Latest Social services News

Once homeless teen gets full ride to Harvard

May. 23, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia teen Richard Jenkins used to sleep in a homeless shelter and was nicknamed "Harvard" by bullies for being a bookworm. Now, he is going to the same Ivy League school on a full scholarship. Jenkins attends Girard College, a boarding school in north Philadelphia, and is this...

A closer look at 10 arrested Saudi women's rights activists

May. 22, 2018 2:12 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's arrest of 10 women's rights advocates just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift the world's only ban on women driving is seen as the culmination of a steady crackdown on anyone perceived as a potential critic of the government. The group includes women...

California mom of 10 says social services visited years ago

May. 15, 2018 7:45 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — It's unclear whether any California government agencies had an opportunity to intervene in the years authorities claim 10 children suffered "horrific" abuse inside their suburban home. Their mother told reporters that social services interviewed the kids three years ago but nothing...

The Latest: Mother of tortured kids to face upgraded charges

May. 15, 2018 7:06 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on charges filed against California father accused of torturing children (all times local): 4 p.m.: Prosecutors say they will file nine counts of felony child abuse against the California mother of 10 children who officials say suffered long-term abuse in a filthy home....

Bevin announces apprenticeship program for social workers

May. 15, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has announced an apprenticeship program for aspiring social workers. Bevin says he believes the program to be just one of a few programs that target social workers. The program began earlier this year for high school students interested in social services...

Seattle OKs taxing companies like Amazon to aid the homeless

May. 15, 2018 11:45 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders. The City Council unanimously passed a compromise plan Monday that taxes businesses making at least $20 million...

Seattle backs tax on companies like Amazon to help homeless

May. 14, 2018 8:44 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle leaders on Monday unanimously approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fund the fight against homelessness after weeks of heated debate and raucous hearings. The City Council backed a compromise plan that will charge large businesses about $275 per full-time...

The Latest: Seattle approves business tax for homelessness

May. 14, 2018 7:21 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a Seattle plan to tax businesses to fight homelessness (all times local): 4:20 p.m. The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness. The council on Monday unanimously backed a compromise tax plan that will...

Tensions mount as Seattle debates business tax for homeless

May. 8, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's latest tax proposal to combat homelessness takes aim at large businesses such as Amazon that have helped drive the city's economic boom. But the measure has sparked intense debate — even shouting matches in otherwise reserved Seattle — over who should pay to solve the...

Mom of Waffle House victim receives diploma at commencement

May. 7, 2018 4:19 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman whose daughter was fatally shot at a Nashville Waffle House has accepted her diploma during a commencement ceremony. News outlets report Shirl Baker received a standing ovation as she walked across the stage in her daughter's place Saturday at Belmont University....