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  • AZ: GRIC to argue child custody case before state Supreme Court
    Casa Grande Dispatch - Feb 20, 2017 -- The Arizona Supreme Court has granted the petition for review filed by attorneys for the Gila River Indian Community giving them an opportunity to argue before the justices in a controversial case involving the future of a Native American child being permanently removed from the community.
  • AZ: Mentor program helps foster kids step into adulthood (Includes video)
    ABC 15 - Feb 20, 2017 -- Arizona had more than 700 teens who "age out" of the foster care system each year, according to Arizona's Children Association, a group that offers support services to foster families. ACA runs the THRIVE Mentor Program to provide one-on-one support to these teens. Program administrators hope to reduce rates of homelessness and pregnancy among these youth, while also increasing graduation rates and life skills.
  • CA: Ventura County foster kids get help transitioning
    Ventura County Star - Feb 20, 2017 -- They've had to grow up fast, but Daniel Nava and Francisco Nunez, both 18, are ready to tackle the world. Both men grew up in the foster care system, which historically terminates services when a child turns 18. For Nava and Nunez, however, the support of various Ventura County agencies has given them hope.
  • CO: Kyle: How the Coloradoan investigated child abuse (Includes video)
    Coloradoan - Feb 18, 2017 -- Over the next few weeks, you will read the results of a monthslong investigation into notable child abuse cases. Through them we examine the state of child welfare in Larimer County.
  • NC: Editorial: Foster parents badly needed
    Gaston Gazette - Feb 20, 2017 -- Foster care for abused, neglected and dependent children is in a "state of crisis" in North Carolina, according to state officials and others studying the issue.
  • NV: Bill would mandate LGBTQ training for Nevada foster families, social workers
    Las Vegas Review Journal - Feb 20, 2017 -- Foster parents and social workers would be trained in gender identity and understanding the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth under a bill heard Monday the Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services.
  • NV: Nevada lawmaker wants more protections for parents who give up an infant child
    Las Vegas Review Journal - Feb 20, 2017 -- Senate Bill 2 states that any emergency services provider, including the hospital where the child was born, cannot provide identifying information to a child welfare agency about the parent who surrendered the child.
  • NV: Underage women common in Vegas sex trafficking
    Associated Press - Feb 19, 2017 -- A yearlong academic study of sex trafficking in Las Vegas is providing a glimpse into a shadowy world beneath the neon glow where underage girls, threatened by pimps, solicit for business in casinos, on streets and online.
  • NY: New child services commissioner to be named (Includes video)
    WABC - Feb 21, 2017 -- A new commissioner is expected to be named Tuesday to the New York City's embattled Administration for Children's Services. Mayor Bill de Blasio will name David Hansell as the head of the department. He has worked in government for New York mayors Rudy Guiliani and Michael Bloomberg, and Gov. Eliot Spitzer's administrations. Hansell also helped oversee federal child welfare programs.
  • NY: The Children's Home of Jefferson County Gets $1.5M Adoption Grant
    Warner Cable News - Feb 20, 2017 -- The Children's Home of Jefferson County (CHJC) has been awarded $1.5 million in funding through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to extend services to families with adopted children and help ensure the permanency of the adoptions for the next five years.
  • NY: Family Service Rochester experiences data breach
    Rochester Post Bulletin - Feb 18, 2017 -- Family Services Rochester has notified individuals that portions of its computer systems that contained personal information had been compromised.
  • OH: More grandparents returning to parental role
    Toledo Blade - Feb 19, 2017 -- For a multitude of reasons - illness, deployment, death, employment transfers, incarceration, domestic violence, and substance abuse including the current heroin crisis - more grandparents are having to step in and make room in their homes for their grandchildren and to take another turn in a parental role.
  • PA: Controller finds issue with DHS child service grant monitoring
    Philadelphia Tribune - Feb 18, 2017 -- City Controller Alan Butkovitz released a report identifying weaknesses and "significant deficiencies" regarding the Department of Human Services' lack of oversight for government grants going to children and youth services for fiscal year 2015.
  • TX: Bill would put money behind 'kinship care'
    Dallas Morning News - Feb 20, 2017 -- A Dallas County lawmaker wants to put more of the state's wallet behind efforts to persuade relatives to take in abused and neglected children. Sunnyvale GOP Rep. Cindy Burkett has proposed a major bump in state payments for "kinship care."
  • TX: Lawmakers weigh privatizing Texas foster care system
    Austin American-Statesman - Feb 20, 2017 -- The Texas House Human Services Committee weighed legislation Monday that would hand over control of services in the foster care system to private contractors. Many child welfare advocates applauded while others were skeptical about a bill filed by state Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls, that would restructure the state's troubled foster care system so that nonprofits - and not the state - would provide case management.
  • TX: Testimony heard on bills aimed at fixing state's broken CPS system
    CBS Austin - Feb 20, 2017 -- HB 5 by State Representative James Frank, (R-Wichita Falls), would remove the Department of Family and Protective Services out from under the Health and Human Services Commission, making it a stand-alone agency. Another bill authored by Rep. Frank was met with the most opposition Monday. HB 6, would implement statewide, community-based foster care. The goal is to keep kids closer to home by making placement decisions on a local level, rather than a state level, but some expressed concerns about privatizing foster care.
  • TX: Texas child welfare agency adding 400-plus new staff members
    Associated Press - Feb 20, 2017 -- The head of Texas' troubled foster care system says emergency state funding helped hire 441 new employees in December and January, a two-thirds increase over the same period the previous year.
  • TX: How rhetoric, broken child welfare system feed Texas' sex trafficking
    Longview News-Journal - Feb 18, 2017 -- Like too many children in the state's care, she disappeared into the underworld of sex trafficking. Mia was still missing a year later, in 2014, when a massive class-action lawsuit against the state's long-term foster care system went to trial. Lawyers had named Mia the lead plaintiff on behalf of all 12,000 children in the system. Federal District Judge Janis Jack would later rule the state had mistreated those children so severely that it violated their civil rights.
  • UT: Ogden to host first refugee foster care orientation
    Standard Examiner - Feb 18, 2017 -- Catholic Community Services places in foster care children who are from Honduras, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Burma, said Danielle Stamos, director of public relations and marketing for Catholic Community Services.
  • VA: Drug/DWI Court helping improve lives for 10 years
    Mesabi Daily News - Feb 18, 2017 -- "One of the best things about treatment court programs (drug courts) is not only what we do for our participants, but what we do for their families," she said. "Many of the people we see are struggling to regain custody of their children."
  • WI: Teen Reach: Milwaukee T.R.A.C. program provides hope for at-risk children in foster care (Includes video)
    Fox 6 - Feb 18, 2017 -- Elizabeth and Jerry Bloodworth with Kenosha T.R.A.C. visited the WakeUp studios to talk about the program "Teen Reach Adventure Camp." It benefits foster children providing mentoring and safe, positive experiences.
  • US: On the Knife's Edge: Using Therapy To Address Violence Among Teens (Includes audio)
    National Public Radio - Feb 21, 2017 -- In moments of anger, it can be hard to heed the advice to take a deep breath or count to ten. But public health researcher Harold Pollack says that "regret comes almost as fast as anger," and that five minutes of reflection can make all the difference between a regular life and one behind bars. This week, Harold Pollack and Jens Ludwig tell us about the research they do at the University of Chicago's Crime Lab. They worked with a program called BAM (Becoming a Man) to look at what happens when teenagers participate in cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT.
  • US: AAP: Treatment, Not Punishment, Best for Opioid Abuse in Pregnancy
    Medscape - Feb 20, 2017 -- A public health approach, not a punitive response, is the best course of action when addressing opioid abuse during pregnancy, said the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is a counseling-based approach that not only emphasizes primary prevention, but promotes screening and improved access to treatment for women with substance use disorders, reported Stephen W. Patrick, MD and Davida M. Schiff, MD, of the AAP Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention.
  • US: Crowdfunding site helps make adoptions possible (Includes video)
    Cable News Network - Feb 20, 2017 -- For many families, like the Riehms, choosing to adopt was not enough. That initial financial barrier often keeps wanting families and adoptable children apart. Hank's solution was for a broader community to carry that burden together, rewriting the old adage to say "It takes a village to adopt a child." In 2012 he launched AdoptTogether, a crowdsourcing funding platform that helps families raise money for adoptions. Once a family's profile is vetted, their page goes live. It can then be shared far and wide on social media.
  • US: DHS memos describe aggressive new immigration, border enforcement policies (Includes video)
    Cable News Network - Feb 20, 2017 -- The guidance will tighten immigration laws on asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors entering the country and could send individuals awaiting immigration proceedings in the United States back to Mexico.
  • US: When Faith Healing Kills Kids (Opinion)
    Daily Beast - Feb 19, 2017 -- After falling sick, some children in the U.S. are only offered prayers by their parents-and some states allow it.
  • United Kingdom: Britain can't just pretend that child refugees are someone else's problem (Opinion)
    Times - Feb 21, 2017 -- Doing our bit to help vulnerable children is not a party political issue but a basic human value, and something we have been very proud of in the UK. By working together, we hope to ensure that the British government continues to offer a system that works for, not against, children seeking safety.
  • CA: County Supes Push DCFS To Make Back Payments To Foster Parents by Mid-March
    Patch - Feb 16, 2017 -- Citing hundreds of missed county payments to foster parents and children since December, the Board of Supervisors pushed child welfare staffers Tuesday to come up with a plan to make all back payments by mid-March. Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn recommended weekly reports on the matter.
  • CO: Investigation: Child abuse cases overburden system (Includes video)
    Coloradoan - Feb 17, 2017 -- Child abuse charges have generally held steady or increased slightly in most Colorado counties in recent years. The Coloradoan explores the topic more deeply in its series, "At risk: Child Abuse in Larimer County." Jason Pohl.
  • CO: New facility would bring child victim services closer to home
    Summit Daily News - Feb 17, 2017 -- It's never easy for investigators to ask victims of abuse difficult questions about their experience. Cases involving children and teens are even more delicate, and without the proper training and facilities, investigators can risk re-traumatizing victims - or having their interviews picked apart in court.
  • DC: The District of Columbia Passes the Nation's Most Expansive Paid Family and Medical Leave Law
    JD Supra - Feb 17, 2017 -- The Act will create the most generous paid family and medical leave benefit in the nation by guaranteeing D.C. employees up to a combined 16 weeks of paid family, medical, and parental leave in a 52-workweek period ("Universal Paid Leave"), starting on July 1, 2020.
