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Although caseworkers are required to make "reasonable efforts" to keep a family together, a 1989 study found that in 44% of cases no effort had been made to keep the child in the home.

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California CPS News Archive

California News Coverage

by Ryan Koronowski

University of California at San Francisco Medical Center in an almost-unanimous vote by the Academic Senate of the university, over 650,000 meals served to hospital patients each year will now be free of meat that has been treated with antibiotics.

Livestock are often fed everything from penicillin to macrolide to ensure their health, but often to the detriment of the people who consume their meat. Ranchers and farmers discovered several decades ago that feeding their livestock just small doses of these antibiotics could fatten them up for market, and bring in larger profits. This practice isn't often publicized, so many people are unaware of the practice. A doctor who has studied this subject Stuart B. Levy, M.D., estimates that there are 15-17 million pounds of antibiotics used sub-therapeutically in the United States each year.

June 10, 2013

by No Author,

California lawmakers have voted unanimously to order an audit of the state's powerful Department of Child Protective Services after testimony from parents who stunned their representatives with testimony of atrocities.

The audit plan passed the committee unanimously, and now the California state auditor, who has subpoena powers, will investigate CPS. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who sponsored the bill and organized parents to speak about their experiences, said it's a good step forward. Child Protective Services is supposed to help children and families overcome stressful events in life, and stay together and healthy. But there are families who say that CPS does anything but that.

June 6, 2013

by Jondi Gumz

SANTA CRUZ -- Santa Cruz resident Mark Segelman says his wife and daughter paid $190 for gamma globulin shots after they ate frozen organic berries believed to be part of a recall connected to at least 49 hepatitis A cases in seven states.

Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., late Monday voluntarily recalled its Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend, sold at Costco in 3 pound bags, with a UPC code of 0 78414 404448. Federal officials announced the investigation and the link to the frozen berries Friday. Visiting Costco two days ago, Segelman checked the section where frozen berries are sold and was surprised there was no customer advisory.

June 5, 2013

Brooke Mueller's extensive history of drug abuse will be turned over to child protective services as part of the investigation into if she can retain custody of her twin boys with Charlie Sheen, is exclusively reporting.

The judge in child dependency court stripped the Palm Beach socialite of temporary custody after she was placed on a involuntary psychiatric hold after overdosing on drugs. Brooke's drug addiction will be thoroughly investigated and information presented to the judge for the June 4 hearing to determine where Bob and Max will live for the next six months.

May 20, 2013

A now viral video shows police from Cotati, California forcing their way into a home after a supposed domestic violence call and, after breaking down the homeowners door without a warrant, tazing the person filming their tyranny.

After being posted to both Live Leak and YouTube, the video has gone viral, with tens of thousands of Americans demanding justice for the family who clearly went through a completely unconstitutional attack on their home by what can be described as a well coordinated gang. (the police) In the video the person filming reacts to one of the officers saying they are going to kick the door in by reciting sections of the 4th Amendment and making it clear that no violence had gone on at their house.

May 15, 2013

The County of Orange lost its battle in the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to overturn a record-setting $4.9 million judgment awarded to a Seal Beach woman, after two county social workers lied to a juvenile court commissioner.

It took Deanna Fogarty-Hardwick 6 1/2 years to regain custody of her children. Every once in a while, it is good when The U.S. Supreme Court ignores 99% of the cases appealed to it. The jury award given to Fogarty-Hardwick included damages against the two social workers. The Supreme Court also upheld $1.6 million in attorneys fees for Fogarty-Hardwick's attorneys, but that could end being as much as $3 million, Fogarty-Hardwick's attorney Shawn McMillan said.

May 11, 2013

by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."- Lord Acton

There are few cases that show the truth in this proverb as clearly as when Child Protective Services (CPS) tears a baby from his loving mother's arms without a warrant and refuses to explain why. That is what happened to one Sacramento couple late last month. It all started with Anna & Alex Nikolayev's 5 month-old son, Sammy, who was born with a serious heart condition. After a nurse at one hospital tried to give young Sammy medicine that a doctor later explained should not have been administered, Anna became nervous about the quality of Sammy's care...

