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Once they leave foster care, these most troubled youths often have no reliable adults to advise them or provide emotional support, said Gary Stangler, director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.
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UPDATE: Ex-social worker found guilty of filing false abuse claims
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A former Kentucky state social worker has been convicted of filing false child abuse complaints against two people in Grayson County.
The false complaints began in 2014 and were levied against a close friend's husband and a pastor at her church. The friend, Shawna Beauchamp, says allegations included violence, drug abuse and sexual abuse. She said Bond offered to check confidential records to find the complainant's identity.
May 24, 2017
Ex-social worker guilty of calling in false child abuse reports in Grayson County
A former state social worker has been convicted of filing false child abuse complaints against two people in her Grayson County community - one a former close friend and the other, the pastor of a church she attended.
Beth Bond, 40, who also has pleaded guilty to similar offenses in Hardin County, was convicted Monday in Grayson District Court on four counts of official misconduct and four counts of falsely reporting an incident, Grayson County Attorney Clay Ratley said.
May 10, 2017
'Grandma Underground' still fighting for Kentucky kinship care payments
Sent from the "Grandma Underground," the personal stories included pleas for help from grandparents and other relatives struggling to raise children removed from homes because of abuse, often from parents caught up in the state's drug epidemic.
"She was born a drug baby and has a lot of medical problems and suffers many withdrawal attacks," wrote Teresa Grider, a grandmother from Elizabethtown, describing the youngest of five grandchildren she's raising. "If you was ever to see one, it would make tears come to your eyes as it does me."
April 28, 2017
Kentucky opening secret files to help prevent 'a mother's worst nightmare'
To protect children from the people who are paid to care for them, the General Assembly this month passed a bill that will crack open confidential files at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services for prospective employers.
Senate Bill 236 will allow parents hiring babysitters - and it will require public schools and publicly funded youth camps hiring anyone who will work with minors - to ask job applicants for a letter from the cabinet that shows if they are one of the 92,418 people who presently have a "substantiated finding" of child abuse or neglect, as determined by a child protection caseworker. The bill prohibits schools and camps from hiring people who have such a black mark.
March 24, 2017
Kentucky Baby Medically Kidnapped Along with Siblings and Forced on to Formula
Cody and Ashley Miller of Kentucky took their sick 5-month old baby Easton to the Emergency Room of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee late Saturday evening, September 26, 2015.
Ashley said that a hospital social worker came to talk to her and her husband, Cody, for what Ashley assumed was for comfort and reassurance since they just found out that their baby had a heart murmur and fractures. Ashley recalls the hospital social worker explained that she wasn't there for "legal matters," but that she was more of a "support" since they had just found out that baby Easton had a heart murmur, and she further explained that she "talks to all the cancer patients and such people that find out horrible life situations."
January 31, 2016
Fayette County has higher rate of children living in foster care than the state
Fayette County had a higher rate of children living in foster care from 2012 to 2014 than the state rate, according to child well-being rankings released recently by Kentucky Youth Advocates.
Chief Fayette Family Court Judge Lucinda Masterton said she thinks that the numbers could be the result of the community's heroin problem and a lack of manpower with state social workers. "It's a combination of really sad factors," Masterton said. "We're facing a heroin epidemic," she said.
November 21, 2015
Justice reform positions KY to lead nation
In recent years, much has been accomplished to create a more effective response to youth behavior - making our communities safer and helping kids and families succeed.
Kentucky still has a long way to go in terms of making sure all of the youth in the state systems of care are treated in a way that will keep them on the path to a successful transition into adulthood. To speak more specifically, those practitioners employed to serve these children - who are transitioning, and at times troubled - must understand the many complex issues children and families bring with them when they interact with the youth justice, child welfare, education, and behavioral health systems.
November 15, 2015
Kentucky clerk still won't issue same-sex marriage licenses
A defiant Kentucky county clerk, who has been ordered to face a federal judge on Thursday in a hearing about her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, says she won't resign.
After Davis initially stopped issuing marriage licenses, two gay couples and two straight couples sued her. A federal judge ordered her to issue the licenses, an appeals court upheld that decision and the Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in the case, seemingly leaving Davis with no legal ground to stand on.
September 1, 2015
Whistleblowers Reveal CPS Child Kidnappings in Kentucky Adoption Business
In 2006 and 2007 investigative reporter John Boel exposed much of the corruption taking place in the "child protection" system in Kentucky. Reporter John Boel states that they were "being swamped with complaints" against CPS in Kentucky.
