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Monday, August 31, 2015

Arizona foster parents want info on rule changes

Arizona foster parents want info on rule changes

Arizona wants feedback on the nearly 600 pages of rules that will govern its new child welfare agency — but many of those affected say they didn’t know their opinions were sought and they don’t understand what’s changing under the new system.

Note: Keeping the foster parents in the dark.  Why do you think that is?

Woman charged after allegedly having sexual relationship with foster child

Woman charged after allegedly having sexual relationship with foster child

Charges have been filed against the woman accused of having a sexual relationship with her foster child.

Note: This was apparently a different case from the one I posted earlier.


Foster child, left in car in church parking lot, dies in Baltimore County

Foster child, left in car in church parking lot, dies in Baltimore County

A toddler died in Baltimore County when her foster mother left her in a car outside a church, county police reported Monday.



Wonda Dixon Admits Guilt in Foster Care Child Abuse Case



Wonda Dixon Admits Guilt in Foster Care Child Abuse Case

Foster Child Protection

Foster Child Protection

Here's the simple truth: the vast majority of the more than thirty-thousand children in Texas foster care don't know where to turn if they are victims of abuse or neglect.

'Orphan hosting' boosts adoption odds by bringing children to U.S. to visit families

'Orphan hosting' boosts adoption odds by bringing children to U.S. to visit families

Last month, Jennifer and Ross Franke were headed home from a family vacation on a lake up north when Jennifer asked Ross to make an unscheduled stop in Cottage Grove.

Note: What a nice article about the international baby market, eh?

Set up centre to stop Aboriginal children going into state care, expert says

Set up centre to stop Aboriginal children going into state care, expert says

SOUTH Australia should set up a research centre dedicated to curbing the spiralling numbers of Aboriginal children being taken into state care, a leading expert says.

When Idiots Speak

Here is another of these fun loving articles written by somebody who has no understanding of the numbers and what they mean.
SHIPLEY | Fund solutions -- not failure -- when it comes to foster care
Each year, the federal government spends around $4.4 billion to maintain the foster care program, yet very little of that is allocated to services helping prevent the need for foster care.
That is correct but she continues. 
In 2013, Kentucky had 104,000 child abuse or neglect claims, yet only investigated 52,000 of them, and of that, only around 11,000 children were put in out-of-home care. I find it hard to believe that out of 100,000 calls, only 11,000 children were being abused or neglected.  
Just because they were not put in out of home care does not mean that they were not abused or neglected, nor does it mean that all of the kids who were removed form their homes were abused or neglected.  Perhaps that the family managed to pull it together.  Perhaps the social workers don't know the difference between child abuse and a hole in the ground.  I don't know.  I just know that this person doesn't have a clue as to what these numbers mean.

Aging out of DHS system increases risk of homelessness

Aging out of DHS system increases risk of homelessness

Jennifer Boyer, programs supervisor for DHS' Oklahoma Independent Living program, said the agency has some programs designed to ease the transition for those who age out of the state's child welfare system into independence, but "we just don't have enough."

Congress is moving toward an overhaul of country's foster-care system



Congress is moving toward an overhaul of country's foster-care system

Congress is moving toward an overhaul of the country's foster-care system, one that reflects a shift in how policymakers and child-welfare experts view the problem of keeping kids safe.

Foster Mother Arrested, Suspected of Inappropriate Contact with Foster Child

Foster Mother Arrested, Suspected of Inappropriate Contact with Foster Child

Bellevue Police arrested a woman suspected of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 17-year-old foster child who had been placed in her care.

Texas Parents May Lose Children for No Good Reason

Texas Parents May Lose Children for No Good Reason

A Texas Christian family is facing the nightmare that all 11 of their homeschooled children (16, 14, 12, 9, 8 [twins], 7, 6, 3, 2, and 12 weeks) will be forcibly removed from them at the end of the month. The only explanation for this is because they have been in the sights of that state’s child protective services division, as there has never been any history of abuse or neglect.

