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Poor Parents Are Held To A Different Standard When It Comes To CPS
The child welfare system is a necessary and under-appreciated part of health and human services. Their job is to keep our children safe, and there's no more important work than that.
In an op-ed in today's New York Times, Emma S. Ketteringham, the managing director of the family defense practice at the Bronx Defenders, puts the spotlight on an issue that is uncomfortable to acknowledge, but must be talked about.
August 22, 2017
Child Services responds to criticism after recent deaths
A spokesman for the Administration for Child Services responded Wednesday to criticism of the agency, after the deaths of multiple children at homes that were at one time probed by the agency.
He said it's important to understand that it takes multiple government factions -- and ultimately a judge -- to determine custody of a child in New York City, amid an average of 55,000 reports of child abuse per year. The most recent death was that of 1-year-old Bianca Abdul, who, according to police, was found unconscious inside a home in Midland Beach by her mother. Family told police there hadn't been heat in the home since November, and at one point a 12-year-old girl had been temporarily removed from the home, according to a NYPD spokeswoman.
March 24, 2017
Child protective services to be fully funded in 2017 county budget
After a lengthy session Tuesday night, the Monroe County Legislature approved the proposed Monroe County budget for 2017.The measure was passed in a 19-10 vote.The budget contained one amendment which allocated an additional $52,000 for child care.
Many are keeping a close eye on funding for Child Protective Services (CPS) after the death of three-year-old Greece toddler Brook Stagles. Her family, including grandfather John Geer, is adamant that CPS failed the little girl by refusing to return phone calls or go into the house.
December 17, 2016
Child Protective Services after NYC homeschooler
After recently withdrawing her son from public school because of safety and education concerns, a New York City mom went through all the required procedures to homeschool her son, but soon found Child Protective Services (CPS) coming after her.
Before CPS showed up at her door and prior to seeking legal advice, the concerned mother received counsel and support from her pastor and his wife - both of whom had homeschooled their own children for years.
December 17, 2016
Number of Kids in Foster Care Cut 44 Percent Amid City Policy Change
MANHATTAN - The number of children placed in foster care in New York City has been cut nearly in half in recent years, statistics show.
Data from the city's Administration for Children Services show a steady decline in the number of children who were sent to foster homes as the city strives to deploy an array of social services to troubled families to keep them whole.
October 5, 2016
Reduced caseloads for Child Protective Services workers is lifesaving progress
Some families in Erie County paid a terrible price for understaffing in Child Protective Services, but a new report shows that conditions have improved significantly.
Excessive caseloads helped to create conditions that contributed to the deaths of children, including Eain Brooks, Abdifatah Mohamud and Jacob T. Noe. In each case, overworked CPS workers were already familiar with the families.
September 17, 2016
Weiner pics show Democrat sexted with his kid - now child protective services are involved
Things just got worse for former Congressman Anthony Weiner. After allegedly sending a sexually provocative picture of himself in his underwear while his child lay beside him on a bed, child protective services stepped in, the New York Post reported.
The Administration for Children's Services launched an investigation into Weiner and his conduct with his 4-year-old son Jordan, according to a government source. A worker at the New York City apartment building where Weiner lived with now-estranged wife Huma Abedin confirmed that ACS paid a visit on Tuesday. This is within the agency's 48 hour window to pay a home visit after a child is reported at risk.
September 7, 2016
Police: Children found unsupervised during search for fugitive
Police arrested a local man and woman Tuesday after finding that both were smoking marijuana for more than an hour in an apartment while they were supposed to be watching children in their care who were playing in a nearby parking lot.
Cherrie Fleck, 37, and Tristin Thibault, 19, were both charged with possession of a controlled drug and child endangerment, according to Sgt. Daniel Ball.
June 30, 2016
County Executive Opens New County Family Court in Yonkers
After years of collaboration with judges and court administrators, along with state and local representatives, County Executive Robert P. Astorino hailed Monday's opening of the new Family Court branch in Yonkers at the i.Park Hudson.
The streamlined facility will feature separate security-screened entrances for staff, prisoners and the public. That, along with a state of the art technical infrastructure and modern physical plant, will translate into savings of up to $20 million over the life of the lease, for Westchester taxpayers.
