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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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Children's Court of Victoria-Drugs court pilot puts children first

on Sun, 11/03/2013 - 17:44

The Children's Court of Victoria will trial an Australian-first family drug court next year, as part of a new approach to reduce instances of children being taken into foster or state care.

The court will preside over a ''holistic approach'' to child protection matters involving one or more parents with a substance abuse issue.

If reuniting a family is not possible, the court will aim to make permanent changes to living conditions quicker, in most cases within 12 months.

The three-year trial will initially be concerned with parents aged under 21 who have at least one child aged under

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Jhessye Shockley's mom, Jerice Hunter, claims children abused in foster home

on Sun, 11/03/2013 - 16:04

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

CBS 5 News has obtained a letter from Jerice Hunter, the Valley mom facing charges in her 5-year-old's disappearance, to a church member who claims he has evidence that will help her.

 

  • Hunter is in jail on first-degree murder and child abuse charges in the death of her daughter, Jhessye Shockley, according to police.

In a letter to a pastor at the Pentecostal Deliverance church in Peoria, Hunter said, "I'm extremely anxious to view the information you've so graciously provided [my attorney] for me."

In the letter, Hunter claims, "My children who are in CPS custody have

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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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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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'Think beyond protection' of children in foster care

on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 09:17
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'Think beyond protection' of children in foster care

Eugene Emory, director of clinical training at Emory University, who began his professional career as a social worker, was keynote speaker at the 20th annual Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon and Conference held by the Exchange Club Family Center of Northeast Florida.

"By empowering parents to learn nonviolent, nurturing parenting skills, we can strengthen families and put a stop to child abuse before it ever begins,

The power of families just can't be stressed enough, the realisation that abandonment creates trauma and often involves a conglomeration of public servants to enact it out on a

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Louisiana Program seeks better outcomes for foster children

on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 13:32
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Program seeks better outcomes for foster children

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services on Monday announced a new initiative designed to reduce the number of children in foster care and the amount of time each child spends in the system.

The program will try to ensure that 85 percent of children in foster care will either be reunited with their family or placed for adoption within 24 months, according to DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier, who announced the new program in Lafayette.

"Our goal is that the child can live a happy productive life with no need for further involvement from DCFS," Sonnier said.

Sonnier said she

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Few children in foster care ever return home

on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 19:09
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Few children in foster care ever return home

Very few children who are taken into foster care by child welfare services ever return to their own homes. A new study by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) found that just over 10% are returned to live with their parents, and of those almost a third end up in foster care again.

The study indicates that rescuing a child from a home where his or her welfare is in jeopardy is rarely a temporary measure. In most cases, foster care ends only when the child comes of age.

Even so, social workers estimate that in almost 90% of cases, intervening by taking a child out of the home

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80% of children in foster care who died from abuse and neglect were three years old or younger

on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 12:25
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80% of children in foster care who died from abuse and neglect were three years old or younger

 Report On NJ Foster Care System Raises Alarms

A new report finds New Jersey is not doing enough to protect young children in the foster care system.

The report by Advocates For Children of New Jersey found that young children represent a majority of children in supervision by the state, 25% are three years-old and younger, 34% are in placement.

“The more compelling result is 80% of children in foster care who died from abuse and neglect were three years old or younger,” said Ceil Zalkind, executive director of Advocates For Children Of New Jersey.

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Death Rate of Foster Children 6.9 Times Higher Than When Living With Parents

on Sat, 11/24/2012 - 16:41
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Death Rate of Foster Children 6.9 Times Higher Than When Living With Parents

Manitoba Foster Deaths

June 18, 2010

Last week Manitoba's acting children's advocate, Bonnie Kocsis, issued a confidential report to the legislature on the provincial child welfare system. The ensuing controversy has led to the publication by the CBC of a chart giving the death rate of Manitoba foster children over thirteen years. The chart shows 154 deaths in 80060 child-years, a death rate of 192 per 100 thousand child years, 6.9 times deadlier than in parental care.

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