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Correction: Reckoning-Where Are They Now story

Nov. 27, 2019 4:25 PM EST

In a story sent Oct. 4 and 5 about clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse living with little to no oversight from authorities, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Massachusetts does not have a public database of teacher licenses. The state added a...

Texas archdiocese challenges LGBT anti-discrimination rights

Nov. 15, 2019 3:20 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas archdiocese wants to become a foster care provider, but only if it can be exempt from adhering to federal safeguards against anti-LGBT discrimination. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is joining the Texas Attorney General’s office and the Department of Family and...

US held record number of migrant children in custody in 2019

Nov. 12, 2019 11:34 AM EST

COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father's arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won't even look at him. After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, the once...

US held nearly 70,000 migrant kids in custody in 2019

Nov. 12, 2019 12:20 AM EST

COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father's arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won't even look at him. After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, she...

Court to rehear law on adoptions of Native American children

Nov. 7, 2019 12:41 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court announced Thursday that it will take a second look at an emotionally fraught lawsuit governing the adoption of Native American children. In August, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. It was a...

Oklahoman hopes rulings end murder case of missing brother

Nov. 5, 2019 9:17 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man who says his aunt and uncle subjected him and his brother to years of physical and verbal abuse is praying the couple doesn't further appeal their first-degree murder convictions in the 2006 disappearance of his 9-year-old sibling. T.J. Sloane said his parents were...

Rule would let faith-based groups exclude LGBT parents

Nov. 1, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday proposed a rule that would allow faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to continue getting taxpayer funding even if they exclude LGBT families and others from their services based on religious beliefs. The announcement generated a sharp backlash...

Fewer US children in foster care; first drop since 2012

Oct. 24, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of children in the U.S. foster care system has dropped for the first time since 2012, stemming a surge that was linked to substance abuse by parents, according to new federal data released on Thursday. The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services counted...

Bevin lays out priorities in second term if he's reelected

Oct. 23, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Offering a glimpse into what a second term would look like, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said Wednesday that his top priorities would echo themes he's emphasized since taking office — topped by fixing the state's chronic pension problems. The Republican governor told a gathering...

Ohio plans to increase payments to relatives caring for kids

Oct. 23, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio plans to increase payments to approved relatives caring for children who were taken from their parents even when the family members aren't licensed caregivers, as more kids are being removed from their homes amid the opioid crisis. The increased payments, ordered by a court and...