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Girl Apparently Wanted Mother's Boyfriend Out Of Picture

The girl set to testify against her mother's boyfriend, James Charles Ardman -- who was held at the Macomb County Jail since May 12 for allegedly sexually assaulting the preteen -- recanted her entire story to prosecutors.<br><br>Apparently the girl had recanted her story at least once before, but at the time, the changes in her story didn't seem compelling enough to believe the accusation was false or the case should be dismissed, the paper reported.

Click on Detroit.com

September 5, 2003

by Ana M. Alaya

A review finds the average prison time was 11 years for those convicted in child homicide cases

Charles Brown, aka Tweety Bird, an unemployed airbrush painter in Salem County with 35 arrests, repeatedly punched his 18-month-old son because the child was crying. The judge sentenced him to eight years for the boy's death. With good behavior, he will be out in six years and nine months.

The Star-Ledger

August 24, 2003

Why many citizens fear attorneys, judges more than terrorists

I have come to fear almost everything having to do with law. Though there are many fine people in the legal profession, and though law is necessary to protect society from descending into chaos, I now fear the legal profession more than I do Islamic terror ...

World Net Daily

August 20, 2003

Barbara Bryan, child/family justice advocate in the Commonwealth for years and now worldwide, observes changes in form but not substance.

Two decades after three middle school age Boy Scouts were felled by a repeat mandated vaccination, their once falsely accused mother notes no substantive features added to Virginia's child protective services (CPS) regulations to prevent the nightmare visited on them by government agents.<br><br>What is true in one state--that CPS and "family" courts are extraconstitutional and accept a reverse presumption: that the accused must prove innocence--is generally true throughout the United States and has been for years. Inducement of "more federal money" was too powerful a lure for counting the cost of liberty.

News Release Wire (VA)

August 19, 2003

by UIC, Dept. of Psychiatry

Barely a decade ago, the Illinois child welfare system--widely pilloried at the time as one of the worst in the nation--was a source of shame for the state's political leaders.

In one stinging rebuke, a Chicago Tribune editorial rightly branded the Department of Children and Family Services as "the poster child for government indifference and inefficiency" (Editorial, Oct. 20, 1995).

psych.uic.edu

December 15, 2002

by Martin Bright and Paul Harris

Hundreds of child welfare professionals, including police officers, care workers and teachers, have been identified as 'extremely high-risk' paedophiles by an investigation into internet porn.

The discovery came after US authorities passed on more than 7,000 names of UK subscribers to an American-based child porn website. When police examined a sample of the most dedicated users, they discovered that many worked with children. Investigators knew paedophiles targeted jobs which brought them into contact with children, but were shocked by how many British suspects had been undetected by the usual checks. The discovery that many were working in jobs of the highest sensitivity will send shock waves through the child protection world and lead to calls for even more stringent safeguards.

theguardian.com

October 19, 2002

Department of Children and Families officials should fully disclose the recent report that found 75 percent of the foster children studied fell below acceptable standards of care.

It's easy to see why former leaders of Florida's Department of Children and Families would want to sit on the recent report from a private consultant about Florida's foster-care system. The report was one more bombshell DCF didn't need. But that's no excuse for holding back on information the public has the right and need to know. DCF's new secretary, Jerry Regier, and state leaders should ensure that the report now gets the full airing it deserves.

St. Petersburg Times

September 25, 2002

by NBC 6 News Team

MIAMI -- A DCF caseworker is under arrest, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. But police say what she had in the back seat of her car is an even bigger outrage.

According to police, 56-year-old Mirla Pronga was found by officers, parked in the middle of the road along Biltmore Drive in Coral Gables on Thursday.

NBC News 10 (FL)

July 26, 2002

by Cheryl Romo

Human interest story.

Imagine 125 incarcerated, streetwise teen-age boys sitting still, mesmerized by a man speaking to them about what it was like growing up in a foster home where he was regularly beaten, berated and horrifically abused from the time he was 2 until he was moved to an orphanage 13 years later.

electpd.org

March 1, 2002

by Robin Wallace

A Tennessee federal judge in November ordered the arrest of all the employees at the Franklin County Department of Children's Services for refusing to implement his ruling on a custody case involving a two-year-old child.

Tennessee's child protective services office has been embroiled in scandal. Among other problems, caseworkers have been accused of falsify records and the state legislature has threatened to dismantle thestate's foster care system unless the DCS reforms.

Fox News (TN)

February 5, 2002

      

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