MEDIA & IN THE NEWS

August 11, 2018

A former foster child who is suing San Diego County for allegedly failing to protect him from years of sexual abuse by his former foster father has filed a new lawsuit accusing the government's attorneys of snooping through his confidential juvenile files without required court authorization.

The lawsuit names the county and one of its attorneys, Erica Cortez. The lawyer who filed it, Shawn A. McMillan, is also seeking a temporary restraining order blocking the county’s attorneys or others involved in litigation from looking in the juvenile files without court authorization.

July 23, 2018

When a 6-year-old boy identified as A.G. in court records told his social worker in January 2006 that his foster father was hurting him, she dismissed his request for a new home.

When staff members at a family recovery center saw A.G. acting out sexually in 2007 and told the county they suspected his foster father was abusing him, the county did not intervene.

When San Diego County sheriff’s deputies in 2008 took A.G. to the county’s emergency shelter for children after an incident involving a neighbor child, A.G. told social workers that he was being sexually abused. He was returned to his foster father, Michael Jarome Hayes, within 18 hours.

Those lapse...

May 23, 2018

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -  There are disturbing allegations that the foster system in San Diego County failed children it was supposed to protect. Critics question whether the rules of confidentiality designed to protect children are doing more to shield social services from scrutiny.

Kern County's Child Protective Services department has cost county taxpayers another $1.4 million.

That's the settlement amount granted last month to a local doctor in a case where CPS illegally took her two children. The county did this in February, 2011, without a warrant and, as it turns out, for no legitimate reason.

... After the McCue case, the department began revamping policies on how and when children can be taken. Social workers had been taking kids without warrants even when there was no imminent threat to a child's safety. That was patently illegal, said Deeths' attorney Shawn McMillan who also represented the McCues.

... Read more at the Bake...

In a move that could slash the large number of children separated from their parents in Arizona, the state's Department of Child Safety is developing a plan that would force caseworkers to seek a judge's order before removing children in most cases.

...While that ruling led San Joaquin County to start requiring warrants, other California counties and other states covered by 9th Circuit Court decisions, which includes Arizona, mostly have only made changes when they, too, have been sued — even though the standard under federal law is clear, said Shawn McMillan, an attorney in San Diego.

... Read more at the azcontral.com

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