Category Archives: Abuse & Neglect

Only 6 weeks until the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference!

We are only six weeks from the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference, held annually at the University of Houston Law Center. More importantly, we are only 18 DAYS from the close of early registration. After March 1st, the $80 early registration fee rises to $200. Take advantage of the early fee by registering today! You can register […]

Jury Finds Houston-Area Teen Who Fatally Shot Her Abusive Father Not Guilty

A Harris County jury delivered a not guilty verdict Monday for a Houston-area student who shot and killed her abusive father. In April 2009, Mark Nelson walked into the bathroom and watched his twelve year-old daughter in the bathtub. Trial testimony showed that Nelson’s behavior was part of a pattern of physical and sexual abuse […]

Overmedicating of Children in Foster Care

Children in foster care are 13 times more likely to be medicated with powerful psychotropic drugs than children not in foster care. According to a new federal report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), there have even been instances where doctors prescribed doses beyond what the Food and Drug Administration have approved. As a CASA […]

It’s Time for a Federal Mandatory Reporter Law

The Penn State sexual abuse case has been all over the news. Americans are disgusted with the moral apathy exhibited by the administrators and coaches who covered up abuse allegations. Their failure to report likely caused scores of additional children to be subjected to an alleged sexual offender. Instead of looking backward, placing blame, and […]

Rosenberg Scholars visit the 315th Juvenile Court

Several of the Rosenberg Scholars (Janice, Alex, Chloe) had the opportunity to visit the 315th Juvenile Court last week and speak with Associate Judge Angela Ellis about the child protection court system in Harris County. Judge Ellis was very generous with her time and spoke to us about her role as judge and developing the GIRLS […]

Should negligent child welfare workers spend time behind bars?

NPR covered an intriguing story last week about a pending New York criminal case that may have repercussions for child welfare workers across the country. Chereece Bell was a CPS supervisor in New York City. She supervised some of the worst cases of abuse in Brooklyn in an agency department called the “Hospital Unit.” When […]

Words into Action? Outcome to be Determined… Texas Foster Care System Redesign

Senate Bill 218 went into effect this month. Section 11 of this bill requires the Texas Department of Family Services (DFPS) to “implement a redesign of the foster care system,” in accordance with the Foster Care Redesign Report submitted in January 2011. The Foster Care Redesign Report discusses the lack of local services available to […]