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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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Foster Father speaks out against Life Without Barriers

on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 16:32
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Foster Father speaks out against Life Without Barriers

Money for nothing and our kids for free

Hi, *** is my name. I contacted you several months back in relation to 3 foster children in my care that I have had for 5 and half years now. all three are siblings and I have been having issues with Life without barriers ignoring pleas from myself and the 3 children not to be left with the natural mother unsupervised during access. ......

The children were removed because of severe drug and alcohol abuse, neglect and basically not caring for the kids at all. the kids have been with me now and have shown remarkable progress since being with me.

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Native Children Being Forcibly Removed From Families In South Dakota

on Sat, 11/02/2013 - 22:59

    Janice Howe fought the state of South Dakota for a year and a half to bring her grandchildren back home after they were placed in foster care.

    Nearly 700 Native American children in South Dakota are being removed from their homes every year, sometimes under questionable circumstances. A has found that the state is largely failing to place them according to the law. The vast majority of native kids in foster care in South Dakota are in nonnative homes or group homes, according to an NPR analysis of state records.

Incentives And Cultural Bias Fuel Foster System for Dakota Native

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Polish 'Rambo' rescues kid from foster care in Poland

on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 20:07
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Polish 'Rambo' rescues kid from foster care in Poland

Controversial Polish private investigator Krysztof Rutkowski has further increased his growing notoriety in Norway by again taking dramatic action to help a child escape foster care.

In his latest venture, Rutkowski extricated a Russian-born boy in his early teens from a foster home in south-western Norway.

“When it’s the child himself that calls, it tells you it’s a serious case,” Rutkowski told news website Aftenposten.no

The boy was placed with foster parents in the aftermath of a custody battle between his divorced Russian mother and Norwegian stepfather.

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