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Child Welfare

Ana Valdes and Dara Kam of the Palm Beach Post report on how some businesses in Florida are stepping up to help the Department of Children and Families improve services.

Nicole Ostrow of Business Week reports on a Yale University study that found teenagers who were abused as young children show changes in their brains that put them at risk for behavioral problems in adulthood.

In Texas, reports Claire Cardona of the Texas Tribune, reports cases of abuse and neglect are up in a down economy, and the length of stay for children in shelters is up.

Four years after a Nebraska former foster youth killed six customers in a department store, the legislature’s health and human services committee met to review some problems that persist with the system, reports JoAnne Young of the Lincoln Journal Star.

Experts say many bystanders who witness inappropriate behavior or even obvious sexual abuse remain silent, too horrified to report what they have seen, reports Donna Leinwand Leger of USA Today.


A church in New York City has lost a 16-year court battle over permission to conduct worship services in public schools after the school day, reports Sharon Otterman of the New York Times.

A former for-profit college CEO who resigned last month after an investigation revealed the company was inflating job placement rates will receive a compensation package worth more than $5 million, reports Erica Perez of California Watch.

Juvenile Justice

In Tarrant County (Austin), Texas, local officials worry about the merger of the state’s detention and probation services, and the potential that more money will go toward secure options and disrupt community options.

Expecting that both of the current leaders of Texas detention and probation services would apply to lead the new agency, both were placed on paid leave at full salary until the top slot is filled, reports Mike Ward of the American-Statesman.

A new Ohio juvenile attention center, built to replace a former tuberculosis sanitarium that now houses offenders, will be ready by next fall, reports Jon Baker of the Times Reporter.