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Report: More support needed for kinship caregivers
As more of America's children are raised by relatives other than their parents, state and local governments need to do better in helping these families cope with an array of financial and emotional challenges, a new report concludes.
Compared to the average parent, these extended-family caregivers are more likely to be poor, elderly, less educated and unemployed, according to the report, "Stepping Up For Kids", being released Wednesday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.
May 23, 2012
Unlicensed Child Care: Cheaper, But at What Cost?
With the rising costs in child care, they couldn't afford a licensed center for her children, and their combined income of $64,000 is too high to qualify for government assistance. So they turned to an option that's cheaper, and unlicensed child care.
Tidwell works as a tech support employee for a company called Vocus and her husband, Moriba Tidwell, works at the Council for Professional Recognition. But licensed child care costs about $200 a week, and they found unlicensed care for about $150. After just a week, she had serious problems with the center. The day care operator, Tidwell said, gave 3-month-old Malcolm expired medicine and another child's prescription for teething.
May 22, 2012
State to decide on contract that affects 157 Maryland foster children
Maryland officials plan to announce this week whether the state will sever ties with the state's second-largest foster care provider, a decision that also could determine whether the company keeps its contract in the District of Columbia.
Officials with the Maryland Department of Human Resources, the agency charged with protecting the state's 7,400 foster children, is expected to announce a decision on renewing the license for Contemporary Family Services. The Hyattsville company's contract in D.C. depends on it retaining its Maryland license, according to officials with the District of Columbia's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.
February 20, 2012
Dead birds plummet from sky over I-95; latest harbinger of doom?
In case you needed more evidence of an impending apocalypse: Hundreds of dead birds dropped from the sky over I-95 during the Wednesday evening commute.
The deceased starlings scrambled traffic in the northbound travel lanes in Laurel and startled commuters, some of them no doubt familiar with similar events in Arkansas in early 2011 - and again this January - in which thousands of otherwise healthy birds dropped from the sky.
February 16, 2012
Officials Decry Foster Network Lapses
Foster home advocates expressed disappointment over allegations that a large Hyattsville-based foster care network had run afoul of licensing regulations.
Foster care advocates and elected officials expressed outrage over allegations that Hyattsville-based Contemporary Family Services, Maryland's second-largest foster care network, engaged in sloppy administrative practices which state officials say could have put fostered children at risk.
February 2, 2012
Maryland foster care: Advocates voice concerns over embattled foster care provider
Advocates for Maryland's abused and neglected youths said Wednesday that the state's second-largest foster care placement company failed the children in its care by allowing the qualification assessments of the homes they live in to lapse.
Ed Kilcullen, director for Maryland's network of Court Appointed Special Advocates, said he is alarmed that the Hyattsville-based Contemporary Family Services did not document annual recertification for some of its homes, including providing up-to-date records such as criminal background clearances. The state has issued a pending sanction against the company that could block new referrals for foster care placement.
February 1, 2012
Youth accused of patricide needed help
Had there been better cooperation between the Harford County Police Department and Child Protective Services, accused patricide Robert Richardson III would have received the support he needed and a tragedy might have been averted.
As an educator, what I find the most perplexing and disturbing is the fact that the Harford County Sheriff's Department were called to this residence 12 times in recent years, and not one report was made to Child Protective Services.
January 14, 2012
Local Chiropractor to Offer FREE Services to Active Duty Military Members and First Responders
Dr. Jay M. Lipoff; Owner of Back At Your Best Chiropractic & Physical Therapy would like to thank our local active duty military service members for the sacrifices they have made protecting our country.
Dr. Lipoff is offering FREE treatment on Monday, January 2, 2012. If you would like to take advantage of this special event please call the office at 301-863-2378 and schedule an appointment for January 2.
December 31, 2011
Abortion doctors charged with murder
(Video Report) Two doctors are facing murder charges in connection with fetuses found at a secret abortion clinic in Elkton in August 2010, police said.
Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, 55, of Voorhees, N.J., was arrested on Wednesday night in New Jersey, where homicide detectives with the Camden County Police Department took him into custody without incident.
December 30, 2011
Stepfather of Missing Maryland Boy Waives Extradition in Wife's Murder
The stepfather of a missing 11-year-old boy waived his extradition rights in a North Carolina courtroom Monday and could soon return to Maryland to face charges that he murdered the boy's mother.
45-year-old Curtis Lopez was arrested in Charlotte last Thursday, the morning after his estranged wife, Jane McQuain, was found dead in her Germantown, Maryland home. McQuain's son William has not been seen since approximately September 30, according to police. Montgomery County police continued searching for William McQuain Monday, scouring areas of Germantown and Damascus with the help of a K-9 team from Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S. Search and Rescue. A police press release described the efforts to find William as "active and intense." An Amber Alert issued last week remains active.
October 18, 2011
New Md. Child Neglect Law Could Have Big Impact
On October 1, Maryland became the last state in the country to make child neglect a crime -- in this case, a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to five years in prison.
The general assembly approved the law earlier this year, after bills seeking the measure were defeated the previous three years. One of many reasons for that was concern the law was too broad. Brown says disagrees: "We're not intending to prosecute parents or guardians who are unable to sufficiently take care of their children due to an involuntary condition such as poverty or homelessness." Last year, Maryland's child protective services received more than 14,000 reports of suspected child neglect, and confirmed more than 4,000 of them.
October 3, 2011
Maryland co. to pay $150M in health fraud probe
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Federal authorities are set to announce a $150 million settlement against a Maryland-based health care company accused of defrauding Medicaid and other federal programs.
Maxim Healthcare Systems is a health care staffing agency with offices in more than 40 states. The investigation had begun after a New Jersey man notified authorities that Maxim had submitted invoices for services he never received.
September 12, 2011
School system seeking Social Security numbers
Heather McKenzie was surprised when the Social Security numbers of her three elementary school children were being requested by Carroll County Public Schools this year.
As she continued to think about the request, her surprise turned to annoyance, even though she exercised her right to decline sharing that information. "The Maryland State Department of Education is expecting a parent to give the information that can impact every aspect of a child's life without fully disclosing the intended use or their rights to privacy and security of information," said McKenzie, of Union Bridge. "If they chose not to provide it, it's all right with us," according to Director of Student Services Dana Falls.
September 10, 2011
You can help a former foster child find adult way
Fostering Futures Howard County helps former foster children make their way into adult life.
On the eve of her 21st birthday, a young woman leaving the local Howard County foster care system after nine placements/homes was welcomed to her first apartment by eight local residents and two truckloads of used but sturdy furniture. Her housewarming was courtesy of Fostering Futures: An initiative of Voices for Children, Howard County's court-appointed special advocates.
September 9, 2011
'I' Is for Indoctrination
"Back to school" may soon mean something more like "back to political education camp" if liberal regulators have their way.
If your child is looking to get a high school diploma in Maryland, reading, writing, and arithmetic may no longer be enough. Students may soon have to be able to "[e]xplain that differences in the behavior of individuals arise from the interaction of culture and experience" in order to graduate. Maryland's Board of Education recently adopted a requirement mandating that high schools "embed broad environmental literacy standards into the pre-existing curriculum," in Reinhard's words. In fact, not only did the board adopt it, but the vote was unanimous.
The American Spectator
August 3, 2011
Lannigan v. Virginia Beach Department of Human Services
Joel Lannigan appeals an order terminating his parental rights to his daughter. Father argues that the trial court erred in terminating his parental rights to his daughter under Code Â§ 16.1-283(C)(1) and (C)(2).
The father was never offered any reasonable and appropriate services to strengthen the parent-child relationship and to remedy substantially the conditions which led to or required the continuation of the child's foster care placement. Upon reviewing the record and briefs of the parties, we affirm the decision of the trial court.
July 29, 2011
County Budget and Finance Employee Charged with Credit Card Theft
An employee of the Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance, who has a history of financial problems, faces charges related to credit card theft.
