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Families struggling to keep their children out of foster care are stymied by two major problems: homelessness and low public assistance grants, according to two New York City studies.

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New York CPS News Archive

New York News Coverage

One bill would give the health commissioner the power to ban any supplement deemed "harmful," no matter how tiny the risk. A state-based Action Alert!

The New York state legislature is considering two new bills that could have a devastating effect on supplements, and if they are successful, they may be copied by other states. The first bill (S.3650 and A.4700) will establish a Dietary Supplement Safety Committee that would create a system for adverse event reports; assess data and make recommendations to ban whichever nutritional supplements it deemed harmful; and establish a public health education campaign on dietary supplements. Most dangerous of all, the health commissioner would have the ability to ban supplements as recommended by committee.

March 19, 2013

by The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

MELVILLE - The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a leading natural and organic products company providing consumers with A Healthier Way of Life, today confirmed its support of increased transparency in the labeling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

Since 2010, the Company has participated in the Non-GMO Projectâ„¢, a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers and providing non-GMO choices. In addition to over 2,000 certified organic products manufactured for distribution by the Company worldwide that do not contain GMO ingredients, 400 Hain Celestial products from over 10 brands have been enrolled in the verification process of the Non-GMO Project.

March 12, 2013

by Scott Waldman

ALBANY - The siblings of a 3-year-old girl who died in an Albany house fire won't yet be returned to their parents from foster care.

Amari Welburn died in a Boston hospital on Oct. 19, two days after she was severely burned in a Benson Street fire. On Wednesday in Family Court, relatives pushed for the childrens' return before Christmas. County officials resisted, saying the children's parents, MarAsia VanNess and Derek Welburn, still have work to do in addition attending parenting and fire safety classes, and appointments with a psychologist.

December 20, 2012

New York City will pay $9.7 million to settle a lawsuit by 10 disabled people who were fraudulently adopted by a woman and claimed they were repeatedly abused, starved and imprisoned in a "house of horrors," city officials announced Thursday.

The lawsuit was filed in 2009 in Brooklyn federal court on behalf of the children whom Judith Leekin, 67, adopted over an eight-year period ending in 1996. The suit charged that Leekin was able to carry out a scam in which she fraudulently collected $1.68 million in adoption subsidies because the city's Administration for Children's Services didn't do its job.

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December 6, 2012

Chiropractor Dr. James Lee of Dr. Lee's Spine Center in Queens recommends that people suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches, stress and many other painful ailments try massage therapy.

He explains that he frequently prescribes therapeutic massage to aid in pain management for his patients, and to enhance the effects of chiropractic adjustments. According to Dr. Lee, his center offers several different types of massage including Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, hot stone and sports massage methods. He explains that the type of kneading, tapping, strokes and pressure recommended depends upon the patient's needs.

December 3, 2012

by Ned Berke

EcoMeal Organic, an organic food wholesalers, has a truck parked on Brighton Beach Avenue and Coney Island Avenue, handing out free products to those in need.

November 4, 2012

by Sonyo Lee-Ferstl

Watertown - Schools today are often overcrowded, if you have a 4-year-old child and you live in the Carthage area, there is a waiting list to get in to Universal Pre-K. Some families choose to homeschool, an educational approach not so common 20 years ago

The most recent homeschooling statistic was done February 15, 2012 by the U.S. Department of Education on the amount of children in the United States homeschooled today. There are approximately 1,508,000 children homeschooled today and according to a study, those that homeschool have shown to have higher grade point averages than those that do not. This study also showed 66.7 percent of students that homeschooled graduated from college and earned more compared to the 57.5 percent that went through the traditional public school system.

October 18, 2012

by Martin Rogers

More than 70 years after Lou Gehrig's death, a group of legislators have launched a bid to investigate whether the baseball icon really died of the disease that carries his name.

Gehrig passed away in 1941 at the age of 37, following a Hall of Fame career with the New York Yankees which saw him play 2,130 consecutive games and win the American League Triple Crown in 1934. It has always been assumed his cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or what became known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

October 6, 2012

A routine child welfare investigation led to the discovery Saturday of a toddler's corpse buried in the backyard of a Long Island home.

State police unearthed the remains in the dead of night at a tidy house in Farmingdale after being told by the boy's mother that he died two years ago. The circumstances of his death remained unclear Saturday.

October 6, 2012

by Robert A. Baker

A lawyer for the unidentified 3-year-old boy said case workers are hopeful he will be placed in a foster home by Monday.

Heather A. Lacey, 25, appeared before Family Court Judge Michael Hanuszczak just before 3 p.m. today for a hearing on the removal of her son this week by a Child Protective Services caseworker.

October 5, 2012

by Adam Klasfeld

MINEOLA, N.Y. - A special needs school fired a teacher's assistant who suspected that a colleague was sexually abusing one of her students, the woman claims in court.

Marie Gilberte Augustin says that she started working for Brookville Center for Child Services as a behavioral aide in 2008. On June 13, 2011, she had taken a day off from looking after a 15-year-old boy, and the teenager had been put into the care of a teacher she identifies only as Michael C., according to the complaint in Nassau County Supreme Court.

October 4, 2012

Syracuse - DeWitt Police have arrested a woman who they say kept her 3-year-old son locked in his room without supervision for up to 22 hours a day in unsanitary conditions.

They say when the child was found, his bed, floor, and walls were covered in fecal matter and urine, while the child was found unsanitary and hungry. The child was removed from the home and police charged Heather Lacey, 25, of 212 E. James St., Syracuse, with unlawful imprisonment in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child.

October 4, 2012

by Marie Cinti

We are now much more aware of the amount of time spent on "classroom control." It takes a lot to get an entire class together - materials out, turned to the right page, chit chat to stop, and no one disturbing the class while the teacher is talking.