May 10, 2013

by Sara Roos

I am bereft because the classrooms I set about to clean today were so indescribably filthy. All the components of all the reasons I want to cry are fighting within for expression. There are so many sufficient reasons to cry: where to start?

No one's child should spend their day sitting in such grunge and grime. It is disgusting. It is wrong. It is unhealthy. While researchers spend millions to parse the determinants that contribute to our epidemic of pediatric asthma in Los Angeles, I have to wonder about the contribution simply of sitting in dusty, moldering, deteriorating portables.

May 7, 2013

by Robin Sax

A child custody case we've been covering the last 6 months has finally come to a dramatic end.   It's just one story of several we've reported in our series 'Lost in the System.'

She had just seen Fox 11's report on another case, a runaway teenager named Damon. Damon was in hiding from a father he says molested him -- and a court system that had ordered back to his custody. When we looked into this mother's case, it seemed hard to believe. She said investigators, therapists and social workers repeatedly recommended that she be given full custody; dad should only have supervised visits. But the court gave the father shared custody, no supervision.

May 1, 2013

Thursday, Sacramentans were gripped by the story of a couple whose baby boy was taken from them by Sacramento County Child Protective Services (CPS).

Anna Nikolayev claimed CPS had taken her 5-month-old son Sammy after she and her husband removed him from the Sutter Memorial Hospital intensive care unit without a proper discharge and before taking him to Kaiser Permanente for a second opinion. Nikolayev said a CPS social worker told her Sammy was removed from their custody due to "severe neglect," but did not elaborate on the severity of the neglect, nor the specifics behind the decision to take the child.

April 26, 2013

by Emily DeRuy

Hispanic youth used to represent a disproportionately small number of all the children in foster care. Unfortunately, they're catching up.

The Chronicle of Social Change, a site that covers juvenile justice and child welfare, points out that the longer Latino families are in the United States, the closer they get to everything from incarceration to alcoholism and divorce. This, in part, leads to more Latino kids in the foster care system.

April 25, 2013

by Bill Lindelof

Two people reported seeing a mountain lion in a South Lake Tahoe meadow last week.

The cougar was spotted in a meadow between Black Bart Avenue and Al Tahoe Boulevard. In both cases, the mountain lion was not threatening.

April 23, 2013

Monday is Earth Day, but foster kids and their families came together on Saturday to celebrate at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens.

The event was special to kids and foster parents. Some of the parents there had been caring for foster children for over two decades.

April 20, 2013

by Garrett Therolf

Spurred by a deathbed promise to her grandmother, a woman wins a 15-year battle with social workers to be reunited with her younger siblings.

When Marilyn was 4 and her brother Aubrey was 3, she packed peanut butter and they ran away from their abusive foster home. Racing across California desert roads, they imagined reaching Barbie's house and a world of play and safety. But authorities returned them to the home a few hours later. Their foster families changed frequently after that, as well as their surroundings. As they packed and unpacked, Marilyn carried a few fleeting memories of her real family. Aubrey had none.

April 17, 2013

by Julie Cart

Yosemite's much-loved amenities, including swimming pools, bike, horse and raft rentals, would be jettisoned under a Merced River plan.

The Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan would reconfigure much of the Yosemite Valley by removing or relocating familiar concessions. Park officials also hope to reduce traffic that often transforms the heart of Yosemite from natural wonder to parking lot. The National Park Service's proposal, which would cost $235 million over the next 15 years, seeks to balance the twin aims of improving infrastructure and preserving nature.

April 15, 2013

by Cynthia Hubert, Phillip Reese and Jim Sanders

Over the past five years, Nevada's primary state psychiatric hospital has put hundreds of mentally ill patients on Greyhound buses and sent them to cities and towns across America.

By last year, Rawson-Neal bused out patients at a pace of well over one per day, shipping nearly 400 patients to a total of 176 cities and 45 states across the nation. Nevada's approach to dispatching mentally ill patients has come under scrutiny since one of its clients turned up suicidal and confused at a Sacramento homeless services complex. James Flavy Coy Brown, who is 48 and suffers from a variety of mood disorders including schizophrenia, was discharged in February from Rawson-Neal to a Greyhound bus for Sacramento, a place he had never visited and where he knew no one.

