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On average, a child who enters care will remain in foster care for 32 months; only about half will return to their parents.

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Washington CPS News Archive

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Washington News Coverage

by Steve Guntli

Two young girls who were placed in a foster home in Custer with a boy accused of sexual assault were awarded an $8 million settlement this week.

On February 10, jurors in Whatcom County Superior Court awarded $4 million each to the two girls, who were placed into foster care in 2003 at the ages of 6 and 3. Judge Ira Uhrig ruled that the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) was liable for the damages for placing the girls in the home in which a 12-year-old boy had recently been accused of abusing a 5-year-old relative.

thenorthernlight.com

February 20, 2016

by Andrew Binion

TACOMA - A judgment that found Child Protective Services was not responsible for an infant's debilitating injuries at the hands of his Kingston birth father in 2008 has been reversed.

The civil case against CPS and wider state Department of Social and Health Services will be sent back to Pierce County Superior Court for a new trial after the state Division II Court of Appeals found Tuesday that jurors were given incorrect instructions during deliberations. The agency, which is represented by the state Attorney General's Office, might appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

kitsapsun.com

December 24, 2015

A teachers strike in Washington state has left 53,000 students without a classroom.

"There's a big irony here right now in Seattle," said Liv Finne, director of Education for the Washington Policy Center, which advocates for charter schools in the state. "The teachers are on strike in the traditional schools-there's nobody going to school. Yet, the three charter schools that are in Seattle are open for business."

dailysignal.com

September 14, 2015

by Donald W. Meyers

Two 8-year-old twins who Yakima police say were so malnourished that they weighed less than 44 pounds each are recovering, while their mother remains jailed on multiple abuse charges.

Police said the girls told them they'd been abused, starved and locked in a bedroom at their home in the 300 block of North Ninth Street before relatives took them and called authorities Feb. 6. "In my 13 years of law enforcement experience, I have not observed children so severely malnourished," Yakima Detective Michael Durbin wrote in an affidavit.

yakimaherald.com

February 25, 2015

by Keith Eldridge

Foster families are under a new mandate that everyone in their house needs a flu shot if they have foster kids under two years of age.

Seven other babies have come through her home, including Bonnie, who is now 4-years old and adopted by the Smith family. But the little 2-week-old may get taken away by the state unless Smith and all the members of her house get a flu shot. That includes the older foster kids in her care. She's not going to comply.

komonews.com

January 12, 2015

by Phone

A Spokane man is being charged with abandoning a child after leaving his 2-year-old son alone in a car on the South Hill for more than five hours in freezing temperatures.

Officers located the car with the boy inside around 9:45 p.m. According to court documents, the boy was wearing nothing but pants and a t-shirt. He was shivering, had bright red feet and did not respond to officers. His skin was cold to the touch and his diaper was soaked through.

spokesman.com

January 7, 2015

by Carol Kuruvilla

A Washington state mom has been accused of letting her two small children live in filth and fend for themselves while she was stuck in jail.

Cops say 23-year-old single mom, Qiara Emerson, abandoned her 1- and 3-year-old children for five days in an Auburn condo. Neighbors pitched in to give the kids a bath. before they were taken into custody by Child Protective Services. The kids are now in foster care.

nydailynews.com

June 26, 2014

Confusion over state policy is preventing an HSLDA member family from receiving discount ferry boat tickets for education-related trips. We are working to resolve the situation.

Recently a member family from the Puget Sound contacted HSDLA about being unable to obtain the educational discount rate for the Washington State Ferry (WSF). For years, homeschoolers in the area had received a reduced rate by providing a letter stating that a specific ferry trip was for an education-related purpose. Recently, WSF began instructing homeschoolers to include their local school district number on the letter. Our member family was contacted in May by their local school district demanding that they stop utilizing the district number.

hslda.org

June 25, 2014

Detectives in Bothell are investigating the assault of a 4-month-old child. Bothell police were contacted by Child Protective Services at 10 p.m. on May 29 about a girl who was brought to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.

Medical staff who evaluated the 4-month-old girl's condition said her injuries appeared to be the result of an assault. According to a search warrant, the girl has broken ribs, a fractured arm and no brain activity. The girl was later transported to Children's pediatric intensive care unit where she is in protective custody.

kirotv.com

June 12, 2014

by Elisa Hahn

It was a bill everyone thought was dead in the water, but squeaked through in the last hour of the legislative session.

