Mainers will likely have final vote on vaccine exemptions
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An effort to undo state lawmakers' elimination of religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccines will be decided by a statewide vote in March if petitions submitted...
Mom and dad of abandoned baby twins lose parental rights
KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — A judge has terminated the parental rights of the mother and father of twin baby boys abandoned at a Kearney hospital in February.
Russian couple face losing custody of child after protest
MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow's ombudsman for children's rights and members of a presidential council have expressed outrage over Russian prosecutors trying to take a 1-year-old boy from his parents...
Ruling from divided court finds against adoption request
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Supreme Court justices split in an opinion released Wednesday that rejected an appeal by a man and his female domestic partner to adopt his biological...
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a North Texas probation officer fabricated records and sought to revoke the probation of a pregnant woman whose child the officer wanted to...
DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan family court judge has been reassigned amid allegations she covered up evidence that her 11-year-old grandson was being beaten by his father.
Montana Supreme Court overturns parental rights termination
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state failed to make a reasonable effort to reunite a woman with the son who was taken away from her after he was born with methamphetamine in his system, the Montana...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have passed a bill that could give parents and guardians greater rights in end-of-life decisions involving children.
California overhauls sex education guidance for teachers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has overhauled its sex education guidance for public school teachers, encouraging them to talk about gender identity with kindergartners and give advice to...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California State Board of Education's vote to revise sex education guidance for public school teachers (all times local):
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois mother and father charged with murder in the death of their 5-year-old son have agreed to let the state's child welfare agency care for their younger...
The Latest: California vaccine exemption bill advances
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on vaccination legislation (all times local):
California lawmakers are advancing tougher rules for vaccinations despite hearing hours of...
Iowa social worker charged with lying in child removal case
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa social worker has been charged with perjury for delivering false testimony that helped convince a judge to remove four children from their parents, investigators...
PHOENIX (AP) — An appellate court ruling says state child-protection officials can try again to terminate a father's parental rights even though a previous request on similar grounds was...
Wyoming legislation looks to protect kids born from rape
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers disagreed Tuesday over whether unintended consequences might result from a bill that would make it easier to terminate parental rights when sexual assault...
Supreme Court: Defendants must be allowed to present cases
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says defendants must be allowed to present their cases in court.
The ruling involves a 2016 Milwaukee case. State officials alleged a man identified as Mr. K in court documents had abandoned his children and should be stripped of his parental rights.
The state presented its arguments during a bench trial. Before Mr. K could present his case, Judge Christopher Foley ruled he had abandoned the children and later that day terminated his rights.
Supreme Court upholds stripping parental rights for murderer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court has again concluded a lower court was correct when it stripped parental rights from a convicted murderer serving two consecutive life sentences.
Iowa social worker out after false testimony in custody case
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A social worker has left the Iowa Department of Human Services months after a judge found she repeatedly gave false testimony against a mother and father who were unfairly stripped of their parental rights.
Chelsie Gray left DHS payroll on Sept. 23, two weeks after The Associated Press asked about her status, department spokesman Matt Highland confirmed.
Donald Trump Jr., wife resolve child custody amid divorce
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge congratulated Donald Trump Jr. and his estranged wife, Vanessa, Thursday for resolving child custody issues as they proceed toward divorce.
State Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz began a brief proceeding in open court by saying he understood that they had agreed to resolve all issues regarding their five children and parental rights.
Lawyers said they expected a written agreement on child custody would be completed in several weeks.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Federal Court of Justice has ruled that the parents of a deceased girl can access her Facebook account, saying they had inherited the right to the social media data just like to her diary or letters.
Thursday's ruling overturned a decision by a lower court in Berlin, which had ruled that German privacy laws outweighed parental rights.
GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is considering whether it's appropriate for a judge to see the conditions of a home before terminating someone's parental rights.
The court on Thursday told lawyers for an Otsego County couple and the state of Michigan to file briefs on that issue as well as others. The court will hear arguments in the months ahead.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would've banned state-licensed therapists from engaging in conversion therapy aimed at changing someone's sexual orientation.
LePage said Friday the bill is unnecessary for professionals who already have a defined scope of practice and said he has concerns that it could harm parental rights and the work of faith-based counselors.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill introduced in the Ohio House would require state teachers and school counselors to notify parents whose children identify as transgender.
