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  • Judge removes child from gay foster parents

    11/12/2015 11:14:27 AM PST · by redreno · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/12/2015 | unknown
    A Utah judge removed a foster child from a lesbian couple, saying the 1-year-old girl would be better off with a heterosexual couple.
  • Number of US children in foster care up sharply

    09/23/2015 2:47:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2015 4:28 PM EDT | David Crary
    For the first time in a decade, there was a notable increase last year in the number of U.S. children in foster care, according to new federal figures released Wednesday. The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services tallied 415,129 children in the foster care system as of September 30, 2014, up from about 401,000 a year earlier. The peak was 524,000 children in foster care in 2002, and the number had dropped steadily since 2005 before rising slightly in 2013. The long-term drop resulted primarily from shifts in the policies and practices of state and county...
  • Sexually trafficked girl recounts litany of horrors under DCF’s watch

    07/03/2015 6:02:53 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 3, 2015 | By Carol Marbin Miller
    Neglect and abandonment landed the girl in foster care. But it’s what happened next, she said, that nearly destroyed her. In a hushed courtroom in Miami’s gleaming new downtown Children’s Courthouse, a teenage foster child inventoried the traumas she had endured at the hands of those who were assigned to protect her: She had been starved and beaten, molested and forced to fight during her two years in foster homes and group care. As a runaway, she was trafficked into prostitution. And, just as her life appeared to be mending, the girl was raped by a driver in whose care...
  • Gay foster dad, who left baby daughter to die in hot car as he..... begs for freedom in court

    01/30/2015 9:49:14 PM PST · by Morgana · 54 replies ^ | 30 January 2015 | Alexandra Klausner For
    FULL TITLE: 'I am not a monster': Gay foster dad, who left baby daughter to die in hot car as he smoked weed, sobs and begs for freedom in court A Kansas man who left his 10-month-old foster daughter to die in a hot car while he and his partner smoked weed and watched 'Game of Thrones,' has been sentenced to 32 months in prison 'I'm not a monster,' said Seth Jackson, 29, in court on Friday as he begged the judge not to give him jail time for the death of kadillak Poe-Jones. 'Your honor, I'm a broken man,...
  • Heroic boxing coach adopts two brothers learning they were in squalid conditions

    11/06/2014 2:36:46 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 12 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 6 November 2014 | Lydia Warren
    He's a city cop by day - but by night, Detective Jack Mook is working on his toughest case yet. Mook, a Gulf War veteran who also teaches boxing to Pittsburgh-area kids, fostered two of his young students after learning they were living in abusive conditions with a foster family. And now after two years, Mook and the boys, 11-year-old Jessee and his 15-year-old brother Josh, have finally become a legal family - after Mook adopted them in September. It means the bachelor, 45, is now adapting to a new routine of homework and healthy meals.
  • Discarded Children Still Bring in Subsidy Checks for the Adoptive Parents Who Tossed Them Aside

    09/02/2014 12:03:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Nick Nehamas
    Hundreds of adoptive parents in New York City who've sent their children to live elsewhere continue to get monthly government subsidies of up to $1,700 per child. They can continue receiving the checks until the child turns 21 years old.They gave up on their “hard-to-place" adopted kids — but not on the government check intended for the discarded kids’ care. Hundreds of adoptive parents across the five boroughs who've sent their children to live elsewhere are continuing to pull in monthly checks of up to $1,700 per child while the city, state and feds look the other way, the Daily...
  • Fare thee well, Georgia

    03/06/2014 11:25:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Personal experience ^ | 3/7/14 | Eleutheria5
    My nine month sojourn in Georgia is coming to an end next week. I came here in July in order to endeavor, with the help of the Aleph Institute, to rescue my two granddaughters from the foster care system of a rural Georgia county. They were placed in foster care after my daughter's worthless boyfriend assaulted one of them and broke her leg. She was four at the time. He got 30 years. My daughter got ten for not calling 911 immediately, but instead escaping with the hurt child and hiding out in a fleabag hotel. As may be inferred,...
  • These Children are Mine and the State Can’t Have Them