There's a lot of wasted time. And that doesn't count what is spent on preparing the kids for the all-important state assessments. Don't get me started. Probably the hardest thing about not homeschooling is that I miss my children. They leave early in the morning and return late afternoon.

October 1, 2012

by Les Bowen

DANSVILLE, N.Y. - Dansville police arrested Shelly Sick, the owner of a daycare run from her home on Franklin Street in Dansville.

The arrest this week folllows an joint investigation with state Child and Protective Services that revealed last Friday that Sick allegedly left children unattended while she went to McDonald's. Police said the investigation was initiated by a tip that she was leaving children alone.

September 20, 2012

by Allison McCann

Being a typical teenager on Facebook is hard, but the repercussions of a beer-soaked photo or an overshare-y status update seem trivial compared to the things kids in the foster care system have to worry about.

Using their real name, posting pictures at distinct locations or even just listing where they go to school - harmless information, for most of us - can make them traceable by estranged family members. Since staying away from social media entirely isn't a realistic (or healthy) solution for an already isolated community of kids, some researchers are looking for a compromise.

September 20, 2012

by Zoe Fox

The Camellia Network, a social network launched over the summer, wants to provide young people who age out of the foster care system with the support and resources of a family.

When foster children turn 18 (or 21 in a few states), the system stops providing them housing if they have not been permanently adopted by a family. This adds up to roughly 30,000 teens and young adults being kicked out of their homes each year, with slim or no resources to get on their feet and begin adulthood. One-quarter will end up homeless, one-quarter will be incarcerated, just 3% will earn college degrees, and 60% will have children within four years, who will be twice as likely as their parents to end up in the foster care system.

September 10, 2012

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services has realized a significant improvement since 2008.

The last review performed in Oswego County was in 2008. A total of 38 cases were chosen randomly and reviewed. "Oswego County Child Protective Services Caseworkers responded immediately and gathered sufficient information to assess safety within 24 hours in 97 percent of the cases reviewed," the report states. "Sufficient information was gathered to assess safety within 7 days in 97 percent of the cases reviewed, and sufficient information was gathered to assess safety at determination in 95 percent of the cases reviewed...

August 29, 2012

by Rocco LaDuca.

SYRACUSE - A former Oneida County Child Protective Services caseworker pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing child pornography at his Frankfort home in 2010.

Stanley Dorozynski, who also was a Utica police officer from 1980 to 2000, could face a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in U.S. District Court on Friday, Dec. 7. He was immediately taken into custody following his plea.

August 9, 2012

by Michael M. Grynbaum

NEW YORK - Advice to New York City employees who wish to stay employed: Do not ask a welfare recipient to watch your beloved pet ferret.

A caseworker at the Human Resources Administration was fired after doing just that, the city's Conflict of Interest Board said Tuesday. It was the latest episode in a long line of municipal controversies wrought by the misunderstood mammal.

August 9, 2012

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A former Oneida County Child Protective Services caseworker and Utica police officer admits having child pornography on his home computer in the town of Frankfort.

Stanley Dorozynski pleaded guilty in federal court in Syracuse on Wednesday. He could face a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 7. He was immediately taken into custody following his plea. Dorozynski will also have to register as a sex offender and pay a fine of up to $250,000.

July 26, 2012

by Gayle T. Williams

It's probably not easy to decide to send your son or daughter to a residential treatment center. So before the decision is made, parents probably want to know as much as they can about the program.

So before the decision is made, parents probably want to know as much as they can about the program: Who leads it? Who works there? What's the living environment? And most pressing: Will they know how to handle my child better than I do? It's that last question that makes or breaks a parent's decision to enroll a child in a 24-hour live-in center. If the center can't achieve more success than you can, you'll look elsewhere.

July 19, 2012

by Robert A. Baker

Solvay, NY -- A Syracuse man is facing several charges after Solvay police said he tried to remove his child from the home where Child Protective Services had placed the baby.

Asmar Evans, 32, of 105 Croly St. Apt. 307, entered an apartment about 1:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Charles Avenue without permission to take his four-month-old child, police said. The baby had been placed in the Charles Avenue home by Child Protective Services, police said.

July 13, 2012

GLENS FALLS - A Glens Falls man on parole is lodged in the Warren County Jail after authorities say that he filed false reports of child abuse against a woman.

Jason T. Santos, 24, of 26 Leonard St. has been charged with third degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor. Police said Santos made two telephone reports to the New York Statewide Central Registry of Child Abuse and Maltreatment on July 6, alleging that a female acquaintance was using illegal drugs that left her unable to properly care for her two-year old child.

July 13, 2012

Yesterday, the Third Department of the Appellate Division of the State of New York Supreme Court reversed a decision by the Clinton County Family Court which modified the permanency goal of three allegedly neglected children to placement for adoption...

and termination of the mother's parental rights. The original permanency plan, approved by all concerned, had been for the children to remain in the custody of the Department of Social Services for another six months with the mother continuing to have visitation rights with reunification being the ultimate goal. However, Judge Timothy J. Lawliss changed the plan on his own authority. According to the appellate court's written decision, "The basis stated for this determination was respondent's [mother's] mental health issues and housing problems and the children's safety concerns."

July 13, 2012

by James O'Rourke

An attorney for the family of Corey Foster has requested that a state Supreme Court justice order Leake & Watts Services Inc. to maintain and present video footage, accident reports and other evidence surrounding the 16-year-old's death.

In documents filed Wednesday in state Supreme Court in Queens, Jacob Oresky, who represents the Fosters, notes that the information is sought to assist the family in bringing a lawsuit against those involved in Foster's death.

July 12, 2012

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