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Most abused and neglected children never come to the attention of government authorities. Therefore, official government statistics do not indicate actual rates of child abuse. -- Jim Hopper
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If Not Now, When Will The Wasteful Government Spending Cease?
It has always been true that Washington politicians will only do the right thing when all other possible options are taken off the table.
That's where Tea Partiers stand today, insisting that the Obama White House and the Congress do something real to stop the spending before they run our country off of a fiscal cliff. The American people are fed up with hearing "now's not a good time to get the spending under control." So they made historic personnel changes in Congress on November 2, 2010. They sent 69 net new Republicans to Congress with orders to shake things up by putting the brakes on government's addiction to spend, borrow, print and tax.
July 22, 2011
JPMorgan to pay $153.6M to settle fraud charges
WASHINGTON (AP) - JPMorgan Chase & Co. will pay $153.6 million to settle civil fraud charges over misleading investors into purchasing complex mortgage securities just before the housing market collapsed.
The settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday is one of the most significant legal actions targeting Wall Street's role in the 2008 financial crisis. As part of the settlement, investors who were harmed will receive all of their money back.
June 21, 2011
Coming! Summer of Mercy 2.0
Rev. Mahoney writes, We prayerfully ask that you consider joining us for this historic season of prayerful and prophetic witness for life outside of Washington, D.C. July 31-Agusut 2.
In 1991 70 local pastors in the Wichita area covenanted to "continue to speak out with urgency until the killing of innocent children is outlawed and Wichita becomes an abortion-free city." A parade for life was held and it was heartwarming to see the pro-life sentiment in the mid-West, especially as compared with the cold hearts in the northeast United States.
June 17, 2011
Should Child Welfare Hearings Be Public?
On Feb. 3, Judith Sandalow, the executive director of the Children's Law Center, testified before the D.C. Council on the state of city's child-welfare agency. Her verdict was brutal:
"The District's child abuse and neglect system requires dramatic reform at all stages. On the front end, the government does not adequately prevent abuse and neglect. Nor does CFSA do a good enough job keeping children safely with their birth families. Once CFSA removes children, it does not serve them well in foster care and they stay in foster care too long because CFSA fails to reunify them with their parents or find alternative permanent families." Even more troubling than Sandalow's assessment is the fact that her assessment has been made nearly every year for the past two decades. It is by now cliche to refer to the District's Child and Family Services Agency as "troubled" or "horrible" or "under court monitor."
March 3, 2011
Documentary Reveals Struggles for Teens 'Aging Out' of Foster Care
According to the documentary, nearly 30,000 youth "age-out" of foster care each year. Few get any help after that.
Walter appeared on Capitol Hill Monday before welfare researchers, advocates, policy makers and others to screen the documentary and participate in a discussion as a part of National Foster Care Month.
Kansas City infoZine News
May 19, 2010
Group suing DHS says state 'resistant'
Oklahoma has been as resistant as any state that Children's Rights has sued over child welfare concerns, the group's founder says.
Children's Rights began as a project of the New York Civil Liberties Union and later the American Civil Liberties Union. It became an independent nonprofit in 1995. The group has filed lawsuits against child welfare systems in Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.
April 28, 2010
Adoption law change aids foster parents
The D.C. Council passed emergency legislation on Tuesday intended to make it easier for foster families to provide permanent homes for children, especially older ones, who often languish in the child welfare system.
For years, some foster parents who wanted to adopt or to become legal guardians have opted not to because it would mean an earlier end to the subsidy that many rely on to help care for the children they take into their homes. Under the new law, instead of losing the subsidy when the child is 18, a legal guardian or adoptive parent will keep the subsidy until the child turns 21.
The Washington Post
April 20, 2010
Three more lawsuits doomed to fail, three more bad child welfare systems likely to get worse
The group that so arrogantly calls itself "Children's Rights" has filed another one of its Mclawsuits against a state child welfare agency - this time in Massachusetts. And NCCPR's sources say that another such Mclawsuit, in Texas, is imminent.
Meanwhile a group which is unaffiliated with CR but has the same myopic outlook about how to fix child welfare systems, the National Center for Youth Law, has filed the same kind of suit in Nevada. All of these child welfare systems almost certainly are every bit as bad as CR and NCYL say they are.
NCCPR Child Welfare Blog
April 15, 2010
Judge faults District's handling of child welfare case
A federal judge on Monday found D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) in contempt of court for his administration's "blatant disregard" of its obligations in a long-running class-action lawsuit over the city's child welfare agency.
U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan, who has overseen the lawsuit since it was filed in 1989, said the District's approach to the case is not serving anyone's interest, least of all the people in the city's child welfare system.
The Washington Post
April 6, 2010
End most secret courts for children
Your March 26 editorial "A tragedy's questions" asked, "Why are Renee Bowman's adoptions still secret?"
There is an easy fix: D.C. law should be amended to open child welfare proceedings, with judges retaining authority to close some or all of a hearing or record in a child's best interest. This approach, already in place in many states, balances accountability with privacy.
The Washington Post
March 29, 2010
Forced to support homosexual couples, Washington archdiocese ends foster care
The Archdiocese of Washington, DC has ended its foster-care program, saying that it could not comply with a new law that requires equal treatment of same-sex couples.
The decision also puts an end to the archdiocesan involvement in adoption services. Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington had warned last year that the archdiocese could not comply with the terms of the new law, which was then still under discussion.
February 18, 2010
Protecting Children by Empowering Parents
November 20 has been designated "Children's Day" by the internationalists. But what greater way to support children than to protect their families?
