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Monday, April 30, 2012

Social worker convicted of committing indecent acts against boy in his care

Social worker convicted of committing indecent acts against boy in his care


A social worker was yesterday convicted in a Haifa court of committing indecent acts against an adolescent last year, while serving as his caseworker.

Shoeless Foster Toddler Found Wandering St. Louis Co. Street


Shoeless Foster Toddler Found Wandering St. Louis Co. Street

A toddler is OK, but the woman who was watching him is being questioned after the boy was found shoeless in a St. Louis County street.

Activists allege forced abortions, sterilizations in China

Activists allege forced abortions, sterilizations in China

When Ji Yeqing awakened, she was already in the recovery room.

State Supreme Court To Rule On Who Can Send DCF Child Out Of State

State Supreme Court To Rule On Who Can Send DCF Child Out Of State

The case of a teen-ager whose transfer to an out-of-state treatment center last year was blocked by the Department of Children and Families has worked its way to the state Supreme Court.

Woman charged with animal cruelty may lose foster children

Woman charged with animal cruelty may lose foster children

A woman arrested on animal cruelty charges will find out if her foster children will be returned to her on Monday. They were put into child protective custody when police found them living in deplorable conditions.

Report Finds ‘Culture Of Secrecy’ In Child Abuse Disclosure Laws

Report Finds ‘Culture Of Secrecy’ In Child Abuse Disclosure Laws


A new report from the Children's Advocacy Institute and University of San Diego says there is a "culture of secrecy" in states' disclosure laws, which hides information about child abuse deaths and near-deaths.


Gov. Heineman hopes for positive change to child welfare system (AUDIO)


Gov. Heineman hopes for positive change to child welfare system (AUDIO)

Governor Heineman hesitated; then accepted proposed changes to the child welfare system during the legislative session.



NSPCC warns children in care are being returned to abusive homes


NSPCC warns children in care are being returned to abusive homes


The NSPCC has warned that hundreds of children currently going into care will be sent back to abusive family homes without the support needed to keep them safe from harm.


Black Children Less Likely to Get Pain Meds in ER


Black Children Less Likely to Get Pain Meds in ER

Black children seen in the emergency department for abdominal pain are less likely to receive pain medication than white children, according to a new study.

Children's advocate pleads guilty to possessing child porn

Children's advocate pleads guilty to possessing child porn


A Newcastle man, once applauded by Governments for his child protection work, has admitted possessing child pornography and forging documents to keep his job.

Parents arrested after forcibly abducting their own children

Parents arrested after forcibly abducting their own children


A Clallam County couple was arrested for forcibly abducting their own children. The children, 4 and 1, had been taken from them by court order and placed in the care of Child Protective Services.

Ringing off the hook: N.J. child abuse hotline calls have soared since Penn State sex scandal

Ringing off the hook: N.J. child abuse hotline calls have soared since Penn State sex scandal

New Jersey’s child abuse hotline has been flooded with phone calls since the Penn State sexual abuse scandal shocked the nation late last year, according to Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake.

Report: Counties fail to meet child welfare rules

Report: Counties fail to meet child welfare rules

A published report says child protection workers statewide have made numerous mistakes that have led to children being hurt and even killed.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mum flips at custody talks

Mum flips at custody talks

The threat of losing her children sent a Hamilton woman into a violent rage at a Child, Youth and Family office, Hamilton District Court heard last week.

Obama criticized in reversal on child farm-labor regulations

Obama criticized in reversal on child farm-labor regulations

The Obama administration’s move to scrap a plan that would prevent some children from working in dangerous farm jobs drew sharp rebukes Friday from child-welfare advocates who claim the president caved in to election-year pressure from farmers and Republicans.

Don't Shoot A Social Worker - Baby LK Report For April 29th 2012

State continues to withhold child-abuse records


State continues to withhold child-abuse records

Despite promises of transparency by Gov. Steve Beshear, state officials are refusing to release child-protection records about a man who was convicted of beating his 3-month-old son prior to the mysterious deaths of his two infant daughters.

Social Services Offices To Tighten Security After Mother Is Charged With Attacking Baby


Social Services Offices To Tighten Security After Mother Is Charged With Attacking Baby

A baby savagely attacked with a knife inside what’s supposed to be a secure Department of Social Services (DSS) office. Her own mother is now charged. Now, major changes are coming to DSS security procedures to prevent it from happening again.

Safety net for foster children with mental-health needs


Safety net for foster children with mental-health needs

On average, a kid runs away from foster care every few days. At Devereux's residential treatment center, between the fences and security staff, they usually don't get far.

Foster children have grim prospects

Foster children have grim prospects

The prospects for kids who age out of foster care are grim.

Studies show that half won't graduate from high school, one-quarter will be homeless for a while, and more than half will be unemployed within a year or two of leaving the child-welfare system.

Foster parents receive little reimbursement

Foster parents receive little reimbursement

Criss Weeks and her husband didn't expect problems last year when they began caring for two young grandsons and their twin newborn sisters.

Shelter care: More foster kids, long stays


Shelter care: More foster kids, long stays

Crisis shelters and group homes are intended to be temporary placements for older foster children, a stop along the way to a permanent home -- either back with parents or to adoption.

Child protection system must improve

Child protection system must improve

Stress is a given for social service workers who deal with abused children and their families. They not only must accurately document abuse and neglect, but also take it a step further by recommending corrective action and even predicting potential future abuse.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Innovative program helps keep kids out of foster care

Innovative program helps keep kids out of foster care

The success of an innovative child welfare program shows the system doesn’t have to be a constant battle, say local advocates.

Philadelphia Man Finds Himself on Missing Children's Site


Philadelphia Man Finds Himself on Missing Children's Site

A Philadelphia man who was adopted as a child found himself on a missing person's website and ended up solving his own case.

