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  • AK: Walker concerned about Medicaid rollback in Senate health care plan
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Jun 22, 2017 -- "Repeal of the ACA Medicaid expansion would have a significant impact on the more than 27,000 Alaskans covered and the state of Alaska's ability to maintain criminal justice reform laws aimed at reducing criminal recidivism, homelessness and other health care issues," he wrote in response to a survey question about Medicaid expansion. "Hospital emergency departments, the criminal justice system, and the child welfare system would be negatively impacted."
  • CA: California blacklists Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas
    Central Valley Business Times - Jun 22, 2017 -- California will prohibit state-funded and state-sponsored travel to Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas due to discriminatory legislation enacted in each state, says California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. "Our country has made great strides in dismantling prejudicial laws that have deprived too many of our fellow Americans of their precious rights. Sadly, that is not the case in all parts of our nation, even in the 21st century. I am announcing today that I am adding four states to the list of states where California-funded or sponsored travel will be restricted on account of the discriminatory nature of laws enacted by those states," says Mr. Becerra.
  • CA: Fostering family -- California bill would increase emergency funds to encourage participation.
    Chico News & Review - Jun 22, 2017 -- Woods' story illustrates an important gap in California's foster system. Persuading a relative, or even a licensed foster parent, to take in an infant or toddler on a day's notice is tough in the best of circumstances. Without enough additional money for daycare or preschool, it can be impossible.
  • CA: L.A. County foster care agency botched many more payments than initially reported
    Los Angeles Times - Jun 22, 2017 -- For months, Bea Watts waited as the Los Angeles County child protection agency failed to pay her more than $4,500 for taking care of two children in her foster care.
  • CO: Ki'i Powell to lead Colorado office that serves the state's neediest
    Colorado Politics - Jun 22, 2017 -- Starting Monday it will be Ki'i Powell's job to make sure people in need get the help the state can provide. The Colorado Department of Human Services named her director of the Office of Economic Security. She replaces Phyllis Albritton, who was hired last year.
  • GA: State of Georgia enforcing changes to DFCS (Includes video)
    WTOC - Jun 22, 2017 -- The state of Georgia is overhauling the Division of Family and Children Services - also known as DFCS - after recent statistics suggest the system was failing the very children the agency was designed to protect.
  • IL: Hephzibah Children's Association Names Merry Beth Sheets as New Executive Director
    Chicago Tribune - Jun 22, 2017 -- The Board of Directors of Hephzibah Children's Association has named Merry Beth Sheets as the agency's new executive director effective July 1, 2017. She succeeds Mary Anne Brown, who announced her retirement effective June 30, 2017.
  • IN: Department of Child Services Appoints Angela Jordan Director in Wayne County (Press release)
    Indiana Department of Child Services - Jun 22, 2017 -- The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) has appointed Angela Jordan the new Local Office Director for the Indiana DCS Wayne County office. In her new role, Jordan will set goals and objectives for child welfare management helping to ensure children are protected from abuse or neglect. Also, she'll oversee a staff of 31 while also handling general office operations.
  • IN: Tully: Amid a heroin crisis, fighting for kids (Opinion)
    Indianapolis Star - Jun 21, 2017 -- The numbers come from the Department of Child Services: Last month, there were 7,201 children in non-relative foster homes in Indiana. Think about that: More than 7,000 children at that one moment in time whose homes were so filled with abuse or neglect that they couldn't stay there. And that is just children for whom another relative, such as a grandparent, couldn't step in.
  • KS: Foster care contractor sees benefits of trauma-informed training
    Kansas News Service - Jun 21, 2017 -- The foster care system in Kansas has problems, but a national child welfare group sees one area where it could lead the way for other states.
  • LA: Senate adopts 2018 budget
    West Side Journal - Jun 23, 2017 -- The Louisiana Legislature ended its special session on June 16 after the state Senate of adopted a budget of almost $29 billion for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. The budget spares cuts to State Police, the child welfare programs and prisons, all of which would have seen cuts in the House version of the budget.
  • MO: Greitens signs Foster Care Bill of Rights into law
    News Tribune - Jun 23, 2017 -- Missouri law now includes a Foster Care Bill of Rights. In a Thursday morning ceremony at the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association's office in Jefferson City, Gov. Eric Greitens signed the bill that includes that language and makes other changes to the state's child protection laws.
  • NC: Gov. Cooper signs child welfare reform bill (Includes video)
    WLOS - Jun 22, 2017 -- Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law a child welfare reform bill co-sponsored by a mountain lawmaker. Rep. Brian Turner, D-Buncombe, said "Rylan's Law" has bi-partisan support.
  • OR: Guest Opinion: Dunn House celebrates 40 years
    Mail Tribune - Jun 23, 2017 -- Dunn House Shelter has provided safety for over 15,000 families and individuals in the past 40 years. As advocates, we have shared the honor of being there to witness survivors' growth and development. We have been there when the "click" happened, when a woman realizes that, with help, she does not have to live with violence and brutality.
  • PA: Grandparents raising grandchildren a growing trend in Pa.
    Standard-Speaker - Jun 23, 2017 -- There is a growing trend in Pennsylvania - more and more grandparents are raising their own grandchildren. We learned about the challenges these older caregivers face during a hearing convened by the House Children and Youth Committee earlier this month in Harrisburg.
