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Foster children attend an average of six different schools in their kindergarten to 12th grade experience, and 60 to 70% do not graduate from high school. (Casey Family Programs Research)
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Jasper's high tech shift to I-Pads
JASPER, Ala. - The Jasper City School District plans to put an I-Pad in the hands of every student and teacher, sixth grade and up this year.
300 Jasper city teachers in high school and middle school will be given their own I-Pad in two weeks. They will spend the semester showing students how they integrate I-Pads into their curriculum. By next semester each of their students will receive their own.
October 18, 2012
Homeschooling option against bullying in school
JASPER, Ala. - Many parents and students are turning to homeschooling to avoid bullying.
It is estimated that 160-thousand children miss school everyday because of bullying ... some parents have decided to pull their student out all-together and homeschool.
October 18, 2012
Children's home needs foster parents
It's often said that home is where the heart is, and the local United Methodist Children's Home is looking for a few good parents.
"We teach basic living skills, behavior education, personal hygiene, and work on parenting skills," she said. Additionally, McCollough said biological parents with drug abuse issues have the opportunity to seek treatment to combat their substance abuse.
July 28, 2012
Expo aids home-schooled students
Did you know that copper chloride ignites into blue and green flames, or that the temperature of liquid nitrogen is colder than the air in Antarctica?
Those were just a couple of the facts that area home-schooled students learned Friday during a science presentation at the second annual Alabama Homeschool Expo at the Montgomery Convention Center.
June 30, 2012
Jackson County DHR director resigns amid state claims that children are not safe
The interim director of the Jackson County Department of Human Resources has resigned amid claims by a state assistant attorney general that children under the agency's care are not safe, but local officials deny the state's claims.
Denise Raines, the agency's interim director since Sheenia Little retired in December, resigned Tuesday during a DHR board meeting that drew a standing room only crowd, the paper reported. Madison County DHR Director Drenda King, who worked in Jackson County before moving to Madison County, will serve as Jackson County DHR's interim director, the paper said.
April 26, 2012
2 DHR supervisors had support at board meeting
Two supervisors in Jackson County's Department of Human Resources face disciplinary action for not completing paperwork. Budget and staff cuts have some DHR workers forced to choose between children's safety and paperwork.
The professionals who deal with DHR went to support the two supervisors at Tuesday's board meeting. Connie Cotton and Christy Crabtree have more than 20 years of service with the DHR in Jackson County. The two women face disciplinary measures, even termination, for failing to get paperwork done.
April 17, 2012
Child abuse is growing problem
Since January, staff members of the Escambia County Regional Child Advocacy Center have provided services in 40 cases involving child abuse - a number that has grown in recent months.
Stephanie Jackson, director for the center that serves Escambia, Monroe and Conecuh counties, said the growing number of cases shows the need to continue educating children on safety and reporting in abuse situations. Kelley Parris Barnes, director of the Department of Child Abuse Prevention in Alabama, said having a month to recognize the problem gives everyone an opportunity to be involved in protecting children in the state.
April 4, 2012
How the 'Pro-Life' Movement Puts Women Behind Bars
In Alabama, the claim that eggs, embryos and fetuses have separate legal rights has led to the jailing of 60 women.
These women are being prosecuted under Alabama's 2006 law designed to provide special penalties for people who bring children into methamphetamine laboratories. Its official title is "Endangerment of Exposing a Child to an Environment in Which Controlled Substances are Produced or Distributed" and it provides that a person "commits the crime of chemical endangerment" by "exposing a child to an environment in which he or she...knowingly, recklessly, or intentionally causes or permits a child to be exposed to, to ingest or inhale, or to have contact with a controlled substance."
March 17, 2012
Former Shelby County teacher charged sexual child abuse
COLUMBIANA - Daniel Montague Acker, Jr, - who is a former Shelby County teacher - is in the Shelby County jail charged with three counts of sexual child abuse.
He is the son of Shelby County Commissioner Daniel Acker, Sr. Acker, Jr, was a fourth grade teacher for 25 years, he drove a school bus for 15 years and had been a substitute bus driver since he retired in 2009.
January 12, 2012
Alabama City couple charged with child abuse
ETOWAH COUNTY - Etowah County authorities have charged a husband and wife with child abuse, the sheriff's office reported today.
Johnnie Edwin Fox, 44, and Millie Kate Fox, 24, of Alabama City, have been arrested and each charged with two counts of felony child abuse, according to a news release. The couple reportedly physically abused a 6 year-old girl and 3 year-old boy over a two-year time period. The abuse took place at a residence on Patterson Place, Coates Bend."
January 12, 2012
Marshall County couple facing child abuse charges
ALBERTVILLE -- Two people are in custody in Marshall County on child abuse charges after a young child, less than 1 year old, was discovered with serious injuries in Albertville.
Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls said Wednesday that an ambulance and deputies answered a call to a "nonresponsive child" on Denise Circle late Tuesday night.
January 12, 2012
NY Giants Linebacker Michael Boley -- Under Investigation for Child Abuse
NY Giants linebacker Michael Boley -- who signed a $25 million contract in 2009 -- is being investigated for allegedly abusing his 5-year-old son earlier this year ... TMZ has learned.
According to the official incident report, taken by the Gadsden Police Department in Alabama -- Boley is accused of the repeated willful abuse of a child under 18 from May 30 to June 5. Officials will not release details surrounding the nature of the alleged abuse.
December 17, 2011
Former foster care students defy statistics at UA
Senior Sean Hudson heard the words, "Foster kids do not stay in college," over and over again as he was applying to become a student at the University of Alabama.
