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Okla. governor signs human services bills into law

on Wed, 06/06/2012 - 09:05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that overhauls the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and reorganizes the agency's child welfare division to make it more accountable and effective was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Surrounded by members of the House and Senate who helped develop the proposals during the legislative session that ended May 25, Fallin said the measures will help turn around an agency that has been the focus of withering criticism in recent years following the high-profile deaths of several children in its custody.

"Today is a turning point where we add more

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Strengthening Families Through Enhanced In-Home Support in Child Protective Services

on Sun, 05/27/2012 - 09:02


Status Update
December 2009
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Table of Contents
Executive Summary 1
Overview 3
Program Description 4
Philosophy 4
Eligibility Criteria 5
Service Provisions 5
Implementation History 7
Program Status 8
Outcomes 10
SFI in Family Preservation 10
Removal Avoidance 11
After Family Preservation Services 12
Exit Rates after Family Reunification Services 13
Family Satisfaction 14
Conclusion and Next Steps 15
Appendix A Examples of Empowerment Services Provided 17
Appendix B Glossary 18
Appendix C Descriptive Data and Outcomes for Groups Receiving and Not Receiving SFI in
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At least 24 youths died in care of HSE

on Sat, 05/26/2012 - 09:07
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At least 24 youths died in care of HSE

AT LEAST 24 children and young adults who were involved with social services have died in the past year and a half, according to health authorities.

Official figures show the largest number of deaths, 12, was due to natural causes, followed by suicide (5), road traffic incidents (3) and other incidents, including drug overdoses. The details were disclosed yesterday at the publication of six reports into child deaths and serious incidents, which highlighted grave pressure on social services such as delays in responding to neglect cases and heavy caseloads.

The reports were compiled by an

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Auditors find continuing problems at county social service agencies

on Fri, 05/25/2012 - 15:49

County social service agencies don’t do a good job of tracking foster children, leave federal funding on the table, have missing files on welfare checks and grant food stamps to too many ineligible people, a new state audit found.

 

These problems and a host of others on documentation and control were found in some of the largest social service agencies in the state, and scores of the issues were repeat errors that had been found in previous audits.

“In view of repeat findings … more oversight by [Department of Human Resources] management may be necessary,” said chief Legislative Auditor

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Foster child's letter of concern over Family Ties cuts raised in legislature

on Sun, 04/29/2012 - 13:58

Opposition Leader Olive Crane again raised concerns Friday over government’s decision to lay off child and family service workers, tabling a letter from a Grade 10 student in foster care who says this will have a negative impact on her.

 During question period Friday, Crane read from the letter, which does not contain the student’s name due to child protection laws.

 The young woman talks about her experiences with her Family Ties worker and takes issue with recent statements by Community Services Minister Valerie Docherty that children being serviced this program will not be negatively

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Arkansas Department Human Services Little Rock Cuts Funding to Child Abuse Prevention

on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 17:14

UPDATE DHS to cut funding to child abuse prevention programs

LITTLE ROCK — The state Department of Human Services said today it will cut funding to programs aimed at preventing child abuse because of a $2.2 million reduction in federal funding.

The cuts will take effect July 1. They are being made in response to a reduction in the funding the state receives through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF.

The agency said it is targeting prevention programs with the cuts so no caseworker positions will have to be eliminated.

“It was not easy for us to give up

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Foster care outsourcing by NSW government Department of Family Community Services worries union

on Tue, 04/24/2012 - 11:21

Foster children could fall through the gaps if the NSW government transfers almost 12,000 youngsters out of state care and into the non-government sector, a union says.

Under changes unveiled by the NSW government on Tuesday, 11,813 children and young people now in statutory, or court-ordered, care in NSW will no longer be looked after by social workers from the Department of Family and Community Services (DoCS).

Instead they will have their care overseen by NGOs.

All non-Aboriginal children and young people in statutory care will be transferred over five years, while the transition will

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Occupy Child Protective Services on MAY 1st GENERAL STRIKE

on Tue, 04/24/2012 - 01:37
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Occupy Child Protective Services on MAY 1st GENERAL STRIKE

Join OOP and OCCUPY CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES during the MAY 1st GENERAL STRIKE!

Come out on May Day to SHUT DOWN this horribly oppressive  institution that doesn’t give a f..k about  children or parents!

We cannot only block capital in spaces of waged labor, but also in the capitalist, racist, patriarchal reproduction of social life! STRIKE EVERYWHERE!

When: May 1st 8:30 AM
Where: CPS 401 Broadway — near Jack London Square.

See you there.

.. why occupy CPS?

Child Protective Services (CPS) is not what it claims.

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Official: New state effort could crush DHS

on Sun, 04/22/2012 - 16:36

ATLANTA —

Georgia child advocates tell Channel 2 Action News an aggressive state effort to keep at-risk children safe could do the exact opposite.

The biggest question they have: Can the Department of Human Services actually afford that effort?

"Almost every day, I look at the numbers," said Normer Adams, executive director of the Georgia Association of Homes and Services for Children.

As Adams crunches those numbers, their concerns grow.

"This could completely make the house of cards come crashing down," warns Adams.

Advocates like Adams are worried a new safety push to protect more

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Hickenlooper Announces Colorado Child-Welfare System Overhaul

on Thu, 04/19/2012 - 12:18
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Hickenlooper Announces Colorado Child-Welfare System Overhaul

On Thursday, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced several changes to improve Colorado's child welfare system after the tragic deaths of 43 children that were involved in the system during the last five years.

Fox31 reports that a state review showed that some caseworkers did not follow policy in the cases surrounding the 43 children that died. So, in an effort to improve the system, Hickenlooper, along with the executive director of the Dept. of Human Services, Reggie Bicha, are looking for increased transparency as well as to hold caseworkers and county officials more accountable.

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