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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Don't Cook The Foster Kid - Baby LK Report For April 26th 2015

Sometimes parents need to ask for help without fear of losing custody

Sometimes parents need to ask for help without fear of losing custody

Nearly 2,000 children are living in Maine’s foster care system, far outpacing the number of approved foster and adoptive families. While the Office of Child and Family Services issued a plea last month for more families to open their homes to children in foster care, we must do more to end this tragedy and ensure our children grow up in safe, loving homes.
Eight of our colleagues in the Legislature are standing beside us to respond to this urgent need, sponsoring legislation that mobilizes the local community to prevent abuse and neglect by supporting families in crisis and helping them stay together. Our bill, LD 1065, the Strengthening Families Act, empowers parents or guardians to provide for the short-term care of a child when life circumstances prevent them from doing so. Our goal is to protect families and their rights while giving them the courage to ask for help before the challenges they face spiral out of control.

Police don’t need to give unattended children to CPS if no neglect suspected

Police don’t need to give unattended children to CPS if no neglect suspected

Montgomery County police do not have to send unattended children to Child Protective Services if they do not believe neglect is involved in the case and can instead notify the parents and drive the children home, according to a newly released memo from county officials that makes it clear that police have discretion when they find children walking alone in the county.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Foster Father Indicted on 12 Counts of Sexual Abuse Against Teen

Foster Father Indicted on 12 Counts of Sexual Abuse Against Teen

A grand jury just handed down a 12-count indictment against a foster dad who police say sexually abused one of his foster kids for two months.

Rape charges dropped against former foster father

Rape charges dropped against former foster father

Charges were dropped this week against a former Lincoln County foster parent and one-time math teacher indicted for allegedly raping an 8-year-old girl.


Medical Examiner rules Stafford foster child’s death as accidental

Medical Examiner rules Stafford foster child’s death as accidental

The death of a child in the care of a foster family in Stafford County has been ruled an accident.

State child welfare officials review adoption screening process after beating death of 9-year-old

State child welfare officials review adoption screening process after beating death of 9-year-old

A Department of Children and Families investigation into the killing of Pasco County 9-year-old Jenica Randazzo revealed a communication breakdown between child protective investigators and family case workers.

I want an apology for my adoption heartache

I want an apology for my adoption heartache

Holding her newborn in her arms is a profound moment for any mother. But thousands of women pregnant outside of marriage in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s were coerced into having their children adopted. Emma Yeomans speaks to Veronica Smith about a mother’s nightmare

Hancock County mom charged with kidnapping after refusing to turn child over to DHS

Hancock County mom charged with kidnapping after refusing to turn child over to DHS

A 36-year-old Hancock County woman was charged with kidnapping last week after refusing to comply with a court order to turn her daughter over to the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Friday, April 24, 2015

GUESS HOW MUCH KANSAS DCF PAYS PRIVATE CONTRACTOR TO TAKE YOUR CHILDREN

GUESS HOW MUCH KANSAS DCF PAYS PRIVATE CONTRACTOR TO TAKE YOUR CHILDREN

Kansas’ Department of Children and Families pays St. Francis Community Services, a private foster care contractor, large amounts of money not only to refer cases to DCF, but also increases the amount of money the private company receives based on how long St. Francis remains engaged with the family.

Dad ordered to stay away from children after foster son dies following bath

Dad ordered to stay away from children after foster son dies following bath

The foster father accused of killing 11-month-old Ka’ron Mason was granted $75,000 bond Thursday in Stafford County Court. As part of the bond conditions, David John Marcussen, 33, of Fredericksburg, must stay away from children and must be supervised while around his own two and six-year-old children. He must also surrender his passport. Marcussen was charged with felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, two counts of cruelty to children and one count of child neglect after investigators said Ka’ron died from severe burns suffered while Marcussen gave him a bath.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Audit finds records lag for foster-children social workers

Audit finds records lag for foster-children social workers

Georgia social workers charged with overseeing the safety of foster children are getting increasingly behind in their paperwork, making it difficult for managers and the public to ensure they are doing the job, according to a state audit.

