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Between 1998-2008, 4801 children died nationwide, while living in foster care. (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS))

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New York CPS News Archive

New York News Coverage

City kids in foster care can now attend a free summer day camp in the Bronx.

"Summer Academy" was created to offer children a chance to improve their reading and math skills, while also allowing them enjoy day camp activities. The program, which opened its doors on Monday, is being held at the Mott Haven Academy. It offers activities ranging from swimming lessons to drama programs and dance classes.

July 3, 2012

A Whitehall man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after his 2-year-old son got out of their home and crossed a busy street to get to a playground wearing just a diaper, police said.

The father, Timothy W. Crawford Sr., 29, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Police said the child, who Crawford was supposed to be watching, was found unattended on the William Street playground around 1 p.m.

June 21, 2012

A Ridgeway woman arrested Tuesday at her Murdock Road home is accused of threatening to shoot Child Protective Services staff and police if they came to her home.

Laura S. Snider, 29, is charged with making a terrorist threat, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of her three children, ages 4,6 and 13.

June 20, 2012

by Efx Internet

Officials say they were warned--but failed to clean up the house--and now, their two children have been taken by authorities.

The parents, 25-year old Michael Woodruff, nd 22-year old Kimberly Smith, both of Route 79 in Harpursville, were arrested. They are charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

June 15, 2012

by Ashley Tarr

Authorities say they have arrested a 21-year-old Southeast man following an alleged incident with his girlfriend that left the woman hiding with her young son.

The defendant, a Farm to Market Road resident, is facing several misdemeanors following the June 9 dispute, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

June 15, 2012

by Helen Zelon

City Limits requested an opportunity to speak with Administration for Childrens' Services Commissioner Ronald Richter in early March. On May 30th, we met with Richter, in his 18th floor corner office.

Family Court is a kind of hybrid, both criminal and civil. ACS is a hybrid, too, as advocate and prosecutor. You're a tri-brid: a defender of children, on the bench, and in city government, now as head of ACS. How does your experience influence your leadership?

June 13, 2012

by Kathleen Gilbert

The recommended curriculum for a mandatory sex education course to be implemented in New York middle and high schools next year directs students to a website that details "safe sex" practices regarding bestiality, coprophagia, and other extremes.

The New York Post reported on Saturday that assignments in a workbook recommended by city education officials included giving middle schoolers "risk cards" to rate the safety of such activities as anal sex, oral sex, and "intercourse using a condom and an oil-based lubricant."

June 1, 2012

by Kidjacked Editor

Fifteen months ago I was living in the state of New York with my children, Maddy, and Michael. I had to go to Texas to take care of some business and left my children in the care of the man we s shared a house with.

One week after I was in Texas, my son called me and told me his sister and he had been thrown out into the snow. I called the local police there and asked them to pick up my children and take them to the airport where I would provide plane tickets for then to be returned to me in Houston.

May 31, 2012

by Bryan Nash

In September, a public elementary school in Harlem will require students to learn Arabic. The New York City school PS 368 Hamilton Heights will require students in the 2nd grade through the 5th grade to study Arabic twice a week for 45 minutes.

The Global Language Project is providing teachers for the initiative, and the Qatar Foundation is providing the funding. One of the ways students learn the language is by playing traditional games such as Duck, Duck, Goose or Simon Says. But the games are played using Arabic words. "Soon, Arabic will be a global language like French and Spanish. These kids are like sponges. It's amazing to see their progress," observed teacher Mohamed Mamdouh.

May 28, 2012

"The panel opinion has jumped the rails." That's how the chief judge of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Tuesday characterized a decision by the court not to reconsider a dramatic child welfare case.

Judge Dennis Jacobs and four of his colleagues on the bench issued two dissenting opinions sharply criticizing the entire appeals court for denying a rehearing en banc of a case the judges said was incorrectly decided last year. The case dates to 1997, when a child welfare worker facilitated the removal of six children from their father. In 1999 the father, Sonny Southerland, sued the worker, the city of New York and others for removing the children from his custody.

May 24, 2012

State police on Tuesday arrested a Calcium man on allegations that he sexually abused two girls, ages 8 and 5.

James N. Costigan, 32, of 25569 James St., is charged with two counts each of first-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child.

May 24, 2012

by Alex Marin

Lawmakers of both chambers of the state of New York have proposed legislation to require Empire State-based websites, to delete any anonymous comments unless users agree to disclose their identities on the posts

The bills A.8688 and S.6779, introduced by Republicans Dean Murray and Thomas O'Mara, would require websites such as PolicyMic and the New York Times, to provide a toll-free phone number or e-mail address for the public to use to file complaints about "malicious" anonymous comments.

May 23, 2012

The Cherokee Nation and one of its members are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling last April that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

Britney Jane Little Dove Nielson, 17 when the case began in 2007, relinquished parental rights and consented to the adoption of newborn C.D.K. Nielson, who later became a Cherokee Nation citizen, sought to have the relinquishment invalidated and she appealed its denial to the 10th Circuit.

