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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Coroner: foster baby died of antihistamine overdose

Coroner: foster baby died of antihistamine overdose

The foster toddler who was found dead in her crib the morning of Oct. 12 died of an antihistamine overdose, according to the Clark County coroner’s office. The manner of her death was ruled a homicide.

Officials respond to case of a sex offender allowed to be foster parent

Officials respond to case of a sex offender allowed to be foster parent

Why was a registered sex offender allowed to become a foster parent? That was a question we took to officials after the arrest of a Livingston County man.

Tech flaws cause $23 million in false child-welfare claims

Tech flaws cause $23 million in false child-welfare claims

Oregon has repaid more than $23 million in federal funding, after flawed software caused the state’s child-welfare system to claim money for which it was ineligible.

Local authorities are not liable for acts of abuse by foster carers

Local authorities are not liable for acts of abuse by foster carers

In a decision handed down on 2 December the High Court held that local authorities who place children in foster care are not vicariously liable for acts of physical and sexual abuse committed by foster carers against those children, nor are they legally responsible for those acts under a non-delegable duty of care (NA v Nottinghamshire County Council).

Mom arrested after gunshots fired at DCS building

Mom arrested after gunshots fired at DCS building

A mother upset about her child being placed into state foster care is in jail after police say she fired several gunshots into a Department of Children’s Services building.

Australia's adoption laws failing our children, reports suggest

Australia's adoption laws failing our children, reports suggest

During election campaigns, politicians love to kiss babies. In fact, they are the perfect campaign accessory. Yet, the reality is, in between elections, Australian babies and children in care are forgotten – crying out for permanent, loving, stable families.

The Forgotten: Aging Out of the Foster Care System

The Forgotten: Aging Out of the Foster Care System

One of the most difficult phases of a child’s life is that of being a teenager. There are pressures from everywhere – parents, teachers, friends, and social media. Essentially the whole world has their eyes on them. And as parents, we want nothing more than to teach our children to have healthy relationships, do their best in school, and to learn essential life skills that will carry them through life. It is our job to nurture and guide them, to prepare them for life. It is critical that parents spend the time teaching their children how to be successful in life, work and relationships. But even with all of our best efforts as parents, we have no certainty as to how our children will interact with the world when it is time for them to spread their wings and fly on their own. Odds are against them every single day as this world pulls them in a million different directions.

Judge denies couple’s request to unload adopted kids on Internet

Judge denies couple’s request to unload adopted kids on Internet

A Long Island couple seeking to revoke their adoption of two Russian children tried to do an end-run around the legal system by getting rid of the kids over the Internet.

Teen admits killing foster father, another man hunting cabin

Teen admits killing foster father, another man hunting cabin

A defense lawyer says a 15-year-old boy who shot and killed his foster father and another man at a hunting cabin in northeastern Oregon never meant to kill anyone.

Father 'furious' after being asked to remove a video of daughter's school nativity from Facebook


A father said he is furious after his partner was asked to remove a video of their daughter performing in a school nativity play from Facebook.


Leicester foster parent Michael John Sharman found guilty of abusing young boys in his care

Leicester foster parent Michael John Sharman found guilty of abusing young boys in his care

A foster parent who sexually abused four boys in his care was labelled a "sexual predator" and told to expect a long jail sentence.

Four teens face charges in assault on Grand Rapids group home staffer

Four teens face charges in assault on Grand Rapids group home staffer

Four teenage residents of a Grand Rapids group home used frying pans, a computer monitor and a sock full of pool balls to attack a staff member before fleeing from the facility, according to criminal charges.


State limits restraint techniques for special needs students; stops short of ban

State limits restraint techniques for special needs students; stops short of ban

Public schools and specialized private schools in Massachusetts that educate children with behavioral or emotional issues will be required to follow new regulations when using restraint or seclusion techniques to control behavior.

Seizing Children From Families is Very Profitable Business, Expert Says

Seizing Children From Families is Very Profitable Business, Expert Says

The system of child protection, currently applied in many Western countries violates child’s rights and is used as an instrument of political terror, based on anti-family ideology, Finnish expert Dr. Johan Backman believes.

Florida is the child abuse capital of America: Shocking map shows how 786 children have been killed while being monitored by welfare officers across the U.S. since 2008

Florida is the child abuse capital of America: Shocking map shows how 786 children have been killed while being monitored by welfare officers across the U.S. since 2008 

Shocking new figures reveal Florida to be the child abuse capital of America - as 117 children were killed while being monitored by welfare officers in the state in just five years.



New Mom Suspected Of Drug Addiction Has Baby Taken Away For A Week, Despite Inconclusive Drug Test

New Mom Suspected Of Drug Addiction Has Baby Taken Away For A Week, Despite Inconclusive Drug Test

As heroin and prescription drug abuse continues to increase in America, so does the number of children addicted to these substances. In an attempt to protect infants, hospitals have cracked down on their observation of new mothers, but unfortunately this has frightening consequences for drug-free mothers being denied access to their newborns.

State-by-state breakdown of child abuse deaths

State-by-state breakdown of child abuse deaths

The Associated Press asked all 50 states, the District of Columbia and military services to provide information on children who died of abuse or neglect over a six-year span, even as authorities were investigating them or their families or providing some form of protective services.

How did a sex offender become a foster parent?



How did a sex offender become a foster parent?...

Hundreds of kids die as states fail to protect them

This article seems to be showing up everywhere with different headlines.

Hundreds of kids die as states fail to protect them

At least 760 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DHS won't talk about record $4.1 million verdict for girls molested by Portland foster mom

DHS won't talk about record $4.1 million verdict for girls molested by Portland foster mom

In the wake of the largest ever jury verdict last week against the state division charged with protecting Oregon's 8,000-plus foster children, the Oregon Department of Human Services is refusing to answer any questions about what happened.

U.S. May Soon Stand Alone for Failing to Ratify U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

U.S. May Soon Stand Alone for Failing to Ratify U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

Twenty-five years after ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Somalia and the South Sudan are taking steps to join 193 other countries around the world that have ratified the treaty. This is important news for children, as it provides a framework for nations -- even oppressive ones -- to at least acknowledge and recognize that children have special needs and should be provided the opportunity to, as UNICEF says, "develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse."


Restraining Young People in Custody for the Purposes of “Discipline” is Dangerous and illegal

Restraining Young People in Custody for the Purposes of “Discipline” is Dangerous and illegal

Earlier this year the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling unveiled plans for an £85 million secure young offender unit in Leicestershire which will open in 2017. The unit will hold 320 boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17 and its intention is to put “education at the heart of custody” and reduce re-offending. There has been mass condemnation of the “secure college” from various member organizations of the Standing Committee of Youth Justice including the Howard League for Penal Reform who described the government’s plan as “flawed, dangerous and a recipe for child abuse.”

Texas Mother of 5 Freed After Spending Years in Prison for Foster Son's Murder

Texas Mother of 5 Freed After Spending Years in Prison for Foster Son's Murder

Hannah Overton, who has spent seven years in a Texas prison for the murder of a young foster child she says she didn't commit, has finally won her freedom and will be spending this Christmas with her family.

Oklahoma pastor arrested for sexually abusing foster child

Oklahoma pastor arrested for sexually abusing foster child

A former pastor in Oklahoma who has been accused of sexually abusing a young girl for years is now behind bars.

Governor's office says DCF will honor child abuse settlement, won't say when

Governor's office says DCF will honor child abuse settlement, won't say when

A spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Scott has indicated that the governor's office wants the Department and Children and Families to pay the settlement to the surviving Barahona twin whose sibling died after years of torture by their adoptive parents, but questions remain.

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