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Isabella Brooke Knightly and Austin Gamez-Knightly

Isabella Brooke Knightly and Austin Gamez-Knightly
Isabella Brooke Knightly and Austin Gamez-Knightly-ILLEGALLY Kidnapped and ILLEGALLY Adopted Out by the State of New Hampshire

Monday, October 31, 2016

Neglecting children: DCYF report shocks NH

Neglecting children: DCYF report shocks NH | New Hampshire:

"Why has this been allowed to go on for so long?"
That's the question Sen. Sharon Carson asked after reading a shocking report about New Hampshire's Division of Child, Youth and Families.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Child protective services worker stabbed while conducting home visit

Child protective services worker stabbed while conducting home visit - 23ABC News:

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A child protective services worker was stabbed in the hand while making a home visit Tuesday, according to a person close to the incident.

Foster mom convicted of murder wants release

Foster mom convicted of murder wants release | News | normantranscript.com:

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — A Cherokee County foster mother convicted of killing a 2-year-old family member in 2013 is asking a federal court to determine she is being illegally imprisoned, court records show.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lawmakers react to 'alarming' report on DCYF child-abuse cases | New Hampshire

Lawmakers react to 'alarming' report on DCYF child-abuse cases | New Hampshire:
CONCORD — The preliminary report by an outside agency investigating the handling of child abuse cases by the state was called “disturbing” and “alarming” Wednesday by members of the legislative Commission on Child Abuse Fatalities.

“Reading the report made me feel like we are on a sinking ship,” said commission member Skip Berrien, a Democratic state representative from Exeter.

My Comment:

DCYF wouldn't be so understaffed if only cases of TRUE abuse were being investigated. Reports called in against parents and families should be thoroughly screened. The Reporter's, who call in anonymously or give their names should be screened for legitimacy first. Anonymous caller's usually make up false report's to retaliate against someone they're mad at. Other times reporter's call in and give someone else's name, again in retaliation. Then you have Hospital personnel making reports against parents and families because they listen to people who just don't like them. Then you have reports made against new Mother's for prescribed medication they took while pregnant. That makes absolutely no sense to open a case against a Mother for following Doctors orders. That needs to change.Did you also ever stop to think that some of these worker's have a heart? That some of these worker's already know whether there's REAL abuse and neglect or if there isn't , but their Supervisor forces them to remove the child? Many of these worker's really want to help, but are forced not to.Then you have the "Service Plan", where the parent's and the worker are "supposed" to sit down together and write it up. Never seen it happen. The worker does it and tells the parent if they don't sign it they'll never see their children again. Does it STILL work this way, or was that only ten or eleven years ago?Services to at risk families? How long has this been going on, if in fact it is?State Senator Sharon Carson said:“I am concerned about the children who have possibly fallen through the cracks.” Senator Carson, What about the Grandparents and family member's who have fallen through the cracks, as admitted by DCYF? The family member's who were never considered in placement of the taken children? Never given a Home Inspection or acknowledged in their request's for placement.Told "Relative Placement is NOT an option, the child is going into foster care, period" by a well know Nashua Supervisor.If DCYF is so understaffed, maybe they should do something about the Supervisors who force the workers to take children against their will, knowing full well that the children aren't being abused or neglected? If they weren't so busy investigating innocent families they may have had time to save these children. And if they had placed Brielle with her Grandmother, as she tried getting custody, that innocent little girl would be alive today. Maybe even a reform of ASFA would help. I don't think this Audit went back far enough. There are MANY past cases that would shock them.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

State seeks balance in child protection statutes

State seeks balance in child protection statutes | New Hampshire:
BEDFORD - Bedford attorney Rus Rilee and his clients hope their public lawsuits over the state's handling of child abuse cases will provide momentum for changing the state's Child Protection Act to more aggressively promote child safety instead of its current emphasis on parental rights.
My Comment:

