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Mount Vernon mother arrested after daughter found dead
MOUNT VERNON - The mother of a toddler found dead in Mount Vernon was arrested Saturday in connection to the child's death.
Officials say 26-year-old Dasia Bartee is expected to be charged with first-degree manslaughter in connection to the death of 15-month-old Samia Yusef.
August 6, 2016
Chambersburg man charged with murder in Virginia
A Chambersburg man has been charged with first-degree murder in Virginia for the death of a Chambersburg woman who was found, with an apparent gunshot to the head, in a crashed vehicle last week, according to the Hanover County (Va.) Sheriff's Office.
Willie J. Bibbs Sr., 64, of Chambersburg, was charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a Hanover County Sheriff's release posted on the department's Facebook page and confirmed by the sheriff's spokesman.
July 24, 2016
A glimpse inside Child Protective Services
When someone calls the Fairfax County Child Protective Services' hotline for reporting abuse or neglect, a social worker is on hand to screen the report and determine whether or not it's valid.
Fairfax County (and every other jurisdiction in the state of Virginia) uses four criteria to determine whether a report warrants assignment to a CPS specialist: 1. The incident must have taken place in Virginia...
April 12, 2016
VCU professor says Nicole Lovell's online activities should serve as warning to parents, teens
Apps that are designed to make the user nearly anonymous have found favor with those who prey on young girls
Seeking affirmation, sexual or otherwise, is an age-old human condition, but the preponderance of mobile devices and social media apps allows us to cast a net into a worldwide abyss of unknown potential. The United Nations said there were more than 7 billion cellphone subscriptions in 2015 - 97 for every 100 people on Earth. Many criminal justice experts, educators and parents say that net has grown too large to leave unchecked in the hands of children and young adults who do not have the tools or the wherewithal to recognize when they're being duped - or worse.
February 14, 2016
Home-Schooling Movement Surges 62% in a Single Decade
Recent studies show the face of home schooling is changing, as online tools and better curricula make it easier for parents seeking a top-notch education for their children to make the leap.
Home schooling has experienced massive growth in the United States for more than a decade. The face of the home-education movement has also changed. Fewer parents now attribute the need to give religious instruction as the driving motivation behind their choice, with more parents such as Banks citing home schooling's educational benefits as the reason they are turning to the nontraditional method.
July 29, 2015
BREAKING: Virginia Medicaid abandons DSM-5
This week, Virginia's Medicaid program reminded providers that they must make the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 diagnostic coding on October 1, 2015, to comply with federal regulations.
However, at the same time, officials announced they are essentially abandoning the longstanding DSM diagnostic code sets. The decision is groundbreaking as no other state has made such a move. The announcement came from Magellan, which has an exclusive contract with the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) as the state's behavioral health administrator. Magellan manages everything from network development to claims processing.
June 19, 2015
Former foster mother charged with sexual relationship with foster son
A Westmoreland County woman is charged with having an ongoing relationship with a teen who was her foster son. Police say her own kids were sometimes present in the home when sex acts would occur.
"The defendant told the victim that she was unable to become pregnant," state police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause. "She would also periodically tell the victim not to tell anyone of their sexual relationship and also told him not to drink alcohol so he wouldn't accidentally tell anyone of their relationship."
March 7, 2015
Homeschooling Experts Affirm Parents' Primary Educator Role despite Government Oversight
The government should support, not usurp, the role of parents as primary educators of their children, agreed two Catholic homeschooling experts in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society about the current state of regulations.
"The educational benefits [of homeschooling] are many," said Dr. Mary Kay Clark, director of Seton Home Study School. This includes the student's ability to "proceed at the pace that is best for him in each subject" without being hurried along or held back by classmates. Additionally, Dr. Clark noted that nationally-standardized tests "have proved over the years that homeschooled students consistently outperform in-school students" with average homeschooled students scoring in the 85th percentile.
January 20, 2015
Goochland parents upset about new home school policy
A policy approved by the Goochland County School Board in 2013 has several parents who home school their children upset.
The policy requires children ages 14 and up who want to be home schooled to provide a statement about their religious beliefs to the school system. As part of that, the board reserves the right to bring the child and his or her parent in for a hearing.
