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~Margot Hornblower, "Fixing the System," Time Magazine, 12/11/95.
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Children's Book Prizes to Include Gay and Lesbian Category
New York -- An award for gay and lesbian literature will be included in the American Library Association's annual announcement of children's prizes, a list which features the prestigious and influential Caldecott and Newbery medals.
The library association issued a statement Monday saying that the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award has been added to the ALA's Youth Media Awards, watched closely by educators and librarians as they decide which books to add to their collections. The Stonewall prize honors "English-language works for children and teens of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered experience."
November 1, 2010
4-Year-Old Can Be Sued, Judge Rules in Bike Case
The judge ruled that the young girl, accused of running down an elderly woman, can be sued for negligence.
The ruling by the judge, Justice Paul Wooten of State Supreme Court in Manhattan, did not find that the girl was liable, but merely permitted a lawsuit brought against her, another boy and their parents to move forward. The suit that Justice Wooten allowed to proceed claims that in April 2009, Juliet Breitman, 4, and Jacob Kohn, 5, were racing their bicycles, under the supervision of their mothers, Dana Breitman and Rachel Kohn, on the sidewalk of a building on East 52nd Street.
October 29, 2010
Court allows use of fake Social Security Number
The Colorado Supreme Court has reversed the conviction of a man who admitted using someone else's Social Security number to obtain a loan, concluding that the defendant wasn't really trying to assume a false identity.
In the Colorado case, the court's slim majority concluded that criminal impersonation is "when one assumes a false identity or a false capacity with the intent to unlawfully gain a benefit."
World Net Daily
October 28, 2010
Father's fight nearly over, with court returning daughter
After more than two years of fighting, of draining his savings and retirement accounts, of 17-hour drives to New York, Johnny Smith will be bringing his daughter home. -- Now it's just a question of when.
A judge in Warren County, N.Y., ruled Wednesday morning that the girl, who has been in New York foster care since July 2008 after she was found alone on a busy highway in a diaper and T-shirt, be returned to Smith. The way that law was enforced is at the heart of the case and its protracted resolution, and the compact is under review for possible change by S.C. officials and child advocates nationally.
The Sun News
October 28, 2010
$3,000 fine announced for homeschooling
Officials in Sweden have announced a $3,000 fine for parents who have been homeschooling their children, and then told them that they don't even get a court hearing on the dispute.
Homeschooling in Sweden has been in the news in recent weeks with the Johansson case. Social workers had police officers forcibly take custody of Dominic Johansson, who was being homeschooled while his parents prepared for a move to India. Most recently, a judge ruled social workers will continue to have custody of the boy.
World Net Daily
October 27, 2010
We failed them - territory to overhaul child welfare
Northern Territory, Australia --Protection agencies are struggling to come to terms with the endemic mistreatment of children, writes Russell Skelton.
In the three years since the biggest federal intervention in 50 years of government in the territory, agencies are struggling to come to terms with endemic mistreatment of children. Widespread sexual and physical abuse of indigenous children was identified three years ago by the Howard government. This week, in the wake of another government report, it was labelled a typhoon of official neglect.
October 23, 2010
Facing deportation, mom wants baby back
A mom of two who is facing deportation to Jamaica is fighting to get back her daughter who was taken from her by child welfare workers just two days after her birth. The child was taken after workers at the hospital learned the mom was in Canada illegally
The baby was seized at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital by the Halton CAS in March over concerns about her safety since the mom had no status in Canada. The mom was allowed to visit the tot for an hour monthly at a CAS office in Niagara Falls and was arrested there Oct. 7 on an outstanding warrant as she was about to see her daughter.
October 22, 2010
Snipping child abuse in the bud
OH, it was easy to mock former Ombudsman Norm Geschke yesterday, and to even draw a swastika on his arm.
Dr. Kathy Kezelman, the equally offended chairman of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse, said what we really needed was to fix "a history of poor communication between various departments" charged with protecting the increasing number of children being battered, starved or dumped.