"For everyone who has a story to tell of children who should have been placed in Foster care, there are at least ten families where the children shouldn't have been removed to begin with.What is considered to be imminent danger? Is it a child whose mother was given morphine in labor and subsequently, the morphine spilled into the baby? Is it when a Mother walks into a Hospital and her daughter of 4 years old walks down three steps behind her, so the Mother is accused of being intoxicated, but blood tests proved no alcohol? There are way too many of these cases just as frivolous as these where parents and their families lost the children for good to Foster care and adoption. Where parents had no rights at all and NO Due process.State Rep. Dan Itse is right. Are any of you even aware that when proven false reports are called in against a parent or family member, that report STILL goes against the parent/family member for three years? A proven false report SHOULD be scrapped and never be brought up, but once in Court that doesn't happen. The reports STILL go against the accused and they're still treated as if they're guilty.So how much longer should these false reports hang over ones head?"




Grandparents of abused girls pushing for change in child protection laws

Grandparents of abused girls pushing for change in child protection laws | New Hampshire:
An aging couple from the Monadnock region, they never planned to be at the center of a controversy over the handling of child abuse cases in New Hampshire.
Instead of anticipating their retirement, they're preoccupied with the challenges of raising two young granddaughters, now their adopted daughters.

My Comment: 

 "How things have changed in ten years. The NH Legislature wouldn't have had to step in if so many parent's and grandparents hadn't been railroaded for so many years by DCYF and the Family Courts. Parent's and their families were ALWAYS considered guitly, even after being proven innocent. Treated worse than convicted criminals, never allowed to admit evidence of innocence into Court. Back then, a parent was never given a chance to fail. Children were taken from families for frivolous reason's, nothing like these horrendous acts of abuse of the children and the children never returned. DCYF could even look into the future and determine the child would be neglected in the future. The Judges sided with DCYF and bam, the child was taken from not only parents, but grandparents and other family member's as well. Relatives never considered for placement. Federal mandates never followed, which included services that were never provided for at risk families.These parent's should never have been allowed unsupervised visits. Parent's whose children were removed for frivolous reasons and proven, falsely accused parents didn't even get unsupervised visits. Their children never beaten or sexually abused. Nothing that even came close to the abuse of these children. Even parents who proved their innocence, only supervised visits and their children never returned.It's not that more caseworkers are needed. They need to do REAL investigations, which they didn't do in the past and they need to stop railroading innocent families and concentrate on the truly abused."




Saturday, October 22, 2016

DCYF sued over girls' sexual abuse

DCYF sued over girls' sexual abuse:

CONCORD, N.H. —

The grandparents of two young sisters who were sexually abused by their parents while in foster care are suing New Hampshire’s child protection agency.The lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges the Division for Children, Youth and Families allowed the biological parents to have unsupervised visits with their children in 2013, even after police began investigating reports the couple had molested other children at a homeless shelter where they were living.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Extremely graphic details listed in lawsuit filed against NH DCYF arguing negligence

Extremely graphic details listed in lawsuit filed against NH DCYF arguing negligence | NH1:

A lawsuit has been filed after several recent scandals, where the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth, and Families is under scrutiny for failure to stop several abuse and murder cases in families that were under their watch.
Rus Rilee is an attorney representing the families of Brielle Gage, Sadee Willott, and N.B. and J.B, two children that remain anonymous for their own good, in the case against DCYF. Rilee took the stand on Thursday and identified the different cases he was there representing.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Report finds WA children mistreated in state care scared to speak up

Report finds WA children mistreated in state care scared to speak up | Perth Now:

WEST Australian children mistreated in state care are often too scared to speak out because they will not be believed or fear the consequences will make life worse, a report has found.

Audit slams state agencies for drugging foster kids

Audit slams state agencies for drugging foster kids | ABC10.com:

During a recent hearing at the Capitol, State Auditor Elaine Howle revealed the findings on her department's audit regarding the prescribing and oversight of psychotropic medications to children in foster care.

