child welfare systems

  • Coronavirus Mar 16

    NYC Child Welfare Programs Frustrated with Lack of Direction During Virus Crisis

    City non-profit groups say they are increasingly frustrated with a perceived lack of direction from City Hall, as they prepare to care for and interact with thousands of vulnerable children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. A letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio signed by more than 20 family services agencies Sunday and obtained by News 4 says the programs…

  • Feb 12, 2019

    El Chapo Found Guilty on All Counts, Faces Life in Prison

    Jurors at the U.S. trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman have found him guilty on all counts. Guzman was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his mistress through a...

  • judge Sep 5, 2018

    Major Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma to Pay for Overdose-Antidote Development

    A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it’s helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced Wednesday that it’s making a $3.4 million grant to Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, to help develop a low-cost naloxone nasal spray. The announcement...

  • United States Nov 30, 2017

    More US Kids in Foster Care; Parental Drug Abuse a Factor

    The number of children in the U.S. foster care system has increased for the fourth year in a row, with substance abuse by parents a major factor, according to new federal data released on Thursday....
    The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services counted 437,500 children in foster care as of Sept. 30, 2016, up from about 427,400...

  • United States Nov 8, 2017

    Grandparents Fill Void as Opioid Crisis Steals a Generation

    Everything his grandpa does, 5-year-old Colton wants to do. Even if it means wearing Crocs with socks. “If grandpa wears his Crocs with socks, Colton has to wear his Crocs with socks,” Pennie Krietemeier, 53, told NBC News. “I have to walk behind them because it’s so embarrassing.” Her grandson’s idolization of his grandfather Randy, 53, is one of the...

  • judge Feb 16, 2017

    Judge Orders Drug-Addicted Mother of 4 to Not Get Pregnant

    A New York judge has ordered a drug-addicted mother of four who has worked as a prostitute not to get pregnant again until she has gained custody of her infant son. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallaher wrote that the order is meant to improve the woman’s chances of being rehabilitated and reunited with the boy “without a newer baby making...

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