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APNewsBreak: Kansas again keeping foster kids in offices

May. 17, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abused and neglected children are again sleeping overnight in the offices of Kansas foster care contractors because homes cannot be found for them quickly enough. Since January, when Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly took office, more than 70 children have been kept overnight in the offices...

Illinois governor promises fixes to child welfare agency

May. 15, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois's child welfare agency has reviewed 1,100 of its ongoing abuse and neglect cases as part of a stepped-up effort to right a department that's facing criticism for failing to prevent the deaths of three children under its watch since January, the governor announced...

Illinois lawmakers vow to fix lapses in child welfare system

May. 7, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday took aim at the state's Department of Children and Family Services, which has been haunted for decades by deaths wrought of abuse and neglect and is in the spotlight again following the beating death of a 5-year-old suburban Chicago boy with a long...

49ers rookie praised for good Samaritan act in college

May. 2, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco rookie Dre Greenlaw enters the NFL with a little more fanfare than most fifth-round linebackers. His role as a good Samaritan to save a high school classmate from a potential date rape encounter at a college fraternity party was publicized on social media by the...

Catholic group sues over Michigan policy on adoption

Apr. 26, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Roman Catholic social services agency that declines to place children with same-sex couples has filed a lawsuit to stop Michigan from penalizing the group if it sticks to its policy on foster care and adoption. Catholic Charities West Michigan in Grand Rapids filed the lawsuit...

Illinois agency's timeline of interactions with slain boy

Apr. 26, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

Illinois parents are facing murder charges in the beating death of their son, 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund, whose body was found wrapped in plastic and buried in a shallow grave. The family previously had interaction with state child welfare workers. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on...

Court sides with Philly over same-sex parents in foster care

Apr. 22, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

Philadelphia city government can require that contractor Catholic Social Services does not discriminate against same-sex couples in its foster care program, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the city after it stopped placing children with the Archdiocese of...

Michigan adoption agency reverses LGBT policy

Apr. 22, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan said Monday it will place children in LGBT homes, reversing course following a recent legal settlement. Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian Services is responsible for about 8% of Michigan's more than...

Oregon foster care system targeted in federal lawsuit

Apr. 16, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's foster care system has failed to shield children from abuse and they are sometimes forced to stay in refurbished jail cells and homeless shelters, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The 77-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court details stories of foster children being...

Faith-based adoption agency sues after Michigan settlement

Apr. 15, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed the lawsuit in western Michigan's U.S. District Court on...