Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Legally Kidnapped

Legally Kidnapped


Grievance panel defends against AG criticism

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 07:33 PM PDT

Grievance panel defends against AG criticism

The chairman of the House Redress of Grievance Committee defended the body at a press conference Tuesday after complaints from the attorney general that it was undermining the ability of child welfare workers to do their work.


BOY STILL HAUNTED BY SAGA OF BAD ADOPTION

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 06:49 PM PDT

BOY STILL HAUNTED BY SAGA OF BAD ADOPTION

Two years after Artyom 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 would ever go back to the United States.


Government tries to have foster parent's Hepatitis C lawsuit tossed out of court

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 06:44 PM PDT

Government tries to have foster parent's Hepatitis C lawsuit tossed out of court


Former foster parent Teresa Iezzi, who alleges she was infected with Hepatitis C by a drugged-up teen client, looked on Tuesday as a government lawyer tried again to have her lawsuit for damages thrown out of court.


6-year-old girl handcuffed, arrested for tantrum at school

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 06:32 PM PDT



The family of a 6-year-old is demanding change at their local police department after their girl was handcuffed after she threw a tantrum at a Georgia school.


Article Photos: Experts' fees for Oklahoma child welfare system reform stir impassioned debate

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 11:49 AM PDT


Article Photos: Experts' fees for Oklahoma child welfare system reform stir impassioned debate

Out-of-state experts hired to oversee reforms of Oklahoma's troubled children welfare system billed the state more than $355,000 for their team's first three months work after a settlement was reached in a Tulsa class-action lawsuit.




Cherokee adoption battle in South Carolina high court

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 10:51 AM PDT

Cherokee adoption battle in South Carolina high court

The adoptive parents of a 2-1/2-year-old Cherokee girl at the center of a custody battle stemming from her Native American heritage will ask the South Carolina Supreme Court on Tuesday to return her to them.


SOCIAL WORKER 'IGNORED CHILD CARE CHECKS'

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 09:17 AM PDT

SOCIAL WORKER 'IGNORED CHILD CARE CHECKS'

A PLYMOUTH social worker failed to properly monitor 16 vulnerable children who could have been victims of abuse, a hearing was told.


Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner for tantrum

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 08:46 AM PDT


Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner for tantrum

Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner after the girl threw a tantrum and the police chief defended the action.


Upcoming Event: An Improvement Plan for OKDHS Child Welfare Services

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 08:26 AM PDT

Upcoming Event: An Improvement Plan for OKDHS Child Welfare Services


The next installment of the Practice and Policy Lecture Series, sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS), will present Oklahoma's plan to improve child welfare services.  On Friday April 20th, Deborah Smith, Director of OKDHS Children and Family Services, will summarize the efforts planned to improve outcomes for Oklahoma's 8,000 children in foster care including improving safety, increasing the number of foster homes, and decreasing the length of stay.  The 'Pinnacle Plan' is a key component in settling a federal class action lawsuit.



Openings set in would-be adoptive mom's trial

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 06:56 AM PDT

Openings set in would-be adoptive mom's trial

 Opening arguments are set to begin Tuesday in the trial of a Scottsdale woman accused forgery and custodial interference in the case of a baby who has been missing for more than two years.


Nurse Fired For Reporting Abuse Can Sue School, Court Says

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 06:49 AM PDT

Nurse Fired For Reporting Abuse Can Sue School, Court Says

A nurse working at the RAMAZ Modern Orthodox day school in Manhattan treated a boy with a "prominent injury" on his cheek he said was inflicted by his father. Joyce Villarin communicated with the father who admitted causing the injury and who showed no remorse. She wanted to report the physical abuse to secular authorities in compliance with the law, but the RAMAZ told her not to. She did it anyway and was fired for not being a "team player."


Editorial: Foster-care children need encouragement, not requirements

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 06:12 AM PDT

Editorial: Foster-care children need encouragement, not requirements

House Bill 1267, which would require all youth in foster care above the age of 15 be given a visit and consultation to a Missouri state university, state community or technical college before exiting the foster care system, is an ineffective overreach of the government's rights and responsibility.