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Each month, over 2,000 young people age out of foster care without having found a permanent family. Within two years of leaving foster care, many of these youth will be homeless, incarcerated or unemployed.

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National CPS News Archive

National News Coverage

by Michael D. Pitman

It's been five years since the death of 3-year-old Marcus Fiesel at the hands of his foster parents that captured the attention of the region, state and nation, sent two people to prison and led to a child welfare system overhaul.

Marcus' death during the weekend of Aug. 4-6, 2006, in the closet of the Carrolls' Union Twp. home in Clermont County placed a giant spotlight on some gaping holes in the child welfare system and led private foster placement agency, the former Lifeway for Youth, from operating in the state. While his death was the breaking point to prompt reform in Ohio's foster care and children services system, other children died while under the charge of Butler County Children Services: Tiffany Hubbard, 3, of Hamilton in 1986; Randi Fuller, 2, of Hamilton, in 2000; Christopher Long, 2, of Middletown, in 2001; Courtney Centers, 3, of Middletown in 2002; Jesus Rodriquez, 7 months, of Hamilton in 2003; and Justin Johnson, 13 months, of Middletown in 2004.

August 7, 2011

The National Association of School Nurses urges parents to have their preteen and teenage children vaccinated for meningococcal meningitis, citing survey results showing most children engage in day-to-day activities that put them at risk.

The NASN cited results of a survey it conducted with Sanofi Pasteur as part of the Voices of Meningitis back-to-school vaccination awareness initiative. Of 420 mothers with children ages 11 to 17, the majority believed their children are at little or no risk of getting meningococcal disease. But of 400 children ages 11 to 17 who were surveyed, nearly 82% reported engaging in at least one common everyday activity that can spread the bacteria and put them at risk for contracting meningitis.

August 7, 2011

by Jim Brumm

North Carolina should compensate the surviving victims of the state's forced sterilization program, the Governor's Eugenics Compensation Task Force recommended on Monday.

The task force also said the state should pay for mental health services for the fewer than 2,000 of the nearly 7,600 residents forcibly sterilized from 1929 to 1974 who are believed to be still alive.

August 2, 2011

by Nelis Elorm Duhadzi

Accra - The Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare, has been tasked to champion the formulation of more compressive policies towards the promotion of the welfare and development of children in the country.

Mrs Ashkar advised parents to consider their children as the most valuable assert and invest in the welfare, and advocated punitive measures against those who abandoned their children to serve as deterrent to others.

July 31, 2011

by Donna Page

NSW Community Services received almost 80 child abuse reports a day from the Hunter and Central Coast last financial year, making it the worst region in the state.

NSW Community Services received almost 80 child abuse reports a day from the Hunter and Central Coast last financial year, making it the worst region in the state.

July 31, 2011

by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - John Beaucage has given the heartbreak he sees around him a name: the Millennium Scoop. The First Nations leader was recently hired by the Ontario government to look into aboriginal child welfare and what he found was despair.

After decades of wrestling with the impact of the residential school system -- and then with the "Sixties Scoop" that placed so many aboriginal children in non-aboriginal homes -- First Nations are now facing another tragedy of lost children in the new millennium. There are more First Nations children in care right now than at the height of the residential school system.

July 31, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that a defendant in a criminal proceeding has a constitutional right to refuse their court appointed counsel. A criminal defendant also has a right to represent themselves.

In New York, before a court may allow a criminal defendant to proceed pro se, (1) the defendant's request to do so must be unequivocal and timely asserted, (2) there must have been a knowing and intelligent waiver of the right to counsel, and (3) the defendant must not have engaged in conduct which would prevent the fair and orderly exposition of the issues. In in re Kathleen K. the New York Court of Appeals addressed whether the Family Court erred in failing to grant the application of appellant Stephen K. to represent himself in a proceeding brought by the Department of Social Services ("DSS") to terminate his parental rights ("TPR").

July 30, 2011

by Raven Lovecraft

Chinese authorities have unraveled a strange case about video game addiction gone very awry. It's the case of Li Lin and Li Juan, a young couple who met in an Internet cafe in 2007.

It was love at first sight, but instead of a romantic outcome, their fate would lead to a sick obsession. Lin and Juan, both of whom were under 18 when they first met, became huge fans of massively multiplayer online games. But apparently they still had enough time for other facets of their relationship because they had children - which they ended up treating as a mere commodity.

