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A study of "lack of supervision" cases in New York City by the Child Welfare League of America found that in 52% of the cases, day care was the service needed most, but the "service" offered most often was foster care.

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by Robin Wallace

A Tennessee federal judge in November ordered the arrest of all the employees at the Franklin County Department of Children's Services for refusing to implement his ruling on a custody case involving a two-year-old child.

Tennessee's child protective services office has been embroiled in scandal. Among other problems, caseworkers have been accused of falsify records and the state legislature has threatened to dismantle thestate's foster care system unless the DCS reforms.

Fox News (TN)

February 5, 2002

by Neil and Heidi Howard

Practically no one has the intelligence or fortitude to stand up to this onslaught from the state government.

When our story began in October of 1999, we cooperated with the DSS in order to fix what we thought was just a misunderstanding.

February 1, 2002

by Michele Keller

A Northern California woman who ignored court orders and fled to Texas with her two young daughters to keep them away from her ex-husband, a convicted sex offender, was sentenced Jan. 11 to a year in jail, the Associated Press reported.

Debra Schmidt, who was convicted in December of felony child abduction, has been ordered to return the children to California. She was also sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay more than $44,000 in fines and attorney's fees to the children's father, Manuel Saavedra, who has had a variety

National Organization for Women

January 15, 2002

by Edward G. Oliver

Expensive financial consultants are advising DSS how to "maximize federal revenues." This means that whether a particular child is seized from parents is often a factor of whether the DSS gets more federal money.

It is reported that the Department is making an extra $90 million a year by this method. The hiring of private consulting firms to manage child welfare is done nationwide by state governments, sometimes on a no-risk, contingency basis. This means that some of the federal money is being siphoned off by consulting firms. The children are paying the price. Massachusetts is a leader in the practice.

Massachusetts News

January 5, 2002

by Jordan Smith

Robin Cash is on a mission: to win a battle against the state's Child Protective Services arm of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.

The department, she charges, is doing more harm than good to Texas families and their children. To Cash, those abuses include under-trained caseworkers, caseworkers lying in court documents, kids being sent to unqualified therapists, and parents who are railroaded into relinquishing their parental rights.

The Austin Chronicle (TX)

December 28, 2001

by Barbara White Stack

Elisa Izquierdo's mother slammed the 6-year-old's head against a concrete wall, causing the child's brain to swell and press against the unyielding walls of her skull.

New York, like most states shielded abusive and neglectful families from public exposure by sealing child welfare records and juvenile court hearings. That secrecy also meant no one could examine the behavior of child welfare agencies or juvenile courts, and no one in the system would ever have to answer tough questions.

Post-Gazette (NY)

September 24, 2001

by Vicki Pierce

Like a lost soul on an endless voyage, Deborah Connor has never given up fighting to regain custody of her 11-year-old son, Ryan Cook.

When Deborah Connor lost custody of her 3-month-old, breast-feeding, infant son, on April 20, 1990, to Mark Cook, a batterer, in Billings, Montana, she couldn't believe that her right to due process was stolen in a court of law.

National Alliance for Family Court Justice

June 15, 2001

by Paula Werme, Esq.

No law can override the US Constitution. In New Hampshire, it's laws are also secondary to the NH Constitution. Each document has a Bill of Rights designed to place clear limits on the power of the government.

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom. However, this doesn't prevent the state's legislature from passing laws that are unconstitutional.


February 9, 2001

by Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz

A 5-month-old boy whose family was being supervised by District foster care workers died Saturday and police are investigating, the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency said in a prepared statement issued last night.

The agency provided no details of the death. But the D.C. medical examiner said his office is investigating reports that the infant -- identified by police as Christian Brock-Allen -- was severely allergic to dairy products and died after he was mistakenly given milk-based formula.

The Washington Post (DC)

January 19, 2001

Virtually everyone who studies or is involved in child welfare agrees: Visits between children and their parents matter.

Perhaps most important of all, visits matter because continued contact with parents increases the probability that children will go home to their families.

Jordan Institute for Families (NC)

November 14, 2000


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