January 9, 2015
More Parents Homeschooling to Escape Common Core
Evidence shows that parents are choosing to homeschool their children in order to escape the Common Core State Standards, two leaders in the Catholic homeschooling field told The Cardinal Newman Society.
Recent findings in several states indicate that there has been a significant increase in parents who choose to homeschool their children in order to avoid the Common Core standards being implemented in public and private schools, according to reports by Heartlander Magazine and EAGnews.org.
November 24, 2014
'You Don't Deserve to Have Kids!' - A Parking Lot Encounter
I am the mother of a 22-month-old boy, and I have been parenting him in a Free-Range style without really having a name for it. He has always been very independent, so I've always given him as much freedom as I feel a toddler can have.
Though I knew my parenting style was more hands-off than most of my counterparts, I always felt confident in my choice to trust my son and let him set his own limits (within reason of course - I have yet to let him sit down to play with cigarette butts in a busy parking lot). But about a month ago, something happened that really made me wonder if I was a terrible parent and wrong to think "stranger-danger" was overblown:
July 14, 2014
Waynesboro woman guilty of child abuse
STAUNTON - Kalynn Mazzola didn't slap her 1-year-old daughter. She wasn't the one who smashed her head into a wall. Mazzola didn't physically break the toddler's ribs.
But she didn't bother to stop the abuse either. In court Wednesday, the 19-year-old Waynesboro woman pleaded guilty to a felony count of child abuse after she did nothing to prevent her boyfriend, 26-year-old Andrew Ottinger, from harming the child.
June 11, 2014
Social Services receives Foster Families training through VA Cooperative Extension
Foster families are a unique and important part of communities nationwide. Foster parents provide a temporary and often permanent home for youth whose biological parents are unable to care for them in an adequate manner.
Unfortunately, because these youth frequently come from broken homes they often have various mental, behavioral and health issues. Two out of 3 Americans are overweight or obese and one out of three children. With childhood obesity on the rise across the nation, children in foster homes may be at an even greater risk.
June 6, 2014
Chesterfield homeschooler kicked out of prom over 'provocative dance'
A Chesterfield teen won't be left with the best memories of her senior prom, after she says she was kicked-out because chaperones at the church thought her dress was too short and her dancing too provocative.
CBS 6 spoke with the teen, who said she decided to write about her experience in a blog entry posted online on Mother's Day, because she wanted to share something bigger than just getting kicked out of prom - she wanted to make a stand for women and their right to be beautiful without being objectified.
May 14, 2014
Hanover police: boy left in car was sweating profusely, distressed
An Ashland mom is facing a felony charge, after police say her nine-year-old son spent part of Mother's Day alone, locked inside a sweltering car. The little boy is now out of Megan Toomey's custody, taken by child protective services.
Investigators say the Toomey, 31, left her child in the car for about 20 minutes, while she went into stores in the strip mall. The child was locked in the car, sweating profusely and from seat to seat, trying to find relief. The windows were barely cracked.
May 13, 2014
Homeschool sports bill moves forward in Virginia House
Maybe the sixth time's the charm. Del. Rob Bell, an Albemarle Republican, is trying once more for legislation allowing homeschooled students to participate in interscholastic sports and activities.
The bill would prohibit public schools from joining any group - namely the Virginia High School League - that excludes homeschooled students from participating in their sports and activities.
January 23, 2014
Prince William Seeks Birth Dates
Prince William County Public Schools recently sent a letter to homeschool families saying that the school system needed the birth dates of their children in order to "finalize" the families' notices of intent.
Many families have valid privacy and security reasons for not giving their children's birth dates to government agencies when it is not truly required. In fact, while Woodruff was drafting this letter a Virginia homeschool mom called him concerned that her son's identity may have been stolen!
October 23, 2013
Charges dismissed against Virginia women over alleged self-abortion
Virginia officials have dropped charges against two women, one of whom was a former abortion facility employee, they accused of committing a self-abortion.
Jessica Carpenter was 25 weeks pregnant when she arrived at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center already in labor. The baby boy she delivered on April 11 survived just 20 minutes after being born, according to hospital officials. Soon after the incident, Norfolk Child Protective Services received an anonymous tip that Carpenter and her friend Rachael Anne Lowe, 27, who had once worked at Tidewater Women's Health Clinic, a Norfolk abortion facility, took measures to ensure the child would die.
