Specially-Designated ‘FOIA Denial Officers’ Are Handling The Education’s Rejected Requests

August 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Specially-Designated ‘FOIA Denial Officers’ Are Handling The Dept. Of Education’s Rejected Requests
from the we’ve-got-some-bad-news-and-some-bad-news dept
While you would think this position exists at multiple agencies (NSA, FBI, CIA, the NYPD), it’s never been captured in stark black-and-white. Morgan Smith, reporter for the Texas Tribune, recently tweeted out a photo of a rejected FOIA request. A rejected FOIA is not necessarily newsworthy. But it is when it’s been rejected by someone bearing the unlikely title of “FOIA Denial Officer.”

Taylor D. August, of the Dept. of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, is also a FOIA Denial Officer. Considering the government’s general antipathy towards transparency, you’d think several agencies would have a full-time request denier on staff. But while many agencies spend more time stonewalling and denying requests, only the Dept. of Education actually has designated employees on hand solely to reject requests.

A look at the DOE’s FOIA FAQ gives us the first clue:
10. Who has the authority in ED to withhold documents (in part/whole)?

The FOIA Officers, the Office of Inspector General and the Regional FOIA Denial Officers have the authority to withhold documents.
It appears this agency is extremely well-equipped to handle numerous rejections. Three tiers of rejection are available to requesters, running all the way up to the OIG. There’s no reason given as to why the DOE would need regional “denial officers,” but this position traces back to 2006.

In a section titled (of all things) “Customer Service,” the DOE details its FOIA response automation, which routes through the Office for Civil Rights. Citing the “significant number” of requests it receives (at that point averaging around 900 per year), the agency detailed its efforts to keep up with the paperwork.
To further customer service with respect to FOIA and Privacy Act requests, OCR has been a significant participant in the Department’s initiative to automate case management under these laws. Executive Order 13392, “Improving Agency Disclosure of Information,” issued on Dec. 14, 2005, emphasizes the need for more efficient and effective processing of FOIA and Privacy Act requests.
What most of us would believe was an order intended to increase the release of responsive documents, the DOE read it as an indication it wasn’t rejecting requests efficiently enough.
In addition, in FY 2006, consistent with Executive Order 13392, OCR established new FOIA procedures, including delegation to the 12 OCR office directors of the authority of FOIA denial officers. This allows FOIA requests to be processed in a more efficient and timely manner, and establishes clear accountability for FOIA processing.
As of 2006, the DOE had 12 more officials dedicated solely to rejecting FOIA requests than all other government agencies combined. (Unofficial numbers obviously impossible to obtain, much less verify, but the term “FOIA denial officer” produces search results that indicate only the DOE has such a position.)

More details on the “Denial Officers” can be found in the agency’s FOIA policies and procedures (embedded below.) Here’s the definition of the term:
Denial Officers. The FOIA Officers, the Secretary’s Regional Representatives, or officials designated by them (Regional FOIA Review Officers), and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) who are authorized to withhold records, in whole or in part, that fall within one (1) or more of the nine (9) exemptions or three (3) exclusions of the FOIA.
Initial determinations are made by regular FOIA officers who look for possible withholding exemptions and consider fee waivers. This is handled regionally and requests possibly eligible for rejection are passed on to one of the 12 regional denial officers.
In each instance in which it is recommended that record(s) or portion(s) thereof be withheld, carefully separate materials to be withheld from those to be released, redact (e.g., remove) all exempt information from the records, and forward a copy of the redacted materials, along with an unredacted version for comparison, to the appropriate denial official. Indicate where in the records the redactions occur and why the relevant exemption(s) apply;

In each instance where “no responsive records” are located, forward (a) a memorandum to the appropriate denial official describing with particularity what records (both electronic and hard copy) were searched, search times (differentiating between computer search times and manual searches since there is a different fee rate assessed for each of these searches), and who conducted the search, and stating that the search results were negative together with (b) a draft denial letter to the requestor to be signed by a FOIA Officer;
Denial officers will always be the be the bearer of bad news.
If the denial official agrees with the recommendation to deny the request, the denial official notifies the requestor in writing of the decision to withhold the information, in whole or in part, and informs the requestor of his/her appeal rights.
However, the denial officer isn’t solely limited to writing rejection letters. He or she can also push back.
If the denial official disagrees with the recommendation to deny the request, he/she notifies the FOIA Coordinator and the PO Action Office and directs the FOIA Coordinator to provide the records to the requestor.
At which point, the requester receives the responsive documents thanks to a denial officer, but from someone whose title is less resolutely negative. As much fun as it might be to press the REJECT button, denial officers will never know the joy of making a requester happy. It’s a thankless job with a brusque title… unless you’re the sort of person who enjoys doling out rejection or simply takes pride in your work, no matter what that work might mean.

