Top Headlines 5/20

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Child Welfare

Catherine Jun of the Detroit News profiles new jurist-cum-child welfare boss Maura Corrigan, who told Jun she hopes to lean on churches and other faith groups to raise the available pool of foster and adoptive homes in Michigan.

Child welfare leaders in Wisconsin want to shift more of the system’s resources into helping fathers stay in the picture, reports Georgia Pabst of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Elise Foley of the Huffington Post reports on a group pushing for passage of the DREAM Act is asking President Obama to stop using the legislation in his campaign material, unless he is willing to use executive privilege to stop deportation of students who would be eligible to stay under the DREAM act.

The NAACP has not risen to the occasion when it comes to helping reform school systems to better serve minority youth, writes RiShawn Biddle.

A for-profit college trade group had to withdraw an ad and apologize because it included mention of support from a congressman who did not give it, reports John Lauerman of Bloomberg.

Nate Fluharty of West Virginia’s WTRF reports on a fifth grader who attempted suicide after being bullied at school.

Juvenile Justice

Lamar County, Miss. will use electronic monitoring in lieu of detention for more juvenile offenders, reports Charles Herrington of local NBC affiliate WDAM. The motivation is largely fiscal: the court is hoping to save $110 per youth.

Juvenile offenders in at a West Virginia facility got a visit from a sports celebrity and alumni of the state's juvenile system, reports Ashley Craig of the Charleston Daily Mail.


In Opelousas, La., Tonya LaCoste of KATC-3 reports on a local boys and girls club that will shut down this summer with slim hopes of reopening the doors in the fall. The final straw appears to be a loss of funding from the local housing authority.