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Isabella Brooke Knightly and Austin Gamez-Knightly

Isabella Brooke Knightly and Austin Gamez-Knightly
Isabella Brooke Knightly and Austin Gamez-Knightly-ILLEGALLY Kidnapped and ILLEGALLY Adopted Out by the State of New Hampshire

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

(Video) Birth Caught On Facebook Live Stream Results In Baby Being Taken By Child Protective Services –

(Video) Birth Caught On Facebook Live Stream Results In Baby Being Taken By Child Protective Services –:

As Sarah Dome gave birth to her baby boy Ngangatulelei HeKelesi, she had no idea that the whole world was watching. The baby’s father, Kali Kanongata caught her having the baby on Facebook’s live stream.

Girl put in care for eight months after social worker error

Girl put in care for eight months after social worker error | Daily Mail Online:

A former nursery school headteacher has told how bungling social workers put her three-year-old daughter into care for eight months after a medical record mix-up.

Bullying The Mother Of The Boy Who Fell Into A Gorilla Enclosure Is The Wrong Move

Bullying The Mother Of The Boy Who Fell Into A Gorilla Enclosure Is The Wrong Move | Romper:

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has temporarily shut down its gorilla area, after a tense moment 0n Saturday in which a 4-year-old boy fell into a gorilla enclosure

Protest to promote reform of CPS

Protest to promote reform of CPS:

HELENA — A rally to promote Child Protective Services reform and protest findings by the governor’s Protect Montana Kids Commission will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, in Helena.

Avoiding Medical Kidnapping of Your Children: Attorney Allison Folmar Gives Advice

Avoiding Medical Kidnapping of Your Children: Attorney Allison Folmar Gives Advice:

Allison Folmar is a civil rights attorney who has battled for parents’ rights against forced medical treatments. Much of her work is pro bono, standing up for parents who cannot afford good legal representation. Health Impact News has covered her work previously, particularly in the Maryanne Godboldo case in Detroit, Michigan.
She recently gave a presentation at the 2016 Autism One Conference. The title of her presentation is “Winning the Legal Battle Against CPS.”

Tusla Statement -In regards to the Grandchildren taken away from their Grandparents

Tusla Statement - Foster Care | Tusla - Child and Family Agency:

Tusla Statement - Foster Care                                                                                                        In light of recent media coverage into the care arrangements of a child who had been living with their grandparents Tusla wishes to reassure the public that our main concern is always to ensure that each child is living with a carer who is best suited to meet their needs. Furthermore, Tusla values the important role of the extended family, in particular grandparents, in providing care and protection for a child where their parents are unable to do so.

What a crock! Tulsa is no better than the rest of the Country when it comes to "Relative Placement"!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Foster parents sentenced for sexually abusing children

Foster parents sentenced for sexually abusing children | CTV Montreal News:

A Laval couple has been sentenced to ten and eight years in prison for sexually and physically abusing foster children.

When kids see suicide as the only option

When kids see suicide as the only option - Winnipeg Free Press:

Child-welfare workers and advocates have noted for years the children who come into care are much more damaged than what had been seen in the past. A report on suicide out of the Office of the Children’s Advocate this week illustrates just how complicated and difficult their lives are. For many, they are dying young because suicide looks better than what life holds for them.

Study explores suicides of youth connected to care system

Study explores suicides of youth connected to care system - Winnipeg Free Press:

74% addicted, 68% involved with justice system

A study into Manitoba youth connected to child welfare shows that almost three-quarters of young suicide victims are addicted to drugs or alcohol.
A report from the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) analyzed the histories of 50 youth who died by suicide in Manitoba from 2009 to 2013, compared with a control group of 100 other youths. All youths in the study had some contact with the child welfare system.

Adoption and foster care connected to mental health and substance use

Adoption and foster care connected to mental health and substance use - The Donaldson Adoption Institute:

HICKORY— Gov. Pat McCrory’s Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force approaches foster care and adoption services as a key element, Co-Chair of the task force and Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), Rick Brajer said.

