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Once they leave foster care, these most troubled youths often have no reliable adults to advise them or provide emotional support, said Gary Stangler, director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.
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New child protection procedures for schools published | Irish Examiner
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has published updated child protection procedures for the country's schools.
Included in the new rules is a requirement for all primary schools to fully implement the Stay Safe Programme. The new procedures are based on the 'Children First' guidelines for the protection and welfare of children which were published earlier this year.
October 1, 2011
Dems hammer GOP's Planned Parenthood funding probe
"It's morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use it to fund organizations that provide and promote abortion," Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the bill's sponsor, said during that debate.
As part of his investigation, Stearns has asked Planned Parenthood to turn over documents detailing "how the segregation between family planning and abortion services is accomplished ... and what internal audits, controls or reviews are conducted to ensure this."
September 30, 2011
Couple fights to regain custody after adopted son taken by DHHS
Full-page advertisements in daily newspapers around Maine in recent months have urged other Mainers with child custody gripes with DHHS to share their stories with them.
These efforts come in advance of a looming federal lawsuit from the Handlers against DHHS, which Russell vowed will expose the department's systematic failings. "It's not going to be your average complaint," Russell, 62, said of the lawsuit. "It's going to blow the doors off the building in Augusta." DHHS annually handles hundreds of child custody cases; few, if any, have ever been so vigorously challenged in such a public arena.
September 30, 2011
ATF: Illegal to sell guns to med marijuana users
Federal authorities say firearms dealers in states where medical marijuana is legal can't sell guns or ammunition to registered users of the drug.
A Sept. 21 letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also says dealers can't sell a gun or ammunition if they have "reasonable cause to believe" the buyer is using controlled substances, even if the state allows it.
September 28, 2011
Tourists and the child exploitation industry
Travellers and expats in Thailand know the scene of child poverty well. A six-year-old girl, sitting neatly on a mat, painted in bright red lipstick, with a woman sitting nearby, begging for money.
A 12-year-old boy, selling chewing gum at 11pm in an adult entertainment area: he impresses you with his cheeky smile and English gift of the gab. Children and youths living and working on the street are particularly at risk as they attract the attention of tourists and their dollars better than anyone. How can we make the tourism environment less risky for these children?
September 26, 2011
IFCAA Fighting State Court-Based Racketeering Announces Advances in Illinois, Georgia, PA and Utah
The IFCAA announced that, despite the obstacle of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan representing the judges engaged in alleged racketeering enterprises they had taken on apparent judicial corruption in the Cook County Circuit Court family court.
In addition to helping provide evidence to state and federal authorities in pursuit of indictments of allegedly corrupt public officials including Mormon judges, Mannix has networked with Virginia citizens as well as Utah citizens, the latter of which have specifically called upon their Mormon GOP state legislators to launch an independent forensic audit of all Federal taxpayers' dollars coming into the State's family court-related programs.
September 26, 2011
California District Is Doing Unannounced Door-to-Door Vaccines
The Natomas Unified School District in Sacramento, California is in financial trouble. But when it comes to vaccinations, the sky's the limit. The district is now doing door-to-door vaccinations. Unannounced. And they've taken a news crew with them...
Parents are pressured. Not shown in the video is that they aren't provided information about their right to opt out. If they choose to opt out, they aren't given the exemption forms. No information is given about risks associated with the vaccine. The vaccination in question is Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis), and is one of the most questionable.
September 26, 2011
Government defends child neglect probe delay
Welfare agencies are worried more children could be put at risk by a three-year delay in an investigation of a case of criminal neglect involving 21 children.
The South Australian Government says the delays were to avoid prejudicing a police investigation. In June 2008, 21 children were removed from houses at Elizabeth Grove and Parafield Gardens in northern Adelaide.
September 26, 2011
Senate Passes Cantwell-Backed Bill to Reward Innovation in Foster Care That Keeps Families Together
Bill changes system that punished Washington State's innovative foster care programs; now heads to President's desk Cantwell: 'Instead of punishing Washington state for keeping kids out of foster care, this bill ensures innovation'.
WASHINGTON, D.C. On the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) hailed the unanimous Senate passage last night of the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (H.R. 2883), which would allow states like Washington to continue innovative programs that reduce foster care caseloads and achieve positive outcomes for children without being penalized by losing federal funding.
