Proposal would help parents keep custody of troubled kids

Health 05/26/19, 15:44

A legislative proposal would allow Ohio parents to avoid an often heart-breaking decision: giving up custody of troubled children so they can receive desperately needed and expensive services.The amendment to Ohio's two-year budget is aimed at so-called "multisystem youths," those needing help from service agencies that cover disabilities, child welfare ...

Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case

U.S. 05/18/19, 15:46

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. Clarisa Figueroa is charged with killing 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. Chicago police ...

Study: Illinois sometimes brushes aside abuse allegations

U.S. 05/15/19, 07:20

Illinois' child welfare agency is so intent on keeping children with their parents even when they have strong evidence of abuse that it has sometimes left those children in grave danger, a study released Wednesday found.Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered the study of the Department of Children and Family Services' ...

Prosecutors try to revoke parental rights in Illinois case

U.S. 04/29/19, 17:24

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.JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr.'s younger son was taken into Illinois Department of Children and Family Services custody following the disappearance ...

Illinois agency’s timeline of interactions with slain boy

U.S. 04/26/19, 12:25

Illinois parents are facing murder charges in the beating death of their son, 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund, whose body was found wrapped in plastic and buried in a shallow grave. The family previously had interaction with state child welfare workers. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Friday ...

Illinois child welfare system under fire after boy’s death

U.S. 04/25/19, 18:20

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. Court documents allege Andrew "AJ" Freund's parents ...

Pennsylvania government watchdog to probe teen’s murder

U.S. 04/17/19, 16:50

A Pennsylvania state government watchdog agency has launched an investigation into the horrific case of a 14-year-old girl who had extensive contact with the child welfare system before her 2016 rape, torture and murder, a lawmaker who requested the review announced Wednesday.The Office of State Inspector General has agreed to ...

Police: Welfare agency had reports on couple whose son died

U.S. 04/16/19, 13:43

Child welfare authorities had received abuse reports about a Wichita couple whose 3-year-old son was found dead in a crib at their mobile home where a baby also was found in critical condition, according to police.Capt. Brent Allred provided no details Monday on the Kansas Department for Children and Families' ...

Man could get death in teen’s rape, murder, dismemberment

U.S. 03/15/19, 00:09

A Pennsylvania jury will decide on life or death for a Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty in the 2016 rape, murder and dismemberment of his girlfriend's teenage daughter. Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to all charges last month in a case that raised questions about the child welfare system's failure to ...

Appeals court hears case on adoptions of Native Americans

U.S. 03/13/19, 07:30

A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments Wednesday on a 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children.A federal district judge in Texas last year struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act in a victory for opponents, ...

Native American child welfare law faces biggest challenge

U.S. 03/12/19, 00:15

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 ...

Caregivers for 3600 migrant teens lack complete abuse checks

U.S. 12/07/18, 15:58

Nearly every adult who wants to work with children in the U.S. — from nannies to teachers — has undergone state screenings to ensure they have no proven history of abusing or neglecting kids. But The Associated Press has learned that a major exception is the staff at two federal ...

Melania Trump arrives in Ghana, 1st stop on Africa tour

Africa 10/02/18, 07:23

Melania Trump has arrived in Ghana to open her first major solo international trip as U.S. first lady.She landed in the capital of Accra on Tuesday morning after an overnight flight from Washington and was welcomed to the West African nation with dancing and drumming and schoolchildren waving mini U.S. ...

Update: Melania Trump departs Washington on Africa trip

U.S. 10/01/18, 21:03

The Latest on Melania Trump's trip to Africa (all times local): 6:20 p.m. First lady Melania Trump boards a plane, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Africa. Melania Trump heads for Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the ...

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