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- AZ: Website for Arizona foster families gets new look, content
- CA: Los Angeles foster children and those who care for themUCLA News - Nov 16, 2017 -- The operation is not unique to Los Angeles but is a large-scale test of an idea that is gaining adherents - the notion that there are useful roles for both the private and public sectors in addressing the complexities of foster care. It is part of a national trend toward formalizing relationships between government and philanthropy, in hopes of funneling new resources to long-standing problems.
- FL: Alachua County Seeing Success In Lowering Its High Rates Of Child Abuse
- FL: Fort Myers police: Lutheran Services cases manager arrested for child abuse
- IN: New program aims to help get kids out of child welfare system and into stable homes (Includes video)
- MS: OUR OPINION: Foster care initiative provides great opportunity
- MT: On Special Assignment: Aging out of Montana's foster care system (Video)
- NY: Sex abuse victims to push again for child victims' act
- NY: Nonprofits Give 'Disconnected' Youths Another ChanceNew York Times - Nov 06, 2017 -- "I always told myself I would graduate college and wouldn't be a statistic in the foster care system," said Jonathan, 26, who gave only his first name to protect his privacy. But at 21, he was homeless and jobless. "One day I Googled 'help with foster kids aging out,'" Jonathan said, and he found Youth Villages, one of the national nonprofits aimed at stopping the downward spiral of people like him.
- PA: Child protective services need more help from the county to get through opioid crisis (Commentary)
- PR: After Maria, US schools get influx of Puerto Rican students
- TX: Facility helping sex trafficked victims in San Antonio, will soon stay open 24-7
- US: A State By State Guide to Foster Care Resources
- US: LGBT Parents Are Back at It Again (Commentary)
- US: Is It Legal For An Older Man To Court A Child Bride In The U.S.?National Public Radio - Nov 15, 2017 -- Child marriage isn't just a practice that victimizes girls in poor countries. As this blog has previously reported, it's also long been an issue in the United States, involving girls from a wide range of backgrounds. Based on state marriage license data and other sources, advocacy groups and experts estimate that between 2000 and 2015 alone, well over 200,000 children - nearly all of them girls - were married. In nearly all cases the husband was an adult. A report released this summer by the Tahirih Justice Center sheds new light on how state laws are contributing to the problem.
- US: Critical gaps exist in services and supports for youth aging out of foster careChild Trends - Nov 14, 2017 -- Child Trends conducted a national survey of state independent living coordinators (Survey on Services and Supports for Young People Transitioning from Foster Care). Survey findings, collected in 2016, are based on responses by Independent Living Coordinators from 47 of 52 states and territories contacted. They describe the array and availability of services and supports for youth and young adults who have experienced foster care, highlighting state trends and examples of innovation in six major service areas.
- International: UNICEF Report: 300 Million Cases Of Violence Against Children Ages 2 To 4National Public Radio - Nov 01, 2017 -- Approximately 300 million children around the world between the ages two and four are subject to physical punishment or verbal abuse from their parents or caregivers. Every seven minutes, an adolescent is murdered. By the time they reach age 19, fifteen million girls have already experienced forced sexual acts, including rape - inflicted, for the most part, by people they know.
- United Kingdom: Historical child abuse reports to Welsh police 'increase'
Fatal Care: A Special Series from the Edmonton Journal-Calgary Herald
The Alberta government has dramatically under-reported the number of child welfare deaths over the past decade, undermining public accountability and thwarting efforts at prevention and reform. A six-month Edmonton Journal-Calgary Herald investigation found 145 foster children have died since 1999, nearly triple the 56 deaths revealed in government annual reports over the same period.
Private foster care system, intended to save children, endangers some
Extensive multi-part series examining foster care privatization, federal fiscal incentives, and more. By Los Angeles Times journalist Garrett Therolf. Dec 2013
Drugging Our Kids | San Jose Mercury News
A Bay Area News Group investigation reveals that children in California’s foster care system are prescribed unproven, risky medications at alarming rates. This series exposes the pharmaceutical industry’s close ties to favored foster care providers, and this series led to recent legislative hearings.
Handle With Care: In this exclusive six-part series, Leader-Post reporter Barb Pacholik examines Saskatchewan’s child welfare system.
Within months of her apprehension by Social Services, Karen Rose Quill’s life ended — one of roughly 500 children and youth who have died in Saskatchewan’s complex and overburdened child welfare system in the past two decades. A quarter of the kids were in Social Services’ care when they died, the remainder in receipt of its services within the year prior. According to overall numbers from Social Services, about 40 per cent of those young lives ended by natural causes, but an equal number were preventable deaths, victims of homicide or accidents, like Karen.
Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families
Nearly 700 Native American children in South Dakota are being removed from their homes every year, sometimes under questionable circumstances. An NPR News investigation has found that the state is largely failing to place them according to the law. The vast majority of native kids in foster care in South Dakota are in nonnative homes or group homes, according to an NPR analysis of state records.
Failing the Disabled: How Minnesota isolates and marginalizes thousands of adults with disabilities
Set up to be safe havens, some group homes for the disabled have become remote “prisons,” where residents are vulnerable to violence and neglect. Thousands of disabled Minnesotans languish on waiting lists for crucial services even as millions of dollars remain unspent.
Ontario Children’s Aid officials seek court order to seize kids from orthodox Jewish group
MONTREAL—Ontario Children’s Aid authorities have launched a legal battle to seize custody of 14 child members of the ultra-orthodox Jewish sect Lev Tahor and send them into foster care in Quebec. As of December 2013, the situation was unresolved, and had grown into an international incident.
Manitoba – Mennonite Families Still Reeling from Child Removals
Between January and June of 2013, child protection officials raided a Mennonite community in Manitoba, removing between 40 and 50 children from 15 families, placing them all in foster care. Since then, their parents and community leaders have been negotiating with Children and Family Services officials hoping to have the children returned.
Child Protection: The Hard Truth
News Focus: Delonna Sullivan
Delonna Victoria Sullivan was “apprehended” without a court order on April 5, 2011. She died in foster care only six days later. Hospital and autopsy records showed that the 4-month-old had been dosed with Tylenol and cough medicine. Her family seeks justice to this day.
Saving Arizona’s Children
A year ago, Arizona’s broken child-welfare system and the children it’s supposed to protect were the focus of intense debate, with politicians and experts searching for solutions to intractable problems.
Seeking a Safe Haven: An Albuquerque Journal Special Report
Thousands of children are abused or neglected each year in New Mexico. A Journal investigation found some children are kept in abusive families too long, while others are sent to foster homes where new abuse occurs. Critics say problems are getting worse, while Child Protective Services promises to strengthen the net.
Published in 1997, yet it remains relevant.Read on Albuquerque Journal . . .