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Child Welfare

Joe Grove of Arkansas’ Paragould Daily Press spent a day with Division of Children and Family Services’ caseworker Kim Dobbs to learn about the day-to-day responsibilities on the front lines.

Juvenile Justice

CNN’s Terry Frieden covers the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s report calling for states to rethink the extent to which they rely on incarceration in their juvenile justice systems.

A juvenile justice advocacy group in Arkansas used the occasion of a national report on incarceration to push for greater investments in community-based programs, reports Gavin Lesnick of Arkansas Online.

Texas got a gold star from Casey in the report, says Allan Turner of the Houston Chronicle.

KTen.com in Oklahoma reports that despite a warning about the implications from one district attorney, an Oklahoma lawmaker says he wants to write a state law that would give prosecutors more options for charging juveniles who send lewd photographs of one another via computer or text messages.