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Are foster children legitimately prescribed psychotropic drugs more commonly because they have so many needs? Or are the drugs used as a convenient way to straitjacket troublesome behavior?

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National CPS News Archive

National News Coverage

Scoring an airline seat anywhere in the vicinity of a toddler is everybody's idea of the short straw. Usually, people put it down to bad luck or cheap fares, but there's always an outlier.

In this story, it's Jean Barnard, an American tourist who sued Qantas when a toddler leaned across the aisle and screamed in her ear as she was finding her seat on a flight from Alice Springs to Darwin in January of 2009. Barnard, 67, who claims the toddler's scream made her ear bleed and caused permanent hearing loss, was helped off the plane and taken to Alice Springs hospital.

July 20, 2010

by David Harper

A trial date that is well more than a year away was scheduled Wednesday in a class-action lawsuit that seeks changes in the state's foster-care system.

Even though the lawsuit was filed in February 2008, it essentially became a new case earlier this year after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Frizzell's 2009 decision to grant the plaintiffs' request for class-action status, the judge said. McCarthy had expressed his dissatisfaction with the number of case files that had been shared with the plaintiffs, and he said that if improvements are not made, the court could issue orders that DHS might consider "draconian."

Tulsa World

July 8, 2010

by Adele Horin

TWO in every 100 children aged under 18 in NSW have been removed from their families and placed in foster care or with relatives at some time in their lives, new official figures show.

This amounts to about 36,000 children and young people who have had experience of out-of-home care either through abuse or neglect or because of parental illness or inability to cope. The high rate of removals in recent years is contained in a report, Estimate of NSW Children Involved in the Child Welfare System, by the evaluation and statistics branch of Community Services, now a part of the Department of Human Services.

The Sydney Morning Herald

July 1, 2010

by Crazy Days and Nights

Two women called police after Patrick had approached them offering to sell his newborn. At first they thought he was joking, but he kept asking them and at one point brought his price down to $25.

After the women called the police, Patrick and Samantha ran away. Police found them a short time later at their home where they were both high on meth. Samantha also admitted to the police that she breast feeds her child while smoking meth at the same time.

Opposing Views

June 25, 2010

by Senator Robert P. Casey Jr.

Passed in 1974, CAPTA supports progress by providing states with funds to use for prevention, as well as intervention, such as child protective services, community-based preventive services, data collection and research, training and evaluation.

Reauthorizing CAPTA at full funding will help to ensure that states can help community members break the vicious cycle of violence begetting violence. It will help communities build upon programs that work and help as many children as possible.

The York Daily Record

June 25, 2010

by Ed Merritt

Barack Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he's doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos.

Barack Obama is my college classmate (Columbia University, class of '83). As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one, Obama is following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two professors at Columbia University. They outlined a plan to socialize America by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement demands. Add up the clues below. Taken individually they're alarming. Taken as a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian game plan to turn the United States into a socialist/Marxist state with a permanent majority that desperately needs government for survival.

June 22, 2010

by Charles Toutant

The possibility that a child may suffer serious psychological or emotional harm from severing bonds with foster parents is not alone sufficient grounds for termination of parental rights, a New Jersey appeals court says.

What must be proved, in essence, is that formation of foster-parental bond was in large part the birth parent's doing, to the point where "any harm caused to the child by severing the bond rests at the feet of the parent," the Appellate Division held in Division of Youth and Family Services v. D.M., A-6020-08.

New Jersey Law Journal

June 18, 2010

by Jeremy Warren

A Saskatchewan children's advocate investigation into the deaths of two cousins who recently died in foster homes will be publicly released in a report that reveals how the toddlers died and how the deaths could have been prevented.

"We are going to be transparent," children's advocate Marvin Bernstein said Tuesday. "Because there is a concern that, unless there is a public inquiry of some kind, information will be suppressed and the true story won't come out, this is a situation where it's necessary in the public interest to make the reports public."


June 16, 2010

by Andrey 'Beria' Biryukov

Spending time in the foster care system may up a child's chances of having at least one laboratory-confirmed STD by young adulthood.

