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Child Welfare

Child welfare advocate and journalist Daniel Heimpel, in the Huffington Post, wrote in support of an amendment addressing educational stability for foster youth that is expected to be introduced in the federal markup of education legislation tomorrow.

Yet another examination and overhaul of Oklahoma’s child welfare system began today with a simple apology by the chairman of a commission tasked with leading the charge, reports Michael McNutt of The Oklahoman.


The University of Louisiana System has launched a new online journal to encourage academic research about service-learning, reports Sarah Eddington, of The News Star.

Juvenile Justice

Florida’s new juvenile justice director Wansley Walters took some heat from a powerful state senator for not sharing information about an agency investigation into the use of psychotropic drugs in its facilities, reports Margie Menzel of The Ledger.

The idea of rehabilitation in safe juvenile facilities is largely a myth, Annie E. Casey Foundation leader Bart Lubow said in an interview with The Real News.  

An Iowa teen who fatally shot his friend last June will be released from a residential treatment facility nearly two years early because of good behavior, reports Kevin Kirkpatrick of the Des Moines Register.