith. In at least eight states, legislatures currently are advancing bills. Related: MO: Dangerous Anti-LGBT Bills Pending in Missouri: http://www.hrc.org/blog/dangerous-anti-lgbt-bills-pending-in-missouri Related: GA: Major Companies Denounce Georgia’s Religious Refusal Legislation: http://www.hrc.org/blog/major-companies-denounce-georgias-religious-refusal-legislation

US: Young People Reveal Holes in the Foster Care Safety Net
New American Media – February 26, 2016
Liberty Dycus, 23, who was adopted from Ethiopia as a child, ended up in foster care after being abused. She says that when she emancipated at 19, she “never felt more alone.” She wishes there had been ‘someone who’d said, ‘Let’s make a plan for you. Let’s get you in the right direction.'” Instead, like some other former foster youth during their transitional years, she became homeless.


Canada: Hopeful Adoptive Parents Tackling “Unfair” Provincial Adoption Law
Pembina Valley Online – February 29, 2016
A local couple is hoping to change a Manitoba law they say unfairly limits their chance of adopting a child. Unlike residents of Ontario, B.C and the Yukon, hopeful adoptive parents like Jeff and Meghan in Manitoba are not allowed to publicly share their adoption profiles, either online or in print media. “So in other Provinces they’re allowed to make Facebook pages, hand out business cards, put up posters… in Manitoba were limited to going through agencies and word of mouth,” Jeff says. “Those are our only options in Manitoba.”

Canada: Outcomes & priorities for action to address violence against indigenous women and girls
Morningstar – February 26, 2016
Inuit, Metis, and First Nations leaders, families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, federal, provincial and territorial Ministers today committed to ongoing urgent and coordinated action to prevent and address violence against Indigenous women and girls, and to continue this work during the National Inquiry on MMIWG.

Maldova: Can Moldova’s Battered Teens Be Saved From Human Traffickers?
Daily Beast – February 29, 2016
Moldovan social workers say that such kids are easy prey for human traffickers, and the statistics bear them out. Moldova is among the countries with the highest incidence of human trafficking in Europe.

South Korea: ‘Rod of love’ tradition hinders eradication of child abuse
Korea Herald – February 29, 2016
Corporal punishment, or “rod of love,” remains the most common justification behind what escalates into child abuse, according to the counselor.

South Korea: Reunited twins give hope to adoptees
Korea Times – February 29, 2016
The incredible story of Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier, identical twins born in South Korea who were separated at birth then found each other after 25 years, made headlines a few years ago. The sisters visited Seoul last week to promote “Twinsters,” a documentary about their own story which will hit the big screens on March 3.


CA: State finds flaws in Monterey County CPS agency after child murders
KSBW – February 24, 2016
The California Department of Social Services was notified that Monterey County had an open case on Shaun and Delylah at the time they were killed, and the state conducted a three-day investigation into what went wrong. The state’s investigation report was also made public on Wednesday. Report: http://www.ksbw.com/blob/view/-/38172466/data/1/-/2vhunp/-/Letter-to-Monterey-County-CPS-from-state-authorities.pdf

CA: Why Are Child Welfare Advocates Sabotaging Data-Driven Efforts to Protect Children? (Opinion)
The Chronicle of Social Change – February 22, 2016
When Los Angeles County announced in July 2015 that it would begin using predictive analytics to help its social workers quickly identify the most at-risk children and help the county prioritize its efforts to deliver services more efficiently, child welfare advocates should have rejoiced. Instead, this and similarly promising approaches have encountered substantial opposition from a surprising number of advocates who worry that using data to assist with child welfare investigations would perpetuate racial discrimination, violate human rights, and ultimately cause more harm than good. Not only are these critics fundamentally wrong, but their resistance to using data to improve outreach and assistance is quite likely jeopardizing the wellbeing of children. Report: http://www.nccpr.org/reports/MinorityReport.pdf lso: Kids Endangered By Predictive Analytics? Child Advocate Says Yes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/metabrown/2016/02/25/kids-endangered-by-predictive-analytics-child-advocate-says-yes/#d71017f50819

CA: Los Angeles to Shutter Celebrated Center for Abused Children
The Chronicle of Social Change – February 11, 2016
Next month, Los Angeles County’s child protection department plans to shut down two centers meant to serve as children’s first stop on their traumatic journeys into foster care. But, some strongly oppose the department’s move, fearing that the successful, award-winning shelter for infants and young children is being sacrificed for the failings of the Youth Welcome Center. Also: Long-Standing Los Angeles Agencies Tapped to Shelter Children in Crisis: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/los-angeles/children-in-crisis/15873 Also: Child Protection Chief Wants Courts Involved in Welcome Center Shakeup: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/featured/child-protection-chief-wants-courts-involved-in-welcome-center-shakeup/16008 Also: Parking Place “Shelters” Help the Helpers, Not the Children: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/blogger-co-op/parking-place-shelters-help-helpers-not-children/15982

GA: Georgia Feeling the Backlash From Passing Overreaching Anti-LGBT Bill (Opinion)
The New Civil Rights Movement – February 24, 2016
Georgia’s First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), or HB 757, would allow doctors to refuse treatment to patients if the doctor didn’t agree with that patient’s (or their family members) sexual orientation. It would allow foster and adoption agencies to deny qualified parents from adopting children, thus justifying using tax dollars to keep children homeless. Also: Breaking: Georgia Senate Passes Discriminatory Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill By Huge Margin: http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/breaking_georgia_senate_passes_discriminatory_anti_lgbt_religious_freedom_bill

IL: Illinois child welfare agency files 6-month plans to improve
Associated Press – February 24, 2016
The state’s troubled child welfare agency has submitted an improvement plan to a judge that details more oversight, pilot programs and training, things that officials said Wednesday will “help transform” the system that serves thousands of Illinois children.

KS: Fixing foster care (Opinion)
Winfield Daily Courier – February 24, 2016
Sen. Forrest Knox is on a good track with foster care. His new bill, which passed the Senate this week, has drawn both laughs and support.

KY: Domestic Violence Census: In KY, Demand for Help Outstrips Funds (Includes audio)
Public News Service – February 25, 2016
According to an annual national census, on Sept. 16, Kentucky’s 15 domestic violence shelters turned away 129 victims because of a lack of funding or staff. “They just needed a roof over their heads, a bed to sleep in,” says O’Doherty. “And 14 of those requests for help were from children.”

MA: Glare of the spotlight (Audio)
Reveal – February 21, 2016
Oscar season is upon us, and one of the best picture nominees is a film that hits pretty close to home for us at Reveal: “Spotlight.” In case you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a movie about The Boston Globe’s investigative team that exposed the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. In this hour of Reveal, we’re going to take you behind the scenes.

MI: Data: Child welfare in Michigan
Lansing State Journal – February 25, 2016
This database provides a county-by-county profile of some of the child welfare situations in Michigan. Part 1 of the series broken families. Part 2: Data: Michigan child welfare by county: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/community/2016/02/25/data-michigan-child-welfare-county/80762426/ Part 3: Dad who lost parental rights: ‘I’m trying to be hopeful’: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/watchdog/2016/02/25/michigan-courts-took-mans-daughters-without-charging-with-crime/80300302/ Also: CPS manager: ‘There’s always a nuance to the cases’ (Video): http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/videos/news/local/watchdog/2016/02/23/80787924/

MO: Education professionals crucial in reporting child abuse cases (Includes video)(Opinion)
KMIZ – February 24, 2016
“When in doubt, report,” said Jerri Sites, Director at the Child Advocacy Center in Columbia. “The law says to report on the suspicion. So once it gets into the system, the people who are trained to investigate those concerns then look into it more thoroughly.”

NC: DSS needs 2 more workers for foster care
Civitas Media – February 25, 2016
The Robeson County Department of Social Services needs additional social workers to handle a rapidly growing number of child foster care cases, according to the agency’s adoption and foster care program manager.

PA: County supports human services funding outcry
New Castle News – February 25, 2016
The county opposes “rebalancing” initiatives for child welfare services that will force counties to reduce funding by a fourth, reduce payments to providers, shorten contract periods or use county property tax funds to cover the state’s obligation until a future budge makes a true allocation.

TX: Texas CASA Honors Governor Greg Abbott and First Lady Cecilia Abbott as Champions for Children in the Texas Child Protection System (Press release)
Business Wire – February 24, 2016
Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) honored Governor Greg Abbott and First Lady Cecilia Abbott as champions for children and youth in the Texas child protection system during its annual Champion Recognition Luncheon held Feb. 23 in Austin.

UT: Bill to Change Adoption Language to Include Same-Sex Couples Fails (Includes audio)
KUER – February 24, 2016
House Bill 234 would have swapped the words man and woman for couple or spouse to reflect the legalization of same-sex marriage

US: The Question of Prayer for Foster Parents (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – February 24, 2016
Perhaps the best way we as foster parents can help our children in foster care is by taking a knee and lifting up our children and our concerns to God through our prayers. For many of these children, they have never had someone pray for them before they came into care. Indeed, they may not even be aware what prayer is. Simply because a child is placed in your home does not give you permission to force your religion upon a child, or to ignore their own.

US: Unaccompanied children to leave Holloman
Alamogordo News – February 24, 2016
Given the recent decline in referrals of unaccompanied children to HHS in January and February, HHS is transitioning Holloman to reserve status. No more unaccompanied children will be sent to Holloman unless needed and pending availability. All unaccompanied children are expected to be off of the base by Friday, Feb. 26.

US: U.S. refugee agency put Central American kids at risk, GAO report says
The Washington Post – February 22, 2016
The government agency tasked with placing thousands of Central American children into communities while they await immigration court decisions has no system for tracking the children, does not keep complete case files and has allowed contractors to operate with little oversight, according to a report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office. GAO Report: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-16-429T

US: Therapeutic Child Care: An Underused Tool in Family Preservation and Foster Care (Opinion)
The Chronicle of Social Change – February 16, 2016
We are investing almost nothing in early childhood programs to mitigate the effects of abuse and neglect for young children. Information Gateway resource: Treatment Foster Care: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/foster-care/treat-foster/

US: What Should Trauma-Informed Cities and Counties Ask Their States for? (Opinion)
The Chronicle of Social Change – February 12, 2016
The people who are doing most of the pioneering work to integrate trauma-informed, resilience-building practices based on ACEs research (writ large) are doing so in cities and counties across the U.S. Now that more state agencies are learning about ACEs, many people in local communities are wondering what they can ask states for to help grow local efforts.


Australia: Bradyn Dillon’s death shows urgent need for family violence information reform: victims advocate
The Canberra Times – February 25, 2016
ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey has welcomed a probe into child protection systems sparked by the killing of Bradyn Dillon, 8, and said the case highlighted an urgent need for better information sharing on family violence matters.

Canada: Supporting older kids in foster care has its own rewards (Opinion)
The Canadian Jewish News – February 24, 2016
There are countless children and teenagers in foster care throughout the country and abroad who are looking for stable homes and forever families, as well as young adults who are in need of a support system.

India: Prospective adoptive parents and adoptive parents welcome 2015 CARA new guidelines
DNA – February 25, 2016
Prospective parents and those, who have adopted a child as per the 2015 Central Adoption Resources Authority (CARA), have formed an online group supporting the new guidelines and claiming that it has brought more transparency to the entire process.

International: Research pinpoints devastating impacts of fetal alcohol syndrome
Medical News Today – February 24, 2016
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are affected by a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, aggression, delinquency and diminished learning capacity a new review of evidence reveals. Report: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/02/19/peds.2015-2542

International: Why is impulsive aggression in children so difficult to treat?
Medical News Today – February 24, 2016
Maladaptive and impulsive aggression is explosive, triggered by routine environmental cues, and intended to harm another person, making it a significant challenge for clinicians, family members, and others who interact with affected children and adolescents. Report: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/cap.2015.0204

Italy: Italian court turns away same-sex Portland couple’s adoption case
Associated Press – February 24, 2016
Italy’s constitutional court refused Wednesday to hear a same-sex adoption case involving two Oregon mothers, putting aside the question amid intense debate in Italy over legal recognition of civil unions and gay adoption.

Sierra Leone: 60% of stateless population are children- UNHCR Officer-in-Charge
Sierra Leone News – February 24, 2016
A day to the commemoration of the 1st anniversary of the Abidjan Declaration to Eradicate Statelessness by 2024, the Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Moijama Siafa disclosed that about 60% of stateless population are children.

United Kingdom: Pressure grows on Government to publish review of child abuse inquiry
Wales Online – February 24, 2016
The UK Government has come under even greater pressure to publish the findings of a review into a landmark investigation into the abuse of children in care in North Wales.
AL: Bill would allow faith-based policies on adoptions
AL.com – February 23, 2016
Faith-based adoption agencies should be able to stick to their religious principles without fear of repercussions, says a state representative sponsoring a bill he says would protect those agencies. Information Gateway Resource: Ethics Related to Placement Issues: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/adopt-ethics/ethics-related-to-placement-issues/

CA: Assemblymember Das Williams Introduces Foster Parent Bill of Rights (Press release)
Noozhawk – February 23, 2016
This legislation seeks to enable California’s foster parents to be more proactive, which not only benefits caregivers but also protects the children whom they care for, who are often already vulnerable.

CA: California former foster youth to take charge as statewide ombudsman
Monterey Herald – February 23, 2016
Trochtenberg, 33, is the first former foster youth to hold the office representing 62,600 abused and neglected children here, and possibly the first in the nation.

CA: Lawsuit Charges Group Home Operator with Harming Young Women (Press release)
National Center for Youth Law – February 23, 2016
Promesa Behavioral Health (Promesa) is harming foster youth placed in its care according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of current and former residents of Promesa group homes. The foster youth, as well as a former employee, allege that young women are being denied access to necessary reproductive and sexual health care. The foster youth further charge that they have been subjected to retaliation for trying to get the health care they need. Also: Where Foster Kids Can’t See OBGYNs Alone: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/24/where-foster-kids-can-t-see-ob-gyns-alone.html

GA: Foster care, domestic violence support center opens in Gainesville
Gainesville Times – February 23, 2016
The Supporting Adoption and Foster Families Together center’s arrival comes at a time when the foster care system is considered in crisis by Juvenile Court Judge Lindsay Burton.

IA: Legislators to investigate Midwest Academy after abuse reports
Des Moines Register – February 23, 2016
Iowa lawmakers will launch a bipartisan investigation into Midwest Academy, a boarding school for troubled youth, after it was raided and shut down following allegations of abuse. Also: More boarding schools unregulated by DHS: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2016/02/23/more-boarding-schools-unregulated-dhs/80820862/

KS: Kansas Senate votes to approve bill creating foster care pilot program
Topeka Capital-Journal – February 23, 2016
The Kansas Senate voted to authorize a five-year pilot program Tuesday crafted to attract a precise type of foster care parent who is happily married, refuses to drink or smoke at home and stays regularly involved in community activities.

KY: Opinion: Child advocacy program needs money
Cincinnati Enquirer – February 23, 2016
But the need in our state far outstrips the resources of this child advocacy program. In 2014, there were 20,396 cases of substantiated child abuse in Kentucky, a 36 percent rise since 2011. Yet CASA’s programs, stretched paper-thin over just a third of Kentucky counties, were able to serve less than 20 percent of those child victims.

MO: Freedom for foster children targeted (Opinion)
Smithville Herald – February 24, 2016
This year, I’m working with the Missouri Children’s Division to address some of these issues. Senate Bill 979, which I’ve filed, would change the law to give foster parents greater freedom to make decisions regarding foster children taking part in extracurricular and social activities.

OR: DHS mishaps discussed after years of inaction (Includes video)
KOIN 6 – February 23, 2016
After years of inaction, state leaders are opening up about thousands of cases of neglect and abuse with the Department of Human Services.

PA: Pennsylvania Reduces Psychotropic Medication Use Among Medicaid-Enrolled Foster Children (Press release)
PR Newswire – February 23, 2016
The Department of Human Services (DHS) and PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today announced several new initiatives that will further reduce the use of psychotropic medication among Medicaid-enrolled Pennsylvania children.

SD: 80,000 Reasons to Veto: South Dakota Gov Must Block Vile Legislation Attacking Transgender Kids (Press release)
Human Rights Campaign – February 23, 2016
Today, HRC joined with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of South Dakota, Believe Out Loud and Reconciling Ministries, Freedom for All Americans, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and the Transgender Law Center to deliver over 80,000 petition signatures to South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard urging him to veto HB 1008 – legislation that would prevent transgender students in public schools from using restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity.

US: Kinship Is More Than Just Blood (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – February 23, 2016
One of the major goals of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 was to speed up the achievement of permanency so that children would not have to go through repeated separations or continued limbo. If a child has been in care for 15 out of the last 22 months, the state is required to file for termination of parental rights. But there is no such deadline for relatives to come forward. Even if the state files for termination of parental rights after a year, it may take as long as another year for an adoption to be concluded. If a relative comes forward during that time period, the child may be moved after two years or more with the foster/adoptive family.

US: Senate holds hearing on opioid abuse epidemic
AHA News Now – February 23, 2016
He and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) also said they are drafting bipartisan legislation that would give states flexibility to use federal child welfare funds to address family substance abuse and other risk factors for foster care. Testimony: http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/23feb2016Young.pdf Also: Grassley, McConnell Bill Would Help Foster Children Affected by Opioids, Methamphetamine, Other Substance Abuse: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-mcconnell-bill-would-help-foster-children-affected-opioids Also: Shortage Of Addiction Counselors Further Strained By Opioid Epidemic: http://wamu.org/programs/morning_edition/16/02/23/shortage_of_addiction_counselors_further_strained_by_opioid_epidemic Also: For Mark Willenbring, Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/23/science/mark-willenbring-addiction-substance-abuse-treatment.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad
AR: 11 News Investigates: The state of foster care (Includes video)
THV11 – February 22, 2016
It has been difficult for a decade with federal numbers showing more children entering the system than exiting each year, steadily increasing the caseload for the department’s caseworkers. “Right now we have about 4,700 children in the foster care system,” said Amy Webb, the department’s director of communications. “That is much higher than we’ve seen in the past and it has increased substantially in the last few months.”

CA: California Youth Connection pushes for policy reforms to protect foster kids (Video)
KCRA Sacramento – February 22, 2016
Members of the California Youth Connection were at the Capitol Monday, pushing for policy reforms to protect foster youth.

FL: Villages of Hope gives former foster kids a future
Palm Beach Post – February 22, 2016
The Place of Hope affiliate provides independent living, support and life skills development for young adults who are in transition.

FL: Local foster parenting efforts are an important first step toward solving an ongoing problem
Gainesville Times – February 21, 2016
Judge Lindsay Burton of the Hall County Juvenile Court speaks to civic clubs and other groups about the need for more foster homes in Hall County, where 215 children, the most ever, needed foster care in early January. About 85 percent of those children, she said, were placed in other counties because of the shortage of foster homes in Hall County.

ID: Governor subtly weighs in on faith-healing issue
Idaho Press Tribune – February 21, 2016
You’ve probably been reading about developments in the state Legislature over so-called “faith healing,” which allows parents to not seek medical care for their children — or themselves, for that matter — for religious reasons. The Associated Press’ Kimberlee Kruesi quoted Governor Otter as saying, “At what point does that become child neglect or abuse is a question I can’t answer. I think everybody cares about the health of children, but we have to understand the No. 1 thing in the First Amendment was freedom of religion.”

IN: A judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which an Indiana Department of Child Services case manager claimed she had an excessive caseload that put children at risk
Associated Press – February 22, 2016
Marion Superior Court Judge Heather Welch said plaintiff Mary Price has no right to bring the claim under an Indiana law setting a maximum caseload at 17. There is no ground for the court to issue a mandate changing caseloads, and Price should take her complaint to the State Employee Appeals Commission, the 12-page ruling said.

IN: Adoptee birth-records bill passes
Indiana Lawyer – February 22, 2016
“Today marks a tremendous victory for hundreds of thousands of people adopted in Indiana. Through Senate Bill 91, all adoptees will have equal access to their birth certificate and medical records, regardless of the year they were born,” said Pam Kroskie, president of Hoosiers for Equal Access to Records.

KS: The State Senate has given first-round approval to a conservative Republican’s bill to create a new pilot program to encourage couples who have stable marriages and don’t use tobacco or alcohol to serve as foster parents
Associated Press – February 22, 2016
The GOP-dominated chamber gave first-round approval on a voice vote to a bill from Sen. Forrest Knox, of Altoona. Senators expected to take a final vote Tuesday to determine whether the measure passes and goes to the House. Knox’s proposal would create a new category of foster homes known as CARE families, for couples who have been legally married at least seven years.

KS: Schools dealing with transgender issues more frequently
Wichita Eagle – February 20, 2016
“We were talking about civil rights and human rights, and I just said, ‘You know, I don’t want to die for being trans, but that could literally happen,'” said the student, a freshman at a suburban high school near Wichita.

KY: Let sun shine on child protection (Opinion)
Lexington Herald-Leader – February 22, 2016
Appellate Judge Irv Maze was the latest to use the term “culture of secrecy” to describe the stubborn bureaucratic mind-set that has ill served too many young Kentuckians. Maze was writing for a three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals that last week upheld more than $1 million in penalties and fees against the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services for violating the Open Records Act by withholding records of child deaths.

MD: Reporting error inflates Md. child abuse cases
Baltimore Sun – February 20, 2016
A recent report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services included a startling statistic: The number of abused or neglected children in Maryland in 2014 had climbed 27 percent, the second-sharpest increase in the nation. But state officials say that the figure was inflated because of a reporting error. It turns out that the number of cases depends on how a state defines a victim.

MO: BILL LANT: House sends bills to the Senate
Neosho Daily News – February 22, 2016
House Bill 1877, dealing with re-entry of children into foster care, was passed with a nearly unanimous vote. It makes allowances for a child who leaves foster care at age 18 to re-enter until age 21 if for good cause.