    02/15/2014 7:55:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies ^ | February 15, 2014 | Rob Morse
    Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC and former Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville said that children belong to all of us. No, they donÂ’t. IÂ’ve seen what happens to children when they are owned by the state. State ownership of children leads to neglect. It cripples children, so donÂ’t do it. That is so glaringly obvious that I wonder why Harris-Perry and Reville say otherwise.IÂ’ve cleaned up the mess of state owned children. My son came from an Eastern European orphanage. Many children died there. He was examined by a foreign doctor before he was given an immigration visa. His medical...
  • 2 Year Old Daughter Seized By State, Dies in Foster Care

    08/04/2013 4:04:27 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 54 replies ^ | August 4, 2013 | Peter Braun
    Alex was living with foster parents after DFPS removed her from her parent’s home last November for “neglectful supervision.” Hill admits they were smoking pot when their daughter was asleep. “We never hurt our daughter. She was never sick, she was never in the hospital, and she never had any issues until she went into state care.” For two months, Alex was placed in a home that Hill says was dangerous. “She would come to visitation with bruises on her, and mold and mildew in her bag. It got to a point where I actually told CPS that they would...
  • Foster kids would leave for school, detour to brothel

    06/27/2012 7:12:54 PM PDT · by miami33 · 9 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 6/26/12 | Carol Marbin Miller
    Authorities called a ring of child prostitutes drawn from foster care the victims of ‘professional predators’ who seek out vulnerable children to become sex workers. The teenage foster kids called their rendezvous with men who paid for their affections “dates.” Sometimes they had several scheduled each day. Their alleged handler, whom they called “E-Nasty,” or just “E,” would text the girls on the cell phones he provided them. “You’re gonna have some dates today,” he would say, a source told The Miami Herald. On days where the girls had a hectic schedule, they’d be driven to school in the morning,...
  • Bulloch County

    06/04/2012 1:24:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Personal Matter ^ | 4/6/12 | Eleutheria5
    My two grand daughters, due to no fault of their own, have been put in foster care in Bulloch County, GA. Could anyone from that area please give me a heads up on what to expect from the social workers there? I am trying to get them transferred here, to Israel, where we can take care of them.
  • No more iPods or paid parking tickets; DHS updates rules on how it'll help foster kids

    03/13/2012 2:49:37 PM PDT · by Kieri · 7 replies
    MLive/ ^ | 03/13/2012 | Melissa Anders
    LANSING — Michigan has made several changes to its Foster Youth in Transition Program in light of an audit that found it spent thousands of dollars on iPods, prom dresses, senior trips and a traffic ticket. The audit, released last month, found that the Michigan Department of Human Services did not effectively evaluate and monitor the payments and services it provided to youth transitioning out of foster care. The program is 80 percent funded by federal funds and 20 percent with state general fund dollars. State representatives questioned DHS officials about the audit and changes made during a House committee...
  • Ill. judge rules against Catholics on foster care

    08/18/2011 3:21:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 46 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/18/11 | JOHN O'CONNOR, AP Political Writer
    An Illinois judge ruled Thursday that the state can stop working with Catholic Charities on adoptions and foster care placements — something the state decided to do in July after the not-for-profit agency refused to recognize Illinois' new civil unions law. In his ruling, Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Schmidt said that no one, including Catholic Charities, has a legal right to a contract with the state government. He did not address the more sensitive issue of whether a state contractor that refuses to serve gays and lesbians is violating the state's new civil unions law. The state Department of...
  • "Catholic Charities foster future in limbo"

    08/02/2011 1:38:18 AM PDT · by John Roco · 9 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | August 3, 2011 | Manya A. Brachear
    By Manya A. Brachear, Tribune reporter August 3, 2011 When Pat Schlesser's marriage ended 16 years ago, it was an opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a foster parent — a mission her former husband had not shared. A lifelong Roman Catholic, she turned to Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Joliet. But the agency turned her away, advising her not to take on foster children so soon after a divorce. Now she realizes the agency's qualms paid off for her two daughters and the 14 foster children who have since lived in her Wheaton home. "I suppose...
  • Illinois won't renew foster care contract with Belleville Diocese

