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- AZ: & KY: Two States Just Made It Easier to Take Babies Away From Mothers Who Use Drugs During Pregnancy (Commentary)In Justice Today - May 17, 2018 -- Terminating a mother's rights to her newborn is an especially brutal drug war tactic that research and experience show will inflict far more harm than good on the children and families it allegedly aims to protect. Such policies are rooted in stigma and gross indifference to what the best available science tells us about how to compassionately and effectively serve pregnant women struggling with drug use disorders and their families.
- CA: All California Kids Deserve Internet Access-Including Youth in Detention and Foster Care (Commentary)Electronic Frontier Foundation - May 17, 2018 -- It would be more effective to provide incarcerated youth with educational opportunities so they don't fall behind their peers, ensuring they have a fair shot at integrating back into society. California has an opportunity to accomplish exactly this by providing the state's juvenile offenders with access to quality education resources though the Internet.
- CA: Child Abuse Care In California Spotlights Lack Of Oversight Of Home Schooling (Includes video)NBC - May 17, 2018 -- Efforts to add more oversight in California have faltered after meeting fierce opposition from parents who home school and say such regulations would interfere with their ability to educate their children as they see fit. Coleman said that while the recent California cases have received a lot of attention, her organization has charted dozens of similar incidents in the state in the past five years.
- CT: Connecticut Wants More LGBT Families to Adopt and Foster Children
- IN: Needed foster parents can provide stability (Commentary)Batesville Herald-Tribune - May 16, 2018 -- May is National Foster Care Month, which recognizes parents, volunteers, child welfare professionals and other community members who help children in the foster care system. In Indiana alone, more than 40,000 children were in foster care between December 2016 and December 2017, according to the Indiana Department of Child Services, and an estimated 430,000 kids and teens are in the foster care system nationwide.
- KS: Adoption Protection Act on the way in Kansas (Includes video)
- KY: Adam Meier Tapped As New Head Of Kentucky Health Cabinet (Includes audio)WKMS - May 17, 2018 -- Governor Matt Bevin on Friday appointed Adam Meier as secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which is responsible for running almost every government-involved health program in Kentucky. The cabinet oversees the adoption system, foster care, child welfare, Medicaid, food assistance, hospital inspections, among others.
- MA: I-Team: Law Change Would Add Coaches To List Of Mandated Reporters Of Sexual Abuse (Includes video)
- MN: Initiative Launched to Recruit More Young Foster Parents (Includes video)KSTP - May 17, 2018 -- Since there isn't a one-stop-shop for foster care, MN ADOPT is launching a new, online platform called Fostering Network. It is intended to bulldoze the process - helping with the front-end lifting, providing prospective foster care couples with resources and connections to get licensed.
- NV: I-Team: Acting CPS director questioned about child deaths (Includes video)
- OH: "Keep a Promise" campaign aims to fight substance, child abuseToledo Blade - May 17, 2018 -- The new public awareness campaign "Keep a Promise" aims to raise awareness about the connection between substance abuse and child abuse, aiming to establish a central resource for those seeking help. "We know that addiction changes people and can devastate families," she said, adding nearly 176,000 child-abuse and neglect reports were made to Ohio children services agencies last year, and substance abuse is involved in the cases of half of all Ohio children in protective custody.
- PA: 'We should have done more to protect you.' Kids in placement describe abuse, isolation and lack of educationInquirer - May 17, 2018 -- Yet more than 1,300 young people from Philadelphia continue to be confined in 70 similar residential placement programs that are scattered around the country, as far away as New Mexico, at an annual cost of $119,000 per child to the city and an additional $30 million to the School District - and reports of mistreatment continue.
- PA: Foster parents join Philadelphia's Catholic Social Services in discrimination lawsuitCatholic News Agency - May 17, 2018 -- A group of foster parents and social workers appeared in court on Wednesday, asking that the city of Philadelphia rescind its decision to ban a Catholic organization from placing children in foster homes. The plaintiffs of Sharonell Fulton et al. v. City of Philadelphia told a US District Court May 16 that they are being discriminated against because of their agency's deeply-held religious beliefs.
- PA: Luzerne County Children and Youth director on board with state auditor general recommendations
- SC: Born addicted: Horry County leads SC in number of drug-dependent babies (Includes video)Myrtle Beach Sun News - May 16, 2018 -- Twenty-four babies were born with a physical dependence on drugs in Horry County in 2017, more than any other county in South Carolina, according to data from the South Carolina Office of Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. The county has led the state the past three years in total number of babies born with the syndrome at eight babies per 1,000 births. Statewide, the rate is five per 1,000.
- TX: Dozens of girls still in care facility after allegations of sexual, physical abuse surface, DA saysAction News Now - May 17, 2018 -- Authorities raided two children's homes outside Houston on Wednesday after multiple staff members were accused of physically abusing underage girls in their care, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. There were also allegations that one girl was sexually abused.
- UT: Proposal to ban child marriage in Utah introduced (Includes video)News4Utah - May 16, 2018 -- A Utah lawmaker is proposing to ban all child marriages in the state, no matter the circumstances. Currently, Utah law allows children to marry at age 15 with parental and judicial consent, and at 16 or 17 with parental permission. Rep. Angela Romero (D-Salt Lake City) proposed Tuesday to make any marriage under 18 illegal in the state of Utah, something that's only been done by one other state - Delaware.
- WA: Dent appointed to new Children, Youth and Families oversight boardEllensburg Daily Record - May 17, 2018 -- State Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, has been appointed to a Children, Youth and Families Oversight Board in the state House of Representatives, according to a news release. The oversight board is part of a bill passed by the Legislature in 2017, which created the new Department of Children, Youth and Families.
- US: Delaware Has Banned Marriage Under Age 18. Other States Also Consider Limits
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 . . .