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Alcohol and drug abuse are factors in the placement of more than 75% of the children who are entering care.

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National CPS News Archive

National News Coverage

Here is a list of the teacher 'sexpidemic' cases

WND has documented where female teachers have been accused, or convicted, of assaulting students...

World Net Daily

March 17, 2008

by Tony Mauro

The Judicial Conference on Tuesday adopted the first-ever binding nationwide procedures for handling complaints of judicial misconduct.

The conference, the policy-making body of the federal judiciary, adopted the new rules unanimously to end gaps and inconsistencies between circuits in how complaints of judicial wrongdoing are handled.

Law.com

March 12, 2008

With the recent report of Treffly Coyne, the mother of three children who was apprehended for leaving a child in a car while ten yards away, it becomes clear that frivolous reporting by mandatory reporters is on the rise.

Families are under attack and from a variety of sources. While Child Protective Services in her case submitted "no findings of abuse" after an investigation, Treffly is one of the lucky ones. Frivolous reporting by a Catholic hospital resulted in removal of an eight month old child from his family in Olympia, Washington.

Newsvine

March 12, 2008

by Ronald H. Uscinski

In the 18th century, Sir William Blackstone articulated what is known today as the Blackstone ratio: "It is better that 10 guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."

This phrase expresses a cornerstone of both English common law and American jurisprudence, the principle of "innocent until proven guilty." But this principle sadly seems to have been unheeded or even deliberately overturned in matters of suspected child abuse.

The Washington Post

March 9, 2008

While the ruling will be appealed, parents who homeschool their children are reacting to their uncertain future.

Even though I'm the daughter of a stellar public school teacher, I can't be alone in thinking that last line deserves a worthy retort. How many of the world's worst teachers have been credentialed by governing bodies? If credentials are all that matters, why do so many students in public schools fare so poorly?

Get Religion

March 7, 2008

by R.V. Scheide

In 2006, Ulf Carlsson entered divorce proceedings hoping to make the best of a bad situation. Instead, he lost custody of his teenage daughter, got fired from a 20-year career with the state of California and is about to lose his home.

Last week, Carlsson and more than a dozen other self-proclaimed victims of McBrien's alleged legal abuse officially notified the Sacramento Elections Office of their intent to recall the judge. They didn't waste any time getting to the point.

Sacramento News & Reviews

March 6, 2008

As many of you know, the Second Appellate District Court of Los Angeles handed down a very bad decision regarding a case involving a homeschool family.

California is now on the path to being the only state to deny the vast majority of homeschooling parents their fundamental right to teach their own children at home.

HSLDA

March 5, 2008

by Steven M. Ellis

Parents do not have a right to home-school their children under the California Constitution, and must comply with the state's compulsory education law even if they profess religious objections, this district's Court of Appeal has ruled.

Holding that a couple who had "enrolled" their children in name only in a private school while keeping them at home to be instructed by a parent who was not a credentialed teacher had violated the compulsory education law.

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

March 5, 2008

State and federally funded CPS agencies are seizing children from non-abusive homes in the absence of evidence or realistic cause to believe that the child is in danger of harm, and in gross violation of their own protocols...

Children failed by the system have died while in the protective custody of the State, in the care of CPS and in foster care. Each child in your family has a 1 in 25 chance of being the subject of a child abuse/neglect investigation this year. The chance of getting a flat tire on the family car is 1 in 70 (including Firestones).

Legally Kidnapped Blog (TX)

March 5, 2008

by Jim Kouri

Phillip Long told NewsWithViews that he and his wife will probably appeal the decision to California's Supreme Court, since they've homeschooled all of their children, the oldest now 29, because of various anti-Christian influences in California's public

This latest court decision granted a petition brought by attorneys retained by so-called "child advocates" to represent the two youngest Long children after the family's homeschooling was brought to their attention. However, the Long's children did not have any say in their representation by these attorneys. While the lawyers claimed to be representing the interests of the children, they actually were representing the California education establishment.

News With Views

March 5, 2008

by Bob Lowry

A state appeals court came down hard Friday on the Madison County Juvenile Court in overturning its decision to terminate the parental rights of a Gurley man.

In a harshly worded opinion written by Presiding Judge William Thompson, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals also sharply criticized the Madison County Department of Human Resources.

The Huntsville Times (AL)

March 2, 2008

by Rue Thorpe

On February 28, 2008, in a unanimous vote of 36-0, the United States Senate passed the creation of a Child Advocacy Program and Act. The House of Representatives passed a similar bill in November of 2007.

The child advocacy bill was sparked by a case involving a fourteen-year-old adoptive child. The child suffered extension brain damage at the hands of both her adoptive mother and her stepfather. The current bill allows a child advocacy department/program to be place in each states governor's office.

