Adopting a stepchild can be a wonderful experience -- and a move that will cement your family together forever. However, stepparent adoptions have some unique concerns that should be addressed.
The government shutdown of 2018-2019 has left approximately 800,000 federal workers without pay -- but that's just the start of the real human toll that's being exacted from the budget fight being waged. The families of all of those federal workers are also affected.
The Harris County division of Child Protective Services (CPS) in Texas is appealing a fine of $127,000. A judge levied the fine after he determined that the agency acted in a way that was both malicious and deceitful when removing a young child from his home. The agency then lied to the court to prevent his return even after it was clear that he was not the victim of abuse.
A Harris County judge sanctioned Child Protective Services (CPS) for actions that deeply disrupted a Texas family's life and ripped two small children from their loving parents' home. The judge awarded the family $127,000 plus legal fees for what they'd suffered. He also ordered CPS to retrain its workers.
If Child Protective Services (CPS) in Texas ends up at your door on a tip from a relative or neighbor saying that your children are abused or neglected, what are the odds that CPS will remove your children from your home?
It can be challenging to plan ahead for a child with special needs. One additional challenge faced by divorced parents of a special needs child is how to make sure that child support payments don't impair the child's eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.