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Every year, approximately 18,000 youth will emancipate or "age-out" of the foster care system when they reach age 18 or finish high school.

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National CPS News Archive

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by HealthDay

Foster care boosts language development in young children who lived in institutions, new study findings show.

Researchers looked at more than 100 children who had lived in institutions in Romania. About half of the children were placed in foster homes when they were about 22 months old, while the other half continued living in institutions. These two groups were compared to about 60 young children who lived in the same community with their biological parents.

health.usnews.com

June 17, 2011

by Keri Sutherland

Children as young as TWO are to paraded on the catwalk at a mini "Miss World" contest.

Nursery-age toddlers and primary school girls will be judged on their looks and ­personality in the pageant, which has been condemned by child welfare campaigners as ­"damaging, harmful and ­unwelcome".

mirror.co.uk

June 12, 2011

by Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

Many children in care are continuing to be put at risk because of failure to get garda clearance for all foster parents, a safety watchdog report warned yesterday.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) said foster parents were still not being adequately assessed, vetted and approved by the HSE. The earlier report which looked at services for 5,000 children who are fostered with family and strangers highlighted how in parts of Dublin some children were in "unsafe" placements for years although concerns were highlighted.

independent.ie

June 11, 2011

The Multi-Sectoral Committee on Child Protection in the Volta Region, on Thursday asked the Government to provide funds for the fight against child abuse, to give meaning to the enactment of the Children's Act.

The call was made by participants at a meeting, organized by the Department of Children in Ho, to among other issues review the situation of child protection in the Region. It was attended by representatives from the Department of Social Welfare, Department of Community Development, Department of Women, Ghana Immigration Service, the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Health Service, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, National Commission on Civic Education, Ghana Prisons of Prisons and Community Water and Sanitation Agency.

news.peacefmonline.com

June 11, 2011

Claims of widespread welfare fraud are once again demonizing the poor, unemployed and disabled, despite a severe lack of evidence in the form of welfare fraud statistics, as to how much money or how many people are actually bilking the system.

During his 1976 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan introduced what would prove to be a persisting urban legend: the Cadillac-driving welfare queen. More recently, the Los Angeles Times ran a report showing $69 million in California welfare money was being drawn out-of-state. However, it isn't illegal for a welfare recipient to use money out of state, as long as they get clearance from a case worker. Indeed, fraud was an issue with the case, as $11 million of that money was actually used at casinos in Las Vegas.

topsecretwriters.com

June 4, 2011

Almost a decade ago, a state child protective services worker and a county deputy sheriff interviewed a girl at her elementary school in Oregon about allegations that her father had sexually abused her.

The girl's mother subsequently sued the government officials on the child's behalf for damages under Rev. Stat. §1979, 42 U. S. C. §1983, claiming that the interview infringed the Fourth Amendment. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed, ruling that the officials had violated the Constitution by failing to obtain a warrant to conduct the interview.

leagle.com

May 26, 2011

by Maia Szalavitz

Pharmaceutical companies have recently paid out the largest legal settlements in U.S. history - including the largest criminal fines ever imposed on corporations - for illegally marketing antipsychotic drugs. The payouts totaled more than $5 billion.

But the worst costs of the drugs are being borne by the most vulnerable patients: children and teens in psychiatric hospitals, foster care and juvenile prisons, as well as elderly people in nursing homes. They are medicated for conditions for which the drugs haven't been proven safe or effective - in some cases, with death as a known possible outcome.

healthland.time.com

May 26, 2011

by June Tsai

On a sunny day in May, while most students were in school, 50 children and their parents were drumming and practicing martial arts with the renowned Taiwanese performance group U Theatre in Taipei. These children are home-schooled.

Two youngsters just back from several months in Cambodia are among them. Travel has been an important part of the education of this girl in the fourth grade and her brother in the second. Their mother and teacher, Michelle Kao, is behind their unusual educational experience. Before her first child was born, Kao already made up her mind to teach her children herself, with a curriculum that includes travel. Since her daughter was 5, the family has made extended stays in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand, spending at least a month in each place.

taiwantoday.tw

May 20, 2011

Fostering children is often described as a selfless act. But while foster carers typically place the interests of children in their care above their own, this doesn't mean they similarly sideline their beliefs and practices.

