Child Welfare News

Child Welfare In the News - Week of October 23, 2016

Child Welfare in the News is a free distribution by Child Welfare Information Gateway Library which   features news article on topics of interest to child welfare and related professionals. Posting does not imply For My Child’s endorsement of any views and opinions expressed in articles.

NATIONAL

AL: What happens to kids taken by Human Resources?

  • Anniston Star – October 22, 2016: According to state records, 129 children three days old or younger were taken into foster care by DHR workers in the 2016 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30. In fact, newborns make up about 4 percent of the 3,564 children taken in by the state last year. Read full article

 

AZ: My Turn: We were there for kids. The Department of Child Safety wasn’t (Opinion)

  • AZ Central – October 24, 2016: My Turn: Motivated volunteers and court staff are giving their time, but they’re hamstrung by the absence of a key player: DCS. Also: Arizona Department of Child Safety rejects key provisions of audit: Read full articles – 1 & 2

 

CA: Reigniting Education in Juvie (Opinion)

  • Boom: A Journal of California – October 24, 2016: The schools offer an opportunity to change kids’ lives while they’re a captive audience. But in California, that opportunity is being wasted because the schools are failing. In a state preoccupied with reforming education and moving away from mass incarceration, the schools that exist at the intersection of these movements are habitually ignored, under-resourced, and not held accountable. Read full article

 

CT: Advocates see a deck stacked against parents in DCF cases

  • The Day – October 22, 2016: Lawyers and others who deal with child welfare cases say that once the Department of Children and Families takes a child from a home and wins temporary custody, the deck is stacked against parents. Read full article

 

FL: OUR VIEW: Fight to keep children safe 

  • Panama City News Herald – October 24, 2016: The Family First Prevention Services Act, which has passed the House and has a good chance of making it through the Senate, would address the harsh reality that tears too many children from their families and puts them in foster care rather than funding services that would keep them safer and happier with their own parents. Read full article

 

ME: State sits on millions in federal welfare dollars, yet poverty rises

  • Portland Press Herald – October 23, 2016: The state has amassed $155 million in unspent funds under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families in less than 5 years. In less than five years, the LePage administration has quietly stockpiled $155 million in unspent TANF funds, according to state budget data, an unused balance that has grown at a rate higher than any other state in that time. Read full article

 

NH: Grandparents of abused girls pushing for change in child protection laws 

  • Union Leader – October 22, 2016: What makes this case so tragic, according to the grandparents and their attorney, is that it could have been prevented if the state put the resources needed into child welfare and amended child protection statutes to put more emphasis on child safety instead of parental rights. Also: State seeks balance in child protection statutes: Read full articles – 1 & 2

 

NV: Nonprofit Spotlight | CASA provides better outcomes for children in foster care

  • Northern Nevada Business Weekly – October 24, 2016: In Washoe County, there are approximately 900 children who are in foster care because it is no longer safe for them to remain in their home. Once a child is removed from their home, a CASA volunteer can be assigned by the judge overseeing the child’s case. This CASA then becomes immersed in the child’s life getting to know not just them but all those around them such as their parents, relatives, foster parents, teachers, attorneys, social workers and counselors. Information Gateway resource: Representation of Children in Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings: Read full articles – 1 & 2

 

OH: Funding for Child Protective Services is lowest in the nation (Includes video)

  • News 5 Cleveland – October 25, 2016: Ohio has some of the lowest funding for child protective services in the United States. Funding dropped off during the recession and never bounced back. The repercussions of this state’s heroin epidemic are being seen in courtrooms, “Those of us that have this docket are finding that we’re being overwhelmed and it is getting harder and harder to get the cases in in a timely fashion,” said Nancy McMillen, a Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Magistrate. Read full article

 

OH: AG: Heroin epidemic unlike any other 

  • Fairborn Daily Herald – October 24, 2016: ”This opiate epidemic is unlike any drug epidemic I’ve ever seen,” he said Friday before speaking at a faith leaders conference at Cedarville University. “It goes across every demographic. From teenagers to 60- and 70-year-olds. Income doesn’t matter. Race doesn’t matter. Sex doesn’t matter. We’re losing eight to 10 people a day in Ohio.” The cost of foster care in Ohio is even on the rise because of the increase in orphaned children. Read full article

 

