# Child welfare
Virginia has no law stipulating the age a child can be left alone at home
According to a recent WRIC 8 News report, Virginia has no law that specifies when children can be left at home alone like some other states. Since there is no legally set age when children can be left at home alone in Virginia, how do parents know when to leave their children alone at home?
Indiana Parents Warn After Child is Removed from Home for Improper Pronoun Usage
Mary and Jeremy Cox, a Catholic couple in Indiana, petitioned the Supreme Court over their child's living situation. They objected to using the child's chosen name and pronouns. Becket represents them against Indiana's Child Services, citing religious beliefs for the child's removal without abuse allegations. Lori Windham of Becket urges the Court to prevent separations based on ideological differences.
Memphis Mother Arrested After Pictures of 5-Year-Old Daughter Waxing Nude Adults Goes Viral
A young mother might be facing time behind bars after an Instagram post revealed the unthinkable about her 5-year-old daughter. According to Memphis Police, since Thursday, the 15th, they had been receiving numerous calls and complaints about Miss Jasmine’s social media posts of her bragging about her 5-year-old daughter waxing naked women’s private parts and bringing a lot of cash into the home.
Missing Pregnant 17-year-old Found Dead in SC
Barnwell County, South Carolina - According to the Broken Link Foundation, a pregnant 17-year-old who had gone missing was discovered dead on Sunday afternoon. Authorities say that Maylashia Hogg, who was 9 months pregnant and due on February 14, was discovered dead.
Riverside County Man Arrested for Fentanyl Sales; Child Found in Home
A Perris man was taken into custody by Riverside County sheriff's deputies on charges of allegedly selling fentanyl and other narcotics, following a raid at his home that also revealed the presence of a 12-year-old child, authorities disclosed today.
States Offering Additional Child Tax Credits
With tax season in full swing, many Americans are wondering about how the federal child tax credits will play out, especially since there are a number of bills in a state of limbo that could drastically expand what that credit looks like this year.
The Right to Record: Protecting Your Rights with CPS in Virginia
One of the most crucial yet frequently overlooked rights, not only in Virginia but across the nation, pertains to the right to record when dealing with Child Protective Services (CPS) workers.
Understanding CPS Investigations and Your Right to Appeal
Unfortunately for most, we don't know our rights before that dreaded knock on the door or call comes from a CPS worker stating they have a report to investigate and end up in the clutches of "doing what they say." It's stressful, to say the least, and often parents find themselves "founded" by CPS for neglect or abuse.
Christian Bale's Commitment to Keeping Siblings Together in Foster Care
Building Foster Homes and a Center in Los Angeles County. Christian Bale's Commitment to Building Foster Homes and a Center. Christian Bale, known for his role as Batman in Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy, has been committed to building foster homes and a center in LA County to keep siblings in foster care together for over 16 years. Bale's involvement in the project began around 2008, during "The Dark Knight," when he decided to use his platform and resources to make a difference. Bale's passion for the project stems from his experience growing up with siblings and understanding the importance of keeping families together, even under challenging circumstances.
"opinion" Parent's Nightmare: Fighting Corruption in Child Protective Services
I want to start by pointing out that corruption lies within the individuals who commit the wrongful acts and do so intentionally. It would be completely unfair to say that any entire organisation is corrupt. There are many individuals within these agency's who are innocent and do not fall into the category of corruption. Children's Services does have case workers who work in the field because they genuinely care about children. There are many helpless children all over the world who are in need of being protected. For those individuals the role of a caseworker is nothing short of a challenge, but I commend them for their commitment in doing good for others.
Investigation continues as camp fails to fully cooperate in the suspicious death of 12-year-old
TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY, N.C. — Transylvania County Sheriff Chuck Owenby released more details Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the death of a juvenile at a camp in Western North Carolina over the weekend, including that the camp where the death took place has not been fully cooperative in the investigation.
Coffee County Ranks Fourth Highest in State in Number of Children in Foster Care
According to Foster Court Improvement’s most recent report, Coffee County ranks fourth in the state in terms of population for the highest number of children in the foster care system. The report indicates that as of September 30, 2023, Coffee County had 216 children in foster care. However, this number has increased by more than two dozen, with the latest data reporting a total of 241 children in care this week, while only 20 homes are available.
Child support may extend beyond age 18 for children with disabilities
The second hearings were held on February 06, 2024 for Proponent Testimony regarding the allowance of child support orders for children over the age of 18 with a disability. The first Hearing was held on December 5, 2023.
Kansas Parents Could Get Cash For Having Children If New Bill Passes
If Congress approves the newly introduced bill, Kansans may soon have another incentive to have children. KSN reports that Senate Bill 436 was introduced to the Committee of Assessment and Taxation to establish a child credit in Kansas on the state level.
Bolivar Father Arrested Following Son's Death Due to Neglect
BOLIVAR, Mo. — A tragic incident has unfolded in Bolivar, Missouri, leading to the arrest of Justin Rogers, a local father, on serious charges relating to the death of his 13-year-old son. Rogers is facing a charge of abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death, with the court setting his bond at $50,000.
The Journey to Safety and Autonomy: West Virginia Takes on Child Welfare Reforms
In Barbour County, a poignant narrative unfolded as law enforcement sought to locate a missing juvenile male, last seen in Uniontown. This endangered child, according to the Barbour County Sheriff’s Office, was thought to be within the county limits. Amidst the community’s grave concerns, a call to action was immediate—any sightings were to be reported to 911 without hesitation. Then, in a fortunate turn of events on February 1, 2024, the boy was discovered and placed into safe custody, showcasing the vital responsiveness of West Virginia's public safety system.
Bipartisan House Bill Passed to Enhance Child Tax Credit
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan tax bill aimed at enhancing the Child Tax Credit. The Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024, which represents a rare display of bipartisan agreement, now awaits Senate consideration.
Who Holds Authority Over Virginia's Department of Social Services?
Today's hearing in the Virginia General Assembly's Health and Human Services Committee, focusing on HB1168, raises a pressing question:. Who holds genuine authority over the Department of Social Services (DSS) in the Commonwealth of Virginia?
Virginia's Landmark Bill: Ensuring Fair Representation in Child Dependency Cases
In a landmark move towards ensuring justice and fair representation for all parties involved in child dependency cases, Virginia is on the cusp of implementing comprehensive standards for attorneys appointed to represent parents or guardians. This initiative, outlined in the recent legislative bill, HB893 Proposed by Delegate McClure, sets the stage for a more equitable legal system, emphasizing the need for qualifications, performance standards, and compensation clarity for attorneys.
Empowering Children's Ombudsman: Strengthening Child Protection & Accountability
Virginia HB1168, set to be heard on 02/01/2024 in the Virginia General Assembly HHS Subcommittee, is a crucial piece of legislation that seeks to empower the Children's Ombudsman in their role of protecting the welfare and rights of children receiving child-protective services, in foster care, or placed for adoption. This bill grants the Children's Ombudsman the necessary powers to directly oversee local departments of social services, ensuring accountability and transparency in their actions.