Foster carers' beliefs and lifestyles, such as a very strict religion or vegetarianism, can cause social workers to question their suitability to look after specific children. But with the UK-wide shortage of foster carers estimated at 10,000, and a 7% increase in the number of children in foster placements in England over the past year, fostering providers and social workers are also having to guard against being too quick to discount carers who do not conform to their ideal of a foster family.

communitycare.co.uk

May 20, 2011

One thing we'll say about federal bailouts-if you pay attention, you can usually see them coming a mile away. It was true of Fannie Mae and General Motors, and it's increasingly clear that the next candidate will be the U.S. Postal Service.

This giveaway would be especially infuriating because postal workers already enjoy a 30% to 40% edge in pay and benefits over comparably skilled private workers, according to the Postal Service's own economic analysis. Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicate the average hourly compensation for postal union members is $41 versus $28 for private industry. Postal workers also contribute far less than private workers and even less than other federal workers to cover health-care costs.

online.wsj.com

May 17, 2011

One thing we'll say about federal bailouts-if you pay attention, you can usually see them coming a mile away. It was true of Fannie Mae and General Motors, and it's increasingly clear that the next candidate will be the U.S. Postal Service.

This giveaway would be especially infuriating because postal workers already enjoy a 30% to 40% edge in pay and benefits over comparably skilled private workers, according to the Postal Service's own economic analysis. Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicate the average hourly compensation for postal union members is $41 versus $28 for private industry. Postal workers also contribute far less than private workers and even less than other federal workers to cover health-care costs.

online.wsj.com

May 17, 2011

by Alexa Olesen

Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, creating fields of "land mines" instead of the bounty of fruit they wanted.

About 20 farmers around Danyang city in Jiangsu province were affected, losing up to 115 acres (45 hectares) of melon, China Central Television said in an investigative report. Prices over the past year prompted many farmers to jump into the watermelon market.

CNS News

May 17, 2011

by Jeff Knox

Manassas, VA -- "I just want you to know that we are working on it," Barack Obama told Sarah Brady regarding gun control. "We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar," Obama said according to Brady.

This interesting bit of news was reported in an April 11 Washington Post Lifestyle section story about Obama's gun control and regulatory policy wonk Steve Croley. Toward the end of the article the writer, Jason Horowitz, mentioned a March 30 meeting between Jim and Sarah Brady and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney during which the President "dropped in." He then quotes Sarah Brady relating how President Obama gave his personal assurance that he and his administration were working hard on a gun control agenda. Brady reported that Obama then told them about advancing the agenda "under the radar."

What is truly startling about this story is the way it has been totally ignored by the rest of the media.

ammoland.com

April 30, 2011

by Violence Policy Center

Household gun ownership in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level since it peaked in 1977 according to a report issued today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) analyzing new data from the General Social Survey (GSS).

Household gun ownership peaked in 1977, when more than half (54 percent) of American households reported having any guns. By 2010, this number had dropped more than 20 percentage points to 32.3 percent of American households reporting having any guns in the home--the lowest level ever recorded by the GSS. In 2010, fewer than a third of American households reported having a gun in the home.

prnewswire.com

April 26, 2011

by Jim Kouri

In what's being characterized as Mexico's latest attempt to squeeze the United States for more cash, the officials of that corrupt and impoverished country have hired a United States law firm in order to sue the U.S. gun industry.

With the Mexican officials admitting that 35,000 people have been killed in Mexico since Calderon became President of Mexico in 2006 at which time he declared all-out war on the drug cartels and their associates, observers believe these officials are seeking to put the blame for the death and violence on their northern neighbor.

"Calderon blames the U.S. for his crime, his poverty, his corruption and President Obama stands there as if giving his silent consent. Billions of American dollars pour into Mexico and these corrupt politicians still bellyache," said former New York narcotics enforcement officer Tom Carbonara.

examiner.com

April 26, 2011

by Joshua Allen

Two reporters from the Los Angeles Times have just won a Pulitzer Prize column for their story on the ongoing corruption by the city of Bell California government officials and politicians.

County audits seem to focus on social worker documentation and brief interviews with foster children, along with a prearranged and known in advance inspection of the home. Talk about collusion. Is it too much to expect inspectors to honestly verify that directors and administrators answerable only to a Board of Directors stocked by friends and family actually work full time for the federal tax supported salary for which they are paid? We are indeed speaking about a cumulative financial windfall equal or much greater than the malfeasance witnessed in Bell. And it's been going on for 2 decades.

technorati.com

April 23, 2011

by Steve Mallard

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has created a computer system that allows suspected terrorist to be put in a computer program that allows a dot-collecting and dot-connecting.

