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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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Last girl standing survived a `true life horror story’ then changed the future for thousands of other children

on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:30
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Last girl standing survived a `true life horror story’ then changed the future for thousands of other children

IF A HOLLYWOOD version of this story were even possible, it would go like this: four brave foster siblings testify about shocking sexual abuse in state-supervised care. They force a restructure of a government department, spark radical reform of the child safety system and change the future for thousands of other children. They take their fight for compensation all the way to the High Court and win. They buy houses, fall in love, raise their own happy kids and nestle into the warm glow of ordinary, content suburban lives.

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Australian Orphanages on list of shame in Cambodia

on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 08:37
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Australian Orphanages on list of shame in Cambodia

Visiting orphanages and volunteering in Cambodia is dangerous for children as they become emotionally attached to foreigners and feel abandoned when they leave, says Friends International chief Sebastien Morat.

Volunteering in Cambodia 'harming children'

Dozens of orphanages in Cambodia, including some run by Australians, have been accused of abuse, neglect or exploiting children to attract donations.

The government in Phnom Penh is cracking down on the multimillion-dollar orphanage industry after investigators discovered shocking abuses of children and a list has been compiled of centres

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How to move away from frontline social work, but still use your skills

on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 21:32
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How to move away from frontline social work, but still use your skills

Are you suffering from burnout or starting to think frontline social work isn't for you? Don't despair: many alternative job roles make good use of the skills and knowledge gained from social work training, finds Mat Little.

Social work lecturer

What’s involved: Teaching students through lectures and tutorials, acting as a personal tutor, going on placement visits and running study units. Senior lecturers will run and design courses. All academic staff will undertake research, publish papers and attend conferences.

What’s an average day like? It varies and will encompass one or more of the

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A voice for our most vulnerable

on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:38
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A voice for our most vulnerable

IT is the little girl's ninth birthday, and she is alone and crying. She has just endured a chaotic night of violence against her mother and little brother, but more confusion ensues when the police take her to her new emergency home.

The girl has become a ward of the state in a temporary care home with "heaps of foster kids".

"When I was in the bedroom to stay, I was crying in the bedroom because I want my mum," the girl says. "So on the next day it was my birthday but no one didn't care."

The plaintive transcript of the girl's thoughts offers a rare insight into the mind of a child who

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Self-represented litigants ‘treated with contempt’ by many judges, study finds

on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:14
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Self-represented litigants ‘treated with contempt’ by many judges, study finds

OTTAWA — Jamie Ryan has been fighting for equal access to his young daughter since the day she was born nearly three years ago.

 

When his ex-girlfriend announced she was moving to Toronto and taking their daughter with her, Ryan hired a lawyer and spent $30,000 trying to stop her. The judge ruled against him. “So that was a waste of money, really,” he says.

Since then, Ryan — who owns an Ottawa company called Executive Golf — has been representing himself in court. So far, he’s appeared before seven different judges. Despite some limited success, the experience has been deeply disillusioning.

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Kids have a right to be heard - A knock at the door from two Interpol representatives

on Sat, 12/22/2012 - 15:01
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Kids have a right to be heard - A knock at the door from two Interpol representatives

The girls at the centre of an international custody battle between their mother in Queensland and their father in Italy. Picture: Rob MacColl Source: News Limited

LEORA Miller had been living in Australia for 10 months when she received a knock at the door from two Interpol representatives. She was told she had 14 days to return her four boys to Israel.

It was the start of a three-year legal nightmare.

Unlike the high-profile Queensland case involving four Italian-born girls, Miller's children were not dragged on to a plane and sent home to their father.

But the process nevertheless left her

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Man Seeks Answers 44 Years After Witnessing Brother's Foster-Care Death

on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:08
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Man Seeks Answers 44 Years After Witnessing Brother's Foster-Care Death

Charles Stecker was only 4 years old when he saw his foster mother kill his 2-year-old brother Eddie, but he remembers it like it was yesterday.

“[She] put my brother to bed and he was crying profusely. [Eddie] was probably in pain because he was beat up,” says Stecker, who remembers lying in a bed a few feet away as his foster mother, Lillian Bedford, placed his brother in a crib, walked downstairs and started chatting on the telephone.

Stecker watched his foster mother return to the boys’ room, agitated by what she described as Eddie’s persistent “squalling,” the Philadelphia Inquirer

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Frustrated couple sells DCF tape recordings

on Mon, 08/13/2012 - 15:44
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Melissa and Robert Obernauer are in a battle with the state Department of Children and Families and much of it is on tape.

Ever since DCF removed Melissa's biological daughter from their home, they say their fight to get her back has been almost pointless.

"This is not a case about helping a child. This is a case of them versus us," said Robert Obernauer 

It's gotten so bad that the parents began recording their conversations with the state.

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50-50 chance that the child will be removed, shortly after the birth

on Sun, 08/12/2012 - 10:05
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Happy days ... Lisa Bacon, right, with Dawn Jago, holding baby Tia. Photograph: Janice Brown

In May 2011, when she was 21, Lisa Bacon found out she was pregnant. Suddenly she was afraid that she might lose her home and that her baby would be taken away from her. Lisa – who has a mild learning disability and hearing loss – knew that only a tiny proportion of people like her ever become parents and if they do, there is a 50-50 chance that the child will be removed, shortly after the birth.

Lisa was taken away from her own family when she was 11 and put into foster care.

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