Latest Child welfare News

Ombudsman calls for transparency in youth corrections

Aug. 22, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's child protection ombudsman has called for more oversight and transparency in youth correctional facilities after discovering a form of full-body restraint is still used on juveniles. The Denver Post reported Wednesday that a report by ombudsman Stephanie Villafuerte highlighted the...

Rebels claim downing US drone over Yemen

Aug. 21, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed they shot down a U.S. drone over the country's north, as a leading rights group said Wednesday the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis killed at least 47 Yemeni fishermen in bombing attacks on fishing boats last year. Yahia Sarie, a military spokesman for the...

Jury backs Nicholas Sparks in lawsuit by former school head

Aug. 21, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury sided Wednesday with novelist Nicholas Sparks and the private Christian school he founded in his North Carolina hometown, dismissing claims by the school's former headmaster that he was unjustly fired and then slandered by the author. Jurors spent about three hours...

Michigan woman pleads guilty in adoption scheme

Aug. 21, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan woman has pleaded guilty to fraud in a scheme to collect more than $260,000 from couples who wanted to adopt children. Tara Lee of New Haven wasn't licensed to arrange adoptions. Prosecutors said she sometimes matched more than one set of adoptive parents to...

Political commentator jailed for not paying child support

Aug. 21, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Conservative political commentator and former congressional candidate Steve Gill has been jailed in Tennessee after he allegedly failed to pay $170,000 in child support to his ex-wife as ordered by a judge. News outlets report Gill was booked into the Williamson County jail Tuesday...

The Latest: Vatican to wait before investigating Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court upholding the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 8 p.m. The Vatican says it will let Cardinal George Pell exhaust all his appeals of his sexual abuse convictions in Australia before taking up his case in its own canon...

Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a decision cheered by scores of abuse survivors and victims' advocates demonstrating outside the court. A unanimous...

Kentucky newspaper's series on abuse cited as 'wake-up call'

Aug. 21, 2019 1:49 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A charity group and others in Kentucky cited a local newspaper's investigative series on child abuse as a wake-up call for the state. The Courier Journal of Louisville reports Kosair Charities and others hosted an event Tuesday to call on the community to help combat the "epidemic."...

Suit alleges security guards had sex with Illinois students

Aug. 20, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges two security guards who worked at a public high school in suburban Chicago had sex with female students, and the school failed to adequately protect girls from purported predators. The 22-page suit says school officials knew or should have known the...

Dad 'empty' after 9-year-old Detroit girl killed by dogs

Aug. 20, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A man was in police custody Tuesday in connection with the death of a 9-year-old girl in Detroit who was mauled by three dogs despite efforts by neighbors and her own "heartbroken" father, who lamented that "she was gone when I reached her."  Emma Hernandez was riding her bike in an...