Latest Child welfare News

Pennsylvania government watchdog to probe teen's murder

Apr. 17, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

A Pennsylvania state government watchdog agency has launched an investigation into the horrific case of a 14-year-old girl who had extensive contact with the child welfare system before her 2016 rape, torture and murder, a lawmaker who requested the review announced Wednesday. The Office of State Inspector...

Pennsylvania House OKs new child sex abuse reporting rules

Apr. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives moved Wednesday to toughen penalties for people who do not report suspicions about repeated child sexual abuse and make it explicit that nondisclosure terms in contracts cannot prevent people from talking to police in child molestation...

Parents charged in suspected starvation death of 2-month-old

Apr. 17, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the 2017 starvation death of her 2-month-old daughter. Court records say 28-year-old Janet Ringer was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to one count of neglect. Ringer and the baby's father, William Moss, were...

Judge wants faster identification of separated families

Apr. 16, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge said Tuesday it appeared the Trump administration could identify potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the border in much less time than the one to two years officials want to complete the work, though he was reluctant to impose a deadline....

Police: Welfare agency had reports on couple whose son died

Apr. 16, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Child welfare authorities had received abuse reports about a Wichita couple whose 3-year-old son was found dead in a crib at their mobile home where a baby also was found in critical condition, according to police. Capt. Brent Allred provided no details Monday on the Kansas Department...

Columbine survivors send kids to schools altered by attack

Apr. 16, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Dropping her kids off at school used to be the hardest part of Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson's day. She would cry most mornings as they left the car and relied on texted photos from their teachers to make it through the day. Now, the mother of four — and Columbine shooting survivor —...

AP-NORC Poll: Most believe schools have become less safe

Apr. 16, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting made practicing for armed intruders as routine as fire drills, many parents have only tepid confidence in the ability of schools to stop a gunman, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research....

Oregon foster care system targeted in federal lawsuit

Apr. 16, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's foster care system has failed to shield children from abuse and they are sometimes forced to stay in refurbished jail cells and homeless shelters, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The 77-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court details stories of foster children being...

Faith-based adoption agency sues after Michigan settlement

Apr. 15, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed the lawsuit in western Michigan's U.S. District Court on...

Dutch fertility doctor may have more than 49 children

Apr. 15, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Martijn van Halen has every right to be angry at Jan Karbaat. The Dutch fertility doctor lied to his parents and used his own sperm to inseminate Van Halen's mother. But, somehow, the 39-year-old Dutch landscape gardener doesn't seem to harbor too much resentment. "Of course,...