Child Welfare News Through June 9, 2015 – Sad Stories – Glad Stories (15 days)

June 10, 2015 in Child Death, education, International Child Abuse, Links To Helpful Orgs, Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources by Mike Tikkanen


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AL: Opelika child advocacy center aims to prevent child abuse through education
Opelika-Auburn News – June 08, 2015
Established in 1991, the child advocacy center is an independent non-profit organization that works in collaboration with DHR and local law enforcement to facilitate the treatment of children involved in cases of alleged abuse, including physical and emotional abuse, neglect and sexual abuse.

MN: Family Services Rochester announces new executive director
Rochester Post Bulletin – June 09, 2015
Family Service Rochester has promoted Director of Child Welfare and Adult Services Scott Maloney to the position of executive director.

MN: Indian couple sues to allow adoption to white family
Minneapolis Star Tribune – June 09, 2015
Now the couple is suing the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Attorney General and a commissioner with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe to allow the adoption to go forward. In a federal lawsuit filed last week, the couple, identified only as John and Jane Doe, argue that the requirement to tell the tribe about the baby violates their constitutional right to due process and equal protection.

MO: Committee on child abuse meets at the state capitol (Includes video)
ABC 17 News – June 09, 2015
“Missouri is unique in that we don’t just have a child welfare system that stands alone and we don’t have a juvenile justice system that stands alone. Missouri has a unique component called the juvenile office,” said Tammy Walden, Chief Juvenile Officer.

MO: & KS: EDITORIAL: Volunteers needed to help endangered kids after record caseload increases in states
The Kansas City Star – June 02, 2015
Caseload numbers rise and fall for a variety of reasons, and not all of them are bad. More people could be reporting suspected child abuse, for instance. But the increases in the two-state region are too dramatic and longstanding to qualify as a blip.

NC: House unanimously passes foster-care bill
Winston-Salem Journal – June 09, 2015
The state House on Tuesday passed a bipartisan foster-care bill by a 115-0 vote that includes providing services to youth until age 21. Information Gateway Resource: Extending Out-of-Home Care for Youth Past Age 18:

NY: Niagara’s record child abuse levels trigger more county jobs
Buffalo News – June 09, 2015
The committees approved a proposal to keep on the payroll two Head Start caseworkers who otherwise would lose their jobs at the end of the month, as the federal government is cutting off Head Start funding in the county. One of the workers will be reassigned to Child Protective Services and the other to Adult Protection, investigating abuse and financial victimization of elderly citizens.

NY: NYC nonprofit The Jewish Board picks up programs from bankrupt agency
Associated Press – June 03, 2015
Federation Employment and Guidance Services filed for bankruptcy in March. The transferred programs and services assist over 8,000 people across New York City and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The programs are being taken over by The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. They include 850 apartments, six mental health clinics and three day programs for adults with mental illness. Also: NY: Meet New York’s new largest social-services nonprofit, The Jewish Board:

OH: CASA Needs Volunteers as Neglect and Abuse Caseload Exploding
Intelligencer – June 09, 2015
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children – known to many simply as CASA – needs more volunteers to keep up with a sharp increase in child abuse and neglect cases in Ohio County. CASA Executive Director Susan Harrison said if the current trend continues, the county’s caseload will double this year from its 2014 total of 105.

PA: Do you work with children? Seminar outlines demands on you
Chambersburg Public Opinion – June 09, 2015
Local adults who work with children can get their questions answered about Pennsylvania’s child protection laws during a free seminar on June 22.

PA: United Way to assist workers who require Act 153 clearances
Pottsville Republican & Evening Herald – June 09, 2015
“I immediately started thinking about libraries and fire departments and other organizations that wouldn?t have had to go to this level for clearances before. I started to wonder about what volunteer activities may be on the line. My mind went to the extreme, just to make sure everyone is doing it correctly,” Michelle Halabura, director of community relations at Schuylkill United Way, said Monday.

RI: 45 Kids In DCYF Care Listed As Missing
RI NPR – June 09, 2015
45 welfare agency are currently listed as missing. Rhode Island Public Radio learned about the number missing after a 14-year-old girl in the agency’s care was found in New Jersey with an alleged sex trafficker. The Department of Children, Youth, and Family says she was lured away from a group home.

