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PNS Daily Newscast - May 24, 2019 


President Trump's reported to be ready to sign disaster relief bill without money for border security. Also on the Friday rundown: House bills would give millions a path to citizenship; and remembering California’s second-deadliest disaster.

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Public News Service - PA: Family/Father Issues

With a high out-of-home placement rate, Philadelphia needs more qualified foster parents. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA - Religious beliefs don't give government contractors a license to discriminate, according to a ruling by a federal appeals court. Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia had claimed it has a constitutional right to use religious criteria to turn away qualified same-sex couples who wa

New research confirms that placing foster children with people they already know and trust improves outcomes. (WenPhotos/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report shows that a record increase in referrals for child abuse and neglect has led to more foster-care placements in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children's 10th Annual State of Child Welfare report says between 2015 and 2017, referrals to general

About 33 percent of Pennsylvania's foster-care population is age 14 or older. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania could do more to prepare young people in foster care for adulthood - but Allegheny County is making real progress. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed that young people transitioning out of foster care lag behind their peers in several key areas. Ma

In Pennsylvania, there are now 76,000 grandparents caring for 84,000 grandchildren. (Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania has two new laws that will help keep children in kinship care and out of the foster care system. Due primarily to parental substance abuse, there are now 76,000 grandparents caring for some 84,000 children in the Keystone State. HB 1539, establishing temporary

HB 2133 would create a 24/7 toll-free hotline and statewide website to help kinship caregivers. (janeb13/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A bill in the General Assembly could help thousands of Pennsylvania grandparents who are raising their children's children. Fueled in part by the opioid epidemic, some 82,000 grandparents care for more than 89,000 grandchildren in the Keystone State. Foster parents receive

Permanent connections with caring adults are important for adolescent development. (Sammie/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA — The child welfare system needs to do more to meet the developmental needs of adolescents, according to a recent study. A report from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative said scientific findings show brain development continues past the age of 20. It also said young pe

Asking questions and suggesting alternatives helps older relatives maintain independence. (freestockphotos.biz)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Family gatherings over the holidays are a chance to relax and share, but they can also be an important opportunity to start conversations about caregiving. Older adults in the family may need more help than they used to, but talking with them about serious topics like safe dr

Jailing and fining students or parents for truancy can trap families in a cycle of debt. (pexels.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's new truancy law makes some major improvements, but puts poor families at risk of increased penalties that don't solve the problem, according to critics. The new law puts an emphasis on addressing root causes of truancy in the schools and dealing with cases on

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