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Some parents have had their children removed for yelling at them, allowing them to miss or be late to school or having a dirty home. ~Social worker Anthony Cavuoti

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New York CPS News Archive

New York News Coverage

by Joel McDurmon

"Parents should not have any fear about sending their children to this school." That is the message New York State officials are giving after hiding diagnoses of up to twelve public-school children.

Despite claiming to have arrived at a diagnosis, public officials are using federal HIPAA privacy laws to keep all information sealed, refusing to give any information to the public or the affected parents. They are essentially saying, "We know the problem, but we refuse to tell you."

January 16, 2012

by Martha Ellen

CANTON - The St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services is working on a plan to have the Children's Home of Jefferson County take over recruitment and training of all of its foster homes.

The Children's Home in Watertown already handles 17 of the county's foster care cases, and having the nonprofit agency take over the remainder is seen as a way for the county to reorganize its services without additional cost. The goal is to cut down on the amount of time children spend in foster care, keep them within their home county and prevent them from returning to care.

January 15, 2012

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. -- Police found 4.9 pounds of marijuana and more than $10,000 in a home on Curtis Street Friday afternoon.

Jamestown police and officials from Chautauqua County Child Protective Services went to the home, at 115 Curtis St., at 3:10 p.m. to investigate a complaint, police said. They saw the drugs and arrested the man who lived there, police said.

January 14, 2012

Nearly five years ago, New York City's Administration for Children's Services launched a plan to create a culture of community participation and transparency in the child welfare system.

The Community Partnership Initiative sought to establish collaborations between organizations and residents in districts that have high reporting rates of suspected abuse and neglect with the goal of supporting local families and therefore the welfare of children.

January 12, 2012

Created by the state Office of Children and Family Services in 2006, the state Kinship Caregiver Program was meant to provide vital funding and services to grandparents and other familial caregivers who find themselves tasked with raising young children.

It is supposed to help children stay in loving environments by maintaining a sense of stability and the familiar and preventing them from entering foster care. Now, this program is under attack. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in an effort to trim fat from the state budget, has cut funding for the program by more than 80 percent, down to $500,000 from $2.7 million in 2009.

December 31, 2011

by Ruth C. Stern

Years ago, rubbing a little brandy on the gums of a teething child was thought to soothe and do no lasting harm. Parents of today who disapprove should be aware of just how often children are prescribed powerful, mind-altering medicines.

Youths in foster care consume these drugs at even higher rates. According to a recent five-state study of children in Medicaid, foster children were 2.7 to 4.5 times more likely than nonfoster children to be prescribed psychotropic medications? This includes infants less than one year, for whom these drugs have serious risks and no established use.

December 30, 2011

by Benjamin Weiser

Lawyers for 10 disabled children who were fraudulently adopted by a Queens woman have proposed a $68 million settlement in a civil rights lawsuit filed on their clients' behalf.

The proposal comes as a federal magistrate judge in Brooklyn appears to be trying to mediate a settlement to the suit, filed in 2009, which seeks damages from New York City and three contract adoption agencies that placed the children with the woman, Judith Leekin.

December 30, 2011

by Holly Boname

An investigation by Child Protective Services and the Lewis County Sheriff's Office over the weekend resulted in the arrest of a Lewis County mother.

Carissa G. Blair, 30, of 6563 Pine Grove Road, was arrested and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Resisting Arrest, both class A Misdemeanors, as well as Harassment in the 2 nd degree, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, both violations.

December 5, 2011

Thanks to a Supreme Court decision Monday, a Bronx church will no longer be able to hold Sunday services in a local school auditorium, while their primary house of worship is being built.

PS 15 on Andrews Avenue sits across the street from the edifice Bronx Household of Faith is building, and says, should be ready by the end of summer 2012. The school has been home to Sunday services for the Bronx Household of Faith since 2002. They began renting the public school's auditorium and cafeteria when attendance grew to over a hundred people.

December 5, 2011

by Steve Bayonne

In a marketing ploy... Cigotine, a leading provider of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), is about to make things a little nicer for the demonstrators at Occupy Wall Street.

On November 9, 2011, Cigotine representatives conducted a volunteer cigarette butt cleanup, while also distributing free disposable e-cigarettes to protest participants who smoke. While performing the cleanup, the team also distributed free Cigotine GO disposable e-cigarettes to smokers, in hopes of getting them to refrain from using traditional cigarettes in the public park, which is illegal throughout New York City.

November 9, 2011

by Staff

Police say two 12-year-olds are charged with felony assault and misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon after they allegedly pushed a shopping cart off a fourth-floor walkway, hitting a woman in the head with the cart.

Hedges was walking with her 14-year-old son outside a Target store in East Harlem on Sunday when the cart fell on her. Her son wasn't injured. Her father-in-law, Michael Hedges, says prosecutors should throw the book at the two boys.

CNS News

November 1, 2011

by Staff

Police say a gunman opened fire near a public school in Brooklyn, killing one parent and injuring an 11-year-old and another parent.

Police say the 34-year-old woman who was killed was seen hovering over students to protect them as the shots were fired. A 31-year-old woman was taken to an area hospital after she was hit in the arm and chest.

CNS News

October 24, 2011

WARSAW, N.Y. (WIVB) - State Police arrested a Dansville woman after they say she made numerous false reports with the Wyoming County Child Protective Services.

Police arrested 25-year-old Elizabeth Fisk on October 6th. Fisk allegedly called the NYS Child Abuse Hotline multiple times over several months, forcing CPS in Wyoming County to repeatedly investigate allegations of mistreatment that were found to be false.

