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In 2004, 65,000 children living in foster care had their parental rights terminated for all living parents.

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Missouri CPS News Archive

Missouri News Coverage

DEKALB COUNTY, Mo. - A trail camera in DeKalb County captured a photograph recently of a mountain lion roaming on private land.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) confirmed the photograph was legitimate and said the animal was spotted north of Cameron.

December 17, 2012

by Jennie Olson

Washington County residents interested in learning more about becoming a foster care provider can attend another informational meeting at the government center.

Families are needed to give kids and teenagers a temporary place to live. The licensing process teaches potential foster parents how to relate to youth, enhance teenagers' self-esteem, and teach youth to become independent.

November 20, 2012

by Joanna Small

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In the last decade, home schooling has grown by 75 percent nationwide. Here in the Ozarks, it's growing just as quickly.

It's estimated that two million children, or 4 percent of the youth population, are now homeschooled. To put that in perspective, just 13,000 kids were homeschooled back in the 1970s. Ozarks parents who go that route cite a distrust in the public school system and a growing network of support.

October 17, 2012

by Clark Peters

The average American hase an alarmingly weak grasp of elementary financial concepts. The study affirms what the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority found - that young adults have the lowest level of financial literacy of any age group.

To parents of busy, distracted teenagers, this will come as no surprise. We're calling them the "boomerang generation" today: circling back home to save money, and getting a little too financially dependent along the way. But what about kids who don't have that option? In many states, young people in foster care can no longer be part of the system once they turn 18. How can they be expected to learn basic financial concepts, and save for a better future?

October 11, 2012

by Steve Rosen

There's the girl who grew up in a dysfunctional home in Iowa until she was 14, living primarily with her father. It was a week-to-week existence, with her father borrowing from friends and family members to cover the bills.

Then there's the girl who rebounded in the foster care system and now at age 21 is about to earn an associate degree in liberal arts from a Des Moines community college. That success has inspired her to apply to law school with the hope of becoming a judge overseeing child welfare cases. It's been a dramatic transformation - one that Vanderkwaak admits might not have happened if not for Opportunity Passport.

September 28, 2012

by Sharon Autenrieth

When the school buses started running a few weeks ago, when the classrooms filled with students carrying new backpacks stuffed with supplies, my two youngest children stayed at home. We started another year of homeschooling.

We're not a tiny group on the fringes anymore: chances are good that you know someone who homeschools. I love it, myself. I'm in my thirteenth year and we've been through some rough patches, but I feel comfortable with it now. I've found my homeschooling groove. When young parents tell me they're thinking about homeschooling themselves I am happy to answer questions, offer encouragement, and show them the curriculum we use. But I'm not an evangelist for homeschooling: I know that it's not the perfect answer for every family or every child.

September 13, 2012

by Rudi Keller

Missouri women who get pregnant as a result of rape have new legal protections beginning today that will prevent their attackers from using civil courts to harass them.

Under provisions of a wide-ranging bill governing judicial procedures, men accused of rape no longer will be able to assert parental rights through a paternity lawsuit while their criminal case is pending. The bill, which amends more than three dozen sections of state law, was approved by lawmakers during the legislative session that ended in May.

August 28, 2012

MISSOULA - A two-week old baby girl has been reported as missing and/or endangered by the office of the Montana Attorney General.

Aiven Jane Chamberlain was taken from her mother's home in Missoula on Wednesday night by her biological father, Vincent Seguvio. Seguvio and his mother, Nancy Butcher, are believed to be driving a 2003 silver Hyundai Sonata with license 714972A.

June 15, 2012

by Jacob Sullum

Dash cameras, which have been used in this country for 15 years, can help cops as well as the people they arrest by backing up details of police reports, providing evidence of crimes such as driving while intoxicated, and disproving false complaints.

But some cops see only the downside. Citing union grievances, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that "city police officers believe in-car cameras are being used against them, and they are trying to find ways to avoid driving cars equipped with them." About half the city's police cars have cameras so far.

May 23, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY -- Sightings of mountain lions have been on the rise in Missouri, and some of those cats turn out to be visitors from other states.

The Missouri Conservation Department said it confirmed 14 mountain-lion sightings in 2011, up from a total of 12 in the previous 16 years.

May 23, 2012

JAMESPORT, Mo. • Another mountain lion sighting has been confirmed in Missouri, this time in the north-central section of the state.

The state Conservation Department said Tuesday that a trail camera photographed a mountain lion in Grundy County on April 2. The department confirmed the sighting this week.

April 25, 2012

by Lauren Gilger, Charles Gorra and Brian Ross

The scars of childbirth were still healing on Amelia Reyes Jimenez's stomach in 2008 when police came to her Phoenix apartment and took her three-month-old daughter from her arms

Three and a half years later, Reyes Jimenez and her four children have become statistics in the U.S. crackdown on illegal immigration. Each year thousands of children of undocumented immigrants, like Amelia's kids, wind up in foster care when their parents are arrested for immigration violations. Some are even adopted by U.S. citizens while their parents are held in federal detention centers or deported back to their native countries.

