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Girl with Rapunzel-like locks gets the chop for charity

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Marianne Rugman, 12, has grown her hair so that it is more than a metre long.
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Table: An Essay on Disability

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  —Only this table is certain. Heavy. Of massive wood.   Czeslaw Milosz     Sighted or blind the table is inarguable and so we must think of it is a fact.   “Its time to se...
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Free Admission Day :: City of Edmonton

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Things Children Do That Are Unacceptable for Adults to Do

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This dad re-imagines what it would be like if he were to do the “annoying” things his kids do every day. Adults, try to avoid this kind of behavior! From ‘ep…
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Dallasblack.com:

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Foster parent's license revoked after infant dies in her care

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A foster care mother loses her license after a baby dies in her care. This stems from an incident from November, 2013.
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Michael Bell | FOX6Now.com

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Challenging the standards of accountability:

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Challenging the standards of accountability:

 

Reading through storyline, I am struck with resounding similarities. Despite context - differing policing authorities - handling and outcome are very closely related. Simply substitute the term child welfare authorities in place of police. I've pulled out key statements and sentiments which I identify with strongly. - VM 

 

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/08/18/375779/what-i-did-after-us-police-killed-my-son/

 

- '"After police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.”

 

- I have known the name of the policeman who killed my son, Michael, for ten years. And he is still working on the force in Kenosha.

 

- Yes, there is good reason to think that many of these unjustifiable homicides by police across the country are racially motivated. But there is a lot more than that going on here. Our country is simply not paying enough attention to the terrible lack of accountability of police departments and the way it affects all of us—regardless of race or ethnicity. Because if a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy — that was my son, Michael — can be shot in the head under a street light with his hands cuffed behind his back, in front of five eyewitnesses (including his mother and sister), and his father was a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who flew in three wars for his country — that’s me — and I still couldn’t get anything done about it, then Joe the plumber and Javier the roofer aren’t going to be able to do anything about it either.

 

- They hadn’t even taken statements from several eyewitnesses. From the beginning I allowed the investigation to proceed and didn’t know it was a sham until many of the facts were discovered. But before long I realized a cover-up was under way. I hadn’t understood at first how closely related the DA and the police were—during his election campaign for judge, the DA had been endorsed in writing by every police agency in the county. Now he was investigating them. It was a clear conflict of interest.

 

- I wanted to change things for everyone else, so no one else would ever have to go through what I did.

 

- The problem over many decades, in other words, was a near-total lack of accountability for wrongdoing; and if police on duty believe they can get away with almost anything, they will act accordingly. As a military pilot, I knew that if law professionals investigated police-related deaths like, say, the way that the National Transportation Safety Board investigated aviation mishaps, police-related deaths would be at an all time low.

 

- And so, together with other families who lost loved ones, I launched a campaign in the Wisconsin legislature calling for a new law that would require outside review of all deaths in police custody. I contacted everybody I could. In the beginning, I contacted the governor’s office, the attorney general and the US attorney for Wisconsin. They didn’t even return my phone calls or letters. I even contacted Oprah, every Associated Press bureau in the nation, every national magazine and national news agency and didn’t hear a word.

 

- Finally we began to get some movement, helped by a friendly Republican legislator, Garey Bies, and a Democratic assemblyman named Chris Taylor, in August of 2012. In April of this year we passed a law that made Wisconsin the first state in the nation to mandate at legislative level that police-related deaths be reviewed by an outside agency.

 

- I’m not anti-cop. And I am finding that many police want change as well: The good officers in the state of Wisconsin supported our bill from the inside, and it was endorsed by five police unions. But I also think the days of Andy Griffith and the Mayberry peacekeeper are over. As we can see in the streets of Ferguson, today’s police are also much more heavily equipped, armed and armored—more militarized. They are moving to more paramilitary-type operations as well, and all those shifts call for more transparency and more rules of restraint. And yet they are even less accountable in some ways than the US military in which I served. Our citizens need protection from undue force, here in our own country, and now."'

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Child welfare representatives approached upon birth of our child with medical challenges and indicated that the sole method of accessing supports necessary to preserve life was through out of home care under child welfare direction although no issues of maltreatment nor neglect existed. (Archaic views towards persons with diversity continue today and although institutions are now frowned upon, similar service delivery transpires via foster care system.) Instead of attaining medical supports for anticipated extraordinary needs, my daughter went without medical attention for periods of up to 3 years and caseworker failed to visit 14 months; yet assured that all was well. Samantha was viewed by concerned professionals who believed she was experiencing seizures and although the medical placement and social-worker were alerted and directed to seek medical intervention, chose not to follow-up nor inform me, the legal guardian. My daughter eventually suffered cardiac arrest and died.

The caseworker involved who failed to maintain notes or follow-up to ensure Samantha was presented to doctors remains employed as a social-worker. In fact, her role is Provincial Criminal Record Checker, investigating and reporting on criminal conditions of others.

Trusting authorities, I naively awaited justice as internal investigation proceeded. In the end, case was dismissed without cause. I have had ministry authorities hang up telephone on me for asking further questions.

