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Federal programs helping states cover the cost of placing a child in foster care, grew from $300 million in 1981 to nearly $2.7 billion in 1991. Yet, there is no federal program to help keep a child in his home.

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by Rhonda Fanning

Two Texas child welfare masters appointed by a federal judge will soon file a proposal that will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars to help overhaul the child protection system.

Mike Ward has been covering the story for the Houston Chronicle. He says Jack gave the appointees a list of issues to look at in the system, most of which involve keeping kids safe while in state custody. State lawmakers are close to approving emergency funds nearing $88 million to hire additional caseworkers, investigators, and other front-line personnel so that the state can keep up with its intake of children.

kut.org

November 6, 2016

by Marissa Evans

Special masters hired by the state to scrutinize the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services say the embattled agency should increase its focus on improving the timeliness in seeing children under its care.

In their 13-page report, special masters Kevin Ryan and Francis McGovern also discussed the need for improvements in updating children's health records and limiting caseloads for Child Protective Services caseworkers. The long-awaited report comes almost a year after U.S. District Judge Janis Jack ruled that Texas' long-term foster care system violated children's civil rights. She ordered the state to hire special masters to come up with solutions.

texastribune.org

November 6, 2016

Two children who were reported missing in Alabama are now safe after being found in Lafayette.

Thirteen-year-old Jayden Scearcy and 4-year-old Jesse Reed were found in the 1000 block of 11th Street Saturday afternoon. The children were reported missing from their home in Anniston, Alabama, Tuesday. The children's grandmother, 56-year-old Donna Scearcy, was arrested by Lafayette police on a warrant for kidnapping.

wishtv.com

November 6, 2016

by Daryl Deino

Angelina Jolie did not file for joint custody of her children because she feared they would end up with relatives or in foster care.

"A so-called 'source' tells the tabloid when the Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services began investigating the incident aboard a private plane with Pitt, Jolie and their kids in mid-September, 'Social workers told Angie if there was cause to believe the kids were in danger under the same roof as Brad, the kids could be placed with relatives or even in foster care.'"

inquisitr.com

November 6, 2016

by Lisa Falkenberg

Tell me if this isn't the definition of motherhood: two foster parents so dedicated to giving two troubled little boys a chance that they're paying for intensive psychological therapy on their own dime.

Tell me if this isn't the definition of abuse: a supervisor at that agency, created to protect children, forcing the 4- and 5-year-old boys to visit relatives they're afraid of, ordering them to attend an adoption fair, and, in the latest senseless blow, severing the foster mothers' right to consent to the boys' medical treatment.

houstonchronicle.com

November 5, 2016

by Trisha Faulkner

A $25 million lawsuit against the state of Connecticut claims the death of three-year-old Athena Angeles should have been prevented as local police knew she was being neglected and abused, but did nothing about it.

The Washington Post reports that three-year-old Athena Angeles from Connecticut had two black eyes and a swollen face when she walked into a doctor's clinic on October 18, 2011. According to court documents, the child had been punched in the face.

inquisitr.com

October 29, 2016

by Catalina Trivino

The birth mother of a baby boy in the center of a Department of Children and Families investigation is planning to sue the state agency. The state's Office of the Child Advocate said the child nearly died after DCF put him in foster care.

On Tuesday, the OCA released a 62-page investigative report that states they found a lack of appropriate and lawful practices by DCF in the case of the little boy who nearly died of starvation in November 2015.

nbcconnecticut.com

October 29, 2016

by James Gherardi

Ohio has some of the lowest funding for child protective services in the United States. Funding dropped off during the recession and never bounced back.

The repercussions of this state's heroin epidemic are being seen in courtrooms, "Those of us that have this docket are finding that we're being overwhelmed and it is getting harder and harder to get the cases in in a timely fashion," said Nancy McMillen, a Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Magistrate.

newsnet5.com

October 29, 2016

Police arrested a father and mother from Lakeville after they and their two children were missing for days...

Police recovered the family's car Tuesday morning in a parking lot on 26th Street in South Minneapolis. Police say both parents and their children were inside the car. Police arrested 38-year-old Zachariah Wilson and 33-year-old Angela Robinson. They're being held in the Dakota County Jail on suspicion of child endangerment.

kstp.com

October 29, 2016

by Ella Nilsen

During a tour in Iraq, Infantryman Jeremy Sparks's Army convoy was driving over a bridge when the entire structure collapsed. "We just dropped, it was like something out of a cartoon," Sparks said.

The 40-year-old veteran was a rear gunner on a Stryker military vehicle, standing up out of a back hatch when the vehicle careened into the sandy riverbed below. The impact of the fall threw him to the back of the Stryker, giving him such severe whiplash that it herniated two of the major nerves in his neck.

concordmonitor.com

October 29, 2016

      

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