CBI to probe Ryan school murder

first_imgGiving into the persistent demand from parents of a seven-year-old boy of Ryan International School who was murdered inside the school premises, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday announced that the probe would be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).Mr Khattar also told reporters that the district administration had taken over the school management for three months.Making these announcements after meeting with the victim’s parents, Mr. Khattar said although the Haryana Police had conducted the investigation professionally, the government had decided to honour the demand of the parents and several local leaders.Plea for speedy inquiryHe said he would immediately write a letter to the Union government in this regard and also made an appeal to the CBI to conduct the probe at the earliest.“This incident was unfortunate. Today I came here to meet the family. There was a demand from the family members and several others for handing over the case to the CBI for investigation,” he said.The Chief Minister said the brutal murder of the minor was condemnable and had led to strong resentment among the people across the country.Mr. Khattar said the school management would be taken over by the district administration for three months and all security and safety lapses would be rectified by the Deputy Commissioner under his supervision.He said the Haryana Police would continue to investigate the matter till the CBI took over.Mr. Khattar, who was present in the city to participate in the Haryana Digital Summit-2017, got emotional while interacting with the parents and could be seen wiping away tears.The Class II student of Ryan International School in Bhondsi was murdered inside the washroom of the school on September 8, minutes after his father dropped him and his sister at the main gate.A school bus conductor and two senior officials of the school management have been arrested in the case so far.last_img read more

MPBL: Munti faces unbeaten QC at home

first_imgMuntinlupa has picked up victories on the road since losing to Navotas in its first game while Quezon City is undefeated in four games to share the lead with the Tanduay-backed Batangas City Athletics.“They’re starting to play better while gaining more confidence,” said Quezon City coach Vis Valencia, referring to the host team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWinless Bataan and Imus collide at 7 p.m.STANDINGS: Batangas 4-0, QC 4-0, Muntinlupa 3-1, Valenzuela 3-1, Parañaque 2-2, Navotas 2-2, Caloocan 1-4, Imus 0-4, Bataan 0-4 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Denied of a home victory at the start of its campaign in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL)-Anta Rajah Cup, Muntinlupa faces another acid test when it battles unbeaten co-league leader Quezon City on Tuesday.Expect a full house crowd at Muntinlupa Sports Complex as the Angelis Resort-backed Cagers try to sustain the momentum of a three-game winning streak against the formidable Capitals supported by Royal Manila at 9 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Regine Arocha named NCAA Finals MVP View commentslast_img read more

Nike Football launches The Last Game: The stars or the clones?

first_imgIt has already got more than 4 million page views in slightly under 24 hours on YouTubeIt’s not even been one day since it was posted on YouTube and it has already got more than 4 million page views in slightly under 24 hours.Nike, known for its quirky football focussed adverts, has come out with another brilliant advert titled Nike Football: The Last Game.The five-minute advert has the star players of the football world Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Neymar Junior, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, David Luiz, Franck Ribery, Tim Howard and Ronaldo Fenomeno are battling it out with the ‘perfect’ clones.A story about risky football versus safe football, the advert shows how scientists and clones want to prove that riskless football is more effective while Ronaldo Fenomeno and the original players disagree, and are willing to risk everything to prove the scientist wrong.The advert shows you how risking everything is the only way to make this sport so awesome.There is only one way to know who is right: the Last Game.So who wins? The star players or the clones?last_img read more

10 months ago​Fulham’s Chambers enjoying central midfield role

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Fulham’s Chambers enjoying central midfield roleby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCalum Chambers is enjoying his time at Fulham, despite a disappointing result against West Ham United.In the game where Claudio Ranieri’s men were beaten 2-0 by West Ham United, Chambers was getting used to a new role in central midfield.And despite the result, the youngster admits that he enjoyed his time in central midfield and would be happy to continue there.He said to the Evening Standard: “I’m enjoying it, obviously it’s nicer if we get a win, but I’m doing what I can for the team defensively and going forward. I’m learning game by game in that position.”At the moment I don’t know whether I’ll go back to defence or stay in midfield. I’m taking on what I’ve been told to do in there and trying to execute it in the games.”Chambers is on loan at Fulham from Arsenal. He has appeared in 11 Premier League games this season. last_img read more

