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In 2004, 514 Children died while in Foster Care and another 4,261 ran away.

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New York CPS News Archive

New York News Coverage

Legal Services NYC filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court on behalf of low-income New Yorkers who have been denied access to vital benefits, such as Food Stamps and Medicaid, solely because they cannot communicate in English.

The lawsuit alleges widespread civil rights violations at HRA centers across the five boroughs. Five years ago, the New York City Council passed The Equal Access to Human Services Act of 2003 (Local Law 73), which mandates the provision of translation and interpretation services at HRA centers.

PR News

August 11, 2009

by Daniel Weaver

I have been arguing for years that because Child Protective Services spends so much time investigating false allegations and taking children from innocent parents, they don't have time to investigate serious abuse cases.

Nowhere is that more evident than in the case of Erin Maxwell of Palermo, New York, whose parents, Lynn and Lindsey Maxwell, were found guilty Saturday of four counts of endangering the welfare of a child. For those of you not familiar with Erin Maxwell, the eleven year old daughter of Lynn and Lindsey Maxwell, she was murdered on August 29, 2008.

Albany CPS and Family Court Examiner

August 10, 2009

by Michael Amon

An attorney for two Westchester men killed in the Taconic State Parkway collision said Sunday a child welfare investigation into the wrong-way driver's husband was "appropriate, considering the circumstances."

Suffolk Child Protective Services started a probe that will try to determine whether Daniel Schuler had knowledge of his wife's substance abuse the day of the crash and whether he could have taken action to protect his children, sources said. The Schulers' remaining child, Bryan, 5, survived the crash.


August 9, 2009

by Daniel Weaver

The U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York has refused to grant immunity to a Child Protective Services caseworker from New York City in a lawsuit.

Normally Child Protective Services caseworkers are granted limited immunity in lawsuits arising from their duties. However, the court on July 21, 2009 denied immunity to Marcos Cardenas for withholding information from his supervisors in a neglect proceeding.

Albany CPS and Family Court Examiner

July 28, 2009

by Daniel Weaver

I have often argued that Child Protective Services and the police are guilty of abusing children. What I mean is that when children are taken from innocent parents, which happens a lot more than the public realizes, they are often abused.

Can you imagine being four years old or eight years old or even a teenager, and a number of cops and/or Child Protective Services investigators show up at your house. Your parents have done nothing wrong. They have never hurt or neglected you. Yet here is a big cop with a gun, handcuffs and a taser. You start crying.

Albany CPS and Family Court Examiner

July 27, 2009

by Alexander Korotkin

I often deal with situations where either parent  and/or their child relocates to out of state and the other wishes to petition the court for custody of the child, visitation or enforcement of a custody order.

New York, as well as many other states, has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCEJA). UCCEJA aims to discourage interstate child abductions and to prevent "forum shopping" by parents trying to strategically remove the child to avoid another state's jurisdiction. The statute explicitly sets forth the circumstances in which New York courts have jurisdiction.

Rochester Family Lawyer

July 26, 2009

by Kerry Burke and Alison Gendar

The NYPD is investigating a complaint that cops erased cell phone video that showed officers roughing up a suspect after a fatal police shooting in Manhattan last week.

Witness Jose Gomez said detectives approached him after a cop shot and killed a robbery suspect. "I had four videos from three minutes to five minutes each," said Gomez, 23. "The cops said they wanted to see it. A lot of things were happening and they needed to piece it together." Gomez said he gave investigators his cell phone, but when they gave it back, the video was gone.

New York Daily News

July 25, 2009

by Amitai Etzioni

I was reading the Carolyn Hax column the other day. A woman wrote that she was asked by her sister to serve as the guardian for her sister's kids in the event of her and her husband's death.

The woman refused on the grounds that she and her husband did not want any children. Caroline Hax took my breath away when she pronounced that responsibility for children lies with the parents, and that extended family are under no obligation to accept this responsibility for themselves.

The Huffington Post

July 23, 2009

Tonawanda -- Child protective services notified as mother of three was taken to jail. Town of Tonawanda police sent three children home with neighbors after arresting their mother for drunken driving Monday night.

An officer stopped Diona A. Washington on Sheridan Parkside Drive after observing her swerving, running a stop sign and driving without headlights. Washington was held for court, charged with DWI, acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17 years of age, failure to keep right, a seat belt violation for a child under 4 years of age and an equipment violation.

Niagara Gazette

July 23, 2009

by Courtney Potts

UTICA - Assemblyman David Townsend, R-Sylvan Beach, promised his support for a piece of parental rights legislation Tuesday, should he ever have the opportunity to vote for it.

Townsend, who was addressing a meeting of the National League of Fathers at the Hotel Utica, said he would vote in favor of Assembly bill 3181 if it came before the Codes Committee, of which he is a member, or was put to a vote on the Assembly floor.

The Observer-Dispatch

July 21, 2009

The Oneida County Department of Social Services has been awarded an additional $83,696 for the 2009-10 budget year.

The money will be used to hire more Child Protective Services caseworkers, the release said. Destito said the additional funding is part of $1.6 million approved in the state budget to improve Child Protective Services throughout the state.

The Observer-Dispatch

July 17, 2009

by Women's Prison Association

The Women's Prison Association (WPA) has released the first-ever national report on prison nursery programs. The report examines the expansion of prison nursery programs across the U.S.

These programs allow incarcerated women to keep their newborns with them in prison for a finite period of time. The report finds that the number of prison-based nursery programs is growing, but that such programs are still relatively rare.


