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Families struggling to keep their children out of foster care are stymied by two major problems: homelessness and low public assistance grants, according to two New York City studies.
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LA county proposes childcare vouchers to help struggling foster parents
A new report from the Chronicle for Social Change finds the cost of childcare as a primary hardship for working foster parents, and a major barrier for recruiting new parents into the state's overburdened foster care system.
LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl is proposing $31 million of child welfare funds to aid in the care of infants and toddlers. She said child care is one of the top barriers to placing children in this age group.
April 1, 2016
State Supreme Court will not hear Santa Clarita family's tribal custody appeal
The California Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a Santa Clarita foster family to return a girl to them after she was relocated to live with extended Native American relatives in Utah.
The court rejected attorney Lori Alvino-McGill's request without comment Wednesday, leaving her and her clients, Rusty and Summer Page and their children, with only one final avenue left to try: the U.S. Supreme Court.
March 31, 2016
Night of Innovation
Milton Chen, "Jedi Master" of Education, and author of Education Nation will be presenting on the 6 edges in education - fostering revolutionary changes through innovative reform and the use of technology.
This important presentation offers a clear vision for classrooms to enhance learning opportunities for all children.
February 15, 2016
State reviews Monterey County social services in wake of child deaths
In response to alleged child abuse and torture that led to the deaths of two children and left another fighting for her life, the California Department of Social Services conducted a review of the Family and Children's Services...
County social services director Elliott Robinson will discuss the state review among other steps taken by the department to address organizational and system changes in child welfare services at the county Board of Supervisors' Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday.
February 14, 2016
California rapidly turning into medical police state: Mandatory vaccines and genetic discrimination now routinely harming children
California health authorities are increasingly applying police state measures by forcing vaccinations and practicing genetic discrimination - violating constitutional principles and privacy rights.
The state's schools are now being penalized financially for not enforcing mandatory vaccinations; meanwhile children are being expelled for having a genetic predisposition to certain diseases - even when they don't actually have the diseases in question. Despite much controversy and outrage over California's vaccination laws, it seems that now health officials are emboldened to push even more authoritarian measures regarding the 'health' of the state's citizens.
February 8, 2016
Stockton Lowe's Employees Step Up To Help Butte Fire Victims
A family in who lost their home in the Butte Fire is getting a Christmas surprise from employees at a Stockton store.
The Rainier family's house was destroyed by the September fire, and they've only recently moved from campground tents into a temporary house. The Stockton Lowe's store had planned a holiday party and giveaway for all Butte Fire victims left homeless.
December 4, 2015
Lawsuit alleges foster abuse
A recently filed lawsuit accuses two Victorville foster parents of abuse over a period of two-and-a-half years and when combined with a similar complaint filed early last year.
In the most recent suit filed last Wednesday, Costa Mesa-based attorney Jack H. Anthony claims two minors with certified foster parents operating under the license of Children's Way Foster Family Agency were subjected to "acts of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect and mistreatment and denials of their personal rights ..."
October 20, 2015
Help wanted: A four-legged lifesaver - The Orange County Register
The Aliso Viejo girl is severely allergic to 65 percent of all foods, including nuts, fish, dairy, gluten, legumes and some fruits. She is also allergic to pollen, dust, latex, penicillin, pesticides and genetically modified food.
Although Aeverie has never eaten a nut and has only been affected by airborne allergens or by touch, she has had some close calls. When she walked by a bakery a month ago, the airborne allergens triggered a seizure. And when she was just 6 months old, she ended up on a ventilator in the hospital for two weeks after receiving a kiss from her cousin, who had eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
October 12, 2015
Brown signs bill reversing bans on clotheslines
California is now a "right to dry" state after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday restricting homeowners associations from banning clotheslines, which the groups deemed unsightly additions to neighborhoods.