9 days ago​Liverpool loanee Woodburn: I handled record pressure well

first_img​Liverpool loanee Woodburn: I handled record pressure wellby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Ben Woodburn is determined to become a success at the club.Three years ago, he managed to gain the honour of being the club’s youngest goalscorer.But he has struggled to grab a place in the first team since, and is now on loan at Oxford UnitedThe 20-year-old is insistent that he never let the pressure or sudden attention get to him.”When I scored, I didn’t have a clue about the record,” he told reporters.”I remember walking off the pitch with Trent (Alexander-Arnold). The players were saying well done, the manager (Jurgen Klopp) was saying well done because I’d scored my first Liverpool goal. “It was probably only when I started checking Instagram I realised the significance.”Obviously that game was when I got quite a lot of attention. I was definitely recognised going out in the streets, shopping in Liverpool One, people asking for a few pictures. You had to get used to people looking.”The club helped us and I got a lot of advice from family, friends and my agent, but you also have to take quite a bit of on your own shoulders and it’s a bit strange when it happens.”I look back now and think I handled it well. I don’t think I was big-headed, I took it during the y About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Coach That John Calipari Confronted About Cheating Allegations May Be Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin

first_imgJohn Calipari wearing a Kentucky pullover while pointing with his left hand.ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 04: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats points while the Wildcats practice ahead of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four at AT&T Stadium on April 4, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) kentucky basketball jones calipari kidd-gilchrist teagueTwitter/@tneelOn Tuesday night, we shared a clip from Gary Parrish’s radio show, in which he told a story about John Calipari accosting a fellow coach over recruiting allegations. Kentucky Sports Radio has look further into things, and as it turns out, this story might not be a new one. KSR’s Drew Franklin found an old story from Parrish in 2010, that is largely the same as the one he told this week. The coach in question? Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin.Parrish noted that Calipari will let people know when he has problems with others and he liked the fact that he is up front. He told a story about a confrontation Calipari had with Cincinnati Coach Mick Cronin after he heard Cronin had told some associates that he didnt understand how he could go to every game for a kid and then Calipari could come in at the last minute and take him (presumably Marquis Teague). Calipari heard the comment, went to Cronin and basically said “you have to go see all the kid’s games…I can sit back and decide which kid I want and come and get them.”While we’re not totally sure that Cronin was the example given again, it does seem like this is the same story. It’d probably be hard for Calipari to get away with using the same rant too many times. This is probably not something Cincinnati basketball fans want to be reminded of too often, though.last_img read more

