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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fear of Ebola Leaves Orphaned Children Abandoned

Fear of Ebola Leaves Orphaned Children Abandoned

13-year-old Jennette’s (name changed by UNICEF) grandmother died from Ebola. Shortly after attending the funeral, Jennette began to feel sick. When fever developed, she was taken to a local treatment center along with her mother and sister. All three family members tested positive for Ebola. Against all odds, they were successfully treated and released.


Crown tells abuse victims sorry

Crown tells abuse victims sorry

The NSW Crown Solicitor has apologised to child sex abuse victims who were asked to prove they were abused even though the state knew they had been.

Five testify in foster mom's murder trial

Five testify in foster mom's murder trial

Mary Sweeney held her 2-year-old daughter, Alexandria Hill, for 15 minutes after she was taken off of life support on July 31, 2013, a medical specialist testified Wednesday during Sherill Small's capital murder trial in a Milam County courtroom.

‘Reducing social worker visits to long-term foster placements misses the point’

‘Reducing social worker visits to long-term foster placements misses the point’

Paul Adams, fostering development consultant at BAAF, says social worker consistency and approaches matters more than the number of visits

Note: It also gives the foster parents time to hide the abuse.

Teen accused of killing 5-year-old foster brother told police he could lie, but not kill

Teen accused of killing 5-year-old foster brother told police he could lie, but not kill

In a video recording shown to the court, Cody Metzker-Madsen said a mysterious figure that stared at him would sometimes appear near the wooded area surrounding his rural home in Logan.

Labour TD Anne Ferris: "I was date raped at 16 and forced to give my baby up for adoption."

Labour TD Anne Ferris: "I was date raped at 16 and forced to give my baby up for adoption."

Brave TD Anne Ferris today reveals how she was forced to give up her baby after being date-raped as a teenager.

Law commission to suggest amendment to Guardians and Wards Act

Law commission to suggest amendment to Guardians and Wards Act 

Shared parenting, a common feature in the West and developed nations, is still alien to India. But with divorce cases rising in the courts, petitions for such a concept is growing here.

Director ‘shocked’ by social worker sex allegations

Director ‘shocked’ by social worker sex allegations

The director of the San Mateo County Human Services Agency said Wednesday she is “horrified” by allegations that one of her employees was arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old girl he was supposed to help.

CPS Commissioner says he vows to improve the system

CPS Commissioner says he vows to improve the system

How do you reform Child Protective Services? The agency tasked with protecting children like 2-year-old Colton Turner.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fayette County man sentenced to up to 75 years for sex crimes

Fayette County man sentenced to up to 75 years for sex crimes

A 58-year-old Fayette County man was sentenced Wednesday to up to 75 years for sexual crimes committed against his 15-year-old niece and foster child.


Judge refuses to declare mistrial in case of Army couple accused of child abuse in N.J.

Judge refuses to declare mistrial in case of Army couple accused of child abuse in N.J.

A federal judge refused to declare a mistrial Wednesday after lawyers for an Army couple charged with child abuse objected to the testimony of a child services worker who told the jury that it was the worst case of abuse she had seen.

Judge Hears Police Interview of Teen on Trial in Foster Child’s Murder

Judge Hears Police Interview of Teen on Trial in Foster Child’s Murder

An Iowa teen facing a murder charge angrily denied killing a five-year-old boy in a video played in court Wednesday.

Parents With Kids In Foster Care Ask Dr. Phil For Advice On Regaining Custody (VIDEO)

Parents With Kids In Foster Care Ask Dr. Phil For Advice On Regaining Custody (VIDEO)









Seventeen-year-old Andrue claims that his mother and stepfather physically and mentally abused him and his three younger siblings for years. The teen says he attempted to end his life out of desperation to escape the alleged abuse.

West Midlands Police have six weeks to improve child protection investigations after scathing report

West Midlands Police have six weeks to improve child protection investigations after scathing report

West Midlands Police has been given six weeks to improve its child protection investigations after a scathing report found a 'general lack' of understanding among staff and 'weak' responses to complex cases.

Carbon County woman charged with making false child abuse allegations

Carbon County woman charged with making false child abuse allegations

A 28-year-old Mahoning Township woman who allegedly exaggerated injuries to a 5-year-old boy in a case in which the boy's uncle was charged with assault has been charged with making false reports to police.

San Mateo County social worker arrested on child molestation charges

San Mateo County social worker arrested on child molestation charges

A San Mateo County social worker was arrested on 18 counts of felony child molestation after a 16-year-old girl he was assigned to help through Child Protective Services reported they had a sexual relationship.

Former Baby P child protection chief Sharon Shoesmith says SHE is a 'victim' because she cannot get a job following 2007 killing


The former head of children's services at the council which failed to save Baby P from being tortured to death has claimed she was a 'victim' of the scandal.

‘Politician, heal thyself!’: Social work academics react to the Baby P documentary

‘Politician, heal thyself!’: Social work academics react to the Baby P documentary

The BBC documentary on Baby Peter was extremely distressing to watch and we salute the brave and principled programme makers and those who spoke out in it.

Over a third of social workers feel their caseload is unsafe

Over a third of social workers feel their caseload is unsafe

Over a third of social workers feel their caseload has become unsafe, according to a Community Care online survey of 420 social workers.


Trial into death of foster child Alexandria Hill begins in Cameron

Trial into death of foster child Alexandria Hill begins in Cameron

"Even if it was accidental, I would not shake a baby," Sherill Small said during a July 31, 2013, interview with Rockdale police. "If I would have shook her, I would tell you."

Report slamming Mass. foster care puts Coakley on defense

Report slamming Mass. foster care puts Coakley on defense

A bombshell federal report ranking the Bay State dead last in the nation in keeping foster kids safe took center stage in the opening round of last night’s final televised debate, when Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley wrangled over who would best protect the state’s most vulnerable children as governor.

Couple sue CYFD over adopted son’s alleged abuse by foster parents

Couple sue CYFD over adopted son’s alleged abuse by foster parents

A Washington state couple are suing the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, alleging the agency failed to properly screen a Clovis-area foster couple accused of raping some of the children in their care, including a boy the Washington couple later adopted.

Charges dropped against man accused of sexually assaulting adopted sons

Charges dropped against man accused of sexually assaulting adopted sons

All sexual assault criminal charges against George Harasz have been dropped.

Erie County CPS has changed since boy’s murder

Erie County CPS has changed since boy’s murder

Relatives say they had called CPS dozens of times before the violent death of Eain Brooks.

Family sues Virginia Beach in infant boy's starvation

Family sues Virginia Beach in infant boy's starvation

The family of a 13-month-old who died two years ago has sued the city, claiming the Department of Human Services could have prevented his death.

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