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FILE - In this March 13, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Turning to a topic that generally bridges partisan divides, President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at strengthening child-welfare programs nationwide, Child welfare has not been a high-profile issue for Trump, but Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar hailed the executive order as a step toward “bold reforms.”  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump signs order to strengthen US child welfare system

Jun. 24, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tackling a lower-profile issue for the White House, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at strengthening child-welfare programs nationwide. It comes as child-protection agencies across the U.S. struggle with effects related to the coronavirus pandemic. Health...

The Dunn family is pictured in their home Friday, June 12, 2020, in Oklahoma City. From left are Izzy Simons, Cooper Dunn, Josh Dunn and Sarah Dunn. Sarah Dunn, who grew up in rural Kansas, has learned much about race since she and her husband, Josh, took custody of Izzy six years ago. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

White parents of Black children navigate a changing nation

Jun. 23, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Izzy Simons has been fired up about the prospect of driving on his own. The 15-year-old has craved the freedom a license promises. He has proudly and effectively maneuvered the family's vehicles around the church parking lot and beyond, and he's confident he'll pass his test in August....

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo, Paul Petersen looks on following an initial court appearance in Salt Lake City. Petersen, a former elected official in metro Phoenix accused of running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands, The former elected official from metro Phoenix accused of running an illegal adoption scheme pleaded guilty, Thursday, June 18 , 2020, to fraud charges. He faces a maximum of 17 years in prison for his guilty pleas on Arizona charges of fraudulent schemes and forgery.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Ex-politician pleads guilty to fraud in adoption scheme

Jun. 18, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A former elected official in metro Phoenix accused of running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands pleaded guilty Thursday to fraud charges for submitting false applications to the Arizona’s Medicaid system for the mothers to receive...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo provided by MSPCA-Angell, a 53-year-old tortoise named Ms. Jennifer stands among dandelions in Boston. The animal welfare organization put the tortoise up for adoption because the owner recently died of coronavirus. (Victoria Odynsky/MSPCA-Angell via AP)

53-year-old tortoise left homeless by COVID-19 gets new home

May. 27, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

A 53-year-old tortoise left homeless when its owner died of COVID-19 has been adopted by a loving new family. The tortoise, known as Ms. Jennifer, was put up for adoption last week by MSPCA-Angell, a Boston animal welfare organization. After widespread media coverage of her plight, the organization received more...

School children wearing masks get their hands sanitized and temperatures checked as they arrive to appear for state board examination during the coronavirus pandemic in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

The Latest: India reports biggest jump in virus cases again

May. 26, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India reports biggest jump in virus cases for 7th straight...

'God had other plans' for once-reluctant mom

May. 17, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — As her children ran out the backdoor, beneath the “Our Perfect Chaos” sign, Kelly Butler cradled her 6-month-old foster son and explained how she never planned on becoming a mother. “When I was a kid, I decided early on that I was going to be a lawyer. I knew what...

Indiana woman has been a `mother' to more than 400 children

May. 16, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Janice Wozniak has six cribs, one in every room of her ranch-style home, neatly stacked clothing in sizes infant to 5T and a basement full of toys. Wozniak, 73, is well-prepared for the job she has held over the last 45 years — providing foster care to 400 babies and toddlers....

Feds, West Virginia reach agreement on addiction recovery

May. 13, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia cannot bar people in addiction recovery programs from adopting children, according to an agreement announced Wednesday between federal civil rights officials and the state health department. The agreement makes clear that people recovering from addiction are covered...

This photo provided by Alexandra Flaherty shows Jessica Overstreet, 26, at home in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Foster children have enormous challenges even in the best of times and Overstreet, who became a foster child in her teens, fears the new reality brought by the coronavirus pandemic has made some foster kids’ already difficult situations “100 times worse.” (Alexandra Flaherty via AP)

Pandemic piles new pressures on foster children, caretakers

May. 13, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Overstreet first entered foster care at age 14, separated from her siblings and knowing very little about what her new life meant aside from what she had seen in the popular musical “Annie.” So for a while, at the beginning, she kept her status a secret. Her case...