  • FL: Former child investigator arrested for falsifying records
    Associated Press - Feb 17, 2017 -- A former Florida child protection investigator is being charged with two counts of falsifying records. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested 27-year-old Brittanee Carter on Thursday. Records show she worked for the Department of Children and Families until February 2016.
  • GA: House Approves $25 Billion State Budget (Includes audio)
    WABE - Feb 17, 2017 -- Under the spending plan, teachers and other state employees would get 2 percent pay raise starting the next fiscal year. The budget also calls for child welfare caseworkers to receive 19 percent pay raises. The budget now moves to the state Senate for consideration.
  • IN: DCS talks about protocol for investigating child abuse cases (Includes video)
    WTHR - Feb 17, 2017 -- "There are often times that there are differing information between the parents' statement and someone else. So, the case manager has to pull all of that together, create a timeline and make a determination on whether the child is safe in the home or not," said Peggy Surbey.
  • KS: Program helps kids aged out of foster care
    Wichita Falls Times Record News - Feb 17, 2017 -- Phased In is a transitional living program for 18-year-olds "aging out" of the foster care system. The project is a collaboration of churches, the community and the state of Texas so that demographic can learn basic living skills, prepare to be self-sufficient and have stable lives.
  • MA: Volunteer cuddlers provide a calming touch for babies
    Recorder - Feb 17, 2017 -- A rocking chair is prominent inside Baystate Franklin Medical Center's birthing center - that's where volunteer cuddlers provide human touch, which some mother's aren't able to give.
  • MT: Panel OKs increase in foster care funding, with a catch
    Associated Press - Feb 17, 2017 -- A legislative panel on Friday approved a $6 million increase over the next two years for Montana to deal with the growing number of children in foster care, though it kept mostly intact the overall cuts proposed for the state health department's two-year budget.
  • MT: State not doing enough for children, elderly, agency director says
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle - Feb 17, 2017 -- A joint appropriations subcommittee wrapped up its work Friday on the budget for the state Department of Public Health and Human Services, drawing criticism from the agency director for cutting budgets for the elderly, children and people with disabilities.
  • ND: Results released from North Dakota Child and Family Services Review
    Minot Daily News - Feb 18, 2017 -- A recent review of North Dakota's child welfare services found strengths and weaknesses, accordng to a press release from the North Dakota Department of Human Services.
  • NM: Report focuses on policy changes aimed at improving child well-being in N.M.
    Santa Fe New Mexican - Feb 19, 2017 -- A new report on the well-being of children in New Mexico has found that some key policy changes - such as expanding access to child care assistance, increasing investments in early childhood programs, enacting a higher statewide minimum wage and overhauling the tax system - could significantly lift the state from its status as one of the worst places in the nation to raise a kid.
  • NY: Exclusive: ACS workers say case load too high, blame for child deaths is unfair (Includes video)
    WABC TV - Feb 17, 2017 -- City workers tasked with trying to protect thousands of kids in crisis are speaking out for the first time -- not hidden in the shadows -- on camera in what can only be described as a plea for help.
  • OH: Will Ohio protect its children? (Opinion)
    Beacon Journal - Feb 17, 2017 -- Advocates for public children services agencies in Ohio are lobbying lawmakers for a substantial boost in funding in the next state budget. They propose a $30 million annual increase to the current yearly allocation of $45 million. Still, the amount, needed to cope with the devastating effects of the opiate epidemic on children, is modest in the context of the governor's two-year budget proposal of roughly $67 billion.
  • OH: FBI raids Strongsville-based international adoption agency as part of criminal probe
    Cleveland.com - Feb 14, 2017 -- The Cleveland FBI raided an international adoption agency based in Strongsville Tuesday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, a spokeswoman confirmed. The visit by federal agents to European Adoption Consultants came less than two months after the U.S. State Department barred the company from conducting international adoption services for three years.
  • OK: Sunbeam Family Services receives grant from Arnall Family Foundation
    Edmond Sun - Feb 19, 2017 -- Sunbeam Family Services has received a three-year $717,000 grant from the Arnall Family Foundation, which will allow the organization to increase its focus on infant and early childhood mental health. Oklahoma ranks 39th in the nation for overall child well-being with a high percentage of infants and toddlers living in environments with chronic stress, chaos and violence.
  • PA: Too often, abused children remain voiceless and forgotten (Opinion)
    Intelligencer - Feb 20, 2017 -- In the spring of 2011, well before Pennsylvanians were shocked by the serial child sexual abuse perpetrated by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, dozens of organizations called on Pennsylvania's governor and General Assembly to create a Task Force on Child Protection and Accountability. Five years later, dozens of new laws have been enacted. Still, a key metric is unmet: The public's confidence is not restored.
  • PA: State Department of Human Services launches video series
    WHP CBS21 - Feb 17, 2017 -- Representative Ron Marsico announced Friday that the State Department of Human Services will launch a short Youtube series called Protecting Our Children.
  • TX: Solutions: What Texas can do to help child sex-trafficking victims (Opinion)
    Texas Tribune - Feb 20, 2017 -- Over the past week, we've exposed how Texas leaders who crusade against sex trafficking have done almost nothing to help child trafficking victims. We asked those closest to the issue how they would begin addressing the problem. Here's what they said.
  • TX: Governor is right on track (Opinion)
    Abilene Reporter-News - Feb 19, 2017 -- While much of what we hear coming about of Austin for the 85th legislative session fails to make the top of our to-do list, the governor has zeroed in on a priority. Among his four "emergency objectives" listed in his State of the State address is fixing Child Protective Services. The state of how we help children in need in Texas is not good.
  • TX: Don't privatize Child Protective Services (Opinion)
    My San Antonio - Feb 17, 2017 -- Everyone is frustrated with the problems at Child Protective Services and looking for a solution. If a doctor misdiagnoses what ails a patient, though, and consequently prescribes the wrong remedy, you can end up killing the patient. We may be on the verge of doing just that.
  • US: DHS memos propose stricter deportation guidelines for asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors
    Week - Feb 19, 2017 -- Two memos proposing stricter deportation guidelines for asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors have been sent from Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to the White House for approval, McClatchy reported Saturday afternoon. The documents are dated Feb. 17 and have yet to receive final go-ahead from the president.
  • US: Georgia Families Appeal to Tillerson for Help Reversing Russian Adoption Ban
    Global Atlanta - Feb 17, 2017 -- The law was approved by the Kremlin, which couched it as a move to protect the well-being of Russian children. The law was named after Dima Yakovlev, a child adopted by American parents who died after being left in a hot car for nine hours.
  • US: Senator seeks tougher law after USA Gymnastics' handling of sex abuse cases (Includes video)
    Indianapolis Star - Feb 17, 2017 -- U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Friday that she will introduce legislation that would require Olympic national governing bodies to immediately report sexual abuse allegations to authorities.
  • US: USA Cycling Opens Investigation into Missy Erickson's Allegations of Sexual Abuse
    Bicycling - Feb 17, 2017 -- Last month, six-time American national champion Missy Erickson came forward to speak about the sexual and emotional abuse she experienced as a junior racer. In response, USA Cycling has opened an independent investigation into her claims.
  • Europe: Child-Refugee Crisis
    New Yorker - Feb 27, 2017 -- Wasil was stunned by the conditions of the Jungle. The camp, a forty-acre assemblage of tents, situated on a vast windswept sandlot that had formerly served as a landfill, didn't seem fit for human habitation. "I did not come here for luxury," Wasil told me, in excellent English, which he had learned from his father. "But I can't believe this is happening in Europe." A chemical plant loomed nearby. There was no running water, and when it rained the refugees' tents filled with mud and the camp's rudimentary roads became impassable.
  • Malawi: How Madonna Managed to Beat the Law of Adoption
    All Africa - Feb 14, 2017 -- The judge also expressed concern that without the 'residence' check, uncontrolled inter-country adoptions could 'actually facilitate trafficking of children': 'Anyone could come to Malawi and quickly arrange for an adoption that might have grave consequences on the very children that the law seeks to protect'.
  • Russia: Economic Crisis Increases Return of Adopted Children in Russia
    Moscow Times - Feb 17, 2017 -- The number of adoptive families in Russia's northern Komi Republic dropped by nearly one hundred in 2016, the region's Deputy Labor Minister Alexei Zezegov said at a local government meeting on Wednesday. Families are returning adopted children to the region's orphanages, Zezegov explained, because they don't have enough money to raise them.
  • United Kingdom: Catholic church's child protection body would have broad secrecy powers, inquiry told
    Guardian - Feb 19, 2017 -- The church announced late last year it would create Catholic Professional Standards (CPS) to lead its efforts on child protection. But the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse heard on Monday that CPS would have broad powers to keep the audits from being published.
  • AL: OUR VIEW: Technology can provide evidence, peace of mind
    Gadsden Times - Feb 16, 2017 -- Thanks to an alert - and alarmed - parent and a day care equipped with security cameras, a former worker will spend two years in prison.
  • AR: Working 4 You: Mentoring Ourselves Out of Foster Care Crisis (Includes video)
    KARK - Feb 16, 2017 -- What if foster parents did not just foster children, but became a resource for their parents? What would it look like if community groups and non-profits were cleared to help take on the caseloads of overburdened DHS staff? One foster parent believes the state should find out.
  • AZ: DCS responds to questions regarding scalded child's Foster placement (Includes video)
    KVOA - Feb 16, 2017 -- Investigators also say before she was adopted, Madison had been in foster care with a man now convicted of child sex-crimes. How could all of this happen? The Arizona Department of Child Safety has responded to our questions.
  • AZ: Homeless youth invisible in Southern Arizona
    Arizona Sonora News - Feb 16, 2017 -- "Homeless youth, is one of those things that sort of perplexes people," said Kristyn Conner, director of development at Youth On Their Own, a dropout prevention program in Tucson. "It is out of sight and out of mind. With adult homelessness, you can see it. But with homeless youth, it is different because they aren't actually living on the streets as much as their adult counterparts."
  • CA: L.A. County supervisors call for action on missed payments from child protection agency
    Los Angeles Times - Feb 16, 2017 -- Los Angeles County supervisors this week called for an inquiry into the "root cause" behind hundreds of missed payments from the county's child protection agency to foster care parents, group home managers and others depending on public assistance.
  • CA: Panel presents state of foster care in Humboldt County
    Eureka Times-Standard - Feb 16, 2017 -- There are currently 317 children in foster care in Humboldt County, according to panel member Deb Engs, a project manager for the county Department of Health & Human Services Child Welfare Services division. There are only 63 licensed foster care homes through the state. Many of the local foster children are not placed there.