    07/12/2011 6:50:45 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 10 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 07/12/2011 | Kevin McDermott
    In the wake of Illinois' new civil unions law, the state says it will sever foster care contracts with the Catholic Diocese of Belleville and other Roman Catholic organizations because the church-based programs won't allow same-sex couples to act as foster parents. Supporters of the church-affiliated programs in Belleville and elsewhere say the move is an attack on a long relationship between religion-based social work and the state, and that it will harm children who need shelter from abusive or neglectful homes. ------------ The dioceses in Springfield, Peoria and Joliet will file for an injunction today in Springfield to stop...
  • Did Michele Bachmann "raise" 23 foster kids?

    06/18/2011 7:39:04 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 70 replies ^ | 06/18/2011 | Brian Montopoli
    After her speech at the Republican Leadership Conference, I asked GOP presidential candidate and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann about her repeated claims that she has "raised" 23 foster children, a comment she reiterated in an interview with CNN following her speech. Writing in the Daily Beast this week, Michelle Goldberg quoted Kris Harvieux, who worked as a senior social worker in the foster care system in Bachmann's county, who said at least some of Bachmann's placements were likely short term. "Some of them you have for a week. Some of them you have for three years, some you have for...
  • Judge orders state to boost foster payments

    05/31/2011 6:00:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/31/11 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge has ordered California to increase payment rates immediately to thousands of foster parents, noting that it has been more than 2 1/2 years since he ruled that the state's reimbursement levels failed to cover the costs of raising a child. State officials "have now had a full and fair opportunity to come into compliance with federal law. They have not done so," U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco said Friday.He told the state Department of Social Services to raise its rates to levels specified in a UC Davis study of foster children's...
  • Growing numbers of children on medication

    06/07/2010 8:12:07 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 33 replies · 98+ views ^ | June 7, 2010 | Eileen FitzGerald
    Here's just one statistic that Danbury school psychologist Charles Manos worries about: 42 percent of all kids in foster care are taking three or more mood-altering drugs. "All kids in foster care have some story of trauma, like abuse or neglect, so we need to ask the question `How are we dealing with trauma?'" Manos asked. Overall, children are receiving more prescriptions than ever before to treat medical, emotional and psychological problems, according to a May report from Medco Health Solutions. More than one in four children with health insurance in the U.S., and nearly 30 percent of all children...
  • Gay "Marriage" Law Forces D.C. Archdiocese to End Foster Care....

    02/17/2010 1:25:39 PM PST · by TaraP · 12 replies · 720+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Feb 17th, 2010
    WASHINGTON, DC, February 17, 2010 ( - The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has been forced to give up the foster care program it ran with the aid of public funds, after repeated warnings that there would be no other choice should the D.C. City Council insist that the archdiocese recognize gay "marriage" partners in its employment practices. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Catholic Charities handed over the foster-care program intact to the National Center for Children and Families on February 1. Catholic Charities, whose foster program included 43 children, 35 families and seven staff, runs more than 20 social...
  • Why Do Americans Care More For Haitian Orphans, Than They Do For American Children?

    02/01/2010 11:21:39 AM PST · by pinochet · 41 replies · 1,142+ views
    Yesterday, a friend of mine informed me of this American adoption website: According to the website, there are 100,000 American children in temporary foster care, who cannot get permanent homes. Many of those children are members of racial minority groups, and some are special needs children. There are also large numbers of American children who are homeless, and their number is estimated to be larger than that in foster care. Then why is so much public attention being focused on bringing Haitian children to America, when we have so many American children that we cannot take care of? Why...
  • What every child needs? Government has no idea.