Man accused of killing Tina Fontaine told police it wasnt him

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG – The man accused of killing an Indigenous teenager and dumping her body in the Red River told police he didn’t do it, and urged them to search for a suspect who looked like the lead singer of rock group Led Zeppelin.“Don’t focus on me,” Raymond Cormier told police during a 90-minute videotaped interview from Oct. 1, 2014, part of which was played in court Wednesday.“What happened to Tina was wrong.”Cormier has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Tina Fontaine, a petite 15-year-old girl whose body was found in the Red River, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, on Aug 17, 2014.She had spent most of her life on the Sagkeeng First Nation and travelled to Winnipeg in late June of 2014 to reconnect with her birth mother. Court was told she became a sexually exploited youth.Cormier, 55, said he met Tina several times that summer and sometimes provided her and her boyfriend a place to stay overnight.In the video interview, Cormier told police he last saw Tina sometime in August after her boyfriend had left the city to return to a northern First Nations community.Tina had come to a home where Cormier was staying with friends, he said, and got upset when Cormier took a bicycle she had and sold it for marijuana. The two argued outside, he said, and he followed Tina as she walked away down the street.“She’s just yelling and screaming and I’m yelling and screaming and … I got pissed off and threw her weed at her feet and – gone, see you later,” Cormier sajd in the video.“And then I went back to (the house).”Cormier told the two officers interviewing him that there was a man walking in the same direction as Tina on the other side of the street, a little bit behind her.Cormier told police they should seek the man out as a person of interest, and then gave a description – a white skin, middle-aged man with shoulder-length dirty blonde hair who looked like a famous singer.“Robert Plant,” Cormier said.“Led Zeppelin?,” one of the officers asks.“Yeah.”The man had not said anything, Cormier added.Cormier said he couldn’t recall the date, but felt it was on a weekend just before Tina’s body was found.Court has already been told Tina’s boyfriend flew to St. Theresa Point on Aug. 6 – a Wednesday two days before she was last seen by social workers.Earlier in the day, court heard from Sgt. Shauna Neufeld of the Winnipeg Police Service’s missing person’s unit. She said Child and Family Services got involved with Tina after her great aunt, who raised the girl in Sagkeeng, couldn’t find her and asked for help.Tina ran away from hotels and a youth shelter four times in the summer of 2014. The last time was on Aug. 8.Tina had fallen asleep that morning in a parkade and was taken to hospital. The doctor who treated her said Tina had told paramedics she had taken the prescription drug Gabapentin, along with marijuana and alcohol.A urine test found evidence of amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine and alcohol. The doctor was concerned Tina might have been sexually exploited and offered a gynecological exam which Tina refused, she said.Tina was released into the custody of social worker Kim Chute, who took her to a downtown hotel.On the way, Chute said, Tina described having an older male friend who was going to give her a bicycle.“She said she was hanging out with a 62-year-old man named Sebastian who was a meth user,” Chute testified.Tina’s boyfriend, Cody Mason, has testified Cormier went by the name Sebastian at the time.Chute dropped off Tina at the hotel under the care of a private company employee who monitored Child and Family Services kids housed there.But Tina immediately left for a nearby shopping centre, saying she wanted to meet up with friends.“Did she tell you who those friends were?,” Cormier’s lawyer asked Chute under cross-examination.“No, she didn’t,” Chute replied.The next day, Tina was reported missing. Eight days after that, Tina’s body was found.last_img read more

