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Washington CPS News Archive

Washington News Coverage

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington state Legislature is taking steps to better protect Indian children who are placed in the state's foster care system.

State Sen. Claudia Kauffman sponsored Senate Bill 6470 during the 2010 legislative session as part of her ongoing efforts to protect and improve the lives of all children in Washington. The bill addresses the needs of Indian children by aligning state law with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act regarding the burden of proof standards when taking an Indian child from their home or terminating parental rights.

Indian Country Today

May 21, 2010

by Melissa Wagner

YAKIMA - Taken out of school to be taught at home. KIMA discovered more parents are pulling their kids out of public school, citing fewer teachers, program cuts and a bad economy.

Homelink caters to home schooled kids, offering unique classes and information for parents just getting on board. They've gone from just 33 students to 125, with the biggest increase over the last year. Thomes says the down economy is another reason numbers are up, "We are really seeing that a lot. We are picking up students here that have been in private school and now can't afford it."

Parent at the Helm (WA)

May 5, 2010

In particular, the Legislature ordered state agencies to save $48 million through furloughs or other pay reductions for some employees.

The legislation says agencies must find a way to cut payroll costs. Workers in many agencies would be exempt from the requirement, including in state prisons, Child Protective Services, law enforcement and the ferry system.

The Seattle Times

April 17, 2010

by Erik Eckholm

Only half the youths who had turned 18 and 'aged out' of foster care were employed by their mid-20s.

6 in 10 men had been convicted of a crime, and 3 in 4 women, many of them with children of their own, were receiving some form of public assistance. Only 6 in 100 had completed a community college degree. The dismal outlook for youths who are thrust into a shaky adulthood from the foster care system - now numbering some 30,000 annually - has been documented with new precision by a long-term study...

The New York Times

April 15, 2010

by Richard Wexlar

The group that so arrogantly calls itself "Children's Rights" has filed another one of its Mclawsuits against a state child welfare agency - this time in Massachusetts. And NCCPR's sources say that another such Mclawsuit, in Texas, is imminent.

Meanwhile a group which is unaffiliated with CR but has the same myopic outlook about how to fix child welfare systems, the National Center for Youth Law, has filed the same kind of suit in Nevada. All of these child welfare systems almost certainly are every bit as bad as CR and NCYL say they are.

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

April 15, 2010

SPOKANE -- Child Protective Services is searching for a woman who may be suicidal and is on the road with her two young children.

25-year-old Patricia Lyons has two children, Athena Lyons, 5, and two-and-a-half-year-old Ronnie Adams. Both children are wards of the state but had returned to Patricia under court ordered restrictions which Patricia violated Saturday when she was involved in a domestic violence assault.

KXLY Spokane News

April 6, 2010

SPOKANE -- In a cost-cutting move the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is closing nine offices statewide including one in Bonners Ferry.

In a statement Tuesday the agency announced that in addition to closing nine offices they would be laying off 126 workers.

KXLY Spokane News

April 6, 2010

by Derek Sheppard

Her fiance is still hoping she may be found alive, but in the meantime is planning a service to honor the memory of the 29-year-old Silverdale woman.

Smiley went missing March 13 with her 8-year-old son Azriel Carver during what was supposed to be a trip to a family gathering in Castle Rock, in southwest Washington. Their gold minivan was found the next morning partially submerged in a muddy bank north of Olympia.

Kitsap Sun

April 1, 2010

The revolving door turns again in Gov. Chris Gregoire's upper management ranks. Robin Arnold-Williams is the latest, announcing that she departs at the end of April as head of the governor's executive policy office.

At DSHS, she cleaned up a budget problem in the Children's Administration and oversaw changes soon after arriving to reduce the Child Protective Services' response times to calls involving child safety.

The Olympian

March 31, 2010

by Jocelyn Chui

Sixty percent of the parents with children in the state's child welfare system had trouble getting enough food for the family last year, according to a social survey done by Partners with Our Children.

The data collected by the public-private organization were a part of an independent evaluation of the state's Department of Social and Health Services. Its purpose was to better engage parents in DSHS's work to reunite biological families after the children had been put into foster care.

Real Change News

March 17, 2010

by Chelsea Schilling

One of the world's wealthiest men and the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has suggested vaccines as one method of reducing the world's population. He presented a speech on global warming, stating that CO2 emissions must be reduced to zero by 2050.

LifeSiteNews reported that in 1995, UNICEF's anti-tetanus vaccinations were found to contain B-hCG, a pregnancy hormone that can permanently sterilize women. An estimated 3 million women between the ages of 12 and 45 received that vaccine. Another UNICEF polio vaccination campaign in Nigeria was suspected of sterilizing women in 2004.

World Net Daily

March 11, 2010

by Hansen Sinclair

Authorities in Washington report a United States soldier allegedly water boarded his 4-year-old daughter because she could not recite the alphabet all the way through.

Yelm police authorities reported 27-year-old Joshua Tabor was taken into custody on assault charges after he allegedly held his daughter's head backwards in a sink of water. According to Tabor, he chose this method of punishment because of his daughter's phobia of water, reports stated.

