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Child Abuse and Neglect
“Kentucky looks to speed up adoptions”, is the Courier-Journal front page headline reporting on the Blue Ribbon Panel on Adoption meeting in Frankfort yesterday. The online edition link to today’s article was not yet available at the early hour of this posting. What an informative and productive meeting it appears to have been.
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Com., Cabinet for Health & Family Services ex rel. M.H. v. R.H., 199 S.W.3d 201 (Ky.App., 2006) Issue and Holding: Whether the doctrine of issue preclusion applied to bar the Cabinet from introducing evidence of prior sexual abuse perpetrated against siblings of the infant by the parents at an adjudication hearing regarding the removal of...
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It seems there are a few misconceptions out there about the Louisville, KY contempt motion heard this week against the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet. The Courier-Journal headline reads Lawyers Seeking Higher State Fees ‘There are 30 lawyers who represent children in abuse and neglect cases in Jefferson County’s 10 Family Court divisions, and 40...
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John Walsh, CEO of the Morton Center, an alcohol treatment center in Louisville,KY will retire next year. John co-founded the Morton Center in 1984. Over the years he became an indispensable resource to family law practitioners. If substance abuse was a concern for a child’s safety, we could always count on John to objectively assess...
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The Kentucky committee reviewing dependency, abuse, neglect and quick trigger adoptions met last week. If you read the Courier Journal report and the Lexington Herald-Leader story, they hardly seem to be covering the same meeting.
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It was welcome news that the state found funding for the Jefferson County family court drug court program. Yet, it is concerning that this program was not funded in the budget, and that a front page newspaper article was required to get it back in gear. The blogosphere is full of speculating on the “story...
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A Kentucky State Government press release sent after the first meeting of the committee studying “quick trigger” adoptions announces it will meet monthly and possibly recommend legislation in 2007. It is good news that the 12 member panel will personally be headed by The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Mark D....
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Eleanor Garber, Jefferson Circuit Court, Family Division Judge is surprised and disappointed that Kentucky state funding has been eliminated for her cutting edge program designed to treat drug addicts so their children can be reunited with them, the Courier-Journal reports.
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Her Most Difficult Call- When is a Mother so troubled, or troubling that a welfare worker must take her kids from her? by Daniel Bergner, is the New York Times Magazine, July 23, 2006 cover story. It’s heartbreaking to read, but important for us to realize what a difficult job these dedicated professionals have. Double...
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