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Between 1998-2008, 4801 children died nationwide, while living in foster care. (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS))

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California CPS News Archive

California News Coverage

SACRAMENTO - Raw milk products produced by Organic Pastures of Fresno County, with the exception of raw colostrum, have been released from a statewide quarantine that began Nov. 15.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) imposed the quarantine in response to notification from the California Department of Public Health connecting E.coli O157:H7 food-borne illness to the dairy.

December 17, 2011

by Jeff Hodson

Sean Paddock suffocated when he was wrapped too tightly in blankets. Lydia Schatz died after being spanked for several hours.

And Hana Grace-Rose Williams, of Sedro-Woolley, was left out in the cold, where she died naked, face down in the mud. The deaths of the three children occurred in different parts of the country - North Carolina, California and Washington - but each allegedly happened at the hands of their parents, all of whom were charged with murder.

December 6, 2011

A social worker from Tehama County Social Services Child Protective Services called the Red Bluff Police Department for help just after 11 a.m. Thursday at the maternity ward at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital.

December 6, 2011

What began with the arrest of a man police say failed to register as a sex offender, ended up as so much more.

A couple is facing neglect charges after authorities say they saw small children living in a filthy Oakland City home. State troopers say they were serving an arrest warrant and saw more than 100 cockroaches crawling on a child's bed, a claim the homeowner denies.

December 6, 2011

by Gerry Smith

SAN DIEGO -- After bouncing between a dozen foster and group homes here in this seaside town where the Pacific shore meets the Laguna Mountains, Mercediz Hand wanted at least one thing in her adult life: a stable home.

But after aging out of foster care, Hand discovered someone had been using her identity since she was 10, taking out a mortgage and racking up $3,000 in unpaid cellphone bills. Her credit was ruined. This summer, she slept in her car, a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, because she could not qualify for an apartment. Then her car was repossessed because she defaulted on a loan with a 21 percent interest rate -- the lowest rate that lenders would offer. She finally found a landlord who did not check her credit, but she wants to move because her apartment is infested with roaches and termites.

December 2, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Lisa Gesik hesitates to log into her Facebook account nowadays because of unwanted "friend" requests, not from long-ago classmates but from the ex-husband now in prison for kidnapping her and her daughter.

Neither Gesik nor prison officials can prove her ex-husband is sending her the messages, which feature photos of him wearing his prison blues and dark sunglasses, arms crossed as he poses in front of a prison gate. It doesn't matter if he's sending them or someone else is - the Newport, Ore., woman is afraid and, as the days tick down to his January release, is considering going into hiding with her 12-year-old daughter.

November 21, 2011

For nearly a year, the forest service searched through the packed pines of the Sierra, looking for the perfect six story tall Christmas Tree.

For the first time, a tree from the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County will sit on the West Lawn of the Capitol for Christmas. After a tribal ceremony, the tree was cut down with cranes preventing the 57 foot tall white fir from being damaged from a fall.

November 12, 2011

Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen is expected to issue a ruling soon on a request from the Huber Enterprise Smoke Shop in Loleta for a protective order against the state.

Robinson said the state doesn't need Huber's tax documents or the tax documents of her employees in order to investigate whether the state can establish jurisdiction over the shop. Robinson said the state doesn't need Huber's tax documents or the tax documents of her employees in order to investigate whether the state can establish jurisdiction over the shop.

November 11, 2011

by Tina Falco

San Andreas, CA-- The Calaveras County Public Health Department is observing the Great American Smokeout this month by working with preschool children and current smokers.

To help smokers kick the habit, the Tobacco Prevention Program is offering a no-cost Quit Kit and referrals to the California Smoker's Helpline. The Smoker's Helpline, 1-800-NOBUTTS, offers free cessation counseling by telephone. For a limited time, the Helpline is also offering a two week nicotine patch starter kit that is available by mail to adults living in Calaveras County.

November 11, 2011

by Tina Falco

The meals of state senators will no longer be paid for by California taxpayers.

According to the Associated Press, the Senate Rules Committee voted yesterday to end free meals for senators when sessions run long into the lunch or dinner hour.

November 10, 2011

by B.J. Hansen

The California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection approved a $150 fee yesterday for homeowners in the State Responsibility Area for CAL Fire.

"It is outrageous that the Fire Board voted to increase the fire tax to the maximum of $150," says Kristin Olsen, 25th District Assembly member. "There is no guarantee that services will be increased for those who pay this tax and the new revenues that the fire tax will generate will not boost existing firefighting resources."

November 10, 2011

by Daniel Heimpel

A new study paints a nuanced picture of outcomes for young people as they age out of foster care and/or the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles.

A comprehensive study released this week takes a sobering and nuanced look at the experiences of youth as they age out of Los Angeles County's foster care and/or juvenile justice system. The study, funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and conducted by the University of Pennsylvania with the L.A. County Chief Executive Office, uses administrative data in the domains of public welfare, criminal justice, health, mental health, substance abuse, employment, earnings and educational attainment to asses how well these vulnerable youth are doing as long as eight years after exiting either or both systems.

November 8, 2011

Fresno city crews will once again cleanup homeless camps in the downtown area Monday morning.

