Top Headlines for 2/9

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Child Welfare

A law in the Arizona legislative pipeline would create a special unit to investigate criminal abuse and neglect allegations, reports Mary Reinhart of The Republic, leaving “rank-and-file CPS workers” to handle “less severe cases.”

Michigan will soon start tapping into federal funds to raise the age of foster care to 21, reports Robin Erb of the Detroit Free Press.

Ashley Lopez of the Florida Independent reports that an official at the Florida Department of Children and Families is warning that the elimination of challenge grants for local homeless coalitions could be a “critical” blow to the organizations.

NorthJersey.com reports on Cedar Grove’s local push for background checks on town volunteers based on the national attention garnered by the alleged child sex abuse at Penn State and Syracuse.

 Education/Jobs

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chair John Kline (R-Minn.) said Obama is pandering to young voters by throwing out tuition-cutting ideas that are all over the map, report Ben Wolfgang and Tim Devaney of the Washington Times.

 Juvenile Justice

In Ventura County, Calif., success over a three-year period helped save a targeted re-entry program from extinction during a tough budget cycle, reports Jannette Jauregui of the Ventura County Star.

A Richland County, S.C., juvenile judge surprised some people when he shielded a 15-year-old involved in a brutal beating from adult court, reports Noelle Phillips of The State.