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Norway appreciates concerns over children in foster home
The Norwegian government has expressed understanding for India's concerns over the matter related to the separation of three-year old Abhigyan and one-year old Aishwarya from their natural parents.
A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs here said Oslo is understood to be trying to find a solution to the issue. Pointing out that the matter has been pursued actively with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the strong demarches that were made in Oslo and in New Delhi on January 5, this year. On January 12, an official of the Indian embassy visited the foster home where the young children are staying and ascertained that they were in good health, the statement said.
January 22, 2012
Nightmare in Norway: Indian couple fights to get children back
New Delhi: As an Indian couple battles in Norway for the custody of their two children - taken away and sent to foster care by the Child Protective Services.
It has been over seven months since Monotosh and Shikha Chakrabarti have seen their grandchildren. Norway's Child Protective Service took equal objection to the child sleeping in the same bed as the father, insisting the boy must have an independent bed. When contacted by NDTV, the head of Norway's Child Welfare Services denied the account of the parents.
January 21, 2012
Norway cool to plea for custody of children to Indian parents
Even as Norway refuses to entertain requests from India to hand over the custody of young Abhigyan and Aishwarya to their parents, the grandparents of the two children met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.
Three-year-old Abhigyan and his one-year-old sister Aishwarya are in foster care in Norway after the country's Child Protection Service charged their mother, Sagarika, with "negligence and unable to bring up" the children. Barnevarne, a child care service of Norway, took custody of the children in May last year when Aishwarya was just five months old and on breast feed.
January 21, 2012
Overcoming a death sentence
WHEN SUNNY JACOBS was in solitary confinement in a US correctional institution, having had a death sentence converted to life imprisonment, she relied on her creativity to keep her sanity.
Eric (9) was held in a juvenile detention centre in Florida for two months after Jacobs's arrest and her parents had to make a court application for his custody. Her daughter Christina was held in foster care for two weeks before Jacobs's parents got custody of her.
January 20, 2012
Government leader advocates for homeschool students to be taken from parents
Do parents have a right to homeschool their children? Not if they live in Sweden according to Lotta Edholm, a leader of the liberal party of Sweden.
In a blog article on January 16, she upholds the value of compulsory education in the public schools, and seems to view those using different approaches as deliberately keeping their children "away from school". Homeschooling is not considered actual education and is keeping children back from having a good life.
January 19, 2012
Norway authorities take away Indian kids for not using spoons and sharing bed with parents
An Indian couple from Kolkata living in Norway is facing the worst part of their lives after their children - a three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter - were taken away from them by Norway's child protective service.
It comes as a shocker to the couple when they were told that their children were not brought up properly because they fed their children with hands and slept with their parents in the same bed. "My son was sleeping with my husband. They said he should sleep separately from your son," said Mrs. Bhattacharya.
January 18, 2012
Once Upon a Time: True North
I wonder how anyone involved with the foster care system feels after watching tonight's episode of Once Upon A Time?
Foster parents gathered around the TV with their children, tuning in to their favorite Sunday night drama to hear the main character rail against the very foundation of their family. Yeah, Emma's fictionalized experience with the foster care system was rough, but was her hateful rant really that necessary? The writers have Mary Margaret throw in half-assed objections to Emma's argument, but Emma just responds with more generalizations presented as fact, which is enough to sway her roommate to hop on the anti-foster care train.
January 15, 2012
Chicken pox, vaccines and mom as bioterrorist
With so many parents realizing they can save their children the suffering of chicken pox with vaccination, it can be tough to find a fun "chicken pox party."
Aside from the grossness factor, it's illegal to mail viruses. Remember all those anthrax scares, people? Not to mention that Facebook isn't necessarily the way to meet people who are guaranteed to send tame chicken pox germs. Intentionally or not, there could be a lot more -- and a lot worse -- microbes on that candy.
January 10, 2012
Is Our Society Prejudiced Against Children?
