Indian Child Welfare Act: Still Under Siege

OVERVIEW The Government Accountability Office reported that in 2003, American Indian children represented about 3% of total number of children in foster care in United States, but only 1.8% of total population under age of 18. The GAO Study also revealed that in five states, at least one-quarter of the foster care population was American […]

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The Child Abuse Registry – Part I

Creating databases to keep track of accused child abusers sounded like a wonderful idea during the 1970s. So did mandated reporting, and abuse awareness campaigns. What legislators entirely underestimated at the time was the remarkable ability of what was at the time a fledgling cottage industry to blossom into an omnipresent industry that would become […]

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Falsified Records, Wrongful Adoptions Still the Rule in Child Protection Industry

In Georgia, two Muscogee County Child Protective Services supervisors were recently charged with falsifying records to maintain federal revenue. DFCS Intake Supervisor Phyllis Mitchell and former Muscogee DFCS Acting Director Deborah Cobb are out on 45-day paid vacations (called “administrative leave” by the agency) pending the outcome of the investigation. DFCS employees alleged the two […]

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Model Child Abuse Hotline: A Model No Longer

THE ORIGINAL NATIONAL MODEL “Created by law in 1973, New York’s State Central Register was one of the first of its kind in the country, and the law would serve as a model for other states. Beginning as a makeshift operation with five workers, the hot line is now a far-reaching system that employs 208 […]

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Reforming Foster Care Psychotropic Meds: A Cautionary Note

On April 11, 2012, the Federal Administration on Children, Youth and Families issued information memorandum ACYF-CB-IM-12-03, the subject matter being one of: “Promoting the Safe, Appropriate, and Effective Use of Psychotropic Medication for Children in Foster Care.” The memo notes “a steady rise in the use of medication to address children’s emotional and behavioral problems […]

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