Latest Child welfare News

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...

Cyberattack downs city computers in site of Navy attack

Dec. 9, 2019 1:33 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating a cyberattack on the city of Pensacola, Florida, home to the naval air station where a Saudi flight student killed three sailors and wounded eight others on Friday. "I can confirm the city of Pensacola has experienced a cyberattack and we've...

US Catholic priests describe turmoil amid sex abuse crisis

Dec. 9, 2019 1:14 PM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due...

In US schools, resource officers woven into daily life

Dec. 8, 2019 10:47 AM EST

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — An imposing presence in uniform at 6-foot-5, Officer Will Chapman towers over students in the halls of Newtown Middle School, but he tries to be as approachable as possible. The school resource officer known as “Officer Will” aims to been seen by each student at least...

Infant who died in upstate NY was under supervision by CPS

Dec. 7, 2019 1:19 PM EST

COHOES, N.Y. (AP) — A 6-week-old baby who died this week in upstate New York, possibly after ingesting methamphetamine, was under the supervision of child protective services, police said. The infant, named Eli Ojeda-Harmon, was under the supervision of Rensselaer County Child Protective Services as the...

Bible Release Program stirs impassioned debate

Dec. 7, 2019 1:15 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At Wednesday evening’s Board of Education work session in the City County Building’s Large Assembly Room, nearly every seat on the floor was filled. And most stayed as the board worked through a long agenda, discussing contracts, grants, the minutiae of a proposed...

Airstrikes in northwest Syria kill at least 18 people

Dec. 7, 2019 1:13 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes on areas in the last major rebel stronghold in northwest Syria on Saturday killed at least 18 people, including women and children, and wounded others as a three-month truce crumbles, opposition activists said. The airstrikes on Idlib province have intensified over the past few...

Elementary school stands against a tide of poverty

Dec. 7, 2019 8:44 AM EST

LEECHBURG, Pa. (AP) — David M. Keibler wanted his dissertation to mean something more than a fancy title and degree. The Alle-Kiski Valley community he served had crashed from stable jobs to few jobs — from widely comfortable to suddenly not. A grim uptick in poverty had created new hardships that...

‘Cuddlists’ hug and spoon clients in nonsexual sessions

Dec. 7, 2019 8:43 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ivy Dremon opens the door to her South Philadelphia apartment and greets the stranger she will be cuddling for the next hour. “I’m super-excited,” Dremon, 24, a professional “cuddlist,” tells her visitor, Rashida, a 42-year-old divorced mother of two...

Abandoned baby giraffe befriended by dog in Africa dies

Dec. 6, 2019 3:03 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A baby giraffe that was befriended by a dog after he was abandoned in the wild has died, a South African animal orphanage said Friday. “Our team is heartbroken,” the orphanage said. Jazz the giraffe collapsed after hemorrhaging in the brain, The Rhino Orphanage said in a...