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Friday, May 26, 2017

On Top Of Surviving Barahona Child, Signed Claims Bill To Also Benefit Two More Victims

Attorneys for a young abuse survivor say they’re grateful to the Governor and the Florida Legislature for agreeing to further compensate their client. And, the claims bill signed into law also includes money for two more abuse survivors.

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Advocates: Disabled children stranded in CT hospital ERs

Insufficient services, a complex funding system and deep state budget cuts have increasingly stranded developmentally disabled children in hospital emergency departments over the past year, often for weeks at a time, two state advocates told legislators Thursday.

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Washington CYS official named in foster mother sex-abuse case resigns

The deputy administrator of Washington County Children and Youth Services resigned Thursday as allegations arose that she overlooked the sexual abuse of a child while she worked in Greene County five years ago.

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Kansas DCF records: police, doctors, social workers aware of abuse in Adrian Jones' case

Newly released records from Kansas Department for Children and Families reveal police and medical professionals, as well as social workers, were aware or suspicious that Adrian Jones and his siblings were being abused.

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Meeting will discuss problem of group home runaways

The growing problem of runaways from group homes and the burden they place on the police department will be the subject of a meeting in June.

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Winnebago man jailed after threatening deputy, caseworker before police standoff

A Winnebago man remains jailed today after he allegedly threatened to shoot a Winnebago County sheriff’s deputy and an Illinois Department of Children & Family Services caseworker on Thursday.

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Former foster kids tell lawmakers to keep eye out for vulnerable services

State leaders say that Louisiana's budget crisis could have a startling impact on some of the state's most vulnerable residents, as the state's social services have faced tightening budgets and shrinking staffs in recent years.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Whistleblower accuses HSE of foster abuse cover up

The whistleblower who exposed the poor treatment of Grace has accused the Health Service Executive of conspiring to cover up the abuse of the young woman.

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Alaska justices rule victim of foster home sexual abuse can sue state's foster care

The Alaska Supreme Court has decided a woman who had been sexually abused by her foster brother in 2012 will be able to sue the state Office of Children's Services

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How red tape leaves foster kids out in the cold

Ohio has seen a 19 percent increase in the number of kids removed from parental custody since 2010. California has half the number of foster families it had 10 years ago, even though it has more children who need them. The number of children in foster care in West Virginia went up 24 percent between 2012 and 2016. And experts say the crisis is quickly moving into the Northeast.


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Teen who died in government care was 'invisible': Advocate

A report into the death of a teenager in government care is one of the saddest Alberta's child and youth advocate has had to write.

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Australia's stolen generations: a legacy of intergenerational pain and broken bonds

When the Bringing Them Home report was released on 26 May 1997 Florence Onus was too busy to read the news. While Australians attempted to reconcile the truth of the assimilationist policies that had sought to destroy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture by forcibly removing generations of children from their parents, she was dealing with its direct effects.


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Lack of support for kids who 'age out' of foster care system

The goal of People Places of Charlottesville is to get kids in and out of the foster care system as efficiently as possible and back with their birth families.

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Federal lawsuit accuses Texas, CPS of discriminating against black children

A federal civil rights suit in Houston accuses Child Protective Services of discriminating against African-American children, saying they are likelier to be separated from their parents and extended families than white children.

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Trial date set for foster mother accused of killing toddler

A Henry County judge has set a trial date for Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum, the foster parents accused of killing a 2-year-old girl in their care.

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Woman accused of sex crimes against foster child turns herself in

Police said employees at a local school and the Greene County Children and Youth Services office knew about accusations of inappropriate behavior by a foster mom, but continued to place children in her care.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott signs bill giving $3.75 million to Barahona children

Putting a hopeful coda on a horrific story that ended in 2011 with the discovery of the decomposing body of a 10-year-old girl in a truck along I-95 near Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed a bill giving Victor Barahona and his adopted siblings $3.75 million to rebuild their lives.


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When foster kids are moved around, schooling becomes an afterthought

Weekday mornings this school year, Bonnie Barnes often awoke before 7 a.m. in her single bed, showered, and ate breakfast on the small dining table under a print that read, “Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.”

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Reforms to U.S. Child Welfare System Could Save $12 Billion and Improve Outcomes

Striking a better balance between programs to prevent child maltreatment and services for those who have already suffered from abuse could improve long-term outcomes for children and reduce child welfare system costs in the United States by $12 billion, according to a new RAND Corporation report.


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD Is Largely A Fraud

So it may be surprising for you to learn that Kagan believes the diagnosis of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is an invention which mainly benefits the pharmaceutical industry and psychiatrists.

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Leading academic calls for ‘poor people’ to have less children

A prominent Gold Coast academic says the government should encourage poorer families to have less children out of fear many are ending up in foster care.

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Irrawaddy Division Govt Investigates Alleged Child Abuse at Orphanage

The Irrawaddy Division government is investigating alleged abuse of children at an orphanage run by Buddhist monks in the village of Apyin Yay Sine, Labutta Township, a regional minister told The Irrawaddy.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Three Georgia child protection workers fired after 10-year-old’s death

Three state child protection workers were fired Tuesday for mishandling the case of 10-year-old Kentae Williams, whose adoptive father allegedly drowned him in a bathtub in DeKalb County.

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“Clock Boy” Civil Rights Lawsuit Thrown Out

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade clock to school to show his engineering teacher. However an alarm on the clock went off during English class, resulting in him being sent to the office and the clock confiscated as a possible bomb. His family filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Irving and Irving School District for discriminating against the boy, aka “Clock Boy, based on his religion.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

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