This program will be available at every level of government across the United States. The system works by reporting suspicious activities and can be submitted to the Joint Terrorism Task Forces if necessary. The information is entered and prioritized. The system will be available to Law Enforcement at www.leo.gov (Law Enforcement Online). This gives access to more than 18,000 agencies.

brighthub.com

April 19, 2011

The lawsuit claims McDonald's unfairly uses toys to lure children into its restaurants. The plaintiff, Monet Parham, a Sacramento, Calif. mother of two, claims the company's advertising violates California consumer protection laws.

A lawsuit that seeks to stop McDonald's from selling Happy Meals must be dismissed because parents can always prohibit their children from eating them, the hamburger giant said in a court filing on Monday.

Reuters

April 19, 2011

by Bob Unruh

It's been months since family advocates pleaded with the European Court of Human Rights to look into the case of a Swedish child taken by police and isolated with government-sponsored foster parents because he was being homeschooled.

The case developed in mid-2009 when social services and police forcibly took custody of Domenic, then 7, because they worried he was homeschooled. The local courts later denied the parents the legal representation they sought, demanding instead they be represented by a government-approved attorney. The courts ultimately ruled the state must keep custody of Domenic.

wnd.com

April 17, 2011

by Kimberly Jane T. Tan

Now even the Senate wants to get in on the action. Senator Pia Cayetano has cited the sizzling controversy over a boy gyrating on TV as a reason to review child protection laws.

Senator Cayetano said that there are laws that guarantee the rights of a child, such as Republic Act No. 7610 or the "Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act" and Republic Act No. 9262 or the "Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004."

gmanews.tv

April 12, 2011

Today, they credit child protective services with intervening in the abuse, which occurred while the girls were staying with relatives in Washtenaw County, and counseling them to deal with their ordeal. Neighbors were suspected of the abuse.

Today, they credit child protective services with intervening in the abuse, which occurred while the girls were staying with relatives in Washtenaw County, and counseling them to deal with their ordeal. Neighbors were suspected of the abuse.

hindustantimes.com

April 12, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday said it is ready to investigate the controversial incident involving Willie Revillame's "Willing Willie" and a 6-year-old boy who danced like a stripper on the show last March 12.

DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima told reporters that the department is "just waiting for any appropriate complaint affidavit from any group or persons" before it can act on the matter. The secretary declined to further comment on the issue to avoid any perception of pre-judgment if ever a case is filed at the DOJ.

abs-cbnnews.com

April 12, 2011

by David Brody

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, one of Washington's brightest stars, recently decided against running for president he says in order to make a greater impact in the U.S. Senate.

"There is a battle to be waged over what kind of country we are going to leave our children and grandchildren and that battle is happening now in Washington, not two years from now," Thune has what a lot of people want in a presidential candidate. But his sights aren't on the White House - at least for now.

cbn.com

April 11, 2011

by Bob Unruh

A state judge in Mississippi has issued an order to public school attendance officers in his district to provide the names of all homeschoolers there. There was no explanation for why the judge issued the original demand for homeschoolers' information.

An attorney for the group, James Mason, told WND that in the years he has worked with homeschool issues, he never before has seen such an order. "It's a very chilling prospect," he said. "That would have a chilling effect on freedom of association, and the exercise of other freedoms," he said. A judge in a similar order could demand the names of patriot organizations, tea party groups, Democrat groups, GOP groups or even labor, teacher or parent groups.

wnd.com

April 8, 2011

A federal District Court judge [Rosemary Collyer] has dismissed a two-and-a-half year lawsuit charging the SSA and HHS with adopting policies that deny otherwise eligible retirees their rightful Social Security benefits.

The lawsuit, known as Hall v. Sebelius, was originally filed October 9, 2008. In their complaints, the plaintiffs alleged that 1993 and 2002 rules added by the Social Security Administration to its "Program Operations Manual" are illegal. Those rules state, in effect, that any retiree who elects to opt out of Medicare Part A will automatically lose his or her Social Security retirement benefits and will be forced to repay any Social Security benefits received prior to opting out of Medicare Part A.

thefundforpersonalliberty.org

April 8, 2011

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