Assemblywoman Patty López (D-San Fernando) announced Brown signed her bill, AB 1448, which will allow line drying for people once restricted by their property management organizations. "Growing up, my family and many of my neighbors used clotheslines as the way to dry their clothes and other laundry," López said in a statement. "Californians can now do their part for the environment while saving money on their electric bill by using the sunlight to dry their laundry."
October 11, 2015
How U.S. Supreme Court Just Made It Tougher to Challenge California Vaccine Law
The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to a requirement in NY state that all children be vaccinated before they can attend public school. The justices on Monday let stand lower court rulings that the policy does not violate the constitution.
This decision matters in California, where a new law passed this summer requires virtually all schoolchildren to be vaccinated against a range of diseases in order to attend school. The high court's move means that potential challenges to the California law are "not likely to succeed," Prof. Dorit Reiss, a vaccine law expert at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, told KQED.
October 6, 2015
Orange County Says Special-Ed Students Must Also Comply with Vaccine Law
In Orange County, home to the Disneyland measles outbreak that spread to seven other states and fueled a strict California vaccination law this year.
Attorneys for the Orange County Department of Education have stated that the new vaccination requirements apply equally to special education students, a group that some thought would be exempt because of their federally protected right to educational services. "The law doesn't say (special education students) are exempt," said Ronald Wenkart, general counsel for the Orange County Department of Education and the author of the memo.
September 24, 2015
Cooling, possible rain seen for Northern California; smoke hits foothills air quality
Northern California saw a few rain sprinkles early Sunday morning, offering a momentary sign of the coming El Nino winter.
But the touch of precipitation - a remnant of a Pacific hurricane - was not expected to be of much help to firefighters battling two major area blazes, one near Clear Lake in Lake County, the other in Amador and Calaveras counties, fire and weather service officials said.
September 13, 2015
Study Finds Greater Tsunami Risk From Southern California Quake
Californians may be used to hearing about the threat of potentially deadly earthquakes, but a new study finds that quake-triggered tsunamis pose a greater risk to Southern California than previously thought.
Tsunamis are monster waves that can reach more than 100 feet (30 meters) high. They are often caused by earthquakes; the 2004 Banda Aceh earthquake and tsunami killed about 250,000 people, while the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that struck offshore of Japan killed about 20,000 people and triggered a nuclear disaster.
September 10, 2015
From Santa Rosa protest camp, homeless advocates call
Local law enforcement and elected officials were considering their response Tuesday to an act of political protest by homeless advocates who formed a makeshift encampment Monday on a former operations base for the Sonoma County Water Agency.
The demonstration, by a group called Homeless Action, was aimed at drawing public attention to the widespread shortage of affordable housing, maxed-out homeless shelters with long wait lists and local policies that prohibit people from camping on public property. It featured 12 brightly colored tents scattered around the perimeter of a vacant parking lot off West College Avenue in east Santa Rosa.
September 8, 2015
Parental Pot Use Sparks Child Abuse Investigations
Hillyer was in handcuffs and police were saying that both he and Anderson would be charged with felony child endangerment.
The officers had found prescription marijuana packets, pipes and burnt joints on tables in the living room and the couple's bedroom. Anderson and Hillyer explained that they were licensed users under California's 19-year-old medical marijuana law, but the cops said the couple had put their son, Sage, at risk by careless use of the substance at home. "Your baby doesn't need to be subjected to marijuana," one of the officers can be seen saying in a video of the incident.
September 7, 2015
California home school interest surges as parents look to sidestep vaccine law
With the passage of a new law this summer mandating vaccines for schoolkids in California, home school advocates and organizations say they are seeing surging interest in off-campus education options that would exempt them from the requirement.
"The word on the streets is that, yes, people are coming to home schooling," said Sarah Ford, membership director for Sonoma County Homeschoolers Nonprofit in northern California. The controversial mandate, co-authored by state Senator Richard Pan, a pediatrician backed by the California Medical Association, requires any student in public or private school to have 10 vaccinations as an attendance requirement, with some exceptions for medical conditions.
