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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Using medical pot could make parent unfit, Maine’s highest court rules

Using medical pot could make parent unfit, Maine’s highest court rules

The state's marijuana law protects patients in custody cases, but that can be superseded when the drug impairs caring for a child, justices rule in a York County case.

Ex-foster father gets 5 years in child porn case

Ex-foster father gets 5 years in child porn case

A former foster father was sentenced Thursday to more than five years in prison for filming a minor without the minor's knowledge while the minor was masturbating in a bedroom.

BSO ordered to repay state $300,000 in misspent child protection funds

BSO ordered to repay state $300,000 in misspent child protection funds

When the state Department of Children and Families discovered last month that the Broward Sheriff's Office had misspent about $300,000 slated for children's investigative services, it opened an investigation and demanded that BSO pay the money back.

Families fight for truth in Belgian forced adoption scandal



Between the 50s and 80s, thousands of young Belgian women were forced into giving up children from unwanted pregnancies by Catholic institutions. The final testimonies will be heard in the Flemish parliament this week.

DFCS Director fires caseworker the day after Fox 5 I-team Investigation of her criminal record airs.

DFCS Director fires caseworker the day after Fox 5 I-team Investigation of her criminal record airs.

Major moves today by the new director of the state's Division of Family and Children's Services.


DFS CASE WORKER CHARGED WITH SEXUAL EXTORTION

DFS CASE WORKER CHARGED WITH SEXUAL EXTORTION

A Delaware case worker is accused of threatening to take away a woman's children if she didn't give him sexual favors.

Handcuffs, Leg Shackles, And Tasers: The New Face Of Punishment In The Public Schools

Handcuffs, Leg Shackles, And Tasers: The New Face Of Punishment In The Public Schools

Roughly 1500 kids are tied up or locked down every day by school officials in the United States.

Texas school district under fire for searching students' underwear for poop: report

Texas school district under fire for searching students' underwear for poop: report

Nearly two dozen children were forced to pull down their pants after feces were found in their Gustine school's gymnasium, KHOU reported. An 11-year-old girl said she tried to refuse the inspection but was forced to undergo it. 'I felt like they violated my privacy,' she told the station.


Birth mothers living in silence


In 1976, a 17-year-old Korean girl gave birth to her first child. A few months before the delivery, she had been forced to marry the man who raped and impregnated her.

Family: 5-yr-old abused by foster father still in danger

Family: 5-yr-old abused by foster father still in danger

A family says their reports of child abuse at the hands of a Dansville minister were ignored. Pastor Alan Fox will be sentenced Thursday after admitting to sexual contact with a 5-year-old child placed in his foster care.


The terrible downside of helicopter parenting

The terrible downside of helicopter parenting

The story about a brother and sister, ages 10 and 6, who were stopped by police on their walk home from a park in suburban Maryland raises doubts about how much protection modern-day kids need. The children had permission from their parents to walk the one mile home. But Maryland local police insisted on giving them a ride and obviously perceived the terrain as dangerous.

Child maltreatment not a clear path to adult crime

Child maltreatment not a clear path to adult crime

Research has found a significant link between childhood abuse and neglect and crime in adulthood. But a recent University of Washington study finds that link all but disappears when accounting for other life factors.

Note: Hmm.  Another study that suggests that CPS is full of shit regarding one of their long held presuppositions.  Go figure.

Father sues Richland County Children Services

Father sues Richland County Children Services

An Ashland man has filed a civil lawsuit against Richland County Children Services, alleging the agency conspired for three years to take his daughter away from him.

Failing foster kids in SC

Failing foster kids in SC

Like most moms, Lindsey Beckenhauer says life can get chaotic around her home.

Judge Slams DCF Over Children Not Getting Care

Judge Slams DCF Over Children Not Getting Care

Florida’s Department of Children and Families has been notorious for its failures to protect children on its watch. Just this month, in yet the latest tragedy, five year-old Phoebe Jonchuck was thrown to her death from a bridge by her father, despite earlier calls to DCF’s hotline that the man was a danger to his children.

Ex-child-welfare workers sue for wrongful termination

Ex-child-welfare workers sue for wrongful termination

Five former Arizona child-welfare workers have filed suit against the state for what they call their wrongful termination amid an agency scandal, their attorney said Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

EDITORIAL: County’s child welfare response falls flat

EDITORIAL: County’s child welfare response falls flat

A sure sign that government lacks accountability: When public officials use taxpayer resources to shoot the messengers of news they don’t want to hear.

Foster children more likely to be abused than adopted, new report reveals

Foster children more likely to be abused than adopted, new report reveals

The full extent of the abuse faced by children in care is laid bare, with figures showing 365 foster children were reportedly abused last financial year by someone living in the home they were fostered to, according to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services.

National Children's Commissioner 'very concerned' by figures showing hundreds of kids in foster care abused

National Children's Commissioner 'very concerned' by figures showing hundreds of kids in foster care abused

Several hundred children in foster care were abused in the last year, new figures have revealed, prompting deep concern from National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell.

Mother accused of taking children to South Dakota reservation

Mother accused of taking children to South Dakota reservation

Wednesday is Cheyienna Nygaard’s second birthday and she hasn’t seen her father, Aarin Nygaard, for five months.

Phoenix Sinclair inquiry prompts Manitoba to keep kids out of CFS care

Phoenix Sinclair inquiry prompts Manitoba to keep kids out of CFS care

The Manitoba government is pledging to overhaul the province's child welfare system to keep more children, including aboriginal children, with their families and home communities rather than taking them into foster care.

Stepson of murder suspect fights to get sisters back from CPS

Stepson of murder suspect fights to get sisters back from CPS

After months of caring for his little sisters, a 22-year-old Mesa man said Child Protective Services has taken the girls without a warning or an explanation.


State investigates CPS placement of Dallas baby who was drowned

State investigates CPS placement of Dallas baby who was drowned

The state will investigate whether Child Protective Services mishandled the placement of a Dallas baby who was drowned this week, allegedly by the teenage daughter of her caregiver.

Lawmakers grill new CYFD chief on unspent funds for child welfare

Lawmakers grill new CYFD chief on unspent funds for child welfare

Gov. Susana Martinez's choice to head the department that oversees child welfare outlined her plans Tuesday to better protect endangered children during her first legislative hearing before the Senate Finance Committee.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Concerns over holes in system dealing with BC’s most vulnerable

Concerns over holes in system dealing with BC’s most vulnerable

There’s concern people dealing with the most vulnerable kids in our province don’t actually need any training to be a social worker in BC and the children’s watchdog calls that harmful.

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