He explains that his report gives an "in-depth look" into Kentucky CPS which exemplifies what they were hearing from so many other families who were coming to them. Boel reports that children are often removed quickly with no evidence of parental wrong-doing, and that the State retaliates against those who try to fight back.
July 9, 2015
Here Are 7 Surprising Things You Need to Know...
Here Are 7 Surprising Things You Need to Know About Joe and Nicole Naugler Did you hear about the Kentucky off-the-grid homesteaders who allegedly had their ten children taken away because they were homeschooling?
As with every other state, homeschooling is legal in Kentucky. The only requirements are that parents notify the school board of their intent to homeschool, and that they provide 185 days of instruction in the same subject areas as the local public schools. There are no assessment requirements, no curriculum requirements, no requirements that the children be working near grade level. Parents can meet the subject requirements any way that they see fit-including through unschooling, as Joseph and Nicole Naugler state they were doing.
May 13, 2015
Your Alabaster City: 12 Reasons You Shouldn't Listen to Naysayers About the Naugler Family
By now many of you have heard about the Naugler family. Headlines have focused on a homeschooling or homesteading family of 10 children who were taken away from their parents in Kentucky on May 7th.
I have never met the Naugler family in person and have never been to their residence. My connection with the family is through online discussions with Nicole in a private Facebook group the past year. There is much I cannot know about them only knowing them through this forum, although the types of discussions had in the group tend to be fairly in depth and people can get to know one another better than many of the people they see every day. I don't pretend to know them well or claim a close friendship, but I do have some understanding of their views and lifestyle and a great deal of sympathy toward their plight. More importantly, I see how the criticisms against them can be applied to many, many other people who have or will be wrongfully treated and will need help.
May 11, 2015
A former off-grid, homeschooled child's thoughts on the Naugler family
I do not know the Naugler family. I have never met them. All of the following observations are based solely from the information this family posted, publicly, on their blog and public Facebook page.
Much of the "information" being spread about the internet in regards to this family is clearly, factually incorrect. This can be seen through simple observation of posts on the family's public Facebook page and blog.
May 11, 2015
Police Abduct 10 Children From A Family In Kentucky Because Of Their 'Off The Grid' Lifestyle
If the government does not like the way that you are raising your kids, they will come in and grab them at any time without giving any warning whatsoever. Of course this is completely and totally unlawful, but it has been happening all over America.
The most recent example of this that has made national headlines is particularly egregious. Joe and Nicole Naugler of Breckinridge County, Kentucky just had their 10 children brutally ripped away from them just because the government does not approve of how they are living their lives and how they are educating their young ones.
May 8, 2015
'Off-grid' couple faces hearing to regain custody of 10 children
A couple faces a hearing Monday to regain custody of their children, whom Child Protective Services put into foster care following a confrontation between their mother and a sheriff's deputy.
Nicole and Joe Naugler are facing charges in a case that has prompted an outcry on social media from supporters of their family's "off-the-grid" lifestyle. Neighbor Travis Metcalf isn't buying it. "They're living underneath tarps," he said. "So kinda take it at that."
May 8, 2015
BREAKING: Police Seize 10 Children From Homeschool Family Because They're Off-Grid
An off-grid homeschool family of 12 in rural Kentucky was raided, the mother arrested, and the 10 children seized simply because the government disagrees with their lifestyle and their educational choices, family members and friends say.
Until Wednesday, Joe and Nicole Naugler lived with their 10 kids in a cabin on 26 acres in Breckinridge County, about an hour southwest of Louisville. "They are an extremely happy family," family friend Pace Ellsworth told Off The Grid News. Acting on an anonymous tip about the family's off-grid lifestyle, sheriff's officers entered the property and home Wednesday, and even blocked the access road to the family property, the family says.
May 7, 2015
Less money, fewer workers to protect endangered kids
Budget cuts didn't kill Glenara Bates, Jayniah Watkins and Benjamin Morris. Their parents did, prosecutors say.
Yet all three children died while under the supervision of a Hamilton County agency that has endured a decade of shrinking budgets, leaving it with fewer social workers and resources to protect abused and neglected kids.
April 25, 2015
Heroin bill a start - not the end
I have been following Sen. Chris McDaniel's bill addressing the heroin epidemic since January and realize it is not an easy task to get a bill passed.
It is time for our officials and local advocacy groups to focus on the lost children caught up in this epidemic. What can be done on a state level to help these children heal from the tragedies heroin has brought into their lives? They didn't have a choice in the life they have had to live with an addicted parent or addicted parents. On March 24 The Enquirer reported about a mother who was indicted for trafficking her 11-year-old daughter for heroin.
