Thursday, May 3, 2012

Legally Kidnapped

Legally Kidnapped


Usher and ex-wife ordered to sort out custody agreement

Posted: 03 May 2012 05:11 AM PDT

Usher and ex-wife ordered to sort out custody agreement

Usher appeared in court on Tuesday to battle for custody of his children and was ordered to work out a temporary agreement in private with his ex-wife.


Child abuse registry bill passes Conn. Senate

Posted: 03 May 2012 05:03 AM PDT

Child abuse registry bill passes Conn. Senate

The Connecticut Senate has passed a bill that would allow rehabilitated people to apply to have their names removed from the state child abuse and neglect registry.


Couples Outraged With Adoption Agency

Posted: 03 May 2012 04:55 AM PDT

Couples Outraged With Adoption Agency


A Farmington family is out more than $35,000 and, for now, lost hope for adopting a baby girl.


Parents of Teen Who Died While Restrained at Yonkers School Speak Out

Posted: 03 May 2012 04:42 AM PDT

Parents of Teen Who Died While Restrained at Yonkers School Speak Out


Sheila and Andre Foster said they want justice in the death of their son Corey, who died at the Leake and Watts Facility on April 18.


Funds increased for Indiana child and family social service providers

Posted: 02 May 2012 07:48 PM PDT

Funds increased for Indiana child and family social service providers


Indiana's Department of Child Services says more money is on the way to help at-risk children and their families. Our Fact Finder team learned St. Joseph County's Family and Children's Center will see some of those increased funds.



Debate Over Child Interrogation Policy Regarding IVS Incident Continues

Posted: 02 May 2012 07:35 PM PDT

Debate Over Child Interrogation Policy Regarding IVS Incident Continues

On April 10, Dr. Stacey Hundley addressed the Enon Village Council in regards to the questioning of her ten-year-old son at Indian Valley Middle School, concerning a missing cell phone.


State won't renew contract with major foster care provider

Posted: 02 May 2012 07:17 PM PDT

State won't renew contract with major foster care provider


Maryland's second-largest foster care provider will lose its contract with the state to place children in homes, a Department of Human Resources spokesman said Wednesday.


Husband's grief over slain wife compounded by CPS

Posted: 02 May 2012 07:11 PM PDT

Husband's grief over slain wife compounded by CPS


On April 17, Keith Schuchardt absorbed the horrific news that an unknown assailant had gunned down his wife of 3½ years, Kala, and had fled with the couple's three-day-old son, Keegan. When he learned from news reporters that the infant had been found safe, Schuchardt went to the Montgomery County sheriff's office around 3 a.m. on April 18 to retrieve his son. He had hoped his nightmare was coming to an end. It was only beginning.


Infant's parents want answers after death in Staten Island foster home

Posted: 02 May 2012 07:01 PM PDT

Infant's parents want answers after death in Staten Island foster home

The mom of a six-month-old who died Monday night after being placed into a Concord foster home is demanding someone be held responsible for her young daughter's death.


Conn. bill ensures sibling visits for DCF kids

Posted: 02 May 2012 06:46 PM PDT

Conn. bill ensures sibling visits for DCF kids

The Connecticut Senate has passed legislation that would require the state's child welfare commissioner to make sure siblings under the state's care, such as in foster homes, get to visit one another at least once a week.


NYS Court Says Kids Who Witness Parents Fighting Aren't Necessarily Neglected

Posted: 02 May 2012 11:28 AM PDT

NYS Court Says Kids Who Witness Parents Fighting Aren't Necessarily Neglected


A four member panel of the Appellate Division, Second Department of the Supreme Court of New York State has unanimously overturned a King's County Family Court ruling that a mother and father had neglected their children by fighting in front of them.


Govt to have power to take over orphanages

Posted: 02 May 2012 11:25 AM PDT

Govt to have power to take over orphanages


The government is set to empower states to take over unregistered orphanages and child-care homes on the ground of child abuse or any other irregularity. A key change proposed in the Juvenile Justice Act is a follow-up of the reported abuse of children in Delhi-based Arya Orphanage in February


Jailed teen tried to kill foster mum

Posted: 02 May 2012 11:21 AM PDT

Jailed teen tried to kill foster mum


A foster mother awoke to a nightmare scene and had to' fight for her life' after a teenager she was looking after tried to stab her to death.


Baby dies while in foster care on Staten Island

Posted: 02 May 2012 11:09 AM PDT

Baby dies while in foster care on Staten Island

William Monge is demanding answers even as he and his girlfriend mourn the loss of their 6-month old daughter, Genesis.