Surviving Life In Foster Care: Why Children In Foster Care Are Vulnerable To Depression, Learning Disabilities, Obesity & Asthma

Surviving Life In Foster Care: Why Children In Foster Care Are Vulnerable To Depression, Learning Disabilities, Obesity & Asthma : Big Kid : Parent Herald:

It turns out that being in foster care can have negative effects on children. A new study found that kids in the United States who have been in foster care have higher risks of mental and physical health problems such as obesity, asthma, depression, and learning disabilities including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.

The Limits of What A Judge May Order to Stop Parents From Making False Allegations in Custody Battles

The Limits of What A Judge May Order to Stop Parents From Making False Allegations in Custody Battles | Ward and Smith, P.A. - JDSupra:

Sometimes the most contentious issue in a divorce is not how to divide the parties' cash or assets, but rather how custody will be decided.

Group home director charged with sexually abusing child

Group home director charged with sexually abusing child - Story:

Science backs how much foster care sucks

Science backs how much foster care sucks - NY Daily News:

Now it’s a scientific fact that foster kids have a hard-knock life.Children in the U.S. foster care system suffer significantly higher risks of emotional and physical health problems, the journal Pediatrics reported Monday, such as depression, asthma and obesity.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Rape charges against Breckenridge foster father now total 10

Rape charges against Breckenridge foster father now total 10:

Already facing one count of sexually assaulting a child placed in his care, a Gratiot County foster father was arraigned Friday on nine additional rape charges.

A Broken System: Child-Parent Sanctity (CPS)

A Broken System: Child-Parent Sanctity (CPS):

Who protects the FAMILY—mothers, fathers, and children—from becoming victimized by the underbelly of Child Protective Services (CPS)?

No matter the creed, class, race or affiliation of parents in society most of them share the common values of wanting what’s best for their children and to keep them safe.

Social worker suspended for obstructing child abuse investigation

Social worker suspended for obstructing child abuse investigation (From St Helens Star):

A SOCIAL worker has been suspended after obstructing an investigation into potential alleged child abuse by refusing to provide details to the St Helens Children's and Young People Service.

Children in foster care have poorer physical and mental health

Children in foster care have poorer physical and mental health | 2 Minute Medicine:

1. Children in foster care had more mental and physical health problems when compared to the general population of U.S. children.
2. Children in foster care had poorer mental and physical health outcomes than children across different family types as well as children in economically disadvantaged families.

Her 'cheeks are missing:' Pit bull mauls young girl in foster home, lawsuit says

Her 'cheeks are missing:' Pit bull mauls young girl in foster home, lawsuit says | MLive.com:

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The father of a young girl mauled by a pit bull while in foster care says state workers failed to protect her despite knowing that a dangerous dog was in the home.

A Hidden Crisis: The Pipeline from Foster Care to Homelessness for LGBTQ Youth

A Hidden Crisis: The Pipeline from Foster Care to Homelessness for LGBTQ Youth - The Chronicle of Social Change:

There are more than 400,000 youth in the American foster care system today, roughly that of the population of Sacramento, California. Foster care, created to protect the welfare of children, is a broken system, hobbled by an outdated bureaucracy, underfunded agencies, and overburdened workers frequently resulting in dire outcomes. Research shows thatchildren placed in foster care are more likely to develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder than veterans of war. In some states, youth are just as likely to be abused in foster care as they are in the home from which they were removed. Foster care has also become a gateway into homelessness. Nearly half of the youth experiencing homelessness today have had at least one placement in a foster home, or group home.

Murfreesboro foster parent accused of raping 10-year-old girl

Murfreesboro foster parent accused of raping 10-year-old girl | WKRN News 2:
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A foster parent in Murfreesboro was arrested last week and accused of raping a 10-year-old.

Hillary brags about ASFA-Thank's for Nothing Hillary!!!



