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  • Bill would provide protections for LGBTQ youth in Nevada foster care

    02/20/2017 3:46:31 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 13 replies ^ | 02/17/2017 | By MICHAEL LYLE
    When Tristan Torres was 16 and placed in foster care after his mother kicked him out for being transgender, his new home was supposed to feel safe. It didn’t. “The first inkling I had that this wasn’t going to be good was when (my foster mother) refused to call me by my preferred pronoun,” Torres said. “It progressed from there.” He is now advocating for creating legislation that would better protect LGBT youth in the foster care system. “What I went through could have been prevented,” he said. Torres, 19, is expected to testify about his experiences when Assembly Bill...
  • 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...