SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than half of substantiated California child abuse reports in recent years were not in the state's database, which could result in child abusers being allowed to care for children, state auditors said Tuesday.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday that social services workers will receive a 15% pay increase by tapping funds from existing vacant positions after such efforts failed in the Legislature.
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.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Social Services are working to expand the number of regional behavioral health facilities across the state.
The state received $15 million in federal stimulus funding to support the expansion, which was approved by legislators and included in the department's overall budget.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's social services agency secretary said Thursday he intends for employees in the state's foster care system to get 15% raises, after lawmakers essentially gutted a bill to provide the increases.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas are advancing a measure to prevent the governor from entering into legal agreements that change state election practices without getting prior approval from the GOP-controlled Legislature or its top leaders.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposal from Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration to split the state Department of Health and Social Services into two agencies will take effect later this year unless lawmakers this month vote to reject the idea.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The government of Sweden sought Friday to discredit claims that Swedish social service agencies kidnap Muslim children, saying the allegations “are wrong" and are "seriously misleading and aim to create tensions and spread mistrust.”
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis encouraged tax collectors on Monday to keep working to redistribute wealth and fund social services that help the poor, saying their efforts are a “guarantee of equality” that helps the common good.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Officials in a southwest Louisiana parish have announced a new task force to fight human trafficking.
“No town is immune to human trafficking or sex trafficking," Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said Thursday in a news release announcing formation of the SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The agency that oversees refugee resettlement in South Dakota says there has been a noticeable decline in the number of people resettling in the state over the last few years.
South Dakota welcomed 52 refugees in 2021, compared to 439 in 2016, according the Lutheran Social Services' annual report on resettlement.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday announced new leaders for the Revenue and Social Services department.
The governor named fellow Republican state Rep. Wayne Wallingford to be the next director of the Department of Revenue starting Jan.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services said Wednesday that a second case of the COVID-19 omicron variant has been detected in the state.
The agency said the individual is an Anchorage resident who traveled domestically out of state this month.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden appeared determined Tuesday to return to the negotiating table with Sen. Joe Manchin, the holdout Democrat who effectively tanked the party's signature $2 trillion domestic policy initiative with his own jarring year-end announcement.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration plans again to pursue splitting the state health department into two after a similar proposal was withdrawn earlier this year for additional work.
NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker has been charged with giving alcohol to a teenage girl and using his position to try to influence a Social Services investigation.
State Rep. Rick Martin was indicted Friday by a Newberry County Grand Jury on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misconduct in office, according to state Attorney General Alan Wilson.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear awarded a 10% pay raise Wednesday to Kentucky's social service workers, hoping to halt the loss of frontline employees demoralized by low salaries and bulging workloads serving vulnerable children and adults.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The 13 Southern California siblings rescued three years ago from horribly abusive conditions that included being locked in their home for years, shackled to beds and starved by their parents have been failed at different points by a social services system that was supposed to help them transition to new lives, according to an investigation by ABC News.
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 100,000 New York City schoolchildren were homeless at some point during the 2020-2021 school year, a 42% increase since 2010, according to a report released Monday by the group Advocates for Children.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A fire at a Missouri state-leased office building caused more than $2.5 million in damage, a report released by the State Fire Marshal's Office on Friday shows.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats added a new paid family leave program, immigrant work permits and a state-and-local tax break to President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion social services and environmental bill Wednesday, reviving key priorities in the rush to finish up and start voting after dismal overnight election results.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — No one was injured in a Monday night fire that destroyed a Missouri state office building, Gov. Mike Parson's office said Tuesday.
The Department of Social Services' Jefferson City building was empty when firefighters arrived Monday, according to Parson's office.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' idea for a new billionaires’ tax to help pay for President Joe Biden's social services and climate change plan quickly ran into criticism as too cumbersome with some lawmakers preferring the original plan of simply raising the top tax rates on corporations and the wealthy.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held a rally at the West Virginia Capitol on Sunday to pressure U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to support President Joe Biden's package of social services and climate change strategies, according to a news release.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A deal within reach, President Joe Biden and Congress’ top Democrats edged close to sealing their giant domestic legislation, though the informal deadline appeared to slip as they worked to scale back the measure and determine how to pay for it.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's social services agency says it is now paying more money to providers in the program that subsidizes child care for low-income families.
