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Child Welfare

The resignation of two state child welfare leaders became known this week: Devin Katayama of reports on Patricia Wilson in Kentucky, and Kristina Torres and Katie Leslie of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on Rachelle Carnesale in Georgia. It is not clear in either case whether the director was pushed out; Georgia has not garnered any negative attention recently, but Kentucky is under increased scrutiny following the beating death of a 9-year-old western Kentucky girl.

Random but good idea: zoos should offer a family foster day, writes Meghan Posey in the Knoxville News, where the families get in for free or with a steep discount.


Blunt headline from the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board in advance of today’s Chicago conference on education and jobs: If you drop out of school, prepare for miserable life.

Juvenile Justice

The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee approved two bills aimed at bringing the state into compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Act, reports

New York settled a federal lawsuit for $3.5 million over the death of a 15-year-old at an upstate juvenile detention center, reports the Associated Press.