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Size of Kansas foster care population up 18 percent
The size of Kansas' foster care population has swelled 18 percent over the past six years, and child welfare advocates blame high turnover among caseworkers, parental drug addiction and cuts to programs that help poor families.
Children are usually removed from their homes because of neglect, and leave the foster care system when they rejoin their families, are adopted or reach age 18. State data shows that the 2009 fiscal year is the last time more children were exiting the system each month, 312 on average, than were entering, 260 on average. Since then, the numbers have gradually flipped, with 317 children entering the system on average each month in FY 2015, which ended June 30, and 286 leaving the system.
November 14, 2015
Burglar breaks into home where toddler is left home alone - KMOV.com
A 3-year-old child in Bellefontaine Neighbors was allegedly left home alone, locked in a bedroom with no water or supervision, when a burglar broke into the home.
After neighbors noticed a kicked-in door at a home along Oran Drive, residents of the neighborhood called the police, believing a burglar could be inside. Police walked out of the home with the 3-year-old child, who authorities said was found asleep in a urine-soaked diaper, with no water and only a plate of old chicken nuggets to eat.
May 5, 2015
Residents in St Louis dying in record numbers from World War II radioactive waste
IN 2011, residents across an American community in St Louis began to notice a chain of inexplicably high incidents of cancer and disease across its population.
For decades, both former and current residents from approximately 90 municipalities in the Missouri city were diagnosed with a long list of life-threatening illnesses, including leukaemia, lupus, brain tumours, appendix cancer, multiple sclerosis, birth defects and many more. People died. Babies died. And they're still dying to this day, dubbed "the poison children of Coldwater Creek."
April 30, 2015
Homeschool Family Raided By Missouri Sheriff, Parents Tasered And Pepper-Sprayed
A police raid on the home of a Missouri homeschool family involved the use of a Taser and pepper spray. The children were ultimately removed from the home and placed in the custody of social services.
A Nodaway County, Missouri, court has ruled against Sheriff Darren White and Captain David Glidden in the homeschooling family case. The court ruled that the use of a Taser and pepper spray on the mother and father violated the United States Constitution. The police raid was prompted by a social services workers requesting an investigation into the home because it was allegedly "messy." The family complied with the first inspection, but objected when a second visit soon followed.
December 26, 2014
Teen with chronic disease, caught in custody battle, returns home
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A teen battling a chronic disease and caught in a custody battle between his mother and the state of Illinois is back with his family.
The 17-year-old has spent the past five months in Chicago. Doctors at Luries Children's Hospital petitioned the state to take custody claiming medical abuse by his mother. His mother says the doctors wanted to keep Isaiah there to study his rare disease.
September 15, 2014
Girl Writes About Pot in Her Diary, School Reads It and Suspends Her All Year
Administrators at a Dallas County, Missouri, school read a teenage girl's diary, discovered a reference to marijuana within its pages, and suspended the girl for the rest of 2014.
Tom Grayhorse said his daughter, Krystal, had never been in trouble before she was called into the office and suspended May 9. Originally, she was ousted for 10 days, but it was quickly extended through the end of the 2014 calendar year. Unable to finish her junior year, her grades plummeted and she lost out on credits needed for graduation. Grayhorse hoped the district would reconsider, allowing her to return last month so she had a chance of graduating with her class in May.
September 15, 2014
Hospital Seizes Another Child Because Mom Disagreed With Doctors
Another American mother has lost custody of her child because of a disagreement about medical care with hospital doctors.
Missouri resident Michelle Rider's 16-year-old son Isaiah is now in a foster home near Chicago because of "medical child abuse" allegations made by hospital staff. "We simply came here just seeking specialized medical care and now my son is being held against his will in another state," Rider told Chicago TV station WGN. "He is in a stranger's home in the state of Illinois. All of his family and friends and everyone is in Kansas City."
August 5, 2014
Foster parents fight stigma after child's hot car death in Wichita
A group of foster parents is speaking out in the hopes of heading off criticism and what they see as a persistent stigma against foster parents one day after a foster father left his 10-month-old foster child in a hot car and she died.
Hiatt has fostered more than 100 children, and she has adopted two girls she and her husband raised alongside their own biological daughter. She, and others in the organization, fears the news that the 10-month-old was in the care of foster parents, not her biological parents, will spur a backlash or deepen a perceived stigma against foster parents everywhere.
July 26, 2014
Some fear leader of Jackson County Children's Division is spreading herself too thin
When Tanya Keys was hired to lead the Jackson County Children's Division two years ago, social workers and area child welfare advocates thought conditions in the office couldn't get much worse.
The number of children under state supervision had increased for several years. Office morale was low and tensions were high between people in the community and the previous director. Shively, who worked with Keys at Kansas' child welfare agency and has been with the Missouri department for three years, will retire at the end of this month, her boss announced Sept. 12. Some recently had raised concerns because Shively owns a real estate business at the Lake of the Ozarks, which she opened after taking the top Missouri child welfare post.
September 21, 2013
Senate backs override for Mo. foster care bill
The Missouri Senate has voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation on fingerprinting of foster parents.
The bill would require people providing emergency foster care or seeking licensure as a foster parent to submit three sets of fingerprints instead of the current two sets.
September 11, 2013
More young victims find a sympathetic ear at KC's Child Protection Center
The first six months of 2013 saw a 78 percent increase over the same period a year earlier in referrals from law enforcement for physical child abuse interviews and a 59 percent increase in referrals to interview children who have witnessed child abuse.
And the center recently added a new tracking category to its doleful spreadsheets: the number of children interviewed who have witnessed a homicide, eight between January and June 2013. Beth Banker, clinical director at the center, said the additional interviews do not reflect an increase in physically abused children. Rather, the additional cases stem from a policy decision by prosecutors to dig deeper into existing cases.
