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Once they leave foster care, these most troubled youths often have no reliable adults to advise them or provide emotional support, said Gary Stangler, director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.
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San Francisco's proposed circumcision ban galvanizes religious opposition
The nation's largest evangelical Christian umbrella group has come out against San Francisco's proposed circumcision ban, evidence that the voter initiative is beginning to galvanize national religious opposition.
Thursday's announcement from the National Association of Evangelicals was noteworthy because unlike Jews and Muslims, Christians are not religiously mandated to practice circumcision. "Jews, Muslims, and Christians all trace our spiritual heritage back to Abraham. Biblical circumcision begins with Abraham," said National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson. "No American government should restrict this historic tradition. Essential religious liberties are at stake."
June 10, 2011
Local charity fights hunger with new organic garden
AmeriCorps teamed up with Helping Hands Pantry in Redlands to host a community day on Saturday to raise awareness and plant a new Victory Garden on Judson Street.
Community members helped weed rows and plant vegetables. Helping Hands Pantry has about 150 volunteers, and distributes food six days a week to anyone in need, Executive Director Paul Dickau said. A larger variety of plants are going into the Judson garden to start with, Dickau said. Volunteers planted sweet potatoes, beets, Swiss chard, summer and winter squash, sweet and hot peppers and cucumbers.
June 6, 2011
Snowmelt gusher at Yosemite Falls
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- Record Sierra snowfall over the winter now means record snowmelt as temperatures rise, swelling Yosemite National Park's waterfalls, streams, and rivers to their most turbulent level in years.
Yosemite Falls, the nation's highest, is spewing enough water to fill a gasoline tanker truck every two seconds. The force of water at Bridalveil Falls across the valley kicks up a mist that clouds the meadow below. It means that until the peak melt around mid-June, visitors will encounter more treacherous beauty in Yosemite than even the travel brochures promise.
May 29, 2011
Vacaville farm, furnishes fruit, produce cafe franchise
For Matthew and Terces Engelhart of Vacaville, sharing is a way of life. Viewing it as an asset, not a liability, they say it informs everything they do.
Besides being parents to five children and grandparents to three, they grow organic food with sustainable methods on their 21-acre farm on Bucktown Lane, operating Cafe Gratitude, a small chain of raw food and vegan restaurants, most of them in the Bay Area, writing books and hosting webinars worldwide about their farming practices, which they call "regenerative agriculture." "It's the keystone to a workable community," Matthew, 54, said of the idea. Farming that "regenerates the land's ability to provide, farming that is a win for the ecosystem that it's in. It regenerates the land's ability to produce life."
May 29, 2011
California Adoption -- Why Is It So Hard to Adopt From Foster Care?
When James and his wife Stephanie, an attorney and bank compliance officer, decided in early 2009 to adopt a daughter through foster care, he assumed it would be pretty easy. James was wrong.
The entire process, from application to finalization took almost two years. The problem was not the private agency they worked with. It took over a year before they were even considered for a waiting child. California is one of about 10 states that have a state-supervised, and county-administered approach to foster care. Each one of California's 58 counties is largely self-contained.
May 25, 2011
New opportunity for junior high and high school students - Los Angeles Homeschooling
Are you intimidated by homeschooling in junior high or high school? Do you feel you are not capable? Or are you possibly frustrated with your current system and feeling that your student(s) need more?
Parents will receive everything classroom teachers receive and will also have pacing calendars and benchmark testing resources at their disposal to be on track with what is happening in the on-site classes. If a higher level Science class requires a lab, the district will open up a lab at one of the school sites after school hours for homeschoolers to do their lab, and the credentialed Science teacher would be teaching the lab to the homeschooled students.
May 3, 2011
The Ongoing Normal: Taxpayer Fraud in L.A. Foster Care
Two reporters from the Los Angeles Times have just won a Pulitzer Prize column for their story on the ongoing corruption by the city of Bell California government officials and politicians.
County audits seem to focus on social worker documentation and brief interviews with foster children, along with a prearranged and known in advance inspection of the home. Talk about collusion. Is it too much to expect inspectors to honestly verify that directors and administrators answerable only to a Board of Directors stocked by friends and family actually work full time for the federal tax supported salary for which they are paid? We are indeed speaking about a cumulative financial windfall equal or much greater than the malfeasance witnessed in Bell. And it's been going on for 2 decades.
