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Children’s Rights In the News

15 May 2020 USA Today
Foster care teen’s death draws scrutiny to group home outbreaks: Who is looking out for these children?

Frederick’s death – and the realities of trying to social distance in a facility packed with teenagers – highlights one of the many problems facing America’s foster care system amid the pandemic, writes USA Today. “We are really worried that an already-strained system is going to buckle under the weight of the coronavirus,” says Sandy Santana, […]

Foster care teen’s death draws scrutiny to group home outbreaks: Who is looking out for these children?
12 May 2020 Gay City News
During Foster Care Month, Trump Nixes Data on Vulnerable LGBTQ Youth

Representatives of Children’s Rights, an organization dedicated to children swept up in the immigration, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems, were just as outraged after the rule was announced. The legal team at Children’s Rights was in contact with the administration and had begged the White House to reconsider the rule. “Stripping sexual orientation data […]

During Foster Care Month, Trump Nixes Data on Vulnerable LGBTQ Youth
11 May 2020 The Chronicle for Social Change
Administration Erases LGBT Questions From Foster Care Data Collection

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a final rule change that will end data collection regarding the sexual orientation of foster children and foster and adoptive parents in the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS). Christina Wilson Remlin, lead counsel for Children’s Rights, blasted the change, which came despite […]

Administration Erases LGBT Questions From Foster Care Data Collection
4 May 2020 NY City Lens
Coronavirus Disrupts an Already Fragile Child Welfare System

NY City Lens covers the challenges foster parents are seeing with virtual visits, court hearings, and school. “This coronavirus and then obviously by extension, the shelter in place mandates, have affected almost every aspect of child welfare and juvenile justice,” said Erin McGuinness, senior policy analyst at Children’s Rights.

Coronavirus Disrupts an Already Fragile Child Welfare System
24 April 2020 The Hill
We can’t let our nation’s foster youth age out of the system

The COVID-19 pandemic has been emotionally traumatic for us adults, but its impact on our nation’s youth is arguably far greater. Even young people with loving and present parents and kin are experiencing an emotional and financial toll of unforeseen magnitude as families are forced to navigate what this crisis means for their education and their future.

We can’t let our nation’s foster youth age out of the system
17 April 2020 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Iowa juvenile detention facility ordered to fix treatment issues

“Having gone through this and looking to court opinions from similar cases and institutions across the country, I believe this opinion will be another really powerful pronouncement on what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate,” Timothy Farrell said. “And I hope that it will continue a trend and continue the momentum, in a way that sends […]

Iowa juvenile detention facility ordered to fix treatment issues
15 April 2020 Noticias Telemundo
Children in foster homes also feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic

Activists warn that the pandemic has exacerbated the deficiencies of the foster care system, which houses up to about 440,000 children and youth in the United States. Sandy Santana, Executive Director of Children’s Rights interviewed with Noticias Telemundo. “The complex and battered foster care system…faces additional tests during the pandemic,” said Sandy Santana. These systems […]

Children in foster homes also feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic
15 April 2020 WXYZ Detroit
COVID Ripple Effect: Complaints over child abuse and neglect fall

With children staying home, states are seeing a significant decline in the number of abuse and neglect cases reported since COVID-19 caused schools and businesses to close. “The shelter-in-place order and the school closures have literally made, in my view, millions of millions of kids invisible to the professionals that are trained to spot abuse and […]

COVID Ripple Effect: Complaints over child abuse and neglect fall
9 April 2020 The Oskaloosa Herald
DHS says it’s protecting youth in detention and group homes

Last month, Disability Rights Iowa and Drake University’s Center for Children’s Rights wrote to Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen to share concerns about the safety of Iowa youth now living in detention facilities, group care and the state-run training school for boys located in Eldora.

DHS says it’s protecting youth in detention and group homes

COVID-19: Putting Children First

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