NE: Morfeld: Faith-based foster care groups should lose federal funding if they discriminate
Omaha World-Herald – February 23, 2016
A state senator says Nebraska should cut off federal funding for some faith-based organizations that provide foster care services if an investigation shows they engage in religious discrimination. Also: Lincoln senator calls for investigation into faith-based adoption agencies: http://journalstar.com/legislature/lincoln-senator-calls-for-investigation-into-faith-based-adoption-agencies/article_790d51b6-6194-5a3b-afbe-fcdf397bc781.html

NE: Bill to promote normal experiences for foster kids advances
Associated Press – February 22, 2016
Senators on a 37-0 vote gave first-round approval to the measure that would make it easier for foster youths to enjoy normal childhood experiences. Nebraska has faced criticism for imposing too many restrictions on foster youths in the name of safety. The group Nebraska Appleseed released a report in October that highlighted several of the requirements, such as mandatory background checks for everyone at a home where a foster child wants to attend a sleepover.

NM: Children’s Advocates Criticize 2017 New Mexico State Budget (Includes audio)
Public News Service – February 23, 2016
Children’s advocates say they are deeply disappointed with the 2017 state budget approved last week by the New Mexico Legislature. Lawmakers passed a $6.2 billion budget that includes no new funding for public schools, Medicaid, child-protective services and other key programs for children and families.

NY: Advocates back NY college aid boost following foster care
Associated Press – February 22, 2016
A coalition of community groups is asking for more money to help cover college costs for youths who have been in New York’s foster care system. The Cuomo administration has proposed continuing $1.5 million for the program in the coming year.

OR: DHS and Klamath Promise joined at the hip
Herald and News – February 22, 2016
The number of children Jeremy Player’s division of the Oregon Department of Human Services helps every month could fill three Klamath elementary schools.

PA: Life for homeless schoolchildren means isolation, struggle
Associated Press – February 23, 2016
In the days, weeks and months that followed, Gentry would fully commit to her sobriety, adhering to a rigorous schedule of group meetings and one-on-one counseling sessions. For her daughter, now 11, the move would mean adjusting to life as one of Pennsylvania’s roughly 22,000 homeless students in grades pre-K through 12.

SC: DSS Director Explains Changes to Agency Over Last Year (Includes video)
WLTX – February 23, 2016
It’s been a year since Susan Alford officially took over as the director of the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Alford: “Well coming into DSS one of the big things that was a primary issue was looking at how our case loads were affecting our staff in terms of how our staff’s ability to really do good work with kids. I was not happy about what I found, in terms of over a period of time, those case loads have gotten quite high, in our metropolitan counties in particular. So one of the things about that is an ongoing thing in any agency where we deal with children, you have to constantly look at what our case load sizes are.

SC: Proposed bill would increase number of eligible State foster families
Post and Courier – February 20, 2016
The rule is intended to set a reasonable limit on the number of children living under one roof and to discourage potential foster parents from taking on additional children for financial gain. But some say the law has become an impediment for large families who want to help, but can’t, in a state struggling to find more foster homes.

SD: Federal Court Again Backs Native American Families in ACLU Lawsuit (Press release)
American Civil Liberties Union – February 22, 2016
The ruling stems from a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and Rapid City attorney Dana Hanna on behalf of two South Dakota tribes — the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe — and Native American parents who suffered the loss of their children at the hands of the state. Also: ICWA: Victory for Tribes as Judge Reaffirms South Dakota Decision: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/02/22/icwa-victory-tribes-judge-reaffirms-south-dakota-decision-163496 Information Gateway Resource: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/americanindian/icwa/

TX: McClure: Texas must improve foster care system (Opinion)
El Paso Times – February 20, 2016
The recent federal court decision against Texas’ foster care system reads like a horror movie screenplay. But reading it sickened me, because I knew this was not fiction. Almost 100 of the decision?s 260 pages detail real-life atrocities and wrecked childhoods suffered by the plaintiffs. What makes their tales so appalling is not just the abuse or neglect that landed them in foster care, but what happened once in the state’s “protective” custody. As Judge Janis Jack wrote in her decision, “foster children often age out of care more damaged than when they entered.”

UT: Working to update family laws after Supreme Court decision
Daily Universe – February 20, 2016
Lawmakers have been examining ways to update existing marriage and family laws to provide equality to the LGBT community, but one adoption bill proposing preferential treatment to heterosexual couples will appear soon.

WA: Aging homeless youth face the world of adult services
Crosscut – February 22, 2016
What they do share is their age, all either 24 or 25 — about as old you can be and still stay at ROOTS. By this point, they’ve already begun to age out of programs. Places to stay and meals to eat are harder to come by. “If you’re younger, you’ve got more shelters,” says John. “Once you reach 22, 23, you start aging out of facilities and you’re kind of screwed. Once you reach 25, there’s like two facilities.” The weekends are especially hard.

WI: Meth costing the county thousands
Rice Lake Chronotype – February 22, 2016
From January-November last year, a total of $871,453 alone was spent in the Youth and Family Program Unit on a variety of services for people in meth-related cases, said Frolik. That figure includes about $320,000 on assessments, $173,000 on case management, $139,000 on foster care and $109,000 on in-home family therapy.

US: Federal Education Law Delivers Vital Protections for Foster Youth (Opinion)
Youth Today – February 22, 2016
Children involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems face countless barriers to educational success. Our historic failure to address these challenges has resulted in a dramatic achievement gap between these youth and their peers. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in December, provides an opportunity — and a responsibility — for states to begin narrowing this gap.

US: State, local governments try creative financing to help homeless
Stateline – February 22, 2016
This week, he moves into his own place, thanks to an innovative financing program to address homelessness, the first of its kind in California — and one of a very few in the country. As part of the pilot program, he will receive intensive support from a battery of caseworkers, housing specialists and psychiatrists. It’s what’s known as a pay-for-success project, which relies on outside investors — rather than taxpayers — to provide working capital to nonprofit service providers trying to tackle thorny social problems like homelessness, juvenile delinquency and mental illness.


Democratic Republic of the Congo: 150 adopted children leave country after two-year wait
Reuters – February 22, 2016
Democratic Republic of Congo will allow some 150 children adopted by foreign parents, mostly Americans, to leave the country after spending more than two years in legal limbo, the interior ministry said on Monday. Also: 159 Congolese Children Released To Adoptive Families: http://www.newsghana.com.gh/159-congolese-children-released-to-adoptive-families/

International: There’s no question — reporting abuse is a must, Cardinal O’Malley says
EWTN – February 16, 2016
After recent media reports suggested the Vatican is telling bishops to cover up sexual abuse, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has said that reporting abuse is not just a civil responsibility, but a moral one.

United Kingdom: Significant new study shows importance of help for childhood sexual abuse victims
Medical News Today – February 22, 2016
While the sexual abuse of children is currently an issue at the forefront of public life, concern has focused on the protection of children and the identification of perpetrators. However, a new study by the Universities of Bristol and Durham for the NSPCC, hopes to refocus attention on what can be done to help the victims of childhood sexual abuse. Study: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/research-reports/letting-the-future-in-evaluation.pdf
AR: Panel tables new gun rule for foster families
North West Arkansas Times – February 19, 2016
A legislative committee deferred action Tuesday on a state Department of Human Services rule change that would require foster families to keep guns and ammunition locked up separately.

AZ: Pastor Redefines ‘Church’ For Transgender Youth
National Public Radio – February 21, 2016
Some churches have become inclusive of gays and lesbians, but for transgender people, church can still feel extremely unwelcoming. A congregation in Phoenix is working to change that by focusing on the everyday needs of its members — many of whom are homeless trans youth.

AZ: Bill limits child abuse investigations from hotline calls
Associated Press – February 19, 2016
Arizona lawmakers are working to limit the number of child abuse hotline calls that require full investigations, with backers saying the change would allow child safety workers to focus on cases that actually involve abuse and neglect.

CA: Supervisors looking for ways to pay for plan to tackle homelessness
Los Angles Daily News – February 21, 2016
The plan has been lauded as a comprehensive effort to bring together other areas of the county that work with homeless individuals, including health, criminal justice and social services. For example, under the plan, the county will provide bridge housing for individuals who are discharged from hospitals, jails and foster care, who might otherwise become homeless.

CA: Court to rule on suit to scrap K-12 funding system
KPCC – February 19, 2016
Schools like Whittier have benefitted from a 2013 overhaul of California’s funding system that increased per pupil funding and added significantly more money for schools with high proportions of student in poverty, English learners, and in foster care. Those additional funds are called Local Control Funding Formula. “There’s considerable evidence that despite the efforts we’ve made as a state in recent years to improve funding for schools, we still have a long way to go to reach an adequately funded school system,”University of Southern California school finance expert Larry Picus said.

CA: Stable funding sought for forensic center
San Diego Union Tribune – February 19, 2016
Two years ago, the aging Escondido office where police detectives took victims of rape or child abuse for their medical exams and to document their attacks was on the brink of closing. The problem: not enough money. Today, Forensic Health Services has regained its footing and has started a small endowment that it hopes will grow and keep the center operating for years to come.

CA: Tortured children inspire legislation for background checks on guardians
Monterey Herald – February 19, 2016
The tragic demise of two children found in a storage unit in Northern California has inspired a new bill that would require formal scrutiny of individuals who take on children from incarcerated relatives.

CA: Two more bills aim to protect California foster youth from dangerous psychiatric drugs
Inside Bay Area – February 19, 2016
Doctors could lose their medical licenses if they overprescribe psychiatric medications to California’s foster youth under a new Senate bill that for the first time targets the source of the often-questionable drugs being used to sedate troubled kids in the country’s largest child welfare system. Another bill, introduced Friday, would sanction government agencies that fail to offer nondrug therapy alternatives to help foster youth recover from their traumatic childhoods. Information Gateway resource: Use of Psychotropic Medications: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/mentalhealth/effectiveness/psychotropic/

FL: Celebrate Service: Anchorage Children’s Home reaches out to homeless youth
Panama City News Herald – February 19, 2016
For homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 22, Anchorage has a transitional living program, giving them a safe place to live and access to basic amenities while they continue their education or secure employment. Anchorage’s newest addition is a sibling group home that’s designed to keep large family groups together while their parents work on reunification.

GA: Children needing foster homes reaches alarming high (Includes video)
WTVM – February 19, 2016
An alarming number of children entering the state of Georgia’s child welfare system is concerning Muscogee County leaders and human services workers.

IA: Many Working to Solve Issue of Disproportionality of Children of Color in Foster Care (Includes video)
KCRG – February 21, 2016
According to data from Iowa KidsNet, an organization that works with the Department of Human Services to support foster families, in Linn County, 51 percent of the 196 children in foster care last summer identified as something other than Caucasian. In Johnson County, 73 percent of the 48 kids in foster care identified as a race other than Caucasian. The U.S. Census data shows that about 92 percent of Iowans are white.

IL: Child advocacy groups denounce anti-trans legislation
Chicago Sun Times – February 19, 2016
National child advocacy groups have joined the nation’s largest LGBT rights agency to denounce legislation that restricts the rights of transgender children and youth.

KY: Pilot project could allow public view of family court
CNHI News Service – February 19, 2016
Some family court proceedings might soon be opened to public view under a bill passed by the state Senate Friday.

MS: Mississippi bill: OK to not help with same-sex marriage
Associated Press – February 19, 2016
State officials, private business owners and others who provide services to the public couldn’t be punished for acting on religious beliefs that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, under a bill advancing in the Mississippi Legislature. Also: ACLU of MS Opposes HB 1523 — Religious Liberty Accommodations Act: http://www.aclu-ms.org/news/2016/02/19/aclu-ms-opposes-hb-1523-religious-liberty-accommodations-act

MT: Missoula project scoops up kids in crisis, prevents unnecessary hospitalization
Missoulian – February 21, 2016
Just as mental illness can’t be classified in black-and-white terms, neither should the response. That’s why five Missoula community mental health centers — Youth Homes, AWARE, Full Circle, Western Montana Mental Health Center and Youth Dynamics — joined forces to fill in the gray. The knee-jerk response, typically, is to throw a kid suffering from a mental illness or emotional disturbance in the hospital. Probation officers wanted to cut back, and a year later the Shirley Miller Attention Home was born. It gives short-term care to youth ages 10 to 18 in a crisis.

NC: Wake Tech Program Helps Foster Kids Through College
WUNC – February 19, 2016
Wake Technical Community College is the only community college in the state with a program to help foster kids transition to college. The program, Fostering Bright Futures, guides the students through graduation at Wake Tech and assists in transfers to bachelor’s degree programs.

NJ: Child Welfare Agents Immune from Civil Suit, Circuit Says (Requires free registration)
New Jersey Law Journal – February 19, 2016
New Jersey child welfare caseworkers who took a child from its mother during an investigation have qualified immunity from a due process suit because they had no notice, established by case law, that they were violating a clearly established constitutional right, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled in a precedential opinion.

OH: Below the Line: Tennessee-based YVLifeset helps former foster care youth find success as adults (Includes video)(Requires Free Registration)
WCPO – February 21, 2016
In 2015 in Hamilton County alone, 84 former foster youth aged out. That’s down from 116 in 2010 because of the emphasis county officials have placed on helping teens reunite with family or find adoptive homes before they leave the system, said Moira Weir, director of Hamilton County’s Department of Job & Family Services.

OK: State treasurer on budget woes: ‘We can’t cut our way out of the problem’
Tulsa World – February 20, 2016
“We will likely need a lot of creativity to find answers to the serious issue of the state’s inability to adequately fund important state functions such as education, public safety, child welfare and the physical and mental health of our people, as well as human services and the basic infrastructure,” he said.

OK: Moving on: Meadows of Hope auctioning off former boys-home facility
Stillwater News Press – February 19, 2016
A Perkins foster care community will be auctioning off a piece of its property to further grow its mission. On Wednesday, Meadows of Hope, a foster care community for boys and girls, will say “goodbye” to the massive, seven-bedroom facility, which was an integral part to its former mission.

OR: Ground broken for Native American project
Portland Tribune – February 18, 2016
NAYA Generations Intergenerational Living is a comprehensive community development project designed around an early learning center, community longhouse, and housing community in the Native American tradition. The plan is to bring foster children, permanent families, and elders together into a mutually supportive and service-intensive community.

SD: Major Child Advocacy Groups Urge Nation’s Governors to Reject Attacks on Transgender Child
Human Rights Campaign – February 19, 2016
As South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard faces a decision on whether to veto HB 1008 — outrageous legislation that would prevent transgender students in public schools from using restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity — seven national health, education, and child advocacy groups joined the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in calling on Daugaard and other governors across the nation to reject the alarming and discriminatory bills being promoted in state legislatures targeting transgender children and their fundamental rights. Also: Yes, South Dakota’s Anti-Transgender Bill Really Is That Bad (Opinion): http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2016/02/19/3750916/south-dakota-daugaard-transgender-veto/

TX: Buckner Child and Family Services Project HOPES mentors fathers to become better parents
Longview News-Journal – February 21, 2016
Buckner Child and Family Services Project HOPES started its 12-week “24/7 Dad” classes in January. It’s the first of its kind in Gregg County. Buckner Project HOPES is an initiative with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to serve children and families in at-risk situations.

TX: How Family & Protective Services Has Shifted Focus to Prevention
KUT – February 19, 2016
There’s a new acronym Texans may want to memorize — PEI, or Prevention and Early Intervention. Instead of sending kids into foster care, the state is now aiming to prevent abuse and neglect altogether.

UT: Lawmaker’s bill: State should be able to ignore court on gay marriage
Salt Lake Tribune – February 19, 2016
Sponsored by Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper, HB393 — which is titled Sovereign Marriage Authority — seeks to grant Utah sole authority over domestic relations within its borders, including marriage, child welfare and adoption.

VA: Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging LGBTQ protections for schoolchildren
Washington Post – February 19, 2016
A Virginia judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to overturn protections for gay and transgender students in Fairfax County Public Schools. Andrea Lafferty, the head of the conservative Traditional Values Coalition, and an unnamed student sued the county school board in December in Fairfax County Circuit Court. The lawsuit argued that the board overstepped its authority when it changed its policies to ban discrimination against gay and transgender students and staff because state law does not include such protections.

VA: Vulnerable children at risk of parental sexual abuse
Fairfax Times – February 19, 2016
There is a problem with the Child Protective System in Northern Virginia which often fails to detect cases of sexual abuse — particularly when the abuser is a parent. Decreased capacity to detect cases of parental sexual abuse is largely due unrealistic expectations of the child’s disclosure of abuse, gender bias and irregularities in the conduct of abuse investigations, thereby placing children at further risk of abuse.

VT: Law would protect kids’ IDs
Times Argus – February 21, 2016
Lawmakers are contemplating legislation intended to protect children from identity theft. Rep. Tom Burditt, R-West Rutland, is the lead sponsor on H.613, a bill with quadpartisan support — democrat, republican, independent and progressive — that would allow a parent or guardian to freeze a child’s credit, and would require a credit reporting agency to create a credit report for a child upon request. Burditt said he was motivated to create the proposed legislation after hearing from a foster parent in Rutland County who said many of her teenage charges had been exploited by their biological or adopted parents.

WA: Governor seeks to improve children’s services
Columbia Basin Herald – February 21, 2016
Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order Thursday to create a commission focused on creating a new agency for child welfare. “Today we do not have a department that is specifically designated to the aspirations of our children,” said Inslee, while surrounded by young children and their parents.

US: Keep heroin’s destruction out of the reach of children (Opinion)
Vindy – February 22, 2016
That’s a risk that this nation can ill afford to accept as the ruinous impact of substance-abusive parents on their children widens. Child-welfare authorities argue that in addition to a heightened risk of mistreatment, drug-dependent parents too often raise children who exhibit poor cognitive skills, delayed social and emotional development, depression, anxiety, and other mental-health symptoms, physical health maladies and substance-use problems.

US: For Talia’s sake
Daily News – February 20, 2016
Having another agency involved in looking after the welfare of children living in military families will provide a stronger safety net for them. This bill would reduce the likelihood of another tragedy that took the life of Talia Williams. She deserved much better, and it’s in her memory that lawmakers should move this proposed legislation through the process and turn it into law.

US: Early behavior therapy better than medication in treating children with ADHD
Medical Xpress – February 19, 2016
In the United States, medication is the first line of treatment for 90 percent of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, Florida International University (FIU) researchers have determined behavioral therapy — when used first — is more effective in treating children with ADHD than medication. It is also more cost-effective.

US: Efforts intensify to curtail child marriage
Associated Press – February 19, 2016
Child marriage wasn’t an issue of note for Virginia state Sen. Jill Vogel until she heard the stories circulating in her district about a man in his early 50s marrying a girl in her mid-teens, warding off a police investigation of his relationship with her. Now Vogel is lead sponsor of a bill advancing in Virginia’s legislature that would sharply curtail child marriage. “Our marriage laws in Virginia are not protecting children,” she said. A similar measure has been introduced in Maryland, and a pending bill in New York goes even further — it would make the state the first to ban marriage altogether for anyone under 18.

US: How Routine Can Help Your Foster Child Heal
Huffington Post – February 19, 2016
All families have some sort of routine and patterns of behavior that exist within their home. If your family is like my own, your own family has a routine that you follow on a daily or regular basis. Depending upon the type of household your foster child came from, he may not be familiar with your day to day routine. Indeed, he may come from a home that had no set routine or schedule. Many of my own foster children have come from such a household. Even more, your foster child may have lived in a home where there were no expectations of him, and no rules for him to follow. It is important that you include your foster child into your family, and into your routine

US: Mass Incarceration’s Toll on Women
Huffington Post – February 19, 2016
Women are the invisible casualties caught not only in our warehousing of people, but our failed Drug War. Our nation’s war on drugs has resulted in tens of thousands of children displaced into foster care and later-homelessness.


Barbados: EDITORIAL: Foster care needs expanding
Barbados News Leader – February 20, 2016
Hundreds of youngsters across Barbados, the products of one-night stands, prostitution or teenage sex that didn’t begin with a desire for pregnancy are in need of care, putting the onus on the Child Care Board. Barbados’ eight children’s homes are already raising about 100 youngsters, evidence of our long-standing interest in children’s welfare. There is an obvious need to expand our existing child protection services. Yes, in these tough financial times with prolonged high unemployment, finding the money to do it wouldn’t be easy. But Government must do it.

Canada: Indigenous Children Denied Medical Care In ‘Standard’ Practice: Critic (Includes video)
The Canadian Press – February 19, 2016
Aboriginal children are denied critical medical and orthodontic procedures as a matter of standard government practice, says NDP indigenous affairs critic Charlie Angus, who is demanding answers from Health Minister Jane Philpott.
AZ: State promises cost control during payroll system overhaul (Opinion)
KHON – February 18, 2016
Kolea’s next major phase will at least double or triple its current scope by adding qualifications for food and cash assistance, child welfare and adult protection. That should be out for bid this year, but at what cost to taxpayers and can we make a crucial deadline?

CA: TAY Collaborative Curriculum Chosen for Innovative Foster Youth Jobs Initiative (Press release)
PRWeb – February 19, 2016
Hosted by The Los Angeles Transition Age Youth Collaborative (TAY Collaborative), Los Angeles Opportunity Youth Collaborative (OYC), iFoster, Los Angeles Trade Tech College, and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) and facilitated by Hillsides Youth Moving On, the series of five workshops use the World of Work curriculum, developed by Columbia University and customized by the TAY Collaborative for the unique employment needs of Los Angeles foster and crossover youth. Information Gateway resources: Support Services for Youth in Transition: Employment: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/independent/support/support-services-for-youth-in-transition-employment/

GA: Clergy oppose First Amendment Defense Act
Associated Baptist Press – February 18, 2016
Georgia has 16,000 children in state foster care, and the so called First Amendment Defense Act would give nonprofit adoption agencies that receive state funds the ability to discriminate against LGBT couples who are looking to adopt, as well as non-celibate singles.

