Adoption http://wfae.org en Union County To Dissolve Health Board After Child Abuse Case http://wfae.org/post/union-county-dissolve-health-board-after-child-abuse-case <p>Union County commissioners will move to dissolve the board that oversees the county’s Division of Social Services, according to one commissioner in a series of Youtube videos the county released today. The change would come as part of the county's response to the high-profile child-abuse case earlier this month, where an 11-year-old boy was found handcuffed by the ankle to his front porch. One of the guardians of the child, Wanda Larson, was a supervisor for Child Protective Services, which is part of the division.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:10:25 +0000 Ben Bradford & Tasnim Shamma 40014 at http://wfae.org Many Records Off Limits In Union County Abuse Case http://wfae.org/post/many-records-limits-union-county-abuse-case <p>In the week since the Union County sheriff’s office charged a Monroe couple with handcuffing an 11-year-old boy by the ankle to their front porch, we know a lot about the case: We know the temperature was in the high 20s around 9 a.m. when an animal control officer spotted the boy. We know that one of the child’s caretakers, Wanda Larson, is a supervisor in Union County’s Child Protective Services. But, a lot of restricted information about Larson’s work, her adopted children, and the handcuffed child we don’t know. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss what we don’t know, and why.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Ben Bradford 39624 at http://wfae.org Monroe Couple Were Guardians, Not Foster Parents Of Handcuffed Child http://wfae.org/post/monroe-couple-were-guardians-not-foster-parents-handcuffed-child <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Monroe couple charged with child abuse for allegedly handcuffing an 11-year-old boy to their front porch with a dead chicken tied around his neck are not the foster parents of that child, as previously reported. </span>DHHS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the foster care license for Wanda Larson and Dorian Harper expired in 2010.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 39567 at http://wfae.org $500K Bond For Couple Accused Of Handcuffing Child http://wfae.org/post/500k-bond-couple-accused-handcuffing-child <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bond was set for about $500,000 each for the Monroe couple charged with child abuse for allegedly handcuffing an 11-year-old boy by the ankle to their front porch. Dorian Harper and Wanda Larson -- a supervisor in the county's department of social services -- </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">had their first court appearance in front of a Union County judge Monday morning. On Friday, an animal control officer found the child while responding to a complaint about a loose animal. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:55:40 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 39491 at http://wfae.org $500K Bond For Couple Accused Of Handcuffing Child