Parents take son to hospital for bump on the head and are stopped from seeing their kids alone for seven months following false abuse claims

Parents take son to hospital for bump on the head and are stopped from seeing their kids alone for seven months following false abuse claims

Chris and Julia Norton were ­interviewed by police and forced to sign over the ­children to Julia’s parents

Review: Counties miss mark on standards for child abuse investigations

Review: Counties miss mark on standards for child abuse investigations

In March 2010, the 40-year-old boyfriend of the toddler's mother became enraged and punched the little boy repeatedly for shaking his bottle and sprinkling milk on his newborn sister. The blows perforated the Racine boy's intestines, broke his ribs, and lacerated his liver and pancreas. Jovani's mother waited several days before taking him to the hospital, where he died.

'He’, 'she’ – it’s all the same to the family 'expert’


'He’, 'she’ – it’s all the same to the family 'expert’

Two more glimpses into the surreal underworld of our 'child protection' system.

Drug Trials Neglect Children: New Study

Drug Trials Neglect Children: New Study

Drug trials tend to ignore child patients who account for a larger proportion of overall disease burden and instead focus on adults, according to new research presented Saturday.

Paul LePage, Republican Governor Of Maine, Calls State Workers 'Corrupt'

Paul LePage, Republican Governor Of Maine, Calls State Workers 'Corrupt'

Maine's blunt-speaking governor is again creating a ruckus with his offhanded remarks – this time by calling state government middle managers "about as corrupt as can be."


Note: I must point out that Governor LePage of Maine is attacking social service programs such as Medicaid, Food Stamps, and TANIF, but fails to mention that Medicaid is the largest funding source in Child Welfare.  





Arizona foster-care system in crisis; not enough homes for children


Arizona foster-care system in crisis; not enough homes for children

Arizona child-welfare administrators have a tough sales pitch to make.




'I never saw him observing parents with children': The woman who said she was forced to take babies from their mothers by the 'expert' who played God


'I never saw him observing parents with children': The woman who said she was forced to take babies from their mothers by the 'expert' who played God


Anyone who works in child protection will tell you that one of the worst aspects of the job is having to take a youngster from its mother’s arms, possibly for ever.



'Penn State' child abuse reporting law signed into law by Gov. Scott

'Penn State' child abuse reporting law signed into law by Gov. Scott

Penn State officials who resigned in disgrace would have had to pay at least $8 million for covering up a sex scandal if Pennsylvania had enacted a law like the one that Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed Friday.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Republican Jeremy Faison: Blame Suicides on Parenting, Not Bullying


Republican Jeremy Faison: Blame Suicides on Parenting, Not Bullying

Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) of Tennessee recently spoke out against a measure related to bullying, saying that kids -- who had committed suicide -- didn't do so because of bullying, but rather because they were not instilled with proper principles.



New child scandal at Baby P council after 10 starving children covered in lice taken into care

New child scandal at Baby P council after 10 starving children covered in lice taken into care

The shamed council boss at the centre of the Baby P case has presided over another child abuse scandal, it emerged yesterday.

Foster child's letter of concern over Family Ties cuts raised in legislature

Foster child's letter of concern over Family Ties cuts raised in legislature


Opposition Leader Olive Crane again raised concerns Friday over government’s decision to lay off child and family service workers, tabling a letter from a Grade 10 student in foster care who says this will have a negative impact on her.

Early intervention ''means rolling up your sleeves''

Early intervention ''means rolling up your sleeves''


Local authority staff should turn up at the homes of troubled families early in the morning if necessary to get parents out of bed and make sure their children are fed and sent to school, said Louise Casey, head of the troubled families team at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Child Labor Farm Rules Scrapped By White House Under Political Pressure


Child Labor Farm Rules Scrapped By White House Under Political Pressure

Facing political pressure from Republicans and farming groups, the White House has decided to scrap rules proposed last year that would have prevented minors from performing certain agricultural work deemed too dangerous for children.


Infant reunited with family


Infant reunited with family


A MOTHER’S 26-hour ordeal came to an end yesterday when she was reunited with her three-week-old baby who had been snatched by a woman who miscarried her own child.



Haringey failed to stop 'appalling' abuse of family of ten children over seven years

Haringey failed to stop 'appalling' abuse of family of ten children over seven years


Ten children in one family suffered “appalling” neglect and cruelty during seven years of abuse in the borough where Baby P was killed.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Octomom Nadya Suleman Says Visit From Child Protective Services Was a “Set Up”

Octomom Nadya Suleman Says Visit From Child Protective Services Was a “Set Up”


Last month, Octomom Nadya Suleman made headlines for her topless photos. This month, it’s because she had a visit from Child Protective Services. ABC News reports that Nadya’s hairdresser called CPS and gave them photos that showed Nadya locked her kids in a room by putting a chair under the doorknob, and forced her toddlers to use portable training toilets outside.

Brian Dickerson: Little Leo's lemonade ordeal yields legislative fix

Brian Dickerson: Little Leo's lemonade ordeal yields legislative fix


Leo Ratte learned how abruptly the state can sunder the lifeline between a boy and his family on a Saturday afternoon in 2008, when a Comerica Park security guard alerted police that he saw Leo, then 7, sipping from a bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade.

Child Protective Services could face more stringent rules for taking kids from parents

Child Protective Services could face more stringent rules for taking kids from parents

A Michigan House committee approved stricter guidelines for placing children into emergency protective services, on the heels of a high-profile case in which a father accidentally gave his son an alcoholic lemonade.

Prosecution rests in Marsden murder trial

Prosecution rests in Marsden murder trial

The prosecution rested its case Monday in the murder trial of Damien Marsden following testimony from an expert witness that Marsden’s son did not die from injuries he suffered from falling off a bed. Dr. Arne Graff also testified that 4-month-old Rylin Marsden died of injuries following a non-accidental head trauma, which likely occurred just before he started showing symptoms on the afternoon of Aug. 2, 2009. Damien Marsden, 33, of Grygla, Minn., is facing three counts of second-degree murder in state District Court in his son’s death.

Defense offers alternate theory in Marsden murder trial

The defense team for Damien Marsden took its first steps at putting a dent in the prosecution’s case Tuesday, forwarding its own theory for the death of Marsden’s son bolstered by testimony from a forensic pathologist.

