- Official criticizes child poverty study
- Judge: Pimp was child prostitute’s foster father
- Schools use ‘safe’ rooms to islolate students
- Teen Woodward girls charged in plot to kill foster parents
- Former foster parent in custody on child porn charges
- Florida group formed to look at effort to put more foster children in permanent homes
- Budget plan slices payments to foster, adoptive families
- Foster care for fowl
- Florida’s child welfare system
- 2 Ohio children caged by adoptive parents sue
- Social workers say they — and children — still aren’t safe
- Congress pressed to act to curb child-abuse deaths
|Official criticizes child poverty study
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 08:43 PM PDT
Thanks for your child-welfare advocacy, but your facts are wrong.
That’s the reaction from a top state official to a nationwide report released by a nonprofit organization Wednesday on child abuse and neglect. The report included data on all 50 states and said that Maine spent slightly less than $32 per capita to address child abuse and neglect, ranking third-to-last in the United States.
|Judge: Pimp was child prostitute’s foster father
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 08:37 PM PDT
A Temple Hills man accused of selling young girls for sex was the foster father for one of the girls who worked for him since she was 12 years old, authorities said.
|Schools use ‘safe’ rooms to islolate students
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 08:22 PM PDT
Three east side Vancouver elementary schools are isolating students in “safe” or “time out” rooms when they consider the children to be a danger to themselves or others.
And in one case a six-year-old foster child, with a history of past abuse, was locked in a room described as a “closet” on a regular basis as a method of dealing with the child’s outbursts.
|Teen Woodward girls charged in plot to kill foster parents
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 08:21 PM PDT
Two teenage girls have been charged in Woodward County with trying to kill their foster parents.
|Former foster parent in custody on child porn charges
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 08:12 PM PDT
A former foster parent is in custody on child porn charges. Steven Hughes of Newark, who is 52-years old has taken in more than 100 children and operates a business specializing in photographing young children. Hughes who worked as a Santa Claus impersonator advertising home visits was arrested at his second home in Millsboro. He now faces charges related to child porn on a computer.
|Florida group formed to look at effort to put more foster children in permanent homes
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 08:10 PM PDT
Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon today announced the creation of a group to evaluate the department’s push to reduce the number of children in foster care and find them permanent homes.
Note: It’s an easy formula. Lower your standards for adoptive homes and you’ll get a nice little adoption bonus check at the end of the year.
|Budget plan slices payments to foster, adoptive families
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 08:09 PM PDT
Proposed state budget cuts would slice state payments to foster and adoptive parents by 5 percent.
Note: That’s gonna piss some people off.
|Foster care for fowl
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 08:05 PM PDT
From Chicago to Houston to South Portland, Maine, the urban chicken movement has taken hold. More and more city folks are raising the birds right in their own backyards.
Note: Remind you of anybody?
|Florida’s child welfare system
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 06:41 AM PDT
Florida’s “failing grade” on a national report card should serve not as a sign of defeat, but a commitment to improve the way the state serves juveniles in the state welfare system. The grade ranked all 50 states on the protections of the legal rights of abused and neglected children. Florida, the study found, needed improvement in its requirement that attorneys represent abused and neglected children throughout the court cases, and the level of training those advocates receive. Authors found that thousands of children didn’t receive a guardian ad litem, and even those who had one didn’t have representation from initial detention until they were permanently placed.
|2 Ohio children caged by adoptive parents sue
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 06:34 AM PDT
Two Ohio teenagers forced to sleep in cages have sued their adoptive parents and caseworkers who arranged the adoptions.
|Social workers say they — and children — still aren’t safe
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 06:31 AM PDT
Kenton County social worker Barbara Cowan didn’t get home Tuesday until after 9 p.m.
She was supposed to leave work after 4 p.m., but she had to investigate four possible child abuse and neglect cases that came to the office late that day. No other staff was available.
|Congress pressed to act to curb child-abuse deaths
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 05:54 AM PDT
Child-welfare advocates say the child abuse death rate in the United States is an embarrassment.
Note: They want your kids.