March 4, 2016
ISSUE | CHILD ABUSE Parents at risk Janet Ginzberg's commentary is spot-on about the unintended but not inconsequential consequences of Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Law ("Sandusky case fallout goes on," Sunday). The law mandates that teachers and those who come into contact with children report suspected abuse to authorities. Failure to do so is a crime. It empowers protective agencies to investigate those reports. The law ensures a constant flow of reports to be investigated, as mandated reporters cover their butts by reporting every bruise, scratch, and accusation.
November 29, 2013 |
After a Montgomery County woman landed in jail in April on a parole violation, her first instinct was to refuse visits from her 4-year-old son. She didn't want him to see her locked away, wearing a prison uniform. But Katie Gdowik, the caseworker for the boy, pressed her: Did she really believe having no contact with her son for months would be better than his seeing her in jail? The mother relented and agreed to let her son visit. Gdowik's instincts might represent the ideal but not always common response, according to advocates such as Kathleen Creamer, an attorney for Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, who recently completed a two-year study of services provided to children of inmates.
February 15, 2013 |
As police continue to investigate Monday's shootings in a Delaware courthouse, court documents suggest a wider conspiracy in the death of Christine Belford, who police say was gunned down by her ex-father-in-law as a result of a long-running child custody dispute. Belford, 39, had gone to New Castle County Court in Wilmington for a child-support hearing when she and a friend were shot dead by Thomas Matusiewicz, 68, who exchanged fire with Capitol Police before taking his own life.
October 25, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - A sharply split New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a parental rights law that a couple claimed discriminates against infertile women. New Jersey law holds that an infertile man whose wife is artificially inseminated with his permission is the baby's father. But it doesn't give parental rights to an infertile woman whose husband's sperm is used to impregnate another woman, even if the wife gives permission. The Camden County couple used a surrogate, identified as A.F., to carry their child.
May 16, 2012 |
The tragic death of 6-year-old Khalil Wimes can inform efforts to improve Philadelphia's child-welfare system. The case showed that judges end up making life-and-death decisions about child placement without sufficient information; that parents with long histories with the city's Department of Human Services can regain custody of children as easily as one-time offenders; and, most obviously, that neighbors and others who should serve as the first line...
September 2, 2011 |
MINNEAPOLIS - The mother of an 11-year-old boy whose father abandoned him in Minnesota in July has come forward saying that she wants to be part of the discussions about her child's future. Katik Porter, 38, hasn't seen her son in nearly a decade, but she has contacted child-protection services and asked to be part of court proceedings about his custody, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said. The boy's placement will be up to child-protection services and courts, and the process could take months.
August 26, 2010 |
Question: My daughter is 24, one semester away from her degree, and pregnant. She went into deep denial for almost seven months. At 27 weeks, she came to me with her suspicion. There were no options but to have this baby. She has stated emphatically that she does not want to keep the baby. I am very sad and wish she would not do this, but I have committed myself to supporting her. Father is not involved, and she has very negative feelings about him. He will sign off his parental rights immediately.
August 4, 2009 |
L.A. SUPERIOR Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff yesterday gave Michael Jackson's mother permanent custody of his children, but MJ's former dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, surprised the court with an objection and showed he had a little skin in the game. The custody ruling came after a few tense moments in which Mark Vincent Kaplan, an attorney for Klein, raised nonspecific objections to the custody arrangements. Kaplan said they were based on Klein's long-term relationship with MJ and his children.
March 17, 2007 |
The Soviet government couldn't stop him. The KGB couldn't silence him. And years of imprisonment didn't break his will. But a chance encounter with a troubled young stranger who claimed to hear the word of God cost him his life. That bitter irony yesterday hung heavily with friends and associates of Michail Makarenko, the 75-year-old Soviet dissident who was fatally beaten with a rock at a New Jersey Turnpike rest stop early Thursday. Brian K. White, 26, of Humble, Texas, allegedly told state police that God told him to attack Makarenko after he tried to sell the elderly man religious CDs. White, a singer of Christian hip-hop, was barely verbal yesterday at a Burlington County Superior Court hearing, where he appeared on closed-circuit video.
December 12, 2006 |
Imagine sitting down with a mother and explaining that her child has been taken away and she can never see the child again. She cannot have information about where the child is, if the child is healthy, or even if the child is alive. For a parent, losing a child in this way is inconceivable. We would take life imprisonment, the loss of our limbs, the destruction of our homes, before we would give up our child. But colleagues of mine have had this conversation with mothers in our office, conversations that leave the mother in shock and even the lawyer in tears.