Plum High School heightens awareness of its policies on reporting abuse

Plum High School heightens awareness of its policies on reporting abuse

As classes begin today in the Plum Borough School District, there will be a heightened awareness of district policies about harassment and mandated requirements for staff to report any types of child abuse, including sexual abuse.

Note: So let me get this straight, Teachers get busted for having sex with students, and so now they're making sure the teachers know how to rat out parents to CPS so they can keep the kids safe?  Okay!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

State of emergency: Shortage of foster homes leads to separated siblings, moving far from home

State of emergency: Shortage of foster homes leads to separated siblings, moving far from home

Georgia is in a “state of emergency” when it comes to foster care, and Floyd County was ranked the fifth highest county per capita for children removed from their homes, according to DFCS officials and a report from Georgia Child Welfare Measures.

Note: Shortage of foster homes or the fact that they're taking too many kids?  You decide.

One Step Forward, One Step Back in Medication Reform for Foster Children

One Step Forward, One Step Back in Medication Reform for Foster Children

Children in California's foster care system are prescribed psychotropic medication at a much higher rate than other children in California and more than three times the national average, according to an investigative report by the Bay Area News Group.

North-west child protection failures report finds office was operating 'outside of normal procedure'

North-west child protection failures report finds office was operating 'outside of normal procedure'

An urgent report into child protection services in Tasmania's north-west has found the office was operating outside of normal procedure.

Calls for improved screening of foster carers after concerns raised about children

Calls for improved screening of foster carers after concerns raised about children

Two foster carers who have been the subject of repeated complaints to the Department of Family and Community Services dating back several years still have two teenage girls in their care, prompting calls for tighter screening and monitoring of carers.

Foster parents lose responsibility for 12 year-old

Foster parents lose responsibility for 12 year-old

A 12 year-old girl is to be formally taken into care after her foster parents physically abused and neglected her.

State found foster issues in western region ­­– last year

State found foster issues in western region ­­– last year

Investigators warned last year that children funneled to an unlicensed foster home were part of a widespread problem in the western region of the state — an area that has come under scrutiny after one foster child died and another remains in critical condition, according to a report obtained by the Herald.

Foster children in hotels: Advocate stunned

Foster children in hotels: Advocate stunned

Saskatchewan's Children's Advocate, Bob Pringle, says he was stunned to learn that hotels are still being used as homes for children in care.

Baby returned to parents, CPS case dismissed

Baby returned to parents, CPS case dismissed

Tears of relief and joyful smiles were a few indicators of the emotions that Diana Gonzalez and Ethan Johnson felt Tuesday morning when state District Judge Charles Van Orden ruled that their 10-month-old daughter, Melodi, must be returned to them that afternoon by Child Protective Services.


Lawsuit claims DCF lied to investigators in Jeremiah Oliver case

Lawsuit claims DCF lied to investigators in Jeremiah Oliver case

A lawsuit filed in Worcester Superior Court claims that supervisors and managers of the Department of Children and Families office in Leominster lied to investigators in the Jeremiah Oliver case.

Note: CPS Workers lying?  Who would have thought?

Adoption-for-cash scheme took newborns from mothers

Adoption-for-cash scheme took newborns from mothers

A man working in the Sonora child protection agency colluded with a doctor to sell newborns into adoption by using false birth certificates. The suspect targeted vulnerable mothers, poor people or women with drug problems and took away their babies.

UPDATE: More Kansas parents want to sue DCF

UPDATE: More Kansas parents want to sue DCF

Dozens of Kansas parents are hoping to take legal action against the state of Kansas.

Social worker had troubled career before arrest

Social worker had troubled career before arrest

Slapped with a 10-day suspension for misconduct, state social worker Beth Bond clapped her hands in delight and thanked her supervisor, telling her she was “amazing,” according to state personnel records.

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