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Children’s Rights In the News

14 January 2020 The Advocate
Tennessee Lawmakers OK Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination in Adoption

The governor of Tennessee says he’ll sign a bill giving faith-based adoption and foster care agencies legal cover to turn away same-sex couples and other prospective parents who offend the agencies’ religious beliefs. Christina Wilson Remlin, Lead Counsel for Children’s Rights, is quoted: “We vehemently oppose any move that would limit the number of safe and loving homes available to children who need and deserve them.”

Tennessee Lawmakers OK Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination in Adoption
9 January 2020 Chronicle of Social Change
Kansas Creates New Agency to Lead Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Services

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) announced yesterday she will create a new agency that houses child welfare and juvenile justice services at the state level. Kansas has grappled with challenges in its foster care system, getting hit with a class-action lawsuit by the National Center for Youth Law, Children’s Rights and Kansas Appleseed prior to Kelly’s election. In October, Kelly asked to be removed from the suit, stating that she doesn’t actually oversee the state’s foster care system.

Kansas Creates New Agency to Lead Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Services
15 December 2019 Kansas City Star
US Foster Care Problems Lead Kids to Prison & Homelessness

In this six-part series on the U.S. foster care system, our litigation director Ira Lustbader speaks on the “highly vulnerable kids in government custody” Children’s Rights protects: “Often, vulnerable poor families don’t have the money or the power to push back against government intervention…Families are ripped apart for poverty and not abuse.”

US Foster Care Problems Lead Kids to Prison & Homelessness
11 December 2019 Washington Post
His siblings were killed. He was left in foster care to suffer.

Executive Director Sandy Santana and Children’s Rights are featured in this article about Dontay Davis, who entered foster care in Texas at age 8 and was separated from his siblings, shuffled through several placements, placed in restrictive group homes, and experienced the hallmarks of the foster care to prison pipeline.

His siblings were killed. He was left in foster care to suffer.
2 December 2019 The State
SC child-welfare agency requests millions for pay raises, other needs

In an effort to meet reforms in the class action brought by Children’s Rights, the SC Social Services Department plans to ask state lawmakers next year to spend $126.9 million in the state’s upcoming budget to help, in part, raise salaries for child caseworkers and other staff.

SC child-welfare agency requests millions for pay raises, other needs
28 November 2019 Nonprofit Quarterly
Nonprofits and Courts Clash over Foster Care Reform in Texas

US District Judge Janis Graham Jack has been the presiding judge on a lawsuit filed by a children’s rights organization in 2011. The suit alleges that the state of Texas, which has around 30,000 children in foster care on any given day, has stretched its resources and caseworkers too thin, placing children in perilous situations.

Nonprofits and Courts Clash over Foster Care Reform in Texas

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