  • CA: Why do more L.A. County black children end up in foster care? Experts clash over the reason
    Los Angeles Times - Feb 16, 2017 -- Black children account for eight out of 100 Los Angeles County children, yet they make up 28 out of 100 foster children, according to Department of Children and Family Services data.
  • CO: Dailey: Salida del Sol failed as a 'mandatory reporter' (Opinion)
    Greeley Tribune - Feb 16, 2017 -- The recent handling of concerns about the behavior of a teacher at Salida del Sol was not in accord with the Weld County Child Abuse Protocol. Nowhere in Colorado law nor in the protocol was it stated that concerns about abuse or neglect had to be provable or indicative of criminal behavior. How to appropriately respond to the concerns is not the job of the reporters but of human service and/or law enforcement experts, the latter of whom would consult with the office of the district attorney as needed.
  • FL: In Plain Sight: Human Trafficking fastest growing crime in the United States
    WMBB - Feb 16, 2017 -- Human Trafficking is the fasted-growing crime in the United States. It affects every age, ethnicity, and community including Northwest Florida.
  • IL: Too Long to Wait: 13 News Digs Deeper into the Illinois Foster Care System (Includes video)
    WREX - Feb 16, 2017 -- Foster care in Illinois has a long list of issues. No one knows that better than MsWhitney Holt.
  • IN: Ryan: Foster care program success for Onarga Academy's boys (Opinion)
    Times-Republic - Feb 17, 2017 -- Kids do better when family is involved with their upbringing, and Onarga Academy's foster care program gives its kids another parental figure to care for them.
  • KY: Foster care panels need volunteers in 37 Kentucky counties
    Associated Press - Feb 17, 2017 -- The Administrative Office of the Courts said in a news release that volunteers are needed to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse. The panels work to ensure the children are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.
  • MO: State Supreme Court commission focuses on racial and ethnic fairness (Includes video)
    KOMU - Feb 16, 2017 -- The Supreme Court of Missouri Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness met with community members on Thursday to talk about bias in the civil, criminal and juvenile justice systems. Commission members put together recommendations for preventing bias in the judicial system at previous meetings. Now, the commission is sharing those recommendations with the public for feedback.
  • NE: Melanie Williams Smotherman and Richard Wexler: State backslides on foster care (Opinion)
    Omaha World-Herald - Feb 17, 2017 -- Everyone should be shocked by the fact that the inspector general of Nebraska Child Welfare, Julie Rogers, has identified 36 cases of children consigned to the "care" of the state, only to be sexually abused in foster care. But no one should be surprised.
  • NY: County Jail Leads Way In Budget Overages
    Post-Journal - Feb 17, 2017 -- Legislators also approved to move funds to cover increased handicapped preschool education tuition costs, which totaled $380,000, and foster care costs, which totaled $300,000.
  • OH: Boost funding to an Ohio foster care system increasingly burdened by the opioid crisis: editorial
    Cleveland.com - Feb 17, 2017 -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been in the thick of the battle against deadly opioids, signing a bill this year to tighten restrictions on prescription opioids, speaking at conferences about heroin and even sending an Ohio Highway Patrol superintendent in April to Trumbull County after beleaguered officials there begged for help in quelling a rising tide of opioid overdoses and deaths.
  • OK: Latchkey kids: How young is too young to be left alone? (Includes video)
    KTUL - Feb 16, 2017 -- Every day children are walking or staying home alone. Oklahoma is one of several states that has no age requirement for latchkey children. That leaves the decision and the responsibility on parents.
  • OR: Lutheran Community Services gets land use approval for PMH facility
    CentralOregonian - Feb 14, 2017 -- The Prineville Planning Commission granted the organization a conditional use permit, which will enable them to provide mental health services for Crook County residents at the approximately 50,000 square-foot building. In addition to Lutheran Community Services uses, Willard said they have begun reaching out to other community nonprofits such as KIDS Center and allied government organizations like the Department of Human Services and child welfare to share the location as a social services hub targeting children and families.
  • RI: DCYF nominee tells Senate panel she backs more front-line workers
    Providence Journal - Feb 16, 2017 -- Trista D. Piccola, Gov. Gina Raimondo's pick to head the Department of Children, Youth and Families, received unanimous consent from the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday night after saying she's considering whether the agency needs more front-line workers.
  • TX: Legislators continue debates outside Capitol
    Daily Texan - Feb 17, 2017 -- Two Democratic and two Republican Texas lawmakers butted heads Thursday night over issues including sanctuary cities, school finance, the Rainy Day Fund and Child Protective Services.
  • TX: When it comes to helping sex-trafficking victims, success is elusive
    Texas Tribune - Feb 17, 2017 -- By the time kids like Sarah get picked up by police, they've already endured a lot. Then they're thrown into juvenile lockups that either don't recognize their trauma or don't have the resources to treat it.
  • TX: CASA Volunteers Helping Local Children in Need
    WTAW - Feb 16, 2017 -- In January, Governor Greg Abbott named four emergency items in his State of the State Address, including reforming Child Protective Services. Locally, Voices for Children recruits and trains Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA volunteers, to help children in the foster care system.
  • UT: Tribune Op-ed: We need to focus on funding social services in schools
    Salt Lake Tribune - Feb 16, 2017 -- The talk about funding education during a legislative session usually circles around Utah's low per-pupil spending, the state's high proportion of school-aged kids, the high proportion of taxes dedicated to education and the reluctance of lawmakers and their constituents to support tax increases. These concerns are balanced by a genuine support for improving Utah's education system, consideration of a modest property tax increase and measures for greater accountability.
  • US: Foster Care Today Is Failing, And It Doesn't Have To Be
    Chronicle of Social Change - Feb 16, 2017 -- California is not alone. Throughout the nation, our current foster care system is suffering from a shortage of foster homes, unacceptable delays and failure in achieving permanence for our children in limbo, and the continuing reliance on yesterday's solutions to address today's changed family lifestyles.
  • US: U.S. appeals court strikes down Florida law in 'Docs vs. Glocks' case
    Reuters - Feb 16, 2017 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of a group of medical and child welfare organizations opposing the law, praised the decision.
  • Jamaica: Importance of Foster Care Being Highlighted
    Jamaica Information Service - Feb 16, 2017 -- The Child Development Agency (CDA) is observing its annual National Foster Care Recognition Week from February 12 to 18, under the theme: 'Your Home Makes a Difference'.
  • CA: Inside a mom's months-long fight to get back her children
    Los Angeles Times - Feb 16, 2017 -- Los Angeles County's child abuse hotline receives a call every three minutes, on average. The calls are heavily concentrated in communities of South Los Angeles and the Antelope Valley where large numbers of black families reside, DCFS records show. Roughly one out of three black children in Los Angeles County is reported to the hotline by the time they are 5 years old, according to research by Emily Putnam-Hornstein, a professor at USC's School of Social Work.
  • CA: Why do more L.A. County black children end up in foster care? Experts clash over the reason
    Los Angeles Times - Feb 16, 2017 -- There are basically two theories, and the approach an agency takes to addressing the problem depends, at least in part, on which theory it accepts. One holds that social worker bias against black parents is to blame. The other argues that black children truly are victimized at higher rates.
  • CA: Yolo's child welfare system is slowly changing
    Daily Democrat - Feb 15, 2017 -- Acting in December, Yolo supervisors began an overhaul of Child Welfare Services, which is expected to take another year or so, and that he set in motion after serving as a foster family.
  • GA: Foster care system in crisis due to shortage of foster homes
    News Channel 9 - Feb 16, 2017 -- In Catoosa County, 116 children are in need of state care, but there are only 14 foster families. Several counties in both Georgia and Tennessee are facing a similar reality.Children already traumatized from being taken from their families have few foster families to give them a temporary home.
  • GA: Gov. Nathan Deal signs amended Fiscal Year 2017 budget
    Albany Herald - Feb 15, 2017 -- The budget includes $28.6 million to meet increased demand in child welfare services programs.
  • IA: Hope of adoption displayed on faces at library
    Ottumwa Courier - Feb 15, 2017 -- The Heart Gallery is a display of portraits of children awaiting adoption from foster care. It's one of the ways that Iowa Kids Net attempts to find adoptive parents for the children. "I know they have it in other states as well," said Vivian Willemsen, a recruiter and licensing specialist for Iowa Kids Net. "So it's kind of a national program."
  • IL: Parents Again: a WGEM Report (Includes video)
    WGEM - Feb 15, 2017 -- Government data shows millions of grandparents, like Quincy grandmother Gloria Perkins, are now raising their children's children. Many social service agencies point to drug use as the reason behind the growing trend.
  • IN: Department of Child Services Appoints Kelly Broyles Regional Director (Press release)
    Indiana Department of Child Services - Feb 15, 2017 -- The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) has appointed Kelly Broyles manager of Region 7. In this role she will provide broad oversight and supervision for the DCS Region 7 area, which includes Grant, Blackford, Delaware, Randolph, and Jay Counties.
  • KY: House passes bills to make life easier for foster children in Kentucky
    Lexington Herald Leader - Feb 15, 2017 -- House Bill 192, which would allow foster children to get learner's permits and driver's licenses without the signature of their parent or guardian, and House Bill 180, which would allow children to be placed with neighbors or friends after being removed from a household, both passed unanimously with little discussion. They now go to the Senate for its consideration.
  • MA: Could you be a foster parent? If so, you're needed
    Martha's Vineyard Times - Feb 16, 2017 -- There are fewer than five foster homes available to children in crisis on Martha's Vineyard, even as the need for foster care seen by the Hyannis office of the state Department of Children and Family (DCF) is increasing. Kara Hemingway, a foster care recruiter for this part of the state, visited the Vineyard Saturday to speak to Islanders gathered at the Vineyard Haven library to address that imbalance by recruiting willing Vineyarders. The Vineyard is part of the Hyannis office's territory.
  • MN: Grandmother of boy whose death sparked child protection reforms sues county, social workers
    StarTribune - Feb 16, 2017 -- The grandmother of a boy whose murder sparked major child protection reforms in Minnesota filed a lawsuit last week saying Pope County, social workers and the child's family members were negligent in his death.
  • MS: Our View: Efforts to expedite foster care training requires caution
    Dispatch - Feb 15, 2017 -- There is little doubt there is an urgent need for foster parents and we applaud 200 Million Flowers for its efforts. But we also urge caution. When 200 Million Flowers says it can provide the required training over a weekend in process that often required months, we are concerned.
