Saturday, April 14, 2012

Legally Kidnapped

Legally Kidnapped


The height of helicopter parenting? Now overprotective mothers are putting their babies in 'crawling helmets'

Posted: 14 Apr 2012 05:08 AM PDT

The height of helicopter parenting? Now overprotective mothers are putting their babies in 'crawling helmets'

There seems to be a rise in the so-called helicopter parenting method.

A foam helmet made specifically for the toddlers of parents who are afraid their child will harm their head during the growth process, is growing in popularity.


The expert who played God... and the real-life Big Brother house where he tore families apart with bizarre tasks to test if parents were fit to keep their children Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2129555/As-revealed-10-000-children-taken-care-year-doctor-fortune-setting-parents-bizarre-tasks-test-fit-children.html#ixzz1s0xOmFN8

Posted: 14 Apr 2012 04:47 AM PDT

The expert who played God... and the real-life Big Brother house where he tore families apart with bizarre tasks to test if parents were fit to keep their children


Few places could have been more fitting for a memorial to one of Britain's most celebrated and respected ambassadors.


Ten children died in foster care last year: province

Posted: 14 Apr 2012 04:32 AM PDT

Ten children died in foster care last year: province

For the first time, the Alberta government has released the full number of children who died while in provincial care, and the number is much higher than previously reported.


How to Deal with False Accusations of Child Abuse

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 08:58 PM PDT

How to Deal with False Accusations of Child Abuse


One of the growing problems in American households and divorce cases today is the occurrence of false accusations of child abuse. While a large percentage of child abuse accusations are true, accusing someone of child abuse is one of the easiest ways to earn the sympathy of the court and ruin the reputation of another. Being falsely accused of child abuse by a spouse, family member or someone outside of the family can be devastating and hard to handle.


Parents concerned for child welfare system protest in Calgary

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 07:30 PM PDT

Parents concerned for child welfare system protest in Calgary

A group of parents demanding more openness and accountability from Alberta's child welfare system protested in front of Calgary's courthouse on Friday.


Parents Clean Up Their Act, Child Returned to Home

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 04:01 PM PDT

Parents Clean Up Their Act, Child Returned to Home

It's a happy ending to a child neglect case that began nearly a year ago. Last June, Child Protective Services removed 12-year-old Briana Basaldu from her home on Nogales Street after investigators discovered she'd been living in filth.


Oregon to Focus on Drugs Used to Aid Foster Kids

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 03:49 PM PDT

Oregon to Focus on Drugs Used to Aid Foster Kids

Oregon continues efforts to ensure the most appropriate use of psychotropic medications in the child welfare system. Based on this progress, the Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority announced Friday that Oregon has been chosen as one of five states that will be part of a national pilot project focused on improving use of medication among children and adolescents in foster care with mental and behavioral health needs.


Catholic Bishops Urge the Public to Disobey Unjust Laws

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 11:29 AM PDT

Catholic Bishops Urge the Public to Disobey Unjust Laws

Roman Catholic bishops in the United States are urging the public not to obey laws that counter religious beliefs.


Children stolen by the state needlessly, causing utter misery in one of Britain's most disturbing scandals

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 08:46 AM PDT

Children stolen by the state needlessly, causing utter misery in one of Britain's most disturbing scandals

Yesterday the Daily Mail reported that applications to take children into care in England have soared to an all-time record, for the first time topping 10,000 in just 12 months.


Justice Delayed in Deported Dad’s Fight to Regain Custody of Kids

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 08:35 AM PDT

Justice Delayed in Deported Dad's Fight to Regain Custody of Kids

Justice has been delayed for Felipe Montes. Last week, Montes listened via Skype from Mexico as a child welfare caseworker and the foster parents who now have custody of his children argued before a judge that his three kids should be adopted. In late 2010, Montes was deported from North Carolina and lost his kids to foster care. He's fighting to have them returned to him, but according to Montes' attorney, the child welfare department has become increasingly determined to keep Montes' children in the United States.


A blind parent’s fear: Will my child be taken away?

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 08:24 AM PDT

A blind parent's fear: Will my child be taken away?

You think of starting a family. Pictures of sleeping babies turn into heart-warming scenes of them crawling, cooing, reaching out to you—moments blending into one another, a mother-to-be's fantasy.

Baby arrives, and you are thrilled. A peaceful joy fills your body as they place your child into your arms. Smiling, you look at their tiny sleeping face, thinking of the years to come.

Blind parents, however, can face hospital officials, social workers, lawyers and even loved ones who threaten or succeed in removing their children from loving homes. They fear blindness is a risk to the child.


Convicted madam tears up testifying about adopted daughters being taken away

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 07:17 AM PDT

Convicted madam tears up testifying about adopted daughters being taken away


A notorious madam whose two adopted daughters were taken away by the state has testified in juvenile court that running a brothel was "an addiction" for her.


Flagstaff man accused of molesting foster children

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 07:10 AM PDT

Flagstaff man accused of molesting foster children

A Flagstaff man has been arrested after he allegedly molested two foster children in his care.


When children die in government care, make it public, say Alberta protesters

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 06:59 AM PDT

When children die in government care, make it public, say Alberta protesters

A group of parents protesting secrecy and a lack of oversight at Alberta Child and Family Services launched a chapter of the Children's Army Wednesday.


Teen's death in high-speed crash triggers official reviews

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 06:52 AM PDT


Teen's death in high-speed crash triggers official reviews

Queensland's child safety minister has ordered a full review into the case of a 13-year-old girl who died after stealing her foster carer's car and crashing it at high speed.





Adopted 9-year-old adapts to life in Russia after being rejected by US mom

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 06:48 AM PDT

Adopted 9-year-old adapts to life in Russia after being rejected by US mom

Two years after Artem Saveliev's American adoptive mother put him alone on a plane back to his homeland, the towheaded 9-year-old shivers and barks "No!" when asked if he ever would go back to the United States.



Parents Wrongly Accused of Child Abuse Struggle to Get Kids Back

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 05:52 AM PDT


Parents Wrongly Accused of Child Abuse Struggle to Get Kids Back

One misinformed doctor's diagnosis can be enough for a finding of abuse. We need to provide more due process to parents before taking their children away, writes Rachel Blustain.


Jon Gosselin: Behind on Child Support?

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 05:40 AM PDT

Jon Gosselin: Behind on Child Support?

Jon Gosselin has fallen behind on his child support payments to his ex-wife Kate Gosselin again, according to a tabloid report, to the tune of $3,557.06.


Judge denies request to drop charges against Sandusky

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 05:26 AM PDT

A judge has shot down a request from Jerry Sandusky's defense team to dismiss all charges in the child sex abuse case.