September 25, 2011
Religious heads angered by call to link benefits to two-child norm
The recommendation by the State-appointed Commission on Rights and Welfare of Women and Children to deny government benefits to families having more than two children has angered Christian and Muslim religious groups.
Parents who violate the norms will be regarded as "legally disqualified person" while a cash incentive of Rs 5,000 to women who marry after the age of 19 and their first child after 20. This benefit will be available for the first two children. The medically safe contraceptives and instructive literature should be available free at the time of marriage. Facilities for safe abortion should be made free and through hospitals, health care centres in both private and government sector.
September 25, 2011
Companies fail to provide mandatory child care
More than a fifth of the nation's biggest corporations were found to have neglected to provide some form of day care to its employees' infants as required by law, a government report said Sunday.
According to a report by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, 22 of the top 100 corporations failed to provide either day care facilities or an allowance to cover least half the total cost of child care.
September 25, 2011
The 'Aging Out' Dilemma Plaguing the Foster Care System
While local statistics are hard to come by for a population no longer under the city's care, nationally, one in four of the 20,000 foster care youth who age out of the child welfare system each year are incarcerated within two years.
With more than 900 young people aging out in New York each year, these numbers reflect a real problem. Because of their life experiences some kids need more support than others - and they may need it for longer. A 21-year-old who has lived most of his life in either the child welfare system or a dysfunctional family setting is not at the same level emotionally or cognitively as other 21-year-olds. And as every parent knows, you can't set an arbitrary schedule for maturity.
September 25, 2011
Child abuse climbs with recession: study
As the U.S. economy began to tank, the number of abused kids landing in the hospital with severe brain injuries spiked, a new study shows.
Anecdotes linking child abuse to the recession have surfaced before, but there had been no hard data to back the connection until now. Although there is no proof that financial hardship itself is causing the uptick in abuse, earlier research has tied parental stress to child maltreatment.
September 19, 2011
Canada Legalizes Infanticide
Government-sanctioned child sacrifice returns to the Western hemisphere. The title isn't fair - in Canada infanticide is a serious crime that can land you a tough five year sentence. That's five years maximum. After all, it's only killing a baby.
People in Canada who think killing an infant is the act of a morally bankrupt monster who deserves more time than the average murderer are getting another kick in the teeth, courtesy of Judge Joanne Veit. She let a woman convicted of murdering her newborn baby then throwing the body over her neighbor's backyard fence walk out of court with a suspended sentence and probation.
September 14, 2011
Private schools making millions on top of government grants
VICTORIA'S richest private schools have posted seven-figure profits while reaping millions in government grants.
The Sunday Herald Sun analysed 2010 financial statements for 10 of the state's most exclusive colleges, revealing a combined annual profit of $58.6 million. The same schools claimed $55.4 million in state and federal government grants over the period.
August 28, 2011
Child Identity Theft Takes Advantage Of Kids' Unused Social Security Numbers
Every few weeks, Stephanie McManis receives a phone call from a collection agency asking for someone she never met. She recently opened a letter from a bank threatening to sue her for defaulting on a loan she never took out.
McManis, 31, says she is a victim of identity theft, a well-documented problem these days. One detail elevates her case from the typical, however: her identity was stolen when she was 12 years old. Now, nearly two decades later, she still can't separate herself from a checkered financial past created before she was old enough to drive. Utah officials have started checking a state employment database with a list of Utah children on public aid, finding "thousands" of workers using children's identities to acquire jobs, according to Utah Assistant Attorney General Richard Hamp. In one recent case, nine people were using a 9-year-old's Social Security number to gain employment, Hamp said.
August 21, 2011
Teenage girls killed themselves under Child Safety watch
TWO teenage girls committed suicide within weeks of each other after Queensland authorities failed to act on allegations of sexual abuse, depression and self-harm, despite the young friends supposedly being officially monitored.
An investigation by The Weekend Australian has uncovered the controversial background to the deaths of Felicia Goodson, 16, and Zoe Gough, 16, despite the state's Child Safety Department and police keeping nearly all details about the incidents secret. In one extraordinary bungle, Felicia was denied foster care and told by the Child Safety Department to return to a situation where she allegedly was being sexually abused.
August 20, 2011
HSE criticised over foster care
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has committed to developing a national policy for providing foster care services for children with special needs by the end of the year.
