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Recession blamed for increase in children put in care
Alcohol and drug addiction has been blamed for a 5.5pc rise in babies taken into care.
The increase was attributed to several factors, including a rise in babies born to alcohol or drug addicts. In addition, the economic downturn resulted in unemployment and led to additional stress on already vulnerable families.
January 19, 2010
Efforts continuing to get 150 Haitian orphans into U.S.
by Dennis B. Roddy
Pittsburgh immigration lawyers worked to gain refugee status for the orphans -- many of whom have adoptions pending but not complete in the United States -- while volunteers sought out an airplane to bring them here.
The children reside at the BRESMA orphanage in Port-au-Prince, a home run by two Pittsburgh sisters, Jamie McMutrie Heckman and Ali McMutrie, both of Ben Avon. "We have obtained approval to allow the children to enter the United States on a humanitarian parole," said former U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan.
January 15, 2010
Take Action: Tell Congress to Support Labeling and Safety Testing of GE Foods!
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) has repeatedly introduced two bills related to GE crops and foods in the House of Representatives.
The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act would require mandatory labeling of all GE foods; the other, The Genetically Engineered Food Safety Act, would require mandatory, pre-market safety testing of GE foods. We need you to contact your Representatives and encourage them to support these important bills!
Center for Food Safety
January 15, 2010
New Jersey Mom Says Son, 8, on U.S. Terror Watch List
A New Jersey mother said her 8-year-old son faces extra scrutiny from TSA agents when he flies because his name appears on a "selectee" list, The New York Times reported.
Najlah Feanny Hicks said her son, Michael Hicks, a Cub Scout who travels often with his family, has had to go through extra security screening for most of his young life, receiving his first invasive pat-down at the age of two.
January 15, 2010
Former Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Nabbed in Teen Sex Sting
Former chief United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter was arrested in a Pennsylvania sex sting in November on a litany of charges involving a lewd Internet conversation with a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl.
The conversation with the girl allegedly took place on Feb. 7, 2009, but the police investigation investigation lasted until November. Ritter was arrested on Nov. 9 and charged with unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a communications facility, corruption of minors, indecent exposure, possessing instruments of crime, criminal attempt and criminal solicitation.
January 14, 2010
National Autism Center Publishes Autism Manuals for Educators
by National Autism Center
Educators across the country, eager for reliable, research-based information about effective interventions for the ever-increasing number of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), are turning to the National Autism Center.
The manual assists educators in the selection and implementation of the most effective research-supported treatments for ASD. In addition to providing important information about newly published research findings, it offers guidance on how to integrate professional judgment, family values, and preferences into treatment selection in order to build capacity and implement interventions accurately.
January 12, 2010
Giving child welfare a greater priority
Couples who separate or divorce are keenly aware that they must ensure the impact of the broken relationship does not affect the well-being of their children.
In practice, however, it is often the children who suffer most. In many cases, this is because of the wrangling over money that ensues between parties, when one - commonly the father - is obliged to pay towards the maintenance of children, and resents or resists the level of payment expected.
Herald Scotland (UK)
January 11, 2010
Dorothy's Never Coming Home
by TCB Chronicles
States Report They are Increasing Efforts to Take Children From Their Homes to Collect Federal Bounty
Child protective agencies nationwide are forcibly removing more children from their homes even when the agencies' own investigations establish that the children have not been abused or neglected, according to reports submitted by state agencies to the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) during 1998.
How Child Protection Services Buys and Sells Our Children
January 10, 2010
Grandparents saddened by custody battle
by Hayley Cox
Ninfa and Ubaldo Ochoa are devastated by the thought they may never see their grandson again. The Ochoas filed a petition within Floyd County requesting guardianship of Sean in March 2008.
Their grandson, Sean, who recently turned 3, lives with foster parents who want to adopt him. But the Ochoas believe he would be better off with family. Child Protective Services removed Sean from his mother's care after domestic violence within the family. Sean lived in a foster home for several months. After a home study returned with positive results, Sean came to live with his grandparents in Lockney in September 2007.
Plainview Daily Herald
January 10, 2010
Children At Most Risk From Pedophiles In Government
by Paul Joseph Watson
With the Bureau of Justice Statistics now reporting that children are at most risk from pedophiles when in government custody, it's no surprise that TSA "Gods" are licking their lips at the prospect of ogling your naked daughter's body at airport screenin
"Some 12 percent of minors held in government custody are sexually abused, and in some facilities the rate reaches a stunning one in three children, says a report released Thursday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics," reports Raw Story.
January 9, 2010
Are federal gun laws Constitutional?
by Michael LeMieux
If "We the People" are the creators of the government, and the government is authorized arms, then in order for the people to maintain their position, in relation to the government, they to must be armed.
If the servant government (servant of the people) has arms, and the people do not, then the roles are reversed for the people can not resist a government that has become tyrannical. This same logic applies to self defense. If the law abiding citizen does not have the means to resist a lawless adversary, then the will of the adversary becomes the law.
News With Views
January 8, 2010
More Census propagandizing in the schools: $13 billion kiddie campaign
Ariel Civelek was just a baby in the last U.S. Census, but this time around, the 11-year-old can tell her family how important it is to be counted.