    While organizing our filing system, I ran across my adoption papers. My mother gave them to me a couple of years ago for my own records. The cost of my adoption was a 300.00 donation to Catholic Charities in Chicago, I was six days old. I am blessed to be in the family, in which I was placed. My mother tells me there were lots of rules to comply with. The agency wanted to make sure I had a stable and secure home. In reality, no one can predict how a family will one day turn out. Ours certainly had...
  • Florida child-welfare panel: Use of psychiatric drugs on foster kids widespread

    08/13/2009 3:58:39 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies · 930+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 8-13-09 | CAROL MARBIN MILLER
    Admitting for the first time what critics have claimed for years, state child-welfare authorities say caregivers for children in state custody frequently use powerful mind-altering drugs to manage unruly kids, rather than treat their anger and sadness. A panel of child-welfare experts, including two top administrators from the state Department of Children & Families, examined the death of a 7-year-old Broward foster child who was on psychotropic medications — without the required consent — when he hanged himself in a Margate home. The panel's report, expected to be released publicly later this month, says child welfare authorities too often rely...
  • fORSTER CARE ON NOW "DR PHIL" CBS Maybe want to help!

    05/25/2009 4:07:17 PM PDT · by restornu · 15 replies · 707+ views
    Caught in the System Over half a million kids live in foster care, and many are neglected, unloved and viewed as a paycheck by their new family. Dr. Phil takes a hard look at the harsh realities these forgotten kids face and sends an urgent message about the need to repair this ailing system. Jessica, 24, aged out of foster care six years ago after bouncing from one home to another. She says her childhood was so horrific that she witnessed the murder of her 5-year-old sister … by her mother and stepfather. Will Jessica find the strength to overcome...
  • California legislators consider extending foster care through age 21

    03/10/2009 12:32:41 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 21 replies · 827+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 03/09/2009 | Karen de Sa
    A bevy of bipartisan California legislators vowed Monday to be better parents to the state's foster youth, pledging to extend their life-sustaining benefits through age 21 rather than casting them off as teenagers. Currently, most youth "aging out" of foster care are bounced off state support at 18, a tender age for a vulnerable population that often has nowhere to go and no one to rely on. But an assembly bill written by Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblyman Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would draw on newly available federal funds to support relative caregivers and transitional living programs through...

    04/27/2008 5:54:32 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 67 replies · 135+ views
    email | April 27, 2008 | Freeper Mom
    NOTE FROM A FOSTER MOTHERA FReeper mom who doesn't have time to post, has shared her experience with me and graciously given me permission to post her thoughts. Here is the first note from her:"Here’s my deal. I am totally transfixed on this polygamous cult issue but don’t have the time or inclination to actively participate on the board. It must have something to do with my six kids, one of whom is disabled. I am a foster mom BTW so I’m sorta torked out of shape about all the shoddy accusations against foster parents. I know that for...
  • They're coming for your kids! (cult's children at more risk in foster care)

    04/25/2008 6:31:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies · 62+ views
    WorldnetDaily ^ | April 25,2008 | Ilana Mercer
    Imagine: One day you're frolicking in the open air on a large compound, doing your daily chores and feasting on hearty homegrown fare; the next you're gagging on a diet of T&A courtesy of MTV and fast-food compliments of your fat foster mom. As the makeshift mom hollers at you to swallow your zombifying meds – the Texas foster care system is notorious for pumping its charges full of psychotropic drugs – her flaccid live-in lover eyes you lustily. As I write, many of the kids kidnapped by Texas rangers from the Yearning for Zion ranch are being scattered across...
  • Orphanages Stunt Mental Growth, a Study Finds

    12/20/2007 2:10:31 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 32 replies · 523+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 20, 2007 | Benedict Carey
    Psychologists have long believed that growing up in an institution like an orphanage stunts children’s mental development but have never had direct evidence to back it up. Now they do, from an extraordinary years-long experiment in Romania that compared the effects of foster care with those of institutional child-rearing. The study, being published on Friday in the journal Science, found that toddlers placed in foster families developed significantly higher I.Q.’s by age 4, on average, than peers who spent those years in an orphanage. The difference was large — eight points — and the study found that the earlier children...

