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Child Welfare

A Queens family court judge has been named to head New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services.  Mosi Secret of The New York Times reports that Ronald Richter was named just one day after John Mattingly, who had headed the administration for seven years, announced he would step down in September.

The Associated Press reports that the state of Georgia has been selected as one of two research and demonstration sites to determine the quality of representation of children in the child welfare system. Officials said more than 100 lawyers across the state will participate in the study.

AmeriCorps volunteers are helping New Hampshire officials chart all of the available facilities that could be used to shelter families in the event of an emergency, reports The Associated Press.

Advice from Georgia Child Care Association CEO Carolyn Salvado, speaking with Fox 5 Atlanta’s Tacoma Perry: Before you decide on a child care provider, demand a full tour and know the background check policy.


It’s time to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act, opines Stephen Steigleder of the Center for American Progress. A bill to do just that is scheduled for a markup in the Senate.

CNN contributor Ruben Navarrette, Jr. accuses President Obama of double talk when it comes to the DREAM Act, and specifically mentions his tense meeting with a group of undocumented high school students who attended the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference.

Juvenile Justice

The deadline passed yesterday for state compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Act, reports Emanuella Grinberg of CNN, and most states are still struggling with the cost-benefit analysis of getting in line with the law’s sex offender registry requirements.