VA: Workers Claim Richmond Agency Just Doesn’t Care
Courthouse News Service – June 09, 2015
A group of welfare caseworkers say they are overworked, underpaid and thoroughly disgusted with what they describe as the city’s dismissive attitude toward children at risk of domestic violence, a lawsuit filed in Federal Court claims.

WV: DHHR announces new WIC guidelines
WVVA – June 08, 2015
The Office of Nutrition Services reports an additional 7,500 West Virginians could be served under the expanded WIC guidelines. Eligibility projections indicate as many as 52,164 residents qualify for the program. Fathers, mothers, grandparents, foster parents or any legal guardian of a child under five may apply.

US: Motherlode Blog: Considering a Second Foster Child (Opinion)
New York Times – June 09, 2015
It is easy to decide these things early in the foster-licensing process. It’s easy to say what you will and will not consider. It is easy until you get that call. Until you learn that this child – this one innocent, real child – is sitting in a group home, undergoing endless rounds of evaluations while everyone around him is scrambling to find him a family.

US: States Try to Speed Up Foster Placements
Governing – June 09, 2015
The federal government plans to expand the use of a web-based tool nationwide after a pilot of the system showed good results.

US: Study examines psychotropic medication use in children, teens with Down syndrome
Medical News Today – June 09, 2015
A new study gives insight into the mental health of children and teens with Down syndrome and the behavioral medications that medical caregivers sometimes prescribe for them.

US: The Little Things That Elude Foster Youths (Opinion)
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 09, 2015
It’s embarrassing, but it needs to be said, that I’ve had a lot of little moments like those since then. From not knowing how to clean an oven, to storing food properly, to cooking, to finding out that I shouldn’t be placing bras in the dryer – needless to say, I’m still behind on basic life skills.

US: Reflecting on National Foster Care Month and Our Continued Commitment to America’s Foster Youth
White House Blog – June 03, 2015
Last month in Camden, New Jersey, President Obama said, “We can’t guarantee everyone’s success, but we do strive to give everyone an equal shot.” That is a responsibility that must belong to all of us, and a commitment we must all share, especially for our most vulnerable citizens.


Canada: Less than one-third of Manitoba kids in foster care graduate high school: study (Includes video)
Globe and Mail – June 09, 2015
The study from the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy at the University of Manitoba compared kids who have been taken into care for any length of time with peers who have had no involvement with child welfare.

India: Inter-state child trafficking ‘gang’ busted; 3 arrested
Press Trust of India – June 09, 2015
Police today claimed to have busted an alleged inter-state child trafficking gang here, which worked under the cover of an unregistered NGO based in Delhi, and arrested three persons in this connection.

Norway: Oslo warned on adoption of immigrants
West – Welfare Society Territory – June 09, 2015
An increasing number of immigrant parents are losing custody over their children because they are considered by Norwegian social services ‘unable to raise them and educate them’. The children are taken away and entrusted to Norwegian families, even for minor issues.

United Kingdom: Intervention project helps primary pupils
Ulster Star – June 09, 2015
The Early Intervention Incredible Years Programme is an initiative run by the Public Health Agency (PHA). It aims to build confidence and helps parents understand and manage their child’s behaviour better and also to help teach children how to understand their emotions, with the aim of benefitting their long-term health and wellbeing.

United Kingdom: Police ‘should allow for cultural context’ in child abuse investigations
The Telegraph – June 09, 2015
Police and social workers must make allowance for “cultural context” when investigating allegations that children have been physically abused by parents, a High Court judge has suggested. Also: NSPCC queries judge’s smacking remark:

Vatican City: Pope Creates Tribunal to Hear Bishop Child Abuse Cases
Associated Press – June 10, 2015
Pope Francis has created a new Vatican tribunal section to hear cases of bishops accused of failing to protect children from sexually abusive priests, the biggest step the Holy See has taken yet to hold bishops accountable.

