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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 Warner Bros. Online

With 14 children, no job and $50K in student loans, Nadya Suleman has sparked public outrage over her decision to take government aid for her family.

Now, Nadya is biting back! "I am not living off taxpayer's money," Suleman said on NBC's "Dateline." "If I am, it's Food Stamps and it's a temporary resource." She adds, "It's not welfare."


February 11, 2009

by Sarah F. Sullivan

Two weeks ago, I was one of millions who wrote about the exciting births of Nadya Suleman's octuplets. At the time, Suleman wished to remain anonymous.

Now, Suleman has website so that people can donate items for her children. The situation is troubling and people are speaking out. "Not a penny for her, but I'd donate to Child Protective Services so that they have the resources to remove these kids (and the first six)."

Associated Content

February 11, 2009

by Warner Bros. Online

Prolifically reproductive Nadya Suleman claimed in an interview that taxpayers aren't paying for the care of her children, but new reports today say the mother of fourteen is lying!

According to the L.A. Times, Suleman is receiving both $490 in food stamps per month and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for her fourteen tots. The fact that Nadya is receiving help from taxpayers isn't the only controversy...


February 10, 2009

by Melinda Siegmeier

Her daughter was becoming a beautiful young lady, but a Rockhampton mother's dream to have her back at home was shattered on the weekend.

Lost and scared, the vibrant 10-year-old girl was allegedly trying to wave down a passing car along an unlit section of Belmont Road, but the driver could not see her. She was knocked down and died instantly.

Rockhampton Morning Bulletin (AU)

February 9, 2009

by Patrick Boyle

Under a set of confidential agreements, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will pay $300,000 to settle allegations that it committed fraud to get grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Justice Department charged that the council falsified employee time sheets, billed the federal government for work by "ghost" employees, failed to disclose that it hired the spouses of employees and fired a worker who questioned those practices, according to settlements filed this month in U.S. District Court in Reno, Nev.

Disgusted with the system

February 9, 2009

by Lucretia Cardenas

A 21-year-old Houston woman who pleaded guilty Monday to the murder of a former Magnolia firefighter will be sentenced today to 40 years in prison.

While Spence "was a dominant person," Clay-Jackson said, Quigley was mixed up with the wrong people as a result of an abusive childhood. Since the age of 10, Quigley was in the care of the state after being removed from her mother's home. She has been in and out of mental hospitals to cope with the abuse she faced at her mother's house and at a foster home, Clay-Jackson said. She also was introduced to drugs and alcohol at a young age.

The Courier

February 9, 2009

CHILDREN from as far away as Norfolk and the Isle of Wight are being sent to foster care homes in the Dover district so councils can save cash.

Vulnerable children are being shipped hundreds of miles from their families and communities because costs in Kent are cheaper than other areas due to lower property and living prices. More than 1,300 children from outside the county are being cared for in Kent foster homes with around 60 of them living in Dover.

This is Kent (UK)

February 5, 2009

by Kath Gannaway

YARRA Glen CFA volunteers and a Yarra Ranges foster family have found a friend in common in the Yarra Glen Freemasons lodge.

After the tragic death of a young girl they had fostered, lodge member and foster parent Ray Galloway and his wife Beverley started the Rebecca Foundation to assist children in foster care gain services not provided under government funding.

Star News Group (Australia)

February 2, 2009

by Gina Chen

OK, I'm kidding (sort of) with my headline. I'm not really planning to shave my 6-year-old daughter's head. So stop your calls to Child Protective Services.

But I am weary of the daily fight my daughter and I have over her hair. The problem: She wants to brush her own long hair and leave it down. I want to brush it myself and put it up, so it doesn't get into a snarled mess. Yes, I win out every day. I'm the mom. But I am tired of fighting. About. It. Every. Single. Day.

The Post-Standard

February 2, 2009

by Brian X. Chen

Here's a way to protect your kids from the school bully...

Anti-theft lunch bags, adorned with artificial green splotches to make food look moldy. Just tell your kids not to eat lunch around their teacher, or you might be getting a visit from Child Protective Services.

Gadget Lab from Wired

January 30, 2009

by Andy Hirsch

LANCASTER, Ohio - Police on Friday continued to investigate a firebombing that they believe was retaliation against a caseworker assigned to a child protective services case.

According to police, on Dec. 14, Guy Luttrell smashed a window of an SUV belonging to a Fairfield County Child Protective Services caseworker, set a milk jug filled with gasoline on fire and threw it inside. The fire left the interior of the SUV badly charred.


January 30, 2009

by Denise A. Raymo

MALONE -- Preventive services that target children's problems slashed Franklin County's foster-care cases in half in 2008 and saved $500,000.

"It's phenomenal, isn't it?" said Department of Social Services Commissioner Lesley Lyon. "We have cut the average number of cases from 144 two years ago to between 75 and 85 now."

The Press Republican

January 30, 2009

by Hazel Mollison

For most children, being brought up in a loving family is something they take for granted, but, every year, several dozen children in Edinburgh are considered for adoption.

In 2007, the Adoption Act (Scotland) changed existing laws. This allows couples of the same or opposite sex who are living together in "an enduring family relationship" to adopt for the first time. If the child is over 12, then they must give their consent. Single people already had the right to adopt.

