Friday, September 4, 2015

Legally Kidnapped

Legally Kidnapped


RIVERSIDE: Woman made threats over Facebook to blow up CPS office, police say

Posted: 04 Sep 2015 04:25 AM PDT

RIVERSIDE: Woman made threats over Facebook to blow up CPS office, police say

A woman was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 1, on accusations that she made threats on Facebook to "blow up" and "shoot" people at the Riverside County Child Protective Services office in Riverside, police say.

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Restored After CenturyLink's Nationwide Phone Outage

Posted: 04 Sep 2015 04:07 AM PDT

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Restored After CenturyLink's Nationwide Phone Outage


CenturyLink has informed us that toll-free service has been restored to Colorado's Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline (1-844-CO-4-KIDS). The outage, which impacted all toll-free numbers hosted by CenturyLink throughout the nation, resulted in callers to the hotline hearing erroneous, recorded messages that the number was no longer a working number.

We are heartened that this service is once again available throughout the state. The hotline, which was designed to provide one easy-to-remember phone number for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect, is an important tool for helping to keep the children of Colorado safe.  

Throughout this disruption, our county partners were on heightened alert and we are thankful for their commitment. We are, once again, encouraging the public to call 1-844-CO-4-Kids to report all concerns for a child's safety and well-being.

For the most up to date information regarding this issue or to learn about signs of child abuse and neglect visit co4kids.org.

Media Contact 
Alicia Caldwell 
303.866.2645 
alicia.caldwell@state.co.us

 

SOURCE Colorado Department of Human Services



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More details released in Indiana boarding school abuse allegations

Posted: 04 Sep 2015 04:05 AM PDT

More details released in Indiana boarding school abuse allegations

More details have been released about the child abuse allegations at an Indiana boarding school.

Former Foster Care Worker Accused Of Child Porn, OSBI Looks For Possible Victims

Posted: 04 Sep 2015 04:01 AM PDT

Former Foster Care Worker Accused Of Child Porn, OSBI Looks For Possible Victims

A man who helped foster parents and children is now jail, accused of distributing child porn.

Report finds missteps, missed clues by DCF workers preceding death of 4-year-old Putnam boy

Posted: 04 Sep 2015 03:58 AM PDT

Report finds missteps, missed clues by DCF workers preceding death of 4-year-old Putnam boy

A history of sexual and physical abuse in a multi-family environment in Putnam County where a 4-year-old boy was strangled in July is detailed in a heavily-redacted report released Thursday from the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Edmonton foster mother assaulted infant to force teeth brushing

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 09:27 PM PDT

Edmonton foster mother assaulted infant to force teeth brushing

An Edmonton foster mother will be on probation for 18 months after she assaulted and bruised an infant girl under her care while forcing the child to brush her teeth.

Former foster care provider arrested for child pornography

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 09:21 PM PDT

Former foster care provider arrested for child pornography

A former respite care provider for foster children has been arrested for distribution of child pornography.

Missing foster child, infant found safe

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 09:09 PM PDT

Missing foster child, infant found safe

Montgomery County Children Services says the missing foster child and her infant were found safe.  Further details were not released.

Social worker says she was wrongfully terminated at DCF

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 08:35 PM PDT

Social worker says she was wrongfully terminated at DCF

A former social worker in the Leominster office of the state's Department of Children and Families office recently filed a civil lawsuit and is seeking damages because she believes she was wrongfully terminated in retaliation, in part, for making complaints about how co-workers handled child-abuse cases, including one involving Jeremiah Oliver.

DCS caseworker: Caseload makes job 'impossible' to do

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 08:30 PM PDT

DCS caseworker: Caseload makes job 'impossible' to do

Caseloads at the Indiana Department of Child Services are "unmanageable," and they're putting children's lives at risk – at least according to one family case manager.

Montana insists it can't release child death information

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 12:47 PM PDT

Montana insists it can't release child death information

Montana child welfare officials have reiterated their position that state law prohibits disclosure of information about child abuse deaths despite a warning from the federal government that continued secrecy could jeopardize grant money.

Renewed pain as newborn seized by social workers

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 09:01 AM PDT

Renewed pain as newborn seized by social workers

A mother was breast-feeding her newborn in a hospital bed Saturday when the baby's grandmother says social workers came in and handed over an envelope.

