child abuse

From Texas Standard:

There's a new acronym Texans may want to memorize – PEI, or Prevention and Early Intervention. Instead of sending kids into foster care, the state is now aiming to prevent abuse and neglect altogether.

All the parents listening in: have you ever felt like you're not doing a good job?

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Decades of abuse, neglect and death have resulted in a Federal Judge ordering Texas to fix its broken Foster Care program. Judge Janis Graham Jack says the system is turning out kids more broken than when they went in and earlier this month ordered the state to overhaul a program that houses 12,000 children. 

Impossible workloads for the Department of Family and Protective Services case workers have resulted in high turnover rates, lackluster investigations, and kids being shuttled around often and unsafely.

DFPS for its part offered the following statement:

From Texas Standard:

Each day in the United States, four to five children die due to child abuse and neglect. That number comes out to about 1,500 children each year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and experts say many more cases go unreported.

A Vatican prosecutor has indicted the Holy See's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic on charges that he sexually abused minors.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports the trial of Jozef Wesolowski will begin July 11 at a Vatican court. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Wesolowski was called back to the Vatican in 2013 after reports circulated in Santo Domingo that he had allegedly paid shoeshine boys to masturbate.

GALVESTON — A pediatric doctor at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston who faces charges of receipt and possession of child pornography has resigned and the state medical board has suspended his license to practice.

Houston media outlets report 49-year-old Dr. Dennis Patrick Hughes announced his resignation in a statement Thursday. Shortly after, the Texas Medical Board said a disciplinary panel temporarily suspended Hughes’ license, after determining “his continuation in the practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to the public welfare.”

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