July 28, 2011

by Annie

San Antonio evangelical preacher Matthew Hagee's new release Response Able: What my father taught me about life and making a difference (Charisma Media) offers the insights of a lifetime on parenting, self-reliance and affecting societal change.

With some parents working two jobs or both parents working more than 40 hours a week, Hagee wants to help parents break the cycle of shrinking family time in America. To do this, he has issued a provocative challenge to the parents in his flock. He calls it the 707 Challenge and, beginning this month, he wants parents to sign up for the 707 Campaign that requires moms and dads to commit to spending at least seventy minutes per day with their children, seven days a week, for seventy days.

July 28, 2011

by Tracie Egan Morrissey

The saga of Amber Portwood's legal troubles continued on last night's episode of Teen Mom, in which Amber was forced to go to the police station for a meeting with Child Protective Services after repeatedly dodging the agency.

Now, we realize that cherry-picked, edited moments on a reality TV show wouldn't accurately depict someone's parenting skills, but given that this entire CPS investigation is a result of an incident that was shown on Teen Mom - Amber punching the father of her child, which brought on a felony domestic abuse charge - you'd think that if she were really that worried about losing custody of her daughter...

July 26, 2011

by Vernon Morning Star

Organizers of Cedar Bridge Farm School (CBFS) summer camps hope kids will go home with happy memories of "what I did this summer." CBFS is offering week-long themed day camps with that organizers hope will have kids talking for months.

The programs are designed to get kids participating, and there is something for everyone: farm and garden activities, games and yoga, children's theatre, teepee building and much more. Activities are designed to keep the kids moving, thinking and having fun. The day camps feature week-long programs for children aged six to 12 and run until the end of August. (UK)

July 22, 2011

by Peggy Peck

More than half of the respondents to a MedPage Today poll think that morbidly obese children should be removed from their parents' custody, although most of those who do said that such a change should occur only in "extreme cases."

In addition to the votes cast, 78 comments were posted, and the vast majority of those thought pulling kids from their homes was unwise, unworkable, and no solution. For example, a physician who said she works extensively with children who have been removed by child protective services, said that in many cases taking a child from his or her home is, itself, a trauma-inducing move. She characterized the idea floated by Murtagh and Ludwig as "ludicrous."

July 22, 2011

by Abby Goodnough and Katie Zezima

Dr. Jeffrey Narmi could not believe what he was seeing this spring in the emergency room at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, Pa.: people arriving so agitated, violent and psychotic that a small army of medical workers was needed to hold them down.

They had taken new stimulant drugs that people are calling "bath salts," and sometimes even large doses of sedatives failed to quiet them. Poison control centers around the country received 3,470 calls about bath salts from January through June, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, up from 303 in all of 2010.

July 17, 2011

by Marian Wang

Federal immigration authorities must hand over potentially embarrassing documents related to its enforcement of a controversial immigration program, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York ordered this week.

Secure Communities allows state and local law enforcement to share the fingerprints of their arrestees with the FBI and Homeland Security for the purpose of targeting for deportation immigrants who've committed serious crimes. Immigration advocates say that the 3-year-old program nets individuals accused of minor offenses. A voluntary program to run all criminal suspects' fingerprints through an immigration database was only voluntary until cities refused to participate, recently released documents show. The Obama administration then tightened the rules so that cities had no choice but to have the fingerprints checked.

July 17, 2011

GRAND RAPIDS -- The mother of Jozlynn Martinez, the two-year-old girl murdered in 2010, has voluntarily given up her parental rights to her son.

Consuela Martinez, 22, signed off her parental rights during a court hearing Thursday. Had Martinez not signed off her rights, a Kent County Family Court judge would have held a termination hearing to take away her parental rights to her two-year-old son, Bryan Malmberg, who was fathered by Jeffrey Malmberg.

July 14, 2011

by Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

You hear stories in the news, a child home alone died in a fire -- or -- two children, ages, 6 and 8 were placed in protective custody after a neighbor reported them home alone. It can be tempting, particularly if a family has financial stressors.

Parents please use caution. If something goes awry, you will have to live with the consequences that could be dire. I sit on the Child Fatality Review Team for NYC and I can tell you, no parent thought that their child could perish by being home alone for a few hours. But, unfortunately it happens. And, the parent will be criminally charged.

July 14, 2011

by Dr. Jennifer Shu

Poor prenatal care, child abuse and neglect can get a child taken out of the care of his or her parent(s), but what about extreme obesity?