April 23, 2011
McDonald's grimaces at Happy Meal lawsuit
The lawsuit claims McDonald's unfairly uses toys to lure children into its restaurants. The plaintiff, Monet Parham, a Sacramento, Calif. mother of two, claims the company's advertising violates California consumer protection laws.
A lawsuit that seeks to stop McDonald's from selling Happy Meals must be dismissed because parents can always prohibit their children from eating them, the hamburger giant said in a court filing on Monday.
April 19, 2011
LATimes Wins Public Service Pulitzer For Uncovering Bell Corruption
The Los Angeles Times won two Pulitzer Prizes Monday, including one for uncovering the corruption among city officials in Bell, California.
Reporters found that officials in Bell were recieving salaries higher than the President of the United States. Many of the officials resigned in the wake of the allegations. Former city manager Robert Rizzo and his assistant are facing charges of embezzling up to $6.7 million from the city.
April 18, 2011
San Francisco Carpal Tunnel Specialist in the News
Dr. Eben Davis and his team of Financial District Chiropractors, will be offering complimentary carpal tunnel exams and CTS treatment demonstrations April 18-23, 2011.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and its related disorders is a leading cause of disability amongst San Francisco office workers. Often times, patients with carpal tunnel symptoms will live and work in pain for years before finding the right kind of treatment. With the way people are glued to the computer all day and to their smart phones...it's no wonder everyone does not have CTS.
April 17, 2011
Allegations against fired Santa Clara County pediatrician could taint 14 convictions
Santa Clara County prosecutors have identified "13 or 14" convictions that may be at issue because of the involvement of Dr. Patrick Clyne, a county pediatrician fired after allegations that he sexually molested foster children in his care.
Among the serious cases Clyne has been involved with since 2001 is the conviction of child-killer Emanuel Brew. In that case, Clyne testified as an expert witness on the subject of child abuse regarding the dead baby's abused sibling, according to former prosecutor Ed Fernandez, now a private defense attorney.
April 15, 2011
SWAT team's 10-hour siege with mother Maryanne Godboldo in Detroit
Maryanne Godboldo, from Detroit, was accused of medically neglecting her 13-year-old daughter by not administering her with an anti-psychotic drug.
After a ten-hour stand-off, which resulted in the mother giving herself up, Ariana was taken into protective custody. The girl had been home-schooled by her mother but wanted to start going to a regular school, which required her to take a number of immunisations. The girl then suffered adverse reactions to these shots and her mother was told to put her on a prescribed pyschotropic drug.
April 15, 2011
California legislators should support an effort to open juvenile dependency courts to public scrutiny. The Assembly Judiciary Committee last week approved AB 73, that would make dependency court hearings presumptively open.
In a system long shrouded in confidentiality -- a system with the power to take children from their parents and put them in foster care -- a little sunshine could help prevent the Dickensian tales of horror that shock the public conscience. Open court proceedings would increase accountability throughout the system, which in turn would help bolster the performance of social workers, judges and lawyers.
April 15, 2011
Sacramento County disputes civil claim by abuse victim
Sacramento County is fighting a civil claim charging that it failed to track and protect Kyle Doe, who wound up in the home of a Tracy couple and suffered a year of sadistic abuse before his escape in late 2008.
The county argues that the claim, which is the first step toward a lawsuit, was filed too late to be legally valid. Government code requires that such claims be filed within six months "after the event or occurrence" in question.
April 15, 2011
What's That Smell? The Mountain Lion Under Our House
Robert Guinn and his family had quite a shock when they recently discovered a dead mountain lion beneath their Whitmore home's deck. Guinn answered some questions this week about his find.
I'm embarrassed to say that the mountain lion was literally right under our noses for about a week before we noticed. We have a south-facing deck that is about 12 feet off the ground that overlooks Cow Creek in Whitmore. I'd been on that deck daily, leaning up against the railing, enjoying the view with my morning coffee or a nice pinot in the evenings. I'd had no cause to look straight down.
April 15, 2011
Tonight: Community meeting on mountain lions
A community meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. tonight (April 13) on mountain lions, growing concern over increased sightings, and the recent shooting of a mountain lion in the residential area of Redwood City.
The meeting, which is expected to last two hours, will be held at Sequoia High School's Carrington Hall, 1201 Brewster Ave. in Redwood City. Admission is free. The meeting will include researchers, conservationists, local law enforcement, elected government officials, and representative of the California Department of Fish and Game.
