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According to the Illinois DCFS, lack of supervision was the alleged maltreatment in more than 25% of all cases reported in the state--the most frequent charge.

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New York CPS News Archive

New York News Coverage

by Ginnie Graham

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.

Tulsa World

April 28, 2010

by Robin Steinberg

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

by Richard Wexlar

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

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.

The Post-Journal

April 11, 2010

by Maria Sisti

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

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

by Caitlin Traynor

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

by John Sullivan

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.

Times Herald-Record

February 15, 2010

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.

US Magazine

February 10, 2010

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

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.

Record Online

February 5, 2010

by Barry Paddock and Christina Boyle

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 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.

Fox News

January 14, 2010

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

by Robert Rizzuto

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

by Daniel Weaver

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

by Paul Boutin

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.

Venture Beat

December 1, 2009

by Jeff Gorman

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

by Colleen Long

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.

Chicago Tribune

November 25, 2009

by Carl MacGowan

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

by Rocco LaDuca

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.

The Observer-Dispatch

November 2, 2009

by Liz Page

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

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

by Debra J. Groom

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.

The Post-Standard

August 14, 2009

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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