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This is important. Aside from the points made in this article, I see another glaring problem. That it the drug use is not recorded or even measured, legally then parents afterwards can claim innocence of drug use. In the UK I think more testing is happening, there is an investigation into wrongful diagnosis http://www.transparencyproject.org.uk/police-investigating-drug-testing-lab-that-carried-out-tests-for-the-family-court/
In cases of alledged child sexual abuse, often there is no criminal case which is leading both to parents who have lost children claiming innocence, some are, some are not is the best way I can put it, having listened to many. But it also means that the perps guilty are not dealt with, at all. I really think this needs shaking up. In cases where possible help the parents and keep the family together, but at least have due diligence throughout the system so that there are checks and balances.
As opioid crisis strains foster care, states aren’t tracking the damage
This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast.
New Hampshire social workers are all too familiar with how opioid abuse can push children into foster care. They see it all the time.
The chain of events is often the same: After being approached by social workers, addicted parents continue to overdose or start dodging them. State officials deem the home unsafe and seek a court’s permission to remove the children.
Then comes a knock at the family’s door.
It’s a last resort, reflecting what appears to be a stark trend across the state: Since 2010, the number of child removals in which substance abuse was a factor has nearly quadrupled. The number of children entering out-of-home care has nearly doubled. And between 2012 and 2016, the number of children born drug exposed tripled.
Yet directly connecting child removals to the source of the problem is nearly impossible. That’s because in New Hampshire’s electronic child welfare database, there’s no way to specify opioids – or any other drug – as a contributing factor.
That’s also true in other states hit hard by the opioid epidemic – even where lawmakers have highlighted the issue publicly.
In May, Pennsylvania lawmakers heard testimony about how the opioid crisis is turning scores of grandparents into primary caregivers. But when asked to provide drug-specific detail on foster care placements, a Department of Human Services representative said the data “is not captured to the level of detail that encompasses the type of drug.”
In Massachusetts, where nearly 2,200 people died of opioid overdoses in 2016, child welfare advocates say “there was no time to gear up” for an opioid-linked surge in the foster care population. Between 2011 and 2016, the state saw an increase of more than 2,000 children in foster care and a total annual cost increase of nearly $68 million. But the state has no idea how many of those kids entered because of parents’ opioid use.
These gaps make the task of developing family welfare policies a guessing game, said Elissa Glucksman Hyne, a senior policy analyst at the child welfare nonprofit Children’s Rights.
“It’s hard to have enough substance abuse services for these families if we don’t have an accurate idea of how many families are actually being affected by opioid abuse,” she said.
Blame the knowledge gap on a patchwork of requirements and technologies. Caseworkers can’t always prove the presence of drugs in a home. Some have to conduct short substance abuse assessments on their own; others get help from treatment agencies. And although evidence of specific drugs often is noted in narrative reports, those details don’t end up in state or federal statistics.
The result: America’s foster care data is severely lagging behind the opioid crisis’ deadly momentum. Citing unreliable state reporting, the federal Children’s Bureau, part of the Administration for Children and Families, didn’t start publicly specifying why children were removed from parents’ custody until 2015. In a report published Nov. 30, parental drug abuse contributed to more than 92,000 removals in fiscal year 2016 – 34 percent of the nation’s total. Still, no one can say what types of drugs were involved.
State officials say tracking the problem conjures up larger questions about policy, practice and training.
“If the state were to begin requiring caseworkers to check the box for, say, opioid use, by what criteria would you instruct that worker to do so?” said Rob Johnson, a spokesman for Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services. “What she suspects? What she observes in the home? What she’s heard from relatives? Or only if corroborated by drug tests? What if there are multiple drugs? How do you develop the guiding policies and training? What happens when a new drug arrives on the scene?”
To get a clearer picture of the issue, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting submitted public records requests to a dozen states where age-adjusted rates of drug overdose deaths are the highest in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What emerged was evidence of a serious crisis with blurred contours.
In Ohio, for example, Attorney General Mike DeWine in August urged residents to become foster parents, citing a wave of kids “who enter the child welfare system because one or both of their parents are drug addicts.”
