NCCPR Blog at Open Salon
- Alexandria, Virginia, USA
- December 12
- Executive Director, National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, www.nccpr.org
MY RECENT POSTS
- Discontinuing the Blog at this
February 01, 2012 12:47PM
- GUEST BLOG: Foster care in
America: The case for open
January 27, 2012 04:18AM
- ABC News discovers false
allegations of child abuse...
January 24, 2012 04:44PM
- What happens when the
"mandated reporter" is - a
January 18, 2012 03:56PM
- Foster care in America: Child
abandonment, Casey-style, pt 2
January 10, 2012 08:02AM
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- “I write a column warning
about witch hunts and
State paranoia and
November 30, 2011 11:32AM
- “I love it when child
welfare agencies say
November 05, 2011 04:29AM
- “Thanks, dakotablue.
You're right about the
reference to one
family, and I…”
November 04, 2011 03:27PM
- “I tried to post a long
response expressing my
November 04, 2011 02:33PM
- “I tried to post a long
response expressing my
November 04, 2011 02:31PM
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The Presiding Judge of Los Angeles County Juvenile Court, Michael Nash, is planning to open court hearings in child abuse and neglect cases to the press and the public. He has solicited comment on a draft order opening these hearings.
A particularly compelling response came from attorney… Read full post »
...(against middle-class white people)
One month after broadcasting a program about foster care in which all birth parents are evil brutes whose children, many of them minorities, must be rescued by noble white people who either are foster parents… Read full post »
Amid all of the calls to turn anyone and everyone into a “mandated reporter” of anything and everything that might conceivably be considered “child abuse” there is one thing that the reporters writing news stories about these bills and, especially, the edito… Read full post »
Foundation makes a poor choice to lead a new initiative.
Yesterday’s post to this Blog discussed the misplaced priorities behind a new Annie E. Casey Foundation initiative “to enhance the existing network of state child welfare policy… Read full post »
New Casey initiative is silent on wrongful removal, racial bias in child welfare.
UPDATE: 3:20PM Casey breaks its silence on keeping families together, amends press release (but doesn't let on it's amended)
The Annie E. Casey Foundati… Read full post »
The year 2011 ended with some excellent journalism about child welfare across the country.
Given the mad rush to tell anyone and everyone to report anything and everything as “child abuse” – or maybe even force us all to do it – this seemed like a good time to remember the ultimate consequence: foster care.
If there are any children outside in New York’s Southern Tier anymore it’s only because so few people still read newspapers.
No parent in her or his right mind would let a child out of the house, or even out of sight while in the house after reading the ten… Read full post »
This assessment of today’s Senate subcommittee hearing is based on watching the hearing online and on the witnesses prepared testimony
The good news: The idea of forcing every American to report any suspicion of child abu… Read full post »
- NCCPR’s Briefing Paper on why more mandatory reporting harms children is available here.
- An analysis of the bill likely to be discussed at tomorrow's Senate hearing is available from the Family Defense Center.
Tomorrow a Senate subcommittee holds a hearing call… Read full post »
Did you see that program about fairy tales on ABC?
No, not Once Upon a Time. On this fairy tale program the evil sorcerers dispense needless psychiatric medication to foster children – and on that point the program is on the mark.
But the wicked witches and other villains almost… Read full post »
Nearly half a century after Robert F. Kennedy sent federal marshals to enforce civil rights in Mississippi, the federal government is considering taking a similar step to enforce the rights of Native American children in South Dakota to remain safely in their own homes, free from needless foster care… Read full post »
In the weeks since Penn State, one statistic keeps turning up in the media. It’s scary, it’s ubiquitous, it’s meant to stampede people into things like universal mandatory reporting – and it’s wrong.
It’s the one about how, suppos… Read full post »
UPDATE, NOV. 30: Citing court records WKYC-TV is now reporting that, in foster care “the child is having dreams of dying, is wetting the bed, and is anxious that the world is going to end in 2012.” The station also reports that part of the reason Cuyaho/… Read full post »
Too little skepticism, and too much, both can hurt children.
• The myth that “children don’t lie” is back
•Â One “expert” suggests that two-thirds of Americans either were victims of child sexual abuse –… Read full post »
The fact that it’s so predictable makes it no less depressing: In the wake of a scandal over the alleged rape of children by a former Penn State football coach, there are calls to require even more people to report their slightest suspicions of child abuse to child protective services agencies… Read full post »
I hear it all the time when I point out to reporters in certain states that their states are extreme outliers when it comes to tearing apart families – states like Nebraska, Iowa, Rhode Island and South Dakota, among others.
The reporters ask the flack for the child welfare agency… Read full post »
One of the complaints liberals, like me, have about the far right is that they tend to believe that protectable life begins at conception and ends at birth.
But some recent behavior by the liberals at the Children’s Defense Fund raises questions about whether there may be a similar probl… Read full post »
I tried to post this as a comment in response to "I am a South Dakota Foster Parent" but having been unsuccessful, I thought I'd turn it into a post of my own:
Dakotablue, a South Dakota foster parent, posted a response to a searing series of reports on NPR concerning the destru… Read full post »