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Children’s Rights In the News

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
25 March 2022 CT Mirror
Court ends federal oversight of child protection in CT

A federal judge formally released the Department of Children and Families from three decades of court oversight Thursday, concluding that Connecticut once again can be entrusted with the care of its most vulnerable children. “We are very excited to be able to say that today, in 2022, we are a very different agency than we […]

Court ends federal oversight of child protection in CT
24 March 2022 News 8 WTNH
Abused, neglected kids protected after dynamic shift for DCF

For more than 30 years, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) has been operating under the watchful eye of a court monitor. Now, there is a big change for the state agency. State officials and a national children’s rights group celebrated a landmark settlement Thursday that frees the state from court oversight. “Today […]

Abused, neglected kids protected after dynamic shift for DCF
24 March 2022 NBC Connecticut
Court Ends Consent Decree Imposed on DCF in 1991

Gov. Ned Lamont was joined by Attorney General William Tong and Department of Children and Families Commissioner Vanessa Dorantes Thursday afternoon to discuss the end to the consent decree imposed on DCF for more than three decades. The Juan F. Consent Decree stems from a 1991 settlement between the state and plaintiffs who alleged dangerous […]

Court Ends Consent Decree Imposed on DCF in 1991
15 March 2022 Connecticut Public Radio / WNPR
Motion would end federal oversight of Connecticut’s child welfare agency

After over three decades of federal court oversight, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families may see an end to the judicial arrangement. It was announced this week that the state and plaintiffs in the Juan F. consent decree filed a joint motion to end the oversight. “This is a big deal and a tremendous […]

Motion would end federal oversight of Connecticut’s child welfare agency