The number of children in Ohio’s system has increased steadily for years, and the annual cost of foster care has risen more than $100 million since 2011. Foster homes are full in some counties, Mother Jones reported last year. Yet no one’s sure of the exact impact opioids have had. Although caseworkers can select “drug abuse of parent” in the state’s reporting system, that total is most likely an undercount, according to a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Job and Family Services. Plus, there’s significant variation in how such data is collected among the state’s 88 counties.
In West Virginia, more than 6,100 children were in foster care at the beginning of October – the vast majority because of parental drug abuse. And in recent years, the state has seen steady increases in the number of children in care. Yet when it comes to statewide data, there’s no mechanism for sorting by drug type. “Substance abuse” is all that gets logged, according to a representative from the Department of Health and Human Resources.
The list goes on: New Mexico, Kentucky and Utah are seeing surges in foster care placements; none can say for sure how many are due to opioid misuse.
“What we do know anecdotally is that some number are directly linked,” said Adam Pertman, founder of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency. “Because the worker sees the parent, the worker sees the circumstances and can identify the direct link. But for every one they can identify as a direct link, there’s an unknowable number that we can safely assume occur.”
In late 2017, the Associated Press took a step closer to understanding the issue in fine detail. By examining foster care statistics from the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, journalists found a correlation between counties with higher levels of opioid prescribing and opioid death and those with higher shares of foster cases linked to drugs.
Their analysis is a good start, but it’s a half-drawn picture of a full-blown crisis. Meanwhile, social workers across the U.S. continue to voice concerns about the detail and integrity of available information.
“We have been to all but one state in the country and asked child welfare professionals if they believe these data represent the prevalence of parental substance use in their cases,” Nancy K. Young, executive director of Children and Family Futures, said in 2016 Senate testimony. “Not a single state believes these data accurately reflect their experience.”
Rather, she said, most believe they greatly understate the problem.
I missed this at the time……. this needs to be shared amongst groups working to change things for children & survivors of child abuse.
I have my own story to tell, of the various ways, that I have been treated.
Yes, shocking, perhaps hard to read…..People have made allegiences, friends, but abused again because they provoke and take advantage of frightened people….offering the ‘cure’.
I was shocked today, to see the IICSAUK retweeting Natasha who has never stopped allowing Sabine, Belinda & other suspects posting on her blog. Just the other day, I was disgusted to see a hollie grieg poster, commenting. Malcolm Ogilvy or George Antonio, AKA George The Greek Trucker on youtube, recently posting videos of the Hampstead children….which has an order banning it in the UK…… How come ?????? Researching Reform has consistantly promoted Andy Peacher, who hosts FreedomTalkRadio , promoted Tory Smith, Kevin Annett, Freeman on the Land artists, Tom Crawford, John Paterson, etc…..
I support the IICSAUK. I want it to be effective. I want Survivors of abuse still suffering to recieve recognition if they have special needs, caused by the abuse, or diabolical treatment, mostly, by the system.
If nothing is done about the vile abuse, I’ve suffered online, since I decided to speak out about the hoaxers/scammers/fraudsters but worst of all amongst them many child abusers……proven guilty….then I will begin publishing even more
Please do click the link, read thru the comments
Please click the link above ~ I reported the whole channel & ask others to help, protect 2 children from further harm. Are many genuine CSASurvivors, Campaigners, Whistleblowers & Activists, unaware ?
Too busy to see the extreme damage caused by Satanic Panics, engineered by perps, quack therapists, ufologists, Troofers ~ When they co opted the 2010 UK AntiCSA Rally ~ clearly this was Belinda McKenzies plan, aided by David Icke, UK Column, Miles Johnston, Bill Maloney, and all who viralised hoaxes, Hollie/Hampstead/Barnett/Annett & Pieceofhate ~ Pizzagate.
Questions: Validity of the liars falsifying ‘evidence’. Turns out Satanists ain’t all good. The really bad ones are Angela Power-Disneys friends/advisors! Pls read also comments, for links to evidence.
