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In Los Angeles County, the number of children in foster care increased from 42,894 in 1986 to approximately 75,000 in 2003.

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Idaho CPS News Archive

The Idaho news section is your source for the latest in family rights news items, CPS reform efforts, open court demands, abolition of confidentiality laws that judges hide behind, foster care deaths and issues, legal cases and more... Please Email Kidjacked with news and information from the state of Idaho and I will include it here in our coverage.

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Idaho News Coverage

by Alex Riggins

Three boys involved in a June assault on a 5-year-old girl at the Fawnbrook Apartments in Twin Falls pleaded guilty Tuesday to felonies.

The incident touched off months of turmoil in Twin Falls after the story was spun into a fake news account that exaggerated or flat-out falsified many of the details, including that a knife was present, the attack was perpetrated by a Syrian gang of adult men, that a rape had occurred and that the attack was celebrated by the perpetrators' families as city officials orchestrated a cover-up. In fact, police and prosecutors said, there was no rape, no knife was present, and the incident involved young boys. Officials characterized the incident as a sexual assault and say each say each agency involved followed proper protocol.

July 15, 2017

Idaho foster care parents are urging lawmakers to reform the current state system, saying that foster care bureaucracy has caused unnecessary heartache and frustration.

The Lewiston Tribune reported that the Idaho Legislature's foster care study committee met for the first time on Friday. The panel will meet over the summer and provide recommendations for consideration during the 2017 legislative session. Parents who testified Friday argued that the state needs better implementation guidelines and should avoid arbitrarily moving children, which can cause emotional harm.

August 7, 2016

by Nicholas K. Geranios

A bipartisan effort underway in Congress would change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, tapping natural disaster funds instead of money intended for fire prevention, lawmakers from Oregon and Idaho said Monday.

The legislation introduced in Congress would direct that when firefighting costs reach 70 percent of the 10-year average, firefighting agencies could dip into the government's fund for battling natural disasters such as hurricanes.

March 17, 2014

NEW CASTLE - An investigation that began when school officials allegedly saw a Henry County woman repeatedly hit her 5-year-old son in the face has resulted in her arrest.

Sarah E. Copley, 30, was charged Friday with neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury, a Class C felony carrying a standard four-year prison term, and battery resulting in bodily injury to a person under the age of 14, a Class D felony with a standard 18-month sentence.

September 11, 2013

by Lindsey Rinehart

There was some sort of allegations against my child. (Nothing has been explained to me about my child's situation and they won't let me talk to him/them.) This led to a "Well Child Check."

The warrant was executed and they left our home with what is going to be perceived as "bad" by many. Please remember, we are good parents. Our children are 'advanced', so much so that we will be having our 5 year old entering 1st grade curriculum instead of Kindergarten. I don't have a criminal record, and am NOT a criminal. I am a PATIENT. There is a BIG difference.

April 25, 2013

Three marijuana advocates in Boise, Idaho, had their children taken by Child Protective Services this week after police found marijuana in one of the family's homes.

According to an item posted today on the blog of Compassionate Idaho, Lindsey Rinehart and her husband Josh Rinehart went hiking with friend Sarah Caldwell earlier this week. When they came back, their kids had been taken.

April 25, 2013

by Marc Courtenay

Frankly, I seldom shop WFM. The main reason is because there's a locally owned and operated business in my community that sells only natural and organic food and other supplies.

NGVC was built on the premise that consumers should have access to affordable, high-quality foods and dietary supplements, with nutritional guidance to help them support their own health. The family-run store has grown into a successful national chain with locations across Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, Montana, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Arizona and Oregon. Altogether, the company has 1,800 employees.

April 8, 2013

by Alexa Tieu

The Idaho Legislature is in session right now and one of the topics on the docket involves foster care. Increasing the stipend for foster parents could prove to be beneficial.

In regard to stipends, Idaho pays the least to foster families than our six surrounding states. This is something the Idaho Department Of Health and Welfare wants to change. "We need to have foster parents. So I feel like we need to have the ability to recruit them, to keep them and to provide ongoing support," says Pam Harris, Child Welfare Chief of social work in Region 5, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The Gem State currently ranks 45th to 49th in rates it pays to foster parents per age group.

January 29, 2013

BURLEY, Idaho - A school administrator at Burley High School accused of sexually abusing two minors has waived her right to an extradition hearing after being arrested in another state.

The decision Thursday clears the way for 41-year-old Tara Leigh Bagley to be returned to Idaho. Bagley - the vice principal at the high school - was arrested last week near St. George, Utah, on seven felony charges of sexual abuse of a child between the ages of 16 and 17.

December 28, 2012

N.K. applied for admission to Idaho State University (ISU). The vice president of student affairs told him he could not be admitted without a GED.

The vice president subsequently sent N.K. a letter saying that ISU would finish processing his application without a GED. However, citing policies laid down by the Idaho State Board of Education (ISBE), the vice president said N.K. would be required to take the COMPASS test.

July 13, 2012

Idaho's state-run child welfare system was ranked No. 1 in the nation Friday by the Foundation for Government Accountability.

The study judged all 50 states and the District of Columbia on 11 outcomes and 41 data measures, including: How quickly they reacted to abuse allegations...

July 3, 2012

by Martha Rosenberg

Three years ago, Mirko and Regina Ceska of Crawfordville, FLA told former Gov. Charlie Crist their two adopted 12-year-olds had been prescribed 11 pills a day, including the powerful antipsychotic Seroquel, reported the Tampa Bay Times.

