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Blog Posts in November, 2015

  • 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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