Recognizing the power of getting the message out through the schools, the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday launched its 2010 Census in Schools program. The idea is for teachers to integrate census-related information into subjects like social studies and math.
January 4, 2010
We asked for help - but they took our kids
by Bryan Littlely
Trigger-Happy social workers are taking children from their homes and creating a new "stolen generation", a group of distraught mothers claim.
The four women, with 26 children between them, say what started as cries for help became the catalyst that destroyed their families. They say care workers bullied and threatened them and coerced them to put their children into care.
Adelaide Now (AU)
January 4, 2010
Growing Up In Care
by Hamida Begum
Do you ever wish you could get rid of your parents? Don't they really annoy you sometimes? Well, I don't really blame anyone who thinks that way.
But imagine if you had to grow up without your parents. Would you be or have been able to handle it? Hamida Begum, 14, interviewed a couple of care leavers to find out more about life in foster homes.
December 14, 2009
Headteachers attack new child protection rules
by Jessica Shepherd
Private and state school leaders, united in rare alliance, say rules will stop language exchange programmes and discourage parents from helping out at schools.
In a letter to the children's secretary, Ed Balls, seven associations spanning state and private schools warn that new requirements to vet anyone who works or applies to work with children on a voluntary or paid basis are "disproportionate" and will not stop some paedophiles.
The Guardian (UK)
December 14, 2009
Toddler drowned in foster family's swimming pool
by Elise Brewerton
David Horsley, who sat at Portsmouth Crown Court, said 17-month-old Anna Hider died because she was able to gain access to the fenced off pool after her foster father had left open the security gate.
A month earlier the foster father had removed the self closing mechanism which would have automatically shut the gate behind him because of fears it was too fierce and children could catch their fingers in it.
Portsmouth Today (UK)
December 11, 2009
Teacher says he paid ransom to avoid court case
by Gareth Bethell
A teacher accused of abusing young boys says he handed over thousands of pounds to one of his alleged victims rather than face the stress of going to court.
James Braid insisted there was no truth in the man's claims that he had been abused but said he gave in to the blackmail demands having previously gone to court on a separate abuse charge.
Portsmouth Today (UK)
December 1, 2009
Child prostitution: Children rescued from sex trade struggle to find care in U.S.
by Joe Markman
When the FBI announced a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution last month as part of a long-term initiative to combat domestic sex trafficking, it noted that 52 children had been rescued from "sexual slavery."
But a month later, none of those children is receiving the kind of help that experts say they require to overcome the trauma of their experiences, and some are still languishing in local juvenile detention centers. Experts say the only way to ensure a good chance of recovery for these children is placement in a residential treatment program for such victims, of which there are only three in the United States: in New York, California and Georgia.
November 29, 2009
Single mother jailed for refusing to deploy
by Joe Gould
When Spc. Alexis Hutchinson's airplane left Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., for Afghanistan on Nov. 5, she was not on board.
The 21-year-old single mom stayed home because she had no one to care for her 10-month-old son. Her mother in Oakland, Calif., initially took the boy in but became "overwhelmed" and refused to keep him for the deployment. Hutchinson, an Army cook assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, was arrested the day after she skipped her flight. She is confined to Fort Stewart, Ga., hoping for a discharge instead of a court-martial.
November 28, 2009
How many second chances should bad parents get?
by Frederick Melo
For nearly six years, Christina Wittrock and Ronald D. Thomas' eldest daughter lived in and out of foster care. The times she returned to live with her biological parents were marked by emergency visits from police and Dakota County Social Services.
At the urging of prosecutors and county social workers, a Dakota County district judge ruled in February that Wittrock and Thomas were no longer the girls' parents, and their parental rights were officially and permanently terminated. A court appeal was denied last month, and the girls are now eligible for adoption.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press
November 28, 2009
China executes 2 men for abducting, trafficking children
China has executed two men for abducting and selling 15 children, many of whom were taken as babies or toddlers and have not yet been reunited with their parents, state media said Friday.
Hu was convicted of kidnapping and selling nine children from April 1999 to Oct. 2005. He was detained in January 2006. Five of the children, all boys now aged from 3 to 6, have been returned to their families, while the parents of the remaining ones have not been found.
November 26, 2009
Protecting Children by Empowering Parents
November 20 has been designated "Children's Day" by the internationalists. But what greater way to support children than to protect their families?
We're celebrating Children's Day with a Parental Rights Rally in Washington, D.C. The rally will be held at the U.S. Capitol, on the East Lawn across from the Rayburn House Office building. It is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
November 12, 2009
U.K. School Reportedly Stages Teacher Murder Scene to Teach Kids Lesson
British students got the shock of a lifetime when they walked into their classroom and found their teacher's bloody body on the floor.
The parents of the students - some as young as 5-years-old - were furious that it was all part of a problem-solving exercise. The scene was set up to look like the teacher had been attacked, with fake blood splattered across the floor.
November 11, 2009
'The Biggest Loser': A red line and a double elimination
by Rene Lynch
How do you lose 17 pounds in one week, set a record for being the first woman to lose 100 pounds in nine weeks -- and then go home for not losing enough weight?
The 30-year-old social worker from Newport Beach had a heartbreaking history: She ended up in foster care because her mother was a homeless drug addict, and then ate her way up to nearly 500 pounds as a way to deal with the pain.
Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2009
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