KS: North Newton case latest reason to worry about DCF (Opinion)
Wichita Eagle – February 18, 2016
The Legislature recently authorized a sweeping audit of whether the Kansas Department for Children and Families is ensuring the safety of children in foster care — a needed response to an alarming number of deaths in the system since 2014.

KY: Kenton County case raises questions on same-sex parents’ custody rights
Associated Press – February 18, 2016
A lesbian fighting for joint custody of a child borne by her ex-partner when they were still together won a court ruling Thursday in Kentucky that lets her case go forward.

LA: DCFS worker says she didn’t create fake reports; bosses condoned skirting rules
The Advocate – February 18, 2016
The former child welfare worker accused of failing her job of checking on foster children is explaining her actions through her lawyer, a day after she was arrested on counts of filing fake paperwork in her cases.

LA: State lawmakers are learning that agency cuts made during former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s tenure may have gone deeper than the efficiencies that were described
Associated Press – February 18, 2016
For example, Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters told the House Appropriations Committee that the state pays so little to foster parents, it has been unable to find enough people to take in Louisiana’s foster children.

MI: An Insider’s Look Into the Foster Care System (Audio)
WDET – February 18, 2016
Saba Gebrai, the Director of the Park West Foundation, joins Bankole Thompson on to Redline to share an inside look into the Foster Care system.

MT: ‘Protect Montana Kids’ Commission Hears From Foster Kids For First Time (Includes audio)
Montana Public Radio – February 18, 2016
On Thursday, the Commission spent the afternoon listening to stories of child abuse, abandonment and neglect from six kids who have gone through the state’s foster system. Also: Teens relate uncertainty, frustrations in foster care: http://mtstandard.com/crime-and-courts/teens-relate-uncertainty-frustrations-in-foster-care/article_2677bdae-2c29-52fc-8357-84ec1d357f24.html Also: Panel hears about growing number of abuse cases: http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2016/02/18/panel-hears-growing-number-abuse-cases/80584370/

MT: Panel hears about growing number of abuse cases
Great Falls Tribune – February 18, 2016
Judges on Thursday told a panel looking at child protection services in the state that they have taken measures to expedite moving cases through the system in the wake of reports showing a large increase in court filings over the past five years.

NC: As foster kids transition to adult life, Wake Tech program offers special help (Includes video)
WRAL – February 18, 2016
Fostering Bright Futures is a program that connects those students with the care they need–at no cost.

NE: Debate continues over faith-based child welfare organizations in Nebraska (Includes video)
KETV – February 18, 2016
Sen. Adam Morfeld wants the state to investigate whether some faith-based child welfare organizations violated federal law. The call comes after leaders of the organizations testified they turn away some prospective foster parents because of their religion. Also: Legislative issues heating up (Opinion): http://catholicvoiceomaha.com/commentary/legislative-issues-heating

NY: City to Target Teen Dating Violence With Workshops for Foster Care Youth
The Observer – February 19, 2016
It can be hard for a teenager to figure out what kind of behavior is healthy, and what kind isn’t, when navigating a romantic relationship for the first time — especially so if they’re already dealing with the challenges of being in foster care. But today, the city will announce plans to reach 5,000 of those young people a year with workshops on how to recognize unhealthy relationships, just in time for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

OH: Children’s Services to return to voters with levy request in November
WCPO – February 19, 2016
The agency, which hasn’t had an increase in levy funding for two decades, will again present a new levy request to voters in November. Whatever they ask, the levy request will come on the heels of the agency’s deadliest year since 2010. Three children with cases at Hamilton County Children’s Services died from abuse or neglect last year.

OR: Ground broken for Native American project
Portland Tribune – February 18, 2016
NAYA Generations Intergenerational Living is a comprehensive community development project designed around an early learning center, community longhouse, and housing community in the Native American tradition. The plan is to bring foster children, permanent families, and elders together into a mutually supportive and service-intensive community.

SC: Senators: High DSS caseloads mean children still at risk
Associated Press – February 18, 2016
Despite the hiring of 170 caseworkers, high caseloads persist in South Carolina’s troubled Department of Social Services. Deputy director Taron Davis told a Senate panel this week that 73 caseworkers still have caseloads of more than 50 children — more than double the caseload goals set in 2014 amid increased scrutiny from legislators

TX: Mother Arrested On Charges Of Filing Five Years Of False CPS Reports
Opposing Views – February 18, 2016
“It’s devastating,” Waddell continued. “It’s very detrimental to the case for one, but it could be devastating to that particular parent socially, financially. They could possibly lose their job, lose their child, temporarily or forever.”

WA: Remann Hall of today: Fewer kids in detention, more court proceedings for child abuse and neglect
News Tribune – February 18, 2016
So, with fewer offenders to oversee, is there less work for the juvenile court to do at Remann Hall? No, because at the same time criminal cases have gone down, dependency cases — in which the state steps in for a child’s welfare — have gone up. “These are kids that are being abused and neglected, and being referred to the court at a higher rate than before,” Bohl said.

US: For Talia’s sake: Proposed bill would offer more protection for military children (Opinion)
Watertown Daily Times – February 19, 2016
The Talia Williams Child Abuse Notification Act, also known as Talia’s Law, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in November as H.R. 3894 and approved last week. It was sent to the U.S. Senate and assigned to the Committee on Armed Services.

US: Renew Help to Homeless Youth (Opinion)
Huffington Post – February 18, 2016
The modest investment in Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs has laid the foundation for a national system of services for our displaced youth. These essential programs must continue through passage of a fully funded and inclusive Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act.

US: KidCheck Childrens Check-In Leads Child Protection Policy Workshop at Childrens Pastors’ Conference (Press release)
PRWeb – February 16, 2016
Providers of secure children’s check-in software KidCheck’s “The Child Protection Policy Unwrapped” workshop is designed to help identify the most current and essential elements of an effective Child Protection Policy. It is led by Angela Lewton, KidCheck’s child safety expert and Darkness to Light Facilitator. The workshop provides helpful insight and ideas whether an organization is updating an existing plan or starting from scratch.


Australia: Helping foster carers form closer bonds to their children
The Age – February 19, 2016
Professor Gillian Schofield, who has been researching foster care for close to 20 years, advises foster parents and the case workers who support them to go “a step beyond common sense”.

Canada: “No wait period” to report missing child, says child protection agency (Includes video)
Global News – February 18, 2016
Families reeling from the uncertainty of their child’s whereabouts have resources and support they can turn to in times of need.

United Kingdom: Child abuse trials highlight conflict over punishment versus treatment
Northern Echo – February 18, 2016
Organisations like the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) have added their weight to the campaign and called for “the gap to be plugged”. Chief executive Pete Saunders said: “We are deeply disturbed by the tendency of offenders to be given non-custodial sentences when found guilty, based on the plea that, if they don’t receive a certain time in prison they will not be able to receive treatment.

United Kingdom: Young people in care ‘twice as likely to be unemployed’
Belfast Telegraph – February 18, 2016
More than 350 people aged between 16 and 21 in the local care system are either out of work or not in education or training, according to the study commissioned by Business in the Community and Include Youth. Also: New report provides solution to NEET challenge in UK and abroad: https://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2014/april/newreportprovidessolutiontoneetchallengeinukandabroad.php Report: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/19823/

AZ: Arizona Child Welfare System Struggling To Retain Caseworkers
KJZZ – February 17, 2016
Arizona’s child welfare system says it needs money for staff to lighten crushing caseloads. But legislators at Tuesday’s committee hearing questioned the agency’s turnover rate. The Arizona Department of Child Safety is operating with fewer caseworkers than the state allotted. In the last nine months, DCS has lost nearly 200 case-carrying workers.

AZ: Lawmaker amends adoption bill amid concerns
Arizona Republic – February 17, 2016
A southern Arizona lawmaker has amended a bill that would allow counties to help families adopt children, amid concerns that it could unintentionally lead to discrimination against other would-be adoptive parents, including same-sex couples. Senate Bill 1330 would allow counties to provide free legal work to end a parent’s custodial rights so someone else can move forward with an adoption. These are often cases in which family members or foster parents would like to adopt a child they are already caring for, but can’t locate the biological parent.

CA: City of Sacramento joins efforts to prevent black children’s deaths
Sacramento Bee – February 17, 2016
The Sacramento City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to invest $750,000 in a $26 million county-led program designed to bring down the region’s alarming number of African American child deaths, marking a commitment to improving outcomes in one of Sacramento’s most disadvantaged communities.

CA: Five Acres Announces National Re-Accreditation
Pasadena Now – February 17, 2016
Five Acres has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Five Acres provides community-based, deaf services, residential, foster care and adoption programs and a nonpublic school. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of Five Acres’ programs, services, management, and administration.

GA: State Senate merges 2 bills protecting same-sex marriage objectors
Associated Press – February 16, 2016
A bill headed toward a vote in the Georgia Senate would allow faith-based organizations to refuse services to same-sex couples without government penalties, including loss of taxpayer funding.

IN: Proposed adoption adaptation offers more secure child placement
The Exponent – February 17, 2016
A Purdue professor has suggested a change in the adoption process. Karen Foli, an associate professor of nursing, recommends screening for depression in an overlooked member involved in the adoption: the parents.

KS: Kansas Senate committee considers trial foster care program
Associated Press – February 17, 2016
A Senate committee is considering legislation that would establish an experimental foster care program in Kansas open exclusively to adults in stable marriages of at least seven years and with a minimum of one stay-at-home spouse.

LA: Louisiana’s child protection system understaffed and overburdened after years of cuts, child advocates say
The Advocate – February 17, 2016
To explain why she dodged her required visits with foster children and created fake documentation to hide the deceit, state investigators say, a former Louisiana child welfare worker told them she was under pressure by supervisors to get “things done no matter what.”

LA: Social service cuts could be deep, state official says
Associated Press – February 17, 2016
The head of Louisiana’s social services department says cuts proposed for this year would leave her agency only able to investigate the most serious cases of child abuse. The Department of Children and Family Services’ faces reductions of more than $15 million before the budget year ends June 30.

MA: DCF increases number of social workers
State House News Service – February 17, 2016
Forced to reassess itself following high-profile deaths in recent years, the state agency charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect has hired hundreds of new workers and, based on Gov. Charlie Baker’s latest budget, could reach a two-year hiring total of 600 new positions.

MD: Md. only state without criminal penalty for failing to report child abuse
WUSA9 – February 17, 2016
So how could the teacher’s aide get away with abusing that many children before someone finally reported it? Child safety advocates said Maryland’s law on reporting abuse may have made matters worse. Information Gateway resource: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/responding/reporting/

MI: Start From Here Campaign Gains Support in Detroit
PrideSource – February 18, 2016
Executive Director of the Ruth Ellis Center, Jerry Peterson, notes, “It is challenging to document a fixed number of homeless youth in Detroit because they are so often invisible. Detroit Public Schools has documented over 4,500 children who are homeless, many with their families. The Homeless Action Network of Detroit has estimated that there are around 3,000 unaccompanied youth who are homeless. A Youth Homelessness Task Force, formed by Councilwoman Mary Sheffield, is working to establish a more complete picture of homelessness among children and youth in Detroit.”

MT: New member named to Protect Montana Kids panel
Great Falls Tribune – February 17, 2016
On Friday, Gov. Steve Bullock announced he was appointing Rep. Chuck Hunter, D-Helena, to the panel that is assessing child protection services in the state. Hunter is the minority leader in the House of Representatives.

NE: Nebraska child welfare groups seek religious exemption
Associated Press – February 17, 2016
A bill introduced in the Nebraska Legislature would prevent child placement agencies that refuse to license gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender foster parents on religious principle from losing state funding. Also: Foster Care Groups Debate at the Capitol (Includes video): http://www.1011now.com/content/news/Foster-Care-Parents-Debate-at-the-Capitol-369200401.html Also: Controversial debate over foster families in Legislature (Includes video): http://www.klkntv.com/story/31249256/controversial-debate-over-foster-families-in-legislature

NH: Bill aims to ban unregulated child custody transfers, a process known as ‘re-homing’
Concord Monitor – February 17, 2016
A couple adopts a teenage girl, but they realize they can’t care for her complex needs. So the parents turn to the internet to find a new caregiver for the minor. After meeting a couple on Facebook, they sign over their custodial rights and a second adoption effectively takes place without any oversight or vetting by child protective agencies, courts or attorneys. It’s a process known as “re-homing,” and a group of New Hampshire officials is now seeking to ban it in the state.

NY: Something to Think About: You can help a foster child in many ways besides parenting
Pocono Record – February 17, 2016
Foster family care is a social service that provides substitute or interim living in a family setup for children who, for various reasons, cannot remain in their own homes and must be separated from their natural or legal parents. Some wind up spending only a few days at one home and then stuffing their belongings back in the bag and heading for another home.

OK: Non-Profit On Mission To Bring Awareness To Child Abuse (Includes video)
News On 6 – February 17, 2016
The non-profit organization Save Our Youth, or SOY is working with the child’s family. They said, whenever a child dies suspiciously or needs help, they will be there. SOY said it’s not their job to determine if it’s a crime, but to provide knowledge and help families when they need it most.

OK: Oklahoma bill could refuse people to adoption services if passed (Includes video)
KTUL – February 17, 2016
Couples could be refused as foster care or adoptive parents in Oklahoma. This is due to a bill that is now heading to the House of Representatives for a vote. State Representative Sally Kern authored the proposal.

PA: Answering foster care, adoption need brings rewards (Opinion)
Lancaster Bee – February 17, 2016
Children in the foster care system face many difficult challenges. Often they do not have consistency, which can be so important to a child’s mental wellbeing and development.

SC: Anderson, Oconee DSS caseloads ‘startling’
Greenville News – February 17, 2016
Taron Davis, who directs child welfare operations for DSS, told a Senate DSS oversight committee Wednesday that caseload numbers are particularly “concerning and startling” in Anderson and Oconee counties. In fact, she said, an Anderson caseworker currently has the highest caseload in the state, managing 119 children. Another in Anderson has 92 cases and three others are managing more than 80 children.

SC: South Carolina to Spend $30M to Cut Infant Mortality, Using Value-Based Principles
AJMC – February 17, 2016
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley yesterday pledged $30 million to tackle her state’s rural infant mortality rates, through a proven program that pairs nurses with new mothers.

TX: Court decision on foster care shows changes needed (Opinion)
Star-Telegram – February 17, 2016
The recent federal court decision against Texas’ foster care system reads like a horror movie screenplay. But reading it sickened me, because I knew this was not fiction.

UT: Utah rep says male-female parents are best for foster kids ‘in the interest of diversity’ (Opinion) (Video)
The Salt Lake Tribune – February 17, 2016
Utah Rep. Kraig Powell (R-Heber City) wants to draft a bill that would reinstate preferential treatment for married opposite-sex couples over married same-sex couples regarding adoptions of children in foster care.

WV: W.Va. House passes bill to give pregnant women priority in drug treatment
The Herald-Dispatch – February 17, 2016
The West Virginia House of Delegates has approved a bill that would give priority to pregnant women when it comes to substance abuse treatment.

US: Alumnus starts a nonprofit to help foster children
Daily Titan – February 17, 2016
Together We Rise (TWR) is a national nonprofit organization started in 2008 by Cal State Fullerton alumnus Danny Mendoza. The organization is dedicated to giving children who are transitioning into foster care “a sense of normalcy in their sometimes turbulent world,” according to TWR’s website.

US: An In-depth Look at Child Welfare Finance Reform (Opinion)
The Chronicle of Social Change – February 17, 2016
The Chronicle of Social Change will spend 2016 investigating how the federal government pays for child welfare, and the emerging momentum behind changing it, through a series of opinion and analysis stories called “Dollars & Priorities.” Here are links to the first three pieces in the series: ? Dollars & Priorities: An introduction by Publisher Daniel Heimpel https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/featured/dollars-and-priorities-the-financing-of-foster-care/15770 ? The Great Waiver Myth by Sean Hughes https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/analysis/the-great-waiver-myth/15668 ? Do Waivers Work? Compared to What? by Richard Wexler https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/analysis/do-waivers-work-compared-to-what/15756

US: Are You a Legal Stranger to Your Children?
Huffington Post – February 17, 2016
Without a formal adoption, non-biological parents are essentially strangers to their children in the eyes of the law.


Australia: More than 3000 child protection cases in Victoria involve sex offenders
The Age – February 18, 2016
Registered sex offenders were linked to more than 3000 child protection cases in Victoria last year — a dramatic increase from 1100 four years ago. Child protection reports have also soared, from about 82,000 in 2013-14 to 91,000 last year, the Victorian government’s public accounts and estimates hearing was told.

United Kingdom: NSPCC Condemns Police Child Sex Abuse Failures, After HMIC Says A Third Of Forces Fail To Fight It Effectively
The Huffington Post UK – February 18, 2016
A third of police forces are failing to fight child sex exploitation effectively, something the NSPCC condemned as “deeply depressing” in the wake of major, high-profile scandals over the crime.

AZ: Moms fight for Jacob’s Law to get therapy for foster kids (Includes video)
12News – February 16, 2016
Foster parents are pleading with state lawmakers to help them get help for the emotionally-battered children they take in.

CT: & SC: Connecticut, South Carolina Launch Social Impact Bond Programs
Philanthropy News Digest – February 17, 2016
The governors of Connecticut and South Carolina have announced the launch of new social impact bonds – also known as pay-for-success programs – coordinated by nonprofit organization Social Finance to help underwrite efforts to address complex social challenges.

CT: Officials announce new program for substance abuse treatment
The Connecticut Mirror – February 16, 2016
Reacting to a spike in drug overdoses in Connecticut and the placement of hundreds of youths into foster care because of substance abuse – mostly by their parents – state and federal officials announced a public-private partnership that would offer 500 additional families substance abuse treatment.

IN: Getting Indiana’s Kids the Help They Need (Includes audio)
Public News Service – February 17, 2016
A program launched two years ago has helped over 800 Indiana families with children who are suffering from behavior problems or mental health issues by cutting the time their parents spend searching for assistance. Information Gateway resource: Range of Mental Health Services: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/mentalhealth/services/

IN: Report details Ind. kids’ mental health, abuse
Courier-Journal – February 15, 2016
A report released Monday aims to provide a snapshot of the issues facing youth in Indiana, which include substance abuse, teen pregnancy and mental health problems. Also: Indiana ranks fifth in first-time child abuse cases: http://www.reporter-times.com/news/local/indiana-ranks-fifth-in-first-time-child-abuse-cases/article_7e2aab09-29c4-583b-80dd-3a08e52786f8.html Report: https://lintvwane.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/2016-kids-count-in-indiana-data-book.pdf

KY: Preventing child deaths – a step in the right direction (Opinion)
Harlan Daily Enterprise – February 16, 2016
Sen. Adam’s proposal, Senate Bill 40 (SB 40), utilizes a commonsense approach to moving our state toward greater openness. Beginning with pilot sites will allow Kentucky to identify and refine best practices before implementation in every jurisdiction. SB 40 also contains safeguards which effectively balance the public’s need for information with a child’s legitimate interest in confidentiality.

MA: DCF chief: Fiscal ’17 budget proposal would support director for 29 offices
Lowell Sun – February 16, 2016
Forced to reassess itself following high-profile deaths in recent years, the agency charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect has hired hundreds of new workers and, based on Gov. Charlie Baker’s latest budget, could reach a two-year hiring total of 600 new positions.

MS: State’s Foster Care System Requests $34.4 Million
Jackson Free Press – February 16, 2016
Children have died and suffered mistreatment in the state’s foster-care system, and the Mississippi Department of Human Services is requesting $34.4 million to change conditions that lead to the abuse.

NH: Ban sought on unregulated child custody transfers
Concord Monitor – February 17, 2016
It’s a process known as “re-homing,” and a group of New Hampshire officials is now seeking to ban it in the state.

NY: ‘Tri-parenting’ in family court (Opinion)
Washington Post – February 16, 2016
This case involves issues of custody, removal, and support surrounding an unusual agreement entered into between three friends to conceive and jointly raise a child in a tri-parenting arrangement.

TX: Guest View: Texas children deserve better (Opinion)
OA Online – February 16, 2016
The recent federal court decision against Texas’ foster care system reads like the screenplay for a horror movie. I was sickened and depressed after I read it, because I knew this was not fiction. Almost 100 of the decision’s 260 pages recount the stories of the plaintiffs, detailing real-life atrocities they suffered throughout their wrecked childhoods

WA: Report: WA kids in juvenile-justice system often have history with Child Protective Services
Pacific Northwest Inlander – February 16, 2016
Nearly half of the kids in Spokane County who have had contact with the juvenile justice system have also run into the state child welfare system, according to a report released last month by the Washington State Center for Court Research. Report: http://www.courts.wa.gov/wsccr/docs/MSY_Paper2_Final.pdf


Italy: 700 jurists for ‘stepchild adoption’
ANSA – February 16, 2016
‘Kids with gay parents need protection’ say judges, lawyers. A group of 718 family lawyers, judges, and constitutional experts on Tuesday delivered an appeal to Lower House Speaker Laura Boldrini in favor of the so-called stepchild adoption measure contained in a civil unions bill now before the Senate.

Vatican City: Vatican Reminds Catholic Bishops to Report Child Abuse
Gospel Herald – February 16, 2016
The Vatican has clarified its stance regarding the duty of church leaders in reporting cases of child abuse. According to the Holy See, it is still the duty of the members of the Catholic Church to act upon instances such as these.

AZ: Numbers climb for Arizona children in group settings
Arizona Daily Star – February 13, 2016
Nearly 30 percent of the children removed from their homes between July and September were taken to an emergency shelter or group setting, not a foster home, data from the state’s Child Safety Oversight Committee shows.

CA: Latino youths see big rise in psychiatric hospitalizations
Kaiser Health News – February 15, 2016
Psychiatric hospitalizations of Latino children and young adults in California are rising dramatically and at a much faster pace than among their peers, according to state data.

CT: Cutting DCF: Right-sizing or wrong-headed?
Connecticut Mirror – February 16, 2016
“DCF, they’re spread too thin. They can’t deal with the amount of need that’s here,” the tearful guidance counselor at Hartford Public High School told members of the Governor’s Youth and Urban Violence Commission earlier this month.