More than 40 people were cleared out near Santa Fe, south of Ventura under the Highway 41 overpass. On Monday, crews will begin cleaning up Golden State from Monterey Street bridge to E Street.

November 7, 2011

by Sontaya Rose

A toddler is dead, and Fresno Police have a lot of questions about what happened to the child in the moments leading up to his death.

Investigators from both the homicide and child abuse unit are investigating this suspicious death. But, they will rely on information from an autopsy to find out what happened to the young boy. After hours of collecting evidence inside a West Central Fresno apartment, the crime scene tape is down, but no one answered the door at the unit where a two year old lived. Neighbors say they were very upset to hear about the little boy's death.

November 7, 2011

by Kmph Web Staff -

Fresno County Child Protective Services is trying to determine if someone is responsible for a child's death.

Police say they went to a home near McKinley and Marks in West Fresno Sunday afternoon after receiving a call of suspicious circumstances involving a 2-year-old. [Video Report]

November 7, 2011

by Annie

Nearly a dozen people have been arrested over the past week in Tuolumne County for the cultivation of marijuana.

Some have medicinal marijuana cards and thought they were protected under the state's laws governing medicinal cannabis.

November 7, 2011

by Shawn and Annette

Attorneys for medical marijuana advocates on Monday sought a temporary restraining order to put a stop to a federal crackdown on California pot dispensaries, claiming the effort by the state's four U.S. attorneys is unconstitutional.

We know the federal government is broke and looking for revenue sources, but to resort to outright theft is an egregious miscarriage of justice and must stop. This so-called "crack down" by the federal government for some reason targets only residents of California, even though similar laws exist in Colorado and Michigan. A curious person might ask why the sudden crackdown only in California?

November 3, 2011

by The Huffington Post

Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio addressed his 'Cold Case Posse' looking into President Barack Obama's birth certificate at an Arizona tea party meeting with "birther queen" Orly Taitz Tuesday night.

Taitz, who conservative outlet WorldNetDaily says flew in from California on short notice, talked for a few minutes about her claim that the president was not born in the United States. The audience applauded her during her speech, and several members stood up at the end.

October 28, 2011

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) - A California jury has convicted a teen of fatally shooting his 17-year-old friend, dismembering the body and burning it in a backyard bonfire.

Rios was killed Nov. 15, 2009, when he went to Campos' home to watch a football game. Prosecutors say Campos shot Rios in the face with a rifle during an argument, then dismembered and burned the body in a backyard pit.

CNS News

October 27, 2011

by Dava Castillo

California is taking the lead to ban the death penalty. Supporters of the initiative include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Office of Social Ministry for the Catholic Diocese, NAACP and some retired judges, reported in Sign In San Diego.

The ban on the death penalty would be replaced by life in prison if the initiative passes in California, and there is still the possibility of wrongful convictions; however, if like Mr. House a person is subsequently cleared, they can be released. The question still remains about what we owe the wrongfully convicted and can someone like Mr. House ever be adequately compensated.

October 26, 2011

by Janay Swain

Having grown up in the foster care system, I am not surprised that foster youths generally don't do as well as their peers in school. But a new report from the California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership could be a wake-up call.

New data systems linking education and foster care system data make it possible to track foster youths' performance in school, and the results are sobering. In elementary school, three in four foster youths perform below grade level. By third grade, an overwhelming 80 percent have had to repeat a year of school. Only one in 20 foster youths is proficient in math by the 11th grade, and only one in five in English.

October 19, 2011

by David Kirp

The statistics tell the tale. Although the United States is the wealthiest nation in the world, a 2009 study of 30 countries by the OECD reports that the child-poverty rate in this country is twice the OECD average.

Using the latest in webcasting technology, two organizations -- Fostering Media Connections and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute -- will create a "National Conversation" in which teachers and students In California, researchers in Illinois and policymakers in Washington, D.C. discuss hurdles and strategies in improving educational outcomes for students in foster care.

October 18, 2011

by Andre V. Chapman

So, what's the typical outcome for those foster youth transitioning from adolescence to independent adulthood?The data is horrific, 40 percent of persons living in homeless shelters are former foster children.

In addition to the threat of homelessness, more often they suffer from mental health and substance abuse problems and become involved in the adult prison system -- 70 percent of San Quentin inmates grew up in foster care. Homelessness is preventable and solvable; this is the message behind a concentrated effort to end chronic homelessness in Santa Clara County...

October 17, 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a law widely backed by healthcare professionals to let minors as young as 12 years of age receive a vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV) without their parents' consent.

Dr. Diamond also noted that the new law does not break new healthcare-policy ground. California already permits minors to be tested and treated for sexually transmitted diseases such as HPV infection without parental consent. In addition, they do not need their parents' approval when it comes to obtaining contraceptives, pregnancy testing, prenatal care, and abortions.

October 15, 2011

by Sarah

California Governor Jerry Brown thinks your 12 year old child is old enough to competently read and digest this information and to decide whether or not to accept this vaccine and/or the Hepatitis B jab without your knowledge or consent.

Any new vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases that are released in the future are covered by this law as well. Here's the kicker: If your child suffers any disability from these vaccines that you never consented to, you still have to foot the bill and the companies that manufactured the vaccines are free of any liability!

October 9, 2011

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