Grandpa: Death of girl in foster care drove mom back to drugs

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 08:57 AM PDT

Grandpa: Death of girl in foster care drove mom back to drugs

The heartbroken father of a troubled woman found dead yesterday of a suspected overdose just weeks after her own daughter died in foster care said today he and his wife are devastated by the losses.

Digital recorder may hold evidence in social worker murder case

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 07:52 AM PDT

Digital recorder may hold evidence in social worker murder case

A digital voice recorder seized from Jody Herring, who is accused of killing four people in Washington County last month, could contain critical information about her intended actions, according to newly released court documents.

Social workers ‘pressured’ to downgrade child protection cases as referrals surge

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 07:45 AM PDT

Social workers 'pressured' to downgrade child protection cases as referrals surge

Social workers are feeling pressured to downgrade child protection cases in the face of a surge in referrals, according to a Community Care survey of more than 1,000 frontline professionals.


Mother of 2-year-old who died in Auburn foster home succumbs to apparent drug overdose

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 07:02 AM PDT

No she died of a broken heart and anybody who says otherwise is as full of shit as a CPS Worker!
Mother of 2-year-old who died in Auburn foster home succumbs to apparent drug overdose 
The biological mother of Avalena Conway-Coxon, the 2-year-old girl who died in a foster care home in Auburn last month, was rushed to a hospital Wednesday afternoon and died of what appears to be a drug overdose, according to several police officials.

Allegheny County CYF worker on leave, accused of sharing child porn

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 06:49 AM PDT

Allegheny County CYF worker on leave, accused of sharing child porn

A caseworker for the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families was put on administrative leave without pay because of his arrest on child pornography charges.

What happens when kids age out of foster care?

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 06:24 AM PDT

What happens when kids age out of foster care?

Sen. Ron Wyden came to Seaside Monday to show support for a Senate proposal to expand funds available for foster care families and children. The legislation expands reimbursement to provide parenting skills, family counseling, mentoring programs and services to stabilize families in crisis.

Police: Youth facility employee accused of having sex with teenage resident

Posted: 03 Sep 2015 05:19 AM PDT



Police: Youth facility employee accused of having sex with teenage resident

A youth program, and one of its employees, finds itself at the center of a police investigation.  An employee of Great Circle, formerly Boys and Girls Town, is accused of a sex crime against a teenager living there.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thank You

Hello Friends!

I'm a little late to share this, but I wanted to say Thank You for your support. We recently just hit 100,000 visitors! WOW! I never imagined that we would receive this much attention.

It has been quite a while since we started this blog. Our son had been taken away, and he was gone for 17 months. It was a hard battle, but eventually we got our son back and our family whole again. It wasn't without much pain, and we're still recovering 2 years after he came home. Our son and daughter never leave each other's sides. Whether this is due to their close age or the fact that she had to visit her baby brother at a DHS office, who knows for sure. But they love each other very much.

Both of our children have since been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Type III, which is a hypermobility branch of the disorder. My son has more severe symptoms, often having tiny pinpoint bruises and joint pain, especially in his feet. My daughter seems to have a less severe case, though she did just suffer an elbow injury that was made worse due to her naturally bendy elbows.

We're finally starting to break away from the damage caused by the judicial system. For the longest time we were stuck living with my in-laws. we were stuck there for 4 years! As you can imagine, tension builds up after a while. But now we finally bought our own house and can start raising our kids.

Again, I want to thank you all for your support. The battle isn't over as we are still on the "child abuse registry" that DHS keeps. We are trying to work with lawyers and public officials to change this law since it does violate our due process rights. We know this battle is hard, maybe one of the most difficult ones in life. Keep strong, and I hope that we can support you as much as you have supported us.

Daniel Dossey

Legally Kidnapped


Legally Kidnapped


Posted: 02 Sep 2015 09:40 PM PDT

Mother of child who died in foster care dies of suspected overdose

Jessica Conway, the biological mother of a 2-year-old girl who died while in foster care last month, died of a suspected overdose Wednesday afternoon.

Note: How sad.  My heart goes out to this family.