Three years ago, Mirko and Regina Ceska of Crawfordville, FLA told former Gov. Charlie Crist their two adopted 12-year-olds had been prescribed 11 pills a day, including the powerful antipsychotic Seroquel, reported the Tampa Bay Times.

June 29, 2012

Police and wildlife officials are actively searching for a mountain lion that has been seen in and around downtown Boise.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials believe the 70-pound juvenile male is the same cat that was seen picking at a deer carcass in the front yard of an east Boise home Friday night.

May 22, 2012

by Anusha Roy

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Court documents have revealed more about how a grand jury believes foster parents Jeremy and Amber Clark abused two children in their care.

The Clarks were the foster parents for two-year-old Karina Moore when she died in 2009, and have been charged on multiple accounts, including two counts of felony injury to a child.

December 6, 2011

by Anna Webb

CALDWELL - Emily Soto has a word of advice for grandparents who become caretakers for their grandchildren because their own children can't be: Forgive your kids.

The Sotos had planned to spend retirement in their classic car: "Drive Route 66 and be old," as Emily Soto puts it. Instead, they're putting money away for college. "When you plan your life out for two people on an income of $2,300 a month, unless you sell off everything you own, things are really tight," said Soto.

October 15, 2011

The Idaho Department Of Health and Welfare (DHW) has issued a new checklist that tells social workers how they should investigate homeschool families accused of educational neglect.

If a caller reports that a family is homeschooling, the DHW representative will tell him that homeschooling is legal and does not constitute educational neglect. If the caller gives detailed, credible evidence that the child is not receiving instruction as required under law, a social worker will open an investigation. But if the caller does not provide such evidence, no investigation will be opened.


June 10, 2010

by National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National and local advocacy groups are expressing outrage over what has become a disturbing national trend of divorcing Dads killing their children and themselves.

8-month-old baby Bekm was shot and killed by his father, Nicholas Bacon, in Meridian, Idaho just 48 hours ago, while 9-month-old baby Wyatt was killed by his father Stephen Garcia just ten days ago in San Bernardino County. Details are still emerging about the tragic Idaho murder-suicide of baby Bekm on Monday night.

PR Newswire

February 10, 2010

by Anna Webb

If there's one thing everyone agrees on, it's that the family has a central role in a child's well-being. But how do you strengthen Idaho families so the children are safe and healthy? And when do you make the call that the children are better off outside

"First and foremost children belong with their parents. We provide services and supports that are designed to increase the extent that children are safe," said Steve Sparks, regional program manager in the Division of Family and Community Services for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. "This is not only recognized as best practice, but is a federal requirement."

Idaho Statesman

December 28, 2009

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- The family of an 8-year-old autistic girl who was arrested at school wants the school district and county to pay more than $500,000 in damages.

Charles and Spring Towry's third-grade daughter, Evelyn, has Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. She was arrested in January on suspicion of battery at Kootenai Elementary School after staffers said she spit on and inappropriately touched two instructors.


July 15, 2009

Warm Springs Counseling Center's foster care program, The Bridge, is actively seeking house parents interested in living rent-free in exchange for exceptional care of children in foster care.

Foster parents receive 24 hour support and education and tuition reimbursement. For information, contact Tyra Francis, LSW, Social Services at 208-343-7813, Ext. 401

Boise Weekly

June 16, 2009

There were 26 cases of suspected child abuse, abandonment or neglect in the Coeur d'Alene School District during the 2008-2009 school year.

Statewide, about 40 percent of all reported child abuse cases are reported by teachers and school counselors. Reported cases spike in September, when the school year begins.

The Seattle Times

June 10, 2009

A former Middleton Day Care worker who plead guilty to one felony count of injury to a child has been sentenced to prison.

David Begley was sentenced Tuesday in Canyon County court to 10 years in prison. Begley was accused of inappropriately touching three girls between the ages of 4 and 9 while they attended his daycare.

KBCI News 2

June 10, 2009

by James R. Hermann, Sr.

One of the growing trends today is grandparents and other relatives who are raising minor children.

Nearly 15,000 children across the country now living in foster care could leave foster care and live permanently with relatives if federal support was available to help with their care, as is now available for many foster parents who adopt children.

Bonner County Daily Bee

April 20, 2008

by Mary Clare Jalonick

Several government agencies will pay for a public awareness campaign aimed at curbing methamphetamine use on Indian reservations, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced this week.

Methamphetamine use has dramatically increased in Indian Country. Carole Lankford, vice chairwoman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana, said that more than 35 meth-affected children have been placed in her tribes' foster care system in the past four years.

Casper Star Tribune

December 3, 2006

by Dana Dugan

The average age for foster children is about 9 years old. In Idaho, white children constitute 77%t of the foster care population, Hispanic children represent 12%. Alaskan Native/American Indian children account for 9%, and black children the remaining 2%.

"In 2003 there were 2,382 foster children in the system. The last fiscal year, ending July 30, 3,335 kids came into care throughout the year. On any given day, there are 1,800 in foster care.

Idaho Mountain Express

November 15, 2006

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by Annette Hall

Most states have safe haven laws on the books, permitting a new parent to drop off an infant at a local fire department or hospital without repercussions. This is a laudable service that I am certain has had a positive impact on more than one infants life over the years.


May 15, 2010

by Annette Hall

Occasionally, I receive postal mail from readers on various issues. I can't quiet understand why someone would take the time to send snail mail when email is so much faster and easier, not to mention cheaper, but they do.


May 15, 2010

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