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Kiarre Harris of Buffalo is making a federal case out of home-schooling her two children.

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The disturbing details of the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks will be heard again by a jury, after an Appellate Division panel reversed the verdict of his convicted killer.

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Three generations of women stood in Niagara Square Thursday to mourn Eain Brooks, the boy who was sexually abused and murdered by his mother's boyfriend two years ago.


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Child Protective Services workers will be spending two days a week in Erie County's 28 suburban school districts, working with district social workers.


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The Erie County Legislature approved a ban on plastic microbeads Thursday. Legislators also wrangled over a state plan to raise the minimum wage in some fast food restaurants and over a demand that Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz meet with legislators about the problems in Child Protective Services.


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A new Child Protective Services report shows a significant decrease in the number of open cases in Erie County. The development follows several changes made to the department after the deaths of three children in recent years.

A year-long investigation has resulted in the arrest of four people in Little Valley on drug and rape charges.

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Erie County Sheriff's deputies arrested two adults Friday afternoon after a pair of toddlers were spotted in a locked vehicle with no heat.

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Reforms to Erie County's Child Protective Services have resulted in significantly lower caseloads, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

Cuomo vetoes legislation to limit CPS caseloads

Jan 4, 2015
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Governor Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have required annual reports to be compiled regarding monthly caseloads handled by the staff of Child Protective Services.

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Erie County's Department of Social Services is teaming up with the University at Buffalo to study the chronic neglect of children in the county.

Legislation has been approved in Albany that should help better protect children from abuse. 

County Legislature approves new CPS hirings

Jun 19, 2014

Help is on the way for Child Protective Services.  The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved a restructuring plan for the Department of Social Services Thursday that allows the hiring of 37 employees.

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The Poloncarz administration's reform plan for Child and Protective Services is "raising questions" among some Erie County legislators.

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Erie County's child protection issues may get even more workers, even as new hires from last September are starting to carry full work-loads.  

Erie County legislators are responding to new information regarding the May 14 death of 8-year-old Jacob Noe, the child whose mother has been charged in connection with his death. The legislature's majority leader is now calling for Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer to resign.

A package of bills that would improve Child Protective Services in New York has been introduced by State Senator Patrick Gallivan.  The Elma Republican says his legislation would better protect children.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the reorganization of the Department of Social Services is complete. The goal is to make the county's largest department more flexible and proactive.

With statistics indicating that a majority of child abuse cases are reported from three area hospitals, Child Protective Services is moving into those facilities to allow for quicker investigations.

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Authorities in Erie County are rebuking a report that Child Protective Services workers did not protect an Amherst child who was killed last week.

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The deaths of two children in Buffalo has led to a package of reforms that will be proposed in Albany Monday at the start of the legislative session.

Lawmakers probe local CPS following child deaths

Nov 14, 2013
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State lawmakers investigating Erie County Child Protective Services in the wakes of two child murders heard testimony from nearly two dozen people in Buffalo Thursday.

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A state hearing on Child Protective Services, prompted by the deaths of two boys who suffered abuse in their homes, will be held in Buffalo next week.

Brooks' mother faces investigation

Oct 11, 2013
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The fallout continues in the aftermath of the tragic beating death of five-year-old Eain Brooks. Brooks' mother, who recently gave birth to a girl, has reportedly been forced by Erie County Child Protective Services to place the infant in the care of relatives.

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Several employees in Erie County's Child Protective Services division have been disciplined over their handling of abuse complaints against a man accused of killing a 5-year-old Buffalo boy. 

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Erie County legislators Thursday cleared the way for seven more caseworkers for the overloaded Child Protective Services division in the wake of the death of a child allegedly killed by his mother's boyfriend.

New York State is launching a review of child abuse cases being handled by Erie County Child Protective Services.  The action follows last week's beating death of a 5 year old Buffalo boy.

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The Erie County Comptroller says nine vacant positions at Child Protective Services should be filled immediately.

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A state lawmaker is calling for a full investigation into the events leading up to beating death of a 5-year-old Buffalo boy.