FL: #AJustFaith Against Religious Bigotry (Opinion)
Huffington Post – February 15, 2016
In Florida, the “Pastor Protection Act” (HB 43) is moving through the legislature which, as of now, ensures pastors or other religious leaders aren’t forced to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs and would help protect them from lawsuits. Last spring, legislators tried to make it possible for taxpayer-funded foster care agencies to discriminate against any child or family, so long as the discrimination was based on “deeply held moral principles.” This is the same language of the “The Pastor Protection Act.”

FL: Legislators have cash; now have a heart (Opinion)
Miami Herald – February 15, 2016
Lawmakers are having a vigorous debate as to whether they should restore “$1 billion in cuts to the state’s tattered safety net for the state’s most vulnerable children, disabled and elderly.” Related: Tone shifts as GOP pushes back against permanent tax cuts, but safety net remains frayed: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/tone-shifts-as-gop-pushes-back-against-permanent-tax-cuts-but-safety-net/2265344

IN: Editorial: Protections needed for foster parents
Herald Bulletin – February 13, 2016
They undergo rigorous training to ensure they are nurturing and protecting the children who have been placed in their care by the state. They must pass background checks, complete first aid courses and undergo home visits, among a dozen requirements. Those guidelines, however, do not protect foster parents from harassment by the families of children placed into foster care.

KS: Kansas senator makes case for experimental foster care program in Kansas
Topeka Capital-Journal – February 15, 2016
Legislation delved into by a Senate committee Monday establishes an experimental foster care program in Kansas open exclusively to adults in stable marriages of at least seven years and with a minimum of one stay-at-home spouse. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, would grant foster parents in the statewide pilot program an exemption from standard licensing applicable to child care facilities.

LA: Arrest warrant accuses state worker of falsely reporting at least 20 times she had checked on foster children
The Advocate – February 15, 2016
Kimberly Deann Lee, 49, of Calhoun, faces 20 counts of filing false public records and a count of malfeasance in office, according to an arrest warrant filed Feb. 10 by the Office of Inspector General in the 19th Judicial District Court. Also: Warrant issued for DCFS employee accused of falsifying reports on mandatory foster-home visits: http://www.wafb.com/story/31224835/warrant-issued-for-dcfs-employee-accused-of-falsifying-reports-on-mandatory-foster-home-visits

MA: Baby Safe Haven New England praises infant surrender law
Wicked Local Norwood – February 13, 2016
Under the law, parents can surrender infants who are 7 days old or younger at a hospital, police station or manned fire station without facing criminal prosecution. Infants are then taken into Department of Children and Families custody and placed in foster care.

NC: Mixed Report: Health of NC’s Children (Includes audio)
Public News Service – February 16, 2016
The health of North Carolina’s children has the potential to impact the state for generations to come and this year the state is getting mixed reviews for it’s efforts. NC Child issued its annual report card today tracking 40 areas of child health. 2016 North Carolina Child Health Report Card: http://www.ncchild.org/publication/2016-north-carolina-child-health-report-card/

ND: Indian Child Welfare Act and Wellness Week
North Dakota Office of the Governor – February 14, 2016
It is important for state and tribal agencies to continue to work together to ensure a future of hope and opportunity for all North Dakota children and families.

NE: Hytrek: Nebraska adoption bill could hurt LGBT parents (Opinion)
Daily Nebraskan – February 15, 2016
Late last month, Sen. Mark Kolterman introduced LB975, called the Welfare Services Preservation Act, in the Nebraska Legislature. The bill, which concerns adoption, asserts that “Nebraska has a critical need to find and retain safe, loving and supportive homes for children,” because there are more children who need homes than there are homes to take them. The fourth part of the second section is the component of the bill that garners the most attention. This part of the bill states in order to ensure these organizations keep doing their good work, “The government should not take adverse action against child-placing agencies based on their sincerely held religious beliefs.” I suspect that this is the core purpose of the bill.

NH: Hassan to seek no-bid contract for DCYF review
Union Leader – February 13, 2016
Four months after announcing plans to do so, Gov. Maggie Hassan has yet to initiate an independent, comprehensive review of the state’s much-criticized child protection services system. A spokesman said the governor’s office has been laying the groundwork for the review, and a contract will surface at an unspecified upcoming meeting of the Governor and Executive Council.

NM: Senate approves budget cuts
Associated Press – February 15, 2016
New Mexico’s Senate has approved a $6.2 billion budget for the coming year that cuts spending and dips into reserves to offset a plunge in revenues linked to low oil prices. Some spending increases next year would be preserved for state prisons, the Department of Public Safety, public schools, Medicaid and child protective services.

OR: Pathfinders of Oregon Receives Grant from Spirit Mountain Community Fund (Press release)
PR Web – February 16, 2016
Pathfinders of Oregon has been awarded a grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. The grant will support Pathfinders’ Mentoring Inside Out program for children whose parents are involved in the criminal justice system.

TN: School board members react to Ooltewah assault court hearing (Includes video)
WRCB TV – February 15, 2016
The case against three Ooltewah High school staff members charged with failure to report a sexual assault will be sent to a grand jury. Judge Philyaw acknowledged the mandatory reporter law is hard to interpret, and his decision was difficult to make.

TX: There’s Little Outrage For the 12000 Kids Suffering in the Texas Foster Care System
Houston Press – February 16, 2016
Filed by a New York-based advocacy group called Children’s Rights, the lawsuit alleged that state officials showed deliberate indifference to the roughly 12,000 kids stuck in a gutter of DFPS known as Permanent Managing Conservatorship. These were kids who’d been written off and expected to be banished to state custody until they aged out at 18.

TX: San Antonio judge wants answers in Children’s Hope investigation (Includes video)
Fox 34 – February 15, 2016
It’s been two weeks since dozens of children were moved from two Children’s Hope Residential Treatment Centers and transported to San Antonio. According to the assistant district attorney for Bexar County, it was Children’s Hope Residential Services that gave CPS a 30-day notice to move the children from its facilities. Bexar County Judge Richard Garcia says that is “unheard of.”

UT: Op-ed: By its actions, Utah shows it undervalues its children
Salt Lake Tribune – February 13, 2016
Our state leaders, like any politicians, will wax eloquent about their concern for the welfare of children. In reality, professionals are given respect according to the age of the clients they work with. Our leaders claim repeatedly that our children are a priority, and yet their policy decisions don’t support this.

VT: Broken bonds: When the state severs family ties
Times Argus – February 14, 2016
According to the Vermont Department for Children and Families Commissioner Ken Schatz, there is little recourse for grandmothers and extended family once parental rights are removed. “The law is specific to parents,” he said of appeals to the family court decision. “Regarding grandparents, there is no authority for official decisions, but there can be informal arrangements with foster parents.”

WA: House approves Hargrove’s bill to ensure foster parents receive notice of hearings
Kent Reporter – February 13, 2016
nder House Bill 2591, DSHS would be required to provide foster parents with timely and adequate notice of their right to be heard before each dependency court proceeding. Rep. Mark Hargrove says this a long-overdue reform to the state’s foster care system.

WA: Who we don’t talk about when we talk about Seattle’s homeless
MyNorthwest.com – February 13, 2016
Despite Mayor Ed Murray calling a state of emergency over Seattle’s homeless crisis, not commonly among the conversation are young adults living on the streets. The root cause of youth homelessness is family disruption. Otherwise they would be at home,” said Mary Steele, executive director with New Horizons. “We serve people ages 13-24. They’re folks you would expect to have family supporting them. But they are not.” Information Gateway Resource: Promoting Protective Factors for In-Risk Families and Youth: A Guide for Practitioners: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/in_risk.pdf

WI: Stakeholders take a variety of approaches to address human trafficking
Badger Herald – February 15, 2016
A bipartisan bill Subeck coauthored would classify child sex trafficking as child abuse, allowing child protective services to be involved in the cases. Subeck said her bill is a step in the right direction for dealing with the issue of sex trafficking in the state because it would strengthen the processes of finding justice and promoting recovery. Information Gateway Resources: Human Trafficking: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/trafficking/

US: More grandparents taking on parental role for grandchildren
Associated Press – February 16, 2016
Nationwide, there are 2.7 million grandparents raising grandchildren, and about one-fifth have incomes that fall below the poverty line, according to census figures.

US: Homelessness remains a problem for former foster care youth
World – February 15, 2016
A University of Chicago survey of former foster youth found half unemployed and one-quarter homeless by the time they were in their early 20s. Eight in 10 had been arrested, 6 in 10 had been convicted of a crime, and 3 in four young women had been pregnant.


Australia: Tas child welfare reports hit by IT glitch
Australian Associated Press (AAP) – February 16, 2016
A glitch in Tasmania Police’s computer system means almost 170 reports, including concerns for child welfare, were not referred for further investigation.

Canada: Youth in care living with violence daily, new report finds
Toronto Star – February 16, 2016
Ontario’s Advocate for Children and Youth canvassed youth in foster care, group homes, justice facilities and mental health treatment centres to talk about the violence in their lives.

Nepal: Pulling children out of Nepal’s prisons
CNN – February 11, 2016
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world — according to UNICEF, 55% of the population lives below the international poverty line — so it lacks the social safety net that exists in most Western nations. Space is extremely limited in the few children’s homes affiliated with the government. So when no local guardian is available, an arrested parent often must choose between bringing their children to jail with them or letting them live on the streets. Nepal’s Department of Prison Management estimates 80 children live in the nation’s prisons.

Panama: Raleigh couple saving lives with their adoption agency (Includes video)
WNCN – February 15, 2016
“We ended up going into the orphanages and seeing the huge problem in Panama, which is the orphans weren’t getting out and staying in there until they are 18,” Misty said.

Singapore: Cases of abandoned babies rare in Singapore
The Straight Times – February 14, 2016
Cases of abandoned babies remain relatively rare in Singapore, with just 21 babies found dumped by their parents between 2006 and 2015.

Vatican City: Gregorian University begins course on child protection
Vatican Radio – February 16, 2016
The Pontifical Gregorian University on Monday began its first Diploma Program on the Safeguarding of Minors. The one-semester course is conducted under auspices of the Centre for Child Protection, as a unit of the University’s Institute of Psychology.

AK: Dramatic spike in foster children overwhelming state agencies
Alaska Dispatch News – February 13, 2016
A surprising spike in the number of Alaska children in foster care appears rooted both in a heroin epidemic and a more aggressive response by a state agency to reports of endangered children, state officials say.

AZ: More Arizona kids in group foster homes, despite state’s pledge
Arizona Daily Star – February 13, 2016
Nearly 30 percent of the children removed from their homes between July and September were taken to an emergency shelter or group setting, not a foster home, data from the state’s Child Safety Oversight Committee show. That compares with about 19 percent in late 2013 and a nationwide rate of about 14 percent.

CT: Bill to Help Homeless Families Find Child Care Gets a Hearing (Includes audio)
Public News Service – February 15, 2016
Child care is a vital service, but particularly for homeless families, that’s the message advocates will be delivering Tuesday to the state Senate’s Committee on Children. The committee is considering a bill that would increase access to child care for homeless children. Lisa Tepper Bates, director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, says the bill would help homeless families get back on their feet.

FL: Floridians injured by government struggle for compensation
Associated Press – February 14, 2016
Some two dozen bills have been filed in this year’s legislative session to compensate people injured by the mistakes or negligence of government agencies: wrongly convicted prisoners, children abused by foster parents, people maimed or killed in accidents with police vehicles, and even a football player who died during practice.

FL: Life for homeless schoolchildren means isolation, struggle
Associated Press – February 13, 2016
The shelter — a converted former school building in a working class corner of the city — is crowded with as many as 25 women and children at a time. Twenty-two of its 25 beds are now taken, and the demand is constantly growing.

GA: State agency admits problems in how it reviews abuse cases
Associated Press – February 14, 2016
A new report shows that Georgia’s child protection agency has identified serious problems in how the agency investigates reports of child abuse and neglect.

ID: Lawmakers plan to introduce foster care bill (Includes video)
Idaho Statesman – February 12, 2016
In response to news coverage and social-media campaigns for foster-care reform, the department has issued a public statement. saying that in order to improve the system,”We need the voices of everyone building consensus,” including families, current and former foster youth, schools, the justice system, guardians ad litem and social workers.

KY: Volunteers needed to review cases of children in foster care in 22 Kentucky counties
Kentucky.com – February 12, 2016
Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 22 counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

LA: Geismar couple advocate for foster care equality
Gonzales Weekly Citizen – February 15, 2016
When wedding bells ring in April, one Geismar couple will make Ascension Parish history, as the first gay male couple to be certified as foster parents in the parish.

MD: The Sex Scandal That Devastated a Suburban Megachurch
Washingtonian – February 14, 2016
Inside the rise and fall of Sovereign Grace Ministries — how Christian mediation failed to deal with children’s sexual assaults.

MN: Counterpoint: Nothing could be more basic than putting kids’ safety first (Opinion)
Star Tribune – February 12, 2016
I am not sure if the average person knows that child protection in Minnesota began by using laws that protected animals as a foundation for creating the contemporary child welfare system. This system has surely changed in the last 100 years, but like most programs focused on the vulnerable and voiceless, it has to a large extent been ignored in its financing structure over many generations.

NE: Adoption bill aimed at protecting faith-based agencies, supporters say
Lincoln Journal Star – February 13, 2016
Compass is one of four child-placing agencies, working together under the name Freedom to Serve in Faith Coalition, which are supporting a bill in the Legislature that would protect them from adverse action by the state for declining service based on their sincerely held religious beliefs.

NY: Affordable Apartments for Formerly Homeless Debut on Herkimer Street
DNAInfo – February 12, 2016
Formerly homeless individuals with histories of mental illness, young adults aging out of foster care and low-income families will have a space to call home with the opening of a new supportive housing building on Herkimer Street. Also: Integrated housing development opens in Bed-Stuy: http://hudsonvalley.news12.com/news/tri-state/integrated-housing-development-opens-in-bed-stuy-1.11462260?pts=339325

NY: No One Knows How Many Homeless People Live in New York
Vice – February 12, 2016
New York City’s homeless youth are the invisible population everybody sees. Housing has been an issue here for as long as the city has existed, but the number of people on the streets has increased visibly over the last few years.

TX: State Charges Forward With Licensing Immigration Lockups as Childcare Facilities
Houston Press – February 12, 2016
Government agencies often break bad or controversial news on Friday afternoons to blunt the impact. Today was no exception. Friday, just as workers across the state were heading home for the weekend, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced it will continue to take steps toward licensing two of the state’s privately-run immigration lockups as childcare facilities, despite strong and vocal opposition from both child welfare experts and immigrant rights advocates who say conditions at the detention centers are damaging to child development. Also: Lower childcare standards for private migrant detention centers: https://www.rt.com/usa/332388-texas-childcare-standards-immigration-detention/

UT: Contentious hearing on Utah’s Capitol Hill focuses on same-sex couples and adoptions (Includes video)
Fox 13 – February 12, 2016
There was a heated hearing on Utah’s Capitol Hill Friday night. On paper, it’s a simple bill to change the language in Utah law to match the Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex couples to foster and adopt. But on Friday, a room full of people lined up to argue against the change. Also: Lawmakers postpone vote over gay couples adoption bill: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865647647/Lawmakers-postpone-vote-over-gay-couples-adoption-bill.html Also: Opposing Utah same-sex adoption bills going head-to-head: http://kutv.com/news/local/oposing-utah-same-sex-adoption-bills-going-head-to-head

UT: Foster Care Foundation ‘to remain open’ thanks to legislative help, CEO says
Deseret Morning News – February 12, 2016
It appears the Utah Foster Care Foundation will live on. The Utah Legislature’s Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee approved Friday a recommendation of $400,000 in ongoing funds to the nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supports foster parents.

WA: A big settlement for two victims of sexual abuse in the foster care system
KGMI – February 12, 2016
Two girls who were sexually abused for years at a Whatcom County foster home get a big settlement. A local jury ordered the State Department of Social and Health Services to pay the girls eight million dollars.

WI: DOC Secretary Ed Wall resigns amid FBI investigation into state youth prison (Includes video)
WKOW – February 12, 2016
Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall submitted his letter of resignation to Gov. Scott Walker on February 5 and will be replaced by former DOC Secretary Jon Litscher (’99-’03) later this month, the Governor’s office announced Friday.

WV: Safe at Home keeps 100 kids in communities
Charleston Gazette-Mail – February 14, 2016
Safe at Home is currently classed as a “demonstration project” under the Title IV-E Waiver, and the program is being independently monitored to determine how successful it is, though Bowling said the department hopes to roll out the program in several more counties by the summer. “It was a milestone when we got to 100 kids; we did’t know how many we would be able to get referred to us over the first quarter … to get to 100 so quickly, for us, has been a very positive sign,” Bowling said. “That indicates that people are embracing the concept of what we’re doing, and that they’re really trying to work with us.”

WV: Founder of defunct Miracle Meadows School in Harrison County pleads guilty to 3 charges
WV Metro News – February 12, 2016
Clark plead guilty to a misdemeanor child neglect charge creating risk of injury charge, a misdemeanor failure to report charge, and a misdemeanor obstruction of an officer charge. The state’s case was based on Clark’s failure to report numerous instances of child abuse at the Seventh-day Adventist affiliated Christian boarding school in Salem. Also: Miracle Meadows Administrator Pleads Guilty to Charges Related to Student Welfare: http://www.wboy.com/story/31208719/miracle-meadows-administrator-pleads-guilty-to-charges-related-to-student-welfare

US: Sending love with the Red Scarf Project
Associated Press – February 14, 2016
This Valentine’s Day, 2,500 college students, who were once in the foster care system, will receive a handmade red scarf from a care package sent by Foster Care to Success. Foster Care to Success, based outside Washington, D.C., is a national nonprofit organization working solely with college-bound foster youths.

US: The Numbers: Child Sexual Imposition in the United States
Huffington Post – February 12, 2016
Childhood sexual abuse, whether in the home or on the streets, is a painful subject. We shut it up and believe that if we do not talk about it or cannot see it, it must not be happening here. Or we look at police statistics and believe they tell the whole story. In reality, most cases of child abuse go unreported, either because the child targeted as a victim is disenfranchised to begin with, and therefore not likely to have a safety net to report abuse to, or because the stigma of identifying oneself as a victim seems worse than remaining quiet. Information Gateway resource: Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/statistics/can/

US: This Amazing Group Changed The Game For LGBT Military Families
Huffington Post – February 12, 2016
45,000 members strong, the American Military Partner Association is marshaling the forces of the LGBT community serving our country, leading the charge to battle obsolete policies within the United States armed forces and providing a voice for their heretofore silent soldiers.


Europe: Missing Child Refugees
Sentinel Record – February 14, 2016
According to the European police agency, Europol, more than 10,000 children who entered Europe have disappeared. Also: Up to 50% of unaccompanied migrant children go missing within 48 hours of being placed in certain reception centres in Europe: http://missingchildreneurope.eu/news/Post/575/Up-to-50-of-unaccompanied-migrant-children-go-missing-within-48-hours-of-being-placed-in-certain-reception-centres-in-Europe Also: 10,000 Child Refugees Are Missing (Opinion): http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/10/opinion/10000-child-refugees-are-missing.html?_r=0 Also: Many of the 5,000 migrant children who have vanished in Germany have been forced into prostitution: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3444767/Many-5-000-migrant-children-vanished-Germany-forced-prostitution-organs-harvested-says-chairman-country-s-Muslim-council.html

India: Register or shut down, govt tells orphanages
Times of India – February 13, 2016
Childcare institutions not registered under the Juvenile Justice Act will soon face the music, with the state women and child welfare department gearing to blacklist and book them for illegal detention of children.

Malaysia : Welfare dept must protect abused girl’s cultural rights (Opinion)
Free Malaysia Today – February 14, 2016
The Social Welfare Department must ensure that the abused five-year-old girl taken to hospital last week be given every opportunity to grow up and mature as a Hindu. There have been allegations that some under-aged children of non-Islamic faiths have been converted to Islam. It is not clear if these allegations are true, but surely the department has the responsibility to dispel such allegations.

United Kingdom: Britain takes ‘thousands of migrant children’ into care
The Telegraph – February 13, 2016
Councils are spending hundreds of millions of pounds every year taking children of Eastern European migrant workers into care, despite growing calls for them to be looked after in their parents’ home countries.

United Kingdom: Whistleblowing helpline on child protection failures due to go live
Belfast Telegraph – February 13, 2016
The helpline is aimed at staff in any sector who are afraid to raise concerns about the way their organisation is dealing with child abuse cases or who feel they have exhausted all avenues with their employer. Callers will be offered advice about the whistleblowing process and given legal protection from any future discrimination. Any concerns raised will be passed on to relevant investigatory bodies to pursue.

AL: Senate passes Whatley bill to strengthen penalty for child abuse
Opelika-Auburn News – February 11, 2016
A bill by State Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, that passed in the Alabama Senate this week would strengthen the criminal penalty for aggravated abuse of a child. Under Ava’s Law, a person could be charged with murder if they commit aggravated child abuse that results in a child’s death.

AZ: Program helping Pima County foster families find help (Includes video)
Tucson News Now – February 11, 2016
Foster families in Pima County are getting some much needed help from local churches, thanks to a program called the CarePortal.

CA: Art classes give at-risk students a new outlook on life
The Orange County Register – February 12, 2016
But more than just providing instruction on how to master certain artistic skills, these classes, sponsored by the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, aim to give students who have been in the juvenile justice or child welfare system the skills and inspiration to deter them from a life of crime or being victims of crime.

HI: Governor Ige appoints executive director of Office of Youth Services (Press release)
Office of the Governor of the State of Hawaii David Y. Ige – February 12, 2016
Gov. David Ige has appointed Merton Chinen to lead the Office of Youth Services (OYS). OYS is administratively attached to the Department of Human Services.

