RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina agency is assuming control temporarily of a portion of a county department of social services after an investigation revealed a systemic lack of adequate training, supervision and capacity to deliver appropriate child welfare services.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Friday allowed the state to investigate parents of transgender youth for child abuse while also ruling in favor of one family that was among the first contacted by child welfare officials following an order by Republican Gov.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tentative $32 million settlement has been reached with Los Angeles County in a lawsuit over its child welfare agency’s supervision of a boy who allegedly was abused to death by his mother and her boyfriend, attorneys announced Wednesday.
GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has held the state’s child welfare agency in contempt for the second time this year, according to a published report.
For family law attorney Robin Frank, defending parents at one of their lowest points — when they risk losing their children — has never been easy.
The job is never easy, but in the past she knew what she was up against when squaring off against child protective services in family court.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A contracted Los Angeles County counselor who failed to report suspected abuse of two young boys who later died has received four years of probation from a state licensing board.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' data protection watchdog imposed a record 3.7 million euro ($4 million) fine Tuesday on the country's tax office for unlawfully processing and storing personal information in a “black list” used to detect fraud.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills has signed into law a bill that strengthens the Office of the Child Welfare Ombudsman following several highly publicized deaths of children in June.
The governor sponsored the bill that was one of several child welfare enhancements proposed after the deaths of four children.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday trimmed $51.8 million in spending from the new state budget that lawmakers sent him last week before signing the rest of the package into law.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that state officials were wrong to put a woman who legally used medical marijuana while pregnant on an employment-related list indicating she had neglected a child through prenatal exposure of her infant.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott put in motion abuse investigations into the parents of some transgender kids, child welfare supervisor Randa Mulanax said what happened next strayed from normal protocols.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Maltreatment was a factor in the death last year of a 5-year-old child from West Warwick, Rhode Island child welfare authorities said Thursday.
The child died Sept. 18, according to a statement from Department of Children, Youth and Families spokesperson Kerri White.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers took aim Wednesday at reversing the state's chronically high rates for child abuse and neglect, passing a sweeping measure to bolster prevention and oversight efforts.
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Five candidates are in the running to become the next leader of a south Louisiana school district.
The Terrebonne Parish School Board will decide Tuesday which candidate will replace Philip Martin as superintendent.
A Texas court on Wednesday tossed out the state's appeal of an order preventing child welfare officials from investigating the parents of a transgender teenager over gender-confirming care the youth received.
HOUSTON (AP) — The nation’s largest pediatric hospital has announced it has stopped gender-affirming therapies after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state’s child welfare agency to investigate reports of gender-confirming care for kids as abuse.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts child welfare authorities are pledging to improve communication and cooperation with their counterpart agencies in other New England states in response to the disappearance of a New Hampshire girl who was 5 when she went missing.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to review a case involving a federal law that gives Native Americans preference in adoptions of Native children.
The high court said Monday it would take the case that presents the most significant legal challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act since it was passed in 1978.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are considering a proposal to limit the workload of child and family services caseworkers to try to prevent burnout.
Democratic Rep. Colleen Madigan of Waterville proposed the change, which she said is designed to help caseworkers within the Office of Child and Family Services and children they serve.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative committee has approved of a host of changes to the state's child welfare services ombudsman program.
The ombudsman program is designed to function as an independent connection between the public and the state's child protection system.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers moved ahead Friday with a plan to review the state's procurement practices after facing multi-million-dollar problems with a child welfare provider that overpromised and under-delivered.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the state's child welfare agency to investigate reports of gender-confirming care for kids as abuse, a directive that opponents say is a first by any governor over GOP efforts to restrict transgender rights.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has held the state's child welfare agency in contempt for not providing enough staff and resources to manage caseloads, according to a published report.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's child welfare system plans to emphasize abuse prevention and family education services aimed at keeping children safely in their homes, rather than putting them in foster care, if at all possible, under a plan recently approved by the federal government.
Gov. Janet Mills wants to strengthen the office of child welfare ombudsman, hire more child welfare workers to fill critical gaps and expand family support following a jump in child deaths.
