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Child Welfare

Los Angeles County supervisors have stripped the county CEO of responsibility for child protective services and the probation department, The Los Angeles Times' Garrett Therolf reports.  The move puts the supervisors directly at the helm of the two most troubled agencies in the country's largest local government. 

The Associated Press reports that advocacy groups are asking Virginia officials to delay issuing adoption regulations that they say would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against prospective adoptive and foster parents because of their sexual orientation.

A report by the University of Illinois-Chicago said that lax supervision led to sexual attacks on youth at a well-regarded Chicago psychiatric hospital, reports David Jackson of the Chicago Tribune.

A local practitioner weighs in for Oregon’s Herald and News about why child abuse rates are so high in Klamath County.


Lisa Pemberton of Washington’s The Olympian reports on funding headed to some programs in the state from the Department of Labor to do construction training with youth and young adults.

School dropout rates in California are worse than the numbers show, reports Thomas Elias of the Mercury News, because middle school dropouts are not counted.