Top Headlines 9/1

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Child Welfare

Amanda Reavy of the State-Journal Register reports on families caught up in the dispute between the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and three faith-based providers of foster care and adoption recruitment.

Helen Zelon of City Limits reports on the mountain of challenges facing Ronald Richter, who succeeds John Mattingly as head of the New York City child welfare system.

Education/Jobs

A bill to allow illegal immigrants to receive public financial aid for college has passed the California Senate, reports Teresa Watanabe and Patrick McGreevey. Critics say the bill is taking funds away from legal students at the worst fiscal time imaginable.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s new rule requiring child care providers to front the costs for services, then recoup only for days each child attends, will force providers out of business, argues lobbyist John Grabel in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Juvenile Justice

Janice D’Arcy of the Washington Post interviews George Mason University professor Roger Lancaster, whose recently released book “Sex Panic” argues that sex offender registries are neither fair nor effective.

Montana news station KPAX reports on its website that two counties in the state have made a deal that should keep one of their juvenile detention facilities from closing.

Miscellaneous

Tennessee is planning on federal spending that would cut its Medicaid program by up to 25 percent, reports Chas Sisk of The Tennessean.