The Scotsman (UK)

January 30, 2009

I'm Karl father to Emily Rose who is my youngest daughter. Emily was born in the UK and taken by her American mother, Sheila Kay Fuith, to the US when Emily was 11 months old.

This blog is where I'm placing the media reports and evidence of the role of the US Department of State in abducting Emily to the US while obstructing justice for Emily and attempting to cover up misconduct of officials while Emily is denied medical treatment for her eye condition which will leave her blind.

Emily Rose Hindle

January 28, 2009

by Kurt Schulzke

When government agents "remove" a child from his home and parents, the pain suffered by both child and parents can fairly be equated to the pain of death.

In fact, because of the uncertainty that accompanies all child removal cases from the moment of removal all the way through the "end" of adoption, the pain of the separation is worse - in the sense that it never quits for parent or child - than it is for parents who know where their baby's bones lie peacefully in the ground.

I Perceive

January 28, 2009

by Claudia Meininger Gold

ON ONE recent day in my pediatric practice, I saw or spoke with parents of eight children who had experienced a range of significant trauma. They were failing in school, impulsive, distracted, angry, and depressed.

What they all had in common was a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Each parent expected that I would either: refill the medication, change the medication, change the dose of medication, or have the medication given at a different time. When I suggested that medication alone was not the solution, I ran into walls.

The Boston Globe

January 26, 2009

by Ilima Loomis

The Ahunas represent a new generation of Maui Farm clients. The Upcountry nonprofit for years housed foster children in four family-style group homes on its 8.3-acre campus a few miles above Paia.

But when the state Department of Health and Human Services changed its policies and began placing more foster children with relatives and families, and fewer in group homes, The Maui Farm overhauled its program. "We now have an opportunity to prevent youth from going into foster care..." said Program Director Donna Vida.

The Maui News

January 25, 2009

A MAN who admitted killing his ex-girlfriend's seven-year-old daughter, after she died from injuries he inflicted when she was a baby, must serve an extra year in prison.

Owain Huw Owen, 35, has already served a three-year sentence passed in March 2000 for inflicting GBH on Shauna Erin Griffiths. The court was told how Owen, of Penysarn, Amlwch, violently shook Shauna, breaking her arm and leaving her blind, brain damaged and in a coma, just weeks after she was born in 2000.

Daily Post North Wales (UK)

January 24, 2009

by Jane Hansen

SPECIAL REPORT: A distraught mum has lost her battle to keep her son after a court ruled she suffers from the medical condition Munchausen's by proxy.

In October, the Department of Community Services tracked the mother down to Moree and took the child, now five, into custody. He was placed in foster care, where he remains today. Despite a barrage of tests performed on the boy, from blood and urine tests to anal swabs and a hair analysis, there is not a shred of evidence this child has been harmed by anyone.

News (AU)

January 24, 2009

by Caroline Overington

WELFARE officers have "enormous power" to remove children from the care of their parents, while leaving other children to languish in violent homes.

Child welfare advocate Freda Briggs said a recent case -- in which two children were removed from their cannabis-smoking parents despite there being no evidence of neglect or abuse -- was an example of "how much power they've got".

The Australian

January 22, 2009

by Dorian Block

Juan was taken away by the city's Administration for Children's Services in mid-December. Her story is one of a well-intentioned but desperate mother who left her son home alone while trying to keep in good standing for a job promotion.

He was placed with a single man who has two other foster children. Juan did not celebrate Christmas, since the man did not have money for a tree or gifts, said Lucas-Dixon, who has a pile of gifts waiting for him. Her court-appointed attorney, said the judge has said Juan should be returned home once ACS helps find child care. But so far, it hasn't happened...

New York Daily News

January 18, 2009

Authorities in Kansas are looking for a boy who disappeared about a decade ago, but was not reported missing until a few weeks ago.

Adam was 11 or 12 when he was last seen, Murphy said. At the time, he was living in a mobile home park in Towanda, a small town in southern Kansas, with his adoptive parents, Doug and Valerie Herrman. The couple did not report him missing, Murphy said.

New York Daily News

January 6, 2009

by Jim Beall

No caring parent would banish their son or daughter from their home and cut off all relations just because that child became 18 years old. But for many youths who "age out" of California's foster care system that's exactly what happens.

I have introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 12, to make California's foster care system eligible for those federal dollars by extending state foster care benefits to 21, beginning Oct. 1, 2010. I am not alone on this issue. Speaker Karen Bass and 11 more legislators have signed onto AB 12.

San Jose Mercury News

January 6, 2009

by American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Socially disadvantaged mothers who receive home visits from trained community visitors are less likely to deliver low birth weight babies, a new study finds. The study appears in the February 2009 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Low birth weight babies - those less than 5.5 pounds - face significant disadvantages compared to heavier babies. Past research shows they are at higher risk for poor health and slow development, and even early death. They are also twice as likely to end up in foster care or to suffer abuse.

Newswise Medical News

January 6, 2009

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Donations from as far away as Great Britain, Hawaii and New York have been pouring in for a Tracy teen who was allegedly chained and abused by his caretakers. Monday, January 5, 2009.

Police say for more than a year, Michael Schumacher, 34, and Kelly Layne Lau, 30, held the boy against his will and, along with the teen's one-time guardian, Caren Ramirez, 43, beat him, denied him food and sometimes kept him chained to the fireplace or a heavy table inside a Tracy home.

KCRA 3 News

January 5, 2009

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