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Children’s Rights In the News

14 April 2021 Associated Press
Many Say Now Is The Time To Fight Racial Bias In Foster Care

Bias and racism are widespread in the child welfare system. Black children are taken into foster care at a disproportionately high rate and languish longer before being adopted, reunited with their parents or aging out of the system. “It’s a perfect opportunity to say let’s stop the madness of unnecessarily removing kids,” said Ira Lustbader, […]

Many Say Now Is The Time To Fight Racial Bias In Foster Care
25 March 2021 The Hill, Robert Fellmeth and Sandy Santana
Privatization of foster care has been a disaster for children

In one of his first acts as president, Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the Justice Department to not renew its contracts with private prisons. The president’s decision was hailed by civil liberties organizations, who saw it as a blow against a notoriously abusive system that often dehumanizes the incarcerated. “This is a first […]

Privatization of foster care has been a disaster for children
17 March 2021 The Imprint
Texas Lawmaker Wants to Give Relative Caregivers a Raise

Mercedes Bristol was already caring for an infant grandchild when her son dropped off his other four kids at her San Antonio home for what she thought would be an overnight stay. She didn’t have beds for them but figured they’d be OK for one night. That was 10 years ago, and they never left. “When […]

Texas Lawmaker Wants to Give Relative Caregivers a Raise
4 March 2021 The Imprint
Report Calls for End to Group Settings for Foster Youth

It’s time to stop placing American foster children in institutions and other group settings, according to a new report by the national child welfare group Children’s Rights. Continuing the practice, the report argues, unnecessarily harms children in government care. Before offering a strategy for change, the report makes the case that taxpayers are needlessly spending millions to maintain […]

Report Calls for End to Group Settings for Foster Youth
2 March 2021 MetroWeekly
Nation’s largest evangelical adoption agency will allow same-sex parents

Bethany Christian Services, the country’s largest evangelical adoption and foster care agency, has announced it will begin placing children with LGBTQ couples. The Michigan-based agency, which has offices in 32 different states, announced on Monday that it would no longer refuse to place children with same-sex couples and other prospective parents that the agency previously […]

Nation’s largest evangelical adoption agency will allow same-sex parents
19 February 2021 The Texas Tribune
Judge says Texas officials need to speed up foster care reforms

Two years after U.S. District Judge Janis Jack ordered a long list of reforms for the Texas foster care system, state health and human services officials have made some improvements. But on Tuesday, Jack again decided they haven’t done enough. In a quick morning hearing, Jack said she will give state officials until May to […]

Judge says Texas officials need to speed up foster care reforms