Latest Child welfare News

Western Illinois Head Start program receives $2.6M

Aug. 20, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois early education program will receive $2.6 million in federal funding. The grant for West Central Community Services was announced Monday. The money will benefit the agency's Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Knox, Warren and Henderson counties. The...

Former foster care youths targeted in college campus plan

Aug. 19, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

BLAIR, Neb. (AP) — A banker who leads a nonprofit wants to transform an old college campus in eastern Nebraska into a place where former foster care youths could live and learn trades. The former Dana College campus in Blair would become a holistic site where foster youths who have aged out of state...

Maryland man finds newborn baby abandoned in woods

Aug. 19, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland say a passerby found a newborn baby girl abandoned in a wooded area, and they've now identified the mother. News outlets report Montgomery County Police responded to a call about a newborn baby found in Silver Spring, Maryland, Friday evening. In a statement ,...

Get to work, kids _ but Illinois says get a permit first

Aug. 19, 2019 6:37 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Get to work, kids — but get a permit first. The Illinois Department of Labor is reminding teenagers younger than 16 to obtain a work permit to work legally. Michael Kleinik (KLYE'-nihk) is director of the Illinois Department of Labor. He says child labor laws are meant to...

Doctors say new rule will mean sicker immigrants

Aug. 18, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Diabetics skipping regular checkups. Young asthmatics not getting preventive care. A surge in expensive emergency room visits. Doctors and public health experts warn of poor health and rising costs they say will come from sweeping Trump administration changes that would deny green cards to...

Hawaii school board approves misconduct code revisions

Aug. 17, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii school board has voted to elevate the seriousness of high school bullying and harassment as disciplinary offenses, officials said. The Hawaii state Board of Education passed a revised misconduct code Thursday that included making bullying, cyberbullying and harassment Class A...

Airstrikes on Syrian rebel stronghold kill family of 7

Aug. 17, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government and Russian airstrikes pounded the southern edge of a rebel stronghold in Syria's northwest on Saturday, killing at least seven members of one family, activists and a war monitor reported. The intense airstrikes were coupled with fierce ground clashes as the government, backed by...

Native American teen's identity omitted in adoption records

Aug. 17, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Calonna Carlisle's bright blue bedroom in the Twin Cities suburb of Lakeville is draped in gymnastics medals and pageant sashes, including one from the time she was in the Miss Black Minnesota competition. On display is a porcelain Native American doll from a trip to South Dakota....

UN expert: Executions in Iran among the world's highest

Aug. 16, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children. Javaid...

Claims: Migrant children molested in U.S.-funded foster care

Aug. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — This story is part of an ongoing joint investigation between The Associated Press and the PBS series FRONTLINE on the treatment of migrant children, which includes an upcoming film. ___ Dozens of families separated at the border as part of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy...