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Bethany Christian Services Co-Founder Dies at Age 93
Mary Vanden Bosch, the co-founder of the nation's largest adoption agency, passed away Monday. She was 93.
Since starting humbly in Grand Rapids, Mich., as Bethany Christian Home, Bethany Christian Services has grown to include 81 offices in 31 states and international ministries in 17 countries. The Christ-centered adoption and orphan care agency, which last year placed 1,694 children with their adoptive families, provides pregnancy counseling, family counseling, foster care programs, and an infertility ministry.
The Christian Post
August 7, 2009
A woman's story of heartache and healing
Vickie Green was on her hands and knees in the road. Blood streamed down her arms, like a faucet flowing red. The smoky exhaust of gunfire blended with the smell of seared flesh. The 41-year-old Jacksonville woman couldn't speak.
Had she seen herself, she would have known why. Vickie's tongue was dangling free, with no bottom jaw to hold it in. She had a final thought as she dragged herself up, tracking blood down the sidewalk as she staggered for help. Please don't let me die. Then everything went black.
August 2, 2009
Foster parents set to win adoption rights
Proposed reforms to Queensland's adoption laws will offer some children in long-term foster care the opportunity to be part of a family of their own, says the state's minister for child safety.
The Adoption Bill 2009 is expected to be debated in state parliament soon. If passed it will take effect from February 2010. The reforms allow the government to give first consideration to a child's foster carers when selecting prospective adoptive parents.
Brisbane Times (Queensland)
August 2, 2009
Facebooking Judge Catches Lawyer in Lie, Sees Ethical Breaches
Galveston, Texas-area lawyers on Facebook may want to double-check their friends list, especially if they're about to appear before Judge Susan Criss.
Criss recalled one time that a lawyer asked for a continuance because of the death of her father. The lawyer had earlier posted a string of status updates on Facebook, detailing her week of drinking, going out and partying. But in court, in front of Criss, she told a completely different story.
July 31, 2009
Maine Agency Urges Support of Federal Child Welfare Bill
A Maine agency is calling attention to a bi-partisan bill before the US Senate that would create a high-level government office and refocus US programs, policies and funding on a singular goal: a permanent family for every child.
The Families For Orphans Act (Senate Bill 1458 and House Bill 3070), sponsored by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and James Inhofe (R-OK) along with Representatives Diana Watson (D-CA) and John Boozman (R-AR), addresses the needs of millions of children living outside of permanent parental care throughout the world.
July 27, 2009
Father of 8-year-old rape victim wants his daughter back
PHOENIX -- The father of an 8-year-old Liberian girl who was allegedly raped by four boys in a Phoenix apartment complex says he wants his daughter back with her family.
Child Protective Services took custody of the girl after police said her parents blamed her for the July 16 assault and didn't want her anymore. Prosecutors have charged a 14-year-old Liberian refugee as an adult. Three other boys -- ages 9, 10 and 13 -- have been charged in juvenile court.
ABC News 15
July 27, 2009
Florida Remakes Its Child-Welfare System
Officials in Florida shifted spending of federal foster care aid to focus on keeping families intact and to finance prevention and mental health treatment.
While the focus on preserving families has taken hold in several states, here it has been backed by a federal waiver that allows the state to use foster care financing for prevention and mental health, an approach that advocates of the program hope will become standard nationwide. In less than three years, Florida has reduced the number of children in foster care by 32 percent.
The New York Times
July 26, 2009
Smokers care ban row
SMOKERS have been banned from fostering or adopting children in one area of South Wales, prompting outrage.
The controversial no smoking policy, approved by councillors in Merthyr Tydfil, says: "No foster carers or adopters who smoke will be recruited for children under five and no children under five will be placed with adopters who smoke."
Wales Online (UK)
July 25, 2009
NJ woman loses custody of baby because she refused a cesarean
A New Jersey woman, known only as V. M. in court papers, refused to consent to a cesarean section on April 16, 2006 and gave birth the same day to a child, known only as J. M. G in court documents, by normal vaginal delivery.
Even though the child was delivered safely and had no problems due to the birth, Child Protective Services, known in New Jersey as the Division of Youth and Family Services, took baby J. M. G. because the mother had refused a cesarean section.
On July 16, 2009, the appellate division of the New Jersey Superior Court agreed with DYFS and a lower court's decision that Ms. V. M. had neglected and abused her child and the DYFS was correct in taking custody and terminating Ms. V. M.'s parental rights.
Albany CPS and Family Court Examiner
July 23, 2009
Do We Have Inalienable Responsibilities to One Another?
I was reading the Carolyn Hax column the other day. A woman wrote that she was asked by her sister to serve as the guardian for her sister's kids in the event of her and her husband's death.
The woman refused on the grounds that she and her husband did not want any children. Caroline Hax took my breath away when she pronounced that responsibility for children lies with the parents, and that extended family are under no obligation to accept this responsibility for themselves.
The Huffington Post
July 23, 2009
TX governor loyal to parental rights
After a public uproar, Texas Governor Rick Perry rejected a bill that would have given Children's Protective Services unusual power.
"I like to call it a seize-and-ask-questions-later CPS bill, which would have expanded Child Protective Services' rights to violate the constitutional rights of parents and children, and allow CPS to come to your home and take your kids and examine them and question them regarding an anonymous tip," he explains.
One News Now
July 23, 2009
Grand jury looks at CPS
Child Protective Services in Solano County was hit with a slew of complaints by the county grand jury Friday regarding how investigations are conducted by the agency.
In its report, the Solano County grand jury points out several problems, including how potential offenders are notified, suspects being prematurely labeled as offenders, how appeals are handled and paperwork issues. Those discoveries were made during the investigation of the policies and procedures regarding citizens whose names are placed on the Child Abuse Central Index (CACI).
Contra Costa Times
July 18, 2009
Adoption groups decry film with evil orphan
NEW YORK - Often divided over policy and practice, America's adoption community has unified in dismay over "Orphan," a horror movie opening next week that its critics say will fuel negative attitudes toward real-life orphans.
Some adoption advocates are urging a boycott of the movie, which opens July 24. A coalition of prominent national adoption and foster care groups, while not joining the boycott call, has asked for a meeting with Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer to discuss their concerns.
July 17, 2009
Family life 'more harm than good'?
A BBC Scotland investigation into children looked after by social work departments has revealed surprising evidence which raises the issue of whether more children should be taken away from their families and placed into care.
The common assumption is that a family is the best place for a child. But what about families where drug use, violence and other problems mean that parents can't care for their children? In Scotland, there are 15,000 children who are what is called "looked after".
BBC News UK
July 14, 2009
Very vulnerable, very fragile
Ronnie McManus was yesterday sentenced to life imprisonment for the manslaughter of Melissa Mahon, but the final hours of her life remain a mystery.
It was Melissa Mahon's tragedy to come under Ronnie McManus's influence in her most vulnerable years. She was "a great dancer" and loved country and western music, said her mother soon after she went missing. But she was also a child from a troubled background, uprooted from her native London at 13 to move to Ireland.
The Irish Times
July 11, 2009
"Another kid? Another kid?" said comedian Chris Rock after Michael Jackson was accused a second time of child molestation. "That's how much we love Michael. We let the first kid slide...I'm done with Michael." But America wasn't.
Rock should update his bit: it is clear, after almost half a month of feverish adulation, that America was prepared to let Jackson's behavior "slide" no matter how many children he corrupted. He could have been accused of molesting twenty children and it still wouldn't have mattered.
The American Spectator
July 10, 2009
Fighting for child welfare reform in Oklahoma while thousands of children remain at risk
Ever since Children's Rights joined advocates from across the state of Oklahoma in taking legal action to reform the state's extremely dangerous child welfare system in February 2008, the state has fought back hard.
