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A 1995 GAO study reported, 58% of young children in foster care had serious health problems and 62% had prenatal drug exposure.

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New York CPS News Archive

New York News Coverage

by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

The latest foodmakers to face destruction from the Food and Drug Adminstration's (FDA) need to regulate all the things: artisanal cheesemakers. As part of a new push to enforce certain aspects of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passed in 2011.

According to Metz, the use of wooden shelves for aging cheese runs counter to FDA requirements stipulating "all plant equipment and utensils shall be so designed and of such material and workmanship as to be adequately cleanable." In the FDA's estimation, there is no possible way that wooden shelves or boards can be adequately cleaned and sanitized.

June 9, 2014

by Rick Miller

Cattaraugus County Social Services Commissioner Daniel Piccioli said an increase in Child Protective Services (CPS) staff has improved the unit's efficiency to investigate reported child abuse.

However, even with 13 investigators, their active caseload range from 30 to 45 cases, while the state recommends 20 cases. Child Protective Services has 60 days to complete an investigation after someone reports an alleged case of child abuse to the state child abuse hotline, Commissioner Piccioli told members of the County Legislature's Human Services Committee Wednesday.

June 6, 2014

by Dawn Post

A third of the kids in foster care diagnosed with ADHD have been treated with off-label antipsychotic drugs. That's too many children getting medicine we know too little about.

A recent study reported in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology reveals that one third of children in foster care diagnosed with ADHD have been treated off-label with an atypical antipsychotic medication. As a parent, would you consent to your child being prescribed an atypical antipsychotic medication? I submit that the label alone should raise alarm.

June 6, 2014

New York has a fracking waste problem, and we need your help to address it!

The state currently allows the use of brine from conventional, low-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and gas storage in New York to be spread on our roadways for de-icing, dust control and road stabilization. And despite New York's de facto moratorium on high-volume fracking, our landfills have received more than 300,000 tons of this waste from Pennsylvania, some of which makes its way into our wastewater treatment facilities.

May 22, 2014

by Lee Enterprises

This once-a-month series of lessons is designed to supplement homeschool curriculum with nature-based science.

Lessons include hands-on activities and information about the plants and animals found in the Saratoga Sand Plains. The lessons will be broken into two sections: the K-4th grade children's program will be held from 10-11:00 AM and 5-8th grade children's program will be held from 2-3:00 PM.

April 28, 2014

The Orange County Child Abuse Unit arrested a Middletown man on charges that he had sexually touched a 15-year-old girl.

The investigation was conducted in conjunction with the Orange County Department of Social Services - Child Protective Services and alleged that Narinesingh forcibly touched the girl on at least one occasion while in the Town of Wallkill.

March 18, 2014

by Mike Hudson

"It's like a nightmare that's never ending. We both made a mistake, and we're trying to get over it. We want our life back."

Lisa Miljour had a bad night. Her mom, Donna Chew, called from Cleveland that evening to tell her that her beloved grandmother was dying of cancer. Perhaps foolishly, Miljour responded to her grief by going out and buying a bottle of Wild Turkey bourbon. Her older daughters, Donella, 7, and Rubi, 5, were spending the weekend with their father. Her youngest, 19-month-old Maxine, was asleep in her crib.

February 21, 2014

The News report of the tragic tale of Mayouna Smith, a 3-year-old child who was both physically and sexually assaulted and later beaten to death, brought tears to my eyes.

Also, the article noted that Child Protective Services earlier investigated the situation and allowed the child to remain in the home. A few days later, County Executive Mark Poloncarz spoke in defense of CPS!

February 9, 2014

by Chris Caya

The deaths of two children in Buffalo has led to a package of reforms that will be proposed in Albany Monday at the start of the legislative session.

The reforms include new education and training requirements for CPS workers and supervisors. Peoples-Stokes says under one of the changes, children being interviewed will no longer have to "sit in fear." "Current law requires that Child Protective Services must interview the child in front of the parent or guardian, which, sad to say, is often the accused perpetrator," said Peoples-Stokes. "There's no good reason why the law should require that."

January 19, 2014

Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, both Democrats from Buffalo, today unveiled a comprehensive series of legislation that will strengthen and improve Child Protective Services.

With the legislation they outlined Friday at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes envision a Child Protective Services system that is more responsive, accountable, transparent and effective. Their proposals include a wide range of sweeping changes, which extend from new interviewing protocols to increased staff qualifications, and from restructured definitions of abuse to deeper and more thorough investigations.

January 12, 2014

by Daisy Luther

What would you do if you received a threatening letter from your child's school, demanding that you take your youngster to a medical doctor and dentist at the whims of the school administrators, or risk being reported to the child welfare authorities?

Parents in at least two states have gotten exactly such letters. Police State USA reports: Under the auspices of keeping children healthy, the government has usurped the role of "parent" away from actual parents. The state - not legal guardians - is determining when and how children should be subjected to outside business influences. The provisions establish that the state has taken the final say in parenting matters, undermining parents' natural role in the child's life as protector and final decision maker. The provision invades the privacy of the family by giving the government access to private medical results.

November 21, 2013

by Julia Marsh and Reuven Fenton

A Manhattan dad is not lovin' McDonald's right now.