'I'm 40 years older than my grandkids but still well able to care for them'- Irish pensioners criticise recent Tulsa decision

'I'm 40 years older than my grandkids but still well able to care for them'- Irish pensioners criticise recent Tulsa decision - Independent.ie:

The decision by State agency Tusla to remove a child from the care of its grandparents due to the age gap has angered many older people


Sick Cleburne teen taken into CPS custody after child abuse claims

Sick Cleburne teen taken into CPS custody after child abuse claims | KDFW:

The family of a Cleburne teen who received a surprise visit from a WWE wrestler is the focus of a child abuse investigation by Fort Worth Police and Child Protective Services.

Our incompetent foster system

Our incompetent foster system - The Bakersfield Californian:

Lois Henry is right on with the Social Services trailer bill (”Agency would rather protect its rear than care for kids,” May 22). The people dealing with children in foster homes need to be held accountable for the actions they take in protecting the children.

States, help families stay together by correcting a consequence of the Adoption and Safe Families Act

States, help families stay together by correcting a consequence of the Adoption and Safe Families Act | Prison Policy Initiative:

Five million children experience the incarceration of a parent at some point in their lives. As a result, many of these children will live with relatives such as grandparents or be placed in foster care. Some of these families will never be legally reunited.

Social worker admits can't cope with workload in video

Watch: Social worker admits can't cope with workload in video - Birmingham Mail:
An undercover documentary crew has revealed that city social workers are struggling to cope with workloads and paints a picture of chaos at the struggling department.

Tamra Judge promotes documentary about being 'erased' from child's life

Tamra Judge promotes documentary about being 'erased' from child's life | Daily Mail Online:

'I will never give up on you': Tamra Judge promotes documentary about being 'erased' from child's life by family court... after years of estrangement from daughter Sidney

Foster mum who battered her baby to death was 'born with a killer gene'

Foster mum who battered her baby to death was 'born with a killer gene' - Mirror Online:
Kandyce Downer, 35, killed 18-month-old Keegan Downer, less than a year after she was appointed her legal guardian

Impoverished parents deserve their day in court

Impoverished parents deserve their day in court | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Stiff filing fees in Allgeheny County mean many parents with little money cannot bring child-custody cases.

Bill to help protect Native American children heading to president's desk

Bill to help protect Native American children heading to president's desk | Jamestown Sun:

BISMARCK—Legislation requiring all adults living in potential foster homes to undergo background checks before a Native American child can be placed there has passed Congress and is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama.

Brain dead: Why diagnosis is so troubling, confusing

Brain dead: Why diagnosis is so troubling, confusing | The Charlotte Observer:

Most physicians say diagnosis is irreversibly final, but families have sued hospitals
Definition of brain death spelled out in 1981 after increased use of hospital ventilators
Israel Stinson, 2-year-old declared brain dead by three Sacramento-area doctors, revives issue







Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article80465897.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, May 27, 2016

Severe Effects of PAS — Do You Know The Symptoms?

Severe Effects of PAS — Do You Know The Symptoms? – Stand Up For Zoraya:
Removal of fit loving parent is child abuse - 2016



Parental Alienation is Psychological Child Abuse

Read More at the above link:


25 People Detail Complaints Against NH’s Family Courts

25 People Detail Complaints Against NH’s Family Courts - Manchester Ink LinkManchester Ink Link:

CONCORD, NH – Twenty five people – mostly fathers who believe they were discriminated against in divorce proceedings – shared heart-wrenching and sometimes angry stories with several lawmakers and the judge who oversees family court at an ad hoc meeting May 25 in Concord.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dartmouth study offers hope for babies exposed to drugs in womb

Dartmouth study offers hope for babies exposed to drugs in womb | New Hampshire:

LEBANON — One in 10 babies born at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center last year had been exposed to drugs in their mothers’ wombs.
These are the littlest victims of the state’s opioid addiction crisis.
Their mothers depend on maintenance medications, such as buprenorphine, during pregnancy to prevent withdrawal symptoms that can be dangerous to a fetus.