  • PA: Valley Youth House receives $10,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation for Supportive Housing Program
    Philadelphia Sun - Jun 23, 2017 -- Valley Youth House (VYH) has received a $10,000 grant for their Supportive Housing Program for Homeless Transition Age Young Adults. This grant was made possible with generous support from Lincoln Financial Foundation.
  • TX: Faith-Based Bill Will Be Headache for State to Enforce (Opinion)
    Chronicle of Social Change - Jun 22, 2017 -- This week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) handed a legislative victory to faith-based entities that want to get child welfare contracts but not do anything they find objectionable on religious grounds. He also handed, in our humble opinion, a perpetual management migraine to his own Department of Family Preservation Services.
  • WI: Hospital engages community to help heal young victims of violence
    AHA News (American Hospital Association) - Jun 22, 2017 -- Project Ujima is one of the nation's oldest hospital-based violence intervention programs. It works every year with about 300 youth victims of assaults who are between the ages of 7 to 18. The program provides crisis intervention and case management, including home visits, mental health services, youth development in boys and girls groups, a six-week summer day camp, youth leadership and family support.
  • US: Adjuncts as Allies? (Opinion)
    Inside Higher Ed - Jun 23, 2017 -- The debate over mandatory-reporter status is also particularly thorny for faculty members without the protection of tenure.
  • US: Adoption Subsidies Deserve A Closer Look in Child Welfare Field (Opinion)
    Chronicle of Social Change - Jun 22, 2017 -- Most adopted parents are loving and generous people who spend much more on their children than they receive in subsidies. But some adoptive parents and their advocates seem to see the subsidies as an entitlement that they can enjoy regardless of whether they are still caring for their children, or worse, maltreating them.
  • US: How the Indian Child Welfare Act Preserves and Strengthens American Indian Families
    Indian Country Today Media Network - Jun 22, 2017 -- To this day, I have no idea what made me call my tribal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) office back in January 2005. "No, there are no children who need homes," the worker told me. She noted, however, that Bo, a distant cousin of mine, had given birth to a boy a few months ago. She said a white couple I had met took him home from the hospital and were in the process of adopting him.
  • US: Nonprofits, not Silicon Valley startups, are creating AI apps for the greater good (Opinion) (Includes video)
    Recode - Jun 22, 2017 -- The tech for good use cases for AI are endless, ranging from refugee aid, to bankruptcy filings, to predictive solutions in child welfare. We are still in the early days of true implementation of AI, but in the tech nonprofit sector, the future looks bright.
  • US: Medical and Public Health Organizations Applaud House Passage of Child Welfare Legislation (Press release)
    American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - Jun 21, 2017 -- Yesterday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed five pieces of bipartisan legislation focused on child welfare reform. The following organizations join the statement below: the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, March of Dimes and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
  • Canada: United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights visits Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth
    Morningstar - Jun 22, 2017 -- Sharing the unique life experiences faced daily by young Aboriginal women living in Ottawa, residents discussed the difficult issues of racism, discrimination, and human trafficking, and spoke of the supports and solutions needs to address them. "Meeting with the Deputy High Commissioner was empowering and inspirational," said one of the residents after the visit.
  • United Kingdom: Child sex abuse 'part of initiation ceremonies'
    Telegraph - Jun 23, 2017 -- Children have been sexually abused - including by other children - during "initiation rituals" within British sport, the industry's most senior child protection officer has revealed.

related series

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.

Read more at the Edmonton Journal-Calgary Herald.

Private foster care system, intended to save children, endangers some

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Extensive multi-part series examining foster care privatization, federal fiscal incentives, and more. By Los Angeles Times journalist Garrett Therolf. Dec 2013

Read on LA Times . . .

Drugging Our Kids | San Jose Mercury News

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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.

Read on San Jose Mercury News

Handle With Care: In this exclusive six-part series, Leader-Post reporter Barb Pacholik examines Saskatchewan’s child welfare system.

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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.

Read on Leader-Post . . .

Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families

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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.

Read series at NPR.

Failing the Disabled: How Minnesota isolates and marginalizes thousands of adults with disabilities

Disabled in Minnesota Series

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.

Read series at the Star Tribune.

Ontario Children’s Aid officials seek court order to seize kids from orthodox Jewish group

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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.

Read more . . .

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.

Read more . . .

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.

Read more . . .

Saving Arizona’s Children

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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.

Read on Arizona Central . . .

Seeking a Safe Haven: An Albuquerque Journal Special Report

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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 . . .