U.K. Youth Law Ruling May Have Broad Implications

Hughes Cousins-Chang, a college student from Tulse Hil, south-east London, was arrested by Metropolitan Police and subsequently found to be innocent following a detention that lasted in excess of 12 hours. He’d also endured a strip search at a police station after being arrested on suspicion of a robbery. A High Court has recently ruled […]

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Supreme Court Rules on ICWA

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that many advocates strikes a blow against the very court of the Indian Child Welfare Act. In a 5-4 ruling drafted by Justice Samuel Alito, the court ruled that under the provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act that a child, widely […]

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Magdalene Laundries Inquiry May Expand Northward

If you have been viewing the recent events concerning the Magdalene Laundries as a distinctly Irish phenomenon, you may need to readjust your focus to accommodate a more encompassing global view. In the Irish Republic, over 10,000 girls were warehoused in laundries operated primarily by sectarian agencies between 1922 and 1996, according to the Report […]

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Indiana Court of Appeal Rules on Wrongful Adoption Case

In Jessica and Gerson Urbina vs. Tina Klinkose-Kyler, Laronda Southworth, and A Bond Of Life Adoptions, LLC. No. 06A01-1210-CT-464, the Court of Appeals in Indian issued an unpublished ruling on April 25, 2013, in a case involving the withholding of information by an adoption agency from a prospective adoptive couple from Canada. A lower Court […]

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TeenScreen school psychotropic program handily defeated

“TeenScreen is dead, according to a recent announcement by Researcher Ken Kramer of PsychSearch.net. An “important announcement” posted on TeenScreen’s website — current as of November 15, 2012 — would bear this out. TeenScren explains: We are sorry to inform you that the TeenScreen National Center will be winding down its program at the end of […]

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The Child Abuse Registry – Part II – Victory in California

There is a fine line between Unfounded and Inconclusive determinations. An Inconclusive determination automatically places an offender’s name on the Child Abuse Central Index without conclusive evidence and a legal framework to ensure due process. This may give the appearance of “guilty until proven innocent,” contrary to legal tradition.–Solano County Grand Jury OVERVIEW California’s Child […]

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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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