    10/10/2007 5:51:06 AM PDT · by shortstop · 38 replies · 967+ views ^ | 10/10/07 | Bob Lonsberry
    Sixty percent of the American children in foster care are black. Let me repeat that. In the United States, of all the children in foster care, 60 percent are black. African-Americans are 60 percent of the foster children and 12 percent of the general population. That’s a 500-percent over representation. In ballpark terms, that means a black child is five times more likely to end up in foster care than the average American child. When you take black children out of the national average, blacks are in the neighborhood of 11 times more likely to be foster children than non-blacks....
  • Judge: Cuban Father Should Win Custody

    09/27/2007 2:56:09 PM PDT · by Baladas · 17 replies · 239+ views
    Associated Press. ^ | Sept. 27, 2007 | Laura Wides-Munoz
    AP) The father of a 5-year-old Cuban girl at the center of an international custody battle did not abandon or neglect her, so he should get her back, a judge ruled Thursday. Circuit Judge Jeri B. Cohen said she would not immediately return the girl to her father, Cuban farmer Rafael Izquierdo, who wants to take her back to Cuba. The girl went into foster care after her mother brought her to the U.S. in 2005 and then attempted suicide days before Christmas. She has been living with foster parents in Miami for the past 18 months and they want...
  • Investigative Panel: "Gay" Status Helped Couple Get Away with Sexually Abusing Foster Children

    09/06/2007 4:17:43 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 749+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/6/07 | Hilary White
    WAKEFIELD, UK, September 6, 2007 ( - A report by an independent panel has laid the blame in a homosexual child sex abuse case squarely on the culture of political correctness among British civil authorities. It was a local Council's fear of offending the homosexual movement or being labeled homophobic that allowed two men to continue to sexually abuse boys placed in their care as foster parents. Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32 were convicted in May 2006, of molesting and filming eight-year-old twins and two 14 year-old boys placed in their care by the Wakefield Council. Since...
  • Ignoring the obvious

    08/19/2007 10:32:34 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 9 replies · 566+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | August 18, 2007 | Editorial
    Among children in foster care, minorities are in the majority. Disproportionate numbers of black and Hispanic households are referred to foster-care officials, are investigated for abuse and have complaints against them upheld by investigators. Such intuitively obvious facts, gleaned from a recent federal report, are not only news to The Hartford Courant, they're the stuff of banner, front-page headlines. And according to the state Department of Children and its attendant special interests, racism — what else? — is behind these imbalances. To try to reverse them, the DCF spent two years and lots of money developing and implementing a plan...
  • 4 charged in murderous torture spree

    06/21/2007 4:18:33 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 11 replies · 1,425+ views
    JSOnline ^ | June 20, 2007 | TOM HELD And TOM KERTSCHER
    15-year-old suspect is the sister, daughter of victims Portage - A criminal complaint filed Wednesday details the depraved torture of an 11-year-old boy and murder of his mother, accusing a collection of transients who said they came to Portage in February because they wanted to "see snow." The unexplained abuse of the boy - some by his own mother - evolved into the beating and eventual murder of that woman by a group of young people from Florida and Kentucky who were running from authorities there and in Colorado, according to a criminal complaint and records filed in Columbia County...
  • Foster mother lauds Archbishop of Canterbury (gay pedophile rings uncovered in UK social services!)

