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2015

Blog Posts in 2015

  • Father Asks for Reverse Adoption Order

    Antonio Martini of Kansas has asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to reverse an adoption decision made in June 2014. Martini was married in 2006 and had two children with his then-wife, Renita Price. After the couple separated in 2009, Martini got arrested for domestic violence and his wife took the children to Arkansas. A few years later, Price remarried and her new husband petitioned to get custody ...
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  • Same-Sex Partners Named as Parents on Arkansas Birth Certificates

    On December 1, Little Rock Circuit Judge Tim Fox confirmed that it was unconstitutional to only limit the identification of parents on birth certificates to heterosexual couples. The Arkansas Supreme Court was blocking a lower court’s order that would have allowed same-sex couples to be listed on the certificates. Three same-sex, female couples challenged that ruling, citing the decision by the ...
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  • Oregon Baby found in Marijuana Extract Lab

    A 24-year-old father was keeping his baby inside his house while making homemade marijuana extract. Derick Scott had his two-year-old child with him while using harsh chemicals in his home, according to the Statesman Journal . Authorities responded to a call to check on the child, then called the fire department, a bomb squad and the District Attorney once they found the chemicals and the child. ...
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  • Baby Abandoned on Bike Path in CA

    The L.A. Times reported that a baby was found along a bike path in Compton. The 33-year-old mother had been hiding her pregnancy from friends and family, and had the baby shortly before Thanksgiving Day. Porche Washington was released from the hospital a few days later, and came to the bike path the following morning. She placed the baby underneath broken pieces of concrete, and neighbors said ...
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  • Father and Stepfather go to Court in Custody Dispute

    A Newtown, CT family was engaged in a custody battle that went differently than most. Parents of two children got divorced in 2005, and the mother was remarried later. This October, the mother died from cancer, leaving the children with their stepfather. Issues arose between him and the children’s father once the father asked for custody of the 14 and 17-year-old. This time, the children stated ...
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  • NY Mom Leaves Baby in Nativity Scene

    A mother in New York brought her baby to a Nativity scene then left her son behind. According to the NY Daily News, the mother acted lawfully since the Nativity scene was located inside a church in Queens. There is a “Safe Haven” law in New York which allows parents to leave babies in certain locations as long as they are not over 30 days old. Other suitable safe havens include hospitals, police ...
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  • Supreme Court in OK Supports Same-Sex Custody

    A case in Oklahoma involving a female, same-sex couple has been resolved after considering the U.S. Supreme Court decision this June. The two women had a child before the Supreme Court decision and later separated. Earlier, a court ruled that only the birth mother of the child would have custodial rights. Recently, the Oklahoma Supreme Court overturned this ruling, stating that both parents have ...
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  • Mother Jailed for Failure to Pay Child Support

    A Chicago Judge has ruled in the father’s favor to jail the mother of their three children for failure to pay child support. It is unusual for the mother to be jailed in situations of overdue child support, due to the bias in the system. The father has reportedly been working hard at his factory job to support his children, and the extra money will be a relief to him. The mother’s payment amount ...
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  • Austin Celebrates 14th Annual Adoption Day

    At the end of October in Austin, 45 children were adopted to families throughout the state. This was the 14th anniversary of the adoption event, and the number of children being adopted has gone up 62 percent in the past 10 years. However, there are still many children who remain in the state’s care. As of now, there are approximately 6,800 children in foster care, and the numbers continue to rise ...
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  • South Carolina Starting a Program to Track Child Support

    The South Carolina Department of Social Services recently told the state’s Senate panel that they hope to implement a new system to better track parents who are behind on their child support payments. The state has to pay between $11 and $15 million to the government each year for the failure to collect payments. Employees from Xerox Corp. are in South Carolina to start working on the program ...
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  • Missing Seattle Baby Turned in to Police

    Parents Patrick Curran and Inger Surowiecki did not hand their two-month old over to protective custody in late October. The parents were ordered to appear in court for an emergency hearing where they would turn their baby over to the Department of Social and Health Services. The next afternoon, the parents of the child came back with their baby and turned the girl over to authorities. The mother ...
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  • Children Home Alone in House Fire

    Police arrested a 30-year-old woman in Denver in order to investigate felony child abuse. In late September this year, Rocio Arroyo-Reyes left her children at home alone which later caught on fire. The two children were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Arroyo-Reyes told police that she was only gone for five minutes when she got a text message informing her of the fire. Authorities are ...
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  • Mormon Church Leaders Agree with Same-Sex Marriage Law

    Though some members of the Mormon Church may disagree with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, their leaders are showing their support of the law more. One of the high-ranking apostles in the church, Dallin Oaks, says that it would not be right to apply one’s personal convictions to a situation like this one. He and other leaders are encouraging their members to do the same. Oaks ...
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  • State Department Ending Same-Sex Benefits

    In the next few years, some State Department employees will be seeing some changes. The U.S. Department of Justice says that it will be phasing out benefits to some same-sex couples. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June which legalized same-sex marriage, the department says it will now only grant benefits to married same-sex couples. The program which granted benefits to individuals in ...
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  • Woman Charged for Leaving Kids in Hot Car

    A woman was recently found guilty of child abuse by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office when she left her two children in a car this August. The mother, 30 years old, went inside a store while her 9-month-old and a 23-month-old remained in her vehicle. The mother lives in Mesa, Arizona, and said she was running a quick errand at a party supply store during this time frame. After some ...
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