The bill aims to help foster kids transition into adulthood. For foster child Mykell Daniels, turning 18 was a scary concept. "I wasn't sure if I was going to stay with my foster family, if I was just going to be alone, and not know what to do," said Daniels.

king5.com

March 18, 2014

Booze prices at bars and restaurants in Washington may go up this year as multiple interests fight over rules following the voter-approved privatization of the state's liquor system.

Since the end of Prohibition in the 1930s the state had tightly controlled the distribution and sale of liquor. But in 2011 Washington voters approved a privatization initiative that was supported by Costco and other retail interests. Costco spent more than $20 million backing Initiative 1183 and distributors also provided millions.

king5.com

February 25, 2014

BREMERTON, Wash. -- Firefighters in Bremerton are investigating a fatal house fire Sunday morning.

It happened just before 5 a.m. in the 6600 block of NE Wellsly Place. When crews arrived at the scene, the home was completely engulfed in flames.

king5.com

February 25, 2014

by Renay San Miguel

Thurston County deputies are investigating the death of a 2-year-old child as suspicious. Medics transported the child to St. Peters Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Medics transported the child to St. Peters Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The child was named as an abuse victim in an earlier complaint to Child Protective Services. The Thurston County Sheriff's Office said that investigation is still open.

king5.com

February 25, 2014

by Susannah Frame

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Senate Ways and Means Committee has not yet scheduled a hearing on a bill aimed at protecting the rights of abused and neglected children in Washington state. If that doesn't happen by Tuesday, the landmark bill will die.

The proposal, SB 6126, sponsored by the Chair of the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee, Sen. Steve O'Ban (R-University Place) was drafted after reporting by the KING 5 Investigators. The series of reports, "Fostering Justice," exposed how Washington law lags behind the country in providing legal advocates for foster children.

nwcn.com

February 9, 2014

by Emily Gillespie

Vancouver police continue the search this morning for a missing and endangered 5-month-old boy. Jaxon Smith was ordered into the custody of Washington Child Protective Services on Nov. 27.

However, during the custody transfer, the boy's father Kasey McKernan, 31, assaulted an agency employee and snatched the child, police said. He then reportedly fled with Jaxon in a black 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck driven by the boy's mother, Summer B. Smith, 36. The vehicle's license plate is A11272U.

columbian.com

December 5, 2013

In a domestic violence case, a judge made an unexpected decision to jail the victims, while the accused abuser was released.

The innocent family was shackled and chained until they agreed to testify against their family member. In an incident back in April, Joel Darvell, 36, allegedly choked his wife while drunk, causing his son to tackle him and stop the assault. Darvell allegedly pistol-whipped his son and then fired a .45 caliber round into the wall of their home. No injuries were sustained. Darvell was charged with assault and assault with a firearm. Prosecutors moved forward with a trial, but Darvell's wife and children - a 17-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter - all refused to testify.

policestateusa.com

October 14, 2013

by Chanie Kirschner

ave you ever tasted jarred baby food? It isn't that good. So why feed it to your little one? That was the quandary facing new mom Caroline Freedman when she was pregnant with her first child.

Today, NurturMe's dried baby food line includes yummy organic first fruits and veggies like Scrumptious Squash and Crisp Apple right up to NurturMeals blends like Carrots, Raisins, and Sweet Potato for older babies. Quinoa is all the rage with foodies these days, thanks to its protein-packed punch in the guise of a delicious carb.

tri-cityherald.com

September 23, 2013

by John Stang

Six foster care-related bills went into the Washington State Legislature's hopper last session. Three passed. Two were set aside because they were duplicative. The sixth stalled, but has a chance at passing in 2014.

Both House and Senate overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1566 (from Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle), which requires that a parent, foster parent, a relative or another person be designated as a formal education liaison to make sure that every foster child has an advocate in the education system. Lawmakers also enacted Senate Bill 5389 (from Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane), which mandates that siblings who are placed in separate foster homes be allowed to visit each other as often as possible. (Families of four or more siblings are more likely to be split among two or more homes.) Billig's bill passed both chambers overwhelmingly. A version of it (HB 1204) from Rep. Mary Helen Roberts, D-Mukilteo, passed the House unanimously, but was set aside to avoid duplication.

crosscut.com

September 23, 2013

by Jeremy Pawloski

YELM, Wash. - A pregnant Yelm woman tested positive for methamphetamine, so she tried to hide the fact that she gave birth to her daughter in a bathtub at her home earlier this week, according to a sheriff's sergeant.

The woman tried to keep the birth a secret because she feared - correctly - that authorities would take the child away after the positive meth test, according to Thurston County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Brady. "She was very aware that authorities knew she had tested positive for methamphetamine," Brady said.

policeone.com

August 19, 2013

A Yelm woman allegedly addicted to meth gave birth to baby at home to avoid alerting Child Protection Services to the baby's birth.

