A few post to look at today

Too many children died under DCFS director’s watch: Mitchell

Posted: 16 Nov 2013 04:53 AM PST

Too many children died under DCFS director’s watch: Mitchell

It is shameful and shocking that more children in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services are dying of child abuse and neglect.

Advocates for children, needy question DCF’s reserve of $48 million

Posted: 16 Nov 2013 04:46 AM PST

Advocates for children, needy question DCF’s reserve of $48 million

Groups that help the needy and children are upset that the Kansas Department for Children and Families has a reserve of $48 million in a program designed to help the poor.

Lawmaker, inspector call for DCFS fixes

Posted: 16 Nov 2013 04:41 AM PST

Lawmaker, inspector call for DCFS fixes

Lawmakers need to address the rising number of children who are dying from abuse and neglect in Illinois and also what more can be done to prevent deaths of children who have come onto the radar of state child-welfare workers, a key legislator said Friday in response to a Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ investigation.

Expert: RI’s child-welfare system among worst at protecting children from abuse, neglect

Posted: 16 Nov 2013 04:32 AM PST

Expert: RI’s child-welfare system among worst at protecting children from abuse, neglect

Children in the custody of Rhode Island’s child-welfare system were abused and neglected at rates that far exceeded national averages from 2007 through 2011, according to a consultant who helps the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assess the performance of state-administered child welfare systems.

Consultant testifies R.I. child welfare system among six worst in U.S. for abuse, neglect

Lawmakers probe local CPS following child deaths

Posted: 16 Nov 2013 04:23 AM PST

Lawmakers probe local CPS following child deaths

State lawmakers investigating Erie County Child Protective Services in the wakes of two child murders heard testimony from nearly two dozen people in Buffalo Thursday.

Ohio Couple Gives Back Adopted Son After 9 Years

Posted: 15 Nov 2013 08:36 AM PST

Ohio Couple Gives Back Adopted Son After 9 Years

An Ohio couple who authorities say returned their 9-year-old adopted son to the county after raising him since infancy have been charged with abandoning the child.

Facebook Pictures Costing Parents Custody of Their Kids

Posted: 15 Nov 2013 08:25 AM PST

Facebook Pictures Costing Parents Custody of Their Kids

Social media in the courtroom is becoming the backbone of high profile criminal cases. Just look at cases like the Casey Anthony trial or the George Zimmerman trial.

Congradulations to the State of Virginia: Va. ranks first in kids aging out of foster care

Posted: 15 Nov 2013 07:45 AM PST

Va. ranks first in kids aging out of foster care

Virginia has the highest rate of children who enter the foster care system only to never find a permanent home, according to state rankings.  It’s called “aging out,” when a child turns 18 and goes out on their own.

Justice for foster kids depends on geography

Posted: 15 Nov 2013 07:41 AM PST

Justice for foster kids depends on geography

Whether abused and neglected children in Washington state are appointed an attorney to help them navigate the court system depend on where a child lives.

Rising disparity seen in rate of Native American kids in foster care

Posted: 15 Nov 2013 07:31 AM PST

Rising disparity seen in rate of Native American kids in foster care

Native American children now account for nearly 1 of every 10 foster children in Nebraska, according to figures released Thursday by the Foster Care Review Office.

DHS caseworker was rightfully fired for complaining about client spending habits on Facebook, federal judge rules

Posted: 15 Nov 2013 07:07 AM PST

DHS caseworker was rightfully fired for complaining about client spending habits on Facebook, federal judge rules

An Oregon Department of Human Services caseworker fired in October 2012 after complaining on Facebook about her clients’ fancy cars, TVs and food stamp purchases was rightfully terminated, a federal judge has ruled.

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