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LEAP caseworker arrested in Saguache
SAGUACHE -- A Saguache County social services employee and two others were arrested this week in connection with alleged abuse of LEAP (Low-income Energy Assistance Program) funds.
Saguache County Social Services conducts random audits and during the course of one of the audits discrepancies were found involving one of their employees and the LEAP program. Three cases were investigated involving a total of $2,727 in LEAP funds.
May 30, 2011
Court allows use of fake Social Security Number
The Colorado Supreme Court has reversed the conviction of a man who admitted using someone else's Social Security number to obtain a loan, concluding that the defendant wasn't really trying to assume a false identity.
In the Colorado case, the court's slim majority concluded that criminal impersonation is "when one assumes a false identity or a false capacity with the intent to unlawfully gain a benefit."
World Net Daily
October 28, 2010
Big Brother to Watch Over Medical Marijuana in Colorado?
Colorado is proposing a medical marijuana tracking system in which everything from marijuana grows to patient purchases to the manufacture of pot brownies would be under constant remote video surveillance where agents could monitor it all.
The proposal is giving medical marijuana advocates the creeps. The system would be the first in the country to track medical marijuana "from seed to sell". The goal would be to prevent people using forged medical marijuana cards and to quickly track down pot contaminated with mold or marijuana food protects that are tainted.
Stop the Drug War
October 1, 2010
Ritter creates new office to watchdog child welfare
Surrounded by children on the steps of the Denver Child Advocacy Center, Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law a bill that creates a child welfare watchdog for the state.
Senate Bill 171, sponsored by Sen. Linda Newell, D-Denver, created a youth ombudsman to oversee the state's embattled child protection system in which 35 children have died in the past few years.
The Colorado Independent
May 17, 2010
Jury gets foster mom's child abuse death case
Jurors deliberated more than four hours Thursday without reaching a verdict in the first-degree murder trial of a former foster mom accused of killing a 2-year-old girl by tossing her across the room in a fit of anger.
The nine-woman, three-man jury, which got the case after six days of testimony, returns this morning to continue determining if Jules Lynn Cuneo will spend the rest of her life in prison.
The Colorado Springs Gazette
February 18, 2010
HB10-1059: Gagliardi Bill Helping Foster Kids Get Driver's Licenses
Representative Sara Gagliardi's (D-Arvada) bill to help foster kids get a driver's license easier, successfully passed a final reading in the House today 63-0, with 2 excused.
Currently, Colorado teens in the foster care system face barriers in getting their licenses because they cannot provide the signature of a legal guardian. House Bill 1059 allows kids in the foster care system to easily register for driver's education and apply for their learner's permits. The measure would allow foster kids to sign for themselves when registering for driver's education.
State Bill Colorado
February 8, 2010
Child welfare systems don't work, despite defense
The evidence keeps mounting about the enormous harm of tearing children from everyone they know and love and throwing them into foster care.
A landmark study of 15,000 typical cases - not the horrors that make headlines - found that children left with their own parents fared better even than comparably maltreated children left in foster care.
The Denver Post
January 29, 2010
Republicans ask Ritter to order probe of Platte Valley Youth Services Center
DENVER -- Although state officials have investigated allegations of child abuse and harassment at a Greeley youth detention center in recent years, area lawmakers are not satisfied.
A group of Republican lawmakers asked Gov. Bill Ritter in a letter Monday to order another investigation of the Platte Valley Youth Services Center. The youth detention center, 2200 O St., houses youth who are serving a sentence or awaiting trial. Previous investigations have found no pattern of abuse at the center.
January 26, 2010
Parker Jensen's parents press claims against docs
Parker Jensen's parents -- who refused to have their son undergo chemotherapy for a diagnosed cancer -- clashed once again Thursday with Utah doctors and child-protection workers.
The state child protection office filed a medical neglect complaint against them when the Jensens resisted traditional treatment, and a judge ordered the state to take custody of the boy. But, after 11 court proceedings in five months, the state abandoned its fight for chemotherapy because Parker Jensen was convinced the treatments would kill him.
The Salt Lake Tribune
January 15, 2010
Centennial Marijuana Lawsuit: Colorado Lawyers Plan To Sue Town Over Medical Pot Restrictions
A group of Colorado lawyers focusing on medical marijuana is planning on suing the City of Centennial to reopen a marijuana wellness center called CannaMart.
According to a press release, the coalition is alleging that Centennial "violated Colorado's Constitution and relevant land use statutes when it forced CannaMart to shut down its operations on October 19."
The Huffington Post
November 30, 2009
Family mourns as fallen soldier comes home
Friends and family are remembering the life and mourning the death of Army Spec. Eric Lembke, who died while on duty in Afghanistan Oct. 23.
As a child Lembke was in foster care, his wife said. He was adopted by Dorothy Lembke, who cared for foster children, when he was 12, she said. While he was in school, Lembke took a job at the Orange Blossom Tea Room on Evers Street.
Plant City Courier & Tribune
November 4, 2009
Video: Child bound, gagged with duct tape at school
Imagine that a parent had gotten so fed up with a six-year-old child that he had used duct tape to bind and gag the youngster to settle things down.
Imagine, then, what would have happened to said parent had the child's school found out about it. The administration would have called the police and Child Protective Services, the child would have been placed in foster care, and the parent hauled off to jail. When it happens in reverse...
