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Child Welfare

Subcontractors in Nebraska’s somewhat-privatized child welfare system are getting jobbed when the lead providers go out of business, reports Joanne Young of the Lincoln Journal Star.

In Florida, reports Janine Zeitlin of the News-Press, adoptions from foster care are on the rise.

A media investigation in Indiana revealed that the state’s $1.2 billion surplus came (in part) at the expense of some critical services for families, reports the Associated Press.

South Carolina’s relatively new social services director wants to speed up the time it takes to find safe, permanent homes for the thousands of abused and neglected children put in the state's care, reports Seanna Adcox of the Associated Press.


Jorge-Mario Cabrera of Fox News Latino lauds California for becoming the 11th state to pass a state version of the DREAM Act, granting certain privileges to undocumented youth who progress in academics.

Meanwhile, reports KWQC of Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn (D) is poised to sign a DREAM Act in the Land of Lincoln.

D.C. youth vented to Mayor Vincent Gray this weekend about the lack of summer jobs available to them, reports June Q. Wu of the Washington Post.

If you think filing for bankruptcy can help struggling young people saddled with expensive loans, think again, reports John Blackstone of CBS News.

Juvenile Justice

Saline County, Kan. used to make money renting out some of its detention space, reports Gordon Fiedler of the Salina Record. Now, it must pay other counties to take the county’s offenders after an uptick in the number of Saline County juveniles ordered into detention.

Virginia is not compliant with the federal Adam Walsh Act because it still leaves the inclusion of juveniles on the sex offender registry up to judges, reports Freeman Klopott of the Washington Examiner.

Florida’s chief financial officer overrode a decision by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice to pay for the funeral of a teen who died in a state facility, report Carol Marbin Miller and Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald.