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The NSW Department of Community Services in Orange

on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 01:05
My ex wife has lost custody over 4 children, one of witch is my biological daughter, Jess witch I have 50% custody over.
The department of community services NSW child protection caseworker  from DoCS Orange failed to notify me until 3 weeks after the children were taken.
In this phone call the reason for taking so long to contact me was rather contradictory, at the start of the phone call I was told She had only just thought about it and should call me, then a little later she said they had tried to contact me with no avail,
then later in that same conversation I was told I was not
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Father of dead foster child warned officials about baby’s alleged killer

on Sat, 10/26/2013 - 04:07
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Father of dead foster child warned officials about baby’s alleged killer

The father of a baby recently killed in a Cedar Park foster home had warned Child Protective Services more than a month ago that his daughter was in danger, but he says that caseworkers refused to believe him.

Brian Hamilton says he told state foster care workers in September that Jacob Salas — the man accused of killing 1-year-old Orien Destiny Hamilton — was violent, posed a serious threat to the little girl and shouldn’t be allowed around her. He also lodged his complaints with the child’s court-appointed attorney.

Death Rate of Foster Children 6.9 Times Higher Than When Living With

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FACS NSW - Staff crisis leaves foster children in limbo

on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 04:46
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FACS NSW - Staff crisis leaves foster children in limbo

Up to 60 foster children and their carers have been left in limbo after a caseworker staffing crisis at a Family and Community Services centre in northern NSW.

The manager of out-of-home care at the Ballina community services centre has not been replaced after going on urgent leave and a caseworker responsible for 36 foster children moved to a new role last month with no substitute found.

Barbara Michel, a co-ordinator with foster care support group Connecting Carers, described the office as a ''ghost town''.

The 60 children are being transferred from the care of the Department of Family and

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Caseworker vacancy rate 10% in NSW

on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 04:30
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Caseworker vacancy rate 10% in NSW

Casework data for NSW's Community Services Department has been published for the first time following controversy surrounding staff numbers.

The caseworker data was published online on Friday, revealing there was a 10 per cent caseworker vacancy rate in 2012/2013.

Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward said her Director-General was working to improve the vacancy rate.

"He is doing this by establishing a caseworker pool to enable the rapid filling of vacancies, and developing better procedures to manage vacancies created when caseworkers take parental or extended leave or act in

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Concerned Battle for Mimi - Please read and Share

on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 19:29
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Mimi (Emily) is a little girl living in danger in Tennessee.  ~HELP SAVE MIMI~



Due to negligence & a covering up of governmental mistakes, this precious child has been wrongfully removed from her loving protective mother & has been placed in danger with her alleged abuser.

Mimi is a child in East Tennessee who is caught in legal loopholes that have resulted in her being constantly around her alleged abuser where she is allegedly being sexually abused.

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State caseworker accused of offering woman benefits in exchange for sexual favors

on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 12:36
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State caseworker accused of offering woman benefits in exchange for sexual favors

A state caseworker accused of offering a woman benefits in exchange for sexual favors might have victimized more women, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

John Geary, 41, of North Versailles waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of bribery, promoting prostitution, patronizing prostitutes, solicitation and official oppression. He could not be reached for comment.

A woman told detectives that when she met with Geary, her caseworker at the state Department of Public Welfare's McKeesport office, he told her he has “helped” other girls in her situation

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In Loving Memory of Glenn Ross Jr Who died from abuse 1 week old

on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 06:45
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In Loving Memory of Glenn Ross Jr Who died from abuse 1 week old

DHS changes after death of Baby Glenn

Dad in prison; but DHS takes action internally

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - Glenn Ross Jr. should have been turning 1 on Friday. Instead, his family is left with questions following his death less than two weeks after he was born.

His father, Glenn Ross Sr., is in prison for at least 25 years for shaking him to death in a Kalamazoo home.

But the case led to changes at the Department of Human Services.

The caseworker assigned to baby Glenn's case is no longer working for the state -- in part as a result of the boy's death -- but it is unclear if the worker was

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Strategies to Help Caseworkers Reunite More Families.

on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 06:07
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Strategies to Help Caseworkers Reunite More Families.

Secretary of State Audit Report
Kate Brown, Secretary of State
Gary Blackmer, Director, Audits Division
Report Number 2012-12 April 2012
DHS: Reuniting Children With Their Parents or Caregiver Page 1
Child Welfare Program: Strategies to Help Caseworkers Reunite More
Families
From October 2009 through September 2010, the Department of
Human Services’ Child Welfare Program (Child Welfare) removed
4,736 children who were 19 years old or younger from their homes to
ensure their safety. Reasons for removal were varied and included
parental neglect, substance abuse, and physical and sexual abuse.
These

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Reform efforts of the Colorado child welfare system

on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 01:17
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Reform efforts of the Colorado child welfare system

Expert panels, legislators and three governors have developed more than 100 recommendations on how to improve the child welfare system in Colorado. The following are some of the recommendations made over the past 12 years. Few have been enacted.

Republican Gov. Bill Owens' administration
(1999-2007)

TRAINING

• Entry-level workers in child welfare should be encouraged to have a bachelor's degree in social work or qualify for the position through a competency test administered by the state department.

Result: Caseworkers must have a bachelor's degree, but not necessarily in social work.

TRANSPARENCY

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Letter to Yvonne Fritz Minister of Children and Youth Services Legislature Office

on Sun, 09/02/2012 - 09:55

Thank you for all that you do. I am so sorry for your loss. Your determination gives me hope. My son Gunnar shares the same birthday as your Lukey, September 22. But my son was born in 2005. We are an ex Metis foster family from Alberta, Canada and we are still in shock at the dysfunction of the system and the ignorance of our society. I would like to share our story, so I will try and attach an emotional letter I wrote to our Minister of Children and Youth Services (Fritz). It started out as 63 pages....so I had to down size Hope you can follow it. Blessings, Cathy xo

Wade & Cathy Evarts

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