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Foster mom faces losing 3-year-old boy she wants to adopt

Jun. 27, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — The first time he arrived on her doorstep, the boy had a fever and a runny nose. Tears lined his blue eyes. Just 15 months old, he already had lived in more than half a dozen foster homes and was distressed. He repeatedly reached out to be held by new foster mom, Deborah Marlet, but...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Turning to a topic that generally bridges partisan divides, President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at strengthening child-welfare programs nationwide, Child welfare has not been a high-profile issue for Trump, but Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar hailed the executive order as a step toward “bold reforms.”  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump signs order to strengthen US child welfare system

Jun. 24, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tackling a lower-profile issue for the White House, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at strengthening child-welfare programs nationwide. It comes as child-protection agencies across the U.S. struggle with effects related to the coronavirus pandemic. Health...

Lawsuit: Teen screamed 'I can't breathe' during restraint

Jun. 22, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A civil lawsuit filed Monday following the death of a 16-year-old in a Michigan youth facility says he screamed “I can’t breathe” as at least one staff member placed their weight on the Black teen’s chest for nearly 10 minutes. The lawsuit filed in...

State ending ties with company after teen's restraint, death

Jun. 22, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the state’s Department of Health and Human Services to no longer work with a company that provided staffing for a facility where a 16-year-old died this year while being wrongly restrained. Whitmer said in a statement late Saturday that...

In this Friday, May 14, 2020 photo, Robert Ellington with HALOS nonprofit drops off diapers to a family in need in North Charleston, S.C. Advocates worry that elevated family stress, increased financial burdens and extended school closures mean that many children across South Carolina remain.  (Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post And Courier via AP)

Advocates change how they help at-risk kids during pandemic

Jun. 7, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Home is not always the safest place for children. Advocates worry that elevated family stress, increased financial burdens and extended school closures mean that many children across South Carolina remain at a high risk for abuse and neglect during the pandemic. The full extent of...

Kansas governor vetoes property tax bill, 2 other measures

Jun. 2, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has vetoed a property tax bill and two other measures approved by the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature. Kelly said in a statement Monday that each of the bills could create financial problems for state and local governments when they're stressed...

Interest in foster care rises as fewer kids enter the system

May. 20, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The number of children entering foster care in Minnesota has dropped significantly since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, yet the number of inquiries about becoming a foster parent has doubled, state officials say. Kim Young, a foster care specialist with MN Adopt, which works with...

Judge allows lawsuit against Indiana child welfare agency

May. 17, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A child advocacy group is praising a federal judge’s decision that allows most of a lawsuit to move forward accusing Indiana’s child welfare agency of inadequately protecting thousands of children in its care. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young’s Wednesday...

'God had other plans' for once-reluctant mom

May. 17, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — As her children ran out the backdoor, beneath the “Our Perfect Chaos” sign, Kelly Butler cradled her 6-month-old foster son and explained how she never planned on becoming a mother. “When I was a kid, I decided early on that I was going to be a lawyer. I knew what...

Indiana woman has been a `mother' to more than 400 children

May. 16, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Janice Wozniak has six cribs, one in every room of her ranch-style home, neatly stacked clothing in sizes infant to 5T and a basement full of toys. Wozniak, 73, is well-prepared for the job she has held over the last 45 years — providing foster care to 400 babies and toddlers....