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Dr. Edward F. Dragan, Author of the Soon to be Released Book, ‘Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know,’ Comments on Keeping Students Safe


Lambertville, NJ (PRWEB) August 22, 2007

Dr. Edward F. Dragan, author of the soon to be released book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know, comments on keeping our students safe. School safety and liability expert, Dr. Edward F. Dragan states, “Unnecessary risks in schools must be corrected, most importantly to protect the safety of students, faculty and support staff, but also to eliminate costly litigation and settlements. Implementing regular assessments of school safety policies and procedures can greatly reduce risks.”

Dr. Dragan remarks, “All too often we hear after the fact, ‘How did this accident happen?’ or ‘Could the school have prevented it?” “Unfortunately once the accident occurs; it is too late to ask these questions, a school’s risk management plan must be proactive to be effective.”

Our nation’s schools pay millions of dollars annually in damages to school children injured in class, sexually assaulted by teachers, and harassed by fellow students. New Jersey alone faced 381 suits-more than one case a day-representing a potential liability of over 500 million dollars. This total does not include cases filed in administrative court, which typically hear special education issues. Since most cases settle privately, the general public and even some education insiders are not aware of the scope of such liability.

The following three recent instances chronicle occurrences that could have been avoided had the schools developed a risk analysis plan identifying potential safety hazards, emphasizing accountability and establishing procedures for creating and maintaining a hazard free school.

A 1.7 million dollar verdict was awarded to a third-grade student told by her teacher to return a television cart with a television on its top shelf to the library. The cart fell, causing the television to strike the student, whose injury resulted in permanent brain damage. A federal court jury decided the school was partially liable for the accident due to the student’s lack of supervision. This unfortunate incident could have been prevented if teachers and administrators had assessed the risks of allowing young children to move such equipment.

A private settlement was reached in a similar case. A board of education paid $ 850,000 to a five year old student with autism who was seriously injured when a fifty pound television fell and struck him on the head. When evidence of inadequate supervision pointed to the school’s liability the case was settled.

The coach of a girl’s track team and a student who threw his javelin one more time after the coach announced practice was over both shared payment of a $ 300,000 settlement to a student who received permanent nerve damage and facial paralysis when the javelin struck her in the face. The coach was responsible for the students while they were using potentially dangerous equipment.

Most cases of school safety violations could be prevented through practice of proactive risk management. Teachers and administrators must scrutinize their procedures, equipment use and personal practices for ways to ensure the safety of everyone concerned. Schools must follow risk management guidelines to improve overall school safety and to eliminate the high costs of accident related litigation. Although insurance companies usually pay these settlements, schools and taxpayers will ultimately have the burden of higher taxes and insurance premiums.

Dr. Dragan comments, “School administrators must develop a systematic procedure for inspecting school premises and reviewing safety procedures for evidence of potential risks. An inspection log should be established to record potential risks along with the remedial action taken to eliminate the unsafe hazard or procedure.”

In addition, Dr. Dragan suggests the following risk management guidelines to maximize school safety and security. “School administrators should assess potential risk related to all equipment in proximity or accessible to students. A safety handbook that details procedures for supervising students in all school areas should be established.”

“Administrators need to conduct in-service training and review of first-aid practices, crisis response strategies, school evacuation drills, and alternative communication methods to use, if warranted, during potential crises.”

Dr. Dragan also remarks, “Each faculty member must be aware of their specific responsibilities related to safety and should have prioritized action system available to them to effect needed safety corrections in a timely matter. Administrators need to model and emphasize personal accountability and commitment to create and maintain school safety and security procedures.”

“School administrators who demonstrate a proactive commitment to safeguarding the welfare of students, faculty members and support staff will produce safe and secure school campuses and climates which will reduce potential school liability.”

About:

Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D. is the founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC, providing consultation to school administrators and education expert witness services to attorneys on education-related issues including school management, safety, bullying, sexual harassment, child custody, and special education . His book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know, is scheduled for publication in 2008.

Contact Information

Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D.