May 21, 2012

The State Police in Bath BCI and Steuben County Child Protective Services investigating a possible child abuse on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 discovered a marijuana growing operation at a Town of Bradford residence.

During the interview of one of the home owners Investigators discovered 5 large marijuana plants growing in a bedroom closet of the James P. Rowe, 49 yoa, and Jennifer L. Owens, 38 yoa, residence at 6628 County Route 17, Bradford.

May 4, 2012

by Lou Michel

Ten-year-old Abdifatah Mohamud, who authorities say was brutally murdered by his stepfather last week, called 911 two times a year ago to report that his stepfather was harming him.

"I'm being abused," he told a 911 complaint operator shortly after 4 p.m. April 18, 2011. When asked how, the boy hesitated at giving specifics on the phone. The operator then asked if there were weapons in the house. "A machete," Abdifatah said. The operator told the child police were being dispatched to the family's home at 30 Guilford St., where the call had originated.

April 25, 2012

by Natalie Brown

Child abuse and sexual violence. These topics can be conversation stoppers. They make us uncomfortable, and opting to focus on happier subject matter is a no-brainer.

But please don't turn away, even if this makes you uncomfortable. There are victims in our community that need your support and future abuse that can be prevented if we learn and act collectively. When talking about these topics, it's important to draw an analogy.

April 15, 2012

A routine welfare check at a home in Farmingdale, New York turned up the body of a toddler. An official with Suffolk County CPS had went to the home on Wednesday to check the health of one of Heather Kowalczik's three children.

The official became alarmed when no one would say where Justin Kowalczik, who was born in 2009, could not be found. In the dark of night, Ms. Kowalczik finally led police to where they could find the body of the toddler, buried in the backyard of the home.

February 21, 2012

by Bob Gardinier

Officials said they put out arrest warrants late Monday for the parents of two young children found alone in an apartment when authorities responded to a fire in a neighboring apartment.

Firefighters were called to a small fire in a vacant apartment in a multi-unit building on the corner of Lansing and Larch streets Monday afternoon. The fire, apparently set in pile of clothes on the apartment floor, was quickly extinguished, police said.

February 21, 2012

by Dr. Josh Wagner

Some 6 million people suffer from fibromyalgia, and a recent study reports that pain - more than depression, anxiety or sleeplessness -- is the primary factor behind cognitive dysfunction in patients suffering with this disorder.

According to Dr. Josh Wagner - the only Manhattan chiropractor specializing in Torque Release Technique, a drug-free, safe and natural treatment for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain disorders - the key to eliminating fibromyalgia lies in de-stressing and detoxifying the central nervous system, not in merely managing the often debilitating disorder with pain medication.

February 21, 2012

by Dan Levy

ALBANY - An 11-week old baby reported missing from Schenectady earlier this week has been found. Little Madison Green was safe and sound and in the custody of Schenectady County Child Protective Services on Saturday night.

Father Bradley says a man he had never seen before walked into the church at around 10:24 Saturday morning and told parish staff members he wanted to see the priest. After the man was escorted to the church rectory, Father Bradley says the man told him he wanted to lave a baby with him.

February 5, 2012

by Robert Michelin

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Melissa Grigione, a local expert in wildlife and large felines, said mountain lions in Pleasantville could be more common than most would think, especially with the warmer winter weather as of late.

"Mountain lions used to be native to this area and they're starting to try and come back here and become familiar with the area. It's sort of an eastward bound movement that they're going through now," said Grigione, an associate professor and director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Science at Pace University. "Now that it's been warmer here too there's more forage, which means more deer around, which is tempting to them."

February 3, 2012

by Sid Cassese

More than $60,000 has been recouped from duplicate or overlapping payments by Nassau's foster care program, county Comptroller George Maragos has announced.

"In one case, a service provider" billed the county for a child simultaneously at two sites, Maragos said in a news release this week. Maragos said he is pleased "that DSS has taken many of our recommended steps. . . . Recouping the funds is also a win for the taxpayers."

February 3, 2012

Two Henrietta women are facing charges after sheriff's deputies say they stole merchandise from Sears at The Marketplace Mall and resisted store security.

Deputies have charged 24-year-old Jessica Bedgood and 22-year-old Tiara Tazell with petit larceny and endangering the welfare of a child. Tazell is additionally charged with resisting arrest. According to investigators, the two women stole from Sears while with Tazell's two-month-old child.

January 23, 2012

YONKERS - Police have charged a Yonkers woman with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child after she left her one-year-old child on an outside porch in a stroller unsecured at the top of stairs.

Shayna Williams, 20, had gone to 42 Jackson Street on Wednesday and asked a woman if she could leave her daughter there since that is where her ex-boyfriend, the child's father, lives. The woman told Williams he wasn't there and she closed the door.

January 21, 2012

by Tipit

UTICA, N.Y. -- Two Utica children are in the custody of Child Protective Services after police said they were found living in poor conditions.

Officers responded to a domestic dispute at 1663 Howard Avenue late Friday night, where a husband and wife live with a two-month-old and one-year-old. When they got there, they noticed a strong odor of natural gas.

January 21, 2012

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