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SWAT officers invade home, take 11-year-old at gunpoint
Nearly a dozen members of a police SWAT team in Colorado invaded a family's home, demanding that an 11-year-old boy accompany them to the hospital, on the order of Garfield County Magistrate Lain Leoniak.
The boy's parents and siblings were thrown to the floor at gunpoint and the parents were handcuffed in the weekend assault, and the boy's father told WND it was all because a paramedic was upset the family preferred to care for their son themselves.
World Net Daily
January 6, 2008
Behind prison bars, toddlers serve time with mom
MEXICO CITY: Beyond the high concrete walls and menacing guard towers of the Santa Martha Acatitla prison, past the barbed wire, past the iron gates, past the armed guards, sits a nursery school with brightly painted walls, piles of toys and a jungle gym.
Fifty-three children under the age of 6 live inside the prison with their mothers, who are serving sentences for crimes from drug dealing to kidnapping to homicide. Mothers dressed in prison blue, many with tattoos, carry babies on their hips around the exercise yard. Others lead toddlers and kindergartners by the hand, play with them in the dust or bounce them on their knees on prison benches.
International Herald Tribune
December 31, 2007
Foster Care: One Tragic Death Questions Its Effectiveness?
One of the saddest stories of 2007 in my homestate of Tennessee involved the death of a teen in fostercare. The teen snuck out to smoke; his foster father discovered him and an altercation followed.
The result: the teen died in a chokehold, basically strangled by the person charged with his care. There is no excuse for the death of this child. A young man dying in such a violent way at the hands of a man charged, trained and paid to care for him is apprenhensible.
December 29, 2007
Woman abandons home to escape public schools
A Utah woman who was ordered by a juvenile court judge to enroll her children in public school or lose custody of them has abandoned her home, furniture and other possessions to escape the order.
Denise Mafi, a nine-year veteran of homeschooling, has confirmed to WND she and her children packed up their essentials - clothes and homeschool materials - and fled Utah over the weekend, spending more than 50 hours on a bus trip to another undisclosed part of the country.
December 20, 2007
Potent Pills: More foster kids getting mood-altering drugs
When Laticia Anderson's son entered foster care in 2005, a social worker described the 4-year-old as "an extremely smart little boy who loves school." Over the next six months, he was shuttled from an emergency foster-care placement to two foster homes.
The boy would explode in tantrums, gouge his own flesh, even consider killing himself. Social workers and pediatricians could not quell his outbursts. Frustrated, they resorted to Depakote, an anti-seizure medication intended for adults but occasionally given to children to alter their moods.
Democrat & Chronicle (NY)
December 9, 2007
Supreme Court Won't Hear Caged Kids Custody Case
NORWALK -- The couple convicted of abusing some of their 11-disabled children and forcing them to sleep in wire and wooden cages has lost in their attempt to have the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal in their custody case
Michael Gravelle, 57, and his wife, Sharen, 58, of Norwalk, were found guilty last December following a three week trial of four felony counts of child endangering, two misdemeanor counts of child endangering and five misdemeanor counts of child abuse. They were sentenced to two years in prison each and are free on appeal. Their criminal appeal is not expected to be heard until early next year.
North Country Gazette (OH)
December 1, 2007
Supreme Court won't hear 'caged kids' custody appeal
WAKEMAN -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the custody appeal of two parents convicted of abusing some of their 11 adopted, special-needs children and making them sleep in cages.
The court ruled this week that it won't hear an appeal by Michael and Sharen Gravelle of Wakeman, about 60 miles west of Cleveland, who were trying to regain custody.
December 1, 2007
Feds: Porn suspicions ignored; police officer's husband arrested
Atlanta police knew seven years ago that a police sergeant's husband may have been paying young girls for sex and producing child pornography, but failed to investigate the allegations, federal authorities said.
Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington says any purported failure to take action "will not be tolerated." Terrill Marion Crane, 47, was arrested Thursday by the FBI's Safe Child Task Force, according to David Nahmias, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.
November 30, 2007
Schaefer: Trial by jury needed to remove child
State Sen. Nancy Schaefer last week called for an overhaul of the state's child protection services provided through the Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS).
Among the recommendations by Schaefer, who represents the 50th District which includes Stephens County, was that a jury trial be held when a child is taken from their parents.
The Toccoa Record (GA)
November 29, 2007
Cross-dressing day sparks school exodus
A public school's "gender-bender" cross-dressing event, where boys were supposed to dress as girls and girls as boys, has prompted at least dozens, perhaps hundreds, of students to flee the tax-supported institutions in Iowa.
State officials in Des Moines confirmed to WND that at least 80 children whose parents were alarmed by the "Gender-Bender Day" during homecoming week at the city's East High School have moved their children from the various districts in the area into homeschooling plans. Several parents told WND that the number could be in the hundreds.
World Net Daily (IA)
November 28, 2007
Forum: Bipolar kids or bad parents?
At the urging of parents, doctors are medicating far too many kids who just need a better upbringing.
On Dec. 13, 2006, 4-year-old Rebecca Riley died, drowning in her own lung secretions. Her death was the direct result of psychiatric medications which had been prescribed to her for a presumed diagnosis of bipolar disorder -- a diagnosis first given to her when she was only 2 years old.
November 18, 2007
Oregon Human Services: Today's Gestapo?
No wonder Gestapo CPS continues to get away with the attacks on families that it constantly perpetrates.
Is it in a child's best interests to always be placed in a family that is more affluent? If so then all children of families on welfare or in the lower income brackets are up for grabs to any parents who want to adopt them if these adoptive parents are more affluent than the family the child is currently with. That would be an extremely perilous road to start down.