All Headline News

February 8, 2010

by Casey McNerthney

A Wallingford man was arrested Saturday after his 2-year-old daughter was found wandering unattended on North 50th Street with glass marijuana pipe in her play purse.

The girl "was wearing only a pajama top and no shoes, no socks, no pants or undergarments," Officer Chet Decker wrote in a police incident report. "She also had a live rabbit, a family pet with her." A 10-year-old child also lives at the Wallingford home, and police requested the incident report be forwarded to Child Protective Services.

Seattle Post Intelligencer

January 19, 2010

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Police here have arrested a woman for allegedly raping her daughter's 14-year-old boyfriend.

The 32-year-old woman, who was arrested Thursday at her home for investigation of second-degree child rape, has not been charged.

KOMO Staff

November 12, 2009

by Leslie Slape

A woman is accused of allowing her three young children to live in squalor while she smoked meth.

At the request of Longview police, a Kelso officer arrested Carrie Lynn Pena, 30, a transient who recently lived in Longview, when she arrived for a meeting Tuesday afternoon at Child Protective Services.

The Daily News

November 11, 2009

In Washington State, in fiscal year 2007: There were 1,566,400 children under age 18 living in Washington.

42,300 children under age 18 were referred to the Children's Administration and accepted for investigation. This is 2.7 percent of Washington State's child population. In 2007, about 7,500 children were placed in out-of-home care at least once.

Pam Roach Report

September 18, 2009

by Jennifer Sullivan

A Carnation man accused of starving his then-14-year-old daughter last year pleaded guilty this morning to first-degree criminal mistreatment.

Prosecutors accused Jon Pomeroy, 43, and his wife, Rebecca Long, 45, of isolating and starving the girl, who was 4-feet-7 and weighed just 48 pounds when authorities found her in August. She suffered dehydration so severe that all of her teeth were rotting, court documents state.

Seattle Times Newspaper

August 31, 2009

The Okanogan County prosecutor is waiting for the sheriff to complete the investigation into the death of a 17-year-old boy who died at home of a burst appendix.

Zachery "Zakk" Swezey had no medical care during a three-day illness in March because his family, members of the Church of the First Born, believe in faith healing. Prosecutor Karl Sloan says he'll decide if charges are warranted.

The Seattle Times

August 27, 2009

A 23-year-old woman who abandoned her newborn at a Federal Way church last year received a 24-month deferred sentence Friday that allows her to avoid jail as long as she performs community service and meets other conditions.

Sarah Christianson had pleaded guilty in July to one count of third-degree abandonment of a dependent person, a misdemeanor. Christianson must complete 200 hours of community service, remain employed or attend school, undergo mental-health counseling, and have no contact with the child without the permission of Child Protective Services.

The Seattle Times Newspaper

August 14, 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

A 5-month-old girl has been placed in the custody of Child Protective Services after being left alone in an automobile at Wal-Mart, 3050 E. Mullan, Post Falls.

Post Falls police Lt. Pat Knight said the parents of the child, Mark K. Kienholz, 42, and Traci E. Jurasin, 35, went into the store with their four other children around 2 p.m. on July 1 and went in separate directions. Each parent thought the other had the child, Knight said.

The Spokesman Review

July 11, 2009

by Kathleen Merryman

The feds have resurrected a dormant program, and breathed hope into the futures of scores of Pierce County foster kids. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last funded rent subsidies through its Family Unification Program in 2000.

It was a sensible program that reunited foster kids with their families who were ready for them, but did not have a safe home. That meant the children remained in foster care, at a cost to taxpayers of $400 to $1,000 each per month. The support will solve the housing problem for most of the area's foster children whose families are ready to bring them home.

The News Tribune

July 8, 2009

Susan N. Dreyfus, the new secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services, has an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children in the state's foster care system.

Dreyfus, who has headed the largest agency in state government since mid May, recently told foster care experts that she will embrace a 2004 lawsuit settlement as a way to improve the foster care system. Let's hope, for the sake of the nearly 10,000 children in state custody, that Dreyfus is a woman of her word and that her actions match her promises.

The Olympian

July 7, 2009

The job of protecting children who are wards of the state can be confusing, contentious and highly subjective. Are children being properly raised? Are their emotional and physical needs being met? Is discipline needed?

These are not easy decisions, but what ought to be obvious to all involved professionals is that the children's interests are paramount. However, clashes are inevitable when foster families, school officials, health care providers, criminal justice personnel, court-appointed watchdogs and state case workers all have input.

The Spokesman Review

May 10, 2009

by Larry Stone

Deshawn Patrick of Mill Creek has two passions - baseball, and advocating for foster-care programs. Patrick, 40, came through the foster-care system himself in the Seattle area.

Shortly after he "aged out" at 18 and graduated from Ballard High School, he was picked by the Mariners in the 25th round of the 1987 draft. Known in those days as Otis Patrick, he was assigned to Bellingham of the rookie Northwest League.

The Seattle Times

May 1, 2009

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