    01/31/2007 11:52:14 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies · 1,164+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 27th January 2007 | EILEEN FAIRWEATHER
    When the Archbishop of Canterbury supported the Catholic Church in the gay adoption row last week, many were surprised. [snip] Now it has emerged that Dr Williams may have been influenced by his close involvement with a remarkable couple who rescued a boy brutalised by a notorious social services paedophile ring. Horrified by the inference that the Archbishop is homophobic, the couple have spoken for the first time of their friend's 'immeasurable' help as they struggled to save a child driven to despair by abuse while in the care of the London borough of Islington. And they described how Dr...
  • Institute for Justice Vows to DefendArizona’s Scholarships (Disabled & Foster Care)

    11/15/2006 5:57:16 PM PST · by ReleaseTheHounds · 16 replies · 259+ views
    Institute For Justice ^ | Nov. 14, 2006 | Press Release, Institute For Justice
    Institute for Justice Vows to Defend Arizona’s Scholarships for Disabled and Foster Care Students From Unprecedented Legal Attack Arlington, Va.-The Institute for Justice and its Arizona Chapter today pledged to defend Arizona’s two new publicly funded scholarship programs from legal attack. The programs are designed to help especially vulnerable students-those with disabilities and those in foster care-secure quality educational opportunities in private schools. A coalition of special interest groups filed their legal challenge today, skipping the trial court and asking for a resolution of the case by the Arizona Supreme Court. “This is an unprecedented and unconscionable effort to block...
  • 'Abused' girl sent back to Belarus

    10/04/2006 11:35:52 AM PDT · by lizol · 8 replies · 606+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Monday October 2, 2006 | Barbara McMahon
    'Abused' girl sent back to Belarus Barbara McMahon in Rome Monday October 2, 2006 The Guardian A 10-year-old girl, who said she was sexually abused and beaten at an orphanage in her native Belarus, has been sent back to the former Soviet republic from Italy amid bitter recriminations from the couple who had hoped to adopt her. Alessandro Giusto and his wife, Chiara Bornacin, denounced the Italian authorities for agreeing to the repatriation. The child has been at the centre of a case that has strained relations between the two countries. "They took her away like thieves, hidden, without even...
  • Investigators Find Bone Fragments Believed to Be From Body of Ohio Foster Child

    09/07/2006 2:50:08 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 9 replies · 610+ views
    FoxNews ^ | September 7, 2006
    CINCINNATI — Investigators recovered 18 bone fragments near an old chimney where investigators believe the body of a developmentally disabled 3-year-old foster child was burned, a county coroner said Thursday. The boy's foster parents, charged with killing him, pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder. The bone fragments were from a child 2 to 4 years old, said Dr. O'dell Owens, the Hamilton County coroner. Each was less than inch long and found in soil in rural Brown County, east of Cincinnati. "The DNA that is being processed came from a small piece of tissue that was found," Owens said. Authorities...
  • Senate panel seeks Missouri Based Islamic charity’s tax records

    01/23/2004 7:36:44 AM PST · by rface · 7 replies · 504+ views
    Columbia, Missouri Daily Tribune ^ | January 22, 2004 | JOHN SULLIVAN of the Tribune’s staff
    A congressional committee has included a local Islamic charity in a new round of inquiries into suspected ties between not-for-profit groups and terrorists. The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has requested the financial records of 25 Islamic charities, including the Columbia-based Islamic American Relief Agency, or IARA. In particular, the request included donor lists that are reported to the IRS but protected under a privacy statute. The request comes two years after FBI, Department of the Treasury and other federal agency investigations into charities suspected of having ties to international terrorists. Since 2001, the United States has frozen more than $136...
  • Missouri Lifts Restrictions On Gay Foster Parents

    07/19/2006 12:01:12 PM PDT · by DBeers · 11 replies · 793+ views ^ | July 19, 2006 | Associated Press
    Missouri Lifts Restrictions On Gay Foster Parents Judge Ruled In February State Could Not Reject Applications JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Following a court mandate, Missouri officials said Tuesday that they have lifted regulations that automatically prevented homosexuals from becoming foster parents. But while the decision clears the way for gays to get licensed to care for foster children, officials with the Department of Social Services said it might still be difficult for a gay person to become a foster parent. "We're considering the biological parents' preferences, and we're also considering the abuse and neglect that occurred to the child and...
  • Arkansas governor optimistic on reinstatement of gay parent ban