Results also showed that girls who had been in foster care were more likely to report engaging in risky sexual behaviors, such as having sex with a casual partner, having sex for money or having vaginal intercourse. They were also more likely to report having their first sexual intercourse at a younger age and a higher number of lifetime partners than their peers.

Pediatric Supersite

June 14, 2010

Opposition members were appalled when informed by Manitoba's children's advocate that the provincial child welfare system is in chaos. The advocate's report to the legislative assembly management committee should have said the system is still in chaos.

The number of children in the system has risen by almost a third since 2005, to 8,629. For the better part of his four years in the portfolio, Family Services Minister Gord Mackintosh has been stamping out the latest crisis. Numerous reviews of cases, of the system and of individual agencies have been launched. A variety of problems, some systemic, were found to have contributed to the breakdowns, which have included the deaths of wards, those children at risk taken into care for their protection.

Winnipeg Free Press

June 14, 2010

by Sarah Hoxie

Family and friends are working to get a little boy back to his mother. 15 month old Jacob Perry has a cleft palate and Child Protective Services took him away when he was just 13 days old because of what CPS called "failure to thrive."

However, Dorothy Perry, who is mentally challenged, says she was working to get treatment for her child. She planned to care for Jacob with the help of her parents. Now they are constantly in and out of the courtroom. The child's grandfather, Al Perry, is trying to help get his daughter's child back. "We're fighting a never ending battle."

KHSL TV News 12

June 13, 2010

by Bob Unruh

A new YouTube video and website are publicizing the plight of an American woman who lost her children to a state social services agency perhaps permanently essentially because she called police asking for help during an episode of domestic violence.

Her battle, according to the website, is against the German Jugendamt, the government youth welfare office. The agency has been at the center of a number of cases in which homeschooling families have clashed with a law dating back to the days of Hitler that bans parents from educating their own children.

World Net Daily

June 13, 2010

by Andrew Stone

DOZENS of children removed from their parents due to neglect or abuse and placed in safety and foster homes, could be there illegally due to a backlog of court orders.

Although a safety placement is only a temporary arrangement, lasting between three and six months, it is done when social workers believe the child is in danger. In the case of foster homes, children are left with foster parents for two years when the case is reviewed. It can then be extended for a further two years if necessary.

Daily Dispatch Online (South Africa)

June 12, 2010

by Damien Brown

Teen's plea over abuse a 16-year-old boy has made a desperate plea for an end the physical mistreatment he says he endured in state care.

The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, wrote to Liberal leader Will Hodgman outlining treatment he says he suffered at the hands of his state-appointed carers. The boy was in state care for 15 months until late last year, living with his younger siblings, the youngest aged nine.

The Voice of Tasmania

June 10, 2010

by Paula Bernstein

Ardi Rizal, the two-year-old Indonesian boy, cut down his habit to 15 cigarettes a day from the 40 he had been smoking.

A child welfare official told The Sun that the child's addiction is being treated with "therapy focused on playing." Meanwhile, the toddler smoking problem apparently isn't limited to Indonesia. The Sun recently wrote about a Chinese toddler who is addicted to smoking and drinking beer.


June 10, 2010

Reporters obtained a copy of a previously secret submission by the Children's Advocate that formed the basis of a funding request April 27 to an independent committee of MLAs.

The document said there were then 8,629 children in care in Manitoba, compared with 6,629 in 2005. He said the increased number of kids in care is a concern, and he noted that aboriginal leaders have used the words 'crisis' or 'chaos' to describe whole communities in northern Manitoba.

Winnipeg Free Press

June 10, 2010

by Joel Anderson

BROOKSVILLE -- A judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of Tai-Ling Gigliotti over concerns that officials with the foster care system might have perjured themselves at some point during the case.

The judge also was concerned that the teen victim might have been involved in a felony while he was in the foster care system and behaved poorly in school and with his foster parents. The judge refused to give details of the alleged crime. Springstead said he was frustrated that the state Department of Children and Families and foster care officials initially resisted releasing the file and then took so long to send it to the Department of Corrections, which then forwarded the file to the court.