Clarity ~ I have watched as those promoting the hoaxes have also caused immense damage to groups of child abuse survivors organising via social media. The main ‘leaders’ have, I believe, greatly impeded the IICSAUK. Sheva.
Yesterday we talked about the original allegations that formed the basis for the Hampstead SRA hoax, how the allegations were invented, and how they were investigated by police. That, believe it or…
Source: Hoaxtead FAQ: The hoax timeline
Video do not fall for latest Zimbabwe case promoted by John Hemming ? Belinda McKenzie? Just like Musa’s their is already an illegal website Click for interview with Latvian MEP filmed outside recent meeting in Brussels, thanks to the reporter in the hallway, we can steer MEP’s away from charlatans and towards real information, there is alot on the whitelist. Video for education including good links.
Thanks go to one of our supporters, who happened to be outside Maggie Tuttle’s ‘Children Screaming to Be Heard’ conference yesterday afternoon, where he met Neelu Berry, who was h…
Source: Neelu gets into more hot water
Click the link above for the latest crimes of those shown here:
Educate Eu Now on Human Trafficking ! click the Video link at the top.
This just in from the Ham & High: apparently Neelu’s hearing this morning was even more exciting than we’d imagined!
Belinda is now the champion of ‘Mckenzie Friends’, in her imaginary world, this is insulting, i’m sure, to the really decent and ethical people, that run good sites, and work hard to be there for people in court……..
All the emotionally loaded disinfo ! Has she NO shame ??? !!! Click the above link for the real deal on the court cases for Witness Intimidation, and having suffered alot of intimidation, personally from quite a few of their co conspirators, i have to wonder, ‘just how long do they think they can keep fooling people ? how long before they show some decency ? some dignity ? some contrition ? let alone make amends for the harm and suffering caused to so many, people and most importantly, CHILDREN !!!! ‘
Click the link and thankyou again Hoaxtead, who have helped provide the evidence and backed up links that has helped the real picture of horrors caused by these ‘saviours’, that we can let people in on the scam.
Share and use the evidence provided, here and through the links from the Black and White Lists.
Their fearmongering is another load of bs. They’ll be rattling that holey bucket, again soon, and tough !!!!
Tim Minchin hit the holy note, and is wholly appreciated, for what he managed to help us smash last week !
Sheva Burton !
And Belinda ! why havn’t you let the troops know that i don’t eat babies, yet ???? or any of the other bullcrap, like what David Shurter and dearman does hampstead site carry ???? The dearman doubleblind, and was that child porn, on there and supposed to come from Ricky Dearman, did it come from Chris Everard ???? cos it sure matches Deb C’s description…….For anyone interested in some deeper real investigation, check out my Youtube playlist CSA Hoaxes….. I’ve got more questions, for you Belinda, but they’ll keep for a bit longer.
Bronwyn Llewllyn of Hamilton NZ’s Death Threats towards RD & therefore dissenters accused of being RD, including top whistleblowers on their target list, the community of hampstead UK, She named me on her blog some time ago, and since more was published by David Shurter/Fiona Barnett’s partners, Fiona who ensured that John Brown, Amanda Gabriel Prosser, Kathy Devine and others were targeted as ‘paedophiles’ and threatened and abused by paedohunters downunder, i have been attacked here, by Angela Power Disney, and called a baby eater, if i show evidence of their lies, bullying, and they are still attempting to divide groups. This has been collated, from Bronny’s own pages, blog, so that people don’t have to click on her malicious malware infested bog. click here for a google plus page
I’m still correcting the Blacklist in terms of how it was put together….I did throw the blog up, as things happened, including some convos, which i am taking down, as they are put together on videos, and other documents, now. Hoaxtead Hypocrits is a good video, containing the kinds of curses and threats, levelled at me immediately i stepped into the firing line, to prove that it was happening on an industrial level, to many people, shocking, hurting, disgusting, averting, many from the issue of child abuse.
I havn’t said either that all listed are shills, or anything…… I have meant to say that there are various types of people and reasons for them to be engaging with these false flags…..
