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Tennessee governor signs anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 24, 2020 4:39 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has become the latest state to assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if those organizations exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill Friday without fanfare or an...

Kansas hopes to better help foster kids and families

Jan. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The same kids who end up in trouble with the law often come from families in disarray. Those families, in turn, regularly turn to the state for food assistance, foster care or mental health care. So last week, Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced plans to merge many of the...

Carney focuses on economy, environment, schools in speech

Jan. 23, 2020 5:13 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney is proposing tens of millions of dollars in capital investments to strengthen Delaware's economic infrastructure. In his State of the State address Thursday, Carney called for investing $50 million in taxpayer money in economic development initiatives,...

Rosa Soto Alvarez, of Tucson,, holds a flag of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe as she and other Native Americans stand outside the federal appeals court in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was hearing arguments on the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which gives Native American families preference in adoption proceedings involving Native American children. Alvarez is a supporter of the law. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

Court takes another look at Native American adoption law

Jan. 22, 2020 3:13 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal appellate judges closely questioned attorneys for the government and Native American tribes Wednesday over whether a law meant to preserve Native American families and culture unconstitutionally intrudes into state adoption issues. It was the second time in a year that the 5th...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Gov. Bill Lee, R-Tenn., walks on the turf before a NFL divisional playoff football game in Baltimore. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee on Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. Lee urging him not to sign the controversial adoption funding legislation currently awaiting his signature. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

ACLU urges Tennessee gov not to sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 22, 2020 1:20 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A civil rights group is raising questions about the legality of a Tennessee proposal that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties...

FILE - In this May 17, 2018, file photo, new graduates line up before the start of the Bergen Community College commencement at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Americans who have spent time in foster care are far more likely than other adults to lack a college degree, health insurance and a stable health care provider, according to a new federal analysis released Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, that is unprecedented in its scope.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Unusual study details woes among veterans of foster care

Jan. 22, 2020 11:30 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans who have spent time in foster care are far more likely than other adults to lack a college degree, health insurance and a stable health care provider, according to a new federal analysis that is unprecedented in its scope. One striking finding in the report: Less than 5% of men...

Couple's suit against child welfare agency to move forward

Jan. 17, 2020 12:12 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts foster family can move forward with a lawsuit against the Department of Children and Families that claims the agency placed a child with a history of committing sexual abuse in their home without sharing his background. The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled Thursday to allow...

Advocates push to better the foster care crisis in Kansas

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Natalie Zarate entered state custody when she was 11 years old, removed from a physically abusive mother and placed in a group home for foster children. Now 23, she trembles when she thinks about her time at EmberHope Youthville in Newton. Physicians placed Zarate on “crazy...

Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, debates a proposal allowing faith-based adoption agencies to decline to place children with same-sex couples because of their religious belief without facing penalties on the first day of the 2020 legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee governor says he will sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 14, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that he'll sign into law a measure that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The GOP-controlled Senate gave the...

Gov. Phil Bryant stands outside his Capitol office in Jackson, Miss., Jan. 8, 2020. With much of his adult life devoted to public service, Bryant leaves a strong legacy. Gov.-elect Tate Reeves will be sworn into office at noon Tuesday, Jan. 14. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Bryant: Mississippi improved in 8 years of governorship

Jan. 10, 2020 2:15 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is leaving office Tuesday after serving his limit of two terms. The Republican said he believes the state’s economy is stronger, vulnerable children are better protected and students are showing stronger academic performance. “We still have a...