The state's Department of Social Services announced Wednesday that the agency has set up a new reimbursement rate structure for the SC Voucher program.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Democrats are hurriedly reworking key aspects of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion domestic policy plan, trimming the social services and climate change programs and rethinking new taxes on corporations and the wealthy to pay for a scaled-back package.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will send a team to Guam to investigate why so many COVID-19 patients arrive at the island's hospitals dead.
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — In an abrupt change, the White House on Wednesday floated new plans to pay for parts of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion social services and climate change package, shelving a proposed big increase in corporate tax rates though also adding a new billionaires' tax on the investment gains of the very richest Americans.
More than a dozen Senate Democrats are imploring President Joe Biden and congressional leaders to keep a national paid family leave program in his sweeping social services and climate change package.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Washington's enduring question: What does Joe Manchin want?
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Washington's enduring question: What does Joe Manchin want?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is entering a crucial two weeks for his ambitious agenda, racing to conclude contentious congressional negotiations ahead of both domestic deadlines and a chance to showcase his administration’s accomplishments on a global stage.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Joe Biden will travel to Scranton on Wednesday, the White House said, as the Democrat works to rally support in Congress for a social services and climate change package that had been a 10-year, $3.5 trillion proposal.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned fellow Democrats on Thursday they “must put aside our differences” as the party struggles to coalesce around President Joe Biden's huge but now-scaled-back package of social services and climate change strategies.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Progressive leaders in Congress are warning colleagues against a “false choice” over what to keep or cut as Democrats scale back President Joe Biden's now-$2 trillion package of social services and climate change strategies.
With the calendar slipping toward a new deadline, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is warning that “difficult decisions must be made” to trim President Joe Biden’s expansive plans for reimagining the nation’s social service programs and tackling climate change.
LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's child welfare agency does not properly report children who are missing from foster care and does not follow protocols designed to ensure that foster children who are found do not go missing again, according to a federal report issued Thursday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Inundated by calls from people struggling to buy groceries after Hurricane Ida, Louisiana's social services agency received federal approval to stretch out the application period for disaster food stamps by three additional days to work through the backlog.
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix-based charitable trust's investments over the last 15 months did well and dozens of social service groups, arts organizations and other nonprofits still navigating fallout from the pandemic are now benefiting in a big way.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is one of four states, along with the District of Columbia, that won't be resettling any of the nearly 37,000 Afghan evacuees who made it to the U.S. during the final days of its chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan last month.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dozens of Afghan refugees will be resettled in Alaska over the next six months, a resettlement organization said Monday.
Between 50 to 100 refugees will come to Alaska starting in September, Catholic Social Services Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services said in a statement.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A task force established by West Virginia Gov. Justice has recommended that residents be able to access career, education and social services choices in one online location.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Del. Jeffrey Pack, who has been chair of the Health and Human Resources Committee, has been appointed to be commissioner of the new Bureau for Social Services, officials said.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The head of Indiana’s state health care and social services agency is leaving the position after more than four years and will be replaced by a top department official.
Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Dr.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island House of Representatives has approved a $13.1 billion state budget for the upcoming fiscal year that boosts support for affordable housing, social services and education without any broad-based tax increases.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former case worker with the Richmond Department of Social Services has pleaded guilty to mail fraud in connection with a scam that diverted more than $13,000 in benefits intended for a woman killed in a car crash, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers have proposed a $13.1 billion state budget for the upcoming fiscal year that boosts spending on social services and education.
The House Finance Committee proposal unveiled Thursday night is almost $2 billion bigger than Gov.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In another victory for religious groups at the Supreme Court, the justices on Thursday unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples.
Justice Samuel Alito called it a “wisp” of a decision — a Supreme Court ruling Thursday that favored Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia but was far from the constitutional gale wind that would have reshaped how courts interpret religious liberty under the First Amendment.