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A study of "lack of supervision" cases in New York City by the Child Welfare League of America found that in 52% of the cases, day care was the service needed most, but the "service" offered most often was foster care.
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A good idea
The bill which would allow home-educated kids (HEKs) to play public school sports is a step forward and deserves to pass. North Carolina will not be leading the way in allowing this kind of participation.
Many other states already allow HEKs to play on sports teams, cheerlead, or participate in music activities like the marching band. NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was homeschooled in Florida and played for his local high school team. Democratic Rep. Rick Glazier sees serious problems with the bills' workability.
March 27, 2011
Homeschool scouts hold open house March 7
HUNTERSVILLE - The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts based at Asbury United Methodist Church will be holding open houses Monday, March 7, for interested scouts.
Pack 122 is a Cub Scout pack completely made up of home-schooled boys. The group meets at Asbury United Methodist Church, 11724 Asbury Chapel Road, in Huntersville on the first, third and fifth Mondays of the month from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. The pack invites those interested in joining for the 2011-2012 year, starting in late August. Cub scouting is for boys in first through fifth grades up to 11 years old.
March 3, 2011
Statement by Warren Ludwig, Child Welfare Administrator with Wake County Human Services
In compliance with North Carolina General Statute 7B-2902, Wake County is releasing a written summary of findings and information concerning Child Welfare actions with Tehgan Skiba.
Although General Statute 108A-80 generally prohibits Wake County from releasing information about services to specific individuals, General Statute 7B-2902 states that a public agency shall, upon request, disclose a written summary of specified information and findings related to a child fatality when a person has been criminally charged with having caused the fatality. Teghan Skiba, age 4, died July 19, 2010, and Jonathan Richardson has been charged with first degree murder in connection with her death.
July 31, 2010
Child advocacy center seeks accreditation
A child advocacy center is in the process of seeking national accreditation and is currently implementing new state standards. The Terrie Hess House, a program of Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, is Rowan County's Children Advocacy Center.
An agency that has full accreditation is capable of receiving more funding, which would allow for more services to be offered. Accreditation standards became effective in January. In order to become fully accredited, the agency must submit data to the state
June 2, 2010
Child abuse reports continue to rise
Annually, more than 3.5 million children are reported to child protective services agencies as victims of child abuse and neglect.
Mirroring the nation, the number of reports of child abuse and neglect in North Carolina continues to rise, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. In fiscal year 2009, the state had 67,397 reports of abuse or neglect, up from 58,815 in fiscal year 1998. Approximately 35 percent of 2009 reports were made through law enforcement or schools.
April 18, 2010
Ledford High Teacher Arrested For Sex Offense With Student
DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- A Ledford High School teacher is facing multiple charges for having a sexual relationship with one of his students.
Scott Edwin Ring, 41, of 936 South Ridge Court in Winston-Salem, was arrested Friday and charged with felony taking indecent liberties with a minor and felony sex offense with a student by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, according to an arrest warrant obtained from the Davidson County Clerk of Courts office.
February 15, 2010
Removing history from the history books: one for the memory hole
He may be the president who governed during the Civil War, freeing the slaves, but under a new curriculum proposal for N.C. high schools, U.S. history would begin years after President Lincoln, with the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877.
As the North Carolina curriculum stands now, ninth-grade students take world history, 10th-graders study civics and economics and 11th-graders take U.S. history going back to the country's founding. Math, science and English classes are also getting an update.
The Real Revo
February 8, 2010
Homeschool historical disaster fair held Jan. 18
Pompeii, the Twin Towers, the Halifax Explosion, Hiroshima... what do all of these have in common? They are all historical disasters.
The idea for the Historical Disaster Fair came about when the students at Jordan Lake Sudbury School were discussing major disasters in world history. Jordan Lake Sudbury School (JLSS) is a participatory democracy for students from kindergarten through high school. There is still time to sign up for the Historical Disaster Fair.
The Apex Herald (NC)
January 14, 2010
At 17, he's exploring a police career
When 17-year-old Carlos Ellis was growing up, he had to deal with things most young children couldn't even imagine.
"Growing up, we didn't have any food in our house, we slept on a mattress on the floor, and we never had a Christmas," said Carlos, who, at the age of 5, had to also deal with the death of his twin brother. His other sister was taken away to foster care shortly after, and he and his older brother were put into foster care after that.
January 4, 2010
State Inspects Homeschools by Mail
During the 2009-2010 school year, HSLDA has received numerous inquiries from families who have been asked by the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) to participate in the Home School Inspection By Mail Program.
Homeschools in North Carolina are required by the provisions of Section 115C-549 and Section 115C-557 of the General Statutes of North Carolina to make available for inspection at the principal office of the homeschool all test records for a period of one year after the testing. These are the only records which must be made available for inspection.
October 28, 2009
Pregnant Teen Fatally Shot at School Bus Stop in North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police say a pregnant 15-year-old was shot and killed Monday morning as she waited at a North Carolina school bus stop.
Police spokesman Rob Tufano says Tiffany Wright was shot in the head in Charlotte. She died after being rushed to a hospital. She was 32 weeks along in her pregnancy.
September 14, 2009
DSS: Some parents don't care
SHELBY -- Some children vomit, scream, cry, kick or curse when the Department of Social Services takes them into custody. Others don't make a sound. Those are the children who worry social workers the most.
Federal and state law requires DSS to make reasonable efforts to prevent a child from being removed from the home. If DSS is granted temporary custody of a child in Cleveland County, there must be a significant amount of evidence, Wilson said. DSS then tries to work with the parents to reunify the family, he said.
The Shelby Star
August 28, 2009
Man charged after child overdoses on medication
A Davidson County man was arrested after his 5-year-old daughter was hospitalized for overdosing on anxiety medication Aug. 3.
