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Reflections Upon 34 Years As a Juvenile Court Judge

on Sat, 11/23/2013 - 10:34
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Reflections Upon 34 Years As a Juvenile Court Judge
by The Honorable William Thorne, Jr.

I recently retired after serving for 34 years as a judge in both tribal and state courts. When I started as a juvenile court judge, I trusted that if I did my small part as a judge (basically accepting the recommendations of the professionals appearing in court before me), children would be well taken care of. I trusted that the “system” was doing right by the children it cared for. Since then, I have learned that system involvement is not the guarantee I believed it to be.

The focus of our juvenile system in the last couple of decades has been on safety

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What is the law when a foster carer wishes to take their foster child out of the country

on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 17:04
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What is the law when a foster carer wishes to take their foster child out of the country

A question regarding the rights of parents associated with their children in foster care which is often asked is what rights does a parent have if a foster carer wishes to take the foster child overseas with them.

Understandably this situation can cause quite some anguish for a parent who has been robbed of their children and stripped of all say in circumstances relating to their child. To have strangers leave the country with your child, and to have no say in the matter is not an experience anyone would wish to endure.

So, how much say does a parent have in this situation.

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Help my son come home - Not be a DOCS Qld Foster Child

on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 03:43
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Help my son come home - Not be a DOCS Qld Foster Child

It came to a point with my sons outburst that just wouldn't settle, that I rang womens shelter searching for answers on who could help me with him..I was told DOCs....I rang them, they came to the home....I was told I needed and could have 28days respite....they took kids, all the kids, but I couldn't be without my babies and got them home a week n half.

There is corruption everywhere so I never thought I had a chance to sue them. I have fire in my belly,I won't back down….Can you or anyone on this site, or anyone in Luke's Army give me any advice?

Hi Michael, My name is Nicki. I, by chance,

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Sheriff describes squalid conditions at handcuffed foster child’s home

on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 13:40
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 Sheriff describes squalid conditions at handcuffed foster child’s home

(CNN) — Living conditions at the home where a 11-year-old was handcuffed by the ankle to a post on the front porch, with a dead chicken around his neck, were so bad that a North Carolina sheriff said it was “an environment you wouldn’t want to walk through, much less live in.”

“It was filthy, feces on the floor, holes in the wall,” Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said. “The bathroom, you could see from outside of the hall into the bathroom. Sink was trashed. No running water.”

CNN’s Nick Valencia said the house, located south of Monroe, had piles of garbage and abandoned and rusted-out

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Wards of the state: the foster care crisis

on Sun, 11/17/2013 - 15:24
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Wards of the state: the foster care crisis

After listening to this interview with Pru Goward Minister of FACS NSW it is obvious she would have everyone believe that every child removed by FACS NSW has used syringes on the floor and baby shit in the corner. Nothing could be further from the truth. Check out the video below where the Queen of child stealers breaks down and cries while she apologises for forced adoptions, a law she is bringing back in...

LISTEN TO THE FULL SHOW: WARDS OF THE STATE

Once children are placed in adoption there is no way out with the adoptive parents not able to return children to other foster carers.

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Sexual abuse of foster daughter in Newcastle

on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 01:50
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Sexual abuse of foster daughter in Newcastle

A NEWCASTLE man who used his foster daughter as a virtual sex slave had ‘‘a total disregard for her as a human being’’ at a time when she was ‘‘utterly alone and had nowhere to turn’’, a prosecutor told the district court yesterday.

The paedophile, who cannot be identified, claimed to have no memory of at least a year of sexually assaulting the teen despite him buying her lingerie, pornographic magazines and regularly forcing her to drink alcohol before the assaults, Newcastle District Court heard.

The sexual encounters were part of a heinous household routine on Tuesdays and Saturdays with

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Adoption changes could create new stolen generation say community groups

on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 17:34
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Adoption changes could create new stolen generation say community groups

Concerned: Community organisations have warned Pru Goward that changes to adoption laws could unfairly affect disadvantaged and vulnerable families. Photo: Wolter Peeters



Community health, legal and women's centres fear plans to make adoption easier in NSW will also raise the risk of creating a new generation of children who are ''stolen'' from their parents.

Representatives of 25 organisations across the state have written to Family and Community Services Pru Goward to warn her of concerns that proposed changes to adoption laws, which may include the forced removal of some children, could
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United States - Demographic Trends in Foster Care 2002–2012

on Sun, 11/10/2013 - 15:50
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United States - Demographic Trends in Foster Care 2002–2012

Using statistics from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), an issue brief from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Office of Data, Analysis, Research and Evaluation provides new details on the U.S. foster care system's size reduction over the last decade. The brief offers trends in demographics among children in foster care and State and county patterns.

Between 2002 and 2012, the overall number of children in foster care decreased by 24 percent—from 523,616 to 399,546. Demographically, reductions among African-American children in foster care

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Let’s Talk About Sex With Foster Youth

on Sun, 11/10/2013 - 09:07
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Let’s Talk About Sex With Foster Youth

Whether extended family or foster parents, there is no uniformity in training on how caretakers should address sex with youth who grow up in foster care. No one is responsible for teaching these teens about safe sex practices, healthy relationships, and the value of love.  This lack of comprehensive sexual education for youth in foster care has a significant correlation with high pregnancy rates and contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, among many other negative outcomes.

In response to this, Fostering Media Connections presents, “Let’s Talk About Sex with Foster Youth,” a series of

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48 percent of girls in foster care had been pregnant at least once by 19 years of age

on Sat, 11/09/2013 - 11:19
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48 percent of girls in foster care had been pregnant at least once by 19 years of age

The teen pregnancy rate for youth in foster care is far greater than for youth in general. In 2011, 48 percent of girls in foster care had been pregnant at least once by 19 years of age, compared to 27 percent of the broader teen population. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (The National Campaign) published a report, Why It Matters: Teen Child Bearing and Child Welfare, that provides key data on foster care and teen pregnancy and supports the need to increase efforts to reduce teen pregnancy in this population.

The report indicates that teen pregnancy and

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