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Friday, February 27, 2015

Indiana may install 'baby boxes' for those giving up newborns

Indiana may install 'baby boxes' for those giving up newborns

On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life.

Foster children suffer under for-profit foster care

Foster children suffer under for-profit foster care

Children are the most under-represented among all groups. As minors they are not given the same resources or legitimacy as other groups, and their concerns are often regarded as naïve or unfounded.


Ky program helps drug addicts keep their babies

Ky program helps drug addicts keep their babies

Born into suffering, babies of addicted moms are often torn from their families — compounding the physical pain of drug withdrawal with the lifelong pain of separation.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

CPS Worker Arrested for DWI, Resisting Arrest





Justin Reyna Still on the Job

Band council forced closure of CYFS office in Sheshatshiu

Band council forced closure of CYFS office in Sheshatshiu

The Child, Youth and Family Services (CYFS) office in Sheshatshiu was forced to close for several hours between Monday and Tuesday, according to a band council member there.


Proposed Bill Could Eliminate Neglect from Utah's Child Welfare Law

Proposed Bill Could Eliminate Neglect from Utah's Child Welfare Law

A state Senator is proposing a minor change that could have far-reaching implications for the state's child welfare laws.

SB 261, sponsored by Sen. Al Jackson, R-Highland, eliminates neglect as a reason the state could remove a child from a home.

California Lawmakers Scrutinize Psychotropic Drug Prescriptions to Foster Kids

California Lawmakers Scrutinize Psychotropic Drug Prescriptions to Foster Kids

In California, 63,000 children and teenagers are in foster care in private homes or group homes run by the state.

A quarter of them were prescribed potent psychotropic drugs.

Ex-Family Court Judge Steven Jones sentenced to prison for fraud

Ex-Family Court Judge Steven Jones sentenced to prison for fraud

A former longtime Clark County Family Court judge who pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges has been sentenced to more than two years in prison and ordered to pay $2.9 million in restitution to dozens of victims of the investment scheme.


Two teens to face trial in death at group home

Two teens to face trial in death at group home

Two teens were ordered to stand trial as adults in the beating death of a former Hollidaysburg teenager at a Pittsburgh-area group home for troubled boys last month.

Foster Father Defends Facebook Photo of Toddler

Foster Father Defends Facebook Photo of Toddler

A photo popped up on Facebook of a little boy in a diaper appearing to be caged. We did some investigating and discovered a Jacksonville foster parent posted the photo. The caption under the photo stated, "I don't think he will get out anymore at night (bed time) and destroy the house and find the older kid's hidden candy and eat it up. Thanks to my wonderful hubby."

Police Tasers 'drawn on 400 children in 2013'

Police Tasers 'drawn on 400 children in 2013'

Police in England and Wales aimed taser guns at more than 400 children in 2013, firing on 37 of them, according to figures revealed Wednesday, sparking calls for a rethink of their use.

Investigations into abuse in children’s homes and schools

Investigations into abuse in children’s homes and schools

On 27 March 2014 The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP informed the House about the transfer of information received by the Department for Education relating to Jimmy Savile and several children’s homes and schools in England, dating back to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. This information was passed to the appropriate organisations for further investigation.


Post-Sandusky child protection laws won't work, if state child abuse hotline isn't working well

Post-Sandusky child protection laws won't work, if state child abuse hotline isn't working well

In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case, the state Legislature passed 23 new bills aimed at improving protections for children. Some of those laws, including one widening the list of those required to report suspected child abuse, went into effect Dec. 31. Lancaster County Children & Youth Social Service Agency has been deluged with child abuse reports in the past two months.


Denver Mayor Michael Hancock addresses DHS failures, claims department will 'tighten the reins'

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock addresses DHS failures, claims department will 'tighten the reins'

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock this week said the city's Human Services department will "tighten the reins" after an ongoing CALL7 investigation revealed that department employees had placed children with sex offenders, failed to properly complete hundreds of background checks, and falsified child safety records in the case of a two-month-old child's death.




CPS Worker Arrested for DWI, Resisting Arrest

CPS Worker Arrested for DWI, Resisting Arrest

A worker with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is facing serious allegations.  The agency is also known as CPS.

New foster care system proposed for B.C. that keeps neediest kids’ families involved

New foster care system proposed for B.C. that keeps neediest kids’ families involved

When the foster father of a teenager tormented by imaginary voices became too anxious for the safety of his own children, British Columbia's children's ministry approved his plan to move the youth to a rental unit he paid someone else to staff.

SENATE UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTS CHILD PROTECTION LAW

SENATE UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTS CHILD PROTECTION LAW

The Senate gave preliminary approval to a hefty child protection reform package, 28-0, in a roll call vote Wednesday.

Note: And I'll just bet that if you asked any of them what the sustenance of the bill was, more than half wouldn't have a clue, and are just blindly wrapping their arms around something emotional and easy that makes it look like Republicans and Democrats can actually work together.

The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill

The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill

THE SUN WAS BEATING down on Rockdale, Texas, when Donna Winkler arrived at her sister's ranch-style, clapboard house on the afternoon of July 29, 2013. Winkler was concerned about Sherill. At the age of 54, she had lost her job as a school bus driver after falling and injuring her wrist. Her husband, Clemon Small, a former crack addict, only worked a few days a week as a karaoke DJ. Recently, the Smalls had moved from nearby Austin to Rockdale, population 5,400, to cut costs.


Woman Accused of Attacking Officers, Pregnant Social Worker

Woman Accused of Attacking Officers, Pregnant Social Worker

A woman is facing assault charges for allegedly attacking police and a pregnant children and youth worker in Luzerne County.

Mother on trial, accused of abusing adopted son

Mother on trial, accused of abusing adopted son

Opening statements in the trial of a Jeffersontown mother accused of abusing her special needs adopted son in 2013 focused on the child's medical injuries and the differing narratives of how the 4-year-old sustained his injuries.


Court to lesbian couple: Fatherhood can’t be contractually erased

Court to lesbian couple: Fatherhood can’t be contractually erased

A lesbian couple in New Jersey may be forced to share parental rights with a sperm donor they used to conceive their 1-year-old son.

Huntsville foster mother indicted on charges she beat, burned foster kids

Huntsville foster mother indicted on charges she beat, burned foster kids

A Huntsville woman was indicted this month on charges that she physically abused two of her foster children, one of whom she allegedly immersed in scalding water.

New details surface in Department of Child Safety chief's firing

New details surface in Department of Child Safety chief's firing

Gov. Doug Ducey's firing of former Department of Child Safety Director Charles Flanagan came in the wake of a lengthy memo by Flanagan's successor in which he alleged Flanagan had allowed numerous reports of child abuse and neglect to be reviewed without an in-person visit to see if children were safe.

UPDATE TO SPECIAL REPORT: Child Welfare, a broken system

UPDATE TO SPECIAL REPORT: Child Welfare, a broken system

Since July 2014, CBS 58 has been staying on top of backlog issues reported at the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare.

CBS 58

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

State Department's top counterterrorism official arrested in child sex sting

State Department's top counterterrorism official arrested in child sex sting

A U.S. State Department official was jailed Tuesday on a charge of soliciting a minor.

Daniel Rosen was arrested at his home in Washington, D.C., about noon on Tuesday and was in custody at the D.C. jail Tuesday night, said Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.


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