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What is the Definition of Abuse and Neglect
In 1974, the U.S. Congress passed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, (CAPTA) which set forth a minimum definition of abuse and neglect. It reads as follows:
"child abuse and neglect" means, at a minimum, any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.
Based on the lack of action by CPS when a child in state foster care is abused, this definition must not apply to Contract Service Providers.
In addition, each state has set forth its own definitions of neglect and/or abuse. To find how your state defines the terms, go to http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov/
at the National Clearinghouse for Child Abuse and Neglect Information website.
Cases of neglect constitute the vast majority of those reported to child welfare agencies
, and some experts, including Richard Gelles, dean of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Work, have questioned the prevailing definitions. "We were a little bit too aggressive in defining what is child abuse and neglect," says Gelles. "Some things we define as abuse and neglect, quite frankly, we don't have services for."
PBS on: Failure To Protect
, Austin, Texas - Caseworkers pressured to falsify documents to gain more funding
: She says she's appalled at the conditions that many foster children must endure.
Texas State Comptroller Exposes CPS
and thanks to the hard work of her staff, Kristen Turner's case is featured under the assumed name of "Angela". The American Civil Liberties Union would not allow convicted murderers and rapist to live in the conditions the state of Texas forces state foster children to live in.
” The mother of an 8-year-old boy who died in a fire she acknowledged setting has been charged with arson and injury to a child.
Harlingen, Texas, Hidalgo County District Attorney says charges against CPS by the Grand Jury were inappropriate against a statewide agency. The parents were indicted for abusing their children but the state is innocent of any wrongdoing after they have refused to protect the now 12, 13, and 14 year old daughter who repeatedly asked for help.
Grand Jury Indicts CPS
- "At the present time, without further information, I'm not in a position to
prosecute a state agency," he said. "For one thing, we work with them, with protective orders ... I would be in a conflict of interest situation."
September 22, 2004 - Harris County ranks No. 1 in child deaths from abuse, neglect
July 25, 2004
, Reporting by KHOU-11, Houston, Texas - Overmedication of Children in Foster Care While you are KHOU-TV 11
leave a message on their Message Board and let them know we want more information about what is happening in Austin and throughout our states child protective services. We need to know what is going on because this information will affect the future of our children and grandchildren.. indeed, our very lives.
April 7, 2004
Spotlight on foster care's `dark corners'
Strayhorn issues report on state system
By POLLY ROSS HUGHES
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau
AUSTIN -- From an outdoor "pee wall," to unrefrigerated meat patties, plastic
sheets for walls, and an attic lock-down room (at CADI, 2505 Southmore, Houston, Texas), Texas is abusing the children it is supposed to protect, a scathing study released Tuesday says.
News 24 Houston
Keeton was armed with large color photos of a sewage-spewing outdoor toilet, cold-water showers and a secret attic "seclusion" room where children can be locked inside.
From 4/6/2004-Present - Kristen's Life in CPS "Care"
4/5/04 - Kristen is in her 24th or 25th placement now, we are not informed of her progressing failure. Her foot has been turned outward, at a 90 degree angle for many months and she will require surgery in the very near future. For now, we will have to hope that Kristen Turner does not become another statistic.
4/1/04 - One year ago today, Kristen was admitted to Texas Children's Hospital with a broken hip, malnourished, with severe Osteomyelitis. How much has the state improved this child's level of care in one year?
1/13/04 - Kristen will be moved to her 21st placement today, in Austin. How much longer do they plan to keep Kristen from her family?
1/2/04 - Kristen's alleged assault investigation was reopened. Kristen said, "the man must not have believed me because he asked me like 12 times what color he was and I kept telling him, 'WHITE'".
10/16/03 - Houston Press
Editor, Margaret Downing, has outlined what is and is not
happening since 14 year old Kristen Turner was taken to the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston Texas. When child abuse occurs in a privately owned, state licensed, group facility, strangely enough, it would seem that the facility has nothing to be held accountable for.
Hannah's House is a young, Irving-based, non-profit organization that was formed as a result of Texas Senate Bill 140. Texas Senate Bill 140, which became law on September 1, 2001, was passed over the outrage that ensued after a Dallas "Daddy" shot his 2 little girls to death while his wife listened on the phone in horror
. This new law changes the number and types of people required to have visitations with their children supervised. The law states that a parent's violent past will be considered in judges' decisions on whether supervised visitation is in the best interest of the child (or children) involved. Hannah's House
Lancaster County- On June 8, 2003, a two year old child was buried. She had died due to overheating after being left in a van at the daycare. Three days later, on June 11th, ...
Boy's Haven of America, Beaumont, Texas
Advertised as a wholesome place for boys who simply need a little love and guidance, children often receive anything but love or proper guidance. On a Sunday afternoon, a ten year old boy was told to eat or the worker would hold him down while the other worker force fed him (child had documented eating difficulties due to medication). The previous night, this same child was heard screaming for help in the middle of the night....
When he was 15 days old, Tristen Leamon was taken from his parents because of suspected child abuse that was never proven. Now, six years later, he is going back home
Tristen was kept from his family for six years before the state returned custody to his mother and father, now divorced. Following visitation with Tristen, his father returned Tristen to the paternal grandmother, Judy Sorah. Ms. Sorah wanted to assure that the judge had visitation with her grandson to be in the written Orders.
