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Children’s Rights In the News

19 July 2021 Richmond Times-Dispatch
Barriers exist for LGBTQ people as both foster parents and foster children

Patrice Ismael-Gantt knew she always wanted to foster kids. When she was a special education teacher and intensive in-home therapist, she spent a lot of time with children in dire home situations. “You see so many cases where you’re in these situations where you can’t help because you’re not their legal guardian,” Ismael-Gantt said. “And […]

Barriers exist for LGBTQ people as both foster parents and foster children
28 June 2021 Little Black Book Online
Matter Unlimited Delivers with ‘Bricks for Kids’ Installation to Raise Awareness of Children’s Mental Health

Since the start of the pandemic, kids have been some of the most affected – cut off from school, friends and the normal rhythms of childhood. The unfortunate result has been a national surge in childhood anxiety and depression. Children in foster care have been hit especially hard, often being forced to relocate multiple times, […]

Matter Unlimited Delivers with ‘Bricks for Kids’ Installation to Raise Awareness of Children’s Mental Health
18 June 2021 USA Today
Supreme Court foster care ruling likely to prompt more tests of religion vs. LGBTQ rights

Christina Wilson Remlin with the child welfare organization Children’s Rights, said the decision Thursday underscored the need for a congressional response. “The Supreme Court’s 9-0 ruling is based on narrow grounds limited to the facts of this case,” she said. But it “drives home why we need to pass federal legislation to provide consistent anti-discrimination protections […]

Supreme Court foster care ruling likely to prompt more tests of religion vs. LGBTQ rights
7 June 2021 Lansing State Journal
Court monitors find continued safety issues in Michigan child welfare system

“We were very concerned to read about some of the safety issues that are still persisting, some of them worsening [in] unlicensed relative homes and in the child caring institutions, or group home facilities,” said Children’s Rights attorney Elizabeth Pitman Gretter. “[The state] is really struggling to perform some of those basic safety checks and to oversee […]

Court monitors find continued safety issues in Michigan child welfare system
3 June 2021 The Columbus Dispatch
Opinion: Ma’Khia Bryant’s case highlights why Ohio’s family members who take on kin in state custody need equal payment

Ma’Khia Bryant was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer during an altercation at the foster home where she was living. While an investigation is still underway, one thing we do know is that the system responsible for keeping the 16-year-old safe failed her in critical ways. Remembered by family and teachers as a quiet, diligent, […]

Opinion: Ma’Khia Bryant’s case highlights why Ohio’s family members who take on kin in state custody need equal payment
1 June 2021 The Columbus Dispatch
Brown, Beatty: ‘Ma’Khia should be alive today.’ Their letter calling for federal investigation into events leading to Ma’Khia Bryant death

Make no mistake—the foster care system is broken. There is a nationwide shortage of foster parents. Meanwhile, child poverty, a lack of resources for grandparents and kinship care providers, and barriers to affordable housing and quality mental health services all increase the likelihood of child welfare involvement. Data show that young Black Americans are more […]

Brown, Beatty: ‘Ma’Khia should be alive today.’ Their letter calling for federal investigation into events leading to Ma’Khia Bryant death
28 May 2021 The Imprint
Leading Child Welfare Litigation Group Pledges to Join Growing Fight Over ‘Most Urgent Civil Rights Battle of Our Time’

“The unjust separation of Black children from their families causes lasting harm to their development and well-being and is part of a broader legacy of institutional racism that shapes our society,” Shereen White, senior staff attorney at Children’s Rights, stated in a press release. White went on to state that too often poverty and economic […]

Leading Child Welfare Litigation Group Pledges to Join Growing Fight Over ‘Most Urgent Civil Rights Battle of Our Time’

 

 

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