Attorney David Schorr slapped a court-appointed shrink with a defamation lawsuit for telling the judge deciding a custody battle with his estranged wife that he was an unfit parent - for refusing to take his son to the fast food joint for dinner. "You'd think it was sexual molestation," Schorr, 43, told The Post Thursday. "I am just floored by it."

November 7, 2013

by Jake Pearson

Quiet, please. Your dinner will now be served. That's the message being sent to customers at a New York City restaurant that prohibits any talking during an occasionally put-on $40 prix fixe, four-course meal.

Nicholas Nauman, head chef at Eat in Brooklyn's trendy Greenpoint neighborhood, said he was inspired to pitch the tight-lipped consumption sessions after spending time in India, where Buddhist monks take their breakfast without exchanging words.

October 9, 2013

A New York county has fired two child welfare employees and suspended two supervisors following the beating death of a 5-year-old boy who had been the subject of repeated calls for help.

A statement Wednesday from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the leaders of the Child Protective Services and Children's Services divisions also have been reassigned. The actions follow a review of the Sept. 17 death of Eain Clayton Brooks, who was beaten inside his Buffalo home.

October 9, 2013

Matthew Kuzdzal, 26, was arraigned Thursday morning on a second-degree murder charge in the death of 5-year old Eain Brooks, the Buffalo City Court has confirmed.

Buffalo Police say there was a rescue call to a home on Albany Street Sunday evening. Eain Brooks was taken to Women and Children's Hospital where he died on Tuesday.

September 20, 2013

by Adam Sichko

Shannon Melleady's dream collapsed on a Sunday in early April, when she locked the door on her Philly Soft Pretzel Factory franchise for the final time.

Less than five years before, Melleady cut a ribbon, handed out some hot ceremonial pretzels and officially opened the store in Clifton Park. She and her husband, Ray, put $350,000 in savings and loans on the line. Four of their five children worked with them, making something Ray ate daily while growing up in Philadelphia.

September 8, 2013

Reading a hunting magazine in New York may lead your doctor to consider you a threat.

Juric said, "The magazine had a property of Benedictine Hospital sticker on it." According to Juric, when a physician saw this, he immediately considered him a threat, which subsequently led him to lose his daughter, reputation, employment and safety.

August 31, 2013

by Leonard Sparks

MONTICELLO - Commissioner of the Division of Health and Family Services Randy Parker is calling for two more caseworkers to improve the performance of Sullivan County's Child Protective Services unit.

More than 90 percent of the unit's 14 caseworkers have caseloads exceeding the state standard of 15, putting Sullivan last among the state's 64 counties, according to state records. It also ranks low in completing safety assessments of children's homes and formal investigations within state-required timeframes. Sullivan receives roughly 1,500 reports alleging child abuse and neglect each year, Parker said.

August 3, 2013

Here is what is clear from the state report on the brutal death of Abdifatah Mohamud: He should still be alive.

The 10-year-old boy was beaten to death by his stepfather last year - bound, gagged and bludgeoned with a rolling pin. Compounding the tragedy was the fact that Abdifatah had reported his stepfather's previous abuse. As a result, the Erie County Department of Social Services stepped in - and mishandled the matter. The boy was left at the mercy of the man who would soon take his life.

June 4, 2013

by Cassius Methyl

On may 23rd, in Clarkstown NY, police received a complaint about an 'intense odor of marijuana' coming from a home where an 11 month old baby and his parents lived.

The police were rightfully refused entry by homeowner Kareem Hanza, exercising his constitutional right, but a few days later police came back with a search warrant, and found cannabis in the house.

May 30, 2013

by Destiny Malone

Our community welcomes a new chiropractor to the area! Dr. Jeff Sawyer joined Tackett Chiropractic Center in Queensbury, NY just a few months ago on January 2, 2013.

We thought we'd pick Dr. Sawyer's brain for some advice, tips and insight from an expert. If you are suffering from chronic pain -- whether it's your back, neck, joints, muscles or other ailment -- find out what Dr. Sawyer has to say!

April 16, 2013

by Food World News

As people begin to wise up on the types of food they're putting in their bodies, attention has also shifted into what's going into their pet's bowls.

One pet store in particular, Rockapup in Rockaway, Queens, hopped onto the health-conscious food trend and has begun offering cooking classes in organic foods and treats, according to The Daily News.

April 12, 2013

Terrible things can happen anywhere. There's no boundary of income or class that offers complete protection, no neighborhood immune from some unthinkable act. And even very small children can become victims of horrible crimes.

April is Child Abuse Awareness month. Around here, it's difficult to start the month without remembering Christopher Gardner. Christopher was 3 when his caregivers beat and battered and burned him, a fatal barrage that started because he took a piece of candy.

April 10, 2013

A Utica man arrested Friday is accused of sexually abusing a child over the course of three years.

Heriberto Santos was arrested following an investigation by Rome police Detective Richard Galluppi and Inv. Child Protective Services also assisted.

April 8, 2013

by Laura Figueroa

Suffolk County has 15 fewer child protective investigators than last year -- an 8 percent drop -- and social service advocates and union leaders are raising concerns about the potential for hampered child abuse probes.

April 8, 2013

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