October 21, 2010
Victoria's shameful child abuse farce
MORE than 400 vulnerable children were exposed to further sexual or physical abuse within three months of their cases being closed by bungling child protection bureaucrats.
In a shocking revelation, Freedom of Information documents show Department of Human Services management is putting children at risk of further violence as over-stretched staff battle to juggle a growing workload. Documents seen by the Herald Sun show 408 cases in the past two years where child protection workers closed files on children as nothing could be substantiated - only to reopen them within 90 days after abuse or neglect claims were confirmed.
October 21, 2010
Boy Scouts tell gay leader to take a hike
The father of a 9-year-old Cub Scout said Tuesday he has been forced out of a leadership role with the organization and ordered not to wear its uniform because of his sexual orientation.
Boy Scouts of America director of public relations Deron Smith told CNN that the discussion has no place in Scouting. "This is not meant as a social commentary," Smith said. "We do not have an agenda that we're pushing. We don't discuss this with our kids." The legality of the issue was decided in 2000 in a 5-4 Supreme Court decision by then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist, which said that private organizations like the Boy Scouts can set their own membership standards.
October 20, 2010
H&R Block Suit May Signal Sunset of Refund Loans
H&R Block Inc.'s allegations that HSBC Bank USA is trying to back out of funding its tax refund loan program signals both a potential blow to the nation's largest tax preparer and an indication that the controversial loans may be disappearing.
With funding scarce and help underwriting the loans from the IRS discontinued, the high-interest advances on tax refunds are going to be harder to find when tax season begins in January. Where they are available, taxpayers will find that it's harder to get approved and they'll have to pay more.
October 20, 2010
The orphanage debate
Recently, the California legislature had some open debates about extending state-run foster care services to age 21, as opposed to 18, as it now stands.
Kids "raised" in the foster care system don't do as well in young adulthood as children raised in a home environment. This is shock to the "family reunification" crowd who fought for the end of orphanages in the U.S. some 50 years ago. But, when you look at the situation rationally, what did you expect?
Catholic News Agency
October 19, 2010
David and the Goliath
It is not difficult, when working in child protection or in research into the various types of child abuse, to become disillusioned and disheartened with the human spirit.
Accounts of abhorrent things done to children and the frenzy of the media can leave you feeling like David fighting Goliath, each swing leaving only the smallest of marks. It is refreshing, then, to find someone then who, despite working in the field for over 30 years, remains optimistic about the progress that has been achieved.
October 14, 2010
Supreme Court To Hear Oregon Parental Consent Case
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear an Oregon case that deals with state investigators interviewing children without their parents' consent.
The case dates back to 2003 when a social worker went to a school to ask two children about possible sexual abuse at home. Sarah Greene, sued saying the social worker should have gotten a warrant to talk to the kids in school.
October 12, 2010
Court to hear case over child interviews involving alleged sex abuse
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an emotionally divisive dispute on when children can be interviewed about sex abuse allegations without a warrant and without parents present.
Oral arguments will be held early next year. A federal appeals court ruled in favor of an Oregon mother after concerns were raised about the well-being of her two daughters. But the judges noted the "delicate" balancing interests that will be weighed in the upcoming high court review.
October 12, 2010
When adoption doesn't work out
CHICAGO -- It has been three months since Ellie left, but her mother can't muster the energy to clear out her 7-year-old daughter's bedroom. Ellie now resides with another family in Washington state, 1,700 miles away from her comfortable Long Grove, IL, h
Since fall 2009, Ellie talked about suicide and was hospitalized psychiatrically four times. Bipolar disorder was added to her burgeoning medical history, but her case continued to vex mental-health professionals. By now, the Gertzes were spending about $40,000 a year for her care, but nothing prepared them for the cost of residential placement, which can top $100,000 annually.
The Seattle Times
October 10, 2010
Trials, tribulations of Zim's unknown population
FICHU is a seven-year-old boy who may never exist. He is not a figment of my imagination, but a real life boy who laughs, cries, eats, plays and does many of the things that boys of his age do.
