Hotel Stays Increase for Wash. Foster Children
Washington state’s foster children are spending more nights in hotel rooms rather than licensed care homes, according to a year-end report issued by the state Department of Children, Youth and Families. Total nights in hotel rooms increased 23% since 2019, King5.com reports. According to DCYF ombudsman Patrick Dowd, most of the hotel stays involved a small number of children who are difficult to place, as they have developmental disabilities, behavioral or mental health issues.
Mont. Revokes License of Youth Home
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has revoked the license of a home tor troubled youth following an investigation that found evidence of abuse and neglect, according to the Missoulian. The investigation of Ranch for Kids was prompted by a June 2019 call to the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline.
Enrollment Jumps at S.D. Cosmetology School
Enrollment has jumped at The Salon Professional Academy in South Dakota amid the coronavirus pandemic, even as it has fallen at the state’s six public universities, kotatv.com reports. Enrollment for massage and esthetics has almost doubled, says Wendy Beaumont, the school’s director of operations.
Ill. Gun Sales, Permits Soar amid Pandemic, Unrest
Illinois residents bought more guns and applied for more firearm permits than ever before in 2020 amid civil unrest and the COVID pandemic. By the start of December, serious inquiries about gun purchases exceeded 2019 numbers by 45%, according to the Chicago Tribune. As of November, meanwhile, applications for firearm owner ID cards exceeded 2017 numbers by 167%, according to the state police, and “blew past” a 2013 surge after concealed carry licenses were made available.
Colo. County Coroner Loses Funeral Home License
A Colorado county coroner will remain in office despite the state’s decision to revoke the licenses of his two funeral homes and crematories. The state Department of Regulatory Affairs yanked Shannon Kent’s licenses after determining that he violated state laws requiring documentation for human remains, proper handling of cremains and clear language in service contracts. The decision does not affect his ability to remain Lake County’s coroner, according to the Leadville Herald.