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DHS looks at changing how Iowa investigates child abuse
Iowa's Department of Human Services is exploring ways to scale back the number of formal child-abuse investigations social workers perform every year.
The move, based on recommendations released Friday by a panel of state officials and child-welfare professionals, would constitute the biggest change in how child abuse reports are handled by the state in more than a decade, some officials believe.
December 17, 2011
Ron Paul plans Iowa visit Oct 21-22
After announcing earlier today Ron Paul's Oct. 21 appearance planned at the University of Iowa, the congressman's campaign released more details about Paul's upcoming trip to the state.
In addition to visiting the campus, Paul has a number of events planned in Iowa leading up to the Oct. 22 Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Presidential Candidate Forum at the state fairgrounds. The visit will incorporate three postponed campaign stops previously scheduled for this week.
October 10, 2011
Doctor's evaluation: With mom, Elliot is in danger
Loriann and Elliot Morgan waited nearly an hour to see the doctor at the Iowa City clinic. When Dr. Resmiye Oral finally opened her door, two social workers involved in Elliot's foster care case walked out.
It was September 2009. Over the previous five months, the public and private social workers hired to work with the family had shifted their concern away from Loriann's progress in drug treatment and toward her 3-year-old's health. Elliot, they learned, had been in and out of the doctor's office dozens of times before he was placed in foster care, mostly with problems related to sinus ear infections.
October 4, 2011
Ron Paul returns to Iowa Oct. 10
Ron Paul will visit central and eastern Iowa on Oct. 10. Dr. Paul will first tour a wind power parts manufacturing firm in Newton before hosting town hall meetings in Davenport and Burlington.
"Especially in the wake of Ron Paul's prior visit when voter turnout for his town hall meetings was high even in the rural areas, we are pleased Dr. Paul will return for what promises to be another productive tour," said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers said in a press release. Details...
September 30, 2011
Iowa Legislature Ready to Tackle Tough School Issues
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Legislative leaders of both parties said Wednesday they were willing to tackle the volatile issue of linking teacher pay to classroom performance despite enormous political pressure ahead of next year's elections.
Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has said he favors some plan that links pay and performance and will have draft proposals for overhauling the state's education system by the end of next month. Paulsen said the key to any package linking teacher pay to classroom performance is deciding how that performance is measured.
August 18, 2011
Branstad: Expect preschool voucher proposal next session
Universal preschool may remain in place for the next school year, but Gov. Terry Branstad said Tuesday the fight to reform early education isn't over.
Branstad this session proposed an income-based voucher program for at-need four-year-olds attending preschool to replace the universal program in place now. Though the proposal flopped this session, Branstad said legislators can expect to see the idea proposed again in subsequent sessions.
June 11, 2011
Baby left alone for 9 hours dies of suffocation
PEORIA - A 9-month-old Peoria child in foster care died Friday from asphyxiation after apparently being left alone for about nine hours. The death is under investigation, but no arrests have been made.
Branden J. Burkhardt of 714 E. Kansas St. was pronounced dead about 10 p.m. in the emergency room at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, according to Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll. The boy was living with foster parents Deandrea and Roshanda Washington. The biological mother, who was not identified Saturday, lives in Iowa. It was not clear why the boy was in foster care.
March 5, 2011
Join OCA in grassroots fight to stop GMO takeover
The Obama Administration's landmark decision last month to overrule the ban on genetically-modified (GM) alfalfa will likely go down in the books as one of the administration's biggest betrayals of the natural health community.
But a grassroots campaign currently underway by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is seeking to essentially "overrule" the overruling on the local level, or at least put enough pressure on local and state lawmakers, as well as health food retailers like Whole Foods Market, to label GMO products so consumers can make educated decisions about the foods they buy -- and thus eventually rid the market of GMOs completely.
February 20, 2011
DHS supervisor arrested, accused of rape
A Department of Human Services Supervisor is arrested and fired, accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in foster care and raping an adult woman.
Dustin Horn supervised a Polk County D.H.S office handling foster children and abuse cases in Polk County. Now, he's behind bars and out of a job. According to State Police reports, someone accused Horn of a sex crime involving a minor in 2009. The allegations were not substantiated.
November 23, 2010
Missouri toddler found after being 'abducted' by woman posing as child welfare agent
A TWO-year-old Missouri girl allegedly abducted from her home today by a woman posing as a child welfare agent was found safe in Iowa about nine hours later.
Syah D Duffey was discovered after Iowa State Highway Patrol officers stopped a vehicle apparently driven away by the suspect. The woman is said to have identified herself as a child welfare agent and forced Syah's mother to pack clothing for the little girl before taking her away in a dirty, white van with Iowa licence plates.
November 12, 2010
Study Finds More Woes Following Foster Care
Only half the youths who had turned 18 and 'aged out' of foster care were employed by their mid-20s.
