Jane Wells has devoted a decade to documenting human rights abuses throughout the world. She served as producer on The Devil Came on Horseback, a chronicle of the genocide in Darfur, and most recently directed the feature documentary Tricked, about sex trafficking in the United States. While working ... More >>
Foster parents are allowed to fully participate in court hearings about whether to terminate biological parents' rights, the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled. The ruling comes out of a case involving a young boy in Montezuma County, who went into foster care after suffering repeated abuse while in t ... More >>
Earlier this week, we told you the story of a little boy in Montezuma County who suffered horrible abuse in his parents' care and was placed with a foster family. That family eventually intervened in the court case to terminate the parents' rights, offering information and cross-examining witnesses. ... More >>
When and how should foster parents intervene in court cases involving the children in their care? That's the question at the center of a case that the Colorado Supreme Court will hear tomorrow. It could be said the case started five years ago when the Montezuma County Department of Human Services go ... More >>
The loudest applause at a rally at the Capitol today for the prevention of child abuse and neglect was for two teenagers who know the child welfare system firsthand. As a child, Latisha was placed in twelve different foster homes. Her brother Adrian lived in twice as many. Today, they urged regular ... More >>
"Kidnapping is illegal by Child Protective Services." "Our constitutional rights are violated." "Foster care more dangerous than family care." Those are some of the slogans you can expect to see during a noon rally at the State Capitol. Govabuse.org organized the rally as part of the site's n ... More >>
David Rangel.David Rangel, the third area teacher busted for alleged improper relations with students in four months, appeared in Weld County District Court yesterday, where bond was set at a whopping $100,000. That's a big number for a guy who told police that while he kissed and groped a t ... More >>
We get so many letters from prisoners proclaiming their innocence of any and all misdeeds that it's curiously refreshing when one admits that he did something wrong. Wrong and dumb. So this recent, neatly typed apology from Charles W. Wimberly, resident of a federal prison in Tucson, caught our at ... More >>
On the twelfth day of Michael Tate's murder trial, the final day of testimony, he told the judge that he would not be taking the stand in his not guilty by reason of insanity defense. “No ma'am” he said to the judge in a flat, monotone voice that sounded surprisingly southern for a 19-year-old ... More >>
At eighteen, these foster kids aged out of a system that denied them a childhood.
The McAdams want their children back, but can former heroin addicts succeed as parents?
The child-protection system wants to shut down family-rights activist Suzanne Shell. And vice versa.
Case by Case
Do you know where your children are?
The bonds of love are being broken for Rosa Avina.
Nineteen-year-old Albert Galvan wants to raise his baby, but the court says she's better off with her foster parents.
From the week of December 18, 2003
White Oleander is blonde but ambitionless.
Colorado keeps an extensive list of suspected child abusers, but is anyone checking it twice?
Boulder County slams the door on a group of juvenile homes that won't lock theirs.
Schoolyard slurs, an incest charge and county social services shatter a black family's Kiowa dream.
From the week of January 25, 2001
To speed up its child welfare system, Denver will need to stop kidding around.
From the week of September 14
Three kids with attachment disorder have died in Colorado -- but according to Foster Cline, their parents and therapists are the ones most in need of help.
When the state's foster-care system doesn't work, there's always the private sector. but sometimes that doesn't work, either.
Her Turn to Howl
HOW THE GOVERNMENT'S ATTEMPTS TO "REUNIFY" CHILDREN WITH THEIR PARENTS HURT KIDS AS MUCH AS THEY HELP THEM.
BORN TO AIDS-INFECTED DRUG USERS, THESE WERE THE BABIES NOBODY WANTED. EXCEPT MEGAN ROSS.