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Federal Statistics show that 81% of all claims from Child Abuse Hotlines are FALSE."

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National CPS News Archive

National News Coverage

by Michael Roston

Floridians were shocked last week when police announced that the spokesman for the state's Department of Children and Families had been arrested and charged with peddling child pornography.

But buried in news accounts of the case was a curious detail: the official in question had listed the state's current Republican Governor, Charlie Crist, as a reference when he applied for his post in 2005.

The Raw Story

February 8, 2008

by Kirk Mitchell

A 29-year-old foster mother has been arrested for investigation of felony child abuse in the death of a 3-year-old girl, officials say.

Michele Baber of Granby is being held in the Grand County Jail in the death of Daisia Derzon, who was injured Jan. 9 and died several days later, Grand County Sheriff Rodney Johnson said today. Bail has not been set in the case.

The Denver Post

February 4, 2008

by Jackelyn Barnard

First Coast News has learned Lisa was missing an important log book that foster parents should have.

Case workers have to sign the log when they visit a child in the home. Lisa says it wasn't until months after she started taking in foster kids that a case worker realized a log was missing. "When she came, she asked me where was my booklet, and I told her I don't know what she was talking about.

First Coast News (FL)

February 4, 2008

A mother who had her baby son taken illegally by social workers wept yesterday as a court ordered he should be put in care after all.

It has been a three-day rollercoaster for the young mother. Her son, known as Baby G for legal reasons,was snatched from her in hospital by social services two hours after birth.

Daily Mail (UK)

February 4, 2008

Two hours after giving birth, the young mother was lying in her hospital bed when officials from Nottingham social services snatched her baby away.

Today, the judge could take that girl's baby away again, and we wouldn't be allowed to know anything about how that decision was reached. If the mother tried to defend herself in public, she would go to prison.

Daily Mail (UK)

February 4, 2008

by Jane Lyons

It is cheaper for the state to place children in foster homes in a region of the state where the $17 per day foster care reimbursement goes further for low-income families.

So, in Hampden and Franklin counties, families will take in three or four or more foster children and use the daily payment as a secondary or even primary source of household income. In some foster homes, the state has taken to affixing "alarms" to the bedroom doors of older children known to prey sexually on younger children.

The Boston Globe (MA)

February 4, 2008

by Caroline Gammell

A teenage mother fled court in tears yesterday after being told that her baby son, who was taken illegally by social workers a few hours after he was born, would be put back into care for a second time.

The 18-year-old was separated from the boy, known only as G, two hours after she gave birth. He was returned to her after a judge at the High Court ruled that his removal had been "unlawful". However, in another twist in the case, a second judge issued an interim order yesterday to put the baby back in foster care.

Telegraph (UK)

February 2, 2008

by Brendan Farrington

Tallahassee -- A spokesman for the Department of Children & Families was arrested Friday on child pornography charges and officials believe at least one of the child victims has been or is in state custody.

Al Zimmerman has been charged with eight counts of using a child in a sexual performance. Zimmerman, who has been with the agency for nearly two years, has been fired, agency officials said. Authorities say Zimmerman, 40, solicited at least two victims between the ages of 16 and 17 to create child pornography.

Herald Tribune (FL)

February 1, 2008

by Jill Foster

All alone, in a hiding place somewhere in Europe, the 22-year-old student will be cradling her newborn daughter Molly and hoping that one day she will be able to return home to Hexham in Northumberland.

Last November, at seven-and-a-half months' pregnant, Fran fled the country after social workers warned her that her baby would be taken away ten minutes after the birth and placed with foster parents. Horrified, she moved to Birmingham.

Daily Mail (UK)

January 31, 2008

by Sue Reid

Imagine a baby growing in your body for nine months, imagine going through the emotion of bringing it into the world, only to have social workers seize the newborn, sometimes within minutes of its first cry and often on the flimsiest of excuses.

The number of babies under one month old being taken into care for adoption is now running at almost four a day (a 300 per cent increase over a decade). In total, 75 children of all ages are being removed from their parents every week before being handed over to new families.

Daily Mail (UK)

January 31, 2008

GALVESTON, Texas - An autopsy has found that a 3-month-old baby boy was murdered before being thrown onto a Galveston roadside, still strapped into his car seat.

The infant's death was ruled a homicide by blunt force head trauma, said John Florence, chief investigator for the Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office.

Fox News (TX)

January 31, 2008

by S. I. Rosenbaum

TAMPA - A Riverview man who has built a career as an expert on "false child abuse accusations" has been charged with domestic violence and tampering with a witness to avoid prosecution.

Dean Bryan Tong, 51, of 10246 Hunter's Haven Blvd., was accused of grabbing his wife's arm and slamming her foot in the bedroom door during an argument on Jan. 21, according to an arrest affidavit filed by sheriff's deputies.