AR: Report: Arkansas Foster Kids Moved Around More Than Other States (Includes video)
KNWA – May 30, 2015
The state of Arkansas is using a $400,000 grant to improve recruitment and retention of foster parents and volunteers. Arkansas outpaces other states in the number of different homes foster children are placed in, according to a new report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Information Gateway resource: Supports for Foster Families:

AZ: Lawmaker wants more safeguards when DCS reunites kids with parents
Arizona Republic – June 08, 2015
Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, would like DCS to keep “high risk” cases like Alexandra’s open longer after reunification and to reopen old cases when new allegations are substantiated. Brophy McGee said she is exploring whether to introduce legislation in 2016 that would require people to continue counseling, parenting classes and, when necessary, drug testing if it could prevent more children suffering the same fate as Alexandra.

CA: Foster care system shifts to relatives, but doesn’t offer support (Includes audio)
89.3 KPCC – June 08, 2015
With more than half of the foster children in Los Angeles County living with relatives, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said the system isn’t doing enough to support them.

CA: Senate passes sweeping reforms to curb psych medications in foster care
San Jose Mercury News – June 03, 2015
In a major step toward curtailing the excessive use of psychiatric drugs on foster children, the California Senate on Thursday approved a package of bills that is already being eyed as a model in Washington, D.C., and across the country. Information Gateway resource: Use of Psychotropic Medications: Research and Reports:

CO: Human services leader Reggie Bicha gets national recognition
Denver Post – June 08, 2015
“Reggie [Bicha] has proven himself to be an innovator and leader within the health and human services field,” Raquel Hatter, president of the APHSA board and commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services, said in a statement. Bicha received the 2015 State Member Award for his service to APHSA, the organization announced Saturday.

CT: Court: Transgender teen’s rights violated in transfer to prison from child welfare agency
Associated Press – June 08, 2015
Connecticut’s second-highest court ruled Monday that a transgender girl’s due process rights were violated last year when she was transferred from the custody of the state’s child welfare agency to a state prison — a detention that sparked an outcry from civil liberties advocates.–Transgender-Teen-Jail

GA: Next chief will have hands full at Human Services
Northwest GA News – June 08, 2015
Much of the turbulence buffeting Human Services has involved DFCS supervision of child welfare services for the state, especially in the wake of gruesome child deaths. Fallout from the deaths helped spark state hiring of more caseworkers and Deal’s creation of a council to review the child welfare system. For a long time, the twin burdens of high caseloads and stagnant pay had led to low morale among DFCS employees.

GM: Gay couples in Guam start applying for marriage licenses (Includes audio)
Associated Press – June 08, 2015
A federal judge on Friday struck down Guam’s prohibition on same-sex marriage, making it the first U.S. territory to legalize same-sex marriages.

IL: A Faster Way for Some Illinois Kids to Find a Forever Family (Includes audio)
Public News Service – June 09, 2015
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has been chosen for an interstate program that uses a web-based system to expedite adoptions for children moving across state lines. Andrew Flach with DCFS says placements are sometimes hampered by out-of-date technologies and procedures.

MN: Crow Wing County selected for program to help at-risk youths and families
Brainerd Dispatch – June 08, 2015
Crow Wing County will participate in the Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program offered through the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States, with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

NH: Granite State Holding Steady: Getting Summer Meals to Hungry Kids (Includes audio)
Public News Service – June 09, 2015
As the school year draws to a close, the Granite State is getting an average grade when it comes to making sure kids don’t go hungry during the summer months. Report:

OK: Some Question Pinnacle Plan’s Effectiveness On Oklahoma’s DHS (Includes video)
News on 6 – June 08, 2015
The Laura Dester Shelter, built by a coalition of community groups for more than $12 million, is set to close by the end of the year. DHS has had a number of public hearings in Tulsa to discuss the issue, but the question still remains, where will the children go?

PA: Federal lawsuit seeks to free teen from shelter
New Castle News – June 09, 2015
A Pittsburgh attorney through a federal lawsuit is striving for a 14-year-old boy’s release from the Krause Youth Shelter. An emergency petition filed Thursday in Western District Court on behalf of a Westmoreland County man — identified as K.T.– seeks to have the man’s son released and placed either in his care or in foster care of relatives or friends.

