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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lawmakers call for audit of Kansas’ foster care system

Lawmakers call for audit of Kansas’ foster care system

Two Democratic lawmakers from south-central Kansas are calling for an audit of the state’s foster care system.

“Four children have been killed while in the foster care system already this year,” said Rep. Ed Trimmer, D-Winfield, expressing concern in a news release about the safety of children in the state’s foster care system.

Former employee says Portsmouth CPS is putting children at risk

Former employee says Portsmouth CPS is putting children at risk

Portsmouth Child Protective Services has found itself under the microscope. State officials are looking into the large backlog of cases there, not closed in the time legally allowed.

Aftercare reforms will cut back foster family payments

Aftercare reforms will cut back foster family payments

Changes to the State’s care system will result in payments to foster families ceasing where a young person is not involved in education or training once they turn 18.


Progressive Caucus, Judiciary Dems to Hold Forum Hearing on Family Detention

Progressive Caucus, Judiciary Dems to Hold Forum Hearing on Family Detention

The Congressional Progressive Caucus, along with Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee and support from the Congressional Tri-Caucuses, are holding a forum on Family Detention this Tuesday, July 28th at 2 PM in Rayburn 2226.

Hanging in the balance: Dauphin County Children & Youth awaits ruling on licensing status

Hanging in the balance: Dauphin County Children & Youth awaits ruling on licensing status

Nine-year-old Jarrod Tutko Jr. weighed just 16.9 pounds when he was found dead in his deplorable Harrisburg home. Three miles from Jarrod's Green Street home, 5-month-old Lakia Hardy spent her last days weighing less than 5 pounds in a home lacking pacifiers, formula and stuffed animals.

Child advocates still concerned after DCS releases semi-annual report

Child advocates still concerned after DCS releases semi-annual report

The Arizona Department of Child Safety released its latest semi-annual report on Monday and while there were improvements, some child advocates said they are still concerned.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Social worker sentenced for selling children's information

Social worker sentenced for selling children's information

A judge sentenced a former Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services worker to probation and home detention for selling private information of 25 children.

Adoption case study: ‘It’s a tragedy I wasn’t given my birth cert’

Adoption case study: ‘It’s a tragedy I wasn’t given my birth cert’

David Kinsella was illegitimate child number 1629 at St Patrick’s mother-and-baby home in the late 1950s.


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BC Child Welfare is found to have caused injury to children through misfeasance

BC Child Welfare is found to have caused injury to children through misfeasance

Imagine, if you will, that child protection authorities get it so wrong that the children are placed in the care of the abusive parent with the active support of child protection. Imagine that, as a result, the children having been sexually abused but not believed. Imagine that the youngest will be sexually abused by the father while the child is in the care of child protection. Imagine, as well, that the misfeasance is led by a supervisor who develops a closed mind on the case. If imaging this and more seems possible, then you can well imagine the case of J.P., her three children and the father, B.G.

Social worker, friend accused of child abuse appear in court

Social worker, friend accused of child abuse appear in court

A social worker is accused of abusing her special-needs children with the help of a friend.

DCF Bans Face-Down Restraints Of Children In Locked Units

DCF Bans Face-Down Restraints Of Children In Locked Units

The state's child-protection agency said Monday it is banning prone, or face-down, restraints in its locked units for boys and girls, following recommendations from a national juvenile-justice expert and a scathing report from the state child advocate.

Sources identify Ark. child who died in hot car

Sources identify Ark. child who died in hot car

Hot Springs ambulances responded to a scene Friday afternoon regarding a toddler who was left in a hot car.

The 2-year-old died Friday, July 24, and sources tell THV11 it may have happened to the son of a Garland County judge.

Abuse allegations haunt lucrative group homes

Abuse allegations haunt lucrative group homes

The bucolic countryside surrounding Boys Home of the South belies the horror some children say they endured after state Social Services officials dumped them here.

What Happens When Foster Kids ‘Age Out’ of the System

What Happens When Foster Kids ‘Age Out’ of the System

Earlier this month, a young woman named Salaya Leal was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on the side of a road in Austin, Texas. And while it would’ve been a tragedy no matter who had died, the fact that Leal, 24, was someone who had aged out of the foster-care system after years of struggle has been a blow to many foster-care and adoption advocates.


Police hunt desperate mother on run from Social Services with newborn

Police hunt desperate mother on run from Social Services with newborn

A police manhunt was mounted over the weekend after a young mother left Faro hospital two hours after giving birth to a son she feared would be taken into care by Social Services.

Palmetto Sunrise: Overloaded DSS caseworkers fail to investigate abuse



Palmetto Sunrise: Overloaded DSS caseworkers fail to investigate abuse

South Carolina makes it easier to know which restaurants are infested with cockroaches than to pinpoint where children have been neglected, or worse, physically and sexually abused.

'They gave me to a rapist': Schoolboy raped by foster dad set to sue council bosses over his horrific ordeal

'They gave me to a rapist': Schoolboy raped by foster dad set to sue council bosses over his horrific ordeal

KIRK Sharpe, now 27, endured years of abuse after he was put in the care of paedophile Vincent Hill.


Scotland Could Face a Torrent of Human Rights Cases over Its Forced Adoption Policy Between the 1940s and 80s

Scotland Could Face a Torrent of Human Rights Cases over Its Forced Adoption Policy Between the 1940s and 80s

AN international expert yesterday warned that Scotland could face a torrent of human rights cases over its forced adoption legacy.

Exhibition on forced adoption prompts outpouring from women moved by loss

Exhibition on forced adoption prompts outpouring from women moved by loss

Donations to fund an exhibition on unmarried women who were forced to give away their babies – dubbed “fallen women” in the 19th century – have been accompanied by poignant comments that show how deep the trauma still lies in many families, say organisers at the Foundling Museum.

Weapons cases on the rise in N.S. youth group homes

Weapons cases on the rise in N.S. youth group homes

Government records show weapons incidents ranging from possession of pellet guns to threats with knives have been rising in Nova Scotia's youth group homes, prompting childrens' advocates to urge improved access to mental health care and increased staffing.

Jehovah's Witnesses Church 'failed to report more than 1,000 cases of child sexual abuse dating back 60 years'

Jehovah's Witnesses Church 'failed to report more than 1,000 cases of child sexual abuse dating back 60 years'

The shocking findings come from Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, launched two years ago to look at Catholic child abuse

Montana grandparents organize against Child, Family Services

Montana grandparents organize against Child, Family Services

When parents lose custody of their children due to abuse or neglect, their grandparents often step in to scoop up the pieces. In Montana, dozens of those grandparents have organized to push back against a state agency they say has shut them out as caregivers and sometimes has placed children with parents they don't know.

Exclusive: Family detention social worker speaks out

Exclusive: Family detention social worker speaks out

Oliva L√≥pez thought she’d be working with migrant mothers and children in a group-home setting when hired as a social worker at a Texas family detention center.

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