May 9, 2016
Police grill schizophrenic baby-sitter, career criminal boyfriend in death of Staten Island toddler
Police are questioning a baby-sitter - who is a diagnosed schizophrenic with a pill problem - and her career criminal boyfriend in connection with the death of a Staten Island toddler, sources said Monday.
Little Anthony Delgado, just 16 months old, had been hit numerous times in the head, had rectal bleeding and suffered what resembles a bite or burn on his penis, sources said. The baby-sitter and her boyfriend are insisting to police that the child fell, sources said.
February 22, 2016
Former CPS investigator sentenced to two years of probation
A former Child Protective Services investigator will now spend the next two years on probation after pleading guilty to forging records in a child death investigation, according to Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Julie Canter.
During Cathy Agnew's sentencing hearing in Sullivan County today she received some support from a former Tennessee Department of Children's Services colleague. According to court records, one of DCS' assistant general counsels wrote a letter of support praising Agnew's past service; a document her attorney referenced today in court.
January 28, 2016
Parents refuse to give kids flu shots, swear they're not anti-vaccine
Defiant parents, furious at the city's new mandate forcing flu vaccines on preschoolers, are plotting to buck the system.
Delay tactics, temporary home schools and a Change.org petition are following the lawsuit filed last week to halt Health Department rules requiring a flu shot or a live-virus nasal spray for children under 5 who attend city schools and day-care centers.
November 15, 2015
Putnam Department Of Health Offers Free Rabies Vaccination For Pets
Putnam County Department of Health is hosting a Free Rabies Clinic Saturday, Nov. 7, from 2-4 p.m. at Brook Farm Veterinary Center, Routes 164 and 22 in Patterson.
Bring your pets--dogs, cats and ferrets. Dogs must be leashed. Cats and fetters must be in carriers.
October 28, 2015
Child Protective Services to Work in Schools Under New Partnership
Students aren't the only ones heading back to school in Erie County this year. A new initiative from the Department of Social Services will have Child Protective Services employees working directly in school districts one or two days a week.
"They're going to continue to work on their caseload, however what they're there for is to provide a connection right to the department. It's a collaborative effort where they're there to work with teachers, the administration on any concerns they may have with families," said Al Dirschberger, commissioner of the Department of Social Services.
September 14, 2015
Lawsuit: New York foster care officials didn't protect kids
Advocates for foster children in New York City sued the system Wednesday, accusing state and city agencies of putting children at risk by letting them languish for years without being placed in permanent homes.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan claims the more than 11,000 children in the city's system average far more time there than most places in the country. It says the needless bureaucratic delays subject them to emotional distress and increase the odds of physical or sexual abuse.
July 11, 2015
Beaten infant in critical condition; father charged
PALENVILLE -- A 4-month-old boy was fighting for his life at Albany Medical Center after being beaten by his father, a state police lieutenant said Thursday.
The boy's father, Kirk Berry, 27, of 512 state Route 32A in Palenville, was caring for the child at their home on June 5 when he "became angry" and caused the life-threatening injuries, Drake said. Berry was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony assault.
June 11, 2015
Teen demands right to use medical marijuana in N.J. school, wants ban overturned
The Barbours are suing for their daughter's right to use medicinal marijuana in school, while attorneys for the Maple Shade school district say doing so would run afoul of the law because marijuana is still considered a controlled dangerous substance.t
It's prompted a landmark legal battle that could reverberate in New Jersey and beyond. The Barbours are suing for their daughter's right to use medicinal marijuana in school, while attorneys for the Maple Shade school district say doing so would run afoul of the law because marijuana is still considered a controlled dangerous substance by the federal government with no medicinal value.
May 1, 2015
Walmart Beats Out Church In Court Fight Over Gun Sales
Walmart has emerged victorious in a court battle against one of the country's oldest churches over the retailer's sale of assault weapons.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a previous ruling that would have required Walmart to let its shareholders vote on a proposal for tighter oversight of firearm sales at this June's annual meeting. New York City's Trinity Church - a Walmart shareholder - had taken issue with the big-box giant's sale of guns with high-capacity magazines of the sort used in mass killings.
April 15, 2015
City Sues to Keep Ex ACS Worker Who Failed Check Abused Kids Off Payroll
City officials are fighting to stop a child caseworker who they say "cannot be trusted with the welfare of at-risk children" from getting his job back - after a labor arbitrator decided to give him a second chance, according to a recent lawsuit.
