Friday, May 11, 2012

Legally Kidnapped

Legally Kidnapped


Successive Cases of Child Abuse in U.S. Schools

Posted: 11 May 2012 04:47 AM PDT

Successive Cases of Child Abuse in U.S. Schools

A teacher in the U.S. city of Zephyrhills, Fla., was charged with putting dog collars to their students for minor infractions like drinking soda in class.


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Posted: 11 May 2012 04:32 AM PDT

Attorney defends Cleveland couple that took girl from CPS


Mike and April Davis, whose missing son was discovered drowned in a Liberty County pond about five weeks ago, broke no laws when they snatched their 18-month-old daughter from a foster home to escape what they call Child Protective Service "bullying" and to make a fresh start outside of Texas, their attorney said Wednesday.

Child Protective Services spokeswoman Gwen Carter, however, noted both parents had signed a voluntary agreement - called a "parental child safety plan" - to allow their daughter, Abbygail, to be placed in temporary foster care while the family was assessed and received help for problems the parents disclosed.

Note: And they were probably bullied into signing it. Knowing how these babystealers operate, the parents probably signed the safety plan because CPS was threatening to take daughter forever.

I mean honestly, what kind of a low life takes a baby from a grieving family?





Commentary: Wisconsin officials still 'in denial' of child welfare failures

Posted: 11 May 2012 04:17 AM PDT

Commentary: Wisconsin officials still 'in denial' of child welfare failures

Thirty-five years ago, as a young reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio, I produced a series of reports on child abuse and foster care. I was stunned to find that what was then the state Department of Health and Social Services didn't even know how many children were in foster care or how long they stayed in care. We had to send out our own survey to all 72 counties.


Families torn apart illegally? Heather Catallo investigates

Posted: 10 May 2012 10:25 PM PDT


Families torn apart illegally? Heather Catallo investigates

When protective services take children from their parents, state law says a judge must first personally review the case and sign off. But that was not happening in one of Michigan's busiest courts.



State rarely prosecutes for failing to report child abuse

Posted: 10 May 2012 10:03 PM PDT

State rarely prosecutes for failing to report child abuse

As Channel 4 Action News' Paul Van Osdol found, the state rarely prosecutes people for failing to report abuse, with only three other criminal cases in the five years before Sandusky was arrested.

Note: They're only prosecuting these people because of the public outrage caused by the media circus surrounding this case.  Had this particular case not hit the headlines, they would have swept it under the rug like they do with most others.


DHHS won’t release information on dead baby

Posted: 10 May 2012 09:44 PM PDT

DHHS won't release information on dead baby

 Gov. Paul LePage backs the Department of Health and Human Services' refusal to release information on how it handled a report of suspected child abuse at the Arundel home of Ethan Henderson, a 10-week-old baby who died, allegedly at his father's hands.

Note: That's because if everybody knew that Maine's CPS Agents were really just a bunch of fraud selling moron's who couldn't tell the difference between child abuse and a hole in the ground, they'd loose their National Model status.  On top of that, they'd rather pick on innocent families with the cute little blond haired blue eyed babies who would make good candidates for their adoption market.


B.C. foster mom has Hepatitis C lawsuit dismissed

Posted: 10 May 2012 09:09 PM PDT


B.C. foster mom has Hepatitis C lawsuit dismissed

The B.C. Court of Appeal has thrown out the case of a former foster parent suing the government after being allegedly infected with Hepatitis C by a drugged-up teen client.





Rift in Utah Adoption Council leads president to resign

Posted: 10 May 2012 09:01 PM PDT

Rift in Utah Adoption Council leads president to resign


The president of the Utah Adoption Council resigned his post Tuesday — and launched his own competing organization — amid claims the group ignores unethical practices of some adoption agencies and has failed to treat birth fathers fairly.


Bronx Advocates Call for Alternatives to Arrests of Students Inside Public Schools

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:45 PM PDT

Bronx Advocates Call for Alternatives to Arrests of Students Inside Public Schools


This afternoon, parent advocates in the Bronx are organizing a march that will start at a transportation hub in the borough, move to a suspensions hearing center onward to an early care education site, and then to an elementary school and a middle school. The final destination of the rally is a juvenile justice center.


