Latest Child welfare News

Mexico plans 17 shelters for children on southern border

Apr. 21, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Wednesday it is planning to set up 17 shelters for underage migrants along the country’s southern border, as well as some along the northern border with the United States, amid a wave of child migrants coming from Central America. The...

Ex-Arizona official gets more prison time in adoption scheme

Apr. 21, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Arizona politician could serve up to 15 years in prison for operating an illegal adoption scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands after he was given his third sentence Wednesday in Utah. Paul Petersen had already been ordered to...

Lawmakers move closer to letting child sex abuse victims sue

Apr. 21, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, prominent Republican state senators on Wednesday put their support behind legislation in Pennsylvania to change the law to allow now-adult victims of child sexual abuse to sue the perpetrators or institutions that did not prevent it when it...

Families, doctors urge Alabama to reject trans treatment ban

Apr. 20, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Transgender youth, parents and advocates on Tuesday urged the Alabama House of Representatives, as well as the state’s governor, to reject legislation that would ban the use of puberty-blockers or hormones to treat transgender minors. ...

Vermont bill would end time limit for civil physical abuse

Apr. 20, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

The Vermont Senate on Tuesday passed a proposal to eliminate the statute of limitations in civil cases of childhood physical abuse. The bill, approved by a vote of 29-0, builds on legislation passed two years ago that ended the statute of limitations for civil cases of...

Former Oregon U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Furse dies at age 84

Apr. 20, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Elizabeth Furse, who represented northwestern Oregon in Congress for three terms in the 1990s, has died from complications related to a fall, her former husband said. She was 84 and died Sunday, said John Platt. The...

Man charged in fatal shooting of 3-year-old boy in Hartford

Apr. 19, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 19-year-old man was charged with murder Monday in connection with the shooting of a 3-year-old Connecticut boy whose death dismayed and angered the community and prompted state lawmakers to call for more funding for urban anti-violence programs. ...

North Dakota backs health care for fallen officers' families

Apr. 19, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed bipartisan legislation Monday that will cover the cost of health insurance for the surviving spouses and children of emergency responders killed in the line of duty. The bill, sponsored by Grand Forks Democrat...

New migrant facilities crop up to ease crowding, again

Apr. 18, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

For the third time in seven years, U.S. officials are scrambling to handle a dramatic spike in children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone, leading to a massive expansion in emergency facilities to house them as more kids arrive than are being released to close relatives in the United...

Survivors of childhood sexual assault raise awareness

Apr. 18, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Fatima M. Smith and two of her friends told parents and police that their cheerleading coach had sexually abused them, they were ostracized by the families of their teammates. Years later, in high school, that experience — the death threats,...