Childism is defined as “a prejudice against children on the ground of a belief that they are property and can (or even should) be controlled, enslaved, or removed to serve adult needs.”
She describes Child Protective Services (CPS) as a “rescue service-a child saving service-not a family service supporting child development generally and helping parents…” Rather than setting up a system of treatment, CPS became “an investigative service…a situation in which bad families suspected of making their children bad will be invaded and infiltrated.”
January 10, 2012
Children over 10 in foster care are being forgotten
Children aged over 10 urgently need more foster parents, a charity has warned. According to children's charity Barnardo's, more foster carers prefer to take in babies and younger children, leading to the needs of older children being "forgotten."
Official figures analysed by the charity show nearly 12,000 (43%) of those who entered foster care in England last year were children aged 10 and over. And for 80% of them, it was their first time being in care.
January 9, 2012
How P.C. Redefines and Distorts the Definition of Child Abuse
Henry Kempe, a Denver pediatrician, realized in the 1960s that some of the children and infants who came to his hospital with severe injuries were being maltreated by their parents or caregivers.
The bad news spread quickly round the world and bureaucratic agencies were set up in almost all developed countries to try to rescue children from such abuse. Are these agencies successful in their efforts? This is the question that a long paper in a recent edition of The Lancet sets out to answer.
January 4, 2012
Abortion Funds Cover Up Teen Rape, Pay for Their Abortions
When is covering up incest and rape acceptable? If you're the DC Abortion Fund (DCAF), the answer seems to be when someone needs money for an abortion and you can cover it up with a legal technicality.
The tax-exempt DCAF is one of a network of organizations whose purpose is to help women pay for abortions. Its most recent annual report is laden with disturbing information, including funding abortions for children under 18, working with late term abortionist Leroy Carhart, and providing abortions at over 24 weeks, as well as helping a victim, raped by her father, secretly abort without any reporting of the crime of rape or domestic violence.
January 3, 2012
Care-case dad threatened to shoot social worker
A DAD banned from seeing his daughter at Christmas threatened to shoot a social worker, a court heard.
South Tyneside Magistrates' Court heard the girl had been taken into foster care and the dad blamed social services for them being separated over Christmas. Magistrates were told the man, from Hebburn, said he would get a gun and shoot the social worker he blamed at home.
December 30, 2011
Changing the Narrative of Child Welfare
The nuclear secret of child welfare is that most of the children in foster care should not be there.
Most children in foster care are harmed more than they are helped by being taken from their families, and by being kept in foster care for too long. Children in foster care are torn from their schools, separated from their siblings, over-prescribed psychotropic drugs, and housed in dangerous group homes rife with abuse -- and it all happens behind the iron curtain of secret court proceedings.
December 30, 2011
Systematic approach to child protection urged
ISAMABAD: The participants at a national consultation urged the stakeholders to work on a systematic approach towards child protection, especially in post devolution scenario in order to find pragmatic solutions to the problems.
The national consultation "Adapting a system approach to child protection in Pakistan " was jointly organised by Child Rights Legal Centre and Save the Children. The participants observed that developing systematic approach to child protection was challenging however it should be done in order to meet national and international standards such as UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
December 23, 2011
Fata children suffering due to militancy, says governor
PESHAWAR, Dec 22: Speakers at a conference here on Thursday called upon the government to implement the laws for protection of child rights in the tribal areas.
They said that the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) was a part of Pakistan, but there had been no efforts to fully implement the laws concerning the rights of children and women.
December 23, 2011
Computer program can help spot child abuse
U.S. researchers say a new computer program can help paramedics and pediatricians determine whether an injured child was abused.
"What happens is we get a child in a medical setting and are left with trying to find out what happened when the injury occurred," Nancy Kellogg, division head of child abuse pediatrics in the University of Texas School of Medicine, said. "Often the best information comes from law enforcement and CPS [Child Protective Services] investigators, but because they aren't physicians and don't know the mechanisms of injury, they often don't know what information is important to us to make a determination of abuse or neglect."
