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The 2000 US Census found that 2.4 million grandparents are the primary caregivers for the children in their families.

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North Carolina CPS News Archive

North Carolina News Coverage

by Beau Minnick

A 13-year-old homeschooled boy was tied to a tree two nights this week died Thursday, and his father and stepmother have been charged with murder.

Brice Brian McMillan, 41, and Sandra Elizabeth McMillan, 36, both of Macclesfield, have been charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse. They were being held Friday in the Edgecombe County Detention Center. A 7-year-old and a 9-year-old who live in the McMillan home have been placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

WRAL News (NC)

June 13, 2008

by Lorraine Ahearn

When foster kids hit the magic age of 18 and typically leave the government-issue nest of the system to fly solo in an adult world, Guilford County wants to help them.

Remember John? He's the unnamed orphan whose adoptive father died, leaving the child a small Habitat for Humanity house in east Greensboro - plus a $538 a month death benefit, more than enough to pay the $221 mortgage. Even so, John's legal guardian - the DSS - kept the full $538 to help defray his upkeep in foster care. That left the mortgage on the vacant home unpaid and on the brink of foreclosure.

News Record

May 26, 2008

by Mike Charbonneau

Smithfield -- Unanswered questions surround the Amber Alert case of a 3-year-old, including the child's name and whereabouts, after authorities said the child never disappeared from a Smithfield flea market.

State authorities issued the Amber Alert on Sunday after Thomason reported the boy missing from Brightleaf Flea Market. She said she had been putting produce in her car, and when she looked up, he was gone. The Amber Alert was canceled at 12:27 a.m. Tuesday after the boy was found.

WRAL News (NC)

May 20, 2008

by Allison Hart

Jack and Kathy Stratton's nine children have proved to be a veritable cash cow for the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services.

The Stratton children have been in foster care for nearly two years, ever since the DSS removed them from their home on charges of neglect. During that time, the DSS, through federal funding, has been receiving $9,971.73 per month for the Stratton children, while paying out only $3,600. Net profit: $6,372 per month.

Could You Be Next? (NC)

January 12, 2008

I'll never forget that horrible day. From our kitchen window my wife, Kathy, and I saw all kinds of government vehicles pulling up around our house. Before we knew it, agents from the Department of Social Services were there knocking at our door.

They said they had a court order to take our kids and place them into permanent adoption. I couldn't believe what was happening to us! Kathy broke down sobbing.

Could You Be Next?

January 12, 2008

This bill would "Establish the Office of School Readiness in the Department of Public Instruction." Right now, it addresses changes to the structure of who is currently heading various state run programs.

It will encompass Head Start, More at Four and other public preschool programs that are already in effect. A progress report is due by January 15, 2006, with a final report being made by April 1, 2006. Once things are reviewed, budgets, etc. will go into effect in July 2006. Starts at Section 7.55

North Carolina

July 25, 2005

Virtually everyone who studies or is involved in child welfare agrees: Visits between children and their parents matter.

Perhaps most important of all, visits matter because continued contact with parents increases the probability that children will go home to their families.

Jordan Institute for Families (NC)

November 14, 2000

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