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Children’s Rights In the News

19 September 2022 Kansas City Star
Kansas fails to meet most foster care settlement benchmarks but agency touts progress

Dozens of Kansas foster children slept in offices overnight last year, experienced too many night-to-night placements and for some, mental health needs weren’t met soon enough. That’s what an independent monitor found in the first report measuring how well Kansas is following the settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit aimed at improving the state’s […]

Kansas fails to meet most foster care settlement benchmarks but agency touts progress
13 September 2022 The Imprint
Human Rights Watch Grades States on Children’s Rights: No ‘As’ or ‘Bs’. Most States Get ‘Ds’ and ‘Fs’

A new state-by-state analysis of how well America meets international standards on protecting its children found “alarming” results — a nation that “overwhelmingly” fails to protect its youngest residents from child marriage, corporal punishment, child labor and justice system abuse. New York, considered progressive by American standards, was among states receiving failing grades on the national […]

Human Rights Watch Grades States on Children’s Rights: No ‘As’ or ‘Bs’. Most States Get ‘Ds’ and ‘Fs’
7 September 2022 The Imprint
UN Committee Suggests the US Change or Repeal Major Child Welfare Policies

Weeks after hearing from advocates and government officials about racism in the American child welfare system, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of RacialDiscrimination said Congress should consider changing or eliminating several major laws pertaining to child protection investigations, foster care and adoption. The committee, often referred to as CERD, said it was “concerned […]

UN Committee Suggests the US Change or Repeal Major Child Welfare Policies
17 August 2022 The Imprint
United Nations Panel Presses Biden Officials on Racial Discrimination in Child Welfare

Accusations of racism in the U.S. child welfare system reached the United Nations this month, with American officials pressed on why so many Black families are torn apart by foster care. During a public hearing Friday in Geneva, Switzerland, the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination confronted officials with the Biden administration. Speaking […]

United Nations Panel Presses Biden Officials on Racial Discrimination in Child Welfare
11 July 2022 NBC News
The state took children from their parents — then failed to give them a ‘real’ education

Foster youth in Michigan say the classes they took in state-funded facilities didn’t count toward graduation. Some dropped out. “I felt destroyed,” one said, “like everything I did was for nothing.” Educational issues in these facilities often don’t get much attention, because the facilities also face urgent challenges in hiring qualified staff and managing tense […]

The state took children from their parents — then failed to give them a ‘real’ education
20 June 2022 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Foster children housed in child welfare offices; officials work to end practice

For about a year, teenage foster children who have been deemed to be difficult to place with families have been sleeping in state offices in Fulton County, and the practice had led to unsafe conditions for both the teens and those trying to help them, caseworkers and advocates say. “It’s a requirement, both constitutionally and […]

Foster children housed in child welfare offices; officials work to end practice
16 May 2022 Newsweek
We Must Do More for Children Seeking Safety at Our Borders

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen devastating images of children and families fleeing war and violence in Ukraine, seeking refuge in neighboring nations. It is an unimaginable prospect for these children, and one that is unfortunately all too common. Every day, in regions all across the world, violence, instability and poverty force children to […]

We Must Do More for Children Seeking Safety at Our Borders
26 April 2022 Family Integrity and Justice Works
Help Not Hotlines: Replacing Mandated Reporting for Neglect with a New Framework for Family Support

There is no shortage of calls to reimagine legal and social systems and rethink the concept of safety in order to strengthen and empower communities as recognition of the detrimental effects of these systems on marginalized communities grows. As these calls draw every system in this country under a microscope, we must examine and dismantle […]

Help Not Hotlines: Replacing Mandated Reporting for Neglect with a New Framework for Family Support
5 April 2022 Vice
Migrant Kids Face Danger, Trauma, and Separation at ‘Hellhole’ Border Tent Camp

Last spring, Kaitlin Hess paused her day job as a scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency to answer the Biden administration’s call for volunteers at the border, where thousands of migrant children were arriving unaccompanied, without adult relatives to care for them. Hess, a 34-year-old who normally helps clean up hazardous waste sites, was deployed […]

Migrant Kids Face Danger, Trauma, and Separation at ‘Hellhole’ Border Tent Camp