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Governor calls for reform of child protection in Texas

Baby Justice now has the attention of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Justice Hull was just two months old when she died in January, allegedly drowned at the hands of a 14-year-old teenager taking care of her. She is one of three children to die since the start of the year while under the supervision of Child Protective Services. Nine children died last year.

The deaths were cited in a letter sent this week to former Judge John Specia, commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. In it, the governor called for a “comprehensive reform of our state’s struggling foster care and child protection systems.”

He asked for $40 million more in new funding for the chronically underfunded and understaffed department, and increased oversight of child safety placement – situations when children are placed with friends or relatives.

“Abuse and neglect of our most vulnerable Texans – our children – is intolerable, and it is especially intolerable when it happens to the a child under the care umbrella of the state of Texas,” the governor wrote.

Many of the changes sought by Abbott are problems that surfaced in an Office of Child Safety report into Justice’s death released earlier this month.

Justice had been placed with a family friend shortly after birth. Twice in the weeks leading up to Justice’s January death, the family friend asked a CPS case worker for daycare assistance. The case worker denied the requests, saying that help could not be provided because the case was due to be closed.

The report revealed other problems, including the failure of caseworkers to meet timelines for face-to-face contacts and failing to offer services to the infant’s mother while she was pregnant, even though they knew she had admitted to substance abuse, had a history of domestic violence and untreated mental health issues.

In the letter, the governor called for enforcing mandatory face-to-face visits, better screening of those with whom children are placed, prohibiting the closing of a child safety placement case, such as Justice’s, without having “wrap around” services in place. He also called for a review of all child fatalities and critical injuries resulting in hospitalization.

The governor set a deadline of April 15 for a progress report.

Specia said in a statement that he looks “forward to working with him and with legislators to strengthen protections and ensure safety for children in families who are involved with Child Protective Services.”

Dimple Patel of Tex Protects knows some of the caseworkers involved in Justice’s case and says it’s been devastating for them.
“Having worked for nine years in the field.., there’s nothing more tragic than when a child dies on CPS’ watch,” Patel said.

The Office of Child Safety, which was recently created by Specia as part of a CPS reform effort, is also conducting investigations on two other child deaths involving CPS.

Codrick McCall, 4, had been placed with a friend of the family when he found a gun and accidentally shot himself in Houston on March 1. Audrey Torres, 3, died in a March 8 alcohol-related car crash in Amarillo while her family was being investigated and monitored by CPS at the time.

“There’s far too many children that are dying,” said J.J. Smith, founder of Rockwall-based Americans Ending Abuse. “There’s far too many children that are being injured.”

He says while many of the things that Abbott is calling for should already have been in place, he’s thrilled the governor has decided to take on the issue of child safety.

Smith says his group previously worked with Abbott to pass a 2011 law prohibiting parents and guardians from showing pornography to their children.

“Based on personal experience when we had this law passed in 2011, he really cared,” Smith said.

Abbot’s letter also called for specific changes with foster care, including improving performance evaluation and re-certification process for foster care contractors and establishing case worker protocols to educate foster children on how to report abuse and neglect.’

Carol Cook knows well the failings of CPS and the foster care system. She adopted 15-year-old Ke’onte after seeing him on News 8’s Wednesday’s Child.

While in foster care, he was placed in a psychiatric hospital three times and overmedicated, she said. She says within weeks of Ke’onte coming to live with them, he was off the medications. She says he’s now doing well in school and an active, heavy teen-ager.

“If we actually follow through with them, I think it would be really great,” Cook said. “I know way too many children that have been into the system my son included that just kind of fell through the cracks.”

New York Daily News’ Dark Side

Why would anyone, especially a newspaper, attack the Clergy continually?  More to the point, why would The New York Daily News attack the Clergy in Australia, yet ignore high numbers of Child Maltreatment within the state of New York?

It is a matter of public record that only around 650 cases of Child Sexual Abuse have been proven against Clergy.

It is a matter of public record that close to 20,000 cases of Child Sexual Abuse have been proven against employees of the public schools system.

