Top Headlines for 12/21

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Child Welfare

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is concerned about the legislature’s desire to return some child welfare services back to a state agency, reports the Associated Press. Heineman presided over privatization of some services, but higher-than-expected costs have contributed to problems for the contracting agencies.

Connecticut child care providers will be unionized following a vote announced Tuesday, reports Christopher Keating of the Hartford Courant.


Andrea Long-Chavez of the Huffington Post reports on the increasingly audacious tactics of young DREAM Act supporters, including outing themselves as undocumented so they can go into federal detention and report on what they see.

The fact that Corporation for National and Community Service was level funded is a major win for nonprofits, reports Kevin Bogardus of The Hill.

Juvenile Justice

The Justice Department is investigating conditions at a juvenile detention center in Meridian, Miss., reports Jerry Mitchell of the Clarion Ledger. Mitchell also cites some examples of questionable use of the criminal system by the schools in Meridian.

Kentucky Juvenile Justice Commissioner Ron Haws will retire at the end of the month after nearly four years leading the system there, reports the Courier-Journal.