Child Welfare & Opioid Addiction, Part 1: Striking a Balance of Protection, Treatment

Child Welfare & Opioid Addiction, Part 1: Striking a Balance of Protection, Treatment - Manchester Ink LinkManchester Ink Link:

CONCORD, NH – Dr. Anne Johnston, a neonatologist, remembers a time when she had a lot more conflict with child protection workers. When social services received a report that a pregnant woman was an opioid addict, or that a baby had been born with opioid withdrawal symptoms, a state investigator would come to the hospital and start asking the woman pointed questions. “I would think, ‘Why are you doing this? This mother seems very nice,’” Johnston recalls.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Parents fight back after social worker confiscates newborn

Parents fight back after social worker confiscates newborn:

Lawyers representing a Pennsylvania mom and dad whose newborn daughter was confiscated – reportedly without reason – when she was born are arguing a trial is needed in the case to assign liability, injury and damages.The case developed a few years back when the social worker, Angelica Lopez-Heagy, came to the new mom’s hospital room and announced she was investigating.


Couple enslaved ‘adopted’ kids, stole $100K from biological parents: DA

Couple enslaved ‘adopted’ kids, stole $100K from biological parents: DA | New York Post:

A Queens couple stole more than $100,000 from the biological parents of two Korean children they took in under the guise of caring for them, and instead forced the young kids to work under slave-like conditions while physically and sexually abusing them for nearly six years, authorities said Tuesday.

Mad Angel: Former Foster Child Now Parent is Creating an Army of Victims to Fight CPS

Mad Angel: Former Foster Child Now Parent is Creating an Army of Victims to Fight CPS:

May is National Foster Care Month, and as many of our readers know, foster care is often not in the “best interests” of children. Too often, children are ripped from loving homes over false allegations or absurd reasons and placed in homes with strangers. Health Impact News has reported numerous stories of children who are placed into foster care who never should have been removed from their families. The system they are placed within often fails to protect those children, and instead often causes great harm, as former foster child Angelia Borths explains.
Angelia Borths had her children seized by Child Protective Services and placed into foster care once simply because her 6 year old daughter was “too short.” Though the headline looked like it could have been ripped from a satire or spoof website, it was all too real.
Fortunately, Angelia, or “Mad Angel” as she is known to thousands of her followers online, was able to regain custody of her children after the case with the absurd allegations was dropped.
See her story at the above link

“We Don’t Need a Warrant” — Police Enter Home Through Window, Rip Infant From Mother’s Arms

“We Don’t Need a Warrant” — Police Enter Home Through Window, Rip Infant From Mother’s Arms:

Clark County, WA — In February, a family experienced a horrifying home invasion during which their children were taken from them, and they were assaulted. The father and husband, Ilya Petrenko caught the perpetrators on video — they were police officers with the Vancouver Police Department. 

12,000 Children from Foster Care Sue State of Texas over Abuses

12,000 Children from Foster Care Sue State of Texas over Abuses:

Crystal Bentley, 23, entered the Texas foster care system when she was 2 and wouldn’t leave it until she aged out at 18.
In the intervening years, as she was shuffled from place to place, she was repeatedly beaten and sexually abused — sometimes by the adults entrusted with her care, sometimes by their biological children, sometimes by other foster kids or her own relatives, Bentley testified in federal court Wednesday.

Social services remove young children from grandparents and arrange adoption by gay couple

Social services remove young children from grandparents and arrange adoption by gay couple - Telegraph:

The five-year-old boy and his four-year-old sister were being looked after by their grandparents because their mother, a recovering drug addict, was not considered capable.

Young child taken from grandparents and put into foster care because of their age

Young child taken from grandparents and put into foster care because of their age:

A YOUNG CHILD has been removed from the care of its grandparents and placed with foster carers despite protestations from the couple, the child’s school and doctors.

I went into labor ... and tested positive for meth

I went into labor ... and tested positive for meth | khou.com:

Pregnancy.It should be the most exciting time of a woman's life. You're gearing up to meet that tiny person who's been growing inside your body for almost a year and preparing for the biggest change you will probably ever experience.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

CPS changes policy, says caseworkers no longer need 4-year degree

CPS changes policy, says caseworkers no longer need 4-year degree | KABB:

SAN ANTONIO -- Child Protective Services is changing a long-standing policy allowing people to become caseworkers without having a four-year college degree.