The Dayton Daily News reports the bill sponsored by two southwest Ohio Republicans seeks to give parents the right to withhold gender dysphoria treatment from their minor children.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been arrested and is accused of trying to poison her two sons with cream soda laced with lighter fluid.
The Fayetteville Observer reports 34-year-old Octavia Latosh Robinson of Fayetteville has been charged with two counts each of distributing food containing noxious or deleterious material and misdemeanor child abuse.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court says children cannot inherit from a biological parent's estate if that parent has no will and had their rights terminated.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill making it easier to terminate a father's parental rights if the child was the result of rape.
The bill, approved by the Senate in a 32-0 vote, would allow a judge to end a father's parental rights if there was "clear, cogent, and convincing evidence" that he raped the mother, resulting in the pregnancy. The judge would also have to consider whether termination was in the child's best interest.
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois appeals court says a woman has parental rights to a child her former wife had through artificial insemination before they divorced.
The Chicago Tribune reports Tuesday the 2nd Appellate Court ruling sets a precedent for much of northern Illinois. It also applies to opposite-sex parents where one isn't the biological parent. Friday's decision upholds a Winnebago County court ruling.
Mississippi court: Woman has parent rights in same-sex split
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman has parental rights to a 6-year-old boy born to her ex-wife when the two were married, in a case watched by gay rights activists and groups aiding in vitro fertilization.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Court of Appeals has upheld termination of the parental rights of an Omaha father who failed to get his daughters immediate medical help when they were seriously injured in a crash while he was driving drunk.
The appeals court said Tuesday that evidence in the case showed termination of Benjamin Thompson's parental rights would be in his three children's best interests.
Bill to ban ‘conversion therapy’ moves forward
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine would ban painful, coercive or shame-inducing efforts to discourage same-sex attraction under a Democrat's bill.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Rep. Ryan Fecteau's bill faces votes in the House and Senate within the next month.
Foster care teens can soon ask to reunite with birth parents
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Teenagers in foster care in Virginia will be able to express their preference on restoring their birth parents' parental rights under a law that will take effect July 1.
The General Assembly passed and Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation allowing foster care children ages 14 and older to tell a judge whether they want their birth parents to regain custody of them.
HB 1219 was introduced by Del. David Reid, D-Loudoun, who as a child lived in a foster home and was adopted.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court official has ruled neither the biological parents nor the adoptive grandparents of a 14-year-old who prosecutors say was killed and dismembered by her adoptive mother can become administrators of the girl's estate.
An attorney for Rose and Rodney Hunsicker said they wanted to become administrators so they could sue the social service agencies that placed their biological daughter, Grace Parker, with the woman charged with abusing and killing her.
Missouri bill could end father’s rights in rape cases
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate passed a bill that would make it easier to terminate a father's parental rights if the child was the result of rape.
The proposal, adopted Wednesday 31-1, would allow judges to terminate a father's parental rights if there was "clear, cogent, and convincing evidence" that he raped the mother, resulting in her pregnancy. The judge would also have to weigh whether termination would be in the child's best interest.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a proposal to make it easier to terminate a father's parental rights, if the child was the result of rape.
Bill that would ban use of tanning beds for those under 18 spurs parental rights debate
LINCOLN — Youths would not be allowed to use tanning beds under a bill pending in the Nebraska Legislature.
Legislative Bill 838 would prohibit the owner, operator or lessee of a tanning facility from allowing people under the age of 18 to use tanning equipment. Those under 18 would still be allowed to get a spray tan.
House panel raise concerns surrounding sex-education bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposal to update Idaho's nearly 50-year-old sex education law sparked too many concerns for lawmakers to advance the legislation on Friday.
Instead, the House Education Committee agreed the bill needs to be amended to better protect parental rights before allowing the full House to vote on it.
Maryland ends parental rights of rapists who impregnate
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland women impregnated by rapists have new legal power to end the parental rights of their attacker, under a new law signed by Gov. Larry Hogan.
Hogan signed it Tuesday, putting the emergency legislation passed unanimously into effect immediately.
The Latest: Ruling: No do-over but tardy parent can testify
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a court ruling on parental rights (all times local):
An Arizona Supreme Court ruling says people late for hearings on termination of their parental rights can still participate once they arrive but aren't entitled to a do-over of what's already taken place.