Posted: 02 Sep 2015 09:31 PM PDT
California Moves To Stop Misuse Of Psychiatric Meds In Foster Care

By the time DeAngelo Cortijo was 14, he had been in more than a dozen foster homes. He had run away and lived on the streets for months, and he had been diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders, attachment disorder, intermittent explosive disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder. He had been in and out of mental hospitals and heavily medicated.
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 09:25 PM PDT
State police investigating finances of Rhode Island's child welfare agency

State authorities are investigating possible financial mismanagement at Rhode Island's troubled child welfare agency, officials said Wednesday, weeks after an audit cited problems in department management and financial controls.
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 09:16 PM PDT
Couple fight for return of baby Carmen 

The American-Spanish gay couple fighting for custody of their seven-month-old surrogate daughter Carmen have claimed on their Facebook page that they have met the egg donor who wants Carmen to stay with...
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 09:10 PM PDT
Former wards of state to sue Victoria over child abuse claims

FORMER wards of the state are preparing a multi-million-dollar class action against the State of Victoria, claiming damages for child abuse.

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 08:35 PM PDT
Lyman daycare parents sue Maine DHHS

Several parents who sent their children to the now-defunct Sunshine Child Care and Preschool in Lyman have filed a civil complaint against Maine Department of Health and Human Services and several of its bureaus, alleging the agency was negligent in how it handled reports of abuse, licensing violations and other complaints against the daycare and its owners, Cheryl and Dan Dubois.
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 08:30 PM PDT
Authorities investigating state's child welfare agency

State authorities are investigating possible financial mismanagement at Rhode Island's troubled child welfare agency, officials said Wednesday, weeks after an audit cited problems in department management and financial controls.
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 08:22 PM PDT
Couple accuse case worker of missing abuse by foster brother

A Valley couple are accusing an Arizona Department of Child Safety case worker of dropping the ball in looking after their 4-year-old daughter in foster care.




Posted: 02 Sep 2015 02:37 PM PDT
Kansas sperm donor fights back after state forces him to pay child support

It's probably one of the most bizarre Craigslist transaction, involving a lesbian couple desperate for a sperm donor, and a Topeka man willing to help.
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 08:20 AM PDT
The blood-stained Indian Child Welfare Act

Sordid, always. And sometimes lethal, as some Native American children could attest, were they not, like Declan Stewart and Laurynn Whiteshield, dead. They were victims of the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA, which as construed and applied demonstrates how identity politics can leave a trail of broken bodies and broken hearts.

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 07:46 AM PDT
17-year-old dies after Miami-Dade juvenile lockup fight

A 17-year-old boy in the custody of state juvenile justice administrators was grievously injured in a melee at Miami-Dade County's long troubled lockup, but he was not sent to the hospital until the next day.
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 07:41 AM PDT
Wrongful death suit filed against foster mother in girl's death

A foster mother is being sued for wrongful death by the administrator of the estate of a girl who died while in her care.

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 07:09 AM PDT
Advocate says 40 children receiving state services died last year

Forty children receiving state services died in 2014, one of them a homicide, according to an annual report released Tuesday.

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 07:01 AM PDT
Lawsuit claims state agency ignored signs of abuse to 22-month-old foster child who died in May

The parents of a 22-month-old Washington Parish girl allegedly beaten to death by her foster mother are accusing state workers of repeatedly ignoring physical signs and reports of abuse.

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 06:52 AM PDT
Manitoba is seizing a newborn a day and 'shoving them anywhere,' First Nations advocate says

The children's advocate for Manitoba's First Nations says social workers are seizing an average of one newborn baby a day and "shoving them anywhere."
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 06:35 AM PDT
American doctor believes parents kissing their children on lips is too sexual

A COMMENT by an american doctor who suggested parents kissing their children on the lips is too sexual, has gone viral - five years after it was made.


Posted: 02 Sep 2015 06:09 AM PDT
EDITORIAL: Girl's interests must come before CPS push for secrecy

The people who run Warren County Child Protective Services are now putting the effort to cover up the agency's mistakes ahead of the interests of a child they are supposed to be protecting.

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 06:03 AM PDT
Report: Increase in Reported Abuse of Mass. Foster Kids

Documented reports of abuse or neglect of children in foster care and other out-of-home settings increased in Massachusetts last year, as did deaths among children receiving services from state agencies, according to a report filed Tuesday by the state's Child Advocate.