6 in 10 men had been convicted of a crime, and 3 in 4 women, many of them with children of their own, were receiving some form of public assistance. Only 6 in 100 had completed a community college degree. The dismal outlook for youths who are thrust into a shaky adulthood from the foster care system - now numbering some 30,000 annually - has been documented with new precision by a long-term study...
The New York Times
April 15, 2010
Project Concern hopes to woo mentors
Needing more mentors for children in need, the Foster Grandparent program has lowered its age requirements and increased its income guidelines in a bid to recruit participants.
The federal and local grant-funded Foster Grandparent program enables older adults to remain active in the community by providing direct service to children with special learning needs at a school or in a day-care center.
April 15, 2010
State debating homeschool funds
Iowa education officials estimate that at least 30,000 students are taught by their parents or a certified teacher at home.
Approximately 4,600 students receive help through a homeschool assistant program at their local school district. Nearly 5,500 students partially enroll in a school district for extracurricular activities or specific coursework.
March 8, 2010
Home schooling a growing movement in Q-C
Nationwide, home education researchers like Brian Ray estimate there are more than 2 million students involved in parent-led home-based education, with the homeschool population growing by up to 14 percent annually.
Interest in home schooling spread in the almost two decades since state lawmakers forged a compromise that removed the risk for parent-teachers running afoul of Iowa's compulsory school attendance law. Parents teach at home for religious and nonreligious reasons.
March 8, 2010
Iowa Court Discovers 'Art' Loophole Allows 17-Year-Old Strippers
The "penumbras and emanations" theory of jurisprudence appears to have taken hold in the heartland: Nude dancing is still an art form in Iowa, at least at a strip club in the tiny town of Hamburg.
The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed the state's request for a review of the issue. The request followed a judge's 2008 decision that Clarence Judy, then-owner of Shotgun Geniez, didn't violate the state's public indecent exposure law.
The American Spectator
February 13, 2010
Mother Sues DHS for Taking Her Child Under False Allegations
IOWA CITY - A Guernsey mother filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Iowa Department of Human Services for placing her 5-year-old daughter in foster care based on a false allegation and asks the court to prevent this from happening again.
Jessica Wilbur, 20, filed the civil lawsuit in Johnson County District Court, claiming Paul Lafauce, a DHS abuse investigator, and DHS Director Charles Krogmeier violated her constitutional rights by placing her child in foster care based on document signed by the child's non-custodial father Robert Nino of Marshalltown, a convicted sex offender.
January 5, 2010
Mother gets child back but fight not over
A 5-year-old put in foster care under questionable circumstances is back with her mother but the mother is still battling DHS.
Attorney Natalie Cronk said DHS unexpectantly called Jessica Wilbur after my article ran last Wednesday about DHS putting the child into foster care based on a document signed by the non-custodial father.
November 24, 2009
Iowa City School Board Looks To Put Homeschool Policy In Place
District proposal to require homeschooled students to attend final two years of high school, full-time, to earn diploma.
On Tuesday night, the Iowa City Community School District Board will hold a first reading on a policy to get home-schooled students into the public school classroom.
November 10, 2009
U.S. Sen. Grassley: Makes progress on legislation to help foster care kids get permanent, loving homes
Senator Chuck Grassley said today that his legislation to help move kids in foster care to permanent home is scheduled for consideration on Friday by the Senate Committee on Finance.
Grassley urged congressional leaders to find a way to achieve final passage of the legislation before the end of this year's session. Grassley is the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, which is responsible for social welfare legislation including adoption policies.
July 30, 2008
Woman jailed for refusing court-required psych exam
An Iowa grandmother has been banished to jail, including a night in isolation, after refusing to give in to a judge's demand that she submit to a psychiatric exam and take psychotropic drugs if prescribed to mitigate her opposition to abortion.
"I find it especially strange and abhorrent that a female judge would somehow think it is normal for Planned Parenthood to systematically kill babies in the womb, but abnormal for me to oppose these serial killers," the court pleading said. "Is it not hypocritical for this court to acknowledge a women's purported right in seeking medical help for destroying her child, while denying me the basic right to refuse 'medical help?'"
World Net Daily (IA)
January 18, 2008
Cross-dressing day sparks school exodus
A public school's "gender-bender" cross-dressing event, where boys were supposed to dress as girls and girls as boys, has prompted at least dozens, perhaps hundreds, of students to flee the tax-supported institutions in Iowa.
State officials in Des Moines confirmed to WND that at least 80 children whose parents were alarmed by the "Gender-Bender Day" during homecoming week at the city's East High School have moved their children from the various districts in the area into homeschooling plans. Several parents told WND that the number could be in the hundreds.
World Net Daily (IA)
November 28, 2007
Culver Signs Universal Preschool Bill
DES MOINES -- Governor Culver has signed into law a plan that lets virtually every 4 year old in the state enroll in quality preschool programs.
The $60 million package will be spread over four years. It will help 28,000 children whose families who don't have access to high-quality program or can't afford them.
May 1, 2007
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