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'From crisis to death': Probing teen's last, desperate hours

May. 13, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — “Y’all here to protect me,” the youth asked the officers, beseechingly. “Right?” The 17-year-old’s foster father, unable to deal with a teen who seemed to be in the throes of schizophrenia, had called Wichita police. When they arrived, Cedric...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

May. 09, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

Detroit News. May 4, 2022. Editorial: Wait for High Court’s final abortion ruling We got a taste this week of the predicted public uproar that would follow the U.S. Supreme Court overturning its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. But a leaked draft signaling the...

Lawmakers in 19 states want legal refuge for trans youth

May. 03, 2022 06:06 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in more than a dozen states are following California’s lead in seeking to offer legal refuge to displaced transgender youth and their families. The coordinated effort being announced Tuesday by the LGBTQ Victory Institute and other...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

May. 02, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

Detroit News. April 30, 2022. Editorial: Benson should commit wholly to transparency Two weeks ago, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said she was reviewing her office’s long-standing policy of releasing drivers’ records on request, but we have yet to see what...

Alabama couple’s ministry has served 20,000 foster children

May. 01, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — They weren’t yet ready to be foster parents, but they were more than ready to help foster kids. That’s when Micah and Blake Melnick of Opelika knew they were called to start a ministry that supports foster families in the community. Today,...

An algorithm that screens for child neglect raises concerns

Apr. 29, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

Inside a cavernous stone fortress in downtown Pittsburgh, attorney Robin Frank defends parents at one of their lowest points – when they risk losing their children. The job is never easy, but in the past she knew what she was up against when squaring off against child protective...

West Virginia soliciting bids for review of health agency

Apr. 22, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Friday that the state is seeking bids on a consulting contract to undertake a thorough review of the massive Department of Health and Human Resources. Justice said the deadline to submit bids is May 6. In...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Apr. 11, 2022 07:18 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. April 10, 2022. Editorial: If Texas can’t fix its foster care system, feds should step in If Texas won’t fix a child foster care system that remains dangerously broken after two decades of neglect, the federal government should step up...

Teenager designs database to help Alabama foster families

Apr. 10, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

When Pranav Somu first heard about the opportunity to volunteer for the North Alabama Foster Closet, he didn’t know anything about the organization. He didn’t even know much about foster care itself. But after doing some quick research, he learned that half of all foster parents...

Civilian Army leader led child porn ring, risked US security

Apr. 02, 2022 10:46 AM EDT

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — David Frodsham was a top civilian commander at a U.S. air base in Afghanistan when he “jokingly” asked an IT technician for access to YouPorn, the video-sharing pornographic website. During his time in the war zone, Frodsham told one woman that he...