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Child Welfare

Another headache for proponents of privatizing child welfare in Nebraksa: one of the two remaining private providers in the state cut its workforce by 75 employees, reports Martha Stoddard of the Omaha World-Herald.

Contra Costa Times reporter Christina Villacorte reports that relatives of a deceased probation officer, accused of stealing money from his homeless youth caseload, is being set up as a scapegoat.

"I feel that it's very important for the young adults in the program that his name be cleared, because for some of those young people, he was the first person that showed them any kind of love,” said Margaret Spratt, mother of Andrew Toliver.


Harris Miller has resigned as CEO of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, reports John Lauerman of Bloomberg. Miller was a key figure in the recent debate over how to regulate for-profit and career colleges, which recently resulted in rules issued by the Education Department.

A budget standoff in Minnesota has jeopardized a major summer food program for children in central Minnesota, reports Kevin Allenspach of The program provides lunch and dinner for three branches of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota.

Juvenile Justice

North Carolina juvenile justice expert Michelle Hall chats with the Salisbury Post about the prospects for changing the age of jurisdiction in the state from 16 to 18.

Accusations of an overbilling scam by one juvenile defender in Georgia has caused a drop in morale and heightened tension for other juvenile attorneys, reports Andria Simmons of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.