Education Management Consulting, LLC

609.397.8989

http://www.edmgt.com

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School District of Superior Expands Parent Notification Program Through SchoolMessenger Partnership

Superior, WI, and Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) September 4, 2007

The School District of Superior today announced that it has expanded its parent notification program for the 2007-2008 school year. The district’s goals are two-fold: To reach families quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency and to improve the overall quality and frequency of communications between its schools and the community.

By partnering with SchoolMessenger, a leading U.S. parental notification company, the district has expanded a pilot program that was put in place and tested in April. The new service allows the district to communicate quickly and effectively with parents, day or night, in any language using voice messages or email.

If an emergency occurs on one of its eight school campuses, massive calling capabilities are now in place to enable thousands of messages to be placed in a matter of minutes. For more routine attendance alerts and community outreach, school or district officials simply access a Web-based system or call a toll-free number to send families any number of personalized messages or reminders throughout the school year.

“We want the community to know that we are taking proactive measures to improve the flow of communication between our schools and home,” said Jay Mitchell, superintendent of the School District of Superior. “Studies show that when notification solutions are used in schools, parents feel more involved in their child’s education, they report improved peace of mind and attendance rates increase. In today’s connected world, parents have 24/7 access to news and information, and they expect nothing less from their local schools.”

As students bring Emergency Contact forms home this Fall, parents are encouraged to review them carefully to be sure all telephone and email information is up to date and accurate. Each family receives two emergency contacts that will be notified with school activities and alerts. Database records for each of its nearly 5,000 students are automatically, regularly updated so that if an incident occurs, the district is always emergency-ready. If at any time contact information within a family changes, parents are asked to notify the school immediately so that records can be updated.

“We want to applaud the district’s success in creating an organized, strategic program that places a clear priority on parent communications,” said Jim Duggan, Northern Regional Director for SchoolMessenger, a division of Reliance Communications. “By leveraging our notification service, which is designed exclusively for K-12 use, school administrators will save countless hours of staff time when communicating ongoing, routine alerts and events. In addition, if an emergency occurs, district officials can deliver a clear message quickly and reliably to provide valuable insight on the situation, and to dispel the spread of misinformation.”

The district’s 2007-2008 notification plan includes the following schools: Bryant Elementary, Cooper Elementary, Four Corners Elementary, Great Lakes Elementary, Lake Superior Elementary, Northern Lights Elementary, Superior Middle School and Superior High School. All personal information shared between families and the district will remain private and is protected by multiple layers of data encryption, firewalls and other security measures.

About SchoolMessenger

SchoolMessenger, a division of Reliance Communications, Inc., is a leading provider of parent notification solutions for education. Its family of products, which include desktop, server and hosted solutions, are in use in more than 6,000 districts and schools, connecting educators with millions of parents everyday. Founded in 1999, the privately-funded company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. For information, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com.

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Prince George County School District Expands Parent Notification Program for 2007-2008 School Year

Prince George, VA and Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) September 5, 2007

The Prince George County School District today announced that it has expanded its parent notification program for the 2007-2008 school year. The district, which serves nine schools and more than 6,100 students, has two goals for the program: to reach families quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency, and to improve the overall quality and frequency of communications between its schools and the community.

In July the school board approved a contract with SchoolMessenger, a leading U.S. parental notification company, to provide ongoing communications services. As a result, the district or any individual school can communicate regularly with parents day or night, in any language, using voice messages, email or text messaging. The solution even includes a survey feature that allows officials to query families regarding key issues, and then use that insight to improve programs and services.

If an emergency occurs on any campus in the district, SchoolMessenger’s massive calling capabilities will enable thousands of messages to be placed in a matter of minutes. For more routine attendance alerts and community outreach, school or district officials simply access the Web-based service, or call a toll-free number, to send families any number of personalized messages or reminders throughout the school year.

“We want the community to know that we are taking proactive measures to improve communications between our schools and home,” said Dr. R. Francis Moore, Superintendent of Prince George County School District. “Whether we are informing parents of an open house, or alerting them to an emergency situation, we want them to rest assured that the district can reach each and every family in a timely, organized manner. In today’s connected world, with 24/7 access to news and information, I believe parents expect nothing less from their local schools.”