Marsden found not guilty on all three murder counts

Damien Marsden was found not guilty Wednesday by a 12-person jury on all three murder counts he faced in state District Court in connection to the death of his 4-month-old son. Marsden, 33, of Grygla, Minn., was on trial for causing a head injury to his son, Rylin Marsden, leading to his eventual death in August 2009.

Parental alienation rises to surface

Parental alienation rises to surface

With more than 43% of the Canadian population divorcing, it’s likely you know someone who’s gone through a messy split.

UK couple cleared of son’s murder calls for probe

UK couple cleared of son’s murder calls for probe

A young British couple has been reunited with their infant daughter after a long legal battle that dragged on even after they were cleared of murdering their 4-month-old son.

CPS Worker Kept Job Despite State Investigation Into Foster Abuse

CPS Worker Kept Job Despite State Investigation Into Foster Abuse

Blancho Brumfield has been responsible for investigating and reporting child abuse in Sacramento County since 2004, but according to state documents, she’s accused of abusing some of our most vulnerable children herself.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A true horror story: The abuse of teenage boys in a detention centre

A true horror story: The abuse of teenage boys in a detention centre

The prison service and police knew of his interest in young boys. So how did Neville Husband get away – for decades – with the horrific abuse of teenagers in his care?

Parents wire kids to prove teachers' verbal abuse

Parents wire kids to prove teachers' verbal abuse

Teachers hurled insults like "bastard," ''tard," ''damn dumb" and "a hippo in a ballerina suit." A bus driver threatened to slap one child, while a bus monitor told another, "Shut up, you little dog."

They were all special needs students, and their parents all learned about the verbal abuse the same way — by planting audio recorders on them before sending them off to school.

Mother Identified In Baby Stabbing Case At Social Services Building

Mother Identified In Baby Stabbing Case At Social Services Building

Police say a city woman stabbed her own daughter in front of a social worker at a  Department of Social Services office.

Past coverage: Montana's child-protection laws need changes, some say


Montana is now at a point where a series of high-profile child death and abuse cases have unleashed public fury in just about every direction.

OCCUPY CPS new flyers and posters

OCCUPY CPS new flyers and posters

Posters and flyers — each have a version with profanity and without.

Facebook postings about family court judge earn man four years in prison

Facebook postings about family court judge earn man four years in prison

While he still believes he has valid disagreements with the Family Court system, a 38-year-old Gaffney man accused of threatening the life of a Family Court judge through postings on the Facebook social media website admitted Tuesday that he crossed a line.

Former West Fargo couple face six-week nightmare getting back their son

Former West Fargo couple face six-week nightmare getting back their son

In June 2010, Kalvin Gruel’s son Tommy, adopted at birth nine months earlier, had a seizure. It was the latest in a long line of medical issues for Tommy, who had struggled since birth with weak connective tissue and a skull too big for his body and growing all the time. But the hospital staff suspected his eye hemorrhages and brain bleeding were instead signs of a shaken baby, and contacted Clay County Social Services. A week and a half after the seizure, the agency claimed Tommy and his older sister Kaylee were living in a dangerous environment and took custody of both children.

A dangerous attack on school breakfast

A dangerous attack on school breakfast


Today, there are 474,000 New York City children whose families struggle to put enough food on the table . These kids are more likely to have health problems and are more likely to stumble in school. In-classroom breakfast is a practical way to ensure that as many kids as possible benefit from the most important meal of the day.

Parents accused of allowing pre-teens to access Facebook

Parents accused of allowing pre-teens to access Facebook

Parents have been accused by ministers of helping their children break strict Facebook rules banning youngsters under 13 setting up profiles.

Regulating the Abuse Industry

Regulating the Abuse Industry


It is rare thing indeed that I will advocate for legislative action on just about any matter, as I generally prefer that legislatures do as little work as possible. However, in cases where there are real problems that exist—often as a result of the legal structure itself—then I will join with other voices calling for needed reforms.  One area, I believe, where there is such needed reform is in dealing with the abuse industry in this country.

Child welfare officials visit Octomom's home


Child welfare officials visit Octomom's home

Police and child welfare officials have visited the Southern California home of Octomom Nadya Suleman after getting a complaint that her 14 children were living in squalor.






Woman Says She Got Pregnant By Social Worker; He Has Child


Woman Says She Got Pregnant By Social Worker; He Has Child

A social worker who was supposed to be helping a Milwaukee woman got her pregnant instead, the woman said. Now, she's fighting to get her daughter back.

The baby's father was assigned to investigate a child neglect complaint about the woman's other children.

The agency said the social worker broke rules by having sex with a client and but then placed the child with him after they removed the baby from her mother's home.








Survey: 1 in 3 Kids Hurt Playing Sports

Survey: 1 in 3 Kids Hurt Playing Sports

About 1 in 3 kids who plays sports will need medical attention due to injuries sustained on the field or court, such as concussions, broken bones, and dehydration, a new survey shows.

Note: CPS will still find a way to blame the parents.

Mother upset over child's pat down at Wichita airport



A pat down at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport involving a 4-year-old girl is drawing worldwide attention after the mother says the TSA went too far in screening her daughter.

Sacramento child abuse investigator target of state foster-care probe

Sacramento child abuse investigator target of state foster-care probe


In 2007, the state Department of Social Services revoked the foster care license of a Vallejo woman whom the agency accused of locking children in her garage "for hours without food or water" and taunting one foster boy with the words "faggot" and "queer."

Foster parents of dead baby speak out

Foster parents of dead baby speak out

The 3-month old baby, buried in a shallow grave outside Eloy, was once in Child Protective custody.

Police search for teen who ran away from foster mom, DHS staff

Police search for teen who ran away from foster mom, DHS staff

Portland Police are searching for a 14-year-old girl who ran away from her foster mother and Oregon Department of Human Services Staff.

Bronx couple with three foster children die in fire


Bronx couple with three foster children die in fire

A devoted Bronx couple raising three foster kids died in a smoky apartment fire despite the efforts of heartbroken would-be rescuers to reach them.




