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Iowa first lady says state’s shelters ‘on shoestring’

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

BY ELIZABETH AHLIN
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
COUNCIL BLUFFS - Life and lunch were among the topics Tuesday when Iowa first lady Mari Culver sat down with a few boys at the Children’s Square USA emergency shelter.

Before they feasted on chicken, baked potatoes and pasta salad, Culver made the sign of the cross and [...]

A MATTER OF WHEN, NOT IF:

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

By Michelle S. Han
City Limits WEEKLY #635
April 14, 2008
Youth involved in Family Court cases are ready to be seen and heard, not just discussed by others.
A movement to include more young people in their own Family Court hearings has slowly but surely been gaining momentum over the past several years.The question now, [...]

Lawyers Fight to Be Heard in Texas Polygamists’ Child Removal Cases

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

John Council
Texas Lawyer
April 18, 2008
Lawyers for the state tried to prove why the judge should give them temporary managing conservatorship of the children
As some of the parents of the 416 children that Child Protective Services removed from a West Texas polygamist compound looked on, 51st State District Judge Barbara Walther tried her [...]

Critics find flaws with new DHS abuse rules

Monday, April 14th, 2008

By LEE ROOD • REGISTER STAFF WRITER • April 6, 2008In the wake of a baby’s violent death in Waterloo, child advocates are stepping into the public light to tell state leaders: We warned you.
A wide mix of advocates - foster and adoptive parents, attorneys for children, policymakers, social workers - say they told state [...]

Courts lose some say on kids in state’s care

Monday, April 14th, 2008

By Tim Evans
March 24, 2008
State to take over some decisions; advocates of change expect savings of millions of dollars
Tucked into the 600 pages of tax-reform legislation signed into law last week by Gov. Mitch Daniels are several provisions that will mean judges might no longer get the last word in deciding what’s best for abused [...]

Waterloo baby’s death prompts state review of child-welfare system

Monday, April 14th, 2008

BY LEE ROOD
REGISTER STAFF WRITER
March 26 2008
Iowa lawmakers and top human service officials promised to review possible holes in the state’s child-welfare system in the wake of the death of a Waterloo baby whose family was being monitored by the state for more than a year.
Kevin Concannon, director of the Department of Human Services, and [...]

State panel calls for change to fix dependency court system

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

By Karen de Sá
Mercury News
03/15/2008 01:30:13 AM PDT
A state commission concluded its two-year study of California’s juvenile dependency courts Friday by calling for sweeping reforms to make sure children and parents caught in the system are better informed and better served.
The Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care recommended critical changes to ensure that [...]

State pushing less use of foster care

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

March 16th, 2008

By Todd Ruger
Sheriff’s Maj. Connie Shingledecker oversees all the child abuse and neglect investigations in Manatee County, where investigators remove children from their homes more frequently than most anywhere else in Florida, a recent study shows.
After a decade of work where she has emerged as a state leader in child safety, Shingledecker says [...]

Report finds holes in city’s child-protection safety net

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Judging kids’ risk is an ‘ongoing problem,’ it says
By Ann Imse, Rocky Mountain News
Saturday, March 8, 2008
An outside review has criticized Denver’s child protection agency for a long list of management problems, including failure to check for abuse by non-family members such as boyfriends.
The outside review was requested by the Denver Department of Human Services [...]

Child abuse rates fall, but neglect is on the rise

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Ozarks Opinions News-Leader.com, MO 
“In the past decade, the incidence of child abuse – locally and nationally – has declined sharply."
However, child neglect “has not shown the same encouraging decline.”  Child neglect “accounts for two-thirds of the 3 million reports made to child protective services nationwide each year” and “the number of substantiated child neglect cases [...]