I was a white, married, educated woman respected as an advisor within the medical community and even without the barriers that other minorities face, no one would pay attention to injustice.

It became obvious to me that I needed to be the voice for others silenced.

Witnesses made attempts to come forward and offer statements yet were ignored by authorities. Other individuals initially promising investigation, backed away fearing retribution. Some outwardly informed that they were under pressure by employers to remain silent. Even recorded statements offered to authorities were avoided. Testimony of another victim was dismissed without hearing.

The problem was a near-total lack of accountability for wrongdoing; and if government workers believe they can get away with almost anything, they will act accordingly. Policies to promote protection are well-written and researched, however, no deterrents exist for negligence of duty.

Now aware that I was but one victim, I became increasingly vocal, trying to achieve justice. I wrote letters and made telephone calls to every government agency that I knew to approach. I contacted powerful people. More often than not, no one responded whatsoever and those who did, expressed sorrow, but indicated that they were not equip to intercede.

Finally, some began to recognize the value of endeavors to honour Family-Centred Care principles. I was eventually awarded for SAMANTHA’S LAW by Mayors, the United Nations, Members of Legislature and City Officials.

I am not anti-foster care, nor official authorities. There are solid individuals within these realms who are trying valiantly to make positive impact and lobby for improvements for children and families. Citizens, however, are largely unaware that crisis exists right here in their own neighbourhoods unless personally affected. We need to continue to educate and support one another, breaking cycles of abuse and stigma. Supports must be geared towards preventative measures rather than reactive bandages when situations have reached point of crisis. Above all else, there needs to be equal administration of law and accountability. NO MORE SILENCE! - VM
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Writersblock

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Michael Bell (politico.com) - After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago -- and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing -- an African-American man approached me and said: "If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we've been going through." I could imagine it all too easily,...
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What I Did After Police Killed My Son

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After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.” I could imagine it all too easily,...
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US: Parents beat 8-year-old to death because he played with dolls

US: Parents beat 8-year-old to death because he played with dolls | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
The boy was beaten to death because he played with dolls.
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Natural Health News and Wellness Tips: Energy drinks cause heart problems: Study

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‘Brave New World’: Fox News writer asks “Is there a microchip in your future?” » WTF RLY REPORT

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Fundraising quest forms an everyday hero

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A local family has launched a quest to raise money for research into an extremely rare chromosomal condition.
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NDP critic calls on Fassbender to resign as B.C. public schools to remain closed Tuesday

NDP critic calls on Fassbender to resign as B.C. public schools to remain closed Tuesday | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
There won’t be any public school Tuesday, according to B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender, and now the NDP’s Rob Fleming is calling on the minister to step down. After a summer with no negotiations — and a failed, frenetic, last-minute attempt to reach a settlement with B.C.’s teachers — Fleming said the time has come for change at the top.
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Franklin mom warns of fake Child Protective Services caseworkers - YouTube

A Franklin mother is speaking out to warn others after two women who claimed to be caseworkers with Child Protective Services entered her home and threatened...
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12 Things You Should Never, Ever Say To Teachers

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A quick checklist for misguided souls who toss out offhanded comments to teachers they meet.
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Change wanted after social work license issued to felons

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SANTA FE (KRQE) - They work with kids, the elderly, and the mentally ill so you'd expect New Mexico's licensed social workers to be upstanding citizens. But News 13 uncovered evidence that shows the state has been giving licenses to people no one wants around the vulnerable. When Lori Vallejos applied for a social worker license,…
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Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care | NCPR News from NPR

Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care | NCPR News from NPR | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
Policymakers worldwide have been calling for countries to get rid of institutions for orphans and abandoned children. A study out of Duke University offers a different perspective.
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The Michael E. Bell Shooting – Evidence & Investigation

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What I did after US police killed my son

