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Between 1983 and 1993 the number of children in foster care had increased: 154% in California; 158% in Illinois; 67% in Michigan; 120% in New York; and 123% in Texas.

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by Matt Coker

A Laguna Niguel woman was convicted today of leaving her newborn daughter to die in an apartment complex dumpster.

The jury in Fullerton found 40-year-old Shawn Kelli Sepulveda--who friends called a "doting soccer mom" upon her August 2008 arrest--guilty of attempted murder and child abuse.

OC Weekly

July 28, 2010

ZEPHYRHILLS -- A couple was arrested Tuesday after police reported finding a marijuana operation inside a filthy home occupied by four children.

Desirae Cheri Unroe, 29, and Chen-Kuang Dion Unroe, 34, of 5728 19th St., each face charges of cultivating marijuana and child neglect. Zephyrhills police officers went to the house as part of a joint investigation with child protective services. When they arrived, they found an open sewer line emitting raw sewage onto the front lawn, a report stated.

St. Petersburg Times

September 29, 2010

Foster parents in the Yukon are getting their first financial boost from the territorial government in 12 years.

A 17 per cent increase will mean foster parents in Whitehorse will receive $31.55 a day to cover basic food and shelter expenses starting Oct. 1. The rate increase will vary in other Yukon communities.

CBC News (Canada)

September 1, 2009

Yuba County Child Protective Services workers noted the mother of a newborn found dead likely had a drug problem and that the mother admitted to using heroin three days before the baby was born, according to court documents.

Her name was Destany. She lived for only 11 days and died inside a room filled with drugs and needles at Linda's Rio Inn and Suites. Yuba County CPS knew something according to court documents. They knew the baby's mother, Jennifer Sierra, likely had a drug problem after the hospital notified the agency that baby Destany "tested positive for morphine and codeine at the time of birth."

August 3, 2013

The world became a smaller place with the advent of online social networking. MySpace pages are simple to construct and navigate - so simple, even a child can design one.

While MySpace was being conceived and constructed, another idea was taking root - a place of social networking that was centered around the concept of sharing video files. Ostensibly, the videos were supposed to be ones owned and created by the YouTube user, but anyone could see the opportunity for the distribution of copyrighted material, and soon duplicated versions of television shows were making the circuit, being uploaded almost as quickly as YouTube could take them down.

Therjcarter's Weblog

September 24, 2008

A local father who captured worldwide attention after posting a YouTube rant about his daughter is now responding to all the attention.

Tommy Jordan, from Stanly County, got mad after his daughter complained about doing chores on her Facebook page. In the video, titled "Facebook Parenting for the troubled teen" shows Jordan pull out a gun and shoots his daughter's laptop.

February 14, 2012

Officials say drawing by teen 'absolutely considered a threat'

A 13-year-old boy has been suspended for three days by an Arizona public school because he sketched a picture that resembled a gun, something school officials said they "absolutely" believed could pose a threat.

World Net Daily (AZ)

August 22, 2007

by Brooke Adams

Numerous studies, both here and in other parts of the country, have highlighted the struggles of youth who age out of foster care, finding they are more likely to be homeless, unemployed, under-educated and in jail.

One report released this month found nearly 60 percent of young men had been convicted of a crime, compared with 10 percent of young men who had never been in foster care. For women, three-quarters were on public assistance by age 24.

Salt Lake Tribune

May 3, 2010

A Warren County probation officer and church youth group leader is facing charges of child molestation.

Bradford Overton, 30, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of forcible touching. Police said Overton had sexual contact with two boys, ages 15 and 16, at his Nelson Avenue home.

Capital News 9 (NY)

December 6, 2006

ENID, Okla. - Youth and Family Services of Enid will begin helping the state of Oklahoma find homes for hundreds of foster children.

In August 2013, DHS privatized foster care and selected four contractors, three from Kansas and one from Oklahoma, to find foster homes. After a year, the two agencies responsible for rural Oklahoma have recruited less than 40 percent of the number of foster-care homes needed.

January 25, 2015


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