Hillary Clinton championed the Adoption and Safe Families Act through Congress in 1997. Since it's passing hundreds of thousands of American families have been destroyed. 

To better understand the dangers that the ASFA imposed on American children please read this interview with Richard Gelles who worked on the early drafts of the Bill.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontli...

For the first time in 39 years the Family First Act seeks to flip the funding pyramid right side up. Prevention funding has always been capped which means once it was gone it was gone until the next budget cycle. The FFA pulls funding from the adoption assistance program and uses it to fund prevention. Because this is Title IV-E entitlements there is no cap. States will actually be able to pay for prevention programs.

A case of neglect: Hassan ignores DCYF crisis

A case of neglect: Hassan ignores DCYF crisis | New Hampshire:
A new report prompted by lawsuits against the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families finds that state officials failed to respond to a massive increase in child abuse and neglect cases over the past four years.

My Comment: 
DCYF wouldn't be in such a crisis if they would leave innocent families alone. They go after families for stupid reason's and leave the truly abused children alone. It is beyond me how DCYF could let Brielle and her siblings go home while their Mother had felony child abuse charges pending, but deny parent's their children when child abuse and neglect charges are dismissed in Criminal Court due to proof of evidence of innocence admitted into Criminal Court, but denied in Family Court.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Baby Nearly Dies in Foster Care, Reigniting Questions About Connecticut's DCF

A Baby Nearly Dies in Foster Care, Reigniting Questions About Connecticut's DCF | WNPR News:

The state Department of Children and Families is back in the news facing sharp criticism over multiple issues. This hour, we dig into them and we'll examine what, if anything, needs to change within DCF.

Court OKs trial for social worker facing drug charges

WBAY - Court OKs trial for social worker facing drug charges - October 10, 2016:

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – The case against a Brown County social worker accused of selling meth will go forward.

Federal Court Case Asks: Is it Against Constitution for Caseworkers to Lie?

Federal Court Case Asks: Is it Against Constitution for Caseworkers to Lie?:
Is it constitutional for a caseworker to lie in court?
If that question comes across to you as one with an obvious answer, consider that a court case on the subject is one stop away from the U.S. Supreme Court.

My Comment:  Caseworker's Nationwide commit perjury on a daily basis to steal children from their innocent parents. Hopefully Judge Trott will put an end to it. It would also be nice if ALL the cases where perjury took place Nationwide were ALL overturned!!! Wishful thinking!

Child protection services judged 'unsatisfactory and inconsistent'

Child protection services judged 'unsatisfactory and inconsistent' | Society | The Guardian:

Six years of social work reforms championed by David Cameron aimed at driving up standards in child protection services have largely failed to deliver improvements, the government’s spending watchdog has concluded.

Family Court: Case ‘a fight between foster carers and father’

Family Court: Case ‘a fight between foster carers and father’:

A child, whom the Child and Family Agency wants to retain in care until adulthood, perceives an ongoing court case as “a fight between her foster carers and her father”, her court-appointed guardian has said. “In reality, what she wants is both,” the guardian told Judge Brendan Toale at the Dublin District Child Care Court yesterday.

Dad sues US state, claims it failed to protect his daughter from abuse

Dad sues US state, claims it failed to protect his daughter from abuse - Yahoo7:

The father of a three-year-old girl who died after being physically abused by her mother’s boyfriend is suing the state of Connecticut for failing to protect his daughter.

A challenge to Hillary Clinton's self-praise for foster care reform

A challenge to Hillary Clinton's self-praise for foster care reform - Washington Times:

During this election season, a lot of fuss has been made about “fact checking.” I’m all for it. Over the years that I directed the Institute for Children, a think tank that focused on foster care and adoption policy, fact checking was one of the most important things the organization did. “Everything we publish has got to be air tight,” I told my staff, again and again.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Mississippi Cop who Left Toddler in Patrol Car to Die Lost Custody Last Year for Doing Same Thing

Mississippi Cop who Left Toddler in Patrol Car to Die Lost Custody Last Year for Doing Same Thing - PINAC News:

The Mississippi cop who left her 3-year-old daughter in her patrol car for four hours while visiting another cop at his home last week, resulting in the toddler’s death, was temporarily stripped of custody last year after leaving her daughter in the car in a previous incident.