We're celebrating Children's Day with a Parental Rights Rally in Washington, D.C. The rally will be held at the U.S. Capitol, on the East Lawn across from the Rayburn House Office building. It is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
November 12, 2009
A child in need of an attorney better off in Maryland vs DC and VA
The section edition of A Child's Right to Counsel: A National Report Card on Legal Representation for Abused and Neglected Children has been released by First Star and the CAI and Maryland ranks higher than D.C. or Virginia.
The report is primarily concerned with what kind of representation kids get when they interact with the child welfare system. The introduction numbers are sobering. Over 300,000 American children entered foster care in the last fully reported year of 2006.
We Love DC
October 15, 2009
GOP Must Make School Vouchers a Civil Rights Issue
Parents should have the first and last choice of where their children go to school.
Republicans are supporters of school vouchers as an economic concept. By enhancing parental choice and challenging the unions, they bring competition to the public school monopoly and improve outputs for the parent and child consumers. And Republicans support state reforms and federal reform in the District of Columbia.
September 3, 2009
Law Extends Parental Rights for Gays
Lesbians in the District no longer will need the written consent of their partners to adopt children born to their partners through artificial insemination, under a new law that took effect Saturday.
The name of a consenting spouse or unmarried partner will appear on the child's birth certificate as the legal parent, a status that previously had to be obtained by same-sex parents through a complicated adoption process. The Domestic Partnership Judicial Determination Parentage Act of 2009 puts the city out front when it comes to children born of same-sex parents.
The Washington Post
July 23, 2009
Nothing to see here folks, move along
Remember the Duke Rape case? In that case, a group of rowdy jocks from the school's lacrosse team were accused of raping a black prostitute.
Now a new Duke University rape story has arisen. You probably haven't heard much about this one. The associate director of the Center for Health Policy has been arrested and charged with allegedly offering, over the Internet, to have an out-of-state traveler sexually molest his adopted 5-year-old son.
The Real Revo
June 28, 2009
Fenty Outlines Critical Steps in Child Welfare Reform
District Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Attorney General Peter Nickles and CFSA Interim Director Roque Gerald yseterday outlined the progress made by several District agencies to strengthen the city's child welfare system.
Last January, the District conducted a case review of child welfare proceedings in an effort to enhance opportunities to support and protect the District youth and families, officials said.
The Washington Continent
February 11, 2009
Foster Care Abuse Ruling Goes Against State Workers
Foster care workers can be held liable if the children they place in foster homes are sexually abused by other children in the home who were known perpetrators or victims of sexual abuse, a federal appellate court has ruled.
The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, involves a case in which three children - who were 8, 5 and 3 at the time - were repeatedly molested in 1999 and 2000 by older children in a Florida foster home. The suit alleged that even after a documented case of child-on-child sexual abuse occurred in the same house in July 1999 nothing was done to protect the younger children.
February 5, 2009
Vouchers benefit foster children
More than a half-million children are in foster care. By definition, they've had it tough.
Child-welfare professionals recognize that, even when they extricate children from deeply troubled home situations and place them in protective, supportive foster homes, the change takes a toll on the children. It tears the little ones away from all that is familiar - neighborhoods, friends and entire social networks - at a critical time in their development.
The Washington Times
October 2, 2008
Finally something to take my mind off Palin--Weekly update from Children's Monitor Online
The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to pick up where it left off in late July when it meets September 10 to mark up a major child welfare bill, the Improvements in Adoption Incentives and Relative Guardianship Support Act (S. 3038).
The Senate Finance Committee bill represents a bipartisan agreement between Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA). That Chairman's mark or substitute bill evolved out of discussions on S. 3038, which Grassley introduced in May.
Prin's Links for Social Work Students
September 20, 2008
Court Gives Child Agency In D.C. 2 Weeks To Form Plan
The District's child welfare agency has two weeks to craft a plan to get out of trouble and avoid being held in contempt of court for its treatment of about 2,500 of the city's imperiled children.
The deadline was set yesterday by U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan, who has been presiding over a lawsuit against the city's Child and Family Services Agency for two decades. In court yesterday, Hogan conveyed a sense of urgency about its current state.
The Washington Post (D.C.)
September 18, 2008
Waits Plague Transfers of Children to Relatives' Care
HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- When child welfare officials in Washington removed five young children from their parents' home in May, relatives in this Washington suburb quickly stepped in, offering to share guardianship.
If the relatives had lived in Washington, they might have gained custody of the children within days, after a quick check on their suitability. Instead, the children were put in a foster home, where they could remain for months while their relatives wait for Washington and Maryland to make formal requests, home inspections and approvals.
The New York Times (MD)
June 27, 2008
The Larger Tragedy in an Unjust Accusation
In the 18th century, Sir William Blackstone articulated what is known today as the Blackstone ratio: "It is better that 10 guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."
This phrase expresses a cornerstone of both English common law and American jurisprudence, the principle of "innocent until proven guilty." But this principle sadly seems to have been unheeded or even deliberately overturned in matters of suspected child abuse.
The Washington Post
March 9, 2008
Woman works through dark past to succeed in college
She thought about it when she got car insurance. She thought about it when she looked for an apartment. She thought about it when she went to college, and she thought about it over summer.
Rachelle Grey, 21, said she's thought many times how it would be easier if she'd had a parent to help her. "The kids (at school) are so impressive, and sometimes I don't feel that I'm nearly as good," said Grey, a junior at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. "A lot these kids went to private schools or they're from the Northeast..."
January 14, 2008
Israel Advocates Of Shared Parenting Applaud Fathers 4 Justice Lincoln Memorial Protest
At least two British Fathers 4 Justice activists were arrested as they protested gender bias discrimination and lack of access to their children at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on Friday.
The divorced dads, wearing Captain America and Batman costumes, had scaled the landmark memorial and unfurled a banner which read: "For the Fathers of the Nation: Fathers 4 Justice has arrived."
Israel News Agency
August 19, 2007
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