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by Gus Thomson

With the possibility of relieving some of the budget shortfalls it's facing in coming years, Placer County's Dept. of Child Support Services may move from N. Auburn to the soon-to-be-built South Placer Justice Center near Roseville.

Deputy CEO Robert Bendorf said Tuesday that funding from the state and federal governments is not expected to keep up with costs associated with the department. The county could save "several hundred thousand dollars" with a move down the hill to the new justice center, he said.

Auburn Journal

May 25, 2005

Staff from the County Executive Office and the Personnel Department are working with the Department of Child Support Services to avert layoffs in the wake of a $760,000 projected department budget deficit for 2005-06.

According to the Child Support Directors Association of California, funding constraints in county CSS departments are expected to result in more than 1,000 unfilled positions or layoffs in counties across California.

Rocklin and Roseville Today (CA)

May 25, 2005

by Phuong Cat Le

Inside the one-story white house where she awaits trial this summer on a charge of first-degree manslaughter, Maribel Gomez insists that she's a good mother and always has been able to care for her children -- better than anyone else.

The two complained about the way their kids are being treated in foster care and maintained they're the best people to take care of them. The children are often dirty when they visit, she said. One boy was wearing torn shoes, and he "looked like an orphan," said Arechiga. "Supposedly CPS is there to take care of children, and they're not doing that."

Seattle Post Intelligencer (WA)

May 25, 2005

by Barbara White Stack

The duty of child protective agencies to rescue abused children doesn't exempt them from the type of standards police must meet to search homes for evidence of crimes, a state appeals court has ruled.

A three-judge panel of state Superior Court decided last week that caseworkers can't ignore parents' Fourth Amendment freedom from unreasonable searches. The responsibilities of a child welfare agency "to investigate each and every allegation of child abuse [and] neglect, including visiting the child's home at least once during its investigation, do not trump an individual's constitutional rights,"

May 25, 2005

by Sam Skolnik

Man, 55, allegedly violated 7 students at North Seattle school

King County prosecutors charged a Seattle elementary school teacher yesterday with child molestation after police said an investigation found that he had touched or kissed seven female students since 2001.

Seattle Post Intelligencer (WA)

May 20, 2005

by Holly Danks

Washington County shuts down two buildings after an envelope's white substance spills onto a worker

Fire and police officials evacuated the Washington County Juvenile Services Building. Two investigators in protective suits entered the Juvenile Services Building and retrieved the envelope and samples of the spilled powder. Eubanks said the FBI was expected to analyze the powder to see whether it grows anthrax spores, a process that takes about 24 hours.

The Oregonian

May 20, 2005

by Ted Roelofs

The nightmarish days of children being chained to beds in bleak orphanages are thought to be gone.

But Romania still has a long way to go in its evolving child welfare system, prompting top government officials to travel to distant West Michigan to inspect its approach.

The Grand Rapids Press (MI)

May 19, 2005

by Greg Toppo

Inexperienced teachers' difficulties with unruly students prompt state-financed preschools to expel about 5,000 students a year, a rate more than three times higher than that of most K-12 public schools.

The findings, released Monday, put the first solid numbers on what observers say is a worsening behavior problem among very young students. The findings also suggest that while the national debate over pre-kindergarten focuses on how to get more low-income kids into the programs, "there appears to be a back door through which some children - the ones who stand the most to gain from these programs - are sometimes pushed," says Walter Gilliam of Yale's Child Study Center and the author of the report. "These 3- and 4-year olds are barely out of diapers."

AZ Central (AZ)

May 19, 2005

A federal judge whose family was murdered is urging the Senate to condemn harsh remarks about the judiciary.

U-S District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow (LEF'-koh) told the Senate Judiciary Committee the safety of judges around the country is at stake. She says, "Fostering disrespect for judges can only encourage those who are on the edge, or the fringe, to exact revenge on a judge who ruled against them."


May 18, 2005

Five hundred employees at Franklin County Children Services were poised to go on strike Tuesday night after being unable to reach a new contract with the county.

Union members were set to begin striking at 7 a.m. Wednesday at all six locations where FCCS has offices. The social service agency wants the employees to start paying a portion of health care premiums. But the workers argue that they have already sacrificed higher wages in exchange for better benefits.


May 18, 2005


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