  • NC: Local rule changes needed to extend DSS child care subsidies
    Reflector - Feb 16, 2017 -- Pitt County's Board of Social Services decided Tuesday to drop the age of children qualified to receive care subsidies and implement other changes in the program.
  • NY: Grand jury report blasts NY foster care system
    Associated Press - Feb 15, 2017 -- A foster parent accused of sexually abusing boys in his care could have been stopped years earlier if not for "abysmal" communication among the child-welfare agencies involved, according to a special grand jury report obtained by The Associated Press.
  • OH: Report: Lead in Water a Pervasive Problem in Ohio Schools (Includes audio)
    Public News Service - Feb 16, 2017 -- Research from the Environment America Research and Policy Center showed that Ohio is one of more than a dozen states failing to protect children from lead contamination at school. But Melanie Houston, oil and gas director with the Ohio Environmental Council, said the report doesn't acknowledge the state's recent efforts to address the problem. A law signed last year to protect communities from lead contamination included $12 million dollars to help schools replace lead components in their infrastructure.
  • OH: Heroin abuse causes heavy strain on foster care system (Includes video)
    WLWT - Feb 15, 2017 -- Experts from child care agencies are seeing a heavier strain placed on Cincinnati-area foster care systems lately. There is mounting evidence that heroin abuse is causing much of that strain.
  • TX: DPS Helps Rescue More Than 70 Endangered Children in 2016
    KYTX - Feb 15, 2017 -- The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced today that DPS Troopers rescued 76 missing, exploited or at-risk children and initiated 42 related criminal investigations in 2016.
  • TX: Sex Trafficking In Texas: Dozens Of Laws, But Little Or No Help For Victims (Includes audio)
    KERA - Feb 15, 2017 -- Gov. Greg Abbott has declared the state's child welfare system as an emergency item in the current legislative session. But tied to that is a problem state leaders have battled for more than a decade - sex trafficking.
  • TX: The Anti-Vaccination Movement (Includes audio)
    KERA - Feb 15, 2017 -- As of last fall, more than 45,000 Texas students have received nonmedical exemptions for their school vaccinations. That makes the state a prime location for an outbreak of measles - one of the most contagious and lethal of all diseases. That's according to Dr. Peter J. Hotez, a pediatrician at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. He joins us to talk about how the anti-vaccination movement is gaining ground nationwide, which he wrote about recently in The New York Times.
  • TX: The Only Certainty Is Instability: A Teenager Navigates the 'Broken' Texas Foster Care System (Includes audio)
    Texas Standard - Feb 15, 2017 -- This story is part of a Texas Standard series examining Texas foster care. It looks at who's involved and affected by what has been deemed a "broken" system.~~ Christian Enriquez, 18 years old, lives at LifeWorks - a non-profit organization in Austin that advocates for and provides housing to youth aging out of the foster care system.
  • TX: Yes to more Texas CPS workers but no to foster care outsourcing, Democrats and union reps say
    Dallas Morning News - Feb 15, 2017 -- Lawmakers should keep adding more workers at Child Protective Services and spread around a recent pay raise but avoid further privatizing of child welfare, two Democrats and a union representative urged Wednesday.
  • WA: Can Washington afford to fix its broken foster care system?
    InvestigateWest - Feb 15, 2017 -- Washington state could soon have a new agency devoted to helping at-risk children and families, with the long-term goal of reducing brushes with child protective services and the courts.
  • WA: Lack of foster care cited in the Valley
    SnoValley Star - Feb 15, 2017 -- Department of Social Heath Services officials said there are 13 foster kids among 22 licensed parents in North Bend and Snoqualmie. "We had many more foster homes in the past," said Terry Pottmeyer, president and CEO of Friends of Youth, an organization that provides life-improving services to youths and their families.
  • US: Has Trump Order Put Internationally-Adopted Children at Risk? (Includes audio)
    Public News Service - Feb 16, 2017 -- An Asheville mom had an unpleasant surprise this week when she called the Social Security Administration and discovered her adopted son is still listed as a "legal alien." Although Amber Ukena had filed the proper paperwork almost 10 years ago when she brought her son home from Ethiopia, a glitch in the system put his citizenship status in limbo. Ukena called to check on it after friends who also have children adopted internationally told her they were discovering the same problem.
  • US: When Foster Care Overrides Common Sense (Opinion)
    Chronicle of Social Change - Feb 15, 2017 -- Last month I wrote a column called "Why the 'Foster-Care-at-All-Costs' Crowd Will Never Surrender Their Horror Stories." I offered those wedded to a take-the-child-and-run approach to child welfare a deal: a mutual moratorium on the use of horror stories to make our points. But I also said those favoring foster care at all costs would never take the deal.
  • Canada: Williams Lake Indian Band moves toward independent child welfare
    Williams Lake Tribune - Feb 14, 2017 -- Responding to last week's report on the suicide death of 18-year-old Alex Gervais in government care, Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Ann Louie said she doesn't agree with aging out children staying as independents in hotels.
  • Ireland: Body paid out 6m pounds to child abuse sufferers
    Raidi� Teilif�s �ireann - Feb 16, 2017 -- Survivors of institutional child abuse in industrial schools received around 6m pounds worth of services over the second half of last year from the statutory body overseeing the distribution of funds pledged by the eighteen religious congregations which ran the institutions and a reformatory.
  • United Kingdom: Child sexual abuse: Agencies to get 40 Million Pound funding boost
    BBC News - Feb 16, 2017 -- The cash will go towards bringing offenders to justice, targeting online exploitation, and protecting vulnerable children at risk of trafficking. A new 7.5m pound "centre of expertise" will be set up to offer support and guidance to professionals on the front line. But councils are warning that a "funding gap" of 1.9bn pounds could put child protection services at risk.
  • AZ: Foster group aims to ease burden on families (Includes video)
    3TV/CBS 5 - Feb 15, 2017 -- With 17,000 children in the foster care system in Arizona, foster agencies are constantly looking at new ways to encourage more people to become foster parents.
  • DC: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Family Homeless Shelter In Ward 3
    WAMU - Feb 08, 2017 -- A D.C. Superior Court judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of Ward 3 residents who argued they had not been given a chance to weigh in on the location of a family homeless shelter the city plans to build in McLean Gardens. The ruling removes one of the remaining obstacles to a plan by Mayor Muriel Bowser to replace the aging family homeless shelter located at D.C. General with seven smaller shelters scattered across the city.
  • FL: Advocates fight for driver's license program for foster children Advocates of foster children are fighting to make a pilot driver's license program permanent (Includes video)
    WFTV - Feb 14, 2017 -- The "Keys to Independence" pilot program kicked off in 2014 and will lose its funding this year unless legislators pass a bill to keep it.
  • KY: Volunteers Needed in 37 KY Counties to Review Cases of Children in Foster Care
    SurfKY - Feb 14, 2017 -- Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 37 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care.
  • MN: Making a Difference: Program helping children in foster care (Video)
    KBJR 6 - Feb 15, 2017 -- A pilot project being launched by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and UMD hopes to tackle the disproportionate number of Native American children in foster care.
  • MS: Nonprofit seeks to expedite foster care training
    Commercial Dispatch - Feb 14, 2017 -- There are more than 5,500 children in foster care in the state of Mississippi -- and about another 1,500 families needed to care for them.
  • MT: State House passes resolution aimed at meth problem
    KECI 13 - Feb 14, 2017 -- According to the resolution methamphetamine cases statewide have more than tripled annually between 2010 and 2015, jumping from 68 to 232. Child abuse and neglect cases increased from 1,009 in 2009 to 2,466 in 2016. More than a third of the 3,000 children in foster care in 2015 were placed there because of meth use by their parents.
  • NC: County board focuses on foster care
    Wilkes Journal Patriot - Feb 14, 2017 -- Out of 217 active foster care cases in Wilkes in December, the most ever for Wilkes, 85 children were housed outside the county due to lack of places for them to stay here.
  • NY: Fewer Foster Parents in Monroe County (Includes video)
    WHEC TV-10 - Feb 14, 2017 -- More than 400 children are pulled out of their homes every year in Monroe County, and between the opioid crisis and the rising poverty level, it could be getting worse.
  • OH: FBI raids Ohio-based international adoption agency as part of criminal probe
    Norwalk Reflector - Feb 14, 2017 -- The Cleveland FBI raided an international adoption agency based in Strongsville Tuesday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, a spokeswoman confirmed.
  • OH: Montgomery County leaders recommit to protecting children from abuse (Press release)
    Dayton Children's Hospital - Feb 14, 2017 -- Montgomery County leaders and area partners reaffirm their commitment today to keeping children safe from abuse and neglect, by signing an interagency agreement to support CARE House. Designated representatives from across the county renewed their support of the child advocacy center and its unique approach to handling the most serious, complex cases in the community.
  • OR: Nonprofit helps DHS find 'Every Child' a foster home (Includes video)
    KOIN Local 6 - Feb 15, 2017 -- The Oregon Department of Human Services has struggled to connect a growing number of foster children with families as its office has dealt with numerous controversies and lawsuits.
  • WA: Other Views: The State Should Restructure the Child-Welfare System (Opinion)
    Seattle Times Editorial Board - Feb 14, 2017 -- Restructuring the system won't solve funding gaps, and will cost at least $10 million in the short term. But it would create a new cabinet-level secretary solely focused on youth services. It would also shift the state's focus toward early intervention, reflecting brain research which shows how preventing childhood trauma saves costs to society down the road.
  • WV: WVU Tech will be changed to specialized college for foster children
    WCHS-TV - Feb 14, 2017 -- KVC is a Kansas based behavioral healthcare organization that specializes in foster care services. A representative with KVC said they plan to put in a specialized college, tailored to foster students entering the working world.
  • US: An athlete accused her coach of sex abuse. Olympic officials stayed on the sideline
    Washington Post - Feb 14, 2017 -- A Washington Post examination of the case, based on a review of thousands of pages of documents produced from a lawsuit filed by Gitelman's victims against the USOC and USA Taekwondo, offers a rare look at how America's most powerful and wealthy Olympic sports organization responded when a victim asked for help.
  • Canada: Ontario judge rules in favour of 'Sixties Scoop' survivors
    Vice - Feb 14, 2017 -- An Ontario court has ruled in favour of thousands of Indigenous people who were stripped of their cultural identities when they were taken from their homes on reserves by child protection workers and placed with white families.
