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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
For the last year, Sondra Sykes, 44, worked hard to prove she was a good mother who deserved to get her four youngest children back from foster care. She had several strikes against her: no job, a criminal record and, most worrisome for social workers handling her case, she was mentally ill. Los Angeles County has seen foster care rolls shrink in recent years as more children have been adopted or reunited with their parents. Among the remaining cases, some of the most challenging involve mentally ill parents.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2009 | Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to launch an investigation into potential flaws in the child welfare system that might have played a role in the deaths of three children over the last month. Child welfare authorities had at one point investigated the care of the three children who died. Statistics show that in the last three years, a dozen children or more have died annually as a result of abuse or neglect despite the fact that their cases had come to the attention of social workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2009 | Garrett Therolf
Responding to a long-running pattern of child abuse deaths that might have been prevented, Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday will consider a renewed attempt to ease communication among agencies that deal with troubled families. The proposal calls for an interlinked computer system that would expand child abuse investigators' ability to access records showing a family's criminal, educational and medical histories, including critical clues about dangers faced by children.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
A Los Angeles-area toy importer has agreed to pay a $665,000 fine for importing and selling toys with high levels of lead and for violating other federal child safety standards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The commission announced Thursday that it had reached a settlement with OKK Trading Ltd. of the City of Commerce. The company's website says it is one of the nation's largest wholesale direct importers of dollar-store toys, stationery and seasonal merchandise.
NATIONAL
March 2, 2009 | Associated Press
In a stunning improvement in children's health, far fewer kids have high lead levels than 20 years ago, government research shows -- a testament to aggressive efforts to get lead out of paint, water and soil. Lead can interfere with developing nervous systems and cause permanent problems with learning, memory and behavior. Children in poor neighborhoods have generally been more at risk because they tend to live in older housing and in industrial areas. Federal researchers found that just 1.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2009 | Alana Semuels
Retailers across the country are yanking shoes, toys, Valentine's gifts and other children's goods from shelves to comply with a strict lead law that took effect Tuesday. The repercussions of the hotly debated Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which bans the sale of children's products containing dangerous amounts of lead and chemicals called phthalates, began rippling through the industry as manufacturers realized the law wasn't going away.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2009 | Alana Semuels
The battle over a product safety law escalated Friday, when federal regulators turned down a request by manufacturers to postpone Tuesday's deadline requiring them to stop selling goods that contain unsafe levels of lead. Manufacturers responded by warning that thousands of jobs could be lost if the law was not changed.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2008 | the associated press
At least 18 children younger than 15 died in toy-related accidents in 2007. Most of the deaths were caused by blocked airways, drowning or accidents involving motor vehicles, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission data. Many of the incidents were not caused by the toys but occurred while the children were playing. Fourteen of the 18 children were boys.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2008 | TINA DAUNT
IT'S THE rare pop star who believes that mother knows best. But when it comes to good causes, Natasha Bedingfield and her three musical siblings are happy to follow mum's lead. The London-born songstress, along with brothers Daniel and Joshua and sister Nikola Rachelle, have teamed up with their mother, Molly Bedingfield, to help children in poor countries around the world. In the coming weeks and months, the family will be busy raising funds for Molly Bedingfield's Global Angels philanthropy, which partners with various grass-roots organizations to fight child slavery, starvation and illness.
WORLD
May 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An Australian man has been fined after buckling in a case of beer with a seat belt but leaving a 5-year-old child to sit on the car's floor, police said. Constable Wayne Burnett said he was "shocked and appalled" by the incident late last week in Alice Springs. The beer was strapped in between two adults in the back seat. The child was also in the back, but on the floor. The driver was fined about $710 for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and for failing to ensure a child was wearing a seat belt.
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