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Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

No. 97 C 4199 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 3, 2005); Clearinghouse Number: 51679 Seventh Circuit Rules that Child Care Workers Have Liberty Interest in Employment, Upholds Credible Evidence Standard for "Indicated" Child Abuse Reports.

povertylaw.org

February 3, 2005

by Sarah Wright

Many services provided by the Santa Cruz County Judicial system are aimed to protect minors and help keep troubled families together.

Kimberly Corsaro, judge pro tem, said open petitions can include more than one child and they remain open until the last child in the family turns 18. She said there are 39 children in this system. Of those, four are with their families and the rest are in foster care.

Nogales International (AZ)

February 3, 2005

by Joel Rutchick

While Latisha Smith waited for a critical child-custody hearing to begin in Juvenile Court last spring, a woman she didn't know approached her with some advice.

Donna Butler, the county social worker who had taken Smith's children away, was someone to be wary of, the woman told her: Butler was known for mistreating people and beating them down. Had the warning come from a lawyer with an ax to grind, or from another mother trying to regain custody of her children, it might have been easier to ignore.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH)

January 16, 2005

On January 1, case managers with the Indiana Child Protective Services started screening children at risk for addiction or mental health problems, Tri-State Media reported on January 5.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration expanded a nine-county pilot project to all 92 counties. Case managers were trained to recognize behavioral health and addiction risk factors in youth and are partnered with local agencies to coordinate assessment and treatment. They will screen children who are in foster care or identified as children in need of services.

jointogether.org

January 14, 2005

by Caitlin Cleary

When Darlene Jones was growing up in Pittsburgh, she was told that her mother gave her away when she was a baby to Mose and Marilee Minifield, the couple who raised her along with their three other foster and adopted children.

Jones wouldn't know her birth mother's version of events for many years -- that she had not been given away, but had been spirited off as a baby and taken to Pittsburgh. But over the years, suspicions took root. Once or twice, she spied a different name on her birth certificate and on a driver's license learner's permit, before Marilee Minifield whisked them out of sight. The Minifields would ask her not to write their Pittsburgh return address on Christmas cards to an aunt and uncle in Arkansas, saying they didn't want anybody to find them.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

January 9, 2005

Windham man faces arraignment in Danielson Superior Court today after police say he abducted his three children from state social workers.

State police say they issued Connecticut's second-ever Amber Alert yesterday after Jeffrey Yeaw took his children from a Department of Children and Families office in Willimantic during a supervised visit. Yeaw and the children were found several hours later at an acquaintance's home in Middlebury.

WTNH

December 22, 2004

Eight children between the ages of 1 and 15 have been removed from a Sandy home after one of them, a foster child, was found in critical condition by emergency workers.

Foster parents Thelma and William Beaver have not been charged with a crime. Thelma Beaver told responders that the girl had fallen and hit her head on a coffee table the day before, said Joel Manly, spokesman for the Clackamas County Sheriff's department. The child was flown by life flight to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portla.

The Daily News Online (OR)

December 10, 2004

A judge issued a temporary order Friday that allows four siblings of a 5-year-old girl who recently died of suspected child abuse to remain in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Delia Carian, of the Bexar County district attorney's office, said there is a program that allows jailed parents to visit their children, but since the parents are accused of child abuse, they will not be allowed that right.

KSAT

December 10, 2004

by Todd Dukart

An Albuquerque woman claimed she had a 5-year-old daughter by her ex-husband, but an Albuquerque judge says that child has never existed.

Viola Trevino was ordered to bring her child, Stephanie Renee Trevino, to court by Monday. Several hours after her deadline, Trevino walked into court with a little girl in her arms. But the girl, a 2-year-old, was somebody else's child. Trevino's ex-husband is poised to sue her and others, hoping to recover $20,000 in child support he has paid.

KOTV

December 7, 2004

by Vox Day

The number of confirmed sexual abuses committed by educational personnel represents almost a quarter of the total cases of all abuses accurately reported by educational personnel.

Teachers simply don't make for very reliable reporters. Educational personnel were the single most likely group to make unsubstantiated claims of child abuse. Their 179,098 unsubstantiated claims represented 17.1 percent of all such claims

World Net Daily

November 22, 2004

      

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