State AGs Crack down on coronavirus scams
WASHINGTON — From disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker in Missouri to a convenience store operator in New Jersey, suspected fraudsters are trying to take advantage of the coronavirus panic to trick consumers into buying useless or harmful products, triggering state anti-gouging laws and anti-fraud efforts by state attorneys general.“When people are desperate and afraid, they are more likely to make a bad financial decision,” Democratic North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, co-chairman of the National Association of Attorneys General Consumer Protection Committee, said in an interview with ...
Miami toddler who wandered the streets after mom's murder to be adopted after dad's trial
MIAMI — Beverly Morgan didn’t know Natasha Bolton well. Over a decade ago, Bolton was a friendly customer who often went into Morgan’s small Liberty City grocery store.But Bolton also had a crushing drug addiction. When she gave birth to a baby, Bolton surprisingly asked Morgan to care for him. Morgan and her husband agreed. When Bolton couldn’t stay clean and off the streets, they wound up adopting the boy named Martinez.Another tragedy, this time violent, brought a second Bolton son to the Morgans’ home.The couple agreed to take in her second son, Derrick Barrett Jr., in July 2016 after the ...
Editorial: Philadelphia is right to take LGBTQ foster care case to Supreme Court
The latest religious freedom battle to make its way to the Supreme Court of the United States originated in Philadelphia. After the Supreme Court ruled in 2018 in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding because of his religious beliefs, this fall, the court will hear the case of a Philadelphia faith-based foster care agency that refused to place children with otherwise eligible same-sex couples.The ruling could have implications that would reach far beyond the foster system.At the heart of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia is whether Catholic Social Services di...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: A cry for justice for a child-development expert in Turkey
There are times we must urgently intervene to help our children, and there are times we urgently must intervene to help the adults who help children.Today is a day I desperately wish I could be doing both. Instead, in the case of one of those adults, I must hold my breath.That’s because my friend and colleague, the child development specialist Yigit Aksakoglu, halfway across the world in Istanbul, Turkey, is on trial for his life. A prosecutor and the president of Turkey claim that Aksakoglu sought to overthrow his country, apparently by helping children. Amnesty International calls the charge...
States adopt 'bring baby to work' plans but lag on paid leave
BARRE, Vt. — Courtney O’Brien’s tiny office at the Vermont Department of Transportation building a few miles from the state capital city of Montpelier looks like a mashup between a nursery and a workspace.That’s because it is.On a recent weekday morning, O’Brien, 29, clicked a computer keyboard with one hand while cradling her 4-month-old son in the other.“I’ve gotten really good at typing with one hand,” she said. The baby, whose name she didn’t want published, was quiet, almost asleep, as she worked. As his eyes closed, she gently turned from the computer and settled him into a portable crib...
After a long search, family adopts special-needs child
FORT WORTH, Texas — Chelsea Guido always knew she wanted to adopt, even after she and her husband had three healthy children.But there was a certain child they wanted: one with Down syndrome.Chelsea has worked as a teacher for special-needs children, and they have a special place in her heart, she said.“They are joyful, happy, loving people, but they’re also really stubborn and spicy and I really like that. We’re really drawn specifically to a kid with Down syndrome,” Chelsea said.Two years after starting the adoption process — going to classes, background checks, visits at home — Chelsea turn...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas challenges California ban on travel to Lone Star State over religious beliefs law
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an action Monday in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to strike down California’s ban on state-funded travel to Texas in the wake of a law that was viewed as discriminatory against LGBTQ people.In 2017, Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3859, which allowed child welfare service providers to deny services to Texans based on conflicts with their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” At the time, critics said the law allowed faith-based adoption agencies to deny placing children for reasons such as religion, sexuality or a person’s gender identi...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tennessee governor signs bill allowing adoption agencies to deny gay couples
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, signed a controversial anti-LGBTQ bill into law that allows children-placement agencies to deny services to anyone who violates “the agency’s written religious or moral convictions.”Critics say that House Bill 836 allows prospective parents who want to provide a home to children in need to be turned away by taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies. Proponents of the law say it is centered on ensuring religious liberty and protecting faith-based groups.“It’s disturbing that Gov. Bill Lee signed legislation that will harm children in Tennessee,” Alphonso David, ...
New York Daily News
Grandmother separated from 2-year-old when released into US after being in 'Remain in Mexico' program
SAN DIEGO — Border officials separated a Guatemalan grandmother from her 2-year-old granddaughter before releasing both into the United States after they waited in Tijuana together for months under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.Telma Chavarria, 40, had previously been returned to Tijuana with her granddaughter after immigration court proceedings in San Diego. After her case was terminated in early January, both were released into the United States, but they were not allowed to stay together.Officials said that because she was not the 2-year-old girl’s legal guardian, the...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
US border authorities see spike in unaccompanied minors from Mexico
TIJUANA, Mexico — It’s 10 a.m., but it’s still pretty early for a group of teenage boys who are just waking up inside a migrant shelter for unaccompanied children along a busy highway in Tijuana.At Casa YMCA de Menores Migrantes, the three Mexican teenage boys — aged 15, 16 and 17 — check their phones as they slowly sit up and stretch their feet out over the edge of their bunk beds.“About 80% of the kids we receive here are Mexicans, girls and boys and adolescents, between the ages of 12 and 17 who are deported from the United States and they arrive every morning,” said Valeria Ruiz, the new d...
The San Diego Union-Tribune