Top Headlines 6/21

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Child Welfare

More child welfare agencies are going the extra mile to find fathers of abused children and bring them back into the picture, reports Karen Auge of the Denver Post.

The state agency that pays private lawyers to represent poor parents and children in child-protection cases has run up such a gaping deficit and owes the lawyers so much money, reports Josh Kovner of the Hartford Courant, that the agency has been abolished.

A case worker involved in Florida’s now-infamous Barahona case will not get her job back, reports Rebecca Burton of NBC Miami. Andrea Fleary was in the adoptive home of Nubia and Victor Barahona just days before Nubia was found killed and Victor was found covered with chemicals.

Cook County is hiring 500 disadvantaged youth for summer jobs through its newly revamped (but once scandal-plagued) county jobs agency reports Erika Slife of the Chicago Tribune.


A boys and girls club in Alabama is aiming to bring about 90 of its member youth up to grade level in reading, reports Amethyst Holmes of The Huntsville Times.

Juvenile Justice

The Luzerne County juvenile court scandal shows that boards tasked with overseeing judicial conduct should have significant independence from the court system in general, says this editorial in the Times Tribune.


Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones covers last year’s attempt to axe the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the fight that still lies ahead over the fate of the agency.

Suzanne Labarre of Co.Design reports on the 30,000 square foot, $35 million youth resource center being built by rap star Pharrell Williams in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Va. Whoa.