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Child Welfare

Seung Jin Yang of the Korea Times reports on the steady rise in the number of Korean children who end up in the Los Angeles foster care system. Because few Koreans are willing to adopt, she reports, foster homes are a final destination for many of these children.

Kelli Kennedy of the Associated Press breaks down the findings of the Florida panel assigned to review what went wrong in the Barahona case, in which two foster-turned-adoptive parents are charged with murder in the death of 10-year-old Nubia Barahona.

In the wake of that incident, The Palm Beach Post editorial board takes private foster care providers to task for asking the legislature to shield them from big penalties stemming from lawsuits.

Joseph Erbentraut of the Windy City Times reports that the Illinois child welfare agency is reviewing three faith-based foster care agencies who may have denied licensure to gay adoptive parents.


The New York Times' Jennifer Steinhauer looks at how the House budget would cut funding to Head Start.

Connecticut college students and faculty are concerned about a plan to merge the state university system with its community colleges, according to the Connecticut Post’s Linda Conner Lambeck.

The dynamics of Washington, D.C.’s summer youth employment program are explained in this Washington Informer piece by Dorothy Rowley.

Juvenile Justice

Rachel Cromidas of the Chicago News Cooperative reports on considerable angst among Chicago youth advocates about an upcoming court decision that could end the tenure of Earl Dunlap, the man brought in to turn around Cook County’s juvenile detention center.

New York juvenile justice chief Gladys Carrion should not be fired, but she should face the music, says this editorial on Carrion is under fire for video footage that shows violent attacks by juveniles on each other and staff.