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Police shot my 21-year-old son to death ten years ago and immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing.
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Reading through storyline, I am struck with resounding similarities. Despite context - differing policing authorities - handling and outcome are very closely related. Simply substitute the term child welfare authorities in place of police. I've pulled out key statements and sentiments which I identify with strongly: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/08/18/375779/what-i-did-after-us-police-killed-my-son/ '"After police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.” - I have known the name of the policeman who killed my son, Michael, for ten years. And he is still working on the force in Kenosha. - Yes, there is good reason to think that many of these unjustifiable homicides by police across the country are racially motivated. But there is a lot more than that going on here. Our country is simply not paying enough attention to the terrible lack of accountability of police departments and the way it affects all of us—regardless of race or ethnicity. Because if a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy — that was my son, Michael — can be shot in the head under a street light with his hands cuffed behind his back, in front of five eyewitnesses (including his mother and sister), and his father was a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who flew in three wars for his country — that’s me — and I still couldn’t get anything done about it, then Joe the plumber and Javier the roofer aren’t going to be able to do anything about it either. - They hadn’t even taken statements from several eyewitnesses. From the beginning I allowed the investigation to proceed and didn’t know it was a sham until many of the facts were discovered. But before long I realized a cover-up was under way. I hadn’t understood at first how closely related the DA and the police were—during his election campaign for judge, the DA had been endorsed in writing by every police agency in the county. Now he was investigating them. It was a clear conflict of interest. - I wanted to change things for everyone else, so no one else would ever have to go through what I did. - The problem over many decades, in other words, was a near-total lack of accountability for wrongdoing; and if police on duty believe they can get away with almost anything, they will act accordingly. As a military pilot, I knew that if law professionals investigated police-related deaths like, say, the way that the National Transportation Safety Board investigated aviation mishaps, police-related deaths would be at an all time low. - And so, together with other families who lost loved ones, I launched a campaign in the Wisconsin legislature calling for a new law that would require outside review of all deaths in police custody. I contacted everybody I could. In the beginning, I contacted the governor’s office, the attorney general and the US attorney for Wisconsin. They didn’t even return my phone calls or letters. I even contacted Oprah, every Associated Press bureau in the nation, every national magazine and national news agency and didn’t hear a word. - Finally we began to get some movement, helped by a friendly Republican legislator, Garey Bies, and a Democratic assemblyman named Chris Taylor, in August of 2012. In April of this year we passed a law that made Wisconsin the first state in the nation to mandate at legislative level that police-related deaths be reviewed by an outside agency. - I’m not anti-cop. And I am finding that many police want change as well: The good officers in the state of Wisconsin supported our bill from the inside, and it was endorsed by five police unions. But I also think the days of Andy Griffith and the Mayberry peacekeeper are over. As we can see in the streets of Ferguson, today’s police are also much more heavily equipped, armed and armored—more militarized. They are moving to more paramilitary-type operations as well, and all those shifts call for more transparency and more rules of restraint. And yet they are even less accountable in some ways than the US military in which I served. Our citizens need protection from undue force, here in our own country, and now."'
Velvet Martin's comment, August 31, 9:14 PM
Challenging the standards of accountability: Child welfare representatives approached upon birth of our child with medical challenges and indicated that the sole method of accessing supports necessary to preserve life was through out of home care under child welfare direction although no issues of maltreatment nor neglect existed. (Archaic views towards persons with diversity continue today and although institutions are now frowned upon, similar service delivery transpires via foster care system.) Instead of attaining medical supports for anticipated extraordinary needs, my daughter went without medical attention for periods of up to 3 years and caseworker failed to visit 14 months; yet assured that all was well. Samantha was viewed by concerned professionals who believed she was experiencing seizures and although the medical placement and social-worker were alerted and directed to seek medical intervention, chose not to follow-up nor inform me, the legal guardian. My daughter eventually suffered cardiac arrest and died.

The caseworker involved who failed to maintain notes or follow-up to ensure Samantha was presented to doctors remains employed as a social-worker. In fact, her role is Provincial Criminal Record Checker, investigating and reporting on criminal conditions of others. The foster placement continues to receive medically fragile children. There have been at least 3 deaths associated with the home.

Trusting authorities, I naively awaited justice as internal investigation proceeded. In the end, case was dismissed without cause. I have had ministry authorities hang up telephone on me for asking further questions.

I was a white, married, educated woman respected as an advisor within the medical community and even without the barriers that other minorities face, no one would pay attention to injustice.

It became obvious to me that I needed to be the voice for others silenced.

Witnesses made attempts to come forward and offer statements yet were ignored by authorities. Other individuals initially promising investigation, backed away fearing retribution. Some outwardly informed that they were under pressure by employers to remain silent. Even recorded statements offered to authorities were avoided. Testimony of another victim was dismissed without hearing.

The problem was a near-total lack of accountability for wrongdoing; and if government workers believe they can get away with almost anything, they will act accordingly. Policies to promote protection are well-written and researched, however, no deterrents exist for negligence of duty.

Now aware that I was but one victim, I became increasingly vocal, trying to achieve justice. I wrote letters and made telephone calls to every government agency that I knew to approach. I contacted powerful people. More often than not, no one responded whatsoever and those who did, expressed sorrow, but indicated that they were not equip to intercede.

Finally, some began to recognize the value of endeavors to honour Family-Centred Care principles. I was eventually awarded for SAMANTHA’S LAW by Mayors, the United Nations, Members of Legislature and City Officials.

I am not anti-foster care, nor official authorities. There are solid individuals within these realms who are trying valiantly to make positive impact and lobby for improvements for children and families. Citizens, however, are largely unaware that crisis exists right here in their own neighbourhoods unless personally affected. We need to continue to educate and support one another, breaking cycles of abuse and stigma. Supports must be geared towards preventative measures rather than reactive bandages when situations have reached point of crisis. Above all else, there needs to be equal administration of law and accountability. NO MORE SILENCE! - VM
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The Argument for Independent Review Commissions

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Politico has a powerful piece by Michael Bell, a retired Lt. Commander lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, whose son was shot and killed by Wisconsin
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S-CAP Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty Larabee

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Protecting Canadian Children Founder, Linda Plourde, amongst recipients of the City of Calgary White Hat awardees:

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Gail Nicholson, Linda Plourde, Chris Williams, Velvet Martin, Chris Tutty, Jeff Wilkie in Calgary, Alberta

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Are Any of Your Facebook Friends Undercover Federal Agents? Secrets of the Fed

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