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According to the Illinois DCFS, lack of supervision was the alleged maltreatment in more than 25% of all cases reported in the state--the most frequent charge.

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National CPS News Archive

National News Coverage

by Lori Ziganto

According to author and columnist Virginia Ironside, most adopted kids would be better off dead. As would most children she considers "unfit."

In fact, she says, a "loving" mother would smother a sickly child with a pillow, because the "suffering" of being ill makes that life meaningless and not worth living. She made these vile assertions in defense of abortion while appearing on the BBC's Sunday Morning Live during a discussion grossly entitled "Can abortion be a kindness?"

News Real Blog

October 4, 2010

by John Gever

Investigations by Child Protective Services agencies following suspected episodes of child abuse were seldom followed by improvements in household risk factors for future abuse, researchers found.

Among 595 households followed in a longitudinal study of risk factors for child abuse, those subjected to CPS investigations showed few major differences afterward in abuse risks that existed before the inspection, compared with households that had not been assessed, according to Kristine A. Campbell, MD, MSc, of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and colleagues.

MedPage Today

October 4, 2010

by Julie Woestehoff

Once Bill Gates, D. C. Supt. Michelle Rhee and the Waiting for Superman crowd are done drawing and quartering teachers, are they going to come after us parents?

After all, we're just the flip side of the same coin. What if, after all the millions of dollars that have been poured into marketing and movies promoting charter schools, turnaround companies, vouchers, mayors running the schools, etc., parents still refuse to play?

Huffington Post

October 4, 2010

A 52-year-old Davenport woman pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to stealing more than $400,000 in life insurance money from a former foster child.

In August, a grand jury indicted the couple on federal charges of conspiring to commit fraud and wire fraud. Prosecutors said the Oropezas took advantage of a child who previously lived with them in foster care.

The Ledger

October 4, 2010

by Maia Szalavitz

Now a new study published Monday suggests that child abuse investigations do not result in long-term improvement in family functioning or child behavior, and in fact are associated with increased depression among mothers.

Child welfare agencies have a thankless task: investigate reports of child maltreatment and determine, first, whether they are true or false, then whether more damage will be done by a) leaving children in a potentially harmful environment, or b) ripping them away from the only parents they know and placing them in a new family that may or may not be better.

TIME Healthland

October 4, 2010

by Nichole Eggenberger

Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley got into a violent fight in this week's Teen Mom after Gary threatened to report her to Child Protective Services.

"We were made aware of the domestic abuse following the episode that aired on MTV," Anderson Public Information Officer Mitch Carroll of the Anderson Police Department told Radar Online. "Based on that there was a case drafted and a detective was assigned," Carroll explained. "The Department of Child Protective Services in Indiana notified us that they had been aware of the incident as well."

OK! Magazine

October 1, 2010

by Stacey Bradford

I'm not a huge fan of credit monitoring services and other products that are supposed to protect your identity. In most cases, I believe they're a waste of money.

The main trigger for wanting some extra identification security is if you've been a victim of a data breach, says Robert Vamosi, an analyst with Javelin and the author of the 2010 Annual Identity Protection Services Scorecard.

CBS Money Watch

October 1, 2010

by Josette Dunn

Aussie mums are undertaking DIY labelling of contaminated baby food this morning, after tests showed one of Australia's leading infant formulas contains a number of unlabelled genetically modified products.

Activists in Sydney and Melbourne have taken food safety into their own hands and labelled the baby formula, S-26 Soy, clearly tagging it as genetically modified and giving parents the right to choose. At 9am this morning, mothers entered a major Woolworth's outlet in Sydney and Coles' Fitzroy store in Melbourne to stage a sit in. They are demanding that supermarkets remove the products from the shelves until proper testing and labelling has been undertaken.

Australian Food News

September 27, 2010

HA NOI -- Viet Nam needs to build a child protection system that paves the way to long-term, sustainable solutions to prevent the abuse of children, says Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

The minister also identified two tasks crucial to ensuring a safer environment for children - especially as the public becomes more worried about an increase in their abuse - while speaking at a national workshop to discuss the prevention and control of the abuse of children in Ha Noi yesterday,

Vietnam News

September 26, 2010

by Brent Hunsaker

PROVO, Utah -- A 14-year old girl from Ireland confides to her sister in Utah that she was being abused by their mother. But that is not good enough for Utah courts.

She is ordered returned to the custody of her father without a full hearing. Wednesday morning, officers showed up at Timpview and yanked Shannon out of an LDS seminary class. They then handed her over to her father.

ABC News 4

September 17, 2010

by M. Kaisar-Ul-Haque

A newspaper report of yesterday highlighted certain components of draft child policy that was announced yesterday by government of Bangladesh.

It appears prima-facie from the report - a bunch of child welfare measures have been recommended with a kind of inter-disciplinary flare to deal with, as appropriate, consequences, implications and ramifications that might arise out of and in the course of implementation of relevant components of the draft against the backdrop of say existing laws such as those in areas of criminal justice.

The New Nation

September 17, 2010

by Danielle McKay

THE woman who hid a missing Hobart boy while watching an extensive police search from her home has applied to be his legal guardian.

But the woman, who gave her name only as Donna, said the criminal charges she may face for harbouring 10-year-old Jaymie Fisher may foil her foster care bid. Donna said she took Jaymie, the son of her close friend Rachael Fisher, into her home on Sunday after he unexpectedly arrived at her door, two days after he vanished from his mother's Glenorchy home.

