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Ohio funding for Child Protective Services is lowest in the nation

Ohio has some of the lowest funding for child protective services in the United States. Funding dropped off during the recession and never bounced back.

The repercussions of this state's heroin epidemic are being seen in courtrooms, "Those of us that have this docket are finding that we're being overwhelmed and it is getting harder and harder to get the cases in in a timely fashion," said Nancy McMillen, a Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Magistrate.

Lakeville Parents Investigated for Child Endangerment Have History with Child Protective Services

Police arrested a father and mother from Lakeville after they and their two children were missing for days...

Police recovered the family's car Tuesday morning in a parking lot on 26th Street in South Minneapolis. Police say both parents and their children were inside the car. Police arrested 38-year-old Zachariah Wilson and 33-year-old Angela Robinson. They're being held in the Dakota County Jail on suspicion of child endangerment.

Why some N.H. veterans can't get medical marijuana

During a tour in Iraq, Infantryman Jeremy Sparks's Army convoy was driving over a bridge when the entire structure collapsed. "We just dropped, it was like something out of a cartoon," Sparks said.

The 40-year-old veteran was a rear gunner on a Stryker military vehicle, standing up out of a back hatch when the vehicle careened into the sandy riverbed below. The impact of the fall threw him to the back of the Stryker, giving him such severe whiplash that it herniated two of the major nerves in his neck.

New Hampshire struggling to keep child protective services office open past 4:30 p.m.

It will be 2017 by the time child protective services stays open past 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, state officials said Wednesday.

That's a far cry from the 24/7 around-the-clock coverage the agency sought in order to better ensure the safety of children in abusive homes. Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers told the state Commission to Review Child Fatalities that his department has had trouble recruiting the qualified workers needed to field complaints of abuse and neglect until 8 p.m. Half of the 15 employees needed to staff the new shift have been brought on so far.

Kern County social workers shaken by attack and vandalism

Kern County Human Services officials are looking at how they can increase safety measures after a Child Protective Services worker was assaulted on Tuesday and several incidents of vandalism a few days before that.

Reed said the worker had been attacked by a "sharp object." The name of that social worker is not being released, but Reed said she's been with the department for more than a couple years. Social workers can face risky situations, but they haven't had many confrontations resulting in serious injuries, according to officials.

Foster Care Chief Ups Request For Caseworker Pay Hikes

The head of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has decided to ask lawmakers for an additional $8.2 million to help raise salaries for Child Protective Services workers.

On Thursday evening, agency commissioner Hank Whitman wrote in a letter to Senate Finance Committee members that "providing a salary increase will have a positive impact on retention." "Settling on the ideal salary to diminish turnover is difficult," Whitman wrote. "Our research of U.S. Labor Statistics shows that comparable jobs in the Texas market pay more than salaries at CPS."

DFPS commissioner lays out plan to overhaul CPS

After KVUE reported that the commissioner for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services asked for more money to hire hundreds of additional case workers.

The plan laid out in a letter signed by DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman is a part of his intent to overhaul Child Protective Services. In October, CPS workers didn't see 2,844 children in Texas. Over 500 of those children were at the highest risk of abuse or neglect. Whitman is asking senators for 200 more CPS case workers and 100 special investigators to "assist with the investigations and locate children and their families timely." In addition, he's requesting 250 other case worker positions.

Kristi's Kids: DCS backlog continues to decrease

We have new numbers from the Arizona Department of Child Safety indicating some real progress. Kristi's kids has been a very active player in getting child welfare reform for local kids. Now, it seems, things might actually be improving.

The latest Department of Child Safety figures show the lowest number of open, inactive cases since January, 2010. The figure is now fewer than 5,500. That is a dramatic decrease from the peak more than 16,000 in February, 2015. State Senator Steve Farley, an outspoken critic of D.C.S., tells Kristi's Kids, these numbers are looking pretty good.

4 children found sleeping in locked car in Phoenix

Four children, all under 10 years old, were found sleeping in a locked car Friday morning near 17th and Dunlap avenues.

According to Phoenix police, the children's father was located nearby in a friend's apartment. The father, who is homeless, told police the children were asleep when he arrived at that location late in the night and he didn't want to wake them all up to move them inside. None of the children were injured or transported. The Arizona Department of Child Safety was notified of the incident.

Homeschooling Bill Clears First Hurdle

A measure seeking to untie home-schooling from the regulatory eye of the Virgin Islands Board of Education won the favor of all senators gathered at the Frits E. Lawaetz Legislative Hall here on Monday.

Though the measure will be amended, senators generally agreed with the measure, with the bill's sponsor, Senator Novelle Francis - who said the bill was specifically for parents and guardians who home-school their children, and not the many learning centers throughout the territory that essentially operate as unlicensed private schools - pointing to the growing interest in home-schooling from parents throughout the territory.

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