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

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: […]

‘There’s no Better Feeling in the World,’ Says Foster Parent

It’s been about three years since Ron and Linda received an unexpected phone call that changed their lives. The call was from North Dakota’s Grand Forks County Social Services (GFCSS) and they wanted to know if Ron and Linda would be willing to take in not one, but three children. The Grand Forks Herald profiled […]

Locked Up: Girl Kept in Basement by Abusive Parents

A 12-year-old girl was kept locked in a basement for nearly a month by her abusive parents, according to the Middletown, Ohio police department. Emerging details from the case show that the local child welfare system missed an opportunity to save her months ago. The Middletown Journal reports: Middletown police said an anonymous complaint led […]

Utah Moves Toward Keeping Families Together, Relying Less on Foster Care

More Utah children will stay with their families instead of entering foster care under a new plan announced by the state’s Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS). The change was prompted by an audit of DCFS that showed a troubling trend. The Deseret News reports: A state legislative audit in 2011 revealed a 38 […]

“Kids Falling Through the Cracks” of Illinois’ Understaffed Child Abuse Hotline

Illinois’ child abuse hotline is plagued with staffing shortages and delayed responses, according to an investigative report by the Chicago Tribune. The investigation reveals that the hotline’s performance has worsened in several key areas: The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services [DCFS] took messages for the majority of its more than 236,000 calls logged […]

Toddler Murdered by Foster Parents’ 12-Year-Old Son, Say Police

Two-year-old Aniyah Batchelor’s stay in a Fort Washington, Maryland foster home ended violently last Tuesday when a 12-year-old boy in the same home beat her to death, according to local police. The boy, a biological son of Aniyah’s foster parents, has been charged with second-degree murder. The Washington Post reports: [Police spokeswoman Julia] Parker would […]