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In California, the number of children in foster care increased more than 400%, from 32,288 in 1983 to 175,000 in 2003.

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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

by Allie Morris

It will be 2017 by the time child protective services stays open past 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, state officials said Wednesday.

That's a far cry from the 24/7 around-the-clock coverage the agency sought in order to better ensure the safety of children in abusive homes. Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers told the state Commission to Review Child Fatalities that his department has had trouble recruiting the qualified workers needed to field complaints of abuse and neglect until 8 p.m. Half of the 15 employees needed to staff the new shift have been brought on so far.

concordmonitor.com

October 29, 2016

by Carol Ferguson

Kern County Human Services officials are looking at how they can increase safety measures after a Child Protective Services worker was assaulted on Tuesday and several incidents of vandalism a few days before that.

Reed said the worker had been attacked by a "sharp object." The name of that social worker is not being released, but Reed said she's been with the department for more than a couple years. Social workers can face risky situations, but they haven't had many confrontations resulting in serious injuries, according to officials.

bakersfieldnow.com

October 29, 2016

by Marissa Evans

The head of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has decided to ask lawmakers for an additional $8.2 million to help raise salaries for Child Protective Services workers.

On Thursday evening, agency commissioner Hank Whitman wrote in a letter to Senate Finance Committee members that "providing a salary increase will have a positive impact on retention." "Settling on the ideal salary to diminish turnover is difficult," Whitman wrote. "Our research of U.S. Labor Statistics shows that comparable jobs in the Texas market pay more than salaries at CPS."

houstonpublicmedia.org

October 29, 2016

      

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