Manitoba child services won't return toddler to social worker grandmother

Manitoba child services won't return toddler to social worker grandmother | CFJC Today:

WINNIPEG — A supervisor with a Manitoba indigenous child-welfare agency says her grandson has been apprehended by another agency and authorities won't give her temporary custody despite her 15-year career in social work.

Before Baby Justice's death, CPS report had red flags

Before Baby Justice's death, CPS report had red flags | Sacramento News - KCRA Home:

YOLO COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) —Justice Rees was only 20 days old when his body was found in a cold, remote slough in February 2015 near Knights Landing, but there may have been red flags before his death, according the Yolo County CPS investigation released Thursday.

Children's Court judge reacts to troubling CPS report

Children's Court judge reacts to troubling CPS report:

SAN ANTONIO - Findings released Tuesday by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services show that thousands of children at risk of further abuse or neglect are not being checked on as required by the agency.

Foster Care or Foster Fraud?

Foster Care or Foster Fraud? by Neyha - Letters to the Next President 2.0:

Our Foster Care System needs reform. The life of liberty and luxury is taken for granted. There are children in the United States who have never had a chance at experiencing the things we individuals take for granted.

Mother of Child in DCF Abuse Case Planning to Sue

Mother of Child in DCF Abuse Case Planning to Sue | NBC Connecticut:

The birth mother of a baby boy in the center of a Department of Children and Families investigation is planning to sue the state agency. The state’s Office of the Child Advocate said the child nearly died after DCF put him in foster care.

DCF caseworker remained unchanged for months after toddler nearly starved to death

The Day - DCF caseworker remained unchanged for months after toddler nearly starved to death - News from southeastern Connecticut:

New London — The Department of Children and Families caseworker assigned to protect a toddler who nearly starved to death in a Groton foster home remained unchanged for more than two months after the child was hospitalized, emails and an investigative report show.

Judge Who Detained Kids for Missing Lunch with Dad Faces Hearing

Judge Who Detained Kids for Missing Lunch with Dad Faces Hearing - Bloomfield, MI Patch:

Judicial Tenure Commission panel expected to review misconduct finding in Judge Lisa Gorcyca's handling of bitter child custody dispute.

Desperate Choices: Connecticut parents giving up custody for care

Desperate Choices: Connecticut parents giving up custody for care:

Ten years have gone by, but Lisa Vincent and her son, Jose, flash back to their goodbye with fresh anguish and faltering voices.

Former Foster Mother Charged This Week With The Death Of A Toddler In 2001

Former Foster Mother Charged This Week With The Death Of A Toddler In 2001 - Story:

A 15 year unresolved death case of a toddler is finally coming to an end.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Arkansas Senator on CPS Kidnappings: “No Horror Movie Ever Prepared You for This”

Arkansas Senator on CPS Kidnappings: “No Horror Movie Ever Prepared You for This”:

Protecting the constitutional rights of innocent families and protecting children from abuse should not be an either/or proposition. Providing a method for the legislature (or some representatives of the people, but the legislature is already duly elected and constitutionally charged) to examine a secretive agency in a serious structured way while protecting the privacy of families, also should not be an either/or proposition.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Suffering and Devastation Caused by Hillary and Hubby's Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997