August 10, 2013
Mom accused of leaving daughters home alone
A Suffolk mother is accused of leaving her two young daughters home alone. Acting on an anonymous tip Sunday afternoon, Suffolk Police responded to the Heritage Acres Apartments at 1015 Nansemond Pkwy.
When an officer knocked on the door in question, a 3-year-old girl answered and her 2-year-old sister was standing nearby, according to police spokeswoman Diana Klink. Officers entered the apartment and found it to be unkempt, with food on the floors and infested with bugs.
June 25, 2013
VA police officers refused service because of guns
A server at Buffalo Wild Wings reportedly refused to serve eight police officers, because they had their weapons displayed.
The Prince William County Police officers were on-duty, but were in plain clothes, reports the Manassas Patch. They were refused service by an employee who stated that the property was a gun-free establishment. The officers had their badges displayed but still weren't served.
March 29, 2013
Declining Foster Care - a Good Thing or Bad?
The departure of a senior social-services administrator in the City of Richmond has prompted an investigation into the city's foster care program. The number of abuse and neglect petitions filed in the city's district court has plummeted.
The controversy stems in part from a national reevaluation of child welfare programs. For decades, reports Robert Zullo with the Times-Dispatch, foster children were often shuffled to from home to home, aging out of the system having never established family bonds. The new thinking has been to apply social-service resources to support struggling families before removing the children.
December 16, 2012
Home School viable option for parents, students
They are out there. If you see a child out of school on Fort Belvoir, they may not be new to the community or on their way to a doctor's appointment. They may simply be schooled at home.
They may simply be schooled at home. In the United States today, various sources estimate that between 1.9 and 2.5 million children are home schooled. With little to no public funding, home school families save tax payers roughly 16 billion dollars a year.
December 4, 2012
Home-school proponent well-versed in controversy
At dusk on a farm near the confluence of the Chickahominy and James rivers, about 26 miles west of Williamsburg, Va., home-schooling pioneer Susan Wise Bauer is out raking manure.
She cleans her sheep pens, douses her four horses and her donkey, Athena, with bug spray, and fills water troughs for her goats. It had been 103 degrees that afternoon, but the setting sun has brought in a breeze to cool the tomato fields and peach and apple groves on Peace Hill, a property that has been in her family for several generations. The farm offers Bauer a respite from battles she has fought with her detractors in America's increasingly diverse home-schooling community.
November 5, 2012
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Prisoners-of-War | Giles County Virginia
Despite repeated requests, a court order and unfulfilled promises, CPS officials in Giles County Virginia are hiding children as if they were prisoners-of-war. What do they have to hide?
February 5, 2013
C.S. v. Virginia Beach Department of Social Services
C.S. (mother) appeals a decision of the Circuit Court of the City of Virginia Beach terminating her parental rights to her child, B.B., and awarding custody of the child to the Virginia Beach Department of Social Services.
June 24, 2012
Foster Child Bill of Rights
The Foster Child Bill of Rights was voted on and passed, in Pennsylvania (1973) and in Virginia (1983), and has been adopted by various other states in recent years. This is a new section, data will be added regularly so be sure to check back.
June 24, 2012
Jacked Up: Teenage Rebellion
"If it could happen to us, it could happen to anyone," says savvy Virginia Mom, after social service worker told her not to force her teenager to attend church.
May 15, 2010
Jacked Up: Wake Up America!
You people haven't heard anything yet! Here in Mingo County, West Virginia, the tail end of everything, my child was removed from our home Wednesday evening just because the CPS worker - get this now - "heard" from somebody that my wife is bi-polar.
May 15, 2010
Jacked Up: Confidentiality Protects State
State workers often turn deaf ear to abuse reports made by parents who's children have been Kidjacked by the state and reside with strangers in foster care.
May 15, 2010
Jacked Up: Loudoun CO Kidjacking
My son was recently taken hostage by DFS from his school. He is ten years old and suffers from bipolar disorder and ADHD. He is currently doing well; he is stable on medication and being treated by a private psychiatrist and private therapist.
May 15, 2010