State Child Protection. Legal news and articles for May 22 - 31, 2017

Abbott signs Texas bills on CPS, foster care, though federal judge may have last wordStealing Black children? Houston case a sign of how child protective ...Committee on the Rights of the Child examines the report of CameroonDoes Texas Ban Non-Christians From Adopting Children?Training offered to identify child protection issues in Indian CountryNo cheap fix for child protectionMan charged with sexually assaulting child in his careCriminalizing Pregnancy: Policing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs in the USAArab world 'lags' in children's access to justiceMartha Roby bill combating child sex tourism passes HouseCourt Rejects Child Hearsay Exception in Parental Termination CasesReport: Allegheny Co. Sees Biggest Spike In Child Abuse ReportsVirtual College deliver innovative Middle East safeguarding trainingChild protection law 'risks new stolen generation'Growing grassroots movements confronting school sex assault

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A Judge Struck Down the "Cocaine Mom" Law That Put Pregnant Women in Jail
Mother JonesMay 1, 2017

The law, called the Unborn Child Protection Act, was passed in 1997 and made the state responsible for protecting fetuses at all stages of pregnancy. Known as the "cocaine mom" law, it gave juvenile courts jurisdiction over the "expectant mother"—no ...more »

Father angry 4-year-old witnessed mother's OD despite call to CYS
WTAE PittsburghMay 4, 2017

Experts said the opioid crisis has put more pressure on child welfare caseloads, as well as new child protection laws passed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Both have resulted in thousands of additional calls to child welfare and that means ...more »

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Abbott signs Texas bills on CPS, foster care, though federal judge may have last word
Dallas NewsMay 31, 2017

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed into law "landmark legislation" that he said would improve child protection in Texas. "We know the challenges under which you have been working," Abbott told employees of the Department of Family and ...more »

Stealing Black children? Houston case a sign of how child protective ...
FinalCall.com NewsMay 31, 2017

“They are operating like it is slavery, when they broke up Black families and sent our children to White families,” Attorney Pamela Muhammad said, blasting ...more »

Committee on the Rights of the Child examines the report of Cameroon
ReliefwebMay 31, 2017

The Experts raised concern about the negative impact of large extraction and logging operations on children's rights and asked whether there were any laws or policies in place to protect children and ensure the accountability of businesses. On the ...more »

Does Texas Ban Non-Christians From Adopting Children?
snopes.comMay 31, 2017

A law passed in the Texas state Senate on 23 May 2017 opens the door for faith-based adoption agencies to legally use “sincerely held religious beliefs” as part of their criteria for child placement, which immediately led to calls of discrimination. If ...more »

Training offered to identify child protection issues in Indian Country
Bismarck TribuneMay 30, 2017

The National Criminal Justice Training Center's "AMBER Alert in Indian Country: Child Protection Symposium" will feature tribal officials and national experts who will address child exploitation, human trafficking and endangered and abducted children.more »

No cheap fix for child protection
Lexington Herald LeaderMay 26, 2017

Since then, the opioid epidemic has flooded Kentucky's child-protection system with young victims, with no corresponding rise in resources to make up for $50 million in cuts since the 2009 recession. Almost 8,400 children are in state care. Adoption is ...more »

Man charged with sexually assaulting child in his care
Pine Island EagleMay 24, 2017

Lea Anne Brandon, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, confirmed on Tuesday that the department handles any child abuse concerns and allegations. "However, Mississippi law prohibits us from making any comment ...more »

Criminalizing Pregnancy: Policing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs in the USA
Amnesty International USAMay 23, 2017

Criminalizing Pregnancy: Policing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs in the USA, highlights the impact of pregnancy criminalization laws, especially those which are used to arrest and prosecute women who use drugs based on a belief that they are harming ...more »

Arab world 'lags' in children's access to justice
ZawyaMay 23, 2017

He cited the UAE, with its raft of child protection laws in recent years, and Tunisia are “a good model” for neighbours to follow. “However, if we want to compare the Arab states compared to the rest of the world, we are still lagging behind.” “We need ...more »

Martha Roby bill combating child sex tourism passes House
AL.comMay 22, 2017

A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, that closes loopholes in the law protecting children from sexual abusers passed the House on Monday - legislation that the congresswoman said is needed to combat child sex tourism. Roby's bill ...more »

Court Rejects Child Hearsay Exception in Parental Termination Cases
New Jersey Law JournalMay 22, 2017

In a published opinion released Monday, the three-judge panel said in Division of Child Protection and Permanency v. J.E.C. that Title 30, which sets rules for the termination of parental rights, does not permit uncorroborated hearsay statements from ...more »

Report: Allegheny Co. Sees Biggest Spike In Child Abuse Reports
CBS Pittsburgh / KDKAMay 22, 2017

... a series of laws following the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The scandal broadened the state's definition of child abuse. After the laws went into effect, child protection experts worried that a large increase in reports would strain county agencies and ...more »

Virtual College deliver innovative Middle East safeguarding training
Virtual CollegeMay 22, 2017

The partnership will help support a new initiative in the United Arab Emirates making child protection training mandatory for individuals who work with children. UAE's new child protection law applies to all children up to the age of 18 and will mean ...more »

Child protection law 'risks new stolen generation'
Herald SunMay 22, 2017

It is understood a failure to boost child-protection staff numbers in recent years is contributing to the alarming trend. The Law Institute of Victoria wants the state government to change child-protection laws, including relaxing rigid family ...more »

Growing grassroots movements confronting school sex assault
WTOPMay 22, 2017

To discuss the more serious cases, a group of school administrators meets regularly in the basement of district headquarters with local law enforcement and child protection officials, as well as a psychologist. The program not only helps victims, but ...more »

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