Latest Child welfare News

Couple's suit against child welfare agency to move forward

Jan. 17, 2020 12:12 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts foster family can move forward with a lawsuit against the Department of Children and Families that claims the agency placed a child with a history of committing sexual abuse in their home without sharing his background. The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled Thursday to allow...

Advocates push to better the foster care crisis in Kansas

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Natalie Zarate entered state custody when she was 11 years old, removed from a physically abusive mother and placed in a group home for foster children. Now 23, she trembles when she thinks about her time at EmberHope Youthville in Newton. Physicians placed Zarate on “crazy...

Michigan House OKs bills aiming to better child-abuse probes

Jan. 16, 2020 5:07 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's child-welfare law would be updated to clarify that caseworkers must make contact within 24 hours to assess the well-being of each child in a household where abuse or neglect is suspected under a bill approved Thursday by the state House. The measure and others were passed...

Teen who fled with mom to avoid cancer surgery has operation

Jan. 16, 2020 3:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon teenager who was taken out of state by her mother to avoid surgery for a rare type of liver cancer has had the operation while in the custody of the state welfare officials, several Portland, Oregon TV outlets reported Thursday. Kylee Dixon, 13, was recovering in an...

Gov. Brian Kemp, center, is flanked by House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, right, and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan as he salutes former U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., during the State of the State address before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Atlanta.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Kemp pushes teacher pay raise in Georgia State of the State

Jan. 16, 2020 3:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said raising teacher pay is one of his top goals as he gave his second annual State of the State address Thursday, a stance that could put him on a collision course with legislative leaders who want to cut income taxes. The Republican governor announced that his...

Mother's suit blames suicide of 9-year-old girl on bullying

Jan. 16, 2020 3:21 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The mother of a 9-year-old girl who took her own life filed suit Thursday blaming the fourth-grader's death on educators she accused of ignoring the girl's complaints about months of bullying by a boy. Administrators and teachers at U.S. Jones Elementary School in the west Alabama...

Tokyo-based Australian journalist Scott McIntyre speaks during a press conference at Foreign Correspondent's Club Japan in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. McIntyre said he is a victim of “inhumane

Japan convicts Australian who sought to see his children

Jan. 16, 2020 11:13 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An Australian journalist based in Japan says he is a victim of Japanese child custody laws that allow only one parent access to children of broken marriages, a day after he was convicted of trespassing at the apartment building of his estranged wife's parents to try to find his children. ...

Burgum cites accomplishments in tribal-government relations

Jan. 16, 2020 9:28 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum sees progress in state government's relationship with American Indian tribes in North Dakota, but he acknowledges there is more work to do. Burgum talked about the accomplishments with the tribes since he took office in 2016 during a tribal conference in Bismarck...

Osceola County Sheriff's Office patrol cars are posted outside a home in Celebration, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. Authorities in Florida have charged a physical therapist with killing his wife, their three young children and a dog in the affluent suburb near Walt Disney World. Osceola County's sheriff on Wednesday said that Anthony Todt faces homicide charges for the deaths of his wife and their three children whose ages ranged from 4 to 13. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Physical therapist charged with killing his wife, 3 children

Jan. 15, 2020 5:50 PM EST

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A physical therapist killed his wife, their three young children and a dog in an affluent Florida suburb near Walt Disney World and then left their bodies there for days, authorities said Wednesday. Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said at news conference that Anthony Todt faces...

FILE - In this May 25, 2018, file photo, Jose Espinoza, 18, stands outside his trailer with his 4-month-old infant, Emmily, and wife, Maria Rodriguez, 19, in Vado, N.M. while speaking about making only $50 a day picking onions. New Mexico's child poverty rate rose slightly and continues to rank near the bottom nationally despite improvements in the state's economy, a child-advocacy group said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The 2019 New Mexico Kids Count Data Book, released by New Mexico Voices for Children, found 26% of the state's children in 2018 remained at or below the federal poverty line. That places the state back to 49th nationally in child poverty. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Report: New Mexico back to 49th in nation in child poverty

Jan. 15, 2020 4:23 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's child poverty rate rose slightly and continues to rank near the bottom nationally despite improvements in the state's economy, a child-advocacy group said Wednesday. The 2019 New Mexico Kids Count Data Book, released by New Mexico Voices for Children, found 26% of the...