PA: Pa. considers revising part of background checks law for those working with kids
NewsWorks – June 08, 2015
It’s no surprise that Pennsylvania legislators passed a law after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal that expanded checks for anyone who has direct contact with children. But some lawmakers, now saying the law went too far, are trying to retreat on some of the protections. Related: Bill Aims To Clarify Child Protective Services Law; Critics Worry It Would Weaken Measure:

SC: Spartanburg area agencies seeing more child abuse victims
Spartanburg Herald-Journal – June 07, 2015
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties could outpace last year by 14 percent if they continue receiving referrals at the current rate.

US: How Josh Duggar and Dennis Hastert could change the laws on sex crimes
Washington Post – June 08, 2015
Two days after former House speaker Dennis Hastert’s (R-Ill.) indictment became public, a small group of sexual abuse survivors gathered at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago. The group, made up of members of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), was there say thank you to prosecutors for exposing Hastert’s alleged crimes.

US: Marijuana exposure rising among young children
Medical News Today – June 08, 2015
From 2006-2013, the rate of marijuana exposure in the US among children younger than 6 rose by 147.5%, according the results of a new study conducted by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

US: Mom who uses medical marijuana faces up to 30 years in prison
Washington Post – June 08, 2015
With a wave of legalization measures in recent years, marijuana in some form is now legal in 38 states. But in the 12 where it is not — a swath of the west and Midwest, including Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas, and in the rust belt states of Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania — parents whose use of the drug would be legal elsewhere are losing their children and often seen as irresponsible parenting pariahs. Related: Marijuana legalisation may put children at risk:

US: More than one in four U.S. kids exposed to weapon violence
Thomson Reuters Foundation – June 08, 2015
All told, more than 17.5 million children in the U.S. are witnesses to, or victims of, assaults with weapons — far exceeding the number of kids who have diabetes or cancer. The experiences put them at increased risk for depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders as well as difficulties with school, work and relationships.

US: National Guardsman gets life sentence in case linked to ‘re-homing’
Reuters – June 03, 2015
An Ohio National Guardsman who participated in an underground network used to send unwanted adopted children from family to family was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for raping and sexually abusing three young girls in his care.


Canada: First Nation children in child welfare system a ‘systemic problem’ (Includes audio)
CBC News – June 08, 2015
A Mi’kmaq health official in Nova Scotia says there’s still a troubling pattern of placing First Nations children in government-supervised care, years after the last residential school shut down.

United Kingdom: Facebook Apologizes For ‘Baby Yoga’ Video But Hopes to Raise Awareness of Child Abuse
Tech Times – June 08, 2015
The video and Facebook’s initial response to the disturbing footage have drawn criticism from the UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). For Facebook, the decision to allow the video on its site came as the social networking company sought to strike a balance between raising awareness and leaving the upsetting content uncensored.
AK: New Regulations for Indian Child Welfare Act Promise ‘Clarity’ for Alaska Tribes (Includes audio)
KNOM Radio Mission – June 05, 2015
New regulations are coming for a federal law that seeks to keep Alaska Native and American Indian children in foster care within their family and tribes?and tribal sovereignty experts say it could have major implications for foster care in Alaska.

AZ: Is DCS getting better at protecting kids?
AZCentral – June 05, 2015
The biggest improvement is the new transparency. I hope the days of bunker mentality at DCS are behind us. It’s a sad truth that so much of what we learn happens because of child fatalities.

CA: In Hollywood, foster care students try to finish high school
Associated Press – June 06, 2015
Tucked below the Hollywood sign, on a street where tourists stop to pose for pictures, is Beachwood House, a pale blue two-story home for foster kids without one.

CA: Mendocino County children “at risk,” grand jury finds
Ukiah Daily – June 05, 2015
Describing the agency charged with protecting local children as caring but understaffed, the Mendocino County grand jury declared in a recent report that there is “a disaster waiting to happen” in regard to the Family and Children’s Services Agency.

IN: From homelessness to college (Includes video)
Journal Gazette – June 07, 2015
“We have a generation that is literally raising themselves because many of them have aged out of the foster care system as well. You have a growing culture of young people fending for themselves, by themselves and for themselves,” Coley said.

MA: Berkshire Children & Families launches Family Resource Center in Pittsfield
Berkshire Eagle – June 06, 2015
On Friday, more than 100 representatives of agencies who work with young people, as well as local and state officials, attended an open house program for the new Family Resource Center operated through Berkshire Children & Families.

