Latest Child welfare News

Panel's proposal to end grand jury reports draws opposition

Dec. 14, 2019 9:41 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state court system task force wants Pennsylvania to stop issuing grand jury reports, an idea that faces long odds in the Legislature, which would have to pass a new law to halt the practice. The Supreme Court-appointed task force, consisting of five lawyers and two judges, issued...

Cries of abuse in Catholic Church start to be heard in Japan

Dec. 14, 2019 2:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Japan, Harumi Suzuki stood where his motorcade passed by holding a sign that read: “I am a survivor.” Katsumi Takenaka stood at another spot, on another day, holding up his banner that read, “Catholic child sexual abuse in...

2 involved in A.J. Freund case no longer state workers

Dec. 13, 2019 5:50 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two child welfare workers at the center of an investigation four months before the death of a 5-year-old from Crystal Lake are no longer state employees, state officials confirmed Friday. The Chicago Tribune reports that Carlos Acosta and his former supervisor, Andrew Polovin, are...

Foster care, mental health, guns on DeWine's 2020 agenda

Dec. 13, 2019 2:37 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will soon propose “rather dramatic changes” to the foster care system and significant additional investment in mental health programs, he said Friday. It's part of his commitment to help every Ohioan reach their “God-given potential," the...

Justice Department awards nearly $38M to West Virginia

Dec. 13, 2019 2:00 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Department of Justice announced Friday that it has awarded nearly $38 million to West Virginia to fight crime and improve community safety. Almost $8 million of the award will be dedicated to supporting families and crime victims affected by the opioid crisis, a statement from...

Wyoming, tribe to work on child protection funding issues

Dec. 13, 2019 11:15 AM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Northern Arapaho leaders and state officials are looking for ways to improve a child protective services program that the tribe says needs more money from the state to be more effective. Gov. Mark Gordon and Northern Arapaho Tribe leaders met last week to discuss the tribe’s...

St. Louis-area dentist charged with threatening 3 judges

Dec. 13, 2019 10:32 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A former St. Louis-area dentist has been charged with threatening three judges involved in his divorce and child custody dispute. Jeffrey Reuter, 51, pleaded not guilty Thursday to three felony counts of interfering with a judicial officer. He was arrested Wednesday in Bonne Terre after...

Report: Mother of boy killed by subway was on way to shelter

Dec. 12, 2019 6:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a 2-year-old boy killed by a subway in Manhattan had been on her way to a homeless shelter in Harlem when her toddler slipped away from her. The New York Daily News reported Thursday that 20-year-old Shayla Showell had been carrying several bags after stopping at a Dollar Tree...

Don Draper, Eleven, Selina Meyer lead AP roles of the decade

Dec. 12, 2019 2:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Critics say we’re in an era called Peak TV, with hundreds of original scripted streaming, cable, and broadcast series competing for eyeballs. But even in a peak era some peak characters emerge. These are some of the fictional folk that we’ll look back respectfully when we...

Family files lawsuit over deadly New Mexico school shooting

Dec. 12, 2019 12:56 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The family of a New Mexico student who was killed when a gunman opened fire inside Aztec High School in 2017 is suing the school district and police, saying more could have been done to prevent the tragedy. Casey Jordan Marquez’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit last...