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Of the 510,000 child in foster care for 2006, 24% were in relative homes, and 46% were in nonrelative foster family homes. (Child Welfare Information Gateway 2009)

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National CPS News Archive

National News Coverage

Every state now has a "safe haven" law allowing parents who can't care for a newborn to drop him or her off at a "safe haven," such as a hospital, firehouse or police station.

Nebraska's new statute allows parents to drop off kids of ANY age up to 17. And sure enough, Kauffman says, this past weekend, a 13-year-old girl was left at a hospital. Earlier, 11 and 15-year-old boys were abandoned at hospitals, and a 12-year-old boy was dropped at a police station.

CBS News

September 23, 2008

TROY, N.Y. -- A Troy man is charged with attempted murder after his 4-month-old son suffered life-threatening head injuries.

Rensselaer County Child Protective Services contacted Troy police on Sunday regarding 4-month-old Matthew Thomas who was being treated at Albany Medical Center for significant brain damage caused by trauma to the head.

Capital News 9

September 23, 2008

by Suleika Acosta

Hundreds of former foster care children in Tucson are finding new ways to reconnect. It's part of a nationwide push by the foster care alumni of America.

A former foster child, Lupe Tovar started the Foster Care Alumni organization in Tucson. This family reunion was held to highlight the need for foster care support in the community. It's part of a nationwide push to help foster kids live better lives.

KOLD 13 News (AZ)

September 20, 2008

by Craig Schneider

On Dec. 3, 2007, Jessica Scovil was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens, weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces. The couple were delighted, and nervous. Their life as parents, though, would last less than a year.

The state removed Jessica from her home and placed her with a foster family. The couple were devastated but determined to bring their daughter home, and they earnestly began working to fulfill the state's demands in order to get Jessica back. The happy reunion never arrived. Jessica died while in the care of a state-appointed foster mother.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

September 20, 2008

OMAHA - Another teenager was left at an Omaha hospital under Nebraska's safe haven law.

Child Protective Services says a 13-year-old girl was left at Immanuel Hospital sometime this afternoon.

KPTM Fox News 42

September 20, 2008

by Kelly Crawford

Sarah Blackwell, originally from Aundeck Omni Kaning, is committed to offering continuous support to her entire family.

Blackwell has taken care of two of her sisters while raising her own family. She was the legal guardian to one sister and fostered the other. It doesn't matter that I am her sister; we have a parent-child relationship. That was and continues to be the most challenging thing to parent her. I am not her sister; I am her parent."

The North Bay Nugget - Ontario, Canada

September 20, 2008

by Caitlin Heaney

Foster care took charge of nearly 700 children between Adams and York counties in March, and a new study shows the majority of those children were teenagers.

Adams County had 109 children in foster care in March, including 20.2 percent ages 16 and 17 and 19.3 percent between the ages of 13 and 15, according to the study. York County had similar results, with 24.2 percent of the 583 children in foster care in March aged 16 or 17 and 21.3 percent between the ages of 13 and 15.

The Evening Sun

September 20, 2008

The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to pick up where it left off in late July when it meets September 10 to mark up a major child welfare bill, the Improvements in Adoption Incentives and Relative Guardianship Support Act (S. 3038).

The Senate Finance Committee bill represents a bipartisan agreement between Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA). That Chairman's mark or substitute bill evolved out of discussions on S. 3038, which Grassley introduced in May.

Prin's Links for Social Work Students

September 20, 2008

A Bradley man is accused of beating a toddler so severely that the child required surgery to repair a broken arm. Charged in the case is 30 year old Steven Brent Lee who is the live-in boyfriend of the boy's mother.

Sheriff Tim Gobble said, "The level of abuse against this child, shocks the conscience. This is one of the worst cases of child abuse and neglect occurring in this area for sometime. Innocent children deserve the protection of the community and I want to commend the child's grandmother for intervening and getting help for this child.

WRCB Chattanooga (TN)

September 19, 2008

A DISPUTE between factions in the normally sedate community of foster carers spilled into the courts yesterday, the latest of an increasingly bizarre series of events at the nation's largest support group for foster carers.

The Foster Care Association of NSW has been torn apart by allegations of thefts of money and membership lists from its headquarters, bullying and intimidation. Police and security guards have been called to board meetings, some of which have gone on for more than six hours.

The Australian

September 19, 2008

by Leslie Newell Peacock and Max Brantley

The interim House and Senate committees on children and youth met up in Conway today. This was intended, it seems, at least in part as a dog-and-pony show to help Sen. Gilbert Baker of Conway look senatorial.

State Rep. Donna Hutchinson remarked, "It's pretty apparent that foster care [in Arkansas] is in disarray. I hate to say it, but it was probably in disarray under the previous governor." She said she knew the agency needed more money but couldn't bring herself to vote for it because she didn't trust agency to spend it properly.

Arkansas Time

September 19, 2008

WEEPING WATER, Neb. -- The Cass County attorney decides not to file charges after a 5-year-old boy accuses a teenager of sexually assaulting him at a home-based child care in Weeping Water.

The boy told his dad, and later the Cass County sheriff, that he had been molested by a 13-year-old during a game of Truth or Dare at his day care. The Callahans turned the case over to the Cass County sheriff and Nebraska's Child Protective Services offices.