Commentary Resilient spirit needed for Ohio State football to advance to 90

Ohio State’s game against Purdue on Saturday appeared to be over. With the Buckeyes trailing by eight points, and just two minutes and 40 seconds remaining on the game clock, OSU redshirt junior backup quarterback Kenny Guiton’s deep ball had just been intercepted by Purdue sophomore safety Landon Feichter. As it seemed the 7-0 Buckeyes were headed for their first loss of the season, many OSU football fans began their exodus from Ohio Stadium. It was hard not to give up on the Buckeyes at that point. OSU’s star quarterback, sophomore Braxton Miller, had left the game in the third quarter with a head injury. In his place, Guiton had failed to lead the Buckeyes to points on three consecutive drives. For the Buckeyes’ offense to even get another shot at tying the game, a defense that had given up 49 points to Indiana one week earlier needed to force Purdue’s offense off the field in four downs or less. If the Buckeyes were going to win, they needed a miracle. At that point, the Buckeyes showed the resilient, never-say-die attitude that first-year coach Urban Meyer has clearly instilled. The defense did exactly what it needed to do, not allowing a single first down and forcing a punt, which gave Guiton and the offense 47 seconds for one final shot at a game-tying drive. Guiton took advantage of his moment to shine. Guiton’s first pass was a 39-yard connection with sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith, which kicked off a drive that reached completion with a two-yard touchdown pass to redshirt junior wide receiver Chris Fields. Still needing two points to send the game to overtime, Guiton subsequently completed a pass to wide-open sophomore tight end Jeff Heuerman in the end zone. From there, the Buckeyes did their job again on both sides of the ball, as another Guiton-led scoring drive and a defensive stop gave the Buckeyes an improbable 29-22 victory in overtime. The Buckeyes may be 8-0, but they certainly haven’t made it easy to stay undefeated. While they have been heavily favored in most games, they have trailed in the second quarter or later in seven of eight games, and have either gone to overtime or won by three points or less in three of their four in-conference games this season. As should be expected of any team with a postseason ban and a first-year head coach, the Buckeyes have their issues, but they have displayed a knack for coming through and making the plays necessary to escape each game with victory. In games where the Buckeyes have failed to play up to their ability, as was certainly the case against Purdue, they have seemingly willed victories away from their opponents when the game is on the line. On Saturday, however, the Buckeyes will be facing a team that has shown even greater resiliency. The Buckeyes are traveling to University Park, Pa. this weekend to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions, a team that has overcome an 0-2 start to win five consecutive games. The Penn State football program was rocked within the past 12 months by the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal that cost legendary head coach Joe Paterno his job, and later had to overcome the death of Paterno and NCAA sanctions levied against the program as a result of the Sandusky scandal, all the while adjusting to a new head coach of their own in Bill O’Brien. In the first two weeks of the season, the effects of this tumult seemed to have their effect on the Nittany Lions, who suffered surprising losses to Ohio and Virginia. Since then, however, Penn State has rolled off five consecutive wins, and comes into Saturday’s matchup as a serious threat to give the Buckeyes their first loss of the season. As both teams are ineligible for postseason play, some would say they have nothing to play for, but don’t tell that to the Buckeyes or Nittany Lions. After overcoming major adversity leading into their 2012 seasons, both of these teams have taken on new identities under their new coaches, and are making their regular seasons count. Meyer’s Buckeyes are composed largely of the same personnel from the 2011 team that went 6-7, and he has reignited the winning tradition that OSU football is known for. What O’Brien has done at Penn State this season, however, is remarkable. Filling the shoes of Paterno after his 46-year career coaching PSU, and following what is arguably the worst scandal in college football history, O’Brien did not take an easy job. It will continue to be a challenge, as the Nittany Lions are in just their first year of four years of NCAA sanctioning including a postseason ban and scholarship reductions. But by bringing his no-nonsense attitude, installing an up-tempo offense and redefining the image of Penn State football, O’Brien has the Nittany Lions headed back in the right direction. On Saturday, the Nittany Lions have a chance for their first post-scandal marquee victory if they can upset the Buckeyes. Given the way PSU has rallied together and won their past five games, the Buckeyes are going to need to be on top of their game to stop that from happening. Playing an ambitious team in Beaver Stadium, the nation’s second-largest stadium, a will to win won’t be enough to remain undefeated. read more

Suarez believes Dembele needs to learn from teammates

first_imgThe Barcelona footballer is calling Ousmane to improve his attitude to be able to earn a place in the first-teamOusmane Dembele has not started a match in the Spanish La Liga tournament since September, and he’s starting to be undisciplined.And teammate Luis Suarez has a clear message for him.“It’s not that [Dembele] has not adapted to the dressing room – the relationship he has with his team-mates is very good,” Suarez told reporters according to Four Four Two.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He is happy. But as some of my team-mates have said, and Ousmane himself knows, being a footballer is a privilege. I think maybe he should focus more on his football and be more responsible.”“He is very young and can take inspiration from the exemplary professionalism in the Barcelona dressing room. He deserves to be there and to triumph with Barca,” Suarez added.The French footballer joined Barcelona in 2017 after spells with Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga and Rennes in the French Ligue 1.last_img read more

Cavani keen on extending PSG stay

first_imgEdinson Cavani is keen on seeing out his current contract with Paris Saint-Germain after ruling out a return to Napoli before 2020.Cavani admitted staying with the Ligue 1 champions was his primary objective amid strong speculations linking him with a second spell at Napoli.“Right now, I’m playing towards the end of my contract and possibly my career,” the 31-year-old told Football Italia via L’Equipe.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“I’ll be 33 going on 34 when it’s up. I don’t know if I’ll continue after 2020 and if my next contract will be in Paris, but I feel good here and I want to see my contract out.”The recent news would be like music to the ears of PSG fans who adore the Uruguayan star as they bid to land their first ever Champions League trophy.PSG were paired with the much improved Red Devils in the round of 16 and the tie is set to be explosive considering United’s current excellent form under caretaker boss Solskjaer.last_img read more