  • Ireland: Irish government survives confidence vote, pressure on PM rises
    Reuters - Feb 15, 2017 -- The government has said it will widen the terms to include potential collusion between police and the state's child protection agency over a clerical error at the agency that led to false sex abuse allegations being made against the whistleblower.
  • AR: Sebastian County needs more foster parents
    Southwest Times Record - Feb 12, 2017 -- Due to neglect or abuse from, or lack of education of, their biological parents, hundreds of area children are in need of foster care, said one official. It's a statistic that simultaneously is true and difficult for many people to believe, said Aurora Pollard, a Department of Human Services community engagement specialist for Arkansas Area II. More than 750 children are in the foster care system in Sebastian County, yet there currently are only 102 homes, or 229 beds, available for foster children in Sebastian County, she said.
  • AZ: Our View: DCS should have a court order to yank most kids (Includes video)
    Arizona Republic - Feb 13, 2017 -- Statistical evidence that too many kids are being taken into state custody can be found in the record number of children who have come into foster care in Arizona - as well as the fact that neglect, not abuse, was cause for removing 80 to 85 percent of children in recent years.
  • AZ: Report: Arizona Department of Child Safety turn around continues
    Paradise Valley Independent - Feb 13, 2017 -- An independent report commissioned by the Arizona Auditor General's Office has concluded the DCS is on the right track. The report, performed by Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, praises DCS for making significant strides in transforming the agency to better serve children and their families, according to a press release.
  • CA: Why an 8-year-old boy's death has social workers wondering, 'Could I face criminal charges?' (Includes video)
    Los Angeles Times - Feb 13, 2017 -- In a case that has sent a chill through the ranks of child protection workers nationwide, a Los Angeles County judge will soon decide if there is sufficient evidence to put four social workers on trial for criminal negligence in the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy they were charged with protecting.
  • FL: Make Florida's mental health system stronger and a higher priority (Opinion)
    Bradenton Herald - Feb 11, 2017 -- Obama's focus on suicide prevention should be on Florida's agenda, too. A 14-year-old Miami girl livestreamed her suicide on Facebook in January. Nakia Venant had been in and out of foster care for more than seven years. She had exhibited dangerous and self-destructive behavior, according to the family attorney, and was sexually abused by another foster child when she was 7. Her mother physically abused her. Nakia was a troubled teen who needed treatment.
  • IA: 20 Iowa child deaths in 2016 that could have been prevented (Includes video)
    Des Moines Register - Feb 11, 2017 -- A rising number of Iowa children have been victims of homicide the past three years - from abuse, shootings and unsupervised accidents. At least 20 Iowa children died last year, including 11 from suspected abuse.
  • LA: Deficit-closing special session opens Monday
    Columbus Republic - Feb 11, 2017 -- Colleges, prisons, K-12 public schools, the TOPS college tuition program and the state child welfare agency would be protected. Cuts would hit the privatized charity hospital services, medical school training programs, roadwork, outreach services for the homeless, economic development marketing and the Office of Juvenile Justice.
  • MS: Huge Need For Foster Parents In Mississippi (Video)
    WCBI - Feb 13, 2017 -- The faith-based non-profit organization understands the huge need for more foster parents, that's why they're traveling throughout Mississippi trying to address this issue. During Monday's orientation, dozens of families showed up looking to gain more insight on what all it takes to become a foster parent.
  • MT: Bill would let legislators see files on children in contact with Child and Family Services
    Helena Independent Record - Feb 13, 2017 -- Letting lawmakers see private case files for children who have come into contact with Child and Family Services would help legislators better serve their constituents and make more informed decisions, a Miles City senator said Monday. Senate Bill 113, carried by Sen. Eric Moore, R-Miles City, passed second reading in the Senate on a 27-23 vote. If it passes third reading it will move to a House committee.
  • ND: Lawmakers introduce bill for child sexual abuse task force
    Bismarck Tribune - Feb 13, 2017 -- Two Jamestown legislators are sponsoring a bill that would create a task force on preventing sexual abuse of children and reporting recommendations for legislation. Senate Bill 2342 was introduced by Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, and had a hearing in the Human Services Committee on Jan. 30. No vote or other action has been taken since. The other sponsor is Rep. Bernie Satrom, R-Jamestown.
  • NH: More foster parents needed because of opioid crisis (Video)
    WMUR - Feb 11, 2017 -- New Hampshire is recruiting more foster parents with special events.
  • NY: Social services costs skyrocket
    Rochester Post Bulletin - Feb 11, 2017 -- Starting in 2017, counties are facing a new cost with out-of-home placements: Making sure social workers are available to respond and evaluate within 24 hours. In a county like Wabasha, where Hunter supervises three social workers focused on child protection plus an intake specialist, that means spreading the resources thin.
  • OH: Children Services Agencies Say State Budget Lacks Sufficient Funding To Handle Greater Caseload (Includes audio)
    Ohio Public Radio - Feb 13, 2017 -- In the last seven years, the number of Ohio kids taken into custody by children services agencies rose by nearly 20 percent. Half of those cases involve parental drug use. Those agencies say Goveernor John Kasich's two-year state budget proposal doesn't do enough to help them. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.
  • OR: Lutheran Community Services gets land use approval for PMH facility
    Central Oregonian - Feb 14, 2017 -- In addition to Lutheran Community Services uses, Willard said they have begun reaching out to other community nonprofits such as KIDS Center and allied government organizations like the Department of Human Services and child welfare to share the location as a social services hub targeting children and families.
  • OR: New bill would help foster kids keep in contact with their siblings if they get separated (Includes video)
    KATU - Feb 09, 2017 -- Right now, if siblings are separated in foster care, they don't have any rights to keep them in contact with each other. House Bill 2216 would change that.
  • TX: When foster care couldn't help this 16-year-old, she ran to a pimp
    Texas Tribune - Feb 14, 2017 -- Jean became one of the roughly 12,000 Texas kids in long-term foster care, or "permanent managing conservatorship," the state's designation for children who cannot find lasting homes with relatives or adoptive parents and are unable to be reunited with their biological families. It is a system where, as U.S. District Judge Janis Jack wrote in a 2015 legal opinion, "rape, abuse, psychotropic medication and instability are the norm" and children often leave more damaged than when they arrive.
  • UT: Salt Lake City joins 20 cities in brief to Supreme Court on prolonged detention of immigrants by federal government
    Office of the Mayor of Salt Lake City, UT, Jackie Biskupski - Feb 13, 2017 -- 'This type of prolonged detention puts jobs at risk, creates obstacles to education, and generally hurts families living in our community, ' said Mayor Jackie Biskupski.
  • UT: Addressing Utah's child sex abuse problem (Opinion)
    St. George Spectrum - Feb 11, 2017 -- While the numbers are startling, Sarah Houser, program administrator for Child Protective Services, said the high rates may actually indicate that Utah is tougher on sex crimes.
  • VA: Great Expectations helps foster children earn degree, training at community colleges
    WSLS - Feb 14, 2017 -- One in four children who enter Virginia's foster care system will not find a permanent home before they turn 18 according to the Great Expectations Program. That means about 500 young people "age-out" of the system each year, which usually means making it on their own. A program helping these teens through college started in Danville.
  • International: Study looks at ways to prevent homelessness among youth with intellectual, developmental disabilities (Includes video)
    Medical Xpress - Feb 13, 2017 -- Taking place in Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara, the project is bringing together- for the first time - representatives from multiple sectors, service agencies, frontline workers, co-researchers with experiences of homelessness and disability, and youth themselves to study the intersection of intellectual/developmental disability and homelessness.
  • AZ: Two Arizona bills seek better data on medicated foster children
    Arizona Daily Star - Feb 12, 2017 -- Two state legislators are pushing for improved transparency about how often Arizona's foster care children are prescribed powerful, mind-altering medications. A pair of bills recently introduced in the Legislature would require three state agencies to collaborate on a report, to be issued every two years, comparing foster and non-foster kids' prescription rates for psychotropic medications.
  • AZ: From CPS to DCS: A look at Arizona's struggling child-welfare agency
    Arizona Republic - Feb 10, 2017 -- Pictoral -- Images from the child welfare agency.
  • CO: Parent support program shows strong outcomes for vulnerable families
    La Junta Tribune-Democrat - Feb 12, 2017 -- The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) announced that Colorado families who completed the SafeCare Colorado program were significantly less likely to have an open child welfare case six months after completion when compared to similar Colorado families, according to a preliminary evaluation of the program.
  • CT: Investigation Finds Systemic Failures In Hartford Schools' Response To Abuse, Neglect Allegations
    Hartford Courant - Feb 11, 2017 -- An investigation by the state child advocate has revealed pervasive, systemic failures in the way Hartford responds to allegations of suspected child abuse or neglect in its public schools - in some cases, allowing educators repeatedly accused of misconduct to remain on the job for months or even years as students were "likely traumatized."
  • GA: Plans boost to foster care funds
    Rome News-Tribune - Feb 10, 2017 -- The human resources budget funds programs for children, the elderly and others with special needs. Foster care accounts for the largest part, according to a report by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.
  • GA: Bill would require new ADHD prescriptions every 5 days
    Cable News Network - Feb 09, 2017 -- A bill meant to curb the abuse of prescription opioids in Georgia has stirred outrage in the ADHD community because a provision requires adults and children on medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to get new prescriptions every five days.
  • IL: Brown: New homeless shelter for young people aims to fill gap
    Chicago Sun Times - Feb 11, 2017 -- The bright-eyed staff of Covenant House was assembled early one morning last week and set to get to work helping homeless young people. Their new facility - a drop-in daytime shelter inside Lawson House, the former YMCA building at 30 W. Chicago Ave. - had just opened for business.
  • KY: Signs of hope for Kentucky's suffering children? (Opinion)
    Lexington Herald-Leader - Feb 10, 2017 -- Kentucky must do a better job of protecting its children. Too many are succumbing to abuse, neglect and their parents' drug addictions. We've known this for a long time. Lest we forget, John Cheves' recent reporting on the hellish life of one child and the bleak overall picture of child protection serves as a staggering reminder.
  • MN: Local view: Is Duluth's flash of violence due to opiate, heroin epidemic? (Opinion)
    Duluth News Tribune - Feb 12, 2017 -- St. Louis County has one of the highest rates in Minnesota of children in foster care. We can only imagine how this trauma is affecting these children both in school performance and with their future mental health.
