Federal Cuts Jeopardize Child Welfare Programs in Arkansas

Programs that Arkansas officials say “have helped thousands of struggling families” will be cut because of the loss of federal funding. KARK 4 News has more: The cuts will require the Department of Human Services (DHS) to eliminate a child abuse prevention program that put workers in 27 school districts, eliminate funding for Family Resource […]

Shaken, Beaten or Both: Mother’s Boyfriend Leaves Two-Year-Old with Traumatic Brain Injury

A two-year-old boy in Spartanburg, South Carolina is clinging to life after his mother’s boyfriend allegedly beat him. The Spartanburg Herald Journal has more on the boy’s life-threatening injuries: A Greenville Memorial Hospital physician told detectives on Wednesday that she and a neurologist believe the child has traumatic brain injury from having been shaken, beaten […]

Foster Care Funds on the Chopping Block in Arizona

Money for Arizona’s foster care system may fall victim to the state’s budget process if the legislature can’t come up with additional funds. Phoenix’s ABC 15 spoke to one foster family to get their reaction. Matthew and Cathy Barto have fostered six children over the last seven years, and they don’t understand why state lawmakers […]

Idaho Father Allegedly Kills Son Two Months After Gaining Custody

Six-year-old Afton Allison died Sunday night and his father, Anthony Blake Viles, is currently under arrest for allegedly beating him to death. King 5 News has more on this heartbreaking story: Afton used to live in Washington with his mother and stepfather. After child protective services removed him from his mother’s home for neglect, they […]

High Hopes for Campaign to End Child Abuse Deaths in Kentucky

Kentucky mothers who have lost children to child abuse are banding together to prevent any more deaths. The campaign, led by Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, features powerful voices speaking out on what it’s like to lose a child to abuse, including Kara Mellick: “It kills me every time I think about it,” said Mellick, […]

Michigan Implements Statewide Hotline to Report Abuse and Neglect

There is a single phone number to call to report suspected child abuse and neglect in Michigan, now that the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) has replaced its 83 county-based call centers with a centralized hotline. “The rollout of the centralized hotline is a major step forward in our campaign to reform Michigan’s long […]

Tulsa World Article Showcases Children’s Rights’ Fight for OK Foster Kids

Children’s Rights’ Founder and Executive Director Marcia Robinson Lowry sat down with Tulsa World reporter Ginnie Graham to talk about the reasons behind Children’s Rights’ legal action to reform Oklahoma’s foster care system and what U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell’s approval of the settlement agreement will mean for abused and neglected kids in Oklahoma. The […]