Latest Child welfare News

The cost of coming forward: 1 survivor's life after #MeToo

Nov. 22, 2019 3:18 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (RNS) —Megan Lively glanced down furtively to the copious notes she had jotted in a thick spiral-bound notebook resting in her lap. She was about to speak to a room full of Southern Baptist pastors about the sexual abuse she experienced, and she was nervous. Her message to more than 50...

Report: Inconsistent efforts to help drug-exposed babies

Nov. 22, 2019 2:05 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A state watchdog office on Friday called for increased communication, collaboration and consistency when it comes to helping infants born exposed to opioids and other substances. The number of infants born exposed to drugs has steadily increased in New Hampshire. Between July 2018 and...

Report: Child neglect in group homes in Massachusetts rises

Nov. 22, 2019 10:59 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A new report says incidents of child neglect in group homes in Massachusetts have increased by 55% in the past year. The report from the state’s Child Advocate’s office says that at least 184 children were neglected in group homes during the last fiscal year. More than 10% of...

Dog befriends baby giraffe after abandoned in South Africa

Nov. 22, 2019 9:35 AM EST

MOKOPANE, South Africa (AP) — A dog in South Africa has befriended a baby giraffe that was abandoned at birth, rescued and taken to a local orphanage. Jazz the giraffe arrived at The Rhino Orphanage just days after birth. A farmer found him in the wild, weak and dehydrated, and called the center for help....

AP: Catholic boards hailed as fix for sex abuse often fail

Nov. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EST

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help bishops ensure that no...

Mexico strikes automatic child custody for divorced moms

Nov. 21, 2019 5:36 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s high court has struck down a clause in the capital’s family code automatically granting custody of young children to mothers in divorce cases. The Supreme Court found Thursday that the rule governing custody of kids under 12 years old is unconstitutional for making...

Pennsylvanians to get more time on sex abuse charges, suits

Nov. 21, 2019 3:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state where a grand jury’s groundbreaking report set off a new wave of reckoning over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church passed legislation Thursday giving victims more time to sue and police more time to file charges. The Pennsylvania House sent the...

Lawsuit alleges neglect, abuse of child in foster system

Nov. 21, 2019 2:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit filed against Oregon’s foster system alleges a 15-year-old foster child saw two state workers having sex and suffered neglect and abuse at an out-of-state facility. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday that the child was raised in a Bulgarian orphanage until...

Protesters decry Bosnia’s ‘systemic’ abuse of disabled kids

Nov. 21, 2019 12:34 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Around 1,000 people protested outside a government building in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo after an opposition lawmaker published shocking photos of special needs children tied to beds and radiators in a nearby government facility. The protest included scores of...

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

Nov. 21, 2019 9:21 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit Thursday to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry. During an open-air Mass at Bangkok’s national...