Top Headlines for 12/9

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Child Welfare

Stacy Brown of the Pennsylvania Independent reports on state legislation aimed at curbing Pennsylvania’s child sex industry.

A New Jersey adoptive mom is taking the rare path of suing the state’s child welfare agency for damages related to alleged abuse incurred by her 13-year-old daughter during her time in foster care.

It’s official: national child welfare expert Brenda Donald is in as head of Washington’s Child and Family Services Agency, reports Tom Howell of the Washington Times.

Education/Jobs

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Alejandro Escalona opines favorably about a study that reflected the drain that Illinois dropouts imposes on others in the state.

California’s aggregate support for the DREAM Act belies racially divided views on the subject, reports Larry Gerston of the NBCBayArea.com.

Juvenile Justice

A delegation from Arizona visited New Jersey to learn about the state’s practices around juvenile detention admissions, reports NJToday.net. New Jersey is the model state for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.

Cook County (Chicago) Board President Toni Preckiwinkle wants to gradually empty out the county’s juvenile detention center in favor of community alternatives and group homes, reports Erika Slife and Duaa Eldeib of the Chicago Tribune.