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Child Welfare

Benedict Carey of the New York Times reports on a recent study that found foster children are being prescribed cocktails of powerful antipsychotic drugs just as frequently as some of the most mentally disabled youngsters on Medicaid.

Fourteen years after reports after the New York family courts were ordered to allow citizens in to watch cases regarding domestic violence, foster care and child neglect, many remain closed to the public, reports William Glaberson of the New York Times.

Another story about project put on the back burner from Kari Andren of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: A computerized network for Pennsylvania’s counties to share child welfare information has not been developed, eight years after the tragic murder that pushed Pennsylvania legislators to call for such a system,

In helping to create a state child welfare agency in Illinois, writes James Heiser of The New American, “Catholic Charities and other organizations may have unwittingly contributed” to their ouster from the network of foster and adoptive service providers.

Juvenile Justice

In Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, reports Peggy Senzarino of the Globe Gazette, juvenile justice personnel say there is no change in trends that matches a recent statistical uptick in juvenile petitions.