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Dr. Douglass Besharov, Child Abuse Expert, Maryland School of Public Affairs: Out of the nearly 3 million child abuse reports made each year, 7 out of 10 are without merit.

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California CPS News Archive

California News Coverage

Lassen County's Family and Child Protective Services is making great progress in complying with state and federal regulations.

Danielle McGuire, former director of FCPS, spearheaded an update of the September 2004 FCPS three-year plan regarding federal and state compliance.

Lassen County Times (CA)

December 7, 2006

Reports circulating that the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has paid a visit to Britney Spears after her recent spate of all-night partying are said to be bogus.

According to TMZ, a source close to the singer has revealed that DCFS officials never questioned Britney. However the web-site further adds that the singer might have been questioned earlier when she was involved in serious offences such as the seat belt incident.

Sawf News

December 7, 2006

by Maira Oliveira

Well, what do you know... Britney Spears may be forced to cut down on her non-stop partying, or an unexpected visitor will soon show up at her door.

The superstar's recent craze of all-night partying has raised the concern of many. And now the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services are reportedly taking action.

All Headline News (CA)

December 6, 2006

The Tyler James Foundation is dedicated to reducing the number of bicycle related injuries and deaths among children.

Imagine what it would be like, if your innocent seven-year-old child was blamed for causing his own death, when his death was caused by two criminal felony acts? I cannot tell you what it is like to be on the receiving end of injustice. On February 4, 2001, a cruel injustice was dealt to me and my precious seven-year-old son Tyler James.

Death of Innocence (CA)

December 1, 2006

The California Shared Parenting Alliance (CSPA) is a group of mental health professionals, family law practitioners and concerned parents who believe that children's need for frequent and meaningful contact with both parents is paramount.

CSPA was organized for the purpose of passing AB 1307, a bill which will clarify California law and create a clear presumption that parents equally share in the responsibility of joint custody of their children unless there is clear evidence that it would not be in the children's best interest.

cspaonline.org

November 7, 2006

by Truong Phuoc Khanh

At 2, he was removed from the custody of his mother, a drug addict. At 17, he became a father. At 18, he was emancipated from the foster care system, homeless, a ward of no one.

Daniel Bell's story might have ended disastrously except that he now has a network that wraps him in a blanket of supportive services, including a house that shelters him and mentors who motivate him every day to be a better man.

The San Jose Mercury News (CA)

October 28, 2006

by John Nickerson

In a desperate act, a former San Geronimo woman who said she had "reached the end of my rope" in a nasty child custody battle has allegedly abducted her 3-year-old daughter, San Rafael police said.

Jonea Marie Rogers, 41, failed to drop off her daughter Aug. 4 at the United Market parking lot in San Rafael in accordance with a joint custody agreement with her former husband, Ian Stone of Forest Knolls, police said.

nafcj.org

October 17, 2006

by Sukhjit Purewal

The Herald secured Hulsey's adoption files from Monterey County courts after filing a Freedom of Information Act petition. A Superior Court judge allowed The Herald to view copies.

The files showed that social workers in Monterey County were aware of Hulsey's bipolar disorder and her past struggles with addiction before granting the adoption. In reports included in the record, Hulsey freely disclosed those struggles.

Monterey County Herald

October 15, 2006

by Edward Epstein

The House Ethics Committee voted Thursday to issue 44 subpoenas as it began what its leaders promised will be a wide-ranging investigation into a congressional page sex scandal.

Foley, 52, the chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, quit after revelations about sexually explicit e-mails and instant messages he had sent to underage House pages. Hastert and other Republican leaders have been battered by questions about whether they failed to respond when a 16-year-old page from Louisiana told about e-mails, he had received from Foley.

San Francisco Chronicle (CA)

October 6, 2006

Dedicated to the struggles a father, Michael Smith, has had with the California CPS system and his fight to regain custody of his daughter.

Michael Smith's story started when he went to the Philippines in search of a young beautiful "mail-order bride" so he could have a family and a child. This search went horribly wrong.

michael-smith.org

October 3, 2006

Family Court -- No one under Eleven believes it's working.