LOIS HENRY: Agency believes covering its rear is more important than protecting kids

LOIS HENRY: Agency believes covering its rear is more important... - The Bakersfield Californian:
Almost a year ago to the day I warned you that the public would have to keep its eyes peeled for another attempt by the state Department of Social Services to try and tuck child death records away from public inspection.

Family of 6yo boy win legal battle over radiation treatment

AM - Family of 6yo boy win legal battle over radiation treatment 21/05/2016:

ELIZABETH JACKSON: The family of a six-year-old boy has won a legal battle to prevent their child's cancer from being treated with radiation.

Foster care: 'Failing the children it's supposed to protect'

Foster care: 'Failing the children it's supposed to protect' | khou.com:

KHOU 11 Anchor Len Cannon shares the tragic stories of five young people, all of whom went through foster care after being abandoned, neglected or abused by their parents.Their story doesn't end there. It's what happened to them, and thousands of other children, while they were in state custody that got a federal judge involved.

Lawmakers block effort to make child death records secret

Lawmakers block effort to make child death records secret - LA Times:

A state Senate budget committee on Thursday blocked an effort by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration to gut key provisions of a groundbreaking 2008 law that requires child protection services to release case records after a child dies from abuse or neglect.

Anonymous Catches Bigger Fish in Family Court Sting

Anonymous Catches Bigger Fish in Family Court Sting - Jane And John Q public:

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Over the last two months members from Anonymous, WikiLeaks and other civilly rebellious groups  have lent a hand to a deep  investigation inside   Santa Clara  County Family Courts . It now appears that investigation has  opened up  much larger issues for Santa Clara County.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Legally Kidnapped: What should we do to fix CPS?

Legally Kidnapped: What should we do to fix CPS?:

Click on Legally Kidnapped's link  and give your idea's on how to fix CPS!

Group calls for child protection transparency

Group calls for child protection transparency | The Kingston Whig-Standard:

"We absolutely need child protection," said Curtis Kingston, the founder of Ontario Citizens for Accountability. "We're not trying to end child protection, we're trying to make them accountable for when something goes wrong."

Children Taken After School Principal Voices Concerns About 'Very Christian' Family

Children Taken After School Principal Voices Concerns About 'Very Christian' Family:
On Nov. 16, the Norwegian version child protective services agency, known as Barnevernet, took two sisters, ages 8 and 10, out of school and into custody. Officials then visited the girls’ home, where they removed two of their brothers, ages 2 and 5. The next day, they came and took a fifth sibling, only 3 months old.
Attorneys from around the world condemn Norway's separating children from their Christian parents

Norway breached domestic & international laws in taking children from Christian parents, say dozens of lawyers

Ex-foster parent sentenced to life in prison for rape

Ex-foster parent sentenced to life in prison for rape:

ZANESVILLE - Just before being sentenced to life in prison Monday in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court, Terry E. Prouty admitted to the court, again, he was guilty.



Judge returns Baby Penelope to her mom

Judge returns Baby Penelope to her mom - Orlando Sentinel:

SANFORD — At a hearing this morning a judge restored full parenting rights to the mother of "Baby Penelope" Hogarth, the tiny undernourished child whose mother fled the state with her a year ago, rather than take her child to a doctor.


Investigation launched into abuse in foster homes, youth care

Investigation launched into abuse in foster homes, youth care - NL Times:

The government is launching a full investigation into physical abuse of children who were removed from their homes by child welfare. The investigation, launched based on the advice of the De Winter committee, will span from 1945 until present.

Fired DHS worker charged with overtime fraud

Fired DHS worker charged with overtime fraud | News OK:

A former child welfare specialist at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services has been charged with six felony counts of making false overtime claims.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Medical Kidnapping in California Results in Infant Death

Medical Kidnapping in California Results in Infant Death:

It is hard to imagine a mother hearing more difficult words than those Danielle Hines from Riverside, California heard after her ultrasound at 6 1/2 months of pregnancy. Doctors told her that her new baby would be born with a severe heart defect, and they advised her to abort her baby. She refused. There was a lot of love in her heart, and she was determined to meet the challenge, giving everything that she could to help her baby. After all of this, Child Protective Services swooped in and seized her baby before she was even two months old. In Danielle’s words: CPS removed her from our beautiful home because I have too many children and were fearful I could not care for her due to Hayden having Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. 

