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by Fran Henry

It was early September when the ugly story flew out of Huron County and landed in newspapers with a thud. In their secluded Wakeman home, Michael and Sharen Gravelle made some of their 11 children sleep in cages with no blankets or pillows;

The doors were set with alarms to signal when they were opened. The adopted children, ages 1 to 14, have special needs, including Down syndrome, autism and HIV infection. The Gravelles' story exploded nationwide, and Gov. Bob Taft recommended changes in the adoption and foster care law, hoping to ensure that this never happens again.

The Plain Dealer (OH)

March 27, 2006

GALLUP -- A Gallup woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of child abuse resulting in death and child abuse.

The charges were filed against 34-year-old Cleo Juan after an 18-month-old boy who was in her care died from head injuries.

KOB-TV News (NM)

March 23, 2006

by Patty Fisher

Judge Len Edwards works at making parents cry. "It's my job to make them cry," he says. "If they don't cry, then we have a problem, because they don't understand the seriousness of the situation -- that they are about to lose their children."

Edwards supervises Santa Clara County's juvenile dependency court, which assumes responsibility for children whose parents abuse or neglect them. He decides who loses parental rights and who gets second chances. He challenges mothers and fathers to overcome the demons that stand between them and their families.

The Mercury News (CA)

March 15, 2006

by Diane Rado and Rick Pearson

If approved by lawmakers, Illinois would be the first state in the nation to offer so-called universal preschool to 3-year-olds and the fourth state to offer such access to 4-year-olds.

The program--a minimum 2 1/2-hour school day--would not be mandatory, and many families would likely stay in private preschools. Blagojevich's plan would cost an extra $135 million in the initial three years, with the price tag in outlying years still uncertain.

Chicago Tribune

February 13, 2006

A first grader was suspended for three days after school officials said he sexually harassed a girl in his class by allegedly putting two fingers inside the girl's waistband while she sat on the floor in front of him.

The boy's mother, Berthena Dorinvil, said she "screamed" about last week's suspension from Downey Elementary School, and added her son doesn't know what sexual harassment is. "He doesn't know those things," she told The Enterprise of Brockton. "He's only 6 years old."

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February 8, 2006

by Suzanne Jeskewitz

Madison -- Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released an evaluation of the Milwaukee Child Welfare program, which is administered by the Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS).

"More careful scrutiny of child welfare cases is warranted," said Joint Legislative Audit Committee Co-chair Carol Roessler (R-Oshkosh). "We must ensure that children in need of protection and safety services receive those services. Safety service contractors must be held accountable when they fail to provide necessary services to vulnerable children. These actions are endangering life situations and must be met with serious consequences."

Wisconsin Business News

February 8, 2006

by Gitika Ahuja

Boy's Mother Says He's Too Young to Even Understand the Accusation

A first-grader was suspended from Downey Elementary School in Brockton, Mass., after school officials said he sexually harassed a female schoolmate. The young boy is accused of touching a fellow first-grader's skin underneath the rear waistband of her pants.

ABC News

February 7, 2006

by Leslie Kaufman and Al Baker

The boy, whose family was being investigated by child welfare officials, died after suffering a fractured skull and lacerations to his liver.

A 4-year-old Bronx boy whose family was being investigated by child welfare officials died yesterday after suffering a fractured skull and severe lacerations to his liver in the messy, cold two-bedroom apartment he shared with four siblings and two adults, officials said. The boy's mother, 26, and her companion, 18, were being held last night for questioning in the child's death, the police said.

New York Times

January 31, 2006

Former Family Service Executive Director Larry Kallemeyn pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges Thursday related to his use of $21,000 in agency funds.

Investigators said Kallemeyn in 2002 transferred the Family Service money into an account he managed for the Lincoln office of StepFamily Association of America. Kallemeyn was executive director of StepFamily at the time. Kallemeyn was executive director of Family Service for 14 years. The nonprofit operates child care services, before- and after-school programs and food assistance programs.

Lincoln Journal Star (NE)

January 28, 2006

HONOLULU -- Hawaii's welfare program is so disorganized that it's impossible to say whether it is effectively helping the poor. That's according to a state audit.

Auditor Marion Higa says the state's anti-poverty projects lack accountability, so there's no way to tell if the people who need help the most are the ones receiving it. Lawmakers ordered the audit last spring after Democratic legislators criticized the Lingle administration for spending one million dollars on a drug and alcohol awareness media campaign. They said it was a waste of money to buy T-V ads rather than spend it on programs to fight poverty.

KPUA Hawaii News

January 25, 2006


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