October 13, 2011

by Matthew Hampton

Shaneel Nadal and Nephra Payne, the birth parents of eight children they allegedly abducted from a Forest Hills foster care center, waived their right to an extradition hearing on Wednesday.

Nadal and Payne were arrested in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania last month, after being caught stowing their eight children-from 11 months to 11-years-old, all named but one named Nephra Payne-in a large black van.

October 6, 2011

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A defense lawyer says the New York City parents suspected of abducting their eight children from foster care will return voluntarily from Pennsylvania to fight the kidnapping charges.

Norman Steiner says he met Friday in Harrisburg with 34-year-old Nephra Payne and 28-year-old Shanel Nadal. He says the pair wanted to unify the family amid fears their children had been abused during two years in foster care.

September 30, 2011

by Bill Baccaglini

While local statistics are hard to come by for a population no longer under the city's care, nationally, one in four of the 20,000 foster care youth who age out of the child welfare system each year are incarcerated within two years.

With more than 900 young people aging out in New York each year, these numbers reflect a real problem. Because of their life experiences some kids need more support than others - and they may need it for longer. A 21-year-old who has lived most of his life in either the child welfare system or a dysfunctional family setting is not at the same level emotionally or cognitively as other 21-year-olds. And as every parent knows, you can't set an arbitrary schedule for maturity.

September 25, 2011

Anthony Stewart got a longer sentence than his 16-year-old accomplice.

A 15-year-old Syracuse boy will spend the next two to six years in juvenile detention and the rest of his life as a felon as a result of his sentencing today for a robbery that netted him and an accomplice seven cents. Onondaga County Judge William Walsh rejected a defense lawyer's request to treat Anthony Stewart, of West Onondaga Street, as a youthful offender. That means his felony conviction will remain on his permanent record.

August 30, 2011

On Monday, NY State lawmakers will offer an update on progress of "Laura's Law". "Laura's Law" was passed by the State Senate earlier this year.

The bill would require workers from Child and Adult Protective Services to get a court order to enter a home after they are denied access twice.

August 22, 2011


Continental Organics has announced it will open a new facility in Orange County, NY, creating 120 new jobs, most of which will be filled by veterans.

With the assistance of a $6.2 million incentive package from the Empire State Development Corporation, the company will invest $49.8 million toward a five-year project that includes the construction of a 900,000- sq.-ft. facility in New Windsor. Continental Organics is a veteran-owned small business specializing in the production of organic produce, fish, and fertilizer.

August 18, 2011

by Mosi Secret

Parents caught with marijuana, even amounts too small to lead to criminal charges, are finding themselves scrutinized by child welfare officials.

The police found about 10 grams of marijuana, or about a third of an ounce, when they searched Penelope Harris's apartment in the Bronx last year. The amount was below the legal threshold for even a misdemeanor, and prosecutors declined to charge her. But Ms. Harris, a mother whose son and niece were home when she was briefly in custody, could hardly rest easy. Her son, then 10, spent more than a week in foster care.

August 18, 2011

PLATTSBURGH - Jonathan Whalen has been charged with child-endangerment for allegedly neglecting his twins just weeks before his infant son died.

The Plattsburgh man, 28, was arrested Wednesday on two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with a 2010 incident at his former Route 9 home in Chazy.

August 18, 2011

by Simon McCormack

It was a small amount of marijuana, but it cost a Bronx parent dearly. The New York Times has a story about New York City caseworkers taking away the son and niece of Penelope Harris, after police found 10 grams of marijuana in her apartment.

The piece is only the latest controversial story involving New York marijuana policy. In February, it was reported that the NYPD arrested 50,383 people for having marijuana in 2010. That made it the number one reason for arrest in the city. In March, news broke that New York spent $75 million last year putting people in jail for pot possession.

August 18, 2011

by Holly Boname

A Watertown man has been arrested after pulling the pants down, or "pantsing," of an 11-year-old female.

The arrest stems from incidents from June to July where Blair pulled the outer pants of the underage female down multiple times. It is reported that he also untied a bikini bottom of the girl on one other occasion. State Police were assisted in the investigation by Jefferson County Child Protective Services.

August 10, 2011

by Andrew Keshner

A lawsuit against New York City and two police officers who 17 years ago staged a raid of an apartment occupied by a law-abiding family on the unsupported word of an untested informant facing drug charges may finally be headed to trial.

Arnold E. DiJoseph, the appellate attorney for Sandra Delgado, her five living children and the estate of a son who died 18 months ago, said in his First Department brief that "Defendants have done everything possible to delay and otherwise prevent this case from ever reaching a jury and giving these victimized Plaintiffs their day in court. This appeal simply continues that war of attrition."

August 4, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that a defendant in a criminal proceeding has a constitutional right to refuse their court appointed counsel. A criminal defendant also has a right to represent themselves.

In New York, before a court may allow a criminal defendant to proceed pro se, (1) the defendant's request to do so must be unequivocal and timely asserted, (2) there must have been a knowing and intelligent waiver of the right to counsel, and (3) the defendant must not have engaged in conduct which would prevent the fair and orderly exposition of the issues. In in re Kathleen K. the New York Court of Appeals addressed whether the Family Court erred in failing to grant the application of appellant Stephen K. to represent himself in a proceeding brought by the Department of Social Services ("DSS") to terminate his parental rights ("TPR").

July 30, 2011

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