America Wakes Up To Find Its Judicial Branch Consumed By Organized Crime

America Wakes Up To Find Its Judicial Branch Consumed By Organized Crime | Pennsylvania Court Watch:




Many factors considered for grandparent custody

Many factors considered for grandparent custody | TheNewsEnterprise.com:

The decision to place a child into a person’s custody can play an important part on shaping the child’s future. Family court judges look at different components before adjudicating what’s best for the child or children involved. Sometimes kinship care is the best option. Other times, it’s not.

Attorney: CPS 'overreached' taking missing 7-year-old

Attorney: CPS 'overreached' taking missing 7-year-old:

Did Michigan’s Child Protective Services act too hastily when it successfully sought a court order seeking custody of a missing 7-year-old Hamburg Township girl found safe in Florida?

Former Texas Foster Children Tell Of Frequent Moves, Abuse

Former Texas Foster Children Tell Of Frequent Moves, Abuse « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

DALLAS (AP) — At 5, the girl identified as S.A. entered the Texas foster care system. Within months, she reported being raped by an older child. She was moved more than 45 times, including to psychiatric hospitals, and missed several chances for adoption because of paperwork delays. At 18, after aging out of the system, she walked into traffic and was hit by a car. At last report, she was living in a homeless shelter.

LETTER: Family courts a plague on society

LETTER: Family courts a plague on society:

Bruce Eden recently wrote an excellent letter on why family courts should not jail fathers who fall behind in child support payments as it is clearly a civil matter, not criminal. However he did not go nearly far enough. The entire family court system is evil and should be consigned to the dust heap of history.

Cameron pledges more help for care leavers and adoption law changes

Cameron pledges more help for care leavers and adoption law changes | Politics | The Guardian:

David Cameron has unveiled an overhaul of the care system that includes significant changes to adoption laws and social services.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ex-foster child sues CFS, alleges assault

Ex-foster child sues CFS, alleges assault - Winnipeg Free Press:

BRANDON — A Brandon woman is suing a CFS agency and the provincial government, claiming she was sexually abused as a child in her foster home during the 1970s.
The 52-year-old plaintiff states that as a girl, she told a social worker she didn’t feel safe and wanted to be removed.

Belleville woman charged with battery, threatening DCFS case worker

Belleville woman charged with battery, threatening DCFS case worker | Belleville News-Democrat:



A Belleville woman, who was previously convicted of attempted arson, has been charged with threatening a Department of Children and Family Services case worker and aggravated battery to a police officer.

Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article77453957.html#storylink=cpy

The other stolen generation: forced adoptions

The other stolen generation: forced adoptions | terranova publications:

When people talk about ‘the stolen generation’, they usually mean indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and raised to be white. They were most commonly the child of an Aboriginal mother and a white father. The practice occurred from the 1880s until the 1970s. Numbers are hard to quantify.

Social worker confusion contributed to death of four year-old

Social worker confusion contributed to death of four year-old - Marilyn Stowe Blog:

Confusion amongst social workers contributed to the death of a four year-old girl, a review has concluded. Sophie’ was murdered by her father in March 2014. He was convicted and given a minimum life sentence of 21 years.

States ponder grandparents' rights when it comes to time with grandkids

States ponder grandparents' rights when it comes to time with grandkids | News OK:

A dead grandmother won visitation rights in Wisconsin, signatures are being gathered for a ballot initiative in Washington and Alabama is taking another run at crafting a law after an earlier version was found unconstitutional.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

N.H. House Kills Abuse Records Bill

Valley News - N.H. House Kills Abuse Records Bill:

Concord — The Republican-led House defeated a bill Wednesday that would require the state’s child protective services agency to keep reports of abuse and neglect on file for longer periods of time.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Opioid epidemic presses grandparents into action

Opioid epidemic presses grandparents into action | New Hampshire:

Michelle Martin of Bedford remembers the phone call she got nearly two years ago from her son: The state was removing his two children from the home. 
"If you don't take them, they're going to someone we don't know," he told his mom.
She and her husband took them.
They now have legal guardianship of the children, a 6-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy.