Some judges are even willing to learn about parental alienation. But most subject the person reporting the brainwashing parent, to legal abuse. It's called shooting the messenger and it's fairly routine. Which is why judges must be educated.

familylawcourts.com

October 3, 2006

Child Welfare Resources, Research & Information

familytx.org

October 3, 2006

by Judicial Council of California

In re Julie M. (1999) 69 Cal.App.4th 41 [81 Cal.Rptr.2d 534]. Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division 3.

At a six-month review hearing, the juvenile court amended the mother's visitation plan after finding that although the mother had not progressed, the Orange County Social Services Agency had provided reasonable reunification services.

courtinfo.ca.gov

October 3, 2006

The James and Denise Wade Travesty

"It is the intent of the Legislature that nothing in this section disrupt the family unnecessarily or intrude inappropriately into family life, prohibit the use of reasonable methods of parental discipline, or prescribe a particular method of parenting." -Welfare & Institutions Code Section 300

electpd.org

October 3, 2006

Special Topics Guide - A Guide To Resources In CSUF's Pollak Library.

Pollak Library Research guide with books, encyclopedias, statistics, and Internet resources.

guides.library.fullerton.edu

October 3, 2006

Our mission is to protect children from incest and family violence through research, education and advocacy.

When a mother reports abuse as mandated by law, the system turns on her and her child, violating its own laws and betraying the child.

protectiveparents.com

October 3, 2006

by Troy Anderson

Perverse incentive factor' rewards county for swelling system, critics say

Up to half of Los Angeles County's foster children were needlessly placed in a system that is often more dangerous than their own homes because of financial incentives in state and federal laws, a two-year Daily News investigation has found.

unitedforjustice.com

October 2, 2006

SANTA BARBARA - Child abuse defendant Sylvia Jovanna Vasquez, charged with a variety of counts involving her four adopted children, was arrested for allegedly contacting the youngsters in violation of court orders.

Vasquez, who had operated a day care center at her Foothill area home when she was arrested for the first time earlier this year, was ordered to jail Friday for allegedly sending letters to her adopted children ages 6 to 13.

San Jose Mercury News (CA)

September 18, 2006

Mother, Diane Booth fights to be reunited with her son.

California mother jailed twice for protecting her son against forced drugging.

msnusers.com

September 9, 2006

by L.A. County DCFS

An adoption handbook and workbook.

Learn more about how children are marketed by the county of Los Angeles. Everything you ever wanted to know and more on the subject of adoption.

dcfs.co.la.ca.us

September 9, 2006

by Steven Cischke

Denial of Alleged Father's Rights Without Allowing Blood Test Precipitous and 'Difficult to Understand,' Vogel Says.

A man who claimed paternity of a young child immediately upon learning of the baby's existence was entitled to assert presumed father status in dependency court, the Court of Appeal for this district has ruled.

metnews.com

June 28, 2006

by David Siders

A federal jury returned a $2.6 million verdict Friday against Stockton and two members of the Police Department, siding with a father and daughter who claimed police wrongfully took the girl from day care.

Crystal Keller was 4 years old and the subject of a custody dispute when police collected her from the home of her Orangevale day-care provider in 2002. Her mother lived in Stockton. Police did not have a warrant or proof Crystal was in danger.

Record Net (CA)

April 4, 2006

Psych pressured patient to invest in high-tech company during "therapy" sessions

Dr. Michael Dietrick surrendered his license to practice psychiatry after the California Medical Board's investigation found him guilty of two counts of Gross Negligence and one count of Negligence.

cchr.org

January 16, 2006

by Assembly Member Chan

Summary: to establish and provide a voluntary preschool-for-all system.programs will meet research-based standards for social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic, and physical development, and are linked to public school system standards.

Status: Referred to Commission on Education - waiting on passage of the Preschool for All Act for funding.

leginfo.ca.gov

August 12, 2005

by Senator Florez

This bill would require the Superintendent to develop preschool learning standards for the implementation of quality child care and development programs.

AB 1032 includes within those standards professional learning for preschool classroom staff. The bill would appropriate $4,500,000 from federal funds to the Superintendent for purposes of providing instructional support grants.

leginfo.ca.gov

August 12, 2005

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