  • MN: Kresha appointed to child protection task force
    Brainerd Daily Dispatch - Feb 11, 2017 -- Monday, House Speaker Kurt Daudt appointed Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, to the Legislative Task Force on Child Protection. The task force was created to look for legislative solutions to improve Minnesota's child welfare system.
  • MO: Changes coming for regional foster care agency
    News Press Now - Feb 10, 2017 -- Foster Adopt Connect soon will become an adoption licensing agency for a five-county area of Northwest Missouri.
  • MT: RiverStone, CFS partnership aims to get health care to foster kids in Yellowstone County
    Billings Gazette - Feb 10, 2017 -- For kids entering foster care, early and regular health care is an important part of ensuring their health and safety. With that in mind, a partnership between RiverStone Health and the Department of Public Health and Human Services' Child and Family Services Division is working to make it easier to deliver that health care quickly and effectively in Yellowstone County while taking a bit of the load off of case workers.
  • NH: Senator's bill would make child services its own agency
    Associated Press - Feb 12, 2017 -- The Division for Children, Youth and Families has been facing scrutiny and reforms following several high profile deaths and a report that found it is badly understaffed. Republican Sen. Sharon Carson is proposing a bill to split it from the health department. The proposal is up for a public hearing Tuesday.
  • NY: The city's helpers are starving for aid
    New York Daily News - Feb 13, 2017 -- In a given month, there are nearly 24,000 children in New York City receiving preventive child welfare services that keep them safe and with their families; more than 1,700 unaccompanied, homeless youth who have no parent advocating for them; more than 67,000 children whose families rely on city-funded child care.
  • NY: CPS workers struggle to protect innocent children (Includes video)
    WHAM - Feb 08, 2017 -- Geer believes the county is in denial and asking workers to do the impossible. He is now putting up billboards across the country and paying for radio ads to bring attention to his concerns. "The county administration is saying that they are smarter than the experts!" Geer exclaimed. "There is always a new shock everyday - of something that I am learning these workers are going through on a daily basis."
  • OH: Groups Speak Out for Silent Victims of Ohio's Opioid Crisis (Includes audio)
    Public News Service - Feb 13, 2017 -- According to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO), nearly half of children taken into the care of social service agencies in 2015 had parents struggling with addiction, and about 1 in 4 had parents abusing opioids or heroin.
  • OK: State led US in child abuse, neglect by foster parents
    Associated Press - Feb 12, 2017 -- Oklahoma had more children abused or neglected by foster parents in 2015 than any state in the nation, a federal report shows.
  • OR: Detective: Child Protective Services worker lied in reports including sex abuse case (Includes video)
    KATU - Feb 10, 2017 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a Child Protective Services worker for Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS) falsified at least 15 child abuse reports.
  • SC: Child's abusive death spurs efforts for tougher laws in SC
    Associated Press - Feb 13, 2017 -- The abuse death of 5-year-old Soren Chilson that ended in court recently with her mother and a Purple Heart veteran going to prison is over, but the fight to protect other South Carolina children from abusers appears ready to start.
  • SC: State shortchanging abused children, experts say (Includes video)
    South Carolina State - Feb 10, 2017 -- S.C. lawmakers made the Response System part of state law in 2014, when the state's child welfare agency was under fire for children dying from abuse and neglect while under its watch. The law directed the Response System's network of child abuse pediatricians to create guidelines for professionals who interact with children about when they should seek a medical evaluation. But the new state mandate came with no added state money.
  • TX: How underage girls are sold for sex online
    Texas Tribune - Feb 13, 2017 -- A series of lawsuits, anti-trafficking campaigns and a congressional inquiry into the website culminated in the January closure of its adult section, but similar ads continue to appear elsewhere on the site. The news was hailed as a victory by Texas politicians and child welfare advocates, but it's unclear how much it will curtail online trafficking in the state. With the closure of the website's adult section, police detectives and prosecutors expect the underground enterprise to simply find a new portal. If that happens, they will lose a relatively cooperative partner when it comes to handing over information for use in criminal investigations.
  • TX: Bold changes needed to fix Children Protective Services
    My San Antonio - Feb 11, 2017 -- This is a crisis. Gov. Greg Abbott was right to call on state lawmakers to be bold in their efforts to fix this vital but troubled agency. "If you do anything else this session, cast a vote to save the life of a child," Abbott said during his State of the State speech. Texas is staring at a lean budget, but Abbott has proposed an additional $500 million for Child Protective Services.
  • TX: Former Walmart location to be used as unaccompanied minors facility
    Brownsville Herald - Feb 09, 2017 -- Southwest Key Programs, a national nonprofit organization located in Austin, is in charge of the 208,000 square-foot facility. The company currently operates five shelters for unaccompanied immigrant children in Cameron County through a contract with the federal government. They also have one juvenile justice alternative education program and Workforce offices through the Texas Workforce Commission.
  • WA: Restructure the child-welfare system (Opinion)
    Seattle Times - Feb 10, 2017 -- The status quo in Washington's child welfare system is not working. The Legislature should restructure services into a new Department of Children, Youth and Families.
  • WV: Substance abuse raises need for foster families
    Register-Herald - Feb 12, 2017 -- Most children that come through Pressley Ridge have been affected by drugs in one way or another, Horrocks said. Of the 47 current Pressley Ridge cases, almost every one of them has a substance-abuse connection, she said.
  • US: Report: U.S. Family Courts Often Award Custody to Alleged Abuser (Includes audio)
    Public News Service - Feb 13, 2017 -- Over the past eight years, custodial parents killed 58 American children after a court ignored abuse claims by a protective parent, according to the Center for Judicial Excellence.
  • US: Closure of adoption organization in Concord stuns clients across US
    Monterey Herald - Feb 12, 2017 -- The abrupt closure of the Independent Adoption Center has shocked prospective parents across the United States who had paid the agency thousands of dollars to help them adopt a baby. Founded in 1982, the nonprofit adoption agency had offices in California, New York, Indiana, Florida, Connecticut, Texas, North Carolina and Georgia. When it closed at the end of January, 1,886 adoptions were in progress - including 412 that were being handled out of the Clayton Road headquarters, according to the agency.
  • US: Why does the United States still let 12-year-olds get married? (Opinion)
    Washington Post - Feb 12, 2017 -- Unchained At Last, a nonprofit I founded to help women resist or escape forced marriage in the United States, spent the past year collecting marriage license data from 2000 to 2010, the most recent year for which most states were able to provide information. We learned that in 38 states, more than 167,000 children - almost all of them girls, some as young 12 - were married during that period, mostly to men 18 or older.
  • US: Native Youth: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and Maintaining Cultural Connections (Opinion)
    Chronicle of Social Change - Feb 10, 2017 -- The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at The Aspen Institute introduced its first-ever online roundtable, Generation Indigenous (Gen-I), to further its reach in garnering the opinions of its stakeholders. In the resulting first annual report, titled The State of Native Youth and released in 2016, close to 700 youth aged 25 and younger answered questions about their top priorities and the resources they believe would help them succeed. Among the issues addressed were those related to the systems involving youth, including child welfare and juvenile justice, and the importance of maintaining cultural connections.
  • Australia: Good news and bad news in child protection (Opinion)
    Catallaxy Files - Feb 11, 2017 -- The bad news is from South Australia following the report last year. Given that the report only recommended more resources to do much the same things it is not surprising that The Fresh Start is just a new department and more people but no sign of a move in the direction of adoption.
  • France: Women and children 'endure rape, beatings and abuse' inside Dunkirk's refugee camp
    Guardian - Feb 11, 2017 -- Children and women are being raped by traffickers inside a refugee camp in northern France, according to detailed testimony gathered ahead of fresh legal action against the UK government's approach to the welfare of unaccompanied minors. Corroborating accounts from volunteers, medics, refugees and other officials reveal that sexual abuse is common within the large camp at Dunkirk and that children and women are forced to have sex by traffickers in return for blankets or food or the offer of passage to the UK.
  • United Kingdom: Compassion Fatigue? Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
    Liberal Democrat Voice - Feb 10, 2017 -- On Wednesday there was the announcement that we would not take any more child refugees. Noticeable that the government released this statement the same day of the Brexit vote! And this story was not even on front pages yesterday.
  • CA: Study finds trying youth as adults degrades health of juveniles, their families
    Latina Lista - Feb 08, 2017 -- A wide-ranging study of youth incarceration in California outlines what it calls the debilitating effects on the health of teens, their families and society when youthful offenders are tried and sentenced as adults.
  • CT: Attorney General seeks to dismiss claim by New London parents against DCF
    Day - Feb 09, 2017 -- The state Office of the Attorney General has filed a motion to dismiss a claim brought by the parents of a New London toddler who suffered broken bones and starved in a Groton foster home.
  • FL: Column: Children hurt from system designed to help (Opinion)
    Tampa Bay Times - Feb 09, 2017 -- With a preference for foster homes over residential group care, DCF has removed many children from our campuses after they have become stabilized and adjusted to living in a safe, secure home with house parents they trust.
  • KY: Lawmakers mulling changes to foster care, adoption system
    Associated Press - Feb 09, 2017 -- State lawmakers are advancing bills to overhaul the state's foster care and adoption system one day after Republican Gov. Matt Bevin used his State of the Commonwealth address to vow Kentucky would be a model for the nation.
  • KY: Westerfield introduces bill to set age of criminal responsibility for youth
    Kentucky New Era - Feb 08, 2017 -- Criminal complaints filed have been filed against children as young as 4.
  • MA: Report: Despite efforts, 35 kids died in state care
    Boston Herald - Feb 10, 2017 -- As many as 35 children died while in state care or custody last fiscal year - half of them less than a year old, including a dozen substance-exposed newborns, according to a new report that underscores the troubles still facing the state's child welfare agency despite new funding.
  • MN: Bemidji foster parents learn to treat opiate-addicted babies
    Associated Press - Feb 09, 2017 -- A new training program in Bemidji is teaching foster parents how to wean infants off opioid addictions in their homes.
  • OR: Child protective services worker arrested for false reports
    Tribune - Feb 09, 2017 -- An Oregon Department of Human Services employee assigned to Child Protective Services has been arrested for falsifying child abuse reports in at least 15 cases.
  • PA: Social services commissioner: More people working
    Leader-Herald - Feb 09, 2017 -- In other statistical data provided by DSS, most of the caseloads were down. Fulton County's foster caseload decreased by about 18 percent, from 45 cases in 2015 to 37 cases in 2016. The county had about 60 cases 10 years ago.