Davidson County Sheriff's Office was notified of the incident by Child Protective Services on Aug. 4. Following an investigation, the child's father, Wayne Gabriel Hedrick, 33, of 474 Giles Road, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
August 10, 2009
5-year-old treated for overdose; father charged
LEXINGTON -- The father of a 5-year-old girl faces charges after the girl ingested an anti-anxiety drug and spent the night in the hospital.
The Davidson County Sheriff's Office said the girl was admitted to Lexington Memorial Hospital last Monday for treatment of an overdose of lorazepam. The county's Child Protective Services office reported the incident to police the next day.
August 10, 2009
Nothing to see here folks, move along
Remember the Duke Rape case? In that case, a group of rowdy jocks from the school's lacrosse team were accused of raping a black prostitute.
Now a new Duke University rape story has arisen. You probably haven't heard much about this one. The associate director of the Center for Health Policy has been arrested and charged with allegedly offering, over the Internet, to have an out-of-state traveler sexually molest his adopted 5-year-old son.
The Real Revo
June 28, 2009
Lawnmower incident riles grandfather
A young woman visiting his neighbor on the afternoon of April 28 walked over to his house, identified herself as a social worker and asked for the age of his granddaughter who was operating a riding lawn mower under his supervision.
The Rowan County social worker then said "she was not old enough to be on the lawn mower," he wrote. "She said she could take her from us because I was being negligent by putting her in harm's way, but if I would get her off of the lawn mower in her presence, that she wouldn't fill out the paperwork.
Salisbury Post (NC)
May 13, 2009
Newborn in DSS custody after mother and child test positive for cocaine
The newborn child of a 21-year-old Gastonia woman was placed in emergency protective custody after both the child and mother tested positive for cocaine, according to a Myrtle Beach, S.C., Police report.
Amber Boone of 2407 Milton Ave. allegedly left North Carolina to give birth to her child in Myrtle Beach, according to the police report. Boone gave birth to the child on Friday and police were called Monday when the newborn was ready to be released from the hospital.
April 28, 2009
Deadline for applying for Morgan Gray Scholarship is March 31
The scholarship for Rowan County students who have been homeschooled for at least their junior and senior years was established in memory of 11-year-old Morgan Gray, a Rowan County homeschool student who was killed in an automobile accident in November 20
Applicants must be a full-time student accepted by a college, university, nursing, business or trade school; present evidence of good character by participation in extracurricular activities including community affairs, church, employment and other endeavors; and show proof of home schooling during the junior and senior years of high school.
Salisbury Post (NC)
March 22, 2009
DSS asking county for new positions, technology
The Rowan County Department of Social Services is asking for seven new positions - five of them temporary - and an electronic document and forms management system in its 2009-2010 budget request to county commissioners.
The Board of Social Services approved the budget request by a unanimous vote at its March meeting Tuesday night. The department is also requesting a full-time office assistant III position for Medicaid and an office assistant III position for Children's Services. This employee would work with Child Protective Services 50 percent of the time and Foster Care/Adoption 50 percent of the time.
March 19, 2009
Homeschool Advocates Call For Outcry Against Judge's Ruling
Homeschool advocates across the country are focused on Raleigh after a judge in a divorce hearing said that the children of a Wake County couple might be better off going to public school instead of being homeschooled.
The ruling last week by family court Judge Ned Mangum has prompted a backlash from folks in the Southern Baptist Convention, who have called for homeschoolers "around the world" to contact the judge, legislators and the governor to "fight the battle."
March 19, 2009
Homeschool-denying judge sets case on mom's Sabbath
The judge who ordered a North Carolina homeschooling mother to place her children in public school demanded all objections to his order to be filed today - the day the mom in the case observes the Sabbath.
Venessa Mills says she was unable to meet the deadline for two reasons - because it was Sunday and because she was up until midnight helping her estranged husband move out of the house as part of the judge's order.
World Net Daily
March 15, 2009
Soldier: Deployment leaves no one to care for kids
When Lisa Pagan reports for duty Sunday, four long years after she was honorably discharged from the Army, she'll arrive with more than her old uniform. She's bringing her kids, too.
Soldiers can appeal, and some have won permission to remain in civilian life. Pagan filed several appeals, arguing that because her husband travels for business, no one else can take care of her kids. All were rejected, leaving Pagan with what she says is a choice between deploying to Iraq and abandoning her family, or refusing her orders and potentially facing charges. Then she hit on the idea of showing up Sunday at Fort Benning, Ga., with her children in tow.
The Seattle Times (NC)
February 28, 2009
'Supernanny' Episode Prompts DCF Investigation
DELTONA -- A Florida family featured on the reality television show "Supernanny" is being investigated for possible child abuse.
In it, Phil Davis slaps a young child in the face. He is also seen repeatedly cursing at the family's five children, ages 2 to 14.
WPBF News 25
February 25, 2009
Mother, step-father charged after 2-year-old's death
A 2-year-old boy is dead and his mother and stepfather have been charged with murder and child abuse, according to a Cleveland County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies charged Kathy Lynn Swafford, 20, and Dwight Stacy Justice, 42, both of 867-30 E. Zion Church Road, Shelby, with one count each of felony child abuse and felony murder. The couple is being held in the Cleveland County Detention Center, with no bond.
The Star Online
February 17, 2009
No bond for pair accused in child's death
Two East Zion Church Road residents, both accused of murdering 2-year-old Jeremiah Swafford, remained in jail Monday after their first court appearance.
Jeremiah's mother, Kathy Lynn Swafford, 20, and stepfather, Dwight Stacy Justice, 42, were locked up and held without bond following the hearing, according to a jail representative.
The Star Online
February 16, 2009
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