13-month-old Elijah Cannon died of alleged abuse after callers reported their concerns about the toddler's caregiver twice to DCS officials.
Policy and Procedures are not followed concerning foster homes. Cities failed Audit requested by senator and legislators.........
California: Lassen County
Grand Jury blasts CPS and county departments
By Shayla Ashmore
Lassen County's administrators are "operating by the seat of their pants," according to the 2002-03 Grand Jury report, which Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Chapman said he found disappointing....
State claims CPS still incompetent
Posted on Monday, June 28
@ 16:56:57 PDT
By Woody Morgan
Despite public reports that Child Protective Services was working its way back to respectability, the state of California found in a recent audit the system in Lassen County was terribly flawed. www.lassennews.com
Frontline View, The Taking and Death of five year old Logan Marr
Foster parent, also a caseworker, receives 20 years....
Failure To Protect
Interview with Producers
Dorothy Roberts, in her book Shattered Bonds
, talks about how the child welfare system is often compared to a pendulum: At one moment, it may favor the notion of "family preservation," where all efforts are made to keep children in their homes; and at the next moment, child safety, not family unity, drives the national agenda. Where are we now? Are we at a turning point?
The child welfare system is driven by scandal. Scandal drives policy; it drives funding; and too often, it drives practice.
This means that when a child dies at the hands of her parents, the system tends to focus on getting more children out of their birth homes and into foster care -- the "child safety" agenda. When a child dies in foster care, the system swings more towards "family preservation" -- only removing children as a last resort. Thus, the pendulum that Roberts refers to. [Hope4KidZ, Inc., is working for the day when What is in the "best interest" of each minor, individual, human being, dependent up on Us, the Adults in their lives, to not allow our decisions be biased by financial incentive, nor by financial disincentive. There is no amount of money that can purchase a childhood and we must not simply reduce children to numbers and percentages. We hear that children are our most valuable resource, most vulnerable citizens, and I wonder how many of the "Mascots" (pictures of Representatives and Senators children/grandchildren) on the Capitol Walls in Austin Texas would be allowed to remain in living conditions that the Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would not license for the care of stray dogs and cats, places were state foster children are forced to live. Why are these facilities still open? Why are our children still there? How many should have gone home years ago? How many have family who have no idea where they are?]
In the late 1990s
, partly as a result of several prominent child deaths at the hands of birth parents, the "child safety" agenda began to dominate the national agenda. Tougher, shorter time limits on birth parents make it easier to terminate parental rights and free children up for adoption. There is a widespread consensus that the safety of children is the most important concern, even when the rights of birth parents must be sacrificed. This consensus has been strengthened by a universal disdain for long-term foster care, and an eagerness to provide "permanence" for children in care. This permanence is usually cast in terms of adoption, not reunification. So it seems we are approaching one end of the pendulum.
(AP) - New Jersey has failed a federal audit of its child welfare system and may have to return as much as $10 million in aid money,
according to a published report.
Information from: The Star-Ledger
Audit of New Jersey Foster Care
WOMAN FIRED DUE TO ABUSE ELIGIBLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Your workplace rights as a victim of domestic violence or child custody disputes
City and State
Foster Care Infants Used As Guinea Pigs for AIDS Research
Plan to Speed Adoptions ~ Stuck in Limbo Will Affect 'Legal
Corruption scandal shakes Brooklyn's
By TOM HAYS
Associated Press Writer
-- After 14 years on the bench, Judge Victor Barron spoke with
authority at a sentencing last year when he declared, "No one is above the law."
The sentencing, it turns out, was his own.
June 13, 2004
Unusual Death by Permethrin based Insecticide Poisoning - Jacksonville Daily News
June 11, 2004
- Fundraiser Targets Child Abuse
May 24, 2004
RALEIGH, N.C. -NBC13.com-- A woman whose daughter died of insecticide poisoning in the care of her legal guardian says judges refused four times in the past five years to return custody to her.
May 21, 2004
Eyewitness News 11 - ABC Local
May 20, 2004 Carolyn Futrell arrested in the murder of 7 year old Kayla Yvonne Allen
May 26, 2004
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - Custody transfer denied 4 times, mother says
Beginning today, the public gets a closer look at one of the state's most controversial jobs: deciding who is a fit parent.
Hearings in which those decisions are made have been closed to all but parents, lawyers and Child Protective Services (CPS) since they began in the 1960s. The idea was to shield abused and neglected children from shame.
Cindy Hofer of Waitsburg
also had a foster child taken from her home because of unsubstantiated complaints â€“ even though
she and her husband were allowed to adopt the child's sister.
A former foster parent trainer for the state, Hofer believes
caseworkers target foster parents who challenge them.
"We have lived this nightmare," Hofer said. "I'm scared
because nobody's listening. Caseworkers, they didn't take the
calls. I left messages. They didn't want to talk to us."
Maureen Walsh, legislative assistant to Rep. Dave Mastin,
R-Walla Walla, has examined Hofer's and Michael's cases and
said both women are credible, intelligent, involved parents
who made the mistake of questioning the system.
"If you don't play by their rules, or if you have any
complaints or question any action, human nature tends to breed
retaliation by some caseworkers," Walsh said. "Something is
not right here."