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Immigrant children describe hunger and cold in detention

Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat or lay on the cold, concrete floor of the immigration holding centers where they were …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

5 children pulled from water near Seattle’s Discovery Park

Authorities say five children were pulled from the water near Seattle’s Discovery Park and taken to a hospital.


U.S. says all eligible youngest children, families reunited

The Trump administration says all eligible small children separated from their families as a result of its zero-tolerance immigration policy have been reunited with their parents.


Free event on exploring national parks with children Wednesday

Spokane authors Abby and Harley McAllister will present a free program on exploring national parks with kids at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave.


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 9:47 a.m.

Ready for the road: Keeping kids occupied, and device-free, in the car this summer takes a little planning

It’s time for that summer road trip, but also the potential boredom factor for families. While it’s tempting to let kids watch movies or play games on devices, adults can …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Report: Washington ranks near the top in terms of child health

Washington fares better than most U.S. states in taking care of its kids, especially when it comes to health, according to a new report by Kids Count.


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 2:04 p.m.

Administration ups estimate of children separated from their parents to 3,000

The Trump administration admitted Thursday that the government has separated hundreds more children from their parents after illegal border crossings than had previously been revealed and that none of the …


Look outside for road trip fun

It’s time for that summer road trip, but also the potential boredom factor for families. While it’s tempting to let kids watch movies or play games on devices, adults can …


UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 8:58 p.m.

Thai rescuers locate missing boys and coach alive in cave

Rescuers located 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand late Monday, more than a week after they went missing, bringing hope …


Freedom to roam: With Utah law on the books, Spokane parents mull ‘free-range parenting’

Utah passed what’s being called the first “free-range kids” law in the nation to clarify it isn’t a crime for parents to allow mature children do such things by themselves …


Pot poisoning reports increase among young children

Washington officials say reports of pot poisoning among young children is on the rise across the state.


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 7:53 p.m.

Trump, GOP leaders strain for migrant-kids solution

President Donald Trump on Tuesday told House Republicans he is “1,000 percent” behind their rival immigration bills, providing little clear direction for party leaders searching for a way to defuse …


Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown both call for end to immigrant family separation policy

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said she was working to bring legislation to the House of Representatives’ floor that would address both the detention issue and other immigration reforms. Her Democratic …


Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility in Texas

Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait away from their parents in a series of cages created by metal fencing.


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

Inside Casa Padre, the converted Walmart where the U.S. is holding nearly 1,500 immigrant children

Casa Padre now houses more than 1,400 immigrant boys, dozens of them forcibly separated from their parents at the border by a new Trump administration “zero-tolerance” policy.


How many detainees at SeaTac prison are separated from children? Immigration advocates determined to find out.

“Chaos” is how an immigrant advocate describes trying to learn more about roughly 200 people sent to a SeaTac Federal Detention Center by immigration authorities. Still unknown: Exactly how many …


UPDATED: Mon., May 28, 2018, 7:47 p.m.

The U.S. lost track of 1,475 immigrant children last year – here’s why people are outraged now

In the past week, outrage about treatment of children taken into U.S. custody at the Southwest border has reached a fever pitch, exploding in a barrage of tweets and calls …


There’s no replacement for human relationships fostered in wild places, writer says

Growing up in New York City, Florence Williams was the daughter of a “hyper urban” mother who hated camping.


UPDATED: Sun., May 13, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Advocates for kids face heavy caseloads in western Idaho

Guardian ad Litem workers serve as special advocates for kids entering foster care across Idaho. The work is rewarding, but the hours are long, the caseloads are high, and in …


Michigan couple gives 14th son creative middle name

A Michigan couple had a little bit of fun naming their 14th son.


Homelessness hits K-12 students hard

Recent data shows homelessness among students K-12 rising statewide for the ninth school year in a row, to a new high of 40,934, according to the state Office of the …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 9:08 p.m.

$1 million federal grant will help study of transgender kids

The first large-scale, national study of transgender children, including some as young as 3, is poised to expand thanks to a five-year, $1 million grant awarded Thursday by the National …


Raising resilience: Local mentors provide safety net for kids

To help children bounce back when bad things happen, experts point mainly to the role of a caring adult in the youth’s life, among other strategies. More than 360 volunteers …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Library on wheels brings joy of books to Afghan kids

The children of Kabul love the blue bus – they rush toward it every time it pulls into their street, eager to come onboard, their young eyes brimming with excitement.


NYC mayor angry over crosswalk deaths of 2 children

New York City’s mayor said a driver with a history of seizures who fatally struck two children, including the daughter of an acclaimed Broadway actress, never should have been behind …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 11, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Report: Children not always represented in Idaho protection cases

Idaho has serious gaps in representation for children involved in protective services cases, according to a report by the Office of Performance Evaluation.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 9:55 a.m.

So much sexual misconduct news: Talking to children

The ongoing spotlight on sexual harassment and sexual assault has many parents wondering: Are there age-appropriate ways to talk to children about what they might hear or experience? What are …


Monthslong battle over CHIP took a toll on families, agencies

For months, as Congress held off on reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Mead fretted about how she’d manage if she had to buy private insurance through her nonprofit employer. …


Spain: Dozens of children among 329 migrants rescued at sea

Spanish officials say more than 300 people including newborns have been rescued from a wooden fishing boat off Libya’s coast and taken to an Italian port.


Not just a drunken revelry: Mardi Gras for kids as well

The family was among more than 100 revelers marching through the streets of New Orleans on Jan. 20 in the Krewe of Confetti Kids parade – one of the many …