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"The effects of sexual abuse are different for each child but can include advanced knowledge of sex, difficulty in school, nightmares and even criminal activity." ~Sue Wasiniak, Supervisor, Licking County Childrens Services

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Virginia CPS News Archive

Virginia News Coverage

by Dave Thompson

What appeared at first to be a runaway situation has landed two Lynchburg women in jail on child abduction charges, Lynchburg Police said Wednesday.

Louise Pugliese, 47, and Ariel Odom, 20, were each charged with three counts of felony child abduction and are also facing other pending charges, police said in a news release. Three children were reported missing from a Lynchburg foster home on June 10, police said.

Lynchburg News Advance

June 18, 2009

by Pete DeLea

A federal judge in Oklahoma tossed out a lawsuit against 20 Virginia judges, attorneys, mental health counselors and government officials in connection with the death of a 15-year-old Harrisonburg girl in state custody.

Linda Raynor, formerly of Harrisonburg, filed the lawsuit in February claiming the defendants in the case conspired to keep her daughter, Candace Raynor, in the foster care system. Candice Raynor's body was found in September 2006 at a power substation near her foster home, the Magnolia House in Richmond. She had been electrocuted.

Rocktown Weekly

May 30, 2009

by Amy Flowers Umble

Studies show that more than 80% of foster youth hope to go to college. Those same studies vary as to how many ever enroll--some say as many as 48%; others say as little as 7%. Less than 3% finish college.

A pilot program in five Virginia community colleges hopes to change those numbers. The program began at Germanna last fall, when teens ages 16-19 toured the college's Fredericksburg campus; met with teachers, advisors and financial aid counselors; and attended mock college classes.


May 20, 2009

A 3-year-old was removed from his mother's custody and sent to foster care after a day care provider found bruises on the child Friday.

Police charged Kimada C. Hines, 24, of Roanoke Avenue, with child abuse. Investigators said the child told them he had been beaten by his mother.

Newport News

March 4, 2009

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach Police have charged a Navy couple after they allegedly left their two young children home alone.

Margie Long, spokesperson for the Virginia Beach Police, told police were notified of the incident after the couple's six-year-old son arrived at school and told an adult both he and his sister were left alone while their parents went to work.

Wavy-TV 10

February 2, 2009

by Jeff Mellott

Charlotte McNulty, executive director of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board, won't have too steep of a learning curve in her new job in Richmond.

The 63-year-old Harrisonburg resident has accepted the full-time post of executive director of the state office of Comprehensive Services - a position she's held part time since last summer. She goes full time Feb. 10. McNulty has spent 15 years at the agency that coordinates child and family care services.

Rocktown Weekly

January 26, 2009

The Northern Virginia nonprofit group Stop Child Abuse Now is seeking nominations for the 2009 Allies in Prevention Awards.

Residents of the Prince William County area, Loudoun, Fairfax and Arlington counties and Alexandria can be nominated.

The Washington Post

January 25, 2009

by Kay Young

A Hampton father says "was an idiot" when he left his three children at home alone last week. "I was not thinking clearly and I left my kids." Hampton Police call his mistake, a felony.

The father of three said he and his wife Jennifer, who is also charged with three counts of Felony Child Neglect, left their home last Wednesday so he could run an errand for work. While they were gone, people saw their 3-year-old son, and 2-year-old twins - a boy and a girl - outside in the street alone.


September 17, 2008

by Chris Dumond

Two weeks after placing her baby in home-based child care, Lakisha Dickerson got a worrisome phone call. Something didn't seem right, the child care provider, Latanya Murphy, told Dickerson, who immediately left work and came to check on her child.

Murphy, 43, is charged with two counts of child abuse, felonies that carry as much as 10 years in prison. Lynchburg Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge William Light on Monday heard testimony from Dickerson and another mother who testified their children came home injured after being in Murphy's care.

Lynchburg News Advance

August 4, 2008

by Cindy Clayton

Police have charged a woman with child neglect after finding her children home alone in unsanitary conditions, they said.

An officer went to the 400 block of Britnie Court about 11 p.m. Sunday on a report of possible child neglect, according to police. When the officer arrived, he found the children, ages 12, 12, 3 and 1, home alone, according to police. A foul smell also was coming from inside the home.

Hampton Roads

July 29, 2008

by Donna Alvis-Banks and Shawna Morrison

County wrestles with child deaths Three fatalities have already occurred in fiscal year 2008 in Montgomery County.

Since 2006, four infants suffocated while sleeping, one toddler died after being left in a car and another toddler died after being shaken, according to Nisbet, director of the Montgomery County Department of Social Services.

The Roanoke Times (VA)

June 12, 2008

by Charles Boothe

Jennifer Harris wants to send a message that kids are not "born bad," and sometimes all they need is for someone to show they care.

Although foster care officials try to place children as close to their routine environment as possible, there are only 19 foster families in Franklin County.

The Franklin News-Post

May 19, 2008

A couple in the US attempt to dissolve the adoption of their son after discovering his troubled past.

The newspaper said confidential files revealed that the boy's biological parents, who were alcohol and drug addicts, had physically abused him to the extent that his brain stem was damaged - hindering his ability to gauge the passage of time.

BBC News (UK)

October 9, 2006

by John S. Edwards

The General Assembly finds that Virginia educational research supports the conclusion that poor children are more at risk of educational failure than children from more affluent homes.

The General Assembly hereby establishes a grant program to be disbursed by the Department of Education to schools and community-based organizations to provide quality preschool programs for at-risk four-year-olds who are unserved by Head Start programs and for at-risk five-year-olds who are not eligible to attend kindergarten.


July 22, 2005

by Jacqueline Haessly

Child Protective Services came under close scrutiny recently during the National Governor's Conference meeting in Burlington, VT.

A forum, held during the Governor's Conference (which had children's issues as its theme), drew national attention to the need for reform of Child Protective Services (CPS) throughout the country.

Lifting the Veil

December 10, 1995

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