They say everyone makes mistakes, so why are REAL parent's singled out by the State Kidnappings of their children? Why is CPS/DCYF allowed to make mistakes with no repercussions? Why are Foster stranger's allowed to make mistakes with the children they hold hostage for the State with no repercussions? Even the Family Court Judges make mistakes, but they never admit to them. Even when innocence is proven, the children are never returned.
I don't understand the commercials on TV looking for Foster's that state, "You don't have to be perfect to raise a child." Then why do REAL parent's lose their children to the State for not being perfect? Isn't this a double standard? You bet it is.
Hillary claims to care so much about children, that the Act she wrote up and her hubby signed was designed to tear Biological families apart. Because they think the Govt. knows best how to raise our children. I heard she didn't even raise her own daughter. A Nanny did. How can she care about children when she lets the States tear them away from their REAL families? These children are left traumatized for life, many of them drugged. Many of them sexually abused.
Parent's are left with depression, PTSD, panic disorder's, substance abuse disorders and thoughts of committing suicide. These parent's are left devastated and so are their family member's.Their once happy world has been shattered, because they're not perfect in the eyes of the State. The sadness due to the loss of their children is too much to bear. They wander through life with no direction. They can't get out of the downward spiral they've been forced into. They can never get back everything they've lost and become more and more depressed. The once happy family is gone. They become just a shell. A shell that can no longer be  productive in society. A shell that wander's aimlessly in pain.
This is how REAL parents and family members live their lives after losing their children. You call this living? The Adoption and Safe Families Act needs to be abolished. There is no incentive to keep families together. The only incentive is to tear them apart!
Unhappy Grammy

Judge: Family abused by DCS can keep $31M

Judge: Family abused by DCS can keep $31M:

A federal judge has denied the Indiana Department of Child Services' motion to reduce a $31 million judgment awarded to an Indiana family "destroyed" by accusations the parents had caused their 14-year-old daughter's death.

Report finds fault with DCF for near-starvation of toddler

Report finds fault with DCF for near-starvation of toddler | WTNH Connecticut News:

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state’s child advocate on Tuesday blamed “the utter collapse of all safeguards” for the abuse and near-starvation of a toddler who was under the care of the Department of Children and Families.

Letter: The real abusers are in the court system

Letter: The real abusers are in the court system | INFORUM:

I know I'm painting a target on my back. I'm OK with that. Why? Because the truth will set you free. For those who know me, you know I require proof, not evidence, but proof. I love to play the devil's advocate, however, I have seen proof in the Tricia Taylor case that she and her children have not only been victims of domestic abuse, but also family court abuse.

THE CAVEMAN ANGLE: AVOID FAMILY COURT AT ALL COSTS

THE CAVEMAN ANGLE: AVOID FAMILY COURT AT ALL COSTS:

One of the first little tidbits of advice people give when relationships fall apart is get a good lawyer.  Apologies to all of my lawyer friends, but that's probably not the best thing for you and your family.  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Today is the 11th Year Anniversary of the Illegal State Kidnapping of my Granddaughter Isabella



Today is the day all the horrible memories come flooding back over the State kidnapping of my special Granddaughter Isabella.
Today should be a day to celebrate my Birthday, but somehow the State has a way of making one grieve on day's that should be celebrated. Making sure we remember the pain and suffering they've bestowed upon us. Why? Money, that's why!
Eleven long, painful years ago, Isabella was snatched from her Mother's arms, while my family stood and watched as the Illegal kidnapping by the State of NH took place. There was nothing we could do. All in tears, as we just couldn't fathom how our own Government could do such a horrible thing. Our Government, we are supposed to trust and look up to. The people who are supposed to be working for us, but definitely are working against us. The very people who elected them. This mass destruction of families is the fault of Hillary and her hubby, thanks to their Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. They've made it a contest for the States to steal children, paying them incentive money for every child stolen and adopted out. A very backward Act. Why not help families by paying the greedy States incentive money for each and every family kept together? No, they would rather pay their "chosen" Foster stranger's to raise our stolen children. Then pay them more to adopt them. When our stolen children learn the truth, that these so-called "parents" were paid to keep them from their families, there will be hell to pay. Real parent's don't get paid to raise their children. They raise them out of love.
 Isabella will learn the truth some day. I can't wait. It will be a day the stranger's will never forget. A day they wished would never come. But mark my words, it will.
Isabella will also learn how the State screwed over her Grandparent's by not placing her with them before Foster care. A Federal mandate NH DCYF neglect's to abide by, but somehow get's away with.
She'll also learn how DCYF slandered her Grandmother and scared the stranger's into thinking her Grandmother would kidnap her from them. If I wanted to kidnap her and not abide by the Law,  I would have kidnapped her from the Hospital, but unlike DCYF I abide by the Law. DCYF scared them so bad, I was never allowed to see her. We could have been friends like they promised if DCYF hadn't brainwashed them. So when Isabella finally comes home, the gloves will come off  and she'll be told everything. She'll not longer believe their lies.
Hopefully next year I'll get my wish come true. To have Isabella home where she belongs.
We love you Isabella and always will.
Love, Grammy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Bill to save foster kids and families faces uphill battle