St. Petersburg Times

June 10, 2010

by Sheila Stogsdill

WOODWARD -- A teenage foster daughter who authorities said had been returned to the state by two different adoptive families pleaded guilty Wednesday in a plot to kill her foster parents.

Kelsey Beames, 16, pleaded guilty in Woodward County District Court to shooting with intent to kill and conspiracy to murder. She was sentenced to remain at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center until five months after her 18th birthday, said Danny Lohmann, assistant district attorney.

News OK

June 10, 2010

by Andrea Poe

Carrie Craft is one of the leading voices in the adoption and foster care community in the United States.

Craft is the mother to four children (three of whom are adopted). And she and her husband have fostered more than 40 children. In addition, she trains others to be foster and adoptive parents for organizations around the country.

The Washington Times

June 9, 2010

by Tom Joyce

When you crunch the numbers, the outlook for children placed with strangers for foster care isn't encouraging, according to York County Human Services Director Bev Mackereth.

Studies by the federal government show that nationally, only 20 percent of the young adults who make it through foster care report that they're "doing well." The remaining 80 percent are more likely to end up incarcerated, homeless or dead.

Mackereth said those findings led to a change in federal law requiring agencies such as hers to make an effort to connect foster children with family members, because children do better statistically in those circumstances. The York County commissioners approved grant money to pay for trainers from California to travel to York County and instruct county employees on how to seek out children's extended families.

The York Daily Record

June 9, 2010

by Lucy C

A new study out yesterday has revealed a higher rate of miscarriages in women who were taking antidepressants during pregnancy. How much higher? Sixty-eight percent. Frankly, that is nothing short of shocking.

Published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the study was done in Canada through the University of Montreal. The investigators used data from 5,124 women who are part of a large, population-based study of pregnant women who had clinically verified miscarriages, and a large sample of women from the same registry who did not have a miscarriage. Among the women who miscarried, 284 or 5.5 percent, had taken antidepressants during their pregnancy.

CCHR International

June 2, 2010

by Robert Franklin, Esq.

The case that's dropped jaws all across the U.S. and Canada is finally coming to an end. Judge Kip Leonard is finally allowing Noah Kirkman to return to his native Calgary after two years in foster care in Oregon.

I and countless others have written outraged pieces about the case. Noah Kirkman is now 12 years old. When he was taken into foster care by Oregon authorities two years ago, he had not been abused; he had not been neglected. No one has ever claimed that his mother Lisa Kirkman (pictured) or his stepfather John Kirkman has ever been anything but a good parent to him. That's reflected in his grades which are straight A's despite Noah's severe ADHD.

June 1, 2010

The term "ADHD" is simply a label used to categorise a list of psychosocial traits that Psychiatry considers to be improper or abnormal in society. Psychiatry defines these traits as a "mental illness", and promotes it as a "disease" that requires "treatm

It is not a "disease", despite claims or implications made by certain psychiatric or pharmaceutical organisations. There is NO credible scientific evidence that shows the existence of what constitutes "ADHD" as a biological/neurological disorder, brain abnormality or "chemical imbalance".

CCHR International

May 29, 2010

by Cynthia Godsoe

Laws permitting reinstatement of parental rights are admirable, but in many cases the rights shouldn't have been terminated in the first place.

New York state will likely soon enact groundbreaking legislation to restore parental rights in limited cases to neglectful parents who have been rehabilitated. Only a few other states, including California and Washington, have enacted similar laws to help restore families. Although New York Bill A8524/S03868 is necessary to help some of the many children waiting in foster care "limbo" with no prospects of adoption to return to safe and loving families, it wouldn't need to exist in a world that cared more about keeping families safe and together.

The National Law Journal

May 28, 2010

by Michelle Cole

EUGENE -- An Oregon judge Friday ordered a 12-year-old boy sent back to Canada, his home country, even though the boy doesn't want to go.

A hearing Friday in Lane County juvenile court centered on the boy, who was taken into the state child welfare system nearly two years ago and whose case threatened to become an international incident.

The Oregonian

May 28, 2010

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