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3 in 4 women, who "age out" of foster care, many of them with children of their own, are receiving some form of public assistance.

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California CPS News Archive

California News Coverage

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 Michele Keller

A Northern California woman who ignored court orders and fled to Texas with her two young daughters to keep them away from her ex-husband, a convicted sex offender, was sentenced Jan. 11 to a year in jail, the Associated Press reported.

Debra Schmidt, who was convicted in December of felony child abduction, has been ordered to return the children to California. She was also sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay more than $44,000 in fines and attorney's fees to the children's father, Manuel Saavedra, who has had a variety

National Organization for Women

January 15, 2002

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 Howard Mintz

Dependency Court: Those trying to regain custody of children often are represented by inexperienced attorneys.

Critics say overworked, underpaid and often inexperienced lawyers are shortchanging parents in a near-invisible but crucial corner of the justice system.

electpd.org

December 5, 1999

by Dori Meinert

In emotional and often tearful testimony, James Wade told a Senate subcommittee that San Diego County social workers destroyed almost three years of his life.

Wade, wrongly accused of the 1989 rape of his then-8-year-old daughter, said his life and that of his family were turned upside down. "We were put through a literal hell of contempt and accusations by evil manipulators bent on destroying me and my family," he told the Senate Subcommittee on Children and the Family. "Why? Because we had the misfortune of being the recipient of a random criminal assault."

The San Diego Union-Tribune

May 26, 1995

by Dori Meinert

In emotional and often tearful testimony, James Wade told a Senate subcommittee that San Diego County social workers destroyed almost three years of his life.

Wade, wrongly accused of the 1989 rape of his then-8-year-old daughter, said his life and that of his family were turned upside down.

electpd.org

May 26, 1995

by Jim Okerblom and John Wilkens

Authorities focused on [Jim Wade] even though they knew another man, Albert Carder Jr., had been convicted of attacking four other girls in [Alicia Wade]'s neighborhood at about the same time.

Without a word of apology or regret, the district attorney's office yesterday dropped criminal charges against a San Diego Navy man who was falsely accused of raping his own daughter.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

November 16, 1991

by Jim Okerblom and John Wilkens

Court exonerates father at long last - Charges of raping daughter are dropped -- after 2 1/2 years.

Without a word of apology or regret, the district attorney's office dropped criminal charges against a San Diego Navy man who was falsely accused of raping his own daughter.

electpd.org

November 16, 1991

by Jim Okerblom and John Wilkens

Jim, Denise, Joshua and Alicia were assigned court-appointed attorneys.

Denise said she was in a bathroom stall during a break in one court hearing when she overheard her daughter's attorney, Kandy Koliwer, tell [Diane Anderson], the social worker: "I don't know why we're here -- we know they did it."

The San Diego Union-Tribune

October 20, 1991

by Jim Okerblom and John Wilkens

Tragedy, errors shatter a family - Evidence overlooked for 2 1/2 years and just brought to light proves father did not molest his daughter.

[Denise, Pate], who ran a day-care program in the house, said she thought it unusual that the curtains were blowing from the open window in [Alicia Wade]'s room.

electpd.org

October 20, 1991

A woman was arrested Sunday for assault with a deadly weapon, after allegedly shooting a man in the chest, according to Riverside County Sergeant Misty Reynolds.

Police arrested Andrea Auclair, 28, from Rancho Mirage. Auclair was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm in a negligent manner and child endangerment. Child Protective Services arrived and took custody of two young children.

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