Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Why Finnish Babies Mostly Sleep in Cardboard Boxes, Updated News

For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.

It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life.

The maternity package – a gift from the government – is available to all expectant mothers.

South Carolina May Be Next Special Education Voucher State, Education Week

South Carolina is poised to become the 13th state to allow vouchers for students in special education.

The state passed a $6.7 billion budget this week that includes a provision to set aside $8 million in tax credits for people and businesses who donate to entities that dole out scholarships to private schools for students with disabilities. Each student would be eligible for up to $10,000. Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican who signaled her support for school choice initiatives in a speech to lawmakers at the start of the legislative session, has until Tuesday to issue line-item vetoes.

Juvenile Justice on Kauai in 2013 and Beyond, The Garden Island

The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney is responsible for seeking justice in hundreds of cases involving juveniles each year. In each of those matters, it is our mission to balance the competing interests of the child, of society and of the victims, in attempting to reach a just result.

Our vision is a progressive one, based on immediate sanctions to youthful offenders and providing the services necessary to the entire family to prevent the juvenile from reoffending, while protecting society and achieving justice for crime victims.

To accomplish this mission it is necessary for our attorneys, clerks and victim advocates to work closely with our law enforcement partners at KPD as well as the Juvenile Family Services Branch of the Judiciary. We also work hand-in-hand with our friends at Teen Court.