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Group suing DHS says state 'resistant'
Oklahoma has been as resistant as any state that Children's Rights has sued over child welfare concerns, the group's founder says.
Children's Rights began as a project of the New York Civil Liberties Union and later the American Civil Liberties Union. It became an independent nonprofit in 1995. The group has filed lawsuits against child welfare systems in Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.
April 28, 2010
Out of the Mouths of Babes
When you peel back the rhetoric, and peer past the politics, in the South Bronx, as in other poor communities, the bulk of family court cases are really about poverty.
In recent years, New York has taken tentative steps to investigate and reform its failing family court system. And while any effort to reshape a broken system is welcome, real reform is long overdue. Though a myriad of studies have shown that the incidence of child abuse and neglect is about equal across racial and economic lines, poor families of color are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system. The simple truth is that when you are poor, caseworkers, prosecutors and judges are far less likely to defer to what, in a wealthy white neighborhood, would simply be described as a reasonable parenting decision.
The Huffington Post
April 26, 2010
Three more lawsuits doomed to fail, three more bad child welfare systems likely to get worse
The group that so arrogantly calls itself "Children's Rights" has filed another one of its Mclawsuits against a state child welfare agency - this time in Massachusetts. And NCCPR's sources say that another such Mclawsuit, in Texas, is imminent.
Meanwhile a group which is unaffiliated with CR but has the same myopic outlook about how to fix child welfare systems, the National Center for Youth Law, has filed the same kind of suit in Nevada. All of these child welfare systems almost certainly are every bit as bad as CR and NCYL say they are.
NCCPR Child Welfare Blog
April 15, 2010
Audubon Center To Hold Earth Day Program For Home-Schooled Students
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering a special program for home-schooled children on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22.
Homeschool Day is an opportunity to learn about beavers, deer, turkey, and some other species usually considered game. In a talk about nuisance species, they will learn why they are considered nuisances and why they might not actually be nuisances.
April 11, 2010
Erie County Not Accepting Most New Child Care Subsidy Requests
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The on-going uncertainty over the state budget is being felt by the Erie County Department of Social Services.
The county announced Thursday they are freezing child care subsidy funding at the current levels. That means the county will not open new cases beyond those already scheduled for screening.
April 1, 2010
Police chief put on leave during probe of drugs in grandson, age 6
SHERRILL -- Police Chief James Hastings is under investigation by state police and county child protective services after his grandson was hospitalized with a possible drug overdose.
As of Wednesday, Hastings was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, said City Manager Robert A. Comis in a prepared statement. Comis will serve as acting chief during that time.
Rome Daily Sentinel
April 1, 2010
Sherrill police chief's 6-year-old grandson overdosed on methamphetamine
New York State Police and Oneida County Child Protective Services are still investigating how a six-year-old boy from Oneida Castle overdosed on methamphetamine.
A temporary order for emergency relief was filed with the court March 1. Judge Joan Shkane ordered that the boy have no contact with Chief Hastings or his wife at their residence and any visitations be supervised by his mother. Jason Hastings was also banned from any contact with the child and the judge further ruled that the boy may not have any contact with any vehicle owned or operated by him.
The Oneida Daily Dispatch News
March 29, 2010
Parents' lawsuit seeks change to Child Protective Services practice
It's an embarrassing topic few parents would want to talk about: their involvement in an investigation by Child Protective Services.
Two-thirds of all 160,000 child abuse investigations in 2007 resulted in unsubstantiated claims. And some reports to the state's child abuse hot line are outright lies, say counselors who work with families and children. Still, child abuse investigators march on, required by law to get to the bottom of an allegation within 24 hours of receiving a call.
February 15, 2010
Suri Cruise Wears Lipstick!
Pucker up! Suri Cruise, 3, sported bright pink lipstick while dining with mom Katie Holmes in New York City Tuesday.
Suri -- who attended the Super Bowl last weekend -- has always been a girly girl. She's often spotted in heels and dresses, and loves to "get her nails done with mom," her dad, Tom Cruise, has said.
February 10, 2010
Lockport Baby Found Sleeping Next to a Table Full of Drugs
A traffic stop in Lockport lead police officers to a home on Locust Street in the city where they say they found a child living in danger.
The parents of that 3-month old are now in jail facing drug and child endangerment charges. Her parent's case is expected to be sent to the Lockport Drug Court.
February 8, 2010
In abuse cases, protecting children is the only priority
When the calls come in to the hot line claiming that a child is the victim of abuse from his family, should the school officials and county workers whose job it is to investigate talk to the child without notifying the family?
If you and your family were accused of abusing your child and then cleared of any suspicion after a thorough investigation, would you want to change the system? In the case of one local family, the answer is yes.
February 5, 2010
Brooklyn mom denies involvement in case of missing son, but offers information on possible locations
A Brooklyn mom jailed in the disappearance of her 7-year-old son still denies she spirited him away from a foster home - but coughed up some addresses where he might be hiding.
The boy, Patrick Alford, vanished Jan. 22 from the lobby of the Spring Creek Development in Starrett City, Brooklyn, where he was living with a foster family. Rodriguez denied she had anything to do with it, but the Administration for Children's Services doesn't believe her, and Judge Terrence McElrath tossed her in jail for contempt.
NY Daily News
January 30, 2010
Former Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Nabbed in Teen Sex Sting
Former chief United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter was arrested in a Pennsylvania sex sting in November on a litany of charges involving a lewd Internet conversation with a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl.
The conversation with the girl allegedly took place on Feb. 7, 2009, but the police investigation investigation lasted until November. Ritter was arrested on Nov. 9 and charged with unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a communications facility, corruption of minors, indecent exposure, possessing instruments of crime, criminal attempt and criminal solicitation.
January 14, 2010
Montgomery Co. parents accused of illegal home schooling
Glen, N.Y. -- A Montgomery County couple has been charged with four counts each of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly home schooling their children improperly.
Richard W. Cressy, 47, and Margie A. Cressy, 41, were arrested as the result of a police investigation and the county Department of Child Protective Services. The investigation, revealed that the Cressys were home schooling their four children, ages 8 to 14, without approval from the school district.
The Evening Times
January 6, 2010
Kennedy Man Faces Abuse Charge
A Kennedy man is in the county jail after he was charged for allegedly sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl.
Dale A. Johnson, 28, of 28 Hopkins Road, Kennedy, was charged with first-degree course of sexual misconduct against a child following an investigation into encounters that allegedly took place between June and August.
The Jamestown Post Journal
December 20, 2009
NY state court rules that dad did not neglect child by failing to pay support & by fighting with mom
It's apparent from several recent cases that New York State's higher courts are sending a message to its lower courts that they need to comprehend better the legal definition of neglect.
Yesterday, the New York State Appellate Division, Third Department, ruled against Chenango County Department of Social Services and reversed a Supreme Court judge's ruling that Andrew PP neglected his daughter by having verbal and physical altercations with her mother while she was present, by failing to go for domestic violence counseling, and by failing to pay child support.
Albany CPS and Family Court Examiner
December 4, 2009
3,500 New York sex offenders locked out of Facebook, MySpace
New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo told reporters at a press conference in Manhattan this morning that 2,782 Facebook accounts and 1,796 MySpace accounts had been shut down in compliance with a 2008 New York State law.
But 3,500 accounts is only a start. To put the sweep in scope, New York state has more than 30,000 registered sex offenders, of whom 8,106 have registered their online info. Yet New York's population only makes up 6 percent of the total United States.
December 1, 2009
Mom Who Hit Son's Hand Can Sue for Defamation
A New York couple can pursue a defamation claim against school officials who called Child Protective Services after the wife slapped her son's hand in class.
Marcia and Lawrence Biondo sued the Ossining Union Free School District in a case stemming from the mother's visit to her son's class for two-year-old children.
Courthouse News Service
November 25, 2009
NY couple charged with forcing woman into prostitution; dead infant found in their home
NEW YORK -- A young woman from Mexico was smuggled over the border and forced to work as a prostitute for years in Brooklyn, and the remains of an infant were found in concrete at the home where she was held prisoner, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
On Jan. 12, 2008, her 3-month-old son went limp, and Salazar refused to take the child to a hospital, federal prosecutors said. The child died that day, and the woman was forced to conceal the remains in a cement block that was put in a plastic storage bin inside the apartment, according to the affidavit.
November 25, 2009
Woman in pet cruelty case loses custody of kids
A Selden woman charged last week with animal cruelty Tuesday lost custody of six of her children.
In the first of two Suffolk court appearances Tuesday in Central Islip, Sharon McDonough, 43, listened quietly as a Family Court judge ordered the children removed from her home. Two of the children will live with an older brother.
November 10, 2009
Wimmers pleads guilty to smothering baby
Wimmers pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, and she faces 5 to 15 years in prison when she is sentenced by Judge Barry M. Donalty on Monday, Dec. 14.
The love and protection she was supposed to receive from a parent instead was replaced with sexual abuse and pornographic exploitation as she was tossed from foster parent to foster parent, Nebush said. As a 10-year-old girl, Wimmers was repeatedly raped by one of her foster fathers, Jeffrey Deeter, who has since been sentenced to up to 50 years in prison.
November 2, 2009
Parents Question School-Based Health Clinic At SCS
STAMFORD - A school-based health clinic set to open very soon at Stamford Central School came under fire from the public in attendance at last Thursday's board of education meeting.
Janet Wenner opened public comments, directly addressing the school board. She questioned the need for the clinic and asked what input had been sought by the school board prior to making the decision to site the clinic.
The Mountain Eagle
October 16, 2009
'The Cheetah Girls' creator talks about growing up in foster care
Deborah Gregory is an inspiration to many. Homeless on the sidewalks of Brooklyn at the age of three, she was separated from her mother and became a ward of the state. Now, she's a best-selling author, famous for "The Cheetah Girls" phenomenon.
Can you ever really heal from childhood trauma? No, you cannot. This is what shapes you. There is not a day that goes by I don't think about what my experiences were growing up in foster care. Thanks to therapy, I was able to do a decent job at that-but that's all-just decent. I'm still and will always remain a wounded person.
September 4, 2009
New Oswego County child endangerment case compared to Erin Maxwell case
Oswego -- Two Oswego County parents are charged with assault and child endangerment charges in a case that one official said is similar to the case brought against Erin Maxwell's father and stepmother.
Richard Graham, 28, and his wife, Katherine Graham, 25, were arrested Wednesday for failing to care for their toddler twins and providing poor living conditions, Sheriff Reuel Todd said Thursday. The Grahams lived in the trailer with their six children, investigators said.
August 14, 2009
Child protective services records requested by Wimmers' attorney
UTICA -- The Deerfield woman accused of killing her infant daughter was in Oneida County Court Thursday.
LeeAnn Wimmers' attorney requested records from the Oneida County Department of Social Services - specifically, records from child protective services. He should have those records within a week.
NBC-WKTV News Channel 2
August 13, 2009
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