IL: AP Interview: Police shooting spurs state agency changes
Associated Press – February 12, 2016
The death of Laquan McDonald, a black Chicago teenager who was a state ward for most of his life before he we was shot 16 times by a white police officer, has spurred Illinois’ child welfare agency to look differently and with more focus at the cases of troubled youths, the director told The Associated Press.

KS: Bill Would Enforce Kansas Family Limit On Foster Children (Includes audio)
KMUW – February 11, 2016
A Senate bill that would strengthen limits on the number of foster children in a home raised concerns from some who say it could lead to splitting sibling groups. Information Gateway resources: Standards for Out-of-Home Care Services: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/management/administration/requirements/standards/standards/care/

KY: Support transparency in child abuse, neglect cases (Opinion)
Lexington Herald-Leader – February 11, 2016
One topic around which Kentuckians can unite is that of protecting the commonwealth’s youngest citizens. How we do that, of course, is often debated and discussed. One idea that has been introduced the past two years to our elected officials serving in Frankfort is that of opening child abuse and neglect proceedings within the juvenile court system.

MA: LUK, Inc. celebrates its 45th anniversary
Leominster Champion – February 12, 2016
LUK, Inc. is a nonprofit multi-service agency dedicated to improving the safety, health, and emotional well-being of youth, families and adults. LUK’s mission is to improve the lives of children, families and adults so that they can fulfill their unique and productive potential.

MA: Child welfare advocates call Baker budget “small but important step” toward family stability
22 WWLP – February 11, 2016
Advocates pressing for greater funding for stabilization and support services for families involved with the Department of Children and Families said Thursday that Gov. Charlie Baker’s fiscal 2017 budget would take a step in the right direction.

MA: NightSide — Is It Ok To Spank Your Kids? (Opinion) (Video)
CBS/WBZ – February 11, 2016
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that the Department of Children and Families was within its rights when the agency denied a Christian couple’s application to be foster parents based on the fact that they spank their own children.

MI: Rubin: Flint tragedy shows how policies affect kids’ health (Opinion)
Austin American-Statesman – February 12, 2016
Flint toddlers playing with toys today will feel the impact down the road when they start learning to read, when they try to sit still in a middle school classroom, and when they apply for jobs. The new mayor of Flint recently previewed the coming social and budgetary costs, forecasting a greater need for special education, social services, mental health support, and, yes, juvenile justice involvement. Officials trying to pinch a few pennies in the city’s water bill instead created new financial obligations for years to come.

MO: Professor promotes community progress
The Chart – February 12, 2016
Dr. Renee White, the head of the new social work program at Missouri Southern State University, has been involved in over 20 community level change initiatives, including as the founding president of Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri, a home for children who come from families experiencing crisis.

NE: Legislature advances government oversight bills
The Lincoln Journal Star – February 12, 2016
The Legislature advanced bills Thursday that could help increase oversight of juvenile justice programs–youths under the watch of the office of Probation Administration.

RI: Audit prompts agreement for non-profit to pay back $400K in grant money (Includes video)
WPRI – February 11, 2016
A Providence non-profit organization will pay back part of a grant to the Department of Children, Youth and Families in an agreement prompted by a state audit into how about $1 million in taxpayer money was spent.

SC: DSS Making Changes to Foster Care and Domestic Violence Division (Includes video)
WLTX – February 11, 2016
In their final meeting with the Department of Social Services Thursday, lawmakers overseeing the agency focused on how DSS handles cases in criminal domestic violence situations and what they’re doing to fix the foster care system.

TN: State Department of Human Services and USDA Food Nutrition Services Strengthens Partnership Focused on Improving Food Programs
Clarksville Online – February 12, 2016
“We are committed to ensuring that no Tennessee child goes hungry,” said DHS Commissioner Dr. Raquel Hatter. “Continuously working in partnership USDA FNS with this plan to increase program impact and program integrity goes a long way towards making that happen.”

UT: Op-ed: Putting heterosexual couples first would hurt Utah children
The Salt Lake Tribune – February 11, 2016
Sadly, some legislators in Utah are proposing a bill that would significantly limit children’s opportunities to find both temporary and permanent homes by codifying into Utah law a preference for placing children who are in state custody with married, heterosexual couples. This legislation being proposed in Utah would make it official state policy to declare partiality for heterosexual adoptive and foster parents, while LGBTQ individuals and couples would be considered as a last resort for a child in need of a family.


Australia: Can permanent care provide a solution for the troubled child protection system?
The Conversation – February 11, 2016
Victorian child protection law reforms due to come into effect next month will give parents two years from when a child is removed to demonstrate that the child should be returned to their care. Failure to do so will result in parents permanently losing custody.

Canada: Manitoba government slammed over child welfare tally change (video)
APTN National News – February 10, 2016
The move is being assailed as nothing more than a political play.

India: Difference Maker: Ian Anand Forber-Pratt returned to India to put every child in a loving family
The Christian Science Monitor – February 11, 2016
Adopted by an American couple he’s gone back to the country of his birth to found Foster Care India with a goal of placing every unwanted child in a caring family.

United Kingdom: Protecting children is key aim within two joint strategies
Northumberland Gazette – February 12, 2016
The Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) Neglect Strategy 2015-18 sets out the multi-agency approach to tackling this crucial issue. The Early Help Strategy 2014-17 ‘sets out how children, young people and their families will receive the right intervention as early as possible to tackle problems and prevent issues escalating.’

AK: Jill Burke: Cuts to early childhood care will deepen Alaska’s fiscal crisis (Opinion)
Alaska Dispatch News – February 10, 2016
As the state grapples with a $3.5 billion budget deficit, we must not lose sight of slowly acquired gains, those that require continued investment now before they pay off in the future. If we don?t, the dollars the state might think it is saving now will be lost later when we have to spend more as we try to undo trauma-based harm to our state?s future workforce.

AZ: DCS Director’s Qualifications Targeted By Lawmakers
Phoenix New Times – February 10, 2016
A group of Arizona lawmakers is using a new bill to take aim at the educational and leadership qualifications of Greg McKay, director of the Department of Child Safety. House Bill 2662 spells out new minimum requirements for the position — none of which McKay satisfies — that will limit who the governor can appoint in the future.

FL: Lyons: Child abuse crises created by those we think are fixing it (Opinion)
Southwest Florida Herald Tribune – February 10, 2016
What Maj. Connie Shingledecker is looking into now is not whether too many kids are taken. Rather, she is looking into whether the overwhelming task of investigating so many grim and deadly households has caused so much work and so much caseworker angst that the result is huge staff turnover and, so, some cases being neglected.

ID: Foster Care in Idaho: Health and Welfare responds to criticism (Includes video)
KTVB – February 10, 2016
Miren Unsworth oversees foster care and adoption for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. “It makes me incredibly sad that our families feel that way and we would be interested in learning more about that and figuring out what we could do about that,” said Unsworth. “Do I think working with the department is easy? No.” Also: Foster care in Idaho: Both sides’ views on reform: http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/capitol-watch/foster-care-in-idaho-both-sides-views-on-reform/39733649

IN: Public registry would list convicted child abusers
Balesville Herald-Tribune – February 10, 2016
With a unanimous vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee took the first step toward creating what may be the nation’s first public registry of people convicted of child abuse and neglect. Information Gateway Resource: Criminal Background Checks for Prospective Foster and Adoptive Parents: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/background.pdf

MA: Our Opinion: The link between heroin abuse, child abuse
Berkshire Eagle – January 10, 2016
“Hannah Nazareth was failed by a number of people,” said Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless in a statement. The statement adds that while Anthony Nazareth “provided false and misleading information” concerning Hannah to various agencies, there was no follow-up to determine her status. In child protection cases, agencies must assume that the information they receive is unreliable and verify first-hand.

MI: 3 things state workers should watch in ’17 budget
Lansing State Journal – February 10, 2016
The biggest news out of Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget proposal on Wednesday was nearly $1 billion in requested new spending for the Flint water crisis, Detroit Public Schools and higher education. Snyder asked for more than $22 million to continue upgrading the states child welfare software.

MN: Our View: Child protection Abused kids fall through the cracks
Mankato Free Press – February 10, 2016
Another unsettling report on Minnesota’s child protection system shows children being put at risk of abuse in one case because the child protection office was closed for a holiday weekend.

MN: Supreme Court upholds conviction in Eric Dean case
Star Tribune – February 10, 2016
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the murder conviction of a Pope County woman in the case of 4-year-old Eric Dean, whose death led to widespread child protection reforms.

MS: Incentives Sail Through; Anti-LGBT Bills Drop; Groups Call for Foster-Care Funding
Jackson Free Press – February 10, 2016
Mississippi Children’s Home Services visited the Capitol last week to advocate for full funding of the new Mississippi Division of Family and Children’s Services. MCHS operates in all 84 counties in the state, working oftentimes directly with state departments. MCHS Executive Director John Damon, said giving the new division, which controls the state’s foster care system, $34 million is a huge first step closer to raising Mississippi’s bar of excellence in child care.

MS: Legislature, If You Care About Kids, Prove It (Opinion)
Jackson Free Press – February 10, 2016
Lawmakers can do several things for kids this session — to ensure that the next generation of Mississippians is healthy and able to work — and they should start talking about them immediately instead of worrying about same-sex marriage and trying to limit constitutional rights. First, the state’s foster-care system is still in crisis. Just because there’s a new division doesn’t mean it’s out of the woods.

PA: Nonprofits worry about ongoing state government gridlock
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – February 11, 2016
The state is operating under a partial budget Mr. Wolf signed in late December that released funds to human service agencies. “We’re more concerned about this year than even last year,” said John Lydon, chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, and CEO of Auberle, which provides services such as foster care, emergency shelter, and drug and alcohol and mental health programs. Auberle borrowed about $4 million during the impasse to continue to be able to serve clients, he said.

RI: Child Abuse Unit on a mission to defend the defenseless (Includes video)
WPRI 12 – February 10, 2016
“Starting 30 years ago,” said Peter Kilmartin, “I can remember everyone — even in training, going on the police department — saying how difficult child cases are. How heart-wrenching child cases are. How they will stay with you for your career. And they do.” Kilmartin’s vision was a specially-trained corps of attorneys and advocates, meeting weekly with staff at Hasbro Childrens Hospital, the Department of Children, Youth and Families, and law enforcement, to investigate possible crimes against children.

TX: University of Texas Immigration Clinic lawyers represent detained immigrant women, children
Daily Texan – February 11, 2016
UT clinical professor Elissa Steglich, along with other members of the UT Immigration Clinic, is representing several families detained in the South Texas Family Residential Center and the Karnes County Residential Center — two south Texas centers that hold only women and children immigrants. The families — migrating mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — are seeking asylum in the United States, fleeing gang violence in their home countries.

UT: Foundation’s failure would set back foster care two decades, Leavitt cautions lawmakers
Deseret Morning News – February 10, 2016
The future of the Utah Foster Care Foundation may hinge on a vote of a legislative appropriations committee, former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt says. The foundation could shutter on June 30 unless it receives a contract adequate to meet its costs, Leavitt told members of the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee earlier this week. The foundation’s state funding has been flat since 2004, he said.

US: Beyond Flint: Lead Poisoning Is a Serious Problem in Many American Cities
Everyday Health – February 10, 2016
Lead is a potent neurotoxin. There is no safe level of exposure for children, the damage is permanent and irreversible, and there are no obvious symptoms. As a pediatrician, I know that I can’t guess which children have lead poisoning and which ones don’t. I have to screen every child carefully and determine who needs a blood test to check for lead levels.

US: Talia’s Bill To Curb US Military Child Abuse Passes House As Armed Services Abuse Surges
International Business Times – February 10, 2016
Eleven years after five-year-old Talia Williams was tortured and beaten to death by her active-duty Army specialist father and her step-mother on an Air Force Base in Hawaii, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to send a bill to the Senate that would require Department of Defense (DOD) employees to report any suspected abuse on military bases or installations. The House voted by voice Tuesday to pass the legislation, which would require that individuals report it to both the state’s child protective services as well as to their military chain of command. Information Gateway Resource: Child Abuse, Neglect, and Prevention in Military Families: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/military/mil-can/

US: Better Definition Needed for Reasonable Medical Certainty in Child Abuse Cases (Press release)
Newswise – February 09, 2016
Physicians use different definitions of “reasonable medical certainty” when testifying as expert witnesses in child abuse cases. The variability is troubling because it could result in flawed rulings, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine.


Canada: Manitoba to exclude children voluntarily placed in care from province’s overall number
The Star – February 10, 2016
Manitoba is changing how it counts the number of children in its care to exclude hundreds of cases such as Tina Fontaine’s amid concerns it is being unfairly compared to other provinces.

Mauritius: Introduction of new policies on adoption matters
Orange.mu – February 11, 2016
Government has agreed to the setting up of an appropriate legal and administrative structure for the domestication of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption, and the introduction of new policies on adoption matters.

Portugal: Portugal overturns presidential veto to legalise same-sex adoption
Reuters – February 10, 2016
Portugal’s parliament on Wednesday overturned the presidential veto on a bill legalising adoption by same-sex couples, which means conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva will have to sign it into law before his term ends in March.

Vatican: Catholic bishops not obliged to report clerical child abuse, Vatican says
Guardian – February 10, 2016
The Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police.

AZ: Arizona Lawmakers Push Bill Raising Qualifications Of Child Welfare Director
KJZZ – February 09, 2016
The legislation is being backed by 19 Democratic lawmakers. It would require the director of the Department of Child Safety to have a graduate degree in social work or a closely related field and minimum levels of child welfare management experience. According to current law, the director must have qualifications and training to manage the department. Also, the director must have administrative experience in family support services.

CA: Why Are LA’s Foster Kids More Likely to Be Charged With Crimes? (Includes video)
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange – February 10, 2016
The use of arrests to control the behavior of foster youth is reportedly an all-too-common practice in many group homes. Report: http://file.lacounty.gov/bc/q2_2015/cms1_227816.pdf

GA: DFCS recognizes ‘significant gaps’ in performance after child deaths (Includes video)
CBS46 – February 09, 2016
The Division of Family and Children Services is admitting to systemic failures that contributed to the deaths of children under the agency’s care. Information Gateway resource: Responding to Child Fatalities and Near Fatalities: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/responding/fatalities/ Report: http://www.lmgcorporate.com/wgcl/news/DFCSreport.pdf

ID: Advocates push for foster system reform (Includes video)
KTVB – February 09, 2016
Rep. Perry, along with a group of foster families, think Idaho can do better by these children and they are now calling for major reform to the foster care system. Also: Idaho foster parents push for reform: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article59462954.html

KS: Bill allowing prosecutors access to child neglect records on fast track in Senate
KHI News Service – February 09, 2016
The Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee fast-tracked a measure to allow prosecutors access to more abuse and neglect records in cases involving children. Senate Bill 325 would give prosecutors access to the records, often called “child in need of care” files, in other jurisdictions if they had a case in their jurisdiction involving any of the same parties.

MN: Governor Dayton Proposes Six Weeks of Paid Parental Leave for All State Employees
WDAZ – February 09, 2016
The Governor’s proposal is based on the recommendations of the state’s Parental Leave Working Group. For the last six months, the Parental Leave Working Group has been studying the state’s options for offering paid parental leave following the birth or adoption of children of state workers.

OH: Babies behind bars: Moms serve time with kids in Ohio jail (Includes video)
Fox 19 – February 09, 2016
Many pregnant inmates miss out on the priceless first years of bonding for mom and baby as their child is handed off to family members or the foster care system. But not all babies born in prison say goodbye to their mothers.

UT: Fromer Utah governor requests funds for Foster Care Foundation (Includes video)
KSL-TV – February 09, 2016
Former Gov. Mike Leavitt is calling on Utah lawmakers to approve a funding increase for the Utah Foster Care Foundation, which is threatening to close its doors if it does not receive an additional $400,000 to cover operating costs.

US: Congress moves to confront military child abuse with Talia’s Law
Medill News Service – February 09, 2016
The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would require anyone employed by the Defense Department to report cases of suspected child abuse on military installations to state child protective service agencies in addition to reporting such suspected crimes up their chain of command.

US: ICE authorized to create Angel Watch Center to expand child protection efforts following passage of International Megan’s Law (Press release)
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Newsroom – February 09, 2016
Operation Angel Watch targets individuals who have been previously convicted of sexual crimes against a child and who may pose a potential new threat: traveling overseas for the purpose of sexually abusing or exploiting minors, a crime known as “child sex tourism.”

US: No Risk in Trying New Approaches to Find Children Most in Danger (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – February 09, 2016
Rapid Safety Feedback (RSF), which has been implemented in Florida and is being adapted to other states, targets for special attention families with characteristics associated with high risk to children.


Norway: Norway Investigates Child Abuse at Asylum-Seekers’ Centers
Associated Press – February 09, 2016
Norwegian police said Tuesday that they are investigating several cases of sex offenders allegedly abusing children at asylum-seekers’ reception centers in the country.

AZ: Group helps those who ‘age out’ of foster care (Includes video)
12 News – February 08, 2016
In the current foster care system, when a child reaches 18 years of age they “age out” of the system and are on their own. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 25% of those who age out of the system wind up homeless and on the street. Information Gateway Resource: Extending Out-of-Home Care for Youth Past Age 18: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/independent/outofhomecare/

AZ: Legislative Committee Passes Bills To Help With DCS Workload
KJZZ – February 08, 2016
The proposal would limit what qualifies as a report of child abuse and neglect. The amended bill exempts non-criminal reports of child abuse and neglect if the alleged conduct happened more than three years ago. Arizona Department of Child Safety Director Greg McKay said this would allow the agency to better target its resources.

AZ: How does Arizona rank for gay rights?
Cronkite News – February 06, 2016
A Human Rights Campaign report released this week rated states on what the HRC sees as negative and positive laws surrounding gay rights. In Arizona, the “negative” laws cited in the report included transgender exclusions in Medicaid, restrictions on LGBT topics in schools, and the lack of a prohibition on discrimination in adoption or foster care placement, among others.

CA: Senate ready to address homelessness
Vida en el Valle – February 06, 2016
The Senate proposal on homelessness re-purposes Prop. 63 (The Mental Health Services Act of 2004) bond money and leverages billions of additional dollars from local, state and federal funding to achieve several goals including…support for two special housing programs that will assist families including the ‘Bringing Families Home’ pilot project–a county matching grant program to reduce homelessness among families that are part of the child welfare system.

CO: Correction: Child Abuse story
Associated Press – February 08, 2016
On Feb. 8, The Associated Press erroneously published a story from 2012 about the Colorado Department of Human Services considering relaxing the requirements for social workers in child abuse cases. The Department of Human Services approved the change in April 2012.

CT: DCF a good place to start reforming state gov’t (Opinion)
Hartford Business Journal – February 08, 2016
In September 2015 a civil-rights lawsuit was filed against the commissioner of the Department of Children and Families and four others. The suit was brought by foster parents who were falsely accused of child sexual abuse — in a setting reminiscent of the hysteria that led to the Salem witch trials. The criminal case that followed DCF’s charges resulted in a rapid acquittal of one parent and dropped charges as to the other. The presiding judge in the criminal proceedings noted (I paraphrase from the suit) that the DCF resisted court-ordered document production, refused to comply with reasonable subpoenas, withheld records containing “extraordinarily exculpatory evidence,” and that “the brigade of social workers, educators, department of family’s personnel who provided intense services” never saw any signs of physical abuse.

DE: Free Exercise, Penance, and Delaware Court
First Things – February 09, 2016
Many states recognize that a priest cannot be compelled to disclose what has been revealed within the Sacrament of Reconciliation. At the same time, many States — Delaware among them — have also enacted mandatory reporting requirements in connection with child abuse or neglect. Information Gateway Resource: Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/laws-policies/statutes/clergymandated/

GA: Proposed Georgia laws could help grandparents raise grandchildren
Ledger-Enquirer – February 06, 2016
Families such as Howe’s are the focus of several pieces of legislation that will be introduced in the Georgia House on Monday, according to state lawmakers. The bills are the result of a “kinship care” study conducted to assess how the state could improve services to support grandparents and other relatives who take children into their homes when their parents can no longer care for them.

IL: Between a Detention Center and a Home of One’s Own
The Atlantic – February 06, 2016
In the past few months, a growing number of undocumented immigrants released from area detention centers, either by parole or bond, have found refuge at the Marie Joseph House and the House of Hospitality in Cicero, two homes operated by the Chicago-based Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants, or ICDI.

MI: Parents of ‘Tragic’ 2-Year-Old With Lead Poisoning Sue Flint
NBC News – February 08, 2016
The suit, which does not specify damages, names the city of Flint and the state of Michigan and government officials as defendants. Another lawyer for the family, Adam Slater, said they are arguing the water system was not strictly a governmental function so the city and state can’t use governmental immunity as a shield.

MN: Abused children in Minnesota are waiting too long for help (Opinion)
Minneapolis Star Tribune – February 06, 2016
Child protection agencies across Minnesota are routinely flouting state laws requiring a rapid response to suspected child abuse.

MN: Lutheran Social Service CEO on key challenges facing Minnesota (Opinion)
Minneapolis Star Tribune – February 06, 2016
LSS, with revenue of $123 million, provides housing to adults with disabilities, in-home services to the elderly, shelter and help for homeless women and kids, financial counseling and other assistance through a variety of programs.

NC: Adopted Students Union makes campus debut
Technician (North Carolina State University) – February 08, 2016
Zalecki, the club president, said she helped found the Adopted Students Union, a new university organization, in the hopes to give other adoptees on campus who felt the same displacement as she did a place to come and share their experiences.

