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Child Welfare

Prosecutors may be less likely to charge murder in alleged child abuse deaths as a result of the Casey Anthony case, local child safety advocates tell in Dayton, Ohio.

A former consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been tapped to lead the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services, reports Harlan Spector of the Plain Dealer. Patricia Rideout served on a task force set up last year to create a reform plan for the agency, which was beleaguered by a number of high-profile botched cases.


Seeking Alpha columnist Nicholas Pardini makes the argument that a number of the big for-profit college corporations will go under in the near future.

Juvenile Justice

Pulling the rug out from under the feet of a person tapped to reform part of a juvenile justice system is a recipe for disaster, says the editorial board of the L.A. Times, writing about the county supervisors’ efforts to make the number two at juvenile probation report directly to them.

The number of juveniles getting locked up in adult jail is growing in Marion County, Ind., reports, and county sheriff’s department say they are hard to manage in the adult setting.

Fun and games can lead to juvenile system involvement when young children do not understand the boundaries between playing and inappropriate touching, reports Megan Doyle of the South Bend Tribune.

A Maryland program, which uses brief family therapy to help parents keep children out of the juvenile justice system, is getting a budget boost, reports Natalie McGill of


AmeriCorps Director John Gomperts writes in about the heroic efforts of the AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team, which assisted officials dealing with the aftermath of a deadly tornado in Joplin, Mo.