April 14, 2013

The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau has announced a new mobile App to assist travelers heading to Yosemite with everything from lodging and dining to finding things to see and do.

The new app allows travelers to have access to all the information available on their website, such as lodging, dining and activities, in Yosemite National Park and surrounding southern gateway of Madera County, even if they are in an area with limited to no data service.

April 10, 2013

With a $10,000 grant from the Northern and Central California Region of the Wells Fargo Foundation, NatureBridge is proud to offer scholarship funding for high school students in California's Central Valley...

two-week backcountry science expedition in Yosemite National Park. NatureBridge's Summer Field Research Course gives teens the opportunity to conduct rigorous field science investigations among the deep valleys and giant sequoias in one of the most iconic national parks in the country. Students will work with NatureBridge field science educators and produce their own ecological research project, which will empower them to make informed decisions about the Sierra Nevada ecosystem.

April 10, 2013

by Morgan Simmons

Great Smoky Mountains National Park drew 9,685,829 visitors last year to maintain its title as the most visited national park in the U.S.

Grand Canyon National Park was second with 4,421,352 visits, and Yosemite National Park was third with 3,853,404 visits, according to a National Park Service report. The Blue Ridge Parkway - a unit of the national park system but not technically a national park - was the most visited of all places in the national park system with 15,205,059 visitors in 2012.

April 8, 2013

by Doane Yawger

The 30-year-old Livingston resident was just recognized as one of Merced County's firefighters of the year by the American Legion. His bosses and relatives praise him highly for the things he regularly does.

Aguilar is part of the emergency response team with Stanislaus County's Child Protective Services agency and a Livingston Volunteer Fire Company member. He coaches youth soccer, basketball, baseball and flag football with Livingston's recreation department and plays co-ed softball.

April 8, 2013

U.S. families are increasingly embracing organic products in a wide range of categories, with 81 percent now reporting they purchase organic at least sometimes.

Not only are more consumers choosing organic products at least sometimes, but the majority of those buying organic foods are purchasing more items than a year earlier. New entrants to buying organic now represent 41 percent of all families - demonstrating interest in the benefits of organic food and farming is on the rise.

April 4, 2013

by Danielle Radin

In a small office, Karen Scussel holds a pile of paper in each of her hands, carefully reading her notes on top of each stack. On the pile in her right hand the words 'adopted or legal children' is written in big black letters.

Scussel has been advocating in court for children of the foster care system for more than a decade. Her mission is to change the way the court system takes on foster care cases so that judges and attorneys can be more understanding of the child's background and needs. She is currently on two committees advocating reform within Santa Clara County's foster care system: an independent living skills program for foster youth ages 16-25, and a committee looking at reforms in education within the county that would help foster care children integrate into the school system better.

April 4, 2013

by Karen de Saj

The first stop for most California children entering foster care is supposed to be a quick one on their way to a family home. They can get a checkup, some nourishment and clean clothes while a foster family or relative is found.

But a growing chorus of critics is calling for more oversight after finding that assessment centers in two of California's biggest counties -- Los Angeles and Santa Clara -- are struggling to provide some kids with that quick, safe transition. Instead, the state is ordering both counties to stop housing children for longer than 24 hours at centers that critics say are little more than dressed-up office buildings.

March 30, 2013

by Esthero!

A 27-year-old agriculture teacher in Merced County, California has been accused of sleeping with her protege student FIFTY times over a year-long relationship!

Melody Carter-McCabe will reside behind bars for five months after she pleaded no contest to charges against her. The FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD student and the teacher slash mother of one had a relationship for over a year!

March 30, 2013

by Claude Wyle

Is the wool pulled over our eyes or do we just sleep better at night assuming that government agencies such as the FDA and EPA are watching out for us?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are scientifically proven to be unhealthy to humans, certainly in the long run. Shockingly, the genetic splicing includes pesticides. I am no fan of pesticides, but I would much rather wash them off than be forced to ingest them on a cellular level. If you think about it, why would we want to eat food that has been unnaturally altered with scientific engineering techniques for the purpose of creating a larger amount of that altered food to feed more people? And GMOs have been shown to reduce the nutritional value of food.

March 25, 2013

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