Day: September 30, 2007

  • Foster care abuse alleged

    Foster care abuse alleged Two brothers claim in a lawsuit that the state failed to stop their sexual and physical abuse. By LEONORA LaPETER Published October 13, 2004 PINELLAS PARK – The two brothers grew up in separate foster homes, but both say they were abused again and again – physically and sexually – while […]

  • Prison COPWATCH

    Epidemic Of Police Brutality & Harassment Sweeps America & UK An epidemic of violence and harassment is sweeping the country. Police are being trained that the general public are the enemy and that they can engage in outright brutality without recourse. Taser deaths are skyrocketing because the police have been ordered to use “pain compliance”, […]

  • Child welfare officer jailed (ACCOUNTABILITY!!!!)

    this is what i like to see – this case is a couple years old, but its a good leader to what needs to keep happening – accountability!!! The Pinellas sheriff’s employee lied about checking on children and filed false overtime claims, detectives say. By CHRIS TISCH Published December 10, 2004 Megan Gallagher faces felony […]

  • With woman missing, a mother worries

    A Seminole woman hasn’t been seen since a court appearance Feb. 6, when she appeared to be pregnant. By CURTIS KRUEGER Published April 18, 2006 [Times photo: Dirk Shadd] Linda Steenberge, 61, holds a photograph of her missing daughter, Melissa Steenberge Pound, 34. The photo, which is about 2 years old, shows Pound with her […]

  • Missing mom may have feared losing son

    The woman’s husband says she was afraid the state would take away their newborn like they did with their other kids. By CURTIS KRUEGER Published April 24, 2006 Gregory Pound sat in the Pinellas County Jail for a month for failing to reveal where his wife and baby son had gone, even though he insists […]

  • How Does A CPS Case Work? When to report?

    The Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (“Bureau”), a division of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Fam- ily Services (“Department”), provides child abuse preven- tion and related services in Milwaukee County. The Bu- reau receives reports of child maltreatment at its intake office. When an intake screener receives a call, he drafts an intake form to “screen in” or “screen out” the report for investigation. If the report is screened in, an intake super- visor will assign it an urgency level to determine how quickly an investigation must be initiated. Although state law technically requires a 24-hour response to all screened- in reports, Bureau guidelines separate reports into three categories: (1) 0-2 hour response; (2) 24-hour response; and (3) 2-5 day response. Once an urgency level has been assigned by the intake supervisor, the intake office then opens a file and e-mails it to one of the five field offices, each covering a particular geographic area. After the file is received by a field office, a site supervisor assigns the file to a caseworker, who is then required to contact the reporter(s) (of child abuse), “collateral contacts” (i.e., eye- witnesses or others with knowledge of the situation), and the alleged maltreater, and to document all such con- tacts. The Bureau’s “Investigation Standards” establish the protocols for investigating different types of alleged maltreaters. For example, if the alleged maltreater is a parent, the caseworker must, in descending order, inter- view the child, any siblings, the non-maltreating parent (if applicable), and the maltreating parent. Caseworkers must also investigate: (1) physical evidence (e.g., injuries); (2) “systems assessment” information about the child and family; and (3) reports from anyone with information about the case. Based on all of the foregoing information, the caseworker and supervisor assigned to the case must then determine whether to substantiate that maltreatment has indeed occurred.1

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