October 25, 2009
Falcon's Aftermath: The Danger Was on the Ground
In an incredibly brief amount of time, the story of the so-called Balloon Boy morphed from drama to farce. I'm not saying that just because it turned out the little boy, was never even on that runaway weather balloon the world was watching for two hours T
What authorities in Colorado are saying now is that he accidentally let the balloon go, was worried he'd get punished, and hid in the house while the whole misunderstanding was unfolding on national TV. I would call in child protective services to look into the greedy, selfish, publicity-grasping response by the mother and dad to the whole thing, a response that clearly borders on being abusive.
The Huffington Post
October 17, 2009
'Balloon boy' Heene family drama story stinks on ice
The balloon, owned by Richard Heene, took off from the family yard near Fort Collins, Colorado, USA and floated away.
Now the law and specifically child protective services are sniffing around the Colorado family's home getting to the bottom of what actually went down yesterday.
October 16, 2009
Caseworker: Thompson threatened kids in foster care
CENTENNIAL -- Aaron Thompson of Aurora is on trial in Arapahoe County District Court in the death of his daughter Aarone, who was reported missing in 2005.
Even after their children were taken away from them, Thompson and Lowe tried to wield power over them. Jacqueline Ruybal, a case agent for the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services, testified that both Lowe and Thompson got into arguments with their children during visitations after the kids were taken away from them.
The Denver Post
September 2, 2009
Infant Dies, Dad Arrested
A 19-year-old Arvada man is facing felony charges of child abuse resulting in death and is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on $100,000 bond.
Brandon Vaughn Yancey was arrested Aug. 22 in the investigation of the death of his 2-month-old son earlier this month. Police were called to the 8100 block of Estes Court on a child not breathing call on Aug. 10.
The Denver Daily News
August 26, 2009
Voice of past opens Thompson trial
The long-awaited trial of Aaron Thompson on fatal child-abuse charges opened Friday with attention focused on a central figure speaking from beyond the grave.
That figure, though, was not Aarone Thompson, Thompson's young daughter whom he reported missing more than three years ago. Instead, it was Shelley Lowe, Thompson's live-in girlfriend when he reported Aarone missing. Lowe died about six months into the police investigation, but her voice echoed inside an Arapahoe County District courtroom Friday in a secretly recorded, profanity-laced tirade in which she told a friend that Aarone's death wasn't worth losing custody of her other kids.
The Denver Post
August 8, 2009
Governor inks child welfare training bill
Following more than a dozen deaths of Colorado children in one year, the governor yesterday inked a bill that will train welfare caseworkers on how to better protect children.
The state's child-welfare system cares for children from about 14,000 families per year. In 2007, however, concerns were raised when 13 children in Colorado died as a result of abuse and neglect. The state's child protection system was criticized for not protecting the children.
The Denver Daily News
May 20, 2009
Child Protective Services & the Business of 'Legalized Kidnapping'
The suffering endured by Africans who were kidnapped from their native land and brought to America as slaves is sometimes referred to as the Black holocaust, which some say ended years ago but.
That is not the case according to parents who have had their children taken from them by the Denver Department of Human Service (DDHS) or the Adams County Social Service Department (ACSSD). Jo Nash-Conner's son Quentin, 10, currently resides at Mount St. Vincents Children's Home (MSVCH), a facility which proclaims to provide programs and services to "help children with a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems."
May 1, 2009
Retiring county leader made name for herself for solving problems
The challenges came fast and furious in the 32 years Barbara Drake worked for the El Paso County Department of Human Services.
Drake helped write Colorado's Welfare Reform Law, which was enacted in 1997 and is designed to decrease the number of people receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families by providing plans for them to get off welfare and stay off.
Colorado Springs Gazette
March 22, 2009
Octuplets Mom Battles Critics!
With 14 children, no job and $50K in student loans, Nadya Suleman has sparked public outrage over her decision to take government aid for her family.
Now, Nadya is biting back! "I am not living off taxpayer's money," Suleman said on NBC's "Dateline." "If I am, it's Food Stamps and it's a temporary resource." She adds, "It's not welfare."
February 11, 2009
Nadya Suleman's Donations Website the Latest in the Octuplet Saga
Two weeks ago, I was one of millions who wrote about the exciting births of Nadya Suleman's octuplets. At the time, Suleman wished to remain anonymous.
Now, Suleman has website so that people can donate items for her children. The situation is troubling and people are speaking out. "Not a penny for her, but I'd donate to Child Protective Services so that they have the resources to remove these kids (and the first six)."
February 11, 2009
Octuplet Mom Caught Lying!
Prolifically reproductive Nadya Suleman claimed in an interview that taxpayers aren't paying for the care of her children, but new reports today say the mother of fourteen is lying!
According to the L.A. Times, Suleman is receiving both $490 in food stamps per month and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for her fourteen tots. The fact that Nadya is receiving help from taxpayers isn't the only controversy...
February 10, 2009
Foster Child Killed on Trampoline
It's every parent's nightmare: that your child will be hurt or killed even when you think you've done everything you can to keep him safe.
Foster parents are no different. We cherish every child who comes into our home, and we work hard at protecting them the best we can. I can only imagine the horror, then, of the Colorado Springs foster mother whose 4-year-old foster son choked to death during a freak accident while playing on a trampoline as she made lunch indoors.
Denver Foster Parenting Examiner
February 7, 2009
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