BAILII – BAILII Databases


BAILII – BAILII Databases See on Scoop.it – Public Law Children Act Cases BAILII databases contain British and Irish case law, legislation and other materials (e.g. Law Commission Reports), and European case law. See on http://www.bailii.org Related articles The BAILII lecture: … Continue reading

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Foster Care


Foster Care

Foster care is the term used for a system in which a minor who has been made a ward is placed in the private home of a state certified caregiver referred to as a “foster parent”.  The state via the family court and child protection agency stand in loco parentis to the minor, making all legal decisions while the foster parent is responsible for the day to day care of said minor. The foster parent is remunerated by the state for their services.  Foster care is intended to be a short term situation until a permanent placement can be made:

  • Reunification with the biological parent(s)
  • When it is deemed in the child’s best interest. This is generally the first choice.
  • Preferably by a biological family member such as an aunt or grandparent.
  • If no biological family member is willing or able to adopt, the next preference is for the child to be adopted by the foster parents or by someone else involved in the child’s life (such as a teacher orcoach). This is to maintain continuity in the child’s life ~ Wikipedia
     

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Family Law Courts


Family Law Courts Family matters are dealt with in the Family Division of the High Court, by district judges in County Courts and in Family Proceedings Courts. What Family Courts deal with Public law Private Law Adoption Marriage matters Domestic … Continue reading

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Murs Explains Why He Returned His Older Son To Foster Care


The Strange Music rapper had to send one of this children back to foster care.

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London ‘paedophile’ knife murder accused woman on trial – BBC News


A woman stabbed a 77-year-old suspected paedophile to death before handing herself into police, a court hears.

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Justina Pelletier’s Family Vows Legal Action Against State for Abducting Their Daughter, Fights Back on Behalf of “All Children” | CCHR International


The family of Justina Pelletier, the teenage girl at the center of a national parental rights dispute, vows to pursue legal action against the state of …

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Steve King: Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling Could Lead To Civil War


Iowa Representative Steve King, a Republican, on Thursday suggested that a Supreme Court ruling striking down state bans on gay marriage could lead to civil war

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Seren Bernard inquest: Failures did not contribute to the 14-year-old’s death


Seren Barnard’s mum Sarah Pollock spoke after the hearing to say she hoped no other parent would have to endure what she had been through

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Sovereign | Search Results | Parents Rights Blog


Family Law News, Family Court System, Social Services, United Kingdom, United States of America, Parental Rights.

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Children lose childhoods in immigrant detention


The unaccompanied children are housed in a labyrinthine network of more than 90 state-licensed shelters, foster homes and detention centers that the government describes as “safe havens”.

 

The system has repeatedly failed to hold abusers accountable, despite a federal law that makes sexual contact with a detainee a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison, the investigation found. The Office of Refugee Resettlement, the federal agency responsible for the children’s care, has no specific system that tracks abuse allegations all the way through the investigative process — from outcry to outcome. […] for the first time, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Chronicle, the government has released copies of 101 “significant incident reports” from March 2011 to March 2013 involving abuse allegations against staff members.

 

The Chronicle reviewed thousands of pages of records from federal, state and law enforcement agencies in five states and interviewed officials, former shelter staff and residents. — Children and teenagers reported having sexual contact — ranging from kissing to unwanted touching to intercourse — with staff in Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois, the federal records show. — The Office of Refugee Resettlement relies on state childcare licensing and local police to investigate abuses of the children in its care, instead of notifying the FBI of serious allegations.

 

In the hands of local police and prosecutors, criminal cases have crumbled because of sloppy detective work, communication gaps with federal officials and jurisdictional confusion. — Youths in ORR custody in Texas were molested as they slept, sexually harassed and seduced by staff members during the past decade, records from state childcare licensing investigators and law enforcement show. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who authored the 2008 amendment that allows for federal prosecution of those who sexually abuse youths in ORR care, said in a statement that she was “extremely troubled” by the cases identified in the Chronicle’s investigation. In response to the Chronicle’s findings, she wrote a letter to the White House office reviewing ORR’s Prison Rape Elimination Act regulation, urging regulatory officials to swiftly enact the provision to better protect children.

 

Instead of entering immigration detention centers, youths are handed over to ORR, which houses the vast majority in state-licensed shelters and releases about 90 percent of them to relatives or other sponsors in the U.S. while their immigration cases are pending.

 

Dozens of workers were fired or disciplined in connection with sexual, physical and verbal abuses, maltreatment, inadequate supervision and inappropriate behavior and relationships. The FBI came out to investigate allegations that a 41-year-old worker named Belinda Leal had sexually abused a string of teenage boys detained in a shelter in Nixon. […] federal prosecutors determined they lacked jurisdiction to charge Leal under a federal law criminalizing sexual abuse of ward because it specifically applied to inmates in Department of Justice custody. A jury convicted the worker on six state charges and he served 14 months in prison, but several charges were overturned on appeal.

 

Since Congress tightened the federal law, ORR has not notified the FBI of any abuse allegations involving staff members, said Jallyn Sualog, director of the children’s program for ORR. Kelly Kleinvachter, a national FBI spokeswoman, did not respond to specific questions about whether the agency defers to local law enforcement or would investigate abuses within the federal shelter network if notified.

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Child abduction law’s backer has checkered background


When a Florida Senate committee considered a bill this spring to prevent parental child abductions, one of the witnesses in support of the measure was Peter Thomas Senese.

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What MPs do


The UK public elects Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons

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Childhood Trauma Leads to Brains Wired for Fear


Last week, a report by the University of San Diego School of Law found that about 686,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. T

 

Traumatic childhood events can lead to mental health and behavioral problems later in life, explains psychiatrist and traumatic stress expert Bessel van der Kolk, author of the recently published book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

 

Children’s brains are literally shaped by traumatic experiences, which can lead to problems with anger, addiction, and even criminal activity in adulthood, says van der Kolk. Sound Medicine’s Barbara Lewis spoke with him about his book. 

 

 

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