Federal Court Grants Tennessee Governor and Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Exit From 16-Year Lawsuit

 PRESS CONTACT: Holly Aubry // 646.943.0541 // haubry@childrensrights.org   July 18, 2017   Federal Court Grants Tennessee Governor and Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Exit From 16-Year Lawsuit, Demonstrating Top-to-Bottom Systemic Reform of Foster Care System Reporting Will Continue for 18 Months —- Legal advocacy can make government accountable and transform the way children are […]

Ninth Circuit Rules That Unaccompanied Minors are Entitled to Bond Hearings

By CR Staff

Hector was detained as an unaccompanied minor in California at the age of fifteen by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Even though he had a parent living in the state, the ORR held him in a detention facility for almost a year and a half, without an immigration hearing or an explanation for why […]

Latest Connecticut DCF Report Card ‘Reflects a Disappointing Downward Trend,’ Says Plaintiffs’ Counsel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 7, 2017 Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329, wbrown@childrensrights.org LATEST DCF REPORT CARD ‘REFLECTS A DISAPPOINTING DOWNWARD TREND,’ SAYS PLAINTIFFS’ COUNSEL Today an independent court monitor released the latest report in the case of Juan F. v. Malloy, which shows that the Department of Children and Families has experienced a decline […]

LATEST Connecticut DCF REPORT CARD ‘REFLECTS A DISAPPOINTING DOWNWARD TREND,’ SAYS PLAINTIFFS’ COUNSEL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 7, 2017 Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 646-216-3329, wbrown@childrensrights.org LATEST DCF REPORT CARD ‘REFLECTS A DISAPPOINTING DOWNWARD TREND,’ SAYS PLAINTIFFS’ COUNSEL Today an independent court monitor released the latest report in the case of Juan F. v. Malloy, which shows that the Department of Children and Families has experienced a decline […]

Beating The Odds

By CR Staff

As Fostering the Future 2017 winds down we are taking a moment to reflect on lessons learned. Read Samantha’s account on what she struggled through within the foster care system while she was on her way towards attaining a college degree and becoming a social worker. “My message to my brothers and sisters in care? DO IT. Go to college. It’s scary. Everything that you’re unfamiliar with is scary. But you’re going to find so many new things about yourself and learn to advocate for yourself. And once you obtain your degree it’s the best feeling in the world. It’s something that foster care can’t take from you. It can rob you of your sense of stability and self-worth, but it cannot rob you of your education once you’ve earned it. And that’s more powerful than anything.” Click “Daily Spotlight” to read her whole story.

Landmark Federal Lawsuit Charges Missouri with Pervasive Failure to Monitor Prescription and Administration of Powerful Psychotrophic Medications to Foster Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACTS: Holly Aubry; haubry@childrensrights.org; 646.943.0541 Lewis Cohen; lcohen@youthlaw.org; 510.835.8098, ext 3045 Jessica Lillie Ciccone: lillieciccone@slu.edu; 314.977.7248 JUNE 12, 2017 – JEFFERSON CITY, MO. – Watchdogs Children’s Rights, National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) and Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics have today filed a landmark, civil rights complaint against Jennifer […]

My Only Way Out

By CR Staff

There are many reasons why youth in foster care–and those who aged out–miss school. Nyeelah, who had to commute almost 2 ½ hours during her senior year of high school, explains one of them in today’s post: “I was … yearning for the love and support of a parent, and I just wasn’t getting it. I stopped going to school some days, or would forget to turn in my homework, and just gave up.” Click “Daily Spotlight” to read all of Nyeelah’s story!

Bridging the Gap Between Foster Youth and Higher Education

By CR Staff

Over the past month we have given you many first-person accounts from foster youth discussing the obstacles they faced on the path to higher education as part of #FosterMyEducation. Now, as Fostering the Future 2017 wraps up, we’ve collected accounts and perspectives of academics from across the country who are working towards bridging the gap between foster youth and higher education. Read now and discover why #FosterMyEducation was only the first step towards building a brighter future for America’s foster youth. Click “Daily Spotlilght” for the whole story.