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Between 1972 - 1997, the number of abuse allegations have increased over 500% annually, while the population of the USA has increased only 27.5%.

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A sexual offender who attracted statewide attention when he was jailed because he could not find a place to live was back in court Thursday for violating his probation.

The judge intervened -- and ordered the Department of Corrections to stop making such arrests -- after Daughtry was locked up for 60 days after his seven-year prison sentence ended because he could not find a home.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL)

April 7, 2006

by Leah Farr

A SU police officer is accused of molesting two 4-year-old girls in Swatara Township. Swatara police arrested Michael Fernsler, 33, of Orrstown, after a foster mother reported the two children had been molested by a friend of the family.

According to reports, Fernsler was visiting the girl’s home in Dauphin County on March 23 when he took them to a bedroom and sexually assaulted them. Fernsler, who was a foster parent, was released from Dauphin County Prison after posting $50,000 bail. Two male foster children who lived with Fernsler and his wife have since been removed from their house, according to police.

The Sentinel Online (PA)

April 5, 2006

by Ofelia Casillas

Federal officials criticized the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for failing to protect child abuse victims from future harm, in a report that showed the state fell below national standards for preventing repeated episodes of abuse.

The report also knocked DCFS for failing to prevent abuse in the first place, saying Illinois was among the worst states in the nation at providing services that might keep families out of trouble and kids safe.

Chicago Tribune (IL)

April 5, 2006

by David Siders

A federal jury returned a $2.6 million verdict Friday against Stockton and two members of the Police Department, siding with a father and daughter who claimed police wrongfully took the girl from day care.

Crystal Keller was 4 years old and the subject of a custody dispute when police collected her from the home of her Orangevale day-care provider in 2002. Her mother lived in Stockton. Police did not have a warrant or proof Crystal was in danger.

Record Net (CA)

April 4, 2006

Authorities investigating the slaying of a Child Protective Services administrator have no firm suspects but are interested in a half-dozen people, including a man who once dated the woman and a couple who became angry during a visit to her office.

The partially clothed body of Sally Blackwell, 53, was found in a Victoria County field March 15. Investigators say she was strangled. Police say two bloodhounds followed a scent on a rope found around Blackwell's neck to the home of a former Victoria Sheriff's Department captain who had dated her. The man's home was searched, but he hasn't been charged, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in Sunday's editions.

ABC 13 (TX)

April 3, 2006

by Millete Birhanemaskel

Their stories would make any parent's heart bleed. "I got my husband to confess to (sexually) assaulting my daughter. He went to jail, and then they took my daughter away from me," one mother says.

"My daughter ran away, and they don't know where she is," another mother chimes in. "They never come back the way they leave." "They believe the state is the mother, the nanny. This is a Watergate, it truly is," said Ray Dixon, a grandfather.

The Greeley Tribune (CO)

April 1, 2006

by Troy Anderson

With only nine hours to spare before the deadline, the federal government approved a long-awaited funding waiver that will allow Los Angeles County's child-protective system to use a large chunk of its budget on innovative services to keep families toget

"This is revolutionary," county Department of Children and Family Services Director David Sanders said. "This is the first (large waiver) in the country. It's absolutely huge. It completely changes the financial incentives within the child-welfare system for the state and county." The state of California, at the request of DCFS, first sought the flexible funding waiver in mid-2004 following a Daily News series that revealed that government and private contractors profit from foster children. DCFS officials admitted that up to half the children in foster and adoptive homes were needlessly placed in a system that is often more dangerous than their homes. Officials said state and federal laws had created incentives for placing children in foster care since the county and its contractors receive $30,000 to $150,000 annually for each child.

Los Angeles Daily News (CA)

March 31, 2006

by Wendy McElroy

A child custody case in Massachusetts may be placing family court procedures on a collision course with the First Amendment.

Last week, a Massachusetts family court judge issued an order restraining the distribution of a book entitled "Exposing the Corruption in the Massachusetts Family Courts." The author, Kevin Thompson, is a non-custodial parent who feels betrayed by a judicial system that he calls "anti-father." Thompson claims that his book is "banned" in the Boston sense of that word. But according to the order, which Thompson received by mail last Friday, impounding the book is necessary to protect the privacy interests of the minor child. In other words, the book includes information about Thompson's 4-year-old son, which violates a minor's privacy in a legal proceeding.

Fox News

March 29, 2006

by Katherine Knowles

As the gay adoption debate shows no signs of resolution in America, the Republican party's Representative for Hendersonville, Debra Maggart, says she believes gay couples may adopt children for the purpose of molesting them.

"We also have seen evidence that homosexual couples prey on young males and have, in some instances, adopted them in order to have unfretted access to subject them to a life of molestation and sexual abuse," she claimed.

Pink News (UK)

March 28, 2006

by Dana Wilson

The abuse exposed in a northern Ohio home where 11 adopted special-needs children were sometimes caged has sparked state legislation that would revise rules for largefamily adoptions.

Some child-protection officials say two bills presented this month could have better protected the children who fell victim to the system. "Ultimately, there's a purpose for this legislation, and I think it would've prevented this from happening," said Erich Dumbeck, director of the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services. "I think the changes that they're making are good changes."

The Columbus Dispatch

March 28, 2006


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