Latest Child welfare News

Professor gets new job after pedophilia research caused stir

May. 15, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A professor whose research on pedophilia created a stir at Old Dominion University in Virginia has landed a new job with Johns Hopkins University’s Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. Allyn Walker stepped down from ODU in November after they...

State to take over social services in North Carolina county

May. 14, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina agency is assuming control temporarily of a portion of a county department of social services after an investigation revealed a systemic lack of adequate training, supervision and capacity to deliver appropriate child welfare services. On...

Mixed Texas ruling allows trans youth parent investigations

May. 13, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Friday allowed the state to investigate parents of transgender youth for child abuse while also ruling in favor of one family that was among the first contacted by child welfare officials following an order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. ...

'From crisis to death': Probing teen's last, desperate hours

May. 13, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — “Y’all here to protect me,” the youth asked the officers, beseechingly. “Right?” The 17-year-old’s foster father, unable to deal with a teen who seemed to be in the throes of schizophrenia, had called Wichita police. When they arrived, Cedric...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 13, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ New Tennessee abortion pill law...

UN: Ukraine war is `child rights crisis' with school attacks

May. 12, 2022 20:18 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The war in Ukraine is a “child rights crisis” where education is under attack, nearly 100 youngsters have been killed in just the last month, and millions more have been forced to flee their homes, the U.N. children’s agency said Thursday. Omar Abdi,...

Police: Woman fatally shoots her 2 kids, self in Oregon

May. 12, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon mother fatally shot her children, ages 6 and 8, before killing herself, police said, and court documents show the woman was headed to trial next month in a bitter and lengthy custody dispute with her ex-partner. The mother who killed herself, Ashley...

'This tears my soul apart': A Ukrainian boy and a killing

May. 12, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) — As he listened to his father die, the boy lay still on the asphalt. His elbow burned where a bullet had pierced him. His thumb stung from being grazed. Another killing was in progress on a lonely street in Bucha, the community on the outskirts of Ukraine’s...

Idaho hospital sues Ammon Bundy and associate for defamation

May. 11, 2022 22:33 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho hospital that went on lockdown in March after far-right activists protested outside is suing Ammon Bundy, Diego Rodriguez and their various political organizations for defamation and “sustained online attacks." St. Luke's Health System filed the...

Tentative $32M settlement in abuse death of California boy

May. 11, 2022 18:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tentative $32 million settlement has been reached with Los Angeles County in a lawsuit over its child welfare agency’s supervision of a boy who allegedly was abused to death by his mother and her boyfriend, attorneys announced Wednesday. The settlement in the...