OCTOMOM Police Investigating Child Neglect Claims


OCTOMOM Police Investigating Child Neglect Claims

The La Habra Police Department and the Orange County Dept. of Family and Children's Services showed up at the home of Octomom Nadya Suleman Tuesday night, after receiving a complaint from her hairstylist that the mother of 14 allows her kids to live in horrendous conditions.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Police: 11-Year-Old Girl Makes False Statement that Parent Menaced her with Handgun

Police: 11-Year-Old Girl Makes False Statement that Parent Menaced her with Handgun

An 11-year-old Jefferson Valley girl is accused of falsely reporting to police that one of her parents menaced her with a handgun, Yorktown police said.

Mern case foster parents convicted for abuse


Mern case foster parents convicted for abuse

The Danish foster parents in what has become known as the Mern case have been found guilty of abusing nine children in their care between 1990 and 2010. The woman has been sentenced to two years in Jail, while the man will serve two years and six months.

DHS to cut funding to child abuse prevention programs

DHS to cut funding to child abuse prevention programs

The state Department of Human Services said today it will cut funding to programs aimed at preventing child abuse because of a $2.2 million reduction in federal funding.

Alberta officials deny wrongdoing after toddler’s death wrongly deemed a homicide

Alberta officials deny wrongdoing after toddler’s death wrongly deemed a homicide

Provincial officials are denying any wrongdoing in a case involving a toddler who was put into foster care for nearly two years following an autopsy that wrongly classified his stepbrother’s accidental death as a homicide.

High Workloads and Limited Resources May Prevent Children in Foster Care from Returning Home

High Workloads and Limited Resources May Prevent Children in Foster Care from Returning Home

A state audit released today found that while the Department of Human Services’ Child Welfare Program returned children home at a higher rate than the national average, high caseloads and limited services to parents may prevent children in foster care from returning home. Auditors suggested the agency consider some strategies to help case workers with the challenges they face.

Foster care father and son to stand trial


Foster care father and son to stand trial

A father and son have been committed to stand trial in the Bendigo County Court charged with a series of sex offences against a female foster child.

If fewer kids are in D.C. foster care, why isn’t agency’s budget decreasing?

If fewer kids are in D.C. foster care, why isn’t agency’s budget decreasing?

The number of children in the District’s child welfare system is continuing to drop, prompting officials to take a fresh look at how the city spends its $265 million child welfare budget.

Child stabbed at city Social Services office

Child stabbed at city Social Services office


A toddler was stabbed this morning at a Social Services office in East Baltimore, and the child's mother is in custody, city officials said.

New child welfare audit says Oregon can do more to reunite parents and kids in foster care

New child welfare audit says Oregon can do more to reunite parents and kids in foster care

While Oregon child welfare caseworkers do better than the national average in seeing that children taken into state foster care are returned to their parents, a new audit also finds caseworkers often do not include parents in critical discussions concerning their families and have little time to ensure meaningful visits between parents and kids.

Mother stabs child at Social Services



Note: I doubt this will help her get her kid back.

Five-year-olds 'must have basic skills tested' amid fears sedentary lifestyles have left up to half of British children unfit for school Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2133759/Doctors-check-year-olds-British-children-unfit-school-sedentary-lifestyles.html#ixzz1sxnv3Gsl

Five-year-olds 'must have basic skills tested' amid fears sedentary lifestyles have left up to half of British children unfit for school

Five-year-olds must undergo tests of basic skills to ensure they are fit enough for school, a leading academic has said.

Women arrested for paternity test con

Women arrested for paternity test con

Alleged Facebook con woman Dalene Crawford, who has been accused of fleecing a mother who wanted to rig a paternity test, is behind bars.

Accused of killing our son... then robbed of our newborn daughter: The couple wrongly blamed for shaking their rickets-stricken baby to death relive their horrific ordeal

Accused of killing our son... then robbed of our newborn daughter: The couple wrongly blamed for shaking their rickets-stricken baby to death relive their horrific ordeal


Jayda Wray came home on Good Friday for the first time. 

The excited little girl, wearing a bright red cardigan, was carried through the front door by her father and mother, who had waited since the day she was born for the precious moment.


False abuse accusations against teachers 'on the rise'

False abuse accusations against teachers 'on the rise'

Teachers across Canada are having their reputations ruined as increasing numbers get falsely accused of abusing their students, or acting inappropriately with them, experts say.

Norway children back home: Top 10 developments

Norway children back home: Top 10 developments

The Norway nightmare, which lasted almost 12 months, has finally ended for the Indian family with toddlers Abhigyan and Aishwarya returning home today morning. The children landed in Delhi a little before 10 am with their paternal uncle Arunabhas Bhattacharya, foster father and a case worker from Norway's Child Welfare Services (CWS). Here are the top 10 developments in the case so far:

Court victory for First Nations child welfare

Court victory for First Nations child welfare

In a much-anticipated decision Wednesday, the court rejected the federal government’s efforts to First Nations groups to avoid the argument for better funding for child welfare on reserves.

'I felt like an island - like an infectious leper': Child abuse survivor waives anonymity after years of torment by adoptive father to help other victims


'I felt like an island - like an infectious leper': Child abuse survivor waives anonymity after years of torment by adoptive father to help other victims

A young woman who suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of her adoptive father has courageously revealed her identity to help other victims.

Vulnerable children social worker banned for driving over the limit

Vulnerable children social worker banned for driving over the limit

Social worker who reported his neighbour for drink-driving banned for doing the same thing.

British Social Workers Now Have A New Reason To Snatch Kids!

Child abuse laws 'out of date'

The law on child abuse is failing to protect children suffering neglect and emotional trauma and needs updating, according to a newly published report.


Why are huge numbers of Black, Latino children in California foster care?

Why are huge numbers of Black, Latino children in California foster care?

Child advocates and activists charge money is the driving force behind California’s racially imbalanced foster care system and statewide hearings on the disproportionate numbers Black and Latino children in child welfare have offered no viable solutions.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ask Us Who We Are OFFICIAL TRAILER




Ask Us Who We Are is a documentary film produced and directed by Bess O'Brien. Ask Us Who We Are is a film focused on the challenges and extraordinary lives of youth in foster care. The film is a reflection on loss and the search for belonging and finding family. Although the film highlights the heartbreak that many foster care youth carry with them as they move through their lives, the documentary also reveals the tremendous strength and perseverance that grows out of their determination to survive and thrive.