The investigation began after the Ombudsman received a complaint regarding the 14-year-old boy who, while legally in the case of the HSE, has been living with his foster parents on a full-time basis as part of their family since he was an infant.
August 18, 2011
Hundreds of Saskatchewan kids still at risk in foster homes: advocate
Saskatchewan's children's advocate says the number of kids in overcrowded foster homes is down since a scathing report came out that likened one place to a puppy mill.
Mr. Pringle says 483 children, or 28.8 per cent, lived in foster homes with more than four children at the end of last year - which exceeds the current capacity guideline.
August 18, 2011
London Riots Will Engulf America
We have all seen the damage caused by the riots in Britain. It was uninhibited anarchy and lawlessness. For five days, animal-like mobs burned businesses and homes, hospitalized police officers, looted shops, assaulted citizens, and even killed people.
It was a national disgrace. And it is exactly what is coming to America-and soon. In fact, the riots have already begun. Just days before the burning of London, a riot broke out at the Milwaukee State Fair. Yet, because of its racially charged nature, most media outlets buried the story. Britain and America sit atop the largest welfare states in the history of the world. More people are on assistance programs than ever before. More teenagers live at home in government-provided housing, wearing government-purchased sneakers, drinking government-provided Mountain Dew, living with single mothers who grew up on government-subsidized housing themselves, than ever before.
August 16, 2011
Is obesity cause for state intervention?
Child protection agencies are mandated to protect children from harm by intervening in cases of suspected abuse or neglect. Severe obesity is neither of these things.
Its causes involve a mix of genetic, biologic, psychosocial, socio-economic, developmental and environmental factors. The barriers to weight loss and reasons for continued weight gain are equally complex. We must also recognize that many obese individuals, adults and children alike, experience significant discrimination, not to mention feelings of shame and fear of being judged. This all makes them reluctant to seek help.
August 15, 2011
The Revitalized Eugenics Movement & the FDA's Role
On August 1, 2011 the Obama administration announced its plan to force health insurers, to pay for "free" birth control for all U.S. women, including free birth control pills, morning after pills, sterilization...
Americans should understand that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg is well-versed in eugenics theory, as both of her elite psychiatrist parents have headed the American Eugenics Society. The goal of eugenics is to utilize science to improve the genetic composition of a population. The elite eugenics ruling class is terrified of rapid population growth in "undesirable genetic stock."
August 11, 2011
Aid network wants probe into CIA's vaccination program in Pakistan
BANGALORE, India (CNS) -- A network of charities working in Pakistan wants the U.S. government to investigate a short-lived CIA-run vaccination clinic allegedly used for counterterrorism and intelligence-gathering purposes.
The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum, a coalition of 40 charities including the U.S. bishops' Catholic Relief Services, said it was "gravely concerned by reports that the CIA organized a fake vaccination program in Abbottabad," the Pakistani city where Osama bin Laden was killed in May. The intelligence-gathering effort, uncovered by the London-based Guardian newspaper, was devised in an attempt to verify that bin Laden was living in the city in northeast Pakistan.
August 9, 2011
White House Rules by Fiat with No Child Left Behind Waivers
The Obama Administration is circumventing Congress by granting states conditional waivers from the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind.
It's a story we've heard before. Where President Obama can't legislate, he will use executive branch action to accomplish his agenda. In the past, he has applied that tactic in the auto bailout, EPA regulations, and Obamacare. Now he's using this approach to remake No Child Left Behind (NCLB)-the most significant K-12 education law-by granting states conditional waivers from the onerous provisions of NCLB in exchange for adopting a yet-to-be-specified set of executive branch education policy priorities.
August 9, 2011
Ed. Secy: States to Get Waivers on No Child Tests
The Obama administration effectively gutted the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law Monday, giving states a way out of a decade-long policy that focused on holding schools accountable but labeled many of them failures even if they made progress.
To get a waiver from the program, however, states must agree to host of education reforms the White House favors - from tougher evaluation systems for teachers and principals to programs tackling the achievement gap for minority students. The federal law, which requires every student to be proficient in science and math by 2014, is four years past due for reauthorization. But it's become mired in the increasingly bipartisan mood on Capitol Hill despite repeated calls from President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for changes to be made before the school year starts.
August 8, 2011
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