KETV Omaha

September 19, 2008

by Marjie Lundstrom

A top manager with Sacramento County's Child Protective Services admitted in an internal document that a dead child's file had been altered before it was publicly released -- a felony in some states.

The admission by CPS Division Manager Kim Pearson came in a series of e-mails regarding the beating death of 4-year-old Jahmaurae Allen, released to The Bee under the state's Public Records Act. CPS has been under fire for its handling of Jahmaurae's case and others involving children who died in recent months after their families had contact with the agency.


September 18, 2008

by Frances Gibb

The Afro-Caribbean father cut a lonely figure in his open-necked shirt as he faced the judge in the echoing court. He had not seen his children for two years. There were no lawyers and the mother could not attend.

The setting was one of the grandest of the Victorian Gothic courtrooms at the Royal Courts of Justice - scene of many a highly publicised battle. But today the oak benches and public gallery were empty. It was a family court - where justice is dispensed behind closed doors.

Times Online (UK)

September 18, 2008

by Petula Dvorak

The District's child welfare agency has two weeks to craft a plan to get out of trouble and avoid being held in contempt of court for its treatment of about 2,500 of the city's imperiled children.

The deadline was set yesterday by U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan, who has been presiding over a lawsuit against the city's Child and Family Services Agency for two decades. In court yesterday, Hogan conveyed a sense of urgency about its current state.

The Washington Post (D.C.)

September 18, 2008

by Brooke Adams

Child welfare officials plan to ask a Texas judge to keep a 14-year-old FLDS girl in custody because her parents continue to be uncooperative.

Merril Jessop, the girl's father and bishop of the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado, remains in hiding, and Barbara Jessop, her mother, has circumvented visitation rules on several occasions. Barbara Jessop asked the state to let the girl's younger brother be allowed to join her in custody. She also asked that another daughter be allowed to trade places with the 14-year-old.

The Salt Lake Tribune

September 18, 2008

by Daryl Slade

A Calgary youth court judge has severely criticized Nunavut child services and local agencies for their treatment of a 16-year-old boy sent to a group home here 18 months ago.

The Inuit teen, now charged with serious crimes, is in danger of falling through the cracks of the child welfare system, Judge Steve Lipton said Wednesday. "In my opinion, child welfare in Nunavut is incompetent," Lipton told a courtroom filled with child service providers he invited so that everyone would be aware of the serious situation.

Calgary Herald

September 18, 2008

by Judith Groch

A child who is subject to harsh discipline or witnesses violence in the home is likely to have increased psychological and behavioral problems with further exposure to abuse, a study found.

The study found that previously abused children who subsequently witnessed home violence were more likely to have internalized symptoms, such as anxiety and depression. By contrast, previously abused children subjected to further harsh physical discipline externalized their symptoms, becoming more aggressive and prone to rule-breaking, the researchers reported.

Med Page Today

September 18, 2008

A new report from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children offers guidelines for improving foster care and giving children a more stable life.

The report found that children in Erie County spend 15 months in foster care, compared to children elsewhere in Pennsylvania who spend 16 months in such care.

Erie Times-News

September 18, 2008

by Roshni Karwal

The Convention on the Rights of the Child protects children by setting universal standards for them regarding health care, education, and legal, civil and social services.

Some 23,700 children have been registered as a result of a national birth-registration campaign. During the campaign, more than 300 birth registry stations were set up at clinics and hospitals in the public system. "Birth registration is critical because it helps provide children with access to the services and protection to which they are entitled."

UNICEF Executive Board

September 18, 2008

A former Child Protective Services worker whose job was to drive children to and from foster care was convicted Wednesday of charges she turned in claims for thousands of miles she never drove.

A Lake Criminal Court jury convicted Tannette Kinnon, 47, of misdemeanor official misconduct for falsifying mileage and overtime claims. Kinnon faces a maximum term of one year in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 9.

Chicago Tribune (IN)

September 17, 2008

by Kay Young

A Hampton father says "was an idiot" when he left his three children at home alone last week. "I was not thinking clearly and I left my kids." Hampton Police call his mistake, a felony.

The father of three said he and his wife Jennifer, who is also charged with three counts of Felony Child Neglect, left their home last Wednesday so he could run an errand for work. While they were gone, people saw their 3-year-old son, and 2-year-old twins - a boy and a girl - outside in the street alone.


September 17, 2008

Cheyenne -- The Wyoming Legislature's Management Audit Committee met on Friday to consider the program evaluation draft report "Wyoming Child Protective Services."

The Management Audit Committee directed staff from the Wyoming Legislative Service Office to review how the Department of Family Services handles the nearly 8,000 reports of child abuse or neglect it receives each year.

Little Chicago Review

September 17, 2008

by Caroline Overington

ABUSED children are routinely returned to the homes where they were assaulted because the NSW Department of Community can no longer find foster carers willing to take them.

"It's a problem of their (DOCS) own making," said one foster mother, who has cared for neglected children, including a blind girl still in her custody, since 1993. "They treat foster parents with complete contempt, and they are leaving in droves."

The Australian

September 17, 2008

by Sean Holman

The Campbell administration left vulnerable children in homes it judged unsafe, according to British Columbia's independent child protection watchdog, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.

Turpel-Lafond says she's launched an unprecedented audit that will investigative this and related matters. But the Ministry of Children and Family Development says it's already responding to her concerns.

The Tyee

September 17, 2008

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