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Families struggling to keep their children out of foster care are stymied by two major problems: homelessness and low public assistance grants, according to two New York City studies.
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Defending A Parent Accused of Munchausen By Proxy
Munchausen syndrome is a 'sexy' diagnosis and allegation. While the term only entered legal and medical vocabulary in the mid-1970s, it has become rather in-vogue.
Hollywood made it popular in movies such as The Sixth Sense and with television shows such as ER and The X-files. Even Eminem used his chops to sing about his childhood plagued with "...going through public housing systems, victim of Munchausen syndrome. My whole life I was made to believe I was sick when I wasn't...."
March 13, 2012
Aboriginal foster parents aided by kit
A P.E.I. aboriginal student has put together a resource kit to help social workers and foster parents better understand the culture of aboriginal children in their care.
Emily Ferguson received funding from the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I. for the kit, and created it while on a student job placement with the Department of Child and Family Services. The new kit will provide workers with the tools to educate, promote and preserve a child's Aboriginal identity.
March 12, 2012
Child welfare officers raided
Taking suo motu action to 'stem the rot' in the Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD), the Lokayukta police on Friday raided 25 locations in the State including the houses of three senior officers in the department.
Raids were conducted on the house of former director of DWCD, Shamla Iqbal, who is alleged to have received kickbacks from Christy Friedgram Industries (CFI) for awarding the contract to it to provide nutrition supplements, medicine and toys to the beneficiaries of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).
March 10, 2012
Child marriage stopped
A child marriage was stopped and a 15-year-old-girl was rescued, thanks to the timely intervention by the officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Child Welfare Committee members.
March 10, 2012
Help Stop Law Requiring Homeschoolers to Teach 'Tolerance!'
HSLDA of Canada is asking for our help! Our homeschooling brothers and sisters to the north (Alberta) are facing the possibility that they will be banned from teaching during schooltime that the Bible is true.
The law would require that homeschoolers' academic content contain politically correct views such as tolerance for controversial lifestyles. Paul Faris, president of HSLDA of Canada, says the law would subject homeschool families to the Alberta Human Rights Act which has been used to target Christians and conservatives, particularly those families with religious and traditional views about homosexuality.
March 8, 2012
Gabriel Aubry Wants Expensive Home From Halle Berry, Huge Child Spending Allowance
Halle Berry's soon-to-be ex-husband has asked the judge overseeing the couple's custody battle to grant him $15,000-$20,000 per month so he can secure a
Halle Berry's soon-to-be ex-husband has asked the judge overseeing the couple's custody battle to grant him $15,000-$20,000 per month so he can secure a proper home. The couple have been going through a bitter custody battle since announcing their divorce, a battle that has become so extreme that child protective services has been forced to sit in on court proceedings regarding the couple's three year old daughter Nahla.
March 5, 2012
Australia urged to apologize for forced adoptions
CANBERRA, Australia - A Senate inquiry on Wednesday called for the Australian government to apologize and compensate thousands of unwed mothers who were forced to give up their babies for adoption in the mid-20th century.
Unwed mothers were pressured, deceived and threatened into giving up their babies from World War II until the early 1970s so they could be adopted by married couples, which was perceived to be in the children's best interests, the Senate committee report found.
February 29, 2012
Anti-Gay Homeschooling Outlawed in W'ern Canadian Province
AlbertaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new Education Act prohibits homeschools, private schools and Catholic schools from teaching students that being gay is a sin, the conservative right wing website Life Site News reported.
Alberta is a province located in western Canada and is between British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Those who oppose the new legislation questioned how the Ministry would make the distinction between school and family time. When McColl was asked about the matter, she said the government "wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t speculate" about individual cases but said she has not received a "straight answer" on what would be considered disrespectful.
February 25, 2012
'In Organics We Trust' documentary explores organic food industry
Many people buy organic foods from the grocery thinking that it's the healthy thing to do. Other people don't buy organic foods at all, thinking they're too expensive and just a scam by the food industry.
Many people buy organic foods from the grocery thinking that it's the healthy thing to do. Other people don't buy organic foods at all, thinking they're too expensive and just a scam by the food industry. Watch the interview...
February 24, 2012
Even death is not a good enough excuse for giving up!
Nicole has been a great a friend since the past couple year and am getting to discover more and more of her in positive ways. Nicole's experiences in life leaves me to believe that you can't say die until the bones are rotten.
Being the oldest of twin sisters; Jessica and Melissa who are now 21 years old, Nicole was forced to take on the singular responsibility of a "mother" figure and practically raise her sisters at an early stage in life. This role was performed very creditably despite the little experience she had about it until her unfortunate removal from it as a result of continuous physical abuse inflicted upon her and her sisters by their biological father. Nicole at that point in her life was at the tender age of 11.
February 23, 2012
What Ron Paul's Detractors Reveal
It is no secret that I am a huge Ron Paul fan--and I have been for many years. Do I agree with him on every single issue? Of course not. And I don't have to agree with him.
Ron Paul is the only true constitutionalist in the Presidential field--from either major party. And when a President (or any other public office holder) takes his or her oath of office, they do not swear to be a good conservative, or to be a good Christian, or to support the state of Israel, or to "create jobs," etc., etc. They swear to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.
February 23, 2012
Ind. Measles Outbreak, Linked to Super Bowl, Raises Vaccination Concerns
The crowds and teams may have long departed Indiana after Super Bowl XLVI, but something else has lingered: an outbreak of measles.