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office received a tip from CPS Aug. 13 at 6:47 a.m. that a 31-year-old woman may have given birth at her home "without required medical care in an attempt to keep CPS from taking her baby into protective custody," according to a press release from the sheriff's department.

yelmonline.com

August 19, 2013

by Ashley Davidson

The two-story, brick house is tidy, inside and out. Nary a stray Barbie shoe or Lego lurks to pierce the soft underbelly of feet as homeschooling mother of four Brittany Thomas gives a tour of her 1920s-era home.

Self-described as "green" and "crunchy," Thomas and her family live in Seattle. He works and she stays home, but little else about them adheres to the now-aging stereotype of homeschool families. Instead of a frazzled mother on the fringes of suburbia, Thomas is collected and organized, with a laid-back, yet purposeful, approach to the home education of her children.

queenannenews.com

July 17, 2013

by Erik Lacitis

The mother and grandparents of a 9-year-old Tacoma boy who weighed 45 pounds when examined by a doctor, and who authorities say was beaten with a spatula and coat hangers, and thrown off a porch, were charged Friday with assaulting a child.

The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office also charged the mother, Maria Lynn Isler, 31, with criminal mistreatment in the second degree. The documents filed in Pierce County Superior Court said the boy has been placed in protective custody by Child Protective Services.

seattletimes.com

July 13, 2013

by John Dodge

More than 44,000 children in this state are being raised by grandparents or relatives other than their parents, outside the formal child welfare system.

Add in all the children who rely on extended family in more informal ways to stay fed, clothed and sheltered and the number swells several times over. I met a few of these kids whose parents are unable or unwilling to care for them, along with their kinship caregivers, at a small, but moving, ceremony Thursday at the state Capitol where six children were honored for submitting winning essays about their experiences.

theolympian.com

July 13, 2013

The Lewis County Democrats along with the 19th and 20th Legislative District Democrats are presenting a public forum on genetically modified organisms, which will include information regarding Initiative 522 to require GMO food labeling in Washington.

Guest speakers will include state Sen. Maralyn Chase, of the 32nd Legislative District, Steve Hallstrom, a local farmer who is opposed to GMO foods, Tristan Vaughn, of Garden Raised Bounty, and a representative from I-522.

chronline.com

May 14, 2013

I-522: The People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. Labelitwa.org is an anti-GMO activist organization that has put together a piece of legislation that would mandate labelling for foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

In the United States, 24 states have an initiative process. If the people want a law and they cannot get their legislators to enact it, the people may gather a certain number of signatures stipulated by the state, within a limited amount of time, to put a proposed law on the ballot for people to vote on directly. Every state has different requirements. Do you know if it's GMO? Genetically engineered foods are not proven safe and the long-term health risks on humans have not been investigated adequately. Accumulating research has prompted a growing number of countries to require mandatory labelling.

commonground.ca

April 8, 2013

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by Annette M. Hall

A 12-year-old adopted boy with a history of serious mental and emotional problems went to school one day and told his Garfield-Palouse middle school counselor his mother beat him up. He said she slugged him in the nose, choked him, socked him in the chest, threw him up against the wall, sat on him and hit him 150 times with a board.

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I come from a long line of military veterans. Each male member of my family has served in the military in one fashion or another. My father and husband both served in the Navy, my Uncle served as a Marine in South Korea.

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by Annette Hall

Question: When is an accidental injury considered abuse? Answer: Any time state Child Protective Service workers are called in to investigate a family. How do caseworkers get away with this? Our federal government is paying them to rip our children from our arms. Teisha has experienced this travesty of justice first-hand...

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by Annette Hall

Back in July a story ran on KPTV's Fox 12 out of Oregon about a father who was accused of kidnapping his own child.

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May 15, 2010

by Annette Hall

I really need some help here. I have been accused of fracturing my infant's skull, although I have reports saying that doctors don't suspect child abuse.

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May 15, 2010

by Annette Hall

CPS Prevents Mother From Being With Dying Child

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May 15, 2010

by Annette Hall

My name is Kathy A., I live in Tacoma, Washington with my husband. In 2006 I involuntarily lost my rights to my daughter to C.P.S.

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May 15, 2010

by Annette Hall

My name is Bre'anna I am 12-years-old, me and my 2 sisters and my 1 brother were taken from my mom a year ago from Washington State.

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by Annette Hall

Attention Washington State Families: Join possible class action lawsuit.

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by Annette Hall

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