It must be nice to be able to be able to have guardianship of your grandchildren. Not so long ago in NH that was NEVER the case. Foster care period!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Social worker arrested on drug charges

Social worker arrested on drug charges | The State Journal:

A Frankfort social worker and her husband were arrested Wednesday afternoon on drug trafficking charges after a search warrant was executed at their residence. 

Hull social worker Claire Runkee struck off after affair with teenage boy exposed on Facebook

Hull social worker Claire Runkee struck off after affair with teenage boy exposed on Facebook | Hull Daily Mail:

A SOCIAL worker paid to protect children in Hull has been struck off for embarking on a "reckless" sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy. Claire Runkee was caught when the boy's foster carers saw more than 100 "graphic and sexually explicit" messages on Facebook.


DCF workers feel 'defeated' and 'overwhelmed' according to new report

DCF workers feel 'defeated' and 'overwhelmed' according to new report | Firstcoastnews.com:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—A new report from the Department of Children and Families released Thursday afternoon shows an alarming number of its employees are unhappy.

Hillary's Appeal To The Family Rights Community



Hillary Clinton makes her case to the Family Rights community about how she helped to destroy families by providing generous adoption bonuses and subsidies to the states for adopting kids out instead of giving them back to their families. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Indiana Installs 'Safe Haven Baby Boxes' for Abandoned Newborns

Indiana Installs 'Safe Haven Baby Boxes' for Abandoned Newborns - NBC News:

Indiana has installed two "baby boxes" where mothers can anonymously drop off unwanted newborns as an extension of the state's safe haven law.Two Safe Haven Baby Boxes were opened to the public recently at Indiana fire stations as part of an initiative to give mothers in crisis a secure place to surrender their babies, said Monica Kelsey, a volunteer firefighter and founder of the nonprofit that created the boxes.

The Department of Family and Protective Services' Terrible Licensing Track Record

The Department of Family and Protective Services' Terrible Licensing Track Record | Houston Press:

On February 23, 2016, an inspector for the Department of Family and Protective Services discovered how the staff of a Children's Hope foster care facility in Levelland disciplined the kids in their care: They hit them.

Details make story of children tied like animals even worse

Details make story of children tied like animals even worse - San Antonio Express-News:

One week after horrified Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies found a sister and brother, ages 3 and 4, tied up like animals outside a Northeast Bexar County home during a storm, and charged the mother of six other children found inside, investigators are weighing further charges against her and other adults who might have known about the abuse.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Studies find drugs prescribed inappropriately

Studies find drugs prescribed inappropriately | The Augusta Chronicle:

Inappropriate use of medication and of drugs before therapy could be driving bigger problems in the U.S., according to separate reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


5 things every parent needs to know about ADHD

5 things every parent needs to know about ADHD - TODAY.com:

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looks at the best way to treat young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. The new studies provide strong evidence that not only is behavior therapy effective and it works without the side effects of medication —it's the better first step.

CCHR Working to Restore Parental Rights and Prevent Abuse of the Baker Act

CCHR Working to Restore Parental Rights and Prevent Abuse of the Baker Act | news.sys-con.com:

CLEARWATER, Fla.May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The mental health law in Florida, commonly known as the Baker Act, allows children to be involuntarily committed from school and sent for psychiatric evaluation. This is supposed to happen if it is believed the child has a mental illness and could be a serious threat to themselves or others.

Make accreditation mandatory for children’s social workers, say director

Make accreditation mandatory for children’s social workers, say director:

Children’s services leaders want the government’s accreditation tests for children’s social workers to be compulsory and rolled out across the country.

