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"The effects of sexual abuse are different for each child but can include advanced knowledge of sex, difficulty in school, nightmares and even criminal activity." ~Sue Wasiniak, Supervisor, Licking County Childrens Services

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Georgia CPS News Archive

Georgia News Coverage

by Joy Howe

Burke County - They lived in a world apart from the real world, completely shut off from the outside. That's what witness after witness said about the 11 children of Christine and Jeremy Long.

Multiple foster parents told the court that the children in their care did not know how to use the bathroom or bathe. Some said they found the children using the toilet to wash their face and hair. Another said they walked in to find one child drinking from the toilet.

News Channel 6

July 31, 2009

by Gracie Bonds Staples

For years, Tarkiyah Melton dreamed of owning a home, a place she could be proud of, a place where her two children could attend good schools. But for years the dream seemed out of reach. Not only had Melton spent more than half her life in foster care...

Thanks to the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Opportunities Initiative, a program of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and other partners, Melton's dreams are being realized. She was able to save nearly $3,000 for a down payment on a Sandy Springs townhome, and the initiative matched her savings dollar for dollar up to $1,000.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 5, 2009

by Adeeba Folami

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."

OpEdNews

May 1, 2009

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim

Foster care workers can be held liable if the children they place in foster homes are sexually abused by other children in the home who were known perpetrators or victims of sexual abuse, a federal appellate court has ruled.

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, involves a case in which three children - who were 8, 5 and 3 at the time - were repeatedly molested in 1999 and 2000 by older children in a Florida foster home. The suit alleged that even after a documented case of child-on-child sexual abuse occurred in the same house in July 1999 nothing was done to protect the younger children.

Youth Today

February 5, 2009

by Andrea Hermitt,

Back in the days when made the decision to homeschool, existing homeschoolers had a large influence on how and when I started.

The first time I thought about it, I lived in a part of the country that I felt was rather hostile and there seemed to be no one willing to educate me and give me a hand, so I just shelved it as a future possibility.

Atlanta Homeschooling Examiner

January 25, 2009

by Stephen Gurr

Hall County's social service officials pull fewer at-risk children away from their families and keep them in foster care for less time than most large counties in Georgia, according to statistics presented at a Thursday seminar.

Officials with the Hall County office of Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services joined judges, attorneys, school social workers, clergy members, child advocates and law enforcement officials for Thursday's Hall County Justice for Children Summit. They heard statistics that portrayed Hall County as ahead of the curve when it came to keeping endangered children with relatives and out of foster homes.

The Gainesville Times (GA)

October 11, 2008

by Craig Schneider

On Dec. 3, 2007, Jessica Scovil was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens, weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces. The couple were delighted, and nervous. Their life as parents, though, would last less than a year.

The state removed Jessica from her home and placed her with a foster family. The couple were devastated but determined to bring their daughter home, and they earnestly began working to fulfill the state's demands in order to get Jessica back. The happy reunion never arrived. Jessica died while in the care of a state-appointed foster mother.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

September 20, 2008

by Craig Schneider

The Georgia Child Advocate said Monday that a state caseworker did not thoroughly investigate prior injuries to a child who was returned to her home and killed last week.

Child Advocate Tom Rawlings said his preliminary review of the death of 16-month-old Amiya Brown raised "serious questions" about the handling of the case by the Fulton County office of the state Division of Family and Children Services.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

June 2, 2008

by Gracie Bonds Staples

It was midday, and another group therapy session had begun at Camp CADI in Rutledge, a retreat designed to foster confidence in sexually abused girls and help them find their voice through music, dance, drama and storytelling.

As far as Barth knows, CADI, held annually on the property of Camp Twin Lakes about 45 minutes east of Atlanta, is the only camp of its kind in the state, maybe in the nation. Camp CADI combines camp activities such as horseback riding with creative arts such as storytelling and photography.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

June 1, 2008

Atlanta police knew seven years ago that a police sergeant's husband may have been paying young girls for sex and producing child pornography, but failed to investigate the allegations, federal authorities said.

Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington says any purported failure to take action "will not be tolerated." Terrill Marion Crane, 47, was arrested Thursday by the FBI's Safe Child Task Force, according to David Nahmias, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

cnn.com

November 30, 2007

by Tom Law

State Sen. Nancy Schaefer last week called for an overhaul of the state's child protection services provided through the Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS).

Among the recommendations by Schaefer, who represents the 50th District which includes Stephens County, was that a jury trial be held when a child is taken from their parents.

The Toccoa Record (GA)

November 29, 2007

by Professor Marci Hamilton

Last week, the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld the death penalty as applied to a child abuser. Louisiana has led the way in passing laws to execute pedophiles.

However, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Georgia, and Montana also have passed such laws, with Texas soon to follow when Gov. Rick Perry signs such legislation.

FindLaw Legal News

May 31, 2007

A suburban Atlanta couple was sentenced Tuesday to life plus 30 years in prison in the beating death of their 8-year-old son, a case that prompted authorities to raid the family's church because it supports corporal punishment.

Prosecutors said Joseph and Sonya Smith beat their son Josef, locked him in a wooden box and confined him to a closet for hours at a time before he died in October 2003. Parents told authorities Josef passed out and never regained consciousness.

USA Today (GA)

March 27, 2007

ATLANTA -- A county child welfare official has been arrested on accusations she whipped her 8-year-old daughter with a belt.

Cylenthia Clark, who is assistant director of the Fulton County office of the state Division of Family and Children Services, was arrested Saturday and charged with felony child cruelty.

News 4 Georgia

March 13, 2007

by Jim Wooten

It's a familiar story. A Marietta woman, headed to jail on theft charges, leaves her two daughters, one 3 and the other 6, in the care of her boyfriend.

He showed up. And then vanished. When the adult female made bond three days later, the 3-year-old was unfed and unkempt; the 6-year-old was in a diabetic coma. For three decades or more, the common reaction to the neglect of the two children is that it's government's fault. Some social worker should have been wise or prescient enough...

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

January 6, 2007

by Dal Cannady

When Mary Jane King reported her foster child missing, it started days of intense searching. But she finally confessed to police that she had killed the 3-year-old. King's murder trial began yesterday.

King wiped tears through much of the testimony Wednesday. In January she claimed her foster child Ahmad went missing from her car in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Jesup while she walked away to grab a shopping buggy.

WTOC 11 (GA)

November 1, 2006

by Kelly Ling

Timeline of events

DFCS investigator fumbles first case, the department takes custody of the families three children putting them into foster care.

savejacksonbortz.com

September 28, 2006

by Bill Sears

The Internet's Best Kid's Divorce Site, By A Kid! This is a site for kids, run by a kid.

Bill's Sears 15, is a child of divorce. In his own attempt to deal with the tragic situation Bill took his own wounds and founded, "Bill's Arena"

billsarena.com

September 25, 2006

Law Center Role in Change of DFCS Leadership

The class action lawsuit known as Kenny A. v. Roy Barnes, Governor was filed in the summer of 2002.

keenanskidslawcenter.com

September 9, 2006

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This group is for all who are concerned with preserving Georgia's families. Georgia families are under siege. The only way to restore our autonomy and preserve the freedom to make our own choices is for us to come together as a political force.

groups.yahoo.com

September 9, 2006

by Jane Hansen

These empty shoes represent the 844 children who died over 6 years after their families were reported for mistreating a child. Many died suspiciously or from neglect. Most of their lives and deaths went unnoticed. Until now.

In late 1997, the Atlanta Journal- Constitution went to court to force the state to open its files of children who had died after coming to the attention of DFACS. Last year, the newspaper began reviewing the files.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

December 5, 1999

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