The proposals announced Monday address child welfare recommendations after recorded child deaths doubled last year.
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman alleges that a hospital tested her for drugs without her consent before she gave birth, resulting in a false positive for opiates that she attributes to a poppy seed cake but which led to months of monitoring by state child welfare workers.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government said Thursday it is repatriating five women from Syria who are suspected of terror offenses, along with their 11 children.
The justice and foreign ministers said in a letter to Parliament that a “special operation” was underway to bring the women and children back to the Netherlands.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Child deaths in Maine saw an increase last year, making 2021 the year with the highest recorded number of deaths in the state dating back to 2007, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services said.
Connecticut's state auditors issued a report Wednesday detailing numerous problems they found with record-keeping and oversight at the state Department of Children and Families.
Those include a failure to properly monitor outside agencies who are placing children with serious behavioral or mental health issues in foster care.
The latest national child welfare report shows an increase in the number of Black children who died, even though fewer abuse-related fatalities were investigated in the yearlong period that included the first several months of the pandemic.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Flags at Illinois state office buildings were lowered for three days to honor a child welfare worker who was stabbed to death this month.
A Rhode Island man who is believed to have fled the U.S. and faked his own death to evade prosecution for rape and financial fraud has been arrested in Scotland after being hospitalized with COVID-19, authorities said.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are seeking answers after the killing last week of a state child welfare worker during a home visit — the second such tragedy to occur in less than five years.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers officially received this week a report from an oversight body for Maine's child services that includes summaries of the “substantial issues” the office found in the cases it investigated in 2021.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois child welfare worker was stabbed to death during a home visit in a town south of Springfield, authorities said.
Diedre Silas, 36, an investigator for the state Department of Children and Family Services, was conducting a welfare check Tuesday on children living in the home in Thayer when she was stabbed, according to Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell.
CHOCTAW, Miss. (AP) — A Native American child welfare advocate will be the keynote speaker in February at an annual conference hosted by Mississippi's only federally recognized Native American tribe.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The number of children under the care of Connecticut's child welfare agency trails the number children statewide when it comes to getting vaccinated for COVID-19, according to recently released figures.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A child welfare provider that struggled financially as it served Omaha-area families was plagued with mounting debt, poor money management and other problems even before it won a Nebraska state contract, according to an audit by the group's home state of Kansas.
HARRISBURG, PA (AP) — The former director of a county welfare agency in northeastern Pennsylvania was sentenced Wednesday to probation and house arrest after previously pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of children when she concealed abuse allegations to cut down a backlog of cases.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's use of a private contractor to help care for neglected and abused children in the Omaha area has been plagued with problems, including high worker turnover, inadequate funding and a lack of direction, according to a legislative report released Wednesday.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Lawrence attorney will be the first director of the Division of the Child Advocate, which was created in October to improve the state's child welfare system, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Thursday.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.N. Commission on Refugees and a private foundation announced a sort of foster-care program Friday to place about 120 unaccompanied minor migrants with Mexican families for up to two years.
CHICAGO (AP) — The death of 3-year-old boy who died after plunging from the 17th floor window of a Chicago apartment building is being investigated by police and child welfare officials, authorities said.
WATKINS, Colo. (AP) — On the treeless flatlands east of Denver, in a field of yellow-brown weeds that feels like the middle of nowhere, sits an empty campus with seven dormitories, 500 beds, a cafeteria, a gym and a football field.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The head of a watchdog office within the state's children's welfare agency said that despite ongoing scrutiny, little has changed to address what she told lawmakers were deep-seated problems.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A facility that the state paid $80 million to provide safe foster homes for children is under a criminal investigation after children were found living in “disgusting and deplorable" conditions, a Florida sheriff said.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A leading Nebraska senator who helps create the state budget said Wednesday that he's already getting requests for how to spend the state's share of federal pandemic relief money, and he's expecting a lot more.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The number of Oregon children in foster care has fallen nearly 20% since January 2020, the biggest prolonged decline on record.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the state had the fewest children in state care at the end of September — just 5,552 — since at least 2006, the earliest year for which the state human services agency has data.