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Water in D.C., parts of Northern Virginia could have chlorine taste, smell
Drinking water in the District and parts of Northern Virginia could take on a slight smell and taste of chlorine between March 7 and May 2 because of a temporary change in the water-treatment process, D.C. Water officials.
The change will come when the Washington Aqueduct, which supplies drinking water to the District and Arlington and northeastern Fairfax counties, switches its disinfectant from chloramine to chlorine for six to eight weeks to flush out the water distribution system and improve water quality, the utility said. The aqueduct makes the temporary switch once a year, like many suppliers of drinking water that regularly use chloramine.
March 31, 2016
Homeschooling On The Rise In District Of Columbia
Homeschooling appears to be an increasingly popular education option for families in the District of Columbia.
The Washington Post reports that the growth corresponds with an increase in the number of home-school cooperatives and Internet mailing lists offering support and advice for home school families.
October 11, 2015
Home-Schooling Movement Surges 62% in a Single Decade
Recent studies show the face of home schooling is changing, as online tools and better curricula make it easier for parents seeking a top-notch education for their children to make the leap.
Home schooling has experienced massive growth in the United States for more than a decade. The face of the home-education movement has also changed. Fewer parents now attribute the need to give religious instruction as the driving motivation behind their choice, with more parents such as Banks citing home schooling's educational benefits as the reason they are turning to the nontraditional method.
July 29, 2015
Bill to Fight Child Trafficking, Strengthen Child Welfare Protections Becomes Law
The House Ways and Means Committee issued the following news release: Last night, President Obama signed into law H.R. 4980, the aEurosaEurosPreventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.
The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act will encourage states to combat sex trafficking among youth in foster care, promote normalcy for foster youth, help move more children from foster care into adoptive homes or the homes of relatives, and increase the amount of child support provided to families in which one parent resides outside of the U.S. The legislation is fully paid for, and is expected to reduce the deficit by $19 million over the next 10 years.
October 1, 2014
Child-Welfare Expert Gets Fine for Indecent Exposure Incident
A child-welfare expert who was accused of exposing himself to some girls at a Lincoln hotel has made a deal with prosecutors.
Online court records say 68-year-old Steven Preister, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace and was fined $500. Prosecutors dropped a charge of public nudity in exchange for Preister's plea late last month.
July 31, 2014
GOP Senators Want to Give Religious Adoption Agencies 'License to Discriminate'
A new piece of legislation introduced by two Republican U.S. Senators would effectively guarantee that any religiously based child-welfare services can refuse to place children with same-sex couples, without fear of losing federal funding.
The "Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act" was introduced Wednesday by Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi and Pennsylvania Sen. Mike Kelly, both of whom are Republicans. Zack Ford at ThinkProgress keenly notes that while the bill is positioned as an effort to protect faith-based institutions that provide child welfare services from placing children with families that don't meet the organization's religious standards, what it actually does is force the federal government to continue contracting with faith-based groups that flout federal nondiscrimination policies.
July 31, 2014
Bishops: surge in unaccompanied child migrants a 'crisis'
The migration of unaccompanied children into the U.S. is a "humanitarian crisis" that demands a "comprehensive response" from the government, said the head of the U.S. bishops' immigration committee.
About 60,000 children from Mexico and Latin America are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in 2014, CBS News reports. U.S. government statistics indicate that over 47,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended at the border in the 2014 fiscal year, a 90 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.
June 6, 2014
Enrollment deadline approaching for homeschool co-op
South Carroll Covenant Keepers Homeschool Co-op is currently enrolling new members for the 2013-2014 school year.
outh Carroll Covenant Keepers is a nonprofit organization open to all homeschoolers in the area. Classes meet at St. Joseph Catholic Community in Eldersburg. Classes offered are appropriate for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Subjects include art, music, science and physical education. A nursery is available.
August 18, 2013
CYA is Killing Kids
According to the American Humane Association, approximately 12 in every 1,000 children are victims of abuse or neglect. Is there a nobler calling than to protect those who cannot protect themselves?