As students bring Emergency Contact forms home this Fall, parents are encouraged to review them carefully to be sure all telephone and email information is up to date and accurate. Two emergency contacts from each family are entered into the notification database, which is automatically, regularly updated throughout the year so that it is always emergency-ready. If at any time contact information changes, parents are advised to notify the school immediately so that records can be updated.

“We want to applaud the district’s success in creating an organized, strategic program that places a clear priority on parent communications,” said Jim Duggan, Northern Regional Director for SchoolMessenger, a division of Reliance Communications. “By leveraging our notification service, which is designed exclusively for K-12 schools, district and school administrators can save countless hours of staff time and deliver a clear, personalized message to let parents know what’s happening on their child’s campus.”

The district’s 2007-2008 emergency plan includes the following schools, located in Prince George County: David A. Harrison Elementary, North Elementary, South Elementary, L.L. Beazley Elementary, W.A. Walton Elementary, J.E. J. Moore Middle School, N.B. Clements Jr. High, Prince George High and Prince George Education Center. All personal information shared between families and the district will remain private, and is protected by multiple layers of data encryption, firewalls and other security measures.

About SchoolMessenger:

SchoolMessenger, a division of Reliance Communications, Inc., is a leading provider of parent notification solutions for education. Its family of products, which include desktop, server and hosted solutions, are in use in more than 6,000 districts and schools, connecting educators with millions of parents everyday. Founded in 1999, the privately-funded company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. For information, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com.

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The Information Processing Age, the Learning Parent and Child in Crisis

Sacramento, CA (Vocus) October 30, 2010

Many children are growing up hurt, often in dysfunctional homes. Their environment at home may lead to behaviors that can lead to learning problems in school, which in turn affect the parent and child bond. Author Christopher Slaton, Ed.D. addresses this important issue in his edifying new book, Education and Science: The Information Processing Age, the Learning Parent and Child in Crisis.

In this book, the author explores the meaning of information as sense data and received data in an effort to explain how human processing leads to information, knowledge, experience, and reflection. This is the Age of Human Systems Science, where the study of how people live, learn, think, and respond describes how they feel things and think through the things they feel. The struggles of a parent and child in crisis are considered, in the sense of how parents need to act as leaders and child developers and in the sense of how children need to act as learners and participants.

When the parent or child in crisis responds to an event it is to become more informed, which begins a rigorous, systemic, and objective work process where valid knowledge may be acquired as they move in relation to a set goal. This makes the act to live each day a practice and the act to learn a process relevant to the affect of education, science, and information processing. How one does the things he is told to do is called information processing. The body, brain, and senses make up a human learning system, which produces a response that goes through a process to release feelings and/or thoughts.

Education and Science: The Information Processing Age, the Learning Parent and Child in Crisis was written to help parents protect their childs right to learn how to grow as a green science. This is the human side of learning how to use space, energy, and time to help improve the way self and other people use the environment to live, learn, think, and respond. Every human being has to learn how to use the body and brain to act through times of pain or pleasure. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to Xlibris.com.

About the Author

Dr. Slaton has designed Parent Education and Resource Coordination Services (PERCS) to help children and families in crisis gain access to the right family, medical, educational, mental health, social work, and corrections professional to reduce the risk of cyclic declines due to learning, behavior, and conduct disorders that were not diagnosed in accordance with a child, youth, or young adults years of eligibility for a free and appropriate public school education. To change the factors that contribute to an inability to learn, behave, and control ones conduct, he or she has to become more informed about how to use a home, school, neighborhood, and workplace network to focus how they grow, mature, and develop in these places. This is why in his book Education and Science (2009), the process is described as a green technology. The participant learns how to improve their home, school, neighborhood, and workplace networks as a human asset. Hence, this is called the Building Human Asset Process.

Education and Science * by Christopher Slaton, Ed.D.

The Information Processing Age, the Learning Parent and Child in Crisis

Publication Date: October 27, 2010

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Family Comes First with Newest Parent Tested Parent Approved Products


Toronto, Ontario (Vocus/PRWEB) March 15, 2011

Parent testers and their families are saying so many great things about these products that approving them just isnt enough. RuffleButt Bloomers are the cutest, Where the Heart Listens is incredibly helpful, Mederma for Kids works mini miracles, KidSleep Classic gives parents more sleep, Lands End makes swimsuits with Sunscreen built in and the T-Fal Actifry makes amazing French fries with only a teaspoon oil! These are just some of the amazing products that PTPA has recently awarded their Seal of Approval.

