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Adoption Bonuses: The Money Behind the Madness

on Thu, 05/15/2014 - 19:43
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Adoption Bonuses: The Money Behind the Madness

DSS and affiliates rewarded for breaking up families

By Nev Moore
Massachusetts News

Child "protection" is one of the biggest businesses in the country. We spend $12 billion a year on it. 

The money goes to tens of thousands of a) state employees, b) collateral professionals, such as lawyers, court personnel, court investigators, evaluators and guardians, judges, and c) DSS contracted vendors such as counselors, therapists, more "evaluators", junk psychologists, residential facilities, foster parents, adoptive parents, MSPCC, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YMCA, etc.

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Using Facebook to connect foster care children with relatives - Nebraska

on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 14:18
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Using Facebook to connect foster care children with relatives
Facebook has opened up a new world of experiments for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

The state is using the social networking site as a tool in finding the relatives of children in foster care.

News 5's Dara Newson shows us how it's had an impact on lives.

"When it's your own relatives the chances that you say I'm sorry can't do this anymore seem to go down," said Debi Schriner.

Foster children are often moved from one unfamiliar home to another.

"Often times if they have to go into stranger care they get moved into a different community," Schriner explained.

Schriner is the
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Family claims Sacramento County CPS violated disabled child's rights

on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 03:46
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Family claims Sacramento County CPS violated disabled child's rights

Anthony, age 6, is instructed by his mother, Robin Mammen, right, during a therapy session in their Elk Grove home earlier this month. Anthony, who has multiple disabilities, came to the Mammens as a foster child but has since been adopted by them.Mentally retarded and autistic, Anthony Platz seemed to be headed toward life in an institution four years ago.

His regular emotional outbursts caused him to be shuffled from one foster home to the next, including one where he was kept in the garage.

Anthony, 6, was saved thanks to Larry and Robin Mammen.

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Both sides of child welfare debate

on Mon, 08/13/2012 - 06:09
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LINCOLN — Tears flowed and tales of trouble abounded at a hearing Thursday about whether to pull back on Nebraska's experiment in privatizing child welfare.

On one side were people such as Jenae Vanevery, a Lincoln foster parent who relayed her experience with KVC, one of the state's private contractors.

In September, she said, she got a call to pick up two new foster children.

The girls, ages 3 and 2, had been in KVC's care since being removed from their home 10 hours earlier.

But Vanevery found them still covered in their own waste, wearing clothing stiff from dried urine.

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Child welfare system must be improved

on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 11:48
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Child welfare system must be improved

The state of our state’s child welfare system is an important issue for many reasons. Anytime you are dealing with a situation where a child is removed from their family and home, it is a difficult situation. As a result, the child welfare system will not be a perfect system; however we are looking for ways to improve the lives of these children every day.

There is an overriding issue that is of particular concern.

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Research report into child neglect NSW Australia

on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:27
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Child neglect
Executive summary
This literature review of neglect has been undertaken to assist in refining definitions, examining risk factors, investigating developmental consequences, guiding management of cases, informing policy and identifying service strategies.
There is a lack of consistency in how ‘neglect’ is defined.
Several definitions of neglect have been proposed. Most commonly they emphasise that a child’s basic developmental needs have not been met by acts of omission by those responsible for that child.

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Foster Kids on Too Many Meds Is the Government Taking Action

on Sat, 05/26/2012 - 09:18

A GAO report found that foster children were being prescribed psychotropic drugs at rates as high as 13 times that of children in the general population. (Getty Images)

The senator who spurred the Government Accountability Office to investigate the startling numbers of foster children being put on powerful, mind-altering drugs is calling on the Obama administration to follow through on its vow to find solutions to the issue.

“This is a deeply disturbing problem that demands immediate attention,” Sen.

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The perils of child welfare privatization

on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 13:05

The $65 million state contract to protect Hillsborough's children will be taken from one private agency, Hillsborough Kids Inc., and given to another, Eckerd Community Alternatives, which already has contracts in the state. The article states: "Only Eckerd and HKI vied for the lucrative contract."

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gust a Tribune editorial about the adoption of children in foster care, which called the current state administration's stance "admirable," said past secretaries of the Department of Children & Families deserve considerable credit for aggressively seeking to reduce the number of children in