Foster Care Remains a Sexual Abuse Laboratory Experiment

From The Register-Guard of Oregon, comes the headline: “Foster dad found the ‘perfect prey’” According to Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford, foster children were given not love but “rape and sodomy and sexual abuse.” A Lincoln County jury convicted him “of repeatedly raping, sodomizing and sexually abusing two of his adopted foster children — a […]

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On the Revolving Door in Human Services, Tom Morton, and CPS Risk Assessments

In a previous posting, I wrote about a peculiar phenomenon in the field of human services. I noted that the boundaries between various compartments in the field of human services are porous, “with state-level human services administrators effortlessly transferring from one tidy compartment to another. Child welfare administrators in particular are apparently immune from the […]

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Rewarding States for Adoptions Part of the Problem, Rather Than a Solution

“Fear and outrage” reportedly permeated the stories heard by the Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs during a recent two-day meeting held at Four Directions Community Center in Sioux City. The Committee included attorneys, Indian Child Welfare Act specialists from the Ponca and Santee nations, as well as representatives of the Governor, Siouxland Human Investment […]

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