It seems odd that the DOE would stand alone in its creation of a FOIA Denial Officer. So many government agencies are more than happy to reject request after request (and appeal after appeal), but none have been so brutally honest as to create a position solely for this purpose. The DOE’s system may actually be more streamlined than those at comparable agencies, but only the DOE has the strength of character to let requesters know that a fully and specifically trained expert is behind their request’s rejection.

Sarah was loved at home, but abused in foster care

April 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

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SPECIAL REPORT: Sarah was loved at home, but abused in foster care
Too young for juvie? California bill bars prosecution of kids under 12
DCYF to spend $153k to clear overdue reviews
Lawmakers seek answers from CPS over teen’s death
L.A. Board of Supes Considers Greater Accountability of Social Workers and Probation Officers
Australia’s rate of Indigenous child removal ‘unique’, UN investigator says
Europe Turns Into Global Child Abuse Hub, Hosts 60% of Pages with Abuse Content
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Ex-Arkansas DHS employee accused of sexually assaulting 4-year-old foster child
Texas teen struck, killed by car after fleeing CPS office
Police: Girls who escaped group home attack man in Goshen Township
The most pathetic article of 2017 so far
SPECIAL REPORT: Sarah was loved at home, but abused in foster care
Posted: 04 Apr 2017 04:11 AM PDT
But the girl who has come to be known as ‘Sarah’ would suffer some of the most horrific sexual abuse, before the age of 12, in the foster home at the centre of the Government’s latest Commission of Inquiry into the ‘Grace’ case.

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Too young for juvie? California bill bars prosecution of kids under 12
Posted: 04 Apr 2017 03:57 AM PDT
On the cover a small boy in oversized jeans and a Tommy Hilfiger T-shirt stands on a plastic milk crate, too small to reach, as a police officer presses the young child’s ink-soaked fingertips onto a piece of paper.

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DCYF to spend $153k to clear overdue reviews
Posted: 04 Apr 2017 03:49 AM PDT
New Hampshire’s child protective service will spend an estimated $153,000, mostly on overtime for social workers, to clear a backlog of 2,800 overdue reviews of child abuse allegations, according to Maureen Ryan, interim director of the Division for Children, Youth and Families.

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Lawmakers seek answers from CPS over teen’s death
Posted: 04 Apr 2017 03:42 AM PDT
Lawmakers, who have been pressing to fix Texas’ troubled child-protection system, blasted agency officials on Monday for continuing to house foster care youths in state offices, saying they thought the practice had been stopped months ago.

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L.A. Board of Supes Considers Greater Accountability of Social Workers and Probation Officers
Posted: 03 Apr 2017 08:29 PM PDT
Tomorrow the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a change to the county’s disciplinary review process that will they hope will hold county employees who work with vulnerable children to a higher standard.

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Australia’s rate of Indigenous child removal ‘unique’, UN investigator says
Posted: 03 Apr 2017 08:25 PM PDT
Australia’s Indigenous incarceration rates are among the worst in the developed world but it is in the increasing rates of child removal that Australia stands out as being particularly behind other nations, the UN special rapporteur on Indigenous rights has said.

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Europe Turns Into Global Child Abuse Hub, Hosts 60% of Pages with Abuse Content
Posted: 03 Apr 2017 08:18 PM PDT
Europe has become the global child abuse hub for hosting the majority of images with the content of exploitation. A spokeswoman from NSPCC, meanwhile, voices the need to tackle the demand for the appalling material.

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Texas, a CPS office is no place to house a needy child
Posted: 03 Apr 2017 07:27 PM PDT
Some of Texas’ most vulnerable children, children in such dire straits that the state is in charge of their wellbeing, are spending their nights sleeping in CPS offices. Not in the loving homes of well-trained caregivers. In offices. It’s outright outrageous.

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Girl’s death points to dangers of housing Texas foster kids in offices

Ex-Arkansas DHS employee accused of sexually assaulting 4-year-old foster child
Posted: 03 Apr 2017 07:13 PM PDT
A former Arkansas Department of Human Services employee is accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old foster child he transported for supervised visits with her sibling.

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Texas teen struck, killed by car after fleeing CPS office
Posted: 03 Apr 2017 07:35 AM PDT
A 15-year-old foster girl has been killed and another foster child injured when they were struck by a vehicle in Houston hours after running away from state offices where they were living.

