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Suit: US enabling LGBTQ discrimination in foster program

Oct. 13, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The federal government is funding organizations that illegally discriminate against LGBTQ candidates to become foster care parents for unaccompanied refugee children, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. According to the 29-page complaint, Kelly...

New Mexico pledges support for tribal adoptions in state law

Oct. 13, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In her first prepared speech Tuesday the new leader of New Mexico’s child protection department pledges to restore the agency’s credibility following a series of scandals under her predecessor. New Mexico Children Youth and Family Department...

Agency accused of removing LGBTQ webpage after criticism

Oct. 12, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ child welfare agency is being accused of removing a webpage that provided information about a suicide prevention hotline and other resources for young LGBTQ people, following criticism by one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s primary challengers. The...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Oct. 12, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. October 7, 2021. Editorial: Johnson County GOP chair resigns after colleague alleges he grabbed her Just days after we reported on allegations Johnson County GOP Chair Fabian Shepard grabbed and kissed the Wyandotte County...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Oct. 06, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

Advance Media New York. October 3, 2021. Editorial: Why a computer chip factory is not another Amazon Central New York is reportedly getting closer to attracting a semiconductor factory to the White Pine Commerce Park in Clay, bringing 3,000 to 5,000...

Kansas governor bypasses lawmakers, creates child advocate

Oct. 04, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday created an independent office to review complaints against Kansas' foster care system and recommend changes in child welfare policies, a longtime goal of advocates for abused and neglected children. The Democratic...

Federal report criticizes Missouri foster care system

Sep. 30, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's child welfare agency does not properly report children who are missing from foster care and does not follow protocols designed to ensure that foster children who are found do not go missing again, according to a federal report issued Thursday. ...

Ex-Tempe police detective dies after getting West Nile virus

Sep. 23, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A former Tempe police detective has died after contracting West Nile virus, authorities said Thursday. Police officials said Nathan Ryberg had been in a medically induced coma since Sept. 11 while fighting the virus plus encephalitis, which is an...

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....

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...