Top Headlines for 10/28

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Child Welfare

A new audit in California found that 1,000 state-licensed care facilities for vulnerable people in California matched addresses on the state sex offender registry, reports Garrett Therolf of the L.A. Times.  The audit also said that the state Department of Social Services "cites the lack of resources as the primary reason why it has not implemented an automated sex offender address match and why its oversight mechanisms are falling short of requirements.” in Iowa reports on the state’s child care regulations, which are under a microscope after at least five deaths in child care over the past two years. One child care provider told the station that her home has been visited once in 21 years by state officials.


The number of Arizona children in after-school programs jumped 4 percent from 2004 to 2009, reports Michelle Reese of the East Valley Tribune, even amid job losses and an economic downturn. 

Juvenile Justice

A new law in Pennsylvania would have teens convicted of sex offenses placed on the state registry but only in a way viewable by law enforcement, reports Sara Ganim of the Patriot News. Bill authors hope to have the law passed by 2012, and expect it to put Pennsylvania in compliance with the Adam Walsh Act.