August 18, 2013
'Alarming' number of children lured into sex trafficking come right out of the foster system
An FBI raid over the weekend that rescued 105 children from sex trafficking is shining new light on an at-risk group: foster kids.
People all over the country and right here in the Ozarks cringed when they heard the news-- more than 100 children in sex trafficking rescued over the weekend by federal agents. For some this was even more sickening-- 60% of sexually exploited children come right out of social services and foster homes. Foster parents all over the Ozarks are well aware this happens... and working tirelessly to make sure it doesn't happen to their kids.
August 1, 2013
12 Year old girl walks in on armed intruder...
A 12-year-old girl in Columbia shamed an armed pedophile into leaving her and her younger sister alone early Thursday morning.Marilyn Wildflower said she was awakened early Thursday morning to see a strange man standing over her bed.
The young girl kept her head in the terrifying situation, and said she remembered what she had seen on television. Marilyn had learned on an episode of CSI that she should not show fear in these situations. She looked the man in the eyes, and told him in a firm voice he was not allowed to touch her.
June 29, 2013
Mo. Senate endorses bill requiring college visits for foster children
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would require older children in foster care to visit colleges.
Under the legislation, children between age 15 and 18 would be required to receive a visit to a community, technical or four-year college in Missouri. A child's treatment team could, however, choose to waive the visit.
April 17, 2013
Whole Foods Finally Has a Real Competitor
Frankly, I seldom shop WFM. The main reason is because there's a locally owned and operated business in my community that sells only natural and organic food and other supplies.
NGVC was built on the premise that consumers should have access to affordable, high-quality foods and dietary supplements, with nutritional guidance to help them support their own health. The family-run store has grown into a successful national chain with locations across Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, Montana, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Arizona and Oregon. Altogether, the company has 1,800 employees.
April 8, 2013
Kansas Couple: Indoor Gardening Prompted Pot Raid
Two former CIA employees whose Kansas home was fruitlessly searched for marijuana during a two-state drug sweep claim they were illegally targeted, possibly because they had bought indoor growing supplies to raise vegetables.
Adlynn and Robert Harte sued this week to get more information about why sheriff's deputies searched their home in the upscale Kansas City suburb of Leawood last April 20 as part of Operation Constant Gardener - a sweep conducted by agencies in Kansas and Missouri that netted marijuana plants, processed marijuana, guns, growing paraphernalia and cash from several other locations.
March 30, 2013
Is Organic Food Worth The Price?
With spring here and the farmer's market season just around the corner, many may be faced with the question, is buying organic food worth the extra cost?
However she says, "You also have to keep in mind they are lower in pesticides and they are lower in the amount of chemicals used like food additives, the synthetic ones or synthetic fertilizers. They have kept in mind some eco-friendly stuff, more things that are environmentally friendly."
March 27, 2013
Missouri senators pass bill to let kids rejoin foster care
When children leave the nest, they usually have a safety net to fall back on. But for those in Missouri's foster system, they often have no one. A proposed Senate bill would allow children who leave the foster care system at 18 to return.
A proposed Senate bill would allow children who chose to leave the foster care system at 18 to return and stay until they're 21. It is a measure that is receiving a lot of support from family services organizations.
March 26, 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
Fraud Unit Would Catch Minn. Child Care Cheats
A proposed Department of Human Services Fraud Unit being debated at the Capitol would finally target errors and abuse in the state's Child Care Assistance Program, five years after state watchdogs first warned...
The request to lawmakers from the DHS commissioner for $318,000 in initial funding for six investigators and analysts plus two licensors is included in a broader omnibus Health and Human Services bill that has not yet come up for votes on the House and Senate floor. DHS estimates that in the first four years the fraud unit would recover at least $2 million from its targeted efforts to audit about seven percent of child care providers, more than enough for the unit to pay for itself and to help more families enroll in the program.
March 18, 2013
Missouri lawmakers considering child care funding increases
A lot of attention has been paid to Gov. Jay Nixon's call to expand the state's Medicaid program for adults, but the governor's budget plan also includes increases in social welfare programs targeted at children.
Nixon's 2014 fiscal year budget seeks to increase reimbursement rates paid to foster parents and child-care centers that serve lower-income families while also expanding eligibility for subsidized daycare.
March 9, 2013
Missouri senators pass bill allowing kids to rejoin foster care
JEFFERSON CITY - Children leaving the foster care system after their 18th birthday would be able to return to state custody under a bill passed Thursday by the Missouri Senate.
Current law allows children to remain in the foster care system until they are 21, but it prevents re-entry if they leave after turning 18. The Senate sent the measure to the House with a 34-0 vote.
March 8, 2013
Missouri Foster Care Age Increase Proposal
MISSOURI--- Democratic Senator Jolie Justus proposed a measure to raise the age limit for young people to reenter the foster care system. Under current law, only those under the age of 18 who are released from the system.
The new measure would raise the age limit from 18 to 21, making it possible for young adults to get back in the foster care system and have access to resources like housing. Locally, the PATH program, operated through Freeman's Ozarks Center, provides kids aging out of the foster care system with affordable housing.
February 18, 2013
Court: 93-Year-Old Kills Wife Of 70 Years Because 'He Couldn't Take It Anymore'
A 93-year-old Kansas City man has been charged with killing his 95-year-old wife in what investigators are calling a homicide and attempted suicide.
The Jackson County prosecutor filed the second-degree murder charge Wednesday against Harry Irwin, who remained hospitalized with self-inflicted stab wounds in his chest.
January 28, 2013
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