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'Losing your kids is like losing your life,' says mother of teen who killed herself in a group home

'Losing your kids is like losing your life,' says mother of teen who killed herself in a group home | Public Law Children Act Adoption Cases | Scoop.it
Crystal Crier couldn't hold back her tears as lawyers retraced her daughter's final days before she hung herself in a closet of a group home

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'Losing your kids is like losing your life,' says mother of teen who killed herself in a group home

CLAIRE THEOBALD
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Published on: October 17, 2016 | Last Updated: October 17, 2016 9:56 PM MDT

Crystal Crier couldn’t hold back her tears as lawyers retraced her daughter’s final tragic days before she hung herself in the closet of a group home.

“Losing your kids is like losing your life,” said Crier, standing outside of the courtroom on Wednesday on the first day of a week-long inquiry into her daughter’s death.

Kyleigh Crier was just 15 years old when she was found hanging from a closet rail in a bedroom at Crossroads House in Edmonton on April 21, 2014.

While another fatality inquiry into a similar incident in 2000 had recommended break-away bars in closets in groups homes housing vulnerable people, the rods in the closets in Crossroads House were rigid and had been firmly affixed to the walls.


For the first time, Crystal Crier heard in vivid detail in court how her daughter — who had been involved with Child and Family Services since 1999, suffering domestic abuse and neglect in her family home — struggled with hallucinations and suicidal thoughts while battling an addiction to methamphetamine.

According to Beverly Allard, the assistant program manager at Crossroads who discovered Kyleigh’s body almost 12 hours after she was last seen, Kyleigh had told staff she felt bullied and intimidated by another teen in the home where she had stayed since December 2013.

While Kyleigh had a history of self harm — having survived an earlier hanging attempt — Allard said Kyleigh had been in relatively good spirits leading up to her death, celebrating her mother’s graduation from a program at the Poundmaker’s Lodge days earlier, a facility that incorporates aboriginal cultural practices into addictions treatment.

Although staff did say Kyleigh’s suicidal thoughts were persistent, Allard said the teen did not show any “red flags” for committing suicide.

On the day in question, Kyleigh had been up that morning and spent time on a computer in a staff room before going up to her room. When a staff member went to check on her, they did not find her and assumed she had left the house.

It wasn’t until well after midnight that Allard, called in to cover the night shift, heard music playing from Kyleigh’s room and went to investigate.

Allard said she walked in and saw the window open and papers strewn across the floor. As she was straightening up, Allard turned and saw Kyleigh hanging inside the closet.


According to investigators, the bar of the closet was left bowed. A handwritten suicide note was left on her bed and a mirror had been positioned inside the closet to alert a person inside to passersby.

Velvet Martin, mother of Samantha Martin — who died in December 2006 only months after returning to her family malnourished and having been denied adequate medical care after being placed in foster care at the advice of Children’s Services — was in court to support Crystal Crier.

“You die alongside your child,” said Martin. “Nothing is ever the same.”

While a lawyer is representing the Crier family during this inquiry on a pro bono basis, Martin said all too often families are left without legal representation and support, put up against a system she says looks to protect its own interests ahead of the families and children in their care.

“Why does the government have a team of lawyers to represent its self interest, why does a group home or a foster home have paid counsel, and yet the child — because we are trying to get recommendations to help children not die — doesn’t have a professional voice?” she asked.

Martin hopes this inquiry, expected to continue through the rest of the week with 18 witnesses scheduled to testify, will not only bring recommendations to ensure no other child has to die like Kyleigh, but will ensure recommendations are actually implemented.

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Day care - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Day care - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Parents are typically the legal owners of the non-profit day care and will routinely provide consulting services in areas in which they are professionally qualified (for example accounting, legal advice, or human resources) for free. (There are some non-profits not operated by parents, but by a board of directors made up of community representatives who want what is good for the children.)

Child care or day care is the care of a child during the day by a person other than the child's legal guardians, typically performed by someone outside the child's immediate family. Day care is typically an ongoing service during specific periods, such as the parents' time at work.
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Are Social Workers Evil? | Search Results | Parents Rights Blog

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The F***| Child Protective Services Comes to Visit| Know the Law & Your Rights| Try Again! lmao

Hey friends. some of you already know whats sup. so CPS PAYED ME A VISIT TODAY, SOME LOW LIFE COWARD HAD NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH THEIR TIME. IT WAS QUIT
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Homelessness, asthma force family to give up children

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Detroit mother decides to turn over kids to the state, including son whose asthma worsens sleeping in the car
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The temperature in Detroit had dropped into the 40s overnight, too cold for 9-year-old Malik, who has asthma, to spend another night sleeping in the family’s car. His chronic breathing difficulties had worsened.
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Unexpected signs of child prostitution, human trafficking