February 1, 2012

by Rob Evans

There's a childhood obesity epidemic in this country. The Centers for Disease Control says more than a third of children and adolescents are either overweight or obese.

The strength and conditioning program is for the older kids, 12-14, they're going to focus on how to use weight equipment properly, using the cardio equipment. Then the next class they'll do group games.

January 23, 2012

by Abc News

Investigators searching for a missing 11-month-old Kansas City, Mo., found used diapers and baby wipes in an abandoned home today, police said.

The house was near an area where police were alread searching for Baby Lisa Irwin, who has been missing since Oct. 4, when her parents reported that she disappeared from her bedroom crib.

October 15, 2011

by Chris Blank

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri education officials are revoking the accreditation of the Kansas City School District.

The decision Tuesday by the Missouri State Board of Education means the district has more than two years to improve and regain accreditation before it could face state takeover. The decision was approved without dissent and is effective Jan. 1.

CNS News

September 20, 2011

by Alex Sundby

A southwestern Missouri school district has denied accusations in a federal lawsuit that officials failed to protect a middle-school girl from being raped, calling the lawsuit "frivolous".

The girl, identified as a 7th grade special education student, was raped twice during the course of two school years, according to the lawsuit filed July 5 against Republic School District in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Officials identified in the lawsuit are school principal Patricia Mithelavage, school counselor Joni Ragain and school resource officer Robert Duncan.

August 17, 2011

U.S. officials said Thursday a former Missouri prison inmate confessed to conducting an identity-theft operation while incarcerated.

Danwine Dewayne Renard, 47, pleaded guilty Wednesday in East St. Louis to four felony charges: aiding and abetting bank fraud, conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud and two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

July 28, 2011

by Maggie Rotermund

When a child becomes the victim of abuse or witnesses a violent crime, their world is shaken to the core. They need to someone to care for them, to guide them through the chaos of the legal system and take care of their mental and physical health.

In St. Charles and 13 surrounding counties, that someone comes from The Child Center, a child advocacy center based in Wentzville. The center's services are available free of charge to all children who need them. The Child Center offers a comprehensive, coordinated approach in response to allegations of child sexual and physical abuse.

March 27, 2011

by Erin Grace

Massachusetts became the first state to place domestic violence advocates in child welfare offices in 1990. The state made basic domestic violence training mandatory for new social workers.

Michigan added family reunification workers to provide intensive home-based services for four to six weeks. The state placed 18 workers in different shelters to work with abused women and help them develop safety plans. The long-term success rates, defined as families remaining intact at 12 months following their services, were 85 percent for those getting home-based services and 96 percent for those in shelters.

March 27, 2011

A TWO-year-old Missouri girl allegedly abducted from her home today by a woman posing as a child welfare agent was found safe in Iowa about nine hours later.

Syah D Duffey was discovered after Iowa State Highway Patrol officers stopped a vehicle apparently driven away by the suspect. The woman is said to have identified herself as a child welfare agent and forced Syah's mother to pack clothing for the little girl before taking her away in a dirty, white van with Iowa licence plates.

November 12, 2010

by Erin Hevern

The Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney's office has filed two more charges against a local woman who was found hoarding 75 animals, including farm animals and rare birds, at a Boutin Drive residence.

Robin Peavler, 48, is now charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal abuse and one count of child endangerment. When questioned by officers why her daughter wasn't enrolled in school and hadn't been seen by anyone other than neighbors for awhile, Peavler allegedly replied that she was homeschooling her daughter.

Southeast Missourian

August 26, 2010

by Tere Scott

On August 3 several primaries will be held across the St. Louis area. You have a chance to vote into office the most homeschool-friendly candidates in your district.

You can read an interview between Kurt Bahr and Dave Evans to give you an example of what a homeschool-friendly candidate can do. Following is a list of a few such candidates and how they still need help...

St. Louis Homeschooling Examiner

June 14, 2010

by R.D. Walker

This absolutely, positively should NEVER happen in the United States of America when the target has no history of violence. This is a paramilitary raid over pot.

The target had no history of violent behavior. This video shows a search warrant served by the Columbia Mo. police department. The cops bust in this guys house in the middle of the night and shoot his two dogs (one a pit bull that was caged in the kitchen and the other a Corgi) with children in the home.

The Real Revo

May 12, 2010

by Ginnie Graham

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.

Tulsa World

April 28, 2010

by The Joplin Globe

Hard times for parents can translate to hard times for children in terms other than financial. The Children's Center of Southwest Missouri served a record 942 children in 2009, an increase of about 150 children.

The organization provides settings for the investigation of child abuse and the start of a healing process for victims and their families, with centers located in Joplin, Monett, Nevada and Butler. The Children's Center's primary services include the provision of child-friendly environs for fact-finding talks with children, known as forensic interviews.

The Joplin Globe

April 10, 2010

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