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Police: Girls who escaped group home attack man in Goshen Township
Posted: 03 Apr 2017 06:22 AM PDT
According to police, the man was attacked early Monday morning by a group of girls who escaped the nearby Sharon Lynn Home for Girls

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Two teenagers hit miles from state office where they slept
Apparently you have to pay to read this. Not my fault. Sorry.

The most pathetic article of 2017 so far
Posted: 03 Apr 2017 06:03 AM PDT
Oh Joy! Lucy Spraggan is going to be a foster sucker! And now the dumbass who is obviously looking at this through a set of rose colored glasses, is using her fame to sucker more unsuspecting victims convince more potential foster care providers to join in.

Yes folks, every now and then I come across one of those articles that just makes me want to bang someones head off the wall and scream. Here it is.

Hold on to your lunch…

“Me and my fabulous wife are now officially approved foster carers,” the singer wrote. “Woo!”
She also urged her followers who may be interested in fostering to look into it.

More >> Lucy Spraggan and her wife have been approved as a foster carers and they couldn’t be happier

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April 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Four teenage girls cited for escape after fleeing Derry group home
Social worker failed to properly manage the records of more than a dozen families
Texas foster care ministry accused of sexual abuse
Are children safe in foster care? Not always in and around Salem
Nearly a decade old, state contract for foster care leaves funding gaps
Four teenage girls cited for escape after fleeing Derry group home
Posted: 12 Apr 2017 05:36 AM PDT
Four teenage girls were cited to Westmoreland County Juvenile Court for escape this week after fleeing an Adelphoi Village group home in Derry Township.

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Social worker failed to properly manage the records of more than a dozen families
Posted: 12 Apr 2017 04:42 AM PDT
A social worker failed to properly manage the records of more than a dozen families, a hearing was told.

Stephen Samuel Thomas poorly coordinated assessments for 18 families while employed on the front line of Nottinghamshire County Council’s social care department.

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Texas foster care ministry accused of sexual abuse
Posted: 12 Apr 2017 04:35 AM PDT
A $7 million lawsuit alleges children were “serially sexually abused” and neglected at a Baptist children’s home in Texas.

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Are children safe in foster care? Not always in and around Salem
Posted: 12 Apr 2017 04:32 AM PDT
Children in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties faced maltreatment in foster care more than twice as often as a national standard calls for.

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Nearly a decade old, state contract for foster care leaves funding gaps
Posted: 12 Apr 2017 04:22 AM PDT
On paper, Illinois looks as though it is holding up its end of the bargain in terms of funding childcare.

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Luzerne Co. Council discussing foster death settlement
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Column: Foster care bill would leave kids without caring homes
Lawsuit Alleges Catholic Church Stole Babies through Forced Adoption to Sell Them for Profit
Man gets life for raping foster child; he forced her to implicate 2 others
Prospective Parents Face Long Adoption Wait
Samantha Baldwin ‘gave her children drugs and made false abuse claim against dad’
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Luzerne Co. Council discussing foster death settlement
Posted: 11 Apr 2017 05:12 AM PDT
Luzerne County Council will privately discuss a settlement with a family whose child died after being placed in foster care.

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HIV+ MAN GETS LIFE TERM FOR RAPING FOSTER DAUGHTER
Posted: 11 Apr 2017 04:33 AM PDT
Victim, also infected with HIV, was 16 at the time of the crime in 2013; initially she was forced to falsely implicate two other men.

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Teen claims he endured sex abuse from Long Island pedophile foster dad to protect another kid
Posted: 11 Apr 2017 04:26 AM PDT
The 16-year-old adopted son of an accused pedophile foster dad testified in Long Island Monday that he endured sexual abuse to prevent the perv from abusing another boy in his care.

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Teen says he let adoptive father molest him to protect others

Boy, 12, accused of sexually assaulting girl in La. foster care system
Posted: 11 Apr 2017 04:49 AM PDT
A 12-year-old boy has been arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl while she was housed at a group home for children that falls under Louisiana’s foster care system.

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Baton Rouge boy booked, accused of sexual battery of 7-year-old girl in group home

Column: Foster care bill would leave kids without caring homes
Posted: 11 Apr 2017 03:46 AM PDT
Six months before I gave birth to my first child, I became a mom to two little boys.

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Lawsuit Alleges Catholic Church Stole Babies through Forced Adoption to Sell Them for Profit
Posted: 11 Apr 2017 03:38 AM PDT
In a lawsuit against the Jesuit order and Catholic church, a woman who gave her child up for adoption decades ago claims the church ran a “for-profit adoption conspiracy scheme” that forced hundreds of unwed mothers to give their infants.

