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April 2016 Archives

Fewer Child Abuse Related Deaths in Massachusetts in 2014

After a recent report was released, the state of Massachusetts confirmed that there were significantly fewer deaths related to child abuse from 2013 to 2014. In 2013, The Department of Children and Families reported 39 children died due to child abuse. The number dropped to 22 in 2014. The drop in deaths came as a surprise to state officials, who thought the high use of opioids in the area would likely keep the numbers high. 

International Divorce and Child Custody Issues: Custody Arrangements, Abduction and the Hague Convention

Another confusing and scary issue regarding international divorces and child custody suits are international possession and parenting plans, and the risk of international abduction. Many of us remember when you could walk across the border to Mexico or into Canada for groceries without a second thought or a passport. The world has changed, and although crossing international boarders is still rarely a concern to the person who is crossing, there are real concerns for a parent whose minor child is crossing an international border without them. The risks increase when your minor child is not only crossing a border into another country without you, but more importantly, they are crossing with someone whom you may not trust to bring your child back. 

California Child Forced to Move in with Choctaw Relatives

A family in Santa Clarita, CA became the foster home for a 6-year-old girl four year ago, but Los Angeles County social workers arrived this Monday to relocate her with family in Utah. The girl is part Choctaw, and the Indian Child Welfare Act strives to prevent family members from being separated by adoption or foster homes. 

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