- New apartments open to homeless youth with children
- Guest editorial: System tips toward removing children
- Protests planned for October 26-27 in Texarkana to free children of Tony Alamo Church parents
- Here’s a cool site that was just sent to me.
- State Adoption Assistance and Foster Care Funding Map
- Alameda County, social worker face suit on behalf of child found abused
- 55-and-over community wants to evict family with 6-year-old
- Can Social Services Deny You From Having a Family?
- Morristown foster father guilty on lesser charges
- Attorneys of foster child sue Oregon for $1.6 million, say DHS failed to notice abuse
- Update: Corrections, DHS would take brunt of layoffs
- Singapore Revises Family Violence Case Manual To Better Protect At Risk Families
- Cranston lawyer Robert M. Brennan agrees to disbarment
|New apartments open to homeless youth with children
Posted: 22 Oct 2009 12:19 PM PDT
On Tuesday night, Gail Floyd and her two-year-old son moved out of a West Philadelphia homeless shelter to spend the night on the floor of their new two-bedroom apartment.
|Guest editorial: System tips toward removing children
Posted: 22 Oct 2009 12:14 PM PDT
Few experiences are more damaging to a child than being torn needlessly from everyone he knows and loves and consigned to the chaos of foster care.
|Protests planned for October 26-27 in Texarkana to free children of Tony Alamo Church parents
Posted: 22 Oct 2009 12:03 PM PDT
If you can go please do. I don’t usually post entire articles, but this is a special case.
Bill Medvecky of Free the FLDS Children and Tom Friess of Inquisition Update have announced in the comments section of Bill Medvecky’s website that they are planning a protest in front of the courthouse in Texarkana, Arkansas on October 26 and 27. On Monday the 26th the court will be holding hearings as to whether or not the parental rights of three families who are members of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries Church in Fouke, Arkanasas should be terminated and their children put up for adoption.
The three families involved are the Seago, Krantz and Thorne families. Ten children are involved in these hearings. On Tuesday another eight children’s cases will be heard. All of these children were seized by the Arkansas Department of Human Services a year ago and placed into foster care, simply because the parents are members of the church. The actual allegations against the parents are not serious enough to permanently terminate parental rights, are denied by the parents, and have not been proven by the Department of Human Services. The parents were told they could not be reunited with their children unless they moved off of church property and got secular jobs. The parents contend that it would violate their religious beliefs to do so.
According to Tom Freiss, he is leaving Iowa on Friday and will be happy to pick up anyone living between Iowa and Arkansas who is interested in attending the protest. Bill Medvecky is leaving Ft. Myers, Florida on Saturday morning and is travelling to Texarkana via 75 and 10 and is also willing to pick up anyone who wants to attend the protest. You can contact Tom or Bill through the email addresses they have provided in the comments section of Bill’s website.
On Tuesday Judge Griffin will decide whether or not an order should go out to pick up an infant who wasn’t even born when the initial raids on the Tony Alamo Church took place.
As we receive more information about the protest, we will post it here.
Meanwhile here is a video that shows how Arkansas treats mothers whose only crime is going to a church that is not approved by the state of Arkansas. Make sure you watch the whole thing. You will see an innocent mother handcuffed, legs in iron, forced to hobble into court, without a jacket in the winter time.
|Here’s a cool site that was just sent to me.
Posted: 22 Oct 2009 11:54 AM PDT
Check it out, including a great video…
|State Adoption Assistance and Foster Care Funding Map
Posted: 22 Oct 2009 10:23 AM PDT
|Alameda County, social worker face suit on behalf of child found abused
Posted: 22 Oct 2009 10:21 AM PDT
A lawsuit involving a 4-month-old infant, found visually impaired and brain-damaged from abuse in 2005 at the hands of a man whom county officials had placed the child with, may be headed to trial this month.
|55-and-over community wants to evict family with 6-year-old
Posted: 22 Oct 2009 10:14 AM PDT
Before the court motions, before the eviction threats, before the limo rides to TV studios, Kimberly Broffman was 6 months old, just a baby, moving into a new home.
|Can Social Services Deny You From Having a Family?
Posted: 22 Oct 2009 10:12 AM PDT
For 17-year old Kerry Robertson, what stands in her way to marriage and motherhood is her learning disabilities. Social workers already canceled her wedding to her 25-year old fiance Mark McDougall 2 days before the church ceremony. The Fife Council where Robertson lives feels that her learning disabilities render her incapable of understanding the institution of matrimony. Under such circumstances, according to Scottish Law, authorities have the right to refuse sanctioning a marriage. Her age is not a factor here because the minimum legal age for getting married is the UK is 16. Although some places require written consent from guardians of those under 18, this is not the case in Scotland where Robertson lives. Besides, Robertson’s guardian is her grandmother who doesn’t oppose the nuptials.
|Morristown foster father guilty on lesser charges
Posted: 22 Oct 2009 10:10 AM PDT
After nearly two weeks of testimony, a Morristown man accused of strangling his foster son was found guilty Friday of voluntary manslaughter and reckless aggravated assault.
|Attorneys of foster child sue Oregon for $1.6 million, say DHS failed to notice abuse
Posted: 22 Oct 2009 10:05 AM PDT
Attorneys for a 3-year-old foster child who was rushed to the hospital with bleeding near his brain and a dangerously low body temperature are suing Oregon for $1.6 million, claiming that a state child-welfare worker failed to notice signs the boy was being beaten in his foster home.
|Update: Corrections, DHS would take brunt of layoffs
Posted: 22 Oct 2009 09:41 AM PDT
A total of 791 state workers would be laid off and 529 vacant positions would be eliminated under plans suggested by directors of state agencies.
|Singapore Revises Family Violence Case Manual To Better Protect At Risk Families
Posted: 22 Oct 2009 09:36 AM PDT
Agencies strive for better coordination to enhance protection for victims of family violence
|Cranston lawyer Robert M. Brennan agrees to disbarment
Posted: 22 Oct 2009 09:35 AM PDT
Veteran Cranston lawyer Robert M. Brennan, who practiced primarily in the Family Court, has agreed to be disbarred for converting client funds to his own use.