Kandyce Downer sentenced to life in prison for 'barbaric' murder of 18-month-old

Kandyce Downer sentenced to life in prison for 'barbaric' murder of 18-month-old - ITV News:

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A "barbaric" woman who murdered an 18-month-old girl in her care and tried to blame the toddler's death on her teenage son has been jailed for life, with a minimum tariff of 18 years.
Kandyce Downer, 35, had been Keegan Downer's legal guardian for eight months when she died as a result of "horrific" systematic abuse.

UPDATE: 1-year-old baby in Blanco child abuse case dies

UPDATE: 1-year-old baby in Blanco child abuse case dies | KEYE:

UPDATE: According to our sister station News 4 San Antonio, the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the 1-year-old child, identified as Sunny Slade-Bort, died Thursday morning at about 9:00 a.m. at University Hospital. A cause of death has not been determined.The district attorney for Blanco County tells KEYE TV that injury to a child charges were filed last night against the girl's mother, Jamie Lynn Petronella and her boyfriend John Cody Lawrence.

Kingston man found with missing wards of the state

Kingston man found with missing wards of the state - News - JamaicaObserver.com:

A man who was found with two missing female wards of the state at his home in downtown Kingston is to be sentenced in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on May 30.

Former foster parent pleads guilty to rape

Former foster parent pleads guilty to rape:

ARDMORE, Okla. -- The woman charged with having sex with her 16-year-old foster child entered a guilty plea on Tuesday. Elizabeth Williams, 37, pleaded guilty to second degree rape.

ARDMORE, Okla. -- The woman charged with having sex with her 16-year-old foster chid entered a guilty plea on Tuesday.

New grandparent visitation bill passes in Alabama Legislature

New grandparent visitation bill passes in Alabama Legislature | AL.com:

The Alabama Legislature on Wednesday passed a new bill that would give some grandparents the right to see their grandchildren, about five years after a similar law was deemed unconstitutional.

Child claims sexual abuse happened during supervised visit at CPS

Child claims sexual abuse happened during supervised visit at CPS | WOAI:

SAN ANTONIO - Investigators arrested a man accused of sexually abusing a child over the course of several years.




The Massachusetts Senate wants the state's child welfare agency to make sure siblings are kept together after they're removed from their biological parents and placed in foster care or adoptive homes

The Massachusetts Senate wants the state's child welfare agency to make sure siblings are kept together after they're removed from their biological parents and placed in foster care or adoptive homes:

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate has advanced legislation that calls for keeping siblings together after they are placed in the custody of the state's child welfare agency.


How Child Protection Agencies Are Trying to Predict Which Parents Will Abuse Kids

How Child Protection Agencies Are Trying to Predict Which Parents Will Abuse Kids | VICE | United States:

For some parents, the words "Child Protective Services" send chills down the spine. In an effort to stamp out fraud and abuse, welfare outfits across the country have honed in on poor communities of color for decades now, critics claim, with almost any government interaction potentially leading to kids being removed from their homes.

Foster Care Ruling Causing Frustrations for Families

Foster Care Ruling Causing Frustrations for Families | KABB:

SAN ANTONIO -- It's been 5 months since a federal court ruled Texas' foster care system is flawed. Since then, there have been many changes to Child Protective Services.But some of those changes are creating frustrations for families who just want to solve the problem.

Texas Children Chained in Backyard: Neighbor Asks, 'Why Didn't We Know Sooner?'

Texas Children Chained in Backyard: Neighbor Asks, 'Why Didn't We Know Sooner?' : People.com:

Neighbors of Porucha Phillips, the Texas woman arrested after deputies discovered two children allegedly chained in her backyard, tells PEOPLE they are shocked and saddened about the turn of events. 

Watchdog Group Organizes Recall of Santa Clara Family Judges

Petition update · Watchdog Group Organizes Recall of Santa Clara Family Judges · Change.org:

MAY 5, 2016 — Santa Clara County citizens have had enough. The issues in family court are not just merely a mild appearance , there is outright corruption, fraud, and harm to the most undereducated and voiceless in our community, our children. 