In May, the judge ruled that the case could proceed on behalf of all of the more than 10,000 children who depend on the state child welfare system for protection and care. Now they are appealing the judge's decision to a higher court, and they asked the judge to restrict our access to evidence about the system's practices and the harm it is causing kids until the higher court issues its decision. On Wednesday, the judge agreed to do so.
July 10, 2009
Why did agencies fail little Venecia?
Bad communication between the web of child welfare authorities within Manitoba and beyond the province's borders may have contributed to the chronic abuse and death of a Manitoba toddler.
Venecia Audy, 3, died three years ago after suffering multiple injuries including a fractured skull, lacerated liver, bruised ribs and 13 fresh, deep bite marks all over her body. In a Swan River courtroom Wednesday, Venecia's mother, Melissa Audy, pleaded guilty to failing to provide the necessities of life and was sentenced to a year in jail.
Winnipeg Free Press
July 10, 2009
'Jenny' (age 5) was torn from her parents after an RSPCA raid
The recording begins with the sound of a child's voice. It belongs to a little girl and she is clearly bewildered and distressed. At one point she begins to cry. At other times she is sobbing uncontrollably.
'Have you seen the judge yet?' she can be heard asking pitifully in between the tears before pleading: 'I want to go home with [you] Mummy and Daddy.' The recording was made during a supervised meeting between the youngster and her parents after their daughter was taken away from them by social workers. They are known as 'contact visits' in the soulless vernacular of the care system, and took place in a room with a table and chairs and a few toys.
July 10, 2009
Mommy, I've been hurt all day, one little girl's story
On, May 19, 2009, the House Committee on Education and Labor held a hearing to examine abusive and deadly uses of seclusion and restraint in U.S. schools.
During the congressional hearings of abuse and restraint of special education students, there were two stories. Many media outlets covered Cedric's story because he died from an abusive classroom environment. Paige wasn't killed but she could have been. She was lucky to survive. Paige's school district was one of the most sought after, well to do, suburban school districts in California.
Special Education Examiner
July 7, 2009
Patent Rights and Civil Wrongs: The ACLU Lawsuit
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) would seem an unlikely candidate to be interested in genetic tests for diagnostic mutations.
Last month (May 12, 2009), on behalf of several medical associations, advocacy organizations, physicians, researchers, and individuals, the ACLU filed a lawsuit naming the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Myriad Genetics among the defendants in a potentially historic patent case. The lawsuit seeks nothing less than the elimination of human genes as patentable subject matter.
July 6, 2009
'Life's reality': Writer, advocate, foster care leader finds the positive in life
Dustin Strout has no family. He has resided in a mental institution, two group homes, five foster homes, several friends' homes and numerous homeless shelters for nearly 20 years, but nowhere within those places did his family reside.
"I didn't want toys; I wanted family love." Strout remembers crying over not having a biological mother. "I wanted the person who gave birth to me to be there," he said. By the time Strout was 9, he had entered and left four more foster homes. "They just didn't know how to deal with me because I had so much confusion and so much anger."
July 6, 2009
Awards Honour Young People In Foster Care
Nominations are now open for the 2009 William Wallace Awards, which honour outstanding young people in foster care. Run by Child Youth and Family, the Awards are a result of a bequest made by William Wallace.
Anyone who knows a great young person who is, or has been, in foster care can make a nomination. A total of $20,000 is divided into the follow scholarships: $3000 awards for tertiary study, $3000 awards for vocational study and $2000 awards for leadership programmes. Nominations close on Friday, August 14, 2009.
Voxy News (NZ)
July 6, 2009
Program helps foster kids save for future
For years, Tarkiyah Melton dreamed of owning a home, a place she could be proud of, a place where her two children could attend good schools. But for years the dream seemed out of reach. Not only had Melton spent more than half her life in foster care...
Thanks to the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Opportunities Initiative, a program of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and other partners, Melton's dreams are being realized. She was able to save nearly $3,000 for a down payment on a Sandy Springs townhome, and the initiative matched her savings dollar for dollar up to $1,000.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 5, 2009
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