  • SC: Custody dispute puts 3-year-old's future in the balance
    Herald - Feb 09, 2017 -- A three-year-old girl's future is in limbo amid a custody battle that started in 2013.Edward and Tammy Dalsing of Rock Hill legally adopted Braelyn Puckett in September 2015, after having her for years as their foster child, according to S.C. family court documents. On Dec. 15, 2016, a S.C. Court of Appeals vacated the child's 2015 adoption.
  • TX: State Rep Wants to Create "Fostels"
    KTSA - Feb 09, 2017 -- "A fostel will be a volunteer home that has been cleared to house children in CPS care for no more than two weeks" Sanford said in rolling out his bill at the State Capitol in Austin Wednesday Afternoon.
  • TX: The Source: There Are More Than 300K Human Trafficking Victims In Texas (Audio)
    Texas Public Radio - Feb 09, 2017 -- An estimated 79,000 minors and youth are victims of sex trafficking, costing the state approximately $6.6 billion. Approximately 234,000 workers in Texas are victims of labor trafficking.
  • TX: Madeline McClure op-ed: Prevention would prevent another child protection crisis (Opinion)
    Texas Tribune - Feb 07, 2017 -- Texas' Child Protective Services and foster care system crises are like an impossible-to-control disease outbreak.
  • WA: AG proposal to protect human trafficking victims passes Senate (Press release)
    Office of the Attorney General Washington State - Feb 08, 2017 -- An agency request bill from Attorney General Bob Ferguson aimed at extending the window of opportunity to prosecute human traffickers for their crimes today passed the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support. The bill extends the statute of limitations on human trafficking to match that of non-lethal arson and updates the definition of commercial sex to include "anything of value," rather than simply a fee.
  • WI: Governor's Budget Promising for Children & Families (Press release) (Opinion)
    Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies (WAFCA) - Feb 09, 2017 -- Child protection. The addition of over $6 million in child and family aids for counties is a recognition of the state's partnership role in child protection. These resources help counties secure safety for children at risk and help parents address their challenges, such as addiction, as they prepare to reunify with their children.
  • WV: Nonprofit negotiating use of WVU Tech campus
    Register-Herald - Feb 10, 2017 -- A Kansas-based private, nonprofit child welfare and behavioral health organization is negotiating for use of the WVU Tech campus in Montgomery. The group, KVC Health Systems, plans to offer educational and other support services for teens and young adults who have aged out of foster care.
  • US: New Federal Rule Aims to Bolster Child Support Program
    National Conference of State Legislatures - Feb 10, 2017 -- A new federal rule intends to increase the effectiveness of the child support program for all families and provide for more flexibility in state child support programs. The rule, 2016 Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs, was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 20, 2016.
  • US: Human Trafficking Hits Record High in US
    International Reporter - Feb 09, 2017 -- In late January, a police crackdown across California arrested 474 people in relation to human trafficking and helped to rescue dozens of victims including 28 children. Globally, almost 21 million people are victims of human trafficking, according to the UN International Labour Organization.
  • US: Sens. Lankford and Booker introduce bipartisan bill to ban juvenile solitary confinement
    ADA News - Feb 09, 2017 -- Senators James Lankford R-Okla., and Cory Booker D-N.J., on Tuesday introduced the MERCY Act, a bipartisan bill that would prohibit the solitary confinement of juveniles who are tried in the federal system and held in pretrial facilities or juvenile detention facilities.
  • US: When Family Preservation Overrides Common Sense (Opinion)
    Chronicle of Social Change - Feb 09, 2017 -- When the law essentially allows the decision to go either way, beliefs and attitudes dictate decisions. And the judge's belief that returning to a house of horrors is better than disruption is an example of the "Family Preservation at all Costs" attitude that currently predominates in child welfare.
  • US: Why DeVos should embrace early childhood education
    Brookings Institution - Feb 09, 2017 -- Early childhood education is a strong investment in our nation's future, as cost-benefit estimates report societal savings of up to $13 for every dollar spent on quality early childhood programs. But how can we convince policymakers to increase investment in early care and education and improve life outcomes for at-risk children?
  • India: Why This Collaborative Wants Philanthropy to Stop Funding Orphanages
    Inside Philanthropy - Feb 09, 2017 -- As part of its mission, Elevate Children Funders Group (ECFG) "strongly believes and supports the idea that children are best able to thrive and reach their full potential when they remain with their families and communities rather than living in an orphanage." As the members of ECFG see it, philanthropists should stop giving money to build or improve orphanages, and instead "invest in opportunities that build strong families and communities."
  • AL: Religious freedom or taxpayer-funded discrimination? Child welfare bill prompts debate
    Birmingham News - Feb 08, 2017 -- HB 24 is the Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act, which would prohibit the state from taking "adverse action" against a foster or adoption agency that declines to place a child in a situation that conflicts with its religious beliefs.
  • IN: County eclipses former child neglect high
    Newsexaminer - Feb 09, 2017 -- After previously setting a record-high in 2015 for its number of child neglect cases, Fayette County eclipsed that high in 2016 and set a new high, according to year-end figures released in January by the Indiana Department of Child Services.
  • KY: THURSDAY AT 6 & 11: Report says state does poor job of protecting abused kids
    Wave 3 - Feb 08, 2017 -- Our investigation uncovered a surge in foster care cases due to drug use, a massive increase in reports of abuse and neglect and a system unable to perform follow-up inspections and investigations that could save children's lives.
  • MA: DCF Increases Focus on Foster Care Awareness with the Help of 15 New Recruiters (Press release)
    Massachusetts Department of Children and Families - Feb 08, 2017 -- The Department of Children and Families (DCF) begins 2017 with the addition of 15 staff members dedicated to recruiting foster parents across the state.
  • ME: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - Part 1 (Includes video)
    WABI TV - Feb 08, 2017 -- In Maine, a five-year span shows a 24% increase in children being raised solely by a grandparent.
  • MT: Child survivors of sexual abuse urge legislators to approve bill for education in schools
    Helena Independent - Feb 08, 2017 -- House Bill 298 would require the Office of Public Instruction, in coordination with the Department of Public Health and Human Services as well as experts on childhood trauma, to develop sample policies, education plans and related materials that school districts could use to teach kids about "safe touch" and let them know it is safe to tell teachers or other staff about abuse. The program also would include training for school employees about the signs of sexual abuse and about what their responsibilities are as mandatory reporters under state law.
  • NH: Legislative committee appointed to review child protective services
    Union Leader - Feb 09, 2017 -- The nine-member committee is charged with reviewing the recommendations of the Center for the Support of Families, which spent a year studying operations at DCYF. The study was ordered by Gov. Maggie Hassan in 2015 after two children whose cases were under DCYF review died of child abuse.
  • NY: State could pull funding to ACS if agency doesn't change
    New York Daily News - Feb 08, 2017 -- A top Cuomo administration official warned Wednesday that the state could yank funding from the city's embattled child welfare agency if it doesn't show serious commitment to turning around its performance.
  • OH: As Ohio's opioid epidemic increases, proposed state budget keeps child protective services last in funding
    News-Herald - Feb 08, 2017 -- In Gov. John Kasich's proposed 2018-19 budget the funding would remain flat, which would leave the seventh most populous state 50th in the nation in state-level funding for child protective services.
  • SD: State considering "religious freedom" adoption bill
    WTXL-TV - Feb 08, 2017 -- South Dakota lawmakers are weighing a proposed bill that would allow agents of adoption and foster care agencies to reject qualified parents based on personal religious or moral objections.
  • US: Continuing along in foster care (Opinion)
    Mesabi Daily News - Feb 07, 2017 -- Waiting to become a foster parent isn't like waiting to give birth. There is no swelling or deflating belly to gauge where we are at in the parenthood process. Sometimes, I wish there was. I feel like becoming a mom is never going to happen. Maybe, that crib will never be filled.
  • CA: California, L.A. Continue to Falter on Federal Foster Youth Education Deadline
    Chronicle of Social Change - Feb 07, 2017 -- The California Department of Education "derailed" local education agencies' efforts to ensure transportation for students in foster care, imperiling a $1.8 billion federal grant aimed at poor students, according to an email shared with The Chronicle and an education administrator in San Diego.
  • FL: Mentoring Matters: Help & Hope For Kids Aging Out Of Foster Care (Includes video)
    CBS Miami - Feb 07, 2017 -- Circulating through the foster care system for years, and now back in foster care, Pomaski recently turned 18, making her one of about 600 youths aging out of foster care at any given time in Broward County, entering a very adult world. Anne Gardiner, Vice President of Programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County said a quarter of those teens end up homeless within a year.
  • ID: Study: Idaho's child welfare system overwhelmed, overworked
    Associated Press - Feb 07, 2017 -- State auditors say Idaho's child welfare system is overwhelmed, with too few foster parents, too heavy caseloads for social workers and not enough infrastructure to hold it all together.
  • MN: New program teaches foster parents to treat opiate-addicted babies in home (Includes audio)
    Minnesota Public Radio - Feb 08, 2017 -- A hospital isn't the best place for a baby to come off opioids, say John and Cindy Ness. They would know: For the last 17 years, the couple has been foster parents to dozens of children - mostly newborns and toddlers, some of whom were born addicted to opioids.
  • MN: Human Services launches Native American equity project
    Aitkin Age - Feb 07, 2017 -- Minnesota has one of the highest rates of out-of-home care - primarily foster care - for Native American children in the country. Native Americans represent 1.9 percent of the Minnesota population and 19 percent of the 13,612 children in out-of-home care in 2015. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is working to uncover the story behind those numbers so strategies can be developed to turn them around.
  • MN: NAACP forum looks for ways to address racial disparities in Minnesota's juvenile justice system
    Minn Post - Feb 07, 2017 -- "We decided to put this forum together so we could have some conversations to propose to the county and actually push things forward on what we want to see happen," said NAACP Minneapolis President Jason Sole. "We're here to help figure out alternatives for our young people to thrive and to be successful."
  • MT: Foster care bill clears hurdle in House
    Great Falls Tribune - Feb 07, 2017 -- A bill that outlines rights for foster children and parents passed the second reading in the House on Tuesday, with some saying it was long overdue and others claiming it will cause problems. House Bill 182, sponsored by Rep. Frank Garner, R-Kalispell, said the bill, a declaration of policy for youth in foster care, sets up procedures.
