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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 Jordan Smith

Robin Cash is on a mission: to win a battle against the state's Child Protective Services arm of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.

The department, she charges, is doing more harm than good to Texas families and their children. To Cash, those abuses include under-trained caseworkers, caseworkers lying in court documents, kids being sent to unqualified therapists, and parents who are railroaded into relinquishing their parental rights.

The Austin Chronicle (TX)

December 28, 2001

by Barbara White Stack

Elisa Izquierdo's mother slammed the 6-year-old's head against a concrete wall, causing the child's brain to swell and press against the unyielding walls of her skull.

New York, like most states shielded abusive and neglectful families from public exposure by sealing child welfare records and juvenile court hearings. That secrecy also meant no one could examine the behavior of child welfare agencies or juvenile courts, and no one in the system would ever have to answer tough questions.

Post-Gazette (NY)

September 24, 2001

by Vicki Pierce

Like a lost soul on an endless voyage, Deborah Connor has never given up fighting to regain custody of her 11-year-old son, Ryan Cook.

When Deborah Connor lost custody of her 3-month-old, breast-feeding, infant son, on April 20, 1990, to Mark Cook, a batterer, in Billings, Montana, she couldn't believe that her right to due process was stolen in a court of law.

National Alliance for Family Court Justice

June 15, 2001

by Paula Werme, Esq.

No law can override the US Constitution. In New Hampshire, it's laws are also secondary to the NH Constitution. Each document has a Bill of Rights designed to place clear limits on the power of the government.

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom. However, this doesn't prevent the state's legislature from passing laws that are unconstitutional.


February 9, 2001

by Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz

A 5-month-old boy whose family was being supervised by District foster care workers died Saturday and police are investigating, the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency said in a prepared statement issued last night.

The agency provided no details of the death. But the D.C. medical examiner said his office is investigating reports that the infant -- identified by police as Christian Brock-Allen -- was severely allergic to dairy products and died after he was mistakenly given milk-based formula.

The Washington Post (DC)

January 19, 2001

Virtually everyone who studies or is involved in child welfare agrees: Visits between children and their parents matter.

Perhaps most important of all, visits matter because continued contact with parents increases the probability that children will go home to their families.

Jordan Institute for Families (NC)

November 14, 2000

by Patricia Callahan and Kirk Mitchell

Eleven children were molested. One was forced to have sex with a dog. One lay injured on a bathroom floor, his face smeared with his own feces. That toddler, Miguel Arias-Baca, later died.

They are the state's dirty little secrets. Foster children, wards of the state taken from abusive or neglectful relatives, suffered again in foster homes that were supposed to keep them from harm. Colorado child-welfare officials have watched these horror stories and many others unfold in foster homes chosen and supervised by private foster-care businesses.

Denver Post (CO)

May 21, 2000

Important Message to All Raw Milk Producers and Consumers:

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) protects your right to provide and obtain raw milk. All raw milk producers should be members of the FTCLDF and we strongly encourage all raw milk consumers to help protect their access to raw milk by becoming consumer members as well.

January 1, 2000

by Howard Mintz

Parents thrust into the child welfare system, most of them poor and unfamiliar with the legal terrain, might then get a few minutes to tell their story before they find themselves in front of a judge.

To juvenile law experts, this fleeting encounter between parents and their court-appointed lawyers illustrates a serious problem provoking debate in Santa Clara County and across California. Critics say overworked, underpaid and often inexperienced lawyers are shortchanging parents in a near-invisible but crucial corner of the justice system.

The Mercury News

December 5, 1999

by Jane Hansen

These empty shoes represent the 844 children who died over 6 years after their families were reported for mistreating a child. Many died suspiciously or from neglect. Most of their lives and deaths went unnoticed. Until now.

In late 1997, the Atlanta Journal- Constitution went to court to force the state to open its files of children who had died after coming to the attention of DFACS. Last year, the newspaper began reviewing the files.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

December 5, 1999


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