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In 2002, more than one-half (57 percent) of all reports made to CPS agencies came from professionals who came in contact with the child.

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Washington CPS News Archive

Washington News Coverage

by Arthur Delaney

WASHINGTON -- Low-income children could get free lunches on weekends and holidays instead of only on school days under a bill introduced this week by Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.).

The bill would expand the National School Lunch Program. Established in 1945, the program offers free meals to kids whose families earn less than 130 percent of the poverty line, or $29,965 per year for a family of four. Kids from slightly wealthier families can get reduced-price meals, and the program offers full-priced lunch to children whose parents earn more than 185 percent of the poverty line.

March 30, 2013

by Ali Papademetriou

New Hampshire's House passed HB 573, or "An Act relative to the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes" with 286 yays and only 64 nays last week.

Other states have recently introduced legislations in favor of industrial hemp including Kentucky, Washington and Missouri. Now, California is joining in and it's making a strong impression and gaining momentum, with two bills being introduced last month - Assembly Bill 1137 and SB 566.

March 24, 2013

by Phone

As medical marijuana supporters gird for a fight against further state controls, they are rallying around the case of Billy Fisher, a Spokane patient who has so far been denied custody of his infant daughter in part because he refused to attend classes.

The Department of Social and Health Services, which took the child from Fisher's estranged wife, ordered an assessment of Fisher before placing the baby with him. Although he has an authorization to use the drug for pain from a back injury he suffered in 2007, a chemical dependency assessment trainee in Spokane recommended 30 days of inpatient drug treatment for his use of marijuana. Fisher, who said he turned to marijuana when opiate-based painkillers left him unable to work, or even function normally, balked. He mainly uses oils to kill the pain, and only smokes occasionally when the oils aren't effective.

March 20, 2013

by Bruce Ramsey

Like Dahlquist, I am a novice on genetically modified organisms. On March 6, I watched two hours of legislative hearings on Initiative 522, which would require certain foods to be labeled, "Partially produced with genetic engineering."

If the hearing was any indication of the fall campaign over I-522, voters should prepare themselves for tricky arguments. Most of the dispute was not whether there are health risks - supporters mostly said they didn't know - but about people's belief in risks. It was said that if our farmers grow genetically modified wheat when it becomes available, foreign markets might reject it. "We cannot afford to lose those customers," said wheat farmer Lynn Polson. If the foreign markets won't buy it, Washington farmers won't grow it. Rep. Cyrus Habib, D-Kirkland, wanted to know what Initiative 522 has to do with bulk grain exports.

March 13, 2013

by Anna Minard

I'm wandering the aisles of Central Co-op, a natural foods market on Capitol Hill, checking its shelves for genetically engineered foods.

Once you know what to look for, it turns out those ingredients are everywhere-even here, among the fake meats and packages covered in leafy art, smiling animals, and hand-lettering. They're in the whole-grain bread, in the veggie burgers, in the peanut-free soy nut butter. You can't always tell from friendly labels-"100% natural," "multi-grain," "fair trade." But you may be able to tell soon.

February 28, 2013

by Chris Ingalls

The state hasn't met the requirement that 75 percent of foster kids be placed with their siblings, as it agreed to do in a settlement in Braam v. Washington State.

Nearly ten years after his tragic death at the hand of his abusive mother Rafael's surviving siblings are having problems of their own with the State Department of Social and Health Services, according to the boy's oldest sister.

November 17, 2012

by Rob Carson

A large number of angry Somali immigrants trying to keep Tacoma Police from placing children into protective custody on Friday, turned into a scene so threatening that officers made an emergency, all-agency request for assistance.

According to Tacoma Police Lt. David O'Dea, the incident began with the investigation into a child abuse case involving a single Tacoma child. In the course of the investigation and the removal of that child to Child Protective Services, police noted that six other children in the home were also in potential danger.

November 17, 2012

ATLANTA - Over the last decade, the federal government has withheld money from four states and Washington for the poor performance of their child protection systems.

The effectiveness of those federal reviews and the wisdom of penalizing cash-strapped child welfare agencies has been a matter of debate among experts in the field. That issue remerged in September when two child protection workers were arrested and accused of manipulating data so it would appear they were meeting internal guidelines related to the federal review process.

November 4, 2012

I started homeschooling my 3.5-year-old boy in the middle of September, and really appreciate materials (books, apps etc) that relate to homeschooling topics. So here goes my review for the The ABC's of Homeschooling book...

Firstly, I love guide books like this! It explains to you from A to Z what you need to know if you are contemplating a journey into homeschooling. I would have to say this book helped me understand more of what I am doing and cemented our decision about this life-changing choice.

October 18, 2012

by Shawn Vestal

In July 1996, two 9-year-old twin sisters and their 7-year-old brother were removed from the abusive home of their biological mother and placed in foster care.

Under Washington state law, child-welfare workers can file a "dependency" petition when a child is being abused or neglected; the children are removed and the circumstances investigated. Usually, the problems in the home are addressed and the children return. The goal is to keep families together.

October 17, 2012

SPOKANE, Wash. - The state of Washington will pay $5.3 million to four people who were placed in an abusive foster home as children.

The court settlement was reached Monday and is intended to head off a trial scheduled for next year. The four plaintiffs filed negligence and civil rights claims against the Department of Social and Health Services and one social worker.

October 17, 2012

by Kate Burgess

A Lynnwood woman appeared in court Thursday for allegedly holding her 6-year-old son's hands on a hot stove to punish him.