Bill to save foster kids and families faces uphill battle: Guest commentary:

I spent a good part of my youth in California’s foster care and juvenile system. I entered the foster care system after becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, which is more common than people might think.

Foster Parent, Former Teacher on Trial for Child Abuse

Foster Parent, Former Teacher on Trial for Child Abuse - St. Clair Shores, MI Patch:

MACOMB COUNTY, MI – A former teacher and foster parent is on trial for abuse that allegedly happened more than two years ago. Nicole Gomez-Vilchis, 29, is accused of abusing a 15-month-old girl in 2014. The child and her brother were placed in foster care with Gomez-Vilchis and her husband Hugo in 2013 when the children were removed from their parents' home due to drug use, theMacomb Daily reports.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

DCF Moves Closer To Shedding Federal Oversight

DCF Moves Closer To Shedding Federal Oversight - Hartford Courant:

A quarter-century of federal oversight of the Department of Children and Families could end in a few years if the agency meets the terms of a new agreement with lawyers in a landmark child-neglect case from 1989.

Métis foster parents lose court fight to keep toddler, vow to keep fighting

Métis foster parents lose court fight to keep toddler, vow to keep fighting - British Columbia - CBC News:

Métis foster parents fighting to keep a nearly three-year-old Métis child they've raised since birth have lost what could be their final battle in B.C. Supreme Court, CBC News has learned.

Yolo Supervisors continue digging up dirt on Child Welfare

Yolo Supervisors continue digging up dirt on Child Welfare:

Yolo County’s Child Welfare Services system is in the midst of a major overhaul as supervisors take an in-depth look into its often veiled operations.

Mom Accidentally Poking Her Son in the Eye Has Her Fighting CPS for Custody of Her Children

Mom Accidentally Poking Her Son in the Eye Has Her Fighting CPS for Custody of Her Children:

At the time, it seemed like the kind of everyday accident that could happen to anyone. While talking to her son about a mess he had made, Barbara Marks accidentally poked the eleven-year-old in the eye.

Grand jury selected to investigate Rockbridge social services

Grand jury selected to investigate Rockbridge social services | State/Regional News | martinsvillebulletin.com:

Nine Rockbridge County citizens were selected Wednesday to serve on a special grand jury that will investigate whether their social services department shirked its duty to protect neglected and abused children.

State appeals court hears arguments in CPS cases

State appeals court hears arguments in CPS cases | News | heraldbanner.com:

 A state appeals court will decide whether two investigators who had worked for the local Child Protective Services (CPS) office overstepped their authority when conducting searches in separate cases.

Mom Off Hook for Taking Drugs While Pregnant

CNS - Mom Off Hook for Taking Drugs While Pregnant

(CN) — A mother cannot be convicted of child abuse for smoking meth during her pregnancy because a fetus is not a child under Michigan law, a state appeals court ruled.
     Melissa Lee Jones gave birth to a baby boy in January 2015. The baby weighed less than four pounds at birth and tested positive for methamphetamine, court records show.