A commentary by two Harvard health researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests just that - that in certain situations it may be in a very obese child's best interests to be removed from the home. Should parents lose custody of obese children? There are multiple factors contributing to the choices and habits that lead to obesity in children, and many of these are completely unrelated to poor parenting.

July 14, 2011

by Ed Morrissey

They certainly can now, but the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether law enforcement should place tracking transmitters on the vehicles of suspects without first seeking a warrant.

I'm surprised that this hasn't happened before. With most vehicles requiring an oil change every 3,000 miles, cars get racked on a regular basis. Perhaps other law enforcement agencies do a better job of hiding the transmitter that they did with Afifi. The report doesn't indicate what the FBI's interest was in surreptitiously tracking the American-born college student, but they didn't mind making their presence known to get the transmitter back. Maybe they were tracking Afifi for a study on a federal mileage tax, eh? The Jones case involved the police, not the FBI.

Hot Air

July 3, 2011

by Declan McCullagh

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Obama administration's argument that cops have the right to track the whereabouts of Americans' automobiles without obtaining search warrants.

A ruling, which is expected by next year, will establish whether a warrant signed by a judge is required before law enforcement can engage in the practice of tracking a driver's every move on the roads. The Obama administration argues that no warrant is needed. The case that will be presented to the justices arose out of a criminal prosecution of Antoine Jones and Lawrence Maynard, two suspected cocaine dealers who ran a nightclub in Washington, D.C. Jones said the warrantless use of a GPS device to track every movement of his vehicle over the course of a month violated the Fourth Amendment, which generally says that warrantless searches are "unreasonable."

June 30, 2011

by Mildred Wilson

What does it mean to be a F-child (foster child)? Disappointment can become the norm. The Lost Boy is the second part of Dave Pelzer's three part memoir.

In this lesson plan on The Lost Boy, learn how Dave Pelzer coped and persevered as a foster child and how he navigated through a maze of social workers, psychiatrists, lawyers, and foster care parents. In The Lost Boy, he describes his life as a foster child from ages twelve to eighteen and how he dealt with a system filled with confusion, uncertainty and inconsistency. [Student Lesson Plan for grade level:9-12]

June 29, 2011

by Vyckie Garrison

Quiverfull Believers eschew all forms of birth control in favor of "trusting the Lord" with their family planning. The follow traditional family values, which insists that the husband is the head of the household and the wife is the submissive "helpmeet."

The Quiverfull lifestyle is extremely demanding and the only way a woman can hope to succeed is to rely heavily on her older daughters. It is expected that a Quiverfull daughter will be fully capable of running the household, including all meal-preparation, laundry duties, child care and homeschooling of younger siblings by the age of twelve. Many girls are doing all this by the time they're eight or ten because their mothers are so consumed with birthing more and more "arrows" to fill the quivers of their husbands.

June 27, 2011

by Mark Banschick, MD

We see people calling Child Protective Services when they know their spouse hasn't abused the kids, calling the police when they know their ex hasn't been threatening or poisoning the children against their other parent, because they can get away with it.

So, what can you do? A successful divorce means protecting the innocence of your children. Punishing your ex for the sake of revenge will hurt your children and you may get yourself into legal trouble, or worse, for doing so. If there is a violent trend in the relationship, in cases like the example of Ms. Negasi, it is usually a good idea to seek out professional help right at the beginning.

June 21, 2011

by Stephen Ohlemacher

Some 133 workers at the Internal Revenue Service apparently didn't comply with U.S. tax laws during a two-year period but the agency failed to detect them, a government investigator said Tuesday.

About 44 percent of the cases were workers who filed late returns but didn't owe any taxes, said IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge. More than half the cases have already been reviewed and closed because the facts did not merit further review, she said.

CNS News

June 21, 2011

by Latifah Muhammad

Master P's financial status has been brought to light as the rapper and his ex-wife are engaged in a heated battle over child support.

The millionaire mogul, whose net worth was once estimated at $350 million, has only been ordered to pay $271 a month in child support for each of his four minor children.

June 20, 2011

by Zombie

Do crazy people have a right to be heard? I think they do - as long as they're American.

But even with crazy people's well known infiltration of the internet - appearing in any blog or news comments section or online forum they can access - they still have a lot of trouble getting people to listen to them. Crazy people used to have to try to spread their views through poorly photocopied newsletters with weird font choices that no sane person would read. But on the internet, crazy people can put their opinions right next to those of sane people. If they can just use a little self-discipline to not immediately identify themselves as cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, they might actually get their ideas read.

June 17, 2011

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