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In California, the number of children in foster care increased more than 400%, from 32,288 in 1983 to 175,000 in 2003.

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STOCKTON, CA - A Stockton baby girl is in critical condition and her father is behind bars on suspicion of child abuse.

Stockton police say Javier Gonzalez, 35, was arrested Monday for allegedly inflicting multiple serious injuries on the 3-month-old infant.

ABC News 10

September 23, 2008

by Gene Apodaca

KATY -- The parents and grandmother of a baby girl who died months ago now face criminal charges, accused of neglecting serious injuries that eventually took her life.

Now some children's rights advocates are criticizing Child Protective Services for not intervening before it was too late. Two-year-old Amber MacCurdy died back in April. It's a death that authorities say could have been prevented. CPS officials paid numerous visits to the girl's Katy home before her death.

ABC News 13

September 1, 2009

PHOENIX -- The father of an 8-year-old Liberian girl who was allegedly raped by four boys in a Phoenix apartment complex says he wants his daughter back with her family.

Child Protective Services took custody of the girl after police said her parents blamed her for the July 16 assault and didn't want her anymore. Prosecutors have charged a 14-year-old Liberian refugee as an adult. Three other boys -- ages 9, 10 and 13 -- have been charged in juvenile court.

ABC News 15

July 27, 2009

MESA, AZ - Family members say two toddlers left home alone on Sunday in deplorable conditions are now happy, clean and safe.

"When I grabbed him in my arms it was a big sigh of relief," said William Schiminski, the father of both boys, who now has custody. Their mother was arrested on child endangerment and neglect charges after police say she left the 2 and 3-year-old children in the home with little food, and "feces and urine stains all over the floor in the children's bedroom."

ABC News 15

June 24, 2009

by Juju Chang and Shana Druckerman

It's been two years since Larry Overton heard a Texas jury convict his wife, Hannah, of capital murder in the bizarre salt poisoning death of 4-year-old Andrew Burd, a child the couple was trying to adopt.

Last October, three justices in Texas' 13th Court of Appeals denied Hannah Overton's latest appeal. Hannah Overton, 32, is currently serving a life sentence in a Texas prison. To investigators, Andrew's sudden and bizarre death was no accident. Within days, the authorities had begun weaving a sinister tale of murder, theorizing that Hannah Overton had become overwhelmed with the arrival of a foster child.

ABC News 20/20

February 17, 2010

by Brent Hunsaker

PROVO, Utah -- A 14-year old girl from Ireland confides to her sister in Utah that she was being abused by their mother. But that is not good enough for Utah courts.

She is ordered returned to the custody of her father without a full hearing. Wednesday morning, officers showed up at Timpview and yanked Shannon out of an LDS seminary class. They then handed her over to her father.

ABC News 4

September 17, 2010

by Rob McMillan

A foster couple is accused of taking in thousands of dollars meant for child care and spending it on themselves.

They are also accused of trying to collect more money after the children had left their care. Over the past six years, Purcell and Laverne Johnson were trusted with taking care of nearly 90 foster children in their Riverside County foster home. For that, they were paid a salary of $144,000 a year.

ABC News 7

June 2, 2010

by John North

In an Eyewitness News exclusive interview, the head of an independent foster care agency tells his story. He expects to have his licensed revoked Tuesday.

Since January 2008 there have been 35 children in foster care in Los Angeles County who have died of abuse or neglect. One of them was under the care of United Care Inc.

ABC News 7

March 29, 2010

by Miriam Hernandez

A South Los Angeles foster mother and her live-in boyfriend are under investigation in the death of a 2-year-old girl who was struck with a hammer.

Thirty-year-old Kiana Barker and 38-year-old James Julian were arrested last week for investigation of murder, but were later released without charges. Police continue to investigate the child's death. The district attorney's office said it needs more evidence to file charges.

ABC News 7

March 17, 2010

by Lyanne Melendez

California could lose hundreds of millions of federal stimulus dollars, if the state fails to make changes in education. Now Governor Schwarzenegger is calling for a special legislative session to make sure the state gets that much-needed cash.

October is the deadline for states to apply for stimulus money for education -- $4.3 billion are up for grabs. But to receive those federal grants, California like other states, must submit an education package proposing changes in the way we educate kids. See video report.

ABC News 7

August 21, 2009


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