Category Archives: Abuse & Neglect

Texas Foster Care System Facing Reform

From Patricia Kilday Hart at the Houston Chronicle: In a 107-page opinion citing deficiencies in the Texas foster care system, a Corpus Christi federal judge this week paved the way forward for a classaction challenge to the state’s system of caring for abused and neglected children. Judge Janis Jack, of the U.S. Southern District, certified […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Man Wanted in Custody Case Returning to Oklahoma, www.abcnews.com The father of a Cherokee Indian girl mired in an adoption dispute was ordered to leave an Iowa National Guard base and return to Oklahoma, an Iowa Guard spokesman said Sunday. Brown, who is Cherokee, is charged with custodial interference involving his 3-year-old daughter, Veronica. A […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Metro Atlanta Backslides on Protecting Kids in Foster Care, childrensrights.org As Georgia experiences major changes in its child welfare leadership, new data shows that metropolitan Atlanta’s effort to protect abused and neglected children in foster care has suffered. According to the latest report from federal court monitors, the performance of the Department of Family and […]

Conference: Legislative Advocacy & the Origins of Murderers

After lunch, the 12th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference continued with Kim Dvorchak giving an uplifting update on juvenile law legislative changes around the country, focusing on the ability of juvenile defenders to advocate for change in their home states. Both David Domenici and Kim Dvorchak recommended the National Conference of State Legislatures: Trends in Juvenile […]

First Day of the 12th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference!

The 12th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference began on a strong note with David Domenici speaking about the success he has had with the Maya Angelou Academy that serves D.C.’s incarcerated youth.  The most interesting fact…

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Children’s Act to Transform Services for At-Risk Kids: Bill 25 Touches All Aspects of Government Services for Alberta Youth, Edmonton Journal Human Services Minister Dave Hancock introduced the Children First Act on Tuesday, a new law that will touch every program or service the Alberta government provides to children and families at risk.  Bill 25 initiates […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

More Harm Than Good: Exempt Youth Sex Offenders from Registration Laws, Human Rights Watch Harsh public registration laws often punish youth sex offenders for life and do little to protect public safety, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. A web of federal and state laws apply to people under 18 who have […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Child Rapes Mostly Occur in Juvenile Justice Homes, dnaindia.com ‘India’s Hell Holes: Child Sexual Assault in Juvenile Justice Homes’, a report released by Delhi’s Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) on Saturday shows there have been 48,338 child rape cases from 2001 to 2011 with most of them being committed in the juvenile justice homes run […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Horrific Child Abuse Case Moves Mississippi to Toughen the Law, WLOX 13 Monday, Governor Phil Bryant signed into law HB 1259, also known as the Lonnie Smith Act. It’s named in honor of a Jackson County boy who suffered unthinkable abuse from his own mother. Supporters said the new law bridges the gap between the […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Need to Strengthen Juvenile Justice System: CJI, The Times of India NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on Sunday stressed the need for strengthening the juvenile justice system in the country, and to provide adequate protection for juveniles who are in conflict with law. Addressing a conference of chief ministers and chief justices […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Juveniles Executed in Yemen Though Law Forbids It, Digital Journal Yemen is accused of jailing and executing people who were still children when they committed their crimes. Some of the executions are due to lack of birth certificates but others are due to failures in the justice system. A sample case is described in an Al […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Wyoming Juvenile Killer Law Not Retroactive, Casper Star Tribune A new Wyoming law that ends mandatory life imprisonment for juvenile killers won’t change the sentences of eight people already serving life for crimes they committed before the age of 18. The law, which Gov. Matt Mead signed two weeks ago, gives juveniles with life sentences […]