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    PNS Daily News - May 28, 20150 


    Our coast to coast news highlights several stories including: controversial new federal water rules hailed around the country; conservation groups sue to stop deep-sea mining; and a court order sought to free birth certificates of U.S. born children of immigrant parents.

Mental Health

PHOTO: Unqualified doctors, inadequate medical leadership and a lack of sanitary medical facilities are among the problems a report finds are occurring at facilities within the Illinois Department of Corrections. Photo credit: Tim Pearce/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A report filed in federal court uncovers sweeping problems at Illinois Department of Corrections facilities impacting the health of prisoners. The report was completed as part of a lawsuit challenging the adequacy of medical care in prisons. Ed Yohnka, director of communicatio ...Read More

PHOTO: More than nine of ten Oregon children in state custody are placed with relatives or foster families, and only four percent in group homes or institutional care, earning the state high marks from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: AimeeLow/morguefile.com.

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon leads the nation in a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report that says children in state custody do best when they're cared for in family settings. Oregon has the lowest percentage of kids placed in group homes or institutional care, at 4 percent. Of the 8,200 Oregon children in ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that about one in five kids in the Pennsylvania child-welfare system doesn't live with a family, but in a group or institutional setting. It says more should be done to change that. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania needs to do more to find families for children in the child-welfare system, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. About 14,000 kids are in state foster care. The report found that one in five - well above the national average - doesn't live with ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that when Arkansas children cannot be with their families, they all too often end up in group homes or institutions.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Children thrive when they are in families, but too many times when they're in foster systems, they end up in non-family settings. A report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that 19 percent of Arkansas children in out-of-home placements end up in group homes ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan needs to find more ways to keep kids in families, either their own or foster, according to a new report that looks at the consequences of group settings and emergency shelters on child development.

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to connecting kids in the child-welfare system with loving, supportive families, Michigan's track record is among the worst in the nation, according to new data out today. The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds nearly one in five of these kids living in ...Read More

PHOTO: According to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, more Tennessee foster children are growing up in family settings instead of residential facilities.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee is doing something right when it comes to caring for foster children in the state. According to a report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Volunteer State has reduced the percentage of children in custody who are housed in residential settings by ne ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the importance of keeping children in a family-type setting when they cannot safely remain with a parent. Photo credit: Scott Liddell/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - When a child cannot remain with his or her own family, foster care can provide a safe, nurturing environment. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds about 1,800 or 14 percent of children placed out-of-home in Ohio are not living with a family, but in group placement. ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report says too many foster kids end up in group homes and looks at ways to place more kids in stable families. Photo courtesy of the Annie E. Casey Foundation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Too many of California's foster children are stuck in group homes when they should be placed with a loving family. That's according to a new report – "Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success" – released today. ...Read More

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