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Secrecy in child welfare system fails the powerless

on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:54
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Secrecy in child welfare system fails the powerless

In the middle of a blinding snowstorm, an Edmonton Journal team drove west recently to visit the parents of a First Nations baby who died in care in 2011.

They were not welcomed.

The grieving parents only consented to see the reporter because she had the one thing the government had been denying them for two years.

She knew how their baby lost its life.

The reporter handed them a confidential four-page report, the room fell silent. The parents huddled together, poring over the scant details.

The system had taken away their daughter at birth, and never explained why.

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MCFD Canada Child protection eats up $500 million yearly in B.C.

on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 16:49
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MCFD Canada Child protection eats up $500 million yearly in B.C.

Service providers defend their agencies in face of critical youth advocate’s report B.C. MCFD child welfare expenses

More than half-a-billion dollars is spent each year in B.C. on child protection services — an important system that was harshly criticized last week by the province’s youth advocate.

The provincial budget earmarked $500 million for the 2012/13 year — and for the next two fiscal years — to pay for child-welfare costs such as social workers, foster parents and supporting troubled youth to live independently.

The federal government also gave an estimated $57 million in 2012/13 to

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Lawsuit Proceeds for Canada’s Lost Generation of Stolen Babies

on Sat, 11/02/2013 - 00:48
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 Lawsuit Proceeds for Canada’s Lost Generation of Stolen Babies

The children who were taken from their families during the Sixties Scoop are known as a hidden generation among those fighting for justice.

A class-action lawsuit against the Canadian government on behalf of tens of thousands of indigenous children who were seized and moved to white families in an adoption wave known as the “Sixties Scoop” can now proceed after being approved by an Ontario judge.

The decision was handed down after several previous lawsuits in Canada failed, and as attention in the U.S. focused on the Baby Veronica custody case.

“[The] harm done was profound and included lasting

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Two child welfare workers lose jobs in toddler's death investigation

on Sun, 10/27/2013 - 13:53
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Two child welfare workers lose jobs in toddler's death investigation

A child welfare case manager and supervisor were fired Thursday after a case they handled ended in the homicide of an east Lee County 3-year-old. This week, three of Michael McMullen’s caregivers were arrested on manslaughter charges.

Investigators say the boy spent four hours tightly wrapped in a blanket in a bizarre form of punishment.

Donella Trainor, Douglas Garrigus and Gale Watkins have all been charged with manslaughter in the death of three-year-old Michael Lee McMullen.

VIdeos: 911 call reporting 3-year-old Michael was unconscious | Three arrested in child's death

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False Abuse Reports Trouble Child Welfare Advocates

on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 12:21
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False Abuse Reports Trouble Child Welfare Advocates

Child protection experts say false, malicious reports of abuse are not uncommon. Efforts to address the problem face complex challenges.

In some neighborhoods in this city, it’s not uncommon for people to file an allegation of child abuse or neglect to settle a grudge.

In a meeting with City Limits, lawyers and social workers from The Bronx Defenders, which represents parents with child welfare cases in the Bronx, described a string of such cases: a landlord who repeatedly called in child neglect complaints against a tenant whose housing support check wasn’t coming through; a neighbor who

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Why do Kids Run Away from Foster Care?

on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 03:30
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Why do Kids Run Away from Foster Care?

Do you know what the number of youth who ran away from foster care was in 2013? It was 6,189. To put that in perspective: That’s enough kids to fill more than 14 average sized elementary schools, or more than 110 school buses.

This is a topic that is close to my heart. I am the director of a nonprofit organization offerings supportive housing to more than 45 youth annually in Minnesota. I am also a foster/adoptive parent who has helped to care for over eight children in the past decade. One of my foster daughters ran away from home.

She was 16 years olf when she ran back to her mother’s

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Report: Majority of Children Remain at Home after Maltreatment Investigation

on Sat, 09/28/2013 - 11:01
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Report: Majority of Children Remain at Home after Maltreatment Investigation

Children who remain in the home after maltreatment investigation may require mental and developmental health interventions

Note: This means that much of the time it is unnecessary to remove children, obviously it is much more traumatic to leave a loving home and move from foster home to foster home. Governments should be concentrating on supporting the family unit instead of feeding the child stealing machine, making all involved filthy rich while the people in need continue to go without.

Newswise — RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.

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Ottawa must act now on aboriginal child welfare

on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 12:10
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Ottawa must act now on aboriginal child welfare

By Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, Vancouver Sun

In 1907, Canada's Department of Indian Affairs sent Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce to investigate residential schools in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.

Bryce found dilapidated buildings, rampant tuberculosis, and shocking death rates. In some schools, only 31 per cent of children survived to graduation. Bryce submitted a lengthy report detailing the appalling conditions.

The federal government buried his report for 15 years until Bryce became so frustrated that he published his findings in a book.

By the time the last school

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Tone Deaf Response - Scathing Review of Colorado's Troubled Child Welfare System

on Sun, 05/05/2013 - 09:27
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Tone Deaf Response - Scathing Review of Colorado's Troubled Child Welfare System

Colorado still failing on child welfare

We are disappointed in the tone-deaf response to a scathing review of Colorado's troubled system

Two things become quite clear after reading a withering examination of how the child welfare system failed to protect a 3-year-old killed by his mother and the government's efforts to critique its performance.

First, it's a shame that the author of this review, Colorado's child protection ombudsman, has resigned. During her relatively short tenure, Becky Miller Updike brought candor and an ability to look unflinchingly at this troubled system.

Second, Updike's

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In loving memory of Michael Ryan Harris who died from abuse aged 22 months

on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 06:37
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In loving memory of Michael Ryan Harris who died from abuse aged 22 months

Outraged judge lays into child welfare workers at sentencing in toddler beating death

After excoriating Adams County social services for its botched effort to protect the child, a judge on Thursday sentenced Donald Scarlett to 42 years in prison for beating a toddler to death.

Scarlett, 33, had initially been charged with murder for killing 22-month-old Michael Ryan Harris, but a jury found him guilty of child abuse resulting in death. He faced up to 48 years in prison.

Michael, who died Feb.

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