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In 2004, 65,000 children living in foster care had their parental rights terminated for all living parents.

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by Steve Murphy

NORWALK - A year to the day after 11-year-old Connre Dixon was stabbed to death, her foster father was sent to prison for three years for causing her fatal wounds with a hunting knife.

Paul Efaw, 59, of Ridgefield Township was given the minimum prison term for voluntary manslaughter during an emotional hearing yesterday before Judge Earl McGimpsey in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Efaw was convicted last month by a jury that found he had killed the girl Oct. 18, 2004, in a fit of rage during an argument behind his home on State Rt. 99.

The Toledo Blade (OH)

October 19, 2005

by Mary Spicuzza

Kerry Griffin, a former child protective investigator based in Sumter County, falsified commencement times, attempted face-to-face contacts and other information in investigation records, a state inspector general report said.

Griffin worked as investigator in DCF's District 13, which includes Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. Discrepancies were found in four of the 40 open cases that were assigned to Griffin. Based on information obtained by investigators, he had falsified information in HomeSafenet between Aug. 1 and Aug. 22. HomeSafenet is a statewide computer system used by caseworkers to enter data about child safety.

St. Petersburg Times (FL)

October 18, 2005

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- A judge has granted a couple's request to remove himself from their battle with the state over cancer treatment for their 13-year-old daughter after the Texas Supreme Court reversed part of his ruling on visitation rights.

Juvenile Court Judge Carl Lewis on Thursday recused himself from the case involving Child Protective Services and the parents of Katie Wernecke, who had been resisting treatment for her Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes. By a previous order from Lewis, CPS has custody of Katie and control over her cancer treatments at least until another hearing with a new judge presiding.

Click 2 Houston

October 17, 2005

by Joint Custody Studies

A number of father's rights websites and "position papers" cite the following items to make the claim that "the research" supports joint custody as being either innocuous or actually beneficial for children or women.

Rarely have so many strained arguments and optimistic can-do slants been incorporated into researchers' write-ups as has been the case with findings emanating out of joint custody and father involvement studies.

The Liz Library

October 17, 2005

by Barbara White

Pennsylvania pays more than a million dollars a day to house and care for some 8,900 abused, neglected, unruly, delinquent and mentally ill children, but it lacks essential tools to protect these children from harm.

Dillon Kindling was 14 when the state took custody of him and placed him in institutions it had licensed to shelter and treat troubled teens. The first fracture occurred in a fight with another boy outside a Spectrum Family Network group home in East Liberty while the institution's solitary worker cooked inside.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

September 18, 2005

by Erik Eckholm

As a mother, Stephanie Harris seemed hopeless. She was 29 and a determined crack addict back in 1993, when she was sent to prison for neglecting her six children, including infant twins.

The authorities had little choice, she now agrees, but to give custody of her children to relatives. If history were the guide, in Alabama or perhaps any other state, Ms. Harris might never have regained her children, child welfare officials here say. More likely, the children would have been shuffled among relatives and foster homes.

The New York Times

August 20, 2005

by Erik Eckholm

Alabama has more than quadrupled its spending on child welfare since 1990 as part of a sweeping transformation of its system.

As a mother, Stephanie Harris seemed hopeless. She was 29 and a determined crack addict back in 1993, when she was sent to prison for neglecting her six children, including infant twins. The authorities had little choice, she now agrees, but to give custody of her children to relatives.

nytimes.com

August 20, 2005

by Mary Nix

"In fiscal year 2006, the state will provide $94 million for the Early Learning Initiative Program... That will increase to to $113 million in 2007."

The Early Learning Initiative program, jointly administered by the Department of Education and the Department of Job and Family Services, provides:

-Early learning and child care to income-eligible children, and effectively eliminates Head Start.

-Establishes a program to support ECE (preschool) programs offered by school districts and educational service centers to serve preschool children whose families earn up to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

-Prohibits specified ECE programs from receiving state funds in fiscal years 2006 and 2007 unless at least 50% of the program's teachers are working toward an associate degree and, beginning in fiscal year 2008, prohibits any such program from receiving state funds unless all of the program's teachers have an associate degree.

-Permits an accredited Montessori program that is licensed as a preschool program to combine three- to five-year-old preschool children with kindergarteners.

August 12, 2005

We don't have to guess what will happen if opponents of family preservation get what they want. We don't have to guess what will happen if family preservation is effectively abandoned. We don't have to guess, because it happened -- in Illinois in 1993, in

In April, 1993, three-year-old Joseph Wallace was killed by his mother. Joseph was "known to the system." "Family preservation" quickly became the scapegoat. It was attacked relentlessly by politicians and much of the media -- even though most of the programs in Illinois bore little resemblance to the effective, Homebuilders-based models used in other states.

National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

August 12, 2005

by Assembly Member Chan

Summary: to establish and provide a voluntary preschool-for-all system.programs will meet research-based standards for social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic, and physical development, and are linked to public school system standards.

Status: Referred to Commission on Education - waiting on passage of the Preschool for All Act for funding.

leginfo.ca.gov

August 12, 2005

      

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