Officer who shelved abuse cases keeps job

Officer who shelved abuse cases keeps job

A police officer who shelved dozens of child abuse files in Wairarapa will keep his job and rank after undergoing an internal employment investigation.

What some asshole said...

http://anti-joke.com/anti-joke/recent/50920-knock-knock-who-s-there-child-protective-services-we-have-multiple-reports-of-you-abusing-several-of-your-children

I don't think it's funny.

Woman returns from US 50 years after adoption

Woman returns from US 50 years after adoption

Taylor Kidd, a Taiwan-born woman adopted by an American family nearly 50 years ago, had a joyful reunion with her biological mother in Chunglih, Taoyuan County, yesterday evening, immediately after her arrival from Honolulu, Hawaii.

Wisconsin improves reporting of injuries to children under its watch

Wisconsin improves reporting of injuries to children under its watch

A law spurred by the beating death of a 13-month-old Milwaukee boy has significantly improved the public accountability of those charged with protecting Wisconsin's abused and neglected children, according to a state-by-state analysis of child maltreatment disclosure regulations.

Etan Patz: His disappearance started the era of parent anxiety

Etan Patz: His disappearance started the era of parent anxiety


Etan Patz disappeared in 1979 and so did a nation's innocence. He vanished in broad daylight in Manhattan, sparking an era of parent anxiety – Amber alerts, milk carton photos – and  sheltered American children.


NRI children's custody given to uncle

NRI children's custody given to uncle

A Norwegian court on Monday handed over two NRI children to their paternal uncle, ending months of custody row that saw India stepping up diplomatic pressure on Norway to send back the kids, taken away by the Child Welfare Service here last year and kept in foster care.

Group to help ease foster care backlog

Group to help ease foster care backlog

An Oklahoma organization is seeking volunteers to collect documents and information from potential foster parents to help ease the state Department of Human Services’ backlog in completing home studies.

Falsely accused teacher calls for accountability

Falsely accused teacher calls for accountability

An Ontario substitute teacher who was cleared of abuse allegations is speaking out, suggesting that parents and students be held accountable for making false accusations.

Occupy Child Protective Services on MAY 1st GENERAL STRIKE

Occupy Child Protective Services on MAY 1st GENERAL STRIKE

Come out on May Day to SHUT DOWN this horribly oppressive institution that doesn’t give a fuck about children or parents!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Attack Of The System Sucks - Baby LK Report For April 22nd 2012

Pa CPS Takes Children From Father VIDEO's 1-5

This is the Actual Footage of CPS in Pa taking children from a father on the fathers Birthday on FEB 13th 2012. The reason because father would'nt allow entry of the CPS case worker into the house.











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Jailed woman pressing to be allowed to see son

I am reposting this as an entire article because they removed it from their server and I feel it's important.

Jailed woman pressing to be allowed to see son
Staff writer
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

OCALA — A woman whose infant daughter died while the mother was incarcerated at the Marion County Jail alleges that, since her child's death, she has not been allowed to see her son or her case manager.

Kimberly Nicole Rogers also contends that efforts by her family to get the son from foster care until her release from jail have been futile.

Furthermore, Rogers said that, with each passing day of not seeing her son, she fears she may become just a memory to him -- something she said she desperately does not want to happen.

"I just lost one, I don't want to lose another," said the 24-year-old mother in a recent interview at the jail.

Rogers, who has been at the jail since her arrest on Aug. 3, 2011 for retail theft, was sentenced last week to a year in jail. With time already accumulated behind bars, Rogers is expected to be released in the next three months.

At the time of her arrest, Rogers had her two children with her. The child's father, and Rogers' boyfriend, who also was with them, was also taken into custody.

With the couple's arrest, the children, Ayanna and her brother, Jayden Ross, were placed in a licensed foster home, and Kids Central was handling the case.

In late January, at the request of Rogers, the siblings were removed from the foster home and placed with a family friend, someone who Rogers had known when she and the friend were both involved with the Department of Children and Families.

A month later, Ayanna Ross was taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center when it was reported that her brother allegedly had dropped a helmet on her.


Zimmerman out of jail, needing protection

Zimmerman out of jail, needing protection

George Zimmerman is getting out of jail. Now his defense team has to worry about keeping the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of gunning down Trayvon Martin safe on the outside.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Jailed woman pressing to be allowed to see son

Jailed woman pressing to be allowed to see son

A woman whose infant daughter died while the mother was incarcerated at the Marion County Jail alleges that, since her child's death, she has not been allowed to see her son or her case manager.

Teenager wrongly held in psychiatric ward for SIX months as doctors claimed she had eating disorder - but it was rare condition that made her vomit 15 times a day


Teenager wrongly held in psychiatric ward for SIX months as doctors claimed she had eating disorder - but it was rare condition that made her vomit 15 times a day

A teenager who used to vomit up to 15 times a day, spent six months on a psychiatric ward before her mother finally convinced doctors she had a physical condition, rather than a eating disorder.





Police seek missing Yorkton teen

Police seek missing Yorkton teen


Police are requesting the public's help in locating a missing 16-year-old Yorkton boy.

Maine supreme court sides with man trying to gain custody of son

Maine supreme court sides with man trying to gain custody of son

It wasn’t until January 2010, four months after the boy was born, that Ryan Masoner was told he was a father and that a couple in Hancock County had been appointed temporary guardians of his son.

http://www.courts.state.me.us/opinions_orders/opinions/2012_documents/12me45to.pdf

12G reward for info on missing boy with Staten Island ties

12G reward for info on missing boy with Staten Island ties

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly today appealed to the public to help cops find a young Staten Island boy who vanished from a Brooklyn foster home two years ago.