MA: Creating Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration: A Win-Win for Parents and Children (Opinion)
Truth Out – June 06, 2015
A bill to create community-­based sentencing alternatives for non-­violent primary caretakers of dependent children (House Bill #1382) was filed a few months ago in Massachusetts. The mover behind this bill was Andrea James, a formerly incarcerated woman and founder of Families for Justice as Healing. According to James, the goal of the bill is “alleviating the harm to children and primary caretaker parents caused by separation due to incarceration of the parents, while reducing recidivism and strengthening family unity and communities.”

MI: County eyes first performance-based child welfare system
Grand Rapids Business Journal – June 05, 2015
The first-of-its-kind performance-based child welfare system in Michigan will be considered by Kent County commissioners at their meeting this week. The county’s Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the 17th District Court, Network180 and five private agencies to create the system, aimed at helping families in a “precarious” housing situation where the children may be at risk of removal to foster care by court order.

MN: Catholic Archdiocese in Minnesota Charged Over Sex Abuse by Priest
New York Times – June 05, 2015
Prosecutors in Minnesota filed criminal charges on Friday against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, accusing church leaders of mishandling repeated complaints of sexual misconduct against a priest and failing to follow through on pledges to protect children and root out pedophile clergymen. Also: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis charged with ‘failing to protect’ clergy abuse victims: Also: Charges brought against Twin Cities archdiocese for failing to protect children:

MS: Online group Anonymous protests DHS in Hancock County (Includes video)
WLOX – June 05, 2015
A group of protesters on Friday aired grievances against the Hancock County Department of Human Services and nationwide Child Protection Services. Friday’s protest was part of the “International Day of Protest,” which was organized in part by the group “Anonymous.”

NJ: Adopt policies that protect children from sexual abuse (Opinion) – June 07, 2015
In recent weeks, we have been reminded yet again that the issue of child sexual abuse continues to hide in the shadows of our society and in our home communities. It’s something we don’t want to admit could ever exist in our own family, neighborhood or community — yet the statistics and stories confirm that it is a serious public health epidemic that affects thousands of children in New Jersey every year.

NY: Group home where NYC teen rape suspects lived is closed amid investigation into attack
Associated Press – June 05, 2015
Child welfare officials say the home will remain closed until the agency that operates the facility, Boys Town, can demonstrate it can safely supervise residents there.–Teens-Sex-Assault

OH: Changes planned for Hamilton County child welfare agency in aftermath of 2-year-old’s death
The Republic – June 05, 2015
Hamilton County’s Job and Family Services will increase training, reduce caseloads and conduct more extensive family assessments, officials said.–Child-Deaths-Changes

TN: Stressed Tennessee Children Dealt Bad Hand with “ACEs” — How to Help
Public News Service – June 08, 2015
The Volunteer State is one of five states recognized in a recently released report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the prevalence of what experts call an adverse childhood experience, or ACE.

TX: Families claim Texas Baptist Home failed to protect kids
WFFA 8 – June 07, 2015
Texas Baptist Home for Children says it has a mission to protect abused and neglected children. Tell that to Bryan and Austin Cook of Cleburne. They say they were molested by the same 13-year-old boy in one of the Waxahachie foster homes run by the Baptist agency. They say their cries for help were repeatedly ignored and discounted.

WV: Editorial: More locally based mental health services needed
Herald Dispatch – June 06, 2015
Families often have difficulty getting treatment and services at the community-based mental health centers in their areas, which leads to an inordinate number of children being placed in psychiatric hospitals or other institution away from home.

US: Arguments to ban same-sex marriage run counter to reality (Opinion)
Detroit Free Press – June 06, 2015
Running through many of the legal briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage bans is a recurring theme: Same-sex marriage is bad for kids.

US: Duggar sex abuse scandal can be a teachable moment (Julie Mack column) – June 06, 2015
This devastating scenario unfolded in the Duggar family of “19 Kids and Counting” TV fame. As the world now knows, the perpetrator was their oldest son, Josh, and the details were documented in a 2006 police report that became public two weeks ago. Also: What Should the Duggars Have Done?:

US: Even where it’s legal for parents to smoke pot: What about the kids?
Reading Eagle – June 06, 2015
The stakes are high for both parents and kids. Even where the drug is legal, parental pot-smoking can be considered as a factor in child neglect cases, just like alcohol. As a result, some parents have been accused of endangering their children and had them taken away by Child Protective Services.