It must be noted that of all cases reported, excluding Clergy, only about 2% are unsubstantiated.

In all cases reported involving Clergy, 65% are unsubstantiated.

We should commend the good, honest, hard-working newspapers in our Country, that take Child Maltreatment seriously.  At this moment, I am looking at Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Texas, South Carolina, Louisiana, Michigan, and Colorado.

U.S. Jails Sex-Trafficked Kids

I want you all to know that THIS makes me sick to my stomach.  There’s no wonder Our Children have never been protected, these poor kids have no chance to get away from the pimps and traffickers.

U.S. Jails Sex-Trafficked Kids in Human Rights Abuse, Groups Say

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2015/03/16/us/16reuters-trafficking-us-children.html?_r=0

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United States violates human rights by treating sex-trafficked children as criminals and throwing them into jail, rights groups told an international commission on Monday.

Federal and international law requires that children in the commercial sex trade are treated as victims of trafficking, not as prostitutes.

But most U.S. states and localities fail to apply the law, the groups said at a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which reviews human rights abuses in the region.

Criminalizing child victims of the sex trade traumatizes youngsters, Yasmin Vafa, legal director at the Human Rights Project for Girls, and Santiago Canton, executive director at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, told the commission.

“When girls are incarcerated for the experience of being propertied and serially raped, their ability to return to family, community and school is less likely, which only serves to tighten the traffickers’ control,” they said in prepared remarks.

Approximately 300,000 American children are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking each year, with 13 to 14 being the average age a child is first forced into sexual acts, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Each year, more than 1,000 children are arrested in the United States for prostitution, most of them not of a legal age to consent to sex, the U.S. Justice Department says.

One study found that the city of Dallas, Texas, detained 165 juveniles on prostitution and related charges in 2007, and that in Las Vegas over 20 months, 226 children were brought before the juvenile court.

Despite U.S. federal law and international protocols, many state and local law enforcement officers continue to arrest and incarcerate children as prostitutes, even in the 15 states that have adopted “safe harbor” laws designed to shield children from prison where they can be raped again.

By bringing the issue before the IACHR – an agency of the Organization of American States (OAS) – the rights groups are seeking to apply international pressure on the U.S. government to strengthen its anti-trafficking laws and set national standards of care for child victims of sex trafficking.

“I am quite alarmed and deeply disturbed,” said Rose Marie Belle Antoine, an OAS member who presided over the hearing.

The IACHR offers a human rights forum for the 35 OAS member countries in the Americas, but because the United States has not recognized its judicial authority, no court case can be brought.

Ambassador Patricia Butenis, acting director of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, told the commission the United States agrees children should not be criminalized as prostitutes, as federal law specifies, and recognizes that “tragically it still occurs”.

Asked what more the United States can do to implement federal law, she said, “Politics in the United States are complicated.”
Government officials spelled out a series of programs they run to support state and local law enforcement, families and welfare agencies in tackling child sex trafficking.

A number of bills are before the U.S. Congress to improve services for sex-trafficking victims, but both federal and state budgets are extremely tight to fund victim support programs.

The Child Predators that broke the Crony’s back

The Child Predators that broke the Crony’s back

“Not one state has met all of the minimum child welfare standards set by the federal government”

I have decided, in the best interest of Our Children, to repost a report by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, entitled: “Shame on U.S. Failings by All Three Branches of Our Federal Government Leave Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm” January 27, 2015

Below is the Link to my original post of this report.
January 28, 2015
https://notinmyworld.org/2015/01/28/child-abuse-93/

“Abuse and neglect cases — especially those resulting in death — are often not disclosed as required by law. That lack of information has led to other problems in the system.”

“When your data is flawed, every other part of your system is going to be flawed.”

Laws intended to protect children from abuse and neglect are not being properly enforced, and the federal government is to blame.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which reviews state programs, declined to comment on the report.

Hmmmm, I wonder why…. maybe this is one reason WHY!!!!

January 12, 2015 – Nebraska
The former acting director of cybersecurity for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison over his activities on a child abuse image website that was hidden – but not particularly well – on the Deep Web and accessed via the Tor anonymity network.