I will try and make that more clear, can any one tell me more about Sean Mcguire ? i keep seeing his name, alot of the time, these are people whose channels or blogs i avoid, so i have had to look or ask people and ask blogs like, say cathyfox to remove the filth from fiona barnett and why would anyone lead people to these vultures? having refused to take it down, then i have no mercy for people carrying links to sites that abuse survivors and pose serious threats and dangers to us real advocates and whistleblowers…..
Bringing this out, and suffering the isolation ever since i did on the hollie false flag, has not been easy, and given the now obvious targetting and triggering, bullying of so many of us, now linking up…..bringing it up, and realising the same people are working, conspiring and also then, with the engineered and manipulated loyalty generated, it is just like bringing my abuse into light, taking my case through civil court, organising the first public, non gender biased rallies,,,,,,,And the other whistleblowers have also struggled mainly alone with this, just like we did as survivors, those of us that are…… really murky people, and we will be shedding light onto them, as with all bullies.
They were even trying to steal Tim Minchins traffic the other day, and get their posts on his videos, when we stopped it, just by being present, as they opened a group, page and site called ‘Survivor Voice Australia’, where once again, they tried to give an illusion of spearheading, and supporting survivors, which they don’t, in fact they do the opposite, and destroy any of us in their way, if possible…..so they mirrored Tims song, so they could post away there, and pull in new victims, ..
If bloggers are going to defend the freedom of speech of paedophiles, child rapists, who are prepared to bully, threaten, and put survivors in danger, then you will appear on the blacklist, and why you are allowing it, is for you to explain…. please
Given that Bronwyn Llewellyn @BronnyNZ Posted on her blog a while back that i was RD, and given how the hampstead believer, deciever groups attack any that dissent, as being him, and given how many death threats are allowed, encouraged, like a baying mob, of witch hunters, this is why i had due call, to inform the police, and recieve support from agencies.W
Which has worked out well, for survivors as now the network has woken up, and is aware of how dangerous the various groups, emanating from some ‘leader’s in the ‘troofer doofer’, movement
The more ethical, truth movement, the sites that do produce evidence based, articles, and open minded debate, on issues, are also very aware, and realised the other dangers posed, to internet freedom, as well as to the child abuse inquiries……….Thankyou to the people that have helped, bridge the gaps, and i will create a list of good alternative information sites, like Wake Up World.
Those who think those of us tackling this were feeding trolls, that was not my intention, at all, but to show up their aggressive bullying, threats to any that don’t follow their lead, or manipulative grooming, the shunning and isolating, if you pull out, is very obvious, as people are watching, staying silent, following the leads from the Blacklist……
Enigma Channel, Truth Frequency News, Kevin Baker, Chris Everard, David Avocado Wolf, and there are others, now obviously needing to be shaken out of their comfortable, fear mongering, charlatan supporting, sheep herding, networks, of so called truth, while turning it inside out, upside down….
And still not one word from any, that have met me, and know that the filth on david shitters bog, working with foul fiona barnyard, and what ever the dearman does hampstead, which btw, Sabine and Angela, Belinda and others are recorded as using to prove that Ricky dearman had images of ‘childporn’, their words, interestingly, it sounds like the ‘childporn’, found on Christopher Everards files, by Deb C.
I have been asked by an investigator to tidy up my blog, so that it makes sense, as the evidence really is being investigated at high levels, the cybercrime and child abuse being enabled and carried out, via this lot, is now obvious, with the background links of Maggie Tuttle, Belinda McKenzie, Sabine McNeill, to convicted paedophiles, and the evidence of similar links, behind many of these so called leaders, that all connect, all fall out, at various times, to later make up again, to tout their latest ware……bit of the latest trending story.
Imagine any survivor finding this in their inbox, and i’m not the first either…..watch the whole copy, to see how she suddenly launches, into this, and it lasts a couple of minutes and then it’s all about her, except that i do think she is giving messages to the teams on who to attack, who to support, etc…. but whatever she is upto, it is a study piece…… So the message read ‘Sheva if you really are a campaigner, then you are despicable’, or something along those lines, the copy is safe. And if it triggers you, cos it sounds like someone who bullied you, blow rasberries at her, i did, and i prettied it up a bit, added music to some, and had fun messing with it.