Louisiana Foster Kids Saved From Horror of Loving Homes

Posted: 02 May 2012 11:06 AM PDT

Louisiana Foster Kids Saved From Horror of Loving Homes

A local House Committee in Baton Rouge saved the last little pocket of American innocence on Tuesday. A proposal that would have allowed gay couples and straight unmarried couples and other ungodless folk (Wiccans?) to adopt children together in Louisiana has been defeated, with the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee voting 9-2 against HB 1081.


Statement from Secretary Sebelius on National Foster Care Month

Posted: 02 May 2012 11:02 AM PDT

Statement from Secretary Sebelius on National Foster Care Month

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides us a special opportunity to focus on the nation's more than 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system. It is a time for us to raise awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourage all Americans to get involved – as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways. With the help of more Americans, many formerly abused or neglected children and teens will be able to reunite safely with their parents, be cared for by relatives or be adopted by loving families.


May Day protesters call for reforms of child protective services

Posted: 02 May 2012 09:59 AM PDT

May Day protesters call for reforms of child protective services

An Occupy Oakland offshoot group on Tuesday -- a day of May Day actions nationwide -- protested the Alameda County agency entrusted with protecting children and investigating reports of child abuse, prompting some of its employees to stay away for the day.


Usher In A Child Custody Battle With Ex-Wife Tameka Raymond

Posted: 02 May 2012 09:48 AM PDT

Usher In A Child Custody Battle With Ex-Wife Tameka Raymond

It looks like everything isn't going as smoothly as planned in celebrity dad Usher's child custody case with his ex-wife, Tameka Raymond. The two have been battling it out at an Atlanta courtroom where a judge has ordered the ex-couple to try and hash out a temporary custody agreement in private mediation.


CSA worker 'threatened' by loan sharks siphoned off £6.8k into her own bank account

Posted: 02 May 2012 09:44 AM PDT

CSA worker 'threatened' by loan sharks siphoned off £6.8k into her own bank account


A WORKER at the Child Support Agency diverted nearly £7,000 due to be paid to parents into her own bank account, a court heard.


American foster mother's suit against Russian children's ombudsman set for May 28

Posted: 02 May 2012 09:04 AM PDT

American foster mother's suit against Russian children's ombudsman set for May 28

The Moscow Tverskoy Distrcit Court will continue hearing the lawsuit by U.S. citizen Torry Ann Hansen against Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights Pavel Astakhov on May 28.


Parents with disabilities fight to keep baby

Posted: 02 May 2012 08:41 AM PDT

Parents with disabilities fight to keep baby


A Mississauga couple who suffer from cerebral palsy are fighting to keep their month old baby after the Peel Children's Aid Society expressed doubt about their ability to care for the child.


Keep Families Together

Posted: 02 May 2012 08:34 AM PDT

Keep Families Together

John is five years old. He lives with his mother Nancy, who is 25. One night, child welfare services receives a call from the police department. Nancy has been arrested. Child welfare is asked to come pick up John. In the days that follow, it becomes clear that Nancy's drug addiction is serious, but she loves her son, and John, who's been in foster care since the arrest, really misses his mom. Now, my dream isn't for anyone to feel sorry for Nancy. Nancy got herself into this position. She is young and foolish, she hangs out with a bad crowd, and this isn't the first time she's been in trouble. My dream isn't for society to feel sorry for Nancy; my dream is for society to think about John.


South Carolina Teacher Arrested After Grabbing Student as Part of a Nazi, Jew Rant

Posted: 02 May 2012 08:27 AM PDT

South Carolina Teacher Arrested After Grabbing Student as Part of a Nazi, Jew Rant


A South Carolina teacher is accused of grabbing a student and shoving him under a table last Wednesday as she delivered an anti-Semitic rant in her classroom, one her lawyer said was part of an interactive history lesson on World War II and the Holocaust.


Experience with foster system inspired run

Posted: 02 May 2012 07:42 AM PDT

Experience with foster system inspired run


Fish said the department targeted her because she had publicly advocated for change.


Hefty, The Official Luggage of the Foster Care System

Posted: 02 May 2012 07:16 AM PDT

Hefty, The Official Luggage of the Foster Care System

The bad news: There are over 400,000 kids in foster care in the US, many of whom are moved four or more times per year. Its no wonder they feel unwanted. It has been estimated that 50% of foster kids end up homeless when they age out of the system. These kids are approached by a trafficker (pimp) within 48 hours of being homeless. The fourth time a trafficker approaches a homeless youth (often with a burger and fries), the young person succumbs. Thats how abused kids end up in prostitution. When these young people find themselves in a life they cannot get out of, they often medicate themselves. Thats how abused kids end up on drugs.