March 27, 2015
America in decline: 1 in 7 Kentuckians now rely on food banks
The U.S. economy, despite rosy characterizations by President Obama recently, is still abysmal for far too many Americans who are still struggling to make ends meet, put food on the table and remain in their homes...
a condition that will only worsen with the president's recent executive amnesty, "legalizing" millions of illegal aliens. Food banks like the Big Blue Pantry are a result of faculty listening and realizing students need help.
December 7, 2014
Western Kentucky Couple Arrested for Endangering Welfare of Minors
A western Kentucky couple arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor. The Ohio County Sheriff's Office arrested Dakota Daugherty and Lena Aubrey today at their home in Hartford.
A deputy was following up an investigation of an accident, where he found a 6-year-old outside along while the adults were inside sleeping. The child reportedly told the deputy he sneaks out of the house frequently while the adults are sleeping. The deputy then reported hearing an infant crying inside the home and saw the child through a window lying on her stomach and not moving but crying. The sheriff's office says the deputy knocked on the door several times before entering. He says the home had no electricity and no running water.
August 1, 2014
Woman accused of falsely informing school, others her son had cancer
A 39-year-old woman is accused of falsely informing St. Joseph School and other service professionals in the community her 12-year-old son had cancer.
Bardstown Police said several fundraisers were held to benefit Nancye Beth Avis' family during the past two years and that Avis' son does not and has never had cancer. Police have been working with Child Protective Services on the investigation.
June 6, 2014
POLICE: 1-year-old struck with ruler at Louisville daycare
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has arrested a woman who allegedly beat a 1-year-old child with a ruler at a Louisville daycare. The alleged incident took place on Nov. 21 at Trina's Treehouse Daycare on Cane Run Road, near Crums Lane.
Louisville Metro Police say 52-year-old Joyce Green struck a 1-year-old victim in the buttocks several times with a ruler. The child was in her care, according to police. It is not clear from the arrest warrant whether Green was employed at the daycare.
December 5, 2013
Elizabethtown woman accused of trying to sell baby twice
A Hardin County woman is accused of trying to sell her newborn daughter to two different people in order to cover fines and fees resulting from her arrest on felony drug charges.
According to an arrest citation, Leeanna Brown, also known as Leeann Brown, 24, of Elizabethtown told her cousin she would give her the child in exchange for money to pay Brown's fines and court costs. The arrest citation says the other person to whom Brown tried to sell her baby has temporary guardianship of two more of Brown's children, a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old. It was also discovered that a different couple had custody of Brown's 1-year-old child and had been caring for the child for the last seven months.
December 5, 2013
Children's Advocates to Rally for Restoration of Kentucky Child Care, Kinship Program Funds
People who are losing eligibility for a pair of Kentucky programs for families will be the featured speakers as children's advocates rally Monday in Frankfort against state budget cuts.
They'll be asking state leaders to restore funding to the kinship care program and the Child Care Assistance Program, which were drastically cut this year because of an $86.6-million shortfall in the state Department for Community Based Services.
August 19, 2013
Lou. mom accused of hitting child in genitals with wooden spoon
Police have arrested a Louisville mother after she allegedly abused her child more than two months ago.
According to the police report, around May 9 Rachel Tipton, 28, struck her adopted son in the genitalia with a wooden spoon. After striking the child, police said she then force fed the four-year-old causing a cut on the inside of his mouth.
July 13, 2013
New Hampshire and California Jumping on the Cannabis Bandwagon
New Hampshire's House passed HB 573, or "An Act relative to the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes" with 286 yays and only 64 nays last week.
Other states have recently introduced legislations in favor of industrial hemp including Kentucky, Washington and Missouri. Now, California is joining in and it's making a strong impression and gaining momentum, with two bills being introduced last month - Assembly Bill 1137 and SB 566.
March 24, 2013
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The Goodbye Meeting
As of July 6, 2006, three of my five grandchildren have been permanently taken from my daughter. The Inspector Generals Office in Lexington, Kentucky, led us to believe they were investigating our case; but after continuously trying to get them to at least acknowledge our inquiries, we ran out of time ... this, of course, was the plan to begin with.
June 24, 2012
Jacked Up: Court Order Disregarded
I am the mother of 4 boys, who were ordered by a Texas court ruling to live with me. At the time of pick up, in Kentucky, I was served with an emergency temporary restraining order, (the emergency being I was going to get the boys).
May 15, 2010