Saturday, May 5, 2012

Legally Kidnapped

Legally Kidnapped


Court ruling may open door to monetary damages to Nevada foster children who sue state over their care

Posted: 04 May 2012 09:21 PM PDT

Court ruling may open door to monetary damages to Nevada foster children who sue state over their care


A ruling Friday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could mean Clark County and state officials no longer will be immune from paying damages resulting from lawsuits involving children in foster care.


Long Pregnancy Tied to Kids' Behavior Issues

Posted: 04 May 2012 09:07 PM PDT

Long Pregnancy Tied to Kids' Behavior Issues

Babies who are born post-term appear to be at risk for becoming toddlers with behavior problems, including attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a Dutch study showed.


State makes record $3.75 million settlement in Gresham child abuse case of Stephanie Kuntupis

Posted: 04 May 2012 08:27 PM PDT

State makes record $3.75 million settlement in Gresham child abuse case of Stephanie Kuntupis


Nearly five years after a Gresham man violently shook his 2-year-old foster daughter -- blinding her in one eye and causing irreversible brain damage -- the state has agreed to pay her $3.75 million, the largest child welfare payout in Oregon history.


Colorado Lesbian Wendy Alfredsen Mom Granted Paternity in Custody Battle

Posted: 04 May 2012 04:53 PM PDT

Colorado Lesbian Wendy Alfredsen Mom Granted Paternity in Custody Battle

A lesbian mother who fought for custody of her child by becoming the first woman allowed to file a paternity suit in Colorado has finally been granted access to her daughter.


Report calls for progress in education for foster children

Posted: 04 May 2012 04:43 PM PDT

Report calls for progress in education for foster children

Judges and those involved in foster care should do more to elevate the importance of education among foster children who too often fall through the cracks in the system, a new report issued Thursday recommends.


Atheists say DCF head Wilkins abused office by emailing prayer to employees

Posted: 04 May 2012 01:53 PM PDT

Atheists say DCF head Wilkins abused office by emailing prayer to employees

An atheists group contends Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins "abused his office" by emailing the text of a prayer to agency employees.
Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/05/atheists-say-dcf-head-wilkins-abused-office-by-emailing-prayer-to-employees-.html#storylink=cpy


Disabled parents allowed to keep newborn son

Posted: 04 May 2012 01:39 PM PDT

Disabled parents allowed to keep newborn son


Disabled parents from Mississauga, Ont., will be allowed to keep their newborn son.


Man charged after Children’s Aid Society worker assaulted

Posted: 04 May 2012 01:01 PM PDT


Man charged after Children's Aid Society worker assaulted

A 58-year-old man faces charges after a Children's Aid Society worker was assaulted and choked at her office in the east end of the city.


DSHS to pay $2.8 million to victim in sex abuse case

Posted: 04 May 2012 12:39 PM PDT

DSHS to pay $2.8 million to victim in sex abuse case

The state Department of Social and Health Services has reached a $2.85 million settlement with a young woman who was returned by the agency to live with her sexually abusive father seven years ago when she was 13.


Couple forced to restart one year foster carer application because social worker's handwriting was illegible

Posted: 04 May 2012 12:04 PM PDT


Couple forced to restart one year foster carer application because social worker's handwriting was illegible

A couple have had their dream of becoming foster parents shattered because nobody can read their social worker's shoddy handwriting.





Tear Gas Engulfs Occupy Oakland Protesters on May Day

Posted: 04 May 2012 07:32 AM PDT

Tear Gas Engulfs Occupy Oakland Protesters on May Day

Oakland Police fired tear gas into the faces of more than a thousand protesters in Oakland, as the May Day protests saw another round of confrontation between local law enforcement and political demonstrators, locally and nationally.
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The anti-patriarchy march, which started on First St. and Broadway, attacked Oakland's Child Protective Services, bringing up subjects such as discrimination against race and class and the singling out of single mothers.


Spouses Use Spy Tools to Get Custody of Children

Posted: 04 May 2012 07:15 AM PDT

Spouses Use Spy Tools to Get Custody of Children


The spy shop has become a new tool in the arsenal for feuding couples calling it quits in America. From phone tracking and GPS, to hidden cameras and microphones, America's divorce lawyers have seen technology play a prominent role in their cases.


State clears Johnsons of abuse allegations

Posted: 04 May 2012 07:02 AM PDT

State clears Johnsons of abuse allegations

A Meadville man and his wife, who filed a federal civil rights suit against the Crawford County Office of Children and Youth and Meadville Police over a child custody dispute, have been cleared of child abuse allegations by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.


Court orders former Oklahoma County District judge Tammy Bass-LeSure to pay nearly $70,000

Posted: 04 May 2012 06:40 AM PDT



Court orders former Oklahoma County District judge Tammy Bass-LeSure to pay nearly $70,000


Former Oklahoma County district judge Tammy Bass-LeSure and her husband were ordered to pay the restitution in connection with an adoption fraud case.





Anti-abortion group obtains Kansas clinic records from trash

Posted: 04 May 2012 05:43 AM PDT

Anti-abortion group obtains Kansas clinic records from trash


Operation Rescue and a Kansas abortion clinic are trading criminal allegations over patient information on 86 women and girls that the anti-abortion group says it obtained, according to news reports.


Clarksburg dad charged with kidnapping own toddler

Posted: 04 May 2012 05:31 AM PDT

Clarksburg dad charged with kidnapping own toddler

A Clarksburg man faces kidnapping and child abuse charges after allegedly trying to flee with his daughter before a planned visit by Child Protective Services workers.


Report recommends help at school for foster children

Posted: 04 May 2012 05:25 AM PDT


Report recommends help at school for foster children


Children removed from abusive homes and placed into long-term foster care do much worse in school than other children, requiring a host of legal and educational changes to improve their lives, a state-commissioned report concludes.




Facebook Adoption

Posted: 04 May 2012 05:13 AM PDT