Foster Care. Legal news and articles for September 23 - 30, 2015

Roberts: Judge refuses to walk away from foster kidsNew Md. laws: Speed limits, criminal records, divorcesDrunk Drivers to Face Tougher Penalties in Md.Pregnant Teenager Deported Back To El Salvador After She Aged Out Of The ...Foster Children With Untreated Health Issues Face Barriers to CareLawsuit: Gov. Haley, DSS agree to give more protection to foster childrenJesse is a typical boy in probation-run foster care: unwantedFormer Idaho foster kid beats the oddsFor private foster agencies, a new layer of scrutinyDuring budget impasse, prisons get paid but foster care programs don't: Nancy ...Growing need for foster parents strains regionSenator Averil Power urges foster care billThey stumbled upon a child porn ring, then did nothingAfter 'Baby Bella,' Bartholet indicts systemic failures to protect at-risk ...Should Adoption Agencies Be Allowed to Discriminate Against Gay Parents?

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Parents face child abuse investigations over pot use
Al Jazeera AmericaSeptember 7, 2015

As marijuana laws loosen across the country, there's a growing gap between what's legal and what raises red flags for child-protection agencies. Twenty-three states and Washington, DC, have approved medical marijuana programs, and of those, four states ...more »

Lawsuit: Gov. Haley, DSS agree to give more protection to foster children
The StateSeptember 28, 2015

"Despite nearly three decades of repeated notice of dangers to children in DSS custody and multiple opportunities to improve the foster care system, Defendants have continued to ignore those dangers and operate DSS in a manner contrary to law and ...more »

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Roberts: Judge refuses to walk away from foster kids
azcentral.comSeptember 30, 2015

Attorney General Mark Brnovich and two private law firms, in their motion to dismiss, called the lawsuit “ill timed”, saying it is “distracting from substantial, impactful, and ongoing reform from within Arizona; and diverting critical resources from ...more »

New Md. laws: Speed limits, criminal records, divorces
Delmarva Daily TimesSeptember 30, 2015

Maryland social service agencies will be able to keep children in foster care if there is severe abuse by biological parents or if parents do not protect their children from serious mistreatment. The law is named for Anaya Williams, a 21-month-old ...more »

Drunk Drivers to Face Tougher Penalties in Md.
NBC4 WashingtonSeptember 30, 2015

Maryland social service agencies will be able to keep children in foster care if there is severe abuse by biological parents or if parents do not protect their children from serious mistreatment. The law is named for Anaya Williams, a 21-month-old ...more »

Pregnant Teenager Deported Back To El Salvador After She Aged Out Of The ...
ThinkProgressSeptember 29, 2015

According to her foster mother, Portillo had no idea that her guilty plea would prevent her from becoming a legal resident or land her in deportation proceedings just months after she aged out of Oklahoma's foster care system. Portillo is not the first ...more »

Foster Children With Untreated Health Issues Face Barriers to Care
California HealthlineSeptember 29, 2015

Children with untreated physical and mental health issues living in foster care face several barriers to care, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics report by researchers from California and other states, NPR's "Shots" reports (Neighmond ...more »

Lawsuit: Gov. Haley, DSS agree to give more protection to foster children
The StateSeptember 28, 2015

"Despite nearly three decades of repeated notice of dangers to children in DSS custody and multiple opportunities to improve the foster care system, Defendants have continued to ignore those dangers and operate DSS in a manner contrary to law and ...more »

Jesse is a typical boy in probation-run foster care: unwanted
Los Angeles TimesSeptember 28, 2015

"We know that young people rehabilitate and heal in families. They don't do that in institutions," said Jennifer Rodriguez, executive director of the Children's Law Center and herself a former "crossover kid." "When we put children in this situation ...more »

Former Idaho foster kid beats the odds
The Idaho StatesmanSeptember 28, 2015

Hansen self-published a book in 2012 titled “Out of the Darkness, My Journey Through Foster Care,” detailing her rocky childhood. She has used her experiences in her speeches and presentations across the state during her work with the Juvenile Justice ...more »

For private foster agencies, a new layer of scrutiny
The Desert SunSeptember 27, 2015

And finally, although foster parents are required to know CPR, law enforcement documents say these parents didn't know the basics. “They were supposed to keep my granddaughter safe, and they failed,” said Scott Faris, 46, Adina's grandfather. “The ...more »

During budget impasse, prisons get paid but foster care programs don't: Nancy ...
PennLive.comSeptember 25, 2015

A caseworker there will place the children in a home. If things work out on both sides, the caregivers may decide ... Since the law says the staff must be paid, across the state agencies are scraping together money for paychecks and for the foster ...more »

Growing need for foster parents strains region
Journal and CourierSeptember 25, 2015

The state relies on foster parents to soothe wounds and provide a temporary home for children whose own homes grew so unstable they had to be removed from them. Across the state, increasing numbers of children are entering the foster care system, but ...more »

Senator Averil Power urges foster care bill
Irish ExaminerSeptember 25, 2015

A legal challenge to the referendum's amendment to article 42A of the constitution was dismissed by the Supreme Court in April, clearing the way for new legislation. The awaited changes will allow children with living parents, no matter what their ...more »

They stumbled upon a child porn ring, then did nothing
The Desert SunSeptember 24, 2015

He lived in a two-bedroom house with two adopted sons, a preteen boy for whom he was seeking guardianship, and a neighborhood teenager who had moved in after an argument with his parents. When questioned, the children denied the ... Social services ...more »

After 'Baby Bella,' Bartholet indicts systemic failures to protect at-risk ...
Harvard Law School NewsSeptember 24, 2015

A nationally renowned child welfare advocate, Bartholet is the founding Faculty Director of Harvard Law School's Child Advocacy Program. Several recent news stories and interviews elucidate her views on child protection issues and her recommendations ...more »

Should Adoption Agencies Be Allowed to Discriminate Against Gay Parents?
The AtlanticSeptember 23, 2015

There are other organizations that happily help same-sex couples foster or adopt children, after all, and the faith-based agencies must refer potential clients to those agencies, as part of the new law. Is there really any harm, they say, in letting ...more »

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