Children’s Rights In the News

10 October 2018 Metro Weekly
Court urged to uphold Philadelphia’s pro-LGBTQ foster care policy

A court in Philadelphia is being urged to uphold the city’s nondiscrimination policy, which prevents government-funded, religiously-affiliated child placement agencies from discriminating against same-sex couples. Children’s Rights and other advocacy organizations files an amicus brief in this case.

Court urged to uphold Philadelphia’s pro-LGBTQ foster care policy
5 October 2018 Des Moines Register
Stopping the cycle of violence in Iowa’s juvenile justice system

Deeply unsettling reports of violence at the State Training School at Eldora have prompted justified calls to increase safety at the facility. But we must seek to eliminate violence in all forms, write Harry Frischer, lead counsel at Children’s Rights, and Nathan Kirstein, staff attorney at Disability Rights Iowa.

Stopping the cycle of violence in Iowa’s juvenile justice system
21 September 2018 USA Today
A third of foster children on psychotropic drugs received no oversight

Samantha Bartosz is quoted in this article about a five-state report finding that children in foster care are given psychotropic drugs without adequate monitoring or oversight. “The report validates [Children’s Rights] work in several states including Missouri, where [Bartosz] is the lead attorney for the lawsuit.”

A third of foster children on psychotropic drugs received no oversight
6 September 2018 La Opinion
Trump Admin Moves to Eliminate Flores, Facilitating Detention

No child belongs in a detention center: “ningún niño pertenece en un centro de detención.” Sandy Santana is quoted speaking out against the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate the Flores agreement, which would allow the government to hold children indefinitely. (Spanish)

Trump Admin Moves to Eliminate Flores, Facilitating Detention
22 August 2018 Journal Inquirer
DCF satisfies 4 more court-mandated requirements

Connecticut’s DCF has satisfied four more of the measures required by the federal government as a result of a case brought by Children’s Rights, according to the latest Court Monitor’s Office report.

DCF satisfies 4 more court-mandated requirements
21 August 2018 CT Mirror
CT: Final report on DCF under Malloy and Katz cites progress

Ira Lustbader is quoted in this article about progress in Connecticut’s foster care and child welfare system: “What’s at stake could not be more serious. It’s the integrity of families and the safety and well-being of children that are brought under the protection of the state.

CT: Final report on DCF under Malloy and Katz cites progress