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Child Welfare

Early on in the Minnesota government shut down, reports Warren Wolfe of the Minnesota Star Tribune, a county judge has reinstated $16 million in child care assistance payments, which in 2010 helped 9,483 families in 2010.

In the dispute between the State of Illinois and one of its faith-based child welfare providers, says the editorial board of the Peoria Journal Star, the children in foster care have been an afterthought.

Education/Jobs

Michael Saltsman, a research fellow at the Employment Policies Institute writing for the Detroit Free Press, argues that minimum wage hikes have contributed to teen unemployment.

The Blog of Legal Times reports that a U.S. District Court Judge issued the Department of Education, and for-profit colleges, a win and a loss each in a ruling regarding regulations imposed on the industry by the Obama administration.

Juveniles Justice

Ohio cannot apply the Adam Walsh Act retroactively and place sex offenders on the registry if it was not part of the original consequences of their sentences, reports United Press International.

Abigail Pesta of Marie Claire profiles the love story of Frank and Nikki Rodriguez, which is presented here as an argument for caution when imposing long-term consequences in sex offense cases.

The Massachusetts Senate plans to take on legislation that would overhaul how the state handles children who run away or are just habitually absent from school, reports the Boston Globe.

From Youth Today: The House Appropriations Committee has passed a spending bill that would eliminate much of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funding that would actually help states work with youth in the juvenile justice system.