Administration for Children's Services caseworker Edward Okoro was fired in March 2012 after officials found he lied about making face-to-face visits in three cases involving neglected or abused children and falsified paperwork to drum up roughly $820 in overtime, according to the city.
March 25, 2015
New York State County Sheriff Trashes State's Handgun Renewals
The sheriff of Fulton County, New York, Thomas Lorey, made a presentation to some Second Amendment supporters on Friday, January 16.
Lorey's spiel was a call to abide by the Second Amendment of the Constitution by refusing to ask for a permit for the right to own a gun for self-defense. In his speech, Sheriff Lorey directly challenged the powers that be: Don't do it. Let's have everybody's permit expire the same day and [let's see] what they are going to do about it. At least two issues are a stake in this teapot tempest that Lorey hopes to start.
January 24, 2015
A father's plea to ease his daughter's pain
When Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the medical marijuana bill into law this past July, I assumed my daughter would finally get the help she needs from our state. My 8-year-old Donella, whom we call Donnie, is confined to her hospital bed.
Adding to our woes is an open investigation by Child Protective Services because I obtained and administered medical marijuana in an effort to treat my daughter. It breaks my heart that, as I struggle to get the best treatment for my daughter, the state of New York is spending public resources to pull my family apart. When I was able to give her medical marijuana obtained illegally, I saw the pain lessen.
October 23, 2014
New York City's Affordable Housing Bonanza for the Rich
It's no secret that one-percenters have occupied more than their share of Manhattan's rent-controlled apartments. High profile freeloaders of the past include New Yorker editor William Shawn, singers Carly Simon and Cyndi Lauper, TV personality
Alistair Cooke, Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Philippe de Montebello, former Kennedy speechwriter Ted Sorensen, screenwriter Nora Ephron, Mick Jagger's ex, Bianca, and Mayor Ed Koch (D). Manhattan Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-13th District) famously pigged out on four rent-controlled pads-three to live in and one for his campaign office. Rent control laws[*] were intended to protect poor New Yorkers from rapacious landlords, but in practice they disproportionately benefit the well-to-do, who are more likely than the poor to remain for decades in apartments that become increasingly underpriced as the years go by.
July 3, 2014
Judge Says Constitution Doesn't Exempt Religious from Vaccination Requirements
A federal district judge in Brooklyn rules that a New York City policy of keeping non-vaccinated children out of school during exposure risk does not violate constitutional rights.
Immunization rates among school-aged children have dropped significantly in the last two decades. The decline is directly attributable to the misguided fears about the safety of vaccinations, a belief started by thoroughly debunked research which linked vaccines to the rise in autism. Schools have always required children to be up to date on their vaccinations when enrolling. Exemptions are allowed for those with documented medical reasons, as well as religious beliefs. While these exemptions are still rare, the increase in religious (and in some states personal belief) exemptions have led to a precipitous decline in vaccinated children. It has also led to a public health crisis of major outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.
June 26, 2014
Children of heroin users suffer neglect
MALONE - Some heroin users do drugs in front of their kids. They leave hypodermic syringes and needles around their homes.
They ignore the needs of their children, basics like food, clean clothing, supervision. "These people get to a point where they just don't care about anything, including their children," Clinton County Sheriff David Favro said. "They just need that high, and they will do anything to get it."
June 23, 2014
Lake Katrine man, 57, accused of sexual contact with juvenile
TOWN OF ULSTER - A Lake Katrine man has been charged with sex crimes involving a child, state police said Wednesday.
Bruce A. Snow, 57, was arrested Tuesday by the Ulster County Family & Child Advocacy Center and charged with the felonies of sexual abuse and promoting obscene sexual performance by a child and the misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child.
June 11, 2014
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Take the Child and Run: Tales From the Age of ASFA
ASFA was the culmination of an assault on safe, effective programs to keep families together that began in the 1990's. The law has caused untold misery for thousands of children. While supposedly intended to solve the problems of the foster care system, it has, in fact, worsened those problems.
June 24, 2012
Child Abuse - Aids Experiment
Incarnation House has been the site at which high risk, painful, medical experiments are being conducted on children of color--including babies--who were diagnosed HIV positive.
June 24, 2012
Jacked Up: No Legal Recourse
New York State wrongly places couple on child abuse registry after couple looses child in accident.
May 15, 2010