November 17, 2007
Foster Children at Risk, and an Opportunity Lost
Two decades ago, New York City embarked on an experiment aimed at better assisting and protecting its most vulnerable black and Latino children.
At its heart, the effort involved creating and supporting foster care agencies that would, at long last, be run by men and women of color. The city and state opened their wallets. Child welfare experts embraced the concept...
New York Times
November 8, 2007
Foster Care Open Records Essential
Ohio legislators are responding to a need to improve state law regarding how foster children are placed and monitored. Unfortunately, the plan lawmakers are considering would mean less, not more, protection for the children.
Government is turning to technology as part of its strategy to address the problem. A $92 million computer system, the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System, is being established to help local and state agencies monitor the foster care program. The system will provide information on foster children but only to state agencies.
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register (OH)
November 7, 2007
A mother's battle to be believed
A half-dozen people, seated in a lounge area, announced their conclusions: Bryanna-Rose had no symptoms if her mother was out of the room.
The child would remain in the hospital without Owen present. The baby would be placed into the protective custody of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. Birk said authorities got an idea about Owen, and refused to let go. "They weren't interested in finding the truth," he said.
The Boston Globe
November 4, 2007
Ex-Pros.Nailed in Sex Sting in Basement of OH Statehouse
Braley came to Columbus as a star witness supporting SB 183, he portrayed himself as a 14-year-old girl on a field trip to the Statehouse in e-mails to Barry Mentser, a local lawyer who was trying to have with the "girl" he met online.
Mentser, 48, 1267 Harrison Pond Dr., Gahanna, is a former staff attorney for Franklin County Children Services whose recent practice has focused on civil and domestic relations court. He was charged with attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third-degree felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years.
November 2, 2007
Alleged Internet Predator Arrested At Statehouse
A man was arrested Wednesday morning at the Ohio Statehouse after authorities said he set up a meeting with a 14-year-old girl who he thought was visiting the building on a field trip.
Investigators told 10TV News that Mentser, 48, asked the teenager to meet him outside of the Statehouse's cafeteria. It was there that Mentser was taken into custody, Kocot reported.
November 1, 2007
Code of Coercion
In 2005, Emily Brooker, a social-work student at Missouri State University, was enrolled in a class taught by a professor who advertised himself as a liberal and insisted that social work is a liberal profession.
At first, a mandatory assignment for his class was to advocate homosexual foster homes and adoption, with all students required to sign an advocacy letter, on university stationery, to the state legislature. When Brooker objected on religious grounds, the project was made optional. But shortly before the final exam she was charged with a "Level 3," the most serious, violation of professional standards.
The Washington Post
October 14, 2007
Reviewers in child deaths have $3M contracts
One of the two nonprofit organizations conducting an external review of the Denver Department of Human Services after the deaths of two children has received city contracts totaling at least $3 million over six years.
The other agency provided the department with a grant of up to $200,000 this year and is using Denver as one of 15 sites where it will study how its child-protection proposals work. The review is a response to the deaths this year of two children - Chandler Grafner and Neveah Gallegos - whom human-services workers had the opportunity to remove from homes where abuse was suspected.
The Denver Post
October 11, 2007
8 more deaths connected to HPV vaccine
Adverse reactions from Gardasil number in thousands!
Another eight deaths in just the past few months are being connected to Gardasil, Merck & Co.'s vaccine that targets the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus and is being considered by many states as mandatory for all schoolgirls, according to documents released by Judicial Watch.
World Net Daily
October 5, 2007
Foster care pay is called inadequate - Los Angeles Times
California is rapidly losing families willing to care for foster children because its payment rate lags far behind the cost of living and is lower than the price to kennel a dog.
In dollar to dollar comparisons, California, which has 75,000 foster children - more than any other state - ranks in the lower half of states in paying families to care for them. Kennels charge about $620 a month to house a dog.
Los Angeles Times (CA)
October 4, 2007
Rip-off Report: Child Protective Services - Lockhart Texas
CPS is part of a $14. billion dollar a year, tax payer fueled, child abuse industrial complex which provides jobs for caseworkers, judges, lawyers, bailiffs, court personnel, psychotherapists, foster homes, pharmaceutical vendors and a host of others.
CPS routinely employs unconstitutional actions, fraud, extortion, deceit, kidnapping, and conspiracy in an ongoing criminal enterprise designed to cheat the public and destroy the families of the United States of America for profit, for agrandizement and to delude the public into thinking their actions are for the general welfare of this nation.
August 22, 2007
Israel Advocates Of Shared Parenting Applaud Fathers 4 Justice Lincoln Memorial Protest
At least two British Fathers 4 Justice activists were arrested as they protested gender bias discrimination and lack of access to their children at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on Friday.
The divorced dads, wearing Captain America and Batman costumes, had scaled the landmark memorial and unfurled a banner which read: "For the Fathers of the Nation: Fathers 4 Justice has arrived."
Israel News Agency
August 19, 2007
Swat Team Takes Down Activists In US
Two British Fathers 4 Justice activists have been arrested at gunpoint by a Swat team at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
Jolly Stanesby and Mike Downes scaled the statue as the tourists gathered around were warned to put their cameras down and stop "encouraging them".
August 18, 2007
Emancipated Foster Youth Face Stiff Challenges
Recent studies, according to Assembly Majority Leader Karen Bass, indicate that in Calif., disturbing percentages of foster care youth who age out of the system at age 18 face increased homelessness, unemployment and incarceration.
The average young person does not leave home and become fully self-sufficient until age 26, yet at age 18 the state expects foster youth to become entirely independent," she wrote. Assemblywoman Bass co-authored a bill (AB 845) to appropriate $10.5 million for DSS to supplement funding for the Transitional Housing for Foster Youth Program, which was rejected in June by Senate Republicans.
August 8, 2007
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