    07/09/2006 10:21:53 AM PDT · by DBeers · 3 replies · 394+ views
    Pine Bluff Commercial Online (AR) ^ | July 8, 2006 | Mike Glover
    Arkansas governor optimistic on reinstatement of gay parent ban CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is optimistic the Legislature quickly will reinstate a ban on same-sex couples serving as foster parents in his state. "What we are talking about is whether the state should place a child in a relationship that is not recognized by the state as a marriage," the Republican governor, a potential presidential candidate in 2008, told The Associated Press on Saturday. The Arkansas Supreme Court last month struck down regulations banning the placement of foster children with same sex couples. The court said state...
  • Ark governor says Legislature should impose gay-foster-parent ban

    06/30/2006 10:45:59 AM PDT · by DBeers · 13 replies · 537+ views
    Pine Bluff Commercial Online (AR) ^ | June 30, 2006 | Andrew DeMillo
    Ark governor says Legislature should impose gay-foster-parent ban LITTLE ROCK - Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday said he hoped legislators would consider reimposing a ban on gay foster parents that was struck down by the state Supreme Court. "I'm very disappointed that the court seems more interested in what's good for gay couples than what's good for children needing foster care," Huckabee said through his spokeswoman Alice Stewart. Arkansas voters in 2004 approved an anti-gay marriage amendment to the state constitution, and Huckabee said Friday, "I would expect the Legislature to deal with this since the state constitution _ by...
  • Arkansas high court says gays can be foster parent

    06/29/2006 10:15:19 AM PDT · by george wythe · 41 replies · 835+ views
    AP ^ | June 29 2006
    The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday said that gays can qualify as foster parents and that barring them from parenting foster children was based on one group's view of morality. In a unanimous ruling upholding a lower court decision that a state ban was unconstitutional, the high court said that no connection exists between a foster child's well-being and the sexual orientation of that child's foster parents. Justices agreed with Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's ruling that the ban seeks to regulate "public morality" _ something the board was not given the authority to do. And the high court...
  • Gay couple jailed for abusing their foster children (UK)

    06/23/2006 9:29:46 PM PDT · by DBeers · 66 replies · 1,995+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 24, 2006 | Paul Stokes
    Gay couple jailed for abusing their foster children Two homosexual men who sexually abused young children placed in their foster care were jailed yesterday. Ian Wathey, 41, and his partner Craig Faunch, 32, were found guilty of a string of offences against four boys aged between eight and 14. The pair used the boys for sexual gratification within months of being approved as foster carers by Wakefield council. A mother of eight-year-old twins raised concerns about them with social services after finding a photograph of one of the boys as he used the lavatory. The authorities chose to take no...
  • State should know that 2 dads are better than none (FL) (Barf Alert!)

    06/21/2006 1:44:52 PM PDT · by DBeers · 19 replies · 483+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | June 21, 2006 | Sue Carlton
    State should know that 2 dads are better than none They're a busy family this summer, the girls off to horse camp and gymnastics camp, to family field trips at the botanical gardens and the aquarium, to the beach. They have loud laughing dinners around the table. Sometimes, the girls fight like the sisters they are: She's looking at me. Make her stop. Sundays it's church. "Who?'' Dad asks when I mention Ronda Storms. Storms is the Hillsborough commissioner who made political hay out of her crusade to keep the county from recognizing gay pride events. Most recently, she said...
  • Ark. defends gay foster parent ban (AR)

    06/15/2006 7:36:44 PM PDT · by DBeers · 9 replies · 980+ views
    Pine Bluff Commercial (AR) ^ | June 15, 2006 | Jill Zeman
    Ark. defends gay foster parent ban LITTLE ROCK - Saying it's in Arkansas' interest to protect the moral and spiritual welfare of foster children, a state attorney on Thursday defended before the Arkansas Supreme Court a policy that bans gays from becoming foster parents. The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services is appealing a 2004 decision by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox, who said it was unconstitutional for the state's Child Welfare Agency Review Board to bar homosexuals from becoming foster parents. Kathy L. Hall, an attorney for the state agency, told justices that the state already...
  • Against governor's objections, Missouri to drop suit against lesbian foster parent

