Mother Charged in Killing of Son Just Five Months After Regaining Custody

By CR Staff

Afriyie Gaspard stands accused of first-degree manslaughter after allegedly strangling her 2-year-old son, Izayah. Emerging details about this tragic case show Gaspard has a long history with New York’s Administration for Child Services (ACS). The WNYC News Blog reports: In 2008, [Gaspard’s] three oldest children were put into foster care after she was accused of […]

Illinois to Add More Investigators to Child Welfare Team – But is it Enough?

By CR Staff

A 1991 court agreement between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was supposed to turn the state’s troubled child welfare system around. However, deep budget cuts and the state’s admitted violation of the agreement, brought both sides back to the negotiating table. The Chicago Tribune reports: […]

“We Told Them…He Would be Capable of Killing the Children,” Says Grandfather of Boys who Died in Murder-Suicide

By CR Staff

During a supervised visit gone terribly wrong, Josh Powell killed his sons — slashing the boys with a hatchet, before lighting a can of gasoline. Their child welfare caseworker remained locked outside, watching helplessly as the house exploded with all three inside. Now six months later, the Washington Department of Social and Health Services has […]

“We Know That Some Kids are in Danger,” Says Arizona Child Advocate of Data That Shows Troubled System

By CR Staff

07 AUG 2012 / POSTED BY CR Arizona’s Child Protective Services (CPS) continues to struggle despite policy changes, new staff and nearly $1 million spent on consultants, according to new data on the agency’s performance. This has raised concern among child advocates, while state officials hope upcoming changes will reverse this negative trend. The Arizona […]

Former Foster Youth Fights to Reform Child Welfare While Searching for Brother

By CR Staff

Marchelle Roberts was just seven years old when she and her younger brother, Shawn, were removed from their mother’s home and placed in foster care. Fifteen years later, it’s still a day that remains burned in her memory.CNN reports: “It was pretty scary for me,” Roberts said. “My brother and I were in the back […]

Kentucky Child Welfare Failing to Review Some Child Death Cases, Governor Takes Action

By CR Staff

Derek Cooper was just two-years-old when his own father, Brandon Fraley, suffocated him to death. It’s been nearly two years since Brandon died, but Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health & Family Services (CHFS) has yet to complete a state-mandated internal review of his case. An investigative report by the Lexington Herald-Leader found even more missing reviews: […]

Following Death of Infant, Independent Review of Virginia Child Welfare Reveals Shortcomings

By CR Staff

More than two years after 10-month-old Braxton Taylor was killed by his foster mother, an independent review of the case says Virginia’s Human Services Department needs to address several issues within its child welfare system. The review, conducted by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), reveals troubling policies that have gone unchanged since Braxton’s […]

Why Did Arizona Child Welfare Leave Baby Josephine in the Same Home as an Abusive Felon?

By CR Staff

Baby Josephine had bruises, a cigarette burn and 14 broken bones when she arrived at Arizona’s Cardon Children’s Medical Center. She was in the care of Angelica Jimenez at the time, an approved care provider in Arizona’s Child Protective Services (CPS). New details suggest CPS badly mishandled this case. AZ Family reports: …when Chandler detectives […]