OK: Peppers Ranch Foster Care receives $75,000 grant 

  • Edmund Evening Sun – October 22, 2016: Founded in 1999, the Peppers Ranch Foster Care Community seeks to “break the cycle” of child abuse and neglect through loving homes, counseling and growth-oriented activities. The ultimate goal of Peppers Ranch’s Foster Care Community is to become home to as many of Oklahoma’s abused and neglected children as possible. Read full article

 

TX: Central Texas recovery center provides safe haven for trafficking victims

  • Culture Map – October 24, 2016: Girls ages 9-18 who are rescued from domestic child sex trafficking – the average victim’s age is 13, and only one in 100 are recovered – typically spend on average a year at Freedom Place, which is located at an undisclosed location outside Houston. Read full article

 

TX: TexProtects Statement on CPS Hiring Plan: Salaries Must Be Competitive 

  • Texas Insider – October 24, 2016: ”The Commissioner’s plan as reported is missing a key component: Competitive salaries at a level that will actually fill the positions and keep them filled with qualified caseworkers. Remember, we already have about 400 vacancies in high-need areas. We may hire 550 additional workers, but who will we retain who can handle the pressure and rigor of this job at a $34,000 entry-level salary? Read full article

 

UT: In our opinion: Rethinking foster care through the lens of family relationships

  • Deseret News – October 25, 2016: There are two demographic groups whose needs disproportionately impact the economic well-being of the country: the young and the old. With the dependency ratio (the ratio of the young and the old compared with the working-aged population) set to rise sharply over the next 15 years, it is gratifying to see efforts to address the needs of these two groups in a more cost-effective and socially beneficial way. Read full article

 

US: Female Genital Mutilation Haunts Somalis in US (Includes video)

  • Voice of America – October 24, 2016: Although the procedure is illegal in the United States, many Somali natives now residing in the U.S. underwent FGM as young girls and still live with pain. And, in some Somali communities, the practice is carried out in secret. Read full article

 

US: Foster Youth Bring Their Priorities to Capitol Hill (Includes video) 

  • Youth Today – October 24, 2016: Foster youth sometimes get the chance to respond to lawmakers’ child welfare agendas. They may be invited to testify at a hearing or to stand onstage at a press conference. But they don’t often set the policy agenda. A group of current and former foster youth wants to change that dynamic. Read full article

 

US: New Guidelines To Prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Released (Audio)

  • National Public Radio – October 24, 2016: The American Academy of Pediatrics has new advice out for parents to protect babies from sudden infant death syndrome. SIDS claims the lives of about 3,50 babies each year in the U.S. Read full article

 

US: Studying the effects of incarceration on women and their families

  • Phys.org – October 24, 2016: The number of women in prison has increased dramatically in the last several decades, yet there is little research into women’s experiences in prison and how it affects their families. Read full article

 

US: Op-ed: The school-to-prison pipeline is real, and we need to close it off 

  • Salt Lake Tribune – October 22, 2016: The School-to-Prison Pipeline is a national trend where children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Policies like “zero-tolerance” criminalize minor violations of school rules. Read full article

 

INTERNATIONAL

China: Helping Adopted Children Seek Closure 

  • Sixth Tone – October 25, 2016: The experience of adoption leaves many children with questions about their roots, but Chinese and American parents have different responses. Read full article

 

Egypt: European Union supports Egypt in collaboration with UNICEF to expand educational opportunities and enforce child protection systems

  • Relief Web – October 24, 2016: The European Union (EU) and the Government of Egypt (GoE), represented by the Ministry of International Cooperation, the Ministry of Education, and the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched today the five-year programme “Expanding Access to Education and Protection for at Risk Children in Egypt”. Read full article

 

Ethiopia: Ministry Pledges to End Child Marriage, FGM 

  • Ethiopian Herald – October 21, 2016: The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs marked International Girl Child Day for the 3rd time in Ethiopia with a theme: ” Let’s keep our promise and commitment to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and control child early and forced marriage (CEFM) and other harmful traditional practices to ensure women participation and competency” here yesterday. Read full article

 

Oman: Leading region in female empowerment 

  • Times of Oman – October 24, 2016: Oman is in a much better position on issues related to girls when compared to other countries in the region, the United Nations Population Fund representative in Oman (UNFPA) has said. Read full article

 

United Kingdom: Child migrants taken to Britain: now they need support and psychological care

  • The Conversation – October 23, 2016: Hundreds of unaccompanied child asylum seekers are being taken to Britain, moved from a camp in Calais, northern France, as its closure begins. There were 387 unaccompanied minors in the French refugee camp known as “the Jungle” with links to the UK and they are arriving in England in groups of 70. Read full article