Not as many from Central America reaching U.S. this year

Not as many from Central America reaching U.S. this year

A record surge of children and families fleeing Central America and crossing the U.S. border from Mexico was well under way at this time last year.

Lack of foster families leads to temporary hotel housing for few children

Lack of foster families leads to temporary hotel housing for few children

In the first three months of 2015, more than a handful of Hall County foster care kids with the Division of Family and Children Services spent an average of two nights in a hotel.

“Crash pad for kids?” Sheboygan man accused of housing teenage runaways, having sex with girl

“Crash pad for kids?” Sheboygan man accused of housing teenage runaways, having sex with girl

Officials in Sheboygan have criminally charged a 40-year-old man — accused of housing teenage runaways and having sex with a young girl.

Why Do States Want to Deny Foster Children a Place to Call Home?

Why Do States Want to Deny Foster Children a Place to Call Home?

As a child, I spent almost a decade being shuffled through 14 different foster care placements, including two group homes. It wasn't until I was 12 years old that a family came along and gave me the permanent, loving home of my dreams.

Mexican girl who was wrongly seized and sent to US is reunited with family

Mexican girl who was wrongly seized and sent to US is reunited with family

When a woman in Texas claimed that Alondra Luna Nunez was her long-lost daughter, the girl's real parents in Mexico say they presented more than a dozen documents from baptismal records and a copy of her birth certificate to family photographs. They were sure it was enough to demonstrate her true origins.

Children’s aid societies told to stop using Motherisk hair tests

Children’s aid societies told to stop using Motherisk hair tests

The province is expanding the scope of the independent probe into problems at the Hospital for Sick Children’s Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory.


N.J. lawmaker: Why pay $2M for armed security instead of police at child welfare offices?

N.J. lawmaker: Why pay $2M for armed security instead of police at child welfare offices?

After a child welfare caseworker was attacked by a knife-wielding client at her office in Camden, Gov. Chris Christie's administration hired armed security guards and assigned them to each of the 46 offices scattered around the state to help calm workers' fears about their safety.

Conyers and Cardin Bills To End Racial Profiling Forgot About The Children

Conyers and Cardin Bills To End Racial Profiling Forgot About The Children

U.S. Representative John Conyers, along with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin have reintroduced The End of Racial Profiling Act of 2015.

Great.  Now this is why it will go no where:  They forgot about child welfare!

Foster Father Accused of Raping Teen in Group Home

Foster Father Accused of Raping Teen in Group Home

Police arrested a foster father on the east side after they say he sexually abused one of the teenagers he took in to his home.

Baltic States Say Norway, UK and Finland Have Stolen Their Children

Baltic States Say Norway, UK and Finland Have Stolen Their Children

Several Eastern European countries have declared war on child protection agencies in Norway, Finland and the UK, claiming that they are breaking up families based on little or no conclusive evidence.

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Disappointed With New Federal Indian Child Welfare Guidelines

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Disappointed With New Federal Indian Child Welfare Guidelines

The nation's largest constituent group of adoption attorneys, law professors, and judges is reacting to the Department of Interior's recently issued guidelines from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) concerning the Indian Child Welfare Act(ICWA), a federal law established in 1978 to protect Native American children, families and tribes.

Taking on 'free-range' parenting; ie. Criminalizing Parents For Letting Kids Play Outside

Taking on 'free-range' parenting; ie. Criminalizing Parents For Letting Kids Play Outside

Here we go!  Leave it to DHHS and WGME to start the conversation about criminalizing parents for letting their kids walk to school or letting their kids play outside.  Yes, this is where it's headed as that's what happened recently to a couple of parents in Maryland.

DCF secret list rife with problems

DCF secret list rife with problems

Something as simple as a small cut on a child in your care can land you on Vermont’s secret child abuse substantiation list; and getting your name removed might just take a Vermont Supreme Court decision.

Guess what

It Could Happen To You

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