DSHS worker had ‘disturbing’ child porn

DSHS worker had ‘disturbing’ child porn

A state social services employee accused of distributing child pornography must undergo a mental health evaluation before he can leave jail, a judge ruled today.

Penn State's Mark Sherburne fired this week, connected to child abuse investigation

Penn State's Mark Sherburne fired this week, connected to child abuse investigation

The firing of a Penn State athletics official was connected to the investigation into the child sexual abuse case at the university, said two persons familiar with the situation.

The Law Works - Family Law



Every one of us has had family problems, is going to have family problems, or we know someone with them. And boy, do we have questions. Well you're going to have a chance to ask those questions I'm Dan Ringer and we'll talk about the law of family problems on the next The Law Works.

Guest Post: CPS Theory in the disappearance of baby Ayla Reynolds:


CPS Theory in the disappearance of baby Ayla Reynolds:

The FBI needs to check into CPS Abducting this child. We all know Maine CPS is the most corrupt department we have. Maine has received an F for this and we all know CPS is retaliatory, an angry, hostile department that backlashes parents. I can only image how pist off they must have been at Trista Reynolds for having an Attorney and a Medical Doctor forcing CPS to sign a contract that they could not take baby Ayla from her. Trista’s parental rights were protected and CPS hates this. As in the Handler’s case baby Ayla would have been a lot of money for the department if adopted out.

We all know CPS will CASE HOMES, harass families, threaten parents, brake there Civil Rights, Parental Rights, Constitunal Rights, even their own internal policies and procedures. They believe they are above the LAWS. CPS has the ability to make fake documents and then loose them, the ability to adopt child out over STATE Lines. CPS has the ability and level of corruption to cover up (loose) any paper trail. It’s as simple as putting the papers in a shredder. There is no accountability or Watchful eyes on CPS in Maine.

Maine CPS has the power, the education, the experience, and hate keeping families together, and are retaliatory against any parents who dare challenge them. Trista Reynolds did, and for good reason given CPS has higher rates of abuse then parents. I say good for Trista, I praise her for standing up to them. I hope she sues them.

CPS is the only ones who had involvemnent in this case that has the ability to OUTWIT THE FBI!!! They have the motive, they have the ability, they have the negative ego to do this.
I have a difficult time believing the Justin Dipietro has the ability to kill his own child, then cover it up with many people in the home, then OUTWIT the FBI!! That everyone in that home that night is also OUTWITTING the FBI.

Keep in mind only Ayla Reynolds was targeted and the only other person involvement was CPS, and they do have the ability to case that home, abduct that child, make legal paperwork bring her out over state lines, then loose the paperwork.

CPS has the ability to OUTWIT the FBI.

I would be curious to know if any CPS workers secretly volunteered to search for Ayla? I wonder if there is news footage that may show CPS worker doing this. IF so, it wouldn’t be because there actually there to help, maybe it would be because they are returning to the scene of the crime? Maybe to seed the mind of others and keep the public against Ayla’s Parents. Keeping the focus shifted away from them.

Keep in mind this is only a Theory which we are all allowed to have, I may be completely wrong, but it's worth investigating. I have no evidence or facts to back this up, but does anyone who posts accusations against the parents on all those blog sites? We are all allowed our opinions and thoughts. 1st Amendment.

I think the FBI should look into CPS taking this baby, look into if any of their departments have had any unexplained monies come in around this time, and if any CPS workers volunteered.

My heart goes out to this family, I wish Ayla safe and a safe reunion with her parents.

MOMS, DADS HIT TRENCHES TO FIGHT FOR FAMILIES

MOMS, DADS HIT TRENCHES TO FIGHT FOR FAMILIES

Strengthening parent’s rights in “the Several States” is the goal of a new campaign adopted by the Virginia-based ParentalRights.org.

Foster father faces molesting charges

Foster father faces molesting charges

A Muncie man has been accused of sexually abusing two foster children who had been placed in his Muncie home.

Lack of foster homes costly for Lucas County

Lack of foster homes costly for Lucas County

Lucas County Children Services say they have resorted to costly alternatives in placing foster children due to a drop of foster homes over the last few years.

Indianapolis police say 10-year-old boy mistakenly served alcohol at Olive Garden restaurant

Indianapolis police say 10-year-old boy mistakenly served alcohol at Olive Garden restaurant

Police say a boy celebrating his 10th birthday was accidentally served an alcoholic drink at an Indianapolis restaurant.

Association president blasts government over social worker layoffs

Association president blasts government over social worker layoffs

The president of the P.E.I. Association of Social Workers is blasting the Ghiz government for its decision to lay off child protection and family support workers.

SystemSuckology: Understanding Child Abuse Propaganda Month - Part 3: You Can Help Support Child Welfare Fraud

IN order to enhance my understanding of the mentality that parents who are victims of CPS are up against, I've been spending some time with the Anti-Abuse mob on Facebook, mostly in this one particular group that I was added to called "Stop Abusing Your Children", which is run by a self proclaimed anti-child abuse activist named Stacy, who is apparently married to the former host of a
Nickelodeon game show.

As of this evening, and I honestly didn't expect to last this long, I am proud to say that I have officially been booted and blocked simply for sticking up for all of you, the falsely accused, those who have lost your kids for frivolous reasons, those of you who have fallen victim to the cruel and unjust system that destroys the children they are claiming to protect.

Immediately following my being booted the following message was posted, which BTW, I was not supposed to see.



In my own self defense, I do not protect child abusers, I fight for family rights.  However, giving credit where credit is due, I gotta say this was quite the learning experience.  Never have I come across such a blind group of parent haters in my life, except when reading foster parent blogs of course.  In fact, I don't think I've ever really paid nearly as much attention to these anti-abuse people or their message as I should have.  I tried to be polite and offer them a little education regarding child welfare fraud, and was met with the same delusional message repeated over and over again.  Now really, they're all just people fighting for a cause that they believe in with a simple lack of understanding as to the harm the system causes, so they demand that the world do more.  For example, immediately remove a child upon an accusation.  In fact they wouldn't even consider another view.

