VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Vancouver, Washington, Police Department is investigating the death of a teen last November after court records show he died a week after child welfare authorities received a report from a family member that he was not being fed.
Cheri Williams looks back with regret at the start of her career as a child welfare caseworker in 1998. Systemic racism is a major reason why.
“I removed probably about 100 kids from their homes in the 15 months I was an investigator … a lot of them were children of color,” said Williams, who's now a vice president of one of the largest adoption and foster care agencies in the United States.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas child welfare officials said Wednesday they received three reports alleging abuse and neglect at a San Antonio coliseum that is holding more than 1,600 immigrant teenagers who crossed the southern border.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A troubled Kansas foster care management provider has reached an agreement with the state to repay $9.4 million in unspent grant funds.
The deal that the Kansas Department for Children and Families announced it had reached Tuesday with St. Francis Ministries comes on the heels of earlier controversies.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Monday approved banning gender confirming treatments for minors, sending the governor a restriction on transgender youth that has been criticized by medical and child welfare groups.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Monday advanced a measure to create a Kansas child advocate's position in the attorney general's office, rejecting a bipartisan alternative in a debate clouded by the 2022 governor's race.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to create the advocate's office to investigate complaints about the state's foster care system for abused and neglected children and to help lawmakers provide oversight. The measure goes next to the Senate.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Biden administration is not requiring FBI fingerprint background checks of caregivers at its rapidly expanding network of emergency sites to hold thousands of immigrant teenagers, alarming child welfare experts who say the waiver compromises safety.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Two married high school teachers were arrested this week after authorities said they repeatedly gave students marijuana and smoked it with them at their Florida home.
An investigation by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office found James Brand, 50, and Amy O-Reilly Brand, 45, consumed marijuana with students at their home on multiple occasions. No criminal activity took place on school grounds.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman charged with killing her 4-year-old son had recently contacted state child welfare officials to report that someone may have harmed the boy, according to the state Department of Children and Families.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Neglect contributed to the deaths of two young girls in a fire at a Providence home in December, state child welfare officials said Friday.
The girls, ages 2 and 7, died from injuries suffered in the Dec. 22 fire, authorities said.
As a result the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families investigated.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A House committee on Monday approved a bill that would create an independent agency to oversee Kansas' foster care system.
The House Children and Seniors Committee advanced the bill creating the Office of the Child Advocate to investigate complaints and track child welfare agencies, primarily the state Department for Children and Families, which oversees the foster care system.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A bill to create a task force to develop a comprehensive roadmap for remedying the plight of missing and murdered African American women and girls won unanimous approval Friday in its first hearing before the Minnesota Legislature.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New data from New Mexico shows that the southern portion of the state continues to lag behind the rest of the state in child poverty and welfare.
The 2020 New Mexico Kids Count Data Book was released to provide state legislators child welfare data and showed that the state is still 48th in child poverty among U.S. states.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When social workers in Oregon’s foster care system sent a 14-year-old to Utah, they were trying to find a place that could help. But instead the girl, who has an intellectual and developmental disability, endured an increasingly difficult stay at Provo Canyon School.
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Certain statements made by two former child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving a 5-year-old boy who was later beaten to death cannot be used in their criminal prosecutions, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office said.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The death of a vocal critic of Rhode Island’s child care system last year still appears to be an open question.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his entire Cabinet resigned Friday to take political responsibility for a scandal involving investigations into child welfare payments that wrongly labeled thousands of parents as fraudsters.
In a nationally televised speech, Rutte said he had informed King Willem-Alexander of his decision and pledged that his government would continue work to compensate affected parents as quickly as possible and to battle the coronavirus.
NEW YORK (AP) — Top officials overseeing child welfare at the Department of Health and Human Services say they’ve seen no solid evidence to bear out warnings that serious forms of child abuse would surge during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lynn Johnson, HHS assistant secretary for children and families, and Jerry Milner, associate commissioner of HHS’ Children’s Bureau, spoke with The Associated Press on Thursday, shortly before they leave their jobs amid the change in administrations.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A woman who padlocked a 7-year-old girl in a dog cage in the basement of an Ohio home has been sentenced to three years in prison.
A judge imposed the sentence Monday after Lillian Cottrell, 29, of Canton, pleaded guilty to child endangerment. Her boyfriend, Derek Mayle, 30, of Canton, faces the same charge and is scheduled to stand trial in March.
SEATTLE (AP) — Foster youth in Washington state have spent more nights in hotel rooms while overall reports of child abuse and neglect declined during the coronavirus pandemic, a report said.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s child welfare agencies on Thursday will jockey with other state departments for slim funding as they present their spending requests to state lawmakers to continue funding childcare and child protection efforts.
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man accused of trying to throw a Molotov cocktail at a child welfare office has been sentenced to four years and seven months in federal prison.
Tommy Lee Holt, 27, was sentenced Friday in Ocala federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in June to possession of an unregistered destructive device in the form of an incendiary bomb.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As New Mexico experiences a rise in deaths and infections related to the coronavirus, education and child welfare officials are working to locate 12,000 students who have stopped attending public school and haven't notified the state about their next move.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Any efforts in New Mexico to build a successful early childhood education system will depend on the state’s ability to prevent child neglect and abuse, members of a task force on child well-being told state lawmakers Thursday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Child welfare officials in Rhode Island said Monday they're investigating after a teen was hospitalized.
The state Department of Children, Youth and Families said a 17-year-old girl from Lincoln was admitted to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence on Oct. 23.