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 05:56 AM PDT
Auburn Housing Authority mulls policies in wake of foster girl's death

In an emotional hearing Tuesday, the chairman of the Auburn Housing Authority spoke publicly for the first time about the death of a foster child who lived at Pheasant Court, vowing he would change policies so an incident like this would never "happen again."
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 05:54 AM PDT
New DCF scare, police respond

Angry words from an irate father prompted a police response Monday to the offices of the Department for Children and Families in White River Junction.
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 05:50 AM PDT
DCF responds to allegations of abuse happening in foster homes

After a number of people came to KAKE News claiming they or their children were abused in the Kansas foster care system, the Department of Children & Families responds to the allegations.
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 05:49 AM PDT
DCF Needs a Complete Overhaul

Governor Charlie Baker has publicly stated that the embattled Department of Children and Families (DCF) still needs to improve but he feels DCF is heading in the right direction.
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 05:44 AM PDT
County putting CPS workers in suburban schools

A new partnership aims to bring Erie County Child Protective Services workers into the county's 28 suburban school districts one or two days a week.

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 06:15 AM PDT
CYF Caseworker Arrested On Child Porn Charges

An undercover child porn investigation has resulted in the arrest of a county government employee.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Legally Kidnapped


Legally Kidnapped


Posted: 01 Sep 2015 11:09 PM PDT



Posted: 01 Sep 2015 12:35 PM PDT
Child Safety Department revoking Arizona group homes' license

The state Department of Child Safety on Monday said it was moving to revoke the license of a Mesa company that runs four group homes for troubled youth in the Phoenix area.
Posted: 01 Sep 2015 12:33 PM PDT
Every Child Deserves Representation in a Contested Adoption

In my previous post on Adopting a Stepchild, I explained the steps to go through for an uncontested adoption. Many adoptions are very simple and straightforward. However, in situations where there are disagreements about what is best for a child or a parent's rights are being terminated, the courts must become further involved.

Note: Lawyers are System Sucks.  This would be guaranteed money for them.  The state will pay.
Posted: 01 Sep 2015 12:22 PM PDT



How young is too young for a child to be left home alone?
Posted: 01 Sep 2015 12:19 PM PDT
DCF responds to allegations of abuse of power

The Department of Children and Families has been the focus of numerous parents recently, who are upset with the agency that took their children away.
Posted: 01 Sep 2015 12:01 PM PDT
Foster mom accused of sexual contact with teen granted bond

A foster mom in Sarpy County accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a teen in her care has been granted bond.


Posted: 01 Sep 2015 11:44 AM PDT
Nearly 70 foster children placed in Sask. hotels due to spike in caseload

Nearly 70 foster children in Saskatchewan have been housed in hotels over the past two months – a number the province's opposition party says is unacceptable.

Posted: 01 Sep 2015 11:40 AM PDT
Foster home license revoked after DCS probe

State child-welfare officials revoked a company's license to operate group homes for foster-care children after state officials learned police were dispatched to the homes more than 170 times this year and launched a subsequent investigation, according to a statement from the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

Posted: 01 Sep 2015 11:31 AM PDT
184 children abused, neglected while under DCF supervision, report finds

A self-critical report finds that 184 children in the care or supervision of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families were abused or neglected last year.
Posted: 01 Sep 2015 11:27 AM PDT
Social Worker Threatens Lawsuit Against RCSD Over Alleged Attacks

An employee at a Rochester elementary school is threatening to sue the city school district over what she calls the mishandling of two separate incidents.

Posted: 01 Sep 2015 10:51 AM PDT
Manitoba Child and Family Services seizes one newborn a day: watchdog

Manitoba's First Nations children's advocate says social workers are seizing an average of one newborn baby a day and "shoving them anywhere."
Posted: 01 Sep 2015 10:48 AM PDT
Abuse in state care 'hurts forever'

Each afternoon when the school bell rang Mario Marzola faced a choice.  As his classmates filed away to after-school activities, Marzola would decide whether to turn left or right.

Posted: 01 Sep 2015 10:45 AM PDT
Infant left in car outside Edgemere church dies

An infant left in a car earlier this month has died, according to Baltimore County police.
Posted: 01 Sep 2015 10:37 AM PDT
Toronto Star's View: Children's aid societies should not place kids with relatives convicted of child abuse

A 13-month-old baby boy died while in the care of his grandfather, who had earlier been convicted of abusing his own son. The case calls out for an independent review