Tag: government-harms-children

FDA Associate Commissioner Approves of Testing Drugs on Foster Children

A debate over giving psychotropic drugs to foster children erupted last year after a 7-year-old boy who was heavily medicated while in foster care took his own life. Since that time, the state of Florida has taken a closer look at the use of psychotropic medication in state foster care. In response to one suggestion […]

Former New York Judge Speaks out about Judicial Neglect in Social Services Cases

Daniel Leddy, a former judge of the New York City Foster Care Review Term, speaks about the abdication of judicial discretion that often takes place in foster care proceedings. Leddy writes that, in his experience, “judges were the real culprits for having allowed the court to be reduced to the status of a rubber stamp […]

Social Services Removes Foster Children from Foster Parent Who Opposed Allegedly Coerced Abortion

A Pennsylvania foster home was closed after a foster mother spoke out against two social workers who allegedly coerced a sixteen-year-old girl to abort her 24-week-old baby. Pennsylvania social services has allegedly threatened the former foster mother with a lawsuit for what it claims was a breach of confidentiality.

Child Starved to Death in State Custody or: Follow the Money to Why More Children Are Taken from Parents

When a single mother turned to Michigan social services for help, a series of events were set in motion that would eventually lead to the death of her son. Social services allegedly coerced the mother into placing her son in foster care. However, when her son began to deteriorate, she complained that her son was […]

Number of Children Torn from Their Parents in L.A. County Soars, Child Advocacy Group Says

In Los Angeles County, the number of children taken from their families has increased in recent months. The cause of this massive “child-grab” is the result of social workers who fear public attention if a child suffers abuse after being left in his home. These panics on the part of social services agencies only serve […]

Instead of Barging through Doors and Taking Children from Loving Parents, Wisconsin Social Services Tests Another Approach

Wisconsin social services has launched a limited pilot program which aims at taking fewer children from parents, making fewer and less intrusive investigations, and respecting, at least to a greater degree, parental jurisdiction.

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 […]

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 […]

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