The agency declined to say what prompted the hospital visit, but said a subsequent investigation determined "the child’s condition is likely to have been the result of maltreatment.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's child welfare agency has agreed to boost behavioral and health services for children in foster care and limit use of group homes for those children to settle a lawsuit filed by child advocacy groups.
The state Department of Child Services also will be required to monitor and limit workloads for front-line workers to ensure they can meet the needs of the more than 14,000 children in the state's care.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Child welfare monitoring and enforcement have been challenged by the coronavirus pandemic as teachers — the backbone of the abuse and neglect reporting system — are separated from their students by remote learning.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — A woman in western Pennsylvania is accused of taking nude photos of her young daughters and sending them to a man who, in some cases, paid for them, police said.
Police on Thursday charged the woman, the children's father and the man who received and bought the photos.
The girls are between 11 and 13 years old, police said.
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois child welfare worker who investigated allegations of abuse involving a 5-year-old boy who was later beaten to death pleaded not guilty Thursday to child endangerment and reckless conduct charges.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic candidate for the state House has filed an ethics complaint against her incumbent rival, accusing the lawmaker of failing to disclose conflicts of interest in contracts between an educational nonprofit she founded and child welfare agencies.
Karen Whitlock on Monday released copies of contracts and disclosure forms that she asserts show Republican state Rep. Rebecca Dow failed to disclose her role as a legislator as required by law.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican leaders want a newly-formed ethics commission to dismiss a complaint filed against one of their members shortly before the election by her Democratic opponent.
“Issuing an ethics complaint just weeks before the November election reveals the desperation of the progressive radicals. They are willing to taint a brand new ethics commission just to score a headline,” said House Republican Leader Jim Townsend, of Artesia.
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Two former Illinois child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving a 5-year-old boy allegedly killed months later by his parents face child endangerment charges accusing them of failing to protect the youngster from harm, according to an indictment filed Friday.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s Health Ministry said Tuesday that eight minors out of 60 on a deportation flight from the United States tested positive for COVID-19 after their arrival.
The ministry said Tuesday the teenagers were placed with child welfare authorities for treatment or observation.
The flight was carrying minors aged 11 to 17 and landed in Guatemala City Friday after taking off from Alexandria, Louisiana.
U.S. state and territorial governments say the opioid epidemic has cost them $630 billion since 2007 and that the cost could balloon to more than $2 trillion over the next 20 years.
Attorneys general for nearly every state and territory made that calculation public Monday in OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy case.
BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking a court order to stop the Kansas child welfare agency from releasing more information about a 3-year-old girl whose battered body was found after her father reported her missing.
The request comes despite a 2018 state law that aims to make such information more readily available when a child dies.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A legislative staffer who previously worked as a lobbyist and child advocate has been chosen as Nebraska's next inspector general for child welfare, officials announced Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tackling a lower-profile issue for the White House, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at strengthening child-welfare programs nationwide.
It comes as child-protection agencies across the U.S. struggle with effects related to the coronavirus pandemic.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — With schools closed and teachers unable to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect, child welfare agencies have lost some of their best eyes and ears during a stressful time for families who have lost jobs and are locked down together during the coronavirus pandemic.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has reached a settlement with foster youth and their advocates that will allow for the creation of a trauma response system for all children in state custody, officials said Thursday.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A committee has been formed in the West Virginia Senate to focus on upcoming legislation related to child welfare.
The Senate Select Committee on Children and Families, whose formation was announced Wednesday, will be led by Kanawha County Republican and Senate Majority Leader Tom Takubo.
The committee will focus on issues related to the state’s ongoing foster care crisis and substance abuse epidemic, the Senate said in a news release.
CHICAGO (AP) — The troubling scene inside the dingy Chicago apartment seems real: dangling exposed wires, open pill bottles near a sleeping baby and a kitchen strewn with dog feces and cockroaches.
But the mock apartment — with a lifelike infant doll, candles emitting foul smells and plastic insects — is part of a new simulation lab to train workers who investigate child abuse claims across Illinois.
CHICAGO (AP) — Police and Illinois' child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn't alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed.
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 son.
CHICAGO (AP) — Disturbing details emerged Thursday of the torture authorities say preceded the beating death of a 5-year-old Illinois boy who had extensive contact with child welfare workers, escalating scrutiny of a state agency already being reviewed because of the recent deaths of two other children.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the most significant legal challenge since it was enacted more than 40 years ago.
A federal judge in Texas ruled the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional, saying it is racially motivated and violates the equal protection clause.
MORRISVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A mother and her adult daughter killed five of their close relatives, including three children, and were found "disoriented" after child welfare authorities arrived for a surprise visit to their trashed apartment outside Philadelphia, police and prosecutors said Tuesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed.
Nearly every adult working with children in the U.S. — from nannies to teachers to coaches — has undergone state screenings to ensure they have no proven history of abusing or neglecting kids. One exception: thousands of workers at two federal detention facilities holding 3,600 migrant teens in the government's care, The Associated Press has learned.
The sights and sounds are wrenching: A boy's cries of "Papa! Papa!" for the father he had been separated from. Youngsters placed in chain-link cages in an old Texas warehouse. Parents begging to know what will happen to their children.
SEATTLE (AP) — Investigators said Monday they were examining "red flags" in a Washington state family's past in hopes of explaining why their SUV went off a 100-foot cliff in an apparent suicide plunge.
The wreckage was discovered last week on rocks along the coast near Mendocino, California, a few days after child welfare authorities in Washington began investigating whether the children were being abused or neglected.