    06/09/2006 11:21:13 AM PDT · by DBeers · 11 replies · 462+ views ^ | June 9, 2006 | AP
    Against governor's objections, Missouri to drop suit against lesbian foster parent KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The state plans to drop its legal challenge to a lesbian's efforts to become a foster parent because a new state law makes the appeal impossible, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon said. A spokesman for Gov. Matt Blunt called the decision "outrageous" and said the governor wants the appeal to continue. Both men are running for governor in 2008, and exchanges between Nixon, a Democrat, and Blunt, a Republican, have become increasingly pointed in recent months. Nixon said the law, which Blunt signed this...
  • Gay foster parents abused young boys (UK)

    05/23/2006 12:29:28 PM PDT · by DBeers · 55 replies · 1,864+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 23, 2006 | Nigel Bunyan
    Gay foster parents abused young boys A council was condemned yesterday for failing to prevent a paedophile homosexual couple from abusing young boys even after being alerted by one of the victim's parents. Foster parents Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, face long terms in jail after being convicted of molesting and filming eight-year-old twins and two boys aged 14. The twins were video-taped as they showered together, while one of the older boys was sexually abused by Wathey in his bedroom. Both men "hurt" him, he told Leeds Crown Court. "I do not like them any more. I...
  • [San Francisco] Foster care administrator takes timely 'stress leave'

    11/21/2005 7:54:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 571+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/21/5 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    The $131,000-a-year administrator of San Francisco's troubled foster child care program has gone out on indefinite "stress leave'' -- checking out just as she was about to be suspended. The sudden departure of Department of Human Services deputy director Janice Anderson-Santos came just as she was facing a two-week benching for what her bosses concluded was her failure to do her job over the past couple of years. Among the accusations: that she fell woefully behind in keeping a list of eligible foster-care parents up to date. At one point, department sources say, the backlog of parents waiting to be...
  • Welfare worker in trouble over passing around gay S&M pictures

    11/02/2005 9:35:58 AM PST · by justche · 27 replies · 1,787+ views
    SFGate ^ | 11.2.05 | Matier and Ross
    San Francisco's Department of Human Services wants to fire a child welfare supervisor accused of downloading and passing around gay S&M porn pix -- hot shots that starred a psychiatrist from the city's foster care program. .... As far as the department is concerned, however, the doctor didn't do anything that violated the city's work rules by appearing on an S&M Web site. He's not facing any disciplinary action. Sources inside the department say the case started several months back when an employee in the child welfare division showed pictures to her supervisor of the psychiatrist from the XXX adult...
  • Foster mother charged with striking, shaking 7-week-old

    10/28/2005 11:21:42 AM PDT · by JZelle · 11 replies · 472+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-28-05 | Amy Doolittle
    A 7-week-old child is in intensive care after his foster mother repeatedly slapped, shook and dropped him, the U.S. Attorney's Office said yesterday. Authorities charged Tanya Jenkins, of the unit block of Bass Circle in Southeast, with first-degree cruelty to children after she acknowledged what she had done to try to quiet the child. Miss Jenkins was arrested Tuesday by Metropolitan Police Department officers and is expected to appear this morning before D.C. Superior Court Judge Wendell Gardner Jr. Miss Jenkins said she dropped the child six or seven times while trying to change him or after giving him a...
  • Conditions for father to see son take shape

    10/05/2005 10:17:03 AM PDT · by listera · 9 replies · 584+ views
    Omaha World Herald ^ | October 5, 2005 | JUDITH NYGREN
    A Douglas County judge on Tuesday characterized the possible reunification of a 3-year-old and his father as a Catch-22. The boy needs to spend more time with his biological father so the two can interact and bond, said Juvenile Court Judge Elizabeth Crnkovich. Yet no one wants to "experiment" with a young child who is struggling to understand this new father figure in his life, she said.