Two days before the big game, two people infected with the virus visited the Super Bowl Village together and made stops at a coffee shop, a restaurant and the Indianapolis Colts' merchandise store in Lucas Oil Stadium. State health officials confirmed 13 confirmed cases of measles within two neighboring counties in central Indiana last week.
February 21, 2012
Drive to vaccinate 570,000 schoolchildren against hepatitis begins today
KARACHI, Feb 19: A 10-day campaign to vaccinate about 570,000 students of 3,600 government schools in the city against hepatitis B will start on Monday under the Sindh chief minister's initiative for a hepatitis-free Sindh.
Dr Chhuto told the participants in the symposium that a campaign to vaccinate about 600,000 students of government and private schools in the Hyderabad region was already launched on February 14. All students studying in Class I to X would be vaccinated in the first phase of the campaign in the five districts of Karachi which would be followed by another round of vaccination for private school children, he said.
February 20, 2012
Ex-foster child account triggers Quebec investigation
A Quebec Human Rights Commission investigation is raising serious concerns about foster children across the province.
The Commission's report - that followed the investigation - points to several failings at Batshaw Youth and Family Centres in this particular case. The social services network places English-speaking children in foster care across the Greater Montreal area.
February 20, 2012
IRS Tax Tip: Four Things to Know About Bartering
In today's economy, small business owners sometimes save money through bartering to get products or services they need. The IRS wants to remind small business owners that the fair market value of property or services received through barter is taxable.
Bartering is the trading of one product or service for another. Usually there is no exchange of cash. However, the fair market value of the goods and services exchanged must be reported as income by both parties.
February 17, 2012
Foster carers fear for the future
The removal of a government allowance for foster children aged over 17, has carers fearful for the future of their dependents
It takes a special kind of person to foster a child. Among that small group of big-hearted individuals are people who specialise in caring for teenagers from damaged homes. Once a child turns 16 family benefits stop for any parent of a child who qualifies for support. But, until now, foster parents have been paid an allowance of $214 per child per week.
February 3, 2012
Indian anger as Norway removes children
INDIA and Norway are embroiled in a diplomatic row after social workers took two Indian children into care because they shared their parents' bed and their mother fed them with her fingers.
The parents were told the children will remain in foster care in Norway until they are 18 and that they will have only occasional contact with them. Norwegian officials resisted calls for the children to be reunited with their grandparents in India pending an inquiry and India's external affairs minister has called for the children to be repatriated. Sushma Swaraj, parliamentary leader of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, said the decision betrayed an ignorance of Indian culture.
January 26, 2012
Nursery workers arrested in child welfare investigation released
FOUR York nursery workers arrested in connection with an investigation into two nurseries in York have been released without further police action.
The women had been on police bail while the education authorities and North Yorkshire Police conducted a joint investigation after concerns were raised about the quality of care and the welfare of the children at Heworth House and Little Joe's day nurseries.
January 25, 2012
Maori child abuse linked to poverty and discrimination
A Maori health researcher says reducing Maori child abuse will require tackling poverty and racial discrimination.
The two reports show that 52 per cent of all New Zealand children who have been taken into state care from abusive or neglectful parents are Maori, compared with only 22 per cent of the population under age 20. In contrast, only 39 per cent of those in care are European, compared with 71 per cent of the under-20 population. Pacific children make up 11 per cent of the young population but only 6 per cent of those in state care.
January 25, 2012
AFP: Reunite Indian kids with parents, Delhi urges Oslo
NEW DELHI - India urged Norway on Monday to act quickly to reunite two Indian children with their parents after Norwegian child welfare services put them into foster care eight months ago.
Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya lost custody of three-year-old Avigyan and one-year-old Aishwarya after Norwegian officials objected to their feeding the children by hand and sharing the same bed, according to press reports.
January 23, 2012
I came across this article about middle childhood soon after Christmas. It resonated with me, as it is exactly the stage Xander is at. While he's just turned seven, rather than the six mentioned in the article.
It's greatly appreciated. He has always responded well to being given responsibility, but now he's much more reliable at actually completing it. A call for a Band-Aid to fix a bubba booboo is actually answered, or even anticipated.
January 23, 2012
Foster care 'in crisis'
The Territory Opposition has called on the Government to explain why it pays carers $40 less than the New South Wales Government does.
The call comes after chief executive of the Northern Territory Department for Children and Families, Clare Gardiner-Barnes said the foster care system was facing a huge crisis in quality of care.
January 23, 2012
Indian couple's Norway nightmare: SM Krishna urges envoy to lodge protest
New Delhi: An Indian couple battles in Norway for the custody of their two children - taken away and sent to foster care by the Child Protective Services.
Norway's Child Protective Service took equal objection to the child sleeping in the same bed as the father, insisting the boy must have an independent bed. When contacted by NDTV, the head of Norway's Child Welfare Services denied the account of the parents.
January 22, 2012
Wary, Japanese Take Food Safety Into Their Own Hands
ONAMI, Japan - In the fall, as this valley's rice paddies ripened into a carpet of gold, inspectors came to check for radioactive contamination.
Onami sits just 35 miles northwest of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which spewed radioactive cesium over much of this rural region last March. However, the government inspectors declared Onami's rice safe for consumption after testing just two of its 154 rice farms.
January 22, 2012
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