Unexpected signs of child prostitution, human trafficking | Public Law Children Act Adoption Cases | Scoop.it
Why you should be looking at your child's nails and hair as well as their cell phones.
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Kristen Dolan, the anti-human trafficking director of Safehouse of the Desert sat down with CBS Local 2's Brooke Beare to discuss signs of human trafficking, in light of the recent abduction of a Moreno Valley teenager. Two people were arrested in Palm Desert for the case which spanned from the Coachella Valley to Rancho Cucamonga and Colton, CA.
She says there are several red flags to watch for, and that trafficking and prostitution victims come from all socioeconomic groups.
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The challenge of balancing public sector cuts with social value

With the public sector remaining under pressure to increase efficiencies and demonstrate value for money, now is the perfect time for procurement to measure “the double bottom line”. 

As a result of operating in increasingly challenging climates, public sector organisations are placing even greater pressure on their procurement teams – with departments tasked to build business resilience by generating savings and demonstrating value for money.

Success of course is assessed on the reporting and measurement of efficiency gains – but since the introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, procurement has gained an added responsibility.

It is now considered best practice to embed social value within procurement activities – and this brings with it a whole host of social, quality, economic and environmental benefits.

Social value programmes are vital to supporting the growth, stabilisation and development of communities, and can offer a variety of positive outcomes – from tackling worklessness and social exclusion in disadvantaged areas to improving digital inclusion, reducing offending and supporting barriers to learning.

There is now more at stake than just seeking quality, while driving down cost and improving efficiencies.

Measuring the performance of social impact alongside efficiency gains, brings a new dimension to the concept of value for money – as this combination enables organisations to focus on generating savings that have a long-term impact past the point of commissioning.

Adopting this method can also increase service quality and lead to cross-departmental savings – in addition to creating opportunities for partnership working, and enhancing relationships with contractors and the supply chain.

At Fusion21, we practice this whole-package approach to procurement, and ensure that members accessing our procurement services also benefit from the generation of social value.

In the face of continued scrutiny – and amid ongoing cuts to budgets and services – securing sustainable and long-term savings will remain a high priority for the public sector.

The ability to report and measure efficiency gains alongside social impact has boosted the overall value of procurement – and I’m sure you’ll agree, the race to the double bottom line makes our jobs a lot more interesting. 

David Neilson is chief executive at Fusion21

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Court Takes Child For Mentions Chemtrails At School - Conspiracy Talk

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A Boulder, Colorado judge has removed a child from her mother’s care because the mother believes chemtrails are being sprayed into the atmosphere, court documents reveal.
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Boulder Judge D.D. Mallard told Becca Vandb that ‘99% of people would know those are just contrails,’ and said that she is ‘so immersed in a fringe subculture’ that ‘she is a danger to her daughter.’
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Dr. Anny Sauvageau lawsuit

Dr. Anny Sauvageau lawsuit - Free download as PDF File (.pdf) or read online for free. Alberta's former chief medical examiner, Dr. Anny Sauvageau, has named Justice Minister Jonathan Denis and four senior civil servants in a $5-million wrongful dismissal lawsuit that makes explosive allegations of political interference in her office.

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Social workers charged with child abuse in case involving torture killing of Gabriel Fernandez

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Four social workers were charged with child abuse and falsifying public record in the case of the torture death torture death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez in
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Los Angeles County prosecutors allege that the county Department of Children and Family Services employees minimized “the significance of the physical, mental and emotional injuries that Gabriel suffered … [and] allowed a vulnerable boy to remain at home and continue to be abused.”
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The Irish Association of Social Workers: Tackling the Declining Numbers of Social Workers

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Social work is a very challenging profession, but one that is highly rewarding. However, recently there are number of social workers in the profession are declining. With vacancies unable to be filled, vulnerable children are therefore left at risk. Negative media attention and’social work bashing‘ by politicians could be a reason for this.

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The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) is a voluntary professional body which aims to improve social work practice standards, enhances the perception of social work and uses expertise to influence the development of policy, both locally and globally.
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Translators in Belgium Achieve Breakthrough Government Recognition | Slator

For Belgium’s sworn translators and interpreters, November 25, 2016 marked the successful end to a struggle for recognition lasting nearly 40 years. On that day, the Belgian government officially opened its first national register for sworn translators and interpreters.

An estimated 2,000 to 3,000 linguists across the country can now apply for inclusion in the register. The national register means de facto official recognition of the title “Sworn Translator” or “Sworn Interpreter.”