NY: Cuomo Bans Conversion Therapy (Includes audio)
Public News Service – February 09, 2016
Governor Cuomo on Saturday broke new ground by announcing regulations to effectively ban so-called “conversion therapy” in New York State. The move makes New York the first state in the country to use regulations to end practices that claim to be able to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Xavier Persad, legislative council of the Human Rights Campaign, says the impact of conversion therapy on LGBT youth can be devastating. Information Gateway Resource: Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/LGBTQyouth.pdf

NY: The Trials of New York’s Family Court
Pacific Standard – February 08, 2016
Abigail Kramer, a journalist and advocate on children’s issues, a staff member at the New School, found some cause for hope in the court system that handles custody cases, child abuse allegations, and juvenile offenders. Cases involving possible child abuse or endangerment had sunk to their lowest totals in decades.

OH: People Convicted of Child Abuse Could be Facing Longer Sentences in Ohio (Includes video)
Your News Now – February 08, 2016
Two Democratic Ohio Senators have proposed a new law that would allow county prosecutors the chance to recommend an additional 1 to 5 years in prison time for people found guilty of felonious assault against someone under the age of 13.

OK: Oklahoma state agencies give raises despite executive order
The Oklahoman – February 07, 2016
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services hired 1,652 new employees during the personnel freeze last year and the Department of Corrections hired 1,288 new employees during those 11 months. Both were given blanket exceptions to the hiring freeze to help them deal with critical employee shortages in high-turnover positions such as child welfare workers and prison correctional officers.

OK: Reports show DHS had prior family involvement with child abuse deaths
Tulsa World – February 07, 2016
The reports were released last week by the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, which houses the Office of Juvenile System Oversight. Also: Four children dead or nearly died from abuse had prior DHS contact: http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/four-children-dead-or-nearly-died-from-abuse-had-prior/article_8f85218c-4760-5edf-bf7f-10ef9b81dee3.html

OR: Oregon Child Welfare To Pilot Two Foster Care Models, One Urban & One Rural (Requires subscription)
Open Minds – February 07, 2016
The Oregon child welfare system is planning to test two foster care models to improve placement stability and child well-being; one will be tested in an urban area of the state and the other will be tested in a rural area.

PA: Editing blunder excludes some people from background checks
The Tribune-Democrat – February 06, 2016
Maybe the third time is the charm. For the third year running, lawmakers likely will rewrite the child protection statue to straighten out who needs a background check to work with kids.

SC: Senate Report: The Children’s Trust (Opinion)
The Dillon Herald – February 06, 2016
The Children’s Trust is urging the General Assembly to give priority to issues in three critical areas: child welfare reform, quality early care and education as well as child passenger safety.

TN: Davis House Child Advocacy center earns re-accreditation from National Children’s Alliance
Williamson Herald – February 08, 2016
Davis House provides investigative and healing services in response to allegations of sexual and/or severe physical abuse perpetrated against children and actively participates in the state mandated Child Protective Investigation Team (CPIT). The center works to empower non-offending parents to protect their children and provides community based prevention training and awareness programs designed to train adults in the community to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to incidents of child abuse.

TX: Help for young adults aging out of foster care; non-profit opens transitional home
Fox 34 – February 08, 2016
“Once they leave foster care there’s a place to go,” Director Sandi Turner said. “Usually they just are left homeless, without a place to go, without a supportive system and so we can provide that for them now.”

TX: Local judge appointed to Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission
Waco Tribune-Herald – February 06, 2016
Judge Gary Coley Jr. of Waco’s 74th State District Court will be introduced as the commission’s newest member at a meeting Friday in Austin.

TX: Regulators remove CEO of West Texas nonprofit from oversight
Associated Press – February 06, 2016
State child welfare officials have removed the CEO of a West Texas nonprofit from any involvement with the group’s finances or foster children.

TX: Health Agency to Press Forward with Licensing Child Detention Centers
Texas Observer – February 05, 2016
A proposal to license two immigrant family detention centers in Texas as child care facilities is moving forward, state officials said Thursday. The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has submitted a proposed rule that would create a new child care licensing category for detention centers to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for consideration.

VA: A growing and troubling trend: Babies born addicted (Includes video)
WRIC TV – February 08, 2016
Amber Price, the Henrico Doctors’ Vice President of Women’s Services and Certified Midwife, says on any given day there is one baby in the hospital’s care who is dealing with Neonatal Abstinance Syndrome (NAS). Symptoms like high-pitched crying and tremors show up one to seven days after birth. Early intervention helps, but even then these babies often have a battle ahead.

VA: McClellan: Fostering Futures offers bipartisan help to young Virginians (Opinion)
Richmond Times-Dispatch – February 06, 2016
Each year in Virginia, at a higher rate than any other state in the country, hundreds of young people leave our foster care system at age 18 before they have been connected to permanent families. Without adequate family and community supports, these youth “age out” of care and are at high risk of some dire consequences: homelessness, unemployment, dropping out of school, poor health, teen pregnancy, and court involvement.

US: Lifting the Burdens From Struggling Families (Opinion)
Huffington Post – February 08, 2016
Just today, the Obama Administration announced the President’s intention to seek $11 billion to address family homelessness. This level of federal investment would lay a solid foundation for ending homelessness for our nation’s families.


Cambodia: Transformation: How one countrys progress on child sex trafficking can give the world hope for an end to slavery
Medium – February 05, 2016
Cambodia was once viewed by many as “ground zero” for child sex trafficking. In the early 2000s, very young children were often bought and sold for sex right on the streets, simply because there was no one to protect them. Thankfully, this heartbreaking picture no longer reflects Cambodia today.

Canada: Protests to change foster care in BC planned for the weekend
News 1130 – February 06, 2016
As we mark the family day long weekend, activists are calling on the provincial government to make changes to the foster care system.

International: Baby Boxes: A Safer Way to Surrender a Child
Mothering – February 08, 2016
All over the world, there is a rising trend of governments and non-profit agencies aiming to reduce the amount of infant and child deaths due to abandonment. Over 400 million abandoned children live on the streets worldwide. Historically, many desperate parents have left newborns they do not want, or are unable to care for, in unsafe places, where they are often not found until it’s too late.

Iraq: Kurdish children “abandoned” by parents who can’t afford to raise them
NRT TV – February 09, 2016
In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, a number of families have abandoned their children to the care of the state because they cannot afford to bring them up in the harsh economic conditions affecting the region. Since Baghdad cut budget payments to Kurdistan in January 2014, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has struggled to meet the public payroll and is now several months in arrears.
AZ: Lawmakers To Consider Definition Of Child Abuse And Neglect
KJZZ – February 08, 2016
Arizona lawmakers are scheduled to consider a bill about child abuse and neglect Monday afternoon. The legislation would limit what the state’s child welfare agency is required to investigate. Information Gateway Resource: Definitions of Child Abuse & Neglect: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/can/defining/

CA: Against backdrop of Seth Ireland case, Fresno County makes changes in case-review policy, record keeping
Fresno Bee – February 05, 2016
The director of the Fresno County Department of Social Services believes that sweeping changes have been made in Child Protective Services since the tragic death of Seth Ireland, a 10-year-old boy whose abuse went unnoticed by the department eight years ago.

CA: Failing Our Youth: An Inadequate Foster Care System (Audio)
KFPA – February 05, 2016
On today’s show we’ll examine aging out and the use of psychotropic drugs.

IN: Human trafficking pervasive worldwide
Batesville Herald Tribune – February 05, 2016
One misconception “is that these are foreign-born people that they’re bringing here. No, 83 percent of the people being trafficked are from the United States.”

KS: Wichita lawmaker seeks to limit children in foster homes
Wichita Eagle – February 07, 2016
B 315, which will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, would limit the number of children who could reside in a foster home to six, including the foster parents’ own biological or adopted children.

MD: Tale of evangelical sex scandal hits Washington newsstands
Baptist News – January 25, 2016
Various families quoted in the article said church leaders recommended that allegations of child sex abuse be handled internally through a Bible-prescribed reconciliation process rather than turned over to secular authorities, something Sovereign Grace Ministries has denied.

MI: Union in talks on how to assist in human trafficking fight
Associated Press – February 05, 2016
Michigan’s largest state employee union is talks about how thousands of government workers could assist more in the fight against human trafficking.

MO: Missouri considers easing adoptee birth certificate access
Associated Press – February 06, 2016
Missouri is one of more than 31 states that restrict adoptees’ access to their original birth certificates, according to the American Adoption Congress, a group advocating expanding such access. Adoptees can obtain their original birth certificates only through a court order; they can access their adoption file, which can contain identifying information, if their biological parents give their permission or die. If the parents cannot be found, the information remains sealed. Information Gateway Resource: Obtaining Birth and/or Adoption Records: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/search/records/

MT: Sex trafficking in the Bay and back at home (Includes video)
ABC Fox Montana – February 05, 2016
It’s another day closer to the Super Bowl, and that means another day that Missoula County Sheriff chaplain Lowell Hochhalter has to rescue children being sold for sex.

NJ: Man indicted on charges he beat 2 N.J. child welfare workers
NJ.com – February 05, 2016
A Salem County man has been indicted on charges of beating two state child welfare workers last summer who had come to a Pennsville apartment complex to perform a well-being check, according to court documents.

NY: Cuomo Moves To Ban Homophobic “Conversion Therapy”
Gothamist – February 07, 2016
Governor Cuomo’s plan to curb the practice statewide will be a multiform push. Both public and private health care insurers will be banned from covering the costs of conversion therapy for patients under the age of 18. In addition, the New York Department of Health will make it illegal to cover the practice under Medicaid. Finally, the state’s Office of Mental Health will ban conversion therapy at any mental health facility that it currently licenses, funds, or operates. Information Gateway Resource: Working With LGBTQ Youth and Families: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/lgbtq/

NY: Editorial: Legislation on foster care deserves support
Albany Democrat Herald – February 05, 2016
Gelser crafted the bill in response to reports of a growing scandal at the Department of Human Services — specifically, the department’s utter failure at dealing with an organization called Give Us This Day, which provided services to foster children in the Portland area.

OK: Officials: Mental health cuts will leave many without treatment
CNHI – February 06, 2016
Many of those relationships now are in jeopardy as Palmer, like hundreds of other therapists, braces for a proposed cut by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The department has said it no longer will provide SoonerCare reimbursement to about 750 private therapists.

PA: Background checks under review
Daily Item – February 05, 2016
For the third year running, lawmakers will likely rewrite the child protection statue to straighten out who needs a background check to work with kids.

TX: Will Texas fit more foster kids in urine-soaked trailers? (Opinion)
Watchdog.org Texas Bureau – February 08, 2016
A federal court takeover of Texas’ foster care system, which stashes kids by the dozen in trailers reeking of mildew and urine, is producing calls for reform from two distinct camps. One group wants to keep children out of the hellholes. The other wants to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more every year in order to put more children into the system.

TX: State Regulators Take Action Against CEO of Lubbock-Based Children’s Home
Everything Lubbock – February 05, 2016
“The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is, effective immediately, requiring that Children’s Hope Residential Services, Inc. (Contractor) take the specific contract corrective action of removing employee James Aldrich from the provision of any and all services related to all three Residential Treatment Centers (RTC) under the DFPS Contract.” Also: Now-shuttered foster care organization receives millions in state funds (Includes video): http://www.fox34.com/story/31154989/now-shuttered-foster-care-organization-receives-millions-in-state-funds

UT: Bill would favor traditional marriages in adoptions
The Digital Universe – February 05, 2016
A Heber City lawmaker has riled some LGBT rights groups because he wants to give adoption preferences to heterosexual couples over gay couples. Also: Rights Group Opposes Bill to Keep Gays From Adoptions (Includes audio): http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-02-08/childrens-issues/rights-group-opposes-bill-to-keep-gays-from-adoptions/a50281-1

US: Federal Commission’s Recommendations on Child Fatalities Would Backfire (Opinion)
Youth Today – February 08, 2016
The so-called Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities is considering a recommendation to prohibit states from “screening out” any call to a child abuse “hotline” involving a child under age 5.

US: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Takes Some Good Steps, But Falls Short of What Is Needed (Opinion)
Before It’s News – February 05, 2016
A minor but interesting part of the ESEA addresses the problems experienced in so many localities with kids and parents caught up by police or child protective services for walking to school. The law explicitly states that nothing in it will prevent a kid from walking to school with permission and putting responsibility for safety on the parents — where it belongs.

US: Our Care for Unaccompanied Children (Includes audio)
Administration for Children and Families – February 05, 2016
As soon as a child is referred to ORR, we begin the process of identifying potential sponsors, with preference given first to parents, then other family members — some 87 percent of sponsors are parents or close family members. If there is not a suitable parent or other relative in the U.S., ORR works with the family to identify an individual who might care for the child while the immigration proceedings are pending.

US: Why LGBT Parenting Matters So Much…To This Heterosexual Man (Opinion)
Huffington Post – February 05, 2016
“Yes, I am passionate about my causes,” he said. “The gay community issues came about from the unfairness of it all. Living in this part of California offered a front row seat to the bravery of those early activists. We were at Ground Zero for the AIDS crisis and I watched the San Francisco gay scene develop from pure vicious bigotry to a real movement for equality,” he said.


France: UNHCR concerned about conditions in Calais and Dunkerque
Relief Web – February 05, 2016
The UN Refugee Agency is concerned about some 4,000 refugees and migrants currently reported to be living in the Calais “jungle” and almost 2,500 in Grande-Synthe, on the edges of Dunkerque, often in dire circumstances, aggravated by the winter conditions. Of particular concern are hundreds of children, many of them traveling by themselves, who arrive at the informal camps in northern France in need of both shelter and adequate protection.

International: Senior UN officials urge elimination of ‘violent practice’ of female genital mutilation by 2030
UN News Centre – February 05, 2016
The most senior United Nations officials are urging the world to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice” that scars girls for life, endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential. Also: Joint Statement on the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-16-247_en.htm?locale=en

Ireland: Report shows allegations of child sex abuse not always acted on – One in Four
RTE News – February 05, 2016
Survivors’ support group One in Four has said Tusla’s (the state’s Child and Family Agency) investigations into entirely credible allegations of child sexual abuse throughout the State regularly conclude with no action being taken.

United Arab Emirates: Child Protection Law
HG.org – February 07, 2016
The Community Development Authority (CDA) of Dubai has recently drafted a new child protection policy, which protects children, investigates abuses against their rights, and provides government services to families and children believed to be in danger.
AL: A Place to Call Home: Dale County DHR addresses the need for adoptive families (Includes video)
WDHN – February 04, 2016
“When we are looking for foster and adoptive families, we want these families that will continue to be a mentor for our families that we are working with,” said Sabra Branch, the Quality Assurance and Resource Coordinator at the Dale County DHR.

AR: Former Romney aide named new director of Arkansas DHS
The Saline Courier – February 04, 2016
Cindy Gillespie, a former health-care adviser to Mitt Romney, has been named the new director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

AZ: Montini: How lawmakers uphold (only one type of) family (Opinion)
azcentral.com – February 04, 2016
At the State Capitol there are two pieces of legislation, one in the Senate, one in the House, which would very much help the nearly 20,000 children in foster care and many of the men and women who would love to adopt them.

CA: New Bills Hope to Protect Victims of Human Trafficking from the Law
KKSF – February 04, 2016
Victims of human trafficking will be protected by the justice system rather than criminalized by it under a trio of new bills.

CA: The Fight To End Child Sex Trafficking In Los Angeles Continues
Los Angeles Sentinel – February 03, 2016
On Saturday, January 23, Holman United Methodist Church (HUMC) hosted Not in Our Backyard, an important community forum highlighting the perils of child sex trafficking and the preventative steps needed to eradicate the worldwide issue, also prevalent in South L.A. The conversation, sponsored by HUMC, the Crenshaw/Watts Rotary Club and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery Trafficking (CAST), was moderated by HUMC Senior Pastor Kelvin Sauls and featured a series of well-versed panelist, speakers and community activists in the area of trafficking.

CO: Lawsuit: 2-year-old dies after Colorado Springs police ignore warning (Includes video)
The Denver Post – February 04, 2016
Colorado Springs police repeatedly ignored warnings that a 2-year-old was being abused, part of “systemic failures” that culminated in the boy allegedly being beaten with brass knuckles and fatally thrown into a wall, the father claims in a lawsuit.

CT: Legislators press DCF on errors in child-risk assessment
The Ct Mirror – February 04, 2016
The Department of Children and Families faced intense scrutiny from state legislators Thursday morning for not identifying a number of high-risk child abuse cases, and several top officials acknowledged the department’s shortcomings.

CT: Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy Faces Fight Over His Proposed Budget Cuts
Dow Jones Business News – February 03, 2016
Mr. Malloy called for a 5.75% reduction in spending across state agency budgets, excluding some education funding, resulting in a $360.8 million cut. That means a cut of $34.5 million for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and $27.8 million less for the Department of Children and Families, the state’s child welfare office.

DE: Judge say suit over child abuse reporting law will continue
Associated Press – February 04, 2016
A Delaware judge says state officials can pursue a lawsuit against elders of a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation for failing to report suspected child abuse.

GA: VSU offers financial support to aspiring social workers
The Valdosta Daily Times – February 04, 2016
Valdosta State University has partnered with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services to grow public child welfare service initiatives by developing and retaining a stable workforce of educated and professional social workers, according to a press release from the university.

IN: Child welfare cases soar within Indiana’s heroin epidemic (Includes video)
WISH-TV – February 04, 2016
Heroin is being blamed on the soaring number of children entering Indiana’s child welfare system, an I-Team 8 investigation uncovered.

MD: Lawmakers working to pass child abuse prevention law in Md.
WMAR/ABC2 – February 04, 2016
Three years ago, Merryn helped pass Erin’s law in Illinois. The law which bears her name requires schools to teach kids about personal body safety; that if you are being sexually abused, don’t keep it a secret.

MN: Minnesota lawmakers look at new round of child abuse measures
Pioneer Press – February 04, 2016
Lawmakers last year passed legislation reacting to the death of 4-year-old Eric Dean in 2013. He died after Pope County authorities received 15 reports that he may have been abused, prompting officials to find ways to prevent that from happening to others. Also: Task Force Report On Child Protection Highlights Areas Of Concern: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/02/04/task-force-report-on-child-protection-highlights-areas-of-concern/

MO: Kansas City adoptee joins thousands of adoptees using DNA to track down their birth relatives (Includes video)
KSHB – February 04, 2016
Carolyn Pooler of Kansas City is one of thousands of adoptees using DNA registries to find their biological families. Information Gateway resource: Searching for Birth Relatives: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/search/searching/

MO: KVC hires leadership team from within
Kansas City Business Journal – February 04, 2016
Jason Hooper, newly appointed CEO of KVC Health Systems, will have three more C-level executives joining him at the national nonprofit child welfare and behavioral health care organization. Hooper, who succeeded Wayne Sims as CEO on Jan. 1, has been with KVC for more than 20 years. He was named president of the system in July 2015.

NJ: New Records System For Birth Parents ~ Adult Adoptees (Press release)
Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents – January 28, 2016
Under a new law in New Jersey, adult adoptees can access their original birth records beginning January 1, 2017. However, if a child was adopted prior to August 1, 2015, then a birth parent may choose to have his or her identifying information redacted from the child’s original birth record by submitting a request to the Department of Health by December 31, 2016.

NY: Baby born addicted to opiates every 19 minutes (Includes video)
WKBW – February 04, 2016
The number of babies exposed to opiates while in the mother’s womb jumped from about 5,000 cases in 2003 to 27,000 cases in 2013. That number is expected to have gone much higher in 2014 and 2015.

OR: Our View: Action on state foster care long overdue (Opinion)
Mail Tribune – February 05, 2016
While the concern over trying to consider complex legislation in the short 35-day session in Salem is well founded, there is one major fix that simply can’t wait another year: cleaning up Oregon’s scandal-plagued foster care system.

TX: Health Agency to Press Forward with Licensing Child Detention Centers
The Texas Observer – February 04, 2016
A proposal to license two immigrant family detention centers in Texas as child care facilities is moving forward, state officials said Thursday.

UT: National, local child abuse statistics vary
The Spectrum – February 04, 2016
Although the number of substantiated child abuse cases nationally increased from 2013 to 2014, such cases in Washington and Iron counties saw both an increase and decrease since 2010, according to the Kids Data Center.

VA: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will be put to good use in Richmond
The Voice – February 04, 2016
Sherry Miller from Care House in Mount Clemens also sought to be considered for a portion of the funding and asked the council for $1,200. She explained that Care House is a children’s advocacy center founded in 1996 that conducts forensic interviews of children with law enforcement involvement when they have endured sexual or physical abuse.

VA: State Requires School Officials To Report Child Abuse Claims (Includes video)
WSET – February 04, 2016
Tiffany Vassar is the Senior Child Protective Services Investigator for the city of Lynchburg. She trains hundreds of school officials each year on how to respond to reports of child abuse and neglect. “We tell them not to determine if the report is valid. We just want them to call us and let us make that determination,” said Vassar.

US: There Is A New Plan To Help Lower-Income Parents Afford Quality Child Care: But don’t expect Congress to pass it any time soon (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – February 04, 2016
Child care is more expensive than public college tuition in most U.S. states making it unaffordable for the majority of middle-class families, let alone those living in poverty. Now, some lawmakers are trying to change that.


Canada: Open adoptions in Alberta hindered by online profile ban, say potential parents
CBC News – February 04, 2016
Some advocates for open adoptions are calling on the Alberta government to update a little known publication ban.

Canada: Study backs approach to single-session therapy for students
Medical Xpress – February 04, 2016
While participants from both models improved over the 10 weeks of quantitative data collection, those who attended the walk-in counselling clinic improved faster. The difference in improvement was even more pronounced for those with complex needs, which included coping with abuse, trauma, serious mental illness or child welfare concerns. Study: http://www.kwcounselling.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Walk-In-Counselling-vs.-Traditional-Services.pdf
AK: Alaskans can do much to protect our children, and that’s more than a platitude (Opinion)
Alaska Dispatch News – February 03, 2016
We do not know exactly what is causing the drastic increase in these numbers, but we do know that it is not simply the fault of the Office of Children’s Services. This is a community problem and, just like our budget crisis, we did not get here overnight. It will take significant effort and sacrifice from all of us to change our future.