April 13, 2011
Meth 'Cook Houses' Gone, Demand For Drug Lingers
Most of the crystal methamphetamine sold in the U.S. today is manufactured south of the border. Riverside County, Calif., has become a transportation hub for the drug, but five years ago it was the meth-producing capital of the country.
A few miles away is a Child Protective Services office that handles emergency responses of reported child abuse. Five years ago, Christine Brown was a social worker with CPS. Today, she is a supervisor. "We're still seeing the same behaviors in the families, and we're still seeing the same effects on the kids. They're still exposed, it's still happening, and it's a battle. It's a battle every day," Brown says.
April 12, 2011
Murphys Dance Instructor Sentenced
San Andreas, CA -- A Murphys dance teacher has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for having sex with a 16-year-old boy.
32-year-old Sarah May, who is the owner of the Satori Jazz Dance Company, pleaded no contest to one felony count of having sex with a minor. Calaveras County Judge Thomas A. Smith imposed the sentence on Monday.
April 12, 2011
New yahoogroup for fieldtrips
Fieldtrips are wonderful opportunities for our students to learn from hands-on, real-life situations and see and experience things for themselves. As homeschoolers, we have a unique capacity to join other homeschoolers on fieldtrips.
I am excited to tell you about a great new yahoogroup that was specifically created for setting up fieldtrips in Southern California. There are people from all over So.California on the list and so you get access to a wide variety of fieldtrips that you normally might not think about because they are not just in your Santa Clarita backyard.
April 12, 2011
How do other states help children of domestic violence? - Omaha.com
Massachusetts became the first state to place domestic violence advocates in child welfare offices in 1990. The state made basic domestic violence training mandatory for new social workers.
Michigan added family reunification workers to provide intensive home-based services for four to six weeks. The state placed 18 workers in different shelters to work with abused women and help them develop safety plans. The long-term success rates, defined as families remaining intact at 12 months following their services, were 85 percent for those getting home-based services and 96 percent for those in shelters.
March 27, 2011
The Fleecing of Foster Children
Each year, 30,000 of the nation's foster youth "age out" of the foster care system and are expected to become independent, self-sufficient and tax-paying members of society with little or no assistance from others.
On March 16, 2011, the Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI) and First Star held a joint Congressional Briefing and Press Cconference to unveil their new report, The Fleecing of Foster Children: How We Confiscate Their Assets and Undermine Their Financial Security, in which they identify and discuss federal and state policies and practices that actually impede the ability of youth to achieve financial stability after leaving foster care - and which must be addressed in order to give our foster youth a meaningful opportunity at achieving self-sufficiency.
March 18, 2011
Congress May Require 'Drunk-Proof' Cars
It's been talked about for years. Congress could make it a law. You would not be able to start your car if you've consumed too much alcohol.
Two members of the U.S. Senate, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, have take a step, sponsoring the ROADS SAFE Act, which would authorize $12 a year for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop technology that would prevent an intoxicated person from driving a vehicle.
March 12, 2011
Police arrest couple on cruelty to a child charge | TahoeDailyTribune.com
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- Police arrested South Lake Tahoe residents Demetrius Jones, 30, and Leann Jones, 35, on charges of cruelty to a child, child endangerment and attempted fraud Tuesday.
The arrest followed a South Lake Tahoe Police Department investigation into the couple's January solicitations for donations for their 3-month-old daughter who was in care at Reno's Renown Medical Center.
March 3, 2011
California girl ran away to escape arranged marriage
LOS ANGELES -- A 13-year-old Southern California girl who ran away from home to escape an arranged marriage in Pakistan has been taken into protective custody by child welfare authorities.
The girl was taken into protective custody, along with her three siblings, after detectives corroborated her story, Walker said. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office was reviewing the case for possible criminal charges against members of her family.
March 3, 2011
California Family Courts Helping Pedophiles, Batterers Get Child Custody
Karen Anderson suspected that something strange was going on between her ex-husband, Rex Anderson, and their 15-year-old daughter.
Family Court Judge James Stewart temporarily barred the children from seeing their father while the court looked into the abuse claims. But instead of seeking evidence as to whether molestation was taking place, he hired a Menlo Park-based psychologist, Leslie Packer, to evaluate both parents. Among Packer's tasks was to assess, in light of their psychological profiles, whether the accusations were likely to be true.
March 2, 2011
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