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Teen's Plan to Die Runs Into Opposition

Disability groups are asking child services to intervene in Jerika Bolen's plan

(Newser) - Jerika Bolen made it very clear earlier this year that she was going to attend her prom , spend a final summer with her mom, and then end her life . But instead of a "magical" ending for the Wisconsin 14-year-old, who has an incredibly painful incurable illness, she and her... More »

Weiner: Yes, Child Services Is on My Case

NYC agency delivered investigation letter to his mom's house

(Newser) - There were whispers that child welfare authorities could be knocking on Anthony Weiner's door after his most recent sexting fiasco , and now that possibility has come to fruition. The former NYC mayoral candidate himself confirmed Thursday to the New York Times that the city's Administration for Children'... More »

Weiner's Woes Could Lead to 'Ugly' Custody Battle

Woody Allen couldn't write a movie script like this, divorce lawyer says

(Newser) - Anthony Weiner has already lost wife Huma Abedin over his latest sexting transgressions, but the fact that Weiner's young son may have been in one of his late-night selfie sessions could have him in trouble with child services. Experts tell the New York Daily News —which says it... More »

Mom's Arrest Underscores Ambiguity of Leaving Kids Alone

Children in this case were 8 and 9; mom left them for 45 minutes to pick up food

(Newser) - A Maryland mom who made a food run while vacationing in Rehoboth Beach, Del., probably wishes she had just microwaved some pizza bagels. Rehoboth Beach Police Lt. Jaime Riddle says 55-year-old Susan Terrillion was arrested Tuesday and charged with endangering the welfare of her 8-year-old and 9-year-old kids after she... More »

Boy Left in Woods Cried So Much He Lost Sense of Direction

Cops referring case to child welfare authorities

(Newser) - Yamato Tanooka was found alive and well on Friday after a frantic six-day search—but his parents aren't out of the woods yet. The 7-year-old was left alone on a forest road in Hokkaido as punishment for throwing rocks, and police are now considering investigating his parents for psychological... More »

Man Raped at 14 Has to Pay Child Support

He found out only recently that he fathered a child 10 years ago

(Newser) - Nick Olivas got the shock of his life two years ago when he was hit with a child support demand from the state of Arizona—for a child he fathered when he was 14 years old. In that state, a child under the age of 15 can't consent to... More »

NYC Yanks Kids From Pothead Parents

Marijuana, cocaine, heroin given same treatment by child welfare agencies

(Newser) - Heroin, cocaine, and Mary Jane are all treated the same by child welfare authorities in New York City: even a legal amount of marijuana at home means your children can be taken away, even permanently, the New York Times reports. Several hundred of the city's casual dope smokers have... More »

Dad Loses Baby He Left in Car to Watch Strippers

Authorities meeting with boy's relatives

(Newser) - A New Zealand dad has lost his baby to child welfare authorities after he left the boy in his car for hours yesterday while he went to a bar to watch strippers. A passer-by spotted the tot dozing at 3 in the morning and called police. Leaving a child alone... More »

After Foster Care, Kids in Dire Straits

College is a rarity and crime is common, new study finds

(Newser) - States cut loose foster kids when they age out of programs at 18, and the abrupt cutoff usually takes a toll on their prospects for success, says a new study. The University of Chicago survey found that by 24, just 6% of former foster kids have a college degree of... More »

Carnival Samba Queen, 7, Breaks Down

Rio spotlight too much for youngest drum corps queen

(Newser) - In the end it wasn't the angry child welfare advocates or the family court judge that hampered seven-year-old samba queen Julia Lira from carrying out her controversial role at the Rio de Janeiro carnival: It was Lira herself. Lira broke down in tears just 10 minutes into last night's parade,... More »

Study Finds Sharp Drop in Child Abuse

Public awareness campaigns credited with helping abuse drop 26% since '93

(Newser) - Cases of child abuse and neglect have fallen sharply since the early '90s, according a huge federal study. A total of 553,000 children suffered physical, emotional, or sexual abuse in 2005-6, the study found, down 26% from the 743,200 abuse victims in 1993. Cases of sexual abuse were... More »

Dutch Court Mulls Removing Sailor Girl From Home

Dekker's father may lose custody

(Newser) - Runaway teen sailor Laura Dekker has returned home to a custody battle in the Netherlands. Child welfare authorities have asked a court to remove the 14-year-old from her father's custody and place her either with her mother or in foster care, Reuters reports. Dekker was reported missing last week after... More »

25 Moms ID'd as Minors in Polygamy Probe

Families separated as probe into rogue Mormon sect continues

(Newser) - Texas authorities have identified 25 more mothers from a polygamist ranch as underage girls, bringing the number of juveniles in custody to 460. The girls had initially claimed to be adults, Reuters reports. Officials are keeping hundreds of women and children from the polygamist compound in temporary custody in a... More »

States Snatch Child Support

States are tracking down more deadbeat dads, but kids aren't getting the money

(Newser) - States are getting better at making deadbeat dads cough up child support, but not much of the cash is getting to the kids, the New York Times reports. The money's been going to repay back welfare benefits instead. Almost half of states keep all the money; most others pass along... More »

Judge to Britney: Childproof

Visitation scaled back as Spears 'rarely engages' with kids

(Newser) - A judge cut Britney Spears’ visits with her sons to one afternoon and one overnight visit per week yesterday. In addition to twice-weekly drug tests, Spears was ordered to childproof both of her homes by Friday. Her court-appointed parenting coach was underwhelmed by the troubled pop star's interactions with her... More »

Fake Beckham Almost Scores on Angelenos

Impersonator calls LA sheriff, promising gifts, charity work

(Newser) - David Beckham called LA county and sheriff’s offices last week, offering to host kids’ charity events. At least the authorities thought it was the transplanted British soccer star. Instead, it was a crank caller, who made lofty claims about everything from charity work to a black Mercedes in about... More »

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