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Out Of The Shadows

New England Center for Investigative Reporting | LaurenWeber | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

The following story was reported by Jenifer McKim of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and published here in collabor...

Woman Allegedly Locks Disabled Sister In Closet For 7 Years

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.14.2015 | Crime

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan woman kept her disabled adult sister locked in a closet for six or seven years with little food, water or clothing ...

Angel Enters Foster Care Through Probation's Door

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

In the foster care system, it has long been recognized that to cut all aid at age 18 was to invite poor outcomes with disproportionately high numbers of foster youth experiencing homelessness, incarceration and diminished educational opportunity.

Mother Fighting for Custody, Son Taken by Police After Classroom Comments About Marijuana's Benefits

Art Way | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Art Way

This story may seem ridiculous to some. The reality is this happens all the time in our country and it is a lesser-known atrocity of the drug war. Due to mandatory reporting requirements, the staff at the school may have been under a duty to involve Child Protective Services if Banda's son admitted marijuana was in his home.

Free-Range Mom Blamed For Child Neglect Says Her Life Has Been 'Torn Apart'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents

Danielle Meitiv often lets her two kids, Rafi, 10 and Dvora, 6, play outside without her supervision. They are even allowed to walk home from the neig...

Mom Who Is Being Investigated For Letting Her Kids Walk Home Alone Stands By Her Decision

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents

Last month, 10-year-old Ravi and 6-year-old Dvora were walking home from a park when they were stopped by police and driven to their residence about a...

Top 10 Nanny State Fails of 2014

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

South Carolina single mom Debra Harrell allowed her daughter to play at a popular park for three days this summer. This was after the girl's laptop was stolen and she didn't want to just sit at mom's job -- McDonald's -- all day. A "Good Samaritan" saw the girl unsupervised and called 911.

786 CHILDREN DEAD: Abuse, Neglect Reportedly Occurred In Plain View Of Authorities

Associated Press | HOLBROOK MOHR AND GARANCE BURKE | Posted 12.18.2014 | Crime

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities ...

Darren Wilson and Vegan Mom

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 02.08.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Darren Wilson is a Missouri cop whose deeds have been dissected endlessly in the court of public opinion. Sarah Markham is "Vegan Mom," a Florida parent whose 12-day old baby was taken into foster care by Florida's child protective services. The case barely registered a blip on the public radar.

Preventive Analytics and Child Protection

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

Sheffield's first reaction was "devastation, disappointment, depression, tragedy: any and everything that could be negative." Even if she didn't fully realize it as a pregnant teen in 2004, the prospects for her baby girl were less than optimal.

What It's Really Like To Be A Foster Kid

Posted 08.26.2014 | Teen

On any given day, about 400,000 children and teens are living in foster care in the U.S. Angela, 17, is one of them. By Angela Velez, as told t...

What Millions Of Grandparents Want You To Know

Deborah Doucette | Posted 09.13.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Doucette

Millions of grandparents are rescuing their grandchildren from a life of neglect, chaos, and abuse at the hands of addicted parents. These are families from every walk of life, of socio-economic strata, of size, shape, and color. Make no mistake, they are families like yours and mine.

When Love Hurts: The Heartbreak of Elder Abuse

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Valentine's Day is a time to acknowledge the loved ones in our lives. These relationships include not only a partner or spouse, but also the love between a parent and child. This relationship can be a wonderful experience.

Jan Brewer Dissolves Child Welfare Agency

AP | BOB CHRISTIE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she is getting rid of the state's scandal-plagued Child Protective Services agency and creating a new Ca...

More Than 6,000 Child Abuse Cases To Be Reviewed In Arizona

AP | BOB CHRISTIE | Posted 11.26.2013 | Crime

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona government official says his department will review more than 6,000 unexamined reports of child abuse and neglect by Dec. ...

David Lohr

Texas Mom Forced 6-Year-Old To Stand On Ant Hill: Cops | David Lohr | Posted 07.17.2013 | Crime

A 6-year-old boy's horrific abuse at the hands his mother includes tongue burns and being forced to stand on an ant hill, Texas authorities say. Th...

Foster Mother's Day

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

At 28 years old each, Eric and Mindy Shamp are already well on their way to building a big loving family. In the past year-and-a-half, they have welcomed 11 children into their home.

WATCH: Sickening Video Of Girls Forced To Fight

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.21.2013 | New York

A video of two young girls being forced to fight each other in a New York City park has surfaced, catching the attention of authorities, Gothamist rep...

NFL Player Takes Abused Kids On $19,521 Shopping Spree

Posted 12.04.2012 | Impact

Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans is scoring a lot of points today -- for kids. The NFL wide receiver brought 12 children chosen by Child Protect...

Paying It Forward After Beating the Odds

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.02.2013 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

"Something that I've learned from my mentor is always pay things forward, not necessarily with money, but with actions and deeds. You're not alone. You're not the only one out there in a bad situation. Beat the odds and you'll succeed."

Charges Could Be Filed Against Caseworkers For Toddler's Death

AP | BETSY BLANEY | Posted 10.18.2012 | Crime

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Police have launched a rare investigation of the Texas child protection agency after a 22-month-old girl died and her mother claimed...

What We Should Have Learned From the Jerry Sandusky Case

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 08.27.2012 | Crime
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

As parents and educators, we have to stop being reverent, diffident and polite, and learn to be vigilant in regard to children's welfare and safety.

Kidnappers Lied To Victim About His Identity

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 06.13.2012 | Crime

SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas — Krystle Tanner and her mother, Gloria Walker, for years had successfully concealed the true identity of the boy that auth...

HORROR: Children Removed From Sex Offender's House Were Restrained To Beds

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK and NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 04.22.2012 | Crime

DAYTON, Texas — Texas authorities said Tuesday they removed 11 children from a crowded home where a registered sex offender lives after they fou...

$5 Sandwiches Landed This Couple In Jail, Daughter Taken Away

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.31.2011 | Crime

When Nicole Leczcyzynski, a pregnant mother from Hawaii, felt dizzy while grocery shopping, she and her husband decided to munch on some $5 sandwiches...