Santrel Goodwin -- an account clerk who earned $37,747, county records show -- was arrested by Baltimore County police at her office in the Old Courthouse in Towson, according to Elise Armacost, a police spokeswoman. Goodwin, who was hired in December 2008, worked in the county's purchasing department, according to Ellen Kobler, a county spokeswoman.
July 28, 2011
Arundel Homeschoolers Host Curriculum Fair - Broadneck, MD Patch
The Arundel Homeschool Support Group held a curriculum fair and workshops at Broadneck Evangelical Presbyterian Church this week to provide the homeschool community exactly what they need as far as current books, materials and resources.
Approximately 500-600 people attended the fair, which was open to families this year. An effort was made to make the event family-friendly so kids could enjoy themselves and parents wouldn't have to worry about getting a sitter. For more information on the Arundel Homeschool Support Group...
June 11, 2011
Two Wilmington Women Facing Charges for Leaving Children in West OC Hotel Rooms
Maryland State Police say charges are pending today against two Wilmington women who left their children in separate hotel rooms at the Bed Time Inn in West Ocean City Saturday night while they went to the boardwalk.
Police discovered the 3-year-old and her 10-year-old cousin were left alone in one room while five other children, ages 8, 9, 9, 12 and 13 were found alone in another room. Child Protective Services was also called to the scene.
May 30, 2011
One teen placed in detention, one in foster care for sexually assaulting their sister
A judge in Washington County Juvenile Court Wednesday placed one teen in detention and his older brother in therapeutic foster care for sexually assaulting their sister, while barring their father from having contact with either one of them.
Earlier this year one brother admitted to a third-degree sex offense, and his younger brother admitted to a fourth-degree sex offense involving their sister. On Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting as a juvenile court judge, ordered the older brother placed in therapeutic foster care.
April 14, 2011
How do other states help children of domestic violence? - Omaha.com
Massachusetts became the first state to place domestic violence advocates in child welfare offices in 1990. The state made basic domestic violence training mandatory for new social workers.
Michigan added family reunification workers to provide intensive home-based services for four to six weeks. The state placed 18 workers in different shelters to work with abused women and help them develop safety plans. The long-term success rates, defined as families remaining intact at 12 months following their services, were 85 percent for those getting home-based services and 96 percent for those in shelters.
March 27, 2011
Howard County school to test wind energy
A Catholic school in Howard County will soon be joining a growing initiative to explore wind power's ability to supply energy.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, an elementary/middle school in Ellicott City, received a $50,000 grant this week from Constellation Energy to partner with Baltimore's Federal Hill Preparatory School to launch a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) project to study the alternative power source.
November 25, 2010
Turned over to the Child Protective Services
Our 2 year old was bit by a dog about a month ago, minor cut, was OK 5 minutes later. The dog was more or less playing with him, not seriously attacking our son.
My wife, in her infinite wisdom, called our pedi and apparently scared her badly. She wanted to schedule an appointment, but I canceled it since there was no reason. It was a tiny scratch that has since healed. Well the pedi got mad and turned us over to CPS.
January 19, 2010
Group Worries Over State's Reduction Of Foster Care Homes
The state said it needs to reduce the number of foster care group homes in Maryland, but some group home providers are critical of the state's efforts.
According to the DHR, Maryland previously had 2,000 children in foster care group homes. The agency has placed more children in families and currently has 1,700 beds. The goal is to reduce the number to just below 1,300. The deadline for the proposal request has been moved three times. The latest deadline is Jan. 19.
January 12, 2010
Lonaconing man charged in alleged abuse of child
LONACONING -- A 27-year-old Lonaconing man was arrested by C3I Friday on a warrant charging him with third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and sexual abuse of a minor.
The mother of the 6-year-old victim reported possible child abuse by a relative to the Maryland State Police. The name of the suspect is being withheld by C3I in an attempt to help protect the identity of the victim.
January 9, 2010
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