PTPA Media has North Americas largest parent tester community they are a leader in their field with over 40,000 families signed up as testers.

The PTPA Winner’s Seal on a product package or website helps parents identify products that have been tested and recommended by other parents. It’s like shopping with your best friend, says PTPA Founder and CEO, Sharon Vinderine.

Since 2008, PTPA has evaluated thousands of products and services from both leading manufacturers and emerging brands. Because independent parents evaluate these products in their own homes, PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experience not on commercial considerations.

PTPA Media has become a recognized source by the media for credible and reliable recommendations for the audience. PTPA Founder Sharon Vinderine has presented PTPA winners on over 40 morning shows including the Rachael Ray Show, Fox and Friends and Canada AM.

Here are just a few of the innovative new products to receive the PTPA Winners Seal of Approval for Spring 2011:

RuffleButt Woven Baby Bloomers The word cute just isnt enough! These diaper covers will have everyone asking, Where did you get those?

Where the Heart Listens: A handbook for parents and their allies in a global society. Every parent can use support regardless of their childs age. This program models honest, respectful and caring communication,what more could you ask for?

Mederma for Kids Is your child self-conscious of their scar? Weve tested it, and it works! Reduce the appearance of scarring.

KidSleep Classic No more 4am early risers! The pictures on this nightlight tells younger children if its sleep time or wake time. More sleep ins for parents!

Hevea Teether Made from 100% natural rubber latex, this soft and soothing teether was a huge hit with our testers!

Lands End Swimwear With a tugless fit, rash guard protection for boys and built in SPF 50, Lands End builds more in to the swimsuit so you can get more out of it.

T-Fal ACTIFRY Get the flavor of deep fried French fries with only 1 tsp. of oil! Tested and proved to be true, this amazingly healthy kitchen appliance will allow you to make all kinds of different foods. Our testers cant say enough about how much their families love it!

For a complete list of award winners, visit the newly updated website

About PTPA Media Inc.

PTPA Media provides an objective framework for appraising and promoting new products designed to enrich family living. The company’s mission is to marry innovative companies with discerning consumers, to improve consumer access to quality products and services for their families and homes.

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uKnow.com Offers Free Parental Intelligence Service To Ensure Every Parent Can Keep Their Kids Safe From Cyber Bullying And Other Digital Dangers

Washington D.C. (PRWEB) October 05, 2011

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and uKnow.com is doing its part by offering parents access to a free version of their industry-leading parental intelligence system. uKnowKids Essential is a powerful new service to help parents protect their kids against online predators, sexting, and cyberbullying while also supervising their children’s digital privacy and reputation. uKnowKids Essential is the foundation of the uKnowKids platform, which includes uKnowKids Premier and uKnowKids Premier+. Parents can access the free service at http://www.uknow.com.

uKnowKids Essential provides parents with all the major tools needed to effectively supervise their childrens digital world. Features of the free product include:

Online PHR Provider ZweenaHealth.com Receives Mention in the February 2012 Edition of Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine


Skillman, NJ (PRWEB) February 17, 2012

Personal health record (PHR) provider ZweenaHealth.com recently received mention in the Health and Wellness section of the February 2012 edition of Scholastic Parent & Child magazine. The article in the Click this! column of the editorial highlighted Zweena as an online PHR service that helps families by collecting medical records from various providers and assembling them in one safe place for easy access. Zweena LLC is a provider of online PHR and health information technology services that assembles patient medical records directly from doctor’s offices, organizes and digitizes them to create an electronic health record that provides updated health information that is safe, actionable, and easy to understand, manage and share.

Published by Scholastic, Parent & Child Magazine highlights family-oriented topics such as activities and crafts, children’s health and wellness, development, family recipes, daycare, nursery, preschool, and elementary school, reading, testing, and others. Zweena is a provider of online PHR solutions for families, and was featured in the “Click this!” column of the health and wellness editorial of the February 2012 edition of the magazine.