But there is no official record of Fichu's existence at the country's registry offices for Fichu was born in the bushy area along Mukuvisi River. Fichu's mother is a homeless woman and the thoughts of getting Fichu a birth certificate have never entered her mind.
The Herald (Zimbabwe)
October 9, 2010
KHRS calls for stronger child protection laws
KUWAIT: According to experts working in the field of child welfare, many children in Kuwait are subjected to various forms of abuse by their parents or other adults.
The Kuwait Human Rights Society (KHRS) yesterday held a symposium the Graduate Society headquarters in Bneid Al-Gar to discuss this issue, calling for the introduction of far more severe legal penalties against the phenomenon of child abuse in Kuwait.
October 7, 2010
Child Protective Services Ineffective
How effective is your local child protective services department? You know, that agency which is charged in protecting the health and well-being of children in your community.
Child protective services are not very effective at all, at least when it comes to specific risk factors that could improve a child's well-being and mental health. In a nationwide study that examined children in 595 families over a period of 9 years, researchers discovered that in the households where child abuse was substantiated by evidence, risk factors remained unchanged during followup interviews with the families.
World of Psychology
October 6, 2010
Number of foster children doubles
Rate of return to natural parents slides to 14.3% -- The number of children in foster care has more than doubled in recent years, a lawmaker said Tuesday.
According to Rep. Choi Young-hee of the Democratic Party, a total of 16,608 children were placed in foster care in 2009, more than double the 7,565 in 2003.
The Korea Herald
October 5, 2010
The Big Society's big challenge: Kids in care
In the UK today, there are 70,000 children in care of the state. Since the tragic death of Peter Connelly - known as Baby P - the number of children taken into care has risen by 40%.
Little Conor, just three-years-old, has already had two foster placements and a failed adoption. He is now with a loving foster family now, the Wincotts. But he is so anxious he tries to stop everyone in the family from leaving the house, even to take out the rubbish. To little Conor, everyone gets called "Mum" - including teachers at his playgroup.
BBC News (UK)
October 5, 2010
Action plan to establish rights of children soon: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday reiterated her government's pledges to formulate necessary laws and action plans along with allocating adequate resources to build a welfare society where rights of the children will be ensured.
"The government is committed to the people as well as the United Nations to establish rights of the children and building a welfare- oriented society for physical and mental flourishing of the posterity," she said. Terming children as the most valuable asset of the nation, she said they will be able to involve themselves in national development activities if a congenial atmosphere for them is ensured.
The New Nation (Bangladesh)
October 5, 2010
Poverty just ain't what it used to be
In time for the world "Anti-Poverty Summit" at the United Nations, the Obama regime released data indicating growing "poverty" in the U.S.
Used to be poverty meant not having a place to stay, food to eat or many clothes to wear. Not any more. Government reports, cited by the Heritage Foundation, indicate that 43 percent of the "poor" own their own homes. Beyond the basics, according to the government, America's "poor" are living better than most people on the planet.
San Diego Metro Magazine
October 4, 2010
Has Child Protective Services outlived its usefulness?
Families investigated for child maltreatment by Child Protective Services are no better off years later in seven key areas than other at-risk families.
The study compared families in seven areas: social support, family functioning, poverty, maternal education, maternal depression, anxious or depressed child behavior and aggressive or destructive child behavior.
The Salt Lake Tribune
October 4, 2010
Child Maltreatment Investigations Not Associated With Improvements in Household Risk Factors
Household investigations for suspected child maltreatment by Child Protective Services may not be associated with improvements in common, modifiable risk factors including social support, family functioning, poverty and others.
"The concept of Child Protective Services (CPS) was idealistic when it first came into being in the early 1970s," writes Abraham B. Bergman, M.D., of the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center, Seattle. "Much has changed in the child welfare field over the past 40 years, notably the types of child maltreatment seen and the explosive growth of the foster care system," Dr. Bergman continues. "How has CPS responded to these changed responsibilities? Not well, according to this study by Campbell and colleagues in this issue of the Archives."
October 4, 2010
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