Top Headlines for 9/29

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Child Welfare

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer cancelled her trip to Mexico last week to go over potential reforms and changes to the state’s child welfare system, reports Paul Davenport of the Associated Press.

Illinois’ child welfare director signed a 10-year agreement with the Mexican government that continues a long-time understanding between the two on child and family services for Mexican immigrants, reports Erin Meyer of the Chicago Tribune.

A study that suggests a connection between child abuse and the recession lacks conclusive numbers, according to Leonora LaPeter Anton of the St. Petersburg Times.

Education/Jobs

Texas Gov. Rick Perry apologized for a comment he made about the DREAM Act,  that non-supporters had no heart, reports Justin Sink of The Hill. The comment earned Perry a lot of reiteration by liberals and a lot of criticism by conservatives, particularly those in the race against him for the Republican presidential nomination.

The DREAM Act has been a political nightmare for Perry, writes Dana Thompson in the Houston Chronicle.

Juvenile Justice

Kane County, Ill., continues its early fight against the legislation recently signed by Gov. Pat Quinn to comply with the federal Adam Walsh Act, reports James Fuller of the Daily Herald. Fuller describes Kane County’s potential defiance of the new laws as “politically hazardous.

Colorado, whose legislature has made efforts to shield more youth offenders from adult court, sentenced a 13-year-old who pleaded guilty to killing his parents to seven years in juvenile incarceration, reports the Associated Press.