The column focused on how the Zweena service helps families by collecting family members’ medical histories from medications to tests, lab results, and surgeries, and assembling them into a digital health record. The article also explained that families can go on to access the files from their home computer and share the information with family doctors and pharmacists as they choose.

The article concluded by explaining how Zweena also benefits families by keeping all the information in one secure place to save precious time during medical emergencies and also by helping to protect against medication mistakes.

The reference to Zweena can be found on page 50 of the February 2012 print edition of Scholastic Parent & Child.

Zweena continues to be recognized as a trusted and people-centered online PHR solution that is poised to revolutionize the way people see PHRs and how they use them on a day-to-day basis, says CEO John Phelan.

Zweena’s online PHR and service provides patients and providers with a secure, private and easy-to-access platform that offers a truly comprehensive accurate online personal health record. By minimizing stress and error and presenting useful health information in a clear and actionable way, Zweena allows patients to really be in control of their health information, and makes it possible for providers to access updated and accurate information that saves human life, critical time and unnecessary costs.

The Zweena service can be accessed at ZweenaHealth.com, and is available as a 60-day free trial. To learn more or get started, please visit zweenahealth.com/free-trial/, send an email to info@zweenahealth.com or call the Zweena help line on 877-848-4248 for more information.

About Zweena

Zweena empowers patients, their families and healthcare providers to get the best care and make the best health decisions proactively. Zweena achieves this by collecting patient medical records, assembling and storing them with Microsoft HealthVault, and delivering an online personal health record that is safe, private, and easy to access and share at any time, and from any place. Zweena provides you with an easy and structured way to access and store your personal health record, helping you to make sense of it all and always keeping your vital health information within reach during those critical moments in life.

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Parent Tested Parent Approved Announces Top Spring Award Winners for Families


Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) April 17, 2012

Parent Tested Parent Approved is proud to announce its newest Spring winners! Whether its a fashionable Rockease necklace from Teethease, a new City Mini GT stroller from Baby Jogger, the Most Complete Student Success System from EduNova for your teen or the tasty new snack Just Fruit & Grains from SunRype, if you see their Seal of Approval on it, you know its exceptional.

PTPA Media has North Americas largest parent tester community a credible third party resource for parents with over 60,000 volunteer parent testers.

Seeing the PTPA Winner’s Seal on a product package or website helps consumers identify products that have been tested and recommended by their peers. It’s like shopping with your best friend, says PTPA Founder and CEO, Sharon Vinderine.

Since 2008, PTPA has evaluated thousands of products and services from leading manufacturers and emerging brands. Because independent families evaluate these products in their own homes, PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experience not on commercial considerations.

PTPA Media is a recognized source by the media for credible and reliable recommendations. Recognized TV personality, PTPA Founder and CEO Sharon Vinderine has presented PTPA Award winners on over 50 morning shows including the Rachael Ray Show, Fox and Friends, Canada AM and Global.

Here are just a few of the innovative new products to receive the PTPA Winners Seal of Approval for their most recent 2012 campaigns:

T-fal steamer/blender: ideal to prepare healthy and balanced meals for your baby, keeping them both full of vitamins and full of flavor.

Purex UltraPacks simplifies laundry with its pre-measured packs while Purex Crystals offer you a new way to have fresher laundry for weeks, not days, naturally!

Kobo Vox eReader is more than just reading books it has interactive entertainment for anytime, anywhere: Read, play games, listen to music, download apps and much more!

Ooma Telo with Ooma Premier Service providing crystal clear home phone service through your existing broadband internet connection to save you money!

Summer Solutions workbooks will have your child feeling more confident about their abilities in school and help them ease back in to the next school season.

QuickCover by Sure Fit helps your sofa or love seat stay protected from food and drink spills, pets, jumping kids, and more. Its waterproof and washable!

Enfamil A+ is the closest formula to breast milk available. It contains DHA and ARA to keep baby healthy and happy. Available in a refillable container that Moms love!

Also being celebrated as recent outstanding award winners are the AfterSkate Wipes which help your skates stay clean and sharp, a handy Twist-It Mosquito Repeller which can attach to almost anything, an interactive dinner mat by Your Chat Mat that will help get conversations started at the dinner table.

