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- Michigan Public Pretenders not getting enough business by DHS
- Foster Mom Testifies In Boy’s Hearing
- DCF report assails Fort Lauderdale drug treatment program
- Brooklyn Family Court judge refuses to terminate parental rights of incarcerated, illiterate dad
- State settles suit over 2 foster kids who were physically, sexually abused
- Proceedings against family court judge begin
- Study: Racial differences in foster care
- State to mom: Stop baby-sitting neighbors’ kids
- Better Safe than Sorry? When Puritanical Hysteria Harms Children
- Warning to parents in Liverpool England!!!
- Conn. Is Slacking: Florida 9 Mil.
- They find homes for more kids
- Vietnam jails 6 for adoption fraud
- American jailed in Japan for trying to reclaim his children
- A life ruined by abuse and ‘bashed around’ by the courts
- Report on Fresno Co. Child Protective Services calls for better communication
- Foster youths need access to mental health care
- Blacks, Native Americans more likely to go to foster care
- State to release child welfare legal findings
- Children face swine flu drug test
|Michigan Public Pretenders not getting enough business by DHS
Posted: 30 Sep 2009 04:54 AM PDT
A new study finds Michigan could save money if it did a better job of providing legal aid to parents in child neglect or abuse investigations.
Sometimes it’s because of sheer neglect or abuse. But often, not having attorneys to represent them keeps Michigan moms and dads away from their children.
|Foster Mom Testifies In Boy’s Hearing
Posted: 30 Sep 2009 04:51 AM PDT
The foster mother of a 9-year-old boy accused in the gang-rape of an 8-year-old Liberian girl testified Tuesday that the boy is flourishing in her home and is so happy there that he sings all the time.
|DCF report assails Fort Lauderdale drug treatment program
Posted: 30 Sep 2009 04:47 AM PDT
State social service administrators are demanding a host of reforms from a Fort Lauderdale drug treatment program, saying in a report that Spectrum staff members have used “hostility, bullying, humiliation and fear” to treat adolescent drug addicts and given them cold medicine to make them sleep.
|Brooklyn Family Court judge refuses to terminate parental rights of incarcerated, illiterate dad
Posted: 30 Sep 2009 04:35 AM PDT
Kings County (Brooklyn, NY) Family Court Judge J. Alan Beckoff denied a petition to terminate the parental rights of an incarcerated father late last week. In the matter of Jayquan J., SCO Family of Services, a foster care agency, petitioned the court to terminate the parental rights of Clint J., saying that he had made no efforts to contact his child and had abandoned the child, therefore his consent was not needed to put Jayquan up for adoption.
|State settles suit over 2 foster kids who were physically, sexually abused
Posted: 30 Sep 2009 04:07 AM PDT
A lawsuit filed against the state Department of Social and Health Services on behalf of two children who were sexually abused by their state-licensed foster parents has been settled for $2.5 million, according to DSHS officials and the children’s attorney.
|Proceedings against family court judge begin
Posted: 30 Sep 2009 04:05 AM PDT
A panel of judges from across the state perused transcripts Tuesday and watched hours of video recordings from the courtroom of a Central Kentucky family court judge facing charges of misconduct.
|Study: Racial differences in foster care
Posted: 30 Sep 2009 03:55 AM PDT
Black and American-Indian children are more likely to be placed in foster care and to remain wards of the state longer than whites, an Oregon study finds.
|State to mom: Stop baby-sitting neighbors’ kids
Posted: 30 Sep 2009 03:13 AM PDT
Each day before the school bus comes to pick up the neighborhood’s children, Lisa Snyder did a favor for three of her fellow moms, welcoming their children into her home for about an hour before they left for school.
Regulators who oversee child care, however, don’t see it as charity. Days after the start of the new school year, Snyder received a letter from the Michigan Department of Human Services warning her that if she continued, she’d be violating a law aimed at the operators of unlicensed day care centers.
|Better Safe than Sorry? When Puritanical Hysteria Harms Children
Posted: 29 Sep 2009 08:38 PM PDT
Few people object to the existence of government agencies charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect, nor do they oppose giving these agencies the power to remove children from abusive environments, at least as a last resort.
However, this post from the Wall Street Journal Law Blog shows what can happen when the legitimate mission of state Child Protective Services agencies can become sidetracked by puritanical hysteria.
|Warning to parents in Liverpool England!!!
Posted: 29 Sep 2009 11:39 AM PDT
Liverpool is recruiting dozens more child social workers to support the city’s most vulnerable families.
|Conn. Is Slacking: Florida 9 Mil.
Posted: 29 Sep 2009 11:34 AM PDT
Connecticut has received an extra $511,354 from the federal government as a bonus for its efforts to increase the number of children adopted from foster care.
Note: Florida got over $9 Million. So there! You guys are slacking.
|They find homes for more kids
Posted: 29 Sep 2009 10:42 AM PDT
A Bay Area community-based care organization is ranked first in the state in the total number of adoptions. Hillsborough Kids Incorporated adopts out hundreds of children a year.
|Vietnam jails 6 for adoption fraud
Posted: 29 Sep 2009 10:38 AM PDT
A Vietnamese court has sentenced six people to up to 4 1/2 years in prison for arranging more than 300 fraudulent adoptions, a court official said Tuesday.
Among those sentenced were the heads of two welfare centers who helped persuade unwed pregnant mothers to give up their babies in exchange for free food and shelter.
|American jailed in Japan for trying to reclaim his children
Posted: 29 Sep 2009 09:41 AM PDT
Had this parental abduction drama played out in the United States, Christopher Savoie might be considered a hero — snatching his two little children back from an ex-wife who defied the law and ran off with them.
|A life ruined by abuse and ‘bashed around’ by the courts
Posted: 29 Sep 2009 09:38 AM PDT
It was Jack White’s dream job: working with developmentally handicapped children at the very treatment centre where he had suffered 12 years of institutional abuse at a time when such horrors were commonplace.
|Report on Fresno Co. Child Protective Services calls for better communication
Posted: 29 Sep 2009 09:36 AM PDT
A citizens’ report on Fresno County Child Protective Services, prompted by a beating death of a 10-year-old boy in January, calls for improved communication among agencies that respond to child-abuse allegations.
|Foster youths need access to mental health care
Posted: 29 Sep 2009 09:35 AM PDT
Elise was placed in foster care at the age of 13, after being raped in her home by a man her mother knew. Just days later, Elise had to testify in her mother’s presence about the rape and her mother’s prostitution and drug addiction. The most resilient adult would struggle to cope with such trauma. Yet, Elise was unable to get any therapy or counseling for several months. Why? Because she was placed in a foster home outside the county where she lived.
|Blacks, Native Americans more likely to go to foster care
Posted: 29 Sep 2009 09:29 AM PDT
Child abuse doesn’t discriminate by race in Oregon. Authorities say the abuse rate is the same for white families as it is for minorities.
|State to release child welfare legal findings
Posted: 29 Sep 2009 09:27 AM PDT
A new study says Michigan needs to strengthen ways that parents are represented in child protection proceedings.
|Children face swine flu drug test
Posted: 29 Sep 2009 08:04 AM PDT
The first children in Britain have started receiving a swine flu vaccine as part of a major new trial.
Researchers are hoping to use around 1,000 youngsters over the next fortnight to see which of two different drugs perform the best.