A recent study done by the nsoro Foundation found that only two percent of foster care children go on to earn college degrees. However, two students at UA with a background in foster care, Hudson and senior Caroline James, defy the odds as they both look to graduate in May.
November 1, 2011
Ivey: Federal government could learn from Alabama
Our federal government is in the middle of a course-altering debate that will have a lasting impact on the life of every American. If a decision on the debt ceiling is not reached soon, the federal government will default on its debt.
But at some point, government has to grow up and live within its means. The budget crisis currently brewing in Washington presents a balancing act for conservatives in Congress. Hard-liners who campaigned in 2010 on fiscal restraint are standing firm in their commitment to keep spending under control. Pragmatists within Congress are worried about the long-term effect of debt default and advocate raising the debt ceiling. House Speaker John Boehner has worked long hours in earnest on finding a workable solution to the bleak forecast. Obama and the Democrats in Congress paint a picture of negotiating in good faith while, in fact, they are refusing to agree to any significant reduction in federal spending and unnecessarily scaring the elderly that their Social Security checks will stop if Democrats don't get their way.
July 24, 2011
Ala. town hit by tornadoes bans FEMA trailers
James Ruston's house was knocked off its foundation by tornadoes last month and is still uninhabitable. He thought help had finally arrived when a truck pulled up to his property with a mobile home from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Then he got the call: Single-wide mobile homes, like the FEMA one, are illegal in the city of Cordova. The city's refusal to let homeless residents occupy temporary housing provided by FEMA has sparked outrage in this central Alabama town of 2,000, with angry citizens filling a meeting last week and circulating petitions to remove the man many blame for the decision, Mayor Jack Scott.
May 29, 2011
An extraodinary mom
CULLMAN -- The Goforths were ready for any child God may bring them, even if it meant special needs children.
Grason arrived when he was 20 months old. He was born to a mother who smelled of alcohol when she arrived to give birth, Becky said. Grason was later diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
May 10, 2010
Cop finds nephew asleep in street, doesn't call child welfare, Ozark police say
OZARK, Ala. -- An Ozark police sergeant has been demoted to corporal for failing to notify welfare authorities when his sister's 2-year-old son was found asleep and dirty in an intersection.
Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said Jessie Kellum also was suspended without pay for five days for inappropriate handling of the child care case. Kellum was called to a residence after the child was found in the roadway about 5:50 a.m. on Sept. 1. Instead of notifying child welfare officials, he returned the boy to the mother.
September 18, 2009
Home school: Making the grade?
If Alaska parents want to home-school their child, no paperwork needs to be filed, no phone call made. No one need be told.
As for the student, no specific subjects need to be studied, no number of hours need be logged behind a desk, no tests taken. Home-school advocates say the lack of reporting and regulation is the way it should be because it leaves parents free to make choices for the child.
Anchorage Daily News
September 17, 2009
Schooled at home
Alaska has some of the most lax home-schooling laws in the nation, according to a report in Sunday's Daily News.
Home schooling can be a highly effective option for educated, motivated parents who have the time and expertise to handle such a profound responsibility. However, our home-schooling laws are so lax, parents don't even have to notify the state that they have a school-age child whom they are educating at home, let alone show that their children are actually learning anything.
Anchorage Daily News
September 15, 2009
Guess who was in Foster Care?
There is a popular misconception about foster care. The most popular thought is that children are placed in foster care because of abuse and/or neglect.
You may be surprised to find out how many people you know or have at least heard of that have spent time in foster care. She was born Cherilyn Sarkasian LaPiere on May 20, 1946 in El Centro, California. She was the only child of Georgia Holt and John Sarkasian.
Huntsville Foster Families Examiner
August 14, 2009
Camp helps build positive memories for foster kids
Nearly 11 years ago Lance Colkmire and colleague Jerry White began to devise a plan to give foster children positive memories. They came up with the idea of a camp especially for foster children.
Colkmire is a youth camp director for foster children for the Royal Family Kid's Camp organization. The children that come to our camp are from Bradley and Hamilton Counties. As of June 1, there are approximately 500 foster children between Hamilton and Bradley Counties, according to the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.
Cleveland Daily Banner
June 7, 2009
DA believes people are taking in foster children 'just for the money' in Conecuh County
Conecuh County child welfare workers may have been overzealous in removing children from their families and sometimes placed more than the allowable number of children in foster homes.
Foster parents Joyce and Lonnell Sims were arrested and charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery after a 2-year-old was found dehydrated and with severe head injuries.
May 31, 2009
Foster Parents Arrested For Abuse
A Conecuh County couple is behind bars after investigators say they severely beat a 2 year old boy in their care.
Joyce Sims, 41 and her husband, Lonnell Sims, 51, were arrested last week and charged with attempted murder and aggravated child abuse. Joyce and Lonnell Sims are foster parents, who previously had as many as eight foster children living in their mobile home.
WKRG News 5
May 27, 2009
Single moms, former in-laws turn adversity into degrees
Six years ago, Lynnette Moats' husband walked out on her and their young daughter, taking the mobile home with him. A college dropout, Moats was faced with either getting extra jobs going back to school. She survived by moving in with her brother's ex-wif
They always had health insurance, but never could qualify for government assistance. One of them always earned just a hair over the cutoff line for food stamps. The two also decided to homeschool the girls so they could see them more often. The decision meant the women sometimes had to bring their children to class.
Tuscaloosa News (AL)
May 11, 2008
State appeals court returns dad's custody
A state appeals court came down hard Friday on the Madison County Juvenile Court in overturning its decision to terminate the parental rights of a Gurley man.
In a harshly worded opinion written by Presiding Judge William Thompson, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals also sharply criticized the Madison County Department of Human Resources.
The Huntsville Times (AL)
March 2, 2008
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