  • NY: The worrying welfare of ACS workers (Opinion)
    New York Daily News - Feb 08, 2017 -- I have a grim prediction: There will be unexpected deaths on these new leaders' watches, too - quite possibly of children, but also of child-welfare workers. I make this prediction based on grim facts from my experience as an ACS consultant over the past 20 years, developing with others a training program for 1,500 supervisors and managers as well as executive coaching and team building.
  • PA: Did Jehovah's Witness elders fail to report sexual abuse? Trial starts Tuesday
    Penn Live - Feb 07, 2017 -- According to a lawsuit Fessler filed against the Jehovah's Witness church in Spring Grove, had church elders contacted the authorities as they were legally obligated to do, she would have been spared more sexual assaults from the same woman.
  • PA: New Luzerne County human services division head appointed
    Times Leader - Feb 07, 2017 -- Nanticoke resident Lynn Hill was hired Tuesday as Luzerne County's new human services division head. After interviewing Hill in a closed-door executive session, seven of 11 council members voted to confirm county Manager C. David Pedri's nominee.
  • TX: Dozens of bills filed to fix Texas CPS, foster care system
    Austin American-Statesman - Feb 07, 2017 -- Several dozen bills have been filed so far this legislative session to address the issues that plague Child Protective Services and the foster care system housed within the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Some fixes would include reducing caseworkers' turnover rate, increasing visitations of children who are reported abused, and offering better protection.
  • TX: Legislators urged to "get it right" on child welfare at rally
    Texas Tribune - Feb 07, 2017 -- About 100 people chanting "let's get it right" on Tuesday afternoon cheered and applauded the renewed energy among legislators and advocates to finally overhaul Texas' child welfare system.
  • WA: State Leads in Evidence-Based Policymaking
    Pew Charitable Trusts - Feb 07, 2017 -- In a new report, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative names Washington as one of five leading states in evidence-based policymaking.
  • WI: Scott Walker: State budget aims to end long-term care waiting lists for children with disabilities
    Wisconsin State Journal - Feb 08, 2017 -- A bright budget outlook could mean millions of more dollars sent from the state to county governments to provide child welfare services and to fix their roads, Gov. Scott Walker told county officials on Tuesday.
  • US: Asylum in the United States for Unaccompanied Children
    Carnegie Council - Feb 07, 2017 -- Child migration- it is a phenomenon of old times; it is a phenomenon of our time. Child migration is not only Joseph of the Old Testament and Claude Franklin, a 13-year-old boxcar boy of the Great Depression. Child migration is also Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Kurdish boy, who was found dead on a Turkish beach in 2015 and 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children in Europe, who were declared missing in 2016.
  • US: Heartbroken Families Demand Answers After Adoption Agency Abruptly Closes
    Inside Edition - Feb 07, 2017 -- Hundreds of families planning on adopting children through a nationwide agency were left stunned - and out thousands of dollars - after the organization announced last week that it was closing and declaring bankruptcy, despite reporting millions of dollars in revenue in recent years, records show. The Independent Adoption Center [IAC], a 34-year-old non-profit enterprise based in California with operations across the country, made the abrupt announcement in an email to its clients last Tuesday, writing that "immediate closure is our only option."
  • Finland: Foster homes sought for child refugees
    Yle - Feb 08, 2017 -- The Save the Children organization is seeking foster homes for unaccompanied refugee children who have been granted asylum in Finland. The EU-funded project will mark the first time that child refugees are placed in private homes in this country.
  • International: Isis targeting child refugees, warns report (Opinion)
    International Business Times - Feb 06, 2017 -- Hundreds of unaccompanied minors have vanished from the UK care system - which urges European authorities to take action to protect vulnerable refugees targeted by extremists - since arriving in the country. According to the report, IS are active in refugee camps outside Europe, distributing food and offering to pay the cost of passage into Europe in exchange for the loyalty of children.
  • Russia: Commentary: Trump should push Putin on adoption ban
    Chicago Tribune - Feb 07, 2017 -- In pursuing his desire for a "good relationship" with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump should push for a revocation of Russia's cruel law banning Americans from adopting Russian children. My wife, Brenda, was fortunate enough to adopt our daughter, Marta, from a Russian orphanage in August 2012, just months before the ban took effect.
  • AZ: Catholic Charities of Arizona: Is your child an easy target for sex traffickers? (Opinion)
    Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent - Feb 05, 2017 -- You see it on the news and social media-girls as young as 12 years old disappearing. These girls aren't running away because of a fight with parents or siblings. These girls are being tricked or taken and forced into a world of sex trafficking.
  • CA: County Program Helps Fathers Matter More
    NACo - Feb 06, 2017 -- Problem: Children of absentee fathers are at higher risk of poverty, emotional and behavioral problems and incarceration. Solution: Provide interested fathers the resources, training and support to reengage with their children.
  • CA: L.A.'s Failure to Implement Foster Care Mandates Could Cost California $1.8 Billion in Federal Education Funds
    Chronicle of Social Change - Feb 06, 2017 -- While the motion claims that the county's 80 school districts are not out of compliance with a 2015 federal law mandating that foster kids be transported to their "school of origin," assertions from the Los Angeles County Office of Education make clear that those districts �- and thus the state of California - are. Beyond leaving students in foster care in the lurch, the breach could cost the state $1.8 billion in federal funds reserved for its poorest children.
  • CO: Sample Supports now a licensed Child Placement Agency serving the Front Range (Press release)
    PRLog - Feb 06, 2017 -- Sample Supports has expanded their services as the boldest and bravest agency in Colorado to now serving youth across the Front Range from Northern Colorado to the Denver area! Sample Supports is now a licensed Child Placement Agency through the State of Colorado and we are offering comprehensive Youth Services.
  • CT: State had 201 referrals for sex trafficking of minors in 2016, amid a 'lucrative market'
    Register Citizen - Feb 04, 2017 -- This criminal abuse of children remains a problem in the state to this day, and data show it may be on the rise. Last year, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families received the highest number of referrals of potential victims of domestic minor sex trafficking since the agency started documenting the number of referrals in 2008, according to Tammy Sneed, who directs the Human Anti-trafficking Response Team at DCF.
  • ID: Report: Idaho's foster care parents are in short supply, caseloads high
    Idaho Statesman - Feb 06, 2017 -- Idaho's foster care system struggles under a deepening shortage of foster parents and high caseloads for social workers, according to a performance review released Monday.
  • IN: Hundreds of Indiana babies are born drug dependent (Includes video)
    WTHR - Feb 02, 2017 -- In Indiana, hundreds of innocent children face excruciating pain in the days and weeks after birth. It's a cycle that starts when addicts get pregnant. Doctors say often the mothers arrive at the hospital late in their pregnancy with complicated cases and nowhere to turn. Those on the frontlines see it daily and call it a scourge that's accelerating.
  • KY: Region sees urgent need for foster care
    Bowling Green Daily News - Feb 05, 2017 -- Sherry Roy-Hunton, LifeSkills' therapeutic foster care program director, has been a professional in the field for 15 years. "Never before have I encountered so many children in need of therapeutic foster care," she said.
  • LA: The Latest: Edwards' plan fills gaps with other financing
    Associated Press - Feb 06, 2017 -- Edwards is seeking to shield K-12 education, colleges, prisons and the child welfare agency from cuts. The largest reduction would hit the health department.
  • MA: Lawmakers to consider raising juvenile court age from 18 to 21
    Mass Live - Feb 06, 2017 -- A bill that would raise the age for the juvenile court system one year at a time for the next three years was sponsored by State Sens. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, and Cynthia Creem, D-Newton, and Reps. Evandro Carvalho, D-Boston, and Kay Khan, D-Newton. It is one of a series of reforms to the state's criminal justice system that lawmakers will consider this year.
  • MD: Baltimore police to divert low-level drug, prostitution offenders to support services rather than jail (Includes video)
    Baltimore Sun - Feb 06, 2017 -- "For far too long in this city, at least the 32 years that I've been alive, we've treated the illness of addiction as a crime, and that was wrong for us to do," City Councilman Brandon Scott, chair of the Public Safety Committee said. "A byproduct of that is we have ruined families, taken mothers and fathers away from their sons, taken children away from their parents, and caused them pain across neighborhoods throughout the city of Baltimore."
  • ME: Priority Notice: Maine DOE and DHHS release joint guidance regarding foster care provisions (News release)
    Maine Department of Education (DOE) and the Office for Children and Family Services - Feb 06, 2017 -- The Maine Department of Education (DOE) and the Office for Children and Family Services (OCFS) has collaborated to release initial joint information regarding provisions under the Every Student Succeeds Act for children in foster care.
  • MO: Number of area kids in foster care climbs (Opinion)
    South East Missourian - Feb 07, 2017 -- This will break your heart. The number of children in foster care in Missouri has climbed in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Perry counties in the last three years. Currently, 420 children are in foster care in the region, and the Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division is not equipped to deal with the increase.
  • MS: State is decades behind in lifting veil of secrecy (Opinion)
    Sun Herald - Feb 05, 2017 -- It appears the state Legislature will fail to shine much light on secretive Youth Court proceedings. And that will hurt the very children and families such secrecy purports to protect.
  • MT: Child Abuse: The Quest To Save Montana's Neglected Kids
    Parent Herald - Feb 06, 2017 -- A total of 14 children from the state of Montana died due to neglect or abuse from 2015-2016. The cases of 12 of these children have been reported to the state's Child and Family Services Division (CFSD) prior to their deaths.
  • NH: Lawmakers to Address Election Laws to Staffing Shortages at DCYF
    New Hampshire Public Radio - Feb 06, 2017 -- There's also a proposal to add more social workers at the state's division of child protection. A recent outside review of that agency pointed to long-term staffing shortages as a severe problem.
  • NY: CityViews: The Long View on New York's Homeless Problem
    City Limits - Feb 06, 2017 -- Since then, five mayors, five governors and a slew of commissioners have grappled with framing homelessness, targeting and funding solutions, and managing the political fallout. None has been better prepared or more committed than the current administration. So it's an unwelcome task to report that scrambling for shelter seems destined to become part of the survival kit of New York's poor.
  • NY: Goodell, Young Weigh In On Child Abuse Bills
    Jamestown Post-Journal - Feb 06, 2017 -- Bill s137, sponsored by state Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, also known as Kayleigh Mae's Law, would require hair follicle testing of an infant or toddler under the age of three who in the vicinity of a parent or guardian who is arrested on a drug charge. Another bill, s3146, sponsored by State Sen. Martin J. Golden, R-Brooklyn, would establish a statewide standard of no more than 15 cases per month per full-time child protective caseworker.

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