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311,000 children entered the foster care system in 2005; 15% (46,954) were under the age of one; 901 youth were between the ages of 18-20.

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Maryland CPS News Archive

Maryland News Coverage

by Justin Fenton

The mother of Terrell Suggs' two children was granted a restraining order against the Ravens linebacker in a Baltimore District Court hearing that was devoid of abuse allegations.

Suggs' attorneys stressed that the restraining order was agreed to by both sides and said the 27-year-old football player denies any allegations of abuse involving Candace Williams, 26, who says he assaulted her on two occasions last month. All of the allegations have been made in civil court, and Suggs has not been charged with a crime.

The baltimore Sun

December 11, 2009

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

by Caryn Tamber

The state and lawyers for Baltimore's foster children have failed to resolve their differences about the fate of a consent decree that would resolve a decades-old lawsuit over the operation of the foster care system.

The two sides will meet in federal court Friday morning to debate the state's contention that a new Supreme Court decision means the court no longer has jurisdiction to enforce the consent decree reached in June.

Maryland Daily Record

October 9, 2009

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.

Parental Rights

September 3, 2009

by Marge Neal

The Western Maryland Homeschool Association will start the Western Maryland Homeschool Choir next month in the Hagerstown area.

Voice lessons will be offered as well. The choir instructor and voice teacher is Ruth Seiler, who homeschooled four children. She is a certified voice instructor, music teacher and choir instructor from New Mexico.

The Frederick News-Post

July 14, 2009

by Richard Wexler

This is a step in the right direction because this new settlement puts a new emphasis on the most important change Baltimore needs to make: Doing more to keep children out of foster care in the first place.

Most parents who lose their children to foster care are nothing like those whose cases, rightly, make headlines. And in typical cases, extensive research shows that children left in their own homes do better even than comparably-maltreated children placed in foster care. That does not mean no child ever should be taken from her or his parents.

The Baltimore Sun

June 25, 2009

by Julie Bykowicz

For a quarter-century, lawyers for Baltimore foster children have been telling a judge horrific stories of abuse and neglect. The child welfare system, failed these children time and again by shrugging off reforms it was ordered to make as a result of a f

That has changed, the lawyers said Tuesday. Convinced that the state Department of Human Resources, which oversees child welfare and the city's more than 5,000 foster children, has finally made enough progress on changes first ordered by a judge in 1988, the lawyers on Monday filed a motion that could eventually end federal court oversight.

The Baltimore Sun

June 24, 2009

by Caryn Tamber

The state and lawyers for Baltimore City children in foster care have reached a new agreement in their 25-year court battle over the care the children receive.

Today, parties are jointly filing a new consent decree, which includes provisions for an independent monitor for the foster care system. It also promises a host of specific changes, including keeping children under 13 out of group homes...

The Maryland Daily Record

June 23, 2009

by Erik Eckholm

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

A Baltimore woman is pleading not guilty to charges of drugging her 2-year-old daughter, causing her death last June.

Vernice Harris, 30, entered the plea Tuesday and is scheduled to stand trial April 22 on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

WBAL-TV Baltimore

February 20, 2008

by Stephen Manning

Two months into the school year, more than 2,000 students in Upper Marlboro, Md., this suburban county outside the nation's capital, had yet to get the shots they needed to attend class. So the school system decided it was through playing nice.

Parents in Prince George's County were ordered to appear at a special court hearing where they were given a choice: Get their children vaccinated on the spot or risk up to 10 days in jail and fines. It is one of the strongest efforts made by a U.S. school system to ensure its youngsters receive their shots.

November 27, 2007

by Pamela Rigaux and Sonia Boin

LAYTONSVILLE -- An Urbana man shot and killed his ex-wife, their three children and then himself during a meeting to hand over parental custody for Thanksgiving, Montgomery County Assistant Police Chief Wayne Jerman said Friday.

Jerman said David Peter Brockdorff, 40, of 9417 Prospect Hill Place, and his ex-wife, Gail Louise Pumphrey, 43, of Woodbine, had a history of "domestic-related issues and the motive for the shootings appears to be domestic related." Although police did not release the names of the children, court records identify them as David, 12, Megan, 10, and Brandon, 6.

The Frederick News-Post (MD)

November 24, 2007

by Barbara Loe Fisher. A New Book Documenting the Link Between Complications of Infectious Diseases and Vaccines Which Can Result in Chronic Inflammatory Diseases and Disorders Such as Autism

Tomorrow, Nov. 17, Prince George, Maryland State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivy (D) and the county's public health and education officials are bringing the power of the State down on parents who have not gotten their children injected with vaccines.

State officials made it clear they were going to use whatever means they had to use to force the children to get vaccinated. Ivy said he was prepared to throw the parents whose children had not gotten their shots in jail: "We can do this the easy way or the hard way, but it's got to be done. I'm willing to move forward with legal action." The parents of children, who have been kicked out of school for failing to get their shots and are subject to state truancy laws, are being summoned to the Prince George's County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro on Saturday with their children to get them vaccinated on-site or face fines and jail time.

November 16, 2007

by Paul Joseph Watson & Steve Watson

Government and media propaganda hoax continues as parents in Maryland hoodwinked and threatened into believing it is the law to vaccinate kids, error-strewn Fox news report relays disinformation.

News networks and state authorities are once again engaging in mass public deception by claiming that vaccines for children are mandated by law and that parents will go to jail if kids do not take their shots. In reality, there is no law that says you have to vaccinate your children and waiver forms for personal or religious exemptions are freely available.

Prison Planet

November 14, 2007

by American Enterprise Institute

Before welfare reform, states received federal welfare funding mainly through an open-ended, but narrowly constrained, categorical program.

The School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland has created an academy to help state and local officials, private social service providers, and other interested parties take full advantage of the 1996 welfare reform law.

October 17, 2006

by American Enterprise Institute

The School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland has created an academy to help state and local officials, private social service providers, and other interested parties take full advantage of the 1996 welfare reform law.

The primary goal of the Welfare Reform Academy is to create a cadre of managers and planners who can take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the new welfare system of block grants. Through hands-on training in program design, implementation, and evaluation, the academy will equip participants with the skills necessary to reshape social welfare programs according to state and local needs and priorities.

September 15, 2006

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