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  • CA: After 30 years, Children's Bureau has a new leader
    Daily Bulletin - Jan 17, 2018 -- "Children's Bureau is a wonderful, nonprofit service organization, training center, and advocacy organization that has been saving children's lives for more 100 years." Children's Bureau was founded in 1904. It focuses on strengthening families and communities; building peer capacity; and transforming systems and communities. Each year, more than 30,000 children and families are helped through a variety of programs including mental health counseling and foster care/adoption. Alex Morales has spent the last 30 years helping to lead the charge against child abuse and is now retiring.
  • CA: California torture case raises questions about home school regulation
    Cable News Network - Jan 17, 2018 -- "Home schooling doesn't give any freedom to the kids. It gives all the freedom to the parents. In the hands of good parents, the kids can benefit and thrive. But in the hands of parents like the Turpins, it can be the complete opposite." The California Department of Education does not have the authority to monitor or inspect private schools, according to a statement from spokesman Scott Roark. California is one of 15 states requiring that parents merely register with education authorities, according to the home education coalition, which has pushed for greater oversight.
  • CT: What foster kids want: a place to call home
    Connecticut Mirror - Jan 17, 2018 -- A survey of foster youth by Connecticut Voices for Children, a left-leaning advocacy group that hosted Tuesday's event, shows the number of places a foster child will live during his or her time in custody varies drastically. In the last year, some children had to move four times. While the average number of places a youth had lived while in custody was three, some had lived in as many as 30 places.
  • FL: A study in disparity
    Gainesville Sun - Jan 17, 2018 -- The study, called "Understanding Racial Inequity in Alachua County," takes a look at economic well-being, family structure, educational achievement, health status, involvement in juvenile and adult justice systems, child welfare involvement, housing and transportation. It finds African Americans, who account for about 20 percent of Gainesville's population, do not fare as well in any of those areas, but especially in terms of economic well-being when compared to the non-Hispanic white population, with a significantly higher chance of living in poverty.
  • FL: CALL TO ACTION: Florida Grandparents Fight For Rights
    Grand Magazine - Jan 17, 2018 -- "You can be denied contact with your grandchildren because of divorce, death or simply because something is going on in the child's household that parents don't want grandparents to know about." This important message is going out to every member of the Florida House. As a Florida grandparent, and there are many of us and YES we vote, we are calling on Florida House members to make contact with Florida Constitution Revision committee members prior to 1/19 to support Senator Rouson's proposal # 64:
  • FL: Bills Proposed to Help Young Victims of Opioid Crisis (Includes audio)
    WUSF - Jan 16, 2018 -- "Just today in Jacksonville there were 5 shelter hearings resulting in the removal of 8 children, all due to the parents' substance abuse and that's 5 cases today and it's what we're seeing every day in the courtroom over the last two decades that I've been doing this the numbers have become staggering."
  • IN: Attorney general hires ex-Indiana child services director
    Journal Gazette - Jan 17, 2018 -- In 2013, then-Gov. Mike Pence appointed Bonaventura as director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, which works to ensure the financial support of children and, foremost, to protect children from abuse and neglect. "I'm extremely pleased to bring aboard a leader of such caliber as Judge Bonaventura," Hill said. "Her breadth of experience and depth of knowledge will continue to prove indispensable assets to the citizens of Indiana as she steps into this next phase of her distinguished public service."
  • IN: SEI Voices Gets Grant To Help Kids
    Eagle County Online - Jan 17, 2018 -- A $20,000 grant has been awarded to a local organization that accompanies and speaks for children tied up in the court and welfare system. Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children, Inc. serves Jefferson and Ripley counties. The non-profit is one of almost 1,000 CASA and Guardian ad Litem programs across the country that recruit, train and support 87,000 best-interest volunteers who help ensure that children who have entered the court and child welfare systems receive appropriate services, have a voice in determining their futures and, ultimately, find a safe, permanent home where they can thrive.
  • IN: WSBT 22 Fact Finder: How safe is home-schooling in Indiana?
    WSBT - Jan 17, 2018 -- "All adults in the state of Indiana are mandatory reporters. I'm here today at my homeschool co-op. Any one of these mamas, if they thinks that I'm not treating my children right, she can go to this online hotline and report me," said Alison Slatter, Indiana Association of Home Educators.
  • KS: KanCare overhaul plan may change, GOP lawmaker says
    Wichita Eagle - Jan 17, 2018 -- Kansas is likely to change its current plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, called KanCare, a high-ranking Republican lawmaker said Wednesday. KanCare 2.0 calls for multiple pilot programs designed to improve care for individuals with disabilities, children in foster care and others.
  • KY: Kentucky 'adoption czar' leaves post midway through 1st year
    Associated Press - Jan 17, 2018 -- Kentucky's "adoption czar" has left Gov. Matt Bevin's administration seven months into his appointment, without explanation. The Courier-Journal reported Monday that a Cabinet for Health and Family Services spokesman said the state contract with Daniel Dumas had been terminated. He didn't provide more details, and Dumas didn't respond to the newspaper's request for comment.