Arizona court to rule on whether tardy mother waived rights
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court is expected to rule Friday on whether a mother's tardiness for a hearing on severing her parental rights meant she waived some of her rights.
The justices agreed last October to review a state Court of Appeals decision that overturned a judge's severance of the mother's parental rights.
The judge ruled that the woman couldn't testify and that her lawyer couldn't address some issues because the woman arrived 25 minutes after the hearing started.
Maryland ending parental rights of rapists who impregnate
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — More than 10 years after supporters began pushing for it, Maryland's legislature has decided — with unanimous votes in the Senate and House — to enable impregnated rape victims to ask judges to end the parental rights of their rapists.
Supporters say it has become embarrassing that a state known for its progressive politics is one of the last to adopt such a law. They also credit a growing sense of female empowerment for making the issue a priority.
Oklahoma woman heeds suggestion of judge to get sterilized
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma woman convicted of using a counterfeit check had herself medically sterilized at the suggestion of the judge, who said he would consider it during her sentencing.
Maryland Senate votes to end parental rights of rapists
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to end parental rights of rapists over children conceived through rape.
The 45-0 vote sends the bill to the House, where an identical measure has advanced for a vote later this week. Both chambers have made the bill a priority this session after it failed to pass for nearly a decade. Last year, lawmakers were criticized for failing to pass the bill after its 90-day session ended in April.
Texas couple lose custody of 4-year-old after sister’s death
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas couple facing charges over the death of their 3-year-old daughter adopted from India have lost parental rights to their 4-year-old biological daughter.
A judge in Dallas on Friday terminated the parental rights of Wesley and Sini Mathews of Richardson, who remain jailed. Both had agreed to permanently relinquish their rights to their older child, who was placed with relatives following the death of Sherin Mathews.
State: End parental rights for kids of Sumpter couple
The Sumpter Township couple charged in the death of the woman's 4-year-old daughter will go to trial on a state's petition to have their parental rights severed for a younger child the couple share.
A pre-trial hearing on the state's petition was held for Candice Renea Diaz, 24, and her boyfriend Brad Edward Fields, 28, before Wayne County Juvenile Court Judge Edward Joseph.
Fetal homicide, parental rights bills take effect Jan. 1
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new law allowing murder charges to be brought against those who cause the death of a fetus is among those taking effect on Jan. 1 in New Hampshire.
Nearly 40 other states already have fetal homicide laws. New Hampshire's version would allow fetuses that have reached 20 weeks after conception to be considered victims of murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide or assisted suicide.
Consent to kids at heart of gay couple’s child support case
KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) — Attorneys for a divorced lesbian couple fighting over child support in a closely watched case agreed Thursday that consent to having a baby together is a crucial issue but disagreed over whether both spouses gave it.
A woman wants to sever her parental rights to a child her ex-wife gave birth to while she was deployed with the military and is asking the Hawaii Supreme Court to overturn a family court ruling denying that request.
The Latest: Gay couple disagrees over consent to have child
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a child support battle between a divorced lesbian couple in Hawaii (all times local):
Attorneys for a divorced lesbian couple agree that consent to having a baby together is a crucial issue in their child support dispute but disagree over whether both spouses gave it.
The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in a case that national gay rights advocates say they're paying close attention to.
Mississippi woman seeks parental rights in same-sex divorce
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A woman asked the Mississippi Supreme Court on Wednesday to award her parental rights to the child her ex-wife had given birth to, arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court had ordered equality for same-sex couples when it authorized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.
The Latest: Court weighs parent rights in same-sex divorce
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Mississippi court case where a woman is seeking parental rights along with her ex-wife (all times local):
A lawyer for a woman seeking parental rights to a 6-year-old boy told the Mississippi's Supreme Court that it must rule in her favor after the U.S. Supreme Court authorized same-sex marriage nationwide.
Same-sex parental rights case reaches top Mississippi court
PEARL, Miss. (AP) — A lesbian couple who had a son through in-vitro fertilization and later divorced will argue over whether the woman who didn't give birth should have status as a legal parent.
The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the case Wednesday on whether 44-year-old Chris Strickland should be listed as the legal parent of now-6-year-old Zayden Strickland.