County panel erred in blocking firing of social worker involved in child torture case, judge rules

County panel erred in blocking firing of social worker involved in child torture case, judge rules - LA Times:
A Los Angeles County judge ruled Thursday that the county’s disciplinary appeals board made a series of errors in its decision to reinstate one of the supervising social workers who failed to remove 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez from his home before he was tortured and killed.
Superior Court Judge James Chalfant sent the case back to the county’s civil service commission for a new hearing to decide Gregory Merritt’s fate. In the meantime, Merritt will once again be terminated and his pay will stop.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Latest: 7 child welfare workers in Philadelphia fired in connection with 2 false reports about home visits, state officials say

The Latest: 7 child welfare workers in Philadelphia fired in connection with 2 false reports about home visits, state officials say – Philadelphia InquirerKALEINAR.COM -:
Seven child welfare workers in Philadelphia were fired in February and March in connection with two false reports about home visits, according to state officials.

'Barbaric' Foster Mum Guilty Of Toddler Murder

'Barbaric' Foster Mum Guilty Of Toddler Murder:

A woman who battered a toddler to death months after she was made the child's legal guardian has been found guilty of murder.

Foster Parents Sue CPS For Custody of Foster Child

Foster Parents Sue CPS For Custody of Foster Child:

SAN ANTONIO -- It's a sound legal argument.
"There is no way, in no society does a foster family's rights precede a family's right. Families are going to have first rights in every society," said family attorney Jocelyn C. Andrews.
Not In New Hampshire! Relative Placement is NOT an option, so say's a Nashua DCYF Supervisor!!!

Nova Scotia suspends use of hair tests in child protection cases

Nova Scotia suspends use of hair tests in child protection cases - Nova Scotia - CBC News:

Nova Scotia has suspended the use of all hair-strand drug and alcohol testing in child protection cases, following a CBC News investigation. At least three provinces have now ordered child welfare agencies to stop using the tests.

Given up for dead by the Administration for Children’s Services

Given up for dead by the Administration for Children’s Services - NY Daily News:

To read a Department of Investigation report detailing appalling failures by city child welfare staff to contend with blatant signs of fatal abuse is to experience a crushing sense of déjà vu.

CPS should have responded promptly to allegations of child abuse

CPS should have responded promptly to allegations of child abuse - Houston Chronicle:

Many of us are familiar with the Texas law that requires ordinary citizens to report suspected child abuse. And we know there's a higher standard for teachers, doctors and other professionals, who must report it within 48 hours. Failure to do so is a Class A misdemeanor.

Grandparents have Right to Custody of Kids: High Court

Grandparents have Right to Custody of Kids: High Court - The New Indian Express:

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court has held that grandparents have the right to get interim custody of their grandchildren if the natural father of the child is dead.

Foster care worker convicted of sex abuse accused of violating probation again

Foster care worker convicted of sex abuse accused of violating probation again | Local News - WGAL Home:

LANCASTER, Pa. —A former foster care worker in Lancaster is back in prison Tuesday, accused of violating her probation for a second time.

Texas and Other States Allowing Illegal Aliens to Adopt Children

Texas and Other States Allowing Illegal Aliens to Adopt Children:
Texas and its state public officials may take a tough stance on illegal aliens in the Lone Star State, but those who are illegally in Texas are allowed to adopt children in Texas courts. The agency responsible for placing children in foster care when children are abandoned, neglected, or abused, is allowing illegal aliens to adopt children. Other states in the United States are allowing illegal aliens to adopt children in their courts as well.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

NH Youth services agency facing reform following child deaths

Youth services agency facing reform following child deaths | News OK:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The beating death of 3-year-old Brielle Gage in late 2014 shocked New Hampshire and shone a spotlight on the state's child protective services agency — one that's only grown more intense.


DCYF shortfalls are a national problem

DCYF shortfalls are a national problem | New Hampshire:

When 10-year-old Nubia Barahona's lifeless body was found wrapped in a plastic garbage bag in the bed of her adoptive father's pickup truck in West Palm Beach, Fla., the public demanded answers.  The Florida Department of Children and Families had investigated previous allegations of abuse by Jorge and Carmen Barahona, but failed to remove the girl and her twin brother from the home.