  • KY: UofL training doctors to spot human trafficking (Includes video)
    WHAS - Jan 17, 2018 -- In the last three years, researchers from UofL's School of Medicine have implemented a new training to recognize victims of human trafficking. The program, known as the Medical Student Instruction in Global Human Trafficking, or M-SIGHT, is also being tested at Harvard University and the University of South Florida. It utilizes online learning, medical documentation and standardized patient-based simulation to prepare students to see the signs of human trafficking.
  • MD: A Painful Lesson On Child Sexual Abuse
    New York Jewish Week - Jan 17, 2018 -- Staff writer Hannah Dreyfus has produced a thorough and compelling report on an alleged child abuser in Baltimore whose sterling reputation as a rabbinic educator may have blinded leaders and others in the Orthodox community from fully protecting children against sexual abuse.
  • MI: For Detroit dad deported after 30 years in US, 'everything has changed' (Includes video)
    Cable News Network - Jan 17, 2018 -- Garcia's wife, Cindy, and their children -- all US citizens -- remain in Michigan, while Garcia lives in limbo in Mexico. "As ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan has made clear, ICE does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement," Walls added. "All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States." The assertion falls in line with President Donald Trump's vow to vastly step up deportations of people in United States without authorization.
  • MN: In Minnesota, Recruitment of Native American Foster Homes Stymied by 'Lifetime Prohibitions'
    Chronicle of Social Change - Jan 16, 2018 -- Shana King, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, spent more than three years in foster care as a teen. She lost her own children to the system during a struggle with heroin. Since then, she has gotten her children back, bought a home, and received a national award for her work as a mentor. She badly wants to be a foster parent to American Indian children in Hennepin County, Minnesota's most populous metro area. But because of the drug history, the county says she can't.
  • MO: MU's sexual assault training leaves students with blind spots about Title IX (Includes video)
    Missoulian - Jan 17, 2018 -- "These are issues we are constantly monitoring with the national conversation going on," said Emily Love, the deputy Title IX coordinator for the UM System. Against the national backdrop, which has brought down TV personalities, comedians and politicians, the Missourian staff set out to learn what students at MU retain from that training.
  • MT: Child death review recommends treatment for addicted mothers
    Associated Press - Jan 17, 2018 -- Montana could help prevent child deaths by offering more treatment services for pregnant women and new mothers who are battling drug and alcohol addiction, a Department of Justice review recommended.
  • MT: Report: 14 Montana children died last year after state received abuse reports (Includes video)
    KTVQ - Jan 17, 2018 -- Fourteen children died over the last year in Montana after reports had been made to the state's child and family service division for abuse and neglect, according to a new report from the Montana Department of Justice.
  • OH: More foster families are needed in Medina County
    Medina Gazette - Jan 17, 2018 -- From 2014-17, Felton said, there's been a 73 percent increase in the number of children entering foster care: 2014 - 92 children; 2015 - 113; 2016 - 138; 2017 - 159. Felton said 75 percent of the cases involve some sort of substance abuse.
  • OR: Nonprofit that supports foster care system launches in Linn and Benton counties
    Corvallis Gazette-Times - Jan 17, 2018 -- A new nonprofit organization in Linn and Benton counties is seeking to address Oregon's foster care crisis with respite care. Every Child connects volunteers who wish to support the foster care system with opportunities, whether baby-sitting for a foster family, helping the Department of Human Services renovate visitation rooms or donating household items to foster children aging out of the system.
  • RI: Analysis: Rhode Island ESSA Case Could Mean an End to Repeated School Transfers for Youth in Foster Care
    The 74 - Jan 17, 2018 -- By 2017, the girl-turned-teenager had changed residences no fewer than a dozen times as she bounced through foster homes and treatment facilities. All that jostling meant repeated school changes, an experience faced by many foster youth that is known to hurt their academic prospects. That cycle was about to repeat itself again this past fall, as V. Doe was beginning her senior year of high school. But this time, she had federal law on her side.
  • WV: Medicaid savings to apply to other West Virginia programs
    Associated Press - Jan 18, 2018 -- State budget officials say the nearly $4 billion Medicaid budget, about 73 percent federally funded, has belatedly received an increased share of federal support, freeing up state money. Crouch says the unused state money will be redirected to other areas in the department including child protective services and cost increases at state hospitals and economic development.
  • US: Analysis: 11 States Struggle to Meet Federal Education Requirements for Foster Youth
    Chronicle of Social Change - Jan 17, 2018 -- A little more than a year after federal law mandated school districts across the country ensure foster youth are transported to school, at least 11 states are outright failing - or are clearly struggling - to make this happen.
  • US: When Is It Your Responsibility To Step In Against Suspected Abuse?
    CBS New York - Jan 17, 2018 -- The case in which 13 malnourished siblings were reportedly kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents in California has raised a multitude of questions, like whether or not the neighbors should have gotten involved.

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

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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 . . .