Bahamas Reports to UN Human Rights FNM Govt plans to Amend Nationality

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 23, 2018 – New York City – The FNM Administration plans to even the law when it comes to the nationality of children born to Bahamians, the Attorney General during his report to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations last week said that what a 2016 referendum failed to do for equity’s sake, the Minnis Administration will do when it amends The Bahamas Nationality Act.“The minor child of a Bahamian male or female, wherever born, in or out of wedlock, will be entitled to be registered as a Bahamian upon application by the parents.”There have been mixed reactions to the presentation by Bahamas Attorney General, Carl Bethel who led a delegation at the Universal periodic review in Geneva, Switzerland.  The AG’s legal posture and comments on behalf of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as it relates to hot button issues like marital rape and equality for transgender residents of The Bahamas was met with some backlash but equally interesting was his comments on how The Bahamas will now aim to deal with ‘statelessness’.“The Government plans to introduce an Independent Review Committee chaired by a retired Chief Justice, to review all pending applications for citizenship in an effort to clear the enormous backlog that currently exists, allowing those applicants who qualify for citizenship to receive and enjoy the citizenship promised by the constitution.  The committee will make recommendations in all cases to the immigration board and the minister, which recommendations will ordinarily be followed, unless there are compelling reasons of National Security or public safety.”While the Attorney General on Jan 17 2018 reported on progresses like criminal cases more quickly reaching trial stage, cut down from a year to two months, he also reported on challenges including improvements necessary at the migrant detention center and highlighted areas where Bahamians were not culturally or democratically prepared to budge.   Among them: capital punishment, the death penalty will stay as Bahamians see it as lawful though an execution has not happened in 17 years … and corporal punishment which will remain legal within schools and homes once reasonably carried out.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasNationalityAct#IndependentReviewCommittee Related Items:#BahamasNationalityAct, #IndependentReviewCommittee, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Pentagon Lifts Hiring Freeze on Civilian Workers

first_imgThe Defense Department has rescinded a civilian hiring freeze for the office of the secretary of defense (OSD), defense agencies and field activities that applied to all vacant positions.The department lifted the freeze, which went into effect March 20, after all organizations finished transferring their personnel records to a central manpower tracking system that provides officials a clearer picture of staffing levels, reported Defense News. The change was needed as the Pentagon imposes a 25 percent reduction in funding for fiscal years 2017 to 2020 on major DOD headquarters activities.OSD is planning to eliminate 309 positions by FY 2020, said DOD spokesman Eric Badger. Of those positions, 243 currently are filled.“We continue to expect the vast majority of impacted workers, upwards of 96 percent, will be placed in other jobs or take voluntary actions, such as an early retirement or separation incentive payments,” Badger said of those workers. The issue of headquarters reductions should remain on the front burner as Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Defense Secretary Ash Carter focus on reforming the department, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Foster mother of more than 100 children works to recruit Latino families

