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Child Protective Services Under Scrutiny

Child Protective Services came under close scrutiny recently during the National Governor's Conference meeting in Burlington, VT.

A forum, held during the Governor's Conference (which had children's issues as its theme), drew national attention to the need for reform of Child Protective Services (CPS) throughout the country.

CPS ineptitude plays large role in lives of two families

In April 1987, twin sisters were born to a family living in rural Stevens County. The following November, a brother was born.

Even before that time, the state agency charged with protecting Washington's children knew that their mother had "a founded history of abusing and neglecting her other children," according to a lawsuit the state recently settled.

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In emotional and often tearful testimony, James Wade told a Senate subcommittee that San Diego County social workers destroyed almost three years of his life.

Wade, wrongly accused of the 1989 rape of his then-8-year-old daughter, said his life and that of his family were turned upside down. "We were put through a literal hell of contempt and accusations by evil manipulators bent on destroying me and my family," he told the Senate Subcommittee on Children and the Family. "Why? Because we had the misfortune of being the recipient of a random criminal assault."

Court exonerates father at long last

Authorities focused on [Jim Wade] even though they knew another man, Albert Carder Jr., had been convicted of attacking four other girls in [Alicia Wade]'s neighborhood at about the same time.

Without a word of apology or regret, the district attorney's office yesterday dropped criminal charges against a San Diego Navy man who was falsely accused of raping his own daughter.

Tragedy, errors shatter a family

Jim, Denise, Joshua and Alicia were assigned court-appointed attorneys.

Denise said she was in a bathroom stall during a break in one court hearing when she overheard her daughter's attorney, Kandy Koliwer, tell [Diane Anderson], the social worker: "I don't know why we're here -- we know they did it."

Copper Basin 300 canceled because of 'impassible' trail conditions

FAIRBANKS - The Copper Basin 300 sled dog race is the latest victim of Alaska's weird winter weather pattern as race officials canceled the event Sunday morning, less than a day after the race started.

The race came to a halt when a section of trail was deemed impassible. A statement by race marshal Greg Parvin said the trail between Meier's Lake and Sourdough had unusually deep snow conditions, with high winds and bitter cold. Two Rivers musher Allen Moore, who was one of the race leaders...

Valley Woman Arrested for Shooting Man, Children Taken Away

A woman was arrested Sunday for assault with a deadly weapon, after allegedly shooting a man in the chest, according to Riverside County Sergeant Misty Reynolds.

Police arrested Andrea Auclair, 28, from Rancho Mirage. Auclair was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm in a negligent manner and child endangerment. Child Protective Services arrived and took custody of two young children.

Families torn apart illegally? Heather Catallo investigates

When protective services take children from their parents, state law says a judge must first personally review the case and sign off. But that was not happening in one of Michigan's busiest courts.

It's called "rubber stamping," and last August 7 Action News first exposed how court staff were literally stamping a judge's name onto orders that allowed the state to take kids from their parents.

Arizona lawmakers fast-track new CPS hires

Lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation to hire 50 new Child Protective Services workers with a $4.4 million appropriation that could be on Gov. Jan Brewer's desk early next week.

The governor requested the emergency funding in her budget proposal, and legislative leaders said Tuesday they expect it to sail easily through both chambers. "It will go expeditiously," said House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills. "The safety of children is paramount and they clearly need the additional money." The funding will allow the Department of Economic Security to hire an additional 50 employees, including 31 CPS caseworkers. CPS currently is authorized for 970 caseworkers.

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