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Child Welfare

Regardless of one's position on the dispute between Catholic Charities and state government over whether the former must license civil union or same-sex couples for foster care or adoption, says the editorial board of the Peoria Journal Star, there can be little argument that the state played less than fair, selling one thing and delivering another.

Education/Jobs

The rising teen jobless rate is creating a lost generation, reports Hansi Lo Wang of National Public Radio.

The key to maintaining employment during tough economic times for young workers might simply be mental toughness, reports Shelley DuBois of CNN.

Juvenile Justice

A 11-year-old Pennsylvania boy will face 10 year in juvenile incarceration instead of life in adult prison without parole, reports Sadie Gurman of Scripps Howard.

Disgraced juvenile judge Mark Ciavarella was declared a legal pauper by a federal judge this week, reports Michael Sisak of the Citizen’s Voice. This means Ciavarella can appeal his conviction without paying filing fees and other court costs.