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Man gets life for raping foster child; he forced her to implicate 2 others
Posted: 10 Apr 2017 11:54 AM PDT
A special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act court convicted and sentenced a 44-year-old man to life imprisonment on Monday for raping his foster daughter twice in 2013. The accused had even forced the then 14-year-old to falsely implicate two men from the neighbourhood for the crime, but cops caught on and requested the child to reveal the truth.

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Prospective Parents Face Long Adoption Wait
Posted: 10 Apr 2017 09:33 AM PDT
The long time taken to process adoption applications in Iceland can lead to some potential parents giving up, according to the chairman of Icelandic Adoptions. The processing time to adopt has increased greatly in recent years.

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Samantha Baldwin ‘gave her children drugs and made false abuse claim against dad’
Posted: 10 Apr 2017 09:09 AM PDT
A mum who went missing with her two children had previously given them drugs and made a false allegation of abuse against their father, a judge has said.

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Armed with new tools, child welfare caseworkers help more families address underlying problems
Posted: 10 Apr 2017 08:50 AM PDT
Note: Helping families to overcome the problems that lead to child welfare involvement is the solution to removing children from their homes. I know this article is sugar coated, but it at least acknowledges that fact.

Every day, Kisha Earhart and Malou Steele balance the need to eliminate risks to children with the value of preserving families.

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April 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Attorney argues Alex Jones ‘playing a character’ in child custody trial
Abuse victim forced to give her baby up for adoption was let down by police, says watchdog
Report cites Hawaii agency for not doing better job with boy
State foster care system comes under fire at San Angelo forum
Attorney argues Alex Jones ‘playing a character’ in child custody trial
Posted: 17 Apr 2017 04:24 AM PDT

A Texas jury will decide if Infowars’ Alex Jones on-air persona makes him unfit to have custody of his three children with ex-wife Kelly Jones.

In the next two weeks a jury will be asked to determine whether there is a difference between the Infowars host’s on-air personality and the real Alex Jones, and whether it makes him fit to be a parent.

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Abuse victim forced to give her baby up for adoption was let down by police, says watchdog
Posted: 17 Apr 2017 04:15 AM PDT
A domestic abuse victim whose baby was subsequently put up for adoption was failed by South Wales Police, the police watchdog has concluded.

More >> Abuse victim forced to give her baby up for adoption was let down by police, says watchdog
Report cites Hawaii agency for not doing better job with boy
Posted: 16 Apr 2017 06:02 AM PDT
A Hawaii agency could have done a better job protecting a 6-year-old child who was abused and later died, a court-appointed expert said in a report.

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State foster care system comes under fire at San Angelo forum
Posted: 16 Apr 2017 05:58 AM PDT
More than 75 percent of reported child abuse cases that occur in Texas foster homes go unresolved every year because state politicians and government leaders ignore reports by Child Protective Services, said Chris Porter, a prominent Houston attorney who is among several attorneys suing the state on allegations of child neglect.

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A Right-Wing Think Tank Is Trying to Bring Down the Indian Child Welfare Act. Why?
Foster mother in child sex crime case extradited back to Alabama
State should intervene in perilous foster care cases
Films Like ‘The Boss Baby’ Can Be Painful for Adoptees and Foster Kids
Wake senator leading charge to overhaul NC child welfare system
BRPD: teen in custody after disturbance at group home
PARENTS FIGHT TO KEEP ADOPTED CHILD, TAKE CASE TO STATE SUPREME COURT
A Right-Wing Think Tank Is Trying to Bring Down the Indian Child Welfare Act. Why?
Posted: 06 Apr 2017 05:44 AM PDT
Native Americans say the law protects their children. The Goldwater Institute claims it does the opposite.

More >> A Right-Wing Think Tank Is Trying to Bring Down the Indian Child Welfare Act. Why?
Foster mother in child sex crime case extradited back to Alabama
Posted: 05 Apr 2017 06:16 PM PDT

The foster mother at the center of a large child sex crime and abuse investigation is now back in the Shoals.

More >> Foster mother in child sex crime case extradited back to Alabama
State should intervene in perilous foster care cases
Posted: 05 Apr 2017 05:07 PM PDT
There is an article on your website about a child who, police say, was shot and killed by his parents. He was shot after being reunified with his drug addicted and neglectful biological parents.

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Films Like ‘The Boss Baby’ Can Be Painful for Adoptees and Foster Kids
Posted: 05 Apr 2017 05:00 PM PDT
During family movie night some years ago, in an effort to spare my daughters’ delicate sensibilities, I lunged for the remote control to stifle “Jerry Maguire” during a sex scene I’d forgotten all about. What I managed to hit was the fast-forward button. What ensued onscreen might be described as high-speed porn.

