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    PNS Daily News - December 22, 20140 


    A variety issues to start the week on our nationwide rundown including; the shooter is reported to have bragged before he assassinated a pair of NYPD officers; when pigs fly-a drone captures rare images of North Carolina pig farms; and a caution to Santa’s helpers, lotto tickets can be worse than coal for stocking stuffers.

Youth Issues

PHOTO: The Oregon Foster Youth Connection says foster families often don't have enough money to supply equipment, transportation and other costs so kids can participate in extracurricular activities. The group will ask the Oregon Legislature to help. Photo credit: surpasspro/FeaturePics.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The process of seeing a new law passed can be long and complicated, but it's a challenge foster children in Oregon are taking on – even some children who aren't old enough to vote. Members of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection are current and former foster children, ag ...Read More

PHOTO: They're the perfect size and don't require a lot of shopping around, but experts say giving lottery tickets to teens as holiday gifts is a bad bet. Photo credit: J. Money/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the shopping time left before Christmas quickly nears an end, a reminder to parents in Minnesota that lottery tickets should not end up as stocking stuffers in the last minute rush for gifts. Psychologist and marriage/family therapist Sharon Davern says it may seem like harmless ...Read More

PHOTO: A growing number of Texas teens who are aging out of the foster care system are finding support in making the transition into adulthood. Photo credit: Kevin D/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - Success is being found in efforts to help the hundreds of Texas foster teens who are aging out of the system each year with the often tough transition into adulthood. The Preparation for Adult Living or PAL Program assigns case workers to help foster youth prepare for life on their o ...Read More

PHOTO: The Look Through Their Eyes campaign educates Illinoisans about the signs of childhood trauma, and connects parents and caregivers of children who have experienced trauma to professionals, programs and resources. Photo credit: Phaedra Wilkinson/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Many children look forward to the holidays, but the season is sometimes not so magical for those who are victims of trauma. An estimated 42 percent of Illinois children ages 17 and younger have experienced one or more adverse family events. Anne Studzinski, managing direct ...Read More

PHOTO: Poverty is plaguing families in parts of Indiana, and community leaders, educators, counselors and others who work with children will gather today to examine solutions. Photo Credit: Rich Mullins/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Research finds 22 percent of Indiana's children are poor, and the problem is even greater in the southern part of the state. Today, those who advocate for children will discuss approaches to help lift Indiana families out of poverty. Melissa Fry, director of the Applied Rese ...Read More

PHOTO: The Juvenile Detention Center at Bridgeport. The city has a new Juvenile Review Board which embraces diversion options, recognizing the historically disproportionate number of kids of color who have ended up in detention because they acted out at school. Photo credit: State of Connecticut Judicial Branch.

HARTFORD, Conn. – This has been a year of progress for juvenile justice in Connecticut, particularly in dealing with racial disparities when children are arrested at school. Jason Szanyi, a staff attorney with the Center for Children's Law and Policy, says his group has worked with four Conn ...Read More

PHOTO: Department of Youth Services Commissioner Peter Forbes (right) says 2014 saw the entire Juvenile Justice system in the Commonwealth get its head around the fact that kids are different and a developmental approach is needed. Credit: Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger, DYS

BOSTON – The biggest sign of progress when it comes to juvenile justice in Massachusetts in 2014 is a major change in thinking, according to local experts. Commissioner Peter J. Forbes with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services says positive youth outcomes have been on the agenda fo ...Read More

PHOTO: Idaho would receive incentives for locking up fewer juveniles, under a newly updated Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act introduced in Congress. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

BOISE, Idaho - Congress is set to consider updating a decades-old law that guides states on the custody and care of juveniles in the criminal justice system. Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act was introduced late last week, and one big change would be providing i ...Read More

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