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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: The U.S. Senate shoots down a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

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PHOTO: As students around the Buckeye State celebrate their high school graduations this weekend, a recent report finds they are also helping Ohio remain on pace to achieve a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020. Photo credit: dee/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's graduation season, and an increasing number of Ohio high school seniors are donning a cap and gown. According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report, Ohio's high school graduation rate was up more than 2 percent in 2013 and is slightly higher than the national average of ab ...Read More

PHOTO: May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and while teen pregnancy rates are at an all-time low nationally, at least 23 Indiana teens become pregnant each day. Photo credit: Grietgriet/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Teen pregnancy rates have reached historic lows in recent years, but there are still an estimated 23 Hoosier teens who become pregnant each day. During National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in May, reproductive health advocates are highlighting the impact of teen pregnancy on fami ...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: New York is going about average according to a new report when it comes to placing children in child welfare with family members. The report says more than 20,000 children in New York still love in group homes.

NEW YORK - A new report says family connections make all the difference and it ranks New York in the middle of the pack for finding stable family settings for children in the child welfare system. One sign of progress in the new report is the way New York is helping to preserve family connections. ...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: Montana is doing better than most states in making sure that kids in the child welfare system are placed with relatives or foster families, instead of group homes.

HELENA, Mont. - Montana ranks among the best in the nation when it comes to ensuring that kids in the child welfare system are placed with foster or next-of-kin families. Ninety percent live in a family setting in Montana, while nationally the rate is 84 percent. In those instances where children ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the need to keep foster children in a family-type setting. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - There are about 7,200 Kentucky kids in foster care, and according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, on any given night 1,300 of them go to bed without the comfort of a family. Child advocate Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, says the s ...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

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