For a complete list of award winners, visit the Latest & Greatest 2012 section on the newly updated website.

About PTPA Media Inc.

PTPA Media provides an objective framework for appraising and promoting new products designed to enrich family living. The company’s mission is to marry innovative companies with discerning consumers, to improve consumer access to quality products and services for their families and homes.







Lakota Peoples Law Project Released a Special Report on the Richard Mette case, a Non-Indian Foster Care Parent of Indian Girls in South Dakota, Convicted of Child Rape


Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) June 04, 2012

The Lakota Peoples Law Project, a non-profit Indian rights organization of the Romero Institute, recently released a Special Report of their four month investigation of the Richard Mette Indian child rape case, and the criminal charges filed against the acting attorney Brandon Taliaferro and child advocate Shirley Schwab. Mr. Mette, a non-Indian foster care parent of Indian girls was convicted May 29th of child rape and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Attorney Taliaferro, the former assistant state attorney in charge of prosecuting child abuse cases in Brown County, South Dakota, filed charges against Mr. Mette in 2011 (CR 10-11-13; Fifth Circuit Superior Court of South Dakota). To read the full Special Report, please visit: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/special-report-justice-as-retaliation/

Attorney Taliaferro and Mrs. Schwab were working to protect Indian children from rape and incest in a state foster care home. Although Mr. Mette has pled guilty and been convicted, the two critics of the foster care parents were indicted by the state for alleged ‘witness tampering’ and ‘subornation of perjury’ in cases State of South Dakota v. Brandon Taliaferro (CR 12-428 and CR 12-431; Aberdeen, South Dakota) and State of South Dakota v. Shirley Schwab (CR 12-427 and CR 12-430; Aberdeen, South Dakota). Attorney Taliaferro and Mrs. Schwab were charged by the state with allegedly disclosing confidential case information and encouraging perjury by two Indian children against Richard Mette and his wife Gwendolyn. The court has scheduled a Status Hearing on June 13, and a jury will ultimately decide whether Taliaferro and Schwab are guilty or not, states Daniel Sheehan, Harvard trained attorney and counsel for the Lakota People’s Law Project.

Attorney Brandon Taliaferro is the former assistant state attorney of Brown County in charge of prosecuting child abuse cases in Brown County, and Mrs. Shirley Schwab is a widely respected court-appointed child advocate for Brown County. The Aberdeen News reported on Dec. 19, 2011, that Attorney Taliaferro asserts that he was simply looking out for the children, trying to hold the Department of Social Services accountable, and refusing to participate in the cover-up of misconduct by the D.S.S.

According to the National Public Radio investigation Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families by Laura Sullivan in October 2011, Native American children in the State of South Dakota have been being seized, removed from their Lakota families and Tribe, and placed involuntarily into state foster care facilities by the State of South Dakota. In fact, the Child Welfare League of America reports that Native children constitute from 61% -to-68% of the children seized and placed in out-of-home care in South Dakota over the last ten-years, even though they make up less than 13% of the states total child population. Placing the Lakota children in non-Indian foster care violates the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (authored by former South Dakota United States Senator James Abourezk), which mandates that all necessary active efforts be undertaken by State officials to place such children with their closest Native American family member, so as not to remove these Indian children from their Native American culture.

Research shows that the outcomes for Indian Children in non-Indian foster care homes and institutions are not encouraging. In fact, Judge Thorne of the Utah Supreme Court asserts that, Over 60% of Native children in non-native foster care who age out of the system are homeless, in prison, or dead by age 20. Also, according to Attorney Sheehan, The current system is a failure. Our research shows that the State of South Dakota is the worst violator of the Indian Child Welfare Act in the nation.

To read the full Special Report, please visit: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/special-report-justice-as-retaliation/

Since 2006 the Lakota Peoples Law Project has been partnering with the Native American tribes of South Dakota. Through law, public policy, research, and education, LPLP is challenging systemic injustices and working for the renewal of Lakota culture and society. The Lakota Peoples Law Project is sponsored by the non-profit organization the Romero Institute of Santa Cruz, CA. The Romero Institute, named after slain human rights advocate, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, seeks to identify and disassemble structural sources of injustice and threats to the survival of our human family.