December 6, 2011
Foster care supervisor charged with possessing child porn makes first court appearance
A Lac La Biche man accused of possessing child pornography made his first court appearance Monday.
Daniel Quiring Stoesz, 62, was charged with possessing child pornography and making them available through the Internet after Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team's Internet Child Exploitation unit (ICE) began investigating after receiving information from the FBI in Connecticut about the possibility someone was distributing child pornography over the internet from the Lac La Biche area.
December 5, 2011
Ke'onte, 12, tells Congress how he was drugged for 4 years in foster care
The seventh grader, known only as Ke'onte, told Congress that being given the mind-altering drugs was 'the worst thing anyone could do to foster kids'.
Ke'onte's plight came to light as a Government Accountability Office report was released that found the federal government had not done enough to oversee the treatment of foster children with powerful drugs. The study found cared-for children were up to 13 times more likely to be prescribed anti-psychotics and anti-depressants than other children.
December 2, 2011
Baby died after he was left in hot car by foster mother
A BABY boy who was on holidays with his foster parents died after he was left for three hours in a parked car.
Nathan Ryan was 14 months old when he died at a caravan park near Spanish Point beach in west Clare on July 29, 2010. The child was on holidays with his foster parents, Fiona and Liam Doheny of Toureen, Ballysimon, Limerick at the time.
December 1, 2011
Big biz, some black eyes on Black Friday
Several violent incidents broke out across the country amid what have been mostly peaceful Black Friday crowds, as millions of shoppers rushed into stores that opened their doors hours earlier than usual on the most anticipated shopping day of the year.
But tensions seemed to reach a boiling point at some stores. Twenty people, including children, were injured when a woman at a San Fernando Valley Walmart store used mace against other customers in what authorities referred to as a "competitive shopping" incident. And in Sacramento, CBS Station KOVR reports police are investigating a stabbing outside the Macy's store at Arden Fair Mall during the early morning hours Friday.
November 25, 2011
PM defends decision to teach sons at home
PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has defended his decision to homeschool his sons, following criticism that the move could be seen as an indictment on the Jamaican education system.
Responding to questions asked by the Observer following outcry by members of the public, Holness said that he and his wife pulled their sons out of a leading Corporate Area preparatory (independent) school to provide an "individualised learning solution" at home for one of his sons who was falling behind in class.
November 24, 2011
Target Practice Federal Ban Reversed
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Wednesday it will not impose new restrictions on recreational shooting on public lands, a Thanksgiving gift for thousands of gun owners and hunters concerned about a draft plan to limit target shooting.
The policy, proposed this summer, could have closed millions of acres of federal land to gun use, a prospect that caused alarm among gun owners, particularly in the West, where target shooting on public land is a longtime tradition. Hunting season for deer and other game begins around Thanksgiving in many states.
November 23, 2011
What happened in Vegas!
As the saying goes, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!" But not this time...
Our room is described on the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino website as: The 550 square foot Deluxe Room is the perfect blend of comfort and style. We like to call it simple chic-and with artfully designed furnishings and plush textiles, you'll love to call it home during your stay. Perhaps, they really meant shabby-chic? Judging from our room, the hotel is old and long overdue for more than a face-lift.
November 20, 2011
Believe in your Miracle
Jackie Carpenter describes herself as a businesswoman, volunteer and reluctant author because she never intended to become an author, nor expected to be a resource for people facing a crisis in life.
The Bridge tells the frightening chain of events that occurred after her son, the victim of copper thefts on his construction job sites, was guarding his property on the advice of a deputy. In the early morning hours of June 27, 2008, he attempted a citizen's arrest when his gun accidentally fired, wounding one of the alleged thieves. Hours later when the man died from the wound, the deputy recanted his advice and her son Jason was taken into custody and charged with felony murder and four other serious charges.
November 14, 2011
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