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Child Welfare

Alaska’s “Hot Sauce mom” has been convicted of misdemeanor child abuse, reports the International Business Times.

Four former foster children who allegedly suffered horrible abuse at the hands of their state-appointed guardians filed suit Tuesday against the state of Washington, reports Adam Lynn of the News Tribune.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker intends to tie child-care subsidies for the poor to attendance at said programs, reports Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The subsidies go to child-care providers, who predictably oppose the move since they can do nothing to guarantee a child’s attendance at a program.

Florida child welfare officials took three children living with their parents in a car into protective custody and charged the parents with child neglect, reports Alyssa Newcomb of ABC News.

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program has not achieved the goals Congress set for it 15 years ago, says Louisa Warren of The Progressive Pulse.


If you're the child of a same-sex couple and you apply for federal financial aid, you probably won't get what you deserve, reports Allie Grasgreen of Inside Higher Ed. You'll likely get too much.

A Miami-Dade principal discovered one of his substitute teachers had past in porn, and fired him, reports Kathleen McGrory of the Miami Herald.

Juvenile Justice

There are simply way more guns in the possession of young teens in Cincinnati these days, a veteran police officer tells Anne Thompson of Fox19.

Two recent  Milwaukee cases involving juveniles accused of homicides indicate that punishments doled out by the juvenile justice system in Wisconsin are not stiff enough, says the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. A thoughtful approach to more serious sentences is necessary, the board believes.