AL: ‘The big leap’: Page and White retiring from DHR
The News Courier – February 03, 2016
Caroline Page and Jennifer White have seen much in their collective careers with DHR, but the two are calling it a day on Feb. 29. After 42 years for White and 37 years for Page, the women are retiring from their official posts. Both said they plan to continue volunteering with the agency after retirement, but added it’s time for them to step back.

AL: Lawmakers in Favor of Child Abuse Bill
Alabama News Network – February 03, 2016
The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee was unanimously in favor of a bill proposed by Senator Clyde Chambliss to enact stiffer penalties against those who commit Aggravated Child Abuse.

AZ: Arizona families facing deadline to lose state benefits (Includes video)
ABC 15 – February 03, 2016
None of the extra money is slated for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and 1,600 families who receive cash assistance from the program are expected to lose their benefits in July. The families use the money for necessities like rent and utilities.

CA: Councilman Proposes Pot Tax To Fund Kids Programs
Capital Public Radio – February 02, 2016
This June, voters in the City of Sacramento may be asked to support a 5 percent tax on medical marijuana cultivation, with the money going to youth programs. Schenirer will also ask the council to create a city Department of Youth. It would organize education, job training and assistance by community groups for foster kids, homeless children, emancipated youth, and children in at-risk neighborhoods.

FL: Adoption Changes Get Unanimous Senate Support
CBSMiami/NSF – February 03, 2016
The state’s Senate unanimously approved a bill aimed at allowing judges to take the “best interests” of children into account when making adoption decisions.

GA: Georgia babies dying weekly from SIDS (Includes video)
WTVM – February 03, 2016
Officials with the Healthy Families Georgia Organization meet with about 200 new parents each year to educate them on precautions they can take with their newborn.

GA: Georgia child abuse investigations to become more rigorous
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – February 03, 2016
This new approach, which will be phased in statewide over the next year, represents a monumental shift in how DFCS conducts its business.

IN: Indiana foster families say they need protection from biological parents
News and Tribune – February 03, 2016
growing number of children removed from their homes by court order–a trend many blame on the drug crisis–may lead to more protections for families that take them in.

IN: Indiana Senate approves child-abuse registry bill inspired by Elkhart County child’s death
The Elkhart Truth – February 03, 2016
An Indiana Senate proposal to create a registry of child abuse offenders passed on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, and now goes to the Indiana House. The proposal was inspired by the death of Kirk Coleman, a 19-month-old boy from New Paris, who allegedly died in Jackie Lynn Rolston’s care on Oct. 29, 2014.

MI: Michigan’s Foster Care System Shows Improvement (Includes audio)
WEMU – February 03, 2016
The national advocacy group Children’s Rights and the state Department of Health and Human Services filed a new settlement agreement with the US District Court in Detroit. It lifts many compliance requirements the state has to follow. The Children’s Rights lawsuit was filed 10 years ago.

NE: James Conley: Justice Served in Finn Case (Opinion)
JournalStar – February 04, 2016
This week, the Diocese of Lincoln will announce the appointment of a full-time safe environment coordinator to assist in child-protection education and coordination across southern Nebraska. Parents can be confident that the Diocese of Lincoln is committed to ensuring the safety of their children and families.

OR: Foster care scandal: Bill requiring public reports on abuse clears Senate panel
The Oregonian – February 03, 2016
Oregon’s foster care officials would have to produce public reports listing confirmed findings of abuse and neglect every three months under proposed legislation that emerged from a Senate panel Wednesday.

UT: LGBT advocacy group report finds Utah legislation is ‘building equality’
The Salt Lake Tribune – February 03, 2016
Utah is credited for laws governing adoption, surrogacy, foster-parent training and parental presumption for same-sex couples, as well as the aforementioned nondiscrimination measures. Information Gateway resource: Working With LGBTQ Youth and Families: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/lgbtq/

VA: Pulaski County partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters to fight child abuse (Includes video)
WSLS 10 – February 03, 2016
In a list of about 120 four-year goals for the county, a strong partnership with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program is listed as something that leaders want to happen immediately.

WA: Washington Gov: Inslee appoints interim leader for state’s largest agency
Associated Press – February 03, 2016
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed an acting secretary for the Department of Social and Health Services while a national search begins for a permanent leader. Inslee appointed Patricia Lashway to the post Wednesday. She currently serves as the assistant secretary responsible for the day-to-day management of the 17,500-employee agency.

WI: Kleefisch adoption protection package moves to Senate
The Courier – February 03, 2016
The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted unanimously today, Wednesday, Feb. 3 to send the last piece of the Adoption Protection Package to the Senate. The package was the result of a bipartisan study committee chaired by State Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc.

WI: Better Services Proposed For Human Trafficking Victims (Includes audio)
Wisconsin Public Radio – February 02, 2016
The goal of a bill that got a hearing this week is to ensure that child victims who are rescued get referred for services. Under current law, child victims of sex trafficking aren’t automatically eligible for services that are available to other victims of child abuse, and sex traffickers aren’t covered under the child abuse laws.

US: Bill to mark sex offender passports raises ire of criminal justice advocacy group
The Washington Times – February 03, 2016
A criminal justice advocacy group is prepared to sue the federal government if President Obama signs into law a measure requiring child-sex offenders to be identified as such on their passports–a move they say is as hypocritical for a president pushing for broad criminal justice reform.

US: Get Ready . . . Get Set . . . Four Things All Foster Youth Should Do Before They Turn 18 (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – February 03, 2016
Here’s a checklist for former foster youth as they approach 18. Please pass it on if you know someone reaching this milestone.

US: New Strategies Long Overdue on Measuring Child Welfare Risk (Opinion)
The Chronicle of Social Change – February 03, 2016
As The Chronicle of Social Change has been reporting over the past two years, various jurisdictions have been exploring new tools to focus the attention of child welfare systems on the children most at risk of subsequent abuse or neglect. The mainstream media has begun to notice, as demonstrated by CNBC’s recent report on Los Angeles’ contract with software company SAS to develop such a tool for its child welfare system.

US: The Modern Parenting Crisis You Never Hear About (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – February 03, 2016
You won’t hear about it on the evening news, and you may not even realize how it may be affecting you, but we are in the midst of a solitude crisis. Simply put, the lack of time, ability, or permission to be alone is a silent source of stress, undiscussed yet pervasive. It is caused, in large measure, by the busyness of daily life. Contemporary demands, especially for parents of young children, are unsustainable.

US: What the Media Is NOT Telling You About Dads Like Me (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – February 03, 2016
One in three kids in America live in a home without their father present. Countless research will tell you that our kids are at great risk without strong, present, loving dads in their lives.

US: Senate Report on Child Abuse of Unaccompanied Alien Children
Child Welfare League of America – February 01, 2016
A majority-minority report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Homeland Security Committee was released on Thursday, January 28 detailing abuse and lack of safeguards for children who came into the U.S. unaccompanied. According to the report and the hearing that accompanied its release unaccompanied minors have been subject to various forms of abuse and trafficking with many forced into involuntary labor. Report: www.hsgac.senate.gov/download/majority-and-minority-staff-report_-protecting-unaccompanied-alien-children-from-trafficking-and-other-abuses-the-role-of-the-office-of-refugee-resettlement Also: Senate subcommittee examines migrant children abuse: http://www.akronlegalnews.com/editorial/14503


Belarus: Irish charity helps 300 children in foster care in Belarus
Irish Examiner – February 04, 2016
The Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary has seen how an Irish charity has pioneered a new foster-care model which has saved 300 vulnerable Belarussian children from a life in bleak state-run orphanages.

Canada: Motherisk is causing fresh pain: Editorial
The Toronto Star – February 03, 2016
Due to questionable results produced by Motherisk, adoption cases involving up to 300 Ontario children have been put on hold.

Cuba: As Americans begin venturing into Cuba, Penn students and researchers lead the way
The Daily Pennsylvanian – February 04, 2016
Students are not alone in venturing to the previously off-limits country–Debra Schilling Wolfe, executive director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, visited Cuba as part of a group of child welfare experts appointed by the government to study resources for children in the country.

International: Research links prenatal stress to babies’ health in war zones
University of Florida (Press release) – February 03, 2016
Children from war-torn areas of the globe are affected by trauma even before they are born, according to a new University of Florida study. Report: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12487/abstract
CA: California’s step-by-step solution for its new Child Welfare System
GCN – February 02, 2016
California is dabbling with innovative ways of procuring technology for its new Child Welfare System, transitioning from waterfall procurement to an agile and iterative acquisition that aims to revamp the mammoth system’s services one at a time.

CA: Los Angeles County supervisors to consider new probation oversight body
Los Angeles Times – February 02, 2016
Child welfare and criminal justice reform advocates, along with representatives of unions representing probation staff, spoke in favor of the move to review oversight of the department.

GA: New budget aims to bring in more DFCS workers
11 Alive – February 02, 2016
In the coming years, nearly $5.4 million in new state dollars will be proposed for 180 new eligibility workers with another $7.4 million going to help add 175 new child welfare case managers and supervisors, according to the “Blueprint for Change” progress report issued by the Division of Family & Children Services.

IN: Child abuse registry proposal debated by Indiana lawmakers
Associated Press – February 03, 2016
The measure – Garza calls it Kirk’s Law – received unanimous backing, 7-0, from the Senate Committee on Judiciary last week and it faces a likely up or down vote by Wednesday by the full Senate.

MA: AG: Working with parents after ruling in alleged child rape case (Includes video)
MassLive – February 02, 2016
The parents, identified as John and Jane Doe Nos. 1-3, are seeking information to help lay the groundwork for a future civil lawsuit on a potential cover-up and alleged failure to report sex crimes at Bridgewater State University. A state-paid teacher allegedly raped and molested children while at the Children’s Center, the university’s day-care program.

MI: State has fewer goals to end child welfare system oversight
Associated Press – February 02, 2016
A judge in Detroit has approved an agreement that cuts some goals the state must meet to end federal court oversight of Michigan’s child welfare system. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the modified deal with national advocacy organization Children’s Rights was approved Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

MO: Adoptees take their battle for equal rights to Jefferson City (Includes video)
KSHB 41 – February 02, 2016
Birth mothers and adoptees with the Missouri adoptee rights movement testified in support of HR 1599 – the Missouri Adoptee Rights Bill. The measure would allow adult adoptees to have access to their original birth certificate, which identifies their birth parents. Also: Adoption advocates plead for birth certificate access: http://www.newstribune.com/news/2016/feb/03/adoption-advocates-plead-birth-certificate-access/

MS: Wrongdoing denied in pair of DHS lawsuits, records show
Sun Herald – February 02, 2016
Defendants denied any wrongdoing in responses filed in federal court last week to two lawsuits against the state Department of Human Services.

NC: New scholarship for foster kids
Gaston Gazette – February 02, 2016
Least of These Carolinas is a Gaston County nonprofit that formed three years ago to provide services and support to foster parents. It will serve as the donor in the new scholarship program, through a partnership with the Gaston College Foundation.

NJ: Why One State Is Making It Easier For Teens to Seek Mental Counseling
Teen Vogue – February 02, 2016
The new law specifically targets teens contemplating suicide, because many kids are afraid to tell their parents that they’re depressed or having suicidal thoughts. LGBT teens who may not have come out to their families and kids growing up in households where mental health issues aren’t culturally accepted can now seek treatment they were previously barred from.

NY: State to Revamp Training for Child Welfare Caseworkers (Includes audio)
Public News Service – February 03, 2016
The Office of Children and Family Services has created a panel to make recommendations for how best to do it, following a federal audit of child-welfare outcomes in which New York did not fare well. However, Ontario County Commissioner of Social Services Eileen Tiberio, who sits on the panel, said it also was created to address the changing needs of the population, including the recent surge in opioid addictions.

RI: Some highlights from Rhode Island governor’s budget proposal
Associated Press – February 02, 2016
The governor wants to pare back health department costs and shift more care to homes and out of institutions; cut $2 million from child welfare services through staff reductions and leaving positions vacant; and eliminate the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, for a savings of $332,000.

TX: Sondra’s Song to Open Residential Home For Those Aging Out of Foster Care (Press release)
Everything Lubbock – February 02, 2016
“The home can house up to eight youth and is nearby transportation, Texas Tech University and a host of businesses so these young adults can begin to find promise in their future,” said Sandi Turner, Sondra’s Song executive director.

UT: Bill to permit 18 year olds to petition court to end DCFS supervision stalls
Deseret Morning News – February 02, 2016
While youths can petition courts to leave foster care now, current law says the court may grant the petition. Under Jackson’s bill, if certain conditions were met, judges would have to grant the petition, he said. Information Gateway Resource: Transition to Adulthood and Independent Living: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/independent/

WI: Committee fails to endorse GOP child abuse reporting bill
Associated Press – February 02, 2016
A Wisconsin Assembly panel deadlocked on legislation Tuesday that would require doctors and nurses to report to child protective services when they learn one of their child patients is sexually active, a rare instance of Republicans failing to pass one of their own bills at the last minute.

US: More than 3 million US women at risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancy
Medical News Today – February 02, 2016
An estimated 3.3 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 years are at risk of exposing their developing baby to alcohol because they are drinking, sexually active, and not using birth control to prevent pregnancy, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs report released today. The report also found that 3 in 4 women who want to get pregnant as soon as possible do not stop drinking alcohol when they stop using birth control.


Australia: Australia’s Shame: Child Abuse as a Border Defense Strategy?
The Diplomat – February 03, 2016
There is no other way to interpret the policy than “child abuse as deterrence” for border protection. Important members of the medical and legal professions in Australia have spoken out against the policy because of direct knowledge of sexual abuse and other abusive practices in the centers.

Germany: Up to 5,000 migrant children disappeared into criminal underworld of abuse in Germany
Express – February 03, 2016
Child welfare officials say the children were vulnerable after the trauma of their flight and many may have fallen prey to criminals and abusers.

Ireland: Foster care scandal: Social workers fear kids at risk over loss of staff
Irish Examiner – February 02, 2016
The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) said it feared there could be more cases like ‘Grace’, the young disabled girl left for years in a foster home known to be abusive, because of the rapid turnover of staff and the relative inexperience of those working on the frontline with children at risk.

Norway: Christian Leaders Who Oppose Spanking Say Norway Not in Violation of Christian Parents’ Rights
Christian Post – February 02, 2016
As the removal of five Romanian Pentecostal kids from their parents’ custody over spanking allegations has enraged thousands of global supporters, some Christian leaders in Norway are combating the notion that parental and religious freedoms are being violated by the Norwegian government.

AL: Child-abuse legislation ‘Winston’s Law’ gets start in Legislature
Montgomery Advertiser – February 01, 2016
Named for the now 5-year-old boy who is at the center of a high-profile Elmore County child abuse case, Winston’s Law would make aggravated child abuse cases where the victim is 6 years old or younger a Class A felony. Reserved for the most serious crimes in the state, Class A felonies have a punishment range of 10 to 99 years to life in prison.

AZ: Nonprofit that succeeded Giving Tree violating same codes
Arizona Daily Star – January 30, 2016
DES spokeswoman Tasya Peterson would not give details on the subject of its investigation, but the announcement that it has begun came on the heels of a Star reporter’s questions about the charity, which describes its mission as “transitional housing, meals, clothing distribution and job training.” Public records show Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) previously found that Cross Country Outreach and its predecessor, The Giving Tree, have operated as an unlicensed child welfare agency and may have mishandled homeless clients’ welfare benefits.

AZ: DCS Looks To Change Definition Of Child Abuse And Neglect
KJZZ – January 29, 2016
Arizona’s child welfare agency wants to change how it defines a report of child abuse and neglect. If passed into law, the legislation would narrow what alleged conduct the state is required to investigate. Department of Child Safety Director Greg McKay said he is trying to redefine what neglect is so the agency doesn’t have to respond to old reports.

CA: Opinion County or city: Who is responsible for dealing with L.A. homelessness?
Los Angeles Times – February 01, 2016
The city of Los Angeles has an important role in meeting the homelessness challenge. City laws and police practices determine whether people living on streets and sidewalks will be arrested and whether their belongings will be confiscated. City leaders have to figure out how to meet the need for housing units, how to pay for them and how to overcome community resistance to new buildings and new neighbors who have histories of homelessness and, perhaps, mental illness or addiction.

DE: Jehovah’s Witnesses fight law on reporting child sex abuse to police
Reveal – February 01, 2016
Delaware law requires any individual or organization suspecting child abuse to report it. But then it gets confusing. The law allows an exemption for a priest who learns of abuse during a “sacramental confession,” wording that suggests a privilege specifically for clergy in the Catholic Church.

ID: Child abuse case casts shadow over Eagle nonprofit
Idaho Statesman – February 01, 2016
Cleve Cushing describes it as a call that changed his life. He first heard allegations that a couple working as houseparents at the Christian Children’s Ranch in Eagle had sexually abused two girls in their care. Michael Paul Magill, 31, and Jennifer Nicole Magill, 32, later pleaded guilty to felony sex abuse charges.

IN: Statehouse: Foster parents seeking protection
Goshen News – February 01, 2016
A growing number of children removed from their homes by court order – a trend many blame on the drug crisis – may lead to more protections for families that take them in. A proposal in the General Assembly makes it a felony to assault a foster parent, and makes it easier for foster families to get restraining orders to protect themselves and children in their care.

MI: City receives complaints about signs for child abuse awareness
Cadillac News – February 02, 2016
A campaign aimed at increasing awareness about child abuse will be required to place less signs to explain the meaning behind their blue pinwheels this year. When these signs were placed last year, Economic Development Analyst Mike Coy said they received some complaints they were distracting to drivers.

MN: ‘Saving Grace’: Foster home for youth sex trafficking survivors to open in Brainerd
Worthington Daily Globe – February 01, 2016
Saving Grace, a specialized foster care program for sex-trafficked children serving Crow Wing and six other surrounding counties, is set to begin accepting residents. The local LSS office was also recently designated as one of eight regional navigators on sex trafficking through the statewide Safe Harbor Law initiative.

MO: Homeless students fight a daily battle (Opinion)
St. Louis Post Dispatch – February 02, 2016
At St. Louis Public Schools, we ended the 2014-2015 academic year with 5,085 students, pre-K through 12, who identified as homeless. With an enrollment of a little more than 24,000 students, the district’s homeless students equaled roughly 21 percent of its total population. In 2009, the number was 6 percent, with just 1,708 SLPS students identified as homeless.

MO: An unusual insanity plea highlights the limits of state mental health services
St. Louis Post Dispatch – February 01, 2016
Part of the problem is that Carter doesn’t have family advocates. He isn’t sure what became of his biological mother and father. What is known is that when he was born his mother was committed to a mental health facility. She lost parental rights, sending him first to foster care, then to a host of institutions because he was aggressive.

MO: Solving homelessness takes more than just providing shelter; it takes understanding (Opinion)
Kansas City Star – February 01, 2016
Riddle suspects that targeted efforts in recent years will continue to pay off. Permanent, not just temporary, housing has been increased for homeless veterans, families and children who got too old for foster care.

MS: Foster care family says folks can’t stand on sidelines and wait for a fix (Includes video)
Mississippi News Now – February 01, 2016
Mississippi’s foster care system is in jeopardy of a federal takeover. Meanwhile, some families are seeing the personal side of the political mess. “The answer to a broken system isn’t for everybody to stand on the sidelines and say well I hope it gets better,” said Christina Dent.

MS: Child Care Crisis: State’s weak oversight puts children in harm’s way in Mississippi
Hechinger Report – January 31, 2016
Mississippi’s weakly regulated child care system often perpetuates dangerous conditions for babies and young children by failing to hold centers to minimum standards or help them improve, a review of public records by The Clarion Ledger and The Hechinger Report found.

NE: Union officials say that Nebraska agencies buckle under pressure because many state employees lack experience and institutional knowledge
Associated Press – February 01, 2016
Employee turnover is a constant factor when the Legislature examines mismanagement in state agencies like in its prisons, foster care and ACCESSNebraska, the system that distributes public benefits, according to Mike Marvin, executive director of Nebraska Association of Public Employees. “Unfortunately, current state human resource policy does not recognize longevity and value the service of long-term state employees, and as a result we are witnessing ongoing crisis in morale and staff across most of state government,” Marvin said. Information Gateway Resource: Worker Turnover: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/management/workforce/retention/workforce-retention/turnover/

NV: Pilot program aims for consistency, speed in child welfare cases
Las Vegas Review Journal – January 31, 2016
Under a pilot program implemented Dec. 21 by the Clark County Family Court, the same judge will oversee child welfare cases from start to finish, ending a practice of bouncing the cases among different judicial officers.

NY: To Eradicate Sex Trafficking, Prosecute the Pimps and Buyer (Opinion)
Gotham Gazette – February 02, 2016
In 2013, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman created Human Trafficking Intervention Courts after recognizing that the vast majority of women arrested for prostitution were, in fact, victims of trafficking or other forms of exploitation. These courts sought to provide people in prostitution with exit strategies and comprehensive services, instead of jail time and criminal records.

OK: Editorial: Gov. Fallin deserves credit for ambitious budget proposals
Daily Oklahoman – February 02, 2016
DHS is one of seven entities that will be cut by 3 percent overall, instead of 6 percent as is the case for most other state agencies. The others that would, thankfully, feel less of a pinch are the Health Department, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state mental health agency, the Department of Public Safety, the Office of Juvenile Affairs and the Oklahoma School of Science and Math.

UT: New Utah Bill Would Disadvantage Same-Sex Couples In Adoptions (Opinion)
Opposing Views – February 01, 2016
Utah may introduce legislation that disadvantages same-sex couples in adoptions or foster care placements. Also: Utah Legislator Proposes Anti-Gay Bill That Would Rob Foster Children of Potential Parents:

US: Child Abuse: Greatest Risk Among Family Adults, Not Teachers, Clergy, Coaches, Or Scout Leaders
Medical Daily – February 01, 2016
Media reports scare parents into believing child molesters hide beneath the masks of youth leaders, but University of New Hampshire researchers say your child is more likely to be abused by a family member than community volunteers.