Now comes the CYA. There's a mixture of reactions to the boy's tragic death, which include speculation and pressure to do something, and "Billy's Law" passes with bipartisan support. Now all CPS house visits must include a visual confirmation of pools within a reasonable distance, assurance of proper fencing sizes, and confirmation that childproof locks are present and functional. Maybe it doesn't seem like much, but Billy's Law increased the time to complete an investigation and potentially added more people to interview.
June 25, 2013
Questions for GMOs' New Policy Opponent
Elizabeth Kucinich, a vegan and vocal opponent of genetically engineered foods, joins the Center for Food Safety as Director of Policy.
Her husband's political career may have cooled off for the time being, but Elizabeth Kucinich is just getting started. The wife of former U.S. Congressman and Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has turned her sights on the politics of the plate. Her new position puts Kucinich squarely at the center of a number of controversial food battles. We spoke with this dynamo recently about the Farm Bill, the documentary she produced, and the work she has ahead of her.
May 14, 2013
Makiki resident charged with kidnapping, sex abuse in DC
A Makiki resident in Washington DC on business has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexual abuse.
David Millard, 60, of Honolulu, Hawaii was arrested and charged with sexual assault at a Washington, D.C. hotel. Millard is being held in jail until Monday that's when he's scheduled to appear in court.
April 7, 2013
DCPS refers nearly 100 kids to child-protective services
DC Public Schools officials have referred 96 students who are 13 or younger to child-protective services for missing 10 or more days of school this fall without an excuse.
The move represents a "culture shift" within DC Public Schools on truancy, as the school system in the past largely ignored the city law that requires them to alert the Child and Family Services Agency when an elementary or middle school student is chronically truant. Last year, only 21 percent of those students were referred by DCPS; this year, the 96 referred students represent a 95 percent compliance rate.
November 8, 2012
The argument for school choice
With big government holding a monopoly on the business of education in America, many homeschooling parents find it quite refreshing to find a vice-presidential candidate who wholeheartedly supports parents' constitutional right.
Most Americans fail to realize that the United States Constitution says nothing about the government's role in educating the nation's youth -- yet the state has assumed this position, often usurping parents' control when it comes to educating children.
November 4, 2012
Fed reviews of state child protection agencies under debate; review tied to arrests in Ga.
ATLANTA - Over the last decade, the federal government has withheld money from four states and Washington for the poor performance of their child protection systems.
The effectiveness of those federal reviews and the wisdom of penalizing cash-strapped child welfare agencies has been a matter of debate among experts in the field. That issue remerged in September when two child protection workers were arrested and accused of manipulating data so it would appear they were meeting internal guidelines related to the federal review process.
November 4, 2012
Experience of local foster parents leads to release of independent film 'The Boarder'
In the turbulent lives of hundreds of thousands of children, normal is a foreign word. There is nothing normal about being abused, neglected or abandoned.
It is their experience that has led to the release of the independent movie, "The Boarder." Before it hits theaters nationwide, the movie will make its premiere in Hagerstown at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Leitersburg Cinemas, north of Hagers-town. The movie premiere is sponsored by the Hagers-town-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
August 18, 2012
District of Columbia receives $7 million
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $971 million to continue improving preparedness and health outcomes for a wide range of public health threats within every state.
The funding awards included a total of approximately $352 million awarded for the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) cooperative agreement. Of that, $1,119,644 has been awarded to the District of Columbia. Of the more than $619 million awarded for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement, $6,336,749 has been awarded to the District.
July 3, 2012
Young mom refuses to give up on children
This holiday season was the greatest celebration ever when Jewel Stroman, 23, finally got her daughter back from DC Child and Family Services Administration (CFSA).
In 2005, Stroman approached the AFRO about the struggles she faced trying to get her son out of foster care. Her father, Bruce Smith, suffering from kidney failure, placed his daughter and three-month old grandson in the Montgomery County Child and Family Services.