According to these people, you are all child abusers because CPS has come into your life.  You are all monsters who must have done something wrong to deserve CPS taking your kids away.  And her website (which has had 340 whole visitors already as of the writing of this post, has an empty calendar of events during Child Abuse Propaganda Month no less, is completely lacking in any factual or educational information with the exception of the copy and paste regurgitated bullshit that you'll see on every other anti-child abuse related site, and you can even buy a t-shirt through their CafĂ© Press store), and her public service announcement which is supposed to somehow display her dedication to the cause, as well as perhaps revitalize her acting career although I'm sorry to say I've never heard of her before but she was a hottie back in the day.   

As for the rest of the group, it seems as if so many of these people were so effectively moved by the Casey Anthony trial, so much so that we have a whole new wave of misguided, wanna-be champions for children to contend with, who all got their education on the child abuse issue from the horrible child abuse stories they post to this group, Dr Phil or any of the rest of the talking heads on the television anti-child abuse bandwagon.  In fact, in nearly every debate that I've had with these people, they brought up the name as if every abused child on the planet suffered the same fate as Caylee Anthony.  The reason is due to the continuous bombardment of news stories or talk show drama queens jumping on the now high profile name to increase their ratings, which in turn becomes society's whole education on the child abuse and neglect issue.  http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/video/dr-phil-interview-with-casey-anthony-parents-14503117 

To take my analysis a step further, I might add that a lot of the anti-child abuse advocates that are popping up on Facebook, are middle to upper class stay at home mom's with nothing better to do except sit around criticizing parents who they deem unworthy.  Some are total emotion junkies who thrive of the feeling of disgust that they get when they see another not parenting up to their standards.  They will be the first to call the child abuse hotline and all with the understanding that CPS simply helps to protect children from Abuse or Neglect.  They know nothing of the fraud, the pain, the suffering, the consequences that sometimes befall the victims of false accusations or self-righteous hypocrisy.  The rest are "Survivors" meaning children who grew up after being "abused" including one gay anti-bullying activist who even claims to have been raped in a public rest-room by the serial killer John Wayne Gacy, and who many years later, is now coming to terms with the fact that he is a pussy who was beat up by his brother, but could offer no information whatsoever on the issue. 

Their goal is to blindly empower CPS, lock up every offending parent for life, because every child who falls under the category of being abused or neglected has been raped, has broken bones, bruises over 90% of their bodies or has fallen victim to some other horrific tragedy like the extreme case they saw on TV, like the Nixmary Brown case. 

So I pointed out to them the fact that some cases are different and should be handled differently. 



They simply didn't understand and went off on the typical rant preaching all the extremes which are rare by the standards of what CPS usually sees when they investigate a family, including death, broken bones, half starved kids, etc.  I was once even forced to use the following example: "A parent who is charged with child abuse for slapping the teenager across the face for telling her to go fuck herself is not nearly as bad as the parent who beat the baby to within an inch of its life because it wouldn't stop crying."  Of course, the first response I got was, "You should never slap a kid in the face," and we had to work to move beyond that into why I should use a hypothetical example to demonstrate a point which any even remotely intelligent person could consider.

They simply don't understand.  They are sold on the child abuse horror stories.

They don't understand the trauma that a child suffers from being removed from the only world they've ever known.  They don't understand the concept of helping families to better care for their kids.  They don't understand that most kids do not thrive in foster care.  Their solution is to empower CPS, the courts, the agencies, what have you, with no understanding of the harm that this could cause.  Their understanding is that every parent who is ever reported to the hotline is a horrible monster who must have done something wrong or else that call would not have been made.  They don't have a clue that the system sucks have learned how to make tons of money off of these kids.  They are simply pushing an empty message with extremist solutions which will simply inflate the number of kids being removed from their homes if taken seriously.  Their solutions will inflate the prison population with parents who could be helped.  Their solutions will rob all parents of any right to raise their kids the way they see fit, and impose their perfect ways upon us all. 

The fact of the matter is that foster care should be an absolute last resort, and only when the kid has no other options.  However, as you will see next month, (May is National Foster Parent Appreciation Month), this is not the way things are done, and this is not the message that will be given.  Instead, we'll see the few success stories while none of the failures are mentioned.  You'll see the foster parent recruitment campaigns heat up, and the awards dinners for foster parent of the year, with all the honor and glory in the world, without consideration of the fact that many of the kids are being passed around through the system like unwanted puppy dogs.  

So what it all comes down to is that we have large groups of clueless bandwagon jumpers looking for self meaning, all moved by some tear jerker on TV, ganging up on the poor and imperfect who couldn't possibly afford to live up to their standards, all thinking as one and preaching the same empty message in absence of truth or fact, that we must stop child abuse while offering no viable solutions except for increasing the number of calls to the hotline or police and locking up every offending parent for life, regardless of what they did or didn't do.

I should also mention, that the court of public opinion usually automatically assumes guilt, and these people are no exception to this generalization.  This particular aspect of the message is reinforced when they use the largest available number to make an impact on the seriousness of the issue, such as the number of calls to the hotline vs. the number of investigated cases where child abuseor neglect was substantiated.  A call automatically equates to guilt in these people's minds. 

The real problem with all of this is that there are a lot more of them then there are of those of who do have an understanding of this problem.  They're also much louder than anybody with half a clue.  Yet they're sold on an exaggerated message which is sold to them by those who are raking in the cash through all of the Child Abuse Propaganda Month fundraising efforts as well as the grant money, money from the states or feds or private donations.


And there you have the Imperialistic Morality Parade in a nut shell.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Baby Jayden case renews concerns over rickets and 'child abuse' allegations

Baby Jayden case renews concerns over rickets and 'child abuse' allegations


Acquittal of couple accused of killing their baby has prompted fears that rising levels of vitamin-D deficiency may be leading to more cases of rickets being misdiagnosed as child abuse

I gave my baby to my sister

I gave my baby to my sister

Atul and Sheema Gohil sat their three children down to tell them that the baby Sheema was expecting would be going to live with another family. The room fell silent. Then the grilling began. "Why?"

