Legally Kidnapped

January 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

Legally Kidnapped
Top judge says family courts are ‘neither compassionate nor even humane’
Lawmakers Probe Illinois Youth Centers In Wake Of Newspaper Series
Education plan for state wards implemented
Family Preservation Falters in the Heartland
Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis
Child abuse report ‘buried’ by council in Christmas publication
DCFS Director Says Child Abuse Claims “Appalling”
Man sentenced for pimping foster child
Michigan criticized for bid to exit child welfare case
FAMILIES EXPRESS CONCERNS TO HANCOCK CO. FOSTER CARE TASK FORCE
Florida Faulted for Failing Sick Foster and Poor Children
Durham attorney censured for revealing identity of a child’s adoptive parents
Cleveland boy Xavier dies of cardiac arrest while in foster care
Task force kicks off search for answers to foster care crisis
Chief of Arizona economic security quits; Clarence Carter oversaw CPS
Top judge says family courts are ‘neither compassionate nor even humane’
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 11:14 PM PST
Top judge says family courts are ‘neither compassionate nor even humane’

The president of the Family Division of the High Court, Sir James Munby, highlights the case of a a couple struggling to get legal aid

Lawmakers Probe Illinois Youth Centers In Wake Of Newspaper Series
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 10:54 PM PST
Lawmakers Probe Illinois Youth Centers In Wake Of Newspaper Series

The head of the agency that oversees children who are wards of the state told state lawmakers Wednesday that a revolving door at the top is partly to blame for abuses that have plagued the department for decades.
Education plan for state wards implemented
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 10:45 PM PST
Education plan for state wards implemented

Several initiatives addressing the educational needs of state wards have begun as part of a five-year plan recently completed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), said Children and Family Services (CFS) Director Thomas Pristow.
Family Preservation Falters in the Heartland
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 10:40 PM PST
Family Preservation Falters in the Heartland

On New Year’s Eve, the Minnesota Department of Human Services released a slate of recommendations, which call for dismantling much of the child protection philosophy that has dominated the state for the past 15 years.

Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 10:23 PM PST
Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis

Britain has drawn up plans to force kindergarten teachers and registered child-minders to spy on pre-school children in a bid to halt the radicalization of a new generation. Two young children were also taken into protective police custody last week when their mother, who was questioned over terror-related offenses, returned to Britain on a flight from Turkey.

Child abuse report ‘buried’ by council in Christmas publication
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 10:12 PM PST
Child abuse report ‘buried’ by council in Christmas publication

Campaigners have condemned a Westcountry council which “buried” a critical report on its failures to tackle child abuse by releasing it on Christmas Eve.
DCFS Director Says Child Abuse Claims “Appalling”
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 10:03 PM PST
DCFS Director Says Child Abuse Claims “Appalling”

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director Bobbie Gregg says abuse claims at centers where wards of the state are housed are “appalling” and “unacceptable,” but have plagued child welfare in Illinois for decades.
Man sentenced for pimping foster child
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 09:28 PM PST
Man sentenced for pimping foster child

A man convicted of pimping his then 14-year-old foster child was sentenced Wednesday to 112 years in prison.

Michigan criticized for bid to exit child welfare case
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 09:09 PM PST
Michigan criticized for bid to exit child welfare case

The group that forced the state of Michigan to improve its child welfare system is vigorously opposed to ending court oversight, calling it a drastic step that would put kids at risk.
FAMILIES EXPRESS CONCERNS TO HANCOCK CO. FOSTER CARE TASK FORCE
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 08:05 AM PST
FAMILIES EXPRESS CONCERNS TO HANCOCK CO. FOSTER CARE TASK FORCE

Many parents and grandparents in Hancock County expressed their frustration with the foster care system at a meeting held last night. MPB’s Evelina Burnett reports, more than 100 people attended the first gathering of the county’s new youth court task force.

Florida Faulted for Failing Sick Foster and Poor Children
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 06:52 AM PST
Florida Faulted for Failing Sick Foster and Poor Children

A child welfare judge in Miami has accused the state of denying necessary psychiatric treatment to abused and neglected children in its care, and has ordered Florida social service administrators to appear before him and explain why they have “no duty” to help sick foster kids.

Durham attorney censured for revealing identity of a child’s adoptive parents
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 06:46 AM PST
Durham attorney censured for revealing identity of a child’s adoptive parents

Durham attorney Leslie Oliver Wickham Jr. was censured by the the N.C. State Bar after he revealed the names of a child’s adoptive parents to the child’s biological mother and the child’s former foster mother, according to the order signed by John M. Silverstein, chairman of the Bar’s Grievance Committee.

Cleveland boy Xavier dies of cardiac arrest while in foster care
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 06:35 AM PST
Cleveland boy Xavier dies of cardiac arrest while in foster care

A 10-year-old special-needs boy has died in a Cleveland foster home, just over two years after his baby brother was starved to death by his parents and grandmother.

Task force kicks off search for answers to foster care crisis
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 06:22 AM PST
Task force kicks off search for answers to foster care crisis

The task force appointed to study the foster care crisis in Hancock County gathered in its first official meeting Monday night. Currently, Hancock County has 458 children in DHS custody. That’s more, per-capita, than any other county in the state.

Chief of Arizona economic security quits; Clarence Carter oversaw CPS
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 05:28 AM PST
Chief of Arizona economic security quits; Clarence Carter oversaw CPS

The director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, who survived a scandal at his Child Protective Services unit last year, handed in his resignation letter Monday.

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