January 19, 2012
LISTEN: Baby Found Alone at Occupy DC is OK; Dad Faces Charges
WASHINGTON -- A 13-month-old baby girl was found by herself crying inside a tent at the Occupy DC encampment at McPherson Square Wednesday, and is now in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Her father faces attempted child neglect charges after leaving her there alone. Some Occupy protesters heard the baby crying Wednesday morning near the edge of the park bordering K Street. They opened a tent flap and found the girl alone and dressed only in a onesie. The protesters notified National Park Police that a child had been abandoned, said Kelly Canavan, who sleeps every night at McPherson Square and volunteers in the Occupy DC information tent.
January 12, 2012
Changing the Narrative of Child Welfare
The nuclear secret of child welfare is that most of the children in foster care should not be there.
Most children in foster care are harmed more than they are helped by being taken from their families, and by being kept in foster care for too long. Children in foster care are torn from their schools, separated from their siblings, over-prescribed psychotropic drugs, and housed in dangerous group homes rife with abuse -- and it all happens behind the iron curtain of secret court proceedings.
December 30, 2011
FDA chemist pleads guilty to insider trading
WASHINGTON - A chemist with the Food and Drug Administration pleaded guilty Tuesday to using a confidential drug database to earn nearly $3.8 million by trading the stock of companies with new drug applications.
Liang was originally charged in March along with his son Andrew Liang. At the time, prosecutors said the scheme involved approximately $2.3 million and that father and son used the money to pay for travel and buy new cars. Liang's son pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography at the end of September, but prosecutors dropped the insider trading charges.
October 21, 2011
Stepfather of Missing Maryland Boy Waives Extradition in Wife's Murder
The stepfather of a missing 11-year-old boy waived his extradition rights in a North Carolina courtroom Monday and could soon return to Maryland to face charges that he murdered the boy's mother.
45-year-old Curtis Lopez was arrested in Charlotte last Thursday, the morning after his estranged wife, Jane McQuain, was found dead in her Germantown, Maryland home. McQuain's son William has not been seen since approximately September 30, according to police. Montgomery County police continued searching for William McQuain Monday, scouring areas of Germantown and Damascus with the help of a K-9 team from Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S. Search and Rescue. A police press release described the efforts to find William as "active and intense." An Amber Alert issued last week remains active.
October 18, 2011
The Public Equivalent of Love
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
Is D.C.'s Foster Care System Preparing Children for Homelessness?
This is what passes for good news in D.C. social services. The District government is congratulating itself because Denise Gibson finally has a place to live.
According to a story in the Washington Post, Gibson will be one of the first residents of the newly-redeveloped Mississippi Avenue Apartments, a subsidized-rent apartment complex. Gibson has been homeless for six years and, as D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham said, "this is really a way to move up." Yeah, but...
October 18, 2011
AVN Goes Undercover at the Values Voter Summit 2011
As I was walking out of the final session of the 2011 Values Voter Summit, "Exposing and Defunding Planned Parenthood, America's Abortion Giant," the nice old lady who'd expressed concern during the session for the mental health of young pregnant girls.
We arrived slightly late for "Saving America's Children from Pimps and Perverts: The Protected Innocence Initiative," hosted by former Rep. Linda Smith (R-Wash.), who founded and heads Shared Hope International, a religious anti-trafficking group. In so doing, I had to pass up such tantalizing topics as "How the Welfare State Erodes the Family," "The Meaning of Life: From Pre-Natal to Grave," and "Our Turn to Lead: Why Young Conservatives Must Engage to Shape the Debate." Fortunately, Young America's Foundation was giving out copies of its "Campus Conservative Battleplan: Your Month-to-Month Plan to Activism on Campus," so I figured I could skip that last session with impunity.
October 14, 2011
D.C. child welfare agency sued by fathers over daughters' foster-care stays
A lawsuit contends that D.C.'s child welfare agency misinterpreted a law, violating their right to custody of their children because the men live in Maryland.
Attorneys for Wilson and Andre Adgerson of Temple Hills contend that city social workers should have handed their children over to them as soon as they were taken from their mothers. Instead, they say, the city misinterpreted a federal law designed to protect children from bad out-of-state foster homes and adoption placements by insisting that the fathers be investigated to be sure they were fit to care for their children. There was never a suggestion that they were not.
October 6, 2011
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