St. Petersburg Times (FL)

January 30, 2008

by Gina Russo

An economic impact analysis released today estimates the costs of child abuse and neglect were nearly $104 billion last year...

A companion report highlights the unavailability of federal child welfare funding for programs and services known to be effective at reducing incidences of child abuse and neglect.

Kids Are Waiting

January 29, 2008

by Kirk Mitchell

Ashley Lindenberger's fear for her two kids was rooted in her own childhood experience of being raised by foster parents in 18 homes.

"Some of them were abusive, and some of them just didn't care," Lindenberger said recently in the visitors room of the Denver Women's Correctional Facility.

The Denver Post

January 28, 2008

Video Report

A 24-year-old man is sentenced to 4 years in jail for using a high-voltage stun gun on his 18-month-old son.

Live Leak (OR)

January 28, 2008

Tampa, Florida - Google the name "Dean Tong" and the search turns up hundreds of entries that list him as a "nationally recognized legal consultant and author on child abuse, custody and abduction cases."

Tampa, Florida - Google the name "Dean Tong" and the search turns up hundreds of entries that list him as a "nationally recognized legal consultant and author on child abuse, custody and abduction cases."

Tampa Bays Local News (FL)

January 28, 2008

by Julia Steiny

If America's juvenile justice system were a school district, it would be deemed "in need of improvement," the federal euphemism for "failing."

According to the National Youth Justice Alliance, a juvenile offender has almost a 75-percent chance of going back into the justice system sooner or later. With results like these, "Corrections" is a bald-faced lie.

The Providence Journal

January 27, 2008

by Keith A. Pounds

In recent years, we've seen an increase of media attention on the abuse and neglect of children. There are even television shows devoted to tracking potential child molesters by encouraging them to visit a house set up with hidden video cameras.

The entire concept makes me question what type of psychological condition one must suffer from to actually want to "watch" a child molester in the act. Indeed, ongoing concerns of many families seem to stem from what some call "the abuse excuse," or the idea that many children find that a "convenient" way to get out of trouble is to blame Mom or Dad for neglecting or abusing them.

The Times and Democrat

January 27, 2008

by Melanie Ave

TAMPA - Jacob Peters was placed in foster care at age 3 after his parents separated and his mother's boyfriend was accused of sexual molestation.

Fourteen years and 45 different foster placements later, he's still there. A well-known child advocate now wants the state to pay for what she says have been numerous wrongs against 17-year-old "Jacob Peters," a pseudonym he is called in a lawsuit filed recently in Hillsborough Circuit Court.

St. Petersburg Times

January 26, 2008

by Carrie Melago

A 5-year-old boy was handcuffed and hauled off to a psych ward for misbehaving in kindergarten - but the tot's parents say NYPD school safety agents are the ones who need their heads examined.

"He's 5 years old. He was scared to death," Dennis Rivera's mother, Jasmina Vasquez, told the Daily News. "You cannot imagine what it's done to him." Rather than calling the boy's parents, a school safety agent cuffed the boy's small hands behind his back using metal restraints.

Daily News (NY)

January 25, 2008

28 hours ago 4 police officers came barging thru my door because someone called the child abuse hotline.

They have placed my child in foster care because our house was messy. we have a puppy. there was a stain on the floor. What kind of justice is this?

Yahoo! Answers

January 23, 2008

Stepfather Of Nixzmary Brown Faces Murder Trial; Girl's Death Spurred Child Welfare Reforms

Two years later, the horrific details of the 2006 child abuse murder of 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown will be revisited in the upcoming trial of her stepfather, Cesar Rodriguez.

CBS News

January 15, 2008

by Jerome R. Corsi

Over half the birthing facilities in Ohio are being equipped with an RFID infant protection system placed on infants at birth to prevent them from being abducted from the hospital or from being given to the wrong mother.

"Standard protocol in the hospitals using the VeriChip system is that the baby receives an RFID anklet at birth and the mother receives a matching wristband," VeriChip spokeswoman Allison Tomek told WND. "The mothers are not asked."

World Net Daily (OH)

January 15, 2008

by Rachel McGrath

After months of trying to bring an adopted infant daughter to America from her native Vietnam, a Camarillo family has joined forces with eight other U.S. families facing the same obstacle.

The goal is to try and persuade broadcast organizations and media personalities to publicize what's happening to them and why, and to bring public pressure to bear on government officials so they can bring their children home.

Ventura County Star

January 14, 2008

by Allison Hart

Jack and Kathy Stratton's nine children have proved to be a veritable cash cow for the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services.

The Stratton children have been in foster care for nearly two years, ever since the DSS removed them from their home on charges of neglect. During that time, the DSS, through federal funding, has been receiving $9,971.73 per month for the Stratton children, while paying out only $3,600. Net profit: $6,372 per month.

Could You Be Next? (NC)

January 12, 2008

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