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Child Protective Services

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Parents can feel hopeless when they enter the child welfare system. And things get complicated when California steps in to play parent.
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“When you’re a foster girl, you feel unwanted,” a 21-year-old survivor said. “You’ve been through so much neglect and abuse. And then when you have a man tell you, ‘I love you, I’’ll take care of you, I’ll protect you,’ you want to believe him.”
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Their crimes are heinous. Their backstories are heartbreaking. The system was never equipped to help them.
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"I overdosed on heroin and I was staying in a motel," Susan Ireland says on a tour of El Centro. "The guy that worked at the motel found me, raped me and called the cops. I woke up in the hospital two weeks later, clean and sober and pregnant. That's why I'm clean and sober today."

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Fathers exonerated of child abuse are on a streak lately, after years of pain and struggle for the families involved.

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When St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Nancy Cambria started reporting on a child who died at a home day care in Missouri, she turned what could have been a tragic but isolated event into a can’t-put-it-down series. Here are five useful reporting tips from her work.

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By the time 11-year-old Chandler Nash Elliott hung himself in his father's home, the state of Nevada had a nearly two-inch-thick case file full of abuse and neglect allegations that almost spanned the boy's lifetime.

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