August 30, 2015
Uber Sends Lobbyists to Help Reshape California Laws
The San Francisco company's lobbyists are pushing lawmakers to exempt its drivers from obtaining commercial licenses before they can ferry passengers.
The San Francisco company's lobbyists are pushing lawmakers to exempt its drivers from obtaining commercial licenses before they can ferry passengers. Uber Technologies Inc. and its biggest competitor, Lyft Inc., depend on drivers with personal licenses who use their own cars to pick up fares hailed through a smartphone app.
August 24, 2015
Second lawsuit alleges foster kids abuse
A second lawsuit alleges abuse against two foster children at the hands of two foster parents who last year were sued for similar allegations in a case termed "the San Bernardino County 8."
The civil suit filed June 25 contends two foster children, now 22 and 16 years old, were subjected to "ongoing, unrestrained, terror, torture, corporal punishment, physical and mental abuse and neglect at the hands of" foster parents Lisa Oates and Nawab Wilson.
July 29, 2015
Civil grand jury recommends changes in county foster care, adoption systems
Better communication and more collaboration between the Ventura County Human Services Agency and its partner organizations are needed to improve the county's foster care and adoption system.
Operated by VCHSA, the local foster care system placed 202 children in foster homes in 2014. The grand jury report, released June 5, outlines shortcomings in the system and recommends three corrective measures.
July 3, 2015
New firm set to run Yosemite in $2 billion deal
Officials at Yosemite National Park said Wednesday they have selected a new company to take over hotels, restaurants and outdoor activities under the national park system's most lucrative single contract for services.
Aramark has been offered the 15-year contract valued at $2 billion, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. If the deal is approved, the Philadelphia-based company would replace Delaware North on March 1, the day after the old contract expires.
June 28, 2015
San Francisco Ordered to Stop Using Century-Old Water Rights
State water managers have ordered the city of San Francisco to stop taking water from the Tuolumne River, restricting some of the city's senior water rights.
The orders are part of a larger effort by the state to limit water use from thousands of water rights holders, in order to manage dwindling supplies during the drought. It's an historic moment for San Francisco, whose early water rights and exclusive water system has kept the city out of the water battles that have plagued most of the state.
June 26, 2015
Time for change
Time for changeTo the Editor: An Open Letter to the Mendocino County Supervisors: Mendocino County Health and Human Services (HHS) ranks at or near the bottom of the 58 California counties on many measures.
FCS fails to conduct timely investigations and is not in compliance with State-required educational standards for Social Workers handling child abuse/neglect cases. Under-qualified staff, staff shortages and poor management decisions are problems that need correcting.
June 11, 2015
Parents Get $800,000 Settlement After Police Kidnapped Their Children Without a Warrant
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently settled a suit filed by parents of two children who Sheriff's deputies kidnapped with no warrant. The
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently settled a suit filed by parents of two children who Sheriff's deputies kidnapped with no warrant. The settlement reached a mutually-agreed upon $800,000 to be paid to the parents in question, who said their civil rights had been violated. The lawsuit claimed that the children were wrongfully removed from their San Gabriel Valley home, some four years ago. The police had no warrant to take the children, but they were nevertheless kept by the state for four months.
May 22, 2015
Californians Worried About Drought, But Uneasy About Conservation
Nearly nine in 10 Californians believe the drought is serious, according to a new California Field Poll.
The poll surveyed 1,664 Californians on their beliefs about California's drought. We asked The Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo to walk us through the highlights.
May 19, 2015
Dad guilty of tossing daughter from 120 foot cliff to avoid paying child support - National domestic crimes
On May 13 in a Los Angeles Criminal Courts courtroom, former airport baggage handler Cameron John Brown, 53, was found guilty of tossing his four-year-old daughter, Lauren Sarene Key, 120 feet to her death.
In November 2000 to avoid paying $1,000 per month in child support payments to the little girl's mother, Sarah Key-Marer. Yesterday's guilty verdict brings almost 15 years of waiting and two previous deadlocked mistrials to a close, according to USA Today.
May 14, 2015
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