Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Friday, 5 December 2014

Minnesota Counties Failed to Investigate 200 Child Sex Abuse Claims

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — More than 200 reports of suspected child sex abuse weren't investigated by county child protection agencies last year, according to Minnesota's human services agency.

Those cases were instead shuffled to "family assessments," a remedy meant for less serious abuse cases, the Star Tribune reported. The Department of Human Services revealed the problem Wednesday at a child protection task force meeting.

"This practice must change," Jamie Sorenson, the department's director of child safety and permanency, wrote in an email to the task force. State law requires an investigation of all child sex abuse reports to determine if any maltreatment occurred.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
The new task force was created earlier this year by Gov. Mark Dayton to examine failings in the state's child protection system, a move prompted by a Star Tribune report on the death of 4-year-old Eric Dean at the hands of his stepmother.

The rising use of family assessments is at top of the task force's list. Designed as an alternative to punishment for less-severe cases, family assessment has become the predominant method of handling reports of abuse. Meanwhile, counties investigated just 7 percent of abuse reports in 2013.

Sorenson said the state will re-examine the 203 cases that weren't properly handled last year. DHS doesn't have enough resources to go back through prior years, he said, but the state will also start receiving monthly reports on all cases directed for family assessment.

The bulk of the mishandled cases were from Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties, as well as the Southwest Health and Human Services agency, which covers several counties in southwestern Minnesota.

Stearns County Human Services Administrator Mark Sizer was surprised to hear that his organization had referred child sexual abuse reports for family assessment.

"That should never happen," he said. Hmmmp! You think? That means more than 200 children very likely suffered sexual abuse that could have been stopped, but wasn't. That's blood on your hands, Mark Sizer.