Associated Content

February 29, 2008

Investigation began in November 2006 when detectives discovered victims of paedophiles at Jersey sea cadet unit had also been assaulted elsewhere

Around 160 victims have come forward and police expect more to contact them in coming days. NSPCC officials say that experience tells them that around 30% of victims will never come forward. The publicity surrounding the case has encouraged more people to contact the police in recent days.

The Guardian (UK)

February 29, 2008

Parents who teach tough love by disciplining their children with spankings could be making them more likely to have sexual problems as teenagers and adults, a leading researcher

Professor Murray Straus, of the University of New Hampshire, found that children who are spanked or experience other corporal punishment have a raised risk as teenagers and adults to verbally or physically coerce a partner into having sex.

Reuters

February 29, 2008

by Bob Unruh

A California court has ruled that several children in one homeschool family must be enrolled in a public school or legally qualified private school, and must attend.

The judges ruled in the case involving the Longs the family failed to demonstrate "that mother has a teaching credential such that the children can be said to be receiving an education from a credentialed tutor."

World Net Daily (CA)

February 29, 2008

Video -- Case Summary: Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children.

The ruse of "Enrollment" in a private school that functions by allowing children to stay at home and be taught by non-credentialed parents does not constitute instruction in a private full-time day school within the exception to California's compulsory public school education law.

The Daily Case Report

February 28, 2008

by Colin Poitras

Formichella isn't a child abuser. She has never been cited for child neglect. She is a teacher. A home-school teacher. And therein lies the rub.

Within weeks of pulling her children from the public school system in 2006, Formichella received a letter from the local school superintendent requiring her to sign a form and submit more evidence that her children were being properly schooled. If she didn't, Formichella said, she would risk a neglect investigation by the state Department of Children and Families. Formichella was frightened at first, then incensed.

Hartford Courant (CT)

February 20, 2008

Ocala -- A Central Florida mother of four boys was arrested on Tuesday after telling authorities that she went "on strike" more than a month ago, leaving the teens home alone for hours every day because they would constantly fight.

Melissa G. Dean, 33, was charged with child neglect after telling Ocala police and the Department of Children and Families that she leaves her children, ages 17, 16, 14 and 13, home alone.

Orlando News (FL)

February 20, 2008

A Baltimore woman is pleading not guilty to charges of drugging her 2-year-old daughter, causing her death last June.

Vernice Harris, 30, entered the plea Tuesday and is scheduled to stand trial April 22 on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

WBAL-TV Baltimore

February 20, 2008

by Karen de Sa'

The day an Alameda County Superior Court judge became his stand-in parent, 14-year-old Zairon Frazier felt more like a criminal than a survivor of child abuse.

His mother had whacked him with a belt. But inside Juvenile Dependency Court, it seemed like a different sort of punishment. A bank of attorneys argued his fate at a rapid clip. "Obviously, whatever they were saying wasn't for my benefit," Zairon said. "I knew they were talking about me, but I didn't think anything I said or cared about mattered. If it was about me, why didn't they ask me?"

The Mercury News (CA)

February 12, 2008

by Gerald Flurry and Wayne Turgeon

What is your child's attitude like? Is he generally a happy and joyful child? Or is he moody and unhappy? Does he honor Dad and Mom?

We, as parents, have the sobering responsibility of rearing our children to love God's way and the awesome future of being a part of God's Family.

The Trumpet

February 11, 2008

by Karen de Sa'

Parents of children under 3 years old have just six months from the time a child is taken into foster care to prove they can safely parent. Parents of older children have one year.

As a result, Proctor said, the most effective thing lawyers can do for parents is to persuade them to admit to the problems and work on solving them. "You could litigate every piece of the (social worker's) report, but what is that going to accomplish?" Proctor asked. "My feeling is you've got a better chance getting them out of denial."

The Mercury News (CA)

February 11, 2008

by Karen de Sa'

A yearlong Mercury News examination found widespread evidence of a system riddled with problems that open the door to poor judgment:

Judges and lawyers representing children and parents juggle caseloads in some counties that at any given time are far higher than even the maximum recommended standards. On a recent weekday, a San Joaquin County judge ruled on 135 families in a single day. Dependency lawyers in San Bernardino County represent 464 children each - almost five times what many experts recommend.

The Mercury News (CA)

February 11, 2008

by W. Scott Jorgensen

On January 29, a man from my home town of Grants Pass, Oregon made the news after receiving the wrong medications from a Walgreens pharmacy.

What made the story interesting is that the pills weren't for him, 45-year-old Michael Rae. They were for his stepdaughter-to-be, Alesha Rose, who is all of four years old.

News With Views (OR)

February 11, 2008

by F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP

A young parent would be well advised to NEVER be alone with the baby in the immediate post-vaccination period.

The presence of a friend, a neighbor or a relative when the baby arrests or convulses can make the difference between a simple interrogation and a full-blown "crime scene investigation". The inconvenience of having a guest, including a mother-in-law, pales in comparison to what I have seen happen to innocent people because some doctor decided that there was a "Shaken Baby Syndrome".

National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)

February 11, 2008

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