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Child Welfare

David Klepper of the Associated Press reports on the new federal law, signed into law on Sept. 30, aimed at protecting foster children from having their identities stolen. Research indicates that up to 30 percent of foster children fall victim to identity theft.

The L.A. Times asks the county in an editorial: What happened to the unassailable stats on child welfare that were supposed to come out of the controversy over child fatalities?

Utah has a significant shortage of Latino foster parents, reports Jesus Lopez of the Standard-Examiner.

Tony Cox of National Public Radio interviews Gary Stangler, executive director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, about his push to get more teens in foster care services through their 21st birthday.

Education/Jobs

The DREAM Act became a reality yesterday in California, reports Rebecca Ruiz of the New York Times.

Linda Borg of the Providence Journal reports on the push by advocates for Rhode Island to dedicate state fund for after-school programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma faces a $1.6 million funding shortage because of the cancellation this summer of federal Mentoring Children of Prisoners funding, reports Jaclyn Cosgrove of The Oklahoman.

Juvenile Justice

New Mexico’s submission to the Justice Department for compliance with the Adam Walsh Act was not enough, reports Tim Maestas of KRQE.  The state stands to lose $270,000, Maestas reports.

Construction is nearly complete on Wyoming’s new secure juvenile facility, reports Kevin Huelsmann of the Jackson Hole News and Guide.