July 13, 2009

by Jeff Broddle

A decision by the state to remove a child from his or her home follows a lengthy and complex legal process. A child protection worker investigates.

Another factor that increases costs is the 2008 settlement of a lawsuit against the state by the watchdog group Children's Rights. As a part of the settlement, the state has agreed to cut the ratio of cases to workers to 15-1 instead of a 40-1 ratio. The state also has agreed to hire a medical director and offer more mental health services.

Cadillac News

July 7, 2009

Cattaraugus County will receive $47,758 from a $1.7 million series of state grants to hire additional child protective services caseworkers to investigate calls to the state's Child Abuse Hotline.

"These grants will help reduce the individual caseloads for the child protective services caseworkers in these counties so that they may provide the children whose cases they are investigating with the care and attention that they require," said Gladys Carrion, New York State Office of Children and Family Services commissioner.

Jamestown Post-Journal

July 6, 2009

by Robert Boczkiewicz

DENVER - Oklahoma officials are alleging that the strategy of a court case on behalf of Oklahoma's 10,000 foster children is to force the state into a settlement at a staggering cost to taxpayers.

State child welfare officials are making that argument to the federal appeals court in Denver in a case brought by New York-based Children's Rights, a child-advocacy organization. Numerous foster children have suffered severe abuse while in custody of the department, according to the lawsuit.

Tulsa World

June 23, 2009

by Rob Capriccioso

Of the approximately 500,000 American youth in foster care, Native American kids are faring among the worst, according to youth advocacy and policy experts.

New analysis indicates that American Indian, Hispanic and African-American children all fare more poorly than white children in foster care - with Native youth being about three times more likely to be placed in foster care than all children nationally.

Indian Country Today

June 18, 2009

by Nicole Bode and Corky Siemaszko

Determined to drive evil spirits out of her daughter, a Queens mom performed a bizarre voodoo fire ritual that left the 6-year-old girl scarred for life, prosecutors say.

While young Frantzcia Saintil was "engulfed in flames," Marie Lauradin let the screaming girl burn, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Thursday. Eventually, Frantzcia's grandmother doused the flames with cold water, but the women then put the girl to bed instead of getting her help, Brown said.

New York Daily News

June 18, 2009

by Susan Wakefield

The high cost of legal services coupled with dire economic times is forcing people to represent themselves in court. Limited Scope Representation(LSR), or Legal Coaching, is an affordable way for individuals to represent themselves.

The latest statistics in the State of Connecticut indicate that due to the recession and increasing hourly rates charged by lawyers a significant number of people are entering the family courts without an attorney.


May 26, 2009

by John Toscano

Congressmember Joseph Crowley has introduced a bill to connect children in foster care with responsible, caring adults by funding programs to establish statewide foster care mentoring programs.

Crowley was joined at the announcement of the legislation by movie and television star Rosie O'Donnell, a foster care advocate. "Too many foster children in the United States are growing up without the support and guidance of a close adult," Crowley stated. "This is unacceptable.

The Queens Gazette

May 15, 2009

by Kristina Daniele

Let's clarify some of the most common misconceptions about homeschooling, because quite frankly, there are too many good reasons to homeschool and way too many myths associated with doing so.

School should NOT be the primary method of developing social skills. As a teacher I believe that school is not where children learn how to behave in society. That job has been traditionally the job of the parent and it is about time that it is returned to them.

NY Homeschooling Examiner

March 5, 2009

ENDICOTT -- An Endicott man is accused of repeatedly biting his infant son.

Shawn Travis, 18, of Franklin Street in Endicott, has been charged with assault after police say he bit his one-year-old boy several times this past Saturday.

News 10 Now

February 16, 2009

by Mike Taibbi

The report, five single-spaced pages written by a social worker on behalf of a couple looking to become foster parents, was about me.

Three years ago, returning to Hawaii more than a half-century after I'd left the place where I was born, I'd made a formal request for any records connected to my birth and early history. The social worker's report was one of several documents in the package I eventually received.

The Sag Harbor Express

February 13, 2009

by Ellen Kahn

One year ago, 15-year-old Lawrence King was shot in the head by a fellow student at a middle school in Oxnard, CA.

While the motives of 14-year-old Brandon McInerney were complex, the primary motive was profoundly simple: Lawrence was gay, he often preferred girls' clothing and accessories, and he expressed romantic feelings toward Brandon.

The Huffington Post

February 12, 2009

by Dorian Block

Lillian Lucas-Dixon has her 7-year-old son Juan back in her arms again. But the reunion may be short-lived.

Juan - the youngest of her 10 children, most of whom are grown - was put into foster care because she left him home alone while she worked. Juan was taken away by the Administration for Children's Services Dec. 14, after he told a school guidance counselor that he was left home alone.

Daily News

February 6, 2009

by Dr. Peter Breggin

Alaska attorney Jim Gottstein has taken the bull by the horns. It's a bull of many terrifying shapes and forms. First and foremost, it is the raging bull of the Psychopharmaceutical Complex that is goring America's children.

It's also the rampaging state government bull that everywhere runs roughshod over the children in its custody and care. And then it's the "bull" handed out by drug companies and organized psychiatry to justify using drugs to suppress the behavior of children. Jim Gottstein's Law Project for Psychiatric Rights has gone to court to stop the drugging of Alaska's children.

The Huffington Post

February 4, 2009

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