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Wake senator leading charge to overhaul NC child welfare system
Posted: 05 Apr 2017 04:47 PM PDT
Saying North Carolina’s child welfare system has failed too many youngsters for too long, Sen. Tamara Barringer, R-Wake, said Wednesday it’s time to overhaul the system.

More >> Wake senator leading charge to overhaul NC child welfare system

BRPD: teen in custody after disturbance at group home
Posted: 05 Apr 2017 03:30 PM PDT
Baton Rouge Police Department’s Special Response Team was called to a group home in the 1300 block of Main Street around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.

More >> BRPD: teen in custody after disturbance at group home
PARENTS FIGHT TO KEEP ADOPTED CHILD, TAKE CASE TO STATE SUPREME COURT
Posted: 05 Apr 2017 02:38 PM PDT
A couple isn’t giving up their fight to keep the little girl they believe is their own.

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April 15, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Maine should clarify when it tells parents about day care investigations, watchdog says
Number of foster children sleeping in state offices soars in March
Mom Accused Of Killing Son Was Foster Mother Or Father Prior To – Hifow
Centerstone to pull out of its DCF child welfare contract
Trump Signs Law That Allows States To Defund Planned Parenthood
‘I have a scar on my toe where he dug a drill into it’
Jury Awards $4.5M in California Group Home Neglect Case
Compensation For Surviving Barahona Child Among Claims Bills Heading To House Floor
Social workers criticised for using “psycho-babble” to justify taking girl, 4, into care
Maine should clarify when it tells parents about day care investigations, watchdog says
Posted: 15 Apr 2017 05:41 AM PDT
The report by the state’s watchdog agency is part of ongoing scrutiny of the Department of Health and Human Services’ licensing and inspection of child care facilities.

More >> Maine should clarify when it tells parents about day care investigations, watchdog says
Number of foster children sleeping in state offices soars in March
Posted: 15 Apr 2017 05:11 AM PDT
More than 300 children have slept in state offices and other temporary living situations because of lack of foster homes so far this fiscal year.

More >> Number of foster children sleeping in state offices soars in March
Number of foster children without homes triples this year

Mom Accused Of Killing Son Was Foster Mother Or Father Prior To – Hifow
Posted: 15 Apr 2017 04:57 AM PDT
The upstate New York mom accused with her husband of killing their adopted special wants son and burning their house in a plot influenced by the movie Manchester by the Sea had been a foster guardian to multiple youngsters, courtroom documents reveal.

More >> Mom Accused Of Killing Son Was Foster Mother Or Father Prior To – Hifow
Centerstone to pull out of its DCF child welfare contract
Posted: 15 Apr 2017 04:56 AM PDT
Since 1998, Centerstone of Florida, formerly Manatee Glens, has handled some of the child welfare case management in Manatee County.

More >> Centerstone to pull out of its DCF child welfare contract
Trump Signs Law That Allows States To Defund Planned Parenthood
Posted: 14 Apr 2017 05:54 PM PDT
President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Thursday that allows states to individually remove family planning funding from Planned Parenthood. The law overturns an Obama administration rule prohibiting states to block funding to qualified health organizations that provide abortions.

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‘I have a scar on my toe where he dug a drill into it’
Posted: 14 Apr 2017 05:50 PM PDT
The daughter of Florida foster parents who were charged last month with nearly 700 counts related to sex crimes and child abuse has detailed shocking allegations of torture involving a drill, melted candle wax and duct tape.

More >> ‘I have a scar on my toe where he dug a drill into it’

Jury Awards $4.5M in California Group Home Neglect Case
Posted: 14 Apr 2017 05:42 PM PDT
A former resident of a children’s group home in Northern California has been awarded nearly $4.5 million after jurors found he was severely neglected by the home’s caregivers while living at the facility.

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Compensation For Surviving Barahona Child Among Claims Bills Heading To House Floor
Posted: 14 Apr 2017 01:21 PM PDT
A number of claims bills which found Florida’s child welfare agency at fault are now heading to the House floor. Among them is a high profile bill involving twins that further compensates the surviving victim, in an abuse case that took his twin sister’s life.

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Social workers criticised for using “psycho-babble” to justify taking girl, 4, into care
Posted: 14 Apr 2017 08:09 AM PDT
A four year old has been removed from her “loving” father for life despite a judge criticising social workers for using “psycho-babble” to justify taking her into care.

More >> Social workers criticised for using “psycho-babble” to justify taking girl, 4, into care