Friday, April 13, 2012

Legally Kidnapped

Legally Kidnapped


Pen Pals with a Child Molester

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 04:52 AM PDT



A Houston mom is on the attack, angry about a school project she says put students in danger. A teacher at Trinity Lutheran Church and School near downtown encouraged nine and ten-year-old students to become pen pals with a child molester.


Gains for Atlanta foster kids have cost rest of Georgia

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 03:56 AM PDT

Gains for Atlanta foster kids have cost rest of Georgia

Under court order to improve conditions for foster kids in Fulton and DeKalb counties, Georgia officials have poached resources from the rest of the state, an analysis of state data by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows.


Feds Say State DCF Still Struggling On Foster Care, Some Services

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 12:04 PM PDT

Feds Say State DCF Still Struggling On Foster Care, Some Services

Questions persist about the ability of the state Department of Children and Families to attract new foster families, retain the ones it has, and close gaps in services that are still keeping kids too long in hospitals and emergency shelters.


More than 2.5 million grandparents take on role of parent

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 11:34 AM PDT

More than 2.5 million grandparents take on role of parent

These are supposed to be their golden years. They worked hard, earned a decent living and raised their family. Now it's time to relax and reap the benefits of a life well lived.


Virginia approves strong conscience protections for child-placing agencies

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 11:24 AM PDT

Virginia approves strong conscience protections for child-placing agencies

Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed into law legislation that provides strong, explicit conscience protections for adoption and foster care agencies, ensuring those agencies cannot be forced to violate their beliefs or punished for following them when placing children. Patroned by Senator Jeffrey McWaters (R – Virginia Beach) and Delegate Todd Gilbert (R – Woodstock), the legislation passed the Virginia General Assembly after receiving the approval of 93 of the Commonwealth's 140 legislators.


Teens give a voice to those in foster care in hopes of making the system more effective

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 11:01 AM PDT

Teens give a voice to those in foster care in hopes of making the system more effective

"We've got to fight that fight and it's not going to stop. Foster care is inevitable."


Nun Accused Of Baby Snatching In Illegal Trafficking Of Newborns

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 10:56 AM PDT



An elderly Spanish nun appeared in court to face charges of stealing babies, after hundreds of women filed complaints claiming their babies were taken from them at birth and given away in illegal adoptions.


Investigate virginity testing

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 10:39 AM PDT

Investigate virginity testing

Allegations that some barely teenage girls at a primary school were stripped in front of their male counterparts while adults examined their private parts from desk tops, are extremely disturbing.


D.H.S. focus on Linn County leads to drop in children removed from homes for abuse

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 09:55 AM PDT

D.H.S. focus on Linn County leads to drop in children removed from homes for abuse

The Iowa Department of Human Services says the number of children temporarily removed from Linn County homes as the result of abuse or neglect dropped sharply last year, particularly African American children. The numbers showed more African American children were being removed from homes across the state and D.H.S. decided to focus on Linn County to try and change that.


‘Fractured Families’ forum targets child removal concerns

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 09:33 AM PDT

'Fractured Families' forum targets child removal concerns

Iowa has one of the highest child removal rates in the United States, and although recent data from the Department of Human Services (DHS) shows the number of children removed from their home dropped sharply last year, local families say there still needs to be more emphasis on keeping children at home or with other family members.


Foster mom gets 7 years in prison

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 09:27 AM PDT

Foster mom gets 7 years in prison


An Edmonton foster mother who pleaded guilty to manslaughter for fatally beating a four-year-old niece in her care was handed a 7-1/2-year prison sentence Wednesday.


American foster mother sues Russian children's ombudsman

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 09:21 AM PDT

American foster mother sues Russian children's ombudsman

U.S. citizen Torry Ann Hansen has filed a lawsuit in the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow against Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights Pavel Astakhov.


Boston TSA screener charged with distributing child porn

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 08:38 AM PDT


Boston TSA screener charged with distributing child porn

TSA agent Joe Saldano was among 55 men taken into custody in a crackdown on child pornography this week, adding another name to the long list of accused sex offenders who have performed security duties at America's airports.



Guest Commentary: Keeping children safely in their own homes

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 08:25 AM PDT

Guest Commentary: Keeping children safely in their own homes

On March 23, a Regional Children's Justice Initiative meeting was held in Redwood Falls.  This meeting was hosted by Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, Minnesota Supreme Court, and Lucinda Jesson, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Invitees were district court judges and social services supervisors and directors from southwest Minnesota.  


Thousands of British children are taken into care each year, isn't it time we invested in prevention rather than cure?

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 08:15 AM PDT

Thousands of British children are taken into care each year, isn't it time we invested in prevention rather than cure?

The murder of Baby P forced the country to stop in its collective tracks and take a long and hard look at the system we have in place to protect some of our most vulnerable children. What we found left us reeling.


Riders on the Orphan Train

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 07:55 AM PDT

Riders on the Orphan Train

Between 1854 and 1929 more than 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations across America. Some came through Eureka Springs.


The Baby P Effect

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 07:48 AM PDT

The Baby P Effect

Applications for children to be taken into care hit a record 10,000


Nova Scotia police investigating horrific claims of abuse at orphanage

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 07:35 AM PDT

Nova Scotia police investigating horrific claims of abuse at orphanage

Two weeks after appealing to the public for information, police in Nova Scotia say they have received 17 complaints of alleged abuse at a former long-running orphanage that catered mostly to black children.



Official: New state effort could crush DHS

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 07:10 AM PDT

Official: New state effort could crush DHS

Georgia child advocates tell Channel 2 Action News an aggressive state effort to keep at-risk children safe could do the exact opposite.


George Zimmerman to plead not guilty to second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin case

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 06:50 AM PDT

George Zimmerman to plead not guilty to second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin case

George Zimmerman is in custody in Florida and will be charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, authorities announced Wednesday. His attorney said he would plead not guilty.


Premature Baby Found Alive Inside Morgue

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 06:14 AM PDT

Doctors declared child dead at birth, put her in refrigerator for 10 hours but child still survived


Court rules slap is abusive

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 06:05 AM PDT

Court rules slap is abusive

A New Jersey appeals court has ruled a woman abused her son when she slapped him in the face hard enough to leave a visible bruise.

Court: Slap on the face is excessive punishment, if it leaves handprint, bruising


Another Indiana child death adds to scrutiny of DCS

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 05:19 AM PDT

Another Indiana child death adds to scrutiny of DCS

Jerraco Noel noticed the bruise on his infant son's face when he visited him last August.


Smoke-free foster care is common sense; state should act

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 05:06 AM PDT

Smoke-free foster care is common sense; state should act

Some of Minnesota's most vulnerable children are at risk from the serious effects of secondhand smoke. It's time for the state to act in the best interest of children in foster care and protect them from the known cancer-causing poisons and toxins in secondhand smoke. This is why I have introduced a bill in the legislature to prohibit smoking in foster care homes.