Latest Child welfare News

Adoptee's birth certificate reveals he knows birth father

Dec. 11, 2019 5:45 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Butler always knew he was adopted. His dad, Dennis, would tell him, “Look at all those other kids. They’re so unlucky. Their parents had to take what they got. We got to go and pick the best one.” Kevin’s life was fulfilled. He never dreamed of a reunion...

Fewer kids report sex abuse in US juvenile detention centers

Dec. 11, 2019 5:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new federal report has found the number of kids who say they have been sexually victimized in juvenile detention centers has dropped across the U.S. compared with past years. But remarkably high rates of sexual abuse persist in 12 facilities stretching from Oregon to Florida,...

Bullied fan’s T-shirt design helps raise $950K for nonprofit

Dec. 11, 2019 3:21 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sales of a University of Tennessee T-shirt designed by a bullied fourth-grade boy in Florida have raised over $950,000 for an anti-bullying organization. The fourth-grader had designed his own University of Tennessee logo to put over an orange T-shirt for his school’s...

Investigation: Hotel, restaurant to pay back nearly $88K

Dec. 11, 2019 7:08 AM EST

A U.S. Labor Department investigation has resulted in a hotel and restaurant in New Hampshire paying nearly $88,000 in back wages to 78 employees to resolve minimum wage and overtime violations, the department said Tuesday. Investigators say they found that the Arlington Hotel and Birch Bar and Bistro in...

Head of Mississippi foster care agency retiring in January

Dec. 10, 2019 6:30 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The leader of Mississippi's long-scrutinized foster care agency is retiring next month shortly after a new governor takes office. Jess Dickinson sent a letter to current Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday, saying that Jan. 16 will be his last day as commissioner of the Mississippi Department...

Fallen rights icon at UN court for Rohingya genocide case

Dec. 10, 2019 10:04 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Twenty-eight years to the day after Aung San Suu Kyi’s husband and sons accepted her Nobel Peace Prize while she remained under house arrest in Myanmar, the former pro-democracy icon appeared in a United Nations court ready to defend her country's army from allegations...

FBI: No link found between cyberattack and Navy base attack

Dec. 9, 2019 8:33 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The FBI said Monday it has found no signs of any link between a cyberattack on computer systems of a Florida Panhandle city and last week's attack at the naval air station there in which a Saudi flight student killed three sailors and wounded eight others. Officials in the city of...

Idaho child protection panels say they lack information

Dec. 9, 2019 7:53 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Those reviewing Idaho child protection cases say they are not getting access to all the documents required to do their work. Lawmakers last year created citizen review panels in each of the state’s seven health districts to review all child protection cases, The Idaho Press...

Mother donates organs of child killed in Thanksgiving crash

Dec. 9, 2019 5:31 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio mother donated the organs of the 18-month-old daughter she lost in a Thanksgiving Day car crash, the Springfield News-Sun reported Monday. Ciera Jones said that her toddler, Camiyah Carty, is a hero because of the lives being saved as a result of her death. The girl was...

Missouri settles lawsuit on foster kids on psychotropic meds

Dec. 9, 2019 1:59 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri will have to overhaul how it monitors children in foster care on psychotropic drugs as part of a settlement agreement finalized this past week. The settlement calls for the state to ramp up staff training and mandates regular check-ups for kids on psychotropic...