Probable cause documents said Snohomish County detectives went to College Place Elementary School on Sept. 25 in response to a Child Protective Services. When they arrived, the counselor told them that another student had alerted her that the boy had burns on the palms of his hands.

October 12, 2012

by Dillon Honcoop

LYNDEN, Wash. -- An Everson man is behind bars after authorities say he impregnated his 11-year-old stepdaughter.

Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo the 30-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on first degree child rape charges, and he says others could be charged for helping cover up the crime.

September 20, 2012

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Police in Tumwater, Wash., say the manager of the Tumwater Inn & Suites found a 3-year-old toddler wandering alone in his pajamas on the sidewalk.

The detective says Child Protective Services was notified and police reports are being forwarded to the Thurston County prosecutor for review. She says something needs to be done to make sure the child doesn't wander again.

September 15, 2012

An endangered 7-week-old baby girl who was last seen in Shoreline, was found by police in Aloha, Oregon Monday, after an anonymous tip to authorities.

Baby Lillian is now with Child Protective Services in Oregon. Her mother, Trina P. Curry, 33, was arrested for trying to stop deputies from taking the baby, KING reported. The Washington County Sheriff's Office received the call saying the mother and baby were staying with relatives.

September 10, 2012

by Katu.Com Staff

YAKIMA, Wash. -- It's an innocence worth protecting and Child Protective Services says that's why they're here.

Just last year alone, Yakima's CPS received nearly 2,500 calls reporting child abuse. We're on pace to see the same or more this year. That's an average of six calls a day, and CPS has just 50 people working out of this office to gather information and continue the screening process.

August 28, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department Friday accused police, the courts and juvenile probation officials of operating a school-to-prison pipeline in Meridian, Miss.

Justice said its Civil Rights Division investigation, which began in December, found children arrested at Meridian schools were trapped in an incarceration cycle and systematically deprived of their rights.

August 12, 2012

by Jennifer Sullivan

Six months after Josh Powell killed himself and his two children, a report indicates a disconnect between how caseworkers and police viewed the threat Powell posed to his children.

An independent panel has found that social workers should have consulted with law enforcement before allowing Josh Powell to have in-home visitations with his two young sons, whom he killed in a fiery explosion in February.

August 9, 2012

by Christine Clarridge

A report by the state auditor's office has found that 28 sex offenders had been living in state-approved foster homes and preschools and day cares operated in private homes. One school district had employed a registered sex offender as a janitor.

No children were reported to be harmed by the offenders uncovered in the audit, but it disclosed several areas of potential weakness in the state's tracking and monitoring systems. The state agencies involved terminated employees, relocated children, revoked licenses and discontinued subsidy payments as a result, according to the performance audit, which was released Wednesday. The names of the child-care facilities and schools where sex offenders were found to have lived or worked between 2002 and 2012 were not disclosed in the auditor's report.

August 2, 2012

KELSO, WA - A Cowlitz County father accused of neglecting his adopted children took the stand to deny allegations he withheld food and assaulted the children.

Jeffrey Trebilcock and his wife, Rebecca, are being tried on criminal mistreatment charges. He broke down into tears while describing the day he handed his adopted daughters over to Child Protective Services.

July 26, 2012

Starley Geart, 25, was arrested Tuesday after a maintenance worker noticed the baby in an unconscious state, soaked in sweat from sitting in the direct sunlight.

Jeffery Trebilcock testified Wednesday the boy could eat as much food as he wanted, but he liked the taste of dog food. Trebilcock and his wife, Rebecca, both 45, are charged with criminal mistreatment in a bench trial before Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Michael Evans.

July 26, 2012

This is an adoption action, in which the Petitioner seeks to terminate your parental rights.

You are hereby summoned to appear or respond within sixty days after the date of the first publication of this summons, to wit, within sixty days after the first day of publication of this summons (12th day of July, 2012), and defend the above entitled action, and answer the Petition for Termination of Parental Rights and for Adoption filed by the Petitioner David Estrada, and in case of your failure so to do, the court may enter a decree or an order, and approve or provide for other relief requested in this Summons, and your parental rights will be terminated according to the petition, which has been filed with the clerk of said court.

July 13, 2012

by Matt Driscoll

In news that broke yesterday afternoon, a teacher in Tacoma, accused of having multiple sexual encounters with an underage student, was officially charged with five counts of second-degree child rape on June 26 in Pierce County Court.

Prosecutors say Keshia T. Shaw raped a former student five times between April 8, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2008. Now 17, at the time the victim was 12-years-old, and a student in Shaw's sixth-grade class at Gray Middle School in Tacoma. Shaw was the student's science and math teacher, according to charging documents.

July 3, 2012

The parents of three children who were arrested near Bozeman on Wednesday after an Amber Alert was activated for their children appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Thursday for violating protective orders.

Curtis Drakesford, 33, pleaded guilty to violation of a protective order (first offense) and driving with a suspended license before Justice of the Peace Rick West. Drakesford received a 180-day suspended sentence and must spend two days in jail. He must also pay $670 in fines. The children's mother, Ashley Todd, 29, pleaded not guilty to a violation of a protective order (second offense). Bail was set at $500.

June 15, 2012

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- An Amber Alert has been issued for three Marysville children after their parents left with them to avoid police and Child Protective Services.

Police are looking for 29-year-old Ashley Lynn-Nichole Todd and 33-year-old Curtis R. Drakeford, who police believe left the area with their three young kids. The children are 9-year-old Kali L. Drakeford, 8-year-old Ashton Z. Drakeford and 6-year-old Cursten K. Drakeford.

June 12, 2012

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