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Amy Butler, first female pastor of The Riverside Church, to step down Heather Adams,Load Comments,Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Heather Adams By: Heather Adams Share This! Share This! News • Photos of the Week Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Heather Adams As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,LOS ANGELES — With two biological children at home already, Noemi Amezcua, then not yet 30, asked her priest how she could get more involved in her community.Her priest suggested foster care — something her sister, Maria, was already doing.Twenty-seven years and more than 100 foster children later, Amezcua is working to convince other Latino families to offer themselves as parents to kids in need.Amezcua, now 56, and her daughter, Jc Amezcua, 27, work with FosterAll, a group that recruits prospective foster parents from faith communities in Los Angeles and gives them support and guidance during the experience. FosterAll has worked with more than 140 faith partners across the area.There are more than 40 foster family agencies in Los Angeles. The county can also approve “resource families,” as they are called in California. Each agency has different requirements regarding languages, location, support options, philosophies and more, said Katherine Hernandez, the director of FosterAll’s programs.It can be hard for any one person to navigate, said Hernandez, which is why FosterAll works directly with each family to find the right fit.On Father’s Day, Noemi Amezcua set up her booth outside St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Rowland Heights, just east of LA, where Masses are offered in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. As people began to file out, a small crowd gathered around the booth, wanting to know more.The Amezcua family. Courtesy photoShe told parts of her own stories, answered questions and invited the congregants to an informational meeting. Jc, who said she grew up not realizing how different her family is, did the same thing at other churches throughout the morning.As the next Mass began, Noemi Amezcua walked to her car as one family continued to ask questions. She moved on to attend two more parishes that morning, with her daughter visiting a few more.Under a state program, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services supports recruitment efforts like FosterAll’s, which focuses on faith communities and pays Amezcua to connect with Latino Catholics in particular.“One of the best places to find stable and loving resource families is through faith communities that promote strong families,” said Michelle Vega, public affairs director at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.Latinos are in great demand as foster families in the county. More than 50% of the nearly 30,000 children in DCFS in Los Angeles are of Latino descent, and the county tries to place children in “homes that meet their cultural and linguistic needs and that of their families,” said Vega.But despite an increase of almost 8,000 in the number of Latino foster families statewide from 2012 to 2016, according to The Chronicle of Social Change, Latino children in care in California still number three times that amount. That means Vega can’t alway place Latino children in homes that match their cultural backgrounds.Removing any child from a home causes trauma, but it’s worse when that child is placed in a home with unfamiliar customs. As Hernandez said, “It’s trauma on top of trauma.”“Therefore,” Vega said, “it is critically important to recruit additional families in Latino communities who are willing to become a placement resource for a child or youth.”FosterAll recruitment materials outside St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019. RNS photo by Heather AdamsAmezcua warns those she recruits that fostering any child, culturally acclimated or not, isn’t easy. Foster children come from different circumstances — some manageable, some horrific. One of Amezcua’s foster children, for example, a 4-year-old girl, had been seriously burned before she came into Amezcua’s care, and her skin had to be cleaned every four hours.The emotional toll caused Amezcua to wonder if she had the strength to continue helping children in tough situations, until one day the girl told Amezcua that she knew she was in good hands in Amezcua’s house because “there’s a God that heals me here.”That’s when, Amezcua said, she knew why God had brought her this little girl — and so many others.But two years ago, when one of Amezcua’s three adopted children, Jessica, died of cystic fibrosis at age 19, Amezcua took a break from fostering.During this break, she heard about FosterAll and slowly got back into the community, eventually opening her home again. Recently she welcomed three more children in foster care to live under her roof.At their visits to churches like St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Jc said she gets a lot of questions about requirements regarding same-sex couples, economic status, marriage status and their faith.They welcome everybody, she said.“I’ve heard a lot of myths about the foster care system,” Jc said. “I want to show the good part about it.”The approach seems to be working. Of the more than 150 people who came to a FosterAll information session, 80 of them were people Amezcua had invited, according to Jc. About half filled out an application to become a foster parent.FosterAll can’t say how many applicants became foster parents, as many are still going through the lengthy process. But at a time when California has spent about $140 million to recruit and retain foster parents, these numbers are already telling.Said Jc: “I think our method works because we have hands-on experience.”She believes she’s being “placed in the right direction at the right time.” People often tell her, she said, that they were asking God for a sign or that they had been thinking about foster care or adoption.“We always end up being there,” she said.But then, she added, it’s time for the people they speak with to take that leap of faith.“Stop thinking about it,” Jc said. “The time is now.” Share This! Share This! Catholicism Heather Adams TagsCalifornia foster care agency homepage featured Latino Catholics Los Angeles Roman Catholicism social services,You may also like Newslast_img read more