Birth mother blames son's near-drowning on foster mother

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:41 PM PDT

Birth mother blames son's near-drowning on foster mother

Panic and chaos was found at the pool at Summerhill Apartments on April 28th. A 911 phone call paints a clear picture of a young boy receiving CPR after being found at the bottom of the swimming pool.


Man charged with murdering foster child

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:32 PM PDT

Man charged with murdering foster child

A man was charged in the Magistrate's Court here with murdering his foster child last month.


Alumna of Maine’s foster care system advocates for change at community forum

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:26 PM PDT

Alumna of Maine's foster care system advocates for change at community forum

As part of National Foster Care Awareness Month, the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine will host Dianna Walters, an alumna of Maine's foster care system and current policy associate at the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, for a community forum and presentation on building successful paths to adulthood for youth in foster care. The event will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the Wishcamper Center, room 102, on the USM Portland campus and is free and open to the public.


Foster care CEO in Palm Beach County resigns with agency under scrutiny

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:17 PM PDT

Foster care CEO in Palm Beach County resigns with agency under scrutiny

The top administrator at the child welfare agency charged with caring for Palm Beach County's foster children resigned last week, just as the organization is being scrutinized by state officials for poor performance.


Protective Supervision Lifted for Obese Child

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:08 PM PDT

Protective Supervision Lifted for Obese Child

"He's a smart boy.  He's adjusting just fine," said defense attorney John Lawson as he spoke of his 9-year-old client. Lawson's comments came moments after a judged granted a motion to terminate protective supervision at the young man's Cleveland home.


Brewer signs bill on new CPS investigations office

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:05 PM PDT


Brewer signs bill on new CPS investigations office

Arizona's child-protection agency will have a new investigations office focusing on abuse and neglect cases that allegedly involve criminal conduct.

Child Protectives Agency Gets Crime Probe Power


Couple whose daughter drowned snatch child from CPS; no laws broken

Posted: 10 May 2012 07:52 PM PDT

Couple whose daughter drowned snatch child from CPS; no laws broken

Mike and April Davis, whose missing son was discovered drowned in a Liberty County pond about five weeks ago, broke no laws when they snatched their 18-month-old daughter from a foster home to escape what they call Child Protective Service "bullying" and to make a fresh start outside of Texas, their attorney said Wednesday.


Romney accused of bullying as kid

Posted: 10 May 2012 07:41 PM PDT



The article includes an accusation that Mitt Romney led a group of boys who went into a fellow student's room, dragged that student out, held him down and cut his hair.


Florida flunks child welfare report by national group

Posted: 10 May 2012 06:08 PM PDT

Florida flunks child welfare report by national group

A national report on how well states protect the legal rights of abused and neglected children has bad news for Florida: It's flunking.


Mom who chose to take daughter off medication files lawsuit, alleges daughter deprived of prosthesis

Posted: 10 May 2012 05:58 PM PDT


Mom who chose to take daughter off medication files lawsuit, alleges daughter deprived of prosthesis

A local mom chose not to medicate her special needs daughter, so the state took the girl -- and the mom landed in jail. Now she is suing.



JUVENILE JUSTICE

Posted: 10 May 2012 02:18 PM PDT



State lawmakers are on the heals of a heavy discussion about juvenile justice in Nevada. Minors as young as 8 can be tried as an adult for a serious crime and ultimately end up in an adult prison. But Clark County public defenders office wants lawmakers to raise the age to 16. Prosecutors say that decision should be case-by-case based on public safety. News 3's Ashley Conroy is in the newsroom and with more on this. Lawmakers are in the process of drafting new legislation.


Universities will train DSHS social workers, foster parents, parents

Posted: 10 May 2012 01:50 PM PDT

Universities will train DSHS social workers, foster parents, parents


The University of Washington and Eastern Washington University will now be responsible for training state social workers under an agreement with the state Department of Social and Health Services.