US: & Canada: Canada Just Confronted Its ‘Cultural Genocide’ Of Native People. Why Can’t The U.S. Do The Same? (Opinion)
Huffington Post – June 05, 2015
Throughout Indian Country, there are many experiences like Westerman’s, which Native Americans must patch together to create a vague picture of the nation’s legacy of abuse against Native children and families. It’s a legacy that the United States would prefer to forget. Canada, on the other hand, has acknowledged that it can no longer hide from its past, beginning a process that has put Native people like my grandmother on a path toward healing.

US: & TX: Judge Darlene Byrne Named Judge of the Year by National CASA
Nevada Business – June 05, 2015
Judge Darlene Byrne of the 126th Judicial District Court in Travis County (Austin), Tex. was named Judge of the Year at the 2015 National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Awards of Excellence.

US: 6 Tools to Help Protect Children from Sexual Abuse
Huffington Post – June 05, 2015
In light of the Duggar abuse scandal, protecting children from sexual abuse is on many parents’ minds. Avoiding all risk is unlikely, but there are steps parents can take to minimize their child’s risk of sexual abuse. These tools will also help children get help if victimization occurs.

US: Families Fight Native American Adoption Rules
Courthouse News Service – June 05, 2015
The Indian Child Welfare Act prevents Native Americans from choosing the best adoptive family for their children, parents and adoption agencies claim in Federal Court.


Australia: Child neglect cases across Australia increase; services failing to support at-risk children
ABC Radio Australia – June 05, 2015
Rates of child neglect and emotional abuse are on the rise across Australia but the problem is being largely ignored, child protection groups warn.

Canada: Chief seeks justice for kids
Vernon Morning Star – June 07, 2015
Secwepemc chiefs insist there must be reconciliation and justice for families impacted by the child welfare system and Indian residential schools.

India: Foster care finally comes for children in India
Bangalore Mirror – June 06, 2015
Foster care finally comes for children in India For the first time, the concept of foster care will get to see the light of day in India. The Union ministry of women and child development (WCD) circulated the first-ever guidelines to the state governments following a national consultation on June 3. Children whose one or both parents are in jail or are unable to take care of their wards due to a terminal illness can also be now taken up for foster care, the guidelines, accessed by Mirror, say.
AZ: Ducey demands changes to Child Safety Department
Arizona Sonora News Service – June 05, 2015
At a press conference on Tuesday, Ducey announced that he fired the director of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, Charles Flanagan, and replaced him with Greg McKay, the investigator who uncovered that the agency had left more than 6,500 cases of abuse uninvestigated.

CA: San Rafael foster care agency closes after 30 years
Marin Independent Journal – June 04, 2015
Catholic Charities St. Vincent’s Foster Family Agency is transferring the 18 families and 20 children in its care to Santa Rosa-based Alternative Family Services, said spokesman Todd McCormack.

CT: Stiffer penalties for mandated reporters
Greenwich Time – June 04, 2015
A bill strengthening penalties for those who work with children but fail to report child abuse cleared its final legislative hurdle Wednesday when the state Senate unanimously approved it.

FL: Communities Foundation awards more than $57,000 to 13 non-profits
Times-Union/ – June 04, 2015
The awards, seven of which were to first-time recipients, were made in a competitive grants cycle that targets specific needs, the foundation said. The process is designed to build financial and organizational capacity to not-for-profit service organizations, the foundation said.

MA: Pizza And Talk Put Girls At Risk At Ease With Police
Cape News – June 04, 2015
From a staff perspective, Ms. Smith said that interactions with police have been positive. Officers, she said, have done a “wonderful job” of persuading residents to return to the program. But most of the young women have acquired negative perceptions of police based on their experiences.

MI: Bill Would Add to Regulations on Homeschooling
Heritage Foundation – June 04, 2015
Legislation has been introduced in the Michigan Legislature that would enact stricter regulations on homeschooling in the state. The legislation follows the deaths of two Detroit children whose mother explained their absence from a traditional school by claiming they were being homeschooled.

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