Timothy DeFoggi, 56, was convicted on 26 August 2014 after a four-day jury trial in the state of Nebraska.

Beyond sharing child abuse imagery, DeFoggi was also accused of plotting to rape and murder children.

In a Department of Justice release, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell was quoted as saying that DeFoggi used the same technology skills he employed at HHS to conduct his crimes: Using the same technological expertise he employed as Acting Director of Cyber Security at HHS, DeFoggi attempted to sexually exploit children and traffic in child pornography through an anonymous computer network of child predators.

This Link is to a single page report, although on the report there is a Link on the left to:
http://www.caichildlaw.org/Shame_on_US.htm

View Full Report
– View Executive Summary

– View Press Release

At the bottom of the single page report is the listing of every state in the United States, each one is a Link to that state’s reports. I think it only right to suggest that if you intend to look up the states I have listed, look up South Dakota before Georgia….

I urge every one of you to look at this report, and bookmark it’s location(URL).

If every person who truly cares about the well being of Our Children complys with my request, then spends a minimum of 1 day researching how well Our Children are protected in the few states a person can read in a days time, there is not 1 of you who will ever believe another word of these habitual liars that we have elected and are paying their salaries.

The Links below are 2 of my South Dakota posts, and 1 being what it is.

March 6, 2015
https://notinmyworld.org/2015/03/06/child-sex-abuse-21/

March 7, 2015
https://notinmyworld.org/2015/03/07/child-abuse-129/

March 7, 2015
https://notinmyworld.org/2015/03/07/child-abuse-130/

SD Headline BS Coverup for Dereliction of duty and Theft

“Abuse and Neglect cases — especially those resulting in death — are often not disclosed as required by law.”

“And when your data is flawed, every other part of your system is going to be flawed.”

South Dakota Representatives did the very same as GA, AZ, TX, NM, PA, AL, IL, MD, and probably every other one of them;  as far as what WE THE CITIZENS OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA wanted and expected, they did NOTHING!!!!

At the very least this is THEFT OF SERVICES, and every time a child is sexually molested, when they have their day in court, every official who is responsible for this type of CRONYISM COVER-UPS should be held as part of the reason, right along with the molester since they, in effect facilitated said attack through INACTION.

South Dakota – did nothing constructive, and removed Jolene’s Law Task Force.  SD has a serious problem and they are desperately trying to cover it up, but in doing so they have made themselves party to collusion.

Georgia – did nothing constructive, and in fact, in stripping the recent bill to the bare bones, proved beyond a shadow of doubt that Our Children mean nothing.  At the end of the day, this bunch of CORRUPT CRONIES chose to protect their GOOD OLD BOY FRIENDS, instead of doing their part at making this world a much better place for Our Children.  C-O-L-L-U-S-I-O-N

Arizona – 385 kids removed from homes in ignored CPS cases.  State law requires that reports phoned into a child abuse hotline be investigated. Yet beginning in November 2009, some cases were closed before being sent to a field office for investigation by a team of specialists trying to clear a backlog, Graves said. The practice was suspended, briefly renewed the next year, and suspended again. However, beginning about 20 months ago, a new team designed to help the agency overcome an ongoing backlog revived the practice. More than 5,000 of the 6,000 cases that were not investigated happened since that time.

Texas – 11-24-2014 – Whistle-blower lawsuit claims child abuse investigations are tainted in Texas.
01-10-2015 – Faulty Reporting, Tainted Numbers
Texas didn’t report hundreds of child abuse, neglect deaths.

Pennsylvania – 03-02-2015 – Pennsylvania School District failed to report Teacher Molesting 8-yr-old

Alabama11-01-2014Alabama Child Incest Sex Ring.  AL ranks among the highest in Child Sexual Slavery.

Illinois – 10-24-2014Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths Hit 30 Year High Last Year in Illinois.

I had intended to have this posted early this morning, but Raashanai and Scotty came to visit.  It seems as though  I had forgotten 1 very important thing about each of them, and that was the states they had once lived, and died in….