The Voice of Tasmania

September 17, 2010

by Sheryl Young

U.N. Convention on Rights of the Child is Deceptive

Last week, families in Mahalapye, Botswana (in Africa) were forced by the country's government to stop homeschooling their children under the rules of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The families could be due in court to face imprisonment within this month.

Associated Content

September 16, 2010

by Paul Francis

The head of children's social services in Kent says carers and other agencies are "pushing the nuclear option" of asking for risk assessments of vulnerable children too often.

Rosalind Turner, Kent county council's managing director of children's services, said heightened sensitivities about child abuse was placing an unnecessary burden on social workers because so many more risk assessments were being carried out.

Kent Online (UK)

September 16, 2010

CHENNAI: Lack of specific laws, non-adherence of protocols by doctors and poor audits for NGOs have left children in India more vulnerable to abuse, felt experts who gathered to attend the three-day conference on child abuse.

While countries like the Philippines, Australia and Sri Lanka have stringent measures in place to deal with child abuse, India was lagging behind, they said. There were also concerns about the very constitution of child rights bodies.

The Times of India

September 16, 2010

by Wendy McElroy

In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer.

Even if the encounter involves you and may be necessary to your defense, and even if the recording is on a public street where no expectation of privacy exists. The selection of "shooters" targeted for prosecution do, indeed, suggest a pattern of either reprisal or an attempt to intimidate.


September 16, 2010

by Brenda Austin

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- The Indian Child Welfare Act is a federal law that can at times be confusing to those it was designed to help - tribes, tribal children, their families and the state and tribal court systems.

Making ICWA easier to use and understand is the goal of a group of dedicated people - a special committee formed by the Michigan Supreme Court. This committee is charged with helping Indian children and families in child welfare cases, and with educating judges and child welfare practitioners about ICWA.

Indian Country Today

September 11, 2010

by Bob Unruh

An international organization that has fought pitched battles over parents' rights to educate their own children in Germany, Sweden and the United States, as well as lesser fights in a number of other countries, is taking on officialdom in Botswana.

Even though lawyers working with the families explain there does not appear to be any explicit legal requirement in Botswana demanding parents send their children to any school, the families were ordered to forfeit their teaching materials to the state. The materials were confiscated during a police raid in July.

World Net Daily

September 4, 2010

by Gena Suarez

Recently (HSB) -- the largest and free homeschool blog site in the world-got a clean, fresh, new look with an exciting combination of new features, as a result of implementing an important software upgrade.

As of August 2010, received thirteen million page views -- JUST in the month of August alone! Month after month, the site gets many millions of pages viewed. Primarily comprised of homeschool parents (mainly moms) and homeschooled students, one of the draws to HSB is the ease in discovering new blogs by other homeschoolers and connecting with those of similar homeschool and family interests.

PR Log

September 2, 2010

A Halifax man accused of shaking his two-month-old child appeared in Halifax provincial court yesterday to hear his charges.

Michael McNish, 27, was arraigned yesterday on one count of aggravated assault. According to police, an infant boy was brought into the IWK Health Centre in late June by his parents with injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Metro News (Canada)

August 26, 2010

by Curtis Krueger

Over three days this week, prosecutors have systematically built a murder case against a former foster mother accused of shaking and killing a baby in her care.

Today a defense attorney will try to build a case against shaken baby syndrome itself. A nationally known critic of shaken baby diagnoses, neurosurgeon Ronald Uscinski of George Washington University Medical Center, is scheduled to testify today for the defense in the case against Tenesia Brown, 42. "There are ... cases all over the country that are being granted new trials because they found out that the science of shaken baby syndrome is flawed," said defense attorney, Ron Kurpiers.

St. Petersburg Times

August 26, 2010

Authorities make big show of shutting down Thane children's home after our shocking story of starvation and death. But they were aware of the situation for almost 2 months.

Eighteen children between 5 and 15 were 'rescued' on Monday evening after this newspaper reported on their enfeebled and neglected condition at Shahpur's Satkarm Balgriha. These children, all of them certified mentally retarded, are being accommodated in whichever orphanage in the city will take them.

Mumbai Mirror (India)

August 24, 2010

by Daniel McBride

THIBODAUX -- A national bill to ban corporal punishment in public schools would not affect local students much, Lafourche and Terrebonne school administrators say, because paddling hasn't been used here for years.

To stop corporal punishment nationwide, U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., has proposed the Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act. The bill would criminalize the use of physical force to discipline students at any public and private schools that receive federal money.

Daily Comet

August 23, 2010

CLEVELAND -- The man arrested in connection with the stabbing death of Tonya Hunter-Lyons on Monday has now been charged.

The victim's 4-year-old can be seen on video from that morning being left in the middle of a Cleveland street. The boy eventually led police to his mother's body. Tonya Hunter-Lyon's son was initially placed in foster care, but Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services placed the boy with a relative on his mother's side of the family.


July 28, 2010

by Howard Nemerov

During a recent John Stossel show on gun control, Brady Campaign Vice President Dennis Henigan presented his case for "reasonable" gun control laws.

Henigan cited last year's murder of four police officers in Lakewood, Washington, as proof that mass murders occur in non-gun free zones. One incident in the face of a majority of active shootings occurring in gun-free zones isn't evidence of a trend, especially since that particular tragedy was the result of a justice system failure to keep a violent felon in prison. The justice system presumes future innocence even when cases like this indicate otherwise.

On the other hand, Henigan's idea of justice for law-abiding gun owners is the presumption of guilt until they prove innocence by getting investigated by police prior to buying guns (licensing) and then keeping tabs on the suspected gun owner/criminal by maintaining a list of guns owned (registration).

Pajamas Media

July 20, 2010

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