Latest Child welfare News

Chauvin pleads not guilty to violating teen's civil rights

Sep. 16, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd pleaded not guilty Thursday to violating the civil rights of a teenager in a separate case that involved a restraint similar to the one used on Floyd. ...

Draft of Cuba's new family code opens door for gay marriage

Sep. 15, 2021 20:49 PM EDT

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — The draft of a new family code for Cuba released Wednesday proposes allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt as well as giving children greater participation in decisions that affect them. The preliminary draft, which must be approved by Cuba’s...

Ex-House Speaker settles child sexual abuse payments suit

Sep. 15, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse reached a tentative out-of-court settlement Wednesday over Hastert’s refusal to pay the man $1.8 million — the outstanding balance in hush money that the Illinois Republican...

Judge: Texas is to blame for foster care neglect, failures

Sep. 15, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN (AP) — A federal judge has accused Texas leaders for failing to act on her orders to fix the foster care neglect in which 400 or so children are being abused and spending multiple nights each month in motels or offices buildings. Tuesday's hearing before U.S....

Montana Supreme Court orders new trial in child rape case

Sep. 15, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Great Falls man who was convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl who is deaf and has developmental disabilities, saying he was denied his constitutional right to confront his accuser. The court...

Kemp aide Broce named to lead Department of Human Services

Sep. 14, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A longtime aide to Gov. Brian Kemp is being named to lead Georgia's largest government agency. The state Board of Human Services voted unanimously on Monday to appoint Candice Broce as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services. ...

Kentucky reaches settlement over placement of foster kids

Sep. 13, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have reached an agreement over how the state will oversee treatment of foster children placed with private agencies. The settlement came from a two decades-old federal lawsuit alleging religious coercion of children and...

Israeli appears in Australian court on child abuse charges

Sep. 12, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A former school principal extradited from Israel after a six-year legal battle appeared in an Australian court on Monday to hear evidence behind child sex abuse charges against her. A committal hearing began in the Melbourne Magistrates Court...

Custody fight over child, 6, who survived Italy cable crash

Sep. 12, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A six-year-old boy who was the sole survivor of a cable car crash this year in northern Italy is at the center of a bitter custody battle between his maternal grandparents in Israel and his paternal relatives in Italy, who claim the child was flown without their permission to...

Parents against 'prison-like' facility for autistic clients

Sep. 12, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Parents of adults with severe autism and other disabilities say New York officials are threatening to revoke funding for their children's long-term care at out-of-state care centers unless they agree to send their children to a secure, in-state facility. ...