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High Courts Judges Sir David Eady Lady Justice Sharp "Criminal Prosecution Files" SWORD OF TRUTH Royal Courts of Justice Corruption Bribery Fraud Exposé

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High Courts Judges Sir David Eady Lady Justice Sharp "Criminal Prosecution Files" SWORD OF TRUTH Royal Courts of Justice Corruption Exposé

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Serious case reviews to be scrapped

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Read Serious case reviews to be scrapped and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
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Child and Youth Protection: List of Accused Priests and Religious Brothers

In September of 2002, the Archdiocese of Baltimore published a list of priests and religious brothers who had served in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and who had been accused, in their lifetime, of child sexual abuse. The 57 men on that disclosure are listed below. As was noted at the time by Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, the disclosure did not include priests and brothers who were accused after their deaths, nor did it include a few instances where an investigation concluded that the facts did not indicate sexual abuse had occurred. For greater context, the information accompanying the 2002 disclosures can be found by following the link to this post. (FireFox is the recommended browser to use).
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Also listed below are those priests of the Archdiocese of Baltimore who, after September 2002, were accused of child sexual abuse during their lifetimes along with information from the public disclosures that were made. All allegations of child sexual abuse are reported to authorities and to the Archdiocese's Independent Child Abuse Review Board. If such reporting and investigation determined that an allegation was not credible, the alleged perpetrator is not listed here. We also provide names with information from the public disclosures made by the Archdiocese regarding some priests from religious orders or other dioceses who were accused after 2002, although the Archdiocese's information about such non-Archdiocesan priests is often limited. 
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Birth Moms Today | Resources for Women Considering Adoption

Birth Moms Today | Resources for Women Considering Adoption | Public Law Children Act Adoption Cases | Scoop.it
Help for women with unplanned pregnancy and post adoption care plans. Learn about adoption and your options here. Get Free Financial, Medical & Emotional Care.
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May 8th is Mother’s Day, a day that usually signifies a break; being served breakfast in bed or a special meal, receiving handmade cards or crafts, or even having the luxury of a day all to yourself. Maybe you are one of those women who anticipates the day and the new memories that will unfold. After all, Mother’s Day is supposed to be a joyous occasion, where a woman is surrounded by her children, her spouse, and other family members.
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Justice ministry to take over Medway child jail from G4S

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Medway secure training centre has been at centre of allegations of abuse and use of excessive force by staff
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The Ministry of Justice is to take over the management of a G4S-run child jail in Kent that has been at the centre of allegations of abuse and use of excessive force by staff, the Guardian has learned.
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Baby P | Search Results | Parents Rights Blog

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The Latest: 7 child welfare workers in Philadelphia fired in connection with 2 false reports about home visits, state officials say – Philadelphia InquirerKALEINAR.COM -

Seven child welfare workers in Philadelphia were fired inFebruary and March in connection with two false reports about home visits, according to state officials. Rachel Kostelac, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services, said three were workers from Community Umbrella Agencies contracted by the city to handle cases, and four were with subcontracted foster care agencies. The report of the firings followed remarks on Friday by a state DHS official, who said that child welfare workers in Philadelphia had falsified reports in response to high case loads. 

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Raheemah Shamsid-Deen Hampton, Southeast regional director for the state DHS, made her remarks before a meeting of the Community Oversight Board, which oversees Philadelphia's child welfare system. Asked to respond, Kostelac said the state asked DHS to review caseload information for the staff members who were fired and provide an assessment of the safety of any children and families assigned to them. 
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How the Court works | International Court of Justice

How the Court works | International Court of Justice
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Legal disputes between States submitted to it by them (contentious cases) and requests for advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by United Nations organs and specialized agencies (advisory proceedings).
Contentious cases
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Woman who set newborn on fire in road sentenced to 30 years

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MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) A woman who set her newborn on fire and left her in the middle of a New Jersey street was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison.Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier pleaded guilty in February to aggravated manslaughter and prosecutors recomme
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The 23-year-old Pemberton Township woman doused her newborn with accelerant and set her on fire in January 2015, investigators said. The baby had third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body and died two hours after she was flown to a Philadelphia hospital.
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Incestuous mum and son say they are 'trying for a baby' after 'mind-blowing sex'

Incestuous mum and son say they are 'trying for a baby' after 'mind-blowing sex' | Public Law Children Act Adoption Cases | Scoop.it
This happens more than what believe think.  The perils of #adoption.
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A MUM and her son say they are trying for a baby after falling in love, 30 years since she put him up for adoption.
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Woman admits to embezzling more than $100k from local adoption agency

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A Memphis woman has been arrested and charged after admitting to embezzling more than $100,000 from a local adoption agency. 
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Police say Rhonda Eastham stole $130,000 from Bethany Christian Services, a "worldwide and community leader in #adoption and family services."
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