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Georgia Foster Care Fraught with Private Abuses, Public Excuses

While many foster parents seek to provide a safe environment for abused children, most children separated from their parents and placed in state custody are at greater risk of abuse and neglect. The problems facing the Georgia child welfare system are examples of why keeping families together is far safer for most children than placing […]

Group Files Lawsuit Alleging Massachusetts Foster Care Is Harming Children

A national child advocacy group, based in New York, has filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Massachusetts. The suit was filed on behalf of thousands of children who were abused and neglected in state custody. Similar lawsuits have been filed in Connecticut, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, and the District of […]

Family Loses Custody of Daughters for a Month for Taking Baby-Bath-Time Photos

Many social services agencies across the nation are greatly out of touch with mainstream American families. One example of this occurred when an Arizona family submitted a roll of film for development at their local store. Among the photographs were typical “baby-bath-time” pictures. When a store employee contacted social services, all three of the couple’s […]

Who Watches the Watchmen: Social Worker Charged with Assaulting Child in His Care

When determining the best interest of children, courts are often under the false impression that children are always safer in state custody. However, children placed in state care are actually at a greater risk of harm. Recently, a California teen was allegedly taken by a social worker who took the boy to his own residence […]

Huffing and Puffing: Social Workers and Police May Not Say, “Let Us in the House, or We Are Taking Your Children.”

Often, social workers tell parents that their children will be taken if they do not cooperate with a social work investigation. In most cases these threats are empty overstatements of a social worker’s actual authority. In Arizona, an assistant attorney general, two social workers, a sheriff, and four sheriff’s deputies are in federal court to […]

Children Overmedicated in State Custody

Children placed in the foster care system are more likely to be placed on psychotropic medication. Some of these children are taken from their homes because their parents are addicted to the same type of drugs that these children are later prescribed. Recently, when an overmedicated seven-year-old boy committed suicide, a debate over the widespread […]

Haiti’s Children Held Hostage by UNICEF’s Agenda

There are hundreds of private agencies that exist to help children in need. Yet many times the progress these organizations seek to make is held back by the interference of governmental entities that claim to promote child welfare. International organizations like UNICEF often carry the baggage of a political agenda and worldview which tends to […]

Informants: Some Doctors Practice Double Standard when Reporting Child Abuse

By law, medical doctors are mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect in nearly every state. Consequently, doctors are among the most common informants for social services agencies. However, recently there has been some concern that some doctors may report parents for minor concerns, but overlook serious acts of child abuse among their own colleagues.

Iowa Mother Sues Social Services for Taking Five-Year-Old Daughter for Two Weeks under False Allegations

Most child welfare investigations nationwide find no evidence of abuse or neglect. Even so, many families are broken up and children suffer severe trauma as a result of being separated from their parents (and often placed in dangerous and defiling environments). One Iowa mother is fighting back, filing a lawsuit against Iowa social services after […]

Social Services Takes Children Because Parents Allegedly Neglectful for Driving through Bad Neighborhood

Although many social services agencies claim to reach out to families in crisis, they often exploit families in crisis. In one case, a New York family fell victim to a carjacking at knifepoint. Police apprehended the perpetrator, but not before he had injured some of the children. When social services arrived on the scene, instead […]

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