Our rotten obsession with child abuse is destroying perfectly innocent families

Our rotten obsession with child abuse is destroying perfectly innocent families


Society should learn some hard lessons from the terrible case of the young Islington couple who were wrongly accused of shaking their baby son to death. The ordeal suffered by Rohan Wray and Chana Al-Alas shows just how destructive the modern-day obsession with child abuse can be. Here was a couple who took their four-month-old son to the doctors in 2009 because he had a fractured skull, which later caused him to die from brain damage. But instead of working out that this baby was suffering from severe rickets, which can cause bone and skull tissue to weaken, the medical staff and police presumed that Wray and Al-Alas had shaken him violently. And so they were arrested.

When Cherry adopted these 'angelic' sisters she thought a loving home would heal the wounds of their troubled past. How terrifyingly wrong she was


When Cherry adopted these 'angelic' sisters she thought a loving home would heal the wounds of their troubled past. How terrifyingly wrong she was


The moment Cherry Willoughby saw a photograph of the two angelic-looking girls she was about to adopt is forever etched on her memory. ‘My hands were trembling as I opened the brown envelope,’ she recalls, ‘but when I saw their little faces, my heart leapt.’



Couple denied custody of own grandson in foster care, asked to foster someone else's children


Couple denied custody of own grandson in foster care, asked to foster someone else's children


A couple from Livingston County says the Department of Human Services hasn't allowed them custody of their grandson, but has asked them to watch someone else's children.



Parents of children who die suddenly should not be treated like criminals

Parents of children who die suddenly should not be treated like criminals


I can empathise with the parents of Jayden Wray, because I too was treated with suspicion after my child unexpectedly died





FBI searches for remains of first milk carton kid

FBI searches for remains of first milk carton kid

Police and the FBI are searching a New York City basement for the remains of a 6-year-old boy whose 1979 disappearance on his way to school helped launch a missing children’s movement that put kids’ faces on milk cartons.

The 'Mommy Wars' are back: And Republicans are losing!

The 'Mommy Wars' are back: And Republicans are losing!

If there's one special talent of Republicans, it's turning a nothing issue into a raging controversy. They've done it before: with Van Jones, ACORN, and Obama's birth certificate.

Equal Parenting Bill Passes Minnesota House

Equal Parenting Bill Passes Minnesota House

After an emotional debate that crossed party and gender lines, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the bill that would give equal child custody to both parents after a divorce.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Family continues to fight for answers surrounding foster care death

Family continues to fight for answers surrounding foster care death

Apr. 11 marked the one-year anniversary of four-month old Delonna Sullivan’s death while in foster care.

Fresno man who molested foster child gets 16 years


Fresno man who molested foster child gets 16 years

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Fresno man who molested foster child gets 16 years

A Fresno foster parent convicted of having sex with a foster child and molesting another foster child was sentenced this morning to 16 years in prison.

Basketball coach allegedly asked student if he was going to “Sandusky” a classmate

Basketball coach allegedly asked student if he was going to “Sandusky” a classmate

The line of ethical conduct in a relationship between a coach and a high school student can often be blurred. It's also one of the areas in which school children can be both positively influenced or put at severe, dangerous risk. Even more than with traditional teachers, coaches often wield an extraordinary amount of authority over their athletes and, when they cross over into the classroom, their students, because of their personalities.

Report estimates 8 million children hurt by foreclosures

Report estimates 8 million children hurt by foreclosures

One in 10 U.S. children has been or will be affected by the nation's surge in foreclosures, a new report says.

What the #!%*? Is anybody investigating the allegations of forced adoptions across Canada?

What the #!%*? Is anybody investigating the allegations of forced adoptions across Canada?

In this occasional feature, the National Post tells you everything you need to know about a complicated issue. Today, Kathryn Blaze Carlson looks at what’s next in the push for an investigation into forced adoptions targeting unmarried women between the 1940s and 1980s.

State social worker arrested for possession of child porn

State social worker arrested for possession of child porn




A Spokane man whose job it is to license foster homes for the state is under arrest, accused of possessing child pornography.

VIRTUAL VISITATION COULD BE COMING TO A COURTROOM NEAR YOU

VIRTUAL VISITATION COULD BE COMING TO A COURTROOM NEAR YOU


Divorcing or divorced parents in Marietta don't want to lose contact with their children, but a parent that moves away can't have joint custody of the children. In an increasing number of states there has been an innovative solution to this child custody issue -- virtual visitation.

Family Court judge abruptly leaves position

Family Court judge abruptly leaves position

An Onondaga County Family Court judge has abruptly left his job on the bench. NewsChannel 9 has learned Judge Bryan Hedges left his job yesterday and is not expected to return. Note: To Judge Bryan Hedges...

Nurse accused in baby abduction had miscarried

Nurse accused in baby abduction had miscarried

Verna McClain told her fiance she had given birth to their child. But after she suffered a miscarriage, authorities said, she went looking for another baby to present to him.

Solicitor demands inquiry into abuse at St William's care home for boys

Solicitor demands inquiry into abuse at St William's care home for boys


CHILD abuse by members of the clergy should be subjected to a public inquiry, a campaigner has said.

SINGLE MOTHER FALSELY ACCUSED OF ENDANGERING HER CHILDREN AT OCCUPY OAKLAND

SINGLE MOTHER FALSELY ACCUSED OF ENDANGERING HER CHILDREN AT OCCUPY OAKLAND


The authorities apparently stop at nothing to intimidate and scare people from participating in a movement that they fear. Stayaway orders, bogus arrests, heavy charges for minor offenses, sham “lynching” laws, and, most recently, deploying the Child Protective Services to attack a single mother for participating in Occupy Oakland.

Judge orders hearing in child welfare funding case

Judge orders hearing in child welfare funding case

A judge has ordered the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to proceed with a hearing to determine if the federal government is violating the human rights of aboriginal children with its child welfare program funding.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Improper mileage reports found at L.A. County children's agency

Improper mileage reports found at L.A. County children's agency


Forty percent of surveyed employees at the troubled agency received improper reimbursements, the county auditor-controller found. Supervisors admit not reviewing the reports.

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