US: Restoring a Child’s Life After the Unthinkable Happens
Huffington Post – February 01, 2016
Led by the phenomenal Kim Biddle, Saving Innocence’s mission is to rescue and restore child victims of sex trafficking through strategic partnerships with local law enforcement, social service providers, and schools, while mobilizing communities to prevent abuse and increase neighborhood safety. This is the final article in a three-part series written by Jenna Elfman for WhoSay to raise awareness about child sex trafficking in the United States.

US: Public Awareness: “Faces of Human Trafficking” Video Series
Office for Victims of Crime – January 30, 2016
The series is intended to be used for outreach and education efforts of service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others in the community. The series includes information about sex and labor trafficking, multidisciplinary approaches to serving victims of human trafficking, effective victim services, victims’ legal needs, and voices of survivors.

US: How Do States Differ In What Services Are Available For Youth Aging Out Of Foster Care?
Open Minds – January 29, 2016
Every year approximately 24,000 youth age out of the foster care system, the majority of whom are 18 years old. These youth are more likely to have poorer outcomes than youth who either exit the foster care system or never enter the foster care system.


Canada: Hundreds of Ontario adoptions on hold during Motherisk hair testing review
Canadian Press – February 01, 2016
The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies said Monday between 200 and 300 cases have been flagged for review because they involved a now discredited program that used hair analysis to test for drug and alcohol use.

Philippines: Illegal adoption is tantamount to trafficking – DSWD
Philippine Information Agency – February 02, 2016
In a recent Kapihan sa PIA Cebu held at Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc (RAFI) Plenary Hall, DSWD-7 officials warned those who want to adopt children that they can be charged for human trafficking should they resort to illegal adoption. Emma Patalinghug, Protective Unit Services Head of DSWD-7 (Department of Social Welfare and Development), said they can charge the parent when they give up the child to another, or one claims a child as her or his own without undergoing the legal adoption process.

Switzerland: The Swiss are installing more highly controversial “baby hatches” for safe abandonment
Quartz – February 02, 2016
Is providing a dedicated place to drop off unwanted newborns A) a barbaric throwback to the medieval “foundling wheel” common outside of churches and convents or B) a progressive way to save the lives of infants who would otherwise be abandoned in more dangerous places?

United Kingdom: Crime agency chief Lynne Owens defended over Surrey child protection concerns
BT – February 02, 2016
Lynne Owens, the former Chief Constable of Surrey Police, was appointed in November as director-general of the National Crime Agency (NCA) which fights organised crime and includes the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command. But Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley has claimed that, towards the end of time in her last role, Mrs Owens failed to act over child protection concerns.
AZ: DCS Completing More Investigations, But Court Cases Increase (Includes audio)
KJZZ – January 29, 2016
After years of struggling, Arizona’s child welfare agency says it’s making progress. A recent report shows the department is completing more investigations of child abuse and neglect than it’s receiving. But that isn’t translating to fewer court cases.

AZ: Herb Paine: Through The Looking Glass Of Arizona Priorities (Includes audio)
KJZZ – January 29, 2016
The Governor has proposed a balanced state budget; it’s cushioned by a $621 million surplus and a rainy-day fund of $500 million. He stresses that the state must live within its means. For a family of limited means, that’s a hard pill to swallow, especially when a reasonable portion of the surplus could be used to elevate Arizona’s embarrassingly low rankings in child welfare, health care, education, and workforce development.

CA: OC Youth Shelter Provides One-of-a-Kind Care to Foster Kids (Includes video)
NBC Los Angeles – January 31, 2016
Out of the 62,000 kids in California who are in foster care, only 3 percent of them will graduate college. Amber Boggs, 27, beat the odds — thanks to Casa Youth Shelter, a youth home located in Los Alamitos.

CT: Warrant: Watertown Couple Abused Children Adopted From DCF
Hartford Courant – January 29, 2016
The Watertown couple charged with abusing several of their five adopted children banished them to the bathroom for extended periods and isolated them from other family members. The couple were licensed as adoptive parents by the Department of Children and Families, and had passed criminal and child-welfare background checks before taking in the children, who were wards of the state. Four had special needs. “We have high expectations for the families who foster and adopt children from state care, and those expectations are met in all but the rarest of instances,” DCF Commissioner Joette Katz said in a statement Friday morning.

GA: Columbus leaders seek solutions for high foster care stats (Includes video)
WTVM – January 29, 2016
On Friday, Muscogee County Judges met with DFACS, clergy, and community leaders to brainstorm solutions for the considerably high amount of Muscogee County children in foster care. According to DFACS, there are 538 Muscogee County children today living in foster care, which is higher than other counties of similar size. Information Gateway Resource: Foster Care Statistics 2013: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/foster/

IL: Eight months of rough seas: Metro East social services try to survive without state budget
St. Louis Public Radio – February 01, 2016
Monday marks the start of Illinois’ eighth month without a budget. Most state departments and agencies are operating under a patchwork of court orders and legislation. But some state-funded social service programs haven’t received a dime since July.

LA: Revamp of Louisiana social services department recommended to Edwards
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report – January 29, 2016
Louisiana’s social services department needs a complete overhaul to adequately protect the well-being of the state’s children.

MA: Would Child Welfare Programs Still Be Failing If They Were Anti-Poverty Instead of Anti-Abuse? (Opinion)
Jezebel – January 29, 2016
The Massachusetts DCF, like more than a dozen other state child services departments, is currently being sued for all the things it has been unable to do; alarmingly, the same department has also been ranked by an independent evaluation as the third-best child services department in the nation.

MI: Adrian College student from Flint: Some resigned to using lead-contaminated water
Adrian Daily Telegram – January 31, 2016
The water collection and distribution drives are helping, Talton said, but overall do not address the root problem. Some refuse to pay for the tainted water and face shut-off notices, he said. Additionally, households with children are threatened with action from Child Protective Services because homes are required to maintain running water.

MI: Michigan Health Endowment to benefit youth crisis initiative
MLive – January 29, 2016
Kalamazoo Community Foundation recently received a $250,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) to support Family & Children Services’ start-up of a residential alternative focused on crisis support and stabilization for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances. The grant will also support the agency’s Children’s Trauma Treatment program for children in foster care.

MI: We all have a duty to speak up for Mackenzie (Includes audio)(Opinion)
Times Herald – January 29, 2016
Unfortunately for Mackenzie Maison, she was born in Michigan, lived her five years in Michigan and died in Michigan. Had she died in Wyoming, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas or Utah, Hilery and Andrew Maison likely wouldn?t be her only kin behind bars today. In those states, everyone is legally obligated to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect.

MO: Cameron Building to Aid in Foster Care (Includes video)
StJoeChannel.com – January 31, 2016
Derek Williams and his wife are taking an old coffee shop and turning it to something new, a building for helping foster and adoptive parents and the kids they love. Williams is on the State Board for Foster and Adoptive Parents and saw a need that just wasn’t being fulfilled.

NH: DCYF seeks longer hours (Requires free registration)
Garden City Telegram – January 31, 2016
The question of how the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services can offer round-the-clock protection for children continues to loom over a special commission designed to study the issue, with the state agency maintaining that any increase in staff hours would create a critical need for new positions.

NV: Reno homeless count finds 59 youth living on the streets
Reno Gazette-Journal – January 31, 2016
Dakota registered as a homeless youth on Thursday during the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project’s point-in-time count. NYEP usually targets 18- to 24-year-olds but also counts people older and younger who are willing to take their survey. Point-in-time counts, a nationwide way to count homeless people, allows the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to track the scope of homelessness and create interventions to solve it.

NY: Queens charity for kids with severe mental health issues to close down with $10M in debt
New York Daily News – February 01, 2016
Steinway Child and Family Services, which provides services to children with severe mental health issues, is $10 million in the red, records show. The charity, which was established in 1972, is in the process of transferring its programs to other social service providers and plans to shut down Feb. 28, according to an internal staff memo.

PA: Enon Tabernacle Baptist expands outreach for human-trafficking victims
Philadelphia Tribune – January 29, 2016
“This is about helping raise awareness to eradicate human trafficking,” Waller said. “We, as a society, have to begin facing up to it. We cannot use terms like child prostitution. Children cannot sell sex even in places where prostitution is legal. That’s why there has to be an entire paradigm shift.” Waller is also advocating that the African-American community become cognizant of the fact that many young girls are being trafficking. Though some have come out of violent homes and foster care, many others are lured online to take cross-country trips or for false job interviews. Then girls or young women are trapped.

TN: Judge on OHS request for dismissal: “This argument utterly fails.?”
WRCB TV – January 29, 2016
“This argument utterly fails.” It’s Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Robert Philyaw’s response to one of many arguments made in court to dismiss charges against two Ooltewah High School coaches and the school’s Assistant Principal.

TN: Matthew 19:14 Ministries helps foster parents prepare (Includes video)
WVLT – January 29, 2016
“You know the child’s coming, but you don’t know all that the child needs,” said Brent Belue who started Matthew 19:14 Ministries. “You don’t even know what the child’s bringing with them.” Matthew 19:14 Ministries helps families get what they need to take care of their foster children

TX: Hope Haven breaks ground on home for teen girls
Tyler Morning Telegraph – January 29, 2016
A dream formed in Lisa Ferguson’s heart when she met Stormy. At 18, Stormy was staying in a local emergency shelter. She was about to age out of the state’s foster care system and had no place to go, no family to contact and no real support system. Ms. Ferguson saw in Stormy – and the other girls she met at the shelter – the girl she once was, and she knew they needed more. Also: Home to help teenage girls in foster care being built in Lindale: http://www.kltv.com/story/31095427/home-to-help-teenage-girls-in-foster-care-being-built-in-lindale

UT: Editorial: Gay and straight couples are equal. Period.
Salt Lake Tribune – January 29, 2016
More than two years removed from Judge Robert Shelby’s decision striking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage — and a year after the state passed a law banning housing and job discrimination for gay Utahns ­– a state representative wants to pass a law that would let judges choose heterosexual couples over same-sex couples in adoption and foster-placement cases. Rep. Kraig Powell’s justification for this is his belief that having both a male and female role model is better for children. Also: Critics: Bill favoring heterosexual parents unconstitutional: http://kxan.com/2016/01/29/critics-bill-favoring-heterosexual-parents-unconstitutional/

WA: A host of problems for homeless youths, but solution lies in host homes (Opinion)
Seattle Times – January 31, 2016
Hundreds, maybe thousands, of youths in Washington have family situations too unstable for them to stay at home, but not bad enough to warrant them going into foster care. Their options are limited. Washington funds just 23 beds in youth homeless shelters. Most often, these youths “couch surf” from friend to friend until they end up on the street.

US: Starting a conversation about hidden toll of the caring professions
News Works – February 01, 2016
Compher spent 20 years working in child protective services — and his experiences trying to help battered children had a profound emotional effect on him. “I call it the hidden human side of professional caregiving that is not often talked about,” he explained during a recent screening of the film for an audience of mental health care providers.

US: Senate probe faults gov’t for migrant child abuse
Associated Press – January 29, 2016
Migrant children in the government’s care were placed in U.S. homes and left vulnerable to human trafficking due to sometimes non-existent screening by the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a congressional report released Thursday.

US: Springfield mom creates foundation to fight child abuse
Springfield News-Leader – January 29, 2016
Cindy Dennis, author of child abuse prevention books, is creating the Give A Child A Voice Foundation. By forming a nonprofit foundation, Dennis said she hopes to reach more children, parents, grandparents, foster parents and educators. As a foundation, she will be in a better position to raise funds and apply for grants. And she can get cheaper “nonprofit” publishing rates.


Australia: Families SA worker says ‘work pressures’ prevented him from recording toddler’s sexualised behaviour
ABC News Australia – February 01, 2016
A Families SA social worker has told a royal commission “work pressures” prevented him from keeping full records on a toddler in state care who was a victim of paedophile carer Shannon McCoole.

International: Anti-Impunity Tool: Guidance for investigating and prosecuting serious violations against children in armed conflict
Relief Web – December 31, 2015
Conflict Dynamics International has released a new tool for national judicial actors and others working on accountability for children in armed conflict: Anti-Impunity Tool: Guidance for investigating and prosecuting serious violations against children in armed conflict. Tool: http://cacaccountability.org/media/CDI_AntiImpunity.pdf

Trinidad and Tabago: Children’s Authority investigating report of child abuse
The Loop – January 30, 2016
The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago says its investigation process is underway after it was notified by the Child Protection Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, of a report of child abuse.

United Kingdom: After Rotherham, pleas for help from child abuse victims soar
Yorkshire Post – February 01, 2016
A surge in the number of children as young as 10 seeking help for sex abuse has seen demand on services more than double in just five years amid warnings that charities are being inundated by victims desperate for help in the wake of cases such as the Rotherham scandal.

United Kingdom: National campaign highlights how to spot signs of abuse
Hebrides Today – February 01, 2016
The Outer Hebrides Child Protection Committee is supporting the first TV campaign in the UK to tackle child sexual exploitation, which was launched in Edinburgh on Thursday 28th January. It comes as new research shows 93 per cent of parents have heard of child sexual exploitation, but almost a third (29 per cent) know little about it and over a third (36 per cent) believe it won’t affect their family.


CA: Group homes affected by new law: Shorter stays mandated, foster families needed
Loomis News – February 25, 2016
AB 403, by Assemblyman Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), went into effect Jan. 1 and, among the changes mandated by the new law, is a requirement to shorten the stay of foster children in group homes or shelters.

CA: Youth human trafficking victims in Solano, too
The Reporter – February 24, 2016
Did you know that children as young as 11 can be swept up into situations of commercial sexual exploitation, that Sacramento is the second “hottest” city for the crime and that Solano youths are not immune?

CT: Welfare agency leaves 2 kids with sex offender, child abuser
Associated Press – February 25, 2016
Several Connecticut child welfare agency workers who left children with a couple despite the husband being on a sex offender registry and the wife being on a child abuse registry have been suspended.

FL: Raising Hope brings dignity to children
The Tampa Tribune – February 24, 2016
“No child asks to come into the foster care system,” Rossi said. “They are all brought to us as victims of child abuse, neglect or abandonment. The children deserve to have the same items as every other child to maintain their pride and dignity.” Raising Hope was founded in 2002 and merged with Eckerd Kids in 2012. It helps children in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Brevard counties.

GA: Alpharetta-based nonprofit Fostering SuperStars spreads hope for foster children
Neighbor Newspapers – February 25, 2016
Former foster child Helen Ramaglia shares a message of hope and resilience through Fostering SuperStars, her Alpharetta-based nonprofit that caters to children in foster care.

KS: Kansas must get serious about protecting at-risk children (Opinion)
The Kansas City Star – February 25, 2016
The Legislature in January finally approved an audit of child protection services and selected other functions of the Department for Children and Families. But the review is expected to take about a year. That’s too long to wait.

KS: Kansas Senate bill creates restrictive foster care program (Includes video)
WOW! 6 – February 25, 2016
Senate bill 158 would establish a “CARE” family program that would only allow straight, married couples who don’t drink or smoke to participate. The executive director of the Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization, Diana Frederick, says the program, in its current form is cause for concern.

MN: Lawmakers Discuss Stronger Child Protections Before Legislative Session (Includes video)
KSTP – February 25, 2016
The Legislative Task Force on Child Protection met for the last time Thursday before the legislative session gets underway next month. The task force has been working since last fall to address problems and expand efforts in the child welfare system.

MS: State Senate approves replacement foster care system
Associated Press – February 25, 2016
Senate Bill 2179 would replace the current Division of Family and Children’s Services with a new agency to look after homeless, dependent and neglected children.

PA: Lawmakers work to close loophole, require doctors to get background checks (Includes video)
WHTM – February 25, 2016
Vulakovich said during the rewrite of child protection laws, doctors and medical professionals were not specifically mentioned as being required to get background checks. DHS interpreted that as an exemption even though health care professionals had always been required to have those checks. Vulakovich and Senator John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) are sponsoring a bill that would put them back in and close the loophole.

UT: Lawmakers reject bill addressing adoptions by gay couples (In-depth Analysis)
Associated Press – February 25, 2016
Utah lawmakers have rejected an effort to strike parts of state law requiring officials to give preference to heterosexual couples in adoptions and foster care placements. Without the change, Utah could see lawsuits from same-sex couples that are looking to adopt or foster children but lose the opportunity because of the preference for heterosexual couples.

WI: Police, mental health team connecting with kids who witness violence
Journal Sentinel – February 24, 2016
The Trauma Response Team that pairs Milwaukee police officers and county mental health professionals has helped between 35 and 40 families since its creation seven months ago, officials said Wednesday.

US: Gillibrand seeks to modernize foster care system, get children into homes faster
AburnPub.com – February 26, 2016
“Thousands of children in New York and across the country urgently need a loving home, but often child welfare agencies don’t explore the option of placing them with a foster family out of state because of long paperwork processing delays,” Gillibrand said.

US: Here’s how the government could close the staggering racial wealth gap
Huffington Post – February 26, 2016
The racial wealth gap exists “largely as the result of policies that were put in place almost from the start of our country that benefited only portions of the population, not everyone,” Beadsie Woo of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on child welfare and economic opportunity, told HuffPost.

US: GSA Tech Swat Team Expands to Offer Help on Agency State and Local Grants
Government Executive – February 24, 2016
The new expansion grew out of a 2015 pilot project between 18F, the Health and Human Services Department and the California Department of Social Services to upgrade the state’s legacy Child Welfare System, GSA said. “Through smarter practices in modular contracting, 18F has helped federal agencies realize savings of up to 50 percent. And with a focus on user-centered design, California expects to see delivery of better care for its most vulnerable children.”

US: Towards Equity: Bi-partisan Federal Legislation Tackles Racial Disproportionality and Puts Families First (Opinion)
The Huffington Post – February 24, 2016
We know for sure that racial disproportionality in child welfare continues to be a significant problem. It is not a thing of the past. We must use this and every moment to ensure that all families get the treatment and help they need. Information Gateway resource: Addressing Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/issue-briefs/racial-disproportionality/


Australia: & Canada: ‘It’s the same story’: How Australia and Canada are twinning on bad outcomes for Indigenous people
The Guardian – February 24, 2016
Aboriginal peoples in Canada were grappling with record numbers of their children being placed in the child welfare system and a huge over-representation in the criminal justice system–the same issues that faced Australia, said Jonathan Rudin, head of Aboriginal Legal Services of Canada.

International: How child sex abusers get reinstated as Jehovah’s Witnesses
Reveal News – February 17, 2016
Debbie McDaniel, a former Witness in Oklahoma, said an elder named Ronald Lawrence sexually abused her for five years, starting when she was 8 years old. In the 1990s, McDaniel and two other victims, by then grown, told elders that Lawrence had abused them. The elders did not call police; they eventually disfellowshipped Lawrence, not because he had abused kids, but for denying it. Lawrence was reinstated a year later.

United Kingdom: Scottish child protection review announced
BBC News – February 25, 2016
A full review of Scotland’s child protection system has been commissioned by the Scottish government. The review will aim to ensure Scotland has the strongest possible system in place to protect children from harm.
10 February 2016: National

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to send a bill to the Senate, which would officially require employees of the Department of Defense to report cases of suspected child abuse or child neglect on military bases or installations to both the respective state’s child protective services and to their military chain of command. Talia’s bill, which has been named after the five-year-old Talia Williams who was tortured and beaten to death by her parents who were active military employees at the time, would signal a “significant break from the status quo,” as it would require people who do not professionally work with children to report cases of suspected child abuse.

9 February 2016: Massachusetts

The annual Child Maltreatment Report from the US Department of Health and Human Services shows that Massachusetts has had the highest rate of child abuse and child neglect cases in the US during fiscal year 2014. Roughly 31,863 children were victimized during that time period with over 13.6 percent of victims being under the age of one year. Most shockingly, the report announced that over 81 percent of the identified perpetrators were the victims’ parents.

9 February 2016: Kentucky

Attorney General Andy Beshear of Kentucky has launched a new child abuse prevention program after he announced that one in ten Kentucky children will be sexually abused before the age of 18. The program will focus on educating law enforcement, social workers, educators and other child advocates about how to identify possible molesters and discern several seduction and engagement techniques often used by molesters.

1 February 2016: Florida

A disturbing video has surfaced in Florida, which shows the director of Children’s Palace Learning Center in Clermont physically abusing a 4-year-old boy. The perpetrator is seen hitting the child repeatedly with her hands, and then picking him up and dropping him onto a cot. This case sheds light on the need to properly train and monitor individuals who work closely with children on a daily basis so as to avoid further cases of child abuse.

1 February 2016: Delaware

The Delaware Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against members of Jehovah’s Witnesses for failing to report a case of sexual child abuse that occurred within the congregation in 2013. Delaware law mandates that any individual or organization suspecting child abuse report the crime to the authorities. However, the defendants’ attorney argues that this particular case was subject to the clergy-penitent privilege, according to which clergy are able to withhold information (in this case the confession of a 30-year-old woman having repeatedly had sex with a 14-year-old boy) if the latter received it “from members seeking spiritual advice.” This loophole does not only circumvent the criminal justice system but it puts in direct jeopardy the wellbeing of hundreds of children who have been physically abused.

1 February 2016: New Hampshire

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have published a report, which puts forth that family adults are the most common perpetrators of child abuse. The data suggests that the rates of abuse by family adults amounted to 11.4% over a lifetime as opposed to rates of abuse by nonfamily, non-youth group adults of 5.9% over a lifetime. The study challenges the popular assumption that clergy, teachers or coaches pose the greatest threat to children in terms of physical or sexual abuse.

1 February 2016: Philadelphia

In a recently published report by JAMA Pediatrics, researchers estimate that less than 1% of all children report any kind of abuse in “youth-serving organizations such as schools and religious/recreational groups” and 6.4% of this number report sexual abuse. While the percentage is relatively low, the study nevertheless acknowledges that over 100,00 children will become victims of sexual abuse in such youth-serving organizations.